posted on Apr, 6 2007 @ 11:53 AM
Originally posted by semperfortis
When one does not fight against the stereotyping of any individual as they pertain to a group, then one simply adds to the group dynamic problem...
That's very true, stereotyping is reinforced by group dynamics. Where there are others in agreement with an inaccurate premise, it's much easier to
rationalize and ignore the reality. Whether it's inside the force or out.
Mob mentality is a toxic and dangerous mix, nowhere is human psychology more dangerous than in a mob. Riot squads must be taught that. So many cases
of gang violence exemplify it.
That's makes a cops job so much harder. Where there are social biases entrenched, policemen aren't exempt from them. But they are called to
perform a higher duty than reinforcing stereotypes.
Cops deal people having some of the worst moments in their lives, not conducive to re-energizing faith in the edifying capacity of humanity. Yet that
is exactly what they are called to do.
St Michael was here.
It's a little off topic but the mob mentality is part of what I'm looking at in my debunking Whitley Strieber thread. It's especially relevant
when there is a figurehead above reproach leading a mob. In the case of police you have internal affairs and citizen watchdogs, because the potential
for abuse is increased by the position of power and authority.
In some cases there is no check for balancing the authority. That's one of the great legacies of the Western tradition. The recognition of
individual worth and the ability to agree to disagree.
When war of the worlds was published thousands of people went into a panic. The media is well aware of the power of the CNN age. Where there is
lack of critical analysis and debate, there is potential for terrible abuse.
Especially when ideas like the abuse of children initiates contact and the glamorization of mind control programs seems to be more the topic of
discussion than outrage at the premise, or disclosure of the wrongdoers.
Now in the CNN age, when the planet is potentially a mob to be manipulated in whatever way is conducive to amoral seekers of power, it is even more
important to avoid stereotyping and to see the underlying dynamics behind what is being presented.
[edit on 6-4-2007 by clearwater]