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Eureka: Free, tribal and militarized societies
by Joseph Gatt
2018-07-16 06:56:55
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Notes on free, tribal and militarized society, in no particular order.

Child rearing and childhood

Free societies: even babies must learn to be independent and children must learn to have independent thoughts. Children choose what toys they want to buy, what toys they want to play with and make suggestions for what they want on their lunch or dinner plate. Children can teach us things, and we can have debates with children.

Tribal societies: children must be good representatives of the tribe. We must watch them all the time and make sure that they don't spoil the reputation of the tribe. Children are “cute” and say “cute” things, but they are not smart and can't have thoughts of their own. Children are wrong about almost everything.

soc001Militarized societies: we must stay with children at all times. Children are like small officers, they must ask permission to get food or go out, and must ask permission before they sleep of wash their hands. Parents are of higher rank, and children must obey their parents and should never talk back to their parents. You don't ask children questions, but you prepare them to rise in the ranks.

Daycare and kindergarten

Free societies: children do as they please and we must not force children to do anything they don't want to do. Children can choose who they play with or what activities they want to play. Children can do what they want, as long as they don't bully other children.

Tribal societies: daycare is a new invention and children must be aware that they are the representatives of their tribe. They must behave in ways that honor the tribe, or will otherwise get punished. Children must preserve the reputation of their teachers, and if they misbehave their teachers are to blame.

Militarized societies: daycare is a military institution where children are ranked. Children have competitions and examination, and those who finish at the top get the highest honors. Children have homework and must learn how to read, write and count regardless of their age. They must obey the order of teachers at all times, and never talk back. Their opinions and thoughts are of no interest.

Elementary school

Free societies: children learn how to read, write, count and express their personal views and thoughts on things and life. They say what they like and what they don't like, are free to choose their friends, don't necessarily have to ask permission to go to the bathroom and can take initiatives in the classroom. If a child suggests an activity, why not, the teacher will consider it. If all children want the activity, then the teacher will proceed to the activity.

Tribal societies: children are the representatives of their tribes and their good grades is a good reflection of their tribe while bad grades spoil their tribe. Children hang out with other members of their tribe, and are taught that they belong to a tribe. A lot of the curriculum focuses on the tribe's traditions and on national unity.

Militarized societies: school is where children must get good grades and rise up the ranks. They must be disciplined, must do their homework at all times, must achieve good grades. Their opinions are not sought, and the teacher is the master. Children should do what the teacher tells them, and obey the rules at all times. 

Middle school

Free societies: adolescents are understood for who they are biologically and are encouraged to come forward and talk about their adolescent problems. Menstruations and sexuality are openly discussed, and adolescents are encouraged to express their personal views on society and politics, regardless of how right or how wrong they can be. Adolescents hang out with whatever friend they wish to hang out with, and can get their first jobs and learn the value of money.

Tribal societies: adolescents are viewed as members of the tribe and will be taught more specifically what it means to be a member of the tribe. Personal problems and opinions are not discussed, and adolescents are not encouraged to work nor do activities outside the scope of the school.

Militarized societies: adolescents are ranked both on behavior and on academic achievement. School is about memorizing notes and you get points for good or bad behavior. If men grow their hair long or women wear makeup, or if they talk back to the teacher, they can get severe punishments. Teachers are ranked among themselves and have titles like in the army, and students who finish top of the rank in terms of academic achievement and good behavior are sent to elite high schools.

High school

Free societies: high school students are taught that the job market is waiting for them and are taught to explore their options. High school students work to gain work experience and make cash, and choose either to enter a profession or go to university. The curriculum is light and not burdensome; because students need to be given time to think about their future.

Tribal societies: the curriculum is very heavy and students are taught everything there is to know about the tribe. Their scores at examinations make or break the pride of the tribe. There is no emphasis on career choices, and university options are not discussed. School is also where rumors are spread everywhere, mostly about people, teachers and students. When students go home, they tend to watch television.

Militarized societies: high school is where the most important ranking system takes place, and will make or break your career. Ranking is a mixture of academic performance or discipline. Students memorize entire books, and try not to break the rules to avoid losing discipline points. They try hard to get into the elite universities.

