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How to Quit a Drug Habit in Three DAYS Ver. 1.0.2

A SCIENTIFIC METHOD*

The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter, Retired

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August 11, 2016

Copyright 2016

Introduction

Drug addiction can be beat by knowing just a little about how our brains work and with a little help from a Russian Psychologist, Dr. Ivan Pavlov, and his discovery of “Conditioned Response” and acknowledging the existence of a “Higher Power.”

Conditioned Response

Pavlov performed many experiments with animals, but his most notable accomplishment was his work with a dog in a cage, a large beef steak and a bell.  He would offer the steak to the dog in the cage from outside the cage and the dog would salivate.  He then offered the steak to the dog and rang a bell.  He continued this procedure for several iterations, and then he just rang the bell and the dog would salivate.  This is how he developed his theory of “Conditioned Response.” [i]

The Existence of a Higher Power

The existence of a Higher Power has been the subject of debate with philosophers for many centuries, and the results often depend on the preexisting thoughts of observers when they are shown evidence of this Higher Power.  Two arguments are thus summarized.

The Watch in the Sand

You are walking along a deserted beach, you find a watch in the sand (electronic or geared), and you conclude, ‘People have been here,’ because it is highly unlikely that a mechanism as intricately designed as a watch might be thrown together by the chance forces of nature.  A pebble on the beach might be curiously shaped, but anything approaching the complexity of a tool or a piece of sculpture, much less a complex mechanism, would strike us as proof of some intelligent being.”  So it is with the universe. [ii]

The Caretaker

 Two men are traveling through the woods on foot and they come upon a well-manicured garden.  It is a garden perfectly shaped and trimmed with flower beds arranged in perfect order.  The one man sates, “There must be a caretaker around here to make this so beautiful.”  The second man expounds, “This is a beautiful work of nature!” [iii]

The Universe

The facts revealed in recent years about the universe is that the Big Bang Theory is now well accepted among astrophysicists and astrologers, and they have estimated that there are approximately four billion planets similar to planet Earth in orbit around a sun in the “Goldilocks Zone” (Not too hot, not too cold, not too big, and not too small). With water and amino acid, life can begin and evolve on these planets, as all the other elements for life are readily available in the universe. These elements are also known as “star dust.”  We can argue that this was an act of nature and not of a Higher Power, or we can accept that a Higher Power put the universe in action with a Big Bang and it is held in shape by a web of gravitational waves. [iv]

The Method of Quitting the Drug Habit    

This method for breaking the drug habit is based on the work of Dr. Ivan Pavlov in developing the theory of Conditioned Response and my own experience as a smoker of eighteen years.  The following method applies the technology of Conditioned Response to the drug habit and redirects the response to complete the transaction begun by the stimulus. The stimulus is then removed by soliciting the aid of a Higher Power.  This method is as simple as teaching a dog to sit or roll over. We can be trained to quit a drug habit, or, for that matter, train ourselves to do anything.  The conscious mind trains the unconscious mind, and the unconscious mind does everything automatically, from putting a cup of coffee to our lips to reaching for a small book or smart phone instead of a drug.

 The Drug Habit as a Conditioned Response

 The first step in stopping a drug addiction is to identify the stimulus received that causes the response to want to “take a drug.”  For me, the stimulus was an empty feeling in my chest that signaled my need for nicotine. Once the stimulus is identified, the response can be redirected.

REDIRECTING THE RESPONSE

 The second step is to redirect the response that is given to the stimulus. A lot of people redirect the response to their mouth by eating something, chewing gum or a toothpick. A better place to redirect the response is to the mind. Redirection can be accomplished by replacing the cigarette pack with a small book the same size as a pack of cigarettes  such as a New Testament Bible or a Smart Phone with the “TEXT” to be read).   I suggest Psalm I and is recommended for its relationship to a higher power). This action in itself is a new response. When the stimulus is received (I need a cigarette), the words of the passage are read and they bring to conclusion the transaction initiated by the stimulus. The retraining has begun.

