by Benny Raymond
As far as “conspiracy” in history and politics goes, the Sufis contend that there is of course LOTS of plotting going on all over just as an elementary human matter.
This is so because plotting by definition is the behavior of unregenerates.
It happens because of the physical nature of fear, anger, greed and lust, and laziness, and the impact of these stimuli on the earlier types of human personalities. By definition however this scheming stuff is virtually always hopeless — because in very few cases, if any, can a creature in the physical field see equally clearly in all directions. Still less can they foresee as a rule all possible outcomes. (Interestingly, the Haroun ar-Rashid teaching-story about this IS set in Baghdad, “City of Possibilities!”)
None of this rules out the harmful contributions of psychological inflation and conceit of course, or the idea that some of the ignorant might “think” they could maybe pull off something “really big.” And, of course, others among the wishful actually hope that there are “conspiracies” going on, even if they are bad ones.
That last circumstance is certainly peculiar and it bears further examination:
It is another example of the problem of wishful thinking.
Belief in “conspiriacies” after all would mean down deep that average human being is a lot smarter and farther along than it actually is, and that there is really, well, an undue amount of hope to be placed right in the Here & Now.
There is not, alas, not as such, this is only another stage in evolutionary time.
And so the conspiratorial desire to “stop history” right here and now is actually idiotic. In the end a scheme only has to last long enough for one to get away with the cash…and the neo-conservatives in the West have certainly overreached themselves on that one.
Why are WE surprised by this?
I for one am a student of Sufism, a mere dervish, but otherwise I am just another lustridden and drunken, leering and undignified, old fool in the toils and truculent full reek of the disgusting American late-middleage….
In other words, I know something of my self at least, this is after all just the first lesson of Sufi training…and so I (we!) know practically speaking all that we need to about these other hogs.
[Emmett R Smith all rights reserved 5 November 2007]