The abuse of authority runs rampant not only in our political & religious systems, where one might expect it, but also in our everyday linguistics with which we relate to each other, and our ideological orientations from which we try (with said linguistics) to navigate to a better future. We are all the children of this form of abuse, and as such, we have been habituated to propagate it in our own lives, as with all abusive behaviors, perpetuating a lineage of untended trauma masked as power.
A possible primary source of this continuum of abuse is in the very structure of our language. Within our spoken words, we have been taught to weave intense certainty. Even those who call certainty out (as I attempt to do in my writing) utilize the very poison which we are attempting to expunge by doing so. This linear, phonetic, archivable language, while immensely useful as the raw materials for building vast imaginal structures from which we can glean much insight into our worlds, also brings with it, in its specificity, a blind certainty that what it says is definitively so.
“Cherish those who seek the truth but beware of those who find it.
Locked In Certainty
The certainty of our current phonetic linguistics is inescapable. Consider that even if I make an uncertain statement, such as “I honestly have absolutely no idea if I know anything about anything,” I am still stating what appears to be a certain fact. Even in our attempts to relay our lack of authority, we are forced to say so with an absolute authority on the matter.
This fixation on certainty, on authority, is not present in the purely spoken languages of old, nor in those languages who’s written forms take shape as ideograms, both of which leave much to the imagination of the speaker/writer and the listener/reader. It is present in, it is the very substance of, the phonetically written languages, such as this one I use here, which requires the sounds and ideas to equate to each other as specifically as possible. In and of itself, this is not a pro nor a con. A language one speaks, writes and reads, however, is a language one thinks, and in this way, we have been unconsciously entrained, by the very structure of our language, into an insistence on absolute, linear certainty, from ourselves and others.
The challenge with this addiction to certainty is that such absolute certainty does not actually exist in the natural world. The notion that it does exist is an illusion created by our minds by learning to think in this phonetic linguistic way. In the real world, things, and their definitions are fluid and in motion. This does not mean there aren’t bastions of temporary stability upon which we can lean and rely on in order to leverage our hearts and minds into desired outcomes. It does mean that to the degree we try and establish absolute facts we are required to wall ourselves off from an ever-changing whole.
As this addiction to certainty runs rampant in our psyches, some few of us realize this addiction can be used to affect others. They proclaim themselves leaders (usually no more difficult than stepping into the role others have been longing for someone to fill for them) and make their very-certain proclamations about this or that (usually spiritual, cultural or political “truths”). The yearning for vivid certainty, in the lives of their followers, cause the followers to flock to such beacons of confidence, whether it is backed by substance or not.
A Cult Is Born
On an organizational level, leadership is a natural force that helps us gather our collective power behind those who we sense can direct it best. This regularly goes awry because those most often in the leadership role have no actual credentials to be leaders other than the certainty their rhetoric inspires in their audience. In such situations, the power of the collective always gets wielded to enforce the petty designs of the personality behind the leadership.
The trance of negation is born in such collaborations as the certainty-addicted ever seek to wall in their sense of authority and negate any ideas or notions that would bring their confidence into question. The collective is then driven to reinforce the ideas of their leadership, in order to get their dose of certainty, and the leadership falls deeper and deeper into their own sense of toxic-validation as the one, true leader of the right direction to go.
Destruction Is Easier Than Creation
This is how we turn from proactive optimists into knee-jerk cynics. This is how we fall from discernment into tyranny. This is how the notion that only distrust can be trusted emerges; a truly elegant irony that locks so many away from embodying their totality. Rather than face the endless sea of uncertainty, rather than learning to ride the waves of self-arising interconnection that foster a knowing deeper than any leadership can provide, rather than choosing the endless task of tending to creation, we opt instead for an attempted conclusion by wielding the destructive art of rationalized negation.
Such negation views are always myopic, but they convince themselves of their far-reaching vision because they are basing their conclusions upon the most extreme versions of each ingredient. They make a claim to having encompassed all understanding but in fact have only responded to the most radical versions of their own account in an attempt to banish all complexity from the equation, for complexity always reveals the interwoven, interdependent, ever-changing truth.
Suggested Divination Meanings
Am I looking to sidestep responsibility by following some else’s well-spoken lead?
Am I addicted to knowing facts, to being right about things and to crushing any ideas I hear that may indicate otherwise?
Have I become so uncertain about things that I cannot entertain the idea of anything being true?
Am I failing to see the shadow in the light and the light in the shadow?
Have other people’s ideas become more important to me than understanding my own?
Have my own ideas become more important to me than understanding other people’s ideas?
Am I using the illusions of positive-sounding rhetoric to justify negative actions?
Have descriptions of life, which I hold, caused me to turn from optimism to cynicism?
Am I on a path of addictive denial?
Am I waving the flags of “facts” and “proof” without knowing the truth first hand for myself?