The Gadfly

The Gadfly ver. 1.2.3

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The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter, Retired

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The Philosopher

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8/31/2016

Copyright 2016

Definition of Gad Fly

  • A fly that bites livestock, especially a horsefly, warble fly, or botfly.
  • An annoying person, especially one who provokes others into action by criticism.

The Gad Fly of the Greek Democracy[i]

  • Plato refers to Socrates as the “gad fly” of the state (as the gad fly stings the horse into action, so Socrates stung various Athenians).

The Gad Fly of the Christian Church[ii]

A New Paradigm in Christian Thinkingis the gad fly of the Christian Church.  Christian Churches do not accept criticism, ever. The price of criticism in the Christian Church is excommunication.  Christian sees themselves as “birds of a feather” and a critical bird is not of their nest.  They must protect the income and salaries of the professional Christians, the minds of their youth and the minds of all of their members from the gad flies of the Christian Church. Professional Christians must preach to the choir, instructing them on the religion that they have chosen to put their faith.  The cost of not preaching to the choir is that the choir will vote with their feet and donations, resulting in a loss of income to the church and the professional Christians who probably have children – if Protestant – that they need to get through college and a mortgage to pay off.   If the professional Christians are Catholic, they will not meet with the approval of the hierarchy of the church and will be excommunicated.

Max Planck, the German nuclear physicist of the early twentieth century, stated, “A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.[iii]

The same statement can be made of religion.  Acceptance of a new viewpoint of the existing data on religion can only take place when a younger generation becomes comfortable with these new views and those who are adamantly opposed to these new views die off.

Because of this self-protection of the minds of the youths, the church is destined to disappear for failure to keep up with our knowledge of the universe and the light it has shined on our knowledge and purpose of the visit to planet Earth of the Representative of the Creator of the Universe (RoCoU) two thousand years ago, and taught how the Homo sapiens who have evolved over the past thousands of centuries can get their basic needs of food, clothing and shelter met on this planet Earth and how to live in peace with each other and other nations.

An interesting side note is that Paleoanthropologist has found no link to the evolution of the Homo sapiens skull to that of the evolved Ancient Man, leaving open the creation of the Homo species by the “Creator of the Universe”.  Although ancient man and modern man have identical bone structure from the neck on down, their skulls and thus brains are much different, nor is there any evidence of a transitional development from the skull of Ancient Man to the skull (Brain) of the Homo Species. [iv]

The advances in our knowledge of the universe and the life creation process in the last one hundred years, mainly due to the Hubble Telescope and advances in life science, have put the Christian Church in a position where they need to update their theology from religious to pragmatic (cause and effect, science) or face extinction.  The church is clearly in a position of “grow or die” and the church cannot possibly grow with the determination to maintain their existing course, a course established and handed down through the generations and centuries by people that did not understand the meaning, instructions from the RoCoU and implications of the events that had taken place in the very beginning of “The Way” or the Christian Church.  These events took place in a very religious society and that society, for the most part, saw and recorded these events through a religious lens (perspective).

Case Study I

The RoCoU that visited planet Earth two thousand years ago taught the audience that had gathered around Him how to get along with other people on a one-on-one basis and how nations could live in peace with one another on a nation-to-nation basis.[v]

  • For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” [vi] From the accepted Christian perspective, their judgments will be judged by a higher power at the end of the life of planet Earth. They do not see their judging others as something that has immediate consequences.  From the pragmatic perspective, the effect of judging others – be it one-on-one or nation-to-nation – will have immediate consequences.  All Homo sapiens on planet Earth are of equal authority; one does not have dominion over another. And as one Homo sapiens judges another, so in turn are they judged by those they are judging in real time by the same measure they are using to judge!This holds true for one nation to judge another nation. As one nation judges another, so is that nation judged, by the measure they use to judge, by the nation they are judging.  As in the case where the USA is judging ISIS with “air strikes,” the USA is being judged by ISIS attacking soft target (civilian targets, airplanes, restaurants, public places, etc.) with bombing and assault weapons.  The USA has judged ISIS as “barbaric” and ISIS, in turn, has judged the USA as “barbaric”.  This ISIS War has made it impossible to tell the Barbarians from the Barbarians.

Wars of our past have been mislabeled.  We must remember that the President of the USA is also the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the USA.  The orders given by the President must be followed by the USA military forces.  The President does not issue illegal orders.  If the President  orders it, it is a legal order and must be obeyed by those in subornation to the Commander-in-Chief.  One can argue that they do not have to follow an illegal order, but they will probably be sent to the brig while the Supreme Court reviews their case. They will be removed from and replaced from duty and someone else will carry out the Commander-in-Chief’s order.

Therefore the Civil War as we know it was not our civil war – it was  Lincoln’s War.  The USA involvement in WWII was FDR’s and Truman’s War.  Harry Truman was President when the Korean War began in 1950, and Dwight Eisenhower was elected in 1952 and was President when the armistice was signed in 1953.  The Vietnam War was JFK’s initiative and LBJ’s Bombing War; Nixon pulled USA troops out of Vietnam. The Serbia vs. Bosnia, Kosovo, NATO was Clinton’s war.  The Persian Gulf War I with Iraq was G.H.W. Bush’s War.  The Iraq War was G.W. Bush’s War and the ISIS-ISIL War is Obama’s War.

As a professional troubleshooter for over forty years, I can equivalently state that, “A problem must be accurately described before action is taken to try and solve the problem; if not, a bigger problem will be the result.”  By placing the proper labels on our past wars, we should gain some insight as to the right problem to solve.

The Right Problem to Solve

  • Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison.” [vii]

The term “workable compromise” was not coined until the twentieth century. Is it any wonder that our ancestors did not understand the meaning of the above instruction from the RoCoU during his visit to planet Earth two thousand years ago?  A workable Compromise is a solution to conflicts that work for all participants in the disagreement.  The first step in search of a workable compromise is to ask the conflicting subject, “What do you want?”  If one does not understand what the conflicting parties want, how can a resolution ever be found that works for the principle parties?

  • Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace.[viii]

Here we have the workable compromise on a much larger scale.  In the case of USA vs. ISIS, the question was never asked, “What do you want?”  If we trace back the steps of the previous administrations, we should be able to predict what ISIS-ISIL wants.  The Sunni Muslims were in power in Iraq prior to G.W. Bush’s administration.  G.W. Bush’s War left the Sunni dispossessed from their homeland by the puppet Shiite Muslim administration installed by Bush. Iraq’s neighbor, Syria, was involved in its own civil war; The Sunni Muslims, now still armed with their weapons from the now defunct Iraq Red Army, seized the opportunity and developed their base of operation in Syria.  This new ISIL then made pronouncement on video, in a very barbaric way, for the USA to “Stay out of our fight.”  The Obama administration judged ISIL as “terrorists” and initiated air strikes against ISIS-ISIL as they threatened our allies in power in Iraq.

As described above in Case Study I, judging a nation as terrorist will result in the judging nation to be judged as terrorist by the judged nation.   As the USA conducted air strikes against “hard targets” (military targets) in an attempt to minimize collateral damage (civilian deaths), ISIS-ISIL, in retaliation, began bombing and assaulting soft targets (Civilian Targets).

Judging and the lack of ability to negotiate a workable compromise by the Obama administration has, and will continue to, cost the western civilization much cost in damage, dislocation of refugees and lives of civilians.  It is apparent that even a routine change in the administration by a newly elected administration will not end this conflict with ISIS-ISIL. A resignation or impeachment of the Chief Executive seems the proper road to pursue.  A newly elected administration would be in a position of trying to apologize for the actions of the previous administrations, and that never happens.

The Lens Used for the Viewing of the Facts

The lens one views the facts, events or evidence through determines the conclusions that the viewer will hold as the correct interpretation of the facts, events or evidence. The classic scenario is this: Two men who are walking in the woods come upon an immaculate garden, complete with trimmed hedges, flower garden arrangements, etc.   One man states, “There must be a caretaker for this place.” The other man states, “What a wonderful work of nature.”   The events that took place during the visit of the RoCoU two thousand years ago can be looked at through a religious lens or a pragmatic lens.

There are two and maybe three writers that were able to record the events, of the visit to Earth by the RoCoU and the events that took place, without looking though there religious lens.  Mark, who wrote the book of Mark in the Book of Books, the Bible, was a young man on the perimeter of the core group who became the Apostles of the RoCoU. He found himself in Rome where much persecution was taking place of the “Christians” in Rome.  He took it upon himself to record for the purpose of history the events that had taken place during his life.  He was an eyewitness to some of the events and received reports from those who were part of the core group of the RoCoU.  The style of writing for an historian is to answer the questions, “who, what, where and when.”   Luke, who wrote the books of Luke (Luke I) and Acts of the Apostles (Luke II), was contracted to record the events that had and were taking place in this time period. [ix]  Luke wrote under the guidelines of a journalist, answering “who, what, where and when.”  Luke was an eyewitness to many of the events that took place, he interviewed others who were eyewitnesses of events and he was an embedded journalist with the Apostle Paul on his missionary journeys.  Matthew was a tax collector and a Jew who made an argument to Jews of the authentication of the RoCoU to the Jewish religion.  He sometimes included the “why” in his writings, as did John in the book of John.  This would make their writing styles, “who, what, where, when and why” a little more difficult to sort out the facts from their interpretation of the facts and events that took place during this visit of the RoCoU.  The Apostle Paul was highly educated in Jewish religion and history.  He viewed our relationship with the RoCoU through the lens of Jewish religion and history.  A close examination of the writing of Paul will disclose that his view of the RoCoU’s visit to planet Earth was religious and the RoCoU’s view of his visit to earth was pragmatic and the next step in the evolution of the Homo species on planet Earth.

The Gad Fly of the Democracy of the USA

The present day gad fly of democracy in the USA is The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter, Retired.[x]  The Greeks invented democracy from scratch and it worked well for them for about 170 years.  The Greeks were on the peak of their Golden Age when they got tired of hearing their gad fly, Socrates, who was a critic of their society, in particular of the shortcomings and corruption in this democracy.  Socrates was one of the founders of western philosophy.  The Greek Senate charged Socrates with “corrupting the minds of the youth,” and they sentenced Socrates to death.  The death of Socrates was the beginning of the downfall of Greece, for they had lost their “guidepost.”

The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter, like Socrates has been excommunicated from his position at a national laboratory by management that took offense to his proposals that threated their power structure.  His teaching credentials were canceled in a local church for “corrupting the minds of the youth” and not teaching the church’s official view on the subject. He was excommunicated from a church where he was a member in good standing for twenty years for publishing “A New Paradigm in Christian Thinking” [xi] and corrupting the minds of their youth and any other person in their church with science and philosophy.  Thank God for civil laws that protects our citizens from physical harm.

Our President has not chosen to listen to this gad fly, when he suggested that a workable compromise be initiated to resolve the conflict of space, control and authority in Iraq between the three different sects of Muslims. This was proposed by the Vice President, and now the reining authority in Syria has been added to the mix; he chose to put together a coalition of nations to wipe ISIS-ISIL from planet Earth.  ISIS-ISIL has retaliated with attacks against this coalition of nations and the USA hitting soft targets.  We should expect this activity to continue. The best outcome, using the best military forces on the planet,  for a military victory, will be guerilla warfare with the soft targets continuing to be hit by these guerilla fighters.  The only solution to the ISIS-ISIL conflict is a workable compromise – a permanent home for the displaced Sunni Muslims from their Iraq home.

Lessons from History

In 480 B.C. the Persians were set upon wiping the Greeks off the Earth or enslaving them.  The Persians greatly outnumbered the Greeks.  The Persians were under autocratic the rule of Xerxes; the Greeks were under democratic rule (one for all and all for one).   The Persians overran the Greek Spartans (trained warriors) at the pass of Thermopylae [xii] and sacked Athens, which had been evacuated by the Greeks.

The Persians had large war ships (similar to that of the USA navy, bigger than their opponents).  The Greeks built small maneuverable war ships with a torpedo like Ram on the bow of the ship (A trireme).  The Greeks lured the Persian navy in to the Aegean Sea where there were many islands presenting a maneuverable issue for the Persians.  With their mobility (like ISIS-ISIL), the Greeks ran circles around the larger Persian ships and rammed the Persian ships with their torpedo like Rams at the front of their ships and sank the Persian Fleet. [xiii]

Beware USA your large arsenal of weapons is being out maneuvered by an adversary who is focused on mobility.

