The Roots of Good Government
The roots of good government is adaptation to present conditions with a mind towards future states, empirical grounding in present facts and the consequences of your actions on the other in society, sincere benevolence and concern for the other (love) and courage to potentially sacrifice your own office for the sake of the well being of the general public and of society as a whole. The first three should be self-evident to anyone who wishes to rule or examine the course of history throughout time and space as it actually happened (taking into account all of the nuances and complications that happened along with those events). If the value of these points is not self-evident, greater reflection and education is needed to make you and your faction qualifiable for governing. The fourth is likely to be more difficult to understand from the perspective of those who actually sit in halls of power and influence, defacto and de jur. Therefore, I will explain it.
The final root of good governance is to preserve the image and social well being of the soon to be deposed leader, such that they (the public) can either learn their error in their chosen wants and desires and, if your prescriptions and policy regimens were positive, would enable you and your faction to return to power by the genuine desire and support of the people. It is a method for leaving the door open for your return, preserving your faction, your own self and the principles by which you governed by unblemished through negative, detrimental actions towards the larger society that is around you. Should your stances, regimens are proven to have been a net negative for the larger/est society, it could give you an opportunity to redress and reform your policies, stances and attitudes towards what are the natural laws and consciousness of your given society and the universe in which it is apart of. Those who deviate from the laws tend to be punished by their own actions. Those who go along with the laws of the universe and of their respective society are more able to continue on as a governing body WITH the social body.
Therefore, by being open and mentally able to sacrifice your own office for the greater social good, you’re both able to, more likely, maintain your position by being the one supporting what is, if you are right, actually correct for the society and its issue, thus, enabling an easy comeback later on when your opponent is proven to be incorrect, feeble and/or ineffectual at governing. It also can serve as a time for reflection and reform within yourself, such that you actually comeback a better statesperson for your sacrifice.
These concepts have been tested in the negative sense throughout time and space, because leaders and leadership groups who have failed to do a positive job by the society in which they find themselves, for any reason (intended or unintended) have tended to be thrown out of power, leave behind a bitter memory after they’re inevitably dead or leave a world that isn’t really fit to live in for themselves or for others.
Through strengthening the society according to their local definitions of strength, well being and health, the state and its officials strengthen themselves in terms of legitimacy, authority and stability of position. Betrayal of these principles against the general public is likely to lead to net negative effects for the governing faction in question. Societies will react to the betrayals in different ways, depending upon how great and consistent the offenses are. The more the governing faction oversteps their bounds along with the more severely they overstep those bounds, the more unstable, illegitimate and unauthoritative their positions are in their society, especially if they consistently do a sub-par or mediocre job at governing as a baseline. The state derives their strength and authority from the society in all cases and the society derives its order, predictability and stability from the state. The two are mutually dependent on one another with the strategic advantage going to the society because they a) have the ultimate say in anything and everything and b) are able to find a new government much more easily than a government (especially a mediocre or bad one) can find a new society to govern.
Therefore, to reiterate, a government’s officials must be adaptable to changing present conditions with a mind towards future situations, possess a strong grounding in empirical reality in the present as well as a keen awareness towards consequence and the relationships between the various causes and effects of their actions in the present, be genuinely people who care about their own selves relative to the other or possess a genuine care about the other and be courageous and sharp enough to know when and how to fold, in order to preserve their relative power, authority and presence in society. All other methods have proven to be sub-par for the leaders in question and negatively effective for the general public in the due course of history.
Be my guests.
Think about it.
And, test it.
Think about it.