One to rule them all

After posting “Mano the Shark” part 2 — I checked headlines for current news. Absolutely ironic that I am reading the 99% owe the 1%.

This is the 1% who are hiding billions and billions of dollars and assorted currency in Off Shore Accounts. These are the folks who are selfish and rude and self absorbed according to several recent studies? Rich people are more likely to cheat and behave badly.

Ancient Hawaii has given us a blue print for turning one group of people into god-kings and queens who are worshiped as well gods — being that they are direct descendants of the gods. The god-kings reached their status via pure luck — of the status of their parents. The really powerful ali’i (chiefs > kings) very often had to fight siblings for the right to rule. The rare individuals who managed to reach the top ranks and stay there ruled as absolute gods and eventually one — Kamahamaha — ruled them all. One important thing about the Hawaiian god-kings is that they had to be Pono — have Pono.

The chiefs had an obligation — a kind of noblesse oblige — to be pono. Pono is the Hawaiian word for that which is correct, righteous, just. A pono chief would respect his people and not demand more for them than they could redily give. Pono was the ideal. But not all chiefs and kings were pono. [Like a Shark that Travels on the Land”, by Patrick V. Kirch]

Respect. Do we see respect FROM the 1%? A few of the 1% are Pono and respect the peasants who have made them wealthy — most show little respect.

Rulers — financial, elected and through birth — have a poor track record of having respect for the under classes (99.9%).

Some of the 1% do give back — finance charities which make a difference in this world.

But the idea that the 99% should worship, adore and give thanks — as if the 1% were god-kings of old is just plain stupid and delusional.

If we follow the idea that the 99% should pay homage to the 1% — SciFi is a good place to look for the end path of this sort of cultural evolution. One Ring To Rule Them All — Fellowship of the Ring. Frank Herbert’s Dune series. Or simply look back in history to the Gilded Age when a very few men got very rich. Poverty, death and slave like conditions for the lower classes.

Show me Pono from the 1% — and we know that isn’t going to happen. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Perhaps building temples to the 1% will make they happier — because rich does not equal happier.

Studies show that lottery winners, heiresses, and the 100 richest Americans are only slightly more satisfied than the guy toiling for his pay in the generic office-park cubicle. Still, mere mortals find it difficult to allow that an extra digit or two on the paycheck won’t put a permanent smile on our faces.

. . .  Not really, says Daniel Gilbert, a Harvard psychology professor and the author of Stumbling on Happiness. “Research reveals that memory is less like a collection of photographs than it is like a collection of impressionist paintings rendered by an artist who takes considerable license with his subject,” Gilbert writes. We forget that the new-car high deflated well before our first trip to the mechanic, and the raise came with stressful late nights at the office and a steeper tax tab.

The 1% are unhappy because they are mostly unloved by the 99%. Too bad.





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