reply to post by TheBlackHat
That's an interesting way of looking at things, and I can definitely follow the train of thought here and find a lot of logic in it. But there are a
few things that make me think differently.
There have always been criminals. You can replace the desire for material things with the desire for land, resources, power, food or even sex. There
has always been violence, and there have always been tribal wars for as long as there have been humans.
The man in a shack with only a pot to pi55 in still needs food, water, land, and if someone from another shack nearby has a family and decides that he
needs more, he's going to be encroaching on that first mans hunting patch.
Criminality is not a symptom of civilization, it's a symptom of Humanity. So, even if everyone was equal and everyone had enough for themselves,
there would always be someone who wants to control others, wants more than others, wants to be dominant over others. This is most often seen in the
preacher instructing others on how to live, or the prison guard who gets violent with inmates, or the government that decides to invent laws to allow
breaches into the lives of citizens
I don't think Big Brother is an inevitable conclusion, I think this has only happened because there are some who want control and power over others.
In times gone by they would be the ones raising armies to invade another land, or creating armies to overthrow their government. There are just some
who NEED control over others to justify their own existence on this planet.
I have my own theories about it, but they're based on the research of others who have looked into the mentality of some soldiers, those who grow to
enjoy sadistic behavior. There have been several experiments that have shown that "absolute power corrupts absolutely" for a large percentage of
Humans. If you put these people in control of others, they become maniacs, and their sadistic nature grows. I believe the same is true of government
and agencies that overstep their bounds.
It might be corporate greed, it might be corruption, it might just be about the raw power, but I believe there are a lot of people who find themselves
in these positions and become a danger to society because of it.
I think they would still be a part of Humanity whether we had all the trappings of a modern existence or not. They seem to have existed throughout our
time on this planet, and I don't think this part of Human nature will ever be completely gone.
The thing we need to do, as a civilized society, is recognize when it's happening, or when it's possible, and put things in place to prevent it -
and this is why we are supposed to have democratic and legal systems to stop them. Unfortunately, our own laziness and lack of appreciation for our
own history has lead to the legal avenues being blocked and corrupted too, like Obama's special privilege to block any investigation under grounds of
It's all simply abuse of power, and it's the laziness of the people that allows it to happen. This is why we are all supposed to remain vigilant as
a people. We have failed in our job as the citizenry just as much as Obama has failed in his to maintain the limits set by the people.