The Territorial Imperative
Card messages in the Illuminated position.
(impetuous, forceful, vigorous, lively, insistent, assertive)
- “I came, I saw, I conquered!” Caesar understood that attaining a goal means declaring your objective. Fight for what you want.
- Dynamism weds to boldness like a glove protecting a fist. Capable of quick action this card calls for you to strike out and clear an obstacle, with force if necessary. It is time to risk and attack. Assert boldly!
- “How a society channels male aggression is one of the greatest questions as to whether that society will survive. That’s why I am not against violence in the media, I am against the glorification of immoral violence.” Dennis Prager
- “Drive is considered aggression today; I knew it then as purpose.” Bette Davis, quoted in Witty Words From Wise Women
- “Aggression is different from anger. Anger is an emotion; aggression is a behavior. There are better ways to deal with anger than behaving aggressively. Aggressive talk, gestures or behaviors belong to the old way of being. Once we tune in to a higher level of consciousness, aggression is as unnecessary as is the hand-held plow in modern day agriculture.” Gwen Randall-Young, Growing Into Soul
- “Men are not gentle, friendly creatures wishing for love, who simply defend themselves if they are attacked, but … a powerful measure of desire for aggression had to be reckoned as part of their instinctual endowment.” Sigmund Freud, Civilization and its Discontents
Card messages in the Shadow position.
(Destabilizing, violent, bullying, Attacking, Destructive, Epic Meltdowns, Reactive, Obnoxious, Pushy, Selfish, villain, assault, pugnacious, explosive, abusive)
- The reaction of a soul in continual pain is belligerence. Hostility born of distrust and blame contend that lashing out first, is warranted. War and the enmity that drive it are the hammer and nail that builds coffins; not just for the vanquished but also the victor. No spoils just spoilage! Something is seething and ready to become mayhem. Violence without plan, purpose, or reason is vicious. Who’s on attack? Look out for hysteria.
- Is someone kicking you in the teeth? You have a fight on your hands so come out swinging.
- Abusing others under the guise of your cause, creates enemies and turns a fight into war.
- “There are historic situations in which refusal to defend the inheritance of a civilization, however imperfect, against tyranny and aggression may result in consequences even worse than war.” Reinhold Niebuhr
- “Wars of aggression are popular nowadays with those nations convinced that only victory and conquest could improve their material well-being.” Ludwig von Mises
- “Aggression is the first step on the slippery slope to selfishness and chaos.” Anne Campbell, Men, Women, and Aggression
Overleaf of the Michael Teaching
Of all the Overleaves, Aggression Mode has had the most effect on human history. As the King, Action Mode, the amount of sheer energy propelling this goal makes anyone a force to be reckoned with. Quick to react and seldom if ever really interested in negotiation, Aggression Mode contains elements of a “winner take all” mentality that especially shows itself in Younger Soul Ages.
Aggression Mode looks and feels like masculine prowess and my shore up someone whose feminine energy is high or wants the ability to act in accord with their impulses. This can break and Essence free of any number of patterns where asserting their rights, perhaps even unruly and confrontational, wins for them that peak experience of being that goes along with the total focus in the moment that anger or confrontation tends to galvanize.
Aggression is usually a “balls out” short blast of exertion or all out charge, unlike its counterpart of Perseverance which is more of a “trench warfare” endurance test or a siege upon a castle. It likes to achieve it goals by “bowling over” the opposition. The only way it may achieve a long term victory is when it is tempered by a disciplined approach, or has a disciplined ally to assist with it. Essences engage Aggression Mode when desiring a life to push boundaries and to willingly incur Karma. These lives are often rich with experience. Outcomes can be bold or bloody (more often than not figuratively speaking) but they seldom are calm or even. Aggression does not abide by “win-win” when it is in full gear. It is a winner take all, spoils to the victor, only the strong survive mind set that can rise and fall much like a climactic episode.
Aggression under stress, or someone with it and other abraded Overleaves might temper externally focused hostility but then find themselves with ulcers or hypertension and in need of pain killers. Tantrums are a sign of Aggression in the negative pole of belligerence. Uncontrolled fits of rage or outbursts of destruction often go hand-in-hand.
Essences use this Mode sparingly because of the tendency of Aggression to render someone out of control, not just violently but even in their ability to think clearly. It is not uncommon that a Personality may have little or no history managing the kind of overwhelming urges that accompany this Mode. Internalizing aggression not only can create disease conditions, but lead to total emotional outbursts which can and do create change. And by change, the result often looks quite a bit like wreckage.
Evolutionary theory states that competition drives are asserted and informed by Aggression. War is to Aggression as romance is to Passion, virtually inseparable! But violence is not the only direct formulation which Aggression reveals itself. Historically such groups as the Berzerkers, Mongols, Cossacks, Zulus, Apache, Samaria, Vikings, and Nazis relished aggressiveness as being a mark of their worthiness to survive.
Migrating from the battlefield to the playing field, Aggression in the modern era has morphed sport backward. What once were considered contests for entertainment to often they now have the flavor of combat, particularly in football, especially in the professional ranks. In the last 10 years, American news reports greater numbers of former players suffering and dying from debilitation conditions directly related to injuries like concussions or skeletal damage incurred while on the field. So much for “play”! Other sports like mixed-martial-arts have replaced a once honorable but still pugilistic sport like boxing. Once contestants and competitors these men have emerged as the gladiators of modern times and enter into organized combat. Then there are the “fans” whose behavior in the stands and after “games” resembles more like a mob than a rooting section. This is how people indulge in Aggression vicariously. And with the glamorizing of sports with sexy and macho overtones, you can also be sure it raises the testosterone of not only the rivals, but also of the viewers watching and absorbing all of that hostility and intensity. But unlike the players on the field whose bodies are engaged in a massive disgorge vitality to exhaustion, the fan at home is left with the adrenaline but not outlet other than perhaps a wife, child, pet, or convenient alcoholic beverage. In Britain, they call these fans “lager louts” and their media is filled with the antics of sporting aggression and alcohol for decades.
And don’t get me started on violent video games and prejudice and hostility related episodes in children. Children that become grown-ups; whether that means mature adults or not only time will tell.
It is important to note how many people, uncomfortable with direct confrontation or socialized against outburst of anger, engage what has been termed “passive-aggressive” behavior. Sabotage of other people’s successes or their well being accompanies aggression unexpressed. Resentment is the emotion upon which pent-up anger moves below the radar. Active-aggressive people can and do “inspire” this in others who might feel victimized, intimidated, or perpetrated upon in some way. But the problem of passive-aggressive behavior seeps out with more than just the alleged source of the offenses. Much of the what occurs today, until an explosion of rage offers the outlet with the implied proviso of denial of responsibility with the statement: “you just made me so mad, I finally had enough.” It is this mindset which makes the mob such a violent, destructive and uncontrollable force once the threshold of fear has been breached and the flood gates opened. On a individual level, we can see the effect of pent-up aggression results in extreme acts of mayhem. Ever heard of “going postal?”
Donald Duck, General George Patton, Genghis Khan, Adolf Hitler, Mike Tyson, Sandra Bernhardt, Beyonce Knowles, Donald Trump, Rusch Limbaugh, Incredible Hulk, Football, Julius Caesar, Ted Nugent, Joan of Arc
You might have this Overleaf if…
- When it comes to fun or a fight, you are often the first to jump in.
- Sometimes, when really angry, people say that you go way overboard.
- I love a contest!
- I am afraid sometimes that I might lose my cool in the midst of really heated interchange.