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The truth ends up on the scaffold, while lies end up on the throne

Posted on October 26, 2010. Filed under: A taste of TROONATNOOR |

The Bible and Koran both warn those people with the most fortunate holistic inheritances that they are being tested. God expects them to re-distribute their good fortune among the less fortunate. God is testing them more than the rest of us, upon whom he has seen fit to bestow mediocre, even bad, holistic inheritances. Thus God´s ´blessing´is really a test in disguise. And we can see how well the ´blessed´ have done in this test by observing how they have in fact employed their good fortune. Have they selfishly employed it to enjoy lives of luxury, satisfaction, and priveleg?  Or have they shared their good fortune, enjoying middle class lifestyles, while re-distributing the excesses of their windfalls? Take a look at those nations that claim that ´In God We Trust´. See how the Republican ´Christian Taliban´ live. See what politics they pursue. Is it the politics of private wealth and excess, conspicuous consumption, or the politics of public welfare?

When people admit to having been ´blessed´, are they doing so in a masturbatorial fashion, or in a humble way?  Are they claiming a right to enjoy all the priveleges and luxuries they have available to them, as clearly earmarked for this purpose by a God who has chosen them above others to lead such gratifying, satisfying lives? Or are they admitting that their God determines everything, and that they have no more a right to their windfalls of good fortune than any other, and thus it is only correct that they share all the benefits above those which they could rightly claim to have earned, through effort, sacrifice, and risk?  This was Mohamed´s position in the Koran. However how do those who claim to be his heirs, the fabulously wealthy Saudi´s and other Royals suddenly grown wealthy on a windfall of oil and gas, actually live their lives?  How can they claim to be ´faithful´?  Can a truly faithful person live in a palace, and spend wealth they never personally generated on gratifying their own desires, while others work hard and long with no reward?

Do ´religions´tend towards palaces, exclusive wealth, luxury, power, and priveleg, or towards humility and re-distribution of holistic inheritances? Did any prophet ever enjoin people everywhere to build golden temples, and luxurious palaces for priests? No. But what have the priests of every religion, from Buddhism, to Hinduism, to Judaism, and its follow-ons Christianity and Islam done?  They have proven that they have no claim to any spiritual status whatsoever. Plato revealed the nature of religion in his ´Republic´.  If you don´t have time to read it, and hundreds of other religious texts, and philosophical, sociological, and pyschological writings on the subjects, then read my TROONATNOOR volume III, RELIGION.

The bible and Koran was never intended to be taken literally. They are deliberately ambiguous. Mohamed states that this ambiguity is also a test. You can interpret his words in self-serving ways, or in ways that serve others.  Which way the Saudi Royals, among all the worlds Royals, and fortunate people, have interpreted this ambiguity is clear. They have taken the most convenient, satisfying, masturbatory interpretations. They have chosen to keep their wealth for themselves, rather than share it. Rather than re-distibute their god-given good fortune, they chose to consume it in selfish ways.

Warned that it is easier to ride a camel through the eye of a needle, the most fortunate have merely payed engineers large sums to manufacture needles with eyes large enough to drive an armoured limousine through.

Find me one religion where the authorities do not live in opulence and self-glory. Find me one Saudi Royal who lives modestly, so that he might share his god-given good fortune with others. Find me one religious authority that does not interpret the Koran and Bible texts in masturbatorily self-glorifying and self-serving ways. Find such a religious authority or Royal, and you will find the the rest of the religious authorities persecuting them, crucifying them, burning them alive.

It is said that the truth always ends up on the scaffold, while lies always end up on the throne.

Anyone who would dare bring such inconsistencies to the attention of the public, let alone directly criticise the religious authorities and other elites, will quickly find themselves suffering fates worse than death. They will only be saved from these cruel agonies by death itself.

