Taoist mythology, Lanna history, mythology, the nature of time and other considered ramblings

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Author of many self-published books, including several about Thailand and Chiang Rai, Joel Barlow lived in Bangkok 1964-65, attending 6th grade with the International School of Bangkok's only Thai teacher. He first visited ChiangRai in 1988, and moved there in 1998.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Power Limitations.

When too small a percentage of people in a society make, or try to make, or assert the power to make, decisions for too large a percentage, that society is bound to fail, encountering, at best, revolutionary change.
A person can only consider so much, and make so many decisions. The details of scores of lives are too complex are too complex to be handled in a centralized, autocratic way. Needs are often unexpressed, or expressed only poorly. These private needs may still be noticed by an intimate, but will usually escape the notice of others, whose direct needs they are not (and especially by the less needy).
When people can’t decide for themselves, things fall apart. No input from a life regarding matters directly pertinent to it, and stress and death result – it’s quite simple.
But often, in their pride, people don’t notice this. Were they more involved with plants, animals or children, I think they would.
The problem of proportions presented here is a big reason why organized religion, “trickle down” theory and corporate oligarchy simply don’t work well for very long. Too few deciding for too many. Can’t be done. It’s logistics, and bureaucracy can’t help.
In this life, we are all faced with responsibilities. Unpleasantness can be avoided sometimes, but not always. Intoxicating, aphrodisiacal power fantasies can be indulged sometimes, but not for long.

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