REMNANTS OF COMMUNISM
Psychology, Psychiatry & Sociology
Actual Teaching of a Communist Operative
Is Russia Still Communist?
ACTUAL COMMUNIST COURSE IN PSYCHOLOGY
Grief Management and the Catholic Church
Examination of Conscience
Condoning Murder with Your Vote
Soviet Roots of Socialist European Union
World Wide Economic Collapse
I Love My Phobias
Email Experiences with Psycho-nuts
Communism as a threat to the world is finished. Even in China, Vietnam and Cuba, although still dictatorships, the inroads of Capitalism are proving that the Communist systems do not work and never will. Nonetheless, there still exists in the Western Countries remnants of the Communist propaganda agenda from the early turn of the Century. Communists developed very sophisticated programs to destroy religion, faith in the Bible, obedience to any higher authority except the state, the destruction of the family structure, and the chain of command inherent in any society. Their means for destroying these things were Evolution, Sociology, Psychology and Psychiatry. Although officially Communism no longer supports these fake sciences, the remnants of them still hang on in our societies, especially in America. Here in Portugal we do not have these fake sciences to any great extent. As a result, the Church is strong, the family structure is stable, and children are happy. It is the purpose of these newsletters on the Remnants of Communism to expose them for what they are. This first one will be on Psychology and its high priest, Psychiatry.
My approach will be to:
PSYCHOLOGY VS THE CHURCH
Adam looked at himself and saw that he was naked. God said, "How do you know that you are naked." He ate from the tree forbidden to eat from, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God is the arbitrator of good and evil. God decides what is good and what is evil. But Adam wanted to be God and become the arbitrator of what was good and what was evil. In doing so he looked at himself. He looked at himself. Instead of looked towards God and God's beautiful creations, he looked inside to himself, to make an evaluation of himself, and to judge himself. He saw that without God he was naked. Why did you sin, God said. It was the woman's fault. He blamed someone else for his sin and his problem.
Today we have two new satanic religions pretending to be sciences that tell us to look at ourselves, decide ourselves what is good and evil, and if we do not like what we see, blame someone else. God implanted into us His knowledge of good and evil. We call this the conscience, and that is why when we look at ourselves we do not always like what we see. But if we are the arbitrators of good and evil we can justify sin, and that is the sin against the Holy Spirit.
When I was in school I was constantly fighting against my teachers in high school and college but did not know why. When I had children I was fighting against their Catholic Schoolteachers and did not know why. Then I also found these same teaching inside my home, in my wife, I did not know what was the cause. All I did know is that it was the opposite of what I taught myself from the Bible and the Teachings of the Catholic Church. In time, everyone was fighting against me, my wife, the Nuns, the court system, and eventually even my children. I ended up in jail.
Today I know why. What put me in jail? Why today are good people going to jail for their fight for life? Why are there more people getting a divorce than getting married? Why are so many people living together without marriage? Why are children rebelling against their parents and any other authority? This is true even in the Catholic Church. No one obeys the bishop anymore, and in fact they decide what they will believe or obey and not the Church. What is the cause? What is the root of the problem? It's not Vatican II. It's the three religions of the state, Psychiatry, Psychology and Sociology. Their goal (even though some of them do not know it) is to destroy an entire society by destroying all obedience to God's chain of command - all authority. Lets start with the effect on the Catholic Church.
Psychology and the Catholic Church
Home Schooling is the fastest growing industry in the Catholic Church, but most home schooling moms do not even know why they do not feel safe sending their children to Catholic School. I did not know myself and my children were kicked out of two Catholic Schools. We did not have home schooling at that time. My children went to school in the early seventies in San Diego, California. La Jolla is in San Diego.
In 1964 American psychologist Carl Rogers from the Rogersí Western Behavioral Sciences Institute in La Jolla, CA invaded the religious orders of Nuns and Priests. His partner Dr. William Coulson (now converted back to the true faith) spoke to the Calif. Conference of Major Superiors of Womenís Religious Orders and convinced them to introduce Rogerís nondirective counseling into the orders. They brought in 60 councilors to get the nuns, priests, and students to get more in touch with themselves. They called it counseling but what it was is humanistic psychology. The results were quick.
In one year 300 of the 560 nuns left their orders, and today there are less than a dozen. The Immaculate Heart Collage closed as parents pulled their children out of the school. The same thing happened to the Jesuits. In all hundreds of Catholic schools closed and thousands of nuns and priests left the Church.
Has it ended? Read your new Catechismís. They are all based on Carl Rogers' book; "On Becoming a Person" or the Catholic equivalent "Becoming a Person". Humanistic Psychology has so corrupted the Catholic Schools that the fastest growing industry in America is home schooling. This is why the Holy Father came out with the "Catechism of the Catholic Church" and the Encyclical "Veritatis Splendor" The Splendor of Truth.
When you hear the words, Encounter Groups, Small Faith Communities, sensitivity training, Marriage Encounter, or the like, know that this is Humanistic Psychology which opposes all authority and all hierarchy, whether the Pope or the family.
They have created a Culture of Narcissism. Narcissus was in Greek mythology. He looked in a pool of water, fell in love with his own image, fell in and died. Self-Love - Self-esteem - feeling good about oneself - like yourself no matter how bad you are? Canned pre-conditioned answers "You must first love yourself before you can love others. You have to help yourself first before --- etc." This is sick and will make you sicker. All the sicknesses of the mind are caused by either a pre-occupation with self or have biological (medical) reasons. But it is pre-occupation with the self that psychology insists on. Even Demonic possession starts with a pre-occupation of ones own desires, but this is the by-word of the psycho-nuts.
