Sunday, December 30, 2012

How to hold the nation together in the future


The always excellent William Lind has been telling us for awhile that the power dynamic now is less state versus state as it is whether the state or nation system can survive the growing power of the non-state forces rising. Although Lind is speaking mainly of Islamic terrorist groups within states, I think this may also apply to future American clashes between different cultural and ethnic groups.

The persistence of group-selection or tribalism, even racialism, continues because it is written in the ancient code of human nature. As has been said before, human history and the sociobiological sciences have affirmed that the main creator of human ethics has been group-selection, where altruism within the group helped the group survive and reproduce more successfully than the groups with less altruism within the group. Unsuccessful attempts to wipe out group-selection have often led to loss of freedom and even to coercive force being used.

A light American federalism protecting separate and independent regions and states---which could even be thought of as ethnostates---is possible in America, while still legally affirming the original Constitution and the Republic. This is the structure that can hold the nation together at a time when non-state, tribal, or ethnic forces rise, that is, when whites, blacks, Latinos, Asians, even Islamic forces increasingly clash in America. Democracy is difficult under these forces. If states and regions within the United States are allowed their freedom, and then protected by federalism, they will naturally develop their own cultures depending on the groups living within them, which should be championed.

This conservative solution may become more apparent when orthodox theories and models cannot explain or solve the future problems that develop.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

How the Constitution can help us secure a realistic Future


If the choice is clashes and civil war between different cultures and races in America, or the constitutionally sanctioned independence and separation of the states, the sane choice is more independence of the states and regions, where differences can be celebrated, while being protected by a light federalism.

Human history and the sociobiological sciences have rightly said that the main creator of human ethics has been group-selection, where altruism within the group helped the group survive and reproduce more successfully than the groups with less altruism within the group. This became written in the code of basic human nature, and it is this that can and will help determine the future course off human history. To deny basic human nature with the wishful hope of all groups getting along living in the same spot, no matter how different they are, or even attempting to force harmony as has been done with cultural Marxism, will never stop the clashes between different cultures with different behaviors.

Americans should feel fortunate that that we do not even need to apply the choice, written in our a Constitution, giving the people the right to secure a form of government calculated to promote safety and happiness, even if it means altering the form of government, if necessary. This is the famous right of revolution. But the Constitution gives the states independence and freedom, especially with the Tenth Amendment, which means that revolution, secession, etc., are not necessary---secession would eliminate the basic protection of the independence of the states that is provided by the light federalism, leading to more clashes.

Friday, December 28, 2012

The Synthesis


As an exercise in clarity I often try to compress my religious philosophy into a few powerful sentences---here is the latest:

Religion declares that the kingdom of God cannot come from a political platform. But Godhood can evolve from a combination of religion and politics, among other things. The difference comes from defining the Kingdom of God (the Father Within) as within only, and Godhood as evolved to outwardly only. The inward God is the mirror of outward Godhood and not the other way around, as formerly believed. This is the simple good news of the Twofold Path in the Evolutionary Christian Church, which combines the spiritual and the material, where theological materialism defines the spiritual as supermaterial. This brings science and religion together.  This brings the new into the old. This grounds philosophy in the evolving object and not merely in definitions and nonmaterial symbols. This brings religion to culture and politics, which all great civilizations have required if they are to last long. Human beings are capable of this voluntary movement, coercion need not be used. Future evolution of the species will make us even more capable of understanding our evolution to Godhood.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Human nature and future politics


President Obama won 71% of Latinos, 93% Blacks, 73% Asians, 60% of people under 30, and 39% of white votes. What does this really mean for America's future?

It all depends on the view of human nature. Americans were largely taught the universal political creed of “openness to the other,” which now rules all other creeds as political correctness. Cultural and ethnic identities are supposedly relegated down to the private sphere. The problem is, human nature does not work that way.

The various groups do not, in their actual behavior, seek real openness to the other, they seek dominance by their own group and their own culture, even if they disguise it, even to themselves, as openness to the other. This is where the problems in the future develop, which leads to cultural and ethnic clashes, and not openness to the other.

On the other hand, if we affirm the view of human nature seen throughout human history, and validated by the neo-Darwinist science of sociobiology, then the central dynamic of human behavior has been group-selection, where people prefer their own kind, their own cultures, their own regions and localities. This preference evolved over time because it was successful in survival and reproduction. This was the main foundation in the creation of human ethics.

If we want to have realistic openness to the other we must allow groups, states, and regions, a strong measure of independence, separation and variety, and then protect that independence with a light federalism. If we pay attention to real human nature we will not force different people and different cultures to be all the same, or to live together in the same spot---coercion is the only way that this kind of egalitarianism can happen, if at all.

Western liberals never seem to see that they are forcing others, through warfare or economics, to be “open to the other.” This has much to do with the modern disconnect between real human nature and politics. If we care about the other we will allow them to be different in their own way, in their own nations, regions and states.

It so happens that the Constitution of the United States thinks in terms of largely independent states, especially in its affirmation of the Tenth Amendment, which says that “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” This is the conservative and legal way to allow human nature to be what it is. Neither forced egalitarianism, nor secession of the states, are necessary.

Perfection is never possible, but longer term harmony along with evolution is possible if we pay attention to real human nature. The future depends on how we realize and accommodate real human nature.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Theological materialism and the rebirth of religion


Science has been lethal to religion, as Nietzsche and others have pointed out. Religion has been thought of as incompatible with science. According to Quentin Taylor, early Nietzsche thought that there could be a rebirth of religion or myth once science had been pursued to its limits, when reason and science were seen as inadequate. Nietzsche thought the collapse of science as a guide to truth could be the guide to truth. He thought a new “tragic insight” could be the new guide, with art-myth as the only remedy or solace to the tragedy of man in the cosmos.

Even science has metaphysical faith and illusions, denying God but often believing it can find and know Being with thought, using causality. Religion has tried to answer much larger questions than science, such as the meaning of existence, beauty, love, suffering, and using faith largely to answer these questions. The science of sociobiology has said that the answer to why we are here needs to be much reduced: we are here for survival and reproductive success. 

Which “illusion,” as Nietzsche calls them, is closer to the truth: science believing it can find reality and Being in empirical causality, or the metaphysical God of religion? Both require faith.

The Godhood attained in material and supermaterial evolution is closer to the truth, and this Godhood includes elements of both religion and science, applying both empirical causality and faith. The theological materialism of the Evolutionary Christian Church revives religion and myth as well as science. We are certainly here for survival and reproductive success, but theological materialism also sees the sacred goal of evolving to supermaterial Godhood in the cosmos, the Godhood first mirrored in the Father-Within of traditional religion.

