Before I can teach you how to reason, I must first teach you how to rid yourself of unreason. For many of you have not yet been educated. You have been dis-educated. To put it bluntly, you have been indoctrinated. Before you learn how to think you must first learn how to stop unthinking.
Reasoning requires you to understand truth claims, even truth claims that you think are false or bad or just icky. Most of you have been taught to label things with various “isms” which prevent you from understanding claims you find uncomfortable or difficult.
Reasoning requires correct judgment. Judgment involves making distinctions, discriminating. Most of you have been taught how to avoid critical, evaluative judgments by appealing to simplistic terms such as “diversity” and “equality.”
Reasoning requires you to understand the difference between true and false. And reasoning requires coherence and logic. Most of you have been taught to embrace incoherence and illogic. You have learned to associate truth with your subjective feelings, which are neither true nor false but only yours, and which are constantly changeful.
We will have to pull out all of the weeds in your mind as we come across them. Unfortunately, your mind is full of weeds, and this will be a very painful experience. But it is strictly necessary if anything useful, good, and fruitful is to be planted in your head.
There is no formula for this. Each of you has different weeds, and so we will need to take this on the case-by-case basis. But there are a few weeds that infect nearly all of your brains. So I am going to pull them out now.
First, except when describing an ideology, you are not to use a word that ends in “ism.” Communism, socialism, Nazism, and capitalism are established concepts in history and the social sciences, and those terms can often be used fruitfully to gain knowledge and promote understanding. “Classism,” “sexism,” “materialism,” “cisgenderism,” and (yes) even racism are generally not used as meaningful or productive terms, at least as you have been taught to use them. Most of the time, they do not promote understanding.
In fact, “isms” prevent you from learning. You have been taught to slap an “ism” on things that you do not understand, or that make you feel uncomfortable, or that make you uncomfortable because you do not understand them. But slapping a label on the box without first opening the box and examining its contents is a form of cheating. Worse, it prevents you from discovering the treasures hidden inside the box. For example, when we discussed the Code of Hammurabi, some of you wanted to slap labels on what you read which enabled you to convince yourself that you had nothing to learn from ancient Babylonians. But when we peeled off the labels and looked carefully inside the box, we discovered several surprising truths. In fact, we discovered that Hammurabi still has a lot to teach us today.
One of the falsehoods that has been stuffed into your brain and pounded into place is that moral knowledge progresses inevitably, such that later generations are morally and intellectually superior to earlier generations, and that the older the source the more morally suspect that source is. There is a term for that. It is called chronological snobbery. Or, to use a term that you might understand more easily, “ageism.”
Second, you have been taught to resort to two moral values above all others, diversity and equality. These are important values if properly understood. But the way most of you have been taught to understand them makes you irrational, unreasoning. For you have been taught that we must have as much diversity as possible and that equality means that everyone must be made equal. But equal simply means the same. To say that 2+2 equals 4 is to say that 2+2 is numerically the same as four. And diversity simply means difference. So when you say that we should have diversity and equality you are saying we should have difference and sameness. That is incoherent, by itself. Two things cannot be different and the same at the same time in the same way.
Furthermore, diversity and equality are not the most important values. In fact, neither diversity nor equality is valuable at all in its own right. Some diversity is bad. For example, if slavery is inherently wrong, as I suspect we all think it is, then a diversity of views about the morality of slavery is worse than complete agreement that slavery is wrong.
Similarly, equality is not to be desired for its own sake. Nobody is equal in all respects. We are all different, which is to say that we are all not the same, which is to say that we are unequal in many ways. And that is generally a good thing. But it is not always a good thing (see the previous remarks about diversity).
Related to this: You do you not know what the word “fair” means. It does not just mean equality. Nor does it mean something you do not like. For now, you will have to take my word for this. But we will examine fairness from time to time throughout this semester.
Third, you should not bother to tell us how you feel about a topic. Tell us what you think about it. If you can’t think yet, that’s O.K.. Tell us what Aristotle thinks, or Hammurabi thinks, or H.L.A. Hart thinks. Borrow opinions from those whose opinions are worth considering. As Aristotle teaches us in the reading for today, men and women who are enslaved to the passions, who never rise above their animal natures by practicing the virtues, do not have worthwhile opinions. Only the person who exercises practical reason and attains practical wisdom knows how first to live his life, then to order his household, and finally, when he is sufficiently wise and mature, to venture opinions on how to bring order to the political community.
One of my goals for you this semester is that each of you will encounter at least one idea that you find disagreeable and that you will achieve genuine disagreement with that idea. I need to explain what I mean by that because many of you have never been taught how to disagree.
