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kore OP wrote

Thank you. All these replies make me feel better already.

Re: Technology, I think you're right about specialization tending to accrue power, and this is why I ask the question in the first place. As far as tools you interact w/ vs. control, this is why I'm so interested in democratizing digital technologies.

I don't want "mass" in the sense you mean. I'm more talking about a situation where there are 10000 communes that are all very egalitarian internally, I just cannot understand how there would be absolutely no competition for resources, especially considering the reproduction/time dimension. It's still a "mass" society in that sense, because all the communes interact.

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L0rdEMPRESS_GaLaXyBrAiN wrote (edited )

The truth is there is no perfect way to make everyone happy all the time. It really boils down to protecting yourself and those you love and trust and the things that mean the most to you.

The entirety of our history will continue to reproduce itself as long as we are physical beings stuck in a very material world with finite time and finite resources (entropy ensures all permanence will one day be no more). The only way you could stop this... is with centralized authority and power to control the very way biological life functions... and anything with that much power must be destroyed.

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kore OP wrote

I'm just disillusioned with the fact that protecting myself and the ones I love and trust could mean some sort of power over others.

Weird way to put it, but I like it.

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L0rdEMPRESS_GaLaXyBrAiN wrote (edited )

some sort of power over others

The good thing about personal power is the ability to critically think about what you're doing and plan on doing. With a centralized authority there is little room for critical thought, and instead doctrine becomes go-to and that's when atrocities happen.

When you drop the doctrine and approach it critically (this means logically and emotionally) you'll have a much more informed response as to what needs to be done. It places personal responsibility and accountability as most important... and a lot of people don't want or can't handle that kind of stress, but it's either that or we trust the 'mass,' to decide for each and every single one of us.

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