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MY FAVORITE ANIMAL: THE SCAPEGOAT

May 12, 2013

THE LOGIC OF STONING IN CULTURE

It is Jeremiah who pleads, at one point in the book of the Tanakh by the same name, that it not be so hard to love God, that he make it “easier for us to love you”.

And as a cultural mechanism, the understanding of a higher power that in some way controls and oversees your world-that is ultimately a psychological projection on to a cosmic scale of a Father-son relationship-has come about in human cultures specifically as way of containment of the individual as tension-as collective, vital tension that both ensures collective survival and invigorates individuals through an underlying sense-or weight-of right and wrong and belonging-and, finally, of identity.

And it is hard.

It takes a toll on individuals as an omnipresent, incorporeal force that overwhelms you with the threat of no longer belonging if you can’t adhere to it.

And part of your nature are precisely those impulses that would see you not obey anything except your impulses themselves.

And this is why, of course, you need God.

And have no doubt about that: you have needed him anthropologically, for without God, collective human existence after agriculture would never have been possible.

And the practice of stoning individuals as transgressors who could not, finally, tether the internal vital forces that make people what they are, is a choreography of exactly the hardship and suffering individuals deal with as cognizant, biological beings within culture.

And the importance here is not the transgressor; he’s just the foil.

The object of study are the stoners, the individuals as society who, placed before the opportunity to vent their own pent-up darkness as psychological frustration of having to live according to the law, throw themselves-in all cultures-into the wildest frenzy of human viciousness and darkness.

And that viciousness and darkness has behind it, traditionally, the permanent stress in which the individual must live and fight internally with morality and the permanent fear of, ultimately, no longer belonging to the fold, or group.

And at its core is a schizophrenic war of attrition that has been typically projected externally on to a Satan figure or demonic possession of some kind, either cosmic or as part of the designs of a spIrit or witch.

But today, in a secular, scientific context, we follow Freud and his understanding of guilt.

But seldom do we contemplate the modern day stoners as rock throwers who, having identified a transgressor, know almost no limits to the self-satisfaction they obtain through the character slaying of these individuals and the sense of righteousness one gets to ascribe to ones self, as they stomp on the bloodied and broken corpse of the scumbag.

And even the law in a formal and contemporary sense partakes to a great degree of this same brutality as psychological distortion.

And from the standpoint of human reason and in the year 2013, it is difficult to understand that human cultural has not really evolved as much-or almost not at all-as the Iphone and Apple Tablet might lead one to believe it has.

And schizophrenic is also a term used-inappropriately, in my opinion-by the contemporary world of mental health often to describe what in many ways is just another example of the psychological toll and hardship culture has always brought to bear on individuals.

An it is no wonder people lose it, or snap, or go crazy-like they have always done, in all cultures and in all historical times.

And so, too, are the mentally afflicted among those whom Job includes as the forlorn and helpless of society, whom we also owe ourselves to.

For example.

And the reason as to why this is so powerful in individuals is exactly because you are pitted, as part of a life and death-tooth and nail-fight, against yourself.

And it would seem logical, in certain circumstances that you would give in and, finally, renounce the self.

And opt, at the deepest level inside you, to remain forevermore a child:

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