Seven Pillars of Society: Conclusion

If you haven’t already, you should go back to the beginning of this series and read about the Seven Pillars of Society.  Also, take some time to study up on each of the seven pillars and my view of how they influence one another.

In the original post about the Seven Pillars I posed the question of which of these pillars should rule or control the others.  As I was writing these posts I realized that the word choice was poor, and you may have noticed the slight change in how I addressed each pillars dominance in relationship to one another. Ultimately I decided to think about it as a pillar centered society verses dominance over the others.

If you will grant me a bit of a side note. This is why I like blogging.  It helps me to fine tune my thinking.  It helps me to put my thoughts into words that can better communicate to others. Thanks for the detour, now back to the subject at hand.

So, let me ask my original question with my new understanding. “Which of these seven pillars should be the center of a society for it to function at its peak?”  And if you have read my summary of each of the pillars, you know that the answer is none of them.  The answer is that for a society to function at it’s peak all pillars must have a balance.

That isn’t to say that at some points a society might lean more towards one or the other pillars.  For example, at times like after 9/11/2001 a country needs to become more religious centered.  And there may be times with it is appropriate for a country to lean toward entertainment, like during a Super Bowl or a World Series game.  But the overall relationship should be a balance between all of the pillars.

How do you achieve such a balance?  I don’t know that I have an answer for that.  However, I believe that the United States Constitution is a good start.  At least it is a good start at creating a government that should not take too much power.  It is also designed to try and keep some of the other pillars from grabbing too much power.

If we were strict followers of the laws that were established in the Constitution, I believe that we would have a greater balance between each of these pillars.  Government would get out of the caring for the poor and needy business and leave it to the churches and other charitable organizations.  Entertainment wouldn’t be used to indoctrinate with false ideas because education wouldn’t be a tool of one or more of the groups. The examples are almost limitless.

Our constitution, although not intended specifically for this purpose, was one of the first foundations to a balanced society.  That is part of the beauty of it.  It doesn’t allow for one pillar to control any of the others.  Instead of being centered on just one of the pillars, our society because centered on the Law, which law calls for a balance.

Photo Credit: Columns in the inner court of the Temple of Baalin Palmyra, Syria., CC

So, What do you think?