We are surprised that a crocodile is so tender as to transport the eggs, from one place to another until their children are born, or that a panther is loving and takes great care of its children. In another scene we will see both with unusual ferocity. That is the functioning of all brains and ours. It goes from empathy to fierce attack.
What happens, however, is that all other animals do not project their mental, biographical contents, their envy, their revenge; they have no inhabitants in their mind, no personal stories, no nefarious characters to attack by projecting them outside. For animals’ attacks need no explanation because they are a part of their livelihood.
Humans are inhabited by biographical stories, by group pressures and other incentives to break down the norms that prevent us from being the panther that attacks. Beings with weak defenses to control their instincts of death in this case are credited as limited development as human. A rapist wants to kill the essence of a person. And an arsonist hates life, wants revenge. I treated one, the attack was against his father, projected in a pine forest. A person with an emotional blockage and weak intelligence.
Crowd of humans living and imitating. Influencers have been created for them. Until it becomes a way of life. And at the bottom of this are the rapists, of the arsonists.
The fact that the visual media puts the image of a fire in detail but never a detailed description, made by biologists, environmentalists and other experts that describes the terrible damage that it causes in everyone’s lives, makes people see only what it is to them. In many cases, they see the fire sexually. This human crocodile has gone on a fierce rampage, and the day before yesterday, it was a kind being. And let it be known that the catastrophe of the Canary Islands was produced by a man who was on the street with charges. It indicates that society, all of us, the judges and the politicians who legislate, have a vague, diffuse feeling of what fires mean for the planet and climate change. I accuse them and my neighbors who let the trees on their sidewalks dry from the cold indifference of their gaze, the same that can be seen in the eyes of the cat before an attack. It is the lack of sensitivity to feel the living.
The rapists, apart from moving to a brain function with structures of the predatory animals that we have deep inside, also imitate. But there is something else, they do not know human sexuality, they are frustrated because the organ only works if there is violence, not discussion with their partner. They don’t know love-sex. And another thing is that they do it in a group to show friends that they are manly men, that the whole pack is, because like all imitative beings they don’t know, nor are they sure if they are man enough or not. That is why we get up every morning fearing the appearance of another pack. Or another imitative behavior, the last one resulting in falling off a cliff taking a selfie, another imitation behavior to belong to the group of “self-expression,” to feed a slight exhibitionism from belonging to a group.
Finally, the media must be accused of ignoring the fundamentals of being human, actually, in part, they live on it, of addressing that elementary part with their garbage televisions and their headlines of the most eccentric, violent or villaneous. I think they are activating imitative personalities, personalities “as if” they are presenting them a situation to imitate.
Already politicians who do not perceive nature, or science, or culture instead manifest themselves in their programs and behavior, rather than human improvement.
José Antonio Rodríguez Piedrabuena
Specialist in Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis