Truth as an idea has an inherent problem: a Two-in-One Problem .
As a rational being man who claims he bases his actions on truth must concede that others also by same faculties shall have their own say in the matter. It can be explained from the history of the Bolshevik movement, which seized power in Russia in 1917. Vladimir Lenin gave a voice to aspirations of the masses but how the Soviet Russia interpreted it was in the way Joseph Stalin thought it fit. If there could be a Worker’s Paradise is it strange if another proposes a theocentric city? Only the question arises who shall formulate laws governing the city- God or man? John Calvin as a Reformer is associated with the Geneva Bible of 1560, where annotations were Calvinist and Puritan in character.
The other problem is to use reason as a transactional tool while Truth is an abstraction that can only be made clear by the way we put in practice.
Each of us in order to be efficient and relevant has to look to time and place. Yet we hold no control over how our actions shape up. Coming back to the early history of the Church, Simon Peter looked to the Hebraic traditions which shaped his entire outlook while Paul, as orthodox as Simon, realized the power that Rome imposed on their world. Being a Roman citizen by birth Paul saw the advantages his birth gave him and took the church to the gentiles and to the far corners of the empire. Peter did the opposite. Even so did the Church strictly follow in the directions shown by them? Time and space do guide our hands.
Experience is like the group-wave where Truth leaves its imprint however imperceptibly to give it a new direction. Calvin’s relevance at the time and place owe to the special circumstances that France faced.
The political history of France in the sixteenth century shows religion and secular power locked into a power struggle. The reformist ideas of John Calvin were ammunition for both for a fresh round of struggle. Caught between is the story of Jean Calais and one who was seen by the Church as Devil’s envoy. Dynamics of Truth exact victims to which we can point out great many. Recently some nuns were butchered in Yemen. Were they guilty for doing charity work for the poor and discarded?
Here we see the Two-in-One problem.
In what manner do we approach our Two-in-One problem? Is it not somewhat similar to how the five blind men from Benares investigated the form of an elephant? One felt his trunk and another his ears and so on. Did it add up? We tend to see Truth from our finite nature which gives it a fractured view.
Truth of experience gives us cues and in following examples shown by other we give truth more mileage. The woman who suffered from bleeding could not get to come before Jesus because of the press. In faith she bent and touched the hem of his dress. Instantly he realized virtue left him to heal her suffering. Another is the precept of ‘turning the other cheek’This are examples of truth of experience breaking new grounds.
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Form and the function: man has a form and his function is to reveal his human nature which has truth and it must fit with the nature where each species perform specific tasks. Naturally such truth creates inevitability to which food chain is but one example. Truth is the basis by which everyone would perform tasks he is most fitted out for.
Each violin player is unique though each play on the same violin. The fact is that quality of the instrument gives its own evidence. Material nature is like the instrument, allowing each player to make his or her own individuality count. Jasha Heifetz, Fritz Kreizler or Menuhin may play the same piece and yet a keen listening ear can distinguish the subtle differences. For their fingering technique, bow pressure and speed of bow over strings are all unique which adds to the difference in quality of their instrument. Truth of our action may deal with an article as Truth but we are not revealing God but ourselves. When I speak of God I use as a Christian and on the belief that God is Truth.
Another analogy will be useful here. In a musical composition in E-flat for example the tone E- flat is the one towards all other tones seem to be attracted.
In relation to God every life form holds a position. Terrestrial beings that we are and struggling each day for a place in the sun our actions keep referring to it. All our values have time and place but they refer nevertheless to Truth, an Absolute Value. What we occupy is a relative position.
In Japan traditional houses are oriented and windows are placed in such manner to frame pleasant features of the landscape. The Japanese call it ‘borrowing scenery’ from Nature. Similarly our actions however true we might aver is most advantageous to us. A theocratic society under the authority of one, as in the case of John Calvin who had Michael Servitus burnt at the stake for heresy is led astray. In order to prolong the agony of the hapless man Calvin ordered green wood to be used in his case. In the case of Giordano Bruno the Church had his tongue taken out first before burning him at the stake. As often the case is methods used by so-called servants of God are what advantageous to them.The city of God has gone in the way the Church of Rome bedeviled by so many evils besides heresy that they fought. When a church arbitrarily gives shape to truth it is a signal there is something far more pernicious hidden.
God is least served when man chooses to define truth arbitrarily. Consequently truth of our action has a form but it a caricature of Truth.
Once more to recall the analogy of music, a legendary conductor playing a famous piece. Fürtwangler’s approach was different and that of Toscanini was yet another. Truth that we can hope to reveal must be in fulfilling the spirit nothing else. Great prophets have laid out the mind of Supreme Being, God or Allah or whoever. How did Wahhabism fare with billions of Petrodollars spent by the Saudi regime in the 80s and 90? This only created fundamentalism of the most odious kind we see around us. The emergence of daesh and Syrian crisis owe to their meddling. If we are vilely treated by another we are not to pray God to send fire and brimstone. The disciples once asked Jesus to punish thus and he rebuked them. Such highest examples of conduct as shown by great teachers are our guide posts.
