Beauty and Majesty: The Ideal Value System Explained

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       The Ideal Value System indicates Beauty and Majesty as a “mission-critical” (‘transcendental’ in the philosopher’s jargon) feature of the universe, and helps to explain “why we are here.”  A photograph like this makes it easy to believe that “this (cosmos) is no accident.”  It’s more like a Rembrandt.

However, one of the difficulties in evaluating the grand lustre of the vibrant side of life and the natural world stems from the fact that it makes an appeal to all five senses, though most think of beauty as “aimed at the eyes” (What you see, rather than what you taste or hear).  However, in the interest of clarity and comprehensibility, I should like to give a brief description of “beauty and majesty.”

Beauty is not merely “in the eye of the beer-holder.”   These are some of its salient features:

  1. Light & color.     These can be “Luminosity,” “Brilliance,” “Radiance,” etc.
  2. Proportion & Symmetry.  This label aims at “Balance,” “Even-ness,” and “Medial” or averaged (approximately).
  3. Uniformity & Variety (diversity).  These two together can make for a dazzling display.
  4. Order & Boundary Arrangement.   This could look like linear structure, or curvature (or both).
  5. Complementarity and Fitted-ness.  You see this when two halves of something designed to fit together mesh neatly.  In the case of gustatory beauty, this would be like chocolate and peanut butter both in one round-ridged, two-cup candy (which shall ree-main nameless).  Some have said that the Yin needs the Yang.
  6. Motion & Change.   When something moves from the “corner of the eye,” it grabs our attention.  Motion perceived instinctively commands our regard.  We could call this the beauty of development, growth or “play” upon the senses.
  7. Constancy or Intermittence.   This is sometimes labeled “continuity or dis-c.”.   It is obvious with “dots versus lines” in writing, or the beat of a drum v. the song of the smoother violin.
  8. Similarity & dissimilarity.   This could be the contrast of shadow and light in a painting.

It is possible to derive other features of beauty in different arts or disciplines, but these cover a great deal of “ideal turf,” enough to show the character of beauty, with which we are already somewhat intuitively familiar, since it has transcendental status.  Consider also the relationship between beauty and value — what makes gold so valuable if not in large measure its beauty?

Some of the religious pantheons of old also insist on the hendiadic connectedness between beauty and love — as with “Venus” or “Aphrodite.”   The romantic reasons for this are more than obvious.  “Love” is translated in the ideal value system as its counterpart in the world of “material adequacy.”  MA names the real difference(s) that something makes in the natural world — its distinguishing effects.  When love makes a real difference in the real world, we call its “power to effect” by the name of “kindness and gentleness.”   Whether it is the love that a father has for his son or daughter, or for his German Shepherd, it always displays G & K.

Some will have asked, “If your Ideal Value System is so grand as you suggest, why does it no even display “love” as a primary element of the ideal?  I answer that, of course, that it does.  But it does so in a very important way — by showing the most essential, and universal, material aspects of love.

Finally, the term “love” names a very important set of ideas, but these leave open the question of (mis-) interpretation by remaining (often) fair to vague or open-ended in the use of expressions containing this word.  It is often far too general, vague and needing a much clearer sense that what a speaker of writer offers his audience.

Gentleness and kindness remain far more specific, and have a sort of “rubber-meets-the-road” tangible quality to them. We easily recognize good will and a soft touch for what they are — a way of showing real, not merely imagined, love for someone else.  This pair bares the overlap between friendship, maternal affection, romantic attention, or even “be kind to animals week.”   A soft answer (gentle) can turn away wrath. And a kind (encouraging) word can cheer one’s face.

So Beauty and Majesty seem to bear important relations to both profit and value, on the one hand, and to Gentleness and Kindness on the other.    For now, I shall leave off with the suggestion, that, because these two hendiads form part of the “critical core” of the same ideal value system, they “fit together neatly by design.”  Beauty and Majesty “fit” together with Kindness and Gentleness.  I believe that these are integrated neatly in the ones I call the “Ideal Persons” (Our divine parents) who run this cosmos.

