The Gadfly ver. 1.2.3
The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter, Retired
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 Thinking” is 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.
- You will not listen to anyone but your father for guidance.
- You will not form addictions that will prevent you from making your own decisions.
- You will not use my name as an authority to cause trouble or discomfort for any other person on this planet Earth.
- 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.
- 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.
- You shall not murder.
- You shall not steal.
- You shall not give false witness against your neighbor.
- You shall not seek an intimate relationship with your neighbor’s wife.
- You shall not scheme to gain possession of your neighbor’s property.
- You will not build a big mansion type house in your neighbor’s back yard.
- You shall keep the walk-ways, of your communities, free of “Foxtails” that injure our pets. [xvi]
[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
[xiii] National Geographic The Greeks DVD, 2016, http://ancienthistory.about.com/cs/weaponswar/p/blpwtherm.htm/
[xv] PBS, “The Greeks”, 2016