This business of most people voluntarily Diapering is depressing and has several facets. Perhaps the largest is simply that most people are two-legged cattle who go as the herd goes.
This seems to be generally true throughout the ages. The course of history – for good and bad – seems to be determined by the minority who are not cattle.
These are good – and bad as well. The good ones nudge the cattle toward green pastures; the bad ones nudge them toward the chute that leads to the meat grinder.
The first is the rise of humanism during the Enlightenment and its ultimate flowering in the American Revolution, which was led (intellectually) by people such as Jefferson and Paine who articulated the principles of individualism, especially the principle that no individual is born with superior rights.
These were bright men who could have used their abilities for self-aggrandizement but chose not to. Who chose, instead, to defend the cause of the average man’s right to live an extraordinary life. This is not to say that either man – or any man, ever – was without flaw, either personally or intellectually. Jefferson notoriously owned slaves; Paine defended the absurd idea of equality as such and almost lost his head to its most ardent expostulators. But it takes a dark heart to assess either man as fundamentally bad or even not-well-intended.
Then there is the contra example of Lenin and his henchmen, most notoriously Josef Dzughashvili, aka Stalin. Both men were also without question exceptionally bright but unlike Jefferson and Paine, they used their gifts to deliberately and purposefully herd the cattle toward the chute, to make hamburger for themselves. They were open about this, too – Lenin infamously referring to the people he duped and used as . . . useful idiots. Some of these went down the stairs of the Lubyanka prison – where they would be dispatched by the characteristically Soviet shot to the back of the head – mumbling to themselves that If only Stalin knew!
The point is that the Face Diapered are going with the flow and the flow isn’t determined by them. Its course has been determined thus far by a minority who control the general press and the government and the corporate cartels.
The total number of these herders is probably not more than a few thousand – out of some 330 million – and even among the herders there is an even smaller percentage of that total which issues the actual orders. They are the media executives, the heads of massive retail chains and the Gesundheitsfuhrers (e.g. government “health” experts and the leadership cadre itself)).
There are few enough of these people to fit together in a large room and if they get in a room together and decide on a policy, they have the means to get it across in a way that appears to make it seem organic, spontaneous and mass. That is to say, the minority makes it seem as though the herd is stampeding in a given direction on its own initiative.
The degree of herding possible today is unprecedented because of the degree of interlocking and concerted corporate-government-media power. The media, for example, has become not just pyramidal in shape but is shaped liked the very apex of the pyramid. And there are perhaps half a dozen Pharaohs now.
As recently as the 1960s, most big and even medium-sized cities had several different papers and these were not owned by the same company. There were many Pharaohs. As these were economic rivals they were also necessarily rivals in other ways, including political. They had an incentive to cover things differently, which often led to accurately. At the least, not uniformly – as today – because almost all the major media, including online, is economically controlled by a small handful of massive concerns controlled by a handful of Pharaohs which can decree a “party line” on any subject.
Corporations have consolidated almost all employment everyhwere and thus can impose Diapering without bother about legalities. This, in turn, pressures broader Diapering by the smaller remaining employers, which in turn becomes general acquiescence since most people have to work/shop in order to live.
The government/Gesundheistfuhrers, of course, apply their own prod and whip. It serves to channel things in the desired direction, whether the herd actually desires it being a kind of non sequitur.
But there is a contra to these malevolent herders, not as organized and not as powerful on paper. But – if history is any guide – wielding even more power, at least potentially. Because the ideas they wield can be far more powerful, ultimately, than mere force.
They are the Jeffersons and Paines of our time – of all times and places – who do not see their fellow men as animals to be used but rather uplifted to a state of not-animal-ness. They themselves may have once been two-legged cattle, as many and even all of of us have been at one time in life – having not had the proper examples to see or the benevolent direction to follow, which everyone needs at some point in life no matter how bright they may natively be.
A mind is a thing which requires cultivation.
It can be cultivated by example and by generosity of spirit. Everyone must be given a chance. This is perhaps the earthiest way to express what Jefferson meant when he wrote about the pursuit of happiness and Paine the rights of man.
Even that great cynic, HL Mencken, didn’t didn’t bear his fellow men ill will. He did however despair of most of his fellow men ever rising above the vulgar herd. But even if he was right about this, it does not mean it isn’t worth the effort to try. The fact that he himself was able to complain about the practically unlimited liberty he enjoyed – relative to what we have left – is a testament to what is possible.
Because it was.
It can be so again.
And so, the importance of Diaper Defiance – to show the herd what doesn’t have to be – contra the herders who are trying to make it so.
Those who despair and believe that one man can’t make a difference ought to reconsider Paine above all, one man who may have made the difference with his little pamphlet read aloud to the troops freezing and despairing of hope at Valley Forge.
In the same way, showing your face could make the same kind of difference. People need to feel they are not alone in order to separate from the herd.
This example is within our power and could prove the undoing of the powers that be, as daunting as they appear – if enough of us hold fast and come what may.
I have reported – and received reports of – Diapering waning. The herd still mostly Diapers, but it is a thinning herd. Not much, yet – but a start has been made. And nothing ever gets done without a beginning.
Whether for good or bad.
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