Healing Terrorism

I’m Richard Lloyd Jones and this is Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head. I moved to Brazil from New York in 2001, 2 1/2 months before 9/11.

Talk about timing.

But if it was timing, it was not anything conscious. My desire was to learn more about the work of an extraordinary scientist I’d become aware of a short time before moving here.

That scientist was Dr. Norberto Keppe. What Keppe proposes in his far-reaching science is, quite simply, a solution to the fundamental human problem, which is that we act in contradiction to our essence and, therefore, we act against life. This goes to the root of the issue. This Inversion is the cause of all our conflicts and crises today, so it’s not a matter simply of protecting this or that species or saving this or that ecosystem or cutting our greenhouse gasses or resolving geo-political scheming. We’re going to have to change virtually everything if we are to attain the well-being that we have a right to enjoy. The transformation must be basic. It must be total.

Today, we’ll try to transform and transcend the mounting terrorism crisis on our planet.

Healing Terrorism, today on Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head.

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Behind the Economic Crisis II

It’s still hitting us hard. Markets are down, foreclosures are up. Shanty towns are springing up in southern California. We’re officially in recession, it appears. And what got us here varies depending on which side of the political argument you listen to. The only problem with that is … it’s a little difficult to get at the real root causes.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head, let’s try to understand it a little better in the second in our series of what’s going on Behind the Economic Crisis.

Depending on how long you’ve been listening to Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head, you may or may not know that our work here is based on the extraordinary discoveries of Brazilian psychoanalyst and social scientist, Norberto Keppe. In a profound series of books he wrote in the 1980s, he essentially created a new branch of social science called “social pathology.” This was the application of his psychological assessment, analysis and treatment of the human psyche to the greater society in which we live.

Our society, he determined, is a reflection of the unrecognized parts of our individual psychological reality. “The cycle is centuries old,” he wrote. “Man creates an increasingly sick society as he is increasingly sickened by it.” This awareness occurred shortly after he moved to New York at the request of a number of professors and academics to introduce his work there. He went expecting American ingenuity and “can-do” attitude to take his work,and spread it worldwide, as they did with everything else – from Breton Woods economic policies to pop music.

But he encountered a country in trouble. “America has stopped working,” he noted. America was not producing anymore and was instead content to sit back and let the 3rd world do the work while they applied themselves to making money with money; that the U.S. was exploiting the globalization of the desire for a piece of the American Dream they’d so artfully perpetrated, stimulated and fed to chain everyone else to pulling the sled while they rode along behind, sucking up the profits.

Keppe saw psychological Inversion in the creation of an economic system that rewarded a company with increased stock prices for lowering costs by farming out production to Asian sweatshops. He saw a psychological condition in the hunger for power and money and consumer goods that was causing us to destroy the planet in our insatiable desire for more, more, more.

The three books I mentioned earlier were, and continue to be, extraordinarily astute and prophetic – Decay of the American People (and the U.S.), which we discussed in our last episode of Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head, Liberation of the People: the Pathology of Power, and Work and Capital. These books discussed, analyzed and clarified the psychopathology of the human being that was manifesting in the social structures we had created. This was something remarkable for the time, and remains so even today. You’ll find those books totally relevant in today’s situation. Like they were written yesterday. Write me for more information: rich@richjonesvoice.com

What Keppe noticed was the break in our social structures had made from our essential nature. From philosophy, Keppe knew that the essence of life was goodness, truth and beauty. At the same time, being successful in society often meant going against those values. We can’t suggest, for example, that the richest and most powerful among us got that way by acting like Mother Theresa or Albert Schweitzer.

And we the people have bought into it all big time. We all want to throw our money into the stock market and see it double or triple or at least bring in 10 or 15% returns. And for doing what, exactly? As Warren Buffett has noted, we’re not a nation of investors anymore, we’re a nation of traders. Which conjurs up images of men and women staring for hours into laptop computer screens to squeeze dollars out of the differenc ein exchange rates between the Yen and the Euro. Surely this is not lost on us. We’ve given up our previous values of what it meant to live in a civilized society. Our leaders lie about whatever they need to to convince us we need a massive, unwillable, horrendously expensive war. They encourage huge speculative financial systems that slosh trillions of dollars around daily like giant cassinos. They throw billions of taxpayer’s dollars into shoring up totally collapsing economic models that they’ve promoted. And then, as it’s crashing down around their ears, they admonish us that “we’re all in this together,” lumping in the vast majority of the world’s population with the small minority who are actually playing the gaem.

