My younger brother informed me about this operating system. While I have never used it, it nevertheless struck me how similar it was in principle to how societies and, perhaps, even whole ecosystems and universes organize themselves. Even if this is not a 100% accurate model for societies and social organizations, it nevertheless seems to be an interesting method of modeling and explaining how they are, grow, develop, evolve, and function, both through the bottom-up workings of its code and its top-down programmatic functions. It is a potential way of describing and working with the complexity of social systems as interdependent, interconnected, and somewhat modular within the context of an ecological and cosmological system. This is not some hippy-dippy notion of the universe, but one that could potentially be used as a tool for scientific and evidenced-based management of ourselves, individually and collectively, within the context of our environment and our universe.
Indeed, what is a human society but a larger social organism, based on this definition?
I’m honestly not sure about the Gaia Hypothesis, because the systems can be way too divergent. However, the principle of interconnectedness may prove to be a useful tool in understanding how things work and what effects what in this universe, society, and environment. If we could work to map out our social, ecological, and cosmological universe, we may end up with one of the most useful tools we could have in order to test, diagnose, and solve problems within our society from the micro through to the macro levels, such that everyone benefits and no one gets hurt in the process. The bottom is influenced and effected by the top, the top is kept in line by the bottom. The two need to work together in order to produce a healthy and functional society for the sake of each actors’ own sake and for the sake of all other beings, human or otherwise, living in the world with us.
This is how the world is. No point in trying to make it “be” anything other than what it is.
Popular insurgent warfare is probably the strongest form of warfare, because it does not obey the strategies, logistical constraints, or sociological “rules” of modern warfare or the tactics of the already strong. Those who can hit and fade into the background of a society are the most powerful fighters, because those who have the military might cannot strike at them without ensuring that they themselves get hit as a result of striking at the general population from which the rebel fighters come from. The police and military become outsiders in the community. Nobody wants to side or work with them and everyone is willing to give shelter and aid to the rebel fighters. How is this? Because the public aligns with the rebel fighters rather than the police or military forces. The Federal troops are outsiders and the police are alienated from the communities they’re supposed to enforce law in. This is the energy that fuels insurgent warfare; not money, or resources. If you want to defeat the rebels definitively, you must make sure that they (the rebels) are the ones who are self-alienating forces. Make sure that you maintain good relations with the general public and, quite frankly, out-govern the rebels.
Government, in any of its forms, must compete with the various factions of society who wish to dismantle it and establish their own order in society. It is not a monetary competition, but a non-monetary one, where the measure of success is significantly more complex and complicated than the measure of success for businesses and personal profiteers. These are life and death stakes, literally, in some cases. Please, do not underestimate the influence and power of the society that you are governing WITHIN (not over) when you are making your policy choices and decisions.
Please. I don’t want to be compelled to fight against the government and its members for the sake of preserving this society. I WILL join the battalions who will lock horns with the current government for the sake of preserving this human society in which I live. Life is not worth living under the oppressive hand of pure financial profiteering logic. I will die fighting the forces of current capitalism than live under their beliefs, logics, and philosophies as to how the world ought to be and should function. As far as I’m concerned, it’s death either way for me. I might as well attempt to make my death be useful for the rest of the public than be worth nothing as a quiet and meek follower of the incorrect assumptions about how economies work and what economies are.
That is all I’ve got to say at this moment.
Please do not mistake me for someone who makes idle threats.
That is all.
I am a lawyer in the sense that I study and advocate for natural law (rather than our written laws, which have no value or authority in the universe other than how they impact our social world and how well we enforce it). Technically, this makes me a scientist and not a lawyer. But when it comes to making sense of these things, it may be helpful to tint the information in this light to make it more comprehensible to the public and to the current set of governing individuals in our world today. We are all, indeed, subject to law. However, it is not the written laws of our Constitution or the written laws passed through acts of our legislatures that really matter. It is the laws of the universe that really matter; the essence of cause and effect, that really governs our world in perpetuity and in spite of anything that we may do to make it “be” otherwise.
The sad part about the present state of humanity is that we’re governed by people who do not know or care to know the natural law and, instead, suffer under the ignorance and delusion that the written laws that they produce matter relative to our natural laws. It is better to adapt the written laws to the natural laws of cause and effect, especially if we want to survive, let alone, be able to thrive in perpetuity and in spite of the natural calamities and disasters that are still likely to happen in our universe as time goes by. We are governed by lawyers who only study and advocate for written laws. It is time that we become governed by lawyers who study and advocate for natural laws.
