Thoughts on Whatever Became of Sin? By Karl Menninger MD (1973) 9C

Second example: Political disagreements are often framed in psychiatric terminology.

The second amendment right to own firearms was designed to allow the individual citizen to resist an intrusive government.  Progressives want gun control because gun ownership increases the possibility of individual resistance to their sovereign religion.  Their “concerns” are precisely what the Founding Fathers intended.

Consequently, Progressives have declared gun ownership to be “politically incorrect”.

Progressives claim that their political opponents suffer from the “symptoms” of latent aggression because they unconsciously remain “racists, sexists, polluters, homophobes, and the like” (despite denials) and unwittingly desire to resume the oppressions of the past (read Ann Coulter’s Mugged in order to appreciate the irony).

Why else would they cling to their guns?

But that is not all.

Progressive thinkcorrect rejects thinkFoundingFathers for a variety of cryptotheological reasons.  The Founding Fathers were “patriarchal” and condoned “racism”.  In making such claims, Progressives project a thinkincorrect onto the Founding Fathers that they did not hold.

Progressives also deduce that their political opponents exhibit conscienceincorrect – not because they want to protect themselves from an intrusive government – but because “if you own a gun, you want to hurt someone”.

Such Progressive claims are projections of their own latent aggression.  After all, they are “better people than racists, sexists, polluters, homophobes, and the like”, desire to become the oppressors of the future and intend to exploit any tragic situation in order to further their political agenda.

Simply put, Progressives demonize their political opponents by attributing to them a thinkgroup and a consciencelacking that their opponents do not hold.


Man and Sin by Piet Schoonenberg (1964) 1.6W2

[Perhaps, the phrase “deliver us from evil” in the Lord’s Prayer is more than an afterthought.

What if the phrase were worded: “Deliver us from an evil beyond statistical necessities”?  What would the phrase indicate?

An evil inhabits the spontaneous order in which we are embedded.  What is this evil?

The spontaneous order exhibits statistical processes.  Statistics mean that there are winners and losers.  Natural good and natural evil coexist.

Could this be the evil?

On the other hand, where would the statistics be, if the order did not exist?  Without the spontaneous order, neither natural good or natural evil exists.

Could this be the evil?

Could “the lack of statistical necessities” be simultaneously our ultimate limitation as well as the ultimate privation of good?

So what are we asking when we pray, “Deliver us from evil?”

Are we asking God3 to never stop Recognizing Himself2?

Are we asking God not to slip into the Nothingness1 of “the possibility of Recognition1”?

Are we asking God not to let us slip completely out of being?

Are we asking God to Stay In Being?]


Thoughts on Whatever Became of Sin? By Karl Menninger MD (1973) 9B

Here are examples of “crime contextualizing political incorrectness” and “ a claims that political incorrectness is made possible by symptoms belonging to the political opponents of Progressivism”.  Each has a twist.

First example: Environmental policies designed to herd people into densely populated “urban zones” and out of “nature zones” presume that people are “criminals” (that is, “polluters”).  In short, today’s (non-political) people are punished even though rapacious industrial practices (“of people with power”) are becoming a thing of the past.  Non-political people are contextualized as “polluters”, even though the Progressives have no idea how they would behave without sovereign “herding”.

One cannot question the viability of such policies, because to do so would invite the label of “anti-environmentalist”.  As seen before, Progressives will project a thinkgroup onto the “politically incorrect person”.  Anyone who questions is labeled “hater of the environment”, irrespective of the victim’s worldviews.

This is exactly what was done during the “witch hunts” of old.

As it turns out, this people-herding environmental policy may invite disaster simply because the resulting social construction cannot handle any catastrophe in which the people in the urban zones must find shelter elsewhere (example, war or plague).

Have you watched any disaster fantasy movies about this?


Thoughts on Whatever Became of Sin? By Karl Menninger MD (1973) 9A

Chapter 9 is titled: “Sin, So what?”

Menninger began his reverie by asking: How can Man control Man?

Did he realize that one question answers the other?

In order for one human to control another, the both parties must surrender personal responsibility, what the vertical nested form denotes “consciencefree”.  Also, both have to give up the concept of “sin” as a product of individual responsibility and a cause for individual guilt.

This had already occurred decades before the humorous and catch-all term “political incorrectness” was popularized.

Political epithets – so popular from the 1960 to 2012 – convey all the implications of “sin”.  “Anti-environmentalist”, “sexist”, “racist”, “homophobe” and “fundamentalist” imply personal responsibility (for the accused), identify something to be eliminated, expect further action and restitution, and impose a cost or penalty (of lost reputation, if nothing else).

Similar to “sin”, if not more so, “political incorrectness” has been criminalized and symptomized.  In the next two blogs, I present two examples, each with a twist.


Thoughts on Whatever Became of Sin? By Karl Menninger MD (1973) 8AD

Why did Menninger mention this particular sin?  In a way, the answer addresses his foundational question, “whatever became of sin?”.

The lie about the Lusitania was a sin.  But so what?  The lie was politically correct.

On the horizontal axis, the “disposition” that made this politically correct act possible was “the psychology of collusion”. The legal system rewarded the ones who perpetrated this politically correct action.  The lawessential burdened the citizens with war.

