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Workshop Session 17: Pathocracy and Religion

Next session: World therapy

We covered Chapter 8: “Pathocracy and Religion” in this workshop. Lobaczewski covers two main themes here: general comments about religion and its significance and role for humanity and in pathocracy, and two paths pathocracy can take: secular and religious. Specific topics discussed:

  • religion as an eternal and universal human phenomenon, and how forms the bedrock both for a society of normal people, and for resistance to pathocracy

  • the emergence of pathocracy is primarily a failure of the local religion

  • religions can either start out as a pure divine revelation, or be corrupted from the beginning

  • authentic religions traditions can subsequently become pathologized, leading to a phenomenon like religious pathocracy

  • in order to avoid future reemergences of a previously surmounted pathocracy, the pathological elements must be recognized and excised

  • religions started by pathological individuals will recurrently flare up with pathocratic symptoms; reform is difficult, perhaps impossible

  • under a secular pathocracy, religions take on additional roles for which they are not entirely suited, like politics and economics

  • why some religious people will reject ponerology, and why they shouldn’t fear adopting such an outlook

  • and more!

Next week, Saturday, April 6, 12:30 EDT (9:30 EDT), we will discuss the first half of Chapter 9: “Therapy for the World” (pp. 299-312, which includes the first couple pages of the “Forgiveness” subsection).

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