From the Biosphere to the No÷sphere
Life on this planet seems to have a history spanning 3 to 3.5 billion years. As life became more complex and its density increased, a breakout to higher forms of life occurred roughly 590 million years ago in the Cambrian area. The entire biological world -- from the most minute plankton to animals, birds, plants, insects, fish that emerged from the great breakout, is summarily called the Biosphere. All of it developed in this vast timeframe of possibly 3.5 billion years.
Then roughly in the last few 'moments' (over the last 2 - 3 million years) a second new breakout began in the creative unfolding of life that resulted in the creative unfolding of the human species. A major qualitative breakout occurred that started a whole new sphere in the dynamics of the creative unfolding of life, which culminated in the development of "civilization" a term that reflects the creative powers of mankind that no other species of life has.
The Russian scientist Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadski (1863-1945) termed this new sphere in the unfolding of life, the "No÷sphere," the sphere where life is intelligent and creative rather than instinctive and subjective to the natural world, a new and higher-order-sphere where mental processes lead to the discovery of efficient universal principles that have enabled mankind to create itself resources for living that do not exist naturally in the rather space biological field. With this unfolding vast new powers in the unfolding of life were enabled that also involve a new mission: to enrich the planet, to ennoble the face of life, and to possibly spread life across the universe.
Of course this higher mission requires us to apply the mental powers that we now have to also pursue a scientific exploration of ourselves and of those principles that are greater than ourselves, of the Sublime that brought us into the No÷sphere and into the dimension of ideas and their dynamics that we now express in the No÷sphere, the native sphere of mankind.
Some decades before the term No÷sphere was applied in this advanced field of scientific exploration, America's pioneer of spiritual or divine science, Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910) put a whole new facet of science onto the table and still is leading that field. Her work adds some rather interesting and vital dimension to understanding the dynamics in the distinctly human sphere that Vernadski termed the No÷sphere.
Our civilization has unfolded on a wide platform of interlocking ideas by which our humanity is defined. In order to gain a clearer perception of the main categories that are involved in that unique sphere, Mary Baker Eddy outlined a foursquare matrix for it as a scientific platform that is designed to put the major aspects of our humanity into relationship with each other for a greater appreciation of them and to enable a more focused development of them in our daily living, including in our political life.
Let me illustrate why this kind of an approach is necessary. For that illustration, let's consider nuclear physics. It is impossible to understand nuclear physics without recognizing the existence and characteristics of the unique particles that make up an atom, such as electrons, protons, and neutrons, including the underlying variety of quarks that construct these phenomena that we recognise as electrons, protons, and neutrons, and that the quarks themselves are but moving points of energy that in their action derive an electric charge. We can't get anywhere in nuclear physics without recognizing these constituent unique elements. The same sort of process is necessary for understanding the nature of civilization, which can't fully appreciated without and understanding of the major constituent elements of it. Here is where Mary Baker Eddy's contribution comes into focus.
The particular manner in which approaches the task of exploring the vast dimension of human existence is a part of her work that is not widely known, for numerous reasons. Below is a highly simplified form of it, followed by a brief description of the relevant aspects of it, beginning with those aspects that are relevant to the No÷sphere, the sphere of our humanity that makes us a unique species, followed in turn by those aspects that lie above it, pertaining to the Sublime.
Horizontally the matrix represents states of perception, and vertically it represents stages of progressive development related to the natural cycle of a day. The only elements that I have listed on the matrix as a relevant example (on the second row), are the names of the four biblical rivers of Genesis 2. These are the four rivers that are said in scriptural metaphor to be flowing out of the garden of Eden, or in real terms, as Mary Baker Eddy defined them, as flowing out of our humanity as human beings. Each river represents the essence of a specific aspect of our humanity, all of which need to be kept in constant focus and in a state of development for the protection and advance of civilization.
The four rivers appear on the matrix on a higher plain than the moral plain. They appears on a plain that the Russian scientist Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadski had described as the No÷sphere. While we live in the Biosphere as biological beings, bound to biological processes, we also live in the No÷sphere, the sphere of ideas, knowledge, science, technologies, creativity, creative powers, and a vast range of other intellectual powers that no other living beings on this planet have, which sets mankind apart into a sphere of its own, the No÷sphere. Mary Baker Eddy applied the term Christ to this sphere. One might therefore also call it the "Christsphere" the mental sphere we begin to recognize ourselves as (divinely) human on an essentially scientific plane. That, altogether, describes the domain of the rivers of our humanity.
Mary Baker Eddy described the moral plain below it as transitional. This is the plain where we find the constitutional principles located that remain passive until the profound ideas that define our humanity on a higher level unfold in consciousness, scientifically, which the constitutional principles are intended to represent, by which their power becomes unlocked.
Mary Baker Eddy took the four biblical rivers out of the biblical context and used them in metaphor as a platform to define the 'rivers' of our humanity unfolding into civilization. She defined the four rivers as follows.
How are the four rivers reflected on the political scene?
The constitutional principle of the general welfare covers a wide range of concepts with different expressions of dynamics. The wide range needs to be more specifically defined by defining the major aspects of it.
1 - The river Pison
In the political context the river Pison brings to light an aspect of our humanity that for example, when it becomes developed, obsoletes the cyber games that presently rob millions of people, mostly the youth, of some vital elements of their humanity.
"The love of the good and beautiful, and their immortality," as the river is defined, has long been the focal point of the cultural aspects that Lyndon LaRouche has been promoting as an element for political transformation; such as through music, understanding the principles of music; or through literature, understanding the principles of metaphor and irony and tragedy; and by focusing on beauty in art, architecture, and do on. The developing of the good and beautiful in our humanity closes the door to the artificial impositions, the counter-culture games that promote violence, murder, self-isolation, conformity, and the emptiness of virtual reality. Lyndon LaRouche's political focus has always included a strong focus on the beauty of our humanity that pervades the real world.
