A Design for the Future
Evidence from historical records reveal that history has cyclic trends, most of which could be prevented through simple means, so that any willing civilization could adapt new policies and radically prolong an otherwise healthy age.
The desire to make civilization anew has two primary impulses, the first being the preservation of past cultural and technological greatness that should survive, and the second is reconstructive dissassembly of faulty protocols that have time after time proven a disposition to self-destruction.
Establishing a new standard of civilization does not require a rocket scientist, but what it does take is a man with considerable ruthlessness, with the wisdom and insight to not to over-do it. Cruelty in itself is not a value of any worth, but it can provide needful anecdotes and act as a kind of social safety valve: Sometimes it's necessary to vent out some steam or the whole system will explode from the internal pressure of social contradictions.
1. Scarcity is demographic control
For every living organism, there must be a type of antithesis that makes the organism fall apart from within. Some biological theories have conjectured that viruses might in fact originate as some sort of rogue DNA and RNA sequences which gain independence and start encroaching on the host cells. In a homologous manner, a society can produce dangerous defects, which leads to a terminal condition unless treated timely with sufficient rigor. We call these defects oligarchs who strain to wrest a piece of power for their endless pursuit of indulgence.
Promise to the fools everything material and tangible. Even if they don't need anything, they can always be tempted, and eventually they will want what is offered. When few select individuals finally realize they don't really need anything that is offered, everybody else is already addicted to horsedicks and sodomy. The oligarch grins, for he has secretly gained dominance over society! Witnessing a nation to jump on the bandwagon of social revolution and materialism is like watching a drug dealer give free samples to the youth. They don't realize how bleak their future will be, but that's normal, since the best scams always target the malleable ones who are too callow to suspect trickery.
What makes consumerism much more insidious than other addictions is how the oligarchs have a legal monopoly over trade. The magician's sleight of hand is simple: The constantly growing pool of commodities, thus profiteering from people's addiction, can be effectively controllod by issuing a universal symbol of trade, currency. Money issuing is normally governed by a national central bank, and that is where the scheming oligarchs make their second move. Despite national laws having regulations on money issuing, there are always enough loop holes for the leeches to set in and slowly drain the national treasury of any marketable value.
Of course, this kind of parasitism is not sustainable, and the continuous abuse of the banking system creates periodic credit crunches and economic depressions. These periods will further the agenda of the wealthy elite, since during these distressing times excess wealth guarantees an eager oppourtunity for them to extend means by buying plummeted stocks.
Currency hardly is the only scarcity item around, but because of its universality and utility it's a tempting offer for the desire driven market junkies. Institutional religion comes close to currency's universality, with the utility to resolve social tension. Yet religion may end up being another, the ever-convenient, easy way out that makes you to repeat an idiot dogma instead of building a functional and realistic society.
What few philosophies acknowledge with sufficient clarity is the properties of symbolism, and how both instilled desire and faith share a common root: to replace (the need of) nothing with something -- an identity.
Christianity tried to counter the advance of materialism in the late Roman period, but later times proved it a failure. Ironic is that this was precisely because the Church had become a scarcity item itself, which manifested as schisms and splintering of the effective Church consensus. Getting involved in decision making that affects millions of people takes considerable leadership skills and diplomacy, and there are always abusive types lurking around the corner, biding their time when to usurp the throne and seize the political power. There is almost never any guarantee that the usurpers mean and can do well, especially if they prefer symbolic actions and pleasant speeches to engaging with real matters.
If there's a chance to repel bloviation and symbolism, you should always cut through it. A Nihilist does not have any external needs that the moronic people and their profiteer-slash-ring-master oligarch overlords want you to believe as essential. You need breathing, eating, and sleeping among few other biological functions to live on. TV, entertainment, fashionable gadgets are distractions to turn your mind away from the precious inner peace that is Zen/Atman.
There's no need to uphold any forms of dysfunctional symbolism. If you find your wallet a hungry mouth that shits out useless plastic junk in the long term, cut it loose. Invest your money better and become self-sustaining. Learning to do things without anyone's assistance is truly one of the things money can't buy you; only time and hard effort can give you that. If someone asks what's your political orientation, disregard, since there's no need for a political identity. Instead you could suggest you like functional community values and realistic politics: Praise the instances when a politician or party does something right instead of choosing the short-term rewards. (Hint: There's a difference between liking the general principles of Republican politics and forcing your children to wear "Weepublican" t-shirts.)
