Playing games with the Arrow of Causality is a very bad Idea.
Hi Mark, nice post. It reminds me quite a bit of Scott M. Peck's book "People of the Lie." He states, p.73-75, "A predominant characteristic, however, of the behavior of those I call evil is scapegoating. Because in their hearts they consider themselves above reproach, they must lash out at anyone who does reproach them. They sacrifice others to preserve their self-image of perfection....Scapegoating works through a mechanism psychiatrists call projection. Since the evil, deep down, feel themselves to be faultless, it is inevitable that when they are in conflict with the world they will invariably perceive the conflict as the world's fault. Since they must deny their own badness, they must perceive others as bad….In The Road Less Traveled I defined evil "as the exercise of political power - that is, the imposition of one's will upon others by overt or covert coercion - in order to avoid...spiritual growth". In other words, the evil attack others instead of facing their own failures. Spiritual growth requires the acknowledgment of one's need to grow. If we cannot make that acknowledgment, we have no option except to attempt to eradicate the evidence of our own imperfection....Utterly dedicated to preserving their self-image of perfection, they are unceasingly engaged in the effort to maintain the appearance of moral purity. They worry about this a great deal. They are acutely sensitive to social norms and what others might think of them....the words "image," "appearance," and "outwardly" are crucial to understanding the morality of the evil. While they seem to lack any motivation to be good, they intensely desire to appear good. Their "goodness" is all on a level of pretense. It is, in effect, a lie. This is why they are the ‘people of the lie.’”
Also, p. 119: “Evil [is] defined as the use of power to destroy the spiritual growth of others for the purpose of defending and preserving the integrity of our own sick selves. In short, it is scapegoating. [The evil] scapegoat not the strong but the weak. For the evil to misuse their power, they must have the power to use it in the first place. They must have some kind of dominion over their victims.”
Also, you touched on a lot of themes that I hit on from a different angle about the nature of the soul, which you may enjoy: https://neofeudalreview.substack.com/p/ruminatons-on-the-nature-of-the-soul
It seems self evident, if one thinks about harming people repeatedly, the material brain will come to reflect that. Working in men's circles for years, it became clear to me some men are so long immersed in trauma they cannot see or act outside that trauma, and everything they think and do reinforces that trauma. We called it worshiping the wound.
This is why in magical circles, the most cherished notion is learning how to change consciousness in accordance with will, which takes effort, diligence, practice and time.
Fantastic! And now I can't wait to read Harrison's articles (I've been a subscriber for awhile, but neglectful in reading his works as, well ... A bit *too* much experience with the metaphysical aspects of ponerology leaves me a bit gun-shy to read about it, at times -- but it sounds WELL worth it).
"I think the reason so many material-reductionists refuse to see it this way is complicated on the surface, yet simple at its core. It’s the same reason people continually invoke poisoned terms like “emergence” and “evolution” as root causes of actions, instead of the grooved and streamlined pathways for consciousness that they so clearly are.
They don’t want to be forgiven."
I believe, is bang spot-on.
To the point where it bears repeating: You, Sir, are onto something. And if you do not mind, I may at some point take this theme and run with it. ;)
Wow. This has affected me deeply. I have thought for years that when Paul says (paraphrasing) when anyone is in Christ he is a new creature, old things are passed away, all has become new” that probably there is a radical transformation in brain activity. This explains it in a new dimension for me!
Cause and effect is a zeitgeist right now at the margins of the ~~Beast~~ Internet.
Part of what I wrote today at Off-Guardian (or rather a slightly messier version thereof): "The second law of thermodynamics seems to confirm the arrow of time, which is fundamentally linked to notions of causality. But the orientation of this arrow (forward or backwards) is a choice: instead of causation you could equally develop a whole natural philosophy couched in terms of teleology, with the arrow pointing backwards propagating anti-entropy. Other societies have essentially done this (in their ontological assertions) and in most cases with better results."
Neither you nor I can change the torrential flow of our society, but for ourselves and those we love, we can achieve better results in our lives by thinking in terms of teleology rather than in terms of causation.
