65-KNOW YOUR BULLY

Knowing who and what you are is knowing your bully. If we don’t introduce the child to Darwinism and teach him the origins of life and the laws of natural selection, there is no hope of taking away the bully’s power. The child has to know that he is 100% animal of the ape family like his parents and that he is forced to live by the dictates of his ANS just like all animals on earth. If he understands how wild animals behave in the natural selection world around him, and knows that humans behave just like that, though in more sophisticated ways since they broke the time barrier, he’ll be able to put two and two together. He’ll realize that he is genetically programmed like an ape in spite of the fact that he uses a knife and fork when he eats. He may even deduce, that being intelligent allows humans to be much more inventive in acting out all the dastardly tendencies in the wild ape’s inventory.

Fighting tooth and nail in order to become an alpha is genetically sound in the animal kingdom, but when we broke the time barrier and became intelligent some three million years ago, we ceased being subjected to the laws of natural selection. So, genetically, we are meant to become bullies, but because we are intelligent, bullying has become a negative social force. Intelligence being the ability to tie past experiences with future experiences while making sense of the present, most of us realize that bullying is counterproductive to the group.

The alpha male of yesteryear was altruistic, for his only purpose was to ensure the quality of the genetic stock within the group while protecting the members of the group. Today, the only altruistic alpha left in the world of humans sits at the head of the dynasty of bankers in the City in London. Those prancing around us pretending to be alphas are bullies, mean and nasty individuals who are bent on pursuing their own agenda. We left the 24/7 world of survival a long time ago, but we still live by the archaic laws of survival of the fittest. And because we have less and less to do, and because we are genuine apes that need to be told what to do in spite of the fact that we do everything in our power to prove otherwise, it’s a situation that fosters the proliferation of pseudo alphas, or bullies. The laws of survival of the fittest or natural selection no longer apply to us, yet we still live by them, and that is what is killing us in the world of leisure that we find ourselves in. Getting ass, kicking ass and making money are the bullies’ main preoccupations, and we all admire those who succeed. Why aren’t we interested in human values, self-fulfillment and happiness? We could say that it’s because self-fulfillment is like a vegetable garden, we all think it’s a great idea and even dream about its benefits, but never pursue the idea of working a garden because it doesn’t pay and it’s too much work.

Nonetheless, we can be sure that the financial power sitting in the City is interested in maintaining the great market economies of the world that it created, while doing everything it can to improve them. We have the World Bank, UNESCO, World Heritage, Green Peace, WWF, and all the UN agencies and private institutions like National Geographic and the Smithsonian, along with the world bank that indirectly finances thousands of NGO’s and thousands of university labs and research centers. The Pacific garbage patches will be cleaned up, wildlife will survive as the numerous UNESCO protected parks are joined by corridors in Africa as well as North America, we will have abundant clean energy by way of fusion, hydrogen and solar, we will grow all the food we need, and all this because the City dynasty of bankers are intent on protecting and improving the global village they created. Unfortunately, because we are being socially empowered while needing to be told what to do every step of the way, we have become a fragile screwed-up specie. The only way Big Brother has of dealing with this dichotomy festering in all of us is to make ever greater use of the crop mentioned earlier, that is, by imposing more controls and restrictions regarding our security and safety.

However, because Big Brother created the world of leisure and knows we live a life that we are not genetically programmed for, he creates ways to occupy our leisure time. Right up until the start of the 20th century, people were busy just plain surviving 24/7, as many in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Russia still do today. Survival, religion and politics kept the masses busy for the longest time, but when the three Gorgon Sisters were created in mid 19th century, and especially when steam and electricity became widespread at the end of that century, leisure time started increasing. After two world wars that kept us more than busy, after the signing of the Bretton Woods agreement in 1944, and especially after the new market economies started roaring, providing us jobs in the process, more ways had to be developed to keep the populations busy. At first, jobs encouraged people to shop and accumulate material things, and that was a very attractive way of spending time, but today, it’s proving to be counterproductive in fulfillment terms. That’s why Big Brother is now bent on developing other ways to help us spend our leisure time. Making money, consuming and watching television got us through most of the 20th century, but we are now hard-wired to the Gorgon Sisters through our smartphones, which is a much more efficient way of occupying our idle moments. And since sports, travel, and rallies and concerts of all kinds are saner ways to occupy the masses, that is what is being financed today at breakneck speed, for it allows the whole world to join in as participant or spectator. The hundreds of world and international competitions, starting with the Olympics, winter, summer and para, involving hundreds of sports, with new ones being developed everyday, seen worldwide on television or our smartphones, along with the thousands of rallies and concerts, are proof that sports, entertainment and politics are replacing religion as the opium of the people. In the last hundred years, sports participation and viewing has increased exponentially and there is no slow-down in sight, thanks to the research and development money from Big Brother in the City.

