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Slavery and the course of civilization

April 8th, 2009 · No Comments

Freedom Evolves? The Discrete Freedom Sequence

One of the great mysteries of world history is the subtle pattern uncovered by the eonic model: the discrete freedom sequence.

Humanity flatters itself that it was able to freely construct the forms of civilization, and freedom. But the reality is more subtle, and a number of misconceptions abound.
We tend to think of slavery as some inchoate condition of civilization that only modern societies could truly abolish. That is true, as far as it goes. But a closer look shows that slavery is not an inevitable development or some inexorably fated first step toward something but a pathology of civilization that was not present at its beginning.
We confront the fact that civilization starts out one way and degenerates for several millennia. And that all the improvements are correlated with the eonic sequence!
The two level analysis of the eonic effect makes the point especially clear, for this kind of model allows us to see the way that a motion toward the ideal can coexist with the degeneration away from an ideal. There was never some teleological inevitability about slavery. Quite the contrary. The Egyptians, after all, outdid all later projects with the pyramids, using hired labor, and without iron tools, copper only to start.
We see by Roman times that the pathology has become terminal. Civilization can go no further until slavery is overcome, somehow.

Here is a footnote from the text of World History And The Eonic Effect citing a book on this subject:

Aldo Schiavone, in The End of the Past (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2000), notes the way the Roman system reaches its climax in the early empire, as seen in the famous oration of Aristides (second century A.D.), To Rome, celebrating the Roman achievement, even as a sense of its impasse emerges as the anxious dread before a terminal system.

Cynical elites, Darwinists/Social Darwinists, Machiavellian politicians, even some Marxist historical materialists, would see nothing but sentimental idealism in such a view. But a close look at the evidence shows how misleading the flatland view of history can be. Darwinism has been especially disastrous here, because it suggests that history could not proceed without any progression toward an ideal. But that view is false.
We must distinguish two levels, micro and macro to sort out the confusion, mostly in our own minds, so we can look at the evidence of history for what it is.
The eonic sequence suggests that about two centuries from the divide point and the end of the discrete freedom sequence, democratic assumptions may undergo chaotification.
That points to the year 2000 in the modern case.

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