Creative Living Beyond Fear

 

 I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear.” The famous quote from the novel Dune. Perhaps this quote was never more appropriate than during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a Capricorn sun sign, I have always had to deal with fear, be it my own or others.  When I first took seminars from The Prosperos I thought I was supposed to get rid of any emotion or ideas that did not bring me joy and happiness. Through using the techniques Translation and Releasing the Hidden Splendor, Seminars taught by The Prosperos, I gradually came to understand that emotions of all sorts are beneficial. I understood the importance of fear, anger, sadness, and much more. It is only when emotions get out of control or are used inappropriately do, they become dangerous for us.

Fear has emerged in all primates as a safety concept. It helps keep us safe. It makes us to stop and reason, or knee jerk and runaway. It is the mother in us that warns us of danger. In mythology of lack of fear is depicted as the young warrior who throws caution to the wind without thought of the havoc that his lack of fear can bring upon himself and others. It was easy to see this myth play out as many young students gathered for spring break even with a self-isolate order was out and guidelines were in place by medical officials. We have also seen fear play out in the hoarding of toilet paper.

The word fear has an ancient/etymology of knowing and being in reverence. “To fear the Lord-God” was meant to know and be in reverence of the “Lord thou God.” If we look at creation from a science point-of-view we know that it was a miracle, perfect, and happened everywhere at once. We each carry this beginning in every atom of our being. When I teach Translation and Releasing the Hidden Splendor (RHS) I talk about fear. I say, “what you fear you bring upon yourself.” What I am trying to get across is that what we acknowledge, know, and are in awe of we experience as consciousness. So, fearing anything is that we are anxious of the outcome we imagine. If we are afraid, we are acknowledging that we are affected by that which we fear.

Does this mean we should not be afraid? Yes and no. Fear is an important piece of our emotional existence. It is when fear overwhelms us that a problem occurs. One of the glorious designs of being a human is that we can imagine. And because we are consciousness, we can also imagine all of the sides of an outcome. The good and not so good. We can reason and think in degrees. Because of this complicated thinking process we are not confident in what change will bring. The biggest fear anyone has is the fear of what will happen after or during a change.

This fear of change is so strong in an unconscious manner that advertising agencies study how to say change, so it does not trigger the fear in individuals. RARELY is the word change use in either print or orally in advertisements.

In this conscious we unconsciously know that change is endless and perhaps the only permanent state. In this is our proven ability, as a species, to adapt and manipulate the fear represented by change to do what needs to be done. The current fear and anxiety, in my experience, comes from two main ideas, our ability to imagine the future and our inability to imagine our identity in the new state of existence that change brings about.

Fear

 In the Prosperos classes are centered on knowing and empathetic grasp of our existence as consciousness. Nowhere in the classes do we talk about getting rid of emotions, or ideas. We know as practioners of Translation that which appears as bad, erroneous, and flawed is more a matter of our perception. When we look at it as a math problem, we can find the right answer. And Translation and RHS is similar using the concepts of ontological reasoning. We find the an answer that is so no matter where we experience it just as 2+2=4 is wherever it is used and experience. To know anything, to understand any principle you must surrender to it. To understand your fear and use it in an intelligent manner you must surrender to it.

Surrendering Our Fear

To surrender you must allow a sense of trying to control a situation go. Letting go is scary to most of us. We have been brought up to believe that we are in control and that we do this by holding on for dear life and pure will. Pain of any kind happens when we try to control, rather than allowing our thinking to stay present and go with the flow of consciousness at the moment. To let go of pain, you must flow… you must allow yourself to become present and open to intuition coming to you as supra consciousness. You can’t judge, just surrender to it by letting go of old beliefs and control mechanisms. The control of physical pain works similar and has been a proven method in severe pain.

The key to any use of intuition of the moment is complete surrendering to the higher self that is guiding you. This means you must trust your higher sense of consciousness, in the Prosperos we call this the Supra Consciousness, the Supra beingness we all carry within our existence. Just as with math you can only know math if you surrender to the principle of math and the same applies to grammar in language. When you surrender to principle you are then able to grasp an understanding that allows it to be axiomatic, or so (2+2=4 is always so), no matter where you use it.

The Ego battles within us for control. In both Translation and Releasing the Hidden Splendor you learn to surrender, to let go of the ego.

As a species we have an internal GPS system that is always available if we are willing to stay present and surrender to its directions. Anyone who meditates, has a spiritual practice, or Translates this is the moment in history is why you have been practicing. We don’t reach the top of the mountain like Dante to find our true nature (name) by taking any path. We find the right path by our internal GPS system. By using our intuition of the moment.

I have learned when there is great pain or anxiety that I am in a state of belief that is not aware. By staying present and letting go of the fear, pain, or any anxiety I become intuitive as to my actions and realize I have the power as to how I am going to use the emotion. In the Prosperos Seminar called Releasing the Hidden Splendor, we look for the triggers, our beliefs and perceptions about life, that cause us to react as we do. We don’t try to get rid of the emotion but rather understand it using it in a more holistic manner.

During this time of crisis treat yourself well, embrace the life, and remember this is a time of change that we cannot stop by will. New life will emerge.