This is an inherently optimistic worldview and religion, with elements of tragedy, since the goal is distant and mythical and will require many heroes to reach.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Inner and Outer Myth


It seems to me that Carl Jung was frightened, or at least put off after WWII, in applying myth to outer politics, and he used myth mainly as a way to understand inner psychology. This was probably due, understandably, to the Nazis, but it was an overreaction. This seems to have happened to Mircea Eliade as well. But politics needs myth, politics needs sacred goals, politics needs religion.

That being said, the romantic and religious vision of evolving to Godhood needs more classically cautious politics and a basic revitalized conservative perspective, even if the evolutionary goal is not explained traditionally. Over the long term, ordered evolution works better than revolution. 

The inner activated religious goal of eventually evolving to Godhood in the cosmos involves politics as well as individual psychology. It is primarily a religious movement which involves bio-cultural evolution, politics, and social values.

Although I use the term religion rather than myth, and science is also needed in attaining the material-supermaterial goal, the Inward Path in the Twofold Path affirms the inner myth of the Father Within and the Outward Path affirms the outer myth of the evolution to Godhood.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Unity in the inner and outer life


I have listened seriously to Burke and Kirk, our covenant with the past cannot be lightly broken without too much destruction taking place. The Involutionary Inward Path to the Father Within is our covenant with the past, this is the conservative affirmation in the Evolutionary Christian Church.

But if we wish to reach real Godhood we cannot live unchanging in the past. Here the sacred Evolutionary Outward Path to Godhood is required. Otherwise we die contemplating the bliss of the Father Within without at least evolving closer to Godhood, yet alone attaining Godhood.

There is a disparity now between the inner and outer life which creates a divided individual, and also a divided society. The Twofold Path can be the unifying function. Cultural and individual authenticity comes from this religious unity of the inner and outer life.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The real transvaluation now required

Godhood is not the opposite of the material world of the senses, Godhood is the zenith of the evolution of the material world of the senses---this is scorned by both Plato's high reason and by the spiritual soul defined in the great religions. Even human high reason and the spiritual soul are deficient in things concerning real Godhood.

The real transvaluation takes place when the Inward Path of high reason and the spiritual soul are seen as only a mirror of the supermaterial Godhood which can be reached in the Outward Path of material evolution.

This transvaluation can unblock the Great Spiritual Blockade against material life evolving to Godhood. Godhood is a supreme, supermaterial object and not merely a religious, non-material, inward mirror, and also not a non-sensory, Platonic, mathematical definition.

However, both high reason and the spiritual soul can be employed in complimentary service to the evolution of material life to supermaterial Godhood. With this transvaluation affirmed, the insights of traditional religion and classical philosophy can then support our evolution to Godhood in the Twofold Path, not object to it. This confirms a conservative transvaluation taking place rather than revolution.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Restrict which Amendment ?

"...Are the folks who think America would be a better place with a more restrictive Second Amendment willing to restrict the First Amendment to stop all distribution of movies and cable shows that depict famous actors blasting enemies with assault weapons?..." (More of Pat Buchanan's column Here)

Monday, December 17, 2012

The art impulse and the sacred totality of religion


We don't need duality in the art world any more than we do in theology or philosophy. With evolution the incomprehensible infinite of the Romantic becomes the clarity of the Classical. Beauty becomes truth and truth beauty. This is the goal affirmed in the art philosophy of  Evolutionary Realism.

It is more than admiration for the infinite which causes our art passions to be exited, as Burke said (which Jung called the numinous mystery), it is more essentially the Spirit-Will-To Godhood, the zenith of the instincts, that excites our passions, which can be fulfilled only in our material-supermaterial evolution to Godhood. Here the infinite becomes clarity, beauty becomes truth. This is also how we counter Kant and say that reality can be known.

Certainly we are imperfect, as the Christians demand, but our evolution to Godhood can bring perfection, which means we should not permanently dwell on our imperfections seen only in the Involutionary Inward Path, it is in the Evolutionary Outward Path where we can reach perfection in Godhood.

There is a sacred totality here: we arrive at health by fusing self, society and Godhood with the Spirit-Will activating life to evolve to Godhood. Evolutionary therapy, art, political philosophy, the sciences, etc., can fuse in this mission. In this holistic view religion is the way out of the problems seen in these now separated areas. It is perhaps this religious perspective that is the “total art work” that we have been searching for in the West since the Ancient Greeks, which art can only affirm.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Lose your neurosis of duality


Non-dual reality and Godhood
There is no nonphysical and non-quantifiable phenomena, there is only us not being able to understand and define it as “supermaterial.” Even Godhood is a supermaterial object, but it may take awhile and much future evolution to accurately define, or become, Godhood.

Don't fear, you spiritualists, God will not disappear, Godhood remains as supermaterial goal which we evolve to. However, you may have to adjust some of your religious hatred of the material world. Seeing Godhood as a supreme object evolved to does not make you “purposeless” as you fear, it gives real purpose to life, rather than rejecting material life.

All is nondual, so don't fear the denial of a dual reality, the material evolves to the supermaterial, nonmaterial spirituality does not exist other than in your deepest material minds, which you call the Soul.

There is even room for your Soul-bliss, the Father-Within of the Inward Path is reached by denying material desires, but this is only a mirror of the Godhood we evolve to in the cosmos with the Twofold Path.

Lose your neurosis of duality, religion and science can be assimilated in theological materialism. Your beloved “mystery” still remains but not to be solved until we further evolve.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Traditionalism exploited by occult counter-forces?


Present-time Guenonian-Evolian Traditionalists often talk of occult forces at work, but they don't seem to admit the possibility of traditionalism itself being initiated as a counter-force to harm or slow the process of evolution to real Godhood in the cosmos, or at least exploited by the enemies of traditionalism. The proof or success might be seen in how the traditionalist movement has all but left the world of evolution and the evolving human subspecies, and in the process is actually blocking evolution and scientific progress. Who benefits from this? The enemies of traditionalism, but also those who see the value in applying science and evolution.

On Moral Law

Moral law is related to the imperatives of the laws of nature, which ultimately applies to the evolution of material and supermaterial life to attain Godhood.

Material life is activated by the Spirit-Will within material life and is then shaped by evolution. Due weight is not given to the activating Spirit-Will by evolutionary science which usually rejects its existence. This leads to shorter-term moral laws, or to nature without a divine goal, and this blunts survival and reproductive success as the only goal.

Human consciousness includes the Spirit-Will within the immediate total of sense experience, residing in and influencing the material body, but although material, it is usually unconscious.  Thought is not as important as the living object. Psychology and social philosophy involve harmonizing the lower drives and instincts with the higher drive and instinct of life evolving to Godhood.

