Ideologically Motivated Violence and Invisible Empires

This is my argument for why the use of vigilante electronic attacks on the human body using wireless remote broadcasting signals known as radio frequency should be made a punishable offense under law by both federal and state legislation.

Someone once asked me what I thought was wrong with America. My response was that I believed a falling away from religion and spiritual belief system. That parents weren’t modeling, for their children, the virtues and values that are important to leadership roles within society. I also expressed my belief that religion is a tricky subject because through one lens you can quite readily understand the benefits of religious spirituality. They provide and strengthen a community by representing the center of that community when the members congregate, much like Congress and the US Senate. They have shared values and beliefs that validate them as integral parts of the social system. They donate and help the less fortunate among them. They also experience better health and wellness because of their social connections with others, prayer and meditation, and their ministers are available to them for psychological counseling. Yet through another lens you come to understand how religious philosophies can also promote delusional beliefs. Delusional beliefs that make people actually suffer mentally and cause some to actually kill.

Religious Persecution is Political

The said truth in America is there are a large number of people who hate religion. These people believe religion to be a stumbling block to productivity because where many devote religious people pray to help a person when they have fallen ill or pray for the planet’s wellness, scientists, doctors, and politicians actively do something to make recovery happen for all. This belief that inactive “passive” prayer is “less worthy” than those individuals who aggressively “actively” work to make things happen on a cure, or provide mental health counseling, or create legislation that actually provides access to healthcare or creates legislation to reduce green house gases on the planet are “more valuable”. These “active” workers who work toward the benefit of “all” mankind reign supreme, whereas devote religious followers are believed to be less effective in their “passive” roles when it comes to benefits for “all.” We know these paranoid types of personalities exist because religious persecutions are still occurring today.

In the above paragraph you can see the difference between the inactive or “passive” and the aggressive “active” is rooted in the psychology of the gender difference. The female versus the male. In fact, it is rooted in the patriarchal rule of the early Orthodox church fathers in philosophies that were passed down to the founding forefathers of our American Constitution, the Free Masons. Please consider reading my previous post: https://proclivitiesprinciplewisdom.wordpress.com/2020/09/16/the-transubstantiation-of-formative-virtue/

The personality of the people who are completely against religion possess a certain type of personality on the personality spectrum. These people are paranoid and split against another person’s difference. They usually belong to hate groups or cults. These types of people resemble closely the post antebellum white young collegiate men of 1865, who, after the fall of slavery, dressed in different colored tunics with different colored clothe coverings coverings over there heads terrorizing superstitious former black slaves who thought they were the ghosts of dead civil war soldiers come to haunt them.

Voter Suppression and Obstruction is Illegal by the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871

During reconstruction people were at the mercy of greedy, wealthy carpet baggers. In addition to their financial stress, what goaded these white men most of all was the fact that many black Americans were given political power. The granting of voting rights to the black man and the opportunity for black men to hold office. This angered many of the white slave owners who would use vigilante justice to rebel against the new laws. They would arbitrary kill one of their slaves to set an example of the power. In fact, the original Ku Klux Klan was originally composed of six former confederate officers mostly 20-something. Most, if not all, of whom were college educated and the group originated in the state of Tennessee. They terrorized former black slaves, both men and women, at night with violence into not exercising their voting rights. It was discovered these men not only terrorized black men and women but also terrorized white women and men who were sent to educate these newly freed slaves. Such white women would find themselves tarred and feathered, beaten and raped, flogged, and so on.

A secret meeting was held in Nashville, Tennessee where the various Klansmen attempted to organize themselves into a single para-military force. This so called “Invisible Empire” would set its sights on restoring the confederate south, and since this vigilante group had a problem with the federal governments laws, it had become a STATE’S RIGHTS PROBLEM!!! The southern states always had problems with the federal governments control over what they saw as local issues. They argued that if the states had a problem with voting rights, or any other issues, then the states had to act.

The Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871, put into law on April 28 by Ulysses S. Grant helped to stop the vigilante violence by brining those white men who were responsible for Klan terrorism to justice. This act diminished the effectiveness of the Klan. It was highly controversial and highly effective. It made it illegal for any group of people to interfer with the voting rights of citizens.

The issue of coercion, that is the use of coercive control, becomes an important operator in acts of hate, violence, and injustice. Since coercion can operate in such subtle and clandestine ways it’s not always as visible as it was in the South. And since the government, through laws and policing, also uses tactics of coercion, the state has responsibility to correct wrongs done by individuals that violate basic fundamental philosophical principles of our US Constitution. It is true that after the Civil War the government became much more powerful and it changed American life, and it has been so ever since. And many southerners still do not like it. Tactics of perspecticide utilized by cults and other religious groups are hard to defend against because the US defends the freedom of speech, and the freedom of religion of its citizens. But physically abuse through the use of electronic targeted attacks to the body is assault and I could argue that some of these attacks are could also be deemed sexual assaults.

Although the Klans attempt to re-organize themselves into a para-military force never materialized, its purpose, even today, is simple. Suppress the black vote and instill terror by any means necessary. African meeting places, churches and schools, became an all to familiar target for violence. Church and school burnings are among some of the historical evidence we have today. If you do not have power to make the change you wish to see happen, you can make certain that the people you want to target are not educated by burning down their schools. And you burn down their churches because you understand that the church is the center of a community and its where people learn to be leaders, and so you attack all of their social institutions. Or you attack their ability to make social connections by disrupting internet, cellular, and most recently disrupting brain cell activity with radio frequency broadcast signals. Where lynchings and shootings were the preferred methods of gang violence, today we have a much different landscape at our fingertips. The landscape for terrorist activity that utilizes advances in technology.

The Klan and other right wing groupings were responsible for the murders of 3,000 people in Louisiana alone when they carried out their attempts to supress the black vote. Today, the Ku Klux Klan would target vulnerable people, uneducated people who were suffering some type of loss. The internet is a new medium used by the Klan to bring in new members. Stormfront.org is a social media website where Klan members can communicate with other white supremacists interesting in protecting the “minority white’s” rights.

In spite of the diminishing numbers of the white supremacy group known as the Ku Klux Klan, new breeds of terrorists groups have emerged in the late 20th century like the Hell’s Angels, and the National Socialist Movement (NSM), the Neo-Nazis. I’m just wondering what group of white supremacists is carrying out these clandestine electronic targeted attacks against me?

Additional thoughts to consider: During both, the Reconstruction of the US South and during the various religious Reformations, a tearing away of the social fabric of the community spawns acts of violence. People begin killing their phobic Objects. Isn’t this what Donald Trump was attempting to do? Is not Donald Trump a radical president? Does he not ALMOST, I say almost, resemble the pharaoh Ahkenaten who, is noted for abandoning Egypt’s traditional polytheistic religion and introducing Atenism, religious worship that centered on Aten. This took power away from the various priests operating the many temples in Egypt? In the end the people of the United States are said to be the ones who shape our government. But do they really? There are a small group of elite members, billions and millions, owners of big businesses, tech companies, and high tech moguls, who actually shape economies and cultures. These people work with each other to help one another hold on to their wealth so that another doesn’t rise up from below the ranks and steal it. Denizens of business and industry are they. Were not the Son’s of Liberty were a group of prominent Free Masons interested in freeing America from the tyranny of British authority. In fact the Boston Lodge, on the night the Boston Tea Party took place, entered “Meeting adjourned due to quorum” because they were out dumping tea in the Boston harbor. The question is, are the prominent Free Masons of today, and others like them, involved in creating a “New World Order” even today via the G20 Summit meetings?

The distinguishing facial characteristics of Ahkenaten was his elongated facial features and his pronounced ridged lips.

In The Shadow of Silence: The pedagogy of shame

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by Karen Barna

The learned politics of ‘speech’ and ‘voice’ growing up in my home was a difficult enigma for me to unravel. As girls we were taught our roles and our place to speak, and when not to speak. My father was a militant dictator who barked out orders for his children to obey. Debates were rarely, if ever, used as a form of formal inquiry to understanding. What added to the confusion was the trauma reeked in the atmosphere of domestic violence. Violent outbursts between my parents were common and part of their marital communication ritual. Fear and intimidation imposed by patriarchial role models were often suffered through growing up. This turned into a fear to speak and be heard. Like Pavlovian Law, we were conditioned on a subconscious level of our worth as women; Silence is Golden. For women, the practice of ‘voice-speech-speaking’ can be carefully hidden and articulated in the shadow of imposed Silence, and since ‘voice-speech-speaking’ are elements of language and all language engenders sentiment and feeling, ‘voice-speech-speaking’ as a form of communication can be a powerful tool (Chodorow, N. 1998). As such, women can be taught to either love or hate themselves. This fact does not only ring true of patriarchal discourses and male-authored discourses but also bears truth in the silencing of female voice by other females when differences of identity, location, and history clash among women. It is for this reason therefore, that the ‘granting’ of spaces for women’s speech may be pedagogically desirable but may have potentially silencing effects (Luke&Gore, 1992a). Even a deadly effect.

