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The Belief Wars: Divide and Conquer
The Dire Straits Diaries - Part Two
The Belief Wars: Divide and Conquer
By Diane Harvey

So many of us are feeling reduced to quietly observing the
exponentially explosive chain reaction of mass insanity with
increasingly heavy hearts. The dank fog of fear surrounding all forms
of protest has already succeeded in muffling the voices of a number
of previously enthusiastic activists. This sudden social climate
change signifies the onset of a chilling nuclear winter rapidly
overtaking the land of the free and the home of the brave .
Overnight, we find ourselves merely free to agree, or be seen as
traitors to a simpleminded and heavy-handed national cause. Yet
nothing in this unfolding sequence of mindless reactions-at-large is
particularly surprising. For all those who are reasonably free of
mass cultural programming, it is easy to understand that this global
nightmare has been long in the making, and has a terrible
inevitability about it. Considering humanity s past, and considering
humanity s collective level of awareness: what else could have
happened? And at the same time we know that, in another way, the
world madness in progress has been resolutely conjured out of thin
air. The predicament we find ourselves in exists for no other reason
than that the human race has been deliberately conditioned to just
such an end.

We are witnessing the gruesome culmination of generations of
carefully applied external manipulations, focused on shaping our
emotional reactions to our belief systems. Belief is the most easily
harnessed energy in the human mechanism, and until we begin to see
who manipulates our deepest beliefs, and why, we are silly putty in
the hands of darkness. Generation after generation, those whose
business it is to retard human evolution bring to bear the most
powerful and subtle forces of social engineering on us all, from
birth onwards. As a result, most human beings reach adulthood having
internalizing unquestioned belief in the superiority of their own
version of disparate political systems, religions, tribes, races, and
nations. This constitutes a deliberately fabricated schism at the
basic level of human existence. And from this fundamental lever,
applied at the deepest point of human life, all manner of evil
stealthily arises and invisibly stretches forth its tentacles.

We are hypnotized from birth into accepting interminable variations
on a stunningly simple lie. From this single twisted misconception,
entire worlds of complicated evil grow. On every level, from the
personal to the national to the international, this same basic error
invests human emotion and thought: If I am right, then you are wrong.
If my way is right, then your way is wrong. If my religion is true,
then yours is false. My country is good; therefore yours is bad.
Mankind is being carefully kept on this crudest level of
misunderstanding about the nature of reality, and of belief itself.
Just as the physical landscape of the planet derives its beauty from
exquisite variation, so does the human race. Monoculture on any level
is a false stasis and leads directly to disease and death. The health
of nature depends on and delights in endless variations on basic
themes, and this is as true in human nature as it is in the other
kingdoms. It is no accident that almost all people are raised to view
the natural proliferation of differences as threatening and hateful.
There is endless profit to be made from causing such a fatal lie to
take root in the consciousness of the human race. Divide us at the
core, indoctrinate us into fearing the most wonderful quality we have
to offer, and you have a juicy species traumatized at the very heart
of itself, and therefore ripe for endlessly repeated plucking.

The human race has been here for quite some time now, scattered
across the surface of our beautifully balanced whirling top. And all
along, carried on the back of this enigmatic sphere, cycling
majestically through the empyrean, we ve been looking around and
thinking it over. In doing so, an astonishing variety of ideas and
beliefs about what all this means have arisen and flourished
throughout human history. This is a fact. And the sheer number of
vastly different human belief systems tells us something crucial. It
tells us that almost everyone believes in some kind of invisible
power behind the material scenery. To stretch out our minds beyond
our small selves, to reach toward a greater truth, and to form
beliefs about all this is as natural to us as breathing. Hardwired
into the human brain is the necessity to search for greater truth.
And this is why it is the nature of belief itself that has been
methodically used to manipulate us into endless divisiveness, hatred
and wars. Belief is the foundation of life for the majority of the
human race, no matter what forms it may take.

And that s it. That is nearly all we have completely in common as far
as our personal political, ethical, existential, religious and
spiritual convictions go. We mostly agree that the Creator and/or the
Creation is good, and that we humans didn t create ourselves, or the
planets, or the solar system, or the billions of galaxies receding
into infinity all around us. We agree, as a species, on little else
when it comes to the details of anything at all, let alone religion
and the higher realities. This is the basic fact of our lives. The
great secret of the human race is that we contain the seeds of divine
powers, and this is what threatens the forces of darkness in the
universe. Our evolution in consciousness has been forcibly derailed
and detained, time and again, throughout our history. And now we have
reached the point where our inability to thrive on differences,
combined with technological weapons of mass destruction, has led us
to the outskirts of annihilation. We needed to become far more
conscious than we are, and now we are stuck with facing physical,
emotional and mental chaos devoid of sufficient collective awareness
to deal with it wisely. Each of us at the very least has a slightly
different perspective on reality, and at most, we may disagree about
everything. But that we should experience this as a problem requiring
mutual murder has been an idea cunningly and successfully nurtured in
order to prevent us from understanding our essential unity. Because
if we experienced the spiritual fact of our basic unity in any large
numbers, then and there the long reign of the forces of darkness on
this planet would come to an abrupt end. Only by the ancient method
of divide and conquer can we be prevented from entering into the
awareness of our spiritual destiny.

