Everyone seeks community according to their desires. Such community could be as small as two married people or two friends. Not many people can live totally alone as recluses. Those who are truly isolated are defined as schizoid, which is listed as a mental/emotional disorder.
It’s not just community people seek; there is also meaning and importance, the feeling of being truly alive, of having weight to their lives, of being connected to something larger than themselves.
People have to feel emotionally connected. Unfortunately, this can be a good or bad thing, depending on what they’re connected to. If only it was a good thing! But it’s not, because people are inherently flawed.
The word “religion” means “to tie together, to bind.” In other words, to connect. To have community, meaning and importance makes people feel truly feel alive, satisfied and peaceful. The true meaning of that word, “religion,” is why I believe everything is a religion, for good or bad.
Community is so important to that one of the worst things that can be done to people is to ostracize them, to “shun” them. To cast them out of their community. Is the purpose of this not to humiliate people, to take away the meaning and importance in their lives?
John D. McDonald wrote that people are “herd animals, social and imitative.” This fact is why people are so sensitive to being ostracized, ridiculed and humiliated.
One of the main, if not the main, destroyer of community is the State. When I say “State” I specifically mean the unholy marriage of big government, international corporations and international banks.
While I believe in the free market, I do not believe in “capitalism” as defined in the Marxist sense. That kind of “capitalism” is exploitative and abusive, and attempts (quite successfully, too) to use State power to impose a mass culture on the world. This is why you’ll find McDonalds and Wal-Mart in nearly every country of the world.
This marriage reminds me of the Ferengi, who see profit in peace – and profit in war. And international corporations and international banks (both creations of the State) find their profits as much in war as peace.
This imposition of a mass culture by the power of the State destroys communities, because there is an inverse relationship between the size of the State and society, i.e., community.
The larger the State grows, the more community – indeed, civilization – regresses. Ironically, those who believe in the State do so because they want everyone, in fact the whole world, to be one big family. What they believe, and what happens, is exactly opposite.
The State attempts to destroy those naturally-evolved communities – neighborhoods, families, religion – and replace them with its own concept of community and meaning. This invariably means worshipping the false idol of the State, and being absorbed into it.
As I’ve said before, the purpose of the State is to turn people into cogs in a machine. Organic cogs, as in “Star Trek’s” Borg, but nonetheless machines. And if the main inherent characteristics of the State can be described in one phrase, it’s the Seven Deadly Sins.
The end result of this absorption (which will not continue to its conclusion – it never does) would be a vanishingly small minority of people with all the political power and wealth (which they stole through political power) and nearly everyone else in the world impoverished.
In many ways, the purpose of the State is to destroy community and therefore to impoverish, humiliate and degrade everyone. Then, of course, comes payback from the oppressed – revenge.
It’s been the history of the world, without exception.