The Establishment-Maintenance-Expansion Cycle

By M. Wilkins

Editor’s note: Guest Author Mark Wilkins has discovered an exciting new way to look at history through the development, rise and decline of civilizations. He has noted recurring themes within the history of civilizations and developed a theory on how civilizations evolve. He calls it The Establishment-Maintenance-Expansion Cycle.

The Establishment-Maintenance-Expansion Cycle

This is a natural cycle which has implications not only in the history but also in psychology, physical science, biology and chemistry. The cycle has three stages which are often repeated. There is also a fourth stage (Decline) which appears at the end of every cycle.

Humanity, since the dawn of the caveman era has tried to create communities of people with the same needs, wants and interests. I am going to use an imaginary community of cave people to illustrate how the Establishment-Maintenance-Expansion cycle works.

In the beginning, cave people lived alone or in small family groups. Their main task was involved in struggling against nature and their environment to get food, water and to find appropriate shelter (a cave). Many of them lived in small caves because larger caves posed more danger (poisonous bugs, wild animals like bears living in them). Everyone within the family group had a job to do. Men often hunted to provide food. If there was only one man, then the group had one hunter. If there were a few men then they had a small band of hunters. It was easier for a small band of hunters to capture and kill animals for meat than it was for one hunter. A small band could make noises from different directions and scare an animal into running into a trap. A small group of hunters could spear and animal several times in a few minutes. Women and children would gather fruits, berries and plants for food. Cave people realized that having more people in their family group would make life easier because they could get more work done faster. It also provided more protection against wolves, bears and other families of people who might want their cave.

Over time these cave people began to band together in multi-family groups. This in our cycle is called Establishment. Since the main goal of their life was searching for and getting food through hunting animals and gathering fruits, berries and plants to eat, we call them hunter-gatherers. The larger the multi-family group, the more hunting and gathering they could do and the faster they could do it. Instead of having one hunting or gathering  party, they could have several which would increase their chances of finding food. In times of abundant food, they began to store extra food for the times when food was not abundant. They began making storage containers.  They began domesticating animals for milk (cows, goats) meat (chickens / birds, cattle) for clothing (cattle, sheep) or for protection (wolves). Some of the smarter or luckier cave people created or obtained something extra. Sometimes it was an animal they captured on their own which may have been allowed to remain theirs.

In time, other families joined the group. The group got larger. There were more mouths to feed. Some of the new families to join the group had some different ideas about how things should be done. Some of the new families wanted to have more say in what the group did and how they did it. Over time a few different families became powerful within the group and there was a struggle for control between the original families and the newer families in the group. Ultimately, one family was able to become the recognized leaders of the group. The leader of that family became the leader of the group.

That family began trying to consolidate power within the group and to increase the territory of the group. Sometimes this involved confrontations with other family groups. Sometimes this meant battles and even war. As the group won battles and conquered other groups they expanded their territory and built an Empire (many groups of people ruled by one particular group of people).

Once they expanded territory, they had to govern the people they had conquered. Some of those people were not happy. They began doing small things to disrupt the group. They talked about regaining their independence. There, however was not much they could do about it because they were outnumbered. As the group expanded their territory, they began to trade with neighboring and even distant groups. Through trading and conquering there was a culture clash, (exposure to groups of people that had different beliefs and ways of doing things then they did) they discovered new things from the other groups they traded with and conquered. Some of these things became a part of the groups way of doing things and / or culture. Some of the original people within the group became inspired. Some created new ways of using the things they learned from the other groups. Others created new things built upon or inspired by the new things the group had discovered. By doing this they promoted the things they discovered from other people’s into their group’s way of doing things. This period is known as invention and promotion.

Once the group had expanded enough, the expansion of territory stopped. There were no more wars. There was a time of peace. During peace, the group did well. Trade was good, the expanded territory created more land for farming, raising domesticated animals and building public works  (like ways of bringing needed resources to the territory to help the group. Within the group the original members and others got and were able to keep things of value. The family of the original leader kept power but others within the group got things of value by work, trade, or having a much-needed skill. They had enough things of value (wealth) that they could pass it down to their family members when they died. This is known as inter-generational wealth building.

Eventually the Leader dies. The leadership role is passed down to one of their children (this is known as inheritance). When that child dies leadership is passed on to one of their children. This continues for generations. Then one of the great, great, great, great grandchildren of the original leader inherits the throne. They are a crappy leader. The generations of peace and prosperity are ruined by this idiot. People who live in the group and people who live near them realize this and the leader is changed either through external forces (war by a neighboring group) or internal forces (conquered people within the group struggle for their freedom). If the group is conquered by another outside group then they become part of another group and subject to its way of doing things. If they are taken over by  the people they conquered or a group within the main group, then there has been a revolution. The leadership group changes (regime change). Either way, the cycle often starts all over again.

Most of the civilizations we will study during this course will follow this cycle. One of your main jobs as a student of this course will be to identify each of these civilizations follow these themes. You will need to include the names of people, events, places and timelines unique to each civilization in order to demonstrate your understanding of how this cycle works in each of the civilizations we will study. The cycle doesn’t always work in the same exact order of steps each time and sometimes there may be some steps that are missing in some civilizations but generally, this cycle works for most civilizations we  will study.

