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  •  Hierarchical people simply do not get that (2+ / 0-)
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    social strata and segregation are inimical to human rights. I suspect it may be because the use of force and the impulse to assert dominance are perceived as natural -- i.e. the creation of a hierarchy of power is a natural component of social organization, akin to the organization of the bee hive or the termite mound.
    Also, instinct-driven people are responsive to prompts. So, if a subordinate population (e.g. the Palestinians) demand transportation and the superior population responds by providing a bus system, that's supposed to be seen as positive. That the subordination is perceived as a wrong, regardless of whether it is manifest as punishments or rewards, simply does not register in the hierarchical mind.

    For comparison, consider that parents are presumed to have authority over children. If so, then for the children to challenge that authority is wrong. The presumption or preconceived notion determines how people behave. That one human exercising authority over another by virtue of superior force is wrong, simply doesn't occur to people who perceive their reliance on force to be good. That it is wrong for some people to presume the right to punish and/or reward others doesn't register. Punishment and reward is what their instincts lead them to do. And force leaves them inviolate, unless there is an intervention from outside.

    Will it be understood that a segregated bus system is wrong? Probably not. Exclusive communities in the U.S. don't understand that it is wrong to bus in their workers, either.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Sun Mar 03, 2013 at 04:27:41 AM PST

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