The shocking news about Kevin Rudd's solution to the 'asylum seeker' problem stunned the Tavern. The mood turned from anger to sheer horror of what this says about the Australian people.
The Australian people are well known for their 'laid back' good humour and generosity. No-one to date could possibly describe Australia as representative of Evil.
But now we have to look at the possibility.
Talk of 'Evil' human traffickers so often used by the Government ministers from KRudd through Gillard and now KRudd again, completely avoids the fact that it was KRudd who opened the door to those traffickers in the first place having destroyed the much more benign Policy of the Liberals. The Labour Party led by KRudd virtually devised the 'business plan' they continually talk of the traffickers having.
And now that over
1000 men, women and children have drownedtrying to illegally reach our shores he and his Ministers continue to demonstrate that evil has a smiling and 'innocent' face, intent on blaming others. KRUdd the Messiah has spoken. He has single-handedly 'stopped the boats'.
No-one likes the fact that tens of thousands of people have arrived here illegally after destroying their identity records and paying vast sums to the traffickers. No-one likes the fact that many are likely to continue to act in defiance of the Laws of Australia, just as so many of them have indeed shown themselves to be feral creatures who have gained entry into the Zoo's ice-cream shop.
Our cities are reeling with the effects of gangs of 'young' illegal asylum seekers ' placed in the community' fighting other gangs of illegal asylum seekers. They show their inclinations in the riots and fires, the destruction and 'self-harm' in the detention centres.
But despite not liking this, the Australian people have shown remarkable generosity of heart and spirit. So much so that few have even criticised the separation of Fathers and boys from their wives, mothers and daughters and sisters. We have continued to volunteer to help.
Misandry rules in Australia even if denied or simply shouted down with Feminist agitprop and victimhood.
But KRudd has gone a league further.
ALL MEN will be denied entry for ever.
EVEN IF THEY ARE GENUINE REFUGEES.
They will all be sent to another country and never be allowed to come in, even legally. A 'Third-World' country that is so poor it has massive problems of its own. They will be dumped into canvas camps in their thousands, in a small town which has only a few thousand inhabitants itself. It is a recipe for disaster.
Women and children will NOT be sent there. They will be placed 'in the community'. In Australia.
Families will be permanently broken up.
And the Ministers of the KRudd government defend this travesty of humanity. They find every excuse to avoid self-analysis.
But Cid gives it a go for them.
He came into the bar to strum his guitar and give us a few of his latest riffs, and talk about Evil, quite unaware of this latest and most awful example.
I will have more to say later.
Right now I must drink from a cup of calm and care.
OK. Half an hour later I will try to continue. I may need other breaks yet !
Rudd is likely to be hoist on his petard due to the sexism inculcated into the Australian psyche by years of Feminism. Even though women will be allowed to stay in Oz, they will be upset that their own men are expelled, and you just cannot go upsetting the ladies in Oz.
Cid did well. He has given quite a bit of thought to it.
As you and I and all in the bar must.
Australia has a MORAL OBLIGATION to offer refuge to genuine asylum seekers. To those asylum seekers who do not try to deceive. And to treat all of them EQUALLY: not on the basis of age and sex.
But we do not get that even as Australian Citizens. Men do not. Women get double-plus-good treatment as per the dictats of the Office for the Status of Women. Have vagina, get free pussy-pass.
KRudd and his cronies are acting in a totally inhumane manner. Vicious. Un'Fair'. Un-Australian. No sign of a 'fair go', one of KRudd's favourite phrases.
AND THEY THINK THEY ARE CLEVER !
They gloat that they have pulled a fast one on Tony Abbott.
It is a Political ploy, to cost Billions of dollars and countless lives, just to stymie the opposition.
Note also that the Australian people will fork over BILLIONS of dollars to the fat cats that run PNG. The corruption there is endemic.
