Just the words, animus dominandi, do not surface easily on mainstream search engines. These two words are packed with immense meaning. Roughly translated, it means an intense, burning desire for power. In real life, it is the deeply rooted strong will and wherewithal to dominate other people to the exclusion of all else. Animus dominandi is the last major phrase introduced in the conclusion of appendix III of the book, The Mystery of Iniquity by Father Paul Kramer. The book was provided to me as a gift.
With the postscript, the book stands at 216 pages. A short while ago I realized the value in studying appendices before engaging a book. The 3 appendices provides in-depth background information regarding the book’s subject matter. I used the appendices to gauge on how I would receive the book. I was pleased that the author based the information on facts, research, and historical documents from professors, scientists, and leading members of political administrations.
The phrase caught my attention when it was introduced in a conversation between F. Scott Fitzgerald and Hemingway according to the author. The statement was that certain kinds of people are greatly caught up in animus dominandi and it is the driving purpose of their life. Animus dominandi is what separates them from everyone else. The book shows how animus dominandi takes shape to affect the lives of people.
I learned many things reading this book. A few of these insights I state here. They are listed in the rest of the article. I believe the spiritual message of the book is fully relevant but I understand that this may be unacceptable to some. Know that there are facts presented in this book that are important unto themselves. These facts, if valid, explains the world we live in clearly and in as straightforward a manner as possible.
Those who would decipher the world we live in will find a book worth its weight in gold and more. You may have asked yourself the question, why are things the way they are in this world? The book uses facts to show the root causes of how things are in this world. A single error of speculation seems to exist near the end of the book in part c of the last chapter. Nonetheless, the facts carry the day and will give all readers knowledge of the context of this world we live in.
In this article, I will list some of the things I learned. Not everything I write here is found in the book, some are insights into areas I long pondered. Areas that the book helped to finally clarify. In general, the more controversial aspects of the book are not described in this article. Some parts of the book I am not presently predisposed to discussing publicly. I leave such exploration of those topics to the curious and motivated readers.
The foreword section of the book opens with a discussion of Sun Tzu and the Art of War. Deception is a theme throughout the book. If the references the author cites are legitimate, then as he shows how deception was applied in past conflicts, the result is he indirectly rewrites history. If the actual facts are the real facts, then what is widely believed about past conflicts is actually false. Some truth then would be:
- Overwhelming evidence shows the United States 9/11/2001 event was caused by timed demolition rather than aerial collision.
- Evidence shows that global terror groups are controlled by interested third parties.
- War is about deception, not strength of arms, and that includes disinformation involving public media.
- Evidence shows many US conflicts had nothing to do with freedom or patriotism but with land/resource acquisition.
People have mentioned all of this to me in the past. I responded with skepticism lacking interest in such matters. The book lays out these matters in a way that cannot be ignored. The only thing to note here is that if you are interested in the topics listed above, this book consolidates much information regarding them.
The book does not talk as much about local or national politics. Instead, it deals with global political movements. Still, I acquired a more complete description of things I have observed for a while.
- Not all politicians deceive but the ones that do may be indistinguishable from the ones that do not.
- The power of the people are to cause the words they want to hear spoken but not their best interests enacted.
- Extremely strong participation in local government is probably the most productive use of people’s political efforts.
Frankly, the political situation looks pretty bad. What can you really say? At least you can know more about the contributing causes on the road to a surer recovery. This book puts out difficult to accept information that may indeed be a sobering reminder of another way.
John Swinton is quoted on page 173 as explaining that journalists who pursue real truth may find themselves on the street the next day. It is a brutal reality Mr. Swinton describes. He apparently spoke words to that effect sometime around 1880 at a private banquet in a time well before mass media. Who among the general public at that time would be at risk in hearing his confession? Behind closed doors, he was speaking to those who knew the reality as he did.
- You can control an entire society, probably the world through television and online video.
- What people describe as lessening freedom and liberty has been a long time in the making.
- The words of most people cannot be accepted alone, truth must be proven when the messenger has financial incentive.
- False information, cleverly and consistently applied is the most powerful tool. When exposed, explosive damage results.
