Introduction

Perhaps the most basic dilemma of the human race is the inherent conflict between the body's capacity to feel the pain associated with the stress and strain of living, and the mind's dislike for that pain. This fundamental conflict causes the mind to search relentlessly for information which it can utilize to escape the dilemma either by removing the causes or by negating or circumventing them. We have a tendency to needlessly complicate things from there.

To many minds it appears superficially simpler to ease the pain at the expense of others whenever the victims are ignorant enough to agree with deception or weak enough to comply with coercion1. It requires more effort to gain the knowledge necessary to comprehend and solve the puzzle. So we traditionally act at the expense of our neighbors. Our neighbors try to gain advantage in turn, and this little game goes back and forth and round and round, and where it all stops nobody knows. Absolute proof of this phenomenon lies in the fact that every person but a liar will admit to having an inherent internal conflict between producer/maker and consumer/taker. Every human being old enough to know what “work” is wants to get “paid” as much as possible in exchange for his own, time, labor, and products, while simultaneously giving as little as possible in exchange for the “other guy’s” time, labor and products.

When we try to improve our lot at the expense of our neighbor, the result is disagreement, strife, and violence:  pain. If we try to improve ourselves by honestly and diligently seeking the knowledge we need, we are required to exert effort (work). And work, whether mental or physical, is somehow universally perceived to be at least some degree of pain. If I am mistaken, why do so many people try so hard to avoid work? Why do stupidity (willful and complacent ignorance) and slavery exist?

Our third option is to make no effort, or simply "veg(etable) out."  Unfortunately, implementation of this particular strategy results in filth, starvation, exposure to the weather, and attacks by other biological organisms (disease):  pain.

Our fourth and last option is to stop living. Of course this also entails pain, both mental and our choice of physical, plus the added bonus of the uncertainty and discomfort of not having experienced physical death before.

So — no matter which option we select, we always seem to encounter pain through our attempts to eliminate, reduce, or avoid it. It appears the logical long-term choice would be to simply suck up our gut, grit our teeth, and, out of an unwavering faith/hope in a universal fixed point of moral reference and in our ability to eventually succeed, work to acquire the knowledge which will enable us to understand our situation and improve/harmonize our relationship with the universe/truth/existence.

Instead of taking a reasonable approach, we have foolishly manufactured an insidiously tangled morass out of what should be viewed as awe-inspiring Creator-endowed opportunity.

Our problem is self-induced:  willingness to engage in deception, of ourselves, others, or both. Deception is causing oneself or another to believe something other than truth/existence/reality. Perhaps the most dangerous side effect of our self-induced problem is group/herd domination over the individual to the point where the individual ceases to function as such. We are reduced to mere functionaries of the will of those few elitist violent predatory individuals crafty enough to have learned how to utilize the power of the amorphous dark-side-of-the-Force2 instincts (aka "will?" e.g. "will of the people," "general welfare," "public safety," "national security," etc.) of the herd for their own self-serving ends.

This short-sighted opposition to Light3 and nature has appeared to many perceptive people to cause biological regression. There have always been those (e.g. Jesus4 Christ) who were able to see that group domination of the individual will inevitably lead to the destruction of the human species. In contrast, the herd manipulators (aka "leaders") have always resorted to persecution, deprivation of property, threats, intimidation, torture and murder to still the voices5 of those who sought to effectively illuminate deception. These self-perceived-as-clever individuals, these self-anointed-as-a-higher-form-of-life control freaks we call “leaders” are sick people for whom the casual assertion of the misleading is a practiced technique. They are moral cyborgs6, who absorb environmental data and instantaneously adjust their attitude, their posture, and their message to whatever works and advances their greed-driven agendas. They are human hairballs7 coughed up by cultures which have embraced corruption. They are evil, serve evil, and are altogether unworthy of respect, much less obedience.

As Eric Hoffer8 correctly observed, the corrupting gravitation of power over others (aka Tolkien’s metaphor, the One Ring9) causes all leaders to strive to turn their followers into children.  Persistence in resisting that gravitational corruption is paramount to human survival.  And recognizing what God10 expects11 of us, behaviorally speaking, is paramount to adamant persistence.

In my view, to make it possible to understand and overcome the inherently evil and inevitably corrupting gravitational force of One-Ring Power, one must first understand what I call the three basic problematic “glitches” in human design (or “evolution” if you prefer).

The first problem, I call the “Infinity Glitch.” The mind of the human individual can’t comprehend infinity. The same brain that can’t accept the ideas of no beginning and no end, once it has put a neat white picket fence around the universe, is the first in line to want to know what’s on the other side of the fence that supposedly now marks the end of the universe. The Infinity Glitch can drive the human mind crazy if we let it. I like to believe that’s what happened to Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, a truly bright mind — but not bright enough to keep from driving itself crazy.

The second problem I call the “Government Glitch.” It is endlessly fascinating to me that human beings are herd/pack animals. Our species is designed (or evolved, if you prefer) to be gregarious and function collectively AS SELF-OWNING, SELF-DETERMINING, SELF-CONTROLLING INDIVIDUALS. The very instant you do something to your neighbor that you wouldn’t want done to yourself, you trigger in your intended victim the self-defensive desire to run to the herd/pack for protection from the aggressor. The dominant members of the herd social pecking order (aka “government” or “leaders”) then pretend to mobilize the collective power of the herd to defend the individual being attacked.

The actual mechanics of the “government glitch” are fairly easy to see. Each individual mind was designed (or evolved if you prefer) to control (“govern”) the physical body which is inextricably attached to that mind. In other words, the mind of A is designed to control the body of A, and the mind of B is designed to control the body of B. When the mind of A controls the body of A, it is called “individual freedom.” When the mind of A is allowed to use the coercion, fear and violence of “law” to control the physical body of B, it is called “government,” and, depending on the extent of that control, “slavery” or "tyranny."

Here’s the mechanical/mathematical crux of the problem/glitch: when the wants and desires of A’s mind are restricted by the realities of A’s body to provide for A’s wants and desires, the situation is workable — and in harmony with the natural design/order (or evolution, if you prefer) of things. In stark, brutal contrast, however, if the mind of A is allowed to control the body of B, there is no limit to the wants and desires which A’s mind expects and demands to be produced by B’s body.  A’s wants, desires and demands expand exponentially into infinity, being limited only by the power of A’s imagination to come up with wants and desires for B’s body to produce. The ultimate extreme of that evil, self-evidently Golden-Rule- violative “government” paradigm is called “slavery/tyranny,” and manifests itself in such things as A (“pharoahs'”) grave sites being marked with gigantic unimaginably labor-of-B-intensive pyramids or Taj Mahals. Utterly stupid. Utterly destructive of the individual human spirit (of both A and B). Utterly evil.

Reality defines government as: “government” = One-Ring Power = the mind of A controlling the physical body of B, an inherently evil and inevitably corrupting paradigm. Power is its own means and its own end. Power only grows itself. It never resigns, or diminishes itself or commits suicide. The more B’s body produces, the more A’s mind wants and demands. There is quite literally no limit to A’s wants and demands upon the body of B to produce.

When, from time to time, A’s wants and demands happen to exceed the physical abilities of B’s body to produce them, the situation becomes unbearable for B, prompting B to resort to violence to put an end to the deception-based and fear-based violence of A’s domination over B. When B uses violence to overthrow A, it is called “revolution,” and only rarely happens when conditions for B become completely unbearable.

Unfortunately, this whole chain of events, the Power that the dominant members of the herd social pecking order wield, was triggered by evil (an aggressive Golden-Rule-violative act), which means it was spawned by evil, and, therefore, like Tolkien’s metaphic One Ring, IS itself inherently evil and inevitably corrupting. That would explain the old axiom, “government is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” That would also explain why, if the One-Ring theory is true, the dominant members of the herd social pecking order (aka “government” or “leaders”) inevitably wind up using Power for their own personal benefit to the detriment of their followers, and why the the dominant members of the herd social pecking order (aka “government” or “leaders”) inevitably become so corrupt and tyrannical as to eventually necessitate the endless cycle of violent social revolutions: the Power they wield is inherently evil and inevitably corrupting, in direct proportion to the amount of power held and the length of time it is held.

