Saturday, February 22, 2014

Hypothesis: The Cultural Amygdala - 4

Where is my AR-15?
What is analyzed to be religious fervor on the surface can sometimes actually be psychotic energy working behind the scenes (e.g. Toxins).

In the second post of this series, the case of Anwar Congo was analyzed from the vantage point of watching him think he was directing a documentary, but the actual, sly directors were pulling his strings to shine a light on various cultural amygdala brain circuits within him.

That documentary, which was actually about Anwar Congo, a man who brought a saying spoken by one of humanity's more colorful philosophers into full and living focus, a saying concerning what Toxins of Power Blog hypothesizes to be "the cultural amygdala."

First, notice the saying which Anwar Congo brought vividly to life:
"It is forbidden to kill therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets." - Voltaire
The reality which that quote applies to is depicted very well in the aforesaid documentary, where some savvy artists allowed Anwar Congo to essentially think that he was the director.

A documentary which chronicled his (to him & his culture) glorious past:
The Act of Killing focuses on Anwar Congo, one of the self-proclaimed "gangsters" who executed over a million suspected Communists and ethnic Chinese in Indonesia during the bloodbath of 1965-66. Congo, much like his fellow executioners that he remains friends with, has yet to face prosecution for the war crimes he committed as a younger man and lives as a national hero.
(Hypothesis: The Cultural Amygdala - 2). The carnage in that documentary is minuscule compared to the vision some American generals hold.

I am talking about visions of surges of religious carnage conjured up in a cultural amygdala (a construct like ego, id, libido, etc.) far "surpassing" that of Anwar Congo:
"The Lord is a warrior and in Revelation 19 it says when he comes back, he's coming back as what? A warrior. A mighty warrior leading a mighty army, riding a white horse with a blood-stained white robe ... I believe that blood on that robe is the blood of his enemies 'cause he's coming back as a warrior carrying a sword.

And I believe now - I've checked this out - I believe that sword he'll be
"Jesus is coming with an AR-15" - U.S. General
carrying when he comes back is an AR-15.

Now I want you to think about this: where did the Second Amendment come from? ... From the Founding Fathers, it's in the Constitution. Well, yeah, I know that. But where did the whole concept come from? It came from Jesus when he said to his disciples 'now, if you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.'

I know, everybody says that was a metaphor. IT WAS NOT A METAPHOR! He was saying in building my kingdom, you're going to have to fight at times. You won't build my kingdom with a sword, but you're going to have to defend yourself. And that was the beginning of the Second Amendment, that's where the whole thing came from. I can't prove that historically and David [Barton] will counsel me when this is over, but I know that's where it came from.

And the sword today is an AR-15, so if you don't have one, go get one. You're supposed to have one. It's biblical."
(Gun-Toting Jesus Will Lead 'Mighty Army', emphasis added). The general who preached that message to a church crowd ostensibly comes from a different culture than Anwar Congo does.

But those two cultures share the meme that violence to the sound of trumpets can be part of a holy war for the exceptional people of an exceptional war god (see e.g. The Virgin MOMCOM - 6).

When a culture accepts murder as if it was a mystical treatment for social ills, that culture has become neurotic or worse (MOMCOM's Mass Suicide & Murder Pact - 5).

The next post in this series is here, the previous post in this series is here.


Randy said...

Dredd Blog has an interesting quote from and interesting author: "Many people would like to conceive of history as a succession of movements or stages in an on-going (and, generally) ever-improving cultural novel of human life ... try not to measure others against your own cultural standard, which has, in many ways, formed you and your apprehension of the world." Link

Dredd said...

An Air Force officer condemns "wearing religion on one's sleeve" (The 'Taliban' in Our Midst). This type of fundamentalist lawlessness is increasing.

Randy said...

"Gun Maker Creates 'Crusader' Assault Rifle With Bible Verse On It" (link)