For those who feel they must constantly dance to entertain the keeper of the key to the food locker, understand that there are other people in this world who are at peace with their natural world. Whenever our culture finds them, we call them strange, but can you imagine how they must laugh at us? While you watch this, take your mind to a clear, uncluttered place on a quiet day with no memories of anything you’ve ever seen on the news, or read in a history book:
With so many suggestions as to how we can fix government(some more absurd than others), the question does come up of how we managed to get ourselves governed in the first place. I have written elsewhere of the processes, but for now, lets go back into the history of human beings before a time when it became necessary to write anything down.
For people to understand the acquisition of government, they have to know about pre-tribal cultures–merely bands of people at a time when it had not yet occurred to anyone how powerful it would be to find a way to lock up the food & control its distribution. Authority to do that came by convincing the others that a chieftain, a medicine man, or holy man had access to, and a relationship with the very cause of nature itself. People still fall for that even today. We call it “civilization”.
Again, I find myself recommending that you might read:
Beyond Civilization by Daniel Quinn
One man asked if reality gets in the way. Perhaps it can. But I suspect reality does not get in the way nearly as much as mythology does. I repeat a metaphor here I’ve used before, but just listen to all the people who argue about whether the boat should be painted red, or should it be blue, with no regard for the fact their boat is sinking. But to them, the only thing that is important is the incredibly powerful influence of their belief disorders.
Perhaps the most intelligent work on the subject during modern times might be:
The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell
Sadly, it will be true that those whose minds are closed will be least likely to read any of this. They will not because of fear: the fear of facing challenges to dogmatic opinions that they have no logical or rational way to oppose. They will just jump into their safety nets, and keep their blinders on. They will feel proud of their steadfast position to hold on to their “principles” even when their principles call for them to be certain the Easter Bunny actually brings the eggs!
And I’m not just talking here about religious bigotry that promotes exclusion and hatred (in the name of love), but for all of those who are so inclined to swallow the ideologies of their sacred political parties (while demonizing the opposition). That intelligent dialogue is always defeated in the face of emotional rhetoric is not new. The issue was recognized way back in ancient Greece, but very few of our citizens ever read about that any more.
More recently, there were the debates between Stephen Douglas and Abraham Lincoln. Douglas held to ideas that would be critically important to the Democratic Party for a long time just as Lincoln helped formulate the mindset of the Republicans. That in so many ways, the parties swapped sides with each other on a lot of domestic policy issues is not really noticed by a population that doesn’t actually study history.
Further, those who cannot see the comparisons between our present day congress and the one in office leading up to the war between the states, make up the bulk of the emotional flag wavers of both parties that will set the closed-minded allegiances on parade for the next election. They do not recognize that the failure to have dialogue and seek reasonable compromise for the common good was what sent the predecessors home doomed to engage in a war between brothers.
While we should hope for a return to sensible dialogue, it is not likely to happen as long as the current Democratic and Republican parties remain what they have both become–rotten.
The following article sums up a lot of what I feel about it. But it is likely that those who might benefit most from reading it will be the least likely to do so. But if you do, and can get beyond the fearful thought that something in it attacks your core beliefs, I’d appreciate your comments: