Random thought, maybe about 20% right.
There are three basic types.
Emperors are psychopaths. They need total power over the lives of everyone. They need to destroy and obliterate.
Courtiers are people who need to obey personal authority
. Cults, whether described as cults or parties or teams, are made of Courtiers.
Peasants don't need personal authority. They need to work and live, dealing with other people and things as necessary.
Lately I've been noticing the dominance of Courtiers in places like Quora. Most of the questions are focused on superheroes
, both evil and good. (Evil = Trump/Hitler/Putin, Good = all other superheroes.) High-IQ leaders, high-wealth leaders, high-power leaders. I think there's an autistic flavor in Quora, but the Courtier dominance is everywhere.
There's also an ethnic flavor, which comes through in the long-standing religious tendencies of some groups. Orientals traditionally treat the Emperor as a personal god. Their religions have other teachers such as Confucius or Buddha, but the living Emperor himself is the god who matters.
Arabs and Slavs are not personal-god followers. Allah is an abstract god, not a personalized god. The Russian Orthodox view of god is also more abstract, with less emphasis on Jesus than the western catholic view. The old American tribes are closer to the Slavic type, genetically and culturally.
Euros (and their North American descendants) are in between, with a mix of types. Catholics are more like Courtiers, Protestants are more like Peasants.
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Later: Courtiers are willing to sacrifice all of their status and pleasure in order to be just like the Emperors.
This is the point of vulnerability, the place where the Sucker Filter grabs them.
Orwell recognized the three types clearly. Inner party, outer party, proles.
Emperors know all the secrets and never sacrifice anything, because they know the sacrifices are fake. When you write a story, you know it's fiction.
Depending on the era, Courtiers give up sex or alcohol or meat or furs or cars or plastic or social contact or breathing, in order to be more like the Emperors. Courtiers do the dirty work. They try to shame the Peasants into making the same sacrifices. This works on some Peasants who have partial Courtier genes, but most Peasants simply aren't interested in Being Like The Emperor.
I fell into the Filter in hippie times, until I
realized that our "activism" and "sacrifices" were being run by Deepstate for cynical DNC purposes. No, it was worse than that. I saw the cynicism IMMEDIATELY but managed to hide it from myself until it piled up so deep that I couldn't ignore it.
The Sucker Filter goes something like this: The Emperors have superior holiness and superior knowledge, so they must have a good reason for tricking us and exploiting us.
You can't break out of the Filter until you realize that the superior knowledge is NOT knowledge of Nature or knowledge of God; it's just authorial knowledge. The Emperors know how to write a story that will destroy civilization, and they know how to recruit loyal unpaid warriors to do the dirty work.
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