- Political evolution of democracies
- Revolt, rebellion and revolution
- Monjoronson’s insights
- Overpopulation as a generator of problems
- Problems evolving the democratic process
- Using design teams to reform democracies
- Political parties
- Evolution of social institutions and organizations
- The transition era
- Library of wisdom
- Problem of self-interest in economics and financial realm
- New political parties already in development
- Having hope of constructively changing the political system
- Being actively involved
- The Urantia Book speaks of the ideal democracies
- Becoming political, social and economic activists
TR: Daniel Raphael PhD
Team members: Roxanne Andrews, Michael Lanier, Michael McCray
October 3, 2016
1. Political evolution of democracies
MACHIVENTA: Good morning, this is Machiventa Melchizedek. It is a pleasure to be here once again. It is some time ago, that I mentioned that the sequence of developments had to be amended, and that we had put on hold the social evolution projects in order to begin a more active role in the political evolution of democracies on this world. Since then, we have learned a great deal and know now that our actions were appropriate and timely.
Second, our programs are always oriented towards social evolution—social evolution, political evolution, economic evolution—these are all social institutions of one type or another, and they are all related. There is a system of social institutions that awaits a world that is on its march toward the Days of Light and Life and social peace, political peace, and economic peace. We have become more active in these developments such that individuals and others have begun to come forward with their own ideas about how to proceed. They are the seeds that are germinating under the light of God; under the light of Christ Michael and Nebadonia, and with a plan in mind.
2. Revolt, rebellion and revolution
Social evolution is important; it is the means, the “modus operandi” for Creator Sons to bring about the Days of Light and Life. Without social evolution there will become no days of settlement as that. In the case of the evolution of democracies politically, it is important that the inhabitants, the citizens within a democracy, realize that a democracy is rather delicate. Where revolt, rebellion, and revolution brought about political evolution up to the time of some early form of democracy, those types of behaviors within a democratic nation in fact retard and begin the process of social and political devolution, so that society and the economy suffers from those forceful efforts of citizens.
As you can see, it is important that there is a cadre, a seed group of individuals who see the evolution of democracies as a process where they personally can have some influence. It is important that within groups that have discussed and are disgusted with the behavior of their politicians and government officials that they not take an aggressive, violent orientation towards amending the problem. Doing so only aggravates the problem and eliminates the possibility of peaceful solutions within a democratic society.
3. Monjoronson’s insights
Hopefully, with that thought in mind, you can see the reasons why we have begun with Monjoronson’s presentation of his thoughts about the necessity of sustainability, which have evolved over the months and years. Since the time of those first thoughts, many insights and concepts and truths about social evolution in the form of sustainability have developed. The obvious element of sustainability is material sustainability, as everyone who has a good lifestyle and a prosperous way of living sees that their own acquisitiveness has brought about a tremendous amount of disparities between “those who have and those who have not.”
4. Overpopulation as a generator of problems
The fact of overpopulation should be evident to you, though many have not really thought about overpopulation as a generator of problems concerning material sustainability. Those who evidence traits of empathy often reach out in compassion to help those around the world who have less than they do, less than their society, and seek to improve the condition of individuals. This is how social sustainability comes into the consciousness of millions of people — through the observation of those who have not, and the observation of their own lives which have been so benefitted by the material and social evolution and generosity of the world to assist them to attain tremendous levels of self-fulfillment and the development of their innate potential.
5. Problems evolving the democratic process
As you can realize our efforts of social sustainability begins at the levels where the most leverage can be brought to bear upon social problems and the difficulties of the times. Currently, mature democracies are suffering a great deal because they are not able to transition to a more evolved form of democratic process. Their founding documents, which are hallowed and respected and highly regarded, are in themselves crystallized, binding citizens to their old form of doing business. They do not inherently have the capacity or capability to allow citizens to make adjustments to democratic political processes, so that your societies can evolve to more effective levels. Because democracies are founded on the authority of the public of citizens, it is therefore necessary for citizens to improve their relationship with their democratic government.
