Becoming a King and Where It Leaves Us
It’s interesting — and tragic — that the writers of the US Constitution rejected the divine right of kings, but not the opulence, excess, exploitation, extreme greed, dizzying hierarchy & mentality of war and conquest that the European monarchies and landed aristocracies had pursued previous to capitalism. The founders merely believed that the mechanism by which people could become such elites in possession of staggering, virtually incalculable amounts of wealth and possessions (ala JP Morgan or Jeff Bezos) should be different. And so, they designed a system which rewards sociopathic and ecocidal behavior, crafting laws to ensure that this perverse system of rewards would remain that which forms the foundation of our society.
It is edifying to learn about the reward system in place among the peoples who occupied for thousands of years the land where we now live. Potawatomi and Ojibwe people are among those who inhabited — and still inhabit, of course — what is now Chicago, the area where I live. Extreme selfish behavior and hoarding of resources among individuals — behavior which exploits and deprives others in the community — was not the type of action that was rewarded. We know such behavior is not encouraged and not even tolerated among thousands of traditional societies throughout history.
How difficult to be born into this society based in a perverse system of social rewards. It is an inverted value system, which is now — predictably — breaking down. Human psychology mirrors the natural world: our own minds and the animals rivers lakes mountains fields skies insects and oceans now buckle and break under the force of this great mistake.