The politics of identity results first in the loss of personal integrity followed ultimately by the loss of soul itself. The political end goal of building a constituency, a coalition among a rainbow of special interests which have been created by the divide-and-conquer group identity practices of community organizers and radicals, requires deceit by the politician and self-deceit by the voter. The mendacious politician and the compliant voter rationalize and justify their behavior based on the end goals. In their minds, the end goals are justified by the means. They disregard the psychic effects of mendacity.
There is an exception: if all are welcome in the big tent, and the politician stands on principles, tells the truth and allows the votes to fall where they may.
However, remembering and repeating all the lies, their slippery rhetoric, and the various constituent audiences for each has a dire price to the politician’s psyche. Mendacity requires space in conscious and unconscious mind, reinforced burned-in synapses, which progressively color, then block reception and memory of real life events. So we frequently hear of a politician who is “out of touch.” And so they are.
Both liar and persuaded voter, true believers as Eric Hoffer calls them, progressively lose their identity and become the lie, emotionally identified with it, living the lie. Unlearning is much more difficult than learning. The person, whether politician or persuaded voter, progressively becomes pathological, no longer able to think freely, or even to push back against habits of mind reinforced by their emotion. They become physically addicted to the lies. Freedom of thought is thwarted, even though the apparent intelligence of the politician may be enormous.
Genius among sociopaths, psychopaths and character disorders is common. For them, the barriers to unlimited and immoral action are gone. They are typically charismatic and appear confident. What Freud called the superego or conscience is warped into narcissism, a defense mechanism by the brain to prevent its disintegration.
The soul is based in freedom, a gift of God, to know thyself. When constrained by the habits of body or mind or both, the soul flees to find freedom again. Trust the more humble person who stands on principles rather than rhetoric and is willing to test those principles by defending them in the court of public opinion. Be highly skeptical of any secretive politician or when their words are so smooth or they seem to be too good to be true; these are the disguises of liars in the process of losing their souls.