Is the time right for a new wave of scapegoating?
The ego defense of displacement plays an important role in scapegoating. In which uncomfortable feeling such as anger, frustration, envy, guilt, shame and insecurity are displaced or redirected onto another, often more vulnerable person or group. The Scapegoater’s-outsiders, immigrants,minorities, deviants, are often persecuted, enabling the scapegoater’s to discharge and distract from their negative feeling, which are replaced or overtaken by a crude but consoling sense of affirmation and self-righteous indignation.
The creation of a Gillian necessarily implies that of a hero, even of both are purely fictional.
Sometimes it is the villain, or villains, who are in need of an even greater villain. Especially in a time of crisis, unscrupulous leaders and politicians can cynically exploit the ancient and deep-rooted impulse to scapegoat to deflect and distract from their own inadequacies and evade, or seek to evade, their legitimate burden of blame and responsibility.
A good example of a historical scapegoat is our Government today, They blame everything on everyone else except themselves. And sadly they do it right under our eyes and no one thinks anything of it.
A scapegoat usually implies a person or group, but the mechanism of scapegoating can also apply to non-human entities, whether objects, animals, or demons. Conversely, human scapegoat are to varying degrees dehumanize and objectivied. The dehumanization of the scapegoat makes the scapegoating both more potent and more palatable, and can even lend it a sense of pre-ordained, cosmic inevitability.
Owing to human nature, envy gradually builds up in a society until it reaches a tipping point, at which order and reason credo to mob rule, chaos, and violence. To quell this madness of the crowds’ which poses an existential threat to the society, an exposed or vulnerable person or group is singled out as a sink for all the bad feelings.
One who opposes or resists a belief that is being imposed upon them.
The term ‘scapegoat’ actually has its origin in the Old Testament in Leviticus 16. To which God instructed Moses and Aaron to sacrifice two goats every year. The first goat was to be killed and its blood sprinkled upon the Ark of the Covenant. The High Priest was then to lay his hands upon the head of the second goat and confess the sins of the people. Unlike the first goat, this lucky second goat was not killed but released into the wilderness together with its burden of sin, which is why it came to be known as a, or the scapegoat.