2 - The river Gihon
Mary Baker Eddy's definition of the second river, Gihon: "The rights of woman acknowledged morally, civilly, and socially," appears to go far beyond the sexual division of mankind. It appears to be representing the image of mankind that John the Revelator described as "a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars."(Rev. 12)
If that brightness is the unfolding image of mankind, then we are dealing with a humanity of great power, great brilliance, with a future barely imaginable. And with this tall image of mankind come tall rights that must be "acknowledged morally, civilly, and socially." One of these rights is the right of unimpeded development, individually; and civilly as the right to the cooperatively aided universal development of efficient nuclear power, expanding industrialization, advanced transportation infrastructures, and so on. The development of nuclear power isn't just a nice little necessity for society to get going as a means for dealing with energy shortages. The large-scale development of nuclear power is a human right as a stepping stone to the kind of energy rich world that a humanist renaissance requires, which itself is another universal human right. These right need to be acknowledged, first by us individually, then being expressed as missions of government, science, and industry.
Lyndon LaRouche has been arguing for many decades for advances in nuclear power, especially for the development of nuclear fusion power as an inherent right of mankind, a right that is arising out of the inherent power in our humanity that demands expression. Thus, nuclear fusion became one Lyndon LaRouche's early focal points. Way back in 1980, for example, "with the help of the LaRouche forces, both houses of Congress passed the Magnetic Fusion Energy Engineering Act, which called for an engineering reactor by 1990 and a prototype fusion reactor by the year 2000. The bill was signed into law by President Carter, but the Reagan Administration never funded it." (link) The funding of mankind's future is still being denied by the stooges of empire, denying thereby the most basic human right of mankind, the right for its self-development. While the development of nuclear fusion power is an aspect of the constitutional principle of the general welfare it will continue to be impeded by the forces of empire until society awakens to its far-ranging rights, and enacts the nuclear fusion development process as one of its most basic human rights. Thus society activates what its constitutional principles put on the table.
And socially, the rights of the human being as a Sublime being reflecting all the qualities of God -- closed with the sun -- takes us far from slavery, even self-slavery, all the way to the right to express our creative powers for the enrichment of all mankind and future ages as immortal beings. Our claiming the right for an immortal existence has a far greater impact in the political world than we may ever realize.
3 -The river Hiddekel
The third river, Hiddekel, defined as "Divine Science understood and acknowledged" also plays a vital role in political dynamics.
Ever since mankind was recognized as reflecting the Divine Being, "made in the image and likeness of God" (Genesis 1) a development has begun of the science of this discovered aspect of our humanity. The development of this science takes us back in time all the way to the early Greek Classical culture and its revival after the Peloponnesian War, by Socrates, Plato, and others, that became the precursor for Christianity and beyond.
Indeed, the divine science, the science of the divine reflection in mankind, has a long history with profound scientific breakthroughs along the way. The very founding of the USA as a rebel republic against the force of empire is the result of the advancing concepts of this particular aspect science. It was recognized by the patriots of humanity that subjection to tyranny is not the legitimate state of a human society, that a human society has the inherent power built into its humanity to claim its freedom and its self-determination. That was understood. That was acknowledged. And that was what powered the American Revolution.
Lyndon LaRouche's frequent references to the universal history of mankind are essential elements in our gaining an understanding of the unfolding dimension of the reflective divine science of man. the science of which becomes naturally reflected in appropriate forms of political acknowledgement. In this sense, an understanding of Plato, for example, becomes an element in understanding the principle of the general welfare since the science of both is rooted in the science that explores our humanity as creatively intelligent divinely-reflective beings.
4 - The river Eupharates
Mary Baker Eddy's fourth river is Euphrates, defined in part as "Divine Science encompassing the universe and man; the true idea of God; a type of the glory which is to come; metaphysics taking the place of physics; the reign of righteousness."
Let's just look at one aspect, "metaphysics taking the place of physics." Here we have the idea put on the table that metaphysics supersede mere physics in the development of civilization. The entire platform of civilization does indeed rest on essentially mind-created constructs of a type that simply does not exist in the natural world, but is a profound aspect of the human world that enables a society of over six billion people to exist on this planet, many with a high level status of living, most of which could not exist at all without these mind-created constructs.
It may be hard to accept that human civilization is primarily a metaphysical phenomenon. But in real terms we live often exclusively by technologically created resources that no other forms of life have or have created, or have the power to create. If these resources were withdrawn, civilization would collapse. Just look around you and put out of sight everything that resulted directly from human ingenuity, creativity, productivity, and so forth. You would stand in an empty landscape with clothing, shoes, or even food to get you though the next day. Mankind lives in a created world. We could not exist in the natural world, more than 99% of mankind couldn't. The natural world is not a rich world. Poverty exists whenever the creative potential is denied.
Lyndon LaRouche frequently warns that mankind's created technological resources must be protected, especially in times of financial crises when insanities erupt and become wantonly destructive. He also warns that that our scientific and technological resources, such as productive industries and machine-tool industries, must be constantly further developed.
He warns that society is currently going in the opposite direction. In the modern world almost everything is measured in terms of profits in money instead of advances in civilization. He warns that the economies are now collapsing by this tragic focus that stands in total denial of the foundation of our civilization. He warns that society needs to refocus itself towards finding its wealth in its productive capacity and the efficiency of industrial production.
There is evidently a vast difference in benefits apparent from human labor in comparing a service society and an industrial society. For example, the benefit to society of the labor of the person who serves a cup of coffee in a coffee shop is extremely short. It barely lasts a few hours. After that the benefit from that labor is lost. In industrial production, in comparison, the resulting product of human labor may benefit society for years or decades as in the case of an automobile. Civilization is thereby defined by the efficiency of the utilization of human labor, which is often further increased with the utilization of electric power or other forms of power, and processes of automated production. The point is, the more metaphysical the process becomes with advancing forms of technologies and the discovery of new physical principles by the power of the human mind, the richer and more secure civilization becomes.
