How to co exist with the borg and remain thyself?
“To be in the system, without being of the system”
“To be a machine, without being one”
“How individuals and collectives can rejoice in co;existence”
Short answer is, you can’t, resistance is futile, haha, the collective will be likely to assimilate the individual and disrespect individual liberty, because they see the ‘otherness’ as an enemy or a resource to be integrated into the beehive and the individual sees the ‘sameness’ as flat out boring, superficial, unethical et cetera. Obviously, this creates heated debates, culture clashes and often war.
So the long answer is that I think you can actually co;exist and thrive together by using some psychological and diplomatic strength without having to fight over it and destroy each others way of life.
The assertion I am making here is that by fully accepting our own nature in all its beauty and ugliness, we can learn to accept the differences of other people and cultures, instead of having to globalize everything and annihilate every form of indigenous culture and originality left in this world. I use the term ‘the borg’ because I think it is a good metaphor to describe Western foreign policy. It is a very mechanical way to live, you think and you make a movement, then you think and you make a movement, without opening the heart, and feel the effects of your thoughts and actions upon your environment. It is very Trumpish.
I hope to flesh it all out a bit by sharing my personal experience in China and the perspective I have on how to co;exist with them peacefully and thrive collectively without the expense of individual thought or denial of the collective interest.
During my travels in China, I started doing some research into how that place came to be, cause in many ways their systems were highly destructive, even for their own people, so it made me ponder why you would live in that way together. In other ways they are far more superior then the Western world, because they operate like a beehive, buzzing around all the time, being super productive in doing so, but with little originality and flexibility. In retrospect, it has been a very good experience for me to learn how to deal with communistic people and to see how destructive some of these systems can be. However, I would argue it isn’t the idealistic Marxist communistic implementation, since we still have to deal with the potential wickedness of human nature in all its monstrous expressions (Don’t believe me? just check out the Lucifer experiment and see for yourself that we are all capable of hurting others when we are under pressure or temptation). I recently wrote that we all marry our mom and fight our dad, except for the borg, communist and sentinels, because they all marry the state, the queen or king, the embodiment of the divine nurturer. The king I have met in this company was in many ways a benevolent king, and it impressed me how strong his kingdom seemed to be. I have lost this impression pretty quickly when I discovered the fear based system and how their economics work to achieve abundance, which I quickly judged as unsustainable, and, therefore, not so strong anymore. If I knew back then what I now know about human nature, psychology and sociology, I would have sacrificed my individuality, stayed longer and become an undercover communist, to learn more about their ways of life. I couldn’t do it, because I was simply not capable of accepting and loving a culture like that in order to blend in. It could have meant that I would be with a Chinese family now, speaking fluent Mandarin and settling down, just to work my ass of 14 hours a day :p I could go on and on, and I have little people in Western culture with whom I can share this experience with, because it truly gave me a sense of what it means to live in commune together, all though, it was pretty wicked. Lets make as many babies as possible, and see how many will survive! A few will die, but the collective will thrive, haha, that kind of borg behavior, I just couldn’t handle. The beautiful Chinese girls even had to cry when I left, after three weeks? How strange is that? I still don’t get it.
Just one example why it isn’t anything close to the idealism of Marx, they call it ‘People’s money’, while having shadow banking practices, which basically means that they not just print more money out of thin air by official financial institutions, but you allow a side system of shadow banks to do exactly the same thing, or even worse, cause they have other or no regulations in their coinage. At least, that is my understanding of it. What happens is that you create enormous paper currency inflation based on the fatalistic belief that things will work out just fine on the long term. Just give me one example hyperinflation worked on the long term? I would be amazed. So obviously, it isn’t the people’s money anymore, if it has ever been that. It is simple fact that human nature is likely to go corrupt, especially when a few individuals cannot deal with the power of the money press. So this discovery on its own was really mind bubbling for me. What surprised me the most is that the construction company in rural China I was trespassing was operating on a fear based system of indoctrination, lack of trust, coercion and the pursuit of pure collectivism with the expense of the individual. What surprised me even more was that it worked amazingly well, very high levels of productivity and pretty good quality for reasonable pricing. However, the people were indoctrinated from a very young age, otherwise such a system won’t be sustainable, since an individual will not allow himself to be manipulated, only children allow that because they must survive. From my view, such a system based on fear and mistrust will eventually crumble and turn into a death house of cards. Sooner or later people evolve to the point that they want to accomplish their own dreams and contribute in different ways then just what a king tells you to do and stay at the psychological level of a child. If suffering increases in such a system, the participants will simply quit their job and do something else with their lives, or not, depending on how good of