Friday, August 21, 2015

What is Western Thought?

The west, western culture, western civilization and western thought are the subjects of this blog. I intend to explore the quality of western thought and the effect that it has had on today’s world. I hope that you will help me in this exploration but first I must define this term-- western thought. Western thought, as I see it, is the culmination of ideas that started with the Greeks and was brought to fruition in the European Renaissance and the Enlightenment. These ideas may have begun with the Greeks but these ideas are an amalgamation of many cultures and creeds.

Western thought is not one thought or belief. It is a diversity of ideas that have created both conflict and concord. If freedom is the ideal of the west then slavery was the negation. If Adam Smith’s economics is the engine that has powered America to world dominance, then Karl Marx’s communism is dogma that has contended for its own supremacy. Yet—both these men were raised and educated in the West.

Now, at the start of the 21st century, I have to ask what western thought has brought us. If you look to the negative then it has brought the world to the edge of economic collapse, unleashed the horrors of terrorism and caused our certain demise from climate change.

So what should we think of these ideas and beliefs that have brought us to these desperate times. How should we view western religion – whose main creed is of that of peace and love—yet has created so much hate and war. And what of science and industry, which has led to the invention and operation of machines that many say are bringing about the demise of the planet?

I intend, like Descartes, to break the theories of the west down to the smallest concept. To examine each part for what truths and falsehoods it holds. I believe that when I reassemble what I have deconstructed that it will adhere. It is because western thought is so diverse that it can adapt and change. It can evolve as it did to end slavery in this country, as it did to end the soul crushing power that Soviet Communism held on Eastern Europe. And it will solve the problems the world faces today.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

I Believe in One God

I believe in one God--Creator of heaven and earth, Creator of all things seen and unseen. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, begotten of the Father and He is whole to the Spirit.  This Trinity is the Creator of Man: Law of all Law, Body of all Body, Fire of all Fire. He is the Power, the Glory and the Light.

Jesus came to earth for the redemption of all people, to save man from a life of sin and to show him the way to peace on earth.

I believe that Jesus became man and by the hand of man He was made to suffer.  He died for our sins--for our salvation He was crucified and buried.  

Jesus then ascended in to heaven where He sits with God and Spirit. 

In the sweet bye and bye, the living, the dead and souls in purgatory will be judged and those souls judged good will remain in heaven and be present at the unity of the Father the Son and the Spirit. 


Sunday, October 31, 2010

I am a Conservative Man

Oh how so? What are your theories?

My first theory concerns the liberty of man. There is no hand that controls man--only his intellect and wit. An educated man will live a good life.

I can see no better economic system than a free market with Adam Smith’s invisible hand, where there is equal opportunity for an educated man to work in an economy and provide for himself in happiness.

There is law and the handmaiden to the law is government. The government is a visible hand and is always open and honest and responsible to man. And man is responsible for government’s good order. So it must needs be that the government’s hand is opened to take a minimum amount of taxation to operate in good order. And man will be willing to pay a fair tax for the provision of his chosen government.

Government the visible hand of law will be open to help citizens in need. For the welfare of man, the Church--all churches and creeds--are handmaidens to the law and the resource of all welfare. Man and markets should sustain self-reliance. Government’s hand is closed only to market influence. I know the best theory of government is a constitutional democratic republic--The United States of America.

My conservative theories contain all the great notions of the United States of America, which can be no better, said than, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

As a conservative fellow I will always strive to live a good life for the sustainability of the tri-unity of free man, free markets and good government.

God bless America.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Islam and the West

Recently on Twitter I came across a link to Samuel P. Huntington's The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order (1996) about the war-jihad-crusade between Islam and the West. I have read reviews and criticism. I find it interesting that some 900 years ago or so the Pope sent off a rag tag group of zealots to Palestine to take back the Holy Land from Islam.

I think that history would show that the better reason for The Crusades was to retake the trade routes back from the Turks and the Pope also needed to find some project for the out-of-work knights and soldiers. After the break-up of feudalism, the knights had generally been riding around Europe giving the locals a very hard time. So the Holy Roman Church preached crusade and the men of Europe rode off to the call of God, Glory and Gold.

What came back with the returning warriors was new wealth in war booty, the most important of which was Islamic Thought. This included the knowledge of math, the Arabic number system of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and skills in defensive and offensive war craft. The Crusaders also brought back new cloths, spices, art, architecture and sciences. From the Muslims the West got the compass –Ah! Direction--new music and new ideas and a new question. Is there something else besides The Holy Roman Church? The search for the answer leads to the renaissance, the reformation, the enlightenment and all the arts and knowledge of the western world. Muslim Thought is integral in the development of the West but it seems Islam took very little from the West.

Today the rag tag zealot is the Islamist—and he does not need the West. Those who fight against the West-- the terrorists-- use terror to frighten a larger and more powerful world. It is truly a religious war. Islam does not need the West, but it does need peace. The West does need the oil of the Middle East.

The forces of the West will win this war. Peace will come. The West has fought and won many a hard battle but it has too often failed to win the peace. Let the West look to this—let the West look to the shared cultural past. War-crusade-jihad has not worked. The West should reach out to all of Islam with an open honest hand to build free market economic ties with the Eastern world. The West must realize that the best thing that it can import to Islam is respect for their religion and their diverse cultures.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Deconstructing Western Thought

Western Thought, of course, is filled with a deep diversity of ideas, beliefs and dogmas but there are three main areas of concern--Law, Humanity and Economy. You may ask, what about art and science, life and death, law and disorder, love and hate, planting and harvesting, rich and poor and war and peace. These conceptions are just the further deconstruction of the three main concerns. What is Humanity without love? Can laws control love? Is love really all you need or does it take a little cash?

These three concerns are like the Greek’s elements--earth wind and fire; or the Christian Trinity--The Father, The Son and The Holy Ghost; or the Fire Triangle --Heat, Fuel and Oxygen; and Freud’s Ego, Super Ego and Id. All are a Tri-unity. For one element to exist all elements must exist. The Law is nature governed by thermodynamics—laws which only God could understand. Natural Law gave order to chaos and life was created. Created Culture. Humanity for survival formed friendship, families, tribes, states and nations. War ensured that these relationships stayed intact. And someone went to work to feed the bodies and souls of all these growing civilizations. Then Economy completed the Tri-unity.

For Humanity to exist there must be Law to ride herd on the darker instincts of man and there must be an Economy that transfers energy from nature to consumable goods. For Humanity to exist it must consume nature. All economies are concerned with creating the best system to covert natural resources into usable goods. The Laws of nature will always limit this consumption. This Tri-unity will work best in a way where each concern is at a balance and has the least effect on the other elements.

So you can see that deconstructing western thought is simple because like most tangible and non-tangible things--thought is composed of parts. It is just a matter of disassembling the machine, then examining each part--those that are found in good order can be reinstalled and the old and worn ideas will be replaced with new and better thoughts.

I will begin with the Law

Next time on Deconstructing Western Thought

Creating Order out of Chaos

Natural, Un-Natural and Supernatural Law