And the Power Complex now has all of it. This is the most important fact of our time – and only I seem to be aware of it. But let me continue anyway.
This is really a continuation of my posting Power not Only Corrupts Completely, it Destroys Completely. In either case, the subject is power: the most important thing in the world, but one we are completely ignorant of – and we are determined to stay that way.
Our innate assumption is that power is unlimited, anyone can go out and get as much as he wants – all it takes is a little gumption. But plenty of people have discovered that power has been safely locked up where they cannot get at it. They discover this, then promptly forget it – and do not come to any conclusions based on their experience.
The reason for this is simple: they are not supposed to notice this – it is strictly forbidden. This would mean they have some power themselves (the power of recognition), and this would make them dangerous. No cracks in the armor must be permitted.
The only way to get power is to play the game, and become part of it. Independent players are no longer permitted.
I am tempted to end today’s observations there, and maybe I should – but I will continue with some speculation about why our situation is the way it is.
The experience of having no personal power is one of the most frightening things people can experience. It makes you “sick at your stomach” – which is directly connected to your gut-level self. It is the sentence of death, and people will do anything to avoid it.
If I were a historian – and I might as well pretend to be one – I would note that the last half of the 20th Century changed everything. Television changed everything: people were bombarded with multi-sensory inputs – programmed by those in power – they could not resist or understand. The television had become their communal placenta. I did the right thing by deciding to turn the thing off, but I was unusual.
But this was only the beginning. We were hit by the big three: computers, software, and the Internet. And we will never recover from them. The business world was quick to use them to consolidate its position, and turn itself into a giant complex - that has all the power.
This happened so quickly, within less than a typical lifespan, that people went into shock - ceased to function normally, and could not defend themselves. This was covered up by the Cold War – really a war against America itself, and everything it had stood for. No one noticed, because they were sternly instructed not to. Noticing became anti-American.
At the end of the Forties, the schools turned against their students. I remember it clearly – it was a shock I never recovered from. But this was only part of a larger pattern: people turning against people. People had frequently been against other people – and not adverse to slaughtering them in large numbers. But this was the first time they had been against people themselves – and devoted to their own destruction. People were no longer people, and considered themselves super-people - devoted to eliminating the other kind.
And no one is noticing. It’s like were are standing next to a huge elephant, that is shitting copiously – and everyone is singing in perfect harmony “It ain’t there!”