Godhood is a supreme, living, supermaterial object or objects which material life can evolve to, Godhood is not merely a symbol, mathematical form, or nonmaterial sacred word.

Natural law, as articulated by sociobiology, governs human actions in creating ethics, primarily through group-selection, but the activating divine goal of Godhood in evolution also governs human actions and needs to be added to sociobiology.

Kin, group, region, national, and world success in survival and reproduction have a hierarchy of values and morals, while maintaining the divine goal of Godhood for all. This pragmatically suggests cooperative competition to reach the goal, with independent small states protected by light federalism, guided by religion and science.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Dysfunctional politics and marriage


The well-known metaphor of calling the Democrats the "mommy party" and the Republicans the "daddy party" doesn't go far enough into the deeper image of marriage between the two. In this age of single parents and feminist philosophy marriage often doesn't even enter the picture. 

 The differences between men and women and the importance of marriage has been undermined---one without the other creates dysfunctional marriages and dysfunctional children and dysfunctional governments. This does not suggest that women can't do what men do, or vice versa, but it does suggest that our schools should have basic sociobiological courses in the bio-cultural differences between men and women and how this to relates to political policy and life in general.

Republicans tend to discount or downplay the feminine traits of nurturing and unconditional love, in relation to social and domesticate policy, and the Democrats down play the masculine traits of protection and acquisition, in relation to economics and foreign policy. The present “fiscal cliff” disagreements are one example of the dysfunction.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Unity in future evolution


What kind of unity do we need for the future? A light federation of small states and nations united in the goal of evolution, not through coercion, but voluntarily, reasonably and naturally federated and united. We want bio-cultural diversity with the common goal of evolution to Godhood. One single group can be wiped out without bio-cultural diversity. As Raymond Cattell suggested, research and religion can help guide our evolution, and it can be internationally supported.

Transhumanists and Singularitarians are willing to employ genetic engineering and cyborgian implants in future evolution as anarchic individuals, but this plan seems based in the mistake libertarians make of overlooking group-selection as having been the central creator of ethics in human social evolution, as E.O.Wilson has reiterated.

Perhaps due to political correctness transhumanists tend to leave out two important ideas on future evolution, as listed by Cattell: 1, paying attention to the birth/death ratio rates of populations no longer working with natural selection, due to modern medicine etc , and 2, affirming a separation of states and groups as happened naturally in human evolution, along with well chosen breeding---a healthy society will seek to increase its supply of high IQ's by favoring assortative (similarity in pairs) mating, which tends to happen naturally anyway.

Even with all the counter forces against small free states and evolution, it is possible to have mutually agreed upon autonomy of small states and nations with each following their own paths of evolution, guided by research and religion, and protected by a light federalism. This is the only configuration that makes long term sense given human nature and nature itself. The complexity of it can be handled, for example, America was even originally set up with many independent small states and light federalism, humans are capable of this, indeed our survival might depend on it.  And it is a divine mission, since the goal is evolving to Godhood.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

How I don't see a big conflict between reason and faith


Reason, observation and sense experience point the way toward faith, trust and idealism, more so than the practice of faith pointing the way toward reason in traditional (mostly Roman Catholic) Christianity.

For example, we can scientifically see the direction of evolution from the simple to the complex in the evolution of the fish to human beings, and this can point the way toward faith, idealism or a hypothesis of higher evolved more complex beings, all the way to the highest evolved Godhood.

We have extended the reach of reason, observation and sense experience with technology, and I believe with higher human and post-human evolution we can scientifically prove the existence of the highest evolved beings, all the way to Godhood, but we may have to become Gods to accurately and super-reasonably define super-material Godhood.

I also think the God Within or the Father Within of traditional religion does exist, but as a blissful state of mind and knowledge, which will be known or seen scientifically with the right observation and technology, although in the Twofold Path of the Evolutionary Church the Father Within is known as a mirror or virtual experience of real Godhood reached through material and super-material evolution.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Bringing culture back to human nature


“...a living thing can be healthy, strong and fruitful only when bound by a horizon.” (Nietzsche)

A great disparity between culture and human nature causes weakness in the culture. That is not to say that natural law necessarily trumps human traditions, as Leo Strauss seems to say, because traditions are developed from human nature and natural laws. If we claim in our culture that we are all the same, demand equal results, seek only profit or absolute individual freedom, then we have moved culture beyond human nature and eventually weakened culture. Going back to human nature means going back to kin, group, localism, regions, and back to small states protected by a light federalism.

Nietzsche thought mankind requires “illusions” to function, and I suppose myth, religious faith and scientific hypothesis can be defined as that, but we cannot have too many illusions or disparities from actual human nature without weakening culture. In any case, I don't think of faith in the Spirit-Will as illusion because I believe the Spirit-Will it is an instinct of nature itself, the zenith of the instincts, activating material life to evolve to Godhood.

There is a deep link between religion and culture, religion has been a unifying function bringing it all together with an image of the cosmos and the world, without this there is social fragmentation and even anarchy.  According to Nietzsche, Socrates caused this fragmentation in ancient Greek culture, which continues with the relativism of modern culture.

Bringing culture back to human nature is what revitalized conservatism is all about, back to kin, group, localism, regions and back to small states protected by a light federalism. The Twofold Path is the rebirth of religion which at least early Nietzsche hoped for (he called it myth) while retaining both science and traditional religion, which later Nietzsche would probably not have done. That is, the Inward Path contemplates the Father Within, and the Outward Path is evolution to Godhood in the cosmos.

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Joining the Fields


Reality is knowable in evolving to the supreme intelligence and truth of Godhood, in this sense Kant was wrong about reality being unknowable. True reality can be known if we evolve materially and super-materially to Godhood. This brings the faith and trust of religion into the worldview. Theological materialism allows religion and science to join, instead of fighting one another. Sciences such as sociobiology can help guide our evolution and religion can tell us where we are going and how to behave along the way.

We can project forward with a cultural complex of intellectual and artistic activity, music, philosophy, drama, but also science and technology. Culture can poetize the religious and mythical images with evolutionary realism, religion can bond with a Mass of Joy for the Outward Path, in which we celebrate our evolution to Godhood, while we retain the Mass of Sacrifice of the Inward Path, in which we reach the Father Within or God Within of traditional Christianity and other religions, which is a mirror of the Godhood we evolve to, and not the other way around.

Friday, December 07, 2012

Our tradition is separation and independence of the states and not secession


We have an historical and social basis for the separation of states and powers and for light federalism, so we can pursue or re-pursue this as the answer to our increasingly multicultural and multiethnic nation. We have seen in the middle-east and elsewhere that without a past history or social basis for a given system it is almost impossible to create a democratic republic. Light federalism with solidly independent states also harmonizes with what we have learned in modern times of human nature, with its preference for kin and group-bonding in special regions.