Disagreement is not expressing one’s disapproval of something or expressing that something makes you feel bad or icky. To really disagree with someone’s idea or opinion, you must first understand that idea or opinion. When Socrates tells you that a good life is better than a life in exile you can neither agree nor disagree with that claim without first understanding what he means by “good life” and why he thinks running away from Athens would be unjust. Similarly, if someone expresses a view about abortion, and you do not first take the time to understand what the view is and why the person thinks the view is true, then you cannot disagree with the view, much less reason with that person. You might take offense. You might feel bad that someone holds that view. But you are not reasoning unless you are engaging the merits of the argument, just as Socrates engaged with Crito’s argument that he should flee from Athens.
So, here are three ground rules for the rest of this blog.
1. The only “ism” I ever want to come out your mouth is a syllogism. If I catch you using an “ism” or its analogous “ist” — racist, classist, etc. — then you will not be permitted to continue speaking until you have first identified which “ism” you are guilty of at that very moment. You are not allowed to fault others for being biased or privileged until you have first identified and examined your own biases and privileges.
2. If I catch you this blog using the words “fair,” “diversity,” or “equality,” or a variation on those terms, and you do not stop immediately to explain what you mean, you will lose your privilege to express any further opinions in class until you first demonstrate that you understand three things about the view that you are criticizing.
3. If you ever begin a statement with the words “I feel,” before continuing you must cluck like a chicken or make some other suitable animal sound.
WTF is this
This is a warning. Move out of the big cities. It is going to get worse. No police, no protection, these wicked people have gotten what they want. A lawless country.
Now you know how it feels when you give a liberal a little liberty, it’s not enough until they take yours away. They will demand conformity or they will destroy your reputation, get you fired from your job, take your children, take your homes, and refuse medical treatment. I have told you for years that this was going to happen. You called me uninformed, stupid, I did not know what I was talking about, you laughed at me, called me names, said I was a conspiracy theorist, and a nut case. Now you cannot turn on the news and not see the chaos everywhere you look. Lberals forcing people to bow before them, tearing down historical statues and flags, defacing heads of former presidents, and telling the police force to stand downI have told you for years they hate our country, our customs, our way of life, and our constitution. They will rewrite history, make more laws to make you conform, to shut you up, and comply.
You are scared. You should be. You sit back and let this happen. We warned you for years. You told us to vote. See where that gets us. Same crap every 4 years. How does it feel to have a republican president, but the liberals are running everything? You thought Trump was going to drain the swamp. You thought he was going to arrest Obama and Hillary. They are still walking around, influencing every American policy. Nancy Pelosi and her comrades have a lot of power, and they are using it. America is in chaos. It’s time to start praying some imprecatory prayers. If you do not know what they are? You need to do some research. Time for the church of the Living God to arise. This madness can be stopped. First thing; the church needs to repent. Secondly; these politicians must be removed. Not by voting them out, they need to be fired, with no pension. Thirdly; order must be established again.
You want to defeat racism. Here’s how to do it. Churches need to open their doors to all races. Walk hand in hand. No more white power. No more black power. We need to establish the power of God in our nation again.
Scare people with a virus. Place them in quarantine. Count the number of dead every second of every day in every news headline.
Close all businesses. 40,000,000 out of jobs.
Peak unemployment. Remove entertainment: parks, gyms, bars, restaurants, sports.
No dating. No touching. Mask people. Dehumanize them. Close temples and churches. Create a vacuum. Let depression and anxiety and desperation set in.
Then… ignite hatred and civil war. Civil unrest. Empty the prisons because of the virus and fill the streets with criminals. Send in Antifa to vandalize property as if they are freedom fighters.
Undermine the law. Loot. Attack law enforcement, but tell government to order a stand-down. We are all being baited by adversarial governments who want to destroy America – China, Iran, Russia.
Have the Far Left abuse the racial wars to fuel the fires. And, in an election year, have Democrats blame all of it on the President.
Can’t take America in a war, destroy it from within.We are being conditioned, manipulated, and programmed by multiple agendas as never before…..time to DO OUR OWN RESEARCH and MAKE UP OUR OWN MINDS rather than eating everything being spoon-fed to us from the media!!
I have been thinking about all the things that has been going on in this world lately. And it seems to be getting bad each and every day. Riots and looting everywhere. Churches, police stations, businesses are burning. Politician are trying to pass laws to do away with the police department. Madness everywhere. What are we gonna do. I thought I would never see this kind of stuff in my lifetime. It’s here. And it’s in full bloom.
