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Enough is enough! Now just Shut up!!!!


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Disappointed am I. Disappointed is what i am.


I guess I am kind of disappointed now. I was hoping on seeing more comments on my series of posts in regards to free will and determinism. It is the only way that I know of to see if my ideas is able to hold water or not. Now I’ll admit that my own biased and prejudicial way of thinking probably will hinder my ability to change my thoughts on the issue. But, to me, thoughts without challenge have no real value in life.

We abide in an imperfect state of existence. It may be the only state of existence we have but to treat our own ideas as the perfect answer to the mysteries of this life is in itself self-contradictory. And I am one who seeks to reconcile those contradictions within myself, maybe one of my true passions of life.

I also know that I dare not depend on the knowledge of others to make my decisions in life. For their thoughts are just as biased and prejudicial as mine are and their thoughts and ideas are best suited for their lives and that includes the so-called experts. This is why what is said by others should only be taken as advice to be considered before one makes up his own mind. In other words we should not allow ourselves to be convinced to do something merely because someone else says that is what we should do, expert or not. And far too many persons are falling into that mindset thus allowing others to make decisions for them.

The biggest problem with experts is the fact that they present their ideas in such a fashion that it makes you feel that you’d be ignorant if you did not follow their advice. And the problem with this is the fact that it is you and me that must suffer the consequences if they advise us wrong. He will not accept any of the responsibility of his poor advice but he will surely accept the praise and benefits of giving good advice. Isn’t it far better to suffer the consequences of our own decisions than to suffer the consequences of the decisions of others? It may feel nice to blame others for our problems but it is not just.

Dependency on others to know what is best for us is both, addictive and perceived as evidence of determinism. All it takes is for someone to convince us that we can’t do something that someone else can. And I reject that notion as everyone should. The fact that someone else can do it is evidence that anyone can do it. Seek advice so as to learn. If one does this one can be better informed the next time a decision on the matter in hand must be made. That, to me, is what an informed decisions is all about.

People talk about the need of self-esteem. Well, there is no higher self-esteem found than doing things for ourselves. People speak of self-respect. Well, there is no greater respect earned than taking responsibility for our own decisions in life. People seek to know honor. Well. There is no greater honor than to rise above the need of dependency.

And we can only achieve our goals in life by free will not through determinism. For life itself provides the opportunities in life. And it refuses no man of those opportunities. Tis our own ignorance and dependency on others that will deny us of those opportunities.

For it is only through free will can we take advantage of the opportunities of life. It is only by the acceptance of one’s free will can failure be seen as a way to success. It is only by the acceptance of free will can we know the wealth of life even in the state of poverty. It is only by the acceptance of free will that pity and envy will no longer rule our lives.

I have no more to say. What say you?

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Who am I? What am I? (Part V)


Lastly, as a man of free will, I believe in the natural rights of man but not in the same sense as a determinist. I also accept the concept of absolute truth as opposed to the concept of relative truths. I also recognize that in the acceptance of these beliefs I will be looked upon as an extremist.

we live in an imperfect state of existence. This I believe is an universal given. I also accept the fact that “cause and effect” is an universal law of behavior. Science has already ascertain some of these laws and we can learn of these laws through a branch of science called “Physics”. And we can look upon these laws as absolute truths of our universal physical world until those truths are proven false.

We know that these laws determines the behavior of all non-life forms. To what extent or to what degree that these laws can be used to measure the effects of human behavior is the debate between those who espouse to the idea of determinism and those who espouse to the idea of free will. It is a debate in terms of the causes of behavior not a debate in terms of effected behavior.

Psychology as well as Sociology are the two most recognized disciplines of the study of human behavior. Both disciplines define themselves as a science and the reason they use is in the proclamation of using the scientific method for the study of human behavior. The problem with this is the fact that the scientific method presumes a deterministic nature. And one of the factors of the deterministic method is the ability to determine the cause of behavior through the study and measurement of how the cause has an effect on something else. There is no method of measurement of the effects on human behavior.

Without a method of measurement it is absolutely impossible to make a scientific determination of cause of human behavior. This only allow the use of common sense as the means to determine cause. Common sense has been declared and proven to be an invalid determinant of behavior repeatedly by science for many a century now. Yet both, Psychology and Sociology, continue to use it as a means to determine cause. This is both illogical and unscientific and reveals the arrogance and self-righteousness of both disciplines when applied.

This if for no other reason is why I reject the concept of determinism as the foundational cause of human behavior. This, to me, only leaves the concept of free will as being the cause of human behavior. And given a free will I recognize that persons can reject my reasoning and continue to believe that human behavior is determined as so many prominent scientists do.

I have already posted a situation on my other blog where the acceptance of and the application of the theories founded in determinism has been acknowledged as having done more harm than it has helped. To what extent it has humbled those who promote this concept I have no idea.