Lyndon LaRouche has pointed out for decades that the application of new physical principles, such as magnetic levitation for trains and nuclear fusion for power; or large scale water development projects; or economic development projects spanning whole continents; and so on, must be on a scale of advancement in human productive power and freedom from limits that rivals the science fiction dreams. Where the stooges of empire call for genocide to reduce the excess population, Lyndon LaRouche calls them murderous fools, because the human genius has apparently no limits to create evermore new resources, far more than are needed, whereby the continuity and advance of civilization is assured and the real dimension of mankind unfolds.
The second part of Euphrates is just as profound. Mary Baker Eddy points out in it that the greatest challenge that we face in this second element of Euphrates is a too small sense of ourselves and of our power as human beings. She calls it "a state of mortal thought, the only error of which is limitation; finity; the opposite of infinity."
Lyndon LaRouche added a new background to this part of the definition, and with it to the essential unity of the two-part definition of Euphrates. He states that we live in a finite universe that is unbounded. This is not a contradiction. Mankind's scientific, technological, economic, and spiritual capability is finite. It is limited by the degree of our self-development, which is the strength of our culture and the state of our civilization that is still progressing, and which is unbounded in its potential. Thus, the final frontier is indeed the challenge of overcoming finity. While the Sublime is inherently unbounded, we cannot escape the fact that our sense of it is often erroneous whereby our expression of it remains incomplete and finite, even while science aids us to push back the boundaries of finity. Science is always finite, while its potential is unbounded. It has to be that way, or else the door to development is closed.
Every one of these dynamically unfolding concepts of profound principles, from Pison to Euphrates, takes us far beyond the level of constitutional principles, as for example the principle of the general welfare, and as these dynamically unfolding concepts come to life in society, they assure by their own imperative that the constitutional principles will be met. That is what society must place its focus on as Lyndon LaRouche has done for many decades already. We can't escape from that responsibility and hide behind the fences of limitation that we place before us.
Civilization isn't a gift that has been handed down to us by some magical deity on a silver platter. It is a man-created construct built with the resources of our humanity as divinely-reflective beings. Once that profound fact becomes apparent, then the power of the profound ideas stands behind everything that has become known as civilization, then the constitutional principles on the political scene will reflect that power and change the political scene by it. By themselves, without the profound ideas that they represent, the constitutional principles have no power. Then they may act only as a firewall at best, as a minimal standard, but the power for uplifting society unfolds in ideas. Thus civilization reflects ultimately nothing less than society's advancing self-discovery. If that is lacking the constitutional principles tend to fall by the wayside and become meaningless.
Above the No÷sphere - the Sublime
The German poet Friedrich Schiller put a concept onto the table for mankind to consider that he called the "sublime." The concept might be interpreted as the ultimate good, that which is above everything, but is not isolated from our humanity. Here the term God enters the scene.
From many different cultural backgrounds the term God was used in various ways to represent that "sublime" that is greater then oneself but is not isolated from oneself, or from civilization.
Of course, if mankind is to be understood as the fullest representative of the "sublime," or God, a scientific exploration of what constitutes God is required in order to develop a more-rigorous understanding of the nature of our humanity. While mythology has muddied these waters, science tends to cut through the mud and bring to light some of the basic elements.
We can no more contemplate the nature of the human beings without considering those concepts that only a human being can understand, than we can consider nuclear physics without considering the various 'invisible' forces that give an atom its shape, such as electric forces, electromagnetic forces, the weak forces, and the still weaker forces of mass. These forces are expressed in an atom, but governed by something greater, such as a variety of harmonizing principles that are incredibly intelligently arranged in their interaction without which the universe would not exist. Nuclear physics cannot be understood without a consideration of the universal principles that are expressed in the atomic structures, but which are greater than the structures themselves. Likewise the human being cannot be understood without a variety of aspects that we see expressed in our humanity, but which are greater than ourselves, and which nevertheless can be scientifically explored in order to gain a better understanding and appreciation of our own nature.
Mary Baker Eddy had pursued this course in the later part of the 1800s. She put three elements unto her highest platform that is reflected in the "sublime" in human existence and civilization. On this platform she placed terms: God, Man, and Idea.
The three elements are interdependent. Together they might represent that fundamental and absolute quality that Schiller had perceived as the "sublime." It appears that Schiller found it important to recognize the existence of something greater than oneself that is sublime, which mankind is a part of and is reflected in its affairs. This type of recognition is evidently a highly valuable defence against sophistry of any sort, because a vessel that is already full cannot be added to. Sophistry is a mental invasion, but that's not easily possible when a person is secure within.
Mary Baker Eddy's terms for the concept of God are evidently derived from exploring the nature of the universe that we are all a part of.
Principle: The entire universe, from an atom to the largest cluster of galaxies, is a construct, not of bits of matter, but of energy shaped by a vast array of harmonizing principles without which the universe would not exist. Thus the usage of the term principle must reflect this harmonizing quality and creative power. It renders such concepts as the "principle of evil" or the concept of "counteracting principles" as fundamentally false. A lot of sophistry is built on these false concepts that evidently need to be swept out of the way by an unfolding scientific sense of Principle.
Life: We call our children "ours" as though we made them. But our part in the process is so minuscule that it is almost none-existent. In real terms the human biology is an incredibly intelligently arranged complex of harmonizing processes that we have no control over, which renders ourselves, our children, and all human beings, as offspring of an incredible chain of progressive intelligent creation with a dramatic culmination that became our humanity. Thus in real terms "our" children should be deemed the offspring of our common humanity, and be universally nurtured and supported, just as the whole of humanity should so regarded and be so supported. The unfolding of this higher sense of Life would eradicate child abuse, child neglect, child poverty, and poverty in general, including slavery. Poverty would then be deemed a crime against humanity, and so forth. In a faint sense we are already moving towards this, and even then rarely from a scientific basis. But this can all change and become science driven towards a new social and political world.
