This is the official publictakeover blog, describing the inevitable public takeover of the world. The public here meaning the people, and the natural entities over whom we have dominion, but not unnatural, fictitious, corporate, military, or political entities.
The people shall have dominion--meaning the responsibility for and the power to care for the earth. Any entity they create to have dominion over them is an abomination, a Baal, as it were.
Before the American Revolution, there were authorities that grew out of history into naturally established roles among the several continents, states, and populations. But now that all are equal and charged equally with the preservation and nurture of the Creation, all are charged with mutual responsibility for all.
Why is this natural? Because of our naturally inseparable interconnection. Physically, one can't claim autonomy. As Whitman said, "...every atom belonging to you as good belongs to me." But, beyond that, we are all strictly derived from the planet earth--all the elements comprising it--and none other. Our bodies are, "living, animate pieces of the earth," according to Wendell Berry. Every bit of food that nourishes us is of the earth.
"So what?" the skeptic retorts. "Everything is from the earth--automobiles, televisions, skyscrapers. That doesn't mean anything!"
But it does. Consider how we're bombarded with the propaganda of individuality, survival of the fittest, striving to be number 1, and so forth. Competition is great insofar as it supports development of one's individual qualities and capacities, but to complete the circle we must see our individuality as being included in a greater circle of life, a greater galaxy of being.
Our individual qualities are as much--or more--a reflection of the qualities and character of everyone around us, and everyone who came before us, as they are of us, individually.
For example, every word we use to frame our thoughts and understanding of the world and society we inhabit are handed to us by our predecessors and, to a lesser extent, our contemporaries.
And when we speak of someone as being honest or courageous, we're speaking of qualities we've learned by others' example, or others' description. Our knowledge of these qualities is a fabrication of society, and of language itself. The terms in which we understand ourselves are the terms our culture has given us to understand with.
So, even if we view ourselves as autonomous individuals, it is only because our consciousness is enmeshed in the shared vocabulary and experience of society, past as well as present. Within that context we have a distinct identity: a name, a body, family, but these are all features of the larger society and culture, including the words themselves, and the concepts they denote.