Gambling Fetishism and Atavistic Culture in the Global South
I don't believe that you can help people to help themselves if you are dishonest about the causes and effects of problems. The Regressive Left would have us believe that the causes of economic destitution, physical disability, intellectual dumbness and moral depravity are purely the fault of affluent hetero white males (The Patriarchy) and the sycophants who have formed synergistic relationships with them. This theory has the character of conspiracy and appears invalid through its irrational pretense. Instead, the causes and effects of problems in cultures are a myriad, some coming from the external and others from the internal, some very fluid and others extremely hermetic. One issue with being in a war-torn state is that the culture often develops in an atavistic way where traumas of daily life are disavowed and the gamble of life itself is fetishized through alternative mediums - such as games. These local cultures of the Global South can produce parasitic relationships and debilitating power struggles once introduced to the global culture. There is no point in avoiding fixing these problems for fear of being labelled a bigot. The label of bigot is wrapped up in the trauma and fetish. To accept the help would be to recognize the trauma - something extremely difficult for the human psyche. And so, we must at least articulate the issues honestly and even in generalized terms in order to get past the fetish occluding the solutions to the real problems that have been disavowed from regular discourse. We must show ourselves in our nakedness, without shame, so that the lacerations can be sutured and allowed to heal.