So controversial is the idea that evil may be genetically caused that projects set up to investigate the issue have been shelved after public uproar:
"Scientists are haunted by the ghosts of the pseudoscientific eugenics movement, which held that mankind could be improved by breeding out the bad. Peaking in the early 20th century, its influence led to the sterilisation of mental patients and prisoners and, by extension, to Hitler's ''final solution'' of eliminating the ''Untermenschen." (ibid)
Like Karl Marx, Lenin, Stalin, and Saul Alinsky, one of the Left’s favorite thinkers, Hitler was a psychopath. Psychopaths are spiritually dead demonized human predators who wear a mask of sanity to disguise the fact that their conscience is demonically occluded and their lack of empathy and malignant narcissism permits them to negate reality and impose on their victims a false reality made up of distortions and fabrications. They can imitate feelings but what drives them is a ravenous hunger for what they are after, which is making others suffer. Just as normal humans enjoy seeing other people happy and thriving, the psychopath enjoys the opposite.
Lack of empathy results in blindness to the humanity of their victims which in turn permits them to be sacrificed without remorse on the altar of narcissism, for with the negation of humanity intended victims are no longer human beings but objects to be used, abused, tormented and discarded at will. This monstrous evil finds expression over and over in the writings of the sexual psychopath, the Marquis de Sade:
"The philosopher sates his appetites without inquiring to know what his enjoyments may cost others, and without remorse." (Libido Dominandi, E. Michael Jones, p. 26)
Though such individuals are not the actual devil they are of like mind with him and their mesmerizing powers of persuasion come from him, thus they seemingly possess a limitless supply of demonic energy, especially when engaged in imposing their will over the wills of others. Since they desire power for the sake of power, their overriding passion is to utterly control and dominate the minds and wills of others which they poison by manipulating their perceptions.
In "Leftism as Psychopathy," John Ray, M.A., Ph.D., begins by pointing out that moral imbecility is a primary characteristic of psychopathy before briefly outlining some of its other defining features:
"(the psychopath) is unmoved by brutality (except to enjoy perpetrating it); he has no moral or ethical anchors or standards; he is deeply (but discreetly) in love with himself (narcissism) so secretly despises others and thinks they are fit only to be dominated and exploited by him and those like him; he is a great manipulator who loves getting others to do his bidding by deception or otherwise; he is the master of the lie and the false pretense but sees no reason to be consistent from occasion to occasion; he will say anything to gain momentary praise or admiration; his only really strongly felt emotions seem to be hate and contempt and he is particularly enraged by those who have what he wants and will be totally unscrupulous in trying to seize what others have for himself. But above all, the psychopath does not seem to be able to tell right from wrong and, as a result, does sometimes commit or connive at murders and other heinous crimes with what seems to be a clear conscience."
"That seems to me to constitute, by and large, a fairly comprehensive description of your average Left-wing intellectual -- particularly of the many intellectuals who did (and often still do) support in various ways the old Soviet system in Russia."
Moral imbecility is the inability to recognize right from wrong independent of passions (i.e., pride, jealousy, covetousness, lust, envy) and attendant impulses and compulsions. To the degree by which the moral sense is corrupt, so is reason. The greater the degree of corruption the more depraved is reason, meaning that moral imbecility can easily shade into diabolism, or psychopathy.
Paul Hollander's book "Political Pilgrims: Western Intellectuals in Search of the Good Society" recounts what morally depraved Leftist intellectuals and liberalized priests did for many decades in the Soviet era. To quote one Amazon reviewer:
"Political Pilgrims is the amazing story of how Western intellectuals embraced Marxist tyrants at the very moment their colleagues were rotting in prison cells, and the common people everyone claimed to be concerned for, were starving. The book relates how cultural and religious leaders from the West, including familiar names, visited the Soviet Union, China, Cuba, and other communist countries, and told the most appalling lies." (ibid, Ray)
Psychopaths seem to have minds of metal and exist in a demonically twisted, upside-down atmosphere more bizarre than Bedlam as affirmed by the Communist magazine 'Iuni Kommunist' which characterizes their inverted atmosphere as a 'devilish antiworld,'
"...which externally is completely like ours (but wherein) man must reply with evil to every success in life." (Marx and Satan, Richard Wurmbrand, p. 106)
Then the article audaciously affirms the inverted exegesis of Satanism,
"Satan is not the foe of man. He is Life, Love, Light." (ibid)
The affirmation of Satan runs throughout the old Soviet and Nazi systems and in fact, the altar of Satan at Pergamum (Rev. 2:13) unites both. After the altar had been excavated by German archaeologists and brought to Germany during Hitler's satanic reign, the Soviet army brought it to Moscow after the conquest of Germany.
