The world is a big diverse, inequitable, and complex place. There are contrary views for every perspective. Competing philosophies and divergent values causing suspicion and conflict for every aspect of the life and times of people, places, and things.
Throughout the ages individuals gathered into families, bands, tribes, associations, communities, states, and nations. For each gathering there was a opportunity and a threat. Money and influence has always affected the balance of power and propelled the desire to preserve, protect, and acquire more.
Interestingly enough members of the same family don’t have the same likes and dislikes so the dysfunctional families lead to disagreements and conflict. Society tried to remedy the problem with rules and laws. Enforcement led to escalation and infringement. The basic problem was always the same a lack of communication and misunderstanding.
For centuries the misunderstood simply left the confines of society and sought freedom moving to unpopulated realms. Eventually the landscape filled up and there was no real room to roam so the need to innovate prompted technology. With each succeeding generation the problems at hand were addressed and the complications of each solution prompted more innovation.
Eventually the world was not big enough, diverse enough, inequitable enough or complex enough to accommodate the human race so out of chaos came the god complex. People found reasons to aggregate themselves in mutually compatible factions, which lead to organizations, and communities, and even states. The success of these factions was communication and understanding. The god complex started with the Internet but quickly gave rise to amalgamated groups and communities based on similarities and verifiable intent. The members of each community subscribed to common values and philosophies supporting each other and benefiting the larger community through their combined efforts. Differences of opinion were tolerated even encouraged but the outcome would be facilitated through the god complex where communal value was registered and the disparity was apparent and acknowledged. No sooner would I begin to argue with a fellow community member than my relative value to the community would be reflected in my personal score. I could see it and my debate opponent could see it. If my position was counter to the communities generalized value then my worth to the community was degraded. If my thought and actions were counter to the aggregate then it was apparent that I was on thin ice and was under the gun to support my argument with more than supposition and conjecture. If my argument was strong and its value beneficial to the community on the whole everyone would be notified and under the obligation to consider it choosing to support it or not. If I was not successful and felt so strongly about my position the god complex identified for me a better fit for my personality and character. It may result in my seeking different associations or even moving to a new locale. No one would be exiled or excommunicated but my personal worth to the community would be visible to those associating with me and their natural tendencies to seek like-minded people would be apparent as my associations diminished. Not among those people who valued what I did or how I did it just among those who didn’t. Unlike the 20th century when prejudice lead to persecution and affliction today’s prejudice is empowered by empathy and supported by realization. Instead of fighting against injustice I could aspire to join a community where the injustice I perceived was in fact the practice of my new found community. Because there was room for all of us in the world of ideas it simply required the realization of individuality and the knowledge that only good ideals were the ones that actually succeed. I could try and be as racist and bigoted as I wanted to be and even find allies in my thinking over all that attitude held little sway in the grater context. Try as I might or scheme as I would the god complex would not let me access those features or amenities outside of my value. I would not necessarily go hungry but I would not prosper either because the goods and services available to me would simply be limited by my intrinsic value to the world.
The remarkable thing about the god complex was that I could be a prejudiced as I please but my prejudices were apparent to each and everyone I associated with. Try as I might to deceive someone it only lasted as long as they wanted to be deceived. It was readily apparent to everyone what I was about and what I was doing. As a result it didn’t take long for the segregation of society to occur. However, that segregation was not based on bias or deceit but on truth and honesty.
With each congealing of like-minded people there was a commensurate relative score, which defined the individuals and determined their access to the locale and amenities of each community. I could be as belligerent as I wanted I just could not do it outside of my relative area of influence. So my liberality or conservativeness was not out of context. Everyone around me was the same so my rants or raves were met with collective yawns. Been there, done that, and said that.