On The Psychic Life Of Power

Written by: Karen Barna

A personal quandary to consider in the use of electro-magnetic frequency technology to curb and control one man’s behavior

“On the turning away…….Light is changing to shadow……..And casting it’s shroud over all we have known, unaware how the ranks have grown driven on by a heart of stone, we could find that we’re all alone in the dream of the proud.” ~ On The Turning Away, Pink Floyd

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In order for man to be ruled by his conscience he must turn away from his own selfish conscience desires and fall in subjection to a ruling authority’s desire, that is come into subordination to and under local, state, and federal laws. In order to embrace the power that subordiantes man must be capable of self-regulation, self-prohibition, and self- suppression of one’s own behaviors and unconscious drives.

If we understand Nietzsche’s idea of the “moralized man of conscience” as he explains it in, Nietzsche’s “Genealogy of Morals,” one can discern a temporary convergence between the figures of self-enslavement in Hegel’s “Unhappy Consciousness” and the “moralized man of conscience” in Nietzsche’s philosophy. Consider the following quote: “This instinct for freedom forcibly made latent . . . This instinct for freedom pushed back and repressed, incarcerated within and finally able to discharge and vent itself only on itself: that, and that alone, is what the bad conscience is in its beginning.” I believe what Nietzsche is speaking of here is actions and behaviors that do not go against the self motivated desires and drives, and it is the individual’s absence of conscience in these behaviors that form a state of bad conscience. We can begin to understand and even witness the ambivalence of needing and wanting, of being in subordinate to, and then, at the same time resenting and deviating away from the controlling form(s) of power as they can appear and as they can actually manifest themselves abusively as well. As we see today, and as we have seen in the past the many abusive forms power can take when it becomes to light on the front stage of the power dialect. “Who creates who?” One might reasonably ask themselves. It could be argued that it is the controlling power wielding an abusive form of technology that is actually in a stunted primitive state of existent as it lacks the “super power” of linguistic communication to effectively lead and rule over another. For it is through our linguistic capabilities that the “super power” of words and written communication can twart an abusive form of power when it stands in opposition to them. It is the bully who bludgeons and beats his subjects through brute force and intimidation, through unjustly imposed laws and regulations, the kind that seek to punish his subject through unfairly incarcerating him within a framework the lacks the very fundamental elements of what justice and freedom truly mean.

“Who made who, who made you?, Who made who, ain’t nobody told you?
Who made who, who made you? If you made them and they made you
Who picked up the bill, and who made who? Yeah, Who made who
Who turned the screw? Yeah, satellites send me picture
Get it in the eye, take it to the wire” ~Who Made Who, AC/DC

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We’ve considered Neitzsche’s bad conscious, but what of Hegel’s “Unhappy consciousness?” What do we know of that. If we understand Hegel’s theory correctly we see that man’s resolution to “freedom is self-enslavement.” Yet this form of self-enslavement requires the very condition of subordination through subjection of a higher ruling authority. One example is under the work contract, or the master slave relationship, one becomes a subordinate under another’s power. This concept is explained through Lordship and Bondsman and is known as the master-slave dialect. “If I am to be free from my former power, from the power of my parents, I must fall in subordination with another ruling authority.” It is “the one who holds out the promise of continued existence “plays” to the desire of survival.” Another formulation might be, “I would rather exist in subordination than not exist is one formulation of this predicament (where the risk of “death” is also possible.)”

One other theory which additionally touches on Hegel’s “Unhappy Consciousness” is found in Sigmund Freud’s “Civilization and It’s Discontents.” Freud suggests that the very structure of society which binds man to his civility, is exactly the very thing responsible for his unhappiness. This suggests that true freedom, and thus true happiness, can only be achieved when one is left unrestrained by the framework of civil relationships and civil dictates. This, in effect, suggests Freud would create man’s “happy consciousness,” leaving him free to act in whatever way he wishes.  In order to maintain our civilized structure of living, man embraces the resolution to freedom into his own self-enslavement and abandons his loneliness to take up occupancy in society. In order to gain freedom, we have to work within the framework of imposed civility, one way or the other, and this creates a type of disillusionment and a type of mild or profound dystopia.

