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May 9th, 2008


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02:21 am - Not Always Red In Tooth And Claw
bruceb pointed me to this absolutely amazing discussion of spontaneous play between carnivores of very different species, which is lovely and wonderful, and well worth viewing. In any case, I'm reminded of the discussions of cooperation instead of aggression that I linked to in this post. One of the inherent blinders we having in this culture is the idea that conflict and aggression are in some way more natural or expected than cooperation or play. I think that some part our bias in this direction comes from a combination of the inherent assumptions of conflict built into capitalism and the fact that modern Western culture as a whole was designed around the ideology of conquest.

However, in my lifetime, as I've discussed somewhat here and in the various links, I've seen belief of the primacy and unavoidability of violence and aggression become far more common that it was 30-40 years ago. I'm fairly certain that this change is largely due to a mixture of deliberate fear-mongering and non-deliberate marketing decisions made by a largely right-wing controlled mass media. In any case, regardless of the reasons, these biases often blind us to the fact that violence and aggression are only one of many equally natural responses. I very much look forward to our culture overcoming the negativity and associated cynicism of the last 30 years.
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From:kitten_goddess
Date:May 9th, 2008 02:43 pm (UTC)
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"I've seen belief of the primacy and unavoidability of violence and aggression become far more common that it was 30-40 years ago. I'm fairly certain that this change is largely due to a mixture of deliberate fear-mongering and non-deliberate marketing decisions made by a largely right-wing controlled mass media. In any case, regardless of the reasons, these biases often blind us to the fact that violence and aggression are only one of many equally natural responses. I very much look forward to our culture overcoming the negativity and associated cynicism of the last 30 years."

Something even more pernicious:

I am seeing a pattern of blaming victims in all ages, genders, and circumstances for "provoking" their attackers. Children are blamed for arousing the bully's ire by not having the proper social skills and are counseled to "ignore" whatever provocation goes on. This, coupled with a religious ethic that insists that anger is wrong and that forgiveness is compulsory, no matter what was done, can produce some interestingly twisted people.
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From:heron61
Date:May 11th, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC)
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I am seeing a pattern of blaming victims in all ages, genders, and circumstances for "provoking" their attackers. Children are blamed for arousing the bully's ire by not having the proper social skills and are counseled to "ignore" whatever provocation goes on. This, coupled with a religious ethic that insists that anger is wrong and that forgiveness is compulsory, no matter what was done, can produce some interestingly twisted people.

When looked at in detail, the more overtly religious end of this belief system is even more screwed up and hypocritical. Anger is only wrong when directed at "godly people", it's perfectly acceptable when directed as pagans, atheists, Muslims, and other "unbelievers". Also, anger from women is always unacceptable, unless it's in defense of their children or directed at "unbelievers".
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From:lupagreenwolf
Date:May 9th, 2008 05:31 pm (UTC)
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Thank you for saying this.

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