Perhaps if life were to be fathomed and understood by a set of processes and stages, then these processes and stages would in turn shed light on a range of other issues and affairs as well. Arguably, a return to a “primordial condition” is interchangeable with the enforcement or establishment of a broader and deeper principle of “equilibrium” which underlies both the human condition and nature as a whole. Hence, a return to a state of equilibrium ends up prompting what certain thinkers have dubbed a “messianic era,” even if we have not reached this state of equilibrium on a global scale and scope just yet.
Arguably, all of life can be summed up by four basic processes and stages which in turn would shed light on a range of other human and worldly affairs, namely, trauma, anxiety, faith, and death. In a sense, trauma and anxiety pave the way for faith, and faith facilitates a reckoning with what is an eventual death. This means that the road to faith is a painful and turbulent one. But once reached, faith establishes the equilibrium required for safe passage into the next process or stage of life.
When all of the aforementioned is understood and processed, we have to then figure out how such an understanding and such a mental and psychical process can accommodate the rationalization and the formalization of the cosmos which comes with our burdensome “bureaucratic empire” that is now largely a relic of the past. As one scholar noted: “For the worldly corruption that bureaucracy is supposed to set in order may also prove to be the effect of the bureaucratic fanaticism to which the dream of reason gives rise.” And as long as the chaos, corruption, and madness which stems from bureaucracy, formalization, and rationalization exists, some person or some host of persons have to step up and manage these circumstances and conditions.
Arguably, much of the chaos, corruption, and madness of a ‘bureaucratic empire’ stem from a basic paradox, namely, the paradox of the appearance of bureaucracy, formalization, and rationalization on one hand, and the reality of arbitrariness, subjectivity, and vagueness on the other hand. The fact of the matter is: “The United States Constitution is quite vague regarding the structure of the executive branch of the federal government.” It follows that: “This vagueness has permitted the executive branch to adapt to changing demands with countless innovations, variations, and mutations.” And the fact of the matter is that “experiments in administrative structure are an American tradition.”
In essence, outside accountability of bureaucracy, outside control of bureaucracy, and demands for bureaucratic transparency are good things, not bad things. People in the mainstream media and elsewhere who seek to criminalize, intimidate, and punish individuals and groups who want accountability, control, and transparency over the bureaucracy are not only corrupt and selfish, but they are also unaware of a novel reality based on “hybrid organization” and “quasi-government” that is beginning to take root in our government and society as a result of globalization, the internet, and technology. Private actors and individuals automatically and naturally surpass and transcend the “confines” of bureaucracy without any volition or will involved because of globalization, the internet, and technology, hence the rooting of “hybrid organization” and “quasi-government” in our government and society. Arguably, the whole point of power is to influence others, and influencing has now taken on a novel shape and form as a result of globalization, the internet, and technology.