The money quote for me;
"They don’t want to be forgiven.
In fact, they’d prefer we leave forgiveness out of the picture entirely. Because to forgive or be forgiven is to admit that good and evil exist, and are almost always the result of intentions, instead of mere byproducts or quirks of biology devoid of moral content."
Thanks for "damaging" my brain a little more.
Regarding causality, Collingwood traced the etymology and history of the word and shows how it came from the simple idea of "persuasion" - like when you ask or command someone to do something.
Then it morphed into an instrumental concept: we identify something as the "cause" of a problem if we think we can fix it. Think of a car that stops. The cause might be the slope of the hill, the inertia, gravity... But we say it's the engine breakdown, because now we can fix it.
Later still, some Spergs had the brilliant (not) idea of abstracting the heck out of the concept and proclaiming that causality is independent of such human concepts, and just runs its course mechanically in nature: a "causally closed" nature no less! But this doesn't fly: without the human concept of cause, there is no such thing.
Or more precisely: without a mind, there is no such thing. Without humans, you would need at least Sperg God to talk about causality. I don't like Sperg God.
This is excellent thought fodder, thank you.
In my own way of looking, I have often thought that the problem with "identitarianism" (or any type of essentialism) is this:
Who we "are" is a product of forces, whereas what we "do" is a product of choices.
When applying moral intelligence to who people "are", we get stuck, whereas when we apply our moral intelligence to what people do, things make more sense.
It may be Emerson that said this:
"Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny."
But it is a very druidly thought, which is entirely in accord with your idea of how a groove in a pattern gets deepened by repetition!
Thanks. Now I have three articles on the day to re-read. I don’t ever read to simply get the general idea and if you make me think, you’ll be re-read. This article is quite different than Mr. L.P. Koch’s.
I’ve re-read, and have now self-identified as a midwit. My head hurts.
I wonder, though, if chasing cause-donkeys is summarily advantageous to the human species? Is it a helpful addendum to our understanding of thought processing, dissection of engagement and response to in some way ferret out the true sources of evil?
The wrinkles and tunnels thus generated in the brain are side effects to processes that remain not-at-all understood. When comes the fine day that they are, we will not likely be any closer to an understanding of why one direction is taken by a thought as opposed to another.
This probably errant conclusion tends, to my admittedly midwit thought processing, to minimize the importance of such thought experiments, rumination and investigation. It is a thermonuclear weapon applied instead of solving the problem of controlled fusion for the greater good. The deeper questions, such as how this shit really works, seem to leap forward as the priority.
I’ll go rest my wrinkles now and will attempt to improve my efforts at writing effusive fiction, instead.
Solid work here! Great stuff. Thank you.
I think it all comes down to the question of free will - do we have it or not? To use for good or ill, regardless of whatever handicaps - genetic or experiential or systemic or self-imposed - we are dealing with.
The honest and brave accept all handicaps and struggle forward with a sense of accountability, acceptance (and often gratitude) for damage that has made them stronger.
A lot of conjecture about 'evil' brings up the topic of serial killers. But what if serial killers aren't real?
Allegedly killed 20 confirmed, 30 confessed, 36+ suspected victims
Who is Ted Bundy?
by Miles Mathis
First published July 25, 2014
NEW PAPER, added 7/25/14, Who IS Ted Bundy? Not who you think.
Ted Bundy: part 2
First published May 9, 2018
NEW PAPER, added 5/9/19, Ted Bundy, part 2. In response to all the new promotion of this old fake, I hit it again in force.
PAPER UPDATE, added 5/13/19, Ted Bundy, part 2. I may have found a picture of Ted as he is today. See p. 14.
PAPER UPDATE, added 1/20/22, Ted Bundy part 2. At the end I have discovered some more evidence of the fake, including more pictures.
The Zodiac Killer
Allegedly 5 confirmed dead, 2 injured, possibly 20–28 total dead (claimed to have killed 37)
The Zodiac Murders and others were Faked
First published August 23, 2014
NEW PAPER, added 8/26/14, The Zodiac Murders were Faked. And so were the Houston and Cottingham murders.
