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5. Modern Society (5.3-5.5.6)
Written by Messiah   
Thursday, 06 July 2006

5.3    The Elite

5.3.1    History of / Definition

The word elite came to English in the 18th century from the past participle of the French verb elire "elect". The French acquired the word from Latin eligere "pick out, select", which is composed of the prefix ex- "out" and the verb legere "gather, choose". Etymologically, then, elite means "those who are elected". A modern definition of “Elite” would be: “those who are chosen by either the grass roots directly or by its representatives (Elite) in a democracy and by the ruler or by its representatives (Elite) in authoritarian regimes or dictatorships.”

5.3.2    Its a dirty job but someone has to do it

Thru history the elite, as well as individual members of the elite, always have had problems with the grass roots. The only parts of history were the elite have been extra liked has been after great disasters, conflicts or alike. It then seems like the masses understand than order cannot be re-established if no-one take the lead role, but as soon as order is established again, the dislike of the elite starts to increase. Well, now it may sound like everybody dislikes the elite. That is of course far from true. The elite is very accepted and liked normally, but as soon as problems in society rise, it’s easy to blame the elite. To be able to give our elite better hope for the future, we must learn to understand that members of the elite are normal people who are apart of the grass roots as soon as they leave their work. They are no better humans just because they are apart of the elite. They are ultimately put into their roles just because we have chosen them for it. We must put ourselves into their position and view problems with their eyes. A modern society is a complex organism and in many cases there is no easy solution - and even if one would find a solution to one problem, it most likely will mean problems for some other part in society.

And of course, we should not drop the critical eye on the elite as when they make bad judgments it will affect lots of people. The elite must both accept it and understand its importance.

5.4    Corruption

5.4.1    Definition

There are many definitions on the word “Corruption”. My own definition is simple: “Actions or gifts, normally in business and politics, which favor one part for a specific purpose”.

5.4.2    Examples

Probably the most common and by many accepted type of corruption is to be petitioned with gifts and dinners by vendors just because ones company is about the buy products. The more advanced and complicated corruption take place in personal networks were deals are made up between people who in the personal network promote a deal which favor later can be paid back on a similar way.

5.4.3    A matter of culture

However, before we begin to scream about our view of corruption, we must understand that corruption itself have close relations with culture. Before the civilized world, modern corruption was a way to survive and wasn’t seen as something negative. It was a normal way to trade. In many cultures even today, this type of trading still is common. The phrase: “If you scratch my back, I’ll scratch your’s” is derived from this background. However, in a world were equal opportunities for all parts is the basic platform of economy, this type of helping each others becomes a problem.

5.4.4    End corruption

If one hear about or experience this type of actions, I say its ones responsibility to inform involved parts that the actions may be seen as corruptive. And if someone is proceeding after received such a notification, he/she is deliberately making an act that may be seen as illegal. Deliberately or not is often the main separator between high or low sentences in the court of law, if convicted. So, a few simple words may be enough to, by time, reduce corruption in the world.

5.5    Structure

5.5.1    Order: Constitutions, laws, rules, regulations

The foundation of a society is based on a common statement that ensures order within the society. Normally a modern society has a founding constitution and a set of laws. On top of that there are rules and regulations which are easier to change and cover smaller but important things. Example: You break the law if going faster than a speed limit, but it’s just a regulation that specifies the speed limit of the specific road.

A society need order to ensure equal treatment of the citizens. However, were there are gaps between laws and regulations, judges are needed. And if a new type of crime occurs judges will create a presidential case which may turn out as the standard treatment when same type of crime occurs again. The order of the society is evolving organically and this is something we all need to understand. It’s easy to be negative about laws, rules and regulations, but they are apart of the same giant organism which we all are.

5.5.2    Roles

Ok, we understand that order is needed. To be able to maintain the order system a number of roles need to be filled with people. Without the people in the correct roles, the order would not be maintained. Within an order system, there are no dependencies to specific individuals, which one may believe. In an order system, there are only dependencies to roles. Roles are create by the elite and are filled with ordinary people.

5.5.3    Social care

A society always will contain those who can’t take care of themselves and those who do not have the equal possibility to use society shared resources. Therefore a society structure also needs to maintain a social care system. Normally one can tell about the health of the society itself by looking at the social care system, as its within this system were grass roots share resources the most. A majority that show positive attitude about the social care system within the society of course tell much about the society itself.

5.5.4    Aims / Goals

It’s important that a society structure also contains aims and goals. Well, this is not the standard grass root headache of aims and goals I mean. I mean aims and goals with the society as an organism. Sitting elite/rulers must have an official agenda that point out the aims and goal of the society. The more advanced they are, the more attractive the society will become. This is important in the modern world of globalization were for example research facilities must attract researchers from the whole globe. If the society has an elite which has other aims, no resources will be reserved for such and no researchers will come. This is a complex and risky game to play. A lot of money is involved and normally spending money mean bad publicity, which may lead to new elite in next election. And a change in elite may also change aims and goals, which may end up in a roller coaster ride of money loss and bad society leadership in general.

5.5.5    If / Then

A society structure also must include a disaster recovery system. It’s impossible to predict things like earthquakes, plane crashes etc. Such an institution gives the society safety to concentrate on other things.

5.5.6    Complexity / Balance

The structure of a modern society has evolved to such a complex organism that most of us living in it just take it for granted. In general we don’t have to think about the existence of personal safety, care, water supply, sewers, education, food and a trillion other things. It’s like in the movie “Life of Brian”, by Monty Pyton, were someone asks: - “What did the Romans ever do for us?” and they begin to count things like: Aqueducts, Roads, schools, order, laws etc. We have to think about this when we address existing problems in society. If we do not balance our aggressions against non working things with the things that are working, we will just boost an indulgent aggression – making the aggression itself a bigger problem than the problem the aggression was directed against. You see, society structure is balanced by resources from within society itself. It’s impossible to finance and handle everything. This focus the overall responsibility to priority itself which to be correlated to politics and every individual’s responsibility to be a part of society evolution. To vote, speak up, share thoughts, gain trust and to have faith in society.



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