It seems that in times of stress and adversity, weaker individuals, without fully realizing the forces involved, seem to gravitate towards those individuals they perceive as being stronger for protection and/or favors. It seems that it is somehow organically impossible for the individual human to wield Power without becoming corrupted by it. I like to theorize that the organic, reality-based, natural-law reason for what I like to call the “One-Ring Phenomenon” is because Power over “the other” is self-evidently in direct, polar, Golden-Rule-violative conflict with the individual free-will, and with the survival need for self-ownership, self-determination, and self-control inherently possessed by every individual human mind. Attempting to hide or deny the “government glitch” does nothing to help understand it or correct it.  It is necessary to restore a strong cultural distrust and dislike for the "government" paradigm, the A's mind controlling B's body paradigm. It is self-evidently directly contrary to the design (or evolution, if you please) of the inherent inextricable relationship between the mind and body of each individual human being. Only the self-interested deception-based lies and manipulations, combined with false "something for nothing" promises of A have caused B to forget.

The third problem is economics-based. I call it the "Producer-Consumer Glitch." One way to identify and define a liar is if he disagrees with this absolutely self-evident fact and statement: every single one of us, as an individual, wants to get paid as much as possible for his own labor and products, while simultaneously paying as little as possible (cheap is good, free is better) for the labor and products of “the other guy.” For some reason, we perceive the physical effort (aka “work”) required in the material plane to provide food, clothing and shelter for our robes of flesh (aka “bodies”) as pain to be avoided if possible. So we seem to inevitably succumb to the "Producer-Consumer Glitch," without thinking of all its untenably problematic logical ramifications.

The only way we can avoid certain doom (extinction, self-destruction) is to begin thinking and speaking more clearly.  To communicate thoughts clearly, one must define words clearly, then, step by step, link by link, build an irresistible chain of logic which cannot be broken by deception. We can do this by using a related series of simple and obviously true statements to warily grope our way along the dark and mysterious corridor which leads from confusion to clarity.

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FOOTNOTES:

1. According to the universal laws of sowing and reaping (Gal 6:7-9), coercion utilizes fear as a control strategy, and breeds only hatred, while hatred, in turn, breeds suffering and death.  Webster defines fear as “a feeling of anxiety and agitation caused by the presence or nearness of danger, evil, pain, etc.”  Truth/existence/reality defines fear as 1) faith in death, and 2) surrender of the will to ignorance.

2. See the motion picture Star Wars, by George Lucas.

3. “The [basis of the] judgment (indictment by which men are judged, the ground for the sentence) lies in this:  the Light has come into the world, and people have loved the darkness rather than and more than the Light, for their works (deeds) were evil.”  “For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved/examined.  But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest/clear that they are wrought in God.”  -- Jesus of Nazareth, as reported by his favorite disciple, John @ John 3:19 (Amplified Version); John 3:20-21 (KJV).  See also the prophet Isaiah @ Isaiah 5:20-21:  “Woe unto those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!  Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and prudent and shrewd in their own sight!”

4. “Yeshua is the original Hebrew proper name for Jesus of Nazareth, a Jewish Rabbi (and more) who lived from about 6 B.C.E. to 27 C.E. (A.D.) In other words, Yeshua was the name His mother called Him when she called Him for supper....It is the most proper to call Him Yeshua, since only in the Hebrew does His name have any meaning. In Hebrew Yeshua means both "Salvation," and the concatenated form of Yahoshua, the "L-RD who is Salvation." The name Jesus has no intrinsic meaning in English, except as it is known as His name in English. (Therefore, we cannot deny the name Jesus, since this name commonly identifies the Messiah to English speaking people.)” — From the http://www.messianic.com/articles/yeshua.htm webpage.

5. This historical phenomenon was described in chilling language in the novel 1984 by author George Orwell, whose hero, an Englishman named Winston Smith, faced a government attempt to extirpate his mental independence and spiritual dignity: 

“O’Brien was standing at his side, looking down at him intently.  At the other side of him stood a man in a white coat, holding a hypodermic syringe....Did I not tell you just now that we are different from the persecutors of the past?  We are not content with negative obedience, nor even with the most abject submission.  When you finally surrender to us, it must be of your own free will.  We do not destroy the heretic because he resists us; so long as he resists us we never destroy him.  We convert him, we capture his inner mind, we reshape him.  We burn all evil and all illusion out of him; we bring him over to our side, not in appearance, but genuinely, heart and soul.  We make him one of ourselves before we kill him.  It is intolerable to us that an erroneous thought should exist anywhere in the world, however secret and powerless it may be.”

