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    Former Guinness World Record Holder for largest book signing ever, Orrin Woodward is a NY Times bestselling author of And Justice For All along with RESOLVED & coauthor of LeaderShift and Launching a Leadership Revolution. His books have sold over one million copies in the financial, leadership and liberty fields. RESOLVED: 13 Resolutions For LIFE made the Top 100 All-Time Best Leadership Books and the 13 Resolutions are the framework for the top selling Mental Fitness Challenge personal development program.

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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.


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Six Duties of Society & Five Laws of Decline

John F. Kennedy Quote

John F. Kennedy Quote

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.

14 Responses to “Rise and Fall Societies”

  1. Lene Jytte Hansen said

    LOVE your article Orrin!
    John F. Kennedy really made a difference – good man – great dreams.
    Almost as GREAT as ours – right? (LOL)
    But I believe WE can get further in realizing our dreams and goals, creating a healthier and more prosperous and happy world, because we create a HUGE TEAM – Teamactivity rocks.
    Thank’s for your GREAT inspiration and helping having faith in WE CAN DO IT spirit.
    LOVE and HUGS from Denmark.

  2. Rob Robson said

    I love the title ‘The Quest for Concord”! Everyone in the world desires peace and prosperity. I am so excited to provide them with a handbook that can deliver it.

  3. Dave Nelson said

    Hello Orrin,
    I want you to know that I like listening to you, reading your books and blogs and the challenges you put forth. It is obvious you put great work and thought into what you write.
    What you write makes people think. I thought of Ephesians 6:10-13; we need to put on the armor of God the Father of Jesus Christ, for we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Your picture JFK, a man who did some great things and some not so great things, he wrestled. If we are not on guard, wrestling, all the time and if we don’t live by a set of non negotiable resolutions similar to your 13 Resolutions and Mental Fitness Challenge, then some of us will fall. Wether we are in the limelight or just a common man or woman the temptation is always there to make it doing what we know to be wrong. I personally believe the world wont be perfect until Jesus Christ makes it perfect. Man cannot perfect himself. Some will never accept Jesus Christ. They are fooled into thinking there is another way. It’s like your climber, camper, quitter theory. It’s easy to stop climbing and start camping when you hit the comfort zone. Then a person realizes they have become a quitter when they camped too long. We know how difficult it is to go from quitting to camping because we are not following our heart anymore, we wrestle with it daily. Again you have the answer, we need to do many things including throwing our heart back over the bar. You and TEAM have so many cool parables and analogies. By all means, keep doing what your doing, reading what your reading, and associating with whom your associating, and writing.
    Dave Nelson

    • Orrin Woodward said

      Thanks Dave! I always appreciate your thoughts and comments. And, I agree, the world will never be perfect until Jesus return. What a great day that will be! 🙂 God Bless, Orrin

      • Kevin Hamm said

        Orrin, I loved your article and am looking forward to the book. Dave’s comment very fitting and well written as well. Woe to the minimalist who would say “we can’t; therefore it is futile to try”. Much eternal will be determined by the temporal. How God will work that all out is yet to be learned, but some will have wood, hay and stubble, and others gold, silver and precious stones. Thank you for providing a system in which we can strive to provide our temporal needs, help our temporal societies and work for eternal reward all at the same time. What a blessing indeed.

  4. Olivier Jean-Baptiste said

    Thanks Orrin…
    Referring myself to Albert Jay Nock, it is clear that social power (personal, social and entrepreneurial leadership) got to increase so that state power can be bound to the sphere of its delegated responsibility. Therefore, correct leadership needs to be performed by all and at all level of society.

    Allow me if you may to share this quote from William Leggett that sums it up nicely:

    “All governments are instituted for the protection of person and property; and the people only delegate to their rulers such powers as are indispensable to these objects. The people want no government to regulate their private concerns, or to prescribe the course and mete out the profits of their industry. Protect their persons and property, and all the rest they can do for themselves.”


  5. Stuart Colvin said

    Orrin: This is sounding like an amazing book designed just for today’s situation. I appreciate your insight and your willingness to share it. Stuart.

  6. Clint Fix said

    How much more do you have left to write? I can’t wait for this to come out!

  7. Chad Waters said

    Hi Orrin,

    Great book well on the way! Can’t wait to have your perspective on all these points you hit on!
    God Bless

    Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is- his good, pleasing and perfect will.     Romans 12:2

  8. Wow, what a needed book this will be for today. Can’t wait for the release! Great post Orrin

  9. Joseph McGuire said

    Two thumbs up can’t wait to read the whole thing!

  10. Great stuff!

  11. Jonathan Brandenberger said

    I like Olivier’s quote. It makes me think of Oliver Demille’s 1913. And a quote within. Institutions are, at best, created to perpetuate the values of a group or society but when this group or society loses these values in their heart, the institution becomes its own worst enemy. The idea, i think, is to make sure govrnment is is baseed on Truth(duh) and then teach values, princples and Truth to our children WHILE and BY doing it ourselves.

    * I love this stuff. Thank you Orrin.

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