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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.]Any attempt at defining knowledge already assumes a definition of knowledge.(all words require concepts
all concepts require knowledge
a definition depends on words)Knowledge as knowledge means that philosophy starts with self-referentiality.Reality is composed of knowledge.Reality is a tautology.(Anything that happens within reality is true because knowledge cannot be false)Since reality functions and is valid, it must be complete Reality as a system is infinitely complex.
(An infinite amount of propositions)Reality is incomprehensible as a whole.No formal system of reality can be complete.Transcendence is required for reality to be complete.Some knowledge exists outside reality.Reality cannot be transcendent.Reality requires an outside source of transcendence.  An outside source of transcendence is an absolute.Reality exists.The absolute exists.

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…