© 2020 Suzanne Deakins

 

 

 

 

Fear and Common Sense

In today’s Bathtub Bulletin there was an article called, Coronavirus: Do not fear the Bogeyman. I am conflicted about the content. First, I agree that stress is the basis of many diseases. When my daughter passed, I ran and ran to work out the poisons stress and grief. I was warned that there would be consequences to the stress and grief. And then my son passed and of course it added to the stress. It could have been worse, Translation and RHS (Taught by the Prosperos)  helped lessen effects on my health. Fear is a big stressor. See post later today on fear.

So yes, stress does cause/affect the health. Having said that, the rest of the article is dangerous. This COVID-19 is NOT like the regular flu. There is no semi protection, like a flu vaccine. The situation in NYC is a good example that this aspect of the coronavirus is more virulent than others. NYC is at the brink of NOT having the equipment and staff needed to handle the influx of patients. This does not happen during the regular flu season.

To encourage people to think they can overcome this virus by not being afraid and stressed is unethical and immoral. It gives the impression that we don’t have to be cautious or have an obligation to our communities to follow the guidelines set by medical professions. It rings of the pastor in Florida having his flock protect themselves with prayer and ignore the medical guidelines. Yes, state of mind does help us navigate, but to deny the sense testimony, the world of Caesar, is to say there are two worlds not one. The physical world is a manifestation of mind knowing itself, which means it is Truth, and that it is our perception ONLY that makes it appear different.

The collective unconscious mind is very strong. And when at work, as it is with COVID-19, it can overwhelm us, because we are dealing with more than our own consciousness. Translation is not to diminish any world but to help us clarify our understanding of monism.

Personally, I am not ready to be really, really sick, and die by suffocation. As all of us should have learned that at a moment of crisis, with our own being, Translation is difficult to focus on when you are in the depths of illness or other crisis. The overwhelming collective unconsciousness is difficult to overcome and deal with at those moments.

This article also sets us against them, the medical professionals. We are not separate in consciousness. The medical professionals are mind manifesting as Truth. Not to listen or be conscious of mind manifesting and what message it is  giving, is to be foolish and ignore the principles of mind.

Yes, I am afraid, but not overwhelmed by the fear. I am doing the logical things my Capricorn and Virgo aspects recommend. I set up a cremation service, made a will etc, so my children would have one less chore. I am not expecting to die, but I have no intention of foolishly exposing myself and others or my stupidity of consciousness helping to overwhelm the health care system. I am following the self-isolation and social- distancing etc. I am, however, not making people strip and shower…or going to the extreme.

There is a line between common sense and outlandish actions caused by fear.

If there was ever a time for us to question our actions and understanding of ethical and morality it is now… fear is NOT a bad emotion, like emotions of all sorts they are a part of our nature and nurture, for us to use in our quest for self-actualization.

(c) copyright 2020 by Suzanne Deakins

Teaching Moral Reasoning as a Thinking process.

Research shows that a greater willingness to show our opinions on the phones we use than on the personal data that is collected on individuals. This reluctance is terrifying that we have so little framework to guide our moral decisions. It is felt that it is because many are not exposed to any type of moral reasoning study or how to think. Unfortunately, we are taught what to think in most education institutions rather than how to think.

How are we to know the truth as to what is moral and ethical? What system do we use? Is it deontology, following the rules, or the consequential decisions, of the greater good? How do we know what is so or truth as we do with math? We always know when 2 + 2=4 is right, the equation is right about the abstract form of 2 no matter what substance/form you are talking about, 2 apples and 2 oranges will always make 4 pieces of fruit no matter what fruit is substituted.  Two eyes, 2 ears always make 4 body parts. All manifestations of reality can participate in the truth or absolute existence of the number 2. But in moral decisions where is the Truth? How do we decide what is moral and ethical? Is our decision because it feels good, what our parents, or school taught us? How do we decide what is ethical and moral?

Plato’s idea of morality as a mathematical decision, is not doable as Aristotle pointed out. His idea is to abstract for most of us to embrace.  Utilitarian choices see moral decision as correct when the majority opinion overrides what would seem to be an intrinsic right. Utilitarian moral reasoning goes amuck when it overrides the integrity and autonomy of a person.

There are actions that are intrinsically wrong, like lying and torturing innocent children. Kant paraphrase, said, “we should use our reasoning to figure out our rules that guide our conduct and then it is our duty to follow those rules.” Most evil and bad ideas are not created because a person wants to do bad or be evil, but because they do not think. They do not look for what is intrinsically right as Kant suggested but put the responsibility of the decision onto others, or systems that allow us NOT to think about the decision we are making.

Think back to the last time you had to make a decision, how did you make, what system did you use. Find a friend and explain to them how you made your decision. If you are into technology and base your decisions on a more logarithm way of thinking, talk to someone from the humanities. In your decision making it is the humane aspect that will lead you to intrinsic truth. Intrinsic Truth is irrefutable just as math and can be axiomatic, or that which is so, no matter where you contemplate it.

Teaching  a Thinking process.

