Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Addressing the Prevalence of Malice

In Australia, there is a confusing and intrusive range of services dealing with the prevalence of malice.

The actions of malicious persons are the cause of much suffering in Australia, and around the world more widely.

But why is malice so prevalent?  Is it part of the unchangeable, ingrained psyche of abusive persons?  Is it essentially biological or essentially cultural?

If you have been an anonymous participant in the mental health forums in this ethereal theatre, you are likely to be aware that malice is the cause of many mental health problems for its victims.

What is malice?  How has it affected your life?

Are you aware of the meaning of malice in legal terms?

When has malice and recklessness been directed towards you?

Are you aware of the meaning of recklessness in legal terms?

What is your understanding of legal liability?

What is your knowledge of the legally guilty mind?

How can you prove malice is intentional?

When is selfishness malicious?

What is your understanding of culpability?

How do you usually respond when someone behaves maliciously towards you?

Have you ever been made aware of your own maliciousness?

Have you ever been made aware of your negligence?

In Australia, the Department of Human Services provides information, resources and referrals to support people affected by family and domestic violence.

Lifeline supplies information about family and domestic violence and a counselling service for people in crisis.

The 1800RESPECT telephone and online counselling service for victims of violence and abuse is available at all hours, to anyone in need of advice and support.

Do you have an abusive sibling?

Do you have an abusive spouse?

Do you have an abusive parent?

Do you have an abusive child?

Do you have an abusive neighbour?

It is often the case that survivors and victims of psychological trauma either do not understand the extent of their own trauma or the people in their lives at the time of the incidents continue to deny the trauma occurred.

Emotional neglect is not necessarily malicious.  Yet to dismiss people's true emotional feelings is to deny their distress.  It is to treat their experiences as trivial.  It is to behave in a superficial way towards injustices.

When people perceive themselves to have experienced injustice, they may become irreparably bitter if their expected redress is not granted to them.  Bitterness leads to much maliciousness.

Sibling rivalries often involve competitive comparisons, as do student rivalries in schools, colleges and universities.  It is likely that a considerable number of people build their careers on the basis of such rivalries.

But even with the prevalence of malice, is there any sign that it can be prevented?  Is irrational competitiveness its source?