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The Gad Fly ver. 1.2.1

The Philosopher

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7/20/2016

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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/

Christianity is not an Offensive Weapon Ver. 1.1.2

The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter, Retired

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The Philosopher

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4/19/2016

Copyright 2016

Introduction

As of late, there are several incidents in this first quarter of the twenty-first century that involve using Christianity as an offensive weapon.  The Representative of the Creator of the Universe (RoCoU) visited planet Earth twenty centuries ago and used parables to teach us that peace on this planet Earth can be obtained by “negotiating a workable compromise.”   This is a negotiating process that results in an agreement between individuals, organizations and nations and that works for all parties concerned.[i]

Case Study 1

The USA sought to oust the dictator of Iraq and did so effectively.  The overthrow of the dictator was justified from the fear that weapons of mass destruction were being constructed.  The driver for this operation was the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the USA Armed Forces.  This was someone more knowledgeable of the military might of the USA than of negotiating a workable compromise.  However, the government installed a replacement for this dictatorship and, in turn, ousted the Islamic sect that was previously in power under this dictatorship. This resulted in their being disenfranchised from their home country.

The disenfranchised military members left their homeland with their weapons they possessed as being a part of the dictatorship’s army.  These disenfranchised military members formed their own group now known as ISIS-ISIL.  This new group rightly blamed the USA for their disenfranchisement and made their demands clear in a barbaric fashion. They did not want the USA involved in their objective to establish a home nation for this group in Iraq and Syria.

While under public pressure, the leadership of the USA retaliated against ISIS-ISIL with military air forces.  The USA leadership had an opportunity to negotiate a workable compromise at this time but instead chose to retaliate with force, and they did so under the label of Christianity.  ISIS-ISIL then retaliated against soft targets in Europe and, using propaganda on the internet, was able to influence USA citizens to retaliate against soft targets in the USA.  As they see the USA as a Christian nation, all citizens of the USA qualify as a soft target.

This progression of the USA targeting hard targets and ISIS-ISIL targeting soft targets has now escalated past the point of the present leadership of the USA to be able to negotiate a workable compromise with ISIS-ISIL.  A change in leadership with another leader not capable or experienced in negotiating workable compromises would effectively just be a change in the face of the leadership and would not result in a policy change from military action to negotiating a workable compromise. The RoCoU taught us during His visit twenty centuries ago to live in peace with our neighboring nations.  This leaves the only solution to peace as impeachment or resignation of the President of the USA, which would send a clear message to ISIS-ISSL that the USA is ready to negotiate a workable compromise.

Case Study 2

The leadership of a small local independent church was following the examples given in the New Testament of the Bible to guide and organize their church.  When their New Testament theology was threatened by the discovery of a scientific explanation of the events that were reported in the four Gospels and in the Acts of the Apostles of this New Testament, the leadership chose to take offensive action to protect their religious tradition.

What could be the possible reasoning behind this aggressive offense by church and state?

  • The USA leadership was pressured by public opinion to take military action against ISIS-ISIL because of their barbaric method of sending a message to the USA to stay out of their fight.
  • The leadership of the USA mistakenly thought that an aggressive military action was consistent with Christian values.
  • The Commander-in-Chief’s responsibility is given to the President, when instead it should be delegated to a much wiser panel of mature statesmen (not the Joints Chiefs of Staff, as they have a conflict of interest, which was demonstrated by the invasion of Iraq).
  • Christian leadership in the church has become a professional Christian role. Professional Christians have a conflict of interest in their churches (Protestant), as they must maintain continued funding by a fickle membership to ensure the continuity of their salary.  The use of laypersons to perform leadership duties in the church mitigates this conflict of interest and would lead the way for debate on the Gospel in the church.  In another major non-Protestant denomination, this conflict of interest is mitigated by a corporate style of leadership.  In this case, it is a follow-the-leader style of church with a hierarchy of church leaders.  For this reason, the idea of open debate is unheard of in this denomination of the Christian church, as final authority rests with their chosen leader.
  • Debate in the church has been discouraged dating back to the Apostle Paul. Paul knew he was right even if he was not[ii] and the other orators were declared unreliable by Paul. [iii] Any interpretation of the Gospel other than that defined by the Apostle Paul was and is an imposter.
  • The RoCoU, on the other hand, stressed the use of negotiating a workable compromise to resolve differences of opinion in the church, in society microscopically and between nations macroscopically. [iv] Certainly he would have supported open debate in the church over the closed church doctrine that now exists in most present day churches.
  • A 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,” – Max Planck. [v] So it must also be true of a “New Paradigm in Christian Thinking.”

QED

 

 

[i]  Luke 12:58, http://biblehub.com/niv/luke/12-58.htm,  Luke 14:31-32,  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+14:31-32&version=NIV

[ii] http://drleman.com, “The Firstborn Advantage”, Revell Pub. 2008, p69 “The Firstborn Personality”

[iii] 2 Corinthians 11:13-15, https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Corinthians+11%3A13-15&version=NIV

[iv] Ibid i

[v] http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/m/max_planck.html

Impeachment or Resignation in the Best Interest of the Nation

 Ver. 1.0.2

The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter, Retired

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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 Solution to World Peace Ver. 1.2.0

The Philosopher

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12/4/2015

Copyright 2015

 

The Mirror Image of Christianity

In a recent broadcast by “Frontline” on PBS, interviews and strategies of ISIS were shown.  The ISIS strategy is to make Islam the world religion and the use of arms will be used to bring about this change in the world’s societies.  Their children start the education process as young as four years old.  If they are old enough to manage the use of a handgun, they qualify for training as an ISIS Evangelist.  The youth are indoctrinated into the ISIS theology and, as they are able, taught how to use more sophisticated weapons to accomplish the ISIS mission.  This ISIS doctrine is to do what God wants them to do and that is to make Islam the world religion.  They live their lives to please God.

Christianity

Take out the weapons and what is left is the mirror image of Christianity.  Or can we take out the weapons?  Christians no longer use just simple handguns or even machine guns; they use war planes to conduct highly accurate air strikes against the so called “Terrorist.”  Putting a label on someone to dehumanize them is the first step in genocide operations.  As ISIS uses simple weapons like knives, IUDs and automatic weapons on “soft targets” (unarmed civilian targets), the Christian nations employ their advanced weapons against “hard targets” (those of military interests).  ISIS then responds with more attacks on soft targets.  The Christian nations respond with more air strikes.  Around and around we go in this never ending “Do Loop” (a computer programing term for a program that continually repeats itself with a “Do” command).  But the Christians are doing what they think God wants them to do and they are living their lives to please God; a mirror image of ISIS.

