Replacing Natural Community with Ritual Conformity and Persecution; The Salem Witch Trials, Nazi Germany, America of 1950, and Today (WPMY 130)

What replaces the sense of natural community in The Crucible, as perhaps in Nazi Germany and, on a different scale, 1950’s America, is a sense of participating in a ritual, of conformity to a ruling orthodoxy and hence a hostility to those who threaten it. The purity of one’s religious principles is confirmed by collaborating, at least by proxy, in the punishment of those who reject them. Racial identity is reinforced by eliminating those who might “contaminate” it, as one’s Americanness is underscored by identifying those who could be said to be un-American. In the film version of his play, Miller, free now to expand and deepen the social context of the drama, chose to emphasize the illusory sense of community: “The CROWD’s urging rises to angry crescendo. HANGMAN pulls a crude lever and the trap drops and the two fall. THE CROWD is delirious with joyful, gratifying unity.”

Alexis de Tocqueville identified the pressure toward conformity even in the early years of the Republic. It was a pressure acknowledged equally by Hawthorne, Melville, Emerson, and Thoreau. When Sinclair Lewis’s Babbitt abandons his momentary rebellion to return to his conformist society, he is described as being “almost tearful with joy.” Miller’s alarm, then is not his alone, nor is his sense of the potentially tyrannical power of shared myths that appear to offer absolution to those who accept them. If his faith in individual conscience as a corrective is also not unique, it is, perhaps, harder to sustain in the second half of a century that has seen collective myths exercising a coercive power, in America and Europe.

Introduction to The Crucible (Miller 1952)

Christopher Bigsby          1995

Testing, Testing, and Testing Love (L vs S 230)

She had always secretly reproached him for not loving her enough. Her own love she considered above reproach, while his seemed condescension.

Now she saw that she had been unfair: If she had really loved Tomas with a great love, she would have stuck it out with him abroad! Tomas had been happy there; a new life was opening for him! And she had left him! True, at the time she had convinced herself she was being magnanimous, giving him his freedom. But hadn’t her magnanimity been merely an excuse? She knew all along that he would come home to her! She had summoned him farther and farther down after her like the nymphs who lured unsuspecting villagers to the marshes and left them there to drown. She had taken advantage of a night of stomach cramps to inveigle him into moving to the country! How cunning she could be! She had summoned him to follow her as if wishing to test him again and again, to test his love for her; She had summoned him persistently, and here he was, tired and gray, with stiffened fingers that would never again be capable of holding a scalpel.*

*Meaning that he had been with her for a prolonged time, a lifetime in fact, that continued to extend through his retirement and the years of his old age.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Milan Kundera          1984

 

 

Peasant Identity Association Escapism (WPMY 129)

Who do you think each of the following most often readily identify with; a white man, a black man, and a small business owner?

A lower class or middle class white person most often identifies with their buddy President George W Bush. They believe that they have almost everything in the world in common with him. He is on their side fighting for them and with them against those others that they have nothing in common with.

A lower class or middle class black person most often identifies with their man President Barack Obama. They believe that they have almost everything in the world in common with him. He is on their side fighting for them and with them against those others that they have nothing in common with.

A local small business owner most often identifies with some international CEO of multiple billion dollar company. They believe that they are cut from the same cloth and that such a CEO shares and cares about their own trials and tribulations because they can relate to them like no other non-business owner might. He is on their side fighting for them and with them against all the non-business owners in the world that they have nothing in common with.

It’s all a farce; it’s all delusion; each of these people is simply running from the reality of their own true identity. They are all “peasants” and are all a thousand times closer with one another in common interests , their struggles and successes of everyday life, and all of the socioeconomic factors affecting them and their families than they are with the “aristocracy” (phantasy modified authority figures) of their choosing.

Until this white man, this black man, and this small business owner can look at one another and accept that they are all from the same tribe and family, and that they should all work together and not against one another in the name of some illusional identity association escapism, they will all assure their own perpetual subjugation and parasitism to and from the aristocracy. Divided they (we) will fall.

Cribb          2016

The Majority of Power and the Minority of Not; A Sick Cycle of Blame and Reincarnating Crucifixion (WPMY 128)

The pattern is so obvious and redundant, and yet it is perpetually ignored on all fronts. Severe vertigo may be the upfront cost, but see the pattern; stop the crucifixion; save the world; save yourself.

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The majority of power most often trains the minority of not

to become as foul, overbearing, unbalanced, and oppressive

as they themselves happen to be.

Then,

the majority looks back upon their damaged and broken child,

the extrinsic manifestation of their philosophies and behavior,

the Frankenstein that they have brought to life in their own deplorable image,

and they despise the irrefutable evidence reflected so pristinely in a mirror of reaping.

The avoidance of wandering gaze and ignorance impossible,

majority sins must be shed in the the undeniable burden they bear.

Upon the minority lamb they fall

in excusing demonization,

to ripen for sacrificial slaughter and bountiful fruiting distraction.

Washed in blood and its pooled reflection,

We slaughter the lamb,

We kill our enemies,

We subjugate our workers,

We destabilize our own children, our own pets, and our own mates.

We even travel to the future to conquer the…

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The Majority of Power and the Minority of Not; A Sick Cycle of Blame and Reincarnating Crucifixion (WPMY 128)

The majority of power most often trains the minority of not

to become as foul, overbearing, unbalanced, and oppressive

as they themselves happen to be.

