2 The Baselines

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exerciseWhen i was young

i want to invite you to do a kind of checkup. The results of this checkup will tell you where you stand right now. It may be a good idea to keep the results and look at them occasionally just to see how your are changing (or not).

Put yourself in the mind of the little girl/boy that you were when you were just before going to school (5 or 6 years old).

Here is the question :

What is a police man? What is a Judge? What is a bank? »

Take a few minutes to contemplate, you may want to write down ideas, images, situations, memories. Then share your findings with your friends or family and email them to your teacher.

Human development (short version)

ungripThere are three stages of development available to human beings : child, adult and parent/teacher. We are born as children; in a natural society we will grow into independent, free and responsible adults and then later we will be able to help the next generations in their individual development as a parent/teacher.

In our technocratic societies today we remain children, dependent on parents, government, healthcare, drugs, food, sex, work… We rarely see an adult, free from dependency of any kind; rarer still a parent able to convey to their children and young adults how to become or stay free from dependencies.

Even the most powerful today are merely children in an adult body wearing the cloths of parents. From the film “Ungrip” by Ben:Stewart

The Quiz

truefalseRead the following statements and write down if this statement is true (10) or false (0). At the end email your results to your teacher

  1. Nobody owns any property.
  2. Everyone is above the law.
  3. Money is not a store of wealth, it is a store of someone’s debt.
  4. When a police officer stops you for speeding, it’s because you told him to.
  5. Every man being held in jail is there because of what he believes, his conviction – he overturns his conviction with the proper authority and he can get out.
  6. Your birth certificate does not certify the birth of a living individual.
  7. A license is permission to do something illegal.
  8. Any job requires you to transact public business dishonestly for private gain.
  9. Sovereign Nations with democratic constitutions are the best form of government.
  10. Our ancestors were unintelligent and primitive cavemen until humanity developed the first civilizations (Rome, Greece, Sumer, Egypt).

The different colors of Autonomy?

autonomyWikipedia is a free encyclopedia built collaboratively using wiki software. It is the platform of the people; many people collaborate to create a “new contemporary encyclopedia” that can keep up with the quick pace of our times. Wikipedia is made by the people for the people.
Wikipedia defines autonomy to mean « one who gives himself his own law ». Autonomy describes the capacity of a rational individual to make an informed, un-coerced decision. In moral and political philosophy, autonomy is often used as the basis for determining moral responsibility for one’s actions. Autonomy is also used to refer to the self-government of the people.
Blacks Law Dictionary defines autonomy as the political independence of a nation; the right (and condition) of self-government. All modern states are built on the right of self-government of the people.
The Arab Spring, Occupy Wall street and other movements seem to show that the self-government of the people does not work all right. Is it because the wrong people are occupying the seats of power, is it that power structures are counterproductive to democratic processes or is ‘self-government’ a wrong alley?

Why we are all agnostics

After we were born and could for the first time open our eyes and other senses and consciously take in what we perceive… we saw that everything was already there including our selves. That means we did not create anything of anything! As nothing is our creation, we cannot claim ownership of anything – not even our selves for that matter.

In the face of this situation we can adopt either of two intelligent positions and one unintelligent one:. First the intelligent positions:

  1. believeDeism is is the belief that reason and observation of the natural world are sufficient to determine the existence of a Creator, accompanied with the rejection of revelation and authority as a source of religious knowledge.
    = God is the Creator and only He can own anything.
  2. agnosticAgnosticism is the belief that the truth values of certain claims—especially claims about the existence or non-existence of any deity, as well as other religious and metaphysical claims—are unknown.
    = We don’t know who is the Creator and consequently we don’t know Who owns everything.

Both of these positions put us in the middle of a formidable Creation that is awe-inspiring to us; they make us humble, non-aggressive, collaborative beings who would like to take a creative part in this ongoing Creation. None of us can claim ownership of anything; yet we can can claim equal dominion over the Creation in order to have the material basis to deploy our gifts in this Great Co-Creation.

This position gives us individually the perfect freedom, practical ownership and true happiness.

And then the unintelligent position:

3. law of the jungle legalThe law of the jungle is an expression that means « every man for himself, » « anything goes, » « might makes right, » « survival of the strongest, » « survival of the fittest, » « kill or be killed, » « dog eat dog » and « eat or be eaten, » « kill only to eat, not from anger or sport »
= We don’t care who is the creator; so we claim possession of what we want.

This position limits all our freedom, ownership and happiness to the extend that someone stronger than me makes his claim.

So if we want to consider ourselves as evolved, conscious and intelligent beings, the second position is not available to us. The first two positions lead to the same attitude towards our selves, the others and the world around us. The adoption of either one of the first two will make us soon aware that they are essentially the same: if we honestly answer every deep question about our beginnings with “I don’t know” or if we answer it with “This is God’s Will” comes to the same because: “Who or What is God?”. Honestly we can never say Who God is, He defies all our definitions, concepts, rationals, understandings. That’s why we cannot prove him, but we may be able to realize Him or to experience Him and most certainly “live Him”!

So at the bottom of agnosticism there lies a mysterious feeling. At the bottom of Deism there is a certain agnosticism, because we are not born to understand but to live our lives.

Justice versus Justness

This is from the youtube of Kimberley Motley who is a self-employed attorney in Afganisthan: Kimberley Motley: How I defend the rule of law

kimberleyThe laws are made to protect us. However in the day to day reality, the laws that have been made to protect people are underused while the punitive laws are overused. This results in a quest for Justness. Justness is the use of laws the way they have been intended = to protect.

This may be difficult because of many factors: the common practice to overuse punitive and underuse protective law; the common lack of education in respect to our laws; the common practice that organizations (government) make it difficult to access these laws for people; in the law profession there are very view who are ready to defend and fight for the use of protective law (justness) within a zynical legal system (Goering named this “Amtsprache » = langue officielle de la bureaucracy).

A just system needs to promote education about how to technically, spiritually function to our individual benefit within the community in which we live. We need as well good knowledge about language, so we can communicate what we want. In short: we need education about language and civics – to know our rights as human beings and to be able to express and pursue them.

exercisePlease refer to the questions at the beginning of this lesson « When i was young », look at your answers and reflect of what has changed after what you have learned during the lesson. Email your observations to your teacher.