Philosophy: Pursuit of Wisdom
When I was in the third grade, they asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. Instead of a teacher policeman or fireman, I wanted to be ‘Wise,’ a philosopher – like Plato. To then be informed that being a philosopher isn’t a job so I made that into becoming a Psychiatrist, wise of mind and body.
The ascendancy of empiricism correlates not only to a diminution in religious faith, but in ‘thinking’ as relevant or constructive. As many ills have been effectively laid at the feet of religion, philosophy is experiencing a form of atheism in the sense of having no absolute value. Atheism is that there are no deities, and monotheism, there is only, the fundamental issue of philosophy is of value.
For the physical there’s mathematics and science, for the spiritual psychology and religion, and for the intellectual politics including war. Ayn Rand Sun Tzu Machiavelli Von Clausewitz along with Platonic chauvinism manufactures ‘purty fancy-house word‘ justifications. Making brownie points for name-dropping renowned philosophers as cards in a rubber of Bridge.
My abstraction trumps yours, when the utility of thought has evolved from the general to the specific. The question for philosophy is ‘What have you done for me lately?’ After I wrote The Absolute-Unity and Unity, I grew weary of abstractions as irrelevant to the beyond concrete of The Absolute-Unity. That it doesn’t matter how the door got the way it is, but whether it’s open or closed.
As musicians’ scales keys and standards, the practice of philosophy is being familiar with a lineage of agreement. With little to do with wisdom, modern philosophy has become an Alex Haley ‘Roots’ of Western intellectual civilization without any capacity to impact what’s being done.
Point of View
Firstly, there’s no necessity to adhere to anyone’s terminology as long as I’m consistent with my Neoplatonist with modifications point of view. I don’t pretend that I’m saying anything unique. I’m not, as I was when I wrote The Absolute-Unity and Unity, concerned with justifying Western philosophy. There’s a component of ‘discovered‘ as the Americas were uninhabited before colonization, the wisdom of millenia incredible until European validation.
There are principles that I call existential without invoking what’s understood as Existentialism in the popular vernacular. I mean logically consistent — obvious. Almost everything flows from the fundamentals of Dualism and Continuity. To a large extent, as philosophy has lost the grounds of mystery in science, the practice of philosophy has become intellectual baton-twirling in an Art Carney of the Honeymooners’ ‘shooting the cuffs‘ obfuscation of the obvious.
Philosophy of The Obvious
Religions are fundamentally organizations of social cooperation, both theistic and atheistic; are to groups what psychology is to individuals. Philosophy searching for credibility from theism has often become the province of . Philosophy is as a search for wisdom in a full-circle return to religion – beliefs. Things that can be proved belong to scientists. Linguists and theoretical physicists and mathematicians are the philosophers of today. The remaining ‘big questions’ are firmly in the realm of beliefs – that cannot be proved; dualism, sets of relations, and continuity.
Religions are fundamentally organizations of social cooperation, both theistic and atheistic; are to groups what psychology is to individuals. Philosophy searching for credibility from theism has often become the province of Atheism. Philosophy is dead as a search for wisdom in a full-circle return to religion – beliefs. Things that can be proved belong to scientists. Linguists and theoretical physicists and mathematicians are the philosophers of today. The remaining ‘big questions’ are firmly in the realm of beliefs – that cannot be proved; dualism, sets of relations, and continuity.
There’s an objective reality, that people have a great capacity to distort. All animals have a soul of Free Will. Life wants to sustain itself. The drive to survive is fundamental; call it whatever you Will. As pack animals, humans group cooperatively and in opposition. Omnivorous, humans have capability to be malevolent beasts and benevolent, that’s usually restricted to an ‘Us.’ Compassion only for oneself, much less one’s ‘Us’ is more common in the context of ever-increasing scarcity; is as logical and efficacious as altruism. There are no divine penalties in this existence for bad behavior, only the laws of men that may or may not be driven toward egalitarian justice.