Note also that PNG is located on one half of a huge island, the other half of which is Irian Jaya, a province of Indonesia -
from where the illegal asylum seekers set out on their boats !
No attempt was made to establish a processing centre on their side of the border.
Cid talks of many factors, Power being one. KRudd wields it. Yet power comes in degrees. We think of Evil people like the mass murderers and the dictators of the last century, but we need to be interested in the scale of it, not just the usual 'Top' 10 Most Evil People in History' but down to the ordinary person in the street.
But to understand Evil, the bigger the sample the better view you will get. 10 is not enough. So consider the Family Court Judge who dispenses with truth; the false accuser who will see a man jailed and denied his children. You can come up with a host of seemingly ordinary people who 'do' evil in smaller quantity than a Hitler or Mao but cause mayhem for those surrounding them. Mothers who kill their unborn babies is an early example Cid gives.
And the evil people deny it.
Cid also talks in terms of not needing to consider 'religion' or God. He speaks as an atheist, examining from a philosophical point of view. A place to start.
KRudd claimed to be a Christian and claimed that bringing Religion into things was 'divisive' in a 'multicultural' society, but he nevertheless had a regular Press call outside a church on Sundays.
And Cid talks of Empathy, or lack of it. There are a number of other factors involved too. And very often one can only 'see' evil after the fact. Sometimes long after, especially with 'small' matters that go under the radar.
But Evil IS a matter of Right and Wrong. A Moral issue. It's also Human behaviour, so a Psychological issue. Scott Peck studied from both of those perspectives.
Peck was amongst the first to take the 'religious' perspective on Evil from the Churches and hand it over to Psychologists to study, suggesting that they start with Narcissism and Laziness. People are too lazy generally to look inside themselves. That was in 'The Road Less Travelled'. He went on to develop the themes in "The People of the Lie".
To Peck, THE LIE is a central feature
It is no simple error that the Devil is called the Prince(ss) of Lies.
Abdullah, standing at the bar had read both books. He said:
"Don't even consider buying this book if you haven't read the author's first book "The road less travelled." This is a sequel to that book and a lot of the notions and concepts discussed here were established in the first book.
Besides, the author, M. Scott Peck, introduces many controversial suggestions in this book, and most of his findings are either shocking or, at least, unusual. Only by reading the first book you will establish the respect and admiration of the author's wisdom and intellect necessary to hear out his out of the ordinary ideas.
"The road less traveled" is a psychological study of love and of human spiritual growth, or in other words, the good side of humanity. This book is a follow up to that study. It is only logical that when you study the light that you wonder about the darkness. However, human evil is a concept totally alien to the science of psychiatry.
Besides, as the author himself admits, using the term "Evil" can be an act of evilness itself! It is also highly risky to approach the flames of evilness without catching up on its fires yourself! With these precautions Dr. Peck begins a fantastic book in the study of human evil through the eyes of psychiatry.
The book begins by telling in detail the story of one of his patients who seemed to be a happy man leading a very normal and healthy life. However, as he carries on, we start realizing along with Dr. Peck that evil was staring the man in every corner of his life, hiding in his problems and even among his family members! It is by the end of the story we realize that this normal person literally did sell his soul to the devil!
How did this happen? How can one sell his soul to the devil?
Does the devil even exist?
With these questions Dr. Peck dives into the study of evil in human beings. Peck claims that evil does exist, but it's neither incurable nor unavoidable!
And the only way to combat evil is to admit to its existence and to recognize its danger. How can you fight something that you don't even believe is true, he says.
Dr. Peck explains why scientists dismiss the idea of the existence of evil and how that is caused by their limited perception of what science stands for. He then carries on by giving examples of some of the cases he had to deal with where he allegedly met with the human evil.
And in one chapter he dedicates it wholly to one story of one of his clients whom he failed to heal after more than 5 years of therapy because he didn't have the knowledge or the courage to admit that it was evil that she was suffering from.
