In the world of good and evil
Recent events have prompted me to think more deeply about man, the horrible acts he can perpetrate and the reasons why these things occur. This contemplation and re-examination of mans status, has lead me to the following point of understanding.
After listening one evening to the always bombastic and megalomaniac Michael Savage, who always talks about how smart he is and proves his point by having his callers vetted to make sure only the most adoring and logically inept get through to him, the mystery was revealed to me.
Previously the Doctor had went on for weeks about “Weinergate,” ranting every night about the deviant Congressman, claiming that he the brilliant Doctor, with degrees and dozens of books could not understand why, how, or for what reason that someone could do what David Weiner did.
On the night of my epiphany, the yappy Doc was doing his usual lunatic rant about the mass killings in Norway by a Christian Terrorist and once again could not understand how someone could do this. Ultimately falling back on his religious beliefs rooted in time honored dogma, labeling the man who committed these barbaric acts as being evil.
And it hit me.
There is a reason why, few new religions have been created in the last 600 years. Religions were originally created by ignorant man to explain the unexplainable in ways they could understand. Once man began to distribute knowledge in-mass through books, create science to explain, thus challenge the assumptions once dictated by religious leaders, religion began loosing its power to manipulate people.
One of the primary tenants of most religions is the belief in good and evil. An easy out, in explaining how people can so cold heartedly lie, cheat, steal and murder without remorse, while all those around them do not.
“Evil” is the perfect explanation that no one questions, since it is intrinsically vague, widely assumed and universally perceived. It is taught as a spiritual flaw in man that is beyond our ability to conquer and requires our acceptance of its continued presence among us, to be endured and dealt with through penal means when exceeding social norms.
But what if evil does not exist? What if; that which we perceive as evil is in fact a mental disorder. A psychotic anomaly so profound in some individuals as to radiate intense negative energies that can be picked up by those who come in contact with it, thus implying some sort of “spiritual” derangement.
I have written several times about Dr. Hervey Cleckley’s work in revealing to us the psychotic anomaly that infects up to possibly a third of the population. Cleckley’s work exposes the probable genetic defect that keeps certain individuals from being fully human, a mental derangement that inhibits them from feeling empathy, thus depriving them of the ability to function properly within social settings and norms.
These “Mask of Sanity” wearers as Dr. Cleckley’s terms them, seem normal, act in ways that allow them functionality within society, yet are individuals that are fully psychotic and capable of social deviations that range from the daily mundane to the extreme.
These wearers of “The Mask” are business persons who easily climb their way to the top, stepping on anyone and everyone in their way, politicians capable of telling anyone what they want to hear in order to gain the votes, seemingly kind individuals who serial kill and those whom we deem “evil” that never bother to cover their face with The Mask.
All of them share a common bond, in their desperate need to feel. People who search daily for the experience that will allow them to feel what others around them take for granted – empathy.
One of the most revealing conversations I’ve ever had, was with an acquaintance who upon hearing the word “empathy”, said this; “It’s something I’ve never been able to do, so I just watch how other people respond and emulate them”. Which is how the Mask Wearers assimilate within our societies and pass for human beings so easily.
Which brings us to this observation.
If we know that inhuman Mask Wearers walk among us, probably making up a majority of our business, political and community leaders. If we can see clearly that those who perpetrate grotesque absurdities of death and destruction without any sign of remorse and can see in children early signs of the mask, then do we not have the power to prevent?
However, this means a complete rethink of man’s perception of evil. It requires a complete re-design of our social norms, since we can predict who will become brutal towards others in any aspect of our lives. It means we have the power to create a significantly more peaceful world, a more loving world and a safer world for everyone.
It would also mean that many of our leadership would need to be removed, many of our citizens treated in some manner and religion re-evaluated for it’s relevancy in today’s world. A daunting recovering program indeed.
But the first step in any recovery process is to accept that you have a problem and until we all understand the widespread destructive nature of those who wear The Mask, employees will continue to be abused, the electorate coned and the masses murdered in endless wars and local random events.