What Would It Look Like If Civilization Had A Nervous Breakdown?
Published on Countercurrents, by Dave Eriqat, 18 January, 2008.
First edition on DaveEriqAt.com, 84 pages, January 2008.
I recently read a fascinating article that referred to a discipline known as ponerology.  It captivated me because I had never before considered the hypothesis it raised: that our systems of government and commercial enterprise across the globe have been irreparably corrupted by a critical mass of evil people, who some have eloquently termed pathocrats. That would explain so much about our world today and why everything seems reversed: what was once wrong is now right; truth, once considered noble, has given way to endemic dissembling; where we once championed helping people in need, today we push them away (as in the case of the homeless) or simply kill them (as in Palestine); knowledge is scorned, while unsubstantiated belief is embraced.
The world today reminds me of that excellent Star Trek episode, titled Mirror, Mirror,  in which in the midst of the transporter beam, several crew members swap places with their counterparts from an almost identical parallel universe, but in which everything is backwards: evil is endemic, violent ascension is admired, the administration of pain thinly conceals a latent pornographic lust, just like in the case of our own Abu Ghraib prison scandal …
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