We need to have real independence and separation of the states and regions so that they can pursue their natural development, with the present big national government devolving back to being much smaller, with far less power. This was our history and we have moved away from it, which is now causing us many problems. To split the nation apart now with secession is not the answer for us historically or socially.

Social perfection is not yet possible given human nature, whether you believe this derives from original sin or from our lack of higher evolution. When America declared its independence from England it was more an evolutionary Burkian change than what happened with the radical French Revolution. The state had become totalitarian and we wanted our independence, we did not develop a whole new social system, we built on the Anglo-American tradition.

We need to settle our political squabbles in a practical way that works for the needs of the variety of people in our nation, and on earth. We have a larger religious mission of evolution to Godhood which needs a stable ordered evolution.

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Reconstructing the psychological and religious perspective in a new theology


The Spirit-Will is not like Carl Jung's extinct volcano ready to explode if it is ever awakened---that suggests the old mystic fear of the instincts. The Spirit-Will is the zenith of the instincts and it seeks divine Godhood by activating material life, which is then shaped by evolution. I have called the Spirit-Will the Super-Id.

Even though the usually unconscious Spirit-Will knows its goal it can use the help of the rational conscious mind, which means not so much controlling the Spirit-Will as harmonizing with it. Can the Spirit-Will reach its goal without the help of the conscious mind? This is doubtful. Evolving life activated by the Spirit-Will would take a far less direct and perhaps painful path without the aid of the conscious rational mind. But the conscious mind can also negatively create cultural and religious barriers, as it does today, to the evolution of life.

Does this suggest that we have to choose between feeling and thinking? The Spirit-Will is the zenith of the instincts perhaps relating to feelings, which seems to precede thinking, but the brain and thinking itself, the conscious mind, were evolved as part of the Spirit-Will activation of material life to evolve to Godhood. This can be thought of as bringing the lower and higher nervous systems in harmony, which creates sociobiological health. The Outward Path of evolution to Godhood can be defined as divine success in survival and reproduction in the cosmos, and this Godhood is symbolized or mirrored in the Inward Path to the Father-Within of traditional Christianity, and other religions.

The mode of thought for the ECC is theological materialism, or life activated by the Spirit-Will-To-Godhood and then shaped by evolution, which is the intellectual structure for culture in general.  Truth defines the evolving object, truth is not enough as being only a definition or proposition. Faith, trust, revelation and hypothesis relate to the Spirit-Will and to attaining Godhood, which makes this movement different from Cattell's noble "Beyondism," but other than that vital difference, the base of theological materialism is more or less philosophical naturalism.

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Sociobiology and religious philosophy as the foundation of the Twofold Path


Walter Kaufmann suggested that Jesus Christ was betrayed by his followers who were not supposed to reveal that he was the Messiah, and Ravi Ravindra thought the teachings of Jesus were not unlike the mystics of Hinduism and Buddhism. I think the teachings of Jesus, like the founders of the great religions (which gives hope to ecumenism), were the teaching of the Involutionary Inward Path to the God Within or the Father Within, which is only half of the Twofold Path in the Evolutionary Christian Church (ECC).

The Inward Path is “only” a mirror of the Godhood reached in the Evolutionary Outward Path of material and super-material evolution to real Godhood. This is the opposite of Plato and the Gnostic teachings. But the Inward Path is certainly included in the Twofold Path of the ECC. Ordered Evolution works best with revitalized conservatism. The priests of the ECC need to be educated in the Foundation of the Twofold Path, which includes both sociobiology and religious philosophy.  I know this all sounds like an inflated mission of neurotics, but great missions often do.           

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

A creative federation of independent small states would not require secession


The good thing about small states, or ethnostates, is that they can have the stylistic and organic unity of a real, original culture---if they don't look elsewhere or to a big government for their models. Quentin Taylor writes about early Nietzsche's idea that culture is a unity of the expressions of a people, and how even much knowledge and learning is neither an essential means to culture nor a sign of it. A modern American would find the typical ancient Greek unknowledgeable.

When we have a wide variety of small states protected by a light federalism we can have the foundation for real evolution, with creativity coming from a variety of different sources. Cooperative competition would be important. Positive advances by one state could be borrowed in small doses so that the stylistic unity of the small state is not overwhelmed, as a preventive flu shot is absorbed without creating the flu. The United States would be such a federation if it would affirm small states, or reaffirm them, because it was this sort of federation originally conceived.

It's not federalism that is the “culture,” the federation protects the various real cultures of the states. This also confirms the traditional conservative dislike of big governments. Nietzsche thought that “Barbarism” is the juxtaposition of a confusion of different styles, which is what happens when big government overwhelms small states.

It is this sort of creative and stylistic independence of states that I think we should be concentrating on, rather than secession of states from the union.

Monday, December 03, 2012

Evolutionary Conservatism


I approach philosophy and politics as both evolutionary and religious, hoping that it can lead to the recovery of both.

We require a proper balance between order and evolution. If we are closed to evolution we can become stagnant, if we are closed to order we can become chaotic. We need a balance of order and evolution, and this is the basis for evolutionary conservatism.

We can affirm the Enlightenment, unlike old conservatism, as helping to balance the tension between evolution and order, by making evolution more practical and order more theoretical.

The destruction of reason and the denial of objective standards of right and wrong by the moderns suggests far more freedom than human nature and natural law allow. We cannot legitimately be morally relative as long as we are alive. As long as we are alive we are alive with a human nature that affirms natural law derived from our bio-social human nature, and from nature itself.

I think the revival of human nature and natural law by sociobiology is superior to the classical natural rights promoted by Leo Strauss, and it supersedes or reforms Christian natural law. In the theological materialism of the Evolutionary Christian Church natural law includes our evolution to Godhood, so it can affirm the rational science inherent in classical natural law as aiding in our evolution to Godhood. Natural law in evolutionary conservatism brings a conservatism grounded in the transcendent order of evolution to Godhood, which counters both the stagnation of traditional conservatism and the nihilism of modern thinking.

Natural rights suggest that all men are born with the desire to survive and reproduce successfully but natural rights do not guarantee results, since evolution cannot always guarantee results. This suggest that it is best, or most just, for us to live in a variety of small states, or ethnostates, protected with a light federalism, where we can evolve according to our own needs, which are not identical. Ideally, light federalism can provide a guarantee of cooperative competition.  Imperialism, or one-race supremacy, never lasts long and always breaks down into small states. Small states and light federalism suggest the prudence and moderation of conservatism.

