William R Collier Jr-  Our UPDR Ideals can be used right now in your life to bring you greater personal liberty that increasess your level of happiness and success. You don't need a personal coach or a group of people who all go along with these ideals in order to realize an immediate and life-changing benefit, once you understand these ideals and put then to work for you.

Liberty is a condition of being unbound from harmful and limiting things, conditions,  or people that are not beneficial to your well-being and that inhibit you from becoming the best that your Creator has for you. While liberty is usually understood or addressed from a political perspective, it is both broader and deeper than mere politics. You can have complete political liberty and yet be bound.  So, I am talking about liberty from two perspectives: yourself and the people you choose to be connected to in some form of a koinonia (fellowship as a freewill covenant association) way. 

You are responsible for your own liberty. While you have a right to pursue liberty as you define it, you don't have a right to it. And if your liberty is used to choose various forms of bondage,  then you don't have anyone to blame but yourself,  and nobody owes you a bailout. 

Within Upadaria, once it is established as a micronation and a fraternal society,  you are going to hear a lot about the UPDR Ideals, sometimes called the four core ideals of the new civilization. These ideals represent the core ideals of four previous civilizations all used by God to advance us toward the eventual emergence of a new Christian civilization that uses all these ideals, not just one, in a balanced and Biblical manner.

The UPDR Ideals include Unity in diversity,  Popular sovereignty,  Democratic equality,  and Rule of law. We break them down further and use terms like Unum,  Populum, Demos, and Regium and we more or less express them primarily through the concepts of Ecclesium, Ethnium, Oikos, and Koinonia. In fact, the motto of our Society is going to be "Unum Populum Demos Regium" while the motto of our virtual commonwealth is going to be "Ecclesium, Ethnium,  Oikos, Koionia." 

We want to understand the Unum of the Ecclesium, the Populum of the Ethnium, the Demos of our Oikois, and the Regium of our Koionia. These terms and memorization of their meaning and application are meant to provide you a daily standard and yardstick by which you can analyze any decision, habit, action, or relationship to see if in fact it tends toward being at liberty or not.  While you can also use this to determine if you are lined up with moral virtue and mutual independence,  the two other legs upon which freedom rests,  our focus here is on liberty: the state of not being bound so that you can pursue God's best for your life with excellence.

Let's explain Ecclesium, Ethnium,  Oikos, and Koionia.  The Ecclesium is both the whole Body of Christ around you and in the world and the specific spiritual community to which you belong by choice. It defines both your faith and your religious convictions. The Ethnium is the sea of national peoples you are born into as well as any national people you choose to be a part of, and it defines your culture. The Oiokos is the daily community of people with whom you pursue your living and your daily life, usually in some form of an exchange. This defines your family and your community of practice. The Koionia is an extended and larger bond you share with people in your physical commnunity, your denomination, or your more extended family and is defined by a written or unwritten covenant bond of social compact. This defines your daily lifestyle and your shared sense of mission of purpose. 

It seems self-evident that all these communities of people  (Ecclesia, Ethne, Oikos, and Koionia) should have standards and values which agree with your own.  The Ecclesia is the community of all Christians woth in a physical or ot her form of community.  The Ethne is a form of national community that is unique and diverse and can exists, at once, both within a larger physical country and within the general Ecclesia, if that Ethne is Christian. The Oikos is basically like an extended family,  a sort of extended single "household " based on your immediate family and with some sort of familial bonds: this includes both your biological or blood kin and the people you feel familial toward in either a formal or informal manner.  A Koionia is any form of extended community among people which is based on a freewill covenant association, this could include lots of different types of communities, but all based on a chosen association of some kind. 

When you understand these communities and analyze your own relationships and associations,  and your daily choices and actions,  you might begin to realize that either you completely lack this type of community or your community does not live up to your own beliefs and values. Here is where the law of proximity comes into play: the more a community of any kind involves intimate aspects of your life, the more "proximal" its members must be both in physical and irrational proximity.  When a community demands a large portion of your resources, it follows that its members should be close to you (proximal) both in terms of physical space and in terms of the depth and breadth of agreement on matters of faith, values, beliefs,  and convictions.  

While we generally say Unum is most applicable to Ecclesium, this does not mean that none of the other ideals apply.  It means that within Ecclesium a broad unifying central belief is manifested in many diverse expressions, this is its prominent feature, but it must still comply with Populum, Demos, and Regium secondarily and it should not totally contradict them. 

