Building blocks of civilisation – application

Following on from the post on ‘The building blocks of civilisation’, I found this example of the understanding examined in the link:

Here in Saarland we have been overwhelmed with refugees mainly young males but some families. In Lebach, some 10 kilometres from here, a camp for 200 was set up and a further 100 added this last week. The politicians, local government and religious leaders have fallen over themselves to bring them in and cater for them.
And so what is the result? In Ventimiglia near Monte Carlo, the refugees banded together ( organised by smart phone) and over ran the market and stole or destroyed everything and ransacked the town.
Here in Lebach, a group entered a supermarket and took what they wanted and destroyed the rest. When the Manageress confronted them, they called up their friends and smashed the place to bits. The police arrived but were overwhelmed. The supermarket is now closed.
Yesterday, my friends rang from Weissenfels near Leipzig since two supermarkets and a Kaufland store in Halle suffered the same way. More news is coming in from all over Germany of the same situations.

It’s what you’d expect when people from a low-trust culture, used to taking whatever they can from public spaces and unaware of the rules governing social interaction in a high-trust culture, find themselves in the midst of such a high-trust culture, where high levels of trust have encouraged people to follow rules in the absence of authority figures, such as police, in order that all can share the benefits of lower transaction costs.

For the ‘low-trust’ immigrants, they neither see nor understand the mores which govern social interaction. They just see ‘free stuff’ and an absence of authority figures – and they act accordingly.

Similar to what happened when the barbarians found themselves welcomed within the boundaries of the Roman Empire.

The situation is aggravated by the inhabitants of the high-trust society having come to rely on external authority figures – who are sparse in a high-trust society and rarely around when needed. They simply cannot defend themselves from the actions of low-trust marauders.

It’s not going to go well.

What is puzzling is the desire of authority figures and great swathes of the population to open the borders to these marauders. Of course, it has happened before – again, the end of the Roman Empire – but that doesn’t make the phenomenon any more comprehensible.

However, it is probably associated with this:

The media report none of this.

A society in denial and lacking in self-confidence and self-respect. This is going to end very badly for many people.


About Stebbing Heuer

A person interested in exploring human perception, reasoning, judgement and deciding, and in promoting clear, effective thinking and the making of good decisions.
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