This framework is about how people, including politicians, seek changes that relieve socio-political tensions within society.
Change and participation are naturally interconnected:
Simple observation as well as analysis reveals that some change in society always seems to be needed. Tensions based on struggles over social goods are inevitable in society. A united and sovereign society is likely to find a violent rebellion. rather than descending into
must be handled thoughtfully to ensure that society can thrive and adjust, that injustices are given attention, and that reforms are introduced in a positive way.
Positive elements to be fostered are:
Negative elements to be prevented are:
People can lose a sense of what is right, what is good, and what each must do to sustain their society. If breakdown occurs through the abuse of power, life becomes exceedingly difficult.
Just because a political-social order has been stable for a long period does not mean that its foundations may not have been progressively eroded.
We see a holistic hierarchy if we zoom out from the structural hierarchy to ignore the Groups and just focus on the 7 Groupings. This hierarchy should provide a picture of how change and participation occur in society and affect us all. The Tree for is visible (horizontally) within .
In conventionalist ethical choice, Continuity v Change is the aspiration-constraint. Change is resisted because we each aspire to continuity as part of maintaining our own identity. Identity-maintenance is particularly evident in relation to a society's culture.
So Continuity v Change also serves in as a basis for the dualities of each grouping in the . Change is the challenge: we stick with continuity for an easy life if our life is easy, but life may not be easy for many.
Originally posted: August-2009; Last updated: 15-Nov-2010