The freestate

Giovanni_Battista_Tiepolo_-_Bellerophon_on_Pegasus_(detail)_-_WGA22316Sometimes, when you take a decision, you do not know what is at the end of the choice you have made. When I first entered politics as a philosopher in the Danish political group SIAD. Stop Islamization of Denmark, I was a mere novice. Just another wannabe, a man of a lot of words and very little skill. But I was on a mission, I had walked the Camino, the path in northern Spain, and as they say; your path starts not on the road, but when you leave it.

So it was for me, when I walked my pilgrimage, the mission I had acquired was to confront Islam on an intellectual level. So I stood there at the first meeting, wavered my very first book that had nothing to do with politics, and the concurrent events propelled me, virtually onto the world stage to the place where I am now; as a leading philosopher of my day, with all what that implies of honour and influence.

But there was a secret starting point, that is still covered in the mists of my first work at SIAD. Together; Anders and I wrote a book. I did most of the work, but a lot of the priorities and strategical ideas we worked on together. It was a new philosophy, that combines critique of Islam with the renaissance of democracy.

It conquered the world, and is still the basic paradigm we use when we see the conflicts we have with Islam at large. We differ between muslims and Islamists, the latter being the enemies of democracy.

When I wrote the book, The Freestate, I tried to publish it, but to avail, none of the mediocre and stupid multiculturalism publishers wanted to see it to market. So I more or less gave up on publishing it in Danish. It would have been too dangerous, but the principles and the basic ideas are still prevalent in many areas of the European peninsula, not at least in the comradeship we have with EDL and through that to the French group Generation Identitaire, and many more. They are our guys, the new political animals in the fray. The courageous and young, the future of Europe. The new generation, with new ideas, our football loving, rough, heart full and intelligent boys of the new right.

This is for you guys. I have reached halfway through my translation of the Freestate. To give you a taste of the lingo and the ideas, I release the introduction. Hope you like it 🙂

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Introduction

According to myth, in the ancient time there was a couple. The most amazing couple; he the hero, she beckoning horse with flying wings attached to her side.

The couple was absolutely invincible in fight, they won this fight, then another, then another, then another. At the end, they felt so confident, Bellerophon and Pegasus, that they decided to wage war against the gods.

They flew against the sun, higher, and higher, and higher until the feathers started to fall off the wings of Pegasus. Bellerophon clung to the sides of his friend, with all his might. But, alas, to no avail. He fell off, spinned through the air, as a feather of silk, slowly floating through ether to the ground, where he rests until today, broken and weak.

We did the same, we, the Europeans. After the french revolution, we reinvented democracy, reason, order, light and beauty, and we conquered the world with this knowledge. But we flew too close to the sun, and we named our ships after the Titans, and they sank. Democracy is now weakened, and needs a helping hand to reemerge.

History repeats itself

2400 years ago, a certain philosopher were booed at in a ring of persecutors. He stood up, old as he was, but yet erect and looked the prosecutors in their eyes, not blinking, and yet warm at heart. He said, as a reference to the story about Bellerophon; you! You want me to shut up, because you believe, that by shutting me up, you will be at a better state. In this you are so incredibly wrong, you may not like what I say, and you may hate me for stating my critique, against all who sincerely believe that they are better than others. But by sentencing me to the death, you will kill the best in yourself. Because I am the bee, that will sting you, as you emerge and fly to the sky. If I did not exist, you would end in the fall your own fallacy and hubris.

So the jury went into a frenzy. There was a great upheaval, all the so-called noble Athenians, the most distinguished citizens of the most cultured city on earth, started cackling. They shouted; stop this man, tell him to shut up, this is not ok! They sentenced him to the most final sentence of all; the judgement of the cup. So Socrates took the cup, and drank it and perished, still with his honor intact. He preferred to take his life, rather than shut up. You can kill a bee, but you cannot convince it not to sting.

We are, in our democracies in a great crisis. We are lazy, slothful and without the most basic understanding of what our problems are. We are at the same stage as when Socrates was persecuted. Now, Athens finally fell to the supreme fighters of Alexander the Greats father; Philip. But today, the enemy at large, is not a benevolent supreme Hellenic leader. It comes with the advance of the Koran, with the threat of Sharia and the Caliphate. It is sharpened at the edge of a Scimitar. It will lead to our destruction, if we do not accept the threat. It is a threat that is based on the word of G-d, and it is not understood with naught but the chains of one thing; submission. Evil and stupidity is threatening us, the rational argument is to no avail, the free dialogue is under a heavy pressure, by the sons of Sahara, the islamic imperialists.

But if we reach out, and connect with the examples of the past, do hold on to the wealth of ideas and principles of the Hellenes, there is still hope. We can stop the hand of Socrates, just at the very point of no return. Base our world again on beauty, science, justice and intelligence.

Yes, the game of the horse and bee is with no mercy, as they float in conjunction and yet disconjunction at the very edge of the abyss. The idea of man is boundless, but the repercussions of the public debate is as well with no ethics, no regret.

This book is a bite of the bee.

So be prepared to be stung. Be prepared to have all the skeletons of the multicultural society pulled out of the dark and put in front of your vision. Be prepared to look on the way we have constructed our society in such a destructive way. But bear with me, because it is not done to harm or to make anything that would be at the worse of our society. It is done to open your eyes, to arm you with new weapons of insight, to make you able and proud of yourself again.

I am so sorry my friend, but that is the way it is. Sometimes to grow you need to cut some scales away from your eyes, to see again.

And yet, I try to envision paradise on earth. As it stood when Socrates was young, a kind of utopia, that we can make today on our planet, the vast and unending natural habitat of man.

I try to make this paradise on more than just fake ideas. My aim is to construct it based on thoughts of Aristotle. Created with the very best of Plato. On the insights of Rousseau. Coated with the will of Animaxander. To remake democracy as it was at the height of its conception in the halls of Athens.

So it is not only negative, it is a vision of what is to come, if we try, as well.

Democracy is not just democracy, there are regional differences, each separate people should find its own, in regards to its understanding of democracy. We here in the cold north, have strived for, and worked upon ours for a millennia if not more. But there is the original version of democracy, as it was still in existence a thousand years ago on the storm clad islands of Iceland. We met, we discussed, we understood as we were the very first to embrace what we called a Freestate. In this work I have tried to combine the ideas of the Athenian democracy with the ideas of the original Freestate.

