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Thread by @homemadeguitars: "There is no such animal as one human being. Human beings exist as a society or not at all. Some thoughts. Even Ted Kozynski, the Uni-Bomber, […]"

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There is no such animal as one human being. Human beings exist as a society or not at all. Some thoughts.
Even Ted Kozynski, the Uni-Bomber, committed hermit, madman, and clearly in contention for the All Time Champion Misanthrope award, had to have other people to live.
3. He had to go town for supplies. He had to rely on other humans to deliver his infernal machines to maim and kill still other humans.
4. Ted Kozynski the Uni-Bomber *wrote a manifesto for other humans to read.*
Humans are born helpless. At the moment of birth another human starts their breathing.
5. There is no such animal as one human being.
The basic unit of humanity is not the individual, it is human society. The community. The tribe.
6. You may or may not know it, but the reason Amish and other Old Order faiths eschew certain types and layers of technology is because they believe that adopting those things would adversely affect the community.
7. An Amishman might say (and some have said,) "We need our neighbors. You need your neighbors' farms."
It's not some mystical "machinery is sinful."
8. Each community - each individual community - decides on the level of technology they can accept without giving members too much autonomy, too little need to accept and give help.
That's it. They know. The basic unit of humanity is the community.
9. And if that means their community is out of synch with your community, OK. That's not their objective but it's a fair price to them.
10. Go back, in your mind, to the days of hunter gatherers. Did you ever see The Gods Must Be Crazy.
In the morning the tribe rises up. The leader walks away; everyone else follow him.
He is the President.
11. Society invented government, government invented society, it's all the same thing.
Government is society. One particular function of it.
12. The Amish communities I mentioned above have a Bishop. They meet. They discuss whether to accept a particular device. For instance, in Jamesport, MO, the community I know,
13. They use hard rubber tires on their buggies. In Clarksville they only use steel tires. The buggy wheel maker in Jamesport makes wheels for customers in both communities, so he is equipped to make both.
14. A big majority of the mentally or physically handicapped people in Amish communities have some productive work they do. Those who are capable.
The community supports them are warm, well fed, and welcomed.
15. Back to the hunter gatherers. So the President walks off down the path, and everyone follows him. His advisors walk close to him, and they all talk, where do you think the ripe berries are?
That's the Congress.
16. If a young woman needs to nurse her infant the President doesn't fuss at her because she is slowing down the tribe. She *is* the tribe. And the tribe is her. Her mother is helping her.
17. The President doesn't say, "Hey, you're limiting our economic growth here. We could gather more berries if we left you behind. Look at me - I'm skinny! I want to be fat!"
18. This tribe has been walking these paths for 47,562 years. They're a touch inbred. They've got a member who forgets things.
Like his name. Where he is. Stuff like that.
19. The Congress does not say to the President, "Quick. The 'tard is behind a bush. We can walk away and not have to support him any more."
Because the community is the government, and the government is the community.
20. Because the Congress's responsibility is to represent all. The. People. And promote their general welfare.
Hm. Didn't I hear that phrase somewhere?
Anyway...
21. The people follow the President. The Congress advises the President. When they persuade him that a different path would be better he takes it.
If all is well the people prosper. They've gotten by ok for some time, better and worse, you know, but OK.
22. They have a very simple tax plan.
Everybody pays 100%
Everything the tribe gets supports the tribe.
Some are better berry pickers.
They pay more.
It's not punishment.
They are respected and honored.
And still pay their 100% tax bill.
23. As the tribe grows the economy must grow. Because the word "the economy" means "all the available resources and the means and practices of distributing them across society."
24. Some of these people are in glistening health, bright, capable. They eat well, because that's how it works out. They are always up near the front of the walking tribe.
25. Some of these people are less well off, less lucky, less bright, less healthy, less vigorous. They walk near the back of the pack. They get enough to get by, but they never really seem to prosper. They're poor folks.
26. Out in the middle of the parade are a bunch of people who are doing OK. They've got enough, they're satisfied, they wouldn't really want to get up there and bump shoulders with the Me-firsters. But they don't mind them. It's OK.
27. As the tribe grows, it takes a little better organization. Every tribe has some assholes, and pretty soon the tribe has to choose a member and say, "You don't have to hunt or gather anymore....
28. "... just stay back there and every time Mumford pulls one of his asshole stunts, whack him. Here. Use this stick."
And specialization was invented.
29. You know the rest of it. You've read the books. People discovered beer, which meant they had to invent cereal grain agriculture, which meant they couldn't hunt and gather anymore.
30. At least not all of them. Somebody had to invent cities, and domesticate cattle, and invent the plow - all that stuff.
So the government became more abstract. So did the economy.
31. And the distance between the front of the pack and the back got a whole bunch farther.
.
.
And then there got to be a big empty space between the front of the pack and what used to be the middle.
32. And then some son-of-a-bitch invented TV. And the whole dog and pony show went off the cliff.
33. I don't know how this story ends. I really hope that one day we remember that we are all one, one humanity, one society, and that government and society invented one another to take care of the least of us.
--jeff out
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