Transitioning Away From a Dominant Minority in Society

Just as an individual does not consider or envision his own demise over time, the social group, whether by class, or by domination of force or wealth, or through leverage obtained through knowledge, does not consider that Nature has a way of restoring balance and “turning the wheel” of life away from their domination at some point in time.  Dominant groups, rather, generally attempt to maintain control, long past the time when their purpose in that role has gone away.  This leads, all too often, to the overthrow of their dominion through violent, or at least extremely painful, means.  There is however another way that this could occur, which would avoid much of the pain and dislocation that occurs generally during times of change.

Sri Aurobindo observes:  “Therefore, the perfect counsel for a dominant minority is always to recognise in good time the right hour for its abdication and for the imparting of its ideals, qualities, culture, experience to the rest of the aggregate or to as much of it as is prepared for that progress.  Where this is done, the social aggregate advances normally and without disruption or serious wound or malady; otherwise a disordered progress is imposed upon it, for Nature will not suffer human egoism to baffle for ever her fixed intention and necessity.  Where the dominant classes successfully avoid her demand upon them, the worst of destinies is likely to overtake the social aggregate, — as in India where the final refusal of the Brahmin and other privileged classes to call up the bulk of the nation as far as possible to their level, their fixing of an unbridgeable gulf of superiority between themselves and the rest of society, has been a main cause of eventual decline and degeneracy.  For where her aims are frustrated, Nature inevitably withdraws her force from the offending unit till she has brought in and used other and external means to reduce the obstacle to a nullity.”

Sri Aurobindo, The Ideal of Human Unity, Part I, Chapter 2, The Imperfection of Past Aggregates, pg. 18