Confusion & Unrest

The article I chose brought attention to the resurfaced protests of concerned citizens in Hong Kong. One year ago, five publishers went missing that were associated with literature criticizing Beijing’s leadership. The only information supplied by investigators is that the situation is “complicated”. Due to widespread fear and confusion, many publishers have pulled books in fear of joining the disappearing act. Beijing’s citizens and government are at odds with each other. Without answers, family members and members of the publishing world are losing trust in their government and protective forces to keep them from unjust kidnappings. Unrest in the streets of Beijing will only continue to unfold until the people are given answers and are promised protection.


Many historians believe that witchcraft resulted from factionalism in Salem. They believe that those who claimed to be afflicted had ingested hallucinogens and were deliberately faking. This view has been challenged and others believe it resulted from an attempt to make sense of the unknown such as an illness or disaster. Segall has a similar view in her book and gives the example, “when a sudden disease after a neighbor seemed to give you the evil eye or cast a jealous look at your body or belongings, suspicions grow. (176). The Salem witch trials followed a conflict with the indians that lead to the loss of many english settler lives. Many of the accused had family members wiped out and claimed that they had seen the devil in the shape of an indian. Witchcraft was a way to explain the unknown and fight the confusion. 

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