Mossling wrote:Wiki: Might Makes Right
"In terms of morality, those who are the strongest will rule others and have the power to determine right and wrong. By this definition, the phrase manifests itself in a normative sense."
Is it not the case that those who are born into a dog-eat-dog world, where the strongest and most forceful win, tend to accept their lot in life if they are down-trodden? They hate their superiors, but also revere them as powerful masters - masters that they dream of becoming. It seems that in this way, situations as we have seen in Iraq or Libya continue on, especially in the context of periodic shortages of basic necessary resources, which keep people anxious and aggressive.
What I am concerned about is, however, whether the dictatorial situations seen in Iraq, Afghanistan, or Libya can ever change if this 'might makes right' philosophy, apparently embedded deep within their respective cultures, is replaced? There will be just a new 'alpha male' replacing the old one (as in gorilla or wolf social groups). Already this is apparent in Afghanistan to some degree. I wouldn't be surprised to see another Saddam and another Gaddafi pop up in their respective places. Why not?
Here in China there is, as there is in many other countries formerly occupied by the British/Imperialists, a grotesque bourgeois appetite apparently based around the 'Mighty Invaders'. Those here who deem 'might makes right' - that the school of hard knocks is the best, etc., - obviously recognise there was something in that bourgeois imperial culture that worked. It's not like Mao didn't use the same kind of heartlessness, divisiveness, etc., to achieve what he did, right?
Islam came out of the deserts - unified by Mohammed's ability to convince people that the voices in his head were divine, and translate what he got from that into political power. The clever use of that force suddenly put the Arabs in God's favour - previously they had thought themselves to be unfavoured because the Romans had been given all the might. Again; justification for ill fortune was judged based on who had the might. The Romans had been revered back in those times - to the point vast hordes of Barbarians took on their culture - because it was deemed they had been doing something right. When those barbarians, as Vandals, were met in Spain by the Arab hordes united under Islam, many Vandals took on Islam - because Islam was now the mightiest.
Until this 'might makes right' philosophy is dropped by vast sections of societies, I don't believe that victims will stop revering their abusers, and seeking to be abusers themselves.
How can that ever happen? When Gods are all gone?
I want to be sure this comes up when I check my post, but I am in a hurry and haven't read everything. I want say the solution is education for democracy, and add to it that the US has not educated for democracy since 1958, and has lost the memory of how to do so. Education for technology in the US, which is modeled after Germany's education for technology, is bringing that country to the same problem with authority that Germany had, so do not look to the US for a solution to the might makes right problem.