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/

 

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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/