Is named barbarism to absence of civility, education, courtesy or respect. The concept, which comes from the Latin word barbarism, also refers to the brutality and the savagery.
For instance: “What is happening in Syria is a barbarism that no one should tolerate”, “The game ended in a barbarism: two people died and dozens of injuries were registered in the clashes between the supporters of both teams”, “The people can no longer bear the barbarity of drug traffickers and demand concrete responses to the authorities“.
The idea of barbarism is linked to barbarian behavior. This denomination was granted, at different times of the history, by certain peoples to others whom they considered inferior or uneducated. In the Middle Ages, for example, groups that attacked the Romans and spread to various European regions were often referred to as barbarians.
The barbarians, in this sense, were those who acted with violence and without respect for social norms. By extension, the state that the barbarians favored was called barbarism.
The period known as barbarism it is characterized by the appropriation of enemy assets after confrontations. Unfortunately, it was then that human beings began to consider the woman as an object, which men also snatched from their victims. Within this period we can distinguish three stages:
* lower: started with the creation of the pottery. It is known that in almost all communities clay was used to cover wooden or basketry vessels with the purpose of making them resistant to fire, and that at the time these two materials stopped being used in pursuit of a completely clay-based design. This stage is also characterized by the presence of polygyny (a form of polygamy that only man can enjoy), the domestication of animals and the cultivation of food plants;
* half: the human being began to work metals (except for iron), to practice livestock and agriculture making use of systems of irrigation. Marriage also arose at this stage of barbarism;
* higher: iron foundry finally appeared and the wheel, the alphabet and the iron plow were invented.
Nowadays, the concept of barbarism is often used to name that which, due to its excessive cruelty or lack of civility, escapes from the usual in a community. Suppose that at a concert of rock serious incidents occur. A large part of the public causes destruction in the stadium, injures some police officers who work at the event and destroys cars and shops at the exit of the venue. In the journalistic chronicles, the reporters speak of barbarism since it was a situation out of control, where the laws were left aside and many people did not respect the basic criteria of coexistence and social behavior.
As a curious fact, in some countries, such as Argentina, the adjective barbarian has certain positive meanings, and is used to describe an exaggerated reaction, or things that generate a good Print in the interlocutor. For example, if we understand this term as synonymous with “extraordinary, excessive or great”, we can say that “When he found out that he had been expelled from school, his mother made a barbarous scandal”.
Secondly, barbarian it can be something “gorgeous, flashy, or excellent,” as shown in the following example sentence: “The act was barbaric, much better than I expected”. In this same context, it is possible to make use of the interjective phrase “how great” when we want to express “strangeness, admiration or astonishment«. There are regions in which, for cultural reasons, people learn these uses before those related to the origin of the words barbarian and barbarism.