-Looking beyond outdated perspectives-
HUMANS' GREATEST STRENGTH is also their greatest weakness — their enormous diversity of thoughts, feelings, preferences and psychology. This diversity means that humans are not equal in many respects. Yes, we are abstractly equal from a human rights point of view and perhaps in the eyes of God — we have the same intrinsic value — but in reality we are not equal in practically all facets of our existence and function. This diversity is both inherited and a consequence of large variance in life experience (especially early life experience).
Right now, on this planet, there are humans who dedicate their whole lives to helping the poor and the suffering; and there are humans who murder children without a second thought for sexual gratification. Two extremes; one species. That is what is so strange about human beings, and what makes human incarnations so fascinating and challenging: humans can be anything from saints to devils, a diversity that is present not only in the population as a whole but also potentially in each individual.
It is this diversity that makes human society so disharmonious. For example, there will always be individuals who are more greedy, more ruthless, more aggressive, more power-hungry, more unethical than others, and humans with these qualities will invariably work the system to their advantage, and to everyone else's disadvantage. (A person who plays outside of society's rules has a great advantage, at least in the short term, over someone who sticks to the social and legal rules.)
When human society denies human diversity, preferring to structure itself on the comforting but fallacious concept that all humans are equal, this blind over-conceptualization facilitates certain elements of human diversity, such as those with a psychological disposition to crave control of, power over, and the destruction of others. Humans are so afraid of inequality that we have suffocated ourselves with strong human rights legislation that places everyone (even corporations) on the same equal footing in the eyes of the law. We have become a civilization obsessed with equality, because we believe that inequality is at the root of much of our social ills and abuse.
When certain sets of human characteristics are considered more intrinsically worthy than other sets, this catalyses separation in society and foments hatred and abuse. This is why racism and sexism, for example, are seen as undesirable in a harmonious multicultural society. They are not helpful to social cohesion. [Racism can and has been useful for social cohesion in a society that is largely racially and culturally homogeneous, but it brings other problems that can eventually destroy that society.]
White races are not intrinsically superior to black races; to believe otherwise is racist. And men are not intrinsically superior to women; to believe otherwise is sexist. (The reverse of these statements obviously apply as well.) Such value judgements are generally used to focus and express feelings of fear and hatred. However, it is important not to throw out the baby with the bath water: we may reject inequality from a value judgement point of view, but that does not mean that we blind ourselves to diversity.
Opposition to racism and sexism should never hide the diversity that exists between black races and white races, and males and females. If it does, then the rich diversity of human characteristics are downgraded to a universal subset that end up denying much of the human experience. And we all suffer as a result of this sort of conceptual sanitization, because denial of diversity, like denial of anything, causes psychological rebellion and dissonance. And psychological dissonance is not a recipe for a peaceful and harmonious society!
So equality legislation that discourages the perception of diversity in favour of a homogenous concept of human beings can actually cause more problems than it fixes. But the most pressing concern regarding the denial of human differences has to do with pathological psychological states such as psychopathy and sociopathy.
It is estimated that 1% of of our population are psychopaths and that a further 4% of the population are sociopaths. Both have very similar characteristics except that psychopaths are born with their disorder (there is evidence that it is a genetic disposition as it runs in families) whereas sociopaths are the product of abusive social environments. These two disorders tend to be lumped together under the term Antisocial Personality Disorder. Exact figures are hard to come by and researchers give different percentages, but they are all around this mark (although many believe that the percentages may be higher). For reasons not entirely known, the ratio of psychopathic men to women being around 4:1 and possibly higher (this leads some genetic researchers to believe that this mental illness might involve a genetic flaw on the Y-chromozome).
Both psychopaths and sociopaths tend to have the following traits [source Wikipedia], which fall into two groups: those associated with aggressive narcissism, and those associated with a corresponding socially deviant lifestyle.
Grandiose sense of self-worth
Lack of remorse or guilt
Callous/lack of empathy
Failure to accept responsibility for own actions
Socially deviant lifestyle
Need for stimulation/proneness to boredom
Poor behavioral control
Promiscuous sexual behavior
Lack of realistic, long-term goals
Early behavioral problems
Revocation of conditional release
Traits not correlated with either factor
Many short-term marital relationships
It is interesting to see from the above list of characteristics that the main personality traits of psychopaths and sociopaths are basically those of (aggressive) narcissists. This is because pathological narcissism and psychopathy/sociopathy are related conditions. Many psychologists would add megalomania into this mix as well, as megalomania also seems to be a facet of psychopathic/sociopathic disorders. (All this terminology is somewhat arbitrary as the classification of psychological types and disorders is not an exact science by any stretch of the imagination. But such classifications are useful for the purpose of examining aspects of society.)
