Serene Assumptions of Guilt

“Myths for which there is no direct proof that they are structured by the scapegoat mechanism; the very fact that are implies that the mechanism is nowhere apparent. This is precisely what we observe in all the speeches that are not by Job. The friends cannot be expected to recognize their own injustice. As with all those who create scapegoats, they consider their victim to be guilty. Therefore, for them, there is no scapegoat” (Girard, Job, p. 31).

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