The Pandemic of Fear

Today, with the current state of affairs, we are in a pandemic. Not just of Covid-19, or any other disease; but of fear. The most enslaving and compelling of emotions is fear. Especially in this current society, fear is the leading driver of most of our choices and decisions. The definition of fear is an unpleasant, often strong, emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger.


From a worldly standpoint, it is possible for fear to be a positive thing. In the old days fear was used to keep people alive and safe. If you are stranded alone in the wilderness, your basic human instincts will take over, due to fear of dying, to try to keep you alive. 


One theory of [all emotions in general, but for this discussion, specifically] fear is a conceptualization of a situation. You conceptualize your current, or a potential future, situation and attach an emotion or definition to it in order for your brain to make sense of it. For example, if you are or potentially see yourself stranded in the wilderness, you attach the emotion of fear to it; specifically, unpleasant fear — horror, terror, or dread. As stated above, this is where your basic human instincts would kick in, to prevent harm and/or death to your being.


Continuing with this theory, there is an opposite to unpleasant fear; pleasant fear, or a thrill. We as humans, occasionally [or quite often for some] seek a thrill. Something that can be scary but supplies your production of adrenaline. Riding a roller coaster or skiing down a mountain are examples of a pleasant fear. There is danger, but overall fun.


Today, though, fear has become a lifestyle. We have become so frightened of everything. We fear the news, losing our jobs, death, sickness, aging, bugs, people, and loneliness, among many other things. Since 9/11, our biggest fear has been terrorism. Since early 2020, we’ve changed that to the Novell Coronavirus. When you add in political correctness, our society has become cowardly of every little thing. Although fear of the virus/terrorism, etc. does keep you from harm, it also prevents you from living your life. While human interaction has been changing over the last 20 years, it has dramatically changed now; and for the worse to many. We can’t live like this. It’s completely unsustainable. Suicide rates have risen over 30% in most states since 2000, and 60% worldwide since 1975. And rates are climbing, in large part, due to the pandemic lockdowns and lay-offs. There is a fine line when it comes to fear keeping you safe, and fear running your life, preventing you from living the idealized normal life.


Alternatively, from a spiritual standpoint, we are instructed not to fear anything or anyone except the almighty. Fear is associated with doubt and unbelief in the power, or entity, of the most high. As such, fear is a barrier that tries to separate us from God. In this way, fear is a sin. We are reminded that God is with us and can take care of our problems if we believe and trust in him. It is repeated 365 times in scripture to not fear. If we put God first and stand in sheer awe and reverence of his power and wonder; we have nothing to fear but the lord. No disease, no person, no weapon, no animal, no nothing. Many things can break our bodies, but only one thing can break our soul. “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; but rather be afraid of Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28)

God makes it perfectly clear that we should not fear. In fact, he goes one step further and tells us what to do with our fears: “casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully].” (1 Peter 5:7) “Cast your burden on the Lord [release it] and He will sustain and uphold you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken (slip, fall, fail).” (Psalm 55:22)
When you give him your fears, (and your heart [yourself, your life]), and let him take care of them, he gives you peace. As the Apostle Paul wrote: “And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].” (Philipians 4:7)


Dealing with fear is a very difficult thing to do. It’s not something any of us can do overnight. It’s a constant journey. The more you give your fear to Jesus, the better things turn out; the more you want to give him your fears. As he said: “And who of you by worrying can add one hour to [the length of] his life?” (Matthew 6:27)


In this life, we’re going to get nervous about things. Our minds are going to start racing about different scenarios; thinking about all sorts of harm that could happen. The key is, when you catch yourself doing that, to remember that God has it handled. God can and will take care of it. As someone who has spent his whole life in fear, it is an arduous thing to break. But it does one no good to continue in fear and holding on to it. One person described why not to fear in the following three scenarios: Do you have a problem? No. Then don’t worry; Do you have a problem? Yes. Can you do something about it? No. Then don’t worry, you can’t do anything about it anyway; Do you have a problem? Yes. Can you do something about it? Yes. Then do it and stop worrying. When you look at it this way, it’s elementary. Of course, it’s always easier said than done. But that is part of the journey.


Fear and its derivatives: horror, petrification, terror, etc., are a waste of energy, and they rob you of your peace and happiness, as well as your ability to reason. The only thing that comes from fear is more fear. It becomes a vicious cycle. If you follow the news, you are instilled with fear. Certain interests plant the seeds of fear. When they fill you with fear, they can control you. If they can control you, they have you right where they want you. When people are full of fear, they are willing do anything to feel better. If you are willing to do anything, i.e. give up your freedom, your peace of mind, your faith; they win. Don’t let them win; God is stronger than they are.

Fear cuts deeper than swords.” ― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” ― Plato

Do not be afraid; our fate Cannot be taken from us; it is a gift.” ― Dante Alighieri, Inferno

A man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a short cut to meet it.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Children of Húrin

He who has overcome his fears will truly be free.”  ― Aristotle

Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.”
― Francis Chan, Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God

“You have plenty of courage, I am sure,” answered Oz. “All you need is confidence in yourself. There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The True courage is in facing danger when you are afraid, and that kind of courage you have in plenty.” — [The Wizard speaking to the Cowardly Lion] L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fear
https://psychology.stackexchange.com/questions/10000/how-can-fear-be-a-positive-emotion
https://www.learning-mind.com/top-10-most-common-human-fears-and-phobias/
https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/suicide/index.html
http://www.suicide.org/international-suicide-statistics.html
https://www.rt.com/news/488070-australia-us-coronavirus-suicide-spike/
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/acquainted-the-night/202003/will-covid-19-make-the-suicide-crisis-worse

The concept of Belief

The concept of belief is one of wonder–complete comfort to some, utter silliness to others. In this season of Lent leading up the the feast of Passover and the fulfillment of the Passover by the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ; some may feel a resurrection, so to speak, of their faith or are still searching for their faith. What does it mean to believe? What does it take to believe?

When one hears the word “believe,” they usually think religion or spiritualism. The definition of the word believe is: “to have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something, although without absolute proof that one is right in doing so.” We all believe in something. We believe in how the world should look, how government and economics should function, historical events, what we want to do with our lives, what is right and what is wrong, etc. Therefore, the question of belief doesn’t just reside in the realm of spirituality and faith, but in all aspects of our lives. Naturally, this essay will cover the faith aspect. Whether you believe in the God of Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob; or not, you still believe in something. If you believe there is no spirituality at all, you still believe in something. If you believe that there IS spirituality, Judaeo-Christian, or otherwise, you believe in something. There is no one that believes in absolutely nothing. If there is, they’re not human.

To first believe, [in anything] especially in something bigger than us, a higher power if you will; you have to consciously want to. No one can make you consciously want do anything, not God, not people, not even the greatest spiritual adversary, the devil. They can only influence you. It ultimately comes down to your own conscious decision to believe. That’s the beauty of your free will that was endowed to you by your creator. Belief comes from a combination of different influences such as education, upbringing/environment, and experience.

Education can be attained via either of the two latter influences. Most people believe because they were influenced by their parents/guardians. They were raised in faith. They grew up being taught the greatest story ever told. And they go with it, they embrace it. However, for a number of reasons, some people that were raised in faith break away from it. Some come back, some unfortunately do not. So why do we choose to believe? Some people continue to believe because that’s all they know. It’s the simple life: eat, sleep, work, pray, repeat. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. The simple life has many virtues. After all “But godliness actually is a source of great gain when accompanied by contentment [that contentment which comes from a sense of inner confidence based on the sufficiency of God]. For we have brought nothing into the world, so [it is clear that] we cannot take anything out of it, either.” (1 Timothy 6:6-7) Others choose to believe due to an event that had happened in their lives…an experience.

Many believers probably would tell you they’ve never experienced anything supernatural. They’ve never felt the presence of God, or the warmth of Jesus’ love. But they still believe. If you’ve never felt anything, you’re not exiled from God. He’s still there with you. To experience the holy spirit, you have to have an open mind. And just like believing, you have to want to experience it. And to be sincere. Nothing can exile you from him. “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39) If you can’t think of any experience; remember everyone has felt God at least once in their lives. At birth: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you [and approved of you as My chosen instrument], And before you were born I consecrated you [to Myself as My own]; I have appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5)

The apostle Paul, who wrote many of the new testament books and letters, was not always a Christian. He was born a Jew, more specifically, a Pharisee. The Pharisees despised Christians and were blinded by the law of the old testament ways. Paul set out to Damascus, Syria to find Christians and bring them to Jerusalem for punishment. On his way, A spotlight from heaven shines on him (Saul) [Paul’s birth name] during his travel and the voice of Jesus asks “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute Me?” (Acts 9:4) God strikes him blind and his traveling companions must lead him to the city. These events lead to his total repentance and receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit. God also heals him of his blindness. After his conversion, the same zeal and single-minded dedication Paul had against Christianity transforms into a hyperactive-like quest to spread the gospel worldwide.

Experiencing God doesn’t always have to be supernatural. Look at the natural beauty and wonder of the world God created. Everything is so mathematically precise. The golden ratio, which is the mathematical number 1.618 and can be explained as a spiral is found everywhere, from seashells to flowers, to the human body. It’s no wonder the golden ratio is referred to as God’s fingerprint. Physicists like Michio Kaku, admit to intelligent design. Kaku has stated, “I have concluded that we are in a world made by rules created by an intelligence. Believe me, everything that we call chance today won’t make sense anymore. To me, it is clear that we exist in a plan which is governed by rules that were created, shaped by a universal intelligence and not by chance.” If you want the experience, it will come to you.

