“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
Lord Acton, Letter to Bishop Mandell Creighton, 1887
There are various forms of power and influence over you.
There is the power to overwhelm you, harm you, with physical force or the immediate threat of force. This is the power to kill you, torture you, imprison you, force you to act, move you from point a to point b, contain you, threaten you, or expand all of the above to those you hold dear.
There is the power to program you, imbue you, with beliefs and ideas and behavioral guides that define how you think, what you do and what you become.
There is the power to define your options, your choices, your opportunities, your experiences, thereby limiting your freedom to experience a full range of access.
There is the power to enslave you, to link you inextricably to certain systems and processes that are very difficult if not impossible to overcome.
There is the power of human relationship, of closeness, of proximity and access, of association, of trust, of bonding, of high volumes of contact or significant volumes of high value contact.
There is the power of scale, of the capacity to acquire and focus capital, human resources, non-human resources, to dominate or own, to mine, to grow, to create products and services unattainable and unachievable to individuals or even small groups of individuals.
There is the power to control through laws and enforcement, through the legitimization of weapons and courts and police and taxes and prisons and penalties including death sentences.
There is the power of institutions. To educate, to communicate, to heal, to insure, to manage currency, to invest currency, to wage war, to regulate, to protect, to buy and sell, to entertain.
There is the power of media. To control the access, fees and content of print, audio and electronic content.
There is the power of ownership. To own the land and the buildings, the raw materials, the manufacturing, the currency and the retailing channels of the world.
There is the power of unity. Of masses of people organized for a purpose or capable of directing themselves toward a purpose.
In America, the commons selects their representatives who then create and operate the mechanisms and architectures that franchise and direct almost …everything corporate, everything legal, everything land, everything raw, everything sold, everything learned, everything told, everything taxed, everything currency, everything constructed, everything pharmaceutical, everything doctored, everything punished, everything powered….
Even the Internet is about power. There is no such thing as chaos. All that appears chaotic migrates toward order, toward organization, toward predicted behavior, toward scale. The internet is moving toward consolidations of power. Massive organizations control the internet utilities, massive organizations control the appliances, massive organizations control access, massive organizations control search, massive organizations control functionality, massive organizations funnel and distribute content.
Y Worlds believes that absolute power corrupts…absolutely corrupts. Many of you do as well.
As you can see from the graphics in this post, actualized wealth and power is becoming more and more consolidated, possessed by fewer and fewer entities, and fewer and fewer individuals. China, a nation designed around power and control, is the goliath of the coming world.
How can it be that we hardly consider China as we contemplate our future?
How can it be that we hardly consider the incredibly threatening domination of media and consumer products and raw materials and banking and health by a small number of corporations driven by profit, not by Nurture, Equality, Truth or Systems?
Where are the counter forces, the opposing powers, the systemic feedback loops that will stand up against, and overtake, the growing forces of the dark side of humanity and freedom and vitalization?
Why is our government becoming nakedly impotent and directionless?
We need a common bond, a common theme, and a commitment to intelligence and compassion and sharing and systemic understanding. We need a generative mechanism that takes any positive thread created by you and helps spin it into fabric to warm the world. This takes effort and diligence and a commitment to principles and direction. We need to build our own world without the corruption and distortion and heartlessness and mindlessness of the old world.
Y Worlds. May the force of NETS be with you.