SOCIAL SCIENCES: THE ORGANISM OF HISTORY
A society is a Universal organism made of human citizens, ruled by networks of verbal information
of History: Nations
Organisms of History: cultures and religions
Now do raise your eyebrows. We have all the time talked of a God, mind of the Universe, very close to the Taoist and Buddhist God of Eastern religions. Yet in Western religions the concept of God has always been far more limited, even if modern Christians, Jewish or Muslims, do not understand those terms in their classic meaning.
This has an explanation advanced previously to explain the ignorance of science. What we might call the "Valley man paradox". A man who never left his valley would consider God=The Universe, his valley, and nothingness beyond.
So earlier religions who did not see anything beyond their tribal lands, thought that was the entire Universe, and so as top predators of their valley, men thought to be chosen of God=The Universe, unique. Now that we have expanded the Universe so far, God seems much more remote as he controls the total Universe. But that reduced concept of God has survived. Why? The answer is obvious. Because it is important in order to survive, to consider man the center of the Universe. So man as the measure of all things, as the top predator of this little part of God=The Universe, can create a world to his image and resemblance in which he could be happy. In that sense western religions that go beyond the tribe, and evolved into considering all mankind a single body-organism, specifically Christianism, and the non-fundamentalist branches of Islam, are to be cherished as instruments of human survival, that have always defended man against weapons, money, and machines. the elements as we shall see in the last chapters of the Metalearth ecosystem that kills carbolife.
If we use instead of religious words, a biological perspective, is easier to understand the Humanistic concept behind Western religions, that equal God and Mankind (different from the Scientific concept of Eastern religions that equal God and the Universe). To western religions, Societies and civilizations, the main units of historical analysis become organisms composed of cellular herds [human beings] which communicate through networks of information [words and laws] and networks of energy [agriculture, organic territories, roads, rivers, etc.] So God would be the verbal nervous system of mankind, for each human cell, as God for your cell bodies are the brain. Since that brain kills your cells and feeds them. And indeed, the Law, kills or makes you survive. So the ethic god, the natural Law of social evolution should be the god of man. Love is the god of man, the word is the god of man.
In such translation of philosophical terminology, we conclude that what history has traditionally called a "Human Verbal God" with ethical laws (God became the verb and inhabited among us) can be interpreted as an organic network of verbal information. So as the brain is the God of your cells that obey the brain nervous messages, the Word and the Ethic Laws, become the God of human societies that believers obey. We do not argue in this article the existence of that collective brain of cells, since cells in the body do not see the brain but only the electric message. So we do not see the collective subconscious, the 'real brain of societies', that might or might not exist as an individual personality - after all 90% of reality is dark matter we do not perceive. This is not important to a Historian. What matters is the real existence of that collective subconscious and that ethic, verbal, nervous message that the believers of a religion worship and adapts the form of a verbal book of Revelation - call it the ten commandments, the Gospel, or the Koran, or the American Constitution. So in Western religions the Word is sacred, and the Books of Words, the Books of God are also sacred, since they regulate the collective social organism, as the brain regulates the collective social body. So happens in any modern nation with the Law, which is the equivalent system in our secular societies. What matters thus in all those social organisms, is the existence of a law, that can be reproduced in books, artistic representations, engraved, recorded, remembered, and applied to regulate the entire society.
As a nervous system connects and organizes the cells of a body, "The Law " connects and organizes a mass of human beings, individually known as "believers". Not surprisingly we find that a modern Legislator or a prophet of Islam and Christianity [Ibn Khaldun, early mystics, Saint Augustine] reach similar conclusions. Both believe that the transmitters of such networks of collective information are the books of Revelation common to all believers that harmonize mass-cellular experiences. Since human networks of information are verbal ethic laws; the Word becomes then the god of man, his social guide and network of information. As Saint John expressed so well: "God, the verb, became man and inhabited among us".
A prophet is a verbal master, a son of God=the word, the informative organ of the collective species. So it is a politician.
And yet so often both fail to construct a working Human social Organism.
What are the errors of Mankind, that make our neurons, the legal figures of history so imprecise following the Laws of Social Evolution, that organize efficient social organisms. Why civilizations die, and people are killed in wars... What is the fragility of history?
A question that requires much more space, than a simple page...