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 Copyright © October 2003

The 'Yahoos' are Proliferating!

How Egos and Adolescent Minds Reigns....

~written from the common sense perspective of The Winds of the Soul~

by Dr. Gregory C.D. Young, Ph.D.(Oxon.)

 
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If one mentions the "Lilliputs," for instance, most of us readily can picture the "little people" that find Gulliver shipwrecked on the seashore somewhere in the south pacific, and attempt to bind the giant up for their safety and pride. 

The Irishman, Jonathan Swift wrote "Gulliver's Travels" in the years between 1720 and 1725, being past 50 when he started writing about the fantastic journey of Lemuel Gulliver, who we are told was first a surgeon, and then a Captain of several ships.  I'm sure most of us have either read the book in its entirety or have seen bits a pieces of it since published in various forms of media.  If one mentions the "Lilliputs," for instance, most of us readily can picture the "little people" that find Gulliver shipwrecked on the seashore somewhere in the south pacific, and attempt to bind the giant up for their safety and pride. 

Although the whole is written in a political vein, addressing many problems of people and culture within a framework of some unbelievable but entertaining episodes of fantasy, the insight of Mr. Swift on the human condition is as clear and competent today as when he first wrote it all down. 

Copyright © 2003 Dr. Gregory C.D. Young, Ph.D.(Oxon.).  All Rights Reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part, in any form or by any means, including but not limited to all forms of media print, audio, electronic and video reproduction,  without the prior express and specific written content of the author, except in cases of brief quotations embodied in critical articles and reviews. 

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As you may recall, these creatures were only painfully tolerated by the Houyhnhmns, who were continually debating the necessity of ridding them from their land.  Except for their naked filth and their deformed hairy bodies, they were, however, human like in appearance, and the Houyhnhmns were continually questioning Gulliver as to why he didn't think that he should be so categorized. 

Of all the characters created by Mr. Swift's blend of imagination and realty testing, one is of particular interest to us today...  it is the "Yahoo," a human-like character who presents itself in Gulliver's fourth voyage, whereupon the crew's mutiny forces him from his own ship and maroons him in a land governed by horses, or more properly, the wise "Houyhnhmn."  Infesting this land were also creatures of little civility, slyly cruel and wanton, savage and lust-filled, being governed by the basest of all instincts.  These were the "Yahoo."

As you may recall, these creatures were only painfully tolerated by the Houyhnhmns, who were continually debating the necessity of ridding them from their land.  Except for their naked filth and their deformed hairy bodies, they were, however, human like in appearance, and the Houyhnhmns were continually questioning Gulliver as to why he didn't think that he should be so categorized. 

Mr. Swift did a fine job in artfully instilling into the "Yahoos" every vain and scurrilous attribute that can be found in humanity.  The dialogue between Gulliver and "his Master Houyhnhmn" is interesting and proves insightful, as Gulliver attempts to demonstrate the superiority of his nature and intelligence over the "Yahoos."  In the end, however, he is banished from the land of the Houyhmhmns, as they find the similarities between himself and the "Yahoos" too compelling. 

Indeed, Gulliver comes to admit that, in spite of his greater intelligence and his possession of language, the more carnal of his own nature and the culture from which he sprung, appears identical to the "Yahoos," who are greedy, selfish, and entirely too self-absorbed.  Such a revelation causes him periods of deep depression and retrospection, a thing which finally proves beneficial and which teaching apparently remains with him for the rest of his fictitious years, refining his conduct and character, and of course, his treatment of horses. 

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Despite our tendencies for denial, I don't think any of us could seriously argue that things are not becoming more and more out of balance.  As in Jonathan Swift's time, the base problem remains and is as it as always been, namely, "self-absorption" to the exclusion of every modicum of restraint.  In today's world, the degree of self-absorption is becoming increasingly more tolerable, in fact, it's even becoming entertaining, trendy, and stylish. 

As I believe Jonathan Swift would have us see it, like Gulliver, we too are often persuaded to think ourselves to be civilized and above reproach, believing that the base and unattractive "Yahoo" tendencies cannot be a part of our natures, and that we are better than we are.  But, as Swift takes pains in pointing out, in the absence of objectivity, we are generally persuaded to dismiss the realities of the worst of ourselves and only believe in the best, when indeed, we are none the wiser.

To this I must concur.  In truth, there seems to be less and less honest introspection and retrospection being rehearsed amongst us today, these practices falling out of favor and ridiculed by the popular masses.  Any form of self-examination is often bastardized and played into an egotistical game of "political spin" and rationalization, defaulting to whatever perception makes us look better, or that which protects us from seeing the realities of our worst.  No one readily wants to see who we really are anymore, or for that matter, who we are becoming.  The standards of being a "gentle, God-fearing people" have long been forgotten by most.  All forms of civility are now generally gauged to be "stupid" and "unintelligent," as it competes with getting what we want.

