Control is an element of consciousness. We use many means of control during the course of our lives while we lack faith and understanding of how the universe can truly operate to best facilitate our own development and to help us understand the true measure of Love through giving and receiving in harmony with others and for the best good of all.
The primary associations of control are with money and sex. Both money and sex are used as means of control and form the basis of controlling relationships. While this essay is neither a blanket condemnation of sex or money, both of which are good when used correctly, it is an exploration regarding the nature and mechanisms of control in the psyche and is fundamentally a psychosocial analysis of the phenomenon and experience of individual and collective control.
The boundaries of control are determined through experience. Control exists wherever we feel that our personal right to choose is being intentionally restricted by someone else for the purpose of using us to achieve an objective or to get something which is desired. Control is a problem because it is an invasion of our space and right to determine the course of our lives through our choices.
Control and the conflicts surrounding the ability to create change are primarily a social process. Societies, as they are governed through ideology, must have some means of operating effectively to create order through good choices. Systems of control have been invented to protect the ruling classes from choices that diminish their ability to control the distribution of collective resources to create a base of influence and power for themselves. In order to maintain control, individuals who have self identified as being, in general, not of the people, have created means through which people can be controlled and coerced into surrendering resources to those who are willing to use force to ensure that they control how those resources are allocated and utilized.
While this process is by no means fully formalized in every individual who uses these methodologies of force, the science and art of control are highly engrained as a culture among certain institutions. The means of control utilized varies from highly elaborate ritualized depravation of individual justice to direct or implied informal criminal relationships based on fear and intimidation. These processes can be fully analyzed and categorized to reveal the depths of control and the nature of the psychological need for control among those who seek to dominate others in order to maintain what could be called an easy life of prominent persuasion.
Control, being in essence an illusion implied as being an actual system, is in no ways difficult to understand. Control arises from a basic need to feel secure. Security, at the core, is the desire to feel warmth, Love, and attention from others. This desire for security arises at birth and develops according to the environment and experiences of the individual in question. The first time an individual experiences the withdrawal of warmth, attention, and affection, the ego automatically begins working towards getting it back. Thus, we first try to control Love before we understand how to surrender to it in order to become it so that we may give it. Control is natural to the learning process of letting go. At first we must hold on in order to experience our loss completely. It is at this stage, that is natural in human development, that we should learn our lesson and become part of a stable, balanced society as mature adults. Instead we all have found in one way or another that the collective experience of loss rudely intrudes upon and delays our personal spiritual experience and realization of the truth regarding control. We are confronted then personally and collectively with control in the form of the insidious tendency to grasp on to an illusion while trying to force reality to live by the standards of irrational personal and collective obsessions (think ideology, religion as examples). Instead of only having to deal with our personal irrational obsessions, the vast, vast majority of us deals with a hectic combination of the relatively small personal demons and the vastly larger collective social insecurities of our times.
Because social systems are required to learn more elaborate controlling behaviors and to ingrain them as a modus operandi in the unconscious mind, "human type" control does not exist anywhere in nature. Control, thus, can only exist within the context of a mental analysis of natural forces in psychological development that create complexes which derive energy from psychological experiences. These experiences are more commonly known as "highs". Control creates the same "buzz" as any other similar psychological and physiological process such as many drugs, sex, or eating highly flavorful food. There is thus a highly charged sexual and animalistic element to control tripping that provides the necessary incentive to engage in it.
Collective ritualization of controlling behaviors creates a collective group consciousness that maintains the "buzz" of the animalistic control trip. While animals do not experience control as humans would completely define it, there is a natural order of hierarchy in most social animals that resembles the hierarchy of programming required in a society of tight controlling rules and structure based on status and social position. In no ways could these phenomenon be considered natural to stable, balanced, and nurturing societies. They would be considered natural only in animal societies based on fear and the need for survival.
Control ritualization is a self reinforcing pattern of psychological experiences which creates the mindset that allows control to exist as a "good" in the mind of the controller. These justifications keep the controller stable and secure in his or her ability to manipulate others to do their bidding without having to account for his or her actions. Just like any other addiction, this process diminishes the reasoning ability of the individual and subsumes them to a group culture of negativity, aggression, and hostility. The leader of the control trippers is trained in their culture and reflect their culture to others. He or she is dependent on the group and the group is dependent on him or her.
The collectivization of control thus creates the basis for the long term permanence of the psychology necessary to exert control and force against those who are considered targets of opportunity by the collective group. This collectivization is the root basis for aggressive tendencies in nations and groups who are ready and willing to attack in order to seize power and resources for themselves. Control, here, revolves around money and other elements of physical wealth such as energy (fossil fuels usually), land, water, etc. By allowing control and force to be the de facto operating principle of action and interaction with others, however, the irrational waste of resources and weakening of the group collective will occur over time (because of losses of people and resources due to conflict) unless secondary measures are taken to continue the culture of control, coercion, and ritualized violence.
For this reason, the propaganda of the state and the controlling class has always used base instinctive associations with motherland, fatherland, mother, father, and family as an attempt to misrepresent Love to the individuals who live within the collective culture and to maintain their obedience in the face of inept, corrupt, and downright suicidal decisions made by the upper crust of the political and economic hierarchy. These manipulations use base associations in the deep unconscious to attempt to force a resonance with the intention of more sophisticated rulers who utilize this strategy to brainwash human beings through associations of security. While this process is actually very elaborate and complex in its planning and execution, the root purpose is to gain leverage over the minds of individuals in order to turn them into useful tools for the extension of power in order to gain resources through collectively ordained theft and/or to exploit other groups through oppression for labor and a raw supply of programmable minions.
Ultimately, control represents a pathology, a fundamental flaw in character caused by the negation of conscience for the purpose of self aggrandizing ego expansion which is delusional, hostile, and irreconcilable with nurturing, creative self expression. For this reason, control should be identified and rooted out of consciousness wherever we find it rearing its ugly head in our own minds. The struggle against control must begin with our own controlling nature in our own lives where we mistakenly believe that security can be forced into being through aggression of any form.
As we look at the collective forms of control we must be aware of what can be done to change them. Control is maintained through the projection of fear, manipulation, secrecy, anger, shame, rejection, and other types of intimidation on a root level. Knowing this, we can understand the mechanisms that are used to control. Learning from this we can find ways of empowering ourselves to engage the controllers and compel them to reveal themselves. When the means of control are revealed, the ability to control begins to lose all meaning. Control cannot exist in an environment of knowing. For this reason, knowledge has usually been one of the first targets of controllers, because knowledge gives people the ability to recognize control. Truth, similarly, exposes control for what it is, a deception built on an erroneous understanding of reality rooted in self destructive tendencies which result in ultimate failure.
Those who use control to manipulate others through any means ultimately will find that people can only be controlled as long as they allow themselves to be. The people have a choice at any moment to decide to obey or not to obey. No amount of control can change that fact. No amount of control can alter that choice. Intimidation comes at a price. It is the loss of respect. And once respect it gone, it is only a matter of time before the corrupted controllers are removed from power, often by their own closest followers. History is replete with examples of this process. Collectively, however, this process will end with the destruction of all means of control and the liberation of the people to make choices and decide their own fate through local communities and through nurturing relationships with each other and the planet.