“Herbert Spencer…proposes that the idea “good” is essentially the same as the idea “useful” or “functional,” so that in judgments about “good” and “bad” human beings sum up and endorse the experiences they have not forgotten and cannot forget concerning the useful-functional and the harmful-useless. According to this supposition, good is something which has always proved useful, so that it may assert its validity as “valuable in the highest degree” or as “valuable in itself.” This path to an explanation…is…false, but at least the account itself is sensible and psychologically tenable.” GOM, Essay 1, Section 3
The rich have always been the few. They know this and this is what, at heart, causes them great anxiety, the reminder that the lower classes outnumber them greatly is enough to grind those pristine white teeth against their silver spoons to the point where they have to replace their incisors with gold caps.
It’s the reason why they live such closeted lives, in gated communities. Like any human being, they have fears they want to overcome. In order to do this, we have to confront our fears head on. One way in which we overcome our fears is to find a way to laugh at what we fear, laughter is far more powerful than wrath.
This is the mentality we are dealing with, even today. One way in which aristocrats, monarchs and yuppies in general can ignore people, tread on liberties without blinking and continue to squander resources at the expense of the lower and middle classes, is to ridicule those who cause them such anxieties.
The series “Benefits Street”, or the “Jeremy Kyle Show” are but two of the mainstream programs that ridicule the masses, they do it in such a way that even those within the same social class will jump on the bandwagon of blaming their own suffering on the others who experience the hardships of austerity aswell, the fear of becoming like them, prevents them from empathising with the “wrongdoers”. These are classic examples of a failing society, Coliseum-like mockery, someone we can blame in order to distract the masses from the real issues of corruption, even the lower classes become delusional about feelings of superiority over others.
“At this point I won’t suppress a sigh and a final hope. What is it exactly that I find so totally unbearable? Something which I cannot deal with on my own, which makes me choke and feel faint? Bad air! Bad air! It’s when something which has failed comes close to me, when I have to smell the entrails of a failed soul!” GOM, Essay 1, Section 12
Alain de Botton suggest that when we like or create pieces of art, we focus on subjects that we fear. This is a drive to understand and quantify our subjective fears. For example, if we are painting portraits and constantly studying other peoples’ expressions and emotions, perhaps on some level we fear other people. In view of this hypothesis he presents us with Mary Antionettes’ Peasant model village, emphasing the possibility that she had it built because she feared the increasingly hostile peasants of France of her time.
We can imagine her frolicking around, playing and mocking the peasants in a childish play to make herself feel superior and justified in her increasingly tenuous position. This probably spurred her on to make such frivolous remarks in response to the peasants starvation as: “Let them eat Brioche”. “Since brioche was a luxury bread enriched with butter and eggs, the quote would reflect the princess’s disregard for peasants.”
No matter how much the rich humiliate their subjects or abuse their power, the bias towards good being strictly utilitarian and noble always seems to prevail.
The Flat Earth could be nothing more than a Marie Antionettes’ Rustic Mockery Peasant Village! It could be the rich playing and creating credulous people in order to make themselves feel superior and justified in their position. They are treating people as if they are in a game for their own amusement, like in the Coliseum of Rome. The Flat Earth movement is a phenomena that has taken the alternative scene by storm, only someone with great resources and knowledge of how the media works could get something so preposterously stupid to work like this.
Another subject that seems to go hand in hand with the Flat Earth, is conspiracy theories that seem to always point the finger at the Jews for the banking crisis, taking the flack off the rich completely. The conspiracy theorists even go the extremes of Holocaust Denial.
The Aristocracy know how powerful the internet is and how little control they have over the freedom of speech, the freedom to challenge age old morality and values and to organise each other with the intent of improving the world for everyone. The only way things will improve is if they share what they have, if they get a little less and we get a little more. Of course they don’t want this to happen, this is what gives them anxiety and is what puts Trump in the election.
Through hysteria and reactions, liberties could be removed. The credulous could be ruining the freedom of others and themselves, if there has to be finger prints, or passports in order to log onto the internet, or we can be banned from using it due to strict laws. This could be all because people were part of one big frivolous joke.
We should be laughing at the rich, like they are laughing at the credulous. Also the resentment is being diverted towards those who had no part in the economic collapse of 2008, it was due to greed and a corporate knowledge that Governments had to bail them out.
The Flat Earth and Holocaust denial movement is the method in which the upper classes can get the working man to fight their cause, Tea Party Trump is the type of Tyrant they will invoke unless Flatards stop to think about how ridiculous they look while selling out their own kind. They are being made genuinely calculable and supporting someone elses standard of value, dominated by their instincts that we call “their conscience”.
Why should the instinct of the upper classes be, to make us, the people more intelligent? Why wouldn’t it be, to make us more credulous, so that they can mock us, and play around with us as if we were peasants in Marie Antionettes’ model villiage?
http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/marieantoinettes-village-119458,  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Let_them_eat_cake,  http://www.iep.utm.edu/emp-symp/#SH4a,  http://www.theguardian.com/media/2006/may/08/broadcasting.tvandradio