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Concept and What is: Vandalism | Psychology

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The term vandalism has its origin in Ancient History and refers directly to one of the people who invaded the Roman Empire, already weakened in time. These groups were considered from the point of view of the Rome of the Caesars, as barbarians because they did not have the culture developed by this power.

The Vandals were of Germanic origin and repeatedly spread across Europe, to find a refuge in Carthage in North Africa. At one point, however, they decided to enter Rome and there made withdrawals for at least two weeks. The Roman version was preserved over time, and so today 'thug' is synonymous with spoiler.

Therefore, vandalism is an attitude or mode of expression which aims to try to destroy a certain culture and art as well as other people's heritage. It is usually a path trodden by young people who can not find another way to channel his energy and aggressiveness. There are several examples of thugs who, to find support for awakening within him the artistic potential that dwells in him, and then develop it as best you can, leave the aggressive attitudes and become, for example, graffiti, since the Graffiti is an art form.

The first historical mention of this expression comes from the time of the French Revolution. Documents show that on January 10, 1794, the Bishop of Blois, Henri Grégoire, refers to the attitudes of the Republican Army members as vandal. Since the seventeenth century, however, the French and English this word was already imbued with a pejorative content.

Today this issue of vandalism is arising among young people. With the intensification of violence, its practitioners have improved their methods, joining in ever more powerful and lethal gangs, not only defacing, damaging public property, but also increasingly resorted to acts of extreme savagery, such as , burn people alive - usually those who are socially excluded, as residents of streets and indigenous - or assaulting prostitutes.

Within their own schools, students detonate bombs on patios or in bathrooms, terrorizing classmates, teachers and principals. In the opinion of students, these acts often are intended to draw attention not only of the faculty, or society, but also girls, because their fans try to create them on a heroic and powerful image. This does not mean, however, that the girls do not participate in these actions, since they currently turn out to be, at times, more violent than boys.

Contrary to common opinion, however, these acts do not only happen within state schools, but are also very frequent in private schools. Thus, it is not a class issue, but educational, behavioral, the result of a profound crisis of values, impunity, a complete disbelief in basic moral principles such as respect, solidarity and acceptance of differences.

This is a problem which, together with many other factors of violence, has been growing especially in large cities, which does not completely exempt small communities, causing serious social unrest, culminating increasingly with the death of aggression committed by the Vandals target . This means that, today, vandalism gradually confused with pure and indiscriminate violence, which shows a complete lack of meaning of life, devoid increasingly its intrinsic value.

The Vandals are judged thus beyond good and evil, of any ethical judgment. Most likely, even deemed judges of their fellow men, which, incidentally, they see every moment with a growing estrangement, as the 'other' they do not understand and do not accept. So this be misunderstood by them is seen with hostility, as someone who threatens them and therefore must be destroyed, which also applies to all production material they rejected for one reason or another.
Translated for educational purposes.
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