Saturday, December 31, 2011
I do not affirm empires, but if we contrast the “gentleman” who ran the British empire of the 19th century with the "neoconservatives" who largely run the declining American empire of today, I think we can see reasons why the British empire lasted twice as long as the American empire.
The British sent their sons to schools to learn how to become gentleman. The Rugby tradition first taught religious and moral principles, second, “gentlemanly conduct,” and third, intellectual ability. This led a boy to become a man who Philip Mason defined as, “ jealous about his reputation in the eyes of men, jealous about his integrity in his own eyes, and jealous about his responsibility for those entrusted to his care.”
These ideals were not always lived up to, and the schools were a long way from perfect, but these ideals were adhered to enough to help maintain and manage the largest empire in history for hundreds of years. As the gentleman declined the British empire declined.
Contrast this with the neoconservatives whose conduct is destroying the American empire. Generally speaking, the neoconservatives prefer cunning to courage, dual loyalties take the place of patriotism, making money selfishly is more important than moral principles, and the code of an eye for an eye is preferred to the code of the gentleman.
The neoconservatives do not measure up to the gentleman of the British empire, and this has much to do with why we are so quickly declining with uncalled-for wars, financial criminality, and cultural degeneracy. A great nation deserves better leaders.
Friday, December 30, 2011
The Word is considered immaterial and spiritual by the Revealed Religions and so the idea that the Word was made flesh was applied by great Christian sages in speaking of the God Within.
The Word is heard in the Soul, at the Zenith of the Mind, and is heard by ridding the body of the desires of the flesh. It was the flesh that was really made word by the great religious sages, rather than the word made flesh.
This caused the Great Spiritual Blockade to make the flesh into the Word by centering on the Soul and its sacred emptiness. It is the Soul which we seek in the Involutionary Inward Path leading to the Father Within and the Word Within.
Seeing the Inward God of the Involutionary Inward Path helped to define Godhood of the Evolutionary Outward Path. The God first seen and given Word in the Inward Path is reached in the Outward Path of evolution to Godhood. The Word is made supermaterial flesh.
Godhood is a Supremely Evolved Object, not merely the Word defining Godhood.
Godhood is a Supremely Evolved Object, not merely the Word defining Godhood.
Thursday, December 29, 2011
The supermaterial Spirit-Will is the raw activation within the Primal Material which is then formed by material evolution. The Spirit-Will knows its goal, which is Godhood, but evolution helps decide the paths taken, upward, downward, sideways, and so on, but ever upward. This is not unlike the nature/nurture balance of biology as the raw material, which culture then molds. It is all on an evolving material-supermaterial continuum from simple matter to supermaterial Godhood.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
With his usual hard realism, Raymond Cattell thought that there was an excess of primate sex and pugnacity in human beings which were stronger drives than civilizing morals and ethics, or our altruistic values, and that society must keep from decline as a consequence of selfish primate sex and pugnacity. Cattell thought that countermeasures need to be taken to raise the level of both intelligence and character in society, and reduce the sociopathic and psychotic instabilities in society.
Cattell never argued that there is a predominance of genetics over education and culture but that genetics was the raw material which culture molded. Cattell worried that man may be genetically unadapted to a large altruistic society, yet man did have a natural tendency toward tenderness and protectiveness and altruism toward kith and kin. This is one of the pillars of our political argument for localism and small states over large states: localism and regionalism are the most natural way to hold civilization together with altruistic group behavior, and better keep us from the selfish anti-social behavior which happens in large groups.
It remains politically incorrect to speak of these hard realities, but the sooner we get on with this the better chance we have of rising rather than falling. We need to increase the traits of intelligence, along with the character traits of effort, hard work, and honesty, which need to be rewarded and expanded. Remember, Plato's guardians were selected by their lack of interest in power, among other qualities. Also remember, we are evolving all the way to Godhood, this requires Ordered Evolution and Revitalized Conservatism, which can keep us from self-destructing.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Our democratic republican form of government has become a cover-up for money power, which rules. Rather than trying to throw away the system, we need to break up big monopolies in all areas, in finance, the media, education, etc. Power needs to be given back to the individual states, within a light federalism.
When human nature is allowed a bit of freedom it forms itself in kin groups and ethnic groups and small states. This needs to be allowed, we need to return to the original American Constitution, and we need to emphasize the Tenth Amendment, giving lost power back to the states.
It's not only bad education that has led us to modern liberalism, with its big government legislating of cultural Marxism, human nature tends to deceive itself with unreal ideas about human behavior, which avoids reality. Wealth can more easily dominate politics by manipulating the deceptions.
Can the connection between political power and wealth be broken? It had better be done before too long or America and the world will certainly be dragged down and destroyed.
Monday, December 26, 2011
The transcendental needs to be seen through evolution, not through the disappearance of the living object.
The poet William Carlos Williams had a poetic credo of no ideas except in things. This can be applied to theology and philosophy, which get lost in abstractions and definitions, that is, no Gods except in supreme supermaterial objects.
The mirror image is not as important as the object mirrored. This seems to transvalue much of theology and philosophy, which stem from a basic rejection of material things in favor of immaterial things.
Godhood is supremely evolved to from living material objects to supreme living supermaterial objects.
Traditional religion has seen Godhood mirrored inwardly, now it is time to evolve to real Godhood outwardly, while retaining the first inward vision.
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
The instincts have been too often misrepresented as only uncontrollable and evil, it has been thought that to act instinctively is not to act rationally, the instincts have been thought of as barbaric. But to follow the call of the Spirit-Will, or the Will-To-Godhood, is to follow the Zenith of the Instincts.