What follows are recurring themes in the history of civilizations:

Themes

The Struggle against Nature / Environment

Creating Community

Trade

The Struggle for Control of the Community

The Struggle to gain or maintain territory

Empire Building

Invention and Promotion

Inter-generational wealth building

Culture Clash

Overcoming Conflict

The Struggle for Freedom

Revolution-Regime Change / War-Peace

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Ram’s Scam

The Ram’s Scam

The Los Angeles Rams have come a long way in the four years since they returned to Los Angeles after a decades long absence. They have risen in the ranks of the NFL from a team of also rans when they arrived, to playing in the Superbowl in 2019. The Rams are a great organization on the field. Not so much in their front office.

The National Football League, (NFL),  has a charity they promote called The NFL Community. It is about NFL teams giving back to their communities. The Rams have a challenge they issue to local school districts. The Rams challenge high school football teams to have a high overall grade point average. They tout that the school that wins the challenge will get a visit from The Los Angeles Rams.

This year a high school team from East Los Angeles won. The school continues to surprise detractors. In 2015 it had the Los Angeles City Champion Baseball team.  This year it had the champion Volleyball team for their league. The school has a lot of amazing things they have done academically as well.

The school’s football team has a coach who has always stressed academics. So when the Rams issued the challenge, both the coach and the football team accepted it. Their overall team grade point average rose to 2.97, pretty close to a “B” average. Not only was it good for this year’s team, it was better than the previous teams by one full point, the highest previous team GPA was 1.97 (a high D average). This was based on the 10 week grades which were given out in October 2018.

Excitement built when one of the team members was chosen to be a Ram’s waterboy for one game. The anticipation of the visit from the     Rams increased. All over the campus, students were wondering. Who would the Rams send? Would it be Quarterback Jerad Goff? Would it be Running Back Todd Gurley? Would it be All Pro Defensive Tackle Aaron Donald or Linebacker Cory Littleton? Could it be Rams NFL Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson? It could be Dickerson, The Rams sent him out to give Superbowl tickets to a Rams Superfan, many of the students saw that on television.

The appointed day came one sunny March day in 2019. The anxious students crowded into the school auditorium for special assembly. The coach of the football team and team captain were honored with a seat on stage right beside the much loved and respected school Principal, a school district official, and two people from the Rams Organization, an Events Coordinator and a Public Relations (P.R.) Coordinator. The Principal gave a speech. The District Official gave a speech. The School Football Team Coach gave a speech.

Then a murmur began in the crowd of students. Who was coming from the team? Would it be a star on the current team roster or a Football Hall of Famer from the past? It wasn’t long until the students figured out that The Rams didn’t send a Star from their current roster. They didn’t send a Hall of Famer. They didn’t even send someone who played on the team. They sent the Events & P.R. Coordinators.

After the “Special” assembly the High School Football Team Members got their reward. They walked onto the stage and got to take a group photo with The Rams (Events and P.R. Coordinators). The cherished memories of that life changing event, would last about as long as it took for them to walk over to student cafeteria and the lunch that they were late for, with the other students who were duped.

The idea of challenging student athletes to do well in school is a noble one. The idea to incentivize it with a visit from members of a locally favorite NFL team is okay. Sending two guys from the front office with a message of stay in school may be doing more harm than good.

While it is true that a good education is a worthy pursuit and that education is a reward in and of itself, most children don’t realize that until after their education is over. Incentivizing scholarly endeavors is one way societies have of providing students with something tangible, a reward now to help them see that society values education and at the same time, values them.

When you choose to reward students it is important that you deliver what is promised. Not delivering on your promise cheapens the success they have achieved and devalues them as people. It’s like promising them an X-box and giving them a cardboard box with an “X” on it. It makes children feel unappreciated and jaded. It makes them less likely to believe that what they are doing is important and less likely to even try to reach a worthy goal.

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Las Vegas 1 year after the Greatest Massacre in U.S. History.

A year has passed since the Route 91 Concert Massacre in Las Vegas. The families of people killed are still traumatized. People injured in the massacre are still trying to recover, both physically and mentally. There is a lawsuit against MGM Resorts from whose Mandalay Bay Resort the mass shooter, perched himself on the 32nd floor and brought in dozens of guns to a suite he rented for the weekend. MGM has countered the lawsuit by throwing up a federal law exempting businesses from lawsuits after terrorist attacks.

Las Vegas itself has made changes to beef up security in general. There are some barricades on the Las Vegas Strip and in public venues. Some hotels have panic buttons allowing hotel personnel to alert security. Many hotels now reserve the right to enter rooms at any time at their discretion.

A new song has been released to mark the occasion. The Loveforce Collective has released a song called Country Strong (not the same song as the movie which launched Blake Shelton’s career). The song talks about Country music fans being survivors of disasters and various other terrible things. There’s a line that says “We are survivors, lots of obstacles we got past, got the scars to prove it but we are built to last.” Another couple of lines in the song say “Survived natural disasters, love’s never after, we right things when they are wrong, Sometimes you may beat us but you’ll never defeat us, we stand together country strong.”

