Verbs of Being, Language Studies and Religious Outlooks

I have continued my studies in the world of linguistics in my efforts to yield the most profitable tongue ever, a language in the form of a super-efficient Greek that I call “Meta-Greek.”

It has only ten letters, whereas DNA has the equivalent of 4, and computers use only 1’s and 0’s (two symbols, or the equivalent of two “letters” (prior to the compiling process)].  This Greek retains (so far this is my best judgment, but it does change now and again) the letters A, D, E, K, L, N, Pi, S, U, W (W = “omega”).  It follows, and forms its shape by, the principles of the light of nature.

This means that it bears no passive voice function, but only the active and middle voice, since the passive is wholly unnecessary (and thus Ockham’s razor would bid us to shave it off).  It also employs no verbs of being.  These remain redundant, unnecessary and specify no isolable referent in the real world, like zeros and negative numbers (one cannot point to “-3 oranges” in the real world).

Consider this: “Being” is presupposed in every action, belief, or speech act, and so its use remains redundant and unnecessary (A boring extra).  Moreover, while one can easily point to a specific person whom we find “running,” one cannot do the same in any sensible way to something that is uniquely “being” [since everything does this].

That is, if you point at a building (to indicate something that is busily “being”), one might suppose you intend to specify one of its windows, bricks, or doors instead.  Since everything already “does” this (exists), and since any and every action word ascribed to a subject (e.g. John kicked the ball) already assumes this (Obviously, John must first exist before he could kick any ball), verbs of being present us with a pointless kind of nonsense.  First, we simply do not need them at all. We never have need to refer to bare existence, and we do so tacitly when we mention any action performed by a subject.

We can always replace these do-nothings with a far better, and much more “empirically accessible” or tactile verb (e.g. soar, plunge, or careen), which call up visual cues, “showing us” in our mind’s eye just what the author of the verb intends.  The literary mastercraftsman, George Orwell, in fact, helpfully recommends this swap.

So what is the point of this besides good writing?  In clear thinking, we wish to avoid adding fog to the mental picture we should want to draw in the reader’s (or listener’s mind).  Please recall that “shaving off” such foggy offenders in the name of Ockham.  Now, let us recall the so-called NAME of God given in the Exodus account (3.14-15), “I AM,” or else “I AM THAT I AM.”

By tethering the divine name to a kind of nonsensical fiction (“AM” specifies nothing in particular), this appellation actually implies atheism, since verbs of being index no isolable referent (like negative numbers).   This fact, the fact that the Bible implores us to reduce the divine Name to the status of a negative number, does actually refute the entire Bible as so much non-referential nonsense, insofaras Christians treat the Bible as the primary way in which we ought to understand the divine character and reputation — what is meant by “name” in the Semitic literature.

Accordingly, “a good name is better than great riches …,” but a name that amounts to a pious fiction is like rottenness in the bones.  Perhaps just as interestingly, this account of VOB’s as fiction, actually explains atheism as a socio-cultural reflection of the Christian worldview.  In other words, given the Exodus account, and VOB’s as fictions (which they “are”), atheism follows from Christian teaching, and arises as a real philosophical phenomenon, as a consequence of using Exodus as part of the intellectual capital that constructs the present civilization in which we live.

Recall that language forms the primary constructive element of civilization, and given this insight about VOB’s as fiction, we could expect that if one builds a social order upon Christian intellectual (written) capital –i.e. the Bible — we would expect that Atheism would arise within that social order every time.   Fiction (verbal fiction) here begets more fiction (philosophical fiction).

The true God, the God of nature and its Creator, does not much resemble the God of the Bible after all.  We (Sophic deists) still hold these truths as self-evident, that God has endowed all men with certain indellible rights, chief among which remain life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.


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