The enemy in our head


“Our world is not working; it is coming apart at the seams. It’s human nature to find someone to blame. Republicans blame Democrats, Democrats blame Republicans; Christians blame atheists, atheists blame Christians; Israelis blame Palestinians, Palestinians blame Israelis, etc. My inbox is filled with emails from people expressing their anger toward institutional church and its leaders. We are continuously looking for a scapegoat—it’s Obama’s fault, it’s Mark Driscoll’s fault, it’s Justin Bieber’s fault, it’s fill-in-the-blank’s fault.

But consider the possibility that the current futility of the world is actually no one’s fault. The world is simply the way it is as scientists describe it. There are no people to blame or scapegoat for the suffering and misery of our existence. There is no person or people who are the enemy. Then what is? Isn’t the enemy the beliefs that rule and drive us from within, and many of those beliefs have existed for thousands of years?

Solving the crisis of our world is not a matter of removing certain individuals or groups from positions of power. It goes deeper than that. The enemy is not the people, but the attitudes, narratives, mindsets, and belief systems that have poisoned us all and rule in our minds. These are the principalities and powers that have cast a darkness over our world, and they must be challenged and struck down. If you want to get angry about something, get angry at the false myths and ideologies that are governing our existence.  Here’s something else to get angry about—these ideas, myths, and ideologies are living inside your mind and ruling your life right now!

The way our minds have been trained to reason is fundamentally warped. No matter what avenue (including and especially religion) we search for truth and answers, we are not going to find them. We have been programmed with a kind of reasoning that keeps us locked in a futile world that we cannot escape except through death.

Why is our planet and humankind facing the very real threat of destruction?

It is because we are operating with sets of fixed ideas that have spread like a virus to every aspect of human society, sabotaging any possibility for a surviving, thriving world. It makes no difference where you turn. Religion is no different from politics, which is no different from science, which is no different from our education system, which is no different from pop culture, which is no different from . . . you name it! They have all been infected by the same false premises, and we have been indoctrinated by them. The enemy is not someone or something out there, but is inside each of us in the form of these beliefs.

We are never going to get out of this mess until we confront the reality that our existence (as it is currently unfolding according to these bogus ideas) is futile, doomed, and meaningless. Those religious and worldly beliefs have had their chance. The clock has run out, and it is now time for them to go. We can no longer allow them to rule over us and in us. The current brokenness of our world is the critique against this old order. The conclusion? It is finished! Over! Done!

We need anarchy! It’s time to revolt.”

– Jim Palmer, Inner Anarchy

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