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The Gad Fly ver. 1.2.1

The Philosopher

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7/20/2016

Copyright 2016

Definition of Gad Fly

  • A fly that bites livestock, especially a horsefly, warble fly, or bot-fly.
  • An annoying person, especially one who provokes others into action by criticism.

The Gad Fly of the Greek Democracy[i]

  • Plato refers to Socrates as the “gad fly” of the state (as the gad fly stings the horse into action, so Socrates stung various Athenians).

The Gad Fly of the Christian Church[ii]

A New Paradigm in Christian Thinkingis the gad fly of the Christian Church.  Christian Churches do not accept criticism, ever. The price of criticism in the Christian Church is excommunication.  Christian sees themselves as “birds of a feather” and a critical bird is not of their nest.  They must protect the income and salaries of the professional Christians, the minds of their youth and the minds of all of their members from the gad flies of the Christian Church. Professional Christians must preach to the choir, instructing them on the religion that they have chosen to put their faith.  The cost of not preaching to the choir is that the choir will vote with their feet and donations, resulting in a loss of income to the church and the professional Christians who probably have children – if Protestant – that they need to get through college and a mortgage to pay off.   If the professional Christians are Catholic, they will not meet with the approval of the hierarchy of the church and will be excommunicated.

Max Planck, the German nuclear physicist of the early twentieth century, stated, “A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.[iii]

The same statement can be made of religion.  Acceptance of a new viewpoint of the existing data on religion can only take place when a younger generation becomes comfortable with these new views and those who are adamantly opposed to these new views die off.

Because of this self-protection of the minds of the youths, the church is destined to disappear for failure to keep up with our knowledge of the universe and the light it has shined on our knowledge and purpose of the visit to planet Earth of the Representative of the Creator of the Universe (RoCoU) two thousand years ago, and taught how the Homo sapiens who have evolved over the past thousands of centuries can get their basic needs of food, clothing and shelter met on this planet Earth and how to live in peace with each other and other nations.

An interesting side note is that Paleoanthropologist has found no link to the evolution of the Homo sapiens skull to that of the evolved Ancient Man, leaving open the creation of the Homo species by the “Creator of the Universe”.  Although ancient man and modern man have identical bone structure from the neck on down, their skulls and thus brains are much different, nor is there any evidence of a transitional development from the skull of Ancient Man to the skull (Brain) of the Homo Species. [iv]

The advances in our knowledge of the universe and the life creation process in the last one hundred years, mainly due to the Hubble Telescope and advances in life science, have put the Christian Church in a position where they need to update their theology from religious to pragmatic (cause and effect, science) or face extinction.  The church is clearly in a positon of “grow or die” and the church cannot possibly grow with the determination to maintain their existing course, a course established and handed down through the generations and centuries by people that did not understand the meaning, instructions from the RoCoU and implications of the events that had taken place in the very beginning of “The Way” or the Christian Church.  These events took place in a very religious society and that society, for the most part, saw and recorded these events through a religious lens (perspective).

Case Study I

The RoCoU that visited planet Earth two thousand years ago taught the audience that had gathered around Him how to get along with other people on a one-on-one basis and how nations could live in peace with one another on a nation-to-nation basis.[v]

  • For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” [vi] From the accepted Christian perspective, their judgments will be judged by a higher power at the end of the life of planet Earth. They do not see their judging others as something that has immediate consequences.  From the pragmatic perspective, the effect of judging others – be it one-on-one or nation-to-nation – will have immediate consequences.  All Homo sapiens on planet Earth are of equal authority; one does not have dominion over another. And as one Homo sapien judges another, so in turn are they judged by those they are judging in real time by the same measure they are using to judge!This holds true for one nation to judge another nation. As one nation judges another, so is that nation judged, by the measure they use to judge, by the nation they are judging.  As in the case where the USA is judging ISIS with “air strikes,” the USA is being judged by ISIS attacking soft target (civilian targets, airplanes, restaurants, public places, etc.) with bombing and assault weapons.  The USA has judged ISIS as “barbaric” and ISIS, in turn, has judged the USA as “barbaric”.  This ISIS War has made it impossible to tell the Barbarians from the Barbarians.

Wars of our past have been mislabeled.  We must remember that the President of the USA is also the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the USA.  The orders given by the President must be followed by the USA military forces.  The President does not issue illegal orders.  If the President  orders it, it is a legal order and must be obeyed by those in subornation to the Commander-in-Chief.  One can argue that they do not have to follow an illegal order, but they will probably be sent to the brig while the Supreme Court reviews their case. They will be removed from and replaced from duty and someone else will carry out the Commander-in-Chief’s order.

Therefore the Civil War as we know it was not our civil war – it was  Lincoln’s War.  The USA involvement in WWII was FDR’s and Truman’s War.  Harry Truman was President when the Korean War began in 1950, and Dwight Eisenhower was elected in 1952 and was President when the armistice was signed in 1953.  The Vietnam War was JFK’s initiative and LBJ’s Bombing War; Nixon pulled USA troops out of Vietnam. The Serbia vs. Bosnia, Kosovo, NATO was Clinton’s war.  The Persian Gulf War I with Iraq was G.H.W. Bush’s War.  The Iraq War was G.W. Bush’s War and the ISIS-ISIL War is Obama’s War.

As a professional troubleshooter for over forty years, I can equivalently state that, “A problem must be accurately described before action is taken to try and solve the problem; if not, a bigger problem will be the result.”  By placing the proper labels on our past wars, we should gain some insight as to the right problem to solve.

