Stopping Genocide

Dear StephenFWeaver,

(In Anthropology Forum)

You write: “How can understanding the cognitive process behind Genocide help us to stop it?”

My suggestion:

Let us go a step further…”How can understanding the cognitive process behind any crime help us stop it?”

I suggest the Jewish Bobbe’s (grandma) method:

She finally agreed to babysit one night for her daughter. On the way out the daughter and husband pointed at a Child’s Psychology (Spock) book on the table and suggested she seek there a solution if a problem arises with her 6-yr old grandson.

Upon their late return, they find the boy sound asleep and ask Bobbe if she had any trouble with little Mark.

“Well, yes, there was a small problem…” says she.

“Did you use the book?” they ask.

“Yes,” she says.

“How?”

“I put him on my knees and gave him a good spanking on his behind with the book…” she says,”Psychology Schmycology…” says she, “To Bobbe, you don’t answer ‘kiss my behind’…”

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StephenFWeaver July 12, 2006

This lovely little anecdote needs a little bit more of an explanation. How does a story about a Jewish grandmother have anything to do with genocide, or even your question of “How can understanding the cognitive process behind any crime help us stop it?” I’m not questioning your reasoning but I would like some elaboration.

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Dov Henis July 14, 2006

Dear StephenFWeaver,

Let us elaborate on this anecdote with a short “Jewish Language Terms” dictionary :

Restaurant. The Shlumi’el (all thumbs, incompetent) waiter brings a bowl of soup to the Shlimazle (unlucky, to whom all embarrassing-bad things happen) customer. As he arrives at the table the shlumi’el waiter stumbles and spills some soup on the shlimazel customer.

The Nudnick (habitual nagger) at the near table blurts aloud “what soup is it?!”

Now, if the nudnick wonders also about the background history of the two persons he is most probably a Phudnick, i.e. a nudnick with a Ph.D….

Now, SFW, re your question “How does a story about a Jewish grandmother have anything to do with genocide or even your question of “How can understanding the cognitive process behind any crime help us stop it?”.

Understanding the cognitive proccess behind any crime will never stop it, and as you “study” the subject many more similar crimes will take place and the “study” will never stop them either…

The peaceful-tranquil-trouble-pain-free time for humanity is very very far ahead, if it ever comes, after a very very long process of learning why and how humans should not hurt others… Until then humanity better rely on deterrence and punishment…methinks, DH.

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