a manipulator you are off course. So the indoctrination must be perfect, otherwise you might risk the danger that people discover they have free will and a choice to make on their own feet. The employees were amazed by my ability to make individual choices, wear my own clothing, eat the foods I needed, cause the whole concept of individualism does not really exist if you are indoctrinated to believe that the community is all there is to live and die for. I hated and loved the place, cause in many ways they showed me something Western culture lacks of greatly, that of showing feats of communion, mutual reciprocity and family with your fellow men and neighbors. Western culture in general is the complete opposite of this where hyper-individualism marks our case and the ‘weak’ are forced to survive on themselves. This is the other side of the spectrum, where individuals lost the connection with the greater whole of their societies. I am excited to write this stuff out, because it seems unlikely that Western culture can adept to show a sense of true communion among each other when our systems don’t work anymore, cause we are so used to individualistic pursuits by the expense of the collective. So even when the typical Western man or woman tries to connect on a deeply communal level, it is expressed in a welfare state in which you get some money to get your sustenance… It has nothing to do with establishing a heart to heart connection with your fellow men, it is often just in the mind or in the balls. And this is the reason why I want to promote ‘heart based companies’ in my thesis (many of the articles I am writing at the moment have to do with my thesis one way or another). There isn’t anything wrong with making money or individual pursuits, it just becomes highly dysfunctional and neurotic when you lack a solid ‘heart;mind’ connection. Establishing a heart;mind connection is probably not something you learn in government funded schooling, since it is mainly focused upon training the mind and individual achievement. A ‘heart;mind’ connection, connects you deeply with the suffering in this world, so that you can use your mind to create companies, inventions, solutions to ease the pain, and actually do something productive for the society based upon what kind of suffering there is. This would also indicate a formula for prosperity, for those who build these companies and for the consumers of the goods and services, since it creates positive synergy between the two parties. Positive synergy is the rule of multiplication (1+1=3) and whenever you truly help someone, it is a natural human response to do something back, to make an energy transaction, could be money, could be something else, doesn’t really matter as long as the mutual reciprocity continues. That is how business should be on the highest level of organizational development, to provide a service for society based upon methods of providing goods and services that actually dissolve problems on a sustainable way, while minimizing the amount of suffering and pain. Building a business in a compassionate way isn’t easy in our needy times of decadence, but it is I think a way out to bring the individuals and collectives together in peaceful co;existence and thrive again rather then just surviving.
That being said, conflict between these two opposite sides of the spectrum is likely, as have always been the case in the history of this planet. To me the best way to fight the ‘enemy’ or threat and remain at peace as a whole is to dismantle the enemy from doing any further harm. That is basically the single peace or war strategy I agree with, passive aggressive treatment of the criminal behavior, so that the criminal can heal itself and is given an opportunity to try again, instead of dumping them in prison cells where they are getting raped. So if you want to dismantle the threat of the borg, you have to dismantle their strength, which is traumatized collectivism. I call it traumatized collectivism, because from my experience I could only talk about very superficial things with them, like sex, food and shelter, without going through the rest of the Mas low’s hierarchy of human needs. Why are they trapped in survival mode? This is probably due to their indoctrination and idea that all which is necessary is to survive as an organisation and settle with that, which is one of the lowest expressions of individual and organisational development, based upon the Barbell model. So what it does, is that through indoctrination you first create a lot of trauma that has to be addressed during adult years, since as children the only thing you can do is to survive, and when this trauma is not addressed appropriately, individuals stay at the psychological level of a child with trauma that isn’t treated but suppressed, which can cause a breeding nest for potential tyrants.
So the best way to ‘fight’ the borg is to let your unique distinctiveness of nobility, virtue, creativity, wisdom et cetera to be assimilated into their system, cause this is their way of learning and evolving. Isn’t this the same as with kids? They model and assimilate your example, so you don’t need to be bossy about it, just by showing a good example they learn and connect with the collective and have the freedom to explore their own individuality. Basically, allowing them to assimilate you shows them the opposite spectrum, it shows them other possibilities of being alive and to thrive instead of just surviving and conforming. Not to mention to defend your borders when necessary, but by just motivating them through the stick and carrot method, you trap them in survival mode without actually helping them to process through the traumatized collectivism and inflicted co;dependency.
So just by the showing other ways of being alive and thrive as an individual and a collective, I believe you create the finest of organisations.
Hope it was an interesting read!
I am being pretty borg like myself in finishing my thesis these days, so I would be more then happy to receive input in my research of;
‘How to survive and thrive as an individual and collective, without becoming a complete sucker or loose psychopath’
Walking the middle path,