Then,

the majority looks back upon their damaged and broken child,

the extrinsic manifestation of their philosophies and behavior,

the Frankenstein that they have brought to life in their own deplorable image,

and they despise the irrefutable evidence reflected so pristinely in a mirror of reaping.

The avoidance of wandering gaze and ignorance impossible,

majority sins must be shed in the undeniable burden they bear.

Upon the minority lamb they fall

in excusing demonization,

to ripen for sacrificial slaughter and bountiful fruiting distraction.

Washed in blood and its pooled reflection,

We slaughter the lamb,

We kill our enemies,

We subjugate our workers,

We destabilize our own children, our own pets, and our own mates.

We even travel to the future to conquer the rebellious robots of our creation.

Our Father who art in heaven,

Hallowed be our delusion.

Our kingdom come,

Our will be done,

In heaven as it is on earth.

Give us this day,

More than our brothers,

More than our need,

And hold us not in account for any of our Debts,

Nor any of our greed,

Forgive us our trespasses,

As we crucify the scapegoat embodiment of our own relentless madness and sin,

And let us not see nor hear nor speak of our own sick and utterly hypocritical behavior,

But deliver us from all awareness and the keeping of our brothers.

Forever and ever,

Amen.

Cribb

2016

The Role of Teachers: Healers of Children or Enablers of the State? (WPMY 127)

Pretext note: I wrote this as a response to a statement about school and education being only a tool to instill complanciency and blind submission into children so that they would become agreeable dependent drones who could be easily funneled into corporate jobs and the role of an unquestioning tax paying devotee of government authoritarianism. I focused on teachers/educators in my response because I believe that a central unspoken innuendo in this theory is that all teachers and educators are dullards and unaware instruments or tools who simply toe the tyrannical government line.

I do not believe this is the case and I think the matter much more complex than most would suggest or pretend. I delve into the primary complexities below.

 I think most teachers do promote blind acceptance of “popular” socially accepted constructs/taboos and that government is supposed to be regarded as the ultimate trustworthy savior, ward, and defender of freedom and justice for all. Not this fact, but the actual reason this is so is crucial in understanding and correcting the problem. Some teachers may just be apathetic dolts, but I think that majority is fairly small. Most teachers have millstones tied around their necks with the weight of 1) an overburden of responsibility due to student numbers and excessive course material to cover (mandated from their superiors), 2) a very poor wage considering what they are actually expected to do, 3) a herd of destabilized parents, looking for a scapegoat, who most often have created and perpetuated the destabilization of their own children themselves, 4) the limitations of overbearing political correctness and standardization imposed vigorously by their superiors and the parent herd petitioners/jury, 5) the same indoctrination of apathy and encouragement to pursue the path of least resistance and minimal work that almost everyone in this country seems to be baptized in at a very young age as the norm. So, I think the ineptitude/apathy of most teachers and their tendency to promote blind compliance is in large degree from them being beat down into the ground and bridled by destabilized parents, a piss poor paycheck, and the lazy mentality of the majority of the rest of society that can’t even imagine applying themselves anywhere close to the degree that a teacher must on a daily basis. In essence, I think most of the teachers give up trying to help students and change the world through independent reasoning and questioning behavior because they get tired of fighting the rest of the world for the opportunity to do so. The teachers ultimately have to comply with the insanity and madness of everyone around them just to collect their paycheck and keep from going bonkers, so naturally it would follow that their beat down compliance gets passed onto the students. “Why not let a corporation or the government handle it anyway? It can’t be any worse than a bunch of crazy parent’s or the rest of society that has already gone to lazy greed and perpetually passing the buck onto someone else?” When no other alternative is given a real opportunity to exist and flourish, the corporate collective option or the government option will always appear rosier than it truly happens to be. And yes, I do believe that the majority of the corporate collectives and the government is more than willing to add to their numbers of indentured minions.

Some teachers are also outliers who have too much empathy and drive to ever give up or be run to ruin by the system. Those teachers are Angels and Saints, and though some of them may be more centralists than individualists, I don’t believe their centralism has an accurate correlation or is based on the principles of creating submissive-apathetic-indentured-herd-minions as is the (default) case above. This high drive “centralist” of a teacher/educator believes that “fire must be fought with fire” (the corrupt/delinquent/obstructive forces above must be over-dominated <they would say balanced> by the more reasonable tyranny of governmental authority). But their thoughts and motives are not submission, despair, and relinquishing control to the despotic juggernauts (corrupt government and corrupt collective corporatism). They truly want to kick those arch-villains in their balls and in their teeth, so that they might wrangle control away from them and fix the system to be fair and just for all.

The teachers of the first paragraph most likely fall into the Beta or Apath categories psychologically. The teachers of the second paragraph most likely fall into the Alpha and Empath category. The drives and responses of both of these types of teachers is largely based on their inherent genetic and psychological makeup.

My preference is the Alpha-Empath-Decentralist teacher/educator. These are the Jedi and they stand up against daunting odds. They are of legend like the Alpha-Empath-Decentralist small business owner also happens to be. These silly fools understand that “fire must be fought with water” and that “war must be fought with non-violence.” These entities will be specifically targeted by the psychopaths (~ 4-10% of our society) because they are the graces of natural societal correction and if left to their own devices, they would autocorrect all of the madness about them and establish more freedom and independence universally. The psychopaths who perceive everything only as a game of over-dominating as many other people as possible want these Alpha-Empaths-Decentralists defamed and incapacitated in every manner, so that they may rule and play and manipulate the rest of the world through collective corporatism and centralized governmental despotism.

Cribb          2016