The USA Transition from a Republic to a Democracy

The USA was formed as a republic and has been in a long transition to a democracy in small steps. This change has come about by allowing more of the population to vote in elections and it changed the way our President was elected.  In the beginning, only land owners could vote in the elections.  These were the people who had an invested interest in the profitability of the nation, much like that of stockholders voting in a corporation. [xiv]  The vote has slowly been extended, for various reasons, to other segments of our society who do not have an investment or knowledge of producing a profitable nation (women, teens, those on government assistance).  We certainly have improved on the lifestyles of our citizens, as have the Greeks, but our national debt is rising above our ability to pay the interest, which could eventually result in foreclosure on our property (nation) by our creditors (like the two bailouts of the Greeks by the EU in recent history).

The Life Span of a Democracy

The average lifespan for a democracy is about 170 years, as established by the Greeks.  In the Greek democracy, leaders were chosen by a lottery, thus minimizing payoffs and corruption in the government.  Serving as a leader was considered a duty of citizenship.  Ballots could be cast to remove a government leader from office and they would be exiled for ten years from their society. In the Greek democracy, only about 20 percent of the population could vote. [xv]   The Greeks now have more people on the government payroll than people paying taxes to support the government. Is this direction the USA wants to continue to pursue?

The Code of Conduct to Live Long in this Land

There is a “code of conduct” that was intended to provide for the continued success of a nation living long in the land that had been giving to them.  Unfortunately, these were given to a very religious people and they did not understand the economic implications of these Ten Codes of Conduct.  Unfortunately, these Ten Codes of Conduct are still seen as religious by almost our entire society, religious and secular alike.  When one sets aside their religious lens, the pragmatic lens shows that the economics of these Ten Codes of Conduct can be realized.  The original Codes of Conduct were given in an ancient language; therefore, the proper perspective is to look at them through the eyes of a parent giving instruction to their children so that they might live long in the land the parent was giving them to raise their generations.

  1. You will not listen to anyone but your father for guidance.
  2. You will not form addictions that will prevent you from making your own decisions.
  3. You will not use my name as an authority to cause trouble or discomfort for any other person on this planet Earth.
  4. You will take a day off, after every six days of work, and remember who gave you this land and enjoy your time with family and friends, and you will allow your employees time off to enjoy their family and friends, and you will not mow your lawn on this day and interrupt the peace of your neighbors.
  5. Remember what your mother and father taught you, and hand down those teaching to your children and grandchildren, that you might live long in this land I have given you.
  6. You shall not murder.
  7. You shall not steal.
  8. You shall not give false witness against your neighbor.
  9. You shall not seek an intimate relationship with your neighbor’s wife.
  10. You shall not scheme to gain possession of your neighbor’s property.
  11. You will not build a big mansion type house in your neighbor’s back yard.
  12. You shall keep the walk-ways, of your communities, free of “Foxtails” that injure our pets. [xvi]

QED

 

 

[i] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socrates

[ii] http://anewparadigminchristianthinking.wordpress.com/

[iii] Max Plank, http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/m/max_planck.html/

[iv] NOVA: Dawn of Humanity DVD, http://www.shoppbs.org/home/index.jsp/

[v] Jesus on judging, negotiating

[vi] Matthew 7:2, The Bible

[vii] Matthew 5:25, The Bible

[viii] Luke 14:31-32, The Bible

[ix] Luke 1:1-4, The Bible

[x] http://thephilosopheronpolitics.worpress.com/

[xi] http://anewparadigminchristianthinking.wordpress.com/

[xii] http://www.ancient.eu/thermopylae/

[xiii] National Geographic The Greeks DVD, 2016, http://ancienthistory.about.com/cs/weaponswar/p/blpwtherm.htm/

[xiv] http://thephilosopheronpolitics.wordpress.com/tag/voting/  TBC

[xv] PBS, “The Greeks”, 2016

[xvi] http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/foxtail-grass-and-your-dog/

Ten Simple Codes of Conduct

Ten Simple Codes of Conduct Ver. 1.0.1

The Philosopher

https://gadflyblog.com/tag/codes-of-conduct/

5/16/2017

Copyright 2017

Introduction

These Ten Simple Codes of Conduct have been misinterpreted since they were first written over three thousand years ago.  They were meant to provide a new nation with an infrastructure that would make them an economic powerhouse and greater than their competitors that would want to take their land from them. These Ten Simple Codes of Conduct when followed, would produce a nation with a high national economic operating efficiency (NEOE), resulting in what would not be a continuing growing national debt as we (the USA) now have, but a national economic surplus.

These Ten Simple Codes of Conduct have been made into a religious symbol by labeling them as “The Ten Commandments” – commandments that must be followed under the authority of God.  Therefore, under a “separation of church and state” policy, a growing number of individuals and organizations think they should be removed from public property.  The Ten Commandments were never meant to be religious and this is probably the most disastrous action that could have been initiated onto these Ten Imperatives.  They were meant to develop a strong infrastructure in this new nation making them economically stronger than their competitors that would take their land from them.  It is the nation’s economic vitality that makes a nation strong, not its many weapons and troops on the ground.   Philosophically, the Ten Commandments are hypothetical Imperatives and not categorical imperatives.  A categorical imperative is something one does because it is the right thing to do.  A hypothetical imperative means there is a reward for following the imperative. German Philosopher, Immanuel Kant, of the eighteenth century, thought that there was only one categorical imperative, as he stated, “Act as if the maxim of thy action were to become by thy will a universal law of nature[i].    The reward for following the Ten Simple Codes of Conduct is that “we will live long in the land that has been given to us.” (Exodus 20:12) Thus, the Ten Simple Codes of Conduct are actually Ten Hypothetical Imperatives.

Two Ways to Enslave a Nation

“There are two ways to enslave a nation – with war and with debt.”
John Adams, second president of the USA

We are in an economic war with our international competitors and the nation that has the highest NEOE will own the other nation’s debt.  Theoretically, the interest on the national debt can grow to exceed our taxable gross national product (GDP) and the cost to operate our country.  In this case, we will have become slaves to the nation holding our national debt.  The Ten Simple Codes of Conduct were, and are meant to, form a strong national infrastructure and create a high NEOE, therefore, making us more competitive in the international economic war.  This is not by the will of a “higher power” but first year economic principles.  The lower a nation’s NEOE, the higher the national debt will be. The higher the nation’s NEOE, the lower the national debt will be, and there may even be a surplus in the budget.

Explanation of the Ten Simple Codes of Conduct [ii]

  1. You shall have no other gods before me: Would not any parent tell their children this same thing – that they are the ones responsible for their children’s well-being, so don’t seek advice or help from anyone else. There is a higher power who is the one with all the resources and He’s the one who is willing to give us the resources we need to live on this planet. Just as our parents gave us what we needed to live on this planet Earth, so does this higher power, a.k.a. the Creator of the Universe (CoU).
  2. Do not make yourself an idol: These instructions are to a people that are naturally very religious and they are going to find something to worship that is going to take up their time, energy and resources. This can be extrapolated to modern times to such things as: alcohol, tobacco, drugs, porn, gambling and many more things that can take control of our lives.  The Russian physiologist, Ivan Pavlov, showed us how easy it is to form a habit through conditioned response by rewarding ourselves for a certain behavior, a.k.a. “classical conditioning” [iii].
  3. You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God: This has been interpreted for centuries as a verbal This cannot be a verbal activity; it has to be an action activity.   Do not intend to bring harm, discomfort or kill anyone in the name of God, a.k.a. the CoU.  This applies to a nation as well as to individuals that make up that nation.  This cannot be both verbal and action, because if it were both, someone might make a verbal remark that is taken by someone else as “taking God’s name in vain” and then they chose to bring discomfort or death to the accused, which is an action in God’s name, and therefore, misusing the name of God.   Therefore, verbal and action of the misuse of the name of God are mutually exclusive.Even the Apostle Peter did not understand that misusing the name of God is an action, as he verbally accused two capitalists of withholding funds to the Apostles’ social program after they had sold their land and only gave part of the capital gains to the Apostles. It appears both the husband and wife may have died from a heart attack after being accused of sinning against God by Peter for withholding part of the capital gains from the sale of their property and only contributing a portion of the proceeds to the Apostles’ social fund to take care of widows and those in need. [iv]  If this is the role model we are to follow, we are in “Deep Trouble” economically!
  4. Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy: The best reference I have seen on this subject states that “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.[v]   We need one day a week to recharge our batteries, and spend time with our families and friends.  Everyone needs to choose for themselves what day this will be for them.The latest investigations by this writer indicate that the seven-day week evolved from there being five stars that wandered (Planetes Asteres`), [vi] plus the sun and the moon, as Earth was thought to be the center of the universe. Nature has shown us many numbers in a Fibonacci Sequence (1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, etc. to infinity), such as the numbers of: spring flower petals, rings on a sea shell, layers on a pine cone, stars in galaxies, etc.  The number seven does not appear in any significance in nature!  Therefore, an eight-day week, consisting of a five-day work week and a three-day weekend, would allow for one day to resupply the home with life’s necessities, one day to perform all the required maintenance on the home and one day to spend with family and friends (the Sabbath day).  Or, take as many three-day holidays as you desire. [vii]
  5. Honor your father and your mother, that you might live long, in the land I’m giving you: We need to learn from our parents and respect their wisdom and knowledge.  They have seen things firsthand that we will never see.  “Living long in this land” is an economic reality.  These Ten Simple Codes of Conduct are classified as hypothetical imperatives – something one does because there is a reward for following the imperatives. This is not by the choice of a higher power it is first-year economics.   Any nation that follows these Ten Imperatives (not necessarily the USA) will develop a strong infrastructure and a high NEOE.   The result will be that they will be stronger economically than the nations that would like to take their land from them.Modern twenty-first century technology has shown that, as we develop our skills, knowledge and abilities, our DNA also changes and reflects these improvements. Therefore, our parents and ancestors passed down their skills, knowledge and abilities though their DNA and we will pass our improved DNA to our descendants. Respecting the sources of our DNA certainly speaks of honoring your father and mother and their ancestors.
  6. You shall not murder: We will not advance socially if we are killing each other.  Each of us can contribute to the economics of the nation and we need all of our productive citizens to operate efficiently.
  7. You shall not commit adultery: This is probably one of our nation’s most complicated issues.  One really needs to connect with this Personal Counselor, Personal Advisor, or Tour Guide through Life that the Representative of the Creator of the Universe (RoCoU), a.k.a. Jesus, sent to us at the Pentecost Festival after his ascension into His world in a form that was compliant for the journey.  Notice that these are descriptive terms for what the literature calls The Holy Spirit, or the Holy Ghost. These are known as “horse labels” (“this is a horse” or “this is an elephant”).  The former are known as “descriptive labels,” as they describe what the entity does.  To connect to this Personal Advisor, one only needs to make a decision to want to connect to the Advisor, and the Advisor will find you. Just be prepared to listen to this Advisor advising you (something like “a little birdie told me”). This is all you need to do. There are no ceremonies needed – not even a declaration of your decision, as this decision is personal, private and confidential information, and it is between you and this Personal Counselor.It should be noted that adultery does not specify monogamy; it does not rule out polygamy. Having more than one spouse of either sex earning an income would upset the economy due to the fundamental law of economics: supply and demand.  Having more than one income per household causes those with only one income in their household to have to hold down two jobs or find a way to supplement their income.  Sometimes this situation results from the “Have-Nots” preying on the assets of the “Haves” and feeling justified in doing so.  Civil law would judge these single income families as law-breakers for these activities resulting in the taxpayers paying for their room and board in a government-run penal facility, contributing in-turn to a decrease in our NEOE and an increase in our national debt. [viii]  Thus extra taxes would need to be leveled on multiple income families to equilibrate for the economic reality of supply and demand.
  1. You shall not steal: Theft causes a great inefficiency in our national economic operations. These activities results in there being too many policemen’s boots on the ground trying to manage these crimes and building more prisons to hold more prisoners. It is counterproductive to increasing our GDP and increases our national debt.  This could extrapolate to the point where more of our tax dollars are spent building prisons and taking care of inmates than tax dollars allocated to educating the next generations of GDP producers. Schools and prisons are in competition with each other for funds from the taxpayers. The more funds allocated to prisons, the less funds are allocated to schools that are producing our next generation of GDP producers.
  2. You shall not give false witness against thy neighbor: Courts are inherently inefficient; we should not waste our tax dollars on false reports of crimes committed.  It costs dollars to defend oneself against false charges, which may be the objective of the one making the false report, but we must think of the cost to the taxpayers as well as the effects on our NEOE.
  3. You shall not covet thy neighbor’s house or wife: Be content with what you have. Legal cost to manage greed can be staggering and the negative social issues that result from divorces are numerous and astounding.   These are all a drain on our NEOE and can have lasting effects on others in our society down to the next three or four generations.

