House of Ideology
LXVIII. Persecution Complex
Throughout recorded history, I find
negative examples of the fate and destiny of those individuals who ventured to disagree with
powerful communities of faithful believers. Deviants were condemned as a dangerous
threat to the future of society. Deviants were crucified, burned, hung, impaled,
drowned, banished, exiled, excommunicated, persecuted, tortured, intimidated,
interrogated, assaulted, abused, injured, mutilated and or alienated, deprived of property
and or status, and or put to death as evil ones, infidels, blasphemers, heretics, and or
witches. Maybe religious intolerance continues to dominate hearts, minds, and wills
of enough people to cause those who venture to disagree to take pause, make a rigorous
examination of reasons for disagreeing, and assess possible risks and costs of doing so
before allowing self to become visible to potentially intolerant communities of faithful
conservative ideological authorities lead communities of faithful believers to
make a fraudulent affirmation of an ability to know that myths about the will, words, way and laws of an angry, perfectionistic,
judgmental, masculine, good one in Heaven are true in order for a mercenary plutocratic
predatory few to be able to maintain authority, power, order, and control within
a fundamentalist state.
Will the fabric of
such a society disintegrate into anarchy without belief in myths about the existence of one
totality divided by a spiritual conflict between a good one in Heaven and
an evil one cast down to and ruling over Earth terrorizing right and wrong doers? Maybe 'the good news' that some
religious leaders claim to offer communities of faithful believers is actually spiritual blackmail.
Maybe spiritual blackmail comes from
aggressive ideological traditions
prominent within the global culture today in the form of exclusive divine
revelations of spiritual knowledge. Maybe religious leaders proclaim that
these exclusive divine revelations of spiritual knowledge are true and were
recorded as words in sacred scrolls written by messengers chosen by a good one
in Heaven at war with an evil one cast down to and ruling over Earth. Maybe
based upon their interpretations of these exclusive divine revelations of
spiritual knowledge, religious leaders proclaim to communities of faithful
believers that the will of a good one in Heaven is that members submit to the
will of religious leaders who affirm an ability to know about the
existence of a good one in Heaven and his will; and in so doing, surrender
their authority to make up their own minds about the existence of one totality.
Maybe belief in myths about a good one in Heaven at war with an evil one cast down to and ruling over Earth creates the kind of blind obedience, flawed character, and misguided loyalty that are capable of best satisfying the need and aspiration of a mercenary plutocratic predatory few to achieve and maintain authority, power, order and control. In the minds of those who are enslaved to the will of religious leaders claiming to know the will of a good one in Heaven at war with an evil one cast down to and ruling over Earth, the idea of making a terrorist attack upon infidels could easily become equated with fighting evil and if death should come as a result then this could be equated with becoming a martyr on the way to gaining entry to Heaven and experiencing divine bliss for the rest of eternity. From these kinds of equations follows a shakedown of epic proportions some call a global war on terror. This is a form of extortion where in a desire to profit from the sale and manufacture of the services and products of a beast of a military industrial complex leads a mercenary plutocratic predatory few to patronize those ideological authorities who best lead communities of faithful believers into war with one another over differences of opinion in matters of faith.
Conservative ideological authorities use the lie that myth is truth to maintain authority, power, order, and control over communities of faithful believers and motivate their members to support the establishment of a theocracy within a fundamentalist state. Maybe such a theocracy functions in practice as a front for a shakedown of epic proportions some call a global war on terror. Maybe such a theocracy helps to concentrate the wealth of the global culture into the hands of a mercenary plutocratic predatory few who prey upon the many of our global culture. Maybe conservative ideological authorities use aggressive ideological traditions that originated before the establishment of ancient paternalistic theocracies to lead many millions of followers to gleefully look forward to a catastrophic war said to precede the return of a good one in Heaven to Earth control. Maybe some believe that an evil one must rise to power before this catastrophic war can take place. Maybe because of this belief that an evil one must rise to power some unconsciously support the rise to power of whom ever they consider to be a good candidate for an evil one. Maybe this ends up creating a string of bad leaders.