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NoetiTaoist™ Philosophy Primer—Part IX

October 10, 2016

Ethics is the largest area of academic study in Philosophy. Like any other fully developed philosophy, NoetiTaoism™ is concerned with questions involving ethics: matters of right and wrong, moral issues, facts, values, laws, and regulations. The NoetiTaoist™ perspective is primarily meta-ethical and descriptive rather than normative with respect to culture-centered morality. NoetiTaoism™ does not support or condemn cultural “norms” but, rather, allows for enlightened examination and lights the way to harmony through enhanced perception of Reality.

Central questions of moral philosophy involve the relationship between what a person perceives as actual and what that person imagines “should” be, with respect to anything. Human perceptions relate to ostensibly objective facts, as much as that is possible, and “shoulds” pertain to the ostensibly subjective value one places on a matter. A person’s collection of shoulds, including codified ethnic and religious “moral values,” is their value-system. However, in NoetiTaoism™, no “fact” is absolutely tethered to creature-considered value except for the fact of liberation→freedom→expansion (i.e., choice), which has omnipresence evidenced in the creature-indwelled urge to be unbound, an impulse traceable to the seed purpose of Omniverse, planted by SEA outside of the objective-subjective dichotomy, beyond even being and non-being. Despite the often heard phrase: “I have no choice,” there is always choice, always freedom, despite belief-manifesting appearances to the contrary. Reality is, as Albert Einstein recognized, a “persistent illusion,” and moreover: it is an ever-malleable persistent illusion—a kind of dream.

As pointed out in Part V, great profundities/teachings are sometimes simultaneously concealed and revealed in such seemingly unlikely places as nursery rhymes:

Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the stream,
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is but a dream.

The natural law approach to ethics in Philosophy commonly holds that something is right if it fulfills its purpose, wrong if it does not. In NoetiTaoism™, Omniverse serves as refuge from the hollowness and horror of total perfection by providing a realm within which the Self is free to express its desires—“merrily, merrily”—whatever those desires may be. To follow that path of SEA-derived will is natural law—“law” defined as repetitive patterning extending from SEA’s supremely intelligent intent. The path of its “will” is a path expressing an impersonal love (i.e., natural attraction) that is congruent with Freedom, given that Liberation is SEA’s overwhelming imperative, SEA’s purpose for creating Omniverse. Morality as a code of specific human behavioral prescriptions and proscriptions is, by contrast, a “local” and cultural phenomenon imposed by perceived tribal gods and their priesthood enforcers. The Old Testament, for example, includes dietary laws that are effectively negated in the New Testament. Coded morality varies from culture to culture; no code of conduct is absolute and universal.

A common philosophy-of-ethics argument is: If humans lack free will, then no one can be held responsible for anything. But humans do have free will, and each person is “in charge of” his or her own feelings and choices despite the seemingly external draw of other influences. No better to blame a devil than to blame God; the polarity lies within the self, and coded morality is rooted in a sense of interconnectedness of selves/souls—shared conscience, if you will (pun intended)—and in a desire for harmony and order, made actionable through enlightened mutual respect or through forces of enculturation: common fears and desires, agreements, and strong leadership. Determinism, within any given parallel universe, is a false doctrine based on a flawed perspective on causality. In truth, Omniverse is diverse, dynamic, dramatic, and intentionally imperfect; therefore, societal codes are a churning cauldron filled with never-ending processes of assessment, enactment, education, enforcement, criticism, and revision.

Given that the One Cause for which all of Omniverse exists is neither good nor evil (having originated in zero-dimensionality) but overwhelmingly crucial, and given that the One Effect which is the totality of multidimensional Omniverse/multiverse could not exist without inclusion of polarity at the base of its genesis—perceived humanly as: good-in-opposition-to-evil—natural law cannot exclude conditions and happenings that almost any human would judge (embrace or reject) based on how we, as sensing and sentient beings, are affected personally and as a race. Therefore, natural law is inherently impersonal. As the Apostle Peter said it: “God is no respecter of persons” (Acts 10:24). In other words, among other things: no mortal individual is, or can be, exempted from periodic storms of polarity in their lives. But everyone can come to see that polarity is necessary and “good.” Human perspective on “shoulds” is not the perspective of SEA; although it may seem that one would reflect the other, the Hermetic principle of “as above, so below” is operational only within the nine dimensions of Omniverse.

