reply to post by Mijamija
You've hit upon the exact concept!
If you get to the top you find people who have a LOT of money and usually, but not always, a lot of charisma. They usually have Ivy league educations
and are generally smart people. But you can seriously go to your own towns "homeless" area - where the poor and homeless tend to congregate or are
herded - and probably find a few minds every bit as sharp, insightful, and capable.
What makes one guy with a 160 IQ a CEO and another guy with a 160 IQ homeless is a debate for another thread. But the point is that the CEO didn't
get where he is based upon any secret knowledge. And, even if his company does involve "secret knowledge" - like maybe a defense contractor - it's
secret knowledge in play. It is the combined knowledge of his employees being utilized and marketed.
Since the pyramid shape is associated with this, I'll use that as a metaphor. Imagine two pyramids stuck together to resemble a diamond shape. Now
imagine that one of the small ends represents the end of the dark ages - the growing mass representing the expansion of mans learning, and knowledge.
History is very clear that once that bottle opened up ( the knowledge of the ancients went mainstream again ) we entered into a cycle of extreme
growth, with regard to science, medicine, art, culture, etc. This empowered the average person in ways that were not previously possible. Now one
didn't have to be a priest or courtesan t have access to information.
Unfortunately the people who used to have exclusive rights to these skills were now left obsolete. The Church and the Monarchs of the world no longer
served the function that has gotten them into power as Rome fell. So they adapted as information became more and more mainstream. But immediate
measures started to come into play once that data stream was opened. Is it a coincidence that the
began around 1480, just a few decades after mass media came into being
- through the advent of the Gutenberg printing press ( 1450 )? I say "No". I offer that it was a direct reaction to loss of exclusivity and power.
The Church saw the peril their monopoly was in and went on the offensive, knowing full well that somebody like Martin Luther would eventually come
along and challenge the status-quo - and he'd have a literate
or at least better informed public to support him.
And the Monarchs during this period? Well, the War of the Roses
, schisms in
The Holy Roman Empire
, and various other European outbreaks of unrest also trace to this
same "opening of the gates of information". Some may be coincidental - others very obviously were not.
IMO the discovery of the New World changed the paradigm for Nobility and allowed a "compromise" if you will. The idea of Empire. If one cannot
enslave their own population because the population has become informed... well then you find illiterate cultures to plunder and rule.
This stalemated the issue for awhile. But, as the American Colonies, and France began to demand liberty and true freedom... and other colonies and
territories also began to rebel ( Ironically due to the Church incidentally bringing literacy with it, to the new regions as a means of trying to
secure their own power in the new lands ) the stalemate failed. The power base began to shift towards the masses again.
Somewhere in all of this the idea of social engineering first began to show its face. Propaganda was realized to be a very effective tool. The idea of
lying with purpose
showed to be a very promising way of keeping an empowered society from exercising its own power. In this time period
actuarial tables were invented, psychology started to branch off from philosophy, and social manipulation skills that, once, were only used in small
groups, were adapted for mass production and consumption.
Part of that? The art of language and how to use it as a tool of manipulation. Madison Ave makes ALL of it's money using this skill, as do
politicians, spin doctors, etc.
So if Madison Ave can make us crave a Snickers.... then why couldn't they also make us despise Snickers if they so chose? They obviously could.... if
it were in their interest to do so.
And a literate, well informed public? Not in their best interest.