Reality, Humans, Fascism and Anarchy
First there is reality. It simply exists and it is true and absolute. Existence is its defining nature. And everything that exists is a part of it. Things that exist are the way they are and operate the way they do.
Within reality there is a planet and on that planet there exist a variety of life forms. Among them there is a form of life which calls itself human. A human has an apparently rare quality on this planet. It consciously perceives itself and the reality around it (awareness) and is capable of processing the perceived information (thinking), assigning values to it (feeling) and choosing a manner in which it will partake in the processes of reality (acting).
When a human combines awareness (perception of reality) with thinking (processing the perceived), it learns. When it combines the learned with feeling (assigning of values) it forms choices and acts.
So a human is constantly, like everything else in reality, answerable to reality itself. Absolute reality is the backdrop of its existence. However, uniquely, and because of the ability to perceive differently, process the perceived (think) differently and assign values to the processed information (feel) differently every human individual creates a sub-reality of its own. How successfully a human is to pursue any particular goal involving reality depends on how much overlap there is between the individual sub-reality and the absolute reality on which it is based.
This is because this sub-reality, this combination of perceived and processed information mended by feelings, is what individual’s actions really come from. And individual’s actions are always applied to the backdrop of his existence, the external absolute reality itself.
There exists many of human individuals. Currently more than 6 billion (and growing). They all, being human, perceive the same reality and then process it (think), value it (feel), and act upon it. However, since they are not all exactly the same, the information they perceive, processing programs they employ and the values they assign are different. Every human perceives, thinks, feels and acts differently.
When humans perceive, think about and feel about other humans they create human communities in which they share thinking programs, feeling programs (values) and even acts to create human cultures.
These thinking programs as well as the information that results are what humans often call “ideas”, “concepts”, “beliefs” and “knowledge”. And those feeling programs (values) are what humans often call “morals”, “ethics”, “right”, “wrong”, “good”, “bad”, “love”, “hate” etc.
Thinking programs affect feeling programs and vice versa. Together they are, after all, what creates the sub-reality of an individual.
These cultures inevitably contain shared ideas on how should humans interact with each other in any of their pursuits. There are two fundamental ideas.
1. My sub-reality must override yours at any cost.
An individual may feel so strongly about its sub-reality or any of its subsets and believe its overlap with absolute reality to be 100% without compromise. This may lead it to believe that every other human within a given community or the entire planet should share that same reality.
Such humans call for unity and believe that unity is strength. Indeed, such a human believes that the more people believe his own sub-reality to be the only true result of the whole perceiving-thinking-feeling the stronger that idea becomes for he sees legitimacy in numbers.
Many times, other humans who do not necessarily share that same exact sub-reality, because in truth, they cannot, believe in the idea of unity in hope that they could get their own sub-reality be the one under which to unite. So they too believe that unity means strength.
Basically, human individuals approach the idea of unity in hope that unitedness will happen under the premise that they individually carry.
The result of this is perpetual war. Individuals whose minds carry one sub-reality fight those who carry another. They represent these subrealities with different flags, logos, slogans or just desires and acts. A war between those who believe they must rule and those who believe they shouldn’t be ruled. A war between classes, cultures, nations. The extreme result is what humans commonly call fascism.
2. My sub-reality is my own. Yours is your own. Be and let me be.
While an individual may feel strongly about his sub-reality being 100% overlapped with absolute reality, it may also realize that it is not the only one believing so and that it is therefore less harmful, to its own sake, to let others learn for themselves why what they believe is wrong than for it to force this belief to others and end up in a state of war.
Such an individual leads himself or herself only, and nobody else unless asked. Such an individual sees the war things others have created as illusory (borders, countries, governments) and unnecessary.
They find strength in diversity rather than unity.
Such individuals are, on this planet today, still a rarity and often potentially or actually oppressed.
Such individuals are commonly called anarchists.
Ever since they have existed, humans have been tumbling between these two fundamental ideas on social organization: fascism and anarchy and consequently the two states of mutual affairs respectively: war and peace, chaos and order.
I wrote this post in a cold tone, as if observed by an alien who has been studying humans for a long time, deliberately, in order to present things “as is”, and polute with emotional exclamations and statements as little as possible. My hope was to express a little bit of an epiphany that I had tonight on the relation between reality and human affairs. What inspired thinking that led to this post is this interview with Alan Moore
I’m not sure if I succeeded in terms of clarity, but I let it out.. and now it’s on the record and I can build on it. Feel free to comment.