It’s time to wake up. As Keppe writes in Liberation of the People, “Most people believe that the powerful are needed to maintain ‘order’ among the populace and in the markets, rather than that it is precisely these powerful who cause all the social conflict and disturbance with the dishonest laws and systems they create.”

That’s where I’d like to step out from today – that this economic and social crisis has not just happened. It’s come to us as a product of our thinking and philosophy of life, if you will. Gilbert Gambucci, fresh from discussing this at our World Conference of Analytical Trilogy a couple of weeks ago, joins me today.

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Violence Kills Us – Not the Other Guy

It is nurtured in the fevers of fanaticism. Fomented in books and newsletters and websites. We can defend it, or march out against it. We can propose elegant legal arguments to justify it. But when the jingoism dies down, any rational human being must as the same question Bobby Kennedy did: “What has violence ever accomplished?”

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head, Violence Kills Us – Not the Other Guy.

This program is based on some extraordinary philosophical proposals put forward by psychoanalyst and social scientist, Norberto Keppe. Not completely new ideas because many of the ideas have been considered by humanity’s greatest minds for millennia. But what is new is the nature of synthesis in Keppe’s work. He has managed to unite many ideas behind one vast world view that is comprehensive in its understanding. So while many have considered the essence of man, like Aquinas, or analyzed the sickness of the socio-economic structures, like Marx, or investigated the light and dark in the human psyche like Freud, no one has managed to unite everything into one science that allows us to see what we truly are in our God-given essence.

Keppe’s science of psycho-socio-pathology is fascinating, profound and enormously vast in its scope. We’ll be exploring it in depth in our International Congress on Analytical Trilogy – that being the name of Keppe’s science – from July 4 – 6, 2008 here in Brazil. Anyone who’s interested in that will be invited to stay on at our conference spa for a few days to consider the themes of psycho-socio-pathology – perhaps with Dr. Keppe himself in attendance. Write me for more information about that – rich@richjonesvoice.com

I also want to update you on our BrainFood Community which we’re setting up to give you more education on this science. This idea is morphing somewhat after conversations with Dr. Claudia Pacheco. We’d like to create a training program to teach the skills of psycho-socio-therapy. This will include teleclasses with Dr. Pacheco and others of us from the International Society of Analytical Trilogy, a newsletter, Q & A sessions, and more. It’ll be very specific training to help you develop the understanding and tools of psycho-socio-pathology that you’ll be able to apply in your sphere of influence. Again, rich@richjonesvoice.com to get on our mailing list for updates about that.

A few weeks ago, Gilbert Gambucci explored the roots of racism very effectively on Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head. When he came to me with some ideas for tackling violence, I jumped at the chance to look at this pathology through Keppe’s eyes.

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The Roots of Racism

It’s been justified and rationalized for centuries, and the arguments to support it vary from scientific to downright insane. Although universally doncemned, subtle forms of it still crop up in all modern societies. Skin color, sex, what you put on your head or to cover your face are still fair game for prejudice.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head, the roots of racism.

First, thanks for all your notes to me about the program. It’s always gratifying to hear from you, so don’t hesitate to write me if you’ve got any comments, questions or even suggestions for the show. rich@richjonesvoice.com And please pass along the suggestion to like-minded friends and family to check out Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head as well. The bigger community we create together, the more Norberto Keppe’s profound but insufficiently recognized work will get out to more people. And this can only be a good thing.

Well, we can look back at images from recent history – a short 50 years ago – and be staggered at the pictures of black people sitting at the back of the bus. Duke Ellington got so disgusted with not being able to stay at the hotel where he was playing, or even go in the front door, that he bought a Pullman railcar for his band to travel around in. “Now,” he said, “We travel just like the President.”

Billie Holiday’s harrowing song about lynching, Strange Fruit, which her generation witnessed in no small abundance, makes us shake our heads in shock and dry our eyes in sorrow to this day. Because slavery, lynchings, apartheid, ethnic cleansing – these are so obviously wrong – and have always been – to any person with even the most tenuous link to the true human essence. Surely there can be no debate about that anymore – except by someone so separated from human spirituality and love as to be certifiably insane.

And yet, it continues. And not just in subtle forms, like being refused a job, as the horrible images and reports rising out of Rwanda and Bosnia attest. How can this be possible? Well, I’m reminded of St. Augustine, who confessed after deep soul searching that there was no difference in intention between the worst criminal and himself. He only managed to control it, where the other did not.

What is it inside us in regards to racism that we don’t understand well enough yet? This is the essence of Norberto Keppe’s work, and the subject of our program today. My guest is American musician and researcher, Gilbert Gambucci.

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