Class Warfare Blog

November 7, 2017

Common Actions Required from the Faithful and Abject Subjects

Since the secular and religious elites have been in cahoots for so very long, they have borrowed the trappings of each other’s rules for use in their own. This happened in spades in the later fourth and fifth centuries in the Christian church. The Bishops started acting as if they were little emperors, for example. Consider the Pope as another (wears a crown, sits on a throne, dresses sumptuously and lives in gold-plated rooms, etc.).

Here are a number of shared actions imposed upon the non-elites by religious and secular elites.

Bowed Heads/Upper Bodies
When you take your eyes off of someone, you are sending quite a large number of signals. One is that you are not a threat to the person you are bowing to. Two, you are submitting to the power of the other. By taking your eyes off of the other, you cannot defend yourself from an attack by the other. This is common behavior amongst dogs, for example.
Quite a number of these signals are received by our own bodies. A bowed head is a submissive posture that tells our body we are submitting. This puts the “fight or flight” response on hold, lowers your physical strength (true!), reduces your ability to see clearly (and not because of the limit to your viewing), and quite a few other things.

So, the elites, both secular and religious, expect lesser beings to bow their heads, a lot. This reinforces their greater status and control over you. And you think you are being honored by being allowed into the august presence of someone who requires a bow!

Kowtowing
I am sure you have seen pictures of Muslims at prayer. The posture is one in which the person praying is kneeling and then moves their head down to the floor. Not even Jackie Chan could launch an attack from this position. Basically, by adopting this position, you are admitting that whoever put you in this position has power over you. (Islam means submit, remember.) Submitting to a god in this posture reinforces the power that god has over you.

This same posture is the equivalent of the kowtow (kou tau or koutou). The kowtow has been spun as a sign of reverence and respect but it originated as a forced posture of submission. In some cases, supplicants to elite powers are expected to “walk” in on their knees, otherwise known as crawling, like a child who cannot yet walk does.

Speaking from “Raised Daises”
In early churches and meeting halls everyone spoke (everyone who was allowed to speak, that is) from the same level. But as time moved on, those in the more exalted positions started speaking from raised platforms, often from very large chairs (called thrones, even St. Peter had one … right). The elites occupying the higher platforms are emphasizing the higher status they have in society and lower status the supplicants down on the floor have. They really do look down upon us. (Think about what they phrase means and how it is used.)

These raised platforms are often spun as existing so the people in the back can see better. But in sports stadia to make sure the people in the back can see better, they raise the seats of those spectators. The farther back you go, the higher you are elevated. This apparently didn’t occur to the elites.

In throne rooms with various steps leading up to the throne, rules are in place as to who may stand on which step, again reinforcing their status as to who are “above” them and who are “beneath” them. (Consider the phrase “doing such a thing is beneath me” if you care to see how woven into our culture this is.)

Referring to elites by titles
The first kings weren’t called “kings,” other words were used. There are a bewildering number of different titles that have been created: duke, count, earl, viscount, mandrake, prince, emperor, etc. In the religious world, this practice was copied: Bishop, deacon, Holy Father, Pope, Cardinal, Reverend, etc. All of these terms were created by the elites for the elites. The words the elites used for us were unworthy scum, commoner, worm, serf, slave, the “flock,” etc. None of these titles existed before a certain point, they had to be created … and guess who created them?

Insisting upon the use of a title reinforces their standing as being above yours. As more non-elites grew prosperous, they started insisting on titles of their own, master, sir, madam, which were words used otherwise but turned into titles. (And tug your forelock when you address me, scum!)

In religious elites, this is no different. Is there any other reason for you to address a priest as “father” and he to address you as “my son” other than to put him into a parental position of authority over a child (you)? Let’s see, Your Eminence, Hochheit, Highness, Your Grace, Your Majesty, even Mr. President (so humble compared to “Your Majesty”), ah … there are so many titles to establish they are someone special and you are not.

Tithing and Taxing
The secular elites invented taxation as a way to support “civilization.” They impounded food and clothing and labor to meet their needs, not the needs of the people. This was done first by religious threat or promise and later by religious threat or promise and physical force. In the Bible, have you ever wondered why “tax collectors” were so despised? This is because these people were representatives of tax farmers. There was no temple bureaucracy that actually went to people’s homes and collected taxes. The right to collect taxes in various precincts was auctioned to the highest bidder, who had to be rich, of course, to be able to afford this. Then the winner of the auction sent thugs out to get his money back, plus a healthy profit. Taxes were collected over a threat of violence and no proof was given of taxes collected, nor was there a schedule or date in which the tax man/goon was to come by. Often they came into your home and took whatever they thought had any value. IRS agents are pikers, very polite pikers, compared to these “tax farmers.”

