“We are fast approaching the stage of ultimate inversion: the stage where government is free to do as it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission.” –Ayn Rand
If you think that as an individual you can stop the process of social “Inversion” within a large social order, you will be wrong. The reason? Human beings are “natural” followers. I want to explain the “Inversion” process and let you in on a secret; the secret is only a secret because human beings never learn from past mistakes. Here is the secret; your society will one day fall to a dictatorship, run its course, and then start all over again decades or even a century later.
Ayn Rand was right sixty years ago only because she understood the human animal. Human beings like to follow other human beings and deities who appear “in the know.” Moreover, your brain has a few components that will keep you following others you think know more about the future than you do. This is why religion is prevalent among the worlds populations and has been for millennia. It’s because people believe the gods “know” and they don’t. As the Hebrew scriptures portray, “His ways are higher than our ways,” “I (the Lord) know the plans I have for you…,” and “The secret things belong unto the Lord, but that which is revealed belongs unto us.” The ancients set the stage pretty well.
The human brain needs guidance because it doesn’t like to problem solve on its own. The part of our brain that solves math problems, known as the new brain (neocortex), is an unlikely place to visit for most people, let alone live. But the limbic region of the brain is a different story. This part of your brain has had a lot of practice.
The limbic system can and will make instant judgments based upon how we “feel” in any given moment thus relieving the new brain of having to figure out the square root of “what the hell?” Whether it’s Moses, Stalin, or Saddam Husain, or the President of a country, there will be millions lined up to give them and their team the arduous task of making these decisions for us. As long as a quick scan of the situation makes our brains “feel” good, the brain will check the box and call it homework.
Less than 2% of the population are controllers, and roughly 22% of those are natural born sociopaths (sociopaths are regularly discovered among people in power positions such as doctors, lawyers, politicians, police officers, CEO’s and clergy). These are the leaders within society and are the “employers” not the employees as a rule. Once they get into a position of authority, although the subordinates may complain, they will always do what is expected in the end as a rule.
Thank you Ayn Rand. Thank you for pointing this out. But unfortunately nobody will hear it. As a matter of human behavior, we will scoff at the idea; laugh actually. Some of us may even post the comment on FaceBook in fear and make one feeble attempt to warn the masses, but in the end will do absolutely nothing because it takes too much energy. But such is life. In the Hebrew story about the Israelites journey from slavery in Egypt to the alleged Promise Land, even they decided that it was a bad move when shouldered with difficult thinking and processing. “We were better off in the place we despised. In Egypt where we were subject to another; in total slavery eating leaks and onions.”
A journey that should have taken several months took forty years. They were led by one (Pharaoh) in slavery only to be lead by another “one” (Moses) in so-called freedom. According to the story, thinking for themselves seemed an anathema.
This is a true picture of the human race. If not guided by a pillar of fire at night or a giant cloud during the day, folks would end up upside down floating down the Nile without a compass or anything to eat. All people can do is navigate their way through the ups and downs of living according to someone else’s ideas while experiencing the illusion of being free. This is the way of the human animal and it is why history always repeats itself.