So, here’s an eye-opening opinion piece from The Tekkie, who you may remember from a few weeks back. Have a read and tell your mates. So, is spying on everyone a new thing?
Wrong. You just need to skew your idea about who is a spy. So who, for centuries have collected information on every citizen in your country? Let me concentrate on my own country, the United Kingdom. This information is easily transferable to your own though.
In the UK there are tens of thousands of individuals who are paid to gather intelligence on citizens, and those individuals work for organisations that have been in existence for centuries. Those organisations are so rich and powerful that they have representatives at the very top of society and they permeate every aspect of our lives, their regional headquarters in such plain sight that you are likely not only to see at least one every time you go out, but may even visit them. Their local representatives encouraged to keep diaries about the lives of the ones they are charged with overseeing.
Have you guessed who they are yet? Ok, well here are a couple more clues. For centuries they have recorded every birth, death and marriage. They know all the gossip in town thanks to coffee mornings and fetes. Got it now? Of course it’s organised religion!
The obvious question is now, why do they need this information? Certainly not for God! If there is anyone who is going to know about all the births, deaths, marriages, adultery, cheekiness and other transgressions, then surely God would be the top of the list. They gathered this information for the state. There are plenty of innocent reasons why the state would want this information, but let us not bother with those, because this is an exercise in ‘Reductio ad absurdum’, or taking an argument to absurdity. They could be collecting this information for purposes of taxation, both during life and death. How about blackmail? Why not? Far easier to get one to comply if you have dirt on them. How about getting rid of decentors. Nothing quite as effective as burning a few witches, or a good old inquisition to get the buggers to fall back into line, and the foot soldiers were the church.
Now I am not suggesting that the church is quite so insidious now. It doesn’t have the following to get away with it anymore, but the point is that for such an incredibly long time, organised religion has been been ‘intelligence gathering’ for centuries. We can get as upset or annoyed as we like about the latest wave of revelations, but as far as I can see we have never had a private life and never will!