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You know that I accept the Greek philosophers' position of the gods, which is eloquently worded
in John Stuart Mill Autobiography, http://www.skeptically.org/enlightenment/id8.html
where he puts his thoughts ascribed to his father James Mill.
Both were associates of Jeremy Bentham the 2nd greatest liberal force for the masses during the 1700 and 1800s,
masses have been tamed by corporate media's social conditioning. They want us to consider Castro, Marx, as bad, and
erase the names of Bentham, the Fabian movement, and others liberals such as Plato.
by Russell is consistent with the Greek philosophers. Every center of population in the Greek dominated
world had a small school ran by philosophers for the elite. The largest
of these was in Alexandria which had a large Jewish population, mainly of
Hellenized Jews. Some of them undoubtedly attend the schools.
The Sermon on the Mount (plain in Luke) is an example of this philosophy of the Hellenistic period from about 323
BC until 31 BC when Rome conquered the Greek world.
rebirth gradually occurred in the Renaissance . Fill your heart with loving
feeling) as much as possible through activities that promote it, and that
include the silent whispers, called thoughts, avoiding emotional quarrels, and the
media that glorifies violence and ignorance.
Russell 3rd Earl of Russell, wrote in 1925, The good life is focused
on love and guided by knowledge. I
would replace love with fellow-feeing, the emotion which causes
through the action of dopamine the bonding to parents, attachment for car, pet,
spouse, plants, etc. This website and skeptically.org give me years full of fellow feeling. As Epicurus wrote,
we are a pleasure seeking animal; we have two masters pleasure and pain (happiness and discomfort). As B.F. Skinner
wrote, Original sin is the difference between your pleasure and mine--referring to the state of pair bonding.
Love you all.
The end of the 2nd-enlightenment
era and the good-life
were two periods of enlightenment; the first started in the city of Miletus,
near Troy around 600 BC, on the Turkish coast and spread through the Greek
speaking world, which by 35 AD included the Roman lands. It was strangled by
the Catholic fanatics who
became Emperors of the 2 Roman states. Learning
thrived in the Arab world where the Greek and Latin books were translated to
Arabic Copies were sold, translated to
Latin in scriptoriums of the monasteries and the few universities built during
the dark ages--both under the thumbs of the bishops. Student in the commercial
Italy in the 13th century read those
Latin translations and were changed. The
Enlightenment spread over the next 2 centuries among the educated throughout
Europe. This 2nd
Enlightenment slowly replaced the churches synagogues and mosques as learning
centers. More schools and the printing
press (16th century) made possible for the commercial elite to become
father was pleased with my major of chemistry (1963), not so pleased with
biology (1965), and disappointed when I switched to philosophy (1966) at Temple
University. In the discussion to explain
my choice of philosophy which does not have the employment opportunities of
explained that my lack of ability to do higher mathematic entailed that I
couldn’t pass Physical Chemistry.
Biology had a much different obstacle.
I enjoyed the pursuit of knowledge that reveals the nature of things (De
Rerum Natura). I enjoyed since elementary school the exploration of topics
that revealed the nature of things.
About half of the biology students were pre-med, and they turned the
subject into a rat race for grades. I
couldn’t burry my love of exploring topics, so I moved on to philosophy.
which I had 4 courses in prior to 1966, was a natural for me: I learned about the
foundation of subjects and mastered the technique of analysis. There was a comradeship
among philosophers, a
social bonding that was stronger than in the sciences. Being in my early 20s,
the social drive is
strong; philosophy was a good fit.
Philosophy focused on many areas of learning, such as psychology, science,
mathematics, ethics, aesthetics, and political science epistemology, to name
several. A reading of Aristotle, Plato,
and Lucretius reveals its scope. My
favorites were psychology, science, and ethics.
Greek philosophers advised developing the brain’s rational module through
philosophy so as to have greater rational control of one’s animal nature. Aristotle
put their observation tersely in
the definition of humans: man is a
rational animal. I implied politely
to my father that I wanted to be a rational animal (not wanting to imply that
he wasn’t), to be above the common herd by seeing further and having greater
tell you this because as those first philosophers asked the question what
is the good-life? They answered
full of ataraxia, the pleasure that comes from studies and the
association with like-minded friends.
This combination of association and studies would promote a tranquility,
reduce boredom, and the perturbances that afflict the common herd (a phrase
used to describe the common people). Among the perturbance is the likeliness of
substance abuse, of being a soldier, a politician, and poor management of
affairs. Ataraxia lasts the longest in
time and builds a better person & citizen, is pleasurable, and diminishes
daily boredom; thus, the philosophers consider it the best of pleasures and
essential for the good-life.
Those with the spirit of philosophy followed the golden mean, nothing
philosophers set up schools and the leading citizens sent their male children
there. From this developed the first
educational system. In the Hellenic
world, from India to Egypt to Italy and Spain, every city had schools ran by
philosophers. They were the keepers of
knowledge including sciences and mathematics.
The leading philosophers became esteemed wise men of antiquity and celebrities.
