As you see an equal in everyone you get in touch with it seems people
will in general keep to this rule automatically. But children live in a
different world and speak a different language, so maybe it all started with
child neglect, parents not knowing their children well enough to understand
And then they think children are not real people, and there is something wrong with them, and the properties of a child are bad and should be got rid of and replaced by adult properties, and so they punish their children for being children. So this would be the oldest form of fascism: despise for children. (The relationship between children and adults is asymmetrical, but that doesn't mean they are not equals.)
It doesn't stop there. It's not for no good reason that in Genesis those fig-leaves come right after the Fall. When children have learned that all kinds of bad impulses come out of their subconscious minds, like something evil is living in there, how are they going to explain their first sexual fantasies? It's very likely that they don't dare to think about them, and completely misinterpret them. I suppose this is the cause of sexism, men assuming that women have no honor, no self-respect, no human dignity ... they are Untermenschen, sub-humans.
Here a problem arises. How to avoid getting in touch with them and seeing them as equals? Several solutions have been found. In some cultures men and women live in separate worlds and women are not allowed to show there faces in public. In Western civilization women are taught to parade around as decorative and/or sexual objects, plastic smiles on rubber faces, their breasts peeping out of their dresses like a baby's behind ... Thus teaching little boys that women have no honor and little girls to make themselves blind for the meaning of it. Yet nature often proves stronger then culture and many man feel the need to constantly prove their superiority by insulting women, using sex as an expression of despise and beating women up.
Of course it is all a bit more complicated then this. Not everybody despises children, not all men are sexist. I would say you can split up mankind in two parts: those who have sold their souls to the devil by giving up on the principal of equality, defining parts of the population as inferior, and those who haven't. The first category I will call the indecent, the other the decent. The Fall is something that happens to practically everyone, one way or the other, we all looked up one day to find ourselves covered with blood, not knowing what happened ... But we haven't all sold our souls to the devil. I don't know why some do and some don't, it depends, I suppose, on many factors.
As we all know, it didn't end here, as it does in Genesis. That story
ends with all women being decent and all men sexist, so that women love men but
men can't love women. In a one-sided love relationship the one who doesn't love
rules and thinks it's natural, for those who have no love mistake it for
servility. It's written with the pen of the devil so it's called a punishment:
the subhumans are always blamed themselves for the crimes committed against
The only thing that can make a person feel inferior is guilt, for having treated somebody as inferior; nature's punishment is that you now feel inferior yourself, a very unpleasant feeling that you can only cure by making up and restoring equality. It may seem there are other inferior properties but I don't think that is really true. When you feel inferior for being, for example, stupid, you feel that it's your own fault and that you are insulting other people with it.
Original sin has planted the great fear for guilt into everybody. The misinterpretation of children's behavior creates ugly images of them. Those images turn into demons that people constantly try to fight of, to prove to themselves and others that they are not like that at all. One way to do that is to show your despise for people who represent that demon. This is a bit risky, for if it is a false accusation you make yourself guilty, you create a bad image of yourself.
So those subhumans are very useful, you can project all your demons upon them without risk, they are supposed to have no honor and no human feelings.
Therefore many other categories have been classified as subhuman, based on class, race, religion, nationality and so on. But also in individual relationships a person may be so classified, often one child in a family takes in that position; people can play the one part in one relationship and the other part in another; sometimes it's even reciprocal.
Evil is made out of paradoxes, the snake biting its own tail: for the sake of being seen as a good person, someone who always treats everybody as equal, people start classifying a part of the population as intrinsically inferior. The fear for guilt is the cause of the holocaust.
But now, with those subhumans everywhere, avoiding getting in touch with them on a deeper level needs more then burka's and Botox. The indecent must develop devices to block out human expression.
Many of such devices have been developed. They are used selectively, but many have blocked out every one at a deeper level, so that they have lost the capacity to love. These are the people who have no higher goals in life than to prove their superiority, everything circles around power, status, money and expressing their despise for inferior people. They are the people who enjoy witch-hunting. As most of the positions of power are taken in by those who are most hungry for it, those people form the most powerful class.
In 1956 Elvis Presley's TV-appearances made him the most popular artist of all times practically overnight. I saw them many years later and was amazed. He used means of expression I didn't know existed and didn't know I could read; he broke down and rebuilt the universe.
They wrote in the papers he was making howling and growling noises and grimaces. Of course those people didn't know they had everything distorted, that they were looking with an evil eye and listening with an evil ear; they thought everybody observed the same. "It must be something sexual" they said. It's what witch-hunters always say about emotions they don't understand, which are almost all human emotions. For Elvis Presley was the target of a witch-hunt too, like Oscar Wilde and O.J. Simpson.