The Final Step

 The final step is to ask the Higher Power to take away the stimulus.  The very act of admitting a need for intervention of the Higher Power transfers responsibility for removing the stimulus to the Higher Power. You are also showing a trust for the Higher Power to remove the stimulus.  Some common names for the Higher Power are: God, Jesus, Yahweh, Father, and Jehovah, etc. Use any name you desire for this Higher Power.   Some people call this prayer. I simply call it talking with the Higher Power.  This action is still consistent with the Conditioned Response Theory.  These actions (praying, talking, asking) bring to conclusion the transaction that began with the stimulus (“I need a drug”).

A Proven Method

 The method I found that worked was to insert a New Testament and Psalms Bible into my shirt pocket where the cigarettes would normally be kept. This book is the same size as a pack of cigarettes and works well as a substitute, as would a smartphone displaying the selected text. When the stimulus was received, I pulled out the book, turned to the first Psalm and read it from beginning to end.  The first Psalms begins with, “Blessed is the man (woman) who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked….”  The Psalm continues, “He is like a tree planted by streams of water which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither.”  In about three days, I had successfully transferred the response to reading the passage.  I then asked my Higher Power to remove the stimulus and admitted I was powerless to remove it myself. The simple act of asking and admitting to be powerless, to do this myself, was enough to remove the stimulus.  In a short time, I did not have to ask. The stimulus was gone and I was free of the addiction to this drug.

QED

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

[ii] Robert C. Solomon, “Introducing Philosophy” 4th ed., Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Pub. 1986,  p293

[iii] ibid

[iv] Albert Eisenstein

Psalm 1 (NIV)

Blessed is the one

who does not walk in step with the wicked

or stand in the way that sinners take

or sit in the company of mockers,

but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,

and who meditates on his law day and night.

That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,

which yields its fruit in season

and whose leaf does not wither—

whatever they do prospers.

Not so the wicked!

They are like chaff

that the wind blows away.

Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,

nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,

but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.

 

The Colin Kaepernick Syndrome Ver. 1.0.2

The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter, Retired

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

2/9/2016

Copyright 2016

Definition

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

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

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

Case Study 1

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

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

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

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

Case Study 2

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

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

Case Study 3

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

Case Study 4

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

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

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

Conclusion

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

QED

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

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

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

Drugs and Teenagers Ver. 1.0.2

The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter, Retired

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

1/26/2016

Copyright 2016

Introduction

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

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

Case Studies

Case Study 1

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

Case Study 2

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

Case Study 3

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

Case Study 4

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

Conclusion

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

QED

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

 

Firstborns, Only Children and the Later Born Ver. 1.2.1

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

The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter, Retired

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

1/7/2016

Copyright 2016

 

Introduction

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

Notable Leaders with Similar Families of Origin

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

Traits of a Firstborn[vii]

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

 

Traits of Only Children [viii] (Super Firstborns)

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

 

 

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

 

Discussion

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

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

The Middleborn

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

The Lastborn

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

Personal Experience in Adlerian Psychology

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

The Case of DNA

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

Conclusion

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

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

QED

 

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

[ii] PBS 2015

[iii] ibid

[iv] Personal information

[v] ibid

[vi] http://drleman.com

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

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

[ix] http://drleman.com

[x] Luke 15:11-24

We got Trouble, Trouble, Trouble, Right here in the USA, It starts with ‘W’ and that Stands for Women? Ver. 1.0.1

    The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter, Retired

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

    8/9/2015

The First Presidential Debate:

    We just had our first real Presidential debate. I believe there were 10 men on the stage each with their own podium. The debate moderator was a female news reporter from a major news outlet. The front runner in the polls was center stage and the only non-politician on the stage. I did not watch the debate as I’m sure many Americans did not watch the debate. If the debate was about candidates voicing their opinions on the important issues that our country faces, then unless one actively watched the debate, we know nothing about the views of the candidates on any issue, as the news media insisted on making how we speak and regard women as the principle issue in this Presidential campaign.