Conclusion

The Ten Commandments have been misinterpreted since their inception.  We see their dramatization every year by Cecil B. De Mill’s presentation of The Ten Commandments and Charlton Heston’s portrayal of Moses coming down from Mount Saini with the these Ten Commandments written in stone.

Nobody likes to be commanded to do anything.  This is a loss of their freedom. Or is it?  My canine friend understands a number of commands, but these commands do not take away from his freedom. Instead, they provide for his safety and the safety of others.  Commands such as “stop,” “lead,” or “leave it” are all designed to provide for his safely in crossing streets and disengaging from other canines, felines, squirrels, etc.  So as it is with these Ten Simple Codes of Conduct – they are not given to take away from our freedom, but they are given to protect us from the invasion of our nation by a foreign competitor, by war or by debt, and the resulting loss of our freedom.
Q. E. D.

 

[i] Robert C. Solomon, “Introducing Philosophy”, 4th ed. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Pub. 1989, P 385

[ii], The Bible, NIV, “Exodus 20: 3-17

[iii] Classical Conditioning,  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Classical_conditioning/

[iv] Peter, The Bible, “Acts of the Apostles” 5:1-11

[v] The Bible, NiV, “Mark 2:27”,

[vi] Greek astronomers, Sixth century BC,

[vii] The Philosopher, https://gadflyblog.com/tag/fibonacci/

[viii] https://anewparadigminchristianthinking.wordpress.com/tag/hypothetical-imperatives/

 

The Origin of the Spiritual Number Seven (Or is it Spiritual? Or is it The Fibonacci Sequence?)

The Origin of the Spiritual Number Seven ver. 1.0.1

(Or is it Spiritual? Or is it The Fibonacci Sequence?)

The Philosopher

https://gadflyblog.com/tag/fibonacci

5/4/2017

Copyright 2017

Introduction

It has been postulated that the ancients observed, with the naked eye, seven stars in the heavens and this was the origin of the number seven being one with special spiritual meaning. [i]  “The five brightest planets – Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn – have been known since ancient times and can easily be seen with the naked eye if one knows when and where to look. They are visible for much of the year, except for short periods of time when they are too close to the Sun to observe.”[ii]

Biblical Examples of Use of the Number Seven as Inspired

“From the Seven Days of Genesis to the Seven Seals of Revelation, Scripture is saturated with the Number Seven. Essentially all Biblical scholars, regardless of their stance regarding the meaning of numbers in Scripture, have recognized its special symbolic significance. Simply stated, it is impossible to miss. God laid the foundation of its meaning when He introduced this number in the context of His finished Work of Creation (Gen 2:2f): And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.” [iii]

The first five books of the Old Testament in the Bible were written while the Israelites were in exile in Babylon after being conquered by the Babylonians. [iv] They probably thought that their society had come to an end and wanted to record their history for the following generations, like a “time capsule.”  The number seven is not found in nature which God created, so how did we end up with the number seven having great significance?   Should it have been the numbers three, five, eight or thirteen?  These numbers are found more times than the number seven in the nature that God created.

The Naming of the Five Stars that Wander [v]

“The planets [stars that wander] each have their own movement, brightness and colour characteristics. The ancient Greeks, around the sixth century BC, referred to them as ‘planetes asteres’ (‘wandering stars’) from which the word ‘planet’ is derived. They named each planet mainly according to its brightness and colour, the name given to them being mostly associated with heat and light. Hence Venus’ brilliant white colouration earned it the name Phosphoros (“the light-bearing one”) and Mars’ orange-red colour was associated with fire, so it was given the name Pyroeis (“the fiery one”) and so on.

“In the fourth century BC, the Greek philosopher Aristotle converted these descriptive names into the names of Greek gods (and one goddess), each planet’s attributes roughly matching those of its chosen god. The Romans later acquired these Greek names and translated them into their own equivalent gods, and these are the names that we still use today; hence the Greek goddess Aphrodite became the Roman goddess Venus and the Greek god Ares became the Roman god Mars, etc.  When another two planets were discovered in more recent times – namely Uranus, Neptune they were also given the names of Graeco-Roman gods, continuing the earlier tradition. Uranus is the only one of the major planets which retains the name of a Greek god (Ouranos) – this is because the Romans had no god which was equivalent to Uranus.” 

The Earth as the Center of the Universe

Before Galileo proved the Copernicus Theory that the sun was the center of the solar system and not the Earth, it was thought that all stars revolved around the earth.  This would include the sun and the moon, which was also thought to be stars.  Thus there were seven spiritual stars in this time period of the 6th century B.C.

Thus There Were “Seven”

In the ancient times that these seven celestial objects were observed, it was thought that “the Sun revolved around the Earth.” This Ptolemy Theory was supported by the Christian Church.[vi] It was not until the development of the telescope and its adaption to view the Cosmos by Galileo in 1609 that it was determined that “the Earth revolved around the Sun!”  This was the beginning of experimental physics, as this discovery by Galileo was the first to use an experimental device to prove one theory: the Copernicus Theory that “the Earth revolved around the Sun” and disprove another: the Ptolemy Theory that “the Sun revolved around the Earth.”  The political ruling church of Rome awarded Galileo for this discovery by sentencing him to house arrest for the rest of his life (about five years) and forbid him from publishing any more papers. [vii]

The Roman Church had a problem with a conflict with the “Holy Scriptures.”  One conflict is what is known as the Joshua Problem, where it is recorded that the sun stood still during Joshua’s battle with the neighboring kings to provide a longer day so he could finish the conquest. [viii]  Galileo lost his “freedom of expression” and “freedom of the press” because of these conflicts with the Holy Scriptures.  This was noted by the Founding Fathers when they enacted the First Amendment to the Constitution of the USA to protect these “personal freedoms” for the citizens of the USA.  Unfortunately, the churches of the USA think that the freedoms guaranteed in the First Amendment to the Constitution do not apply to churches, except for “freedom of religion” (separation of church and state).

The Seven Days of the Week [ix]

“We are subtly reminded of the naked eye planets, together with the Sun and the Moon, in our names of the days of the week. Saturday, Sunday and Monday are evidently named after Saturn, the Sun and the Moon respectively; they are Old English adaptations of the Roman names Saturnus, Sol and Luna. The remaining weekdays were named after the Anglo-Saxon and Norse equivalents of the Roman gods Mars, Mercurius, Jupiter and Venus – they are namely ‘Tiw’s Day’ (after the Old English version of Týr, the Norse God of War), ‘Woden’s Day’ (after the Anglo-Saxon version of Odin, the Norse God of War and Wisdom), ‘Thor’s Day’ (after the Norse God of Thunder) and ‘Friga’s Day’ (after Freyja, the Norse Goddess of Love and Beauty).”

Did they get it Wrong?  The Fibonacci Numbers (Seven is not a fib.)

“The Fibonacci sequence is named after Italian mathematician Leonardo of Pisa, known as Fibonacci. His 1202 book Liber Abaci introduced the sequence to Western European mathematics, although the sequence had been described earlier as Virahanka numbers in Indian mathematics.  In mathematics, the Fibonacci numbers are the numbers in the following integer sequence, called the Fibonacci sequence, and characterized by the fact that every number after the first two is the sum of the two preceding ones.  By definition, the first two numbers in the Fibonacci sequence are either 1 and 1, or 0 and 1, depending on the chosen starting point of the sequence, and each subsequent number is the sum of the previous two: e.g. 0 1 1 2 3 5 8 13 21 34  etc.” [x]

Fibonacci Numbers in Nature

  • “In botany, phyllotaxis or phyllotaxy is the arrangement of leaves on a plant stem (from Ancient Greek phýllon ‘leaf’ and taxis ‘arrangement’). Phyllotactic spirals form a distinctive class of patterns in nature. They also appear in biological settings, such as branching in trees, phyllotaxis (the arrangement of leaves on a stem), the fruit sprouts of a pineapple, the flowering of an artichoke, an uncurling fern and the arrangement of a pine cone’s bracts.” [xi]
  • “Fibonacci numbers appear in nature often enough to prove that they reflect some naturally occurring patterns. You can commonly spot these by studying the manner in which various plants grow. Here are a few examples: Seed heads, pinecones, fruits and vegetables. Look at the array of seeds in the center of a sunflower and you’ll notice what looks like spiral patterns curving left and right. Amazingly, if you count these spirals, your total will be a Fibonacci number. Divide the spirals into those pointed left and right and you’ll get two consecutive Fibonacci numbers. You can decipher spiral patterns in pinecones, pineapples and cauliflower that also reflect the Fibonacci sequence in this manner.” [xii]
  • “Flowers and branches: Some plants express the Fibonacci sequence in their growth points, the places where tree branches form or split. One trunk grows until it produces a branch, resulting in two growth points. The main trunk then produces another branch, resulting in three growth points. Then the trunk and the first branch produce two more growth points, bringing the total to five. This pattern continues, following the Fibonacci numbers. Additionally, if you count the number of petals on a flower, you’ll often find the total to be one of the numbers in the Fibonacci sequence. For example, lilies and irises have three petals, buttercups and wild roses have five, delphiniums have eight petals and so on.” [xiii] Or they can be factored to produce Fibonacci sequence numbers (e.g. 16 petals on a flower can be factored into its components 2 x 8 both Fibonacci Numbers).
  • “The human body: Take a good look at yourself in the mirror. You’ll notice that most of your body parts follow the numbers one, two, three and five. You have one nose, two eyes, three segments to each limb and five fingers on each hand. The proportions and measurements of the human body can also be divided up in terms of the golden ratio.” [xiv]
  • The Golden Raito [xv] = (1 +5 1/2)/2 = 680339887…..
  • “There are many more mathematical models of nature.” [xvi]

 Eight Days in a Week

An eight-day week would produce a five-day work week and a three-day weekend. People would have five days to earn income, one day to spend this income, one day to take care of home maintenance and grocery shopping and one day to spend time with friends and family.  This extra day to spend income would increase the national economy.

The Yearly Calendar

Eight days a week could result in twelve months of 28 days, one month of 29 days, for a total of thirteen months and 365 days in a year and a leap day once every four years.  The numbers one, three, five, eight and thirteen, and are all Fibonacci Numbers meaning we would be more in-tune with Nature if we went to an eight-day week!  (In addition 28 can be factored into 2x2x7 giving two more Fibonacci Numbers).

Conclusion

At the time period that “seven” became a “spiritual” number, there was little knowledge of the solar system or the universe.  Now in the twenty-first century, we know much, much more about the Cosmos.  We know there are at least eight and possibly nine planets (when the one that exists mathematically it is found).  We know that planet Earth is not the center of the universe and that the earth circles the sun, and not vice-versa.  We know that the planets and moons are not stars that wander, but the planets also circle the sun and the moons circle their respective planets.

A new eight-day week would be beneficial to all.  Being in harmony with nature could boost our national economy and make most everyone very happy.  With one full day to spend our discretionary funds, one full day for yard and house maintenance and one full day to spend with our friends and family, we would be infusing funds into our economy, and have more time for family and friends, not to mention several three-day weekends for those special excursions!

Fibonacci Numbers far exceed the number seven in the world that God has created.  By being in tune with nature, which is what an eight-day week would provide, life would improve on planet Earth.

Q.E.D.

 Spring Flowers with a Fibonacci Number of Petals

Petals can differ dramatically in different species. The number of petals in a flower may hold clues to a plant’s classification. [xvii]

Five Buds by Five Spirals

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Five Petals, or Three Plus Two Petals

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Are There Thirteen Petals in the Inner Row?

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Are There Thirteen Petals in the First Row?

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Five Petals/Eight Stamen

 

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Five Petals

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4 Petals, Factored (2×2)

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13 Petals

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16 Petals, factored (2×8)

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21 Petals

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5 Petals

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13 Spiral Rows

[i] Marvin Meyer, ed. “The NAG HAMMADI SCRIPTURES”, HaperCollins pub. , 2007

[ii] http://m.nakedeyeplanets.com/index.htm

[iii] http://www.biblewheel.com/Topics/Seven_Meaning.php

[iv] PBS, 2016

[v] Ibíd. ii

[vi] Stillman Drake, Translator “Discoveries and Opinions of Galileo”, Anchor books, Pub. 1957, P-168

[vii] Ibid P-281

[viii] Ibid P-212

[ix] Ibid ii

[x] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fibonacci_number/

[xi] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phyllotaxis/

[xii] http://science.howstuffworks.com/math-concepts/fibonacci-nature1.htm/

[xiii] ibid

[xiv] ibid

[xv]  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_ratio/

[xvi] http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/physics/describing-nature-math.html/

[xvii] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petal/

Firstborns, Only Children and the Later Born

Firstborns, Only Children and the Later Born Ver. 1.2.2

(Why to do they Always get Voted the Most Likely to Succeed in Medicine, Science and Politics?)