However, because we live in this great world of leisure, we often forget that we are genetically programmed to be violent, and that that violence has to be somehow released. During millions of years, we were forced to kill wild animals for food and were often killed in the process, and we had to get through deadly winters and summer droughts waiting for food. The memories of those violent ways are genetically imprinted in us. Thankfully, we started being less violent around 20k years ago when we settled down and grew food, and more so 5k years ago when writing and religion were created. But we only started living in a leisurely fashion in early 20th century when electricity was made available to the masses. Though ever more political rallies, sports events, concerts and travel are all good ways to release the tension that builds up in us, such activities should be accompanied by an educational system that addresses who and what we are, and how and why we behave the way we do. We have to face the fact that we are intelligent apes, and that we act exactly like apes. We have to stop using the god concept that was created in 325 CE as a crutch to make us forget our apeness.

Because we come from a violent past, and because the archaic laws of natural selection still incite us to follow the laws of survival of the fittest, it makes us all potential bullies when given a chance. Give someone a badge, a uniform, a title, a rank, wealth or a high salary, and you can make him do just about anything you want. Napoleon was the first bright example, then there were the Hitler’s, the Stalin’s, the Mao’s, and the Tojo’s, while today it’s clowns like Trump, Putin and Johnson that supposedly guide us. Before 1944, the City used henchmen to bulldoze the old regimes of the world, today, they use clowns to entertain us.

Learning Darwinism is learning humility. Knowledge is not weakness, it is strength. Self-empowerment is based on strength and humility, while societal empowerment is based on arrogance and weakness. We have no choice but to use societal empowerment forces to reclaim self-empowerment if we want to feel fulfilled. The key to doing this lies in reclaiming our values, the same values that apply to all living things. If, in our daily lives, we stress immediate gratification and nurture greed to the detriment of family life and creative activities, it’s like shopping for food in a supermarket instead of growing it. Like all of universe we follow the path of least resistance, and as humans living in a world of plenty chasing the ‘mores’ of the world, we are very much like a great beautiful car with the gas gauge pointing to empty.

 

59-THE IDEAL COUPLE

With regards to the hypothetical couple that I’ve chosen, both partners are eighteen years of age and heterosexual. They have been having regular sex for two years with both their parents’ approval, and they are both intent on avoiding disease and pregnancy. She has an LARC arm implant, and they can’t get enough of each other, so for now, fidelity and pregnancy are not a problem. They both agree to be answerable to all four parents who support them unconditionally, and this fosters mutual affection and trust.

They share thoughts and feelings concerning their parents, siblings, teachers, friends and pets, and talk about everything under the sun. They are aware they are living in the best of all possible worlds. They know they are 100% animals of the ape family and that their branch became intelligent some three million years ago. As intelligent animals, they realize they have the possibility of exercising some control over their autonomic nervous system. By curbing the disruptive forces of their ANS, mainly with regards to reproduction, they realize they can look forward to a lifelong relationship in a happy family context.

They are aware that all beings are beautiful and fulfilled when in a nurturing or creative mode, and that’s why they both want to form a lifelong family team and do what they love doing for a living. They have just finished high school, but do not plan to go to college until they are absolutely sure of what they want to do for a living. For now, he wants to become an architect. He has been working summers for a local building contractor and the latter has agreed to employ him full time. His passion is to conceive and eventually build self-sustaining buildings. She is very interested in animals and wants to be a veterinarian. After working summers at a local zoo, she has been offered an assistant’s position fulltime. Her passion is living with plants and animals and learning how to take care of them. They have rented a modest house on the outskirts of the city in order to have the full experience of living together. They want the responsibilities of looking after a house, having a garden and pets, and doing daily chores. His father gave them his car when he upgraded to a hybrid, and that takes care of transportation. They are committed to living together three years and will not marry or have kids till the end of that period, if they so decide. If one of them changes his or her mind during the trial period, they will go their separate ways, no matter how painful. All four parents are partners to this agreement and will support them in any way they can.

