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U R Responsible for Ur Own Actions

PROGRESSION, NOT REGRESSION

BREAKTHROUGH VERSUS WAR etc
Review 2007 Lloyd Kinder
M. Scott Peck's book, People of the Lie, has a lot of insights on the cause of war and oppression and the cure. Some of his and related insights are given here.
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Longstanding trauma makes us insensitive to our own suffering, as well as the suffering of others. Insensitivity makes it easy for us to persecute others, which in turn helps make our victims insensitive, making it easy for them to try to retaliate. This vicious cycle occurs in families, schools, communities and nations and it leads to destructive wars and oppression, both overt and covert.
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The cycle of violence can be broken by first relieving our own pain, and then seeking to increase our caring about others, i.e. our sensitivity.
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The pain of persecution or oppression generally involves the loss of loved ones or loss of possessions or freedoms.
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Such losses make us depressed or angry, both of which emotions are harming us. These and all negative emotions are based on fear, which is a false belief that unbearable misery is coming.
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This belief is a self-fulfilling prophecy. To prevent fulfilling this prophecy of coming doom, we need simply to disbelieve it as follows.
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When we're depressed or angry over a loss, we need to do this.
.First, notice our emotions. This starts to restore our sensitivity.
.Second, remember that negative emotions are caused by fear and see what it is that we fear.
.Third, recall that fear is a self-fulfilling prophecy of doom, which we must disbelieve. We must believe in resiliency, that we can be happy permanently.
.Fourth, let go of the urge to give up on life or to seek revenge, because these urges tend to fulfill the prophecy of the fear.
.Fifth, listen to people who've followed similar guidelines with remarkable results, because it bolsters trust in our own resiliency.
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After making some progress on those guidelines, there's one more thing to do to increase our sensitivity and break the cycle of persecution and trauma.
.Sixth, we review our major wrong-doings of the past and, when we're sincerely ready to stop the wrong-doing, we apologize to those we've wronged and we continue to do this whenever we wrong others.
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This process of sensitization is already going on in many nations, but we can increase it and help heal society.

People tend to regard their attitudes as their identities, so if an attitude is attacked by others, it's taken as an attack on the person. People and nations cling to wrong attitudes, because they can't imagine their attitudes could be wrong. Those who are successful and powerful are much more readily convinced of their rightness by their success and power.

Our villainy in Vietnam lay in our unwittingness, due to mental laziness.
95% of Americans didn't know what the Vietnam war was even about.

Responsibility becomes so diffused within groups that in larger groups it can become nonexistent.

The military-industrial complex is run by the profit motive, which is unChristian.

Prevention of group evil requires ending laziness and pride.

Jesus' advice to judge not, goes on to explain that we are to judge ourselves correctly before we can judge others correctly.

Scientific fact one year is considered outmoded and false the next. So scientific fact is largely just the current beliefs of some scientists. Scientists are nearly as prone as the general public to jumping to unsound conclusions. The public needs to be skeptical of scientific pronouncements for the good of public safety. Everyone should attempt to be amateur scientists and not relinquish our judgment to professionals. Science without debate and skepticism is not real science. Industry and government often use scientific findings and concepts for questionable purposes. Psychology is already misused by giving wrong diagnoses of school students as hyperactive etc, by wrongly rejecting people for employment, and wrongly rejecting young people for higher education.

Increasing public awareness of the unconscious mind may be our salvation.

Summary of Previous Excerpts from - People of the Lie, M Scott Peck, 1983 [Insights from the 1968 My Lai Massacre in Vietnam and Peck's Psychotherapy Practice]

Erich Fromm, a psychoanalyst, who fled from Hitler's persecution of Jews later studied the evil of the Nazis [See his books: The Heart of Man and The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness]

He called Nazi leaders necrophilic, which means lovers of death. It can also be called evil and includes those who desire to control others and make them controllable, dependent, unable to think for themselves, make them predictable and unoriginal and keep them under control.

Their aim is to avoid inconveniences to themselves by making others obedient automatons, robbing their humanity.

