OPOWOG book, Chapter 1, PRIDE & ARROGANCE The Cause of the Rise and Fall of Human Society

November 19, 2022

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Chapter 1

PRIDE & ARROGANCE

The Cause of the Rise and Fall of Human Society

This initial chapter will prove to any reader, who sincerely and with real intent reads it, that YOU — each and every person living upon this earth — have contributed, are contributing, and will continue to contribute to the demise of the human race.

We are sure of this certainty. We are sure that the reader will be thoroughly convinced, regardless of what you believe about your personal righteousness (goodness), that what you believe, the way you live, and the relationships you choose to have with other humans are a detriment to peace on Earth and goodwill to all humans living thereupon.

There is no human living upon this earth who is good … No, not one!

We couldn’t be more confident of this!

The above statement is sure to provoke, not a prideful, but an arrogant response:

“You don’t know me! You have no idea who I am! You have no idea what I believe! Nor do you know the way that I live and how I choose to relate to other people! Your judgment of me is unjust and wrong!”

One need not become angry with our judgment without first considering why we can so confidently make this negative verdict about the entire human race … about YOU personally.

One need only prove us wrong.

To do so, one need only read this chapter. If we fail to convince you of your wickedness — in the sense that YOU, and each and every other person upon this earth knowingly or unknowingly contribute to the misery of other people — then you need not read the rest of our book.

If we fail to convince you, then there is no need to read what we have written or believe that we are who we claim to be — the real illuminated ones.

However, if, after reading this chapter, you are convinced that our judgment is true beyond a reasonable doubt, then we encourage you to read the rest of the book.

Upon reading the rest of the book, you will learn about the changes that you must make to YOU in order for you to become the type of person you assume, self-righteously, to be. More importantly, you will KNOW without any doubt that you are good and not evil — that YOU support human goodness — that YOU are a good person.

It is not wrong to have enough pride in yourself to believe that you are a good human being. But it is extremely arrogant to believe that it is impossible that you are not.

There have been many great and powerful societies. None has survived. None has proven the best for human existence. All began because of human pride. All ended because of human arrogance.

Society is best defined as an aggregate — a whole formed by combining several elements — of people living together in an ordered community.

Arrogance is best defined as having or revealing an exaggerated sense of one’s own importance or abilities. This would include believing that you are a good person without considering a critical examination of YOU as a person — “what you believe, the way you live, and the relationships you choose to have with other humans.”

We defined pride in the second book of our Trilogy, A New American Scripture — How and Why the Real Illuminati® Created the Book of Mormon. We titled Chapter 12 of this book Pride and Vanity — Destroyers of Civilization. We should have used the word arrogance instead of the word vanity in heading this chapter, because arrogance more correctly denotes the cause of the fall of all societies.

We wrote:

“There are two general definitions for the term ‘pride’ that we need to explain in order for one to fully comprehend why we wrote our new American scripture the way that we did. There is a positive connotation and a negative one.

“The negative definition and connotation of pride is a feeling of deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired by others. The positive side of pride is the consciousness of one’s own dignity. The negative undertone greatly affects the positive feeling that a person experiences when one is conscious of one’s own dignity.

“Our current world only promotes the consciousness of one’s own dignity. Success in our world, and thereby the perception of what brings joy to a person, depends on a person striving for the pleasure and satisfaction that their achievements, qualities, and possessions are greater than those of others. This standard of joy is set by the world and is responsible for how a person defines their own dignity [—’I believe that I am better than you. I am proud of who I am’].

“Competition to become the best at something is viewed as a positive thing. Being rich and able to buy anything you want is viewed as a positive thing. Being a leader to whom others look up to for counsel and governance is viewed as a positive thing. Being popular and known is viewed as a positive thing.

“There are many more ways that the people of the world derive a feeling of deep pleasure or satisfaction from their own achievements, the achievements of those with whom they are closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired by others.

“All the things listed above can also negatively affect the way that the majority of Earth’s inhabitants view themselves and their own dignity. If you are not striving to be the best in what you do, you are not praised, nor do you have anything of which to be proud. If you are not striving to be popular and successful in the world, you do not have anything of which to be proud. If you need and depend on others to lead you, guide you, walk beside you and help you find your way, your need and dependency on these others reflects your own lack of self-esteem—another term that means the lack of consciousness of your own dignity. If you care about what others think of you, you are not conscious of your own dignity, and you are seeking and waiting to be dignified by others.

