Posted 5 years ago on Oct. 11, 2012, 8:55 p.m. EST by prometheis
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How many eras of human existence have been spent in a state of liberty, and how many in tyranny?
The answer to that question tells us much about ourselves, as well as about the nature of these powerful diametrically opposed modes of being. Therefore, when we think about the latest form of tyranny to threaten human liberty (namely this strange mental construct called "the corporate structure") we must not allow ourselves to fall into the common delusion that it is the corporation itself which is tyrannical, but rather remember that tyranny has heretofore been almost the perpetual condition of human life (at least post agricultural revolution, a strange reflection on the concept of civilization when you think about it) and therefore must be seen partly as an aspect of What We Are.
Tyranny is also an extension of the animal order. It is the logical outcome of our exposure to the pervasive earthly condition of kill or be killed - conquer or be a slave, in short, an expression of the Darwinian order and the instinct for survival rooted in elemental terror in the terms of survival on this planet. And so we must not see a certain form of tyranny as the enemy to a higher order, but recognize revolving themes of tyranny to be the outcome of the condition of life. Tyranny exists within us - it is a part of us.
The origins of liberty, on the other hand, seem to be irrefutably rooted in the spiritual - in the inspirations of mankind rather than the struggle for mere existence. Liberty has not to do with just what things appear to be, but with what we would dream them to be. It is an act of creation as opposed to acquiescence in the nature of the world; an aspect of the soul's struggle to rise up from the mud and journey to the stars. Therefore, in a very real way, the struggle between these two opposed visions of existence is really a struggle Within Ourselves. We must make the choice between the security and reassurance (whether real or imagined) of a tyrannical order, and the hope of bettering ourselves beyond the struggle for mere survival with its attendant fear. The choice is a question of whether we shall believe in ourselves and the potential of our spirits, or remain forever trapped in the animal order. There is no more important choice as a living being.