An exploration of power

I was pondering some ideas that a friend of mine has. She is very conspiracy theorist.

And, despite all the glamorous Shiney yet behind the scenes workings of Self interest, my mind went to further or upon a deeper strata of the idea of power itself..

 I think what makes people nervous about power in our current global capitalist world, is that people will become so rich that they will be able to manipulate people because they have so much money. And that the rest of the people will be forced into doing things that they don’t want to do. Or something along those lines. I feel that’s the crux of the issue with power, that people will abuse it and that other people will suffer.

For example my friend who feels that there is a global conspiracy implemented by the liberal left and Donald Trump is the last bastion of hope for the American way and the free market system.

I’m not taking any position on whether this is true or not, but merely commenting on what may be Allowing or informing people to develop these conspiracies in such a way that they become so convincing. And my I conclusion is that it could be based on this idea that some people are going to control me despite my best efforts and intentions, And they will be able to do this because of, basically, the power that they’ve come upon with money. 

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But I would like to offer a different view of what’s actually occurring now with power and capitalism.

I feel that there is no putting a cap on the potential for people to want to gain power for themselves; I mean, we may want to, we may argue ethically why we should, but ultimately the capacity for people to manipulate discursive categories is infinite, and so we will never be able to put a cap on human potential.

But I don’t mean this in the sense of authoritarianism or despotism, I mean this in the regular sense that me as a free person, I wanna be able to go water skiing wherever I want whenever I want. I want to be able to have the best cut of meat on my plate, and the best chefs serving me the best food at all times. I want to be able to not have to work anymore. I want to be able to play video games 24 seven and do cocaine and crystal meth as much as I want.

I’m talking about this kind of basic human desire to do whatever they want. I’m not applying some sort of innate human idea of ethics, because we could argue for centuries about whether doing what I want is really doing what I want, or is it really doing what other people want and I just think that I’m doing what I want, or if there really is this fundamental “free self” that if left unchecked will fuck everyone else up.

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My proposal is based in the fact that money is just an ideal category. It is not based on anything that is “physical”, for example “finite resources”.  The idea of money economy is not based on whether I have enough food to eat or the world does. Money has to do with the idea that there are resources. Because ultimately even if there was a finite amount of food to eat and less and less people are eating them, and starving and dying, I would still be able to be a member of the last group on earth able to survive on what resources are left. Given that there is no resources in that all humans die never happens in actuality. And I mean “never happens” in the sense that if all human beings die, then any knowledge that we would be having of any sort of analysis ceases to exist and utterly fails.

Ok S’more.

My proposal is that the human propensity, capacity, and ability, to take advantage and figure out a way to get what they need and want despite anyone else, is for all purposes, infinite. The idea that it is not is based on the idea of finite resources, which I said just above, is really just an idea category against this potential for human beings. People who make tons of money basically understand that all we are dealing with is ideas. Because all really someone Hass to do in order to make tons of money is think differently. And I would suggest that that is what people who make tons of money are actually doing: they are thinking differently than the rest of the people who just have to scrape by and work day today so they can go water skiing for two weeks in the summer. 

Now; The fear that we have of people having control over us is based in the idea of finite resources. That is really the whole of Marxist critique, namely, that money is just an idea and this idea is of finite resources.

But what I’m saying is that the reality of the matter for people to take advantage of situations, to come upon ideal situations as if they are material situations, to make what is merely an idea into material, but also to understand that the idea itself is material, this ability of the human being places us in a different relationship to power then we historically want or even like toto reckon.

The analogy that I will use right now is that the conventional and traditional way to view power is like power over the sun affects what can happen on the earth. And this is to say that if someone could control the sun, then everyone on earth would have to submit to whatever the person that controls the sun once. This is the primal fear which motivates pretty much every analysis of social economy and global capitalism, I feel.

But I’m saying that what will happen as people, as a certain sect or group of people, become more and more powerful because they have more and more money and are able to manipulate more and more sub systems, eventually the “rest of the people” will be unaffected by this echelon of mega money power brokers.

I am saying that what will happen is a quantitative change, as opposed to merely a qualitative change in the ability for power to exert influence.

