"I say a murder is abstract. You pull the trigger and after that you do not understand anything that happens"
- Jean-Paul Sartre
About this Quote
This quote by Jean-Paul Sartre speaks with the idea that the act of murder is an abstract principle. He says that when you devote the act, you separate yourself from the repercussions as well as the fact of what has occurred. The shooter might have an idea of the desired end result of their activities, but they can not completely comprehend the consequences or the impact it will have on the target's friends and family. Sartre highlights that the act of murder is not only the physical act of shooting, yet it is additionally the psychological detachment from truth that makes it possible for one to commit such a violent act.
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