Civilizations Increase the Number & Type of Experiences
When large numbers of people in various souls ages were brought together in civilizations, the possibility of new and varied experiences through their interactions maximized, however, this did not necessarily create more positive experiences. But the mechanism of governing can be considered a skewing mechanism because it provides order so that the maximum numbers of people may associate together in harmony.
Government Was a Way to Increase Harmony of its Citizens
If government is to provide harmony through governing of its citizens, there are several methods of providing this harmony.
- One is through strict observance of all the rules and violators would be severely punished or cast out.
- Another is that through unconditional love all share equally and freely exchange one with another.
- A third is that through mass people support, government chooses those aspects, which the average person sees as positive.
Conflict of Order and Control vs Desire for Personal Experiences
A society that is seen as widely successful is not possible because the Tao has set a certain force within the human spirit that restricts it; it is the individual’s motivational drive to seek to broaden personal experiences. It is that motivational drive allowing the individual to seek to broaden their personal experience, which of course is what the Tao wants the individual to do. So, it is by this very nature not feasible to structure a society where each individual seeks the betterment of its surrounding population at the expense of itself. This is why utopian societies inevitably fail.
Marxism strives to be a utopian society where all work for the benefit of each other. All are to have the same experience. You can see how this conflicts with the basic design of the Tao.
The third form of government rule is democracy, which may be loosely described as the form of organized mob rule. This has definite advantages from the Tao’s purpose. First, it is unpredictable and therefore suits the Tao’s purpose. Secondly, it is predictable, which also suits the Tao’s purposes. But wait. How to explain these conflicting statements? By having multiple people in the decision process, you of course obtain some very strange ideas of how to accomplish a simple task. You sometimes call this working committees, however, this form of society, although may seem to be slow and often unmanageable, produces a tremendous amount of interaction to accomplish simple tasks. This interaction produces experiences, a form of maximizing the Tao’s endeavors.
Positive and Negative Energies
Also, by involving as many people as possible and realizing that most are guided by basic feelings of justice, the end result of these decisions are generally positive in nature, which produces positive energies for the Tao as well.
The main drawback of this system is that it may produce times of intense conflict with the group when no clear choice is available. This of course produces negative energies. Generally, however, the end results are positive and beneficial.
Great movements start when large groups of society feel positive about certain ideals and concepts. Once a sufficient mass of the population is so focused from that group, natural leaders will arise to catalyze the ideas. These leaders may or may not produce the best of results. If the results are positive, the movement moves rapidly on. If the results are negative, the leader is usually left behind and second or third arise to replace them. In other words, great movements are self-producing of leadership. The key is to create the necessary mass of popular ideas that will then allow the movement to self-lead. It does not work in the opposite direction.
There are two ways events happen; through physical force or political motivation. Physical force will only be effective for short brief periods of time, but political motivation of society is long term and long lasting.
Changes occur in society and government when there is sufficient mass in the population with a catalyst of ideas for change. It is these times when a lot of positive energy is released that will change government as well as individuals. We call these times as awakenings or blossomings.
Government can provide order and structure in a civilization which can produce more positive energies, but must be balanced with the Tao's need for personal individual experiences. Moments of awakenings or blossoming occur when that pent-up need for individual expression has been suppressed and controlled. Then a process to govern returns as the need for safety and order is again needed. This creates a balancing process and flow with a desire to maximize harmony and positive energy at the same time as creating a variety of different experiences.