[Thoughts from the mind of ~burning woman~ ]
Certainly, a question that’s been asked millions of times throughout history, in every part of this world. This topic should be utterly exhausted by now; nothing new to be added. All the answers should be there, for all to see, as plain as plain can be. But each time someone proposes an answer to the question, the question turns into a riddle that no one can answer.
Does “man” enjoy the violence of war? Yes, of course, even when hating the pain it inflicts upon himself and loved ones: a conundrum. Does man enjoy inflicting pain on others, and does it give him a satisfaction that goes even deeper than his sexual experiences? Yes he does and yes it does.
Some blame religion for this and in a shallow sort of way of looking at history that is not so farfetched, even if that does not constitute an answer. Some, having “rejected” religion claim that these unsavory aspects of “man” are all part of natural evolution; that the same can be found in all of nature. Again, in a shallow sort of way; in skewed conclusions from a cursory look at “nature” one could derive such a thought, even if that too fails utterly to constitute an answer.
Sometimes, in the night, in the depths of my infinite mind, I imagine a world without conflict of any sort. No saved or damned; no chosen or rejected; no surviving fittest at the expense of the less fit. In other words, a normal world not driven by bad religion, bad science and bad history. What’s “missing” in that world? It appears to be fear. A normal world would not know fear. There would be no danger from anything or anyone. Each interacts normally with the other without demands; without pressure; without expectations.
What is the love of violence but a knee-jerk reaction to ever-present fear? If you live in fear of being attacked, raped, plundered and killed, what is more “natural” than to take the initiative and live in ways to prevent this violence from catching you unawares? Our current condition demonstrates that victims are those who live innocently; who trust “the system” to protect them; who are too foolish to protect themselves or have been pushed into a hopeless “lose-lose” situation, socially and economically. Society’s victims are its fringe dwellers; its weakest members.
Therefore, in this scenario, society is the predator.
Define society? Collectives of those who hold sway with power, be this religious, political or financial. Those who “employ, print the money and make the rules thus empowering themselves to impose their desires and whims upon the rest. Those who have no intention to ever share that power with the rank and file members. That is society; that is man’s number one predator. Then of course there is also the bully, and the mob from whom come abuse, rape, lynching and genocide.
Back to the “legalized aspect. Since the beginning of imposed laws, we have had a serious problem: laws are invented to create fear and confusion; to disempower; to create a growing number of fringe-dwelling victims of society while promoted as necessary to maintain societal order or peace. Laws create both, expectations from the law-makers they have no intentions of meeting, and fear for those who do not understand the laws, or simply cannot meet the requirements of those laws – because, again, laws are made by the predators to be foisted upon the prey. Simply put, laws are enacted by the elites and the elites are man’s number one predator.
Through a legalistic process, “man” is brainwashed into institutional violence; forced to take sides when there really are no sides, just illusions created by the power-holders. Man is endlessly pitted against himself by his power Matrix; an invisible and denied force that creates the sociopathic gods of religion; the corruption of politics and the increasingly unbearable life-stealing choke-hold of the global banking cabal aided and abetted by the military-industrial monster.
To “escape” this pressure man readily plunges into wanton violence. Tell him he’s being threatened by a terrorist group and he will immediately react to the “news” emotionally. He will feel an instant need to defend and avenge himself. He will seek an outlet for his fear and he will find one, or the Matrix will open one for him through some psy-op; it will offer him a scapegoat individual or group to demonize or it will give him a “new” war that will require no justification beyond the state and corporate propaganda.
Nothing new so far.
But the question will not be answered in more bloodshed; in more imposition of power by the haves over the have-nots or vice-versa in a violent revolution. That sort of thinking has brought us to a state of permanent war and permanent fear of a sudden, accidental or deliberate state of nuclear aggression. Most may believe that they are not affected by the depredations of the power-movers but how little they know of the subconscious and what it can do to the body and the mind. This is not something that “free” health care, vaccinations or over-the-counter pill hand out can cure. Man’s condition which I refer to as “condition red” is either going to be addressed squarely by individual man or it is going to bring man to extinction and not in a gentle good night either.
I know that man can live in peace. For me, that is not the question. The question is, how can man ever come to realize how much of a slave he is to his manifold systems, collectives, groups, institutions and invented divinities? Obviously not with any method that replaces one such entity with another, even if thought to be new. Certainly we’ve been there, done that and can all agree it has backfired in the worst of ways. So what then?
Imagine being struck violently across the face with the obvious! Imagine the reaction to such an event! Who can argue against the obvious? Who can fight the Matrix with its imposed puppet leaders and their ever-present endless barrage of lies?
What’s this “obvious” that has such power? Ah, well, obviously the obvious is obvious. That’s the first clue to grasping some understanding of it. It isn’t based on questionable theories or on carefully crafted institutional lies. That’s obvious.
The obvious doesn’t exist institutionally. It doesn’t show up in groups and collectives. It doesn’t empower mobs, churches, political executives or boards of directors. No, not even in marriages or between lovers. No obvious to be found in any of those.
Which leaves but one place where the obvious can be found and can clarify everything: the individual mind. Interestingly, however that’s been denied to man since “the beginning” (whatever that entails). Surprise, surprise: every person has a mind; a totally individual mind that needs no connection to any kind of institutional complex to function properly and to develop ad-infinitum. What a surprise, to discover that “man” is after all nothing less than an individual with an individual mind. That “man” is not a creature belonging to some god, or an adjunct of some institution, or mob. That “man” can think for himself; can choose, can decide, can take full responsibility for his own passage through life and can evolve himself as much as he wants to and absolutely nothing can stand in his way – no promise of heaven, no threat of hell and no fear of anything or anyone.
And that’s the obvious. Catch that, O man, and discover that you can live in peace; that you need not be a predator; that you are not a meaningless mote in a hodge-podge of neo-Darwinist evolutionary theories or a helpless victim of some super-power invisible sky wizard. Just remember the obvious… before taking the next independent step towards becoming human, the maker of peace.