what is the goal of human life? and are we making progress toward that goal? looking squarely at human history, and asking not about a theoretical goal i just made up, but about the real goals that real people really have, i propose the following account: the goal of human life is to be subordinated, and the story of history is the story of bottoms chasing tops. on any other account, the shape of human history is incomprehensible; on this one, everything falls neatly into place. human beings need food, clothing, shelter, and someone to tell them what to think and do. fifty shades of grey is an excellent parable of political history, kind a more's utopia for an enlightened age like ours.
primitive humans had to invent someone to whom to subordinate themselves. then came the rise of 'civilization' where people were all sexed up about emperors and pharaohs and caesars and stuff. they thought of their tops as babygods, but we in secular modernity know that the point is just to find any old assad or clinton. history, however, is a structure of antinomies, and we must ask who will subordinate the subordinators. this is why the professional dominatrix working in london or dc is key to understanding the necessary dialectical unfolding of history itself. pimps are very conceptually important too, if for no other reason than to subordinate the dominatrices.
human history can be seen as the triumphant march toward the realization of this goal; hegel thought so, for example, and he called the goal 'freedom', by which he meant a subordination so thorough that you could count ultimately on your own erotic asphyxiation. in that sense, human history really has been a triumphant march toward freedom. 10,000 years ago, most people wouldn't even have understood the concept of government. imagine how sexually frustrated they were! now any person anywhere is under surveillance and can be killed at any moment by a drone strike ordered up on a whim by people of the caliber of distinguished professor michael hayden. it is the orgasm at the end of history, baby.