When I was a kid I was in Boy Scouts and we had this very old very wise very kind of noble retired scoutmaster. He was never a an actual scoutmaster when I was there by the time I had started when I had joined he had already become retired.
He always seemed to know everything. He always seemed to know the answer to every question, usually when kids, myself and my friends, would have a question of how to do something or why we had to do something a certain way our friends didn’t know, the adults didn’t know, this older guy would always know.
He would be the one guy that knew the answer to every question. He was too old to do anything active. He didn’t go on any camping trips. He didn’t go on any backpacking trips but he always came to these meetings and was always this awesome source of information.
Honest Abe Origin Story
There’s this really cool story of Abraham Lincoln before he became president. Before he was president he was an attorney for one of the railroad companies when the railroad companies were just starting out.
The story goes he has this office with a couple of helpers.
This guy came and was office and the guy tried to bribe Lincoln. Lincoln said of course he doesn’t take bribes. The guy raised his offer them and then Lincoln said he doesn’t take bribes. The guy raised his offer again and so Lincoln leapt up out of his seat, dragged the guy outside down the stairs out onto the dirt street.
There is this kind of idea that exists in every single society. If you got a time machine, if you got some kind of a universal translator so you could understand the language, one the one ideas you would find in every single society is that everything sucks now. Everything is corrupt now but back in the good old days it was a lot easier.
Good Old Days
If you do any kind of looking on any kind of message boards about dating or making money or getting jobs you’ll find the same kind of idea that everything is corrupt and now everything sucks now but back in the good old days everything was easy, everything wasn’t corrupt. People were much better in the good old days.
There is even a famous quote by Plato that said children today aren’t obedient to their parents. Children no longer obey their parents, as if there were some mystical magical time in the past where children were obedient but now they’re not obedient anymore. This idea was present back in ancient Greece.
One of the interesting transitions that happened in history may have been the actual historical reasons behind the garden of Eden story. Ancient humans had to hunt and gather and there were very few humans. Then there was an ice age.
Original Garden Of Eden
When the Ice Age receded, while the glaciers kind of crept back, they left this very very abundant source of food which some believe is in the Fertile Crescent near the Tigris River. This was when there was kind of these Goldilocks conditions for humans.
There was not a lot of humans but there was so much food just naturally growing nobody really had to do a lot of work to feed themselves and this lasted for several hundred generations. The problem was once the populations got so big there was not enough food to support everybody.
This kind of forced people to have to figure out how to plan how to get food out of the ground. This was a big problem but once a figure this problem out once they learn how to plan for the future rather than just living for the day this allowed them to invent these large societies.
Rise Of The Tyrants
It was kind of the first time these big societies popped up but one thing that was evident in almost every single ancient society was this idea of a top-down leadership.
One way to look at these top-down leaderships as you have the elites up on top you had the elites that controlled the standing armies. You have the elites up on top with their standing armies that would always extract is much wealth they could from the bottom up. We had the bottom of this kind of pyramid all of the poor people on the bottom that did all the hard labor in the fields.
The elites and their standing armies of men suck all this wealth, suck all these resources up to the top. If you happen to be born into a family of the elites life was fantastic. If you happen to be born into a family of slaves or workers or peasants life pretty much sucked because you worked really hard and then you died.
Elites On Top – Slaves On The Bottom
This was almost always the case of every single ancient society. One of the most common myths that follows the things were better back in the old days model is the idea of an ancient and noble king.
The idea that back in the good old days we had these kings that were noble and good and wise and kind and they cared only about the good of their people. They weren’t as corrupt as modern leaders are today. But this is probably something that never actually happened.
It turns out one of the best jobs to have in those ancient societies of wealth extraction on the top in poverty and slavery at the bottom was that of a scribe. Somebody that could come up with written stories written mythology that would support the Kings. It was very likely that the idea of a noble king was something that was invented by one of these tyrants to keep his wealth extraction con going as long as possible.
After The Beat Down
When Lincoln came back into the office and his knuckles were all bloodied he was out of breath and he was sweating all of his office workers his helpers his secretaries were very very impressed with how honest Abe had dealt with this attempted bribery.
So they said wow you really are honest. Abraham Lincoln said actually I’m not. That guy was just getting too close to my price. Which meant that even Abe Lincoln had a price over which she would accept as a bribe and corrupt his behavior and so the reason he got so angry wasn’t because the guy was trying to bribe him he got angry because the guy was going to expose him as being just as corrupt is every other lawyer and politician.
As I got older and in started to understand little bit more about human nature always wondered about that old scoutmaster. I wondered if he was actually always kind of like that if he was just kind because as an old man that was really his only option to make himself feel important.
Test Nobility With Power
A lot of ideas from cynics and skeptics say that the only real way to test whether somebody is good or bad is to give them power. Since power corrupts absolutely that kind of assumes that kind of presumes that the idea of a good and noble person is really just a complete myth. That noble people don’t exist that if any of us get power any of us will become corrupt.
Mind Persuasion has plenty of books and courses to teach you how to speak hypnotically and persuasively.