This past month I had the opportunity to spend time just with my wife and children and leave the cares of the world behind for a moment. Being with those that really matter to me has given me a renewed perspective of what I desire for the world this year. As an atomic physicist, trained in observation of the laws of nature, I struggle to find the true principles that govern all things in nature. These past two years we have invested heavily on a secure social media system called Atlus Blue that serves to help people work together safely on any project big or small. Since this vision is global and touches the whole world, I feel I need to declare my personal intention and resolution this year. I hope this resonates with good people who are still searching:
It is my purpose and stewardship to use the talents, resources and abilities that I have been given to aid individuals, families, communities, institutions and governments to find solutions to overcome the greatest obstacles facing us at this time in history. This is not a solitary task, but a matter of integrating the communities and resources that already exist into a viable system. I have come to realize that only through engaging many can this vision have any possibility to come to fruition. Here is the key to do so.
There are none of us alive that have not felt the need and desire to belong to a family and community. The evidence of human contact and caring within our sphere (or lack of it) seems to have no rival in its power to motivate us to act or to discourage us from acting. It is of no use to deny ourselves of this very real aspect of the human nature. We have the desire to feel warmth and belonging. We crave the love of family. Whatever societal or governmental system is to persist, it must take these spiritual and immutable motivational factors into account. No government in this sense is truly sterile and objective.
A totalitarian regime, as demonstrated time after time, holds no lasting promise and has a good chance of turning rotten in time. In such a regime, more and more energy is focused on total devotion toward a single leader who is content to receive affection, power and glory but who may not find within his heart to return such devotion to those so governed. In this system, personal sacrifices and individual initiatives from factions in society, especially those with real ambitions to build the community, are suppressed, regulated, or opposed to a greater degree. History has proven incessantly that the totalitarian system does not work, it requires almost immortal or unrealistic qualities in the leaders to sustain it and often subjugates everyone else.
Entirely on the other end of the spectrum is the “everything goes” philosophy, entertained in the 60s by the “free love” or “hippy” societies. It was shown that this philosophy by itself does not have the power to sustain a system of government. These philosophies have given rise to a self-absorbed generation, where entitlements and instant gratification are expected and where requirements for real excellence or self-sacrifice are considered undesirable. As everyone feels there is power in showing their views, an extraordinary amount of energy is often expended on publically expressing strong grievances about injustice and victimization.
On any side of the political spectrum, the person with the loudest opinion is not always right. Instead of fostering unity or building community, the embattlement philosophy often polarizes society into sides (right, wrong, left, right, conservative, liberal). Over time, one side demonizes the other to the point where the principles of unity and domestic tranquility are forgotten. We forget that by our very nature all of us have individual viewpoints, ambitions and desires that can each can contribute greatly to the strength of our society. It is best when the vast majority agree to adhere to the set of true principles that, when internalized, govern our society.
The ironic thing is that today we have more opportunity and potential as a society than has ever existed in all history. So what system has the power to best govern a society of us humans in this era? Unity in mission and purpose is central to coherence in our communities. But unity to what set of principles provides us with the best system of government? The answer has already exists and has soundly been proven in practice.
True principles exist and when understood resonate deep within our breast. They are the same principles that operate in all successful families and that have in latter centuries been integrated into the constitutions of many nations. “We the People…, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity…do establish this Constitution…”. The principles of Justice, Tranquility, Defense, general Welfare and Liberty to All tend to be the back bone of great governments. Whether they be instilled in our own families or govern our nations, such principles, when followed and enforced, allow us to live and work side by side with people that have differing viewpoints, ambitions and desires and accept the contributions of all. This is certainly true in my own family and has been a factor in my country.
There might be a perceived threat when we have different societal beliefs, music, dress or ideas than others do in the community. By the way, these sorts of perceived threats and conflicts are even common in our families where brothers, sisters, uncles cousins etc. have different viewpoints and beliefs, it really isn’t anything new. We learn that finding a way to work around differences is something that we must realize if we wish to insure domestic tranquility in our communities and families.
Did we learn anything from the United States Civil War? In this incredibly bloody conflict, it was seen that brother fought against brother, father against son on the battle field due only to what side of a political issue they favored. Will we still see such strong divisions, based only on differences on societal beliefs? What price will we have to pay before we can learn. Subjugation of any people in society leads to eventual conflict and injury. Unity under true principles is the only pathway to strength and great power for all so governed.
I suppose that we must eventually learn the true principles that govern societies on a global scale as the natural limits on world population and availability of resources test the sustainability of our societies, and as world connectivity gives us the unprecedented view into all cultures and societies on earth. There really is no other alternative. We will find these true principles by design or by massive suffering, either way.
It is my intention to work to provide global society with the systems needed to help unity happen, especially for those kind people that love learning and aspire toward truth. For the first time in history, we can form social networks that transcend boundaries. The ability to share resources is also unprecedented. The systems I seek must respect and protect all established existing agreements and relationships, promote research and excellence and liberate the human spirit. I hope that within our hearts we can find these principles early enough to avoid the terrible conflicts that otherwise would occur. The stakes are too high to ignore.