Hey everyone! Hope all is well!
First, a quick story When the Second World War came to an end,
首先 讲个小故事 当二战结束时
the British took some German civilians around the Belsen concentration camp.
But why they do this ?
To show them what their own soldiers
had done during the war.
It was reported that one of the civilians had said what
” What terrible criminals these prisoners must have been to receive such treatment.”
Not uttered by a guard, but by a civilian.
The just-world hypothesis is a cognitive bias in which we as human beings
try to make sense of a world that is unfortunately unjust.
We like to believe noble acts lead to reward,
and bad actions result in punishment.
so when we see bad things happen to good people,
and good to bad, there is a tendency to view such situations
in a way that reduces this sense of guilt or discomfort.
I have been fascinated by this concept for a long time,
because when it comes to activism
and political discourse, you see this process play out quite often.
I mean, here are a few examples
“ Well if they just worked harder,
the system would reward them accordingly”
“They clearly need to take better care of their eating habits”
The refugee crisis:
“ These families are so irresponsible taking their young children on rafts
and putting their lives in danger like that.”
Sexual assault: “ She had been drinking,
and well, she may have not made it clear enough
that she didn’t want to have sex.”
Police brutality: “If he had just stayed
out of trouble, it would have never of come to this.”
It is unfortunate to have this mental starting point
in which you approach any news of tragedy
as being something that was self-created by the victim.
But it happens with many of us,
because by convincing yourself that a victim gets what
they deserve, it helps you solidify this belief that, well,
it could never happen to you.
And to for this mentality
reduces the likelihood that you would sympathise with a victim
You become less likely therefore to help them as well.
The just-world hypothesis means it’s likely there are large sums
of people who are apathetic,
and this can be a real challenge to
anyone who is trying to fight for societal or systemic change
Take the battle against mass-surveillance for example.
There are many people out there
who think,” Well, if you have nothing to hide,
you have nothing to worry about.”
But as NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has points out,
that is no different from saying
that you don’t care about freedom of speech because you have nothing to say.
Or consider Occupy Wall Street.
When that was happening there was some condemnation
coming from other working & middle class people saying things like,
“ I work two jobs.
just about get by.
But you don’t hear me complaining. ” –
when I’m there thinking, but they should
be complaining. They’re on the same team.
In that moment in time they’re actually defending
an unjust system which is serving them poorly.
You may be thinking of examples right now of times
where you have personally experienced this mindset.
I mean, I think we are all guilty of it.
So it’s a question of, what can be
done about it? What are the solutions?
Well firstly I think it’s about being aware
of it, and hopefully this video has helped
do that. Secondly,
accepting reality for what it is. Yes,
sometimes good things happen to good people,
but sometimes they happen to bad people as well.
And what does ‘good’ and’bad’
even mean? A complicated world requires nuanced interpretation wherever possible.
And thirdly, take action.
Do whatever you can to help us move towards having an actual just-world
That can be done by identifying the root causes to the problems we face,
or by bringing awareness and helping develop the necessary solutions.
Because it’s not just about the way we think
about these injustices in the world; it’s
about the actions we can take in response to these things as well.
So thank you for watching this video.
Please do comment with your thoughts – i’d be really
interested to read them.
And please like & share the video as well if you’d be so kind.
This is the start of me making weekly videos again.
Last week I launched a’Patreon’ account
and we’re almost half way to my goal.
So thank you so much to everyone who has supported me.
If you haven’t seen it already, goto Patreon.com/MylesDyer –
there is a video there explaining exactly
why I am doing it.
And yeah, it just feels good to be back.
So thank you for watching, and adios’til next time!
Hey everyone! Hope all is well!