So why believe in The living God, the father, the most high? Why not believe in a different deity?
“Aren‘t all religions fundamentally the same and superficially different? No, they are fundamentally different and at best they are superficially similar…you take a look at other world religions and see where these 4 questions are dealt with: origin, meaning, morality, and destiny. These 4 questions have to be answered in two ways: every particular answer has to correspond to truth either through empirical form of measurement or through the logical reasoning process. And when those four answers are put together they must cohere and not be incoherent. So the two tests correspondence and coherence, I guarantee you only in the Judaeo-Christian worldview will you find these four questions answered with corresponding truthfulness and with the coherence of a worldview. Let me take just one example and I don’t say this too slight but this is a fact and we have to deal with it…In the quran, it is the only historical acclaimed document that denies that Jesus Christ was actually crucified or died on the cross, denies that. The Greek historians say he died on the cross, Roman historians say that, Pagan historians say that, Jewish historians say that, and Christian historians say that. The Quran is the only one that says it appeared to him that he died but he didn’t actually die on the cross so historically it is making an affirmation that is really historically untrue. I got into a discussion with Sheikh Hussein of the leading Shiite cleric in Damascus…at the end of it Sheikh Hussein looked at me…and he said you know professor I think the time has come for us in the Islamic world to stop asking if Jesus Christ died and to start asking why…Origin, meaning, morality, and destiny. The Judaeo-Christian worldview is not the only one that claims exclusivity [that it’s the one true faith] but it’s the only one that takes those four questions with corresponding answers that are truthful and coherent answers that stand the test time and the ultimate answer of the resurrection from the dead that gives you hope and meaning.” — Ravi Zacharias

“There are three sources of belief: reason, custom, inspiration. The Christian religion, which alone has reason, does not acknowledge as her true children those who believe without inspiration. It is not that she excludes reason and custom. On the contrary, the mind must be opened to proofs, must be confirmed by custom, and offer itself in humbleness to inspirations, which alone can produce a true and saving effect. Ne evacuetur crux Christi.” — Blaise Pascal

Do your own research. Study the most perfect person who ever walked this Earth. Learn what he said, what he did, and how he lived. Read the new testament. Study what the apostles said about him. Understand it, elaborate on it, and meditate on it, as the bible says.

The concept of believing, for even the most devout believers, is a constant struggle. The constructs of the world are all too convincing that the present moment is all that matters, is and ever will be. Although, the constructs of the world can also be a stark reminder of the warnings and prophecies of belief, or lack thereof. It’s easy to think that if an opportunity is missed, that that type of opportunity is lost. If you miss out, you’ve lost so much. Those who believe can rest assured that the right opportunity will come at the right time and be taken. This takes faith. Belief walks hand in hand with faith. To quote Miracle on 34th street, “Faith is believing in something when common sense tells you not to.”

The key is the belief of salvation. That is faith in Jesus alone, that saved us from irredemption. It is our faith that gives us God’s love and grace. One question many ask: Why did Christ have to die for us to be saved, for us to receive God’s love and grace? The answer to this question could be an essay in itself, I believe Blaise Pascal explained it well: “The reason why. Types. – They had to deal with a carnal people and to render  them  the  depositary  of  the  spiritual  covenant.  To  give  faith  to  the  Mes-siah, it was necessary there should have been precedent prophesies, and that these should be conveyed by persons above suspicion, diligent, faithful, unusually zeal-ous, and known to all the world. To accomplish all this, God chose this carnal people, to whom He entrusted the  prophecies  which  foretell  the  Messiah  as  a  deliverer  and  as  a  dispenser  of  those carnal goods which this people loved. And thus they have had an extraor-dinary  passion  for  their  prophets  and,  in  sight  of  the  whole  world,  have  had  charge  of  these  books  which  foretell  their  Messiah,  assuring  all  nations  that  He  should  come  and  in  the  way  foretold  in  the  books,  which  they  held  open  to  the  whole world. Yet this people, deceived by the poor and ignominious advent of the  Messiah,  have  been  His  most  cruel  enemies.  So  that  they,  the  people  least  open to suspicion in the world of favouring us, the most strict and most zealous that  can  be  named  for  their  law  and  their  prophets,  have  kept  the  books  incor-rupt. Hence those who have rejected and crucified Jesus christ, who has been to them an offence, are those who have charge of the books which testify of Him, and state that He will be an offence and rejected. Therefore they have shown it was  He  by  rejecting  Him,  and  He  has  been  alike  proved  both  by  the  righteous  Jews  who  received  Him  and  by  the  unrighteous  who  rejected  Him,  both  facts  having been foretold. Wherefore the prophecies have a hidden and spiritual meaning to which this people  were  hostile,  under  the  carnal  meaning  which  they  loved.  If  the  spiritual  meaning  had  been  revealed,  they  would  not  have  loved  it,  and,  unable  to  bear  it,  they would not have been zealous of the preservation of their books and their cer-emonies; and if they had loved these spiritual promises, and had preserved them incorrupt  till  the  time  of  the  Messiah,  their  testimony  would  have  had  no  force,  because they had been his friends.Therefore it was well that the spiritual meaning should be concealed; but, on the other hand, if this meaning had been so hidden as not to appear at all, it could not  have  served  as  a  proof  of  the  Messiah.  What  then  was  done?  In  a  crowd  of  passages it has been hidden under the temporal meaning, and in a few been clearly revealed;  besides  that,  the  time  and  the  state  of  the  world  have  been  so  clearly  foretold  that  it  is  clearer  than  the  sun.  And  in  some  places  this  spiritual  meaning  is  so  clearly  expressed  that  it  would  require  a  blindness,  like  that  which  the  flesh  imposes on the spirit when it is subdued by it, not to recognise it. See,  then,  what  has  been  the  prudence  of  God.  This  meaning  is  concealed  under  another  in  an  infinite  number  of  passages,  and  in  some,  though  rarely,  it  is  revealed; but yet so that the passages in which it is concealed are equivocal and can suit both meanings; whereas the passages where it is disclosed are unequivocal and can only suit the spiritual meaning.
So  that  this  cannot  lead  us  into  error  and  could  only  be  misunderstood  by  so  carnal a people. For  when  blessings  are  promised  in  abundance,  what  was  to  prevent  them  from understanding the true blessings, but their covetousness, which limited the meaning to worldly goods? but those whose only good was in God referred them to God alone. For there are two principles, which divide the wills of men, covet-ousness  and  charity.  Not  that  covetousness  cannot  exist  along  with  faith  in  God,  nor charity with worldly riches; but covetousness uses God and enjoys the world, and charity is the opposite. Now  the  ultimate  end  gives  names  to  things.  All  which  prevents  us  from  attaining  it  is  called  an  enemy  to  us.  Thus  the  creatures,  however  good,  are  the  enemies of the righteous, when they turn them away from God, and God Himself is the enemy of those whose covetousness He confounds. Thus as the significance of the word enemy is dependent on the ultimate end, the righteous understood by it their passions, and the carnal the babylonians; and so these terms were obscure only for the unrighteous. And this is what Isaiah says: Signa legem in electis meis,* and that Jesus christ shall be a stone of stumbling. but, “Blessed are they who shall not be offended in him.” Hosea, 14. 9, says excellently, “Where is the wise? and he shall understand what I say. The righteous shall know them, for the ways of God are right; but the transgressors shall fall therein.” The law had to be established before grace could be enacted.

The love and grace of God doesn’t mean that you’ll be given God’s promises if you choose not to believe. 2 statements prove this. The first commandment: thou shalt not worship strange gods before me. This means you can’t put anything or anyone before God in your life. Not any other deity, not any worldly possession, not any other person. Put in a different way: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27) In order to do this, you must believe that God even exists, and that you want to serve him. The second statement is the most famous bible verse. You could even say it sums up the whole bible in on phrase: “For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] [a]only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

If you truly are unsure, you have nothing to lose. If you believe, and it turns out that the bible is true, you have everlasting life in paradise. If you believe, and it turns out there is nothing out there, you’ve still lived a noble, virtuous life. Which is still an accomplishment. “For My yoke is easy [to bear] and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:30) If you want to know whether or not God exists, seek and you shall find. And remember: “Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, do you now believe? Blessed [happy, spiritually secure, and favored by God] are they who did not see [Me] and yet believed [in Me].” (John 20:29)

“Heaven and earth [as now known] will pass away, but My words will not pass away.” (Matthew 24:35)

One final note about faith and belief:
“The amazing thing about the human conscience is this: That even if you don’t believe what I’m saying, you believe what I’m saying. That even if you reject the truth of what I’m saying, there is rooted inside you a conviction which you can suppress with the years, but which is there nonetheless which is telling you that these things are so. And this truth is the truth which the scripture will not let us forget, that there is a last day.” — Derek Prince

https://www.biblestudy.org/beginner/learn-basic-bible-timeline/life-of-apostle-paul.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWY-6xBA0Pk

https://www.inquisitr.com/opinion/4441013/stephen-hawking-michio-kaku-and-other-scientists-on-god-the-existence-and-mind-of-god/

https://godmadeus.com/Create/fibonacci.php

Pascal’s Pensees: The Misery of Man Without God

The Amplified Holy Bible

The concept of Belief

The concept of belief is one of wonder–complete comfort to some, utter silliness to others. In this season of Lent leading up the the feast of Passover and the fulfillment of the Passover by the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ; some may feel a resurrection, so to speak, of their faith or are still searching for their faith. What does it mean to believe? What does it take to believe?

When one hears the word “believe,” they usually think religion or spiritualism. The definition of the word believe is: “to have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something, although without absolute proof that one is right in doing so.” We all believe in something. We believe in how the world should look, how government and economics should function, historical events, what we want to do with our lives, what is right and what is wrong, etc. Therefore, the question of belief doesn’t just reside in the realm of spirituality and faith, but in all aspects of our lives. Naturally, this essay will cover the faith aspect. Whether you believe in the God of Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob; or not, you still believe in something. If you believe there is no spirituality at all, you still believe in something. If you believe that there IS spirituality, Judaeo-Christian, or otherwise, you believe in something. There is no one that believes in absolutely nothing. If there is, they’re not human.

To first believe, [in anything] especially in something bigger than us, a higher power if you will; you have to consciously want to. No one can make you consciously want do anything, not God, not people, not even the greatest spiritual adversary, the devil. They can only influence you. It ultimately comes down to your own conscious decision to believe. That’s the beauty of your free will that was endowed to you by your creator. Belief comes from a combination of different influences such as education, upbringing/environment, and experience.