As a woman, I had to learn how to emancipate myself from my own fears of speaking out. “Speaking” occurs on many different planes of one’s existence. Body-language, facial expression, choice of attire and the clothes we wear, hairstyles we don, occupational choices, even those we select as mates and life-long partners are all expression of our identity. It is this socio-cultural politic, it is this complexity of identity that represses some women to the side-lines only to be heard as “the voice from the margins.”

Becoming a Targeted Individual (TI) suffering the onslaught of electronic assaults, persistently and continually has had a silencing effect on my identity. This silencing effect marks the “signifier” from the “signified”; and the powerful from the powerless. The role of women’s voice and language, in a traditionally oppressed patriarchial society, have addressed issues surrounding the female learner and gender power inequality, differential distribution of knowledge, differential distributions of resources, the lack of empowerment for the “weak” and disadvantaged, who have traditionally been women and other marginalized groups. It is this differential distribution of knowledge that I would like to address at this point in my paper. What we as, not only women and marginalized groups, but as citizens of the United States are allowed to know and not know because the practice of ‘voice-speech-speaking’ can be carefully hidden in the art of silencing. For this reason, one must be critical of the alleged “facts” as evidence to the signifier’s or the dominant power structure’s case of supposed “truth.” On the contrary, one must analysis and interrogate with a critical eye the assumptions underlying the conceptual framework and practices geared toward emancipatory pedagogy’s truth, all of which rely heavily on the notions of “empowerment” and giving voice to the silenced and oppressed. “Make America great again!” Many are mislead by the promoted statistics, all the good numbers that reflect successful outcomes, while all the negative numbers are hidden in the shadow of the former. On the contrary, it may not be actual lies but rather a mistelling of truth. A distortion. A re-invention of truth. Be careful one doesn’t position themselves as ‘outsider’ readers and reproducers of the pedagogy masculine canon and become just like one of Adolf Hitler’s blind followers. In this atmosphere where the dialectic generates feelings of inadequacy in the competitive environment of the signified, where the “signifier” or power structure’s “voice appear more articulate,” more able to “sustain a rational argument,” and where one is “more accomplished” to give advice and render professional opinion.

“What are the signs that indicate an individual or group is being abusively subjugated because of their social status?” Voice has always been equated with political power. Astute articulation for women has been seen as positive and empowering, as well as a step forward towards the ability to make public utterances of assertion of one’s position on an issue, or the ‘naming,’ of one’s identity and location on the demographic grid of socially ascribed ‘differences.’ Through the smoke and mirrors of deception though, one might read silence as a refusal by one individual or group to ‘confess’ or ‘expose’ the self. However, with the phenomenon of Targeted Individuals (TIs) and electronic assaults, one must be careful they do not misread this silence. Individuals being tortured by electromagnetic frequency signals may not be withholding their truth by choice but rather under the direct manipulation of coercive control by a hidden operator. Just like a telephone operator who directs various lines of communication, connecting people to one another, so too does the controller direct the targeted individual’s will, communication, and behavior. Through this method of indirect manipulation what we witness is a new mode of communication in a system of language. That is, a new social construct to subjugate the “weak” and powerless through an imposed power structure and authority. No longer can we relegate these individuals to “the voices from the margins,” marginalizing and under-valuing their experiences, and misrepresenting their truth as the “schizophrenic mentally-ill.” These targeted individuals have the potential for suffering the same type of silencing as any one of the traditionally oppressed groups in history; women, people of color, black slaves, immigrants, homosexuals, prison inmates, the mentally ill, the retarded, young children and the elderly. The silencing of victims has been rooted in paranoia and fear of the other’s ‘difference’ and “powerlessness.” When a victim steps forward to reveal their truth, the first strategy by the defense team is to try and attack their character and question their sanity. This strategy is a political move in which political opponents jockey for power and position by casting the other in an inferior position, and often times, the truth, and the person’s character are misrepresented.

Genres of power and the linguistic and representational resources that constitute those genres, historically are male-defined, written, and exercised; masculinities that can represent dominant, authoritative, aggressive, active drives that silence and oppress “inferior” groups. It is important to note that marginalized groups have historically been excluded from education, from reading, writing, and speaking the public tongue of politics. And just like women’s historical location outside the logos of male-dominated philosophical discourse has muted and devalued women’s speech (Walker 1998 & Le Doeuff 1998), so too does the act of electronic assaults and electronically targeting individuals. It seeks to locate these TIs outside the logos of “rational argument.” This fact, in and of itself, is one of the biggest flags raised that should be an indication that a form of silencing is taking place, but nothing is being done to prevent it from happening. When targeted individuals come forward with allegations of electronic assault the first thing that is questioned is the person’s sanity. They receive responses like, “Oh, you must be schizophrenic.” Seldom do they receive a response, “I believe you. Because man has harnassed the ability to manipulate electromagnetic frequency signals and man, too, has a history of being violent and abusive. It just maybe that something else is going on. You might be a victim of some crazed deranged lunatic.” Since patriarchy’s historical obsession with repressing the feminine, locates her outside the “law of the father” and renders whatever identity she may have independent of male signification, as unspoken and unspeakable, we must connect the dots and draw a conclusion to the fact that these electronic assaults reflect male-pattern abusive dominance in American culture. Targeted Individuals are the symbolic representation of the silencing of ‘difference’ through voice, speech, language, and communication (Walker 1998 & Le Doeuff 1998).

We must retrace and uncover the muted voices. We must consider Chassguet-Smirgel (1984) and the anal-sadistic’s desire to re-write history by obliterating all boundaries between Objects, as well as Foucault’s philosophies (1978, 1965) and comments on how man has re-wrote history through the acquisition of medical knowledge with the birth of the clinic, harnassing power over the human body. We need to draw correlations and comparisons between the muted silenced voices of past eras and the muted silenced voices of today’s TIs. Like the wrongful murders and wrongful imprisonment of male homosexuals and black slaves based solely on the ‘difference’ they represented, so too does the electronic targeting of individuals represent a criminal wrong in today’s society. It is important to additionally note that women who are not empowered, praised, or supported will be less likely to engage in public political strategies where they can participate in approaches aimed at gaining and maintaining voice in mixed-sex settings. Research has shown that women acquire their ‘education’ passively. They learn to learn on their own and in relative silence (Lewis 1992). Electronic assaults and electronic targeting does not seek to empower people. It seeks to tear down, humiliate, demean, and obliterate.

“Women’s ‘work’ in the academy, whether as student or teacher, marker or research assistant, continues to be under the procedural theoretical and administrative custody of men (Heilbrun 1990).”

The production and reproduction of methods of silencing have been structured on one of the oldest organizational models to survive the medieval era into the 21st century – the university. High tech bureaucracies, research parks, and post-industrial management and control over what is to count as “knowledge,” “intellectual activity,” and “worth (Heilbrun 1990).

The use of electronic assault and electronic targeting is a demeaning and humiliating experience that contributes to the targeted individual’s sense of inadequacy which can perpetuate (indeed reward) their continued silence. The “marks of shame” are made apparent in their subordination, degradation, debasement, isolation, immobilization, and their sense of self as defective and diminished (Bartky, S.L.). It is likely the demeaning treatment of electronic assault is being perpetrated by someone who perceives the targeted individual as someone wholly ‘Other’ and non-human.

“Intellectual sparring and competitive one-up- ‘man’ ship – the expressive mode of choice among men – is not women’s discursive style and is not how most women go about the getting of knowledge. However, such a claim does not exclude a large number of women who have learned the master discourse and language of the other so well that their mimicry of the other qualifies them for (partial) admission into phallogocentrism’s inner circle (Luke 1994).”

However, women who have learned to speak the phallocentric language are quickly labeled “bitchy” and “quarrelsome” “ambitious” and “aggressive” – qualities valued in men but considered “unsightly” in women. In this respect, a woman who displays her sense of feminine-masculine power by asserting herself in either defensive fashion or in alignment with the dominant phallocentric order may find herself silenced and outside phallogocentrism’s inner circle if she is perceived as “too offensive.”

“Silence is generally deplored because it is taken to be a result and a symbol of passivity and powerlessness: Those who are denied speech cannot make their experience known and thus cannot influence the course of their lives or of history (Susan Gal).”

