Universal Principles–Life, Liberty, Property, and Sacrifice

There are four universal principles that are particularly relevant to the functioning of society. They are: Order, Autonomy, Industry, and Sacrifice. Each of these principles are interrelated with each other and there is much overlap between them. This is the result of being universal principles. None of these principles could exist in isolation, nor any group of them without all four being present.

These four principles may be, and are, applied by tyrants and criminals. The distinction between the use of these principles for free society and tyranny is found in which level of society is most valued. This is what I call a Value Level. The Value Level ranges from the individual, at one end of the spectrum, to the worldwide collective at the other end of the spectrum. What is important to understand about Value Levels is that there is still only one individual (or a very small group of individuals as the group gets larger) making decisions for each level. In other words, the collective value level does not mean that the autonomy of each person in the collective is important, but rather the autonomy of the collective is important as a whole. These concepts are only introduced briefly at this time. It is my position that the individual value level is the most conducive to preserving freedom.

Order is the first principle. Order includes obedience, laws, hierarchy, and rules in society. Good order enables freedom through the limits it sets. Order includes the protection of rights. Because the chief right is the right to life, the principle of Order also represents the individual right to life.

Autonomy is the second principle. Autonomy is the ability to make decisions and to determine ones own destiny. Autonomy also includes the responsibility of the decision-maker. Whoever is responsible for making the decision is also responsible for the outcome of that decision (which is closely related to the principle of Industry). The principle of Autonomy is directly related to the individual right to liberty.

Industry is the third principle. Industry represents the necessity of work and productivity to preserve and advance a society. It relates to the law of the harvest (that one reaps what one sows), ideas of karma, and the Golden Rule (“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”). Industry includes providing needed and desired services and the improvement of land and materials in order to provide, save (lay up in store), and increase one’s standard of living. As such, the principle of Industry represents the individual right to property.

The fourth principle is Sacrifice. Sacrifice is the principle relating to the discharge of the other three principles and, as such, the preservation of the individual rights of life, liberty, and property. It is the right to determine the type and extent one is willing to sacrifice his or her individual rights to life, liberty, and property for the common protection of each of these rights.

Life, liberty, and property are the inherent and unalienable rights (based on the principles of Order, Autonomy, and Industry). Because the nature of mankind is to seek for power over others, these rights cannot be preserved without sacrifice. Sacrifice is the necessary commitment engendered by each of the other rights, which must coexist with each other to preserve society and provide for a free society.

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