Stuttgart, Germany 1770
George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel is born.
That very year, across the Atlantic...
English imposition met American opposition. They would remove tax on all consumer products, except for the Tea. Massachusetts had the best deals around. Governor Bernard was recalled from office and tensions between British soldiers and American workers had reached critical levels in Boston.
On March 2, local workers got into a fight with soldiers, who had previously broken into storage facilities, looking for Tea. A couple of days later, in a sort of reverse protest, British soldiers were milling about, picking at citizens, battering some, looking to incite people, within reach of the law. Fire bells rang.
Citizens took to the streets; self-absorbed soldiers clashed with discontented young men. Shots were fired adding to a list of felonies committed by oppressors, which today would be considered brutality. They were considered such, then.
Hutchinson, the dark-horse replacement of the recalled Bernard, would face Samuel Adams in the town hall. This was the beginning of an American stand against British military presence in the colonies. Motions that lead to the American revolution, gaining independence in 1776.
In 1779, 200 years before my birth, to the year, 29 year old scholar and lecturer at the University of Jena, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, would begin his work on The Phenomenology of Mind.
Hegel defines dialectic, the art or practice of arriving at the truth by the exchange of logical arguments. Humans consider three aspects when considering their respective realities. They begin by rationalizing, is something, anything. Once identified, this object or idea, makes its way into a depth of further consideration, isn't this "something" not? Stage three is a speculative comprehension, or what I would consider, a process of believing. Now you have weighed initial perception, with disbelief, until you are able to rationalize an existence, or "comprehension."
He takes this dialectic into a consideration of the master-slave relationship. So does your BIOS. When your system boots, (for the sake of argument) a primary IDE drive is considered, does it exist, isn't it not? O.k. there is a single, primary master; the BIOS then hands off to the speculatively comprehended drive.
Sometimes it freezes, you installed a new drive, you forgot to jumper the old master into a slave. The BIOS halts because in dialectic we are only confirming solitary existence. Then, logically, there are no excuses. Computers are quite possibly the most self-conscious critters on the entire planet.
Is something, it? Is it not, it? O.k... there is something which is it. So, based on a speculative comprehension, I will hand it the "boot." If you get a new screen... file is missing, etc., it was not a failed dialectic, it's more of a lying master or otherwise unfit leadership.
Hegel saw a logic that undermined the very existence of mastership. How could this resolve? Take the idea through dialectic and the system halts. A master, in an "abstract or rational form," is a fit superior to what is considered an inferior. Is this master, not, dependent of its slave base? Master over slave, unto itself, argues its very undoing.
Now consider the slave as a "rational form." Is the slave not, the dependent of its master? It is not, it wants to be free. So one cannot form a "speculative-concrete comprehension," of either a master or a slave because "the abstract or rational form,"(step 1) does not match the speculative dependence.
A masters argument of the need of such slaves, or a country holding bonds, lacks a logical self-existence because of the perceived and rational dependencies.
I think we could consider the Internet itself as the latest example of mastership. The Internet has become the British Navigation Act.
The very foundations of logic are in use on every system. These foundations are being used against democracy, hindering national and global economics and you have to question the flow of dependencies. The Internet was dependent on computing. The consumer is dependent on the Internet. The Internet crushed computing in many aspects. The business is dependent on the "Search."
Cyber-distributers crushed the storefront, cheating the government, just as one example, on state-to-state charges that every storefront and office building has had to pay to operate their business, in similar fashion, but they had an address and armed officers would come knocking down their doors. They cheated this same government that faces every one of us wondering where it all went. Cutting all the things we need, in order to live our lives, just as good as we already had it in the 90's. The Human is the "bondsman" dependent on the Internet, the "Master." People are bereft of even an "abstract or rational form" without it. There's no "negation" period because we just do it, like addicts.
The PC has been atomized, forever shrinking into a greater, or more plausible, mobility. It leads to, at least, one possible solution, the festival, something. Something that recreates the human unity we have lost through social networking, an emulated base perception of what it is like to be a (human).
We are "social beings," but we are no longer "becoming." We are hiding in a virtual reality that goes against the very idea of Democracy because we are eliminating physical presence storefronts and offices without voting. We are hoarded by the possibility of achieving self without leaving the house.
In these very networks, Americans are crying out, what is happening to our sense of value? You feel the strangulation but are forever satisfied by the possibility of richer media, delivered through advanced, application delivery networks, streamlining availability, and the notion of self-existing ahead of a calculable price equilibrium.
We have to rediscover ourselves and recreate a truer human unity. We must realize that the "Search" has humanity in bondage; having already discovered bondage, itself, is illogical.