Not Seeing The Forest For The Trees

Armored people see and think about the world in bits and pieces.  No matter what subject they are studying, they are incapable of seeing the whole picture.  They have been taught to view the world mechanistically, as if it were nothing but a machine that is made up of a number of replaceable parts.  A manifestation of ocular armor, this distorted way of viewing things is endemic in every branch of science including sociology.

As an example, consider people’s view of the generalized deterioration in the quality of American life that began around 1960 and is accelerating at an increasing rate.  Some people focus on the signs and symptoms of the deterioration such as the breakdown of the traditional family, the increase in teen age  pregnancies, the degradation in acceptable forms of social behavior and so on.  Others look at the reasons for the decline.  Liberals focus on  shifts in governmental policy and economic factors.  Conservatives look at the decline in cultural values.  These opposing views result in ideological conflicts between the left and the right.  Things remain the same.  Still others are not even aware that anything at all important is happening.

There is no comprehensive picture of the reasons for the destructiveness that is happening to our society. What still remains to be generally recognized and  functionally understood are the biological determinants that govern social life.  Around 1960, the structure of Western society was fundamentally transformed from authoritarian to anti-authoritarian.   The anti-authoritarian society that we are currently living in was the result of the breakthrough of powerful impulses of sexual yearning of the younger generation which came through to the social surface with a destructive force.  The reason that they surfaced in this way at this particular time was that these impulses could no longer be held back (repressed) because of  the failure of the two opposing forces of social armor: on the one hand there was the increasing pressure behind the sexual urges of the younger generation and on the other there was the weakening of the repressive forces contained in the authoritarian social armor.  This resulted in the so-called sexual revolution.

The anti-authoritarian transformation accounts for every one of the destructive social changes that we are currently witnessing.  Now, all forms of authority, rational as well as irrational have been largely thrown overboard.  Authority in general and parental authority in particular, are viewed by many with suspicion and hostility.  Many of the younger generation today have no respect for their elders and reject learning anything that they and tradition have to offer.  This includes being personally responsible for one’s life through the ability to earn a living.  As a result, not only has the authoritarian family structure largely fallen apart but also what remained of their biological work function.  (Just 48% of working-class whites in America were married in 2010 down from 84% in 1960).

With the breakdown of the authoritarian family and having no other authorities to blame for their problems, many children of the baby boomers who grew up in the 60s are unable to earn a living, and now depend on their families or on the government to care for them.

As in the case of medical diseases, only with a clear, functional understanding of the social disease can there be a true course of treatment.


  1. Dear Dr. Konia,

    In his MURDER OFT CHRIST Reich wrote:

    Had early sex-economy in the late 1920’s succeeded in fully developing a mass movement on a “SEX-POLITICAL” basis, one of the gravest disasters in the history of mankind would have been set in motion.

    (1953, pp. 202-203)

    Reich continuous that the countertruth was not considered back then. Unarmored children could not have survived. In broader terms: the “whole picture” was not considered.

    Might it be that in this (and similar passages) Reich foresaw “the gravest disaster in the history of mankind” was, indeed, in the making? It, the “sexual revolution”, began to flourish two years after his death.

    • Dear Peter,
      You are right. Reich accurately saw the “whole picture.” He foresaw that the consequences of any “sexual revolution” by armored humans would be disastrous. These are the result of the anti-authoritarian transformation of Western society.

  2. In your last posting you wrote “In order to successfully oppose the emotional plague’s social destructiveness, one must first have a clear understanding of its mode of operation”

    In this one you write “Armored people see and think about the world in bits and pieces. No matter what subject they are studying, they are incapable of seeing the whole picture”

    This is what makes the topic of the emotional plague so difficult for most people.

    Most people fall into one of three groups.

    The first consists of either those who, to varying degrees, emotionally can’t handle either word (i.e. emotional and plague) or those who are attracted to it for irrational reasons.

    The second consists of the uneducated who could potentially be helpful in fight the pseudo-liberal movement.

    The third consists of the few who decide to work in the field of the orgonomy and the others who are attracted to this topic for rational reasons.

    For those in the third group an enormous challenge lies ahead for the following reason.

    When you begin to develop a true understanding of the emotional plague and its current manifestation in the form of pseudo-liberalism and anti-authoritarianism, two major tasks becomes quite obvious and daunting.

    A thorough and sophisticated strategy needs to be developed to eventually combat this social disease. This can not be accomplished without the important basic challenge of “educating” enough people from all walks of life who can acquire the ability to accurately recognize it.

    I put the word educating in quotes because I don’t think that this is a topic that can be taught like most others.

    The METHOD has to take into account all of the impediments in learning this subject matter.

    The best example of a possible methodology that comes to mind is something along the lines of the way Karate is taught.

    Everyone starts with a white belt (i.e. we are all, in effect, “uneducated”). As you acquire and maintain certain skills, you proceed to the next belt color and so on. Using the Karate analogy, you, Dr. Konia, would be one, if not, the only “9th degree black belt”.

    I truly appreciate all that you have done to develop, teach and create an interest in this important and essential subject matter.

    It is my hope that the ACO can continue to be the fulcrum in the development of the appropriate and best METHOD of education so that there can be a decent chance in being successful in the tall task at hand (i.e. the recognition and containment of this biologically based social disease).

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