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From Ego To Empire, All Our Problems Stem From The Impulse To Control

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The human organism arrives in this world squishy, defenseless and easily startled, which it turns out is really starting things off on the wrong foot.

Because of the size of our newly-evolved brains relative to the birth canal, humans have to give birth to what are essentially fetuses, far more helpless for a much longer time than the offspring of our animal cousins. While we are slowly completing our post-natal gestation and learning to move and walk as most mammals can do right out of the womb, we are in a very frightening stage of helplessness which inevitably leaves us scarred with psychological trauma.

Our formative impressions of the world are that it’s an unpredictable land of giants who make unexpected loud noises and sudden movements, where we have to scream our heads off to get what we need and where we’re incapable of articulating any desires we might have that are more complex than hunger or changing.

We’re just flung into this scary environment that we do not understand and cannot control. So it’s not surprising that we start forming strategies to exert some degree of control in order to feel safe and secure.

As our little heads get fuller and we begin to use language, we discover that one way we can exert control over this scary world of giants is with a conceptual framework known as “me”.

When we were newborns we did not experience a “me”, we just experienced raw sensory input and simple being. As our capacity for language and thought develops we learn that it’s useful to move thoughts around an imaginary conceptual construct called “me” in order to exert control over our environment using thoughts and words like “Mine!”, “I want that,” “Stay with me mommy,” “Don’t do that to me,” etc.

In reality there is no hard, solid thing that could be called a “me”, either scientifically or experientially. Scientifically the human organism is a loosely collaborative cellular process with no defining boundaries and no real separation from the ecosystem which forms and sustains it, and experientially there’s just thoughts, feelings and sense impressions with no hard “me” at the center if you really look closely. But because it’s useful for exerting control, the mental story of “me” gets energetically imbued with the power of belief in the organism.

This is what various spiritual traditions are pointing to when they employ the English word “ego”. Not to any hard, solid thing, but to a behavioral tendency to energetically contract around an imaginary “me” construct. It’s where nearly all of our suffering comes from, and it’s why the world is messed up in the way it is.

This impulse to control begins with egoic contraction, and depending on how forceful that contraction is it can lead to the impulse to control loved ones, communities, the environment, and every human being on this planet.

Someone whose egoic impulse to control spills over onto others can become abusive: beating their children, manipulating their family members, terrorizing their significant others, doing whatever it takes to give themselves the feeling of security they get when the people around them are brought under control. There’s no respect for the self-sovereignty of those people, because granting them self-sovereignty would be placing them out of your control.

Someone whose egoic impulse to control spills over into their communities might become a bully at school, a tyrant at the office, a malicious gossip, a domineering preacher or cult leader. Again it’s all about bringing the people around them under control so that they can feel safe and secure, with no regard for the self-sovereignty of others.

Someone whose egoic impulse to control spills out indiscriminately might try to amass as much control over as much wealth as possible so they’ll be able to influence vast collectives of people. They might climb the political or media ladder to gain power in the form of governmental or narrative control. They’ll do anything they can to exert as much control as they can over anything that makes them feel insecure, to force a paradigm that ensures they’ll always get everything they want and none of it will ever be taken away from them.

And that’s why we’ve got these oligarchs now doing everything they can to amass as much wealth for themselves as possible while keeping it out of the hands of everyone else.

It’s why vast fortunes are poured into manipulating the political/media class to control what people think, how they act and how they vote.

It’s why we’ve got wars and regime change operations around the world brutalizing any nation that tries to insist on its own self-sovereignty.

It’s why we’re destroying the ecosystem in which we evolved by beating it into submission rather than learning to collaborate with it.

It’s why we consent to a system of competition against each other as rivals instead of collaboration with one another as comrades.

It’s why egocentric dominators are endangering us all by waving armageddon weapons at anyone who doesn’t move exactly the way they like.

All ultimately because of our big heads and their relation to the size of the birth canal.