As they go about working in the real world as apprentices, they will pay for their own living expenses. As for college tuition, their parents have already planned ahead by creating a fund for that very purpose. In the meantime, they will glean all the knowledge they possibly can from their coworkers and sign up for all pertinent online university courses while waiting to physically register at a university in order to terminate their degrees and pursue their life’s passion.

They are active teens who jog and swim on a regular basis and have no intention of stopping. They each have a smartphone but use them strictly for meaningful communication. Like her mother, she refuses to wear the badge of femininity, no matter how great the social pressures. But of course, she doesn’t intend giving up on bizarre hairdos, fun clothing, and junky jewellery. They intend to cut the cable and stick to reading, watching movies and making and listening to music. Inviting friends over for simple home prepared meals made with natural ingredients will be a lot of fun. His father already makes his own wine, and he plans to team up with him, for making wine with his dad will be a nice way for them to bond. Enjoying the odd glass of wine with his wife-to-be and friends over home-cooked meals will also make for heart-warming experiences.

Accumulating wealth will never be their main objective. However, because they live in a world where it’s rather easy to make money, it’s not to be dismissed out of hand. Real estate values tend to rise, so owning one’s own home is a starting point. As for making real money, the couple will sit down and decide which multinational they want working for them. They’ll choose one that makes things they personally believe in and that are indispensable to the human race, like food, transport, communication, biotechnology and energy. Once they’re convinced they have the right company, they’ll buy shares in it every time they have spare money. Buying shares via the internet is a rather cheap and easy way to go about doing just that. Once the shares are bought, they’ll forget about them. They’ll never play the market. Their capital will grow as the world markets grow, and by adding to their capital little by little, down the road, they’ll have more than enough for their children’s education and their own retirement. If they adopt a healthy lifestyle, are passionate about their work, own their own home, and invest their extra cash in their chosen multinationals, they’ll have done away with most material obstacles that usually prove disastrous to young married couples, and thus be free to have and raise children. However, the greatest destructive force that they’ll have to face in their relationship is still lurking in the wings.

This young couple has seriously reflected on the problem where males are genetically programmed to reproduce well into old age while females cease to reproduce at menopause. They know that when she reaches menopause, he will no longer be sexually aroused by her. Since his ANS will continue to incite him to reproduce, and since he will be looking at younger women, they must get ready to counter this eventual pitfall. When a couple reaches that stage, it’s what I call hitting the WALL.

Fortunately, they know that human means intelligent, and that they have some say in complying with their ANS. For instance, if one is hungry, one can have an apple or a processed meat sandwich, and if one is thirsty, one can have a glass of water or a can of pop laced with sugar. The individual has no choice but to quench his thirst or satiate his hunger, but because he’s intelligent, he can choose how to do it, and with what. In a similar manner, they can control their libido to some degree, and that’s the secret to countering the potential destructive forces of the ANS.

They know they are animals that became intelligent when hominids broke the time barrier some three million years ago. They know that being intelligent means they can connect past experiences with the present and use that knowledge to make a better future. They know that sex is not love. Sex is forced upon them by their ANS in order to reproduce, whereas love is the result of intimacy and sharing. All beings are forced to have sex, regardless of specie, therefore, when the couple’s sex life is on the wane and his ANS incites him to look at younger women, they’ll both know what’s happening and he will categorically refuse to take Viagra or give in to his ANS. They are fortunate to be intimate with each other, both intellectually and physically, so when they hit the WALL, having always refused to let their libido define them as humans, she may even be able to poke fun at him when he starts looking sideways at younger women.

Their love will grow as their family grows, and not much self-control will be needed to resist having sex with a stranger. Why would he knowingly risk losing the warmth and joy that a loving family provides and that took years to build, for the pleasure of having sashimi served by a young geisha? One thing is certain, as their mutual affection grows, and as they go gaga over their grandchildren, they’ll both know that destroying their family life for a furtive romp in the sack with another is totally insane. Love will win over sex, especially if they are fully aware of the pressures that the ANS is putting on them, and they are.

