sophist owns the thinking of society by clever
tricks of convoluted language.
His song seems right, as if sung by a chorus of
angels, while its purpose is war, domination, power, control, and to
'achieve' poverty and impotence in society.
effect of it is the sword of war that murders millions.
But can anyone cut through the sophistry that rules today, that cries for
nuclear war, economic destruction, the depopulation of the planet by mass
We should learn from ancient Athens that has lost its crown.
Classical Athens had
‘earned’ its demise with the sophistry of Pericles, the master
craftsman of the art of destroying civilization with a song.
The exploration dialog is situated in an airplane.
A lot of people on the plane were not at all pleased to have us on board,
much less being proud to have us there. A couple of young airmen that
overheard Steve and I talking about the SDI cancellation in conjunction with
Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, started to call us traitors and something
worse. Their reaction supported Steve's prediction that the bulk of humanity
would help the fondi's empire to realize its world-engulfing goals, the
goals of doom.
"There you have a real life example of
sophistry," said Steve to me in response to their slandering us.
"It's only a mild form of it," he added.
Since the air had become too 'thick' for us
in the front of the plane where everyone had congregated, Steve suggested
that we should go for a walk. This meant going to the back of the plane.
"A sophist rarely knows that he is a
sophist," said Steve once we got settled in the back, in the second
last row in the almost empty cabin.
"Our task," he said seriously,
"is to create an honest unity among people. This can only be achieved
on the basis of truth. The truth is that we are all human beings. In this we
are united laterally and naturally right across the world. In contrast, all
top-down vertical relationships are forced and artificial. Every vertical
structure is artificial, and every imperial structure is vertically
oriented. The top-down structured vertical system has no principle. It
exists only on a platform of seduction or force. The seduction is achieved
by sophistry, a process that destroys a person's humanity with lies of
countless types. The lateral relationship, in contrast, where mankind stands
side by side with one-another as human beings, unfolds a structure of truth.
That's what sophistry is designed to bury. The lies of sophistry then become
the underlying issue that separates empires with all the human misery that
they create from universal love and freedom. Everything apart from that is
Steve suggested that sophistry is a type
politically driven philosophy designed to dehumanize thinking and hide the
truth behind a blanket of mythologies. "It actually proclaims that
there is no such thing as truth," said Steve. "In sophistry,
opinion is truth. Lies are truth. The division and isolation of humanity is
regarded as the truth in the minds darkened by sophistry. That's what Hobbes
represented. We have to cut through this blanket of lies that has been built
up through the ages, layer by layer. We must recreate the natural basis for
unity that has not been acknowledged on this planet for three thousand
years. We need to establish a unity that unfolds a community of principle
reflecting the truth about our humanity as human beings."
"That won't be easy," said Ushi.
"This is what sophistry stands in opposition to. If sophistry is a
philosophy that denies the very existence of truth, then it is a mode of
thinking that tells people that there is nothing in the universe that can be
recognized, understood, and be verified as a truth reflecting universal
principle. All the wars based on lies are therefore cited as proof that
there is no truth in anything."
"Isn't that the lye that we are already
living?" I said to Ushi. "By abetting the biofuels hoax that is
making us mass murders by intention, aren't we saying to us and to
one-another that there is no truth in what we recognize as the lateral
domain where we stand side by side with one-another as human beings? We are
saying with our action that no such principle exists, that there is no truth
in it, that universal love is just a word, and empty phase, an illusion.
Sure, it is tough to change the policies of all the nations that have become
trapped into this scheme that has made us all murderers. While it is tough
to get out of this, though not impossible, it is far easier to let our love
shine at the grassroots level of our social existence and live by the
Principle of Universal Love there. But this isn't happening either, except
on rare occasions. My friend Erica was forced to face this rather sad fact
and hated herself for it when she looked at herself in a mirror afterwards.
"One night after coming from a lecture
at your university back home, she found herself followed by a man who forced
her into an empty building," I continued. "She decided that rather
than resisting the rapist, it would be safer for her to just let him have
what he needed. And so, instead of screaming she kissed the man. As she did,
she felt him explode into his pants. He apologized to her afterwards, saying
that he didn't know what came over him. He even asked her for a date, which
she refused of course. She told him that relationships can't be forced, and
he looked like an intelligent person who should be able to create a loving
relationship with someone, to meet his needs. He told her that he had tried
and had hoped more than she would ever know, but only encountered closed
doors. That's what had jolted Erica afterwards, and had hit her hard,
because she too had closed the door in his face, even though he had said,
please. Why couldn't she love enough to give him a date in a public place to
talk, and to explore with him how his needs might be met? She had answered
him harshly instead of lovingly, while the loving gesture would have cost
her nothing and would have meant a great deal to the man. For this lack of
love she found it hard for her to look at herself in a mirror. As a
consequence she took up the study of love. She asked herself why it was that
society had become so hard in its heart and soul that these needs for love,
as that of the man, remained unanswered among the great riches that society
had in itself, to the point that they lead to rape out of frustration. She
found no answer."
I suggested to Ushi, that long before we will
find a way to pull ourselves out of our abetting the biofuel genocide that
makes us murderers by our own action, we must to find an answer to the
softer crime of closing the door into the face of one-another, instead of
meeting the human need that is so easily met with the abundance of the
riches we have. I suggested that behind every person who is driven to rape
out of frustration, may stand a multitude of others who are starving in
silent want. "So, what can we do?" I added.
"I don't think the problem is caused by
a lack of love in the soul," said Ushi. "I think the inhibiting
causes are nothing more than cleverly erected blocking factors that are
designed to keep society 'small' and impotent, and isolated. Society lives
under the governance of a deeply disabling sophistry that started in ancient
times and hasn't been healed. Rape is never a natural consequence, just as
the commitment to murder, as we now have it globally, is not a natural
consequence. Both are symptoms of a disease that has not yet been healed. We
were closer to healing the sexual issue in ancient times. I can remember for
example that in the brighter days of Athens the famous intellectual woman
Aspasia of the 400s BC timeframe, whose house became a center for learning
and exploration, had counted Socrates among her frequent guests, whose
famous Socratic method of reasoning is attributed to her, by some scholars.
Other scholars also accuse her of having run a brothel, which Socrates, and
also her consort Pericles, would likely have vehemently denied. Nevertheless
her intellectual openness that evidently left a bright mark on Greek
culture, appears to have also been intertwined with a certain sexual
openness. She seems to tell us that we've become a small people in our
closed-off narrow-minded isolation. Now Palmerston seems to tell us, that
what we became, has been carefully cultivated to the point that we have
become the executors of genocide of our own kind. The bottom line therefore
is that the biofuels genocide is but a symptom of a deeper cause, which we
need to heal first."
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from Chapter 14 of my novel: Winning Without Victory
online page 192 to 209