Tomorrow We Dance To Freedom

Cleansing of Thought

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An unconscious societal effort is washing every shore of creative thought with a cleansing corrosive acid of conformity.

It covers the surface of society with a network of small-complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting; such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to be nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals... A great many persons at the present day are quite contented with this sort of compromise between administrative despotism and the sovereignty of the peopleā€¦

[Alexis De Tocqueville, pg. 723-724 Democracy in America 1862].

More industrious motion is taken towards generating copious amounts of process material than the action necessary to accomplish the primary task or project. With a multitude of process rules, institutionalized beliefs, and dogma each and every effort towards action is scrutinized for any deviation from standardization of thought. Certain key phrases and words become taboo and subject to intense criticism under the regime of a societal administrative despotism. Progress is no longer measured through goals achieved within reasonable time constraints but through the adherence of process. Process thus becomes a means to an end with progress, simplicity, creativity, and successful achievement of goals riding in the caboose. No longer are we concerned with measurable progress but instead copious amounts of process artifacts.

Anything that congers up a freewheeling past is condemned to derogatory analogies. Certain words such as cowboy become negative words associated with a passion, industriousness, and creativity that are no longer tolerated in the conformist society bound by the straps of administrative despotism. Other words or phrases are sanctioned because they convey the tenants of approved processes that are condoned by the 'hive'.

Many processes compete for the ultimate prize of being sanctioned by the 'hive' and the administrative despotic entity. Only one will be allowed to become dominant in the prevailing atmosphere of equality and conformity. It must possess enough safeguards to adequately constrain the energetic, industrious, and creative elements within society before it is approved as official dogma. It is essential that all contributors at all levels of organization be equalized (almost similar to a governor on an automobile) so that the precepts of equality are not endangered. Certain processes will be demonized almost immediately for incorporating too many freewheeling, creative, simplistically human characteristics. Only those steeped in a multitudinous proliferation of rules, regulations, and decrees have a possibility of making it to the status of sacred.