It is when a people stop doing one-another that tyrants forge their chains and civilizations fail.
- Civilizations are built because of people following the principle of one another.
- Civilizations degrade due to a lack of following the principle of one another.
A collaspe of society is not a failure of military might or food. It's a failure of practicing one another with more than just your immediate small group. (If we do not at least have a small group of one another we cannot survive). As a society tumbles slowly downward, it will encounter defeat in battle, collapse of infrastructure, food shortages, etc. But these are symptoms, not causes. The cause is not following the principle of one another.
When talking about one-another we must always remember: if you do not not included yourself in the equation of one-another and are thinking only about others, it is not one-another.
The glue that holds a civilization together is; trust in business, trust between partners, helping each other succeed by being a good boss or a good employee, ability to sacrifice now for future gain, cooperating with those outside the tribe, and etc. Only a society that cultivates one-another can prosper. As a society loses these one-another traits it grows dysfunctional. It loses winnable wars, it squanders vast wealth, it loses its work ethics, crime increases, and its loses its ability to cooperate and to plan for the long term. It slowly dies. As one-another declines, civilization declines.
- Utopians kill and die for ideals. (The Nazis, Communists, Islamists, the "hippies" of the 70's, etc. are Utopians).
- Civilized men live and fight for one another.
As people sense a decline in civilization, they tend to idealize some "pure ideal" such as equality or race, and set off on a quest to construct a new civilization around it by destroying the existing civilization. They are convinced that their ideal will create a civilization that can live forever. When their ideal fails, they revert to not considering one another but just themselves. These new "barbarians" start to murder, scream and cavort around the fire convinced that their new god can stave off the fall of night. And when the fires goes out, all that remains is ash, horror, and rubble.
Civilized men and women understand that if they want the best for themselves they must practicing one another. When we lose sight of the one another principle, we destroy whatever it was we seek to preserve, we become our own worst enemies, and bring about our own destruction.
We build civilizations by transcending ourselves and by always asking "Am I doing to others what I would like done to me"? We destroy civilization by just taking and not understanding that giving can be to our best interest.
Interests and ideals tend to opposite ends. I.e. In war, ideals may say that one should never kill and interests counsel one to survive by fleeing the battlefield. The principle of one another guides us to overcome the extremes by finding our higher responsibility in the intersection of ideal and interest. One another without balance is not one another.
Civilizations depends on people practicing one another. It is the people who come to work every day and consider how they can best make their employer or employee succeed. It is the soldiers who advance to the enemy and return fire, who win wars by protecting the one-another's they loves and stopping those who violate the principle of one another. It is the men and women who search their souls and leave this world better than when they entered it.
In a civilization on the verge of a moral catastrophe, the idea of one another is met with contemptuous laughter. It is widely understood that irresponsible behavior is better, that decency is for weaklings and fools, that anger is the only true virtue that suffices to achieve all ends. Manners vanish. Moral compasses are lost. Intellectual consistency ceases to matter. People believe contradictory things at different hours of the day. Illusory victories are achieved even as real defeats follow.
We wonder why great civilizations fall. Couldn't the Romans see what was coming? When we look around and see the decline of one another, we know the decline of civilization is not far behind. But be aware, that there may be much more one another out there that you think. Just watch when a disaster hits and see how people coming out of the woodwork from ever walk of life, to help each other. And how little all those seeming differences make at that time.