“If you wish to improve, be content to appear clueless or stupid in extraneous matters — don’t wish to seem knowledgable. And if some regard you as important, distrust yourself” — Epictetus.
This world isn’t what you think it is. You may be still in the Matrix.
There are some fundamental truths about the world that many should be aware of. Unfortunately the education system is a tool of the government — the information given to us is filtered and not totally factual. The executive system (government) functions this way. In order to maintain social, political, and economic order in society the medium in which information is construed has to polish and be representative of a well-functioned executive system.
There are so many questions. They (group in charge of the functioning of society) don’t tell you that religion was created out of fear of hidden forces of the Earth — rivers, oceans, earthquakes, trees, winds, and the sky. Religion became the worship of these forces through offerings, sacrifices, and prayer that later translated into hope, meaning, and dignity of even the lowliest existence. “Relationships with God” has helped discipline children as well as establish order. It has also kept the poor from murdering the rich — “as long as there is poverty there will be gods.” Why would they tell you inequality and freedom cannot co-exist together? England and America tried this in the nineteenth century under laissez-faire. When one prevails, the other falls. They deem philosophy too be an absurd and useless topic while ancient Greece’s philosophers should be recognized for creating modern political structures. Philosophy’s department of understanding nature and dealing with it’s laws is called Physics — the most intellectually, highly regarded field by society. Racial hostilities have roots in ethnic origin but are generated by differences of acquired culture. The only cure for one’s racial judgement is a broadened education. They won’t tell you that “race” is an idea to maintain social and economic order.
It’s important to wake up and be privy to what’s actually going on rather than the material things we give too much attention too. A knowledge of history may teach us that society is a co-operative product; everyone contributes too; and that actions towards one is a representation of self. We will only explore the laws of biology that are the fundamental lessons of history.
Life is Competition
“We are the subjects of the processes and trials of evolution, to the struggle for existence, and the survival of the fittest to survive.”* If some of us can escape the strife it is because our “group” protects us. That group itself must meet and withstand the tests of survival. Animals eat one another without qualm as humans consume one another by due process of law. Co-operation is necessary and increases with social development for the purpose of outlasting any competition. We co-operate in our group — church, family, party, occupation, “race”, nation — and make it stronger to destroy other groups. Competing groups have qualities of competing individuals — pride, boldness, greed, acquisitiveness, combativeness. Our states of mind multiplied are what we are. We are this way because our blood remembers that our ancestors had to chase, wrestle, and kill animals in order to survive — eating until gastric capacity, fearing their next meal would come later rather than sooner. Insecurity is the mother of greed and cruelty. War is the nation’s way of eating — promoting cooperation because it is the ultimate form of competition. Until our states become members of a large and effectively protective group, they will continuously act like individuals in the hunting stage.
Life is Selection
“Since Nature has not read the American Declaration of Independence or the French Revolutionary Declaration of the Rights of Man, we are all born un-free and unequal: subject to our physical and psychological heredity, and to the customs and traditions of our group; diversely endowed in health and strength, in mental capacity and qualities of character.”* Nature loves difference as the necessary ingredient of selection and evolution — identical twins differ in 100 different ways. No two trees are the same. Inequality is not only natural — it grows within the complexity of our civilization — we have sexes, religions, races, schools, occupations, materialism to identify who we are as people. Hereditary inequalities breed social inequalities — every invention is made or stolen by the stronger individual making the strong stronger, and the weak relatively weaker than before. Unfortunately, even when repressed inequality grows — only the individual who is below the average in economic ability desires equality. This is polarizing and shocking but plausible. Equality & freedom are utopia-like, we must only hope for equal justice and educational opportunity. A society in which all potential individual abilities are allowed to develop and function will have a better competitive advantage. This becomes problematic when there is competition within the group — in other words, collusion.
Life is Breeding
“Nature has no use for organisms, variations, or groups that cannot produce in abundance.”* She (meaning Nature in the process of birth, variation, recreation, selection, survival) likes large litters, and enjoys relishing in selecting the surviving few. She is more interested in the species rather than the individual; the few rather than the many. She sees to it that a nation with a low birth rate shall be periodically chastened by some more virile and fertile group. If the human population is too numerous for the food supply, Nature has ways of restoring balance: famine, disease, and war. Without these corrections, the birth rate would exceed the date rate — the multiplication of mouths would nullify any increase in the production of food. The advances of contraceptive technology in the nineteenth century combatted these claims while maintaining and growing a stabilized economy — more consumers meant more producers. Evidence supports that contraceptives are used more so by “intelligent’ people but what we define intelligence is: individual education, opportunity, and experience — there is no evidence that “intelligence” is transported via genes (brain emulation requires extensive computing power). Family limitation played some role in ancient Greece and Rome. Julius Caesar offered rewards to Romans who conceived many children and forbid childless women to wear jewelry. In the US, the lower birth rate of Anglo Saxons has lessened their economic and political power. Contrarily, higher birth rate of Roman Catholic families suggest the Roman Catholic Church is the dominant force in national as well as in state governments. So the birth rate, like wars, may determine many theologies.
I’m going to leave you with this: nature and history do not agree with our conceptions of good and bad; they define good as that which survives, and bad as that which dies off. The universe won’t tell you if it favors Christ over Genghis Khan.
* Quotes are from Lessons of History by Will and Ariel Durant. Another interesting book on this topic is Sapiens by Noah Harari.