posted on Nov, 18 2012 @ 12:38 PM
If you think territorial instincts are not naturally instilled in us all, think again.
The Archetypal Roots Of War
Understanding the patterns in our minds
may lead to an end to war
The Enemy Archetype Dr. Anthony Stevens in his excellent book, Archetypes, (1982), to which this article is greatly indebted, points out the
survival advantages (until the present era!), of posing enemies:
"The sinister truth is that for communities to thrive, enemies are as necessary as friends. External danger binds the group together, reduces
personal animosity, enhances mutual trust, promotes altruism and self sacrifice. A society surrounded by enemies is unified and strong, a society
without enemies divided and lax."
So here we see a prime example of the OP, Lastprophet, creating the necessary enemies.
WHY, even ATS has a friends and foe option
This also appears to be true for the majority of mammalian societies, many of whom will defend their particular pieces of real estate to the
death. There is also much evidence that man has many of the same instinctual needs to keep outsiders off his territory, and to scrupulously maintain
individual distance, especially from strangers, that animals do. Whether he can be considered primarily a territorial species is still hotly debated,
however. Certainly by far the greatest number of his wars have been fought over: territory, resources, succession or ideologies, and sometimes for a
blend of three or four. Further, ideological wars, it’s been argued, may be seen as another form of territorial struggle. In a sense they seek
ownership of the minds of the populace.
seek ownership of the minds of the populace.
The quest for meaning,
enabled the great mass of the population generally to believe that they are contributing to a deeply worthy cause.
I thought this was very telling,
Their lives are ennobled, and the highest that is in them, their utmost strength, courage and self-sacrifice is called forth. Inevitably when
their society, which is inherently regarded as good, true, compassionate, brave, etc., is threatened (as it almost invariably is rationalized to
appear to be), their enemies then become the embodiment of evil. Their war becomes a holy war and by fighting it or helping it they are participating
with the Divine in ridding the world of darkness. We must never underestimate the yearning within every individual to further the cause of justice and
righteousness and to aid the heroic task of eliminating evil.
The Shadow: This Thing of Darkness I Do Not Acknowledge As Mine
how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye?
No man is an island, entire of itself...any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the
bell tolls; it tolls for thee."
perchance I may think myself so much better than I am,
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