“One of the main goals in writing our new American scripture was to confront the negative connotation of pride and promote its positive side. Excessive negative pride is the definition of ‘vanity.’ It is our experience that whenever any group of people, of any number (the masses or the few), shows the negative pride in an excessive way (i.e., vanity), it always leads to the destruction of that society.

“However, just as destructive, the lack of positive pride can do the same. When people lack a sense of their own dignity, they cannot become positive members of society; nor can they do anything beneficial for society. People then are susceptible to the control of those whom they believe are more dignified than they are.”

(A New American Scripture, pages 311–313.)

 

Before you walk down the street, what do you do to prepare to go outside among others and walk down the street? You look at yourself in the mirror, judge your appearance, and make the appropriate adjustments to your appearance, believing that upon making these adjustments — cleanliness, makeup, hair modifications, and the proper clothes — you will feel a deep pleasure or satisfaction from what these adjustments have achieved. You will not leave the isolation of only being seen by yourself until you have adjusted YOU so that you are widely admired by others.

This is having pride in your appearance. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this. In making these physical adjustments, you actually contribute to a positive experience when others see you clean, beautiful, and well-dressed.  Consider the opposite — how others might experience a negative feeling seeing you walking down the street if you didn’t make these physical alterations.

As you leave your home, do you believe that you are more clean, more beautiful, and better dressed than others? If you do, then you must honestly admit that you have an exaggerated sense of your ability to make the appropriate alterations to your physical looks that others will see as proper. This is arrogance.

How do you see others who have also altered their physical appearance by dying their hair an abnormal color, wearing large earrings and/or nose rings, who have very noticeable tattoos, and dress in a style that is generally not acceptable … to YOU … for one walking down the same street that you share with them?

If you make a judgment of the way that another person alters their physical appearance, it is, more often than not, a negative judgment based on what YOU believe, how YOU live, and the relationship YOU choose to have with other humans.

If a suit and tie, successful looking shoes, well-manicured hair, and an overall appearance of worldly success is what YOU believe, how YOU live, and if you choose to only have relationships with others who believe and live as YOU do, this could be acceptable as appropriately having pride in YOU and in your chosen group of friends and acquaintances. Again, where pride is properly defined as a deep pleasure or satisfaction from your own achievements, the achievements of those with whom you are closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired by others like you.

You do not, however, derive pleasure or satisfaction from the achievements in physical alterations of the tattooed, nose-ringed, and strangely dressed others. You have exaggerated the sense of your own importance and abilities.

These aberrant and unorthodox others are being judged negatively by you. It is easy for these people to sense your disapproval. Your judgments of their physical alterations versus your own are contributing to these other humans having a negative experience. You are a wicked person. Again, in the sense that YOU knowingly or unknowingly contribute to the misery of other people.

These types of negative judgments can easily go both ways. The tattooed, nose-ringed, and strangely dressed others can feel the same way about your chosen physical alterations.

With the above example, we hope that you see how ALL people in this world are wicked, as we have defined wickedness above.

How would the human world change if nobody made any modifications to their physical looks before walking down the street? How would we see each other? How could we judge each other? We could not judge each other negatively, because it would be known by all that nobody did anything to their natural physical appearance and that it was nobody’s fault, caused by a free-willed action, that each person looks the way that they do. We would accept each other for how we appear, not how we choose to appear.

The moment one of us alters their appearance, the rest of us wonder why this person has altered their natural appearance, and why haven’t we altered ours also.

Who or what told us that our natural physical appearance was not acceptable to the rest of the people with whom we share walking down the street? Who told us we were naked?

Who or what caused us to do things that we believe will help us feel a deep pleasure or satisfaction from [our] own achievements? Who or what convinced us that the achievements of those with whom [we] are closely associated are any better or worse than the achievements of others with whom we are not associated … or rather, with whom we choose not to associate?

By walking down the same street as others, we are associating with others.

Who or what told us what qualities or possessions should be widely admired?

It is our human nature to associate with each other and find some personal satisfaction (joy or happiness) in these associations (relationships). In pursuit of happiness in associating with other humans, it is natural for us to want to cause ourselves and others pleasure. In this way, by this cause, by taking pride in our human associations, many wonderful inventions and innovations have resulted.

