orenshani7
3 years ago1,000+ Views
The Walter White principle
If you are in the middle of watching, or plan to watch the TV series, "Breaking Bad", you can go on reading this article without worrying of any spoilers. For the purpose of supporting the idea I am going to present here, I only need the well known synopsis of the series, which is that its about a high school chemistry teacher from Albuquerque, New Mexico, who is diagnosed with incurable cancer and decides to become a drugs maker and dealer, because that is the only way he sees, to cover his medical expenses and leave enough money for his family after he dies. The Walter White principle, then, states that people do not adjust to injustice, in a just way. It should be obvious, shouldn't it? there is a reason why "adjust", "justice" and "just", all come from the same root. And yet, governments and other establishments, often act as if they believe that they can make people quietly accept their inferior status, and deprivation of basic human rights. M. K. Gandhi said, that what is exceptional in an extreme behavior, is the extremity and not the behavior. People pushed to the edge merely reveal in their extreme and usually violent response, what is already flawed in the mainstream society that they are on its fringe. This by no means justifies violent or criminal behavior. But if we want to prevent people from resorting to such acts, perhaps we should pay more attention to things that seem to us as normal, but may push others to the edge.
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This is really an interesting argument. I know that the character of Walter White has sparked conversation about how an individual responds to pressures or difficulties, but not ever touching on an entire group of people that feel some sort of oppression. Thanks for the thoughts!
3 years ago·Reply
I took a class once about peacebuilding, but the class ended up focusing largely on war because of a similar idea: we have to understand what causes violent responses, and consider that the actions might be reasonable. Even if its "wrong" or "unjust" to us, that's all relative to our story and to our situation, not to someone elses. Very interesting.
3 years ago·Reply
@onesmile. I agree. One of the reasons that peace is so hard to maintain, is that our definitions of peace is too strict. One of my next articles is going to be on that
3 years ago·Reply
@orenshani7 I can't wait for that article!
3 years ago·Reply
@orenshani7 Looking forward to reading it! It's great to see someone else willing to accept the ideas that peace and war aren't so black and white, nor are we always automatically on the right side.
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