The very act of turning toward the law, that is turning in obedience to what the law dictates, is thus a turn against one-self, a turning back on oneself that constitutes the movement of conscience. The prolific lack of this “turning away” is exactly what Dave Gilmour and Anthony Moore wrote of in their song “On The Turning Away” which was recorded and performed by Pink Floyd in 1987 and included on their album “Momentary Lapse of Reason.”

Judith Butler, a professor Rhetoric and Comparative Literature at the University of California at Berkley quips, “Conscience doth make subjects of us all,” in obedient servitude not only to a master, but the whole human race and this idea is bound up in Christ’s philosophy, “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” In the literary tragedy of Hamlet written by William Shakespeare, Shakespeare quips the affirmation, “Conscience doth makes cowards of us all.” It is not surprising to find that psychologists and psychoanalysts study literary tragedies because mental illness is at the heart of these nightmares of stage and screen. Funny too, that a anonymous psychopath suggested to his therapist that conscience is nothing more than a corral that pens in the human mind.

The Stalemate of Subjection

The stalemate of subjection occurs when a subject or subjects comes under the power and control of a perverse ruling authority, as is what happened during the historic events of World War II. It is also known as a “no bind” because no one wins. At this time in the human archive, a narcissistic personality which possessed an insidious form of malignant love, took the Jewish people an attempted to systematically exterminate them. This occurred under the German rule of Adolf Hitler.

The stalemate of subjection occurs when the considerations exchanged in a relationship, master-slave or otherwise, do not fall equal in part to one another. One side, either the slave or the master, is giving too much of themselves in return for far too little. We see this in cycles of abuse found in cases of battered wives by their spouses. In these cases, the emotionally depleted women become dependent on their psychically and emotionally abusive husbands. Placed in need, these individuals may feel hopeless to change their living situation. Many may turn to drugs or alcohol to numb the pain of the dystopia. What must act on the individual to precipitate change, one might reasonable ask? In one questionably unethical scenario we witness an elderly adult, who, in an attempt to exact the respect she feels she deserves, brings the offspring she lives with under her subordination through the use of electro-magnetic frequency and radio wave technology. In yet another scenario similar to this, we see family members trying to “cure” their relative of alcoholism by systematically inflicting punitive punishment with electro-magnetic frequency and radio waves every time the individuals drinks. We have to ask ourselves, “What type of leadership skills have these individuals been empowered with in order for them to lack the linguistic communication to effect change in a positive way?” Certainly no spiritually evolved person would inflict pain and suffering on an already diseased and ill individual? Would they? Leaders after all find solutions, not physical forms of torture and punishment. Another question that follows is, “What type of hospital or doctor would implant such devises and give control to individuals lacking in their spirituality ability to effectively teach and lead through the implementation of such tools?”

Certainly these scenarios address the needs of the aging parents and the family members, but it certainly does not address the needs and rights of the dependent child / alcoholic. So, who is the one “turning away” from their own selfish set of conscious desires? The answer is neither. For one, the elderly parent and family members are conducting their affairs in a manipulative and exploitative way, hidden under a veil of clandestine intentions. For, do they really want to help the dependent child / alcoholic or are their intentions for using the technology, satisfy a more dark and sadistic narcissistic personality need? The technology certainly isn’t giving an already emotionally battered individual the tools he/she needs to defend against alcoholism and its effects. At what point do these characters become tolerated in society? One answer might be, at the point where civil, state, and federal leadership becomes ill-equipped at addressing and regulating the insubordination of its subjects.

The very autism found at the heart of using this type of technology, is that not only can it be used on the subjects for subjection, it can also be turned against the ruling authority that is exacting it. This is exactly what we witnessed as the events of World War II unfolded. The political abuses of the time which displayed a total and utter disregard for human life and welfare, were turned against the very leader who sought its very commission. Adolf Hitler took his own life and many others were sentenced to death for the war crimes they committed following the close of the war. The ultimate narcissistic mirroring of mental illness, death for death, an eye for an eye. Talion law manifests itself like the mirroring behavior of an abusive parent by the child who grew to become like the former power he was in subordination to. It is the psychic power, that power can sometimes take and we are never fully guaranteed safety from the stalemate of subjection when a delusion grows within a society’s framework.

