To design a thing is to have intimate knowledge of the constituent parts and the means to which they are to be assembled together in order for that constructed thing to perform a specific task or to serve a specific purpose. It is in essence an outlying of a plan that will be used to form a structure using logic and reason; both of which are necessary prerequisites to successfully creating the said design. If either or both of these faculties are found lacking, then the structure is bound to be flawed and it will inevitably be arrayed with many problems. The situation will either require adjustments or fixes to correct those flaws, or a complete re-drawing will be necessary to remedy the defective solution.
The challenge we have set out before us is to provide a framework for constructing a human society of our making. The effort will follow the same general methodology as is applied in designing any arbitrary system. We will state that the conditions required to successfully creating our design will satisfy the same list of criteria as needed for designing such an arbitrary system, and hence we will recognize that the design will only work when the following conditions will be met and satisfied.
- The constituent parts of our society are understood.
- The means of assembling the parts of our society are known.
- The objective or the point of our society is clear and remain at core.
- Logic and reason are employed in full, and the assumptions used to create the logical system are stated clearly and finitely bound.
- Potential flaws and failures are to be expected in either the implementation or the design itself, and the means to apply the fixes are designed in.
It is then with a measure of hope that by using this framework, interested individuals will be able to implement and bring about their own solutions to the problems we face, as personally understood by them. It is important however to note that over-designing a system can be detrimental if flexibility is one of the desired goals, which it certainly is in this case, considering the very nature of the problem we're trying to solve. Therefore we will not make any intentional attempts to limit the implementation possibilities with stringent controls or unnecessary overreach; for whoever is capable of carrying out the work will do so, and disagreements will be fought out in the battles of ideas using the same key principles used to construct the framework.
And so to begin, we will first state the objectives and the requirements of our societal design. These will provide the core tenets of our framework, and they will also work as anchors to construct the finer details. They are intentionally terse and simple and will be elaborated on in due course as the work itself will bring clarity to the meaning of them.
- Humanity: Society will work for all of humanity
- Freedom: Society will value human freedom
- Law: Society will exist for the good of the individual human beings and will be subject to equally measured and applied law
With these objectives, requirements, and expectations in mind, we will proceed with defining the foundation of our design - the individual human being. The individual is the template or the model component used to define the various parts of our society, who is akin to a basic building block of an edifice or a single cell of a multicellular organism. If we are to design our society based on human beings, then we must know the properties of the individuals, their characteristics, their attributes, and the behaviors expected of them. And these properties must conform to the nature of the human condition, and concurrently break through those limitations and hold our individuals up to a realizable ideal. In other words, we must not be tempted to idealize to such an extent that they are no longer human, nor should there be unachievable goals for the persons of right inclination and potential. A civilization is only as good as the people who compose it and who maintain a set of values and cultures to propagate the survival of the good things worth living for. Therefore we will hold these persons up to a higher quality of standard, and expect them to uphold the ideals upon which our society will be found upon. Thus we aim to create our society first by populating it with human beings of good caliber.