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The #Compassion #Project, Only #Compassion #Defeats #Dehumanization

Different from empathy and sympathy compassion is the strength to be willing to try and ease someone's suffering, to help them ho...

Sunday, March 18, 2018

#Christians, #Hypocrites, and #Antichrists, what's the difference?

Popular fiction and some preachers would have you believe that the Antichrist is a child born of the devil to be equivalent to Jesus in the final war. This comes from the belief that the devil is somehow the equal and opposite of the Father and Jesus. The Bible states that Jesus is equal to the Father but that Lucifer was merely an angel tossed out Heaven before anyone was born. I've been taught that the devil is forever locked in spiritual form and unable to gain a body. He has power only through us. Thus he cannot father a child and that child would be nowhere near the equal of Jesus.
What defines Christ, the Saviour, is compassion. He was willing to forgive the repentant, condemning only the money-changers exploiting the faithful, the hypocritical religious leaders, and child abusers. He commanded those who would call themselves Christians to leave judgment and the saving of souls to him. We are to work on our own salvation not that of others. We are to present the message and move on if it is not accepted, not to condemn or convert. We are to love everyone. Only one who has lived perfectly, suffered the pain of all, and sacrificed himself for our good is qualified to judge. The rest of us have beams blocking our view.

Like matter and antimatter, there are many Christians and many Antichrists.

As Christians we take his name upon us and are to act as he would. This means that we can be Christians, hypocrites, or Antichrists. A Christian works on building the kingdom of compassion. A hypocrite claims righteousness while ignoring their failings to point out those in others. An Antichrist claims righteousness while actively working against the kingdom by judging and trying to covert others through force. They sow division and antipathy rather than compassion. They preach violence and greed in the name of Jesus. They are the false prophets of fundamentalism who ignore the true fundamentals of compassion.

The Father sent one saviour. Only one saviour will come again. The claim by some Antichrists that any other leader is chosen by god save the people is a dead giveaway of what they are. No one else is the Christ.

A Christian is commanded to build the kingdom of compassion here and now, not wait for a miraculous escape before the world is burned and rebuilt. An Antichrist is selfish enough to expect the rescue and not care what happens to everyone else. Selfishness and compassion. Selfishness is the root of all evil. Compassion is the root of all good.

If you are not building then you are tearing down.

Monday, January 22, 2018

What is #Socialism?

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Challenging the standard definition and associations, socialism isn't an authoritarian state controlled society where the individual is sacrificed to the group but a democratic society of socially empowered individuals responsible socially to each other.

The standard definition and associations with the term "socialism" are:

noun: socialism
a political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.

synonyms:leftism, welfarism; radicalism, progressivism, social democracy;communism, Marxism, labor movement
  1. Policy or practice based on the political and economic theory of socialism.
  2. (in Marxist theory) a transitional social state between the overthrow of capitalism and the realization of communism 
Like conservatism and liberalism, socialism has different means depending on who you talk to, whether they are talking economics, politics, or sociology, and which historical association is being used.  Socialism seems especially prone to this as even Marx defined it as being in-between, by what it is not. The synonyms provided by Google are confused because they list apparently opposing things. Is socialism communism? Is it compatible with democracy or must it be authoritarian? Can it work? What is socialism?

I would like to focus it down to a single base spectrum. On one end is individualism with the opposite extreme being communism. Individualism focuses on the individual and liberty while communism focuses on the community and responsibility. The extremes sacrifice one for the other and pit them against each other like enemies. Socialism would be the individual within the community and the community as a group of individuals, a balance. A potentially virtuous circle of individual empowerment by society and communal responsibly by the individual with both benefiting and all boats truly lifted at once. Balanced economics and politics then become possible. We cease to be us versus them and become individuals acting together, despite disagreements, for the common good. Disagreements remain of course but the suspicion of enemies within goes away. The disagreements become over the best way to do good, between which there can be compromise, rather than between warring factions.

