3.5 years old

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July 10, 2020

According to Socrates, all societies have alternating seasons that begin with democracy that switches to tyranny, then aristocracy, then oligarchy, and finally back to democracy.

Cycles Plato

  • A democracy is dominated by freedom-loving people. Its positive aspect is social justice, while its negative is chaos and mob rule. This chaos leads people to want order, paving the way for tyranny
  • A tyranny is dominated by warriors and generals. Its positive aspect is peace and order, while its negative is abuse and corruption. This abuse leads people to want wisdom, paving the way for aristocrats
  • An aristocracy is dominated by intellectuals. Its positive aspect is wisdom, and scientific and cultural advancement, while its negative is dogma and stagnation. This stagnation leads people to want material wealth, paving the way for oligarchs
  • An oligarchy is dominated by speculators and businessmen. Its positive is progress, its negative is inequality and environmental destruction. This injustice leads people to want justice, paving the way for democracy

How does oligarchy change into democracy? Is it wise or not?.. Democracy grandly tramples on the fine principles which we laid down at the foundation of the city, through her forgiving spirit, and the 'don't care' about trifles. She never makes the pursuits which make a statesman.

Socrates, Republic, Book 8

We use this model to expose the current cycle of any society, based on the outcome of events. For example, a successful popular protest that topples a government indicates that the country is in a democractic phase. A successful military crackdown of that protest, on the contrary, will indicate that the society is in a tyranny phase.

Soul of Society

We use outcomes of events to reveal the soul of the society, just as dust reveals an invisible object by establishing markers

The Maharlikan* Cycles

*We use Maharlika as the name of the country that became known as the Philippines. The alternative is to use its Chinese version Ma-i.

Today marks an important moment in Philippine history because its Congress finally ended the franchise of ABS-CBN, run by a known oligarch family. According to our model, this proves that the country is undeniably no longer in an oligarch cycle.

This then gives us two clear data points – an oligarch and a warrior phase – which we can connect to two other known data points of the warrior phase in 1972 and the intellectual phase of 1986 to create a full “year” in the life of Maharlika, which lasts 48 Earth-years:

Year Marker Event Cycle
1957 Filipino First Policy Democracy
1968 Marcos 2nd term Warrior
1981 Martial Law ended Intellectual
1992 Ramos elected Oligarchy
2004 Arroyo elected Democracy
2016 Duterte elected Warrior

We then plot this backwards to get the lifespan of the society

Year Marker Event “Spanish Philippines” Social Age
1572-1619 Legaspi rules Maharlika for Spain as “Philippines” 1 year old
1620-1667 Numerous Revolts 2 years old
1668-1715 UST under Royal Patronage 3
1716-1763 UST Law school established 4
1764-1811 Numerous Revolts 5
1812-1859 Claveria appointed as Governor General 6
Year Marker Event “American Philippines” Social Age
1860-1907 US Occupation 1
1908-1956 Roxas 2

We see that the Philippines is 3.5 social-years old as of 2016.

Next, we compare this age to the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire which are our benchmark societies. We see that their societies only lasted 7 social-years.

Start Year Marker Event “Roman Republic” Social Age
509 BC Republic born 1 year old
432 BC Rome defeats Veii 2 years old
342 BC Samnite war 3
262 BC Rome vs Carthage 4
180 BC Lex Vilia Annalis 5
107 BC Marian Reforms 6
27 BC Octavian defeats Mark Antony end

Hannibal

Year Marker Event “Roman Empire” Social Age
27 BC Octavian defeats Mark Antony, Empire born 1 year old
86 AD Dacian War 2 years old
140s Conquest of Britain 3
193 Year of Five Emperors 4
251 Plague of Cyprian 5
312 Battle of Milvian Bridge 6
363 Persian War 7
410 Sack of Rome end

In order to harmonize it with the Roman social cycles, we split our cycles for the Philippines or Westernized Maharlika into two:

  • Spanish Philippines
  • Americanized Philippines

The one from 1572-1860 is actually a totally different entity from the one from 1860 to present. So in Socrates-speak, we are in the Third Democratic Cycle in the life of Americanized Maharlika.

American

If we equate social-age to human-age, then we can say the country is in its early adulthood or early 20’s. Golden ages usually happen when a society is in its teenage to mid-adulthood, as seen in the Roman Republic’s dominance over Carthage and the Empire’s Pax Romana. Americanized-Philippines therefore has two social-years left to get its act together and get things right for the rest of its life*.

*This paradigm is based on the maxim that mentality creates reality. The combined identities of metaphysical souls create a new metaphysical entity called a society that has its own identity, mental dynamics, and life span. The events in that society are merely the physical manifestations of its metaphysical qualities, just as a person’s actions are the manifestations of his thoughts and feelings.

Know the Future by Knowing the Past

This system of getting a society’s metaphysical age is totally data-driven and has uses in prediction and policy-making in order to make laws that are in harmony with the dominant mentality of the people.

In the ancient past, prophets used their intuition to make such predictions and give advice to kings. Instead of getting data from physical events which are manifestations of metaphysical feelings, they tapped into the feelings of society directly, as their collective wave of desire .

The problem with the intuitional method is that feelings can be supressed as to not manifest in the physical dimension. For example, you could suppress your hunger so that no one will know that you are hungry. The doctor will then be unable to know of your hunger condition.

An event-driven system, on the other hand, measures the feelings that could not be suppressed, and so should provide more consistent results than intution-based patterns. This will allow the supersociologist (psychologist of society) to know where the problem lies.

The prevalence of big data allows us to have a more scientific basis for getting such event-data to make predictions. In data-science-speak, historical events serve as the training data for artificially-intelligent (AI) predictors to give advice on policy. These predictors then compete with each other on accuracy, just as ancient prophets competed with each other to get the favor of the people and the king, giving us “champion prophets” like Jesus, Mohammad, Isaiah, etc.

Prophet Isaiah

In a future post, we will go back in time to trace the life of Maharlika before 1565 as an Islamic country, before 1200 as Chinese, and before 900 as Indianized nation. This earliest Indianization is the reason why we choose the Sanskrit name Maharlika to identify the nation. The era of Maharlika, from pre-900 AD up to 1565, is much longer than the short 300-year reign of the Spanish Philippines.

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