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On the good life

I stuck this up because I was testing which Internet browser works with MS Word, only one of 3 does, Internet Explorer. 

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, 

The 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.   

The saying 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.   

A rebirth gradually occurred in the Renaissance .  Fill your heart with loving thoughts (fellow 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.   

Bertrand 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.   


The historical Jesus according to the Rabbis at http://www.skeptically.org/enlightenment/id2.html
Love you all. 


The end of the 2nd-enlightenment era and the good-life


There 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 cities of 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 educated. 


My 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 chemistry, I 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. 


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. 


The 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 rational control 


I 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 in excess. 


Some 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. 


Janice, 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 weren’t. 


Since 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 corporatist government, and the corporate honor system.  [Did the gods give him Alzheimer’s disease and her vascular dementia?] 


It is still evolving, the corporate mass dementia.  Public dupes informed by corporate media.  Each year the pro-corporate government tighten 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. 



A $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. 


History 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.  


Now 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. 


They 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 by knowledge. 


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."     my father Edward   Never trust the ruling class—[Including corporate media’s message on the good-life, politics, & economics].


Aristotle--A 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.


Lincoln--The 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 -- Thomas Edison


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On how daily excessive fructose damages the mitochondria and thus is the main cause for the conditions associated with the Western diet--much, much, more the cause than insulin resistance, type-2 diabetes, and weight gain, all of which are caused by mitochondrial dysfunction, which starts first in the liver.