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BY ANTHONY J. FEJFAR, B.A., J.D., ESQ., COIF
Various Essays in Critical Thomism
Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif
© Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar
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Various Essays in Critical Thomism
TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. A Meditative Prayer 2. Athesim and Metaphysics 3. Being, Kundalini Syndrome and Manic Depression 4. Body, Mind, Spirit and the Greek and Biblical Worlds 5. Body, Mind, Spirit 6. Charity and Karma 7 The Social Democratic Party 9. Critical Thomism and Phenomenology 10. Critical Thomism Deconstruction and Reconstruction 11. Disinformation and the Dangers of NLP 12. Druid Time 13. Druid Being 14. Gift Giving and 15. God the Father and the Mission of Jesus Christ
16. Guardianship Liability 17. Jesus the Logos of God 18. Jesus, the Scribes and the Adulterous Woman
19. An Inductive Proof for God’s Existence II 20. Angelic Substance 21. Why Property is not a Reified Concept 22. Being Defined 23. Critical Thomism and Scientific Method 24. Critical Thomism and the Liberal Good of Order 25. Contractual and Economic Purpose 26. Critical Philosophy and Burden of Proof 27. Druid Lore 28. Equity and Thomism 29. Equity Jurisdiction 30. GATT, Unfair Trade Practices and Substantive Due Process 31. Why the Liberal Scale of Values is not Egoistic 32. God, Being, and Quantum Physics 33. God the Father and the Mission of Jesus Christ 34. Heaven 35. Individual Relativism and Cultural Relativism 36. Law and Economics 37. Legal Ethics, the Model Code and the Model Rules 38. Why the International Sons of Liberty Supports the Rule of Law 39. Levels 4,5,and 6 Consciousness 40. Levels of Consciousness and Brahman 41. Levels of Consciousness and Levels of Reality
42. Levels of Consciousness and Levels of Reality II 43.Liberty and Self Transcendence 44. Matter and Substance 45. Mindfullness Mediatation 46. Modern Magic and Legal Competence 47. Natural Law and Jurisprudence 48. Nervous Breakdown and Near Death Experience 49. Neuro-Hermeneutic Programming 50. Objective Being and Subjective Being 51. Objectivity 52. Orthodox Christian Gnosis 53. Parallel Earths 54. Peak Experiences and Mundane Experiences 55. Philosophy, Manic Depression, and Psychiatry 56. Plato and God the Creator 57. Why Logical Positivism is Dumb 58. Prayer 59. Property Law and Metaphysics 60. Psychic Schizophrenia 61. Purgatory 62. Raising Responsible Children 63. Rational Self Interest 64. Real Authority
65. Real Republicanism 66. Reification 67. Reification and Psychiatry 68. Satan and Schizophrenia 69. Self-Transcendence 70. Sin and Grace, Bad Karma and Good Karma 71. Sin and Specific Intent 72. Spiritual Direction 73. Star Wars, God, and Metaphysics 74. Status Crimes 75. Substance, Form, and Substantial Form 76. Substantial Form and Essence 77. Substantive Due Process and Environmental Regulation 78. Sustaining the Economy 79. Symbolic Logic and Logical Positivism 80. Talking with God 81. The Art of Being 82. The Choice 83. The Dao of Politics 84. The Parable of the Sower 85. The Schizophrenic Tea Drinker 86. The Social Contract 87. The Story of the Two Sister, Martha and Mary
88. The Allegory of the Crucifixtion of Jesus Christ 89. The Parable of the Goose that Laid the Golden Egg 90. The Allegory of the Opus Dei CEO 91. Jesus and the story Abraham and Isaac 92. Jesus and the story of Jacob and Esau 93. The Astral Plane 94. The Bible and Metaphysics 95. The Blind Convention 96. The Butcher of Prague 97. The Core of Jesuit Spirituality 98. The Cross and Coping with Depression 99. The End of the World 100. The Fiduciary Duty of a Guardian to a Ward 101. The Gradeschool Classics 102. The Higher Self 103. The Individual Good not the Common Good 104. The International Sons of Liberty and the Transcendental Precepts 105. The Jungian Collective Unconscious and the Platonic Forms 106. The Legal Doctrine of Patrimony 107. The Legal Doctrine of Primogeniture 108. The Lemmings an Allegorical Tale 109. The Level of Experience 110. The Material World
111. The Matrix and Multidimensional Reality 112. The Metaphysics of Property 113. The Objective God 114. The Parable of the Fig Tree 115. The Parable of the Talents 116. The Path of Power 117. The Phenomenology of Visionary Experience 118. The Philosophy of Being 119. The Psychic Church 120. The Purpose of Economic Activity is to Produce Individual Liberty 121. The Schizophrenic Priest 122. The Seal of Confession and Lawyer Client Confidentiality 123. The Sermon 124. The Sermon on the Mount 125. The Silent God 126. The Silent God and the Inner Self 127. The Story of Cain, Abel, and Seth 128. The Story of Seth and Jesus Christ 129. The Tool 130. The Traditional Common Law and the Modern Common Law 131. The True Story of Beowulf 132. The Truly Worthwhile and The Good 133. The Vows of the Jesuit Order
134. The Zen Dojo and Zen as a Martial Art 135. Time and The Universe 136. Trashing Logical Positivism 137. Tree Farming 138. Unified Quantum Field Theory and Science 139. Unitary Reality and the End of the World 140. Why Communism doesn’t Work 141. Why Law is not Politics
Chapter 1 A Meditative Prayer By Anthony J. Fejfar © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar
Here is a Prayer that I meditate with: THE LORD MY GOD IS MY GUIDE, MY HELP, AND MY SALVATION, IN HIM DO I TRUST. If you use the above prayer as a mantra for meditation it can really help you spiritually. Thanks, Tony Fejfar
Chapter 2 Atheism and Metaphysics By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar Atheism really isn’t neutral about God, Agnosticism is. While atheists typically profess only to not believe in God, it is my experience that they go one step further and hate God as well as people who believe in God. Thus, as a Theist, I find Atheism to be an unattractive position. But, there is an alternative, what I call Aatheism. I invite all Atheists to consider becoming Aatheists instead. Aatheists typically follow the philosopher and metaphysician Plato as their guide. Instead of believing in God, an Aatheist believes in the Good, that is, the Individual Good, following individual autonomy, rational self-interest, self-actualization, and self-transcendence. Aatheists also believe in the immortality of the Soul because of the Myth of Ur, found in Plato’s Republic. Finally, more than anything else, Aatheists believe in the Metaphysical Quiddity of Being. Being is an Unrestricted Pure Act of Understanding, also known as Form of Form. For many, Being replaces God. Being is impersonal not personal. Being is Universal. Being can be Intuited and Felt spiritually. For the Atheist, then, making to move to Aatheism might be an attractive alternative.
