In the world’s first global monarchy, the King had a problem. Despite the fact that it was the most technologically advanced Kingdom the world had ever seen, and despite the fact that he was the most powerful man in all world history, he was not satisfied. Something was missing despite him having achieved immortality and world domination.
Thousands of years ago, King Borgia’s ancestors created this monarchy, and through his cunning, hard work and wise strategies, Borgia had finally accomplished what all his mimetic and genetic ancestors devoted their lives to achieving. The key to the system’s power was always that it harnessed the best thinkers and scientists. This was true all the way back to Da Vinci working for Cesare Borgia to create the world’s first military tank. Typically, the system harnessed the brilliant minds of the world without them knowing what their great work went to achieve. The reason for this stealth is that over the millennia the geniuses generally would not have put their work in the service of predators who sought global domination. Thus the genii were never allowed to know to what end their achievements were aimed. King Borgia came from a very long line of Genii Wranglers.
Through an unbroken line of succession, the King’s ancestors built Plato’s ideal state: a highly efficient socio-political system set at achieving whatever the monarchical top “Philosopher King” deemed to be the most important goals. Over thousands of years of inter-generational efforts, each monarchical leader of the Philosopher Kings had inherited the weapons created by the proceeding generations, including weapons to defend against meteors; to control the weather; to create or prevent earthquakes; tsunamis, hurricanes, and more. Beyond the weapons used to dominate nature, were the weapons created for the manipulation and control of the self, or ego, of each individual. Thus, King Borgia inherited and perfected the ability to control most of the threats that nature and humans presented him.
Within his arsenal of technologies used to control humans, were subtle weapons where the victim were unaware of his influence. With similar weapons, the generations of Borgias manipulated any person they aimed these weapons upon. The goal was always to be able to control anyone: be they malicious criminals, or rebellious, freedom-loving individualists. This later group were considered to be the worst enemies of the Borgias as they rejected having anyone influence the exercise of their volition, i.e., the freedom-lovers wanted to fully control of their own ego.
The current Borgia King had assigned his unwitting servants — the genii — with the goal of perfecting life extension technologies. Due to their success, King Borgia was hundreds of years old.
But was he happy?
One day King Borgia and all of his minions: his courtiers, jesters, genii, spies, were busily doing what they do each day: dominate organisms and reshape matter to serve the King’s purposes. On this day a very strange creature showed up on the radar of one of the King’s top minions. She was an astoundingly beautiful woman, but so were many of the women the King had seen, and ever created, in his hundreds of years of life. However, this woman’s physical beauty was not what made her stand out. She came up because the King’s new Quantum computer had been tasked to ferret out “Public Enemy Number One.” The King’s top minion — Anton — sounded the alarm indicating that an answer to the question had been found, so a meeting was called. The agenda was to have each advisor submit their models, or profiles, of this “Public Enemy Number One” to help King Borgia determine the best way to deal with her threat to his person and his system.
All the King’s advisors, except one, advised the King on ways to destroy her. The King felt confident that any one of his advisor’s plans would crush his beautiful enemy. So, he set off to deliberate and choose the method of extermination to use on this unusual pest. He called for the entire collected, lifetime profile of his enemy. In his war room he studied her glamorous photos; read of her background; and studied her explicit philosophy, her sense of life, her personality type, and her worldview.
In the process he discovered that his lovely enemy was the memetic progeny of his old nemesis, who was a woman 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 on other projects as the planning of the demise of this daughter of Fluffy could wait. King Borgia was in a hurry as the cosmos were threatening his Kingdom. Because of the (naturally occurring) Grand Solar Minimum and the upcoming 80,000 years of extreme could brought on by the Milankovich Cycle; the King and his minions were in the middle of strip-mining Jupiter for rare minerals used to support the King’s massive underground cities around the Earth; as well as his Space Colonies. He and his minions were also very busy culling the human population now that robots, AI and Quantum computers had made low-level human labor irrelevant. Very few of the totally inefficient, non-genii, human slaves were needed in King Borgia’s Global Kingdom.
One day Anton — the same minion who originally dealt with the discovery of “Public Enemy Number One”/Fluffy II — realized that Fluffy II had made inroads that were not predicted by the very extensive modeling of her that had been done. Specifically, she’d gotten herself tied in with some of the most valuable men in the Kingdom, some of the genii, and she was influencing them in ways that were not in accord with the King’s agenda. These were men working on the state-of-the-art domination technologies for the masses; otherwise known as metaethics, ethics, morality, dramatized morality, and psychology. Anton tried to call Fluffy II to the King’s attention once more, but could not.
Anton, together with his closest friend Adolfo, decided to dispatch Fluffy II on their own. Adolfo convinced Anton that they should pay her a personal visit. As the King was highly appreciative of initiative they thought their initiative would be rewarded. They realized it was risky to visit her in person but thought it necessary because the modeling of Fluffy II had proved to be inadequate at predicting her future threatening activities.
