Dear Mr S,
Then when such abusive power became intolerable, the masses (people) revolted and a new leader stepped up. Like Napoleon called himself an emperor because he was not a king, The king was like bad -right?
But revolts were merely adaptive measures, the ideology was/is massaged, but so far has not been ripped apart to analyze the whole from multiple perspectives, until now.
When seen in the realm of personal development, our culture appears to have maintained an early ego construct. The facade is crumbling.. The adaptations throughout history - religious, political, social, corporate- all maintained hierarchy, which is a competitive notion swathed in limited access "regulations and rules," making it lossy. It strangles innovation other than that which suits its own purposes!
The ladder of rewards is used to create that "something to lose" sweet spot (Howard Zinn, The People's History of the United States) that stops the lower steppers from getting too close to the "top" as then the middle protects the higher uppers. This protective device , this wall s both a barricade and a cage. No win!
So even as the "winner take all" extremism is often touted and rewarded, it is just suicidal in the long run. These silly, archaic and limiting notions of who "we " were taught to believe ourselves to be, are from the myths, stories and ideas woven into our cultural narrative. They are difficult to extract without focused effort and some really need extracting.
What made the mess will not solve it. Even as we speak about community, connectivity and relationships we have a huge gap in understanding. Our emotional shadow world has not been explored. This is half of the "who" we are. Our classic run from fear (pain) is why we are now stricken by the consequences of global warming, toxic newborns, numbers over humans, more dis-ease etc. We have made a hellish mess of many things. We have been at war with life.
We need to heal. We need to be courageously willing to risk the unknown and leap into developing a future of remarkable health and well being. We need to risk saving our lives, for if not now, when?
What if we decide to help each other reach maximal potentials? What if we really get how the sum of the parts are interrelated, are interactive and expansive -for this creates the more. This then becomes the "more" in the whole of all that is possible. (Gaiad Theory)
Embracing, accepting and respecting the whole of life, will dissolve the power of the bogeyman. I suspect that deep down inside, we all know this..
deborah j barnes