Truth: Truth is sublime, because it is knowable. Lies in politics, or anywhere, are built on the sophistry that truth is just an object of opinion. This sophistry has foisted an epidemic of lies on humanity that is a chokehold of control that is liberally justifying anything: "In Lies We Trust!" This phrase of insanity has become the watchword spoken by many. But truth is knowable. When this becomes acknowledged the entire political mess of today becomes overturned.
Love: Love is the quality of our humanity that binds us in cooperative union. It is an outflow that rejoices in the echo in the world of the profound qualities that are anchored within. When the heart is empty there is no love. A world without love speaks of an empty society. The philosopher Hobbes was hired to create an empty world. Huge efforts are made by the countless boot-troops and related institutions in the modern war of empire versus civilization to reach that goal, to create an empty world, a world without love. We are already on the way. How empty and with little love is our monetarist world; a Fabian world; a fascist world; a world of underlings, self-enslaved; a world of gore and war?
Soul: Soul is not a 'ghost' locked into a body, but is best described as our immortality, our creative power brought fourth in the mission of our humanity, a mission to widen and enrich civilization and even to enrich the universe itself. In it we find the evidence that we are alive, the evidence of a life fulfilling a purpose. And even afterwards when the body has rotted away in the grave, the evidence of our soul remains as a light and testament that we have added something in some fashion to civilization by having lived.
In the war of empire versus civilization, one of the key goals is to create a soul-less society; a society without a renaissance, much less a constant renaissance; a society that is so dead that the rulers of empire have no challenge to fear from it.
Spirit: Mary Baker Eddy defines the term Spirit in part as "divine substance;... all that is good;... which is perfect, everlasting, omnipresent, omnipotent, infinite." She also points out that the plural form of the term is invalid. The term spirits would imply that the divine reflection in man, the nature of the good, perfect, everlasting, etc., is open to personal volition so that good is not a standard but a variable, which is open to regression and to becoming lost with the wind. Thus the moneybags now dictate to society what is good. On this road civilization is in grave danger. That danger is far greater than most people care to acknowledge, as a large segment of society now believes that mass-genocide is good.
Mind: Mind reflects intelligence. Both terms are only valid in the singular sense. Intelligence is a singular quality. There are no multiple variations of intelligence reflected in the design of the universe, some of them contrary to others, creating chaos.
The universe could not exist on a platform that is fundamentally conflicting, erupting into chaos, neither could civilization exist for the same reason. The rulers of empires know that. Consequently they do their best to proclaim that intelligence has no standard, because the war of empire versus civilization intentionally instigates chaos as a weapon, a weapon that directly targets the nature of intelligence. The phenomenon of empire, down the its very core, is a broadcast denial of intelligence. It is an expression of chaos. Of course the rulers of empire don't stop by hiding that reality. They confuse the issue further, having the audacity to proclaim that their arrogant endeavour to turn the universe upside down, is their God-ordained right -- the right of kings.
That proclamation has not ended to the very day. It continues in variations, known as the "rights of property," or "the right of the rich and powerful to loot the poor and weak," or "the right of superior militaries to bomb the hell out of the defenseless with relentless force." This insanity that is reflected in this madness is destroying civilization on all fronts, and will continue to do so until intelligence rules once again on all fronts unfolding into a new renaissance and a new world without empire.
If civilization is to survive and flourish and mankind to have a future the new leadership in politics will have to be of a quality that uplifts society's scientific perception of itself with the kind of depth indicated above. In these seven little words: Principle, Life, Truth, Love, Soul, Spirit, Mind, the essence of our humanity is summed up. This makes these insignificant seeming words the biggest words in the world. If the ideas that these words represent won't inspire us to activate our humanity in the presently critical times, nothing will. Our humanity is all that we've got, which these words represent. If that is not sufficient, then nothing will be sufficient and our world will be lost.
Nothing short of the kind of scientific rigor in society's self-perception, as to what these seven words contain, reflected in the four rivers, will likely unlock the dynamic power of our humanity that activates the constitutional principles, which in they eyes of many today are but words written or paper, or are way markers at best. A few pioneers have already paved the way along that path towards the science of our humanity, like Lyndon LaRouche has done in his own unique and often profound ways, a pioneer calling for the awaking of humanity on many fronts. And he is right. There stands not a single qualified candidate for the Presidency, for election at the end of 2007. But times are changing, and extraordinary challenges, like those that are now upon us, will likely cause extraordinary movements of perception in society, powered by an unfolding humanity that invariably becomes reflected in the political processes.
In real terms there is no stepping back from the pioneering scientific platform that Lyndon LaRouche has placed the process of politics on. He pioneered a new standard that reflects the tallest achievements of the past, from the dawn of civilization to the present, by which all politics in the future will be measured and by which civilization and mankind itself becomes protected and becomes free to develop for evermore.
In reference to the world-financial disintegration
The financial crisis is unique in that it culminates a type of the war of empire versus civilization that is fought on multiple fronts simultaneously, affecting every aspect of civilization.
From a technical standpoint the current financial crisis is merely the result of a string of interacting treacheries that successfully destroyed the American system of political economy as a system of sovereign national finance and directed credit creation for national development. The treachery began with the Specie Resumption Act, followed by the Federal Reserve Act, by which the nation gave away its currency and its sovereign right to credit creation and placed them into the private hands of the monetarist looters of the begging world-empire. It seems therefore that a simple reversal of this technical failure should suffice to end the train of tragedy, beginning with a bankruptcy reorganization of the dying system.
In real terms that reversal isn't quite as simple as it seems, because the defence of mankind in the multi-front war of empire versus civilization has to be carried out on many fronts simultaneously. That's a tough one to do, because the empire's war has cut deeply into the fabric of society and has created many recruits with its sophistry.