Thus gaining “voice” really becomes about gaining “power.” “Silence” and “mutedness” are then used in the sense of one’s ability, inability, or reluctance to create utterances in conversational exchange, but refer as well to the failure to produce one’s own separate, socially significant discourse. Thus, if one is able to successfully “silence” the other via electronic mechanical mechanisms, this then becomes the avenue in which culturally constructed relations of power, produce and reproduce itself through the interactions between and among various individuals. How does this apply to Targeted Individuals and electronic assaults suffered by people claiming to be targeted? This aspect of communication can make it difficult to link the one who is doing the speaking to the person being silenced by the speaker. But for the “speaker” it may become an illicit avenue with which to express and feel dominance by exerting power over a “weaker” subject. Individuals who failed to meet the traditional social standards of a capitalistic society (financial earnings, sublimating their creative power through acceptable hobbies and paid work, securing legitimate occupational or professional work) may fall into routine modes of behavior in which they gain power and dominance through hidden and clandestine, criminal and illicit avenues that may make it difficult to link the “speaker” to the “subject”. In this case, the one who is “speaking,” by imposing electronic punishment on his “subjects” or targets, is the one who is successful or winning at his game. This is the politics of, not only speech and silence, but of illicit criminals and their victims. This is the politics of abusive power over the abused.

Below are the referenced sources which cite historical, philosophical studies in silencing based on gender, sexuality, psychiatry, and classroom learning.

References:
Chodorow, N.J. (1999) The Power of Feelings: Personal Meaning in Psychoanalysis. New Haven, CT. Yale University Press.

Luke, C. & Gore J. (1992a) Feminisms and Critical Pedagogy. New York. Routledge.

Walker, Michelle B. (1998) Philosophy of the Maternal Body: Reading Silence. New York. Routledge. pp. 18. Walker points to Le Doeuff’s reference to the “shameful face of philosophy” which “alludes to the fact that philosophy is unable to recognize its dependence upon the images or metaphors that it plunders from an imaginary outside. Elsewhere she speaks of this as the “internal scandal” of philosophy, its inability to fathom its own inclusory and exclusory devices.”

Le Doeuff, Michele. (1998) The Philosophical Imaginary. Standford, CA. Stanford University Press. Michelle Boulous Walker points out in “Philosophy of the Maternal Body: Reading Silence on page 18 that in Le Doeuff’s exploration of the philosophical imaginary “she traces an elision of woman and interiority in the text of an eighteenth-century physician whose concerns slip curiously from medicine to moral philosophy. The text in question, Systeme physique et moral de la femme, published in 1777, is read in conjunction with some contributions to a contemporary one, Le Fait feminin, edited by Evelyne Sullerot and published in 1978. The fact that just over two hundred years separates these is cause for (feminist) concern when Le Doeuff exposes their ideological function of assigning woman the place of a mute interiority. I should point out that Le Doeuff does not attempt to reduce the structural complexities or specificities of these texts to one simple statement about femininity, but rather that she discovers the echo of an imaginary femininity embedded in a philosophical tradition that can only be labelled phallocratic.”

Irigaray, L. (1985) Speculum of the Other Women. Ithaca, NY. Cornell University Press.

Kristeva, J. (1986) The Kristeva Readers. New York. Columbia University Press.

Chasseguet-Smirgel, J. (1984) Creativity and Perversion. New York. W.W. Norton.

Foucault, M. (1978) History of Sexuality. New York. Pantheon Books.

Foucault, M. (1965) Madness and Civilization: a history of insanity in the age of reason. New York. Pantheon Books.

Lewis, M. (1992) “Interrupting patriarchy: politics, resistance and transformation in the feminist classroom,” in: C.Luke & J.Gore (Eds.) Feminisms and Clinical Pedagogy, pp. 167-191. New York. Routledge

Luke, C. (1994) “Women in the Academy: The politics of Speech and Silence.” British Journal of Sociology of Education. Publishers Taylor & Fransis, Vol. 15. No. 2. pp. 211-230.

Heilbrun, C.G. (1990) “The politics of mind: women, tradition, and the university,” in: S. Gabriel & I. Smithson (Eds.) Gender in the Classroom, pp. 28-40 (Urbana, IL, University of Illinois Press).

Bartky, S.L. “Pedagogy of Shame,” in: C. Luke (Ed.) Feminisms and Pedagogies of Everyday Life. Albany, NY. SUNY Press.

Gal, Susan. Between Speech and Silence: The problematics of research on language and gender. Retreived online February 7, 2020.

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Talking About Evil: Aesthetic Beauty, Narcissistic Supply Sources, Aging, Sadism, Obesity in U.S. Elections, Poverty, Playmates, Sex Trafficking, Experimental Clinical Trials, and Beautiful “Good” Objects that Satisfy the Ego

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The aesthetics of beauty and age. When an image is evaluated against standards.

“My mother’s silences were rarely spoken; they were translated into written words. Her writing was testimony to a fact that every child wants to deny; that most of her inner being was inaccessible and that within her were worlds I would never reach.” (1)

I consistently find myself being conflicted with some feminist opinions regarding female beauty and the standard of beauty currently in place as being shaped and influenced by male patriarchy. Aesthetic beauty is a two-way street. I see both men and women being dominated by the narcissistic need to possess whatever notion of beauty they think is desired or sought after at any given time. From a personal standpoint, I see those aspects of feminine beauty and I either embrace the style or discard it and for this reason, I do not agree that the current standards of beauty are shaped, in totality, by male-dominated patriarchy. Let’s set aside body shape for now and just discuss the aspects of aesthetic facial beauty. All women want to look young and beautiful and, this is true of men as well. How could men be solely responsible for an individual’s need for narcissistic supply sources? This is due to women’s own narcissistic needs. All individuals need a certain amount of primary narcissistic supply sources. Although primary narcissistic supply is usually used in a negative sense in that too much attention (pathological attention) is placed on the excessive need for attention and admiration from codependents that do not take in into account the feelings, opinions, and preferences of other people. The concept was introduced into psychoanalytical theory by Otto Fenichel in 1938 to describe a type of admiration, interpersonal support or sustenance drawn by an individual from his or her environment and essential to self-esteem. I purpose that children need a certain level of admiration and interpersonal support from their caregivers in order to build confidence and self-esteem which are crucial for interpersonal development. Primary narcissistic supply sources that will provide them with attention, admiration, praise, even fear and repulsion to help shape desired behavior. For example, defecation in public areas is repulsive and feared for embarrassment simply because that behavior belongs to base animals. Our narcissistic needs are the result of our upbringing, genetics, and culture and whether or not a woman feels secure in her being as she ages is a very individual aspect to her personality. Otto Fenichel highlighted the narcissistic need in early development in order to maintain a sense of mental equilibrium. He also identified to main strategies for obtaining such narcissistic supplies – aggression and ingratiation. (2) One of the strategies of which belong to the anal-sadistic universe of the perversion which incorporates humiliation, degrading, tearing down, ripping apart, chewing up, and spitting out the Object which threatens the narcissism and mental sense of equilibrium. Women will sometimes do anal-sadistic acts to other women in an attempt to stave off feelings of defeat as a result of competition. These women feel entitled and envious/jealous of the physical or character attributes of their perceived competitor. Psychoanalyst Otto Kernberg considered the malignant narcissistic criminal to be coldly characterized by a disregard of others unless they could be idealized as a source of narcissistic supply. Self psychologist Heinz Kohut saw those with a narcissistic personality disorder as disintegrating mentally when cut-off from a regular source of narcissistic supply. Those providing supply to such figures may be treated as if they are a part of the narcissist, in an eclipse of all personal boundaries. We know from Janine Chassguet-Smirgel’s work in Creativity and Perversion that part of the anal-sadistic universe is connected to a breaking down of all boundaries that separate and individuate between Objects in their relational world. It also institutes a de-throning of an Object and, where Chassguet-Smirgel details the deposing of a “Creator-God,” this dethroning may take the form of possessing the person as a trophy; a possession in which the individual has no rights or free-will of their own. (3) That is, a dethroning of a person’s ownership over their physical being and character attributes, estranging them from the Self. This estrangement usually occurs through abuse and trauma.

 
In “Talking About Evil” it states that it isn’t enough just to label Evil. That is an act too simple and can best be left to a child. But rather it becomes important to “Talk About Evil” and think about it together. What is it? How do we define it? Where do its subtle shadows hide? When the sad fact is, our own involvement in the ver doing of our everyday lives, enables Evil to be an interminable aspect to our lives in the world.

