is self-centric and demands the discovery of what gratifies.
is socio-centric and demands the development of purposes and projects that feel personally worthwhile.
is self-centric and demands the discovery of reality in a way that can benefit others who take heed.
is socio-centric and demands the development of ways to rescue and aid others in dire need.
is self-centric and demands the discovery of what should be willed into existence and how.
Function: To fulfil socially specified obligations.
i.e. happiness comes from a feeling of inner comfort based on the certainty of doing right.
Society is built on a variety of institutions and organizations with rules and duties that depend upon obedience. The most basic of these is the family, the most common are organizations, the most enduring are natural moral institutions like religion and government. Within these bodies, there are different roles, rules, rituals and expectations, all of which are wholly independent of yourself. But the requisiteto these occurs only if the system is freely accepted.
So: The purpose of life is «to obey freely and willingly».
To an outsider and non-follower of the, this might make life seem like endless subjugation, even if the role and duties are freely chosen.
We must ask why theseems natural and attractive for strong personalities, who have no need to hide and do not fear freedom or self-reliance. A possible answer is as follows:
Our childhood helplessness prepares us all for dependence on a benevolent authority. On maturity, it would be natural that some develop a humility and a social concern. This will be based on a natural awareness of being insignificant in the grand scheme of things, and the limitations of purely personal knowledge and judgements. Reliance on the wisdom of a culture, or of great sages, or of divine revelation, then seems fitting. Enduring institutions with their rituals and obligations ensure protection of this wisdom and the wider society that depends on it.
The highest can also be described as guiding and requiring , but it does not see happiness/meaning as rooted in just obeying.
within a structure or organization is a reassuring experience for many, and possibly a psychological necessity for some. However, experiencing as the deepest source of happiness and meaning is another matter entirely. Those individuals who are attracted to a structured life for non- reasons are not always as obedient as they might be, and they may mature and prefer less structured environments.
For those on the
Correspondence to Root Hierarchy:depends on because it is built around which are purposive, which is an ethical aspiration ( ), adherence to and other ( ), and the acceptance of . It is also natural to hold or adopt the that legitimates the rituals, rules and authorities that govern your .
Originally posted: 8-Jun-2012. Last updated: 10-Aug-2012.