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Monday, 22 January 2018

Faith (2)

"Is Faith always a belief in a Supreme Being?" My blog on Types of Knowledge vs Emotion and Ratio (2) triggered that question. To some extent, my 2016 blog on Faith answers this question. Nevertheless, it feels appropriate to re-address this issue as the concept of Faith (my blogs) plays a vital role in my topics.

I have drawn up a new diagram to illustrate my words below.

There is a universal philosophical view that the forces of nature and/or the Universe are either Good or Evil. The Sumerian religious beliefs of some 5,000 BC already document this view (my blogs on Sumer).

The subsequent religious beliefs of Zoroastrianism (my blogs) reiterated these views.

The main 3 Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) still use these ancient concepts.

The soul (my blogs) is the connection between the divine and the earthly component in humans.

Our Faith is an incoming energy source. Trust - or faith - is an outgoing energy source, directed to my concept of the 7 Belief systems.

To clarify - or confuse - things: Faith (with a capital letter F) is what many people often call religious beliefs - or even Religion. Trust is what many people call faith (without a capital letter F). However, Religion is a human - or man-made - codification of religious beliefs, while serving human purposes in the Power dimension of the 7 Belief systems.

Excerpt from my 2016 blog: "I think, feel and believe that Faith is something like a connection between dimensions, similar to a WiFi signal. The connection isn't always stable and its strength varies constantly. We cannot hear, see, smell or taste its signal. It is beyond human senses. Still it's there. Getting closer to the WiFi router (ie, the source), usually gives a better connection."

I still stand by that 2016 conclusion and I would not be able to improve its wording. We often refer to that connection between dimensions (eg, SpaceTime) as a (religious) belief in a Supreme Being (eg, Allah, God or Yahweh).

Mahatma Gandhi once stated: "God has no religion." I would add: Allah, God or Yahweh wants our faith and gives Faith in return.

Higher Love (1986) by Steve Winwood - artist, lyrics, video, Wiki-1, Wiki-2

Think about it, there must be higher love
Down in the heart or hidden in the stars above
Without it, life is a wasted time
Look inside your heart, I'll look inside mine


Sunday, 21 January 2018

No More Drama


No More Drama (2001) by Mary J. Blige - artist, lyrics, video, Wiki-1, Wiki-2

So tired, tired of this drama
No more, no more
I wanna be free
I'm so tired, so tired

Broken heart again
Another lesson learned
Better know your friends
Or else you will get burned
Gotta count on me
Cause I can guarantee
That I'll be fine

No more pain (no more pain)
No more pain (no more pain)
No drama (no more drama in my life)
No one's gonna make me hurt again

Why'd I play the fool
Go through ups and downs
Knowing all the time
You wouldn't be around
Or maybe I like the stress
Cause I was young and restless
But that was long ago
I don't wanna cry no more

No more pain (no more pain)
No more games (no more games messin' with my mind)
No drama (no more drama in my life)
No one's gonna make me hurt again
No more tears (no more tears, I'm tired of cryin' every night)
No more fears (no more fears, I really don't wanna cry)
No drama (no more drama in my life)
I don't ever wanna hurt again
Wanna speak my mind, wanna speak my mind

Uh, it feel so good
When you let go
Of all the drama in your life
Now you're free from all the pain
Free from all the games
Free from all the stress
So find your happiness
I don't know
Only God knows where the story ends for me
But I know where the story begins
It's up to us to choose
Whether we win or loose
And I choose to win

No more pain (no more pain)
No more games (tired of your playin' games with my mind)
No drama (no more drama in my life)
No more, no more, no more, no more
No more tears (no more tears, no more cryin' every night)
No more fears (no more waking me up in the morning)
No drama, no more in my life

No more drama, no more drama
No more drama, no more drama
NO MORE DRAMA
NO MORE DRAMA
NO MORE DRAMA
NO MORE DRAMA
NO MORE DRAMA
No more drama in my life
So tired, tired of this drama

Strange Way



Strange Way (1978) by Firefall -artists, lyrics, video, Wiki

Didn't I hear you cry this morning, didn't I feel you weep?
Teardrops flowin' down on me, like rivers in my sleep.
And in my dream of laughter, you came creepin' with your fears.
Telling me your sorrows, in the tracings of your tears.

That's a strange way to tell me you love me
When your sorrow is all I can see
If you just want to cry to somebody, don't cry to me, no
Don't cry to me, no

Didn't I hear your voice this morning, didn't you call my name?
I heard you whisper softly, but the words were never plain.
And in your dream of darkness, I came shinin' like the sun.
Waiting for the laughter, but the laughter never comes.