On the first front
"The love of the good and beautiful and their immortality," has long been replaced with the love of wealth and monetarist profits to the point that nearly the entire society has become oriented towards it. The song of money has become the song of the times. The human being isn't even a factor in the equation anymore. People are inventory, resources for exploitation. Profit justifies anything. Even the greedy 'steal' from each other in clever schemes for profit. And why shouldn't they? Society adores the successful thieves as they parade their ill-gotten loot through the streets in the form of fancy cars, or in fancy palaces, airplanes, boats, or whatever. Society is more inclined to sacrifice itself to genocides for depopulation in order to save the system of empire than it is inclined to rebel against it. It seems society has a long way to go from this front to redevelop its lost love for the good and beautiful in the human dimension and their immortality.
We see this sort of thing happening on all fronts.
On the second front
On this front we see tragedy happening as the idea of mankind as being 'clothed with the sun...' has long been overturned for which the quagmire of imperial environmentalism was created.
In the 1960s the banner headlines appeared that "the world has cancer and that the cancer is man." In the shadow of this banner the doctrine of manmade global warming was created, as well as the ozone hole scare, the DDT scare, AIDS, and the far more scary depopulation policy against the Third World nations that was quietly put forward to preserve the Third World's raw materials, All these genocidal processes were deemed necessary in the war of empire versus civilization as a means for protecting the empire against a new humanist renaissance that no empire would survive. And that too is hard to overturn. The vilification of mankind has cut so deeply by now that a vast chorus of recruits is happily singing the empire song that the world has cancer and that this cancer is man. Most people are actually fighting tooth and nail against their very existence in this war against civilization and would sooner die as the result of their sophistry than to admit the truth that man stands supreme among all being metaphorically 'clothed with the sun.'
The renewal of the correct self-perception of society is possible, but it won't be easily won. The tragedy of ancient Athens is that its sophistry was not reversed from within, but had brought the house down over it in a war that lasted over thirty years (431-404 BC), in which few people that started it survived through to the end. It takes far more than just a casual effort to overturn even a single aspect of the modern environmental sophistry, such as manmade global warming. Nevertheless the truth remains that mankind is not a sophist, but is the brightest star of life indeed, being clothed with the sun.
On the third front
On this front, the front of 'the divine science of man' the masters of empire are likewise protected by the small-minded of mankind that is supporting the imperial war against their innermost identity as human beings.
The empire's worms today control society so deeply that nearly everyone now believes that there is no such thing as a categorically higher state of being. Their attack also includes the notion that the human being is fundamentally incapable to discover and know the truth about anything. It culminates in the declaration that there is no such thing as absolute truth, much less spiritual truth. Thus truth becomes reduced to personal opinion, and the human being to just another animal in the field. The very notion that there should be such a thing as a divine science of man is laughed at.
The long war of empire versus civilization has always been fought to get society to see itself as animals with no intrinsically higher quality evident in its humanity. Darwin's gift to the empire was his 'sciencež of perversion that reduced mankind to the status of glorified apes driven by greed and power, and force,
The sophistry of this kind of deep perversion of the truth is likely deeper than one would expect. A whole long line-up of honoured champions has been put onto the throne of this sophistry, champions of lies that society honours as though they were gods, people like Adam Smith whose house has become a shrine for pilgrimage. Nevertheless the divine science of man remains intact as a natural science for mankind for all mankind to pursue in its self-discovery by which mankind's truth becomes honored once again in its science as knowable, understandable, and acknowledgeable in deed as the Revelator once saw it as "a woman clothe with the sun."
In today's world the divine science of man is carried forward by other pioneering thinkers as has been summarized by Lyndon LaRouche in his paper: Die Euro LŘge: Capitalism & Its Law in the excerpt below.
On the fourth front
On the front of "metaphysics taking the place of physics," the empire itself claims the title. The resulting farce is destroying the world. Liberal monetarism is telling mankind there is no need to work and produce, just borrow money, invest it, and let money make you money out of thin air. It's called the magic of the market place. The tragedy is that it has never worked, or can work, and never will work. But the song continues, "getting rich is beautiful!"
In order to keep the song alive the monetarist system that has been in a systemic collapse is constantly being patched up. Nobody wants it to collapse, because everybody serves it. Nobody wants to hear a word about replacing the system with one that actually works and is beneficial to society in real terms through increased human productivity, technology, power utilization, and industrialization. The empire's sophistry has made its own metaphysics, fraudulent as it is, seem incredibly real, while it is but a golden veil to hide the tragedy of a society that has been looted into the grave, that had its humanity denied, its development prevented, its education and healthcare destroyed.
To break the sophistry on all of these fronds society needs to open its eyes and look behind the veil, but not for the physical tragedy. It needs to look for the deeper tragedy of the loss of itself that stands behind the tragedy. Society needs to discover its real metaphysics, not the swindle of money making money, but its potential physical wealth created by the productive and creative power of the human mind, which is virtually unlimited. This humanist form of metaphysics is life-giving, while the monetarist swindle is murderous. This pattern applies to all the various forms of sophistry.
When we win our freedom from the war of empire versus civilization on all of these fronts, the world-financial and economic tragedy will end. There is nothing that we have in our hands with which to assure ourselves a victory on all of these fronts, except the truth of our humanity and its aspects of science that define it in terms of demonstrable universal ideas. The freedom of civilization is not a gift bestowed at the hands of political leaders, but is the reflection of the light shining in the hearts of society, and that is a greater thing than political leadership. Great leadership can aid to awaken and nurture this light, but the responsibility for it rests with each one individually. Today's age is blessed in having great leadership. It is also cursed by its history of prevailing blindness.
