by Bruce Beach
and shall delight themselves in the
abundance of peace.
for they shall inherit the earth.
and run the earth
then we are going to have to change
the social system.
Ponerology is the study of why today -
Nature of the Soul
Understanding the nature of human governors requires understanding the nature of human souls and the nature of soul itself. While the full nature of the soul is beyond the comprehension of man there are some things that we can know about it.
Without going into a lengthy exposition on the variety of human souls we can say that the two primary and defining characteristics of all non-damaged human souls are free will and wisdom.
Human souls, like human bodies and human minds, are subject to contingencies, both external and self-imposed. Each have a range and variety of characteristics that may be inherited, conditioned by their environment, or trained through intentional discipline.
Ideally, society needs to be governed by highly capable souls that have been excellently disciplined in traits such as meekness, trustworthiness, social consciousness, analytic thought, tolerance, compassion, sacrifice, dedication, and a wide variety of other virtues.
Unfortunately, the present day systems attract and reward many of the very opposite virtues. Primarily the present systems are designed to promote persons of ambition who are willing to compromise any of the aforementioned virtues in order to achieve their goals.
Ambition versus Meekness
Ambition too can be a virtue, but it is the opposite virtue of meekness and it is meekness that we wish to have in leaders. To be meek does not mean to be weak. Indeed, it often takes much stronger qualities of character to be meek, rather than to be ambitious.
Ambition is a quality of the self. Strong self-will is its defining characteristic. It is a misnomer and would be paradoxical to say that one's ambition was to be meek and to particularly cultivate the characteristics associated with meekness.
Nevertheless, ambition and self-will, in order to achieve its goals often chameleon-like seeks to take on the coloration of meekness and its associated virtues. In its extreme manifestations this strategy is nothing but pure hypocrisy.
Disciplined meekness, as compared to a natural mildness, subservience, and ineffective passiveness, requires an intentional willingness for self-sacrifice, devotion to an external ideal, and submission to recognized higher authority.
These latter qualities are very often counterfeited and exhibited in the extreme by those who are most motivated by ambition. To a large degree, this is what makes it difficult to prevent their assumption and monopolization of power.
Those who are ambitious, seek power. Those who are meek will, out of duty, accept the responsibility of power, only if it is thrust upon them. Thus it is, that in the present system of things, the world is controlled by the ambitious, and the meek are ineffective.
Meekness is the desired spiritual achievement in this world. In its ultimate manifestation, meekness is complete submission to the Will of God. The goal of the ambitious is total achievement of their self-will rather than God's will. That by definition is evil, and since the world is ruled by the ambitious it is ruled by the evil, that is to say by evil.
The Nature of Evil Souls.
The evil are souls that have turned from God. This does not mean that they do not wear the trappings of being very religious because oftentimes they do. Sometimes these trappings are intentional hypocrisy but more often they are the result of self-deception.
In some sense all souls rest somewhere on a spectrum of from the most saintly to the most satanic. If you will, the usual Bell curve configuration. Most of us reside somewhere in the predominate hump of the sinners in the middle. The group that we are concerned about reside at the satanic end of the spectrum. They are what we may call damaged souls.
Damaged souls come in a great variety. First let us consider those that are damaged, or more often we say handicapped, in regards to that aspect of the soul that we call wisdom. These can be a variety of different types of mental handicaps - often identified by what we call mental retardation or lower intelligent quotient.
The mentally damaged soul need not, and most often does not, exhibit that quality of evil that concerns us here. Indeed, despite their handicap they may move upwards along the spectrum towards saintliness.
The damaged souls that we are concerned with here are those who are damaged in the other defining characteristic of the soul and that is in their will. Should an individual be unfortunately damaged in both areas they become ineffectual criminals of low intelligence who are easily identified by society and are summarily dealt with. Every society has prisons and other care taking institutions full of them.
We may now examine the damaged souls that we are concerned about - as a sub-spectrum. Clinically, these damaged souls would be identified as being sociopaths at the upper end and autistics at the lower. Once again, after a brief description, we will dispense with the lower portion of this spectrum because the autistics do not become controllers of the society.
Autistics affect a milder form of the malady. Their's is more of a spiritual blindness. They simply do not have the emotional conscience of empathy for the deeper spiritual virtues. This does not mean they cannot be positive contributors to society. Some perform very well in society because they are able to focus on the logical intellectual functionings of the soul without being distracted by the emotional ones.
We are now left with the small fraction of the members of society that we identify here as being the sociopaths. They have fully functioning intellects and are often, in fact most often, able to disguise their true nature. They often make substantial contributions to society because in their intense desire to achieve their ambitions they make monumental efforts to perform and conform. That can all be very good and the argument is not that we don't want them in society - because a society needs to provide a place for all. We simply do not want them in charge of society.
But, in the present system of things, these sociopaths, these evil persons, evil because they want their will rather than God's Will, always end up in control of society and we will next examine how it is that comes to be.
How it came to be
It would appear obvious that in the present system that in a competition between those who desired to achieve a position of power and those who were indifferent to achieving a position of power that it would be the former that would be successful. Therefore, the ambitious and evil would succeed and the meek would be pushed aside.
