Truth is the property of NO ONE; it is ERROR that is attributed to individuals.
Watch: “Demystifying the Occult: Satanism and the Dark Occult" by Mark Passio
Hopefully you have some familiarity with the (political/economic) Control System (i.e. the Matrix/Conspiracy) and Occulted (hidden) Spiritual Knowledge (for more info go to whatonearthishappening.com). In addition to the immoral laws that destroy human freedom and force taxation (theft), the countless victims of political violence, dominator-hierachical businesses that profit off of animal-human suffering and environmental destruction, along with the use of technology for surveillance and the military industrial complex, the Control System has also CORRUPTED PHILOSOPHY. In order for Power and Control over humanity with the Monopoly of Violence, humanity MUST BE IGNORANT of their Sovereign Rights and of Natural Law. Humanity must be as far away from philosophical principles to manipulate. The war on humanity begins with the Mind...
The Destruction of Metaphysics
(Rendered with the School of Athens in flames)
The Master/Slave Hierarchy is related to the Knowledge/Ignorance Hierarchy.
The Corruption of Philosophy for POWER...
The Philosophical Trinity
It is not surprising then, that the Education System has promoted Anti-PHILOSOPHY... of sophistry: there is no truth/ knowledge/ morality, (cognitive/moral) relativism: truth/right and wrong is relative to perspective, and egotism: I decide what right and wrong is based on what serves my ego, truth/right/wrong is not based in objective reality.
While the Anti-Philosophical Trinity is SOPHISTRY, RELATIVISM, and EGOTISM, the REAL philosophical Trinity is METAPHYSICS, EPISTEMOLOGY, and MORALITY.
And this forms the basis for my current project: tentatively called “Reconstructing Philosophy with the Trivium and Natural Law,” which consists of articles, info-graphics, memes, videos, and a book, hopefully coming out in the next few years.
A main aspect of this project will be to MAKE SENSE of the history of Western Philosophy of the Premodern: Era 500BC-1500AD (hellenistic-classical/medieval), Modern Era: 1500-1900 (empirical science/idealism), Postmodern Era: 1900-1980 (i.e. existentialism/social theory) and Post-Postmodern/Integral Era: 1980-now (TOE, Consciousness studies). This will be done by using Holistic Critical Thinking and an Integral Analysis, utilizing the Trivium Method, without the distortion of mind-control.
True Philosophy is the foundation for (1) Morality & Freedom (Real “Social Theory”) and (2) Science & Technology, as well as (3) Human Creativity (arts/aesthetics). The Philosophical aspects of “creativity' involve the principles of Reality-Creation itself through the interaction of consciousness and spiritual laws (i.e. Hermetic Law of mentalism). This describes“esoteric metaphysics” (in contrast to exoteric metaphyiscs of our tradition that deals more with strict logic and morality), which went underground due to the destruction of knowledge (Burning of the Library of Alexandria). Knowledge is Power and the Political Agenda is to destroy knowledge for others and have it for themselves but some fragments have remained as many of the Greek philosophers gained knowledge form Egypt and the Mystery-Schools.
It is important to note that these three branches of philosophy regard the FOUNDATION, as to not exclude AESTHETICS/ARTS and the divine imagination, represented by the astronomy background! In order for us to create the world of our infinite fantasies/dreams of creative potential and purpose, we must first be able to navigate reality as to live in truth rather than falsity and act morally to live in freedom rather than slavery. If we are dissociated from reality, living in bondage then there can be no true aesthetics!
Jana Esp. studying and writing at SOU Ashland, OR 2015.
(NOTE: The following writing contains bits and pieces of some of the topics I will be covering in “Reconstructing Philosophy...” and in book format it will be presented in a more unified and linear manner. Additionally, I will publish some articles that will focus on particular topics in detail. Please read my MAIN article titled: The Trivium/Natural Law, Veganism, and the New Age. While that article contains a pop-culture literary style, my philosophy book will be written in an “Academic” technical style, but without obscurantianism [unnecessary complexification].)