Chapter 3 Being, Kundalini Syndrome, and Manic Depression By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar Manic Depression or Bipolar Disorder is a mental illness which typically manifests with symptoms of “consolation” or “spiritual high” on the one hand, or “desolation” or “spiritual low” on the other hand. Manic depression can also be accompanied by what is conventionally perceived as psychosis. There is no real explanation as to what the underlying cause of Manic depression, other than to say that the brain chemistry of the patient is affected, typically seen in the dopamine or seratonin levels found in the brain. I take the position that the real cause of Manic depression is the emergence or irruption of Kundalini, spiritual energy in the mind/brain. In Eastern Spriituality it is understood that there are two basic types of spiritual energy that the body uses. Typically, a person starts out with “Being” energy in the brain and Kundalini, or psychosexual spiritual energy in the lower energy centers of the body centering around the pelvic area. When a person prays or meditates enough, the lower Kundalini energy is released and moves up the spinal energy centers until the mind/ brain is reached. At this point the Kundalini energy typically overwhelms the Being energy and mania is
produced. When the level of Kundalini energy in the mind/ brain goes down, then depression is produced. Eastern writers state that the presence of Kundalini energy in the mind can cause visions, out of body experience, psychic abilities, etc. Such phenomena in the west is oftern diagnosed by naïve psychiatrists as psychosis. The solution to the problem of Manic depression or Kundalini Syndrome is the integration of Being energy with Kundalini energy, finding a new homeostasis or dynamic balance. When Being integrates Kundalini a steady state of Being energy is produced and an accompanying sense of well being. The highs and lows are eliminated. The accompanying spiritual gifts, may however, remain.
Chapter 4 Body, Mind, Spirit, in the Greek and Biblical Worlds By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar Plato and Aristotle both wrote about the different levels of the human mind, or human consciousness. What is perhaps just as interesting is that one can do an analysis of the lives and philosophies of Plato, Aristotle, and Socrates, and see that their lives parallel the levels of Body, Mind, and Spirit:
Body Mind Soul Mind Wisdom/Spirit Mind
Aristotle Plato Socrates
Aristotle in many ways was a level one thinker. Much of his philosophy involved convention. Aristotle chose the Common Good over the Good. The saving grace for Aristotle is that he apparently was able to think in conceptual terms using his Body Mind and the metaphysics of substantial form. Substantial form is what enabled Aristotle to be a philosopher, not just a ditch digger. Plato in many ways was a level two thinker. Plato was an idealist. As an idealist, Plato spoke of the World of the Forms which structured reality. Plato chose the Good, not the apparently conventional Common Good.
Finally, Socrates was a level three thinker. Socrates used Wisdom to question the commonly held conventions and beliefs of his society. thinker. He questioned authority. Interestingly, in the Bible, there are three other persons who fit the categories of Body, Mind, Spirit.. In the Book of Genesis, Adam and Eve had three sons: Wisdom Mind Soul Mind Body Mind Seth Abel Cain Socrates was a critical
Cain acted out of the base emotions of hatred, anger, and envy in his murder of his brother Abel. Cain clearly had a mind which was an undeveloped Body Mind. Abel, on the other hand, had a Soul Mind. Abel was an idealist, that is, was pure of heart, but still, as some idealist are, was somewhat naïve. Abel could not prevent his own murder from taking place. Finally, there was Seth, who had a Wisdom Mind. Seth’s Wisdom Mind was an integration of both the Body Mind and the Soul Mind, but transcended both. Seth was wise enough not to be murdered by his brother Cain. Idealists, like Abel, cannot use evil in any way, it simply corrupts them. Wise Men, like Seth, can use evil to combat evil, and can use evil to achieve the Good.
Chapter 5 Body, Mind, Spirit By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar The first psychologists and psychiatrists were Plato and Aristotle. Both Plato and Aristotle recognized that there are at least three level to one’s Mind. They are: 3. 2. 1. The Spirit or Wisdom Mind, Self, Reflection, Judgment, Reason The Soul or Analytic Mind, Ego The Body or Emotional Mind, Base Emotions, concrete operations, selfish ego Since the time of Plato and Aristotle, thousands of years ago, nothing has changed. Many people only use the Body Mind to think. These are level one thinkers who are selfishly egoistic. Their base emotions cloud their thinking. They are not logical and they are not reasonable. logical positivists. Some other people use the second level, or Soul Mind to think. This is the analytic mind. These people are very good at categorizing, and comparing and contrasting. They are rational but not reasonable These people are analytic Egoists. Philosophically, they are idealists. Finally, some people use the Spirit Mind or Wisdom Mind to think. These people are reasonable and reflective. They integrate level one and two thinking, but transcend it. They use their Higher Self for decision making not the Ego or selfish ego. Philosophically, these people are hedonists or rigid
These reasonable people have the ability to compare different theories generated at level two, and intuitively judge which theory is more adequate. Philosopically, these people are Critical Thomists. Level three, Critical Thomist thinking is better than level two or level one thinking. Level three thinking takes the best of the lower levels and leaves the negatives behind.