The superego does not hold the instincts, or Id, in check, as Freud and others have suggested, the ego and superego,with their realism and idealism, make the choice between profane and sacred instincts, with the profane being devolutionary and the sacred being evolutionary.
Evolution confirms the internal commands of the instincts, and most importantly, attends the activating commands of the Spirit-Will, or Will-To-Godhood. This can involve reason as an aid to instinct and instinct as an aid to reason. To follow the moral call of the Spirit-Will, which seeks to evolve to Godhood, is a great moral act.
Monday, December 19, 2011
One could almost believe that man is not adapted to altruism, given his many selfish passions, but completely contrary to the Randian neoconservatives, man and other primates do have strong natural impulses and passions toward altruism, being protective and sacrificial and even tender toward kin and group, as Raymond Cattell, E.O.Wilson and others have pointed out. Altruism worked fairly well for thousands of years when groups were small, but with huge modern nations altruism does not work so well, allowing selfish individuals and even sociopaths to come forward.
The qualities of altruism are, and can be, both biologically and culturally transmitted. Small states allowed to be different, and well protected by a light federalism, need to be affirmed if we want to have the civilizing influence of altruism. The decline of nations can be averted by decentralizing and allowing natural altruism to come forward and be affirmed, biologically and culturally. The unreality and unnaturalness of other political systems needs to be exposed.
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Truth is primarily in things, not in the intellect. This is opposite the definition of St. Thomas. Truth in the mind is a mirror or likeness of the thing known. Truth in the mind is a lesser thing than the thing itself, opposite Plato. And the “thing-in-itself” is not a non-material being. Truth in the mind is based on the most accurate judgment of the reality of the thing seen.
Theology and philosophy go off track when they greatly devalue the actual thing, the actual object, which then causes the belief in nothingness, the belief in mirror images in the mind and not belief in the object that is mirrored. This hypertrophies into defining God as a mirror image of material things and not a real supreme object or objects.
Godhood is not merely a non-material thing in the mind or in the Soul, Godhood is an actual supreme object or objects evolved to in the cosmos. The God of the Involutionary Inward Path is a mirror image of the Supreme Object Godhood evolved to over time in the Evolutionary Outward Path. Both are retained in the Twofold Path of the Evolutionary Church.
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Our cultural gridlock, the complete halting of our overloaded system, is the natural outcome of trying to turn a formerly European and Christian nation into a nation of all religions, all cultures, all ethnic groups. Human nature simply does not melt that way, people always prefer their own culture.
But all is not lost. The way out of our cultural gridlock is not to demand more of the same cultural Marxism, which attempted to make us all get along by trying unsuccessfully to destroy all our differences.
The way out of our cultural gridlock is to reaffirm the independent small states and regions of America, which were intended by our original Constitution. We are lucky to have this legal way out of our difficulties. We need to reaffirm the 10th Amendment. Each state and region can be as different as they choose to be, protected by a light federalism.
Of course, even the lightest protective federalism is not easy, it is never easy to keep our differences from boiling over, which is why it is so important to separate our differences in small states and regions---unless we want one of the bad “isms:” imperialism, Marxism or fascism, which cause more problems than they may temporarily solve.
And I dare say that a Europe, Russia and China of thousands of states is the long term way to deal with their differences as well. Then we can all get on with the sacred task of evolving outward into the cosmos.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Nietzsche was a powerful, if neurotic, thinker and his integrity was such that as the ultimate intellectual he could say, it takes more courage than intelligence to find the truth.
Nietzsche was in some ways the father of the bio-social thinking of present day sociobiology, which I affirm, but Nietzsche was also the father of the relativity of morals in modern philosophy, which I do not affirm.
Nietzsche's will-to-power was goalless, although it led to supermen, but they were also also goalless. The Spirit-Will of the Evolutionary Church (EC) is also called the Will-to-Godhood, and unlike Nietzsche's will-to-power it has a sacred goal.
The radicalism of Nietzsche, and of modern philosophy---and modern art---mainly rejects the past, and rejects tradition, which is a sociobiological mistake. The new needs to be included in the old if there is to be life at all. This is affirmed in the Twofold Path of EC, where the Inward Path leads to the inward God first seen in traditional religion, and the Outward Path leads to the outward Godhood now seen in material evolution. Here old and new, religion and science, can finally make friends.
The superman of Nietzsche, like the later Beyondism of Cattell (another courageous thinker), is not enough. There is a goal to the primal power drive, which is why the Spirit-Will is defined as the Will to Godhood and not the will to power. Nietzsche was a radical, even if his was an aristocratic radicalism, and this radicalism leads to the problems of imperialism and chosenness-supremacy, which leads to chaotic war, and war tends to stop all evolution---like upsetting the great game table of Ordered Evolution because you can't play the game well.
All men are activated by the Spirit-Will within, or the Will-To Godhood, to evolve toward eternal representation, or Godhood, and this motivates survival and reproduction and all cultural creations, unconsciously or consciously. The practical way, and the moral way, to accommodate the Spirit-Will, for all men, all ethnic groups, is to establish, or reestablish, virtually independent small states, where continuing evolution can be more quickly and easily reflected, protected against imperialism by a light federalism, and guided by the Church.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
The big monopoly media in this country has been increasingly like an invading hostile force undermining traditional Western values, but how can we change the power game in full control?
Life is preferable to death. A nation cannot survive when its media is busy destroying its values. As we increasingly promote the move back to the original small state power of the original Constitution, we can also promote a breakup of the monopoly media into smaller units.
Bigness does not work well biosocially, bigness causes what Cattell called the “altruism drain,” individuals who sacrifice gradually lose out to selfish and parasitical individuals, that is, the return rewards of mutual love and self-sacrifice only benefits individuals and groups in smaller units.