All this should remind us of the double-edged nature of all dogmas. They may be interpreted in ways that bring about a better world. May. In reality, they tend to be interpreted in self-serving ways by the beneficiaries of such interpretations. Hence being  blessed is taken by most as an entitlement to priveleg and consumption, rather than as a responsibility to distribute this blessing fairly among all of God´s creatures. It is used in the same way that the dogma of karma is, to punish the victims of poor holistic inheritances, and to legimitate the privileges and consumption of those with the best holistic inheritances. God must have willed it, or it would not be otherwise, the lucky few will argue. God loves them best. Their good fortune must be proof of this. And thus they enjoy gratifying their every desires, indulging in every priveleg and consumptions, free from any feeling of obligation towards the less fortunate. Who are they to challenge gods will!  If god had wanted the others to be fortunate, he would have blessed them!  How dare anyone challenge god´s will!  His priests deserved ´the best of the best´. God blesses whom he wills.  It is not for any man to challenge such a god given order. No. Any man who argues for a re-distribution of the windfalls of our holistic inheritances, our good fortune or misfortune, is a heretic. That man is challenging god´s will on earth. We must ensure he suffers for this damnable impertinence!

And so it is impossible to ensure that the ´noble´ lies of a Plato, Mohamed, or any other prophet or ´religious authority´are always employed in ´noble ´ways.  They are double edged swords. And it is for this reason that we must abandon all hope of employing them. They are like fantastically destructive weapons. Sure, if the right people have them, they can ensure peace and justice. But it is impossible to ensure the ´wrong´people will not get access to them, an use them for their own selfish, ignoble purposes. And thus we should be wary of developing them.

The lesson of history is that noble lies will always be interpreted, ´spun´ and distorted in ways that they produce outcomes the opposite of those intended by their innovators. Thus we must abandon any hope of employing noble lies. We should focus on the truth. The truth is much harder to ´spin´, especially if we keep in really simple and concrete.

Luke 16:10 reminds us of the indivisibility of Justice. People continue to refuse to validate this concept, as it is too spiritual in nature to be included in any of the thoroughly human religions. Luke states that ´He that commits any injustice at all, is unjust´, in some bibles. In others he warns us that ´The man who is corrupt in the smallest of matters, is not to be trusted in larger matters´.  

This is what I have argued for decades. Principles. Principles do not require huge tomes of precedents, clauses, or interpretations. Principles are simple. They are clear. They are incorruptible. They cannot be distorted. They cannot be avoided. They cannot be ´spun´.

The principle of justice is clearer than any other. To do unto others as you would have them do unto you. The golden rule. To behave, when you are in a position of power, as you would want those with power to behave towards you, when you have none.

Rawls´´Veil of ignorance´ and my own ´Optimal Ethics Generator´ seek to motivate people back towards the principles that the prophets sought to instill in us.

Of course Jesus called for his followers for them to treat the least among them, as if they were Jesus himself.

Of course he was crucified (in reality or myth), for daring to be so spritual, in the face of ´religion´. Religion is merely a form of power. It was produced by, and completely reflects, our all too human natures. Any truly spiritual value it ever possessed was corrupted. The true intentions and spirit of the prophets was ignored.

Thus we have to abandon all hope of religion ever producing an increase in social justice. It was never designed or intended to do so. It never did. The priests simply abused their power. The spiritual foundations of religions became over-run with superstition, ceremony, and ritual. The sorts of supersition, ceremony, and ritual the prophets had sought to banish.

So don´t dare tell me you are a servant of god when you fail to re-distribute  your god-given good fortune in full among the less fortunate. You are a servant of yourself. You serve merely yourself and yours. If any God actually existed, he would have smote you all dead in your tracks. You all failed his test.

God was created by man in his own image. Religion was produced my man to serve his own interests. Produced by the men with the power, to increase and reproduce this power over generations. To ensure access to all the privileges and luxuries you could imagine. And so  the priests speak only for themselves. They are men. Their motives are human. Religions is merely a reflexion and extension of human nature. There is nothing divine in it.

There is divinity only in the desire to help others. This is the core of all spirituality. There are of course some elements to be found in the world religions. However they are only ever marginalised and nominalised. Their voices are muted, for fear of being heard. The priests will only spin them to serve their own selfish purposes.

I write this of course for those who have not yet managed to comprehend the nature of gods and religions. I write this in case there are some truly faithful out there, to remind them that the truly faithful have no place in any of the worlds religions. I write this to warn them to escape before their true piety is recognised by their peers, and they are extirpated by them.

The first reformer of the established religious order was perhaps Akhen Aton, who himself continued the tradition of the priests at On. He abolished the existing Priesthoods of Ancient Egypt, in favour of a simple spiritual philosophy known as ´living in Ma´at´, meaning living in truth, justice, and an appreciation of the beauty of nature. Of course the priesthood lost all its priveleges, and rebelled within a few years. They murdered him and destroyed his new city and religion based on principles, rather than complex codes, rituals, and of course, priestly privileges.