Pichi & Avo mix Classical Greek Art with Graffiti
While science was still able to produce technologies to reduce human labor (agriculture/industrialization), these technologies created systems of dependency and slavery, bringing about a backlash in late 20th century (archaic revival). Most modern technologies create harmful by-products to the environment and require enormous draining of resources for the production of energy. This reveals that we do not truly understand physical laws of nature (just as we don't understand the corresponding spiritual laws), but work against them (i.e. explosion/combustion instead of implosion/vortex technologies). We simply don't understand energy and that it can be created freely as Tesla and Walter Russell/John Keeley came close to, which is why they are left out of the mainstream science. And our attempts at understanding the forces of nature have failed to produce a unified theory (Descartes' dream!). Scientific reductionism (the reduction of “objective reality” to the physical atomistic plane of matter) would lead into dead-end theories like relativity and quantum mechanics that would veer off into sophistry and subjectivism (much more about this in the book). Philosophy provides the holistic framework to be able to elegantly unify the forces of nature with principles and not as abstract equations of left-brain imbalance (mathematical reductionism). The very attack to metaphysics is an attack to the concept of “principle” itself. And philosophy also includes the important subject of morality as part of higher consciousness in which the proper use of technology should be harnessed with. It is our lower level of consciousness in conjunction to powerful technologies (not necessarily good) that poses a great threat to all life, such as nuclear war, and we have already experienced the devastating effects of the atomic bomb and more recently the Gulf Oil Spill and the radiation meltdown of Fukishima.
Eventually in postmodernism, philosophy became full-fledged sophistry and (moral/cognitive) relativism, the two erronenous ideologies that Socrates and Plato warned against; for not only being contradictory, but creating social tyranny and spiritual decay from within (immorality/hedonism). And so the roots of our philosophical tradition was corrupted with the political agenda to “destroy Western civilization” (Frankfurt School/Cultural Marxism) towards globalism (New World Order). This had a big effect with the Humanities and social sciences promoting cultural narcissism. Intellectual “nonsense” (complex mental constructs with no relation to reality) became fashionable and the new aesthetics. While traditional philosophy was the “science of truth”, postmodern philosophy became the “fabrication of concepts,” starting particularly with Nietzsche. A natural and healthy rebellion to the “structure” of the Control System (economic war machine) was subverted to the destruction of traditional metaphysics (“post-structuralism”/anti-foundationalism). Intuitively individuals knew that culture and convention was corrupt, but lacked clear knowledge of this because Conspiracy Facts of the Globalist Agenda were still hidden from view, Spiritual Knowledge still occulted, with a culture that supported egotism, As Integral Philosopher Ken Wilber points out in Boomeritis, the ego does not want to be restricted by universal truths or morally accountable.
The Greatest Tragedy to Western Philosophy was the Destruction of Metaphysics and Morality. Metaphysics involves the necessary first principles to gain knowledge of ANYTHING (i.e. objective reality exists as substances and attributes from concrete to abstract). Morality regards understanding the dynamic between FREEDOM and Right-Action (Natural Law). While Ayn Rand's Objectivism in the 1970s attempted to salvage the loss of Metaphysics, by returning to our Aristotelian roots, she lacked understanding of Morality/Natural Law and so promoted both statism/capitalism (slavery) and egotism/selfishness (lower consciousness/immorality), both of which feed the other. Traditional Philosophy of Classical/Medieval Period (premodernity) had many great contributions in regards to Metaphysics, such as ontology (science of being), general grammar, categories/ classifications), logic (formal, chains of reasoning, inductive/ deductive), and theology (or sometimes called transcendental metaphysics, the Higher Virtues/Positive Absolutes). But after the mixture with religious dogma and political control, modern philosophy took a skeptical turn away from “magic and myth” that would go too far. Hume said “commit metaphysics to the flames” and Kant went further to say “the reality of external objects does not admit strict proof...” Therefore, reason became dissociated from reality!
Through political propaganda and mind-control techniques of complexification, reversal, and obfuscation philosophical concepts have been made hard to understand with the many “isms” of fractured consciousness, contradictory thought, false dualisms, and reductionistic models.
Taken at Free Your Mind Conference 4 near the airport in Philadelphia 2016.
Much of modern science destroyed metaphysics as to render universal principles and rational intuition inapplicable as to only find empirical data valid. Yet, real science incorporates a rational and holistic understanding that is elegant, explainable, and integrated and uses the Quadrivium. While the Trivium is the first three subjects (grammar, logic, rhetoric) of the Seven Liberal Arts that deal with the mind, the next four subjects are number, geometry, music, and astronomy, which deal with extension in matter. But if we do not first understand the Trivium, in which general grammar is rooted in metaphysics and its principles, then our understanding of nature will be irrational/fragmented, not to mention our ability to analyze data. While partial truths in narrow contexts may contain short-term practical value, they can never reveal the true operations of matter manifestation at the higher ontological level, which is WHY pragmatism as a philosophical school failed.
