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Eureka: Schizophrenic battles and wars
by Joseph Gatt
2018-05-27 08:26:20
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In a lot of countries, the only way to really gain respect is by working for the government, the secret services (government protection) or the intelligence services or being a high-ranking army official. This means you have entire populations craving for power and money that they can only get by assuming such positions. In advanced countries, there are many different ways you can earn a decent living, and those in the government, protection services, intelligence services or the army only make modest livings.

So in some armies, the craving for power and money can be so big, as money and power can be their way out of forced marriages or an entire life living under the orders of the tribe. Such armies tend to develop symptoms that I will describe as follows.

-Delusions of gradeur. Because the only way out of poverty for people in such armies is to climb the ranks, a lot of times the army will sell dreams of gradeur and omnipotence to the low-ranking army officials. In some cases they will claim the supernatural ability of being able to read minds or make it rain or snow, in other cases higher-ranking officials will make it sound like they are omnipotent and omniscient, that they have all the power, money and knowledge they want. This leads to determined army officials, but delusional ones, who tend to break from the realiities of war and tend to give up at the first fight.

-Paranoid delusions. Because high-ranking army officials will make claims to omnipotence and omniscience, a lot of army officials will go paranoid to the battlefield. They will doubt the opposition army, but will gradually start to doubt their fellow soldiers and the intentions of their comrades in arms.

-Erotomania. The battlefield is tough and can lead to delusions of being admired by women or people of higher rank. Soldiers will often dream big dreams if they win the battle, dreams of getting all the money and all the attention from women and higher ups. Such dreams tend to lead to useless risks and carelessness on the battlfield.

-Delusions of persecution: because of the delusional atmosphere in the army, a lot of soldiers will have delusions of persecution and will think that higher army officials will persecute them as soon as they make a tiny mistake. It is common for comrade in arms to threaten fellow soldiers with threats like “the King and Sultan are going to kill you for this one.”

-Jealousy: Because the atmosphere sounds like a winner-take-all atmosphere, a lot of soldiers will refuse to share information and mislead their comrades in arms because they believe that if they share information they will also have to share the ultimate prize.

-Disorganized thoughts and moods: because of the delusional atmosphere on the battlefied, a lot of the soldiers will have disorganized thoughts and moods and will behave recklessly in the battlefield.

Consequences: On the battlefieled, this can lead to strikes causing severe damage, but on the long run delusional armies tend to lose wars. Even if they win wars, “Animal Farm” like counter-revolution movements tend to take place and the battle tends not to last for too long.

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