If they’re really lucky, they’ll discover that one of the most beautiful things in the world, is growing old gracefully. An older woman sitting at her computer writing her book, nursing an animal back to health in her veterinarian clinic, or giving TLC to the plants in her garden, are beautiful sights to behold. And what about an older man teaching his grandson how to build a tree house, or his granddaughter how to play violin! What’s so bad about growing old? Does the woman have to become a wrinkled Barbie, or the man a ridiculous Casanova?

 

 

57-EMANCIPATION OF WOMEN

 

3mya, when hominids became intelligent, it meant they had the ability to connect past experiences with future actions. Naturally, they were no longer subjected to the laws of natural selection. So, after many millennia of sexual frustration, the lower order males were now able to devise ways to outsmart the alpha male in order to access the females and fornicate. Realizing that they could experience sexual pleasure without waiting for the females to be in estrus, the males started forcing themselves on the physically weaker gender at will. In time, the genetic pool deteriorated, and it proved to be a double catastrophe for the females, for the males now started to be selective as well.

The males, however, shouldn’t be blamed for this turn of events. Intelligence allowed them to follow the path of least resistance in order to give free expression to their sexual drive, and they simply took it. Like water and electricity, and other forces in the universe, humans are wired to take the path of least resistance. But in order for intelligent individuals to live in a group, there has to be rules and controls. In the natural selection environment of old, the male alpha used muscle in order to establish order, spread the best genes and ensure the survival of the group, but when hominids left that world, those controls disappeared, and humans had to devise new ones. Around 5kya, they did just that by creating writing, reading, and religion.

Nonetheless, women kept being treated like inferior beings. They were used as field hands and baby machines, and they were sold and bought in sophisticated ways by means of a dowry or a bride price. If the fathers wanted to get rid of extra daughters, they paid a dowry, if a family wanted to achieve a higher social rank by associating with a higher-ranking family through marriage, it paid a bride price. Women had no say, they could be marketed at any age, and all that mattered was that they be a virgin. Of course, making sure the young girls remained virgins meant they were even more mistreated by their fathers and even their brothers. On the other hand, if women learned to read and write, they were perceived as a threat to males, and the macho society would accuse them of witchcraft, burn them at the stake, or send them to rot in convents or some such place.

It was only in 1600CE, when the world of credit took root in Amsterdam, that women began entertaining the possibility of emancipation. When the Sephardim and the Huguenots created the East India Company in Amsterdam, in 1602, they ruled the oceans of the world and slowly wrenched world financial power away from the Holy Roman Empire, the Christian Church, in the process. In 1688, they moved their headquarters to the City in London, and created the first democracy. Women did not yet vote and weren’t allowed to own property, but they started earning money in their homes. When Mayer created his bank, the Bank of North America in 1781, it was another major step forward for women. But the real change occurred when Mayer’s son, Nathan, took control of the Bank of England in 1810. It marked the beginning of international banking, and as more credit was made available to the masses, women started working for wages, and were thus gradually emancipated in a real sense. Nonetheless, women had to wait until 1920 in order to get the right to vote, but when they did, it was a point of no return. Once the macho world was undermined, it was only a question of time before women could claim social equality. And when the pill was marketed in the 60’s, it put them on the road to full emancipation.

But the post-war years, as far as female emancipation is concerned, was also a time when the proverbial dung hit the fan, for that’s when women opted to wear the badge of femininity instead of insisting on equality. They chose the worst remedy of all by concentrating their efforts on getting themselves an alpha male by means of seduction in order to advance their social position. But who can blame them for using that approach? After going through 3my of mistreatment, and especially 2ky of macho Christian doctrine, they were totally brainwashed into thinking they were inferior to men. So, they figured if they seduced and snagged an alpha male like they were genetically programmed to have, they could achieve emancipation through him. Unfortunately, they didn’t realize that the alpha male of the natural selection era no longer existed. They didn’t know that the men prancing around looking like male alphas were mainly interested in advancing their own agenda. And the fact that Hollywood was endorsing sexual relationships with virtual alphas as the ultimate form of social success, and the fact that sex was on everybody’s mind, was not meant to help. Understandably, it was only natural for the pseudo alpha males to have sex as often as they could with the want-to-be bimbos by telling them how wonderful and needed they were, and the females believed them.

