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Staring into the Abyss

John Brodix Merryman Jr.
8 min readApr 3, 2022

Debating what is baggage

If various politicians and pundits have their way, we are sliding into World War 3.

Does that open your mind to questioning the culture leading us up to this point, or will you cling ever more tightly to the beliefs around which our world is based?

We are these linear, narrative, goal oriented creatures in a cyclical, circular, reciprocal, feedback generated reality and after many thousands of years of going forth and multiplying, we are bumping up against the edge of the global petri dish. It might be time to take stock, because it’s a long ways down.

To culture and the vast majority of people, good and bad are some cosmic conflict between righteousness and evil, while in nature it’s the basic biological binary of beneficial and detrimental. The 1/0 of sentience. What is good for the fox, is bad for the chicken.

This is because society has to function as a larger organism, especially in times of stress, so everyone has to be part of the group, or the social immune response will kick in and react more forcefully against those not following the script, than often against the perceived danger. Under the culture, the politics and the personalities, it’s really biology and physics driving society.

Though for those of us not entirely devoted to the crowd, we are like the little creatures in the forest, listening to every sound and deciding if it’s safe, or not. Safety in awareness, rather than numbers.

So if you find yourself turned off by the crowd, welcome to the forest.

Given the function of culture, from language to religion, is about bringing everyone together, it’s worth considering the devices that have been adopted.

Government, as the executive and regulatory function, is analogous to a central nervous system of society, while money and banking resemble blood and the circulation system, distributing value around the communal body. One being centripetal, the other centrifugal. Even galaxies are structure coalescing in, as energy radiates out.

Religion is where we store the deep social instincts, as systems of belief. Theism arose as common themes being personified. It shouldn’t be too difficult at the moment to understand how a…

John Brodix Merryman Jr.

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