Upon their first meeting, they were surprised to find that she was receptive, friendly, funny, and delightful to be around. She was truly *YAR* (1). But despite their fondness for her they decided to go through with their plan to set up a relationship with her — becoming trusted advisors — so they could then steer her in the direction of helping them destroy her self. That is, to get her to sacrifice her standards, virtues and core values. Destroying the moral constraints of a victim was the normal and consistently used method for neutralizing all humans, and especially the enemies of the millennia of Borgia Kings. Thus, armed with the method that had worked for thousands of years, they were confident that they would be able to destroy Fluffy II.
Many months, and then years went by. They felt that progress had been made, but one day something happened which proved they were wrong. Despite getting along very well and being very friendly with Fluffy II, and despite the fact that they had given her some rotten advice — which she’d taken to her detriment — one day she stopped talking to them completely. She refused to meet them and refused to take their phone calls. Now, this was not totally surprising as they were in the throws of ramping up their efforts to seduce her into sacrificing her self. But they didn’t think that she’d noticed; nor that she would react by cutting off all communications; thus cutting off their access to influence her to her demise.
Having once again modeled Fluffy II incorrectly, Anton and Adolfo decided it was time to explain their failure to King Borgia who was still very engrossed in his projects to dominate the universe; plus his favorite pastimes. They told the King of their failure, and of her escalation to do exactly what the King and his servants feared she’d do: spread to others her morality of objective self-control.
Upon receiving Anton’s and Adolfo’s report, King Borgia realized he’d underestimated Fluffy II. Having an enemy who he could not easily defeat was a new experience for him and he was irritated, but at the same time fascinated by this enemy’s ability to defeat his ancient, time-tested, technologies for controlling the ego of others. Famous writers even praised the King, and his ancestors, for these methods: Somerset Maugham gushed that the Borgia’s technologies constitute “the most wonderful method that has ever been devised to gain control over that unstable and willful thing, the soul of man.”
King Borgia decided to again have a conference with his top minions, this time at an island retreat. He wanted to brainstorm with them on the best way to gain her participation to destroy her self, as it was known that the victim’s participation was needed. Through millennia it was learned, by groping trail and error, that no matter what weapons were used against a self, so long as that self itself, did not participate in its own demise, there was nothing that could be done to break it.
At the retreat power-point presentations were made where the reoccurring theme presented was that the King must resort to heavy handed tactics to dispatch his enemy. Anton and Adolfo disagreed. They were the one’s closest to the enemy and most aware of her strengths and weaknesses, and they attested to the futility of a heavy-handed approach. Despite their advice a heavy-handed approach was made. But just as Anton and Adolfo predicted, the result was a wild ride in a car where Fluffy II spent hours (unsuccessfully) trying to find a method to kill her BODY in order to protect her SELF.
The King and his top advisors liked to think of themselves as “The Masters of The Universe” and along most dimensions this was true. Yet, they’d now encountered a problem they didn’t have any surefire means of dealing with – except of course, outright annihilation of the enemy. At this point, uncharacteristically, none of them wanted to kill her, which was unusual, as this Kingdom was literally built on the casual and easy use of physical violence whenever anyone opposed a Borgia King’s will and/or agendas.
What to do? Having been proved to have the best model of Fluffy II the King asked Anton and Adolfo to council him on their views on how to subdue her. After getting their council the King ended the retreat and sent his advisors back to their posts to take up the daily maintenance of, and expansion of, his Kingdom.
The King had a personal motto which was “Impulsive by Nature – Deliberative by Choice.” Upon deliberation, he finally accepted that Fluffy II was a serious problem. He knew that if ANY person refused to serve and obey him then that would set the worst precedent possible: threatening to undermine his power and thus his entire Kingdom.
On the other hand, he noticed a bit reluctantly at first, that her intransigence in the face of the subtle, and not so subtle, threats that his minions had made clear to her; and by her ability to detect and outmaneuver his egoic weaponry, he felt truly alive for the first time in over a century. This was the strangest feeling the King had ever known. On the one hand, he was invigorated, alive and hopeful. On the other hand, there had never been a greater social threat to his Kingdom which was built on the model of a ship: ONE captain and a strict hierarchy of minions — minions who slavishly obeyed him for the good of the ship and the voyage. He knew he must remain in TOTAL control. He knew himself to be the oldest, wisest, most experienced, most qualified “Philosopher King” to lead this global Kingdom. There were still many external threats to the Kingdom that he was convinced only he could stave off. Further, like Plato — and Aristotle and even Fluffy I — King Borgia believed there must be a MERIT SYSTEM where the person most qualified to lead is the King. And indeed he was right: he was the most experienced and competent in achieving human SURVIVAL. BUT WHAT ABOUT ACHIEVING HAPPINESS?
In the King’s deliberations he realized that the survival of his system was necessary but he decided to reassess what was the ultimate end that he was aiming his life and his system at? He knew he got his personal need for COMPETENCE met more thoroughly than any man who had ever lived. And he knew that his need for AUTONOMY was satisfied more fully than for any man before him. But what about his need for RELATEDNESS? And in this contemplation he started to realize what his dilemma really was. “What was the point of surviving for a very long time if one is – by the very nature of the system – required to be acutely lonely?” The King considered this question for a long time.
