Power-Mongers Are Putting Our Eyes Out
Reveal the system and you reveal options. Conceal the system and you slam doors of opportunity and weld them shut.
One of the best quotes I’ve ever come across is by Peter Fryer:
“I have found that in nearly all situations I can view what is happening in Complex Adaptive Systems terms and that this opens up a variety of new options which give me more choice and more freedom.”
It was the last sentence of this article:
That means is that anyone who is preventing the citizens of humanity from seeing the actual operations of the greater system is limiting the options of humanity at a time when we have few enough options as it is, because they are preventing us from viewing what’s happening in the system.
Through their actions they are collectively digging the grave of humanity.
Of course this is why transparency and openness are so vital. This applies to nations, political parties, corporations, and any other institution that routinely hides the truth from the people and that expends massive amounts of effort to keep us from seeing what’s really going on. And even they don’t see the greater system because other human collectives are hiding things from them too.
Everyone is hiding a part of the global system for one reason or another, usually for self-interest or for the benefit of the corrupt network of mutual back-scratchers to which they belong. And they think they’re being clever. But because the collective actions of agents within a system change the environment in which they all operate, they’re only hiding the operation, not the catastrophic consequences of their actions, which will become all too apparent in time.
By blinding us, the rest of humanity, to what they do . . . by putting our eyes out . . . those who conceal the system from us are slamming the doors of opportunity that might be the only hope for our continued survival as a species