There’s no point bleating about narcissists when we created them.
These are strange times.
It’s hard to find new adjectives for Trump because they’ve all been used. And yet… many people believe he has a very good chance of winning a second term.
It’s easy to blame a stupid electorate, but it’s not that simple. It has to do with energy.
Ever since we split the atom we’ve been moving at ever increasing speed towards a new age — the Energy Age. Power now lies in the invisible world, not its physical counterpart. Information lives in clouds, not libraries. Artificial Intelligence contains no actual brain. Money doesn’t even exist, it’s just an idea.
And so it is with people. In the old days power was in the hands of conservative men with money, who thrived on statistics and structure.
In the energy world we value imagination, creativity, enthusiasm, momentum. Power is in the hands of the maverick, the rule breaker, the rebel, the visionary.
We don’t value slavish obedience, loyalty or rules. Our aspirational phrases are “Just do it” “Move fast and break things” “Ask for forgiveness not permission.”
We love rebels because they defy the petty rules of bureaucracy. We love mavericks because they’re not needy for our approval. We love visionaries because they inhabit the energy world… flying above the pedestrian world like Neo in a black leather trench coat.
Living in the energy world is great… as long as we’ve done a little Jedi training and cleaned up our own energy. Otherwise the consequences leave something to be desired.
Problems arise when we view the energy world through the consciousness of the physical world. E.g. Steve Jobs was a visionary, therefore being a visionary is “good”.
But Adolf Hitler was a visionary. We just didn’t like his vision.
The visionary archetype is neutral — it’s the energy coming through that archetype that determines the outcome. And our energy has viruses.
In the case of Adolf Hitler, the energy behind his vision (Create a Master Race) was probably rage, shame and heartbreak at having been rejected and humiliated… mixed with envy and a desire for revenge against the Jews (who had strong family ties).
Bob Geldof was a visionary. He wanted to “feed the world”. Great vision, but his energy could have been fuelled by outrage and helplessness mixed with the desire to be a hero, which meant the outcome wasn’t ideal. You can’t actually feed the world with money. Because bad guys take the money and buy guns with it.
Joseph Campbell said we are all living in a story, and the story that has consumed us for centuries is the Hero’s Journey. In this tale, we leave “the ordinary world” and confront challenges and obstacles on our path (bad guys, dragons, crazy weather). We return as the conquering hero with the treasure (gold, rescued damsels, superior upper arm definition).
The path is external… it’s very much in the physical world.
And so it is with politics. Our old world was binary. We were conservative or liberal; republican or democrat. Both had clearly defined policies. But our new world has a third class who are neither left or right, they’re just picking up on the energy.
On the internet, the most frequently used adjectives to describe Donald Trump are not Republican or Conservative, they’re “Ignorant” and “Strong”. Republicans voted for him because he’s rich and Liberals voted for him because he’d “shake things up”. Policies and politics seemed irrelevant in the debate. Trump had a vision. To make America Great Again.
Of course Donald Trump’s energy is flawed beyond belief. He’s a child who was both neglected and spoilt — the worst possible combination. He tries to big himself up by winning the approval of Bully Boys (Putin, Kim Jong-un, Xi Jinping). And if he’s criticised, he has a full on Temper Tantrum…
“Sorry losers. My IQ is one of the highest and you all know it. Please don’t feel stupid or insecure, it’s not your fault”
Which brings us to Elon Musk — another Visionary, who’s main objective is to fly as far above this planet as possible. (Distance to Mars 34 million miles)
As far as the physical world is concerned, Elon Musk’s CV looks pretty damn impressive… but then there’s the Energy world, which reveals a different story.
When asked to be a hero — no problem. He spent time and money inventing a submarine that would rescue the Thai boys trapped in a cave. But when one of the actual heroes criticised his submarine, saying it wouldn’t work, Elon called him a paedophile…
“Bet ya a signed dollar it’s true.”
(We don’t swear on the Bible anymore because Money is our God.)
A silent enemy has crept into our culture under the guise of the rebel/visionary archetype. It is narcissism. Narcissism is a spectrum, and we’re all on it somewhere.
The greatest rebel/visionary of the past 2000 years was Jesus. He disappeared between the ages of 13 and 30. There’s a good chance that during that time he was in some sort of Energy School (or as they were referred to in ancient Greece and ancient Egypt, a Mystery School.) We hadn’t even discovered electricity back then, so quantum physics wasn’t on anyone’s radar.
His energy wasn’t contaminated by a need for validation or fame. His energy couldn’t be diluted by criticism or humiliation from the outside world. His fuel wasn’t revenge, it was love.
Of course the people who followed him couldn’t hold the same frequency, so they turned the energy into physical as fast as possible.
The hero’s journey has changed. Our enemies are on the inside now. If we don’t change the energy that drives us, our creativity may look fabulous but the consequences of it, may by less so.
On the plus side, if we could clean up our energy, the creativity contained in that 99% is infinite… and the potential for humanity could get a whole lot better.