Despite our tendencies for denial, I don't think any of us could seriously argue that things are not becoming more and more out of balance.  As in Jonathan Swift's time, the base problem remains and is as it has always been, namely, "self-absorption" to the exclusion of every modicum of restraint.  In today's world, the degree of self-absorption is becoming increasingly more tolerable, in fact, it's even becoming entertaining, trendy, and stylish.  Infiltrating our families and culture, the attributes of the "Yahoos" are progressively being paraded before us as being "normal," if not attractive, and "the" desired way of being.  And we don't have to go far to prove this out.

Just look at the entertainment media (including TV, newsprint, magazines, and the movies) and the plots and characters they turn our for our "enjoyment."  Almost every character depicted is egocentric, overly self-involved, selfish, adolescent in their thinking and power-hungry in their conduct.  Superficial, trite, vain, and stupidly indulgent, these characters offer us examples of adolescent, maladroit absurdity alone.  And these are sold to us a "stars?"  Self-absorbed "Yahoos," most every one!

Sadly, the same can be said of the vast majority of politicians, what with their propensity for reasonless and inconsistent rhetoric, and their practiced sliding-scales of morality, justice, and fairness.  Is it any wonder that they are the least trusted in our society?  Self-absorbed "Yahoos," most every one!

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Propaganda and misreporting seems to sell more newspapers, akin to the high ratings of those phony realty TV shows that now inflict us.  But, be sure not to criticize any of these thin-skinned "Yahoos" or you will have Hell to pay---major newspapers and networks launch merciless and aggressive agenda's and smear campaigns against any who would disagree with them, making every other opinion than their own seem wrong, trivial, and stupid--- projecting the hatching of conspiracies upon innocent others so as to further deflect examination of themselves.  Outlandish but typical, they throw their fecal matter at others, and then disavow the origin of the smell!  Self-absorbed "Yahoos," most every one!

 

We too are seeing the time where lawyers and judges seek to unilaterally rewrite the laws of the land turning the Constitution upon its ear, ignoring the rule of democracy and the peoples' will.  Here, these few elitists are acting to impose their will on the rest of us, without due process, without shame, without any sense that the law should be above them, not below.  Again, self-absorbed "Yahoos," most every one! 

And let's not forget the public corporate officers who willfully treat publicly owned organizations as their own private checking accounts, creating the image that stealing and lying are really okay and should be nothing to be ashamed about, even if it does rob someone else's pension fund.  Selfishness, cheating, and greed of this caliber are growing at an alarming rate, becoming a national standard of conduct that is even found condoned within our schools and universities.  Without a doubt, self-absorbed "Yahoos," most every one!

Our universities are populated by leftward leaning faculties who, for over the last 25 years, under the pressure of "publish or perish" for tenure, have willfully and despicably published inaccuracies and lies, falsifying their data and observations in over 75% of scientific journals, seeking their own personal egocentric agendas above the sanctity of educating the Truth, as confirmed by an MIT study back in the 1990's.  Is it any wonder that Darwin's Theory of Evolution, soundly and finally scientifically disproved in the 1980's, is still a major part of the scientific curriculum of most High Schools and Colleges?  Alarming!  Self-absorbed "Yahoos," most every one!

Reporting and Publishing in the media is no less accurate, and perhaps even more governed by these same "Yahoo" tendencies.  We've witnessed the left-leaning bias for the last 50 years, misleading others according to their own self-indulgencies and personal whims.  Propaganda and misreporting seems to sell more newspapers, akin to the high ratings of those phony realty TV shows that now inflict us.  But, be sure not to criticize any of these thin-skinned "Yahoos" or you will have Hell to pay---major newspapers and networks launch merciless and aggressive agenda's and smear campaigns against any who would disagree with them, making every other opinion than their own seem wrong, trivial, and stupid--- projecting the hatching of conspiracies upon innocent others so as to further deflect examination of themselves.  Outlandish but typical, they throw their fecal matter at others, and then disavow the origin of the smell!  Self-absorbed "Yahoos," most every one!

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"Yahoos" know no political party or persuasion, although the Liberal Left (being generally defined as being more self-absorbed than not) seems to have more than their fair share of them.   Being ubiquitous, the "Yahoo" prefers to make its home with all races, ethnicities, and sexes, all religious creeds and philosophies..., as its faithlessness proves disloyal to all and friend to none except those that will promote its own selfish affairs.  It loves the pretentiousness of the showy, waits to be admired, manipulates and self-promotes so that it can be seen and desired by others. 

The continuing moral slippage from liberal relativists has, too, largely quashed the sanctity of civil and spiritual codes of conduct, where clergy move to quietly change the laws of God, and elected bishops openly practice homosexuality while defending their actions by falsely and suddenly claiming that the Bible has always condoned this vile practice, acting to rewrite proven and ancient moral understanding.  Gee..., in the face of their twisted diatribe, I guess we just all got it wrong for the last 5,000 years!  Right!  Self-absorbed "Yahoos," most every one! 

But, let's not pretend that we're only talking about the "other guy" here.  These base "Yahoo" tendencies lurks within us all, peeking its egocentric head into our affairs when we least expect it.  I think this was Jonathan Swift's very point.... 

