Cooperative Democracy

Cooperative Democracy

an Essay by

The Divine World-Teacher,

Avatar Adi Da Samraj

Freedom is a matter of consciousness (or real intelligence)
and responsibility. It is the duty and fundamental political motive, or
social urge, of free men and women to create an intimate cooperative union
with other men and women. Therefore, the basic idea of democracy (or of
the “free society”, in general) is not mere personal independence (nor
impersonally organized collectivism), but it is cooperative human community,
or the culture of responsible human intimacy.

The principal obligations (or practical responsibilities)
of any truly free (or cooperatively democratic) community are:

1. The practical establishment of truly humanizing and
developmental cultural and Spiritual Wisdom as the basis of the daily education,
moral and personal testing, and literal practice of all members of the
cooperative community.

2. The practical establishment of rights of privacy and
personal mobility within the cooperative community, and the full consideration
and clear enunciation of just social laws (or behavioral agreements) as
well as right and just means of enforcing and adjudicating the social laws
(or behavioral agreements) within and without the cooperative community.
(If social law ceases to be a matter of abstract and arbitrary rules, and
is simply a matter of behavioral agreements made on the basis of Wisdom,
universal love, and genuine compassion, then “law enforcement” and “justice”
will also tend to become natural and intimate functions of the cooperative
human community itself, rather than the duty of abstracted powers that
manipulate “criminals”. Only if the matter of social law remains within
the province of the intimate cooperative community will citizens adapt
to the truly moral—or love-based, and truly ego-transcending—point of
view, and it is also only within the intimate cooperative community that
the “letter” of the social law can remain secondary to the compassionate
and humanizing judgement of Wise representatives of the right and true
“community mind”. Only one for whom the loss of intimate community would
be the greatest loss of all will accept the rules and tests and judgements
of the cooperative human community. And such a one generally need not be
“punished” if he or she commits any wrong, but such a one can be healed
by the obligation to serve the people he or she has wronged, as a condition
for his or her reacceptance into full participation in the intimate cooperative
community. But “outsiders”—or individuals who have never lived within,
and become rightly dependent upon, the intimate cooperative community “bond”
of a living culture—in fact have no peers and no truly moral foundation
for their human existence. Therefore, great authoritarian, or parentlike,
States breed “outlaws”—because they destroy the political principle
of autonomous and intimate cooperative community as the basic unit of citizen

3. The comprehensive practical planning and orderly development
(or “pre-solving”) of the total natural and human environment of the cooperative
community (both in itself and in its cooperative relations with all other
cooperative communities).

4. The practical management of the universal availability
of fundamental and necessary goods and services within the democratically
responsible cooperative community—and, thus, the guarantee of access to
those goods and services on the part of all members of the cooperative
human community who participate truly cooperatively and responsibly in
the cooperative community, and who can, thus, offer one or another kind
of fair exchange for goods and services. (And the cooperative community
should, in its cooperative relations with all other cooperative communities,
always help to establish and maintain the universal availability of necessary
goods and services within all other cooperative communities.)



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