People are not Machines, but Organizations are

I recently realized that people are not machines, and this has been quite a shock to me. I am convinced that most do not realize the difference, overlook it, and carry on as machines without realizing it – this was most certainly the case for me. This behavior is most clearly seen at work – where they are clearly part of a machine – which in turn is part of the ultimate machine: the global economy.

Now that it is becoming clear to us that the global economy is not working, we need to look at it more carefully, and see what is wrong with it. To my mind, the problem is obvious – it is not people-oriented, and so it can hardly be expected to produce results that are good for people – or for life in general. But this is the last thing it wants to do – it insists on operating like a machine, and becoming more and more like a machine. And the people in it are so reduced to being machines themselves, they cannot object.

I said they have become machines – just what does that mean? It means they have lost any direction of their own – and have become completely controlled by the grand machine – which gives everyone its own role to occupy – and no other.

The Grand Machine is totalitarian, ruthless, and destructive. It may cover this by sponsoring humanitarian causes, which it points to proudly. These are financed by a fixed amount of its profits – less than 5 percent – which leaves 95 percent for business as usual.

People have become so used to being treated as machines – most importantly, by their parents – that they cannot be human beings – and cover this inadequacy with all kinds of possessions and compulsive activities.

At the unconscious level – the level that counts – they are determined to destroy the world that has destroyed them.

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The Spirit of Humanism

Humanism was one of the forces that created the modern world – but one we have forgotten. We have become barbarians again.

I didn’t really know what it was myself, and that sparked my interest in what the modern world was – now that we have left it behind us. I am reading The Making of the Modern Mind, which is excellent, if huge – but I have plenty of time, in that way I am rich. I quote from page 122, where he quotes from Pico’s Oration on the Dignity of Man.

This is not entertainment, something post-modern man is addicted to, but something so profound it has to be couched in biblical language.

Then the Supreme Maker decreed that unto Man, on whom he could bestow naught singular, should belong in common whatsoever had been given to his other creatures. Therefore he took man, made in his own individual image, and placed him at the center of the world, spake to him thus:

“Neither a fixed abode, nor a form in thine own likeness, no any gift peculiar to thyself alone, have we given thee, O Adam, in order that what abode, what likeness, what gifts thou shalt choose, be thine to possess.

The nature allotted to all other creatures, within laws appointed by ourselves, restrains them. Thou, restrained by no narrow bounds, according to thy free will, in whose power I have placed thee, shalt define thy nature for thyself. I have set thee midmost the world, that hence thou mightest the more conveniently survey whatsoever is in the world.

No have we made thee either heavenly or earthly, mortal or immortal, to the end that thou, being as it were, thy own free maker and moulder, shouldst fashion thyself in what form may like thee best. Thou shalt have power to decline into the lower or brute creatures. Thou shalt have power to be reborn unto the higher, or divine, according to the sentence of thy intellect.”

This to Man, at his birth, the Father gave seeds of all variety and germs of every form of life.