When we do something that not only benefits our SELF but everyone else also, pride becomes a very positive human attribute. Again, pride is a deep pleasure or satisfaction from our own achievements, the achievements of those with whom we are closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired by others.

In this way, pride has caused the rise of many great societies. Whenever people unite in cooperation and do things that contribute to the welfare and happiness of everyone in the society, the aggregate of humans will flourish and be very successful.

The demise of ALL successful societies always begins when one person starts to have or reveal an exaggerated sense of their own importance or abilities. Once one person does it, others will follow in a sincere attempt to keep the group unified as one heart and one mind.

When pride in being human is replaced with arrogance in being human, there is no possible way for a society to remain cohesive and beneficial to all of its members. Where pride made it possible to form successful societies, arrogance destroyed them … in each and every case throughout the history of humanity existing upon Planet Earth.

Are you a proud or an arrogant one?

As we list below the many different ways that humans have sought for a deep pleasure or satisfaction from their own achievements, the achievements of those with whom they are closely associated in a society, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired by others in a society

YOU MUST JUDGE YOU! YOU MUST JUDGE “what you believe, the way you live, and the relationships you choose to have with other humans.”

Only you, alone, can properly judge whether or not your personal pride has become arrogance, having or revealing an exaggerated sense of your own importance or abilities, i.e., the value and worth YOU contribute to the rest of society.

The human race will never reach a point of success, where all humans upon the earth are able to live in peace and happiness, until its arrogance reverts back to our shared and natural sense of pride in our Self and in others.

The first two books of our Trilogy, of which this one is the third, reveal that religion, in all of its forms, organizations, beliefs, attitudes, opinions, and constraints, is the main cause of turning the positive nature of pride into the divisive and negative (wicked) arrogance — having or revealing an exaggerated sense of one’s own importance or abilities.

An example of one of the modern religions that we focused on is a church that started in the early United States of America and became one of, if not the, wealthiest religious institutions in the world — the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). Keep in mind that we focused on this particular religion because of our new American scripture, published as the Book of Mormon, and the way that this church has used, or rather misused, our book to exaggerate its own sense of importance and abilities. This church is merely an example, because there are many other religious organizations that exaggerate their own sense of importance and abilities.

This church proclaims its importance by preaching that it is the only true church of God upon the earth. It teaches that one cannot be saved unless one receives its form of priesthood ordinances, which can only be properly officiated by faithful members of this church.  This church is proclaiming its importance by declaring its ability to save all other humans. This is arrogance in its purest form.

This church and its doctrine knowingly and, more often than not, unknowingly contribute to the misery of other people. By definition, it is a wicked institution and does much more harm to a society than good

Above is just one example that we chose to use to represent all religions and their arrogance. The pride that religious people possess, again, which is a deep pleasure or satisfaction from their own achievements, the achievements of those with whom they are closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired by others, is revealed and exaggerated by a sense of their importance to the human race and their abilities to save the human race.

Religion, however, is not the only toxin that sickens a society and leads to its destruction. Others include patriotism — the exaggerated love of one’s own society (nation), racism — the exaggerated love of one’s own race, ethnicity — the exaggerated love of one’s language, heritage, traditions and customs, genderism — the exaggerated belief that one’s gender is more beneficial to society than another’s, competitiveness — the exaggerated belief and desire that one is or should be more successful than others.

The six parts of human nature listed above in bold print are not natural. They are taught. There might be others, but these six categories have contributed more to the downfall of great societies than any others.

To judge YOU, you must consider how you believe, live, and associate with other humans in each category.

We have already given an example of religious arrogance. Below are examples of the other groups associated with our shared human nature — how we treat our Self, and how we treat others. As we give examples for each one, keep in mind how we defined wickednessthe sense that YOU knowingly or unknowingly contribute to the misery of other people.

Patriotism

Do you believe that your nation should have protected borders that keep other humans out? Do you believe that your nation is superior to other nations — that your country is a better place to live upon the earth than other countries — and that it should be protected from an onslaught of immigrants?

In protection of your nation and the borders that you accept and support, do you contribute to the misery of people attempting to get into your country in order to share in the things that your country has to offer?

Does your country protect and shield its domestic industries (goods and services) from foreign competition by taxing imports?

