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SOCIAL SCIENCE : THE SPIRITUAL BASIS OF CULTURE
Such social orders reflect a
different idea of the world and a more intimate connection with nature. We
could call them "organic", whereas our democratic or communist social orders are
conceptual. All human beings may not simply be equal in terms of their
function, any more than all of the organs of the body are. The brain
has one function and the stomach has another. We cannot give half of
the work of the brain to the stomach or half of the work of the stomach to
the brain. Such equality would kill us. Nor should the stomach be allowed to function as the brain. A
right organic order may be essential to society. It should not be confused with a conceptual order or
with a wrong organic order (such as most of these older based cultures
have degenerated into through time).
We should also note that these cultural orders were far less rigid at
their origin. While a difference in function was acknowledged each role was regarded as necessary
and sacred. Only in time was the organic social order divided into rigid compartments rather than
complementary functions. The farmer was not originally inferior to the king. Both were seen as
providing essential functions, though one may have been subordinate to the other, each had
its important place in the sacred order. Hence it was the king who did the first plowing for the year.
Even in our modern culture these same different types have their own
different, though not as isolated social orders. The priests or religious people of any group tend
to form their own community, as with monasteries and churches. The nobility, our political leaders,
also have their own echelon of society, which requires a certain background to be able to enter.