Originally Posted by Piobaire
Today's musing is about the concept of shame. Here's the Merriam-Webster:
Now, I'm not an academic scholar on such things, such as Fuuma and some others are, but it seems to me shame (and guilt) have been pretty useful tools to help shape society, and control the individuals in it, since...well, since humans started to live in society. However, now shame seems to be all the rage in avant guarde lefty circles and it's a bad thing, a thing done by those with...privilege!
Fat shaming, slut shaming, etc, etc. Maybe sometimes society creates shame mechanisms to benefit both society and the individual? If you can't wipe your own ass properly because of how fat you are? Well maybe a little shame would not be a bad thing. If you're putting your physical safety in danger due to unwise sexual liaisons? Well, maybe a little shame will get you acting safer.
This is not to toss out all shaming as positive but I really think the folks that want to paint all these new hypenated-shaming as intrinsically bad just want to feel vindicated that their outlier lives are "normal." Guess what? They ain't.
This stuck out to me as I read through. People who go out of their way to defend the "fatties" and other misbehaviors of old are only causing them harm. I do agree with piob that shame is a tool used to shape society. Had it not been for the shame of being seen pooping we wouldn't have invented the bathroom stalls. I'm sure there was an early human out there that decided to try eating his own feces and was laughed at by his counterparts. Had it been allowed to continue we might have all been enjoying shitsnacks today.
The problem is also how the shame trait is being put to shame. The thing that has helped shape and eliminate unexcepted behaviors is now under its own scope. With people so eager to crucify those who would point out someone's wrongs they are discuriging the progress. It could mean the end of all that has kept us good and in place.