Chapter 12

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We've already mentioned that that the crime of "inappropriate behavior" has absolutely no meaning outside of context. Every context, be it at home, at work, at the supermarket, at church, or at a ball game, has its own appropriate mode of behavior. And, they're all different from each other.

Consequently, "appropriate behavior" has no more existential standing than thought crimes do. Because, you may not know the moral atmosphere of wherever you are at any particular moment. You might say something or do something that is perfectly normal in every other place or situation you've ever experienced, only to find out that it is shockingly inappropriate in this one particular peculiar place where you are at the moment.

Who knew? Apparently everyone there but you, and all those people who are disturbed by your innocent social error might have the power to penalize you in any way up to and including death. Mostly, because their social system was never explained; nobody was aware that there might be different systems that people might come in from.

Who knew? You, the offender, didn't know -- and the people who comprise the context don't know either, because they just think that what they are, is normal for everyone.