Case Study

For an example of putting their belief in pleasing God as preeminent over their relationships with others of God’s children, see the recordings of events in the journals of Luke in Chapter 5 of the Book of Acts of the Apostles in the Book of Books, The Bible.  A short synopsis of this event was that the Apostles were in the process of establishing a socialist organization that would take care of the poor and widows among them.  Peter, the leader of the Apostles in this time period, demanded that everyone contribute their resources to this socialist cause.  When a husband and wife team had sold their property and only given the Apostles a portion of the proceeds from this sale of their capitalist profits, Peter publically renounced them one by one as sinning against God.  Both of the members of this capitalist team died on the spot, probably from heart failure at being accused of sinning against God.  Peter erroneously put living his life to please God over the lives of the other children of God.  This same phenomenon of putting their worship of God over their relationship with other of God’s children can still be observed in the Christian societies all over the world.

Where to Go from Here

Commentators are suggesting the Christian nations send in ground troops to wipe ISIS off the map, but ISIS theology is now all over the map.  They want ISIS to flee, but flee to where?  ISIS has its beginnings from those who were disenfranchised from their homeland in Iraq by the puppet government the Christian nations put in place after the removal of the existing government in Iraq. The invasion of Iraq by Christian nations is now considered, by some national crises troubleshooters, as the stupidest foreign policy that has ever been put forth by these Christian nations.  We may not like what some of these national dictators do in their own countries, but it is not our business to put these dictators out of business by the use of our military forces.  The way that Jesus taught to take care of these issues was by prayer and oratory, teaching them about the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

The Founding Fathers of the USA went to great lengths to ensure that religious organizations did not have political power or the use of the military forces to accomplish their religious goals. There is a long tradition of a fuzzy line between church and state to ensure that religions cannot force people into their religious beliefs.  However, in the exercise of our political power in international relations, we helped establish a religious nation and helped to arm them to the level of a nuclear nation, making a religious nation with political and military power.  We called this new nation Israel.

This new nation based on religion upset the balance to power in this region.  When this region was under the Ottoman Empire before World War I, the Ottoman Empire had undergone a culture revolution similar to the French and English culture revolutions.  The Sultan had advocated and people were allowed to choose their own destiny.  Several ethnic groups: Jews, Turks, Arabs, Palestinians, etc. resided in this area for centuries and had learned to live together in a somewhat harmonious state.  Difficulties in this area resulted from the Russians purging the Jews from Russia.  Some of these Jews immigrated to their ancient homeland and upset the balance of power and harmony in this area.  The new immigrants from Russian not only did not know how to farm in this new climate, as it was much different than the farming in Russia, but they did not know how to relate to the other ethnic groups who had lived in this land for centuries.  Turmoil was the result of these new Jewish immigrants into their ancient homeland.  After World War II, the Christian nations chose to make this ancient homeland of the Jews their own officially recognized nation.  The turmoil in this region continues into the first quarter of the twenty-first century, as there is now a religious nation armed to keep this land to themselves and exclude the other ethnic groups who also claim this land as their ancient homeland.

The Solution to Peace in the World

As long as we continue to pit religion against religion, the best we going to end up with is a continued argument about whose religion and whose God we serve.  A close look at the teachings of Jesus shows that He was indeed ahead of His time.  He knew more about science than all the scientists now on Earth.  We are still in our infancy in learning what Jesus already knew.  He just could not teach all that He knew to a people that could not yet understand his teachings.  A college professor does not enter into a lecture hall and teach their students all that they know.  No, they teach their students what they think they are capable of understanding at that point in time.   Anyone who has studied and been involved in one of the applied science should recognize that Jesus was teaching the people of his day about applied science.

There is an axiom in philosophy that states that, “Once you have chosen who to ask the question, you have already determined the answer.”  If you ask a religious person like the Apostle Paul about the Gospel of Jesus, you are going to get a religious answer, because Paul was an exceptional authority on Jewish religion.  If you ask a present day applied scientist about the Gospel of Jesus, he probably would answer in scientific terms.

Experimental Science has only been around for about four hundred years.  Experimental Science is the science that proves or disproves Theoretical Science theories. Experimental Science was introduced into the world by Galileo, who used his handmade telescope to produce data that proved the Copernican heliocentric theory, that the Earth rotated about the Sun and not the contrary that the official church subscribed to.  Galileo’s reward for this discovery by the church, which had political power, was life imprisonment, which was relegated to house arrest for the five remaining years of his life.  Applied Science is the science that applies what we have learned about science to solving the problems and issues of the day and has grown into the technology that is all about us in this first quarter of the twenty-first century.

It is of no wonder that the people that Jesus was teaching about applied science could not comprehend what was being taught to them; the Applied Sciences had not yet been discovered by man.  As has been the case all through the history of man, man has made a religion out of things and events when he did not understand the supporting science.  An astrophysicist said, “Science tells you the truth whether you like it or not”.  Religion is something one chooses to believe, this can be caused by many various reasons, including: coercion, inheritance, crowd psychology, social pressures, family pressures, a means of saying in business and earning a living, indoctrination from youth, or evangelized by circumstances and oratory arguments.

The solution to peace in the world then seems obvious: teach the world about the science behind the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (or your Personal Counselor as Jesus called the Holy Spirit).

QED

We got Trouble, Trouble, Trouble, Right here in the USA it starts with E-P-E-W and that stands for “Equal Pay for Equal Work”, ver. 1.0.3

The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter, Retired

7/9/2015

    Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus

We hear the cry at every opportunity, “Equal Pay for Equal Work.” The idea of equal sexes needs some discussion. If men and women were equal in every way, our Homo sapien race would become extinct in one generation. We almost accept the fact that women can do things a man cannot do. Are men really from Mars and women from Venus?i

    The first obvious item is growing and giving birth to a baby. I’m sure the science is on the horizon for man to grow and birth a baby, but it has not yet been developed – thank God! The second observed difference by women and some men is a woman’s intuition. Women know they think intuitively. Thirdly, women seem to have the ability to read men. I cannot even come close to counting the number of interactions that I have had with a husband and wife team (partners) and heard the wife advising her husband on what I was really saying, what I was really trying to accomplish, and what my motives were! I have almost reached the point of refusing to discuss business transactions or have any discussions with a man when his female partner is in on the conversation. Fourthly, women seem much more in-tune to emotions than men.

