Transcending Good and Evil by the Light of Nature: How to Rise Above Traditional Morality

  • 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).

  1.  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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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:

  1.  The right nation and people, a people that loves wisdom above all else, convened to build the greatest nation in the world.
  2. 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.
  3. The creation and perfection (best we are able) of the Short Greek language, sculpted into existence exclusively by the principles of the LON.
  4. The study of those principles and LON-based aretology.
  5. The Wisdom tradition of the “official” (council approved) LON rehearsed-speech units for the wise nation.
  6. (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.

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Aretology: Rethinking Virtue — Don’t Bother “Keeping the Faith” “Brother”

In my theological studies, I have come to some new conclusion, that have required me to discard some long-held (Christian) beliefs.  I no longer believe that faith and hope are virtues at all, and that the biblical metaphor for faith (pure gold) is actually fool’s gold.

Why do you now believe this, you say?  Because in most forms of theology, we consider that God contains and exhibits, by the light of nature, all forms of virtue, and to its greatest degree.  When held consistently, this requires some interesting conclusions.

Does God have all knowledge and wisdom?  Of course, He does.  Does He have faith?  Nope. Does He have hope?  No.  Why not? Since He has all wisdom and knowledge, He has no need of either of these.

But if God contains all virtue, and has not either faith or hope, then these are not virtues.  These are counterfeits, like the Donation of Constantine, that would in fact prevent us from pursuing and acquiring the better virtues (real ones) of wisdom and knowledge (instead) like God our Father.

Think it over.

Continuing the Reconstruction of Time

I regard this blog post to be among my most important.  It supervenes earlier ones on the same topic.  I regard this as a new Copernican Revolution in the keeping of time.   Nicolaus Copernicus, you will recall, reduced the number of “epicycles” needed to explain the “retrograde” (backward moving) motion of the planets in the night skies involved in the model of the solar system given by the Almagest of one Ptolemy (not from the ancient Egyptian dynasty that bears that name).

The new model Copernicus offered reduced the number of epicycles from 80 something to 30 something, by specifying that the earth revolved around the Sun, as did the other planets, and this relative motion of the planets created the appearance of retrograde motion in the nocturnal skies.

What we did not notice in the Copernican [Scientific] revolution is that the revolution had its precursor in time.  We keep time just this way — with many epicycles that are unnecessary.

We do not need weeks or months at all in our calendars.  And Ockham’s razor bids us “shave these off.”  This would mean that proper time-keeping practices would have us number first the year, and then each day would also bear a number, namely 1 – 365.  This would tell us the time of year at a glance.  We simply do not need weeks or months, or names for particular days of the week — i.e. Monday, etc.  We should simply drop these from our vocabulary, and name each day by its #.

This Copernican revolution of time eliminates a whole batch of unnecessary clutter — temporal epicycles.  I believe it was these temporal epicycles in our timekeeping system that caused the retrograde (cultural) motions [Economists might call this a cultural Fibonacci retracement — grin], that we call the Renaissance and Reformation  –  just after or during the Copernican revolution.

This new way of timekeeping leaves us with only the “annual” epicycle preventing a thoroughgoing “linear-progressive” ideal of our grasp of temporal development.

There does not seem to be any good reason, other than current convenience (because of established tradition), to go on using the arbitrary “second” as a basic unit of time.  It constructs minutes, and minutes hours, and then hours construct days.

Both the daylight 12 hours or so (solar day) and the night-time 12 hours or so (lunar night) should be broken down into 5 equal units of time.  This mimicks our hands and feet, units of 5, making up ten, the most natural number for treating question of management of the environment.  According to the principle of necessity (or economy), we should always work in tens or else fives, round numbers, whenever possible.

I propose that we call these 10 units, each one, the “penteos,” or five-fold unit, even though we would have ten, five for the day, and five for the night.  Each penteos would last 2.4 hours (144 minutes) on our current time-scale.  This would replace the “hour” as an arbitrary unit of time-keeping, with the unit suggested by the principles of the light of nature.