Though it was natural for the women to adopt the badge of femininity in wanting to look like the Hollywood stars and get themselves an alpha, they soon realized they weren’t getting the desired results and wondered why. That’s when they discovered that aging was an even bigger problem. They deduced that males stopped wanting to have sex with them when they reached menopause. But why didn’t men like mature partners like women did? They simply didn’t know that males are genetically polygamous and programmed to reproduce well past middle age, and that if the female is no longer able to reproduce, the male’s ANS no longer incites him to have sex with her. After suffering mistreatment at the hands of males for 3my, and being subjected to Christian macho doctrine for 2ky, now that she was emancipated, she was being hit with a third bolt of lightning, the genetic quirks of the male’s ANS.

How are women expected to deal with this genetic injustice? That is the question. If women completely discarded the badge of femininity, men and women, the women leading the way, would be more inclined to have genuine relationships based on trust, honesty and respect, instead of sex. But because we left the world of natural selection, because we live in a world of plenty, because we give free rein to our sex drive instead of curbing it, because we measure our self worth against our libido, because we fornicate mainly for pleasure, because men are genetically polygamous and live by the rules of monogamy, our specie has become unnatural and stressed.

We have to get back to some form of equilibrium, and perhaps the only way to do that is to understand our ANS as explained in an earlier posting. If we choose to be monogamous and have a family, it must be for life. We don’t have to get married, for we have the wherewithal to have sex while avoiding pregnancy and disease, but if we do, it should be for the duration and for the purpose of raising a family. Loving and nurturing one’s children, and later, one’s grand-children, is the greatest human experience of all, but we have to make it happen, it’s not free. Forever wanting more, bigger and better stuff in order to feel important, and changing pseudo life partners on a whim is not the way to go. If we choose to be bonded with another, the strength gained in sharing makes us feel secure, gives us confidence and encourages us to do what we love to do. And as we age, the love and satisfaction generated within the family largely compensates for the effort required to keep our sexual drive under control. Sex is not love. Sex is a violent temporary action imposed on us by our ANS while love is the art of being intimate and sharing the joys of raising a family over a whole lifetime.

52-THE PILL

 

Self empowerment is the greatest feeling one can experience. As a child, when I saw my uncle admiring his field of golden wheat swaying in the sun before bringing in the crop, I saw a fulfilled man. In winter, when, in the warm presence of his expanding family, he sat around the dinner table where the products of his farm were being served, he was a happy man. Those feelings have nothing to do with societal empowerment. Societal empowerment has turned out to be very detrimental to human development in that it supplanted self empowerment. The conundrum is that while societal empowerment should enhance self empowerment, it does just the opposite.

When the world of credit got rolling in early 20th century, women were the first victims of societal empowerment. Because they had always been subjected to male domination, they were understandably overwhelmed by the world of credit and the power it offered them. Unfortunately, not knowing what to do, they decided to get emancipated through the man. In order to get social status, it was deemed preferable to seduce a pseudo alpha male rather than look for a genuine life partner with whom to build and share a family life. Thus, the badge of femininity became the symbol of the sexual revolution that we’re still experiencing today, and it does not favor parity. What follows is an attempt at explaining the mess brought on by societal empowerment.

In early 20th century, people moved to the cities in tandem with the arrival of electricity, tap water, toilets and jobs. It was the beginning of tangible societal empowerment. In 1913, the bankers in the City created the US Federal Reserve Board, which made the dollar an international currency, and America, the biggest economy on earth. With this great market economy firmly in hand, the City could now proceed with its globalization agenda. It was time to bulldoze the Ancien Regime countries of the world, including those of the Holy Roman Empire in Europe, Tsarist Russia, the Ottoman Empire, Japan and China. Although the two World Wars that followed created havoc in the existing market economies, the result was mostly positive for the women in that they finally got good paying jobs. After WWII, because America was now considered the Eldorado of the world, everybody wanted to go there in order to create wealth, and a lot was created in a very short period of time.

People experienced greater comforts and long-term prospects looked good. However, as societal empowerment took root, it was the males who got the diplomas, the managerial responsibilities, and the investing and inventing opportunities. Males were cast in the ‘father knows best’ role, and that didn’t augur well for the females. Although some women got good paying jobs, most were of the office secretarial staff and factory production line variety. The parents wanted their sons to have a good education, get a good job, make good money, and marry a good woman, while for the daughters, it sufficed to get a good man, a ‘somebody’. The world continued to be very macho because women geared their ambitions to that of their men.