In order to have humanistic self-esteem you must compare yourself to others. If you have strong points, you enhance them and the weak points you hide. This causes you to never improve on the weak points, and they become weaker. This is the opposite of the Moral Theology of the Catholic Church.
The stable man will concentrate on his PREDOMINATE FAULT because he knows his weaknesses and wants to improve. Most great men became great overcoming their predominate fault. It is a personal thing, and seeks no blame to self or others, but just the elimination of the fault. This is the Catholic way.
The man seeking self-esteem needs approval from outside himself. He needs an EGO-SUPPORT. Other people, a father, a mother, a lover, or someone who will support a fading ego, or things, a car to decorate the incomplete self, clothes to enhance the self-image, earrings, nose-rings, finger rings, necklesses, bracelets, anklets, gold, silver, diamonds, silk, all to decorate a fading ego. This is the psycho way.
There is also something I call SOCIAL RELATIVITY. Just as a woman will wear a large broach to draw attention to her large breasts, so will she choose the company that she keeps. Friends are picked in the same way she picks clothes. She will never have a friend who is to slim, to busty, to cute because of the comparative image. This is another way in which the preoccupation with self-esteem pulls down and can never lift up a person. It is a never-ending process of continual degradation towards imperfection. The only way I can become a better tennis player is to play someone better than I am. But if I seek out players who are not as good as I am, I will eventually drop down to their level. The only way I can learn is to admit that I donít know something.
SELF-ESTEEM (the God of Psychology) is contrary to Christian morals and ethics and in fact blocks SELF-AWARENESS which is true Catholic psychology. Self-awareness is truth and truth is the rock of a true self pride and true humility. If you want to be happy, you must have C.H. Lewisí SELFORGETFULLNESS. Happiness is when attention is outside our selves. If you want to have fun, you must forget your dignity. You must get outside of the self to enjoy life, and WHEN HUMOR IS GONE, SANITY IS GONE. People are most themselves when they forget themselves, but the paranoid are always hyper self consciousness and all extreme forms of mental illness are self-absorption.
PSYCHOLOGY VS. THE FAMILY
Psychology wants to destroy all AUTHORITY. "Judge not" means that we canít judge the inner man, it does not mean we cannot judge the outer actions. Hate sin and love the sinner. But the Psycho-nut refrains from judging the outer actions and instead judges the inner motives. Psychology destroys authority because it places all ethics and morals into the hands of the individual and preaches against outside pressures.
Christ said all authority comes from God. Though out Scripture he created the structure of society which requires a chain of command for peace and harmony. He gave laws because human nature is basically bad. Everything we do that is civilized is contrary to our nature: eating, clothes, kindness, giving, forgiving. However the psycho-nut wants us to be natural. To be natural is to eat like the animals, where ever and when ever we want to, and to take off our clothes whenever we want to. Even to kill whenever we want to. Everything that is civilized is taught by our elders, parents, God, etc. The Psycho-nut wants us to relate to our children. He wants total equality between husband and wife and children. Under the banners of equality and freedom we are destroying God's societies. Equality - no authority! Freedom - sin!
The Pope is Pope is Pope. He does not have to earn that right by getting the approval of the people. Whether they like him or not, he is Pope and his authority comes from God. The same is true of the King - by Divine Right. The same is true of father and mother, they are and they cannot not be. It is a divine right and is not earned. We must respect the office even if the person does not deserve it. This must be or else every person will decide himself whether or not he will obey or respect the person in authority. The Bible calls this "honor" which properly translated means almost worship. If you allow your children to disrespect you even in small things, you are teaching them to sin.
Psychology also destroys the man and the woman. A man is a servant of the women and children with manly traits like honor, uncompromising love of truth, leadership, chivalry, courage, bravery, nobility, loyalty, gentleness, temperate and fearless. He does not have unmanly traits of sentimentality or confuse lack of character for charity; or stupidity for poverty of spirit. In the Psychological world have you heard words like, honor, chivalry, courage, bravery, nobility, loyalty or fearlessness? A woman is sacred to God as she is the tabernacle of creation. She is gentle, soft spoken, modest, reserved, organized, civilized, thoughtful, emotional, honest, noble, responsible, loyal, chaste, clean of heart, cheerful, prayerful, sensual, tender, loving, long suffering and mild. A woman does not have manly traits because she is not the servant of the man and she is proud to be a mother and a wife as she is the one who civilizes the world. In the Psychological world have you heard these words spoken of woman? No, because they want to destroy the woman and make her an instrument of the state.
In Heaven and in the eyes of God we are all equal, Pope, King, or mop-lady, but here on Earth we must have order and order has a chain of command. In the Christian Family, the first cell in the Kingdom of God, this is by divine right, but this makes the one on top the servant of the ones below him. All the ten commandments are mortal sins designed to create the perfect society among people prone to sin and make you happy. If you brake them you cannot be happy.
There was a man condemned to death in the gas chamber. His mother came to see him and hugged him. He bit her ear off. "Thatís for allowing me to have anything I wanted and condoning my sins when I was a child instead of spanking me so that I might have learned right from wrong.
You want your ear bitten off? Then donít condone the wrong in your children. I know parents who buy their children drugs so that they will not loose the love of their children. I know parents who let their 15-year-old girl sleep in their own home with men, so that the child will not leave home.
This is not love. Christ showed love by correcting the faults of his apostles, and condemning the sins of the Pharisees, by never compromising the truth, and by forgiving the repentant sinner. Not by condoning sin.