Zoroastra taught a similar philosophy of principles with his ´Mazda-Yazna´, or worship of truth. He taught the simple principles of right thinking and right acting.

Buddha taught us to trust our own reason. He offered compelling arguments. His followers did more harm to him than his opponents, in contaminating his teachings, ignoring his instructions, and setting up a religion which adapted all the superstitions and dogmas we find in all the worlds religions today.

A well known Moses, model for Adolf Hitler, then founded his own monotheism, combining Yahweh the volcano god, with elements of the teachings of the Priests at On. We know of this religion as Judaism. It was a continuation of the established priesthoods of Egypt. ´The best of the best´ was to be given to the priests, in honor of god. Of course other Jews then continued the principles of Akhen Aton and the priets at On, and attributed their teachings to a prophet they called Jesus. He, like Akhen Aton, was of course crucified, in the myth or reality. And since then anyone attempting to replace religion with true, principle based spirituality, such as that taught by the Priests at On, Akhen Aton, Jesus, and Buddha, suffered fates worse than death.

So keep in mind. Religion is man-made. It was produced (nothing can be created as such) by a small group of people in their own interests. There is nothing other-worldly or divine in the worlds established religions. Where it exists, it is extirpated and ex-communicated. It is tortured and burned at the stake.

Search for divinity in yourself. No building or ritual is sacred. The only thing that is sacred is the will to serve others. The only sacred acts are helping others. Prayer is meaningless without action. Act your prayers. Otherwise they are an insult, a sacrilege.

The priests have no magic. They have no connection with any divinity. They serve their worldly masters in their worldly enterprises.

See,  my novel, ´Veil of ignorance´,   and my other books, TROONATNOOR, Convergences, Religion for so much more.

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The philosopher as ´bull´fighter

Posted on October 25, 2010. Filed under: A taste of TROONATNOOR |

The job of philosopher is as much ´Bull´ fighter as actual producer of ´new´ ideas. Thanks to all the deliberate deception that has accumulated over the ages, the BS (Bull-Shit) has piled up, producing all sorts of problems, as could be expected from such poor mental sanitation, a.k.a sanity.

Some of the liars, such as Plato, at least imagined that they themselves had noble motives.  Plato used, and recommended others use, what he saw as ´noble´ lies. 

Thus, since time immemorial, the powerful have deceived us. Sometimes they justified it to themselves as being for our own good. Of course, just by chance, such lies also brought them massive power, wealth, luxury, and all the taboo things they denied us.

Some of the liars have been more directly opportunistic. They invented races, and people ´chosen´, either by gods, or by historical destiny, to be ´master races´, with the right to disposess, enslave, rape, and murder, all other peoples.  See my TROONATNOOR books, or the Bible and Mein Kampf for details.

The lies about free will and Karma might fall in either category, depending on the person employing these lies.

Sometimes their motives have been more noble, sometimes more malicious, sometimes simply opportunistically practical.

People might behave better, if they believed they could never escape the consequences of their actions. People might also submit to exploitation, if they felt they ´deserved´it, due to poor behaviour in past lives.

Of course you could only morally judge people if they actually did possess a free will. It would be absurd to ´punish´ someone for actions they had no choice but to take.  Karma itself was absurd if you had no free will.

The gods would have to be really malicious to blame you for their own mistakes! How vicious must the Biblical god be to force Adam and Eve to reproduce billions of people only that they might suffer and die, for the actions of that very same ´loving´ himself.

In any case, what sort of bastard could see any justice in punishing generations for the actions of individuals?  Anyway, back to my blog!

Lies become ´social reality´ due to the power of those producing and re-producing them. Through this power, through education, the popular media, and religion,  the beneficiaries of these lies  have these lies naturalised, normalised, and internalised. Threats of violence in present, future, and even an ´after´ life, commonly attend such ´socialisation´.

And those philosophers who directly challenged such lies were tortured to death, burned alive, dispossed of all their social status and the means to survive. Their families suffered the same fate, often up to the fourth succeeding generations. In Adam and Eve´s case it was thousands of generations, and then for eternity!

However most of these lies actually appeal to their listeners in some way, and hence they are greedily consumed and internalised.

