Pillar Two: Government

Photo Credit: "the Congress", © 2011 Misha Popovikj, Flickr | CC-BY-SA | via Wylio
Photo Credit: “the Congress”, © 2011 Misha Popovikj, Flickr | CC-BY-SA

The second pillar of the seven pillars of society that I would like to talk about is government. Government is the way the people manage the relationships between one another from a legal perspective.  It makes the rules, administers those rules, and gives out punishment for violation of those rules. It is what provides order to a potential chaotic grouping of people.

Unlike family, governments comes in countless different forms. Governments vary based on at least to factors.  First the government varies based on the size of the society.  Small societies will have simpler forms of government, and more specialized rules depending on the culture of the society.  Larger governments may have more complex rules, but often focus more on the general rules of behavior, but can often have specialized rules as well, especially in homogeneous large groups.

The second way that governments vary is in how the rules are made and executed.  Through history rules have been made by monarchies, oligarchies, representatives, or complete democracies.  Some of these are more successful than others as history has shown.

When one thinks about the original question I posed about which of the seven pillars should rule the others, one might think that the name of this pillar implies that it is the natural place to govern by.  The rules are made and executed here, why not other aspects of the society also rule here.  However, that could not be any less true.

Let’s look at one of the best examples from history to prove that government rule isn’t correct. That example is found in communism.  I know that it is fiction, but George Orwell’s Animal Farm shows us how “collectivism” or government owning everything (economy, family, religions, or any of the other pillars) leads to corruption.  Government starts thinking it knows best and it creates rules that oppress the governed. Government starts to think that it deserves special privilege because of the good that it does and it treats itself beyond the equality that it was designed to create.

Ultimately government starts to rule with a heavy hand, and each of the remaining pillars suffer.  Family takes a back seat to the good of society.  Religion becomes worship of the government and the leaders of that government.  The economy is immediately controlled by the government from day one. Arts show reverence toward the government, and media shares messages that promote the good the government is doing.  If you haven’t read Animal Farm yet, I recommend it.

So, it is obvious that government-led society are not great ways to prosperity.  They only lead to centralized power that ends in corruption and ultimately the downfall of the society.

So, What do you think?