Later on he explains a different manifestation of evil that he terms as "The group evil." He explains that evil can be present in a group even if all of its members were not individually evil!Another chap, David spoke up:
I remember picking this book up about 5 years ago and scanning through the first couple of chapters thinking to myself, "What is this guy talking about? I can't even fathom people that act like this." It just didn't ring true because my experience had not seen the likes of what he was trying to explain.
Fast forward 5 years later, and after going through a harrowing job experience with two people who could star in a movie representation of this book (which, come to think of it, has already been done in a film called SWIMMING WITH SHARKS in the character played by Kevin Spacey), I read it through in a single sitting.
Peck so accurately diagnoses the "people of the lie" as being so self-absorbed and narcisistic that they continually make excuses about the abuse they heap upon other people, somehow turning every story 180 degrees in the opposite direction and always claiming victimization when the situation so clearly points to them as the perpetrator.
It is a sad indictment of what must be a pandemic within institutions, as these folks clamor and cling to power, money and title oblivious to the human carnage left in the wake of their passing.People who are evil will deny they are evil. They will pretend to be 'Good'. They will blame others, projecting their own evil onto them. Just as KRudd does. And his Ministers do.
I will have another drink and think a bit more on these matters. Many in the bar are doing that right now too.
Meanwhile, to help you along, consider these points:
EXCERPTS FROM "PEOPLE OF THE LIE" by M. Scott Peck MD
"The central defect of 'the evil' is not the sin but the refusal to acknowledge it.
More often than not these people will be looked at as solid citizens.
How can that be?
How can they be evil and not designated as criminals?
The key word is "designated".
They are criminals in that they commit "crimes" against life and liveliness.
But except in rare instances- such as in the case of Hitler when they might achieve extraordinary degrees of political power that remove them from ordinary restraints, their "crimes are so subtle and covert that they cannot clearly be designated as crimes.
The theme of hiding and covertness will occur again and again throughout the rest of this book. It is the basis for the title "People of the Lie"."
• "Evil deeds do not make an evil person. Otherwise we would all be evil.
• If evil people cannot be defined by the illegality of their deeds or the magnitude of their sins, then how are we to define them?
• The answer is by the consistency of their sins.
• While usually subtle, their destructiveness is remarkably consistent. This is because those who have "crossed over the line" are characterized by their absolute refusal to tolerate the sense of their own sinfulness."
• "The poor in spirit do not commit evil.
• Evil is not committed by people who feel uncertain about their righteousness, who question their own motives, who worry about betraying themselves.
• The evil of this world is committed by the spiritual fat cats, by the Pharisee's of our own day, the self-righteous who think they are without sin because they are unwilling to suffer the discomfort of significant self-examination.
• It is out of their failure to put themselves on trial that their evil arises. They are, in my experience remarkably greedy people."
"A predominant characteristic of the behavior that I call evil is scapegoating. Because in their hearts they consider themselves above reproach, they must lash out at anyone who does reproach them. They sacrifice others to preserve their self-image of perfection."
• "Since they must deny their own badness, they must perceive others as bad.
• They project their own evil onto the world. The evil attack others instead of facing their own failures.
• Spiritual growth requires the acknowledgment of one's own need to grow. If we cannot make that acknowledgment, we have no option except to attempt to eradicate the evidence of our imperfection.
• Strangely enough, evil people are often destructive because they are attempting to destroy evil. The problem is that they misplace the locus of the evil. Instead of destroying others they should be destroying the sickness within themselves."
• "Utterly dedicated to preserving their self-image of perfection, they are unceasingly engaged in the effort to maintain the appearance of moral purity.
• They are acutely sensitive to social norms and what others might think of them.
• They seem to live lives that are above reproach.
• The words "image", "appearance" and "outwardly" are crucial to understanding the morality of 'the evil'.
• While they lack any motivation to be good, they intensely desire to appear good.