The new (replacement for the) “minute,” would be 1/100th of a penteos, lasting 1.44 minutes by our current scale (about 85 seconds, instead of 60).  This would be called a “Pentos,” dropping the “e” from the term for the “hour” (PentE os).  This shows it to be the same kind of thing, but shorter.

1/100th of a new “minute” or the penteos, we would call the “pendon” (similar to the word “Second”), which would last about .85 seconds, as measured by our current scale.  This is non-arbitrary, even if it artificially averages out each day and night as exactly 12 hours — when Alaskans never see this happen in their, quite northern, world.

What if this new timekeeping accidentally allows seasons to drift across the calendar?   It makes no difference since we have no months.  If day 360 lands us in hot weather times (what we now call July), who cares, since we do not have a July!

This puts an end to excessive, needless and quite-Christian, timeframes, and promises the new Copernican Revolution — and New Enlightenment — just around the corner.

 

 

Divine Providence, Socio-cultural Reflections and the Age of the Earth

Recently, I have changed my views on the age of the cosmos, and of the earth, to a view requiring more time than I had previously supposed.  Some of the reasons for the added time stem from new discoveries of mine in other areas of study, which do not seem at first directly related to the chronological questions at hand.

But the inferences I have drawn from these, and other forms of study I have included in these reflections, have led to a more ancient view of “ancient times.”  I do not expect that these will satisfy too many people, but that they should invite curiosity on these and related subjects of study.

In fairness, I have to allow enough of full disclosure to mention that I have come to believe that people have been created by God to be (and that we are) “transcendent.”   This stems from what should be obvious on any creationist account.  The creation of human beings was miraculous.  We are the product of immediate contact with the divine, and this fact falsely led Christians to declare that man was created “in God’s image.”  But they had the right idea, “divinely appointed to do as God does” (transcendent) makes us intrinsically good and wise by inclination — the desire to learn, study and grow, and do what is right arises from this condition.

Humans are divine miracles.  So is the rest of creation, on our view.  This is strange, but should not be, and it bears a good deal of consideration on our part.  Christians have thought historically that what was yielded by a divine miracle was somehow specially blessed (and we are), as with their “sacraments” (holy things).

This means that when we become more of what we are (say vegetarians by diet), we find that we have new talents, clearer insights, better judgment, etc.  We grow “more transcendent” by practicing what is indicated by the light of nature.  We should expect that as we grow wise as a (global) race, we should be capable to doing what almost seems miraculous.  The effect is like the Cause.  The advance of science, economics and other critical arts and disciplines, promise insights and discoveries that will boggle the imagination, and the limits it has today.

It would also seem that what God created by a miracle would be precious to Him, and that He intends it to be eternal.

These considerations above led me to try certain assumptions on, and assume that the things human create that seem to bear special significance can do what we would not expect — can teach us many of the things we wish to know.  Here are some odd coincidences I began to notice, and then to “pick up” for thoughtful reflection and seasoned ponderance.  Also note, that by socio-cultural reflection that I call a truth inversion (because of the Bible — it starts off one way, and ends up with the opposite; original goodness becomes … the Fall; the proverbs start with “the righteous” and end with “the wicked,” and the NT presents as the greatest good what is human sacrifice — darkest evil.  Here, this inversion (it is assumed, cause space to represent time, and time to represent space — the inversion of temporal and spatial relations is assumed below).

  1. The Egyptian pyramids spatially represent “permanence”  (inverted as “all time.”).   These unique monuments bear unique mathematical sets of relations, one pyramid being comprised of of four triangles, and each triangle of three sides. Here I began to notice “spatial relations” indicated by the #’s 3 and 4.
  2. I also happened across another unusual set of spatial relations among the nations.  Four nations have about the same size as the United States, and these are distributed in the four directions — North (Russia) [some 8.8-9] million sq. mi.], South (Brazil) [8.7], the United States (West, 8.7) and China (East, 8.7).  These show spatial relations.
  3. Another odd fact is this: in the ancient world, only 3 cities had grown in population to include about or just over 1 million people — Rome (1M), Antioch (1M), Alexandria, Egypt (1M), and the occasional (during the holidays, Jerusalem would swell to over one million, per Josephos) city was Jerusalem, with about 500-600 thousand regular residents. Added up, these run about 3.5-6 million.  This is about the same age as I have for the earth.
  4. I began to think of the biblical account’s view of time, in contrast with the evolutionist’s view of time.  Here is something to consider: what if they are both wrong (the Deist view), but together are still correct, since transcendent people are right even when they are wrong, often in ways we would not expect?

