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Relativity

 

Because the regime is captive to its own lies, it must falsify everything. It falsifies the past. It falsifies the present, and it falsifies the future. It falsifies statistics. It pretends not to possess an omnipotent and unprincipled police apparatus. It pretends to respect human rights. It pretends to prosecute no one. It pretends to fear nothing. It pretends to pretend nothing

                                                                                                 –  Vaclav Havel

 

 

 

 

 

As always, the Great War of Ideas continues to rage – (both around us and in us.)

 

Last week the essay was about our president’s impeachment.  This week I would like (if I am able to do so) to say some things to contextualize our understanding of our relationship with the Truth … (particularly in regard to our Mr. Trump’s ‘love affair’ with the Truth)

 

Last week I made use of an interview of Bill Moyers  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CAOY08k2ao )     wherein he said that President Trump is a “solipsist”.  I think this is actually a very helpful comment. (I’m assuming now – that our ‘shared goal’  is to better understand what’s happening)

[And, in case you want to make use of it, I’ll include at the end of this essay – the link to the Wikipedia page on ‘Solipsism’]

 

But I feel that it is inadequate (simply) to name the condition (‘He’s a solipsist’)  I’m hoping we can understand it a bit deeper.

 

M. Scott Peck wrote a book called “The People of the Lie”.  Here’s a brief summary –

 

 

 

Also

 

I would like to acquaint you with (the basics of) ‘Relativity’ (as I learned something about it during my 17 years in a religious order)

 

‘Intellectual Relativism’ believes that “All truth is relative” … that one belief is as good as another … and that (finally) there IS no TRUTH.  It’s just ‘my word against yours’ … and that’s all there is to it. It essentially DENIES the existence of Absolutes (of Absolute Truth). And (of course) it puts an end to all discussion before it even begins.

 

‘Moral Relativism’ takes the position – that  there IS NO right or wrong.  (And – there is No evil.)  Ever hear the expression – “It’s all Good”?  (Quite a bit of New Age thought comes from Relativity … and deserves to be reconsidered)

 

But now I should warn you – that the next couple references contain mention of numerous (non-human) orders of beings.  (this does not trouble me, but it may trouble you) –

 

[If you’d like to make use of it – “The Cosmic Family  Volume I” offers a pretty good summary, beginning on pp.23 & 24  – ‘The Fall of our System Sovereign and Planetary Prince’          { availability:  at end of essay } ]

 

In The Urantia Book there is considerable information in Papers 53 & 54 (‘The Lucifer Rebellion’  and ‘Problems of the Lucifer Rebellion’)     Here are a couple excerpts –

 

2. The Causes of Rebellion

53:2.1 (602.4) Lucifer and his first assistant, Satan, had reigned on Jerusem for more than five hundred thousand years when in their hearts they began to array themselves against the Universal Father and his then vicegerent Son, Michael.

53:2.2 (602.5) There were no peculiar or special conditions in the system of Satania which suggested or favored rebellion. It is our belief that the idea took origin and form in Lucifer’s mind, and that he might have instigated such a rebellion no matter where he might have been stationed. Lucifer first announced his plans to Satan, but it required several months to corrupt the mind of his able and brilliant associate. However, when once converted to the rebel theories, he became a bold and earnest advocate of “self-assertion and liberty.”

53:2.3 (602.6) No one ever suggested rebellion to Lucifer. The idea of self-assertion in opposition to the will of Michael and to the plans of the Universal Father, as they are represented in Michael, had its origin in his own mind. His relations with the Creator Son had been intimate and always cordial. At no time prior to the exaltation of his own mind did Lucifer openly express dissatisfaction about the universe administration. Notwithstanding his silence, for more than one hundred years of standard time the Union of Days on Salvington had been reflectivating to Uversa that all was not at peace in Lucifer’s mind. This information was also communicated to the Creator Son and the Constellation Fathers of Norlatiadek.

53:2.4 (602.7) Throughout this period Lucifer became increasingly critical of the entire plan of universe administration but always professed wholehearted loyalty to the Supreme Rulers. His first outspoken disloyalty was manifested on the occasion of a visit of Gabriel to Jerusem just a few days before the open proclamation of the Lucifer Declaration of Liberty. Gabriel was so profoundly impressed with the certainty of the impending outbreak that he went direct to Edentia to confer with the Constellation Fathers regarding the measures to be employed in case of open rebellion.