People whose impulse to control is especially pernicious seem to labor under the delusion that if they could just control every single atom in the universe, everything would be fine. That anything that goes wrong is due to the fact that they weren’t in control of it. So they spend their lives doing everything they can to exert control over as much of the world as possible. This is of course insane, and stems from the early impression they got of the world that bad things happen because the world is out of control.

But the world is always out of control. Necessarily. Even if one particularly powerful ego managed to enslave the whole human race and bend it to its will, an asteroid could hit the earth and end it all in an instant. The path toward peace is not toward control, it’s toward allowing it to be forever out of control.

The path out of this mess is the path away from domination and control and toward respect for self-sovereignty. We can begin walking this path ourselves, on our own, away from our own impulse to control and our own egoic contraction.

In the Monterey Bay Aquarium there’s a huge circular tank built into the ceiling of one of the rooms where sardines swim around in a circle all day. This creates a whirlpool effect which carries the school with its momentum, but if you watch the linked video you’ll notice that there are always a few little fish swimming against the tide. It would be easier for them to swim in the same direction all the other fish are swimming, but for whatever reason a few of them are saying “Screw this, I’m going the other way.”

If you think about it, those fish are doing two things with the path they have chosen. First, they are reducing the momentum of the whirlpool by the energy of one fish, simply by not participating in it. Secondly, they are actively pushing the energy of the whirlpool in the opposite direction by the energy of one fish, just by swimming the other way.

That’s really the best course of action we ourselves can take in a sardine tank that is spinning in the direction of domination and egoic contraction. We can uproot in ourselves all impulses to bend the world to our will and bring consciousness to the various ways that self-sovereignty is not being respected in our world. We can do deep inner work and pierce through the illusion of self and separation and see through to the nondual reality which exists already here and now beneath the mirage of the labeling, dividing mind.

We do these things as our part in slowing down the egoic whirlpool that is spinning us toward extinction. We do this because maybe other sardines will turn around and join us. But primarily we do this because it is right, and because it is true. Because a life that is devoted to truth is the only kind of life that will truly satisfy.

Let’s be the dissenting sardine. Let’s turn around from the egoic momentum of our species and each extricate our unique corner of humanity from the energetic contractions of selfing. Free the world from our delusions so we can know true peace. If that does open the door for true peace to pervade our world, then so much the better.

caitlinjohnstone

 



66 Comments on "From Ego To Empire, All Our Problems Stem From The Impulse To Control"

  1. widdle juanPPee on Thu, 17th Sep 2020 1:15 pm 

    Fuck face the lunatic:
    A New Permacultism said this is what supertard says. he said going shop…

    IFuckQuebecInTheAss said StarvingLion » Thu 17 Sep 2020, 13:13:32 The local…

    REAL Green said Every one no’s widdle juan is us Davy. Were not fo…

    al-Jazeera Must Register as a Foreign Agent in U.S… said if they burn koran on air they can operate here. y…

    IFuckQuebecInTheAss on Thu, 17th Sep 2020 12:04 pm By the way StarvingLion, forget Ford F150, crappy engine with twin turbo, the gasoline one I means. I think dodge still make available the cummins diesel on their pick up truck. I read good said supertard my consideration is a subaru forrester b…

    #metoo doesnt matter proof Iranian Man Gets Light Sentence for Beheading Teen Daughter… said fresh material everyday for 1400 years muzz law sa…

    IFuckQuebecInTheAss said By the way StarvingLion, forget Ford F150, crappy…

    darkies lives dont matter proof here On This Day… Sep 17, 2018: Rann, Nigeria A young Red Cross midwife is kidnapped and murdered: 1 Killed said just ask the following muzz snoop doggie style mik…

