Our lack of imagination for the potential evil existing in humanity is a direct reflection of a lack of intimacy with our own potential for evil, which further serves to enable malevolence to have nearly free rein in our world. We can’t afford to have a concept of evil that is too small. This is why Jung counseled us to develop an “imagination for evil,”8 because being able to imagine the scope of evil that human beings can fall prey to, become instruments for, and act out empowers us to see the evil more clearly, as it appears both in the world and within ourselves, and thereby deal with it more effectively. Evil devastates any possibility of an intellectual response; the tools of the rational intellect are as helpless in coping with the aftereffects of evil as it was in preventing it. In our psychic blindness we are complicit in the spreading of the evil.
One of his students asked Buddha, “Are you the messiah?” “No,” answered Buddha. “Then are you a healer?” “No,” Buddha replied. “Then are you a teacher?” the student persisted. “No, I am not a teacher.” “Then what are you?” asked the student, exasperated. “I am awake,” Buddha replied.
==Collapsing Consciously: Transformative Truths for Turbulent Times (Carolyn Baker Phd)
With all of my own personal battles attempting to find truth and reality in a world of increasing chaos, planned (or not), endemic corruption, cultural disintegration and most certainly an environment of tectonic shifts in the socioeconomic and geopolitical fabric of human existence, while being constantly tugged by the strong undertow of the ennui and angst of depression, it is sometimes hard to find the emergent possibilities of a rebirth in civic virtue and ethics anywhere strong enough to fight the insidious evil of the approaching global tyranny. But there are lights out there, I am just doubtful that there is anyone or events that can now dislodge the entrenched powers guiding America and the world towards an authoritarian abyss. An abyss devoid of all absolutes but one, the ironclad grip of the transnational capitalist corporations and those whose wealth and power now seem impervious to challenge.
I think that the unexpected wild card in the US political scene is Carly Fiorina, whom I believe could end up on the Republican ticket, more likely as Vice President this time, but who knows. The controlled corporate media, however, will do all it can to discredit her as a candidate, particularly as a woman able to undermine the atrocious mistress of the macabre, Hillary Clinton. In the New York Times, of course, this effort has already begun.
In Congress the other is Trey Gowdy, but of late, I am afraid that the surveillance state powers have found his soft underbelly and castrated him. For who in Washington, no matter how virtuous they seem on the surface, is without sin? Nothing, absolutely nothing that anyone of power or seeking it from the President on down, is not in the databases of the Surveillance State that have access to every digit ever created. This power is absolute and it is and has been used to control political and judicial actions.
The other great hope remains the Federal Courts, as the recent decision on the clearly unconstitutional actions of the President on immigration would support. But though Obama has indicated he is backing off and will not pursue further actions to move forward the agenda to dilute what remains of American culture and any possibility of a shift in power towards the laboring class, I doubt that the levers of the covert state will not continue to be employed to this end. The immigration, open borders issue it a cornerstone of the corporate and power elites agenda. It has been for many years.
The imminent global financial and economic collapse, planned or not (I think more than likely planned), will allow for a renewed massive push of the authoritarian police state. There is a remote, but still a reasonable possibility that the conditions in America between now and November 2016 will lead to a period of martial law. However the financial and political elites handle the obvious conclusion of a form of capitalism the has reached its limits, the demise of credit/finance capitalism and the global defaults will be, at the very least, furtively managed to enhance the wealth and power of the ruling class, as the post 2008-2009 crash responses have served already.
One thing we can all be sure of is that power, whether politically or wealth derived, never, ever seeks to reduce its dominance. Never. As with Buddha, the only real hope we have is for the people of America to say truthfully, “I am awake.”
Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina argued that “titles are just titles” and Hillary Clinton’s “track record” includes the collapse of the Middle East and the failed Russian reset on Wednesday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” on MSNBC.Fiorina said, “I come from a world where titles are just titles, and talk is just talk. It’s only in politics where titles and words mean a lot. In the rest of the world, it’s actually about what have you done, actions speak louder than words. People want to know are your words and your actions consistent and are they consistent over time. And so, I think when 82% of the American people now believe that there is a professional political class more interested in preserving its own power and privilege than it is in serving the American people, people expect basic questions to be asked of anyone running for president. ‘What have you done, are you trustworthy, are you transparent, will you answer questions?’”Fiorina said that while Hillary Clinton has said some “wonderful things” as Secretary of State, “it’s also true that as Secretary of State she took women’s rights and human rights off the table for discussion with China. It’s also true as Secretary of State that she called Bashar al-Assad a positive reformer. It’s also true that in 2011, when she was Secretary of State, she said that Iraq was a free, stable, sovereign nation. And now we have a nation falling apart, Iranian influence growing, ISIS growing. It’s true that she said that she could reset our Russia — our relationship with Russia and Vladimir Putin is on the march. So, I think all of those things I just named go fundamentally to what is her track record.”