The beginnings: At birth, it is known, we are not a blank slate we already have a foundation of personal and society basis of a ethical foundation. These innate knowing are; 1) Not to harm, and to care for young of species. This is apparent in both humans and other species; 2) Fairness and reciprocity, (the Golden Rule, present throughout our world); 3) In group loyalty, a baby knows its species, and looks to its group, caregivers, for leads on social behavior; 4) authority and respect, the baby knows that to look at those in charge. The following is out of love; (5 Chasity, is defined as a kind of innocence over ones’ physical form. A baby strives to attain this virtue through the control of their body. This is also reflective of purity and sanctuary of the body, what it eats etc. We often see Chasity in babies as will.

No matter what society you come from east or west these same fundamentals exists. We start out with an intrinsic sense.  We go from a fundamental stage of focusing on self and survival to an accumulative understanding of social responsibility. Progress does not always happen. There are many reasons, intellectual disability, perhaps an inability to read social cues or a perspective inability. In many cases the environment we grow up in does not present the circumstances for moral development. In most schools we are given facts and tested on facts and our grasp of facts rather than our ability to comprehend and think.

Other ideas effect our ethical and moral behavior. If our circumstances are such that we are well taken care of a child we are free to develop an understanding of morality toward others, the environment, and society as a whole. If our childhood is spent in an atmosphere of abuse, physically and mentally, and patterns of neglect, research shows that we are more likely to not to develop a mature moral and ethical consciousness. In this case our thinking and ethical development lacks empathy, connectedness, and an appreciative knowing of the plight of others.  and how our actions and lack thereof cause a ripple effect throughout their personal and social environment.

Some of the social moral and ethical errors we see perpetuated by individuals are thinking errors, misuse of ability to reason in a principled syllogistic manner; blaming others, where we are unable to see our actions in others’ responses; seeing situations as someone else’s

responsibility; a lack of ability to see our personal reactions to social taunts and ability to step away from them; unawareness of the need for power over others.

 Can we intentionally treat the lack of ethical reasoning by design?

We must be able to teach moral and ethical reasoning by design and not by default. To intentionally teach ethically reasoning would set our society on a different path. A safer society and our world a much better place for children yet unborn.

To do wherever you are… we are all teachers to someone. When teaching at Shundee Polytechnical University in China, it was apparent that many students didn’t have an idea how they would ever be a leader. My seminars were based on my book Back to Basics Management, Lost Craft of Leadership, I approached the first lessons as everyone was a leader in some aspect. If you contemplate the idea you can see that we all have the opportunity to display leadership skills many times in a week; be it one child, or a group where we speak up on an idea. This same reasoning applies to teaching. Each of teaches to someone, many times we teach by example, good or bad. We teach.

Teaching How to Think

Today, as I was writing, there was a piece on NPR about how it is difficult to connect the working of the brain to the mind. The brain is a physical appendage full of neurons and connections. We can study what parts of the brain light up when we cogitate certain ideas, but this does not explain how the mind thinks and reasons.

You can learn in different ways… either by training the individual to respond in a certain way, such as athletes’ do or by learning how to think by exercising the mind. Training the physical body and brain is process is where the muscles are trained without engaging thinking or reasoning by repeating a movement. A kind of memorizing for the muscles. A person can learn facts by memorizing too. But the learning that we are talking about is where the student learns how to think about a subject like math, but in this case how to think and reason using principles that are axiomatic in nature. To be axiomatic means that reasoning (syllogistic reasoning) conclusions are always so. True, no matter where or how you use them and think of them. Just as we spoke of 2 + 2=4 earlier. Math is axiomatic in nature.

A supra athlete is will tell you that achieving excellence is more than training the muscles, they must learn to produce certain states of consciousness before they perform at a challenge of any sort. Artist of all kinds say similar things, they have a state of consciousness they think up to before they begin to perform their art be it painting (or any form of creating visual forms), dancing, writing, and acting.

Teaching at any level is engaging the consciousness of an individual. Memorizing be it muscles, or facts, is not considered learning.

More on March 30, 2020                                                                                                                   © Suzanne Deakins

Morality of Wisdom

 

“Practical Wisdom is the combination of moral will and moral skill.” Aristotle

I would also define wisdom as insight into universal concepts and a monistic understanding of the universe. Wisdom resides with those who have seen the butterfly flap its wings and create a storm on the other side of our globe. One action causes a reaction upon the entirety.

A wise person knows when and how to make an exception to every society rule. They know how to improvise, and when to change their roles to fit the situation. Real life problems are always ambiguous and unclear. Daily we are faced with a changing society and circumstances that we have no experience crossing. Our path ahead is often vague and indistinguishable from past journeys.

The context of our moral gyroscope is always changing. A wise person uses their knowledge and experience to act according to the unique needs of the moment. The rational thinker makes new combinations, creating new paradigms to fit the changing world and environment. Past experience tells us that “staying the course” often heads us for the iceberg that is 90% under the sea. To navigate a rapidly changing paradigm, as we are with the COVID-19 virus, we must think outside the systems we have used before. The ability to be plastic, moldable during this time can change our outcome from a disaster to new a new set of archetypes and models where we leave behind our inability as a society to embrace the differences, needs, and future of all. Perhaps as a world we can stop seeing any peoples as collateral damage.

If we are wise, we know how to use these skills of moral skill and will to serve others with empathy, kindness, and care. These types of people are not born but made out of experience. We must have permission from our inner feelings and intuition to act in a way that is fitting for the moment and circumstances. Many times, this means passing beyond, the personal emotions to do what is for the better good of all.

