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LaRouche "in the image of God"?

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Making men in my own image was the conscious articulation of my central purpose from approximately 1946.
Source: "The Power of Reason", autobiography by Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr., 1979, pp. 76-77.

LaRouche has the "Inner Light":

"The Society [Quakers, note] was essentially a religious-utopian variation within the Neoplatonic Christian spectrum generally, the Friends' anti-Presbyterian, anti-Calvinist notions of the "Inner Light" a Logos doctrine, in the vein of the consubstantiality of the Trinity as that doctrine was understood among such figures as Plotinus." (1)

Interestingly, here is what Leibniz commented on this:
"'Enthusiasm' was at first a favourable name. Just as 'sophism' indicates literally an exercise of wisdom, so 'enthusiasm' signifies that there is a divinity inside us. There is a God within us [Ovid]. And Socrates claimed that a God or Daemon gave him inner warnings, so that enthusiasm [in his case] would be a divine instinct. But men sanctified their passions, and took their fancies and dreams and even their ravings to be something divine, and as a result enthusiasm began to signify a disorder of the mind ascribed to the action of some divinity, supposedly inside those who were seized by it. [...] Today's enthusiasts believe that they also receive doctrinal instruction from God. The Quakers are convinced of this, and their first systematic writer, Barclay, claims that they find within themselves a certain light which itself announces what it is. But why call something 'light' if it doesn't cause anything to be seen ? I know that there are people with that cast of mind, who see sparks and even something brighter; but this image of corporeal light, aroused when their minds become over-heated, brings no light to the mind. Some half-wits, when their imaginations become worked up, form conceptions which they did not previously have; they become capable of saying things which strike them as very fine, or at least very lively; they astonish themselves and others with this fecundity which is taken to be inspired. They possess this ability mainly in virtue of a powerful imagination aroused by passion, and a fortunate memory which has copiously stored the turns of phrase of prophetic books which they are familiar with through reading or through hearing them talked about."
Source: NEW ESSAYS ON HUMAN UNDERSTANDING (first published in 1765), by G.W. Leibniz.

LaRouche also believes he is "in the image of God" (imago viva dei):

"This mental object [act of creativity, note], so defined, is the object to which we must refer when we describe the individual person as "in the image of God," or, the same thing, "possessed from birth with 'a divine spark of reason.' " (2)

Psychologist Alfred Adler commented on this thirst of some to god-like superiority:

This concept of god-likeness appears in a more modest form in the idea of 'superman', and it is revealing - I shall not say more - that Nietzsche, when he became insane, signed himself in a letter to Strindberg, 'The Crucified'.
Insane people often express their goal of god-like superiority quite openly: they will assert, 'I am Napoleon', or 'I am the Emperor of China'. They wish to be the centre of worldwide attention, to be constantly in the public eye, to be in radio contact with the whole world and overhear every conversation. They wish to predict the future, and to possess supernatural powers.

Source: The goal of superiority in "What Life Could Mean To You" by Alfred Adler (1931)


1. THE POWER OF REASON, A kind of an Autobiography, by Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr.; Sept. 1978.
2. THE PRESENTLY CLOSING DYNASTIC CYCLE, by Lyndon H. LaRouche Jr.; EIR, October 28, 1994.

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