Why Indian Culture Selects For Petty Bigots With Control Issues

Have you ever wondered why the average Indian who has any power is a petty bigot obsessed with control? This holds true both inside India, and outside it- though that appears to be changing.

Before we go any further, it should be understood that such attitudes are seen in all cultures- but seem to be especially strong in old world cultures.

Stagnant cultures, be they Indian, Chinese or French, tends to promote such people into positions of control and power. It is actually possible to quantify the degree of stagnation by looking at the prevalence of such attitudes in the governing institutions of that culture.

So what comes first- the chicken (dysfunctional people in government institutions) or the egg (stagnation)?

The chicken-egg analogy is especially apt since an increase in one leads to an increase in the other and vice-versa creating a ‘positive’ feedback loop. In my opinion, the egg (stagnation) comes first. All institutions have a certain percentage of scumbags, even if everything is growing and progressing.

The rise of scumbags can be traced to a certain type of magical thinking.

Let me explain that with an example- Imagine a culture where regular rainfall is necessary for good crop yields and is celebrated with a few human sacrifices. Now picture their reaction if the rains became irregular or started to fail. There are two distinct directions out of this quagmire-

1. Improve water management, population dispersion and grow alternative crops.

2. Sacrifice more people to placate the rain gods.

What do you think will happen? and why?

If you guessed that most cultures will go for option # 2, you are.. correct! The ‘why’ (aka reasoning) is however more complicated than most of you realize. People are likely to choose # 2 because it is easier and invokes good nostalgic memories. Option # 1, in contrast, represents the unknown and thinking through a problem- something most people abhor.

Therefore those who promote # 2 (tradition) will get more support during periods of stagnation when everyone is nostalgic for the good old days of plenty. Given that the ranks of such a traditional priesthood will most likely be filled with the most regressive and repressive scumbags, it is no wonder that such societies will start spending far more time thinking up more elaborate and rule-ridden rituals to please the rain gods. They will also vigorously oppose anything that even vaguely suggests they are wrong, fraudulent, ineffectual or just plain scum.

Prolonged economic or social stagnation therefore paradoxically selects the small-minded, control freak and ideologically rigid over those who can actually reverse the decline. Another related issue is that lay people will try to rationalize their initial choice for option # 2 by demanding ever more extreme CONservatism- something the human-sacrificing priests are only too willing to oblige.

In the end, petty bigots obsessed with control will wield most of the power.

Sheeple then rationalize and normalize the resultant dystopia. They expect people in positions of power and decision-making to behave like that. Of course, doing that leads to massive stagnation and dysfunction- but by then almost nobody cares.

Comments?

  1. June 28, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    you are basically saying a society needs few rules and some degree of wealth for technological innovation I gather…..

    ——-
    If you want to read something that will piss you off-read the words of this misandrist feminazi:

    http://manboobz.com/2011/06/28/mra-thomas-ball-is-no-martyr/

  2. June 28, 2011 at 7:55 pm
  3. June 28, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    and here is a comment I left (you may not agree w/ my stance but I did read your article:

    You said 19 hours ago:

    ask yourself was Thích Quảng Đức an abuser????

    really, he didn’t hold his wife hostage nor blame her in his 10,000 word manefesto. You are putting things there which weren’t there. You are using him for YOUR political cause and that is just as shameful as the MRA’s using his as a martyr…..

  4. June 28, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    “2. Sacrifice more people to placate the rain gods.”
    This is what they call following rules and regulations.

    • June 28, 2011 at 11:45 pm

      Rules and regulations, law and order, due process etc. You name it.

  5. AnonymousDragon
    June 29, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Out of curiosity, what is your ethnic background?

  1. July 3, 2011 at 1:08 am

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