Think about it.
As Stefan Verstappen points out in this must-watch 15 minute video psychopathic cheaters have a tremendous advantage over those who play by the rules. Those who operate completely and utterly on individual self-interest, without conscience or care, have the least qualms about doing anything to anyone if it serves their interests. A few years ago, it occurred to me that those who perpetrated the war in Iraq wouldn't hesitate to do to any of us what they did to Iraqi civilians if we "got in their way."
Is this paranoid?
Five years ago, it was easy to blame the neocons and villainize Dick Cheney. Now? Now that Obama has become O-bomb-a, it should be more clear that being in power in America DEMANDS sociopathic behavior. It comes with the job, since the corporate state has become a fully blown sociopathic enterprise.
And the media? They intentionally focus on the lowly criminal to divert our attention from the highly-criminal.
So, let's pull our heads out of the rabbit hole and the ostrich hole and celebrate some good news. I love it when someone insists that the entire world is being run by a tiny cadre of evildoers. I say, "That's GREAT NEWS! It means there's way, way, way more of us than there are of them."
Remember what Tonto said when the Lone Ranger pointed out that they were surrounded by Indians. He said, "What you mean WE, kemosabe?"
Until now, the majority of us have tacitly agreed to live by the psychopath's rules. Consider the popularity of the TV show, Survivor. As Stefan Verstappen points out in the video, here is a show that celebrates and rewards lying, cheating, and cold-blooded manipulation. The "nice guys" get exiled first, and the last sociopath standing is proclaimed King of the Island.
Likewise, consider the popularity of the TV series The Sopranos several years ago, where a mafia don who considers murder all in a day's work is presented as having a "normal" family life. Is this some kind of preparation for family values devolving into "Soprano Family values?"
So before we ask, "what do we do?" let's ask the more primal question, "Who do we be?"
It turns out that modern science and ancient wisdom are curiously aligned on this one. At the root of every religious and ethical tradition is some form of the Golden Rule, acknowledging that our health and sanity lies in connection, not in fighting other healthy "cells." And now evolutionary science is coming to recognize that cooperation has been a key component in human survival.
So, yes " who ARE we? And living out of a more full and positive view of human nature, how do we activate a new world moral authority that is realized from the grassroots up instead of being imposed from the top down?
Maybe the answer lies in a REAL conspiracy. The Swami will use the Conspiracy Con to call for a worldwide open conspiracy to breathe together as one sane and healthy human organism. And then, instead of wasting energy and resource "fighting" evil, we will find nourishment elsewhere, and institutional evil will die of starvation.
Steve Bhaerman is author and humorist and also known by his cosmic comic alter ego Swami Beyondananda (http://www.wakeuplaughing.com/ ). He is also author with Bruce Lipton of the paradigm-busting book, Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future and a Way to Get There From Here.