“A substantial proportion of people do what they are told to do, irrespective of the content of the act and without limitations of conscience, so long as they perceive that the command comes from a legitimate authority.”  ~Stanley Milgram

The Metaphor in Humiliation


I’ve had enough of danger
And people on the streets
I’m looking out for angels
Just trying to find some peace
Now I think it’s time
That you let me know
So if you love me
Say you love me
But if you don’t just let me go

‘Cause teacher
There are things that I don’t want to learn
And the last one I had
Made me cry
So I don’t want to learn to
Hold you, touch you
Think that you’re mine
Because it ain’t no joy
For an uptown boy
Whose teacher has told him goodbye, goodbye, goodbye

When you were just a stranger
And I was at your feet
I didn’t feel the danger
Now I feel the heat
That look in your eyes
Telling me no
So you think that you love me
Know that you need me
I wrote the song, I know it’s wrong
Just let me go

And teacher
There are things
That I don’t want to learn
Oh the last one I had
Made me cry
So I don’t want to learn to
Hold you, touch you
Think that you’re mine
Because it ain’t no joy
For an uptown boy
Whose teacher has told him goodbye, goodbye, goodbye

So when you say that you need me
That you’ll never leave me
I know you’re wrong, you’re not that strong
Let me go

And teacher
There are things
That I still have to learn
But the one thing I have is my pride
Oh so I don’t want to learn
Hold you, touch you
Think that you’re mine
Because there ain’t no joy
For an uptown boy
Who just isn’t willing to try

I’m so cold
Maybe just one more try

~Lyrics and music written by George Micheal


Quotation reads, “Knowledge is free. We are anonymous. We are legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us.” 

written by Karen Barna

How many secret societies have been created since the Neolithic period? This writer has not been fully informed to say, but here are a few that have been created in man’s more recent history:

Knights of Templar
Bavarian Illuminate

Collegiate Secret Societies:
Linonian Society (1793-1872 & 1945 – Present)
Skull and Bones (1833 – Present)
Scroll and Key (1841 – Present)
Book and Snake (1863 – Present)
Mace and Chain (1956-1960s & 1990 – Present)
Myth and Sword (1903 – 1960s & 1990 – Present)

Secret Intelligence Agencies: 
CIA (U.S.)
NSA (U.S.)
MI6 or SIS (British)
KGB (Russian)
NIS (South Korean)
The Ministry of State Security (North Korean)

Community Social Groups:
Alcoholics Anonymous (1935 – Present)
Anonymous (2003 – Present)

I would like to include the St. Mary of Tsion also known as the “Mother Church of Ethiopia.” At the site of this church it is believed the Ark of the Jewish Covenant is housed, the Ten Commandments that were handed down to Moses from Jehovah. At this church, one monk secretly guards the Ark. He is kept in solitude and sworn to secrecy. No one is allowed to speak to him or allowed into the church to view the Ark. When this monk dies, another rises in a form of “secret ascendancy and service” to his professed to god.

Why do we ask our little children “Who are you?”, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”, “What is your name?” (surname included). Questions that are designed at eliciting answers at disclosing “Who are you?” Asking these question help to disclose the children’s identity and perhaps allows for a preliminary character check. We say anti-social behaviors are abnormal, yet it seems these “abnormal behaviors” may be acceptable if the ultimate ruler of a country can use them for their intellectual services and ultimate protection.

These individuals are not deemed screwed-up, in so far as how much they can provide their leaders with the tools and required information for the ruler’s continued dominance. It can be found all in a society’s perspective in reviewing their social rules and laws. We allow for clandestine operations in military affairs, yet in the private public sectors, clandestine operations that are a part of a criminal conspiracy are subject to prosecution by local authorities. Hence, the double standard rule. You are not allowed to kill. You must obtain a license to kill first. Is it fair? Is it right? Maybe not, but it is our country’s law.

