5.16.2005

Morlocks and Eloi

(Okay, so the creations of H.G. Wells were were a bit more symbiotic and caste-driven. But they do make for a nice contrast.)

There are those who believe in the basic goodness of humankind, and there are those who believe in the basic evil of humanity. Usually, those who believe in the positive aspects of humanity want to know that it has the freedom to spread. Those on the other side want the security to defend against the threat "They" pose. Threat to what? Sometimes it is a real and physical threat...but most often it is simply a threat to base desires or their way of living.

Sound selfish? It is, but many times the first group only wants the freedom to cater to their own basic desires and immerse themselves in their way of living. Selfishness, like everything else, is relative.

This is a basic polar relationship, viewed in extreme. For most people, the truth lies somewhere in the middle, but the overall stance of both sides remains clearly devisive.

Unfortunately, the savage will indeed kill the pacifist, even if the pacifist would never do the same in return. Instead, the pacifist would appeal to the basic principles of the savage, believing in a faith akin to religion that if the savage somehow understands he or she would do the right thing. It is - usually - not so much about believing in peace itself as it is believing anyone can make a peaceful choice and live harmoniously and well and lovingly...and free.

Most of the time, this approach is proven to be rather naive. The pacifist gets killed, believing to the end that the savage can't really be that...well, savage. I mean, not truly. Not that hard to reach, or bad or self-destructive or greedy or stupid or...

Oh, yes, they can be.

They can also be cunning, which peace-seekers tend to avoid. Because when it comes to these two sides, even the strategies employed by their thoughts diverge. There is the mentality that is openly shared and expressed because the outcome and intent may be perceived as positive, and then there is the mentality that must be hidden because its strategy, outcome, or both would obviously be perceived as negative. Deceit is a large part of how one uses cunning as a tactical employment.

It's a scene playing itself out in spades on the world stage right now. And its the pacifists that are going to get killed, because security-obsessed militants are on a rampage, led by cunning leaders, and the whole lot is pretty much power-mad besides. A sad state of affairs, really. Almost as sad as the fact that the pacifists are still clinging to that faith that somehow, the "informed" or "enlightened" person will make a different, smarter, and better choice. I think they will cling to that faith right up until the sword falls.

It's like watching a game and knowing who is going to win before it is halfway over.

I suppose that one can take heart in the fact that - eventually - yang will reach its epitome, and yin will kick in. In the heart of darkness there is that small white spot that never dies. And when the darkness is at its height, that is where the light begins its ascent.

Once the worst has passed, many of the survivors will see the decimation and pain they in part caused, and swear to seek a better path, and forego the barbarism they allowed to happen...or had a hand in. And the long struggle for enlightenment begins, and those that lead the way will give birth to the future peace-makers.

Sometimes, humanity strikes me as nothing more than a broken record.

That is the huge problem with polar relationships, including oppositional signs in astrology. Both presume that the other side can be like them, or do things like them. A pacifist believes that a more martial personality would choose positive things because that is what the pacifist does with greater understanding. The militant believes that intellectuals or peace-seekers have a sinister or threatening purpose that is bent on proving superiority, because that dominance is what the militant needs to remain secure. Both are way off because they miss or reject an essential component of the struggle.

They are not allied to the same thing.

Of course, common ground can be found. But that takes serious work...harder than merely thinking up a better world, and harder than forcefully reshaping it into one's ideal. Compromise between polar forces is even less possible when knee-deep in a clash of ideals. In the darkest of times, moderation is both the truest and most fleeting of hopes.

In May, 2000, five years ago, a very experienced astrologer I knew and respected told me she was leaving the country. I asked her why. She said she was frightened of the next 8 years. That was the term she used: frightened.

I got it now, M. I really do. But I'm still going down with this ship.

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