Education can be attained via either of the two latter influences. Most people believe because they were influenced by their parents/guardians. They were raised in faith. They grew up being taught the greatest story ever told. And they go with it, they embrace it. However, for a number of reasons, some people that were raised in faith break away from it. Some come back, some unfortunately do not. So why do we choose to believe? Some people continue to believe because that’s all they know. It’s the simple life: eat, sleep, work, pray, repeat. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. The simple life has many virtues. After all “But godliness actually is a source of great gain when accompanied by contentment [that contentment which comes from a sense of inner confidence based on the sufficiency of God]. For we have brought nothing into the world, so [it is clear that] we cannot take anything out of it, either.” (1 Timothy 6:6-7) Others choose to believe due to an event that had happened in their lives…an experience.

Many believers probably would tell you they’ve never experienced anything supernatural. They’ve never felt the presence of God, or the warmth of Jesus’ love. But they still believe. If you’ve never felt anything, you’re not exiled from God. He’s still there with you. To experience the holy spirit, you have to have an open mind. And just like believing, you have to want to experience it. And to be sincere. Nothing can exile you from him. “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39) If you can’t think of any experience; remember everyone has felt God at least once in their lives. At birth: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you [and approved of you as My chosen instrument], And before you were born I consecrated you [to Myself as My own]; I have appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5)

The apostle Paul, who wrote many of the new testament books and letters, was not always a Christian. He was born a Jew, more specifically, a Pharisee. The Pharisees despised Christians and were blinded by the law of the old testament ways. Paul set out to Damascus, Syria to find Christians and bring them to Jerusalem for punishment. On his way, A spotlight from heaven shines on him (Saul) [Paul’s birth name] during his travel and the voice of Jesus asks “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute Me?” (Acts 9:4) God strikes him blind and his traveling companions must lead him to the city. These events lead to his total repentance and receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit. God also heals him of his blindness. After his conversion, the same zeal and single-minded dedication Paul had against Christianity transforms into a hyperactive-like quest to spread the gospel worldwide.

Experiencing God doesn’t always have to be supernatural. Look at the natural beauty and wonder of the world God created. Everything is so mathematically precise. The golden ratio, which is the mathematical number 1.618 and can be explained as a spiral is found everywhere, from seashells to flowers, to the human body. It’s no wonder the golden ratio is referred to as God’s fingerprint. Physicists like Michio Kaku, admit to intelligent design. Kaku has stated, “I have concluded that we are in a world made by rules created by an intelligence. Believe me, everything that we call chance today won’t make sense anymore. To me, it is clear that we exist in a plan which is governed by rules that were created, shaped by a universal intelligence and not by chance.” If you want the experience, it will come to you.

So why believe in The living God, the father, the most high? Why not believe in a different deity?
“Aren‘t all religions fundamentally the same and superficially different? No, they are fundamentally different and at best they are superficially similar…you take a look at other world religions and see where these 4 questions are dealt with: origin, meaning, morality, and destiny. These 4 questions have to be answered in two ways: every particular answer has to correspond to truth either through empirical form of measurement or through the logical reasoning process. And when those four answers are put together they must cohere and not be incoherent. So the two tests correspondence and coherence, I guarantee you only in the Judaeo-Christian worldview will you find these four questions answered with corresponding truthfulness and with the coherence of a worldview. Let me take just one example and I don’t say this too slight but this is a fact and we have to deal with it…In the quran, it is the only historical acclaimed document that denies that Jesus Christ was actually crucified or died on the cross, denies that. The Greek historians say he died on the cross, Roman historians say that, Pagan historians say that, Jewish historians say that, and Christian historians say that. The Quran is the only one that says it appeared to him that he died but he didn’t actually die on the cross so historically it is making an affirmation that is really historically untrue. I got into a discussion with Sheikh Hussein of the leading Shiite cleric in Damascus…at the end of it Sheikh Hussein looked at me…and he said you know professor I think the time has come for us in the Islamic world to stop asking if Jesus Christ died and to start asking why…Origin, meaning, morality, and destiny. The Judaeo-Christian worldview is not the only one that claims exclusivity [that it’s the one true faith] but it’s the only one that takes those four questions with corresponding answers that are truthful and coherent answers that stand the test time and the ultimate answer of the resurrection from the dead that gives you hope and meaning.” — Ravi Zacharias

“There are three sources of belief: reason, custom, inspiration. The Christian religion, which alone has reason, does not acknowledge as her true children those who believe without inspiration. It is not that she excludes reason and custom. On the contrary, the mind must be opened to proofs, must be confirmed by custom, and offer itself in humbleness to inspirations, which alone can produce a true and saving effect. Ne evacuetur crux Christi.” — Blaise Pascal

Do your own research. Study the most perfect person who ever walked this Earth. Learn what he said, what he did, and how he lived. Read the new testament. Study what the apostles said about him. Understand it, elaborate on it, and meditate on it, as the bible says.

The concept of believing, for even the most devout believers, is a constant struggle. The constructs of the world are all too convincing that the present moment is all that matters, is and ever will be. Although, the constructs of the world can also be a stark reminder of the warnings and prophecies of belief, or lack thereof. It’s easy to think that if an opportunity is missed, that that type of opportunity is lost. If you miss out, you’ve lost so much. Those who believe can rest assured that the right opportunity will come at the right time and be taken. This takes faith. Belief walks hand in hand with faith. To quote Miracle on 34th street, “Faith is believing in something when common sense tells you not to.”

The key is the belief of salvation. That is faith in Jesus alone, that saved us from irredemption. It is our faith that gives us God’s love and grace. One question many ask: Why did Christ have to die for us to be saved, for us to receive God’s love and grace? The answer to this question could be an essay in itself, I believe Blaise Pascal explained it well: “The reason why. Types. – They had to deal with a carnal people and to render  them  the  depositary  of  the  spiritual  covenant.  To  give  faith  to  the  Mes-siah, it was necessary there should have been precedent prophesies, and that these should be conveyed by persons above suspicion, diligent, faithful, unusually zeal-ous, and known to all the world. To accomplish all this, God chose this carnal people, to whom He entrusted the  prophecies  which  foretell  the  Messiah  as  a  deliverer  and  as  a  dispenser  of  those carnal goods which this people loved. And thus they have had an extraor-dinary  passion  for  their  prophets  and,  in  sight  of  the  whole  world,  have  had  charge  of  these  books  which  foretell  their  Messiah,  assuring  all  nations  that  He  should  come  and  in  the  way  foretold  in  the  books,  which  they  held  open  to  the  whole world. Yet this people, deceived by the poor and ignominious advent of the  Messiah,  have  been  His  most  cruel  enemies.  So  that  they,  the  people  least  open to suspicion in the world of favouring us, the most strict and most zealous that  can  be  named  for  their  law  and  their  prophets,  have  kept  the  books  incor-rupt. Hence those who have rejected and crucified Jesus christ, who has been to them an offence, are those who have charge of the books which testify of Him, and state that He will be an offence and rejected. Therefore they have shown it was  He  by  rejecting  Him,  and  He  has  been  alike  proved  both  by  the  righteous  Jews  who  received  Him  and  by  the  unrighteous  who  rejected  Him,  both  facts  having been foretold. Wherefore the prophecies have a hidden and spiritual meaning to which this people  were  hostile,  under  the  carnal  meaning  which  they  loved.  If  the  spiritual  meaning  had  been  revealed,  they  would  not  have  loved  it,  and,  unable  to  bear  it,  they would not have been zealous of the preservation of their books and their cer-emonies; and if they had loved these spiritual promises, and had preserved them incorrupt  till  the  time  of  the  Messiah,  their  testimony  would  have  had  no  force,  because they had been his friends.Therefore it was well that the spiritual meaning should be concealed; but, on the other hand, if this meaning had been so hidden as not to appear at all, it could not  have  served  as  a  proof  of  the  Messiah.  What  then  was  done?  In  a  crowd  of  passages it has been hidden under the temporal meaning, and in a few been clearly revealed;  besides  that,  the  time  and  the  state  of  the  world  have  been  so  clearly  foretold  that  it  is  clearer  than  the  sun.  And  in  some  places  this  spiritual  meaning  is  so  clearly  expressed  that  it  would  require  a  blindness,  like  that  which  the  flesh  imposes on the spirit when it is subdued by it, not to recognise it. See,  then,  what  has  been  the  prudence  of  God.  This  meaning  is  concealed  under  another  in  an  infinite  number  of  passages,  and  in  some,  though  rarely,  it  is  revealed; but yet so that the passages in which it is concealed are equivocal and can suit both meanings; whereas the passages where it is disclosed are unequivocal and can only suit the spiritual meaning.
So  that  this  cannot  lead  us  into  error  and  could  only  be  misunderstood  by  so  carnal a people. For  when  blessings  are  promised  in  abundance,  what  was  to  prevent  them  from understanding the true blessings, but their covetousness, which limited the meaning to worldly goods? but those whose only good was in God referred them to God alone. For there are two principles, which divide the wills of men, covet-ousness  and  charity.  Not  that  covetousness  cannot  exist  along  with  faith  in  God,  nor charity with worldly riches; but covetousness uses God and enjoys the world, and charity is the opposite. Now  the  ultimate  end  gives  names  to  things.  All  which  prevents  us  from  attaining  it  is  called  an  enemy  to  us.  Thus  the  creatures,  however  good,  are  the  enemies of the righteous, when they turn them away from God, and God Himself is the enemy of those whose covetousness He confounds. Thus as the significance of the word enemy is dependent on the ultimate end, the righteous understood by it their passions, and the carnal the babylonians; and so these terms were obscure only for the unrighteous. And this is what Isaiah says: Signa legem in electis meis,* and that Jesus christ shall be a stone of stumbling. but, “Blessed are they who shall not be offended in him.” Hosea, 14. 9, says excellently, “Where is the wise? and he shall understand what I say. The righteous shall know them, for the ways of God are right; but the transgressors shall fall therein.” The law had to be established before grace could be enacted.

