"There are three forces, the only three forces capable of conquering and
enslaving forever the conscience of these weak rebels in the interests of
their own happiness. They are: the miracle, the mystery and authority."
~F. Dostoyevsky The Brothers Karam
What you describe as "witchcraft" is how a cult works.
I submit that your society is more cult than it is culture.
This is especially obvious in America, where we don’t
actually have a culture. Emerson said that we travel
in order to pick up pieces of different cultures because
we don't really have one of our own. The Greeks did
the some thing, so did the Romans, and so did all
the empires throughout history.
I would like to comment on Emerson’s statement,
“Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the
manhood of every one of its members.“ In other words,
in order to be a part of something (society), man has lost
his individual identity. Thus, concludes Emerson, man is
dependent on others for his own identity. I feel that Emerson
made an accurate observation. It has become easier for us to
become one member in a group, cult/culture, than it is for us to
be one member, singly, and distinct from all others.
To put Emerson in my own words, "A cult is any society that is in
conspiracy against the true authority of every one of its members."
Emerson was saying this conspiracy against the "manhood of men"
was all about seeking validation. conformity and uniformity. Society
strives for mass agreement when in fact, inside every man hides a
unique view and opinion afraid to be outspoken in fear of rejection
Therefore I see a need for anonymity, not just to place a healthy
boundary on the police state (false authority) but also to help
the individual to grow spiritually (find their true authority).
The Dalai Lama said it right, "The ultimate authority must always
rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis." Thus,
I would argue any so-called "authority" outside one's own conscience
is by definition a False Authority. Moreover, those who would strip you
of your anonymity (against your will) are the ultimate False Authority.
False Authority is the basis of thought reform, and thought reform
is the fundamental principle behind every cult. However, cults are
cleaver in how they present their False Authority and they trick
True Believers (as Eric Hoffer called them) into giving up their
anonymity. They do this so they can blackmail the devotee with
a fear or hell, satan or simply a return to their old live where God
will oppose them, they use secret "sins" against them, and as
you correctly point out, this is a form of witchcraft.
Cults are groups using thought reform to recruit and control members,
by employing the following:
False Miracles - ideology imputing miraculous power to leaders and/or activities.
False Mystery - secrecy, occulting, and obscuring actual beliefs and practices.
False Authority - claims on members' time, talents, bodies, or property to meet group needs.
Thought reform is a hyper-efficient indoctrination achieved when
secrecy impairs indoctrinees' awareness of what is happening to
them and what they are becoming - thus, there is no full, informed
consent. Brainwashing or mind control are popular terms for
Dostoyevsky's novel The Brothers Karamozov includes a chapter entitled
"The Grand Inquisitor" that presents an image of mass psychological enslavement.
This chapter contains a "poem" wherein Jesus returns during the Spanish Inquisition
and is jailed by the Grand Inquisitor. The Inquisitor informs Jesus that mankind has
been unable to tolerate freedom, thus freedom is now "ended and over for good"
so that men may be "happy." …Today, people are more persuaded than ever that
they have perfect freedom, yet they have brought their freedom to us and laid it humbly
at our feet. The "mystery" is that the Inquisitor and his company are secretly atheists
with no interest in miracle at all. The Inquisition will burn Jesus too, and no one will
protest, so great is its false authority. Many writers have commented on this chapter,
which has been published independently of the novel. They see it as an uncanny
prophecy of the totalitarianism of the 20th century and America today.
"Seek not the favor of the multitude; it is seldom got by honest and lawful means.
But seek the testimony of few; and number not voices, but weigh them."
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