Luxocracy: Rule by Light
By Layli Phillips
Sunday, 31 December 2006 - 12:00 PM
The purpose of this brief treatise is to present a concept
of social organization that might serve as the architecture for the future
world society, namely,
Humanity is in the process of evolving toward
global society and identity based on global citizenship, yet none of the
existing or traditional forms of social organization are suited to encompass
fully this new reality.
Not only is
humanity evolving as a whole, but also individual humans are experiencing an
expansion of consciousness on a scale unprecedented in previous historical
A critical mass, the dimensions
of which are only beginning to be visible, is building in size and momentum.
What is needed at this juncture are new
languages to encompass emerging possibilities.
Luxocracy means “rule by Light.”
Light in this instance refers to the Inner
Light of the Higher Self, the God Within described by mystics and others across
cultures and across the centuries.
more and more people recognize the Inner Light, structures of governance as we
know them today will become unnecessary.
Luxocracy represents the higher octave of many of the better
known systems of social organization in discourse today.
Like democracy, luxocracy is egalitarian;
unlike democracy, luxocracy rests on a foundation of spirituality.
Like anarchy, luxocracy eschews formal,
hierarchical structures of governance; unlike anarchy, luxocracy is thoroughly
benevolent and nonviolent.
theocracy, luxocracy is spiritualized and spiritually centered; unlike
theocracy, luxocracy rests on internal, personal notions of spirituality rather
than on external, organized religion.
While, in today’s world, these systems of social organization seem
mutually contradictory and in conflict, another perspective is that a dynamic
synthesis is process, the ultimate upshot of which is luxocracy.
In other words, the conflicts between these
perspectives today will ultimately help people to understand and be drawn towards
In today’s world, many people look toward politics for
Politics are assumed to be
the answer to human misery, strife, and injustice.
Yet, the limitations of this strategy are
rendered invisible by belief systems that, at best, separate the material world
from the spiritual realm or, at worst, negate the spiritual realm
The political is
If politics are not
undergirded by a sense of the spiritual, they are a dead end.
This equally true of politics on the right
and politics on the left.
they are understood and enacted today are incapable of delivering humanity to
its own potentiality. Yet, outside politics, this potentiality is gaining
expression and momentum in the larger global society among people from all
walks of life who are awakening to the power and reality of their own
spirituality as well as the spirituality of the world around them.
Debates – and wars – over which political system would be
better are nullified by the reality that only a political system that is
informed by spiritual considerations would be significantly better.
One important caveat, however: spirituality
is not to be confused with religion.
Religions exist to deliver people to spiritual knowledge and its
application, although they have historically been compromised by the
interference of politics.
religions themselves are no more related to luxocracy than politics.
While religious expression and participation
is a matter of choice that would be supported within a luxocratic system,
religion itself could not serve as the basis for luxocracy.
Similarly, while awareness of multiple
religious traditions and teachings could facilitate the consciousness necessary
to enact luxocracy on a global scale, these traditions and teachings alone
would not be enough to make luxocracy feasible.
It is only the universal recognition of innate human divinity and the
immanent spiritual nature of the lifespace in which humans exist – above and
beyond all religions – that would make luxocracy possible.
The two things most facilitative of luxocracy coming into
being are education and health.
education fosters the discovery and development of the Inner Light, while the
promotion of true health provides its necessary physical substrate.
“Mentem sanam in corpore sano.”
A society that centered around education and
health would necessarily evoke luxocracy as a form of social organization once
a certain level of universality was attained with regard to these
As a Baha’i proverb states,
“Regard man as a mine rich in jewels of inestimable value.
Lack of a proper education hath, however,
deprived him of that which he doth inherently possess.”
Luxocracy takes as fundamental that all persons are unique
manifestations of the One.
As such, each
person’s Inner Light guides the manifestation of that uniqueness across the
span of a lifetime.
The optimal purpose
of society is to foster, facilitate, nurture, protect, and coordinate the
expression of every person’s Inner Light simultaneously.
In the past, various structures of governance
have used the principle of the commons to try to maximize the number of people
who can experience such self-expression and development.
The principle of the commons, through its
goal of maximization, assumed implicitly that the good could not be optimized
for all persons.
Luxocracy, on the other
hand, assumes that this right of optimal wellbeing has now been extended to all
and has become universal and categorical.
Thus, the principle of the commons has now been transcended to encompass
everyone, as luxocracy rests upon the broader concept of commonweal.
Humanity is shifting into a new age.
This new age represents an evolutionary shift
in the human being as well as human society.
In the words of Stefanski Ryszard and others, the human being, currently
homo sapiens sapiens or
“very wise man,” is moving towards
illuminatus – the illumined or enlightened human.
The difference between wisdom and
illumination is complete and unequivocal recognition of the Inner Light and its
relationship to spiritual realities that go far beyond Earth.
Luxocracy is simply the willingness, or even
just the tendency, to organize human society around such knowledge.
As we evolve, so must our social structures.