However, in 1920, after the passing of the 19th amendment, women got the right to vote, own property, and manage their bank account without their husband’s permission. After WWII, there was a move to the suburbs and the good life, and that’s when the real trouble started. It was the beginning of a world of comfort, leisure and plenty, a world for which our specie is absolutely not genetically programmed. The desperate housewife was being born.

However, women had to wait for the 1960’s and the advent of the pill in order to be emancipated, at least sexually. That’s when they were freed to some extent from male sexual domination and abuse. For the first time in 3 million years they could claim that they were in charge of their own body, and free to decide whether to have children or not. But though the females did gain some sexual freedom, social parity remained very much out of reach.

Genetically, women are programmed to get the best male with the best genes, as dictated by natural selection. But when we became intelligent and left the world of natural selection some three million years ago, though our genetic make-up remained unchanged, the relationship between males and females took an abrupt turn for the worse. Women lost their privileged status in that they stopped getting the services of the best genitor available, the alpha male. Not only did more lower ranking males get at the females, but they became selective as well. When the pill came along, women unwittingly attempted to go back to the good old natural selection days where they were the ones who more or less chose and got the best genitor. But unfortunately, in trying to reclaim their social role of old, they decided to do so by being seductive. They didn’t know at the time that fighting for emancipation by attracting pseudo alpha males with their badge of femininity would not only be a missed opportunity, but a disastrous social experiment. They didn’t know that the altruistic alpha male of pre-sapiens times no longer existed.

The male entrepreneurs were quick to exploit that sexual aberration by taking charge of the fashion world. The badge of femininity, as a symbol of independence and success, was adopted with a vengeance when technicolor first hit the big screen in 1936 and especially the small screen in 1966. In the process, women naturally morphed into Barbies, and it made many heterosexual and homosexual males of the fashion and cosmetic world very rich. By wearing her mask, the female couldn’t hope to find a partner who was her equal and a job worthy of her potential, and she was an easy prey for any pseudo alpha male who came along. Establishing a meaningful equal relationship became almost an impossibility. The female certainly wasn’t aware that wearing the badge in order to get a man was not only ugly and vulgar, but counterproductive as well. To be fair, the pill had hit the market like a tsunami, and overwhelmed, women had responded instinctively by looking for an alpha male like they had always had in the world of natural selection millions of years before. Unfortunately, they weren’t aware that the alpha male of old had volatized along with the world of natural selection and had been replaced by self-interested and self-centered imitations.

It now seems obvious that if women are to achieve social equality and parity, they must discard the badge of femininity as an absolute prerequisite. They not only have to fight tooth and nail for equal education and equal jobs for equal pay, but they have to focus on getting free universal child care, parental leave, and having access to pro-choice clinics. Women would be well advised to stop making their quest for alpha males a top priority, for altruistic alpha males are long gone. The alpha male of old was objective in his role, and was concerned with the welfare of the group, whereas today, the perceived alpha male is mainly self-interested. The female should look for an ordinary loving man like her in order to share the joys of family life on an equal footing instead of looking for a pseudo-alpha dominating male, be he an Adonis.

But in our world of leisure, it’s hard to find a partner with whom we can establish a lifelong relationship based on trust, honesty, and respect. And if equality and parity are to be achieved, women have to stop using sexuality as a tool, and throw their badge of femininity in the trash can. If one feels the need to prove that he or she is a man or a woman, something has to be terribly flawed in that person. Marlboro Man, the macho man par excellence, was dethroned years back, surely Barbie, the bimbo, can be as well.

51-DEMOPOTENCY

 

Hopefully, my blog has so far succeeded in convincing readers that we live in the best of all possible worlds, that there will never be another world war, and that the final obstacle to globalization, the oil patch unrest, will soon become a figment of our collective memory. We have Mayer Amschel Rothschild, the greatest man who ever lived to thank for that. Yes, we are in safe hands and free to enjoy a great quality of life like at no other time in human history. This is true in spite of the fact that the Gorgon Sisters brandish the crop more than ever, in wanting to make us believe just the opposite in order to keep us in line. They have no choice, for during the time the dynasty of bankers in the City have had full control of world finance, that is from 1913 to today, world population went from 1 to almost 8 billion. And because the world of credit spawned a world of leisure, the Gorgon Sisters are solicited more than ever. It’s more proof that our world is financially controlled by Mayer’s dynasty. If we are persuaded that it’s indeed the case, we have to also believe that the City is prepared to defend its great creation with tooth and nail. I personally want everybody to believe that what is best for the dynasty of bankers in the City is what is best for us all, and if I succeed, we will all lead less stressful lives and feel less the need to be superficial.

