Category: Objective Analyses

Progressivists

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Helplessness,Darkness, light, Primal Therapy, Arthur Janov, France Janov, Bruce Wilson, Peter G. Prontzos
Answering back to darkness requires we relive its helplessness and find empowerment. Destiny sings to us it is the light that lights other lights.
Voting is essential to being truly and deeply authentic in our caring for society and our children.
Vote, help conquer the darkness…
David “Mitch” Sotelo

Progress: What is it? It is the result of being progressive!

Progressivists compose a wing of the Democratic Party, and are almost nonexistent in the Republican Party. Teddy Roosevelt tried to establish a more progressive party called, perhaps affectionately, the “Bull Moose Party”. Sadly, it failed to have the influence it needed to have. Surely though, some progress was made by Teddy in promoting progressive political concerns.

What many progressivists fail to realize is that progressive politics isn’t either far left or far right. Why? Because neither pure Communism or pure Capitalism are progressive, for in the first case the government is taken by force and greed grabs all the money, and in the second case some grab all the money and then buy the government. Neither of these options are progressive, and neither create real human progress. They, in fact, work against it…

Progressive politics is based on a concern for the everyone, which requires the right kind of empowerment of voices in the society, voices that focus on cooperation and empathy, voices that are four kinds: Objective, Creative, Empathetic, and Optimistic (the voice of honest need, the absence of learned helplessness around needs and feelings). These voices need clear communication, with none of them overwhelming the others.

How does this look in society? There are points of powerful voice in the main organizational types that reflect in emphasis the four voices: Government which is more about objectivity, the media, which is more about putting many voices together in helpful creative ways, the extended family organizations most often classified in the United States together as “Church”, and finally the Optimistic voice is about healthy fair trade which benefits all players, this is most often referred to as “Business”.

Democrats are to various degrees mostly progressive, and actually, many Republicans, and even some types of Socialsts as well. Democratic socialism is what many are, without their knowing it, here in the United States. Why? Because Democratic Socialism is about a balance of these voices centered around fair trade that creates the optimism we need to be a healthy society honest with its real needs. So, most people are progressives, but to widely varying degrees, some leaning very capitalistic, and some very communistic. Progressives can be more or less limited in their visions, as selfishness is not progressive, and nationalistic leaning progressives are not at progressive as international progressives.

We need to focus on something I call “progressive health” in order to understand how progressive we are or are not, or how progressive our society is leaning. We need to see how balanced the four voices are, but more crucially we need to see how fair our trade is in helping the Optimistic voice of the society.

There is a disease that affects trade and optimism. I call this disease “greed”, meaning greed for power and wealth that ignores one’s real needs or the needs of others. We can call this disease “corporate capitalism” or “crony capitalism”. Within ourselves this disease manifests as “learned helplessness around needs and feelings” brought about by trauma and deprivation. When this disease sets in, it turns us away from real honest need to symbolic needs in order to help us with the intense anxiety engendered by this form of learned helplessness which could also be seen as “damaged faith in love”. Greed, in short, is the disease, and it exists in various degrees. It is also the root of all “evil” for the human race, and even now is affecting our global climate in dangerous ways.

The answer lies in various kinds of communication that balances these voices, which weakens the symbolic needs that cover our real needs. Symbolic need, or greed, keeps us from the despair of our hopelessness, but in the end shortens our lives and the lives or our societies, and the duration of human life on this planet.

I support primal therapy and the writings of Bruce Wilson, Peter G. Prontzos, Arthur Janov, and France Janov, because they focus on this disease and it’s cure: honestly expressing (voting) our real needs by unlearning the helplessness around them.

I support the Democratic Party and Mike Rawlins, and Michael Handley, and Sajeel Khaleel, and many more of my friends, because they all are voices for progressive politics. I especially support Bernie Sanders because he is a nationalist progressive.

Changing a person or a country toward being more progressive is about incremental changes not violent outbursts or harsh demands.