• Their goodness is all on a level of pretense. It is in effect a lie. Actually the lie is designed not so much to deceive others as to deceive themselves. We lie only when we are attempting to cover up something we know to be illicit.
• At one and the same time 'the evil' are aware of their evil and desperately trying to avoid the awareness. We become evil by attempting to hide from ourselves.
• The wickedness of 'the evil' is not committed directly, but indirectly as a part of this cover-up process. Evil originates not in the absence of guilt but in the effort to escape it.
• It often happens then that 'the evil' may be recognized by its very disguise. Because they are such experts at disguise, it is seldom possible to pinpoint the maliciousness of 'the evil'. The disguise is usually impenetrable."
• "They are not pain avoiders or lazy people in general. To the contrary, they are likely to exert themselves more than most in their continuing effort to obtain and maintain an image of respectability. They may willingly, even eagerly, undergo great hardships in their search for status.
• It is only one particular pain they cannot tolerate: the pain of their own conscience, the pain of realization of their own sinfulness and imperfection.
• The evil are the last people to ever go to a psychotherapist and to deal with their own deficiencies.
• The evil hate the light- the light of goodness that shows them up, the light of scrutiny that exposes them, the light of truth that penetrates their deception. "
• "They are men and women of obviously strong will, determined to have their own way. There is a remarkable power in the manner in which they attempt to control others."
• "Those who are evil are masters of disguise;
• They are not apt to wittingly disclose their true colors - either to others or to themselves.
• It is not without reason that the serpent is renowned for his subtlety. We therefore cannot pass judgment on a person for a single act. Instead judgment must be made on the basis of a whole pattern of acts as well as their manner and style."
• "We are accustomed to feel pity and sympathy for those who are ill, but the emotions that 'the evil' invoke in us are anger and disgust, if not actual hate.
• It is the unwillingness to suffer emotional pain that usually lies at the very root of emotional illness.
• Those who fully experience depression, doubt, confusion and despair may be infinitely more healthy than those who are generally certain, complacent, and self-satisfied."
• "Think of the psychic energy required for the continued maintenance of the pretense so characteristic of 'the evil'! They perhaps direct at least as much energy into their devious rationalizations and destructive compensations as the healthies do into loving behavior.
• Why? What possesses them, drives them? Basically, it is
• They are terrified that the pretense will break down and they will be exposed to the world and to themselves.
• They are continually frightened that they will come face to face with their own evil.
• Of all emotions, fear is the most painful. Regardless of how well they attempt to appear calm and collected in their daily dealings, 'the evil' live their lives in fear."
• "Evil people would be distinguished by these traits:
• a) Consistent destructive, scapegoating behavior, which may often be quite subtle;
• b) Excessive, albeit usually covert, intolerance to criticism and other forms of narcissistic injury;
• c) Pronounced concern with a public image and self-image of respectability, contributing to a stability of lifestyle but also to pretentiousness and denial of hateful feelings or vengeful motives;
• d) intellectual deviousness, with an increased likelihood of a mild schizophrenic like disturbance of thinking at times of stress."
• "But there is another vital reason to correctly name evil: the healing of its victims. The fact of the matter is that evil is one of the most difficult things to cope with."
• "How are we to take Christ's admonition to " judge not lest you be judged" and still label someone as evil? If you see something wrong don't you try to correct it? Was Hitler OK? Was Jim Jones OK? Were the medical experiments on Jews OK?
• There is such a thing as an excess of sympathy, an excess of tolerance, an excess of permissiveness.
• The fact of the matter is that we cannot lead decent lives without making judgments; general and moral judgments in particular.
• Christ did not enjoin us to refrain from ever judging.
• What Jesus went on to say in the next four verses is that we should judge ourselves before we judge others, not that we should not judge at all. We are to purify ourselves before judging others.
• This is where 'the evil' fail.
• It is the self-criticism they avoid."
Kevin Rudd is Evil.
God help his soul.