Open Thread - 11-25-22 - We Will All Go Down Together
I'm still decompressing from my week in hell. I've had this knocking around in my noggin for a few days. I haven't really formulated it into a complete essay, but for the want of something to read on this money induced Black Friday, I'll try to lay it out and maybe you all can help make it somewhat cogent.
The collectivism vs. individualism dichotomy is the focal point of the upside down world we've been living in the past few years, in my humble opinion. Individualism is being suppressed while collectivism is being forced upon us. The push is strong to corral us into a hive-mind existence, both in the physical and conceptual realms. There are strong forces at work as evidenced by this movement towards collectivism emanating from almost all of the western countries of the world, in unison.
We're supposed to give up everything we own, live in small cubicle-like dwellings and eat insects for sustenance. We're supposed to follow state diktats unquestionably and get in line for the latest thing. We're supposed to forget history, a history forged by rugged individualism. We're supposed give all to our so called "betters" for the sake of mankind, or some such. All for the good of us all, like good little automatons. In essence we will become The Borg.
Don't get me wrong, I've said for years that some form of collectivism is the right concept for a finite world that is running low on resources. Infinite growth has outgrown itself. But, this fevered dream of an existence that is being foisted upon us is not for the sake of humanity as a whole. It is plainly and simply an attempt to maintain the status quo for those that brought us to this precipice in the first place. Those that have become filthy rich at the expense of the collective. Those that wish to rule the world, the same world that may turn against them. Their biggest fear.
It somewhat amazes me the traction the -collectivism for thee and opulence for me- crowd have so far gained. The decades of conditioning are paying premiums as the hoi polloi fall in line. The bombardment of propaganda is having its effect.
It remains to be seen though, whether individualism can be separated from the archetypal psyche of free will. I hope not.
Keep on thinking free.