We live in a democracy and therefore it's easy to think of morals and ethics as something democratic. But if morals were democratic where would the chain of continual changes end? To be modern is to change from the old. To be modern tomorrow is to change again, and then again and again. Until what? The changes in the realm of morals are to a social phenomenon of systematic creation of dissatisfaction with what ever feels good today. Where is it all headed? This trend towards acceptance, this buying of the childrenís love, this catering to the childrenís weaknesses?
Do you want your childís love at the price of their morals, or their soul, of forever and ever in hell? This is not love. The obligation of fathers and mothers is to love their children, not to be loved by their children. To love (and action word - agape) is to do what is good for someone, not to do whatever they want. Never let your children say that you condoned immoral clothes, activities, actions, or words. If they do wrong let them know its wrong. Be the hated, dreaded, Christian parents, and be damned proud of it. Keep your ears.
PROTECT THE CONSCIENCE
The central theme of my fatherhood was and is to protect the CONSCIENCE of my children. Forty years ago, before I ever had any children, I knew that all I could ever hope to give my offspring was a CONSCIENCE. At that time, I never imagined that I would be opposed by so many people, by so many groups of people.
CONSCIENCE - It seems like such a simple word but I guess it isn't understood at all today. Scripture says that all wrongs can be made right by simply asking for forgiveness and by meaning it. Why, then, does Scripture also say that a sin against the HOLY SPIRIT cannot be forgiven in this life nor in the life to come? If, in one place in Scripture, it says that all sins can be forgiven and in another place, it says that there is one sin that cannot be forgivable, does this mean that a contradiction exists - that the teaching of Scripture is inconsistent? By no means!
The unforgivable sin of the HOLY SPIRIT is the denial of sin. If we refuse to admit that we have sinned, how can we ask for forgiveness for something we don't believe to be wrong? And, if we don't ask, how will we receive the forgiveness we need in this life and in the life to come? We need forgiveness in this life because whenever there is an un-admitted violation of a moral law, the human mind comes under pressure.
The repressed guilt breaks forth, creating a psychosis or a neurosis at its weakest point. Defiance of morality sometimes manifests itself in pessimism, in which one becomes a constant harbinger of disaster and catastrophe, expecting defeat in every enterprise that's undertaken. This overwhelming sense of pessimism is due to a consciousness of self-defeat, for which Hell is nothing but an eternal expression. If anyone living with such a soul is happy, he or she is made uneasy and is moved to spoil this happiness by slander, ridicule, and jealousy.
CONSCIENCE never leaves us no matter how hard we try; this conscience of our youth, before it was perverted by sin; this conscience we had before we warped it by a false education; this conscience which considered wrong the sins we now justify; this conscience that was before it got polluted by license and mixed with selfishness; this conscience that now gives right and wrong an equal value.
This conscience says - I am the conscience God gave you. Behold thyself in it as a mirror. What gravitation is to the stars, what instincts are to the animal, that I was to you. A law laid down to help you in your course. I warned you often. I filled you with a sense of being. Fed up and emptied you of inner peace. I shouted, I whispered, I murmured, I kept you awake all night, I made you afraid to wake in the morning, I troubled you in your pleasure, I gave no rest in your sins. To escape me, you tried to find peace in a second or third marriage or a fourth or fifth drink. You were analyzed by your psychiatrist, but never synthesized; you were taken apart but never put together. You said your conscience was at peace but it was the false peace of which the Savior spoke, the deadly peace of the Devil's palace.
You should have mistrusted yourself when you were without blame. But I, your conscience, never tired. I would not let you escape, though you fled from me in shame, disquiet, bitterness, fear, anxiety. I kept you always restless. All things betray you, who betrayest me.
EVERYBODY IS DOING IT
Even those who live in a false peace, one founded on false, maxims 'EVERYBODY IS DOING IT' 'THE KINSEY REPORT SHOWS WE CAN' 'WE NEED NEW ETHICS TO SUIT OUR HABITS', still know that there are things they would be ashamed to do if their associates learned of them. Yet if everything a conscience-in-a-false-peace does is good, why not let everybody see it? If there is no fixed wrong, there should be no sense of shame. But there is shame. Modem Lady Macbeths seek madness rather than face themselves as they really are. They construct a thousand and one crosses more crucifying than the crucifix itself. At the very moment they call religious people "cowards", they know in their hearts that they are the real cowards, fearful of giving up the evil in their lives. To be in sin and to dread sin can be the path to goodness, but to be in sin and to dread goodness and hate truth is DEMONIC.
Pilate said, "What is truth?" and this same saying is the predominant theme of our time as everyone is denying the existence of any absolute truths. Ignorance of the facts does not alter the truth. Knowledge, which illumines one mind, can make another man a monomaniac. Albert Einstein, in explaining the universe, said that all things were relative and pseudo-intellectuals have taken his ideas wrongly, made them mean exactly the opposite of what he had in mind. Yes, he said that all things are relative. A train going by is fast relative to a man standing still and yet not so fast to one riding in the train. So everything can be compared to something else, but Einstein also said that somewhere in the universe there had to be a pivotal point, to which all things ultimately have to be relative to and he spent all his life searching for that perfect unity of knowledge that he knew had to exist. The statement of his that I like most is, "God would not have made an unorganized universe."
This fact of relativity is also the problem of our time as our faults become more justified by the faults around us, faults that are more wrong. Being more wrong, however, does not make anything right anymore than having most of the world think that the world was flat made it flat.
Truth is truth and public opinion can never alter it. Truth is not democratic.
