Talk:United States

From New World Encyclopedia
Unification Aspects:

Three sections in this article emphasize points missing from a modern encyclopedia article on the U.S. They relate to purpose and direction: "Vision of the Founding of the United States," "A Special Role for America in the World," and "Challenges to the United States." These sections refer to values in relation to the United States and to the "Providential Role" it is said to have, not only in the Unification view of providential history, but by Americans in general and many others throughout the world.

Also, in the section on popular culture is an issue which Unificationists need to develop in the encyclopedia, namely the relationship between values imposed from above (or passed on from parents and social institutions) and values from below (which should expand and embellish received traditions rather than attack them). This is one dimension of the difference between an authoritarian and a free society. Authoritarianism is imposed on people, whereas in a free society each level of government is shaped by its members. Genuine pluralism and equality, especially the results of slavery, and the immigration of minority groups, requires citizens to look at all people as God's children.

The United States serves a providential role in Unification thought, because it created a condition of separation from "satanic" power through its system of checks and balances on power, thus allowing individuals to pursue life freely. This freedom is essential to the accomplishment of the three blessings. Throughout much of history people have only been free to pursue the will of their leaders, who have usurped a role which should be reserved only for God speaking through people's conscience. In a world of peace centered on love, people cannot be forced to do something against their will. People cannot be forced to love. They cannot be forced to voluntarily contribute to society. This should come from a connection to God, which is naturally nourished in a true family.

People are not born capable of economic self-sufficiency and democracy. They are often not raised to participate in pluralism. These are learned skills. The United States learned a lesson in Haiti when the people were not prepared for self governance and democracy was declared. Another lesson was learned by the United States in the occupation of Iraq, where pluralism was not accepted. More police power than can be provided is needed to keep order in such societies. However, the final goal should be a society in which the police are hardly needed. Americans have a history of self-sufficiency and pluralism which is constantly being challenged by demands for government welfare and favors for particular groups.

A major problem facing the United States in the world today is the temptation to assert its power unilaterally over others. While it employs checks and balances internally, its power is insufficiently checked globally. Too often the United States has used its power to eliminate others because of fear, thus falling away from its providential role of an "elder son" in the world.

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