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Article by Upendranath Dasa 

The Tragedy of All Great Religions, & Thus of ISKCON, After the Founder’s Disappearance; Prabhupada Called it “Churchianity.”

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Segment 4

The Double Standard

When an people get hooked by the dynamic’s of an authoritarian group, they develop a dependency on the group that is akin to a child’s bond with the mother. This dynamic can lead the person to act in ways that contradict their usual character. Jeb Magruder, a Watergate break-in participant, attributed his involvement to this type of bond with the group in this way:

“We were willing to subvert our own moral character to the character of the group, and we went down the tubes in the process. I cannot justify it, but I can say that it was not unique. There were thirty-eight people involved in Watergate. Most of them were competent, well-to-do lawyers and businessmen, all with good motives. We did not come to Washington to commit crimes; However, we did.”

This subverting of one’s values ,can and does take place in any group dynamic, however, it is especially strong and negative, in its mental impact in authoritarian systems of religion, or secular groups wherein an irrational fervor akin to religious feeling is stimulated.

Most groups, whether they are primitive tribes, nations, or religions, are concerned with their own survival, and the continuation of the power of their leaders.

In addition, they exploit the inherent moral sense of their members, to arouse them against outsiders with whom there is conflict.

Moreover, they use the incestuous ties, which keep a person in moral bondage to his own group, to stifle his moral sense and his judgment, so that he will not criticize his own group for violations of moral principles, which if committed by others would drive him into violent opposition.

This kind of fidelity to the group can cause one to live by a double standard.

An extreme example of this was enacted under the Nazi regime. The Nazis declared the Jewish race the most heinous presence on the earth, and enumerated a long list of grievances against them.

They then proceeded to commit terrible atrocities against Jews with impunity. These atrocities far surpassed anything the Jews were supposedly guilty of. Had the Nazis been the victims, they would have protested vehemently. This double standard was nothing but a secular brand of religious fervor. Nazism, after all, was nothing but worship of the state; and religious fervor, however it is evoked, is a powerful motivator. In this connection,

“Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.”

There is perhaps no phenomenon which contains so much destructive feeling as “moral outrage,” which permits envy or hate to be acted out under the guise of virtue.

Moral indignation was precisely what the Nazis felt in their justification of “the final solution”.

Of course, this is an extreme example of where rationalization can lead. Usually, milder forms are enacted. Nevertheless, we shall see that when an authoritarian dynamic is rationalized, it has a negative psychological impact on both the perpetrator and the victim.

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