Blindland (2): The Cult of Personality.

thMC31RS4V“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so”. Shakespeare, Hamlet

 

Reason is in hiding behind the wasteland, Objectivity has taken shelter in the dark corners and shabby boutiques of our towns and cities. Our army is scattered by the Gibbers. Nonetheless the fight goes on. We cannot surrender the ‘Gift’. At all costs we must defend it. The future will demonize us if we fail.

The Overlords contend that they are the saviours of free thought but their police are known to us all as the ‘Thought Police’. Whichever regime is in power they seek to control, to dragoon, to manipulate and mould us. You are allowed to think as long as you don’t think in opposition to the regime.

We are captivated by the ‘cult of personality’. In dictatorships either of Fascist or Communist the cult of personality surrounds the leader. Stalin of the Soviet Union, Hitler of the Nazi Regime, and look no further than Kim ll-sung/Kim Jong-un of North Korea for how far the absurdity of the ‘cult’ can reach.

However, we cannot assume that democracy is free of the cult. “The liberal democracy theory and Marxism-Leninism are very close in their common ideological assumptions”. And whilst a dictatorship is the more likely to use force on its people: “Propaganda is to democracy what a bludgeon is to a totalitarian state”. They both seek, ‘the manufacture of consent’. Noam Chomsky

Manufactured consent is secured through, what has become our obsession with movie and pop stars and with soap operas on TV. These pull us in to the netherworld and in doing so relieve us of our faculty of reason. We become immersed in a world of make-believe, which becomes our evening leisure and our daily chit-chat. Living in that world absolves us of responsibility to ourselves and to others. We are therefore left open to the propaganda of the state. “Most people are guided by emotion and impulse”. (Reinhold Niebuhr)

Yet we can overcome this sleeping sickness. Somewhere out there a sleeper has awoken! Reason awakens all that seek truth.

History is our teacher, our lifeline and the foundation of our future. Do not treat it lightly. The lessons of our past abound with great insights. Seek out history’s horror to help realize where the road ahead lies.

The past is riddled by examples of the cult of personality and strange to say but all the purveyors of Utopia have succumbed to the lust of power. All leaders of Communism, the dictatorship of the proletariat, became dictators of the workers. These erstwhile leaders of the people committed untold atrocities in order to hold on to power.

Christianity likewise has a history of persecution that can parallel any other Utopian cause. Be warned: when leaders begin to tell you what to think it is time for new leaders. Their contempt for ordinary people intensifies when the view of the populace is contrary to their own. The notion of dialectics fades into the darkness of their egocentric mind.

thCAFJWB3EUtopians may have started out with good intentions and held universality as a cornerstone but all: religion, communism and democracy become corrupted by man and the false god ego. They have given up on Reason and have closed their senses to Objectivity, and instead have allowed themselves to stumble into the cesspit of ego.

“Happy is he who has overcome his ego”.  Siddhartha Gautama, known to many as Buddha.

th03YAFKBDLeaders tend to view themselves as Plato’s Princes’, superior but with a conscience, that at times, has a tender disposition.  Unfortunately many people have little strength; our minds are easily invaded and influenced by the Gibbers, the Overlords army. The Gibbers set Dogma upon us to expel any pockets of logic that can be found. Thus we often travel blind, oblivious to the freedom that Reason brings. Reason holds the key to a future where all are equal and the search for truth is the prime objective.

Many disciples of Reason hide in open spaces; they believe it is easier to acquiesce than fight. Conflict has no set outcome and Reason can neither win nor lose by conflict. Nonetheless, Reason expects a conflict of argument to help persuade the hapless. Observe those around you: how many are so absorbed by ego that they cannot see beyond self. Truthfully, is that a good way to be?

The ‘cult of personality’ imprisons you – turn to Reason and set the people free!

 

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