Le déclin des passions?

Publié le par Ysia

La violence est-elle en déclin, comme l’affirme Steven Pinker ? Dans certaines régions d’un pays ou du monde règne-t-il une plus grande violence ? La médiatisation fausse-t-elle notre jugement et noircit-elle notre vision du monde ? Difficile de répondre à ces questions. La violence, me semble-t-il est en chacun de nous. Comme l’a dit Edward O. Wilson :

 

We have created a Star Wars civilization, with Stone Age emotions

In 2007, African Americans were homicide victims at almost ten times the rate of whites, and both blacks and whites in the south were more violent than their counterparts in the north. Black-on-black homicides relative to white-on-white homicides in New York City rose from three times as many to thirteen times as many between 1850 and 1950. In Steven Pinker's interpretation, democracy "came too early" to America, in contrast to Europe, where the state has long ago disarmed the people and acquired a monopoly on violence as a method of policing. The extreme was the American South, where a reliance on " self-help justice" to settle disputes and achieve retaliation was preferred to strong government-based policing.

Robert Gordon, The Rise and Fall of American Growth, p.241

Car, enfin, là est bien le problème. Nous avons depuis toujours extériorisé notre quête sans avoir pris le temps d’apaiser nos passions. Mais comment prendre le recul et dompter l’ogre anthropophage qui habite notre être ?

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