Part 3 --- The Ascendancy
In order to ascend the maddening crowds, one must first transcend his own pre
-programmed notions that his environment has taught him and separate fantasy from reality. This tends to be the most difficult, but once overcome, leads to ultimate perception.
The maddening crowds want fantasy, not reality, it takes them out of their current miserable state of affairs. A type of drug to ease the pain of life. However, only by facing reality head on, and understanding the dynamics that govern it, can one ultimately transcend it.
The world is a chess game, but people rather play checkers - and why not - it's a lot simpler game and easy on the mind - a fantasy from the reality of the chess game they are caught in.
Most holy writ pushes toward the transcendent, however, the unscrupulous among the religious use it to control the masses.
Most men can agree on a few principles to govern themselves, however, the power-hungry take the few principles and multiple them into elaborate sets of laws and codes to control the populous at large as they set themselves up as demagogues over them.
One law I'd like to see Congress pass is that there will be no more laws passed. I'm sure mass hysteria would break out among the people as they would consider this no more regulation of their lives they are so accustomed and conditioned to.
Society smoothly coaxes men to increase their liabilities in life through the normalization of the unnatural.
Is it natural for man to get married, have 2.5 kids, 2 SUV's
, a McMansion
, work as an automaton at a company, etc., as I see in my local suburban area? They call this type of man, a civilized one. I suppose I'm the barbarian then.
Take a step back 100 years or 1000 years, was it natural for a man to marry, have kids, and work himself to death in the relentless pursuit of biological propagation that he will never see to its ultimate fruition?
Vanity, I say.
Of course, if I'm a power-hungry type - the collective must grow - and I need men and women to make plenty of new people for my army to conquer in my name. Thus, I would have to somehow subvert the transcendence of holy writ and make the simple tribal laws complex as I unify everybody in order to govern such to serve my purpose of conquest. The Tokugawa shogunate did this quite well in medieval Japan...until Commodore Perry of the United States showed up (the disruptive technology at the time).
Sex is natural, offspring is the unintended consequence that man forgets as he is led by his hormones. I'm convinced man's worst enemy is his own DNA. His second worst enemy is the one that uses his DNA to control and manipulate him.
In any case, I'd rather be a global nomad, and it seems to be the preferred choice with technological advances ever increasing.
At the fundamental level, and throughout the history of man, you are either of the system, for the system, and by the system, or you are of yourself, for yourself, and by yourself.
It's a fine line between auto-genocide and auto-genesis.
Once this fundamental question is answered, then one can start the path to transcendence, and ultimately, ascendancy...however, those pesky barbarians at the gate and their rampant breeding could ruin it for me...unless they're tired of their systems they follow and desire a sense of enlightenment apart from the forced conditioning that makes them no better than cattle to be bred and multiplied for their collective's
vain conquest of the material world.