Mastering the Dark Pentrade – Part 1


Source: Various (thanks to the contributors, see bibliography), modified and syncretitized by A. Steiner

If things break down, that which has been ignored rushes in.

– Jordan B. Peterson

Not just during the “Corona Crisis” that is lasting now for more than 18 months, our socio-oeconomic systems, our countries, our societies, our cultures are strechted to its limits – globally. As it is common e. g. in Systems Engineering, where you perform stress and penetration tests, systems show their shortcomings, when they are strechted to their limits. Not just the systems themselves are strechted, first of all mankind is confronted with its limits. Suddenly we also realize what we were not able to realize before – externally, internally, the one in the many. This leads to instability and uncertainty, of course. Consequentially, depending on several parameters, fear, anxiety, and sorrow (can) emerge in times of crisis. But in any crisis there is also opportunity. This is directly connected to our experiences, our competences, our value systems. It is connected to our personalities, to ourselves, related to one’s individual constitution. There also exist stereo- or archetypes in order to demonstrate how underlying fears can be a root cause for pathogen and degenerating habits, behavior, and at the end, personalities that might lead the world into dystopia – if we do not know how we can “master” them, and foremost, ourselves. The first part will introduce the “Dark Pentrade”. The second part will give guidance in order to rather head towards utopia than dystopia. Therefore: Let’s have a look on important aspects with respect to what the “Dark Pentrade” actually means and where such a development is coming from.

Basic Forms of Fear and the Four Personality Types

Being entirely honest with oneself is a good practice.

– Sigmund Freud

Four Basic Forms of Fear

According to Fritz Riemann (Riemann, 1990, source translated using www.deepl.com due to efficiency reasons) there are the following basic forms of fear, anybody of us is confronted with – more than once during his or her life:

  1. The fear of self-giving: This fear makes people distance themselves.
  2. The fear of individuation: This fear makes persons seek closeness to other people.
  3. The fear of change: For people with fear of change, change and chaos are difficult to endure. In principle, everything should remain as it is.
  4. The fear of necessity: People tend to be afraid to commit themselves, to take responsibility, and are not interested in the future.

The first fear is about an independent personality. These people are afraid of self-giving, of too much closeness and of dependence. An unsatisfactory mothering in childhood is a possible cause. This awakens the desire to live self-sufficiently and not to be dependent on anyone. However, this leads to unfounded jealousy. Doubts about one’s own ability to love, doubts about the sincerity of other people, and difficulties in contact. Such individuals tend to be workaholic and are experienced by others as self-confident to arrogant. Such personalities often pursue material occupations or professions in science or technology.

People who are afraid of becoming themselves are afraid of insecurity, isolation and being abandoned by people. This fear is often based on over-mothering as a child. Thus, the desire to be cared for grows, as well as to have someone as a support. To be able to merge with another person, so to speak. However, this also results in great fear of loss and self-pity. In addition, it comes to an overprotective up to an extortionate love, whereby the affected person in the worst case threatens the partner to kill himself if he leaves him. These individuals tend to be greedy and are experienced as reliable to pedantic by their peers. Such personalities feel particularly comfortable in disciplinary and orderly professions.

Fear of change and transformation, as the third basic fear, occurs primarily in “consistent order” or “obsessive personalities”. These are especially afraid of tolerance, freedom, chaos, compromise and making compromises. The cause is often an upbringing with too strong rules and regulations. This leads to a desire for everything to stay the same, because that is safe and proven.
Such people also prefer that everything has its norm and is controlled with reason. As a result, these people are very conservative and show a lack of spontaneity as well as insight. They also fear losing control. Indecisiveness also belongs to the characteristics that make up the “consistent order” or “obsessive personality”. On other people they seem affectionate to appropriating. In addition, they tend to jealousy and have a preference for professions in the social field or in education.

The fourth basic form is about the fear of necessity that exists in unconventional freedom or hysterical personalities. The causes can be a lack of role model function of the parents, i.e. marital disputes, preference or disadvantage compared to siblings or use of the child as a substitute for the partner. This increases the desire not to make final decisions, not to commit oneself and not to endure tensions.
Such personalities cannot bear any frustrations and their wishes must always be fulfilled immediately. They like to avoid unpleasant things, quickly suppress feelings of guilt and constantly seek self-affirmation. These people often tend to be addicted to gambling. They are experienced by others as spontaneous to unreliable. They feel particularly comfortable professionally in research, art and culture, and in the public sphere.