Songwriter Mark Wilkins says that the lyric “Love’s Never After” in the song refer to the Route 91 Massacre and were inspired by a woman whose fiancé was killed in the massacre. “Hearing about that woman on the radio, touched my heart and reminded me of what a tragedy one life lost is for all of the people that that life touched and the Route 91 Massacre had 58 lives lost.” Said Wilkins “The song is also an attempt to heal our divided nation by looking at what unifies us instead of what divides us.” He continued.

One year later, the pain of this tragedy has been numbed just slightly by time. While some are still recovering from their wounds, others are still trying to figure out why it happened. Still others, like the Loveforce Collective are trying to glean inspiration through the power of survivorship and looking at what unites us as Americans  instead of what divides us. In this way, the song transcends this grim anniversary and I for one, hope it helps unify this nation, even if it’s just for a little bit.

You can hear the song and view the lyrics by following the link below:

Link to The Country Strong Song

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Blaming God

“Some people wonder why God allows hunger, war and poverty in our world. Perhaps God wonders why we allow it. —The Prophet of Life From the Kindle e-book The Best Quotes about God by The Prophet of Life.

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     Many of the catastrophes and disasters humanity faces on this planet are man-made. Hunger is caused by economic systems that distribute food through payment leaving the poor and the remote out of the equation. Global economic systems also cause poverty. Education is often the key to upward economic mobility but in many places around the globe the poor don’t have equal access to a quality education and in some places they don’t have access to any education. War is caused by people. Nations go to war out of disrespect or greed. War’s devastating effects last generations after the last bullet is fired. Global warming has been caused by human pollution and even if humanity curtails pollution completely in the next year (and that is highly unlikely) the devastating effects of global warming will be with us for the next 50-200 years. So, my friends don’t complain about why God allows these things to exist, complain about why we, as human beings allow them. Then do something about it. Write a letter; help someone less fortunate, volunteer to teach someone to read. It is only by helping to solve the problem that it will actually be solved. Then write to me at edgeucationnewmedia@yahoo.com and let me know what you did so I can add it to the Change Agents For Humanity section of my website ( www.prophetoflife.com) .

—The Prophet of Life

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Summer Solstice Message To The World

“Lies run and tremble in the shadows when the light of truth enters a room.” —The Prophet of Life summer Solstice Message To The World  June 21, 2018

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How the new 2018 EU Copyright law will affect this blog site

The 2018 EU copyright law, particularly articles 11 & 13 will not affect this website. Here is why.

Article 11 charges a tax for links to or use of content from news organizations. This will not affect us because we don’t provide links to news organizations nor do we use their content in any way.

Article 13 which requires all websites and content hosts to monitor and police their sites for copyright violations will not affect us either. We are the creators and copyright owners of all content on our site which consists only of our original content.

Because we are the sole creators of all original content on our website and are also the sole owners and controllers of all copyrights involved with all of our content the EU Copyright law of 2018 will not affect us at all. You can continue to enjoy our content, across the globe, including in EU member states,  knowing that it is original and wholly owned and controlled by us, so you never have to worry about articles, quotes, songs, stories and other content being removed by outside entities.

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What is a Hero?

By The Prophet of Life

What is a hero to you? Is it character in a movie, or comic book or graphic novel? Is it someone who has fame? Is it a TV, movie star, pop  idol, Twiiter star, gamer or you tuber?  Is it someone who is incredibly wealthy? Is it a great politician? All of the aforementioned are typical heroes in most societies  but are they truly heroic?

A hero is someone who does something heroic. Is getting a 20 million dollar advance on a project heroic? Is making videos about the cool car you got as a result of You Tube royalties or that prank others heroic? Is having a hit record heroic? Is tweeting sarcastic things about others heroic? Is having all of the money in the world but very little left of your humanity heroic? Having fame, fortune, fans and followers may be admirable but it isn’ t heroic .

A real hero saves lives. A real hero puts their life on the line in order to protect others. A real hero selflessly does things for others. I would like for you to think of the kind of people who do these types of things as heroes. People like firemen, policemen and soldiers who put their lives on the line daily to insure that others survive. People who heal our sick, teach our children and help our elderly to live with dignity. People like legal aid lawyers who advocate for the poor against corporations and corrupt government officials. People like parents, who are there for you everyday. Who get up and go to work at a job they don’t like just to keep their families fed, clothed and sheltered. Parents who show up for their kids time and time again even if they are divorced and no longer have custody.

Heroes are often thought of a ordinary people who do extraordinary things. They run into a burning building to rescue a child. They wrestle a gun out of a shooter’s hands. They give their lives on the battlefields so that the rest of us may continue to enjoy our freedom. Heroes are people who act even when others don’t. Those aren’t the only kinds of heroes. There’s another kind of hero. These heroes are the people who do the right thing consistently. A hero can be made in the blink of an eye but they can also be made from a lifetime of consistent sacrifice. These heroes are not often given any accolades whatsoever. They work in the background tirelessly and thanklessly. It is time they too are given their due. Take time out of your day today, to thank one of the heroes in your life. It may be the only acknowledgement they have been given this year.

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