Monday, December 12, 2011
It's frustrating, although kind of fun, to speculate on the origin of religions.
For example, Moses seems to have left a mystery oral tradition, along with the written testament, which included the mysteries of Ancient Egypt, from which Moses was an initiate. This ancient oral tradition was carried on by rabbis, and wasn't written down until later, after the death of Christ. And these Egyptian mysteries were also connected to the Ancient Sumerian mysteries from which they may have derived.
The mysteries were supposedly then carried to Greece, where the truths of Plato, according to the Neoplatonists, were based on occult Pythagorean mysteries from Egypt.
But then a similar mystery tradition is found in the East in Ancient India, as old or older that the Egyptian, from which the Egyptian religion may have derived, or vice versa. This Indian/Persian tradition traces the mystery back to “Hyperboria,” an ancient home in the north.
Some think primitive stone age men were handed the mysteries by visiting extra terrestrial beings. It is thought that there are at least ten million intelligent civilizations in our galaxy alone.
I hypothesize that the mysteries originally derived from one of the migrating waves of Cro Magnons arriving in places like Ancient Sumer, and Eurasia, which could tie in with the Hyperborian myth and ancient anthropological prehistory.
Will we ever know for sure? Bias comes in where sacred religions or ethnic origins are involved, especially when they are thought to come from God Himself. Everyone wants to be affiliated with the original religious source.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
The Spirit-Will which activates our “unconscious” mind has not been readily accessible to our conscious mind. Our conscious mind and our culture have been far away from the unconscious Spirit-Will, which influences all life and all culture.
Freud's sex-instinct is subordinate to the Spirit-Will, the Spirit-Will rides the vehicle of material reproduction to supermaterial Godhood through evolution. And Nietzsche's power-instinct is subordinate to the purpose behind attaining power, the evolution to Godhood. And Jung's goal of internal and external individual psychological harmony is superseded by the goal of psychobiological and sociobiological harmony in evolving to external supermaterial Godhood. The task is to get the unconscious, consciousness and culture alined with the goal of the Spirit-Will.
The "superego" has not deteriorated, it has followed less harmonious psychobiological dynamics. The superego involves establishing the realization and affirmation of the goal of evolving to Godhood within the morals, virtues and values of the culture. The healthiest individuals and the healthiest societies confirm and conform to the internal activation of the Spirit-Will.
We are returning to the source of the superego. The difficulty in attuning ourselves and our societies to this ideal is the great challenge. The superego is not all reason, it is reason informed by intellectual intuition, or faith, in the Spirit-Will. Here religious bonding ceremonies are important in establishing or reestablishing the source of the superego in the Spirit-Will.
Human beings are capable of such great challenges, it makes life exciting and adventurous, and it gives meaning to life.
Friday, December 09, 2011
All life seeks to replicate or reproduce itself, and life seeks successful representation. Ideally, life seeks eternal representation. This seeking comes from the activation of the Spirit-Will, which activates life from the inside, working with evolution from the outside. The eternal representation sought by the Spirit-Will helps defines Godhood.
Not all life forms can aid the Spirit-Will in its quest for Godhood, but human beings have the capacity and potential consciousness to do this. When conscious of the Spirit-Will and its goal, human beings can affirm and advance toward Godhood, by evolving higher and higher consciousness and intelligence, and toward more and more beauty, with more successful species moving toward this goal, the true sacred goal of life, which is Godhood.
This is the mission, to unblock the Great Spiritual Blockade against material life evolving to supermaterial life and Godhood. This is the God first seen in traditional Christianity, and other Revealed Religions, now seen outwardly as well as inwardly in the Twofold Path of the Theoevolutionary Church. This is how Christianity, and religion in general, can continue into the future, with an Ordered Evolution and a Revitalized Conservatism.
Thursday, December 08, 2011
It is thought in psychoanalysis that the id makes irrational and brutal assaults on the poor ego which innocently only seeks what Cattell calls “hard realism,” and the id is also seen as an assault on superego demands for virtues and morals.
I suggest that the id is grounded in the sacred Spirit-Will which seeks Godhood, and I suggest that the id is not merely an evil, Dionysian, chaotic drive. The id is in its essence civilizing the beast.
This would suggest that the ego and superego should work in harmony with the id, virtues and morals need to reflect the highest goal of life, which seeks to evolve to Godhood, from the material to the supermaterial.
Evolution, natural selection and basic human nature are driven by the instinctive and genetic desire to successfully survive and reproduce, but these are driven by the deeper desire of the Spirit-Will-id to evolve to Godhood.
The problem then would come from misinterpretations of the id. The hard realism of the ego can accept the reality of the activation of the Spirit-Will-id, and the superego can affirm virtues and morals that work in harmony with the will-to-Godhood of the Spirit-Will.
This would also reflect in the freedom/determinism debate as mankind having some choices in a path that is nevertheless determined, like a boulder rolling down a mountainside.
The ego and superego are required as a civilizing force on the id---like riding a somewhat wild horse that more or less knows the basic direction it wants to go---by separating sacred from profane interpretations of the id, by identifying the Path to Godhood from devolutionary disordered impulses.
Tuesday, December 06, 2011
We have more in common with Paleoconservatism than with Traditional Conservatism, although they are similar in many areas. We do not like abstract principles presented without connection to sociobiological roots. Freedoms can only take place if they are rooted in human nature.
Ours is a value system that is not so much “historicism” (the worthy idea that historical circumstances set values) as it is sociobiological, the idea that their exits a biological origin to social behavior which has been ignored in the modern world.