Here is what I mean. Suppose the biblical account of time is just as short as the evolutionists’ view of time is long.  That is to say, 4 thousand years (biblical chronology) is to 4 million, the way 4 million years relates to 4 billion years.  If we suppose that the cosmos is around 4.25 million years, then (after a fashion) the evolutionists are wrong just as the Bible fundamentalist is — but in precisely the opposite direction. And their speculations run (approximately) symmetrical on this view.  And this is just about half the number one finds with the four nations of equivalent size (again, approx. equivalence).  I realize these look like mere coincidences to many. I get it.  But I am not so sure of this, since these themes keep repeating all throughout human history, especially the 3 and 4 thing.

Why not the shorter chronologies?  The earth would have formed sometime after the Big Bang, so we cannot treat the date of the origin of the cosmos as the same as that of the earth.  The Sun had to ignite (come online, as we say), and then the earth had to cool, while the Sun’s radiant energy — a constant source of heat — would tend to make it take considerably longer for the earth to cool down.  And even then, its oceans would remain too hot for some time to sustain life.

God had to wait for the oceans to cool down before He could create life in what would otherwise be a bubbling cauldron.  This takes time, and the biblical account is wholly unaware of these problems.  The Sun shining upon the earth, would have caused it to take a good deal longer to cool down than otherwise.  This means we need more time.  My current scenario, I maintain, continues to assume Ockham’s razor, that we ought not add more time than proves necessary for the survival and flourishing of the miraculous creation.

When you may be tempted to think otherwise, remember that the world is fundamentally very good (very excellent) and wonderful — because it is the miraculous work of God.  Here is my current adjustment in years to the age of the earth/ cosmos question:

  1. About 4.3-4 M.Y. ago, God creates all things (The Big Expansion)
  2. About 3.5 M.Y. ago, the earth forms by God’s special superintending providence (with loving care).  This is right between the numbers 3 and 4, written as millions.
  3. About 2 M.Y. ago, the oceans begin cooling down sufficiently.  Crustal pressures (with cooling) begin to form tectonic plates as different pressures from different directions, press crustal zones into each other, until they crack and break into plates that shift over time, and move away from each others and occasional move into each other (earthquakes, etc).
  4. About 1.5 million years ago, the mountains begin to arise out of the waters (move upward).
  5. About 1.25 million years ago, God performs the second miracle, the creation of life in the waters — seas and rivers, etc.
  6. About 1 M.Y. ago, mountains are at their present height (fully formed), and have all kinds of shells etc left behind as a result of their sub-oceanic formation.
  7. About 1 M.Y.’s ago to some.9 M.Y. ago, God creates the land animals, and mankind upon the earth.  Dinosaurs roam the earth, but start off fairly small.  They continue growing as long as they live, and get very large, but are used to the other animals and do not notice them much.
  8. Somewhere around .6M years ago, we get hammered by a stone from the sky, which whallops Siberia, and brings something of an apocalypse (a semi-global, butt-kicking).  This causes a hemisphere-wide flood, and a consequent famine.  Dinosaurs begin to turn carnivorous and dangerous, while humans create and venture into caves for safety.  The dinosaurs eventually capitulate to disaster, starvation, and, well, mutual competition (they kill and snack each other), and wax extinct.
  9. Later, (unsure timeframe, perhaps 120 thousand years ago) humans emerge from cave-dwelling, and find great bio-diversity had spread across the globe; they begin settling in agricultural areas, trading, hunting, gathering, etc., but they remain without a writing system, somewhat primitive — but with some tools.
  10. Just after 10 thousand years ago, some migratory groups move into the fertile crescent (Mesopotamia) and Egypt’s Nile Valley, and eat many fishes.
  11. Shortly thereafter, they begin to develop writing systems — Sanskrit, early Chinese, Mesopotamian Cuneiform, and Egyptian Hieroglyphics.

