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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Why do victorious Soldiers rape the females of the losers?

I hope you didn't come to this post for a pampering of a confused mind, or for pleasant polite perfumed prose.  Nope...this is a gloves-off bare knuckle whack on the (hellooo....is it empty?) head for thick headed, flat headed, fat headed gilded  theoreticians who prop up poverty stricken ideas with rusty ideological scaffolding and strips of emotional gaffer tape!

Firstly, not all victorious soldiers do this, but the occurrence of rape of women on the losing side is common enough for it to become a legitimate subject of social, spiritual  and moral inquiry here.

Firstly, let's 'sack/fire' God from the world, we don't want any divine mandates interfering with our 'objective' debate about  the natural world now do we?

So what's left?   Clearly.... we have the 'Lion Pride' situation. A small society comprising of nearly all females, who are guarded and guided by usually one big male. He has mating rights to them, and if another male comes on the scene,  to quote our one time prime minister Gough Whitlam "Well may they say God save the Queen, because nothing will save the Governor General!" (uttered by Whitlam on the steps of Parliament house after his government was sacked in 1975)
In short, the resident 'King' of those beasts will fight claw and tooth to destroy or hunt off the would be intruder. But that intruder has a twofold  primary intention..... Kick out the king, and frolic with the females! If he wins, he does two things. Firstly he kills the cubs of the existing lionesses, then fills the females with his own genetic 'stamp'- mates with them. (rapes?)

Now work with me here.. we are speaking about a natural world "No God" situation. (Remember, Freidrich Neitzche told us.."God is dead")

So... considering this world as an example of a 'chance' evolved life microcosm in a vast unfathomable universe, why would such inconvenient silly ideas of 'morality' or 'compassion' worry a victorious soldier who is entering a village of victims?

Rape is about power as much as pleasure, perhaps even more toward the 'power' side. So the raping of the women of the defeated side is  a stamping of authority over them, a demonstration that apart from the whim and wish of the victorious side...they are nothing, no one can help them. This is the prelude to the defeated side ultimately being incorporated over time  into the new political/social reality created by the invaders.

Now..this might seem a bit 'jarring' to the sentimental (and deluded) Humanist, who can generally not come up with anything better than "It's good to do good, because doing good is good" Ooooh my!..spare me such convoluted claptrap and intellectual idiocy!  It's total and complete rubbish. Even Hobbes is stirring in his grave at such monstrous lunacy!
All human behaviour must have a reason, a foundation and in the absence of a Creator who has revealed some kind of plan, guidance, will..... the only reason the natural man has is 'might is right'.

Rousseau explores this from a political point of view in his Social Contract, and confirms that 'might' is only 'right' until John Q. Mightier rocks up and wrecks the status quo and makes a new one. Even if 'Might' hangs in here, he won't be sleeping well at night because he damn well knows he is a hated and despised man who is the perennial target of his downtrodden victims who await his first weak moment.

So...perhaps we do need God after all? How caustically arrogant can it be to think that we can dispense with our Creator?

I suggest that the only plausible reason that victorious male soldiers rape their female victims is... a heart condition.  I'm not referring to some kind of valve malfunction or to that kind of 'heart'....I'm referring to the deepest inner 'us' and what it's connected to that gives our brains and neurons a 'wiring' that leads us to make more enduring choices about how to treat the female victims of a military conflict (which could be a defensive one that ended up with victory for the defenders). It might also be a pre-emptive invasion of a State that has a clear and present intention to 'take us out'.

The root cause of cruelty in conflict is what our hearts and minds are connected to in terms of values, virtues and motivation.  St Paul outlines the two types of 'connection' and the behavioral outcomes.

13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. (Gal 5)

He contrasts "Love-(the Spirit)" with 'Flesh'.  He then adds more detail to these two skeletons as follows:

19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. (Gal 5)

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. (Gal 5)
The Spirit is the Holy Spirit spoken of by Jesus:

25 “All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14)
These words are profound. They are disarming, they strip us naked and reveal our true selves...and our need for renewal, to be clothed in garments of white...of newness of life... and when this happens to individuals and they in turn are a social order, such issues as the title of this post describe, will not even enter peoples consciousness.

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