Case Study Emotions:

    My partner has strived to protect some dead person’s reputation rather than look at the facts from an analytical point of view and learn something about “Proactive Defensive Driving and Passive Defensive Driving” from analyzing the situation that cost this dead person their life. Driving to the far right as possible and waiting for a drunk driver to come to his senses and move over to his right lane is passive defensive driving, and is what cost this father of her lifetime best friend his life and endangered everyone else in the car. A proactive defensive driver would have kept his car moving, as did the driver in this case, and move over to the left lane when it became obvious the other driver was not going to move his car over to his assigned lane (his right lane) and avoid the accident! Why put so much emotional energy in saving a dead person’s reputation when she has a live person sitting across the table from her, and this person has enough experience, in this situation, that could be shared and she could learn something about how not to end up dead from being in the same situation as this dead person to whom she is emotionally tied!

Men Have Skills Women Do Not Have:

    Is it that difficult for women to acknowledge that men are capable of doing things a woman cannot accomplish? Outside of muscular power and heavy lifting, and fixing everything around the house, are there other differences that women need to acknowledge in men. The best that my partner can come up with when something needs to be repaired around the house is to try and come up with a name of a professional that can be hired to do the job! What about men’s natural troubleshooting skills? Are these to be ignored by the women? Unless of course they need him to troubleshoot a situation – then they remember our troubleshooting skills. Let’s look at the skills of rational thinking, analytical and deductive reasoning, and problem-solving skills that at least some men possess. And let’s not forget “Autonomous Reflection” skills. To date no woman has showed herself to be an Enlightenment Philosopher. Women have been students of philosophers, but have not shown they are capable of the analytical thought process that was recorded and established by Rene` Descartes in the later part of the 17th century as a method to determine the truth, rather than being told what was the truth by the civil and religious leaders of his time. Since the discovery of this autonomous reflection process, many philosophers have engaged this process.

In the late 17th and 18th centuries, these philosophers became known as the Enlightenment Philosophers. The truths that these Enlightenment Philosophers ascertained influenced Thomas Jefferson to write the Declaration of Independence of the of the United States of America as he was directed to do so by John Adams, as Adams was a lawyer and had oratory skills and Jefferson had the skill of prose. The English Enlightenment Philosophers initiated the “Bloodless Revolution” in England. The French Enlightenment Philosophers initiated the French Revolution and a lesser known revolution in the Ottoman Empire. There are some notable women who have initiated their own revolution including Golda Meir (Israel), Carrie Nation (the temperance movement), and Susan B. Anthony (right for women to vote), and many other women, but none who has come forward as an Enlightenment Philosopher.ii

    Women have Capabilities that Men Do Not Have:

The cries for equality in the military were heard loud and clear by this writer when in a night class in Social Science. The subject was on women in a combat role in our military. I introduced the thought given to us by Sam Houston, Texas Ranger who defeated Santa Anna and gave us Texas. He said, “There is no honor in waging war against a woman.” This may have been in response to his wife filing of divorce, but should apply equally for a military combat situation. A young military age young woman stands up and declares, “I can do anything a man can do.” The instructor asked her if she had heard what he had said. Obviously her mind was closed to anything that would stand in her way to compete equally with men in the military. That may be the case but men cannot do everything a woman can do.

    In WWII, Adolf Hitler immersed the youth of Germany in Nazism, and that taught them that it was of great honor to die for the country and its Supreme Ruler. The Allies were forced to shoot and kill these boys and some girls ages eight to eighteen because, as long as they had the means to fight, they fought to the last boy or girl. Regular German armies would surrender when they saw they were greatly outnumbered and out gunned. Not so with Hitler’s youth; they fought to the last boy. One comment by a German officer was, “They didn’t know how to live, but they sure knew how to die.” What a dishonor the men of the Allies must have felt, killing boys no older than their own children and even some girls. We know more about PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) today than they did just after WWII. How many of these men had to live with this trauma of killing children for the rest of their lives? Our family doesn’t talk about the war record of this writer’s oldest brother, but the likelihood of him suffering from PTSD is pretty high. One day he left his family and small children and was not heard from until he came home to die from the diseases that took his life at only middle age, probably because of living the life of a homeless person on the street. How many of these returning WWII veterans had similar experience? Would we be any different than Adolf Hitler if we forced our adversary combatants to kill women and face dishonor for doing so? This writer thinks that when we force our enemies to kill women, they will be even more inspired to put us out of business just as we put Adolf Hitler out of business.

In this early 21st century, the USA is facing a new adversary – one that is teaching their young boys and girls that killing themselves and the infidels (us) for their God is honorable and the right and expected thing to do. How are we going to handle a situation with a child wearing a suicide vest and looking to kill Americans?

    Women can bear children. Men cannot bear children and cannot replace those lost in combat, and women can! This is one reason we keep the women and children out of harm’s way so that they can sustain the future of our country. Without women, the country will have no future. They are the only ones who can provide our country with a future and they must be kept out of harm’s way. It is so important to get this message it deserves repeating “Women are the future of our country”.

Case Study women in the Military:

    When I was into middle age and I decided to follow a suggest path of study, by one of my most educated co-workers, and study Philosophy. I and my then girlfriend, and now partner, signed up for a night class in Philosophy at the local community college. The class was a mixture of young college age students and mature adults, taught by “a firstborn female” Philosopher. I mention “firstborn” as she had a close younger sister which would make her one of the most aggressive women in our society. She presented us with a class problem to solve in small groups. The ship we were sailing on in the ocean was sinking and we only had one life boat for all on board, only enough room for the female passengers and one male passenger. Who would the female passengers choose to be the man who would join them in the lifeboat, and who would go down with the ship. The majority of the women in our group were young and fully capable of reproducing our species. Being middle aged and much experiment in survival skills at sea and multi-skilled in several survival skills; navigation, search and rescue, and building skills; design and building a new community and leadership skills as well. The young women were concerned about my ability to reproduce the species, the function of women to the survival of the species. This group of young women chose a young man to go with them in the life boat. The speaker for this group addressed me directly “Maybe you can use all of your many skills to save the sinking ship”. Even our female instructor was amazed at the solution our group came up with quote “I know what they want”. She also expressed concern that “my future partner made no effort to support my case for going into the life boat”. This should have been a red flag to pay attention to as this is still an issue with us after twenty years into our partnership. The young women in our group were concerned about the survival of the species and they saw that as their primary duty on this earth! This is the reason we keep women out of harm’s way and when it comes down to choosing who should life and who should die, it is the women and children that must be saved so they can save our species!