53:2.5 (603.1) It is very difficult to point out the exact cause or causes which finally culminated in the Lucifer rebellion. We are certain of only one thing, and that is: Whatever these first beginnings were, they had their origin in Lucifer’s mind. There must have been a pride of self that nourished itself to the point of self-deception, so that Lucifer for a time really persuaded himself that his contemplation of rebellion was actually for the good of the system, if not of the universe. By the time his plans had developed to the point of disillusionment, no doubt he had gone too far for his original and mischief-making pride to permit him to stop. At some point in this experience he became insincere, and evil evolved into deliberate and willful sin. That this happened is proved by the subsequent conduct of this brilliant executive. He was long offered opportunity for repentance, but only some of his subordinates ever accepted the proffered mercy. The Faithful of Days of Edentia, on the request of the Constellation Fathers, in person presented the plan of Michael for the saving of these flagrant rebels, but always was the mercy of the Creator Son rejected and rejected with increasing contempt and disdain.

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53:5.6 (606.2) “There was war in heaven; Michael’s commander and his angels fought against the dragon (Lucifer, Satan, and the apostate princes); and the dragon and his rebellious angels fought but prevailed not.” This “war in heaven” was not a physical battle as such a conflict might be conceived on Urantia. In the early days of the struggle Lucifer held forth continuously in the planetary amphitheater. Gabriel conducted an unceasing exposure of the rebel sophistries from his headquarters taken up near at hand. The various personalities present on the sphere who were in doubt as to their attitude would journey back and forth between these discussions until they arrived at a final decision.

53:5.7 (606.3) But this war in heaven was very terrible and very real. While displaying none of the barbarities so characteristic of physical warfare on the immature worlds, this conflict was far more deadly; material life is in jeopardy in material combat, but the war in heaven was fought in terms of life eternal.

 

[Though it says (in 53:5.6) that – ‘ the dragon and his rebellious angels fought but prevailed not.’ … I once heard the Bright and Morning Star of Salvington (- Gabriel, who argued for God  and against the rebellion) say … that, when at last this great debate ended … he thought he had lost.]

 

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I believe that the ‘correct’ way to understand ANY person … is to keep in mind – that whatever that person did … we are ALL capable of it.

 

George Will wrote – “Trump is what he is, a floundering, inarticulate jumble of gnawing insecurities and not-at-all compensating vanities, which is pathetic,” Will stated at the end of his column. “Pence is what he has chosen to be, which is horrifying.”

 

Now, I like George Will very much, and I respect and value him; but I think he is wrong to think that Donald Trump (simply) IS what he IS.  

 

Having done some studying (and thinking) about Lucifer’s downfall, I feel confident that Trump (also) made a choice.  He CHOSE to scorn the Truth … to prefer his own beliefs … or (perhaps) to think that his beliefs (simply) ARE the truth.

 

I suspect that such a choice … amounts to a denial of Reality.

 

What we mean by ‘Reality’ is that – it does NOT depend upon us (our beliefs or awareness).  I think my house is real. By that – I mean that even when no person is in the house … or if I forget about the house … that the house STILL EXISTS.  That its existence is INDEPENDENT from me (or my awareness of it).

 

I think Trump must have made a choice to ‘reclassify reality’, as it were.  I suspect that he no longer regards it as having an independent existence (from him).

I’m pretty sure that Lucifer made a similar choice.

But – what’s going to happen, do you think, when a person is no longer able to distinguish between REALITY … and WHAT THEY BELIEVE IS TRUE?

Well … it’s going to be a real mess!

And this is probably why such a condition is regarded (among the celestials) as COSMIC INSANITY.

 

This is NOT an easy thing to understand … yet we should apply ourselves  … help each other. We should TRY.

 

I recommend you watch 

 

 

Ms. Warren talks about how we ALL are involved (every day, in many ways) in self-deception.

 

But – our Mr.Trump has taken self-deception to such an extreme … that it’s scary.

 

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solipsism

 

 

https://www.urantia.org/urantia-book-standardized/paper-53-lucifer-rebellion?term=%2253%22#U53_0_0

 

 

The Cosmic Family, Vol. I    is available from  –

https://globalchangetools.org/

                    or through Amazon

 

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How many legs does a dog have

if you count the tail as a leg?

Four.

Calling the tail a leg

does not make it a leg.

 

                –   Abraham Lincoln

 

 

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