Chapter 6 Charity and Karma By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar It has been argued that Charitable giving is irrational and should not be done. I, on the other hand, argue the it is rational to be Charitable. You see, the Natural Law system is constructed in such a way that we are encouraged to help those in need. When we help those in need, we acquire Good Karma. Good Karma may help us a bit in our current lives, but it is primarily intended to help us in our future lives. You see, the way reincarnation works, after a particular point in time, is that you can only get a good reincarnational slot on Earth if you have enough Good Karma to get it. You see, Good Karma attracts Good Karma and Bad Karma attracts Bad Karma. Therefore, if you want to be born into a life with nice, successful parents and a good childhood, you need to have Good Karma to get such a reincarnational slot. Now, Satanist will tell you that you will do better if you never give money to charity or do anything to help others. They say you should just be selfish. This is wrong. In fact, the way the system is set up is that a person gets Good Karma for giving to Charity and for helping others. In fact, there is a multiplier effect. For every “unit” of charity that you give, you get a multiplier of ten fold in return. So, if you give ten
dollars to charity, in the Natural Law system you get one hundred dollars credit in Good Karma. As I said before, this may or may not have a big impact on you current life, but it will have a huge impact on you future lives. The wise person gives money to charity
when he or she can, and spends time helping others. This is called enlightened rational self interest. Finally, one might object that certain people are poor and handicapped and therefore cannot give to charity or help others. In fact, such people can spend their time in prayer and receive Good Karma for this. The Monastic life is not a selfish life, in part, because the Monks in the monasteries pray for others. This prayer has an enormous impact metaphysically, but also in the Quantum Field. This has been proven in studies where persons practicing Mediation moved into poor crime ridden neighborhoods and the result was that the crime rate was cut in half. Prayer counts.
Chapter 7 Classical Logical Positivism not Stupid Logical Positivism By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar
Stupid Logical Positivism is a flatland epistemology based on sense experience that doesn’t work. Human being think on at least three levels, not just the level of sense experience, and this has been known for thousands of years since the time of Plato and Aristotle in ancient Greece, thousands of years before Christ. Classical Logical Positivism is grounded in the notion set forth by Plato and Aristotle that there are at least three level to the human mind. They are: 3. The Intuitive Intellectual Wisdom or Spirit Mind. 2. 1. The Analytic or Soul Mind. The sensory or Body Mind.
This Classical form of Logical Positivism is expressed very well in the Cognitional Structure put forth by Jesuit Philosopher, Bernard Lonergan.
3. Level of Intuitive Judgment or Reflection 2. Level of Analytic Understanding 1. Level of Sense Experience
Wisdom Mind Soul Mind Body Mind
Lonergan’s three level Cognitional Structure is the only Logical Positivism that works. Only Lonergan’s Cognitional Structure can account for the use of the scientific
method and logic. Lonergan’s Cognitional Structure can even accommodate Spirituality. Mundane, one level, Logical Positivism is absurd and stupid. It cannot
leve deal with the problem of optical sensory illusions, let alone the complexities of Quantum Physics. We must end the stupidity of mundane, flatland, one level, Logical Positivism and adopt the Lonerganian approach of Classical Logical Positivism.
Chapter 8 The Social Democratic Party By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar I argue that the real Social Democratic Party in this world was founded in the year 1776 by a group of colonial dissidents who were tired of irrational governmental political and economic policy and who wanted not only Freedom, but a better life. I
argue that the real Constitution was, and is, the American Declaration of Independence where it is stated that we are all given irrevocable Natural Rights by God, which include, but are not limited to the Natural Rights of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. The Natural Right to Life means that the Life principle of Equity must be respected. “To each according to his or her need.” This Natural Right to Life includes unborn children, born children, and the mentally ill, not just rich, and politically powerful adults. The Natural Right to Life also means that there should be no Death Penalty for any crime. The Natural Right to Liberty means that with the Principle of Proportionality means that each of us must be given Equal Rights before the Law. Each of us has a Natural Right of Liberty. This requires that all Laws and governmental policies be reasonable. It also means that we are each entitled to both Procedural and Substantive Due Process of Law. We are to be free of irrational governmental legislation, judge made law, and governmental policies.
Finally, we each have a Natural Right to Pursue our own Happiness. This means that we each have a right to maximize Value. This is best done by choosing the Liberal Scale of Values of: Autonomy, Rational Self Interest, Self Actualization, and Self Transcendence. This is how we achieve True Happiness. As Aristotle tells us, the true end of a human being is Happiness.. The United States Constitution should be interpreted as incorporating by reference the Declaration of Independence and the Natural Rights contained therein. In fact the signature clause of the United States Constitution explicitly refers to the Declaration of Independence by referencing its signing date of July 4, 1776.
Chapter 9 Critical Thomism and Phenomenology By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar Critical Thomism asserts that reality is best known through the trifold process of experience, understanding, judgment and reflection. One might conclude that Critical Thomism is totally incompatible with Phenomenology, but this is not the case. As Husserl, the Father of Phenomenology points out, the idea of phenomenology is to start with experience and let the experience, as much as possible, stand for itself. This is done through the use of the Epoche. The use of the Epoche “brackets” preconceptions as much as possible in order the the “body” which is under observation to manifest to the knower. It is possible for the Critical Thomist, then, to simply go to the first level, the level of experience, and then institute the Epoche, and let the thing or body, speak for itself. In using the Epoche, the knower must allow his or her mind to go into a trance state, where one regresses to the point that language and linguistic meaning, as much as possible, is bracketed, or not used. This enables the artist or the scientist to see the thing under observation in a fresh, new, way. Seen this way, there is no real contradiction between In fact, Phenomenology enables the
being a Critical Thomist, and a Phenomenologist.
knower to “bracket” uncritical assumptions, such as those made by naïve, logical positivists.
