During the frenzy of the past couple of weeks, I took time off to engage in other pursuits. In particular I have been focused on Immanuel Velikovsky’s Mankind in Amnesia, which dovetails very nicely with other things I have read about on the effects of child abuse in younger and formative years.
Children that are traumatized in early years usually develop effective defense systems that they carry with them throughout their lives, often misdiagnosed as some sort of mental “illness” like “bipolar” or “ADD.” In fact, these particular “diseases” are rare, but child abuse is, sadly, common. The great manual of collected drivel that the mental “health” professions use to match their disorders with available drugs is the DSM-5. That desk reference, as Dorothy Parker famously said, should not be set aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.
The most common condition of adults who suffer abuse in their formative years is called “PTSD.” Many add a “C” at the beginning, for “complex” to distinguish those traumas from which we can recover from those that permanently scar us. PTSD often results in a hyper-alert amygdala, or primitive brain. In traumatized people the amygdala can quickly take over in any situation where any danger is perceived, often overreacting to normal stresses. Such people are then traumatized by their own overreaction, and experience regret, even grief. Thus the need for meditation and removal from stress points (and often people), in order to lead a calm and healthy life. Drugs don’t work.
Velikovsky, who was a psychiatrist by training, referred to child abuse as creating a “mental scotoma,” or blind spots. It is thought in psychiatry that PTSD can be relieved by revisiting the trauma and removing the blind spots. That is above my pay grade. I might prefer to live now, rather than then, if I were abused.
Velikovsky, in Mankind in Amnesia, applies our scotoma to a far larger tragedy which he addressed in his earlier works, where he has planets and comets passing by the earth and wreaking an indescribable nightmare of terror and death. Most of humanity was wiped out, he claims, along with species and most human structures. One video I watched described the effects as sitting in the front row of a movie theater, and then suddenly witnessing every row behind you wiped out, everyone killed. It would leave a mark.
Such memories, says Velikovsky, are repressed in our collective psyche, but lay at the root of much of our behavior, our conflicts and wars. He even credits this mass repression of tragic memory to the Catholic Church forcing Galileo to apologize on his knees and also to scientists of the 1950s effectively banning his book, Worlds in Collision. Aristotle, he said, wiped out human memories that Plato chronicled, ascribing them all to mythology.
“The teaching of uniformitarianism (Lyell, Darwin) is a nineteenth century version of Aristotelianism. And as much as the Church Scientific (Thomas Huxley’s expression) still follows in the steps of Darwin, it is still Aristotelian; and, in following Isaac Newton in the study of celestial space and the bodies populating it, the Church Scientific is again Aristotelian. And as much as the latter term is an equivalent of Scholasticism, the Middle Ages are not yet at their end.”
Whoosh! Try, along with me, to pretend to understand all of that. I only know this: my late older brother was a Catholic priest, and was schooled for eight years after high school in theology and philosophy. He told a group of us over a campfire one night that he was deeply influenced by Thomas Aquinas, who was Aristotelian. That tells me that Velikovsky is describing something real.
Time for me to leave the deep end of the pool, get back to my depth. The reason this has all been percolating with me has to do with two events of my lifetime, the JFK Assassination, and 9/11. Both events were TV shows, no underlying substance in either (except that the World Trade Centers really were demolished). Both events were designed to traumatize us. Both were followed by booster shots – JFK by RFK and Martin Luther King, and recently again with JFK Jr., all fake events. 9/11 was the big daddy, and was preceded by Columbine, Waco, Oklahoma City, and since by a long string of mass shootings, again, all fake events.
Why? These events create PTSD in the population, and with it destroy our collective ability to think rationally. Because PTSD often recedes to the background, we are in need of constant booster shots.
Have you ever noticed that if you broach the topic of a mass event, say the Las Vegas shootings of 10/1/17, as being fake, that you encounter not just disbelief, but hostility? In dealing with our fellow citizens on these matters, we are not dealing with rational brains, but with the amygdala. Such discussions are pointless because the fight/flight response has been triggered. So effective is this highly skilled mass indoctrination that it is best for us to flee rather than broach these topics.
These mass terror events probably strike some deep embedded memory in our collective psyche as Velikovsky refers to, that Carl Jung studied. As used by our overlords, they are deliberately aimed at traumatizing us as a means of controlling us. They are our true form of governance. Everything else – news, the president and congress, elections and public discussion, is for show, a distraction for rational minds. Our real form of rule is a firm hold on our primitive brains by the overlords. We are in their grips.