Within the Democratic Party there is a debate about just how incrementally we have to approach this change and still be heard. That is a valid debate. I think we are ready for Bernie, and some say our nation is only ready for Hillary. But this is an intense family quarrel, not a war. There is a difference between integrating more populist caring politics which is a healing, a slow unlearning, and the psychotic fit within the Republican Party. We love these Republicans, but this family quarrel is about whether grandma and grandpa are a threat to themselves and need to not be out driving the political car, or whether we let them just drive to the nearby grocery or not. Within the Democratic party either argument will produce some progress, it is just a question of how much progress will be created.

To sum this all up: Being progressive isn’t about individual issues or whether we are liberal or conservative. It is about what works. And quintessentially, what is love, and how tough love needs to be.

The whole world is leaning progressive, because it has to in order to meet its global needs well. The question is: Will we be active enough and promote proper communication enough to achieve this over arching goal for humanity.

A note here about emotional/social intelligence classes in our schools: This is a very progressive concept because it teaches all of us how to communicate with ourselves and others with empathy, self awareness, and self control. I have promoted a resolution which speaks to this with an emphasis on lowering bullying in our schools, which is of course, like war, the least progressive thing imaginable.

Here is my resolution for anyone who wishes to write a version and promote the concept of it politically.

Here it is:

Bullying

“Whereas, there is wide spread bullying and violence in our schools, especially against our most vulnerable children, which lowers academic performance and has caused the deaths of our precious children (sometimes by violent acts and sometimes by suicides), Let it therefor be resolved, that we as a Party, endorse the implementation of emotional intelligence classes. These are classes which have been proven successful in many pilot studies to lower violence and increase academic performance by ten percent and more. Let it be therefor further resolves, that such classes be implemented in selected schools at all grade levels for the sake of our children and grandchildren.”

And the good lord said: Let there be light…

David “Mitch” Sotelo

sites to consider The Primal Mind, Primal Therapy Emotional Intelligence

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Voting

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Helplessness,Darkness, light, Primal Therapy, Arthur Janov, France Janov, Bruce Wilson, Peter G. Prontzos
Answering back to darkness requires we relive its helplessness and find empowerment. Destiny sings to us it is the light that lights other lights. David “Mitch” Sotelo

Voting and Voters

Voting is something so very important to our lives and being political is just a part of being socially involved and caring.

I have received much education by experience and from Peter G. Prontzos and Bruce Wilson, two of the most enlightened minds I have ever met, and from the great Dr. Arthur Janov and his wife France Janov.

I have found through careful observation and thought that those not voting are suffering from a kind of learned helplessness from various causes. I have further surmised that those voting against their own interests suffer from the same disease but have a deep push of learned helplessness from severe childhood trauma and deprivation or pre-verbal stage neglect and trauma. The latter are not persuadable by reason or logic and their eyes denote a kind of intense over reaction to such as if it were a kind of poisonous threat.

Why is this so? This exists because of learned helplessness in association with needs and feelings which creates an overwhelming sense of hopelessness/helplessness. This in turn creates an alienation not just from what you once needed, but a symbolization of the early feelings and needs. This creates not just a false struggle that is at the root of greed and thirst for power over others, but an alienation from the person so afflicted from themselves. This in turn creates a false self that is oppressive not just of the person but of others.
Those suffering more from current states of helplessness due to poverty can be very enlightened concerning their needs and these can be reached by progressive values. They are persuadable. These are those that must be reached for involvement in political causes. Others, like many of the followers of Trump are indications of an electorate that is incapable of rational motivations.

When you don’t vote those most damaged and out of touch with themselves will. That is why no matter how hopeless you feel about changing things with your vote, you must surely do so. The alternative is too terrible to contemplate.

Concerning further insights into society and what makes us truly feeling human beings that are emotionally intelligent, caring, and opposed to senseless wars check here, and here.

David “Mitch” Sotelo

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Super Delegates

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Darkness, light, Primal Therapy, Arthur Janov, France Janov, Bruce Wilson, Peter G. Prontzos
Answering back to darkness requires we relive its helplessness and find empowerment. Destiny sings to us it is the light that lights other lights. David “Mitch” Sotelo

Concerning Super Delegates and Bernie Sanders

Perhaps those who think Super Delegates will stand in the way of popular support for Bernie Sanders do not know the longer history of political parties in general? Those in power try to lock in their power in any political party, and rule by the wealthy has been support by all party elites for far too long.