6. See Kathleen Parker’s 7/25/03 column titled Sex, Lies and Videotape in Las Vegas at the Jewish World Review webpage.

7. Ibid.

8. “People unfit for freedom - who cannot do much with it - are hungry for power. The desire for freedom is an attribute of a ‘have’ type of self. It says: leave me alone and I shall grow, learn, and realize my capacities. The desire for power is basically an attribute of a ‘have not’ type of self.”  — Eric Hoffer

Eric Hoffer was an American social philosopher. He was born in 1902 and died in 1983, after writing nine books and winning the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His first book, The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements, published in 1951, was widely recognized as a classic. This book, which he considered his best, established his reputation, and he remained a successful writer for most of his remaining years.

9. See The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.

10. Per Voltaire’s “define your terms if you want to argue with me” admonition, the “secular-language” definition of God I use in dialogues with atheists and agnostics is: God = the Great I AM Spirit of collective individual human desire for existence (life), significance (to be loved), self- realization/fulfillment (aka life, "liberty, and the pursuit of happiness"), and contentment (happiness).  Because the “Great I AM Spirit” part of the definition is for the benefit theist statists, atheist statists should omit it.

11. See such ancient wisdom as De 10:12,13; Pr 8:32-36; Ecc 12:13,14 and Mic 6:8.

“He has showed you, O man, what is good.  And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, and to love kindness and mercy, and to humble yourself and walk humbly with your God?” Mic 6:8 (Amplified Version [AV]).

“All has been heard; the end of the matter is: Fear God [revere and worship Him, knowing that He is] and keep His commandments, for this is the whole of man [the full, original purpose of his creation, the object of God’s providence, the root of character, the foundation of all happiness, the adjustment to all inharmonious circumstances and conditions under the sun] and the whole [duty] for every man.”  Ecc 12:13 (AV).

In secular language, those Scriptures mean we are to revere and love our collective individual human desire for existence, significance, self- realization/ fulfill-ment, and contentment, for they are the root of character and the foundation of all happiness.  In secular language, obeying and being true to God means 1) being unconditionally grateful for our lives/existence and striving with all our heart, soul and minds to live in harmony with our apparent design, and 2) not doing to others what we would not want done by others to us.

“For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favor of the Lord.  But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul:  all they that hate me love death.”  Pr 8:35,36 (KJV).  “For whoever finds me [Wisdom] finds life and draws forth and obtains favor from the Lord.  But he who misses me or sins against me wrongs and injures himself;  all who hate me love and court death.”  Pr 8:35,36 (AV).  See also such Scriptures as Job 28:28; Ps 1:1,2; Ps 14:1; Ps 53:1: Ps 111:10; Ps 119:1,2; Ps 128:1.

The fear [reverential love and respect] of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge  and wisdom [Job 28:28, Psalm 111:10, Proverbs 7:1 and 9:10].  There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the Lord [Proverbs 21:30].

Which is easier to say, 1) the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge and wisdom, or 2) the reverential love and respect of the collective individual human species desire for existence (life), significance (to be loved), self- realization/fulfillment (aka life, "liberty, and the pursuit of happiness"), and contentment (happiness) is the beginning of knowledge and wisdom?

Which is easier to say, 1) life without God has no meaning; or 2) life without the collective individual human species desire for existence (life), significance (to be loved), self- realization/fulfillment (aka life, "liberty, and the pursuit of happiness"), and contentment (happiness) has no meaning?

Which is easier to say, 1) “The fool hath said in his heart there is no God” [Psalm 14:1 and 53:1]; or 2) the fool hath said in his heart there is no collective individual human species desire for existence (life), significance (to be loved), self- realization/fulfillment (aka life, "liberty, and the pursuit of happiness"), and contentment (happiness)?

 

 

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