People do two things to gain pleasure or avoid pain. This is what Sigmund Freud suggested. The rising concern in modern society is doing awful things to get extreme pleasure by hurting others the most.
The recent painful reports show the extremes societies drag themselves into by seeking the pleasure of hurting others. A mother killed her three young children to cause maximum pain for her husband in retaliation for his seeking the pleasure of betraying her with her friend.
When retaliation becomes the source of maximum pleasure chaos prevails.
This is in accordance with what Harvey Lloyd commented recently;
History is a great place to harvest wisdom from foolishness (Chaos). Many leaders/Thinkers and events are on display of how they went from order to chaos and back to order. If we can focus on the reasoning and logic rather than fault, we may find a series of beliefs that can help us walk from chaos.
Retaliation is disorder and tolerance is order and we need to restore their balance; else, we shall end up in the darkness of chaos.
Are not wars an example of what I mean? The warriors get the maximum pleasure from causing extreme mass destruction and killing of the enemy. We observe this on all scales. Look at the fake news by anonymous or fake names publishing scandals about prominent people to get the pleasure of hurting those people.
It is the pleasure of destroying others that is likely to spark that could lead to a global fire.
We need to restore balance in our world. The way to do this is what Harvey Lloyd suggested and what also Samantha Bailey shared in a comment about a tweet she found accidentally. “’When you’re angry, sleep on it’. The morning can bring a different perspective and a realization that the cause of conflict can flow in more than one direction. Introspection and self-realization are helpful points to start examining and acknowledging one’s own weaknesses and vulnerabilities.”
The ease by which some people can publish and disseminate ill-intended information shows that those people react than respond. They allow their prevailing feelings of retaliation and agony to do the unthinkable.
Our world needs a period to pause and rethink what is going on if we are to avoid sliding down into the chaos deep and dark hole.