MC’s latest essay concerns the role of intellect — and its vulnerability — in matters involving religion and quasi-religious systems.
There is religion, then there is other religions, and then there is truth. It is not religion to seek after truth, but to hold to untruth is religion.
There is (or was) a creative force. That force created truth, but that truth is elusive.
Man has a consciousness which is unique because it is self-programming; a cat runs a cat operating system and does not deviate from it (although we, with our intellect, can perceive differences in our pets, the pets themselves cannot as far as we know). A man has a man operating system too, and a mind of his own which means that he can and does deviate from the basic ‘animal’ that he is.
The mind it trained from day one, and comes to overlay the animal operating system with what we call a culture. In many people there is yet another layer over and above the culture that we call the intellect. These three things act in concert together to form the personality.
The personality can, through its intrinsic free will, choose to seek truth, or to hold onto a religion without question.
Holding on to and not questioning a religion means that we are prepared, within the bounds of our intellect, to accept lies as truths and to discard apparent truths that are not convenient to us.
The human personality can even hold contradicting memes, each of them as a truth, as part of its religion. This is known as cognitive dissonance.
Each religion has a ‘god’, a supreme being. That god may be human, divine or esoteric. It may be unique to the individual or part of a group meme.
Islam, one of those group memes, holds as its god a double act of ‘god’ and ‘prophet’, the prophet being the sole mouthpiece of the ‘god’ (who is otherwise occult). The prophet alone is the object of the earthly adoration (and emulation) of its human followers. Unfortunately, this particular example of humanity was a desert brigand who murdered,raped and pillaged himself to great power. The earthly manifestation of Islam is therefore that of a wanton criminal to whom was revealed a book that catalogued and confirmed the criminality of its author, and set that criminality in stone.
Christianity is similar,except that the book had many authors and was not intrinsically criminal. It forbade theft; it forbade rape, fornication and adultery; and it forbade murder and human sacrifice (with apparently one exception — a cognitive dissonance).
The difference between the two is aptly illustrated by the idea of world domination. The spirit behind Islam demands world domination, by force if necessary, but when Jesus was offered world domination (by the spirit of Satan) He rejected it.
Most other man-based religions (including political religions) have fallen for the ‘one world’ meme and are happy to bring it into being by coercion and deception. In this they follow Islam rather than Christianity.
Other monotheistic or polytheistic religions are not participants in the world-domination game, and are thus more internalized.
The seeker after the creator’s truth has an open mind. She does not clutch at straws but considers the options: What is worse? The mathematical impossibility of evolution or the intrinsic para-normality of a creator-god? One can look out of the window and see the creation in all its glory; it is reality. But is it an accidental reality or a created reality? And if created, who or what was the intelligence of this creation? These are hard questions which have divided societies.
At the base level in me is the animal. If that middle level in me — the culture level — is corrupted, then no matter the intellect, it is the animal that comes through.
When an individual starts to act like an animal we call him psychotic. When a group of humans starts to act like animals we are stricken into immobility. Our animal says ‘fight or flee’, but the higher orders of culture modify that fight or flee response. However, if culture and intellect are confused by conflicting memes we are then caught in the high beam of panic and its resulting inertia.
Eighty-odd years ago our society faced a whole nation gone psychotic and acting out the feral ‘one world’ animalism. To our benefit we stood against it, and eventually overcame it — the paradox being that we only dealt with the acute problem of National Socialism; we did not deal with the chronic, and far more dangerous, religion of International Socialism (Communism).
Socialism seeks to control and enslave, it seeks to close the open mind of the seeker after truth by presenting the individual with a set of pseudo-truths which are designed to permeate that middle part of the brain, inserting the desired external doctrine and dogma as a substitute for the products of the internal intellectual search for truth. Thus the intellect is shut down and ‘truth’ is prescribed.
Once the mind is paralyzed, the ‘animal’ becomes dominant, and the subject is open to any or all suggestion from its ‘gods’ or betters (commissars) without discernment and for fear of being ostracized.
This is where education is so important, along with a homogeneity of culture; diversity makes for cultural confusion, rendering the subject more amenable to pathological doctrinal injection. The values upon which the culture of the West prospered are compromised by a plethora of ‘other’ values, so we freeze when caught in the main beams; we are incapable of making a clear set of decisions. Decisions necessary for democracy to work.
Profitable education trains the intellect (if any) to discern truth. The attack on education started with the promotion of ‘equality’ and the elimination of ‘streaming’ (the separation of schoolchildren into groups of similar intellect). Properly educated, one is equipped to think and research for oneself and fend off the propaganda. The intellect is the human brain’s defense mechanism against slavery, but once one is enslaved it is very difficult to escape.
Despite everything, some intellects are strong enough to resist even the cradle-to-grave indoctrination, and to break out of the resulting mind prison. The wise slave owner is quick to spot and isolate these resilient intellects, hence demonstrating the absolute need to control the flow of information and render them speechless.
The media are powerful, and can convince most of us that there is a ‘free lunch’ if only we continue in our slavery. That free lunch costs somebody dear and the intellect wants to know whom, but the mind sees the food and the animal just sees the word ‘free’. In an intellect-free zone we are all vulnerable to an assault-intellect with a 50 IQ box magazine — a PR-15 maybe.
Taking a young vulnerable mind to school is an act of faith. In a good school the pupils will be taught to use what intellect they have to good advantage. Those with an abundance of intellect will be given the self-confidence to use it well, but how do you teach a child 50 points off the mean to use his intellect to best advantage? The 50 IQ can hardly think at all; the 150 IQ is so ‘different’ as to be in a different sub-species. Yet political correctness dictates that they are all born ‘equal’ and therefore must have the same one-size-fits-all schooling.
If one assumes ‘equality’, one can fill the mind with diversity and thus confusion, paralyzing the intellect, remembering that the mind provides the motivation for intellectual activity. If a child is taught to be ashamed of his intellect, as an item of exclusivity and division, then the norm becomes to hide and act dumb, so the intellect becomes stagnant and possibly pathogenic.
In a society of ‘equality’ the intellectual is therefore the one whose intellect conforms to a set pattern, a pattern pre-dictated from above. One must believe in man-induced climate change. One must believe that drug companies have our best interests at heart. One must believe that conservatives are rabid criminal fools and that guns load themselves and shoot people at random.
One must assume that the treasure chest is bottomless and that people who work can pay ever higher taxes, that the country can borrow infinite amounts of cash (and pay it back out of future profits), that the country no longer needs to make things and sell them, that Silicon Valleys can only exist in California and that financial centers are chained to New York.
One can also point the finger of accusation at God-centred religion, all the time forgetting that the man-centred religions have always paid a huge price in other people’s blood and treasure. That Islam is a religion of ‘peace’ with an accumulated victim count of some 300,000,000 over 1400 years. That is 214,000 per year, some 590 per day on average. Nothing much has changed; it is still running in the hundreds per day.
One could easily ‘imagine’ that there are forms of ‘peace’ that are just too toxic to handle and are unsafe to all mankind.
And it’s all in the mind…
MC lives in the southern Israeli city of Sderot. For his previous essays, see the MC Archives.