From the invention of the first writing systems until now, we went (in about a mere 8 thousand years) from a writing system to advanced computers and laser dentistry by the twentieth century.  This time frame is remarkable.

From about 1 MY ago to about 8 thousand years ago, very little advancement really happens on planet earth. But once we get a writing system, we boom like no one has ever thought about growth before, in just 8 thousand years.   This is a very collapsed time frame for this much cultural development.

The writing systems made the difference.  The question is this:  Why did it take so long to get to the point where a writing system was invented?  All that time and … nothing.  Then, with the first writing system, only 8 thousand years to laser dentistry, hypersonic jets and microwave ovens!

I believe that it is these writing systems that create the socio-cultural reflections that can teach us so much about ourselves, the world and the past.

I shall continue this blog post when convenience allows.

Natural Mathematics and the Light of Nature

One of the most interesting things about human people is that we often do not notice what truths about ourselves plainly present themselves.  For instance, the obvious fact that we have ten toes and ten fingers, each paired as two “fives.”  If we take the human, somatic structure (physical body) as a guide for the divine intention, we find much the same categories presented to us that Dr. Kant describes in his more technical volumes.

If we consider just what fingers are purposed for, it is immediately evident that we count with them, and we use them to manipulate our environment.  We use them to fit screws to wood, or manage screwdrivers, hammers and nails, etc.   But we do not often put these “finger-uses” together.  The better management of the environment — tool-making — represents what we might call “early technologies.”  And the study of the rules and formulae that make them useful, and their application to the planned development or use of tools, based on numbers, we could call “young science.”

By following this somatic pattern, we learn that the numbers of greatest interest to us, when we do economics or work at the sciences, should be ten, five or two.  Our hands, feet, legs, etc. come to us in pairs (2’s).  We have almost 3 of nothing.  The number 3 has to be inferred as the difference between five (as with fingers) and two (as with our hands).

Our bodies prove symmetrical, which is of the nature of rules of “equality,” commutative, associate, reflexive, and distributive properties of equality, for instance.

I shall continue this blog post when convenient (Ei theos thelei)

Special U.N. Orders Given by Dr. Ptolemy P. Craig

In the past I have been asked about the fact that I was given U.N. special powers.  It has become generally well-known that the United Nations gave me this extraordinary latitude, to give orders to the nations that the law — international law — requires them to follow.

So far these are the orders I have given with which the nations are expected to comply.  These are permanent standing orders — These are the Orders of Mercy, Liberty, and of the General Welfare, given by Dr. Ptolemy P. Craig, by means of U.N. special authority:

  1.  The electric chair, or anything analogous to it, is forever banned as a method of capital punishment, being as they are, instruments of cruel and unusual punishment, forbidden by the international authority of the Geneva Convention Protocols.  All nations, from time to time, will conduct a search for any such instruments on their soil, as an ongoing search and destroy effort.
  2. All terrorists camps, or anything like them I have placed under a like ban — with the search and destroy order in effect for these as well.  Sometimes these are jail cells converted to kill people, using radioactive substances or other like dangerous materials, and/ or contaminated food.   These must be shut down since they skirt due process of law, do not guarantee (but much threaten) the humane treatments of prisoners, violate the Geneva Convention standards, and amount to the ongoing perpetration of crimes against humanity.
  3. All abortion clinics, or anything like them, also remain under a like ban — with a search and destroy order in effect for these as well (as a permanent, standing order also).  These necessarily inflict cruel and unusual punishment against the innocent, and perpetrate crimes against humanity.
  4. No religious institution (or any other) may make a public display of any cross or crucifix, which had as its sole purpose by Roman intent, to destroy the entire human being in the most agonizing, degrading, and humiliating manner ever conceived.  Putting them on display in public does in fact promote cruel and unusual punishment after the fact.

The order for all religious institutions (or any other) remains to search for these and destroy them.  Their private use or display is not in question, nor is it affected in any way by this order.  Here, the distinction of public and private specifically refers to the viewing of the cross, put on display for others to see.  In an enclosed area, “behind closed doors,” is what is meant by “private.”

