The Dire Straits Diaries - Part Two
The Belief Wars: Divide and Conquer
By Diane Harvey

So many of us are feeling reduced to quietly observing the exponentially explosive chain reaction of mass insanity with increasingly heavy hearts. The dank fog of fear surrounding all forms of protest has already succeeded in muffling the voices of a number of previously enthusiastic activists. This sudden social climate change signifies the onset of a chilling nuclear winter rapidly overtaking the land of the free and the home of the brave . Overnight, we find ourselves merely free to agree, or be seen as traitors to a simpleminded and heavy-handed national cause. Yet nothing in this unfolding sequence of mindless reactions-at-large is particularly surprising. For all those who are reasonably free of mass cultural programming, it is easy to understand that this global nightmare has been long in the making, and has a terrible inevitability about it. Considering humanity s past, and considering humanity s collective level of awareness: what else could have happened? And at the same time we know that, in another way, the world madness in progress has been resolutely conjured out of thin air. The predicament we find ourselves in exists for no other reason than that the human race has been deliberately conditioned to just such an end.
We are witnessing the gruesome culmination of generations of carefully applied external manipulations, focused on shaping our emotional reactions to our belief systems. Belief is the most easily harnessed energy in the human mechanism, and until we begin to see who manipulates our deepest beliefs, and why, we are silly putty in the hands of darkness. Generation after generation, those whose business it is to retard human evolution bring to bear the most powerful and subtle forces of social engineering on us all, from birth onwards. As a result, most human beings reach adulthood having internalizing unquestioned belief in the superiority of their own version of disparate political systems, religions, tribes, races, and nations. This constitutes a deliberately fabricated schism at the basic level of human existence. And from this fundamental lever, applied at the deepest point of human life, all manner of evil stealthily arises and invisibly stretches forth its tentacles.
We are hypnotized from birth into accepting interminable variations on a stunningly simple lie. From this single twisted misconception, entire worlds of complicated evil grow. On every level, from the personal to the national to the international, this same basic error invests human emotion and thought: If I am right, then you are wrong. If my way is right, then your way is wrong. If my religion is true, then yours is false. My country is good; therefore yours is bad. Mankind is being carefully kept on this crudest level of misunderstanding about the nature of reality, and of belief itself. Just as the physical landscape of the planet derives its beauty from exquisite variation, so does the human race. Monoculture on any level is a false stasis and leads directly to disease and death. The health of nature depends on and delights in endless variations on basic themes, and this is as true in human nature as it is in the other kingdoms. It is no accident that almost all people are raised to view the natural proliferation of differences as threatening and hateful. There is endless profit to be made from causing such a fatal lie to take root in the consciousness of the human race. Divide us at the core, indoctrinate us into fearing the most wonderful quality we have to offer, and you have a juicy species traumatized at the very heart of itself, and therefore ripe for endlessly repeated plucking.
The human race has been here for quite some time now, scattered across the surface of our beautifully balanced whirling top. And all along, carried on the back of this enigmatic sphere, cycling majestically through the empyrean, we ve been looking around and thinking it over. In doing so, an astonishing variety of ideas and beliefs about what all this means have arisen and flourished throughout human history. This is a fact. And the sheer number of vastly different human belief systems tells us something crucial. It tells us that almost everyone believes in some kind of invisible power behind the material scenery. To stretch out our minds beyond our small selves, to reach toward a greater truth, and to form beliefs about all this is as natural to us as breathing. Hardwired into the human brain is the necessity to search for greater truth. And this is why it is the nature of belief itself that has been methodically used to manipulate us into endless divisiveness, hatred and wars. Belief is the foundation of life for the majority of the human race, no matter what forms it may take.
And that s it. That is nearly all we have completely in common as far as our personal political, ethical, existential, religious and spiritual convictions go. We mostly agree that the Creator and/or the Creation is good, and that we humans didn t create ourselves, or the planets, or the solar system, or the billions of galaxies receding into infinity all around us. We agree, as a species, on little else when it comes to the details of anything at all, let alone religion and the higher realities. This is the basic fact of our lives. The great secret of the human race is that we contain the seeds of divine powers, and this is what threatens the forces of darkness in the universe. Our evolution in consciousness has been forcibly derailed and detained, time and again, throughout our history. And now we have reached the point where our inability to thrive on differences, combined with technological weapons of mass destruction, has led us to the outskirts of annihilation. We needed to become far more conscious than we are, and now we are stuck with facing physical, emotional and mental chaos devoid of sufficient collective awareness to deal with it wisely. Each of us at the very least has a slightly different perspective on reality, and at most, we may disagree about everything. But that we should experience this as a problem requiring mutual murder has been an idea cunningly and successfully nurtured in order to prevent us from understanding our essential unity. Because if we experienced the spiritual fact of our basic unity in any large numbers, then and there the long reign of the forces of darkness on this planet would come to an abrupt end. Only by the ancient method of divide and conquer can we be prevented from entering into the awareness of our spiritual destiny.