The Right Problem to Solve

  • Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison.” [vii]

The term “workable compromise” was not coined until the twentieth century. Is it any wonder that our ancestors did not understand the meaning of the above instruction from the RoCoU during his visit to planet Earth two thousand years ago?  A workable Compromise is a solution to conflicts that work for all participants in the disagreement.  The first step in search of a workable compromise is to ask the conflicting subject, “What do you want?”  If one does not understand what the conflicting parties want, how can a resolution ever be found that works for the principle parties?

  • Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace.[viii]

Here we have the workable compromise on a much larger scale.  In the case of USA vs. ISIS, the question was never asked, “What do you want?”  If we trace back the steps of the previous administrations, we should be able to predict what ISIS-ISIL wants.  The Sunni Muslims were in power in Iraq prior to G.W. Bush’s administration.  G.W. Bush’s War left the Sunni dispossessed from their homeland by the puppet Shiite Muslim administration installed by Bush. Iraq’s neighbor, Syria, was involved in its own civil war; The Sunni Muslims, now still armed with their weapons from the now defunct Iraq Red Army, seized the opportunity and developed their base of operation in Syria.  This new ISIL then made pronouncement on video, in a very barbaric way, for the USA to “Stay out of our fight.”  The Obama administration judged ISIL as “terrorists” and initiated air strikes against ISIS-ISIL as they threatened our allies in power in Iraq.

As described above in Case Study I, judging a nation as terrorist will result in the judging nation to be judged as terrorist by the judged nation.   As the USA conducted air strikes against “hard targets” (military targets) in an attempt to minimize collateral damage (civilian deaths), ISIS-ISIL, in retaliation, began bombing and assaulting soft targets (Civilian Targets).

Judging and the lack of ability to negotiate a workable compromise by the Obama administration has, and will continue to, cost the western civilization much cost in damage, dislocation of refugees and lives of civilians.  It is apparent that even a routine change in the administration by a newly elected administration will not end this conflict with ISIS-ISIL. A resignation or impeachment of the Chief Executive seems the proper road to pursue.  A newly elected administration would be in a position of trying to apologize for the actions of the previous administrations, and that never happens.

The Lens Used for the Viewing of the Facts

The lens one views the facts, events or evidence through determines the conclusions that the viewer will hold as the correct interpretation of the facts, events or evidence. The classic scenario is this: Two men who are walking in the woods come upon an immaculate garden, complete with trimmed hedges, flower garden arrangements, etc.   One man states, “There must be a caretaker for this place.” The other man states, “What a wonderful work of nature.”   The events that took place during the visit of the RoCoU two thousand years ago can be looked at through a religious lens or a pragmatic lens.

There are two and maybe three writers that were able to record the events, of the visit to Earth by the RoCoU and the events that took place, without looking though there religious lens.  Mark, who wrote the book of Mark in the Book of Books, the Bible, was a young man on the perimeter of the core group who became the Apostles of the RoCoU. He found himself in Rome where much persecution was taking place of the “Christians” in Rome.  He took it upon himself to record for the purpose of history the events that had taken place during his life.  He was an eyewitness to some of the events and received reports from those who were part of the core group of the RoCoU.  The style of writing for an historian is to answer the questions, “who, what, where and when.”   Luke, who wrote the books of Luke (Luke I) and Acts of the Apostles (Luke II), was contracted to record the events that had and were taking place in this time period. [ix]  Luke wrote under the guidelines of a journalist, answering “who, what, where and when.”  Luke was an eyewitness to many of the events that took place, he interviewed others who were eyewitnesses of events and he was an embedded journalist with the Apostle Paul on his missionary journeys.  Matthew was a tax collector and a Jew who made an argument to Jews of the authentication of the RoCoU to the Jewish religion.  He sometimes included the “why” in his writings, as did John in the book of John.  This would make their writing styles, “who, what, where, when and why” a little more difficult to sort out the facts from their interpretation of the facts and events that took place during this visit of the RoCoU.  The Apostle Paul was highly educated in Jewish religion and history.  He viewed our relationship with the RoCoU through the lens of Jewish religion and history.  A close examination of the writing of Paul will disclose that his view of the RoCoU’s visit to planet Earth was religious and the RoCoU’s view of his visit to earth was pragmatic and the next step in the evolution of the Homo species on planet Earth.

 The Gad Fly of the Democracy of the USA

The present day gad fly of democracy in the USA is The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter, Retired.[x]  The Greeks invented democracy from scratch and it worked well for them for about 170 years.  The Greeks were on the peak of their Golden Age when they got tired of hearing their gad fly, Socrates, who was a critic of their society, in particular of the shortcomings and corruption in this democracy.  Socrates was one of the founders of western philosophy.  The Greek Senate charged Socrates with “corrupting the minds of the youth,” and they sentenced Socrates to death.  The death of Socrates was the beginning of the downfall of Greece, for they had lost their “guidepost.”

The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter, like Socrates has been excommunicated from his position at a national laboratory by management that took offense to his proposals that threated their power structure.  His teaching credentials were canceled in a local church for “corrupting the minds of the youth” and not teaching the church’s official view on the subject. He was excommunicated from a church where he was a member in good standing for twenty years for publishing “A New Paradigm in Christian Thinking” [xi] and corrupting the minds of their youth and any other person in their church with science and philosophy.  Thank God for civil laws that protects our citizens from physical harm.

