『北朝鮮に拉致された人は、きっと、その国の人間として、普通に幸せに暮しているよ』―― と。


There is a concept known as the 'Fair World Hypothesis.'


In summary, the idea is that 'all justice is ultimately rewarded, and all sin is ultimately punished.'


Above is the so-called 'karmic retribution' or 'self-inflicted retribution.'


Well, this idea in itself is good.


If we don't think that way, it will be hard for people to live, and society will be unstable.



I think the significance of studying history lies in understanding that this 'just world hypothesis' is 'wrong.'


The world is not fair at all.


Rich people are always more prosperous, and beautiful men are better off than those who are not. The best people are more likely to lead stable and happy lives. There is no need to calculate statistics.


Of course, some people fall in life, but the odds are no different from the average person.


In the first place, the concept of 'justice' has an entirely different meaning depending on the direction in which it is viewed, and the same applies to 'punishment' for it.


Those who oppressed the people and slaughtered hundreds of thousands to tens of millions of people have gone unpunished in their lifetimes.


(It would be enough to introduce Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Hitler, and so on.)


No matter how much criticism is leveled at them after their death, massacred people do not come back to life, and dead rulers are not 'punished,' no matter how much future generations criticize them.


'The world is not fair' is a natural phenomenon, as commonplace as 'the apple falling to the ground.'



However, the problem with the Fair World Hypothesis is not such a trivial one.


- You get bullied because you behave in a way that makes you a bully. So it's only fair you get bullied.


- You got hurt because you acted up daily. So it is fair that you got hurt.


- You were molested because you were immoral in the way you dressed. So, it is fair that you were molested.


- You were a victim of a sexual crime because you joined an entertainment company or something like that. So, it's fair to say that you were a victim of sexual exploitation.


These cases are how I have seen the Fair World Hypothesis used (use cases) in my life.


なぜ、被害者を攻撃するのか? ―― そうしないと、怖くてやっていけないから。

Why do they attack victims? -- Because if we don't, we are too scared to live.


We are so weak that we cannot face the reality of an apparently 'unjust world' where 'evil people prosper, and misfortune befalls good people.'


If you accept such an idea, you must admit that misfortune can happen to you, even if you have done nothing wrong.



I started talking about this because I remembered my daughter saying this to me some years ago.

『北朝鮮に拉致された人は、きっと、その国の人間として、普通に幸せに暮しているよ』―― と。

'I am sure that those who North Korea abducted are living normal and happy lives as people of that country' - she said.


The above is an example of a person with a weak mentality who clings to the 'Fair World Hypothesis.'



I will not go into what I said to my daughter after this.


I did, 'so much so that these statements will never reappear in her life.'

やられたら、やりかえす ―― これは、人として当然の権利であり、やったら、やりかえされる ―― これは、人としての当然の義務です。



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