QUADRIVIUM and Science
Mural Art by Blackbook Ink
School of Athens, Raphael
Even though Classical Philosophy provided some foundation for philosophy, it still got some things wrong. From Plato's Ideal State, we see the roots of statism (the false belief in authority/masters/kingship/government), but he made this sound reasonable for the “wise ones” (philosopher- kings) to rule because he understood that higher consciousness and its care for philosophy is necessary to understand The Good. Aside from this there are still many important traditional truths such as the positive universal forms and elements of the Trivium, and sadly a lot of integral philosophy would fall for the “evolution fallacy,” that assumes we were less intelligent in the past and does not take into account the cyclic aspects of evolution and regression in the rise and fall of spiritual knowledge with the political agendas for social control . When ignorance peaks so does the control system and today we are on the verge of Global Tyranny.
Reading Aristotle (many times over) at Lithia Park 2015 (a year after discovering Natural Law)
From Plato's Republic: "Until the person is able to abstract and define the idea of the Good, and unless he can run the gauntlet of all objections and is ready to disprove them, not with appeals to opinion, but to absolute truth, never faltering at any step of the argument-unless he can do all this, you would say that he knows neither the idea of the Good nor any other good; he apprehends only shadows, if anything at all, which is given by opinion, not science." (A standard to go for!)
It is not only the duty of the philosopher to detect and expose cognitive errors (i.e. fallacies) but to also expose the latest forms of sophistry and moral relativism among the intellectually elite, for these forms evolve over time, devising more clever and insidious traps that will no doubt seek Political Power, which is anti-thesis to Philosophical Virtue. It was this very goal that started Western Philosophy in Plato's Academy. Evil is mental bondage and it must be exposed in the conceptual knots of abstract, dark, and obscure places with the intellectual illumination granted by the divine.
Download Works of Aristotle (David Ross is better than Richard Hope translation)
Without METAPHYSICS there is no THING to know, and NOTHING to discuss. Metaphysics is the science of WHAT IS/Being, what is it to be some "thing".
Introduction to METAPHYSICS...
While my book will go into what metaphysics is, here is a brief overview that I hope is helpful to you in your philosophical pursuits!
While modernity/postmodernity claimed that metaphysics is inquiry into the unknowable, calling it speculative with the legacy of Kant, is it quite the contrary as the moderners confuse false metaphysics with the real metaphysics. Real Metaphysics is the basis for what is knowable, as being/existence is the foundation for knowledge itself, even if at the Ultimate level Being is Consciousness. (In the universe of polarity and multiplicity “existence and consciousness” are related and distinct). We cannot have knowledge of something if it does not exist, whether it exists inside of us, outside of us, or AS us (the SELF). Ontology is the branch of metaphysics that deals with “being” in concrete individuals of either substance and attribute (the 10 categories) and their predicated classifications (i.e. genus/species) that are based on essences and nature (the forms or intelligible structure to perceptible matter). Theology, on the other hand, is the branch of metaphysics that deals with the concepts that transcend the categories/classifications that are eternal and absolute perceived by the Highest Level of Reason. This regards the Substance of Eternal Ultimate Being (also called the Infinite All-from the Kybalion) and its attributes of Love, Truth, Beauty, Unity, etc. as their opposites don't exist and are ultimately illusions or privations (i.e. evil/falsity) in the sensible world.
Additionally, Metaphysics serves as the foundation for general grammar and the Trivium Method in describing the “WHAT” and is the connection of language to reality. The foundation of knowledge also requires the logical axioms (identity/non-contradiction/excluded middle) and the mutually-supported ideas (inter-connected propositions) that are self-evident to pure reason and require no proof (otherwise there would be infinite regress). It includes tautologies such as: existence exists, consciousness exists and consciousness can perceive existence . Existence is objective reality and WHAT is actually REAL and knowledge OF what is objectively real. Similarly it lies out the first principles for existence, like the principle of duality and distinctions between dual pairs: substance/attribute (or subject and quality), fixed essence/changeable qualities, nature/condition, and actual and potential. The following proposition is a correct metaphysical statement: First principles exist both in the structure of thought and in objective reality. If the structure of our minds cannot mirror reality than we cannot have knowledge of reality. The negation of these self-evident propositions is SOPHISTRY. Metaphysics is about the underlying assumptions, first principles, and premises of any argument, perspective, belief, and worldview. Even Sophistry has these assumptions that reveal the necessity for metaphysics! So part of metaphysics is to expose WHAT these first premises are and determine if they are contradictions as being false premises (the Socratic Method) or not grounded in reality.
