Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The natural moral path to peace, in harmony with human nature


Jean-Jacques Rousseau thought that human nature was pure, simple, peaceful and happy in its “natural”state, there was no original sin, and it was society that corrupted this peaceful human nature and therefore society needed to be destroyed or changed. This great error in defining human nature led to the French Revolution, Communism, and eventually to modern liberalism and political correctness or cultural Marxism, which is mainly where we stand today in the West.

The traditional religious view of human nature blamed the lower part of human nature for evil things, essentially due to original sin, which the higher part of human nature had not conquered with the Virtues designed to do so. Avarice, conflict , ethnocentrism, aggression, etc. must be universally conquered by the noble virtues. The good, the true and the beautiful need to be instilled in families and societies in order to conquer the lower part of human nature.

In the sociobiological view of human nature, which examines the biological origin of social behavior, which I affirm in a general way, human nature was evolved mainly in hunter-gatherer times and remains largely the same today. Human nature is universally kin-centered, gender defined, age-grading, heterosexual marriage-making, hierarchical, ethnocentric, even xenophobic, and religious-making, among other things, with group-selection as the primary unit of selection. As you can see, there are traditional and conservative aspects to natural human nature, and it relates very little to Rousseau. But ethnocentrism and natural hierarchies within groups, for example, are not considered evil or the lower part of human nature, as both traditional religion and Rousseauians tend to define it.

This suggest that when we look for a “moral path to peace” as Claes Ryn termed it, (The American Conservative, December 2014), we need to harmonize sociobiologically defined human nature with our social and political structures. This advances some form of natural ethnopluralism, with regions and states set aside for ethnic cultures, and protected in their near-independence by some form of federalism. I prefer the term ethnopluralism to cosmopolitanism because it more directly defines what cosmopolitanism requires if it wishes a solid bonding foundation in human nature for international states and regions related to the primacy of group-selection. Altruism, the original creator of group values, was evolved within the particular groups and is far less a universal altruism. If the whole world is threatened then altruism is extended to the world, but the most natural conditions of altruism within human nature is designed for ones own group.

Cooperative competition between regions and states and ethnic cultures can be thought of as universal in its scope along with the longer term evolution of the whole human species with variety toward higher and better forms. In our crowded world, imperialism does not harmonize with the real human nature of group-selection, one ethnic group attempting to dominate all others destroys variety and natural borders, and never lasts for long, and so it is universally condemned.

This is the natural moral path to peace, in harmony with human nature, and so it stands the best chance of being successful.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

The synthesizing of theological materialism


Christianity began as an inward religion of ascetic and monastic denial of material desires in pursuit of the experience of the God or Father Within. Then gradually over time the natural activations of life were accommodated by the religion, reaching its epitome perhaps in the use of reason to define God, along with the ascetic experience, which allowed the church to grow among the population. This was in the conservative tradition of bringing the new (really old pagan philosophers like Aristotle) into old Christianity. The monastic ascetic life was only for the few, the virtues now defined in the religion balanced the material desires of living life with the needs of experiencing the God Within, and the Church became more socially influential. But growth was, frankly, based on the loss of the purity of following the Inward Path.

The religious philosophy of theological materialism does not have this contradiction between the inward and outward life, it does not have the antagonism between material and non-material life. The Inward God of Christ (and Buddha) is understood as the dawning religious experience of the real Outward Godhood reached through material and supermaterial evolution. The Inward God is transformed into the Outward Godhood reached at the zenith of evolution. The great historical schism between the material and spiritual, and between the scientific and religious worldviews is closed. In the Twofold Path science is openly embraced along with religion, the evolution of life toward Godhood is enhanced by such things as the science sociobiology and by genetics. A conservative ethos prevails in bringing the new into the old.

In theological materialism the Western world of material progress is supported against the great denials of the traditionalist schools mainly of the East. Their ascetic denials created a great spiritual blockade against the evolution of life to real Godhood. The Twofold Path, the Inward and Outward, are finally synthesized in theological materialism, which gives precedence to the material Outward Path of evolution to Godhood, while retaining the first knowledge of the spiritual Inward Path to the Father Within.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Exhuming biological motives


Humans have of course always been devious in hiding their motives, as the Machiavellian political philosophers have pointed out, but in modern times seeing only the superstructure and not the structure, seeing the tree and not the roots, has been the standard blindness of our cultural and social philosophies. The biological motives activating culture are buried or denied validity, and this causes big problems. Over-complicated political and social philosophies build their superstructures without considering the biological foundations, which is like the well-known story of building ones home upon sand where the slightest storm can topple it.