  2. At least 58 people were killed and 17 kidnapped when Muslim militants attacked two villages in the mainly-Christian north-east of the Democratic Republic of Congo in early September. on Thu, 17th Sep 2020 1:27 pm 

    d

  3. GREECE: Yet another arson fire started by illegal alien Muslim invaders, this time on the island of Samos on Thu, 17th Sep 2020 1:31 pm 

    this burning thing started in greek a while ago by muzz
    and now it’s in california and oregon

  4. After 6 Months Of Pandemic Lockdowns... There's Still A Long Way To Go on Thu, 17th Sep 2020 2:26 pm 

    told u they ran non story weinstein sex thing for 2 years they will run convict-19 for at least 4 years

    this is long after whitey supertard are gone. death rate after turgid moto rally is 2^N where N takes about 17 years to type all digits

    it’s too late now. if we ampuated whitey supertard atheistic scientific supremacist thudnerfood we had hope back then

    this supertard who speaks high british english went on self imposed quarantine during first month of convict-19 and i said it smells

    ask urself if someone who speaks high british enlgish exclusively does he love muzzies

    of course he does

  5. REAL Green on Thu, 17th Sep 2020 2:43 pm 

    “Someone whose egoic impulse to control spills over onto others can become abusive: beating their children, manipulating their family members, terrorizing their significant others, doing whatever it takes to give themselves the feeling of security they get when the people around them are brought under control. There’s no respect for the self-sovereignty of those people, because granting them self-sovereignty would be placing them out of your control.”

    This is why we feel the need to pretend were neutering and moderating other folks ideas and opinions Davy. Its mostly cus were real insecure.

  6. Abraham van Helsing on Thu, 17th Sep 2020 3:37 pm 

    GUYS GUYS — this is what’s wrong with me — I’m a FACIST!!

    How to Spot a (Potential) Fasc!st: The Authoritarian Personality Explained

    https://youtu.be/vymeTZkiKD0

  7. Abraham van Helsing on Thu, 17th Sep 2020 3:38 pm 

    No surprises here…

    https://www.rt.com/russia/500861-russia-biggest-enemies-poll/

    “Russia’s biggest enemies? New poll suggests Uncle Sam, Perfidious Albion & estranged ‘little brother’ Ukraine are top three foes“

  8. On August 1, 2014, Khass tweeted: “quran chapter 2 take not the christians and the jews for friends — I’m Muslim And Know This.” on Thu, 17th Sep 2020 4:25 pm 

    this muzz violates hypocratic oath like the other muzz lara kolab and was fired

    this muzz won by relying on freedom of speech but what about charlie hebdo

    when are we going to harvest our muzz?

  9. supertards please buy a subaru for your bug out adventure on Thu, 17th Sep 2020 4:53 pm 

    i saw subarus climbing near virtical cliff like a muzz

    nobody can do this because nobody has AWD figured out like subaru

  10. Abraham van Helsing on Fri, 18th Sep 2020 2:54 pm 

    Biden supporters at CNN not at all comfortable with sleepy joe’s public performance:

    https://edition.cnn.com/2020/09/18/opinions/biden-september-town-hall-opinion-stewart/index.html

    “Biden’s mistakes could cost him badly in debate with Trump“

  11. turgid turgid turgid turgid turgid turgid turgid turgid turgid turgid turgid turgid turgid turgid turgid turgid turgid turgid turgid turgid turgid on Fri, 18th Sep 2020 4:13 pm 

    instead of amputating whitey supertard atheistic scientific supremacist thunderfoot they’re going after turgid

    when this whitey supertard went on self imposed quarantine during first week of convict 19 i said it smells. This supertard is a muzzie lover because he speaks high british english, same as whitey supertard tom holland.

    they don’t talk about CDC only 6% of convicts are convicts out of $150k convicts

    and now they say 200k plus they floated a giant number for turgid

    turgid this turgid that

    we all know at this rate of 2^N where N takes 17 years to type out all the digits after turgid. we know whitey supertard is done

    i guess these people like to say turgid

    from ZH

  12. bochen777 on Fri, 18th Sep 2020 8:57 pm 

    First we lost our hero Kobe in the beginning of this year, later we lost our King of Wakanda, now we have lost the Honorable Mrs Ginsburg, what is going on? What will become of this once great nation?

