Video Reflection from February 21st, 2017 @ Age 35
Democracy is eventually being acknowledged universally as the superior form of government. Around the globe, there’s a rising call for freedom; many nations with a heritage of repression are learning the lessons necessary for the establishment of liberty. Following conventional science, historians usually try to explain such sequences of political events through an A ➢ B ➢ C causality; this, however, is merely the apparent sequential unfolding of something with a much greater power, the ABC attractor pattern that a society evolves from.
The power of the United States, or any other democracy, arises from the principles upon which it is founded. Thus we can find the basis of power by examining such documents as the Constitution of the United States, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence; and acknowledged expressions of the spirit of democracy, such as the Gettysburg Address.
If we calibrate the relative power of each line of these documents, we find the highest attractor pattern of all. In the Declaration of Independence, which the power of the entire United States government emanates from, it says: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness” (calibrated at 700).
These sentiments are echoed in the Gettysburg Address, where Abraham Lincoln reminds us that this nation was conceived in Liberty and “…dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal” and that “this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from earth” (also calibrated at 700).
If we examine the actions and statements of Lincoln himself during the trying years of the Civil War, we’ll find, with absolute certainty, that he was devoid of all hatred. He had compassion, rather than malice, for the South—for he understood better than anyone else that the battle was really between man’s higher and lower natures. He therefore represented the “self-evident truths” he referred to, and personally mourned the price that he knew had to be paid.
The Declaration of Independence states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident”—that human rights are endowed by nature of man’s creation and are inalienable; that is, they don’t derive as a decree from force, nor are they granted by any transitory ruler. Democracy recognizes the divine right of the ruled, rather than the ruler. It isn’t a right by virtue of title, wealth, or military superiority, but instead a profound statement of the essence of man’s nature, defining principles intrinsic to human life itself: liberty and the pursuit of happiness. (Mahatma Gandhi’s power base calibrates identically with the power base of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution; all are essentially concerned with freedom, liberty, and the equality of all men by virtue of endowment by a divine higher power.)
Interestingly, if we calibrate the power of the attractor field of theocracy, we find it consistently lower than that of any democracy that also recognizes the Creator as the ultimate authority. The makers of the Declaration of Independence were astute in drawing a very clear distinction between that which is spiritual and that which is religious. And they must have intuitively, if not rationally, known the marked difference between the power of the two. Religion is often associated with force, sometimes disastrously so, historically and today; whereas spiritual concepts such as loyalty, freedom, and peace don’t create strife or conflict, must less war. Spirituality is always associated with nonviolence.
If we examine the application of the Bill of Rights today, however, we find that its power in several areas has dwindled. The right to freedom from unreasonable search and seizure, as well as freedom from cruel and unusual punishment, have both been eroded over the years by expediency. The spirit of the United States Constitution has become sufficiently dimmed so that laws that are blatantly unconstitutional are frequently proposed and often passed without a murmur of protest. Pockets of totalitarianism exist within government itself; our society routinely tolerates totalitarian tactics by both federal and local agencies, manifested in the conspicuous use of intimidation. Unfortunately, we’ve gotten so used to an atmosphere of fear and violence that it comes as a surprise to Americans abroad that the threat of government intrusion or police force doesn’t even exist in many foreign countries.
It’s most important to remember that to violate principle for practical expediency is to relinquish enormous power. The rationalization that the execution of criminals deters crime, for instance, doesn’t hold up under study; and the end does not justify the means. The consequence of this violation of principle is reflected in the crime statistics of the United States, where murder is so common it doesn’t even make the newspapers’ front pages.
Because we fail to differentiate principle from expediency, the average person lacks the discernment to understand the difference between patriotism and Patriotism, between americanism and Americanism, between god and God, between freedom and Freedom, between liberty and Liberty. Thus, “Americanism” is used as a justification by white supremacy groups (calibrated at 150) and lynch mobs, just as warmongering throughout history has been conducted in the name of “God.” The misinterpretation of liberty as license tells us that many people don’t know the difference between freedom and Freedom.
Learning the difference between principles and their imitators requires experience and educated judgment. The exercise of such discretion is necessary for moral survival in the modern world in general, but is imperative in those grayest of areas, where ethical ambiguity has been elevated from convention to art form: the political arena and the marketplace of daily commerce.
POWER VS. FORCE: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior;
POWER IN POLITICS: Ch.10 §Democracy & the United States of America;
HAY HOUSE, David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D. (circa 1995).