Within communities of the Ethnium, the foremost ideal is Populum, a shared identity of peoplehood that requires a lot of agreement on matters of conviction,  mostly related to culture.  Within the communities of the Oiokos the overriding ideals is Demos, a sort of absolute meritocracy of nobility with equality of opportunity and equity of recompense as its aim. This tends to be a household or an economic unit, with not only shared convictions, but shared practices and standards. Within the communities of a Koionia we have a larger unity, beyond merely an exchange,  but something more altruistic and self-giving, something we call agape,  but based on a covenant bond that adheres to the laws of  God and His Creation and that is based on specific goals and convictions, thay reflects the will to the whole, and brings benefit to all. 

Not every community neatly or totally fits into just one of these types of communities, but when you understand what aspect of each reflects a particular type of community, we can analyze their fidelity to these ideals, and we can see whether they will promote or hinder our liberty.

Look at any relationship or association,  ascertain what parts belong in which type of community, and analyze whether those parts have both the right emphasis in terms of their ideal and the right balance with the other ideals. 

Where you work every day is primarily an Oikos type community. Do the values which are enforced in how people are rewarded and punished reflect your own convictions? Is there truly equality of opportunity and equity for performance? Are the other ideals also present? 

Assuming there is a deficit,  understand that this is a source of conflict in your soul. You are being compelled to go along with things that violate your own inner constitution.  There are times when we have to accept this, and find other ways to be free, as we really need the money, but in the long run you have to find a way of escape. 

Throughout history, men and women have naturally gravitated toward such forms of community. But, like an artificial dam holding back waters and forming an artificial lake, men can channel people in ways that cause them to abandon these communities.  Indeed, that has happened. But, everything artificial fails eventually,  and one day, that dam is going to break in your life, causing a flood of problems which can only be solved within and through such communities.

We are not meant to be alone.  We cannot even survive alone. We are born into a community of some kind. This trend away from freewill community has, ironically,  led to the imposing of coercive communities,  centralized welfare states that the individual is powerless to resist. Notice, all these types of communities are elective, you choose them. 

It is a reality that there is limited to no choice in some communities, especially at different phases of life or under different circumstance.  Your choice regarding your country and citizenship, for example, is not exactly a free association,  though people do leave countries and become citizens of other countries. A country or a political state is not an Ethne, it falls within something we call a Magisterium, though the UPDR Ideals can apply to that. That is a subject that goes beyond this article. Bit, why it is important is that the absence of freewill community bonds tends to make political collectivism possible. 

Political collectivism is powered by cultural separatism and radical individualism,  while political decentralization is led by sociocultural mutuality in some form of freewill covenant association. Collectivism levels things and gives the center power over their allocation while reducing the individual to a number. Mutualism shares things, often in a fair exchange or through altruistic benevolence which benefits the whole, but through a process of consensus that is mutually beneficial and that actually empowers the individual to reach their own unique potential. Free associations,  a free market, and mutual independence or self-reliance are the only alternative to coerced collectivism. 

If you want to be at liberty, you can begin by applying the UPDR Ideals to your own life, in terms of your choices,  actions,  and relationships.  You can begin small, begin with what you can immediately control. As you do this, you can start to realize an increase in resources and opportunities,  which empowers you to have more control. But don't be critical,  don't use this knowledge as a fool, bashing people with it, use it to direct how YOU treat others, use it to evaluate friendships and relationships and focus more on those that tend to compare favorably toward these Ideals.  

But at some point you will have to enlist others to take the same road you are on and to form a collaboration, at least, around the idea of making these ideals standards to live out, and supporting one another in that goal.

You will need to connect with other people to go beyond a certain level of achievement in using these ideals to become more at liberty. This is important to understand, but you do not have to start there. In fact, the more you achieve alone using these ideals, the easier it is going to be to convince other people to take the same road as you, with you. When they see you are happier and better off, because you will be, they will want some of that too.

You can show them how to apply these ideals in their life, and they can then easily see how, together, you can leverage your resources and time to get more things under your individual and, now, shared control.  

Ultimately I envision a whole nation of people in the millions connected through a virtual community and a fraternal society that pretty much offers unlimited potential for those who practice these things.  But you can benefit right now from these ideals. You can at least get as far as where I am, making my calling my career and lining up most of my personal relationships with my beliefs, values, and convictions.  

Stay tuned here for more articles like this that will offer you more insights and ideas. Alternatively,  I am going to offer a personal coaching program to people who want one on one time on a weekly basis (30 minutes face to face, lots of email correspondence), though this would have to cost $150 per month as I cannot forego the activities that earn me a living without compensation (the laborer is worthy of his or her hire). 

Thay being said, I don't expect a lot of people will want to or need to spend $150 per month, unless you are just anxious to jump start your efforts. You William R Collier Jr- Our UPDR Ideals can be used right now in your life to bring you greater personal liberty that increasess your level of happiness and success. You don't need a personal coach or a group of people who all go along with these ideals in order to realize an immediate and life-changing benefit, once you understand these ideals and put then to work for you.