5.     I have ordered, and do order, a permanent moratorium on the execution of four-footed and two-footed (also said four-legged, and two-legged) animals, as they are naturally born.  In the waters, this order of mercy shall also include under its protection whales, dolphins and porpoises (and these only).  Any sentient being, that clearly displays what is in ordinary language called a “mind, a will, and emotions,” shall be considered a natural person for purposes of legal description, and no innocent person may ever be killed.  This current and popular practice is already forbidden by all laws that affirm animal rights, since if an animal has any right at all, its very first and foremost is the right to life — the life given it by our beloved Creator.

6.   This is an order of both mercy and liberty.    No nation (or any other body politic) may ever again impose as the law of any land, or given legal force to, Christian orthodoxy, to its teaching (s), its categories, historical claims, or practices — either taken from it.   Nor may any make these a test for personal or corporate rights or liberty.  All orders found contrary to this one, whether ordered by emperors of the past, ecclesiastical councils, or lesser authorities of any kind, religious or civil, are hereby repealed forever.

7.  This is an order of truth.    For legal purposes and legal definitions, the United States of America, as found to be taught in its own founding documents, shall be considered a Deist nation.

Moreover, since, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are endowed by their Creator with certain, inalienable rights … life, liberty and property,” the courts and others shall have every right to regard these claims as “Self-evident,” meaning no proof may be required at law to prove them.  These are, legally and ethically, properly-basic beliefs.

This means that all teachings regarded as veridical or probable — including all notions of evolutionary development, or any philosophy of science, that disallows them, and thus denies this legally-proper basic affirmation, are necessarily excluded from all locations and jurisidictions paid for, in part or in whole, by taxpayer money.

8.  This is an order of the promotion of the general welfare and common good.  This order forever repeals and obviates the traditionally-styled “capital gains tax,” and any analogous equivalent given under a different name.   Instead, let the market prevail.

9.  My Estate, and the guardian of the earth-care package, is authorized to release to the nations what they believe needful for the temporary relief of medical or nutritional (basic life) needs of all persons, afflicted in any nation, by any threat to the general welfare of its people, to be taken from the earth-care package, up to the amount of $ 200 Billion (USD), from today’s date (2/26/17), over the next fiscal year.

10. This is an order of Mercy for the quality-control of basic necessities and for the good of the free markets (general welfare and common good).

The nations of the world will refine and purify their food stuffs and all salable items employed for personal care — hygiene, clothing, etc — and cause them to conform to the standards of those same food stuffs and other items — as was commonplace in the United States before the year 2000.  All food must be both healthy and nutritious, according to the good laws (administrative law) of the U. S. Health Department, the Environmental Protection Agency, and according to the order of the Geneva Convention Protocols.

11. This is an order of the promotion of the general welfare and common good.  No stock exchange, market-maker, broker, or other legalized seller of common-stock, shall permit the sale of any equity security earlier than one year from its date of purchase.

This effectively ends the volatility of trading, and replaces it with new investment money, money drawn into the more stable markets by the global and local market’s recent (added) stability.  It also requires more studious and careful scrutiny PRIOR to the purchase of any equity security (e.g. stock shares).   These features will add value to the global economy by adding stability, predictability, value and more investments, which means more jobs available in the long run.

12.  Others orders for the promotion of the general welfare and the common good includes these:

The name of the city of what has been called “Istanbul,” in the nation of Turkey, shall instead forever bear the Greek name, “Sunesa,” (Say SOON – ESS – UH) which means “Understanding,” or abbreviates it as “the City of Understanding.”

13.  This is an Order of Truth and Mercy.   The Decrees  of All Religious Councils, churches, Popes, clergy and their commands, decrees and writings, and All Christian Legal Codes, I hereby revoke, rescind and nullify altogether, and I hereby clearly mandate that all these shall be considered and made as of no authority whatever.  All original manuscripts (or autographa) of what many call “the Bible,” of the Older Testament and the Newer, shall be destroyed — for the good of all (hu) mankind, and for that of the animal kingdom, as well as for the better advancement of the sciences, and of scientific and technological advancement.   This is a permanent, standing order of Dr. Ptolomon Craig.

