Existentialism Philosophy

Solitary Purdah - The politics of the individual

Politics, while essential to human interaction, is seldom properly understood. Those who practice the art of the craft, often claim the title politician. As they slant their rhetoric to appeal and tap into the fears or dreams of citizens, substance in purpose and solutions rarely brings relief. The outcry for the good of society is heard with each utterance that offers a seductive optimism, while corrupts mankind with the distortions of a failed structure, based upon a false maxim. Solitary Purdah is the individual in a state of social isolation. It is a way of thinking that breaks the restraints of current convention and restores the wisdom of the ages to the proper balance.

Philosophy of politics is ignored or avoided by the officeholder. The office seekers deal in emotions and make promises of help. They want you to accept them as public servants, and to forget who they serve. The society they fashion is one that depicts a condition known as - PURDAH - a state of social isolation. Each resident is told they are a citizen of an ideal conception, known as the State. Politicos tell inhabitants they are part of a nation and have a noble mission in life, demystified into the function of a taxpayer. Every person is trained that they are empowered with a vote, so that they can select leaders that will work for them. Then, these same balloters are instructed that they are constituents of the elected and that their voice counts.

E Pluribus Unum - Out of Many One - became the Great Seal of the United States. This national emblem sounds sweet, inspires faith and invokes fidelity. But is it a valid idea that deserves acceptance? The - SOLITARY - of each individual, simply means that we are all alone. This axiom of existence eludes most people for they desperately want to believe their pedagogues that we are all social creatures. We are supposed to accept that community is natural and that society is inescapable. Thus, the need for government and that pinnacle of all human achievement - the supremacy of the STATE.

So each person is presented with a conundrum. Since every human is an individual, how can they become one with an abstract entity that emerges and behaves as their master? Solitary Purdah will explore this age old relationship. These tracts will put forth the case for a culture that envisions the ultimate purpose for a society; namely, Liberty of the individual. The vast distinction between unbridled personal freedom and definitive moral responsibility is central to an awareness of how one acts and what functions a government employs.

While ideology matters, discernment between and among varied forms of political organization, requires answering the proper inquiries. Subsequently, most confusion stems from never addressing the correct questions. The social isolation that is systemic in the technocratic postmodern age, is not an accident. The solitude that befalls the citizen transforms them into a denizen transplant, in an environment that becomes nearly unrecognizable. This kind of “Purdah” separation does not solely conform to screen the genders or keep out strangers. No, it produces an alienation and disaffection within the fabric of society that expects conformity and demands compliance as the decisive tests of national loyalty. Estrangement summons governments to respond with more odious requirements.

So how can a society that celebrates diversity as a religious dogma, coexist with so many conflicting factions? Most of the social problems of the last half century stem from an impaired aspiration to force a square peg through a round hole. Consequently, turmoil increases while contentment diminishes. If this misfortune was simply a byproduct of a complex commonwealth, ingenuity would offer prospects for solutions. However, the reality of realizing meaningful result and pragmatic answers, eludes discovery. The lauded homogenous mixture of dissimilar elements produces a combustible solvent. But there is no remedy to extinguish a fire that threatens to spread and become an inferno.

Can more of the same from government perfect the individual? Or must each human being give up more of their uniqueness to satisfy the requirements of social order? As long as people deny their own dignity and subordinate their genuine self interest for a substitute and flawed fraternal altruism, society will continue to deteriorate. The ‘pols’ of policy will preach a message of inclusion, while their approach produces an outcome of malaise that ends in despair.

The theme of Solitary Purdah has a focus that examines the fundamental conflict between the individual and the State. Our advocacy defends the person and condemns the coercion that all governments exalt. The political game has not changed over time. Grabbing power to impose obedience upon citizens, under the threat of force, is the business of government. It is a sinister practice of people control. Tragically, the public has a bad habit of denial and immediate gratification. They reject their unique worth and refuse to accept that the State is the enemy. Social isolation is inevitable, when society is predominant over the individual. If you crave to know yourself and your specific role in society, learn the lesson of Solitary Purdah.

SARTRE - July 4, 2003

posted by SARTRE at 7/04/2003 |

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