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  1. Rene’ Descartes
    March 10th, 2013 at 18:34 | #1

    Hallo Asger, nice script. As you know, I think Democracy Sucks and forgive me for repeating myself.
    Because of willingness to profit from the lessons of history it is the opinion of many that Democracy Sucks. Democracy by definition is Mob rule, the majority Mob. The vote of the majority, right or not so right, is not necessarily the best kind of governance. What is good, helpful, right and fair in our society is not the issue. Who the best and most capable person are, is clearly irrelevant. Whatever talents the political candidates have, or doesn’t have, is of no importans. God forbid if they speak the Truth. So, democracy sucks. Originally Democracy was supposed to be 100 sheep deciding where the best grazing was, or anything else they had in common. Now it has become 30 wolfs (politicians) and 70 sheep (voters) deciding what’s for dinner. So Democracy Sucks. Our election system is supposed to be representative and democratic, but is it? Well not anymore. Democracy is just weak people hiring strong people to boss them around and steal their money and make all their decisions for them. Fifty-one percent can establish a totalitarian rule in government, if they chose, and sadly do so in many places. They can totally suppress minorities and still remain so-called democratic. How are you supposed to stop this kind of power euphoria and misuse by some individuals who apparently can’t handle their authority. And trust me; it is not going to stop there. Human beings clearly appear to get crazy drunk on power. Democracy on the other hand, is like Capitalism or poker “The winner takes all”.
    In a Republic for an example, who is “the country?” Is it the Government which is for the moment in the saddle? No it isn’t. The Government is merely a servant- merely a temporary servant; it cannot be its or his prerogative to determine what is right and what isn’t, and decide who is, and who isn’t (whatever). Its function is to obey the orders, (The will of the people), not originate the orders. (Please read this again). In a Constitutional Republic with proportional representation, where only the voting system is democratic, all people have guaranteed and recognized rights. In a simple democracy like in Denmark you only have privileges your elected leaders can remove at their whim. Our elections has gone the way of the dodo, the pearls was clearly thrown before swine. Just look around and see how unsuspecting people get sucked into all kind of things, and they don’t even know that they have been had. The political, administrative and financial mess countries is in at present, is so gigantic, that the problems do not stand a change to be solved with the kind of thinking that created those problems. What the people are missing from their representatives are Humility, sacrifice, service, selflessness, clear thinking, ethics, humbleness, social ethics and morals, a proven track records, and already successful private affairs. (In other words, have proven that they are capable of doing the job they hope to do for the public). Even a simple I.Q. test would be revealing, wouldn’t it. We need capable people, we simply don’t want any more ambitious un-employed, un-successful, greed motivated, incapable and power hungry people. Elections are supposed to be an honest attempt for good service-minded people to cooperate with humility amongst the socially un-equal. Democracy really sucks, doesn’t it?
    A sarcastic person once said “who-ever vote for the winning candidate can be blamed for everything”. The “stats ministers” office, has now become the only offices to take responsibility for our country and for its upliftment, it was not meant to become some kind of ceremonial office for a local executive Cheerleader whose sole purpose seems to be the private gain of his friends at the public’s expense – nor was the office mend to be a place to be protected from criminal charges by a bunch of underlings. Many politicians have truly fouled their own nests, drunk in their own Power. We the people are not mushrooms; and we are not all in the dark, and we don’t accept the yak dung.
    Democracy is dying, and here is why:
    Please wrap your mind around this for a moment.
    We cannot search for truth, fight for a fair society, protect minority interests, shed light on injustice, without having open and robust debate, without having a free press, and without having free expression tucked into our back pockets, in case we need it. Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game, Free speech is life itself. The oxygen of free societies is freedom of speech. Everything short of incitement has to be tolerated, even when it is wrong. The Government…both in its genesis and by its primary intention, is purely anti-social. It is not based on the idea of natural rights, but on the idea that the individual has no rights except those that the government may provisionally grant him. But actually, we have plenty of rights in your country, provided you don’t get caught exercising them. We have similar examples in ancient Greece and Rome: Instances of the people losing their liberty by their own carelessness and the greed and power ambition of a few.
    I look upon Democracy as the most fatal plan that could be possibly be conceived to enslave free people.
    Instead of being a protector of man’s rights, the government is becoming their most dangerous violator; instead of guarding freedom the government is establishing indirect slavery; instead of protecting men from the initiators of physical force, the government is initiating physical force and coercion in any manner and issue it pleases; instead of serving as the instrument of objectivity in human relationships, the government is creating a deadly subterranean reign of uncertainty and fear…in most countries, instead of protecting men from injury by whim, the government is arrogating to itself the power of unlimited whim – so that we are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force. The clearest picture of most democratic governments is a cop, clad in black, with a baton raised over the head of some objector. Just look in politiken a few months ago. Criminals are a small minority in any age or community. And the harm they have done to mankind is infinitesimal when compared to the horrors – the bloodshed, the wars, the persecution, the famines, the enslavements, the wholesale destruction – perpetrated by mankind’s different democratic governments. Potentially, a government is the most dangerous threat to man’s rights – When unlimited and unrestricted by individual rights, a government is mankind’s deadliest enemy.
    To be Governed is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so. Weak people accept others do not. To be Governed is to be at every operation, at every transaction noted, registered, counted, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, prevented, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished. It is, under pretext of public utility, and in the name of the general interest, to be placed under contribution, drilled, fleeced, exploited, monopolized, extorted from, squeezed, hoaxed, robbed; then, at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, vilified, harassed, hunted down, abused, clubbed, disarmed, bound, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed; and to crown it all, mocked, ridiculed, derided, outraged, dishonoured. That is government; that is its justice; that is its morality. Folks, some of these leaders are as ignorant as a cubic yard of dirt.
    What, then, do they (Us Humans) want a government for? Not to regulate commerce; not to educate the people; not to teach religion; not to administer charity; not to make roads and railways; but simply to defend the natural rights of man – to protect person and property – to prevent the aggressions of the powerful upon the weak – in a word, to administer justice. This is the natural, the original, office of a government. It was not intended to do less: it ought not to be allowed to do more.
    The great political superstition of the past was the divine right of kings. The great political superstition of the present is the divine right of Governments. People should not be afraid of their governments; governments should much rather be afraid of the people! The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and under-nourishment. Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that numbers of people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of the leaders of their government and have gone to war, and millions have been killed because of this obedience…Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves, and all the while, the grand thieves are running the countries. That’s our problem. Democracy is supposed to be all about free speech and free thought. Freedom is freedom and there is no such thing as just a little bit of freedom. Just as with pregnancy, you can’t be a little bit. Freedom of speech and freedom of thought are the very essence of liberty, freedom and a free society. It should be the fundamental backbone of democracy…where open debate is not only encouraged, it is essential. Where respect is not earned, do not respect it. The demand for respect in the absence of a reason to warrant respect is plain tyranny. Freedom is not the jurisdiction of the Government to give or take as they see fit. Freedom is a gift from God, as are the rights to liberty, freedom of thought and freedom of speech and inquiry. No nation has the right to take away what was not theirs to give in the first place.
    In Denmark dissent is clearly stamped upon – not least because, when deviant behaviour becomes viewed as normal, normal behaviour inevitably becomes treated as deviant.
    When those who prove constantly that they have no morals, no ethics, no competence, no honour, no honesty, no character tell me how to think, live, speak, I think I will stick with God. I think I know what side He is on.
    The unfathomable chaos, injustice and the rapid retreat from reason we see everywhere, and which has resulted in the bewilderment and demoralization of most democratic nations has had to be planned and orchestrated. We can extrapolate creatively from data, but cannot prophesize wild cards, such as acts of God, acts of nature, or acts of man that can only be described as ‘schemes undreamed of.’ Forgive me if I get a bit indelicate here, but to that I simply say: Get over it! This sense of entitlement the government officials have, with their precious “identities” entwined with their big spending habits is a sham. It’s disgusting.
    In this arena, the majority does not see intelligence, courage, honour, decency, skill, as great things. They speak of these in glowing terms, yes, but the reality is just the opposite. Your worth is decided strictly, by the resources you have at your beck and call, and how many worshippers, clones and mindless thralls you have sloshing saliva in your path at the moment. The naive neophytes are fed upon by hungrier, slicker fish who lie, and think of nothing other of their own self-aggrandizement, no matter what the cost to anyone else. Who will take them for everything they are worth and go home and eat fabulous dinners and sleep quite well?
    Independently creative thought is generally at a minimum. Raw recruits sit back, read their prepared daily briefs, and follow the included orders from the bigger fish. The reptilian brain by and large, runs the show here. I’m talking about the malevolent, cutthroat world of top politicians and their old boy’s network?
    I see this grotesque attitude permeating in what should be the nexus point for the kindest, the wisest, and the toughest. What really should be a gathering place for the best of the best. But instead I see constant desperate struggles, by the so-called awakened just as in the world of so-called sheep, to try to grab power over others and see themselves as better than everyone else around them.
    I see instead of dynamic individual minds who are so in speech and in deed joining ideas, instead of easily infiltratable groups, just innocent lambs waiting to be eaten by the next Government agent with a fancy, cleverly worked out website and a loud enough voice booming with fake intensity. I finally came to the conclusion that to wake up many politicians, they would need to be locked up in prison to get them to sit down, shut up, listen and think. Focus on the reality rather than the inane and asinine, or run off at the mouth without putting the brain in gear. God never holds up high the despicable among us. On the contrary, God seems to make sure that such people are crushed one way or another. They self-destruct and I am seeing plenty of that going on right now in politic here locally, as well as all over the world. I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me, and causes me to tremble for the safety of our earth. Corporations have been enthroned, an era of corruption will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavour to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people, until the wealth is aggregated in a few hands that never earned it, and the democratic country is destroyed.
    I perceive my civic challenge as some vast, insoluble Rubik’s Cube. Behind each problem lies yet another, and another, ad infinitum. To fix crime we have to fix the family, but before we do that we have to fix welfare, and that means fixing our budget, and that means fixing our civic spirit, but we can’t do that without fixing moral standards, and that means fixing schools and churches, and that means fixing the slums, and that’s impossible unless we fix crime. There’s no fulcrum on which to rest a policy lever. People of all age’s sense that something huge will have to sweep across the world before the gloom can be lifted – but that’s an awareness we suppress. As a nation, we’re in deep denial. – The party’s over, it’s time to de-frock all the participants and discover what they have really been doing. Anecdotal evidence is mounting that democracy is something of a façade as it is. I hope that these facts are disturbing to all of you, to say the least. As a practical thinker, one not overly prone to emotional decisions, I have a choice: I can either believe what the objective pieces of evidence tell me (even if they make me cringe with disgust); I can believe what history is shouting to me from across the chasm of six and a half decades; or I can hope I am wrong by closing my eyes, having another Cognac, and ignoring what is transpiring around me.. I choose to believe the evidence (And have a Cognac). No doubt some people will scoff at me; others laugh, or think I am foolish, naive, or both. To some degree, perhaps I am. But I have never been afraid to look people in the eye and tell them exactly what I believe-and why I believe it. Fallibilism is the philosophical doctrine that all claims of knowledge could, in principle, be mistaken. Then again, I could be wrong about that. I pray I am wrong, but I do not think I am. Only in Politic do people think freedom is freedom to lie, steal, connive, cheat, plunder and wreck the lives of others just to be successful in terms of money and power. Only in Politic is freedom so taken for granted that freedom to be a criminal is now passé. Only in Politic do self-professed Christians worship money and materialism before God and, sadly, do not know the difference. What fell in through the roof due to fraud and what comes as manna from Heaven is not the same thing. So now I see far more of the circumstance of ‘an accident looking for a place to happen’.
    In Dante’s writings he cited the seven deadly sins as being: lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride. Those seven words alone sum up the demise of what was could have been a great nation. We as a nation of people and the corrupt leadership we put into office have violated those seven deadly sins so many times it is incredible to me that most individuals can and will sit still for it, just like a herd of cowardly sheep busily munching the grass and not paying attention to the realities going on. The opposite of lust is chastity. The antonym of gluttony is temperance. The opposite of greed is charity. The antonym of sloth is diligence. The opposite of wrath is patience. The antonym of envy is kindness. The opposite of pride is humility.
    No leaders, no solutions, no answers can arise from the cacophony of babbling fools, many of whom have not a single damned clue what they are talking about. Silence is the virtue of a fool but in politic the opinions and lack of cohesion to a purpose are also signs of a nation that has no plan to fix what is wrong. It seems to me that you have to be honest to see the truth. If you are not honest then your perspective is skewered by your dishonesty and denial. This is why they can’t tell the truth and why a certain portion of the public can’t believe the truth. Every day the magnitude of the lies and the dreadful behavior of the few are being seen more widely and more deeply. The public should demand the frequent use of the hangman’s noose (Ha) that ought to be used on those that have so abused the public’s trust over the decades. Now, when politicians or government agency heads fail, they just collect their booty and leave office to write their books and plan their next parasitic adventure. The people pay the bill, suck-it-up and move on with only the slimmest of hope that the next creature will not just be a repetition of what had gone before. In almost every case what the public ‘got’ was an even greater set of criminals at a huge increase in the costs for their crimes, in which the offenders have never been forced to face any real consequences, because as long as they are not charged or convicted they are free to re-invent themselves again and return to the public troughs for an ever- increasing share of the public’s hard-earned money.
    Most people lack the capacity to search for truth and cope rationally with our mounting social and economic ills. They seek clarity, entertainment and order. They are willing to use force to impose this clarity on others, especially those who do not speak as they speak and think as they think. All the traditional tools of democracies, including dispassionate scientific and historical truth, facts, news and rational debate, are useless instruments in a world that lacks the capacity to use them. So Democracy will fail, I think. The question you should ask is, what will be the next evolution in politic? What comes after Democracy? And now that the testosterone has relaxed its grip, I am left scratching my bald-ness wondering why? I just had to get it of my chest!!!!
    I do not try to create antagonism, but I do try to jerk some chains to motivate people to stop learning so much and instead start thinking independently and ask themselves real questions like…. What am I, and What is my purpose for living, (why am I here).
    As you can se in this simple argument, the physical dimension is VIRTUAL REALITY, and the answers for mankind simply, cannot be found there. Trust me.
    So be it
    I am humbly
    Rene Descartes
    cogito ergo sum (I am conscious, therefore I am)

