Evolution of the Individual
The individual is the most basic unit of ruling class society. One cannot divide society further without damaging either. The Supreme Executive, Our ruling class guiding spirit, hates and needs this creature. The Great Institution hates the inherent threat the individual poses to its regime, and yet, it is made up of them. The individual is the substance of both the ruling class and its masses. Without the individual the Supreme Executive, like other gods, would not exist.
The individual we know today is a relatively new development. Early human consciousness saw itself as part of a whole. They were “connected” to each other and all things. The early ancients’ intimacy with nature meant there was no separation of the individual from their natural world. Traces of this exist in today’s religions, especially in the East.
When the ruling class came along it appropriated these ideas. Our ruling class ancestors turned nature worship into god worship. Then the ruling class tore god away from nature and turned it into a moral ideological cloak for itself. The old notion of the individual being at one with the cosmos morphed into the feudal convention that tied serfs to the land — it was their place in God’s world.
The totality of the cosmos and mother nature were turned into authoritarian, all powerful gods. These gods, in turn, supposedly “created” each creature in their proper place. Various caste systems solidified individuals in their life station. Sons followed fathers, while women mostly didn’t matter and were kept as servants. Thus the individual came to be understood as male.
The individual, these religions tell us, is but a tool for the gods’ greater workings, which were usually communicated, coincidentally enough, through ruling interests. God wanted absolute monarchs. What is a subject to do? Everyone has their fixed purpose, even among the rulers.
The journey from “subject” to “citizen” is also the journey of the ruling class from “totalitarianism” to “modern democracy”. Status quo society largely ignores the more significant persistence of ruling class society throughout it all — whatever individuals calls themselves. Like all other organisms, Our class has had to evolve to stay in existence. The merchant rose up spurred by the expansion of trade, and brought with him the hordes of masses. Ever alert, the Great Spirit of the Ruling Class abandoned the Lords and nobility, and embraced capitalism and business as it elevated them. And so the status quo of privileged ruling class individuals and unprivileged individuals of the masses was preserved through a new guise. What the individual of the masses gains is not enlightenment and “freedom”, but more leniency and a more liberal ruling class, which is “progress” in itself, albeit far, far less than is generally supposed. It is not even liberation. The ruling class gets to continue exploiting and gorging on society, as ever.
A Free-Floating Particle
The individual of any ruling class society is a broken image of themselves. They are almost never the full potential of their whole being, not even the ruling class individual. To be a properly functioning cog in the ruling class system, the individual undergoes ego deflation from birth which sets them up for a life of low expectations and arbitrary second-rate liberties. Their egos are then colonized by the Establishment with labels that “reinflate” and orient the ego’s thinking and actions to general ruling class interests. (check these links for further discussions of ego, labels and the Establishment)
The Preservation Society chooses to use the term “individual” rather than “person” to emphasize the ultimate indivisible division. The community of society has been atomized into a grouping of individuals. In modern ruling class society the individual is torn from the community rather than fixed within it. One might say that what separates the “modern world” from previous times is the “individuality” of the masses. The individual has become a free agent, a free-floating particle, no longer attached to a larger and comforting base. Cut off from their society and land, the individual becomes a more vulnerable and more easily exploitable object. Thus, we are surrounded by strangers in our own neighborhoods.
The “individual” is not the same thing as a “Person”. The latter, due to varying experiences, escapes much or some of the breeding that shrivels the ego, transforming the would-be “person” into the actual “individual”. The Person retains most of their animal instincts to a greater degree than their domesticated individual counterparts. They are less self conscious and insecure. The individual, on the other hand, often suffers from unnatural afflictions such as depression, laziness (who ever heard of any animal in nature being “lazy”?) or sado-masochism. Or they willingly help their enemies to destroy themselves and their families. The well-bred individual is a door mat for their masters. But then the Person too often suffers the same maladies due to their incompatibility with the Establishment.
The individual represents the most fundamental divide and conquer necessary for ruling class success: it is a threefold cleavage of the person from themselves (i.e., ego), community (other individuals) and nature (the world). If successful, this process turns out a well-bred individual. This is the whole point of the conservative mantra of “individualism” whatever may be said in public, and however valid “individualism” might be in its own right. The Great Spirit of the Ruling Class imposes it’s own doctrines on society by allowing the individual to come to it in their own ways. This is genuine progress for the masses, but it is also a more potent form of control. Ruling class society is unhealthy either way.
The Individual and Their Functions
Today, to the Supreme Executive, the individual of the masses is either a worker, a consumer or in the way. These are the three basic functions individuals dedicate themselves to in their daily lives. The ruling class is fine with mass “liberty” as long as it is more or less confined within parameters defined by current ruling class doctrine — capitalist democracy. The individual may be a burden as well, but unlike the other functions, being a burden is a by-product of the system rather than part of its process, though inevitably the individual as a human burden does become useful and integrated into the system.
Many ruling class colleagues of Ours would not approve of “those who get in the way” to be a functional part of the system. They would tell us, “worker, yes, consumer yes, ‘in the way’? No way! Eliminate ‘those who get in the way’! Troublemakers just cost time, profit and are bad publicity.” True, but short-sighted — as the Great Institution usually is.
