While reading Rodney L. Lowman’s piece on Psychologists’ Principle E: Respect for People’s Rights and Dignity, I couldn’t help but think why this code of ethics isn’t a norm in society. Principle E essentially states that psychologist need to respect and see the worth of all people despite their gender identity, ethnicity, race, nationality, socioeconomic status, and ability. Principle E touches on the importance of empathy and compassion when working with people and also with just being a human being. The ability to put yourself in someone else shoes is important when you’re a person interacting with other people.
Neo-liberalism, one of the driving forces of the State Terror, has no empathy because it based on the exploitation of people and their labor. Compassion and empathy for people should be in everything, however; it cannot be when junta occurs, and the goal is to destroy every person who disagrees with neo-liberalism. The Disappeared experienced immense dehumanization from the moment they were identified as a threat, to the clandestine camps, and how they were treated within those camps.
In the fight against neo-liberalism and remembering victims of neo-liberalism love and empathy is essential. With the resistance art and remembrance of the Disappeared in Argentina, it seems to me that Argentinan activist have already been aware of principle E.
Lowman, Rodney L.(2005)’Respect for People’s Rights and Dignity’,Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment &
Trauma,11:1,71 — 77. DOI: 10.1300/J146v11n01_06