Can we unilaterally build a good society within a society that we feel isn’t very good or isn’t governed very well? The short answer is yes, but the starting point is within our own selves.
We would tend to agree that the present society is governed by a ruling class and their rabid followers who lack any sense of morality or decency. They love things that destroy civilizations and they hate the things that bring life and happiness to civilizations and their people.
So why not reform this society?
It is sometimes said of reform that it is really just how we justify future mistakes. You cannot reform a society whose people don’t want to change and make a better life. Most people in this present society are happy in their mess. They wallow in a soup of decadent perversion and abject bondage and think themselves somehow free and woke or whatever they are calling themselves these days.
We can’t just leave this land, our country, and just find another land and society that isn’t run by and for the most immoral and (seemingly!) brainless people we could ever imagine. On the other hand, trying to reform a society whose members are happy in their mess and can’t see what bondage they are in is not a good plan. That kind of plan puts power in the hands of people who can’t even discern how easily they are being played a fool by the ruling class.
So what’s the plan?
You can’t build any body or association of people who are governed by the same beliefs and standards you desire to be governed by without knowing more about your own self and how you govern yourself compared to what you really believe.
First and foremost, know what you are and what you believe. Know why you believe it. We can present what we are and believe and why, but that’s not good enough. You have to stop just reacting to life and do some introspection. You have to get into your own head and verbalize your own beliefs.
What follows is not easy or simple. But if you are sick of the present society and its impact or potential impact on your life, then you need to do this right now. You need this for peace of mind and inner sanity.
Let’s begin with a question maybe nobody has ever asked you.
If you had to write your own top 20 commandments or rules for life, what would they be?
If your response is that you have no clue what those standards for your own life would be, then, congratulations, you’ve discovered the core problem in your own life.
You need to know what you believe, you need to have conscious awareness of your own standards. What are they?
Let’s break things down a bit.
Think of friendships. What are your obligations to friends and what are your expectations from friends? Write that down, off the top of your head.
Think of love or romance and the range of acceptable partners or types of relationships for you. Write that down. Add in expectations and obligations or any other “rules” or standards or good practices you can think of.
Think of work and business. How should people NOT earn money, how should ownership work, how should profits be split? What kind of jobs or contract or gigs wouldn’t you do? Write all this down. Do the same thing with obligations and expectations and other rules or practices.
In doing all this, take your time. Be deliberate and as thorough as you can be. As you go, think of every major aspect of life: parenting, your own parents, brother and sister relationships, kids, extended family, church or religious groups, and on and on.
Get all this down in electronic form. Make headings for types of relationship or major areas of life and number each item under each heading.
This should take hours or days, so don’t finish until you feel you have said all you can say. This isn’t something you normally do, it’s introspection and self-analysis. Everyone is trying to tell you what to do or be, what to believe and how to act, you aren’t used to deliberating on your own thoughts so intentionally.
Now, what do you believe? Do you have a Holy Book or a few pieces of literature or philosophy or something you think are the only or best or just the desirable way to live? What is your relgion or philosophy or whatever you call your belief system?
Be real clear with yourself and get those materials, preferably in a searchable format.
Now, looking at your other list of rules or standards, begin to interrogate each one and ask how they fit or don’t fit the sources of your own beliefs. Do these things align and fit or is their a disconnect?
So for a given rule, standard, expectation, practice, or obligation, below it try to find the reference in your “source material”, the Holy Book or books and the such which you say you believe in, that justifies your answer. Do they align?
Chances are you will find a disconnect and you will need to correct it. Either what you say you believe isn’t what you really believe or you haven’t consciously let your beliefs dictate your life to you. In this case, you have let society and its agents of influence and control get ahold of your life and dictate it to you.
All this goes back to our title, which is all about unilaterally building a good society. We can’t build perfection or an ideal here. If you can’t build an ideal or perfect life, how do you think anyone can build an ideal or perfect society?
This is the major flaw of most ideologies: they demand all of society be controlled by them before producing results but they don’t have much to say about how you might just use them in your own life to get better results. The things we believe should govern all of society are things you could use on your own to improve your life and circumstances: this is our proof of concept.
We can build a good life, a life that reflects our beliefs, actualizes our potential, and has rules and standards that tend to bring joy and happiness. Therefore, if we connect to other people whose beliefs and standards align with our own, and if our relationships and associations are governed by those standards, we can literally have a sort of alternative, and good, society among ourselves.
The challenge is to be intentional about how we govern our own lives, by doing this self-analysis, and then how we govern our relationships and associations and with whom we engage in these things. Our relationships and associations should, for the most part, tend to favor and have more closeness with people of like beliefs and convictions.
This is quite literally how one begins to build a good society, as they see good, within another society that they don’t consider to be so good. It is how you begin to liberate yourself from agents of influence and control that are trying to get you to betray your own self for their benefit.
Whether we are writing about the Freedomist perspective, which is broader based, or the more specific perspective of Christianity or the vision/project we call “Upadaria”, we offer alternative ideas and concepts. But you must choose your own beliefs and standards and then see if other concepts and approaches offered harmonize with what you believe and the standards you want to live by.
Our vision is a free and pluralistic society of free people exercising their God-ordained spiritual sovereignty and God-given freedom. We want to encourage people to build their own society with people of like beliefs and for our meta society to be a pluralistic mesh of diverse sociocultural bodies of people who choose their own destiny.
Sure, we aren’t shy about proposing beliefs and standards, on a freewill association basis, but you have to start with learning to be your own agent of influence and control and following your own beliefs and destiny, consciously and deliberately.
We can unilaterally build a good society in our lives and relationships and then our associations and communities. But it must begin with knowing who and what we are, what we believe, and what kind of standards we want to govern our lives, relationships, and associations.