The Third Understanding – The Relationship between

                                                                                            Belongingness and Ethics

 

Conscience is each person’s connection to the Life Force.  The Life Force may be described as the “esemplastic power of creating nature”, (Coleridge), or the “spirit….manifest in the laws of the universe”, (Einstein) or the moving God called by any name or no name (many religions).

The Life Force has a presence or a connection to everything.  Its presence is absorbed by each species or connected to it, in the way peculiar to that species.  For humanity, or human beings, the connection is each person’s conscience.

In this connection or conscience, there is true equality in the species.  In the conscience,  the lowest common denominator and the highest common denominator are the same.  Every human being may gaze into the eyes of another human being and know equality.  Conscience then is the universal touchstone for humanity, the essence of  belongingness, the human participation in cosmic consciousness or Spirituality.   In this belongingness,  every human being may feel the bond of the great human family.  In this belongingness,  there are no enemies.  From this belongingness,  human beings may devise the ways by which they may live collectively and individually in harmony with the Life Force and each other,  always remembering that their guiding light is the warmth, peace and the inate understanding of human equality that will guide them as they proceed to live their lives or act in their own family, society, culture or nation.

The male of the species learns belongingness from the eyes of his mother, from the caress of his mother, from the voice of his mother, from the care and concern of his mother.  His mother and her beingness is his birthright.  His birthright  can never be taken away from him even if his mother is separated from him at birth and another woman assumes the role of his nurturer, or if no woman nurtures him. The woman’s example of beingness and belongingness is his birthright.

Belongingness is felt most powerfully at birth.  Woman is synonymous with belongingness because of the womb, the birthing channel of the Life Force.  Belongingness and ethics have the same source, the conscience.

Here is the difference between belongingness and ethics: belongingness is the gift of equality, in the realm of spirituality which is infinite.  Ethics is a science, the science of morals.  Morals are determined by actions.  The actions of human beings are determined by individual wills.  From birth humans develop their will or will power which guides their individual actions.

Conscience is inherent, will power is developed.  In human beings,  will power may or may not be guided by conscience.  When it is guided by conscience, it submits to or chooses,  those actions which are in harmony with the Life Force, God,  or the covenants of Belongingness.    

A person’s will determines that person’s choice of actions and actions determine character.  The highest character or the most ethical person is the one whose life’s choices are guided by the conscience, the connection to the life force or spirituality.

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Profit-making and Profit-taking

Capitalism in the field of science speaks primarily to the acquisition of money, not the distribution of it.  Money, being amoral, is just concerned with completing the transaction or giving to the receiver the money given with no concern for who or what the receiver is.  In the past, those who have acquired money have kept it to themselves, falsely believing that they were entitled to all of it.

Ideally, people become capitalists when they have an idea and want to develop it, when they see a need and want to fill  it, (both of these things being organic because the human being is organic), while at the same time understanding that when they reach that original goal there might be some very considerable monetary reward for it – in that order.  The belief system, the morality of a country as a whole has to support that understanding and meaning of capitalism.

When the meaning of capitalism is distorted into a belief system that metaphorically allows all of the monetary proceeds to go to the single mind that conceived the original goal, there is a problem because always there are other components to the execution of it, consisting of other people active in actualizng it and Mother Earth if her resources have been utilized.  Every component of the transaction has its own organic integrity and deserves its own monetary return.

The Philosophic Foundation of Capitalism

Refer to There Are No Enemies,  a Practical Philosophy of Life

Profit-making by itself is not a-moral as money is.  In business, human profit-making is the fruit of one’s labor in some certain proportion to the capital invested in a business but always inextricably connected to a human being  One human being’s proportional profit making has an organic relationship to the workings of the universe.  In other words, the human mind’s ingenuity + the capital invested in a project does warrant a calculable amount of profit which is organic and not anarchic.  Money as some form of reward for human effort that goes far beyond the norm or the fruits of one’s individual labor, is the foundation of capitalism in its most effective sense.  The difficulty lies in respectng the integrity of the components of a business transaction as well as the proportionality of the reward.  Without an understanding and a philosophy of money, excesses have occurred which have shaped the progress of our civilization and mutilated the humanity of it.  More to follow on this.

 

The Exclusivity of Money Transactions

Money transactions are stand-alone transactions that are scientifically protected by law in principle.  The money results of each transaction go to a human being or group of human beings who may not then feel responsibility to anything except the transaction itself.  The example set by money is that of individuality or the scientific terms of the conract, to the exclusion of community, or all of the organic ingredients of the project, which are the local resources and importantly the bowels of Mother Earth.  The profits of such a project organically belong to all of the parties to the contract, including these silent partners, but the scientific stand-alone structure of the transaction allows only the individuals who are legally registered parties to the transaction to benefit from it.  Organic nature, the commercially silent partner, can only be recognized by the conscience of the humans who set up the transaction  The conscience is organic but the will is free to ignore the organic responsibility.  Money’s real value or its claim to authenticity in our organic universe comes solely from the human beings who control it.

The Practical Meaning of Money

Money, by itself, is inorganic, a token, a chip, a coin, a piece of paper.  It was invented to be used in a transaction which is a mathematical construct, also inorganic.  Money is a-moral.  It is an agent, a servant.  By itself, it is nothing but this chip, this coin, this piece of paper.  When first used, it was a simple token of trust in a human transaction with two comparatively transactionally equal components, exemplified by the mathematical equation.  In a transaction each human trusts the other, one human as the giver and the other the receiver of something, such as money, or some service with a mutually accepted value.  Trust becomes a credit where money is advanced in the hope and confidence that the other person has the ability and the intention to repay it.  Trust is a sacred symbol so aligned to the human conscience that it can never be separatd from it.  Trust is the glue that binds one conscience to another.  Trust is the mesh of the safety net that is the collective conscience.  A token of trust implies an individual conscience, a mutual conscience and eventually a collective or communal conscience.  Money without trust spins in its own orbit of anarchy.

What is the Significance of the Conscience?

Moral directives are those which describe the inner motivation of the conscience in the field of Spirituality.  Ethics is the Science of Morals so the ethical person acts upon the directives of the conscience in the full understanding that the conscience is both individual and communal.  Ethical actions are ‘good’ actions and a good action is thus understood to be good by everybody because every conscience has the same source.  The individual, communal and global conscience is the foundation of a global civilization in harmony with organic nature.

The Practical Meaning of God

God, called by any name or no name, or scientifically, the Life Force of the Universe is in the field of Spirituality or belongingness or beingness where there is harmony and the peace that passes all understanding.  But humans must also act and exercise their own conscience and their own free will.  The practical meaning of anything is determined by what actions people take at the moment of choice in the field of Science but based upon their own conscience which originates in the field of Spirituality.  Therefore the practical meaning of God is understood as humans choose allegiance to God as their first priority in life.