Monday, September 25, 2006
What drives people to commit acts of masochism, be they physical or emotional, against their self interests? Why are some people just driven to repeat the same negative patterns over and over and over again? What is it about the human condition that refuses to learn from even personal history, let alone shared, collective, societal history? Why are some nations, like human beings, driven almost from a desire to engage in collective maschochism? And how does one purge masochistic memories from one's mind, be it personal mind or collective conscience of a society? How does one heal, move on, and start on a fresh path? Is there ever any real healing, or are we all just bound to repeat the same mistakes over and over and over again?