Tuesday 17th of July 2018

supreme bias...


Kavanaugh is a Catholic and serves as a regular lector at his Washington, D.C. church, the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament. He has tutored at the Washington Jesuit Academy, a Catholic private school in the District of Columbia. He is religiously biased. We need to investigate...


Classical Christianity had a doctrine of Original Sin which averred that human beings were inherently evil, tainted by the sin of Adam and Eve (see Romans 5:12-15) and redeemable only by holding the right beliefs.

In contrast, Jewish theology interpreted Adam and Eve undoctrinally and thought that the verse, "The inclination of man's heart is evil from his youth" (Genesis 8:21), meant that man's sins were "because of his youth" - which is to say, due to this being so early in moral history.

Rabbi Raymond Apple

Read more:

Rubbish, I say… What do I know? I know. As an "ageing internet atheist who gets off on biblical contradictions and baits creationists", according to Beowulf, one of Dreher's readers, I should disappear gracefully, after having had a nap in my rocking chair. But the restless god-people, either god-chosen (or not), still hold the high side of the street, with their barrows of red herrings for sale on the US supreme court, the ABC and on other media outlets with a patronising and mercantile attitude that needs to be profoundly rejected.

Thus the beef continues. It’s mostly due to that I trust that Beowulf is somewhat naive in believing that “we no longer have to convince young people about anything regarding evolution or God’s existence – that is not at the core of their worldview”. Amen to that. The youth just don’t care about anything much, like we did when we were pimply, though soon we fought good Bolshevik revolutions — and this should scare us a bit more, because we did not have the same electronic gizmos to bash nonsense into us… We knew that we were being lied to and fought back. 

Presently, those who control the modern “system”, do not need the youth to believe in anything (yet), as long as they are raised in the sets of e-values, full of vitamins and greedy wants that resemble “caring while being nicely selfish", in a loop of debts for goods they will pay for the rest of their life, while having farts for brains. Piece of cake. It’s a subconscious attractive submissiveness to the system, because we’re using a kind of controlled dynamite capitalism to fish for easy dollars and soft cushions. 

The religious values are far from being innocuously innocent in this caper and still carry the Abrahamic near-deadly devotion to god as he was going to sacrifice his son Isaac, like we send our young men to war — and the Moses tablets, throughout — though most of the 10 commandments were borrowed from the Egyptians’ code of conduct. 

The concept of hierarchy is also strongly religious in its intent — and whether we like it or not, many of our kids have been raised on “The Lion King”. The new submissiveness is thus our submission to comfort and credit, ideals that have central heating or air conditioning, while inequality flourishes.

The imperium is so maintained by various means from this greed on credit, by “patriotism” and of course, through deceit. 

As mentioned many times, we need to discover how to deal with charlatans — religious and/or mercantile — including merchants of bad drugs, of weapons and resellers of dangerous illusions.  First we have to suss them out and we find they often hide in the top echelons of society. They run the place and we’re screwed.

Rather than rely on a general patriotic system that has been relatively proven, yet is quite crude, we could personally find these idiots out for ourselves, limits or no limits. Anarchy rules. Can we live without help? Do we need to spy on others to know their intentions? Are our neighbours sniggering behind our back while shaking hands with a firm hand a few minutes before? The list of pitfalls is long.

This has always been the crux of our relationships in which we may have to make compromises and stop being uncouth, by relative decision of non-compromised “trust”. Utopia was not born yet.

According to the good Rabbi:

The Christian theologian Jakob Jocz wrote in The Jewish People and Jesus Christ:

"The Christian attitude is essentially the attitude of surrender. Christianity begins with man in crisis; Judaism begins with the assertion of human strength ... The synagogue emphasizes the Imago Dei in man; the Church stresses man's fall ... Underneath the Cross man stands in a position of crisis, asking for grace; under the Scrolls of the Law, man stands in a position of self-assertiveness, giving his best.”

Viscount Herbert Samuel was asked whether he was an optimist or a pessimist. He replied, "Neither. I am a meliorist." Melior means "better." For Samuel it wasn't yet time to be an optimist, nor necessary to sink into pessimism. As an interim ethic one should say, "Things seem to be getting better.”