Should we put our young women in close quarters with young men in the military – young men and young women still running on hormones and the effects of oxytocin? There was a reason that our ancestors did not allow women onboard a war ship – or any ship for that matter – where they were in clear view of the crew of the ship. We are conducting an experiment in our military by putting young women in close quarters with young men. How is this experiment progressing? The number of sexual assault cases pending for military courts is off the chart! Do we really think we can tame the very hormones that cause young people to overcome all the barriers that stand in their way and reproduce our species? Women have power over men and men have power over women. This is a fair fight and this is how the colony of Homo sapiens survives.

    Should we put our young women in close quarters with young men in the Military; young men and young women who are still running on hormones and the effects of oxytocin, the survival of the species hormone?iv There was a reason that our ancestors did not allow women onboard a war ship or any ship for that matter where they were in clear view of the crew of the ship. We are conducting an experiment in our Military by putting young women in close quarters with young men. An experiment that could result in the loss of control of our country. How is this experiment progressing? The number of sexual assault cases pending for Military Courts is off the chart! The cases are backed up waiting to be heard by a Military Court. Can a Military Court think in any terms other than punishment? Do we really think we can tame the very hormones that cause young people to overcome all the barriers that stand in their way and reproduce our species? Women have power over men, men have power over women this is a fair fight and this is how the colonies of Homo Sapiens survive.

      Case Study Reason and Logical Thinking:

    I was convinced that women were highly emotionally motivated and had an absolute lack of skill in rational and analytical thinking when an officer in the Women’s World Cup organization demanded that the women soccer players get the same pay as the men soccer players. The news reporter verified the facts that the Men’s World Cup soccer players received 9% of the revenue and the women’s World Cup soccer players received 13% of the revenue. Only someone who is emotionally driven would conclude that the men were paid more than the women. It is true that the revenue for the Men’s World Cup was four times the revenue of the Women’s World Cup, which resulted in the men receiving three times the pay as the women. But it should not take a rocket scientist to deduce that the men were paid more than the women because the Men’s World Cup had four times as many spectators as the Women’s World Cup. This statement shows beyond a shadow of a doubt that most women are incapable of rational analytical thinking and therefore men should be paid more than women in areas of critical thinking.

      Social consequences of Equal Pay for Equal Work

    :
    The second argument is about the social impact of a family with a double income that inflates the value of all goods and service because of the direct value relationship of supply and demand. This makes it very difficult for a single income family to compete for goods and services against the buying power of the two income families. The cost of goods and services will reach the level of the two income family in all areas, home, food, supplies, gas, and health service and even the plumber. Just take a look at Maslow’s Pyramid of Hierarchy of Needs. At the bottom of the pyramid is “Food, Clothing and Shelter.” This is where single income families often end up – at the bottom of Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Needs”!v vi Payment to partners should therefore be adjusted so as not to put single income families into economic stress.

      When two income families cause the price of all commodities in our society to rise to the level of demand for those commodities, the single income families – and single mothers in particular – need to earn extra income to compete for these commodities. If they are dealing with the public, and able to engage in a personal conversation with their clients, they are in a position to earn extra income by selling the personal information they can “gleam” from their clients as they were allowed to “gleam” the fields of wheat.vii Sellable information could be questions like when are you going on vacation, where do you live, what are the times your home is unattended, do you have items of value in your home? There is a black market for this information and these single mothers would be call solicitors of information. The two income families or their insurance companies pay their salaries in the form of insurance premiums and reimbursements for stolen property.

    A Case Study of my mother an unpaid or low paid home keeper:

      My mother was the oldest of six children of a first generation “spare the rod and spoil the child” Norwegian. She recounted hearing her teenaged brothers’ screams in the woodshed as they were administered the leather belt “for their own good” by her father. She graduated with honors from her high school and was given a reward for reading every book in her school library. She graduated from a girl’s school in Milwaukee; she was baptized as a teenager and married a doctor of veterinarian medicine. She raised four children; I was her last.
      She worked in a local market in the dry goods department as their sales lady. She mentioned then how the men salesmen received more pay than she did for being in the same job classification. We had a lot of first generation Europeans, in our community, who didn’t believe in taking baths, and she related how she politely covered her nostrils to eliminate the stench while she served these European ladies. Were the salesmen this polite?

    I am still amazed at how vast was my mother’s knowledge. I was learning to play golf at the local golf course, self-taught, and she accompanied me on the course because I was too young to play by myself. She commented on my golf swing, “When your feet feel like they want to move backwards, you have the swing right.” My mother is a woman and golf is a man’s game – how could my mother know anything about golf? In my early thirties, I began improving my golf swing. I obtained a golf book written by a golf playing engineer. He explained the golf swing in terms of physics, which was my minor in college, complete with stroboscopic photos of the perfect golf swing. He showed, on the driver, how the club head preceded the club shaft to the ball and stated that, “When you feel your feet wanting to slide backwards, you have the swing right.”