Beyond culturally-inspired codes of conduct, some moral ideas are universally valid and applicable because of their congruence with freedom-expressive principles operative throughout Space-Time-Mind. For example, the assertion: “As you judge, so shall you be judged” is an inescapable reality embedded in Omniverse, and it lies away from the reach of human reasoning and creature-control; it reflects the truth that all is One. To judge another soul in any way is to automatically make the same judgment on self, and to forgive another soul is to simultaneously and commensurately forgive the self. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” is another expression of morality related to the same recognition of higher reality, as is: “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” The whole of moral law is truly fulfilled in that one admonition to love neighbor as self (Galatians 5:14), and the clear inference is that humans all have the capacity to do so. NoetiTaoism™ holds that this is true, and that, at the deepest level of psyche, all souls know that all souls emanate from SEA’s freedom imperative.

However, the idea that all humans have the capacity to be “good” because all souls share a common agenda is difficult to accept for people steeped for a lifetime in the interlocking attitudes of science (including psychology) and religion, which both perceive humans as lacking good intent. This attitude is expressed openly and blatantly by: religion, on the one hand, which sees people as fallen entities/sinners from birth, and by science, on the other hand, which views humans as mere animals willing to do anything to—above all else—survive and win (Darwinian “survival of the fittest” backed by Freudian pessimism, both of which are disturbingly pervasive). Not surprisingly, the masses of people, including psychologically “well-adjusted” people—in the USA, for example—tend to “live down” to such negative expectation while the meeker (quietly rebelling strong-willed) minority who embrace higher values are considered: kooks, fools, weak, inept at competing, and losers. As evidence in commerce, the maxim of some dinosaur-brained business consultants is: “The business of business is to put other business out of business.”

The reductionist attitude in mainstream science, and its focus on the forces most apparent within the six dimensions of Space and Time, has further led the world into a state of deep sleep with regard to natural principles embedded in Omniverse from its creation, while traditional religion has failed to achieve constituent awakening to the reality of the omnipresent forces of Consciousness/Mind/Spirit. This leaves vast numbers of people feeling divided within, and this lack of body-mind/spirit integration inhibits individual awareness of the true nature of the self as an extension of SEA and of self’s potential for creatively constructive expression towards achievement of desires and expansion to higher states of being. As a result of this widespread through-a-glass-darkly-ignorance, a personally undeniable experience of “psychic” power—a profound experience having potential to lead the individual to rebirth at a higher level of being and functioning—may give rise to fears of mental illness or demonic influence. And neither utilitarian science nor utilitarian religion is prepared to quell those fears—to the contrary.

NoetiTaoism™ is not utilitarian. Utilitarianism—the most popular theory of ethics today—is an approach to ethics advanced by 18th century philosopher Jeremy Bentham that advocates making decisions and taking actions expected to serve the greater good, that is: greater than the perceived hedonistic drive of free-thinking individuals. And a utilitarian action aimed at benefiting the majority is not necessarily a strictly code-following moral action; all manner of actions generally considered evil can be justified as simply utilitarian: rational; logical given certain circumstances; practical under certain conditions; “common sense.” To cite an example: genocide (like infanticide or geronticide) a most extreme denial of the desires of others, can be rationalized as reasonable utilitarian action. Countless personal desire-denying decisions are equally utilitarian, as it is commonly believed “right” to squelch the needs of the self for the sake of others despite any counter-productive side-effects, societal as well as personal. Ironically, utilitarian judgment is frequently associated with anti-social behavior, including psychopathy, yet it remains the most popular (insidious) theory of ethics.

The unity and philosophic structure of psychology, biology, archeology, and paleontology, along with associated disciplines of mainstream science, have come to constitute a largely unrecognized quasi religion that is stronger and more far-reaching than was the Roman Catholic Church during the Middle Ages. That is something worth being alarmed about. However, the NoetiTaoist™ view is that the masses of people have the ability/potential/sense to wake up to the reality of their soul-level interconnectedness—a sense beyond Immanuel Kant’s “categorical imperative”/personal sense of moral-social obligation— and such awakening can turn the tide towards global harmony and towards worldwide wellness, mentally/spiritually and physically.