University life

Free societies: you go to university because you think what you study will be helpful for you career. You try to learn as much as you can about a profession, and try to network your way to jobs. You spend the first couple of years partying, but then focus hard on learning and trying to get a job.

Tribal societies; you don't choose what you learn in university and university life is about asserting the values of your tribe. You discuss traditions and values almost to excess, and join causes that put your tribe forward.

Militarized societies: your university represents your rank. If you go to a good university you have a high rank in society. If you go to a low-ranking university you have a low rank in society. University students are ranked among each other by grades, behavior and seniority. You salute the senior members of the university. You do what the professors tell you, and the professors are higher ranked and do what their higher-ranked members tell them to do. Professors read from books that they expect the students to memorize.

Graduate school life and research

Free societies: graduate school is mainly to learn more about a subject and gain more knowledge for career purposes. You only go to graduate school if it can help you with job prospects or learn more things. Research is about pleasure, you research areas that match your curiosity, and try to give pleasure to the reader and audience when presenting research.

Tribal societies: graduate school is mainly about representing your tribe further. You research topics that can advance your tribe's cause, and often major in disciplines like regional studies, religious studies, post-colonial studies or anthropology. If you're majoring in science, you will try to honor the scientists of your tribe. Your research represents your tribe. You honor you tribe and your tribe's researchers, or try to come up with good research to honor your tribe.

Militarized societies: graduate school is about gaining a higher rank in society, in some cases will help you get promoted faster. Researchers are ranked and you do research to please your supervisors, in some cases you write your research as a letter to your supervisor. Because supervisors can easily be offended by research, a lot of times you feel safer plagiarizing research than presenting your own research. Your research deals mainly with society and its ranks, or with high-ranking scientists. You want to win the Nobel Prize, because that will make you the highest member of society.

Marriage and children

Free societies; marriage is an option. You marry someone you love and who loves you back, and only discuss marriage with your partner, you don't bring friends or family to the equation. Having children is a choice, and when you both decide you're ready to have children, you have children. Planning a wedding, marriage life and children is done through a lot of direct and honest conversation and planning.

Tribal societies: you friends or family suggest a person you will marry. What your family or friends think about your partner is very important, and you will be spending a lot of time with your partner's family. Marriage and children is an obligation, and only the crazy ones don't get married and have children.

Militarized societies; marriage is an obligation that will help you get promoted faster. You marry someone of equal rank, and conflicts arise when people of different ranks try to marry. Children is also mandatory, and having children will improve you rank and your chances of getting promoted will be better if you have children.

The workplace

Free societies: working has an element of pleasure in it and you don't choose to go work somewhere you wouldn't have pleasure working. You colleagues are friends; you have direct and honest conversations with them. Everyone is invited to provide input, and decisions are based on a large consensus.

Tribal societies; you work either because you need money or you want to represent your tribe. You want your tribe to look good at the workplace and would never let other people see or identify your mistakes. The workplace is a place of competing tribes, everyone has an oversized ego and is trying to make sure everyone sees them work hard and hold important responsibilities. Lying about your work and your responsibilities is common.

Militarized societies: everyone is a rank and obeys their supervisors. You go to work to honor you rank and work for the supervisor. If the supervisor is pleased, you will get fast promotions. If he is dissatisfied, you might not be promoted or even lose ranks. You work for places that have high ranks in society, and pleasure is not part of the equation.

Leisure and entertainment

Free societies: having fun is an important part of life and you try to pick up a few hobbies. You try to have hobbies that give you pleasure, watch movies that give you pleasure and read books that give you pleasure. Conversation is an important part of leisure, and you talk while you have fun.

Tribal societies: having fun is about honoring the tribe and you will read books, watch movies or watch football or cricket because that honors the tribe. You watch a lot of entertainment, but are very happy when a member of your tribe has a large following in foreign lands. Famous entertainers and sports stars are identified with their tribe.

