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People assume that the culture of Earth is normal and understandable. Even critics harbor this opinion.
“Well, even though massive conformity isn’t desirable, we can see why people embrace it…”
Examine the annals of science fiction; even there, the majority of ET cultures in the literature exhibit conformity to norms. That’s how far the assumption goes.
Culturally speaking, what is conformity? It’s the passing of an idea through many hands and minds, rendering it lifeless and limp, drained of vitality. What these minds are accepting becomes a dead habit, a series of empty gestures.
That’s the fundamental of Earth Culture. Everywhere on the planet.
If, somewhere in the galaxy, a civilization existed in which Individual Difference and Independence were universal virtues, and if scouts traveled to Earth and took a cursory look, they would report back: “Slave Culture.”
Of course, conformity can operate under a variety of names: “Unity.” “Common goals.” “Shared values.”
These are euphemisms and covers. They point to a kind of mind control—illusions people foster in themselves to explain and celebrate their own slavery.
Those who claim externally imposed propaganda and other methods account for slave mentality are only telling half the story. People form themselves into groups of various kinds, and resonant behavior is expected in those groups. People willingly and even eagerly enlist. They program themselves. Ignoring this factor is actually another familiar feature of Earth Culture.
“I am the way I am because of other people…they made me do it.”
Another excuse given for Earth Culture: people must pull together to survive. However, this doesn’t require group conformity to an extreme degree, spilling over into every aspect of behavior and thought.
Concerning my definition of conformity, notice that a machine-like quality pervades human communication. Certain subjects are pleasing; others are taboo. Conversations which probe below the surface, in order to reveal hidden factors in events, are considered “strange,” in social settings. They aren’t “normal.” They provoke anxiety.
Rather than solely explain the taboo by citing the fear of “standing out from the crowd,” look at the other side of the coin: people want to behave like machines. They enjoy the sensation. They embrace shallow predictability.
Recent reports out of China describe a new system, in which citizens receive scores based on their obedience to government. This is a kind of game. It encompasses, at the very least, online behavior. Apparently, people are taking to it like ducks to water. They’re proud to announce their high scores for acting like good machines. They like it.
Do you think all those college students, who are trying to outlaw certain words that “might be offensive to someone, somehow,” are merely motivated by a strange brand of idealism? They like the idea of carving down the language and using sanitized terms. They, too, see it as a kind of game. Humans acting like programmed machines—wonderful.
And the preposterous idea that someday, soon, human brains will be linked up to a super-computer that will pass down “the very best” answers to all questions? The advocates of the “breakthrough” are delighted by the prospect. Some of them even believe it will signal the visible emergence of God. Again, humans behaving like machines.
Conformity at all levels—to be wished for most fervently. Not simply the result of fear.
Look below the images of ads in which great athletes are presented as superior humans. Their dedication to practice is highly admired, even worshiped. What are we talking about here? Repetition of exercises. Numbers of reps. Familiar actions, done over and over and over. Humans as machines. Isn’t it beautiful.
More and more, Earth Culture is coming to be machine culture, and those who support this notion are finding pleasure in it. They see it in a very positive light.
Let’s take this one step further. Machine Culture is the eradication of consciousness. Well, consciousness was always a thorny problem. It never yielded up simple answers. There was something in the nature of a struggle about it. How fine a thing to be able to discard it entirely. Maybe it never existed. Maybe it was always an illusion.
Don’t worry, be happy. Learn to pursue lowest common denominator pleasures in a single-minded fashion. No distractions. Be a cop decked out in black military gear standing in a phalanx of other such cops. No visible faces. No identities. Machines ready for action. Beat down the mind. Subdue it. Offload it.
The body is a machine. The mind is irrelevant. Maybe it, too, never existed.
And if the possibility of automatic and reliable genetic alteration presents itself, to make the body even stronger and more resilient—and if the mind can be redirected and rebuilt to become pure automatic talents…why, that is perfect. That is supreme Earth Culture.
Yes, Earth Culture has an aesthetic, and it is the aesthetic of the highly efficient machine.
Consider the age-old prescription: order from chaos. This is the basic principle of control ops. Introduce chaos, then come in behind that to impose order. In terms of this culture, the order is the machine. The closed system.
It sounds horrible? Well, for many, many people, it’s utopia.
“If there is a question that takes longer than three seconds to provoke a correct answer, the question was meaningless in the first place.” That becomes the new basis of IQ.
In the long run, culture is based on pleasure, not pain. People sign on willingly. They yearn for a preferred outcome.
In this case, on Earth, they love the idea of becoming machines.
The preconditions for establishing Machine Culture? People must sour on the idea of freedom. They must sour on the idea of learning how to think rationally, by choice. They must sour on the idea of deploying their imaginations. They must sour on the idea of building up their own individual power and using it to create their own deeply desired futures in the world. Or any world.
Then they will look at all these realities as forgeries and empty promises.
Then they will forget these realities ever existed even as concepts.
But you don’t have to forget these things.
You can go in the opposite direction.
Your pleasures will be multi-dimensional, and without limits. They will tower above the Culture.
I once ended a short story with this: “And the machines passing in the street took no notice of me. Why would they? They were on their way to perfection. Today, tomorrow, and always. They were in love with their own function. That was their one emotion and their one impulse. For them, the struggle of the ages was over. They had beaten the odds.”
Yes, hail Earth Culture. A re-animation of life in which no life exists. Instead, the goal of socialization triumphs.
I write, in order to forward the infinity of other goals, the authentic ones that emerge out of great individual desire and great imagination. The true dream, in any universe.
About the Author
The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29thDistrict of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free NoMoreFakeNews emails here or his free OutsideTheRealityMachine emails here.
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