If you have a large group of people, let's say the citizens of the United States, how do you get them organized so the top can control the bottom? Well, you could start by creating political parties, almost immediately you have split the masses into at least two. Within those parties it is only natural there will be two extremes, the conservative and the liberal wing. Now we have just squared our two to four. You can keep on squaring the numbers until you reach the amount of the total population. You now have something like 300 million people who are separated by some fact whether it is party, church, ethnicity, wealth, intelligence or whatever. Each one is unique and therefore different from their neighbor.
Now you are wondering how all these individuals can be controlled. Easy. Because they are separated for various reasons they will have a problem trying to unite against the rulers' rules. The top can keep the bottom so busy struggling with each other they never even notice that the top is manipulating them. The power of the top few becomes increased by the square of the squares until there is little or no energy left at the lower levels. The top can live the life of Riley while the bottom sells their labor for a pittance to the accumulators at the top of the pile.
It appears individuals also become attuned to being put in compartments. In fact, many will cry and scream until they are allowed to wall off some of those around them. They join groups, they build walls, they put up defenses and they try to hide behind other various and assorted devices so they become less visible. The computer and the Internet are making it extremely easy for them to do so.
On top of all this there are the opportunists who would exaggerate all this separation and division by creating even more pigeon holes and compartments than are necessary for the few pigeons available. It has gotten so bad that even the so called "social media" are creating dividing sections for their members. Why should this be important. Why keep people apart when the proposed purpose is to create community? Good question!
And the answer is.......! Keeping them dumb. The people are already separated by many things that keep them from uniting. Why not make unification even more difficult? That way it will be easier for a few to have influence over the others. It is this inability to communicate that allows those at the top to dominate. The ruling class, which has the wealth and power to construct interlocking but confining apartments for the lower classes to live in ignorant bliss.
The reader, if they haven't already been made complacent and unreachable, can probably follow where this essay is headed. Individualism and libertine attitudes are the food that feeds the transfer of wealth and power from the many to the few. The sad thing is that we do this so easily. Like whistling on the way to work we adopt grouping as a part of life. It isn't. Mating, yes. Community, yes. Family, yes. Imprisonment, no. Categorization, no. Compartmentalising, no. We need to be really free to unite. Uniting is what the Powers That Be fear the most. They will go to any extreme to keep us apart.