      When I left home at the age of eighteen, leaving my Midwestern home for the coast of Oregon, she gave me her final going away instructions. “Stay away from this __________church denomination, they are too far off track and have not a chance of recovery.” My best friend, a girl, was brought up in this ___________denomination. I told her that I would write to her and let her know where I was. When I got to Oregon, I wrote her my first letter, and I never got a response. My mother joined the rest of us – my two sisters and families – in a small town near the Oregon coast. She brought news that my best friend, a girl, was upset with me not writing to her and she had expressed this to another of our classmates. I had no idea how to handle this situation with a gap of several thousand miles between us and, since I was afraid to try and contact her by phone, my oldest sister suggested that I enlist in the armed forces to get that behind me and earn credit on the GI Bill to go to college like my older brother (10 years older) had done in the Navy and then went to college on the GI Bill. I enlisted in the Air Force and, after boot camp in Texas and a few years in the Central Valley of California at a SAC Training Base, I was transferred to the South Pacific in support of the Vietnam War. One of my high school buddies came through our base on his way to Vietnam and he looked me up. We met at the Airman’s Club and he told me he had dated my best friend, who was a girl, and stated that all she could talk about was me. Not only that, he told me she was getting ready to marry the other fellow who was hanging around who grew up in the same ________________church denomination as my friend. “God how has thy forsaken me.” I had no idea how to handle this situation, I was in a war zone, and she has not responded to my letters. I solved the problem by going into the neighboring town to the base, got drunk as hell and started on a path of self-destruction. Some weeks or months later, I recovered from this path of self-destruction and enrolled in a correspondence course to prepare myself for college. I had taken an English and Algebra class when I was stationed in California, so I was now getting back on track for college.

    I wrote a girl that I had met in Oregon; she was now at Lewis and Clark College. We corresponded for my duration in the South Pacific and she even sent me a photo of her to look at. She was of Methodist upbringing and the daughter of an owner of a logging company. She traveled to England as part of her college experience. When I returned to the states, we met at her home. We talked for several hours, smoking a pack of cigarettes, when her mother suggested that we wrap it up. We said goodbye, she went back to her college in the north and I went off to start college in the south. This is the last time we communicated with each other. She got me through the war and she is much appreciated for doing so; I may not have returned to the states if she had not answer my first letter. My mother was so right about these religious conflicts that were in the Midwest. I should have learned the lesson my mother gave to me on my departure from the Midwest when I was five years younger! “Stay away from those of this _______________denomination, they are too far off track and they have no chance of recovery.”

      I returned to the USA and enrolled in a technical college and got a room in a ladies’ house who was renting out rooms. One of my roommates, former Air Force, was working at the local hospital and was sparking a neighbor girl and he needed someone to take care of her roommate when he went to her apartment for a visit just a block away from our boarding house. This roommate and I started dating; I took her to meet my mother at my oldest sister’s home in the valley of Oregon. My mother took me into the garage and said “Are you sure about this? She does not look like she is all there.” I made the excuse for her that she had recently lost her own mother in a family car accident, hit by a drunk driver, and she was still in recovery from this loss.

    My mother had since married again after my father died while I was in my last semester of high school. She married her boyfriend of her youth who was also a widower. He found out she was on the west coast and came up from southern California to marry her. They did so by going to Reno and getting married, Reno style. At my first term’s break at college, I followed in my mother footsteps and we went to Reno and got married by a one-armed Justice of the Peace. She grew up in the same __________denomination church that my high school girlfriend had grown up in so I thought that she would be the equivalent of my high school girlfriend.

      My daughter was born before I graduated from college and when I accepted a position at the prestigious national laboratory in Northern California, she filed for divorce (her father would not step foot into California; he had a bad experience there). She continued on this divorce course without me and without my consent; however she still sold all my personal property. I managed reconciliation after I had obtained living quarters in northern California. We got moved into my trailer along with my daughter and dog. I managed the purchase of a house by using my veterans benefits and we set up housekeeping. My son was born into this house and we managed with me bringing home the bacon and the wife serving her church.

    We did okay until my wife had an operation that changed her personality to that of a verbal abuser. I still needed to support my family, so I found a house to share with another man and applied myself to my vocation as a Troubleshooter for the Energy Department. One of my co-workers suggested I attend a Christian Seminar in the Coliseum. I did, as I had no close relatives to help with this situation, and all my friends were also my co-workers. I knew our family
    needed outside support so I joined a ______________church, as it turned out this _______________denomination was a longstanding enemy of my wife’s ___________________denomination. She filed for divorce again. I was on the east coast, performing my troubleshooting assignment for the Energy Department, during most of the divorce proceedings and when I returned home, she had her divorce, full custody of the children, the dog, the house, child support and alimony. I had “reasonable” visitation rights with the children.

      On my first weekend back home from the east coast, I had the children for the weekend. On that Saturday night as the children and I were doing activities in my shared home and planning to go to my new church of _______________denomination, there was a hard knock on the door. I opened the door and my now ex-wife sticks her foot in the door and orders the children out of my house and into her waiting car! The children were not going to attend this ________________church on Sunday! So much for reasonable visitation rights, for it is in the eye of the beholder. I was told to find a lawyer; I did and we spent the next five years discussing child custody matters in the Superior Court. The now ex-wife even paid a visit to the pastor of my new church and “READ-HIM-OUT” for allowing her children to attend his church! I heard about this from my pastor.

    I had no idea my mother was so knowledgeable, she was so well read that she knew that my now ex-wife’s church denomination and that of my high school girlfriend were “so far off track that they had no chance of recovery and that I should steer clear of them.” “My God, how hath thy forsaken me.” The moral of this case study is to listen to your mother, as she knows more than you will ever realize. But should she get paid for passing her knowledge onto the next generations? That is the question. Should mothers receive equal pay for equal work? If so, who is going to pay for all this work that a mother puts into her children?

      The Path to my Blog:

    I became a Sunday school teacher for 17 years. I was just a vehicle for the church in that I took the information passed out by the church and relayed this information to my class. Being a researcher and troubleshooter by nature and profession, one Easter Sunday, it came to me that something was not right about this theology we were teaching on Easter Sunday. I wrote my first and only Sunday school lesson plan called “Believing without Seeing.” My pastor had moved on to a new church; in fact my present partner and I were united by him and his wife in his new church, during a bluegrass music campout in his new community. My Sunday school class director was not impressed with this new lesson plan that I had presented my table of three boys and a girl. As we were preparing for the next Easter Sunday’s lesson, I stated that I would come up with something for a lesson plan. I received a home visit from the church Sunday School Director and had my teaching credentials reduced to “Substitute Teacher only.” I had already been called to another church in our new neighborhood and we were actually doing double time in both churches. We completed our move to the new church. My lesson plan “Believing Without Seeing” had put me on a new path.

