Encouragement and Punishment: Behaviour Syndrome

Usual system of early education, based on encouragement and punishment, affects mainly the animal nature of human, but every action is doomed to have a counteraction. And our animal nature, which has since the childhood become a main part of our social life, produces in the future such anomalies as fear, feeling of vanity and inferiority, and all the psychoanalytical complexes according to the list. In Japan children were traditionally allowed to do anything at all until the age of 6-7 – probably that is the reason why prewar Japanese culture has conquered one of the biggest animal fears of all – the fear of death.

The same script we see in all the societies. Encouragement and punishment rule in jurisprudence, economics, politics and, again, education. The animal mode – is the simplest mode of controlling the human, which does not mean the most efficient one. The more we affect the animal nature, the more distortions it brings back: violence, racism, sex-addiction, anger and even informational pollution (such as advertisement and low popular art, whose production is based on the animal laws of perception). The contemporary disappointment, suicide and the more and more usual inability to live “proper life” mark the unwillingness to follow this animal laws at all the levels.

In early childhood we learn the animal behavior – such as the artificial concepts of “good” and “bad”, depending on external effects and representations they are equipped with by adults: “Stand in the corner, you were bad”, “If you behave well, you will receive a candy (toy, trip)”. Even if a positive reaction do not correspond to real child’s image of the positive, it still imposes a bipolar system of values: positive and negative, nothing in between.

Besides, the human psyche, based on such patterns of encouragement and punishment, is doomed to suppress the human’s will, for we are so used to our actions being followed by the external reactions, positive or negative. In such a situation we are simply unable to do anything without an external motivation: admiration, condemnation, salary. And out of such reactions any action is considered as senseless.

Just as jurisprudence, these reactions are too external – they do not deal with the real inner purposes of individuals, but, again, impose such purposes from the outside, and we are taught that the most important (if not the only) part of morality – is the external comfort of the others, and not the internal comfort of ourselves. Moreover, we are taught, that our inner comfort can never be a criteria for the common “morality”, that we are by nature egoistic and arrogant. Of course, the animalistic part of us is so. But this is not our only part – until it is affected so intensively that the most important, human part has to stay almost silent.

Why morality and public justice can not reach each other, and law always stays dead? Because the law tries to impose the samples of the objective behaviour of others – and does not care about subjective personal conscience. We say that the “immoral” – is to cause other’s suffering. But how can one measure the level of suffering which is caused in us by ourselves? By the wrong convictions, habits – or choices that we make, according to them. By the wrong, bipolar, expectations from the multipolar world. The only way to live in peace with society – is to live in peace with oneself, not the opposite. But unlike conscience, the law is always external, it deals with the animal part of human using the tools of encouragement and punishment – although even this part the law fulfills badly, for not to be punished is a poor encouragement even for lab rats.


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