Agency is necessary for sovereignty otherwise one cannot self insure. If you cannot self insure then others must insure you out of self defense. If others must insure you then you are dependent upon them as a child upon a parent. You are not sovereign agent, and cannot reciprocally insure those with agency – and you especially cannot insure them against yourself.
Western civilization specialized in the continuous production of agency. We emphasize sovereignty. But sovereignty is something we grant one another through reciprocity. Agency over the self exists or it doesn’t – independent of others.
Stoicism attempts to produce agency. All other religions do not – they produce avoidance or escapism – with shintoism the closest peer looking backward rather than forward, and the original Buddhism the closest ambition – mindfulness but not agency. And Buddhism does not maintain the western charter demanding heroism, and speaking truth regardless of the consequences to the dominance (competence) hierarchy.
If you master Propertarianism (natural law) you will have intellectual agency – all human experience is then explicable in operational terms, and the world coherent and comprehensible. If you master stoicism (self authoring) then you will develop intuitionistic and emotional agency. If you maintain diet and physical fitness – particularly team sports – you will develop physical agency. If you exchange sovereignty with others who do the same, then you will be sovereign.
Rome had almost completed the development of a new religion when the Abrahamists worked diligently to undermine the great aristocratic civilizations.
The lesson of Constantine is never let anyone other than a member of a noble family that has retained noble status in marriage hold office – ever.
The lesson of the Abrahamic revolt against civilization, is that we must suppress all forms of supernaturalism, sophisms (pseudo-ratioalism), and pseudosciences. And the only way to do that is the use of the LAW: the organized use of force to suppress imposition of costs upon the private and common, existential and informational, by using the courts as a market for truth, thereby empowering all people to suppress falsehoods.
Which leads us to our charter:
—“Europeans do not know how to live unless they are engaged in some great enterprise. When this is lacking, they grow petty and feeble and their souls disintegrate.”—José Ortega y Gasset, Spanish Philosopher
This is our next great enterprise. To rid humanity of the abrahamic falsehoods whether they be supernatural, sophistry, or pseudoscience.
We have incrementally suppressed the evil in mankind by forcible domestication of genes and behavior in the ancient world and in the modern.
The revolt against us in the ancient world brought about a dark age – we were far too tolerant.
The abrahamic revolt against us in the modern world using collectivist pseudoscience and postmodern sophism, and the systematic use of pilpul and critique in the reputation destruction of our great civilization – a civilization that has dragged humanity out of ignorance, superstition, poverty, starvation, hard labor, disease, suffering, child mortality, early death, and the vicissitudes of nature. This revolt against civilization, has not yet been stopped – we have been too tolerant.
The most intolerant wins.
We must rule by our law, out of self defense, and drag mankind kicking and screaming once again into transcendence of the gods we may yet be, in a universe hostile to all but gods.
Transcendence by Agency, Sovereignty, Reciprocity, Truth, Duty, Markets in Everything: the continuous calculation of our ascent into godhood.