“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” ~ Edmund Burke.
Although perfect for what I am writing below, Edmund Burke never actually wrote or was recorded saying this; however, he did write this:
“When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.” ~ Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents (1770)
In his inaugural address to the University of St. Andrews (February 1, 1867), John Stuart Mill said this:
“Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing.”
About 2,200 years before either of them, Plato wrote:
“Now, the greatest punishment, if one isn’t willing to rule, is to be ruled by someone worse than oneself.” ~ The Republic
So, that brings us back to:
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” ~ never actually written or uttered until misquoted by other people but still a pretty damn good sentiment, nonetheless.
And I pair it with a line from Charlie Sheen’s voice over from “Platoon” (1986):
“I’m new and nobody cares about the new guys. They don’t even want to know your name. The unwritten rule is a new guy’s life isn’t worth as much ’cause he hasn’t put his time in yet.” ~ PFC Chris Taylor
The Wicker Men
Ever wonder if so-called “Secret Societies” are kept secret so that the resulting mystique results in no one outside the group ever knowing what a pitiful bunch of complete losers their members are?
The punishment should fit the crime…
I do believe quite strongly in the Rule of Law. Some of you may be rubbing your eyes and rereading that last sentence. I may have skirted the odd law now and again but if I run out of room to run, I willfully submit to what comes next. If no one comes running after me, it can’t of been that important of a transgression to begin with. The Rule of Law must rest upon the consensus of the people, over which it is meant to exercise power. Might is Right is an outdated and uncivilized concept.
However, what about cases where Trial by Combat is actually apropos to the charges laid?
Rather than the wasted effort required in civil litigation, the popularity tainted process of social justice, and/or drawn out criminal proceedings, why can’t an shield-shattering ax blow with the right and a killing strike from the sword in my left prove he was full of shit? Especially if what fell from his lips wasn’t just the insidious lies of a bully, coward, and sociopath, it would mean his probable victory in honourable contest?
I dunno. Feeling imperial and facist.
So many people are socially indoctrinated to never defend themselves because it is seen as “rude” or “dramatic”. Usually those passing instant judgement on the validity of the public and unashamed defense of one’s self are not protecting the Rule of Law nor defending the public good. Rather, they are actively engaged in victim shaming and defending the abuses committed by members of their circle with full knowledge of the circle to protect their means of making money. This is especially true when knowing the truth means the group acknowledging the wrongdoing of someone in their clique.
Sometimes I wonder if waking up to a splintered shield on their doorstep would instantly key them into the realization they were uselessly protecting the wrong person’s crimes and contraventions of the personal security of others. Not all boorish behaviour is a criminal affair and I’m not saying they can’t come to your pool party. Just don’t make them fucking lifeguards. When one reads “Bo Peep”, I can almost guarantee that they and you first thought of the inept shepherdess who couldn’t protect her sheep. I wasn’t, though it does fit the topic today especially when you know what Bo Peep originally referred to. In the 14th century, to “play bo pepe”, was to be stood in the pillory and punished by public humiliation. Given the setting of my concern, to find a term that combines the inability to protect one’s flock, deserving and receiving punishment doled out by one’s peers, and a bondage device is perfect.
For a “community” who throws the word “consent” around like parmesan at a Mr. Mike’s franchise, there seems to be an awful lot assent for individuals who don’t exercise it as long as they know the right people. We cry freedom and individuality but under scrutiny we are no different than the Rape Culture we proudly claim to disavow.
*Quasi relevant tangential thought:
Adherents to that hastily declared as “supernatural” are quick to claim “science can’t explain it”, despite usually having absolutely no frame of reference to assume that is the case. Just because the scientific method has not explained it “yet”, that in no way is evidence that it “can’t”. Everything does happen for a reason.
*..and we’re back.
Everything happens for a reason. Because of this we don’t sit our recovering alcoholic uncle beside the bar at the wedding reception, we don’t build preschools on military proving grounds, nor do we entrust care of our chickens to a fucking fox.
Claiming “they should have known better” is a weak argument, proferred after the fact, in an attempt to cover up one’s lack of foresight or outright negligence.
Victims are “victims” because of a failure to adequately defend against something. That is the very definition of victim. It is that “something” that makes us all guilty. I don’t mean to say a victim’s inability to defend themselves is in any way their fault or failing. In fact, it is almost always exactly the opposite. The willingness to trust is often the lapse in security that allows the predator to strike. They look for it. Again I do not call for a change in behaviour on the part of those made victims. I call for us to stand up as a society and make that society worthy of their trust again.
This just won’t end well.