Morality and straight thinking take a lot of experience. You fail many times, but with wise teachers and leaders you learn from the mistakes. A teacher/mentor is one that has, through experience and personal inner investigation, learned to navigate a changing world and environment, and knows how to reset their inner gyroscope to fit the current moment in history.

You don’t need to be a genius to be wise. Without wisdom being intelligent is not enough. When things go wrong the majority of people reach for more rules or stronger ones. And we reach for reasons (incentives) to help people play by the rules. How can you even write a rule that gets people to bypass their emotions and intuitions to act differently and accommodate to the changing situations we are now faced with? How do you pay a bonus for empathy and kindness?

All great solutions have been made by those who stepped outside of the rules, that thought differently, and were able to embrace the current moment of change with wisdom and straight thinking. An over reliance on rules slices away at our ability to create and use our experiences and past improvisations. Moral will, inner integrity is undermined by an incessant reliance on inducements to follow the rules and do the right thing. When we don’t allow ourselves to think outside of the box of rules, we think we have been given; we are engaging on an inner war against our wisdom, intuition, and experiences.

We script what we think teachers/mentors should be saying because we don’t trust them to teach on their own, as if something is wrong with their ability to adapt to their students needs. The duplicity of expecting a teacher to be intuitive and wise, but only allowing them to teach the words set down as a script. This scenario leave no room for changing as the current environment manifests.

Scripts are meant to prevent misadventure, and they do prevent disaster, but the scripts produce mediocracy or worse dull and boring situations where no one learns anything other than a few facts. Scripts are needed to a degree to give teachers an idea of the words that are needed to teach the class. Too many rules and scripts keep the teachers from using their gifts and experiences. Eventually those with gifts stop teaching.

In todays environment too many incentives cause individuals ask what is in it for me, rather than what is my responsibility. The me generation, started in the 60s with Ayn Rand’s ideas of you want it you should have it. President Reagan brought this back to life in politics. The result is seen today in our legislative bodies and our government as a whole, new rules must satisfy individual groups’ wants to get passed. The dire needs of our climate is an easy to see example this.

Excessive incentives demoralize professional activity. We can see this in the big bonuses given where individuals, such as drug company salespeople, sell not because the product is healthy, but because of their bonus. Drs prescribing opioids because of the bonuses the companies offer. Excessive bonuses cause individuals to lose morality and self-confidence in their own abilities.

“We must ask, just NOT is it profitable? But is it right?” Barak Obama

Too many rules, and incentives causes us to lose our professional morality. We stop asking is it the right thing to do. When we stop overloading the system with rules and bonuses, we encourage teachers and mentors because they want to do the right thing. By-the-way teaching “how-to-be-ethical, does not increase morality. Teaching how we make those decisions does. Morality and ethics are dependent on an individual’s experiences and social structure.

We should strive to be heroes, both average and extraordinary heroes. Our communities and world needs both. Research has shown that if we show behavior that puts the well being of other before our own ego needs the community around us will do the same. We need leaders that will encourage moral behavior and deeds. We need leaders that show us by example kindness, empathy, and care. We need leaders that are willing to put away their personal agendas for the greater good. We need leaders that are willing to create new paradigms for a changing world and environment.

Even the wisest and the strongest individuals will give up if they have to swim against the current all the time.  Work you do that interacts with other people is moral work. As teachers we should strive to be ordinary heroes to those we mentor. We should strive to be moral exemplars to those we mentor and teach.

We are always teaching and mentoring, someone is always watching us.  The most important thing our students need to lean is to respect themselves, their teachers, and learning. Once these three are in a student’s mind the rest is easy.

If we use our practical wisdom it allows other virtues such as honesty, courage, empathy, kindness et all to be used and learned. We must pay attention to our organization so that those who come can learn the virtue of practical wisdom and not have their creative ability suppressed by rules and outdated scripts.

© Suzanne Deakins March 26, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moral Reasoning

 

These posts are not meant to tell anyone how to act or not act ethically and morally, but to make us aware of what goes into how we make decisions during this historical time. For the most part morality and ethical concepts are inner changeable in English, and to most people’s thinking.

Scientist tell us that moral, ethical thinking seems to be a complicated process in the brain. They say there is no single place in the brain that makes the decision but rather a network of regions that are involved in moral decisions.

As we move deeper into the pandemic of the COVID-9 virus it is important to recognize how we are going to be faced with moral and ethical decisions at a scale we haven’t had to consider for many years. Front line workers will be asked to perform tasks that will haunt them the rest of their lives. Families will be asked to make decisions, that will change the course of their life.

My stepfather was a survival in WWII of the Betaan death march. As a nurse he was the Japanese prisoner-of-war-camp medic. He had to make choices of who would receive medications and live. The lives of those lost remained burnt into his brain for the rest of his life. He rarely remembered those he saved. This is not too dissimilar from what our front-line medical people will be faced with.                                                                                                                                                                          Moral Reasoning uses critical evaluation to specific events to determine what is right or wrong, and what we ought to do in a particular situation. The simple decisions we make daily (like deciding what to wear or eat) is done in the same manner that we decide on a moral question such as to lie-or-not-to-lie. Our brain processes both in the same way.

