The concept of “authority” is utterly bogus and artificial. It takes very little clear thinking to realize the inherent and necessary fact that every single human being is in the exact same position of authority as every other human being… namely none. It is inherently impossible for any human being to have authority over any other.
An excellent essay (much more than a comment) by “honestann” posted to an article on Zero Hedge. Republished below in full with bold from original. I like the formatting on Zero Hedge better so I recommend reading it there. Context can be helpful too, although this essay stands on its own. This goes well with the philosophy I’ve recently posted on illusion and reality and how there is nothing more than humans fooling themselves and other humans– that is, creating empires out of nothing more than words, or the Word, or will made manifest.
This is disclosure.
honestann Tue, 06/11/2013 – 15:12 – 3647069
Wake up, then grow up, human beings.
The fact is, “government” does not exist.
You know the entire species of sheeple-chimps is insane when virtually every single one of them believes “government” exists… and then proceeds to take that fiction seriously.
Think about it. However many of them were involved, some 20, 50, 100, 200 human beings sat around some tables and wrote documents like “Declaration of Independence” and “Constitution” and whatever else.
The fact is, when those however-many dudes signed those pieces of paper, nothing popped into existence. In fact, nothing changed, except in the brains of those braindamaged creatures. And equally so, hundreds and thousands and millions of other groups of beings signed other pieces of paper, and nothing popped into existence then either.
I mean, can anyone look at reality and recognize what they see any more? Any of you? Raise your hands, if there are any.
I mean seriously! When 20 folks sign documents 230-some years ago, what happens? Answer: Ink on paper. That’s all that happens. Ink on paper.
I mean, does anyone really believe that when 20 chimps apply ink to paper, somehow millions of people suddenly become parties to the ideas and dictates written on those documents? I mean, give me a break! Nobody with the slightest shred of sanity and honesty would claim anything remotely like this. I mean, on the surface it is absolutely, completely, utterly insane. I mean, think about it. Perhaps hundreds of little groups of self-important beings sign their names on documents. They can all claim authority all they want. They are all just ink on paper, and nothing else.
It doesn’t even matter that one of these groups of folks wrote a really cool document with some really insightful observations. Manually applying ink to their pieces of paper creates nothing… nothing pops into existence, whether you call it “government” or “country” or any other name.
And make no mistake, the fact that some people take their pieces of paper seriously changes nothing. The fact that thousands or millions of humans believe “government exists” changes nothing. The fact that hundreds of millions or billions of humans believe “SantaClaus exists” changes nothing too. Both are fictions. Both are simply “mental units”, meaning “configurations in the brain” of some humans. Because a huge number of humans believe “SantaClaus exists” does not make SantaClaus exist. Because a huge number of humans believe “government exists” does not make government exist. A fiction is a fiction, no matter how many human beings are insane and pretend the fiction is not fiction.
For bleeping sakes, the most fundamental law at the base of law for hundreds of years and still there today explicitly recognize this. All “organizations” are “fictitious entities”, which is true, except for the unfortunate and inherent absurdity of calling any fiction an entity. But at least they understood and admitted their slight of words. They understood that “creating a corporation” and “creating a government” and “creating any organization” was not creating a damn real thing. It only created a fiction in the minds of those who chose to hold it.
I mean really. If anyone can seriously claim that because a few dozen yokels signed their names on a piece of paper 235-ish years ago, that we are all now slaves of that document, and subject to whatever actions some group of predators claims they are authorized by those documents… they are so completely brain-damaged as to be intellectual refuse.
Yet everyone who discusses virtually every issue on ZH spins endless supposedly rational thought processes that presume blatant fictions are real. But just as pretending SantaClaus exists doesn’t make SantaClaus real, or make SantaClaus pop into existence, pretending that “governments” and “corporations” and “organizations” and “countries” and “presidents” and “endless official positions” pop into existence.
All that exists is the universe.
In that universe are many galaxies, each containing many stars, most having planets, asteroids and comets orbiting around them. One of those planets is earth, and on earth are many land masses (continents and islands) and bodies of water (oceans, lakes, rivers). And on and in those land masses and bodies of water are many organisms, single-cell and multi-cell, plant and animal.
That is all.
Meanwhile, almost every single individual instance of one species of creatures on that planet are utterly, completely, and most fundamentally insane. They have been bred by predators to be utterly, totally and completely incapable of distinguishing real from fiction. They spend their entire lives making decisions and taking actions on the assumption that thousands of utterly bogus fictions… are not fictions, but instead refer to real existents.
The inability to distinguish real from fiction is the single most fundamental form of insanity. An inability to distinguish real from fiction renders all other forms of sanity impossible and/or irrelevant. Yet this is precisely the state of mankind today.
I’m not sure even 10 human beings on this planet have figured out what I am saying. Often I tend to believe the predators-that-be understand this fully well, since they create endless fictions and force-feed them to the teeming masses of braindamaged sheeple-chimps. But I’m not sure even the predators understand this clearly, or they’re just following standard practices developed by predators over millennia.
