Did you know…
That people generally have the tendency to believe that the world is fundamentally “just”?
This is called the “just-world fallacy”.
When people see something injust done to a person that is not explicable, they will rationalize it and say “they must have deserved it”. And this counts for nearly everyone!
This was proven in quite a few studies. For instance, in a study, male and female participants were told two stories about interaction between a man and a woman. Both stories were identical, except that the ending differed. In the one story, the man asked the woman to marry him, but in the other story, the man raped the woman.
Both male and female participants viewed the woman’s identical actions inevitably leading to very different results.
Have you ever caught yourself thinking “s/he must have deserved it” when something injust happened to someone (not necessarily rape!)?