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Maladies (dis-eases) of the Soul; Directly affecting society today.

Updated on March 4, 2016

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Diseases of the spirit:

and their direct causation's of the creation of Fanatics, Zealots, and Radicals and their rescission from society.

We must first have an understanding of the diseases that effect our spirit.

And understand how the diseases of the soul and the mind directly effect the body.

We also must learn to understand that when we heal our mind and soul we indirectly heal our body as well.

The first step is ridding ones self of the negative influences.

After reading an article here on H.P. I wanted to share with everyone who reads my stuff (the comments i made on that article.

I found it quite moving and positive, and felt compelled to write an extension of it from a different point of view.

The article is by Slarty O'brian, about instinct, love and empathy (link to this article is attached - it is worth taking the time to read).

We all know what is proper, right, ethical, just, and good in the world, or at least have some perceptions of what those words should mean; or what they actually do mean to each and every one of us through our own views of what they should be.

The unforgiving mind


Maladies of the Soul

Realizing that along with the diseases of the body, and the mind, there are also present, several palpable maladies of the soul that we tend to dismiss in fear of insulting our basic religious beliefs.

These maladies of the soul are real and invasive throughout our minds and bodies as well.

You can not have any malady of one portion of the mind, body or soul, without it effecting the other two.

Some of those maladies include, but are not limited to the following:

  • failure to allow forgiveness into our hearts.
  • unfounded hatred that we refuse to face, and remedy.
  • The profundity of the pervasiveness of greed in our lives.
  • the abusiveness of the assaults on our psyche by historical acceptance.
  • the arrogance of individuals taking the right to make judgement on others.
  • the distorted elevation of self worth that allows us to continue the psychic abuses.
  • the unfounded guilt imposed on us by religion
  • unwarranted physical abuse by our tormentors



Understanding the Human condition

With that said the following is my comment to the article that prompted me to do this in the form of a hub:

"Instinct, love, and empathy are not innate qualities in every human being. They are learned by imitating (emulating) parents, teachers, etc.., and hopefully brought to a fruitful conclusion by the logical reasoning of those facts that have been taken in by emulating others.

And you are correct that if these aspects are learned and honed properly, we would never have the need to harm others for any reason. If we could teach our children the concepts of compassion, sympathy, tolerance, etc.., this would make for a well rounded, happy, considerate adult, and not leave much room for the negative emotions.

But unfortunately there is a radical negative factor that disrupts those positive emotions that can never be dismissed as unimportant, or irrelevant.

We should be teaching children to take in new ideas and concepts; how to mull them around in their minds; consider all the possible outcomes (both negative and positive) in making their choice of accepting or discarding them. This is known as critical, or abstract, thinking that is not taught properly to children when they reach their age of reasoning.

Instead, 99.9% of all children born into this world are bombarded with fear, guilt, distrust, hatred, intolerance of others, through their narrow minded, tunnel visioned religious teachings."

These thoughts are not just in passing, or for the purpose of enlightening the child. They are severely driven into the child's psyche, continuously over many years.

These indoctrinating techniques cause cognitive dissonance that sometimes cannot be reconciled by the child as it grows up and experiences alternative points of view.

And the end result? The young man in Norway that was so conflicted, he became paranoid schizophrenic, and who not only took a heavy toll on others around him, but to his very inner core.

Such sadness and violence would never have taken place in a mind that was properly taught love and empathy. And it seems that there are more and more like him coming to the fore front in our world today. Especially with the emergence of greater pressures on the individual by governments out of control, religious zealots preaching outright hatred against gays, Muslims, Jews, women, and (an unwanted by many of those radical zealots) a black president of the 'white' America of yesterday.

The cure


Long term effects of non treatment

These severe maladies of the soul must be addressed soon, before any healing can begin in a 'dis-eased' society that spans the globe.

It is a global crisis and has cataclysmic potential for the destruction of humanity as we know it today.

This global dis-ease can only be addressed by the leaders of nations, but alas, it is those very leaders that created, and that perpetuate, this social 'dis-ease'.

This is a classic 'catch 22', that will one day erupt into global disaster of a like we have never witnessed in our history.

Usually, we can start changing societies by advocating changes on the conceptional scale of 'one person at a time'.

But we have gone way past that period in time, and sit on the brink of the event horizon of global destruction.

I see NO remedy for reversal, short of banning all organized religions from this planet in order to promote spiritualism. A global spiritualism that embraces the concept of one (or more) creators that see all humans as equal and worthy of happiness and acceptance.

by d.william 07/27/2011

How to stop negative thinking

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    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thank you for reading and your comments. And yes, i agree with you 100% about the evils of those few who wish to rule the masses, and do, with no restrictions by our government officials. Objections would mean no more $$ kickbacks. It really is all about greed, isn't it?

