From the past many weeks I have been reading and watching a lot about the Egyptian civilization, honestly for no reason. I’m captivated by the mysterious and enormous pyramids! There came a point when I even watched the film, “The Gods of Egypt” for the sake of my curiosity and then I realised..oh I have come so far! That’s too much..I m
So when you are reading about Egyptian civilization, the Great pyramid of Giza is hard to miss. It was an eye opening fact for me that the greatness of every civilization is measured by the height of their architectural achievements. Paintings, pottery, books and scriptures do provide an insight into a civilization’s daily life, but if one has to measure how great they were, I think one must observe their architecture. And also by what kind of wars they fought and the kind of enemies they had, can determine how important the civilization was for the particular period of time. It seems like kindness had no place in history.
So the pyramid of Giza!
The most obvious first question would be who built these structures? And the most obvious answer is as in the below image.
So did the Pharoah himself went on to the site, hauled the limestone bricks and started placing them one by one as directed by the architect of the pyramid? Well the obvious answer is no.
Then, who actually built the pyramids?
Well there are two kinds of stories on the internet, first is the people who actually used their muscle to build the pyramid were slaves or they could be the subjects of the kingdom.
Now history isn’t exact science and I’m not an expert so I better not declare for sure if they were the slaves or the subjects.
What matters is the hands who actually picked up the heavy limestones were of the common public. People who weren’t powerful and yet soaked themselves in the heat to build a symbol that demonstrates the power of their King or Queen.
Fast forward some four thousand years ahead and we come back to the present egalitarian society.
The nature of present day society is also like the shape of a pyramid. Whichever form of government a country may follow, there’s always going to be a single person on the top. Just think upon this fact for a second, how important it is for that one single person to strike a chord with millions out there, placing their different demands. There cannot be two persons sitting on the same chair, delegating the same authority. Even if the two delegate authority within themselves, both of them will have different approaches for different problems.
There’s a saying in my mother tongue Marathi and I think it applies to power as well.
“लक्ष्मी चंचल आहे (Lakshmi chanchal ahe)”
It means, lakshmi i.e money never stays stable. It will always keep on moving from one place to another. Somedays there’ll be more money in our pockets, somedays there’ll be less. So one must accept and respect this very nature of money.
I think this fact perfectly applies to the very nature of Power as well. It applies to the powerful as well as the powerless. It’s universal. In today’s supposedly egalitarian society power lies in the hands of corporate tech giants. I think in the coming future technology will help humans in deciding the right government. It won’t do it directly but could become the medium for change. And I’m not just talking about social media. Social media it’s already a part of our lives(it’s not that I believe social media does help in choosing the right government). I’m wondering about the technology that’s beyond the fancy and colourful world of social media. I’m talking about the technology that is a part of our daily lives and yet we aren’t aware about it. Something that a common middle class person can never imagine even in his weirdest imaginations. And if technology does become the medium for change in power, can we assume, that particular technology is representing all of us. Since we have also assumed that we live in an egalitarian society, can we assume that any one or two forms of technology can represent each of us?
What if some of us are unable to decipher the implications of usage of this particular technology? And keep on using it for a while and there comes a day when we realise oh…this technology is tracking every thought of mind! What do I do now? But by that time we have become so dependent on it, we just cannot hide from it, unless we decide to hide ourselves completely from everyone and everything. But hiding isn’t living, right?
So where does an average mind stand in this fast paced world?