Posted in moral philosophy, tagged Benny Thomas, cause and effect, collateral damage, fallen state, l'affaire Dreyfus, moral compass, moral imperative, Napoleon, no man's land, waterloo on November 4, 2015 |
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In the previous post we discussed about no-man’s land where old rivalries and unfinished business of history are filed away. For anyone who studies history it shall become apparent no war has ever finished with a clean cut. A battle would require some ten thousand little skirmishes which may not catch the headlines. In the ignominious defeat of France in June.1940 lay the devil-seeds of the unsettled business of 1793-94 coming to fruition. The nation that set out to bury the Bourbon dynasty will grovel themselves before imperialist ambitions of Napoleons. Having lost the moral compass what do such genuflections mean? Some glory! some shameless antics!
Napoleon had lost the battle of Waterloo even before it was waged. Napoleon Bonaparte who assumed the title of the emperor of France showed by a series of victories he was worthy to be included among the immortals such as Alexander and Julius Caesar. His brilliant victories created such a condition he could not have sat idle with such a powerful army battle hardened and disciplined under his command. Thus he was caught in the crest of a wave that took him to his Russian campaign. Disaster was the result. What went wrong? Napoleon was weighed in the balance of humanity and was found wanting. Like the king in the book of Daniel.
Morality of man is not without reason compared to a compass. It covers the entire spectrum of man’s conduct through time and place. When Napoleon’s humanity,- and it can only be judged in his interaction with others, there was a serious problem. His ambition did not see people as people but as means to aggrandize himself. (Same mentality can be seen in the manner the French Army threw Captain Dreyfus to ignominy in order to protect its avaunted ‘gloire.’) This moral fault is worse than blindness. Your soul is affected. Physical blindness robs you of vision but leaves the harmony of celestial spheres in tact. It paints in fact colors that the world with its lurid colors can never match. Moral blindness is terrible. It makes you miss your place in the moral compass. You look at it and whatever you see there is anything other than your own humanity. It is almost a hell you have created even before you gave up your ghost, to use the expression in the Bible.
Each of us is like man with one foot in the sticky mess of morass of our own making. On a moral plane our culpability is that of being part of humanity. ‘No man is an island’ as Donne said it famously. This is collateral damages we need accept on a moral plane. In terms of Christian theology we need see it also refers to our fallen state.
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged Benny Thomas, cosmic ancestory, fallen state, God's particle, Higgs boson, home, inhabitable planets, super-earths, supernovae, the Goldilocks zone on January 10, 2013 |
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Our Milky Way is home to at least 17 billion planets that are similar in size to Earth, a new estimate suggests. That’s more than two Earth-size planets for every person on the globe. It’s the first reliable tally of the number of worlds outside the solar system that are the size of Earth, but the hunt for our twin is far from over. The Planet Venus is also a twin but its characteristics are unlike that of our Earth. One might say these are Dr.Jeckyll and Mr.Hyde in our galaxy. This evil twin is quite something else. What the scientists presently were looking planets that could host us in some far distant time.
Despite the explosion of exoplanet discoveries in recent years, one find remains elusive: A planet that’s not only the right size but also in the so-called Goldilocks zone where it’s not too hot or too cold for water to be in liquid form on the surface.
These are all evolved out of the Big Bang where energy borrowed has created planets to settle and hold their orbits. Chance happenings within our Cosmos have ways of becoming certainties; and death and birth of stars also cause stars to form elsewhere in space. So we might consider them all in context of Space Time Frame. Upon this millions of spacetime frames could be drawn.
This leads us to the question: where lies really our true centre? We are star children since elements that make up our body is by courtesy of death rattle of stars we call supernovae. Recent discovery of Higgs Boson or God’s Particle also points to the mass. It owes to this particle. Thus we have a cosmic origin, but millennia of living has erased our ancestry. By way of compensation we acquired fluency for live on the Earth. The Earth is our cradle to which we have fallen from the stars, so to speak. In Christian theology this is our fallen state.
Scientists have calculated 17 percent of distant stars have planets that are the same size as Earth or slightly larger.
The findings were presented at the American Astronomical Society in Long Beach, Calif.
Meanwhile, the Kepler spacecraft continues to spot planets as they pass between Earth and the star they orbit. It found 461 new candidate planets, bringing the total to 2,740 potential planets, said mission scientist Christopher Burke at the SETI Institute.
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The distance between the Absolute Position and relative position I hold today is marked by time and experience. What are we but a bundle of contradictions: we hold a reference to something otherworldly and yet our experience as terrestrial beings marks us to something else. Theologically this is our ‘fallen state’ with Absolute Position as the idyllic state of innocence.
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