Over the weekend life changed in America. The graphic murder torture of George Floyd was seen by all. The reaction was intense, to say the least. It seems like going forward we are all going to witness up close, via the global network of cellphone videos, the brutality of men (police), the kind we might expect to see in movies of Hitler’s SS and Brownshirt storm troopers.
“I was waiting for someone to push the officer off,” Camden County Police Chief Joseph D. Wysocki told Yahoo News. “We watched a murder unfold. … It was disgusting to see.”
George Floyd, Did He Have To Die That Way? Do we have to be the way we are? A bad movie is playing before our collective eyes and we are in it, in the movie even if we are lockdown in our own homes. The everything bubble is threatening to become an everything collapse and it will catch up with us no matter where we are and what we are doing.
I am not the nervous type but I am getting nervous. Events are moving fast, in an ugly direction yet they continue the illusion that everything is OK. Don’t be surprised with the rising stock market and vaccines will come to the rescue like the FED so everything is going to be all right. However, the news is bad, its terrible and about to get worse.
I am afraid that we are going into a new Dark Age where violence will grow exponentially again as it has before. The police and security forces around the world have trained heavily this past two decades preparing for civil violence and disobedience. Violence is normal for our race though most of it is hidden from plain sight, but not any longer thanks to digital technology, which can both show it all and hide what Google, Facebook, YouTube and Tweeter want.
“Stop Killing Us!” Three words, scrawled on a sign
held by a 5-year-old black boy at a Tampa protest against
police brutality. Messages don’t get any clearer than that.
Truth Speaks in Thunder as in Silence. Sometimes it is in tune to speak out forcibly, confronting what we see and feel. And sometimes it is better to remain silent and in our center of peace surrendering to what life is bringing. The heart of true wisdom is to know the difference. And the heart of true wisdom revolves around using our intelligence to find creative solutions to effect change. Some good ideas are presented at the end of this essay, which probes some of the deeper issues that are at play on the human battlefield of life.
Evil Does Exist
There are people on this planet that actually take pleasure in hurting other people. I think M. Scott Peck in The Road Less Traveled said this best when he said, “There really are people, and institutions made up of people, who respond with hatred in the presence of goodness and would destroy the good insofar as it is in their power to do so.”
“They hate the light and instinctively will do anything to avoid it, including attempting to extinguish it. They will destroy the light in their own children and in all other beings subject to their power. Evil people hate the light because it reveals themselves to themselves. They hate goodness because it reveals their badness; they hate love because it reveals their laziness. They will destroy the light, the goodness, the love in order to avoid the pain of such self-awareness.”
Peck sees that truly evil people take an active rather than a passive path of avoidance of legitimate suffering. He says they will take “any action in their power to protect their own laziness and to preserve the integrity of their sick self. Rather than nurturing others, they will actually destroy others in this cause. If necessary they will even kill to escape the pain of their own spiritual growth.”
Imagine that you are creating a fabric of human destiny
with the object of making men happy in the end,
giving them peace and rest at last,
but that it was essential and inevitable to torture to death
only one tiny creature…and to found that edifice on its unavenged tears,
would you consent to be the architect on those conditions?
Tell me, and tell the truth.
Peace is not cheap. Finally we will begin to see that we are all one and that whatever we have allowed to be done to one is going to be done to all. Perhaps we will be driven down to the level where we will finally understand the depth of the Russian soul, which knows quite a bit about human suffering.
Psychopaths are scarier and much more dangerous than any of us think they are. It’s in their blood and in their minds, a destructive sickness that is psychotic, sociopathic as well as narcissistic and sadistic.
Psychologist and FBI criminal profiler Dr. Robert Hare describes psychopaths as “intraspecies predators who use charm, manipulation, intimidation, and violence to control others and to satisfy their own selfish needs.” They will stab you in the back and shed no tears.
Hare continues, “Lacking in conscience and in feelings for others, they cold-bloodedly take what they want and do as they please, violating social norms and expectations without the slightest sense of guilt or regret. There is a class of individuals who have been around forever and who are found in every race, culture, society and walk of life. Most everybody has met these people, been deceived and manipulated by them, and forced to live with or repair the damage they have wrought. These often charming – but always deadly – individuals have a clinical name: psychopaths. Their hallmark is a stunning lack of conscience; their game is self-gratification at the other person’s expense.”
Anger is a cry for change.
Change in situation, change in the self.
Anger has a lot to do with either the expression of power or the helplessness we experience when we are confronted with other peoples power. Definitions of anger vary from being a body tension with a cognitive view of the world as being frustrating, irritating, insulting, unfair or assaulting to a literal demand from our internal being to pay attention to our essential needs and then to act accordingly.
Anger cannot be dishonest.
George R. Bach
Anger shows a ‘strong’ displeasure about something. Reject not anger for it is expressing something meaningful. What that displeasure is about is very important. If we get angry because we are not getting our way it is one thing. If we are unhappy with another because they are not doing what we like, or things are not going exactly according to our personal plan, we have the smallest self-letting off steam. But we have the kind of anger that is aroused by something unjust, mean, or unworthy.
When the lock–downs are instituted again, the U.S.
population is going to go berserk. They think the crisis is
almost over; they have no idea that it’s only just beginning.
We call this indignation but it is still a form of anger. Modern Psychology understands that the universal trigger for anger is the sense of being endangered. This sense of endangerment is not limited to mere physical threats. It can include threats to self-esteem and dignity. When we feel that we are being treated unjustly or rudely or being insulted or demeaned there is a natural and often deep response within us.
The list of countries and cities disintegrating or unraveling because of violence, economic collapse, political turmoil, lack of food and civil unrest is going to grow. Human violence is an important subject at this particular moment in time.
This society may be unrecognizable in a few months.
For one thing, there’s a good chance that the current
violence in the streets won’t blow over as it has before.
James Howard Kunstler
The boys over at Peak Prosperity have some good ideas how to take the masters of the present paradigm down. “So, how can the populace create enough discomfort for those at the top to effect change? By strategically focusing their collective power on weak points within the system. By targeting the cracks in the armor and pressing them hard via coordinated action that is — and this is essential — peaceful and legal.”
“Chris and I want to be clear on this: while we understand the tremendous fear, anger and frustration many of the seriously aggrieved rightly feel, and while we completely agree that the deeply unfair status quo needs massive and immediate reform, we don’t support violence against others nor the destruction of property and livelihoods. Not only do those tactics undermine the moral authority of any protest, we don’t think they’re effective in producing long-term positive change.” So they suggest going after the big banks by taking your money out of them.
Silicon Valley Has Effectively Banned the
Freedom of Speech. It’s Time We Take It Back
Robert Bridge has some interesting things to say to lovers of freedom. “Somewhere along the road of America’s development, corporations were blessed with not only ‘personhood,’ but with the power to sanction what sort of messages were permissible to enter the public realm. Let’s be clear: This sort of corporate control, which borders on pure fascism, has no place in a democracy. There is no need to ask. There is no need to be polite. There is no need to debate. It is only necessary to point to the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution for this fundamental human right, inscribed into law over 200 years ago, to be returned to the American people.”