I've been saving this one for a while now:
There is a certain tier of our personal and societal operating system that is herd based. Unless you have both the capacity and will to transcend this, your operative mode will be primarily that of a herd member.And on that note, I rejoin the
Most humans are neither interested in, nor capable of, the sort of extended autonomous operations that is the signature of herd transcendence.
Kings are nothing more than the herd alphas, who have fought their way to the top of the stack using the operating methods of herd pecking order, which is sometimes gross physical combat and sometimes not.
Our libertarian concept of "neither seeking to rule, nor accept being ruled" is fundamentally revolutionary: it fundamentally removes the fully operational human from the herd context. It is a qualitative difference between humans, and our society, America, is one of the few (only?) to even attempt to recognize, foster and celebrate this.
Which is all fine and dandy, until the herd, which hasn't gone away, goes WTF?
-- TheGeekWithA.45 in the comment thread to Entropy Happens from last September.