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Each one swears by truth. It is man’s article of faith. Strange that some even go to prove it by blowing themselves up. It is as though truth can be proved by demolishing one’s own life.
A form exists and is designated to prove the existence of truth.
A note for example middle C on a piano is regular vibrations at the rate of 262 per second. If the wings of a humming bird could produce so many vibrations at the same rate it is middle C. No one by any stretch of imagination will on that account conclude the bird and the piano are one and the same. The bird has truth of nature, too distinct to be confused for anything else. This truth is drawn from Truth.
Only that a bird by casting itself to death despite wings given to it, need something else to show its death proves Truth. No one alive shall see its connection. I might say it is the will of the Supreme Being that I fast unto death. How shall I convince myself that thereby I have fulfilled the conditions that delineate Truth? It would be an atrocious error to assume the mind of God or Allah in denying his grace and compassion by any action that is open to doubt.
The bottom line is that we can only uphold truth in context of other beings created by God, and exercising our faculties to prove at all times. His grace is poured out from our actions and his compassion to us is balanced by showing compassion to other no matter whether is deserving or not. Anything else is born out of pride and from Satan.
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Posted in philosophy, tagged absolute values, biological confusion, effeminancy, experience, experience nature, free will, gender mix up, love, nature, night sky, objective lesson, soul, starlight, Truth, truth of action, truth of nature on February 18, 2010 |
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In my previous posts where I examined the Big Picture I had formulated several principles to underpin my theories. Conjugation principle,Inversion Principle,Uncertainty Principle,Cluster Principle and so on. There is one principle of which I had till now held back. What is Clean Slate principle? In order to explain it let me point out from the night sky.
There are several billions of stars, light of which when added up must make the sky bright. Yet it does not. Supernovae of star sends materials helter-skelter across space creating new stars in its wake. Background radiation of the Big Bang still reaches us. With such persistence cosmic events leave their signature around. This being the case why we see the night still dark as though the light sent forth from stars is blotted out by an unseen hand? The sky, in a manner of speaking has become a clean slate.
Science explains this as due to the nature of universe expanding at a rate that starlight shall not make the night seen as day. The nature of Day is as distinct as Night is the exclusion of light is. Day and Night are distinctly apart. Nature of Truth as distinct from Falsehood is. In short we have to see in the Objective Lessons of Nature, what makes them valid. Nature as a mirror to Truth. Man makes truth of Nature, truth of Experience, and Truth of Action to justify himself. Absolute Value of Truth is not what he can demonstrate. Even so it is in context of Truth.
The Clean Slate Principle refers to Absolute certainties against which every finite value has to come up against. Thus we use our free will to explain the nature of evil. Do we not use sophistry to explain that God as Omniscient Being must have known evil beforehand? If He knows evil He cannot be Good? We weave our own ropes of reason to hang ourselves with.
In the analogy of night sky light supplied by various sources is still rendered as though these were null owing to the expanding sky. Similarly in the run off of march of events supplied by good and evil motives, consciousness of evil on God’s part is negated by power and wisdom of God. He is not the conscience keeper of the evil one. Bad motives come from a different source than good motives that a man keeps and acts upon are in keeping with His commandments. So man who suffers like a wrongdoer for the good that he did out of good conscience is in His keeping. Clean Slate principle makes God free from any unfairness or *impartiality(cf.post of 8 May 2010) .
The Clean Slate principle states that we create evil, result of our finite nature. According to Cluster principle evil creates much more: misery is another byproduct. The Clean Slate Principle states that evil resulting from man’s free will remains at finite level. Absolute value of Truth is undimmed by finiteness of truth we demonstrate.
God remains inviolate because of this principle.
God as Truth is not made any whit less because of truth as demonstrated by man.
It is in the nature of God, because God is Love, to exercise this principle. Though our sins be as scarlet the Clean Principle can render as white as snow, to use a Biblical expression. This principle is in conformity with conjugation principle.
PS. Day is distinct from Night. Light of the Sun makes Day and Night though littered with stars and visible to us, is still Night. In this connection let me point out some men due to some accidents in their biology may be effeminate or genetically feminine. Has God gone wrong? In His eyes they are as distinct as man from woman is. God looks at the soul that is according to the Clean Slate Principle makes man and woman, distinct and clean. To God there is no confusion as we may have.
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Posted in nature, philosophy, tagged Absolutism, Archimedes, Creation, DNA, evolution, inspiration, mutation, Newton, Truth, truth of nature on December 12, 2008 |
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Is Chance a card up in the sleeve of Life?
One may interpret Life as Oneness of Things, God or any other. Now Chance is quite something else. Let me cite two examples. In the case of Archimedes he discovered a secret of his physical world while he had his bath. The secret was always there,- only that his inspiration cracked it open while he was engaged in a very mundane act of a bath. Isaac Newton similarly hit upon another secret- the law of attraction, while an apple fell to the ground. Chance is not chance if the secret was bound to be broken given the possibility displacement of water occurs every time. Thus Archimedes needed time but discover he did to solve a problem that he was faced with.
