posted on Nov, 14 2010 @ 03:41 PM
A great post … and beautifully presented I must say.
I wonder about the separation of your idea into two different categories.
On the one hand, we're talking about instinct. I think it's human instinct to want power, go after power, sustain power and take power away from
other people (which is identified with increasing your own). We don't do this for a good reason (although you could argue this from a perspective of
evolution), but we do do it. Given any group, these dynamics will ensue.
On the other hand, people in power have power. And people with power exert power. Hoarding of knowledge is a fundamental exercise of power. As you
caveat, there are real secrets and these secrets may be advantageous to know.
History has revealed to us that secrets have been kept and actions developed because of kept secrets. Had the secrets been available, events would
have developed differently.
We know government agencies keep secrets. I think about the medical experimentation on African Americans at the Tuskeegee Institute. This was a
secret and it would have been beneficial had the secret been uncovered long before it actually was. To me, this is an example of the second category.
And the list of other examples, like this one (governmental nefariousness … which is just amok consolidated power) is without end. I think this is
the central intent of ATS and a sizable portion of its membership, but, by no means, all of its membership.
But yes, in practical life, we covet that which we don't have which fuels the ego of our self-appointed masters. But again, I believe this to be
We all want the big house down the street with two stories and a giant yard. Then someday, maybe, we achieve that and we realize our backs don't
appreciate the stairs, laundry is a weekly drama, the steps aren't safe for our expanding brood and the lawn's a freaking nightmare to keep mowed.
We covet the day we can downsize back to a rancher. This is just a life lesson like the myriad things we do that we shouldn't do, but do anyway.
Another example is our problem with weight. By and large (punny), if we're able to recognize our weight is unacceptable, we probably also know
enough about nutrition to comprehend why we're fat and what things determine that. If we eat less, and healthier, and exercise, we're likely to
lose it. Some of us do, some of us don't. You might look back someday and think, "gee, duh, why didn't I eat right all along?" But you live and
you learn. Once you've overpaid to go behind the velvet ropes, you're less likely to do it again in the future, perhaps.
Recognizing the silly games people play with power trips is just another fundamental life lesson most of us pick up in our lives … sometimes it
relates to conspiracy-minded phenomenon, sometimes not so much.