Somewhere there are still peoples and herds, but not with us, my brethren: here there are states.
A state? What is that? Well! open now your ears unto me, for now will I say unto you my word concerning the death of peoples.
A state, is called the coldest of all cold monsters. Coldly lieth it also; and this lie creepeth from its mouth: ‘I, the state, am the people.’
F. Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra: The New Idol
What need we presume from Nietzsche? Is the case not already clear, and clearly seen by all? Well, perhaps not by all, because the state still has the capacity to cloud over the minds of men. It can confuse, camouflage, cajole, confab and connive the innocent or the unwary. It can placate the masses with morsels and mead. It can force our surrender before its almighty wisdom and sanctity.
Not 150 years later we see the results in the revelations of Manning, Assange, Snowden and many others whose stories are not as well known. But, we see it daily in our presses. The State Department and its covert ops, in consort with the likes of George Soros has been involved in telling lies forever. From Chile, Italy, Brazil, Guatamala, Yugoslavia, and Greece, to Guyana, Iran, Syria, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, and Cuba, not to mention the Balkans, Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Georgia, and Ukraine, we have engaged in wholesale death and destruction while instigating or enforcing regime change, no matter the cost.
And yet, these yahoos, stand around at their fancy State Department soirees, toasting one another’s ignorance and their incontestable inability to communicate effectively with their fellow man. When will the good people of this country understand the evil that lurks in the heart of empire, all empire… and especially the American Empire.
And we keep fooling ourselves that all of this killing is for the good of mankind. Not, that I care for the good of mankind. But I do care for those who have inhabited the land without malice, who have lived relatively peaceful lives within nature, and learned to survive its hardships gracefully. We keep destroying ancient cultures, archaic traditions, and sacred lands. We think nothing of tearing apart the earth and asphyxiating the atmosphere. And according to the CEO of Nestle company, we would not think twice about privatizing water rights. According to the Nestle CEO, no person has a RIGHT to water just because he/she lives. I feel much like Chuang Tzu now, the taoist philosopher who woke up one day not sure if he was a man having dreamt he was a butterfly, or rather was a butterfly now dreaming he was a man.
And while our tyrant is busy funding Ukraine’s bond bailout for arms sales (in order to stuff the coffers of our military industry and kill Russians), our best academician and theorist on Russia and Ukraine, Stephen Cohen from Princeton, is having his own Chuang Tzu butterfly moment.
It is not merely a deeply-seated need to create enemies that drives us. And it is not simply the extreme resource depletion globally driving our greed, although both are significant triggers of our psychopathology. But the real culprit behind all of these psycho-sociopathic inclinations is the radical infantilization of our natures (what Paul Shepard calls our neoteny), that is a rather direct result of what our civilization has done to our humanity.
Shepard argues that the long phylogeny of the human species in the Pleistocene epoch included, as one of its most distinguishing evolutionary features, a remarkably long period of neoteny, or biological immaturity, in which human beings graduate through successive phases of development with the mediation of cultural and biological expressions and rituals [implying] an originary or primal zone of indistinction between the cultural and the biological aspects of life… This suggests an original wholeness, health and vitality unknowable for those of us whose personal emergence as individuals, whose ontogeny, or ‘coming into being’ has been marred by our deprivation of cultural and biological factors.
This may in fact be our lot in life, a ‘civilized’ life elongated in hours and years, but truncated in maturity and genuine vitality, due to a loss or forgetfulness of our Pleistocene beginnings.