The mystery of evil

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    In view of the recent Orlando massacre, my article about evil nature is relevant. To acquire intellectual understanding helps against the anxiety caused by such events, if one is prepared to make an effort.

    Mysterium Iniquitatis -- The mystery of evil

    Abstract: Shadow projection, as the transference of personal inferiority, and the related concept of sin transference, lie at the heart of the mystery of evil. Destructive projection does not depend on "misunderstandings" in the micro-social context, nor on instinctual predatory instincts. It is an archaic method of ego emancipation by which the transgressor's unconscious suffering is transferred to the victim. It aims at maintaining ego firmness. Intellectuals often become subjects of shadow projection since they are capable of thinking freely, and may call into question the established order. It is understood as the projection of Promethean guilt. An answer to the machinations of evil has been formulated in Christian theology. The ego's suffering is laid on the shoulders of Christ, who carries the sins of the world. The Christ figure is understood as the inner Self ("life-giver"), which serves to promote spiritual awareness ("Christ lives in me", Galatians 2). A regress to pre-Christian cultural values implies a rebound of scapegoat psychology, as exemplified by the collective shadow psychology of the Third Reich. The Western world is today undergoing transitions which undermine our awareness of the spiritual Self. If our sins aren't carried by the inner Self anymore, then they must be carried by other human beings, with foreseeable consequences. The article investigates if there exists an instinctual foundation of evil.

    Keywords: wickedness, the shadow, Self, sin transference, group narcissism, intellectuals, scapegoatism, Christian love, Orlando massacre.

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    Mysterium Iniquitatis (The mystery of evil)
    Mysterium Iniquitatis (The mystery of evil)

    Mats Winther
     
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