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The Roots of War and Domination
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Ralph Metzner, Ph.D.

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Domination behavior, using force to control others, is destabilizing and disruptive in families, groups and communities. At the international level, aggressive domination is war – the breakdown of the civilized order. I track the roots of war and domination: in the psychological consequences of violent child abuse; in historical and prehistorical patterns of resource competition; and in mammalian predator behavior gone awry. One can see these ancient predatory patterns operating in the capitalist and imperialist policies of nation states. Seeking still deeper roots, I explore lesser known mythological and esoteric teachings: the Buddhist myths of power-addicted demons; the legend of the corruption of the Atlantean civilization; the Nordic myths of wars among the gods; and the Sumerian myths of dominating extra-terrestrial war-lord colonizers who genetically engineered our human ancestors. Finally, I examine the complex and profound teachings of the mysterious 20th century sage G.I. Gurdjieff, who located the ultimate causes of war in the extra-planetary environment and cosmic history. It is my intention and hope that these explorations of this most intractable of humanity’s problems may lead others to further discoveries and possibly solutions. – RM

Table of Contents:

Author’s Preface

The Roots of War and Domination

  • Psychological Roots of Violence
  • Historical and Prehistorical Roots in Tribal Competition
  • Ecological and Evolutionary Aspects of Domination Behavior
  • A Teaching on “Dark Forces”
  • Mythic Dimensions of Domination and War
  • Extra-terrestrial Ruler “Gods” in Sumerian Mythology
  • G. I. Gurdjieff’s Views on the Origins of War

Concluding Reflections

Notes

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