Mar. 4, 2018

from Tribes to ...what?

Social gathering for mutual protection and benefit is actually at the root of all human, and many animal, advancements. No language was needed, no collective hunting occurred, no farming was considered or histories passed on until a gathering formed, at least for humans.  The gathering evolved into a tribe of like-minded individuals, but at some point, the tribe grew and more territory was needed in order for them to flourish. Strong leaders who could take land by force moved to the front and oligarchies became the standard ruling system while land became the source of their wealth and influence. As the populations continued to expand, city states formed, each with their own ideas of self rule, Some desired to be more inclusive for all citizens, some did not. Eventually, the spoken word was carried further from a home city-state and the exchange of ideas began. Some city states then decided bigger was better and the grand expansions of civilization began in earnest, with land and riches not obtainable in one's home state, being the prize. For this to happen, the absolute power of a single ruler was needed. Religion became another tool for wielding power rather than its original intent to honor a creator. Then came the written word and new thoughts changed the idea of what was fair, just and good. A move towards more inclusive governing with a democratic way of selecting leaders came into being. This worked fine, until times of crisis when fear and foreboding could be disseminated quickly by written word to sway the minds of all involved. Dictatorships became the tool that was even more powerful than the monarchy of most countries. Wars have been waged and philosophies put forth including communism, a failed form that does not reward exceptionalism, the very thing needed to move a society forward. Social democracies have formed, but only with a degree of success in countries with finite populations and undiversified economies. Will there ever be a way for a 'One World' philosphy to exist?

Our world continues to evolve at a pace that is sometimes hard to deal with, much less understand. Many think that open trade with all countries is the answer, however this is possible only if all are of the same mindset. Although many developed, industrialized nations have moved far ahead in their overall economic status and well-being, others with the same historical background (1,000's of years, not decades) often have diametrically opposed mindsets. Look no further than North and South Korea for that. Which system of government seems to be most successful? The so-called DEMOCRATIC people's Republic of Korea or the REPUBLIC of Korea? One would think that they would be about the same since both seem to indicate some form of overall equality in selecting leaders. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth. One group controls the media, decides what the general population can hear, see and even speak, promotes a line of thought from birth to death, influencing young minds that there is only one correct way of doing things and all else are ideas of evil doers that would destroy the only world they know. One might say that the country following that philosphy has really reverted to a form of the earliest grouping of individuals, tribalism. Is any form of government suceptible to that degradation of principle and even freedom? The answer is yes, especially in this age of control being handed over to social media as the teaching tool for young minds. As the critics of the original constitutional republic that formed this country continue to espouse it's shortcomings, are we really ready to accept the alternative that could mimic a 'democratic republic'?