THEE is an account of , and this involves social life. Humanity forms itself into societies. So « » is the broader unifying category, and « » is the partial and divisive notion.
Societies cannot alter the essence of these transcendental Root phenomena. The are essentially the same everywhere. Sustenance of humanity and the battle between good and evil within the human heart are also invariant, as are the that emerge from the . As a result, the production of goodness must be identical across humanity.
We all exist in highly distinctive societies, which each havedefining their identity. Although it is not generally appreciated, two sources of ethical values can be identified in a society:
Thegenerates the and , as universally found in societies via the above two mechanisms. However, all these ethical entities emerge from , whose defining feature is their divisiveness and partialness.
By contrast, the system of structures found nested with theare not restricted in this way. At the end, they become dominated by , whose defining features are their universality and goodness. So we are in the realm of humanity.
Within the Primary Hierarchies, THEE entities are categories ("Platonic forms" in philosophy-speak) that allow for freedom and responsibility. So while there are numerous categories of or , it is up to each society to determine what exactly should be chosen or done within any particular category. Many values are held in common amongst societies, especially those relating to biological needs like food and shelter. But it is common for an or a or necessary for acceptance within one community to be irrelevant or even abhorrent within another.
In the transcendental Root Complex, by contrast, there are specific choices or activities demanded as part of the various Frameworks. There is far less freedom here: we are human beings and we are not free to be rocks or trees or fish. The only issue for us is: what sort of human beings will we be? This is a
The implication of all this is that man is by nature a moral being in two senses:
goodness. In many societies, authorities have no hesitation in labeling the virtuous man as a public enemy.is a right, or a privilege, or an immunity. It is not something a person just «has». Society decides just how much and what sort of freedom you «have». What society is always in danger of doing is invading and deforming natural freedom and the natural responsibility that accompanies a commitment to
Originally posted: 28-April-2012