We should be able by now to face the mainly biological origin of our social behavior. The science of sociobiology desperately needs to be introduced into the Humanities departments. In every human culture ever studied, human nature included kin selection-preference, incest taboos, marriage, hierarchy, division of labor, gender differentiation, localism, ethnocentrism, and group-selection as the primary unit of selection. If our cultures propose to not include these things, the culture does not last long and it will always return to these things. Many of these traits are neglected in our over-complicated political and social philosophies, and in post-modernism.

Human nature and our biological motivations fit best with some form of ethnopluralism, with regions and states set aside for ethnic cultures to flourish. That is the uncomplicated biological truth buried and needing to be exhumed. The Machiavellian games we have been playing have harmed us more than helped us.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Adjusting paleoconservatism


I consider myself a paleoconservative, but I don't think we can return the nation to its former political-cultural ethos, although I think we can still affirm the Constitution and the separation of powers and states. We can retain federalism and representative rule but regions and states will need to be thought of as ethnic regions and ethnostates. That is, we need to gradually affirm ethnopluralism, which harmonizes with real human nature and group selection as the primary unit of selection.

I see this as the only way to prevent continuing civil disturbances between the distinct ethnic groups and cultures which have enveloped the nation due to open borders, unchecked immigration, and modern liberal social policies. This is the way to deal with the increasing fragmentation and barbarization of our country, and the decline of the West. The way to harmonize with people’s natural preferences for their own kind and cultures is to let it flourish with ethnopluralism.

Otherwise, if we don't have a natural separation of people and powers, in order to prevent social disorder, peace will probably end up being maintained with some sort of military takeover, or autocracy, which is a short-term and unhealthy solution to social problems.

Cooperative competition is humanly possible, which is the civilized way to deal with differences. All ethnic groups, not just one, can be involved in our the evolution, in healthy variety, as we all evolve toward higher species and eventually toward Godhood, which describes the basic religious worldview of human life for the future.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

What is the disguised worldview behind the political satire of our popular comedians?


Watching an interview with Seth Rogan and Liz Winstead, at Harvard University of all places, I asked myself what is the disguised worldview behind the political satire of our popular comedians? It is not merely funny directionless negativity.

There are several layers. Political correctness has of course been loosely absorbed as their general education, that is, being careful never to offend any group of people in society who are believed to have a disadvantage. But beneath that superficial level of political correctness they promote pure hedonism, individual hedonism, group morality is attacked, traditional Western and Christian morality is mainly attacked. Black or Jewish culture is never or rarely satirized, it is championed---indeed, this is their will to power, all other cultures are attacked. Non-black and non-Jewish comedians, like Winstead, always follow this lead, even though they are attacking their own cultures.

This pro-Hedonism, pro-Jewish, pro-Black perspective is behind the political satire of the Daily Show and the Seth Rogan slob movies, if you can call attacks designed to fragment traditional Western culture a “worldview”---which is, as Andrei Navrozov called it, the barbarization of Western culture.

I don't find that very funny.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Techno-imperialism


The obsequious altruism of the techno-colonialists, like Zuckerberg and his Facebook cabal, trying to put every human on line, by telling us that the internet improves the economy, enhances education, leads to better health outcomes, etc., is no doubt true, but Facebook mainly wants to grow its revenue and make all people in the world into consumers and marketing targets, meanwhile promoting their libertarian versions of modern political correctness. It's almost enough to turn one into a Luddite.

The border-less world of techno-imperialism moves humanity away from real and basic human nature, which remains kin-centered, gender defined, age-graded, heterosexual marriage-making, hierarchical, ethnocentric, even xenophobic, and religious-making, among other things, with group-selection as the primary unit of selection.

We need to contrast biological intelligence with artificial machine-intelligence, we are not forced to become cyborgs, or some combination of human/artificial intelligence, and we are not forced to accept non-biological artificial intelligence ruling over us, as the nerds tell us we must. Behind the attempted replacement of the traditional kind of heroes with techno-nerds, now being sold to us across the Media, is the disguised will to power of the nerds, and they are not heroic.

The growth of computers does not automatically mean that biological evolution will be superseded by technological evolution, computers are still autistically intelligent zombies, as someone defined them. It is healthier to affirm a bio-conservative position on bio-engineering and trans-human evolution as we evolve toward Godhood, while being only aided by machines and nerds, and not ruled by them.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

How theological materialism harmonizes the fields


Theological materialism can sit at the center of the main disciplines of religion, science, philosophy, psychology, art, politics, and it can harmonize these fields.

In religion, Godhood is retained but the God or Father Within experienced in the Inward Path of traditional religions is transformed in the Outward Path of material/supermaterial evolution to real Godhood. This in turn can bring theological materialism in line with science and philosophy, and with the science of evolution as studied in sociobiology and genetics, as we move toward higher stages of evolution toward Godhood.

