I begin today with this from a well-respected commentator at The Guardian:
Why do we treat each other the way we do? We behave badly even to people we are related to, our family members; never mind people we are “educated” to believe are different from us and therefore of no concern to us purely on the grounds of their being humans like us. Social cohesion doesn’t seem to be in the reckoning.
Family members are a separate issue. One falls out with them sometimes, for a lifetime. Maybe fundamentally it’s just part of this same problem or issue.
Ever since I started to find out about some of the dreadful things people do to each other, which as a child began at school, I’ve been grappling with “why does this happen?” I am certain that all of us- the small number who read this- have examples galore, from their personal experience.
As I got older there appeared more & more examples, both historical involving various conquests, religious events and the more modern: Right up to the present day. A man in Argentina recently discovered that his own father had been involved in the mass killings of thousands, as a doctor. This man became curious as to how his father seemed to know a lot of unexpected details about things and when he investigated, he found out, to his horror, that his father had been involved in torture and killings for many years. Despite his being a doctor!
and then I found out that this procedure was worldwide, not only Argentina:
So now I’m being left with a bigger question. Is it only the men from mankind who perpetuate these events by creating generations who are duty-bound to avenge wrongs done to their kith & kin, by replicating similar or even worse atrocities in turn upon others, in order to create yet another series of sufferers and so on in a self-perpetuating cycle of “inhuman” but all-too-human human misery.
When something like this comes to light ones response is surely: “But Why Oh why is it so & Why Oh Why does it continue to be so?” One really learns to just live with it!! It’s a devastating criticism of how we have learnt to compartmentalise things… because if/when we see it clearly we would destroy ourselves. Maybe that’s one of the reasons more males opt for that exit route…I can really see this as possibly a major reason for the best males who realise the quandary…
There doesn’t seem to be any era nor any place on this planet immune from this. So it seems to be an inherent part of being human, which obviously raises the question: ” What is my place in all this?” Which I first dimly asked as a child.
I’m still asking, now I’ve received much more material driving the message home.
Why am I able to behave in a similar way to all these others who mistreat others, because in the same situation I know I would do the same. Out of fear, bravado or desperation maybe knowing like soldiers in our First World War, that if they decided not to fight the enemy, they would simply be shot themselves. In that position because of the shame on my parents or to get that tiny pension for my family, I would just continue to support The System. Maybe that’s something else that never really changes.
The System.It’s only a possibility that such a thing exists from evidence that always needs interpretation by some fallible being.