Tuesday, 24 November 2015

The Last Kingdom - and beyond

The BBC drama The Last Kingdom is a fine story:

The 'Teutonic' tribes from Denmark are a totally male dominated race and perpetually at war.

The Christians in Wessex promise a better lot for women, and peace, but the state is already corrupted by the power of those with the most land. A meritocracy it certainly is not.

The Last Kingdom

Add the Roman model of political organisation and bureaucracy and we have the three social 'norms' described in The Shortest History of Europe.

Present day Western Europe has vastly more sex equality, and occupations like social work, psychotherapy and education place value on 'traditional' female skills. What's more important, the traditionally male and traditionally female roles are now open to both men and women.

What's next? Maybe cultivating the best of each attribute in every individual:

The social worker that plays Rugby

The builder that writes poems

The nurse that welds

The welder that cooks

The software analyst that sings


Becoming a complete ONE, an individual, seems a very uncommon goal.

Compare this to what we see:

The average person/family/group caught in a lifetime of debt, through a combination of forces - usually founded on the few wishing to be very rich while the many do all the work.

What Makes Sense?

Combining the best traits from all the cultural mind-sets that have contributed to modern Europe:

The Danes clearly believed that if anything needed doing, they'd do it themselves. Their ideas of justice were severe, but simple and consistent.

The Roman organisation and bureaucracy works ... if you eliminate corporate lies and backhanders.

The Greek democracy works, if you replace slaves with machines (we have the machines!). Sadly, idle and greedy people/corporations keep re-inventing slavery through monopolies and addictions.

Their weapon of choice is advertising ... so you have some choice :)

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