Most cultures have ancient stories about evil, and in most cases, the evil is personified, which turns out to be a powerful way to convey eternal wisdom accumulated through the ages. In Norse culture, he is known as Loke, whereas in the Judeo-Christian culture we know him as Satan.
One common factor among many of these personas is that they usually don’t have any superpowers, except one: intelligence and the power of persuasion. The snake in the garden of Eden is a powerful example. They are sneaky, deceptive and often deeply resentful, and their destructive power comes from their ability create conflict and polarization by sowing seeds of resentment.
Welcome to the Left
Sounds familiar? It’s essentially a description of the radical left.To emphasize that point, it is well worth quoting the introduction to Karl Marx’ Communist Manifesto:
“The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.
Our epoch, the epoch of the bourgeoisie, possesses [..] this distinct feature: it has simplified class antagonisms. Society as a whole is more and more splitting up into two great hostile camps, into two great classes directly facing each other — Bourgeoisie and Proletariat.”
This is the successful formula that resentful leftists have used ever since: first divide the world into the oppressor and the oppressed, and then nurture the resentment of that privileged group of victims to destroy their imagined oppressor. Divide and conquer. In the 20th century alone this formula arguably led to deaths in the order of one hundred million people. If that’s not Satanic, then nothing is.
When the left had exhausted the class narrative, they turned to identity politics, turning non-whites against whites, women against men and homosexuals against heterosexuals, and that is where we are today.
The reason this strategy is successful is that such narratives always have elements of truths to them, which make them seductive and appealing. This lure is mostly found on the left, but there are cases also on the right. Parts of the alt-right have been seduced by the narrative that a cabal of globalist Jews are conspiring to destroy the white race and peddle in the same divisive waters as the radical left.
One person who has stood clearly up against such hatred and divisiveness on all sides is Canadian professor of clinical psychology and YouTube sensation Jordan B. Peterson. Recently he published his new book 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, which has become a bestseller and caused a stir. He makes use of biblical stories, and the chaos he is referring to is symbolized as the snake in the Garden of Eden.
Thus, his book could be viewed as not only a way to clean up one’s room but to combat Satanic forces in society. The darkest chapter of his book is unquestionably the one titled “set your house in order before you criticize the world,” but potentially also the most useful regarding combatting the lure of radical ideologies.
The message is that you should be sure your motivations are coming from a good place before you try to transform the world around you radically, and the best way to do that is to make sure your own life is working well first.
People on the left are perhaps the ones who need to hear this message the most because they don’t believe in the potential for evil in their own heart, and are there the most vulnerable to Satanic seduction.
The danger is not just from the outside, but it dwells within, too. And as ever, the cost of Liberty is eternal vigilance. Perhaps this is something that should be more internalized?