The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter, Retired

https://gadflyblog.com/tag/adlerian-psy/

http://thephilosopheronpolitics.wordpress.com/tag/adlerian-psy/

12/28/2015

Revised 2/8/2017

Copyright 2015

 

Introduction

The Firstborn and the Only Child have some common personality and skill packages that put them in good favor of being successful in medicine, science and politics.  The personality characteristics of the Only Child can somewhat be considered a super firstborn.  A short inventory of Doctors, Scientist, and Politicians reveals a significant population of Firstborn and Only Children.  Only children come in two varieties the Natural Only Child and the Functional Only Child.  The basic premises are that the Only Child grew up in their family of origin without the benefit of younger siblings to interact with.  Firstborns also come in different varieties: Firstborn, Firstborn Male, Firstborn Female and those who had at least five years separating them from their siblings.  Several of the past presidents of the USA were Functional Only Children as shown in the chart below.

Notable Leaders with Similar Families of Origin

Person of Interest Sibling Status[i] Leadership Roles
Abraham Lincoln Lost younger sibling at early age.  A functional only child. President of USA during Civil War
Theodore Roosevelt Lost younger brother at early age.  A functional only child. President of USA, Leader of The Rough Riders at San Juwan Hill.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Raised by mother/grandmother. A functionally only child President of USA for four terms.  Strengthened the US infrastructure.
Thomas Edison[ii] An only child Early American Inventor extraordinaire.
J. Edgar Hoover[iii] Older siblings greater than ten years.  A functional only child Head of the FBI for fifty years
Bill Clinton Raised up alone as a functional only child. President of the USA

 

 

George W. Bush Seven years between first son and second son President of the USA
Barak Obama Raised up alone as a functional only child. President of the USA

 

Vladimir Putin [iv] Natural only child Leader, Russia
Dr. Dobson[v] Natural only child Head of Focus on the Family
Teaching Pastor [vi] Natural only child Leader and teacher of a local church

Adlerian Psychology is the study of Birth-Order and it relationship to personality characteristics.  The foremost author in the late twentieth century and early twenty-first century is Dr. Kevin Leman.[vii]  Below is his chart of Firstborn personalities the benefits and handicaps.

Traits of a Firstborn[viii]

Trait Positive Aspects Negative Aspects
Perfectionist Does everything well Overly critical and dissatisfied with his own performance
Driven Ambitious, headed for success Always under great pressure
Organized Able to stay on top of everything No room in life for flexibility
Scholarly Able to think problems through and solve them Sometimes thinks too much; is overly serious
List Maker Get things done; knows where he’s going Boxes himself in; becomes a slave to his list
Logical Avoids pitfalls of compulsive behavior Knows he’s right even when he isn’t
Leader Plays an important part in his family, community, etc. Expected to do too much; always leaned on by others
Compliant Known as a good guy Known as an easy mark
Aggressive Gets ahead in life’ others look up to him Tends to be selfish and to disregard the feelings of others

 

Traits of Only Children [ix] (Super Firstborns)

Trait Positive Aspects Negative Aspects
Uncompromising Gets what they want Others do not get what they want
Communication Style “I want” this and “I want” that Others do not get what they want
Controlling Must be in control of all situations Others are left out of participating in the solutions
Must be the leader Natural take charge leaders Cannot follow some else’s lead

 

 

In charge of their life Knows where they are going Does not always know how to get where they want to go or accept nontraditional methods
Trusts in Tradition Steady guiding force of the proven whether successful or not; trusts the existing paradigm Not receptive to out-of-the-box thinking; will reject a new paradigm
Non-Negotiator They get what they want No experience in negotiating a “Workable Compromise” with another sibling
Successful against all odds “They can be anything they want to be” “Their mother or grandmother”. Good examples of “The Peter Principle” ( promoted above their capabilities)
Criticism Criticizes self for improvement to perfection Criticizes others.  “Judge and what every measure you use to judge, so shall you be judged.” [x]
Pays attention to the details Advantageous in Science, Engineering and Medicine Can get bogged down in the details striving for perfection
Long range planners Can make detailed plans for the future of an organization Gets committed to his plan and unwilling to change course.
Likes structure Scheduling/Planning/Structure is paramount Does not do well with spontaneous  opportunities
Prefers association with more mature adults Grew up alone with adults, therefore is comfortable with more mature adults Misses out on some play time with adults in their age group.
Approval seeking “Look what I have done by myself” Works better alone than with a group

 

Discussion

The largest difference between the Firstborn in the family and the Only-Child is their interaction and competition for their parent attention with their siblings.  The Firstborn with siblings is often put in charge of the younger siblings and develops leadership skills and sensitivity to the feelings of their siblings.  They are often responsible for organizing the games they will play together and setting the rules of the games.  The Firstborns will develop a parental role towards their younger siblings looking after them and protecting them.  This will usually manifest itself in a “Tell Assertive” communicative style where they usually assert themselves by telling other what to do.   It’s little wonder that this family pecking order is reestablished in the workplace.  The Only-Child misses out on these interactions with siblings; this could be a natural or a functional Only-Child (one who lost their siblings early in life or was isolated from them in different ways) and comes into the workforce with a individualistic communication style (It’s all about me).

To meet the demands of their younger siblings, the Firstborn must learn the art of “negotiating workable compromises”, the Only-Child is not afforded this opportunity.  The Only-Child has no competition for their parent’s attention and is often made to think they are the most important person on the planet (which from their parents point of view they are the most important person on the planet).  The Firstborn has this position of being the most important person on the planet for a short period of time until the second child is born.  They get read to sleep at night and spend time alone with their parents for this short time, than the competition arrives and their exclusive access to their parents change and the amount of time the parents can focus on each child changes.  This can be shown experimentally by examining the forensic evidence in the family photo album.  There one can find many photos of the Firstborn alone, but the rest of the siblings are photographed with “The Gang” with the exception of the Lastborn who gets some individual attention from their parents when their siblings have left the nest.

The Middleborn

The middle kids usually develop good negotiating skills, they have had to establish “Their Space” between an older sibling and a younger sibling and keeping the peace between the older and younger sibling especially if all are the same sex.  This negotiating skill will manifest itself in an “Ask Assertive” communication style where they learn how to maintain control and the peace by asking questions to assert themselves over their siblings and coworkers.  They often find themselves in middle management positions keeping the peace between those running the organization, the firstborns, and the lastborn workers.   The middle-born child often tries to get through live without being noticed, they are just part of “The Gang” [xi]

The Lastborn

The Lastborn grows up with almost everything laid out for them by their older siblings and parents and they come into the workforce looking to be directed by others in the workforce.  They often want their own ‘Freedom’ but once on their own find it difficult to manage their affairs to keep them solvent.  They tend to be more sociable than their older siblings and an easy mark for being taken advantage of in adulthood. [xii]   Probably from their social nature, the Sales Force seems to be disproportionately populated with the Lastborns in their family of origin, and comedians and philosophers are also well represented by the Lastborns (Anything to get out of doing real work).

Personal Experience in Adlerian Psychology

At a national science laboratory platform speakers club (LLNL), I once had the podium in an impromptu speaking session.  The meeting was held in a large conference room holding over a dozen people.  I asked the members of this speakers club how many of them were the firstborn in their families of origin?  All the people in the room, except me, raised their hand indicating they were the firstborns in their families.  I performed a similar experiment in a study group at a local church again with over a dozen members.  I asked how many men in this class had an older brother.  Ninety percent of the men raised their hands.  I then asked how many women in this class were the oldest in their family of origin; eighty percent of the men with older brothers came to class with their firstborn wives!  At another church where I had previously been a member and knew several men in this church, I asked if they had an older brother, their answer “yes” even the young preacher had an older brother.  Does this mean that ninety percent of men who are involved with the mission of a church have an older brother?  I asked the young preacher if his older brother went into the field of science, he replied in the affirmative.  Does this writer have an older brother?  “Yes”.  Ten years older, that would qualify this writer as a functional only child.  Is this writer involved with the mission of the church?  This is the same writer of the Blog: http://anewparadigminchristianthinking.wordpress.com/.

The Case of DNA

Does DNA play a role in our personality traits and skill packages?  In a recent program, on PBS, the latest developments of DNA science were disclosed that our DNA changes with our experience so as we learn new skills (and knowledge) our DNA changes to reflect these additions to our skill packages.  Therefore, when the parents, who are young and inexperienced, have their first children, the DNA passed down to these first children will be different than the DNA passed down to later children because the DNA of the parents have changed with their adult experiences.  All of the children in a family will then receive different skill packages from the same parents, depending on how more advanced and experienced their parents developed.

QED

[i] http://deadpresidents.tumblr.com/post/15457991558/which-presidents-were-the-oldest-child-the

[ii] PBS 2015

[iii] ibid

[iv] Frontline 01/2015

[v] Personal information

[vi] ibid

[vii] http://drleman.com

[viii] Dr. Kevin Leman, “The First Born Advantage” Revell pub., 2008, P 69

[ix] Personal observations well working with the USA’s Best of the Best at a national science Laboratory and a local church

[x] Jesus Matthew 7:1-5

[xi] http://drleman.com

[xii] Luke 15:11-24

Restructuring Social Security

Restructuring Social Security, Ver. 1.1.1

Jack E Johnston

https://gadflyblog.com/pension-plan
11/20/2014

Copyright 2014

The New Pension Plan for USA Citizens

The University of California (UC) probably has one of the best pension plan management in the country and should be used as a role model to restructure the Social Security Administration (SSA).   Breaking apart to its component parts results in a “Non-Profit, Academic Institution, managing a pension plan for its members”.  The present SSA uses new investor’s funds to pay unearned dividends to the matured investors.  The 401K and 403B plans put the pension plans in the hands of inexperienced investors.   My Stock Broker of many years, states “Stock brokers have the highest turnover rate of any profession.   A lot of people want to become Stock Brokers, but few are successful”.   The 401K-403B investors have only a few choices of investment provided by their employer, or they need to find a fund manager or manage their investments themselves.   There is a slim chance they will find a successful investment manager; there is also a slim chance of investing with a dishonest investor that steals their invested funds, and they themselves have a long learning curve to go through to be successful investors in their pension plans.

The Structure of the USA Pension Plan

The model of UC can be multiplied several times over using “non-profit, academic organization to manage pension plans for our citizens”.   With a choice of Academic organizations there will be competition between the academic organizations which should produce excellent rate of returns on investments for our citizens, especially if they can move their pension plan from one academic organization to another and the non-profit academic organization are allowed to collect a small management fee (1-3% prorated) of the funds invested for managing the pension funds, they will have even more incentive to produce excellent rate of returns on investments.  Rate of returns for the various academic organizations should be made available to the public.  This program results in smaller government, something that is supported in the conservative Congress.  The funds will be out of the control of the government, so legislators trying to balance a budget will not have access to the pension funds, this should produce long-term stability.

The Benefits of the Pension Plan for USA Citizens

The Budget will benefit as the nation will not have the expense of operating the SSA and the government will be only be in a subsidizing position resulting in a smaller government.  The transition from the present SSA system of paying the mature investors with new investor’s funds will probably have to be a negotiated transition and could be coordinated with the 401K and 403B programs.

The Non-profit, academic organization will produce income and will be able to lower the cost of admissions to their academic organization resulting in more educated citizens and greater tax dollars to the USA Government.

Let Your Conscience be Your Guide

Let Your Conscience be Your Guide,  Ver. 2.3.0

The Philosopher

http://gadfly.com/tag/conscience

1/3/2017

Copyright 2017

Definitions [i]

Conscience

1) The sense of what is right and wrong that governs somebody’s thoughts and actions, urging him or her to do right rather than wrong.  2) Behavior, according to what a person’s sense of right and wrong tells them is right.  3)  Psychoanalysis, which is the part of the superego that passes judgment on thought and behavior to the ego for further consideration.

Con-science

1) To cheat somebody dishonestly, usually out of money or property, by first convincing the victim of something that is untrue.  2) To tell somebody something untrue or misleading.  3) To persuade or inveigle somebody to agree to something.  4. A dishonest trick or business ploy that takes advantage of somebody’s trust, such as telling lies in order to get money or property unfairly.  5) An argument against doing something, or evidence supporting the view that something should not be done.