Friedrich Schiller, Germany's renowned poet for freedom, is said to have lamented that far all too often the critical developments in history have found mankind a little people by which the great opportunities became wasted. It is tempting to say that this pattern applies to the modern age also. Numerous opportunities have existed for society to break with the past and create itself a New Future with a New Renaissance. The leadership towards it stood in the foreground for 35 years. freely offered by Lyndon LaRouche. But to say that this leadership has not been effective in a profound way would be too simple and be tragically wrong and stand in denial of the dynamics of profound ideas. To say that would imply that 35 years of leadership-work with countless millions of pieces of literature distributed throughout the world, has been in vain and no deep changes in society have taken place. No form of logic or evidence will ever support such an assertion. The transforming power of ideas is forever at work unfolding with their own dynamics, though that power is not always reflected in empirical evidence. The reason for the difficulty in measuring unfolding ideas rests with our limitation in measuring non-events. It is exceedingly difficult to measure the non-occurrence of attacks on mankind that could have resulted in unspeakable tragedy but didn't happen. The political chatter-mill presents 'evidence' that the nuclear bombing of Iran has been narrowly stopped in its tracks four times in the last fourteen months. While the war of empire versus civilization is still raging, the options of the masters of war are becoming fewer and their strategies less effective. Ultimately the masters of empire will have no options at all, for all the power, the truth, and the productive wealth rests with society to be reclaimed. We don't know yet at which point society will state it Declaration of Independence anew, with the old spirit (below) expressed in a new way:
Yes, we can win on all fronts and end the war of empire versus civilization. We can do this with the weapon of truth and the power of ideas in which our humanity unfolds, because the basic process for defeating the sophistry of empire is the same in all cases.
"New government" in modern terms means new self-government individually. The rivers of our humanity and the nature of their substance in the sublime have been defined by Mary Baker Eddy, one of America's great historic leaders, and on a new platform for politics has been put onto the table by Lyndon LaRouche, a humanist genius in his own right who stands on the shoulders of many of the greatest geniuses in the history of civilization. Do we need a greater platform for winning than the one that has already been established?
And win we must, because there is no turning back from a fight that we cannot survive if we fail in achieving a victory. Athens' ghost is still on the horizon -- of the great pearl of Greek Classical Culture that fell under the weight of the sophistry it allowed in its heart. However, we have tools today for dealing with that disease, called sophistry, powerfully advanced scientific tools that the ancients could not have dreamed of. Thus, we have good reason to be optimistic that we shall win in due course. Right now the odds appear to be stacked against us as the superficial evidence of the world suggests, but the silent overturning in society as people are finding value in their common humanity has become a movement that is on the move and is fast gaining momentum with a New Declaration of Independence forming in their heart, soul, and mind, reflecting the unfolding Spirit of our humanity. How can we not win?
The struggle for peace
We should have learned by now that peace is not the precarious state of the absence of war, but is itself a spiritual quality of our humanity with is own dynamics that is best described as the Principle of Universal Love.
It appears that Mary Baker Eddy gives us a flavor of what this means, provided in her own unique manner. In reference to her foursquare pedagogical structure that is briefly introduced above, she created 10 associated structures that she challenged her students to interrelate with the basic design of the sixteen foursquare elements. Most of these associated structures are divided into 16 parts or multiples thereof. One of them comes in multiples of 9, contained in a glossary. In this glossary she references 144 concepts that cover all the various aspects of the entire matrix, providing a nine-part substructure for each element that thereby yields a symmetric form that has a central identifier in the middle of it.
Among the 144 concepts that she defined in that glossary, are some of her seven synonymous terms for God which she routinely uses in defining the nature and quality of God, and thereby the nature and quality of man as the reflection of God. But she left some of these terms out of the glossary. She defined the terms Principle, Mind, Spirit, and Life, but not the terms Soul, Truth, and Love, as if those didn't matter. But if one looks 'closer' it becomes apparent that these three terms might have been kept out that glossary on purpose so that their combination could serve to represent the central core of the entire structure that everything within it is flowing towards.
The term, Soul, is of special interest here because it represents a divine quality that is reflected in man, a quality that sets the human being apart for any other form of life. Vernadsky states that this quality puts the human being into a totally sperate sphere from the biosphere, which he termed the No÷sphere. Animals exist in the Biosphere, the human being exists above that, in the No÷sphere. One might also say that the No÷sphere represents the coincident of the human with the divine by reflection of the highest creative intelligence called God that gives the human its unique dimension. This coincidence by reflection needs to acknowledged be explored, for its dynamics, as reflected in the four rivers, changes our perception of the human 'landscape' and even changes the world itself, physically, and qualitatively. The divine idea of that reflective coincidence (of the human and the divine) that transform the world has been termed the Christ. Thus the No÷sphere might also be called the Christsphere.
The term Soul as a synonym for God evidently represents for mankind the divine quality that the term "the No÷sphere" implies, a quality that we all share universally as human beings. The expression may vary, and in some cases it may be just a spark, but the foundation is there for it to be a 'fire as great as the sun' to illumine the universe. This is the sense of Soul, which in combination with Truth and Love prescribes the center and circumference of our humanity
Lyndon LaRouche describes the unique quality of mankind represented by the term No÷sphere in the following manner:
Thus the three terms, Soul, Truth, and Love, standing in unison, might be summarized as the Principle of Universal Love, a step beyond agape and the principle of "the advantage of the other," which had powered the Peace of Westphalia in 1648, In the Principle of Universal Love we may find the quality that is the substance of peace.
When Lyndon LaRouche speaks of the great historic Treaty of Westphalia, or the Peace of Westphalia, he invariable focuses on two things: One is the principle that stood at the core of the treaty, which the entire treaty was built around, a single central phrase, "...the advantage of the other." And the other concept that LaRouche uses to define that central premise of the entire treaty is the Greek Classical principle of agape. The following is an example from his Dec. 2007 paper: Die Euro LŘge: Capitalism & Its Law
However, idea are living things and their unfolding is forever dynamic. While discovered universal principles are invariable as universal principles are, our discovery of their substance continues to unfold. Thus we stand facing today's global crisis with the principle of the Peace of Westphalia enlarged in our heart, and uplifted.
