Mechanisms of Dissolution

Let me introduce you, ruled and rulers, to the concept of cascades of distrust as a mechanism of dissolution of a society.

To tie it to the hardest reality possible, consider the integrity of a big physical object, whose solidity and heavy, stolid, static, inert unchangingness is key to its function. Sit there and don’t move a molecule kind of function. Within a molecule’s definition of “don’t move”, of course.

But even molecules have limits, and a chemical environment can exceed the chemical strengths of their bonds so that elements abandon their assigned posts, however well paid for their bonds to the oneness.  These erosions need not proceed uniformly, are often directed by local flaws in the larger structure, seams between elements not entirely bonded into the main body.

That is such a common failure, failing to sufficiently bond to your inner-most members. Inner-most members with access to your innermost systems can control your destiny, if they wish.

Anyway, these large and monolithic structures, seems like they sooner or later exceed their material’s design constraints, and literally crumble from within.  It is always presented as a historical puzzle “what caused the failure” and always “what is to be done” to prevent that failure in our times, always efforts to blame the problems on the failures of this sub-division of their material core or another.

Never a suggestion of asking the immigrants “Why are you dissatisfied?”

Our Sudanese cab driver in Amsterdam could have told them why he was satisfied, same as he told my wife and I. “Amsterdam is a good place, I have a job making $, they treat me right and I can date the local girls, no problem.”

Our relatives, immigrants to Germany indistinguishable from native Germans, very intelligent people, could have told him what they told us, in perfect, unaccented English of graduate-level vocabulary. “With good engineering degrees from top schools with top grades, the best we can expect is a job in an Eastern European sales or engineering office.”

And our Turkish taxi driver, who said he had lived in Germany 25 years, his German-born sons were ashamed of him for not being German, and he knew they were not fully accepted despite being entirely German, having grown up there.

Never the dissertation “Why Leader’s Decisions Always Suck. Explanations for the high rate of historical failures that has so clearly continued into these most modern of times, perhaps intensified.” Dissertation topics in all disciplines lay around just like that, right out in the open, never noticed by accolytes who ascend in the ranks of academic
entrepreneurs.

As an engineer, if I want a solid structure, whatever the material, I make sure the bonds are good.  It may take a lot of attention, even a lot of love, depending on the material.  As with all other engineering, having specified the problem and engineered the solution, the result depends entirely on the care and skill of local implementation.

Trust can be specified and societies engineered to produce it.  Trust is a requirement of increasing levels of civilization.

It seems to me that the places in the world with the biggest mix of people and cultures in the most trusting relationships have the highest economic growth rates.  Chicken and egg problems of causality, but who cares?  Let the positive-sum games begin.

The unexpected cuts and jumps are me directing a film, the conceptual flow is smooth.  Not a terrible writing cleverness, but really would wear if used often, I think.  But it was easier than finding a good transition from one dimension of this landscape to another. No wonder people like filming. Writing programs is much harder than writing essays is much harder than laying out films?

Reading back over, the movie-style cuts have entirely different mental effects. We are used to it in films, documentaries.  In text it seems more like you can’t write.

So, as someone who can’t write, I should adopt it as my signature style?  Blogs would be a lot easier.

Interesting for another reason, maybe.  Most of what we read is organized for us, and matching mental headers makes it easier to learn new stuff, fitting it into old categories.  Part of that is expecting a flow, that follows this follows something prior in time or narrative space.

In film, we are conditioned to build our own mental structures, to be puzzling from the first frame, but not reading.

So does that kind of discontinuity increase attention, memory, agreement?

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