I keep coming back to this subject. Even though I know it makes me sound like a monomaniac. I does seem to me – that we operate in two fundamental ways – constructively or destructively. We like being creative, building our world and everything in it – but we like being just the opposite also. Destroying our world and everything in it. Beginning with ourselves.
Humans have the amazing ability, that no other species has – of being able to understand what is going on in the world they find themselves in. And understanding it at the most fundamental level. They can intuit whether or not their particular corner of the universe is working or not – and decide whether to help it or hinder it.
This is an incredible skill, but one we have not taken seriously enough. We should, and we should take note of what basic decisions we are making – individually and collectively. Whether we are acting constructively or destructively.
At the present, we are acting destructively – and profoundly so. But we are not aware of this at all – for the simplest of reasons. Our first destructive act was to destroy ourselves – and our ability to do anything or understand anything.
How can I make such an outrageous statement? I’m really not sure, but my guts keep screaming that it is so. And my mind keeps noticing how destructive other people (and myself) keep acting. It seems to me that we have overlooked the most powerful impulse in our behavior. The constructive/destructive urge.
We have paid a lot of attention to our constructive side – but not our destructive side. With the result that it has taken over.
People wonder why I so interested in Nazism. Why be interested in something so awful? Wouldn’t it be better to think of something better? But I am interested in it for a very good reason – the Nazis showed us – as powerfully as they knew how – what the self-destructive instinct was like in operation.
They paid with their lives – demonstrating to us what was really going on. But even then, we did not notice.
I say “Enough craziness! Let’s get a handle on our problems before they finish us off!” But no one is listening.
But I refuse to shut up. And I will use my family, which I know something about, as an example. My family was religious – and very much so. Their RLDS church began in the middle of the 19th Century. And my grandparents (my grandmothers in particular) on both sides of the family, were obsessed with their religion. This obsession carried over into my parent’s generation, and began to die out in my generation. But I am the only one to notice this. The rest, true to form, notice nothing – and are determined to continue noticing nothing.
Our church ended, I am certain, because in the Fifties America changed profoundly. And the church became immaterial, useless.
But it had a huge influence on me, as a boy. The church believed it had solved all the world’s problems. And in like manner, I reasoned, the rest of the world was solving them too. This was the Enlightenment viewpoint – and we brought it up to date with modern technology – namely Electronics. I became an Electronic Engineer.
And quickly learned that the business world was not interested in solving the world’s problems – only in destroying it. I went into shock – and in many ways have not come out of it.
With the result that I can see what I am writing about today – the impulse to destroy everything – in action all around me. And I can also see no one is interested in knowing about it. They are completely under its control – and cannot see what is pulling their strings.