      From the news reports, apparently the female debate moderator posed a question to the front runner, the non-politician who is a little rough around the edges, something like President Harry Truman or President Theodore Roosevelt. She was evidently taking questions from the general population and putting them before the candidates. The question she posed to the front runner was about remarks he in the past had made about women, such as about their weight, their looks, and probably their intelligence. This Debate Moderator obviously never heard her mother teach her that “People who live in class houses should not throw rocks”. The front runner was greatly taken back by this question that had absolutely nothing to do with national issues and took the question as an ad hominem question designed to disqualify him for the office of President based on his attitude towards women. The front runner responded to this female debate moderator with some ad hominem statements of his own, designed to prove her incompetence of being an impartial debate moderator. The front runner is now being accused of bringing earthy and inappropriate language into a Presidential debate. I believe one of the derogatory comments the front runner was accused of making to women is that they were FAT.

    Fat is a Good Thing:

We have had, thanks to advances in agricultural technology, a feast environment in which to live. The media has portrayed women as slender – with the exception of “Mike and Molly” – and as runway models and even slender model television news reporters. All this hype has led us Americans to think that women should all be like these role models the media has displayed.

    The population of Homo sapiens is increasing on this planet and agricultural land is decreasing to accommodate the increased population and, of course, keep our unemployment down and our economy up with this new construction. It should not take a seer to see a famine coming. Women are created to hold more fat than men. Men were created to have more muscle than women. When times of famines were a natural part of life, women were better suited to survive
    the famine than men because they had stored up more fat than the men. A 20th century example was the German siege on Stalingrad. It was the women who survived this siege because of their fat content. Therefore calling a woman FAT is to give her a compliment; she is getting ready for the next famine and these runway models and model news reporters will be the first to succumb to the famine.

Bad Language not fit for President:

    Other candidates have now argued that the front runner’s language skills are inappropriate for the office of President and that he has offended 53% of the voting citizens and their party could never win the election against the other party’s front runner, who is also a female.

      Much Discussion Ahead:

    These events of recent activity have so many issues involved with them; it may not be possible to address them all in anything less than several volumes of written works. This writer will attempt, at least, to scratch the surface of the national issues involved in these discussions and charges.

Topics that Need Discussion:

     The role of women in national politics
     The voting rights of women in national politics
     An elitist society, that lends itself to promoting the educated and the educated from our elite colleges
     The dynamics of men and women serving together
     The focus of our nation on the equal rights of women in our society
     The basic difference of men and women
     The difference of how women vote for a President and how men vote for a President
     How men and women think, act and make decisions
     The priorities of men and women
     The functions of men and women in our nation
     The different styles of leadership of men and women
     The extreme: a matriarchal controlled nation

      The Role of Women in our Nation</ul>

      There are basic instincts involved with men and women. Men have a natural propensity to protect women. Historically, wars often took the lives of many men. Women are the only ones who have the ability to reproduce and replace the missing generation of men with newborn boys and raise them into manhood. Women are the future of our country; without women our country has no future. For this reason we protect our women and keep them out of harm’s way.

    A friend of mine recently brought forward information concerning Israel’s experience with women on the front lines of a combat situation during their six-day war in the mid-1960s. He said that many of the men were killed trying to protect the women on the front line of this war. In a small group discussion in a church, two of the male class leaders were adamant about protecting women and had judged the front runner of the debate as acting wrongly towards a woman.

      The front runner claims that if we focus on our attitudes towards women, we will never get anywhere in solving our real national problems. Most women and most men seem adamant that women need to be treated respectfully and certainly not be offended. This writer finds many uses for the statement made by Sam Houston, the Texas Ranger that defeated Santa Anna and gave us Texas. He said, “There is no honor in waging war against a woman.” This statement was no doubt directed to his wife who had filed for divorce, but seems to be applicable to many situations. If we, as a nation, put our focus on how we think, act and talk about women, our adversaries could well take advantage of this situation and overrun us or we could become so ineffective in solving our nation’s issues that we end up “Shooting ourselves in the foot.”

    If other candidates for the Chief Executive of our country think that we need to solicit the votes of the women in our nation, then in effect we are putting women in control of our government. This leads to two choices of focus. 1) We seek the women’s vote and address the issues that the women of our country want to address and ensure that they get the respect they deserve. 2) We address the issues that need to be addressed instead of trying to socially engineer our candidates for the Chief Executive and Commander-in-Chief of our armed forces to the way that we think they should be groomed.

