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The controversy of RE

Once RE has been understood the world looks differently.  Our reality is in our heads so to speak.  We know that the models, words, concepts and ideas are not reality, but these things represent a reality that pre-exists the physical reality we can only know tangentially.

Pre-existent reality is the world we seek.  All ideas we have all concepts and models represent an unknown that is more real than physical reality (which we can only know tangentially).  The implications are immense.

The main implication are the acceptance of mental entities and grand ideas of great thinkers as things more real than the table and chair in front of us.  Justice and Truth and Value become the prime motivations to us because they mean more in every scheme of things than smaller ideas like wealth and poverty and corruption and charity.

It will not be long until the critics realize that if we value the grand idea of Value more than a life that we all agree will never provide worth to anyone else we will make decisions to terminate that life.  And when we see that there is a stark difference between human conceptuality and that of other living beings, like our pets, we will see that there is rational justification for raising animals for food and and other service, value, to humanity so long as it provides for value to a thriving community that is providing worth to others, or has a reasonable potential to provide such worth.

Rational Existence does not exist in nature, but only in the conceptuality humanity uniquely is able to build, model, and discover in the universe and in physical world surrounding us.  We build worlds, and if they have worth, that worth is real whereas if we build a worth of money and physical objects that worth is fleeting and will soon fall to others.

As we see from the foregoing that RE will be controversial in our acceptance, as quickly as it is understood and adopted, it will be opposed.  Opposition in the form of feelings can be seen as valuable even in the matrices we have accepted in RE, but there are those who will oppose us on the way we see and treat ideas.

Our ideas are real, and we can pass them one to another the way we pass levels of communication.  Some are easily identifiable, others not so much.  Who owns an idea that is specifically identifiable in Rational Existence?  The simple answer is the idea owns itself, that we have discovered it and adopted it as part of ourselves.  But there will be opposition to that view.

The opposition is somewhat justified because of the depth of the possibilities, the individuality and specificity of ideas possible.  And because the value of those ideas has yet to be discovered.  All through history stories of differing worlds and voodoo, witchcraft, keys to perceptions and ways of viewing things differently have existed.  Within the matrix of RE we find those things exist in a way that is more real than physical reality.  And the difference between those worlds and that of every day humanity is only in the value they offer to humanity.

Value is the RE matrix which rules the reasonableness, the rational part of Rational Existence.  Whatever is of worth to humanity is valuable.  And the rationale of the rationale can only go to what is valuable, worthwhile, dear and good until some other more reasonable rationale is discovered.  Value is the litmus of RE and that is controversial for the reasons given above, and for the the very sane exception in human existence that feelings also have value even though feelings are not rational.

Human worth

Rational Existence means that humanity are the only beings known to be able to see that which is valuable.  The reasoning goes like this: the order of the universe pre-exists that which exists physically.  That order is seen by humanity as models, concepts, patterns, and aspects and attributes of physical things.  As far as the writing of this book there have been no other beings except humanity who have demonstrated and communicated and manipulated matter according to the discovered order.

Humanity communicates its discovery of order most often with words, names, models, depictions, music and dance.  Others find value in the discoveries of others, and the mystery of this relationship is the true meaning of value.

I don’t pretend and I don’t believe anyone should pretend to know the precise meaning of anything because meaning itself is as difficult to know as value, worth, goodness and life.  But if we are to accept that order is the epitome of existence and not physicality, then we must accept that these higher order names represent something that exists, knowing full well that we will never know the truth and full extent of the existence of any order, much less those higher order names we all recognize.

Acceptance of the existence of value and worth in its own right makes us see our existence and the existence of others in terms of our worth, one to the other.  Our lives and actions and worth can only be known in relation to others, in our worth to others.  RE forces us to see our worth in terms of our worth to others.

Whether or not this book or any actions of my life have done any good is the essential question of life in a very real sense according to RE.  The order of the universe exists whereas physical objects like our bodies, not so much.

Mental Health and Education

How does a mental health worker or educator or any worker who must offer help to the human psyche test their methods for efficacy and efficiency?  How does a religion know it is the best religion?

Using the methods of critical thinking provided by Rational Existence we can know the efficacy of any educational method and its relative efficiency.  In order to do this all we need to know is the desired outcome.

For example in a religion, what is the aim?  If the aim is to get into heaven we need to find better definitions for the words in the phrase “get into heaven”.  But we can easily find out which religion is best using the critical thinking method provided by RE: the best religion is the one that produces the best people.

Same with education or mental health. A professional using RE principles must deeply examine what is best, healthy, valuable, and good.  Without using the tools of RE we would have nowhere to start looking for such a thing, perhaps a dictionary.

Knowing that the order of the universe, the principles and directions of all things around us exist in a more real way than we ourselves exist erases the physical world and allows us to see the principles, directions and order as the important aspect of our work, and our lives.

We can attack each challenge and problem by examining the higher order knowing that is what rules this challenge and will solve this problem.  In the most general terms education can be seen from on high as imparting into a being the knowledge and tools that are likely to make that person valuable to others.  A health professional likewise would want to perform the procedures or make available the processes which are most likely to allow a person to become an contributor again and valuable to society.

