Pulling Down The Pyramid

Photo: Nina Aldin Thune (CC)

Photo: Nina Aldin Thune (CC)

Aaron Cynic writes at As Above, So Below:

Through generation after generation of living in authoritarian structures, we have been bred to believe the only way to govern ourselves is through hierarchies or States.

All systems look like the great pyramid, with a single person or small group at the top, who delineate small pieces of power to subordinates, who then delineate further until the common person merely exists to support the others standing on top.

This happens in almost all social aspects of life – most religious structures, forms of government, education systems, and employment structures operate in this nature.

Because we are confronted first with this idea from childhood, by the time we reach early adulthood, we are already predisposed to recognize and respond to symbols of authority in certain ways.

Though the concept takes a long time to learn, the symbols are simple: A person in blue is a police officer, meant to keep us safe from bad people. A person in business attire is someone we can trust, because he or she is successful. A man with a hat or collar is someone we should listen to when he speaks on matters of faith, because he knows spirituality.

Long before we could rationalize or understand these symbols, we were already indoctrinated to believe that police officers and elected officials have our best interests at heart. We were nurtured on the idea the people we delegate power to will represent our interests, and the people society deems successful should be the ones we cast our votes for. We give these people our money, votes and confidence because we see the symbols of success and believe the bearers of those marks will lead us to our perceived promised land. That is why we give them our confidence.

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  • Nunzio X

    Every time I hear a politician or businessperson talk about “leadership,” I want to scream:

    I’m not interested in being your follower, motherfucker. Fuck you, and fuck your “leadership.”

    • JaceD

      My thoughts exactly friend. My country is governed by an ex IMF banker who was caught on tape saying “I don’t care about the people, I just want to see what it’s like to be Prime Minister” at the beginning of his rein.

      Now he’s in his second term as PM.

      John (Don) Key, you’re a cunt.

  • cakeypig

    Yea I agree. We need a mass shift in consciousness to enable humanity to evolve past our dominator culture with its master / slave horseshit.

  • http://wearechangeatlanta.com/ Camron Wiltshire

    Looking forward to the follow up.
    The pyramid is given a bad rap at the same time.  It’s a multivalent symbol.  We are seeing evidence of a lost past, challenging our intellect to understand and then re cognize the lessons embedded in that stone textbook.   

  • Dave

    Back in 2006 I wrote a book called Beyond the Information Age that described a society established on the Internet. This plan would take us a long way forward. You can read this book at:

    http://www.vias.org/beyinfoage/

    Enjoy! 

  • chubby

    and it supposedly goes for the abstract as well. the invisible pyramid above the invisible pyramid, and so on and so forth.

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