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    Man’s Inhumanity to Man

      Recent media focus has been on our government’s inhumane treatment of asylum seekers. As individuals, we must rise above such actions. Historical Note About the Phrase, “Man’s Inhumanity to Man” In 1784, Robert Burns wrote the poem, Man was made to Mourn: A Dirge: History records the possibility that Burns reworded a similar quote from a writing in 1673 by Samuel von Pufendorf: “More inhumanity has been done by man himself than any other of nature’s causes.” Other writers have used the words “[m]an’s inhumanity to man” in their own written works. There are several books using the philosophy of the phrase as an underlying theme. A representative list of includes: Huckleberry Finn by Mark…