Everybody Wants Something
Everybody wants something, if nothing more than another breath. A natural and teleological absolute is the drive to survive. As basic as the brainstem reflexes of breathing and withdrawing from pain. Within and below consciousness, everybody wants something. Usually something believed related to survival, in the here and now or Beyond. Human behavior is rooted in beliefs, not facts.
For many, Unit-Cohesion social association is the depth of religion. Sticking together as a Bundle of Reeds works, is the first Conventional Wisdom. Federalists believe in power money might, and reify that through scarcity for ‘Them.’ Adoption of a common terminology, even if ignorant of the meanings of the words and concepts is an in-common grounds of exchange, believe as we believe. Meaning is sublimated and largely irrelevant to intent of association.
Beyond mere words, the evolution of inflection and pronunciation within United States’ English is reflective of an intent of association with the old-South and differentiation from ‘Yankees.’ The twang is an immediate signal of old-South association that’s beyond mere words. Within that sound is a space of understanding, a dissertation with commentaries.
With millenia of philosophical discourse and complexity, the understandings of some are no deeper than a mark of paint as a family symbol, and others the depths of oceans of worlds of Ain’t Necessarily So. That corresponds to the standard of loyalty to family, immediate or extended, as well as familial deities. With ‘thought and felt’ being a common ground of association. In a sound that says ‘I’m with you.‘ By this, philosophy is not words by sounds of in-common agreement, birds chirping.
Philosophy of Necessity
At the Maslow’s level of survival in the shadows of the deities power money and might, nobody cares what you think and feel. As this existence has come forth by the day of egalitarianism from The Divine Torah, politics is the province of mass psychology that had been traditionally under the purview of religious collectivization.
At a time, the king converts and so do all his subjects. Today, the subjects make the king as men as deities by belonging to an authoritarian religious belief that favors monarchical governance – now by the 1%.
The ascendancy of the Godfather of Antipathy bringing progressive income inequality out of the old-South’s War Within the States ‘meaning of life’ is the vulnerable plowed under belief in ‘trickle-down.’ As a kinetic device, politics is the war by other means of actualization of religion in modernity.
As red orange yellow green blue indigo violet analogous to the number of notes in a musical scale, I accepted the validity of the seven (must be) levels of reality of Plotinus. There’s no escaping these patterned realities that can be molded as clay from the ground, but without a de novo creation.
And Do Not Believe in Materialism
The pre-eminent philosopher of the modern age, Saul A. Kripke, says:
I don’t have the prejudices many have today, I don’t believe in a naturalist world view. I don’t base my thinking on prejudices or a worldview and do not believe in materialism.
As Noam Chomsky, language science and mathematics are the remaining fronts of philosophy. That still lands in the uncertainty of Kurt Godel, the Incompleteness Theorem, in Ain’t Necessarily So. That boils down to, you’re going to believe in something, the only question is what. Someone asked me, knowing all this, how can I doubt care, doubt mercy when so certain of The Absolute Unity, that’s as tangible as the ground under my feet. By the quality of Free Will, we all can choose.
Problem of Free Will
Central to my cosmological philosophy is continuity, to community to elders of blessed memory to The Divine Torah. In that The Absolute-Unity cannot be proved, I live in a decision, a choice from (almost) Free Will to believe. Because of the direct linkage between identity as a composite-self from Sinai, my personal identity is sublimated to the collective.
Today, the authoritarian wave from militaristic Zionism is such that there’s no freedom of thought or speech while responsibility is total in the collective. As Job, I don’t believe that there’s any penalty in this existence for wickedness. That I define as a lack of Compassion. I don’t believe that the psyche of people can change significantly during their lifetimes. Which is a form of denial of Free Will. Is an extended form of the blood idea that extends from congenital to early environmental along with circumstance. Some people are born with Ears to Hear, and other aren’t.
