Let me begin with a quote I just saw from a friend of mine.
The worst effect of voting is not your implicit permission or sanction of the system, nor is it the effect it has on imposing things on others. It is that it reinforces habits of mind that undermine your ability to make yourself free. - Kyle Bennett
In other words, as we've discussed before, we are zoo animals, captive in zoo human, and not Free Animals. I quoted Erwan Le Corre of MovNat in that post.
The “zoo” is a modern, global and growing phenomenon generated by the powerful combination of social conventions, technological environment and commercial pressures. Increasingly disconnected from the natural world and their true nature, zoo humans are suffering physically, mentally and spiritually.
Are you experiencing chronic pains, are you overweight, do you often feel depressed or do you suffer from frequent illnesses and general lack of vitality? These symptoms indicate that you are experiencing the zoo human syndrome. Modern society conditions us to think that this is normal and unavoidable.
We don’t think so. Our true nature is to be strong, healthy, happy and free. [...]
The zoo is not just an environment, it is a phenomenon, a process, which is designed to keep you a captive of both external and internal cages. It is something that conditions many of your behaviours: clearly it is to me a domestication system, no less. The zoo impairs our ability to experience our true nature [...]
But I personally have a problem with morals or ethics when it comes to deciding what is good or what is not good for me, what is done and what's not, what I should do or what society expects me to do or would like to impose to me as some form of duty.
After all, a tool is useful, a cog in the machine is useful right? I accept no institutional duty. Free will is the most precious thing in my eyes. If I choose to be helpful to others, which I in fact often do because I tend to like others, it is because I decide so and not because I have to. The problem is, many people often think of altruism as sacrificing oneself or one's resources unconditionally for others, even for those that are total strangers to you or even if it's going to be seriously detrimental to yourself.
"Our true nature is to be strong, healthy, happy and free," he says. Yea, that's absolutely the picture I get when I see a long line of weak, unhealthy, unhappy zoo humans standing in long lines to exercise their grand privilege; attempting to become party to the bigger of two big mobs, such that they get to decide whether the existing zookeeper sticks around or, whether he gets replaced with a "new & improved" zookeeper...until, that is, he's not so new nor much of any improvement -- at which point it's just about time to get all enamored with a future Zookeeper Selection Day where you throw out the Bad Zookeeper and replace it with the Good Zookeeper. Ad infinitum.
They call it chaaaaange...or...hope & chaaaaange...or is it chaaaaange & hope? Whatever it is, it's excitement and focus on nonessentials. Focussing on or hoping for "change" for the mere fact of "change" serves to illustrate just how morally bankrupt and corrupting the whole shitty affair is, from top to bottom and wall to wall.
And yet...and YET, how many amongst us actually stops, looks around, thinks, extracts concepts and principles from their senses -- before finally coming to their senses -- and says, "BUT WAIT-THE-FUCK A MINUTE; WE. LIVE. IN. A. FUCKING. ZOO!"
Not fuckin' many, and it's goddammed pathetic.
...Even before I wrote that zoo animal post, I had observed:
Go observe any animal in the wild you care to observe, and provided that its environment is suitable to its needs -- i.e., hasn't been ravaged by fire, flood, or other natural or man-made disturbance -- they live in perfect, optimal, evolutionarily designed health, which is to say that they live up to the niche they occupy in the evolution of species. Every wild animal is 100% responsible and accountable for its own survival and they do a fantastic job of it.
We evolved to become the rational animal. It was an impressive jump, so impressive that we tend to regard primitives both past and present with some degree of disdain -- as though somehow grossly inferior, savage, ignorant, and part of a reality which rules don't really apply to us. They do, and in terms of biology, they all do. And this is why hunter-gatherers are and have been measurably healthier and stronger -- even taller -- than us. Here's an analog for you: even domestic dogs that are as close to the wolf as you can get are no match in terms of health and fitness (dogs are direct genetic descendants of the wolf).
In reality, we have become just like our own pet dogs. Most of them would be completely ill-equipped to survive in the wild on their own and would surely perish in short order. I would venture to say that the same goes for most modern human beings. While division of labor is a marvelous thing ("even" hunter-gatherers understood this), I think that there's a point where "division of knowledge" becomes an enormous liability on an individual level.
And I can just see some of the likely comments now, some version of "how not enslaving the human race in human zoos would just never work." "Look at Somalia," they'll plead. From that first blockquote, above: "After all, a tool is useful, a cog in the machine is useful right?" Yep, it's always all about utility:
[U]tility is amoral. Pay attention whenever you hear or read of a justification for something on the grounds that it's useful, functional, efficient. Think really hard.
That, my friends, is the essence of individualism, and there could be no greater contrast between that individualism and those old, tired, collectivist ideas straight form the zookeeper's manual -- hauled out and polished up for those ignorant of the failures of history -- delivered by the new Zookeeper-in-Chief, himself.
In fact, I wonder if 'zoo' is even the right metaphor for what we're going to get, now. I think ant farm or bee hive might be a little bit more fitting.
And if you believe that the predicted Republican routing of the Democrats -- should it come to pass -- will materially change anything, well, then you're just too deluded -- or dense -- to even recall back as far as 1994, or any of the dozens of times in the decades before.
You "voters" are some of the biggest bunches of fools I've ever seen in my life.
I'm with George Carlin. I hold my head high. And unlike the rest of the captives in the zoo human, I can at least -- at least -- still imagine what it must be like to truly be free -- living by my own means, and taking my own chances.
Ya'll have a good time out there fooling yourselves once again, y'hear? Make sure to invoke that "Land of the Free" bromide often, loudly, and with moral conviction.
That's how you'll keep on believing it (not by reference to any observation or evidence).