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The Lucifer PrincipleReview - The Lucifer Principle
A Scientific Expedition into the Forces of History
by Howard K. Bloom
Atlantic Monthly Press, 1995
Review by Shelly Marshall
Apr 10th 2003 (Volume 7, Issue 15)

Sometimes it takes a chapter or two to settle yourself into a book. “Get to chapter three,” a librarian might urge you, “then you’ll be hooked.” In the case of Howard Bloom, author of “The Lucifer Principle, A Scientific Expedition into the Forces of History,” it takes seven chapters and 224 pages before you’ll be hooked, but hooked you will be.

The first six sections take the reader deep into the nature of evil through a mildly intriguing summary of evolution and genetics, mildly interesting history lesson since before time began and then an almost irrational expounding on example after example of Mother Nature as a “bloody bitch.” The very premise of existence, the author writes, is built upon savagery, brutality, and aggression.

Bloom has a point. Bloom makes a point. Bloom beats the point to death. Yet, he categorically substantiates every point made.  I was surprised when the book, although drawn out, seemed to end abruptly at page 331.  His notes and bibliography extended into the next 117 pages. Whereas authors who base their presentations on unsubstantiated claims lose my respect and authors who spin the studies to “prove” their own agendas earn my wrath, Bloom has invented a new category: authors who drown the reader in information so they are not sure if it’s disrespect, wrath, recrimination, or respect that has been evoked. The reader doesn’t have to take Bloom’s word for anything. Nor would they want to, for the first six sections reveal a vile and unredeeming view of mankind.

Every point is overstated and no curiosity left unexplained. The reader will get a condensed lesson in biology, sociology, sexology, physiology, the history of man, the history of God and the history of all his ambassadors. The unrelenting descriptions of man’s inhumanity to man (not to mention beast, insect, amoeba, and molecule) made me sick to my stomach. It was probably the author’s intention and yet he tells us the “brain searches for what it wants to believe in” and that makes me wonder what Bloom’s brain is searching for.

In the section “How Hatred Builds the Walls of Society’s Bungalow,” we learn that hatred, frustration, anger, hostility, and jealousy are the building blocks of nature. He gives us a blueprint whereby men take their roles in groups and bond in order to clash with other groups and become more powerful. These groups develop into super social organisms whose only goal--like the amoeba—is to absorb its neighbors resources, multiply, and consume, at whatever cost to its members. The more aggressive, the more inhumane, the greater the chance of success, the author writes. We are, the book explains, preprogrammed by natural selection to be savage—the rip-their-tongues-out, lop-their-heads-off, slay-their-babies, kind of brutal.

Nothing is sacred. Moslems, Buddhists, Hindus, Christians, agnostics, atheists, philanthropists—all of our ideas and ideals are defiled. Religion is the voice of a super hungry organism that absorbs by force or faith its neighbors, we read in the section “Righteous Indignation=Greed for Real Estate.” Ideology is often what allows a super organism, be it a religion, country, or political party, to gobble up the resources of its neighbors (competitors).

It is only after life as we know it is totally horriblized, with not a shred of virtue as its own reward nor a drop of serotonin in a biological reward system, that the reader ultimately gets a glimpse of hope. In section seven, “Who are the Next Barbarians?”, subsection “Are there Killer Cultures?” Mr. Bloom attacks himself before any peacenik can discredit him by stating the obvious, “How dare I regard any group as barbaric- what appalling ethnocentrism!...there are simply cultures we haven’t taken the time to understand {…} beneath the skin, all men and women are the same.” Well, Bloom says NO! “But there are barbarians, people whose cultures glorify the act of murder and elevate violence to a holy deed.”

Startled after reading this, I sat bolt upright. The book, at this juncture, takes a dramatic turn and begins to deliberate on Islamic societies, with example after example of a society of assassins, who slaughter tens of thousands of disagreeing dissidents, leaders in the middle east who murder, lie, and purposely train children to be killers.

None of this is stereotypical rhetoric, as everything Bloom writes is over-documented. He points out, that although Moslems praise Mohammed as a man of peace, that Mohammed himself spoke of instilling terror in all the non-believers, “slaying them wherever ye catch them.”—Mohammed.

Although the author does touch on Allah’s truth and do-good-deeds philosophy, the darker side of Islam cannot be ignored, “And the percentage of modern Islamic adherents who have focused on Allah’s calls to combat is dismaying.”

Did Bloom write the book yesterday? Post 9/11? I groped for the beginning pages. It was written in 1995! He is either psychic or his grasp of the jihadic beast is visionary. Bloom tells the reader that the Ayatollah Khomeini sums up the duty of all Moslem men to conquer the infidel because “every part of a non-Moslem is impure in the same way as are excrement, urine, dog, and wine. Islam does not allow peace between a Moslem and an infidel.”

From that quote on, Howard Bloom writes of the future we live in today. He tells us why, given current circumstances, the Moslems will not stop, why they are such a dangerous super organism, how they excuse their atrocities, and deny their darkness, just like all of nature’s savage children. Why then are they the barbarians and not us? “It’s a question of degree,” he explains. Some of us are far more barbarous than others. Some cultures idealize carnage. Some cultures stress conflict resolution while others cry for blood.

We must not be compliant, he warns. We (the less barbarous) have to help reshape the radical; we must turn the barbarians to Mohammed’s words of peace, not war. But how? Bloom gives us some insight into this, too. Teach them to touch, he advises. Teach them to hug. Islamic families seem to be devoid of close warm relationships, especially in adulthood. People are expected to be aloof and uncaring, showing little to no affection between sexes. Affection and caring is a sign of weakness quickly eradicated from boys by their fathers. We cannot afford to be blind. We cannot let the peacekeepers blame ourselves for the Moslem’s way of life and revenge on the infidel. There is a super organism pecking order and whoever is on top will always be threatened by those on the bottom. It is the way of Mother Nature. We will not be free of savagery if we let the savage win. Nature is on the savage side of humankind; we have to make nurture make up for it.

Buy this book. Read it more than once. This book tells our story. It is the blueprint of our past and the justification of our presence in Afghanistan and Iraq. “The Lucifer Principle” is the Bible of anyone who wants to know what in the hell is going on.

 

© 2003 Shelly Marshall

Shelly Marshall, B.S., CSAC is an Adolescent Chemical Dependency Specialist and Researcher. You can visit her site at www.day-by-day.org


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