Imagine a world where your life is at stake each time someone is less than two meters near you. Masks are mandatory for death not to happen. You are dangerous to the ones you love the most and they are dangerous to you. People can not touch each other. A disinfectant is to be available all the time. News show nothing but rates on disease and death.
Labs are racing for the cure. Hospitals are an inferno where exhausted doctors and nurses in airtight suits are overwhelmed with crowds of dying people in need of intensive care. Governments, politicians, banks and corporations increase their disputes for money and power, blind to the death and poverty around them. Demonstrations of workers and small business owners deprived of their means to survive get violent, irrational slogans denying the global danger of socializing are shouted, everyone loses their minds in waves of despair.
Coming on 2020, everywhere near or far away from you.
It is easy to get angry and lose control. Try dealing with a noisy classroom full of children hurting and bullying each other. You will crack in a blink. Give it a few years of daily exposure to excruciating noise and continuous effort to maintain control and you will sink into clinical depression and trauma, finding yourself unable to exercise the profession again. Thousands of teachers are in that condition. You can apply the same reasoning to any professional working under abusive conditions or any human being under abusive families, companions or marriages. Some people explode.
Unfortunately, civilization has not grown enough to make it possible for people to change context. Taking unemployment and real estate prices into account, one is condemned to hold still in the abusive scenario until the following episode of explosion, ending up oneself to become an abusive agent committing crime.
A totally different kind of individual is the bully. Here it is not a matter of losing control. Bullies are deliberately violent and abusive. Their only principle is to provide themselves and their tribe with infinite power and wealth. Ends to justify means is the basis to propaganda, recruit and alliances. Ends to justify means gives them permission to domestic violence, rape, slaughter, beheadings and genocide.
Civilization is to bullies a mere tool for the perpetration of power, abuse and wealth. The concept of civilization as a social structure without abusive leaders is beyond their understanding.
Violence by extenuation and violence by abuse are sometimes hard to distinguish. In an ethically based civilizational structure, once the violent act is committed, subjects get the same label – criminal. Though such label is true, it is prawn to misjudgment. Reaction to abuse and exercising abuse are antagonistic realities.
One thing is sure. If you are not a bully, society offers thousands of sets for you to explode. My advice is never to pass judgment without wearing the defendant’s shoes.