PAPER UPDATE, added 10/17/20, The Zodiac Murders were Faked. I have just updated this paper from 2014, due to the fact that the French serial killer expert Stephan Bourguin has now admitted he made it all up, including the fake death of his non-existent wife. See p. 31.
Allegedly 3 killed, 23 injured
The Unabomber was another Psy-op
First published September 13, 2014
NEW PAPER, added 9/13/14, The Unabomber was Another Psy-op. Also includes a look at Gerald Gardner (Wicca), Son of Sam, and the Wicker Man.
PAPER UPDATE, added 11/14/17, The Unabomber was Another Hoax. I have added more information on Terence McKenna. Also new info on Bill Hicks and Jim Carrey. See last footnote.
OLD PAPER, first published 9/13/14, The Unabomber was Another Psy-op. Ted Kaczynski just died, so I am top-listing this old paper in tribute to his now-blown project and life.
15+ alleged victims
The Night Stalker Victims
First published May 21, 2015
NEW PAPER, added 5/25/15, The Night Stalker Victims. Easy proof of another faked serial killer.
Allegedly killed 10 victims
Netfix is now pushing Fake Serial Killers
First published October 22, 2017
NEW PAPER, added 10/23/17, Netflix is now pushing Fake Serial Killers. Ed Kemper is another old project of our sick and twisted governors.
H. H. Holmes
1–9+ alleged victims
H. H. HOLMES: America’s First (Fake) Serial Killer
by David Kasady and Leaf Garrit
First published November 12, 2018
NEW PAPER, added 11/12/18, H. H. Holmes: America's First Fake Serial Killer. Guest writers obliterate this one for us.
Bind, Torture, Kill. . . Lie about Everything
First published April 25, 2020
NEW PAPER, added 4/25/20, Bind, Torture, Kill. . . Lie about Everything. Where I hit the fake BTK strangler, taking down another serial killer.
PAPER UPDATE, added 4/28/20, Bind, Torture, Kill. . . Lie about Everything. I figured out what the spotted goat is, see addendum.
Henry Lee Lucas
Allegedly killed 3+ confirmed, 250+ claimed victims
Henry Lee Lucas another fake serial killer
First published December 23, 2020
NEW PAPER, added 12/23/20, Henry Lee Lucas: another fake serial killer. Also blowing the cover of the Deaton murder and the Walsh murder, and tying Morgan Grenfell to the whole lot.
John Wayne Gacy
33+ alleged victims
John Wayne Gacy Another Clown PsyOp
by David Kasady
First published July 29, 2021
NEW PAPER, added 7/30/21, John Wayne Gacy: Another Clown Psyop. A guest writer unwinds another one for us.
Leonard Lake & Charles Ng
Allegedly killed 11 confirmed, 25 suspected victims
The Boneyard Killers are Fake
First published December 14, 2021
NEW PAPER, added 12/15/21, The Boneyard Killers are Fake. Starring Lancelot Lake!
Allegedly 49 convicted, 71–90+ confessed and suspected victims
The Green River Serial Killer was Fake
First published January 4, 2022
NEW PAPER, added 1/5/22, The Green River Killer was a Fake. Right out of the Navy.
28+ alleged victims
The Candy Man Murders
by Coyote Weeds
First published October 31, 2022
NEW PAPER, added 10/31/22, The Candy Man Murders. Coyote pads out my previous research here, proving again it was staged.
PAPER UPDATE, added 12/10/22, The Candy Man Murders. I figured out why Willie Glass is pictured with Muhammad Ali there. See p. 12.
1-13 alleged victims
The Boston Strangler was another Military Hoax
First published July 6, 2023
NEW PAPER, added 7/7/23, The Boston Strangler was another Military Hoax. With lots of fake photos!
PAPER UPDATE, added 7/8/23, The Boston Strangler was another Military Hoax. I have added several pages to this, including a long tack-on on the 1969 film Medium Cool.