Well, tomorrow I’m off for Hillsdale College. Blogging’s been light lately, due to all the last-minute preparations & whatnot, and it’ll probably be light for a while, as I get settled into my schedule and develop a feel for how much spare time I’ll be able to devote to CFO.
4 thoughts on “Off to College!”
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The Season of Generation-Choicemaker > Joel 3:14 kjv>> Consider:> The missing element in every human ‘solution’ is > an accurate definition of the creature.>> In an effort to diminish the multiple and persistent> dangers and abuses which have characterized the > affairs of man in his every Age, and to assist in the > requisite search for human identity, it is essential to > perceive and specify that distinction which naturally > and most uniquely defines the human being. Because > definitions rule in the minds, behaviors, and institutions > of men, we can be confident that delineating and com-> municating that quality will assist the process of resolu-> tion and the courageous ascension to which man is > called. As Americans of the 21st Century, we are oblig-> ed and privileged to join our forebears and participate > in this continuing paradigm proclamation.>> “WHAT IS MAN…?” God asks – and answers:> HUMAN DEFINED: EARTH’S CHOICEMAKER> by James Fletcher Baxter (c) AD 2007 >> The way we define ‘human’ determines our view of self,> others, relationships, institutions, life, and future. Many > problems in human experience are the result of false > and inaccurate definitions of humankind premised > in man-made religions and humanistic philosophies.>> Human knowledge is a fraction of the whole universe. > The balance is a vast void of human ignorance. Human > reason cannot fully function in such a void; thus, the > intellect can rise no higher than the criteria by which it > perceives and measures values.>> Humanism makes man his own standard of measure. > However, as with all measuring systems, a standard > must be greater than the value measured. Based on > preponderant ignorance and an egocentric carnal > nature, humanism demotes reason to the simpleton > task of excuse-making in behalf of the rule of appe-> tites, desires, feelings, emotions, and glands.>> Because man, hobbled in an ego-centric predicament, > cannot invent criteria greater than himself, the humanist > lacks a predictive capability. Without instinct or trans-> cendent criteria, humanism cannot evaluate options with > foresight and vision for progression and survival. Lack-> ing foresight, man is blind to potential consequence and > is unwittingly committed to mediocrity, collectivism, > averages, and regression – and worse. Humanism is an > unworthy worship.>> The void of human ignorance can easily be filled with > a functional faith while not-so-patiently awaiting the > foot-dragging growth of human knowledge and behav-> ior. Faith, initiated by the Creator and revealed and > validated in His Word, the Bible, brings a transcend-> ent standard to man the choice-maker. Other philo-> sophies and religions are man-made, humanism, and > thereby lack what only the Bible has:>> 1.Transcendent Criteria and > 2.Fulfilled Prophetic Validation.>> The vision of faith in God and His Word is survival > equipment for today and the future. Only the Creator,> who made us in His own image, is qualified to define> us accurately.>> Human is earth’s Choicemaker. Psalm 25:12 He is by > nature and nature’s God a creature of Choice – and of > Criteria. Psalm 119:30,173 His unique and definitive > characteristic is, and of Right ought to be, the natural > foundation of his environments, institutions, and re-> spectful relations to his fellow-man. Thus, he is orien-> ted to a Freedom whose roots are in the Order of the > universe.>> At the sub-atomic level of the physical universe quantum> physics indicates a multifarious gap or division in the> causal chain; particles to which position cannot be> assigned at all times, systems that pass from one energy> state to another without manifestation in intermediate> states, entities without mass, fields whose substance is> as insubstantial as “a probability.”>> Only statistical conglomerates pay tribute to> deterministic forces. Singularities do not and are> therefore random, unpredictable, mutant, and in this> sense, uncaused. The finest contribution inanimate> reality is capable of making toward choice, without its> own selective agencies, is this continuing manifestation> of opportunity as the pre-condition to choice it defers> to the natural action of living forms.>> Biological science affirms that each level of life,> single-cell to man himself, possesses attributes of> sensitivity, discrimination, and selectivity, and in> the exclusive and unique nature of each diversified> life form.>> The survival and progression of life forms has all too> often been dependent upon the ever-present undeterminative> potential and appearance of one unique individual organism > within the whole spectrum of a given life-form. Only the > uniquely equipped individual organism is, like The Golden > Wedge of Ophir, capable of traversing the causal gap to > survival and progression. Mere reproductive determinacy > would have rendered life forms incapable of such potential. >> Only a moving universe of opportunity plus choice enables > the present reality.