Did Strauss have a bias against traditional conservatism (Burke) because he feared the rise of a future volkish German-type revolution and he therefore emphasized natural rights over (volkish) conservatism? If he did have such a bias it is a bias that a great philosopher should not have had, even if we sympathize with him. It is a bias that probably led to the marauding neoconservatives trampling over the traditions of other nations.

The tension that Strauss and Eric Voegelin worried about between the community and the philosopher, between the divine and the city, happens more when the philosopher thinks he is beyond the community or freer than he actually is. We can search for truth as much as Socrates wanted us to, but we remain attached to life, instincts, and human nature, and nature itself, and even great philosophers should not overlook this natural foundation.

I agree with Voegelin that philosophers and theologians engage in much the same enterprise, revelation is not unlike hypothesis. Both Godhood and the Spirit-Will which activates material life, before life is shaped by evolution, could be seen as revelation-hypothesis, which science may one day affirm.  I see life as a religious drama where the goal is our evolution to Godhood, which involves human consciousness in ways that effect philosophy and politics. The two realms can be reconnected because politics does have an eschatological dimension when we are evolving to Godhood. But this does not lead to a utopian heaven on earth.

The need for order is based on the needs of evolution, since we have a very long way to evolve. This suggests evolution within the forces of conservatism. Anglo-American conservatism had a balance between evolution and revolution perhaps because it was developed mainly by classically educated men who knew  old civilizations. Revolutionaries often deny the natural law inherent in human nature and traditions.

We are “in-between” the beast and Godhood so we cannot claim to be divine. This should give us a more humble balance between moral certitude and moral uncertainty as we evolve. This puts conservative limits on the divine path of evolutionary politics and religion.

(A response to “Strauss, Voegelin, and Burke: A Tale of Three Conservatives” by Robert Kraynak in "Modern Age", Fall 2011)

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Synthesizing the Gnosticism of religion with materialism


I define established Christianity as the Gnosticism of Jesus Christ theologically adapted to the world, because it could not work well in the world in that Gnosticism required blocking all material life and desires to reach God, which was the God Within, or the Father Within. Jesus was much like the mystics of all the great religions in his Gnosticism, although it might not always have been called Gnosticism. All the founders of all the religions sought to escape inwardly from the gross material world to the Soul Within.

Endless reams of theology and philosophy have attempted to parse and adapt the non-material strictures of Gnosticism, often unconsciously, but it does not change the foundation. Changing the “Bad World” of the Gnostics to the “Good World” has been the theological narrative of established religions.

The Gnostic “trickster” God is not God but is material life. The Gnostics did not “murder God” as the established religions claim, the Gnostics sought God inwardly, as the founders of all the religions did. Gnosticism erodes life on purpose! This has been the great dilemma of the theologians in defining God, man, religion and nature.

Some seek to blame our modern moral relativism and self-exaltation on the Gnostic rejection of classical morality (see William Gairdner, Modern Age, Fall 2011), but it is just the opposite. Modern moral relativism has been a flight from the impossible non-material ideals of Gnosticism inherent in religion, with little moral structure to replace them with.

Why is non-material religion so denied? Because life demands life! This clash has caused many people to become atheists.

The answer to the battle between Gnosticism and materialism is the Twofold Path in the philosophy of the Evolutionary Christian Church, where the Inward Path to the God Within is a mirror, a first glimpse of Godhood included in the Outward Path of material and super-material evolution, which leads to real Godhood.

Friday, November 30, 2012

The space to live apart rather than secession: see the Tenth Amendment

“...For if America is to endure as a nation, her peoples are going to need the freedom to live differently and the space to live apart, according to their irreconcilable beliefs...”

“...Can we all just get along?” asked Rodney King during the Los Angeles riot of 1992. Well, if we can’t, we can at least dwell apart...After all, it’s a big country. ”

Patrick J. Buchanan

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Tenth Amendment to the Constitution:

"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. "

Reviving The World


The problem arises when religion, philosophy, science and mathematical models move beyond the actual object, beyond models of physical reality, beyond location, mass and extension. Even our theoretical, ideal or phenomenological models need to be seen as physical or super-physical reality with location, mass and extension. We have been playing intellectual games without rules.

The world can be revived not by traditional religion, the Enlightenment, psychology, or political means alone but by evolutionary religious goals which can synthesize these fields. We apply evolution to Godhood as both religious and scientific goals because Godhood is understood as a physical or super-physical reality and not as a non-material entity without location, mass or extension.

We can awaken human beings to the material Spirit-Will which activates material life to evolve to Godhood, and is then shaped by the back and forth of natural evolution. This can bring conscious control of the unconscious fires below, which affirms and civilizes the beast of materialism without trying to block or extirpate  materialism or the goal of this zenith of the instincts.

We can bring back the lost universal hero in the language of both myth and science to help liberate the people from devolution and destruction by unblocking the path of our evolution to Godhood.
  
What more would you want? Life deserves no less.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

How To Evolve


I approve of a blend of the natural process and genetic engineering in developing positive genetic mutations as we evolve toward Godhood. I don't approve of becoming trans-human cyborgs because we can lose actual life that way, replaced by artificial life. Artificial life, computers, etc. can aid in our evolution, but we don't want to become computers.

The natural process of evolution goes on, but it's slow and can cause much suffering as only about one in one hundred mutations are considered advantageous and the rest are often cruelly rejected. Speeding up this process can be considered humane and compassionate. We need to become more intelligent with more virtuous character as fast as we can to solve the big problems of survival on earth and in the cosmos.

But Wilson and Cattell and others have shown us that there are limits to cultural side-effects that go too far. As the body rejects transplants in proportion to genetic distance, so cultural transplants are not assimilated in proportion to their cultural distance. This is human nature.  But short-term thinking and selfishness are also part of human nature, special-interests have tried to block human nature and block human evolution for selfish ends.

People have insisted on world equality, or that all-humans-are-alike, or on the other hand, people have imperialistically or racially exploited other nations, which does not relate harmoniously for long with real human nature. I believe the best way to harmonize political structures with human nature and forward evolution is to have small states or ethnostates protected in their independence and variety by light federalism and subsidiarity. I think evolutionary religion working with sociobiological science can be the best monitors of our long evolution. And voluntary compliance and not coercion is not only the civilized way to go but the practical way to go, given human nature. 

We have a very long way to evolve to Godhood and we will need Ordered Evolution to get there.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Defining beauty in the Twofold Path is a reconciliation of the sacred and profane


What is it like to look at something beautiful? Plato and traditional religion said beauty brought a desire akin to contemplating the good, but Burke said beauty brought a desire to possess the object.

Plato's contemplating the good is related to the Involutionary Inward Path to the God or Father Within whereas Burke's desire to possess the object is related to the Evolutionary Outward Path of evolution to Godhood.