More about these topics later.

 

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Build It Upon Verb-bits: A Revolutionary Approach to Language Creation

According to Language As Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language, a fascinating book for those who love language studies, written by MIT Professor, Steven Pinker (1994), the natural tongues so far have taken their foundations (“Atomic” basics) different forms of nouns.  By “forms,” I mean that some display the plural form (bookS) or the singular (book) etc.

So it would seem that nouns have been ruling the world.  But, I maintain that this approach to language building fundamentally MISrepresents the way things really are.  The two most important features of the observable world are 1. everything operates within the context of SYSTEMS, and 2. Everything is in process (Matter-energy is in motion).  THIS BEARS PROFOUND IMPLICATIONS for the ideal language.

A language that would be “realistic,” that is, show us the truth about the real world — and one that would prove far more useful to the sciences and critical arts that aim to discover and describe the natural world — must necessary start is “basic bricks” with verbal constructions (verb-bits) not nominal one (noun-bits).

Nouns represent STASIS, verbs show change.  Nouns “sit there.”  These couch-potatoes barely “Subsist.”  They are just barely hanging on.  Verbs, on the other hand, careen, soar, plunge and swing.  They dart and dive, bob and weave, and get the job done.  Compared to verbs, nouns are half-dead.  Living things grow and thrive, change and develop, mature and organize.

The real world consists not so much as “things,” but as phenomena and “things-in-process,” especially when viewed over significant periods of time. The more time you allow to a “viewing sample” (an observation), the more even a solid object (e.g. window pane) is seen to “flow” — here downward. Yet, it seems static to the eye.

We should also weigh carefully the other verbals — gerunds (verbs that act as nouns) and participles (verbs that act as adjectives), and adverbs.  Long live the verb-bit construction crew.

This Heraclitean advertisement aims to show the importance of the fact that our natural languages have so far proven the handiwork of children learning how to speak a language well.  This means that languages have left out of the vocabulary-at-bottom that proceeds from values that seek to make “language-dom” more scientific.  Recall that children learn to use concrete logic at just about the time that their window of language-learning opportunity comes to a close (around 9-ish), so that languages were not put together with logical considerations — concrete or abstract — at the formative level.  These thus have to be add-ons.

This is not good.  It bespeaks a reconstructive effort like the one found here, that adds the best FORMAL elements (from ideal math-logic [set theory cannot be omitted]) to the better efforts of the most important languages procured so far.

We will also need to consider the special relationships of logic involved in managing the “quantities, qualities, modalities and relations” that undergird our (somewhat contrived) experience of the real world.  These are the lenses we have for taking on the world, like it or no.

Systems, like alphabets (and coffee makers with filtration systems), do in fact rule the universe.

We have solar systems, nervous systems, electrical systems, weather systems, language systems, and on it goes, in all different aspects of the real world.  Nowhere can you run; nowhere can you hide, from systems.  It is your destiny, Luke.  To improve scientific investigation of the natural world, we will need to take seriously in the 21st century, the addition to the university curriculum, various courses in the study of systems.  “Systems studies” should even become available as a B.A. or B.S. degree at universities and college.  These curricula and courses are guaranteed to yield a crop of brilliant new students of all the traditional fields of study, with a host of new insights and technologies.

Change is in the air.  It’s all about process. We are witnessing the law of progress at work.  Verbs are “What’s Happening Now.”   And systems have it “Goin’ On.”

If fortune and the fates should favor it, I shall continue this Hegelian commercial later.  The dialectic is winning.

 

Introducing the Ideal Value System

I’ve been studying a great deal lately (as usual). Consequently, I have many new insights to offer.  Here are some of them in brief:  I believe that not all value systems are created equal, and that, DNA, taken as our template, prefers one of them in particular, and this DNA-preferred value system represents the “telos” of human design, the purpose at which it aims. For what purpose (s) are we built just so, and do not take some other form?