On Jan. 27, 1948 the Svenska Dagbladet (Stockholm) reported that in 1924 the altar of Satan was used as a model for the mausoleum of the mass-murderer Lenin. (Marx and Satan, Richard Wurmbrand, pp. 111-112)
While the demonized Hitler mentions in his poems that he goes sometimes "to the oak of Wotan to make a pact with dark forces," Kaganovitch, Stalin's brother-in-law and closest collaborator describes Stalin as no longer human:
"Even when he exhibited some emotions, they all did not seem to belong to him. They were as false as the scale on top of armor...He was not human at all..." (ibid, p. 53)
Milovan Djilas, Communist leader of Yugoslavia, perceptively describes the mesmerizing satanic energy emanating from the 'no longer human' Stalin:
"Was it not so that the demonic power and energy of Stalin consisted in this, that he made the (Communist) movement and every person in it pass to a state of confusion and stupefaction, thus creating and ensuring his reign of fear..." (ibid, p. 54)
Here Uspenski expresses the reality of ideas, which as they are of the unseen world, there are some that will forever mark and poison the spirit of man:
"There are ideas which touch the most intimate corners of our lives. Once these are touched, the marks remain forever....They will poison life." (ibid)
Today it is America that has passed into “a state of confusion and stupefaction” as it implodes under the powerfully destructive effects of widespread moral imbecility throughout the general population. Even more ominous, thousands of psychopaths exist at the highest most influential levels of American society. Among prominent ones, John Ray lists Leftist intellectuals throughout academia, Bill Clinton, John Kerry and Obama.
If evolutionary biologists are correct in their assumptions, then moral imbeciles in general and psychopaths in particular are fully caused and determined by stupid genes and evil genes. But increasing numbers of anthropologists, scientific psychiatrists, and other professionals from the counseling and medical field are jettisoning as useless genetic-materialist explanations. These researchers take very seriously the fact that something frightening, hideous and unexplainable by modern Western science is going on here in America and throughout the West. In their search for answers a "new" consensus is emerging: men have souls and demons exist:
"...we need to understand a number of different concepts in order to comprehend the worldwide phenomenon of possession and exorcism. On the psychological level, we have come to know the notion underlying all possession, namely, that the body is a shell, inhabited by a soul, and that this shell may on occasion be surrendered to an intrusive alien entity.” (How about Demons? Possession and Exorcism in the Modern World, Felicitas Goodman, 1988)
"Dr. Frank Lake in a talk on the demonic recalled the occasion when Hans Rudi Weber was giving a talk on Christ's Victory over the Demonic Powers to this large gathering of psychiatrists and theologians. It was quite amusing to see how uncomfortable the theologians were at this strange exhibition of what I think they regarded as Medievalism from a distinguished member of their own theological group. It was as if they were apologizing to the scientific psychiatrists present that a theologian had returned to the era of demons and evil possession. By contrast the psychiatrists were in fact leaning forward eagerly recognizing that the collective demonic is something with which they are continually dealing. As they said afterwards, 'Why didn't some theologian tell us about this before? We know what he's talking about, we live with it'" (But Deliver us From Evil: An Introduction to the Demonic Dimension in Pastoral Care, John Richards, London, Dartman, Longman and Todd,1974)
"In later life, Jung admitted that he was open to the ideas that all these metapsychic phenomena could be explained better by the theory of spirits ....in the long run (he said) I have to admit that the spirit hypothesis yields better results in practice than any other." (The New Age Movement and the Biblical Worldview: Conflict and Dialogue, John P. Newport, Eerdmans, 1998)
Dr. Kurt Koch (1913-1987), a noted German theologian who counseled thousands of people suffering from demonic bondage in its various forms throughout the world argues that sin cuts a person off from God. Sin opens the door to demonic oppression and possession seen in relation to psychological distortions having the following predominant characteristics:
1. Warped, distorted character; hard egoism, uncongenial dark nature
2. Extreme passions; abnormal sexuality, violent temper, belligerence, tendencies to addiction, meanness, kleptomania
3. Compulsive thoughts of suicide and murder; anxiety states
4. Demonic possession: confusion, delusion; destructive, murderous urges; fits of mania, tendency to violence, inhabitation by demons, conscious atheism, simulated piety, blasphemous thoughts, words and acts and bigoted attitude against Christ and God. (Occult ABC, Koch, pp. 266-282)
The Beatles were completely bigoted against Jesus Christ according to Derek Taylor, their own press agent:
"They're completely anti-Christ. I mean, I am anti-Christ as well, but they're so anti-Christ they shock me." (Derek Taylor, Saturday Evening Post, Aug. 6, 1964)
In "Hostage to the Devil: the Possession and Exorcism of Five Contemporary Americans," (1992) Malachi Martin presents five cases of possession which express important elements and basic attitudes that characterize psychopathy in particular and postmodern American society in general. In the possessed person, such as Hitler and the 'no longer human' Stalin, these elements and attitudes are pushed to a very narrow and frightening extreme.
