The Ritual

Psychologists say we all have a mechanical routine, a daily ritual to which we are accustom, and don’t feel quite right if it can’t happen or, maybe, happens off time or out of sequence. Even though we may discover the ritual does not affect the outcome much, if at all, there is a compulsion to do it anyway.

The ritual can be described as a disorder when it is dysfunctional but we still do it, anyway. Maintaining the mechanics then becomes really complicated, dysfunctionally maintained in order, to the point of pathology.

Mechanical Interpretations of Complexity

With the demise of Glass-Steagall and the trauma of the Great Recession, we now have the CFPB. Capitalists ritually resist the protection because it has compulsory coercive power. Even though removing the protection is dysfunctional, making it more difficult to meet contractual obligations on demand, we do it anyway because, in a TBTF proportion, protecting firms from the failure it induces is compulsory. It is “the ritual.”

Naturally, the ritual (the mechanics) has a survival function. It is a survival mechanism. It has purpose (derivative value), and because it is ritual, it may well continue even if it is outmoded and dysfunctional, which may cause us to believe (or at least make the argument) there is no purpose, only the cause of conserving the ritual, which then becomes the purpose, perverse as it may actually be. Cause without purpose does not exist, making the mechanics more complicated just to accommodate the compulsory “natural order of things” commonly referred to as “objective reality.”

Are we to ignore the science of climate change, for example, to maintain the rituals of capitalism?

If we do, what for? To demonstrate cause without purpose, which doesn’t really exist, which then means it is a demonstration of power and self-determination–deliberately self-destructive, dysfunctionally psychopathic, like Hobbes said we naturally are, and so then naturally demands the king’s protection to satisfy the emergent property, the identity element, of purpose?


About griffithlighton

musician-composer, artist, writer, philosopher and political economist (M.A.)
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