Governments and Human Cultures
Evolution, over a four million year period, provided man with instincts that are tuned to tribal living.
The instinct of man, shared by both man and woman and embedded by evolution over a four million year period, is to be responsible for himself, his family and his tribe. Species survival would not have been possible without this necessary drive. They loved their family and wanted to take care of them. They supported their tribe because survival without them was impossible. The contribution of everyone in the tribe was necessary for tribal survival. Developed along with that instinctive responsibility came the instinct for self-reliance. In ancient times, the family would perish without the dedication and determination of both parents. Self-reliance demands individual freedom in order to function. One cannot exercise self-reliance if someone else dictates his actions, or provides his needs if he fails. For self-reliance to be reinforced the rewards of action taken within that freedom must not be taken away and the possibility and consequence of failure must be allowed.
Life, to be lived to its fullest, must be a participatory experience. Modern dogma preaches that man should treat life as a spectator sport, one in which he has no serious personal involvement. Others tell him what to do and give him what they deem he should have. He is then admonished to be happy and have high self-esteem. About 10,000 years ago, the population of man began expanding. Larger and larger tribes began forming. Groups of tribes made alliances. Layers of management were needed in government. Due to geographical separations between citizen and leader, communication was slow and cumbersome. Today, we have governments (tribes) which cover hundreds of millions of people and hundreds of sub-cultures (tribes within tribes). It was during this population growth that the common man became isolated from his leaders. It is a condition that is not compatible with man's instincts. If man is to be content, he must have a direct voice in his own government.
The form of the overlying government must be one that allows personal participation in its management by each citizen.
Kemo D. 7