THE DEVIL YOU SAY
"Mass movements can rise and spread without belief in a God, but never without belief in a Devil.
Every difficulty and failure within the movement is the work of the devil, and every success is a triumph over his evil plotting.
The ideal devil is a foreigner. Self contempt is here transmuted into hatred of others. They are an expression of a desperate effort to suppress an awareness of our inadequacy, worthlessness, guilt, and other shortcomings of the self.
The most effective way to silence our guilty conscience is to convince ourselves and and others that those we have sinned against are indeed depraved creatures, deserving every punishment, even extermination. "
Does this scenario sound familiar?
Bush found his perfect Devil in Osama Bin Laden just as Hitler blamed the Jew and the Puritans blamed the Normans. It seems that homo escapeons always resort to some form of xenophobic Devil to distract themselves from their own shortcomings.
One of my favorite books is THE TRUE BELIEVER by Eric Hoffer (1951) Harper & Row, which examines the psychology behind mass movements. Fanatics from many different groups can easily be exchanged with other groups because the dynamics stay constant and sadly people don't seem to change much.
I often wonder how long it will take for the majority of humans to intermingle, share DNA, and produce a more uniform looking species. Of course we will still have the customs, religions, and traditions of foreigners to HATE even once we all look identical. We will never run out of Devils!
That is really pathetic.