Liberty is a condition of being unbound from harmful and limiting things, conditions, or people that are not beneficial to your well-being and that inhibit you from becoming the best that your Creator has for you. While liberty is usually understood or addressed from a political perspective, it is both broader and deeper than mere politics. You can have complete political liberty and yet be bound. So, I am talking about liberty from two perspectives: yourself and the people you choose to be connected to in some form of a koinonia (fellowship as a freewill covenant association) way.
You are responsible for your own liberty. While you have a right to pursue liberty as you define it, you don't have a right to it. And if your liberty is used to choose various forms of bondage, then you don't have anyone to blame but yourself, and nobody owes you a bailout.
Within Upadaria, once it is established as a micronation and a fraternal society, you are going to hear a lot about the UPDR Ideals, sometimes called the four core ideals of the new civilization. These ideals represent the core ideals of four previous civilizations all used by God to advance us toward the eventual emergence of a new Christian civilization that uses all these ideals, not just one, in a balanced and Biblical manner.
The UPDR Ideals include Unity in diversity, Popular sovereignty, Democratic equality, and Rule of law. We break them down further and use terms like Unum, Populum, Demos, and Regium and we more or less express them primarily through the concepts of Ecclesium, Ethnium, Oikos, and Koinonia. In fact, the motto of our Society is going to be "Unum Populum Demos Regium" while the motto of our virtual commonwealth is going to be "Ecclesium, Ethnium, Oikos, Koionia."
We want to understand the Unum of the Ecclesium, the Populum of the Ethnium, the Demos of our Oikois, and the Regium of our Koionia. These terms and memorization of their meaning and application are meant to provide you a daily standard and yardstick by which you can analyze any decision, habit, action, or relationship to see if in fact it tends toward being at liberty or not. While you can also use this to determine if you are lined up with moral virtue and mutual independence, the two other legs upon which freedom rests, our focus here is on liberty: the state of not being bound so that you can pursue God's best for your life with excellence.
Let's explain Ecclesium, Ethnium, Oikos, and Koionia. The Ecclesium is both the whole Body of Christ around you and in the world and the specific spiritual community to which you belong by choice. It defines both your faith and your religious convictions. The Ethnium is the sea of national peoples you are born into as well as any national people you choose to be a part of, and it defines your culture. The Oiokos is the daily community of people with whom you pursue your living and your daily life, usually in some form of an exchange. This defines your family and your community of practice. The Koionia is an extended and larger bond you share with people in your physical commnunity, your denomination, or your more extended family and is defined by a written or unwritten covenant bond of social compact. This defines your daily lifestyle and your shared sense of mission of purpose.
It seems self-evident that all these communities of people (Ecclesia, Ethne, Oikos, and Koionia) should have standards and values which agree with your own. The Ecclesia is the community of all Christians woth in a physical or ot her form of community. The Ethne is a form of national community that is unique and diverse and can exists, at once, both within a larger physical country and within the general Ecclesia, if that Ethne is Christian. The Oikos is basically like an extended family, a sort of extended single "household " based on your immediate family and with some sort of familial bonds: this includes both your biological or blood kin and the people you feel familial toward in either a formal or informal manner. A Koionia is any form of extended community among people which is based on a freewill covenant association, this could include lots of different types of communities, but all based on a chosen association of some kind.
When you understand these communities and analyze your own relationships and associations, and your daily choices and actions, you might begin to realize that either you completely lack this type of community or your community does not live up to your own beliefs and values. Here is where the law of proximity comes into play: the more a community of any kind involves intimate aspects of your life, the more "proximal" its members must be both in physical and irrational proximity. When a community demands a large portion of your resources, it follows that its members should be close to you (proximal) both in terms of physical space and in terms of the depth and breadth of agreement on matters of faith, values, beliefs, and convictions.
While we generally say Unum is most applicable to Ecclesium, this does not mean that none of the other ideals apply. It means that within Ecclesium a broad unifying central belief is manifested in many diverse expressions, this is its prominent feature, but it must still comply with Populum, Demos, and Regium secondarily and it should not totally contradict them.
Within communities of the Ethnium, the foremost ideal is Populum, a shared identity of peoplehood that requires a lot of agreement on matters of conviction, mostly related to culture. Within the communities of the Oiokos the overriding ideals is Demos, a sort of absolute meritocracy of nobility with equality of opportunity and equity of recompense as its aim. This tends to be a household or an economic unit, with not only shared convictions, but shared practices and standards. Within the communities of a Koionia we have a larger unity, beyond merely an exchange, but something more altruistic and self-giving, something we call agape, but based on a covenant bond that adheres to the laws of God and His Creation and that is based on specific goals and convictions, thay reflects the will to the whole, and brings benefit to all.
Not every community neatly or totally fits into just one of these types of communities, but when you understand what aspect of each reflects a particular type of community, we can analyze their fidelity to these ideals, and we can see whether they will promote or hinder our liberty.
