Every person, or group of persons, is determined to do things their own way – down to the slightest detail. No other way is acceptable.
This is part of the process of forming an identity. And when any group of strangers spend any time together, they immediately set to work on this – forming a group identity. They start defining their relationships to each other – which can become extremely complicated – and for this reason, are mostly unconscious.
One of the primary benefits of meditation is that it allows you to become aware of your unconscious habits – including the body postures you adopt and the kinds of tension (muscular and mental) that you assume automatically. Once you become aware of them, you can relax and become more tolerant towards others (and yourself).
This determination to do things their own way is what has formed all of the human languages. Every group has to have their own language – and before the advent of civilization, which created large-scale societies, every tiny group had its own.
Man is a habit-forming creature – and we can become addicted to (used to) nearly anything.
These habits (or addictions) however are always changing – usually slowly, but sometimes rapidly. Our closest friend (or ally) can quickly become our worst enemy.
It was hoped, back during the Age of Reason, that we could each develop our own personality – and still manage to work together easily. And sometimes this did happen. The American Founding Fathers, for example, certainly had their differences but they managed to work together to form a new nation.
But with Industrialization, we became members of our social class (including our nationality) – and class conflict escalated into world wars – that we could not stop.
This ended with the Cold War – which (thank heavens) never became hot. But something even more serious happened. The Human Race turned against itself – without noticing it.
We identified with a new spectrum of technologies – beginning with the Automobile, and then with Television – and then with the Computer (a complex consisting of Hardware, Software – and the Internet and Wireless networks).
All of these seemed to make us super-human – and we rejected our human selves. As I just said – we turned against ourselves.
This is what happened at the micro-level. But at the macro-level (the global level) a new power structure took over. This was a BIG DEAL – the second one in history. The first is what we call Civilization – enabled, among other things – by writing, that made possible Control at a Distance. It can be argued that the Printing Press enabled the Modern World – a Big Deal in itself.
The Computer enabled a whole new world we have no name for (except possibly Globalization – global command-and-control). But one thing can easily be noted, by anyone who wants to look for it – people have been eliminated almost completely. And the awareness that they have been eliminated also.
It makes no sense anymore to speak of We, the People – because people (for the most part) no longer exist.
You have the perfect right to ask me “How come no one else has noticed this?” I can answer this in two ways. The first is simply “Everyone has noticed this (unconsciously) and has acted accordingly.” They have become the kind of people the New Order demands – barely people at all.
The second answer is more complicated – it depends on the existence of two kinds of people in the populace. Which could be called the Intelligent (a minority) and the Stupid (the majority). These are not hard-and-fast categories, there is plenty of blending. But any intelligent observer will have little difficulty in making them out. But, as a prudent person – he will keep his judgments to himself. Or only share them with like-minded people.
Probably Stupid is a bad label – there are plenty of other labels that amount to the same thing – but they are poorly-defined and constantly changing. Perhaps The Majority would be acceptable – and also accurate. But this would probably be rejected too – because such a judgment requires thinking and being different.
Neither of which are acceptable.