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Subjectivity of Evil

When people think about the depths of depravity that their fellow human beings are capable of, people are constantly surprised by various deviant acts that they hear about or see on television. Part of this is due to most people having an a historical memory of violent acts that people commit during war. Another reason for this is that unless an event directly impacts people, their memory does not extend past a few hours. Modern society has geared people toward a delusional sense of civility thinking that at our core, human beings are closer to angles than devils. People often intentionally ignore an essential part of human nature because acknowledging evil will create a sense of discomfort that people would rather avoid. Many people believe that ignoring a problem makes it go away, which is naïve, but it helps people sleep better at night.

Everyone has a different and subjective standard on what evil is, and when certain acts cross the threshold and civility is broken some action(s) make a person beyond redemption. Believing the best about our fellow human beings makes one feel noble and enlightened, but there are both positive and negative effects when generalizing human beings. Thinking about people in positive terms allows us to be blinded by barbarism when a person commits an obscene act against another person. Thinking negatively about other people makes us worse on the inside because seeing the best humanity has to offer and the joys of companionship will not be seen; thus keeping people from connecting with each other to improve the condition of mankind.

Who or what is considered evil is can take on an objective quality if a broad, yet opaquely defined societal consensus does exist on a definition of evil. In most cases, evil is whomever the public mob wants to go after if a person or group action(s) are considered morally reprehensible and recorded for posterity. Symbolism flowing into real life, anything associated with the color black is seen as evil while conversely, anything associated with the word white is seen as pure and innocent to the point of blindness. Associations with color being good or evil is not limited to the ways fellow human beings see each other, but in the use of everyday language. White lies are not seen as a bad thing because supposedly the intent behind them is good. Black Friday is probably the only exception to anything labeled black being a bad thing. Not to say that perceptions of color related to good or evil is true, but those associations do shape our views and the decisions that people make.

The biggest problem with evil being subjective is that some bad outcomes are not considered evil, but deserve to be highlighted for the inimical effects that people feel. People can feel evil, but feelings are usually subjective and lacks a rational basis, therefore making evil something that emanates from an individual world view. In the collective mind of society, we have a hard time thinking of an attractive person as evil and an unattractive person as good, but only a conscious effort can correct such biased thinking. Preconceived notions of evil related to appearance explains why people are often surprised when seemingly good people commit atrocities. Evil is shaped by our experiences, and more so, by our expectations, if people are looking for evil they will find it in places where evil did not exist before.

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Capital Crimes

The significant classes have committed capital crimes for which they will probably get away with.  From a moral standpoint, the significant classes jealously guard their power and wealth the way hoarders who have an emotional attachment to every inanimate object they possess.  They look down upon the lower classes with scorn and contempt, similar to the way the average person looks upon a diseased animal.  Whenever they are not oblivious to the existence of the lower classes, they would like nothing better than to wish them out of existence.  The nice thing about being in the significant classes is that they do not have to do the dirty work themselves in order to accomplish their oppressive goals.

In this instance, fear is an imaginary disease that motivates the significant classes to believe that the rabble will sully their possessions merely by touching them. Members of the significant classes own the capital, so they can hire people to get rid of the poor with an arsenal of options.  With an innate belief in their superiority and a culture that often reinforces that, they will issue commands from their private Mt. Olympus to have the lower classes go to war with each other, where both sides of the warring factions will lose in the end.  Those who side with them will be greeted with a false sense of gratitude that they think will benefit them in the long run, but will be the equivalent of cutting their arm off they touched a diseased rodent.

Living in different worlds is a major cause of the problems that afflict the working classes.  Because without the experience of positive interactions with people of different racial backgrounds, division intensifies and everyone becomes ensconced in their parochial worldview.  One way to achieve solidarity with those who could become allies is to get an understanding of their plight and how their plight relates to the suffering that many people have experienced.  Various members of the lower classes look down upon each other because they feel better knowing that they are not dead last in the rat race to the bottom.  What will end up getting lost in the artificially created divisions that plague the lower classes is that they have the same goals: to be loved by family and respected by peers, knowing that the next generation will have a life a little better than our own, and most importantly, at least a modest standard of living.

