The Roles That Made It Possible

by Mark Chmiel

Neither superhuman nor subhuman
Neither God
Nor animal
Nor monster.

But always simply
Additional kinds of humans:
The bomb droppers
The capo
The body burners
The throat slashers
The exterminators in the forest
The scalpers
The guards
The architects of the camp
The physicians
The transport escorts
The oven lighters
The grave diggers
The engine drivers
All—
Types of human beings.

–Adapted from Adi Ophir, The Order of Evils: Toward an Ontology of Morals

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