Does socialism work? Examples of successful social democracies have topped the list of happiest, healthiest, best educated, (etc.) countries since there have been lists. That seems like evidence to me. It isn't because they are so exceptional, it is because they are social.

In my view, the neoliberal individualism rampant today is as destructive as authoritarian communism.  We don't need the state controlling the individual at the expense of freedom and creativity, or the individual running wild in selfish glee at the cost of civilization. What we need is a society that empowers the individual and individuals who act responsibly in contributing to the society. A society based on egalitarianism and compassion instead of greed, fear, competitive dominance, or privileged hierarchy. Not a utopia but a more balanced reality. Extremes tend to be destructive.

We have empowered the individual at the expense of social cohesion and interpersonal duty. We need the empowered individual to take a responsible civil role in society for both to thrive. We need to recognize and respect the duties we have as citizens to be informed, to vote, and to participate however else we can in shaping and maintaining our society.

We have spent thirty-plus years building an antisocial society that is perfectly suited for narcissists and psychopaths to rise to the top. Our entire society is assuming these traits. It is time we became social again.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

#Fundamental #Christianity: The #Literal #Word of #Christ

There are few parts in the Bible where god speaks directly. The rest is history, laws, culture, and interpretation through and by prophets and clerics, none of who are infallible or divine in knowledge.  The largest number of god’s literal words is spoken by Jesus in the four Gospels. The word he speaks is the word of which he speaks when he talks of not living on bread alone. The rest of the Bible is the bread around the Word, important but not essential to the meat of the sandwich. Jesus preached and practised compassion, forgiveness, moderation, mercy, peaceful protest, and self-sacrifice leading to the ultimate martyrdom. This is what those who take upon them his name as Christians are supposed to do to identify themselves. Jesus drove merchants from the sacred, chastised the legal and religious hypocrites in power, fulfilled the laws of the Old Testament instituting his one law of love, and condemned only child abusers, without reservation or mercy.   

We are to judge only ourselves and save attempt to save only our own souls. That’s tough enough for one life. We help others but only god can save a soul. Jesus wasn’t violent and he had the most compassion for the least amongst us, the addicts, the sex workers, the diseased, the foreigner, the insane, the poor, and the lost. He had more respect for camels than the rich and actually said to pay your taxes to the nation and your tithes to god, to give the shirt off your back, especially if you are especially blessed. If you are a conservative Christian you can’t believe that anyone does it by themselves. We always have help and guidance, often in “mysterious ways”, we only recognize in long hindsight. 

Jesus despised hypocrites who acted holier than thou, but someone who lives and promotes the opposite of his words is an Antichrist. The Bible doesn’t say there will be just one.  Anyone preaching hate, violence, intolerance, dehumanization, judgment, and fear, is an Antichrist and should be thus named. They have taken it willingly upon themselves through their actions. Their fruit rots on their tree and poisons all who partake.

I am a Christian fundamentalist trying to follow the fundamentals of Christ, the literal Word of God. Read them.

I say this as an ordained priest in the name of Jesus the Christ.


Monday, August 7, 2017

Mobius Time and the Phoenix Cosmos


Here's a thought.....

Second Law of Thermodynamics: In any cyclic process the entropy will either increase or remain the same. Entropy: a state variable whose change is defined for a reversible process at T where Q is the heat absorbed. Entropy: a measure of the amount of energy which is unavailable to do work..
Although entropy does increase with disorder, it is not disorder, but the measure of the energy in that ordered or disordered state. The relationship is intimate but they are not the same. Just as time and space are similar but not the same, nor is there an arrow of time, it is a Mobius strip. Three physical dimensions while time has three probabilistic dimensions coexistent in one physical space which we perceive as the present. The present is an eternally permuting instant, where determined past probabilities organize unlimited future possibility into reality, into the now. The past, present, and future, are not a line or arrow but a “point”, perhaps a tachyon or maybe THE tachyon. There is no physical place called the future, nor physical place called the past.