Moral reasoning usually applies logic and moral theories, such as deontology, deciding according to rules, such as don’t lie; or utilitarianism, decisions based on out comes, the greater good, but because we cannot predict outcomes, it has limitations as does deontology. We use moral reasoning to specific situations or dilemmas.

People are not especially good at moral reasoning. Indeed, the term moral dumbfounding describes the fact that people often reach strong moral conclusions that they cannot logically defend. Moral dumbfounding happens when a person uses their emotions and intuition rather than approaching a specific situation rationally. Moral dumbfounding is apparent when we are faced with a situation we can’t answer. For instance, a situation such as birth control. Saying birth control is not right, but neither is supporting babies and mothers. This situation dumbfounds many when faced with it.  Evidence shows that the moral principle, ethics we choose to apply to a specific situation is more than often based on emotions, internal biases or outside pressures not logic. So many of our choices are based on our self-serving biases or the desire to conform to our group’s ideals.

During this time many of us will be faced with times our morality and ethics will need to be examined. C.S Lewis says that integrity “is doing the right thing, even when no one is looking.” When we grasp, accept and choose to live according to our principles, which includes honesty fairness, and decency we are exercising integrity. We are a person of integrity when we demonstrate we are a person free of corruption and hypocrisy.

We reveal our integrity when we act with virtue no matter the circumstances or consequences. The ability to act upon our moral and ethical biases is the critical connection to a society that is humane and empathic of all peoples. I recall a broadcast by a med worker in England who finished her shift crying because the shoppers had stripped the stores and she could not find food to feed her family. Are those hoarding acting with integrity?                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Moral Absolutism affirms that there are certain universal principles, by which all peoples can be judged. It is a form deontology (morality is based on societal rules). There are certain considerations by all people, but most societies have quite different views of what is moral and ethical. This is in contrast to moral pluralism and moral relativism. Moral relativism looks at each situation, and moral pluralism states we should be tolerant of all people’s morals. But beyond that, people from different countries may hold varying views about everything from the morality of abortion and capital punishment to discrimination and corruption.

Moral absolutism declares a common set of moral values, in reality, moral principles vary greatly among nations, cultures, and religions.

© Suzanne Deakins                                                                                                                        March 23, 2020

 

Ethic Fading in Time of a Pandemic

Ethical Fading in the Time of a Pandemic

As we progress as a country, as a world into darker days of this pandemic, we will be faced with many ethical and moral choices. Morality choices are not just about our own behavior. Most times we are called onto make choices that have long lasting effects on our neighbors, our families, and our mental health.

In March 1984 I had to allow my baby daughter, she was 2 ½ years, to die. The disease she had would not let go. Without going into morbid details, I can tell you the morality of death and life decisions any person makes stay with you an entire lifetime.

Healthcare workers are making these decisions across our world. For the rest of their life they will question their decisions of life and death. The last look at the individuals, no matter how many, will never leave them. Over time the pain will ebb to a degree. It is possible many will commit suicide when the emergency is over, unable to deal with the questioning in their mind of the decisions they had to make.

No person is ethical 100% of the time. No one can answer the ethical questions we must ask ourselves during this time.

The first  facet is called ethical fading. It occurs when the aspect of the ethical questions begin to fade from our thinking. We engage in self-deception, thinking our decision to go out or gather will have no real effect. Ethical fading occurs when we decide to horde supplies of all kinds is our right.  We deceive our self into imagining we are worth the cost to humanity. Look at the post on 03-21 for more insight into this kind of moral choices.

Moral disengagement is when we restructure reality to make our actions and choices seem less harmful to others. We make up statements such as “well if I get the virus, I get it.” We try to minimize the guilt we feel when violate the ethics we know are important in our decision-making.

Diffusion of responsibility occurs when we wait for others to make a decision to act. For instance, we already know how the COVID-19 is passed and that staying home and not gathering is important to cutting down the impact. But many wait for their governor to put a shelter in place order. Diffusion of responsibility makes people feel less anxiety to act, they believe, correctly or incorrectly, that someone else will do so. When we don’t feel responsible for a situation, we feel less guilt for doing nothing to help.

More tomorrow… March 23, 2020

© Suzanne Deakins

 

Moral and Ethics in the Time of COVID-19 Pandemic

As the COVID-19 virus begins to take its toll on our healthcare systems, including supplies and tiring healthcare workers, many ethical and moral decisions will need to be made. For instance, if respirators are in low supplies and you have two patients, one who will possibly survive and one who probably will die, how do you decide who gets the respirator? Remembering no one can accurately predict outcomes?

This is not a series about how to make a moral and ethical decision, but rather finding out HOW we make ethical and moral decisions. Below is a discussion on ethics and morals. First of all, we have the concept called

Deontology.

Deontology is an ethical theory that uses rules to distinguish right from wrong. Deontology is often associated with philosopher Immanuel Kant. Kant believed that ethical actions follow universal moral laws, such as “Don’t lie.  Don’t steal.  Don’t cheat.”  It implies that as long as you follow the rules you are being ethical. In contrast of deontology is consequentialism, which evaluates actions based on the outcomes.

Most of us use the deontology, it is easy, follow the rules and there is no questioning or ambiguity of our decisions. We don’t have to question our biases. Understanding how limiting and ridged deontology can be, keeps us from basing our actions, and their consequences, on a “real” picture of a situation.   Deontology is an easy way; you just follow the rules, no matter the consequences.