  2. Asger Trier Engberg
    March 10th, 2013 at 19:01 | #2

    Dear Rene 🙂
    Good thoughts. I recognice the issues you raise, but I still do, with all respect believe in democracy. Basically it depends on your traditions and the level of corruption you see in a given state. We here in the North had traditionally always had democracy, the Freestate I am talking about was a Vikingstate where one free man had a vote. It worked absolutely fine for many thousand years.

    Today the malaise you are talking about are real, but my claim is, that it because we are not faithfull to the basic virtues of our culture and democracy, that we have come so far.

  3. Rene’ Descartes
    March 11th, 2013 at 16:37 | #3

    As a philosopher, I dare you to try to think up what the next step in mankinds evolution from democracy to whatever is? What can be better? what does not have all the flaws democracy are burdened with? If only 49% hates it, is that really good enough?
    I am
    Rene’

  4. Christiaan Roos
    March 12th, 2013 at 17:25 | #4

    @Rene’ Descartes
    The demise of democracy has been prophesied for a long time. As a system of governance it seems to be very robust and yet, simultaneously, extremely fragile. Churchill summed it up by saying it is a terrible way of running a country, but it beats everything else we have met so far. Maybe there can come something else instead, a rival to democracy, but it has not happened yet and there seems not to be any indication of one in the offing. Thus, fragile as it is democracy prevails and, in a minority of the countries of the world, to thrive. Tidings of its death seem to be both premature and overrated.

    The basest form of democracy is that, in name, but not in substance. I refer to the 50% + 1 model of democracy. In it there are no freedoms to speak of and they are certainly neither entrenched in the constitution nor upheld in practice and the majority can dominate the minority(s). Elections have placed warlords, or a more civilian form of that, in power. They have conquered the state apparatus and wield power within and through it. It is a democracy in name only but all the substance of what makes a democracy is absent. Let us call it base democracy.

    There is a form of democracy where freedoms such as that to life, to liberty, of speech and of assembly are either entrenched in a constitution or upheld by common law tradition, or both. This form of democracy is what we generally refer to as liberal democracy. The powers of the state are divided and there are checks and balances built into the system to protect the people from the state. Most Western democracies, countries like Argentina and Japan are examples of this.

    In BASE democracy, let us use Iran as an example, René’s arguments hold sway to a large extent. However, in a liberal democracy his arguments do not hold water. Yes there are corrupt politicians everywhere but the power and influence they wield and the extent to which they can be democratically reprimanded and put out of office differs by a country mile in the two kinds of democracy.

    Liberal democracies function and function well, to a large extent due to the rule of law and due process, these themselves held up by the independence of the judiciary as a separate power of state. This functions despite corrupt politician, -civil servants, greedy and corrupt businessmen etc. Is the rose of democracy perfect? No it is mud spattered, nibbled at by insects and has suffered frostbite. Yet the rose remains, flowers and wanes and just when its final demise is professed as a certainty it buds anew.

    What could replace democracy? Certainly not a system where a few who believe they have the answers may rule. We have seen what human nature can do with such a system. Neither a system where some form of god provides divine providence as a means of running a country, we have tried that too. Should it be anarchy absent a state, that is the “natural state”. Life in such a natural state was once called “poor, nasty, brutish and short”. Look at any place on earth where there is either a very weak or no state and the result becomes all too clear.

    I do not see a replacement for democracy on the horizon. What I do see is that everywhere where there is no liberal democracy people suffer, freedom suffers and human dignity is trod upon. So until a glorious new form of government appears, one that truly proves to be superior to democracy, one that a vast majority in any democracy will choose to replace their existing democracy with. Until then I will stick with the imperfect system of government that has proven itself time and again to be less imperfect than everything else we have come across.

  5. Asger Trier Engberg
    March 12th, 2013 at 21:42 | #5

    I got you, let me think, I will return in one of the next days.