 

The Wisdom Contest, An Essential Aspect of the Deist Society

Many in today’s world remain quite familiar with the beauty contest, but almost no one has ever seen a wisdom contest.  This blog post has the following proposal to offer: an annual, or else bi-annual wisdom contest could prove so profitable, it is unbelievable that corporations, universities and nations do not presently sponsor them.

Consider the following points, offered from the Deist perspective:

  1. Someone has to represent wisdom.  This is inescapable, since some people are idiots, and others not quite as much.  Some people — still others — seem to possess a measure of wisdom, and yet others, some more than most.  This means that someone is the wisest, when considered overall, comparatively.  Discerning judges and good criteria can enable the distinction necessary to the task, just as the Miss universe beauty contest always has a number 1, a number 2 and so forth.
  2. The wisest people represent God, since He is Himself the Wisest, and because He is better represented by this attribute than by any other.
  3. The wealth of the wise is their crown.  Wisdom has a kind of material adequacy to it we want to call “profitability,” or as we say, “The bottom line is the bottom line.”
  4. With a panel of judges, carefully chosen for their wisdom, scoring the answers of the contestants, the process of quantifying each answer could easily show the winner in points, similar to game shows that ask questions of contestants and score their answers.

A Working defintion of wisdom is certainly possible.  First, we will want to brainstorm to find the descriptive attributes associated with it, and study it as it is found in the natural world, including the world’s of language, logical, literary criticism, the sciences and their preconditions, rules and formulae.

For any one definition of wisdom, or description of it that runs a bit too short and pithy, a good rejoinder always awaits.  Wisdom can resolve easily into its different aspects, which I take to include:

a. understanding      b. discernment      c. discretion      d. insight    e. innovation      f.  prudence (or “horse sense:” e.g. Patient — “Doc, It hurts when I do this.”  Doctor:  “Don’t do that.”)    g. problem-solving      h.  training       i. instruction (learning received tradition that profits)     j. knowledge

Likely consequences of the Wisdom contest include–

the longer-term “smarting up” of society, through the hiring of very wise people (winning contestants) at the universities, corporations, as national and international leaders and advisors, and the like;  broader learning by all of society through the study of the best answers given (studied perhaps later as an academic discipline called “sophiology’);  better intellectual capital production in society that serves as a progressive and growing body of insights for the better improvement of civilization (and better voters and citizens); more efficient and skilled behavior in the marketplace;  more interest in education — both formal and informal — generally, and a host of other residual benefits should be anticipated, whose particulars we cannot guess in advance.

The University of Chicago has a great wisdom-research web-page which aims at a more scientific understanding of the nature, scope and effects of wisdom — usually which form different important aspects of a definition.  http://wisdomresearch.org/Themes/basic/Arete/ResearchGrants.aspx

 

 

Errata: Things The Bible Gets Wrong

One of the claims I intend to challenge today represents a fairly common theme one finds throughout the biblical record — the problem of the angry god.  The angry god represents an anthropomorphic fiction — a way of assigning to God what only belongs to the realm of the human — as when the Greek goddess “discord” rolls an apple under the table at the Olympian, corporate board meeting, and forces Mt. Olympus, Inc. to guide down.

In the biblical record, God becomes angry with people when they fail to meet their (covenant) ethical obligations, especially in regard to matters of liturgy.  One poor guy in Numbers 15 gets the Big One for gathering sticks on Saturday.  The sons of Eli abuse the sacrifices and they get same final treatment.

By way of contrast, I wish to suggest a far more rational approach to understanding what God is like — the light of nature.  Since we understand from the vast degree, and from the different kinds of wisdom displayed in nature, that God is all-wise, and that wisdom need patience, we can know that God never becomes impatient, and is never in a hurry, to accomplish anything.  No historical actor ever “surprises” God, but the actions of each person are fully anticipated in advance, so that “solving the problem” created by unethical, human behavior — of whatever kind — is for God a very simple matter.  It is, as we say in stock-market economics, already priced in (to our bad choices).