Four Personality Types

It is the power of the mind to be unconquerable.

– Seneca

Again, according to Fritz Riemann (Riemann, 1990), the four basic forms of fear that are constellated can be observably found within 4 archetypal personality types:

  • The schizoid personalities
  • The depressive personalies
  • The obsessive personalities
  • The hysterical personalities

All of these types are part of ourselves, of each one of us. As long as those traits are not exaggerated to pathogen levels, it is important for any individual to experience and learn from them to handle these basic fears and personality traits in order to develop oneself. It is not just a necessity to develop oneself in order to unleash one’s own potential and to better understand mankind as well as our part in “the many” for contributing for a better world and maybe also a flourishing multi-/universe:

With the acceptance and development of our uniqueness with the individuation process, as C. G. Jung called this developmental process, we fall out of the security of belonging, of being “also like the others”, and experience the loneliness of the individual with fear. Because the more we differ from others, the more lonely we become, and are thus exposed to insecurity, to not being understood, to being rejected, and possibly to being fought against. If, on the other hand, we do not risk developing into independent individuals, we will remain too much stuck in the collective, in the typical, and will owe something decisive to our human dignity (Riemann, 1990, p. 13).

Neither for The Right nor for The Truth is there a causality that necessarily springs from the opinions or actions of a (putative) majority.

– Daran Wisent
Kaleidoscope; Source: https://wallpaperboat.com/kaleidoscope-wallpapers; Last Access: 28th September 2021

Just like everyone of us is able to feel axiety or fear, everyone of us has his or her own shadow. One’s own dark side. Man is complex. Therefore, humans should rather be compared like looking through a kaleidoscope. Forms and colors. Identifiyable but not really categorizable. Fixed and adaptable or even extensible at the same time. Versatile. Organic. Vivid.

Even though it is in German, here you find a good summary of the four basic forms of fear as well as on the four personalities based on Riemann’s work and studies – you may use an online transator like Deepl. For the moment I want to apply some parts of these considerations on the topic of this essay: The Dark Pentrade.

The Dark Pentrade

The Dark Pentrade – In Theory

The Dark Pentrade; Source: Own Elicitation.

All cruelty springs from weakness.

– Seneca

Like the four basic fears and personalities, the exaggeration of these fears and personality types, often due to the lack of coping mechanisms or due to traumas or even because one just IS like that, may lead to, what I am calling, becoming a pathogen and dangerous member of the “Dark Pentrade”.

In a brief, narcissists are said to be arrogant and behave entitled. Psychopaths appear or even are very often charming on the one hand, ruthless on the other hand. Sociopaths are almost always antisocial, they even are afraid of “the other” and often unable to handle emotions of others. Therefore they might even feel threatened and enjoy some kind of turturing others in front of social groups. Psychopaths and sociopaths are often used synonymously, but they are not the same. Psychology today writes: “[…] Sociopaths are individuals whose callous, deceitful behavior is shaped primarily by environmental factors, such as child abuse or exposure to expedient behavior in others. Psychopathy is inborn and immutable. Psychopaths are more likely to commit acts of violence. […] Perhaps the most fundamental difference is the fact that sociopaths are able to form an attachment to a particular individual or group, even if limited in number. In contrast, psychopaths are unable to form or maintain genuine bonds.
To put it simple, sadists like to put cruelties on others, turture others physically or psychologically, which is giving them a feeling of power and dominance. They commit verbal, physical, and vicarious. Results showed that sadism correlated significantly but negatively with emotionality, honesty-humility, conscientiousness, and agreeableness.
Machiavellians are generally described as being deceptive and calculating according to the motto: “The end justifies or even sanctifies the means”. “A prince never lacks good reasons to break his promise“, writes Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527), political philosopher and author of The Prince. Well, not very chevalerous – not to speak about virtues. It does sound more like the behavior of a criminal tyrant and fraudster than what one would expect from a true prince.

We will discover that all five members of the “Dark Pentrade” are in some parts very similar or even equal. As all of those “members” belong to the field of “spectrum disorders”, there are some parts or traits that overlap. On the other hand all five are distinguishable when differentiated properly. Mixed together, the result is a highly explosive, toxic, and perhaps even deadly cocktail. As Seneca is quoted above, all of this springs from weaknesses.

