Considering as a system any organized set of elements that evolves following one or more laws, entities as diverse as human beings, empires or planets are then systems. Here we posit as a principle or axiom that any system combines a material or substantial dimension of a more or less tangible nature and a subtle animator who breathes life into it. Whether for an atom, for a galaxy or for the universe, the animator will be named here Spirit. The Spirit of the universe could be called “God”.
By nature, the Spirit of a system is in perpetual expansion, but it runs up against the inertia of matter which tends to preserve its form. The expansion of the Spirit in a system tends to organize it progressively more complex, passing from summary forms, such as viruses, then bacteria to more and more complex forms, such as that of a human being or a society of human beings. The imposition of an expansion impulse on a material system, fixed or inertial by nature, tends to “aging”, to the degeneration of the latter, and then to its death or destruction. Matter is thus subject to what physics calls the law of entropy (see also The law of degradation or increase of disorder and chaos). From a certain point of view, matter does not support changing shape or evolving, so when a Spirit constrains it by a dynamic impulse or “Life”, it reacts by progressively degrading itself.
The continuing tendency to expansion of a Spirit is not stopped by the death of a material form. The Spirit is then embodied in a new form or a new organized system, or from another point of view, breathes life into it and animates it. The interaction between a Spirit and material substance then produces a succession of lives and deaths of progressively more complex and diversified systems and then produces the great law of cycles and alternations. Thus, for example, during the eras, Homo sapiens appeared after various races of monkeys, and modern post-industrial societies are more complex than those of the Roman era. And the American empire is more complex than the Roman one.
Consciousness is the product or consequence of the interaction (or stimulation) of the Spirit and matter. It grows by the growing complexity of forms and systems organized and animated by the Spirit. From a certain point of view, consciousness is the Organization of substance. And disorganization is the loss of consciousness. A disorganized living form, through cancer or another “disease”, will perish and die faster than another who manages to maintain a high level of consciousness. The more the corruption gains a nation, an organism or a man, and the faster it dies. The loss of moral consciousness is then a deadly or thanatogenic factor (which causes death).
Modern society declines because it has lost a good part of its consciousness and no longer knows how to organize itself in a sustainable way. It is particularly affected by “parasites” predators in very small numbers, but that sucks the forces alive. Workers are not paid for the vital energy invested, while the fruits of their production and services are sucked up by the shareholders who own the multinationals and the central banks of the nations. The planetary resources are also pumped in a reckless way, without concern for the consequences harmful for the health of the planet and for the future of Humanity. Parasites have taken control of the global body of mankind and it is decaying. The present society will die as surely as the Roman Empire has finally disappeared. The question that remains is whether it will do it in great suffering or not, before giving birth to a new civilization.