Jul 16

Helter Skelter

In 1967 an ex-con established himself as a guru in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco. In and of itself this was nothing noteworthy. It was the "Summer of Love" and gurus were thick on the ground, and this would not be the first nor the last man to find religion due to prison, legitimately or not. This guru taught a combination of Scientology and Process Church theology. I will just borrow the Wiki entry on Processian Theology rather than try to put it in my own words:

In Xtul was the first "channeling" of God. After Xtul, Jehovah was the only recognised God. Later, with Jehovah, Lucifer and Satan were recognised as "The Three Great Gods of the Universe" and Christ as the Emissary to the Gods. The Three Great Gods represent three basic human patterns of reality:

Jehovah, the wrathful God of vengeance and retribution, demands discipline, courage and ruthlessness, and a single-minded dedication to duty, purity and self-denial.
Lucifer, the Light Bearer, urges followers to enjoy life to the fullest, to value success in human terms, to be gentle and kind and loving, and to live in peace and harmony with one another. Man's apparent inability to value success without descending into greed, jealousy and an exaggerated sense of his own importance, has brought the God Lucifer into disrepute. He has become mistakenly identified with Satan.
Satan, the receiver of transcendent souls and corrupted bodies, instills in followers two directly opposite qualities; at one end an urge to rise above all human and physical needs and appetites, to become all soul and no body, all spirit and no mind, and at the other end a desire to sink beneath all human codes of behavior, and to wallow in a morass of violence, lunacy and excessive physical indulgence. But it is the lower end of Satan's nature that men fear, which is why Satan, by whatever name, is seen as the Adversary.
In between these Three Great Gods and man, is an entire hierarchy of Gods, beings and superbeings, angels and archangels, demons and archdemons, elementals and guides, and fallen angels and watchers.
The Process believes that, to varying degrees, these "God-patterns" exist within everyone. The main doctrine of The Process is the unity of Christ and Satan, who exist as opposites. Jehovah and Lucifer exist as opposites and when Christ and Satan are united, this will unite Jehovah and Lucifer.
In the original 1960s literature of the church, Christ, Lucifer, Satan and Jehovah were all arranged on a mandala, with Christ at the top opposite Satan on the bottom and Jehovah on the left opposite Lucifer on the right.
(The descriptions of the Gods comes from a teaching called 'The Hierarchy' published in December 1967, as a part of 'The Tide of the End'.)

After moving around a bit the guru established a semi-commune in Death Valley for his growing "family" in November of 1967. In a New Year's gathering the guru added a key component to the morass that was the group's theology.

The guru declared that the Beatles' song "Helter Skelter" had tapped into a cosmic truth, was a kind of holy scripture and prophecy. By mid-February of 68 he had formulated a clear vision of the future.

A race war was coming, one in which he and this group would not only be the ultimate beneficiaries but also the trigger. He and the Family would create an album with songs whose messages concerning the war would be as subtle as those he had heard in songs of the Beatles. More than merely foretell the conflict, this would trigger it; for, in instructing "the young love", America's white youth, to join the Family, it would draw the young, white female hippies out of San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury. Black men, thus deprived of the white women whom the political changes of the 1960s had made sexually available to them, would be without an outlet for their frustrations and would lash out in violent crimes against whites. A resultant murderous rampage against blacks by frightened whites would then be exploited by militant blacks to provoke an internecine war of near-extermination between racist and non-racist whites over blacks' treatment. Then the militant blacks would arise to sneakily finish off the few whites they would know to have survived; indeed, they would kill off all non-blacks. In this holocaust, the members of the enlarged Family would have little to fear; they would wait out the war in a secret city that was underneath Death Valley that they would reach through a hole in the ground. As the only actual remaining whites upon the race war's true conclusion, they would emerge from underground to rule the now-satisfied blacks, who, as the vision went, would be incapable of running the world. At that point, the guru "would scratch [the black man's] fuzzy head and kick him in the butt and tell him to go pick the cotton and go be a good n-----."

However, the proposed album never got made and time was running short on the prophecy. It would be necessary for the group to instigate the race was themselves. He told a male Family member that Helter Skelter was "ready to happen"."Blackie never did anything without whitey showin' him how," he said. "It looks like we're gonna have to show blackie how to do it."

On August 8 and 9th 1969 members of the Family carried out two gruesome mass murders. One young woman wrote "Rise" and "Death to pigs" on the walls and "Healter [sic] Skelter" on the refrigerator door, all in her victim's blood. She gave him 14 puncture wounds with an ivory-handled, two-tined carving fork, which she left jutting out of his stomach. She also planted a steak knife in his throat. The goal was to blame the murders on Black Panthers and other militant black groups.

Thus Charles Manson and his Family killed not only their victims but the hippie movement in general. Manson wanted a race war. He did everything in his power to provoke one. His charisma and insanity was fortunately hindered by incompetence and divided attentions - what he really wanted was to be a muscian- or he might have done a better job of it.

I write this on July 8th, 2016. This week we have seen cops kill black men for seemingly no reason and a sniper(s? details are still emerging) shoot a dozen police officers in Dallas in retaliation, killing at least 5, during what was otherwise a peaceful demonstration.


Everything, everything, you do or say that promotes racial tension or denies equality or ignores inequality contributes to the problem. There was not one finger on the trigger in Dallas, there were tens of thousands. If we fail to acknowledge complicity in injustice we only validate the actions of violent people.

I bet your Uncle Charlie loves it.

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