Friday, March 03, 2017

Fear of Borders

Etymologically speaking, synoros derives from the Greek prefix syn which is used to mark an addition to something (think of it as the Greek equivalent of plus) and oros which is a Greek word meaning (in its neutral form to oros) a mountain, a hill. Together, they signify a boundary, a line, a limit, and, most often, a literal border between two countries. An additional, less-known meaning of this now obsolete adjectival form, can be directly translated into neighborly, adjacent, contiguous.
Synorophobia or synophobia both could work. The latter sounds like Sinophobia, but a lot of people who fear borders also fear the Chinese because in the back of their mind they know what happens if there's no borders and 1.4 billion Chinese. Also China is allied with Russia, and many modern synophobes express an irrational fear or hatred of Russia because the nation recently changed it borders.

Fear of borders. What are other types of borders? The male and female sex. Racial identity. The Laws of God and/or Nature.

The left's constant need for revolution, for destruction and chaos, is the pathological expression of childhood rebellion. Some people become snyophobic as a reaction against strict parenting, but most have pathologized the fear and disorder felt in their childhood, being raised by parents and institutions which failed to provide nurturing boundaries.

Some signs you are dealing with a synophobic. Note that in isolation these could represent some other mental disorder or personality quirk, but taken together they form a diagnosis of synophobia:

Frequently violates standards of decency or decorum, such as use vulgar language (swear/curse worse)
React angrily to the imposition of standards, borders, limits, and even definitions of words
Generally will favor reducing parental power
Overly negative reaction to dead institutions that imposed limits, such as patriarchy or monarchy
Engages in or celebrates sodomy, bestiality or pedophilia
More likely atheist than not, but also expresses anger towards religion and God, often specifically in reference to limits such as those on sexual activity
Likely supports multinational institutions over national governments, including their own government
Becomes angry/upset at defining things, such as male and female
Although they oppose limits and definitions, they do not oppose limits they themselves set, such as the growing number of genders created by those who fear male and female

Many Jews show a deeply developed synophobic condition because of the history of the diaspora. Crossing borders was a matter of life and death for Jews for much of their history. Jews therefore developed a specific fear of borders, but this was not the broader synophobia described above. At least until modern times. Therefore, it is hypothesized that a specific fear, such as of borders, can eventually develop into full blown synophobia if left untreated. Treatment does not require a clinical psychologist, however. Among the more religious Jews, we see a weakening of synophobia, likely due to the limits imposed by strict religious adherence. The creation of the State of Israel also likely weaken synophobia, but is difficult to measure because synophobics will support their self-defined borders. Among non-religious Jews, we see the other traits of synophobia manifest, such as vulgarity and pornography (institutionalized in the ACLU's efforts to weaken limits on the First Amendment) and celebrations of sodomy. Many also oppose the State of Israel, likely still tapping into the deep-seated fear of borders. Religion is often a panacea for many psychological conditions and more research in this area is warranted.

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