The Preservation Society recognizes that We need rebels and troublemakers — real troublemakers, not just delinquents — as a vital component of a healthy and stable ruling class society. Without the monkey wrenches thrown into the system once in a while, the ruling class would encounter much more social uncertainty.
Thomas Jefferson put it like this in a letter from Paris:
What country before ever existed a century & a half without a rebellion? & what country can preserve it’s liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon & pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants. It is it’s natural manure.
As long as the “right people” prevail it’s all nurturing manure. “Those who get in the way” perform the duty of replenishing “the tree of liberty” with vigor by helping to liberate and strengthen the masses a bit more, or to roll back ruling class excesses. This is anathema to the zeitgeist of the Supreme Executive. But Tom saw it. And the Preservation Society understands the “rebel’s” place in society.
Of course many members of the Preservation Society, understanding and accepting this conception of rebels and rebellion, will nevertheless, more or less support efforts to capture and exterminate them. We of the ruling class reserve the “right” to reverse any such gains made by the masses. We reserve the privilege as ruling class minions to liquidate all opposition if deemed necessary. It’s not personal — it’s just Our ruling class imperative.
We suffer no compunction over this. Remember what Zbigniew Brzezinski said,
To put it bluntly: in earlier times, it was easier to control one million people than to physically kill one million people; today, it is infinitely easier to kill one million people than to control one million people.
At the end of the day, the individual is a trifling, invisible to the interests of the ruling class. What are one million triflings to the interests of ruling class society? As Mussolini put it when he killed a child while driving his car, “It was only one life….What is one life in the affairs of a State.” A million people are a million isolated individuals. That is the condition of the lower orders.
The three functions also hints at why, in some respects, the individual’s private life is no longer an obligatory concern for the Supreme Executive. Ruling Class evolution has, for the most part, eliminated the unnecessary rivalries that plagued earlier ruling classes. It serves no purpose for ruling class families to engage in feuds. Why should ruling class Protestants and their Catholic counterparts fight among each other (hence, separation of church and state) when We ought to close ranks, for the real fight is against the masses.
As long as the individual fulfills the function of working, consuming, or improving social stability, what does it matter what goes on privately? What need is there to police thoughts, opinions and private actions? In acting out their function in society, the individual devotes their time and energy on ruling class interests. We see no reason why the individual shouldn’t enjoy rest and relaxation enough to extinguish any desire to question the status quo.
At one time it did matter what the individual thought and did. The ruling class was not as refined and efficient as it is today. The individual of Medieval Catholic Spain had to be loyal to Catholicism since it was the primary mode of domination. A dismissal of Catholicism was to undermine the system. A Jew could not be a Jew in the “privacy” of their own home. It represented insubordination to the authorities. An atheist represented the evil of “free thinking” so threatening and offensive to the ruling hierarchy because it was not confined to the ruling class box.
The individual had to be squeezed into the hegemonic boundaries determined by their masters. This made the masses and their rulers enemies far too often. Today, everywhere in the “First World”, We of the higher orders have the luxury of not having to police the masses so minutely. Thus, the individual experiences “freedom” and settles down to their work, consumption and complacency. Ironically, the tech boom of surveillance and “Homeland Security” demonstrates that while We don’t have to, the Ruling class will unnecessarily court trouble in its insatiable conquest for power and security.
However, the more refined character of today’s ruling class says to the individual: “serve us first, don’t ask much, and enjoy Our regularly scheduled programing”. We recognize, as members of the higher orders, that all we really want is for your labor to provide for more than Our share. Other than that, why should We care if races mix? Or have white only clubs? Such things are for mass individuals to be preoccupied with, not the ruling class. These attitudes are remnants of old fashion domination which still persists.
This is in no way to claim that ruling class members aren’t racists — many are of course — however the institution of the ruling class no longer requires such tactics for macro domination. That is not to be confused with the use of exclusion, racism and violence as tactics of division among the masses.
For instance, the individual does not have to be a part of a family or a clan to serve the ruling class or be a part of it, yet an individual’s personal suspicion of those who are not in their family or clan is useful to the ruling class in weakening the potential for mass solidarity.
We, of the Great Institution should strive to leave violence and divisiveness to the lower order individual, and not fight among ourselves or excessively abuse our resources. As far as the Preservation Society is concerned the three functions of work, consumption, and “being in the way” are all that matter. All else is complication. The individual is “free” to be what ever they want. Personal bigotry and biases among the rulers just adds more confusion and the unnecessary violence to domination. Yet the old ways prevail because they are so embedded in individuals, society and the colonized ego of the individual who makes up both the masses and their ruling class masters.
The Preservation Society believes the higher orders should work toward rewarding, not punishing, the fulfillment of the individual’s function. We encourage Our fellow minions to promote popular causes in the name of complacency. It is time that the ruling class minion recognize the vital importance popular opposition is to the health of the state. Voluntary philanthropic gestures from the ruling class will not reduce tensions. Let us not continue to fool Ourselves on that count. They are nothing more than PR campaigns. Equally, it is time that the individual of the masses acknowledge their ruling class and treat it with the respect it requires. They must recognize their responsibility in helping the ruling class not destroy itself.