In “Income tax: How government turns human vice into votes,” Ilana Mercer writes that the countless individuals who are at the receiving end of irrational malice from other individuals will agree with me that an experiment conducted at the Universities of Warwick and Oxford was more of a confirmation than an investigation of the human condition.
Ingeniously operationalized by Professor Andrew Oswald and Dr. Daniel Zizzo, the experiment demonstrated the lengths to which people will go to destroy the wealth of others, even if, in the process,
“….they knowingly wipe out their own funds.... Whether or not they are aware of the indirect harm to themselves, a sizeable majority of people in society does indeed want to see the wealth of others burned.” (Mercer, 2003, WND)
The economists approximated reality by distributing cash unequally among the subjects, who were then told they could anonymously,
“….burn away other people’s money,” with one caveat: in the process, they would be destroying some of their own. Naively, the researchers expected little “burning” to occur, and certainly for it to stop once the destruction of the opponent’s money became too painful to the player’s pocket. They were flummoxed when 62 percent of the subjects continued to “burn” the wealth of others even at crippling costs to themselves.” (ibid)
Whether it is burning the wealth of others, throwing acid in the face of ‘other’ or ridiculing and/or minimizing the “life of the mind” of ‘other,’ (anti-intellectualism), all are acts of vengeance, the principle manifestation of pride (or self-esteem) which together with selfishness, ingratitude, covetousness, envy, and hate (collectively speaking: ressentiment) demonstrates preference for one's self instead of God and ‘other,’ and just as no violation of the Law can occur without one first being an idolater, covetousness, envy, hate and murder are its' final results, for where 'self' is primary then 'self' deserves everything it can get, no matter the cost to other people.
Ressentiment is the kind of 'wisdom' that,
"does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where envying and contention is, there is inconstancy, and every evil work. But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere." James 3: 15-17
Ressentiment does much to explain the GOP’s elitist driven war against the Tea Party, Obama’s unworkable universal healthcare, progressive taxation, the sexual perversion of our youth by so-called sex educators, multiculturalism (erasure of all differences), reproductive choice (death wishing), animal rights (hatred and degradation of humanity), naturalism (nature as lord of the universe), Darwinism (idolaters to God: you are not my Father), population control schemes (possessiveness and hatred of others), Agenda 21, redistribution of property schemes, depriving Americans of their right of self-defense, and much of what mainstream media write off as senseless crime.
Conservative writer John Ransom summarizes a recent case:
“A private citizen armed with a gun for which he had a license, shot and killed two robbers in Reading, Pennsylvania this week…. The two masked robbers….had just exited a corner store in Reading when a concerned citizen….confronted them, and... shot 'em dead…..Sooooo… OF COURSE… the families of the two dead ROBBERS want the citizen who shot and killed them charged with a CRIME.” (Robbers Shot, Killed, Family wants Murder Charges, or Something, Ransom, Townhall.com, 11/8/2013)
The idolatrous robbers were striking at the object of their ressentiment. Ressentiment values its own welfare less than it does the harm and even the destruction of its object, in this instance, burning the wealth of the storeowner.
The family of the criminals is the third party of the formal structure of ressentiment. Their demand that the valiant citizen be charged with a crime boils down to, “if the storeowner did not possess what our self-serving sons coveted then none of this would have happened.”
Max Scheler, author of “Ressentiment” writes that ressentiment’s formal triadic structure is always the same:
“A” (i.e., the robbers) is affirmed, valued, and praised not for its own intrinsic quality, but with the unverbalized intention of denying, devaluing, and denigrating B (i.e., storeowner and citizen). A is ‘played off’ against B.” (Idols for Destruction: the Conflict of Christian Faith and American Culture, Herbert Schlossberg, p. 52-53)
In other words, the obvious evil of “A” is ruthlessly transferred by the 3rd party onto “B” via endless rationalizations, character destruction of “B,” and professions of love for innocent “A.”
Ressentiment will even drive men so far as to “murder” God (theocide) as exemplified by Nimrod, Buddha, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Teilhard de Chardin and Alice Baily.
When ressentiment does not dare come out in the open it expresses itself in myriad forms of destructive negation such as cruelty pretending to be harmless jokes, destructive criticism parading as doubts, phony concerns for truth and contempt pretending to be of love. This happens so that hatred remains undetected.
In "Death by Envy," Fr. George R.A. Aquaro points out that Christ's earthly ministry centered on convicting the world of idolatry and hate by provoking people (represented by the Pharisees) to envy, hate and then murder. By becoming the scapegoat, Jesus Christ allows mankind to place their sins upon Him so that we might repent at the sight of His blood. (p. 101)
The tragedy of the fall is that man has lost his introspection. Judas had no hope of looking within himself and seeing his ressentiment which inevitably destroyed him. The Cross is thus a messenger of mankind's pride, ingratitude, covetousness, envy, hate and murderous intentions. Therefore we are obliged to search ourselves for ressentiment and its root cause, idolatrous self-centeredness, and repent of them because,
“Look, I am coming soon! Says the Lord. My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. "I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star." (Rev. 22:12-16)
Everything that has been thought, said and done will be revealed. There is nothing "covered that shall not be revealed; nor hidden that shall not be known" (Luke 12:2) and just as it is "...appointed unto men once to die, and after this the judgment" (Heb. 9:27) so there will be eternal life in Paradise for those who love God and have kept His commandments but for those who prefer “self” to God and brother and have done evil and whose "hardness and impenitent heart" has treasured up unto itself, “ wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God...for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger." (Rom. 2:5)