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QAnon Is Right: We've Become the Devil's Christians

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Readings for 1st Sunday of Lent: Dt. 26: 4-10; Ps. 91: 1-2; 10-15; Rom. 10: 8-13; Lk. 4: 1-13.

Today is the first Sunday of Lent - the annual 40-day process of repentance and purification leading up to Easter (April 4th).

The readings for this Sunday begin on a strong political note. In fact, the Gospel selection issues a powerful summons for all of us to divest of all loyalty to U.S. empire. It reminds us that unless we do so, we end up worshipping Satan instead of God (or Source or the Ground of Being, or the Great Mother) however we might imagine Her.

Put more starkly, the snippet from Luke's account of Yeshua's temptation in the desert confronts us with the fact that QAnon is unwittingly correct in saying that the world is run by a cabal of Satan worshippers. It's governed by a gang best described by OpEdNews' editor in chief, Rob Kall, as "the devil's Christians."

I mean, the readings identify the worship of Satan as a prerequisite for endorsing empire of any kind - be it Rome's or that of the United States.

The story of Yeshua's temptation makes it clear that the Master rejected all of that. Even more shocking: subsequent history shows that his "followers" embraced fervently what he rejected so unequivocally. As a result, those pretending to follow Yeshua have been worshipping Satan since at least the 4th century of our era.

To illustrate my point, consider first of all the extent of U.S. empire and secondly the narrative under consideration. Then draw your own conclusions.

U.S. Empire

The best source I've come across for detailing the current extent of U.S. empire is Daniel Immerwahr, a professor of history at Northwestern University. A few years ago, he published a book called How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States. It describes the actual extent of U.S. empire that remains hidden even, as Immerwahr notes, from PhD historians.

Begin with his description of the occult U.S. realm that so concerns him. Immerwahr traces its inauguration to the period immediately after our country's founding. It was then that settlers incorporated territories seized (in clear violation of treaties) from Native Americans.

Then in 1845, the U.S. absorbed nearly half of Mexico - Texas first and then [after the Mexican American War (1846-'48)], what became Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. By the end of the 19th century, the U.S. had added Puerto Rico, the Philippines, Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, and Wake Island.

If we add to this the implications and actual invocation of the Monroe Doctrine (1823) in order to control the politics of Latin America, we can see forms of U.S. colonialism consistently extending throughout the western hemisphere.

Coups in Africa [e.g. Congo (1961), Ghana (1965), Angola (1970s), Chad (1982)] established U.S. hegemony there. Similar interventions in the Middle East (e.g., Iran in 1953) along with the establishment of Israel and Saudi Arabia as a U.S. proxies controlling political economy throughout their region established United States control there.

Factor in the 800 U.S. military bases peppered across the world and one's understanding of our empire's extent expands exponentially. (Immerwahr notes that Russia, by contrast has 9 such bases; the rest of the world has virtually 0).

To understand the sheer numbers involved, think of our continued military presence in South Korea (35,000 troops) Japan (40,000), and Germany (32,000). Besides this, of course, there are the active troops who daily kill civilians and destroy property in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Somalia, and elsewhere. In total we're told that there are about 165,000 troops deployed in 150 countries throughout the world - though, in the light of what I've just recounted, even that number seems vastly understated.

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On Monday morning, I'll participate in an online discussion of "China's expansionism and military aggression." I can hardly believe that (in view of the imperialism represented by the United States and so well described in Immerwahr's book) my fellow discussants can even entertain the question. The U.S. has those 800 military bases throughout the world. China has something like 3. Amazing.

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Would Godless Government be better, worse, or about the same as Religious Empires? That's a question for retired popes to ponder...

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I'm not clear about a definition of "Godless Government." But in my opinion, separation of church and state is far better than invoking "God" to steal other countries' resources -- because that's what "empire" entails; resource theft, transfer of wealth is the essence of empire. There's nothing "godly" about that.

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"Our battle is not against flesh and blood, but is against spiritual entities in high places."

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Such a good reminder, Robert. The Judeo-Christian tradition (including the Gospel reading centralized in today's liturgy of the word) points out that to serve empire one must sell one's soul to the devil.

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Matthew 5:39 KJV: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.

Luke 20:25

22Is it lawful for us to give tribute unto Caesar, or no? 23But he perceived their craftiness, and said unto them, Why tempt ye me? 24Shew me a penny. Whose image and superscription hath it? They answered and said, Caesar's. 25And he said unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar's, and unto God the things which be God's. 26And they could not take hold of his words before the people: and they marvelled at his answer, and held their peace.