But we believe that sociobiological forces are grounded in the universal imperative of the Spirit-Will within life which helps activate life to evolve to Godhood. This is the real reason why religion is, and needs to be, at the heart of every culture and civilization.
Human nature is rooted in the family, selection takes place at the group level, and ethnic level, and individual selection follows in the wake of group selection. This is the main justification for affirming decentralization, small independent states, and localism.
Humans tend to favor their own people, we feel more altruistic toward those who share our genes. There are really no big boundaries between extended families and ethnic groups. Ethnic groups are extremely extended families. As Steve Sailor points out, ethnic nepotism is about as strong a bond as the uncle-nephew bond.
We agree with classical conservatism that human societies are naturally hierarchical, involving various classes and categories. Hierarchy allows for the preservation of of the whole community, not protecting only one elite or proletariat group at the expense of the others.
We affirm “federalism” defined by the international definition of federalism, which is defined as “anti-federalism” by many Paleoconservatives in America. But this also means a federalism given the power to put up national tariffs or value added taxes against foreign imports to protect manufacturing in the independent states of the nation.
We repudiate the prevailing Cultural Marxism which believes that culture creates man, not man creates culture. Cultural Marxism, socialism and existentialism believe that there is no inherent biological human nature, so they stand against governments or religions based in human nature.
Our worldview retains many conservative ideas and principles, with several important differences. Humanity is “imperfect” and “flawed” not because of original sin but because humanity is still on the path of higher evolution to Godhood.
The Twofold Path of the Theoevolutionary Church connects us to Western Christianity and Eastern religions. We evolve in the Evolutionary Outward Path to the God first seen in the Involutionary Inward Path of Traditional Religions.
For the Theoevolutionary Church the universal imperative that bonds human beings is the Spirit-Will within life which activates life to evolve to Godhood in the cosmos, working along with natural selection from the outside. This is the transcendent moral order which grounds our sociobiological social philosophy. We affirm an Ordered Evolution to Godhood applying Revitalized Conservatism.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 07, 2011
Monday, December 05, 2011
A wise old politically incorrect idea says that as the ethnic group changes the culture changes, whereas cultural Marxism--the brainwashing of the modern world--says that culture creates people and people are infinitely malleable by culture.
How it really works is that genetic patterns affect the acceptance of culture, and cultural patterns help mold genetic pools. As Raymond Cattell and Edward O. Wilson said, ethical laws can be seen as a hierarchy of object loyalties, moving from strong ethics for a specific group to weaker universal ethics.
The latest nefarious scheme by Senator Chuck Schumer and his cohorts is to allow visitor visas for all foreigners from anywhere as long as they agree to buy a home in America. It looks like it may pass in the Congress. The financial world likes it too because their ruling ethic is that greed is good.
This is depressing as well as dangerous. Paleoconservatives seem powerless to change things at this time. We are to have a nation ruled by people who exploit the polyglot nation that they create, at least until it falls apart from its own multiculturalism.
But people always eventually return to small states and regions bonded by ethical-cultural solidarity, where real evolutionary change happens. Let us make sure that the original United States Constitution is there to pick up the pieces, with independent states protected by a light federalism. It may not be pretty getting from here to there.
Saturday, December 03, 2011
This question leads to another questions: how do you define adult?
Traditionally an adult was more or less defined as someone who followed such religious virtues as mutual love and self-sacrifice for the greater good. These values have been eroding faster than ever before. The teenagers of the hedonistic 1960's became parents who still smoke marijuana on weekends, and go to church, if at all, only on special holidays.
In a very short time the hedonism of the 1960's became the narcissism of reality shows and the arrested development of hip hop, which were strongly promoted by the media. When television or the movies do make little token bows to morality it is usually the values of cultural Marxism that are promoted, which try to impose political correctness with little resemblance to real human nature.
How did religious values erode so quickly? The popular media and the academic world have become increasingly anti-religion and specifically anti-Christian in the West. Christian religious values are virtually seen as the enemy in most movies and television shows. And the academic world continues to propagandize our children with cultural Marxism.
Cultural Marxism includes not only the censorship of political correctness but the destruction of family, male against female, a culture of victimhood, class against class, debasement of privacy, concentration of power in big government, power to a Marxist elite, and on and on and on.
I hold the media and the academic world mainly responsible for why adults no longer act like adults. Parents are no match for the destruction of morals and values by the popular media and the academic world. We see the proof of this all around us.
What can we do about it? We need to take back the media and the academic world by breaking up their monopolies and by decentralizing to small states---that is, multiple small states and regions, each with their own ethic flavor, which relates to true human nature, unlike the futile attempts at multi-culturalism within one universal state (which is mostly anti-white-Christian). This is not an easy task now, but it may one day be like pushing down a rotten door. The foundation for independent small states and regions even exists basically in the original Constitution of the United States.
Friday, December 02, 2011
Objects take precedence over mathematics, definitions, and denotations of objects. The virtual worship of symbols goes way back, further back then Pythagoras. Priests, philosophers, intellectuals and scientists have bedazzled with numbers to the point where objects, even human beings, become only symbols.
This worship of symbolism is the base of spiritualism and even the base of modern materialism. Advanced mathematics, for example, has led to inventions that have both greatly helped and hurt humanity. Now the evolution of technology is promoted in trans-humanism and robotics rather than bio-genetic evolution, which is again the worship of advanced symbols rather than real living objects.
The material world can be reduced down to quantum levels, and then, mathematically at least, reduced further down to the many extremely small dimensions of string theory, even so, we cannot mathematically worship the atoms or vibrations of material objects over phenomenal, living, human, objects themselves.
