What is supremacism? Most people seem to think it’s superiority taken to extremes, but that’s to misunderstand how minds work.

The need to be treated as superior isn’t the kind of thing that’s good in moderation but a terrible in excess. The need to be treated as superior is a defect of the psyche that results from precisely the opposite of mental health.

If you excel at something, you know what your capabilities are because you were there developing them every step of the way. You are no more or less or better or worse than what you know yourself to be. What other people think of you, how they regard you, and how they treat you doesn’t change the truth about you one whit.

Living according to the truth you know about yourself is the polar opposite of living according to people’s views and expectations of you. And there really is no middle ground. One predominates and overrules the other whenever there’s a conflict between them. The authority on the matter is the author of the matter, and each of us chooses whether that will be us or others.

Many people are so wrapped up in measuring up to the expectations of others and following scripts that were laid down for them that they not only can’t tell the difference between their own truth and that forced on them by others — they literally have never developed a truth of their own. Others’ narratives have so completely overridden theirs that theirs either ceased to exist or never took form. There is no difference between their truth and others’ opinions because their truth does not exist at all. They have nothing which could differ from the molds they were poured into, so conflicts simply don’t arise. This is beyond slavery, beyond being forced to live as something you’re not — it’s to live as a shade, a shadow of others defined by their light. Shades won’t even know what I’m talking about here. They have no experience with standing in their own truth and no reference for it.

Supremacism is an addiction to the belief that before we can do anything we need to settle who is on top and who is underneath. Just watch what happens when supremacists feel challenge to the order they’re so obsessed with: Everything stops until proper order gets reestablished. I’m not talking about restoring peace after chaos erupts. No, this happens long before that point. They can’t let anything proceed until the superiority question gets settled, not because chaos erupted but to allay their fears that chaos will otherwise ensue. Supremacists literally cannot operate apart from an unchallenged command and control regime, even on a personal, one-on-one basis, regardless who is on top. Any challenge that exists must be neutralized, sequestered, overcome or banished. Most supremacists are underlings who truly believe they are inferior to their favorite better-than-normal or even more-than-merely-human champions. They are every bit as addicted to supremacism as their overlords.

The first question for all supremacists is, “Who’s in charge here?” and until that’s answered, nothing is OK — because they flat out don’t know how to navigate without the command-and-control structure being obvious and clear. Supremacism isn’t necessarily a need to be on top, but rather an obsessive, craven demand that someone, anyone, at all costs, must be on top. We must have leaders! Someone must have the final say! Supremacists literally cannot conceive of life proceeding otherwise. That prospect scares the living shit out of them. Peerness forces a terrifying vulnerability — a nakedness, an openness, an exposure of who and what they really are — that they must avoid no matter what, even at the cost of their own well-being, but more often at others’ expense.

Supremacism is at its root the abject fear of relating with other living beings as peers, regardless who excels at what. Another way to put it is that supremacism is an addiction to the belief that a being’s worth boils down to excellence at doing this or that. In other words, a person’s worth is a matter of performance, and those who perform better are superior to those who perform worse.

That’s a sick, anti-person way to look at others and oneself, mindless and insensate of the dignity and worth inherent to every person merely by virtue of being — which means next to nothing to supremacists, as do a person’s intentions and desires when compared to their achievements. The road to hell is paved with good intentions only for supremacists who can’t be sure of their own intentions unless they first prove them, which in actuality means doing things that garner others’ recognition. Once they have the recognition, then they can rest assured that their intentions were genuine — not before. A healthy person knows themself long before that point without “proving” a thing.

In the supremacist, performance-is-all perspective, the most worthless, inferior creatures on the planet are newborns and the very aged. Although political correctness might induce them to lie about it, supremacists prove it by their attitudes toward the weakest among us, whether old or young, along with their attitudes toward the most powerful among us. No matter how corrupted and vile they might be, the power of elitists who control masses of their peers, thus proving their “superiority”, earns the never-ending admiration of supremacists. Regardless whether they love or hate the powerful for the good or evil they did with their power, supremacists stand in awe of the power itself, blind to its false, contingent nature, drooling over its potential, if only it could have been theirs.

What would you do if you ruled the world, or if you suddenly became obscenely rich? Only supremacists happily answer questions like that, because only supremacists would have no qualms about being put into positions sorely elevated above their peers. Misgivings or objections? Not at all — it’s right where they want to be, even if just secretly, and they’d love it. They love fantasies of it, too, which is why it’s so easy to flatter and offend them.

Supremacists are addicted to the superior/inferior paradigm, which makes them slaves, as all addicts are. Just like addicts are terrified of facing life unaddicted, and just like they treat others as functions of their addiction, either as hindrances or enablers first and persons second if at all, supremacists are terrified of facing others as peers and incapable of treating them as precious beings in their own right without respect to what-ya-done-for-me-lately concerns. To be free from slavery and shadow existence, supremacists would have to regard themselves as precious beings in their own right without respect to what-I-done-for-them-lately concerns, a self-appreciation that got beaten out of them long ago, back when they were still small, weak, precious beings incapable of doing anything much for anyone, including themselves.


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