Look at any relationship or association, ascertain what parts belong in which type of community, and analyze whether those parts have both the right emphasis in terms of their ideal and the right balance with the other ideals.
Where you work every day is primarily an Oikos type community. Do the values which are enforced in how people are rewarded and punished reflect your own convictions? Is there truly equality of opportunity and equity for performance? Are the other ideals also present?
Assuming there is a deficit, understand that this is a source of conflict in your soul. You are being compelled to go along with things that violate your own inner constitution. There are times when we have to accept this, and find other ways to be free, as we really need the money, but in the long run you have to find a way of escape.
Throughout history, men and women have naturally gravitated toward such forms of community. But, like an artificial dam holding back waters and forming an artificial lake, men can channel people in ways that cause them to abandon these communities. Indeed, that has happened. But, everything artificial fails eventually, and one day, that dam is going to break in your life, causing a flood of problems which can only be solved within and through such communities.
We are not meant to be alone. We cannot even survive alone. We are born into a community of some kind. This trend away from freewill community has, ironically, led to the imposing of coercive communities, centralized welfare states that the individual is powerless to resist. Notice, all these types of communities are elective, you choose them.
It is a reality that there is limited to no choice in some communities, especially at different phases of life or under different circumstance. Your choice regarding your country and citizenship, for example, is not exactly a free association, though people do leave countries and become citizens of other countries. A country or a political state is not an Ethne, it falls within something we call a Magisterium, though the UPDR Ideals can apply to that. That is a subject that goes beyond this article. Bit, why it is important is that the absence of freewill community bonds tends to make political collectivism possible.
Political collectivism is powered by cultural separatism and radical individualism, while political decentralization is led by sociocultural mutuality in some form of freewill covenant association. Collectivism levels things and gives the center power over their allocation while reducing the individual to a number. Mutualism shares things, often in a fair exchange or through altruistic benevolence which benefits the whole, but through a process of consensus that is mutually beneficial and that actually empowers the individual to reach their own unique potential. Free associations, a free market, and mutual independence or self-reliance are the only alternative to coerced collectivism.
If you want to be at liberty, you can begin by applying the UPDR Ideals to your own life, in terms of your choices, actions, and relationships. You can begin small, begin with what you can immediately control. As you do this, you can start to realize an increase in resources and opportunities, which empowers you to have more control. But don't be critical, don't use this knowledge as a fool, bashing people with it, use it to direct how YOU treat others, use it to evaluate friendships and relationships and focus more on those that tend to compare favorably toward these Ideals.
But at some point you will have to enlist others to take the same road you are on and to form a collaboration, at least, around the idea of making these ideals standards to live out, and supporting one another in that goal.
You will need to connect with other people to go beyond a certain level of achievement in using these ideals to become more at liberty. This is important to understand, but you do not have to start there. In fact, the more you achieve alone using these ideals, the easier it is going to be to convince other people to take the same road as you, with you. When they see you are happier and better off, because you will be, they will want some of that too.
You can show them how to apply these ideals in their life, and they can then easily see how, together, you can leverage your resources and time to get more things under your individual and, now, shared control.
Ultimately I envision a whole nation of people in the millions connected through a virtual community and a fraternal society that pretty much offers unlimited potential for those who practice these things. But you can benefit right now from these ideals. You can at least get as far as where I am, making my calling my career and lining up most of my personal relationships with my beliefs, values, and convictions.
Stay tuned here for more articles like this that will offer you more insights and ideas. Alternatively, I am going to offer a personal coaching program to people who want one on one time on a weekly basis (30 minutes face to face, lots of email correspondence), though this would have to cost $150 per month as I cannot forego the activities that earn me a living without compensation (the laborer is worthy of his or her hire).
Thay being said, I don't expect a lot of people will want to or need to spend $150 per month, unless you are just anxious to jump start your efforts. You can read these pages and get enough knowledge to change your life, and there is no cost for that. Also, I can only accept 30 people for such coaching ar a time, and I want to reach many more than that.
If you understand the UPDR Ideals and apply them to your life choices and relationships, as much as it is in your power to do, the result will be a degree of noticeable liberation which will increase your happiness and success. These are ideals that liberate!can read these pages and get enough knowledge to change your life, and there is no cost for that. Also, I can only accept 30 people for such coaching ar a time, and I want to reach many more than that. 

If you understand the UPDR Ideals and apply them to your life choices and relationships,  as much as it is in your power to do,  the result will be a degree of noticeable liberation which will increase your happiness and success.  These are ideals that liberate!


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