The love and grace of God doesn’t mean that you’ll be given God’s promises if you choose not to believe. 2 statements prove this. The first commandment: thou shalt not worship strange gods before me. This means you can’t put anything or anyone before God in your life. Not any other deity, not any worldly possession, not any other person. Put in a different way: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27) In order to do this, you must believe that God even exists, and that you want to serve him. The second statement is the most famous bible verse. You could even say it sums up the whole bible in on phrase: “For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] [a]only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

If you truly are unsure, you have nothing to lose. If you believe, and it turns out that the bible is true, you have everlasting life in paradise. If you believe, and it turns out there is nothing out there, you’ve still lived a noble, virtuous life. Which is still an accomplishment. “For My yoke is easy [to bear] and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:30) If you want to know whether or not God exists, seek and you shall find. And remember: “Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, do you now believe? Blessed [happy, spiritually secure, and favored by God] are they who did not see [Me] and yet believed [in Me].” (John 20:29)

“Heaven and earth [as now known] will pass away, but My words will not pass away.” (Matthew 24:35)

One final note about faith and belief:
“The amazing thing about the human conscience is this: That even if you don’t believe what I’m saying, you believe what I’m saying. That even if you reject the truth of what I’m saying, there is rooted inside you a conviction which you can suppress with the years, but which is there nonetheless which is telling you that these things are so. And this truth is the truth which the scripture will not let us forget, that there is a last day.” — Derek Prince

https://www.biblestudy.org/beginner/learn-basic-bible-timeline/life-of-apostle-paul.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWY-6xBA0Pk

https://www.inquisitr.com/opinion/4441013/stephen-hawking-michio-kaku-and-other-scientists-on-god-the-existence-and-mind-of-god/

https://godmadeus.com/Create/fibonacci.php

Pascal’s Pensees: The Misery of Man Without God

The Amplified Holy Bible

The concept of Belief

The concept of belief is one of wonder–complete comfort to some, utter silliness to others. In this season of Lent leading up the the feast of Passover and the fulfillment of the Passover by the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ; some may feel a resurrection, so to speak, of their faith or are still searching for their faith. What does it mean to believe? What does it take to believe?

When one hears the word “believe,” they usually think religion or spiritualism. The definition of the word believe is: “to have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something, although without absolute proof that one is right in doing so.” We all believe in something. We believe in how the world should look, how government and economics should function, historical events, what we want to do with our lives, what is right and what is wrong, etc. Therefore, the question of belief doesn’t just reside in the realm of spirituality and faith, but in all aspects of our lives. Naturally, this essay will cover the faith aspect. Whether you believe in the God of Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob; or not, you still believe in something. If you believe there is no spirituality at all, you still believe in something. If you believe that there IS spirituality, Judaeo-Christian, or otherwise, you believe in something. There is no one that believes in absolutely nothing. If there is, they’re not human.

To first believe, [in anything] especially in something bigger than us, a higher power if you will; you have to consciously want to. No one can make you consciously want do anything, not God, not people, not even the greatest spiritual adversary, the devil. They can only influence you. It ultimately comes down to your own conscious decision to believe. That’s the beauty of your free will that was endowed to you by your creator. Belief comes from a combination of different influences such as education, upbringing/environment, and experience.

Education can be attained via either of the two latter influences. Most people believe because they were influenced by their parents/guardians. They were raised in faith. They grew up being taught the greatest story ever told. And they go with it, they embrace it. However, for a number of reasons, some people that were raised in faith break away from it. Some come back, some unfortunately do not. So why do we choose to believe? Some people continue to believe because that’s all they know. It’s the simple life: eat, sleep, work, pray, repeat. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. The simple life has many virtues. After all “But godliness actually is a source of great gain when accompanied by contentment [that contentment which comes from a sense of inner confidence based on the sufficiency of God]. For we have brought nothing into the world, so [it is clear that] we cannot take anything out of it, either.” (1 Timothy 6:6-7) Others choose to believe due to an event that had happened in their lives…an experience.

Many believers probably would tell you they’ve never experienced anything supernatural. They’ve never felt the presence of God, or the warmth of Jesus’ love. But they still believe. If you’ve never felt anything, you’re not exiled from God. He’s still there with you. To experience the holy spirit, you have to have an open mind. And just like believing, you have to want to experience it. And to be sincere. Nothing can exile you from him. “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39) If you can’t think of any experience; remember everyone has felt God at least once in their lives. At birth: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you [and approved of you as My chosen instrument], And before you were born I consecrated you [to Myself as My own]; I have appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5)

The apostle Paul, who wrote many of the new testament books and letters, was not always a Christian. He was born a Jew, more specifically, a Pharisee. The Pharisees despised Christians and were blinded by the law of the old testament ways. Paul set out to Damascus, Syria to find Christians and bring them to Jerusalem for punishment. On his way, A spotlight from heaven shines on him (Saul) [Paul’s birth name] during his travel and the voice of Jesus asks “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute Me?” (Acts 9:4) God strikes him blind and his traveling companions must lead him to the city. These events lead to his total repentance and receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit. God also heals him of his blindness. After his conversion, the same zeal and single-minded dedication Paul had against Christianity transforms into a hyperactive-like quest to spread the gospel worldwide.

Experiencing God doesn’t always have to be supernatural. Look at the natural beauty and wonder of the world God created. Everything is so mathematically precise. The golden ratio, which is the mathematical number 1.618 and can be explained as a spiral is found everywhere, from seashells to flowers, to the human body. It’s no wonder the golden ratio is referred to as God’s fingerprint. Physicists like Michio Kaku, admit to intelligent design. Kaku has stated, “I have concluded that we are in a world made by rules created by an intelligence. Believe me, everything that we call chance today won’t make sense anymore. To me, it is clear that we exist in a plan which is governed by rules that were created, shaped by a universal intelligence and not by chance.” If you want the experience, it will come to you.

So why believe in The living God, the father, the most high? Why not believe in a different deity?
“Aren‘t all religions fundamentally the same and superficially different? No, they are fundamentally different and at best they are superficially similar…you take a look at other world religions and see where these 4 questions are dealt with: origin, meaning, morality, and destiny. These 4 questions have to be answered in two ways: every particular answer has to correspond to truth either through empirical form of measurement or through the logical reasoning process. And when those four answers are put together they must cohere and not be incoherent. So the two tests correspondence and coherence, I guarantee you only in the Judaeo-Christian worldview will you find these four questions answered with corresponding truthfulness and with the coherence of a worldview. Let me take just one example and I don’t say this too slight but this is a fact and we have to deal with it…In the quran, it is the only historical acclaimed document that denies that Jesus Christ was actually crucified or died on the cross, denies that. The Greek historians say he died on the cross, Roman historians say that, Pagan historians say that, Jewish historians say that, and Christian historians say that. The Quran is the only one that says it appeared to him that he died but he didn’t actually die on the cross so historically it is making an affirmation that is really historically untrue. I got into a discussion with Sheikh Hussein of the leading Shiite cleric in Damascus…at the end of it Sheikh Hussein looked at me…and he said you know professor I think the time has come for us in the Islamic world to stop asking if Jesus Christ died and to start asking why…Origin, meaning, morality, and destiny. The Judaeo-Christian worldview is not the only one that claims exclusivity [that it’s the one true faith] but it’s the only one that takes those four questions with corresponding answers that are truthful and coherent answers that stand the test time and the ultimate answer of the resurrection from the dead that gives you hope and meaning.” — Ravi Zacharias

“There are three sources of belief: reason, custom, inspiration. The Christian religion, which alone has reason, does not acknowledge as her true children those who believe without inspiration. It is not that she excludes reason and custom. On the contrary, the mind must be opened to proofs, must be confirmed by custom, and offer itself in humbleness to inspirations, which alone can produce a true and saving effect. Ne evacuetur crux Christi.” — Blaise Pascal

Do your own research. Study the most perfect person who ever walked this Earth. Learn what he said, what he did, and how he lived. Read the new testament. Study what the apostles said about him. Understand it, elaborate on it, and meditate on it, as the bible says.

The concept of believing, for even the most devout believers, is a constant struggle. The constructs of the world are all too convincing that the present moment is all that matters, is and ever will be. Although, the constructs of the world can also be a stark reminder of the warnings and prophecies of belief, or lack thereof. It’s easy to think that if an opportunity is missed, that that type of opportunity is lost. If you miss out, you’ve lost so much. Those who believe can rest assured that the right opportunity will come at the right time and be taken. This takes faith. Belief walks hand in hand with faith. To quote Miracle on 34th street, “Faith is believing in something when common sense tells you not to.”

