"To serve, unshakably, is to reach greatness."
The Scriptures, Amash Akura, 25:16
These words are, perhaps, some of the most important in shaping Amarr culture, yet also perhaps often ignored.
To serve, unshakably, is to reach greatness. Thus, it is that slaves, having served well, eventually reach the greatness of their masters. Too often we forget this idea, though, and consider slaves or those who were slaves as always lesser; or we think of slaves as existing only to glorify us, their masters, when scripture would have their purpose be to glorify themselves.
Even more, though, we forget what this passage implies: that greatness comes from serving. It is the calling of all of us, from the lowest slave to the greatest holder, to even the Empress, to serve. This is how we achieve greatness, this is how we demonstrate the greatness we have, and this is what the greatness inside of us calls us to do.
Rulers, then, are called not to rule for their own glory, but to guide those they rule, and to humbly serve. Those that hold slaves are called not to use them for their own ends, but to serve those in their care, improving their lives. Those who are under others should serve them not because they are bound to, but because serving is a good thing.
Service to one another holds societies together, gives them strength. When communities know that all members will serve the common good, and mutually serve each other, they thrive. When they cannot trust each other to do so, they fall apart. When communities are united, and one member falters in their service, the others can encourage them, and they can return to doing what is right. Yet when one member betrays the others by not serving them, the others also will falter in their dedication. A strong community, then, is required to ensure that all are unshakable in their service.
From service, greatness. Because one is great, service.