This ancient duality of spiritual-symbol/material-object can be united in Theological Materialism, which places the spiritual in the Involutionary Inward Path and the material in the Evolutionary Outward Path, and then includes both in the Twofold Path of the the Theoevolutionary Church (TC). The theological materialism of the Outward Path includes yet goes beyond the Inward Path. The God seen in the Inward Path is the God reached in the Outward Path.
Godhood is a Supreme Object and no longer needs to be only a symbol or inner vision-experience of the Soul. Life evolves from the Primal Materiel to the Supreme Supermaterial. We are all evolving material objects and need to be understood as evolving to Supermaterial Godhood, activated by the Spirit-Will within. It is time to unblock the Great Spiritual Blockade against the real world of living, evolving, material objects.
Thursday, December 01, 2011
We all need to abandon hatred of other ethnic groups, there are no bad or good groups, there is only good and bad social strategies for living with ethnic groups.
It is vitally important to see human nature as it really is, basic human nature cannot be bypassed without paying a heavy price. Ethnic groups are important, love of ones own people is deeply ingrained in human nature, and this can be universally affirmed.
When imperialism and supremacy place divinity on any one people it is the cause of many problems. We are all evolving to divinity and none of us have yet reached divinity. It is not ethnicity that is evil, it is imperialism and supremacy that are the true enemy.
Group selection is universally seen at the origin of ethics and morality, creating such universal virtues as mutual love and self-sacrifice, which allowed groups to survive in a difficult world. Different ethnic groups have different cultural strategies, and these differences can be accommodated in small states protected by a light federalism, and guided in evolution, voluntarily, by the Church.
Wars are usually fought to regain an ethnic sovereignty which was taken away by imperialism or supremacy. Imperialism always breaks apart. War is dysgenic and stops Ordered Evolution. Groups can learn survival and evolutionary strategies from one another. Our survival on earth now probably depends on this civilized behavior.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Will the truth about the origin of human civilizations ever surface, and if so how will we recognize it among the untruths and half truths of the specialists. Perhaps bias is built into human nature in service to the will-to power?
My hypothesis is that the ancient Sumerian-Egyptian civilizations were not the origin of the Indo-European civilization, but that it was late migrating Cro Magnons or Proto-Indo-Europeans who were the origin of both the Indo-European and Sumerian civilizations. How the geographical migrations took place is not clear, from the North, from East to West, or some combination of these?
If Cro Magnons founded these ancient civilizations then the myths and symbols of these civilizations are untrue or inaccurate. For example, occult knowledge in formerly secret societies has said that these civilizations were founded by amphibian-like beings from the Sirius star system.
Here is why it matters. If we are trying to decentralize the world to save the world, this can mean decentralizing the secret society-occult structure, which is more or less based in this Sumerian-Egyptian-Sirius myth---that is, the Neo-Platonic-Gnostic-Hermetic-Kabbalistic-Rosicrucian-Masonic traditions follow this mythology.
The truth can deflate the power of these secret societies, and secret societies and occult religions seem to be more, or less, involved in imperialism and supremacism in the world today.
Monday, November 28, 2011
I assume that private power has had control over political institutions more or less for some time. Private fortunes have outstripped public governments, and private corporations provide money to politicians who then represent them. But is this a “conspiracy,” and if so what kind of conspiracy is it?
It appears to be more like several powerful independent groups conspiring together, and going in the same direction, but going in the same direction only as long as it serves the individual group. Meanwhile competition between the groups continues. Individual groups with ethnic connections as well as economic connections seem to have stronger bonds and more success than groups with only economic connections. The biggest problem comes from imperialism and the supremacy of one group over the others.
The solution to imperialism and supremacy is for people to demand decentralization, small separate states, with their independence protected by a light federalism. I don't see the individualism of libertarianism as the way to go. Ethics and morals have always been created by the group ethics of mutual love and self-sacrifice, not by individualism.
Powerful men need to see that it is in their own best interest to support and protect a decentralized world. Supremacy and imperialism have been tried throughout history leading to dysgenic wars that stop ordered evolution.
Friday, November 25, 2011
Real conservatism, the Russell Kirk kind of conservatism, is based in the knowledge that there is vast amounts of unconscious wisdom in the culture. This necessarily limits the power of rationalism. Culture cannot or should not fight against human nature, otherwise human nature will snap back, often in revolution.
Ethnic groups are often culturally distinct, and this is good, not bad. Raymond Cattell points out that cultural natural selection essentially operates on ideas. Genetic patterns affect the acceptance of cultural patterns and cultural patterns help to mold genetic pools. Sameness everywhere is not good for the creativity and invention that comes with variety.
Human nature can be released from the bondage of social philosophies such as Marxism, and the cultural Marxism of the academic world, which deny or ignore what human nature actually is. Human nature can be affirmed in the form of many small states, with a light federalism protecting their independence. States and regions can be seen as places where different ethnic groups can thrive in variety. What we need to avoid is imperialism and supremacy on the part of any one people. This is deeply conservative and does not fight against basic human nature.
Then we can get on with the sacred religious mission of evolving to Godhood in the cosmos through Revitalized Conservatism and Ordered Evolution.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
I think what made me more understanding and less critical of people in general was the understanding that people are simply far more optimistic than realistic. People are not so much dishonest or cunning, they sacrifice realism for happiness. (see "First-Rate Madness,” by Nassir Ghaemi)
For example, people overestimate how much control they have so that they may feel happier. This may be at least partly why realistic assessments of our political situation, eg. Buchanan's “Suicide of a Superpower,” are quickly buried. People congenitally insist on thinking happier thoughts.