Instead of someone controlling the sun who this puts everyone who lives on the earth under the potential control of the person who controls the sun…

…the analogy at some point, when some sort of threshold is crossed in the potential of power-money, is more like people controlling Jupiter Or maybe Pluto is a better analogy. Yes we could say by some strange gravitational analysis, that if someone can control Jupiter then the earth will be affected, but the analysis between the control of Jupiter and it’s effects on the earth would be so involved, so intricate, so theoretical in it’s nature, that the actual effect on the people living on earth would be virtually and for all purposes for people on earth, negligible. 

What I’m saying is that at some point the people with so much money-power have stepped so far away from the regular people, that the manipulations do not even matter anymore. That their effect is only theoretical and not practical in the least. The people who have gained such power feel good because they feel like they’re manipulating things on such a grand scale. But in actuality there manipulations are so far away from the minutia of regular daily life that they don’t even matter. It’s kind of the opposite of chaos theory; that is, The analogy is more like by the time The mega storm hurricane has developed over the Caribbean, The butterfly in Siberia is just hanging out on the flowers slurping up some nectar.

The traditional analysis of power pretty much ends with chaos theory as explaining all relations of power as interconnected. There really is no reason to believe that everything is interconnected Except that theorists have conjoined certain concepts which trickle down into the regular person who gets pieces of it, and then that person has faith that there is a connection between me using the word “meme”, say” and the actual occurrence of various pictures and words on the Internet. Yet never do most of these people even consider their connection to the word “meme” has to do with a proposal for cultural communication that has nothing or very little to do with these pictures and words on the Internet. For all purposes, the theory of the meme has nothing to do with this person typing on their computer and posting a funny picture with some funny words. They are utterly disconnected. And it is only in so much as I might want to think through my thoughts and make some sort of sensible connection, that there is indeed a connection. But in actuality it’s just me thinking that it is the case. It is merely a kind of faith based in a sort of hope.

So, as I continue, in so much as the theoreticians would continue to argue that there is some sort of effect between the mega power money people controlling Jupiter, and how that is having an effect on the earth, there will fear remain, and fears that justify various conspiracies that can never be founded in actual Knowable circumstancecircumstance.



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Is the United States going to shit?

It is amazing to me that people I know, people who I consider my friends, actually feel and express their opinion that the United States is going to shit because of…X.

It doesn’t matter what the “X“ is. I’m just amazed that people who are my friends who I consider pretty intelligent people 😜 Actually have the opinion that this country is going to shit because of… THOSE people. Those people being the people that are stupid or that are bringing this country down.

I feel compelled to discuss with them, to question along a certain line, rather than just tell them and argue with them. And this line that I discuss with them Is really that the very idea that ‘this country is going to shit because of “those people”’ is most probably the reason why the country might actually be going to shit. And so you, my friend, who are thinking that those dang Trump supporters, or even my friends who say, those people who don’t support trump — because I do have friends who support Trump — both of you people are missing the mark of the United States and I submit that that is why the country is probably going to shit.

My point is is that this United States system of government is made to hold difference. Our system of democracy in the United States is constructed to allow for difference. That’s what it is. That’s what the greatness of the United States is. It is that the system allows for such an incredibly diverse and polemical amount of difference, of kind as well as belief, and indeed holds it that that we are a great country.

And when people start, for whatever reason, pointing at other people, people who do not believe or think the same way that they do, as a reason why this country is going to shit, those finger pointers should be looking at the other three fingers that are pointing right back at them.

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying that when you point a finger at someone else you got three more pointing back at you.

And so my political comment right now is that we have to believe in the American system more than we believe in how fucked up someone else is and how absolutely righteous I am.

The United States is “us”. The United States contains both “we and them”; that is the strength of our system. That’s what makes the United States great, because within the United States as a citizen of the United States no matter what you think, if you are a citizen of the United States then you are us. And as long as we both remember that then it is Us who are allowing for this great country to thrive.

Not us against “those people”. 

When I think I’m so great, and that some other citizen of the United States is stupid and is the reason why this country is falling apart, Then I am really the one that is responsible for this country falling apart.