  13. Abraham van Helsing on Sun, 20th Sep 2020 4:15 am 

    Ginsburg death:

    https://www.moonofalabama.org/2020/09/supreme-court-fight-exposes-bipartisan-hypocrisy.html#comments

    The blunt fact is that the opportunity to seat a third justice represents a monumental political opportunity for President Trump. He would go down in history as one of the most significant presidents, whether or not he wins a second term. The last Republican president to install three justices in his first term was Richard M. Nixon. A likely Trump nominee would be Notre Dame’s Amy Coney Barrett, whom Trump has previously considered for a seat on the court.

    Trump will have the opportunity to put the final seal of defeat on the liberal era that began with the Roosevelt administration and ran through the Obama administration. A sixth Republican justice would essentially ensure that any sweeping liberal programs a President Joe Biden or another Democratic president might endorse would be condemned to the ash heap of history before it even had an opportunity to become established.

  14. Abraham van Helsing on Sun, 20th Sep 2020 4:33 am 

    Trump finally pushing things through, he should have done in 2016: “draining the swamp”

    https://kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/bringing-a-bazooka-to-a-knife-fight/

    God knows what kind of swamp creatures lie embedded in the lower mudbanks of that agency, but at the top, at least, the department is cleaning up its act. DOE Secretary Betsy DeVos took aggressive action days ago after Princeton University President Christopher Eisgruber sent out an open letter to “the Princeton community” stating that “racism and the damage it does to people of color persist at Princeton” and that “racist assumptions” are “embedded in structures of the University itself.”

    Judged by her name, Betsy de Vos is of Dutch extraction, the demographic famous for inventing the word “Apartheid” (racial separation is as old as humanity itself though).

    Eisgruber in contrast is a racial communist Jew (but I repeat myself).

    Dutch beating Jews, love it. Hup Betsie!

    For the record, I hope that Trump wins and more important, that his victory will be acknowledged as such and that CW2 can be postponed with 4 years, until the EU and China have developed sufficient strength to intervene and seperate… and herald in a new era of an identitarian multi-polar world order, in the mold of Samuel Huntington and his “Clash of Civilisations”

  15. Abraham van Helsing on Sun, 20th Sep 2020 5:38 am 

    “Syrian civil war” latest:

    https://www.moonofalabama.org/2020/09/new-documents-reveal-secret-british-efforts-to-arm-assist-and-propagandize-moderate-rebels-in-syria.html#comments

    “New Documents Reveal Secret British Efforts To Arm, Assist And Propagandize ‘Moderate Rebels’ In Syria“

    One is reminded of the revelation by the former French foreign minister Roland Dumas:

    https://youtu.be/jeyRwFHR8WY

    The “Syrian civil war” was in reality just another classic Anglo-Zionist color coded attempt at regime change, efficiently sabotaged by Vladimir the Great.

    Not that these British docs should come as a surprise to anybody who has been paying attention, like listening to the good emir of Qatar, who openly admitted that the Syrian civil war was a set-up between Turkey, KSA and Turkey, led from behind by the Anglos:

    https://documents1940.wordpress.com/2017/11/05/qatar-admits-us-turkey-ksa-qatar-conspired-in-syrian-war/

    Like was the case with Iraq, the French and Germans refused to participate in Syria. The Russians even actively intervened against, showing once again the potential of Paris-Berlin-Moscow to terminate empire, together with the Chinese and halt the intended destruction of the white race at the hands of the Anglo-Zionists.

  16. Abraham van Helsing on Sun, 20th Sep 2020 5:40 am 

    “Turkey, KSA and Turkey”

    should read:

    “Turkey, KSA and Qatar”

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