Monday, January 10, 2011
Discipline of the Lash
Before I begin this post about flogging as a form of discipline, I would first like to thank everyone who participates in this blog by commenting, reading, and forwarding it. For a long time, I thought I was alone in my quest to explore all facets of flogging, but through this—and the success of my YouTube videos—I have found that is not true. We are a community, even if we didn’t realize it before. And I am very proud to be someone who is helping to lead this community—and flogging—into the mainstream.
Mike had posted a statement: “Severe whipping is what we male animals need” to the Jan 1 post. Richie responded to it in a comment to the Jan 3 post, asking, “…it would be cool to understand the psychological reasoning behind the statement itself. Is it because violence is the only thing men truly understand and discipline?”
Since I am not a psychologist, I can’t really delve into what drives a statement like Mike’s, but nonetheless tend to agree with it. I think we can all agree that young men need discipline. Discipline can come from inside or outside the person. A young man without discipline will either become rowdy or lazy—neither is beneficial to society. And constructive discipline easily breaks down in uncontrolled crowds. Therefore, the application of discipline is in order when dealing with groups of young men, such as in a military or prison setting.
The threat of punishment must be backed up with the application of it. The question is: to what degree? And that must take into account the circumstances. Many military officers, especially in the British military, had a zeal for applying the lash to the backs of their men, believing that their soldiers/sailors were merely drunkards or brutes understanding nothing but severe pain. And Southern sheriffs in the United States have traditionally used the strap ruthlessly to keep their prisoners working hard on chain gangs.
So, from an idealistic perspective, given that soldiers on the march before an enemy often need to have their resolve stiffened and that prisoners working at hard labor will shirk whenever possible, the lash seems to be an adequate—and appropriate solution: An officer can’t have his men languishing in confinement when there is fighting to do (flogging gets the punishment out of the way quickly), and a prisoner laboring at public works will not be motivated by the threat of additional incarceration (solitary or not), but will jump at the thought of another application of the strap.