Beautiful. House "meliorments" come out of this. But is the religious inference important in this ”melior"? In both Christianity and Judaism, there is this niggling notion of self-contained “badness”, whatever its origin, as if the building was crooked from the start. 
How we deal with human “badness" is the "eternal” (relative) question.

The British Jewish scholar Solomon Levy posited a response to Christianity in a theory of "Original Virtue," suggesting that it is the doing of good, not evil, that is the real nature of Man.

Gus: I wish important people would use the word "human”... Anyway, virtues are only socially accepted stylistic sublimations of animalistic reactivity based on reactive submissiveness and aggressiveness — the two ingredients of survival in relation to managing pain and contentment. This seems a bit mundanely utilitarian and it is, and should be — without the religious component — but we do it through memory, with styles and feathers. Here, "being good" can produce advantages as long as our neighbour follows the same rule. Otherwise we need to defend our patch of carrots.

Without in-depth understanding of such processes, the youth could become no more than picky consumers, with little allegiance nor loyalty to other people, with an iPhone glued to their fingers and a credit card glued to the others. 

The main rule of species, like that of monkeys and lions, is that we need other people in certain proportions to survive and become who we are, through history, local environment and family connections which are our lifeline early in life. All this is complicated because there is a lot to stages to discover and on average we are very slow learners, as well as learning resistant. Meanwhile other monkeys might try to steal our bananas. Can we protect our self, singularly, against a Barbaric horde? No, we really need some organisation with mates.
A gun is not designed to shoot bullets. It is designed to kill. Some people with a gun will never kill another human being, but some people with guns will kill — in a greater proportion than people without guns. It’s a given. 
We’re not inherently “bad” or “good”… We are survivalists. We are often deluded about this value. This is why existentialism is important in bringing this reality to the surface of the pond — having to compromise our actions and motivations, and make agreements in which we benefit most, altogether and individually without destroying the planet, nor killing other people. The youth of Beowulf might not have any idea of the consequences of what they do, and this might demand the next stage of “awareness”. Having “friends” on Facebook and shooting ghosts on video games is not enough to develop a mature understanding of the social group’s intricacies. 
Selfishness, compassion, greed and envy are states that get an uneasy mix with money values. We place various caveated dollars on how low or how high we go with these values. Most of us can be bought. 
Here comes the mind of a double-agent in a mine-field of compromised deceit. Psychology is the study and application of this fluidity.
Enter relationship compromises, love and deceit. We need to see that by hurting other people we could be hurting us. This is the famous line: "Do to others as you would have them do to you"… It’s a bit selfish and lacks total altruism, but it’s a step in the right direction. But we must avoid masochism... if you see what I mean.

Being neither good nor bad, we should aim to be better, because we can, like the good Viscount Herbert Samuel says. 

Our survey of inventions can tell us how we are denaturing nature to a point at which sustainability of our comforts become problematic. Because of the enormous amount of what we do singularly and collectively, some of our actions are not obviously detrimental to our future though they could be, but we ignore the next, because we feel we need to have the present under total control. Our present system of capitalism is obviously not sustainable ad infinitum but there’s still room to profit before the shit hits the fan… or is there? This is the dilemma of democracy, because some (most) people are not cut out to be cleverly greedy and we become pseudo-democratic fodder. Do we need to help those that "let themselves be" downtrodden survive?

Some people warn us "too soon", others ignore the warnings. Most of us do not care. We toil for comfort instead. We need to improve our goals. The "original sin" has no place in our modern times. “Man's heart is evil from his youth” has no place in our modern times where sciences can tell us a lot better about the way we could and manage relationships in a more efficient natural way. But, are we afraid of having to make our own stylistic choices that demand deeper understanding and assertion of our evolved — and future animal — instead of easily submitting to a god, whether we "sin" or not.

Natures has specific processes that can be beautifully stylised to improve our behaviour. let’s do it. Meanwhile some people think, like Roger Scruton, that human beings have a transcendental dimension, a sacred core exhibited in their capacity for self-reflection.

Rubbish. Self-reflexion is not the result of transcendental nor of a sacred core. Self-reflexion is like genes evolution — an evolution of the human mind’s ability to build upon more and more complex experiences and relative stylistic expressions that we structure through our own memory and our varied social memories. 

