Basic words used for the above stated premise
“Social” is multipurpose--having several usages: (MW)
"Society" means the aggregate of people living together in a more or less ordered community. In this definition, there is no connectivity requirement--only order. "Aggregate"entails the civic people, dissidents, criminals, evils, and other aliens to civic morality. When behavior is covertly harmful, there is no consequence, but when it becomes covert, the perpetrator may become subjugated to the monopoly on force or the rule of law. Negotiation of power in the social order is traditionally called "politics."
"Civilly" means politely, and thus is a social term, defined by the people involved. Thus, a Christian, during the holiday season, might not take "Happy Holidays" as civilly stated. "Civilly" could be applicable for the culture of a civic people as well as for any other faction of people. However, to be explicit to that culture, we use the word civicaly to indicate speech and behavior that is consistent with civic morality. "Civilization" means the condition that exists when people have developed effective ways of organizing a society and care about art, science, etc. The term "effective" lends subjectivity, so civilization seems more a possibility than an activity that is enjoyed by the people. Yet, a civic people would be included in civilization.
Anyone who claims that "the people" rule America is lying, unless an infinite timeline is assumed. Looking at the past 227 years there is some evidence that the people are in charge, but no evidence that the goal is personal liberty with civic well-being. For example, when the USA began operation in 1789, 6% of free citizens (78 % of inhabitants, excluding slaves) could vote. In 2016, 100% of free citizens may vote. However, even mitochondrial DNA's evidence (1987) that everyone alive is kin has not solved slavery's racial tensions in the USA. But neither the blacks nor the whites in America are responsible for this tension. It was first a consequence of the African enslavement of Africans for worldwide marketing, the Chinese invention of guns, and subsequent 15th century papal bulls granting competition for monopolies on the African slave trade. The responsibility to resolve this very specific racial tension came to the USA when independence from England was won. Solving this problem will give America the moral grounds on which diversity can be embraced on this planet. But the federal government thrives on this racial and economic battle, the states are too subjugated by the federal administrated state, and only a civic people can resolve it.
Erosion of each individual's inalienable rights.
Because groups are, by opinion, granted the status of person, foreign money has direct influence on the governance of the USA. Consider, for example, foreign contributions to the Clinton Foundation (google to find your favorite information source). Often the voters face selection from the candidates that the competitive upper classes have promoted, whether a worthy candidate is among them or not. The adults in the USA, through civic indolence are accumulating ruinous debt for their posterity: their children, their grandchildren, and their progeny. Only a civic people can collaborate for reform.
Collaboration means “to work with another person or group in order to achieve or do something.” If we can identify a goal that is attractive to most people, collaboration might be possible; a culture of a civic people within the people seems a worthy goal. If so, collaboration would entail identifying the bedrock requirements for civic morality yet allowing people to responsibly pursue innovative paths, where "responsibly" means able to be trusted to do what is right or to do the things that are [unexpected yet] required under the innovative civic morality.
The meaning of personal liberty seems self-evident, yet when stated using the preposition “with,” limits on liberty are implied. Civic well-being means not harming other persons in civic connections. Thus, each person attends to his or her personal pursuits, careful not to interfere with other person’s personal pursuits. Social pursuits such as avocation, professional associations, religions, sports and such are kept private and the private practices do not prevent differing, no-harm contemporary practices. Issues about private pursuits are not imposed on civic morality. We can readily see that civic collaboration is required. For example, each person must stop at red lights in order to trust green lights. A civic people develop traffic regulations which the people obey or risk subjugation to the law. Where necessary to limit aliens, a civic people maintain written laws. But private matters, like why a driver was in traffic, are not pertinent when regulations are not observed. On the "soft" side, a civic people do not lie to each other so that they can trust their statements.
With the above definitions, we are in a position to clarify the thesis. A civic people collaborate to establish and maintain an achievable culture: personal liberty with civic well-being. Civic well-being entails both 1) satisfaction respecting personal progress toward psychological maturity over a complete lifetime and 2) appreciation of other no-harm people's personal quest, regardless of their biological, chronological and cultural background. A civic people recognize that just as a person must earn his or her living in order to enjoy liberty, he or she must contribute to justice in order to lessen personal subjugations to the rule of law. Further, a civic people recognize that while preferential associations are the wellspring of personal pursuits, the ineluctable connectedness of inhabiting the same land during the same years demands civic morality. They maintain a culture that seeks personal safety with domestic goodwill. When injustice is discovered, the issue is candidly addressed among a civic people and resolution is negotiated--without lies; people cannot civically respond to an issue that is presented as a lie. If the resolution requires no change in the laws, it is merely communicated to society. The culture of personal liberty with civic well-being is attractive and eventually most of We the People of the United States join A Civic People of the United States; the ideal totality is approached ever so slowly. Eventually, the alien society lessens: there are fewer criminals, evils, and other people who perpetrate harm and risk subjugation to the rule of law.
But how does a civic people determine the bedrock civic morality and the rule of law? That's expressed with brief explanation in the 7/12/15 post: Physics offers the bedrock and a civic people discovering the values that emerge from physics establishes physics-based ethics. I will cover physics-based ethics with a focus on definitions in a separate, future essay. Note: that essay, "Opinion-based ethics seems dysfunctional," was posted on 1/30/2016.
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