Once upon a time in BorgiaLand, the most technologically advanced Kingdom the world had ever seen, the most powerful man the world has even seen had achieved total domination over all the humans on Earth. He did it by inheriting a system which his ancestors created which harnesses all the best thinkers and scientists to achieve the technological ends that the current leader wants them to discover. Together, over millennia, they built Plato’s ideal state: highly efficient at achieving whatever the King deems to be the most important goals. Thus over thousands of years of inter-generational efforts by Plato’s “Philosopher Kings”, the leader of the Philosopher Kings has inherited from his ancestors weapons to defend against meteors; to control the weather; to create or stop earthquakes or tsunamis; generally this man has inherited the ability to control all the threats that nature has inundated mankind with for eons.
But more than just subduing the threats from nature, this modern-day leader of the Philosopher Kings, has taken what he’s been inter-generationally given, and what his living servants have invented to create technologies that directly or indirectly control humans. These technologies can and do subtly manipulate any person the King chooses to aim these weapons upon: be they malicious criminals, or rebellious individualists who don’t want to have anyone influence the exercise of their volition – i.e., their self.
Besides dominating nature and men, this King charged his servants with inventing and perfecting life extension technologies, thus quantitatively, this King has had hundreds of years of life. But what about the quality of his life?
One day the King, his courtiers, jesters, scientists, spies, et al, were busily doing what they do each day – dominate organisms of all varieties, reshaping all matter to serve the King’s purposes; but on this day a very strange creature came up on the radar of one of the King’s top servants. She was an astoundingly beautiful woman. But so have been many of the women the King has seen in his hundreds of years of life having had so many dalliances he could scarcely recall a single one. But this woman’s beauty was not what caused her to show up on the radar. She came up because the Quantum computers had been set to ferret out: “Who is Public Enemy Number One.” After the King’s top servant sounded the alarm a meeting was called for of all the King’s top advisors. The agenda was to have each advisor submit to the King their models and profiles of this “Public Enemy Number One.” Their aim was to help the King determine the best way to deal with the threat to his person, and his Kingdom, that she represented.
All the King’s advisors, except one, adviced the King on ways to destroy the threat The King felt confident that any one of his advisor’s plan would crush his beautiful enemy. So, he set off to deliberate on and choose which method of extermination to use on this difficult pest. Being a connoisseur of what he liked to think as justice, he called for the entire collected profile of his enemy. In his war room, he studied her glamorous photos, and read of her background and history. In the process he discovered that she is the progeny of another of his old enemies. Yet another woman who he’d disposed of decades earlier: her name was Alice and her knick-name was “FluffY” because she was so serious, tenacious and brilliant. Discovering that the new enemy was just a newer manifestation of “Fluffy,” the King felt at ease with his ability to defeat her. No longer alarmed, he informed his servants to get back to work and that the planning of deserts for this daughter of Fluffy could wait. He and his servants went back to more important work, e.g., he was in the middle of strip-mining Jupiter and building more rings around Saturn, when Fluffy II came to his attention.
Time passed in the Kingdom and one day the same advisor who discovered “Public Enemy Number One” discovered that she has made inroads that were not predicted by the very extensive modeling of her. Somehow, she had gotten herself tied in with some of the most valuable men in the Kingdom, men working on the state-of-the-art of domination technologies for the masses, otherwise known as metaethics, ethics, morality, dramatized morality, and psychology. So again, this advisor called Fluffy II to the King’s attention but the King was busy with his favorite past-time which is to engage in sexual activities with very young gorgeous girls (called “birds” in this Kingdom). The advisor knew not to disturb the King when a sign is lit that reads “This bed is filled with baby birds.”
Together with his closest friend – another top advisor to the King – they decided, on their own, to tag-team this woman into submission. They decide on the manner in which they would deal with this increasing threat to the King. One of them insisted on paying her a personal visit. They felt that because the King was highly appreciative of initiative from his minions and cohorts their actions would be appreciated. Nonetheless, they also realized it was a somewhat risky strategy to visit her in person, but they felt, ultimately, it was necessary because the remote modeling of her has already proved to be inadequate at predicting her future threatening activities.
Upon the first meeting, they were surprised to find that she was receptive, friendly, funny, and delightful to be around, truly YAR. But despite their fondness for her, they decided to set up a relationship with her, to try to become trusted advisors to her and then steer her in a bad direction – according to her standards, virtues and values – good from the King’s perspective. This was the normal, and very well used method of neutralizing enemies in the Kingdom. Thus, armed with a method that had worked for perhaps thousands of years, they were confident that they would be able to use it to subdue her.