  6. Rene’ Descartes
    March 13th, 2013 at 08:09 | #6

    Hallo Christiaan and Asger
    Excellent script and quite truthful. However my objective is to jerk some chains and help readers to think more critically and ask pertinent questions, perhaps even philosophize. I personally think that there are many different and un-traditional options to democracy. As late history clearly has shown, the biggest flaw in democracy is, that it slowly but always, due to predatory capitalism, evolves from where it is into corporatism witch by definition is fascism. It never fails, even in Denmark it will eventually. It is only a question of time. That appear to be what evolution does to democracy. New laws, which they make all the time, never have a time limit hence everybody will eventually break some laws unless they submit against their free will. This is how people lose their freedoms. The less ethical races and cultures are already under the influence of democrafascism. I, like you, see democracy as the lessor evil, but being a thinker I cannot but think that there must be better ways to conduct inter-human relationships and governance. I also personally believe that mankind has evolved a lot in consciousness from where they were when democracy first became popular. As long as democracy accepts predatory capitalism unconditionally as it does, it will fail. Some time ago I wrote a short script about this very problem, attached herewith. The real issue is, is it possible to dismantle only the part of the system that is evil or does it all has to start from scratch again with a totally new system? Below are my thoughts
    ……..
    Financial power corrupt and absolute financial power clearly corrupt absolutely. But there is a solution, and let’s make it simple. First we must realize that the pathetically dumb “dingerlings” who have been ‘trying’ to solve the world’s financial problem so-far, have been total and utter failures and most certainly had very dark and ulterior motives. What they have been doing until now is an insult even to stupid people. They should all be drawn and quartered. And will be soon anyway I think! How bad does it have to get before they realize that they have no talents, are totally incapable of fixing anything, and are a greedy bunch of useless nit wits? What part of ”We don’t want your idiotic solutions” don’t they understand? To think that they can fix the financial problem of the world which they themselves have created is just plain stupid. Successful financial operators know how to use and misuse the existing system for their own benefit, but they don’t know how to fix the system when it fails the rest of us, or change it. They are not Philosophers or spiritually enlightened people by any stretch, trust me. Hence they are financial predators. I am upset, and will simply not take any more of ‘their’ dishonest yak dung.
    Let me give you some facts.
    If you had only 10 people living on earth and $ 100 to share, One person now own $ 99 and the other 9 would have to share 1$ and the poorest 5 of them would only have 2 Cents to share between them. In fact, in America the 40 richest families own considerably more than the bottom half of the population. Well, Capitalism, loved so much by selfish people and egomaniacs, morphed long time ago, and has now become, like poker, where the winner take all. Capitalism is not the pinnacle to reach in human relations as the elite tells you, in fact, it has shown itself to be terrible in-human. The Capitalistic system is obviously harmful to 99% of people on earth and is clearly not democratic by any stretch at all. And even if people are ignorant enough to love this shallow, harmful and selfish Capitalistic/antidemocratic philosophy, it is failing. As history has shown, when Capitalism and democracy evolve it can only evolve in one direction, and that is into Corporatism, it always has, and always will. Corporatism by definition is Fascism. And make no bones about it, that is exactly what has been happening. Hence Democracy/Capitalism/Corporatism/Fascism is totally incompatible with human rights and decency as we understand it. Let me tell you why capitalism, like democracy really sucks. There is only two ways to create a large amount of wealth. You either have to overcharge for what you sell, or under-pay for what you get, hence in both cases, the less savvy, the gullible, the trusting, the nice and helpful, the ignorant and the less aware persons always get screwed, and the bully prosper, hence, prosperous people got their wealth from bullies or are bullies themselves. Most financial wealth in the world was originally created this way. The much admired, and ruthless human intelligence used to justify capitalisms front, democracy, is a primitive primate attribute which snakes and other reptiles have plenty of. No Consciousness were ever applied at any time by the “Democratic” Capitalists, they simply had none. Conscious Awareness would show compassion, harmlessness, mercy and helpfulness toward the ignorant and unaware people. How in the hell can those rich corporatists and greedy bankers sleep at night when +/- 35.000 children under the age of 5 die each day of hunger and malnutrition while their thoughts, worries and speculations are oscillating between pink or purple SUV’s, Lear jets and other platinum acquisitions? That is 1 child every 2.4 sec. Dyeing of courses they easily could prevent. How in the hell can they sleep at night when another 15.000 kids die of obesity related deceases originating from MSG and Aspartame and a multitude of other additives in trash foods and drinks. In addition, 30.000 obese adult die daily of the very same reasons. It is plain and simple predatory chemical genocide. Why not outlaw the producers trash food or at least make them accountable? Where are the legal actions of a true democracy? The Corporate Trash food producers are murderous criminals who must be quartered and drawn forthwith. Where are the so-called fair laws of democracy? Excess ownership, excess power, excess wealth and excess greed are some of the real problems we have to deal with, which are all branches of unenlightened selfishness and egotism. (Evil). Well, the so-called elite are dead wrong in their perverted Capitalist philosophy, it is brazenly antidemocratic. When the looting of the elites assets starts, and it will soon I recon, the gloves are getting off. And a small spark can come and ignite it, at any moment.
    Capitalism is Financial Narcissism at its very best. Money pursuing more money is a pernicious form of self-adoration and self-Love enabled by most people’s ignorance and flawed mindset. Clinically, narcissism describes a devastatingly vulnerable person who compensates for an inadequacy with a desperate need for admiration and a grandiose self-image. Financial narcissism not only destroys societies, it also deeply imprints a sense of personal inadequacy and undermines the confidence required for self-responsibility. Let’s ask the questions needed to solve the problem. And let’s be philosophical about it that is if people are still capable of that? Lets go beyond Democracy and ask the following…
    “How much in total wealth of all kind is needed for an individual, of Property, Assets and Capital (XPAC) including everything? How much XPAC is needed to have a good long life, in creativity, having an interesting and healthy lifestyle, in abundance while being totally HARMLESS to all other people on earth? Even if you never have to work a day, or have any financial worries for the rest of your life?
    Please note the word ‘Harmless’”.
    In other words, when is enough simply enough? Some will clearly say that this is not achievable, but let’s have a good look and see if that is so. Let’s play with the amounts and have some fun…. Let’s say $ 20 mill. is the maximum assets (XPAC) any one person can own and control. Well, for 99.9 % of the Souls living on earth, it sounds good, doesn’t it? And that surely makes it democratic, doesn’t it? But there is a catch, nobody can own more or control more of any value neither directly nor indirectly in any way what-so-ever. Now wrap your mind around this for a moment. Why would anybody want to have more? unless you are a psychotic power freak with a gross streak of greediness? If you think that you could possibly need more than $ 20 Million to live a long and healthy life, you are clearly psychotic and sick in your flocking mind. You would be a pathetic nut case. And as you can see, the world is run by these psychopaths. The inmates are truly running the asylum. Don’t they? In fact they built it. However, if you are a dope addict, alcoholic, gambler or a psychotic misfit, you may be struggling with this amount. And second, when people are greedy and want more than they can use in a full, healthy and long life, in other words want ‘excess’, then it is always to the detriment to somebody else somewhere on earth and hence harmful. Since we cannot totally stop the greedy bunch, the control freaks and the willfully evil people, we can at least limit the damages they can do to the rest of us, and by stopping them this way; they cannot continue their predatory grouching but only be nibblers on the edges. Their canines will be removed, but the molars they’ll keep. The top 1 % of the riches people will clearly not like this one bit, and will use the world resources which they own, to stop this philosophy, but they are few and we are many and we will all be much better off, be much healthier and happier when it is done, in fact, even they. However the top 1% will still have their (XPAC) for a full, healthy and satisfying life. Does all this make you think? If not, minimize you intake of Kentucky fried chicken, and MSG in general, so you can think clearly again. By using the $ 20 Million as the high limit, is to ensure that the motivating drive force, and ambition for success of the less well-off 7 Billion people is still in place so they can satisfy their creativity and drive to make it to ‘the top’. The 20 million limits also stop the ignorant masses from calling it socialism, communism or worse. People who has (XPAC), say doctors, lawyers, bankers etc. can always chose to use their talents for the common good for free, or drink strawberry margaritas, and let other people have a job. The riches family on earth, The Rothschild’s, has a total wealth, claimed by some to be $ 1500 trillion, and they did not get this by hard work, they got it by scamming and by conning the nice but ignorant or unaware trusting people. Basically they stole it, and I hope that by the law of Karma, it will be stolen from them one day. Understand that the yearly GNP of all countries on earth is about $ 65-70 trillion. If you don’t think there is some misgiving in this picture, then your KFC lobotomy have been very successful. Every day 35.000 children die due to the money changers, and they must be made accountable forthwith for these murders. Simply find some gallows, chopping blocks or guillotines and put a price on their head for murder of the innocent, when they easily could have prevented it. The only real and realistic thing that can create wealth in the abominable situation we are in now is to increase the speed of circulation of whatever money is floating in the system and available. If instead of helping the banks, the government gave the trillions freely to every Tom, Dick and Harry on food stamps to spend as they felt like, the monetary circulation would go berserk in a couple of days and would circulate many times daily for months and months. Income would increase for everybody and the badly needed creativity would get free range as the opportunities manifested.
    Let me tell you the facts why this is the truth, and give you a graphic example to show my point.
    If 100 people have $ 100 each ($ 10.000 in total) and they each buy and sell for $ 50 a day between themselves for a year, (for Potatoes, chicken, services whatever) their income would be a staggering $ 18,250 each ($ 1.825 million income in total created out of only $ 10 000 cash) and this is with only $ 50 a day turnover. Now imagine if each person circulated that amount twice a day? Or 3 times? Do your own Calculation. You don’t need lots of money to get any country cooking, what you need is the personal and legal freedom to increase the speed of circulation of the money that are available, in fact, that is what the Bankers have been doing between themselves, (using your money) to create their own wealth. Limit the banker’s freedom with your money and make them totally accountable. (Look what Iceland did). As far as I know, this is not only the best solution available, but only solution available for the present financial problem we are facing in the world, today. Anyway, one day very soon, the elite will face the music, the fat Lady is singing. The Bankers never shared their profit with us, so we will not share their losses either. Bank Shareholders hired the unethical or useless Bank directors who did the goof-ups, the Shareholders made the mistakes and must take the financial loses of the banks, not the deposit holders who was fooled or mislead to believe that their savings were secure. All Shareholders Investments has the usual business possibilities, some you win, others you lose. Savings is not like that, savings in banks cost money and is paid to keep the money secure and protected. If savings are missing it is theft. If your money was transferred to some other institution, company or organisations without specific authority from the deposit holder, it is stolen goods that must be returned just like all other stolen goods must be. If Bankers have received bonuses with stolen money they must return it to pay the deposit holders. If the shareholders took share profit or any other kind of benefit from the failed banking business to the detriment of the deposit holders, it is fraud. This is how simple it really is, but then again, I may be wrong. After tearing everything apart with my physical mortal intellect, my consciousness revolt and say “cool your jets and let the testosterone-laced, hubristic bravado go.
    Then the inner voice tells me that “The Golden Rule” and harmlessness is the only solution for the future. That is my answer to the new system. What is yours?
    I Bid You Adieu
    I am humbly Rene’ Descartes.

