Civilization originates in conquest abroad and repression at home // Stanley Diamond
The violation imperative runs deep in the dominant culture. What does it mean to be a man for example? Well, for one thing, you know you are a real man by how well you violate the boundaries of others. No matter whether we talk about the boundaries of women, boundaries of other cultures, boundaries of nations, boundaries of communities or the boundaries of the natural world. In this patriarchy–industrial civilization–everything exists to be violated, down to the very atom itself.
180-200 species will go extinct today, 180-200 species went extinct yesterday and 180-200 species will go extinct tomorrow. Worldwide, forests fall. Worldwide, the ocean is depleted. All in the name of violation. Violation of boundaries. There is no doubt that our way of living—industrial civilization—is based on, requires, and would collapse very quickly, without persistent and widespread violence; of violation of boundaries.
About one hundred rapes occur every day in Sweden; forty eight women are raped every hour in Congo; one in four girls and one in five boys is sexually molested. 25 % of all women are raped in their lifetimes in USA and another 19 % will have to fence off rape attempts. There is dioxin in every mother’s breast milk. 99% of the large fish in the oceans are gone; 98% of the prairies in the world are gone. Slaughterhouses, vivisection labs, sonar mapping (more like bombing) of the ocean floor, causing massive damage to whales and other sea creatures who happen to be nearby when they blast this insane technology–they blast with around 200db underwater. You can do the maths yourself as to how healthy this is for anything living in that region – to find resources of course. Do I need to mention more about the massive violation imperative that is fundamental in the dominant culture? Everything exists to be violated in order to sustain a lifestyle that can never be sustained.
It’s a sociopathic culture. It’s a way of life for sociopaths.