What is the Good?

Are all beliefs equivalent?  Is the belief of the person who hears voices that tell them to kill as valid as the belief of the person who gives to help the poor?  Which beliefs are valid and which are false?

The postmodern answer is that morality is relative to culture.  The postmodernist gazes upon the world from on high and sees the cultures as equal islands.  The postmodern approach to this sight is to look to the material well-being of the islands, to align them in trade and education so that they can all maximize their prosperity.  This postmodern, internationalist approach is akin to the farmer who sees meadows of wild flowers and woodlands and mows them flat to maximize the yield.

There are three problems with postmodern politics: what is well-being, why maximize yield and why be so racist, destroying diversity?

Taking postmodern racism first, surely the destruction of difference is the ultimate racism.  Postmodernist racism is only satisfied when all of humanity are coffee coloured materialists.  Even most postmodernists will agree, if they ever came down from on-high, that racism is wrong and that it is not the “moral high ground” to tackle one form of racism, the racism of interpersonal prejudice, by using another form of racism evident in the destruction of all difference.

The problem of morality is related to the state of our minds.  Our minds contain simultaneous information and provide the context for assigning meaning to events.  This means that we can only understand morality as an entire, simultaneous system with form and beauty.  Processes create the form and beauty but, contrary to the postmodern view, processes are not ends in themselves.

Perhaps we can be more positive than the postmodernists.  The world is like a garden containing individual blooms and smaller gardens of various beauty that are its cultures and races.  Occasionally rampant internationalism occurs where one of the plants gets out of balance and begins to invade the garden and this must be stopped or the garden will be destroyed **. In the absence of any definite foundation for our morality we can still use our instinct for form and beauty.  We can still be gardeners, encouraging the growth and health of each beautiful part, allowing some weeds because they too can come into balance with each other and perhaps, one day, even be garden plants.

What is well-being?  It is a state where a person can love and be loved.  Where they can grow happily and help others to grow.  Where illness and distress are minimized.  What constitutes love and happiness varies between cultures, in the world at present each sub-garden has its own foundations.  However, all of the more ancient cultures agree that form, beauty, harmony and balance are essential ingredients.  Only the materialists and postmoderns see devotion to work, corporation and state as the ultimate goal of a life.

Why maximize the yield?  If you want to destroy the garden you allow rampant growth.  The material yield of a society should be sufficient, not maximized.

The garden model of society shows that even in the absence of a foundation for moral behaviour we can still use the simultaneity of our minds, the fact that they contain form and the idea of beauty, to argue for a basic level of moral behaviour.

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** Postmodernism, especially when practised by the media and large corporations, and postmarxism are the greatest internationalist threat to the world.   They are damaging the rest of the garden, they are the proponents of agri-desert rather than gardening, creating distorted growths like Al Quaeda and Russian Nationalism in reaction to their over-weaning self righteousness.  Postmodernism elevates the processes of work above form and beauty when processes should be devoted to the perfection of form and beauty.

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You are your mind.  This mind is simultaneous and immediate.  Whatever occurs within it happens.

Your mind is not the world outside your body. It may be a construction of your brain or something else but it only represents what you see.  Try this, look in a mirror. Can you see your eyes move? No.  Put your finger next to your eye and move it.  You can see the finger move even if you keep your gaze steady.   The reason you cannot see your eyes move is because vision is severely limited during eye movements, not because you are looking at your eyes (a phenomenon called “saccadic suppression”). Seeing is suppressed during eye movements and the eyes move most of the time. What is in your brain is collected between eye movements and updates the content of your mind.

You already knew that your mind was not directly the world.  You dream and you imagine.  Some people make up narratives about seeing the world directly to support sinister politics and philosophy.  To make us machines.

So the content of your mind happens.  It is true as content of your mind now.  What happens in your mind may not be what happens in the world.  We dream and imagine.

We can check whether an occurrence in our minds is unique to ourselves by using the scientific method.  In this method observations are made according to a clear recipe (an experiment) that allows other people to make their own observations.  The other people can then affirm or deny that the experiment involves the observed events.  If the experiment involves the direct manipulation of the world it is an experiment in physical science.

A general truth is an observation that can be repeated by others. A personal truth is an event that only occurs in our own minds.

It is commonplace for people to confuse measurement with truth.  If a measuring tape reads one metre it means nothing without its context.  Observations include the context of a measurement in the simultaneous space of a mind.  Observations can be true or false, measurements and processing steps in a computer are just blips in space and time.

Some people believe that the consistent body of interrelated truths known as “science” can be used to negate the primacy of observation.  If science were complete this might be a tenable position but if this argument is inspected it usually turns out that it equates primitive materialism with “science”.  Science is the application of the scientific method, not materialism.  Of course, on the assumption that the brain is nothing more than a primitive materialist engine then it can be nothing more than a primitive materialist engine….

Moral truths are more complex than simple truths.  They entail the actions and thoughts that create a perfect mind.  To understand morality we need to understand the mind itself (ourselves) and the relation between minds and between minds and the universe.  Our minds contain entire contexts and to change to a moral person we must change to be a person.  Morality involves finding the nature of a perfect mind and becoming it.  Some Christians believe that this is the nature of belief in Christ.

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Are you a believer? Did you hear the words of your teachers and drink them down to the roots of your soul?

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Never has there been a generation so beholden to teachers. No teacher can see through your eyes and hear with your ears.  If you ask the teacher “what sees what my eyes see?” they say your brain sees. If you ask “what sees what my brain sees” they say your brain sees. And so on in a senseless circle.  But the teacher cannot be seen to know nothing and tells you that this is all there is.

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Then you are left in a mystery.mindandbrain

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Now here is a truth and a wonder. The world of sight is arranged around a point. Just look. The world of dreams is arranged around a point. Just dream. The world of sounds is the same. Nothing flows into the point. You are a simultaneous mind.  Don’t make up stories about how your experience “has to be” a flow of information, just observe: the information is simultaneously arranged around a point. This mind may contain dreams, imaginings or perceptions about the world that are based on your senses.

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Some say there is no seeing because what you say you see is the world itself. Dreams are denied and the imagination dismissed along with anything that is not outside yourself.  And if you ask what sees the world itself they say the world is itself, it just is itself. But then why eyes and brains? To behave say the sinister. You are human resources disposed of by the world.

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It is sinister to turn a mystery into a pyramid of power and make a machine of you and it is sinister to use narratives to mislead. These narratives are empty tales because you can only know yourself by wordlessly observing what is there.

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It is sinister to declare that you are mistaken or misreporting what is evidently there.

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If the nerves from your eyes are like wires carrying electricity, and the simultaneous light is in all the wires at once, then what point lies at their focus to see them simultaneously? Surely any such point is an impossibility. The answer is simple: the simultaneous light has a centre but nothing flows into it. Just dream, no light flows into the centre of a dream.

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Science cannot yet explain your mind.  It is sinister to say that science dismisses observations and proves a truth to be false. Science does no such thing.   Your mind is in your brain but it is so much more than grey matter or successions of electric spikes.  Your mind is unlike any machine.

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Before you dismiss this article try reading.

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