It is also well to notice that DNA has an operational set of preferences and priorities that come with the proteins that comprise it.  It has values (and priorities), and these values set the pace for all of life.  This defeats the fact-value dichotomy of the positivist agenda by showing that some (if not all) facts come with values.

Notice (below) that this ideal value system is “hendiadic” ( a two-fold unity), and that its hendiad units (pairs) take an 8-fold form.   These pairs display the highest and most excellent values, which should (and shall) define the future. “Progress” leads us from the present in to the future, but “progress toward what?” we might ask]. Progress will take us toward better conformity to the ideal value system as we mature in our humanity (become better people).

To that end we ought to pursue and promote these values:

Wisdom and Understanding; Life and Joy; Gentleness and Kindness; Profit and Value (production); Excellence and Progress; Beauty and Majesty; Honor and Dignity; Truth and Integrity. What do we mean by W & U?

Wisdom & Understanding

This hendiad unfolds as:

  1. Patience & Self-Control
  2. Discretion & Discernment
  3. Strategy & Tactics (= Efficient Management & Finesse)
  4. Education & Training
  5. Insight & Innovation
  6. Study and Application of Ideal Values and Principles
  7. The Study of Systems and Process (Change)
  8. The Study of Time and the Future (Includes a future-oriented — optimistic outlook).

Life & Joy

These Values Include the practical aspects I call:

  1. Diet & Exercise  (I maintain that the best one is a version of the Vegan diet I call the Ultra-life diet.).
  2. Freedom & Opportunity
  3. Friendship & Work/ Labor  (Wealth)
  4. Entertainment & Leisure (Fun/ Play time)
  5. Romance & Marriage (Family Life)
  6. Arts & Culture (Includes Community-life, including 8 Annual, Festival-Days – )
  7. (Skilled/ Rehearsed) Language & Humor

Profitability & Value

Excellence & Progress

Honor & Dignity

Beauty & Majesty (What you see in the sky at night)

Gentleness & Kindness

Truth & Integrity

As opportunity shall avail, I intend to expound upon these Ideal Values (please note that they remain a SYSTEM of values) at some length to illumine just what I mean by invoking this sort of language.

I will attempt to expound these at greater length at a later time when convenient.

The Bible As DreamWorld: According to the Bible

Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” {And} “Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength [Beauty] which will always spring up if thou wilt always look.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

My earlier stipulation that the Biblical record actually originally consisted largely of the dream material taken from ancient royals, prophets, and more rarely priests was not an ad hoc suggestion.  Years of my personal study and research support it.  Here are some noteworthy points in favor of my own perspective on this matter:

  1. Genesis culminates with Joseph as the chief of both Egypt, and in a way, of the whole planet. This was the result of his stated dream (Gen. 37.8). In the story, he was “called a dreamer” by his brothers who despised him.
  2. Joseph was simply in the tradition of many of the patriarchs before him who all saw visions. The “Bible gateway” search-engine portal online lists 22 references to dreams in Genesis alone.
  3. Here (20.3) king Abimelech has a dream. (28.10- 12) records Jacob’s dream of “jacob’s ladder.”
  4. Gen. 31.11 say an angel of God spoke to Jacob in a dream.
  5. 31.24 Laban dreams a dream.
  6. We are told that “the interpretation of dreams belongs to God,” implying that dreams have prophetic import, not mere a kind of random (trivial) status we apply to them today; and Gen. 41.11 indicates that “every dream has a meaning of its own.” Ecclesiastes 5.7 cynically contradicts this (otherwise nearly universally-held) biblical view, however, saying, “much dreaming is meaningless.”
  7. Numbers 12.6 equates (prophetic) “visions” with “dreams.” Dreams throughout the Bible are consider “night visions,” and while moderns distinguish “dreams” from visions, the ancient most often did not. The apocalyptic visions of Daniel and Revelation are presaged with each falling either asleep, or else into a kind of trance. The visions were dreams.
  8. Deuteronomy 13.3 calls “prophets” “dreamers,” like Joseph.
  9. Judges 7 has Gideon overhearing an enemy’s dream, which both sides take to be prophetic, and it turns out to be so. The man was no prophet, but his dream comes true anyway. This again shows the ancient superstitions about dreams and dreaming – that they determine history.
  10.    1 Kings 3.5 has God appearing to Solomon to ask for whatever he might wish in a dream. He asks for wisdom and impresses God.
  11. Job 4.13 mentions “disquieting dreams.” The ancients called them “night-terrors” when we call them “nightmares.” These are the basis for the apocalyptic literature. Job 7.14 has Job complaining that “even then (when he sleeps) you frighten me with dreams, and terrify me with visions.”
  12. Job 20.8 calls dreams “visions.”
  13.  Isaiah 27.9 again equates prophecy (prophetic visions) and dreams. This is extremely important, because it makes all the prophetic corpus of the Bible, the telling and interpreting of dream material (by clear implication)
  14. Daniel 2.28 takes the same view of all dreams as prophetic, and calls his God a revealer of mysteries because he is the “God of heaven,” not merely the God of kings.
  15.  Daniel 1.7 indicates his unique ability to “understand dreams and visions of all kinds.”   The Revelation continues Daniel’s visions material, and John shows obvious parallels to Daniel.
  16.  According to Daniel 2.9, dreams were so important to some kings in the ancient world, that they would be willing to kill all their prophets (seers and diviners) if they proved unable to tell them the meaning of royal dreaming.  This is because bonuses and other corporate incentives were not yet invented.
  17.  This also implies that the New Testament shows the fulfillment of dreams, and so continues to fulfillment the dream material.
  18. The end of the NT confirms this. Matthew has an angel speaking to Joseph in a dream (tells him to return a by a different route than he had planned) at the outset of the NT, and Revelation shows the fulfillment of all the prophets as a kind of dream-vision material.
  19. Matthew 1.20 shows dreams so important that one should follow them to decide to marry even very controversial persons (Joseph is told to take Mary to wife in a dream, and he does).
  20. Finally, Matthew 27.10 improbably suggests that even Pontius Pilate (a Roman Procurator) decided to follow the advice of his wife, “who suffered many things in a dream” because of Jesus, and PP supposedly complies (at first).  Dreams were this important to ancients, even when they were not the dreams of anyone but — dear God — a woman.  The ancient had little respect for them, including the Christians — who lived, and yet live, in a DreamWorld.

DreamWorld: The Thought-World of the West for 2000 Years

“Whenever you are about to find fault with someone, ask yourself the following question: What fault of mine most nearly resembles the one I am about to criticize?” “The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Dreams and dreaming have always fascinated the lot of us, from the modern psychologist to the ancient “interpreters” of dreams (among groups called “wise men”). The biblical record is replete with references to dreams and dreaming, from the Genesis crescendo in Egypt (Chapters 37 – 50), which section forms the results of Joseph’s nocturnal insights.

From the Genesis “ dreamer” (his brothers were reported to have called him), to the warning the “other” Joseph supposedly received in Egypt, to return by a different route to his homeland, to those of other prophets, and most notably of Daniel and Revelation’s author, John, dream material seems to form extensive portions of the “canonical narrative.”

I believe that nearly the whole of the Bible’s record came into existence as an oral and written collection of inscripturated dreams, and I think I can give ample evidence from the writings themselves to prove this. These dreams were the dreams of pharaohs, of kings, of “prophets,” and less often, of priests.

They were later edited, trimmed, collated and reshaped to fit together more neatly, with some contemporary details added that were “generally known” about the primary actors in the narratives.

What is the point? The Bible actually creates what I call “Dream World,” a world “alternative” to the harsh realities of the ancient past.  But its primary effect has been to lead us away from the real world, and the study and progress of the sciences and of its benefits to all.