Entropy is the opposite of quality in measuring the amount of energy available for work. The transition from one maximum state to the other is how we define the arrow of time. But as the entropy of the universe increase and its quality decreases with expansion, dark energy appears to get stronger, or at least maintain it strength in comparison to the lowering of the universe’s energy. Perhaps they have an inverse relation. Perhaps instead of thinking of the “arrow of time” as a finite arrow, we think of its as rubber and twist it into a Mobius strip, an infinity symbol. Perhaps the universe’s energy reaches a maximum in entropy just a dark energy reaches its maximum in quality, like one flowing back into the other through an undercurrent. Then as one universe reaches energy death, anther universe with maximum ordered quality is born. Then the old would in essence feed dark energy into the expansion of the new, continuing the cyclic process forever without infinite expansion or need for a beginning or end, just an empty infinite expanse of infinite duration for it all to expand and contract within.

Also, if the effects of time slow as you approach light speed and stop at light speed, then those effects would reverse beyond light speed. The clock would reverse but you would remain in the physical present. There is no physical past to travel to. Even if there was, all of physics runs backward. Or, at the very least, your body would. You would try to undigest your food, inhale CO2 and exhale O2, and see the light receding from your eyes. Your body would try to get younger, to reverse its growth back to a single cell. You likely wouldn't live long enough for your misfiring brain to work out how to ask what was going on. Travelling into the future is a perceptual trick where you attain near stasis while remaining in the present. You just skip ahead in memory having essentially been in a coma for the duration. There is no physical future to go to. Time travel is an impossibility.

The future is unwritten but it does have a trajectory based on realized possibilities. Like the weather it can be modelled and predicted to a degree of accuracy dependent on intuiting or knowing all the variables and probabilities involved. A psychic might intuit certain of these while a god would have broader, deeper, more certain knowledge and intuition.

The Phoenix Universe/Cosmos would consist of three existential "layers":
  1. The Current defined by probability or certainty
  2. The Quantum Foam defined by uncertainty and universal possibility
  3. The Undercurrent defined by unpredictability or randomness

Sorry Doc, you're not a time traveller, you jump from universe to universe. alternate reality to alternate reality. You are a cosmos lord.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

#Reforming the #United #Nations

First one important question, which body has the ability to reform the United Nations? Is it the General Assembly? If not it should have that ability as the closest thing to a world parliament. The members should be able to improve the institution to prevent petrification. 

The UN will never be a calm, orderly place because no large council representing sovereign states or provinces can be. That’s the cost of allowing divergent ideas.  It will also always suffer from the inevitable bureaucracy of large institutions, which sometimes serves to put the brakes on haste, bad decisions.  However, there are three things that could be done to greatly progress it toward effectiveness at its stated purposes. 

The quickest and most important, but perhaps hardest, fix for the UN is reformation of the so-called Security Council. Giving the most powerful members vetoes might have been a good idea during the Cold War when there were essentially two sides, but now it just allows one member to hold the world hostage.  If the principle was for the big powers to have greater say, then a weighted vote would work better; say each gets two votes to the one for other members.  Eventually the permanent seats should go, but that might raise the difficulty of reform from extremely hard to impossible to achieve. This would force the members to negotiate, maybe even work together, rather than relying on obstruction.  Of course it would take the weight of the General Assembly to force the tiny Security Council to reform.

The second thing that has to be done, if it isn’t already the case, is to make the World Court part of the UN and legitimized by a majority of members so it becomes applicable to all. This would lead into the third thing which is bringing Interpol, or whatever it is called these days, into the UN as part of the international legal system. Stick with limiting the military capabilities to peacekeeping but give the World Court and UN some legal teeth against war criminals, terrorists, international criminals, global tax evasion schemes, etc. Then America wouldn’t have to use a military to act like the world police because there would actually be such a force. 

These three reforms could go a long way toward improving the effectiveness of the United Nations and push it a little more toward living up to its name. If the General Assembly has any power to reform the place, but if the real power is the Security Council as presently run, it won’t happen. 
Everything is Always in Process
Only Compassion Defeats Dehumanization