6. Using design teams to reform democracies
If citizens are not to use violence, then how must they proceed? We have proposed what is called “design teams.” These can be formed by local citizens with 5-11 members, with 7-9 being optimal. You have been provided with a procedural format, that This One calls the “Schematic for Validating Social Sustainability,” for discussing topics. As well in this team, there are assigned roles, so that through the need of inventing new social processes, policies and statutes—and even campaign promises—you will be able to have an influence on your government to amend itself. The evolution of democracies requires that citizens to take on more active and effective responsibility, rather than ineffective, violent, and inefficient activity. We have given you the formats and the means to do so. It now is incumbent upon you to begin the process of beginning to work on the processes and programs and public issues, which disgust you, which there seem to be no solutions for you at this time.
7. Political parties
Next, when it comes to political formation, this is a means of moving the lever to make changes within your democratic process. We observe that many small political parties compete by calling themselves by different names, with different missions. However, they continue to operate in the same way as other political parties with different names. They are competing within the same milieu. It is important that you see new political parties as operating outside of the realm of contemporary, old fashioned politics, political parties, and “politics as usual.” What this means is that we are seeking those who would form a political party, particularly one particular party, rather than competing with political parties of similar natures, such that would empower local citizens at their community level, to engage the political process by providing rational, consistent, integrated public policies and discussion of issues in a rational means. We are seeking to have this develop within the timeframe before the current elections in the United States. As you know, the world has its eye upon the maelstrom of politics in the United States at this time. We do not need to go into greater detail concerning the difficulties and the rather silliness of the politics that you experience through your news media.
8. Evolution of social institutions and organizations
What I am striving to assist you to see in today’s presentation is that the efforts of Christ Michael, Nebadonia, Monjoronson and myself, have been through a long lens. We have been striving to bring about the healing of this world through the social processes of social evolution by bringing forward the values that have sustained your species for so many tens of thousands of years. We have striven to point out that social institutions and organizations will not be able to survive until they adopt the values of the dominant species, which is Homo sapiens. The intent of that is to bring about the evolution of your social institutions and organizations so that they are able to adapt to changing social conditions. Your societies are not the same as those 240 years ago; they are vastly different and they would be unrecognizable by those who lived in that earlier era, just as you would not be able to accept without difficulty, if you were transported back in time to live there as well.
Therefore, what we are striving to do is to assist you and empower you with these mechanisms to change or amend your social institutions and organizations so that they are able to adapt to changing social conditions. They need to grow into their potential, just as you, as a species, always seek to improve the quality of your life. So too, must social institutions seek to improve the quality of their life. They must seek to grow—and the operative word is “grow”—into their innate potential. They must evolve from the novice, early forms of democracy and social institutions into more mature, flexible, adaptive social institutions and organizations. We are not seeking to create another crystallized set of founding documents for your democracies at the social level, political level, or the economic level. We are seeking to assist you as citizens in a democracy to bring about the peaceful evolution of your democratic institutions, so that they are flexible and adaptive to changes.
Further, we have said that the structures of the hierarchies of the social, political, and economic hierarchies are not designed or capable of amending themselves simply because those mechanisms were not embedded in the founding documents of their existence. We are not criticizing what the founders of these social, political, and economic institutions did. Truly they were incredibly innovative, creative, challenging, and radical to the times of their initiation, but they have remained the same in operation since their founding.
9. The transition era
You have been in a transition era of your democracy, socially, politically, and economically since the 1960s, and this transition era continues. Always a transition era anticipates what is coming next. We believe that we have provided you with sufficient information that most of you will be able to project what will be coming next. What comes next is an evolutionary development of your staid and archaic forms of democratic process, so that the best is retained of the past, and that new, innovative processes embellish and improve the effectiveness of what was begun long ago, and do this all without revolution, revolt, or rebellion.
As I have said this morning this era now that has begun so many months ago, politically is an opportune time to gather the attention of local citizens who might form a political party that has the rational means of improving the processes of democracy, which must include the greater responsibility of citizens and their greater ongoing participation—ongoing participation that is far more regular and frequent than every two years at election day—but a political process that includes citizens on a daily basis, not weekly or monthly, but on a daily basis, so that the responsibilities of democracy are a 24/7/365 process for everyone who wishes to participate.
I emphasize “those who wish to participate” simply because though everyone is invited, few will attend a party or this process. We know that many of your population, your public, are irresponsible and asocial or even anti-social and will not come forward to participate. The process must as well become educational; it must inform the public and educate the public such that they are aware of the issues that are involved and know the background to the development of those political, social, and economic problems, so that they are able to make wise decisions based on their experience and what works and what does not work as proven in the past.
