The question which is placed upon us everyday is whether the mind is an individual machine, which is differentiated from all other bodies in the universe.
It is of no surprise therefore that Hegel serendipitously once said that “As high as mind stands above nature, so high does the state stand above physical life.” The libertarian in you, wether you admit there is such a thing inside of you, might be trembling with enmity at these words. The question of the state regardless in whatever political form it is presented is in essence a mechanism of domination and control.
In other words, the very presence of the state and its relationship with our minds is one which invariably implies a power struggle, a totality which naturally promotes a relationship of domination regardless of how subtle it may be. Yet, there is in essence, another struggle within this argument of totality which truly takes control of our lives: it is the solipsism of our minds.
The individual mind, when in fact acts on its own accords is a strong being, yet it is also easily molded and easily controlled by the collective and social nature of humans. In essence, the mind is most strong when in isolation, and at its weakest when in collective droves. Yet, the social aspect of humanity is an inescapable reality. This paradox is in itself is the very factor, the very concrete which binds us to the irrevocable presence of power.
All relations, and all relationships in human society are undeniably veiled by power. One group will always hold power over another — it is within this axiom which we live our lives, which is why within this axiom we continue to paradoxically play into the factors which emanate socialized forms of communications which bind us to the collectivism that poisons the world today.
The act of scrolling through your news feed is the process of collectivizing yourself with society.
The act of nodding and agreeing with everyones arguments so as not to offend anyone is the process of the collectivization of the mind.
The act of feeling the need to be part of something as to assume some sort of ‘value’ is the act of being part of a collective.
The act of following a megalomaniac presidential nominee, because of what he or she says makes you feel good is the ultimate act of collectivism.
It is true that we cannot escape the social aspects of human life, yet it is also true that the mind, as a pure biological being, is able to create its own thoughts, and its own opinions. The state is the product of the weak mind needing to play into collective droves. And the more totalitarian, the more fascist, the more racist, the more extreme, the more demanding that state is the more apparent it becomes that it is the product of a collective drove of weak minds, who cannot conceive of their own solipsism.
If the organization of society invariably demands some sort of exertion of power or authority, and it does, ask yourself where we are as of now.