Yet, our human archive has shown adults create societies that are aimed at concealing the individual member’s identity or “secrets.” These society use a form of trickery in order to make others believe they are superior to the others. Secret societies like Skull and Bones are aimed at wearing a mask, albeit not an actual facial mask. A mask of hiding who it is they are because if the ‘others’ found out they may not fully accept their ritual or behavior. Anthropological evidence has shown this is far more frequent in occurrence, even among preliterate tribes. The Kunnapipi is one such tribe.

The Kunnapipi is an Aboriginal tribe found in Australia. One of the religious rituals found in the tribes mythical legends involves a ritual that requires penile subincision of the pubertal male’s penis. It may not sound like there is much of a connection between secret societies and this ritual, but if you continue on you’ll see more clearly why there most definitely exists such a connection. This subincision is made through surgical procedure on the underside of the male phallus. The surgical procedure is a way of creating the symbol of the female vulva on the male phallus through genital mutilation, creating a “symbolic wound.” These rites seem to present one of the most characteristic examples of a ritualization of men’s desire to play a greater role in procreation. The Aboriginal legend goes like this;

“….the men “had nothing: no sacred objects, no sacred ceremonies, the women had everything.” So, one day the men stole the women’s “sacred objects” [reproductive organs marking the women as impotent and thus exhibiting a form of male castration anxiety] and took them back to their own camp. The mythical sisters, on finding that their sacred objects had disappeared, decided that perhaps it was just as well that the men had taken them, since the men could now carry out most of the ritual for them while they busied themselves chiefly with raising families and collecting food. In this way, their true function as fertility mothers became established….”

One of the Aboriginal tribe members, disclosing the real hidden truth regarding the ceremony, stated:

“But really we have been stealing what belongs to them (the women), for it is mostly all woman’s business; and since it concerns them it belongs to them. Men have nothing to do really, except to copulate [and donate sperm cells]. It belongs to the women All that belonging to those Wawilak,* the baby, the blood, and yelling, their dancing, all that concerns the women; but every time we have to trick them. Women can’t see what men are doing, although it really is their own business, but we can see their side…..in the beginning we had nothing, because men had been doing nothing; we took these things from the women.”

This symbolic ritual can be used as a psychoanalytic tool to help describe the many anti-social acts, hostilities, and acts of aggression, not just of men towards women, but in humanity in general. Humanity’s proclivity to conquer and control which stem from  their castrating fears. Upon first inspect of the ritual one might see it as delusional and warped act, one that is suggestive of a metaphorical raping by stealing the women’s “sacred objects” (or more importantly their “secret objects”). Yet on another level we see the elements of a non-competing dual gender narrative found today in bisexual and transgender cases. Viewing it as a constructive concept it can be viewed as a way in which the males of this tribe established feelings of equality, stemming from their feelings of inferiority based in their acknowledgement of the women’s superior power, of the female’s ability to procreate. In the view of this tribe’s rituals, the ability to bring forth life is seen as being more powerful. The ritual allows for the creation of a social construct of equaling the playing field or leveling gender status. By re-creating and equating the female’s ability to bring forth life, we find a very similar story to the creation of the world found in the book of Genesis. You can make the connection between God the Mother and Jehovah. Is god a man or is god a woman? The answer of course, god is both. Although in actuality it is the woman who really possess more of the control because of the tools and apparatuses she has been given by nature to bring forth life. Yet without the sperm cell, that one little item, how could life spring forth? One could surmise from this information that there may be a relatively low percentage of sexual assault cases found in this tribal community based on the social construct and tribal rites of penile subincision.

“This mother is always present behind the ritual, the dancing and the singing. She is a symbol of the productive qualities of the earth, the eternal replenisher of human, animal, and natural resources; it was from her uterus that human and totemic beings came forth. She has no totem herself, nor is she a totemic concept; she does not herself perform totemic rituals, although her neophytes do. In these areas, she is the background of all totemic ceremony, and ‘eternal’ explanation and symbol of the Aboriginal way of life, with its continual expectation of rebirth.