10. Library of wisdom
As we have said as well, we hope that eventually there would one day be a library of sustaining human wisdom, so that what works is retained, and what does not work is also set aside to show and demonstrate to the readers and patrons of this library what does not work. We know that what does not work is often forgotten, similarly as the pangs of birth are forgotten by the mother in her great joy for her new child. So too, must this reality remain with you, but not agonize you; it must in fact, give you hope that through the positive and constructive wisdom that is retained, you have confidence that you can make improvements on a daily, weekly, monthly, yearly and decade basis to improve your societies. When hope is gone, then confidence becomes vacant; it is essential that you have confidence in the knowledge of what works from the past to begin the inception of new dimensions of inventiveness, socially, politically and economically.
11. Problem of self-interest in economics and financial realm
I hope I have given you enough food for thought to develop some questions for this session and in following sessions. As I have said, it is important first of all that we come to assist you to develop the levers of social change, which seems to only come about politically in your world. We find that economics and the financial realm are last to come about and come into a more mature state of being, simply because self-interest is so central to its hierarchies and institutions. Socially, you are in angst; you see great difficulty in your society. You see the immense disparity of wealth where 1% of the world owns over half of the financial and material assets of your nations. There is something definitely wrong with this, don’t you think?
How would you go about developing solutions to this, beginning at the local level? I hope this is food for thought; our questions are meant to stir your thinking and your creative, imaginative solutions that you may have with your neighbors and fellow citizens. Thank you.
Roxie: Machiventa, I’m not sure I heard you correctly: Did you say that we need to start a new political party before this coming election, which is only one month away?
12. New political parties already in development
MACHIVENTA: You could interpret my comments that way, but that is not what I said. There have already begun by conscientious individuals, the development of political parties that wish not to be a part of the old political processes. They wish to bring about innovative evolutionary changes to the political scene and to the political hierarchies. You surely must be aware of the efforts of the followers of the candidate, Bernie Sanders, and that the development of the Progressive Party has been on a state-by-state basis. There is in Colorado the “Colorado Progressive Party”, that was initiated in March and April of this year, which seeks not to follow the course of traditional political parties, and wishes not to compete with them, but to bring about innovative processes to the public in local communities. This was developed totally independently of the work of This One, and their union was brought about by us through the “conspiracy of angels,” as you might say, so that the best of them is engaged with the best that we have developed through This One and others in similar ways.
Roxie: Because of the Internet, people are beginning to take a lot more interest in politics and there are ideas for change, but a good portion of them work contrary to the good of a system as a whole. They can be pretty cantankerous, judgmental, and difficult. Do you have any comments on how we can get more people to work toward the good, rather than just starting more conflicts?
13. Having hope of constructively changing the political system
MACHIVENTA: Yes, you have seen our work already, have you not? I had hoped that what I said today would make this explicit. We only wish that those who listen to us, and read these words would participate with those who have hope of constructively amending and changing your political system. This is not an easy process. We have used the Internet and all means to broadcast this work to the greatest extent. It is our hope that the connection between the Progressive Party of Colorado and the Progressive Parties of each state that has a similar party, would come into connection and that they would begin to confer with each other about how to approach this work. There is a National Organization of Progressive Parties; it is our hope that the founders of the Colorado Progressive Party would have an influence with those individuals and bring forward the six core values of social sustainability and the process of developing hundreds, if not thousands of local community design teams that would use the schematic format procedure using the six core values and the roles of the team to create a dynamic of imaginative change.
Roxie: Thank you. Does anyone else have questions on today’s lesson?
ML: My comment would be this comes across as a very positive endorsement of what this local Progressive Party is undertaking, and your encouragement with respect to them, if I read that correctly, seems to be very motivating. So many of us—I’ve talked about it myself—sit back and bemoan the current state of affairs in government, the lack of cooperation, the infighting, the self-serving nature of the parties, and their loss of recognition of who their constituencies are, so this gives us a step out of that morass and actually potentially to take action. So, am I reading this correctly? We are being encouraged to investigate and potentially join with the new Progressive Party here in Colorado?
[Note: Three members of our team just happen to live in Colorado, thus the emphasis on what is going on in Colorado.]