      After about 18 years in this new church led by then three nonprofessional church members, there arose an opportunity to further my research into this idea that Jesus had come to this earth for some other reason (“Believing Without Seeing”) than what the Christian Church was putting forth. There was to be an intense study of the Book of Acts of the Apostles presented at this church and they were going to have Socratic discussions as parts of this study. I attended the introductory meeting and became aware of the great volume of material that I would be expected to read. I met with the now two professional pastors of the church and proposed that I be allowed to participate in the Socratic discussions in this program. Having studied philosophy in college, I knew what Socratic discussions were all about. I stated that I wanted to perform a research project on the Book of Acts using scientific methods or protocols. The Teaching Pastor stated that they did not “want any science around here.” I was referred to one of their adult Bible study classes, which miraculously was just beginning an in-depth study of the Book of Acts.

    I soon learned that I was in this class to listen and not voice my opinion. Therefore, I chose to express my opinion on the web. These insights came from the information that was developing in this class led by three PhDs of various fields. Our leader a graduate of one of the nation’s esteemed universities, and he made it clear that he was the professor in charge of this class study group. We finished the Book of Acts at a pace of about one chapter per week. When we concluded the Book of Acts, I put all my insights of this information into my blog: http://anewparadigminchristianthinking.wordpress.com/ as “The Fast Track to the Gospel of Jesus” “The Pentecostal event”.

We began an in-depth study of I and II Corinthians and I recorded my insights under the heading “The Evolution to the Christian Church”:

    http://anewparadigminchristianthinking.wordpress.com/tag/eveoltion-of-the-church-part-I/ and https://anewparadigminchristianthinking.wordpress.com/tag/eveoltion-of-the-church-part-II/

      This is still a work in progress as we are now having an in-depth study of the Book of Romans “How the Gospel of Jesus was Derailed” and “The Corruption of the Gospel of Jesus”. These papers will be published at the conclusion of this study of the Book of Romans. My mother knew all this information or at least some of it when I was still a young man!

    To be continued

      Case Study, Emotional and Logical Thinking:

    I was at a Farmers Market recently buying some corn on the cob. Two teenaged girls were speaking to the lady grower and asking her to “make sure there are no bugs in the corn.” Apparently they had opened a corn and found a bug or a slug. But they did not have any vision of what they were asking this lady grower to do! To eliminate all the bugs and slugs, she would
    have to increase her use of pesticides on the corn. The pesticides would in turn run off into creeks and rivers and enter into the food chain through the fish that live in the water. This would greatly complicate our lives as we try to deal with the increase in water contaminated with pesticides. The mature lady grower knew of the consequences of using pesticides or at least the state statutes on the use of pesticides, but the two teenaged girls did not have a clue and we want these emotionally driven female teenagers to vote! Is this a matter of immaturity and experience or is it something to do with sexual identity? Do male teenagers have the ability of analytical thinking and would they make better voters?

      Women are Data Base Searchers:

    Two Case Studies on Data Base Searches and hands-on solutions:

      I have recently and in the past noticed that women depend on a data base to solve their problems, meaning they come up with the right part number to solve a problem. Men are more hands-on and will solve the problem using their hands. In one case, I was interacting with U-Haul on matching up my new receiver on my truck to a ball hitch at the right height. Two of the women I had contacted on the phone searched their data base for a solution. The last lady admitted she could not come up with a part number and referred me to their customer service number. This woman referred to her data base of U-Haul vendors in my zip code and directed me to the U-Haul Dealership. I met with a young man there who found the right hitch ball for my receiver with his hands, a tape measure and a wrench!

    I had a similar experience with a local lock smith’s office. I needed a key made from a Ford style key to put into a programmable keyed lock; I did not have a Ford key. She could not find a part number in her data base so she could not accomplish the task. A male locksmith would have found a blank Ford key, put some keyways on the key and programed the lock with this new key! I ended up sending the lock back to the supplier and ordering a different lock!

      There are Three Categories of Knowledge:

    All of us have received knowledge from different sources and we received different knowledge from these different sources. The three sources of knowledge are Innate, Environmental and Acquired. Even children from the same family receive different innate knowledge from the same parents and a child, with siblings, of one family receives different environmental knowledge than their siblings. The firstborn into a family receives less innate knowledge than the lastborn into a family. The firstborn is raised by inexperienced parents, the lastborn by more experienced parents. The lastborn receives more innate knowledge from their more experienced parents than the firstborn. All the children in a family, no matter large or small, receive different environmental knowledge from their parents, siblings and community.viii

      Innate Skills:

    Men are from Mars and women are from Venus. They have different innate skills and therefore will perform the same job assignment in different ways. We all had different parents with different skills and education. We did not enter into this world with a “white slate.” We came into this world inheriting skills and knowledge from our parents (a priori)ix Innatism and Nativismx.

      Two Case Studies Innate Skills:

    Not even all men are the same, let alone all men and women being the same.xi On the TV show Jeopardy, a young man said he had “perfect pitch.” They played a note for him and he correctly named the note. He stated that his sister, father and grandfather all had perfect pitch.

      When I was a young man on a USAF Flight Line in the South Pacific, my sergeant identified me as a troubleshooter. I not only got assigned to the tough troubleshooting jobs on the aircraft jet engines, but one day, I was picked up by my sergeant when I arrived on shift (a 12-hour shift). The other crew had been troubleshooting a jet engine on an aircraft all night and could not find the problem. On the way to the aircraft my Sargent told me the symptoms the engine was displaying and when we arrived at the front of the aircraft, I told my sergeant what the problem was and how to fix the engine. After I returned from the war, I graduated from college at the top of my class and was invited to join the staff at the prestigious national laboratory in Norther California. After 25 years of troubleshooting for the Energy and Defense Departments, I earned the reputation as the “Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter.” I obviously received the visualization skills of a troubleshooter from my father who was a doctor of Veterinarian medicine, also a troubleshooter; “I had inherited my Troubleshooting Skills from my father”.

    Equal Pay for Equal Work?

      How can we evaluate what is equal pay for men and women when they, in reality, are not performing the same job assignment, because they will approach the job differently with different skills and knowledge? We get classified into a job classification, possibly ranked according to our accomplishments, but that is as far as it goes to compensate workers for their contribution to the bottom line of the organization.