Our President has not chosen to listen to this gad fly, when he suggested that a workable compromise be initiated to resolve the conflict of space, control and authority in Iraq between the three different sects of Muslims. This was proposed by the Vice President, and now the reining authority in Syria has been added to the mix; he chose to put together a coalition of nations to wipe ISIS-ISIL from planet Earth.  ISIS-ISIL has retaliated with attacks against this coalition of nations and the USA hitting soft targets.  We should expect this activity to continue. The best outcome, using the best military forces on the planet,  for a military victory, will be guerilla warfare with the soft targets continuing to be hit by these guerilla fighters.  The only solution to the ISIS-ISIL conflict is a workable compromise – a permanent home for the displaced Sunni Muslims from their Iraq home.

Lessons from History

In 480 B.C. the Persians were set upon wiping the Greeks off the Earth or enslaving them.  The Persians greatly outnumbered the Greeks.  The Persians were under autocratic the rule of Xerxes; the Greeks were under democratic rule (one for all and all for one).   The Persians overran the Greek Spartans (trained warriors) at the pass of Thermopylae [xii] and sacked Athens, which had been evacuated by the Greeks.

The Persians had large war ships (similar to that of the USA navy, bigger than their opponents).  The Greeks built small maneuverable war ships with a torpedo like Ram on the bow of the ship (A trireme).  The Greeks lured the Persian navy in to the Aegean Sea where there were many islands presenting a maneuverable issue for the Persians.  With their mobility (like ISIS-ISIL), the Greeks ran circles around the larger Persian ships and rammed the Persian ships with their torpedo like Rams at the front of their ships and sank the Persian Fleet. [xiii]

Beware USA your large arsenal of weapons is being out maneuvered by an adversary who is focused on mobility.

The USA Transition from a Republic to a Democracy

The USA was formed as a republic and has been in a long transition to a democracy in small steps. This change has come about by allowing more of the population to vote in elections and it changed the way our President was elected.  In the beginning, only land owners could vote in the elections.  These were the people who had an invested interest in the profitability of the nation, much like that of stockholders voting in a corporation. [xiv]  The vote has slowly been extended, for various reasons, to other segments of our society who do not have an investment or knowledge of producing a profitable nation (women, teens, those on government assistance).  We certainly have improved on the lifestyles of our citizens, as have the Greeks, but our national debt is rising above our ability to pay the interest, which could eventually result in foreclosure on our property (nation) by our creditors (like the two bailouts of the Greeks by the EU in recent history).

The Life Span of a Democracy

The average lifespan for a democracy is about 170 years, as established by the Greeks.  In the Greek democracy, leaders were chosen by a lottery, thus minimizing payoffs and corruption in the government.  Serving as a leader was considered a duty of citizenship.  Ballots could be cast to remove a government leader from office and they would be exiled for ten years from their society. In the Greek democracy, only about 20 percent of the population could vote. [xv]   The Greeks now have more people on the government payroll than people paying taxes to support the government. Is this direction the USA wants to continue to pursue?

The Code of Conduct to Live Long in this Land

There is a “code of conduct” that was intended to provide for the continued success of a nation living long in the land that had been giving to them.  Unfortunately, these were given to a very religious people and they did not understand the economic implications of these Ten Codes of Conduct.  Unfortunately, these Ten Codes of Conduct are still seen as religious by almost our entire society, religious and secular alike.  When one sets aside their religious lens, the pragmatic lens shows that the economics of these Ten Codes of Conduct can be realized.  The original Codes of Conduct were given in an ancient language; therefore, the proper perspective is to look at them through the eyes of a parent giving instruction to their children so that they might live long in the land the parent was giving them to raise their generations.

  1. You will not listen to anyone but your father for guidance.
  2. You will not form addictions that will prevent you from making your own decisions.
  3. You will not use my name as an authority to cause trouble or discomfort for any other person on this planet Earth.
  4. You will take a day off, after every six days of work, and remember who gave you this land and enjoy your time with family and friends, and you will allow your employees time off to enjoy their family and friends, and you will not mow your lawn on this day and interrupt the peace of your neighbors.
  5. Remember what your mother and father taught you, and hand down those teaching to your children and grandchildren, that you might live long in this land I have given you.
  6. You shall not murder.
  7. You shall not steal.
  8. You shall not give false witness against your neighbor.
  9. You shall not seek an intimate relationship with your neighbor’s wife.
  10. You shall not scheme to gain possession of your neighbor’s property.
  11. You will not build a big mansion type house in your neighbor’s back yard.
  12. You shall keep the walk-ways, of your communities, free of “F oxtails” that injure our pets. [xvi]

QED

 

 

[i] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socrates

[ii] http://anewparadigminchristianthinking.wordpress.com/

[iii] Max Plank, http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/m/max_planck.html/

[iv] NOVA: Dawn of Humanity DVD, http://www.shoppbs.org/home/index.jsp/

[v] Jesus on judging, negotiating

[vi] Matthew 7:2, The Bible

[vii] Matthew 5:25, The Bible

[viii] Luke 14:31-32, The Bible

[ix] Luke 1:1-4, The Bible

[x] http://thephilosopheronpolitics.worpress.com/

[xi] http://anewparadigminchristianthinking.wordpress.com/

[xii] http://www.ancient.eu/thermopylae/

[xiii] National Geographic The Greeks DVD, 2016, http://ancienthistory.about.com/cs/weaponswar/p/blpwtherm.htm/

[xiv] https://thephilosopheronpolitics.wordpress.com/tag/voting/  TBC

[xv] PBS, “The Greeks”, 2016

[xvi] http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/foxtail-grass-and-your-dog/

Impeachment or Resignation in the Best Interest of the Nation

 Ver. 1.0.2

The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter, Retired

https://thephilosopheronpolitics.wordpress.com/tag/impeachment/

3/31/2016

Copyright 2016

 

International Relations

On the subject of international relations, here is a quote from the Teacher of Teachers, the Representative of the Creator of the Universe, who visited this planet Earth two thousand years ago, on the importance of “negotiating a workable compromise”:  “Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king.  Will he not first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand?  If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace.” Luke 14:31-32 NIV.

