Apr 1, 2020, 3:00 PM
The Great Trade
“Whether we understand, by reason, trust, or feeling doesn’t matter. We must only trade loyalty, duty, truth, and reciprocity – and that is enough.”
THE THREE DEGREES OF AGREEMENT: THINK, TRUST, FEEL – AND THE VIRTUES, VICES, AND COMMANDMENTS
We all satisfy our need for understanding differently:
1. Autists need to think it, (Rational)
2. Normies need to trust it, (Reasonable) and
3. Empaths need to feel it. (Empathic)
We Satisfy Our Limits of Agency given the status quo, differently:
1. Achievement (Excellence)
2. Action (Competitive Engagement)
3. Accomodation (Neutral Engagement)
All that matters is we do not deny:
1. the physical law of the universe,
2. the evolutionary law of evolution and transcendence,
3. the natural law of man, the extension of natural law to the love of man,
4. the debt we owe to nature and our ancestors.
After that we only need enough knowledge and skill to serve one another -and enough courage to defend one another.
Whether we understand it, trust it, or feel it doesn’t matter. We must trade loyalty, duty, truth, and reciprocity – and that is enough
DO UNTO OTHERS
It’s not complicated.
“do not unto others as they would not have done unto them. do only unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
THE FOUR AGREEMENTS
For women, neither are the four agreements difficult.
Agreement 1: Be Impeccable With Your Word
Agreement 2: Don’t Take Anything Personally
Agreement 3: Don’t Make Assumptions
Agreement 4: Always Do Your Best
THE CHRISTIAN VIRTUES
For women, the Christian virtues are not difficult.
THE FOUR GREEK VIRTUES
For Men, the Greek Virtues are not difficult.
The term “virtue” itself is derived from the Latin “virtus” (the personification of which was the deity Virtus), and had connotations of “manliness”, “honour”, worthiness of deferential respect, and civic duty as both citizen and soldier.
1. Wisdom (vs cunning)
2. Courage (vs victimhood)
3. Moderation (epicureanism vs hedonism or asceticism)
4. Justice (vs compassion)
1. A craftsman (so he is not a scoundrel),
2. A soldier (so he does his duty to his people),
3. A warrior (so he is not a coward),
4. A Sheriff (so he defends the commons),
5. A Judge (so he metes justice when he must), legislature (so he chooses his own path), and;
6. A Sovereign (so he takes responsibility for his actions).
RECIPROCITY (SCIENTIFIC, LEGAL, OR NECESSARY ETHICS)
“The only moral actions are those that consist exclusively of productive, fully informed, warrantied, voluntary transfer, free of imposition of costs by externality upon the demonstrated investments of others.”
The via Negativa
THE CRIMES: TEN COMMANDMENTS IN P-LAW TERMS
(In response to James Dmitro Makienko and John Mark.)
1 – God/Nature has given us the many laws of nature, the one natural law of man: reciprocity, and the one choice: transcendence into gods ourselves by those laws, or the end of our existence for failing.
2 – You shall not use reciprocity falsely, or criticize reciprocity, and spread irreciprocity – this is to criticize god, god’s law, and doom mankind to failure of transcendence.
4 – You shall return your parent’s investment in you with reciprocity of obedience, respect, and care.
5 – You shalt not commit murder – reciprocity of life cannot be restored, reciprocity of revenge cannot be unmade, and reciprocity in trust forever lost.
6 – You shalt not commit adultery – reciprocity of the marriage promise cannot be restored.
7 – You shalt not steal – reciprocity of goods may be restored, but reciprocity of trust cannot be restored.
8 – You shalt not lie – reciprocity of deceit may be restored, reciprocity of harm may not be, and reciprocity of trust cannot be restored.
9 – You shalt not contemplate lust of another’s wife or husband – lest in anger, weakness or folly you violate the reciprocity of a marriage.
10 – You shalt not contemplate lust of another’s property, lest in anger, weakness or folly you violate the reciprocity of property.
3 – One day a week you shall spend contemplating your reciprocity irreciprocity, to past, present and future kin and kith, and seek means of restitution.