Who would not want their enemies to be damned to an eternity of suffering?  Who would not enjoy belonging to some ´chosen´ people, with the right to rape, murder and enslave other people?  Who would give up the right to steal the wealth of others?  Who would refuse to be the most important thing in the universe, with a right to exploit all  the other sentient beings, all the other non-members of your particular social group, not to mention other nationalities, ethic groups, skin-colors, and of course, all the other species,  in it? 

Every negative lie, such as that of guilt, karma, or the existence of an eternal hell, is accompanied by an appealing one, such as the notion of free will, meritocracy ( a.k.a I deserve my good fortune, and others deserve their bad fortune), or the existence of some eternal paradise.

Philosophers are the eternally open-minded ´seekers´. They reject all dogma, all sense of certainty truth. They see no compelling grounds for accepting any particular dogma over another. Thus they keep an open mind, and are never deceived.

They may accept some compelling arguments as compelling, however they keep their minds open to change. What appears compelling today may become less compelling in light of new evidence, experience, or arguments.

And thus they opt to ´suspend judgement´ on many things, while treating other things heuristically ´as if´ they were truths. The difference is that when their experience teaches them otherwise, contradicting their beliefs, they are open to changing their beliefs in light of it, rather than denying the reality they have just experienced.

Thus it is the dogmatic that are the ´skeptics´, in the modern sense of the word, as it is they who deny reality, for fear of having their cherished, valued, precious beliefs challenged.

The original Greek term from which ´skeptic´ derives, means ´seeker´. Of course today it means someone who is unwilling to accept a compelling argument or experience that is  inconvenient or undesirable.

Few minds are so great as to be able to innovate, and produce ´new´ ideas, new compelling arguments. Most recently John Rawls came upon one such innovation, his ´veil of ignorance´.  It inspired, no doubt, my own´Optimal Ethic Generator´. My own innovation builds upon his, and upon the ´nobler´dimension  of the lie of karma.

My conceptulisation of life as an ´Experience Engine´ appears in hindsight a continuation of the Hindu cosmology, in which the universe produces all life out of a sense of ´play´, or ´Lila´.

My ´induction´ theory of consciousness shares similarites with the ideas of Averroes.

However for the most part, my TROONATNOOR   books are engaged with fighting the ´bull´. 

´Taking out the trash´would be in itself quite easy, however my task is more to sort through it, to separate the valuable from the worthless and, more importantly, toxic.

It is laborious work, when you seek to avoid ´throwing out the baby with the bathwater´.  I have been careful to save the baby while draining the bathwater.

That was hard work. However the real challenge was to replace the bathwater with a purer water, unpolluted and uncontaminated by the millenia of ´noble (and otherwise) lies´.

Only then could it be really cleaned. I had no interest in merely replacing one lot of dirty water with another. Hence I have avoided any noble lies of my own. I have presented only compelling arguments, in the spirit of Buddha.

The water is clear. If you want to be freed of all the garbage that is weighing you down, disempowering you, distoriting and fouling your vision, then join me on the journey that is TROONATNOOR

This very same water can even free you of that which all religion has promised, but failed to deliver. Thanks to Freud, it can even free you of that mass compulsive neurosis called religion, original sin, homophobia, andyour delusions of  free will. See Volumes II and III of my  TROONATNOOR    series,  Convergences and Religion  for details.

It can free you to stop re-producing a history of misery, and empower you to produce the sort of world all the prophets have promised and failed to deliver, a world that is worth living in. A world that is worth reproducing.  This is the world that is defined by my Eden Protocols, in my   TROONATNOOR  books.

I was loathe to publish my books before replacing  the noble lies, with something devoid of lies, but at least as promising.

It took decades, after having cleared out the BS, to actually produce something worthy of replacing it.

And so it is that I can now recommend my  TROONATNOOR    books for your consideration. Please avail yourself of this opportunity. Not only will all future generations of sentient beings love you for doing so, but you yourself will benefit, right now, this moment, for the rest of your life, and, if reality is so, for the rest of your lives.

