The Common Interest as The Conscience of Society
December 17, 2019 3 minutes • 464 words
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A soul manifests in the physical dimension through a physical body which can be thought of as its vehicle. To maintain itself, the soul develops 2 things:
- An ego
This is needed to drive action in physical existence
- A sense called a conscience
This regulates that ego to keep it within its dharma . This sense leads to personal morals or personal do’s and dont’s while the soul is in the duality of physical existence
Souls can then bind themselves into a new entity called a society which gets its own soul from the individual souls that make it up. This soul-of-society also acquires its own conscience, known as the common interest, that it uses to regulate the individual egos that are contained in it. This interest is based on feelings or the heart, as a feeling-sense, and not on the intellect or the brain. This sense leads to social morals to guide each individual soul on what is right and wrong.
Like any sense, it has to be trained and practiced in order for it to be more effective. We can train our children to have an eye for details or to learn the notes in music. A lot of peace and progress can therefore be achieved if everyone were trained in the proper morals.
Without such morals, each soul will act arbitrarily according to its own selfish-interest. This usually infringes on the happiness of other souls leading to unsocial and unjust behavior such as discord and crime. If kept uncorrected, these lead to disorder, or even revolution.
Justice to the Rescue
To reduce the pain and unhappiness from such disorders, humans developed the concept of justice which is really the dharma of society, just as good health is the dharma of a human body. We this, we can make an analogy that injustice is the disease of society, just as revolution is its death.
Rebels and terrorists are cancers and viruses, while social events are exercise and good education is proper food. The lawmakers are the doctors, while courts are the therapists.
The justice system pushes the erring ego back to the common interest just as the our conscience (sense of personal morals) makes our minds refrain from doing bad actions.