Read the Trivium PDF, first published in 1937
Much of the knowledge of Greek philosophers came from Egypt. Here are the Seven Hermetic Spiritual Laws in the Kybalion by the Three Initiates
Metaphysics also deals with the natural laws, both physical and moral (causality) and the issues of freedom, free will, and government. True metaphysics is about natural government and the laws of nature which can be known by man. And this is largely opposed to man's law, which progressively deviates from natural laws by claiming ownership of them; however natural laws exist independently from man's creation as the STRUCTURE for his creations. In addition to the Control System perpetuating false government, so it does with false (politically-funded) science, like the false law of entropy, which claims the universe only moves from order to disorder, contradicting bi-directional polarity and the cyclic nature of things (growth/decay), denying cause/effect and emergence/evolution. Sadly Freedom, Morality, and Science have become about political domination and control of one group of people over another, through propaganda and false education under the deception of goodness. But true morality is about conscience, reason, and moral action not blind belief, obedience, and submission to authority.
Esoteric metaphysics is about the more subtle but equally important principles of consciousness (spiritual laws) and reality using holistic thought (i.e. gender, correspondence) and understanding reality-creation (i.e. mentalism/vibration) and other planes of existence. While poisoned exoteric metaphysics claims that we cannot know of any other dimension of reality but the three-dimensional universe, that is an erroneous proposition. Even mainstream science is posulating the existence of parallel dimensions, however flawed most of their theories are! True metaphysics does not restrict what we can know, only the basis for which we can know it by requiring some form of evidence, and reason itself serves as evidence. To not know of other dimensions of reality does not mean they do not exist, as even a physical argument can convey as the energy of the universe is undetected by our senses (visible light only a narrow spectrum of the electromagnetic field).
Before I continue, it is important to discuss LOVE. As earlier mentioned esoteric metaphysics can be regarded as the feminine side of philosophy, which went underground in the Dark Ages. While some of it was revived in the Renaissance (1500s) and then later with New Thought/Theosophy (1800s), esotericism was excluded from Academia (which would sadly promote modern Feminism in the 1960s to dumb down philosophy, empower the State, and exploit men). While Western philosophers believed knowledge to be gained with the mind as the primary force, they failed to recognize the “consciousness aspect” of LOVE that is greater. When we do not start the path of knowledge/truth with love, defined as the “expansion of consciousness,” we can only gain partial truths that ultimately keep us in a state of perpetual confusion. This is why modern skepticism struggled to move forward and Western philosophy is considered to be “trapped in the mind.” The mind is a tool of discernment that can be applied to the content of perception/conception but it is the “spirit” behind that mind that determines whether holistic knowledge is eventually gained or not. Without LOVE, consciousness expansion, and true care as the driving force, the mind can only contract to identifications (i.e. ego) and belief systems (fear) that prevent real objectivity. The mind itself cannot expose the truths that destroy the ego/false identification that are required for true knowledge and freedom, as inner knowledge is required for outer knowledge. LOVE is a first principle of Philosophy.
Abstract: In order to discover the Good, we must have discovered Truth so that what we perceive as Good is True Good and not the appearance of Good in deception of Evil. In order to discover Beauty, we must have discovered the Good, as beauty without goodness is superficial and Ugly.
ALCHEMY AND UNIVERSALS: There is a specific ORDER for the Triune transcendental concepts (Universals) of antiquity: TRUTH, GOOD, and BEAUTY, that can be expressed through in Alchemical Transformation of an Individual.
(LOVE) -->TRUTH--> GOOD --> BEAUTY
First, Truth can only be discovered with Love, the Generative Principle. Love is the opposite of Fear, and we must not have Fear of the Truth, or we will hide and run from it and deny and reject it leading us into the Darkness of Ignorance. (The END of Ignorance is Evil.)
Love expands consciousness to embrace Truth; the Acceptance of What Is. Then we gain Knowledge, at all costs, to Love the Truth more than the lie (i.e. ego-personality-construct) and seek the Eternal. Even if it hurts for some time and/or completely destroys the foundation of our lives, it is Necessary for Evolution (Real Alchemy). Metal does not survive in the transmutation into gold. Don’t give up, go all the Way!
