In “Spiritual Economics” while discussing the “Economics of Ignorance” under the influence of tamo-guna, I presented a hyphothetical scenario in which a drug manufacturer deliberately contaminates a population with a laboratory-created virus in order to generate demand for the cure that they have previously patented, reaping billions in profits at the expense and suffering of millions.
Such a scenario is not fiction. In fact, it is going on today on a gargantuan scale that affects millions of people. Even worse, it doesn’t even involve real illnesses, nor illnesses that are manufactured in a laboratory. These illnesses are simply conceived of by a scientific elite. Normal human emotions and experiences are now being labeled as illnesses and being used as an excuse to medicate millions of people at huge profits for the pharmaceutical industry. In the process the mental well-being of these people is jeopardized.
This is the work and influence of tamo-guna, the quality of the material energy that has become the de facto standard of modern society wherein people are valued only as a means of creating profit for others. The subject is treated in-depth in a full-length documentary—“Making a Killing: The Untold Story of Psychotropic Drugging”—it will shock you. If they are correct in their statements (and the video quotes many health professionals) we have thousands of healthy people being diagnosed with fictional diseases that are nothing but labels applied to what earlier was simply the normal range of human emotions. Upon applying these labels the psychiatrist then prescribes psychotropic medication that has very real influences on the “patient”— influences that are often much worse than the original problem, resulting in more than 3,000 deaths per month.
Again and again throughout this video you will hear references to the huge amounts of profits being generated by the industry. You will repeatedly hear about conflicts of interest where psychiatrists who are supposed to be evaluating the safety of drugs are receiving money from the pharmaceutical companies. They are describing a sell-out, where the mental health and well-being of millions is compromised for the profits of a small number of people. This is what we call the economics of ignorance. The economics of tamo-guna.
Of course we do not mean to imply that there are not mentally disturbed people who need the help of ethical and honorable psychiatrists. But given the results of the treatment that millions are subjected to, something appears to be very wrong, and I suspect that money alone is not the sole reason why we are seeing the skyrocketing rise of a medicated population. Another reason is due to the nature and consciousness of those who have an increasingly large role in creating, and changing, the world that we live in.
In “Spiritual Economics” I devote a chapter to explaining the demonic mentality—the mentality of those who are overly affected by the influence of tamo-guna, and whose activities employ the methods of tamo-guna and promote the results of tamo-guna— exploitation and impoverishment of others, destruction, suffering and death. The psychology of evil may take several different forms. One is in extreme narcissism, and another is in necrophilia. Let me quote several paragraphs from the book where I explain this:
“Life comes from spiritual energy and has its characteristics of personality, desire, emotions, love and joy, in an eternal condition of bliss and knowledge. Material energy on the other hand, is temporary, dead, without personality and thus without knowledge, happiness, or emotions. Love of life is called “biophilous;” love of death is called “necrophilous.” Both of these conditions coexist within each individual and within society. What is most important however is which trend is stronger. Those whose necrophilous side is stronger will unconsciously kill the biophilous side. In doing so they harden their hearts and convince themselves that their behavior seems to be the natural response to their circumstances. They are prevented by their consciousness of even seeing another way of behaving.”
Regarding the necrophile Fromm writes:
The necrophilious person therefore attempts to transform living persons with a full normal range of human emotions into predictable automatons who are more like machines than people. Later in the book I correlate the necrophilious person with the psychopathic personality who has lost all ability of experiencing human emotion, as well as any contact with their own conscience. We have read about the presence of psychopaths in the banking industry and at the helm of business. Now we see the same traits manifesting in the psychiatric field—and they behave the same way—to exert control and extract profits at the expense of others.
All living beings are pure spiritual beings. It is not that bankers, or politicians, or psychiatrists, or anybody for that matter, are inherently bad or evil. Rather, in this material world there are those who have become too influenced by the quality of tamo-guna, and acting under that influence, “engage in unbeneficial, horrible works, meant to destroy the world.”
The common enemy that we all face then is the influence of tamo-guna. And fortunately it is an influence that we, personally, can participate in diminishing. How? By ceasing our to engage in activities of tamo-guna ourselves: eating of animal flesh (a product of violence and death), intoxication (which creates delusion), gambling (which encourages cheating and getting something for nothing), and illicit sex (pornography, prostitution, any sex outside of marriage, which leads to the degradation and exploitation of others).
The ultimate problem is the present prevailing consciousness of this world and the solution is to raise the consciousness from current overwhelming influence of tamo-guna, or ignorance, to that of sattva, or goodness. I explain that process in detail in the last chapter of my book “Spiritual Economics.” As we progress along this path we will begin to see changes in our relationships, the economy, the political sphere and every other field of human activity and endeavor—changes for the better—changes for the benefit of all, not just the elite or vested interests. Some of these will be won politically, some will come as a result of determined effort and struggle, and others will appear as if magically, but the changes for the good will begin to manifest.
There is a spiritual science that must be understood and applied if we are to save this planet. That spiritual science has been given to us in the Bhagavad-gita. Get it. Read it. Study it. And do your part to help purify the polluted atmosphere of Kali-yuga.