The military adventures
Basically military adventures are not isolated phenomena, but are nothing more than another facet of the war of empire versus civilization. Though they have repeatedly ravished mankind for apparently a vast variety of reasons, they are all typically an appendage to the looting process of the monetarist system of empire that underlies the entire structure of private imperial rule. Whenever the looting process is seen to be in danger war is instigated to change the prevailing environment so that the looting can continue.
World War I was not started with the assassination of an arch duke and his wife on their honeymoon. This was merely the whistle blow that got the tanks rolling. The empire's rage for war had been started much earlier when a 'wildfire' was lit by Henry Carey that began to spread throughout Europe. It lit a fire in the hearts of the nations in Europe that inspired them to adopt the American System of Political Economy like Germany's Chancellor Otto Bismarck had done. There was talk about infrastructures being built, transcontinental railways to be constructed, and the creation of new industries to be put on the table, with a lot of that actually happening. World War I was designed to stop all that. It was designed to stop the unfolding of continent-wide renaissance that the looting empire would not have survived.
The irony is that America had already surrendered its American System of Political Economy on the day before Christmas in the year before World War I started. With it America became a stooge to the monetarist empire. One wonders if World War I would have been avoided had America not surrendered. The empire might not have dared then to attack the whole world.
The second irony is that war is fundamentally never launched to actually win anything, but is launched to protect the forces of empire from the power of an unfolding renaissance. Much of South-West Asia is presently being destroyed for this objective with more destruction already planned. And America itself is being destroyed in lock-step from within as the war is already costing it $500 million a week in the face of deep cuts in social support services and the cancelling of some of its most vital scientific commitments like the $149 million pledge for the construction of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor ITER. (Link)
What we see here are not isolated fragments, but typical elements of the war of empire versus civilization. In fact it would be surprising if one wouldn't encounter them. The ITER project is vital for the whole of mankind as its objective is to develop the technology for thermonuclear fusion power that would usher in a worldwide economic renaissance by providing an almost unlimited source of electrical power and high-energy-dense process heat, using hydrogen isotopes as fuel that are abundant in ordinary seawater.
War is always unleashed as a battering ram against civilization and the nations that stand at the forefront of mankind's advancing civilization. Nor does it really matter in the strategy of empire who is fighting whom in the march of the war of empire versus civilization. Only the objective matters. The stooges that lay down their blood are hired as needed. Tragically, many of those who commit themselves to die, believe that they are fighting for their country, while in most cases they are fighting against it. The sophistry that makes this happen is adjusted at will to give the war the most-acceptable nationalist flavor. Going to war is only necessary as a last-resort defensive action in the war of empire versus civilization, and this becomes necessary only when the more fundamental defensive actions have not been taken.
For war-avoidance it is virtually impossible to single out a specific front. All fronts must be defended to avoid war. Ironically that defense must begin with the development of all the major aspects of humanity without exception. We need the power of Pison, Gihon, Hiddekel, and Euphrates as Mary Baker Eddy has defined the rivers of our humanity. We need their power to create a vast human renaissance on a universal platform, which is the only platform that can turn the tide against empire, which is also the only platform that the masters of empire fear as it leaves no 'room' for empires in any form to exist.
Right now we are far from this realization. The idea of a renaissance isn't even on the horizon. The empire's stooges and the worms that they control, together own the hearts of mankind to a large degree. The rulers have nothing to fear. Sure, a patriotic U.S. President might stand up and outlaw war as being unconstitutional, which it is. Except that wouldn't end the silent war of empire versus civilization that is actually more deadly and destructive than the military adventures of this war. The constitutional principle that denies war, even if it was heeded, would do nothing to end the ongoing tragedy. The tragedy can only be stopped when the dynamics of the rivers of our humanity begins to unfold and "bud and bloom" in human hearts.
Right now there is not a single U.S. Presidential candidate qualified to provide the needed, deeper kind of leadership. Thus the current tragedy will likely not be arrested, but will continue with a few superficial changes along the way, and so it will continue to tear down the USA and much of civilization with it. We live in times of tragedy of the kind that Shakespeare illustrated in Hamlet in which the tragic element is society itself. The evidence for that is found in the general answers to a few simple questions:
Does anybody really want a world without war? The apparent answer is no, as the biggest war monger in modern times still sits securely on the throne, threatening the whole of mankind. Likewise, does anyone really want a new renaissance in their time with an efficient and just economic platform? The apparent answer is no again, as a New Bretton Woods for a first faint step in that direction isn't even on anyone's mind, much less is on the agenda for implementation. Likewise again, does anyone really want a qualified leader for President? The apparent answer is once more a resounding no, as Lyndon LaRouche has stood for election for over three decades and offered the kind of leadership that is required in the war of empire versus civilization. Society's response on its own behalf has been dismal throughout these decades. Instead of being supported, Lyndon LaRouche was slandered for his stand in promoting the development of those vital rivers of our humanity on which the future of mankind depends.
One could go on with those kinds of questions and the answers would likely all be, no, no, no! Here we have a mirror before us in which we see ourselves rejecting the most vital elements of our humanity. Ironically, when war breaks out we go to the streets and protest against war. But that is like protesting against ourselves, against our own failures. The only options we have at this late stage is to look at our failures and correct them by redeveloping the key aspects of our humanity. The overturning of the current indifference or even antagonism towards the needed essential leadership might not be impossible. Where Athens failed we might succeed. A few movements can already be seen on the horizon. The Chinese government for example is now openly recognizing Lyndon LaRouche's leadership and his support for a solution for some of their most vital issues. Many state legislators and local groups inside the USA are also now rallying themselves around his leadership via his proposed Home Owner and Bank Protection Act, and it might just be that those now activated to fight see behind the proposed protection act an awakening of their own humanity, in small streams perhaps. But streams tens to become rivers. Many who now rally around Lyndon LaRouche's proposal do so in spite of his name having been dragged through the mud in the war of empire versus civilization. Many are now doing what they would have never dreamed of to be doing just a year ago. In times of crisis the truth tends to become a coin of value, and its value tends to grow when all other coins tend to fail.
