The aim of this article is firstly to describe what the 'hive-mind' is, and secondly to compare and contrast the concept of 'food chain' societies with the concept of civilised community. After this, the article will attempt to inextricably link the hive mind with the 'food chain' concept of society. Finally the article will posit that hive mind / food chain societies are uncivil and harmful to mankind.
The hive mind and the human food chain
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Aim: The aim of this article is firstly to describe what the 'hive-mind' is, and secondly to compare and contrast the concept of 'food chain' societies with the concept of civilised community. After this, the article will attempt to inextricably link the hive mind with the food chain concept of society. Finally the article will posit that hive mind / food chain societies are uncivil and harmful to mankind. In this article, consciousness and free will are taken to mean the same thing, and it is assumed that consciousness enables free will.
What is the food chain?
It is a system in which human beings are not living as equals, rather, they live in a system where they can be owned, consumed or destroyed by those who are more powerful than them. Systems, like fascism, capitalism, communism, socialism and religious fundamentalism are basically pyramid schemes, or food chains, designed to lift power and wealth out of the hands of the many and into the hands of the few, through use of force, threat of force or deception. In food chains, force, threats of force and deception overwhelmingly move downward, and as a result, wealth moves slowly upward.
How does this compare and contrast with the concept of civilised community? A civilised community is a place where logic, reason and morals replace brute force and fear as the prime force controlling society. Both communities and food chains are driven to maintain their existence, but they do so in two opposing ways. Whereas a civilised community is primarily egalitarian, supportive and cooperative in its need for survival, a food chain is focussed on consumption and competition for survival. Essentially it is hierarchy versus heterarchy.
The societal and economic structure - the food chain - is theoretical; man-made. More importantly, it is non-living, yet it exhibits the features of a living entity. First and foremost, it exhibits self-preservation, valuing it's continued existence above everything else. It's structure is a mesh of laws, which can outlive a man; the security services and justice system are it's immune system; it's circulatory system is that of money, and it's sustenance is acquired from the wealth and possessions of others. It is parasitic in nature, and yet it is the centre of almost every society. A non-living entity to which the living are sacrificed for the sake of efficiency, economics, culture, politics, religion and conformity. The standards necessary for social cohesiveness are now centered around the needs of the state, not around the needs of humanity. In practice, because of the hierarchical nature of the food chain, the needs of the state, regardless of the political system claimed to be in place, usually coincide with the needs of the controlling elite,
Carl Jung said "The larger a society or confederacy, the greater the amalgamation of collective factors - which is typical of every large organization - will rest upon conservative prejudices to the detriment of the individual, the more aggravated the moral and spiritual degeneration of the individual." This quote is just as appropriate for the hive mind...
What is the hive-mind?
"They hold authority as the truth, not truth as the authority."
The hive mind is an organisation of society where thought and decision making have largely become centralised. Centralisation of power implies concentration of power, because an elite few exerts the power of millions of unquestioning people under their chain of command. For this to happen, the majority of a population must, at some point, have ceased independent thought in favour of the opinions and dictates of experts and elites. These experts and elites are, of course, serving themselves.
To be more specific, the individual human mind is powered by consciousness, which makes decisions based strongly on the need for self-preservation. [Note that in contrast to animals, the human will often use the conscious mind to make survival decisions, instead of relying on instinct alone.] The less an individual needs to make decisions regarding their lives and their futures, the less that individual links self-consciousness with self preservation, and thus the less likely it is that that individual will be influenced by their natural desire for self-preservation. People have left the responsibility for preservation to the authorities, and in doing so, they have rescinded control of their own minds to a central point outside themselves; unfortunately it is a centralised control source which does not see their individual lives as anything of importance.
Free will and the hive mind are in eternal conflict. However, free will remains essential to society regardless of which system is chosen: people at the top of any given hierarchy must make decisions for those below them, therefore it follows that people with free will must head the hive mind. The hive mind differs from civilised society in that the controlling elites hold a monopoly on free will and seek to preserve it at all costs.
