When you are a young thing, pink and translucent, who wants to someday be a writer, you imagine that you will be discovering new truths and opening wide spaces for exploration.
You get to do that, sort of, but mostly what you are doing is finding a way to rediscover the obviously actual and real so that you can explain it in some novel way that awakens your audience to the possibilities that were always there.
If a conspiracy exists in the human species, it consists of a tacit agreement to avoid reality and instead to focus on those things that make the human individual feel good about themselves, their status, and their future prospects.
In a way, this is no different than the wino (sorry: homeless person fighting the disease of alcoholism) who opts to buy alcohol rather than save for a home. In ten minutes, he can be feeling pretty good, but a home is years away.
It shows us why the suburbs are known for their vapidity. Facing ugly corporate jobs, people retreat from reality to pleasant places and focus on vapid, unthreatening competitions like who has the shiniest BMW or neatest lawn.
Humanity is slowly shifting from egalitarian societies because these are self-consuming civilizations. When every person has power, they use that power to eat up the society and replace it with many chaotic, irreconciliable demands.
In an egalitarian society, you have no immutable position. Instead, you are an equal individual in a fungible mob with only the value you acquire for yourself. This means that any failure to be wealthy and beautiful is your fault.
That in turn makes people unwilling to criticize or note fault with their society as it is. To point out that things are not going well is to admit fault for having chosen poorly, and to be seen as a malcontent who has failed and become critical.
The basis of equality is control, or the manipulation of the methods we use in order to alter thought and produce a sense of happy progress toward Utopia. Control underpins every aspect of these societies.
When everyone is equal, they all start at square one, and therefore, must fight to have anything more than the mediocre. That means that managing optics is necessary, as is manipulating the emotions of others.
Egalitarianism creates the most vicious market of all, a market for status, in which people compete by inducing feelings of respect, interest, pity, or rage in others. Consequently we are all actors and manipulators.
To get ahead in this world, you must control optics by controlling others. Parents control children: “make me look good.” Bosses control employees. Employees control each other. Even friends must carefully edit what their friends say.
A society based on equality quickly becomes a corporate hellscape because corporations are merely bureaucracy in business. To be equal, you must have bureaucracy in order to treat everyone equally, not handshake deals.
This means that the citizen in an egalitarian society can only lose. If he says the wrong thing, he loses his job. If he does not earn enough money, he is classed as a loser and ignored.
To succeed in this world, you go through the meritocracy and memorize the stuff, offer up the right opinions, and spend time at the job until you are promoted. At that point, you have a do-nothing job which is basically a sinecure.
To get there, you had to offer up the correct opinions as well as perform in a series of theoretical exercises called “education” which have almost nothing to do with what you actually do in your career.
Then comes the endurance test. You must attend the meetings, sit through the training, memorize the procedures, and stay on top of the right things to say. You win points for enthusiastically supporting the “current thing.”
Even more, you must somehow construct a victim narrative. Guilt underlies everything in an egalitarian society. If you have more than others, you must feel guilt for having succeeded, so you need some story of how you have been wronged.
That story of victimhood proves to others that you “deserve” what you have. If you can claim to be poor, minority, female, transsexual, disabled, homosexual, or having had a bad childhood or marriage, you have victimhood cred.
Victimhood cred becomes necessary because egalitarian societies constantly take from the stronger to give to the weaker. If you are the guiltless stronger, someone will claim to be your victim and take what you have.
This extends to everyday matters as well. Ordinary slights are considered “microaggressions” and demand public apologies and struggle sessions. Customer service interactions involve apologies and free gifts to assuage the guilt.
In this way, egalitarian societies create a co-dependent relationship built on victimhood and vengeance. Someone must always be the victim, and then they take revenge, at which point others are made victims and advance their own claims.
When your boss treats you badly (in your view) at your job, retaliation is warranted, so you leak internal documents, slack off, claim extra expenses, or otherwise take your revenge on The System that hurt you.
In turn, at some point the bosses note a lot of this going on, so they crack down on something or other to make the workers humiliated and broken. That way, the bosses can play the victim, take their vengeance, and get obedience.
The cycle continues like a karmic drama. In relationships, one party is always “hurt,” and so the other must make it up until it goes too far, at which point they can claim victimhood and retaliate in turn.
Then the other party suffers from this retaliation, claims victimhood, and begins their own process of revenge. The two parties trade off between hurting each other and handing the other subsidies, never reaching a balance or mutual esteem.
Unlike most processes, this flows from the bottom to the top. Everyday behavior infects politics, which now is a victimhood competition. It changes how we view everything in our culture, since everything is now a symbol.
In a society with social hierarchy, however, people always have a place, and so there is not a need for constant competition battering each other down in order to manage optics and rise.
The end result of these “crab bucket” competitions is that the people with nothing better to do with their time rise to the top. People who want normal lives are pushed down and ignored because they have dropped out of status competition.
Egalitarian society has wound down into a real mess. None of our institutions work, every aspect of society is designed to extract wealth, and the competition for status has driven the least competent to the top.
Change comes in response to such unrealistic and ineffectual behavior. Globalism meant suppressing all competition for democracy, but as countries are forced to cut entitlements, the globalist system is fracturing.
Even more, ordinary people have begun to see life as more than “keeping up with the Joneses” in a status competition. Legions of people have left the cities to find normal, less profitable lives in the suburbs and countryside.
These mass defections mean that the “status” afforded by the old system is no longer worth as much as it was. The market for status has begun to work against the corporate lifestyle, and in favor of the independent, self-sufficient life.
Consequently, democracy finds its hold on its people fragmenting, which explains the desperate rush by our leaders to lock everything down before the sheep run away. Change is coming, and the Regime is falling.