The History Resulting in ISIS-ISIL

The President of the USA had an opportunity to “negotiating a workable compromise” with the newly formed ISIS-ISIL, when the Sunni Muslims expressed a ligament complaint about being disenfranchised from Iraq by the puppet government and Prime Minister of Iraq, put into power by the USA when it overthrew the existing Sunni government.  The President instead stated, “I am going to put a coalition of nations together and defeat ISIS-ISIL.”

The President of the USA has initiated air strikes against ISIS-ISIL troops and “hard targets” in Iraq and Syria, and has conducted drone strikes to eliminate leaders of ISIS-ISIL. ISIS-ISIL was given the label “terrorist” to justify eliminating them from this planet Earth.  As ISIS-ISIL has responded with attacks against “soft targets,” the rhetoric has progressed from defeating ISIS-ISIL to genocide of this militant group of – yes – people.

The Unseen Forces

Sometimes it is not what you see that is important, but what you don’t see that can prove to be the demise of the attacking nation.  How many Sunni Islamic people are there are on this planet Earth?  Has it not been considered that this militant fraction of Islam is being supported by other unseen Sunni Muslims?  After all their complaints, that the USA was the cause of their being disenfranchised from their own country was a valid complaint.  Yes, maybe they expressed their anger at the USA and their desire for the USA to stay out of this conflict in a barbaric inappropriate way, but is the USA using appropriate measures to mitigate this situation by the use of the most powerful military force on planet Earth to eliminate ISIS-ISIL from this planet Earth?

The Christian Issue

As the President of the USA has acted against this militant group under the label of “Christian,” the President is representing the morals and mission of this country as Christian values.  Therefore, everyone in the world who wears the label of Christian is a target for this militant Islamic group as a “soft target”.  Because we live in the USA and the USA is considered a Christian nation, every person in the USA is wearing a target on their backs as a “soft target”.

ISIS-ISIL has demonstrated their ability to hit “soft targets” and have left numerous individuals dead and wounded in the streets of Paris, Brussels, and California, and have brought down a civilian Russian airplane killing hundreds of individuals.  They are advancing in their technology and stealth operations, they are using effective  propaganda on the Internet, recruiting fighters with their global JIHAD mission and are advancing in all areas over this planet Earth.

A New Direction for the USA

We all make mistakes, and sometimes those mistakes cause even larger mistakes until the process ends in the demise of those making the mistakes.  Sometimes people have been groomed from birth to think they can have everything they want, and when they get into a power position like the President of the USA, this grooming of getting what they want continues.

Learning to “negotiate a workable compromise” begins in the family of origin.  One needs to grow up negotiating with their siblings and sharing with their siblings.  Those who miss out on this early training do not develop the skill to “negotiating a workable compromise”.    Unless an intervention takes place in adulthood and intensive training in the skill of “negotiating a workable compromise” is accomplished, they will go to their grave lacking this simple skill that could have saved countless lives.

Remove and Replace the President of the USA

It will do little good to replace our President with another President who also did not develop this skill of “negotiating a workable compromise”. (Note the key word “workable” for negotiating compromises that result in “I win, you lose” does not work for all concerned, and is therefore not workable.)  The field of candidates for the President of the USA and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces does not look promising for experienced “negotiators of a workable compromise”.

The Nest Step to Obtain Peace on Planet Earth

There is a way forward that does appear to hold promise. The scenario is that the House of Representatives and the Senate confront the President of the USA with the option of being impeached or resigning.  A voluntary resignation of the President in the best interest of the nation would result in the Vice President assuming the duties of Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, making a strong statement that the USA is changing directions in regard to ISIS-ISIL. This Vice President appears to have significant experience in “negotiating workable compromises” in the Senate and in his family of origin.  “Biden was instead a leading advocate for dividing Iraq into a loose federation of three ethnic states.[i] This is certainly a first step in “negotiating a workable compromise”.

The new President would have a few months to “negotiating a workable compromise” with the leaders of Iraq and Syria to find a homeland for ISIS-ISIL, with concessions from ISIS-ISIL to cease and desist from attacking “soft targets” everywhere on planet Earth.  If the new President can accomplish this task before the election of another candidate to the office of President of the USA in November of 2016, he may well be the best choice for this office.  This scenario has nothing to lose and everything to gain.  If a resolution is not found by November, we will elect a new President; if he accomplishes this mission, the existing Vice President could very well be elected by the people to the office of President of the USA and we would have a President with experience in “negotiating a workable compromise”.  If he does not accomplish this mission by the end of the year, he will at least have set us on a path to world peace.