We are unfortunately overwhelmed by societal empowerment, or demopotency, an illusion of power that evolved as jobs were created in early 20th century. That’s when we started putting money in our pockets and thus had access to credit for the very first time. Mayer Amschel Rothschild, a great family man who was born in a ghetto in Frankfurt, in 1744, where he lived all his life in complete anonymity, most certainly didn’t foresee this outcome. His main concern was empowering individuals by giving them access to credit and a decent life, not making them victims of demopotency. If we believed that his dynasty still stands by that belif, we would be more inclined to adopt the values that make us happy, what makes all living beings happy, that is creating an enduring family and earning a living using our natural talents. It has been said that if one does what he loves doing for a living, he will never work a day in his life. When we foraged for food and water around the clock, we had no time to think and things were simpler, but in a world where food and water are available in abundance, not to mention credit, we have to think about what makes us happy if we want to be happy. We must therefore stop thinking short term like we are genetically programmed to do.

Regardless, whether we believe in the existence of Mayer’s dynasty or not, we can’t deny that in the last 100 years, humans have been seriously empowered as a specie. Democracy, or the world of credit as I call it, is the greatest gift mankind ever received. This ultimate political system made credit available to the lowest rungs of society. Mayer and his banking dynasty gave mankind the means to know freedom, security, prosperity and leisure beyond belief. Unfortunately, we have stopped being self-empowered in the process, the root cause being that we live in a world of leisure for which we are not genetically programmed, a world that tears us away from family, fauna and flora.

Democracy, or access to credit, has turned out to be a double-edged sword. In the last hundred years, the fantastic demopotency that it provided mankind has almost completely supplanted autopotency. As we moved from the country to the city, we started disconnecting from the natural world and became intoxicated with demopotency to the point where we ignore our true nature. We want a bigger salary, a bigger house, bigger car, and more of everything instead of wanting what makes us happy. Our libido drives us and we are totally preoccupied by wanting others to see us as sexy, smart, important, young, rich, and beautiful beings, all the while harboring a poor self-image.

The world of credit as we know it today was created in 1810, in the City, but as far as we mere mortals are concerned, it only got going in early 20th century when electricity and the FED came along. When television followed, series like ‘Little house on the prairie’ portrayed what autopotency was all about. Bringing in a crop, raising healthy farm animals, feeding the family, and building a homestead for sheltering a family and welcoming friends and neighbours were fulfilling activities. Our ancestors worried at times, but it never constituted stress, that is, the permanent nebulous state of anxiety many of us experience today.

Demopotency actually started in 325 CE when the newly entrenched and official Roman state religion, the Christian religion, gained political control of the Western Roman Empire and invaded it like a hermit crab. Gradually, the Church’s anointed absolute kings of divine right ruled over Europe, forcing the Nicene Creed down everybody’s throat and committing mindboggling atrocities in the process. In spite of all that, common man was valorized for the first time. Christians were told they were created in the image of God and went to heaven if they obeyed the 10 Commandments. If they didn’t, they ended up in burning hell for eternity, it was up to them. Unfortunately, or more exactly, fortunately, because the Holy See and its Kings of Divine Right were so intolerant and nearsighted, they made two deadly enemies, the Jews and the Huguenots (French Protestants).

These two persecuted groups managed to join forces in Amsterdam in 1602 before moving to the City, in London, in 1688, where they established the world’s first democracy. However, it was a limited democracy in that only English merchants and privileged citizens voted and had access to credit. It was only when Nathan Mayer Rothschild took over the Bank of England in 1815 that access to credit started being available to ordinary citizens. In early 20th century, with electric power being made available to all and Mayer’s dynasty having created the FED, the consumer world went into high gear. Since then, world population went from 1 to almost 8 billion. Today, just about everybody earns a salary which means having access to credit. Paradoxically, the more people have the wherewithal to do what makes them happy, the more stressed they become.