Any time that we feel the urge to push ourselves forward while taking up the space of others, push for our agenda without minding who we are stepping on..., in fact any time that we become so self-absorbed as to exclude the feelings and realities of others, any time that we leave the boundaries of the civil and embark upon a journey lead by the flag of our egos, that is when we are being the "Yahoo." 

"Yahoos" know no political party or persuasion, although the Liberal Left (being generally defined as being more self-absorbed than not) seems to have more than their fair share of them.   Being ubiquitous, the "Yahoo" prefers to make its home with all races, ethnicities, and sexes, all religious creeds and philosophies..., as its faithlessness proves disloyal to all and friend to none except those that will promote its own selfish affairs.  It loves the pretentiousness of the showy, waits to be admired, manipulates and self-promotes so that it can be seen and desired by others. 

Always seeking self-acclaim, power, popularity, and acknowledgment in its own peculiar way, its appetites are never satiated.  It feeds itself relentlessly, always being driven with the incessant mantra of "me--me--me..,"  blinding it to all reasonableness or logic, parsing and fractioning all Truth in order to fit its deformed nature.  To be sure, "Yahoos" are sophists..., most every one!  All these are the tendencies of the self-absorbed, for indeed all self-absorbed are "Yahoos," no matter how polished and skilled they are at hiding it, or how capable they have become in preening about their innocence. 

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Just because we can say that we don't formally belong to those camps, still doesn't make us safe from us behaving like a "Yahoo."  Like an ember ready to burst into flame, the "Yahoo" waits for the right circumstance and environment to laud itself without shame or sensitivity into our lives, and into the lives around us. 

Like Gulliver, we may wish to think ourselves purged of these anomalies.  We may wish to see ourselves civil and contained, disciplined and wise, moderate and balanced, circumscribed and sensitive, thoughtful and considered in all our activities and the opinions that we hold.  But the "Yahoo" lurks and waits to raise its un-reigned head even within the most humble, for there are divers ways and means by which these prideful and anfractuous attributes of character find their way into our behavior. 

Until we see the creature as it is within us, it runs our lives without detection, and often without interference, attempts to make itself transparent in its infiltration, finding the means to become socially acceptable, liberal, and positioned even within the finest of families.  Until we prove brave enough to venture out of our self-defined comfort zones and take a real hard look at ourselves, we're likely to remain beguiled, thinking that Heaven itself is most pleased with us.  Because such a thought is comforting and requires little intelligence, it hides away easily within our lives, making its bed within our minds and hearts, as we grow ever more used to the other feet within our shoes. 

Though the "Yahoo" within us may yet to pronounce itself as loudly to our ears as the unsavory, ill-mannered, and gauche antics of the politicians, lawyers, and those of the Hollywood set and the vast array of wanna-be's that push themselves to be recognized on any front, it exists nonetheless within us.  Just because we can say that we don't formally belong to those camps, still doesn't make us safe from us behaving like a "Yahoo."  Like an ember ready to burst into flame, the "Yahoo" waits for the right circumstance and environment to laud itself without shame or sensitivity into our lives, and into the lives around us. 

But all is not lost.  Happily there is a solution and sure protection against the "Yahoo" maintaining any status within us.  The one poison that can curb and finally annihilate the "Yahoo" comes from the admonition of the Lord when he said to us that we must humble ourselves and become again as a little child believing in Him, so as to be able to see and then to enter His Kingdom.... 

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About the Author:  Dr. Gregory C.D. Young, Ph.D.(Oxon.) is a Clinical Psychologist and Neuroscientist having been educated abroad where he completed his postgraduate studies at King’s College, the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and then graduated and received his Doctorate from the University of Oxford, Oxford, England. He has been in private clinical practice and medical research for over 25 years, being active as an author, popular radio and TV personality, public speaker, and biomedical researcher.  He is the author of The Winds of the Soul~Heaven’s First Voice To Us, as well as The Winds of Forgiveness~Heaven's Healing Promises, and numerous other scholarly papers and works.

 

 

 

 

Here's a thought....Maybe that's why most "Yahoos" want to rid ourselves and our nation of His Commandments, because they know that by following Him, the "Yahoo" is overcome and purged from our person, our households, our schools, and our places of business and government.  An awakened people have no need nor tolerance for the "Yahoos," having learned to put those things behind them.

Becoming as a child again, or more specifically to become again the children we used to be is the needed medicine for our ailing families and culture, for such an action reacquaints us with His Spirit and Intelligence, making us again into a "gentle, God-fearing people," while abolishing the "Yahoo" tendencies so articulated by Jonathan Swift. 

Indeed, with the countenance of the children we used to be, "Yahoos" become easier to discern and remain wary of, in all their many forms and shapes.  Becoming once again so sensitized, the characteristics of a "Yahoo" are as unattractive as their trailing excrement that they leave in their tracks.  As a little child, these things become again obvious to our minds and hearts.  Indeed, thinking to behave like a "Yahoo" would border upon the absurd! 

Why don’t you take a moment and become part of the discussion.  Of course, more of this discussion can be gleaned from in the book.  Share with me your perspective, questions, and comments; tell me what you think of all this by emailing me at: DrYoung@WindsoftheSoul.com.


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