I am surprised there has not been more of a response but again it does deal with a darker subject. I know most people prefer to stay away in a
"safe" mental refuge away from the darker realities that fill our world.
This on the otherhand provides a good lead in to another thread I'll soon post titled "The Power of Prevarication". Its basically deals with the
powerful influence of deception. This could be anything from an outright lie to the art of illusion. The disturbing aspect of this is that subjective
"truth" is a very powerful focus. This raises a number of frightening questions about objective truth, faith, and consciousness that I will get into
in that thread.
In the end its more about what one believe's to be true than what is actually true. Believed truth is what I would call faith and this faith is
almost as powerful as psychological and physical trauma as a focus.
Personally I seek Objective Truth, but like the power of trauma I recognize and respect the power of deception even though I oppose it.
What really disturbs me is that I am almost positive I am not alone in reaching these conclusions, but unlike me there are others who have reached
them and actively use both the power of trauma and prevarication.
I decided to analyze how such active users would be able to use trauma as a focus in a disciplined manner that would impede or prevent one from
engaging on a path to self destruction. One such discipline would deal with when, how, and where. Certain restrictions would be imposed on when,
where, and how such things would be conducted. One might call this restrictive structure rites or ritual.
In addition to that not all trauma must need be violent, but can be brought about by engagement in social and cultural Taboos, which have a broad and
disturbing range of potential.
Who would use such foci as tools in affecting the state of consciousness is something I have been pondering. They are "means to an end". Persons or
groups who applied their use could be Consequentialists or Utilitarians.
from a consequentialist standpoint, a morally right action is one that produces a good outcome, or consequence.
A good example of a consequentialist would be Niccolo Machiavelli or Henry Kissinger.
Utilitarianism is the idea that the moral worth of an action is solely determined by its contribution to overall utility, that is, its
contribution to happiness or pleasure as summed among all persons.
Note this doesn't need to mean physical pleasure. This can be intellectual or spiritual pleasure and even the absence of physical pleasure.
I think at the core though these people would be Egoists, where acting in one's self interest is a moral virtue. Examples of this would be
Machiavellianism and Ayn Rand's Objectivism.
It could be understood that psychopaths and sociopaths have a similar disposition that could be identified with Machiavellianism, for
sociopaths are known for manipulation and cunning. Psychopaths, however, generally have difficulty realizing or understanding the concepts of right
and wrong, and tend not to have much regard for consequences
I think that ultimately practitioners utilize a form of Self Deification, where they believe they are gods or Divine. They would then act upon their
divine self interests at the expense of everything around them. It is almost solipsist in thought or even a type pf solipsist pantheism. From my point
of view I would label them Narcissistic Psychopaths and adepts of the Left Hand Path.
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