What is clear is… all public conversations I encounter presume endless fictions, and thereby render themselves incoherent, irrational and fundamentally insane. No wonder nobody can untangle the mess and find solutions; virtually all brains are busy trying to untangle endless inherently incoherent fictions that cannot be untangled. Humans are plenty smart enough in principle, but simply cannot untangle endless incoherent baseless fictions that cannot be untangled. The ideas and concepts being mentally manipulating are utterly bogus, utterly artificial, utterly unreal, and diabolically crafted to confuse and prevent prey from taking action against the very real predators who enslave and destroy them.
The reality is not very complex. What exists is the universe, galaxies, stars, planets, organisms, and endless wavefronts of electromagnetic radiation filling every seeming void in what people call “outer space”.
Or in the context of most conversations here on ZH, no matter what the topic, what exists is human predators and human prey.
predators DBA government
predators DBA corporations
predators DBA central-banks
The predators prey upon their prey all day, every day.
So, except when we’re “doing physics or astronomy”, all that exists is predators and prey. Or as I prefer to say to slightly improve clarity, “predators, parasites and producers”.
Simple as that.
There are no governments to take into consideration. There are no corporations to take into consideration. The concept of “authority” is utterly bogus and artificial. It takes very little clear thinking to realize the inherent and necessary fact that every single human being is in the exact same position of authority as every other human being… namely none. It is inherently impossible for any human being to have authority over any other. Take any two human beings for example (you choose). They both came to exist by being born. The mere identity and symmetry of their existence and relationship are sufficient to make clear that neither can possibly have any legitimate basis in reality to have authority over the other. They can both claim authority, but this is just as clearly absurd as the entire notion of authority in the first place.
The entirety of what honest human beings call ethics is nothing more than causality applied to human action. Ethics only became necessary when some human beings learned they could choose to be producers or predators. Before humans learned to produce (take actions that create goods that would not otherwise exist), they knew no way to survive except to be predators — to simply grab and consume/destroy what they need to survive, whether that be animals they caught and ate, or apples/berries they stripped from a tree/bush. When some humans learned they could create vast quantities of goods with much less effort and risk by means of productive actions (gathering, planting and tending seeds, and/or gathering, protecting, feeding livestock), they learned an alternative way to survive — be producers.
Though never stated very accurately throughout history, the point of “ethics” was to identify the relationship of causality and human action, and specifically, productive versus destructive/predatory human action (and especially actions that had consquences upon other humans).
The idea of ethics was, every human who takes an action should enjoy/bare/suffer 100% of the consequences of his own actions, and enjoy/bare/suffer ZERO consequences of actions taken by other humans. Simple as that… though philosophy hasn’t managed to state this quite as simply, precisely and fundamentally even after thousands of years of trying.
What virtually nobody sees is, this is the single most fundamental story of mankind… the story of “producer” versus “predator”. Or today, given the perversions known as “voting” and “democracy”, we might say “producers”, “parasites”, “predators”.
The only rational way to perform analysis on the endless topics today is to formulate them in terms of what actually exists, namely “producers, parasites and predators”. Increasingly, “producers” might as well be called “prey”.
When some cop and judge steal your money because you don’t have a piece of plastic stuck to a rectangular plate on the back of your car proving you allowed the predators to steal you blind, this is nothing more than two predators (plus a supporting cast of predators) fleecing you.
When your “employer” (some real, physical human being) steals 30% of your revenue and gives it to others, there again this is nothing more than a pack of predators fleecing you.
Pretty much every single topic discussed in ZH is simply an instance of predators fleecing producers (and/or parasites), paying a tiny portion to parasites for fictional “votes” that help keep the predators in power by confusing producers, and producers creating everything that predators, parasites and producers need and want to survive and enjoy life.
Yet nearly 100% of articles and comments adopt the endless fictions crafted and promoted by the predators, and suggest endless unworkable ideas, or just admit we’re all doomed because it is hopeless. And essentially nobody ever says what needs to be said in every single case. Which is, of course, to identify producers as producers, parasites as parasites, predators as predators. And then treat producers as friends and collaborators, treat parasites as parasites, and treat predators as predators (bullets often required). Understand clearly that predators have no ethics, they only have a modus-operandi, and that modus-operandi is to “get away with whatever they think they can”. When a predator breaks into your home or comes after you anywhere, the appropriate, practical, ethical action is to kill (or cage) the predator, no matter what species that predator may be. Without a doubt, since predators and parasites have been allowed to multiply into the billions, the danger involved in taking appropriate action is astronomically higher than it should be. This is, indeed, a practical difficulty today.
This is not a 12 step program. This is a simple 2 step program.
#1: get real (understand what is real, and what is happening).
#2: take appropriate actions.
We are all, in fact, just creatures on a planet populated by quadrillions of other organisms. That’s all there is. The rest is pure sheeple-chimp delusion.