The last end for men is the contemplation of truth for the contemplation of truth is an end in itself. When the ego is suppressed to such an extent that the truth can be let in to the mind without prejudice, then education ceases to be a mere mechanical substitute of one theory or one set of figures for another. It then begins to be the deepening of mystery, the unfolding of ever-deeper insights into truth and the purpose of life, where reason becomes stronger because faith helps it, as sunlight aids the eyes. Then will ethics cease to be a list of commandments and be the sum of love, morality a by-product of intimacy. In this transformation of the will, deeds cease to be purely the duty this day requires of us; it becomes a responsive echo of God's love. A good action is no longer prompted by external circumstances such as the sight of sick man on the street, but by the Spirit of Christ within. The ego gives way to the I - the I that lives in Christ.
PROPAGANDA OR ADVERTISING
Advertising 'tries to stimulate our sensuous desires by converting luxuries into necessities, but it only intensifies man's misery. The business world is bent on creating hungers which its wares can never satisfy. Thus it adds to the frustrations and broken minds of our times. No one would allow it to be spooned into their minds. Unless a mind watches closely over what goes into it, it will not be long before this hodgepodge of journalistic information can seem to be an absolute. Then will such a mind consider its holder a great thinker even without his having read the greater thinkers of our civilization.
The movies, the newspapers, and the radio pour into the intellect confused and contradictory ideas which will produce confused lives unless the intellect, in the light of faith, keeps many of them out. Anyone who has lived without a newspaper or a radio for thirty days has experienced peace from not having to read news of discord. Many writings deceive people by appealing to their egotism. The results make the ego more egotistic, thus preventing the release of the I, or the real self. Egotists become so dependent on the praise of others that they never feel integrated and are never able to find peace. Weak wills are influenced by human respect and the bad example of those others who decide what everybody else should be doing. Disorder is not the way of the universe. Look at the way the correlation exists among truths of human reason, such as the way in which the infinitesimal atom repeats, in miniature, the almost infinite solar system.
INFORMATION IS NOT KNOWLEDGE
Schooling alone will not save our society. Never before was there so much education, and never before so little arrival at the truth. We have stuffed our children's minds with facts, and neglected to teach them how to love. Any system of education, which fails to discipline the will also, fails to train the character. Education takes hold of what is best in a person and develops it, but character training takes as deep an interest in a person's greatest lacks as in his greatest gifts. It singles out a person's PREDOMINANT FAILING and by fighting against it, finally perfects the personality in the virtue contrary to the previously held vice. The first step in character training, then, is to discover what is the worst in us. Some of the greatest minds in history became great in the very field they were weakest in. Hemingway failed English; Edison was considered a dreamer and thrown out of school; Einstein failed elementary math, and St. Augustine was hooked on lust for the flesh.
Truth, in any form, can never be reached for as long as its potential receiver has a prejudiced mind and a prejudiced mind comes from an ego that dominates the personality. To find the truth in any field of knowledge, we must first rid ourselves of the evil over real selves. Three psychological changes are essential for the removal of barriers to truth -adoption of the thoroughgoing scientific attitude; acting on what we already know; and reform of our conduct.
If we adopt the humility of the true scientist, we shall be prepared to welcome truth wherever we may find it, whether it suits our accustomed ways or not. For the ego to start with itself as an absolute in anything is unscientific -it would be just as silly to attempt an egotistic mathematics or a self-centered astronomy. It is becoming very popular to affirm the subject and to deny the existence of the object. To make the ego the standard of all that is right and true is to set, up our own biased minds as the determinant of everything outside us. The denial of objective reality is one of the basic causes of the confusion of our day. This will be shown in the next report on "Remnants of Communism - Evolution".
No sound geologist imposes his own theory of the strata of the earth upon the facts which he collects; he studies the rocks and whatever the rocks tell him about their nature, he accepts. All human ideals, human codes, and human systems whether Aristotelian, Confucian, or Platonic treat man as a self-contained being whose highest potentials exist within his own nature, not by the influences around him. Surrender to influences of any person or any system is the destruction of freedom. We may not safely put our trust in any man or man-made system. We are responsible for our own actions, not our friends, our parents, our luck, or even our talents. We can do anything, but only when we put all the responsibility on our self and not on others.
FREE TO CHANGE
"I am what I am, and that I must always be" is to ignore freedom. Goethe gave modem man an escape from all moral obligations by saying, "in the beginning was the deed". First, you live and then you rationalize your life. First you act, and then you think of a way to justify your action. First you seize property, and then you write a law to sanction the feat. From this false primacy of the act over truth comes all the moral disorder of the present day, as men no longer fit their lives to a creed, but choose a creed to suit the way they live.
If man were only a thing, he would perish with things; if he were a beast he would perish with the beasts; if he were only an ego, he would perish when people stopped talking about him; but he cannot sweep away his personality.
Every person gives away his freedom. Some give it to public opinion; some become the slaves of their own passions; some give away their freedom to dictators or to the state; but our free will is a primary concern of the Divine. We cannot have peace without freedom, especially the freedom of the mind. The search for peace within the self is always doomed to fail. The two loneliest places 1n the world are a strange city and one's own ego. When man is alone with his thoughts in false independence of the Love who made him, he keeps bad company. No amount of psychoanalysis can quell the uneasiness that results, for its basis is metaphysical. Its source is the tension between the finite and the infinite. If the ego is given its way, with no moral discipline to lift it to the I stage, the personality degenerates through seven stages: solicitation, pleasure, consent, act, habit, necessity and death.
Unable to bear what is called the "Awful Truth" about himself, man conceives a hatred against truth itself -against the true explanation of the universe, even though he disguises it with the polite veneer of agnosticism, or with the despair which always follows arrogance, or by a violent cynicism and hatred of all life. Such a man is fleeing truth for fear of the demands that it might make on him. Truth can be hated for anyone of three reasons; first, because of our intellectual pride; second, because its acceptance would require our giving up our evil ways; third, because truth implies that another mind knows the truth or our sins.