14. Being actively involved
MACHIVENTA: Yes. Thank you for your summation of what I have said this morning; it is much appreciated. Yes, there is a necessity that those who have been a part of our conversation and dialog for so many years become actively involved in their local state Progressive Party and begin to become an influence and encourage your local party to look at the one that was founded in Colorado. They need direction; they need leadership. You are our cadre of trainers for idea investment into the local community political scheme where you live. You recognize, as we do, that the traditional political parties are incapable of changing themselves to reframe themselves with these new values and to redesign and to remake themselves, to reinvent themselves in a way that is constructive. They are highly competitive. What we wish to point out to our readers is that the development of this political party in Colorado occurred by two young men in their 20s and 30s, who have not been a part of the Teaching Mission, Magisterial Mission, or The Urantia Book. These are individuals who are open and receptive to meditation and to being guided from within. We hope that you realize, Dear Friends, that this is occurring all over the world, that there are individuals who are spontaneously coming into higher social evolution and recognition of the need for your social institutions to evolve and progress and become more effective in serving those of their audience. Yes, you have a very accurate take on this.
ML: Thank you.
15. The Urantia Book speaks of the ideal democracies
Roxie: In The Urantia Book it says that, “Social evolution should be encouraged by governmental supervision which exercises a minimum of regulative control. That state is best which coordinates most while governing least.” (UB 71:3.9) Does this apply no matter how large the population?
MACHIVENTA: Yes, it most certainly does. There must be a caveat though to the statement from The Urantia Book, and that your government must see itself as a facilitative change agent, to assist its citizens to move forward in social evolution. However, when your social institutions have not evolved to a more mature state of existence to become self-regulating within themselves, then what the book advocates is not possible. That situation is an “ideal” which will come about when democracies move from their novice state to the mature state and become more reflective upon the influence of government upon their citizens and how detrimental and controlling those effects can have on the citizenry and the public as a whole. Thank you for bringing that forward.
Roxie: Thank you. That’s all I have on democracy for today, and there are no questions from readers.
ML: It would seem to me that the quotation from Urantia is quite applicable as a fundamental approach to be considered by the Progressive Party. I would have to admit little confidence that the existing institutions of government would ever be oriented towards that approach; it simply defies their sense of self-service and inward look at things, but I think it would be healthy, obviously, when we connect with the Colorado Progressive Party that we find the time and means to bring this guiding principle to their attention, and hope that it would become a part of their movement forward. Does this make sense?
MACHIVENTA: It most definitely makes good sense, and as we said, it is an ideal to strive toward. That occurrence is dependent upon the public accepting more responsibility to participate more regularly. We believe that when the means are provided to the public that they will attend to their responsibilities. The authority with the corrupting elements of positions of authority is what brings about control and then power. And when there are self-serving individuals involved in positions of authority, then begins the self-serving of those in power. If the power has always resided with the public in every democracy, there simply needs to be the means for citizens to exercise their authority and wrest control of the political, social, and economic processes by participating co-creatively with their public executives. In time, public executives will see their positions as one to be of concurrence with the public. When the public is upset, then the politicos must respond. This will become more and more evident as the influences of local citizens, through the political mechanisms that are currently being invented become effective.
16. Becoming political, social and economic activists
Hearing no further comments or questions, let us bring this session to a close. We appreciate your attendance to this session today. After you have read through this session, you will realize that there has been an incredible and big change in our relationship: We are now asking you to become political, social and economic activists, having given you a rational means for your activities, that you may become involved in presenting your ideas to your public forums, whether they are political, social, or economic. It is now time for you to come out of your caves and into the light and now speak to those before you, those who are in your community. If you were shy to participate before, we ask you to come forward in courage as you will find a ready and receptive audience for these values, for this process and for the hope that you will provide to everyone. The rational processes we have given you will give your local community confidence to engage that hope in a constructive and positive way. Know that in your processes that you must as well be attendant to the guidance from within, and that you are being prompted by your Thought Adjuster to be courageous, to come forward where you have been shy or receding socially, politically, and economically. Yes, this is a challenge, but it is a challenge far less serious than the challenge that was presented to the Apostles who followed Jesus in the days after his passing and his resurrection. Thank you and good day.
Machiventa Melchizedek - New Era Transition 04 - October 3, 2016 - Daniel Raphael, Colorado, US
Received by Daniel Raphael, Ph.D.
Session: October 3, 2016