There has been a demonic infiltration that has been instigated by forces beyond our wildest imagination. People are saying and doing things without restraint. If you call them on it they start acting like a bunch of spoiled brats. Is it gonna get any better? Is this the last days? Have our final moments here on earth are just about to rap up? It seems that way. Doesn’t it? What we need in this time is a word from God, we need direction, we need answers. Conspiracy theorist have been telling us for years that these days were coming. We have been warned. Now we are facing the consequences of our decisions. We are facing the repercussion of a lack of understanding. In this day and age we need to return back to the basic of life. A heart that is pure, and a love that is beyond our reality.
If you haven’t figured it out yet, the real news today is not being reported on your TV. Around the globe, nationalists in many countries are up against a world-wide network of interlayered interests. These include the CIA, the Mossad, Pakistani ISI, the CCP and others. These networks of operatives are who are behind the unrest not only in America, but in many western nations. Even when we are finally successful in closing down ANTIFA, they just reform into any one of a dozen other groups. Remember ACORN? ANTIFA is what ACORN became. Please get your affairs in order. The war for America is coming. It may end up as a physical war, (God forbid), but it is primarily a war of ideologies. This battle will require that we be the best we can be. Educate yourself and others. Share what you learn. Connect with your neighbors. Make the connections now within your communities so that when the attacks come, you know who your neighbors are and who are the invading hordes. Be well. Be safe. Walk in Peace.
It deeply saddens me how many people I meet or listen to claim to be Christians or claim to be a leader, or claim they took this or that bible course but as soon as the media promotes fear they are will to forget about all the promises of God, their willing to forget about the full Armour of God and their willing to submit under one of Satans top generals called FEAR. So many pastors on line like to claim this or that and so many like to make all kinds of excuses, but what so many dont seem to realize is who do you believe its that simple. The news papers non stop report all kinds of lies, the weather reports are wrong so many times, so many news papers are sued because of false statements and yet even though so many people knows the media hates Gods word, the media cant be trusted and the media speaks lies non stop the majority of the body of Christ are more willing to go with the flow then stand on the word of God.Through all the years I have been a christian or a minister it doesnt matter what topic it is the church seems to cling to every word the media says about any topic but this might shock some of you but did you know the church is supposed influence the world and not allow the world to influence the church? It seems like every day some one is coming out with a so called new doctrine to promote more fear. Isnt it time to quit listening to demons and start listening to the voice of God?
I know this is an inconvenient truth, but truth it is. Westernized rebuilding required a stripping of everything former to the black and indigenous, to be replaced with a new Eurocentric identity. For example, the indigenous of the Americas were forced to submit to this process, as their culture was erased and eradicated, with their hair cut, children forced to attend European schools as well as to adopt new Europeanized names and new Europeanized religion. In the regions of South and Central America, they were subject to racial mixing with the European, which was a specific policy of colonization designed to further dilute and destroy their culture and identity and to ultimately supplant it. A new individual had been created; a new identity forged. This was even viewed as a benefit, as left to their own devices without “modernization,” blacks and indigenous were nothing more than brutes and primitives.
We are living the outcome, an Eurocentric system, codified as the norm and the way of life for everyone, for the widespread benefit of all. It is not even a question whether it is proper or not, it just is. Since the days of the Enlightenment to now, the European has achieved total and complete cultural hegemony. So total as a matter of fact, that we do not even realize it, but accept it as the only way to live naturally. We have adopted their ways as ours, completely, to the point that we have zero connection to our ancestral people. Our identity is the Eurocentric identity and vice versa. Our ancestors were people of the land and of deep spirituality. Europeanization stripped them of their worth, their land, destroyed it, and replaced their spirituality with westernized religion. As for the question, “Who am I?” black and brown people? We are what the ancient Shamans called the “Primordial Light.” We are Spirit. We are one with the Universe. No system, process, person or government can ever take that from us.
In the end times, when they want you to keep your mouth shut, they’ll just hire a hacker to put inappropriate child images on your computer, phone, social media, they will destroy your outer image in hopes that you’ll care so much about what people will think, you’ll renounce your faith in Jesus and keep silent. Trust me, their tactics are psychological at first, knowing that using force is not wise in the beginning. The dangers of the internet for Christians will be unimaginable.
The Bible has a lot to say about the wicked. Their monstrous greed and selfishness is running rampant. What is God doing about these criminals?
Those wicked criminals happen to be God’s servants, according to the Scriptures. All that greed and selfishness is well described by the prophet, Joel, where they are called locusts, cankerworms, caterpillars, and palmerworms, “my great army which I (God) sent among you” (Joel 3:25). These wicked people are the worms and parasites that do nothing but feed themselves greedily. God has sent them among us in order to judge us for our refusal to obey His Law (Ezekiel 5:16,17). These wicked people THINK that they are doing this just because they want to rob us and get rich off our labor, but they do not understand that God is the One who is directing them to do this against us (Isaiah 10:5-7 and vs. 13-15). Ezekiel 38:4 tells us that God is actually putting hooks into their jaws and dragging them to America to rob us. All of this is because we have refused the Law of God, and thus we are under the curses of the Law for disobedience. Fortunately for us, the Bible, also, tells us that one day this plunder will all end in their final destruction. This will occur as soon as our nation repents and turns to His Law. It is a great comfort to know that all these wicked enemies are under the absolute control of the God who loves us. We know then that God has the power to stop them at the exact moment He has planned to save us.
