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THE FUNCTIONING OF RETROGRESSION Print E-mail
Life – Consciousness

pelargosRecent developments in Europe, and particularly in Greece, have been dramatic and serve as proof of the inertia of peoples and of their faulty anthropological positioning towards themselves and history.
The reader may wonder why we do not speak exclusively about the elites who manage power and take decisions.

Quite simply for the following reasons:
a. There is no possibility that the elites, if indeed they are devotees of selfish power and not simply subject to the enervation of comfort, will change and show genuine interest in the common good, as they are sunk into indifference and total alienation from humanity. It is the multitude of men who can and must create new models for the future which will form a synthesis of what is good from the past with the emerging potentialities - in the present - because it is the multitude who have this capability and because this change must be extensive and its force must be in the hands of the many and not only of the few.

b. As long as the multitude of human beings are engrossed in their petty self-interests and their individualism, the power elites will not collapse, even if the faces in them change. People's weakness of consciousness and self-blinding will always be a fertile field for the imposition of power of whatever type.(1)

c. It is the multitude of men themselves who will supply the power elites with ambitious and selfish people who will separate themselves from the mass in order to oppress it later.
This necessary change in people includes the practical / organisational handling of the problems, but also what is - in our view - the greater shift in the way of approaching life. The debate on the way of approaching life is not some kind of work of literature or vague words, but entails a dramatic change of attitude which will overwhelmingly influence action. Greece itself provides an example. Here, the Greeks in times of (albeit counterfeit) prosperity was indifferent to public affairs and to everything, and concerned themselves with amusement, ostentation, inanities, and economic expansion. A similar example is provided by Europe itself in its prosperity Europe.

This mindless approach to life is a direct invitation to the seeker after power. It is his point of entry, and must not be underestimated. This points to the individual and collective responsibility of the mass of people who would like to be saved through their wilful blindness, but this is impossible. Nevertheless, it is this human multitude who must make the difference. Any differences in views on individual topics should not be so definitive as to overturn this truth. We are not speaking here of an organisation, but of consciousness wherever an individual is. We are speaking of a unifying and therapeutic factor for human relations which can only be non-organisational and accessible to all.

As long as this improvement does not come, power, as selfish coercion, will remain in differing forms, and, at times of the collapse of the protective social structure, man will see the sediment of the past - such as, for example, the feudal or racist mentality - rising to the surface again. These are very ancient sediments which are cognate with the selfish quest for power and will always be there behind the scenes of life unless human beings resolve to crush them within and outside themselves.(2) For this reason, we should not be naively taken aback when suddenly, in a world which is evolved in its institutions and technology, an exceptionally retrogressive tendency, such as that of the present, where creditors attempt to enslave whole peoples for debts - debts, moreover, of dubious origin, surfaces.(3)
In reality, they are going back to before Solon the Athenian, who, 2,500 years ago, abolished slavery for debt in ancient Athens.

We can only prevent this surfacing of the sediments of the past by means of true progress which goes deep. There is no stopping still in life - this is a deceit; if there is no progress, retrogression occurs.
But man always regards his rights as a given, without doing anything either to safeguard them or to lay claim to them, thus allowing a strenuous ambitious power elite to operate on his behalf, while he himself remains a passive recipient. But the present is a period of exceptional interest, because no one can afford to be complacent and an opportunity is being provided to emerge from oblivion. But this is just a possibility.

(1) Zisis, Ioannis, Totalitarianism and Anthropological Systemic Pathogeny.
(2) Carl  Jung on Self-knowledge and Political Crises.
(3) Moutsopoulou, Ioanna, The State in the Free Economy (Part Three): The Economy as a Field of Power and Authority.


Ioanna Moutsopoulou, Lawyer

Member of the Secretariat of Solon NGO (non-profit)

 
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