Taking into consideration that 5% of the population are defined to be pathological in this regard (1% - psychopaths; 4%-sociopaths) this means that there may be as many as 335 million psychopaths and sociopaths in the world today: around 15 million of which are in the USA; 3 million in the UK; and 1 million in Australia. These individuals, mostly men, are not good for society, but because society is blinded by 'equal rights' legislation, it is not legal for society to discriminate against these individuals and put restrictions on what positions of responsibility and power they can potentially achieve.
Because psychopaths and sociopaths are so ruthless in their goals, and are often so superficially charming at the same time — a charm which hides a dangerous grandiose sense of self-importance — they tend to gravitate quite deliberately, forcibly and manipulatively to positions in society which validate that perceived self-importance. In other words, psychopaths and sociopaths are attracted to positions of power, just as moths at night are attracted to light. And as these power-craving individuals have a ruthlessness which sees them prepared to sacrifice anything and anyone who stands in their way, they are far more likely to achieve their goals then those without those ruthless characteristics. This is why the vast majority of politicians and corporate leaders are those with strong psychopathic and sociopathic tendencies — those who have ruthlessly fought their way to the top and then, wherever possible, stayed in those positions of power down through family-line generations (remember that these pathologies tend to run in families both through genetics and upbringing).
You could think of this as a natural selection process for psychological types: those that are most suited to the pathological dog-eat-dog world of politics and corporate leadership are those that are psychologically pathological, and it is these individuals that have a higher survival probability. Whereas those with big hearts and high integrity soon find themselves out of their comfort zone in a hostile and ruthless environment, and so tend to drop out from the race to power/leadership positions.
The truth, however, is that the psychopaths are running the asylum — they always have — and using technological globalization they are turning the world into an Orwellian nightmare to satisfy their pathological desires. It is not in your interest or my interest for nations to be swallowed up into superstates and finally into a one-world government; it is not in your interest or my interest for the mainstream media to be owned by just a handful of multinational corporations hoodwinking us into overlooking this global and economic agendas; it is not in your interest or my interest for us to use the privately controlled fiat money system; it is not in your interest or my interest for our governments to take away our freedoms under the pretext that they are protecting us from Moslem extremists; it is not in your interest or my interest for GMO foods to go unlabeled, polluting the natural gene pool forever; it is not in your interest or my interest for the orthodox medical and pharmaceutical industries to have any monopoly on healthcare; and it is not in your interest or my interest for our governments to invade foreign countries and murder millions of people, either directly or via sanctions.
Today, our leaders have become much more skilled at hiding psychopathy, whilst quietly passing laws that consolidate power, all in the name of social progress and efficiency, and of course our safety. And all the while we are being socially engineered into smaller and smaller family units so that the social cohesion that counteracts psychopathy is eroded.
Those who govern us keep us in perpetual war, whether it is perpetual war against a specific country like Russian and Iran, or perpetual war against a shadowy group of terrorists (currently labelled Al Qaida). They do this because terror is unfortunately the best tool for control, and so governments who manufacture terror are able to justify draconian laws that strip away our freedoms — all in the name of public safety. What sounds reasonable, therefore, is actually just another step to a hellish future. Just look at how many people were so terrified after 9-11 that openly welcomed the USA Patriot Act, and similar anti-terrorist laws in other countries, despite these laws taking away civil liberties that many of their own grandparents and great grandparents had literally fought and died for. Frightened people are quite happy to welcome in an Orwellian world, because they believe that a strong government will save them. Unfortunately, strong governments ALWAYS end up abusing the people they profess to protect. And anyway, safety should not be pitted against liberty: as Benjamin Franklin wrote, 'They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.'
And those who wish to control every aspect of human society target human diversity first and foremost (the vary diversity that gave rise to their own psychopathy in the first place). After all, a diverse society is much harder to control. So the psychological norm becomes uniformly psychopathic, whilst our sense of diversity and individuality is superficialized by projecting it on fashion, music, sport, our Facebook profiles and tweets. In this way we become slaves who think we are free because we have superficial choice. We feel in control because we can chose our own hair style, we can chose which MP3 player to buy, which music to play, which football team to support, our Facebook 'friends' and which TV channel to watch.
But can we choose a different type of government or financial system? Can we choose to limit the destructiveness of multinational corporations? Can we choose full access to alternative health treatments? Can we choose not to have our taxes being used to wage wars, to subsidize multinational corporations and for military black projects? Can we choose to opt out of centralized multinational government control such as the EU or North American Alliance? Can we choose to lift the red tape that all small businesses are drowning in? Can we choose to stop government interfering in local politics for no good reason? Can we choose to grow and sell our own food in our local communities, unmolested by government and big business? Unfortunately, the answer to those questions is no. Important choices are not choices that have been given to us because our pathological leaders do not want us to be able to challenge their lucrative systems of control. As a consequence, these important choices have become focus of popular campaigns and protests.