I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies but not the madness of people.

– Isaac Newton

Trait 1: Narcism

According to “Psychology Today”, narcism “is characterized by a grandiose sense of self-importance, a lack of empathy for others, a need for excessive admiration, and the belief that one is unique and deserving of special treatment. If you encounter someone who consistently exhibits these behaviors, you may be dealing with a highly narcissistic individual”. In its extremes, which means, if this behavior is manifesting in such a way that it is somehow addictive, i. e. if the traits of narcism impair their day to day life, narcists are very dangerous people and unable to live in fruitful and valuable relationships. “That dysfunction typically causes friction in relationships due to the pathological narcissist’s lack of empathy. It may also manifest as antagonism, fueled by grandiosity and attention-seeking. In seeing themselves as superior, the pathological narcissist naturally views everyone else as inferior and may be intolerant of disagreement or questioning. (Source: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/narcissism; Last Access: 29th September 2021)

Trait 2: Sadism

Travis Langley Ph.D. writes in his article “Naming Evil: Dark Triad, Tetrad, Malignant Narcissism – Does the recipe for evil mix psychopathy, narcissism, Machiavellianism, sadism?” that: “Sadists enjoy hurting others. Named for the Marquis Donatien Alphonse Francois de Sade, sadism means deriving pleasure from other people’s suffering. When the manipulative egotist (SIC!) who lacks a conscience gets thrills from making people suffer, when that person enjoys ruining lives and hurts people just for the sheer fun of hurting them, that’s the person more people will call evil.”

Trait 3: Machiavellism

»In psychology, Machiavellianism refers to a personality type that does not choose to be, but simply is, a master manipulator. Machiavellians (or “High Machs”; see below) do not need to read The Prince to acquire a knack for duplicity. They are temperamentally predisposed to be calculating, conniving, and deceptive. Essentially amoral, they use other people as stepping stones to reach their goals. From a Machiavellian’s perspective, if we allow ourselves to be used, we probably deserve it. P. T. Barnum expressed this mindset: “There’s a sucker born every minute”«, writes Dale Hartley MBA, Ph.D. in his article “Meet the Machiavellians” on Psychology Today in 2015. According to the article you can identify machiavellian personalities if you watch out in and for the following boundary conditions and behavior, which is daily routine for all “Machiavellis”:

  • They function best in jobs and social situations where the rules and boundaries are ambiguous.
  • Emotional detachment and a cynical outlook enable them to control their impulses and be careful, patient opportunists.
  • Their tactics include charm, friendliness, self-disclosure, guilt, and (if necessary) pressure.
  • They prefer to use subtle tactics (charm, friendliness, self-disclosure, guilt), when possible, to mask their true intentions and provide a basis for plausible denial if they are detected. However, they can use pressure and threats when necessary.
  • They tend to be preferred by others in competitive situations (debating, negotiations), but are not preferred as friends, colleagues, or spouses.

Trait 4: Sociopathy

Sociopathy is an antisocial personality disorder combined with maladaptive behavior. “The defining characteristic of the sociopath is a profound lack of conscience – a flaw in the moral compass that typically steers people away from breaking common rules and toward treating others decently. This disconnect, however, may be hidden by a charming demeanor. Sociopathy refers to a pattern of antisocial behaviors and attitudes, including manipulation, deceit, aggression, and a lack of empathy for others. Sociopaths may or may not break the law, but by exploiting and manipulating others, they violate the trust that the human enterprise runs on.” (Source: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/sociopathy; Last Access: 30th September 2021)

Trait 5: Psychopathy

In the 1970, the Canadian researcher Robert Hare developed a checklist that includes the following characteristics with respect to psychopaths, published by Psychology Today:

  • Glibness/superficial charm
  • Grandiose sense of self-worth
  • Need for stimulation/proneness to boredom
  • Pathological lying
  • Conning/manipulative
  • Lack of remorse or guilt
  • Shallow affect (i.e., reduced emotional responses)
  • Callous/lack of empathy
  • Parasitic lifestyle
  • Poor behavioral controls
  • Promiscuous sexual behavior
  • Early behavioral problems
  • Lack of realistic, long-term goals
  • Impulsivity
  • Irresponsibility
  • Failure to accept responsibility for one’s own actions
  • Many short-term marital relationships
  • Juvenile delinquency
  • Revocation of conditional release (from prison)
  • Criminal versatility (i.e., commits diverse types of crimes)

Psychopathy is a spectrum disorder, which means that the person to be analyzed and spotted as a psychopath must have a high trait salience in several traits to be classified as psychopathic. Of course, this is very difficult to implement in everyday life – especially due to the fact that “the lie” is a popular tool of psychopaths.

