If anyone says they’ve studied human history, they often find that what they’ve studied is nothing more than wars and treaties and alliances.
Moreover, as a male, a lot of male rituals revolve around pecking orders and competition and, well, war.
Unsurprisingly, I grew up reading Classics Illustrated (which were all about wars) and Landmark Classics (the same), and watching Winslow of the Navy, etc., etc. Later in life I was gripped by the question, what could cause a world war to happen.
It’s that question that I’ve addressed in the past and would like to address again here. (1)
One thing I’ve noticed about wars is that they’re usually the result of, and become about, the forcible projection of one person’s “personality” upon the rest of the group and then upon other groups. Jesus described it here:
“Your ego is a part of you that appears to be split off, separate, and which runs with its own fear-filled and self-centered agenda, thinking that it can destroy the opposition and rule the world. Most humans discover its limitations during childhood and learn to negotiate with other egos to form alliances, easing the terror of separation or loneliness.
“But a few will not negotiate or compromise and are either quickly defeated or rise to become dictators of one sort or another as their egos take complete control of them – gurus, father figures, industrial bosses, politicians, church leaders – and spend their Earth lives sowing seeds of distrust and betrayal as they attempt to achieve positions of power that they think will make them invincible.
“Of course they cannot succeed, but they frequently convince others that safety can only be achieved by holding positions of authority backed up by the force of arms.” (2)
Hitler projected his personality on the German people. He fought a war where he ignored his blind spots and areas of ignorance and staked everything on his skills as an orator, what little military knowledge he had, and moments of inspiration.
But none of these had him equip his troops for a Russian winter campaign. He knew nothing of logistics and overstretched his supply lines.
He refused to allow his men to tactically retreat or surrender when things became hopeless. It wasn’t in his personality. The troops collapsed instead.
All of it was a projection of himself – his moods, his hunches, his determinations, his shortcomings, etc. – onto the nation. Mussolini the same. Certainly Stalin.
One wouldn’t describe any of them as selfless.
One wouldn’t say they were desireless or had great self-control.
For them, “I want” was the only law others had to satisfy and obey.
Dictatorial leaders emerge at times when people are in dire straits, like a Depression or incessant civil war, and are looking for a strong leader to lead them out of it.
Usually the press plays a role, misinforming and misdirecting the public, well, just as it does now.
They project their personality out onto the world, requiring it to behave in certain ways in exchange for the leader’s promises of prosperity, safety, etc. They require obedience, unswerving loyalty, and so on, in return.
The formula for the leader is limited by the leader’s own range of response-ability. I think it safe to say that none of them knows what real love is and the prosperity they promise is usually purchased at someone else’s expense.
What so often determines a dictator’s success is the lengths they go to; witness Hitler’s Night of the Long Knives and Stalin’s purges. Some will stop at nothing – even trying to exterminate whole peoples – to be victorious.
This is the basic model of the rise of a dictatorial leader, as far as I can make it out.
The Divine Mother told us their fate:
Divine Mother: It is painful for a being that seeks power for themselves or power over another, whether it is a parent over a child, a husband over a wife, a man over an army. It matters not. The yearning [for], the exercise of control never gives joy. The pain simply grows. And so the actions become more grotesque, larger, until the breakdown is and has [been] and will be occurring. (3)
Matthew reassures us that “the day of dictators is over and so is the day of supporting those dictators for self-serving reasons.”
“The day of exploiting Earth’s resources without regard for environmental destruction is over, as is the day of the wealth of the world in the hands of a few. Everything based in darkness is swiftly coming to an end.” (4)
I’m overjoyed that it’s coming to an end. But it’s taking a large dose of realism, good self-defense, and more than a few lives lost to bring it to that end.
(1) See “The Fate of the Dictator,”
(2) Jesus through John Smallman, Jan. 25, 2013.
(3) ”Transcript ~ The Divine Mother: Take Up Your Divine Authority, AHWAA, February 23, 2017,” February 28, 2017, at https://goldenageofgaia.com/2017/02/28/transcript-divine-mother-take-divine-authority-ahwaa-february-23-2017/.
(4) Matthew’s Message, March 25, 2011.