Wednesday, June 25, 2008

r we all psychic quantum moralists in 2012

These three musketeers: Butler, Mill and Nietzsche
they were philosophers, seekers of the truth as we as humans and hyper-humans are doing constantly. Philos in the Greek really means knowledge; without it we die; with it we grow and thrive. I thought it apropos to differentiate between morals, which are really rules, like American law, the Bible's ten commandments and so on and ethics which sets up criterian for discovering truth. Values, I believe is the most important of all the philosophical ideas because it gives us steps and criteria to discovers who we are and stick to those ideals.

For example there are criteria for living a healthy life. One may be not eating a lot of red meat, smoking cigars or exercising. See Sid Simon, former professor at U Mass Amhearst, probably the # 1 liberal arts school in the usa. Liberal arts does not measn liberal politically, but rather the study of culture; what makes us human, arts, music, dance and anything humans create in order to tell a story of culture; at least that is my take on the issue.

These historical thinkers: Joseph Butler (1692-1752), J. S. Mill (1806-1873) and Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900). All different but they believed they had an answer to mans and womans puzzle of how am I and how do I stack up to others, to put it non-academically.

My thesis is that Metaphysics, the book after physics in Plato's book, is really an extension of moral philosophy, how we find good from evil. It is not necessarily endowed by God, although it could be.

moral philosophers regard the common good as did Jefferson and Thomas Aquinas, one of my favs. Albert the Great as empirical study as a source of knowledge of the natural world. He is remembered chiefly as the teacher and
colleague who encouraged Thomas Aquinas to apply Aristotelian arguments to Christian thought. But Aquinas did believe angels sort of flew in fixed orbits which would preclude too many of them visiting humans and imparting knowledge, as some believe

Aquanis did believe that one should show a willingness to restraint iwhen human desires and inclinations took first place in actions negating thinking of any sort.

Butler, beleived Christian tradition, beleived that human nature is sort of is congruent to virtue, because of a kind God. But, it all hinges on the old or new testiment God, I believe.
Mill thinks that virtue involves common good and conservative moral restraint, but he does not lock it to any theology. He and Butler share the idea that whether we are able to be virtuous at all and he has an idea on that thought.
Nietzsche, who said "that which does not kill us, makes us stronger" seems to hate traditional thinking about morality. He is neither Platonic nor what we could call contemporary Christian.

Nietzsche lived a lonely life with a lot of psychological and physical pain for which he took many drugs but continued to write anyway. He told a story of the Ubermenche, the superman who walked the tightrope between man and the gods. He basically said let the dead bury the dead and get on with living your life.

By contrast Buddah said, "I am awake" and that is it live in the moment between the past and future. Breathe....

So metaphysics, some call supernatural or psychic is part of humans and some can do it, as a boy I could hear a dog whistle but could not sing. Its just a part of the brain where remote thoughts are picked up and even the US Army studied psychic concepts to see if they could figure what the enemy was thinking.

So, its not religion, which means in
Greek to "bind" and that is not done well in churches today, but philosophy. It is true "so a man thinks, so he is".

As we enter closer toteh year 2012, as planets align and all becomes transparent, we all become closer and degrees of separation approach one, maybe zero. a quantum multiple uiverses become more evident we just have to decide which reality we want to live in and in what moral gradiant.

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