    The only real judge of performance is the bottom line or the rate of return on investment produced by the different individuals and sexes. This bottom line needs to be evaluated differently for different job assignments. For professional soccer players, it seems to be the revenue they produce that is the guiding factor in evaluating equal pay for men and women. In the case of World Cup Soccer, the men received only 9% of the revenue and the women received 13% of the revenue. I assume this was an attempt at equal pay for equal work as the men’s revenue was four times the revenue of the women’s World Cup.

      For the president of the USA, their ability to see the future of their decisions should be used to evaluate their compensation. Are they skilled in “Autonomous Reflection,” as were the Founding Fathers? No woman to date has established herself as an Enlightenment Philosopher, indicating that this is a man skill. Does the women’s intuition make up for a lack of this skill in reflection? Does the women’s making decisions by emotions equal that of decision making by the analytical process? There is much vagueness in who produces the best bottom line, be it in private enterprise, government entities, or social organizations, or of scientific research and, of course, surgeons and medical professions. The bottom line in any organization is what should drive the compensation structure, be it male or female. It’s the bottom line that counts for what kind of results they are producing.

    Job Classification:

      For the rest of us, we are given a job classification, ranked according to our accomplishments and contributions to the organization we support and are compensated accordingly. But even this assumes one has been classified into the right job classification, and this was done by people unfamiliar with our personal history and was probably the result of the acquired education that we received, and not our innate skills or the skills developed from the environment that we grew up in. But we are classified only on our acquired knowledge and skills. They can measure our acquired knowledge by our degrees and GPA, but they cannot measure our innate, environmental knowledge and acquired knowledge outside the credited education system and thus the latter two are dismissed when it comes to assigning us a classification and we end up with an elitist society.

    Case Study in an elitist society:

      John Newton was an 18th century Evangelical preacher with the Church of England. He began life as the only son of a sea captain. His mother instilled in him the Gospel message until he was six years old, when his mother died. At the age of three, he was able to read fluently and memorize long passages of text. In his later years, he claimed he could then write, just as well as he did at age three! He was sent off to boarding school at the age of eight and into the merchant marines, aboard his father’s ship, at the age of ten, the end of his formal education. The slave trade was common place at this time and Newton, after many troubles and trials and a near sinking of the ship he was on during a strong North Atlantic storm. As mostly an outcast of society, he became very tough, mischievous and downright blasphemous. It was during this storm that he knelt and prayed to God for his grace and save him and the crew from certain death. After this experience, he spent many years on the sea with time to study the Bible and religious works of others, as he was involved with slave trading as the captain of a slave ship. He became a lay preacher in his community. When he had left the sea an accepted a position in the government as a duty officer for his home port in Liverpool, he was advancing in his home
      schooling of the Gospel. He wanted to change vocations and become a preacher in the Church of England. The other dissenting churches he was friendly with but distanced from them. When he submitted his application for ordination in the Church of England, he was refused; he did not have a degree from Cambridge or Oxford (required in an elitist society) and his relationship with the dissenting churches was too close for the authorities of the Church of England. He came to the attention of a wealthy landowner with political power in the Church of England and because of him, John Newton was ordained, after several years of rejection, into the Church of England and given a Parish of which to minister. It was John Newton and another slave ship captain that was influential in the abolishment of slavery in Great Britain. An English Historian, George Macaulay Trevelyan, wrote this of John Newton: “Lord Dartmouth made interest in high Episcopal quarters to obtain the ordination of John Newton who was too much in earnest about religion to be readily entrusted with a commission to teach it – except as a matter of favor to a great man.” xii

    Conclusion:

      Therefore, we are all in the same boat. We are all different and will all perform differently in the same job classification and are ranked differently in that classification according to our contribution to the organization and, in an imperfect elitist classification system as well.xiii.

    QED

We Got Trouble, Trouble, Trouble, Right here in the USA, it Starts with “SCS” and that Stands for Social Class Structure Ver. 1.1.2
September 3, 2014

The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter, Retired
https://thephilosopheronpolitics.wordpress.com/tag/social-class

Introduction

This post is about finding harmony in your own personal social class. Developing close relationships outside of your own social class can result in disharmony, which is not something one would want to live with on a daily basis.

There seems to have developed five “Social Class Structures” within our national boundaries: “No College Education,” “First Generation College Educated,” and “Second-Third Generation College Educated,” “In God’s Kingdom,” and “Out of God’s Kingdom.” The effects of these five class structures on our nation are profound. When looking for a life partner, our soulmate, it’s important to find a partner that is in the same social class as you for the following reasons: both parties grew up and were raised in similar situation and those experiences will be in common to both parties; both parties’ parents are of the same social class thus can relate to their in-laws as well; mixing social classes is going to cause some friction in a partnership somewhere along the path of life, which is a situation no partnership should have to address. To meet someone in your own social class, you will need to place yourself in an environment where others of your social class gather. This could be as simple as choosing the right college or attending functions that your social class attends.

There are two blogs on the web that are of interest to anyone interested in national issues: https://thephilosopheronpolitics.wordpress.com/ and http://anewparadigminchristianthinking.wordpress.com/ . They both will be referenced in this post.

The Back Story

The information for this post is from an analysis of this philosopher’s family of origin and his experience with different social class structures in his personal adventure through life.

Who is this philosopher and Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter behind these two earth-shaking blogs, and where did those troubleshooting skills come from? In short, his parents; his father was a graduate of the University of Chicago and his mother a graduate of a girl’s college in Milwaukee when less than three percent of the women in this county had even seen a college campus. His mother had received an award from her high school for reading every book in the school library; she never went to bed without reading a book. Are these skills passed down through our DNA? Take a look at public figures like politicians, actors, musicians and singers. Proverbs that have been around for centuries: “Like father, like son;” “The chips don’t fall too far from the stump;” “Generals are not made, they are born.” – General George Patton. These indicate there is a transfer of skills from one generation to the next.

In the early 1940s, it was considered more important for a male to go to college than it was for females. Females went to college to marry a college man. This philosopher had five older sisters and two older brothers. Three sisters were in out-of-state college at the time of his birth and lost their college funding due to the financial strain of the new addition to the family. However, they all were in college long enough to marry college men. The other two sisters did not receive the opportunity to go to college from the family and married below their social middle class standing, resulting in a mismatch of social class and in unpleasant and unsuccessful relationships, which included physical and verbal abuse. This philosopher has experienced these same phenomena of marrying below his social class with unsuccessful results.

