Leapdragon 2016 - Aron Hsiao Was Here

It seems to me  §

that for societies to work and function holistically, they must be subject to one of two kinds of control:

– Legal/force control, enforced centrally via the state
– Ideological/emotional control, enforced informally through social interaction

I think the choice that you prefer may depend in large part on the degree to which you feel as though you might run afoul of one or the other in actual implementation. For example, I feel very uncomfortable with the notion of social control because I find it to be deeply emotionally traumatic and easily internalized, while I don’t feel the same very personal despair about state control; furthermore, I know that I am radically different in terms of the way my consciousness works than most other people around me, which makes social control more dangerous for me than for many.

Thus I can reasonably expect that for me, social control will feel more totalitarian or oppressive than state control. I fully realize that for many others, the opposite is true. If a genie popped out of the bottle and offered me the choice to terraform society according to one or the other model, I’d have to choose between giving the majority what they want (thus throwing myself under the bus) or giving myself what I want (thus making everyone around me unhappy).

Just musing.

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