      A Parallel to Bad Language Inappropriate for President:

        There is an interesting parallel that this writer thinks should be presented to this situation of men’s manners and language skills. This parallel lies in the biography of Mr. John Newton. John Newton was the only son of a sea captain in Liverpool, England, which was a working class community. John was not treated very kindly by the other boys in his community. This was probably the result of a clash in the social order, noticeable to others because of John’s greater inheritance of innate knowledge from his sea captain father. John’s mother instilled in John the Gospel message until he was six years old, when she died of tuberculosis. John was exceptional in his ability to write fluently at the age of three, and memorized long text his mother gave to study. At the age of eight, he was sent off to boarding school. At age 10, he finished his formal education and went to sea with his sea captain father. By this time, John exhibited much behavior in being tough. He was mischievous, vulgar and blasphemous (degrading God), and in some countries, this is a crime punishable by death.

      Mr. Newton became involved in the slave trade, as was a common and accepted practice in this time period of history. He landed a position as first mate on a slave ship whose captain was a friend of John’s father. On their return to England, after delivering their slaves to the West Indies and America, in a route crossing the North Atlantic Ocean, the ship experienced a strong hurricane force storm that put the ship in danger of sinking. In an effort to save the ship and its crew, John Newton came to his knees and asked God for his grace. The situation changed and the ship limped to land for repairs with all the crew safe.

    Mr. Newton, with his attention turned back to the Gospel message that his mother had taught him, began a long self-study of God’s Grace. He landed a government position in the service of collecting duties from the incoming ships into Liverpool. This position afforded him and his wife a comfortable living in this working class community. John’s religious studies led him to interfacing with the new Methodist, Baptist and independent churches of England. The congregations of these churches were two social steps below his in-laws and his wife. The only church that would keep the peace in his family was the Church of England. Mr. Newton applied for ordination into the Church of England several times over about a five-year period, being rejected at every attempt. The Church of England was an elitist society and required its priests to have a degree from Cambridge or Oxford, and John’s formal education ended at the age of 10! John was self-taught in the study of God’s Grace. It was not until a wealthy landowner with political power in the Church of England, Lord Dartmouth, took an interest in Mr. Newton as a potential religious leader that John Newton was ordained into the Church of England and given a Parish in Olney, a working class community.

      John Newton’s reputation as one of the world’s great preachers flourished in his position of curate in this Olney working class Parish. He began writing hymns to supplement his sermons. For his sermon of January 1, 1773, celebrating a new year and a new beginning, he wrote the song that would become “Amazing Grace”. This was published by Mr. Newton in 1779 in a Hymnal the “Olney Hymns,” with the uninspiring title of “Faith’s Review and Expectations,” and it was #41 in the Olney Hymnal. He had collaborated on this hymnal with William Cowper, who became known as one of England’s great poets, and this song remained in obscurity for 60 years. The song that John had written for the 1773 New Year became known as “Amazing Grace.” England ignored this song; it first appeared in writing, at least the last two verses in Harriett Beecher Stowe’s book “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” in 1852. It ironically was being sung by the decedents of the slaves that John Newton had brought to America when he was a captain of a slave ship. It had been handed down by oral tradition and was first published in William Walker’s book “The Southern Harmony” in 1835. The last verse, which begins “When we’ve been there ten thousand years,” and had been around orally for half a century in Afro-American worship, was added after the first three verses by Edwin Othello Excell in 1910 in “Coronation Hymns,” and is the accepted 20th century form of “Amazing Grace”. Aretha Franklin took “Amazing Grace” from Gospel Music to popular music by recording it in 1947. It shifted into political consciousness of Black America when she teamed up with Martin Luther King in the 1960s and put “Amazing Grace” on its way to becoming our official National Spiritual Anthem. Judy Collins took “Amazing Grace” beyond the church walls in 1970 as the final track on “Whales and Nightingales.” Many recordings of “Amazing Grace” were recorded onward after 1970. The bagpipes of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards created the use of “Amazing Grace” as a melancholy lament appropriate for sorrowful occasions, and its use at funerals grew widely as when Judy Collins sang it at the funeral of her son in 1992 and it was sung as part of the memorial mass for John F. Kennedy Jr. in 1999. “Amazing Grace” came to be used frequently at joyful church services, weddings, baptisms, celebrations of anniversaries, and on important public occasions ranging from the opening of baseball games to ceremonies of national mourning, such as the loss of the astronauts on the space shuttle Challenger in 1986, and the 3,000 deaths at Ground Zero in New York after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001, and led by President Barrack Obama at the memorial service of those killed in a church who were attending a Bible Study group in 2015. In light of its recent history and usage, “Amazing Grace” has been called the Spiritual National Anthem of America. This is a description that can be applied even more widely on an international canvas, for the hymn soars above most boundaries as a simple celebration of the experience of grace. It is sung not only by Christians but by Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and people of no particular faith.

