A hierarchy that is not consecrated and thus ordered in all its parts to the vision of the Good vouchsafed by the common cult is as likely to work good as is a broken clock to display the correct time. A profane institution is finally, and thus fundamentally, and thus thoroughly misdirected away from the proper mundane end of all human acts: the achievement, maintenance, repair and restoration of that proper harmony among and within things under and toward heaven, in virtue of which alone is there any health, prosperity, propagation, contentment, wisdom.
Thus all the institutions of the ancient world were consecrated. Art, architecture, drama, sport, familiar life, war, commerce, manufacture, education, the judiciary, agriculture, the parliament and the agora; all were more or less blessed. All were licensed and governed, ruled and ordered by the sovereign in his capacity as chief executive officer of the cult, and all their sessions ritually bounded, anointed, and at regular intervals liturgically ordered and refreshed to their ultimate purposes and meanings by the priesthood.
So then likewise necessarily were politics consecrated, ordered, and constrained, including the sovereign in his operations.
We were fools to think it could be done otherwise.
All the institutions of a properly ordered society must be organs of the cult, and ordered toward its vision of the Good. When they are not, people lose sight of what they are about, and for – their lives, and the institutions by which they live them. The center no longer holds, and then things wander more and more off course, and soon fall apart. Balance and integrity are lost. Insanity compounds, and with it all manner of errant policy.
The people perish with their cult.