QED

 

[i] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Biden

The Colin Kaepernick Syndrome Ver. 1.0.2

The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter, Retired

https://thephilosopheronpolitics.wordpress.com/tag/Kaepernick-Syndrome/

2/9/2016

Copyright 2016

Definition

Colin Kaepernick is, or was, or may still be, the quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers football team for 2014-2017.  Colin came to the forefront of professional football when the then quarterback Alex Smith gave it his all to gain a first down by diving head first for the chain marker line.  Going head first made him an eligible runner and he received a concussion-producing blow to his head in a helmet-to-helmet collision.  The helmets are of no use in protecting the brain from colliding with its own skull, and when a collision causes rapid acceleration of the head, a severe concussion is the result.[i]

Colin Kaepernick brought some new talent to professional football; he could throw a fastball with the football, for he also was a pitcher in college baseball.  He could run like a gazelle.[ii]  These two talents helped Kaepernick lead the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl.  Kaepernick was defeating the competition with his individual skill package.  He had only one flaw, and that flaw was carried over from his baseball pitching days – he occasionally threw a wild pitch.  In professional football, the cost of a wild throw is often an interception and a touchdown for the opposing team.

The other teams did not like being beaten by this new skillful quarterback and looked to find ways to “Shut Him Down!”  This is now to be known as “The Colin Kaepernick Syndrome.”  The opposing teams reorganized; they needed to give Kaepernick less time to throw the ball.  He was sacked more times than any other quarterback in the NFL in 2015.  He was not allowed to escape from the pocket and use his high speed running skills.  The opposing teams in the NFL shut Kaepernick down.  In 2015, Kaepernick was put back on the bench and a new quarterback emerged for the 49ers.  Too many “arm pumps” for his touchdowns in the end-zone may have contributed to his downfall; it does not pay to gloat over your successes against the other teams.

Case Study 1

I first became aware of this “Colin Kaepernick Syndrome” when I played basketball in high school.  I had read in a Boy Scout news article stating that if you knew where you were on the basketball court, you could practice shooting baskets from these positions and become skilled at making baskets from these identified positions.  I picked a few positions on the free-throw arc – today  known as the three-point range – and had a successful shooting average of over 70 percent from these positions (though in these days, this shot was worth only two points, not the three points given today).

In one game, during my sophomore year, my long term boyhood friend and teammate guard since junior high basketball was feeding me the ball as we faced a zone defense in our guard positions.   When I tossed the ball back to him at the other guard position, the defender who had been guarding me would move over to guard him.  He fed the ball back to me and I turned and shot “my shot.”  After completing three of these shots in succession, there came a BOOMING voice from the coach of the opposing team, saying “SHUT HIM DOWN!!!!!!” The next time my friend fed me the ball, I had to duck a haymaker swing from the farm boy who was guarding me, and I was double-teamed. They were on me “like white on rice.”

After college and once I was into my career in physics, I joined a health club and joined in on the pickup basketball games. Being one of the shortest players on the court, I had to learn how to deal with the other taller players.  I quickly received the handle as “The Gun,” as I did not miss a basket from the outside.  This resulted in a big guy always in front of me to block my shot.  Putting my knowledge of physics to use, I knew that a target could be hit without being able to see the target, like a projectile from an artillery weapon. Therefore, I only needed to know where on the court I was, as the basket is always in the same place. I could shoot the ball on a trajectory and it would always hit the unseen target.  Since these were really tall guys, the trajectory needed to be very high to get over their out-stretched arms as they jumped into the air to block my shot. This turned out to improve my shooting average, as the downward momentum of the ball from this high arching ball made the basket look bigger to the ball, as the downward momentum of the ball would put the ball through the basket, even if the rim of the basket was contacted. [iii]

When the Golden State Warriors were in the NBA Finals in 2015, Steph Curry was their consistent three-point shooter.  The opposing team reacted to his skill as an outside shooter by assigning a defender to him whose assignment was to keep a hand in Steph’s face when he had the ball, in an attempt to shut him down. I sent off an email to the Warriors outlining my “High Arching Shot, Shot Blindly like an Artillery Piece.” I missed the last game of this series, and do not know if Steph received my message, but the Warriors won the championship and Steph has improved on his performance in 2016.

Case Study 2

When I graduated from college with a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology, Physics and Metallurgy, I accepted an offer to join the staff at a national scientific laboratory.  The first thing I heard from my new supervisor was, “We have never had anyone like you come to this laboratory before and we did not know how to classify you.”  So I was classified along with others who had much less education than I had and with supervisors of the same. Surviving  a “Reduction in Force” (RIF), working out of my field for three years, I entered into a classification that put me in direct competition, for salary, with others of this same classification, and still with both peers and management with less education than myself.

In one of our safety meetings, the supervisor brought in an incident that had happed in a different department.  This person put water in a glass beaker and put it into the microwave to bring it to a boil for tea.  When the tea bag was introduced to the water, the water exploded out of the beaker and scalded this individual.  I stated that, “Because the surface of the beaker was smooth, there was no place for nucleation to take place and the water had become superheated. When the tea bag was introduced to the water, it provided this nucleation point and a cascade of nucleation progressed rapidly throughout the beaker, causing a steam bubble that forced the scalding water out of the beaker and onto this individual, resulting in severe burns to the upper body.”  My peers, who were in competition with me to achieve a high ranking and thus a bigger piece of the wage pie, assailed my augment as crazy.  This incident was put under professional investigation and, a few weeks later at another safety meeting of my peers, the supervisor released the results of this investigation into the exploding water in the beaker. “The results of this investigation showed that, because the surface of the beaker was smooth, there was no place for nucleation to take place and the water had become superheated. When the tea bag was introduced to the water it provided this nucleation point and a cascade of nucleation progressed rapidly throughout the beaker, causing a steam bubble that forced the scalding water out of the beaker and onto this individual, resulting in severe burns to the upper body.”   This is clearly “The Colin Kaepernick Syndrome” in action.