 Consequentiality ethics state “greatest good for the greatest number.” Ideally this sounds fine, but those using this method can also range from utilitarianism into hedonism. There is more to making ethical decisions than following the rules or trying to accurately guess outcomes. Making an ethical decision is influenced or can be predisposed because of other ideas.

Most people make decisions based on prosocial way. That is, they decide on ethical behavior based on what their social group believes or acts upon. For instance, research shows that if our group recycles, we recycle. While, we consider this a “good thing,” it can turn into herd consciousness where we follow the group without real independent thought and decisions thinking. This is called conformity bias. Along these same lines is the Group think.

Group thinking/reasoning: The desire to remain loyal as part of a group is a big part of personal identity. We find it difficult to think outside of the boundaries set by our group. This is often to seen in religious groups, organizations of all kinds, and teenagers. Many psychologists find group thinking as causing deterioration of mental efficiency, reality testing, and moral judgment.

 Group members often suffer overconfidence and hold an unchallenged belief in the group’s aptitude and morality/ethically. Members rarely speak up for the unconscious fear of being rejected by the group for any variance of concepts. Expulsion from a group is both frightening and painful. This denunciation is felt and seen as a punishment.

A group thinking may come to an ethical and moral decision that is more extreme than an individual would make aside from a group. Just as the whole is greater than the sum of its part, so are moral and ethical decisions they are more extreme than individual evaluations. The maintenance of coherence and harmony are more important than individual judgment in groups.  This need to maintain this congruence and consistency can lead to unethical behavior, and destructive decisions.

More on Ethics and moralities to come.

© Suzanne Deakins 2020

 

Erotic Intelligence

I believe intelligence is experienced in a multiplicity of capacities. It is possible to see intelligence play out at extraordinary ways in any community. One does not need to be a savant, or an idiot savant, to display gifts and outstanding levels of comprehension of ideas. Over the years I have seen a large number of persons with what is called high IQ. Some were able to express their basic intelligence; many were unable to connect to others with their gifts. There are brilliant people in every field of endeavor. From math, music, spirituality, biology, language, psychology, healing, art, and the list is as long and different as our thumb-prints.

The one connecting idea among all of this intelligence is the ability to see connecting patterns in their gifted expanse. In every person are levels of intelligence on many different topics.

They may not articulate the patterns or even recognize them as patterns until questioned with acumen. But they see and use the patterns. When I see and read a book such as Sapiens: A Brief History of Human- kind, I can see the patterns of thought. The popularity and acceptance of the work is that patterns are there that others can relate to and follow. The author’s intelligence is not just history/anthropology, but his ability to communicate the patterns he perceives.

If we base intelligence on a number, rather than an ability to perceive and use concepts peculiar to us we miss the rich tapestry that humanity represents. The educational process in most countries stays within a limited range. For the most part intelligence is based on what they have remembered from textbooks and lectures. If a child has a special gift, intelligence other than academic, it may not show until much later, if at all.

At the bottom line it is about the ability to see pat- terns, to connect to an idea from an ethno point of view. A lot has been written about IQ tests, I don’t be- lieve in them. I think they are relative to the situation. Human cognition cannot always be measured by logic and words. Intelligence is greater than any one idea. In the 80s I consulted with IBM. They had a group of bril- liant people who thought up new ideas and program- ming for use with the computers. These brilliant men had problems explaining and presenting their ideas. To the casual person they could appear as mentally deficient. To me intelligence involves being able to use it in a manner that others can recognize.

Erotic Intelligence is about more than a sexual fantasy.

Before your mind drifts off into sexual fantasy of a corporeal nature with the word erotic a definition; erot- ic, in part, is defined as an arousal of desire, a longing, and wanting. The wanting and desiring of erotic input produces a sense of hunger, of needing that pushes us to fulfill its kind. Erotica and the arousal it produces starts in the mind. All senses send signals to the brain that arouse it.

It is impossible not to equate human sexual activity with body and yet all sexual activity is really creativity energy. Through the millennium, we have equated sexual energy with sexual intercourse of a bodily variety. Perhaps it was necessary for the continuance of life for sexual intercourse to have its primary link to the body. For humanity to survive we needed to make sure our DNA and genetic structure is carried forth into our progeny. The consciousness is the source of what we label as erotic in our life. Society, parental influence, and sexual education (or lack there of) have individual definitions of erotic.

Our minds, consciousness, ideas of erotic, and sexu- al fulfillment are as diverse as our thumb-prints. Even identical twins have differences in their brains and thumb-prints. Understanding that erotic intelligence, this creative energy we all can tap into is behind the Gender Revolution. As much as this is about our erotic activity above the belt so is it about our desire to be intimate with another.

From: Sexual Fluidity, The Gender Revolution

© Suzanne Deakins 2019-2020

Symmetry

This is an introduction to a new book. Go to  The Prosperos for more info on seminars near you. 

In a seminar called Translation, taught by the Prosperos, we use syllogistic reasoning to bring our world view and experiences back into alignment, balance, and existence with the concept of axiomatic Truth. The technique takes the user out of binary cognition into a state of symmetry and perfection to a transcendence experience. Eliminating mental confusion, restriction, and restrained reasoning. Our education and early training cause us to become limited, binary in cognition, and prejudiced in how we view the world, reason, and judge our actions and those of others.

