“Useful Idiots” (Updated and Republished)

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A slight departure now from our customary Chrysalis Tarot-focused writings, but one with a single yet important purpose; namely to shed some light on the agitating racket and manufactured disharmony we’ve witnessed since the 2016 election.

As I’ve written before, the world is experiencing the birth throes of a new paradigm. This truth has been proclaimed far and wide for many years; it has been anticipated by those we call prophets who possess “eyes to see and ears to hear.” A search for “paradigm shift” on Google will return over 8-million hits. This emergent, nascent paradigm – only the “tip of the iceberg” – is driving the poorly understood and (until recently) submerged events advancing global change. If you can’t claim at least a rudimentary appreciation of this New Paradigm, making sense of current events can be rather daunting. 

It remains to be seen if this new paradigm can be a healthy child. If so, its birth can herald a new Golden Age. If not, the pain we will inflict upon ourselves depends upon how hard we as a species – and as civilized nations – command the inevitable winds of change. We’ll eventually make it to a new Golden Age, but there are two routes. Clearly, even those with the most stunted spiritual antennae accept that humanity’s present course – the status quo – is unsustainable. And this mild assertion has nothing whatsoever to do with the hoax known as a “climate emergency.”

Since the politics of the day is so incendiary, we turn to the politics of the past to make the needed points. This is where the somewhat sinister looking character pictured above enters the picture. He is one Saul Alinsky, who died in 1972, age 63. As spiritual symmetries and synchronicities would have it, Alinsky’s story includes intriguing parallels to today’s rocky political landscape. Synchronicity (meaningful coincidence) should always inform us. Yet this may represent far more than just meaningful coincidence.

Alinsky was born in Chicago in 1909 to Jewish immigrants from Russia. Wikipedia calls him an “American community organizer and writer.” He wrote a book in 1971 titled, Rules for Radicals, which is still considered the bible for community organizing. William Buckley once referred to him as an “organizational genius.” His disciples include Barrack O’Bama and Hillary Clinton, et al. Clinton wrote her thesis on Alinsky.

Let’s recount a few of Alinsky’s ideas that he termed “power tactics,” as outlined in his Rules for Radicals, and draw the obvious conclusions.

I’ll pick and choose 5 from his list of 13 (emphasis is mine):

  • Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counterattack ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, who then react to your advantage.
  • A good tactic is one that your people enjoy. If your people are not having a ball doing it, there is something very wrong with the tactic.
  • Keep the pressure on, with different tactics and actions, and utilize all events of the period for your purpose (think COVID-19).
  • The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition. It is this unceasing pressure that results in the reactions from the opposition that are essential for the success of the campaign.
  • Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.

No one can rationally deny that today our society is being polarized for political gain.

Alternatively, perhaps it’s simply better to accept legitimate change, adapt and then move on. America, by the way, also has a rulebook, along with a few suggestions for being a “good American.” It’s known as the Constitution. Dissent and civil disobedience are Constitutionally guaranteed civil rights we all cherish. Wanton disrespect and lawlessness, flames fanned by Marxist politics, not so much.

16-kaliWe live in the Age of Kali, whose ongoing cosmic mission is change through creative destruction. “May you live in interesting times,” the sage cursed. Chrysalis Tarot fans are familiar with Kali, even if they sometimes don’t fully understand her true intent or immediately recognize her spiritual footprint.

For those who are unfamiliar, Kali is an archetype. Chrysalis Tarot is first and foremost about “archetypal psychology” and the Collective Unconscious. Chrysalis does not believe in fortunetelling. We designed Chrysalis to increase individual self-awareness and therefore higher consciousness, as symbolized by Kali’s necklace of skulls.

The “tower” in the image symbolizes the human ego, which is in constant tension with the Higher Self. They are inversely proportional; as ego decreases Higher Self – spiritual awareness – increases. This transformative experience is described as spiritual growth or enlightenment, which are essential to seeing things clearly – to being able to think and reason clearly and critically. Not to be a Useful Idiot married to ideology rather than reason.

The Bible calls to mind a theological doctrine of eschatology. In metaphysics, as opposed to religious dogma, this doctrine simply refers to the study of, and reasons for, profound changes that precede a cosmic evolution of consciousness or paradigm shift. You cannot separate eschatology from paradigm shifts or the evolution of consciousness. Eschatology – a theology of End Times – is a macrocosmic (universal) absolute that informs microcosmic (human) understanding.

The old paradigm, the current dominant worldview, is fading away; the perigee of its demise represents what is often called the “End Times.” What worldview will replace it? The Alinsky-style totalitarianism of a New World Order with problems so humongous only Big Government can solve them? May God forbid it! 

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Two thousand years ago there was another birth – another paradigm shift – that gave name to what we now call the “Common Era (CE).” Back then, before the present era became common, the eschatology of John the Baptist, a Jewish prophet, was apocalyptic in nature. The eschatology of Jesus, another a Jewish prophet, was about the coming of a “New Kingdom” (a new paradigm) – a new Golden Age, if you will. Paradigm shifts always reconcile and reset the tension of opposites – “A tension of opposites is like a pull on a rubber band. And most of us live somewhere in the middle.” ~ Morrie Schwartz.

It is not my intention to pay lip service to a facile Christian Sunday School lesson in making references to John and his cousin Jesus. I’m a spiritual naturalist, after all, who considers organized religions a harvest of instructive metaphors and mythologies, not literal, absolute truth. I wish simply to remind the reader that at its core, the situation today in America and the world is spiritual in nature and far more complex than threadbare left vs. right political polemics or sectarian religious zeal might have one believe.

“In political parlance, a useful idiot is a term for people perceived as propagandists for a cause whose goals they are not fully aware of (such as Marxism) and who are used cynically by the leaders of the cause.” ~ Wikipedia

On a positive note, one name being given to the New Paradigm is Re-Enchantment.  The best primer I’ve come across on the subject is titled, “The Re-Enchantment of the World,” by Morris Berman. It’s available inexpensively in mass market paperback

In 2022, I’ll begin a new series on the metaphysical aspects of re-enchantment and how Chrysalis Tarot can be useful in understanding and perhaps in transitioning to this new world view. 

N.B. For additional insight into the term “Useful Idiots,” I recommend this piece from an excellent Word Press blog called Sheeplywolves. 

 

© Toney Brooks, 2017, 2021