Defining appropriate governmental behavior has always become a governmental function. The governors have typically used the power of the government to retain power, and those who wanted to become governors joined the governing establishment to obtain and secure power. That opens the door to corruption of the process, and it impedes the reversal of authoritarian power. Ultimately people are left with a dilemma, two bad choices, an increasingly corrupt government or no government.
There is exactly one environment that all people share for all generations. Effective government unifies to achieve safety and benefit for the body of humanity. Ineffective government divides. It tries to make governmental sycophants safe and prosperous, but since fighting does little to achieve those goals, it heaps perks on what it calls winners. Everyone else loses, and even the winners lose. The king of a junk pile lives on a pile of junk. Divided government fails. It poisons the environment that all people share. People choose to share Earth’s bounty or they exist in despair forever. Which do you choose? Actually, you don’t have a choice if others make it for you.
Government is easily divided by power. Power is of little use in unification. Knowledge is the uniter, but not just any knowledge, only wisdom. This place that we will all share forever is precious. It can only support happy healthy life with the help of its occupants who need to try to protect each other, and all generations. Government that fails to support humanity fails humanity.
A legitimate constitution is a direction, not directions. The language in the US constitution preamble clearly points a certain direction, toward a more perfect union. As people learn more they need to make minor changes to stay on course. To travel a direction progress is a requirement. Government cannot be stagnant. The constitutional direction is toward unification. Divisions must me healed the only way divisions can be healed, with kindness, and wisdom.
Constitutions are drafted to define and limit governmental behavior, and define appropriate behavior for citizens. Governments have historically been constructed with sufficient power to control people. Democracy is an attempt at giving people a way to control government. Laws made must be constitutional. How they are enforced must be constitutional. There is a corrupting erosion on government that increases when government’s control over making law, interpreting it, and enforcing it divides its citizens.
People are primarily governed by reality. What they do makes a difference. History provides an educational opportunity that allows learning. Repeating mistakes has natural consequences that can be avoided by not repeating them. Defining what mistakes are is important, and watching to make sure the path forward is safe just makes sense. Who would drive their car with their eyes shut?
It is important to learn about reality. People often do harmful things because they don’t understand the consequences. They believe a harmful behavior is ok, or even admirable. Harm hides easily in complexity. Effective education identifies danger to avoid both accidental harm, and subversion. The problem with education is that it typically not used to avoid harm and identify danger. Instead it is used to increase power and exert control.
To avoid past mistakes, and to uncover new opportunities people can learn about reality. To avail themselves to learning more about reality, each person must momentarily abandon the comfort of past beliefs. As person gets into a car to get some place. There is a need to focus on avoiding harm, and avoiding danger, Purposely heading the vehicle toward an appropriate destination should be safe and desirable. That is not a reflection on the veracity of what the person believed when they entered the car, but it may or may not affect what they believe when they get out. Learning about reality is a direction, not a goal.
The direction of reality is toward understanding. Few would dispute the fact that it matters what they do. Both harm and benefit are passed from person to person, place to place, and generation to generation. Avoiding harm provides a benefit that lasts forever. Harmful governance imposes an immense cost on humankind. That cost crosses borders, boundaries, and generations.
The perception of the world changes as people live on it. It was once perceived that good people did good things, and bad people did evil things. Serving God made people deserving of much, and those who didn’t serve God were to blame for terrible things such as famine, disease, and natural disaster. The good folks were constantly doing battle with those they considered bad, and the outcome was never ideal for either side. Locations and generations were left scarred. The conflict itself damaged the earth as a human habitat, and it damaged the people who still inhabit it today.
There is only one habitat for humanity, and it is harmful to fight over it. Benefit is cooperatively achievable. That basic knowledge is the foundation of civility. The power of government lies in the cooperation of its people. Compelling them is problematic in that it does harm that sabotages benefit. Governmental effectiveness stems from education, and it is repelled by dictation.