The Global Bipolar Disorder
"Mad world! Mad kings! Mad composition!"
('King John'; Act II, sc.1)
- ***THE GLOBAL BIPOLAR DISORDER***
- By J. Adams
- October 15th, 1994
- Revised: February 23rd, 1995
- Mexico's financial collapse could soon trigger an international
panic, Saddam may be about to provoke another fight with the
West, the war in Bosnia appears ready to explode, a confrontation
with North Korea over the recent agreement to block its nuclear
weapons program appears imminent, and Yeltsin is on his way out
of power. This may be the beginning of a series of international
crises that will involve a violent end to U.S. global hegemony,
the collapse of Western civilization, and, ultimately, the fulfillment
of religious prophecy. This expectation is derived from a social
psychological diagnosis of man as a species. The empirical evidence
strongly indicates man is dangerously insane at present. More
specifically, our species appears to be suffering from a "global
bipolar disorder" that may eventually lead to self-destruction.
Because people are misled by greed and fear, there is collective
emotional and mental instability that is effectively a social
psychosis. This social psychosis manifests as irrational "bipolar"
swings in popular mood, thought and behavior. There are creative
upswings characterized by mass greed and rising expectations
followed by destructive downswings characterized by pervasive
fear and deepening pessimism. One can track these swings by following
the cyclical patterns evident in market prices, especially stock
- The bipolar mental and emotional conflict affecting the
collective psyche of man manifests across the globe as conflict
and imbalance between our world's Eastern and Western hemispheres.
- decentralized, capitalist democracies, centered in the
West, dominate global affairs and greed guides people's behavior.
During downswings, centralized, totalitarian autocracies, centered
in the East, gain the upper hand and fear guides people's behavior.
Whether or not the world is dominated by greed or fear, capitalism
or authoritarianism, the situation is unstable and irrational.
The ongoing tug-of-war between the two poles of this world has
been particularly evident during this century. From the latter
half of the 19th century up until the early 20th century, laissez-faire
capitalism was growing rapidly as Western Europe and America
dominated global society. Then, following a climactic peak in
popular mood and expectations during the "Roaring Twenties",
there was a dramatic collapse that involved the "Great Depression",
the rise of authoritarian powers in the East (e.g., Hitler's
Germany, Stalin's Russia, etc.), and, eventually, global war.
Following the second world war, man's bipolar disorder became
a full- blown global psychosis threatening human survival. With
autocracy centered in Russia and democracy centered in America,
a global struggle ensued involving military preparations for
an East/West conflict that could destroy the world.During the
last decade, another climactic peak has been reached in popular
mood and expectations. This final upsurge coincided with the
seeming collapse of militaristic, authoritarian powers in the
- particularly the Soviet Union. Western society, led by
America, currently appears to dominate the world and there is
no longer pervasive fear of a horrific global conflict between
East and West. Thus, the stage is once again set for a collapse
in popular mood and a total upset of man's high expectations.