So here we are. We are actually capable of imagining ourselves to be grownups, even as we kill each other more and more cleverly and in larger and larger numbers. We indulge ourselves in boastful and deadly inter-species primate displays, brandishing banners of low-grade rhetoric. The human mouthpieces of the various types of insanity manifesting on earth right now all act as if vainglorious language can disguise the ridiculously primitive level of our behavior. Perhaps nowhere is this so excruciatingly, tragically absurd than in our ability to use our various religions as a weapon against others. We do not listen even to common sense in this regard, let alone higher wisdom. We have allowed ourselves to be manipulated into accepting endless religious strife as some sort of naturally occurring event. Yet we have been blessed from the beginning with the limitless gift of individualization, and are not a hive, a flock or a herd in complete thrall to a mass shared mind. This treasured invaluable individuality allows for each human being to exist as a separate and potentially free agent. And even so, despite the obvious relation between freedom and inevitable differentiation, we still Hate for God s Sake. Nothing ever was or ever will be more pitiably absurd than this fundamental folly. Oh, but it is so very profitable to those who feed off the subjective unconscious energies of the human race. And they will do everything inhumanly possible to enforce our continued passionate adherence to this most powerful of all delusions.
Therefore our little planet here is temporarily boiling over again with heated-up bipeds waving the black magic wand of pointless mass death. To the funeral march of hysterical sloganeering, all over the world, forces are waving bits of cloth and chanting death mantras before the maddened bull of mass consciousness. The unthinking levels of reactionary patriotism and religion have begun to break out uncontrollably. What do those who love humanity and wish it well do at a time like this? We can only try to point out that when humanity suffers, there are those behind the scenes who always reap the benefit. We know something about who is really going to profit from this chaos: out of the present carnage, there are great fortunes to be made and delicious worldly powers of many kinds to be consolidated.
It s not only religion, of course, that inspires the worst of our behavior towards one another. Any belief system will serve to galvanize the ego into despising others. No matter what combination of beliefs anyone has, about anything at all, these will serve as a basis for loathing others of unlike mind. What this says about us is that we are still so childish we can t face the obvious: which is that our personal belief system is not the beginning and end of universal realities. This fact is more threatening and deranging to undeveloped human spirits than any other. We fearfully imagine we will lose our minds and souls merely by recognizing that belief is somewhat personal and somewhat limited, like everything else we have, are, and do. It takes serious and sustained effort these days not to become at least mildly acquainted with a large number of people outside our own little personal worlds. And it is becoming exceedingly hard to ignore the fact that there are likable and interesting people adhering to belief systems other than one s own. Likewise, within our own chosen belief-circle, we will no doubt notice a certain number of unpleasant, underdeveloped humans. This is just the way it is. Yet as long as we are capable of caring first about the belief system, and only secondarily about the quality of the human being, we are being divided and conquered by the forces of hate and darkness.
These interminable human belief wars are deliberately created and sustained, dutifully serving a very dark purpose for those who wish to control this planet and keep stupefied all who live here. So long as we are easily diverted into religious wars, and endless struggles for other types of internecine belief-supremacy, we will not be noticing who is causing and fomenting all this behind the scenes of our earthly institutions. We won t be observing who benefits from all this directed hate and mayhem. We won t be tearing the veil away to take note of what groups and what forces are promoting and encouraging human divisiveness. While we are busy, nicely distracted into loathing one another wholesale, in the name of God and of all our other basic beliefs, the forces of global totalitarianism sit back and smile. They believe in nothing at all, except the single goal of our standardization, degradation, and enslavement. They are undivided. They have no other aim except the domination of the human species, and to quench all sparks of individual freedom once and for all. And their genius is in using religious differences, economic differences, political differences, and social, cultural, and national differences for their own ends. Their technique is to strike these discordant notes whenever possible, and to amplify each sour chord until hapless humans mechanically dance in mass step to their orchestrated tunes. They are experts at slyly manipulating and encouraging us to hate each other, in every possible way, while they are quietly, secretly and openly, dismembering the human race and feasting on the twitching remains.
The ultimate cause of war framed as a religious activity is the absence of the awareness of God in the heart of the human race. The primary tool of terrorism per se is the near-ubiquitous presence in human hearts and minds of the abysmal force of hatred. This perpetuates itself through the self-righteous, self-justifying cooperation, to one degree or another, of the majority of human beings. Once these forces of accumulated hatred erupt, and physical warfare is set in motion, the unfolding battle is inevitably, obviously, difficult to bring to a halt. People caught up in the immediate physical struggle to survive have little leisure for or interest in contemplating the deeper origins of their situation. Yet whoever is not thrust into such a brutal level does have the time and responsibility to consider the deeper meanings of our collective predicament. While outward battles rage, each of us more or less on the sidelines might do well to ask of our own conscience whether or not we are contributing in the slightest way to the vast general pool of human hatred. There will never be any real freedom or peace on earth without such painfully honest self-questioning. Because, in reality, there are very few of us who are not at least occasionally puppets in the hands of hate. Most of us are still aggressively angry at times, and quite enjoy that hot little surge of accompanying hate.
Technically therefore, almost all of us perpetuate some degree of emotional or mental terrorism against others, even if well within the dismally low standards of socially acceptable limits. And the ones who deny this with the greatest fanfare of self-righteous anger are, of course, the worst offenders. God is Love. There is no getting around this highest truth. We can and do lie to ourselves and to others about the real names of the forces we allow to run rampant now and again through our beings. But the truth of God as the embodiment of impersonal Love remains forever unmoved by our fear of it. And eventually, if we have the spiritual courage to let it, this truth may set us free. Since impersonal and all-encompassing Divine Love is the only reality that can ever unite the disparate little paths of human beings, the human species is facing a starkly clear choice. Either figure out what it means to love one another, or die.

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