Super delegates winning it for “Hillary” would be a national disgrace and they will do it to the peril of the future of the Democratic Party. Bernie Sanders may in fact be the salvation of the Democratic Party in these highly gerrymandered times, and the best chance for it to expand in a very long time.

I have given money to Democrats and pushed for their election for many years now, and if I were a “super delegate” I would certainly not at this point support Hillary Clinton, who polls less well against Republicans than Bernie Sanders.

i have had my picture taken walking down the street with a Democratic sign held by my child riding on my back, I have managed a campaign for a man whose allegiance to the Democratic Party was due to the work of myself and other activists in one town. I have created Public Access Cable channels that supported Democrats or gave local Dems a platform to debate Republicans.

I WILL NOT VOTE FOR HILLARY CLINTON, that would be a disaster for this Party and not a WIN, and that friends is why Super Delegates and precinct chairs might JUST begin to FEEL the BERN and why Super Delegates would not DARE to stand in the way of the popular vote in the Dem Party.

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders is not a joke he is a true progressive that is RIGHT FOR HIS TIME. He is not someone who would argue for insane concepts and he hasn’t. What is insane is that our political parties have so often united to stand in the way of real progressive movements, and that insanity is coming to an end as people become more educated in our society.

Super Delegates WILL FEEL THE BERN or RUE THE CONSEQUENCES, and we cannot drift any further to the right and be and effective force for the majority of the people we supposedly support: the poor and the middle class, union members, and the oppressed minorities.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt stood up for things so progressive for his time that many conservatives in both parties railed against him, just as they now rail against Bernie Sanders.

We as Democrats at this stage in our advance should not cower from his more progressive views, we should stand up for them.

Want to Win for the BLUE? FEEL THE BERN!

David “Mitch” Sotelo

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Presidential Debate

Darkness, light, Primal Therapy, Arthur Janov, France Janov, Bruce Wilson, Peter G. Prontzos
Answering back to darkness requires we relive its helplessness and find empowerment. Destiny sings to us it is the light that lights other lights.

Presidential debates can sometimes lack substance. This presidential Democratic debate night was very much full of substance and much more clarity was given on what divides the Democratic presidential candidates. This debate was indeed substantive and well worth watching. Bernie and Hillary had quite a night. This debate was informative, at times combative, even though primarily civil as opposed to the recent Republican presidential debates. Bernie did well and clearly won the debate by all accounts.

The question before Democrats in the Presidential primary race is about whether we want evolutionary or revolutionary change. O’Malley did himself proud but the debate clearly goes to Bernie Sanders. Despite a moment when he was on the defense concerning gun control he dominated the debate. This attack launched by Hillary against Bernie was a rather unsubstantial. This attack with all the facts considered wasn’t much of an attack.

Hillary was very much on the defensive regarding her reception of funds from Wall Street. Bernie was very strong regarding this issue and spoke well considering health care as a right and moving toward a Medicare for all approach.

Hillary’s attacks against Bernie seemed to fall short of anything truly effective. O’Malley seems, on the issues, a better version of Hillary but his lack of traction so far leaves him a very very dark horse in the race.

Bernie was acclaimed as the “winner” of the debate by the pundits. Given the mood of the country and Bernie’s ability to swiftly come from behind and actually overtake Hillary in these early races I believe that this contest may swiftly come to be “his to lose or win”.

The internet was definitely showing more interest in Bernie Sanders. Those physically present at the debate seemed to be leaning pro Hillary. Nevertheless, Bernie got a great share of the applause in the room.

Many have probably wished that they could have heard more from Martin O’Malley. He did speak well. He can’t be counted out yet. He could still come from behind. However he would have to depend on people seeking another option. They might just tire of the two leaders but that would have have to happen soon. However, due to the internet, I think that the volatility in this race will be high. We should watch for possible surprising twists and turns as the race continues. The leaders, though unlikely, could still stumble and fall.

