Political and Social Authority are based on Social Imperatives. These stand in distinction to the Moral Imperatives of Individuals and their Autonomy.
- Maslow's Hierarchy as Pie Chart rather than Pyramid, especially in a civilization of great abundance.
- A more abundant Society allows for a broader "specialization of tasks" among individuals, creating the opportunity for individuals to provide more for others, and to be provided the needs they simply cannot address directly for themselves.
- In addition to Life, Liberty and Property, the right to one's own personal and social identity is only beginning to be understood; to choose one's own role models, philosophy of life, manner of social expression, and contributions to society.
- Conflict, War, Violence, as expressions of Social Imperatives which supersede Individual Morals, and denegrate the value of Individuality, human beings, human lives and well-being.
- Conquest, slavery, killing and raping; exploiting the weaknesses of others in the pursuit of Greatness and a Great Society.
- Individual Greatness is measured by the ability to contribute to this Great Society, whether through acts of Good or Evil; both are Socially validated.
Belonging is no longer optional.
- The wild and untamed spaces which allowed Defiant and Autonomous Individuals to peacefully separate themselves from Society no longer exist; there is no room in this world for Taoists.
- Bandits, brigands, and other threats are being uprooted, but so are Sages and Demons.
- Peace -> Justice -> Autonomy
- NOT God, King and Country, BUT Men, Women and Children
- Social Imperatives change too slowly for the finite mortal lives of Individuals; only Individuality allows timely Adaptation.
- Sages and Demons were the most powerful assessors and planners of the societies with which they contended.
Rebellion and Revolution
- Rebellions simply create new and different Social Imperatives, new Power Structures, new senses of Belonging, Community, and a "Great Society", and the demand for human beings to become "members of Society", mere appendages, rather than functional wholes.
- A Revolution calls for the re-establishment of the one and only Primary and Individual Value which can be expressed completely within a Society as an abstract principle: AUTONOMY, newly defined and expanded by the social progress attained since it was last freely chosen and defined.
- A "New Society" with new Social Imperatives. Such new Social Imperatives result from a more clear and accurate assessment of the conditions to which they are a collective adaptation.
Without Autonomy, Adaptation, and yes, Revolution, the only things that can alter a Society and its Social Imperatives are catastrophe or conquest.
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