I close this series with but one more thought. It was the age of enlightenment and men like our founding fathers that led the world out of the darkness of determinism and into the light of free will. And it is my hope that common sense does not lead us back into that world of darkness.

Now as grandpa would close his arguments, “What say you on this subject? ”

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Who am I? What am I? (Part IV)


As a man of free will I will resist any attempts of governments to force me to be the servant of others though I know that governments has the power but not the authority to force me into that position. As a man of free will I will resist any attempts of governments to force others to serve me though I know that governments has the power to force others into that position.

It is in recognition of the rightful possession of a free will that reveals that every use of force is an act of evil. It is with this in mind that we can fully understand Thomas Paine when he described government as being a necessary evil. For while it may be an evil institution it is one of necessity in any society if peace and tranquility is to be perceived as existing in any society. Though in reality no society has ever reached nor ever will reach that perfect state of existence.

As a man of free will I refuse to consider myself as a member of any ideological collective that finds that the use of force in order to impose its will upon its citizens regardless of its passive nature as being the righteous use of force. Providing a desirable solution to an issue and declaring it as a righteous thing can only be declared as an excuse and is no reason for the use of force as the means to bring about that solution.

There have been many who have attempted to demean me and my grandpappy by belittling the concept of freedom. But one thing that a person must realize and that is, without freedom how can we exercise the best gift that nature has endowed us with, free will? And given the choice between living by the concept of determinism or living by the concept of free will why would anyone choose determinism? For it is the recognition that we are not in control of our own lives and that someone else or something else is.

Another aspect of determinism is the fact that it leaves no room for the concept of morality. The reason being is that morality requires the acceptance of personal responsibility for our behavior and how can we hold an individual personally responsible for something he did not cause? To do so would be an injustice in itself. And if there is no moral responsibility then on what basis can we hold a person legally responsible for the same reason? The mere fact that a person knows the difference between right and wrong is not sufficient reason to hold a person personally responsible for an immoral act or an illegal act. He must not only know the difference between right and wrong he must also be known as acting upon his own will in a voluntary and consensual manner.

Greed and power are the most visible attributes that are exhibited in a society that espouses to the idea of the free will of individuals. And to a determinist the elimination of greed and power within a society will lead us to a perfect existence. And to a socialist greed and power is directly related to money. To a socialist those who possess wealth did so only by exploiting those who do not possess wealth. To a socialist those who possess wealth possess greater power than those who do not possess wealth. It from this we can understand the old proverb that “money is the root of all evil.”

it is from the above idea that people will see the life of the poor as being determined by those who possess greater power. It is from the above idea that people believe that the elimination of greed is possible by the elimination of the use of money. It is from this that some will declare that those who possess must share their possessions with those who do not possess and find no evil in the use of force for this redistribution of wealth. It is the promises of the effects that makes socialism such a desirable way of life for some but to do so is to ignore the necessary cause for these effects to exist.

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Who am I? What am I?(Part III)


It is in the acceptance of the philosophical concept of determinism, whether on a conscious level or an unconscious level of thought, that is the foundational basis of justification for the use of force. It is in the acceptance of the concept of determinism that the end results of any act is the determinant factor of its morality not the means that caused the effect. The concept of the justified use of force and the concept of determinism are as conjoined twins. They each need each other in order to exist.

It was Geo. Washington who defined governments as institutions of force. It is an institution of force for the simple reason that it is the institution of laws. And for laws to serve their purpose they must be enforceable. Thus, with each law enacted, governments grant themselves the power to use force as necessary in regards to that particular issue. Thus with each law enacted the power of governments increases and the power of the individuals in society lessen until absolute power over the people is achieved. This is the essence of the meaning of governance by absolute rule.

It was Geo. Washington who described governments in terms of being a dangerous servant. For, in the catering to the needs of his Master, that servant will seek to increase his own authority and achieves this by convincing his Master that he can be trusted with this additional authority in order to best serve his needs. And as this authority grows so does the power of the servant until one day he becomes the Master and the Master realizes he is but the servant. This is the essence of the goal of any servant.

The servant will still remain the servant in the eyes of others but it will be a position held in name only. The Master will remain the Master in the eyes of others but it will only be a position held in name only. It is this fact that makes governments a dangerous servant.

It was Geo. Washington who described governments in terms of being a fearful Master. For it is the Master who is in control and determines the lives of its servants. If there be liberties, It is the Master who controls and determines the freedoms of its servants. It is the Master who controls and determines the welfare of its servants. And if the Master is to maintain control over its servants it must have the absolute power to do so. This is the essence of the meaning of being Master.

It is those who accept the concept of determinism that will see government as a benevolent and trustworthy Master for they see government as an institution that is necessary to satisfy those needs which they themselves cannot satisfy. And they see no wrong in imposing that concept on everyone else. It is this fact that makes government a fearful Master to those advocates of free will.

