One of the most beautiful moments and speeches of the Discworld. Thank you Terry Pratchett.
Aside from the fact that Terry Pratchett is my fave writer of all time this is one of the best articulations of this view I have ever read. (for those interested this is Death talking to his granddaughter Susan)
Sin, young man, is when you treat people like things. Including yourself. That's what sin is. It's a lot more complicated than that-- No. It ain't. When people say things are a lot more complicated than that, they means they're getting worried that they won't like the truth. People as things, that's where it starts. Oh, I'm sure there are worse crimes-- But they starts with thinking about people as things... --from Carpe Jugulum, by Terry Pratchett.