The Dark Pentrade – In Action

As organizations are made of people, they also design the culture of any organization. Consider this: You can erase everything from an organization and it will work somehow anyways. But if you erase “beings” from the organizational stage, the organization is dead. What remains is something mechanical, which could just work, if it would be fully automated. Machines are not the same as (human) beings. Even the most advanced artificial intelligence still remains a machine. There is no spirit and soul in it – and the artificial can never be the same as the natural, as any depiction of truth or anything else is not “the truth” or “the thing” itself. Therefore the artificial can never be “better” than the natural. It may be, that the artificial is faster, more efficient. But it will remain dead, not living. Who wins a battel within a cyborg? The dead machine or the living if it comes to making a decision?

We should also consider that there exist first and second order members of the “Dark Pentrade”. The first order members are pathological by nature. The second order members became part of the “Dark Pentrade” over time as they might have started to corrupt their own value system, due to the fact that they realized that if they do not act like the natural “Dark Pentrade” they might struggle with life, leading into decay of personality. With respect to values and the future this conclusion is very short sighted, even though understandable in context of concerns regarding pure survival.

If all of the traits mentioned in the sections above are so deeply, persistently ingrained in the personality that the combination defines who that person is, this is what is named evil. Not every abuser, bomber, mass murderer, or other human monster will meet all those traits or will not fill all of them to a certain degree, but when all present, persistent, and pervasive, their victims tend to suffer the worst and the abuser can be called nothing else than a monster.

The Dark Pentrade – Applied

Organizational Structure: Federal Republic of German

Political System of German; Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Political_System_of_Germany.svg; Last Access: 29th September 2021.

The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.

– Plato

What happens if a state or country is made primariliy out of members of the “Dark Pentrade”? Gustave Le Bon (1841-1931) said, that “no popular government is possible without a preponderance of the Jacobin mentality” (Widener, 1979, p. 300). More about the “Jacobin Mindset” can be found in the corresponding section below. But for now, the following consideration related to the “Jacobin Mindset” with respect to governments is essential, as stated in Widener (1979) on page 255:
“The craze for reforms imposed suddenly by means of decrees is one of the most disastrous concepts of the Jacobin spirit, one of the formidable legacies left by the Revolution. One of the psychological causes of this intense thirst for reforms arises from the difficulty of determining the real causes of the evils complained of. The need of explanation creates fictitious causes of the simplest nature. Therefore the remedies also appear simple.
For forty years we have incessantly been enacting reforms, each of which is a little revolution in itself. No one yet seems to understand that individuals and their methods, not regulations, make the value of a people. The efficacious reforms are not the revolutionary ones but the trifling ameliorations of every day accumulated in the course of time. The great social changes, like the great geological changes, are effected by the daily addition of minute causes.

Therefore, once again: What happens if the state or government itself is made of pure evil? When the machine “government” is steered by members of the “Dark Pentrade”? As the members of the “Dark Pentrade” do not really care about nobody but themselves, are calculating opportunists, masters of deception and hypocrisal charming, they have one big advantage: They are able to reach to top of hierarchical or pyramidal systems, which are very often highly competitive. Greetings from “Social Darwinism”.

The measure of a man is what he does with power.

– Pittacus of Mytilene

Le Bon moves on (Widener, 1979, p. 256): Monarchies and democracies differ far more in form than in substance. It is only the variable mentality of men that varies their effects. All the discussions about various systems of government are really of no interest, for these have no special virtue in themselves. Their value always will depend on that of the people governed. A people achieves great and rapid progress when it discovers that it is the sum of the personal efforts of each individual and not the system of government that determines the rank of a nation in the world.