The Source of Conscience

The Creator of the Universe (CoU) was a perfectionist’s perfectionist.   Our knowledge of the universe began its epic journey in 1929 when Edwin Hubble observed, at the Mount Wilson Observatory in southern California, that what were believed to be nebulae (clouds of light) were actually galaxies, and that far off galaxies were exhibiting light in the red spectrum. [ii]  “Hubble’s findings fundamentally changed the scientific view of the universe. Supporters state that Hubble’s discovery of nebulae outside of our galaxy helped pave the way for future astronomers. Yet the reason for the redshift remained unclear. It was Georges Lemaître, a Belgian Catholic priest and physicist, who found that Hubble’s observations supported the Friedmann model of an expanding universe based on Einstein’s equations for General Relativity, which is now known as the Big Bang Theory. This meant the greater the distance between any two galaxies, the greater their relative speed of separation.[iii]  It has been calculated that if the expanding universe expanded at an increased rate of one unit in the fifteenth decimal place, the universe would blow itself up.  If the universe expanded with a decrease of one unit in the fifteenth decimal place, the universe would collapse under the universal force of gravity. [iv] Therefore, the CoU must be a perfectionist’s perfectionist.  In His perfection, the CoU gave the evolved man a brain with wisdom (sapien) and a conscience to guide him through life on his planets.  Questions remain however: When do the Homo sapiens who were given “wisdom” become aware of their conscience?   Is it like “wisdom teeth” that appear in one’s late teens or early twenties, when they progress from being hormonally driven and gain the skill of rational and logical thinking?  Is there another maturity progression when Homo sapiens become aware of their conscience between the ages of thirty-five and thirty-nine?   Are there distractions that prevent the discovery and connection with the conscience, such as background noise like televisions, stereos, radios, MP3 players, headphones, etc.? Or are they age-old teachings handed down from a religious society, instructed by authoritative Homo sapiens to consult a book that has been given authority to guide the Homo sapien to do what is right, a book comprised of the history of the religious society that was groomed to be the landing field for the Representative of the Creator of the Universe (RoCoU), writings of the witnesses of the teachings of the RoCoU who did not themselves know the purpose of this visit from the RoCoU or put their own perspective (spin) to the teachings and purpose of the coming of the RoCoU imparting a religious bent to this visit, or writings of persons to be made a prophet, or other authoritative persons given high position of authority?  There seems to be a great number of reasons why many Homo sapiens do not know they have a conscience let alone knowing how to connect to their conscience to be guided in what action are right and what are wrong.

Jung on the Conscience Connection 

Karl Jung noted in an experiment that he performed on men of various ages in the 1930s, “on their view of God.”  Before the age of thirty-five, the consensus was that “God had no meaning in” the lives of these men. Between the ages of thirty-five and thirty-nine, the consensus was that “God was the most important person” in the lives of these men.  Supposedly, after the age of forty, their views of God did not change; if “God had no meaning” in their lives, He still had no meaning in their lives; if God had become the most important person in their lives, He remained the most important person in their lives.

History of the Conscience

Does this recognition of God, as observed by Jung, mean that the recognition of conscience is a maturing process? And, if it does not happen to everyone, there must have been a seed planted in their minds at some earlier period of their growth?  The RoCoU (a.k.a. Jesus) taught that a seed as small as a mustard seed, when planted, can grow into the largest of plants. [v]  Did He mean that we need to plant the seed of God into our developing Homo sapiens? The mystery continues: How does one become aware of their conscience, a conscience that guides the Homo sapiens to do the right thing?  Socrates is quoted as stating that he was “guided by a Spirit or Daemon[vi]” to keep him from making mistakes”. [vii] This is the only recorded acknowledgement, as per this author, that this phenomenon was personalized up until the delivery of “The Personal Counselor,” a.k.a. Advocate, a.k.a. the Holy Spirit, was delivered, as He, the RoCoU, had promised, on the day of the Pentecost Festival following His crucifixion, resurrection and ascension. [viii]

Let Your Conscience be Your Guide” is a statement as old as history; it did not originate with Jiminy Cricket in Pinocchio in 1940 as many believe.  The writer of 1 John in the Bible disagrees with this statement and believes the conscience can be corrupted; he insists that one must listen to God. “…assumes conscience [or heart] may deceive in much the same way as feelings may deceive. Faith means trusting in God’s love and making ourselves available for its action despite what we may feel. Faith cannot be based on feelings. Nor should its criterion of authenticity be absence of struggle. A troubled conscience or mind may coexist with a life of faith. By shifting the basis for confidence from human feelings and inner harmony to hard faith facts about God and behavior, the author is boycotting a common religious trend, then and now, to make inner human experiences the criteria of spirituality…. It would [also] be wrong to read this passage as devaluing conscience or our thoughts and feelings altogether. They may be a guide, but their quality as guide will be determined by the quality of person who is being guided. The author is not operating with an idealistic notion of conscience as somehow representing the voice of God within….He operates rather with the notion that our thoughts and feelings are part of our own system of awareness which may be misinformed and misguided. There is also a touch of realism in the author’s obvious appreciation that Christians may well at times have to struggle with unresolved tensions within their personalities which have their origin somewhere other than God. There is a profound comfort in the assurance that God is greater than our conscience and knows all (3.20), because this God is the God of love and compassion and may be trusted.”[ix] [x]

The Origin of God’s Word Recorded in Writing

The Development of the Christian Church

The Christian Church had its beginnings on the day of the Pentecost Festival after the death, resurrection and ascension of the RoCoU, and the arrival of the Personal Counselor, Advocate or Holy Spirit.   The first church planters were Peter and Paul. “Two men started the churches; they were Peter and Paul, two different men and two different churches.” [xi]  The new churches grew with many differences in doctrine, practices and traditions over the next three hundred years (e.g.  infant baptism, as baptism was seen as the gateway to Heaven; believers’ baptism or baptism of converts; churches where women played a major role; churches were women were not allowed to participate in the church at all; on what day the Sabbath was, whether on Sunday or Saturday; etc.)  To quote from Gulliver’s Travels (Johnathan Swift, 1726): “Some cracked their eggs on the small end and some cracked their eggs on the large end,” and I suppose some cracked their eggs in the middle.

The Emperor Constantine

While the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great reigned (306–337 AD), Christianity began to transition to the dominant religion of the Roman Empire. Historians remain uncertain about Constantine’s reasons for favoring Christianity, and theologians and historians have argued about which form of Early Christianity he subscribed to. There is no consensus among scholars as to whether he adopted his mother Helena’s Christianity in his youth, or (as claimed by Eusebius of Caesarea) encouraged her to convert to the faith himself. Some scholars question the extent to which he should be considered a Christian emperor: “Constantine saw himself as an ’emperor of the Christian people.’ If this made him a Christian is the subject of … debate.”, although he allegedly received a baptism shortly before his death.

“Constantine’s decision to cease the persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire was a turning point for Early Christianity, sometimes referred to as the Triumph of the Church, the Peace of the Church or the Constantinian shift. In 313, Constantine and Licinius issued the Edict of Milan decriminalizing Christian worship. The emperor became a great patron of the Church and set a precedent for the position of the Christian emperor within the Church and the notion of orthodoxy, Christendom, ecumenical councils and the state church of the Roman Empire declared by edict in 380. He is revered as a saint and isapostolos in the Eastern Orthodox Church and Oriental Orthodox Church for his example as a “Christian monarch.” [xii]

“Constantine wanted a consistent doctrine to be upheld in the Christian Church and the dissenting churches began to disappear or went underground.” [xiii] 

Beyond Constantine and the Evolution of the Christian Church

One of these dissenting churches became known as Anabaptist (meaning re-baptizers).  Baptism of infants predominated in the Constantine Church.  Anabaptist was not a term of endearment but akin to the present-day label of “terrorist,” in that they could be killed on sight.  It was common in this time period to fine the heads of the Anabaptists displayed on a stake for all to see. [xiv]  Anabaptists are today known as Baptists; they were never a part of the Catholic (Constantine Church) but survived through the dark history in isolation.

The Bible Canonized

At this written in the first quarter of the twenty-first century, Christians are being taught to look in the Bible, which is “God’s Word,” to determine right from wrong.  The Bible was canonized at “The Council of Trent, held between 1545 and 1563 in Trento (Trent) and Bologna, northern Italy. [It] was one of the Roman Catholic Church’s most important ecumenical councils.  Prompted by the Protestant Reformation, it has been described as the embodiment of the Counter-Reformation. During its deliberations, the Council made the Vulgate the official example of the Biblical canon and commissioned the creation of a standard version, although this was not achieved until the 1590s.” [xv] Those Gospels chosen for the cannon were consistent with the events of the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus. “There are four corners of the earth and four winds thus four Gospels”.  The message of the Council of Trent seems to be this sequence of events in the processes of Jesus’s exit from planet Earth.  Are we to consider these writings in this cannon, “The Bible”, as the “Word of God” to be our guide and not our Conscience?

The Nag Hammadi Scriptures [xvi]

“The Nag Hammadi Scriptures is a collection of thirteen papyrus codices-bound books, not scrolls-that were buried near the city of Nag Hammadi in Upper Egypt most likely in the second half of the fourth century CE.” These codices were discovered in 1945 by a gatherer of fertilizer looking for bird droppings.  It is suggested that these writings were considered as apocryphal writings by leaders of the church.  In these codices is the Gospel of Thomas thought to be the “Q”, the missing reference used by the writers of Mathew and Luke because of their similarities.  “The Gospel of Thomas” contains the sayings of Jesus as recorded by His disciples.  “The Secret Letter of James” mentions a meeting of the Apostles where they recalled and documented the saying they recalled or heard from others. James also mentions a visit at this meeting by Jesus, resurrected, that encouraged them to not be afraid of death. This is a revelation by a pseudonym called James at the end of the second century or at the beginning of the third, in Egypt, probably in Alexandria, in a milieu moving toward a break with the official church .

These Nag Hammadi Scriptures were not available at the Council of Trent when the writings were chosen for the cannon. These Codices were like a sealed “Time Capsule” some person(s) thought they were important and should survive whatever cries drove them to this decision.  It can only be speculated that this crisis was the Roman Emperor Constantine’s desire to have only one church doctrine; as the time periods seems to fit these two events.  

The Lutheran Church’s Origin

Luther formed the Lutheran Church in Germany, dissenting from the Catholic Tradition in 1517. “Lutheranism is a major branch of Protestant Christianity which identifies with the theology of Martin Luther (1483-1546), a German friar, ecclesiastical reformer and theologian.

“Luther’s efforts to reform the theology and practice of the Catholic Church launched the Protestant Reformation in the German-speaking territories of the Holy Roman Empire. Beginning with the Ninety-Five Theses, first published in 1517, Luther’s writings were disseminated internationally, spreading the early ideas of the Reformation beyond the influence and control of the Roman Curia and the Holy Roman Emperor. The split between the Lutherans and the Catholics was made public and clear with the 1521 Edict of Worms: the edicts of the Diet condemned Luther and officially banned citizens of the Holy Roman Empire from defending or propagating his ideas, subjecting advocates of Lutheranism to forfeiture of all property, half of the seized property to be forfeit to the imperial government and the remaining half forfeit to the party who brought the accusation.  The divide centered primarily on two points: the proper source of authority in the church, often called the formal principle of the Reformation, and the doctrine of justification, often called the material principle.” [xvii]

The Origin of the Protestant Bible

“The King James Version (KJV), also known as the Authorized Version (AV) or the King James Bible (KJB), is an English translation of the Christian Bible for the Church of England begun in 1604 and completed in 1611.  The books of the King James Version include the 39 books of the Old Testament, an intertestamental section containing 14 books of the Apocrypha, and the 27 books of the New Testament.

“It was first printed by the King’s Printer Robert Barker and was the third translation into English, approved by the English Church authorities. The first had been the Great Bible, commissioned in the reign of King Henry VIII (1535), and the second had been the Bishops’ Bible of 1568.  In January 1604, James VI and I convened the Hampton Court Conference, where a new English version was conceived in response to the problems of the earlier translations perceived by the Puritans, a faction of the Church of England.  The translation is noted for its “majesty of style”, and has been described as one of the most important books in English culture.

“James gave the translators instructions intended to ensure that the new version would conform to the ecclesiology and reflect the episcopal structure of the Church of England and its belief in an ordained clergy.” By the first half of the 18th century, the Authorized Version had become effectively unchallenged as the English translation used in Anglican and English Protestant churches, except for the Psalms and some short passages in the Book of Common Prayer of the Church of England. Over the course of the 18th century, the Authorized Version supplanted the Latin Vulgate as the standard version of scripture for English-speaking scholars.” [xviii]

The Word of God

The King James Bible and its many translations into Modern English are now promoted by Protestant and Baptist Churches as the “Word of God.”  This is where Christians are to look to determine what actions are right and which are wrong.  Is the Bible then to be used to program the conscience as to what actions are right and which are wrong?  Which does one depend on for guidance – “God’s Written Word” or their own conscience programed in-turn by the Personal Counselor, Advocate, and/or the Holy Spirit?