These demons have already gotten a taste of blood. It’s too late now… the only way the armies of this world will stop them is to kill the hosts, rendering the parasites disarmed until they find a new body. What I’m telling you is not a joke here people. The Bible is not a joke, but it will make a joke out of you if you let it. The demons were given an inch because the secular worldview didn’t believe in their existence. Now they’ve pierced the veil and are portaling into our world and entering people at mass levels.
When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.
The world doesn’t understand deliverance. I’m warning you ahead of time, when the demons enter a person and they lash out at humans, the police and military are going to kill the possessed humans. It’s going to be a massacre… and those possessed people will end up in hell and never had control of their body in their last moments.
I feel like I’m talking to myself sometimes. Or my posts are shadow banned because they know…
I think the problem a lot of people are having is that they don’t see the spiritual world. Take into consideration that you see your own reflection in the mirror as long as you’re looking at it. But what does your reflection do when you aren’t looking at it? You don’t know… no one knows. Did you just assume that its doing what its supposed to do; that it does what you do but inverted? Well… this is actually how most people have demons in their lives and don’t notice them because they ASSUME life must be set according to how we perceive it. Hollywood, books, and video games have made people believe WE CREATE the monster around us for entertainment purposes but that they don’t really exist outside of that entertainment. WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG. You better watch your back… it ain’t a game and they want to kill you. And if you start opening up the wrong doors that the Bible warns against, you could be the one living your next horror movie.
Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God.
Leviticus 19:31 KJV
I saw this earlier:
“According to the store clerks, George attempted to make a purchase with a fake $20 bill. The clerk refused the money.
George left without incident but decided to hang out in front of the store, just standing around.
In the meantime, just for practice, the clerk notified the police of the incident. The police then rushed right over because, you know, police in big cities are usually free to rush over to check fake $20s from people who have already left the scene. Happens all the time.
Imagine their good fortune to find George still standing there. That’s what most people do after being caught with a counterfeit bill, right? Just walk outside and stand there.
I find it odd that these two men, Derek (the officer) and George, may have known each other well. They used to work together for years at a nightclub, apparently.
I find it odd that the cop had his hands in his pockets while he put his knee on his acquaintance or potential friend’s throat. (The “Hidden Hand” is coincidentally a known Illuminati symbol.) Very odd.
I find it odd that they did not just put him in the back seat of the cop car. They were literally standing right next to the door.
I find it odd that a man who couldn’t get air was able to yell out repeatedly for a very long period of time, and did not struggle to live. Why didn’t he call for help with all those people standing around filming him? He just laid there and passively “died.”
I find it odd that they just stood there and let people film this.
I find it odd the video is everywhere and so easily accessible when other videos of MURDER are removed or censored.
I find it odd that most of Derek’s weight is on his right knee, the one on the ground, not the left knee on his acquaintance/or friend, George.
I find it odd the paramedics arrived on scene, approached so nonchalantly, then placed Derek’s very much alive (?) friend, George, into the ambulance without any sign of urgency.
I find it odd that Derek’s neighbors never knew he was an officer. They stated they never saw him wearing a uniform coming and going.
I find it odd that the formal Mug Shot of the officer “Derek” looks strangely different than the cop in the photo (different hairline, slightly different features).
I find it VERY odd that a cop started the riots. Thank goodness for an ex who outed him.
I find it odd that nearly everyone who was arrested for rioting and looting were from OUT OF STATE.
I find it odd that massive piles of random bricks, convenient for breaking things, were magically placed in cities where riots broke out.
I find it odd that the National Guard was not brought in earlier, and that they were unable to get these riots under control immediately.
I find it odd that these staged events only happen in Democrat run cities.
I find it odd that this “racist” narrative happened shortly after Biden’s racist comment last week. I knew they were trying to distract us from something.
I find it odd that this happened just as COVID loses traction. Social distancing SUDDENLY flew out the window. Let’s hope the masks and fear soon follow.
I find it odd that COVID happened the moment the impeachment failed.
I find it odd the impeachment happened the moment that Russian hoax failed.
Can you see the pattern? Will you continue to chase the well orchestrated carrots? Or is there something in you that will stop for a minute and look for the truth?
This is all very interesting.
Still a tragedy.”