I think we unnecessarily complicate these things, as well as refuse to face the fact that it is virtually impossible to live 100% according to the teachings of Christ (or any other truly great Enlightened Being), We live in the world. We live in a society, community and particular culture. We each have our own place and role in it. And unless we can say that we have the power to transform it according to our wish and desire, we are also not responsible for it. I think we waste untold energy on what has been done by others and avoiding the countless things we can do ourselves within the context of our own circumstances. "When anyone points a finger at someone else, they have three pointing at themselves."

Leave the dying to bury their dead. Politics is no excuse for personal irresponsibility.

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I suppose you might be right, Al. But I can't help thinking of all the martyrs and shunned who lived otherwise, i.e. in resistance to empire -- people like Jesus himself, Paul, Peter, Joan of Arc, Dorothy Day, Malcolm, MLK, Gandhi, Mandela, the Berrigans, Fred Hampton -- and today, Jeremiah Wright, William Barber II, Cornel West, Marianne Williamson . . . They all believe(d) that nothing belongs to Caesar and everything belongs to God -- even Caesar. As a result, empire's left with 0 despite its attempts to own everything.

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I would never fault anyone who chooses to live by what they genuinely believe is their conscience, and are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for their beliefs. That is, in fact, very much "doing what one can according to one's circumstances". But I consider that an entirely different can of worms from truly believing it is one's job to remake the world in one's own image. I think Gandhi was saying something critically important when he objected to people calling him a "saint trying to be a politician" and corrected them saying, "I'm a politician trying to be a saint." Politics was his route to Enlightenment, not vice versa. When he chanted Rama's name every chance he got, it wasn't with the intention of willing God to grant India independence, or to eradicate all of the evil and injustice in the world. (In fact his dying words are translated as "Oh, God" when what he actually said was "Om Rama". And in Hinduism, the whole object is to be able to die with God's name on your lips.) I believe there's a subtle, but all-important, difference between "resistance to empire" and seeking transcendence through our duties and obligations. It often appears to be political, but actually couldn't be less so. The "politics", is incidental, at best.

20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:

21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

Luke 17:20-21

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Or "in your midst" -- a reference to members of Luke's community living as though God were king instead of Caesar.

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I see resistance to Empire as a duty. One can read Thom Hartmann's The Greatest Spiritual Secret of the Century to explore how many of Jesus's statements and actions had to do with opposing Empire in a clever, but less than obvious way.

Martin Luther King and Gandhi followed Jesus' lead, but were much more overt, while remaining non-violent.

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Thanks, Blair, for putting me on to Hartmann's book. I began reading it last night. Fascinating.

Jesus' opposition to empire is only hinted at in the gospels, because (I suspect) by the time they were written (2 generations after Jesus' death at best), Christians were more interested in not further ruffling Rome's feathers.

As for the creator God question raised by the Dalai Lama, I find myself challenged by that approach. But in principle, I have to say that I find it unproblematic. I know that's not a satisfying response. But it's the best I can do.

Thanks again for the Hartmann recommendation.

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Mike,

Your most welcome. I enjoyed the book very much.

In regards to the dilemma of the two approaches to "God," I have found that, as Jung suggests, holding both opposites, until a third synthesis emerges, is a wise course. We can "hold both" - without negating either - and wait for a new realization to be born.

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The Kingdom of God is within you, nonetheless...

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In a Christian theology class I took in a Catholic college, the professor was a Vatican educated priest who used a Greek language Bible. I have 7 different (English language) versions of the NT. Some of them say the kingdom is within you (a private good). Others say among you (a communal good). I asked the prof what the word was in his Greek Bible, and he said the Greek word means both within and among. So the kingdom is "within and among" you.

Jesus contrasted this with the idea that God lived in the Temple at Jerusalem (as mainstream Jews believed) or on Mount Horeb/Sinai (as the Samaritans believed). Jesus said God does not live in a building or on a mountain. God lives within and among you - as was promised in the new covenant to come at Jeremiah 31:31-34 where God would "put his law in your mind and write it on your heart, so that everyone would know God, from the least to the greatest." God would have a personal relationship with his people, no longer mediated by a Levitic priesthood.

Nietzsche picked up on this in his little Madman story. If God lives within and among us, but if godless Europeans made no place in their hearts, minds and lives for God, then "God is dead. We have killed him, you and I." Then, to replace the dead Christian morality, the increasingly strident and insane Nietzsche proceeded to invent a new master-slave morality where anybody with the will to power has a moral duty to exercise it to do and take whatever he wants from those who still cling to the "slave morality" taught by Jesus "the pale Galilean."