The key is the belief of salvation. That is faith in Jesus alone, that saved us from irredemption. It is our faith that gives us God’s love and grace. One question many ask: Why did Christ have to die for us to be saved, for us to receive God’s love and grace? The answer to this question could be an essay in itself, I believe Blaise Pascal explained it well: “The reason why. Types. – They had to deal with a carnal people and to render  them  the  depositary  of  the  spiritual  covenant.  To  give  faith  to  the  Mes-siah, it was necessary there should have been precedent prophesies, and that these should be conveyed by persons above suspicion, diligent, faithful, unusually zeal-ous, and known to all the world. To accomplish all this, God chose this carnal people, to whom He entrusted the  prophecies  which  foretell  the  Messiah  as  a  deliverer  and  as  a  dispenser  of  those carnal goods which this people loved. And thus they have had an extraor-dinary  passion  for  their  prophets  and,  in  sight  of  the  whole  world,  have  had  charge  of  these  books  which  foretell  their  Messiah,  assuring  all  nations  that  He  should  come  and  in  the  way  foretold  in  the  books,  which  they  held  open  to  the  whole world. Yet this people, deceived by the poor and ignominious advent of the  Messiah,  have  been  His  most  cruel  enemies.  So  that  they,  the  people  least  open to suspicion in the world of favouring us, the most strict and most zealous that  can  be  named  for  their  law  and  their  prophets,  have  kept  the  books  incor-rupt. Hence those who have rejected and crucified Jesus christ, who has been to them an offence, are those who have charge of the books which testify of Him, and state that He will be an offence and rejected. Therefore they have shown it was  He  by  rejecting  Him,  and  He  has  been  alike  proved  both  by  the  righteous  Jews  who  received  Him  and  by  the  unrighteous  who  rejected  Him,  both  facts  having been foretold. Wherefore the prophecies have a hidden and spiritual meaning to which this people  were  hostile,  under  the  carnal  meaning  which  they  loved.  If  the  spiritual  meaning  had  been  revealed,  they  would  not  have  loved  it,  and,  unable  to  bear  it,  they would not have been zealous of the preservation of their books and their cer-emonies; and if they had loved these spiritual promises, and had preserved them incorrupt  till  the  time  of  the  Messiah,  their  testimony  would  have  had  no  force,  because they had been his friends.Therefore it was well that the spiritual meaning should be concealed; but, on the other hand, if this meaning had been so hidden as not to appear at all, it could not  have  served  as  a  proof  of  the  Messiah.  What  then  was  done?  In  a  crowd  of  passages it has been hidden under the temporal meaning, and in a few been clearly revealed;  besides  that,  the  time  and  the  state  of  the  world  have  been  so  clearly  foretold  that  it  is  clearer  than  the  sun.  And  in  some  places  this  spiritual  meaning  is  so  clearly  expressed  that  it  would  require  a  blindness,  like  that  which  the  flesh  imposes on the spirit when it is subdued by it, not to recognise it. See,  then,  what  has  been  the  prudence  of  God.  This  meaning  is  concealed  under  another  in  an  infinite  number  of  passages,  and  in  some,  though  rarely,  it  is  revealed; but yet so that the passages in which it is concealed are equivocal and can suit both meanings; whereas the passages where it is disclosed are unequivocal and can only suit the spiritual meaning.
So  that  this  cannot  lead  us  into  error  and  could  only  be  misunderstood  by  so  carnal a people. For  when  blessings  are  promised  in  abundance,  what  was  to  prevent  them  from understanding the true blessings, but their covetousness, which limited the meaning to worldly goods? but those whose only good was in God referred them to God alone. For there are two principles, which divide the wills of men, covet-ousness  and  charity.  Not  that  covetousness  cannot  exist  along  with  faith  in  God,  nor charity with worldly riches; but covetousness uses God and enjoys the world, and charity is the opposite. Now  the  ultimate  end  gives  names  to  things.  All  which  prevents  us  from  attaining  it  is  called  an  enemy  to  us.  Thus  the  creatures,  however  good,  are  the  enemies of the righteous, when they turn them away from God, and God Himself is the enemy of those whose covetousness He confounds. Thus as the significance of the word enemy is dependent on the ultimate end, the righteous understood by it their passions, and the carnal the babylonians; and so these terms were obscure only for the unrighteous. And this is what Isaiah says: Signa legem in electis meis,* and that Jesus christ shall be a stone of stumbling. but, “Blessed are they who shall not be offended in him.” Hosea, 14. 9, says excellently, “Where is the wise? and he shall understand what I say. The righteous shall know them, for the ways of God are right; but the transgressors shall fall therein.” The law had to be established before grace could be enacted.

The love and grace of God doesn’t mean that you’ll be given God’s promises if you choose not to believe. 2 statements prove this. The first commandment: thou shalt not worship strange gods before me. This means you can’t put anything or anyone before God in your life. Not any other deity, not any worldly possession, not any other person. Put in a different way: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27) In order to do this, you must believe that God even exists, and that you want to serve him. The second statement is the most famous bible verse. You could even say it sums up the whole bible in on phrase: “For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] [a]only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

If you truly are unsure, you have nothing to lose. If you believe, and it turns out that the bible is true, you have everlasting life in paradise. If you believe, and it turns out there is nothing out there, you’ve still lived a noble, virtuous life. Which is still an accomplishment. “For My yoke is easy [to bear] and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:30) If you want to know whether or not God exists, seek and you shall find. And remember: “Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, do you now believe? Blessed [happy, spiritually secure, and favored by God] are they who did not see [Me] and yet believed [in Me].” (John 20:29)

“Heaven and earth [as now known] will pass away, but My words will not pass away.” (Matthew 24:35)

One final note about faith and belief:
“The amazing thing about the human conscience is this: That even if you don’t believe what I’m saying, you believe what I’m saying. That even if you reject the truth of what I’m saying, there is rooted inside you a conviction which you can suppress with the years, but which is there nonetheless which is telling you that these things are so. And this truth is the truth which the scripture will not let us forget, that there is a last day.” — Derek Prince

https://www.biblestudy.org/beginner/learn-basic-bible-timeline/life-of-apostle-paul.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWY-6xBA0Pk

https://www.inquisitr.com/opinion/4441013/stephen-hawking-michio-kaku-and-other-scientists-on-god-the-existence-and-mind-of-god/

https://godmadeus.com/Create/fibonacci.php

Pascal’s Pensees: The Misery of Man Without God

The Amplified Holy Bible

Is This The Best We Can Do?

It’s 2016; between jackasses and elephants competing for power, and clowns terrorizing neighborhoods; the circus is in town. How have we arrived at this point? We have a more divided nation than ever before.[1][2] Neither of the two major political parties honestly cares about ‘we the people,’ or our freedom. Both parties have advocated for more: war, surveillance, erosion of civil liberties, erosion of civil rights, increased debt/spending, and expanded corporatism. [3]

For over 50 years, but especially in the last 50 years, we have been ‘scraping the bottom of the barrel’ when it comes to our politicians in general, with an emphasis on our presidents. LBJ was involved with the deaths of tens of thousands of people, including a sitting president, and countless veterans in the Vietnam War; to which he escalated into a disaster after lying about the Gulf of Tonkin incident. In addition, since Rape and infidelity are hot topics today, Johnson had many mistresses. [4][5][6][7][8][9] Everybody and their mother knows Richard Nixon is, indeed, a crook. From Watergate, to removing the Gold Standard, to waging the failed ‘War on Drugs;’ Nixon was no saint.[10][11] Jerry Ford wasn’t in office long, but still did some damage. Ford, like his predecessor was a Rockefeller Republican, also known as a RINO (Republican In Name Only). This meant that like many republicans before and after him, he supported expanding the size and power of the monstrous conglomerate, known as the Federal Government. Not to mention the fact that he was a puppet for the Rockefeller Dynasty; a family who has no regard for human life, nor liberty.[12][13][14] Jimmy Carter supported numerous coups around the world, which only served to further the globalist interests of the ‘American’ Empire. Not to mention meddling with Iranian affairs, which led to the Iranian Hostage Situation.[15][16]

Then there’s Ronald Reagan, the actor, aka “Republican Jesus.” For some reason Republicans literally worship this crook. Reagan also staged coups, and increased government spending, and size, as well as helped to create ISIS, which morphed from Al-Qaeda, which morphed from the Mujahideen.[17][18][19] Mr. Reagan, you are correct when you said, “Government is not the solution to our problems, government is the problem.” However, so are you, as you have done nothing to stop it. The Bush Dynasty, drastically, increased the power and size of the conglomerate. The Bushes helped to fund Nazi Germany, committed countless war crimes, and helped create the surveillance state with the Patriot Act, and the TSA. Bush Sr. was right on the money when he said to Sarah McLendon (a Texas journalist), “Sarah, if the American people were ever find out what we have done, they would chase us down the street and lynch us.[20][21][22][23][24][25] William J. Clinton, “The Penis of the United States,” is undeniably a sexual predator, and rapist. Putting all of the women who came out during his presidency aside, Clinton also made numerous trips to what is known as, “Lolita Island,” where not only did he have sex with women, but also underage girls. During his presidency, naturally, Clinton fueled the war machine and conglomerate, but naturally as a Jackass, that’s what he does. Another Clinton disaster, is NAFTA, the reason there are so few jobs in this country.[26][27][28][29] Obama has increased the debt by over $9 Trillion, gave arms and ammunition to Mexican Drug cartels, signed the NDAA into law (allowing for the indefinite detention of citizens with no trial, nor reason), not to mention the continuation of Middle Eastern wars; to which he stated, “I’m really good at killing people.[30][31][32][33]

Economically, this country is in serious trouble. With the highest level of income inequality in the history of the United States.[34] To which both parties have done nothing over the years to fix. Over the past 50 years we’ve racked up more debt, more spending, more inflation, and more taxation than, again, in the history of the country. Once again, both parties are to blame. While it was a Republican congress that passed the repeal of Glass-Steagall, it was a Democrat president that signed it into law. No matter what they say, the Democrats are not going to close loopholes, or fix this problem as a whole. Nor will Republicans.

40 years ago, in 1976, the average life expectancy was 73. As of 2010, the average life expectancy is 79. How can 40 years of technological, medical, and nutritional advancements only give us 6 more years to live?[35] Is something affecting our health, causing us to suffer from more disease thus dying prematurely? You tell me.[36][37][38][39][40][41][42][43] Most of our population is on some type of prescription drug.[44] It’s no reason we all need healthcare; the problem is, 17 out of the 23 co-ops for Obamacare have gone bankrupt.[45] Not to mention plans have increased and have become anything but affordable.[46] While it is true that for some, Obamacare is a blessing because they now have access to health insurance; most people are worse off.

This is the 21st century. We should have disease rates in check, poverty obliterated, education for all, and energy sources figured out. Whatever happened to “Good will towards your fellow man?

As a society and as a species, I ask, “Is this really the best we can do?” No matter where you live, where you came from, who/what you worship, what color your skin is, what gender you are, what gender you are attracted to, or how old you are; if your answer is not a two-letter word beginning with ‘N,’ you are part of the problem, and you probably think voting for a criminal, fascist is going to fix it.

 

 

P.S. I realize that some of my sources are a ‘deplorable’ website, Infowars.com; however if you were to actually read the articles, they link to real sources.

