Jesus Has Left the Building

a book by paul vieira

four groups of people


In the 1950’s, the controversial Indian philosopher and spiritual leader Prabhat Rainjan Sarkar propounded his theory of the Law of Social Cycle based on the ancient spiritual ideas of the Vedas.   This theory states that all of humanity can be grouped into four categories of people:

Warriors rely on the strength of their bodies to take physical risks to perform acts of courage and vigour.  Their positive role in society is to protect and keep the peace.  Warriors may become policemen, fireman, soldiers, athletes, tradesman, etc.

Intellectuals are happiest when they have the opportunity to develop and express their intellectual skills and talents.  Intellectuals develop our ideas about the world and use these ideas to influence society.  Intellectuals work as teachers, writers, professors, doctors, priests, etc.

Capitalists are ambitious and possess a penchant for acquiring wealth.  They often manage the practical things of life and find their place in society as business owners, traders, managers, entrepreneurs, bankers, landlords, etc.

Labourers keep things running smoothly and work diligently without complaining.  They often find themselves in positions of service, such as, clerks, cooks, janitors, factory workers, etc.

According to this Theory, only three of the four have any propensity to rule or dominate the masses: warriors, intellectuals and capitalists.  The history of any society seems to cycle through predictable phases depending on who is in power.

I’d like to do a little test.  Let’s look back at the second half of the 20th century.  For example, when I say “the 1940’s”, what people come to mind?  Who are the historical figures that are forever tied to that decade?  Let’s do this for 3 time periods.  Who would you say were the most influential people of the following eras?

1. 1940’s & 50’s

2. 1960’s & 70’s

3. 1980’s & 90’s

So, please leave your answer as a comment. In my next post I’d like to talk about the results.

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4 thoughts on “four groups of people

  1. Jon Erzinger on said:

    Okay here goes. For the 40’s and 50’s

    Ghandi, India; Mao China, Senator McCarthy USA, Einstein.

    60’s, 70’s
    The Beattles, Martin Luther King Jr, John F. Kennedy, Fidel Castro, Malcolm X,,Elvis Presley.

    80’s, 90’s

    M. Gorbechev USSR, Ronald Regan USA, Nelson Mandela, Bono, Mother Theresa…Bill Gates, Wayne Gretzky;)

  2. Michael Ifill on said:

    One quick question…where do artists fall in that list? Are they part of the intellectual class?

    40’s & 50’s—This era I’m the least familiar with but let’s not forget Hitler. He greatly impacted those two decades. He caused the US baby boom (indirectly)

    60’s & 70’s— Beatles, Timothy Leary, MLK

    80’s & 90’s— Reagan, Madonna (Not historical…yet), Sir Bob Geldof

    • Yeah, I think artists fall into the category of “intellectuals.” They are still usually about the business of “ideas” and creatively communicate those ideas in ways that really connect with people. JFK once said, “If sometimes our great artists have been the most critical of our society, it is because of their sensitivity and their concern for justice. I see little of more importance to the future of our country and our civilization than full recognition of the place of the artist.”

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