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Who am I? What am I? (Part II)


If I reject the concept of determinism then I must also reject the concept of collectivism regardless of what form it is conceived. For one cannot exist without the other in any society. Yet from this I recognize a perceived conflict of principles for I must recognize an affiliation with three collectives, the collective of the people as well as the collective of a family. I am also affiliated with a religious collective as everyone is.

While I may acknowledge outside influence of any decision I may make, at no time will I acknowledge them as the cause of that decision. They can influence my decisions in two manners, 1. by revealing additional options that I was not aware of or 2. by revealing additional reason for that decision made. This is defined in the terms of being advice. But it is still my decision because it is I who will choose to accept or reject the advice given by another. Thus free will is maintained even in the light of being influenced. And I will still have the right to claim the benefits of that decision as acted on or I still must accept responsibility for any consequences that may result from that decision made.

I will even acknowledge the existence of outside influence that may hinder me in reaching my goals in life but at no time will I allow them to be seen as the cause of my failure to reach that goal. They are only challenges which must be met and overcome and with a free will even failure is nothing but a challenge to be met and conquered. Is this not the meaning of learning from our mistakes?

It is from the idea that I am an individual who possesses a free will that I can declare my independence from a collective and will fight for my liberty as an individual. For as long as I possess liberty I have the right to pursue happiness on my own terms not on the terms of others. And it is this that gives my life value. It is this that gives my life meaning. This is the essence of the meaning of freedom.

It is from this I know that the collective has no right to determine the decisions of life for any individual. For once the collective has that right, the life of an individual only has the value that the collective has determined that value to be. For once the collective has that right, the life of an individual has no meaning except as the collective has determined it to be. For once the collective has that right, the happiness of the individual will only be as the collective determines it to be. This is the essence of the meaning of force.

What is the means that a collective uses to apply force? In legal terms it is called a government. That is the only purpose and intent of its existence. Its every act is an act of force in some manner or another. The intent and purpose of its every act is to force the will of the individual to conform to the will of the collective. And once a government has accomplished its intent and purpose the individual no longer has a will of his own. It is in the recognition of this ability that we can understand the meaning of power and why it corrupts the thoughts and emotions of an individual.

It is the application of force that is the foundation of all that is evil not power or money. It is the individual who finds righteousness in the use of force to bring about conformity of thought whose ideas and emotions are corrupted. It is in the forced conformity of thought that is the foundational basis of human determinism.

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Who am I? What am I? (Part I)


Welcome to my new home on the web.  Getting this blog in the shape I want it will be a work in progress as I learn how to maneauver my way around. So, I ask that you be patient with me for a while. The first few posts will be about me and the reason I am as I am.

I am an individual and being an individual means that I am an unique person. Being unique means that I cannot have an equal.  A person may find many similarities in a number of persons but there will always be something that glaringly sets each person apart from everyone else.  This is true even among identical siblings.  If I am to accept this as my core belief then I must reject anything that would compromise this individuality I possess.  With this as a given, each of my beliefs must reflect this fact, regardless of whether those beliefs are of a personal,political, religious, or of a social nature.

Being true to this concept requires that I accept full responsibility for my life.  In order for this to occur I must accept the fact that I must be inner motivated.  Being inner motivated recognizes that anything that will have an effect upon me is the direct result of my own decisions on what I am about to do.  I must accept this regardless of whether that effect will be as I intended or unintended.  I cannot deny that I and I alone am the cause of all that effects me.  This is the essence of the meaning of free will.

With a given of the attribute of a free will I must reject all that would declare that determinism has any value in my life.  For free will declares that I alone am the determinant of the effects of my life and and the concept of determinism and the collective mindset would deny this.  To remain true to the concept of possessing a free will I must also acknowledge that each of my fellow man also possesses this attribute and treat him thusly. Is this not the meaning of equality?

It is with this in mind that I can accept the benefits of life as my decisions has determined them to be and it is with this in mind I must allow others the same right.  And it is with this in mind that I must deal with any and every consequence of life as my decisions has determined them to be and I must allow others the same right also.  Is this not the meaning of equality?

It is with this in mind I recognize that I can only ask for help when needed but cannot demand it.  For from the idea of a free will I must recognize the right of another to deny me of their help.  It cannot be forced upon them. This is the essence of the meaning of choice.  It is from this I know that when help is given it is an act of charity for it was given freely and consensually.

It is from this I know the evil of force as well as its virtue.  It is from this I understand my weaknesses as well as my strengths.  It is from this I seek to learn from my mistakes and not wallow in self-pity when I make them thus in turn reject the pity of others.  In doing so I may leave this world in debt but not without self-respect.  This is the essence of the meaning of growth as a human being.

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