The Impact on our Person and our Societies
Humiliation is one method that we humans use in interaction to maintain hierarchy. According to Gandhi, it is the way that some individuals in power effectively control large populations. Humiliating someone stems from an antiquated feudal social system and reduces our relating to one of two possibilities: domination or submission.
We create a society where individuals fear each other and become focused on avoiding the impact of humiliation by humiliating others. The worldview of the dominating few is adopted, while the intelligence of the dominated is drowned out. According to David Bohm, this type of fear-based interaction sets up conflict and primitive brain functioning and hinders collective intelligence and higher forms of thought and creativity. (more…)