Suppose that everyone in the world were blind except for three persons. If these three really saw, not only the sun, but also things under the sun, their unique claim to a thing called "sight" might become a very interesting problem for a group of blind psychologists bent on investigating the existence of vision. These psychologists would probably start with the assumption that, since they are blind, everyone else is also blind. Before making any tests at all, their minds would be already closed. When the three with vision would claim that they could see the sun and things under the sun, the psychologists would call their claim a delusion. Belief in the objective existence of the sun would probably be traced back to Persian mythology, and left there. Still a second group of psychologists might suggest that belief in the sun was basically a complex delusion based on a curious and morbid wish for light. These psychologists from the second group would always assume that because they would be groping in the dark, their assumption being that everyone else must be in the dark. This is the attitude of those who live in sin.
Science, valid and necessary as it is as a human pursuit; can never completely satisfy the soul's hunger for scientific man remains a spectator of reality. He copies and chronicles but the soul is never satisfied until it can find union with a greater personality.
Nature will never let us rest content in her arms if we try to love her without loving her God. Some false "scientists" have attempted to restore the three-dimensional universe that they lost but they have placed it inside the mind instead of positing it in heaven and in an earth and a hell. They have offered, as substitutes, a conscience, a consciousness, and an unconscious, a super ego, an ego and an id.
The prophets of the cavernous depths (psychos) feel that if they could dig, explore, analyze and plunge into the unconscious they might unearth new mysteries never before penetrated; and that out of this subliminal self they might stir up new energies, new powers which would bring peace and salvation to the world. There is no great mystery inside the psyche that has not already been explored. Man have lived too long with agile, thinking minds for them to think it likely that in this twentieth century there still lies hidden some other salvation within us, other than God Himself.
ESCAPING THE CONSCIENCE
To think or not to think, that is the real question. To be or not to be is only relevant to one who thinks. To be for one who is, is to think. To think is to seek truth. For to seek other than truth is to seek a lie and to want a lie is to want an ego. Only the ego is a liar. The I, or real self, seeks truth about himself and his relation to the universe. The ego seeks justification for his lies and tries to fit justifications into his knowledge of things. Beyond his justifications is mental escape. Escapists call themselves agnostics in order to avoid the moral consequences of truth. Agnosticism, skepticism, and cultivated doubt do not represent an intellectual position for wherever there is a shadow there must be light, and negation would not exist if there were nothing to deny.
Escapists travel away from God through intellectual fantasies, daydreams, alcoholism, sleeping tablets, or dope. One intellectual fantasy is cynicism. The difference between the pessimist and the cynic is that the pessimist carries on the losing battle against life in his own soul, while the cynic tries to wage the battle in someone else's soul. One only ought to watch television to understand modern-day fantasy. The drunkard pursues the exhilaration of liquor; the alcoholic pursues the obliteration of memory. When all else fails, there is resort to the drug with only purpose-to kill the brain so that truth cannot enter. Some souls try to escape the reproaches of conscience by excessive activity, to the point of jitters and neurotic over-activity. Some use work as a drug to keep their thoughts off their own consciences, their inner miseries.
The sense of guilt is never completely destroyed in anyone. Conscience lives on, even when deliberately strangled or ignored. The ego may resort to many subterfuges less radical than suicide, in a hopeless effort to evade its warnings. Hyperactivity is one such hiding place for guilt.
PLEASURE IS RELATIVE TO ABSTINENCE
The very fury with which modern men and women seek pleasure is the strongest proof that they have not found it; for if the streets of our city were filled with ambulances, and the hospitals were jammed to capacity, and doctors and nurses were running about madly, there would be a strong suspicion that health had not yet been found. Pleasure, as a life goal is a mirage. No one ever attains it. But it is possible to enjoy stable, refreshing pleasures, provided one knows that their ENJOYMENT IS ALWAYS A CONTRAST. So even pleasure is a relative thing. The condition for having a good time is always that one shouldn't be trying to have a good time. There is no fun in life if everything is funny. As in Einstein's theory of relative objectives, times, lights, so is pleasure is relative to contrast. That is why the man who is able to control himself enough to do without things for periods of time will enjoy them more than the one who has no self-discipline.
No pleasure is ever permanent until it has passed through a moment of pain. Every quest for pleasure is fundamentally a striving for the infinite. Our greed for God is greater than the earth can gratify. Hedonism, the philosophy of a life given solely to sensate pleasures, is the norm of modem-day pseudo-sociologists.
The proper attitude towards life is not one of pleasure seeking, but the cultivation of a divine sense of humor. True pleasure comes only from peace of mind and peace of mind comes only when we stop pretending. There is nothing more ludicrous than pretentiousness and unless self-knowledge comes to puncture it, the absurdity will grow. Self-exaltation humiliated and dignity punctured amuse us.
SOCIOLOGY VS. PHILOSOPHY
The effort to escape from God into depth psychology is common now. Modem man is probing into the lowest depths of his mind, out of which he hopes to draw a new and refreshing elixir of life. In studying self-discipline, the great artists of the spiritual life have more to tell us than the psychologists. St. Augustine is one such master. He was afraid to surrender his ego, which had disintegrated by love of the flesh. Marx, who promised the brotherhood of man, could not give it, because he denied the fatherhood of God. Freud, who offered peace of mind, could not give it because he denied all belief in God and all need for redemption from sin. Both are examples of those who do not know human nature. Every passion, every craving of the body is finite and carnal. Its cravings, when satisfied, fail to content us. Passions are not wrong, it is only their abuse-that is wrong. There is nothing in the visible universe that is intrinsically wicked. The formal element in a sin is its evil and perverse abuse of a good thing. Dirt is only misplaced earth.