That's a strange way to tell me you love me
When your sorrow is all I can see
If you just want to cry to somebody, don't cry to me, no
Don't cry to me, no

Didn't you feel alone this morning, didn't you need a friend?
And in your darkest hour, you came runnin' back again

That's a strange way to tell me you love me
That's a strange way to tell me you love me
That's a strange way to tell me you love me

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Types of Knowledge vs Emotion and Ratio (2)

My draft blog on the Types of Knowledge vs Emotion and Ratio received several remarks on my plotting of Beliefs. These remarks were anticipated and fully in line with my own thinking and wondering. Why is a Belief system, and in particular Religion, low on Emotion and high on Ratio?

The ultimate criterion for any Belief system, including Religion, is the willingness to die for that belief (eg, Crusades). A willingness to kill someone (else) follows emotions like greed, jealousy, or lust. For some this belief is Love, for others it's about Money, Philosophy, Politics, Religion, Science and/or the Truth. These 7 beliefs constitute my concept of the 7 Belief systems.

Developing any of the 7 Belief systems takes time. Any belief needs to shape itself in your (rational) mind. Essentially, it's about internal curiosity (my blog). Emotions are triggered by (sudden) external events and are about external curiosity (my blog).

Excerpt of my 2017 blog: "The sequence in Life is: consciousness, external curiosity, self-awareness, internal curiosity, thinking, and (extreme) beliefs. Only humans appear to fit in the last 3. Internal curiosity (the Why question) seems to be a prerequisite for thinking."

In my view, Religion is a derivative belief from Philosophy, its origin. Hence, it makes sense that Atheism, a philosophical view, is slowly being considered as a new religion (eg, Guardian, link 1, link 2, NatGeoQuora). Clearly, Philosophy is about internal curiosity (Ratio) although it might once have been triggered by external curiosity (Emotion).

Indeed there is a lot of emotion involved in Religion. It is, however, important to separate cause and effect. When any Belief system, and in particular Religion, is under external attack then it invokes lots of emotion - at both sides. That emotion is a consequence and not a cause. Without an external attack, there is little emotion in a Belief system.

An internal attack on a Belief system is usually labelled as a burnout - or a crisis of faith. A quote from a 2007 NY Magazine article: "In a culture where work can be a religion, burnout is its crisis of faith." Note: italics by LO.

It's also important to distinguish Faith from Religion. Faith is the belief in the existence of a Supreme Being, regardless of his/her/its name (eg, Allah, God, Yahweh). Religion is the man-made institute claiming that their religion - and their deity - is the only and true religion. 

This explains why Religion is part of the Power dimension of the 7 Belief systems, next to Money and Politics. Faith is part of the Knowledge dimension - and in particular part of the Belief system Philosophy. I reiterate my prediction that Faith will once supercede Religion. By then, Technology will claim the current place of Religion.

"God has no religion." An astute quote by Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948).

Faith (1987) by George Michael - artist, lyrics, video, Wiki-1, Wiki-2


Friday, 19 January 2018

The 45th President and the What-If question (2)

I don't like What-If questions (my 2016 blog). Nevertheless, part 1 was about what-if Trump gets ousted or re-elected. Robert Mueller's investigation in the Russian interference in the 2016 US elections triggers another question: what will happen if the 45th President was elected through (voter) fraud? Would that make him an illegitimate 45th President?

Obviously, a fraud would explain the largest ever variance with the popular vote. It would also explain seemingly insignificant but surprising and weird variances that were only noted in the 2016 election results of Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Trump won by some +1% of the votes while avoiding mandatory recounts (eg, CNNPRWP, Wiki).

I'm not sure the US could handle the outcome of an illegitimate 45th President. Denial (my blog) seems a realistic 1st step. Subsequent steps would normally be Anger (my blog), Bargaining (my blogs), Depression (my blog) and - finally - Acceptance (my blog). These 5 steps are known from Elisabeth Kübler-Ross' model of processing grief - or Change.

The consequences of an illegitimate 45th President would be enormous. Could an illegitimate 45th President have appointed a legitimate Cabinet? If not, should every single decision by the entire (current) Administration be considered illegitimate?

So far, most of Trump's decisions were about destroying the Obama legacy (eg, NYT). Other far-reaching decisions are his judicial appointments (eg, Economist). Some of these (contested) decisions were stopped by Republicans as the Trump appointees did not even have the basic knowledge to perform their jobs (eg, CNN).

A most important issue is the following: if the 45th President got his job through (voter) fraud, what happens to the (outcome of the) 2016 US Presidential elections??

