Thursday, May 2, 2013

Arrest of three men for "cover-up" in Boston shows psychology of "back watching" in many cultures, whatever moral meaning


The media has reported how three “college friends” of  younger Boston Marahon suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev “watched his back” and removed paraphernalia from his dorm room to keep him from “getting out of trouble.”  The three were Azamat Tazhayakov, Dias Kadyrbayev, and Robel Phillipos (the last of the young men was charged “only” with lying to investigators.)
  
One wonders about the “moral compass” of students who feel that loyalty to another person is more relevant than the “bigger picture” of facing the enormity of the apparent crimes.
  
It seems, though, that people raised in many cultures overseas or in many communities here feel exactly that way.  There is no “outer truth”; there is only social position.  To a modern individualist, this sounds shocking.
   
In fact, there was also a video of Dzhokhar playing with a young female relative (“niece”), telling her to get out of the room after kissing him.  It seems again that this is an extension of familial and sibling bonding common in many families, something I never experienced or never had the social poise to experience.
  
There are two sides to my kind of introversion, or to the need for extroversion that most people experience.

Note: Later information indicates that the brothers first intended the attack for July 4.  It still seems shocking that Dzhokhar was so easily led by his brother.  But maybe not in "their" culture/    

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