Chapter 10 Critical Thomist Deconstruction and Reconstruction A Tract Book Essay By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif Critical Thomist philosophy can be used to deconstruct ideas or social institutions or even technology. For the Critical Thomist deconstruction begins with the
idea that a big part of our world is the world of real meaning. Meaning shapes and even constitutes reality as some level. Thus, it makes sense that the Critical Thomist would be able critique or deconstruct meaning in order to determine whether that meaning represent the Truly Worthwhile, or The Good. Recall, that The Good, is the Individual Good which shapes the Liberal Order. The Value and Goals underlying the Individual Good begin as follows: 1. Individual Autonomy 2. Individual Rational Self Interest 3. Individual Self Transcendece 4. Gift Giving These Goals could of course be supplemented with the Goals of : 5 6 7 Life Liberty Pursuit of Happiness
With the foregoing Goals and Values as a starting point, other Goals and Values can be added which are consistent with the foregoing and which help to structure the
deconstructive critique. Once the deconstructive critique has been engaged in, then one must return to the Goals and Values, above, in order to objectively or authentically subjectively ground the reconstructive process. In order for the Good to be achieved, typically, reconstruction always follows deconstruction. This is accomplished through the use of the Transcendental Precepts: Be Attentive, Be Intelligent, Be Reasonable, Be Responsible, Be Loving. The Transcendental Precepts, then, could also be added as additional Goals or Values. 1. Individual Autonomy 4. Individual Rational Self Interest 5. Individual Self Transcendence a. b. c. d. e. f. Be Attentive Be Intelligent Be Reasonable Be Responsible Be Loving Be Compassionate
4. Gift Giving 5 8 9 Life Liberty Pursuit of Happiness
The foregoing, then, shows that Critical Thomism can be used as a postmodern deconstructionist philosophy, without the negative side effects that one finds with Derrida.
Chapter 11 Disinformation and the Dangers of Neuro-linguistic Programming By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J..D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar I am a student of Neuro-linguistic Programming or NLP. I have never been to an NLP seminar and am not a certified master, nevertheless I have read most of the books on NLP and have a good understanding of the subject matter. The one thing I do know about NLP is that it is dangerous. NLP is dangerous because it gives the NLP practitioner the power to put another person in a hypnotic trance state and make compulsory suggestions to that person regarding beliefs or actions. If NLP is to be used
at all it must be used ethically. In that regard, I suggest that if the NLP practitioner uses the Ethical Matrix that I have developed, then he or she will be able to use NLP ethically. Unfortunately, however, some choose the opposite approach. A classic NLP technique is to begin a communication with a “lead” of truthful information, establish rapport or credibility as an authority with that information, and go to the “hook” which is information which may not be true, but which the NLP practitioner wants you to believe. When the NLP practitioner is an expert in Disinformation, such as certain espionage agents such of the old Russian Soviet KGB, are probably trained in, NLP can be a very dangerous weapon to the common good. The following is an example of an NLP Disinformation strategy. Your KGB Disinformation assignment is to make your audience believe that the Popes of the Roman Catholic Church during the renaissance period were responsible for murdering
over 75 million Jews in Russia. Here is how you convince your audience that this incorrect statement is true. First the lead. “The Medici and Borgia Popes of the Italian
Renaissance were responsible for the production of many great works of religious art in Rome.” Now the hook. “It is unfortunate, however, that these Popes were also responsible for a progrom in Russia where over 75 million Russian Jews were murdered.” Now, to the ordinary reader of the foregoing, you have been placed in hypnotic trance state where the suggestion that renaissance Popes were responsible for the murder of 75 million Jews in Russia, seems not only plausible, but believable. Think to yourself, right now, were renaissance Popes responsible for the murder of 75 million Jews? If the answer to this seems to be yes, then you are the unwitting victim of Disinformation and NLP. You have been NLPed. The only way to really get out of NLP hypnosis it to transcend the level at which you have been hypnotized. If you are a Critical Thomist, you probably read the NLP Disinformation at level 2, the level of Understanding. If one can shift one’s mind to formal operations at level 4 or hermeneutics at level 5, then it is possible to transcend and beat the NLP and recognize that the Disinformation given you was, as a whole, false. If you are not a Critical Thomist, to correct the problem you will probably have to placed in a deep trance state by a hypnotherapist and deprogrammed.
Druid Time A Poem By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar Long Ago was Druid Time, Ancient Magick Wisdom’s Rhyme World Primeval Magick Earth New Beginnings New Birth By Elocutions They knew Ancient Wisdom Forest Dew They knew of Christ And Martyrs wound Vowing Wisdom Ancient Boon Cross they knew From time of olde Wisdom’s secret Christ’s Gold They knew Plato Channeled true Ancient knowledge Future’s Brew The God of Being
Was their Friend Real Understanding Knowledge Send Bread and Wine Sacrifice Pure No murder Intentions Sure
Chapter 13 Druid Being A Poem By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar Druid Being from time of Olde. Ancient Money Pagan Gold. Ancient Understanding Wiseman’s Stone God of Wisdom Granite Cold. Philosopher’s Stone Power Real Olden Times Druid Seal. Magick Gray Moderate True Flowing Fountain Mystic Brew. Two Edged Sword From Time of Olde Devil’s Dearth Goodness Told. Tales of Good Worthwhile True Forest Dark Mountain Dew Being Intuition Knowledge Real Curvelinear Understanding Druid’s Seal.
