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LXI. Positivism Versus Perfectionism

 

Positivism is a philosophical doctrine contending that verification by use of my senses and perceptions is the only valid way of making a distinction between ideas and concepts that I am to categorize as truth and knowledge of theory; ideas and concepts that I am to categorize as lies and ignorance; and ideas and concepts that I am to categorize as myth and fantasy. Based on my acceptance of positivism, I use scientifically reproducible discovery to build a foundation of truth and knowledge of theory. From this foundation of truth and knowledge of theory based on scientifically reproducible discovery, I derive a standard of conduct that if and when adhered to by me is most likely to result in the most powerful physiological responses of health possible. Upon this foundation of truth and knowledge of theory based on scientifically reproducible discovery, I build a framework of myth and fantasy that if and when believed to be true enables me to have the highest esteem of the existence of one totality and to thereby produce emotional balance in my mind that is conducive to happiness and health in my life. I readily identify my myths as myths and make no effort to pass my myths off as truth. This is why I use the adjective positivistic to describe the noun spiritization.  

I define perfectionism as a propensity for setting extremely high standards and being displeased with anything less. Evolution of seed bodies is a process of perfecting form and function over generations through a natural selection where in those life forms with seed bodies that are fit do survive and those life forms with seed bodies that are lacking do not survive. Perfectionists might be atheistic negativists or even Satanists who believe themselves to be superior, hate the inferiority of others in the global culture, and above all seek to expedite the evolution of the species to higher levels of fitness.  If such perfectionists rise to the highest positions of power within the global culture, then the result might be war for profit justified to the many of our global culture as a means of purifying the seed.

Perfectionists might also be theistic negativists who believe themselves to be good, hate the evil of others in the global culture, and above all seek to precipitate the final defeat of an evil one cast down to and ruling over Earth and return rule of Earth to a good one in Heaven. Perfectionism can make myth appear to some to be 'perfect' truth. In an effort to further the propagation of heterofascist, atheistic, perfectionistic, nationalistic, negativism; some theistic negativists may repeat the lie that myth is truth. Some of these theistic negativists see no need to use their senses and perceptions to gather objective evidence that leads by valid logical deductive inference to the scientifically reproducible discovery of one definite conclusion in support of their claims that their myth about the existence of exclusive divine revelations of spiritual knowledge is the truth about the existence of the perfect word of a good one in Heaven at war with an evil one cast down to and ruling over Earth. Instead, some of these theistic negativists may proclaim that ordinary human beings are corrupted by sin and therefore they are unable to experience a personal divine revelation of spiritual knowledge that confirms the lie that myth is truth. Some of these theistic negativists may proclaim that only messengers who have lived a relatively sinless life are selected by a good one in Heaven to experience a personal divine revelation that adds to and or confirms to be true their myth about the existence of exclusive divine revelations of spiritual knowledge contained within sacred scrolls.

A myth about the existence of exclusive divine revelations of spiritual knowledge and the lie that myth is truth are key devices used by many ideological authorities to achieve and maintain authority, power, order and control over prospects for membership in their communities of faithful believers. Maybe some of these ideological authorities tell prospects for membership in their communities of faithful believers that they must accept on faith that the myth about the existence of exclusive divine revelations of spiritual knowledge is the truth about the existence of the perfect word of a good one in Heaven. Maybe some of the members of communities of faithful believers also pressure prospects for membership; to accept on faith the lie that myth is truth. Maybe some of these ideological authorities explain that prospects for membership in their communities of faithful believers; have previously so angered their good one in Heaven by deviating from the will of their good one in Heaven that they are being ignored by their good one in Heaven and that is why prospects for membership are unable to experience personal divine revelations of spiritual knowledge that verify that myth is truth. Maybe some of these ideological authorities would follow such explanations with proclamations to new recruits of the urgency and importance of joining as members of their communities of faithful believers. Maybe some of these ideological authorities claim to lead communities of faithful believers on behalf of a good one in Heaven at war with an evil one cast down to and ruling over Earth. Maybe if new recruits; accept these premises as true, and agree to perform necessary rituals, then conversion experiences occur and prospects for membership; become believers. 

Maybe some of these ideological authorities respond by praising new believers as good for confessing their faith to others in communities of faithful believers. Maybe a wave of euphoria sweeps over some of these new believers as the sad sorrow, mad fear, and bad anger that follows from discovery of the impending disease and death of the seed body momentarily subside, and feelings of hope, faith, belonging and camaraderie begin to take hold. Maybe at this point some of these new believers humbly seek to learn more about the myth that is accepted by communities of faithful believers as truth. Maybe some of these ideological authorities would continue by teaching about a standard of conduct. Maybe this standard of conduct consists of a list of do's and don'ts. Maybe some of these ideological authorities equate this list of do's and don'ts with the perfect will of a good one in Heaven at war with an evil one cast down to and ruling over Earth.  Maybe some of these ideological authorities would go on to teach about the idea that the laws of cause and effect that predict behavior, fate and destiny of matter and energy in the known universe further justify conformity by believers to this list of do's and don'ts. Maybe some of these ideological authorities would expect all true believers to love and conform to this list of do's and don'ts as evidence of faith.  Maybe some of these ideological authorities would warn that a good one in Heaven will enforce this standard of conduct by a system of divine eternal reward and abominable infernal punishment. I define perfectionism as setting extremely high standards and being dissatisfied with anything else: By this definition, ideological authorities that proclaim that a standard of conduct is the perfect will of a good one in Heaven and warn of enforcement by a system of divine eternal reward and abominable infernal punishment qualify as perfectionistic.

In contrast to perfectionism, positivism does not in any way attempt to make myth into a 'perfect' truth. While myth based on perfectionism tends to be rigid and immutable, positivism allows myth to change, grow, and evolve. My objective is to make the most optimistic myths about the existence of one totality that if and when believed to be true produce emotional balance in my mind that is conducive to happiness and health in my life. In doing so, I arrive at a belief in a divine eternal essence of finite self and a divine eternal essence of infinite world. I call the divine eternal essence of finite self; soul. I call the divine eternal essence of infinite world; spirit. Because I believe in the indivisibility of soul spirit and that grace follows logically from infinite abundance, I further imagine that the actions of all souls while ordering the chaos of minds in bodies that live and die are enjoyed as entertainment by the spirit in accord with spiritual laws of infinite love, divine freedom, eternal grace and unity as one.

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