An integral society is necessary for a world free of fear, poverty, and oppression, and a world of peace, justice, prosperity, and happiness. An integral society is based on a principled relationship between culture, governance, and economy. These are the three primary social spheres and are rooted in the principles of love, law, and ownership respectively. Society has evolved from hunter-gatherer societies to large complex states with many social institutions in each sphere.

The improper relationships of these spheres can lead to oppression, poverty, environmental destruction and other harms. Social institutions in each sphere should contribute to the whole society according to their function while being checked from asserting themselves in other spheres. Failed states, poverty, and human rights violations are symptoms of an improperly integrated, or unprincipled, society.

The history of social evolution and the study of the relationship of the three cultural spheres—culture, government, and economy— can help develop a much needed science of integral society.