Chapter 14 Gift Giving and the Critical Thomist Scale of Values By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar Previously, I have discussed the Critical Thomist Scale of Values. That Scale of Values has the following priority: Highest 1. My individual autonomy 2. My enlightened rational self interest 3. My self actualization 4. My self transcendence 5. Gift Giving In reflecting upon values one through four, it became apparent to me that it would be impossible to give someone a gift. The idea of a gift is that you give a present to someone with no expectation of any return on their part. This is the pure idea of a gift. Giving a gift is in a sense an irrational act based upon love, when one considers a gift in the pure sense. While it may not be rational to give someone a gift, I argue that it is reasonable. Rccall our earlier definition of reason as 90 % logic and 10 % love. It is also apparent that one should never be forced to give a gift to another. Giving a gift should be a voluntary act. One can of course also consider any charitable giving in the pure sense as a type of gift.
Chapter 15 God the Father and the Mission of Jesus Christ By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar In the Christian Gospels, God the Father is portrayed as sending his Son, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, to Earth to perform the mission of redeeming mankind from Original Sin, and spreading the Good News of the Gospel of Liberation. From a modern point of view, some might object and argue that God the Father should not have sent His Son to be crucified, but instead should have come Himself. I argue that the mission of Jesus Christ can only really be understood in the context of a royalist point of view. Western Civilization is based upon modified Patriarchy. In an extreme patriarchal culture it is apparent that an authoritarian Father would simply murder his son to prevent the son from trying to take control of the Father’s Kingdom, when the son was old enough to rule. Instead, in Western Civilization, feudal culture developed the office of a Prince who would rule only after the death of his Father. This is primogeniture. Inheritance of the eldest son. Given the foregoing, I argue that God the Father, as Emperor, send his Son, as King, on a mission. This is exactly the kind of mission that an earthly King might send his son, a Prince. Recall, that God the Father, of course knew that Jesus would resurrect from the dead and return to life. So, just as a Father King would send his son, the Prince, off to fight a war, or win a crusade prior to his becoming King, so too, God the Father
sent Jesus off to bring victory over death by reason of the Cross. Jesus was a victor on the Cross, he conquered sin and death, and brought about a new reality. Thus, I conclude that it was appropriate that God the Father send His Son, Jesus Christ, in His place to conquer sin and death on Earth and redeem mankind.
Chapter 16 Guardianship Liability By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar Although it is rare for an adult, mentally ill person to have a guardian, the topic deserves jurisprudential analysis. Until proven otherwise, I argue that an adult mentally ill person with a guardian should be treated the same as a 20 year old minor. In other words, unless proven differently, with a due process proceeding involving a person examination of the ward, a mentally ill adult should be treated in roughly the same way as a junior in college. Many mentally ill persons can understand a simple contract, balance a check book, understand what means to own property, and own property. Virtually all mentally ill persons value their own freedom of expression and freedom of religion. I argue that a mentally ill person has all the same constitutional and legal rights as a “normal” person, with additional rights in equity. It follows, therefore, that if a guardian attempts to force an adult ward to adopt particular religious beliefs or practices, that this is an infringement upon the constitutional rights of the ward. Similarly, if a guardian attempts to stop a ward from writing or saying nondefamatory speech, that this is also an infringement upon the constitutional rights of the ward. This is particularly true of political speech. Obviously, a guardian cannot tell a ward how to vote, and cannot vote in place of the ward.
Since a guardianship is a creature of state statutory law, it is clear that any acts of a guardian become “state action” “under the color of state law” for purposes of federal law. If ward’s religious freedom is infringed upon by a guardian, clearly there would be a cause of action for damages against the guardian by the ward under 42 United States Code, section 1983, and the guardian could be convicted of a federal crime under 18 United States Code, section 242. Similarly, if a ward’s freedom of speech is infringed upon by a guardian, once again an action could be brought under section 1983 for damages, and a prosecution brought under section 242 for the guardian’s imprisonment.
Chapter 17 Jesus, the Logos of God By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar Jesus Christ, also known as Jesus of Nazareth, is the Logos of God. God the Father is an Unrestricted Pure Act of Understanding, and Being, and God the Son, Jesus Christ, as Logos, is Reason, and God the Holy Spirit is Substance, that is, Truth and Love. We know Jesus is the Logos because of the Gospel of John. Unfortunately, the modern translation of the Bible uses the term “Word” of God, for Jesus, rather than the “Logos” of God, which is the original Greek term. It is clear from the Gospel of John that Jesus is God, begotten outside of SpaceTime, not just a human Prophet. In John’s Gospel, the Evangelist says of Jesus, referring to John the Baptist, “The one who comes after me ranks ahead of me, for he was before me.” This seeming paradox simply means that Jesus Exists in his Primary Form outside of linear Space-Time. Although in temporal terms Jesus comes after John the Baptist, in metaphysical terms, he comes before John, outside of Space-Time. Thus, in the Prologue to John’s Gospel, it is stated: In the beginning was the Logos, the Logos was in God’s presence, And the Logos was God. [The Logos] was present to God in the Beginning , Through [The Logos] all things came into being, And apart from him, nothing came to be.
Thus, it should be noted that the real nature of the universe is not the material universe as some would have it, but instead the universe of being. Jesus, the Logos, brings all things into “being” not into materiality. This is of course a reflection of the Being of God the Father.
Chapter 18 Jesus. the Scribes and the Adulterous Woman By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar In the Christian Gospel of John, Chapter 8, Jesus is described by John, the Evangelist as encountering an adulterous woman brought to him by the Jewish LawyerScribes. Under Mosaic Law, the penalty for adultery was being stoned to death. The Scribes asked Jesus what punishment the woman should receive. Jesus, instead of speaking, bends over and draws a circle in the dirt with his finger. But the Scribes kept pestering him for an answer. Jesus said, “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first one to throw a stone at her.” John, Ch. 8, v. 7. Then, Jesus used his finger to make a cross inside the circle. This symbol, The Holy Cross, was the sign of the House of Caesar, also the Druid Cross. Jesus was reminding the
Scribes that Roman Law applied, and that adultery was not a crime under Roman Law. The Scribes saw this, and saw that they were being accused of Treason against Rome, and walked away.
