Thursday, January 24, 2008

The Supersystem - Theory Part II

So what do we encounter when we enter any social area? People that act according to the laws, logistics, imperatives, and contoured realities of their positions within the larger institutions that claim them. There is a modest degree of what earlier philosophers have called "free will," but please, come on, people are socialized animals, and think and do with measurable patterns of motivation and cause.
The theory of the supersytem is that there are great commonalities between institutional areas. The Supreme Court, for example, is made up of nine men and women governed by known lies, fears, social myths, that they are bound by, and can violate only under extreme circumstances. Professors, to swing towards another institutional pole, are also circumscribed by the precise sociological dimensions of fear of censure, desire to validate traditional norms of savant individualism, inability to read social cures of disinterest, and careerism.
We humans are all unique as arrangements of DNA within the supersystem, and can occupy various roles and spaces within the supersystem, but every institutional reality is dominant, without written out, talked about, or even moderately understood.
If this is too pedantic, it is because the theory is just moving into its initial phase. However, you should think about all that you as adult will see from your day tomorrow, and the next day. It will be a version of what you have fallen into so far, and its "meaning" will be too large for you to grasp. Why people are doing what they are doing, and what is going on in the larger world over you, is due not a god, not to some sci-fi novel, not to a hands-in-the-air unknowable vastness, but to the supersystem, which was there much before you were born, was made by all others, and is working and based according to principles that are often irrational and putrid. We think we have control over this, we think we have influence, we think that our social reality is "progressive," but we as species are far too given to credulity, to sway by charlatans, and to mulish passivity. Improving one small area of the supersystem is possible yet often purely futile, since so many institutions are reinforced by the implacable workings of others - the sub-prime housing crisis supported by American religious anti-politics, for example.

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