The Origin of “Let your Conscience be Your Guide”

This is a statement from Caliph Umar’s prayer at Jabiah, after surrender of Jerusalem during the second Crusade: “Do not hesitate to say what you consider to be the truth. Say what you feel. Let your conscience be your guide” (Islamic Cir. 1189). However, Umar also encourages those under his protectorate to follow the teaching in the Quran, which has been given authority equal to if not superior to the conscience.[xix] [xx] Does one of Islamic faith than follow their conscience or the Quran? Or is the Quran used to program the conscience?

Pavlov’s Conditioned Response Visited

“Classical conditioning is now the best understood of the basic learning processes, and its neural substrates are beginning to be understood.” [xxi]  Could these declared authoritative documents; the Bible and the Koran, be used to condition the readers response to their Conscience?  In other words is our Conscience programmable as in computer language “Garbage in-Garbage out”? Should we be looking to our Conscience for guidance or to some other authoritative source?  This writers opinion is that the Conscience is the most reliable source of guidance when it is in connection with the Personal Counselor, Advocate or Holy Spirit sent to us by the RoCoU.

The Founding Fathers of the USA

The Founding Fathers of the USA stipulated that the President of the USA must be at least thirty-five years of age to hold that office.  Therefore, the Founding Fathers must have had some information regarding the maturity factor of establishing contact with one’s conscience.

The Historical Data Summarized 

This historical data certainly indicates that, throughout history, there was a sense of a “Guiding Conscience.” 

Our Expanded Knowledge of the Universe and Life

These discoveries have led us to the present, with the Hubble, Kepler telescopes, and other space-based instruments, determining that there are approximately four billion planets orbiting a sun (star) in the “Goldilocks Zone” (not too hot, not too cold), enabling water to exist in the liquid state and approximately one hundred thousand of these planets in the Milky Way Galaxy.  Given water, salt, amino acids and oxygen, life of one cell can be created that rapidly divides and multiplies and grows into the many shapes and sizes, of biological species, that we observe today. [xxii]

The Role of Evolution and Creation

The evolved spices of form and function to the Homo species might then be given “wisdom” by the CoU, and thus a conscience to guide them through life on that planet, thus becoming Homo sapiens (sapien means “wise”).   With their wisdom, they create all sorts of religions, based on monotheism, multi-theism, chief gods and servant gods – some demanding sacrifices, both dead and alive, even virgins to please their gods.  They look to their gods and written documents for guidance and to know right from wrong.

The Process on Earth and Other Planets

Therefore, we on planet Earth are not alone in the universe; life is evolving or has evolved on other planets in the universe just as on planet Earth.  When the time, conditions and a landing field for the RoCoU, have developed (a monotheist society, communities, communication networks, etc.), the RoCoU would likely be sent to that planet as a seed planted in a virgin and the RoCoU would grow up in that society and become a respected teacher.  He would then teach a small group of disciples, possible an even dozen, and others who follow Him, how to live on that planet successfully, how to get their basic needs of food, shelter and clothing met, and how to get along in peace with each other and in peace, as a nation, with other nations.   He would even teach them how to connect with the conscience that the CoU implanted in them when He gave them wisdom and became Homo sapiens (wise homos).  Being a religious society, they created another religion with the RoCoU (under a different name like Jesus) as the head of this religion.  This religion expands to cover the planet.  Technology and science evolve and progress until they discover that the head of their church (a.k.a. Jesus) is really the Representative from the Creator of the Universe (RoCoU) and they learn to connect to their conscience for guidance, rather than ancient writings, and religion becomes an artifact in their societies and there is peace between individuals and nations until the end of time for this planet.

The Evolution of the Universe

Suns are born of a seed and, under the universal force of gravity, matter scattered throughout the universe, by the death of a previous sun or the Big Bang and this matter is gathered to this seed including hydrogen, which is in abundance in the universe. When the seed has enough hydrogen gathered, through the force of gravity a nuclear reaction fusing the nuclei of the hydrogen atoms together, releasing much energy and forming helium, the mass of this new sun will continue to grow clearing its space of gravitational influence of all matter.  Planets will form from seeds of matter as well and will clear their space of material within their gravitational influence.  The centripetal force produced by the orbit of these planets around the sun counterbalances the gravity of the sun and they come to equilibrium in an orbit around the sun.

As the sun consumes the hydrogen fuel, its ability to counterbalance the force of gravity and consequently be compressed into either a Black Hole (a.k.a. Black Energy) or will rebound and expel its gathered and remanufactured contents (The Table of Elements) back into the universe.  In this way, suns are like biological plants, as they are born of a seed, grow and mature, live a full and useful life, die and reproduce themselves many times over.  The universe, in turn, began as a seed and with The Big Bang and is expanding and creating new galaxies to fill the voids created by its expansion, thus also acting as if a living plant. [xxiii]

Religion a Phenomena of Ancient History

When we compare religion to our increased knowledge of the universe since the early twentieth century from our space probes, we become aware that we now know more than any generation before us about the creation of the universe and its Creator, and religion needs to be filed into the history books as being part of our past!  It is time for the inhabitants of planet Earth to move forward, trusting in their Creator who has given conscience for guidance.  He has put the books of knowledge about what is right and what is wrong, and been given absolute authority by the Homo sapiens as part of a religious sect, onto the book shelves as informative information and not absolute commands for knowing the right from the wrong.  Let us move on from worshipping our God (the creator) or our gods and our books of authority to, as Jiminy Cricket said, “Let your conscience be your guide.”  The RoCoU sent us a Personal Counselor who communicates to us through our conscience.  Prior to this event, which took place at the Pentecost Festival following the RoCoU’s return to His home base somewhere in the Universe; Homo sapiens did not have this advantage and made some bad choices. x

The Path to Peace on Earth

To achieve “Peace on Earth,” we need to move from trusting in religion and get everyone on the same page, trusting in their conscience which is guided by the Personal Counselor sent to us by the RoCoU.  This is not religion but is, in fact, science and “science tells you the truth whether you like it or not!” [xxiv] The RoCoU did not expect us to worship him as God or as the Creator of the Universe; He came to show us how to live on this planet and communicate with our conscience which, in turn, is guided by His Personal Counselor.

QED

“God has provided a way, but man continually creates his own way.” – Proverbs

 

 

[i] Definitions of Conscience and Con-science are from various dictionaries.

[ii] Doppler Effect physics: “An increase (or decrease) in the frequency of sound, light, or other waves as the source and observer move toward (or away from) each other. The effect causes the sudden change in pitch noticeable in a passing siren, as well as the redshift seen by astronomers.” Oxford Dictionaries

[iii] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edwin_Hubble#The_universe_goes_beyond_the_Milky_Way_galaxy

[iv] Stephen Hawkins, “The Universe”, BBC, 1997, PBS Distribution

[v] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parable_of_the_Mustard_Seed

[vi] (In ancient Greek belief) a divinity or supernatural being of a nature between gods and humans

[vii] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socrates

[viii] https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+14:16-18&version=NIV, https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+14%3A26-27&version=NIV , https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+16%3A7-11&version=NIV

[ix] http://www.beliefnet.com/columnists/bibleandculture/2005/07/let-your-conscience-be-your-guide-not-exactly.html

[x] http://catholicexchange.com/letting-your-conscience-be-your-guide-what-jiminy-cricket-didn%e2%80%99t-tell-you

[xi] My Mother Cir. 1962

[xii] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constantine_the_Great_and_Christianity

[xiii] “From Jesus to Christ” “The First Christians”, WGBH Educational Foundation, 1998; Frontline, PBS Distribution

[xiv] “The Little Red Book”, Anabaptist Cir. unknown

[xv] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Council_of_Trent

[xvi] Marvin Meyer, editor, The Nag Hammadi Scriptures, The International Edition, HarperOne, 2007

[xvii] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lutheranism

[xviii] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_James_Version

[xix] http://www.cyberistan.org/islamic/umar.html

[xx] http://www.sermoncentral.com/sermons/let-your-conscience-be-your-guide-david-dykes-sermon-on-apologetics-general-96265

[xxi] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Classical_conditioning

[xxii] Stephen Hawkins, Genius, PBS Distribution, 2016

[xxiii] Ibid iv

[xxiv] An Astro Physicist’s statement about the Universe Cir. 2016

The Litmus Test that Divides the World

The Litmus Test that Divides the World Ver. 1.0.4

The Philosopher

http:gadflyblog.com/litmus-test

11/19/2016

Copyright 2016

Introduction

The litmus test of many of the Protestant religions is, “Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior?”   What is the origin of this doctrine?  Did the people who developed this doctrine have knowledge of who this person named Jesus really was?  Did they really understand the magnitude of the mission of this person they called Jesus and who has been placed at the head of the Christian Church?  Did they really understand who this person they called Jesus really was?

The Discovery that Changed the World and Theology

Edwin Powell Hubble (November 20, 1889 – September 28, 1953) was an American astronomer who played a crucial role in establishing the field of extragalactic astronomy and is generally regarded as one of the most important observational cosmologists of the 20th century. Hubble is known for showing that the recessional velocity of a galaxy increases with its distance from the earth, implying the universe is expanding, known as ‘Hubble’s Law,’ although a preliminary version of this relation was proposed by Georges Lemaître, a Belgian Catholic priest and physicist, two years earlier in a less prominent journal. It was Georges Lemaître, who found that Hubble’s observations supported the Friedmann model of an expanding universe based on Einstein’s equations for General Relativity, which is now known as the Big Bang theory.” [i] 

Hubble observed that far off galaxies emit light in the red spectrum, indicating that these galaxies are moving away from the observer.  This is known as “The Doppler Effect.” This is the idea that, if one were standing on a train platform and a train approached blowing its whistle, the pitch of the sound (wave frequency) of the whistle would increase as the train approached the observer.  As the train, still blowing its whistle, left the observer, the pitch of the sound of the whistle would decrease.  This is also true of light waves.  Thus, with the red spectrum being a longer wave length than white light, the galaxies are moving away from the observer (Edwin Hubble at the Mount Wilson Observatory in Southern California).

The discovery that the universe is expanding is equivalent to discovering that planet Earth is not flat but spherical.  This knowledge offered many opportunities to explore planet Earth, which led to the development of the world.  The discovery that the universe is expanding has led to further exploration of the universe.

The New Universe

Astronomers, cosmologists and astrophysicists agree that there are approximately four billion planets in the universe and 100,000 in our Milky Way galaxy, orbiting a star (sun) in the “Goldilocks Zone” (not too hot and not too cold).  This orbit would result in the planet being capable of containing water at liquid temperatures.   Given water, salt, amino acids and oxygen, a microorganism would be born that rapidly divides and multiplies, growing into the many shapes and sizes we observe on planet Earth. [ii]

The New Jesus (the RoCoU)

This new data makes the old data of this person they named Jesus out of date.  It is evident that this person named Jesus was indeed the Representative of the Creator of the Universe (RoCoU).  In order to land a plane on the surface of the Earth, a runway must be constructed for the airplane to land.  The same is true of the RoCoU; He needed a platform on which to land and that platform was the Israelite nation developed by the Creator of the Universe (CoU) as recorded in the Old Testament of the Book of Books – the Bible.   In fact the prophets of this historic nation proclaimed the coming of the RoCoU.

At this time, the world was engulfed with religion of one sort or another. The Israelites were a monotheist society offering the perfect landing platform for the RoCoU.  The RoCoU landed on planet Earth through a seed planted in a virgin maiden of the Israelites.  He was born a Homo sapien (modern man), and made Himself a respected teacher who gave us the “Operating Instructions” for living on this creation (planet Earth) and getting our basic needs of food, shelter and clothing met and how to live successfully on this planet Earth, including how to live in peace with our neighbors and other nations[iii].

The RoCoU was in teaching mode for about three years, when apparently he lost favor with those whose income was threatened by his teachings. [iv]  The RoCoU was crucified by the Roman authority at the request of the Jewish (Israelite) authority that was, at this time, ruled over by the Romans.  The RoCoU needed to die and be buried on planet Earth so that He could rise again in the form that would allow Him to travel to His home in the universe or to one of His next assignment on another planet where life had evolved, developed and been given wisdom (Sapien) to a form that could understand His teachings (Homo Sapiens).