The competitors in antiquity were:
(0) Aryanism: Excellence (Dominance) ( … )
(1) Stoicism: ( … )
Confucianism: ( … )
Hinduism: ( … )
(2) Epicureanism, with its doctrine of a life of withdrawal in contemplation and escape from worldly affairs and its belief that pleasure, as the absence of pain, is the goal of humans;
(3) Buddhism ( … )
(3) Skepticism, which rejected certain knowledge in favour of local beliefs and customs, in the expectation that those guides would provide the quietude and serenity that the dogmatic philosopher (e.g., the Stoic) could not hope to achieve; and
(4) Christianity, with its hope of personal salvation provided by an appeal to faith as an immanent aid to human understanding and by the beneficent intervention of a merciful God.
(5) Rebellion: Jewish Rebellion, Undermining, and Devolution ( … )
(6) Rebellion: Islamic Rebellion, Undermining, and Destruction ( … )
As Aristotle says in the Nicomachean Ethics
“The golden mean between the extremes,
at the right times (when),
about the right things (what),
towards the right people (who),
for the right end (why),
and in the right way (how).”
STOIC ETHICS (DUTY)
In urging participation in human affairs, Stoics have always believed that the goal of all inquiry is to provide a mode of conduct characterized by tranquillity of mind and certainty of moral worth.
If, as with Socrates, to know is to know oneself, rationality as the sole means by which something outside of the self might be achieved may be said to be the hallmark of Stoic belief. As a Hellenistic philosophy, Stoicism presented an ars vitae, a way of accommodation for people to whom the human condition no longer appeared as the mirror of a uniform, calm, and ordered cosmos. Reason alone could reveal the constancy of cosmic order and the originative source of unyielding value; thus, reason became the true model for human existence. To the Stoic, virtue is an inherent feature of the world, no less inexorable in relation to humans than are the laws of nature.
The Stoics believed that perception is the basis of true knowledge. In logic, their comprehensive presentation of the topic is derived from perception, yielding not only the judgment that knowledge is possible but also that certainty is possible, on the analogy of the incorrigibility of perceptual experience. To them, the world is composed of material things, with some few exceptions (e.g., meaning), and the irreducible element in all things is right reason, which pervades the world as divine fire. Things, such as material, or corporeal, bodies, are governed by this reason or fate, in which virtue is inherent. The world in its awesome entirety is so ruled as to exhibit a grandeur of orderly arrangement that can only serve as a standard for humankind in the regulation and ordering of life. Thus, the goal of humans is to live according to nature, in agreement with the world design.
Stoic moral theory is also based on the view that the world, as one great city, is a unity. Humans, as world citizens, have an obligation and loyalty to all things in that city. They must play an active role in world affairs, remembering that the world exemplifies virtue and right action. Thus, moral worth, duty, and justice are singularly Stoic emphases, together with a certain sternness of mind. For the moral person neither is merciful nor shows pity, because each suggests a deviation from duty and from the fated necessity that rules the world. Nonetheless—with its loftiness of spirit and its emphasis on the individual’s essential worth—the themes of universal brotherhood and the benevolence of divine nature make Stoicism one of the most appealing of philosophies.
EPICURIAN ETHICS (LIVING WITHIN ONE’S MEANS)
(Mindfulness) The greatest good is to seek modest pleasures in order to attain a state of tranquillity, freedom from fear (“ataraxia”) and absence from bodily pain (“aponia”).
In physics, these are atomism, a mechanical conception of causality, limited, however, by the idea of a spontaneous motion, or “swerve,” of the atoms, which interrupts the necessary effect of a cause; the infinity of the universe and the equilibrium of all forces that circularly enclose its phenomena; and the existence of gods conceived as beatified and immortal natures completely extraneous to happenings in the world.
In ethics, the basic concepts are the identification of good with pleasure and of the supreme good and ultimate end with the absence of pain from the body and the soul—a limit beyond which pleasure does not grow but changes; the reduction of every human relation to the principle of utility, which finds its highest expression in friendship, in which it is at the same time surmounted; and, in accordance with this end, the limitation of all desire and the practice of the virtues, from which pleasure is inseparable, and a withdrawn and quiet life.
In principle, Epicurus’s ethic of pleasure is the exact opposite of the Stoic’s ethic of duty. The consequences, however, are the same: in the end, the Epicurean is forced to live with the same temperance and justice as the Stoic. Of utmost importance, however, is one point of divergence: the walls of the Stoic’s city are those of the world, and its law is that of reason; the limits of the Epicurean’s city are those of a garden, and the law is that of friendship. Though this garden can also reach the boundaries of earth, its centre is always an individual.
— “The Garden”
( … ) stoicism’s pseudoscience and universalism versus and epicureanism’s science and particularism.