The Mother herself, Kunapipi, Kalwadi, or Kadjari, is represented in certain parts of the mythology as a perpetually pregnant woman, who in the Dream-Time [at night while sleeping] let out from her uterus human beings, the progenitors of the present natives. She was responsible too for sending out spirits of the natural species from season to season, to ensure their continual increase. In this she did not act entirely alone, but in association with a Rainbow Snake, the symbolic Penis, which completed the dual concept.” **

We also see the anthropological evidence of the creation of a “secret society” or “secret rituals” being preformed in that the tribe’s informant has stated, “Women can’t see what men are doing, although it really is their own business, but we can see their side…..in the beginning we had nothing, because men had been doing nothing; we took these things from the women.” We are then able to see how men’s lack of the ability to bring forth life through a vaginal canal of his own, created humanity’s need for intellectual creations. Everything that has been showcased thus far in man’s human archive demonstrates a need for this ability. His need to create, conquer, and control has thus far been a creative exercise in expanding his limits of control. Sadly, some of these creations have included destructive weapons.

Reviewing myth, fantasy, and culture in unconscious fantasies arsing from a male wish for parthenogenesis, in particular male defensive intellectuals Carol Kohn writes in her article, “Sex and Death in the Rational World of Defence Intellectuals,”  we can begin to see how cultural violence becomes part of a society’s institutions and repetitions:

“There is one set of domestic images that demands separate attention – images that suggest men’s desire to appropriate from women the power of giving life and conflate creation and destruction. The bomb project is rife with images of male birth….This idea of male birth and its accompanying belittling of maternity – the denial of women’s role in the process of creation and the reduction of “motherhood” to the provision of nurturance – seems thoroughly incorporated into the nuclear mentality….In light of the imagery of male birth, the extraordinary names given to the bombs that reduced Hiroshima and Nagasaki to ash and rubble – “Little Boy” and “Fat Man” – at last became intelligible. These ultimate destroyers were the progeny of the atomic scientists – and emphatically not just any progeny but male progeny. In early tests, before they were certain that the bombs would work, the scientists expressed their concern by saying they hoped the baby was a boy, not a girl – that is, not a dud….The entire history of the bomb project, in fact, seems permeated with imagery that confounds man’s overwhelming technological power to destroy nature with the power to create – imagery that inverts men’s destruction and asserts in its place the power to create new life and a new world. It converts men’s destruction into their rebirth.”

It should be noted, the pursuit of psychoanalytic research and study can be disturbing and unsettling at times because it illuminates for us a more decisively clear picture and discloses truths and realities that exist in our world, and thus found in the human mind. Human behavior demonstrates that the realities which are found through psychoanalytic work regarding the human mind, is really an out picturing of world events.

*In Aboriginal mythology the Wawilak are a tribe of sisters that merge with the Kunnapipi male brothers. So the Wawilak stands as a term for the female gender.
** The Rainbow Snake, named “the great Julunggul,” the symbolic Penis, which represents the non-competing dual gender narrative or concept in this tribes ritual of penile subincision.

On The Psychoanalytic Reasons For Advancing Technology And The Abuses That Are A Consequence Of It

“When I think of peace, I think of a very tough job, but I also think it’s the only conversation worth having in some way.” ~Marianne Williamson

We could argue that we humans have a great deal of experience creating and entering other worlds through our imagination, that is our creative intellectual drive, and that everything that has been showcased thus far in man’s human intellectual archive is an exercise in expanding the limits of this control. It has been argued that men’s creative endeavor is in large part due to men’s inability to bring forth life, with the symbolism of “not being able to deliver.” So, in his disappointment and disillusionment he pursues creative intellectual endeavors. This is at the heart of Freud’s theory castration anxiety, and it must be noted that men as well as women both suffer from it.

