How does a population turn into a community?
How does a community turn into a government?
How does a government turn into an oppressive state?
How does culture develop to control?
As Terence McKenna put it, culture is our operating system and via different psychedelic experiences–YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR OPERATING SYSTEM. Therefore, psychedelics are a tool for cultural change.
what is civilisation?
City-based – the majority of the population live in towns and cities, where most of their daily necessities (food, water, energy etc) are transported to them.
Heirarchies – a ‘power-over’ or pyramid social structure, where some people have more power or ‘worth’ than others. Bosses, kings & queens, clergy, business leaders, police etc have authority over other people (whether those people grant it or not). A few at the top of the heirarchy have very comfortable lives, exploiting & controlling those further down, while at the bottom life is a hard struggle for survival.
Slavery - the majority of the populace are coerced into working for the
For example, in modern civilisation individuals must work to earn money to pay rent, mortgage, taxes or to buy food. For most on the lower rungs of the heirarchy there is little choice but wage slavery.
It is a crime not to have money – vagrancy. The reward system of ‘money’ makes it all the easier to enslave the masses without flagrant violence, especially as nowadays the bottom rungs of the ladder are occupied by other peoples in other lands, where open violence is more common-place.
War – civilisation only functions through constant expansion. That means that neighbouring lands, people and resources have to be ‘absorbed’ to fuel the growth. Our civilisation is a culture of occupation – initially absorbing the surrounding countryside, enslaving the peasants to feed the the city’s inhabitants. Then absorbing neighbouring cities – their slaves, land & resources now feeding the conquerors.
Eventually civilisation reaches its endgame, where leaders have to invent enemies (didnt they always, to keep feeding growth), and there is little left to conquer. With war, and the constant requirement to build new weapons, civilisation economics could not work.
Anti-nature – constant growth requires resources, forests, fuel, food, minerals etc. Civilisation conveniently views humans as being above nature, its only perceived value as resources to plunder & pillage. Civilised people, cut off from nature and the landbase that supports them, do not perceive themselves as part of the natural world, and in fact often fear it.
Specialisation – freed from the need to take a hand in feeding themselves, by civilisation’s enslavement of other ‘less worthy’ peoples, the civilised become more and more single-minded and specialised, thus allowing the civilised to work 40 to 60 hours a week doing the same thing every day, instead of the 2 or 3 hours a day it would take to feed oneself from a piece of land or hunter/gathering.
One true way – civilised people are indoctrinated to feel that this is the only way that people can live. To be civilised is to be better than the ‘savages’ of other cultures. To be different is to be ‘backward’ or ‘evil’. Within civilisation there is massive peer pressure to conform, to be ‘normal’ and not to stand out as an individual. In fact the history of civilisation is a mere blip in the history of humanity. Civilised people believe that they are the pinnacle of human acheivement, and strive to indoctrinate uncivilised peoples into their way, often with genocidal results.
Ultimately civilisation is a culture that rewards the most destructive, sociopathic and greedy people within the society. Any activity that destroys the landbase, enslaves & controls large numbers of people, or shows subservience to those higher up the heirarchy, is well rewarded with money and higher standing in the community. Inventions that create artificial needs get developed, while ideas that solve real problems (but with little economic value) are shelved or even stifled. Daily reality for millions and millions of people is one of boredom, stress, fear and submission. Civilisation has changed the climate, wiped out countless species, levelled almost all forests, poisoned the seas – making any alternatives to civilisation more difficult with each passing day.
We need to start living a different way before it is too late to live at all.