The people to whom He was teaching these principles of life on planet Earth were not capable of understanding the fullness of His message.  They were a religious society, so they make a religion of the teachings of the RoCoU and established this person they named Jesus as the head of that religion and worshiped him as a new religion – Christianity; these are the “Leftover Trappings of a Religious Society.”  This religion has continued until the twenty-first century when our knowledge of the universe has shed light on who this person they named Jesus really was or could be.  He was indeed knowledgeable in all aspects of the universe and the science that has been developed in the past four hundred years since the beginning of applied science, when Galileo proved the Copernicus theory that planet Earth orbited around the sun and not the sun around planet Earth, as was the religious doctrine dictated in Galileo’s time by the church of this period.

The Identity Crisis

The RoCoU stated that not all men would except His message and He promised that He would not leave us alone on this planet Earth, but would send us a Personal Counselor to guide us through life and teach us all that we need to know. He identified this Personal Counselor as The Holy Spirit.[v]

Therein lays the problem associated with the litmus test – accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior.  The observation that not all men know of these teachings of the RoCoU or do not care to follow or acknowledge Him or his teachings leads to the conclusion that there needs to be a trigger mechanism that allows men to accept the teaching of the RoCoU.  Also, it is evident from the experience stated by Socrates as, “Socrates claimed to have a daimonion (literally, a ‘divine something’) that frequently warned him—in the form of a ‘voice’—against mistakes but never told him what to do.[vi] leads one to conclude that this spirit of the CoU was in the world long before the visit from the RoCoU. This begs the question: “Is this guiding Personal Counselor sent by the RoCoU the same as awakening one’s conscience as a guide through life on planet Earth?”

The Conscience and the Conclusion of the Mystery

When one learns to listen to their conscience for guidance by whatever means – be it maturity, conviction, crises, or indoctrination – this could very well be what was intended by the CoU when He instilled wisdom into the evolved Homo species, leading to the term Homo Sapiens (Wise Homos).  Therefore, the divisive doctrine of “accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior” is not only unnecessary, but also self-defeating in accomplishing the mission of the RoCoU on this planet Earth and that mission is to connect every Homo Sapien to his conscience that he may be guided by the RoCoU’s advocate – the Personal Counselor or Holy Spirit.

QED

“A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.” (Max Planck 1858-1947)

 “Belief perseverance is maintaining a belief despite new information that firmly contradicts it.  Since rationality involves conceptual flexibility, belief perseverance is consistent with the View that human beings act at times in an irrational manner.” [vii] Ferdinand Canning Scott Schiller (1864 –1937), usually cited as F. C. S. Schiller, was a German-British philosopher, holds that “belief perseverance “deserves to rank among the fundamental ‘laws’ of nature.”

[i] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edwin_Hubble

[ii] Steven Hawkins, “Genius”, PBS, 2016

[iii] The Books of Luke I and Mark, The Book of Books -The Bible

[iv] http://www.billoreilly.com/killing-jesus

[v] https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+16%3A13-15&version=NIV

[vi] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daemon_(classical_mythology)/

[vii] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belief_perseverance

Firstborn and Middleborn Presidents and Wars

Firstborn and Middleborn Presidents and Wars Ver. 1.2.2

The Gadfly

https://gadflyblog.wordpress.com/tag/president’s-styles/

9/9/2016

Copyright 2016

Introduction

One’s birth order in their family of origin can identify basic skills that were learned from the environment that one was exposed to in their developing years. The firstborns tend toward leadership skills with either “compliant” or “controlling” personalities; middleborns tend toward a personality using a negotiating style of communication and problem-solving. [i]

The firstborn presidents of the USA are numerous and many were involved in wars *.

 

Functional Only Child Oldest Child Oldest Male Functional Oldest Male
Andrew Jackson John Adams *Thomas Jefferson *George Washington
*Abraham Lincoln *James Madison John Quincy Adams
Herbert Hoover *James Monroe Martin Van Buren
*Franklin D. Roosevelt *James K. Polk Millard Fillmore
Gerald R. Ford *Ulysses S. Grant James Buchanan
*Bill Clinton  

Chester Alan Arthur

Theodore Roosevelt Calvin Coolidge
*Harry S. Truman
*Lyndon B. Johnson
Jimmy Carter
*George W. Bush

 

 

There were several middleborn presidents, several of whom ended wars *.

 

Middle Born
John Tyler
Zachary Taylor
Franklin Pierce
*G. Cleveland
Benjamin Harrison
*William McKinley
W. H. Taft
*Dwight D. Eisenhower
*John F. Kennedy
*Richard Nixon
*George Herbert Walker Bush

 The question of the day is: “Are firstborn Presidents more likely to be involved in a war and are middleborn Presidents more likely to end a war?” [ii]

Early Biography of Presidential Candidates

Hillary Clinton, Democratic Party

Hillary Diane Rodham was born on October 26, 1947, at Edgewater Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.  She was raised in a United Methodist family, first in Chicago and then, from the age of three, in suburban Park Ridge, Illinois.  Her father, Hugh Ellsworth Rodham (1911–1993), was of Welsh and English descent; he managed a successful small business in the textile industry. Her mother, Dorothy Emma Howell (1919–2011), was a homemaker of English, Scottish, French-Canadian, and Welsh descent.  Hillary has two younger brothers, Hugh and Tony.” [iii]

Hillary qualifies as a firstborn, but the question is: “Is she a compliant firstborn or a controlling firstborn?” [iv] The data on firstborn presidents does not contain any data on female firstborn presidents.  A look at the other female world leaders below may offer some insight to predicted decision-making styles of the female politician.  Hillary is running on a platform of, “I will fight for you,” meaning she will fight to give sectors of the population federal benefits in exchange for votes.  The Greek democracy has been bailed out of bankruptcy by the European Union twice in recent years.  The Greek politicians, who wanted political power, promised more government benefits to their voters.  The Greeks now have more people on government benefits than they do people paying taxes to support them, thus financial ruin.

Donald Trump, Republican Party

“Donald John Trump was born in 1946 in Queens, New York City, the fourth of five children of Frederick C. and Mary MacLeod Trump. Frederick Trump was a builder and real estate developer who specialized in constructing and operating middle income apartments in the Queens, Staten Island, and Brooklyn sections of New York. Donald Trump was an energetic and bright child, and his parents sent him to the New York Military Academy at age thirteen, hoping the discipline of the school would channel his energy in a positive manner. Trump did well at the academy, both socially and academically, rising to be a star athlete and student leader by the time he graduated in 1964.” [v]

Donald Trump qualifies as a middleborn child; the die of his personality should have been cast by age twelve.  Being raised in the middle, he would have developed negotiating skills, mostly negotiating for his own space. [vi]

Gary Johnson, Libertarian Party

Johnson was born on January 1, 1953, in Minot, North Dakota, the son of Lorraine B. (née Bostow), who worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Earl W. Johnson, a public school teacher. In 1971, Johnson graduated from Sandia High School in Albuquerque, where he was on the school track team.  He attended the University of New Mexico from 1971 to 1975 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in political science. While at UNM, he joined the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.  It was there that he met his future wife, Denise “Dee” Simms.

“While in college, Johnson earned money as a door-to-door handyman.  His success in that industry encouraged him to start his own business, Big J Enterprises, in 1976. When he started the business, which focused on mechanical contracting, Johnson was its only employee.  His firm’s major break came when he received a large contract from Intel’s expansion in Rio Rancho, which increased Big J’s revenue to $38 million.

“Overburdened by his success, Johnson enrolled in a time management course at night school, which he credits with making him heavily goal driven.  He eventually grew Big J into a multimillion-dollar corporation with over 1,000 employees.  By the time he sold the company in 1999, it was one of New Mexico’s leading construction companies.” [vii]

There is no mention of siblings of Gary Johnson, but it is interesting to note the youngest brother of George W. Bush is one of his ardent supporters.  This certainly looks like a firstborn and lastborn natural relationship.  No mention of a sibling leads to the conclusion that Gary is an only child.

There are a finite number of personalities that have been created all through history; we just keep on reproducing these same personalities with different faces, like Barack Obama and George W. Bush [viii]  who can be considered as functional only children (this is true for Bush, as there is more than five years between him and his next younger brother, Jeb Bush).Barack Obama is a functional only child, as he was raised separate from his siblings and by a single mother/grandmother.  Therefore, when George W. Bush entered into a war in Iraq and Afghanistan and Barack Obama expanded these wars with ISIS-ISIL, we did not change the personality of our president, but only changed the face of the president.  Gary Johnson, as an only child, would only change the face of the president again, not the personality of the president and he would probably expand the wars in the Middle East.

Jill Stein, Green Party

“Jill Stein was born in Chicago, the daughter of Gladys (née Wool) and Joseph Stein, and was raised in Highland Park, Illinois. She is Jewish, and her family attended Chicago’s North Shore Congregation Israel, a Reform synagogue.  Her parents were both from Russian Jewish families and Stein was raised in a Reform Jewish household, but now considers herself agnostic.  Stein is married to Richard Rohrer, who is also a physician. They live in Lexington, Massachusetts, and have two adult sons.

“In 1973, Stein graduated magna cum laude from Harvard, where she studied psychology, sociology, and anthropology. She then attended Harvard Medical School and graduated in 1979. After graduating from Harvard Medical School, Stein practiced internal medicine for 25 years at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Simmons College Health Center, and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, and also served as an instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. She retired from practicing and teaching medicine in 2005 and 2006, respectively.” [ix]

There is no mention of siblings in this bio; therefore we can only conclude that Jill Stein is an only child.  Only children are well known for their academic achievements; Jill certainly qualifies as an “only” on this count, as she is very academically accomplished.  Therefore the question remains: Are we going to change the personality of the president or only the face and sex of the president?

Notable Female World Leaders and Conflict


Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom


“Thatcher was born Margaret Hilda Roberts on 13 October 1925, in Grantham, Lincolnshire. Her father was Alfred Roberts, originally from Northamptonshire, and her mother was Beatrice Ethel (née Stephenson) from Lincolnshire.   She spent her childhood in Grantham, where her father owned two grocery shops. She and her older sister Muriel (1921–2004) were raised in the flat above the larger of the two, on North Parade. 

“Margaret Roberts attended Huntingtower Road Primary School and won a scholarship to Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School.  Her school reports showed hard work and continual improvement; her extracurricular activities included the piano, field hockey, poetry recitals, swimming and walking.  She was head girl in 1942–43.[x]   As the younger of two sisters, Margaret would develop a more social and athletic personality.”

In the 1990, Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of Great Britain when Saddam Hussein, the political leader of Iraq, invaded his neighbor oil producing country of Kuwait.   Margaret was heard broadcasting on the air that, “We are going to nuke you.”  This was the last we heard from Margaret on politics.

Golda Meir, Prime Minister of Israel

“Golda Mabovitch (Ukrainian: Ґольда Мабович) was born on May 3, 1898, in Kiev, Russian Empire, present-day Ukraine, to Blume Neiditch (died 1951) and Moshe Mabovitch (died 1944), a carpenter. Meir wrote in her autobiography that her earliest memories were of her father boarding up the front door in response to rumors of an imminent pogrom. She had two sisters, Sheyna (1889-1972) and Tzipke (1902-1981), as well as five other siblings who died in childhood. She was especially close to Sheyna.

Moshe Mabovitch left to find work in New York City in 1903.  In his absence, the rest of the family moved to Pinsk to join her mother’s family. In 1905, Moshe moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in search of higher-paying work and found employment in the workshops of the local railroad yard. The following year, he had saved up enough money to bring his family to the United States.”

Golda Meir, before 1910

“Blume ran a grocery store on Milwaukee’s north side, where by age eight Golda had been put in charge of watching the store when her mother went to the market for supplies. Golda attended the Fourth Street Grade School (now Golda Meir School) from 1906 to 1912. A leader early on, she organized a fund raiser to pay for her classmates’ textbooks. After forming the American Young Sisters Society, she rented a hall and scheduled a public meeting for the event. She went on to graduate as valedictorian of her class.

“At 14, she studied at North Division High School and worked part-time. Her mother wanted her to leave school and marry, but she demurred. She bought a train ticket to Denver, Colorado, and went to live with her married sister, Sheyna Korngold. The Korngolds held intellectual evenings at their home, where Meir was exposed to debates on Zionism, literature, women’s suffrage, trade unionism, and more. In her autobiography, she wrote: “To the extent that my own future convictions were shaped and given form […] those talk-filled nights in Denver played a considerable role.” In Denver, she also met Morris Meyerson (also ‘Myerson’; December 17, 1893 – May 25, 1951), a sign painter, whom she later married on December 24, 1917.” [xi]

Golda was nine years younger than her older sister and four years older than her younger sister.  This family position would make her the second firstborn, as there is more than five years between her and her older sister.  The fact that she was put in charge of the grocery store when her mother was absent leads to the conclusion she was treated as an oldest sibling.  This position in the family would certainly put her in the ranks of academic achiever, which she was.  It is a stretch to put her as a middleborn child with a sister nine years older and a sister four years younger, where she would have developed negotiating skills. [xii]   She was known as the Iron Lady of Israeli politics.[xiii]   It was during her tenure that Israel acted in revenge against the Germans responsible for the Holocaust.

