Paranoia; Perhaps The Most Self-Destructive Human Character Trait

The Madness of the Human Race
A surrealistic interpretation of “The Madness of the Human Race.”

“I have been guilty of wrong thinking.” ~Anne Hutchinson

Reading “American Jezebel” one receives the foreboding premonition of seriously disturbed atmosphere of paranoia and evil was in the air. An event that was leading up to one of the most horrific trials in the United States at the time, The Salem Witch Trials.

The men of the time were, perhaps, incubated in various reptilian broods of evil. These broods became to be known as the church. An unfair observation perhaps, but nothing frightens religious and political power more than a true argument that can not be dispelled, and one that holds truer than true to fairness and equality and one in which threatens to diminish the established powers that be. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” “The Constitution of the United States of America also holds these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal and that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights.” We owe the hints of these kernels of truth to the American patriot, Anne Hutchinson, for her teachings on equal rights, freedom of speech, and the true nature of salvation. A declaration that all civil and human rights must be bestowed to all men regardless of ethnicity, creed, and gender started with the seeds of her teaching.

Anne Hutchinson raised issues that challenged gender equality, civil rights, the nature and evidence of salvation, freedom of conscience and the right to free speech was as relevant then as it remained relevant to the American people of today. Hutchinson’s bold engagements in religious political, and moral conflict early in our history helped shape how American women see themselves today – in marriage, in communities, and in the larger society.

“Anne Hutchinson’s greatest crime, and the source of her power, was the series of weekly public meetings she held at her house to discuss Scripture and theology. At first, in 1635, the evening meetings had been just for women, who then were generally encouraged to gather in small groups to gossip and offer mutual support. Soon scores of women, enchanted by her intelligence and magnetism, flocked to hear her analysis of the week’s Scripture reading, which many of them preferred to the ministers’ latest interpretation. “Being a woman very helpful in time of childbirth and other occasions of bodily infirmities, [Hutchinson] easily insinuated herself into the affections of many,” an official observed. “Her pretense was to repeat [the ministers] sermons,” the governor added, “interpret passages at her pleasure, and expound dark places of Scripture, and make it serve her turn,” going beyond “wholesome truths” to “set forth her own stuff.” One minister, Thomas Weld, reported that her “custom was for her scholars to propound questions and she (gravely sitting in the chair) did make answers thereunto.” This was especially grievous in a time when the single chair in every house was for the use of the man alone.”

Men who ruled the Massachusetts Bay Colony acted very predictable for men of power when threatened with the possibility of over throw. Out of fear and blinded by the fog of their own ignorance, as Roger Bacon had commented on various leaders found within the catholic church community during his time when dealing with matters of science, the Massachusetts Bay Colony, too, walked blinded by their own fears and ignorance on matters they simply could not understand, or more likely, feared. Anwar Sadat, Egypt’s leader, recognized this key element in dealing with the political upheaval of his time when he extended peace negotiations with Israel of which he won the Nobel Prize for Peace in the year 1978. Sadat shared this peace prize with Israel’s Prime Minister Menachem Begin. Sadat was assassinated in 1981 by an Islamic radical political group who opposed reconciliation with Israel and Egypt’s ties with the United States. The roots of fear begin with opposition and mistrust and these variables are found in every delusion recorded in the human archive.

So how does a leader keep peace? Anwar Sadat set an example of this.  He chose to foster an atmosphere of peace by extending peace on his own accord to his neighboring country. A country embroiled with radical Islamic extremist issues. He chose a strategy to train himself to become astutely aware of any and all opposition and conditions of mistrust that may lead to delusional fears and to make every effort to extinguish those feelings by proving otherwise to your contemporaries.  Extending sincere, warm, and welcoming attitudes to secure the peace and tranquility of the larger group will help secure, not only good public relations, but create and atmosphere that is conducive to established political truths. He was a well like leader among his people save for the small faction of radical Islamic extremist, a minority.

The fears that result from human interaction were and still are the reason for clandestine operations in military surveillance beginning from the dawn of our civilized existence. In positions of high power leadership there is a constant threat of paranoia. Because men will inevitably lie to one another out of these fears which defend against retaliation. Formulating a decisive attack, they may veil their true emotions from  abject feelings directed towards their enemies. It is the grandest paranoia that exists in human agency today and is often veiled behind illusions and pretense. Since our need for survival and protection stem from our earliest of upbringings, the roots to these fears are found in our early personality formation and identity beginning with our first stage of narcissistic development. To defend against opponent attacks, which were received from the caregiver(s), they live in constant fear of losing their power and established dominance. This is what makes man perhaps the sickest animal on the planet. His need for domination and control of people, things, and the natural world, not only through violence, but from delusional fears based in the fantasy of their early experiences.

Man’s proclivity towards the abnormal, deviant and freakish and his resistance to being dominated by forces that may seem oppressive to his perceptions all stem from his early fight for survival with his first ruling authority; the mother and father.


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