“The wicked only rule because of the cowardice of those who allow themselves to be ruled by them… Yet death would be better for us than to go on living lives contrary to the [natural] laws of the Universe.” – Plotinus
Have you ever fallen prey to gaslighting; as in the psychological manipulation of exerting power over another, resulting in low self-esteem, confusion and co-dependency? Would it surprise you to learn that it takes two to tango; i.e. abusers & their victims often exchange roles in their diabolical dance, without even being all that aware of their complicity.
Abusive relationships are extremely difficult to bear, especially if we neglect to understand how to guard against such attacks, as well as weed out the proclivities that have burrowed its way into our own behaviour. There are also individuals, including groups of various kinds, who will intentionally engage in gaslighting others, and will even take it upon themselves to rehearse techniques and study books (including seduction science known as game) in order to enhance their demoralizing and subjugating craft.
When, where, why, how and with whom do we take a stance against such cunning deception? Attempting to remove the poison from this snake can quicken our demise if we fail to take the time to know the sources and eroding ideas that spew from its mouth. In some respects we are all blind, deaf and dumb to this slow acting venom that erodes the community, destroys families and makes our work environment undeniably unpleasant.
What in the world is this self-destructive force that depletes our wellbeing and why is it so damn cunning, baffling and powerful? This psychological entity goes by many names and faces, but we need not lend it strength by playing the naïve card; i.e. pretending that we are innocent, and therefore are without ethical responsibility in curbing its vicious nature.
So who among us possesses the courage and wisdom to uphold justice; to sustain a middle ground that allows for equality, mutual understanding and trust; a noble balance between the extremes enabling mankind to remain within the good, the beautiful, and the truth that brings no harm? Are you that kind of person and if so why not elucidate upon the virtues and/or skills necessary to challenge, transcend and crush the powers of terror and all that would drive our freedom under the yoke?