Yom Kippur War

“Meir approved full scale mobilizing but sided with Dayan against a preemptive strike, citing Israel’s need for foreign aid. She believed that Israel could not depend on European countries to supply Israel with military equipment, and the only country that might come to Israel’s assistance was the United States. Fearing that the United States would be wary of intervening if Israel were perceived as initiating the hostilities, Meir decided early on October 6 against a preemptive strike. She made it a priority to inform Washington of her decision. U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger later confirmed Meir’s assessment by stating that if Israel had launched a preemptive strike, Israel would not have received so much as a nail.”

Resignation

“Following the Yom Kippur War, Meir’s government was plagued by infighting and questions over Israel’s lack of preparation for the war. The Agranat Commission appointed to investigate the war cleared her of direct responsibility, and related to her actions on Yom Kippur morning.

“She decided wisely, with common sense and speedily, in favor of the full mobilization of the reserves, as recommended by the chief-of-staff, despite weighty political considerations, thereby performing a most important service for the defense of the state.” [xiv]

Conclusion

In reality we have two choices for the next president of the USA.  One Candidate is a Firstborn Female with younger brothers who wants political power and is willing to give out federal government benefits in exchange for votes (“I will fight for you”), but she is somewhat an unknown in regard to her ability to extricate us from the war with ISIS-ISILThe Second Candidate is a Middleborn Male with negotiating skills – albeit on a “I win, you lose” basis – but a good start in negotiating workable compromises, which is the key to successful relationships with our neighbors foreign and domestic. [xv] And there is significant evidence, in our history of middleborn presidents, that he can extricate us from this war with ISIS-ISIL. 

 

[i] http://drleman.com/

[ii]http://retiary.org/misc_pages/us_presidents_and_wars.html/

[iii] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillary_Clinton#Early_life/

[iv] Ibid i

[v] http://www.notablebiographies.com/St-Tr/Trump-Donald.html/

[vi] Ibid i

[vii] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Johnson#Early_life_and_career/

[viii] Ester 5: 9-14, The Bible, Old Testament

[ix] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jill_Stein#Early_life_and_education/

[x] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Thatcher#Early_life_and_education/

[xi] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golda_Meir#Early_life/

[xii] Ibid i

[xiii] Ibid xi

[xiv] Ibid xi

[xv]  Matthew 7:2, The Bible

[xv] Matthew 5:25, The Bible

[xv] Luke 14:31-32, The Bible
[xv] https://gadflyblog.wordpress.com/tag/gadfly/

How to Quit a Drug Habit in Three DAYS

How to Quit a Drug Habit in Three DAYS Ver. 1.0.4

A SCIENTIFIC METHOD*

 The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter, Retired

https://gadflyblog.wordpress.com/tag/drug-addiction/

http://anewparadigminchristianthinking/wordpress.com/tag/drug-addiction/

September 4, 2016

Copyright 2016

 Introduction

 Drug addiction can be beat by knowing just a little about how our brains work and with a little help from a Russian Psychologist, Dr. Ivan Pavlov, and his discovery of “Conditioned Response” and acknowledging the existence of a “Higher Power.”

Conditioned Response

Pavlov performed many experiments with animals, but his most notable accomplishment was his work with a dog in a cage, a large beef steak and a bell.  He would offer the steak to the dog in the cage from outside the cage and the dog would salivate.  He then offered the steak to the dog and rang a bell.  He continued this procedure for several iterations, and then he just rang the bell and the dog would salivate.  This is how he developed his theory of “Conditioned Response.” [i]

The Existence of a Higher Power

The existence of a Higher Power has been the subject of debate with philosophers for many centuries, and the results often depend on the preexisting thoughts of observers when they are shown evidence of this Higher Power.  Two arguments are thus summarized.

The Watch in the Sand

You are walking along a deserted beach, you find a watch in the sand (electronic or geared), and you conclude, ‘People have been here,’ because it is highly unlikely that a mechanism as intricately designed as a watch might be thrown together by the chance forces of nature.  A pebble on the beach might be curiously shaped, but anything approaching the complexity of a tool or a piece of sculpture, much less a complex mechanism, would strike us as proof of some intelligent being.”  So it is with the universe. [ii]

The Caretaker

Two men are traveling through the woods on foot and they come upon a well-manicured garden.  It is a garden perfectly shaped and trimmed with flower beds arranged in perfect order.  The one man sates, “There must be a caretaker around here to make this so beautiful.”  The second man expounds, “This is a beautiful work of nature!” [iii]

The Universe

The facts revealed in recent years about the universe is that the Big Bang Theory is now well accepted among astrophysicists and astrologers, and they have estimated that there are approximately four billion planets similar to planet Earth in orbit around a sun in the “Goldilocks Zone” (Not too hot, not too cold, not too big, and not too small). With water and amino acid, life can begin and evolve on these planets, as all the other elements for life are readily available in the universe. These elements are also known as “star dust.”  We can argue that this was an act of nature and not of a Higher Power, or we can accept that a Higher Power put the universe in action with a Big Bang and it is held in shape by a web of gravitational waves. [iv]

The Method of Quitting the Drug Habit    

This method for breaking the drug habit is based on the work of Dr. Ivan Pavlov in developing the theory of Conditioned Response and my own experience as a smoker of eighteen years.  The following method applies the technology of Conditioned Response to the drug habit and redirects the response to complete the transaction begun by the stimulus. The stimulus is then removed by soliciting the aid of a Higher Power.  This method is as simple as teaching a dog to sit or roll over. We can be trained to quit a drug habit, or, for that matter, train ourselves to do anything.  The conscious mind trains the unconscious mind, and the unconscious mind does everything automatically, from putting a cup of coffee to our lips to reaching for a small book or smart phone instead of a drug.

 The Drug Habit as a Conditioned Response

 The first step in stopping a drug addiction is to identify the stimulus received that causes the response to want to “take a drug.”  For me, the stimulus was an empty feeling in my chest that signaled my need for nicotine. Once the stimulus is identified, the response can be redirected.

REDIRECTING THE RESPONSE

The second step is to redirect the response that is given to the stimulus. A lot of people redirect the response to their mouth by eating something, chewing gum or a toothpick. A better place to redirect the response is to the mind. Redirection can be accomplished by replacing the cigarette pack with a small book the same size as a pack of cigarettes  such as a New Testament Bible or a Smart Phone with the “TEXT” to be read).   I suggest Psalm I and is recommended for its relationship to a higher power). This action in itself is a new response. When the stimulus is received (I need a cigarette), the words of the passage are read and they bring to conclusion the transaction initiated by the stimulus. The retraining has begun.

The Final Step

The final step is to ask the Higher Power to take away the stimulus.  The very act of admitting a need for intervention of the Higher Power transfers responsibility for removing the stimulus to the Higher Power. You are also showing a trust for the Higher Power to remove the stimulus.  Some common names for the Higher Power are: God, Jesus, Yahweh, Father, and Jehovah, etc. Use any name you desire for this Higher Power.   Some people call this prayer. I simply call it talking with the Higher Power.  This action is still consistent with the Conditioned Response Theory.  These actions (praying, talking, asking) bring to conclusion the transaction that began with the stimulus (“I need a drug”).

A Proven Method

The method I found that worked was to insert a New Testament and Psalms Bible into my shirt pocket where the cigarettes would normally be kept. This book is the same size as a pack of cigarettes and works well as a substitute, as would a smartphone displaying the selected text. When the stimulus was received, I pulled out the book, turned to the first Psalm and read it from beginning to end.  The first Psalms begins with, “Blessed is the man (woman) who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked….”  The Psalm continues, “He is like a tree planted by streams of water which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither.”  In about three days, I had successfully transferred the response to reading the passage.  I then asked my Higher Power to remove the stimulus and admitted I was powerless to remove it myself. The simple act of asking and admitting to be powerless, to do this myself, was enough to remove the stimulus.  In a short time, I did not have to ask. The stimulus was gone and I was free of the addiction to this drug.

QED

[i] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Classical_conditioning

[ii] Robert C. Solomon, “Introducing Philosophy” 4th ed., Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Pub. 1986,  p293

[iii] ibid

[iv] Albert Eisenstein

 Put this Message in your Smart Phone

 Psalm 1 (NIV)

Blessed is the one

who does not walk in step with the wicked

or stand in the way that sinners take

or sit in the company of mockers,

but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,

and who meditates on his law day and night.

That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,

which yields its fruit in season

and whose leaf does not wither—

whatever they do prospers.

Not so the wicked!

They are like chaff

that the wind blows away.

Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,

nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,

but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.

 

HOW TO QUIT SMOKING IN THREE DAYS

HOW TO QUIT SMOKING IN THREE DAYS

A SCIENTIFIC METHOD*

Jack E. Johnston

Copyright March 23, 1991

Revised August 11, 2016

https://gadflyblog.wordpress.com/tag/smoking

 Introduction:

When I was in high school I was determined not to get caught up in the smoking craze that was popular amongst some of my friends. When we were juniors my friend came to me and stated he was hooked on smoking cigarettes and wanted to quite. Since he was in my circle of best friends, I asked him to teach me how to smoke and I would find a way for us to quite. He reluctantly agreed to teach me. It took eighteen years to find a way to quit smoking. I have been off now for Thirty-two years (2013).  So, if you are still hooked here is the method I found to be successful.

This method for breaking the smoking habit is based on the work of Dr. Ivan Pavlov in developing the theory of “Conditioned Response” and my own experience as a smoker of eighteen years. Dr. Pavlov is well known for his experiment where he trained a dog to salivate at the sound of a bell.  The following method applies the technology of “Conditioned Response” to the smoking habit and redirects the response to complete the transaction begun by the stimulus. The stimulus is then removed by soliciting the aid of a “Higher Power.”  This method is as scientific as teaching a dog to sit or rollover, we can be trained to “Quit Smoking” or for that matter train ourselves to do anything.

 THE SMOKING HABIT AS A CONDITIONED RESPONSE

The first step in stopping smoking is to identify the stimulus received that causes the response to want to “light-up”.  For me the stimulus was an empty feeling in my chest that signaled my need for nicotine. Once the stimulus is identified the response can be redirected.

REDIRECTING THE RESPONSE

The second step is to redirect the response that is given to the stimulus. A lot of people redirect the response to their mouth by eating something, chewing gum or a toothpick. A better place to redirect the response is to the mind. Redirection can be accomplished by replacing the cigarette pack with a small book the same size as a pack of cigarettes  such as a New Testament Bible or a Smart Phone with the “TEXT” to be read).   I suggest Psalm I and is recommended for its relationship to a higher power). This action in itself is a new response. When the stimulus is received (I need a cigarette), the words of the passage are read and they bring to conclusion the transaction initiated by the stimulus. The retraining has begun.

THE FINAL STEP:

The final step is to ask the “Higher Power” to take away the stimulus. The very act of admitting a need for intervention of the “Higher Power” transfers responsibility for removing the stimulus to the “Higher Power.” You are also showing a trust for the “Higher Power” to remove the stimulus. Some common names for the “Higher Power” are: God, Jesus, Yahweh, Father, and Jehovah. Some people call this prayer. I simply call it talking with my “Higher Power.”  This action is still in alignment with the Conditioned Response Theory. These actions (praying, talking, asking) bring to conclusion the transaction that began with the stimulus (I need a cigarette).

A PROVEN METHOD

The method I found that worked was to insert a “New Testament and Psalms” into my shirt pocket where the cigarettes would normally be kept. This book is the same size as a pack of cigarettes and works well as a substitute as would an iPhone. When the stimulus was received, I pulled out the book, turned to the first Psalm and read it from beginning to end.  The first Psalms begins with “Blessed is the man (woman) who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked….”. The Psalm continues “He is like a tree planted by streams of water which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither”. In about three days I had successfully transferred the response to reading the passage. I then asked my Higher Power to remove the stimulus and admitted I was powerless to remove it myself. The simple act of asking was enough to remove the stimulus. In time, I did not have to ask. The stimulus was gone.

Put this Message in your Smart Phone

Psalm 1 (NIV)

Blessed is the one

who does not walk in step with the wicked

or stand in the way that sinners take

or sit in the company of mockers,

but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,

and who meditates on his law day and night.

That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,

which yields its fruit in season

and whose leaf does not wither—

whatever they do prospers.

Not so the wicked!

They are like chaff

that the wind blows away.

Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,

nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,

but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.