Does your country have a policy that extends its power and influence through diplomacy or military force in an effort to maintain the standard of living of its citizens, regardless of the consequences this power has on other nations?

There are many other questions that we can ask you about your country and the exaggerated way that you think of its importance and abilities. We have used the above few examples of patriotism because they reflect the policies of the United States of America. But these few examples also reflect the policies of the past. They are the same policies that existed in the Great Roman Empire, a great nation that fell because of the exaggerated way that Romans viewed their own importance and abilities.

Racism

There is no human who is born who, as a little child, is naturally prejudiced, discriminatory, or antagonistic towards another person because of the color of that person’s skin.

Do you teach your children to take pride in themselves because of the color of their skin or other physical attributes associated with any particular race?

Do you teach your children to distrust people of other skin colors because these others might show prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism (bitterness and aggression) towards people with similar skin color as yours? In this regard, do you teach your children to be aware of law enforcement because of racial profiling? And, where racial profiling exists, do you teach your children to resist arrest and not comply with the legal commands of a law enforcement officer?

When you walk down the same street as others, as explained in the example above, do you have a first-impression judgment of a person with a different skin color than yours? If you are a human of a darker complexion, is your first impression of people of a lighter skin color that they are prejudice, discriminatory, or antagonistic towards you?

If you are of a whiter complexion, does your initial perception of a darker-skinned person cause you to feel any anxiety that is any different than when you encounter a person of your own similar skin tone?

Do you believe that the first people upon the earth were light-skinned people, and that all darker-skinned people are descendants of ancestors that were cursed by God for being disobedient? Do you believe this to be true, but are afraid of the consequences of owning up to what you believe to be the reason why there are darker people than you?

If your physical appearance and skin color is the result of a lighter-skinned parent and a darker-skinned parent, do you place more emphasis on the exaggerated importance of your darker-skinned parent, or your lighter-skinned parent?

Do you demand equality and fair treatment based solely on your skin color? Do you believe that, when a group of people compete for the same job, or to get into a university of higher learning, your skin color should be taken into consideration above the skin color of another person?

Do you have, or reveal by how you act, an exaggerated sense of your own worth, importance or abilities because of the color of your skin?

Solely based on your race, do you  knowingly or unknowingly contribute to the misery of other people of a different race?

Ethnicity

Whereas religion is part of a person’s ethnicity, we will consider other definitions of ethnicity, which is the state of belonging to a social group that has common goals, desires, traditions, and customs.

Do you believe that your group, which is of the same heritage or ancestry, has a right to a particular portion of land upon the earth that your ancestors once claimed as their own before other ethnic groups moved in? What is your attitude towards these other groups?

Do you have an exaggerated sense of the importance and abilities, the customs and traditions of your ancestors? Do you feel that other ethnic groups have been unfair to your group by desiring to live on the same land as your ancestors? Do you feel a sense of misery and an unsettled feeling of discomfort when you ponder on your ancestors and how your particular ethnic group was challenged and overcome by another?

Consider the following question carefully:

In the present state of your standard of living, do you realistically and honestly desire to return to the standard of living of your ancestors? Using the United States of America as an example, if you identify as a native American, do you desire to return to a pre-15th century way of life? If you identify as African American, do you desire to return to your African ancestors’ way of life?

Regarding your little children, do they have any problem playing on the same playground with children of different ethnicities? Does any little child notice any form of ethnic differences before these differences are exaggerated by you as a parent?

Do the above questions make you uncomfortable, annoyed, or irritated in their consideration? Does the way that you identify and promote your ethnicity cause other people of different ethnic groups to feel uncomfortable, threatened, or uneasy by your protests and promotions?

Genderism

Do you believe that all genders are equal and should be treated as equals in all things? If so, as a human being formally categorized at birth as female, are you willing to compete with other humans categorized at birth as males in occupations, sports, and all other human activities?

As an example, if you are a female basketball player, is there any way that you can compete fairly with a male player at any particular level of designated experience? Could a female compete in the NBA or NFL and secure a roster spot on any of these male-dominated sport teams? In regards to all sports, would you support that there should be just one sport for all genders, and that making a team’s roster should not be determined by the gender assigned by society at birth?

With modern technology and the innovations and advancements in sexual transitions (surgically making a male’s body female and vice versa), do you have any problem or uncomfortable feeling with a person choosing a different gender than the one assigned to the person at birth?