This philosopher’s father served in World War I as a veterinarian; his oldest brother served in World War II and another brother on the U.S.S. Enterprise as a radio operator and the latter went to college on the G.I. Bill. When his father died in his last semester in high school, his older sister, now influential in family affairs, decided he was not smart enough to go to college, despite his science teacher’s lobbying for him to study physics. His good grades in math and science did not hold up against the other subjects. His then oldest nearest sister stated, “You were lucky to graduate from high school; you will never make it in college.” He received an offer to go west and work in a saw mill in Oregon; this was the only offer on the table from his family. All of these social middle class children from his family of origin should have been sent off to college so they could meet a partner in the same social class in which they were raised. It is very difficult to meet someone in your middle class in a country saturated with lower working class citizens.

College Almost a Prerequisite

The situation is changing as we send more and more of our children to college. It now becomes important to send the kids to a college where they can meet a partner in their same social class. First generation college students should go to first generation colleges and second and third generation college students should go to colleges that promote this class of student.

Visualization Skills, Inherited or Developed

The military draft was still in effect when this philosopher graduated from high school and this philosopher ended up supporting the war effort in the South Pacific as a jet engine mechanic in the United States Air Force. At 22 years of age, he had earned the reputation as the “Top Gun Jet Engine Troubleshooter” on the flight line of this Material Air Transport Command that sent in helicopters and caskets into Vietnam. The helicopters were left in Vietnam and the caskets were filled with the fallen and were sent back to their families in the states. About 50,000 of the fallen from the Vietnam War were sent back to the states for their families to bury. Where did this visualization skill that made him the “Top Gun Jet Engine Troubleshooter” come from? Why was he the only one who had this skill? This visualization skill had to be passed down from his veterinarian father. Or were they developed by listening to the Sunday night stories on the radio?

Gunsmoke was a lot better on the radio than on television and in books. These listening and reading activities were a lot better at developing visualization skills than all the television and computer games combined. See https://thephilosopheronpolitics.wordpress.com/tag/visulization/

Having completed his military service with an honorable discharge, he followed his older brother’s example and attended an engineering technical school on the G.I. Bill. He majored in Mechanical Engineering Technology, Metallurgy and Physics, graduating in the top ten percent of his class. He received an offer from the then Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), one of two weapons labs managed by the University of California. LLNL then became the top national lab, extending its capabilities into energy, antiterrorist, biomedical, transportation and many more areas of expertise.

At LLNL, this philosopher, again, gained the reputation as the “Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter”, solving national crises issues on major government projects related to physics and engineering under the Departments of Energy and Defense, again by using the visualization skills he inherited from his father and/or developed through training.

A Philosopher, Developed or Inherited Skill

After about 10 years of service to UC, a co-worker, who was highly educated (PhD), with people skills, observed that this not-yet philosopher’s skill package was just like Plato’s and Aristotle’s and I should consider reading their works. I thought at the time that these two giant philosophers would be way above my ability to understand them. But after another decade, I acted on this suggestion and studied philosophy. Was this no-yet philosopher already a philosopher before ever reading a book on philosophy? Yes, this is probably the case. Was it an inherited skill? Yes, this is probably the case.

The Healing Power of Music

After 29 years in this troubleshooting activity, I was present during an industrial incident involving toxic fumes. This exposure resulted in a loss of my visualization skills and short-term memory function. This resulted in this philosopher leaving the workplace on a disability and retirement and a decade of therapy. This philosopher had set aside his banjo and guitar during this decade of therapy, until an incident involving an Arizona politician who took an assassin’s bullet to the head. She was receiving music therapy from a guitarist and making progress. This philosopher followed her lead and again began playing his banjo and guitar, and he started regaining what he had lost, his mental visualization skills and his short-term memory function.

Thus I decided to continue applying his troubleshooting skills to National Crises Issues, hence the two blogs on politics and religion. I focused on religion because religion was one of the main issues that caused the destruction of my own family of four plus the dog in addition to the mixed social class, middle and working classes. A social class is our main national enemy, and is now, in these 20th and 21st centuries, killing our citizens and this social class is extremely religious. Our nation and other nations, certainly have, out of good intentions, added so much onto the original objectives of the Messenger (the Savior), that visited this planet 2,000 years ago, that the emphasis is now more on the Messenger than on the message of the Messenger. How can this “killing of our citizens” situation be addressed when there is so much disparity in our belief systems? See:
https://anewparadigminchristianthinking.wordpress.com/tag/conclusion/
https://anewparadigminchristianthinking.wordpress.com/tag/baptism/

Class Structure

Social Class structure is really based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. John F. Kennedy said, “Ask not what you can do for yourself; ask what you can do for your country.” This was easy for JFK to say; he was brought up in a family at the top of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, and JFK’s whole family was concerned about “Country,” because all their basic needs in life were already fulfilled (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslow’s_hierarchy_of_needs). This Philosopher has noticed that first generation college students seem still concerned about meeting their own needs rather than that of the country. It’s hard to change how we were brought up by our parents. Were they concerned about meeting their everyday needs or were their everyday needs already met? If one is still concerned about meeting their everyday needs, their focus is going to be on themselves. If their everyday needs are already met, they can focus on the country.

    Meeting Life’s Needs – Not Just Physical, but Spiritual

How is it determined that someone’s everyday needs have been met? At this point this Philosopher thinks it best to refer to the blog: https://anewparadigminchristianthinking.wordpress.com/tag/conclusion/ as one’s everyday needs can be met by connecting with our Father in Heaven who will supply all our everyday needs. There are two additional class structures in the world in addition to upper class, middle class and working class which correlate with college education. These are those under the Kingdom of God and those outside the Kingdom of God. Thus it is not just a financial requirement to have our everyday needs met, but by one’s own belief system.
What is the result of a marriage between middle and working classes? Or partnering within God’s Kingdom with outside God’s Kingdom? One is concerned about them and the other is concerned about “country” or “world.” The checkbook is going to be an issue of concern as each will be supporting a different cause. This economic conflict could easily affect all of their interpersonal relations. This applies also to first generation college graduates and second or third generation college graduates, as their value systems will be different.