reply to post by Sinter Klaas
I agree, to punish a crime with a crime is indeed a hypocrite way of dealing with the irresponsible ways of the humankind. But it seems to remember
the people who committed a crime to what they've done wrong...it zaps them back to reality, hopefully long enough to keep them from revisiting the
Humans have this build in thing called : desire ..
Everything can be related to desire, even fear. Fear is in fact a part of desire.
Ethics are influenced strongly by a couple of factors, some of them are : Well being, culture and..desire. Which are interlinked with each other.
Imagine this: You are poor, the only poor guy in the street. You live in a dump and don't own a car or a drivers license, you don't have a
girl/boyfriend. And you work in a C-class warehouse for a crappy paycheck, which barely gets you around every month. And above that, it doesn't give
you a big smile about the future either.
All of your friends..or would be friends, or neighbors are doing financially fine, have a girl/boy friend, have a nice house and car, have sex...and
maybe have children some day...sound all great right!?
And every time you turn on your TV, this irritating commercial comes on that tries to hook you up with a 50.000 to 100.000 dollar loan. With interest
rates up to 17%... With a 5 year down payment..amazing! Of course this would be ridiculous, nobody would make this deal..right?
But if you take this loan now
!... like they show you in the commercial..you can also buy that 50.000 dollar car! JUST like your friends... And
in this culture that apparently equals STATUS... and status seems to be REALLY important...to some people in certain cultures/sub cultures.
You might imagine what you would be thinking at that moment : Geez everybody else has money, and I don't.. Why didn't I get all the chances and
opportunity's they've had! This make the mind switch do 'click' !
And I'm not saying money gets you 'love and happiness' ..thats not the point, thats just an example.
You can see here how culture and desire can change everything. Of course you WANT that car, that girlfriend... what everybody else has... Some try to
achieve this by stealing..or raping..etc. And some accept that they just cant have it.
Desire is a strong emotion. Exceptionally desire accompanied with a distorted perspective on reality, which seems to be the case in today's thriving
culture ( He has it, so why cant I?! I Have the RIGHT to have what he has!). It can sweep all of your ethics and moral beliefs right from the chart in
a second, when combined with other emotion, like anger or fear.
Very interesting topic I think..and very extensive.
Of course everybody has his own subjective opinion about this matter. And it would be foolish to take this to the objective... but I think there is
regular way of seeing this in the perspective of 'behaviorism'..if even so slightly.
You might be interested in some books regarding anthropology ::
Here's a dutch wiki link for you : nl.wikipedia.org...
Here's the English one for our foreign friends: en.wikipedia.org...
Here are some good books about anthropology by Claude Levi-strauss.
I don't know if there are any Dutch translation around
- Myth and Meaning: Cracking the Code of Culture
- The Savage Mind (Nature of Human Society)
- Structural Anthropology