The Thinking Behind 'Flat-Earthers'
By John Corry, Photo from Wikipedia
Jul 5th, 2017, 01:33 pm Eastern
I saw a video today from Vice of an interview with a flat-earther. It was mind-blowing *TheMostMind-Blowing , very mind-blowing indeed *SoMind-Blowing #Woke . A flat-earther, in case you didn't know, is someone who believes that the Earth is flat. Yes, you read that correctly, but no, this article is not just all about ripping on them. I'm not going to into why this theory is bogus at all in fact, it's fairly obvious, but, then again, this pretentious 'obvious' thinking on my part displayed just there is exactly why the flat-earthers have some actual ground to stand on: the 'norm' has now become so 'normal' and unquestioned that we now, as the 'proletariats', one might say ;D, have to take back our ability to find information ourselves, and question every aspect of the status quo. This pretty much sums up their overall argument, the argument as to why they exist, given that their main argument (that the Earth is flat) is fucking retarded. (No offense, flat-earthers, but I'm going to give you far more merit in this article than any other even slightly intelligent news outlet would in a lifetime #CalmDown,OrAtLeastFinishReadingUntilYouFreakTheFuckOut .)
There is lots of evidence to support the fact that the Earth is round, just type 'earth' into Google and it becomes pretty easily apparent. Rhetorically speaking, in addition, not one flat-earther I've met or seen online has actually been to space #OMG , and all those who have (been to space) are pretty convinced that the thing they saw with their own eyes (a sphere, which they orbited around), is indeed what the Earth is (as far as its shape is concerned #KeepingFocusIsHardTodoInThought ). This of course is ignoring the fact that flat-earthers simply don't believe that humans have ever been to space at all, but that revelation then brings the up question that the existence of 'flat-earthers' (or conspiracy theorists, for that matter) asks in the first place, one that is inherent in the basic fundamentals embedded in the complicated relationship between the government and its citizens (its 'bosses'), what a democracy is, and, then, the nature of 'Power' and how humans relate to it: what is a democratic government, really, if its citizens cannot know what it does?
Let's break this down #LessonsAreForSmartPeople :
Lesson 1: You cannot have a functional democracy if there are any secrets kept by the government from its people.
This is because the people are essentially (and necessarily need to be regarded as) the 'bosses' of the government. This is the most basic principle of 'Democracy', and it goes all the way back to before Plato, causing him and many other thinkers to believe that democracy was only yet another, albeit perhaps better done, masked paths to tyranny (because, given the division of the people in the world, governments will always have to keep secrets from its people). As a simple salesmen, you wouldn't keep from the owner of the shop how much money you made from a sale, that's pretty obvious grounds for firing ('it's my sale, boss, why do you need to know how much I sold it for?!' ('Becuase I'm (the boss) the one who bought the product to be sold in the first place. I employ you, this is a mutual agreement here, dude, I thought we understood this)').
As mentioned, this concept can be quite difficult to fully agree with or see in practicality; if anything because, as of right now (on July 5th, 2017), the government must keep secrets from its potential enemies for security reasons, and 'potential enemies' may very well mean its own citizenry (as it always has throughout all of human history #IfYouWantABetterWorld,StopBeingADick(And:Snowflake#PeopleAreGoingToThink,PeopleAreGoingToTalk) ); but this does not take away from its legitimacy as a basic fact of the theory of 'free' government (democracy (a government which answers to its people/the idea that government should be run by the people who live in it, and not some king or Trumpian dictator #Triggered? )).
Because of this fundamental flaw, democracy will never see itself as a functional form of government until mankind is no longer in constant fear of itself. This fact may be inherent in the idea of 'government' as a whole (insofar as government must retain some type of inherent relationship with 'Power', but that's a topic for another time), but a kind of quasi-republic-democracy mash-up of sorts is the best we've currently got, and it very much so has no chance of being realized without the trust of the populace in its arbiters. This is because the entire idea of 'free government' is synonymous with one of (wo)man's greatest fears: willingly giving up power (in this case to the government for the sake of security and prosperity) (power which is any survival instinct's ability to preemptively fend for itself), and it is something that no political ideology has yet fully addressed, Republican, Democrat or otherwise.
Lesson 2: Without the government, people's lives become much more dangerous, anxious, and more filled with fear.
I know this may seem arbitrary, but it's in here for my anarchist friends out there #GrowTheFuckUp ; this is part of why government became a thing in the first place: as a kind of social denomination of Adam Smith's Division of Labor. The government's job is to protect its citizens, as said citizens see fit. But so long as the government keeps secrets, this mutual understanding of equal work and benefits, or willful grant of power, becomes not so 'willful', as the people giving up the power don't actually know what 'the power' even is that they're giving up anymore, or at the very least they don't know what it will be used for #PotentialForTyranny (Plato). Back in the day, the government's power was used simply to protect the land and the people's assets, but as time has gone on, the concepts of 'protection' and 'assets' (private property) have become much more complicated, and, as such, so should the understanding of, and the mutual relationship between, the government and its citizens (citizens: the government(president)'s fucking bosses).
This has not happened. What has happened is that a body of people, in this case: the people who make up the government, have formed a mutual coalition to retain their power. (I'm sorry, but how many pages was the healthcare bill, again? Thank The Government that something as complicated and important as healthcare is being brought to the American people with no secrecy at all #Sarcasm #ThisIsn'tPartisan,PeopleNeedToBeInformed #WhoSaysPowerIsAnEasilyUnderstandableProposition? .) Major media outlets are controlled by a very few number of people, further consolidating said power, and building the means to retain said consolidation, despite the observable negative affects this process is having on the populace (case in point: our current political climate #Let'sMakeSomeMonaaaay , and: the existence of flat-earthers).
For all their faults, the flat-earthers and the conspiracy theorists do get one thing right, and they raise an important question that every free-thinking individual should attend to: what is the government doing that we don't' know about, and is it really in the best interest of humanity, or myself personally. "Power begets only the need for more power," said I-Don't-Know-Who (but please let me know if you do =D), but only when that power is left unchecked. The extreme nature and passionate discourse of guys like Alex Jones is the by-product of this lack of checks and balances, an inevitable side effect, the result of Life actively trying to force itself into the submission of those given power–of the Will to Power itself!–who then want to retain it, and expand it, albeit for simple security and/or 'prosperity' purposes.
The only way this doesn't happen is by keeping power and those who have been given it in check, something the United States, despite the best efforts of the founding fathers, and everywhere else on the planet for the most part, have spectacularly failed at doing, hence the rise of the flat-earthers, Alex Jones and the conspiracy theorists, and the legitimacy, and need (however primitive, misdirected or even questionable in their own rights), for their existences.
Regardless, they're not going away #ButWhyDon'tWeJustGetTheGovernmentToDoIt? #Thought-Police
We all know that there are things which could be improved upon in America. I don't care if you're left, right, center, straight or somehow-actually-happy-in-this-environment: we all have our things which bother us about the way our government works, the way the world works, and which are not being discussed fully or even at all, for whatever reasons. The flat-earthers are fucking ridiculous in their idea: Earth was proved a sphere several fucking centuries ago (also: what the fuck are the clouds doing? what about those satellites that stream across the sky? what about that curve in the earth you see on a plane if you're up high enough? 'Ugh, government conspiracies...' 'Didn't happen'), but just because they're fucking insane doesn't mean they're not human, or not worth the time of day when it comes to thinking about The Way People Work.
The Way People Work (in 2017): Thought > Relation > Will.
It starts with Thought.