By the same token mutation is not chance but a certainty that is bound to happen given the various factors that bear upon a copying process.
Consider the earth some 500 million years ago,-The atmosphere of earth had little or no oxygen at all to begin with. What processes would have gone make it life- friendly would have also led to the building blocks of proteins,- sugars, nucleic acids and amino acids. In such a ‘serendipitous’ sequence of events creation of a crucial compound called DNA on one hand and mutation on other hand were likely to happen. Life originated with DNA. For all these to happen it may have taken some 100 million years. Uniqueness of dioxyribonucleic acid lies in the fact that it can replicate itself; It also acts as a blueprint for manufacture of amino acids. DNA has only four basic molecules arranged in a particular sequence which specifies how the twenty or so amino acids should be arranged in a particular protein, how much is to be made and when. During the DNA copying process, a fault may occur due to varying reasons but what results out of an imperfect copy of DNA are proteins of different sequence-mutation it is called- giving rise to evolution. Chance is worked into evolution. Mutation is as a result of Ultraviolet rays, gamma radiations and sometimes certain chemicals also could often have interrupted the DNA copying process: all these occurring at the level of genes or a set of genes do not stretch the credulity considering the millions of years it has taken for life-forms to evolve. The main point is that while life-forms got altered DNA itself has remained unaltered.
Chance is the froth, a kind of smokescreen that working of several certainties impinge upon our consciousness. Oneness of Things works on certainty since Truth is the restframe against which it can lay down its absolutism. If the Holy Spirit writes, God created heaven and earth in the beginning it is based on certainty. Certainty of Truth. Godhead cannot deny itself and be absolute. Whereas our rational mind wrestles with truth of nature. Hence we support Evolution from a mode that I aver is uncertain mode. In such a mode chance seems as good as a rational mind, imperfect at that, can support.
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Hero was the first stranger whom the barbarians around the Greek mainland had seen and they were struck by his majestic appearance. They begged him to settle down in their midst and he did. The newcomer was curious about the mount whose top was lost in clouds. They pointed out to Mt. Athos and said only gods could ascent there. They naturally thought he was a god among men.
He climbed as much as he could go and brought down a skin of a legendary snake, which was as white as milk. His gift the barbarians brought to the temple as a token of their gratitude to Athena, the goddess of Wisdom.
Years later Hero’s son took to the mount to bring the pelt of a badger the color of which was unlike anything they had ever seen. It was again consecrated to their goddess. With each generation these rough and barbaric nation became more refined and powerful to the envy of neighboring nations. In their eyes their advancing civilization had something to do with newer heights that Hero’s lineage reached, which was farther than the previous achievements. The kind of presents they brought from the mountain got more precious and rare.
Among the descendants of Hero no one was considered heroic and almost godlike than Sisyphus. On the day he came to manhood he declared that he will go farther than all. Before taking on the mountain he sacrificed before the altar of Athena for a prosperous climb. The goddess was pleased with him that he reached the top. He picked as the custom was, a gift: the only gift which was found scattered at the peak.
On reaching the ground he presented a bag full of shells before the temple priest who looked at them for a while. Instead of being happy he grew red in the face and swore that it was indeed a dishonor to Athena.
“Why go all the way to bring some common sea shells?” The shells indeed were what the inhabitants used to spread over the roads.
“What a waste of time and effort?” they said in unison. Sisyphus could only reply, “ This was what lay at the top.”
It was greeted by thunderous guffaws of priests and common people who pushed him as far as to the city gates. Throwing him out of their midst they closed the gate.
When the winged Nike told the goddess what had happened she said that the people did wrong to Sisyphus. His gift of shells was a remainder to their source. Once the sea had covered all over their land. She said,“ A mountain may be taken for holy but still cannot remove its connection with common things.“
Truth of experience is such that each generation raises itself on the shoulder of the previous generation. Man may make home in the intergalactic colonies in future and yet he shall only reveal the truth of his nature: he is mortal, he has feet of clay. In other words if we have pursued war in order to possess material riches for ourselves on the earth we shall as nations pursue the same elsewhere.
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When masks, were first introduced as part of dramatic prop in the plays it was greeted with derision. In the Archaic age a Greek tragic poet once insisted on an actor to wear one and he was told he was making a monkey out of his audience. The actor who was to play the role of a victim of misfortune was sure it would be a waste. He said, “I can cry at will. This mask would make me look a fool”. The poet argued a mask was needed to express his ideas that he dared not say in public. Those tyrants who ruled many of the city-states or polis in those days forbade criticism so the mask was one way of expressing truth.
Truth is what we all seek but do we really understand what we are searching for? Only way we can make any sense of it is in our daily interaction with others. Our life is that mask.
* Our bodies are made of cells, tissues, bones. In short we are corporeal beings. In a visible, material universe this material body helps us to function more effectively. Truth of nature seeks out truth in a manner of speaking. Our relevance is still measured against an absolute standard: Truth. What would that mean? Truth of nature is incomplete, and we rely on it merely for our daily things, and to get on in life. Truth of nature helps us for a place in the sun.
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