Fear of our death and hierarchy

Critical Thinking continues to wrestle with the concept of institutional hierarchy and how it emerged - what caused permanent, institutional hierarchy that granted wealth, privilege, status and power to a minority who ruled over other humans? Alan Rayner posted an essay, written some three years ago, yesterday on Twitter which may give us a vital clue. Our fear of our own death may have been the means by which we came to be controlled by others - it would have required something dramatic to transform from self-organising, non-hierarchical forms of living to the idea of someone being in charge of everything, permanently.

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Our culture today is obsessed with death and our fear of it, a product of how we've been brainwashed with concepts of heaven and hell etc. but if death is a transition in consciousness, what is there to fear? Yet immortality is what many crave without a real understanding of the consequences of what we're striving for. Our fear of death is leading us down a dark path. Our attempts to subvert nature and overcome natural law are likely to have unintended and potentially fatal consequences for humanity.

Doing things, just because we can, is unlikely to bring about a better world. We've yet to grow as a species into the technology we've already created. It's worse than giving a child free reign in a sweet shop - it's letting psychopathic corporations loose on infinite ways to destroy humanity, most probably by accident.


0 #2 Clive Menzies 2016-08-14 16:33
Quoting Duncan Pugh:
Stefan Molyneux!? No thank-you!

On the other hand fear of death is certainly one of if not the root of all our woes ...

Hi Duncan

One of the uncomfortable problems we need to confront is how ideology is woven to alienate us from each other. Often, we can agree with statements, opinions and claims from people with whom we believe we have nothing in common.

Many can see bits of the truth but understanding the political economy, from evidence and analysis from wherever it comes, is the challenge facing us all.

Our first response to challenges to our deeply beliefs is anger. We need to recognise we've been trained to respond in this way. The underlying driver of anger and hate is fear.

We need to focus on where we agree and look for deeper truth where we don't. More importantly, we need to communicate with those we oppose because once we focus on the system, our ideological perceptions subside and we begin to see the reality: deep down most humans want the same things freedom, health, happiness and well-being for themselves, families, communities and those we care about.
0 #1 Duncan Pugh 2016-08-14 16:07
Stefan Molyneux!? No thank-you!

On the other hand fear of death is certainly one of if not the root of all our woes ...

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