Actually, this is the normal human situation. We have always been controlled by something other than ourselves – this is what religion is, and we are as much under the control of religion, or superstition, as ever – except our religion is no longer explicit. It has become implicit – we now believe the way things are are absolutely the way it has to be – and we have no control over them at all.
People are scared to death and have become completely helpless – but at the same time have the illusion of just the opposite: that they are all-powerful, and completely in control.
Our new belief system operates under the cover of the old one – which keeps assuring us that we are still in control – this is what television assures us constantly: that by watching television, we are in control of the situation.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Things have become so complicated the idea of something, anything, being in control is ridiculous. Complexity, by its very nature, simply notes that all kinds of things are effecting all kinds of other things all over the place. And it is ridiculous to think we can control this vast network of interactions.
In practice, we have given up trying, and have given power back to the modern equivalent of the aristocracy: the rich and the powerful. But this is not going to work, because they are no longer in control either. Civilization has become overdeveloped, and is collapsing under its own weight.
Technology in the last three hundred years has exploded – and at the same time human society has imploded. This, I believe, is a simple cause and effect relationship – when viewed from an adequate distance. Historians of the future, if they are any, will be able to see this.