©10-15-2009 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
I’ve been thinking a lot about self-justification lately—it’s been glaringly apparent wherever I look…apparent to me, that is, and maybe to thee, but most likely not to the person who’s doing it. I first noticed it while watching Survivor, reality show junkie that I am.
I was struck by three things: first, that the tribe members seem to have shockingly little insight into themselves and how their actions are viewed by others; second, that they immediately find a reason to justify the way they are behaving; and third, that they give every indication of believing that they’re Right, no matter how over the top their behavior is.
Turning my eyes next to people around me, I again observed that self-justification for anything and everything they do seems to be an instantaneous response. “WELL, I HAD to do it because, after all, he did that to me, so he deserved it.” No time delay, dazzling footwork.
Awakened, I started seeing endless examples in the news….what little news I can swallow.
James Arthur Ray seems to be blaming everyone and everything other than himself for the deaths and serious illness of people who were in the sweatbox at his $9K-a-head Spiritual Warrior retreat. Now he’s hired his own (unbiased, he assures us) investigator to find out why it happened.
It happened, folks, because he conducted a 2-hour sweat at the end of an arduous 5-day retreat that included a 36-hour fast. It appears that he was then so oblivious to the well-being of the participants that he didn’t call it to a halt until some of them got sick enough to die from it. Nothing can justify that.
As an aside, Huffington Post has a piece quoting him about what happened, by a reporter who attended one of his seminars a scant five days after the incident. You can imagine HP has several commentators with plenty to say about him. I’ll put the links at the end of this post so you can go there—right now I’m sick of talking about him and want to get to the interesting question of self-justification and what its astrological components are.
Forgive me for dragging my soap box out of the office closet—one of my hot buttons happens to be irresponsible professionals of whatever persuasion. Let me go make my morning tea and cool down….
Whew! I’m back. Okay. Self-justification. It seems hard-wired into our species, almost innate, certainly omnipresent.
You see it in 5-year-olds explaining why they clobbered their little brother. You see it in wife-beaters explaining why their mates deserved what they got.
On a wider scale, you see it in politicians’ public pronouncements about their less-than saintly actions. You see it in racists who, now that the inauguration is behind us and we’ve gone into a post-post-racist phase, use it to justify posters portraying Obama as Hitler. You see it in terrorist leaders’ rants on Al Qaeda and in the notes suicide bombers leave behind. Become conscious of it, and you’ll start to see it everywhere.
What planet or planets would explain why self-justification is so universal? Where do we look for it in astrology charts? Any time the word “self” gets added to another word as a prefix, we automatically think of the Sun. Certainly, self-justification is used to bolster self-worth when we’re behaving badly, but I don’t buy it as a solar function. The Sun just isn’t smart enough for that—it’s so me, me, me.
We’re looking for a smart planet, then—one that’s been to college. Justification is a form of rationalization. It has moral implications—that your action is somehow retribution for the other person’s misdeeds. The actions you’re justifying are meant to teach the offending individual a lesson.
Its first eight letters are JUSTIFIC, so implied in the word is that the action taken is an attempt to restore justice. It has as a subtext the certainty that you’re right, the other person is wrong, and therefore, God’s on your side. It’s fueled by more than a hint of self-righteousness.
OK. Does that sound to you like it might be related to Jupiter? That’s where I wound up too. In justifying our justifications, we may draw on the energies of other planets.
We evoke Neptune to create a haze of denial and of fooling ourselves and others. We get Mars suited up to take speedy, decisive action to punish the offender. We speed-dial Mercury to issue a press release about how bad and awful the other person is, how they MADE us do it.
But those planets are only administrative assistants in the head-long rush to self-justification, which I’m now ready to conclude is a function of the solar system’s gas giant, Jupiter. You with me on that?
What do you think, Reader? I’m open to discussion, so leave any of your thoughts and observations in the comment section.
Here, as promised, are the links to Huffington Post pieces about James Arthur Ray. Below, also, are links to our previous discussions on the event, as well as links to previous articles on Jupiter. Tune in tomorrow–I have another post on Jupiter scheduled: Hyperactive Jupiter Syndrome–the Down Side of an Upbeat Planet. (It’s an excerpt from my ebook, Astrological Analysis.)
Huffington Post articles on the Sweatbox Deaths:
- James Arthur Ray: Guru Says He’s Being Tested By Sweat Lodge Deaths
- James Arthur Ray: Health Care: What Ever Happened to Personal Responsibility
- James Arthur Ray: A New Form of Capitalism: Dealing with the Cause …
More Posts about Jupiter on this Blog:
- Jupiter in the 12th—When Does Good Luck Turn Bad?
- Why Saturn has as much to do with Luck as Jupiter
- Hyperactive Jupiter Syndrome—The Down Side of an Upbeat Planet
- The Law of Progressive Annoyance—Mars or Jupiter?
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