a reply to: crowdedskies
Yeah, but life is built out of feedback loops. People mirror one another: mean with me, and I'll be mean right back to you.
The term for this dynamic - because it grows beyond each individuals personal control - is a "positive feedback loop" - because each party provokes
the other into an increasingly stronger reaction.
The clearest minded thinkers - Jesus and Buddha come to mind - had it right, fight aggressiveness with compassion; do not mirror the other and so
confirm their expectactions.
This is important - we expect, anticipate, and pro-spect into the future when we think: these anticipatory
mechanisms are built into the base-level of our brainfunctioning, the so-called reptilian brain.
I also don't think the op was advocating an aggressive attitude, though he was indeed implying that being good is partly the reason why the bad guys
i.e. people like you (JK!) succeed.
My model of politics would probably resemble the "mordechai" model. You know the book of Esther? That book models the rational way of functioning
within the sesspool of politics - intrinsically a phenomena in which people hide their actual thoughts and feelings from others, in a game of mutual
deception and contingent (yet intrinsically unstable) alliances in the pursuit of power. But it takes a great deal of spiritual 'might' - or gevurah.
You might see this as "dirty tricks", or what have you, but it might just simply refer to the discipline to tolerate the idiocy and cynicism of the
other - that, if they engage in acts of deception and malice against you, the last thing you should give them is your psychic "openess" to their
meanness - if they devalue and objectify you, relate to them as they are: deluded creatures who cannot stop themselves from being deluded; so
accommodate to that situation and learn, unfortunately, the art of concealment - at least of some matters. Most importantly, relate kindly because
you are kind, but do not expect them to be able to be anything than they have hitherto been; have realistic expectations, in other words, about what
they might plausibly think, feel or be planning against you.
But yeah, you always want to model sincerity, so that others can learn to trust one another. The Human brain loves nothing more than being around and
living in the presence of trusted others. Unfortunately, political minds are not good at "trust" - they have it ingrained into the base-functioning of
their brains to compete with other people and see in them competitors; unless, of course, if its "family"; people like this have a mafioso type
hypocrisy about themselves: affirm we'ness between "blood" relations, and pretend that we'ness doesn't apply as a basic human relational principle,
regardless of blood relation of not.
edit on 29-10-2016 by Astrocyte because: (no reason given)