By Mohamed Shiham
The focus on the personality ethic is the instant creation of an image that sells well in the social and economic marketplace.
You see politicians spending millions of dollars to create an image, even though it's superficial, lacking substance, in order to get votes and gain office. And when it works, it leads to a political system operating independently of the natural laws that should govern- that are build into the Declaration of Independence: " We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness….."
In other words, they are describing self-evident, external observable, natural, unarguable, self-evident laws: "We hold these Truths to be self-evident". The key to a healthy society is to get the social will, the value system, aligned with correct principles. If there is no principle, there is no true north, nothing you can depend upon. You then have the compass needle pointing to true north- true north representing the external or the natural law- and the indicator says that what we are building our value system on: they are aligned.
But if you get a sick social will behind the political will that is independent of principle, you could have a very sick organization or society with distorted values. For instance, the professed mission and shared values of criminals who rape, rob, and plunder might sound very much like many corporate mission statements, using such words as "teamwork", "corporation", "loyalty", "profitability", "innovation", and "creativity". The problem is that their value system is not based on a natural law.
Figuratively, inside many corporations with lofty mission statements, many people are being mugged in broad daylight in front of witness. Or they are being robbed of self-esteem, money, or position without due process. And if there is no social will behind the principles of due process, and if you can't get due process, you have to go to the jury of your peers and engage in counterculture sabotage.
In the movie The Ten Commandments, Moses says to the pharaoh "We are to be governed by God's law, not you." In effect he's saying, "We will not be governed by a person unless that person embodies the law". In the best societies and organizations, natural laws and principles govern-that's the Constitution- and even the top people must bow to the principle. No one is above it.