Human worth

 

RE was Inspired by ‘Abdul-Baha

I arrived at this understanding of Rational Existence with meditation and research surrounding a work of ‘Abdul-Baha in Baha’i literature: Some Answered Questions.  Regardless of the understandings of others, I have understood that the order of the universe can be viewed as pre-existing the phenomenon of the universe.  All of the rules of behavior, the possible, the physical laws guiding and defining and ruling physical behavior exist (or can be understood to exist) regardless of the existence of any physical object.

This realization lead me on a path of great implication.  In the very same tradition and philosophy of the Baha’i Faith that lead me to this understanding I* saw wonderful implications.  For example, ‘Abdu’l-Baha in the same book delineated “five spiritual powers”: imagination, thought, comprehension, and memory.

Simply no one in or out of the Baha’i Faith has picked up on such an understanding of the human condition.  Several traditions of both religious and a secular nature have delineated and expounded upon the intellectual and spiritual powers of humanity.  None can be more right or wrong than any other because there is no yard stick by which to measure these understandings.

All religion and all secular and all scientific and all philosophy and all reasonable people search for and propose such a yardstick that goes to the most basic of all human understanding.  Rational Existence as I understand it proposes such a yardstick that can be empirically, logically and philosophically verified.

Once we understand that our pre-existent order has a rational existence we can check our understanding against that proven order.  No matrix has yet been developed, but critical thinking can bring us to a verifiable understanding of the issues involved in any problem, and the order that will rule its outcome.

Mental Health and the Education of Children.

 

Secularism and Religion

Throughout the ages religion has inspired people to be better people.  Differing but exalting ideas have shown people that baser instincts and feelings should be examined rationally and that people should not attempt to satiate all desires immediately and disregard others.

Mostly those inspirational ideas have been presented as having been borne to us from an exalted place, or from a being that should be believed.  Various religions offered different reasons and incentives and rationales for behavior that considers others in our lives and desires allowing for and building community based on religious values.

In parallel with the development of religion has always been people who found other rationales, or not rationale at all, to live in community.  But resistance to religious supremacy has always been found, and in recent centuries governments have built into society values that are not religiously based.

Secular society recognizes the value of other human beings and community without basing that value on religion.  Like religion there are many different rationales for giving value to others even when we want what we want regardless.

Hence conceptions of justice and value and law and compassion have been accepted by all thinking people regardless of the religious or secular basis of those conceptions. Communities are all based on egalitarian values to some extent even if some seek more privileges than others in the community.

What has been lacking, and what Rational Existence offers, is the basic rationale that goes to the deepest level of human existence and thought.  Our motivations actions come from our thoughts, mostly expressed in words, conceptualized in models and theorems and equations and maxims.  When humanity collectively accepts and idea that idea exists in a more real fashion than a rock exists.

We all accept the value of justice.  Both the words have meaning to all who are reading.  We know what justice is and what value is and that those two words represent something that exists in the consciousness of all humanity.

 

 

I should write this book now.

The implications are astounding, and the idea deserves consideration from scholars, children and anyone who contemplates their situation in the cosmos.  A simple idea that will change the world as soon as you read it, well, as soon as you understand it.

This idea reconciles religion with secularism and is in complete harmony with science and all logical method.  It rejects any superstition or religious faith arguments as illogical and irrelevant.  The point it to be able to analyze any concept, any idea or theoretical construct at its most basic.  Any idea, feeling, or choice can be examined through rational existence to find its merit.  Simple and profound.

Reality is in your head, in my head, in the collective heads of all humanity and, so far as we know, only humanity.  Animals and machines don’t have reality.  Reality is conceptual.

We use words to communicate.  We have feelings, we put those feelings into words, we use those words to impart into others our feelings, our concepts, information, stories.  Words are our existence.  Very little of what we live, what we experience, what we feel and believe comes from that part of us that does not use words. So, for the moment I will not go to that part and not deal with human feelings but rather with rational humanity.

I will rather talk about that part of us that conceptualizes, that creates, that imagines, that remembers and communicates.

Simply put Rational Existence recognizes the fact that human existence is not physical.  We live in a world of words and feelings.  Nothing that we think or feel has existence beyond the conceptual.  Acceptance of this fact may require explanation. The implications require elucidation.

Explanation.  The Politics of Experience named levels of communication.  Whether or not the following is what the author intended there we may differentiate between kinds of communication.

At its most basic level a person vocalizes an idea and it influences another.  “Watch out” or “take this paper”, “eat your veggies or your teeth will fall out” for example.  If the communication is not heard or read or understood then no communication takes place at all.  So lets agree that level 1 is I speak to you, you understand and heed the information given.  This may also be done in print.  A sign or story or movie for example.

A higher level of communication is when influences are on more than one side of the vocalizations.  If I impart to you an idea AND you are able to respond in such a manner that I know that you know what I am saying, then we have arrived at a new level of communication.  Buy my book and we will have achieved that level.

The highest sustainable level of communication is when you understand me, and I understand that you understand me, and you still have something to say.  Now is when you ask questions.

Physical Existence vs. Rational Existence.

Secularism and Religion

RE was Inspired by ‘Abdul-Baha