Chapter 19 An Inductive Proof for God’s Existence II By Anthony J. Fejfar, J.D., B.A., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar I am presenting an interesting proof for God’s existence. I am going to use basic Quantum Physics to construct my proof. One of the aspect of Quantum Physics is Quantum Indeterminacy. The physicist Heisenberg set forth a scientific theory which states that with respect to any subatomic particle the speed of the particle and the location of the particle cannot be known at the same time. One experiment using one type of measuring device shows speed but not location, while another shows location but not speed. Thus, it is argued that the meaning framework that a person bring to the “Quantum Field” physically affects the reality of the Quantum Field itself. Thus, Quantum Physicists argue that objectivity is only possible it there exists a “Universal Observer” who can see all possible “meanings” of a Quantum Event at the same time. Now, I would like to argue that God is omniscient in the sense that Cardinal Nicholas of Cusa argued, that is God is omniscient because God has an infinite number of views of everything in existence (including all Quantum Events) Thus, if one can place oneself in a place where the person is “One with God”, then contrary to assertions of atheists and logical positivists, the person becomes more Objective not less. This is of course the view of Thomism.
Now, a corollary to all of this is that the foregoing implicitly suggests that there is an inductive proof for God’s existence. The proof is as follows: 1. Many persons experience themselves or others as being objective thinkers. 2. Quantum Physics states that objectivity can only exist if there is someone who is a “Universal Observer. 3. Therefore a Universal Observer must exist. 4. The Universal Observer is the Omniscient God.
Chapter 20 Angelic Substance By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar Some have argued that Substance does not exist or in the alternative is evil. I argue that Substance exists and functions at the Angelic level of reality, and is ordered toward the Good. In the Excursion by Saint Thomas Aquinas, St. Thomas specifically
states that Angels are Angelic Substances who know God and reality directly. Thomas Aquinas, The Excursion, Q. 50, A2. The Angels know God and reality through direct Act of Intuition. Since the Angels know God, Angels are ordered towards the Good as is Substance. Therefore, Substance is not evil.
Q. 50, A2.
Chapter 21 Why Property is not a Reified Concept By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar Some argue, wrongly, that Property is a Reified Concept. In so doing, these persons use the outdated concept of reification involving a definition regarding misplaced concreteness. This definition is incoherent because, given this definition, reification itself is a reified concept. The definition of reification that I use defines a reified concept as one which is inappropriately realified, that is, inappropriately made real based upon no real referent or an illogical or irrational definition. Given this definition, let us consider Property as a
concept. Property is based upon possession. Title to Property is based upon a continuous right of possession that can be transferred. Property is also based upon the notion of an Estate in Land. An Estate is a meaningful concept which is essentially metaphysical. An Estate is not the land itself, but rather represents a legal interest in land. Given Lonergan’s notion of the World Mediated by Meaning, it is clear that metaphysical concepts can be real and therefore not reified.
Being Defined By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar Bernard Lonergan in his work, defines Being as an “Unrestricted Act of Understanding.” I argue that Being operates and can be defined on at least three levela: 3. Being 2. Being 1. Being Reason Judgment Substantial Form Form Substance
The foregoing can be put with more elaboration as follows: 3. Being at Level 3 is an Unrestricted Act of Judgment or and Unrestricted Act of Substantial Form. 2. Being at Level 2 is an Unrestricted Act of Understanding
or an Unrestricted Act of Form. 1. Being at Level 1 is an Unrestricted Act of Experience or
Critical Thomism and Scientific Method By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar In his book Insight, Bernard Lonergan describes the Scientific Method as follows: 1. Observation of the Data 2. Insight into Data
3. Formulation of insights into a Theory 4. Verification of the Formulated Theory (Insight 79). However, in his Essay Cognitional Structure Bernard Lonergan states
that we know reality through the following: 1. Experience 2. Understanding 3. Judgment and Reflection It is apparent that both of the above describe the same process using different languange. The also parallels Plato and Aristotle and their discussion of 1. Body Senses 2. Soul Mind 3. Spirit Wisdom
Fianally, it should be noted that there is no reason that experience cannot include mystical experience, intuitive experience, and spiritual experience.
Chapter 24 Critical Thomism and the Liberal Good of Order By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar In his book “Insight” Bernard Lonergan asserts that the purpose of the political specialization of common sense is the Good of Order. (p. 213) But, at the same time Lonergan also states that The Cosmopolis, or Critical Moral Culture also affects the political order. (p.230). Given, this I think it is more accurate to say that the end or purpose of the political specialization of common sense is the Liberal Good of Order which has as its’ guiding principle, the Critical Thomist notion of the Individual Good.
Chapter 25 Contractual and Economic Purpose By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar Some would argue that the purpose of a contract, or of economic activity in general, is profit maximization. I, on the other hand, would argue that the purpose of contract and economic activity is the enhancement of autonomy. Consider the following allegory. A Magic Jinn appears to a man named Sam, and offers him two choices for the rest of his life. “Sam, you can have a nice 5 bedroom house, two cars, three children, a loving wife and a dog, as well as a job which is fulfilling and which pays a salary of $500,000 per year. You can pretty much come and go as you please. On the other hand you can have a chest full of Gold Bullion in the amount of One Billion Dollars which is placed in your possession in your prison cell where you are spending life in prison. Which would you choose?” Now, one persuing rational self interest, I would argue would choose the house, family, and the ability to come and go as one pleases rather than a prison cell with $5 Billion Dollars in gold in it. I argue that the rational choice, the economically efficient choice is to choose the autonomy of the house, job, and family, over the profit maximization and prison option. Autonomy, then is the underlying purpose of economic activity, not profit maximization. .
