Belief In A Just World
It is alarming that like with Hitler the general population seems somehow untouched by the violence happening to other human beings around them like they are in some kind of hypnotic trance of social acceptance. The public perception of a pope and the hierarchy remains one (though less since the child sexual sandals) that these are holy men, who are all compassionate, kind, truthful and can do no wrong. Many wrongly believe that they are next to God and that God somehow speaks to them and tells them what to do. This is what many people believe even though those conceptions are heretical; because they go directly against the core of Roman Catholic theology, the First Commandment and Christ’s words that there is only one God, who is in heaven. Regardless, it is easy to understand why people in general would believe a pope or a member of the hierarchy is always telling the truth, even if they wrongly condemn innocent people, like all homosexuals. There are "no checks and balances" for the pope and the hierarchy. How are they able to get away these crimes?
We know from social psychology that in general we tend to want to believe that "bad things happen to bad people" because it helps to nurture the false belief that we are living in a “just and fair world.” It is a defense held collectively by people to help maintain a sense of social calm that life is safe, orderly and predictable that “bad things cannot happen to me because I am a good and innocent person.” However, it obscures the reality of life that “bad things do happen to good people.” The tendency is to believe that people who are disadvantaged, who are poor have less because they did something to deserve having less. And so if a pope or a bishop or a cardinal points the finger at someone accusing them of some kind of wrong doing we are likely to believe the pope, bishop or cardinal first before the accused even if the accused is innocent. We tend generally do not consider the facts and details of the situation. “Blaming the victim”(read more: http://www.thepsychfiles.com/2007/03/episode-7-blaming-the-victim-and-other-biases/) is another concept if something bad happens to someone, it is because that person must have done something to have caused it. This is part of what is called the...
Fundamental Attribution Error - Ex: 12 Angry Men - movieRead complete post by - Fr Marty Kurylowicz:
· people do what they do because of the kind of people that they are, not because of the situation they are in
· people tend to underestimate external influences when explaining other people’s behavior
Read more: http://www.thepsychfiles.com/2007/03/episode-7-blaming-the-victim-and-other-biases/
Watch video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50KqUICj-fY