Militarized societies: you have the kind of fun that matches your rank. You play golf because that's what rich people do, not because you like golf or are good at it. You go to the opera because that's what rich people do, not because opera voices bring tears to your eyes or make you satisfied.

Health and staying fit

Free societies: health is a science and you try to learn as much as you can about healthy lifestyles. You are conscious about good health because it brings more pleasure and less disease into your life, not because it makes you look good or bumps you up the ranks.

Tribal societies: health is about honoring the tribe, and the healthier you are, the better your chances of marriages, the better your tribe will be viewed. You want to be handsome or pretty to honor the tribe and are very conscious about looks.

Militarized societies: health problems or an injury can get you demoted or even keep you outside the ranks. You go to the doctor as soon as you feel a slight pain, and try to treat it before it develops into a disease that would make you lose your job.

Internet and social media

Free societies: you use the Internet to gather complex information and use social media to disseminate information. You read a lot of news on the Internet, and disseminate the news on social media. You don't talk about yourself much on social media, nor do you really post personal pictures. You share lots of news articles, and share events and important dates.

Tribal societies: the Internet is about finding out who belongs to what tribe. Jerry Lewis was Jewish? Zidane is a Muslim? You try to find out about celebrity hometowns and where they are from. You use social media to find out about other people's tribes, and show off your personal writing skills on social media, and post pictures with you and your nice haircut, lots of makeup or perfect outfit.

Militarized societies: The Internet is about find out who is what rank and how you can gain ranks within society. Social media is about showing off your rank, and you will post carefully-crafted pictures with all kinds of props in the background to show off your rank.

Food, eating out and drinking out

Free societies: food should be about pleasure and drinking should be about pleasure, in the company of people you really like. Food must be tasty at all costs, and drinking and eating out of a social activity that involves lots of good conversation.

Tribal societies: food is not necessarily tasty and is a tribal thing. You eat what people from your tribe eat, and eating out is mostly fast food. Drinking tends to be frowned upon, and you only drink with close friends or members of your tribe.

Militarized societies: eating has a lot of etiquette attached to it that mark the ranks. Spoons, forks and chopsticks are picked up by order or rank. The higher ranked people eat first. You eat what you are served whether you like it or not. You have no allergies to share, and will eat everything you are served, even if it means going to the hospital or throwing up all night. You drink the way you are told to drink, and if you are told to get drunk you get drunk.

Tourism and vacations

Free societies: the more vacations you can take on your job, the better. Going on vacation is not a bad thing, and you will visit places you always wanted to visit that matches your tastes and hobbies. If you like sports you will travel for a sports game. If you like art you will visit art galleries. If you like food you will visit lots of restaurants. If you like drinking you will bar hop. If you like sex you will find places where you can have lots of it.

Tribal societies: you rarely travel alone and usually travel with friends or family. Going on vacation is about representing your tribe and entering the territory of other tribes. You will constantly worry about making mistakes. You will take lots of pictures and bring home lots of memorabilia, and will spend hours showing off about your trip to family members.

Militarized societies: you rarely have time to travel. If you do, you militarize your trip and visit everything the guidebook or guide tells you to visit. Your guide is the higher ranking person and most not be questioned or talked back to. You follow your guide blindly and are a soldier on the battlefield. You wear your uniform at all times, and take pictures that will match your rank.

Speaking foreign languages

Free societies: learning a foreign language is about communicating with foreign people and is not a badge of honor. When you learn foreign languages, you try to make as many friends as you can from the foreign country. You try to learn the culture as well.

Tribal societies: learning a foreign language makes you and your tribe look good. You use the foreign language with your tribe and laugh and their inability to understand. You would die for a foreigner to come talk to you in a foreign language and your tribe members see you speak the foreign language.

Militarized societies: speaking foreign languages is about getting good tests in foreign language scores, and higher -ranked members of society need to approve that you speak the foreign language. You must seek authorization at all times before using the foreign language.

Music and concerts

Free societies: music is performed by individuals and is about pleasure. You like some songs better than others, and will go to concerts to see individuals perform that you like. You might like famous musicians or less famous musicians, as long as their music speaks to you and gives you pleasure.

