There Is a Blessing in
Leaving Voluntary Blindness Aside
Carlos Cardoso Aveline
The painting “The School of Athens”, by Raphael (partial view)
It is useful to examine the real meaning of words like “Democracy” and “Politics”, and liberate them from unnecessary misinterpretations.   
Both concepts belong to philosophy and theosophy. They require a comprehensive view of life that goes beyond isolated facts.
Democracy means that everyone must be heard, in the sense that the interests and needs of all have to be taken into consideration. In its highest aspects, Democracy fosters and expresses the law of universal brotherhood.
Politics is the science of managing the common interests of every member of the Polis or community, in the best and most enduring way, within actual possibilities.
The greatest philosophers of every age dealt with Politics in its highest sense and not aiming at short-term political power.
Among them were Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, Cicero, Francis Hutcheson, Rousseau, Kant, and, in her own way, Helena P. Blavatsky. The founder of the modern theosophical movement was strongly “political” in her criticism of conventional Science, dogmatic Religion and authoritarian institutions.
HPB was politically active, and in a most decisive way, when she created the modern theosophical movement as a long-term, intercultural nucleus of brotherhood regardless of nation, sex, social class, caste or ideology.
Fanaticism Adopts Slogans Instead of Reason
Modern Theosophy is implicitly against authoritarian ideologies – and it does not act against leaders or governments. It sees the difference between authority and authoritarianism. It relies on the law of karma. It plants the seeds of Truthfulness and Goodness and lets them germinate. It unmasks oppression on a philosophical plane.
Philosophy teaches that abuse of power and disrespect for citizens do not occur exclusively under military dictatorships or formally fascist regimes. Far from it. The worst forms of authoritarian domination often start on the mental plane and spread through propaganda in largely subconscious ways, while preserving all democratic formalities.
When a systematic attack to human reason emerges, the process of brain-washing uses to call itself “consensus”, and disguises its substance under the appearance of noble ideals. Philosophical associations are not free from such a danger. In fact they use to suffer in small scale from the same diseases one can see in the outward society.
The leaders of collective brain-washing present imaginary facts with such an emphasis and repetition that the most blatant falsities start to be seen as undeniable realities. For them, it is not necessary (nor allowed) to question “consensus” and “revelation”, or to think. The goal is to show to everyone that all must adhere to the chorus of official opinion.
Religious or not, top-down pseudo-ideologies suggest to individuals and multitudes that the mere fact of someone disagreeing with their propaganda would be enough evidence that the citizen has no valid knowledge. He must be therefore a complete idiot or, worse, he must have an evil intention, deserving to be the blank of sustained collective hatred.[1]
Then the personal names of such “enemies” or the names of their countries start being used as symbols of that which the naïve members of the population are supposed to automatically hate as a demonstration that they have “common sense” and “are clever”.
To think with independence is forbidden in subtle ways, and sometimes with visible brutality, but all are free to reproduce in various forms the slogans and old banal statements spread by those who are supposed to be “most clever among all”. He who does not adhere to the fashionable trivialities is a dangerous individual, in whose sincerity no one is allowed to believe.
Thus an imaginary psychological situation is created according to which, if the supreme wish and “consensus” of the brain-washed leaders is challenged in any firm way, or if they are treated with severe justice regarding their wrong-doings, there will be chaos. This is of course tantamount to blackmail.
The process is feverish and uses to be short-lived.
Sooner or later, the authoritarian disease destroys itself. However, its end can and ought to be accelerated by conscious individuals. The healing for the hysterical impulses related to authoritarianism dwells in Ethics, in respect for the laws and the One universal Law, and in the ability to attain happiness through the daily fulfilment of one’s duty.
[1] On the illusion of eliminating adversaries, and on the false belief that it is enough to change social structures, human beings needing no inner change, readers can see the article “Getting Rid of Rousseau’s Delusion”.
The above text was published in the associated websites on 31 July 2019. An initial version of it is part of the October 2016 edition of “The Aquarian Theosophist”, pp. 4-5, where there is no indication as to the name of the author.
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