Again the issue is whether we want a mere evolution of good trends or a revolution. Do the American people want evolutionary change? Do they want instead a more substantive revolutionary change? When we consider revolution we have to look at Hillary’s view of the American people. She seems to think that Americans just aren’t ready. Does she think that America is not courageous enough or smart enough to push for revolutionary change? Bernie Sanders, on the other hand, seems to believe in the ability of the American people to stand up for real change. He seems to believe that Americans can understand the importance of it. We might say that in this instance Bernie Sanders believes more in an America whose greatness lies not just behind it, but now and in the future.

O’Malley to his credit mentioned more about climate change than either Hillary, or surprisingly, even Bernie. However Bernie has made it a major topic in many of his speeches. It is definitely the most important issue of our times. Not addressing it would seem to be “fiddling while Rome burns”. Perhaps we should rather say “while the planet burns”.

Be sure to watch the commentaries at the end of the debate, they are very informative.

Feel the Blue

David “Mitch” Sotelo

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Virtues: Progressive

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Darkness, light, Primal Therapy, Arthur Janov, France Janov, Bruce Wilson, Peter G. Prontzos
Answering back to darkness requires we relive its helplessness and find empowerment. Destiny sings to us it is the light that lights other lights.

Virtues that are progressive can heal our world. Real virtues are progressive. They are the gift of someone with insight into themselves and society, someone who can think creatively, objectively, and with empathy that is altruistic. Such insight, born of such abilities is the root of all virtue and the definition of anyone truly about human progress, and human progress must be the core definition of what is a progressive.

We are all progressive to some degree, so striving together to increase these abilities is the mark of a someone worthy of the title. These abilities are the foundation of real or progressive virtue.

Progressives are about real progress, they are not about punishment or greed, they are supporters of help and emotional healing. They support real and effective communication that supports the progressive virtues that evolve from creativity, objectivity, and empathy, which are respectively: Art, Truth, and Goodness. These are progressive virtues.

Progressives challenge their own beliefs, they no more follow belief without doubt as a copilot, than a sane person would drive a car with a gas pedal and no brakes.

What blocks our progressive virtues and abilities? The answer is damaged faith in love. This damaged faith comes from conditioned helplessness attached to needs and feelings.

What causes such damage? The answer is trauma and deprivation. Trauma and deprivation cause a sense of helplessness. This sense of helplessness attached to the needs and feelings Causes what I call “pained need”. Pained need derives from the life threatening anxiety caused by the associated helplessness.

What happens when we are damaged in this way, as all are to some degree? The needs and feelings create such threatening anxiety that they are turned into symbols that can be struggled after, thus alleviating the message of helplessness (which can endanger survival seriously).

What cures this damage? Reliving the helpless conditions and unlearning the helplessness. This must be done though with a conscious awareness, that in the present, you are OK.

What is the proper gradual and safe approach to this unlearning? Janovian Primal Therapy.

What helps short of full access to this therapy? Gradual increase in the progressive abilities of thought that challenge the false comforts stemming from such damage. This damage could be called “pained need” or “primal pain”. The awareness of this might be called “primally enlightened”. Information concerning such issues as well as the facts concerning Janovian Primal Therapy can be found here: PrimalTherapy.
Arthur Janov, France Janov, Bruce Wilson,and Peter G. Prontzos are good sources of information concerning all of this. Primal Therapy is Art and France Janov’s website. The Primal Mind is the brilliant commentary on the concepts evolving from the great work of Arthur and France Janov’s work by Peter G. Prontzos and Bruce Wilson.

These things are more than just what should be “common sense”. They are a paradigm shift in how we approach human society and mental/emotional and social health.

What is also important to understand is that this shift involves epigenetics and the methylation of dna cells which affect the progress of disease including cancer.

Step into a new age. Be brave and turn away from greed, superstition, and the need to punish. Turn toward real progress.

How? Well, in the United States, feel the Democratic Blue, and in the primaries Feel the Bern and vote for Bernie Sanders in the Democratic Primaries a man that has always stood for progress, who marched with Martin Luther King in 1963, who was for progressive action in all its forms whether in domestic or foreign policy, from the very beginning.

Feel the Blue, Feel the Bern.

