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Thursday, June 15, 2006


Why is money so important to Physically focused people?

Let me explain. Liberal are generally Emotion-focused. Conservatives are generally Physical-focused. Libertarians are generally Logic-focused.

Liberals claim sometimes that all conservatives care about is the money. Indeed, conservatives are often money-focused. Why?

Money is a socially defined form of energy. It makes things happen.

Potential Energy is logically defined. A bowling ball resting on the ground has as little kinetic energy as a bowling ball resting on a ledge on the side of a building, but the one on the building could roll off and fall, gaining tremendous kinetic energy as a result.

Money is an even more abstract form of energy. The sun pours out light-energy, which is turned into plants and into sugar-energy. That sugar-energy is harvested, and sold. People convert their money-energy into that sugar-energy, then go out and work their own jobs, turning that sugar-energy back into money-energy.

Since energy, and its workings, are firmly in the realm of the physical, it makes clear sense that Conservatives, being Physical-focused people, can easily be focused on money.

It also reworks all of economic theory into a mass of energy, always flowing, running by the rules of energy exchange.

Thursday, June 08, 2006


Choice is the most dangerous thing in the universe. It is also the one thing God does not dare go against.

Every person has choice. They may not think about it. They may not use it. They may not even realize it. But choice is what makes humans "human."

I can choose, right now, to leave the seat where I'm typing, take a pen, and stab my choice of three people. I can choose to throw four or five computers and monitors to the floor to the ground, right now, just to see them break.

I can choose to continue this blog entry. I can choose to do some homework, study the Bible, or join a cribbage game online.

Any physical item can be used for multiple purposes. Many emotional and logical things can also be tools of good or instruments of destruction. It is choice that makes them so.

It is choice that turns a gun from a physical object that can propel small metal chunks at a very high speed, into a deadly weapon and a threat, instead of a glorified hole-punch.

It is choice that turns the human voice into a harsh tool of domination, a wonderful musical instrument, a carrier of ideas, information, and memes.

It is choice that defines humanity. Choice is the image of God.

How so? God is the prime mover, but because every move is planned, He is also the prime chooser. In His book, choice is the only thing that matters, in the end. What a person chooses, how they choose it, why they choose it, these are what the Bible is about.

When God says, "Do for others what you would have them do for you," He means it. He means that other people are as infinitely valuable to Him as you are. That means that they are infinitely valuable to you, as well.

Because consequences are part of the choice that spawned them, because the consequences wouldn't even exist without the choice in the first place, the consequences are as important when judging a choice as the motive of that choice in the first place.

Most people can't get past the syllogism:
1: God is omnipotent and omniscient.
2: Bad things happen.
3: Therefore, God is not good.

Their assumptions are what keep them from getting past it:
1.5: ...Therefore He has the ability to stop bad things from happening, and the full knowledge of all the bad things that will happen, when they will happen, how to stop them, and the full consequences of stopping or allowing them.
2.5: ...Therefore God allowed them to happen.
3.5: ...Because a good person would have stopped them.

My only quibble is with 3.5. Let me say that again. My only quibble is with 3.5. What does that mean? It means that God had better have a damn good reason for allowing those bad things to happen.

It turns out He does.

The prime chooser made us little choosers. We have the ability, given by Him, to make choices of utter inconsequence or life-shattering horror. We have, in a word, freedom.

It is freedom, choice, that God respects, that God will not touch. We earn the good and bad consequences of our choices. If He negated the consequences, even if they are only the bad consequences, He would be treating us as children, and not as adults. He will not be patronizing.

It is freedom that America enshrined as the highest virtue, it is choice, with its good and its bad, that our government is built on.

It is freedom that we are giving to Iraq, with its good and its bad. We hope that they will be grateful to us, we hope that they will not use their freedom to attack us.

It is freedom to make choices, an arena of possibility, that God has given to us. Our abuse of that freedom is called sin, and it is the consequences of sin that turns abused children into confused, codependent adults, that turns strapping young men into shattered veterans old before their time, that turns fear into anger into punishment for imagined crimes.

Sin is choices that hurt other people.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Change and Stasis

Let me be more clear: God represents change, and Satan represents stasis.

Satan has convinced the world that this is exactly the opposite. And yet, what is power? It is the ability to CHANGE things, to make things not the way they were before.

In the Physical, change is "good" and stasis "bad", in the same way that in the Logical, true is "good" and false "bad".

This needs some minor modifications to fit the revealed truth, however.

First, though God the Father is the essence and master of Change, He does not change. After all, as He is infinitely powerful, infinitely smart, infinitely good, infinitely just, etc, any change would be to make God LESS than He is.

Second, though he serves stasis, Satan thinks he serves only himself. He is not content to serve stasis with the methods of stasis; he uses change to serve stasis. He knocks things down to their lowest energy level, he encourages entropy.

Third, though Change is one of the central aspects of God, another is Truth. Whatever is true remains true, unless the situation changes. For example, if the amount of water in a lake decreases, the number denoting its volume decreases. HOWEVER, the amount that WAS in it remains tied to the number representing its PREVIOUS volume. The same is true of actions that cause harm (sins). Murder (a subset of killing) is a sin, was a sin, will be a sin, no matter how much society changes. HOWEVER, if the situation changes such that a specific killing is no longer murder (war or self defense or the death penalty), then that specific killing is also no longer the sin of murder.

Thus, God appears to be static (His Word never changes, as He also does not), and Satan appears to be an agent of change (an angel of light): he got Adam and Eve to sin and get tossed out of the garden.

This confusion is rampant in Western Civilization. Eastern religions enshrine Change, though they do not know that they worship God the Father. Western governments act as a cancer, taking more and more resources from the productive portion of the body until the body dies, taking the cancer with it. Eastern governments are no better, because they are run by people too.

And the zombie sons of Adam and daughters of Eve remain agents of stasis. The Truth was nailed to a tree so He couldn't change the system. When He gave entropy the last bit of life in Him, it realized that it still had no hold on Him, because He had never worked for it. The wages of sin is death, but Jesus never worked for sin, so His paycheck bounced.

There's too much stasis in our churches today. As with the visible growth of a tree, it may look alive on the outside and be deadwood inside. Growth from within can survive the winter chill that kills the twigs and leaves. Anything ineffective in the church should be dropped immediately, and resources put to better use, effecting change.