With Courage and Persistence, that pain can transform us in our Real Higher Selves. To know Truth is to become aware of its Opposite (Apophasis), to separate out our False selves. This requires that we become Self-Honest and Authentic to see truly who we are being, not what we pretend to be or want to be. Upon this Foundation we can transform into our True Selves, as we move from the true falsity, we are attached to, to the true True, of our Real Identity.
The Triune Universals: Truth, Goodness, Beauty
Next, we must Purify ourselves by discovering the difference between Good and Evil within ourselves. Then with Courage and Will, we must remove and reject evil by ending immoral actions by listening to our Conscience and taking Right-Action in the world by following Reason. This will mean going ALONE sometimes.
Once we have raised our consciousness and have this Self-Knowledge along with proper thinking, applying tools such as the Trivium, we can continue to learn how to perceive reality accurately in order to discern true from false, good from evil, right from wrong; the Anti-Spiritual-Virus Scanner of Mind. Only when in the Light of Truth can we Know the difference between Good and Evil. First Within, then Without. Truth is PRIOR to Goodness. And only when we choose Right-Action (both action or non-action) are we aligned to the Good. Good is the End. All other ends are false and do not stand the test of time.
Picture taken at my Home in Lithia Park, Ashland OR
The Plan of the Universe begins with Love and Ends with the Good. (We just have to gain the KNOWLEDGE to figure that out and stop working against it!)
To observe the Whole Process is to experience Beauty. Beauty without Truth is a deception, being truly Ugly; and Beauty without Goodness is superficial and misleading, also ugly, not Deep and Eternal.
Beauty is in the Creative Masterpiece of Universe, the harmonious integration of its Natural Laws and our expression when we become in harmony with them. While Beauty is NOT the END, it is found in the expression of the Whole in the timeless, as Love, Truth, Goodness are a Beautiful ONE.
School of Athens by Raphael
Traditional Philosophy developed much of the content for the Trivium Method (Grammar, Logic, Rhetoric), which is learning how to think critically and have our reasoning processes grounded in reality (ontology). It appears that this method was somewhat occulted, but it is the disunity and separation of the these subjects and being taken out of order that has negatively affected intellectual development for which the Trivium is designed to enhance. The natural process of the mind is reflected in the proper order, which is analogous to a computer's input-processing-output. The basis for General Grammar involves understanding the important ontological distinctions between matter and form, substance and attribute, particulars and universals, concrete and abstract (Aristotle) as to describe the “what.” Logic regards the “why” and how things are inter-connected or related to form complex ideas based on the forms of reality. Because we are fallible and creative beings, there can be errors in our reasoning and grounding to reality, which brings us to the important epistemological distinctions of true/correct and false/incorrect, knowledge and ignorance, and also, later explored in psychology, the conscious and unconscious (i.e. Freud/Jung). And here we get to the second branch of philosophy: epistemology, which regards the knower, consciousness, perception, knowledge, and methodology, as distinct from reality, existence, being, and “what is.”
From whatonearthishappening.com. Mark Passio describes the Trivium in a modern context as input, processing, output related to a computer analogy.
The biggest confusion in Western Philosophy is understanding the relationship between ontology and epistemology. I hope to really sort out these issues using Holistic Critical Thinking.
TRUTH IS THE ALIGNMENT BETWEEN PERCEPTION (epistemology) AND REALITY (ontology). When we accurately perceive “what is” we have understood something that is TRUE. It was the Law of Non-Contradiction that made this clear distinction between ontology and epistemology. This is because reality by necessity is non-contradictory, so that contradictions must be errors in perception, conception, and understanding. This is WHY we must strive to have non-contradictory thinking to increase the potentials of reality alignment (as a note, one can adopt a “non-contradictory” model of reality that is false so while this is necessary it is not sufficient). In order for reason to connect to reality, reality itself must be arranged and composed according to reason itself (Hegel's “the rational is real”) and this was explained with the FORMS. Forms are the intelligible structure of the universe that is objectively real. Conceptual Form is in distinction to matter, matter being the unintelligible aspect of a sensible object that we perceive with the senses but not the intellect. But because individual concrete things are composed of both matter and form, we are able to mentally abstract the form into classification systems based on essential attributes. This process of abstraction as well as rational induction leads to the “Universal Forms”. And this which helps us to understand Natural Law, which is objectively real, even though not tangible as the world its governs.