The odds are even more determined than that. The ambitious are selected and the meek are eliminated by those already in control. Now, mind you, the ambitious, in order to achieve their goals, have to exhibit and demonstrate qualities of submissiveness, loyalty, team playing, insightfulness, competitiveness, apparent social virtues of honesty, industriousness, social graces, attractive appearance and a record of achievement. The successful sociopath is anything but a misfit. He provides the image of a conformist par-excellence.
Not only does the successful sociopath become adept at identifying and conforming to what is expected of him, he also becomes adept at identifying those who have the same sociopathic qualities. Nothing that he does, or permits, is allowed to fall outside of the pattern. If he wears a different color tie, it is because he is conforming to the need to demonstrate 'independence'. No room for a true non-conformist here.
Hence it is that in every power facet of society, business, political, legal, academia, military, and yes - even institutional religion, those that hold the reigns of power are often evil sociopaths. That they are honoured, admired, thought of as being the pillars of society - does not change the fact.
Holding the reigns of power they identify, control and promote those who have the same outlook on life that they do. People that they would say have the same realistic, bottom line view of the real world that they do. It is for this reason that you can go into any of the above named institutions and from top to bottom you will find that all either already think alike - or are being conditioned to think alike. If they don't - they will soon be out.
I could go into the specifics of the thought patterns and values of the corporations, the banks, the legal field, academia, the scientific community, the military, the religious organizations, and so forth. They may differ in goals but they will not differ in method.
This reality is because those at the top have arrived there through ambition and have established a top down selection process. This is equally true of all present earthly societies. It makes no difference whether you are in China, Russia, the United States, or anywhere else - it is the evil sociopaths, no matter how highly acclaimed and honored they may be, that will be in control.
in the materialism of the market place -
the poverty of the masses in the world -
in the dying of the planet itself.
the evil in the institutions
In the giant corporations.
In the courts and legal system.
In the political rallies they attend.
of the military
Indeed decreed to create
shock and awe.
in the fullest sense of the word
and the lobbies speak of grandeur.
They are intended to create the utmost in envy.
The courts conducted in majesty and pomp
designed to evoke the greatest sense of honor.
The political and religious rallies
conducted in a manner
to emit the greatest emotional fervour.
Pride and pleasure.
These are the days of darkness -
of the soul.
lawyers and -
now represented by government bureaucracy -
corporate management -
military / intelligent agencies -
educational systems -
need to be brought under control.
While still others
such as the media -
some religious institutions -
social controls over the family -
spiritual examination of science -
need to be freed
from the constraints that blind them.
But the -
Not the individuals, themselves, of course -
if they obtain it -
by the recession of the economy.
The motivation of the lawyers -
is not to establish a
Just Society for All -
for themselves and their party -
and those who support them.
in the world
are top down systems.
Because of the principles of ponerology -
the nature of evil -
the nature of the systems.
is that they are top down -
and self perpetuated
by the evil
from the top.
What we need are systems
that are bottom up -
rather than top down.
"so that the evil at the bottom -
are called democratic.
Lots of lip service
about present systems
But they aren't.
I am also aware of those
who say that is good -
because they say that
what the US has is a Republic
and not a democracy -
and they define democracy as -
"two wolves and a sheep -
voting on what to have for dinner."
much lip service is still given
to establishing democracy in Iraq -
and to the democratic processes in the U.S.
In reality -
the political candidates are selected
by money powers
and most people don't vote -
because they recognize
the ineffectiveness of the system.
The old saying still holds true -
that it doesn't matter who votes -
but rather who counts the votes.
I advocate a democratic system -
but not one anything like
the present system.
There are other ideas
of democratic systems.
Direct democracy -
or what is sometimes called
in which everyone votes directly
on every issue -
is too cumbersome for large systems -
and too simple for complex issues
where there need to be people
who spend their whole time
studying the issues.
doesn't work either.
Because the representatives
are committed to serve the wishes
of those whom they represent
rather than objectively seeking
and working for
good and truth.
The democracy that I propose
needs a catchy name
so that it will appeal to people.
I write further on the idea of Progressive Democracy at this link.
The idea of
And so forth.
re-elected to office.
(by the laws of ponerology) -
still have the ambitious evil
taking control of the meek.
is absolutely necessary.
will not solve the problem.
a spiritual maturing in the humanity
operating the system.
and we are upon the cusp of change
in the affairs of humanity.
for good or bad.
rapid or slow.
in manners foreseen or unforeseen.
regarding the path of history.
Karl Marx with his thesis
de Tocqueville and his
Democracy in America.
There are many current works.
It is obvious to most thinkers
that we are in the throes of change.
Whether one attributes this change to:
World Population Explosion
Clashes Between Cultures
Climate and Pole Shift
The Fourth Turning
or any one of the other major
contributing factors -
It appears that the change
is going to be sudden
it is necessary that
the old failing system be destroyed
in order to make way for the new.
The operative details
The mechanics can be tedious -