I attempt brevity – and good luck with that!
I thought I’d try a very brief description of my post on what I consider, doubtless wrongly, are the core observations that must apply to all advanced cultures to enable them to continue advancing. And then a little hubris. Not much. Just a little. Just a wafer-thin …
Remember, you are free to copy this, use it as you will, even claim it as your own. That may seem a strange thing to say, but the extreme nature of my insomnia makes it impossible for me to give a damn about it, or in fact damns in general. This is why, as I try to explain in the first of these demented mutterings, I have comments turned off. These are thoughts to toss out into the great void. I must divorce myself from care about what anybody thinks or does with them. This has to be a one-way conversation; I don’t care because I can’t care, because caring threatens what sleep I do get. So even if you steal these and copyright them, it’s not a thing I’ll object to. Such is life.
Three Universal Laws of Advanced Cultures
Law 1: You Can’t Tell People What to Do
It diminishes true order, which self-arises in highly complex systems, and replaces it with hierarchical ordering, which erodes complexity and diminishes productivity.
Law 2: You Can’t Tell People What to Do, Even If You are Right
It destroys the sense of self-interest in the health of the community, upon which order and productivity in a complex system depends. It doesn’t matter if in fact you are right that they should do like all what you say; it’s the telling itself that does the damage.
Law 3: You Can’t Tell People What to Do, Especially If You are Right
The resentment that grows to replace the sense of self-interest in the community destroys the good that you desire in that community; resentment at being told to do even good things makes those clearly good things seem evil to those resenting them. The good that people do must be by choice; only evil can be done by force.
And of course I can’t tell you not to tell people what to do – because that would be telling you what to do! Bwahahahahaaaaa (Evil Laugh pat. pend.)