Six Duties of Society & Five Laws of Decline
Posted by Orrin Woodward on December 6, 2012
I am working on a personal assignment to learn what made the Greco-Roman civilizations succeed for periods, though each, in truth, failed with time. In addition, I am searching for what the Anglo-Saxons copied from the Greco-Romans. Through learning what worked and what didn’t, perhaps we can improve the weakest portions of the foundation and strengthen society today. This is one of the reasons I love the LIFE business so much, namely, having the time to develop models to improve people’s lives. The LIFE business is a system, just as society is. Therefore, by studying what works in one context, I learn what may work in another. When I add in the Plan, Do, Check, and Adjust (PDCA) steps, I can determine if the hypothesis is workable or not. Here are two paragraphs of a much longer analysis that the readers will see soon.
The Six Duties of Society are the key functions that society must consistently perform to prosper. By contrast, the Five Laws of Decline are inherent within mankind and must be checked, or society will eventually fall through plundering its former prosperity. Both will be identified and explained through the study of Greco-Roman and Anglo-Saxon history. Because the Greco-Roman culture laid the foundation for Western society and the Anglo-Saxon cultures built upon it, they have many similarities. However, despite their valuable contributions to modern times, both the Greek and Roman societal foundations ultimately failed. Therefore, since today’s West is built upon this Greco-Roman foundation, isn’t it also probable that the modern West is built upon the fragile, as well as the secure, portions of the foundation? Perhaps through retracing the roots of Anglo-Saxon society, the foundation can be reinforced at its weakest parts through understanding the failure modes of the Greco-Roman past. In effect, leaders must learn from the past so they don’t ignorantly repeat it. In general, leaders have two essential tasks when dealing with systems and society. First, they must ensure the SDS are functioning properly; otherwise, society will neither prosper nor last. Second, they must design society to work with human nature, not against it. Society, in a word, must reward proper behaviors and punish improper ones in clearly defined ways. Since the FLD are natural laws of human behavior, inherent within every person to varying degrees, leaders who build society without comprehending the FLD are designing for disaster. Moreover, every successful civilization that failed did so through enabling the FLD. Originally, the society satisfied the SDS; however, at some point the FLD were ignited, cracking society’s foundation, and societal collapse predictably followed. In fact, it’s not an exaggeration to say that every single historical rise-and-fall example displays similar laws of decline activity—evidently because, although many things have change over time, human nature isn’t one of them.
The FLD are to the SDS what gravity is to airplanes: a constant impetus downward. However, there is good news. Just as a plane can overcome gravity temporarily, the SDS can overcome the FLD as well. Nonetheless, the plane must come down, as will every society, when the FLD are ignored. I don’t share the SDS and the FLD pessimistically; rather, the goal is to sober up an American society inebriated with personal “peace and affluence” while the FLD rot out the foundations. An understanding of the FLD will help leaders predict outcomes of various policies upon the SDS, similar to a cientist predicting the trajectory of a ball tossed in the air through comprehending gravitational constants. Interestingly, applying the laws of human nature to societal events isn’t new. Insurance companies, for instance, routinely predict human nature when assessing insurance rates for drivers. True, not all 18 year olds are poorer drivers than 35 year olds with several children; however, since the average 18 year old is a worse driver than the average 35 year old, the insurance rates are adjusted accordingly, thus proving the old adage: man as an individual is unpredictable, but man in mass is extremely predictable. Accordingly, the FLD cannot predict how any specific person will respond to certain policies; nevertheless, it’s remarkably effective at predicting how society in mass will respond. In fact, if politicians comprehended and applied the Six Duties of Society along with the Five Laws of Decline, they would rapidly improve society by creating rewards for behavior promoting the SDS and developing checks upon any behavior promoting the FLD.