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James Madison, letter to Littleton Dennis Teackle, 1826
As I See It - The Human Image
There have been plenty of occasions where I have taken the direction CogWatch.US on tangents into what I call “street politics,” the daily competition between political parties and figures trying to win control over the government and the hearts and minds of the American people. But, while politics may be the most obvious of venues in producing a cog mentality, it is by no means the only way an individual becomes enslaved. Material goods, drugs & alcohol, illness, security and even unchecked emotions and religion, can subject people to the tyranny of an authoritative entity.
This is one of the main reasons for having a limited government, because governments have the means of force at their disposal. And should a government have as it’s leader an individual of aristocratic views, a ruler, the potential for the use of force, to keep a populace in line with the authorities dictates, becomes more likely. The means of force not only include military or police force, but also refusing access to benefits and privileges, laying of taxes, incarceration or ostracizing persons or groups of people on a political basis.
The use of force is the means to ensure cultivation and compliance of ideal cogs and the ruler must target the "human image" of individuals. By “human image,” I mean the mind, body and spirit of a human. This is not a heretical, new age or science fiction concept, but one that has been believed by people for thousands of years, including Christians, Hindus, Jews, Muslims and others.
It seems to me that the easiest part of the human image to control is the body. Tyrants and oppressive governments have jailed, exiled and killed persons whom did not agree and comply with the requirements of those in power. The fears of being subjected to these conditions have kept millions toeing the line in those societies, with the Soviet Union being one of the most obvious examples.
The next easiest I believe is the control of the mind. By manipulating the education of and available information to the public, the controlling power can steer the direction of the population. We see this not only with governments, but also with closed communities and cults.
It is the spirit part of the human image which creates the most problems for rulers, because, it is the most resistant to force. In the old Soviet Union, the rulers tried marginalizing and restricting access to the churches, which they thought would remove spiritual interference with their plans for societal control. In Islamic republics the rulers enforce the particular form of religious activity and opinion as a means of societal control. These exclusionary/inclusive enforcements methods have been used throughout history, as rulers try to control groups of people, from small tribes to large societies. They seem to believe that by controlling the outward manifestations of the human spirit, they can control the spirit of individuals. However, history has also shown us that at varied times and places, an individual appears that speaks truth to the spirit of people and inspires them to throw-off the shackles of their oppressions and to become more free.
I contend that the desire for Liberty is part of the makeup of the human spirit and this is what makes people rise up in rebellion to tyrants, makes prisoners of war or slaves risk escape and induces many to leave behind familiar comforts, safety and security for a better life. As long as an individual’s spirit is not broken, but is nourished by the methods of their beliefs, they have the ability to improve their mind and physical condition, as well as their standing in Liberty.
19 Sept. 2011