  7. Asger Trier Engberg
    March 15th, 2013 at 21:36 | #7

    Well, sorry for the delay, I had actually written quite a long memo, but my computer crashed for the first time after a reparation I had to do because my daughter spilled some food on the keyboard. Just one of those days…

    Anyway, as I recall my initial memo, what we have to do when and if we discuss democracy. We first have to define what we mean by the term. What is democracy really. This question is very difficult to answer, because the layers of what we today define as democracy are extremely old and complicated. We have the traditions of the Mesopotamic world that has been conveyed to our time mainly through Plato and Aristotle. These traditions conveys the belief in a three tier system that represent three parts of the society; king, aristocracy and people. Hence president, upper house and lower house.

    Add to this the discussion of the rule of law and the relationship between the rule of law and the voice of the people, then you have the basis of what we today call a republic; a state run by the public, in dialogue.

    But then we have all the enlightenment traditions of Egypt, Egypt was not a democracy, on the contrary it was a very top down controlled kingdom with the Pharao at the top, and no real public debate.

    The point is, not all our traditions are hundred percent democratic.

    Add to this the Roman republic based on the Etruscan traditions of disciplin, the Viking freestate and the greek city states we have a muddled picture. You could say, that the birthplace of democracy is Athens and hence made by Solon, the founder and initial maker of the Athenian constitution. But, that would be too narrow.

    Anyway, a democracy is simply the best state system we have had, it is so because, it has survived all other state systems. Yes we still have a communist China, but even though China is quite powerful, it is allready getting weaker day by day due to the fact that it has risen on false premises, that is the theft of Western technology through cybertheft.

    No, democracy with all its bells and whistles is the best system of man.

    Now, there are off cause caveeats and challenges. The greatest is the threath of corruption. This we see these days in Europe. Here the European Union is democracy gone in its final stage of death. Somehow the ailing democracies has created a superstructure that enforces the corruption of the democracies. The corruption they can do is enhanced because they are out of public control, but the corruption was made in the first place by the democracies. It is a very dangerous situation and it is spiraling out of control on a scale unseen in the history of mankind. This landing will be hard.

    Plato envisioned the philosophers as guardians around democracy, we are to enlighten the failing democracies to battle the corruption. This has been a succes in the US, but a failure in the EU. In Europe they are not listening, and that will cost us dearly, while as in the US the recovery is already on its way.

    Anyway, democracies should always be tailormade to the people it serves. A good constitution is very important a democratic country. Here again America is lucky, it has a superb constitution. France as well. But the basic quality of a democratic system is based on the quality of the people. A good people makes a good society and vice versa. Here the faith is very important, becuase the faith will guide the people morally to a better place. The religion and democratic systems are very dependent on each other. A nation with too many broken families does not work.

    So, you know. The answer is as complicated as the system we discuss. No, there is no alternative to a democracy if you really want it to work. But getting it to work is extremely dififcult. There are no easy way out, and it takes a long time to educate people, make them able to understand and contribute to the democratic discussion. But once you are there, there is no doubt you have something special.

    That was, more or less what I intended to write, now rewritten 🙂

    Yours
    Asger

  8. Rene’ Descartes
    March 16th, 2013 at 07:05 | #8

    Beyond democracy And The Golden Rule:
    We have been told, long enough that you cannot change Human Nature, but I say to you, Human Nature can be changed, and, what’s more, Human Nature must be changed if we are to reach our full potential. Which I for one, are determined to reach. Please understand that your thoughts, which you are responsible for, are as real as your deeds. You will soon realize that every word and every deed affects your life and has also touched thousands of lives.