What then, are the chances that the lower classes will resist the divisive strategy of the significant classes to keep them from getting their well deserved share of societies resources, along with respect and dignity?  Not very likely if the culture continues on the current trajectory that it has been on.  People are often distracted and not always through technology, but in the daily struggle to put food on the table and a roof over their head, let alone a family.  These struggles create a sense of helplessness in those who would benefit from solidarity and creates a cycle of exploitation that never seems to end.

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Strangled By the Invisible Hand

The grasp of the invisible hand is far reaching and wide enough to control every part of ones life.  No matter how hard a person may try, they are subtly controlled by forces they often do not recognize.  From personal forces such as authority figures to politicians who could not even remember their mistresses name, people make decisions without consideration for how they effect people living in more precarious circumstances.  Power is likely the motivating force that compels the decision makers to control the lives of those who they think are beneath them.  Dreams, goals, and aspirations that an individual hold for themselves are immaterial unless they serve the interest of people who are in power.

Whatever class a person is born into shapes the way they view money and power dynamics.  Unchangeable factors such as race and ethnicity play an outsized role in how a person is treated by their peers in ways that can be good or bad, depending on if one is born in the in group or out group.  Geographical location outlines the way people see the world because of access to resources: living in a rural area means going to the store can be a bit of a drive as opposed to an urban/suburban area where people can just walk to the store.  The physical and mental environment contorts people into the person they will eventually become.  For the young these factors are not their choice to make, and adults have marginally more autonomy over their lives if they are in an out group.

Despite what some may believe, the invisible hand is not religious predestination, but the manifestation of power relations based on characteristics ascribed to people due to some random societal status.  Recognizing that forces beyond a person’s control exist is a major acknowledgement in such an individualist culture.  Pretending that individual achievement is the key to success omits the possibility collective success that can carry a person through harrowing situations.  Technological innovations appear to replace human needs whether it is a computer that can do a task that a human being used to do, or worse yet, as a way to compensate for the lack of human connection that seems to have gone missing because people tend to suffer in silence.  The concept that people are not always in control of their own destiny is a frightening thought that any form of escapism becomes a welcome routine.

The concept of the invisible hand, as it currently strangles people in society, can become overwhelming to the point of blacking out.  The hand pushes people to the ground without regard to the effect of the person kissing the cement.  People often feel insignificant and feel that they play the role of a puppet on a string and no one can see or feel those strings.  Humanity is much more than being a puppet, but people often forget the emotional part of humanity.  There may not be much a person can do about the people who control the invisible hand, but they can use their own hands and reach out to another person as a show of support.

 

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Expedient Evolution

What causes someone, particularly those who are in power, to change a conviction that is so deeply held that it is a part of a person’s identity?  The term evolution is associated with biology class and how lifeforms change over time.  However, in the political realm, if someone were to evolve they had a change of mind, and possibly heart, on various issues.  Many theories about evolution claim human beings were reptiles at one point in time and they evolved into the human beings that we know and hate.  In a symbolic sense, to devolve entails returning to the reptile stage because comparing a person to a reptile is an insult in our culture.  Looking at this in a skeptical light, politicians who change their views should be more closely associated with chameleons for their ability to blend into a background.  Like a chameleon, they adapt their outer appearance to their surroundings, but they are the same person inside.

On the surface, changing a stance on an issue is smart because agreeing with other people makes them more likable.  Likability is a major factor in getting people to support them no matter what the profession is because being likable means one can stay in that position and has more job security.  Being in tune with those in power in power requires certain personality traits, agreeableness being a big one, makes one more appealing.  Conversely, a politician who can read people and get them to support them will stand a better chance of getting elected.  A truly skillful person can adapt their views in a way that appears seamless and has very few inconsistences.  This task is made all the more difficult because over time people change their minds.

