The history of humiliation points to the future of human dignity

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Shame was used as a punishment up until the 1800s; after the creation of civic duty, forms of shaming such as pillories were opposed by the masses and were eventually abolished. Humiliation succeeded shame, however, and it’s being used not in front of an audience by the ruling class, but on the Internet and social media by regular citizens against other citizens. Instead of its inital purpose – of manipulating others socially acceptable conduct – it has morphed to simply “degrading others for what they are”. Read full article here

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