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16 Assumptions of the Dominational System
The dominational system has existed for 5000 years.
It is based on a set of assumptions that tend to remain constant.
- The need to control society and prevent choas requires some to dominate others.
- Those who dominate may use other people as a means to acheive their goals.
- Men are better equipped by nature to be dominant than women.
- Some races are naturally suited to dominate others.
- A valued end justifies the use of any means.
- Violence is redemptive, the only language some enemies understand.
- 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.
- 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.
- Money is the most important value.
The possession of money is the sign and proof of political and social worth.
- 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.
- Property is sacred, and property ownership is an absolute right.
- In an organization or nation, great size is proof of its power and value.
- Institutions are more important than people.
- There is no higher value or being or power than the state.
- If there is a God, God is the protector and patron of the state.
- 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")