Martin summarizes these elements and attitudes in the following points:
1. Moral imbecility: All sense suddenly seems like nonsense; nothing is ever right
2. Hopelessness confirmed as the only hope
3. Death, cruelty and contempt are normal
4. Moral relativism and/or postmodernism: the depraved insistence that there is no essential difference between good and evil; all 'truth' and 'moral' values are subject to one's personal preference
5. Empiricism: The supernatural and miraculous must be resolved in 'natural' or rational and empirically verifiable scientific explanations
6. Naturalism: There can be no relevance for the modern person in anything that cannot be rationally understood and no 'truth' important beyond what is this-worldly or natural.
7. Androgyny: There are multiple and ever-expanding 'genders' and expressions of 'love'
8. A fatal confusion between spirit (mind, will) and psyche (soul). Of this Martin said, "If everything (of) spirit can be made to seem a product merely of human psyche...then love can be made to seem only a chemical interaction, and love's paradigm is killed."
9. Confusion: One basic note of possession is confusion of the things of God with untruth, sex with gender, truth with lie, good with evil, supernatural with natural. Confusion is a prime weapon of evil said Martin.
In "Three Characteristics of the Diabolical, and how they are Manifest in the Modern World," Msgr. Charles Pope of the Archdiocese of Washington provides three more elements and attitudes characteristic of the demonic:
1. Love of Nudity - This is clearly manifest at several levels. First there is the widespread tendency of immodest dress...“fashions” (that) reveal more than is reasonable and generally have, as their intent to draw attention to aspects of the body that are private and reserved for sexual union in marriage. Too many in our culture see little problem parading about in various stages of undress, wearing clothing that are more intended to disclose and call attention to, than to conceal the private areas of the body. This love of disclosure and titillation is surely an aspect of the Evil One’s love of nudity, and he has surely spread his obsession to many in the modern West.
2. Pornography, though nothing new in this fallen world, has surely reached epidemic proportions via the Internet. Any psychotherapist, counselor or priest will tell you that addiction to pornography is a huge problem among people today. Pornographic sites on the Internet outpace all others tenfold. Multimillion Americans are viewing enormous amounts of pornography and the “industry” is growing exponentially. What was once hidden away in adult bookstores is now one click away on the Internet. And the thought that browsing habits are easily discoverable matters little to the addicts of this latest form of slavery. Many are on a steep slope downward into ever more deviant forms of porn. Many end up at illegal sites before they even know what has happened to them, and the FBI is knocking on their door. Satan’s love of nudity has possessed many!
3. The overall sexualization of culture also ties in to Satan’s love of nudity. We sexualize women to sell products. We even sexualize children. Our sitcoms chatter endlessly about sex in a very teenage and immature sort of way. We are, collectively, goofy and immature about sex, and our culture giggles like horny teenagers obsessed with something we don’t really understand. Yes, Satan loves nudity, and everything that goes with it.
