Recall the list of Skinwalkers and their shooting rampages in the USA over the last 30 years. Note that from 1990 through 1999 there were 8 mass shootings; from 2000 through 2009 there were 9; from 2010 through 2019 there were 39. Why does it appear that over the last 10 years our society is generating a sharp increase in Skinwalkers, individuals committing murder and mayhem who have rejected all social bonds and attack people at their most vulnerable and unprepared? Perhaps it is because, as Sebastion Junger stated, this “shows how completely detribalized this country has become.” As individuals and society it appears we are now very far from our evolutionarily and genetically selected, and now neurologically hardwired roots.
Modern Skinwalkers discussed in Chapter 17 are individuals and corporations that harm or kill 1000s if not millions of people, but make millions if not billions of dollars for themselves doing it. Cancer cells are normal cells within the human body that suddenly start to replicate and grow uncontrollably, they become malignant and can seriously harm the individual, but with proper treatment can sometimes be kept in check. However, if left untreated (and many times even with treatment) cancer can overcome and kill the host. So let’s consider modern Skinwalkers as a form of cancer. Here are examples of such previously mentioned in Chapter 17 as forms of cancer.
Defense industry fraud is a modern Skinwalker, a mild cancer that is kept in check, treatment perhaps costing $2000 per year per household.
Unemployment, welfare, Medicare and Medicaid fraud are examples of modern Skinwalkers, mild cancers that are kept in check, treatment costing perhaps $3000 per year per household.
Insurance industry fraud is a modern Skinwalker, a mild cancer that is kept in check, treatment costing $5000 per year per household.
The financial industry and it’s real estate collapse of 2008 was a modern Skinwalker, a very malignant cancer that was treated and contained at a very high cost to society at large in lives and treasure. This is an example of a malignant cancerous Skinwalker that kills it’s own, the only difference being as the industry and individuals do such, they make millions of dollars.
The former DEA employees complicit with the pharmaceutical industry created a very malignant cancer, the opioid epidemic, that was in the process of being treated by the DEA, and then overcame this treatment with money, politics and a pliable Congress. This was and continues to be a very high cost to society in lives and treasure. Former DEA employees complicit with the pharmaceutical industry and facilities dispensing these opioids are examples of malignant cancerous Skinwalkers, killing their own, the only difference being as they do such, they make millions of dollars.
The Tobacco Industry has behaved in the last 50 years as described earlier, and as has been concluded in the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement of 1998 and the RICO verdict of 2006, is a very malignant cancer that has killed millions and continues to kill hundreds of thousands of people in the US and 5 million worldwide every year. The Tobacco Industry is an example of a malignant cancerous Skinwalker, killing their own, the only difference being as they do such, they make billions of dollars.
The fossil fuel industry is another malignant cancerous Skinwalker that started as a particular industry (the cell), primarily in the West (the US and Western Europe - an organ) that has metastasized now involving all nations, and is the cause of climate change that is now affecting at great cost the entire earth (the host). They are making billions of dollars with their deceit while killing their own with increased storm intensity and wreaking havoc on the planet, the total costs of which will be only determined in the future.
These malignant forms societal cancer are kept in check, except the fossil fuel industry, at the cost of billions of dollars and millions of lives.
As individuals, societies and the whole of humankind on earth, we are presently dealing with malignant forms of social and environmental cancer in our midst. How could this happen? We would not be the first to damage our environment to our own detriment. In North America 5000 years ago, larger wild animals like the mammoth, sabre-tooth tiger and aurochs (cows but bigger) went extinct most probably due to overhunting by the Paleolithic tribes that had migrated there from Eurasia 20,000 years ago. Recall Mesopotamia, the first civilization in what was then called the fertile crescent stretching now over the areas of Syria and Iraq? That area is now mostly desert with degraded lands and diminished crop yield as the result of continuous farming over the course of thousands of years that has caused the erosion of topsoil blown away by the wind or washed away by the rain. Recall Easter Island, the inhabitants unknowingly over generations depleted and degraded their limited resources on the island which lead to a significant decrease in population – from 15,000 to 2000 over the course of 100 years.
As individuals and society it also appears we are now very far from our evolutionarily and genetically selected, and now our neurologically hardwired roots. Recall all for one, one for all, survival of the tribe, survival of the species. This ethos resulted in our becoming the dominant and only human species on the planet and is still hardwired into our evolutionary genetic consciousness. Why are we very far from our genetic roots?
Lets consider change in society over the 4 million years from Australopithecus to the advent of agriculture and civilization, paleolithic times – which is the baseline described in Tribe, the neuroreality of the platoon mind, and is the ancient evolutionarily and genetically selected mindset of the hunter/gatherer era that resulted in the survival of Homosapiens, and the extinction of others – lets compare that to the last 10,000 years of modern times. Revolutions resulting in significant change from the tribal baseline are: Agriculture - 10,000 years ago; which led to the advent of Civilization – 6500 years ago; Science, a revolution in thinking – 1620; Industrial Revolution – 1760; Exponential growth of the human world population since 1800, from 500 million to 7 billion, as shown below: