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16 Assumptions of the Dominational System

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The dominational system has existed for 5000 years. It is based on a set of assumptions that tend to remain constant.

  1. The need to control society and prevent choas requires some to dominate others.
  2. Those who dominate may use other people as a means to acheive their goals.
  3. Men are better equipped by nature to be dominant than women.
  4. Some races are naturally suited to dominate others.
  5. A valued end justifies the use of any means.
  6. Violence is redemptive, the only language some enemies understand.
  7. Ruling or managing is the most important of all social functions. Therefore rulers and managers should be rewarded by extra privileges and greater wealth of all kinds.
  8. Those who have military strength, who control the most advanced technology, the greatest wealth, or the largest markets are the ones who will and should survive.
  9. Money is the most important value. The possession of money is the sign and proof of political and social worth.
  10. The production of material goods is more important than the production of healthy normal people and of sound human relationships, or the former automatically produces the latter.
  11. Property is sacred, and property ownership is an absolute right.
  12. In an organization or nation, great size is proof of its power and value.
  13. Institutions are more important than people.
  14. There is no higher value or being or power than the state.
  15. If there is a God, God is the protector and patron of the state.
  16. God, if there is one, is not revealed to all, but only to select individuals or nations and their rulers or priesthood.

(From Gordon's sermon of 8/8/93 entitled Strangers in the World, based on Walter Wink's book, Engaging the Powers. These are called "The Delusional Assumptions", or "Fundamental Assumptions of the Dominational System")

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