Clinical evidence of this castration anxiety can be found in men’s dependency on technology with each new successive generation being developed. What we begin to witness is a type of clinical dependency with the traits found in other forms of dependency; tolerance, loss of control, and continued use despite the negative consequences. What can arise in men’s affairs are progressively increasing severe negative consequences in a variety of critical areas which include; physical, emotional, social, vocational, and spiritual well-being. These are the types of symptoms displayed not only in dependency but in other forms of mental illness as well, especially seen in the paranoid schizoid position. The creation of a repetition behavior, or behaviors that serve as mind-altering alternatives to psychic pain, suffering, or loss. The pathway to recovery is the ongoing support and/or outreach through interventions by professional community members; our healthcare workers and social support groups.

The focus of treatment is ARREST and RECOVERY from the inertia of mental illness. This can alleviate a variety of symptoms resulting from carrying out the repetition behaviors which so characterizes the inertia of so many mental illnesses. The psychic delusional threat of “not being able to deliver” combined with the paranoia that an aggressive threat will take over. These same fears also drive competition in a free markets.

“It could be argued that the way human beings wage war against each other is increasingly unsustainable for the survival of the species.” ~Marianne Williamson, At Peace

It could also be argued the way in which our technologies have proliferated with each successive generation can create an unsustainable future for certain peoples and cultures. This insanity of repetition which has increasingly blinded us to the severe negative consequences our potential futures hold from these negative actions. What we begin to see through these progressive advancements of technology is a darkness which reflects how spiritually immature we have become as a species. Technologies in expanding the mind and allowing humans to “live forever” by “uploading” themselves in to a computer reflects evidence that we have not reached our fullest spiritual potential. We have refused to acknowledge that there are limits to our behavior and is a reflection of  boundaryless behavior, and a refusal to acknowledge that all life is finite, with a beginning and an end. In order for a person to evolve spiritually they must acknowledge certain conditions and relinquish certain delusional beliefs about their psychic life and their human condition. Tools which are acquired through spiritual development and evolution are; discipline, delaying gratification, and responsibility. Some of the major conditions, desires and attitudes that must be given up in the course of a wholly successful evolving lifetime, and previously stated in another post:

1. The state of infancy, in which no external demands need be responded to
2. The fantasy of omnipotence
3. The desire for total (including sexual) possession of one’s parent(s)
4. The dependency of childhood
5. Distorted images of one’s parents
6. The omnipotentiality of adolescence
7. The “freedom” of uncommitment
8. The agility of youth
9. The sexual attractiveness and/or potency of youth
10. The fantasy of immortality
11. Authority over one’s children
12. Various forms of temporal power
13. The independence of physical health
14. And, ultimately, the self and life itself.

When we begin to see that I am in you, and you are in me, and we are the same and when we become spiritually aware that a person’s actions aimed at harming another, and the pain inflicted on the ‘other’ is pain that can also be inflicted upon me, once we see this, we can begin to acknowledge right or wrong action.

“Because many people have come to see this inside/outside thing as two separate realms, but on a metaphysical level space in not anymore real than time is. So on a spiritual plane we come to recognize that there isn’t anything outside of us. So working on ourselves is a way of working on the world because the world is an out picturing of what is going on inside.” ~Marianne Williamson, At Peace

What we so independently want, is so tendentiously fixed to our past that it drives our destiny like an arrow that has been pulled into motion by the archer who has willed its momentum. This is at the heart of the psychic life of power and the rule of subjection. It may also lie at the heart of human destruction.

In The Manifestation Of Dreams


In the middle of the night
I go walking in my sleep
From the mountains of faith
To a river so deep

I must be looking for something
Something sacred I lost
But the river is wide
And it’s too hard to cross

And even though I know the river is wide
I walk down every evening and I stand on the shore
And try to cross to the opposite side
So I can finally find out what I’ve been looking for

In the middle of the night
I go walking in my sleep
Through the valley of fear
To a river so deep

And I’ve been searching for something
Taken out of my soul
Something I would never lose
Something somebody stole

I don’t know why I go walking at night
But now I’m tired and I don’t want to walk anymore
I hope it doesn’t take the rest of my life
Until I find what it is that I’ve been looking for

In the middle of the night
I go walking in my sleep
Through the jungle of doubt
To a river so deep

I know I’m searching for something
Something so undefined
That it can only be seen
By the eyes of the blind

In the middle of the night

I’m not sure about a life after this
God knows I’ve never been a spiritual man
Baptized by the fire, I wade into the river
That runs to the promised land

In the middle of the night
I go walking in my sleep
Through the desert of truth
To the river so deep

We all end in the ocean
We all start in the streams
We’re all carried along
By the river of dreams

In the middle of the night

Song written by Billy Joel

Principle Based Leadership With High Core Values

Human courage, the primary competence that saw us through Paleolithic species-threatening hazards and led the United States against the greatest empires in history, is no longer in our national consciousness.