The most noteworthy, and easy to recall dreams are of two kinds – Paradaisical dreams, and night terrors, like those Joseph and Daniel were supposedly called on to interpret. These kinds of awe-inspiring dreams make the world larger than life, where every event carries world-historical (and earth-shaking) importance of the “do-or-die” decision kind.   This is just how the biblical narratives read.

The books of Daniel and Revelation TELL US plainly that their authors fell asleep and saw “night visions” or visions (dream-speak) to learn the material the reader then encounters; other places in the Bible, the dreams of pharaohs and kings are interpreted as VERY IMPORTANT and prophetic.

PLEASE NOTE that the specialized language the visionary-dream texts use – thought forms and idiomatic expressions dot the landscape of the Bible narratives in many places throughout. This shows a pervasive influence of dreams and dream material.

Dreams were considered extremely important by the ancients, and they largely contributed to the magicalistic environment of the ancient dream-world cultures.

Consider this possibility – my view – the whole of the Bible is either directly or indirectly the result of the primary influence of dream material – oral and written traditions built upon the dreams of kings and prophets – and we built an entire civilization upon this dreamscape fiction as “the Word of God” – and never noticed the clear and distinct signs that show us the Bible as DreamWorld.

I shall blog more upon this topic when convenient.

 

Why Religion Needs “Good Versus Evil,” The Cosmic Battle that Never Was

“Whatever anyone does or says, I must be emerald and keep my colour.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

The old religious canard, a theme invested in countless books and movies, from Gothic literature to the Star Wars series has pervaded Western culture from time immemorial. The cosmic battle of “Good Vs. Evil” probably represents the world’s worst scam ever.

The very Anglo-Saxon name (or title) “God” abbreviates “good” only slightly, intending the substantival use of the adjective, meaning “The Good One.” Likewise, the “Devil” shows the Latin inflection, of “D’ Evil” – meaning “The Evil One,” which implies the aforementioned Darth Vader – Obi Wan problem.

May the Farce (not) Be With You.

What does this mean? It means we have been setting the standard of what we aspire to be dreadfully low.  In the world of coin-collecting, for instance, the rating of “Good” is just above “fair,” which is also only one notch below the lowest rating “poor” (or by analogy, “evil” in the world of value).

Above the “good” rating of value, however, sits “Very good,” “fine,” “extra fine,” “uncirculated,” and then at the top we find “proof,” or “mint” condition. “Good” is a mediocre fifth place in other words, only two notches above the trash heap.  This means that if your Western God is merely “good,” you have an infinitely mediocre problem.  And following him will mean that the best you can hope for in the end, in the teen parlance, is that you suck. You imitate the divine perfectly and you get a C-.

Instead, a far better value system would offer you an A+, and would tell you never to settle for good, but to strive instead for the excellent in all things, even the most excellent rating of mint condition. Be Minty.

Mint condition coins shine with a mirror-like finish of great beauty and value. Good sucks. And evil?  Well it doesn’t really exist.  It’s a farce.  Let me explain.  It would be a straight F, or an even more insulting “F+,” on our grading scale, except for this – the ideal world (which is the real one) actually has no reference to evil at all.  The word does not exist, like folly and other so-called “vices,” in the ideal dictionary. It has no “Ideal” extra-linguistic reference. It cannot be real in the “Natural [world]” sense of the word.

This means it is but a human artifice, born of bad beliefs and actions based upon them. This gives it a veneer of reality, especially notable when you watch the news, or read the headlines. But it actually has no real reference, but amounts to an expression of moral disgust, often at the wanton disregard or destruction of value, in the form of life, reputation or property of others.

Some would say, “That is just what we mean by evil.” But my point remains – it is purely a human creation, that did not, and could not exist before humans existed. We created it, and we can (and must) “uncreate” it. What they call evil is actually “Imposed chaos.” That is why some codes have noted that the problem is “disorderly” conduct, “Conduct unbecoming,” or even in another context, “Unsportsman – like conduct.”

Conversely, the ideas that some things are “Set in order” versus the “disorderly” — now that is something that science, rooted in the real world, can manage. The real problem is value-accretion versus value-ablation.

