Bad Beginnings – Four Fused Hourglasses


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Well, since we’ve seen how structures with integrity and dynamic equality resemble pyramids, we can theorize that when two or more of these pyramids fold over each other, they produce something like an hourglass. Hourglasses not only look different from pyramids, they feel different and behave differently as well. For one thing, as hourglasses have a large, heavy top resting on a very thin middle and an ever-weakening base, they have no integrity; they divide, deform, and are inherently unstable.

Corruption: Overlapping corruption hourglasses blur the picture and make getting to the root of problems terribly difficult.

Corruption: Overlapping corruption hourglasses blur the picture and make getting to the root of problems terribly difficult.

This imbalance of the hourglass perpetuates a state of un-empowerment, un-productivity, and un-enlightenment for the majority of the people caught up within its dynamics… which unfortunately is all of us, for as we’ll see, no one is immune from the effects of corruption.

Hourglasses combine to create overlapping areas which blur boundaries and make getting to the causes of problems, and repairing the system, terribly difficult.

Hourglasses combine to create overlapping areas which blur boundaries and make getting to the causes of problems, and repairing the system, terribly difficult.

When kept in balance, the government and the economy play complementary roles; but when economic forces (wealth pyramids) take over government (power pyramids), or vice versa, both structures become perverted and morph into these hourglass shapes. The organism’s direction is then given and controlled by those individuals who can finesse the overlapping rather than by those who lead well, produce what’s needed, and are attuned to the will of the people. Wealth and power get accumulated in off-balanced ways and then take on a life of their own, becoming self-serving and unhealthy for society. And this is what we are facing now: a fascist hourglass system, where a select few rule ineptly from a distance by illegitimate force while the large majority must compete against one another for shrinking resources.

The different forces of the corruption hourglasses don’t operate independently, but in conjunction with one another. Is corporate criminality found first in patronage, cronyism, or greed? When hard-won government utilities are sold off to reprehensible insiders, did the breakdown originate with patronage, greed, or tyranny? When people are sickened from industrial pollution, is it due to tyranny, brutality, patronage, or greed? When wealthy people, politicians and celebrities are able to skirt the law, is that brutality, tyranny, or patronage? When more money is spent on armies than schooling, health care and social security combined, is that because of brutality, greed, tyranny, or patronage? It’s like squeezing a bunch of fish in your hands – sure, some will slide out before others, but in fact all them fish are slimy, and it’s really only blind luck as to which one pops up first. That is the same obstacle we are dealing with when we try to trace the path of corruption.

Corruption curve.

Corruption curve.

The wildly spinning door between corporate, lobbyist, private, military, media and governmental agencies seems to suck the validity out of all our endeavors, so we are not going to be able to fix one area without the other – and that is the challenge. If we’re not able to keep the different structures separate, then we’ll continue to build an unstable empire, and a feeling of fear and unrest will settle on all levels of society and expose it to revolution. Now even the people who hold the power and wealth will need more of it, which only escalates the crisis. This is the corrosive nature of corruption – it feeds an insatiable drive for more insulation and more freedom for a select few while completely disregarding everyone else’s needs.

But how can we recognize corruption when it’s so pervasive and knotty? Well, to start, let’s examine each of the three operating levels of corruption – top, middle and bottom – independently.

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