Fara just wrote an essay on Sauron for her Tolkien and Morris class. The topic: Sauron and property law. And it got me thinking …
Who is Sauron really? Sauron represents the all-for-one without the one-for-all. Sauron is not just the corporeal Sauron, but thousands of friends—where friend here means guard, servitor, slave, admirer, and provider of value generally. Everyone is in Sauron’s army. He is pan-determined over the whole social sphere. All other (social) wills are EXTENSIONS of his will.
The Sauron ideal is USE OTHER FOLKS.
This is, in fact, one of the commandments of the biological basis of selfhood. When “I” arise, I do so with the infantile assumption that others serve me, help me, protect me, feed me, love me, help me, empower me, make me happy, do what I want. If I could make everyone an extension of my will—cells of my extended body—then I would be strengthened.
The organism can rise above its peers by acquiring more protection. Cave is real protection—it extends the life of the organism and family. Stored food is also real protection—it extends the life of the organism and family. The next level is having friends or body guards. Or a police force. More power: having hit men to “eliminate competitors” for females (more children) and pleasures (more females, fun objects).
Property begins with one’s own body, and institutional power is as extension of organism power. Organism comes first. Stored food and shelter (extended space where the organism is protected from others) and first property.
Once that is secured, sex comes. The wife and children. These are second property.
Then one uses the social to protect oneself. The friend group is third property.
What about altruism and team-consciousness? Yes, the troop of monkeys care for each other. But inside there is an Alpha who uses the group for himself. He has the most children, the best women, best food, the most power, and the most happiness.