In this universe, the rules of Mother Nature rule. These rules are survival for the fittest, dog eats dog, pain and suffering of sentient beings that will never end. We seem to all live in a cycle of fear, punishment and reword, all perpetuated by competition.
Most religions have a notion of hell as punishment and heaven as reword. Weather these believes are the truth of the universe or not may never matter because one day these notions will become true, because they are a will tried and tested methodology for social control. Let me explain.
A boss of a big corporation, is synonymous with the human collective. Needs to control his subordinates, he doesn�t want them to steal stationery, become lazy or have fights. One way to control workers is to spy on them using CCTV, but CCTV has not been invented yet, so the next best thing is to pretend you can see all, or better still, say God can see all and give out punishment appropriately and the nature of punishment is unimaginable.
One day CCTV cameras are invented. Now the bosses of the company can spy on bad subordinates, no need to make threats, just quick direct punishment. What has started out as a sociological control system has now been implemented as a machine that is much more effective.
One day in future the punishment of subordinate will not be in the form frets of going to hell, but of reality with machines that punish in ways not you could possibly envisage.
Hell and heaven will become real, because we as humans collectively want it so. We will build machines that are more effective because they are of reality. Much of what are common amongst most successful religions will also become true in reality.
I read an interesting sci-fi book once that touched on this subject. All the civilians in a future society wore a recording device that logged their brain patterns. When they died the contents of this were used to reconstruct the person in a virtual reality that was pretty nice to be in - a kind of virtual-heaven. The initial idea was that it could be used to consult the great minds of the past by keeping them alive in electronic form, but it changed over the years into a reward system - only civilians that had been good were loaded into the virtual heaven.
I’m no evolutionist, but I am sure that Darwin, did in fact mean the survival of the most suitable for a particular environment. He observed this happening randomly in nature. You could argue that if particular species were able to work together (as opposed to ‘dog eats dog’ they would be able to prosper. The most successful hunters in nature are pack animals, as they work together. This is indeed our own [Human] history.
Orwell did say some good stuff about the UK – cannot remember his exact quote: something about British people and their hobbies and how Britain could never end up with a dictatorship. My only worry is the EU.
In Animal farm Orwell has a character that represents the [Russian] church, the raven Moses. It’s just like everything; people interrupt things for their own needs – [sadly] region is no exception.
Have a look at some of Bacons Idols, all good stuff: Four Idols
[Think I've got to do a bit of study now!]
----------------------- "In our vile days, man was, whatever his element, tyrant, traitor or prisoner" - [Aleksandr Pushkin]
posted 15 years ago
Teamwork, that is one of the pleasent things about mothernature and one that I have not forgotten about.A team is a collective, a group of smaller units that make a bigger stronger one. Some collectives are comprised of other smaller one and one that equals more then the sum of its parts. Coperations, religions, races ,countries and political party's are a form of collective. Sometimes two different collectives form alliences against others, sometime they backstab each other. sometime they simply don't need allies and attack all. But these actions come only out of self interest and nothing else.
When big corperations compete with each other they sometimes have price wars. This type of war, can be fun but when other forms of collective have war, religion against religion, race against race, country against country terrable things can happen.
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry. A wrung this tiny ad and it was still dry.