Life and death are absolute standards… absolute and objective standards.
The absolute standard of life as good is upheld, in actual practice, by every person who takes medicine, or by anyone who avoids danger. Oceans of rhetoric can’t negate this, and we’re not alone in it: Every other species on this planet acts to stay alive and to flee death.
Yes, there are thousands of dogmatists with a deep, psychological need to wipe away the possibility of an absolute standard. And yes, they carefully hone their skills of ridicule and vocabulary toward that end. Regardless, they betray themselves every time they take an antibiotic or buy organic produce.
Please stop and think about that for a moment.
And if that’s so, then this also stands:
That which sustains and extends life is good or right.
That which hinders or ends life is bad or wrong.
The lords of intimidation and confusion cannot change reality, not matter how much they may wish to; all they can do is to cloud and confuse human minds. But no matter what they say, and no matter how many others they can get to mouth their slogans, we all act for life and against death. So does every other living thing on this planet.
Actions trump words, they trump ridicule, and they very definitely trump theories.
But Why All The Opposition?
Life leads us forward. Our need to extend and improve life has driven more or less every medical, technological and agricultural improvement of human history. Why, then, would anyone want to trivialize it?
The first answer is that they simply don’t see that fact. They’ve come to see a constructed reality as the whole playing field of life, and are struggling to find status within it. I won’t spend time on that whole scene, I’ve written about it once already, which you can find here.
A second answer is the more important one:
Life, if held to and pursued, will negate the power structures of this world, and fairly soon at that.
Life spawns chosen, decentralized and organic organization. The people and organizations that oppose that require our constraint: they require our automatic compliance, and couldn’t survive any other way.
The lords of constructed reality, then, cannot allow life to break out of its constraints. And they fear the recognition of an objective standard because it would wipe away their intellectual sand castles and make auto-compliance nearly impossible.
Life-spawned organization is everywhere, of course: It’s the way healthy families organize themselves. It’s how small businesses organize themselves. It’s also the way little leagues and book clubs and tutoring clubs and a hundred similar groups organize themselves. This is the model of chosen grouping, and it injects life, decency and progress into the world.
The model of the dogmatists, rulers, think tanks and other lords of the constructed reality require enforced grouping. They forbid, by any number of means, alternatives to themselves.
That fact should condemn them right off, except that most people have been confused and conditioned otherwise… they’ve been taught (by the constructed reality) that the constructed reality is the only reality, and that advocates for anything else are maniacs.
The constructed reality, then must destroy God, because He would be an objective standard. It must also trivialize life, because it threatens to undo them.
And so, if life is a good value, we should act to extend and enhance it. We do that by using life-friendly tools, like chosen grouping, voluntary trade, endless innovation and the virtues that accompany these things.
We also do that by stepping away from the constructed reality – the virtual world of constructed images, constructed narratives and a permanent stream of fears.
Fear, as I’ve noted often but probably not often enough, is a brain hack: It’s kryptonite to the human mind. Fear chains people within the construct: where they’re informed, endlessly, that they must believe what they’re told, because everyone else does.
Life in the construct, then, becomes all virtual, all vicarious and all externally-derived. It is the antithesis of the model Carl Jung preferred: that the good and great can “grow out of our own souls.”
What we’re doing, then, is building a chosen society, centered on the golden rule. It’s the model of the healthy family, the productive small business, and so on. Our way is the better way, the way that takes life as an absolute standard.
Because it is.
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