 

“When we name an action evil (as opposed to criminal), we actually mean that we do not know how to contain it within the existing order. Evil is an action that seriously threatens our trust in the world, a trust which we require in order to orientate ourselves within this world. Evil is characterized as that “thing” which massively attacks and collapses the fundamental values cherished by man and society. Evil shakes the foundation, unraveling the important moral-emotional-relational tapestry of life, confusing any effort to build a cohesive explanatory scheme.” (4)

 

Some women may not need to look beautiful, nor to feel confident in their own bodies through the rigors of exercise and physical training, while others depend on it so much that it helps them in eluding the death instinct. These are part of unconscious fantasies acquired in childhood. Death and mortality are synonymous with narcissistic losses. Death and mortality are both men and women’s greatest fear. When looked at from this perspective, the lack or loss of beauty may be on equal footing with that of human death and mortality. Aesthetic beauty for some women can behave in the same manner as a Life-giving source. For not to possess beauty may be perceived by some as the greatest ultimate loss. That is, like Death. Like mother, beauty assuages our pain and suffering. Like mother, beauty supplies us with a narcissistic need to feel accepted and admired. So the style of clothes we choose, the style of shoes we purchase, the way we style our hair, the make-up woman put on their face all attend to the female’s need to assuage her own fears surrounding Death and aging. All of these are the Beautiful “Good” Objects that satisfy the Ego.

 

In aging, and as we lose beauty, cosmetics and cosmetic therapies help women to assuage pain and suffering by allowing them to stave off the painful acceptance of repudiation and the ilk that is often associated with aging and Death. “Our mortality is the most certain and iron-clad repetition compulsion with which we will ever have to wrestle.” (5) One of the greatest challenges we all must face in life is to learn how to die. In facing that we are mortal beings who will eventually succumbing to disease, age, get wrinkles, lose sight and hearing, loss our youthful even-toned skin, loss our soft delicate facial features, defecate in our pants, and become a thing most repudiated and feared is major obstacle to surmount. To accept that one is found repulsive, despised, and feared is something we all must learn how to navigate. But when Death is forced upon a person unnecessarily through violence and victimization, it is something altogether completely different. While the person must learn how to navigate the loss endured, the person responsible for the violence must be brought to justice. Despite the fact that we must learn how to navigate the narcissistic wounding and loss of aging and Death, the by-product of its effect is inconsequential when one has been violated in the most private places; her body. When she has been attacked with electromagnetic frequency signals that invade her body like a sexual assault, this is unfairly asking one to accept death and die. Not only is it unfair but it is repetitively done like in gang rape. Shouldn’t she have a chance to be allowed to live out her life in peace, free from electromagnetic harassment and the attainment of aesthetic beauty and health? Here it is more than just learning how not to let our personal victimization affect our attitude and being as a person, we must learn how to accept the repetitive assaults from an invisible source. What’s more is that the persons responsible for unfairly subjecting a person to this kind of torture must be brought to justice, contained and the relentless boundary violations stopped. For unlike the natural consequence of all biological Life which is our mortality, the metaphorical death involved in violent victimization belongs to the anal-sadistic universe of perversion.
It is at this point I wish to conclude an opinion I had previously in the opening. I’d like to return to my opinion about female aesthetic beauty and say that I don’t believe that male domination is the reason for which sexist attitudes regarding the standard of facial beauty adhered to. Nor do I believe it is the reason women adhere to a standard of weight and measures belonging to a culture of thinness. I don’t feel men are completely to blame, at least not in this time period we find ourselves in anymore. We have, in part, emerged out of the dark ages and we are making progress. I believe that a woman must feel confident in her ego and image. For Jacques Lacan wrote, “The image of man’s body [and here too, implies woman’s body as well] is the principle of every unity he perceives in objects … all the objects of his world are always structured around the wondering shadows of his own ego.” (6) It is the female child who, by her own nature and humanity, is in direct competition with Others, namely other females, in her object relational world. These shadows of doubt that make individuals act out in defense to their own narcissistic ego needs. In an atmosphere of capitalistic competition, democracy demands she be of a standard of intelligence and image if she is to succeed. Our democracy values virtues like Charity, Temperance, Self-Discipline, Self-Reliance, Justice, Peacability, Love, and Respect. Women, as well as men, contribute to these shape defining roles, model men and model women, who we look up to and who are endowed with the capacity to lead effectively. We teach these values and virtues to our young hoping and expecting them to take on roles as effective leaders one day. I want to pose the question, “How many morbidly obese females have assumed roles of leadership in U.S. politics?” I would venture to say not that many. Now, I want to ask the question, “How many morbidly obese males have assumed roles of leadership in U.S. politics?” A few. I think of governor Chris Christie and former President Taft. In Taft’s day, physical heft was associated with wealth, high social status and power. The physical and financial largesse of early 20th Century railroad barons even inspired expressions including “fat cats” and “throw your weight around”. A culture of thinness exists today, stated sociology professor Abigail Saguy, University of California, Los Angeles. Obesity has since become heavily stigmatized in American culture, and such negative views can hurt a larger candidate’s chances with voters. (7)

 

The standards of weight and beauty seem to be adhered to more closely by women than men. This is true, but is it because women, generally speaking in the population, have a tendency to be more narcissistic than men? However, primary narcissistic supply sources are a very real need in man’s development during early childhood. They are also required in adulthood which is usually achieved through paid-for work, academic success, or sports performance. Where obesity is seen as repulsive and feared because it invites Death, thinness may be treasured because it defends against diseases that cause Death like cardiac disease and diabetes. There are more well-dressed, well-maintained bodies in political roles than there are morbidly obese, unmaintained bodies and, when I say “maintained,” I mean to a standard of acceptable appearance, not necessarily adhering to overly conditioned through the rigors of exercise but lower body weight not considered morbidly obese. I believe this is primarily due to issues surrounding poverty and wealth, better education, better childrearing practices, better access to healthcare and access to healthier food sources. Poverty isn’t illegal, it isn’t sacrilegious, and it isn’t a biological disease. Poverty is a stigma. Poverty promotes unhealthy eating and consumption of excess carbohydrates, with lower access to perishable food sources like fresh vegetables and fresh fruits. As a result of socio-economic disparities, people often sell themselves into clinical trials because of the socio-economics disadvantage. This, to me, represents a deep-seated human irregularity in the human psyche that involves, narcissism, hubris, and hybrid; Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

 

Playmates as Objects in a Narcissistic Culture

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Death of a Playmate Dorothy Stratten. This image appeared in Hustler magazine poking fun at the murder-suicide asking “What sort of man reads playboy?” Not an actual crime scene photo. Photo compliments of https://findadeath.com/dorothy-stratten/

We are appalled when we hear of young children being sold into sex trafficking rings. Yet, we make accommodations for people selling themselves into medical slavery. And here of course, I am referring to experimental clinical trials that pay people for their participation, risking life and limb for pharmaceutical research and profit. I wonder if this thought crossed any of the patients’ minds? “If I run the risk of killing myself today than I will no longer be their Object playmate for tomorrow, the toy with which they can make profits and achieve success tomorrow. If I die, they will then lose the toy (the patient) in their distorted, perverse universe. But what will it matter? They’ll just find another Object in abject poverty and disadvantage to control and manipulate tomorrow. It may as well be me today.” This is the anal-sadistic universe of perversion. How does this relate to Munchausen by proxy? A mental condition where parents purposely induce children with sickness in order to reap the charitable contributions from do-gooders? Establishing for-profit “Go Fund Me Pages” and organizing community support to rally around the family in order to help the “sick child.” Who has the object relations problem?

In the work of Melanie Klein the infant child who is experiencing the anxieties of the ambivalent breast, that is the good and bad breast, splits the Object (the mother) into good and bad parts. “As a consequence, the breast is experienced as bad and threatening to the remaining ego. Fear returns to the ego in the form of persecution from this threatening breast. Alongside this phantasy relation with the bad breast, there co-exist a relation with the ideal breast, the projected libido that constructs the good breast as that which will endlessly satisfy the ego’s preservative instincts.” (8) In the psychoanalysis of the paranoid-schizoid position Melanie Klein gives us, we arrived at an understanding of how both men and women utilize human Objects as vehicles that will “endlessly satisfy the ego’s instincts.” The instinct, of course, is in eluding Death or the death instinct. This may not represent eluding our actual mortality, but rather the narcissistic loss of defeat. We can draw a parallel and a connection to the aesthetics of beauty and eluding the death instinct when aesthetic beauty is the very commodity with which to win over love and attention from the good breast or general audience. Beauty then becomes the will that will endlessly satisfy the ego’s instinct in eluding death. There are some women who are threatened by other women’s aesthetic beauty, which to them represents youth and vitality. These women then experience the aesthetic beauty of other women as persecutory and threatening. That is, they experience it as the “bad breast.” Fears and persecutory fantasies based in the unconscious revolve around eluding the Death instinct and play out in the psychic theater of the female’s mind. For in everyone’s object-relational world human beings compete with other Object images and, these other Object images threaten egos by casting shadows of doubt in the minds of men who wonder and imagine about their own perception of self-beauty. So it can no longer be said that male-dominated patriarchy enslaves women to standards of beauty. For it is not just male-dominated patriarchy who participates in the narcissism of a culture of thinness and beauty, women too enslave themselves and other women to these perceived standards. And if this is so, shouldn’t it be one’s freedom to freely choose what standards they adhere to? It is in the anal-sadistic universe of perversion where these standards of beauty and of health are obliterated, and where access to them is oppressively denied. Threatening Objects are then cut-off access, by those in power and authority through acts that subjugate their will. Threatening Objects are denied access to the very sources that will allow him/her to achieve the aesthetics of beauty and health. These are the subtle shadows of Evil. It hides in the nooks and crannies of the most visible places and even when it stares us dead in the face we are not conscious enough to perceive it.

