Enneagram teaching posits nine passions (from passio, meaning ‘to suffer’). These are anger, pride, deceit, envy, greed, fear, gluttony, lust and, taking up the rear, sloth. Most men assume their dominant passion is lust. Most men are wrong. Fear-based men vastly outnumber men who love to fight. We dance with each other. Lust leads. Fear follows.
There are two kinds of fear. Phobic fear draws us away from what we fear. Counter-phobic fear, which looks a lot like anger, compels us to attack and destroy what we’re afraid of. Fear generates mental positions called beliefs. These are a corset for the spiritually incurious.
Wars, more wars, rumours of war. Protests, counter-protests, divorce courts, the Second Amendment. Conflict devours incomprehensible amounts of energy. And it all derives from a single source: the idea of me and mine.