The religious elites used the same procedures but found ways to encourage “donations” with less force. They tied “tithes” to religious holidays as well as traditional gifts being tied also. The religious calendar in the Middle Ages had more “holy days” than non-holy days, such was their greed.

If you spend even just a little effort, you will find many more commonalities between and among the controlling practices of the religious and secular elites.

 

 

 

 

10 Comments »

  1. I bow to your esteemed wisdom. 😉

    Seriously, good post. You covered stuff that happens but most of us never really spend much time thinking about.

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    Comment by Nan — November 7, 2017 @ 1:01 pm | Reply

    • See what happens when you retire! You have way too much time to think!

      All of this exploded when I had an emotional realization of how much misery has been created by civilization (Progress is *not *our most important product!). It was if the film I had over my eyes dissolved and I could see clearly. Now I have to figure out how not to sound like an unhinged loon when I talk or write about the topic.

      Steve

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — November 7, 2017 @ 1:04 pm | Reply

      • Now I have to figure out how not to sound like an unhinged loon when I talk or write about the topic.

        Not to worry. You’re doing a fine job. Ring those bells! Shake those rafters! Wave those banners! 😀

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        Comment by Nan — November 7, 2017 @ 1:09 pm | Reply

        • You are a good woman! That significant other of yours is very lucky to have you in his life.

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — November 7, 2017 @ 1:15 pm | Reply

  2. Mr. President sir, I’ve been thinking on many of these things for a long time. I addressed you as Mr. President due to you claiming that title a few posts back here and as you offered me the post of VP, I just had to do that.
    Any who, some of us human critters sure do like having titles. Me, I replied to my name. Oh, in Marine Corps boot camp we had a platoon commander, GSGT Salmone, a senior ID, SSGT Murphy, and a junior DI, SGT Funkhouser (may have misspelled his name but I don’t care. he enjoyed giving out punishments way too much so screw him) They ALL pronounced my legal last name differently. I answered to each of them, without delay. Dad used to say he didn’t care what they called him as long as it wasn’t late for dinner. When I got back from the Vietnam war, I told Dad that I had him beat 50 ways to Sunday. I’d been called everything under the sun, including late for dinner, more than once! He looked at me and said, Well, you made it back home.
    As I said here before, I am just a working class guy from a long line of working class members. And I’m damn proud of it. The elites do not make anything except trouble for the rest of us. The working class makes things, useful and destructive, unfortunately,way too much of that latter.

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    Comment by Walter Kronkat — November 7, 2017 @ 1:52 pm | Reply

    • At least in the military there is a valid organizational need for titles, if for no other reason who can give orders to whom. Without them every battle would be a clusterfuck, I believe that is the correct term.

      Why we allow this in our ordinary lives I do not know. I do know they have made it feel ordinary. Imagine the first guy expect to bow to another? His response … WTF? You want me to do what? No way! Okay, okay, I’m bowing, I’m bowing, jeeze. The birth of a tradition!

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — November 7, 2017 @ 1:58 pm | Reply

  3. I agree, the military does need rankings. Troops need a leader or yes, you get a clusterfuck. By the way, it is a real thing.

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    Comment by Walter Kronkat — November 7, 2017 @ 3:06 pm | Reply

    • I got it straight from Clint Eastwood, so had to be real.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — November 10, 2017 @ 2:00 pm | Reply

  4. Secular vs religious? I see little difference in them at all. Different sides of the same coin. It is all about control and a free ride. At least some secular entities have a theoretical purpose of maintaining our societies, whatever they are and sometimes they are actually good. Religion on the other hand, is just a tapeworm in the body politic. Sucking the life blood out of our bodies and spreading their malady through manure.

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    Comment by Holding the Line in Florida — November 8, 2017 @ 12:08 pm | Reply

    • Yep, true, but when driven by greed, one doesn’t want to “share” any more than is necessary. The two classes of elites have co-opted one another … and they still would like to displace the other entirely (The Egyptians came close with their god-kings. Henry VIII of England created himself head of state and as head of the nation’s church (and confiscated a shit load of church property. It still gets tried every once in a while. Iran tried.). Consider the efforts to turn the US into a theocracy, a Christian State.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — November 8, 2017 @ 1:40 pm | Reply


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