that these things exist at this widespread level. The processing machines, the scanners, the
sorters. That’s enough to make us feel
like criminals. What enormous weight. What complex
programs. And there’s no
-one to explain it to us."
SOCIETY DOESN’T TOLERATE DISRUPTION
"Let us pretend that you are an ape, and that you have been born into an unusually large groupof, say, a hundred or more of your kind . . . this is your society. In most societies, everyone hastheir place; if you do not know your place, you will soon be put where society feels you belong
usually near the bottom. In this society, there is one maximum leader, the 'Alpha'; and severalof his assistants, the 'Betas'; and everyone else is subservient to the leaders and one another basedon a sort of 'pecking order.' It is a society of bullies. Whomever is strongest and most fearedrules, and whomever is not quite as strong is permitted to harass and attack those weaker thanhimself. Whatever apes are too passive, weak, or ill to defend themselves will be at the bottom of the pecking order. Now let us pretend that your ape, for whatever reason, is at the lower end of the pecking order.However, not only is he resentful of his mistreatment by others, but he is significantly moreintelligent than most of them. Using his intelligence, he crafts a sort of long dagger from adiscarded broken animal bone. Now when the dominant greyback Alpha no longer receiveshomage in the form of submissive and fearful gesticulation (averting the eyes, exposing the buttocks for mounting, ect.), he flies into a murderous rage and lunges, only to have the needle point of the sharp bone tool plunged through his eye and into his brain. As the Alpha drops dead,is your ape the new king? No. Even if he is able to fend off, or even kill, the attacking Betas withhis magic sword, he will not sway the masses. Why? Because he was once like them and still is,in many ways. He is not inclined to rule as a tyrant, and if he sets down his weapon his strength
will be gone. Aren’t the apes happy with their newfound freedom? On the contrary, they will be
fearful and confused, and as soon as your ape falls asleep, as he eventually must, they will takeup the weapon and kill him with it. Then, the strongest and most aggressive survivor will takeover as king, and society will return to normal. In most societies, there is no place for one such asyour ape. If he cannot be rendered powerless in some way, he must be exiled, imprisoned, or killed. He will never be accepted or assimilated unless be changes into that which he despises.Society does not tolerate disruption."
anonymous (RWT)MAD DOG SHRIVER "Mad Dog Shriver was twenty-eight years old and, according to one SOG veteran, 'thequintessential warrior loner, antisocial, possessed by what he was doing, leading the best team,always training, constantly training.'Shriver rarely spoke and walked around camp for days wearing the same clothes. In his sleep he
cradled a loaded rifle, and in the NCO club he’d buy a case of beer, open every can, then goalone to a corner and drink them all. Although he could not care less about decorations, he’d
been awarded a Sil
ver Star, five Bronze Stars, and the Soldier’s Medal.