The ontological theory is that all life as we experience is a result of consciousness. Our consciousness manifests, what appears to be clear, palpable to our mind. Our experiences are the demonstration of our beliefs, education, and understanding of Truth, or axiomatic realities.

When you are taught addition you are being taught an axiomatic Truth, meaning that the addition of 2 +2= 4 is so, wherever you use it. It is limitless and unrestrained by our beliefs and understanding. It is in total balance, harmony, and symmetry. The example of 2+2=4 has no negative effect on our experiences, until we miss calculate it and come up with the wrong conclusions, or in error such as 2+2=5. This miscalculation of the equations conclusion can cause havoc in everything we do from our bank balance to the construction of a building. You can apply this same reasoning to all areas of your life. Any area that is having chaos, disorder, and pain is simple an area of our life that is out of balance where we have not understood the axiomatic Truth in that area… we are experiencing a manifestation of a misalignment of the axiomatic equation or principle in that area. We manifest what our consciousness believes.

This is a simplistic way of stating a process that feels as if it is much more complicated, yet is elegant in its simplicity. Those of us that practice the technique find we are able to navigate even the most chaotic situations without panic and anxiety. Bringing our thinking and reasoning back into balance and axiomatic perfection, symmetry.

When we are using this technique, in a sense, we are returning our consciousness to the moment of creation. The moment before the universal big bang when there was nothingness. Someplace in the recesses of your consciousness this is understood. All religions talk about this moment in the beginning there was nothing and then the god(s) created. As conscious beings we carry this information within our genetic consciousness.

The physicist studying the beginnings of our universe now know that the moment before the beginning there was nothing, no land, water, or living thing. There was symmetry, perfection, and beauty. The Higgs particle was whole, complete in symmetry. But then something happened and the symmetry, balance began to deteriorate, to break down into what we now call forces and particles of life. In the western bible this is written as that in the beginning there was nothingness and god created light, and it goes on to describe the process of creation. In all religions this same idea is repeated as if we were giving an explanation of the beginning of life. Science is just now being able to describe this beginning mathematically. In our genetic consciousness we carry the knowledge that the perfection, symmetry, and wholeness still exist in an axiomatic state such as math and Truth.

In syllogistic reasoning we aim to reach a state of where all our thinking resides in this state of symmetry, perfection, and alignment with axiomatic Truth. Perhaps all of our searching for an understanding of self and meaning of life is nothing more than a return to this moment of creation of perfection and beauty.

I believe in my own personal work I strive for this state of symmetry, nonbinary, perfection that I call wholeness. Each moment I spend in contemplating these ideas my consciousness comes closer to grasping the perfection of axiomatic concepts. As my mind settles into self-evident thinking and Truth there is a feeling of being released from my own mental restraints to explore the world with new eyes.

On the surface this can all sound a bit of what I call woo-woo or like magical thinking. To get past the belief in magical thinking we can explore what physicist are saying and learning. First a solid definition of symmetry: beauty from  or arising of balanced proportions. The saying the beauty is in the eye of the beholder becomes even more evident as each of us sees symmetry according to our consciousness.

We can also look at symmetry as a rigid motion of a geometric figure that determines a one-to-one mapping onto itself. For instance a circle is in perfect symmetry and is known only unto itself. Its symmetry is not known as a triangle or does its geometric perfection acknowledge any other figure.

Symmetry in energy or electrical flow is a parity between the negative and positive inputs and outputs. Symmetry is the moment of all life that is invariant, immutable no matter what form is applied to the axiomatic concept. Physical life no matter how it appears to us is not out of symmetry and perfection. Life can only be created by the moment of creation, which is symmetrical, perfection, and axiomatic Truth. The beginning of all life no matter what forms it takes is a repeat of that one moment of nothing becoming something. All life carries the genetic structure of its progenitors.

The axiomatic laws of the universe are dictated (as far as physicist know) based on symmetry. This simply means that the universe, to be understood, could be seen simply as a mathematical equation. It is by this mathematical means that physicists can predict what can be. Simply put they know that 2+2=4 is going to be the same no matter where it appears. 

“Life exist in a state of perfect rational symmetry. In a state of perfect symmetry is similar to the state of perfect balance. A spinning top exist in a state of perfect rotational symmetry. No matter how you rotate, everything looks the same. Even more so than a spinning top everyplace in the universe would have been symmetrical identical to every other place. But perfection isn’t stable. The slightest imperfection, the slightest little defect will cause it to vibrate perturb and fall to a low energy state, symmetry has been broken.” Michio Kaku on NOVA

The idea of fluctuation causing the symmetry to be broken and a change in how life manifests is important because it tells us why and how our thinking and consciousness causes us to experience states that appear not to be axiomatic. The unity of the universe that was at the moment of creation still exists in our consciousness as part of our genetic inheritance. We are intricately connected to the whole universe. The idea of this unity is a driving theme in physics as it strives to understand how it axiomatically appears and is united in all aspects. That which seems so diverse to our reasoning is still connected.

We know that the matter particles, the boson, force particles that hold everything together are related in a profound and hidden way. This symmetry of particles and forces hold a powerful mathematical (axiomatic) theory called supersymmetry by physicists.