Philip of Macedonia invited Aristotle to be
his son’s teacher. The son-built
Alexandria, the leading center of learning in the ancient world. At the mouth
of the Nile, its population is
in 2020, 5.2 million. I tell you
this because the Greek wisdom of
studies and the social support of friends is at the center of the
good-life. Many of the
political leaders through education had the spirit of philosophers. The Catholic
Church extinguished that by
closing the schools.
it was why when we joined for the first 2-years I tried to open for you the
philosopher’s door which increases ataraxia.
Unfortunate our capitalist system following their think tanks advice,
had shut that door: schools and media were
turned into their image. I went to the
UCSD library in 2011looking for video courses, like the one that were in the
late 60s being created as teaching aid for high schools. I thought there would
be high school and college
DVD education programs. There
the mid-70s there has been a deliberate gradual decline in the evidence base for
the rational module of the brain. The
art of analysis, of social conscience and the building of a world where people
come before profits has been systematically removed. The message we get poured
in our reason is
that the good life is measured by material items and the Greek light has been
extinguished along with the spirit of community. Buried is the Enlightenment
and its utilitarian
ethics. Reagan and Thatcher representing
the corporate wing of their party. The
parties have replaced Franklin Roosevelt, Clement Attlee (the liberal wing of their
parties) their Keynesian economics of managed capitalism. We live in the Thatcher-Reagan
and the corporate honor system. [Did the
gods give him Alzheimer’s disease and her vascular dementia?]
is still evolving, the corporate mass dementia.
Public dupes informed by corporate media. Each year the pro-corporate
the noose that limits the oxygen to the brain.
Learning has been remade so that the masses can crucified on the cross
of profits (a reference to the July 9th 1896 saying by William
Jennings Bryan, “crucified on a cross of gold”). The banksters once
crucified the masses on a
cross of gold, today it is the limitless fiat currency.
$30,000 car is paid for by a digital transfer of funds from the Bank of America
to the car dealership, which then transfers $27,000 to Toyota, and Toyota then
transfers from its account funds to a 100 of its employees, suppliers, and
others of $25,000. Over the next seven
years the purchaser of the car pays the B-of-A a total of $36,000. $6,000 profits
minus about $4,000 in business
expenses, including about $800 to the Federal Reserve Bank that collect on
loans it makes to the B-of-A. The $3,000
is used to pay executives, dividends and to increase their cash reserve, a fund
for the next cyclical economic crash. B-of-A buy US T-bills the same way Tim bought
the car, they wirer digits to the US government banking accounts, and on and on
it goes. Currently the financial sector
makes up over 60% of what counted for as GDP.
We are crucified on a system of fiat currency ran by private banks. See
quotes at bottom for what once was a
common fear, the private banks.
is repeating itself, and as Adam Smith observed and wrote around 1750. All
for ourselves, nothing for anybody else, that is the cruel maxim of the rulers
of mankind. History has recorded the
religions, the kings and queens, the military, the barons, the chiefs, the
oligarchs, the nobility, the Mamelukes; all these groups have with their turf stood
upon the back of their dupes (supporters), and in every increasing amount taken
the wealth of their turf to build forces of repression and mind control.
we have the financial sector with the support of the weaker global
corporations; they milk us on a global level; they follow the maxim of Smith: all
for ourselves, and minimal for the others.
The industry & electronic revolutions are run for the
corporations. We have gone into the age where
the financial sector controls the world.
They are the shadow government. The
banksters are (2020) crashing the world economy with a media corona virus
plague for their profits, to prevent their shadow banking from collapsing.
don’t want us to know of their power, their shadow banking, and the role of
their media in shaping our behavior. Change
only comes through changing the system; putting peoples’ good-life first.
How, was set
out in The Republic by Plato 2,500 years ago.
Remember the Greek wisdom: The good-life is focused on love and guided
Teddy Roosevelt's, "We must drive the
special interests out of politics. The citizens of the United States
must effectively control the mighty commercial forces which they have
themselves called into being. There can be no effective control of corporations
while their political activity remains."
father Edward Never trust the ruling class—[Including corporate
media’s message on the good-life, politics, & economics].
democracy exists whenever those who are free and poor are in sovereign control
of the government; an oligarchy when the control lies in the hands of the rich
and better born.
money power preys upon the nation in times of peace and conspires against it in
times of adversity. It is more despotic than monarchy, more insolent than
autocracy, more selfish than bureaucracy
Napoleon Bonaparte--The hand that gives is
above the hand that takes. Money has no motherland; financiers are without
patriotism and without decency: their sole object is gain –
If our nation can issue a dollar bond, it can issue
a dollar bill. The element that makes the bond good, makes the bill good, also.
The difference between the bond and the bill is the bond lets money brokers
collect twice the amount of the bond and an additional 20%, whereas the
currency pays nobody but those who contribute directly in some useful way. It
is absurd to say that our country can
issue $30 million in bonds and not $30 million in currency. Both are promises
to pay, but one promise fattens the usurers and the other helps the people --