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Why Leftists Hate God

January 27, 2018

Why Leftists Hate God.

There should be nothing surprising about the following article, noting that Google is censoring the name Jesus and information about him in their new technology, Google Home.

Socialists, communists and so called “progressives” (i.e., Leftists) most often seek to undermine the influence of God within the societies they control. This is well documented by the histories of many such societies.

Why should this be so often the case?

The answer should not cause any brain-strain to a clear thinking politically savvy individual.

In free societies, to exist long and well, it is absolutely critical that their population agree to similar rules of moral conduct. Christian-based religious influences have been very successful at teaching large populations to follow prosocial moral precepts and providing supernatural influences (God) that engender a love of these teachings and the fear of  forsaking them (i.e., heaven or hell in the after-life).

These deeply held beliefs create a population that is motivated to worship God and to strive to follow His Rules.

When God’s Rules come into conflict with a secular Government’s rules, among the faithful, God’s Rules will normally supersede the government’s rules. At the very least, they will compete with them.

This is a major strategic problem for any government that seeks to impose increasing levels of control and sanctions for resisting this control over its governed population.

In America, our increasingly leftist secular government, unelected governmental employees (the “deep state”), educational systems, news and entertainment media, and judicial system have increasingly censored, insulted, and ridiculed God and our religious citizens over many decades. Our government, using a common leftist ploy now called “political correctness”, has increasingly suppressed the language and holidays of  America’s traditional religions and have sought to marginalize its adherents.

Someone once said something similar to: The government that governs least is the government that governs best.

B. F. Skinner, the great American Psychologist amended that statement when he said…and I paraphrase: The government that governs least, governs best only when something else governs.

In America, historically, that “something else” has been the Christian God, His Son Jesus and the moral precepts that they teach.

For a leftist government to exert increasing control of the American population, it must destroy America’s God and the Son of God. Of course the ultimate goal is to make the leftist government America’s new “god”.

As this systematic strategy has unfolded and God’s influences in America has been weakened, our population has behaved in increasingly lawless and barbaric ways. 

The recurring tragedy is that this provides leftist governments the rational to fix the moral problems they caused by increasing their rules, controls and and sanctions in a failing effort to escape the predictable path to its own abject failure.

Below, please see yet another assault silently perpetrated against American’s  Christians.

http://fox17.com/news/local/does-google-home-know-who-jesus-is-brentwood-resident-says-no

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 1/26/18

P.S., I.  Of course, there are other factors that can lead to a decline in the religious influences within cultures. The processes and technological, biological, social and psychological outcomes of modernization appear to be important mechanisms in this decline.

P.S., II.  If you would like to learn a lot more about the many ways in which  societies decline and sometimes totally collapse, I recommend that you read the following:  Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, by Jared Diamond.

 

The Psychology of America’s Decline 2: Cultural Decompensation

February 20, 2012

The Psychology of America’s Decline 2: Cultural Decompensation

The concept of psychological decompensation has been used in the field of clinical psychology to describe a condition in which an individual loses their ability to respond to stressors in an integrated and adaptive way.

Hans Selye identified the General Adaption Syndrome which describes three phases that organisms go through in coping with stressors. A stressor is defined as any demand upon an organism adapt or adjust to some environmental change.  These phases are:  1) the alarm reaction, during which time a threat or a stressor (or more) is perceived and defensive or coping efforts are mobilized (concentration, organization, effort, energy, money, etc., are to defend against the stressor(s);  2) the stage of resistance, in which aggressive, defensive and resistive energy is utilized at maximum levels for as long as possible in order to manage the stressor cope successfully; and 3) collapse, the point where energy resources are exhausted and continued stress leads to the disintegration of coping abilities and perhaps even death. Of course, if the organism is able to adapt effectively, the collapse phase can be avoided.

Perhaps you can identify a situation in your life in which you have been challenged to change your behavior to cope with some big stressor, or perhaps many smaller ones impinging upon you all-at-once, or in rapid succession. One individual suffered the loss of his business, a divorce, and bankruptcy, all within a short-time of each other. His struggle to cope with these events visited each of Selye’s three stages. The man survived the ordeal, but he was left anxious and depressed and his ability to cope with future stressors was significantly impaired.

The last stage of Selye’s general adaption syndrome is collapse. In clinical psychology this stage is known as psychological decompensation.  Again, decompensation refers to a process in which severe or multiple stressors finally overwhelm a person’s ability to function in an organized, integrated, and effective way.   This process is thought to occur with all forms of life, across all environmental conditions. For example, when a cell is invaded by a microorganism it is stressed, and presumably goes through these three stages as it fights to destroy the invader. Other Individual organisms can be similarly taxed by countless stressors (starvation, crowding, natural disasters, and temperature extremes, etc. 

Finally, the collections of people the comprise sociocultures can also be stressed by war, famine, climate change and a host of other changes that require them to adapt effectively. But more to the focus of this book, another class of stressors can be the outcomes they suffer as a result of a populations own self-defeating adaptations and the resulting maladaptive behavior patterns that represent more positively accelerating stressful feedback avenues within that population. These self-perpetuating and potentially increasing stress auto-cycles, without effective change and intervention, can lead to cultural decompensation and eventually the severe decline or the utter collapse of  cultures.