Like Christianity, Democracy has always been romanticized, and most of us don’t know how they were created in 325 CE and 1689 CE respectively, and that’s part of our problem. If we accept the fact that intelligence is a consequence of our breaking the time barrier, and that the more we are able to connect with the past in order to learn from it and make for a better future, the more intelligent we are, we must conclude that we are going backwards. Most of us live in the present and let our minds drift into historical amnesia, forever demanding to be fed more demopotency junk by the Gorgon Sisters via our smartphones. Instead of trying to understand how Christianity and Democracy were created and what our real values are, we whirl around brightly lit smartphones just like moths around light bulbs, forever risking getting our wings singed.

Autopotency has to do with doing what fulfills, whereas demopotency has to do with doing what shows. While basic human values are those of all living things and are fulfilling, societal values are moral in nature and are simply meant to make the group function. The secret would be to learn to live with the smartphone while identifying and giving top priority to our basic human values. We’re not genetically programmed for a world of comfort and leisure, and since we still march to the beat of ‘survival of the fittest’, we always want more, bigger, better and so on, while neglecting the essentials of a happy life. Family life, flora and fauna are taken for granted, and we fail to give priority to our natural talents, and hence to live by them.

When we were little burrowing animals, around 65 million years ago, we were constantly wary of the dangers in and around our burrow and in the sky above. We grabbed any food at hand and reproduced using the wham-bam thank you ma’am method. We were constantly on the alert and permanently stressed. Today, we feel threatened by the real or perceived threats of the whole world, we grab junk food on the go, and we use the wham-bam thank you ma’am approach to sex more than ever. Are we going backwards?

All living beings on earth are beautiful and fulfilled when they are in a nurturing or creative mode, so that’s what we should strive for if we want to free ourselves from stress. Creating a solid and lasting family group and using our true talents in order to earn a living, should definitely be our main aspirations. In the last 100 years, the City bankers have created an environment that allows us to easily do just that, yet our primal instincts make us do the exact opposite, the too many divorces that produce hordes of emotionally crippled children and the ongoing battle for higher paying jobs being sufficient proof.

The 20th century has afforded us great freedoms and comforts, but that’s turned out not to be such a good thing because it’s not in sync with our genetic makeup. In the last centuries, we may have learned to eat and drink properly and dispose of our body waste, but we haven’t learned to reproduce properly because it’s deemed to be a lowly animal thing that we, as intelligent beings, find quite vulgar and demeaning unless we’re sexually aroused. We can’t escape the fact that we are 100% animal of the ape family and that we must answer to our ANS or we don’t survive. It’s to our advantage to accept those facts, for only then will we start dealing properly with our libido. Because we now live in a world of leisure, our libido drives us more than ever, yet instead of teaching our kids how their libido will soon force them to make babies and preparing them to face up to their responsibilities when they become teens, we, as well as society at large, pussyfoot around the subject at best. If the teen is aware that his libido is a ‘natural selection’ tool meant to force him to make babies and if he is aware what that involves from A to Z, he’ll be more apt to behave responsibly, and who knows, maybe choose autopotency as exemplified by a Charles Ingalls over demopotency typified by a Donald Trump.

There is a trick on how to wean ourselves from demopotency. First, we must accept that R&D (research and development) started being financed in a systematic way when the Huguenots and the Sephardim created the Bank of England in 1694 and that the financing of R&D became international when Mayer Amschel Rothschild and his son Nathan took over the Bank of England in 1810. Since then, every major project in the world must be financed, thus okayed, by that dynasty in order to be realized. That dynasty gave birth to democracy as we know it today, and if we believe that, we are half-way there. The hard part for us is to believe that we are the benefiters not the initiators of that wondrous credit system. Every time we take a shower, turn on the lights or use our GPS we should thank that dynasty. The bankers in the City are the ones who decide to finance a Hubble or a Panama Canal, all we do is pay to use it. We of course pay taxes and user fees when using the Channel Tunnel, the Internet or our smartphone, but we should be very happy to do so. The secret to becoming serene and enjoying this great world of credit is to believe what has just been said. If we can muster enough humility in the process, we can reclaim our autopotency status. ‘Think positive’ should be replaced by ‘think talent’, no matter how modest our talents are.