Chapter 26 Critical Philosophy and Burden of Proof By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar In Law, the Burden of Proof is on the Plaintiff to prove his or her case in a civil case, by the Preponderance of the Evidence. I argue that the same Burden of Proof must be applied in Philosophy. Once a Philosopher has stated a position, that position must be presumed valid until disproven by another Philosopher. A Philosopher disproves the philosophy of another by either attacking the factual basis on which the philosophy is based, or, by arguing that the philosophical position taken is not logical. If the philosopher putting forth the position has made certain assumptions, or has defined terms in a certain way, then the philosopher attaching those assumptions or definitions has the burden of proving that they are invalid. The foregoing is consistent with modern science where a scientist puts forth a particular theory to explain the data, and opposing scientists have the burden of proving the theory wrong. One cannot place the burden of proof on the defendant to prove the negative, that is, that there is no flaw in the original philosophers position.
Druid Lore A Poem By Anthony J. Fejfar © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar
Gray Granite Old Nine Days Old Gray Granite Warm On the Farm Sacrifice the Mass Power at Last Druid Priest Now In the Dao Catholic Tradition Manumission Justice Keep Spirituality Deep Moon is Gray In the Fray Forest Deep In the Keep Oak Tree Tall Evil’s fall Wisdom soon Death to Croon Matriarchy Damned Win the Land
Chapter 28 Equity and Thomism By Antlhony J:.Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar In the Summa Theologica, Part 2 of Part 2, Question 120, Article I, Thomas Aquinas asserts that Equity or Epikeia is a virtue. Additionally, in Article II, Thomas Aquinas asserts that Equity is an aspect of Justice which is subjective. I agree that Equity is a virtue and an aspect of Justice, and I assert that Equity is based upon Wisdom. Wisdom is associated with the goddess Minerva (feminine wisdom) and the god Pan (male wisdom). While law is based upon Reason, Equity is not. Equity is based upon the arational intuition which is Wisdom. We know all sorts information by intuiting Being, an Unrestricted Act of Understanding.
Chapter 29 Equity Jurisdiction By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar Some lawyers are not happy that Equity exists. What they do not seem to understand is that Law is not rational without Equity. Equity takes into account and solves those problems which cannot be adequately dealt with at Law. But, it is also true to say, while Law has its Equity, Equity also has its law. There are Equitable Maxims which can be used as legal precedent in arguing Equity cases. The first Equity Maxim is that “Equity is, as Equity does.” What this means is that those who recognize or do Equity are entitled to Equity. Those who reject Equity, in general, or for others, are denied Equity, as a general matter. If a litigant fails the foregoing test, then the Court sitting in Equity can only hear the case by reason of the “Grace of the Chancellor.” What this means is that the Court sitting in Equity can choose to hear a case “subjectively” as a matter of discretion, not right. Once a Court has decided to hear a case in Equity, the next hurdle is the Equitable Maxim, “Equity acts only when there is no adequate remedy at Law.” This means that, as a general rule, a Court sitting in Equity will only hear a case when the case cannot be resolved at Law. But, what if there seems to be an extreme injustice even when there is a remedy at Law? In this case, another Equitable Maxim comes into play, “Equity abhors an Injustice at Law.” Thus, if the legal resolution of the problem seems to be grossly unjust as a matter of Natural Law, then the Court can still hear the case in Equity. As I
have argued previously, the rational approach to Natural Law follows the Natural Law Principles of: Reciprocity, Utility, Proportionality, and Equity. A Court should also not hear a case in Equity where the plaintiff has “unclean hands” in Equity. Where the plaintiff has engaged in inequitable conduct, him or herself, then he or she is denied equitable relied. When a court takes a case in Equity the case can often be decided using the Natural Law Principles of Reciprocity, Utility, Proportionality, and Equity. Often, if the case comes down to an Equitable decision, as such, the Court will have to “Balance the Equities,” that is, the Court must balance to contravailing needs of the parties to the action.
GATT, Unfair Trade Practices and Substantive Due Process By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar GATT, which is the international treaty known as the “General Agreement on Tariff’s and Trade,” prohibits irrational restraints on trade in the areas of the sale of goods, and the service industry, that is employment. GATT requires that irrational or
unreasonable restraints on trade be abolished. Thus, it is clear that GATT requires and both private industry policies as well as governmental regulations be rationally related to a legitimate business or governmental interest. Additionally, since GATT prohibits irrational or unfair restraints on trade, it is clear that the notion of unfair restraints on trade also includes the idea that businesses cannot engage in unfair trade practices such a fraud. It should also be noted that the underlying purposes of GATT is to promote individual autonomy, and the production of a good profit in the short, medium, and long term, and is not designed to promote short term profit maximization. It is also well to keep in mind that GATT contains a “Public Health, Safety, and Welfare exception.” This means that GAAT does not prevent the state from engaging in reasonable business or professional regulation under its police powers. Once again, although such regulation is permitted as an exception to GATT, it must be rational or reasonable, and rationally related to a legitimate governmental interest.
Why the Liberal Scale of Values is not Egoistic
By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar Please recall that under the Utility function of the Ethical Matrix, and under the general notion of Morality with Critical Thomist philosophy, there is a scale of values which determines one’s morality. I have argued that the only rational scale of values is the Liberal Scale of Values, which is as follows: 1. Individual Autonomy 2. Individual Rational Self Interest
3. Individual Self Actualization 4. Individual Self Transcendence Now, looking at the above Scale of Values, one might conclude that, at least with, values one through three, the scale is basically egoistic. This is not the case. This is because the longer, more complete statement of Liberal Values involves the use of the notion of Reciprocity, found in the Ethical Matrix. While I still choose my own individual autonomy first, for example, I also recognize and respect the autonomy of all others. This entails the notion of Proportionality found in the Ethical Matrix. Proportionality requires that there be a scheme or system or rules which protects my autonomy, and reciprocally and equally by proportionality, also protects the autonomy of
all others. The Liberal Scale of Values, then, requires Equality before the Law in order to protect my individual values. The longer, more complete form of the Scale of Values is as follows: 1. Individual Autonomy, and reciprocally the Individual Autonomy of all others. 2. Individual Rational Self Interest, and reciprocally, the Individual Rational Self Interest of all others. 3. Individual Self Actualization, and reciprocally, the Individual Self Actualization of all others.\ 4. Individual Self Transcendence, and reciprocally, the Individual Self Transcendence of all others. Thus, the Liberal Scale of Values promotes reciprocal and proportional equality before the law, protecting both my own autonomy, etc., as well as that of all others. As argued previously, this is consistent with Kant’s Categorical Imperative of Universality.
