Capitalist Devilry

By Leo Gura - January 24, 2019

I love Anand’s analysis of the current state of American society. Everything he’s talking about is the limits of Spiral Dynamics stage Orange which I have explained in my video.

This is the kind of political analysis I’m into. Notice how different it is from the commonplace partisan bickering, namecalling, and conventional thinking.

Notice also how the themes he talks about are part of the much broader dynamic of devilry (see video What Is The Devil?). Devilry is nothing other than the force of blind self-survival. This force is so strong because it needed to be that strong in order to get you to where you are right now. But then survival goes overboard, becoming counter-productive. As is always the case with duality, too much of a good thing becomes a bad thing.

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.”

— Upton Sinclair

Of course rich people are not going to understand how they create global suffering and inequality because it is against their self-interest to understand. That would be too much consciousness, too much responsibility. Then they could not pursue wealth as ruthlessly as they do. The devil is always going to resist seeing that he is the devil. This is true not just of rich people, but EVERYONE! Religious people, military people, Big Oil, Big Pharma, criminals, children — and YOU! I want you to notice that you are not conscious of the collateral damage that your own survival produces because it doesn’t help your survival to be conscious of it. So you are in deep denial about it. Notice the stories and justifications you create for how you are not a devil but an angel. It is precisely these stories which make you a devil! Ta-da! Self-deception at its finest.

What’s that you say? “But Leo! I need money, I need sex, I need medicine, I need a house, I need a good school for my kids, I need X, I need Y, I need Z. If I stop pursuing my survival needs, I will die!”

Exactly! Exactly…

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