    You have heard people say, “You must love yourself first, before you can love others”. Well, we have observed many selfish jerks doing that, who do nothing to help anyone but themselves, and they’re still miserable themselves. But if you love others first, you become a good person. If you help others, how can you not feel good about yourself also? IT’S IMPOSSIBLE NOT TO LOVE YOURSELF ALSO when you love others first. That being so…..
    What we would call true Love, is simply Unselfish Love. Unselfish Love radiates to all without exception, so powerfully that it transcends your separate self and IS The Creator’s Love flowing through you, to others. You become the vessel that is ‘channelling’ the universal spirit (while also being the Universal Spirit). It gives to all who would receive. It is like a Sun that gives warmth, light, and life to all, in all directions simultaneously.
    If your love is not one that gives to all and loves all, then it is a selfishly based love. If you experience jealousy or possessiveness, then it is selfishly based love, not true Love, not pure Love, not unselfish Love. That virtually no one truly loves, or experiences receiving true Love, is unfortunately true.
    By Being Giving, Unselfishly Loving, warms the heart and is beneficial to the giver, and the one who is being given to. Unselfish Love is its own reward. The Universal Spirit is Love. We are like faucets and the Universal Spirit is like water. When you open up, by using your free will, and let the water flow from you to everybody, you are constantly being filled with the water as it passes through. But if you close the faucet off because you mainly desire to keep the water for yourself, it doesn’t flow through you, and you are left empty. Which sadly, is what many people do? And the people who are thus empty because they don’t outflow their Love, then start looking in a different direction for something to ‘fill them up’.
    If a relationship diversion won’t do it for them, if they are not loving and getting love from their relationships, which always eventually happen, they will do other things. Even if they stay together with someone, they must look for diversions to fill the emptiness of the lag of love and God in their hearts and lives. Desperately they start thinking ‘intellectually’ constantly keeping the brain busy so they won’t be aware of their emptiness. They may pursue selfish pleasures and amusements of all kinds.
    They go from diversion to diversion – food, games, clothing, movies, TV, sports parties, social clubs, hobbies, lovers, shopping, cars, candy, you name it. But there is never any peace, and never any real or lasting satisfaction – only a temporary fix. And like the drug addict who needs a fix, the more it gets, the more it needs/wants. But the pleasure never lasts, and the feeling is never the same as the joy you get from giving, and ultimately, the connection to the Universal Spirit is made through giving. They are left with that hollowness again, and the need to find some other distraction.
    Most are looking for love, looking to replace love, and doing everything but what they really need to do to find it – give it.
    Pay close attention to the following. The word ‘love’ has come to mean two very different things. In fact, the meanings are essentially opposite. But most people don’t ever think of it, and continue to use the exact same word (love) for both things. The first kind of love could be called pure love.
    Pure love is an outflowing, giving, caring kind of love – it could also be called unselfish love. Pure love is the kind of love that is related to things like “love thy neighbour”; Santa Claus; caring love for your family and friends; charity; helping disaster victims; etc. It is the kind of love that the selfish side of you gets nothing out of, but that the good side of you gets a warm feeling from.
    The other kind of love that is commonly referred to is actually nothing like pure love. It is really just a feeling of pleasure that comes with getting something you want or like (physically or emotionally). It doesn’t matter if it comes from someone somehow giving you something you like, or from self-indulgence. It is all self-gratifying. So let’s call that kind of love selfish love. Here are just a few examples: “I love ice cream”; “I love football”; “I love presents”; “I love chocolate”; “I love the islands”; “I love BMWs”; “I love beer”; etc. Such selfish love also crosses over into our relationships. “I love Sam” (or “I love Lisa”) for instance, can actually mean you just love the attention, energy and pleasure they give you.
    Relationships can involve a mixture of selfish love and pure love, but many start with (and are actually based on) primarily or totally selfish love. And many relationships break up because of that.
    When a relationship is based on the self-gratifying pleasure you get from your partner, it results in a sort of addiction to some extent or other. You can then end up with addictive behaviour – jealousy, possessiveness, rejection and all the other selfishly spawned causes of pain and turmoil that come with such addiction. Pure love, being the opposite of selfish, creates no addiction. It craves nothing for itself. It thus heals rather than hurts. It cares rather than blocks out and ignores. It can improve your life, the lives of those around you and, ultimately, the whole world.
    Totally pure love is not contaminated at all with selfishness, or selfish love. This is important, because like any contaminant, selfishness can taint and ruin everything. Love and compassion are the highest vibrations we can manifest in our physical, conscious life. When we do so, we are in harmony with the Universe and the will of God, and are his co-creators.
    It is best explained in THE GOLDEN RULE “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” if you were in their situation. Just do it, and see what happens.
    This is the real scoop; first love God with your entire mind, all your heart and all your soul. Love your neighbour and be your brother’s keeper. He said, “As ye do it unto the least of these my children, my creation, ye do it unto me.” This is the law of the universe and nature. “As ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so onto them.”
    It is simple in words, yet so deep in meaning, so far reaching in its application in every phase of human experience. The golden rule is to love unselfishly, to focus on and give pure love. Pure love encompasses all the spiritual virtues involved with simply being a good person. For example, caring, kindness, compassion, tolerance, sharing, giving, harmlessness, respecting the free will of others (if harmless) etc. are all results of loving unselfishly. Pure love isn’t unconditional love – you can be unselfishly loving and still put your foot down. In other words, one who applies the golden rule in life is reasonably kind, reasonably giving, but not unconditionally kind, unconditionally giving etc.
    This teaching gives examples of the benefits of living by the golden rule, and how to apply it more in your life, in many different circumstances. For instance, the techniques and methods in this script can help you have more caring interactions with everyone everyday, from cashiers or bus boys to your spouse. But you can take it even further if you want to. In our opinion, working on applying the golden rule with others of a like mind can provide you the greatest opportunity for personal, spiritual development.
    We strongly believe that if even a few people committed their lives to developing the virtues of being a good person, and then secretly recruited friends and family, with time it would spread from one person to the next, and eventually create a new and better society. This is a striking allegorical fantasy to clearly illustrate a fundamental difference between a world of people who are looking out for themselves first, and a world of people who make caring for others their first priority. That’s what the golden rule is all about. In a nutshell, this exemplifies living by the golden rule, or not living by it. But it’s more than that. It truly represents the real difference that living by the golden rule could make in our world.
    It shows us how unselfishly loving others is not only pure love, but pure, real spirituality. And even if you cannot change the world so profoundly, it still represents what kind of a spiritual world we can eventually live in if we live by this rule, thereby making ourselves deserving citizens of the Universe. One of the beauties of the golden rule is its total universality. It goes beyond being just non-denominational and Omni-denominational. As you will note, the issue of religious persuasion or faith is irrelevant.
    Assuming that people were of various persuasions, it was their pure love or selfishness that ultimately made the difference in their circumstances. The division between the happy place and the miserable place wasn’t between Christians or Buddhists, Jews or agnostics.
    The thing that separated those people (as it does in reality as well) was whether or not they’d learned that living by having pure love was more important than the variations in their belief systems. And that’s what this is all about.
    The concept of the golden rule applies to all good, caring, giving people, regardless of religion, faith or lack of it. It is a universal law and principle that anyone anywhere can use to improve their life, the lives of those around them and, ultimately, the whole world. Isn’t that incredible, exciting, amazing and wonderful. The golden rule has a variety of typical definitions, which essentially all have the same meaning. Sometimes it’s interpreted as “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”, or “love thy neighbour as thyself”. We would add “do no harm to others” and “think of others first” to that list.
