The Just Paradox

There are truths in society that are as invisible and incomprehensible to humans as water is to fish. People are so thoroughly immersed in them that they fall into the background of what they can perceive.

Concordantly, people’s inability to perceive them makes them do rather strange things. “Fighting for freedom” is one such notion. It presupposes the recognition of boundaries and bondage, which is swiftly followed by an instinctive desire to escape them, through “fighting”.

The strangeness is that the means of escape chosen, violence or the specter thereof, is driven by emotions, hate and fear toward the supposed captors, or the institutions establishing the boundaries. Strange, because violence is that which manufactures the justification for boundaries.

No matter which rights people fight for, the combat approach itself unwittingly and inescapably sabotages their goal. The main obstacles to social justice are thus in many cases not external factors, but the mentalities of those who pursue to move the moral arc through violent means.

The inconvenient truth often missed is that the sociopolitical dynamics which result in more rights and freedoms are inextricably tied to the psychology of those who demand them.

Strategic Advisor Cyberpsychology & AI Ethics