The articles and fragments from the books
Chapter 2.1. from a book Temperology: Manifesto of a "Middle Class"
The level of the "Beggars"
Author: Sergey Kronin
As it is clear from the metaphor, the Beggars are the "activists who eat the bread of idleness" Their mind is concentrated on the getting of "product", i.e. different material comforts that social system produces. Their main instrument is mimicry. They try to look like a social valued person and they are occupied with demonstrating their necessity to the people around. They magnify the significance of their role in any deal. Accordingly they juggle with people’s moral norms, feeling of guilt, fears, customs and social norms. It is clear that responsibility is not concerned here. It may be said that the Beggar looks like a cat that could not miss the opportunity to snatch a sausage from the table. Being caught at it, it began to vent its grievances to those who had caught it, working for their sympathies and... they gave a bit of sausage more. Actually it is the hell of Beggars’ behaviour and action in society: "I wanted the sausage so much I had really no choice in the matter!".
So, it looks relatively funny, nice and harmless. But in reality it is not so cheerful, so, let us view the level internally without metaphors.
We may assume that level of Beggars survives by catching people on their blind observation of moral and other unwritten norms through commanding their confidence, understanding and empathy. People with humanistic view suffer from the Beggars very often. It is impossible to live with the Beggar, communicate with him, but it is also impossible to leave him stranded, because he is a "good guy", somehow in the inmost of his heart. People think that he understands it and he is thankful. On the contrary he is simply "feeding off" his supporter. If the last one decides to cast off the Beggar, all friends, relatives and fellows of that man will range themselves on the Beggar’s side.
It is impossible to come to an accommodation with the Beggar. Common sense, social norms, logical computations – none of all these basic instruments of solution of questions between the adequate people do work here. Beggar will break any engagements not only for his own profit, but also if he has simply "changed his mind". So, the cogency, expostulations are not effective here. As well as deplorations, requests, entreaties. The Beggar will do the only things he wants and behave like he wants to. At the same time the social laws and people around him will find that he is right. He has a phenomenal ability to come off clear.
The fine point is that the common man has an order of social models of mutual relations, which is built-in so deep that it became a part of his character. In his social life he obeys the common rules which are universal for the whole society: "you should negotiate with people", "don’t be rude to people", "don’t betray", "and don’t lie", "family is very important", "relatives are most intimate associates" and such. The common man takes the world through the filter of these limitations and he doesn’t see what happens in reality. Moreover, even if he sees it he refuses to believe it. For example, husband beats his wife back and belly, "because he loves her". And she accepts the situation and excuses him. Nonsense! The Beggars do not have such limitations in thinking and behaviour. They know these limitations perfectly and manipulate people around them, playing with these human values. In other words, their deeds do not agree with their words. It is clear that they have a great pull over any normal man.
Even if the common man gets on this Beggar’s peculiarity, he doesn’t believe it: "He is the same man as the others; he made a mistake we should forgive him. He has also conscience, common sense...". Man doesn’t believe that "there" is absolutely different list of principles and commands. If he believes it, he can not even approximately imagine how it can be so. A man is disposed to endue with the characteristics of his mind and morality all living beings, which he knows, like the birds, the dogs, even the plants. A dog feels ashamed; a plant feels sad, a bird is glad. He’s looking for familiar morality and intellect even in crocodiles, fishes and spiders. Hå can not accept that it’s possible to think otherwise than he does.
Actually, every type of species has its own scheme of mind, in substance own norms. Furthermore, every type of species has its own morality, frame of values that is clear from the zoological observations on the habits of jerboas or macaques. For example, if the master of a wolf turns on its heels the wolf will automatically jump down his throat. That is the nature of a wolf. We are slaves of our program which force us to anthromorphize everything around. Perhaps we can not even imagine that it’s possible to think and take the world otherwise.
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