It may well be that it is not a system that fails, But human beings who are unable to separate their own views from a functioning of a system. and this is to say that people routinely view their thinking and emotions as part of the same function, the same ontological function, as if it is a righteous and proper manifestation of truth.

Yet, perhaps, systems that would otherwise function might not serve their purpose when it comes right down to it because people simply will not allow it. They won’t allow it because they will not be able to see the system functioning for itself. Which is to say, that their emotions will cloud what the reason is telling them is the functioning of the system, for example, tradition, history, values. Instead of seeing a system functioning to hold difference, people will see that the system itself depends on a certain set of emotional connections.

And that may be the reason for the fall of civilizations themselves.

What do you think?

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Top Three Theorists/Philosophers/ Thinkers

Give us your top three. Of your most influential and well liked philosophers or theorists or intellectual person.

Go!!

— Mine are:

Kierkegaard, Zizek, Harman.

Come on you philosophers. It doesn’t have to be big names. It could just be people that have influenced you on an intellectual bent.

I’m not a huge blogger by any means, but I have I’d say that there’s probably 40 of you that come by and check out my posts regularly. And I get probably one new person every few days.

So.. top three, right now. 😸

Longevity

It would be interesting to see which of the two media, papyrus or digital files, will have had a higher survival rate. Both writing supports suffer …

Longevity

——-Maybe one day we will start referring to “shortgevity” with reference to how much text we know we have have lost by that time.

….And then how about that mythical discursive phenomenon which might occur when we have just too much taxed for possibly any group of human beings to process within a knowable period of life?

The solution to the modern human being

This is purely hypothetical; and a little bit tongue-in-cheek. But I feel like if I would’ve done life all over with the knowledge that I have now, my number one priority would’ve been to make as much money as possible As quickly as possible.

Let me say right off, I don’t think that most people should do this. Greed is not good. Let me just leave it at that until the end of this post. 

So let me qualify this.

As a person in this modern world, a philosopher and a counselor, I am more concerned with what actually is as opposed to what ought to be. I cannot be sure what someone else is supposed to do. As well, I’m not really sure what the world is supposed to do either. I have very little comprehension of what the universe is supposed to do.

I think the basic and fundamental problem of all mental issues, the foundation of modern mental health, is the inability to see things as they are. Mental health, just as a loose definition of working definition right here, has to do with the discrepancy between what a person thinks, and feels and behaves, compared to what they ought to, which is to say in comparison to what they think the world appears as.  and most often what a person thinks the world actually is is really shaded and distorted by what they think it ought to be.

My philosopher joins up with my counselor by saying before we even get to that kind of formula, before I even begin to try and figure out what this person in front of me thinks that ought to occur or how they be, or how the world is supposed to be, one of the first priorities is to begin to get them to notice what is actually occurring, Be aware of things how they actually are before We start making judgments upon them.

Now I weight my philosopher by my counselor. I do not think that philosophy by itself gets very far. That’s just my personal solution to the problem of philosophy. And if you want to try and understand how I see philosophy as indeed an identifiable object of the universe, you can start looking back at the posts I’ve been writingfor the past, I don’t know how long it’s been, six years eight years? or maybe you could look at a couple books I wrote and maybe. Or maybe a few of the papers that I’ve put on academia EDU and stuff.

Anyways. I don’t mean to get into all the ins and outs of mental health. Here.

I mean to give context to why I say if I could begin my life all over again Knowing what I know now, I would have made it my number one priority to make as much money as possible. Of course the close second would be human compassion. But I wouldn’t let my individual relationships with people interfere in me making as much money as possible as quickly as possible. But neither would I let the act of making money, nor the glamour that money tends to enslave people through, dictate my sense of self in the world. and I mean this in the way that would I would instruct my past self to do would be to make as much money as possible, invest that money. And then stop worrying about making money and then concern myself with Being and giving back to the world. if you have enough money, you can do anything that you want to do, whether it is water ski for the rest your life, become a successful academic, run for president, or just travel the world being homeless.

