Facets of Integralism

Recognition of a Higher Power

  • Call it what you like, but “something” is ultimately responsible for “everything”
  • This Higher Power is both beyond and within our world
  • It is within us, and also accessible to us, if we seek it

Recognition of Natural Law

  • Acceptance of ubiquitous organizing principles
  • Hierarchy and heterarchy are both necessary
  • Living beings are not all equal, as they have different attributes, context, and history

Recognition of the Cosmos

  • Our universe is but a piece of the Cosmos
  • Our human cognition limits this to an even smaller piece
  • The integral energy exists at a level beyond the limits of our cognition

Following Nature

  • Though the method of explaining Natural Law may differ, Natural Law is perennial
  • Through recognition of Nature, one’s own self comes into focus
  • One who follows Nature thereby achieves greater integrity

Free Association

  • There will always be conflict, seeking to force cooperation will not change this
  • Any group or tribe that wishes to gather among themselves, and to exclude others, ought be allowed to do so
  • All tribes require their own culture, context, and Nation in order to continue existing
  • mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation between different tribes is only possible when each of them has a clearly defined identity

Brotherhood, Nation, Synarchy

  • We inherently seek to be around others who are like us
  • A highly functional society requires a high degree of homogeneity
  • True cooperation is only possible through synarchy (cooperation, authority, and synergy)
  • Sharing ideals strengthens the group, divergence of ideals weakens it

The Structure of Society

  • Natural Law should be the basis of the societal structure
  • Extending from this should be the unique attitudes and strengths of the tribe
  • When Nations are based in Natural Law, differing tribes may negotiate more easily
  • Boundaries are necessary for the maintenance of a Nation

The People

  • Honest work is the lifeblood of a Nation, productivity is to be rewarded
  • The people must be protected from predatory professions and financial practices
  • No matter the profession, geniune work is to be valued

The Squire, Warrior, and General

  • The warrior class must be cultivated
  • Personal excellence ought be rewarded
  • This should be a profession, a calling

The Seeker, Adept, and Sage

  • A philosopher class in a society is as important as the warrior class
  • There must be allowances for the exploration of Awareness via unusual means
  • This should be a profession, a calling

The Maiden, Mother, and Crone

  • The family is the heart of the Nation
  • While some women may be drawn to the path of the Warrior or the Adept, Motherhood is the the most important duty of women
  • Homemaking, caring for the family should be considered not only a good, but it should be given as much respect as excellence in war and philosophy

Deviancy

  • Anti-social behavior is not to be allowed in the public space
  • Each tribe has their own cultural norms, but some taboos are virtually universal
  • Failure to enforce healthy taboos leads to the downfall of a Nation

Liberty

  • Freedom implies responsibility
  • Integralists seek to maximize liberty, within the context of an all-embracing duty
  • The individual is not an island, and is always connected to the group
  • Property is Natural
  • Cooperation is Natural
  • Exploitation is Natural, and thus it must be guarded against
  • Consistent Rules, Values, Customs, and Inheritances insure both liberty and security

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