Memes are information structures that inhabit the mind and inform action. Memes are alive. They reproduce in their host organisms, they spread from brain to brain. Information structures evolve over time. They can be symbiotic or predatory.
Understanding that meme-structures, information structures in the brain, can be predatory of other meme-structures is important.
Specific information structures in the attachment networks are damaged by trauma, resulting in characteristic sets of emotional responding and behavior patterns as a result of the damage. The set of damaged information structures in the attachment networks of the brain are a pathogen, a trauma pathogen. The pathogen was born in trauma and it replicates trauma – it reproduces itself and spreads from mind to mind in its host organism – us.
The term “terrorism” is not accurate, the actions are not with the goal of inducing fear. The actions are motivated by sadism, a gratification in causing our suffering – in their thought disorder, their delusions, they create a self-perception as a revenging angel of God, they are gratified by the suffering they cause to those who “deserve” to suffer.
Jews, Blacks, women, gays, you, me… whoever they place in the “them” of their thought disorder… we “deserve” to suffer for what we did… whatever they decide that is.
The set of damaged information structures in the attachment networks that create sadism, also create a characteristic set of thought processes, emotional processes, and actions. The terrorist mind has three prominent features;
1. Absence of Shared Morality. The terrorist mind has lost its moorings in shared social morality, it is deviant in its extremism and not subject to reason or influence.
2. Absence of Empathy. The terrorist mind is adrift in a profound psychological isolation – the absence of empathy
3. Sadism. It is sadistic. The terrorist mind receives gratification from causing the suffering of others.
This pathogen was alive in Rome. It was alive in the Crusaders of the middle ages. It was alive in the French Revolution. It was alive in World War II.
It is alive now in the terrorist mind. It is a trauma pathogen, a set of damaged information structures in the attachment networks of the brain. The sadism is the rippling of sexual abuse trauma, that’s its origin. It is a malignant and highly predatory meme-structure, it is is the structure of evil.
This particular strain of the Muslims in France is an especially virulent and nasty strain of the pathogen. It is highly predatory of alternative and challenging meme-structures. When it begins to run out of its capacity for self-control and self-regulation, it begins circling upon itself in self-accelerating loops of increasing extremism and intolerance – all ideas must be its ideas – any other ideas must die.
The instructions from their god-imago of the meme-structure is that no other god-imago is to be tolerated, and anyone who professes that god-imago must die. That is the predatory nature of the meme-structure. It was in the Crusaders, it was in Robespierre, it is in the terrorist mind of the Paris pathological hatred and pathological violence.
Their god-imago has overwhelmed the boundaries of their psychological structure and they’ve been captured by the god-imago archetype emerging from their pathological orientation – I am the Lord thy God – Thou shalt have no God before me – Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.
No images of the Prophet are allowed. Notice that no mosque is decorated with pictures of people. Islam is a devout faith in its information structures of understanding and meaning.
But when distorted by trauma pathology, the pathogen unleashes its pathology in “religious” guise in the violence of “righteous” revenge for actions prohibited by their god-imago – whatever they decide that to be.
They are lost in damaged information structures that are distorted by the neuro-pathology of splitting (extreme polarization of perception into all-good and all-bad) by the trauma-induced suppression of the frontal lobe reasoning systems, and they are lost in the sadistic gratification in causing the suffering in others who they believe “deserve” to suffer.
They have lost perspective, the capacity for self-reflective insight, in their failed frontal lobe executive function systems for emotional self-regulation and rational self-perception. They have a thought disorder.
They are wrong.
Romans 12:19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.
Mathew 7 Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
The pathogen is entirely absent the capacity for self-reflective insight – a frontal lobe executive function system. The pathogen is a trauma brain, it has a characteristic set of damaged information structures in the attachment networks of the brain – damaged by trauma that ripples out from them to us, to cause trauma in others, and across into the generations to the children through the damaged parenting that the unresolved trauma creates.
The minds of the monsters in Paris are a product of a pathogen, a trauma pathogen. It is the same mind as the Las Vegas shooter. It is the same mind as in Parkland. It is the same mind that blew up the 16th Street Baptist church in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963. It is the same mind as in the Cultural Revolution.
From Wikipedia: The Cultural Revolution was a sociopolitical movement in China from 1966 until 1976. Launched by Mao Zedong, Chairman of the Communist Party of China, its stated goal was to preserve Chinese Communism by purging remnants of capitalist and traditional elements from Chinese society, and to re-impose Mao Zedong Thought as the dominant ideology in the CCP. The Revolution marked Mao’s return to the central position of power in China after a period of less radical leadership to recover from the failures of the Great Leap Forward, which led to approximately 30 million deaths in the Great Chinese Famine only five years prior.
From Wikipedia: The Cultural Revolution damaged China’s economy and traditional culture, with an estimated death toll ranging from hundreds of thousands to 20 million. Beginning with the Red August of Beijing, massacres took place across China, including the Guangxi Massacre, in which massive cannibalism also occurred; the Inner Mongolia incident; the Guangdong Massacre; the Yunnan Massacres; and the Hunan Massacres. Red Guards destroyed historical relics and artifacts, as well as ransacking cultural and religious sites. Tens of millions of people were persecuted: senior officials were purged or exiled; millions were accused of being members of the Five Black Categories, suffering public humiliation, imprisonment, torture, hard labor, seizure of property, and sometimes execution or harassment into suicide; intellectuals were considered the “Stinking Old Ninth” and were widely persecuted—notable scholars and scientists such as Lao She, Fu Lei, Yao Tongbin, and Zhao Jiuzhang were killed or committed suicide. Schools and universities were closed with the college entrance exams cancelled. Over 10 million urban intellectual youths were sent to the countryside in the Down to the Countryside Movement.
It is a trauma pathogen. Trauma damages particular information structures in the attachment networks of the brain, it was born in trauma and it creates trauma as it replicates and moves from brain to brain – from host organism to host organism for the pathogen of trauma.
The Paris strain is especially malignant and predatory, it was only a matter of time before it showed up. There is no treatment, it must be surgically removed from the common-mind of our humanity. Our meme-structures must eliminate it, then we must stop its re-formation in the trauma that abounds.
Eradicating this trauma pathogen will be as hard as eradicating small pox or the plague. We must first understand the pathogen’s “molecular” structure so that we can develop an “anti-viral” agent to eliminate the pathogen and control it’s spread.
It is the trans-generational transmission of trauma, it transmits though the distorted parent-child bond created by the unresolved trauma in the parent. The pathogen is a damaged set of information structures in the attachment networks of the brain.
We must restore healthy information structures in the attachment networks.
Which ones were damaged? What needs to be restored?
Monsters in France – not the first time. From monarchy to the Great Terror, its not the first time France has seen the pathogen arise. It lives among us all.
Craig Childress, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist, PSY 18857