In my readings, thoughts of Ferguson continued to float about. The below scientific article gave some clues to me, for a bit of understanding of the Ferguson Phenomena.
I’ve taken great liberty with the core of these paragraphs and changed totally it’s subject matter, and have inserted my thoughts.
By N. Oetker.
Ferguson Missouri November 2014
General notion of and realities.
The inquiry and criticism which have gone on for months has emerged. The following present attitude of mind of some, toward the sum total of our knowledge of events that happened in Ferguson. The notions of some, have in their minds, that in some mysterious way parallels the real events of recent to be their everyday life existence.
But it is totally unlike it. The ideas and notion of riots, bottle throwing, cursing, raging, setting fires, of what is available because of a mob mentality. Caused by a group, or by force of another group. The riotous energy, within Ferguson, and time ex-pendant stand in the same or similar relation to reality as law and anarchy.
The outside observers, do to Ferguson’s law and anarchy problem. Sees rioting, mayhem, arson, violence, thievery actually and really happening live on TV.
Law and justice, do they have actually and really the qualities and characteristics with which we endow them. Peace and order, the notions, the ideals are simply representations of things outside ourselves.
Anarchy, violence, and practiced mayhem are things which, while real, have an essential nature not known to most of us.
Riots, bottle throwing, cursing, raging, setting fires, stealing, looting, ransacking of what is available because of a mob mentality. These types of actions are merely devices, symbols, which enable us to reason about reality within Ferguson Missouri U.S.
These actions are parts of ideals and notions giving conceptual mechanism in our minds which operates, or enables our minds to operate, in the same sequence of events as the sequence of the phenomena happening before the television viewer that’s watching a mob driven chaos.
So that when we perceive by our senses this group phenomena in the external, that is in Ferguson, we can reason out what result will flow from the interaction of the realities involved, and thus predict what the situation will be between Law and Anarchy, at a given stage in the sequence.
But while our notions concerning Ferguson have a mechanical aspect, we do not regard the people as mechanical.
This may be illustrated by a little story. Entering his friends house, a gentleman is seized unawares from behind. He turns his head but sees nothing. His hat and coat are removed and deposited in their proper places by some invisible agent, seats and tables and refreshments appear in due time where they are required, all without any apparent cause.
The visitor shivers with horror and asks his host for an explanation. He is then told that the ideas “law” and “regularity” are at work, and that it is they who acquit themselves so well of their tasks.
Law’s ideas cannot be seen nor felt nor seized nor weighed; they reveal their existence only by their thoughtful care for the welfare of mankind.
I think the guest, coming home, will relate that his friend’s house is haunted. The Law may be kind, benevolent, even useful; yet the Law they are.
Now in Ferguson’s reality, police and absolute order, are forces self perpetuating, and all the other apparatus, altogether imperceptible, appearing only at the proper time to make possible a proper building up of law, justice, and peace. Justice plays the same mysterious part as the ideas “law and “anarchy” in Ferguson.
As a matter of fact, we realize this and do not allow ourselves to be imposed upon with regard to the true nature of these agencies. We use a mechanistic terminology and a mechanistic mode of law and order reasoning only because we have found by experience that they facilitate our reasoning of these horrific actions at time demonstrated by those participants in Ferguson Missouri U.S.
They are the tools which we find produce results. They are adapted to our minds, but perhaps it would be better to say that our minds are so constructed as to render our conceptual universe necessarily mechanical in its aspect in order that our minds may reason at all.
Two things antithetic are involved—law and anarchy are objects, and a reality, and have neither complete nor absolute knowledge of either.
We cannot affirm which is more truly to be said to be mechanistic in its nature, though we may suspect that really neither is. We no longer think of cause and effect as dictated by inherent necessity, we simply regard them as sequences within the mob-rule’s routine, for our sense.
Impressions of phenomena, in a word, the grasped of our ideas that our notions of reality, at present at least, whatever they may become ultimately, are not absolute, but simply relative. We see, too, that we do not explain Ferguson, but only describe our perceptions of its contents.
The so-called laws of riots are simply statements of formulas which resume or sum up the relationships and sequences of this phenomena. Our effort is constantly to find formulas which will describe the widest possible range of causes of this phenomena. As our knowledge increases, that is, as we perceive new phenomena, our laws or formula; break down, that is, they fail to afford a description in brief terms of all of our perceptions of why it happens. It is not that the old laws are untrue, but simply that they are not comprehensive enough to include all of our perceptions. The old notions of cause (riot) are often particular or limiting instances of the new, (a new justification for additional rioting.