Godhood is reached through material and supermaterial evolution engaged in reproduction and survival, as life rises to the highest beauty and truth possible in the cosmos. The Inward Path must block material desires to reach the enlightenment of seeing the God Within and so material desires are called profane. But the desire to possess is not a profane definition of beauty.

It is the Outward Path of evolution that brings back sacred beauty from its exile in the Great Spiritual Blockade of the Inward Path. This seems to suggest that what the Inward Path defines as profane is defined as sacred in the Outward Path, and vice versa. But both kinds of beauty, both paths can be affirmed in the Twofold Path. The beauty of the Inward Path is a mirror to help us see the true beauty reached in the Outward Path.

Defining beauty in the Twofold Path is a reconciliation of the sacred and profane.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The cultural power of small states


Small states have a better chance, perhaps the only chance, for the stylistic and organic unity of genuine and original culture, large states tend to be made up of borrowing and imitation and a jumble of styles and people. Real cultures show real original art and ability, reflecting their organic unity. Light federalism or subsidiarity needs to be seen as not much more than protecting the independence of the real cultures of small states. A republic like Switzerland which is a confederation with no direct power over its citizens is probably asking for too much, given human nature, so light federalism or subsidiary protecting small states is more realistic.

We are all human beings but we are made of a variety of states and ethnic groups and styles which need to be affirmed if we are to have real cultures. This is common sense obscured by those with special interests, such as promoting only production, information, the military, etc. America needs to return to the cultural power of small states protected by a light federalism. I dare say this probably applies to Europe and China as well. Political groupings larger than small states often become imperialistic and a universal mix that is the opposite of real culture, which defines barbarism.

What takes this worldview beyond the Darwinian struggles of present mankind (even as it certainly includes the Darwinian) is religion, which is needed for any culture to last. Religion brings sublime character and tone and guiding belief to culture. But it is vital for religion to affirm variety, small states, and evolution within and without, which leads to real culture, and not universal sameness, imperialism and barbarism, the antithesis of culture.  The one "universal" grounded in the activating Spirit-Will, is our evolution to Godhood as the divine goal of all cultures.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Why evolutionary realism in the arts


Do we seek the clarity of the classicist or the infinite (Burke's sublime) of the romantic in the arts? Adapting Robert Ellwood's view of Carl Jung and Burke, I would say our ignorance of Godhood causes us to give form to archetypes going forward in evolution to Godhood and inward to the Spirit-Will which activates life.

As Kant said we cannot fully know reality but I add that we will know reality when we evolve to Godhood, than we will also know truth and beauty. This is a romantic notion but since it also seeks absolute truth it seeks the clarity of classicism.

I split the difference and use the term evolutionary realism as less weighted than romantic classicism, and also since evolution is so central to the theological materialism of the Evolutionary Christian Church.  This also blends the Darwinian and the phenomenological as discussed yesterday.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

How the Darwinian and phenomenological can work together


Reproduction and natural selection are basic, we are programmed by our genes to seek survival success, but there is more to the program than reproduction and natural selection which can take us beyond or beneath the Darwinian theory. A Spirit-Will activates life first and life is then shaped by evolution---this is more precisely called the Spirit-Will-To- Godhood. We are alive not merely to reproduce and survive but so that life may evolve to Godhood, this is the goal of the Spirit-Will which activates within material life.

I don't see a rivalry between the Darwinian and this religious account. They require each other to be complete. This worldview remains a materialist ontology with the additions of the Spirit-Will, the supermaterial and Godhood, not yet defined by science but known through intellectual intuition and faith. The Darwinian and phenomenological accounts this way can work together.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

The will to power and the Spirit-Will-To-Godhood


Wherever I found a living thing, I found the will to power...” Nietzsche

If I change the will-to-power to the Spirit-Will-To-Godhood then, perhaps, I can agree with it.

The will to power is the secret of life, its driving force. Becoming a superman is accepting, loving and participating in this process." Nietzsche

This Nietzsche quote I would change to: the Spirit-Will-To-Godhood is the secret of life, its driving force. Materially and perpetually evolving higher and higher toward the goal of super-material Godhood is accepting, loving and participating in this great and sacred process.

(A response to Nietzsche quotes from “Nietzsche Academy”)

Evolutionary theory alone is not enough but...


Sociobiology and evolutionary theory are very useful in helping to define beauty, morality, religion, the arts, etc. but they do not see Godhood as the zenith of evolution, they reject teleology, which makes evolutionary theory incomplete.

It seems to me however that sociobiology and evolutionary theory could one day become like a new metaphysics, the mathematical biology and game-theory they use to define animal and human behavior could one day quantify Godhood, since Godhood is a supreme living object with extension, duration and number. 

But of course definition, even supreme definition, only defines Godhood, which is not enough.  Our purpose, the purpose of life, is to become Godhood through supreme evolution.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Shaping birthrates and genetics


I believe we need to improve the intelligence and character of our leaders in all fields, but the average person also needs to rise in intelligence and character. Raymond Cattell courageously wrote about shaping birthrates and improving intelligence and character in leaders, but also shaping traits toward fitting the occupational and cultural needs of a given society.

Shaping against negative genetic traits should already be taking place to rid ourselves of the terrible suffering of the worst diseases. We still intervene socio-medically in saving negative traits that cause great suffering, which means we no longer have the often harsh natural selection of birth rates that we had in Paleolithic times.

Those who have trans-valued the humanness of shaping genetics into being defined as evil are almost criminal in what they have done. It is our ethical duty to recognize future generations. Many of those who object to genetic shaping in society take full advantage of genetic science in their own lives, marriages and groups.

"Assortative mating,” where people tend to choose people like themselves, for example, with similar I.Q.'S, whether high or low, needs to have full freedom, and this can apply to similar people within regions and small states as well---this is the most natural thing in nature. There are always exceptional individuals who rise out of exceptional conditions which must be acknowledged, but it is time to pay attention to statistics and biology in improving social and genetic fitness. China was thinking statistically about starvation with its one-child policy.

As readers know I consider this is a religious mission since we need to evolve all the way to Godhood in the cosmos.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Tragic and non-tragic cultures


Thinking in Nietzschian terms about one element defining tragic cultures, where the highest ideals will not always be gained by sacrificing heroes, the Evolutionary Christian Church is a tragic religion in having the worldview of evolving all the way to Godhood in the cosmos.

This is not the case with most modern religions which have become more Socratic than tragic, even if they didn't start out that way. Islam and Judaism seem to be more tragic, at least in their more extreme forms, in fighting against odds for dominance in the world.

Modern politics seems Socratic or commercial and not tragic in spirit. The modern military is usually under the control of commercial interests where it loses much of its old tragic ethos.