The Next Step
Fortunately, most will eventually get tired of focusing on conspiracy theory. (Those that do not usually have some pretty heavy investment in perpetuating this world view — perhaps they are considered experts and write books on the topic.) If we are perceptive, we realize that disharmony 'out' in the world is actually a reflection of disharmony in our own being. But we have become so addicted to projecting that disharmony outward, onto 'them', and then hating 'them' for having this disharmony, that it becomes a truly revolutionary act to accept that we ourselves are not only the victims, but the perpetrators! We are the ones we hate so much. We are the guardians of the outdated and controlling systems that enslave humanity and the rest of creation.
Of course, that realization is consistent only with a very different perspective of reality, one which focuses on unity. Quantum mechanics has been with us for a century but humanity is still universally caught in the Newtonian perspective (and this includes societies controlled by strict religious orthodoxy which is also based on materialism — the perspective of separate objects and beings interacting on a 4-dimensional space-time stage).
The real revolution is an internal one.
When we stop our revolutionary frenetic activity and start to focus on healing inside — this is the greatest revolutionary act. And focusing inside does not mean that we stop doing things in the world. It just means that the focus remains inside (at least for a while) so that we look into the eye of the darkness within each of us and accept it as part of us. We own our shadow instead of blaming other people, and learn to let down the mask we have hidden behind for so long.
This is much more difficult than protesting in the street; this is much more challenging than taking a political stand; this is much more important than even modifying our everyday behaviour as we do with recycling and choosing to go energy efficient. For without finding that which is within ourselves that supports or enables that which we oppose, we will never let go of this dance between opposites. We have all witnessed how the revolutionaries of today become the oppressors of tomorrow. Those who fight for peace in the traditional way are fighters, and therefore have no imagination or emotional ability to bring about lasting peace.
Unless we take responsibility for our own internal states, we will never be a true force of change in the world. Unless we own the shadow characteristics within, we will be playing this game of cosmetic change, waiting for our turn to be the oppressor once we have control.
But once we do look inside; once we truly find peace and harmony within — which does not mean suppressing angry or hateful thoughts but being in full accepting awareness of them — then and only then does our inner state match our behaviour. When we can find that awareness, the concept of inside and outside becomes meaningless as we become the action that really does change the world. We become that change; we become genuine love.
Most of the teachers in history who have had the biggest impact on humanity have made that change — they have found a unified congruence between inside and outside, so that the actions they took flowed effortlessly. But as a general rule it always starts with inner focus, not outer focus. Otherwise the actions become tainted and the change unsubstantial.
And woe betide anyone who tries to act that change — act in a peaceful and loving way — without owning the shadow, without doing the work. They will go around with an air of harmony whilst all around them disintegrates into disharmony. They become catalysts for destruction whilst maintaining a peaceful and loving countenance. If you are going to become the change, you have to do the inner work; there are no shortcuts.
We Become the Change
We are at a point in history when we have to become the change that is so sorely needed. And we can only become that change by being aware that the imminent destruction of the Earth is a deep reflection of the imbalance at the heart of consciousness. Therefore, we need to let go of finger-pointing conspiracy theory and spend some quiet time becoming acquainted with the imbalances within ourselves, for that is where we most intimately touch consciousness. Only when we truly know that we are the elite, we are the Bilderbergs, we are the bankers, we are the military, we are the multinational corporations, we are the politicians, we are the terrible abusers… will society no longer need to reflect back to us what we try so hard to avoid. Then and only then can society fundamentally change.
The writing is on the wall for conspiracy consciousness, just as it is for all consciousness based on separation. This is a new time of oneness. If we do not take the time to realize unity consciousness, if we remain in the outdated Newtonian paradigm of separation, then even our best efforts will be sabotaged by the subconscious. If we succeed, and that looks increasingly likely as heightened consciousness flowers on our planet, we will witness the birth of a new species of two-legged, one that is in harmony with All-That-Is because it does not see itself as separate or fragmented.
So the only way forward is to move past conspiracy and embrace spiritual unity. It may feel a little awkward at first, it may feel that we are wasting precious time navel-gazing, but only inner focus and fierce authenticity will assure us of safe passage to a viable future.
"The strongest passions and most dangerous weaknesses of the human breast; ambition, avarice, vanity, the honorable or venal love of fame, are all in conspiracy against the desire and duty of peace." - James Madison