Government is the Average of our Intelligence
As much as you loathe the government, there are people on the other side who love it.
It's interesting really. Government is basically the average of people. People who are responsible and able to fully support themselves could care less about the government. To them the government is a problem. To people who are irresponsible and not able to fully support themselves they care greatly about the government. To them the government is a solution.
Government is a way we balance society. We are probably always going to have people who excel in society and we are always going to have people who don't excel in society. Government is a way to balance these two forces and find the common ground between them. Common ground is usually found in the form of money. People who excel pay money to people who don't excel. People who don't excel live off money of those who do excel.
The current stage of our government is a reflection on the stage of us. If our government sucks it is somewhat because our average person sucks. If we really were as smart as we think we are we would construct a better government. But we can't construct a better government when we have people who don't excel tugging to constrict those who do excel.
We are still in a stage of consciousness and understanding where as humans we find the need to support our level of government. As we are slow to shed the age old dogma of religion, we are even slower to shed the age old dogma of government. Operating outside of government is a very big challenge for most people. It is like taking your first step into the real world and figuring out how you're going to support yourself. It's challenging and a bit scary. People don't like this.
If it was up to only the people who excel we would be living in a society with no government and complete freedom. Commerce and decision making would be 100% to the discretion of each individual. Individuals would be allowed to make mistakes. Individuals would need to have a certain level of understanding to participate in such a society. Such a society would require basics in human philosophy. People would need to understand the role of self responsibility and cause and effect. People would need to know that we receive what we put in.
If it was up to only the people who don't excel we would be living in a society of complete slavery. Commerce and decision making would be 100% to the discretion of the masters who own the slaves. No real understanding our consciousness would be required. People would operate as a battery. Creativity and individuality would only matter to the masters in charge. Such a society would require no basics in anything. Anything goes in such an rote society. The basic laws behind nature and physics would have very little use in such a society. The only people who would need to know anything would be the masters.
The level of change in a government is decided not by wisdom, which it should be, but by freedom. Since when given freedom most people choose not to become wise, freedom tends to create complacency. People replace work with entertainment. And like a muscle lacking any real friction, people become ignorant, willingly, through freedom.
And so we are left with a government commensurate to the average between wisdom and ignorance, to varying degrees. If you were to represent government mathematically it would probably look somewhat like this:
Government = (Ignorant People - Wise People) * Freedom
And so as ignorance increases, so too does government. The more ignorant people we have, and the greater freedom we have (read entertainment) the greater government we have. As wise people decrease the greater the multiplier we have of ignorant people with freedom. The more freedom we have, the more entertainment we have. The more entertainment we have, the more ignorance we have. The whole thing is a feedback loop until ultimately it all collapses in on itself.
Just another day on planet earth.Filed under: Politics / Government, Intelligence, Wisdom, Ignorance