Violence And The Sacred - René Girard & Scapegoat Theory
March 18, 2003 12:54 AM Subscribe
Human beings, according to French thinker René Girard
, are fundamentally imitative creatures. We copy each other's desires, and are in perpetual conflict with one another over the objects of our desire. In early human communities, this conflict created a permanent threat of violence, and forced our ancestors to find a way to unify themselves. They chose a victim, a scapegoat, an evil one against whom the community could unite.
Scapegoat Theory 101 ?
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