If a woman wants to achieve a certain standard of aesthetic beauty shouldn’t she be allowed to do so?

Source:
(1) Merav Roth. (2020) A Psychoanalytic Perspective on Reading Literature: Reading the Reader. New York; Routledge (quote from the Preface).

(2) Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. “Narcissistic Supply” Retrieved Online October 24, 2019. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcissistic_supply

(3) Janine Chassguet-Smirgel. (1984) Creativity and Perversion. New York; W.W. Norton & Company. Perversion and the Universal Law (pg. 3 & 5)

(4) Talking About Evil: Psychoanalytic, social, and cultural perspectives. (2017) Edited by Rina Lazar. New York; Routledge, A Taylor & Francis Group.

(5) Lucy Holmes. (2013) Wrestling with Destiny: The promise of psychoanalysis. New York; Routledge. Creative Aging (pg 165)

(6) Jacues Lacan. (1991) The Seminar of Jaques Lacan Book II. New York; W.W.Norton (pg. ?)

(7) Debbie Siegelbaum. “Does weight matter in U.S. elections?” BBC News. August 18, 2015 Retrieved Online October 24, 2019. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-31025556

(8) Michelle Boulous Walker. (1998) Philosophy and the Maternal Body: Reading silence. New York; Routledge. Collecting Mothers: Women at the Symposium, Writing the mother: Melanie Klein (pg. 141)

On Aging, Trauma, Death, and the Repetition Compulsion

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All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms;
And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress’ eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths, and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon’s mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lin’d,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slipper’d pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side;
His youthful hose, well sav’d, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion;
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything. ~from William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” spoken by Jaques

“Erik Erikson (1950) described “The Eight Ages of Man” from infancy through death as conflicts that act as developmental crises, which if resolved constructively, promote growth and integration. According to Erikson, the last stage, the stage of old age, is a battle between ego integrity and despair. Despair is a state of mind characterized by a non-acceptance of the life one has lived and a desperate feeling that time has run out, and there will be no opportunity to get things right. In this state, death is a thing to be dreaded and feared, but often the fear of death will be unconscious, hidden as contempt or disgust with institutions and with people. Integrity, on the other hand, is creating an honoring the meaning of one’s life as it has been lived in a particular context (Binder and Nielson, 2005). Recognizing and accepting that many of the choices we made were unconsciously motivated by the repetition compulsion, by a need to master early traumas, helps us accept that most of the mistakes we made were predetermined as our destiny by forces over which we had very little control. This acceptance allows us to mourn our losses without self-attack [or overt unconscious physical assaults to another].” (Holmes, 2013, pg. 62)

The taking away of a person’s self-agency and mind is a violation of civil liberties through the infliction of the repetitive trauma that is both invisible and unseen (electromagnetic frequency), which is one of the cruelest acts one individual can carry out on another individual. The very side effect of human trauma is a diminution of another’s power through passive or violent usurpation (Butler, 1997). We can think of the jogger in the park, where hidden in the bushes is a male predator waiting to rape his next victim. For in this setting, the victim is unaware of the invisible predator hiding in the bushes. It is the same with electromagnetic frequency assault on the human body. For in this setting, the victim is unaware of the impending assault when suddenly it is carried out through invisible means of electromagnetic frequency or clandestinely veiled through the darkness. Darkness in the sense we are unaware of who and what is assaulting us. In this light, we can see how repetitive traumas carried out against another would not only take away a person’s faith in God, but also de-evolve them to a state of non-acceptance for the life they have formerly lived with integrity. For how can one’s good life and good deeds be rewarded in this way. What of God and his promise of protection. This is the premise, shock, and trauma of war. Yet, ironically we give our soldiers the Bible to help them lean on God if he should so need to. In this way the victim is made to feel helpless and/or powerless against the unseen perpetrator(s); electromagnetic frequency attacks against the body. The Nazi’s incarcerations of the Jewish community and other social undesirables were a visible representation of unfair incarceration. Whether it is carried on inside of an incarcerated prison, the cage of war, or on unsuspecting civilians this scenario sets up the psychological scenario in which the repetition compulsion is elicited based on one’s need to master the trauma. We might think of mass random shootings as a solution, a need to master the trauma. These types of invisible attacks can worsen an individual who may have already learned maladaptive strategies to achieve psychic equilibrium. These types of traumas can also make an otherwise secure person, experience ambivalent attachment style (paranoid fear of others) or even avoidant attachment behavior (paranoid fear of others). We talk about gun control and we talk about incarcerating people with mental illness but we have a president in charge who has not mastered mindfulness.

“Death is not seen as the ultimate loss, but as the final fusion with mother (Holmes, 2013, pg. 163).”

If you think of man’s first two-stage acts as infant and school-child, an individual totally dependent on the parental powers and at the mercy of the subjugation of the social institutions in his environment like school, church, and government, we can come to understand further depth how the Subject and Power operate. The theme Michel Foucault was so interested when speaking in many of his discourses. But if we are interested in re-confirming an individual whose psychology doesn’t meet the needs of a Power, we might imagine that what one must do is induce hypnotic suggestive states. Inducing a hypnotic suggestive state can be carried out in a few ways; (1) through psycho-active chemical substance, (2) through electromagnetic frequency stimulation (convulsive shock therapy), and (3) through deprivation of sleep, food, head games or psych ops. The last is used in prisons and boot camps to bring the young adults’ minds under the control of the ruling authority. The Subject and Power is also employed in discipline and punishing our children and disease in order to try to teach them to behave well and irradicate disease (Foucault, 1978). However, like man’s last act facing death, when we are victimized by any type of crime whether it be violent or non-violent, we are reduced to the final stage of this strange eventful history. That is, to a form of oblivion. Oblivion to the former life we had previously known. Oblivion to the unawareness of carefully hidden mechanisms of control (coercive control) that unfold right before his very eyes on this very strange stage of man’s. Man’s stage is a stage of constant War both intrapsychically and interpersonally. We defend against death both physically and intrapsychically. So philosophically speaking, if one wants to Live, then one must learn how to Die. In this sense then, it is the philosophical metaphorical death of disciplining and punishing an inmate, a child, a disease; the Subject and Power, in exchange Death for Life. Electromagnetic frequency stimulation sought to kill me, victimize me, from a former life I had previously known. To harness me, to break and control me. I had no alternative, Death made me sign my signature on the line. I was now a victim of this criminal orchestration. If death is seen as the ultimate loss, but as the final fusion with mother, then the electromagnetic frequency assaults to my body from above and around me, which act much like the assaults in War, provoked the defensive strategy to such assaults. A person not ready to face death might create the onset or increase in drug use, alcohol use, overeating, or in some instances provoked rage, anger, and resentment at being controlled thereby contributing to an increase in domestic violence and increased police calls. Increased police calls and responses to a home for domestic issues have been termed “swatting” as a form of cybercrime. This occurs where a phone call is placed with the police department to a victim’s address in which there is no need for police assistance. With regard to my personal victimization, the use of electromagnetic frequency in targeting and grooming has increased calls placed from my residency to the police for assistance in which the police themselves thought a “swatting” type of issue might be occurring. However, “swatting, as it is defined does not fit the criteria of my personal victimization. (Bernstein, May 2016, pg. 51)

“Despair is a state of mind characterized by a non-acceptance of the life one has lived and a desperate feeling that time has run out, and there will be no opportunity to get things right. In this state, death is a thing to be dreaded and feared, but often the fear of death will be unconscious, hidden as contempt or disgust with institutions and with people. Integrity, on the other hand, is creating and honoring the meaning of one’s life as it has been lived in a particular context (Binder and Nielson, 2005) (Holmes, 2013, pg. 162).” Let us discuss mechanisms of controlling behavior sometimes reported as Mind Control conspiracies.

Communication Management Units (CMUs) in prisons, focus on the systematic planning, implementing, monitoring, and revision of all channels of communication within a prison, and between individuals; it also includes how the prison and dissemination of new communication directives within the prison, network, via communications technology. It employs tactics of mind control to harness behavioral control over inmates, through depravations like solitary confinement. It is interested in managing the flow of information, including surveillance of communications and individual behavior as well as what and to who things are communicated. What they read. Who they can talk to, how they are allowed to act, etc. (Center For Constitutional Rights, March 2010).