Thomas Sowell has pointed out in many of his writings that this – above all – accounts for the failure of the American experiment:  Progressive politicians have not paid for the consequences of their politically correct (but sinful) actions.

On the vertical axis, the consciencelacking of political “self-anointedness” (also see Thomas Sowell’s works) made the politically correct deception possible.  The thinkgroup of Progressive expertise put the deception into context.  President Wilson and his highly educated cohorts were convinced that they could “save democracy” by autocratic means, such as willful deception and propaganda.

The symbolic order that is Progressivism was already yielding social constructions one hundred years ago.  Wilson came to power 40 years after Lincoln had defended the Union.  Wilson was the servant of the subsequent Union-god, a god that would establish itself as sovereign without “establishing a religion”.

In the same way, the air-god Enlil, ruled over Nippur through both palace and temple.  There was no separation between state and church.  Enlil defined the symbolic order, just as Wilson’s Union-god does today.


Thoughts on Whatever Became of Sin? By Karl Menninger MD (1973) 8AC

Following the “sin of affluence”, Menninger covered the “sins of waste, cheating and stealing, lying, and various cruelties.”

Of all these, I would like to cover his “sin of lying”, consisting of a single vivid example of deception.

The sinking of the passenger ship Lusitania by German navy boats in May of 1915 was a tipping point.  American sentiment turned in favor of joining the War in Europe (now known as World War 1).

The Lusitania was carrying a cargo of munitions and a false manifest that claimed it carried no weapons of war.  The United States Government withheld information about the false manifest from its citizens in order to arouse American anger against the Germans.  President Woodrow Wilson wanted the USA to enter into the war to “save democracy”.

In September 1917, the Wisconsin senator Robert La Follette announced that the Lusitania was carrying munitions at the time of the attack and the President knew about it.  The Senate tried to expel him.  However, their “cries of treachery” were only a screen hiding what they all knew: La Follette’s claim was valid.


Thoughts on Whatever Became of Sin? By Karl Menninger MD (1973) 8AB1

As soon as “affluence” was declared politically incorrect, then Progressives deduced that “there must be a thinkgroup and a consciencelacking that the affluent person holds”.

Progressive thinkcorrect attributes to the affluent a thinkincorrect where “’fair play’ is ‘cheating’”.  This goes hand-in-hand with a projected wide-ranging conscienceincorrect that believes in some form of “exploitation”.

However, neither the thinkgroup  of “cheating and calling it ‘fair play’” nor the conscienceincorrect “attitude of exploitation” are held by all the affluent.  They are held by the elites who expect the rewards of crony capitalism.  You know, the ones who work for the big banks – er, I mean – the Department of Treasury.

Progressive programs calling the affluent to “repent” ask the affluent to “confess to ideas and potentials that they do not hold”.

Yes, this is the stuff of show trials – er, I mean – the television news programs of the American conformist media.

Amazingly, Menninger admitted that he did not know which is a greater sin: envy or affluence (154).


Thoughts on Whatever Became of Sin? By Karl Menninger MD (1973) 8AB

How does the Progressive vertical axis work? The vertical axis becomes:

A projected thinkincorrect onto the affluent person(the political incorrectness of affluence itself(a conscienceincorrect from which affluence emerges)

What is this thinkincorrect?

Consider the “virtue of fairness”.  Affluence is created when treating all your customers and employees equally.  The words “play fair” means “do not cheat”.

Yet, in the Progressive symbolic order, the word “fairness” has changed from “equal opportunity” to “equal outcomes”. The implication is that “the virtue of fairness”, which defies envy, greed and avarice, is not really fair at all.  “Fair play” is really “cheating”.


Thoughts on Whatever Became of Sin? By Karl Menninger MD (1973) 8AA

Remember, Menninger was also a Progressive.

At the time of writing, he did not know that “sin” was already being replaced by “political incorrectness”.

Consider the term that he added to the envy set: the sin of affluence.

The horizontal axis becomes:

The crime of unequal outcomes to be punished with policies enforcing “fairness of outcome”(the political incorrectness of affluence(psychology of “equal potential demands equal outcome”))

… Or something like that.

Is the “symptom of the psychology of ‘equal potential demands equal outcome’” the Progressive equivalent of “disposition to covetousness”?

Clearly, on the horizontal axis, the reasons for affluence are misdiagnosed.  People do not become affluent because they somehow “cheat” others of equal potential.  People become affluent by owning up to what they have and taking opportunities.


Thoughts on Whatever Became of Sin? By Karl Menninger MD (1973) 8Z

At this point, for the “sins of envy, greed and avarice”, we have encountered nested forms along two intersecting axes in Menninger’s apparently Christian frame.

The horizontal axis follows:

Lawessential(sins of envy, greed and avarice(psychology of covetousness))

The thinkgroup vertical axis is:

“The ungodly consolations of a complex life or idolatry of money(sins of envy, greed and avarice(the consciencelacking of self-aggrandizement))

The alternate thinkdivine vertical axis – we can only guess – might be:

Thinkdivine of the simple life (the virtue of fairness(the consciencefree of self-reliance)

And this thinkdivine would change the horizontal axis – we can only guess –to:

Lawessential(the virtue of fairness(the psychology of personal ownership and open opportunity)

Is that not odd?

The “psychology” of the disposition sounds like “natural rights”.