 

[1] https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/america-really-is-more-divided-than-ever/2016/07/17/fbfebee6-49d8-11e6-90a8-fb84201e0645_story.html

[2] http://campaignstops.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/17/look-how-far-weve-come-apart/?_r=0

[3] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jon-wisman/both-parties-are-owned-by_b_7561400.html

[4] https://www.archives.gov/research/military/vietnam-war/casualty-statistics.html

[5] https://sadbastards.wordpress.com/2007/08/09/what-the-mainstream-media-hid-about-lbj/

[6] http://www.targetliberty.com/2015/04/lbl-as-murderer-and-functional.html

[7] http://www.infowars.com/de-classified-vietnam-era-transcripts-show-senators-knew-gulf-of-tonkin-was-a-staged-false-flag-event/

[8] http://fair.org/media-beat-column/30-year-anniversary-tonkin-gulf-lie-launched-vietnam-war/

[9] http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2260031/Book-reveals-Lyndon-Johnson-lost-Lady-Bird-President.html

[10] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nixon_Shock

[11] http://reason.com/blog/2016/03/22/nixon-invented-the-drug-war-to-decimate

[12] http://wariscrime.com/new/rockefeller-empire-exposed-in-1959-by-the-soviet-union/

[13] http://truthstreammedia.com/2014/01/12/how-the-rockefeller-foundations-quietly-funded-the-anti-fertility-vaccine/

[14] http://www.infowars.com/rockefeller-family-fables/

[15] http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/08/18/jimmy-carters-blood-drenched-legacy/

[16] http://www.stateofnature.org/?p=5339

[17] http://www.highstrangeness.tv/articles/reagan.php

[18] https://thinkprogress.org/10-things-conservatives-dont-want-you-to-know-about-ronald-reagan-7a87723a4f68

[19] http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/12/ronald-reagan-big-government-legacy

[20] http://www.infowars.com/timeline-to-tyranny/

[21] https://coto2.wordpress.com/2011/08/30/the-crime-of-the-patriot-act-911-and-a-whistleblower%E2%80%99s-truth/

[22] https://ratical.org/ratville/CAH/cahBCF.html

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Subjective-Objectivism

     Happy [early] Memorial Day! Not to mention, Happy 99th Birthday to John F. Kennedy! It is the fourth year in the cycle. This means that election season is in full swing, and the lunatics are out trying to coerce people into choosing a side. For this primary reason, I have decided to write this thesis on a new philosophical ideology that puts the lunacism to rest and promotes the benefit of everyone.
     If you choose to read this, you may think that I am too liberal, or too conservative, depending on your platform. It is your right to think that, and in fact you would be right. My rebuttle to this statement is that I'm too logical. Also, if you choose to read this, remember that YOU have voluntarily chosen of your own free will to read it, and therefore cannot be offended in any way, shape or form. You have a right to criticize however, I have a right to not care what you think. Here is my thesis:


Subjective-Objectivism

(A libertatis based philosophy)
     Subjective-Objectivism sounds like an oxymoron, but it really isn’t. It’s less of a contradiction and more of a fusion of the two philosophies at hand: Objectivism[1] and Subjectivism[2]. As an Individualist[3] (which encompasses both philosophies), one doesn't conform to one specific ideology, but rather molds one’s own from a multitude of others[4]. What will be discussed in this thesis is an explanation of the theory in parallel of the parent two with differences explicitly stated.
    The purpose of this thesis is to state/present a new philosophy [stemmed from multiple priors] that maximizes individuality (personal freedom, knowledge, and spirituality); in addition to stimulate the reader’s ability to think and to reason. Citations are given for expansion upon each concept or thought. In most philosophies, there are five[5] basic areas of focus: Metaphysics, Ethics, Politics, Aesthetics, and Epistemology. Therefore, these five areas shall be the focus of this thesis. The reader need not agree with this philosophy, nor any other, all the reader need do is think. “Think deeply about things. Don’t just go along because that’s the way things are or that’s what your friends say. Consider the effects, consider the alternatives, but most importantly, just think.” – Aaron Swartz

Epistemology:

     The primary disagreement between Objectivism and Subjectivism is the belief of what is fact, and how that relates to reality. In Objectivism, reality, reason, and the perception of that reality is what is fact; and that reality exists independently of consciousness. Consciousness is but a tool used to deduce reality and reason. Subjectivism believes the opposite: Consciousness is the only true fact, and that reality, reason and the perception of that reality exists dependently on consciousness. Consciousness is but a tool used to create reality and reason. Essentially, the question is: which came first, the chicken or the egg? Or in this case, consciousness or reality?
     The ultimate convention of Objectivism is ‘reason.’ Objectivism defines reason as: "the faculty that identifies and integrates the material provided by man's senses."[6] The epistemology of Objectivists maintains "The fundamental concept of method, the one on which all the others depend, is logic,” and that all knowledge is ultimately based on perception. The form in which an organism perceives is determined by the physiology of its sensory systems. Whatever form the organism perceives it in, what it perceives—the object of perception—is reality. This belief is similarly shared by Subjectivism in which, your conscious perception, and sub sequent conscious beliefs, are your reality.
     Subjective-Objectivism agrees with both parents that, knowledge is restricted to the conscious self and its sensory states but that, in order to obtain knowledge, both volition and adherence to a specific method of validation via observation, and concept formation are required. You must first have the will to learn, if you are going to learn anything at all. [Subjective]Objectivists hold that reason is the means of human knowledge and, sub sequentially, reason is each person's most fundamental means of survival; as such it is necessary to the establishment and practice of certain values. In agreement with Objectivism; Subjective-Objectivists believe, that philosophy is logically prior to psychology and is in no way dependent on it.[7][8] Likewise, the acknowledgement of the facts that human beings have limited knowledge, are vulnerable to error, and do not instantly understand all of the implications of their knowledge[9] is understood, and therefore humans should strive for more knowledge, empathy and compassion in order for self-improvement.

Metaphysics:
     As Subjectivism states, “Metaphysical Subjectivism is the theory that reality is what we perceive to be real, and that there is no underlying true reality that exists independently of perception. One can also hold that it is consciousness rather than perception that is reality.” Subjective-Objectivism agrees with this approach. [10] Subjectivism goes on to say that, “The nature of reality as related to a given consciousness is dependent on that consciousness.” This means that what we perceive and apply our intention to, determines our individual reality. This belief is completely contrary to the deterministic model we’ve been taught. Our very being is not the result of set factors we can do very little about, but indeed the exact opposite. We are literally a projection of our own consciousness. The rest is up to us as to how much we let the illusory projection laid down before us determine our reality. [11] The old maxim, “Life is what you make it,” sums up this ideal.
     If you were to watch a video of an erupting volcano, you may perceive that the camera is rocking because the volcano is shaking the ground. Alternatively, you may perceive that the camera is rocking because the person holding the camera is shaking and not keeping steady. This is based on the perception of your consciousness. Objectivisim can be applied to this. According to Ayn Rand (the founder of Objectivism), it is entities that act/react, and [that] every action/reaction is the action of an entity. The way entities act/react is caused by the specific nature (or "identity") of those entities; if they were different they would act differently. [12] It is the entity that acts/reacts however, each entity acts/reacts based upon its own conscious perception of its reality/situation. If a burglar were to rob a bank, one customer may hide under a table, or cooperate with the burglar in order to survive the situation. Another customer may try to tackle and disarm the burglar in order to save the other people in the bank. Each customer in the bank/situation are going to think differently, and thus act/react differently based on their conscious perception of the reality/situation at hand.
     While it is true that, “to be conscious is to be conscious of something," (for most Subjectivists, it is the Universal Consciousness that everyone/thing is connected) it is also true that, “our own mental activity is the only unquestionable fact of our experience." As it is truly unique to each individual. Despite what you believe to be fact, it is your own mental activity that you know completely to be fact. Because you thought it, you know it, therefore that thought is fact. Now, this isn't to say if you think of pink elephants, pink elephants are fact. Rather, it is the thought of pink elephants that is fact because you [the individual] thought it. For instance, it was once believed as fact that the Earth was flat. We obviously know this is not fact. This belief has come back in recent times based on conscious perception of the Earth, and the individual in accordance. Because our mental activity or consciousness has determined this or anything else to be fact, that [mental activity and consciousness] is what truly is fact.
     “If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” – Nikola Tesla. “Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another.” – Albert Einstein. “I am the electricity in the human form.” – Nikola Tesla. What these, brilliant, theorists are essentially saying, is that everything is energy or electricity. Subjectivism and Subjective-Objectivism take this concept one step further, with the Law of Vibration [13], as well as the other universal laws [14]. The 12 immutable laws of the universe are: Law of Divine Oneness, Vibration, Action, Correspondence, Cause and Effect, Compensation, Attraction, Perpetual Transmutation of Energy, Relativity, Polarity, Rhythm, and Gender. Each of these laws shall not be explained in depth in this thesis. However, in accordance with the subject at hand, the law of vibration concludes: anything that exists in our universe, whether seen or unseen, broken down into and analyzed in its purest and most basic form, consists of pure energy or light which resonates and exists as a vibratory frequency or pattern. If everything is energy, and has a frequency or vibration; then even our thoughts, feelings and intentions are energy and therefore also have a frequency or vibration. This leads into the 11 other universal laws.
     This concept of 'everything is energy,' including our thoughts, directly leads to the law of attraction. Put simply, the law of attraction states: we create the things, events and people that come into our lives. Our thoughts, feelings, words, and actions produce energies which, in turn attract like energies. A positive mental attitude attracts positive experiences and circumstances while a negative mental attitude attracts those conditions that we deem negative or unwanted. Stemming from this law, is the Objective-Subjective belief in reality creation. To consciously attract anything you want to experience into your life, you must need it, not simply desire, that which you want. To need something is to have a purpose for it and when something has a big enough purpose, it becomes a necessity rather than a luxury. You are able to attract anything you need to yourself because you are already connected to everything, seen and unseen. Nothing and no one is separate from you. [15] In Subjective-Objectivism, the epistemology of 'necessity' isn't ineluctably something one needs to live or a basic need such as food, water and shelter; necessity can also include the common definition of ‘want’ such as: a better job, a bigger house, or love (as some view love as a want vs. a need) so long as you have a concrete undeniable reason, and conviction, for needing it.
     All of this stems from the conscious mind. As such, there is a metaphysical war on for your mind. This 'war' involves outrageous concepts such as 'mind control.' While the realm of conspiracy fact/theory is outside the scope of this thesis, the theory of mind control is, indeed, inside this scope. It has been proven that world governments have invested large sums of time, effort, and money into the research and practice of mind control. [16][17][18] A more commonly known form of mind control is subliminal messaging. Subliminal messages are the presentation of short messages that tell us what to do, what to think, and what to feel; but that are flashed so briefly we aren’t even aware we have seen them. The conscious doesn't pay attention, but the subconscious, which is more impressionable, does. When subjected, day in and day out, with subliminal messaging, the mind is likely to trigger emotions, memories or feelings, without a person’s conscious recognition of why they feel a certain way. A person may not consciously realize why he/she is starting to be more attracted to certain behaviors, lifestyles or products, but they are more likely to succumb to the attraction. “..subliminal ads are used as a technique not only to increase sales but is also used to divert youth and involve them in such type of behavior which is only hazardous to the consumer.” Take, for instance, advertisements for women. If you look at multiple ads that are targeted at women between the ages 18-35, most, if not all, will personify that women and girls should be thin, wear excessive makeup, style their hair in certain ways, and look 'sexy.' It almost appears as though it is the advertisers’ job to make young women feel bad about themselves. [19]
     In 1958, Vance Packard, an American Journalist and author, uncovered that powerful corporations were constantly looking for, and in many cases already applying, a wide variety of techniques for controlling people without their knowledge. He described a kind of cabal in which marketers worked closely with social scientists to determine, among other things, how to get people to buy things they didn’t need and how to condition young children to be good consumers. Guided by social science or social engineering [20], marketers were quickly learning how to play upon people’s insecurities, frailties, unconscious fears, aggressive feelings and sexual desires to alter their thinking, emotions and behavior without any awareness that they were even being manipulated. By the early 1950s, politicians had also received the message and were beginning to merchandise themselves using the same subtle forces being used to sell soap. British economist Kenneth Boulding once said: “A world of unseen dictatorship is conceivable, still using the forms of democratic government.” The forces that Packard described have become more pervasive over the decades. The soothing music we all hear overhead in supermarkets causes us to walk more slowly and buy more food, whether we need it or not. Most of the vacuous thoughts and intense feelings our teenagers experience from morning till night are carefully orchestrated by highly skilled marketing professionals working in our fashion and entertainment industries. Politicians work with a wide range of consultants who test every aspect of what the politicians do in order to sway voters: clothing, intonations, facial expressions, makeup, hairstyles and speeches are all optimized, just like the packaging of a breakfast cereal. [21]
     In order to recognize and break free from this mind control, one must essentially 'unplug' and become aware, or objective in their subjectivity. Think of this whole concept in terms of computers and networking. There are two types of network communication systems: half-duplex, and full-duplex. In half-duplex, when two computers are connected, only one can connect or communicate at a time. Whereas in full-duplex, when two computers are connected, both computers can connect or communicate at the same time. People are generally half-duplexed, when it comes to consciousness. The average person's conscience, while half-duplexed, can only communicate or connect one way, at one time (mainly receiving). You are receiving these [and other] messages, and are being influenced by them. When one 'unplugs,' they become full-duplexed. Now, your conscience can communicate or connect both ways at the same time. Therefore, when you recognize and see the messages, you can put up a 'firewall' which can either accept or deny the message. In addition to this 'firewall,' one can also project messages into the universal consciousness, and onto others (reality creation). You have essentially become objective to your subjectivity. If you are not objective, you are subjective and therefore are influenced by these messages. A theory has risen in recent years that our universe, or moreover our reality, could be a computer simulation. [22] While this thesis is not advocating that we are all living in a computer program such as the matrix; what this thesis is advocating is that: if all of this truly is a simulation, it is a simulation stemmed from consciousness, and therefore can be manipulated (or hacked to use computer terms) by one's consciousness.