An individual, a singularly psychopathic personality of this type might employ a type of communication management also known as “high impression management.” Just another way one can “control” the flow of information through body language, voice, tone, style. This is a behavioral style, an approach where the individual wants to make sure that only select individuals receive his appropriate communication directives. In abusive relationships between a spouse and husband, the wife might be punished or disciplined for leaking information to outside parties, as her actions are perceived as a breach of trust, a violation, a failure to the allegiance of the husband. The husband wishing to keep his personal identity untarnished presents to the public an unblemished image. The perfect father, the perfect husband, a good employee, etc. In order to punish his wife, and instead of getting his hands dirty, he might use the “untouchable touching method” which employs the use of bioimplants, electromagnetic frequency, and broadcast wireless signals (Evan Stark, 2007). Here, I think of Ira Levine’s Stepford Wives and how free-minded, intellectually smart women were made into docile drones for the husbands’ personal agendas. There are other methods that typically use similar methods to turn victims into docile drones. The use of drugs and alcohol on college campuses and high school parties have sought to victimize girls with rape or sexual assault (Van Brunt, Murphy, Pescara-Kovach, and Crance, 2019). There are weapons that similarly utilize these methods of War such as tasers that latch on to a person with a pair of electrodes for their punishment and subjugation. Although these violations are visible (the gun and electrode tether), the electromagnetic frequency stimulation pulsing through the tether is of the invisible realm of energy. There in its ether plain, it becomes invisible like the vacuum of space exists on a three dimensional plain in time and space. There are other forms of bioimplants that can receive transmitted electromagnetic signals and these technologies are part of experimental medicine or experimental technologies. The Department of Defense (DOD), the Intelligence Community, and the FBI use techniques in surveillance to monitor the “online chatter” of governments and citizens through techniques known as data mining. If we think further about monitoring and surveillance one might immediately think of GPS technologies. These technologies orientate location through electromagnetics and satellites the whereabouts of a target. Monitoring such as this has become considered a normal part of the daily business operations of our nation interested in securing its national security. But in the hands of a batterer or psychopath, those directives become self-serving and one-sided. Thus, the greater good gets sacrificed to the sole interest of one or more parties involved in a criminal network conspiracy. The employment of GPS to track and control the whereabouts of an individual is used in cyberstalking and has shown to involve third parties. It may also be used online via wireless devices that have global positioning systems in them like laptops and cell phones. Unlawful surveillance of these devices is why the Department of Justice put out a newsletter on Cyber Misbehavior (Jamie M. McCall, May 2016, pg. 17).

“The acceptance of one’s own life cycle as something that had to be, and that by necessity permitted no substitutions, facilitates a new and different love of one’s parents and children, as people who also were and are embedded in their unique culture of civilization, living out the destiny of their own repetitions. Erikson (Erikson, 1950, p. 268) called this multigenerational awareness the “patrimony” of the soul, and he asserted that “in such consolidation, death loses its sting (Holmes, 2013, pg. 162).” For this reason, the use of isolation and excommunication is one of the cruelest methods of discipline anyone can use against another. Human beings were made for relationships. We are social animals like many animals found in the animal kingdom. We seek out relationships and connections via other human beings.

Let us discuss the “sting” of realizing the narcissistic condition. Let us turn to World War II and the Nazis in their attempt at controlling an image to the world and put forth through impression management which incorporated militarized strength and exhibited a lesser evil which, eventually, uncovered the magnitude and strength of a condition known as Narcissistic Personality Disorder. In Adolf Hitler’s narcissistic personality disorder he employed “high impression management” through covert and overt control mechanisms. It is, what I believed to be, the reason for Nazi mass genocide, slavery during the Colonial Era, and man’s need to dominate and control another through economic, political, religious, and medical enslavement which demonstrates a gross imbalance of power. It is one of the many reasons, I believe, Donald Trump is so disliked by many Americans. He is a perfect example of the imbalance of financial power which leads to social injustices that are a result of that imbalance.

Let us discuss the metaphor found in the Symbolic Order of Patriotism. Let us compare the Nazi interlude and its use of Patriotism. Let us compare the words used in our National Anthem and the use of the unseen or the broadcast electromagnetic frequency signals through ether. That is to say, the use of space and electromagnetic frequency as a weapon of war. In the very national anthem of America is uncovered the symbolism of the “all-controlling parent.” The absolute mother or father is a much-needed necessity in controlling the chaos.

The metaphor in control from “above” in the form of electronic weapons positioned from above in the ether of space electromagnetic frequency discipline/stimulation. My not the casting of broadcast electromagnetic frequency signals represents the extension of a phallus. Reading between the lines and ultimately discovering where coercive control commands from; a position from above; from a position of absolute power. Some might think of the King in his Castle but I think of criminal gangs and network infrastructures known as terrorist cells and other acts of terrorism that were and are still being played out on the American landscape following Septemeber 11, 2001.

“Some people find religion helpful in old age. Faith provides a comforting belief that the self continues after death, whether that continuation is associated with an idea of heaven, or just seen as a final fusion with a parental or God-like figure. The concept of God as a loving (or punishing) Father permeates Judeo-Christian history and expresses the very human wish to have an object who is all-knowing and all-powerful, protecting us from danger and the existential terror of being alive. Like the actual parent, this God can serve as a figure to be blamed for all our suffering and to whom we can abdicate all responsibility for our happiness.

Of course, not everyone can embrace an anthropomorphic God, a heavenly Father who punishes bad behavior and rewards good. Comforting as that idea is, many of us are too grounded in the reality principle to take the leap of faith that organized religion requires.

American philosopher Ken Wilbur (Wilbur, 2000) had a thought-provoking idea about God or what he called “Spirit-in-Action” (p. 9). Wilbur saw the universe as constantly unfolding in a creative and evolutionary process that moves from simplicity to complexity, and he saw that directed unfolding as “God-in-the-making.” Creativity, according to Wilbur, is the basic ground of the universe, and God is that creativity. Whether we are looking at the evolutionary universe, and God is that creativity. Whether we are looking at the evolutionary process that began with a single-celled organism and continues with human beings, or the sociological process initiated with the primal horde and flowering in democracy, or the artistic process, moving from cave paintings to the works of Rembrandt and Michelangelo and Picasso – the universe, according to Wilbur, is unfolding in a creative, meaningful and ever more complex direction, moving from primitive to higher and higher levels of sophistication and integration. Wilbur wrote poetically about this direction:

There is meaning in the movement, intrinsic value in the embrace. As Emerson put it, we lie in the lap of immense intelligence, which by any other name is Spirit. There is a theme inscribed on the original face of the Kosmos. There is a pattern written on the face of nothingness. There is a meaning in its every gesture, grace in its glance. We – and all beings as such – are drenched in this meaning, afloat in a current of care and profound value, ultimate significance, intrinsic awareness. We are part and parcel of this immense intelligence, this Spirit-in-Action, this God-in-the-making. We don’t have to think of God as some mystic figure outside of the display, running the show. Nor must we picture it as some merely immanent goddess, lost in the forms of her own production. Evolution is both god and goddess, transcendence and immanence. It is immanent in the process itself, woven into the very fabric of the Kosmos, but it everywhere transcends its own productions and brings forth anew in every moment.

This idea about Spirit-in Action is both appealing and useful as a tool to withstand the rigors of being alive. Atheists insist that everything in what Wilbur calls the Kosmos and its direction toward complexity is random. With a passion and rigidity as intense as any fundamentalist Christian, atheists assert, with supreme confidence, that God is a concept that is ridiculously infantile. I envy that type of certainty, but ultimately feel compelled to reject it. To me, assuredness about the existence or non-existence of God is dishonest, even arrogant. The reality, harder than any conviction about religion or insistence on atheism, is that we don’t know. Life and death are ultimately mysteries, and if we are to be truthful, we must admit that these questions are just too big for the human brain, evolving but still limited, to address. …..

We can accept that it is evil and suffering in the world, while making a conscious decision that our work and our life will, as much as humanly possible, be allied with the forces that are moving toward the light. …..(Holmes, 2013, pg. 171-172)

The beatitude of gratitude, the holding of people and experiences in hand and mind with love and thanks can be a transformational process in the psyche. This is exactly what religion helps to deliver and if only for a moment, I receive a sense of bliss, then in that moment I feel immortal. This is what helps with creative aging and acceptance of one’s own Death.