The question is, what makes realistic individuals? Dr. Ghaemi suggests that depressed individuals are not so much misapprehending reality as they are starkly seeing reality in a world of overly optimistic people.
Starkly realistic leaders do seem to rise when we need them most to handle a crisis that only realism can handle. If realistic leaders do not rise than the culture can bury itself in congenital false optimism and decline or fall.
Monday, November 21, 2011
It has been said that a true artist tends to see unconnected things as harmonious. Modern artists seem to do less of this. Philosophers, scientists and others can also see harmony in unconnected things. This seems intuitive, which one may be born with.
I think what is needed is to take this talent for connecting unconnected things and apply it to sacred things, sacred values---then you can have great art, an affirmation of the sacred. But this must not become bogged down in didactic art, art needs to have what Kirk called “moral imagination.”
Saturday, November 19, 2011
An unmanifest God, which can be seen in Hinduism, and in the Christian Meister Eckart, is a definition, or principle, or denotation, or an intuitive experience of God, but this is not Godhood. Plato too saw an unmanifest God, as did his followers. God or Being has been seen as unmanifest all the way to Heidegger, whose Being remains a hidden Being, or is a process of the human mind where Being needs thought to manifest itself.
Heidegger's chilly Being seems not to be exactly the same as the loving God of Aquinas, but both thinkers see Being as not an object in time but a process happening through human thought or special experience. Aquinas at least does say that even if we can not know God completely, God is there knowing himself, God is a mystery but not to himself. Although the God of Aquinas does manifest the world, his God remains a nonmaterial, unmanifest God, and not a manifest-supermaterial-evolved-Supreme Object-in time-Godhood, as Godhood is seen in the Theoevolutionary Church.
This God or Father-Within of Aquinas (and the Eastern religions) is found in the Involutionary Inward Path, it is the “unmanifest” God contained in the virtual tabula rasa Soul. This Father Within is attained or experienced by first ridding the body of all material desires and surrendering to the Soul. Nevertheless, it is only through the Evolutionary Outward Path that one can attain Real Godhood in the cosmos. This requires not ridding the body of material desires but fulfilling the goal and promise of material desires in evolving to Godhood, the supermaterial zenith of the material world .
Philosophers and theologians have compressed too many things in God, for example, God as Creator, Sustainer and Destroyer, when these things derive from different things, even if they are related. Primal Matter and the Spirit-Will within Primal Matter are the creator, and natural evolution is, at times, the destroyer, and Godhood is the manifested Zenith of natural and supernatural evolution.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Material things are totally denied in the Involutionary Inward Path to the Father Within or God Within, but material things are affirmed in the Evolutionary Outward Path as the means and vehicle to evolve from the lowest Primal Matter to the highest supermaterial Godhood.
If tragedy is defined as the "celebration" of irreconcilable conflicts, and if genius is described as finding the "invisible" link between things, the Twofold Path can resolve the tragedies between the material and spiritual worlds, between pagan and Christian worlds, between science and religion. We evolve materially and supermaterially in the Outward Path to the God first seen in the Inward Path of the Revealed Religions.
This Twofold Path can be seen in the projected floor plan of the Theoevolutionary Church --X-- with one half for the traditional Mass of Sacrifice of the Inward Path, and the other half for the Mass Of Joy of the Outward Path. Ordered Evolution and Revitalized Conservatism can resolve the tragedy of conservatism versus revolution.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Meister Eckhart, Thomas' successor, spoke of God as the divine abyss, divine nothingness, divine wasteland. But this is the God of the Involutionary Inward Path reached by stripping all materialism out of life and centering on the passionless Soul.
Eckhart said “I ask God that he rid me of God,” which Caputo calls Eckhart's “mystical atheism.” Caputo doesn't mention the similarity of this to the Eastern religious view. But Caputo does say that Eckhart's mysticism unites Aquinas and Heidegger ( if Thomas' unspoken mysticism is taken into account.).
Godhood, or Being, is “withdrawn” from view not because Godhood is spiritually purer than creatures, but because Godhood is the highest evolved being in the cosmos and we have to evolve to Godhood to see or become Godhood.
This is an important distinction which keeps Godhood both in the world and of the world. Why should the “highest” have no comparison to the material world, what is wrong with the material world, why must the material world always be hated by the mystics?
The God of the mystics is the virtual God of the Soul reached through the Inward Path and is only mankind's first hint of Godhood, reached in reality through the Evolutionary Outward Path. This God of the mystics is a God beyond God. This is a not-yet-manifest God, which is, in realty, only a blissful and empty definition, a denotation, of Godhood. It is not materialism versus spiritualism that is the distinction, it is higher and lower levels of evolution that are the distinction.
Frankly, too much is expected of God, which leads to God's disappearance from reality. Godhood is not the Being from which beings emerge, Primal Matter is the "being" from which beings emerge, and the beings who emerge then have the activation of the Spirit-Will to help them evolve to Godhood, the highest evolution in the cosmos, who is attached to the world by having been evolved from the world to the supermaterial zenith of the world.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Primal Matter manifests the cosmos and all existing things. Only the definition or denotation of Primal Matter is “unmanifest, Primal Matter is manifest.” This unmanifest defining aspect of Primal Matter is only a reflection of Primal Matter---this is the opposite of the Revealed Religions and early philosophers who saw Primal Matter as a reflection of the unmanifest definition of matter.
Primal Matter also contains the Spirit-Will within Primal Matter, which is the all-pervasive cosmic activator inherent in all existing things. This means that Primal Matter is the source, support and activator of all things.
