Tuesday, September 2, 2008
A basis for modern society?
Its funny realizing that sovereignty is the basis of most of our existence, or the way we live. At first sovereignty seems to be just a way of governing or ordering society, but as you read and learn more about it, it slowly reveals itself to be largely responsible for all our modern technology and science. Without sovereignty, it appears humans would not have been organized enough to make break through after break through. Sovereignty provides protection to the individual from the masses of outsiders. Moreover, it protects the communities that these new ideas and ways of thinking sprout out of. Without this base of order, man would have fallen into a simple pattern that did not promote growth. Coming to this conclusion, one thinks of the native peoples of countries that were colonized by these new sovereign nations. Those natives, in most cases, were living simple lives that fit them into the natural order of life. Once these peoples' nations became sovereign, they were usually stripped of their way of life and forced to change (i.e. Native American's). Now even though sovereignty has promoted the new ways of life, it is seen here to destroy a simple existence to promote growth. On the one hand we have sovereignty helping a nation and people grow, and on the other we see how the more simple people are abused and pushed below the more "advanced" ones. This is not always the order of things, and it is not that way now, but that is only because most of our world is now divided up into sovereign nations, but the ride up to that point was a bumpy one. In fact, we can see today where unclear borders are still a cause for war, yet when people stay within their own territory, there is no cause for alarm. Yet before sovereignty caused this great evolution, man was a simple creature that did not shape the world around him and life was governed by nature. It begs one to ask weather losing that natural order was worth all we are offered in modern society, especially when looking at what our way of life is doing to the environment around us.
Posted by kip geddes at 8:59 PM