The Dark Side of Politics - The Cause

Ken Chapin

February 28, 2013

For some time I have been searching for The Cause of the current epidemic of The Dark Side of Politics and the Origins of a Culture of Violence. I'd like to offer the results of my quest.

For some 50 years now I have been certain that not only is "the unexamined life not worth living" but that it is a bad idea to live it---a dangerous way to go through life. To blithely ignore one's motives is not only dangerous---it is self destructive.

I recently came across these words of wisdom while reading Awakening to the Spirit World; The Shamanic Path of Direct Revelation. (Sandra Ingerman and Hank Wesselman)

To avoid falling into the trap of using shamanism to manipulate others and life, it is important to do your personal work. Many people who engage in spiritual practices think they can avoid looking at how their ego and emotions influence their life. p.9

The result of this avoidance may be that one falls into The Dark Path of Shamanism. And, this is true for of any spiritual or religious practice.

J.R. Tolkein illustrated this masterfully in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

The temptation of Jesus in the wilderness to use his position to serve himself and wield power is a warning to all who read the account.

The principle applies as well to interpersonal relationships. To social and to political behavior.

When my motives, values, ideals, beliefs and the resulting behaviors revolve around purely self interest, the accumulation of wealth, and the wielding of power and influence, I am walking on a dark path that will lead, sooner or later, to self destruction.

When a professional politician, an elected or appointed government official, lives this way, they are walking on The Dark Side of Politics. When the Politician puts his own self interest above that of the community, he has lost his way. Re-election and the accumulation of personal wealth become more important than doing the right thing, and make him vulnerable to the influence of lobbyists and estremists.

When the members of a society turn from humanitarian concerns to gross materialism and work to manipulate others and society for their own benefit, that society becomes twisted and many suffer. We may be well into a Dark Age.


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