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Post subject: De sera numinus vindicta : till death do us part ?
Posted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 7:30 am
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The following, which can be seen as an abstract reasoning based in observation of current news-information content, religious permeation into politics, and the study of armed conflict, expressed as thoughts on the concept of Ancestral Fault \Collective Guilt, and the question as to whether examination of the basis of the social paradigm in which this mindset is deeply ingrained, might hold answers to ways by which global wars can be avoided.
The origin of the concept of Collective Guilt as a doctrinal design of social control with roots in historic antiquity ...
... (the effects of which are still directly prevalent today) is the Tanakh ~ the canonical collection of Jewish texts. Its constructs, namely Collective Blame and Collective Punishment , are the fundamentals of a mindset; a mental-inertia, or "groupthink", also found to be promulgated in the Christian Old Testament. Such designs trace back to the early architects of authoritarianism and a method of thought control with the ultimate aim of establishing a social paradigm. Alternately refered to as Collective Responsibilty, it is often used as a disciplinary measure in closed institutions, such as boarding schools, wherein an entire classroom of pupils is punished for the infraction of a single troublemaker. Military units, penitentiaries, and psychiatric institutions commonly and sometimes cruelly employ the measure. The effectiveness and severeity of Collective Punishment exist in a ratio of interrelational apportion by measure, while the method itself most commonly breeds distrust and isolation among constituents under its discipline , and is almost always a sign of authoritarian rule in the institution, home society, or general domain in which it is disseminated.
The practice of Collective Punishment itself goes as far back in history as authoritarian rulers can be notably traced; someone breaks the law but that person remains unknown to those holding jurisdiction of punishment. Rather than undertaking an investigative effort to discover the identity of the perpetrator(s) ~ whether out of haste, frustration, or disdain ~ as well as a need to keep up a sense of law and order within the community and the appearance of its rulers' effectiveness, the entire community is punished, thus insuring that the unknown offender receives punishment. This method in turn reinforces the idea of Collective Guilt.
The Greek principle of 'Ancestral Fault' codified by Plutarch in the De Sera numinus vindicta , is fully exploited by Grotious in his long discussion of Collective Responsibility.
In ethics, both methodological individualists and normative individualists question the validity of collective responsibility. The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy dedcribes methodological individualism' s challenge to the very possibility of associating moral agency with groups as distinct from their individual members, and the normative individualist arguement, which holds that collective responsibility violates principles of individual responsibility and fairness.
The exponential augmentation of the overall mindset of Collective Guilt, especially when combined with xenophobia and/or psychological projection (a.k.a. blame shifting), leads to racial and ethnic unfairness, inequity, prejudice, bigotry, intolerance, and hatred. In some cases, augmentation leads to misanthropy.
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