    John Newton was influential in the abolishment of slavery in Great Britain and died the same year that England abolished slavery in Great Britain.i

      Who do We want for President?

    What if we compare the life of John Newton, and all that he did for mankind, to the life of the front runner in these Presidential debates? Are we to stand firm and condemn his crude language as inappropriate for the office of President of the USA? Certainly John Newton’s vulgarity and blasphemous words are a greater sin than speaking harshly to a female, news media reporter and debate moderator who deserved what she got for bringing to the debate this sexist “red herring.” Has the USA, like the Church of England, become an elitist society, where one must have a degree from one our prestigious colleges like Harvard Law School to become President of the USA? Is this the result of soliciting the women’s vote? Do women chose their President on different criteria than men chose their President? Are men really from Mars and women from Venus? Germany had a democratic government and the women of Germany overwhelmingly supported Adolf Hitler, for he promised to give them what they wanted. He promoted himself as the savior of Germany and he won the hearts of the women of Germany. Is that who we want for a President – someone who will promise our women what they want to hear in order to solicit their vote and win the election? Or do we want a President that speaks frankly and out front of the issues this country needs to address and how to address these issues? Will the front runner offend certain voting blocs and risk losing the election because he did not promise these voting blocs what they wanted?

The Election System the Founding Fathers Wanted:

    Our Founding Fathers set up the President to be elected by the representative of the states. They did this to isolate the President from public opinion, which would allow our President to do what he thought was best for our country. Our President is no longer isolated from public opinion and therefore must promise the various voting blocs what they want in order to get elected. Once elected, the President can, for the most part, do what he thinks is best for the country, at least in his last and final term of office. If he needs to get reelected, then the President is still greatly subject to public opinion.

      The News Media in Control of our Government:

    The Founding Fathers had set up the election system to somewhat isolate Senators from public opinion, giving them six year terms and counting on the short memories of the voters so they could do what they thought was best for the country. The Founding Fathers gave Congressmen only a two-year term in office so that they would be sensitive to their constituents and represent public opinion. We now have an election system of government where the Chief Executive is subject and partially controlled by public opinion. And who is it that makes the public opinion known? Of course, it is the news media. Therefore, in effect, it is the news media that is in control of our government.

Was the news media upset with the front runner’s words to their representative as the debate moderator and did not the men of the news media come to her rescue and ban the front runner from participating in future debates? Yes, the men came to protect their female counterparts; this is the natural propensity of men to take care of the women.

    How does these actions Affect Voter Rights?

      The female debate moderator was lucky that she was not asking her sexist questions of me. How dare she bring sexism into a Presidential debate, this is a “Red Herring”. If this is a representative of the women in this country, we may have to revoke their right to vote so that we can address the really important issues this country faces and not these “Red Herrings” that a female debate moderator did not have the sense to hold back in the first place. She is lucky that I am not her boss. If I were her boss, I would have handed her a broom and a bowl cleaning brush and sent her to sweep the floors and clean the latrines.

    QED

      i Jonathan Aitken, “John Newton” “From Disgrace to Amazing Grace” Crossway, 2007

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