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The coward punch has been a problem for a while in Sydney. The individual who gives a single punch to a randomly chosen person, usually under the influence of alcohol. A single punch can cause serious injury or death. The knowledge of this and the guaranteed media saturation only increase the frequency of attacks. What drives an individual to target an unsuspecting victim? The attitude could be caused by jealousy as the target could be with a woman or look well healed. The underlying envy of lifestyle is possibly an underlying cause. If people are out enjoying themselves the perpetrator is obviously not enjoying themselves and ready to avenge their perceived lack. The envy or perceived lack of enjoyment is the fantasy that the other is having a better life or better time. This is characteristic of Australian society and the fantasy of the benefits awaiting asylum seekers as an example is a state and social misperception. Also even though someone looks like they are having a better time or have it better they may not. The misperception is the driver of this aggression and the assumptions are leading to violence. The perpetrator acts to increase their pleasure from what they feel is a wager with the target. Really there is no wager there is simply an idea that there is a lack of pleasure implying inconsistency. If the perpetrator could imagine a different world where individuals could be equal in terms of the ability to feel and experience enjoyment regardless of socioeconomic background there may be a decrease in these crimes. Rather than the perpetrator looking for a target to increase there pleasure destroying the victim and taking away their perceived inequality and pleasure. The perpetrator could learn that it is all a fantasy, the asylum seeker won’t take jobs. The socioeconomic ladder is not an indicator of character or increased pleasure. It is there but not necessarily avenged through your own lack of self worth through violence. The perpetrator needs to see people who are not necessarily only fragile but equal and complex.

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