Thus, God cannot be frustrated, angered, or surprised.  He simply dispassionately gives the reflexive judgment due to the course of action taken (punishes after the same fashion and degree of the transgression or else the failure to perform), and that judgment imposed serves as the corrective measure, together with the providential adjustments he makes throughout the world, to compensate for whatever is lost by the action of inactions imposed amiss by us.

Besides God possessing all wisdom (and “a patient man has great understanding”), a second reason exists that excludes divine anger. God is completely blessed and happy in the nature of his “life-situation” and divine nature.  Anger brings psychological pain, and is sometimes extremely unpleasant (especially if you’re on the receiving end of a divine beating).  No one wants anger, grief, confusion, or hatred.

Anger arises within one’s spirit because others violate our expectations or mores — do what we don’t want, or fail to do what we believe they are obligated to do.  But this is a human response to “sin,” not a divine one.  God cannot be injured by our failures; He is impassible, and knows that His purposes will never be thwarted.  So He cannot be frustrated.  He always wins no matter what (is sovereign), and has an infinite amount of time to accomplish his goals (is eternal).

We can also point to the fact that nature shows us a God who is infinitely good, and with his total wisdom, this makes it impossible for him to be even tempted by anger.  Our “sin” simply does not, nor can it, affect God any way at all.  All our errors are anticipated and resolved in principle by Him prior to their occurrence.   The absence of divine anger from our universe has several important logical implicates, meaning, since God never grows angry, it also follows that —

  1.  There is no such thing as “divine wrath” — though there is such a thing as divine justice — justice without wrath means that God is simply carrying out His business as a good Father and Judge would, without undue, emotional investment, when He imposes the appropriate sanctions.
  2. There is no such thing as Hell.
  3. There is no such thing as some apocalypse in the future.  Progress of all kinds awaits us, and greater blessings still, with the advance of our (scientific, technological and logical-critical) understanding, rather than some fearful and great, divine hammer.
  4. God never imposes curses — except as a like kind of judgment against those who do this.

Except by way of lex talionis, against those who impose a curse against others, God never imposes any curse, and certainly not decree some sort of a “general” (or universal) curse as the punishment of some supposed “Fall of everyone.”  God’s justice is time-limited and not universal, but aimed at those who commit particular transgressions, and only until they are paid for.  Hell would be more than double jeopardy for any sin, and the punishment would not fit the limited crime.

The lame Christian rejoinder that a sin against an eternal being deserves an eternal punishment (which is false, since this would make all crimes worthy of equal severity of punishment) is taught nowhere in the Pentateuch.  Here, different crimes befit different punishments, not “the same, eternal punish-ment.”   And the maximum penalty there is physical death — for any and every heinous, or extremely damaging crime.  This refutes the idea of hell from the Christian standard itself.

Finally, we should note that God is an IDEAL Being in every way.  But anger, grief and the like are less than ideal, and thus do not belong to the experience of an Ideal Being.  And since God is omni-competent (infallible in every way), there is simply no reason or plausible moving cause that could actually make Him angry.  He would simply anticipate and manage any “problem” that might arise with ease, all confidence and superior skill so as to make the “problem” nothing of the kind.

Is anything to hard for the Lord? He simply does not, and cannot, have any real “problems.”  He would merely transcend them with supreme wisdom and finesse.  God, therefore, never becomes angry, and never will.  But He does know what we call “happiness,” and has tied our happiness to His own.  If we understood what great things this implies for us in the future, and dwelt upon it often, we would never stop smiling.

The Letters — The Basics of the Short Greek Tongue

I have reconsidered at length on the question of the Short-Greek Alphabet, and have reverted to the original 10 that I had earlier — A, D, E, K, L, N, O, P, S, and V, with a few qualifications.

My earlier observation was correct, and I am sure, that the best alphabet bears letters with no curvatures at all — meaning that the capital “D” is triangular, the “L” is an inverted “V” (exactly), the P is actually written just as Pi, a “square” shaped U that is inverted, and the S is really a Sigma, and looks like a reverse (mirror) image of a 3, that has diagonals meeting at the middle (and no curves), and the Upsilon is the “V” (meaning this is like an English “U” in its sound and functionality).