The fact that objective reality is independent to perception describes the correct philosophical tenet called “metaphysical realism.” And this should not be confused with “scientific materialism,” which reduces “objective reality” to the external world of sense perception, excluding consciousness. True metaphysical realism does not engage in reductionism, as it doesn't seek to restrict the realm of knowledge/reality with a limited belief system and fear of the unknown. One of the biggest semantic issues in philosophy is the term OBJECTIVE itself. Objectivity is not synonymous to physical reality, as consciousness must objectively exist too; and there are multi-dimensional realities (causal/subtle planes) both interior/exterior in addition to the sensible realms. And metaphysical realism is not mutually exclusive to reality-creation. The fact that consciousness does have a role in creating reality through thoughts, feelings, and actions is actually an objective fact! In order for reality-creation to even exist, requires metaphysical realism! The metaphysical question of “what,” regards not only “what” are we conscious of but that consciousness is a WHAT itself, the SELF Exists, and existence is ontological/metaphysical.
What can also be confusing is that there are different ontological statuses depending on perspective (i.e. top-down, bottom-up). While material things (matter/form) seem more objective because of their closeness to the senses, from the perspective of the intellect the objects of the mind (forms) are more closer and objective, such as Mathematics and Metaphysics: Reason, Universal Principles (Natural Law, Love, Goodness/Morality, Truth) being “clear and distinct” (Descartes) and due to their immutability and timelessness. For example, the Good exists independently of what you are thinking and independent of culture or any single object. To properly navigate reality one must not confuse the objects of the senses with the intellect, as the sense regards our physical survival, but in another way the intellect regards our spiritual survival! Also, in regards to abstract forms it is important to be able to differentiate between the real and false concepts of the mind (i.e. Real Knowledge: consciousness + spiritual laws, false knowledge: government + money).
While a good mind thinks clearly and correctly, and a good heart is pure and compassionate, goodness takes place through behavior through morality and Right-Action. The application of wisdom (knowledge-in-practice and alignment to natural law) is the output/rhetoric of the Trivium. The concept of Natural Law based on Morality and Reason goes back to Heraclitus with the Logos, and the pre-Socratic philosophers who sought the fundamental order to reality and saw that it was good. Natural Law was talked about by Aristotle, the Stoics, and especially the Christian theologians, Augustine and St. Aquinas, who said that "every human law has just as much of the nature of law, as it derived from the law of nature." But he adds, "if any point it deflects from the law of nature, it is no longer a law but a perversion of the law." He went further to say that a government that violated natural moral law should not be obeyed. Furthermore, the theologians went into depth about good and evil, darkness and light (theology/Neo-Platonism), as Plato used the light as a metaphor for truth. Boethius recognized that theology did not require a “Christian God” but rational intuition of “Infinite Being,” the “Ultimate Form,” that every philosopher can conceive of, including the empiricists who deny it (at least its qualifiable aspect, while the unqualifiable aspect is beyond conception-for more info watch video-on right). This video resolves one of the biggest philosophical confusions today.
Sister Miram Joseph “influenced a generation of women to think carefully, to read thoughtfully, and to write and speak the “right principles” eloquently.” (p. 285) She sure is a sister! Download Trivium book.
Theology/Transcendental Metaphysics: The Positive Absolutes and Ultimate Reality with Jana Esp.
From “The Trivium” by Sister Joseph:
“It might seem that being is the genus of substance and the other categories, since the ten categories classify being. Being is not, however, understood in the same way of substance and of accident, nor of the different accidents; furthermore, being transcends the categories and therefore it cannot be the genus. A transcendental concept is a concept that cannot be classified because it extends through and beyond the other categories. The transcendentals are being and its transcendental attributes: unity, truth, goodness, res, aliquid; some philosophers include beauty.” (p. 80)
Also, be sure to watch part 2.
This Metaphysical Synthesis shows the Matter/Form Distinction in Conceptual Hierarchy.
I have tentatively created a“Metaphysical Synthesis” model to integrate Plato, Aristotle, and the Christian theologians, but it is a working model subject to revision, which leads me to make a point about models. A common criticism of traditional metaphysics by later modernity was “system-building” (i.e. Descartes) and its obsession with models of reality, in which 20th century General Semantics respond “the map is not the territory.” While this is true, metaphysical maps still serve to make distinctions using expanded conceptual space, but no map could represent the formal structure of all of reality, not only because many concepts correspond to one another but also have different meanings. Philosophy is about continual distinctions using models that are contextually appropriate to the content in which distinction is sought in order to prevent reductionism and false dualisms. This particular model is used to resolved the opposition between “Transcendent Idealist” Plato and “Immanent Realist” Aristotle. What is commonly overlooked is that Aristotle wrote a lot about divinity like Plato and considered transcendental Being a “primary being” along with concrete substances. But he did not see Good as an absolute Form, like Plato did. Yet Plato did not see forms in conjunction to matter and erroneously equated the sensible world with belief/opinion and the forms with knowledge. In way he conflated an epistemological model with an ontological one. (As you can see my “divided line” is between the absolute and the relative, in which we can have knowledge of both, instead of placing knowledge on top and belief/opinion on the bottom.)