So here we are. We are actually capable of imagining ourselves to be
grownups, even as we kill each other more and more cleverly and in
larger and larger numbers. We indulge ourselves in boastful and
deadly inter-species primate displays, brandishing banners of low-
grade rhetoric. The human mouthpieces of the various types of
insanity manifesting on earth right now all act as if vainglorious
language can disguise the ridiculously primitive level of our
behavior. Perhaps nowhere is this so excruciatingly, tragically
absurd than in our ability to use our various religions as a weapon
against others. We do not listen even to common sense in this regard,
let alone higher wisdom. We have allowed ourselves to be manipulated
into accepting endless religious strife as some sort of naturally
occurring event. Yet we have been blessed from the beginning with the
limitless gift of individualization, and are not a hive, a flock or a
herd in complete thrall to a mass shared mind. This treasured
invaluable individuality allows for each human being to exist as a
separate and potentially free agent. And even so, despite the obvious
relation between freedom and inevitable differentiation, we still
Hate for God s Sake. Nothing ever was or ever will be more pitiably
absurd than this fundamental folly. Oh, but it is so very profitable
to those who feed off the subjective unconscious energies of the
human race. And they will do everything inhumanly possible to enforce
our continued passionate adherence to this most powerful of all

Therefore our little planet here is temporarily boiling over again
with heated-up bipeds waving the black magic wand of pointless mass
death. To the funeral march of hysterical sloganeering, all over the
world, forces are waving bits of cloth and chanting death mantras
before the maddened bull of mass consciousness. The unthinking levels
of reactionary patriotism and religion have begun to break out
uncontrollably. What do those who love humanity and wish it well do
at a time like this? We can only try to point out that when humanity
suffers, there are those behind the scenes who always reap the
benefit. We know something about who is really going to profit from
this chaos: out of the present carnage, there are great fortunes to
be made and delicious worldly powers of many kinds to be

It s not only religion, of course, that inspires the worst of our
behavior towards one another. Any belief system will serve to
galvanize the ego into despising others. No matter what combination
of beliefs anyone has, about anything at all, these will serve as a
basis for loathing others of unlike mind. What this says about us is
that we are still so childish we can t face the obvious: which is
that our personal belief system is not the beginning and end of
universal realities. This fact is more threatening and deranging to
undeveloped human spirits than any other. We fearfully imagine we
will lose our minds and souls merely by recognizing that belief is
somewhat personal and somewhat limited, like everything else we have,
are, and do. It takes serious and sustained effort these days not to
become at least mildly acquainted with a large number of people
outside our own little personal worlds. And it is becoming
exceedingly hard to ignore the fact that there are likable and
interesting people adhering to belief systems other than one s own.
Likewise, within our own chosen belief-circle, we will no doubt
notice a certain number of unpleasant, underdeveloped humans. This is
just the way it is. Yet as long as we are capable of caring first
about the belief system, and only secondarily about the quality of
the human being, we are being divided and conquered by the forces of
hate and darkness.

These interminable human belief wars are deliberately created and
sustained, dutifully serving a very dark purpose for those who wish
to control this planet and keep stupefied all who live here. So long
as we are easily diverted into religious wars, and endless struggles
for other types of internecine belief-supremacy, we will not be
noticing who is causing and fomenting all this behind the scenes of
our earthly institutions. We won t be observing who benefits from all
this directed hate and mayhem. We won t be tearing the veil away to
take note of what groups and what forces are promoting and
encouraging human divisiveness. While we are busy, nicely distracted
into loathing one another wholesale, in the name of God and of all
our other basic beliefs, the forces of global totalitarianism sit
back and smile. They believe in nothing at all, except the single
goal of our standardization, degradation, and enslavement. They are
undivided. They have no other aim except the domination of the human
species, and to quench all sparks of individual freedom once and for
all. And their genius is in using religious differences, economic
differences, political differences, and social, cultural, and
national differences for their own ends. Their technique is to strike
these discordant notes whenever possible, and to amplify each sour
chord until hapless humans mechanically dance in mass step to their
orchestrated tunes. They are experts at slyly manipulating and
encouraging us to hate each other, in every possible way, while they
are quietly, secretly and openly, dismembering the human race and
feasting on the twitching remains.

The ultimate cause of war framed as a religious activity is the
absence of the awareness of God in the heart of the human race. The
primary tool of terrorism per se is the near-ubiquitous presence in
human hearts and minds of the abysmal force of hatred. This
perpetuates itself through the self-righteous, self-justifying
cooperation, to one degree or another, of the majority of human
beings. Once these forces of accumulated hatred erupt, and physical
warfare is set in motion, the unfolding battle is inevitably,
obviously, difficult to bring to a halt. People caught up in the
immediate physical struggle to survive have little leisure for or
interest in contemplating the deeper origins of their situation. Yet
whoever is not thrust into such a brutal level does have the time and
responsibility to consider the deeper meanings of our collective
predicament. While outward battles rage, each of us more or less on
the sidelines might do well to ask of our own conscience whether or
not we are contributing in the slightest way to the vast general pool
of human hatred. There will never be any real freedom or peace on
earth without such painfully honest self-questioning. Because, in
reality, there are very few of us who are not at least occasionally
puppets in the hands of hate. Most of us are still aggressively angry
at times, and quite enjoy that hot little surge of accompanying hate.

Technically therefore, almost all of us perpetuate some degree of
emotional or mental terrorism against others, even if well within the
dismally low standards of socially acceptable limits. And the ones
who deny this with the greatest fanfare of self-righteous anger are,
of course, the worst offenders. God is Love. There is no getting
around this highest truth. We can and do lie to ourselves and to
others about the real names of the forces we allow to run rampant now
and again through our beings. But the truth of God as the embodiment
of impersonal Love remains forever unmoved by our fear of it. And
eventually, if we have the spiritual courage to let it, this truth
may set us free. Since impersonal and all-encompassing Divine Love is
the only reality that can ever unite the disparate little paths of
human beings, the human species is facing a starkly clear choice.
Either figure out what it means to love one another, or die.