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Jealousy, envy, and the “natural superiority of Western Civilization”

First we need to define a few basic terms. Jealousy and Envy are often used interchangeably. They are not interchangeable. Jealousy is the notion that somebody else wants what you have, whether it’s based in truth or in sick fear. Envy is the desire to possess something somebody else has.

In America, most of the resolved homicides fall under those two motives, to the point that when a person is shot in his/her home, her/his spouse or lover is almost never immediately dismissed as a suspect.

Envy takes the form of Avarice, Envy and Avarice are described theologically in the Seven Deadly Sins. Avarice leads to the taking of those things of which one is Envious.

When that is done at gunpoint, it’s called Robbery, and if one crosses the line between Armed Robbery and actually pulling the trigger, it’s Capital Murder. What level of money would you wager that those charged with murder in the commission of a robbery are far more likely than those charged with murder of a “cheating” lover or spouse, to receive a Death Penalty or Life w/o Parole?

Now, the Non-Western civilizations are accused of promoting Terrorism either through Jealousy or Envy of our “superiority”… but are we superior?

One of the things that gets thrown around is the notion of Honor Killing. What, specifically, would be the biggest difference between killing your mate over alleged or actual adultery, and on the other hand, killing your mate over alleged or actual adultery?

If you don’t go all the way, don’t kill, and merely beat your mate into a very dangerous medical condition in a “ritual” manner or if you do it in a non-ritual manner? Where is the difference? If a court system in one civilization condones by default, through lack of actual protections for the battered spouse, or a wink-wink nudge-nudge say-no-more Patriarchal lesser punishment for the Killer Spouse, How is it substantially different in a Religious Zealot society, like America, or another Religious Zealot society like Saudi Arabia, Iran, Afghanistan?

Is the murdered or battered wife of a Christian in a Christian society more or less, better or worse, than the same scenario in another culture or faith? Mind you, the apologists for bombing the living Hell out of other countries often avoid using the Religious angle, they say instead the “christian oriented” Superior Culture of America v. the “muslim dominated savage infidels” in the Rest of the World.

Much like the racist notion that one’s RACE isn’t the primary divider, it’s the White Anglo Saxon Protestant CULTURE and Heritage that’s superior to the just-by-a-coincidence Non-White, Non-English-nor-Pretestant cultures they’re ummm… not necessarily putting down as Inferior, mind you, more like “The White Anglo Saxon CULTURE is ever so much better, you understand, we don’t think you’re necessarily not as good as us, we’re just Better Than You.”

A slight warning here, when you go around saying you’re that much better than others that you get to run their lives or oppress, repress and suppress them if they don’t allow you, they’ll hit back. Hard.

When you take that to the next level and say that you can justify bombing their countries and killing their people, you’ll get hit again.

The “Superior” Military Might of the Empire is proving to be far less an advantage than originally thought…

“How DARE those rag-head sand-niggers continue to Defy OUR mighty and superior Army?”
–The epitaph of yet another fallen empire

Brother Jonah
Recovering Texan. Christian while and at the same time Anarchist. (like Tolstoy only without the beard, for now) Constantly on the lookout for things which have relevance to things I already know. Autistic. Proud to be Ex- air force. Out of the killing machine for 27 years 4 months and 5 days woohoo! So like where is the link to update my picture?
http://brotherjonah.biz

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