But sadly these important distinctions would suffer with the rise of modern skepticism (which was part of empiricism and nominalism). Skeptics would claim that mental “forms” don't exist in reality, not just the transcendental ones but even the categorical forms as well. Kant's “Copernican Revolution” of philosophy saw that the categories only existed in the structure of consciousness which we could not say corresponded to reality (noumenon/”thing-in-itself”). The lack of certainty for conceptual truth lead to Postmodern Relativism. While Ancient Relativism claims that “truth is relative to perspective” (Protagoras), Postmodern Relativism states that “truth is always embedded in cultural contexts/biases” (i.e. post-structuralism). While the rationalists and idealists attempted to counter-attack skepticism, which became radical empiricism, reductionism, and postmodernism, their efforts backfired as they got lost in too much abstraction (i.e. German Idealists like Hegel). Without alignment to the proper structure of the mind as learned with the Trivium, their reasoning was not grounded in reality with the proper distinctions understood (i.e. matter/form, concrete-particular/abstract-universal).
VIDEO: Classical Universals and Absolutes by Jana Esp.
In general, the Four Biggest Enemies to Philosophy are Sophistry, Relativism, Collectivism, and Authority and they all inter-relate as to be mutually-supportive. We can consider these ideologies/worldviews to be Anti-Metaphysical as they are belief systems against reason and first principles, supporting the Control System of Evil.
Sophistry (including Skepticism/Nihilism-”there is no truth”) and Relativism (“truth is relative/subjective”), as well as Solipsism (“only my mind exists”) deny Universal Truths, Natural Laws and Objective Morality. Collectivism and authority support Political Power and Statism at all its levels: kingship/feudalism, plutocracy/national government and soon world government (globalism) by believing that collective entity exists and that certain individuals should have authority over other individuals. Many philosophers thought that modern government was freedom from the slavery of feudalistic monarchies but it is just a different type of monarchy with “rule behind the curtain.” Rather than a monarchy with a name and face, we have monarchy in the name of a faceless “government,” guided by secret rulers.
With reference to the occult, the monetary system is the dark feminine, the counterfeit version of the life force in which the principle of material abundance is inverted to be of scarcity. Conjoining this, the government is the dark masculine, the counterfeit version of reason and law with authority and obedience, in which we neglect the development of conscience (knowing the actual difference between right and wrong). Both are wed together as money OWNS all planetary resources and politics gains the systematic CONTROL, which requires consent by the people.
The Problem-Solving Aspect of Philosophy is to get to the underlying premises of an argument or of one's worldview/perspectival structure to reveal what is contradictory and false (i.e. the Socratic Method), rather than be distracted by the complex artifice of mental constructs that pile on top of fundamental assumptions and basic premises. Metaphysical analysis refers to rational assessment of first principles.
A true metaphysician has no time for the straw man, only for the BOTTOM-LINE.
Government will attempt to trap you with “legalize,” a complex language to obfuscate right and wrong, and your TRUE rights. Also economic jargon quickly becomes complicated to throw you off track, when it's foundation is literally nothing. Nihilism indeed, LOL!
While money, government, and carnism directly cause harm to others, solipsism indirectly creates harm by denying the existence of harm/evil. This is the choice to be IGNORANCE not INNOCENT.
Both government and money fail to have adequate metaphysics/first principles and are instead based on the fallacy of authority and the fallacy of tradition. Yet, if tradition, interpreted as the genealogical perspective were to serve us then we would see that historically these systems have failed and have produced more destruction and death than all the non-governmental “criminals” of the world combined billions-fold. This is because ultimately they are based in immoral belief system of “theft.” The Government steals money (taxation) and freedom/rights (through artificial laws), while money steals through interest and loans. In order to be immoral they advocate sophistry and moral relativism: “truth doesn't exist” so “might makes right” and the rulers dictate what right and wrong are. Even the United Nations Charter claims that they have the authority to decide what a Human Right is. From birth we are forced into dependency to this corrupt system under the threat of violence, which is immoral from the get go.
