2009 | Świat i Słowo 2009, nr 1 (12) | 255-264
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Nietolerancja jako przyzwolenie na zadawanie cierpienia

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Intolerance as a consent to cause suffering of others
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We universally admit that tolerance is a permanent value of the contemporary world because of the fact that intolerance leads to totalitarianism which is always a source of human tragedies. But intolerance is mainly the most important cause of a inhuman treating of other people who have been rejected or partly moderated in their human status. Before tortures are used, a mechanism of dehumanizing victims is universally exploited. The dehumanization is based on the strength of a natural emotional ability of distinguishing between strangers and our own group. This phenomenon is called a “infrahumanism”. The force of the mechanism for excluding is so tremendous, that a submitted group accepts its own situation. The Stanford Prison Experiment conducted in 1971 by Philip Zimbardo also reveals that a person does not have to be a psychopath to torture others. The experiment shows, that a man can become intolerant at once if he only deals with the group which can be called “the strange group”. The more the group is submitted, the more intolerant types of behaviour take on aggressive forms. An extreme instance of this is undoubtedly a willingness to inflict a physical and mental pain on somebody which means torturing others (strangers). 11
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