The urge to save humanity is almost
always a false face for the urge to rule it.
- H.L. Mencken
My companion attacks his friends, he
violates his covenant.
His talk is smooth as butter, yet war is
in his heart.
His words are more soothing than oil,
yet they are drawn swords.
- From the 55th
Saw a film the other day on the streaming film service, I forget
which one, entitled The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon
Valley. It was the one about Elizabeth Holmes and her
impassioned desire to make a diagnostic test that would contribute
to eliminating all known diseases because she's just that kind of a
person and it never really matters how much you must lie to show how
stunningly magnanimous you really are.
Holmes' pathodicy was so hardened that she didn't even know how
deceitful and destructive her actions were. She fooled thousands of
investors into dropping millions of dollars into her lie. Her
deception resulted in false diagnoses and false hopes for treating
conditions that could have been addressed with proper attention. It
was all fully rationalized by adherence to that splendid inventor's
"Fake it 'til you make it."
As this nightmare unfolded there on the screen, you could kind of
tell that Holmes
really didn't seem to grasp the magnitude of her duplicity. If she
did and continued to perpetuate it, then how much more evil was that. Either way, why did she behave this way? What are the key
elements involved that move anyone to do these things?
While there are indeed so many aspects to this question, and while this treatise is merely
a rough sketch, I've come to the realization that it has a lot to do
with this concept pathodicy. I'm introducing this idea as a
particular thing, although some have already given it brief consideration — at least from what I've found. What I share
here may also be more regularly classified in the psychological
literature as something else, and that is fine too. This is more of
a philosophical, even a theological consideration, just as important part of human existence as anything else.
Pathodicy is the principle of the rationalization of fixing someone else's
suffering with all means necessary for the implicit purpose of
fixing one's own suffering. It is founded on the emotional dysfunction
of being unable to maturely distinguish particular evils occurring
within one's purview and one's own painful insecurities. A
calcified pathodicy leads to the effort of gaining relief by committing any
questionable, even savage
act necessary, or enlisting a powerful entity to do it instead (mostly a
government agency, often a criminal racket) — so driven is he or she to end their codependent agony.
If I believe you are hurting, you must let me fix you or I myself cannot
stop hurting. If you prevent me from doing that you are just as much
a part of the problem, and it is too painful to put off doing
something. Often times you'll hear it bleated like a mantra,
"At least do something!" The trick is if you are not doing
that something they think you should be doing then you're more a
problem. This entire body of death is ruthlessly exploited by World Operatives all the time to rally
Pathodicy comes from the Greek pathos
(feeling) and the suffix -dicy
(justification). The concept doesn't mean we don't feel deeply or love
deeply or minister to others deeply. It
doesn't mean we don't have some
self-interest related to doing things to make
others' lives better — that's a very good
thing that moves us to labor and invent and build
and maintain a decent society. Yet because we are
fallen beings tempted frequently out of our typical
abandonment fears, we are all extraordinarily
susceptible to the power of the pathodicy.
Ultimately it has
to do with motives, it is about how we act out of
our plausibility structures. It definitively
involves the System's
certified shakedown offices exploiting the insecurities of those without
Christ and viciously afraid of death, manipulating
their sentiments with the interminable desire to
shout to the world "Look at me and how caring I am
to others!" It never goes away no matter how much
good you have done. Activating the pathodicy is a
habitual routine for so many richly living by the
seductive things the authorized World Ops tell them.
Just look on the lawns of many homes, particularly
those in entrenched ideologically liberal enclaves.
When you see a "Black Lives Matter" sign
out front, the
"privileged" resident is saying to you "I'm a white
person who is racist just like you other white
people are and you should join me in acting on my
guilt by doing extra nice and special things for
black people." They may care about black people, I'm
not going to say they don't, but the only reason
they have that sign up or do any lobbying for or
rallying in or contributing to the cause is only to
energize their pathodicy.
In a number of places I've now seen this sign: "When
I wear a mask that means I care about you." These
people have been browbeat with the grand
metastasized lie that there is some monster disease
out there that will kill you if you don't wear a
mask, so they are convinced if they do their part in
what they're told to do they will be commended as
the best kind of good people.
Look at these pronouncements. Not only are they
based on heavily disseminated propaganda, but they say
little about anybody but themselves.