Sources:

William Shakespeare. (1896) As You Like It. Longmans’ English Classics. New York. Longmans, Green, and Co. (Retrieved Online: October 13, 2019) https://books.google.com/books/about/As_You_Like_it.html?id=wzZZAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=kp_read_button#v=onepage&q&f=false
Erik Erikson (1950) The Eight Stages of Man. Childhood and Society. New York. W.W. Norton. (pg. 247-274)

P.E. Binder and G.H. Nielson. (2005) “Balancing losses and growth: a relational perspective,” Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis, 33:431-451.
Lucy Holmes. (2013) Wrestling with Destiny: The Promis of Psychoanalysis. New York. Routledge: A Taylor & Francis Group.
Judith Butler (1997) The Psychic Life of Power: Theories in Subjection. California. Stanford University Press.

Michel Foucault, (1978) The History of Sexuality. New York. Pantheon Books. (PART V: The Right To Death and Power over Life)

Laura-Kate Bernstein. (May 2016) “Investigating and Prosecuting “Swatting” Crimes.” Cyber Misbehavior. (pg. 51) Retrieved Online: October 13, 2019 https://www.justice.gov/usao/file/851856/download

Center For Constitutional Rights. (March 2010) CMUs: The Federal Prison System’s Experiment in Social Isolation. (Retrieved Online: October 13, 2019). https://ccrjustice.org/home/get-involved/tools-resources/fact-sheets-and-faqs/cmus-federal-prison-system-s-experiment

Evan Stark. (2007) Coercive Control: How men entrap women in everyday life. New York. Oxford University Press.

Brian Van Brunt, Amy Murphy, Lisa Pescara-Kovach, and Gina-Lyn Crance (March 2019) “Early Identification of Grooming and Targeting in Predatory Sexual Behavior on College Campuses.” Violence and Gender. Vol. 6, No.1 (Retrieved online: April 23, 2019)

Jamie M. McCall. (May 2016) “United States v. Matusiewicz: Lessons Learned From the First Federal Prosecution of Cyberstalking Resulting in Death”, Cyber Misbehavior. Vol. 64, No. 3, pg. 17 (Retrieved online: October 13, 2019) https://www.justice.gov/usao/file/851856/download

K. Wilbur (2000) A Brief History of Everything. Bostom, MA: Shambala Press.

Gender Differences in Introjective and Projective Identification Mechanisms of Psychotic States

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The difference in how men and women both utilize violence can be summed up by analyzing introjective and projective identification mechanisms carried out in psychotic paranoid states. This is a basic understanding of how gender difference plays a key role in, say, case reports between “Active Male Shooter Events” resulting in mass homicide and cases of “Anorexia and Bulimia.”

Gestalt - Projective IdentificationWomen tend to more introjectively identify, whereas men tend to more projectively identify. We can come to a conclusion regarding this based on the number of male anorexic and bulimic case reports in psychoanalytic case literature. There is a very small percentage of male anorexics/bulimics. Basing this conclusion on the following: “Researcher Samuel Ridout, M.D. with Brown University School of Medicine, reviewed charts of adolescent patients (127 women and 21 men) hospitalized for treatment of their eating disorders between October 2010 and April 2014. The individuals had anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa or eating disorder not otherwise specified as primary or secondary diagnoses.” Using gender difference statistics that make up this research group, 0.165% or 1.6% were male. (1) Another interesting fact is that “50-80% of the risk for anorexia and bulimia is genetic.” (2)

Additionally, the number of “Active Male Shooter Events” have predominately been male, less than 1 percent or 0.0263% or .02% being female, or %0.0263 or .02%, projecting their negativity outward onto other Objects. “Since 1982, an astonishing 110 mass shootings have been carried out in the United States by male shooters. In contrast, only three mass shootings (defined by the source as a single attack in a public place in which four or more victims were killed) have been carried out by women.” And only one shooting that was perpetrated by both a male and female together which resulted in multiple mass casualties. (3) And even in offender–victim combinations of homicide cases from 2000–2015, 90.9% of the killers were men, whereas only 9.2% of the killers were women. (4) And like anorexia and bulimia, research is suggesting that violent male aggression is believed to be, in part, due to genetics.

“Biological differences between men and women contribute to many sex-specific illnesses and disorders. Historically, it was argued that such differences were largely, if not exclusively, due to gonadal hormone secretions. However, emerging research has shown that some differences are mediated by mechanisms other than the action of these hormone secretions and in particular by products of genes located on the X and Y chromosomes, which we refer to as direct genetic effects.” (5)

“The origins of the violent behavior are multifactorial and respond to the interaction of several factors — biological, cultural, social, etc. — which can modify the expression of the human behavior. Now, an international study published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry has identified forty genes related to aggressive behavior in humans and mice.” (6)

Thus, women utilize violence in very different fundamental ways than men. Women introjectively identify their negativity of the Object on to the self. Their primary identification being with that of the mother. Men, primarily identify with the father, although men project their negative identifications (experience with an ambivalent or “difficult breast” and, so too, a “difficult” or “absolute father”) on to both, their sexual Object of their desire and/or other male Objects in their relational world. We see this in cases of sexual assault, stalking and cyberstalking of women by men as well as in violent contact sports and gang related criminal violence in males.

Because my victimization is being carried out through an orchestrated operational method much like a militarized operation or mode of “war,” it is more likely that the leader of this orchestration is a male, as women are less likely to use active violent aggression in settling disagreement between others. Women utilize more interpersonal passive-aggressive violence through intersubjective communication. Like in women’s communication styles we see negative behavior such as gossip and lying, or being deceptive through carefully veiled, high impression management. Whereas with men, we may also see this type of lying, but more importantly what we predominantly see is reported to us in the criminal statistics of violent crime and displayed to us through the male aggressive violence of competitive sports, sexual practices (BDSM), and certain secret collegiate fraternity and all-male groups. Historically, we have seen the brutal violence of the Ku Klux Klan.

“The distinction between sanity and insanity is narrower than the razor’s edge, sharper than a hound’s tooth, more agile than a mule deer. It is more elusive than the merest phantom. Perhaps it does not even exist; perhaps it is a phantom.“ ~Philip K. Dick, Valis

Conspiracies usually have male leaders in the make-up of their hierarchy of “mafia/gang” criminal orchestrations as women are more likely viewed as the “inferior” or “subservient” species. There are very few societies that have established matriarchal rule. (7) Because this criminal orchestration acts like a conspiracy, it is my belief the “gang/mafia” is most likely made-up of men and women, with a male head leader or a hierarchy of male leaders. Network associations or group identification bring a source of solidarity to their criminality, like in a Trenton Polish-American Democratic club (TPADs), American Legion Post 458, similar to secret collegiate fraternities such as those of Harvard that have been around since the turn of twentieth century. Even the formation of cliques in state and professional settings can act like passive-aggressive gang or mafia violence and adversely effect productivity and morale. Although how the violence is utilized in these professional setting will most likely vary differently than that of street crime. (8)

Source Reference:
(1) Eating Disorders: Differences in Young Men and Women.” American Psychiatric Association. May 16, 2016. Retrieved August 25, 2019 from online resource https://www.psychiatry.org/newsroom/news-releases/eating-disorders-differences-in-young-men-and-women
(2) Trace, S. E., Baker, J. H., Peñas-Lledó, E., & Bulik, C. M. (2013). “The genetics of eating disorders.” Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 9, 589-620.
(3)Number of mass shootings in the United States between 1982 and August 2019, by shooter’s gender.” August 9, 2019. Retrieved August 25, 2019 from Statista online research library, Society, Crime and Law Enforcement, https://www.statista.com/statistics/476445/mass-shootings-in-the-us-by-shooter-s-gender/
(4) Fox, James Alan; Fridel, Emma E Phd. “Gender Difference in Patterns and Trends in US Homicide, 1976-2015.” Violence and Gender. 4(2), June 1, 2017. Retrieved July 30, 2019 online from electronic resource https://www.liebertpub.com/toc/vio/4/2
(5) Tuck C Ngun, Negar Ghahramani, Francisco J. Sanchez, Sven Bocklandt, and Eric Vilain. “The Genetics of Sex Difference in Brain and Behavior.” Front Neuroendocrinol. April 2011, 32(2): 227-246. Retrieved August 25, 2019 from the online resource US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3030621/
(6) University of Barcelona. (2018, July 9). A new study identifies 40 genes related to aggressive behavior in humans and mice: On mice and humans: Genes, evolution and aggressiveness. ScienceDaily. Retrieved August 25, 2019 from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/07/180709101117.htm
(7) Garrison, Laura Turner. “6 Modern Societies Where Women Rule.” Mental Floss. March 3, 2017. Retrieved August 25, 2019 from online resource Mental Floss. http://mentalfloss.com/article/31274/6-modern-societies-where-women-literally-rule
(8) Gordon, Sherri. “7 Ways Workplace Cliques Harm the Work Environment.” Verywell Mind. June 15, 2019. Retrieved August 25, 2019 from online resources https://www.verywellmind.com/reasons-why-cliques-at-work-are-bad-460839

The Fantasy of the Female “Vamp”; A Delusion of Feminine Evil

Theda Bara

Vamps were stereotyped as those modern day female vampires who, according to the 1915 silent film “A Fool There Was,” undermined successful businessmen, model husbands, and pillars of the community to fall victim to their enticements of calculating evil. In the movie “A Fool There Was,” Theda Bara is the actress who portrays this type of feminine evil. As the story unfolds, the Vampire efficiently strips the leading man of his judgment, restraint, dignity, financial acumen, and friends. Soon, however, the Vampire abandons him for a new beau, and he the victim left, broken and alone, a pitiful shadow of his former self, stumbles about drunkenly in his town house, abandoned and despised even by his once obsequious male secretary.