That is where we stand today, as I see it. Yes, World War III could break out tomorrow and go nuclear or become a biological war, or both, and eradicate much of mankind as the masters of empire have been demanding for decades already. But something has changed in tŔe world, because it is equally possible now for a breakout to peace to be happening tomorrow in the flow of the humanist dynamics that unfold outside the pattern of statistical probability. Something is moving that defies the political theatrics, the schools of thought control, the created consensus with insanity, and all those religions that equate poverty with holiness and violence with enlightenment and vice with virtue, and so on.
The unfolding of our humanity is a human thing that has no boundary, but has a dynamics in itself that unfolds without inertia. While we may never be able to exceed the speed of light in space travel, we might find it possible to cross the largest distances in the mental domain to be wherever we want to be in the unfolding of our humanity that already exists. While conditions were obviously different in 1648 than they are today, the Treaty of Westphalia still seems like a miracle to most in society who fail to recognize the dynamism of the human genius and the power of discovered universal principles. In combination they do achieve 'miracles.' The Treaty of Westphalia might have been the only peace treaty in history that ended 80 years of warfare and left no vanquished in the dust, which established peace by its own substance.
The beauty is that the principles and processes that bring the substance of peace to the foreground are not specific to the historic times in which they were applied, but are as valid today and as powerful in their effect as they have always been throughout time. That is the nature of universal principles and the efficient processes they enable.
It seems to me that we are at the verge of entering a new stage in the progressive dynamics of the world where we might well surprise ourselves in our discovering of what great achievements are yet possible in the unfolding flow of the rivers of our humanity. It seems we are entering the age of a New World of great projects with no going back. Maybe one of the key turning points towards that New World comes with society's realization that there is no turning back to the Old World so that we are forced to pull together all the great achievements of the past and move forward with them. I think this is where we are at today.
We also stand at the brink of chaos.
The entire world-financial system is in the process of a self-feeding systemic collapse. The masters of empire are more deeply threatened by this collapse of their looting system than they ever have been. And they are lashing out in the same manner as they always have in the past. (See: LaRouche: "This Whole Operation [Pakistan] is Keyed to the Fact of January 3rd")
Their historic strategy of empire in times of crisis has been to create chaos, fractionalizing society, and to set the fractions at each other's throat to kill each other. Then, after the dust has settled the masters of empire have come back and mopped up what was left, thus recovering their power that no one had any strength left to contest, and so the looting continued.
In today's world where the financial collapse is global, systemic, and more deeply reaching than at any time before, attempts might be made to apply the historic method globally and create a far flung global chaos resulting in unprecedented crises on all levels of society, creating enormous existential challenges. But I don't think it will work. It might have worked in isolated cases, but once the controlling game becomes global, the fraud behind it becomes recognized. (See: LaRouche: The Dynamics of This Crisis: The Hand Behind Tragedy."
The force of a crisis has the potential to inspire society to reopen the rivers of its humanity by which their substance will begin flowing again. The method by which the Bosnian Civil War of 1992-1995 ended stands as an example. Three ethnic groups were set at each other's throat along ethnic and religious lines, massacring each other in campaigns of "ethnic cleansing." This went on for three years. It all stopped quite rapidly when two of the groups, with the aid of the Schiller Institute that understood the games of empire, began to recognize that it wasn't in their interest at all to kill each other. So they joined hands and defeated their real enemy. I can still remember someone from the Schiller Institute telling me back in 1994, at a time when it seemed the chaos was totally unstoppable, that the conflict be would over in four weeks. And he was right. A quick victory was won on the basis that he outlined. NATO came in afterwards, but too late to stake claims for the masters of empire.
The rivers of our humanity follow their own dynamics. They may be blocked for a season, but they all tend to be brought back to life when their substance is desired. The decisive factor for society will always be how soon and how quickly the breakout will occur.
In the unfolding tragedy of the global financial disintegration, and the masters of empire being committed to overburden the economic tragedy of the financial disintegration with artificial chaos, a quick breakout is most desirable, preferably before the chaos begins. If the breakout is too long delayed and chaos erupts with full force, the physical destruction might become too deep and not survivable by most people living today, and society might collapse into a New Dark Age as it did in the aftermath of the financial breakdown crisis in the 14th Century with the collapse of the Lombard imperial banking system.
The critical factor, therefore, will be the timing of the breakout in which society brings the rivers of its humanity back to life. The pivotal factor in this timing will be the building of a new focus on the Principle of Universal Love, a step beyond agape and beyond the Westphalia Principle of "the advantage of the other." If this new focus on the Principle of Universal Love results in a global bankruptcy reorganization of the deeply bankrupt system of private monetarism and its transformation is enacted to reforms it into a national system of directed credit creation to rebuild the collapsing world in an orderly cooperative fashion, then the physical collapse of society can be avoided. Failing that the crisis will likely explosively deepen. Without the Principle Universal Love the masters of empire will likely sweep away national currencies and replace them with their own super currencies, like the Euro, or the already planned Amero, which takes society further and further away from the civilized platform of sovereign, national, credit creation, and deeper into the swamps of empire and the graveyards created by private monetarist looting.
Since the destructive madness of empire is expressed in the current catastrophic collapse of its private monetarist system, and the collapse is systemic in its design, it should be evident to everyone that the unfolding plans for a more intensive imposition of the same madness will inevitably lead to ever-greater and more-intensified crises and to a New Dark Age.
While the present trend is to rush into a New Dark Age, a dawning of our humanity has begun and to some degree the rivers of our humanity are flowing again. Herein lies our hope. Whether this hope will be fulfilled in time, no one can foretell. But the potential is there for a quick breakout to a New World -- a divinely humanist world without empire -- to be achieved.
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