Supersymmetry states that seeming opposite ideas are connected and cannot exist without each other. Light exist because of darkness. Negative electricity is because of positive electrical flow… they are coupled. They need each other to exist. In reading this you combining the white space with the black letters to form a whole concept in reading. In order to read you must have contrast or seemingly opposite positioning of letters on a surface. Hence the black of the words needs the white or back ground of the surface (paper) to appear and be. The principle of supersymmetry is where ever we search for it and many times in plain sight. Unfortunately most of us are trained to be blind to that which is so or the nonbinary, and perfection aspects of life. All creation is linked in a state of unity.

In the Translation technique we are taking what appears to be opposite that which is not so, that which appears to be cleaved (two) and that which is (one perfection) and saying on this there is a connection a unity that produces all there is which is whole, perfect. In Christianity this process is seen is the trinity … the father and spirit produces the son, in Buddhism it is the either or nor processes in which the acolyte must produces the third way in their thinking. In Native American philosophy it is the third being.

Copyright 2020 Suzanne Deakins

A New Kind of Euthanasia

A New Kind of Euthanasia

For the last three months I have tried to figure out how the rent on my apartment could be legally raised $125 over the last 4 years. How can Northwest Housing Alternatives (NWHA) registered as a 501c3 raise the rent on Seniors living on SS(Social Security); rents that are double and triple any increase in SS? They, NWHA, receives government subsidizes for rents. I believe the subsidizes are federal and state. Today reading an article in the Williamette Weekly, they partially answered my questions. The Oregon State laws that apply to rental caps don’t apply to subsidized housing. Once again our lawmakers have campaigned on helping while they have screwed those living at and below the poverty line, which was set years ago and has not been updated.

Two sets of financial books? My building, according to my surface math, brings in about 400,000 a year before subsidies are payed into NWHA. Having set on the board of a senior housing company (501 c3), in New York City 30 years ago, I can tell you a senior building does not cost that much to run, even with the cost of today’s economy. A nonprofit building (501c3) means that nonprofit, money beyond cost is paid back into the organization’s services and not paid to any investors nor bonuses for management.

The regulations that are suppose to protect the elderly and poor don’t really work. In my building, all but a few, pay 50-70% of their SS or fixed income. Personally my apartment costs me $4 more than SS month. Luckily I have a roommate that helps for now. Finding another apartment is out of the question. New move-in costs for another apartment; as well as the long waiting list for subsidized apartments at 30% of your income give a picture of a bleak future. The state guidelines allow rents in subsidized housing to be a percentage of medium area income. It is the same bate and switch used by SS increases. By ignoring the real of cost for seniors such as rent, food, power, and medical costs, the increases by SS are based on areas that seniors don’t use as much as younger populations.

If a nonprofit is not suppose to be making a profit how is legitimate to to raise rents based on medium income to increase profits? Rather than their real costs. The elephant in the room is where is the money really going? How can Oregon persist to allow the rent gauging to continue. If the federal government says the cost of living only increased by 1.6% how can a nonprofit legitimately say their costs is more? It makes sense to me, that seniors living on SS and fixed incomes rent should not increase a larger percentage than the SS yearly increases. How can the rental increases on subsidized apartments be a larger percentage than the general populations? I suspect these same regulations allow starting rents on newly built buildings and subsidize apartments, considered a low income, are out of reach for most low incomes.

When does it end? Has the legislative bodies of Oregon found a new way to commit legal euthanasia of the elderly?

More of a Rant

Forty (40) % of our nations workers work at or below minimum wage. From Zero Hedge work on wage trends: “Today,  23% of workers in low pay sectors have a bachelor’s degree or higher, up from 18% 15 years ago. As universities and colleges raise their fees fewer are entering into higher educations.”

The feudal system of keeping the masses poor and enslaved to work for the land barons and wealthy is still at work. The rich get tax breaks the poor are charged more taxes. Forget about the elderly, but our children, our future… working at jobs that are necessary for our humanity working at minimum wages, sometimes 2-3 jobs just to barely pay rent. An example is most EMT workers are paid minimum wages.

A perfect scenario is brewing for a revolution. History shows that the imbalance and hunger for a morsel of equality is the kindling for revolution. You can’t keep telling the masses to eat cake when they can’t afford the flour to bake a cake and not expect a revolution.

We are becoming a nation of slaves.

Our education is no longer education. We teach them to read so they can read instructions and balance a check book, only in exceptional cases are students given music, art, the humanities that make us more empathic and creative. No longer do we teach civics, reasoning, and other topics that enhance a populations ability to think outside of personal needs. Keep our children hungry, don’t make sure they are fed so they can grow and learn. As long as you keep a population hungry, tired from working, and stressed you can lead them to a brink of death. Our population has become dispensable. The perfect script for war and revolution. 

Immigration Backlash

In 1980s a major report was issued about impact of immigration. It was astounding. Second generation immigrants are huge proponents of democracy. They are active in politics and social services for the needy. Many of the first generation start small business, 99% pay taxes and do not use welfare services. No wonder those in Washington DC, drag their feet about immigration. Why would they want pro democracy individuals that are productive rather than a bunch of slaves whose spirit has been slowly beaten out of them since the 1990s?