Many months, and then years went by. They felt that progress is being made, but one day something happened which PROVED they were wrong. Despite getting on very well and being very friendly with Fluffy II, and despite that they had given her some bad advice which she’d taken to her detriment, one day she stopped talking to them completely. She also refused to meet them any more, and refuses to take their phone calls. Now, this was not totally surprising as they were in the throws of ramping up efforts to manipulate her. But they did not think that she noticed or would react by cutting off all communications and thus cutting their access to influence her.
Having once again modeled this enemy woman incorrectly, the two advisors decided it was time to explain their failure to the King who was still very engrossed in his projects to control the universe — plus his favorite pastime. Disheartened, the two advisors went to the King to warn him of their failure and of her escalation in her efforts to do exactly what the King and his servants feared she’d do: Spread her methodology of self-control to others.
Upon his servants report, the King realized he has underestimated Fluffy II. Having an enemy who he could not easily defeat was a new phenomenon for the King and he was indeed irritated – but at the same time fascinated by this enemy’s ability to defeat his ancient and time-tested systems of control. He decided to again have a conference with his top advisors, this time at an island retreat. He wanted to brainstorm with them on the best way to deal with this problem. Power-point presentations were made where the reoccurring theme was that the King must resort to heavy handed tactics to gain the upper hand over his adversary. However, the two servants who had already tried to subdue her, i.e., the one’s closest to the enemy and most aware of her strengths and weaknesses, attested to the futility of this heavy-handed approach.
A cloud of resignation and despair permeated the retreat. The King and his advisors liked to think of themselves as “The Masters of The Universe” and in many ways it’s true. Yet, they have now encountered a problem they didn’t have any means of dealing with – except of course, outright annihilation of the enemy — which they were indeed the masters of. Yet, strangely, none of them wanted to kill her. This was unusual for these men and this Kingdom, which was literally built on the casual and easy resorting to physical violence whenever anyone opposed the creation of,or perfecting of the King’s agenda.
What to do? The King decided to take matters into his own hands. He ended the retreat and sent his advisors back to their posts to take up the daily maintenance and expanding of the Kingdom.
The King’s servants on the Island set up his usual sexual faire with “Baby Birds” but the King was inexplicably uninterested and told his servants to send the girls back to wherever they came from. The King had a personal motto which was “Impulsive by Nature – Deliberative by Choice” and he realized that this woman was a serious problem so his pleasures would need to wait. If ANY person refused to serve and obey him – as Fluffy II was doing – then it sets the worst precedent possible and threatens to undermine his power and thus his kingdom. On the other hand, he noticed, by the woman’s intransigence — in the face of the subtle threats that his servants had made clear to her — and her ability to detect and outmaneuver his psychological weaponry, that he felt truly alive for the first time in centuries. This was the strangest feeling the King has ever had. On the one hand, he was invigorated, alive and hopeful. On the other hand, there had never been a greater threat to his Kingdom and he knew it. His kingdom was built on the model of a ship: there is one captain and a strict hierarchy which is slavishly followed for the good of the ship and the voyage. He knew he must remain in TOTAL control since he knew himself to be the oldest, wisest, most experienced, most qualified to lead the Kingdom. As there were many threats to the Kingdom – from natural disasters to inefficiencies in social activities — he was convinced that to continue to stave off these threats there must be a MERIT SYSTEM where the person most qualified to lead is the King. And indeed he was right that he was the most experienced in dealing with achieving human SURVIVAL.
In the King’s deliberations, he realized that survival is necessary but what was the end that he was aiming his surviving at, he wondered. He knew he got his need for COMPETENCE met more thoroughly than any man who has ever lived; and he knew that his need for AUTONOMY was satisfied more fully than ever before. But what about his need for RELATEDNESS? Here he started to realize what his dilemma really was: What is the point of surviving for a very long time if for that long time one is – by nature of the system – acutely lonely?
Despite the fact that allowing any other person to have autonomy threatened his system, he decided he must find out if there is any chance to keep his system intact, and at the same time, not crush this woman who he felt such affection for and camaraderie with knowing that, were the roles reversed, he would react as she has to his own system.
As the King sat contemplating what to do we see the woman on a screen on his wall. He stares at her wondering if there is any way that she could join him given that he has already had his minions try to destroy her, even though subtly and by getting her to help them to destroy her — his favorite method to destroy a human self.
The King decided one thing is certain, he did not want to destroy her without first trying to see if there was a way to join forces with her. But how to do that since she’s already alerted to the King sending in his minions to try to wreck her? Now she’s on guard and will block any attempts to influence her. And rightly so based on what his minions did to her in the past. A Mexican Stand-off.
He decided to use his latest tool for control and read her mind. Not only to get an advantage over her, but he hopes maybe she will have some notion of how to reach a detente between them.
More coming soon…