The purpose of your life in its ultimate dimension or understanding, is not the shortsighted and narrow vision you may have. To the Tao, your life is an opportunity to experience something the Tao has not experienced before. The purpose of the Tao fragmenting was to produce an infinite number of possibilities that may be experienced – both positive and negative. One would assume that the negative would balance the positive and there would be an equal portion. However, this again is not the purpose of the Tao. For more energy that feeds the Tao is derived from positive experiences. In other words, the Tao itself desires increased energy and the best way to obtain this is through positive experiences. Therefore, the Tao, in its wisdom, devised mechanisms that would skew the experiences more towards the positive aspect. Therefore, producing an increase in positive energies.
One skewing mechanism is government. The correct use of government is to provide order so that the maximum numbers of people may associate together in harmony. If government is to provide harmony through governing of its citizens, there are several methods of providing this harmony. One is through strict observation of all rules and violators being severely punished or cast out. Another is that through unconditional love, all share equally and freely exchange one with another. A third is that through mass peoples support, government chooses those aspects which the average person sees as positive. All of these produce differences in experiences. It takes only a few to destroy the perfect arrangement.
But a society that is seen as widely successful is not possible because the Tao has also set certain forces within the human spirit that restrict it. Those forces are a sense of individual opportunity. This, of course, may have a positive side and a negative side. This aspect of what you may call the individual’s motivational drive allows the individual to seek to broaden their personal experiences which, of course, is what the Tao wants the individual to do. It is by this very nature not feasible to structure a society where each individual seeks the betterment of its surrounding population at the expense of itself. This is counter to the concept of true love. This is why utopian societies inevitably fail.
Marxism is striving to be a utopian society where all work for the benefit of each other. All have the same or in other words, all experience the same. You can see the conflict with the basic design of the Tao.
The third form, which may be loosely described as the form of organized mob rule has definite advantages. First, it is unpredictable and therefore suits the Tao’s purpose for broadened experiences. Secondly it is predictable, and therefore suits the Tao’s purposes. Now, to explain these conflicting statements. By having multiple people in the decision process, you of course obtain some very strange ideas of how to accomplish a simple task. You sometimes call this working in committees. However, this form of society may seem to be slow and often unmanageable produces a tremendous amount of interaction to accomplish simple tasks. This interaction produces experiences; a form of maximizing the Tao’s endeavors. Also, by involving as many fragments (people) as possible, and realizing that most fragments are guided by basic feelings of justice, the end result of these decisions are generally positive in nature, which produces positive energies for the Tao as well. The main drawback of this system is that is may produce times of intense conflict within the group when no clear choice is available. This, of course, produces negative energies, but generally the end results will still be positive and beneficial.
Awakenings in Society
An awakening in society is an event or occasion where great combinations and masses of people decide to change their experiences from one course to another. These blossoming’s can occur quickly and fade, or may take considerable amounts of time to completely unfold. The European awakening occurred quickly. The reason for this was due to the constrictive nature of the society before the awakening occurred. The more constrictive the society, the more the awakening energies are held within until they explode in to view. However, after the explosion, which may of course take a year or several, the fallout occurs nearly as quickly and events generally settle into a drab sort of existence. Things have changed but things have not. For example, the French Revolution was a quick, violent, bloody awakening that when it was complete the common individual was in the same status as before except for various unimportant changes. For example, the poor were still poor. Their basic education and opportunity for advancement had not changed. The previous rulers were gone, but in their place were rulers of similar nature and types. A king was replaced with an emperor; Louis for Napoleon. The common people still did not have any great say in their government.
The American awakening took place was over several decades, and perhaps centuries. The revolution was the primary awakening, but it was imperfect in its results so a secondary, though considerably less violent one took place with the Constitutional Congress. However, many aspects were still unresolved, including one very critical point, the fact that not everyone was free. This point drove the third awakening, that of the Civil War. This was required to provide freedom for all. Minor awakenings of course have followed and the process still continues with the civil rights movement, the women’s movement, the gay rights movement, and now black lives matter.
Awakenings are spontaneous. They seem to erupt quickly and without notice and those that do so seem to have vast amounts of energy and momentum behind them. These are the little drops that have accumulated through the years that eventually become the flood that cannot be stopped. Eastern Europe, for example was a society that was awakened. The harder those in control try to control the flood, the greater the flood becomes and less manageable. But there is danger in allowing the flood to become prematurely. A recent example is in China where the world witnessed and watched a single person defy a tank at Tiananmen Square, but the momentum for the whole of society was not yet sufficient. Later, a bigger storm had been brewing and we saw this explosion in Hong Kong. In addition, South Africa experienced their awakening when they decided to end apartheid. Moslem countries will also see an awakening movement in the future, but this will probably require a longer time to mature.
Awakenings are the results from pent-up feelings and suppressed emotions of the masses. The outcomes, however, are always in question. The results will determine whether a secondary or tertiary awakening is required. Once an awakening starts, however, there will be ripples of change that follow. Some are major waves breaking forth, but there are also ebbs and flows of change, too. There will also be some repressive acts that follow (like Jim Crow) and conditions and also other extremes of liberty as well. This will be the case until balance is established. Once people have been given the vision of freedom and equality, it will linger on and slowly produce positive results.
Leaders During an Awakening
Great movements start when large groups of society feel positive about certain ideals and concepts. Once a sufficient mass of the population is focused, from that group natural leaders will arise to catalyze the ideas. These leaders may or may not produce the best results. If the results are positive, the movement moves rapidly on. If the results are negative, the leader is usually left behind and a second, or third arise to replace them. In other words, great movements are self-producing of leadership. The key is to create the necessary mass of popular ideals which will then allow the movement to self-lead. It does not work in the opposite direction.
There are two ways events happen; either through physical force or political motivation. Physical force will only be effective for short brief periods of time, but political motivation of society is long term and long lasting. For equality and freedom to take root, and to thrive, the better path is done through political motivation rather than violence. In the United States, for example, this means individuals need to participate in making sure the government they desire and expect represents them.
If you want a better government, vote and make your government better.