The ego says, "Who decides what is right and wrong except myself? Conscience is the residue of social taboos and totems. I have heard of some primitive tribes that do not consider stealing a wrong. Anyway, one has to live his own life. Stealing is wrong only if you get caught." Where did modem man get such an absurdity? From our new school system, of course! Our psychological school system!
One of our college textbooks, THE SOCIAL WEB-AN INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY says, "If you can put yourself in the place of this mythical prehistoric person, and if you believe that he asked himself some of these questions, you will have answered the first question concerning religion-why is religion universal, found in every society ever known? Religion is universal because human beings do not live by bread alone. A full belly and a place to lie down are essential to survival; but no one has ever been satisfied with merely staying alive. People have always wanted to know why. This arrogance, the refusal to believe that they might be a sheer accident of fate whose life and death matter to no one except a small circle of people has led individuals to conceive of themselves as part of a system that includes them but also transcends them."
How can I have any respect for sociology, when they, who have the arrogant ego, say that any logic of religion is based on universal arrogance? Sociologists have no right to make such statements anyway. By their own words, "Sociology is a pure, not an applied science". They violate their own law. In other words, its goal is the acquisition of knowledge about the behavior of human beings in society, not the use of that knowledge. Now, if that is true, then why do they make statements that effect the social order?
The true scientist says that education is seeking the truth, but the SOCIAL WEB says, "The primary function of education is the transmission of culture, which includes the individual's INDOCTRINATION INTO, OR HIS INTERNALIZATION OF, HIS SOCIETY'S CULTURE." Now, if you want to be indoctrinated (or maybe brainwashed is a better word) go right ahead; but I have a higher goal. I want truth.
Sociology is not an unbiased observer of religion but an out-and-out opponent. Here are some of the statements made in THE SOCIAL WEB:
"Totemism was very probably the first kind of religion and that others evolved from it. ... Religion affects human behavior as surely as human behavior affects religion. ... The myths (an imaginary person or thing) of Prometheus and Job; for example, are indicative of the cultures of Ancient Greece and biblical Palestine."
Why do sociologists, who are committed to the rational methods of science, take an interest in religion? Because, they are a religion and not a science. Again in the SOCIAL WEB, we read:
"Modem sociologists view religion from a functional viewpoint; it supports and invests the norms and values of society with divine sanctions. Thus, it aids in social control."
I, for one, will not aid that kind of social order. There is no end to the attacks on religion that the schools of sociology propagate. The reason for this is that religion and sociology are diametrically opposed to one another. Sociology wants man and his society to be God. In further attempts to discredit religion in the eyes of our youth, the SOCIAL WEB says:
"In all its manifestations, religion constitutes an immense projection of human meanings into the empty vastness of the universe. A projection, to be sure, which comes back as an alien reality to haunt its producers. Many people use the formulas of magic, in the name of religion. How many of us have, at one time or another, prayed for a wish to come true, for the return of someone we love or even for a good grade on an exam? RELIGION IS QUALITY OF FALSIFICATION OR MYSTIFICATION OF ESSENTIALLY HUMAN PRODUCTS (VALUES AND NORMS) BY COVERING THEM WITH A VEIL OF NON-HUMAN MYSTERY. Beliefs have been refined and altered not only to make them consistent with scientific evidence but to give them relevance to behavior outside the religious sphere."
Does that make sociology sound like a nonbiased science? If values and norms are of human origin and belong to the sphere of sociology, then I do not want any. According to the psychoanalytic school, human personality emerges out of the conflict between the instinctive drive for pleasure-the libido, and the forces of society and culture that attempt to bring it under control. If that is true, then society and the person are natural enemies. If that is true, then there are no absolute values and norms.
Sociology also emphasizes the effects of culture on the BIOLOGICAL ORGANISM. In case you didn't know it, behaviorists claim that the BIOLOGICAL ORGANISM can be taught any kind of behavior. Socialization is broadly defined as the process by which a biological organism becomes a human being. Sick! Sick! Sick!
What they are saying in essence is that if you are not indoctrinated into the social order, then you are not a human being but a biological organism. I guess they jail biological organisms. On page seven of the same book it says that sociology has no laws:
"As a categorical rather than a normative science, it is concerned with what is and never with what ought to be."
If that is true, then why is it used to influence our children, our governments, and our schools against religion? The scientific attitude towards religion should be, "Can we prove or disprove the existence of God?" Religion should be an inquiry into God's idea of worship and not man's idea of worship.
The scientific truth is that if we lose the ego, we shall find the I, and if we find the I, we will find the truth; and if we find the truth, we will find God.
Psychological statements about man rarely demand moral amendment; they permit us to remain mere interested spectators of our own reality. All psychological appeals to a morally disordered soul are external to the person to be reformed. Since the action comes from without, the reformer can only ring the bell. He cannot get inside the house, so to speak, and he can find no ally within its doors. An alcoholic may admit that all the arguments a reformer or psychologist presents to him are true, but there is a world of difference between knowing what is right and doing what is right.
Sociology kills any chance of reform by putting thoughts into the minds of our youth like,
"I guess I am built that way, how can I help it? Anyway, I heard one of my professors say that we are not free, that we are determined to be the way we are. Since I am inclined to steal, I probably inherited a tendency toward stealing from my grandfather. Also, I may-have inferiority complex due to a repression of my ego by my reactionary parents, who lived before the dawn of progressive education. It is perfectly natural for me to compensate for it by the extension of my ego in the acquisition of property."