    They are all good definitions in our opinion, and you can see how they are reflected in the above. But those definitions and sayings are really by-products of pure love or unselfishly loving others. Pure love covers them all, and is the mother of them all. So to clarify the definition used, when we say living by the golden rule, we basically mean living by unselfishly loving others.
    While such golden rule principles are included in the beliefs of many spiritual traditions, in the Christian oriented parts of the world the golden rule is commonly attributed to a quote from Jesus. Here is how it reads in the Bible (from the Gospel of John, King James Version, chapter 13): “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another (unselfishly); as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” That quote seems to make it crystal clear that pure love, unselfishly loving others (as Jesus did) is the ultimate commandment Christians are supposed to live by. But the concept itself (pure love or living by unselfishly loving others) is not exclusive to any religion.
    The same principle is also a belief of all basically good people, religious or not. It can include those of any faith as well as those who have no faith. You may disagree, but it appears that based on Jesus’ own words, as long as someone obeys His commandment to love one another as He did, they are also followers of His – they are also Christians. But denominational labels and semantics aside, it is our opinion that those who indeed live by that beautiful golden rule behave in a most spiritually responsible manner. The fact that they are also subsequently being real Christians, as directly defined by Jesus, is interesting though.
    In any case, following the golden rule means being a caring, spiritual person regardless of label or affiliation. In that sense, as we said earlier, the golden rule is strikingly (and wonderfully) Universal. If you really think about it, there are few things that are so cross-cultural and Universal. Perhaps the most Universal is a smile. Raising your hand as a sign of friendly greeting might be considered an insult or hostile gesture in some cultures, but a smile means the same thing to all people everywhere, and no language is necessary to communicate its meaning. Music can often cross cultures too. But when it comes to a cross-cultural spiritual or moral concept, the golden rule has no rival. While people often disagree on religion and politics, almost everyone can agree on the goodness and rightness of living by the golden rule, regardless of culture or religious belief.
    Thus it’s an ideal in which all kind-hearted people can join together towards the common goal of manifesting pure love and its virtues (kindness, compassion, tolerance, peace, sharing, giving etc.) in tangible ways, for the mutual betterment of themselves and all creation. The great need for the golden rule is as simple as the rule itself. All over the world people are suffering. Even those who seem to be happy often actually have a painful, empty pit inside them that they attempt to ignore by constantly chasing after diversions, distractions and fun.
    Alcohol and drugs are used to try and cope with it sometimes too, even in the best of families and amongst the wealthy who have everything they want (materially). Then, of course, there are the various wars and oppressions. So, what’s the problem? Why can’t people be happy and live in peace and cooperation? If you look at the world objectively, and at people’s lives, you can trace all problems to one thing – selfishness. That’s right, just that one thing. If you thought greed or hate were the big problems, you’re right, but think further.
    Greed is just one aspect of selfishness, one branch. So are hate, lust, theft, starting wars, killing, jealousy, envy, arrogance etc., etc. All of those branches of selfishness have sub-branches too. For instance, the reasons some people lose their jobs, the destruction of a rainforest or over fishing to extinction are branches of greed. But again, greed is just a branch of that one thing. You name the problem – its real source is selfishness. Unlike the common phrase “fight fire with fire”, you usually get better results fighting fire with water. So what better way to fight selfishness with than it’s opposite – unselfishness.
    Enter the golden rule, the answer and the cure to all of life’s problems. Using a Christ/Antichrist analogy, selfishness is like the Anti Christ principle, and the golden rule is like the Christ principle. Once that is clearly understood, the only trick is implementing it in your life and helping others do the same. Which brings us to the next prerequisite – understanding the source of selfishness.
    Selfishness is a result of separation, an outgrowth, and outcome, of being separate. Separate from what? From everyone and everything else. Separate from others, separate from nature/the universe/God. If you totally feel and believe that you are a separate being from everyone else and everything else in the universe, it’s naturally you against the world. Me first. Look out for number one. From that separate perspective it all makes total sense. However, the truth is that we are all one creation – scientifically and spiritually speaking.
    Looking at it scientifically, without a religious or spiritual view, scientists know we are all made of the same essential stuff. They also know that the universe is one thing, one energy, forming unimaginable numbers of parts of creation. Even if you take the stance that humans have simply developed self-awareness through evolution, nevertheless it is this self-awareness that is behind humans seeing themselves as separate, and getting out of harmony with everything else in the universe and nature. With that self-consciousness, you have the separate self-contemplating it is me- against-the-world (or against the Universe) scenario.
    Rebelling against the one God caused a separation or cut off from the one God and again, suddenly, there was the separate self-contemplating it’s me-against-the-world (or against the universe/God) scenario.
    So, anyway you look at it, the result is the same. The I, me, mine thinking and behaving begins and with that, greed, jealousy, fear, intolerance, hate, arrogance etc., and all the problems that creates. But we all have both a selfish side (that contributes to those problems) and a soul, spirit or good side. Other than the humans who let their selfish side control them, everything else in the universe functions as one harmonious system. Disjointed, separate thinking and behaviour interferes with that harmony, and creates disruptive ripples in the pond that can cause pain and suffering. And when those ripples we create hit the edge of the pond, they bounce back in even more complex patterns.
    Again, selfishness and its endless cycle of desire and fear causes all the problems in our personal lives, as well as the world. For those who don’t deliberately make themselves blind, because of their selfishness and fear, it’s easy to see. Once you have identified the problem, you can find a solution.
    In this case, since the real problem behind everything is selfishness and separation from the universe/God, the solution is unselfishness, transcending the illusion of separation, and returning to oneness and harmony with the universe/God. Anything that can help that process (as long as it’s harmless) is a good thing, as far as we are concerned.
    The golden rule and its resulting virtues are thus a big key, and the perfect way to achieve the above goal. Even if living by the golden rule doesn’t achieve that lofty goal, it’s still a win-win situation, because you become a better person and feel better for helping others. It just makes common sense. Ironically, while the golden rule is intellectually well known by almost everyone, it seems to be stuck in some intellectual filing cabinet within the dusty archives of people’s foggy memory and brains. It’s amazing when you think about it. The golden rule is probably the most vital, positive, constructive principle in the world (in both a spiritual and practical sense) and it’s always been just sitting there right before us, waiting for us to notice it, take it and use it. It’s likely we even heard about it from our mother or family when we were children.
    There in the recesses of our mind is this incredible, powerful, yet simple, universal, commonsensical means of developing true spirituality, improving our lives and the lives of others. It’s so simple, so basic yet profound (in a real sense) but it’s often not even thought of by most of us as we search for spiritual knowledge, truths and beliefs. And even if it is thought of, it’s often not thought of as being as significant as it really is. Or it’s just misunderstood, ignored, or given up on. But all that is now changing.
    The golden rule seems to have been lying dormant within the hearts and minds of many good people like some kind of spiritual time capsule waiting to be opened. Well, the useful truth of the golden rule has been around a very long time, yet it seems that only now is it really beginning to be generally received and practised by many people. Its time has finally come.
    The response we have been getting to the idea of people implementing the golden rule in their lives is remarkable. People everywhere are experiencing an awakening of the rule within them. And as they start living by this rule, and discussing its simple beauty with acquaintances, friends, family and neighbours, some of them respond to it too. In this time of so much change and turmoil in the world, the common sense embodied by the golden rule is creating a common spirituality, and is spreading at a grass roots level.
    Many can see that it is a movement that will eventually spread among like-minded individuals throughout the world. The time you spend developing your own unselfish love, and on spreading it to others, is invaluable. It is simple in words, yet so deep in meaning, so far reaching in its application in every phase of the human experience.

