28 iunie 2011

A Culture Of Madness

  People have to be cured of their spiritual sickness before they can build a just society.
Forbes says, “to adjust to a wetiko society is to become insane.” It is no great accomplishment to adapt to and be considered sane in and by an insane society.
The culture of wetiko promotes the systematic destruction of the human heart, which when fully internalized, alienates us from everything in ourselves, save what reproduces the conditions of the system.  
Adopting the values of our oppressors, however, insures the continuation of our own dehumanization.
The system is set up to be a set up such that, to quote Forbes, “a person oppressed by wetikos adopts the values of wetikos as he ‘rises’ in position. The wetikos taught him well, but they taught him falsely.” Big Wetikos learn to exploit every situation to their advantage and sacrifice in themselves everything that doesn’t advance this motive.
To become a “Big Wetiko,” Forbes comments, “requires a lot of back-scratching, back-stabbing, drinking, and maneuvering. It also requires the corruption of other young men (and women), who in turn, will become hooked into the system.”
Speaking about how “very, very easy” it is to become a wetiko in our society because of all of the perks and incentives, Forbes writes, “they do get promoted, they do get better salaries, and they do get testimonials (and a gold watch) when they ‘retire.’” Because of all of the ‘benefits’ of the role, there is not merely a passive disinterest, but rather, an active resistance and counter-incentive for wetikos to self-reflect, a contraction which simply feeds their compulsion and further reinforces their addiction to power.
Forbes writes, “the wetiko disease has so corrupted European thinking (at least of the ruling groups) that wetiko behavior and wetiko goals are regarded as the very fabric of European evolution…if we continue to allow the wetikos to define reality in their insane way we will never be able to resist or curtail the disease.”
It should be noted that indigenous people are not free from the wetiko virus as well. There are indigenous cultures that are governed by wisdom, but there are also indigenous cultures that are ruled by wetiko.
We should be careful to not romanticize and idealize indigenous, aboriginal cultures as opposed to European cultures, which would be too simplistic, and dualistic of a view.
When wetikos possess power in any culture, or more accurately, when power possesses them, they are in a position to influence, define and create a certain level of reality that, though based on falsehood, operates as if it is real.
 In words that would be just as relevant with regards to the current Obama administration, author Ron Suskind quotes a neocon in the previous Bush administration as saying, “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality─judiciously, as you will─we’ll act again, creating other new realities.” If left in positions of power, wetikos will ultimately become and dream up into full-bodied materialization their own, as well as our, worst nightmare into reality.
Evil can take many forms – political, social, economic, militaristic, and psychological. Forbes says, “predation can lurk under many guises, such as ‘patriotism,’ profit-seeking, ‘protecting our way of life,’ and ‘investment returns.’”
Many ‘isms’ themselves are simply thought-forms used by wetikos themselves to justify their rape, criminality, murder and evil.
Wrapping their cause in the mantle of goodness allows Big Wetikos, who are in fact full-fledged predators, to sleep at night, seemingly guilt-free. In a form of self-entrancement, they have so thoroughly convinced themselves of the rightness of their actions that they rarely, if ever, have any ethical qualms about what they are doing. Where the evil of wetiko is endemic, there tends to be an ethical, developmental arrest in both individuals and throughout the society.
Full-blown, big Wetikos are morally insane, and abuse power simply because they can. This is why, to quote Forbes, “the development of rigid patriarchy follows the wetiko disease.”
In other words, cultures dominated by wetikos tend to organize themselves around the calcified, archetypal mythic pattern of the ‘negative patriarchy,’ which, simply put, is based on domination over others (read about The Archetype of the Negative Father).
To quote Forbes, “’Might makes right’ is the wetiko belief, but it is often accompanied by self-serving doctrines of ‘divine will,’ ‘manifest destiny,’ ‘providence,’ ‘the march of civilization,’ ‘doing God’s work,’ ‘stopping communism,’ or comparable slogans.” These slogans are the mantras, or words of power, by which the collective spell of group-think is disseminated throughout the collective psyche. 
Any rationalization will do, as long as it serves as cover for the wetikos to continue to exploit others, centralize power and feed their sickness.

By Paul Levy