I used to say there is no government, only people, but I believe I was wrong.
There is a “government”.
There is an “It”.
“It” is a set of ideas that have become it’s own mindset. It’s like a standalone brain without a soul, not even a heart. It’s called the beast in some circles, I mostly call it The System. It has a mindset and a purpose: It thinks, “A” Life if chaotic and unpredictable, and humans can’t be trusted. And “B” It can solve human problems by making laws and regulating human behavior.
The System exists in governments, corporations, non-profits & churches alike – any organization that has grown to a certain size will have a mindset that those who work for it has to adhere to.
The basic premise – that life is chaotic and human behavior must be controlled – attracts certain people who like order, rules and power over others. Artists, free thinkers and entrepreneurs seldom apply for work in a city-planning office. Hence, within this organism there is no trust of human goodness and a belief that there are no limits to areas that would benefit by being regulated.
The bigger the system, the more control it demands, the more power over others it has, and the more those who lust for power over others will be attracted to it.
“Democracy”, Churchill said, was “a flawed system, just not as much as other systems”. In essence: There is no perfect system, because life is change and systems are static. A merciful and good sovereign king or queen is probably the best system of government, but, as history shows, its hard to ensure the right person gets the job.
As every part of government expands, technology supplies means to increase control over the us, the pesky individuals. For every encroachment of our freedom and privacy there is always a “good reason”, mostly “to keep us or our children safe”. We now have cameras on every intersection, licenses for every imaginable profession including flower-shop keepers and dog-groomers. The cell-phones we carry records all conversations as well as inform the powers that be where we were and when. Today most state governments have also (quietly) given themselves the power to make law simply by declaring state emergencies. The recent Virus “epidemic” is a good example of this, as citizens were ordered to close their businesses and wear face-masks everywhere in public – under penalty of law.
The System – unfortunately – is immortal, while humans are not. This means it can keep growing through generations in power and scope – as long as there are humans available to fill vacancies within it. “Individual freedom” to a mind without a heart is an outdated luxury, an impediment to obtaining a perfect, regulated world. Those of us who believe in the goodness of the human heart may be a dying breed, as The System keeps expanding. Soon Artificial Intelligence (AI) may be able to rule without any human input at all.
The only thing that is outside the scope of this kind of system is music and humor. Neither makes any sense to the logical mind, so it may well be that within music and humor lies the key to the salvation of mankind. Pardon me, human-kind. Or is the person-kind?
I think I wrote a song about that.