In a tightly-controlled bureaucratic society such as ours, there is a well-established curriculum of ProleThink.To insert people into diverse positions, all with limited opportunity for creativity and freedom, one must establish certain habits of mind that come instinctively, thoughts and methods which feel genuine and self-driven.
I THINK I THINK, THEREFORE I THINK I AM
It will take many days to sketch out ProleThink.Much of Nietzsche’s work well-describes the separation of one’s self from these automatic and dull methods of thinking, to free one’s spirit from the machine.
ProleThink is a clever answer to the dystopia of Orwell. There are no limits, no walls and fences, friend! Go do as thy wish! However, there are gently sloping regions here and there which eventually rise into sheer cliffs. They are not “walls,” per se – there is no abruptness to them. Nevertheless, from afar, they are walls indeed.
- Nietzsche’s Mistake
Nietzsche brilliantly cast forth the concept of slave morality – the morality of those trapped and resentful, the morality of ProleThink. He failed by then holding a mirror up to slave morality, and calling the other a “Master Morality.” It was a great error, a flaw that persists through his thoughts, dragging down his ideas. What he calls Master Morality is an unnatural fusion of two entirely different ways of thinking all together.
The Master is merely a reflection of the Slave. They are bound together. Different mindsets are needed to own, control and manipulate Slaves. But the Master is as crippled and tied down as the Slave. Martin Luther King Jr. understood the principle, and that’s why his vision far exceeded Black civil rights. To oppress is as dehumanizing as being oppressed. He saw the distinction between the Master and the Free Spirit, of which Nietzsche writes and often confuses.
Free Spirits care nothing for participating in Slavery and Mastership. It means nothing to them. There is no value to go from Slave to Master. A free spirit may lay siege to examples of the entire principle out of his or her private morality. Or a free spirit may just walk away from its absurdity.
This failure to recognize the two moralities cast Nietzsche into fundamental trouble throughout his works.
ProleThink is best understood as a struggle between the Master Moraity and the Slave Morality, each in a mirror being a reflection of the other. The Free Spirit stands from afar, watching without any interest in the battle besides curiosity.
- What Is Forbidden
The rules of ProleThink are not spoken to the proles from a loudspeaker, but embedded instinctively in one’s peers. If one threatens to do, think or say something that cannot be categorized – something that is not part of the plan – it inspires fear in the observers. Not only fear, but envy and hostility. Who are you, you arrogant soul, to think – to claim a privilege beyond your station. Look, if you do that, we’ll all get in trouble!
Crab fishermen know they don’t have to keep a lid on the bucket. If one crab begins to crawl up the side, the others will pull it down. They are merely creatures; nevertheless, they are a good allegory for ProleThink.