Creation is conceived by Primal Matter and the Spirit-Will within Primal Matter. This is not male/female, or Prakriti/Purusha, or the Mother Goddess of primitive man, this is simply the creative Primal Matter and the Spirit-Will within, although the above have sometimes been useful symbols.
Without the Spirit-Will, Primal Matter is like a dead mass. It is the Spirit-Will that activates Primal Matter to evolve to Godhood, from Primal Matter to supermaterial Godhood. This means that Primal Matter and the Spirit-Will are not Godhood and that Godhood is attained through the evolution of Primal Matter. Cosmic Godhood is the Zenith of Primal Matter and the Zenith of Evolution.
This defines the mission of the Evolutionary Outward Path. The Involutionary Inward Path to the Father Within or the God Within is the traditional path, which is also included in the Twofold Path of the Theoevolutionary Church.
This defines the origin of the cosmos in theological materialism and the rise to Godhood in evolution.
Friday, November 11, 2011
If “something” is the object and “not-something” is the definition of the object, then something can be not-something at the same time, contrary to some logicians.
Theology, philosophy, science, and even the humanities, have been dominated by an intellectual leadership which features the “not-something” of definition and denotation. This has separated man from life and nature, this has also made of God merely of definition or denotation or intellectual intuition. Aquinas even thought that the highest mode of knowledge as well as the highest mode of Being was intellectual intuition, and Heidegger more or less agreed.
Godhood is not an intuitional movement in metaphysics to “union.” Godhood is attained through the evolution of the material to supermaterial objects. To “see” God we need to step back from metaphysics and intellectual intuition and “become” Godhood in nature through evolution. We evolve in the real material world to real supermaterial Godhood, not a definition or denotation of God, not a number or principle of God, not a non-material, spiritual, non-object God, but a real supermaterial Supreme Object.
Contrary to many intellectuals, the world is not a dream, the exterior world is real, the world has meaning. This is not an anti-intellectual stance—equations and definitions have helped to create life-saving technology and great books---this is the crowning of intellectual intuition with reality, with nature, with life, and an understanding of the evolution to Godhood.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Group competition need not be seen as a misinterpretation of Social Darwinism, as man against man with tooth and claw. In the name of humanitarianism, Cattell speculated about competition between groups without genocide. Societies that are ill can be saved from extinction through research in sociobiology.
Virtually independent and self-sufficient societies can learn from one another regarding how a healthy evolving society can continue. But “progress” alone is not good enough, there is a sacred direction of evolution to Godhood which all groups can avail themselves of, and the Church can be a guide in this, even as light federalism protects the independence of many small states.
Human beings are capable of this behavior, although it requires effort. Life on earth, as well as evolution beyond the earth, may depend on it, and the bonding of religion in this will be crucial.
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
To Aquinas, and perhaps Heidegger, the beatitude of man is the perfect act of seeing or feeling the divine being, which to them is also the highest mode of Being. This position undervalues both God and man. Buddha did much the same thing in advocating the non-material path to nirvana.
The Revealed Religions are slowly fading from human history (with a few flareups now and again) largely because of the anti-material stance, which has gone against all that people see, all that people are. Religion and metaphysics (and much of philosophy) have been an attempt to overcome any representation of real, material or supermaterial, divine objects. Even if religion bows a bit to real life (eg. everything has a season), it is not really an affirmation of real life but a plan for living a life designed to lead to an affirmation of pure, anti-material, intuition.
Godhood is not merely calculation, not meditation, not presence, not intuition, not deduction, not the human experience of bliss. Godhood is a Real Supermaterial Object, or Objects, reached through material and supermaterial evolution. The highest act of life is not merely to have intellectual intuition of God, it is to become Godhood in evolution.
Even so, in the Twofold Path we can retain or include the intellectual intuition of God, seen in the Involutionary Inward Path to the Soul-Within, but we must not be blocked there in a Great Spiritual Blockade. We must move on to the Evolutionary Outward Path, which is activated by the material Spirit-Will, so that we can, through material and supermaterial evolution, become Real Godhood.
Monday, November 07, 2011
Cattell pointed out that all religions seem to secumb to imperialism in ethics (one could add that all civilizations do too) because they take on universalism in ethics, which then weakens and destroys the founding culture. The contrast to this is the religions of national loyalties, eg. Shintoism and Hebrewism.
The Theoevolutionary Church affirms national loyalty in a universal way, each people, each small state has the right, or the duty, to contribute to the survival of its own group, this is deeply natural and it is the original basis of much of ethics. The difficulty comes with group competition, where cooperative competition needs to be strongly affirmed.
This defines universal variety, with each individual contributing to the survival and evolution of its own group. The church can help guide ethics, as can scientific knowledge from sociobiology, as all groups rise in evolution to Godhood. The God first seen in the Inward Path to the Soul of Traditional Religions was the sole goal of ethics, now the evolutionary goal of the Outward Path to Real Godhood is added to the older ethics.
“Progress” alone is not the goal, the Inward Path to the Soul alone is not the goal, Godhood by way of evolution is the final goal, which does not replace old ethics, it is added to them, with Ordered Evolution and Revitalized Conservatism.
Human beings are capable of our great, sacred, natural mission to evolve to Godhood. Human survival, and future species survival, probably depend on advancing human intelligence to help us survive.
Sunday, November 06, 2011
Richard Wagner thought that the Ancient Greeks had created the perfect art-work, the total-art-work, (Gesamtkunstwerk), which combined music, dance, and poetry, best seen in the tragedies of Aeschylus. Later this total-art split into various factions and specialties for various reasons, which Wagner said was related to decline.