Hegel's earlier Philosophy of History (which Hegel explicitly refers to as a theodicy, a defense of God) with his world historical figures who embody the spirit of the age (zietgeist), all of which is God making explicit in the world that which is implicit within himself, combined with Nietzsche's will to power and master morality, paved the way for "Christian" monsters to blow up and mass murder the world in the 20th century, to prepare for owning and operating the world as their private corporate fiefdoms in the 21st century, all of which is nothing more than God making explicit in the world what is implicit within himself. So God is a butcher-loving imperialist after all, according to this line of reasoning.

Jesus stated unequivocally, "No one can serve both God and Mammon", where Mammon is vicious self-interested pursuit of material goods and power, wealth and privilege in this world; and where God is virtuous other-interested pursuit of spiritual goods: cultivation and expression of the "true gold of the Spirit." Mammon is "the (Satanic) god of this world". Which God is served by the rulers and minions of capitalist empire?

Satan worship in quest of empire - masquerading as Christianity - gets pretty morally and intellectually kinked, doesn't it?

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What an excellent portrayal of the world we live in. God, a creator or whatever is behind this universe has laid down how sentient beings, wherever the live, should behave towards one another and the reality they inhabit. We are also given free will to either bring ourselves into alignment with this universal law or face the consequences of not doing so. Basically this law of God or the creator states that we must not steal or commit theft. An example is the taking of another being's life without just cause (murder) and all the rest of the crimes a person could commit against another being's well being or free will, coercion, and if we do then there are consequences. From this thesis we can construct that the reality we live in is based on the aggregate morality of the population. As morality increases our reality swings towards more freedom and stability. As morality decreases in aggregate the trend is to more slavery and chaos. This thesis has been called 'God's Law' and other terms such as Consequentialism and Natural Law from which natural inalienable rights have been derived.

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Thanks so much, Derryl. What a beautiful, articulate, informed (and informing) account. Beautiful.

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Nunca mejor. If Derryl isn't lifted to sainthood I at least wouldn't defrock him.

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Love your WordPress Blog ending with Neil D's I am I said

What really hit me was the phrase 'devil's Christians'

Regards from old codger reached 92 today; received first 'Happy Birthday' greeting from Osaka, Japan - John Rachel, OENer

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Nels, dear Nels!! Happy birthday. 92 years old!! Congratulations. Ad multos annos!

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Nels,

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Keep doin' what you're doing.

You keep this site alive and kicking!

And thanks for your positive acknowledgement of so many people.

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Thanks, Guys, for greetings. I wish I could live up to them,

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Yes, Happy Birthday, Nelsmeister!!! We are very pleased indeed to have your sage perspective to inspire and uplift us!

Namaste!!!

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Happy Birthday, Nels! Enjoy good health and many more. : )

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Love your wise comments. : )

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Thanks, Cas, it's a troubling time to be an RN in Texas, never mind here in Maine.

Remember the guy defining pessimism/optimism saying this is the worst I can imagine, followed by the remark, don't worry, it can get worse.

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Happy Birthday Nels! Still kickin' at 92. Right on!

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Gracias, Derryl. por 'Feliz Compleanos'. Be well in Costa Rica.

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Mike,

I'm a fan of Scott Peck's book People of the Lie. If you are unfamiliar with him, he was a psychiatrist (and a Christian), who went out on a limb to take some initial steps in developing a psychology of evil.

The following are characteristics of people whose behavior he describes as evil:

  • is consistently self-deceiving, with the intent of avoiding guilt and maintaining a self-image of perfection
  • deceives others as a consequence of their own self-deception
  • projects his or her evils and sins onto very specific targets,(scapegoating) while being focused on appearing normal to everyone else
  • commonly hates with the pretense of love, for the purposes of self-deception as much as deception of others
  • abuses political (emotional) power ("the imposition of one's will upon others by overt or covert coercion" )
  • tries to maintain a high level of respectability, and lies incessantly to do so
  • is consistent in his or her behavior. Evil persons are characterized not so much by the magnitude of their sins, but by their consistency (of destructiveness)
  • is unable to think from the viewpoint of their victim
  • has a overt or covert intolerance to criticism and other forms of narcissistic injury, including rage reactions.

Such people are unable to tolerate the pain of honest introspection, or admit to themselves that they are enacting evil. Thus, they constantly run away from their own evil by putting themselves in a position of moral superiority and putting the focus of evil on others.

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On an unrelated note, Mike, I'm wondering if you familiar with Buddhism's (and the Dalai Lama's in particular) position that positing a creator God is both unnecessary and absurd.