Case Study 3

A few years later, at the turn into the twenty-first century, an incident occurred which involved our workspace being filled with dense toxic contact cement fumes. This was a high security Bay and was sealed off so tight a mouse could not get in to this Bay let alone fresh air! The visible ventilation fans in this very high celling bay could not bring fresh air into this area so the toxic fumes accumulated. This was a new team to this Bay and they were not familiar with this ventilation situation and they attempted to use floor model fans to move the air out of their immediate area and the toxic fumes accumulated in this entire Bay.  As the Safety Representative for this area, I confronted the team leader to his error in thinking and his actions taken trying to rid the fumes from his work area.  Again my solution to “move the units in front of a large local ventilation fan” was dismissed as CRAZY.  To achieve a high ranking and thus a bigger slice of the salary pie, one must accomplish the mission one is assigned, which does not include making errors in judgment along the way.  Is this ”The Colin Kaepernick Syndrome” in action?  Safety took a back seat to the competition for a bigger slice of the Salary Pie.

Case Study 4

I reported the above Case Study 3 incident to management and also reported my loss of being able to remember numbers.  The top manager asked me, “What was the first symptom to occur from this exposure to these toxic fumes?” I answered, “A loss of ability to make good decisions.”  He recognized the direct supervisor was on the scene of this incident and agreed that a lack of good decisions contributed to this industrial accident.

After living with a constant headache for two months, and after being charged with a couple of minor safety issues of my own, and being evaluated for a disability from this incident, I was directed to be evaluated for dismissal.  This may or may not have had something to do with my proposal to “Allow the Partial Participation in Management by the Rank-and-File,” as this proposal was based on the premise that “cooperation is better than competition” and threated the power structure of this management system.  The top supervisor accused me of trying to bring in a labor union and, on my exit, after thirty years of exemplary service to this organization, I received a deadpan wet dishrag handshake from both my direct supervisor and the top supervisor. This incident would also come under “The Colin Kaepernick Syndrome.”

The moral of this story: Never accept a position that puts you in competition for salary with peers and with management of lesser education than your own.

Conclusion

The Colin Kaepernick Syndrome” is real.  When in competition as a team, only team effort is acceptable for winning the game. Individual effort will be met with “Shut Him Down!!”  If your individual effort is beating the competition, don’t flaunt it in their face. Cooperation is better than competition in a group, even in the workplace, when this group is in competition with other groups.   

QED

[i] https://thephilosopheronpolitics.wordpress.com/tag/football/

[ii] Coach Jim Harbaugh, San Francisco 49ers, 2014

[iii] https://thephilosopheronpolitics.wordpress.com/tag/basketball/

Boycott the Upcoming Presidential Election?  Ver. 1.0.3

The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter, Retired

https://thephilosopheronpolitics.wordpress.com/tag/boycott/

(Rev.) 2/2/2016

Copyright 2016

We have a Presidential election coming up in November of 2016.  In that election, we will be asked to vote for a Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the USA, which is the most powerful military force on the planet.  Congress is forcing us to vote for this new Commander in Chief because it has not acted to reassign the duties of Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the USA to a standing committee of ”White Haired Gentlemen” acting on consensus.   I state “White Haired Gentlemen” because white hair has been recognized for centuries as a sign of wisdom.  In fact, politicians, lawyers and judges of old used to wear white wigs to look like they had wisdom. Men of Wisdom are “Men who can foresee the consequences of their actions” and are what we need as our Commanders in Chief of the Armed Forces of the USA.

If Congress will not act, (and my Congressman refuses to introduce a bill creating a standing committee of “White Haired Gentlemen” (over sixty) to serve as Commanders in Chief of the Armed Forces of the USA) I will vote for whatever gentleman is on the ballot and has white hair!  If there is not a gentleman on the ballot for President (Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the USA), I will write in the name of my dog Buddy for President, and I would encourage all citizens who are sick and tired and FED -UP with the USA military being commanded by an amateur politician to do the same.  You can use your own dog’s name or my dog’s name; just let Congress know we are not fooling around and demand action to separate the President’s duties and the duties of the Commander in Chief!

 

Drugs and Teenagers Ver. 1.0.2

The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter, Retired

https://thephilosopheronpolitics.wordpress.com/tag/drugs

1/26/2016

Copyright 2016

Introduction

Over the last several decades, I have observed young and mature adults who had used drugs during their formative teenage years.  I noticed that their ‘‘Reasoning and Logic Skills’ ’ were definitely missing; their decisions were being made with their emotions.  I erroneously assumed that they had lost these reasoning and logic skill by using the drugs.  However, ‘Reasoning and Logic Skills’ do not develop until about age twenty-three.  This is one of the difficulties parents have to deal with when raising teenagers. Their children have grown physically to an adult size, but they are operating on hormones and without ‘Reasoning and Logic Skills’.

Therefore, I have now come to the conclusion that, because of the use of drugs (methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, etc.), these ‘Reasoning and Logic Skills’ never developed in the first place. They did not lose these skills they never developed because of the interference of the drugs.  The result is that they become virtual teenagers for life, running on emotions.

Case Studies

Case Study 1

My daughter and I became separated when she was just entering her teenage years. When she was in high school and college, she was taking the drug of choice at the time, meth.  We had some occasions to interact after her high school and college years.  She got off the drugs soon after college and began raising a family and I continually noticed her lack of ability to employ ‘Reasoning and Logic Skills’.  Now over forty years of age and a successful stay-at-home mom with three children, she still makes decisions based on her emotions at the time and seems unable to employ ‘Reasoning and Logic Skills’  to her decision-making style.

