1N-1 Coming Shortage of Unnatural Resources: Scapegoats
June 2, 2007
As soon as human beings developed the ability to speak, here are some of the things they began to say:
- It’s not our fault.
- It’s their fault.
- We are better than they are.
- Separate them from us.
- Punish them.
- Enslave them.
This tendency to blame someone else for our troubles is known as scapegoating.
In twentieth century literature, two of the greatest scapegoating tales in fiction are:
A variety of people have been used as scapegoats in various cultures. The entire list would take up lots of computer screens, but here’s a few for starters:
- Blacks in America
- Indians in America
- Downstairs servants in England
- Serfs in Russia
- the people who call themselves Christians but aren’t really Christians (1)
- people you want to have sex with but don’t want to have sex with you
- people who want to have sex with you but you don’t want to have sex with them
- Other people
- The person you see when you look in the mirror
Jews tend to claim that they are more scapegoated than any other group. Therefore they scapegoat everybody else for scapegoating them.
In any competition, it’s considered more sporting if the teams are roughly equal. At times throughout history, large groups have scapegoated each other. Thus arose the splendid sport of “team scapegoating,” colloquially known as war.
For example, with the rise of Islam, Christians and Muslems fought jolly wars. After a while, Christians decided to play with each other at home, pitting Catholic teams against Protestant teams.
In modern times, we developed political-religious ideologies of “democratic” capitalism vs. “democratic” socialism. The anarchist Benjamin Tucker described the difference between the warring ideologies: “In capitalism, man exploits man. In socialism, it’s exactly the opposite.” Although we considered destroying the world via nuclear weapons, humans decided to play it cool, thereby playing the “Cold War” game.
Just as consumers wearied of “New Coke,” and went back to “old but not stale” Coke , team scapegoaters went back to the classic team scapegoating competition of western civilization aka (Christianity, the religion that dares call everyone else names all the time) vs. islamo-fascism (the new and badder than Nazis bad guys).
At first glance, it might seem silly to think that we might run out of scapegoats. The same people didn’t think we’d run out of whales when we needed more oil.
Note: (1) At the evangelical web site worldmagblog.com, the “outliers” (atheists, agnostics, liberals, and homosexuals) say: “What about all the people Christians tortured, murdered and enslaved?” The evangelicals reply: “Communists killed more and anyway, those weren’t the real Christians.” Both sides never get tired of making these accusations and ripostes.
(By the way, Christians believe that Christ voluntarily chose to be the greatest scapegoat of all time.)
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