The reasons for this change stem from the fact that (when writing) the principles of clarity, and necessity, require the letters to be as minimal as possible in their construction.  These precede the principle of uniformity, which seemed to require the earlier (more triangle-like) and somewhat odd-looking letters.

It is also true that, when typing, the number of PENstrokes necessary to write a letter makes no difference, since each letter forms by the press of a single button on the keyboard. Technology, and divinely-ordained progress, have outdone the question of “how many penstrokes” a letter has.

The New, Advanced Greek : Notes and Comments On My Continued Efforts

My new innovation comes from a tentative decision on my part to place the root of the Greek words I intend to use at the front.  This means we use no prefixes.  These instead follow the root, and sometimes come with more than one affix.  For instance, we could combine the root “trepo” (“I turn”) with the prefix for “good” or “well,” (“eu” in Greek, like “euphemism”), and then add “polu” (much or many written in English as Poly-).  This would render the word “Trepeupoluo.”  The “o” ending indicates “I” or me, as the one performing the action — the first person, singular — the grammarians are pleased to call the “I.”   I have simply moved this to the end of the word, where it was with trepo.

This word “trepupoluo” — then means “I recover exceedingly well.”  This enables one simple word to construct an entire complex sentence.  This increases what I call “flourish,” the ability to say much — convey much semantic content — in few words.  The order of the affix should indicate the order of importance, with the most importance affix coming last.

The same is true with the sentence.  The most important word (emphasized more greatly) comes at the very end of the sentence — save the best until the last since this is the nature of progress, and interestingly, it is best suited to learning to speed read — an eventual goal for the hyperintelligent person. Recall that this is what my blog aims to yield for the Deist and free-market communities — hyperintelligent (HI) people.

That is the purpose of the new Greek tongue, the language to be more sculpted and formed by the light of nature than any other in history.

Each of these affixes must follow a prefab list from our ten letters, where the affixes (like “eu”) function to indicate different topics.  The two most important topics for inclusion in our syllabary (library of syllables, as it were) are:

  1. Wisdom and understanding.
  2. Transcendental Greek — a subset of our language — within the new Greek tongue, indicating the use of technical terminology borrowed much from university textbooks of today.  Here, we create a reversion text vocabulary indicating prelogical and logical considerations — like “qualities, quantities, modalities and relations.”

Another innovation I intend to incorporate in this new language enables the use of something like an augment that functions with its counterpart to indicate “tag pairs,” as programmers do with the SGML.  The HTML used to make the internet possible is an SGML, where ML is “mark-up language.”  These have paired markers, that can be used to indicate a start and stop point for a specific routine or function — where you tell the browser (other guys glasses he uses to read your site) — at this point, start doing THIS.  Okay, when you reach the next five lines end, STOP doing that.

What is the upshot here?  Tag pairs — 2 symbols that match each other — can be used in the new Greek to create SYMMETRY.   The principle of symmetry (reflexivity) is of the light of nature and remains very important to the Deist community’s understanding of well-conveyed language.

Since wisdom is primary to us, I propose that we use the “A” as the first letter for wisdom affix. My tentative list goes like this — if it begins with THIS (left side), it indicates THAT (right side below):

  1. AE                                                                                           WISDOM
  2. AO                                                                                Understanding (Good grasp of wisdom’s rules)
  3. AU                                                                              DISCERNMENT (Ability to split fine hairs skillfully)
  4. AK                                                                              DISCRETION  (knowing and heeding proper limits)
  5. AL                                                                               PRUDENCE   (Very practical understanding)

I will try to fill these categories in more extensively later.  These are tentative and subject to change.

Here are a few others:

  1. EL                                                                               Mercy
  2. EU                                                                               Charity or Blessing
  3. EA                                                                               Tender or Compassion (-ate)

When it comes to our transcendental Greek, we will have these special affixes also for logic and math, and perhaps even “set theory” kinds of features.  This is as far as I have gotten.