This will then bring us back to the ideal value system (profit-and-value [accretion] as the material adequacy of wisdom and understanding – an important component of which is science/ technology, and the skilled management of the environment that it brings.

The religious era of “Good (one) versus D’Evil (one)” is over. The Fiction has been exposed. The Deconstructionists have done this also. Religion cannot survive without it.

Bach And Roll: Vocal Harmony as Ideal Music

A bird does not sing because it has an answer.  It sings because it has a song. 

                                                                                            —   Chinese Proverb

DNA is chatty (in the form of humans) and it even sings — naturally.   The Ideal language (A Language free from all the problems of the natural languages as they are today, which corresponds as an analog to DNA) is directly related to the question of ideal music.

I believe that the closest thing yet in the world of music to its ideal genre represents what we might call the Romantic tradition, with its natural themes, human focus, emotive drive (love and human relations), traditional association with the violin, piano and/ or guitar (stringed instruments and/ or what we might call “aspirant” instruments occasionally — instruments that “breathe”).

DNA favors this.  Remember that the human voice is a stringed instrument through which the vocal harmony professional must send a great deal of wind (its a guitar!, no its a flute!) to sound excellent and beautiful.

The versions or variants we have had so far run a little bit wide of the mark in several ways, but we have wandered closer and closer to the more ideal range over time.  The Neo-Romantic tradition bears a variation called the vocal harmony tradition (In addition to John Denver, Air Supply and England Dan & JF Coley, I mean) which some associate with groups like Westlife, One Direction and the Backstreet boys (and others like these) — different though they may be.  For those unfamiliar with 1D, go to utube and type in “I Wish.” (You Neo-romantics won’t be sorry).

To begin with the sounds of the ideal music, its lyrical sounds, should be as beautiful-sounding as possible.  This singular, fairly obvious (to those who see ideal music as “auditory beauty”), criterion would eliminate from the language (LGG hereafter) we use in music what are called “gutturals” in LGG studies.  These include “harsh sounds” like words ending in “ck” or the hard “g” sound.

One wisdom tradition has it that “harsh words” stir up anger.  We do not want in ideal music either melodies we might describe as “volatile and jagged” (but smooth and streaming) nor do we want harsh-sounding lyrics.

The reader might try an interesting experiment, which I also tried on upon a time.  Try to produce with friends the best sounding “phonemes” (approx. a syllable that yields a distinct sound), and list them for use in ideal music. Eliminate the harsh and ugly ones from your library of most excellent phonemes.  It is great fun and the one I undertook came up with these as the most important letters to use for their sounds in ideal music.

(My experimental language actually ended up sounding a bit French (mon ami); I plan to allow enough time to pass to try the same experiment afresh and see if my results differ a great deal, else just a little, and compare them).  According to ideal math, everything done in music-writing world should be done in even numbers and with base 8 math (Think “Octaves”) — as much as is reasonable plausible.

The (16) “best letters” list for the (beautiful) sounds made in the English alphabet looked like this:

A, B, D, E, L, (soft) G, H, M, N, O, S, T, U, V, W, Y.   Syllables with one or more of these can be constructed and added to the list.  ‘Keep “music world” beautiful’ is the romantic’s cry.

Long Live.

 

 

The Ideal Value System

Love is a friendship set to music. 

     — Joseph Campbell 

I derived this system of values by studying the success features of groups and individuals throughout history and by learning the operational, structural and functional preferences and priorities of DNA.  This is what it means to be truly human and humanitarian.  It is (or can be) what some would call “secular,” and it leads us well into the future.

The ideal Value system is as follows:

  1.  Wisdom and Understanding
  2. Life and Joy
  3. Profitability and Value
  4. Excellence and Progress
  5. Dignity and Honor    (This maintains human value and protects vs. the wanton dismissal of life needs)
  6. Beauty and Majesty  (What you see in the sky at night)
  7. Gentleness and Kindness
  8. Truth and Integrity