“The real state”, therefore, is not equal to what is written in documents, which would not be a guarantee for justice and liberty neither. “The real state” is determined by a state’s individuals that create (not necessarily co-create) reality as actors within a complex and global system in which different aspects come into play, like (individual) goals, value systems, conception or idea of man, economy, or sociological and psychological as well as spiritual aspects, rituals or tradition. It is a question of culture.

The art of those who govern, as is the case with the art of advocates, consists above all in the science of employing words.

– Gustave Le Bon (from Widener, 1979, p. 75)

Le Bon mentions in context of the problem “labor and capital” that “[…] During the last ten years, the industrial leaders organized great employers’ federations whichhave become powerful enough to force the workers to submit to arbitration […]” (Widener, 1979, p. 257). Besides the basic forms of fear or fear itself there exist the following strings of the “puppet master’s cross” that steer mankind:

  1. Dependency relationships (e. g. income to cover living expenses).
  2. Attractors, such as prestige, power, money, privilege, or nimbus.
  3. Missing knowledge, naïvety, ignorance and indifference, or stupidity.

Le Bon already identified at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century that (Widener, 1979, p. 257): “The most important democratic problem of the day will perhaps result from the recent development of the working class engendered by the syndicalist or tradesunion movement.
The aggregation of similar interests known as syndicalism has rapidly assumed such enormous development in all countries that it may be called worldwide. Certain corporations have budgets comparable to those of small states.”

I prefer liberty with danger than peace with slavery.

– Jean-Jacques Rousseau

“This extension of the labor movement in all countries shows that it is not, like socialism, a dream of utopian theorists, but the result of economic necessities. In its aim, its means of action and its tendencies, syndicalism presents no basic kinship with socialism. Socialism would obtain possession of all industries and have them managed by the state, which would distribute its products equally among citizens. Syndicalism, on the other hand, would entirely eliminate the action of the state and divide society into small professional groups which would be self-governing”, as mentioned in Widener (1979, p. 258f).

If we take a closer look on the who is who of the people, who are holding the leading positions in the organizational structure of the Federal Republic of Germany and their connections to other organizations, you are able to derive “the big picture”. Just to mention a few connections like the World Economic Forum and their partners, media corporations (the wife of the Minister of the Interior of Baden-Württemberg is the head of ARD, and the daughter of the President of the Bundestag, the health minister’s husband is a lobbyist in the media industry), or religous orders, like Reiner Erich Haseloff, Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Germany and President of the Bundesrat, who is e. g. Knight and Officer of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre, next to the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, is one of two orders of chivalry that are recognised and protected by the Holy See. It is obvious that we are in a syndicalistic system. Not to mention to which parties the incumbents of the five highest position in the organizational structure of the Federal Republic of German (President, Vice-President, the Chancellor, President of the Bundestag, and President of the Bundesrat, as well as their deputies) are belonging. And I am even not considering the whole interconnectedness of “states” all over the world, even though Germany cannot just be analyzed in a vacuum. All this becomes even more explosive when we consider that, in terms of international law, there seem to be only two subjects of international law, aka “Law of Nations”, left in the world: The German Empire and the Vatican.

“Syndicalism cares nothing for the democratic principles of liberty, equality and fraternity. The syndicalists [trade unions] demand an absolute discipline of their members which eliminates all liberty.” (Widener, 1979, p. 259)

Seperation of Powers of Germany; Source: http://bsaagweb.de/political-system-germany/; Last Access: 29th Sepetember 2021.

There is no crueler tyranny than that which is exerted under the shadow of the law and with the colors of justice.

– Montesquieu

Le Bon says, as mentioned in Widener (1979) on page 260f: “But behind the ministers’ superficial power, which is without force or authority and is the plaything of every demand made on it, there is an anonymous power secretly at work whose might is continually increasing that of the administrations [bureaucracies].” Many times he es warning of the “civil service caste”.

Currently there is no veritable seperation of powers anymore in the Federal Republic of Germany.

Laws are not implemented holistically, the constitution is largely suspended, and the executive state organs are not interested in discussing the factual and legal situation. The same apparently applies to the judiciary. The Federal Constitutional Court even has the possibility with § 93d of the Federal Constitutional Court Act to refuse acceptance for decision of constitutional complaints without justification. Moreover, the question must be asked why parties are allowed to commit crimes as a “criminal organization” under § 129 of the Criminal Code. Doesn’t all this resemble the behavior of the Mafia? Who needs to protect themselves from being punished by justice?

Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.

– Plato

If one takes a closer look at how the Federal Constitutional Court comes into being and how it is currently staffed, then almost all questions are answered as to why the Federal Republic of Germany is in the state it is currently in, with reference to the “Corona Crisis”, and why action is being taken as it is. Are we contaminated with the mindset of the Jacobins? Or that of the Sheriff of Nottingham? Are any tyrant you can imagine!?

Honsell/Mayer-Maly (2015, p. 215) associates the philosophy of Hegel directly to national-socialistic jurisprudence: »The dominant position of the state in Hegel’s doctrine of law is emphasized even more by legal Hegelianism. This may be the reason for the susceptibility of Hegelian jurists to National Socialism and the admiration of National Socialist jurists for Hegel. Carl Schmitt, the most significant as a thinker and the most culpable as a legitimator of the system author from this circle, celebrates Hegel as the sum total of German resistance to liberalism and positivism, as a philosopher of “concrete order thinking.”« They also explain on page 185 that one reason for the rise of national-socialist power is related to “the seperation of powers”: »It was a highly simplified explanation, however, when after 1945 legal positivism was accused of having paralyzed the resistance of German jurists to National Socialism and of having fostered obedience to immoral laws. Other causes of obedience to the National Socialist state lay, on the one hand, in its initial widespread approval by many jurists, and, on the other, in the fear for income, position, or even personal persecution. The proportion of attitudes based on legal positivist conviction, on the other hand, was probably rather small. Rather, a blunting of legal consciousness can be assumed. Moreover, it should be noted that National Socialist legal ideology rejected positivist concepts, while there was no lack of attempts to clothe racist postulates in natural law garb. Thus, even if there was no direct causality between legal positivism and Nazi crimes, it remains astonishing that Kelsen still tried to explain them in the pure doctrine of law as well. Thus he wrote: “According to the law of totalitarian states, the government is authorized to imprison persons of undesirable sentiments, religion, or race in concentration camps and to force them to do any kind of work, even to kill them. Such measures may be morally condemned in the strongest terms; but they cannot be regarded as standing outside the legal order of these states.” The more intolerable the injustice, the more evident is the role of natural law and material justice in any legal order. For an immoral, criminal law is not part of the same.«

During the “Corona Crisis” similar symptoms are observable, like house searches of judges who rule against the government.

The “Jacobin Mindset” – Reloaded in Times of “the Crown”

It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.

– Aristotle

According to Gusave Le Bon, “[…] The religious spirit is independent of the dogmas feeding it. The Jacobins of the [Reign of] Terror and the priests of the [Spanish] Inquisition had exactly the same mentality […]” (Widener, 1979, p. 283).

Summarized, Le Bon (Widener, 1979, p. 300) describes the “Jacobin Mindest” or “Jacobin Soul” as follows: “Narrowmindedness, strong passions, intense mysticism, incapacity to reason well, are the principal components of the Jacobin soul.” As another aphorism of Le Bon it can be found in Widener (1979, p. 300) that “[…] The Jacobin is not a rationalist but a believer. Far from edifying his belief with reason, he seeks to mold reason to his belief […]”.

Exactly the same can be found today if we focus on the “Corona Crisis”. An invisible, polymorphal, omnipresent, and potentially (?) lethal deity has been created to which everything and everybody has to obey to. Even though facts are telling something different, almost all of what happens today in connection with COVID is dressed in the clothes of reason, solidarity, and humanity. However, much more propaganda and division is being carried out. The whole issue is politicized. A kind of religious war has been ignited. Quite in the style of divide, confunde, fallere et impera. Instituions, like the Robert-Koch-Institut that is even enshrined in law as “sources of truth”, forbid that their decisions and recommendatiare to being questioned. An intolerance, the Jacobin’s would also welcome – once again, even though facts are clearly showing that th measures are not just not necessary but senseless and destroying. Are the governments and accompaning institutions too certain? Le Bon mentions (Widener, 1979, p. 215ff):

A strong belief inspires certitudes that nothing can shake. From such certitudes derive most of the great historic events.