    “The greatest service we can do for the Universal Spirit is to serve others. The greatest services to others is awakening them to the Universal Consciousness that lies within them, and helping them free themselves from their selfishness and their separate self”.
    Jesus presented love on levels, identifying the highest love in this often quoted passage: “No greater love has a person, than to give up his or her life for another” — not literal death, but giving up self’s or egos desires for another’s. It is thinking more of what another may need than what self may want. Jesus had a secret prayer that he repeated to himself, “Others, Lord, others.” This kept the Father’s power that flowed through Jesus on the right track — not glorifying himself but revealing the Light and Love that flowed through him — God’s love, our Father’s and Mother’s love. Selfless loving is the ideal — giving, caring without expectation of getting something in return.
    Yet, this must not be self-destructive. No one could accuse Jesus of being a doormat of self-deprecating love. He often radiated a tough love. Those around Him often needed truth, justice, and a clear position on God’s ways, not pampering. Jesus cared so much for others that he would not let them remain in their darkness or misunderstandings. Yet he never condemned them. Rather, He called their mistakes to their attention. He also showed a remarkable sense of their inability to handle the full truth, choosing to be patient: “I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now,”
    This is my answer to what will come, after the political, social and religious systems fails. This is evolution in its true sense going from lower to higher consciousness. Looking at the above, if you have any vision, it must become clear that the present system lag lots of substance. People are craving honesty, decency and kind substance in their lives and the old system simply does not fulfil their cravings.
    The is the humble philosophy of the future after democracy has self-destructed and fallen. Trust me.
    I am truly Rene’ Descartes. Truth, Love and Life.

  9. Asger Trier Engberg
    March 16th, 2013 at 08:56 | #9

    Dear Rene 🙂
    Well we are absolutely in agreement about the loving and the caring. I do, with all what I have of energy, sometimes even when I do not have the energy, fight to make love be everywhere. Yet, spirit is between people and nature in general. This feeling is conveyed through communication.

    I believe, that the more free you are, the more you are able to choose how to and what to love. This freedom is given through democracy. But, as I mentioned, is has to be balanced with ethics and morale, otherwise it is doomed to corrupt. It is a balance.

    Love 🙂
    Asger

  10. May 8th, 2014 at 09:35 | #10

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  11. Rene’ Descartes
    May 12th, 2014 at 08:40 | #11

    If you are sad it at least made you think. As an alternative watch CNN they always show what ‘they’ want you to know
    Rene

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