State of Mankind

A New Way Of Thinking

About Oppression

OPPRESSION

AN INVITATION TO THE RADICAL LEFT

 

                Having read many books from the ‘radical left’, it is important to take an opportunity to open some communication with those who hold to these ideas.  For those who haven’t followed this group, the radical left has a belief in anarchy, which, according to the theory, will give rise to true Communism.  As we look at what is really desired, what oppression is, and how it can be overcome, we can come up with a new method to consider.  You are invited to have an open mind as to the means that you can gain the ends you desire.

                First, let’s establish what is desired.  Though we sit, theoretically, far apart on the political spectrum, I believe we desire basically the same thing.  Consider the scriptural explanation of Zion:  (This is not to be confused with ‘Zionism’ in the Middle East, as this is referring to a different time and place.  The modern interpretation of Zion as used here refers to a societal ideal, once again, not to Jerusalem or the Middle East). “And the Lord called his people ZION, because they were of one heart and one mind, and there was no poor among them” (Pearl of Great Price, Moses 7: 18).  Also:  “And they had all things common among them; therefore there were not rich and poor, bond and free, but they were all made free, and partakers of the heavenly gift” (Book of Mormon, 4th Nephi: 3).  Though my outlook is religious, I believe we desire the same end.

                Now, a look at what oppression really is.  Your books and speeches talk a lot about oppression, the masses of the poor, whose labor is exploited for the gain of the rich or ultra-rich.  In this case you understand oppression very well.  We might simply define oppression as the exploitation of another.   When what another person has worked for is taken from him, is this not the same exploitation?  Saul Alinsky (Author, Rules For Radicals) explains very well that when one oppressed group takes power, they become the new establishment and those out of power become the newly oppressed.  The history of the world, he says, is simply this same cycle repeating itself.  Why is this the case?  It is quite clear that the real problem is pride.  Pride is defined as:  “A high or inordinate opinion of one’s own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority.” It is pride that says I am oppressed.  It is pride that says I should put someone else down and push myself up.  It is pride that is the root of the hatred of others that causes this ‘class warfare.’  Pride is the root, hatred is the emotion, and oppression is the action.  They are all one.  Only once pride is overcome, can we all look at each other as equals.

                So how do we overcome oppression?  The answer lies in the difference between Mr. Alinsky’s ideas and those of Christ.  Alinsky teaches that the ‘ends justify the means’ where the Savior teaches that you can only get bad fruit from a bad tree.  Alinsky’s methods have caused continual warfare and unrest throughout the history of the world.  The Savior proposes a better way:  “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another” (St. John 13: 34).  I propose that brotherly love is the only way to get the Utopian society that we all desire.  Only by caring for others do we ever get past worrying about who owns what, and the tyranny of dividing it.  With love, a business is run to benefit people with the opportunity to be productive and have the necessities and comforts of life, not with an eye focused on riches.  With love, an employee is grateful that he has enough and gives his best effort so that all can succeed.  With brotherly love, materialism is replaced by making sure our neighbors have what they need.

                If all of this sounds impossible, I would propose that it is the only system that has ever worked.  “And it came to pass that Enoch talked with the Lord; and he said unto the Lord:  Surely Zion shall dwell in safety forever.  But the Lord said unto Enoch:  Zion have I blessed, but the residue of the people have I cursed” (Moses 7: 20).  We also learn of the rest of the people:  “And it came to pass that the God of heaven looked upon the residue of the people, and he wept; and Enoch bore record of it, saying;  How is it that the heavens weep, and shed forth their tears as the rain upon the mountains?” (Moses 7:20). “The Lord said unto Enoch;  Behold these thy brethren; they are the workmanship of mine own hands, and I gave unto them their knowledge, in the day I created them; and in the Garden of Eden, gave I unto man his agency; And unto thy brethren have I said, and also given commandment, that they should love one another, and that they should choose me, their Father; but behold, they are without affection, and they hate their own blood” (Moses 7:32-33).

                I invite those who are into the mindset of anarchy to consider your ways.  Is it worth holding to the hatred and ‘class warfare’ just to trade exploitations, or to cause insurrection and societal collapse for some Utopia that cannot exist on such principles?  Is it not rather worth considering the principles that actually can bring about the type of society in which you want to live?  I invite you to join with us in battling against the Establishment through education and by peacefully growing in brotherly love.  The establishment and all oppressions will not stand the test of time, but true principles will.  As brotherly love is grown in the heart, one realizes how much good can be done for others, one is grateful for what he has, and within the family and acquaintances can fully live the life of Zion, even as the world is in chaos and we yet await the time of the literal coming of Zion.

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  1. Phil

     /  February 26, 2011

    Just a thought on pride. In 1 Nephi 8:26 we read about the great and spacious building, which “stood as it were in the air, high above the earth.” It is important to always keep in mind what is going to happen to the pride of the world: “And it came to pass that I saw and bear record, that the great and spacious building was the pride of the world; and it fell, and the fall thereof was exceedingly great.”
    (1 Nephi 11:36)
    Oppression cannot succeed. No matter how much “power” anyone gains from oppression, it cannot last. “… that great pit which hath been digged for the destruction of men shall be filled by those who digged it, unto their utter destruction …” (1 Nephi 14:3)

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