1. Violence is the law of nature. Peace is the yardstick measuring the advance of civilization. (783.4) 70:1.1
2. Primitive man enjoyed fighting. (784.2) 70:1.6
3. Wars were caused by hunger, women, slaves, revenge, vanity, monotony, and religion. (784.3) 70:1.7
4. Some wars had social value. (785.6) 70:2.1
5. Ancient wars destroyed inferior peoples; modern wars destroy the best stocks. (785.14) 70:2.9
6. Sometimes early man would stake all on a duel—like David and Goliath. (785.2) 70:1.19
II. EARLY HUMAN ASSOCIATIONS
1. Personal inequalities caused groupings in primitive society. (792.2) 70:7.17
2. Secret societies were the first political parties. (792.4) 70:7.19
3. Ten groups occur in primitive society:
- Age. (792.6) 70:8.2
III. HUMAN RIGHTS
1. Kings were chosen for special abilities—heroes. (789.9) 70:6.2
2. The great myth was absoluteness of the state. (800.1) 71:0.2
3. Nature confers no rights on man—not even the right to live. (793.11) 70:9.1
4. Security is the gift of society to man. (793.11) 70:9.1
5. Equality is the child of civilization—it is not found in nature. (794.12) 70:9.17
IV. EVOLUTION OF JUSTICE
1. Government evolved by trial and error. (783.3) 70:0.3
2. Natural justice is a man-made theory—fiction. (794.13) 70:10.1
3. Law is a record of human experience—public opinion crystallized and legalized. (797.4) 70:11.6
4. Public opinion delays society, but preserves civilization. (801.18) 71:2.7
5. Democracy is ideal, but it is beset by certain dangers:
- Glorification of mediocrity.
- Choice of base and ignorant rulers.
- Failure to recognize social evolution.
- Dangers of universal suffrage.
- Slavery to public opinion. (801.13) 71:2.1
V. IDEALS OF STATEHOOD
1. The safeguards of statehood are :
- Prevention of usurpation of power by the state.
- Control of ignorant agitators.
- Maintenance of scientific progress.
- Prevention of dominance of mediocrity.
- Control of vicious minorities.
- Control of clever dictators.
- Prevention of panics.
- Avoidance of exploitation by the unscrupulous.
- Avoidance of slavery by taxation.
- Maintenance of social and economic fairness.
- Prevention of union of church and state.
- Preservation of personal liberty. (798.5) 70:12.6
2. Only love can prevent the strong from oppressing the weak. (804.17) 71:4.17
3. Statehood evolves slowly through a dozen levels.
- Threefold government—executive, legislative, and judicial.
- Freedom of social, political, and religious activities.
- Abolition of slavery and bondage.
- Control of taxation.
- Universal education.
- Adjustment of local and national governments.
- Fostering of science and conquest of disease.
- Sex equality.
- Liberation of machines and their mastery.
- Conquest of dialects.
- Ending of war.
- Universal pursuit of wisdom. (806.15) 71:8.2
4. The great problem of statehood is to prevent the state from becoming parasitical or tyrannical. (805.2) 71:5.2
VI. PROGRESSIVE CIVILIZATION
1. Civilization embraces:
- Preservation of liberties.
- Protection of the home.
- Economic security.
- Prevention of disease.
- Compulsory education.
- Compulsory employment.
- Profitable leisure.
- Care of unfortunates.
- Race improvement.
- Promotion of science and art.
- Promotion of philosophy.
- Cosmic insight. (804.1) 71:4.1
2. Society has not progressed very far when it permits idleness and tolerates poverty. (803.8) 71:3.8
3. Profit motivation should prevail until a better motivation is provided. (805.6) 71:6.2
4. Industry demands law and private property. (783.1) 70:0.1
5. Communism failed because it fostered idleness and because it ran counter to family, religion, liberty, and security. (780.8) 69:9.5
6. Make changes only when they are for the better. (782.5) 69:9.18
7. Slavery was indispensable in the development of civilization. It compelled lazy people to work and thus provided wealth and leisure for the advancement of superior peoples. (779.5) 69:8.6
VII. SUPERHUMAN GOVERNMENT
1. The Most Highs rule in the kingdoms of men. (1253.5) 114:4.2
2. The reserve corps of destiny may assist. (1257.1) 114:7.1
3. The angels of planetary supervision are:
- Epochal angels.
- Progress angels.
- Religious guardians.
- Nation life.
- The races.
- Angels of the future.
- Superhuman ministry. (1255.3) 114:6.4
- Adam and Eve
- Evil and Sin
- Evolution of the Soul
- God's Eternal Purpose
- Local Universe Creative Spirit
- Local Universe Sons
- Machiventa Melchizedek
- Marriage and the Home
- Mind and Spirit
- Permanent Citizens
- Prayer and Worship
- Religious Experience
- The Corps of the Finality
- The Creator Sons
- The Doctrine of God
- The Holy Spirit
- The Kingdom of Heaven
- The Local Universe
- The Morontia Life
- The Paradise Sons
- The Paradise Trinity
- The Paradise-Havona System
- The Plan of Salvation
- The Plan of Survival
- The Power Directors
- The Spirit of Truth
- The State
- The Supreme Spirit - And Other Personalities
- Thought Adjusters
- Truth, Beauty, and Goodness