We all know the story of Jesus Christ. No, this is not going to be a Christian-centric post. But I’ll start off with a quick reference. Largely because we all know the story. So Jesus is an old story, older than Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. It’s the story of the scapegoat. Jesus was the innocent scapegoat given to us by God, supposedly, to place all our sins and then brutally murder. Thank you, God.
Whether you believe the story of Jesus Christ or not, the cycle of the scapegoat existed since societies first started to form. It is argued by individuals like Rene Girard, social psychologists, and social anthropologists that the scapegoating is a practice in which groups find cohesion by attacking and blaming an individual.
Let’s take this way back, back to the old tribal days. Say something terrible happens. A drought and there is suddenly not enough food and water. Because individuals feel inadequate for not predicting the circumstances, they suddenly try to find someone or something to blame. Maybe it was something evil, but it wouldn’t be left at that. Something had to bring in that evil. A person or an animal. Something. So the group finds that something, punishes it, and then casts it out (by way of having it walk off into the desert or by killing it).
“To escape responsibility for violence we imagine it is enough to pledge never to be the first to do violence. But no one ever sees himself as casting the first stone. Even the most violent persons believe that they are always reacting to a violence committed in the first instance by someone else.” — Rene Girard.
The group will then find cohesion in killing. A metaphoric killing (by casting out) or an actual killing. So long as there is murder the people in the group suddenly feel better and the issue has been resolved.
So in tribal societies it was the leaders who were blamed. This is why leaders were appointed in tribal societies and no one was trying to run for office. If you let the people suffer or die then you got demoted at best or murdered at worst.
“It is not difference that dominates the world, but the obliteration of difference by mimetic reciprocity, which itself, being truly universal, shows the relativism of perpetual difference to be an illusion.” — Rene Girard.
Fast forward to present day modern society. The leaders these days. The elites. Have realized, by way of religious practices, that people will “scapegoat” just about anything if they feel inadequate. So say you lose your job, and now you can’t feed your kids and you have to move back in with your parents. Instead of being accountable for putting yourself in that position, you look around for anything and anyone to blame. Maybe it was an ex spouse, who supposedly didn’t support you. Or maybe it was the minority down the street, who supposedly took your job. Or maybe it was a younger worker, who could work for less money. You will find anyone and anything to blame instead of yourself. It’s interesting how the elites have easily enslaved you with it, and you are not even aware it’s happening.
While you could look at the leadership and say 100% of the problem are the rich people in your town. Not those national figures, those puppets. I’m talking about the rich owner of the organization that just fired you. I’m talking about the wealthy people that are still eating fat steaks just on the other side of town. The leadership in your community that has direct control over your every move. Those are your slave owners. They are banking on the tired old magic trick of “scapegoating” to keep you redirected so you can blame the most ridiculous individuals for your supposed sins.
You live in a tribe. The tribal leader is the problem. Your tribe is within eyeshot. Your tribal leader lives in your hometown. Not in a magical palace in the clouds that you can never reach. Stop scapegoating. Go make your tribal leader accountable.