Is it possible ... with repetition over time ... a significant community of people become immune to the grotesque human treatment of other humans ... and perhaps at some point a chunk of humanity starts to crave it? Don't the popular video games, hollywood movies and TV reinforce this psychological phenomenon? Reminds me of the popularity of the Roman circus ... people flocked to the circus for one reason ... to see human blood spilled.
Often, in some countries, there is no need for a community of people to become immune to such treatment as they have been raised among such behavior. Immunity isn't necessary as they haven't been exposed to alternative circumstances, it is normalized in the sense that it is a given,naturally.. culturally, the "grotesque" behavior is justified as a measurement of the crime committed, especially among the "eye for an eye" culture, the seriousness of the law being determined by the harshness of the punishment..
This is why migrants from specific countries find it near impossible to integrate into western societies and will naturally seek to make such environments similar to their own...
Personally, i think such behavior transcends law/culture/society etc, and it resides in the carnal nature of man in relation its primal self. promotion of such material that reinforces it provides a safe outlet to regulate natural cravings into law biding conformity, especially in humanistic secular environments. So law, culture etc becomes an expression of it, the same way feminism is a natural expression of women's behavior not
the cause of it.. so women are no longer regulated directly, but the construct of feminism is regulated by women, the overseers then regulate women through feminism using it as a tool, specifically a suppressant of male energies, especially of the carnal kind, using social positional status in relational to sexuality...
I also think, given the right circumstance and pressure, every man is a killer, even if it is not consciously known to himself. When war breaks out and a great threat is presented to you, then you might be surprised by what you are capable of doing....
I understand the intellectual process you propose ... some people are certainly capable of such reasoning.
OTH ... recent research ... GCP at Princeton ... suggests a significant chunk of humanity responds much like a school of fish ... complete absence of individual reasoning/decision making.
I've been thinking about the mathematical relationship between the magnitude of force ... or the magnitude of the threat of force ... and the magnitude of the threat.
Unquestionably the magnitude of the "threat of force" has ratcheted up significantly on the global scene recently.
Why? What is the perceived menace?
In the business world the customer is always right, they are always right because you are dealing with emotional beings first and then perhaps rational, arguing with emotion when the objective is to get paid is not a good way to go about trying to negotiate a transaction, the customer is always right because your business's reputation is at risk... it would be foolish to think all living beings who are walking around outside have a particular conscious awareness, especially to the degree of rational thought.
Reality is naturally menacing, whether it be a hurricane, a tree falling, a wolf approaching, or more specifically a human being, or a collective of humans with the aim to survive through domination. Humans have always fed on each other in one way or another..it is no surprise that recent conflicts take place around the Iraq and Syria areas... People maintain a cognitive dissonance..One time I heard somebody say something like " if a tree falls in the woods and there no people around to hear it does it still make a sound?"..as if sound itself is contingent upon human hearing..as if only humans have hearing, as if humans determine reality itself.. to me, this is a sign of the delusional nature of man struggling to come to terms with a world that is much larger than himself..
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