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Happy Winter Solstice and New Year

Posted on October 25, 2010. Filed under: A taste of TROONATNOOR |

Just a reminder that the Roman Emperor Constantine adopted Pauls´ recycled ´Priests at On´philosophy and his fellow ´good news´´gospel´ writers´ stories surrounding the birth of Siddartha a.k.a Buddha, regarding the birth of the wisest man, king of kings, attended by and validated by 3 wise men, adapting the current Mediterranean ´pagan´ cults, including the traditional celebration of the dieing and reborn Sun, known to the Romans as Saturnalia, and to others as the celebration of the birth of the ´New´ year, occuring logically on the shortest day of the year, the winter solstice, , to produce, in the typical recycling tradition in which religions have evolved, what we know as Christ-mas or Xmas.

For the enlightened amongst you, fear not, the dieing son will be resurrected on the Winter Solstice. That is the nature of nature. Death and rebirth, in a continuing cycle of generation, decay, and regeneration. So bring in something green, show those you care about how much you value them, and consider that things only endure if they are reproduced. And consider what things in your life you would like to continue, to endure, and carry into the new year, and which things you would do better to abandon. Remember, this is the extent of your response-ability in an inter-deterministic universe. Things only endure if they reproduce. This applies as much to habits, laws, social customs, social practises, as it does to species of animals. Take a moment to consider how much more beautiful, creative, and enjoyable your world could be if certain things did NOT exist. This is the whole concept of the ´New Yearś Resolution´.

And on the theme of ´Happy´New Year, a reminder that marijuana, though supposedly a class one drug with NO medicinal applications (along with Cocaine, which Freud could find no medicinal use for, but with others did, in eye surgery), is in fact used by over 300,0o0 registered users in California alone, for medical purposes. What catches my eye is its efficacy in treating the symptoms of migraine i.e nausea, pain, anxiety, and depression. While, as I suspected, Botox may soon be approved as one migraine treatment, it seems we have a simpler remedy which we could grow in our own homes.

Imagine that. What would the pharmaceutical companies make of that!  An effective treatment that anyone could grow themselves at low cost, completely bypassing the pharmaceutical industry!  Of course I have written much elsewhere about the politics of drugs, in my TROONATNOOR bloggs and books. However here I will add the fact that over 25% of all patients on dialysis suffered their kidney failure as a result of the long term use of pain killers. And as far as I know marijuana has never been associated with any such problems.

Of course the pharmaceutical lobby group corrupts the political process with political campaign financing, and thus the politicians have no motive to introduce new legislation. In fact they are on the brink of successfully legislating against current laws in states such as California which allow the legal, medical use of marijuana.

So it is time to address the issue of political campaign financing which is at the heart of such reversals of good reason. I have addressed this issue, in all its ramifications, in my TROONATNOOR books. Inform yourself. Empower yourself for informed consent, so that you can transform your own world, and society, for the better.  You will be surprised how poorly informed most of you are on the most important issues, how unaware you are of the nature of our realities, and the realities of our natures. You will be surprised by the questions you have not even thought to ask.  The answers may be challenging, but they offer you the chance to escape from history. After all, what is not reproduced, ceases to be. the applies equally to species as it does to the assumptions we make, and the interactions and systems of relations these produce and sustain. This defines the potential response-ability we have in the inter-deterministic universe which we live in. You have the chance, NOW, to decide what things you will reproduce, and which things you will NOT.

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My living will and ´Do Not Resuscitate´ order

Posted on October 4, 2010. Filed under: A a My Living Will Directive and My Final Will and Testament |

This is my living will, a directive as to how to proceed in the event that I am ever on life support, or found with no pulse.  For the password to my Final Will and Testament, contact

It is my will that no ´heroic´medical interventions should be allowed to be taken to prolong my life. I will that I should not be resusitated if I have no pulse. I will that no-one should carry out CPR on me. I will that any and all life support be turned off, in the event that someone has placed me on such supports. In this event I will that I be given a lethal injection, or other form of Euthanasia, to ensure a dignified, swift, and painless death.

I will that every part of my body, excluding my neurons, should be used for organ transplants, in the training of medical students, or for medical research. However my neurons must be destroyed. I don´t want ´scientists´using them to guide missiles towards anyone! If no-one wants my body for such purposes, then I will for it to be cremated in the cheapest way possible, without any clothing, or ceremony. I then will that my ashes to be placed in some cheap container and auctioned off on Ebay as ´The ashes of The Philosopher Prophet Of The Eden Protocols´. This is intended as strategy to attract potential interest to my books and ideas.

Contact SteveM@petaf.org for the password to my Final will and Testament

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