Ethics:

     In Objectivism, the purpose of moral code is to provide the principles by reference to which man can achieve the values that his/her survival requires. In short: If [man] chooses to live, a rational ethics will tell him what principles of action are required to implement his choice. If he does not choose to live, nature will take its course. Reality confronts a wo/man with a great many "must's", but all of them are conditional: the formula of realistic necessity is: "you must, if – and only if -- you want to achieve a certain goal." [23] You must take action and work towards achieving a certain goal. For Subjectivism, one must first believe that the goal is possible, and attainable, (for consciousness to 'work its magic') in addition to taking action and working towards a certain goal. As previously stated, the epistemology of 'necessity' isn't ineluctably something one needs to live or a basic need such as food, water and shelter; necessity can also include the common definition of ‘want’ such as: a better job, a bigger house, or love (as some view love as a want vs. a need). In essence, if you believe you can achieve something (and stick to it through thick and thin), regardless of the status quo, then you can achieve it, and you have taken your first step towards achieving it. Another maxim, “anything is possible.
     Objectivists believe capital punishment is morally justifiable as retribution against a murderer, but dangerous due to the risk of mistakenly executing innocent people and opening the door to state murder. Rand therefore said she opposed capital punishment "on epistemological, rather than moral grounds."[24] Subjective-Objectivism does not believe capital punishment is morally justifiable as retribution against anyone, regardless of the crime. Not only does, as Objectivism states, capital punishment risk executing an innocent person; but (in a taxed society) it costs far more to pay for capital punishment (via the judicial, and execution processes) than it does for life in prison. It also does not apply as a deterrent for crimes, nor should any individual, in an individualist society, be given the right to take another individual’s life/consciousness. [25][26] This applies to Objectivism’s belief that the use or threat of force neutralizes the practical effect of an individual's reason, whether the force originates from the state or from a criminal. Rand stated, "man's mind will not function at the point of a gun."[27] The initiation of physical force against the will of another is immoral to an Objectivist (and Subjective-Objectivist), as are indirect initiations of force through threats, fraud, and/or breach of contract. The use of defensive or retaliatory force, on the other hand, is appropriate, when warranted. Whereas, the only method of organized human behavior coinciding with the operation of reason is that of voluntary cooperation. Persuasion is a method of reason. By its nature, the overtly irrational cannot rely on the use of persuasion and must ultimately resort to force to prevail. [28]
     The ethical and spiritual teachings of nonviolence apply to the Subjective-Objectivist. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.” Matthew 5:9 “Love your enemies; bless those who persecute you.” Luke 6:27 The motto for the Ahmadiyya sect (one of the most outspoken Muslim groups regarding the message of Islam to be a peaceful one) is "Love for all, hatred for none." Ahimsa (not to injure; compassion) is one of the cardinal virtues of Jainism, Hinduism, and Buddhism. In accordance with Objectivism, and many other Individualist theories, each being is a unique being, and as such offers some degree of value. It is therefore wrong, immoral, and unethical to use force against another being. Nonviolence, in terms of Civil Disobedience, is a sense of ‘moral high ground,’ not for the narcissist who views themselves as better than others, but for the rational mind who stands for what they believe in, (via conscious perception) what is right. Every act of civil disobedience, regardless of if the whole movement won or lost, is a ‘win’ because the individual stood for what he/she believes in.

Politics:

