daraknor (daraknor) wrote in newatlantis,

From "Beyond Civilization"

"Revolution without upheaval"
"Because revolution in our culture has always represented an attack on hierarchy, it has always meant upheaval—literally a heaving up from below. But upheaval has no role to play in moving beyond civilization. If the plane is in trouble, you don’t shoot the pilot, you grab a parachute and jump. To overthrow the hierarchy is pointless; we just want to leave it behind.
As everyone knows (especially revolutionaries), hierarchy maintains formidable defenses against attack from the lower orders. It has none, however, against abandonment. This is in part because it can imagine revolution, but it can’t imagine abandonment. But even if it could imagine abandonment, it couldn’t defend against it, because abandonment isn’t an attack, it’s just a discontinuance of support."

This is what we have been talking about, what many authors have been talking about (including Ayn Rand in "Atlas Shrugged"). We need some place to go when we discontinue our support of this culture.

I'm still asking for comments and intellectual contributions. What value system should we endorse? Please reply here or instant message me.
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