An Impersonal State

Posted on July 12, 2011


The problem I see between the relationship of the State and its people is the same as the problem with personal relationships.

When people enter a relationship with someone, they place new expectations on that person on the grounds of the new relationship. People think that just because they are now exclusive with someone, that that person must meet a new set of criteria. They put that person on a pedestal. That means, that when that person fails to meet these new unequal and inhuman expectations, the disappointment is much greater.

I see it to be the same with the people who make up the State. When individuals are elected by a majority as a representative of the people, they are held to a new inhuman standard. People forget that this person they have just appointed is no better or worse of a human being than anyone else. That person is bound to make mistakes, and since they are held to be this great deity of men, the disappointment is much greater.

This is also the reason that the State is illegitimate in its power. We forget, as I just stated, that these representatives and police officers and presidents are just human beings like us. Their (“majority” appointed) title does not make them any more special or better than any one of you. The people forget this, and the representatives forget this.

They are no more qualified to rule others than you are. They are not better people or more important in any way. They’re just people. They have thoughts and insecurities and lives and hobbies and families. They are people.

We view them on such an impersonal level because they veil their humanity with slogans and colors and fanfare. It’s all part of the game. The exploitation of the masses to believe that people ruling people is anything more than a game played by the wealthy at the expense of the rest of us.

Until we can think of our leaders as equal individuals, we will continue to think they have the right to boss us about.

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