>> Each individual human being possesses a unique, highly > developed, and sensitive perception of variety. Thus > aware, man is endowed with a natural capability for enact-> ing internal mental and external physical selectivity. > Quantitative and qualitative choice-making thus lends > itself as the superior basis of an active intelligence.>> Human is earth’s Choicemaker. His title describes> his definitive and typifying characteristic. Recall > that his other features are but vehicles of experi-> ence intent on the development of perceptive > awareness and the following acts of decision and> choice. Note that the products of man cannot define > him for they are the fruit of the discerning choice-> making process and include the cognition of self, > the utility of experience, the development of value-> measuring systems and language, and the accultur-> ation of civilization.>> The arts and the sciences of man, as with his habits,> customs, and traditions, are the creative harvest of> his perceptive and selective powers. Creativity, the > creative process, is a choice-making process. His > articles, constructs, and commodities, however > marvelous to behold, deserve neither awe nor idol-> atry, for man, not his contrivance, is earth’s own > highest expression of the creative process.>> Human is earth’s Choicemaker. The sublime and > significant act of choosing is, itself, the Archimedean > fulcrum upon which man levers and redirects the > forces of cause and effect to an elected level of qual-> ity and diversity. Further, it orients him toward a > natural environmental opportunity, freedom, and > bestows earth’s title, The Choicemaker, on his > singular and plural brow.>> Deterministic systems, ideological symbols of abdication> by man from his natural role as earth’s Choicemaker,> inevitably degenerate into collectivism; the negation of> singularity, they become a conglomerate plural-based> system of measuring human value. Blunting an awareness> of diversity, blurring alternatives, and limiting the> selective creative process, they are self-relegated to> a passive and circular regression.>> Tampering with man’s selective nature endangers his> survival for it would render him impotent and obsolete> by denying the tools of variety, individuality,> perception, criteria, selectivity, and progress.> Coercive attempts produce revulsion, for such acts > are contrary to an indeterminate nature and nature’s> indeterminate off-spring, man the Choicemaker.>> Until the oppressors discover that wisdom only just> begins with a respectful acknowledgment of The Creator,> The Creation, and The Choicemaker, they will be ever> learning but never coming to a knowledge of the truth.> The rejection of Creator-initiated standards relegates> the mind of man to its own primitive, empirical, and> delimited devices. It is thus that the human intellect> cannot ascend and function at any level higher than the> criteria by which it perceives and measures values.>> Additionally, such rejection of transcendent criteria> self-denies man the vision and foresight essential to> decision-making for survival and progression. He is left,> instead, with the redundant wreckage of expensive hind-> sight, including human institutions characterized by> averages, mediocrity, and regression.>> Humanism, mired in the circular and mundane egocentric> predicament, is ill-equipped to produce transcendent> criteria. Evidenced by those who do not perceive> superiority and thus find themselves beset by the shifting> winds of the carnal-ego; i.e., moods, feelings, desires,> appetites, etc., the mind becomes subordinate: a mere> device for excuse-making and rationalizing self-justifica-> tion.>> The carnal-ego rejects criteria and self-discipline for such> instruments are tools of the mind and the attitude. The> appetites of the flesh have no need of standards for at the> point of contention standards are perceived as alien, re-> strictive, and inhibiting. Yet, the very survival of our> physical nature itself depends upon a maintained sover-> eignty of the mind and of the spirit.>> It remained, therefore, to the initiative of a personal> and living Creator to traverse the human horizon and> fill the vast void of human ignorance with an intelli-> gent and definitive faith. Man is thus afforded the> prime tool of the intellect – a Transcendent Standard> by which he may measure values in experience, anticipate> results, and make enlightened and visionary choices. >> Only the unique and superior God-man Person can deserved-> ly displace the ego-person from his predicament and free> the individual to measure values and choose in a more> excellent way. That sublime Person was indicated in the> words of the prophet Amos, “…said the Lord, Behold,> I will set a plumbline in the midst of my people Israel.”> Y’shua Mashiyach Jesus said, “If I be lifted up I will> draw all men unto myself.”>> As long as some choose to abdicate their personal reality> and submit to the delusions of humanism, determinism, and> collectivism, just so long will they be subject and re-> acting only, to be tossed by every impulse emanating from> others. Those who abdicate such reality may, in perfect> justice, find themselves weighed in the balances of their> own choosing.>> That human institution which is structured on the> principle, “…all men are endowed by their Creator with> …Liberty…,” is a system with its roots in the natural> Order of the universe. The opponents of such a system are> necessarily engaged in a losing contest with nature and> nature’s God. Biblical principles are still today the> foundation under Western Civilization and the American> way of life. To the advent of a new season we commend the> present generation and the “multitudes in the valley of> decision.”