Think and be free…

David “Mitch” Sotelo
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Darkness to Light

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Primal Therapy, Arthur Janov, France Janov, Bruce Wilson, Peter G. Prontzos
Destiny sings to us it is the light that lights other lights.

The darkness of the soul is found in the helplessness of the heart, and conquering the darkness is found in feeling the feelings once touched by the poison of such helplessness.

Answering back against our darkness requires that we communicate in empowering ways that allow us to feel what was once impossible due to helplessness. Unlearning our helplessness brings light to our darkness, and when we have removed this plank in our eye we can see that the plank in our own is the same as the splinter in the eye of another. Then we can see clearly to communicate in ways that help to remove many splinters and set hearts free.

It seems to me that what is missing in human communication is the understanding that what is empowering in real ways unlearns helplessness around our real needs. This unlearning in connection to objectivity, empathy and creativity, give us the virtues that will enable the better survival of the human race: Truth, Goodness, and Art.

There is hope for humanity, but the journey is from reliving our needs and feelings connected to helplessness, a journey through our darkness toward the light of human honesty, compassion and creative appreciation of life.

There is no progress without such communication that unlearns our human helplessness, and there is no progressive movement or progressive minds without it.

Our choice is plain to us if our hearts are connected to this process: promote healing over punishment, and real need over greed.

The core of the human problem is a common sickness of helplessness that distorts our communications from peace and creative solutions to war and greed.

We must cry out from our darkness, and change the darkness into light.

There is no healing in violence and no peace in the arms of greed.

Communicate with love, and we will rise from our darkness to a better dawn.

Yet poetic words will not save us, we must understand The Primal Mind.

The guides to our better future are Bruce Wilson and Peter G. Prontzos, disciples of Arthur Janov, and leaders of a primal revolution.

Darkness is defeated by empowering messages, the use of empowering needs meeting perspectives and hope. The prophets of real hope are those that can brave the feelings of helplessness, defeat it, and rise from darkness to the light. They are messengers of real virtue and love. Yet, we cannot depend upon them, they are but the lights that light other lights, and until we light the light within ourselves we can never defeat the darkness of the need for punishment and greed.

Do not look for the hero to come. Look within, you are that one.

David “Mitch” Sotelo

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Destiny My Apology

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Primal Therapy, Arthur Janov, France Janov, Bruce Wilson, Peter G. Prontzos
Destiny sings to us it is the light that lights other lights.

An Apology to Destiny

Destiny sings to us, it is the light that lights other lights. We sense it, and when we do we should not veer from it, and if we do, we need to let it find us again, and take that first courageous step of faith.

I must apologize for second guessing myself about the virtuous power and destiny I sensed concerning Bernie Sanders from the beginning. So often we have it right and talk ourselves out of what everything inside us is saying, a message forging a voice of destiny, lifting us, singing within us, a song that can move the world. Then we replace it with compromises and weak out of tune soulless analyses.

When everything looks like it is once again moving according to past truisms and acceptance of minor victories, it is time to reach into our hearts and see what virtue is singing, hear the call backs, and follow the rising chorus of human hearts.

Appearances are like the dark before the dawn, but for those whose souls see through the darkness and hear destiny in the deepest silences, they can prepare for the sunrise and work the works that cannot tire.

This election is Bernie Sanders’ to win, and destiny is on his side.

It took the light of three young hearts to bring me back to what my own was saying, back to the sanity before my faith was weakened by not hearing the angelic voices of our common human virtues.

Kevin Numerick who implored me to “listen” to Bernie’s speeches, my son Alex Houghstow, my daughter Amber Houghstow, and two more that were young at heart but feeling the Bern far from me: Peter G. Prontzos and Bruce Wilson.

Long ago I had chosen Robert Reich, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders as the best of choices if they ran for President. I tried as in my religious days to sense the need of our world and I saw Bernie Sanders as if a great light had shown on him. Then I let my calculating mind take me away to what I thought “The United States was ‘ready for'”…

As William Shakespeare wrote: “To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.”

I would add: “When a virtuous light rises within you, singing and lifting your soul, let your heart be free to fly. It is then you will find your higher destiny, and in its vision you can never be untrue to yourself.”