     Because the opportunity to use reason without the initiation of force is necessary to achieve moral values, each individual has an unalienable moral right to act as his/her own judgment directs and to keep the product of his/her effort. "In content, as the founding fathers recognized, there is one fundamental right, which has several major derivatives. The fundamental right is the right to life. Its major derivatives are the right to liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness."[29] "A 'right' is a moral principle defining and sanctioning a man's freedom of action in a social context." Each individual must refrain from violating the rights of others goes without saying. Objectivists reject alternative notions to rights, such as positive rights, collective rights, or animal rights, since the basic principles of these are incorporated in Objectivism as ‘the individual in the collective, for example, has the basic right to life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness.’
     [Subjective]Objectivists hold that the only socio-economic system which fully recognizes individual rights is Capitalism,[30] specifically what Rand described as "full, pure, uncontrolled, unregulated laissez-faire capitalism,"[31]  or Anarcho-Capitalism[32]. Objectivism regards Capitalism as the social system which is most beneficial to the poor, but that this isn't its primary justification.[33] Rather, it is the only moral socio-economic system. Objectivism maintains that only societies seeking to establish freedom (or free nations) have a right to self-determination.
     [Subjective]Objectivism views government as "the means of placing the retaliatory use of physical force under objective control—i.e., under objectively defined laws, or the rule of law;" thus, government is both legitimate and critically important[34] in order to protect individual rights.[35] Anarchism is inherently opposed by [Subjective]Objectivists because, as Rand saw, putting police and courts on the market is an inherent miscarriage of justice.[36] Objectivism holds that the proper functions of a government are "the police, to protect men from criminals—the armed services, to protect men from foreign invaders—the courts of law, to settle disputes among men according to objectively defined laws," the executive – to enforce and follow the rule of law and legislatures – to develop reasonable laws.[37] Furthermore, in protecting individual rights, the government is acting as an agent of its citizens and "has no rights except the rights delegated to it by the citizens"[38] and it must act in an impartial manner according to specific, objectively defined laws.[39] In laymen’s terms: “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends…it is their [the people’s] right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”[40]
     Rand argued that limited intellectual property monopolies being granted to certain inventors and artists on a first-to-file basis are moral because she viewed all property as fundamentally intellectual. Furthermore, the value of a commercial product comes in part from the necessary work of its inventors. However, Rand viewed limits on patents and copyrights as important and held that if they were granted in perpetuity, it would completely lead to de facto collectivism. These limits should include a limited amount of time of propriety, after which the intellectual property should be placed in the public domain for individuals to build and expand upon. [41]
     Rand opposed racism and any legal application of racism. She considered affirmative action to be an example of legal racism.[42] Rand advocated the right to legal abortion; Subjective-Objectivsm holds that there should be no law, for or against, in regards to abortion, as it is a personal choice and therefore no government involvement and no compensation from taxation (should taxation exist) should be applied to it. Military conscription is an infringement upon individual rights. Censorship is also an infringement, including legal restrictions on pornography, opinion or worship. However, with regards to pornography, the Subjective-Objectivist mind views that one should not be adjudicated based on appearance but, in the words of Martin Luther King Jr., “by the contents of their character,” and their actions. Therefore, while censorship on pornography is an infringement, pornography, in general, should be frowned upon, as should instant gratification. Ayn Rand famously quipped; "In the transition to statism, every infringement of human rights has begun with a given right's least attractive practitioners.[43][44]
     Objectivists have also opposed a number of government activities commonly supported by both liberals and conservatives, including antitrust laws,[45] the minimum wage, public education,[46] and existing child labor laws.[47] Objectivists have argued against faith-based initiatives,[48] displaying religious symbols in government facilities,[49] and the teaching of "intelligent design" in public schools.[50] Subjective-Objectivists agree with all but the opposition to antitrust laws (as long as true capitalism doesn’t exist), and faith-based initiatives. Since it has been proven that religious individuals are more generous [51] [52], faith-based initiatives should be allowed to thrive; as such it should be up the state, or local governments and the individuals in each community to decide if religious symbols are to be displayed at government facilities. Also it is up the individual parents to decide what kind of education the child receives (i.e., creationism, evolution, etc.).
     An explanation as to why the minimum wage is opposed is as follows: If true capitalism existed, (meaning if there were many competing businesses with many jobs open) the business would decide how much pay employees would receive. If the employees didn’t like the pay offered, they may resign and work for a competing business which would pay more. Businesses would by default have to pay a certain (reasonable) wage in order to invite individuals to work for them. If the business payed too low, no one would work for the business, nor would any individual be forced to as there would be no monopolies, and many competing businesses would be glad to hire more. This is similar to state backed financial aid for higher educational institutions. The cost of tuition wouldn’t be outrageous if the state didn’t ‘foot the bill.’ This would be because: if the institution charged a high tuition, no one would be able to pay to attend, therefore, if the institution wanted to remain relevant and in business, they would lower their tuition to a reasonable amount, allowing for individuals to be able to afford and attend. Taxation is another system opposed by Objectivists and Subjective-Objectivists as it is theft and an endorsement of force over reason,[53][54] and, therefore, should be replaced with voluntary donations.
      In coincidence with Rand’s Objectivist philosophies, Subjective-Objectivists believe in the Anarcho-Capitalistic society based on the voluntary trade of private property and services (in sum, all relationships not caused by threats or violence, including exchanges of money, consumer goods, land, and capital goods) in order to minimize conflict while maximizing individual liberty and prosperity. However, charity and communal arrangements are also recognized as part of the same voluntary ethic.[55] Non-state public or community property can exist in an anarcho-capitalistic society; what is important is that the property is acquired and transferred without help or hindrance from the compulsory state. Anarcho-capitalist libertarians believe that the only just, and/or most economically beneficial, way to acquire property is through voluntary trade, gift, or labor-based original appropriation, rather than through aggression or fraud.[56]
     With the rule of law and an informed population, the limited state is not an initiation of force because it could not use force against those who have not stolen private property, vandalized private property, assaulted anyone, or committed fraud, without intense repercussions. The Anarcho-Capitalist maxim: “Everyone is the proper owner of his/her own physical body as well as of all places and nature-given goods that he/she occupies and puts to use by means of his/her body, provided only that no one else has already occupied or used the same places and goods before them. This ownership of "originally appropriated" places and goods by a person implies his/her right to use and transform these places and goods in any way (s)he sees fit, provided only that (s)he does not change thereby uninvitedly the physical integrity of places and goods originally appropriated by another person. In particular, once a place or good has been first appropriated by, in John Locke's phrase, 'mixing one's labor' with it, ownership in such places and goods can be acquired only by means of a voluntary – contractual – transfer of its property title from a previous to a later owner, [57]” reigns true for Subjective-Objectivism.
     The society envisioned by Anarcho-Capitalists, Objectivists and Subjective-Objectivists has been called the ‘Contractual Society’ – "... a society based purely on voluntary action, entirely unhampered by violence or threats of violence."[58] – in which the system relies on voluntary agreements (contracts) between individuals as the legal framework. One particular ramification is that transfer of property and services must be considered voluntarily on the part of both parties. No external entities can force an individual to accept or deny a particular transaction. An employer might offer insurance and death benefits to same-sex couples; another might refuse to recognize any union outside his or her own faith. Individuals are free to enter into or reject contractual agreements as they see fit.
     Anarcho-Capitalism founder, Murray Rothbard points out that corporations would exist in a free society, as they are simply the pooling of capital. Limited liability for corporations is also able to exist through contract: "Corporations are not at all monopolistic privileges; they are free associations of individuals pooling their capital. On the purely free market, such men would simply announce to their creditors that their liability is limited to the capital specifically invested in the corporation...."[59] Any corporation created in this way would not, however, be able to replicate the limit on liabilities arising non-contractually, i.e., as liability in tort for environmental disasters or personal injury, which corporations currently enjoy. This means that if an oil company were to produce an oil spill, they would not be able to claim limited liability for the spill, in fact they would be fully liable for that or other similar torts. Likewise, if an individual is injured on corporate property, if the corporation doesn’t have “necessary” safety measures, the corporation is fully liable for that tort. Rothbard himself acknowledged that "limited liability for torts is the illegitimate conferring of a special privilege,"[60] which corporations should not have. Rothbard argued that the right to contract is based in unalienable human rights[61] and as a result, any contract that implicitly violates those rights can be voided at will, which would, for instance, prevent a person from permanently selling himself or herself into unindentured slavery.

Aesthetics:

     Art, according to Objectivism, serves a human cognitive need: it allows human beings to grasp concepts as though they were percepts. Objectivism defines "art" as a "selective re-creation of reality according to an artist's metaphysical value-judgments"—that is, according to what the artist [consciously] believes to be ultimately true and important about the nature of reality and humanity. In this respect, [Subjective]Objectivism regards art as a way of presenting any abstraction concretely, in perceptual form.[62]
     The human need for art, on this view, stems from the need for cognitive economy. Art provides a perceptual, easy to understand means of communicating and thinking about multiple abstractions, including one's metaphysical value-judgments. Objectivism regards art as an effective way to communicate a moral or ethical ideal.[63] Moreover, art need not be, and usually is not, the outcome of a full-blown, explicit philosophy. Usually it stems from an artist's sense of life (which is preconceptual and largely emotional).[64]
     Rand held that Romanticism was the highest school of literary art, noting that Romanticism was "based on the recognition of the principle that man possesses the faculty of volition," absent of this literature is robbed of dramatic power, “What the Romanticists brought to art was the primacy of values... Values are the source of emotions: a great deal of emotional intensity was projected in the work of the Romanticists and in the reactions of their audiences, as well as a great deal of color, imagination, originality, excitement, and all the other consequences of a value-oriented view of life.[65]
     The term "romanticism," is often affiliated with Emotionalism, to which Objectivism is completely opposed. Historically, many romantic artists were philosophically Subjectivist. Objectivists branch off Romanticism into what they call Romantic Realism.[66] Subjective-Objectivists stick with the original meaning of Romanticism and agree to a large degree with the Subjectivist philosophy of romantic artists.
     Objectivism rejects "feeling" as sources of knowledge. Objectivists acknowledge the importance of emotion for human beings, and maintain that emotions are a consequence of the conscious or subconscious ideas that a person already accepts, not a means of achieving awareness of reality. Objectivists also reject all forms of faith or mysticism. Under Objectivism, faith is defined as "the acceptance of allegations without evidence or proof, either apart from or against the evidence of one's senses and reason…” Mysticism is, “the claim to some non-sensory, non-rational, non-definable, non-identifiable means of knowledge, such as 'instinct,' 'intuition,' 'revelation,' or any form of 'just knowing.'"[67]
     Subjectivism, on the other hand, embraces ‘Emotionalism.’ Subjectivists believe in utilizing the power of emotions, which one could say is what makes us “human.” Subjectivism also accepts faith and mysticism in varying degrees. This is where Subjective-Objectivism bridges the two: While logic and reason are necessary for reality perception; it is emotion and [sometimes] faith that allow us to be happy in our conscious perception of reality. Happiness is the ultimate strive for Objectivism, Subjectivism and Subjective-Objectivism. As Ayn Rand, stated “My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute.”[68]
    Subjective-Objectivists, like Objectivists, appreciate art (values/emotions), and also mathematics and science (logic/knowledge). Therefore, Subjective-Objectivists regard Art Deco as the highest school of visual and logical art/architecture. What the art of Romanticism is to values/emotions, the art of Art Deco is to logic/knowledge. Art Deco is defined as "an assertively modern style [that] ran to symmetry rather than asymmetry, and to the rectilinear rather than the curvilinear; it responded to the demands of the machine and of new material [and] the requirements of mass production".[69] Art Deco represents luxury, glamor, exuberance, and faith in social, economic and technological progress. Being geometrically and mathematically precise, Art Deco expressed the perfect society, in which the individual has full freedom to embrace the technological, mathematical, and scientific advancements of the new world, while retaining the values/emotions and ‘ways’ of the old world. It brought law and order, mathematically through defined shapes and geometric expressions. The Art Deco era ushered in a spirit of frivolity, luxury and a sense of freedom and hopefulness. In this way, the Art Deco style expresses Subjective-Objectivism, as in freedom, luxury, and positivity for all.
     In a nutshell, Subjective-Objectivism is primarily original Objectivism, but with the atheistic aspects removed and replaced with theistic, in addition to a few other minor differences. While I am a big fan of Ayn Rand and her philosophy, especially in regards to Laissez-Faire Capitalism, I do disagree with certain aspects. One major differing belief I have with pure Objectivism is that reality is independent of consciousness. This is where the subjective comes in; reality is actually highly dependent on consciousness [70], (You [the individual] create your own reality). To sum the whole philosophy in five words, Subjective-Objectivism can be described as: “Create, Live and Let Live.



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