I received a new oracle deck last night in ceremony: the Osho Zen Tarot. Asking for wisdom today, I pulled the 7 of Clouds card: Politics. It was pithy and so apt for what is going on today both in politics and in the Church:
"Anybody who can be a good pretender, a hypocrite, will become your leader politically, will become your priest religiously. All that he needs is hyocrisy, all that he needs is cunningness, all that he needs is a facade to hide behind. Your politicians live double lives, your priests live double lives - one from the front door, the other from the back door. And the back-door life is their real life. Those front-door smiles are just false, those faces looking so innocent are just cultivated.
If you want to see the reality of the politician, you will have to see him from his back door. There he is in his nudity, as he is, and so is the priest. These two kinds of cunning people have dominated humanity. And the found out very early on that if you want to dominate humanity, make it weak, make it feel guilty, make it feel unworthy. Destroy its dignity, take all glory away from it, humiliate it. And they have found such subtle ways of humiliation that they don't come in the picture at all; they leave it to you to humiliate yourself, to destroy yourself.
They have taught you a kind of slow suicide."