David “Mitch” Sotelo

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Sorrow and Hope

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Primal Therapy, Arthur Janov, France Janov, Bruce Wilson, Peter G. Prontzos
In the sorrow of this world Primal Therapy holds out great hope.

Of Sorrow and Hope

Regarding a person I knew, who was so wounded as a child in life, and grew up and lived his life in Michigan, and who lost his life and his family tragically in ways that tore at the hearts of his children and one dear wife:

What a shame. I believe he could have been saved if our psychological profession and sufficient real research had backed Arthur Janov’s Primal Therapy long ago instead of staggering on into their maze of made up diseases based on groupings of symptoms and ways to stamp them down.

Origins of disease are important to know and understand, and help to make plain as well as what would define a cure. Soon in our future we will see a transformation of direction connected to understandings of the real causes of PTSD and its connection to the methylation of cells. That all said, everyone in Michigan could have done much more to support his sweet wife and her family.

Knowing all of this we can celebrate and cry for the deep goodness in people, all people, no matter how wounded.

Additionally it must be said that the atrocity called the Pine Rest “Christian” mental health system was the only neurotic and sweetly abusive arm of help that very religious Michigan had to offer.

The young man in question here should be celebrated as one who strove against great odds and managed to care as much as he was able.

The hope that remains to us today is to be found in the work of Arthur Janov, and France Janov, too very dear and precious souls, and in the brilliant insights and commentaries of Bruce Wilson the amazing medical science writer, and his friend, the very enlightened and courageous political science professor Peter G. Prontzos.

Consider viewing Primal Therapy and The Primal Mind.

Regarding this world of great sorrow we must not neglect to celebrate each in our own ways the wounded souls who we all are and those wounded ones who brought us into and nourished us as best they could in a very difficult and painful world.

To All with Love,

David “Mitch” Sotelo

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Real Values

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Real values are natural and don’t depend on edicts of the past.

Is there a liberal sense of strong reliable and sane values? Yes, they are real values that are an innate part of us.

Real Values aren’t values based on blindly following a prescription of simple rules, but upon the natural core values stemming from deep curiosity and what is good in and for humanity. Without this there could be no true social values that support real progress for all, and not just for some. Real values move us to our better selves.

What are these real values? They are common to all. Real values are innate in our human social norms. They are Truth, Goodness, and Art. The creative ability to see and experience things from many perspectives, is how we find Art and artful appreciation of life others and ourselves. The empathetic altruism natural to us, and the use of it, is the basis of Goodness. The objective ability to perceive reality as it is, rather than how we wish it to be, is the basis of Truth. Liberals tend to get this, if not in word then almost always in practice.

A blind following of some cultural tradition or system as the basis of values is not dependable. It is enslaving of the minds and hearts who so blindly follow them. Following such things without reference to innate common human abilities, such as creative (passionate curiosity), empathetic, and objective thinking is morally ignorant. Such blind following of past concepts about values only leads to unfeeling, insensitive, and thoughtless approaches in life.

Forget your conservative morality based on blind faith, I will endorse the living faith of liberals. It is a faith that liberates the best in us and adapts to the times we live in, instead of pushing a cold and cowardly and ignorant clinging to past concepts.

Real values are liberal and we need to support them.

Vote the Blue, Feel the Bern.

This nation belongs to all of us and not just the rich, to concepts that include everyone in a common living set of values, a caring for everyone and not just for a few. Caring that raises humanity toward its greatness and not toward a cowardly fear mongering thoughtlessness which can only end in disaster.

Claim true democratic values, reclaim your country!

David “Mitch” Sotelo

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Insanity: Conservative

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The Lion of Jesse was a Progressive!

Some look at this insanity and might say “unbelievable”. This is not at all unbelievable. This is first of all quite common. It is similar in its communication to that of the far right of the Republican Party. The reasons for such a bizarre display are factors which could be easily deduced. These factors are those that limit or impair creative, objective, and empathetic perspectives.

What makes this kind of insanity hard to understand is that lower degrees of insanity are common. Insanity is wide spread. Not noticing it is like not noticing a particular tree for all the trees in the forest. Humanity often lives in and even promotes insanely irrational views.

