Man’s Soul (society)
The Trinity pattern for man’s society follows the same pattern for the Soul of Man (Will, Mind and Emotions).
As society is simply a number of individual people, each having their own unique personality temperaments, it stands to reason that the elements of a society are comprised of these same characteristics, with people of similar characteristics gathering in macro-scaled relationships.
The Political realm, based upon conquest through war, law-making and law-enforcement is established by leaders who are generally Choleric in personality (see Man’s Soul, Personalities). This personality temperament centers in the Will of Man. The Political realm of society gives it structure and form, much like the bones and muscles do for the human body through the formation and systems of the Mesoderm (see Man’s Body).
The Economic realm deals with the calculation of perceived value. It correlates to the Mind of man and the Melancholic personality. The Bible, in the following passages below, relates man’s “eye” to his mind, which further validates that Melancholic personality temperaments learn best through Visual means (see Man’s Soul, Styles of Learning). The physical analogy to the human body is that of the Ectoderm, which is the formation and systems of the brain and nerves.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. The lamp of the body is the eye; if therefore your eye is clear (lit. healthy), your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will hold to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” (Matt. 6:19-24)
“Take what is yours and go your way, but I wish to give to this last man the same as to you. Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with what is my own? Or is your eye envious because I am generous?” (Matt. 20:14-15)
The Social realm deals with the inter-relationships of people. The Sanguine personality is highly successful in these interpersonal connections. This temperament is centered in the human Emotions and correlates to the Endoderm formation and systems of the human body. The ‘felt meaning’ of societal communication and relationships is conveyed through the arts and various societal organizations in culture. The Social realm is highly volatile, as the emotions rise and fall: fear or courage, joy or gloom. These feelings can have wide dispersion throughout societies and nations, influencing both economic trends and political ideologies.
Although the Social realm has a great deal of influence, it is held in check by the boundaries of the Political realm and the disciplines of the Economic realm.
The priority of the three functions of society starts with the Governmental, for there can be no society without initial conquest together with the establishment and maintenance of boundaries. Secondly, the Economic realm’s analysis of information and endeavoring to maintain a just balance of exchange leans to the Government to uphold its standards, while, at the same time balancing against the Social realm’s emotional pull. The Social realm endeavors to influence the government, petitioning to express its ever-varying ideologies based in emotionalism, and the Government woos the Social realm much like a man tries to charm his way into a woman’s heart to gain her allegiance. The Economic and Social realms are polarized from one another, frequently frustrated with the stark differences. At times, the only way the two can work together is through the intervention found in the Political realm, which stands between them.
Unfortunately, due to the human condition, all of these are subject to gross failures. The Political realm’s willful disobedience to God’s standards, the Economic realm’s immense greed and the Social realm’s prostitution to gain acceptance one day will all be turned on their heads by the appearance of God’s Kingdom which, by contrast, is completely just, freely giving and joyfully complete. “For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” (Rom. 14:17) (see Man’s Flesh, Temptations)
God’s Righteousness replaces man’s failed government and willful disobedience to His standards of justice. His Peace (completeness, wholeness) replaces man’s failed economy of selfishness, and His Joy replaces man’s failed societal prostitution and clamoring for acceptance.