Fear, shame, and the salvation of the devil

Here is how life goes:
1) Each of us establishes certain patterns as familiar. (A, B, C,…. 1, 2, 3,….)
2) Each of us converts the familiar patterns in to an ideological fundamentalism (“how life should be/how people should be/how I should be”)

3) Because humans typically live around other people with similar experiences and perspectives, we come to form distinct


Xenophobia (Photo credit: Loving Earth)

herds which begin to isolate themselves from other herds (other animal species and other groups of people) and thus experience xenophobia, which is the fear of the unfamiliar (challenges to the ideological fundamentalism). We reject and fear “how people should not be.”

4) We eventually notice our own herd changing over time and thus experience ethnocentrism: the fear of the loss of the familiar (with the experience of threats to the ideological fundamentalism). We reject and fear “how life should not be.”
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5) Many of us get so dependent on the approval of others within our social network that we experience a personal identifying of “how I should be” and experience the insecurity of egocentrism, which is “the fear of fear itself” (with it’s hopeful agonizing, paranoia, shame, state of persistent emotional distress, mental disturbance, mental illness, ill will, hell, sin, guilt). In the poetry of religious metaphor, this arising of guilt may be called “the fall” (from grace, from innocence, from purity).


      guilt: the repression of one’s own life force from the worship of an ideal as “how life should be,” then the realization that life is not like the ideal, then the rejecting of life in general in favor of the particular ideological ideal, then internalizing blame or shame for being inadequate to get reality to fit the idealistic delusions.  This guilt leads to vilification or demonization or the diabolical labeling of some villains or “devil.” The word “diablo” or “devil” comes from a Greek language term “dia-bolos,” which means to throw a presumptive, slanderous label across something, to cover it up, to discredit spitefully, to condemn, to argue against the existence of something, to arrogantly judge against something (and “against God” for creating some pattern without your personal approval).

Fear Is on Our Side

Fear Is on Our Side (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

6) We advance to a further state of xenophobic mainstream mental illness and experience classism/racism/fanaticism: projecting one’s own guilt by blaming a particular group as the alleged source of one’s own frustration and disappointment and shame. We not only reject and fear “how people should not be,” but also condemn it and attack it (especially particular forms of it). We label our aggression as justified or “justice,” (at least, if we typically would condemn aggression as evil).
7) We advance to a further state of egocentric mainstream mental illness and experience vilification/demonization, which is projecting one’s own guilt by the blaming of a particular person as the source of one’s own frustration and disappointment. We not only reject and fear “how I should not be,” but also condemn and attack any perceived threats to the egocentric “moral superiority complex.” (Withdrawal and reclusiveness is natural at this stage, at least in extreme cases, for people who know of our past “faults” must be avoided. We reject others before they expose us.)
8) We may temporarily condemn and attack ethnocentrism and egocentrism and xenophobia and even vilification. This is the peak of hypocrisy and it is a required stage before advancing to the next.
9) We recognize this cycle and it’s patterns as universal, not personal. Everyone goes through this. Everyone is at some stage of the process. We abandon contempt, as well as frustration and shame and disappointment and, of course, all ideologies of what should be. If others attack our lack of passionate defense of their ideological fundamentals (“moral universals”), we know that rejection reflex  is nothing personal and is appropriate to their level of spiritual advancement or personal development.
Herd of sheep

Herd of sheep (Photo credit: freefotouk)

10) Recognizing that fundamentalist ethnocentrism is not specific to any particular group, but is universal, we relax. Recognizing that fanatical, demonic egocentrism is not specific to any particular organism, but is universal, we forgive.  This is called (by some) “enlightenment” or “illumination” or “spiritual awakening” or “salvation.”

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One Response to “Fear, shame, and the salvation of the devil”

  1. Hell raising Love Monster #1 Says:

    I see myself in how I have blamed Tera, and I see that she has done the same. I don’t know if what I see is the truth. Probably not. I get the univerality of it all, so I will relax for now.

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