I was starting to look for a book to give to an associate.  This is one I have read and sparingly recommend due to the “hard reading” involved.  In the search, I found an interesting couple of evaluations.  Let’s start with the book.  It is: People of the Lie – toward a psychology of evil.  It was written by Scott Peck, and he deals with the subject in a most interesting fashion – starting with the singular obvious evil, continuing with singular oblique evil, then exploring ever widening levels of evil as in group and larger numbers, with a section on his evaluation of demon possession.  The reason I am sparce in my recommendations is do to my evaluations of readers and understanding that there are very few who want to consider or acknowledge the level of evil behavior he analyzes.  What struck me while looking for another copy was two of the comments on Amazon:

If you have ever experienced or been frustrated by people who seem to have a hidden agenda then you will enjoy and benefit from this book. The author states (some are paraphrased) and explains the following:

1. The evil hide their motives with lies.

2. Evil people want to appear to be good.

3. When confronted by evil, the wisest and most secure adult will usually experience confusion.

4. Evil seeks to discourage others to think for themselves (fosters dependency).

5. To oppose evil we must have an ongoing dedication to reality at all cost.

I agree that to be mentally healthy we must believe what is true and only what is true. After reading this book you will be better equipped to deal with people who cause strife and confusion. It will also help you identify thought patterns where you are lying to yourself.

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I remember picking this book up about 5 years ago and scanning through the first couple of chapters thinking to myself, “What is this guy talking about? I can’t even fathom people that act like this.” It just didn’t ring true because my experience had not seen the likes of what he was trying to explain.
Fast forward 5 years later, and after going through a harrowing job experience with two people who could star in a movie representation of this book (which, come to think of it, has already been done in a film called SWIMMING WITH SHARKS in the character played by Kevin Spacey), I read it through in a single sitting. Peck so accurately diagnoses the “people of the lie” as being so self-absorbed and narcisistic that they continually make excuses about the abuse they heap upon other people, somehow turning every story 180 degrees in the opposite direction and always claiming victimization when the situation so clearly points to them as the perpetrator. It is a sad indictment of what must be a pandemic within institutions, as these folks clamor and cling to power, money and title oblivious to the human carnage left in the wake of their passing.
But even still, where our hearts are naturally inclined toward revenge, Peck cautions us, coaxing us toward pity for these wretched creatures. He suggests that whatever vile hellaciousness we could dream up as pay back should be tempered with the notion that these folks have consigned themselves to live in a hell of their own making (kind of like Annabella Sciorra in the movie, WHAT DREAMS MAY COME). The dark night of the soul sees their hearts scream out, “I hate you, you’re nothing” when the worst some of us deal with is, “Ack… dumb mistake… oh well… keep going.”
Bravo… this book rings true, even if it took a second reading. Context is everything!

What jumped out at me was the #3 stating a response of confusion.  I immediately realized this was the “like what?!!” reaction I have had multiple times until being able to recognize Marxists at work.  Once one realizes that the end goal is control, and everything given is geared to that end, then the scratch-your-head behaviors make sense.  Homosexual marriage is another of these items, and here is a good article on this subject.  Note that the desired object is that which is never presented – it is a lie.  That’s why the biggest threat to them is the truth and we have #5 from the list above.  In John there is a verse which is memorialized on – ironically – law school properties: “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.”  It’s kind of sad I can place the word “ironically” in the previous sentence and it make perfect sense.  The truth is, that is the state of our country and the mindset of our culture now.  To think otherwise is to ignore the truth and accept “People of the Lie.”

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