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Six Duties of Society Equals Justice

Posted by Orrin Woodward on October 12, 2013

The Six Duties of Society (SDS) equals justice for mankind while the Five Laws of Decline (FLD) equals injustice for mankind. The key then, is to ensure political leaders learn from history and not attempt to exploit society which only leads to increased FLD and societal failure. LIFE Leadership applies the same principles of enhancing the SDS while eliminating the FLD in order to build for the longterm. LeaderShift, authored by Oliver DeMille and me, describes some of the principles involved. The remaining principles will be described in my next book And Justice for All: America’s Quest for Concord. Here is a portion from the introduction of the historical case-studies.


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Now that the Six Duties of Society (SDS) and the Five Laws of Decline (FLD) have been described separately and how they interact systematically with one another, it is now time to evaluate how these two systems led to the “rise and fall” of the six selected case-studies. Although any Western society could have been chosen to display “rise and fall” condition caused by the SDS and FLD, the author specifically chose the three classic ancient societies (Greek city-states, Roman Republic, and Roman Empire) to compare with America’s three modern societal experiences (Colonial America, Pre-Civil War Constitution, and Post-Civil War Constitution). For the remarkable correlation between the ancient and modern historical failures isn’t coincidental since human nature responds to the systematic stimulus of the SDS and FLD in foreseeable ways. Furthermore, society’s members consistent responses (both ancient and modern) indicate that, at its core, human nature has not changed. Therefore, it isn’t surprising that people in all ages have reacted positively to the blessings of the SDS and negatively to the curse of the FLD. Indeed, the challenge for today’s political leaders is to anticipate the response of society’s members to their proposed policies, specifically, how it affects the SDS and FLD. Hence, the case-studies are designed to help today’s political leaders learn from past experience, rather than their own. For on one hand, if American leaders continue on the current path, repeating similar FLD errors of the ancients, America will fall from its adverse effects. On the other hand, if today’s leaders will master these concepts, enhancing the SDS while checking the FLD, America can experience a rebirth of liberty, justice, and prosperity unparalleled in the annals of history, restoring the light to America’s city on the hill for the oppressed in all nations.

Moreover, since knowledge is cumulative and each society learned from the previous one, the case-studies will be evaluated in chronological order. Each example will be studied through its rise and fall cycle to determine how it satisfied the SDS and when the FLD were engaged leading to its decline. For just as a structure built upon sinkholes will eventually collapse, common sense teaches us not to rebuild further structures upon the faulty foundation. This, in reality, is the purpose of historical case-studies, namely, to determine the failure modes of previous societies so they are not repeated. Ideally, today leaders need to identify the trustworthy for the untrustworthy aspects of previous foundations to keep the good and revise the bad. Encouragingly, history is an unsentimental revealer of both the good and bad parts of a society’s foundation. For the parts built upon valid principles will withstand the test of time while the invalid aspects will collapse upon its own illogical design. Nonetheless, studying history, without understanding the systematic nature within the SDS and FLD, will lead to misleading conclusions and the proper lessons will remain unlearned and unapplied. For just as one of the definitions of insanity is to continue to do the same thing while expecting a different result, most of the moderns interpretation of historical examples has been insane, merely repeating the systematic failures that caused the failure of its predecessors.

14 Responses to “Six Duties of Society Equals Justice”

  1. David Fidler said

    A good book that discusses some of the aspects of the decline of these and other free societies is “Path to Tyranny: A History of Free Society’s Descent into Tyranny,” but I suspect you’ve already read this book.

    So if this is so obvious that we can foresee the results of this behavior why do our government leaders continue on the path? Are they aware but still desire to support their selfish designs at everyone else’s expense? Are they actually blind to the facts of history? Are they ignorant of history?

  2. Heidi Szymanski said

    It seems, from what Orrin and Oliver have been saying, that the people in power do know what they are doing. Either that, or the people who put them in power, and to whom they owe everything, know exactly what they are doing. The fledgling American nation was ripe pickings for the power hungry. That is why looking to the government to solve our problems will never work. It is like asking a thief to guard your house. Every day, the Life Founders show the citizens what we need to know to fix America from the bottom up. I read a quote from a geopolitical economist this morning who pointed out that a people educated by its own government cannot see the problem. Only self educated people can.

    • Terry said

      Heidi, brilliantly said…you are so wise.
      I love being in the battle with you!

      Taking people from a:

      media induced medicated trance

      to a:

      LIFE introduced educated stance


      PS Orrin, love the article, look forward to the book.

  3. Steve Duba said

    Thanks Orrin. Very proud to be part of the foundation building process. The self-directed education provided through the
    LIFE-LEADERSHIP system will equip our future leaders.Excited about the new book. See you in Milwaukee.
    God Bless you, In Faith, Steve Duba

  4. robert wilcox said

    Distractions Distractions Distractions! You set such a perfect example of Humility in all your writings … and there is not one problem you have ever found where you are not working on fixing! Whether it be personal, business, a national or World issue … that is fired up! I feel soo many years America and the world has been “Distracted” from the truth. Perfect example is listening to a video today and reading on the idea that the lower class focuses on two years or less of their future the middleclass somewhere around the 10 year mark ahead and the upperclass focus on a generational impact. Do most of us realize that if we were in the lower or middleclass that they were hiding this secret from us? It is almost laughable … the way we have been taught how to go to school get good grades find a safe secure job and do your 45 year plan! The audacity of a man to stand up and say that what we are doing can be better and here is how. Thank you Orrin for standing up taking charge and doing this research.

  5. Richard Kroll Jr. said

    Orrin, the EXCITING thing about identifying the Five Laws of Decline (FLD) and containing their destructive elements and understanding and encouraging the Six Duties of Society (SDS)… is that never before, to my limited understanding, have the destructive elements of government been identified and the SOLUTION proposed at the SAME time. We have a chance to stem the tide of the destructive cycle of the centuries that all great societies have fallen prey to…

    Now we just need the 10% to step up for our country to enjoy a LeaderShift!!!

  6. Becky Nicholson said


  7. Chad Waters said

    Hi Orrin!

    Can’t wait for the book! Can’t wait for the average person to learn all these principles! One person, one city, one country and then one world!

    God Bless

  8. Great stuff!

  9. Keith Sieracki said

    I look forward to the case studies. In medicine we use the many years of knowledge and past experience to create new treatments and therapies. On many occasion we have learned that the past “knowledge” was actually inaccurate and with this understanding, new therapies are born. Medicine is a collaborative across many cultures and countries to the benefit of the human being. As american, I hope we use knowledge of the past and correlate with the problems of today to make this country better, but with the understanding that freedom will need constant vigilance to extend its health.

  10. Don Schultz, Team VIP Phalanx said

    As we look at our society and other countries around the world the task of “turning the boat” back to fundamental, principles seems overwhelming and daunting. It is! But I also think that, “we don’t give up, throw in the towel, chuck it all overboard” just because it is a huge undertaking. As Oliver DeMille said in “Freedom Shift”, “it only takes 1 1/2% – 2 1/2% of committed people to a cause to effect a Shift”.

    As each of us act as “citizen leaders”, impacting those around us through the LIFE Business we can make inroads toward restoration of this great country of ours so that, as President Lincoln talked about, the United States being a benefit to the world.

  11. Jason Dames said

    Look forward to your book Orrin!!! thx

  12. Adam Gonzales said

    Can’t wait to review these historical case studies!!

  13. Rick Satterstrom said

    I’m so excited for the future because of the truth you lead us to, so we can carry it forward to the WORLD!
    Thank you so very much Orrin.

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