The necessity of The Fourteenth Principle is a relativistic either-or, having compassion for ‘Them’ is a rejection for compassion for myself. I don’t have Free Will as an individual, I have a composite-self Free Will. That’s the problem of Free Will, not as the individual interpretation. In the paradigm of authoritarian herding cats, I’m being dragged, kicking and screaming into a defense of idolatry, of a thing. In an association that I can no more quit than my skin. My absolute certainty of The Absolute-Unity has rendered me as irretrievably locked, into an uncertainty, an incompleteness of Free Will that means that in the collective, I’m standing absolutely alone.
Way of Being
What people do, their Way of Being, has little to nothing to do with logic, but everything to do with belief. Because of absolute certainty being beyond this existence, ultimately, (almost) all actions are to a greater or lesser degree executed in the realm of belief rather than fact. Mathematics is enchanting as is Logos, but there’s a deficiency of relevance in that wisdom is applicable to actions in the here and now.
Many philosophers have been critical of religion, when beliefs, not logic and facts, are the life’s blood of the reasons people behave as they do. The primary driver of the drive to survive is the fear of death. Life itself is grounded in that fear — obviously.
Total Perpetual War
Good soldiers will think and feel what they’re told in this time of Total Perpetual War. The machine will do as it’s programmed, within the limits of the programmer. A dynamic within groups that had formerly been under the rubric of religions is the promotion of a belief system that accounted for behavioral expectations. In opposition to egalitarian Justice in Compassion for All Suffering, the forces of darkness are promoting the blood idea as the arbiter of value in belief, Judaism as a ‘race.’
As a deeply held core identity belief, appeals to logic will find No Ears to Hear among the entitled by exceptionalism, that has created a Way of Being that explicitly excuses both logic and compassion as idealistic and unrealistic. This belief in Holding Dominion is the irrefutable cannot-be-proved that’s making the facts on the ground. It cannot be stopped any more than someone can persuade me that The Divine Torah is not. Or to deny my absolute conviction in The Absolute-Unity even if I can be persuaded in the heretical complaint of Job.
Futility of Logic: Do Nothing ‘Till You Hear From Me
In the actual actions of humans, there’s no logic involved, but association, beliefs weighted to values. Here it’s just the understanding that if I want to be in the Gordis tent, I need to get on board with the cognitive dissonance of agreeing that Compassion is valued, but not for ‘Them.’ In an either-or: wants another Shoah or supports the militaristic settlement enterprise Human Rights abuses and Project Humiliation.
The logic of Two-state is that an agreement to a ‘Palestinian state’ other than Jordan is that the unabashed taking can be halted, which it can never be — the mutual loathing so deep that, as with Zimbabwe, there can never be any reconciliation. The only real plan is to pour a drip-drab take-a-little-every-day tsunami on top of the Icebergs of Injustices into the depths of time.
Two-state is illogical as ‘secure’ and the One-state with Palestinian Arab Muslims as Feiglin rightless-vassals isn’t logical either. Faced with the choice between the destruction of Israel as a nation with special meaning to Jews — not as an exclusive ‘Jewish state,’ I’m squarely with the Likud, were there an intent for Justice. As with the initial cleansing of 1948, the issue isn’t what happened then, but the intent to continue uncompensated taking into the dept of time, as a Way of Being – that’s the substance and meaning of the ‘Jewish state.’
Philosophy Is a Way to Avoid
As discussion of ‘Two-state’ is a Way to Avoid the uncomfortable reality that indecipherable sounds beyond any ‘logical’ meaning, as the old-South twang, contains all relevant meaning in association. By this, I want to take philosophy out of the realm of words with meanings to a sound that is a language of its own without words. The ‘set’ that the twang designates isn’t an absolute, but reliably and intuitively significant. I’ve found myself with a re-ignited interest in the sterility of mathematics from the blood and guts of real life. I know that logic, or philosophy for that matter has nothing to do with what people do, but I seek comfort in the safety of my irrelevant intellectual game of Bridge.
