Evil exists it will always exist. The nature of man is to be influenced by it to be enticed by it even, for too many, to seek it. There is little to do but learn from it, teach how to perceive it, and invent ways to avoid it.
Crimes are committed and corruption has become rampant because it has always been easy to lie, cheat and steal or resort to violence, murder and mayhem. Too often the outcomes were agreeable to the individual even though they are harmful to the individual and collectively disastrous for society. The attitudes permissive and any negative consequences were either dismissed or minimized.
From our earliest experiences we found that it wasn’t wrong if no one found about it. It didn’t happen if no one saw it happen. And it was always easier to get forgiveness than permission.
The challenge for mankind, if it is to make something of itself, is to figure out how to reduce the will to kill, the desire to do harm, and the ability to justify our individually destructive and antisocial actions.
The rise of the global mind took advantage of both the technology advancements in the perception of private and public motives and the development of algorithms that encouraged men and women to resist their evil tendencies and made it possible to over come the absence of truth and shame.
In the transition from a world where evil was the predominant influence in a self-destructive life and good the standard aspired to by the enlightened few to a world where evil is only the antagonistic aspect of a self-actualizing life and good is the inspiration of, not just a few, but the majority. The global mind became a reality, then an influence, and eventually a mainstay of the social order. Its strengths was not that it dictated behavior or replaced agency but that it offers the opportunity for like minded people to associate and live by common standards of behavior and provides information and feedback to each and every member of a connected society. Its weakness is the human spirit to define, live by, and aspire too a higher order of behavior.
Ralph struggled against his desire to steal what he wanted rather than amend his behavior to qualify to get one honestly. There were too many cameras watching for him to just pick up the electronic tablet besides the tracking mechanism and software, it was equipped with, would too easily identify its location. It does take some time, too much in Ralph’s opinion to get the latest gadget because the demand does outstrips the supply. Which always the case in a world where capitalism has been replaced with socialism.