Case Study 2

I suffered a toxic fumes exposure in the workplace and lost my ability to work with numbers. My short term memory was significantly impaired and my visioning skills disappeared.  After a dozen years of therapy, I dismissed my medical advisors and their medications and picked up my banjo and guitar and began playing music again (music therapy).  I have noticed much improvement over the last couple of years and have recently picked up my math and physics books to relearn math and physics.  It feels good to meet old friends like Max Plank of Planks Constant, Compton of the Compton Effect, Differentials and Integrals – terms I have not seen in a dozen years.

Case Study 3

When I partnered up about twenty-five years ago, I inherited a brother-in-law who had been on drugs of choice in his early years.  Although the lastborn of his siblings and therefore not expected to be outstanding in managing his affairs [i], he shows complete incompetence in making use of ‘Reasoning and Logic Skills ‘to manage his financial affairs.

Case Study 4

Thirty years ago, I was involved in leading a “Newly Single” group in a local church.  One of the members had a preschool daughter by her drug-using boyfriend.  The observation period was very short but long enough to notice this boyfriend was having extreme difficulty using ‘Reasoning and Logic Skills’ and was under control of his emotions.

Conclusion

If a brain injury results after the ‘Reasoning and Logic Skills’ were developed, these ‘Reasoning and Logic Skills’ can be recovered and repaired because they were once there to begin with.  This is not the case with teenagers who use drugs, as they never developed ‘Reasoning and Logic Skills’, and these ‘Reasoning and Logic Skills’ cannot be recovered because they never developed in the first place.

QED

[i] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parable_of_the_Prodigal_Son/

 

Firstborns, Only Children and the Later Born Ver. 1.2.1

(Why Do First and Only Children, Always Get Voted the Most Likely to Succeed in Medicine, Science and Politics?)

The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter, Retired

https://thephilosopheronpolitics.wordpress.com/tag/adlerain-phy

1/7/2016

Copyright 2016

 

Introduction

The firstborn and the only child have some common personality and skill packages that give them a good chance of being successful in medicine, science and politics.  The personality characteristics of the only child can somewhat be considered like those of a super firstborn.  A short inventory of doctors, scientists and politicians reveals a significant population of firstborn and only children.  Only children come in two varieties: natural only child and functional only child.  The basic premises are that the only child grew up in their family of origin without the benefit of younger siblings to interact with.  Firstborns also come in different varieties: firstborn, firstborn male, and firstborn female, along with those who had at least five years separating them from their siblings.  Several of the past presidents of the USA were functional only children as shown in the chart.

Notable Leaders with Similar Families of Origin

Person of Interest Sibling Status[i] Leadership Roles
Abraham Lincoln Lost younger sibling at early age.  A functional only child. President of USA during Civil War.
Theodore Roosevelt Lost younger brother at early age.  A functional only child. President of USA, leader of The Rough Riders at San Juwan Hill.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Raised by his mother and grandmother. A functionally only child. President of USA for four terms.  Strengthened the US infrastructure.
Thomas Edison[ii] An only child. Early American inventor extraordinaire.
J. Edgar Hoover[iii] Older siblings greater than ten years.  A functional only child. Head of the FBI for 50 years.

 

 

Bill Clinton Raised up alone as a functional only child. President of the USA.
Barack Obama Raised up alone as a functional only child. President of the USA.

 

Dr. James Dobson[iv] An only child. Head of Focus on the Family.
Teaching Pastor [v] An only child. Leader and teacher of a local church.

Adlerian Psychology is the study of birth order and its relationship to personality characteristics.  The foremost author in the late twentieth century and early twenty-first century is Dr. Kevin Leman.[vi]  Below is his chart of firstborn personalities – the benefits and handicaps.

Traits of a Firstborn[vii]

Trait Positive Aspects Negative Aspects
Perfectionist Does everything well. Overly critical and dissatisfied with his own performance.
Driven Ambitious, headed for success. Always under great pressure.
Organized Able to stay on top of everything. No room in life for flexibility.
Scholarly Able to think problems through and solve them. Sometimes thinks too much; is overly serious.
List Maker Get things done; knows where he’s going. Boxes himself in; becomes a slave to his list.
Logical Avoids pitfalls of compulsive behavior. Knows he’s right even when he isn’t.
Leader Plays an important part in his family, community, etc. Expected to do too much; always leaned on by others.
Compliant Known as a good guy. Known as an easy mark.
Aggressive Gets ahead in life; others look up to him. Tends to be selfish and to disregard the feelings of others.

 

Traits of Only Children [viii] (Super Firstborns)

Trait Positive Aspects Negative Aspects
Uncompromising Gets what they want. Others do not get what they want.
Communication Style “I want” this and “I want” that. Others do not get what they want.
Controlling Must be in control of all situations. Others are left out of participating in the solutions.
Must be the leader Natural take charge leaders. Cannot follow some else’s lead.

 

 

In charge of their life Knows where they are going. Does not always know how to get where they want to go or accept nontraditional methods.
Trusts in Tradition Steady guiding force of the proven whether successful or not; trusts the existing paradigm. Not receptive to out-of-the-box thinking; will reject a new paradigm.
Non-Negotiator They get what they want. No experience in negotiating a “Workable Compromise” with another sibling.
Successful against all odds As their mother or grandmother said, “They can be anything they want to be.” Good examples of “The Peter Principle” (promoted above their capabilities).
“Most important person on the planet” High Self-Esteem. They hear this from birth until the death of their parents. They never grow out of this and continue to think they are the most important person on the planet.
Prefers being around mature adults Associates with the more wise, from experience, adults Misses out with having fun with their peers.