We didn’t mean to stop developing character. No one would consciously choose to make expensive daily personal sacrifices of hard-earned well-being on the altar of fear. But while chasing increasingly elusive success, we lost our way.

In our families, universities, schools, communities, and institutions, we accidentally canceled our central national life quality program – character development. In that dimmed light, we have treated the observations of Moses, Aristotle, and Confucius as academic trivia questions instead of as demonstrated truths defining the quality of life. We actually began to believe that we no longer needed wisdom.

“We cultivate the happiness of heaven in our daily lives by right action.”

The emancipation from fear and failure when values-based, principled, courageous behaviors are employed allows us to develop courageous communication, courageous leadership, and courageous problem solving…..then we become ready to face and fix high-end conflicts and mend gut-wrenching personal, relationships and family feuds.

Yet people refuse to admit that they follow low core values. It’s amusing that even low business values are desperately denied in public, openly criticized in the media, and popularly followed behind closed doors.

It’s amusing, but it’s not funny. These are the bad practices on the far side of the river of fear that sink spirits, kill morale, and cause relationships to tank.

These are the predatory omnivores that live within us, but seem too powerful for us to challenge, combat, or stop:

Abuse                        Appearances      Arrogance                Backstabbing
Bigotry                      Bribery               Cliques                      Control
Cronyism                  Disrespect          Egotism                    Expediency
Favoritism                Fear                     Gossip                      Greed
Hostility                    Isolation             Manipulation         Misrepresentation
Posing                       Pride                    Productivity           Profits
Puffery                     Racism                 Results                     Revenge
Ruthlessness           Sarcasm               Self-interest            Sexism
Short-term planning

Low core values are seductive because they emerge from base human instincts and, if they don’t result in lawsuits or consent decrees, can produce early, short-term results. They inevitably fail because they contravene the principles that invite and sustain true success and can’t fulfill higher-order needs. This becomes obvious when top employees leave and customers become scarce.

The first sign of Courage, the guts to accept the brutal Truth.

The second sign of Courage, taking steps towards open, honest communication that embodies respect and appreciation. Tell the person what you want and be fair.

“Thus we begin in right and wrong by honoring our conscience.”(1) 

The third sign of Courage, accepting responsibility for failure, mistakes, accidents, errors, etc. In this step we avoid blaming others for the wrong and willingly take constructive, positive steps to fix the error. Acknowledging failure and righting the wrong even in the face of negative opinion from the public.

Integrity is defined as acting for what is right. Integrity comes from the Latin for “complete” and “incorruptible.” It has three parts; (1) discern right from wrong. (2) act for what is right regardless of risk to self, and (3) teach others from that act of integrity. In this very definition lives high human conduct. When we combine virtues plus core values of leadership therein lies high human conduct.

When an authority figure shows courage by facing personal fears, even his or her critics are secretly inspired. But when a boss folds to uncertainty, the courage and capability of the organization become as useful as confetti in a tornado.

Courage is a stunning quality and it is learnable. But two exceptionally clever moves that prove unsuccessful are fleeing and blaming others. Another clever, but unaccepted move, is beating someone up because you feel that it is an acceptable avenue to “get things done.”

Once we begin to recognize our poor habits that are based in low core values we can then institute change in our daily lives by studying, practicing and mirroring positive core values of leadership. Thus, we begin to see and to invite change in our lives. We may find a heavy burden lifted off our shoulders. A bolder that was dragging us down to the River of Fear and pinning us underneath is intimidating lies.

(1) This works for everyone except the sociopath.