The Paradigms of Power
Society is based on morality.
Morality rests on consensus and requires the use of power to remove those who will not accept that consensus.
The continued existence of a shared morality rests on the forbearance of every single individual within a society from claiming the entire fruit of his or her labour.
A society's ability to achieve consensus is inversely proportional to the size and complexity of society, to the degree of technological advancement, and to the speed of internal communications.
The more complex a society's framework, the shorter the existence of that incarnation of a society.
Power cannot be maintained and effectively exercised without a moral structure accepted and practiced by all because power attracts the corruptible and because corruption destroys consensus.
Certain individuals are born incapable of forbearance; so are certain cultures.
Thus, continuation of society rests on: the willingness of each individual to accept the shared values of the society; the willingness and the ability of those in power to remove those who do not support the morality of the society; and the willingness of all to limit the size and complexity of society to the scope of consensus required.
Adiamante - chapter:6