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On Orthodoxy and Religion

Religion is not only the belief in a higher power, an absolute, or a personal god, but exists as a mechanism by which man can come closer to that which objectively transcends himself.  Our physical reality is material. This material is only understood or known subjectively, i.e. through the input of sense data into our objective selves (and therefore mind).  Religion gives us access to knowledge which allows us to transcend the material realm and access an objective and logical version of ourselves — a self that our physical and subjective version is just a mere shadow of.

God as a structural concept (being all-powerful) must therefore transcend and control all things.  However, given our limited and infinitesimal relationship to the absolute, humans can never fully understand or create a true absolute — consequentially, we can not create a perfect picture of reality because of the infinite amount of information we would have to process about the world.  Religion, however, gives our p…

MUH-Incompleteness Argument for the Existence of an Absolute

[This is an idea for an argument for the existence of the absolute that I have mapped out.]

Axioms:

(1) The original Mathematical Universe Hypothesis is valid.

(2) Godel's Incompleteness Theorems are true.

Definitions:

(1) Incomprehensible: Impossible to completely understand.

(2) Transcendence: One construct or entity contains all possible worlds.

(3) Absolute: A structure that is transcendent.

(4) Real Reality: The mathematical universe.

Argument:

If the Incompleteness Theorems and MUH are both valid in real reality, then in order for the formal mathematical structure to be complete it must contain an infinite number of axioms.

If men can only comprehend limited quantities, then a formal system of infinite axioms is necessarily partially incomprehensible.

If real reality has an infinite amount of axioms, then all possibilities for other worlds are contained within potential operations using those axioms, and universal transcendence exists.

For both the Incompleteness theorem an…

The Philosophy of Human Flourishing [pt. 3]: The Role of the Nation and Economy

[This continues from part two, where the morality of human flourishing is proposed.  This continuation applies the morality to both the government and economic institution.]

In modern democracies, the government, corporation and individual are differentiated by moral standard and economic power.  I do not differentiate between the economic actions of a national governing body, economic institution, small business, or individual economic actor — the choices of each can have effects on the whole of society.  While the individual, corporation and government all tend to have differing amounts of power, the good nation is able to unite all aspects of its productivity towards improving its own collective lot and bettering its economic and social standards for all good citizens.  This necessitates that the same moral standards not only to be present for the individual, but also the collective and corporate (government included).  If we recognize a body of governance as an economic institutio…

The Philosophy of Human Flourishing [pt. 2]: The Morality and Aesthetics of Human Flourishing

Since the form is a construct of our mind that allows us to associate our ends (value-preferences) with physical means (capital) for the intent of manifesting the ends in reality.  This leads us to a definition of rationality; the man that aligns his ends with the capital that provides him the greatest materialization of his end is rational.  The insane man does not discriminate between the proper capital to manifest his ends: thus the insane man is irrational.  For example, an insane man at a campfire may attempt to use a fire as a ‘seat’, instead of the stump near the fire as a seat (both can be ‘seats’ if a man uses it to ‘sit’, but the stump can be declared to be a ‘better seat’).  Nature rewards and selects for rationality; the man who prepared for winter would outlive and reproduce more than the hedonistic man.  Nature rewards rationality because those who are rational create and gain more resources and thus have more resources to manifest ends.  The end of natural selection is…

The Philosophy of Human Flourishing [pt. 1]: The Tautological Nature of Reality

The nature of our reality begins with physical existence.  In this life, we remember nothing before we were born and remember nothing from after our death.  Therefore, it is necessary for any proper philosophical theory to answer the question of existence first, before we proceed to any further questions we derive from life itself.  Our physical existence begins and is contained in the physical world.  The physical world, understood through our empirical observation of it, is universal in that as more people observe something existing in it, the higher likelihood the object observed actually exists and the less likely that the observation was error or the observer deluded; this fact is why observation also acts as the basis of the scientific method.  Since anything living (that we can observe) must operate in the physical world and since the scientific method has worked correctly in providing new information about the physical world; the physical world must be universal to all things …

Segregation or Integration? — A False Dichotomy.

Segregation, defined as: “the separation of different groups” and integration, defined as: “the intermixing of groups previously separated” are both immoral actions when pursued by an individual not engaged in protecting a contractual agreement or enforcing local (subjective) rules on private property.  This rule could be restated to say integration or segregation can only be a valid action when one has made a contract to either pursue segregation or integration locally or has specific wishes that only certain people be allowed to use (or not use) a personal business or property.  First, this rule assumes that in a given situation there exists another state of neither segregation or integration; I will call this state of society ‘non-preferential’, as in non-preferential towards either the segregation or integration of peoples.  A non-preferential state would be the default state before the use of contract, i.e. before the claiming of property.  For example, if a person was to settle …

Social Guilt as Social Parasitism

When a person uses the term guilt to express a feeling, it is generally used to express two different meanings: I (individual guilt); the feeling produced when one commits an action unjustly harming another individual, or II (social guilt); the result of actions, perceived as unjust, that were committed by an person’s culture, nation, family or ancestors — actions not committed by the person that experiences guilt.  In biology, social parasitism is the action of taking advantage of interactions between the members of social organisms.  It involves manipulating various pre-existing or innate social structures of an organism to provide a reproductive benefit to an entity not originally affiliated or involved in the host’s social structure.  This parasitical interaction between different groups is not only a phenomenon of non-humans but, as I will argue, a phenomenon of human social relationships between multiple groups competing for cultural dominance of a society.

Our emotion of guilt …