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The Order of Hierarchy
Development seeks an unattainable end, save in death, namely completion. In development, a thing is fulfilled by its own principle, formed in determinable stages by its own nature as pre-determined in the source. A common analogy is the tree, sprung from the seed. Yet the analogy of the tree is too simplistic; for it merely explains a positive non-interrupted period of development; it does not explain what in fact defines development, namely conflict and revolution. In the long run, though, the negative forces of development are not destructive forces, in the light of the ultimate end of development; on the contrary, they actually bring about the change whereby the ultimate end may be achieved, or, rather, approached. In essence, development is a constructive serial process, furthered by conflict and fulfilled in stages through revolutions.
On this notion of development, every tool is made, every industry is based, every organization, institution, and society is founded. What is perceived in nature, is constructed in human society. This is the order of hierarchy. Whereas the end is conceived in the beginning, the process of construction entails a direction whereby the end comes back to the beginning, in manifestation of the source, through determinable stages of development. In nature, direction is determined by nature herself; in human society, someone or something has to determine direction and someone or something has to lay the path. The idea is posited in advance; and purpose of the process is realization of the idea. The determinant of direction holds power of authority. By the decree of a determinant, movement is directed in terms of a ruling idea, the substance of which is to be fulfilled in the process. Yet the ruling idea invariably fails to grasp the principle by which development proceeds; and therefore a number of determinants compete in claiming the idea by which movement shall be directed. In failure of the ruling idea, a novel idea succeeds in substitution of this idea. Novelty is, however, merely justified in terms of substantive divergence; in form, it is the same system of logic, in pursuit of the same end on the same path. Substance is determined by authority, recognizing truth as such. Development does not proceed essentially by substance, but determination of authority, by the decree of which an idea is recognized as truth and thus a ruling notion. Truth does not come forth unforeseen; it is determined as such in direction of movement.