In agreement with Koch and Malachi Martin that confusion is a prime weapon of evil, Msgr. Charles Pope adds:
"And then of course there is the utter confusion that celebrates homosexual activity. What Scripture calls gravely sinful, disordered, and contrary to nature (= παρὰ φύσιν – para physin – Rom 1:26) many in our culture now openly celebrate. And those afflicted as such, openly identify themselves with what tempts them. Rather than lament the difficulty and trial of such affliction and offer love, support and truth that they, may live celibately, (as all the unmarried are called to do), our sex saturated culture, blinded and darkened by its own wild lust, affirms and encourages them to indulge what can only bring further harm to them, and others, for it is of the darkness and contrary to nature. They have exchanged the truth of God for a lie… Romans 1:25” (blog.adw.org, Apr. 8, 2013)
In case four, "Uncle Ponto and the Mushroom Souper" Martin provides us with an example of the hard egoism that is overtaking millions of Americans--- trendy liberalized Christian and secular alike--- without their realizing it and without those around them taking cognizance of it. While we have been cast into confusion and paralyzed into a stupefied and fearful silence by the counter-intuitive, idiotic proclamations of the so-called scientifically enlightened community of Godless leftist psychopaths and their morally insane liberal lapdogs, an extreme individualism,
"...which exceeds by far the bounds of what used to be known as selfishness and egotism....has produced in thousands of people an aberrant and idiosyncratic behavior which is truly destructive." (p. 25)
These are the conditions of the upside-down, aberrant society in which we now live. From the highest, most powerful office of our land to our universities, liberalized seminaries and churches, Hollywood, 'news' media and mean streets these are the spiritually convoluted, pathologically sick conditions of the false reality in which we and our loved ones must now live, and to a far greater degree than most of us could have imagined fifteen or so years ago said Martin,
"...a favorable climate for the occurrence of demonic Possession has developed as the normal condition of our lives." (p. xi)
Twenty-one years have passed since Malachi Martin warned America of the demonic energy overspreading our society. Dr. Carl Raschke, Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Denver and America's leading authority on America's spreading subcultures of darkness concurs with Martin's grave concerns.
In "Painted Black," he connects the pieces of a terrifying puzzle to reveal the chilling facts and cases behind an invisible wave of evil sweeping our nation. He points out that the hard egoism, decadence, pornography, drugs, heavy metal rock, mass murders, criminality, and 'new religions' in American culture have certain social and spiritual ties that bind them together, revealing that they are part of a similar spiritual genus manifesting itself in a will to do evil.
However, the demonic does not always manifest itself in a will to do evil:
"Many of today's young Satanists (are characterized) by a metaphysics of exhaustion and despair. A culture of despair becomes ever easier pickings for the...child pornographers (and the) professional (satanic) terrorists themselves. Satanism has already yielded a climate of fear in middle-class quarters where fear had never flourished before." (p. 406)
Tragically, our arrogant, spiritually blind Western science does the work of the devil by explaining Satanism away by reducing it to a manageable,
"….adolescent disturbance. Such a posture hinges on the most incredible delusion that the symbol of the Devil does not at all mean what the symbol of the Devil has always meant." (Painted Black, p. 404)
Without realizing it, Americans are psychologically manipulated, deluded and disarmed by influential moral imbeciles, whose minds being in accord with the devil’s mind,
"....exploit good people by persuading them that it is wrong to call evil by its name." (Persuasive Wickedness & What We Must Say About It, James Hitchcock)
One of the real horrors of the fabricated alternative reality imposed on us is its positive declaration of a satanically twisted moral ethic which we commonly think of as political correctness with its two overriding absolutes, 'tolerance' and 'inclusion.' Thus today the perverse claim of 'politically correct' moral imbeciles and psychopaths to the moral high ground from where they audaciously point accusing fingers at the living triune God, Biblical ethics, pro-lifers, founding principles and traditions and the Americans who hold fast to them.
The Devil’s Greatest Achievement
Speaking of his demonic bondage Little Richard confessed,
"I was directed and commanded by another power. The power of darkness... that a lot of people don’t believe exists. The power of the Devil. Satan." (The Life and Times of Little Richard, Charles White, 1984, p. 206)
Ultimately, we wrestle not against weak, sinful men, be they ever so morally insane and diabolical, but against unseen power of a far more formidable order. (Ephesians 6:12)
In this light, one of the devil's greatest achievements in our age has been in how skillfully he has interwoven, enmeshed and divided us---one against the other--- in a vast and complex web, a subtly fabricated alternative reality where biological science and evolutionary thinking have convinced the proudest---the most enlightened forward-thinkers---that all that exists is matter in motion, which means that the living God, immutable truth, moral absolutes, Original Sin, heaven, the devil and hell are absurd beliefs held by only the most backward, uneducated rubes.
@Linda Kimball 2013
Linda writes on worldview and similar subjects.