Society

October 15th, 2009. By Andrew

When you think about it, society is really a machine that uses us.  I’m not sure who invented it or who controls it (no one?), but we are mere cogs in this giant machine.  And the reason we don’t respect human rights is because all we care about is the machine.  If it says that these 300 people need to be fired, they get fired. It doesn’t matter what it does to their lives because the interest of the machine is what’s most important.

I guess it is run by people.  Let me clarify that, it’s run by a few people.  Several thousand at most.  And I think the point of the machine is to make their lives better. The lives of the few that run it.  As for everyone else, it’s purpose is to provide us with just enough that we don’t revolt.  That’s right, it gives the people the absolute minimum that it takes to keep us pacified and never an inch more. The selfish bastards who run the show have no interest in us other than as instruments of cheap labor. All they really care about is themselves and their families.  We’re so hopelessly oppressed we’ve forgotten that we are oppressed. But we are, and we’ll never be free as long as we buy into their crap. All this consumerism, and nationalism, and religion, it’s all bullshit. All are modes of oppression. We are not free people, for  ”slavery is determined neither by obedience nor by hardness of labor but by the status of being a mere instrument, and the reduction of man to the state of a thing.”

I’m a human being, not a cog in your goddamn machine.

My life has value. My autonomy matters. I’ll never find what I need in a store.

  1. 1 Howard Beale
    October 23rd, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    I’m a human being goddamnit!! My life has value!

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  2. 2 Beaver
    October 23rd, 2009 at 3:18 pm
    I think what you appear to be railing against is capitalism and the free market. I think you need to take a step back and realize that the free market delivers what people want. The problem may be that people often do not think about the externalities (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Externality) caused by their purchases. The bottom line still remains that the free market is free. You are free to vote with your dollars for the world you want. You just have to get off your ass and do a little research. http://www.hulu.com/watch/99944/saturday-night-live-digital-short-on-the-ground

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    1. 1 Andrew
      October 23rd, 2009 at 3:31 pm
      Beaver, I find both your tone and that video to be insulting to my intelligence. I approved it in the interest of free speech but if you want to have a productive discussion with someone it’s best not to belittle them.

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      1. 1 spastage
        October 23rd, 2009 at 4:00 pm
        FYI, Andrew, I found your tone in your reply to Andrew to be far worse than Beaver’s. Don’t take things so personally.

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        1. 1 Andrew
          October 23rd, 2009 at 4:07 pm

          Spastage, I’m sorry but are you telling me that it was wrong for me to take the following statement personally?

          “You just have to get off your ass and do a little research.”

          How am I supposed to take it then?

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    2. 2 Ben
      October 23rd, 2009 at 7:39 pm

      Andrew’s tirade can be applied to any sort of hierarchical system, not just our current capitalist system. Historically there are any number of economic systems and states that fit–theocracies like ancient Egypt, the feudal economies and monarchies of Medieval Europe, Soviet socialism–in each the interests of a few are upheld at the expense of the many.

      Yes, capitalism is better than any other system at giving everyone what they want. But, as it exists, capitalism does a better job of convincing us of what we want than any other system. In order to get what we have been convinced that we want, we must participate, we must become the cog.

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  3. 3 Drax
    October 23rd, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    I am a Human Being, not a Human Thinking or a Human Doing.

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  4. 4 Hollow Gram
    October 23rd, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    I think it’s quite presumptuous to outright say society uses us and give a sense as if it precedes our existence. Humans form society, look at BBC’s Clever Monkeys documentary and get a sense from where it came.

    Now of course the modern system has been skewed and shaped in such a way that it’s harming the collective balance (ones gain with the price of another’s misery), but that also has to do with our desire to be led instead of taking control of our existence through each form. We sustain the system by buying its products, working its jobs and kidding ourselves that the money we use is real and worth something.

    The whole thing is built on air and we give it steam. Time to find out how things are, how they could be and what it is we really want to do with our lives.

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  5. 5 uberVU - social comments
    October 24th, 2009 at 1:35 am

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  6. 6 Frank
    November 23rd, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    I am a human being, and as such I need a group to fit into, since human beings per definition is a flocking animal. My brain however can only handle a group of about 150 individuals at most. So, as a human being, to survive in a group larger than 150 people or so, I need for us all to conform to certain social norms so that I can trust that the group will work out even though I can’t personally relate to all parts of it. When the group grows large enough to form subgroups it becomes even more vital to have this system of norms, and to enforce them a system of rules and regulations and a leading group starts to evolve. Soon we have a society, which I personally believe is bloody awful, but at the same time the only way to maintain a lifestyle in which people group in groups – or cities – larger than about 150 individuals.

    So deal with it, or remove yourself from the equation.

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