This evil is a type of immaturity. Under prolonged or extreme stress humans naturally tend to regress psychologically to more immature thinking and behavior. A sense of horror is lost when one is surrounded by horror all day for many days.
-Becoming insensitive to one's own suffering leads to insensitivity to the suffering of others too.
-The good do not desert their maturity and sensitivity under constant stress or degradation.
-It takes great courage and maturity [which leaders, not followers, often have] to overcome group pressure.
-Groups behave more immaturely than individuals.
-Groups regress under constant stress as much as individuals do.
-Dependency on a leader is lazy and immature.
-Leading involves making hard decisions, planning, discipline, initiating action, risking unpopularity and having courage.
-Following is the role of a child.
-Not being a thinker or leader, the follower gives up his or her conscience.
-Specialization of groups leads to loss of conscience by allowing members to pass the blame for group wrong-doing to other members.
-The only way to preserve conscience and avert great evil is by all adult group members to accept responsibility for group actions.
-All adult groups should be groups of leaders only.
-Successful groups require all mem

Human groups tend to behave at a more immature level than do individuals.

Job specialization in the military, in government, in business etc contributes to group immaturity via fragmentation of conscience. It becomes easy to pass the blame for group wrong-doing to others in the group.

Groups remain conscienceless as long as leaders fail to accept responsibility for all actions of the group.
-Only great courage could overcome group pressure.
-Under prolonged stress humans naturally tend to regress psychologically to more immature thinking and behavior.
-A sense of horror is lost when one is surrounded by horror all day for many days.
-Becoming insensitive to one's own suffering leads to insensitivity to the suffering of others too.
-Evil is immaturity.
-The good do not desert their maturity and sensitivity under constant stress or degradation.
-Most people regress under constant stress both when alone and in group settings.
-One form of individual or group immaturity is dependency on a leader, because it's easier to follow than to lead.
-Leading involves making hard decisions, planning, discipline, initiating action, risking unpopularity and having courage.
-The role of follower is the role of a child.
-Ideally, a group becomes a group of leaders only, their purpose: achieving personal growth.
-Successful groups require all members to share equally in leadership of the group, encourage members' maturity, and challenge dependency
=P.225-8]
-Normal group cohesiveness is provided mainly by group pride.
-This engenders hatred of out-groups, who are called enemies.
-Shortcomings of a group are easily ignored by members by focusing on enemies.
-Failing groups avoid self-examination, becoming vicious toward enemies as a way to revive group cohesion.
-Without having the role of thinker or leader, the follower usually gives up his/her conscience.
-Naive pride results in group character being felt by the group as superiority to other groups.
=P.231-2]
-It is natural and easy for a large group to commit evil without guilt by letting its specialized groups carry out its deeds.
-Foreign adventures are likely again to prove irresistable and can easily lead to disastrous war.
-Only a draft can safeguard this.
=P.235-41]

In Vietnam high-tech weapons helped distance Americans, even our soldiers, from our victims.
-They had the effect of insulating our consciences.
-Wounded animals tend to become dangerously viciousbers to share equally in leadership of the group, encourage members' maturity, and challenge dependency.
-Increasing public awareness of the unconscious mind may be our salvation.
-Responsibility becomes so diffused within groups that in larger groups it can become nonexistent.
-Large groups easily commit evil without guilt by letting its specialized groups carry out its deeds.
-Immature groups attain cohesiveness thru group pride.
-This engenders hatred of out-groups, who are called enemies.
-Group wrong-doing is easily ignored by focusing on enemies.
-Jesus' advice to judge not, goes on to explain that we are to judge ourselves correctly before we can judge others correctly.
-Failing groups, losing loyalty of members, avoid self-judgment and become vicious toward enemies, instead, in order to revive group cohesion or loyalty.
-Naive pride results in groups feeling superior to other groups.
-Prevention of group evil requires ending laziness and pride.
-Wounded animals tend to become vicious.
-Our military's wounded pride made it vicious in Vietnam.
-People tend to regard their attitudes as their identities, so if an attitude is attacked by others, it's taken as an attack on the person.
-People and nations cling to wrong attitudes because they can't easily imagine their attitudes to be wrong.
-Success and power easily convinces immature people of their rightness.
-Our villainy in Vietnam lay in our unwittingness, due to mental laziness.
-95% of Americans didn't know what the Vietnam war was even about.
-High-tech weapons reduced even our soldiers' awareness of our victims.
-They insulated our consciences and will probably always do so
It is illegal to give or obey orders that violate the Geneva Convention [or the U.S. Constitution] - U.S. Army Field Manual.
-Failure to report a known crime is a crime.
-The My Lai Massacre by U.S. soldiers in 1968 Vietnam and its coverup [were results of attitudes of superiority, wounded pride, immaturity of followers, insensitivity, and loss of conscience by specialization].
-Foreign adventures are likely to recur when Vietnam is forgotten and may lead to more disastrous war.
-Only a draft, preferably of all young people of a certain age range, can prevent such adventurism.
-To reduce the dangers in maintaining a military, we should de-specialize it.
-A combination of universal service and a national service corps could perform military functions when needed, but would also do peacetime work.

