An obsession exists in the world today based solely upon the use of scapegoats. According to the dictionary, a scapegoat consists of a person or group made to bear the blame for others or to suffer in their place. Some of the most influential scapegoats consist of Jesus Christ taking suffering for the sins of civilization, the Jewish population being punished for the problems in Germany, and more recently the U.S. citizens who perished in 9/11 being punished for the sins of America. Scapegoats have come in many forms over time and have been very destructive. The usage of scapegoats in our society, such as in Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”, has proved to be damaging, and an end must be found in order to find peace.
Scapegoats appear abundant in the world today. Political parties and businesses consistently seem to find a person or small group that takes the blame for serious issues. This can cause problems and arguments that sometimes lead to something serious like wars. Scapegoats are just a way of passing blame off of oneself and on to others, just so reputations can remain intact. This sort of attitude shows how lethargic the world has become, where people don’t even take responsibility for their actions. Many people from older generations complain about how all the new generations become too comatose and unwilling to take on their own actions and indiscretions. With attitudes like this, peace will never be found and will inevitably lead to conflict. Something must be done to stem the flow of scapegoats which have been utilized far too much over time.
One of the earliest examples of a scapegoat comes in the story of the life of Jesus Christ. Whether one believes in Christ as a savior, the story of his life incontrovertibly exemplifies the use of a scapegoat. According to the Bible, Jesus Christ takes it upon himself to be sacrificed for all the sins committed by civilization. “By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all . . .” (New King James Bible, Hebrews 10:10). With his unselfish act, the burdens of sin lifted from the world create the opportunity to be accepted unto heaven if they believe in Christ and his origins. Despite all conflicting religious views, the story of Jesus proves to be the perfect example of a scapegoat. He was one person who bore the blame for others to suffer in their place; he fits perfectly into the definition of a scapegoat. The story of Christ depicts how society, as a whole, was too lazy to take the blame for their actions. This kind of inaction continues to call the need for scapegoats in society.
A more sinister example of scapegoats in history comes from WWII Germany. As Germany continued to fall into a bigger and bigger financial crisis, the Jewish people received more and more blame. They were accused of taking all the jobs and keeping the German economy from stabilizing. In a review of a book covering Nazi propaganda, it’s written...