- The author has a good idea, namely that many violent acts are performed not:-
But because their authors think that it is the right thing for them to do – indeed their duty to do it – in their particular (sub-)culture.
- Because their authors are sadists or psychopaths1, nor
- Because, there’s a temporary “disinhibition” whereby the violence impulses we all occasionally feel even more occasionally slip out into action, nor
- Because it’s – in certain circumstances – the rational way to achieve your goals.
- This idea works for all, most or some of judicial violence, military violence, parental child-discipline, domestic violence, honour-killings, vendettas and the like.
- However, I wasn’t convinced it worked for violence in the course of robberies and other crimes, where the rejected explanations seemed more apposite. But, maybe, from the sub-title the author agrees.
- Sub-title: "Some people are ruthless. Some lose control. Yet most violence remains unfathomable. A new theory lights up the darkness"
- For the full text, see Aeon: Rai - How could they?
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