I recently checked out a college course manual and found 531 courses in Psychology, Psychiatry and Sociology but not one course in Philosophy.
Feed man until he is fed up; surround him with every material condition to satisfy his every passion; give him license to do whatever he pleases; castle him; cajole him; amuse him; and invariably, after a short time, he will seek what he doesn't have. If he gets exactly what he wants, he will hate himself for wanting it. The sense of despair that the egotist feels is the beginning of his Hell. So long as the egotist feels the tension between what he did and the feeling that it was wrong, there is hope. But when that tension ceases, God seems, at least for the moment, to have left him alone just as he wished. But in truth God never abandons him until his final rejection of grace at death. The egotist in his false peace may boast that he has quite "outgrown" thoughts of God and judgement and religion and that he can just enjoy his freedom; but he is only kidding himself.
This false peace is exactly the reason I am so against the use of the three state and devil religions (sociology, psychology, and psychiatry) in teaching moral standards to my children. These pseudo-sciences take away the very heart of religion, the guilt, the conscience, the presence of guardian angels.
Under this false peace the conscience is muffled and the will becomes so weak that almost upon the first presentation of a stimulus of the flesh, it allows the body to seek to satisfy itself. He may psychologically justify his weakness by denying that he has free will, but the weakness remains. Because a man's philosophy is made by the way he lives, it would be interesting to make a statistical study of the moral activities of those who most learnedly deny freedom of the will in their lectures and in their books.
SELF LOVE BUT CANNOT LOVE
Egotists find it very hard to enjoy the "being left alone" for which they clamor. They have to escape from their lonely egotism in alcoholism or in soporifics, or in losing themselves in crowds. The ego is the mask a person shows to the world. The I is able to return to its own essence, to see itself as it really is and to know itself in reflection. The ego is always made according to the image and likeness of the spirit of the world in which it lives. THE EGO IS A CONFORMIST. It is adjusted to its times. The ego is always self-centered. The personality, because it is essentially a mystery, is willing to soar beyond the self if it can return to its source. The ego wants the world to serve it. The I wants to serve the world. Egocentricity always leads to self-deception, for by its very nature the ego seeks to smother the I with its eagerness for comfort. The ego flies from truth because it knows that truth is its undoing. The I seeks truth, for it knows truth is its flowering and perfection. Liars are always persons whose egos are fiercely prized. The difference between the person in whom the ego, or selfishness, dominates and the person in whom the I, or personality, dominates spells the difference between false piety and true happiness, between neurotic and normal living. The psychological feeling of tension and conflict inside every sinner is the ego wanting one thing and the I wanting another: The ego wants reality to yield to him and to let him enjoy things to excess without the ensuing remorse.
The show-off in any area is the man who lacks the quality he so carefully pretends to have. Those who love publicity are always people who do not want their real selves to be known to anyone. When the ego dominates our lives, we blame little faults in others and excuse great offenses in ourselves. We plant our feet firmly in mid-air and call ourselves "liberal". We disguise our psychological reluctance to work by praising a socialism in which the state does everything. We judge our virtues by the vices from which we abstain. We want so much to be loved that we forget to love.
The ego can never love anything but itself. It loves another person only for as long as that person is a source of selfish pleasure or ego support. The disproportion between the lasting ecstasy one had hoped to enjoy and the finite short-lived pleasure actually given begets sadness and ultimately despair. However, if the one who loves an egotist does so totally and with complete surrender, then he or she ceases to exist.
The loved one dominates, possesses, and subjects him or her to such extent that, as a God image, she no longer exists of and by himself or herself. Then, in that case, there is no one left to love. But if he or she does not love him or her totally and to the point of surrender, then such a person is not devoted, does not satisfy needs, for man was made for infinite love and he or she does not love enough. Love is only lasting if it is tied to the infinite love of the Infinite.
SIN ALWAYS HIDDEN IN GOOD
The psychology of egotism is excitement of the passions, the feeling of pleasure, or well being, or enchantment. The suggestion of evil now goes into high gear as the impact of the suggestion is felt on the body itself. At this stage we have a perfect example of the psychosomatic interdependence with the psyche being the mind, the soma being the body.
No sin ever presents itself under the guise of evil. Evil is always willed because of the good elements, real or imagined, which accompany it. The first downward step comes when we deceive ourselves by accepting a lying label, which makes evil things seem good to us.
Temptation to impurity is like a spark, which has fallen from a burning hearth onto a carpet. If one were eager to save the house, he would immediately extinguish the spark. But if one believed in thoroughgoing "self-expression" and were accustomed to the belief that resistance to any impulse is wrong then he would take steps to encourage the spark. He would begin igniting pieces of paper from it and throw wooden furniture and curtains into the flames until finally it reaches a point where the whole house is in danger.
Sometimes the egotist who finds his conscience an uncomfortable housemate seeks out a psychoanalyst of the Freudian school, one who will explain away his moral uneasiness through a denial of God and conscience and the moral law. If such a sinner falls into the hands of a more scientific psychiatrist, however, he will be told to reintegrate himself into the moral order and thus recover peace.
But if the egotist is basically in rebellion against God, he will often develop an abnormal hatred and bigotry toward any advisor or any institution that reminds him of the violated order. He will seek out only those who will allow him to continue with his sins. He will ask of them only that they cure the remorse (kill the conscience) which is the sequel to sin.