I am, indeed, closed to some ideas and some concepts if they have been definitively proven to be incorrect in common reality. I will not seriously entertain the notion that 2+2=5 or that the area of a triangle is anything other than bh/2. The same is true for many things in the realm of making policy, in terms of causes and effects, because societies and economies have their own properties and natural laws that govern them. The only difference is that we have not systemically studied these laws and principles with the scientific method or the testing tools that we have at our disposal, even though many of the great political thinkers and philosophers (Confucius, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Buddha, etc) have already touched upon these natural laws through intuition and experience. We can double check, confirm, and bear witness to the natural law being carried out, even if we do not have any say at present as to what those laws actually are. Even if we figure out how to defy gravity, or conscientiously effect reality itself, we will still be subject to the consequences of doing so, regardless about what we feel and how we think about it. Being correct is not an equal opportunity thing, and just because you may be able to do something doesn’t mean it’s in your interests as an individual relative to society, the environment, and the universe to do so.
Therefore, we are at a crossroads in the universe, in my estimation of current events and present conditions. We will either learn to accept our place in the grand scheme of things and acknowledge the power, influence, and necessity of natural law and conditions, or, we will succumb to our arrogance, stupidity, and willful ignorance that the universe can be something other than what it is. We do not make reality, reality makes us. You can either accept these facts and all others, and have a chance at survival. Or, you can persist in your willful ignorance, arrogance, and stupidity of how things are, and increase your chances of death, destruction, and self-mutilation.
These are the stakes. What’s it going to be?
Biological systems represent a unique class of physical systems in how they process and manage information. This suggests that changes in the flow and distribution of information played a prominent role in the origin of life. Here I review and expand on an emerging conceptual framework suggesting that the origin of life may be identified as a transition in causal structure and information flow, and detail some of the implications for understanding the early stages chemical evolution.
Top-Down Causation and the Rise of Information in the Emergence of Life
Sara Imari Walker
Information 2014, 5(3), 424-439; http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/info5030424
If this is the case, then it confirms a lot of what I’ve been hypothesizing about government and its role in shaping the legal landscape of our social world (which then influences our ecological, social, environmental, and political world). Government is always beholden to the natural laws of physics, biology, psychology/neurology, sociology, and economics. However, government can play a significant role in determining the effects that we experience in our world, based on their obedience to natural laws and limits.
We can make a better, healthier, more sustainable, and more resilient world for ourselves within the context of our environment, social, ecological, and cosmological. The question is, do we have the will, intelligence, wisdom, sense, and accuracy of perception to do anything with it?
We’ll see, I guess.
Here’s hoping for a permanent leap forward for humanity. One that will not end until the universe itself comes to an end (it always does).
How bad could it be? It could be pretty bad. Luckily the cost of invasion of the US would be insanely expensive and painful for anyone who would dare to try it.
However, we are rusting in our society, starting with that joke of an educational system that we keep trying to prop up and salvage for the sake of testing companies and corrupt and uncaring teacher’s unions (not teachers). We need curricula that enable students to learn and not just test them. We need to build adults who will be functional members of society, able to learn and adapt, and not deferential to old ways just because they are old. We need people who are aware of, accepting, and caring about the rest of the world in such a way that they accept other peoples for who they are and recognize their rights to live over our abilities to conquer, force, and cajole.
More immediately, we need to get the sick out of our capitals and into mental wards. We need a serious change in the top management of our society; a whole cohort of people to take over the critical networks and do the jobs that they’re supposed to do for our society, which is what is technically in their self interest. High profits for businesses are second to economic health. If you’re not clever enough to make a fortune within the constraints of worrying about society and the environment, you have no businesses being in business. You’d be better off working wage work that pays a decent wage, not taking on responsibilities that you are not prepared to handle or accept. Governing is deadly serious business. The public is not like your mother who will coddle you incessantly in spite of your bullshit. If you think the public is unforgiving, try having a go with nature and the environment; see how long you last defying that.
I’m just the one who’s watching this. I’m not alone. And I am so tired of the bullshit from this place.
Mach schnell America. Or you’ll be dead where you stand, and rightfully so.
Idiot society, with no history, no culture, no soul, no nothin’. Just a husk.
A policy engineer is a more accurate description of what I’d like to do than a social engineer. I’m not really interested in making societies. Rather, I’m interested in making policies and programs for societies, much like medical engineers make treatments and regimens for human bodies. The only difference is the scale and scope.