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Chapter 6 - The Path Towards Collectivization
While we may not have a detailed understanding of Satanís plans and objectives, we can see in his ambitions a strong desire to achieve prominence.
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. - Isaiah 14:12-14
We might deduce that since Satan cannot be everywhere at once, he needs to have humans form themselves into a collective so that he can leverage his influence over us.
The first example we have of human collectivization is at the tower of Babel. We also see that God is not in favor of such collaboration.
And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech. - Genesis 11:5-7
As people began to separate from each other, their suspicions of each other (with whom they could not communicate) made them fearful and easy for Satan to manipulate through war and fear of war such that they would collectivize for protection.
Local collectivization was also easy to achieve through false religions. A primitive society might have an economic surplus that could support a priestly class of up to 20% of the population. It is not difficult to find human collaborators to support a religion that gives them a labor free life, prestige, and the freedom to blame any calamity on the people being exploited for angering the gods.
God intended the natural world to be difficult to sharpen our understanding that we needed God. As we collectivize, we begin to see strength and certainty in the collective that becomes an alternate object for our trust. This can be seen using the following illustration.
A man that trusts in God can be compared to a man asleep in the back seat of a speeding car. If he should awake suddenly, he sees someone he trusts driving and can fall back asleep with little worry. If another man asleep in the back seat of a speeding car suddenly awakes and sees no one behind the wheel, he will clamber over the seat to grab the wheel himself. In a way, those who see no one running the universe are like the man who sees no one steering the car. They can feel they should and they often wrangle together to form a group that takes control of others to ease their collective anxiety. Seeing no God, they promote themselves to the position using the power of the collective to give the illusion of control.
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