Abolishing and avoiding dependence on symbols and mental artefacts is what constitutes true freedom. By rejecting scarcity, man stops worrying about the endless pursuit of goods and focuses in reality.
2. Cultivation of sound values
Traditional societies are self-sustaining, though that hardened shell can be broken with leverage. Exotic commodities can prove corrosive to communities because of man's innate fascination with the unknown, but by far the most perilous is the bait of ease. Technology is addictive because it promises simplicity over complicated and time-consuming traditional handicraft.
Only three beaver and two squirrel hides (rip-off) and you can have this sturdy plastic bucket (probably contains residual poisonous chemicals)! So, instead of spending time with your family on instructive activity such as going into the woods with your children, cutting willow sprouts and teaching how to braid a new basket, you will be spending your savings for the plastic bucket. Too bad, though, that you intended to use the hides to pay village smith to fix your plough. Guess there's no other choice but to ask if the traders can arrange new work, so that you have something for living. They tell of a factory in need of workers, but you would have to spend many hours there per day, leaving only few hours with your family.
Money's good, right? Next thing you know there's a Wal-Mart next to your village, selling unhealthy food substitutes, ruining the landscape, and spurring your neighbours into doing tedious jobs for living. Social networks and trust tear, now there is problem with crime, and everyone seems to be feeling rather -- lonely and neurotic? Oopsie daisy.
Control through scarcity items works because addiction triggers neurotic behavior. In this state the lack of trust and self-compassion creates a hormonal stress response in the body, which leads to being even less capable of having satisfying social relations. The stressed out people are dopamine addicts who are constantly chasing new sources of pleasure. Biology meant dopamine to be such a neurotransmitter that it creates persistent memory patterns, though the impression of "high" will diminish after every dose. The craving will remain strong, and there's no way of quenching that fire by feeding it more fuel.
The neurotic people are hurt and needy, but a broken society cannot heal them, only provide a temporary impression of mutual pursuit. They will turn to symbolism and self-justification, thus adopt new social stances and whatever trendy fad is in. Their grasping for any position of wealth and power, trying to elevate their relative social worth, only furthers the neurosis of general society.
Somewhere between monkey and machine, there's space for a sentinent human being who is making his way out of these hells. They represent his uncontrollable impulses and the rigid, grinding society.
Evolving into an industrial society is not bad per se, but it should be done with moderation and under responsible management, only adding gentle touches here and there, therefore leaving man still have plenty of time with his family. A healthy development does not exceedingly distance the society from the reverence of nature and keeps the basics of living uncomplicated.
A future society will make more chronicles and stories warn about novelty items and ideas, emphasize critical thinking and questoning: Plato meeting Iliad (without weak sentimentalism per Plato's apt critique), perhaps a new epic of Gilgamesh is written?
3. The moral hangover
Living life and thinking life are constantly at odds. Nietzsche would agree with it, since it was his life's legacy: the Overman knows when to act, and not knowing how not to act - how to stop thinking - is a failure. There will be another less-industrialized time when we think considerably less, but when we do think, it will be of so much more value.
Thinking is fore-thought, planning, impressions, explanations, lies, and deceit. Words and theories project onto reality in the language of mind, but they do not necessarily imply or conform to reality.
Remember how Rome fell? No one does, but the great Rome fell hard. Generally presented view of Rome's destruction takes into consideration many factors: decadence, the Visigoths, corrupt bureaucracy, mutinous legions, and collapse of infrastructure, though they always miss the obvious uniting factor. Rome fell because it no longer was a society.
The Roman Republic tried hard to assimilate nations it conquered, in particular the Celts, thus Rome had an influx of foreign nationals as slaves, servants and moderately influential statesmen. The Patricians understood that the loyalty to the state was essential and favoured patriotism in every turn possible, but there's only so much one may add additional ingredients to a boiling stew before the original recipe is irrevocably spoiled. Granting citizenship to conquered areas could not be the brightest move. Magna Patria might not be in people's interest as much as they would like it seem to, and longing for kinship and ancestral culture can gain momentum among the immigrants in latter generations.