King Borgia concluded that despite the fact that allowing any other person to have autonomy indeed threatened his system, he wanted to find out if there was any way to keep his system intact, and at the same time, not crush Fluffy II’s autonomy. He felt such fascination, affection and camaraderie with her knowing that, were the roles reversed, he would react as just she’d reacted to his oppressive system and to his efforts to destroy her ego’s autonomy.
Fluffy II appeared on a screen on the King’s wall. He stared at her wondering if there was any way she would ever join him given that his minions had already tried to destroy her ego. She was already alerted to the King sending in his minions to try to wreck her autonomy, so now she was on guard and would, naturally, block any attempts he made to influence her. It had become a “Mexican Stand-off.”
After much deliberation, King Borgia decided to use his latest weapon for control: he would read her mind, not only to get an advantage over her, but he hoped she would have some notion of how to reach a detente between them. To his dismay, he found that she was truly indifferent to him and spent her time focused on other brilliant, autonomous and BENEVOLENT egos. Seeing her indifference to him, King Borgia decided to try to insert his influence on her in ways that she herself would judge to be advantageous to her ego — and/or her body. If she thought she should rise early one morning yet was staying up late he’d use his remote control to cut off her access to her work, or to her power so she would have no light to work by. When she thought she should drive slower then he’d use his subtle and remote frequency technologies to produce psychological inputs to calm her down. He hoped to, like one would do with a wild horse, slowly put on the saddle, bit and bridle eventually hoping to get the breastplate attached to her so that he could train her to let him direct her. Throughout the centuries of his life the King had never really attempted such subtle techniques as he’d never found a specimen worthy of such care. But Fluffy II was different. She made him want to exert this effort at the only pursuit he had ever sought after not having a quick masterful control of. In fact, Fluffy II started to detect his subtle influence.
King Borgia had always used the technique of unpredictability with his minions and enemies. Whenever his work on Fluffy II was going well, he would, for no apparent reason, inject some small amount of arbitrariness, pain, discomfort or disharmony into their discourse. He became so predictable in his “unpredictability” that she began thinking of him as “Whippy the Whipsaw” as she had deciphered the point of this exercise too, being familiar with one of the King’s own genii’s work with dogs called Pavlovian training.
Eventually giving up on the Pavlovian training, one day, the King decided he needed to have Fluffy II read his biography. Out of the blue, the book arrived on her doorstep. She opened it and started reading but as soon as she got to the description of how the eleven year old King had worked with his father in the living room of their home in Amsterdam doing surgery on Dutch people, she slammed shut the book and said to herself “That’s enough! Exposing a young child to all the blood and gore involved in surgery would be sufficient to create a predator.” So, she concluded that the King was trained up by his father to be such a predator and that he’d been made to not be empathetic from an early age. She could expect all manner of PREDATORY deprivations from this King and she was no longer interested in knowing more about him personally; although she was still interested in knowing about how he was running his global monarchy. A short time later, a technologically created voice started to speak to her (inside her mind where no others could hear) and she screamed at the top of her lungs “F*ck off!” And so he did.
Fluffy II decided it was time to enjoy whatever time remained of her life. She went on strike and gave up her life’s work — just as Fluffy I advised all of her benevolent kinsmen to do in the context where one is at the mercy of predators. For several years, Fluffy II no longer engaged directly with the King, or his minions, but rather observed their actions indirectly through heroic and benevolent researchers and reporters who knew about the King and his global monarchy. Some reporters called him “Mr. Global” and others called him and his top minions “The Elite,” “Oligarchs,” “Bad Guys,” “Puppet Masters,” others called them “The Deep State,” still others called them “Evil-Doers,” “Hog-Washers,” or simply “Predators.”
Knowing that Fluffy II loved smart and funny cartoon movies, one day she was made aware of a coming cartoon which was a depiction of the King’s biography. Over the course of a decade, she had already seen 3 other cartoon movies in the series and despite being very cute, she decided NOT to see the upcoming biography of the King. In a storm of fury the King used his remote weaponry to cause her so much pain that suddenly she was unable to stand or walk. She asked herself if she would be TORTURED into seeing movies. Her answer was “Yes.” Her only defense was to not take it seriously, i.e., not to treat it as objective data upon which she could build any objective moral values. So she watched the streaming cartoon and immediately summarized the essence of what was being communicated to her, and then she dumped it all out as if nothing had ever been imparted. Fluffy II had studied Aristotelian logic and knew that arbitrary claims have no value status, or knowledge status. She treated such inputs as if a parrot made them.
Many months passed with one minor arbitrary inputs that Fluffy II easily ignored. One evening the voice insider her head said: “YOU WILL SUBMIT!” to which she retorted “You will change or I will die.”
Part 4: Coming Soon…. King Borgia willing…
(1) Definition of YAR: “Benevolent, charming, adventurous, kind, and fun.”
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