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V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.  1/19/12

Disastrous Decisions

August 11, 2009

Jared Diamond wrote Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. Chapter 14 is a summary of why “Some Societies Make Disastrous Decisions?” The following are only some of the reasons that Diamond has identified.

1. “they failed to anticipate a problem before it arrived” (p.421)

2. They failed “to perceive a problem that has actually arrived” (p.424)

3. The use of “distant managers” (p. 424). This is a problem for large societies or businesses. Please think of centralized governmental control as in the defunct USSR. Also think of increasingly socialized, centralized governmental control in the U.S.. These designs will fail and they have in large organizations or States back to antiquity.

4. “perhaps the commonest circumstance under which societies fail to perceive a problem is when it takes the form of a slow trend concealed by wide up and down fluctuations” (p.425). Diamond suggests climate change as an example. Similar changes minus the wide fluctuations can be concealed by somewhat slow, but steady, changes.  Examples in the U.S. have been crime rates, drug addiction, divorce, pregnancy out of wed-lock, child molestation, and other indicators strongly suggesting a decline in the quality of our populations behavior patterns.

5. “societies often fail even to attempt to solve a problem once it has been percieved” (p. 427).

Smaller, but powerful, segments of a society can pursue their own self-interests to the extent that they harm the viability of the culture. Those who are harmed often do not engage in the expensive, difficult, and long-term struggle necessary to fight the trend.

6. “Throughout recorded history, actions or inaction’s by self-absorbed kings, chiefs, and politicians have been a regular cause of societal collapse” (p431).

7. “Religious values tend to be especially deeply held and hence frequent causes of disastrous behavior” (432).  This is not an anti-religion statement. In fact, I cannot think of a better code to live by than Judeo-Christian values. But, as much as I hate to say it, for those who wish to survive on earth, there are exceptions to nearly every rule. Should we feed the world? Should we fight defensive wars, if there is no other option?, etc.. The need to alter value systems to alter deeply held values, or perish,  is at times simply a fact of life.  Diamond provides several examples , one in which the  Norse Christian settlers of Greenland perished, when they may have survived by adopting native Inuit technology. He makes similar arguments regarding secular values that became maladaptive with changing environments, which also lead to disaster.

This is a major part of Americas’ currently threatening problems. Two more quotes on this topic will be helpful.

“It is painfully difficult to decide whether to abandon some of ones core values when they seem to be becoming incompatible with survival. At  what  point do we as individuals prefer to die than to compromise and live” (p. 433).

Perhaps the crux of success or failure as a society is to know which core values to hold on to, and which ones to discard and replace with new values, when times change.” (p. 433).

In America’s case, I will argue that the crux of success or failure will be to know which values to go back to and inculcate into our selves and our young once again.

7. “failures to try to solve perceived problems often arise from clashes between short-term and long-term motives” (p. 434).

Such problems are in evidence whenever individuals accept entitlements for themselves, knowing that such entitlements are saddling their grandchildren with debts that may make quality lives unsustainable for them. Our own politicians knowingly allow illegal aliens to flood our streets because of short-term political power opportunities, they allow the counting of illegal aliens in the U.S. census because it will augment their political power. Federal, state, and local governments have legalized pornography and gambling for immediate increases in tax revenue gains. We are now poised to legalize marijuana, prostitution, and euthanasia for short-term financial gains involved. All of this will clear delayed costs to our society that will shake our foundations until current leaders are out of power and residing within gated communities and elite enclaves.

8. “The final speculative reason that I shall mention for irrational failure to try to solve a perceived problem is psychological denial” (p. 435).

As I practicing and academic psychologist, I do not think that the anxiety defense mechanism of denial is speculative…it is real. Some intelligent individuals use the denial of threatening events to the extend that they are repeatedly harmed by their own arrogant and stupidly self-defeating  behaviors. Individuals who repeatedly pair with addicted and abusive mates will serve as one of many examples. At the population level, recognize and forcefully react against self-governed cultural evolutions that are now harming their children and grandchildren is another (sexualized ads during family time, sexualized and seductive protrayles in kid shows appealing to children from 4 yrs. to young adolescence), as another of many examples. Or perhaps our American Federal Government that goes deeper and profoundly deeper into debt to fund social programs, borrowing astonishing sums of money from foreign enemy governments to do so. These are just a few examples of psychological denial in the face of obvious looming harm.

9. “even after a society has anticipated, perceived, or tried to solve a problem, it may still fail for obvious reasons: the problem may be beyond our present capacities to solve (world-wide advancement of Islamic Terrorism?), a solution may exist but be prohibitively expensive (Single Payer Universal Health Care ?), or our efforts may be too little and too late (the reconstruction of adaptive moral values in our population?). Some attempted solutions backfire and make the problem worse (Cap and Trade energy controls on industrial productivity?),

This last flurry of reasons why cultures may fail covers a whole lot of territory. Perhaps  you could think of how each has, or is now, impactting our own prospects for America’s survival as a great world power.

VTM


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