When you are in the presence of a person who identifies as the opposite gender of what the person was assigned at birth, and whose bodily characteristics have been altered through surgery or hormone treatment to bring these characteristics into alignment with their chosen gender identity, do you feel uncomfortable or uneasy? Do you believe that the person made a mistake in changing their physical body to a different gender than what is generally associated with the acceptable binary gender that society has determined is either female or male?

When in the presence of a homosexual human, do you feel uncomfortable or uneasy? Do you believe that same gender sexual attraction is not natural?

Do you support societal rules and regulations that are in any way associated with gender? Would you support the complete deletion of any characteristic based on a human being’s physical body, which includes all gender-associated words and identifying markers?

As a homosexual or transsexual human, do you believe you should receive special treatment or in any other way exaggerate your importance and ability above other humans who are heterosexual? Do you give heterosexual humans the same respect and consideration that you demand from them?

Competitiveness

Do you possess a strong desire to be more successful than others? In becoming more successful than others, do you consider how many other people are negatively affected by your desire?

For example, let’s say you have a desire to become an attorney, and you spend eight years of your life pursuing a law degree. Do you feel it is fair to charge people over 10 times per hour more for your services than what others make — those who produce the goods and services that exist outside of the legal profession?

In this example, what would our world be like without attorneys and the way that the legal system works in their favor? What would our world be like without those who produce food, shelter, clothing, and housing for the law students who become successful attorneys?

Consider your desired profession and the success that you hope to achieve from it. What would our world be like if your chosen profession did not exist, compared to what our world would be like without those who produce food, shelter, clothing, and housing for the law students who become successful attorneys?

When you gain a level of success, because you have shown yourself in a better position, value, or worth than another, do you consider what misery you might have caused another person in your pursuit of such gain?

Do you sponsor a sport team or athlete as a devoted fan of your team’s effort to beat another team and win an event? When your team or athlete wins a contest, do you consider how the fans of the losing team or athlete feel? When your team or athlete wins, does this knowingly or unknowingly contribute to the misery of other people?

Do you consider what your higher wage does to others? Upon educating yourself, while many others toiled to provide you with food, clothing, and housing while you were educating yourself, do you concern yourself with the standard of living associated with those who do not compete for a degree or a better job that has nothing to do with supporting the basic needs that all humans require to live upon the earth?

There are many, many more examples that we can use to show how one’s competitive nature knowingly or unknowingly contributes to the misery of other people.

We could fill volumes of books about how the six categories of human nature —  religion, patriotism, racism, ethnicity, genderism, and competitiveness — knowingly or unknowingly contribute to the misery of other people.

Now, you be the judge of YOU. Only you, the reader, can decide if we have proved our point and supported our statement in this chapter that “YOU — each and every person living upon this earth — have contributed, are contributing, and will continue to contribute to the demise of the human race.”

It is our hope that you continue reading.

We also mentioned above that, “pride has caused the rise of many great societies. Whenever people unite in cooperation and do things that contribute to the welfare and happiness of everyone in the society, the aggregate of humans will flourish and be very successful.”

This initial chapter of our book has given examples of how the demise of ALL successful societies always begins when one person starts to have or reveal an exaggerated sense of their own importance or abilities. Once one person does it, others will follow in a sincere attempt to keep the group unified as one heart and one mind.

When pride in being human is replaced with arrogance in being human, there is no possible way for a society to remain cohesive and beneficial to all of its members. Where pride made it possible to form successful societies, arrogance destroyed them … in each and every case throughout the history of humanity existing upon Planet Earth.

Now, we exhort you to read on as we give a few more examples of the devastating affect that arrogance has had on human society. Following a few chapters explaining how this type of human nature has caused so much harm, we will explain how humans can replace evil arrogance with good pride in order to benefit the human race and save humanity from its own inevitable demise.

It is possible, very possible, for the human race to unite as ONE PEOPLE, and ONE WORLD. However, it is impossible unless the people of Earth are instructed on how to establish the proper government for the people of Earth, by the people of Earth.

It is our desire and goal to explain how this can be done by eliminating the arrogance of the aged by supporting the pride we should all have in ourselves and in each other … the pride we all possessed as equal little children.

Except we become again as little children, not in action, but in attitude, there is no way we can save ourselves.

It is impossible.

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