Yet another area I have heard about from others. I was far more receptive to this based on my past reading of the book, Digital Disconnect that I reviewed elsewhere. However, the material presented in the Mystery of Iniquity takes off from there leading to a much different conclusion. Definitely get the book, it is saturated with insights about the world, the actual world.
The factor is not just mere money, but aims of a larger nature. Animus dominandi instinctively and expertly exercised with the masked passion of an outwardly civilized skilled predator. It starts small and grows until it is the defining nature of one’s life.
It is a spiritual book. The book presents much, but I sum it up as follows. Practices of the gnostic variety with roots in the past entreating upon the present seem to have a destructive flavor. The only issue I saw was giving a name to such a movement. You will undoubtedly recognize some of the names of these alternative gnostic oriented metaphysical spiritual practices. You should name things and the book does that very well.
What I see however is a broader perspective at work. Indirectly, you could say it is a caution against the pursuit of gnosis. If I was to generally paraphrase the book, it would be that gnosis stands in contrast to the established agreed upon tenets of Abrahamic faith traditions and the book cites documentation that indicate that such movements may not be in the best interest of people.
- Striving towards gnosis can override good judgement feeding an animus dominandi urge.
- Animus dominandi by gnosis has modern expression similar to the groups who supported the rule of the Roman Caesars.
- Group action in service of gnosis can lead to widespread damage.
- Cognitive indulgence may be preferred to sound discipline and participation that creates true good.
- Gnosis has a stronger than average level of subtle selfishness hidden behind some kinds of pious expression.
Easily taken to the extreme, inferior groups must be diminished socially or physically under the systems of gnosis described in the book. Such response may not be overt, hearkening back to The Art of War. It is animus dominandi by many more modern descriptions such as Social Darwinism and the idea of “survival of the fittest” applied socially.
Entertainment media may be a vehicle for gnostic notions. Chief among them, the genres of sci-fi and fantasy as unwitting artistic expression of gnostic expression. The art forms are saturated with the pursuit of gnosis. We can call it gnosis addiction. While the sci-fi genre appeals to my technology and creative sensibilities, I recognize the elements of gnosis imbued in its narrative and admit I have yet to refrain fully from such media.
The book does not talk on this subject. It is my insight into the matter following from the discussion of Thomas Aquinas‘ postulate of Potentiality and Act on page 104. Whether it was the overall encounter with this book or the manner in which the postulates were described, I began to recognize the many occurrences of gnosis in some art forms that eluded my notice for years.
I can explain this in greater detail having received such media for decades. Since that discussion would be a distraction here, I will table it. The elements of gnosis can also be seen in literature of these genres. A major difference is that the written form is far more subject to analysis than the immersive experience of the audio/visual. Be careful with advanced art forms.
Not everyone believes in democracy and certainly not the God of Abraham. Such matters can be professed for social benefit but may otherwise be resented for the kinds of sound judgments, true goodwill, personal disciplines, and obligations of conscience such matters require. The choice of true faith and action consistent with such belief is easily seen as weakness by others lacking those commitments. Global governance then may be understood as a process to permanently subdue adversaries since true trust, honest diplomacy, and restraint are not believed effective. Fear and betrayal patterns undermines trust, diplomacy, and restraint sustaining a pretext for intense expansion.
Trust actual reality. Not reality that is recorded and technologically distributed. Actual reality of everyday. If that reality has something wrong in it, no matter how small (if it is sociologically non-trivial), something is wrong. The stock market could be in a golden age while you see personal financial strife, as does your kindred. You could be doing well financially, but your efforts in life remain empty somehow. Life is a total picture, moment to moment. Your moment. It is not defined by external reinterpretation.
Many ways exist to navigate life and you can choose among those approaches. Gnosis practices of various kinds work for some. Denial of any spiritual reality works for others. My advice is that the way of Jesus Christ is complete. It does not answer money/job problems but it is psychologically, sociologically, and spiritually balanced and complete.
I am no guide on these matters, I am only sharing thoughts. Others have long given their service to the cause of guiding others along the right path. I advise engaging with them to learn more about the path of faith. Find them in institutions that function exceedingly well in unfolding Jesus’ path and observance. Seek them out for the right governing perspective for life.