Extending civil rights have always turned out to be a mistake. The people who benefit from it are categorically unfit. Why do you think they were slaves or castless dalits in the first place? I can tell it wasn't for their remarkable spirit, intelligence, or kindness for sure. Also, it should be taken into consideration that slavery in the first place is quite decadent - you are relinquishing the domain of physical labour, possibly leading into materialistic indulgement - and it should be avoided.
Most of the time the conquered tribes and nations simply adopt a new way of living under their masters' guidance, leading to a vacuum of native culture and heritage. A people that faces this kind of coersion to new heritage suffers from alcoholism and alienation as the primary symptoms of severed social bonds, as the integration is a painful and consuming process. This trauma can persist for generations, and it certainly will not benefit the hosts either. Moreover the masters will always have to keep an eye on slave rebellion or emerging partisan movements, and if the host society has a period of decline marked with an influx of lower castes to upwards, then the subjugated populations will eventually receive a free citizenship, minority benefits and lax immigration control. The alliance of failed and bitter people will tear a new asshole for the host nation, and the turmoil will not end until the infected body mass is ejected in explosive diarrhea.
The reasonable alternatives to the inane notions of slavish moral good, multiculturalism, and mutual oppression are mass-deportation and the fostering of exclusive national values. Future civilization should consider the expenses and the danger of embracing slavery in any form. If the victor of war spares his enemy out of mercy and feelings of pity, he won't guarantee a peaceful future; a sentiment of revenge and payback may develop in the conquered minds, leading to a high cost of eventual new war because there was no timely resolution back then.
Time after time civilizations have demonstrated how their irresolution and the mercyful facade of altruism leads to the empowerment of the Crowd and the collapse of valid social order. It's unquestionable whether hundreds of years of societal decline do not cause great social discomfort and suffering, and if a timely embrace of national identity was to diminish the effects and duration of a downfall, then the opportunity should not be wasted. The future is for the steadfast and determined.
Parallelism -- the worry-free and conscientable path to future!
4. External threats or internal threats?
The historical perspective of mankind's genesis and spread over the continents shows how man's population of the Eurasian continent was gradual and effective. Most of the ancient nations sprung up in coastal areas with either great rivers or sea granting good logistics, and the coastal climate proved to be ideal for the cultivation of grains. Water is a cornucopia of welfare, but not the same could be said about the continental living. Pastoral tribes and nomads who practised extremely mobile life would be subjects of harsh continental climate and its uncertainties.
By time the winds change and bring new climates. Where there once was a fertile pasture, was later a steppe, and soon after a desert. The people would have to adapt new means of living and possibly migrate to new areas. Unfortunately, the new areas are often not uninhabited, so there must be a fight for the precious space. Powerful leaders would gather hundreds of thousands of young men to conquer new land.
Migrations of peoples are never easy but they always happen. Europe, the West, is the peninsula of the vast Eurasian continent, and after climate changes peoples will be seeking refuge from the reaches of its stable coastal climate.
What is essential is to understand that a nation with good consensus, free of internal confusion, is prepared to deal with even this kind of hazard. Emerging victorious from outward pressure tells of a nation that has (at least for this time) conquered the tendency of organized societies to implode.
5. Realizing the human ideal
Oh, the paranoia! Nation-state hates its citizens because they are potentially mutinous dumb sheeple, and the Crowd hates the state because they know it's run by oligarchs who only pretend to care.
The uneasy status quo persists because there is affordable bread and entertainment to keep the sub-120 IQ people unconcerned about survival and lies, and on the other hand the fallacy of "feel good, solve nothing" mentality is widespread throughout various institutions and doctrines to paralyze the minds who are not totally oblivious. The smart people need to resolve their issues before the Crowd reaches its end of ease and comes blaming the intelligent people.
What is worrisome about the future is that the general quality of mankind is terrible. There is never a scarcity of human beings, and if it were, the good people could always procreate and have more of better offspring. Unfortunately, the worst of humanity breed like rats on their own accord and keep their defective qualities within the genepool, while the good people are justifying their not-breeding by slavish guilt. This "development" must be reversed, and it would benefit the remainder of humanity greatly if all people sub-120 IQ were exterminated. They don't contribute anything, only consume and possibly do some simple biddings on instructions.
By creating better communities, there's a definite positive impetus which attracts the functional and intelligent people to come along to build a new society. Being steadfast in your values and judgements you will be able to repel negative influence (read: morons) and protect the heritage you championed for. Theory is simple; execution is not.
December 15, 2008