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      cindi h 

      7 years ago

      True,the various religions throughout the world are responsible for most of the upheaval and unrest we feel today, but, I also believe an elite group of wealthy and powerful people are just as responsible for our troubled times. We have men (and women) in powerful positions whose only loyalties are to the corrupt entities who support them financially. The motto for these times seems to be, sacrifice the good of the many for the benefit of the few!!

    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thank you so much for reading and your kind comments. It really saddens me that this world is so filled with narrow mindedness, bigotry, hatred and the need to pass judgements onto others. Religion is as corrupt as the political arena, and people are so brainwashed, they can not see the forest for the trees. They are literally blinded by their own ignorance and fears. It is truly a rampant global dis-ease perpetuated by evil disguised in the name of religion.

    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      A belated thank you for reading and your comments, which are always welcomed. Wise words. It is evident that the current trend in Washington today is to destroy Pres. Obama at the expense of all else. The right wing fanatics would sooner destroy the entire country than to slight their rich benefactors. At least i would rather believe this to be true than to think that they are trying to destroy him based on their bigoted upbringings.

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      Terry Chestnutt 

      7 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      That's a heavy dose, doubly strong for its compactness. I think you are right and well understand the situation. I look forward to learning more of your insights and expect to read your posts regularly. Thanks.

    • Credence2 profile image


      7 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Nice to see you again D.William -It is said as the time progressed, people will become less open to any kind of reasonable agreement. Over the last 30-40 years fanaticism seems to rule the day. I publish so many hubs with optimism as to the marvels of technological achievement that awaits us. But at this rate, I have been naive, we will literally take the crust off from the earth in the hurry to destroy ourselves, long before modern science can aid us in helping to restrain our malevalent tendencies.

    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thanks for your comments. Your words speak volumes and hopefully your are correct about 2012. But i am less optimistic. I foresee much corruption and vote manipulation by the radical wing nuts: those despoilers of democracy in favor of maintaining control by the wealthy, at the expense of all others.

      I watch Fox news, MSNBC and CNN equally for a more balanced view of what is really happening in our society. It is truly appalling. Both sides say exactly the same things about the other. All lies; designed to maintain the rift between the parties. Those who view only one side and believe everything they see and hear, are cheating themselves of seeing the true picture.

      At this point in time, the republicans are the obstructive force in moving forward, progress, and equality. There is NO mistake about that. And we are headed toward the genocide of the elders, the infirm, and the very poor. Eliminating these 'drains on society' will surely give the wealthy leaders the power they need to make sure there remains only 2 classes: the rich and their servants. If we could only eliminate those pesky moralistic judgmentalists, at least it would make the servant class a little more palatable.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Putting the blame on President Obama is stupid and unjust. He is blocked every step he takes. The first two years he was in office, he was blocked by the Democrats who lined their pockets with greed money from the corporations, now it's the Republicans who hide behind religion while they preach their lies. If the Rep. had their way, the old people and the poor would be herded into gas chambers and gased. I see a mega number of people voting democratic in 2012. Americans are wide awake now, they see through the lies, and when the Government starts dipping into their pockets, taking away what they worked for, the multitude will rise!!!!

    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thanks for commenting. Do you REALLY equate free will with anarchy? Surrendering the free will for the common good?

      These comments are a far cry from having a common vision and a common goal.

      You are advocating a society of mindless drones, puppets and blind 'followers' of whatever the powers that be want to throw down on the populace - Oh, wait...isn't that what is happening today? Only without common goals, or a common vision for anyone but those in power.

      Unless, you have a greater vision of what a democratic society should be? If so, share it with those 'leaders' in Washington who continue to flounder without any apparent purpose, or vision, at all.

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      Druid Dude 

      7 years ago from West Coast

      Everyone has their own ideas, and free will dictates an anarchic society. We need to surrender it for the greater good, and I believe that is what religion tries to achieve. We need a common vision, a common goal. This is what we had on the "hippy" side of the sixties and early seventies. I was there, personally, as I think you were. Peace and Love can't coexist with War and Hate. Problem: The warriors and the haters have the guns and the mindset of violence to achieve victory. The Stones gig at Altamont drove that home. All the leaders of the movement, having succeeded at forcing withdrawal from VN, one by one sold out to the "establishment" leaving us idealists and dreamers w/o a cause. We simply need a new voice to lead us to that cause.

    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thanks for you comments. Yes, you are right that we ARE fooling ourselves into believing that our own individual little worlds are the mainstream of America. That can not be further from the truth. This country is founded on the principle of diversity, and there are too many individuals trying to mold it into their own images. The old saying: 'too many cooks spoil the soup' has never been truer. And the old saying: 'live and let live' has never been a greater necessity for survival.

    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thank your for you logical insights as always. We are expecting logical results from illogical people. I have never seen such a divide between the political parties. This constant battle for control will be the main cause of our downfall. Neither side can run this country with any logical control without the other side bringing them back to reality. There needs to be a broader acceptance of a Centrist point of view. It seems these are the times of irrationality, not compromise. (A great pissing contest of little immature minds)

      In order to cope with all this confusion, the average individual has resorted to categorizing people into groups by religions, political parties, genders, etc.., to try and make sense out of it all, and giving themselves a false sense of empowerment by being able to point their fingers at one another in blame, instead of taking personal responsibility to stop this war of hate and greed.

