"The gigantic catastrophes that threaten us today are not
elemental happenings of a physical or biological order, but psychic events. To a
quite terrifying degree we are threatened by wars and revolutions which are
nothing other than psychic epidemics. At any moment several millions of human
beings may be smitten with a new madness, and then we shall have another world
war or devastating revolution. Instead of being at the mercy of wild beasts,
earthquakes, landslides, and inundations, modern man is battered by the
elemental forces of his own psyche."
Such was stated many years ago by Carl Jung. It is
still true. If we look back at the three worst events of terrorism in the
United States they are:
1) September the 11th 2001 committed by a group of jihads - moslems.
2) The Oklahoma Federal Building committed by Timothy McVey - an atheist.
3) The Mountain Meadows Massacre committed by a group of Mormons - christians.
It can be seen that religion is not a common thread. All of these people acted because they believed that they had the right answer. Paul Levy used the term "egophrenic (as compared to schizophrenic) disease, or ME disorder, for short. There are two important events that people go through. The "terrible twos" and early adolescence. These are normal and similar events. If people regress and get stuck in these phases they are termed narcissists, if a group of people get stuck in this state it is often called group narcissism, a good term would be egophrenicists. In other words the belief that yours is the only important or correct view is very dangerous.
A powerful image at the end of the movie "Planet of the Apes" was that of Charlton Heston finding the Statue of Liberty. Is this where our current administration in the US is taking us? The move was made in 1968 at the height of the Cold War, and there was a general fear that civilization could come to an end. At this point in time the current administration is advocating research into hydrogen which is a waste of time and money and will not seriously consider the budget deficit. People in the US could be made to take oil supply seriously if the tank price was increased to include a significant tax as is done in most of the world.
"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we
used when we created them."