How is the hive mind linked with the food chain?
The hive mind is the mechanism through which the food chain enacts self preservation. So it follows that there must be some form of hive mind before there can be a food chain. Even small hive mind organisations like the police and army are sufficient to begin the enforced transformation of society into a food chain. As the hive mind relies on centralised authority, it needs to build itself upon existing hierarchies by bringing them under its control.
Both the food chain and the conscious mind share the feature of self-preservation. Yet free will is a threat to the food chain and the hive mind. As a matter of course, and as a matter of self preservation, the dominant systems must act to repress and oppress consciousness and individuality. Identity must be a collective state of mind. Fashion, religion, culture, politics and nationality are just some of the ways in which populations can be collectively summarised 'to the detriment of the individual'.
Like civilised society, the food chain requires social cohesion for its self-preservation. However, this cohesion has different purposes: in civilised society, social cohesion departs from the grassroots and is enforced by people interacting and forming agreements with each other. In a food chain, social cohesion is enforced from the top, by elites through a centralised media. Contrarily to a civilised society, social cohesion is kept at a minimum required to gleam popular support for the establishment, whilst otherwise maintaining division amongst the people.
Peer pressure is instinctive to the preservation of the group, as individuals who do not conform threaten the cohesiveness of the group. The modern hive mind is thus a return to a primitive state of mind which is easily manipulated by peer pressure and groupthink. Peer pressure and groupthink are important phenomena in the hive mind: peer pressure is use of persuasion, intimidation or shame by the majority against a minority, and groupthink is the acceptance of information or opinions, without any analysis, by a group of people who are similar in some way.
Of interest: one of the most striking studies on the mechanisms of peer pressure is the Asch conformity experiment.
In order for the elites to exploit peer pressure, the hive mind requires a strong centralised media network through which to cast its spell, and so television and newspapers are some of the most powerful mediums through which the hive mind can be formatted. The goal of the centralised media is to encourage people to relinquish critical thinking and to rely instead on opinions proffered by paid experts.
However, a certain degree of complacency is required for people to willingly give up their minds to central control. In contrast to those who only use free will intermittently, those who might be classified as 'stubbornly conscious' are far more difficult to program, and formatting their minds takes longer. They will dedicate themselves to self-preservation and individuality, and thus they are normally at odds with the food-chain society in which they find themselves. Consciousness resists centralised control as a matter of self-preservation. If a conscious individual becomes aware of the organised intent against their sovereignty, programming them may become impossible.
For this reason, the media must primarily target the people whose level of consciousness is the weakest, and work their way up until they successfully program the majority of the population. As it is impossible to program the 'stubbornly conscious', the media must resort to discrediting them in the eyes of the brainwashed majority. This is easier to accomplish when the people are made to distrust each other and anyone but the anointed experts.
The weakest elements of society can be made to give up their sovereignty willingly by encouraging a phony sense of individualism which actually robs them of their individuality. Self-gratification and minimal effort are routinely promoted as values by the advertising industry; thus solutions to every problem can be found by purchasing the right product. Likewise, self-preservation is delegated to the authorities, and laziness of thought is encouraged. At the same time people are taught that they are spared the effort of thinking for themselves and preserving themselves by experts who do it for them. The promoted selfishness sells the idea that people only need to care about their own well-being; it is also implied that the others will be taken care of by the appropriate authorities.
For the same reasons, people are taught to distrust their peers, and in the name of individualism are told to rely on their own opinions, which had already been formed by the media. One of the advantages of promoting division is that it maintains the illusion that the hive minds (institutions?) to which people knowingly hold allegiance are still independent, even as they are being integrated under a centralised chain of command. Thus people can be made to indirectly obey the central elite by controlling the authority figures that people already trust.
This centralisation of thought-process and opinion formation can thus rapidly program and re-program the unconscious elements of a society from the top-down. The result is that radical changes in society can take place in a matter of months, and not generations as was previously required.
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