Muhammad was certain that God ordered him to found a new religion destined to regenerate the world, and he succeeded in overturning it.
Peter the Hermit was certain that God wanted the tomb of Christ taken away from the infidels, and to reconquer it, millions of men died miserably.
Luther was certain that the pope was Antichrist, that there was no purgatory and, in the name of truths of such order, Europe was put to the torch and bloodied for several centuries.
The priests of the Inquisition were certain that God wanted to see the burning of heretics, and they depopulated Spain with their bonfires.
Charles IX and Louis XIV were certain that the creator of the world could not tolerate the existence of Protestants, and to exterminate them, the former had recourse to [the Massacre of] St. Bartholomew and the latter to attack by mounted troops.
The [Revolutionary] Convention was certain that it was necessary to cut off a great number of heads to assure the happiness of mankind and, as a result, provoked wars and a dictatorship that led three million men to perish in Europe.

In our times, thousands of bourgeois filled with the certainty that socialism will regenerate the world, furiously demolish the last pillars upholding the society in which they live. […]
To impose them [certitudes], he [man] never will shrink away from the most raging tyranny or bloody slaughter. The possessors of certitudes always have ravaged the world. […]
A belief, whether political, religious, artistic or moral, has in reality nothing stable except its name. […]
Tenacious or transitory, beliefs represent, I repeat again, the great factors in the life of nations. One cannot govern a people with true ideas but only with beliefs accepted as truths.

Governments all over the world are making use of the four puppet master’s strings, mentioned above. They instill narratives by addressing the people’s egos, like wearing a mask (mask narrative) is not protecting yourself but others and is therefore an obligation of solidarity. This, in turn, turns people who do not wear masks for legitimate reasons into anti-solidary, potential murderers who, if necessary, have to be made to comply with largely ineffective measures and new rules by force. According to some extremists, in the worst case, these “human threats” must even be eliminated – for the good of humanity. “The gods and men who have kept their prestige for long have never tolerated discussion. For the crowd to be admiring, it must be kept at a distance”, says Le Bon (Windener, 1979, p. 85).

On page 242 of Widener’s book (1979) Le Bon states: “To the Jacobins of this epoch [the French Revolution], as well as to those of our times, this popular entity constitutes a superior personality possessing attributes peculiar to the gods of never having to answer for their actions and never making a mistake. Their wishes must be humbly acceded to. The people may kill, burn, ravage, commit the most frightful cruelties, glorify their hero today and throw him into the gutter tomorrow, it is all the same; the politicians will not cease to vaunt the people’s virtues and to bow to their every decision.” One must be blind if she cannot realize the parallels of the government and government-related authorities in context of “Corona” with the “Jacobin Mindset”. Or as Nietzsche once said: “Whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.” But it could be true – anyways. In case of Corona it is obvious that what the government is doing, is not based on facts or “the truth” – which may not be confused with another fact, i. e. that there is always a risk in life to be wrong or to die of a disease. Instead, of acting honestly, the civilian population is abused to act as the extended arm of the executive branch, who – also out of ignorance and gullibility – even think that they are performing a particularly honorable deed when they implement measures initiated by the government. Maybe to other goals than the ones that have been proclaimed. Maybe they are abused to establish the goals of one or more hidden agendas. With respect to the French Revolution, Le Bon categorizes the people into two categories (Widener, 1979, p. 243):

“The people may be broken down into two distinct categories. The first category includes the peasants, traders and workers of all sorts who need tranquility and order that they may exercise their calling. These form a majority, but a majority who never cause a revolution. Living in laborious silence, they are ignored by historians.
The second category, which plays a major part in all national disturbances, consists of a subversive social residue dominated by a criminal mentality. Degenerates of alcoholism and poverty, thieves, beggars, destitute drifters, apathetic unemployed workers – these constitute the dangerous bulk of the armies of insurrection. Fear of punishment prevents many of them from becoming criminals at ordinary times, but they do become criminals as soon as they can exercise their evil instincts without danger.”