Tribal societies: music is folklore and musicians belong to their tribe, and their songs represents their tribes. You like any music with a strong emphasis on tribal belonging, and follow the musician's tribal statements carefully.

Militarized societies: musicians are ranked and music is militarized. Musicians follow carefully-crafter choreographies and must not make mistakes. Musicians are always ranked by beauty and by the quality of their songs and dance. If musicians are not obedient, they will disappear without an explanation.

Fashion and accessories

Free societies: you wear what you like to wear and fashion is about making individual statements, not group statements. You wear what you feel comfortable wearing and you clothes or accessories say more about your personal tastes than group affiliation.

Tribal societies: what you wear is a statement on the tribe you belong to. If your tribe is keen on traditions you wear traditional clothes. If your tribe is keep on being westernized you wear westernized clothes. If your tribe is rich you wear expensive clothes. If your tribe is poor you wear cheap clothes.

Militarized societies: fashion is about uniforms. The media and your company tell you what to wear, and you wear exactly that. You always wear a suit or your company uniform to work, and always wear clothes according to your rank. Some workers even wear their company uniform on the weekends, while factory workers change to high end clothes and shower before leaving the factory, because they don't want to be identified as lower ranked. Accessories must carefully be worn, and are signs of your rank. Handbags and watches must always be high-end luxury brands and must always be worn to show you belong to a higher rank. 

The science of sleep and sex

Free societies: consistency is the norm at you sleep at the appropriate times. You discuss sex openly with your partner and in many cases openly with your friends.

Tribal societies: sleep and sex are very private and must never be discussed. You get to bed early and wake up early, and try to have sex as discreetly as possible.

Militarized societies: sleeping is not important and dedicated work is more important. Sleep tends to lack so much heart failure tends to be the main cause of death in militarized societies. You force your partner to have sex, and it never lasts more than two or three minutes. In some cases you stop sex and fall asleep before the orgasm. 

Living, studying or working overseas

Free societies: you do things your way and don't understand why anyone would feel a strong belonging to a tribe or a rank. You try to promote freedom in your group, but often fail.

Tribal societies: You don't understand why anyone would not want to belong to a tribe or why anyone would be ranked. You strongly oppose rankings, because what if you failed to get a good ranking? That would make you and your tribe look bad. You feel that freedom is a reflection of the tribe and is not always a good thing.

Militarized societies: you feel like you are at the bottom of the rank and comply with every order you are given. The longer you spend time with a foreign group, the more you start bossing people around and have an imaginary high rank.

Animals and animal rights

Free societies: animals have feelings to, and should not be abused. Pets are full members of the family and society and have rights as well. Animals should be slaughtered humanely for food purposes.

Tribal societies: animals are lower beings and should never be treated as though they have feelings or are members of the society. All animals are wild animals and there is really no such thing as pets or domestic animals.

Militarized societies: all animals have virtues and symbols and are widely used in symbolism. Animals are totems that represent a lot of symbolism.

Funerals, mourning, disasters and sad events

Free societies: when someone dies we stay calm and honor his or her life. Life goes on, he or she would have wanted us to be happy, they would not want us to be sad. So let's honor and remember them, and have a few events in their honor.

Tribal societies: losing a family member is a sad event and we grieve. We cry, we exaggerate their achievements, we claim they were perfect. Then we try to forget and not talk about the person anymore.

Militarized societies: a soldier has fallen. His family weeps hysterically for a few days, and then we never talk about the person again, except during ceremonies where we honor their lives once a year for three generations, especially if it was a father or a mother.

National catastrophes and national disasters

Free societies: life goes on. We donate a lot of money; try to help as much as we can, in any way we can think of. We send tons of boxes to the victims, give money, and they are on our minds.

Tribal societies: we talk about the victims at length in the news and try to find justifications for why the disaster happened. We study geology, meteorology or human behavior to justify the disaster, but don't really try to help or have empathy.

Militarized societies: the government has failed its duties of protection. Soldiers have fallen and the generals did not plan the attack well and are to blame. We demonstrate until those soldiers leave their positions or get demoted.

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