Flimsy Sanity: Secret to Success

Flimsy Sanity

In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule. - Friedrich Nietzsche

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Secret to Success

1: a goat upon whose head are symbolically placed the sins of the people after which he is sent into the wilderness in the biblical ceremony for Yom Kippur 2 a: one that bears the blame for others b: one that is the object of irrational hostility.

Whenever I get to thinking that humans are reasonable things, I remember that scapegoats of one form or another show up in almost all cultures. A major tenet of Christianity is that Christ died for your sins. How is that less insane than sending a innocent goat to die and saying he is taking your sins? Witches were burned because they were to blame for the Black Death. Hitler had his Jews. Bush used the Taliban and then the people of Iraq to pay for the sins of September 11 (taking our freedoms was a bonus). The Democratic party uses Ralph Nader to blame for the last seven years. So it goes.


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