I was thinking about Saul, David and King Ashoka, King Arthur and Gilgamesh, comparing stories, so read Samuel today.
There is also the Universal Monarch ideal. In Buddhism, there were “Wheel Rolling Kings.”. They were imperfect, with scandalous events and actions, murder, fratricide, patricide, but later were converted and became protectors of religion and created brief golden ages. In some cases the Kings would lose faith and face a crisis that would nearly topple them until they reaffirmed their faith. Generally when the winds changed dynasties would crumble.
In India, in King Ashoka’s case, He had been a fierce warlord and the kingly lineage fought to the death, internally, then he had his religious awakening, repentance, conversion and realized compassion. From then on he ruled over a large kingdom and it became a 40 year Golden Age, but after Ashoka, the dynasty fell again into chaos and murder. The wheel of karmic entanglements would roll on. Their actions and effects would be felt by the people. Generally Golden Ages ensued when the Kings wealth was used to support religion. In the case of Ashoka, he supported multiple religions simultaneously with his wealth.
In both the east and west, the Kings, had horrific histories, with occasional and transient bright spots. Remarkable karmic struggles ensued globally and all were like reflections of the lifestates of the people in various locals and eras.
It is always the people’s karmic result to have their leaders, wars and government. Sometimes there were periods of great inspiration.
The ideal of the Government of the People, By the people, & For the People. should be much appreciated along with Freedom of Religion, yet this too is subject to degradation, as a reflection of the people losing faith.