As the old-South Code-words are hog-calls of Hate, that’s another name for Fear. Fear is the province of religion, denial in avoidance is the province of philosophy. Religion is kinetic while philosophy can’t go beyond a potential for description of language. Mathematicians have made the most significant contributions in explaining and validating the obvious. Nevertheless, there exists no mechanism to translate the truths of philosophy into kinetic action, into sounds.
Marxism has been irrelevant as Objectivism, both appropriated into a Holding Dominion religious belief system; tabbed-paper word clothing on Ken and Barbie dolls. The same with idealism and all the others.
Failure of the Voice of Reason
The problem of philosophy, in all forms, is the irrelevance of the ‘voice of reason.‘ With respect to Two-state, thats, ‘Lets stop playing this taking to an infinite infinity game and go home with our secured winnings, figuratively with (almost) 1967 borders and land swaps.’ by ‘belief‘ in The Fourteenth Principle. It’s remarkable that ‘intelligentsia’ who’re not expected to be decerebrate as the enraptured German people swooning at the click and step are saying the same (could be better) platitudes, that really boils down to support your race’s entitlement to ‘unpopular things.’
Here, the intellectual Liberal Arts legacy of philosophy is as debased as the mob carrying torches — we all know that sound. I find myself standing on the right in My Silent Attic of fear, knowing that there will be no Justice or Compassion, forget Mercy, because what’s happening is religious, illogical. To try to think of life or discuss life in rational terms is futile — irrational. In that regard, philosophy is truly dead.
I want to reify philosophy as relevant, that the ability to think has value. I’d love to as the Captain, ‘Make it so.’ When I know the madding crowd thinks nothing but of their associations. That’s why the defense of Israel’s entitlement to ‘unpopular things‘ hinges upon ‘aren’t we friends?‘ Who’s side are you going to take? This is all about feelings and nothing to do with thinking beyond ‘Are you with me?‘ In a monism of either-or that has otherwise intelligent and thoughtful people quacking like ducks with the most ridiculous absurdities coming out of their mouths. ‘Let us have our ‘unpopular things,‘ Anti-Semitic to deny.’ The sum and total of their ‘logical’ argument.
Both True and Not True
I don’t believe in BDS, but I have to wonder whether that’s fear of crossing that line of old-South twang of ‘I’m with you.’ On the face of it, my opposition to BDS could be making the right Gordis sounds in support of entitlement to an (particularist) exclusive ‘Jewish state.’ Or is that as I say I believe I really want the right-wing One-state of injustice as the transitional necessity in continuity to egalitarianism. That matches perfectly the spirit my of Justice Compassion Mercy for Peace.
My metaphysical Dualism in Continuity of Time says Both True and True; that Reality is both. I’m surely afraid of the Black Hole as Soul of Gordis throwing me out of the tent, but I’m even more afraid that we will never get to an egalitarian Greater Israel. To really fulfill our metaphysical commitment of Chosen for Unity. I-Thou cannot happen in the I-It disengagement of Two-state. So, yes, I want the ‘Jewish state’ to have its injustices; and ultimately I’ll get to have my egalitarian Greater Israel.
It’s because I’m absolutely certain of the power of The Divine Torah of The Absolute-Unity that I have Perfect Faith that an egalitarian One-state of Greater Israel will eventually emerge. People can’t change their Way of Being, their Role of the Soul from within; in a state religion in a representative democracy as belief in entitlement to uncompensated-taking. This kinetic ‘situation on the ground‘ is creating a potential out of hemmed on all sides for the last reality, His Reality out of two impossibilities; a miracle in the making in creation of The Good from Not a Thing.
Only when there’s the composite-self in rejection of Judaism as a ‘race‘ and we realize in the Movement of the Spirit that our ‘Us’ includes ‘Them’ will we ‘discover‘ the inevitable World to Come in His Shekhinah.