The Punching Bag, or The Outcast

June 16th, 2017by BlueDiamond

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I always had a theory about purpose of the outcast, the person the majority doesn’t like, so they mess with him or her. Don’t think theory more like a thought is the right word. It can be argued that the outcast can change their behavior such as learning people skills, maybe their appearance as well to be more accepted into society, yet at the same time I feel as if it’s an excuse to keep this person down like this is your fault, so we have a right to make you miserable. I heard a story once about someone changing herself such as liking what her bullies like, but they just hated her even more. Still, there are some things that can’t be helped like a disability or a scar across their face.

I once read that bullying has been argued to weed out others who are or were deem unfit for society, in other words those that are considered “weak”. It’s to keep the herd fit and healthy. You can see this behavior across the animal kingdom where the sickly or “outcast” animal is left to die, fend to his or her self, or gets killed by the group. If you have studied Sigmund Freud’ work about the superego, ego, and id, you can understand what I’m about to explain next. I believe the bullying behavior is the ego balancing out the human from killing the human, which is the id, and the knowing that killing is wrong, the superego, so humans can’t have that simple instinct of leaving the sickly behind because we’re evolved to have this conscious.

I didn’t finally figured out the outcast’s purpose until I read about wolves, who do have an interesting hierarchy. Only the alphas have the breeding rights, then you have the betas, and at the bottom is the omega. The omega does have an important role. They are the glue that holds the pack together. The alphas uses the omega as a stress reliever by keeping him at the bottom, however once the omega gets tired of way he has been treated and decides to leave, it has been witnessed that the wolf will sit and do nothing for a certain amount of days to mount the lost of their omega. This sounds similar to how people treat the outcast and as much as I hate to say it, but the outcast is pretty much the punching bag. Yep, they use the outcast to make themselves feel better. The outcast is the scapegoat used to carry everyone else’s sorrow and guilt. They can shift their negativity on the someone else, so they don’t have to focus on themselves, and when the outcast leaves they will have to deal with their problems and on top of that deal with the loss of someone who was actually important.

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