This can also applied to the “Corona Crisis” – just a little bit twisted, as there are many criminals in governments and media, that make use of the people of the second category, by legitimating them to force people directly or indirectly to comply with measures regardless of what the legal position is and whether those measures are reasonable, necessary, appropriate, or effective. “In normal times, the rebels which every society contains are restrained by . . . all the usual social constraints and therefore remain undetected. But as soon as a time of disturbance begins, these constraints grow weaker and the rebel can give free rein to his instincts“, is Le Bon’s conclusion (Widener, 1979, p. 246). And today, the same „Means of Action of Leaders“ are used, that seem to be successful at all times: Affirmation, Repetition, Contagion.

Le Bon summarizes in Widener (1979, p. 225f): “The only real difference between a scientific belief . . . and religious, political or spiritual belief … is that in a scientific matter error is eliminated fairly quickly through the substitution of belief by knowledge. Since certainty based on affective or mystical elements involves elements in which no immediate verification is possible, observation, reason, even experience remain on the contrary almost without effect.”

All of this is among the root causes regarding the “Corona Crisis”.

Preferred Method of the “Dark Pentrade”: Subversive Actions

The corruption of the best things give rise to the worst.

– David Hume

Suversive action tend to weaken or destroy an established (political) system, organization, or authority, as it is defined in the Cambridge Dictionary.

As the “Dark Pentrade” perfectly fits the requirements of this strategy, obviously it is one of the most famous choices of people that can be count to that group of selfish illusionists. They undermine an established or existing system, especially a legally constituted government or a set of beliefs. As soon as they reach the top, as soon as they have the position and force to design a system to their hidden agenda and goals, they ususally no longer know mercy – even if their methods continue to be veiled: “I wash my hands of it”.

According to the Wikipedia site on “Subversion”, subversive actions can generally be grouped into three interrelated categories:

  1. Establishing front groups and penetrating and manipulating existing political parties.
  2. Infiltrating the armed forces, the police, and other institutions of the state, as well as important non-government organizations.
  3. Generating civil unrest through demonstrations, strikes, and boycotts.

»[…] As an example, subversives may infiltrate an organization for cultural subversion more so than for control. Civil unrest may be used to provoke the government into a violent response. […] Using culture to bring about change to a political system through integration of political warfare and political action and the targeting of cultural vehicles and institutions is another tool of subversion. […] The targets of cultural subversive activities are traditionally film, literature, popular music, educational institutions, mass media, religious organizations, charitable organizations, and other forms of art. The intended results of these activities are to persuade or co-opt publics, discredit the ideas of enemies and splitting factions within the enemy’s camp.
The state is charged with the protection of the civilizational values of society (liberty, equality, comradeship, compassion, democracy, education, the family, religion, rule of law, human and civil rights, etc.), “including the cultural/aesthetic values that enhance the quality of life and maintain its legitimacy.” In situations where the government is not being a good steward in protecting these values, the use of tools like literature, film, music can be used as a reminder of these values, as well as a forum to protest and question the government’s legitimacy.«

Mastering the Dark Pentrade – Preview

Each of us is responsible for everything and to every (human) being.

– Simone de Beauvoir

Already keep in mind: Mastering the “Dark Pentrade” means at first that we must be our own masters. Next: Freeing the world from the “Master-Slave-Concept”. Our major task is to trigger a paradigm shift towards a world of partners on eyelevel that align individual capabilities on a shared vision based on a set of shared values that shall be constituted of a bit more – but not less – than just co-existence, but in sustainable and everlasting co-creation. Perhaps we are actually capable of learning from history after all.

Natural law does not know about equality and justice. Both, among other things, is made by mankind, and is therefore just manageable by mankind, too. Therefore it is our all responsibility with an attitude of We-Care-Leadership to design reality and to maintain a society in which justice and righteousness are among the set of values – but in balance with natural law, as all extremes first lead to decay and consequentially into destruction of liberty, which may start another revolution and iteration in the “history of circles”.

“By replacing individual initiative and responsibility with collective initiative and responsibility, mankind would descend several rungs on the ladder of human values”, to keep it with Gustave Le Bon (Widener, 1979, p. 266).

The path to paradise begins in hell.

– Dante Alighieri

In the next part of this series, we will discover in more detail, how we are able to master the “Dark Pentrade” with power not by force. Evolutionary.

Inter alia, we will have a look onto and into the following concepts and find solution to master the “Dark Pentrade” effectively:

  • Learned Helplessness
  • The Map of Consciousness
  • The Johari Window
  • The “Get to the Core” Model

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

– Edmund Burke

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