How Do the Six Duties and Five Laws Interact?
Posted by Orrin Woodward on September 17, 2013
When I look back on my life, one of the things that I am so thankful for today is my training in systems thinking as a Manufacturing Systems Engineer at GMI-EMI (now Kettering University). This mindset of seeing the world from a systems perspective has been invaluable to me personally and professionally. In RESOLVED, I shared an entire chapter on systems thinking, but now will share systems thinking as it relates to the Six Duties of Society and the Five Laws of Decline. This material is so exciting to me, because I believe I have pinpointed how every society I have studied cycled through the “rise and fall” story. For only when we understand why something occurs can we make the changes needed to stop it.
LIFE Leadership applies the same principles to one’s life. For only when someone understands why he is not getting the results he desires can he make the needed changes to produce the right results. Here is part of the chapter on the SDS and FLD interactions within society.
Government, accordingly, must be strong enough to restrain the strong from exploiting the weak within society to ensure justice for all, fulfilling the SDS. However, government, even though it is society’s delegated agent for justice, must be watched and restrained. For negligence will lead to the exploiters gaining control of the government’s “monopoly of force,” activating the FLD by redirecting government into an agent of injustice through the systematic exploitation of society. The exploiters do not intend to destroy society, for a long life of the host ensures more plunder for the parasites. However, the greater the unchecked exploitation becomes, the greater the reduction in production of society as the exploited resist the unjust exploitation. For society’s members, if they cannot legally stop the exploitation, will, at a minimum, refuse to produce above what they are allowed to keep. In other words, the SDS and FLD counteract one another, for the FLD thrives in injustice and the SDS prospers in justice. Therefore, when government protects the inalienable rights of its members by performing its delegated assignment of justice, society will rise; however, when government is either too powerless to ensure justice or, worse yet, becomes the agent of injustice, society begins to fall. Indeed, one could compare the SDS to an airplane, lifting society upward and the FLD to gravity, forcing the plane to fall. Thankfully for society, just like a plane can overcome gravity, the SDS can overcome the FLD when society applies the proper policies.
Nonetheless, for an airplane to stay in the air, there must be a refueling plan; otherwise the plane will fall when it runs out of power. In a similar fashion, a society can “rise”, but it must also designs checks to prevent the parasitic FLD; otherwise the society will fall when the FLD consumes the production of the SDS. Ideally, with an understanding of the negative symbiosis between the SDS and FLD, today’s political leaders could radically change the position of the Power Pendulum within society by ensuring justice for its members. For just as the laws of nature are predictable, so too are the laws of human nature when studied systematically within society. Although each person is unique and will respond in his own way to various stimulus, in mass, human nature is surprisingly predictable. Consequently, society can be studied to identify the systemic response of its members to specific government policies. If society allows the FLD to increase, people react, in mass, in specific patterns that will become clear when we examine the six case-studies. For now, its important to understand that society’s responses to the systemic processes and interactions of the SDS and FLD are predictable. Indeed, just as aeronautical engineers, through comprehending the laws of nature, design airplanes for flight; so too can political scientists, through comprehending human nature, design policies for society’s rise.
Interestingly, the systemic effects of the SDS and FLD interactions have been remarkably consistent within Western Societies. This indicates that, similar to scientist predicting responses in the laws of nature, the systemic reactions of human beings to government policies can be consistently predicted. For the application of human nature to predict societal events isn’t a new concept. For instance, insurance companies have, for centuries, made predictions based upon human nature. Has anyone noticed that when car drivers apply for insurance, the insurance companies assess different rates based upon the insured’s age and family status? But how can they possible do this without evaluating a person’s actual driving abilities? Just because, in other words, one driver is an 18 year old doesn’t necessarily mean he is a poorer driver than a married 35 year old driver with children. Statistically, however, for drivers in mass, the average 18 year old is simply a higher risk than the average 35 year old. Consequently, the insurance rates are adjusted accordingly with an impressive degree of accuracy. Warren Buffet, in fact, once remarked, “there is no such thing as bad insurance, only bad rates.” Man, in other words, as an individual, is unpredictable, but when studied in mass, he is extremely predictable. Insurance companies, in sum, have utilized the laws of human nature to predict mass behavior for centuries; likewise, why aren’t societal leaders using the same methods to enhance the SDS and check the FLD within society? For although it may be difficult to forecast how each individual will respond to a specific policy, society, in mass, will respond to the SDS and FLD with astonishing consistency based upon justice or injustice of the policy proposed.
Through the systematic study of the SDS and FLD, political leaders can better comprehend how their legislation affects these crucial systems and adjust accordingly. The political leaders main objective is to ensure all legislation enhances the SDS without initiating the FLD. To rephrase Buffet’s dictum for political purposes, “There is no such thing as bad society, only bad policies.” Government, in other words, becomes bad when its “monopoly of force” is used to plunder the people rather than ensure justice for all. Unfortunately, when the SDS is fulfilled and society prospers, the FLD temptation, for those who rule the government’s “monopoly of force,” to use it as a hammer of exploitation becomes increasingly difficult to resist. Society, as a result, must set up the proper checks on governmental power or it will fall victim to the FLD. In effect, the unchecked FLD produces a class of plunderers (the state) within society who sponge off the producers. This parasitic condition worsens until the flourishing FLD eventually destroys the SDS. The producers, sick of the few siphoning off the many’s wealth by the thriving FLD, refuse to produce anymore, killing the SDS as poverty replaces prosperity. This, in fact, is exactly how the Soviet bloc collapsed just a few decades ago.