Elements of History

Our endowment to change must first come from within. We must develop the ability of self-reflection, without becoming overwhelmed with self-doubt, arrogance, or dependence on subjective normative logic. These and other steps can aid in making healthy social change for those existing within interdependent systems.

Fear not the past for it helps makes up who we are today and how well we are ready for the future. For such change to be lasting and nuturing the individuals, leaders, scientist and social alchemist must accept that their perceptions and actions may influence other interdependent systems that they actively or passively interact with regularly. For example US trade can influence global markets, which in turn impacts US domestic growth.

While this example may seem like matter of primary economic policy its impact influences individual and social groups. Both can have their perception of self and society altered by social change.

Morals & Dogma of the Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry By A l b e r t P i k e Address

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“In a Republic, it soon comes to pass that parties gather round the negative and positive poles of some opinion or notion, and that the intolerant spirit of a triumphant majority will allow no deviation from the standard of orthodoxy which it has set up for itself. Freedom of opinion will be professed and pre’Inded to, but every one will exercise it at the peril of being banished from political communion with those who hold the reins and prescribe the policy to be pursued. Slavishness to party and obsequiousness to the popular whims go hand in hand “

” The first principle in a Republic ought to be, “that no man or set of men is entitled to exclusive or separate emoluments or privileges from the community, but in consideration of public services; which not being descendible, neither ought the offices of magistrate, legislature, nor judge, to be hereditary.” It is a volume of Truth and Wisdom, a lesson for the study of nations, embodied in a single sentence, and expressed in language which every man can understand. If a deluge of despotism were to overthrow the world, and destroy all institutions under which freedom is protected, so that they should no longer be remembered among men, this sentence, preserved, would be sufficient to rekindle the fires of liberty and revive the race of free men. But, to preserve liberty, another must be added: “that a free State does not confer office as a reward, especially for questionable services, unless she seeks her own ruin; but all officers are employed by her, in consideration solely of their will and ability to render service in the future; and therefore that the best and most competent are always to be preferred.”

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