Roger Scruton says: 

I have devoted a substantial part of my intellectual life to defining and defending conservatism, as a social philosophy and a political program. Each time I think I have hit the nail on the head, the nail slips to one side and the hammer blow falls on my fingers.

Why is this? Simple. Because nothing in the mind is set like a hammer and nail, as we confuse a lot of “processed” issues with fluid realities. Simple ideas are never simple but are the tip of a complexed organic assessments of many antecedent parameters and slanted distillations, from the flora in our guts to the social set.

Scruton continues:

… I did not foresee the political career of Donald Trump, nor did I imagine that such a man could occupy the highest office of state, in the name of a party that specifically makes appeal to conservative voters. Is this simply an aberration, or are there some deep links that tie the president to the great tradition of thought that I describe in my recent book, “Conservatism: An Invitation to the Great Tradition”?

Wrong again. Such a man, Trump, was mostly anointed by another such a man, Rupert Murdoch, long before Trump got the gig. Murdoch is a clever spruiker with a massive outreach, manipulating the social memory and desires through his media empire. 

What is the “great tradition”? God? Traditions are ritualised memories that are often in the way of progress, like the notion of the “original sin”. Not only that, these traditions and the original sin prevent us to look at the value of the place we live upon: a small planet that has generated a lot of living creatures before us, some of which became extinct because of natural events — in which adaptation (or not) played a major role.

Scruton adds:

When describing the history of an idea, one naturally looks for its best expression. A history of liberalism will have a lot to say about John Locke and Jean-Jacques Rousseau, somewhat less to say about Hillary Clinton. A survey of the conservative idea will dwell at length on Edmund Burke and Thomas Jefferson and devote only a paragraph or two to Margaret Thatcher… 

Hello? That’s a lot of bird droppings!… Jean-Jacques Rouseau was a full-blown misogynist and a nasty one at that. Thatcher denied the “existence of society”. Hillary Clinton is a pitiful liar. We need to do better. Denying that Trump got the gig "according to the rules", isn’t going to improve the status of the present social contract. That we could have been doing better with Hillary Clinton, is delusional. That Trump is not doing the best for everyone is an understatement, but what else can we do when the system is ruled by the elites who have no idea of the limits between good and bad, and at their best only rob half of your back pockets. On this front is Trump more delusional than the previous tenants of the White House? He could actually be more honest about the shit that always was there and he is stirring it, wilfully. It stinks, sure.

In democracy, we are at the mercy of the majority, whatever this could mean. The majority who choose this or that idiot as ruler may not have full knowledge of the consequences of their actions, nor do they care about the other portions as long as they get their slice of cake. Often this majority is influenced by the slanted media, such as Murdoch’s, and the religious mobs, often pissing in each others pocket. 

The only thing one can do, as an ageing internet atheist who gets off on biblical contradictions and baits creationists, is to carry on spruiking from the internet soap box to expose the biblical nonsense and the creationists as loonies, plus showing the manipulation of media. That’s the least I can do.

Meanwhile, Senator Cory Booker, a Democrat from New Jersey ... warned the crowd, “President Trump has told us what he wants to do. He wants to roll back individual rights, he wants to roll back women’s rights, he wants to roll back workers’ rights, he wants to roll back civil rights.” Elsewhere, other senior Democrats also chimed in. 

Too Late Said the Rabbit...

This morning, ABC news (Australia) told us that four people in the UK got exposed to Novichok poison (did they forget about the "policeman"?)… If this had been the case they would all be dead (including the "policeman"). Five.... Thus the ABC news is following what the masters want you to believe: Russia poisoned them…

More rubbish — fake, old, new, real, designed, calculated, religious, philosophical, smelly — coming your way in spades…

Gus Leonisky
Your local honest atheist drinker.

the importance of sore losers...

If these points sound like the complaints of sore losers, they are. But Democrats, Independents, and anybody else who cares about the functioning of American democracy have good reason to be sore. There is no majority of voters out there clamoring for a ban on abortion, restrictions on collective bargaining, roadblocks to legal claims against big companies, or the purging from the electoral rolls of voters who skip a couple of elections. These are the concerns of smaller groups, with strong ties to the Republican Party, whose interests will be disproportionately represented.


Read more: