Not a mystery

perhaps_a_better_wayIf you were a real conniving manipulator, and you wanted job security, how would you go about it?

The long answer remains inscrutable, but the short answer is this: drape everything in a heavy layer of ambiguity, doubt, uncertainty, emptiness, depression, confusion, denial, despair and disorder.

With this technique, you can turn a simple job into a total odyssey. The most mundane of tasks becomes daunting and difficult. It used to require one person some of the time; now it may require a full-time army.

Once a society is established, this is how you “create” jobs. It is how you enforce economic “growth.” You keep mystifying common things and then turning them into work-welfare programs.

Even better, it’s how you control a population. Whenever an issue comes up on the radar, wave your hands and chant a little spell, fire off some smoke and pull a rabbit out of a hat. “It’s just too hard! It’s complicated!”

This will scare off everyone else, who’s afraid of looking like an idiot if they get caught holding the bag. You don’t care however because you know the secret: the solution is actually trivial. Any idiot can do it. You’re holding out because you want to get paid like never before.

Our society in the industrialized West is caught on snags of our own cogitation. We have rationalized ourselves into impossible positions, and refuse to do what is necessary. It doesn’t take much to fix our problems. We have to stop thinking in the exact same ruts we have been thinking in, however.

The solutions are in fact obvious. Especially if we read through history, and see what worked, and what didn’t. Our elites will pooh-pooh that because in school, they were taught that humans are different now. They forget that the same rules will apply to any group of intelligent creatures at any time in history. Like gravity, they don’t change.

This is because once they have completed their arc of ascent, societies turn into self-parasitizing agencies. Suddenly you have all of these people who are assumed to be part of the society. You can’t kick them out, they say. These people need to be employed, entertained, represented, etc.

But since there’s no longer a sense of membership as a privilege, these people abuse. You get lots of people who are good at mystifying everyday things, whether by incompetence or guile, such that they have “necessary” roles that are the exact opposite of necessary.

Under that weight, society snaps like a yearling branch covered in snow.

Their favorite trick is to make up false targets. For example, “maturity.” In their view, maturity means accepting that everything in life is a compromise, duty is all, and that solutions are if not impossible the next best thing to it.

By chattering away incessantly on every channel, they convince you. Yes, you think, this is adulthood. There is one way, no deviation, and no solutions to the thousands of problems I see every day, from bad street design to wobbly grocery carts to insane school policies and tolerance of the dysfunctional and violent. It’s all broken.

The dysfunction just feeds into the power of the do-nothing elites. To their ears, this is good news, since a dysfunctional society needs neurotic leaders and a constant stream of political drama to distract from its everyday tedium.

And yet fixing it all would be so easy; that’s the greatest secret. They don’t enslave you, you enslave yourselves, because you believed the convenient lie that it is just too difficult to change it all, so we might as well “mature” and rage full-speed-ahead into our doom.

7 Comments

  1. EvilBuzzard says:

    Maybe crap like this is what has me rereading Fight Club on the nook. Maybe N. Alabama needs a chapter of Project Mayhem now that half of Huntsville will start having Fridays off….

  2. Loretek says:

    All is well in a world of chaos and ignorance.

  3. NotTheDude says:

    This is the most frustrating thing about it all. Everyone thinks that there is nothing we can do, and yet the work to answer our woes is quite easily begun at least. I wonder how many really think that State Multiculturalism is as wonderful as they make out. Or that Economic Growth is the answer to the World’s ills. Are they that blithe and uninterested as our world is homogenised, built on and raped like it were a buffet of resources?

  4. Elijah says:

    From a Christian sense, if we all merely repented our sins (in this sense, all the pure idiocy and nonsense that perpetuates everyday), we could make the world better overnight.

    It could be simple, but it doesn’t happen. I’m holding out for the King in the mountain to wake up (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_in_the_mountain) and make things right.

  5. Tony says:

    There is nothing wrong out there in this world. We have lots of identities to choose from and base our lives upon, as so many are available for sale. And the prices seems to be nothing more than to consume that which is being sold. Even that which is free. So easy. I want my MTV. I want my money for nothing. And I want my chicks for free. Why all such downers?

  6. Tony says:

    Actually, in all seriousness, what I have really been noticing (not that I haven’t noticed variations of this for some time), but we have a society where there is so much ego competition going on. If a certain segment of society is acting “tough”, then everyone else has to follow suit so as to not be seen as “weak”. Or if some people are acting selfish and greedy, the rest need to follow suit so as to not fall behind. There is a lot of banter about financial greed, and it is a problem when people are gaming the system and skimming of the top but not adding value (there is a lot of that going on.) But greed runs much more wide and deep, and as a society people do not want to acknowledge that because it might require themselves to accept their own greed. And in a lot of ways, it is this greater greed that is driving a lot of the financial greed.

    What does this have to do with solving problems? Well, it appears to me people and society have gotten so far down the wrong path that we cannot think straight anymore. So much mental energy and being has become devoted to the charade, and most people probably have never lived outside of it, so to expect them to be able to comprehend might be asking too much.

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