Added to philosophical naturalism in science and philosophy, and its materialism, is the religious inward activating drive of the Spirit-Will-To-Godhood, which is also material or supermaterial activation, and which is then shaped by outside selection and evolution. In psychology this activating Spirit Will is seen almost as a Super-Id directing and defining essential life and its drive, which needs to be balanced with the rest of the mind, the body and the culture.

Art and political philosophy follow as an affirmation of the sacred evolution of life toward real material/supermaterial Godhood. Real culture is given conservative sociobiological validity. This means that human nature, affirmed throughout human history as being kin-centered, gender defined, age-grading, heterosexual marriage-making, hierarchical, ethnocentric, even xenophobic, and religious-making, among other things, with group-selection as the primary unit of selection, can most naturally harmonize with some form of ethnopluralism. That is, regions and states set aside for distinct ethnic cultures to flourish, protected with a federalism thereby helping to prevent the increasing civil disturbances between different ethnic groups unsuccessfully trying to live together in the same place. In the U.S., the Constitution could affirm this with its separation of powers and states.

This is how theological materialism can sit at the center of the main disciplines, harmonizing the continued cooperative evolution of all life toward Godhood.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Both the subjective and the objective wrongly distance the object

(Worth repeating, from September 23, 2014)

 

I think subjectivism, the idea that all knowledge is subjective, or is individual feeling, and that there is no objective reality, helped lead to the distancing of the real living object from religion, philosophy, science and life itself. Concepts, definitions, forms became more important than the object defined, which was considered only relative to the viewer. Even God became merely a concept, a word, a form and not a real object.

But objectivism, the idea that objects do exist outside of the mind, and that subjective feelings are distortions, also distanced the real object from religion, philosophy, science and life itself. The formulas became more important than the object itself.

I see it differently, not as object versus subject, but as object versus the abstraction of the object, whether that abstraction is subjective or objective. This means that Godhood and Being in religion and philosophy can center on the real living object, the supreme object, or objects, of Godhood and Being and not merely on the abstractions and definitions of God. God became distant from the object even to the point of becoming non-material! Both subjectivism and objectivism led to this.

Perhaps in some ways primitive man had a better conception, or rather non-conception, of God than modern man. But when Godhood is understood as the goal of material and supermaterial evolution, than the object can take its proper place ahead of the definition of the object.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Police and the justice system are not biased against minorities



Responsible Black leaders are not seen in the Media telling Blacks that the reason police are in their communities is because Blacks are seven times more likely than people of other races to commit murder, and eight times more likely to commit robbery. The single best indicator of violent crime levels in an area is the percentage of the population that is black and Hispanic. Blacks commit more violent crime against whites than against blacks, forty five percent of their victims are white, 43 percent are black, and 10 percent are Hispanic. When whites commit violent crime, only three percent of their victims are black, Blacks are 2.25 times more likely to commit officially-designated hate crimes against whites than vice versa. Blacks are an estimated 39 times more likely to commit a violent crime against a white than vice versa, and 136 times more likely to commit robbery.
From “The Color of Crime,” 2005, New Century Foundation

Monday, December 01, 2014

The revival of science and religion together in our evolution


The exclusively spiritual and material-denying values of the Inward Path to the experience of the God or Father Within is the main reason for the long decline of Christian civilization since the height of the Middle Ages, in spite of valiant intellectual attempts to try to justify some value in non-monastic living.

The way of revival calls for the symbolic experience of the Inward Path God to be transformed into the Outward Path evolution of material and supermaterial life to real Godhood. In the Twofold Path, the Involuntary Inward Path to the experience of the God Within is transformed into the Evolutionary Outward Path of material/supermaterial evolution of life to real Godhood.

This also affirms the conservative evolutionary rather than revolutionary dynamic of bringing the new into the old, seen in both long lasting religion and science, and not destroying the old for an untried new, which rarely works or lasts long.

This can bring a revival of science and religion together, applying sociobiological knowledge and new genetic knowledge toward our evolution to higher consciousness, intelligence and noble behavior, on the heroic path toward Godhood in the cosmos. This is the vital upsurge of meaningful life needed and shared by all of us in a world of growing hedonism and nihilism, even if we are eventually and naturally separated into ethnostates.

In the process of our evolution, machine intelligence has the potential to evolve considerably faster than biological life can evolve, but this does not mean that we should abandon the sacred goal of biological life evolving to Godhood. This will bring a contention between advocates of machine enhancement and advocates of biological enhancement. Intelligent machines can serve slower evolving biological intelligence, but it would simply be suicide to be centered only on superintelligent machines. Some of our brightest minds have been intimidated by a devious political correctness into replacing biological evolution with machine evolution---courage here is needed---the sacred purpose of life depends on it.