Our species is known to have powers and abilities it doesn’t use, a good part of which fall into the category known as powers of mind — but which could more correctly be referred to as power of power.
It is worthwhile pointing up one such power — the power of discovering and accumulating knowledge and THEN the power of access and jurisdiction over it.
WHAT POWERS DO SOCIETAL POWER STRUCTURES WORK TO CONTAIN, CONTROL, OR SUPPRESS?
the simple reality that the powerful NEED the presence of the powerless in order to have something to have power over, and this specifically in terms of control, authority, and influence.
Thus, ways and means must be discovered and implemented to keep the majority of the powerless as powerless as possible.
In that sense, if the powerless became aware of those ways and means, then significant numbers of the powerless would object to them. So those ways and means must at least be as invisibly subtle as possible, and even quite secret if necessary.
And indeed, it is quite probable that writing and literacy can be secretly managed on behalf of this or that power structure.
EMPOWERMENT ITEMS TO IDENTIFY CONCEPTUALIZE FIVE GENERAL AREAS OF SOCIETAL SECRECY THAT WOULD BE NECESSARY TO PERPETUATE POWERLESSNESS AMONG THE POWERLESS.
As also discussed earlier, the “others” have to be present in order to have power over them. So wherever humans go they will transport with them the techniques of ensuring the presence of the “others.” Logically speaking, in terms of empowerment and depowerment, the others need to be kept in conditions of depowerment, so as to not become empowered enough to become troublesome to the powerful.
So techniques rigged to guarantee their depowered existence range from brute force to elegant and subtle conditioning that can produce what is called “co-operative obedience or submission.”