Wednesday, August 01, 2007


Today I'm going to talk about power. What is power? Some people say that those who have a lot of wealth have financial power, and so on. But that's not real power. To put it bluntly - put a billionaire, an attractive woman, a highly charismatic person and a guy with a gun in the same room. Who has the power? The guy with the gun of course - he has the power over life and death which is stronger than anything else.

When bureaucrats talk about all their laws and bits of squiggly lines it doesn't mean anything. What really matters is that they have the power to enforce them. Power matters. Power is the difference between a king and a peasant. A dictator and a civilian. The police and mostly everyone else.

And people flock to the powerful. The powerful get more recognition and gratitude than everyone else. Whilst the weak are despised, trodden on and discarded. It is survival of the fittest after all.

Power is the caveman with the pointed stick. He is boss because he has a pointed stick and if you don't do what he tells you, he will use it to beat you to death. That is power.

The powerless have a choice:

*Climb your way to the top - hell, why not? Remember, if you want to be like them, you have to think like them and act like them. Become what you hate. If you can't beat them, join them.
* Become invisible - schrodinger's cat reference. Unobserved. This is a difficult option, though, at the moment. It requires a lot of knowledge and resources.
* Live like a bushpig - not really a desirable option.
* Just go on and live like a slave just like everyone else - that is fine for most people, but if you already of an anarchist bent it's going to frustrate you to no end.
*Kill yourself - look at it this way; if you are not afraid to die, then everything else should be easy.

OR just survive. Do what you have to just to survive. Who knows what might happen? Will the future give us freedom? The caveman with the pointed stick cannot harm an uploaded transient distributed consciousness. No matter how hard he tries to beat a computer monitor to death.


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