The (Real) Great Leap Forward
The first step to governing is to understand and pick what your priorities really are. It’s ok to be honest with yourself, even if you’re going to be dishonest with others. Your priorities will show through and be made apparent regardless. Be careful of what you choose to prioritize, as it will have repercussions for your own self in the present tense. It should be noted that survival needs to always trump financial profitability and health and well-being enable us to thrive much more easily and naturally than the pursuit of purely personal financial profits.
The second step is to comprehend, accept, and abide by the natural laws and conditions of society, the environment, and the physical universe that is us. As of yet, this body of knowledge is incomplete and would require some resources committed towards fleshing it out with evidence and honest analysis to comprehend this in order to make better choices in the society, with the society, and for the society.
The third step is to carefully experiment and design remedies to common problems in our society that can make information comprehensible yet not simplistic enough to distort the message that data and observations in the society can tell us about it. This is best done these days through computer modeling and, again, spare resources should be committed to developing better tools for modeling the socio-economic and environmental complex in which we live in order to produce, again, better solutions for our society through a better understanding of this complex.
The fourth step is to apply the lessons that are learned from this research into the practical world such that the governing members can achieve positive priorities for our society while neglecting negative priorities and dysfunctional ways of going about achieving the positive priorities. All specific polices and programs are subject to changing times, conditions, perceived and desired needs of the public.
These steps are just the first set of stepping stones towards making this world somewhat better for ourselves in spite of its constant and predictable inclination towards self-destruction and recreation. With any luck, the awareness and acceptance of these natural laws will always be carried on by our consciousness ad infinitum and beyond, in spite of all the changes that will occur along the way to ourselves and our comprehension of the universe. The essential truths and laws themselves are universal and absolute, even if the solutions to the problems that we face are not. Each of these steps must be tailored to each unique society and social condition. The policies and priorities that work in one area of the world will not likely work in other places, cultures, social contexts, and historical settings. Adaptation and flexibility are the names of the game. It is not one ism or another, but rather a collection of isms that are reflective of and based in common reality used appropriately and effectively at the right times that ensures survival, health, well-being, and the ability to thrive. I would argue that anything short of these specific priorities will lead to the ultimate and premature destruction of our species and our human societies.
If the governing members wish to earn the respect and legitimacy of the public at the very least, they must emphasize the priorities that lead to positive results and avoid those that don’t while ignoring the sub-optimal methods for their given society and social context. If they wish to do well for their people simply because it’s a good thing for them to do, then they’ll also be bound to the same basic logic and the same basic steps in order to accomplish their respective ends.
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