|"The devil made me do it"|
We have pondered Roger Penrose's theory that consciousness is a phenomenon describable, at its very lowest level, by quantum physics.
He notes, however, that the science of physics is unable to detect the foundation of consciousness at that level at this time.
We have asked if the toxins of power concern a cosmic phenomenon or whether the phenomenon is, instead, limited to the earth, or perhaps limited to only a few planets.
We have surmised that it is most likely a mystical notion anyway, no matter how we look at it, so now we take a look at some ancient concepts for the source of the toxins of power.
According to one online encyclopedia:
The Devil is believed in certain religions and cultures to be a powerful, supernatural entity that is the personification of evil and the enemy of God and humankind. The Devil is commonly associated with heretics, infidels, and other unbelievers. The Abrahamic religions have variously regarded the Devil as a rebellious fallen angel or demon that tempts humans to sin or commit evil deeds. Others regard the Devil as an allegory that represents a crisis of faith, individualism, free will, wisdom and enlightenment.(Wikipedia, Devil). Some of the more radical verses of the New Testament in Christian Theology say that this Devil being hides, but is the controlling power of the nations of this planet:
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them ... lest the light ... should shine unto them.(2 Cor 4:4, 2 Cor 11:14-15, KJV). This Devil creature has people "ministering" for him these passages declare.
And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness ...
There is even a Bible passage where Jesus was tempted by this creature who was claiming to control the kingdoms of the world:
Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.(Matthew 4:8-9, KJV). According to these writings Jesus even indicated that some of the religious leaders of his day, who were trying to kill him, were controlled by the Devil creature:
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.(John 8:44, KJV). This concept does identify a source for toxins ("the father of it") we call falsehoods or deceptive thinking.
Whew! All this is heady stuff.
Clearly there was recognition in ancient times that something unseen and toxic or bad caused human beings to behave in a bad or toxic manner.
Behavioral scientists today have several theories which are evolution based, not religion based, but still there is no definitive authority for a completely prevailing theory.
That is not a show stopper, because we have the same problem with gravity and time.
We can't completely get to the bottom of it, we can't yet fully isolate gravity to a "graviton", the smallest theoretical component of gravity, so we still struggle with what it is.
Nevertheless, we have formulas to work with gravity, and we have formulas to work with the toxins of power.
Microbiologists may have established a link to microbes as a source for toxins of power as shown in Hypothesis: Microbes Generate Toxins of Power.