Why do you think Socrates was given the death penalty? What do you think he meant when he said those words? “Know thyself, the unexamined life is not worth living.” What did he see? What did he think? Socrates, when given a choice to quit teaching what he believed or die by drinking hemlock (which was considered the death penalty back then), he chose to die rather than stop teaching what he believed to be true. Did he understand how the mind works and did he see that we were imprinted and programmed from the time we were born to do and believe whatever our society does? Did he see that the programming wasn’t questioned by some and how, whenever someone did question it, how they were condemned as criminals? Because they dared! They dared to question the powers that be. They dared to examine what they believed and why they believed in it. Then they had seen that what they were brought up to believe as true was the very lie that enslaved them. They realised they didn’t have to be a programmed drone, a worker bee. They could write their own program and be their own person. Was Socrates trying to wake up the masses? I think so.
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Why did I believe in God? I thought one day as I reflected on Socrates’ immortal words. I started thinking about how the Christian religion was accepted in my region, and how I was programmed by the culture and laws of my society. I was taught about what was morally acceptable. I thought then, what if I was born in India or China or any other place on this planet? I would have been taught to believe in whatever God was acceptable in that region. I would have learned different laws, a different culture, possibly different acceptable morals and different languages. I thought about how I believed that everything I was programmed to believe was true and how I would successfully argue that I am right and you are wrong. Yet that day I realized I was neither right or wrong. I saw that all human kind had been programmed differently and most never questioned it and would live their lives arguing that their way was the right way.
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Where did the thought of a God even come from? Julian Jaynes’s obviously thought about it .
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“Julian Jaynes’s radical hypothesis is that what we regard as modern consciousness is intimately connected to the evolving dominance of the left brain and, particularly, to the development of language and writing. Before that, the right brain was in charge and what we regard as consciousness simply didn’t exist. In fact, Jaynes speculates that human consciousness as we now understand it has existed for only 3,000 years. What existed before consciousness was the “bicameral mind”. Jaynes argues that human beings, as they started to learn rudimentary language, began to undergo a form auditory hallucination when they were stressed. They would hear a voice in their head commanding them what to do “fight”, “run”, “drink”, “rest “, “hunt”, “shelter” etc. . The hallucinated voice was that of the tribal chief or some authority figure. The person carried out the command unquestionably. No consciousness existed to allow the command to be pondered, challenged or contemplate. Even when the tribal chief died, his hallucinated voice would still be heard for a long time after. In this way, it would seem he wasn’t actually dead. Was the tribal chief promoted to the status “god” at this time? ”
When I first read Julian Jaynes hypothesis I was totally fascinated by the idea that we as humans could have created the God in which we believed, as we evolved. This made more and more sense as I learned about the mythos right brain and logos left brain. Julian Jaynes believed the right and left brains are exist in a master- slave relationship, where one side barked orders and the other side carried them out. I suppose it’s possible that human beings at some point survived on primal instincts like animals, could language have been the first step that helped humans evolve further? In illuminism we learn about the evolutionary process and how we evolve from blank potential to actualization by acquiring knowledge and learning to use logic / reason via the dialectic process. Can you imagine at some point that we were stuck on a primal level and not evolving at all? The dialectic of right and left brains created an imaginary “god” and as we evolved the memory of these gods stayed with us, even after thousands of years. Even today people continue believe in these products of the primitive human imagination.
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Can you imagine beLIEving in our right brain’s mythos creations for thousand of years? How can we evolve out of such madness? How about if we take it a step further and just not believe in anything? Then we can start our new journey by acquiring knowledge without mythos bias. Of course, there is so much knowledge out there and not all of it is true so we need to learn and develop our reason to discover what is true and what is not. Have you ever noticed that as one acquires knowledge, that your perspective changes and just when you think you have it all figured out you acquire more knowledge and realize you didn’t know anything? This is the constant motion of evolution, it’s a continual process that occurs when you quit believing and decide to use thesis, antithesis and synthesis over and over until one is able to self actualize and reach the God State.
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Liebniz thought about when he wrote the Monadology. With Leibniz, we now have a Grand Unified Theory of Everything. The Monad has created all that we see, hear and touch in this world of matter (dimensional domain inside spacetime ) so that we as individual monads can subjectively and objectively experience and evolve. We all start at an unconscious state and engage in many lives self solving our own equations by acquiring knowledge and using logic/reason via the dialectical process. The end goal is Godhood.
SAPERE AUDE – DARE TO KNOW
CARPE VERITAS – PURSUE THE TRUTH
WE ARE ALL POTENTIAL GODS
Christine Andrea Bartol writing for the Apollo Institute of Reason AIR Review©