    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thank you so much for reading and you comments.

      Those 60's and 70's that we grew up in were filled with the new freedoms of the 'hippy generation' and the anti-establishment mind set. Not as a bad thing, but it was distracting enough to allow the greed, materialism, and radicalization forces get a foothold in government behind our backs, and grew out of proportion without us even realizing it was happening. And here we are today. Being led by the idiots that are currently in control of our lives, livelihoods, peace, and sanity.

      You are totally correct in your comment that Nature does manage to override the destructive forces of mans' follies. If there is actually a Creative Force somewhere out there in space and time, and that Force can see what mankind has become, he would have only two alternatives: Either destroy what is here and allow it to rebuild itself, in the hopes of humanity re-surfacing with a different approach to living; or the intervention on a massive scale by "smiting" his "enemies" and leaving only his favorite followers to exist and exalt him for eternity.

      Personally, neither scenario is very appealing to me. The definition of insanity is to continue to do the same things over and over and hope for a different result. And the idea of spending eternity blindly "worshiping" is not exactly my idea of heaven.

      Our history is filled with the rise and fall of great empires, every one of which has managed to destroy itself by its own volition of abusing its subjects. Today is no different, and we are certainly heading for a great fall from grace. As long as there is greed, and lust for power, nothing will ever change. Pessimistic? Or Realistic? There IS another alternative that man will NEVER embrace. Perhaps my next hub will give that one a whirl.

    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. The "right wing fanatic" comment was not really MY own interpretation. This is how he is depicted on the news: "Fanatical Right Wing Conservative Christian" that belongs to extreme right wing fanatical groups that feed off each other, and go unchecked by any logical interruptions.

      I have no reason to believe otherwise, as is the probability of fanaticism more likely to be due to the implantation of religious dogma that is contrary to logic, (from ALL religions); ergo causing profound cognitive dissonance, than those NOT indoctrinated into these radical fanatical religious sects (and yes, this includes Christians, right along with the Muslim, and other radical beliefs).

      Don't be fooled by your own indoctrination into what ever religion you were brought up in. They are all the same. Their basic intent is control, certainly NOT insuring you salvation. You can do that on your own, with a pure heart, and a direct connection to the Creative forces of all that there is. Even without guilt and fear.

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      Druid Dude 

      7 years ago from West Coast

      When a call for help comes, do we all know what it sounds like? Good hub.We like to think we are all mainstream in our moral values, but, w/o knowing what someone else is thinking, maybe we are kidding ourselves. Voting you up!

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      Jean Bakula 

      7 years ago from New Jersey


      As usual, you are on the mark. I dislike that our country is split into right/left wing or conservative/liberal, when that is not even true. I have liberal views as far as helping our fellow man. But I have conservative family views. I've been married for 32 yrs, and we brought up a well mannered, spiritual son who volunteers time to young children's organizations. We are always the family members who take in the ones having a bad time of things. R's just seem like money mongers who never learned how to share in the playground. Why are people so willing to catagorize everyone in little boxes? All this political nonsense about entitlements makes me crazy. Dems never should have let Reps get away with usage of that word. We paid into SS, Medicare and Medicaid all the years of our working. It's OUR money the government doesn't want to give us back. I voted for Obama, but all he has to do to raise money is stop the wars in Afganistan and Iraq, and cut the military budget. Oh, and raise taxes on the rich. Done deal. It took me one minute. We do not need to occupy every country. And the "Bush Tax Cuts" were due to expire in 2010, everyone knew that years ago. Obama can't be blamed for that. I don't understand why he won't discuss his rationals though. If he can't, he needs someone to speak for him better at press conferences. The new guy is too much of a wimp. Well, enough ranting..

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      7 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

      A frightening assessment of the world today. How did this happen DW? How did the promise and wonder of the 60's and 70's fester into what we have today? Maybe after the nuclear nightmare we went through with the Soviets our priorities and outlooks on life changed. We no longer lived under the constant threat of anihilation, so we went crazy? Our moral compass was destroyed, materialism and politics infected our very souls and made us not human. We are evolving and becoming a new species, one that I don't like very much. Nature has a tendency to change the order of things cataclismicly to rid the planet of the unwanted. Maybe our time is up.

      A definite thought to deal with. Thanks for your insight,


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      7 years ago

      I guess the only question I have is ....How is it that this crime is of a Right wing fanatic ? Every quality or virtue that you list above are not those enjoyed by only the left! Because he says he is a right wing fanatic? He is a twisted and misaligned human being with no more "reason" in his ability for emphathy than an ability to live a decent and law abiding lifestyle!....Interesting....


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