What exactly were the ancient Egyptians envisaging when they constructed the Great Pyramids of Giza and Khufu? Historians and archaeologists have pondered that question for centuries. Undoubtedly, they were burial chambers of the kings, but why a pyramid, rather than a rectangle or square?
In modern society, the pyramid-shape turns up all over the place. In essence, it represents a structure designed to funnel matter, in one form or another, from the bottom to the top. Take pyramid selling as an example: this idea (illegal in most western nations, but still prevalent under various guises) relies on the toil of numerous workers (the pyramid base) each selling relatively small amounts of a product, but in such vast numbers that overall profits make the few (at the pyramid’s peak) very wealthy indeed.
Their are a number of super-large companies operating worldwide still employing the pyramid sales technique, but managing to circumvent national laws by various, corrupt, means.
It’s hardly surprising this is the case, when one considers that most societies on the planet operate through a pyramid-style process.
Is it possible the pyramids of ancient Egypt were effigies to the success, at least so far as wealthy Egyptians were concerned, of the society they created?
The pyramids were built by vast numbers of poor, non-union, laborers, all working for a pittance to the greater glory of their Pharaoh – at least, so we are told.
No doubt as they toiled, more than one was heard to mutter, “Why can’t ‘e just ‘ave a bleedin’ normal ‘eadstone like everyone else?”
Since the days of the Egyptian empire, societies have emulated the Egyptian model. Take modern day America, for instance. Here we have a perfect example of the pyramid-sales technique utilized on a national scale to create a capitalist society with a relatively small, wealthy elite at its peak, sucking up wealth and power from the ever-expanding base beneath.
In fairness, there was a time when the very bottom of the US pyramid contracted considerably, as the numbers of poor diminished due to a strong economic base. The model fails to allow for a continuing contraction, however, due to the ever-increasing demand for greater wealth from those at the very top.
Imagine for a moment, America as an economic pyramid. At its peak are the wealthiest of society. As we progress downwards the sides expand out. It is here we find the CEO’s, senior managers, and others of their ilk. Nearer to the bottom are the American workers, bustling away to make profits that are immediately sucked away, up into those esoteric regions at the very peak.
At the base of the pyramid are the dispossessed, the poverty-stricken, the down-and-outs of society. These unfortunates make no contribution to the wealth at the pinnacle.
The benefit of the pyramid system, the flow of profit and wealth, is mainly upward. More and more is squeezed into an ever decreasing space at the top. In times of plenty that space expands downwards, bestowing further benefits on those levels close beneath. During periods of recession it contracts, leaving many in the lower eschalons worse off.
There is also a downwards flow of wealth, though much more of a trickle than the torrent raging ever upwards. It seeps down to the lower levels, siphoned off on its way as salaries, perks, and tax avoidances, until it finally becomes a stagnant puddle of so-called ‘benefits’ for those few at the very bottom eligible to receive them.
This, then, is the model for societies throughout the world. It is the “freedom and democracy” much expounded by George W Bush and his cohorts as they slaughter their way across the Middle East.
When viewed from the pyramid perspective, the concept of taming other nations, commandeering their valuable commodities, and sucking more workers into a system designed solely to create wealth for a minute few, suddenly becomes highly visible.
Is it perhaps time we moved on from the pyramid-system of society, and allowed those ancient Egyptian Pharaohs to rest in peace?
Filed under: Pharaoh’s curse