The military-industrial complex is run, absurdly, by the profit motive, which clouds judgment.

Industry and government often misuse scientific findings and concepts.

Psychology is already misused by wrong diagnoses of school students as hyperactive etc, by wrongly rejecting people for employment, by wrongly rejecting students for higher education, and so on.
-Scientific fact one year is considered outmoded and false the next.
-So science is largely just the current beliefs of some scientists.
-Scientists are prone like the general public to making unsound conclusions.
-The public needs to be skeptical of scientific pronouncements for the good of public safety.
-Everyone should attempt to be amateur scientists and not relinquish our judgment to professionals , just as everyone should be a leader, not a follower.
-Real science promotes debate and skepticism.

   How can we fight evil, i.e. corruption, terrorism, tyranny, abuse, neglect?
Evil is a type of immaturity. So we can fight evil by promoting maturity. Probably no one thinks or behaves maturely all the tiime. We're mature much of the time and immature at other times. People regress under stress. Regress means become more immature. So, those who are under the most stress tend to regress the most. Stress involves negative emotions, like fear, worry, anger, frustration, loneliness, boredom, or shame. Mature people learn to watch out for such emotions and to use methods that reduce stress at those times. They may blow it for a short while in extreme situations, but they see what's happening and they defuse the stress and return to normal. Normal is happiness. Maturity is wanting and knowing how to be happy all the time. Methods for recognizing and reducing stress will be explained later.

While individuals regress under stress, groups regress under stress too, and do so even more easily than do individuals. People in groups become more immature by becoming irresponsible. Responsible means taking credit or responsibility for one's actions, whether those actions are judged as good or bad by authorities. The irresponsible only take credit for actions that are judged as good, not the bad. The larger a group is, the easier it is for its members to pass blame for bad actions to other members. Most groups have leaders and followers. Since followers carry out most of the leaders' decisions, it's easy for leaders to say the followers did it [the bad deed], and it's easy for followers to say the leaders told them to do it, and it's easy for the leaders to say they didn't say to do that, etc. This is the kind of blame passing that Nazi war criminals practiced in the Nuremberg trials. So it's not hard for large groups to be irresponsible.

Obedient followers put peer pressure on other followers to accept leaders' questionable decisions and not to rock the boat by blowing the whistle to authorities, which is called squealing. Group members tend to think they're responsible only for a very small part of any bad group actions. This attitude makes great evils possible by groups. Mature people in groups take responsibility, whether blame or credit, for all group actions. They also behave as leaders, not followers. Following is a childish state. Mature groups encourage all adult members to learn and share in leadership of the group. This helps followers learn to take responsibility. And making all members of a group responsible for group actions is the only way group evils can be kept to a minimum.
   Leaders are generally more mature than followers, but can still be very immature. Mature leaders help followers to increase their maturity, i.e. personal growth, by becoming leaders, encourage followers to practice individual and group self-examination in privacy and without criticism, discourage false pride, which interferes with honest self-examination, and which tends to instill a false sense of superiority of the group over other groups. Groups are capable of much more evil than individuals are. The larger a group is, the more important it is that its leaders be mature and promote maturity in followers. The largest groups are nations and groups of nations. Yet, it's obvious that leaders of nations are often far from mature. And it's important for each group, each nation, to examine and correct its own wrongs, before being able to judge the wrongs of others correctly. One's judgment of others cannot be accurate, until one first judges oneself accurately and cleans house. Evil includes both abuse and neglect. Evil is immature thinking and behavior.

Regression [includes religious view of evil]
.- So what is our overwhelming emergency? It's REGRESSION! - in all areas.
Read M. Scott Peck's book, People of the Lie, and a clue to the emergency may be apparent. Details about the emergency are given below.