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Blair,

I love Scott Peck and respect his work so much. I can't read a list like his without feeling sheepish. I find a lot of myself there. And, yes, I also love that Buddhist approach. Vipassana meditation which I experienced on a 10 day retreat in India, insists on not accepting any teaching that one has not for himself or herself experienced. A wonderful guideline.

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Mike,

Another question: how do you - personally - deal with the contradiction of Buddhism regarding belief in a Creator God as being absurd and untenable (lots of writings on this), and the Judeo-Christian foundational assumption of such an entity? Inquiring minds want to know...

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It occurred to me that you might be interested in checking out my latest OEN article.

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Thank you for this list of characteristics, Blair. I read "People of the Lie" probably 30+ years ago and I found it actually frightening. Unfortunately, in these times, I think that list applies to just about all the major corporations running our lives, the banksters, and those in Congress, and there are many, who collaborate with them by manipulating our laws, taking from those who have the least to feather the beds of these billionaires and multi-millionaires, and voting to continue all those wars for empire that you mentioned, Mike. And of course, the media plays a very big part keeping people misinformed and confused about the reality of what is going on. Which is why when dealing with evil, it's important to call it out when you see it and its many faces, so that people can begin to recognize the deception that is right in front of them.

And when suggesting that we call out evil when we see it, I'm not speaking of what the "cancel culture" is doing today. What you said here, Blair, reminded of the cancel culture.

"Such people are unable to tolerate the pain of honest introspection, or admit to themselves that they are enacting evil. Thus, they constantly run away from their own evil by putting themselves in a position of moral superiority and putting the focus of evil on others."

I'd like to recommend a book by Fr. Richard Rohr, "What Do We Do About Evil?, The World, The Flesh, and The Devil." His descriptions of the world, the flesh, and the devil are not the same as what we were taught all those years ago. So when he talks about the "world" he is referring to the empires, the systems, and institutions that keep on rolling along year after year without skipping a beat, the ones that are not only "too big to fail", but too big to criticize as well. And when he talks about the "devil" he refers to those same "powers, and principalities, spirits in the air, sovereignties, thrones, and dominations" that Robert Gormley referred to in his comment above.

So this is what we're up against, but we have to try to expose it.

Thank you, Mike, for this great article.

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Thanks much, Ronnie, for your very thoughtful comment.

I'll check out the Rohr book forthwith. I've heard good things about him.

Re- Empires, I couldn't agree more.

I'd add 2 things.

The first is that such people obviously exist in our everyday lives and attempt to wreak havoc.

The second is my sense that our consciousness needs to become much more subtle to perceive any entities such as "powers, and principalities, spirits in the air, sovereignties, thrones, and dominations." As far as I can see, such forces exist on an astral plane. Although we can see their destructive behavior on the physical plane, we generally don't have the level of awareness (or tools) to do battle with entities that are not physical. Meditation and prayer can marshal the purity that can, at times, disempower and dissolve such entities/forces.

P.S. Strange, I couldn't find the book on Amazon, but will keep searching. Could this be the work of Santa/Satan? :-)

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Yes, Blair, you are most likely right that those forces or entities are not recognizable with our level of awareness. Paying attention though, to your gut instincts should tell you when something stinks to high heaven. Then you can do your research to see what else you find. And I totally subscribe to meditation and prayer as a way to combat these forces.

The book I mentioned can be found at Rohr's website, www.https://cac.org (center for action and contemplation) The book is short, only 99 pgs. And there's plenty of other really good stuff on his site, daily meditations, podcasts, etc. It's like an oasis in this desert we're living in. Best of luck.

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Ronnie,

I'll follow up re- Rohr. David Ray Griffin - a theologian and professor who has written many books on 9/11 and the American Empire is a good find. I also think that Thom Hartmann (an evolved soul if ever there was one) engages the issue of evil in a masterful, savvy and practical way.

Generally, my understanding is that "distance" is the best strategy when it comes to evil. At the same time we must risk the dangers of engaging it at whatever level we are called.

P.S. I also found that Peck's book evoked fear...which I think means he did a very good job.

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Thank you for Rohr's website. I'm posting the write-up on his book on evil, simply for contemplation. Since deception is a key element in evil, I do not find it surprising that, via self-deception, those in whom evil has made a home are the least likely to honestly realize that...and instead tend to blame others by projecting their own deficits.

