posted on Jan, 4 2007 @ 11:53 AM
Don't know if it's the case within the US military, but I've read several times that in the UK military, servicemen can be punished for 'dumb
insolence', i.e., a 'look'.
A family member was an officer in the UK Navy, and he used to roar at his own teenager: ' Remove that insolent expression ! ', the intimation being
that if the teenager failed immediately to adjust his facial expression, there would be swift and painful repercussions.
The 'look' to which the parent objected was caused in the first place by the parent's disciplinary action or threat. Unable to verbally object,
the teenager had responded with a certain facial expression, quite possibly one of hatred, sense of injustice or a wish the parent would shrivel and
die (or maybe a combination of all these and more).
Demand for removal of the 'insolent look' may have been the UK Navy's means of denying a subordinate all and any challenge to authority; a method
of achieving total control over subordinates.
On the other hand, it may have originally arisen within the armed-services in response to a situation as outlined by the OP, whereby a subordinate ---
without uttering a word or striking a blow --- was able to retaliate in the face of injustice and unwarranted humiliation and kill or otherwise
negatively affect another.
In court, the accused have been known to deliver 'looks' to witnesses and/or the jury and these have caused people to claim they 'felt sick',
'terrified' and 'faint'. Such 'looks' have been known to intimidate witnesses and jury and after court-cases, people have been known to say
they will 'never forget' (were 'haunted' by) the expressions delivered by the accused.
When emotion is strong and all other means of defence/offence are denied someone, this can result in a highly-concentrated, almost laser-like stream
of pure rage and hatred being aimed at the offender (justly or otherwise). It's to be suspected that this originates at least in part within the
primitive sections of the brain (the same regions which may be responsible for violent and even super-natural activity). It seems possible that such
'looks' may be capable of reaching out and 'striking' the target.
Years ago, a neighbour deliberately hurt the feelings of my children, who'd done nothing more offensive than say 'hello' to him. This happened
repeatedly. On each occasion, I was distressed and angered by the hurt caused my children.
One day, having just seen the neighbour again hurt my children's feelings, I said (without pausing to consider) silently to the neighbour: ' Die.
Just die. If you're already so dead you can't respond to innocent babies, then die.' or words to that effect. The emotions of mother's really
should never be underestimated.
Some weeks later, my children were again at the lower fence, where they'd often called out 'hello' to the offending neighbour. I went down to get
them. When I reached the fence, an elderly female neighbour was speaking with the children and when she saw me, she greeted me in friendly fashion.
She then told me that her husband (the one I'd cursed) had died shortly before.
She told me her husband, who'd been in good health, had died because a hair from his chest *had grown into his heart * -- and killed him ! His death
had been totally unexpected. The hair was only discovered, according to his wife, during investigation into the cause of death. I've never heard of
this happening before or since -- although maybe it's not totally unknown.
Whatever the case, I've always wondered if I played any role in the neighbour's death, or if it was mere coincidence.
Should add that at the time, my rage and sense of injustice towards the neighbour was immediate, pure and complete --- and bypassed my normal
'censors' and control.