Jesus said a lot about this. "Be careful not to
practice your righteousness in front of others to be
seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward
from your father in heaven." (Matthew 6:1) Here's a
particularly sobering one: "Woe to you when everyone
speaks well of you, for that is how their ancestors
treated the false prophets." (Luke 6:26)
Are you in good with the System? Are you sure? No
worries, you may be, you may be incessantly paying
the proper tribute and that's fine. Caesar needs his
cut. Everyone has at least some desire to be seen as
a good person, that in and of itself is not a bad
Then there is what Cain did. Remember how much he
thought of his brother? Wasn't as much as he
thought of himself and how he demanded God
approve of his offering. This is why the pathodicy
is indeed the animating force behind the human
sacrifice required for Cain's current governing
apparatus to do its job. It is best to make any
prosecutorial action look really good and wholesome
to serve the purposes of the required seven-fold
Then I can be seen as my brother's keeper and be
It is mind-blowing to look out on the horizon of
humankind and see so many people in lock step with
the pathodicy, and it is so exceptionally
administered people don't even know it is consuming
In The Inventor was a fascinating presentation by behavioral economist
Dan Ariely. I have been extraordinarily critical of behavioral
economics because of the brazen and often completely silly
assumptions made (even as the behavioral economists' whole enterprise
is railing against brazenly silly assumptions — go figure). But
Ariely is truly on-point with this one.
He did an experiment in which a subject would roll a die, but before
rolling they had to note "top" or "bottom." If whichever number came
up that's the amount of money they'd get. For instance if the die
roll was a 6 and the subject noted "top," they'd get $6. But if they
noted bottom, they'd get $1. The trick is they didn't tell the
researcher which one they picked. They were, of course, expected to
be honest about it. Would the subject admit they put "bottom" if the
die roll was a 6? Turns out the subjects made a bit more money than
the odds would merit. Not a surprise.
Interestingly Ariely did a couple more things. First, while doing
all this he gave a lie detector test to the subjects, and he
discovered that they did indeed lie quite a bit. But the second
thing he did was the most telling, and damning. He did it again but
told the subjects that the money they were awarded would be going to
charity. He found that not only did they lie even more about their
die roll predictions, but the lie detector failed to detect their
It is perfectly fine if it is for a good cause.
The massive benefits of being a non-profit tax-exempt 501(c)(3)
Non-profits are exceptional ways to manifest the pathodicy. Everyone
wants to feel justified, really that's what most people want. It is
natural. In the Kingdom one is justified by Christ's blood, that's
the only way it can happen actually.
The World showcases any number of ways to look like
it can happen and one of the best is smothered in the unassailable virtue of fighting
for social justice. What a terrific way to distend the
pathodicy. Be zealously fighting for justice in
a social way.
It should be noted that the idea of social justice
was invented by a Jesuit, Luigi Taparelli, back in
the 1840s, and he did it because observing his
contemporary world he desperately wanted those in
the Catholic Church to prove they could be their
brother's keeper in newer, more innovative ways. The
Company has fastidiously and ingeniously expanded it
until today it has taken on its present form, as
Eddie Scarry notes in a Washington Examiner
|The social justice
movement [has the power], and that power is
reinforced by Hollywood, the news media, academia,
and much of the Washington political establishment.
Social justice ideology first spread through the
universities and from there, to the other hubs of
American culture. It went from university academics,
who taught it to their students, and then flowed
from them to screenwriters and journalists. What's
seen in Hollywood entertainment and in national
newspapers, on the TV news, and on the Internet
becomes a piece of our collective culture. With
enough repetition, it's then absorbed into the
mainstream. This is how social justice ended up
Joel Kotkin in his "The Pandemic Road to Serfdom" calls it the clerisy. Great term, I want
to use it more often — the dutiful SJW leadership as
it were. Like the clergy in the Middle
Ages, the ordained hypnotists today are "the media,
academia, upper bureaucracy, and the ever-expanding
'non-profit' sector... this new middle class
[enjoying] something of a symbiosis with the
oligarchic elites who mainly finance
non-governmental organizations and the
This vigilant pinpointing still neglects to include the most
significant part of the clerisy initiating the whole
thing: the Society of Jesus, the organization with
the actual divine mandate in the service of Cain's
agency to inform all of them
about what they're supposed to say and do and bilge
into ill-equipped minds. They're the only ones capable of
spreading the spirit of the pathodicy in so many
brilliantly blinding ways.
The coronavirus hysteria: "If I can contribute to saving that one life it is worth
destroying thousands of livelihoods by shutting down the economy."
The racialist hysteria: "If I can make one victim of racism feel better it is worth
accusing all white people of committing the worst discrimination."
The socialist revolutionary hysteria: "If I can rally enough
people to enlist government in expropriating wealth to make sure no
one has any less than anyone else it is worth making everyone
equally destitute except for the oligarchs who look really good
doing all this."
Think it is just the Elizabeth Holmes of the world
who're the sociopaths? The narcissists? The whatever
epithet we can use to blap the proper excuses?