>> Let us proclaim it. Behold!> The Season of Generation-Choicemaker Joel 3:14 KJV>> CONTEMPORARY COMMENTS> “I should think that if there is one thing that man has> learned about himself it is that he is a creature of> choice.” Richard M. Weaver>> “Man is a being capable of subduing his emotions and> impulses; he can rationalize his behavior. He arranges> his wishes into a scale, he chooses; in short, he acts.> What distinguishes man from beasts is precisely that he> adjusts his behavior deliberately.” Ludwig von Mises>> “To make any sense of the idea of morality, it must be> presumed that the human being is responsible for his> actions and responsibility cannot be understood apart> from the presumption of freedom of choice.”> John Chamberlain>> “The advocate of liberty believes that it is complementary> of the orderly laws of cause and effect, of probability> and of chance, of which man is not completely informed.> It is complementary of them because it rests in part upon> the faith that each individual is endowed by his Creator> with the power of individual choice.”> Wendell J. Brown>> “These examples demonstrate a basic truth — that human > dignity is embodied in the free choice of individuals.”> Condoleeza Rice>> “Our Founding Fathers believed that we live in an ordered> universe. They believed themselves to be a part of the> universal order of things. Stated another way, they> believed in God. They believed that every man must find> his own place in a world where a place has been made for> him. They sought independence for their nation but, more> importantly, they sought freedom for individuals to think> and act for themselves. They established a republic> dedicated to one purpose above all others – the preserva-> tion of individual liberty…” Ralph W. Husted>> “We have the gift of an inner liberty so far-reaching> that we can choose either to accept or reject the God> who gave it to us, and it would seem to follow that the> Author of a liberty so radical wills that we should be> equally free in our relationships with other men.> Spiritual liberty logically demands conditions of outer> and social freedom for its completion.” Edmund A. Opitz>> “Above all I see an ability to choose the better from the> worse that has made possible life’s progress.”> Charles Lindbergh>> “Freedom is the Right to Choose, the Right to create for> oneself the alternatives of Choice. Without the possibil-> ity of Choice, and the exercise of Choice, a man is not> a man but a member, an instrument, a thing.”> Thomas Jefferson>> THE QUESTION AND THE ANSWER> Q: “What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son> of man that You visit him?” Psalm 8:4> A: “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against> you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing> and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and> your descendants may live.” Deuteronomy 30:19>> Q: “Lord, what is man, that You take knowledge of him?> Or the son of man, that you are mindful of him?” Psalm> 144:3> A: “And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose> for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the> gods which your fathers served that were on the other> side of the river, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose> land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will> serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15>> Q: “What is man, that he could be pure? And he who is> born of a woman, that he could be righteous?” Job 15:14> A: “Who is the man that fears the Lord? Him shall He> teach in the way he chooses.” Psalm 25:12 >> Q: “What is man, that You should magnify him, that You> should set Your heart on him?” Job 7:17> A: “Do not envy the oppressor and choose none of his> ways.” Proverbs 3:31>> Q: “What is man that You are mindful of him, or the son> of man that You take care of him?” Hebrews 2:6> A: “I have chosen the way of truth; your judgments I have> laid before me.” Psalm 119:30 “Let Your hand become my> help, for I have chosen Your precepts.”Psalm 119:173>> References:> Genesis 3:3,6 Deuteronomy 11:26-28; 30:19 Job 5:23> Isaiah 7:14-15; 13:12; 61:1 Amos 7:8 Joel 3:14> Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 > > DEDICATION>> Sir Isaac Newton> The greatest scientist in human history> a Bible-Believing Christian> an authority on the Bible’s Book of Daniel> committed to individual value> and individual liberty>> Daniel 9:25-26 Habakkuk 2:2-3 selah>> “What is man…?” Earth’s Choicemaker Psalm 25:12> http://www.blogger.com/profile/4744267 > http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Parthenon/2728/> http://www.choicemaker.net/> email@example.com>> An old/new paradigma – Mr. Jefferson would agree!> (Alternative? There is no alternative.)> > + + +> >“Man cannot make or invent or contrive principles. He>can only discover them and he ought to look through the>discovery to the Author.” — Thomas Paine 1797>>“Got Criteria?” See Psalm 119:1-176 >>semper fidelis>Jim Baxter>Sgt. USMC>WWII & Korean War>>Teacher, 5th Grade – 30 Wonderful years !> vincit veritas>>“When you come to a fork in the road, take it!”> – Yogi Berra
Great sentiments; thanks for them, and for your service.