One route would be the annulment of the 2016 US Presidential elections. This would bring the USA in line with the 2017 presidential elections in Kenya. Another route is that Trump's opponent should and/or would have won the 45th Presidency, if only following the largest-ever discrepancy in the popular vote.

A certainty is that the results of Robert Mueller's investigation and/or the legitimacy of the 45th President will be contested in court for years. It's conceivable and probably even likely that the (voter) fraud details will never be released to the general public.

“You’re worried about what-ifs. Well, what if you stopped worrying?” A quote from Driving Off Bridges by Shannon Celebi.

(I don't need) No Frauds (2017) by Nicki Minaj, Drake & Lil Wayne


Thursday, 18 January 2018

The Fear of Love

The ending of yesterday's blog came as a surprise, also to myself. The draft blog initially featured the Fear of Love video below. Suddenly, I realised that Fear of Love might well describe my own behaviour. The entire concept of the Fear of Love is/was new to me. I had always assumed (my 2015 blog) that they are each other's antidotes.

A 2014 Psychology Today article mentions 7 reasons why "most people are afraid of love". I can relate to the first 2 of them: (1) Real love makes us feel vulnerable (my blog), and (2) New love stirs up past hurts (my blog).

The same writer, Lisa Firestone, also wrote a subsequent 2014 Psychology Today article: "5 Ways to Overcome Your Fear of Love" (ie, How).

Her 2nd article contains an interesting line: "The (LO: 1st) blog itself was based on my father Dr. Robert Firestone’s theory of the “fear of intimacy” []".

Quote: "The Fear of Intimacy describes how we often shun or inadvertently push away the love of others. Many will be surprised to learn that the real resistance to intimacy can’t be attributed to our partners, but from to an enemy lurking within." 

Quote: "The problem arises when the positive ways a lover sees us conflicts with the negative ways we view ourselves. Though we may not be entirely aware of it on a conscious level, most of us, to some extent, have a of fear of intimacy." Note: italics by LO.

Lisa Firestone's second PT article mentions 2 (out of 5) obstacles that can and should be addressed: (1) "Look at your (childhood) history", and (2) "Stop listening to your inner critic". Based on my own experiences, there is indeed reason to find the cause for the Fear of Love (or intimacy) in one's past (eg, childhood). Furthermore, our subconscious Doubts and Fears indeed feed that "critical inner voice" in our mind.

Removing those obstacles - or fears - is something completely different. As long as we believe in those fears, they feel and are genuine. It takes a set of new Beliefs to remove old Beliefs, and Willpower to execute these new Beliefs. However, any new Belief is short-lived without Faith. Changing your Faith (eg, in Love) might even be worse than dealing with the Fear of Love.

To be continued.

Fear of Love (2012) by Noosa - artistFblyricsvideoWiki


Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Types of Knowledge vs Emotion and Ratio

Some weeks ago, I read an interesting Forbes article claiming that Intuition is the highest form of Intelligence. I have some sympathy for this view although I would use Knowledge rather than Intelligence. Human intelligence is usually assessed through an intelligence quotient (IQ) and/or an emotional quotient (EQ).

My diagram below pictures 4 types of Knowledge: Intelligence, Intuition, Fantasy and Beliefs. The risk management terms "(un)known" and "(un)knowns" have been borrowed from Nassim Nicholas Taleb's 2001 book Fooled By Randomness (PDF).

These 4 types of Knowledge also appear in my blogs about the 4 levels of Consciousness, being: conscious (eg, intelligence, beliefs, fantasy), subconscious (eg, intuition), unconscious, and superconscious.

The idea for the X and Y axis came from a recent Nautilus article which mentioned work by Susan Fiske, who is a professor at the Princeton University Department of Psychology.

Susan Fiske categorizes her X and Y axis by warmth and competence, which I translated in emotion and ratio for my diagram.

My diagram plots Wisdom in the center as Wisdom uses all 4 types.

The diagram raises some interesting observations: Beliefs are low on emotion and high on ratio. Intuition is the opposite: high on emotion and low on ratio. Intelligence (IQ and EQ) is both high on emotion and ratio. Fantasy has little relationship with emotion and ratio.

Our emotions are often stronger than our ratio, especially in case of aggression, anxiety and fear (eg, Nautilus). Our intuition senses danger and fear while our intelligence tries to minimise such seemingly overdue evolutionary emotions (eg, my blog). Hence, my sympathy for the Forbes article: if highest means strongest then I cannot but agree. 

1 John 4:18 claims: "There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love." If this is true then I have never met perfect love. I do believe in François de La Rochefoucauld's words: "We promise according to our hopes (intelligence) and perform according to our fears (intuition)". 

Intuition (2003) by Jewel - artist, lyrics, video, Wiki-1, Wiki-2