Monday, January 4, 2010
Oh the things we want! Yes we want objects that are the embodiment of other people's time. The giant emerald encrusted globe doesn't do anything useful. It wasn't anyone's labor of love. It's just a symbol of power and coercion. It's other men's focused energy, and that's the appeal. The owner of the globe can impose his will on the world of men, and yeah that's kind of sexy.
We want to be close to the people with power. Power is a shortcut to having people dependent on you in a relatively clean and simple manner, the alternative being the messy confusion of emotions and love. Power builds nations and love only tribes. You can't have a king without a crown. Walt Disney used to make movies about this sort of thing while simultaneously building his nation in a Florida swamp.