A Prophetic Critique of Game Theory Model, Part 3
Again, this is not God’s ideal. In the Spirit Realm we are all far more unique and individual than our fleshly confinement permits. Before the Fall, humans had a spiritual identity and full awareness. The Fall disconnected us from that identity and awareness. It is as if our spirits are dead, because they are waiting for us in Hell. That’s our condition by default, our fallen state. When our spirits are brought back to life, we are given back our Heavenly identity, our divine citizenship. But now it’s all foreign to us, and our fleshly nature has been too long established to easily step aside and surrender the throne. It is a painful transition, incomplete until the day we finally escape the fallen realm. The Bible refers to that as falling asleep, because it’s only half way there. The final redemption is Christ’s Return to restore what was lost in the Garden, with a new creation, a universe and body not entangled in the Fall.
Meanwhile, conquering the fallen flesh is our primary task. A fancy word for that is “mortification” — killing the flesh nature. We proceed individually because we are reclaiming our spiritual uniqueness, but we are in the company of many other fallen souls, so we also seek to mortify as much of our world as we can touch. An element of that is reclaiming ourselves, pulling back out of the system, refusing to let it rule us. That reclamation has limits, in that Our Lord only permits us a certain limited amount of power. Some portion of us remains linked to the Fall.
Our awareness generally precedes our using authority. Critical to breaking the power of the Fall is knowing how it affects us. As all human science is justified only insofar as it serves this purpose, all truth is God’s truth. Behavioral Science, such as it is, attempts to account for the mere fact humans are not living in isolation. Some portion of God’s purpose in Creation includes putting us at the crown of it, and our dominance regardless of the Fall is rooted in our ability to relate to one another. The whole point is to reestablish our relationship with God, and our social nature derives from that.
The more we fail in relating to God, the more severe our sins as a whole in how we relate to each other. We sin in allowing the development of a social structure which denies our uniqueness. Because we don’t understand how we are supposed to relate to each other, we tend to let things slide. When humans in their native fear congregate for whatever advantage that offers, there will always be a dehumanizing effect, something which constrains and limits our choices in our consciousness, making us more like the lesser creatures with whom we share so much. The ways in which we seek to secure our shalom — our instinctive search for security, social stability, the filling of our appetites — reduce us to a simple herd. When these things occupy our existence, the uniqueness which is our divine destiny is reduced to allowing a peculiar few variations.
Those few variations manifest in the roles of the hierarchy we have described. There are Alphas only because the vast uniqueness has been narrowed down to permit a tiny portion of human character to dominate the social structure. So those with a lack of fear who survive by craft, and a matching talent in manipulating their fellow humans, take the leadership. There are Betas because they don’t quite make the cut, but know they can benefit from sticking close to the Alpha. There are more of them, and they congregate to focus their combined force in creating a strong system. Sigmas are the Alphas who didn’t succeed in gaining Beta support. Neither above nor below the Alpha-Beta channel, they developed a limited sphere of dominance almost as parasites on the system. It still feeds them.
There are Gammas because, while highly talented in their own right, their talent arises from a passionate drive which somehow excludes their having any talent with people. The system keeps them around for their usefulness, but is either unable or unwilling to solve their social weakness.
Deltas, for whatever it is they may have, are unable to gain any distinction in their social context. They are useful as the asset pool, the tax base, the breeding stock for the Alpha-Beta dominance scheme. Without them, the Alpha-Beta symbiosis has nothing over which to seek an advantage.
There are Lambdas because there is always room for variations which serve to validate the system by the very depravity of appetites few are willing to indulge. They are the necessary foil of the mainstream sins. Omegas are an element of scenery, completely deprived of their humanity because humanity is reduced to something which excludes whatever uniqueness sets them apart. Their existence reminds us how evil the system really is.
Truly, we can do better.
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