Authority and stability, essential for social cohesion, provide a foundation for personal well-being and the handling of change.
Authority demands and promotes stability because whoever has the authority is generally unwilling to see any change.
Stability depends on and assumes authority and so, there is always a danger of instability during transfers of authority.
Theseoffer authority and stability, which create feelings of safety and equilibrium. A sense of control not only reduces anxiety, but also provides the needed context for being rational and responsible.
Disruption may come from anywhere, so these attention span.generally encourage a broad and roving
Moving up the diagonal reveals:
Handling Change: Family members offer support when change is inevitable. Customs and ceremonial rites help personal and family transitions like births, marriages and deaths.
Handling Change: Because the over-riding aim is to consolidate power and maintain control, either stability or change may be pursued. The hierarchy in which everyone knows their place and must perform makes it likely that the desired result will be achieved.
Handling Change: Consensus is the stabilizing force enabling social change. If everyone participates, even tradition may be overcome or tyrannical power overthrown. Such change aims to distribute benefit, lessen feelings of inequality, and enhance group morale.
Handling Change: Since the only constant is change, stability comes from aligning the personal will to the flow of events and social forces.
Theseadvocate and produce change. They tend to reject, avoid, deny and disturb existing authority and, if not immediately destabilizing, the potential is always there.
Problems with Change: The relativism and defence of new values are confusing and disliked. Eminently-sensible proposals that flout current sensitivities can generate outrage and abuse.
Problems with Change: Sought-after reforms are intrinsically biased to the factional group proposing them, even though adherents believe, or claim, they seek the good of the whole. Often proposals are too radical or too extensive.
Business is socially destabilizing because:
● Unhindered commercial activities and financial flows generate change, willy-nilly.
● Differences in capability and opportunity produce wealth inequalities, which may either exacerbate or run counter to the existing class/power structures.
● Money can be used to disregard or evade laws and societal authorities.
Originally posted: July 2009