When it comes to Jesus' statement, "Resist not evil," it is essential to discern the specific context/situation which evoked his words. We can easily use those words to fail to do good and serve others, when exploitation, cruelty, or other forms of evil are right in front of us. We can also use such a statement to avoid changing ourselves - letting ourselves off the hook and avoiding accountability, when it turns out that we, ourselves, are promulgating evil actions

"In this small, masterfully crafted book, Richard Rohr writes that "evil is subtle and the evils that are killing us all are usually well-disguised." He sets the tone with these words by the mystic Julian of Norwich: "First we must fall, and then we recover from that falland both are the mercy of God." Rohr then skillfully distills a half-century of his preaching and teaching on corporate evil, sin, forgiveness, and love.

"Addressing the three traditional sources of evil, Rohr describes how Christianity has focused almost exclusively on the individual, "flesh" level while "the world and the devil basically got off scot-free for most of Christian history." Challenging readers to look beyond personal moral failure, Rohr draws extensively on the teachings of Jesus and Paul to "increase personal responsibility and human solidarity."

"What Do We Do With Evil? invites us to encounter evil with a contemplative, nondual mind and to reflect on how we too are complicit in the social evils pervading our lives. He presents no easy solutions, but leaves readers with principles and a process for resisting evil with patience and love."

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Wow! what an excellent idea, Blair, to post the write-up about the book. Thanks for doing that.

And I also appreciate that you made this point too:

"We can also use such a statement to avoid changing ourselves - letting ourselves off the hook and avoiding accountability, when it turns out that we, ourselves, are promulgating evil actions."

"All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God." For sure.

Glad out paths crossed here.

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"Glad out paths crossed here. "

Same here.

Peck points out that people immersed in evil tend to be skilled at creating confusion and befuddlement. They hid behind this screen. So, they may say something like, "When you point your finger, notice that there are three pointing back at you!" Yet, this very statement implies that one should not dare to point to them vis-a-vis what they are up to. The same applies to Jesus's statement in the Gospels to take the beam out of one's own eye, before making note of the mote in their own. Again, a valid spiritual teaching is twisted, so that they do not have to question their own deeds or self-deception.

Praying for such people and preventing them - when possible - from carrying out destructive actions seem to be the wisest course of action. Depending on the depth of their own immersion and/or conditioning, such beings may go to their graves without ever getting honest with themselves and asking for forgiveness. Trump is an example.

That reminds me. Whatever their weaknesses - 12 step groups - hold a focus on self-honesty.

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It occurred to me that you might be interested in checking out my latest OEN article.

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Walking Away from Empire; Living Community into Being by David C. Korten

Part I: Introduction The great work of humanity at this historic moment is to negotiate a transition from an Era of Empire to an Era of Community. Economic transformation from a global suicide economy to a planetary system of living economies is an essential centerpiece of this transition.

Part II: Corporate Pathology and the Suicide Economy The publicly traded, limited liability corporation is the defining institution of a suicide economy driven to destroy life to make money for those who have money. It is by design an institution of domination and the champion of a materialistic consumer culture that has no evident place in healthy societies.

Part III: Natural Succession and the Step to Maturity Margaret Wheatley Living systems are self-organizing, emergent, and predominantly cooperative. Transformative change in ecosystems commonly occurs through processes of succession and displacement that offer important insights into the processes of economic transformation toward the healthy, mature societies of the future. Deborah Frieze For excellent essays on advancing large scale social change through the analogous processes of emergence and displacement see Margaret Wheatley and Deborah Frieze, "How Large-Scale Change Really Happens - Working with Emergence" and "Using Emergence to Take Social Innovations to Scale."

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Part IV: Awakening Consciousness and the Human Possible Humanity is experiencing a deep awakening of cultural and spiritual consciousness that opens the way to a conscious recreation of human culture and institutions. This awakening opens the way to human possibilities that the culture and institutions of Empire have long denied.

Part V: Mature Communities and Living Economies The step to the cultural and institutional maturity of an Era of Community has become a human imperative. The living economies of the new era will be comprised of life serving living enterprises that function as communities of people engaged in the creation of meaningful livelihoods.

Part VI: Living the Future into Being Millions of life serving, community rooted for profit enterprises, nonprofit organizations, and public programs already exist as potential building blocks of living economies. Many are reaching out to one another, growing into being the webs of relationships of emergent living economies. This is a key to transformational change.

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If we truly want a transformed, life-affirming society, one thing we Must do, is to ferret out the unconscious destructiveness in ourselves. The shadow-fascist-abuser in ourselves. So many of us have "grown up" in an authoritarian/imperialist culture (with all its anti-life elements); beyond this, a great many of us have come out of very negative, disconfirming families (no surprise, given the multi-generational surrounding culture)

These patterns have been absorbed and often reside in the nether-world of our psyches. Trying to "be good" and strive for positive ideals is not good enough - and will usually sabotage what we consciously hope for.

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