The monetary system claims that “value” is relative and can be based on a “social construct” (what should have been the focus of postmodernists, who would instead call “reality a social construct!”). This is because money is created out of thin air by a private corporation that is now the IMF and World Bank, a global super power. But the power is all illusory and against reality as the only real things that we need to survive and prosper are found in nature, food, shelter, and water!! However, because of moral relativism and nihilism, society finds it perfectly acceptable for a group of people to create something out of NOTHING to CONTROL all human affairs and planetary resources because “might makes right!” And as relativists we are permitted from saying slavery is universally bad!!
You cannot be a moral relativist and understand Human Rights. Why? Because Human Rights are based in Natural Law and are absolute, eternal, and immutable; they do not depend on culture, place, or time.
The REAL Number of the Quadrivium to help us evolve science vs. the FAKE numbers of arbitrary values created to enslave us.
Furthermore, what underlies money and government is collectivism, which was feudalism in pre-industrial times and is globalism with the information age. This false ideology comes into clear view once you understand general grammar as to know that there is no such thing as a collective “entity,” nor is their such thing as “collective action.” Only individuals exist in the aggregate and only individuals have the capacity for actions and can represent themselves. (The term “collective is not even used in general grammar in the Trivium book but “aggregate.”) Individuals can work together to forms groups with a common goal but there is no one group of people that can act on behalf of all of humanity. And membership to a group is not a permanent identification, even though some believe it is as every moment we are freely choosing what to be part of and being part of something does not negate our sovereignty, which always exists. The collective institutions that exist are for human slavery, either to track private information and enforce address in the system-which enforces employment, and for taxation (i.e. DMV, IRS) or to give stolen money (taxes) to other people (i.e. welfare, unemployment, etc.). At the top of the pyramid, this “so-called elite few” attempt to be above natural law as to be the “gods” of humanity through government and money acting as the system engineers who aren't inscribed in the system they create. And this carries the contradiction of claiming that some humans have more rights than other humans (i.e. the “divine right to rule” that John Locke criticized). Through the propaganda of “unification,” “inclusiveness,” and “integration” (i.e. postmodern-integral lingo) these dark occultists attempt to gain political power by appearing to promote positive values, but their real goal is towards centralization of power through the inter-connectedness of the systems of evil, that are not only about theft at the physical level, but theft on the spiritual level as well. For more on collectivism. However, a good and free society is simply the measure of each individual's moral action in the aggregate, not the actions of the collective body found in membership, a collective army, or a collective religion. Each individual is responsible to learn that THEFT is harm, whether that be theft of life, property, or liberty, etc. In short: all political power is based on some people controlling and ruling over other people and stealing from them and this is IMMORAL!!
When we can understand general grammar and logic, we can see the flaws of the Control System. The proper integration between the individual and collective, as well as concrete and abstract is that the Sovereign Individual (concrete/particular/microcosm) is bound to Universal Rational Moral Natural principles/laws (collective/macrocosm/abstract) [aka Self-Governance]. Contrarily, Political Theory states the false existence of a National Sovereign Person that should be governed by socially-constructed (positive) laws violently imposed by an elite group that functions outside of those laws [aka SLAVERY].
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A Short Note about Moral Relativism:
Moral relativists think that when you say "there is objective morality", that you are saying that "you always know what is objectively moral" as to have a God-like complex. However, they conflate the ontological with the epistemological, as the first sentence does not infer the second (fallacy). Just because I know that right/wrong exists in reality (global truth), doesn't mean that I always know what is right and wrong (specific truth)... because in epistemology there is always the potential for error. But in order for me to EVER know I have to first know that right and wrong exist independently of my perspective. The Necessity of ontological first principles. While the will to align perspective (epistemology) with reality (ontology) does not guarantee that alignment, it is a necessity for it.
The IRONY of moral relativists is that many are moral relativists because they see the problem of moral relativism! Ok, let me unpack. They see how our culture's definition of right/wrong, good/evil can be fabricated and twisted (religious/political), which indeed IT IS! But the only way for morality to be twisted is IF there is an ACTUAL morality!! (Metaphysics is about underlying premises). It is quite ironic because it is their individual moral relativism that feeds into cultural moral relativism. Only by going deeper with Care for Truth can we discover objective morality to become free from both enslavement of tyranny (macrocosm) and free from the karmic ego-creation in manifesting negative life conditions (microcosm)..
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