Civilization has No Intrinsic Right or Reason to Exist

One popular stream of thought goes something like this-

“Civilization would collapse if everybody did that”

My answer is- let it go to hell. Those who do not benefit from something have no reason to care about it.

Civilization is not some magical entity which must be preserved at all cost. It’s existence is worthwhile only if it fulfills its purported function. Any civilization or social system which destroys the lives of many to enrich the few is a dysfunctional ponzi scheme. The continued existence of such a system has the same legitimacy as an imploding ponzi scheme.

All pre-industrial civilizations were ponzi schemes who existence was based on paucity or total lack of free information flow between most people. Those who revere old civilizations and their achievements are worshiping ponzi schemes which turned out badly for almost everyone involved. While reading about the history of various Greek, Roman, Indian, Chinese, meso-american eras might make you feel wordly, the quality of life for almost every person in that era makes the life of an average pet dog or cat in our era look good.

It was the industrial age which made civilizations less ponzi scheme like. Only in the late 1800s did the average person in some countries start having a life which was somewhat better than domestic animals- though a significant minority of people in western countries lived in relative poverty till after WW2.

Today we have the technology, conditions and opportunity to make civilization even less of a ponzi scheme. However doing so requires people to understand that civilization has no intrinsic right or reason to exist. Forms and versions which lean towards ponzi schemes(such as financialism, neoliberalism and neoconservatism) have to go along with their practitioners, priests and pimps.

Comments?

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6 Responses to Civilization has No Intrinsic Right or Reason to Exist

  1. anon says:

    We’re linguistically brainwashed that “the end of civilization” is the same thing as “the end of the world”

  2. Nestorius says:

    AD,
    I don’t buy into the word “civilization” just as I don’t buy into “global worming” or “Phoenix bird”. This word, “civilization”, was invented by French and English pieces of shit to make them look superior to others.
    I don’t read and waste my time on any book or article where this word occur. It’s like reading articles and books where the Phoenix bird is mentioned and where the Phoenix is supposed to exist.

    The scam concerning “civilization” is founded on the assumption of its existence.

  3. Nestorius says:

    “Those who revere old civilizations and their achievements are worshiping ponzi schemes which turned out badly for almost everyone involved.”

    I don’t need to buy into this scam word from the beginning.

  4. Nestorius says:

    “Today we have the technology, conditions and opportunity to make civilization even less of a ponzi scheme. However doing so requires people to understand that civilization has no intrinsic right or reason to exist.”

    I don’t disagree with the core idea; but there is no need to argue about a bogus thing.

    If I replace civilization with Phoenix or Santa Claus, we get this:
    “Today we have the technology, conditions and opportunity to make the Phoenix even less of a ponzi scheme. However doing so requires people to understand that the Phoenix has no intrinsic right or reason to exist.”
    The Phoenix doesn’t exist.

    Civilization doesn’t exist because the word doesn’t have a precise definition. It’s core definition is based on a superiority mentality.

  5. anon666 says:

    That was a pretty dumb post, AD. In absence of civilization, say goodbye to your favorite things: your escorts, your blog, and your internetz, and your entire means of survival. A collapse of civilization means that you die, unless you have some primitive warrior/hunter/mechanic skill that makes you useful in an apocalyptic scenario, in which case, your survival is still highly dependent upon luck.

    In a way your reply validates my idea. Once civilization loses its utility to most people, it will come apart.

    However rent-seeking and metric-glorifying myopic systems such as capitalism will almost ensure that civilization loses its utility for most people.

  6. DoesItMatter? says:

    Moment, it collapses, I’m coming for you!

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