I would rather use the term “total-religion” than total art in the sense that the word “culture” comes from “cultus” or cult. This has (or at least once had) religious dimensions, because culture refers to the sanctification of daily life, architecture, clothing, art, literature and music.
We seem to instinctively know the principles of beauty, as balance, clarity, moderation, simplicity, things handsome, pretty---these are classical values. Mozart did not invent many of the patterns he used, he improved on the work of past composers. This defines Ordered Evolution.
Art can grasp the evolutionary pattern toward higher forms of beauty, toward Perfect Beauty, which defines Godhood. Truth gives meaning to Beauty---Godhood is first a Supreme Object and only secondarily a supreme definition. This view can help us move away from abstract thinking in art and back to the concrete, back to the material, back to the object, but also forward to the supermaterial.
Evolutionary Realism in the art of the projected Theoevolutionary Church can provide art content, with the new yet very old narrative of life evolving from the simple to the complex, toward Absolute Beauty and Godhood.
Using “moral imagination” in art (Russell Kirk and Burke's term) can keep moral art from becoming didactic and boring. The greatest art showed this creative moral imagination. This grounds art in the affirmation of the sacred, but with a revitalized view of the sacred.
Saturday, November 05, 2011
Real human nature operates best in small states with harmonious populations. It is completely natural for human beings to prefer their own people and it has been disastrous to try to socialize against this deep aspect of human nature. One-world communism killed millions. But the attempt at supremacy and imperialism by one people over all other people also goes against this universal aspect of human nature, which exists in all people, all of whom seek to advance their own kind.
This strongly suggest that a light federalism protecting many small states is the most natural political configuration, and this old paleoconservative perspective can be revitalized with knowledge of sociobiology. Differences need to be protected, not abused or manipulated. Violence can be prevented by affirming real human nature in this way. Will we eventually understand this before it is too late to save human life on earth?
Look to who benefits (or wrongly thinks they do) from seeking to upset the balance of true human nature. Imperialism, multinationals, racial supremacists, those who think they alone are chosen, one-worldism in all its forms, they have been the destructive ones throughout history.
Friday, November 04, 2011
The refusal of the Revealed Religion to grant permission to exist, to be, unless creation is derived from God has set up the tragic confrontation between the material and spiritual world, between religion and science. The Theoevolutionary Church (TC) speaks of a cosmic evolution to Godhood, a cosmos created from Primary Matter and the Spirit-Will within matter which activates matter. Rather than a first cause we speak of endless creation and evolution. Even St. Thomas left a doctrine of creation at least somewhat open, saying that the ultimate human knowledge of God is that we do not know him.
The “perfect” seems not to be the "cause," that which seeks the Perfect is the cause, which explains why there is a cause to go somewhere it needs to go. The Spirit-Will seeks Perfect Godhood by way of activating life to evolve to Godhood. Evolution then shapes life, not always toward Godhood. This may even be seen in relation to pagan cosmogony, where Earth Mother (Primary Matter) gives birth to life, activated by Sky Father (the Spirit-Will.) This is how the TC resolves formerly irreconcilable differences in religion and philosophy, and ancient and modern history.
Thursday, November 03, 2011
Modern philosophy, like ancient philosophy, seems to have gone the way of religion, both Aquinas and Heidegger arrive at the mystical intellectual intuition of the Inward Path, which John Caputo describes as the “seinserfahrung” of Heidegger, and the “pati divina” of Aquinas. It is time to go beyond the Inward Path to the Outward Path, while yet including the Inward Path.
The immediate experience of God in the Inward Path to the Soul needs to be expanded outside of ourselves, even outside of the bliss of the Soul, to affirm the Outward Path of the Spirit-Will, which actives life to evolve to Real Godhood in the cosmos.
Religion and philosophy have been mainly content to immerse themselves in the presence of the Inward Soul, now we need to bring religion and philosophy back to representationalism, to the Supreme Object Godhood, evolved to in the material and supermaterial world. Godhood is grasped at a distance, or intuitively within the activation of the Spirit-Will, the virtual presence of God in the Soul is not Godhood.
It has been said that to no man can see God and live. Fear of God has blocked the path to Godhood. The natural goal of evolution is Godhood. Man tends naturally to evolve toward the divine in nature, which is Godhood.
Reaching the Inward God is the terrestrial fulfillment of the Involutionary Inward Path, reaching the Outward God is the celestial fulfillment of the Evolutionary Outward Path. The Twofold Path is a reconciler, a synthesizer, a uniter.
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Raymond Cattell and others have pointed out that it was the natural selection of groups rather than individuals (listen up libertarians) that gave us concern for ethical values, often tied to religion. The natural selection of individuals had to fit the natural selection of groups, otherwise the group would disappear. Ethics developed from this inter-group selection for the group, and religion usually fostered mutual love and self-sacrifice, as in the Ten Commandments.
But it is not just the ethical values of the survival of the group, it is what behavior contributes to the evolution of the group as well. The religion of the Theoevolutionary Church (TC) emphasizes the sacred evolution to Godhood. And it is also important to emphasize what ethical rules govern interacting groups. This then leads to a worldview of many small states, each with its variation of bio-cultural ethics advancing toward Godhood, and with all the states protected by a light federalism.
The Church guides, voluntarily, and includes research on human behavior, and examines which ethics lead to successful survival and evolution, and the workable interactions between groups.TC does not replace the ethics of the Revealed Religions ( as Beyondism seems to advocate), TC adds research from sociobiology to the Involutionary Inward Path of the Revealed Religions, on the great mission of all groups evolving to Godhood by way of the Evolutionary Outward Path. This defines the Twofold Path. Ordered Evolution and Revitalized Conservatism are the methods, not revolution.