Psychology of Totalitarianism

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There is no other solution for samsara or cyclic existence but individual struggle and triumph.
Well I believe the struggle is valid, but that God alone decides. Grace is not achieved, it is granted and bestowed. However in all events, grace spreads from the individual as an attraction -- it is never a compulsion?
 

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Agreed. Which is why compulsion in any realm - personal or societal or political is the mark of the Beast - right?
Yes. But there are tribal mores. To be outside the tribe is death. It is unlikely the mighty whirling cosmos God judges tribally?
 
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Gods of tribes and gods of nations, different gods of different worlds, and great guiding gods of arcs of space and galaxy clusters -- ever higher, closer to the ever receding, ever unattainable One ...
 
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From Desmet's chapter on The Artificial Society:

Galileo’s pendulum illustrates a universal law: The logic and rational
explanation of a natural phenomenon—however comprehensive it may be
—always makes an abstraction of that phenomenon. Theoretical models
never capture anything fully; they always leave an unexplained remainder.
This remainder is not just insignificant, random “noise.” It is the essence
of the object. It is its living component.

You can see this, for example, in the difference between “natural” and
“artificial” products. Whether it’s a genetically engineered plant, lab-printed
meat, vaccine-induced immunity, or high-tech sex dolls—
whenever we artificially reproduce a natural phenomenon from rational
analysis, the artificial phenomenon is not identical to the original. The loss
is not always immediately visible. Sometimes it is barely visible at all.
And yet, it is crucial, both on a physical and psychological level. The
digitalization of human interactions—replacing real human interactions
with digital ones—is a good example thereof.
[...]
The synthetic womb is not as far away as we think. The only thing
required to persuade a society that is gripped by the mechanistic ideology
is a slew of “experts” daily presenting statistics and data in the media,
informing us that artificial wombs protect fetuses a few percentage points
better against viruses and pathogens than the not-so-sterile mother’s body.
Within this logic, anyone who chooses natural pregnancy will be
considered unfit as a parent—such people would expose their child to
unnecessary risks, even before birth. Whether dissident voices could
override such logic remains to be seen. Life itself can be defended only in
terms of metaphor and poetry, yet these usually sound less loud than the
monotonous droning of mechanistic arguments.
 
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