Tragic cultures can more readily poeticize their mythological images, which can lead to much greater art than Socratic or commercial cultures.

Is the antithesis of tragic cultures barbarism as early Nietzsche thought? It does seem that a trans-valuation has taken place where Socratic and commercial cultures are now considered higher than tragic cultures.

Perhaps it would be more politically correct to speak of “adventurous cultures” rather than tragic culture, as Raymond Cattell did, but I like the more poetic old term.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Toward the central unifying mandala


The task and mission is to awaken humanity to the Spirit-Will-To-Godhood that activates material and supermaterial life, which is then shaped by evolution. This is the unifying task of religion, philosophy, psychology and politics.

The sacred mission of life is to evolve to Godhood in the cosmos, and such things as individual psychology, the limits of knowing, liberty and the God Within, are secondary goals within the sacred goal of evolving to Godhood.

This unification with the Spirit-Will completes the real mandala of full human-to-divine harmony. This is not awakening a volcano, as Carl Jung came to fear, this is civilizing the beast. The symbol is more like the ancient spiral of evolution, or the cross X symbolizing the evolutionary connection between man and Godhood.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Long-term compassion in statistics and biology


Statistical and biological judgments are often thought of as cold, but there is such a thing as long-term and short-term compassion, and statistics and biology can certainly show long-term compassion.

For example, about one out of one hundred new genetic mutations are accepted, the rest are rejected, but evolution is very slow and cruel and creates much misery in rejecting negative mutations. A few brave social psychologists have suggested that this misery can be alleviated to a certain extent by recognizing early genetic problems before the birth of the infant, who will suffer greatly, along with the family and society, and the birth can be compassionately aborted.

Who or what is blocking this long-term compassion? Usually completely selfish special interest groups, or blindly dogmatic religious groups who actually want to increase their number, at least unconsciously, but cannot see the suffering they are causing in the process, which in the end often does not increase their numbers and lowers their own quality.

Surely we can progress to this level of compassion, before we move on to the next level of actively seeking positive genetic mutations. The sacred mission of all groups is to evolve to Godhood and we need to have real long-term compassion if we are to evolve.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

What is the temperament for finding the truth about the decline of the West?


Can we see root causes more than merely the symptoms, can we see what we may not want to see? What is the temperament for finding the truth?

Seeking the truth involves more than intelligence and diligent scholarship, there is an element of self-abasement in finding the truth, which can be related to different temperaments of people. One often has to accept things that do not conform to ones previous opinions, and this is where the self-abasement comes in, which was probably evolved to allow people to have reverence and admiration for things that help societies work, groups over individuals.  And courage to see the truth is involved here too.

Social psychologists have even found that different religions, or different interpretations of religions, seem to relate at least somewhat to the temperaments and the unique environments and territories of a people. For example, the resignation of Buddhism, and the guilt or humility of Christianity, or Protestantism in Northern Europe and Catholicism in Southern Europe, with the different temperaments of these places and people.

I believe the root cause of the decline of the West is not so much that we have turned away from traditional religion, not that we have embraced such things as usury, not that we have rejected the leadership of the Pope, and so on, these are only symptoms of the tragic mistake the great religions made in trying to block material evolution to Godhood. By essentially recognizing only the God Within, or the Father Within, a Great Spiritual Blockade was put up against natural, healthy, and sacred evolution to real Godhood in the cosmos.

But the answer is not atheism, the answer is not to reject religion, the answer is no the "God is dead" of Nietzsche. The God Within, the Father Within has been experienced. The problem is that the Father Within is only a mirror image of real Godhood which is reached through material and super-material evolution. The Father Within can help us understand the Godhood we are evolving to. We do not need to fight against the very zenith of our instincts which seeks to activate material life to evolve to Godhood.

History has shown that human change is best made conservatively, the new needs to be included with the old, evolution not revolution has the most long-term success.

Time will tell if we can see the root causes more than merely the symptoms of our decline. All life depends on the outcome.

Friday, November 16, 2012

The assent to objects over propositions in theological materialism


The philosopher is concerned with truth, the religious mystic is concerned with experiencing enlightenment, the evolutionary religion I affirm is first concerned with the actual object of material evolution and secondarily concerned with truth and enlightenment. This is the object-first evolutionary reality I work with.

The object is defined only later as truth, object-less truth is secondary. Godhood is a supermaterial living object, or objects, not merely a symbol, definition or proposition, and not merely an experience. This theological materialism brings philosophy and religion down to earth, yet it moves beyond the terrain of the earth out into the cosmos as we evolve.

The ironic thing is this perspective is arrived at by fiercely seeking the "truth" from all sources, including intellectual intuition, and truth from the heart. This means the way of life and the way of evolution become as important as truth seeking. To change a Walter Kaufmann phrase, this is an assent of objects over propositions.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Merit, virtue and the direction of culture


Quentin P. Taylor suggests that both Nietzsche and Burke thought that merit and virtue are the main standards for assessing individuals. But then the question becomes, how do you define merit and virtue? Nietzsche had a bit of a problem with evolution because he thought it lowered the value of man to merely define the “fit,” etc. But how does one define what is fit? Nietzsche thought high culture should be beyond the stress and strife of daily life, but sociobiology has taught us that everything is related to evolution, including high culture.

I think the highest goal of humanity is our evolution to Godhood, and merit, virtue, and culture, low or high, are defined from this perspective. When Godhood is defined as the highest evolved truth, intelligence, beauty, merit and virtue, then culture and individuals are assessed from this perspective.

High and low culture are means to the end of the perpetual evolution of man, and there can be different means of facilitating this end. Nietzsche's “aristocratic radicalism,” was one way, Burke's “conservatism” was another. We need to use the state, not be enslaved by the state, as someone said. I tend to prefer Burke's conservatism merged with the evolution of life to Godhood. This is religiously synthesized in the Twofold Path.  Religion is the long-term method I prefer, whatever the state.

It is the Spirit-Will-To-Godhood that is behind all culture, activating material life, which is then shaped by evolution, and high culture would affirm this foundational worldview. Education would not be deadened by trying to make productive money-making citizens only, or merely stopped dead at examining and dissecting the world as science does. High culture adds to nature with living evolution moving toward Godhood. The arts poetize these images.  I know of no better way for mankind to live.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Healing the Various Groups


In social and political matters I tend to think in terms of the Spirit-Will---usually an unconscious thing---that activates material life, which is then shaped by outside evolution, more than I think in terms of individual differences in people and groups. However, material life has been mapped for years by science, and the evolutionary science of sociobiology has taught us that men evolved through group-selection which largely created the ethics within groups. This means that group-selection must be included in social and political matters and must be harmonized with the activating Spirit-Will through science and religion.

