The Emotional Plague and the Idea of Sin

Religion comes close to recognizing the existence of the emotional plague in the Christian idea of sin. In it, there is an awareness of the deadly aspects of the armored human condition, people’s secondary, destructive drives. Also, in the idea of sin there is a certain degree of contact with the biological core providing people with a sense of responsibility for their own lives. However, the idea of sin is limited because it is bogged down in opposing moralistic views of what is right and wrong and because its origin is mystified in the idea of original sin. Simply attributing a person’s destructive behavior to sinfulness is, therefore, a destructive example of confused, mystical thinking. It leads to further problems when people with a liberal character structure reject the idea of sin altogether.

The understanding of the emotional plague is outside the realm of armored, moralistic thinking. It is a term that has a specific meaning in the medical and social sciences. Accurately understanding the emotional plague requires knowledge of the three layers of the human bio-psychic apparatus, the biological core, the destructive middle or secondary layer and the superficial layer or facade. The emotional plague is people’s socially destructive expressions from their secondary layer. Knowledge of the emotional plague requires the ability to think functionally about the destructive consequences of armored people’s ways of thinking and living.


  1. In terms of a possible common language, is it not true the conservative character who has some, albeit distorted, contact with his core, would be more receptive to the concept of EP than the liberal?

    • Exactly

  2. Please also comment about if and how Judaism recognizes the EP …

    • I don’t know enough about Judaism to say anything about it.

    • Judaism (like Islam) is about following the rules. If you break, as a Jew, the Sabbath etc. (or, as a gentile, the 10 commandments) you are a sinner. If you follow the rules God loves you. In Christianity it’s the other way around: faith (i.e., to love God) fills you with the energies of God, which erase all sins and make it impossible for you to sin further. In the New Testament the obedient Pharisees go to Hell because their hearths are hardened while the thieves and murderers go to Heaven because their hearths are soft and they, therefore, recognize the love incarnate, Christ. For this reason Reich saw in Christ a representative of genitality and spoke about the “cosmic” dimension in Christianity which shines through the magnificent Cathedrals, the music of Bach, etc. There is no perception of the emotional plague without first having a (even vague and distorted) feeling for genitality!

      Christianity is, of course, an aberration of the original “orgonomic” intent of its founder. Reich, in a way, is his second coming, and finally orgonomy will replace Christianity.

      The Old Testament tells that the Jews, the only civilized people among sadistic brutes, were the main victims of the emotional plague in the old world and history shows us that they were also the main victims in the new Christian and, later on, Islamic world. Today Israel is the pariah, “the Christ,” among the nations. This is so because Judaism embodies the very anti-emotional-plague core of Christ’s message (Matt. 22:37-40):

      Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

      • Peter, thanks. I appreciate the information. Judy

  3. Thank you, Peter.

  4. The difficulty I see with organized religious views is that they are externally imposed. They become templates for future generations to use. They are moralistic. They are ‘right vs. wrong’, ‘good vs. evil’. They seem to derive their power from a firm belief that God spoke to them, therefore they cannot be modified, altered, touched.

  5. As per Peter’s post, the Jewish religion was borne in response to the moral sickness that inhabited civilization in hopes of law and order bringing stability to a raucous world. Even though part of their structure, people knew their secondary impulses were dangerous and needed to be controlled. As it seemed they could not do this themselves, they conjured an outside “overseer” who had both supernatural powers and the human-like qualities of a body and intellect (the resemblance to a father is astoundingly identical). Rules via the Ten Commandments would dictate the appropriate behaviors and thoughts that the Jewish people should abide by.

    The Hebrews were the first to focus on one god, leaving behind the animistic and mythological deities. As one god comes closer to representing the cosmos, we might hypothesize that the early Jews sought to integrate the disparate forces of the universe as they senses there is really only one underlying energy. This was an early use of Reich’s Common Functioning Principle (CFP).


    *omnipresent, primordial *always was, present everywhere

    *fusion of orgone to create matter *created all Life

    *bions=orgone inside membrane *man created from energy and dust

    *the basis of nature *affinity to the stars

    *functional *creative intelligence=makes sense

    *truth/objectivity *the Truth

    *primary instincts *good deeds-Love

    *secondary impulses *transgression of morality-Sin

    *orgasm *merging with Him, heterosexuality

    *the wonder of space *pray to the Sky

    *feeling of unity oceanic feeling

    • Sure, YHWH as CFP. The problem is that this concept is rather sterile and, say, “infertile.” Also, any gawd or demon could be placed as the highest deity, “Allah,” whatever. Only the Christian God, the Trinity, has an inner dynamic, an “inner life,” and is “cosmic” (not just a tribal inert idol!). Without it no Hegel – and no orgonometry. The concept of the Trinity forced man into thinking in a dynamic, living, dialectic, functional way. This, together with the Jewish “CFP” and the Greek natural philosophy led to the development of science – which culminated in orgonomy.

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