Hierarchies, Bureaucracies and Dependencies
[voice from the Other Side - Sha'Tara]
What is a bureaucracy?
The supporting apparatus of hierarchy without which it cannot function or survive.
What is the single-minded drive and purpose of any bureaucracy?
To expand and draw power unto itself.
Where does its power come from?
From individual life, wherever it may be found and coerced into the bureaucratic machinery.
Is there any "organization" on planet Earth that is not part of some hierarchy and bureaucracy?
Not a one. No collective or grouping, however simple, however apparently benign or meaningless can exist without being plugged into some part of the hierarchical bureaucracy.
What about the nuclear family? Isn't it at least free?
Not at all. It constitutes the original hierarchy of the planet and as greater ones evolved around it, it was subjected to and swallowed up by those.
The family is the most vulnerable of all bureaucracies and as the world races towards the "oneness" of SUPER - super powers, the family concept is becoming not just expendable, but irrelevant. Human fodder for news, wars and consumerism can be had without the need of family. Human children, lost in the morass of insignificance and absurdity can be better suited to the needs of the higher powers without functional parenting.
In the beginning, as history tells it, the man was the recognized head of the household. Everything that was a part of the household was his property to do with as he saw fit. Wives, concubines, their children, slaves and everything else, belonged to the patriarch. He had power of life and death over all - and that is why today government claims that same right, whether this government be religious or secular.
From these patriarchs came belief systems which led to the priesthood; kings which led to organized government over several families, tribes and nations; trade which led to... in time... the World Trade Organization.
It's all there: read it and weep.
Today's observation: Over the millennia, children have tended to follow in their parents' footsteps, generally emulating them. Today I saw a grown man (in size and physical properties if not in mind), product of the 80's, skateboarding on the street, followed by his little girl... on her own small skateboard.
We lead by example: how far does a skateboard take a generation?
Duhhhh, I dunno. Pass me another beer, Sam.