The weakening of the Sacrificial Mechanisms

In closed or insular societies, the sacrificial mechanism borne from scapegoating is meant to be a final act of justification for the society. The act of sacrifice becomes a powerful cathartic mechanism, meant to purge society of the violence created by mimetic conflict.

Sacrificial Mechanisms

However, this mechanism works most effectively when it occurs unconsciously, never been seen or considered as a ‘mechanism’.

In modern, more diverse societies, the sacrificial mechanism is often weakened because the victim is exposed as a victim. This exposing, or unveiling, thereby dethrones the whole founding myth the sacrifice was to uphold, stripping it of its power.