Unless someone is good enough to predict the future, most people have views that will appear retrograde fifty years in the future.  The trick to convincing people is to make it appear that they are not too transparent in their changing mindset.  It is amazing to hear a politician claim to be the voice of the people around election time, yet in the interim that populace streak is nowhere to be found.  On the opposite side, powerless people, especially ones from marginalized groups, may hide their true opinions in order to not offend those who are in power.  Go along to get along is a tough pill to swallow, but can be important for their career.  The difference is that for the marginalized group this is more of a survival tactic, while a politicians shifting views is an attempt to get/remain in power.

People say the admire conviction, but depending on ones status in society that may not work in their favor.  For those who are in power, especially politicians, any reptile is an apt metaphor for their behavior with snake being the best comparison.  Powerless people have to become chameleons in order to get their foot in the door.  Whenever the powerful adopt the chameleon traits they appear more snakelike because it is not necessary for them to do so.  The truth of the matter is that everyone has to make changes in their viewpoints, because if they don’t the world will leave them behind and the world can be a lonely place.  If people were completely honest all of the time and said what they really thought nobody would like them, because without a façade, most flaws would make them remotely attractive.

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Lucrative Love

Money can’t buy happiness is a cliché that feels nice to say, but is often contradicted by reality.  Another popular belief is that the key to happiness is having close, meaningful relationships with fellow human beings.  The thinking person would realize the link between close relationships and financial security is strong because money serves as a status marker.  Being financially secure leads to a greater opportunity to maintaining strong relationships because money not only buys access, but provides emotional security that allows one to confidently interact with others.  In a twisted way money serves as a form of Social Darwinism that creates winners and losers based on the luck of the draw.

The Social Darwinist nature of capitalism makes people strive to their utmost ability to prove themselves worthy of being acknowledged.  Everyone is entered into an unspoken competition with each other over friendships, companionship, and even the opportunity to improve ones status.  People want to cozy up to those with money so that they can have access to those who are well connected.  When it comes to the game of love, every woman is turned into a queen who rules the castle, not with an iron fist, but with a seductive gaze.  Improving ones status just makes someone exponentially a lot more appealing to be surrounded by.  Relations between two people always carries an imbalance of power: usually favoring males who have money and are seen as being powerful.  Men with money and power provide women with a sense of security that women can’t attain their own because men stand at the gates to keep them from true equality.

Attractiveness is subjective and the reason why some couples are together may not be clear by looking at them, but some couples stay in relationships and love is not the reason.  Another way of thinking of this is that having the appearance of being able to blunt any effects of an economic downturn makes them into the man of their dreams.  Being in this position allows men to be seen as naturally superior when that status is more the result of winning the lottery of life. On a related note, men who are born poor who never escape those material conditions, or are a part of a marginalized group have their mate value decreased substantially.  Men who are considered to have a low mate value will feel inadequate and possibly lash out at the world because they were thrown into the caste system of undesirables.

Having money and power leads to respect and the desire for people to bask in the light of the godhood they radiate.  People of high privilege and status tend to develop a sense of entitlement that will spill over into other areas of their life.  Men of more meager means who lack access to greater sources of power will fall behind and develop an inferiority complex because they do not measure up to arbitrary standards of desirability.  Resentment will build until the spirit becomes moribund, and little joy can be found in life.  Life situations such as this showcases the folly of thinking America is a classless society.

 

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Funny Thing About Feuds

Very few situations a person can find themselves in that are as emotionally taxing and devastating as being in a feud.  In works of fictions feuds are what makes stories dynamic and compelling enough to keep the readers attention, provided that the feud is surrounded by a compelling narrative.  Classic battles between the forces of good and evil continues to fascinate the public because that conflict covers familiar ground.  The reductive nature of good versus evil does not challenge people to think, which gets in the way of being entertained which works out well for attracting audiences.  Even our amorphous concept of reality people like to have a binary view of life situations because labeling things makes information much easier to process.  However, in real life feuds are hardly this simple when viewed through a critical lens.