This added remark from Dan Ariely about the
power of the pathodicy is quite appropriate:
"She was basically doing what everyone else was doing."
What about Jesus, I mean, didn't He have a desire to
save people, you know, offering salvation to others
and all that?
Yes, certainly, except He didn't make many friends
doing it. Remember what happened to Him only because
He was blisteringly honest about His intentions? Do
you know what happened when He told people about Who
He really was? There in the sixth chapter of John?
Huh. That we're closing this writing with
another gospel's chapter six. Wonder if that
means anything. There are only six sides to the
And that as much as Elizabeth Holmes dealt with
blood (that was the way she did her fake
diagnostics), Jesus there in this featured Scripture
speaks of blood. As in...
"You must drink my blood if you want to live."
Ee-yep. Everyone did it — they left.
Everyone in their pathodicy took off — they
weren't getting any miraculously generated free
meals this time. He's simply not doing
things the way I think he should so I can feel good. Who is this Jesus fool anyway?
"Drink his blood"? What does that mean?
There were a few who stayed. The words of Peter were
so simple, yet so awesome, indeed shared after Jesus
earnestly asked, "So, what about you?"
"Where else would we go?" Peter replied, "You have
the words of eternal life."
As Jesus pointed out so profoundly, you can only
have life if you give up the life you feverishly
clutch, the pathodicy you bite and devour to feed.
Identifying the pathodicy is a start to seeing the
stunning distinction between the World that wants to
serve you for dinner, and the Kingdom that
awaits your attendance at the Marriage Supper of the
No, the Lamb is already the Guest of Honor. He
already gave His life for you, and you just happen
to be the other guest of honor.
Just make sure you're wearing the wedding
clothes He gives you.
"'Look, I come like a thief!
Blessed is the one who stays awake and
remains clothed, so as not to go naked and
be shamefully exposed.'"
- Jesus, to those who heed His words, right
after demons performed signs for the World's
potentates (The Revelation, chapter 15,
verse 16, echoing His words in Matthew 24
and 1 Thessalonians 5)
I've already blogged a bit about
pathodicy. For more of the
rough sketch as we gather to
my blog is here. Again, this is
all merely consideration for
contemplation. Several aspects are
always entering my mind and I will
likely be unable to add them here,
but may indeed blog on them. Hope
you will join me in rejoicing in His
wonderful matters, even have a take
on it all.
Would love to hear it.
The image of the book about what
everyone wants is a photograph I
took at the Barnes & Noble, and I
only put it here because the title
was so telling. Apparently it gets
into the health care debate and I'm
not sure if it favors socialist
policies that destroy the health
care industry. They do
acknowledge something extremely
fearful presently-alive-people often
refuse to accept: being alive
has a huge price. Christ gave
His life to pay the biggest price of
all for the most valuable thing of
all. The title could have just as
easily been "Everyone Wants To Be
Justified Before God." How many so
fear dying because they won't have
any more time to try to prove to
everyone how good they think they
Here is an amazing article
getting into the nuts and bolts of a
fully fabricated disease crisis.
Thing is, the author still
doesn't answer the question Cui
bono? I do right here with far
fewer words. Cain's present agency
of law enforcement embodied chiefly
in the Roman Catholic Church
accomplishes all of it through its
military order for the expressed
purpose of swelling the ranks of the
don't even have to be Catholic) and
acquiring more tribute. It is all
divinely authorized to govern the
affairs of those not clothed in
Christ's righteousness and is the
of this webzine effort.
also blogged on what is really
happening with the coronavirus
this is one of my first posts
A couple pages with some thoughts
about churches as non-profits start
with some considerations for those
who want to break from the clutches
of the System: for the
Here's a page
with most all of the institutionally
licit bad guys we're supposed to
ferociously revile for doing all
this to us. I am aware of at least a
bit of what each one does, but
they're all really just
doing the same thing - working in
the legitimate service of
Officer. I confess I can be naïve
about much of it, I
know that without Christ I'm just as
susceptible to their designs as
If you wonder about the monolithic
Jesuit influence on this nation and
its policy, consider
this simple article just posted.
It was only up for a very brief time
at the news site's main page -
reveals like these are very touchy.
Note the profound Jesuitic
application, as if they
took those words from the
Unitarians. It is actually the
other way around.
Jesus' insistence you are clothed in His righteousness before
you may dine with Him is in the 22nd
chapter of Matthew.
the sixth chapter of John to
truly get the meaning of Jesus'
words about His flesh and blood. He
says He is a number of things, the
the Vine among them.
Here are a
few more thoughts.
(Sept 13 note:
Here is another excellent article
directly related to how the
pathodicy translates so seamlessly
into legitimate hegemonic
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