Rise and Fall Societies
Posted by Orrin Woodward on September 13, 2013
Here is the close to my Six Duties of Society (SDS) chapter that capture why all previous Western Societies have experienced “Rise and Fall” cycles through the effects of the SDS and Five Laws of Decline (FLD). I am getting more excited about this book every day. The more I write, the more everything appears to be connecting together. In other words, either I am going mad (wouldn’t be the first time people said that about me 🙂 ) or I am really onto something here! LIFE Leadership is changing lives one person at a time. In any event, here the SDS close.
Six Duties of Society & Five Laws of Decline
The six duties work together to satisfy man’s needs within society. Providing mankind with the liberty to think, dream, and work to turn these ideas into reality is the purpose of the Six Duties of Society (SDS). Give man liberty and justice and many of the challenges facing the world today would evaporate. Unfortunately, however, those benefitting from today’s injustice will fight relentlessly to maintain their special deals regardless of how much damage it does to the total society. For instance, the tyrannies that bind most of South America and Africa create billions for the few at the pain and misery of the man. The courage to implement the SDS in protection of life, liberty, and property for all would change this dismal condition. Historian, Johan Norberg, although applying different terms, explained the difference between how society’s members perform, under a successful and unsuccessful application of the SDS, better than anyone else when he wrote:
The growth of world prosperity is not a “miracle” or any other of the mystifying terms we customarily apply to countries that have succeeded economically and socially. Schools are not built, nor are incomes generated, by sheer luck, like a bolt out of the blue. These things happen when people begin to think along new lines and work hard to bring their ideas to fruition. But people do that everywhere, and there is no reason why certain people in certain places during certain periods of history should be intrinsically smarter or more capable than others. What makes the difference is whether the environment permits and encourages ideas and work, or instead puts obstacles in their way. That depends on whether people are free to explore their way ahead, to own property, to invest for the long term, to conclude private agreements and to trade with others. In short, it depends on whether countries have capitalism.
If Western Society truly aspires to fulfill the quest for concord and realizes justice for all, then satisfying the SDS to create liberty for society’s members is the only viable path. Nevertheless, the SDS, by itself, cannot rest the Power Pendulum in concord. For even when the SDS is fulfilled, the increased wealth awakens the Five Laws of Decline (FLD) within society. The expanding wealth, in effect, increases the enticement and temptation for potential plunderers, motivated by greed and power, to live off the efforts of others. For if the fulfilled SDS stimulates a society’s rise, then the unchecked FLD activates its decline. The SDS, in other words, solved only half the riddle perplexing Western Civilization. Indeed, to complete the quest for concord and justice for all, not only must the society enjoy the productive effects of the SDS, but just as importantly, it must negate the parasitical effects of the FLD. Simply stated, what the SDS creates through production, the unchecked FLD destroys through exploitation. Accordingly, Western Civilization continues to repeat the “rise and fall” cycle from satisfying the SDS to “rise” only to leave the FLD unchecked causing “fall”. Therefore, in the next chapter, the Five Laws of Decline will be explained and analyzed to determine the proper checks upon its destructive effects.