SELF ESTEEM OR SELF KNOWLEDGE
Self-knowledge is a peeling off of the last ego, which we wear, in order that we may discover the true I and lift ourselves to the second, or higher level of living. But self-knowledge is by no means the same thing as psychoanalysis. In self-knowledge we accept responsibility for the mental states we have created.
In psychoanalysis, the self is merely a spectator of the deeds or words which events and instincts have made him do or say. In psychoanalysis, the patient inspects his own mental condition as he might study a chemical process or the habits of a colony of mice. In self-knowledge, we see ourselves as persons whose decisions and choices have landed us where we are now. Psychoanalysis is idly curious about the goings on of this mysterious "self' on which it does research, with no sense of personal guilt for any of its actions. The basic assumption of such a technique is that every patient has been immaculately conceived and is therefore free of any tendency toward sin. The psychoanalytic patient may even become proud of his complex and tortured mental state and ask the doctor, "Did you ever hear a case as bad as mine?"
Self-knowledge, honestly obtained, begets HUMILITY. After psychoanalysis, there is no moral obligation to change one's habits or to mend one's moral ways. Conduct in opposition to the will of God is blindly accepted and justified. But self-knowledge makes us face the fact that some of our attitudes and habits are evil and should be abandoned. Our sins are not glossed over by self-knowledge. They are faced, admitted, and regretted before God. This begets HUMILITY. We cannot measure ourselves against ourselves; we must measure ourselves against perfection. We can never reach perfection and so this develops HUMILITY.
GROWING THROUGH OUR PREDOMINANT FAULT
By discovering ourPREDOMINANT FAULT, and by acting on that knowledge, we walk towards perfection, even if we know that we will never reach our goal. In order to discover our PREDOMINANT FAULT, we must ask ourselves, "What do I think about most when alone? What makes me most unhappy when I do not have it? What fault do I most vigorously deny possessing?"
Self- knowledge is not easy, because self-love cannot endure humiliation. The ego does not want to vanish. That is why some people try to avoid the painful process of self-knowledge on the grounds that it develops an inferiority complex.
OF ALL THE TOWERING NONSENSE IN THE MODERN WORLD, NOTHING IS GREATER THAN THIS DREAD OF AN INFERIORITY COMPLEX.
The roots of such a fear are always pride. Pride tells us, "I am not as proud or bold self-assertive as I might be if my conscience were made quiet by self-deception."
A materialistic psychoanalysis necessarily makes one pessimistic about human nature. Not having the HUMILITY to face the fact that their real selves are guilty, they deny the very existence of guilt, although SEEING their sins would be the ESSENTIAL CONDITION OF THEIR CURE.
Self-knowledge has many advantages for the soul aware of God. The sense of loneliness and isolation disappears, for now one no longer understands love as the satisfaction of the ego, but as expansiveness toward God and neighbor. Mental health begins to improve. There is no more need to defenses to protect an indefensible egotism. There is no dread of the revelation of the TRUE CAUSE of mental break-
downs. Self-knowledge also makes us more active. A false view of life paralyzes action. As soon as one becomes aware of his own failings, he is immediately made sensitive to the needs and losses of others and made to feel them as his own.
THE NOW MOMENT
ALL UNHAPPINESS, when there is no immediate cause for sorrow, comes from excessive concentration on the past or from psychiatry revolved around an analysis of the despair, pessimism, melancholy, and complexes, which are the inheritances of what has been. Or else the fears, anxieties, and worries, which are the imaginings of what, will be if frustration results from failure, no matter whether it is a failure that has already occurred or a still prospective failure. Man is the ONLY time conscious creature. If only psychiatry knew that the NOW moment is always the MOMENT OF SALVATION!
THE SILENT MOMENT
Hyperactivity and love of noise and chatter (the problem of my daughter, who was sent to a psychiatrist) characterize our age, and serve as compensation for the modem man's profound distrust of himself. Modem man abhors SILENCE for only the peaceful soul can live with itself. Man keeps in futile motion partly to escape from having to ask himself two questions: "Why am I here? Where am I going?" Egotists flee truth to many points. Chatter and confusion are two of those points. Every sinner loves what is noisy because it distracts him from his real self. Silence is helpful because it forces the egotist to reflect, to shift his terror from the goodness he dreads facing, to a terror of his own condition. It changes his fear of truth into a fear of the truth of his own dissolution. Silence isolates us from the crowds that love to pool their misery. An unhappy civilization is always gregarious. Quiet takes one away from the misleading approval of the mob and from the rationalizing slogans of the crowds. Nothing is as good for the soul as a spiritual retreat where, in the requiem of prayers and contemplation, the soul makes itself receptive to insights and energies, which come directly from God.
When one meditates and fills his mind for an hour a day with thoughts and resolutions bearing on the love of God and neighbor above all things, good thoughts emerge in the form of effortless good actions. Our dominant desire is our predominant destiny. Desires are formed in our thoughts and meditations. And since action follows the lead of desires, the soul, as it becomes flooded with divine promptings, become less and less a prey to the suggestions of the world. This increases happiness. External wants are never satisfied and their elimination thus makes for less anxiety.
God told St. Catherine of Sienna that His goodness chastened and purified souls. She replied that that was why He didn't have many friends. Well, neither do I, nor even my children, but innocence is my goal, both for myself and for my children because:
It is innocence that is full and experience that is empty.
It is innocence that wins and experience that loses.
It is innocence that is young and experience that is old.
It is innocence that grows and experience that wanes.
It is innocence that is born and experience that dies.
It is innocence that knows and experience that does not know.
Empty as an empty gourd, empty as an empty barrel.
Now, then, children, go to school, and you men go to the school of life, GO AND LEARN TO UNLEARN.
May the veil of My Lady and Mother protect you.