This also means it is healthy to reaffirm groups and group-selection. It is time to get past the fear of “stirring up” group concerns. The response to the disasters of World War Two was to chop off all group-bonding and center only on the individual, which is what individual therapeutic psychology and philosophy did, and this actually hurt group ethics.

Helping the world does not mean withdrawing from the world, as in Gnostic concerns only with attaining the Father Within. The Godhood first seen inwardly is reached by the Outward Path of evolution. Recent talk of secession from the federation is also not the answer because it is federalism (like subsidiarity) which protects the freedom of individual groups and states. We need to center on the freedom of groups and small states, affirming cooperative competition. Then we can all get on with the sacred mission of evolving out into the cosmos toward Godhood.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Why our lingering decadence requires federalism now more than ever


It may still be politically incorrect to say it yet it remains true that homogeneity has always been what holds a nation together and we no longer have it, so we will need to count on the federalism of our Constitution to keep the peace in the future.

We chose cheap labor and feel-good liberal sentiments, or totally unreal notions of us all just getting along, for our immigration policy, if you can call it a policy, with no thought of how the various people will live together and effect our society. Immigration has increased our population legally and illegally far more than the birth rate of the natives.

We had no concern with the long-term cultural effects of immigration and no concern at all with the genetic effects. Our immigration policy was both suicidal and criminal. I do not think we can stop the lingering decadence of our nation now without reaffirming federalism and the separation and variety of our states and regions.

At least we have a way to deal with our coming problems, if we will apply it.

Friday, November 09, 2012

American Exceptionalism but...


The neoconservatives have co-opted the term “American Exceptionalism” from the paleoconservatives who had the better claim to the term, and expanded the term to include gross interference in world affairs, but disguised as building “democracy” in the world. And the unique exceptionalism and freedom in America for all people to rise through merit has been increasingly blocked by special interest corporations and race-based lobbies, which include the neoconservatives.

The great innovation of American exceptionalism, different from Europe, allowed the individual to rise by merit rather than by hereditary status, class distinction, or membership in a powerful lobby group, who tend to rig the system against the middle and lower classes. American liberty and freedom through merit originally gave more people a higher standard of prosperity than any other people in human history.

Snobbish intellectuals and liberals have always mocked the commercial habits of America but this system brought more people out of poverty than the wildest dreams of the Marxists who demanded income equality for all. America was founded on real objects, real human nature, real life, not merely on definitions and ideas, not merely abstractions and utopias.

The neoconservatives made the grave error of promoting the abstract idea that American exceptionalism is based on an idea alone, a pledge of alliance of freedom alone, which led to opening the borders of our nation to all immigrants from everywhere. The paleoconservatives knew better that a nation has always been made up of people who speak the same language, have similar manners and customs---without these things an idea alone cannot hold a nation together for long.

The neoconservative notion of citizenship has led to America becoming a diverse nation of people who do not bond well together. It is indeed fortunate that our Founding Fathers gave us a political system with the main power granted to individual states and regions, protected by a light federalism, which allows us to have natural variety and differences, hopefully without civil war....That is American Exceptionalism.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

The tragic mistake of the “big tent” solution


People make cultures, cultures don't make people, although they can influence and even destroy people. As John Jay said in the Federalist No. 2, cultures are formed by a people descended from the same ancestors, very similar in manners and customs, and so on. This is no longer the case in America. We have become an increasingly diverse people.

We need to be embracing our differences in separate regions and states. As Pat Buchanan put it, “our people are going to need the freedom to live apart according to their irreconcilable beliefs.”  The legitimate job of the federal government is to protect the freedom of the states and regions, and not to try to force different people into one big tent, which seems to be the Republican solution to losing the presidential election of 2012. 

Whoever is responsible for insisting that we are all the same was simply wrong about real human nature. The tragic consequences of trying to force us to be the same will lead to civil war---this has already been happening in our urban centers. The Tenth Amendment to our Constitution was wisely added to underline the independence of the states, so no revolutionary change and no big tent solution is necessary.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Historical continuity


Some have wondered, does the Evolutionary Christian Church have sufficient continuity with historical Christianity to be called Christian? I believe so.

The Twofold Path affirms the Involutionary Inward Path to the Father Within, the virtual God of Christianity (also sought and found in other religions), while including the Evolutionary Outward Path as the natural evolutionary path to attain real Godhood, which was first seen inwardly.

Aside from its central mission of affirming our evolution to Godhood, the ECC is a kind of reform Christianity, a way to save Christianity, and religion in general, as humanity moves into the future.

The ECC applies religion to science and other fields, which can carry us out into the cosmos as we evolve, while keeping our feet on the historical ground of Christianity.  No great civilization arose without being founded in religion, and this will apply to future civilization as well.

Monday, November 05, 2012

Bio-social psychology is needed


It is not enough to turn ones back on mass man and concentrate only on the individual, on making the individual harmonious with his inner archetypes, as modern psychology tends to do, and which the great religions also tended to do. And concentrating only on universal man is also not enough. We need to figure out how to have groups or races and small states competing cooperatively along with their differences and their diversity, that is the therapy we now need.

I don't see anything wrong with instinctive feelings about ones group, ones race, unless it is inflated out of proportion into one-race supremacy or imperialism, which are impossible in any case over the long term. Group behavior is basic, group-selection is what primarily created ethics within groups. The individual is not overlooked but is part of the group. It is bio-social psychology that is needed. This is what we should be working on, rather than only individual psychology or a raceless world.

We need to be in sync with nature and human nature by living in virtually independent regions, with small states, or ethnostates, and with a light federalism protecting cooperative competition between them. Evolutionary religion can absorb the forces of individual and social psychology and be a resistance to not only totalitarianism but to the devolution of humanity.

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Thoughts on a trans-valuation of the Vedic kosmogonia


It is maya that is a mirror of the universe, it is the world that is real, the God seen inwardly is unreal, but the inward God is experienced as real bliss when all the desires are gotten rid of by ascetics. The mirror inward God can help us understand what real Godhood is when evolved to in the material-supermaterial world. The inward God dissolves into the outward God. The evolution of life is individualized when Godhood is attained, whereas the mirror inward God dissolves individuality. God is not one, there are many Gods in Godhood. The Gods do not seem to govern the world, the activating Spirit-Will-To-Godhood within the Primal Material working in conjunction with natural evolution govern the worlds.

Saturday, November 03, 2012

What is serious art and literature?


By “serious literature” Russell Kirk meant writing that inspires the moral imagination.

With me all writing inspires the moral imagination, since I think in those terms anyway, much writing and art can be defined as immoral this way.

I would rather say serious or high art and literature affirms morality or the sacred in imaginative ways. That is, great art is an imaginative affirmation of the sacred.