Some comparative literature professors may contend that Theda Bara’s on screen kiss is one of the most graphically sexual kisses ever recorded in film. The scene’s stark melodrama and silent intensity may have dated, but its visual power is undiminished. Harsh satanic laughter that marks the triumph of the Vampire after she has brought the man to his knees and who has left his wife devastated by the sight of so much lurid sin.

Clearly there continues to be a direct connection between the lurid, bestial intensity of that single kiss and our own lingering suspicions about the function of human sexuality in a civilized environment. This was not merely the bite of a fantasy Vampire. Instead, it was an evocation of sexual intercourse as the deadly attack of a cannibalistic usurper. It showed vividly that to get involved with a sexual woman was equivalent to death itself.

It is difficult to imagine what the scene’s effect must have been on an audience for whom the public spectacle of a woman kissing a man on the lips was still largely taboo. At the time of the early 1900s books by physicians for physicians, descriptions of specific sexual practices were usually still written in Latin, so that only responsible professionals and men of comparable dignity might know what was being discussed. Film kisses, if there were any, tended to be restricted to pecks on the cheek or a very fleeting touch of lips. Theda Bara’s brazen and prolonged depredation of this civilized man’s mouth, therefore, was a violation of more than a dramatic taboo. In depicting a woman’s absolute erotic power over a man, this kiss also became a violation of the principles of manhood itself: here was a woman who was, in essence, raping a man.

To compare a modern day music video equivalent to this type of lurid sin, I would have to choose “It’s My Life” by Gwen Stefani. It shows vividly through sound and video the dominant spoiled little girl who takes what she wants from her lovers at any expense, their very life. The narcissistic woman who demands to be pampered and cared for.

The power of these images do precisely what they are suppose to do, show the shrewd exploitation of the dominant psychological currents of gender politics and that a true devil’s disciple can be found in many a female lead. It also brings to light the moral and social failure of middle-class males, and characterizes any woman who would use their bodies as a lure to attract able-bodied and financially secure males. To say, “She is like a vampire” provides enough insight and information than the average person needs to discern the facts and determine what‘s going on.

Despite the fact that many sexual perversions like prostitution, homosexuality, transgender, bisexuality, and sadomasochism have been declassified as mental illness, many people today still hold prejudices and even harbor abject hatred to these groups of individuals. The stigmatization of being mentally deranged, degenerates, unevolved human life forms; this prejudice still persist today despite what the Nazi Interlude revealed to us.

The stereotypical themes of the virtuous wife of the bourgeois household, these “virgin” wives, angels of domestic mercy whose task it was to tend lovingly to an unending procession of household chores were effectively relegated to the periphery of most screenplays, to make way for a new category of female predators eager to lead civilized men of business astray.

Evolutionary biologists, sociologists, economists, and physicians had all made it a point to emphasize the wondrous, but precarious, achievement of the civilized, highly acculturated white woman, the much lauded household nun who starred in the late-nineteenth-century male’s dreams of domestic glory. A creature of magnificent self-negation, she was, precisely because of her high level of evolutionary development, constitutionally incapable of countering the depredations of the sexual woman, the stalking temptress, the destroyer of family fortunes, the pre-Bolshevik economicVampire of early-twentieth-century capitalist society.

“A Fool There Was,” Porter Emerson Browne‘s 1909 novelization of his highly successful Broadway drama of that same year, had virtually been written as if it were meant to be a movie script.

Browne had made it absolutely clear to his readers that the pitiful male victim of his narrative was a member of America’s most genetically privileged ruling class. From the outset he let them know that his story would trace the inevitable fate of those among this group who, through overconfidence or lack of moral vigilance, failed to adhere to the rules of continence in the crucial biological struggle between evolution and degeneration. Browne wanted his readers to know that the lamentable antihero belonged to the most remarkable evolutionary elite of Western civilization and from this lineage a long line of clean-bodied, clean-souled, clear-eyed, clear-headed ancestors; and from these he had inherited cleanness of body and of soul, clearness of eye and of head. He declared this man came from the ruling white race and this made him the fittest in the “struggle for life.” His ancestors had systematically through consecutive generation amalgamated for him those things of theirs that it were well to cultivate; and they had plucked ruthlessly from the gardens of heredity the weeds and the tares that might have grown to check his growth.

Thus the flower of perfect Aryan manhood, cultivated in the era’s Mendelian laboratories of genetic engineering. This future backslider grew up in “a big house – big in size – big in atmosphere – big in manner” on Fifth Avenue in New York City. He was, we are told, the offspring of “upright,” affluent parents, a family devoutly guided by the light of the world’s most perfect economic system: the social Darwinism formulated by Herbert Spencer and popularized in the United States by William Graham Sumner, John Fiske, and a host of others.

“Primitives,” on the other hand, poor whites, laborers, and peasants, as well as all the “mentally inferior” races – were clearly evil: their social inferiority was due to their sinful lack of concern for the preservation of their spiritual capital and their indulgence in the lewd pleasures of the body. This, in turn, proved them to be more like the animals, they were getting merely what they deserved for having failed to mortify their flesh.

In his best-selling novelization of “A Fool There Was,” Browne made it a pint to follow his exposition of the evolutionary superiority of John Schuyler’s ancestors, the leading male role, with a scathing account of the frightful genetic sources of the Vampire, who was about to destroy his hero. The author was evidently certain that his readers would be fully aware of the scientific legitimacy of the theories of social Darwinism.

The Vampire, instead of having been born into the “clean” Anglo-Dutch stock of the American elite, came from the “noisome” environment of “a little hut on the black Breton coast.” That location instantly made Browne think of ethnic cleansing: “In it it were perhaps better to die than to live,” he remarked charitably. Signs of the inevitable genetic inferiority of the denizens of such a habitat were everywhere: scattered through the hovel in which the Vampire’s mother lies dying are “ a number of broken greasy dishes, filled with fragments of food. And all about on the floor lay the litter of the sick-room.” The absence of all inhabitants’ genetic urge to utilize generous quantities of Dutch Boy cleanser is sadly evident.

The Vampire’s mother, we are told, could have “been pretty once, in an animal way.” The dying woman’s own mother is also present and serves as her primitive nurse. She observes her daughter with “the sullen ferocity that is of beast rather than of man.” In the midst of this middle-class nightmare we catch our first glimpse of the third generation of this “degenerative peasant stock,” the Vampire-to-be: “a little, pink puling thing that whimpered and twisted weakly – a little, naked, thing half covered by roughly-cast sacking.”

Browne had neither sympathy nor hope for the potential economic and social improvement of “degenerates” of this sort. Their poverty was self-inflicted, a mark of their moral inferiority. Poverty bred filth, filth bred parasites, and parasites bred the Vampire. Browne was certain that the genetically privileged would automatically distinguish themselves from the chaff of humanity. They would pull themselves up by their own bootstraps, because their bootstraps were directly attached to a pulley in their evolving brains. You had to be smart, inventive, agile, better than the rest, on top of the heap, to be able to survive in the Darwinian world; those who made the most money thereby proved conclusively that they also had the densest, most evolved, most “concentrated,” most elaborately “creased” – to use John Fiske’s picturesque term – grey matter.

Such brilliant wrinkles in the development of the white male elite’s cranial capacity were due to many centuries of rigorous genetic selection. The rich should not help the poor, for to do so would be tantamount to contaminating a superior gene pool with inferior matter. The elite should mingle only with other members of the elite, and let all others attempt to rise from the incoherent homogeneity of the mass of humanity by their own devices. The “simple but wasteful process of survival of the fittest, through which such marvelous things have come into being,” became for Fiske and his contemporaries a justification for even the most extreme forms of social depredation.

Source:
Dijkstra, Bram. Evil Sisters; The Threat of Female Sexuality and The Cult of Manhood. New York, Alfred A. Knopf (1996)