The massacre of
What does this tell us? Well, clearly the Catholic church felt threatened in some way by the Cathars. It provides confirmation of my suggestion that human psychology actually has no inbuilt inhibitions against treating anybody else as badly as possible, social sanctions being absent, which is one reason (although not the most important) why people should never be placed at the mercy of other people’s goodwill, or why people should never be trusted to act in someone else’s ‘interests’.
So it may be observed that the current elevation of the death and physical injury of a large number of people to an unquestioned object of compassion, overriding all other claims on the compassion of benefactors, is entirely fictitious and is motivated only by the desire to do down some other sectors of the population, such as frustrated intellectuals, but also simply by the desire to erode the protection of the individual per se.
Recently I have heard on French television, and seen in British newspapers, statements about the acceptability of using information obtained by torture in the case of suspected terrorism. Because, in any case of suspected terrorism, it is possible that a bomb has been planted somewhere where it will cause the loss of the lives of many people, as well as causing physical injury to a large number of others. Multiplying the numerical factor by the obvious physical nature of the damage which may be prevented provides a weighting so large that the immunity of any individual to torture goes by the board. Similarly people suspected (or allegedly suspected) of being a danger to the community by their possible association with terrorism are already being imprisoned indefinitely with no reason given and, in some cases, are said to be going out of their minds at being unable to discover whether or when they will be released.
It is only a matter of time before this hits those at whom it is really aimed, viz. white, respectable, intellectual middle class males (of course, it is aimed also at females with the qualifying characteristics, but it is still the case that those who arouse envy and hatred are predominantly males.)
By the way, in citing the Catholic massacre of