DEATH BY A THOUSAND CUTS

Yes, he knew how to handle people,”  he reflected proudly to himself, “he was after all an important man.”

His professionalism, impeccably positioned and beyond reproach; his reputation and the trappings of success blinded others to the dark corners of a life masked by pretense and lies; no one would ever suspect this deception. But even if they did, he could extinguish any threat of exposure with a tsunami of fear created by overwhelming intimidation or veiled domination by nullification.pathway

With his tarnished Juris Doctor shield as a cover – plus an ingenious combination of subterfuge and sabotage – he was now able to act unfettered by legal niceties such as the law, fairness and common decency. Control with fear was his mantra, his way of life, carefully obscured by the frayed and tattered shroud of truth, justice, and the American way. It really was enviously admirable, wasn’t it?

Yes, he admitted – if only to himself – in the beginning it would stain the conscience a bit, but you get used to it after awhile. Plus he privately believed that the idea of a conscience was stupid anyway, a made-up refuge to shelter a weak and timid mind.

Most people just didn’t understand. It was his destiny to contribute something new and important to his profession – and besides, he needed something to wash away those nagging feelings that tugged at what little remained of his conscience.

And now he had found it; an  ingenious adaptation of Ling Chi (slow slicing) or “death by a thousand cuts,” skillfully applied to keep the victim on the edge of death – alive just long enough to extort the final drop of blood money.

This age-old Chinese torture technique, outlawed in 1905, was the form of execution reserved for the most heinous criminal. A slow torturous death by many small wounds, none instantly lethal but fatal in their cumulative effect, now sanitized and made it acceptable to civilized society, all without fear of discovery or retribution. It was brilliant, he thought.

The incremental destruction of the enemy by repeated minor covert attacks is best, he reflected, as open aggression is too obvious and would be resisted. His plan was to keep feeding a steady diet of bad news – through innuendo and distortion of the truth to suit his own antagonism – into the lives of the chosen victim while at the same time injecting lies, threats and generalities so that his version of the facts eventually become accepted as true.

cutting bolts with grinderThis way, guilt by allegation or accusation keeps them on edge to such a degree that it worries them to death! It was virtually undetectable, he thought smugly, keeping them so spun in to themselves that they never noticed what he was doing. Then, when his victim gave up after being emotionally, mentally, and financially bled dry, no one would suspect that this was his intention all along.

But there was that nagging twinge of guilt buried deep in the recesses of his mind that never quite went away. So as always, he pushed it aside with a heavy dosage of self-righteous justification. Self-criticism was just not a luxury he could afford. Besides, he wasn’t doing anything technically wrong or morally reprehensible . . . or was he?

He hated that thought. Nothing was going to stand in the way of his greatest achievement. This was his legacy – his chance at the golden ring of immortality and he wasn’t going to let it slip away.

* * *

The barely fictionalized portrayal above might not be what you want to hear but it is something you need to know.

The gut-wrenching and sickening thought that such people are living amongst us in positions of power to ruin our lives is not pleasant. But I have run into them and have the emotional, financial and spiritual scars as a reminder. And so have you – whether you realize it or not.

It is nearly impossible to fathom the dark world in which these characters live. Their lives are embroiled in continuing evil intention to stop others; stopping others from growing stronger, from becoming more aware, from producing, succeeding, creating or even living.

To them, all people represent a clear and present danger. They live in a constant, secret terror of being found out that monitors all their thoughts and actions. This fear of discovery permeates every aspect of their lives.

Anything that would make the lives of others more secure, stable or happy is viewed as a threat – an enemy that must be destroyed at any cost. They rail at anyone becoming stronger or winning anything no matter how trivial. Doing business with them is more dangerous than a gift from an enemy.

Normal humans beings have a very limited digestion for such behavior. It takes an individual with a tough constitution to face such unsavory characters. And any association often leaves you needing a long spiritual bath. If this sounds familiar, you can be certain of one thing. You’ve been bit; and have been infected with their insidious and malicious brand of evil.

When your life is failing, full of stress, worry, self-doubt, depression or impending doom and disaster with nowhere to turn, the effect of the thousand cuts has begun to exact its toll. Such severe conditions don’t just happen by chance.

One or more of these characters described above is hard at work, secretly and actively helping to create the turmoil in which you now find yourself embroiled. The menace of their insanity can not be overstated for their presence alone is a foreboding of danger, real and present.

At this point, no amount of positive thinking or denial will get you out of this mess. You have to grab yourself by the emotional and spiritual bootstraps and face the fact that someone really bad is trying to do you in. It’s not illusion or a bad-childhood; it’s real and it’s lethal. A failure to recognize this truth and act fast can be fatal to your dreams, your goals and your life.  .

I still find it hard to believe that such people live on this planet with me. I was raised in a part of the country where you could leave your front door unlocked at any time of the day or night without a thought of harm. I trusted people first and only reluctantly thought ill of them. Regretfully, I have had to disabuse myself of such thoughts and train myself to be skeptical and a bit cynical. Trust, but verify became the byword.

Even when the warning signs were obvious, it was all too easy to think, “That just can’t be true; he’s so friendly and helpful; he’s just a normal guy.” My innate forgiving nature tended to blind me the oddities and aberrations of others. But what’s worse is that I ended up thinking there was only something wrong with me!

My instincts and observations were dismissed as unbelievable. It fact, it was so “in-credible” that such an individual could cause this much trouble that this fact alone protected the culprit. It is simply “not – believable” and so is allowed to continue unrecognized and uncorrected. Often it is this single important fact that protects them.

However, there is hope. Because, like poison ivy, they are often easier to avoid than to get rid of.wisdom

No matter the outward manifestations, these individuals are fundamentally weak. They are totally dependent only upon their ability to covertly manipulate and control others by creating an agitated, unsafe environment.

It’s been said that sunlight is the greatest antiseptic and the concept certainly applies here; for the one thing such detestable individuals cannot stand is the spotlight of truth being shown in their direction. Once exposed, their pretense of power is gone and they scatter like cockroaches when you turn on the light.

Mustering sufficient guts to face up to the fact of what they are doing is the first step. Once you’ve got this one under your belt, the rest is easy.

For it is your own unwillingness to face the truth of what they’re doing that allows them to continue to create an unsettled life for everyone they come in contact with.

When you are able to really look (without flinching) at such individuals and their actions and see what they are really up to, their ability to control you is gone. Their power depends utterly upon deception and deceit. Once exposed their hidden influence over you and others will wither and die on the vine.

When you come to realize that these people actually do exist, you will never again be the same innocent victim you once were, as you are now armed with the truth and understanding of what is really taking place.

Although these characters represent a very small percentage of the population at large, their negative influence is wide and pervasive. It is worth your time, your sanity and your life to expose them whenever and wherever you can.

Take my word on this one – you won’t regret it.

daniel w. jacobs
© 2007 – 2030, all rights reserved

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