Some fantasies are more destructive than others. Sometimes it is hard to distinguish between a fantasy and an instinctive behavior. Either can be dissolved, defused and overridden by the larger part of the brain. At this particular time, our survival may depend on seeing government as it actually is functions completely in the light of reality.
From the beginning government has always been a predator’s playground. Government does have legitimation functions. We can’t get along without those functions being performed. Those functions are few in number. Once those essential tasks are taken care of government takes on its historical role as a way for the politically powerful to wrench resources and advantages out of the less adept members of society.
Citizens of the world see their respective governments about 100% differently than the way they actually are. Governments are seen as arbitrators of fairness. They are assumed to have magical knowledge and problem solving abilities. Governments have never had these attributes at any time in history and they don’t today. After performing basic things that only governments can do, they serve as forums where predators compete in efforts to get what they want and have average citizens pay for it. Look at all of history and every government that has ever existed and you will not find an exception.
The body, society and the mind don’t evolve at the same pace. Clearly not too many hundreds of years into the past, survival depended upon ascribing all kinds of powers to the leaders of large aggregations of people. Today people are literate and can communicate over great distances. Just a few hundred years ago the concept of freedom was introduced into societies. In the past, assuming government had God like powers increased an individual’s chances of staying alive and reproducing. The mind has not caught up with the changes in society that have taken place over the years.
All fantasies cannot be discarded in one day. For many of them, there may not be any reason to discard them at all. I do not indulge in fantasy but I am economist. If I was an NFL quarterback, it might not matter if my whole life was a fantasy as long as I could play football. Fantasies about government however, at this unique point in time are completely destructive and dangerous. The predator’s playground attribute of government has grown so cancerously large that virtually all economies in the world are at the eve of collapsing. All governments are in danger of failing. Citizens in countries all over the world have the option of reining in their respective governments. It is impossible to rein in governments if citizens believe government function one way when the really function entirely differently.
As a final note, democracy based governments actually are the best choice but there are issues that were not anticipated early on. In the days of kings, queens and chiefs the leader was the leader. Leadership was not open to everyone. With few restrictions, in a democracy based system, anyone can run for office. Anyone can finance a campaign. Democracy gave criminals, miscreants, phonies and all other kinds of bad actors an equal shot at leadership. Is there any doubt that some of the most dishonest people in the universe would get elected to high offices? Citizens of every country need to fathom what they are really dealing with. Government is in deed a predator’s playground.
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