Sunday, January 30, 2011
Egyptian demonstrations expose an unpleasant social pathology
What is it about large crowds of protesters that make them want to loot and destroy the businesses and homes in their own neighborhoods?
From DailyMail -- Yesterday mummies in the country's national museum were destroyed by looters attempting to steal the treasures of King Tutankhamun.
Soldiers were positioned at the Pyramids and Cairo’s Egyptian Museum – the holding place for Tutankhamun’s priceless golden mask and other artifacts – on the fifth day of anti-government demonstrations in the country’s capital.
This reminds me of the Rodney King riots when those morons burned, looted, and basically destroyed businesses and homes in their own backyards. The same every-man-for-himself pathology was on display in New Orleans after Katrina. The pharoic treasures are the pride and joy of every Egyptian....what compels them to steal it?
Is it that people who but for the threat of being caught by the police, are criminals who take advantage of the anonymity of huge crowds because the police can't arrest everybody in those situations? Are human beings really that maliciously tribal given the slightest chance?
Exit question: what percentage of adult humans would steal from another person if they knew they could get away with it? Or to put it another way, are we all potential criminals who given the opportunity, do not have the best interests of our neighbors at heart? That thought is extremely disappointing.