- You might find this one difficult to believe, until you read it, but there is something to the old Nietzschean canard that we need to “rise above” the slave (traditional) morality of the Christian religion. He was — after a fashion — correct. The concepts of “good” versus “evil” as a dichotomy (paired polarity set) set in relation to other popular ideas (justice versus injustice, etc) in a specific cognitive and collective arrangement (paradigm) arises from an abuse native to our ordinary use of the English language.
In other words, our crappy “christianized” (botched) English screws up our heads by “mis-orienting” our thinking in ways not consistent with the real world, and the light of nature (the divine design). The personification of this botched pair — good versus evil — takes on personsified counterparts (God versus the devil, Batman versus the Joker, Ahuri-Mazda versus Ahriman (Zoroastrianism’s “Odin versus Loki”), etc.
This botched pair has important, and quite material, social consequences that we do not want. In English-speaking society, this dual concept takes shape in our lives when its is externalized from our thinking and stamped into the social order’s concrete forms and institutions (cities, colleges, businesses, etc), CAUSING its social counterpart — “good behavior” and evil behavior (crimes, perceived “moral failures” and transgressions).
Well-known ill behavior patterns, and questionable choices, common to some in society (not to mention tax evasion) have dotted the landscape of human history as far as we can remember. This has given rise historically to legal lists of do’s and don’ts, like the law code of Hammurabi and the Ten Commandments. Some have been taken as mere human constructions, and others as divine mandates.
These legal codes aim at the restraining of “evil” people and their wayward options. But there are problems with these. First, each legal code both presupposes (some people will commit crimes) and forbids (no one may commit crimes) exactly the same behaviors. So the project dooms itself from the outset. These legal codes in effect “formalize” and give judicial force to the dual concept of good and evil by providing the standard that both creates (what it means to do good or evil) and then separates, and specifies punishments or awards for them.
Here is a second problem: justice, represented by legal codes, is not ideal. This must be true since the existence and practice of the administration of justice requires: Criminals and lawsuits (conflicts at law). The light of nature is ideal, while the administration of justice is not. This insight hit me like the proverbial “brick ton” recently when studying the topic of nature’s light and aretology.
I am still working on just what this implies (and does not imply but might seem to) for other related subjects. Wisdom is eternal, but justice requires criminals and conflicts, so it is not eternal, and in a certain way, stands OPPOSED TO WISDOM! This is NOT what I learned from studying the Proverbs of Solomon !! And this is where those proverbs err.
The third problem is that we have sought to define morality in terms of attribution, badly following Aristotle, when our moral conceptions should have fallen out from sophic and functional definitions. In other words, from the light of nature, we should wish to know, whether some proposed moral action works against, or else flows from, our divine design. Did our beloved Creator make us so that if we practice X it will conduce to our well-being since we were designed to act this way? Not “is it evil,” but “Is it wise, strategic, resourceful, and profitable for others?” What is the criteriology here, but the principles of the light of nature?
I will here try to set forth as plainly as I might the differences in the ways of thinking involved. All humans being were created to be “the good guys,” so there is no objective “good people versus evil people,” except what we have brought into the world ourselves by our bad social and linguistic constructions. “Good and evil” are real enough, but ONLY because WE (not God) have made them real. And we can unmake them, and must unmake them, by carefully following the light of nature. It is very doable, and practically so, contrary to everything you have ever heard about the “problem of evil” in the world today (yada, yada).
- By the study of the light of nature, we must determine what are the REAL virtues our Great King intends us to display, and then work to inculcate those into our lives, shunning the false virtues and botched, social and linguistic constructions of traditional morality.
- I believe that the entire project of “fixing humanity” centers upon the reconstruction our thought-world and language use, to conform much better to the light of nature, and to eliminate botched conceptions from our thinking, replacing them with their more accurate counterparts.
- Language is the key. The philosophers of language are correct in this assumption. But here, they are in fact “doing metaphysics” even if they insist otherwise — and they will. The McCaw bears this out. Its singular emphasis upon activity is speaking — learning from the wise (modeling) and saying only what it has rehearsed. And so — for its wise speech alone — it wears the rainbow and flies among the heavens (in the wild anyway).
Win at wise speech, and you win all. Our thinking (see George Orwell and Noam Chomsky) follows our speaking, and so do our deeds and value systems. What does this mean for the Sophic Ethical Monotheist community? It means whatever we have for a legal code will probably have these innovative features:
It begins with a blessing upon the All-Wise Creator, upon the Sophic Ethical Monotheist community, and upon the animal kingdom, and indeed upon all humanity and all creation. It bears encouragements to perform and encouragements to avoid rather than prohibitionist mandates. Be wise my son, and fill your heart and mind with wisdom’s light (i.e. the written wisdom-tradition). We tried prohibitionism (with alcohol) in the USA in the 1920’s, and it turned out to be one of the greatest disasters in our history — another fine democratic social program paid for by everyone (a thousand times over).
Question: what if tradition legal codes ALL turn out to be just another form of prohibitionism, each of which creates the “forbidden fruit” syndrome — by the very nature of their many forbiddings and commandings, which actually stir up opposition to what they are supposed to procure? This is what the LON seems to suggest for a wise nation:
- Encouragements to right behavior in writing (memorized as rehearsed speech by all = wisdom tradition, but not so much legal codes, not so much commandments and forbiddings)
- Principles of the LON — studied and built into our language, and thus into all aspects of our society. Not COMMANDMENTS lists.
- Morality focuses on what is necessary, successful, valuable and profitable, and what is according to the wisdom of divine design — not (over-) simply what is “GOOD” as opposed to what is “EVIL” (i.e. Crap morality).
- Invoking Blessing upon all (others), built into our lives — as a way of life, not merely as occasional (Think reflexively).
We must rethink what legal codes should contain and what they should omit, and how we must carefully hug the principles of the LON in building these. We must carefully build out as a community, and as individuals, the wisdom-tradition (one 3 x 5 index card at a time) that forms the rehearsed speech language we will use as a people — even if it takes 50, 000 such card-speech units.
When one community/ nation inculcates the form of life found in the principles of the LON, and stamped into the cards, an entire society will emerge as wiser than any other we have seen before, and will act as self-governing agents of wisdom, who almost never break the law, especially if (when) there are fewer laws to break. Wisdom in the heart both motivates one to do good works, and to shun unprofitable behaviors (worthless wastes of time (crimes)) need never occupy the mind of a wise person long enough to interest them.
Finally, Short Greek as I have called it, will enable us to perform innovative and critical-thinking feats never before imagined (as with transcending the good-evil dichotomy in practical ways, securing to the world far greater profitability than we have yet seen. My solutions then are six-fold:
- The right nation and people, a people that loves wisdom above all else, convened to build the greatest nation in the world.
- The World Peace Conference, and council of Sophic Ethical Monotheists, which works to enable the proposals found at this site, and others implied or taught by the LON we have yet to learn.
- The creation and perfection (best we are able) of the Short Greek language, sculpted into existence exclusively by the principles of the LON.
- The study of those principles and LON-based aretology.
- The Wisdom tradition of the “official” (council approved) LON rehearsed-speech units for the wise nation.
- (Two Official Books) The Book of Prayers and Blessings; The Book of Success and Success Sayings.
All of this bears a good deal of “thinking the matter over.” I regard this blog-post as the result of a series of extraordinary insights (a paradigm shift) by which I am still astonished, and as a gift from my beloved Creator, whose blessing I continue to study. You are invited to do likewise.