This is a topic that's been flying around my mind for the last little while. Do you have conscious access to an empathy switch? Under the right circumstances, do you have the power to stop empathizing with a person and seeing them as a human, but more like an object or strange animal? I'm not talking about psychopathy, where an individual never had empathy to begin with, nor am I talking about mob mentality and mass brainwashing, where propaganda is used to paint a group of people as the enemy and thus, bypassing the natural empathic connection that people have with them. I'm talking about personal, conscious control over your ability to feel empathy.
A couple relevant articles on the subject:
The empathy toggle switch | Mom’s Tinfoil Hat
Personally, I think most people DO have an empathy switch. However, I don't think the vast majority have realized that they have conscious control over their ability to feel empathy. Do you?