Like I said this is a little bit of a tongue-in-cheek hypothetical simulation. But I believe it has some merits.

Because the fact of the matter is that if you have enough money then 70% of your problems are eliminated, at least as much as they Can be. What we don’t realize when we’re children, most of us, is that old Hebrew kind of saying, “if you don’t have your health, what have you got?”

One only realize this as they get older. Because it’s been my personal experience that my mind really doesn’t change very much. The person that I feel that I am and think that I am and believe that I am really hasn’t changed very much since probably my late 20s. yes, life experiences has caused me to alter perhaps how I view the world, and how I view the situation in various situations, but who I inherently feel that I am and how I think how I approach the world really has not changed hardly at all.

But what has changed is my body stops functioning the way that it used to, the way that my mind think it should the way it Ott. So, the people that are very wealthy have that one in the pocket. For sure we don’t know everything, but money is the golden door to whatever sort of healthcare, the best healthcare that, literally, money can buy. Even if it’s some sort of holistic healthcare that doesn’t require any money. At least you have the money if you need it!

Also if you have enough money you don’t ever have to worry about a place to live, you don’t have to worry about what you’re going to eat.

The only thing left after having plenty of money is whether or not I feel comfortable with myself in The world.

And I would argue that this is the preoccupation with most people, and is the reason why most people don’t make money their main interest, because there’s like 80% of what else is going on Hass to do with how they feel about themselves in the world. And then this preoccupation with self just makes people kind of make whatever money that they think they should and we have the basically 90% of the worlds population right there, weather poverty stricken or upper class.

And I do not think it is proper to resort to modern statistics topointto the majority of say poverty stricken people who can’t get out of poverty. Because that view is an “ought” view.

Reality and truth of the matter is that some people do indeed see poverty as something that they are attempting to get out of and then they do.

Now I’m not making judgments to say that the people who don’t, like, somethings wrong with them. Because again that is an ought, that is a judgment. I’m not making judgments here. Of course there’s a huge problem with poverty and power in the world. Of course. I’m not making an argument that that is not the case or that somethings wrong with them.

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I like to bring up something that Bono from the band U2 said Back in the 1990s.

Now, people probably don’t understand it nowadays, but if you were there back in the 90s, you would understand.

I think it was an interview with MTV or Rolling Stone magazine or something, and he said that Americans are the only ones who play rock ‘n’ roll and then don’t wanna make money from it or don’t want to be famous, Have some issue about being popular.. I forget the exact quote. But what he was saying for the time was very true. Because punk rock and what had become popular then known as “grunge”, which was really punk rock starting to make money, somehow the American culture –at least on the one side you have the hippie Grateful Dead culture revival, and then on the other side you have the grunge punk rock starting to make money –both of the sides had issues with capitalism. Both sides had issues between what is authentic art and then making money from it.

Innoway, I think that pervades our sense of modern identity even today. Because somehow we feel guilty if I point out the exception of people in poverty who actually make it their life’s goal to get out of poverty, whereas I don’t so much in this case, in this post right here, rely on the fact that the overwhelming number of people in poverty have no way of getting out of it .

So it seems to me that money really has nothing to do with how one feels about oneself in the world because ultimately everyone is concerned about how they feel about themselves in the world regardless of their situation. Most people are preoccupied with feeling OK. We can bring in Maslow hierarchy of needs if you want to kind of measure this up, but I would figure in our actual current society, aside from what “should be ethically”, all of those needs have do with money, except maybe the highest one of self-actualization, which really then doesn’t matter how much money you make. But the rest of the needs can be solved by having enough money. That’s just a fact of our modern day.

The caveat is that I would not recommend this to most people in the world. I would not say that everyone just needs to concentrate on making as much money as possible, For the fact that most people generally live their lives unaware and are motivated and guided by this unawareness. And it is this unawareness of self and the world for what it is, which allows greed and the power fetish of money to overcome peoples activity.

So what do you guys think? 

And as I will say at the end, again, most people should not do this. Yeah idea that everyone should pursue as much money as possible is probably the most disgusting thing I’ve ever imagIne.

Lol 😝