Insanity in its extremes of course is so dysfunctional that its influence in some people causes them not to fit within society. However, insanity that fits is ignored.

Funny, or not so funny, is that insanity sometimes brings about what might be seen as beneficial. Insanity in this form is often praised.

What we don’t like to see is that people can function and still be insane. By insanity I mean “not having an objective compass in life”.

Religion and religious politics, secular or otherwise, are often stark raving mad. This madness or insanity though is now often given “equal time” in the media. It’s as if it were a perfectly acceptable expression of opinion.

You might say that all conservatives are not clinically insane of course. However, the lack of a feeling connection to objective, empathetic, and creative perspectives is a common trait among conservatives. This lack is a measure of insanity.

Conservatives are often very religious. It might be noted that even bizarre religious statements aren’t that bizarre if you take a good look at religion. Religion is by nature antagonistic to the perspectives which I have mentioned.

Conservatives take religion very seriously, liberals by and large do not, and true progressives even less so.

Conservatives claim to have a lock on morality and this is patently irrational. The opposite is more likely to be true. The serious religious approach works against perspectives that are creative, objective and empathetic. Thus it also works against the virtues derived from these perspectives. It is also insane to lack a feeling connection to these perspectives that evolved to meet real human need. Thus conservatives are less moral and less sane than those with greater feeling connection to these perspectives.

It is important to have a truly creative appreciation of life (Art). It is best to have an objective sense of what is a fact or not (Truth). It is also important to have the ability to empathize with others (Goodness). Many conservative views lack these virtues. When we lack the virtues of Art, Truth, and Goodness, we lack the core of what is truly moral. It must be said plainly that lacking such virtues is a sign of insanity and true immorality.

Being sane requires that we have the ability to be creative, objective, and empathetic. These are the core of our virtues. The cause of insanity is a disconnect between our motivational feelings and our core virtues. This is due to what I call “pained need”.

This pained need is caused by helplessness associated with needs and feelings. Pained needs unresolved mean that we lack the ability to relate to them. This causes a disconnect between ourselves and reality. How? Well, when we cannot know our real needs and seek symbols of those needs we have to avoid real ways to recognize and meet needs. This is insane.

What happens when our needs become painful is that we then search for symbols of need instead of real needs. We seek for symbolic need in order to not feel panicked.

Creativity, objectivity, and empathy, cause the anxiety relieving symbolic needs to fail. This means that such ways of meeting real needs become themselves painful. Conservatives tend to lack these abilities more so than liberals. The lack of the ability to use these perspectives or approaches to need is insane. The degree of this lack is the degree of the insanity.

Pained need is associated with deprivations and traumas in which there was a feeling of helplessness. It is created by original needs being too associated with helplessness and the resultant anxiety it causes.

Helplessness drives up anxiety to levels that cannot be tolerated. Such anxiety must be repressed by turning the original needs into generalized and symbolized forms. This allows a person to replace a feeling of helplessness with a symbolic struggle.

The symbolic struggle allows the replacement of the feeling of helplessness. This gives a temporary message that calms. It is a symbolic way to satisfy the original need, even if the need was to deal with the original trauma.

Conservative politics and religion just give this disease a language and an expression. Terrorist activities, or the insane outbursts such as shown in the above video by Uh-Oh Monkey, is basically the same.

Stirring up people like the lady in the video is how Republicans have recently tried to gain votes. She obviously lacks a real connection between her perspectives and her real needs. Thus she will tend to vote against her own needs. By doing this Republicans can keep robbing the middle class and destroying the poor to enrich the greedy.

This is pathetic. This new Republican Party should be ashamed. It’s time to rise up against the Republican Party. Until they find sanity again we should take their inappropriate advice on drugs and “Just say no.” to all their candidates.

Using the insane to promote a cause will back fire every time and the kind of insanity shown by this lady is just one example.

Vote Democratic

Unlearn Your Helplessness: Feel the Blue

For more information about what is actually sane or not try this site: Primal Therapy, or this site: The Primal Mind.

David “Mitch” Sotelo

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