 

Discussion

The largest difference between the Firstborn in the family and the Only-Child is their interaction and competition for their parent attention with their siblings.  The Firstborn with siblings is often put in charge of the younger siblings and develops leadership skills and a sensitivity to the feelings of their siblings.  They are often responsible for organizing the games they will play together and setting the rules of the games.  The Firstborns will develop a parental role towards their younger siblings looking after them and protecting them.  This will usually manifest itself in a “Tell Assertive” communicative style where they usually assert themselves by telling other what to do.   It’s little wonder that this family pecking order is reestablished in the workplace.  The Only-Child misses out on these interactions with siblings; this could be a natural or a functional Only-Child (one who lost their siblings early in life or was isolated from them in different ways) and comes into the workforce with a individualistic communication style (It’s all about me).

To meet the demands of their younger siblings, the Firstborn must learn the art of “negotiating workable compromises”, the Only-Child is not afforded this opportunity.  The Only-Child has no competition for their parent attention and is often made to think they are the most important person on the planet (which from their parents point of view they are the most important person on the planet).  The Firstborn has this position of being the most important person on the planet for a short period of time until the second child is born.  They get read to sleep at night and spend time alone with their parents for this short time, than the competition arrives and their exclusive access to their parents change and the amount of time the parents can focus on each child changes.  This can be shown experimentally by examining the forensic evidence in the family photo album.  There one can find many photos of the Firstborn alone, but the rest of the siblings are photographed with “The Gang” with the exception of the Lastborn who gets some individual attention from their parents when their siblings have left the nest.

The Middleborn

The middle kids usually develop good negotiating skills, they have had to establish “Their Space” between an older sibling and a younger sibling and keeping the peace between the older and younger sibling especially if all are the same sex.  This negotiating skill will manifest itself in an “Ask Assertive” communication style where they learn how to maintain control and the peace by asking questions to assert themselves over their siblings and coworkers.  They often find themselves in middle management positions keeping the peace between those running the organization, the firstborns, and the lastborn workers.   The middle-born child often tries to get through live without being noticed, they are just part of “The Gang” [ix]

The Lastborn

The Lastborn grows up with almost everything laid out for them by their older siblings and parents and they come into the workforce looking to be directed by others in the workforce.  They often want their own ‘Freedom’ but once on their own find it difficult to manage their affairs to keep them solvent.  They tend to be more sociable than their older siblings and an easy mark for being taken advantage of in adulthood. [x]   Probably from their social nature, the Sales Force seems to be disproportionately populated with the Lastborns in their family of origin, and comedians and philosophers are also well represented by the Lastborns (Anything to get out of doing real work).

Personal Experience in Adlerian Psychology

At a national science laboratory platform speakers club, I once had the podium in an impromptu speaking session.  The meeting was held in a large conference room holding over a dozen people.  I asked the members of this speakers club if they were the firstborns in their families of origin.  All the people in the room, except for me, raised their hand indicating they were the firstborns in their families.  I performed a similar experiment in a study group at a local church again with about a dozen members.  I asked how many men in this class had an older brother.  Ninety percent of the men raised their hands.  I then asked how many women in this class were the oldest in their family of origin, and found that eighty percent of the men with older brothers came to class with their firstborn wives!  At another church where I had previously been a member and knew several men in this church, I asked if they had an older brother. Their answers were “yes.” Even the young preacher had an older brother.  Does this mean that ninety percent of men who are involved with the mission of a church have an older brother?  I asked the young preacher if his older brother went into the field of science, he replied in the affirmative.  Does this writer have an older brother?  Yes.  He is ten years older; that would qualify this writer as a functional only child.  Is this writer involved with the mission of the church?  This is the same writer of the blog: http://anewparadigminchristianthinking.wordpress.com/.

The Case of DNA

Does DNA play a role in our personality traits and skill packages?  In a recent program on PBS, the latest developments of DNA science were disclosed and revealed that our DNA changes with our experience, so as we learn new skills (and knowledge), our DNA changes to reflect these additions to our skill packages.  Therefore, when the parents, who are young and inexperienced, have their first children, the DNA passed down to these first children will be different than the DNA passed down to later children because the DNA of the parents have changed with their adult experiences.  All of the children in a family will then receive different skill packages from the same parents.

Conclusion

Why Do First and Only Children, Always Get Voted the Most Likely to Succeed in Medicine, Science and Politics?  Because of their innate knowledge from their parent’s DNA, the Environmental knowledge from their family of origin, getting praise for their academic achievements, being placed in leadership roles in their family of origin, firstborn’s develop skills of leadership, academic achievers, organizers and they pay close attention to the details.  Ditto the only-child but more intense, more controlling, very high level of self-esteem (They can be anything they want to be” (mom/grandmother).

This may explain the data showing that our sales force is composed mostly of lastborns, middle management is populated with Middleborns, and the younger of two brothers are involved with a church mission with their firstborn wife.

QED

 

[i] http://deadpresidents.tumblr.com/post/15457991558/which-presidents-were-the-oldest-child-the

[ii] PBS 2015

[iii] ibid

[iv] Personal information

[v] ibid

[vi] http://drleman.com

[vii] Dr. Kevin Leman, “The First Born Advantage” Revell pub., 2008, P 69

[viii] Personal observations while working with the USA’s Best of the Best at a national science Laboratory and a local church

[ix] http://drleman.com

[x] Luke 15:11-24