Today I came across a fascinating post at renowned author Lynn McTaggart’s blog, in which she explains why modern society might be on the verge of collapse:
… our biggest group delusion … has to do with the collective assumption and acceptance of the idea that individual ambition serves the common good. That idea, which built modern capitalism, will be at the heart of its downfall.
(Emphasis in original. See full post here)
What she is practically describing is the ‘invisible hand‘ concept in economics, used to defend capitalism. But it is also another way of saying, in theorem-speak, that when we actively choose ‘liberty’ (individual ambition) over ‘justice’ (common good), we are doomed to fail. In the Systems Experiment too, capitalism fails because, to quote Omar, it ‘focuses on freedom, at the cost of stability’.
McTaggart adds that if society wants to succeed in the long term, its people must adopt a ‘good for me, good for all’ mindset.
In other words, we must choose justice.
Hopefully this sheds light on why the theorem in Systems is summed up in the line: Choose justice and return to Liberty.
Postscript: Liberty (with a capital L) is different to liberty (with a lowercase l). The latter, as individualist ambition, is illusory and not really freedom at all, however it may appear in a society focused on short-term gains. Only by choosing justice can society earn authentic freedom for every individual.