The beginning of every feud starts off with ourselves or the side that we identify with as being the hero in any given situation.  Escaping a tendentious starting point is not easy and requires attempting to see the world through the antagonist point of view.  Being part of a feud makes walking in another person’s shoes difficult because they are seen as the enemy.  The value of trying to see the other person’s viewpoint is that it could provide new insight about how best to go about winning the feud.  This analysis presupposes that a feud is hostile and not a friendly rivalry for the sake of boosting ones own ego.  The semantics involved thus far implies that the participants are not on cordial terms.

People are attracted to feuds because strong, passionate feuds are what makes for the best, legendary stories in history.  War is a concept that comes to mind as it is so often framed in the history books that people read as kids.  One would be hard pressed to look through an American history text book and not find war being glamorized.  A large part of this is that binary thinking that eliminates nuance and sides in a conflict are reduced to pure evil or the brightest good.  One contradiction that people often have when picking sides in a conflict is that people say that they support the underdog, but they also want to back the perceived winner.  Inconsistencies such as this turns the concept of loyalty moot and support becomes merely a horse race.  The truth of the matter is that we vicariously wish to be on the winning side in a feud regardless if the side that wins is the underdog or the elite.

In large part, getting involved in a feud in our personal lives is unavoidable, but the damage can be mitigated with some wise thought and actions.  If one side approaches the conflict with a cool head and manages to maintain that mental condition events can proceed with much less drama.  The big problem with this approach is that emotions override logic and when tempers flare the conflagration can easily engulf everyone involved in the feud.  One side can attempt to put out the fire or all parties will be consumed by the flames.  A cool head can accelerate the process of the flames dying out if the other side does not add gasoline.  All things considered, the ending of a feud is determined by the intensity of the feud and the desire to douse the flames.

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Fascist Times

Warning: This is meant to be a satirical piece whose essence can be found on conservative media platforms all the time.

If there is one magazine that could succeed in a dying industry, it would have to be called Fascist Times. A nostalgic publication for those who wish to return to a simpler time: the good old days when everyone adhered to an unspoken hierarchy where lighter pigment connoted superiority. The magazine would tell readers every conspiracy theory they would need to know about who controls the world. Revealing the truth behind the liberal media, the benefits of assortative mating with those who are culturally similar, and how white people are being left behind in a country they built without genocide or slavery. By studying the greatest agitprop artist, readers will be given the knowledge on how to take the power back from those who they have continuously oppressed. The magazine would lead readers towards a vision of society as it would be if people just knew their place.

History has been distorted and must be corrected by the white light of virtue and a virtuous white washing of historical figures. Social justice warriors want the real history to be darkened by shoehorning minorities into the history books with accomplishments and contributions to society. Greatness and superiority will be returned to great nation that has lost its lust for war, conquest, and colonization. Glorious people will find a lost cause to champion and take their rightful place in the pantheon of revisionist history. Cultural leftist and their inherently base values such as getting paid for work and equality will be shown as a fraud that hurts their cause instead of helping it. This magazine would take an eraser through history and rewrite the truth.

Through unity shall a new age be born where the best example of Americans shall rise from the swamp, hills, and farms to take a stolen country back. Readers would come from an amazing stock through a culture of selective inbreeding to prove their purity. Proud soldiers will march down the street without hoods, bloody white sheets, or red shirts. Past battles will be reenacted and acts of terrorism will be celebrated if the victims come from marginalized groups. Actions that are normally seen as reprehensible will be redeemed because it is the will of god.

Fascist Times certainly describes a period of time when fascist are elected through a system that is plausibly a democracy. Fascist activism is triggered when people take to the streets in a paranoid style when they believe their status is at stake. The so-called movement receives support from the active indifference to suffering of others based on tacit tribal support and believe some lives matter more than others. Americans naively think they are the exception to oncoming signs of fascism which could be its downfall. A furtive form of fascism will congeal if the right ingredients are mixed together; which America has in abundance.

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