His book deals with evil, but he defines evil as immature thinking and behavior.
We don't normally think of evil that way.
We think of it more as sin, or anti-social behavior, or even as myth.
But it makes sense that evil simply means immaturity.
The bible seems to say that everyone is born with original sin.
We tend to think of original sin as the first sin of disobedience committed by Adam and Eve.
But didn't they commit that sin bkuz they were immature and lacked wisdom?
If all infants are born with original sin, doesn't it mean born with lack of wisdom?
All infants and children are selfish. Doesn't sin mean selfishness?
[If you don't like religion, remember to skip that topic in the Dialogue chapter.]
.- You know what regression is? That's people regressing - becoming more immature morally.
[Don't worry, this book is not about religious views on morality, except for one of the subjects in the Dialogues chapter.] Who cares about morals?
Anyone cares who doesn't want to be a victim of anyone's abuse or neglect.
Abuse and neglect are the main types of immorality. Do you want to be a victim? No?
Then you care about morality.
=Pride=Some think PORN or PROMISCUITY or MURDER or DRUNKENNESS are some of the worst sins or crimes, i.e. the worst kinds of immorality. But no!
The worst "sin" or crime is PRIDE. Dr. Peck said so. And he's a psychiatrist.
Pride cancels conscience to allow people to commit murder and other abuse or neglect.
Pride is what prevents people from accepting responsibility and improving themselves.
By not improving, people gradually regress and become more immature.
The more immature a nation or group becomes, the more people are victims of abuse and neglect.
And it appears that regression has been on the rise for some time now.
And it affects all aspects of society, every vocation and every field of knowledge.
.- What is evidence of regression? In the field of SOCIAL PROBLEMS, corruption, violence, terrorism and tyranny are evidence.
In HISTORY, evidence of regression is the overlooking of the origins of corruption, violence, terrorism and tyranny.
In RELIGION, it's the failure to teach morality and responsibility.
In SCIENCE, it's failure to study regression and how to achieve societal progress.
In HEALTH, it's failure to put true health before private or corporate greed.
In EDUCATION, it's failure to teach students how to think and to be leaders.
In ECONOMICS, it's failure to put the public good before private interests.
In OTHER, it's you name it.

   How would I know all this stuff? That's a long story, which in brief goes like this.
I had an addiction: gluttony. And tv, too.
Addiction often makes you feel like you're going insane. And you are.
And you don't want that, so you do what you have to do to prevent it. That's meetings.
Some are helped by group therapy, but most seem to return to sanity via the 12 Steps of AA.
Some need both or several things.
AA was first used just by alcoholics, but other addicts and co-dependents found that the same steps, with slight modification, worked well for them too.
The 12 Steps involve acknowledging a higher power, taking moral self-survey, making amends for wrong-doing, praying, and telling others about the Steps.
I wasn't meaning to do that here.
It just happened.
The higher power can be anything that helps, even if it's a "higher self," etc.
What the Steps do is increase moral maturity or wisdom, which is self-improvement.
.- Does every vocation and every group and institution need the 12 Steps to prevent regression?
They need the basic elements of the 12 Steps, especially moral self-survey and making amends.
Self-survey and amends are as important for entire groups as for individual members.
Groups also need problem-solving or conflict resolution dialogue with all major groups.
One of the best methods of problem solving seems to be the P.E.T. Type 3 method.
Consensus decision making also seems to be important, bkuz it prevents majorities from dominating or abusing minorities.
Are you ready for some dialogue?
Or are you willing to let your favorite vocation or group remain immature and irresponsible?
Groups include nations and groups of nations.

Pride is a reaction to the unconscious fear that we are guilty of being imperfect.
[that we are worthless bkuz we'r imperfec, or that we must not admit, to others or ourselves, to be to blame or guilty for any error, or imperfection].
Since we fear that we are imperfect and that we're therefore worthless, our unconscious mind tells us we're better than nearly everyone, that we're perfect enuf, that we don't need to worry about our own shortcomings, which we assume are minimal. We don't examine our shortcomings, bkuz of this assumption, and we unconsciously have this assumption of not having much shortcomings, bkuz we fear to admit the false assumption that we're worthless. If we knew this assumption of worthlessness were false, we wouldn't be bothered to examine or admit our shortcomings. And we wouldn't feel the need to display false pride, which is pride in oneself. True pride is pride in God and God's gifts to us. False pride makes us weak, bkuz we only have the support of our selves. Pride in God, which is humility, but not humiliation or shame, makes us strong, bkuz it gives us access to God's strength.

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