Chapter 32 God, Being, and Quantum Physics By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar Previously, I have argued that Being is the Metaphysical Quiddity most associated with God. I have not taken a position as to which came first God or Being. In this
Essay I would like to explore the possibility of how Being first came into existence. Classical Philosophy posits that God has the Divine attribute of Omniscience. Omniscience is defined at a Complete and Total, Immediate Understanding of Everything. Being, on the other hand is the Basis for Objectivity. However, Quantum
Physics tells us that the physical attributes of the Quantum Field are based upon the subjective understanding or meaning of an observer. This would seem to suggest that Objectivity is impossible. I disagree. Previously, I have written several refutations of Ockham’s Razor. Since Ockham’s Razor is now dead, we can now discuss God and Metaphysics in relation to science in general, and Quantum Physics in particular. I have also trashed the Critical
Legal Studies concept of Refication, as well as Logical Positivism. Once again, this opens the door for us to discuss God and Metaphysics in relation to Quantum Physics. I argue that the God of Omniscience is the Primary Observer of the Quantum Field, and that what happens when God Observes the Quantum Field is that we get the manifestation of Being which is Objective instead of the Quantum Field which is subjective. That is the argument.
Chapter 33 God the Father and the Mission of Jesus Christ A Tract Book Essay By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar In the Christian Gospels, God the Father is portrayed as sending his Son, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, to Earth to perform the mission of redeeming mankind from Original Sin, and spreading the Good News of the Gospel of Liberation. From a modern point of view, some might object and argue that God the Father should not have sent His Son to be crucified, but instead should have come Himself. I argue that the mission of Jesus Christ can only really be understood in the context of a royalist point of view. Western Civilization is based upon modified Patriarchy. In an extreme patriarchal culture it is apparent that an authoritarian Father would simply murder his son to prevent the son from trying to take control of the Father’s Kingdom, when the son was old enough to rule. Instead, in Western Civilization, feudal culture developed the office of a Prince who would rule only after the death of his Father. This is primogeniture. Inheritance of the eldest son. Given the foregoing, I argue that God the Father, as Emperor, send his Son, as King, on a mission. This is exactly the kind of mission that an earthly King might send his son, a Prince. Recall, that God the Father, of course knew that Jesus would resurrect from the dead and return to life. So, just as a Father King would send his son, the Prince,
off to fight a war, or win a crusade prior to his becoming King, so too, God the Father sent Jesus off to bring victory over death by reason of the Cross. Jesus was a victor on the Cross, he conquered sin and death, and brought about a new reality. Thus, I conclude that it was appropriate that God the Father send His Son, Jesus Christ, in His place to conquer sin and death on Earth and redeem mankind.
Chapter 34 Heaven By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar Previously, I have asserted that all we have is Purgatory, after Death. I also asserted, however, that Purgatory exists on multiple levels. Here is how it works:
Traquility Heaven Self Actualization Heaven Educational Heaven Purgatory Spirit World Purgatory Prison World Purgatory Hell
Reincarnation on Earth Typically, when one dies on Earth, or ends one’s cycle in Self Actualization Heaven, one spends a long period of time in Tranquility Heaven, which is a place of wonderful rest and sleep. This occurs outside of Space Time, even in Purgatory, so no real time is lost. Purgatory Prison World and Purgatory Hell is for those who have chosen evil as their end, and who refuse to repent or do penance for their crimes. If after one’s last cycle on Earth, one does not have the right spiritual equipment to do well in Heaven or Earth, one spends time in the Purgatory Spirit World, learning
spiritual lessons and acquiring spiritual gifts. When one reincarnates in Heaven, one typically starts over at an early age in Educational Heaven, and stays there until approximately age 29. For adoptive parents in Educational Heaven, typically, the
biggest lesson is how to unconditionally love and appropriately raise your children. After one has graduated from Educational Heaven, one is moved on to Self Actualization Heaven where one works on one or more Self Actualization Projects. At approximately, age 95, one passes over from Self Actualization Heaven to Tranquility Heaven and the cycle either repeats itself, or one reincarnates on Earth for a Challenge Life for which much credit is given.
Individual Relativism and Cultural Relativism By Anthony J. Fejfar B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar Some have argued that the nature of ethics and reality is cultural relativism. I, on the other hand, argue that the better approach is individual relativism. Cultural relativism is absurd. There is no normative culture and it is simply an arbitrary imposition to force a particular cultural stance down anyone else’s throat. One can also argue that there really is no particular culture at all. Perhaps every notion of culture is simply a reified concept which has no real referent. What is the culture that one might choose, male? Female? White? Black? South Chicago?, North Omaha? Mexico? USA? Trojan (USC or ancient)? Cornhusker?, Nittany Lions? Ireland? Prague? Moscow? Potsdam? Detroit? Pittsburgh? Rome? The list of possibilities are virtually endless. The better choice is to choose individual relativism based upon individual Experience, Understanding, Judgment, and Reflection (Lonergan). This move is much more compelling than cultural relativism and potentially leads to authentically subjective results. This parallels a better understanding of the scientific method than logical positivism. If Derrida and cultural diversity is dead, cultural relativism is DOA dead on arrival.
Chapter 36 Law and Economics By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar Some Law and Economic theorists argue that the purpose of law is to promote economic efficiency. I argue that economic efficiency is simply another word for the
idea of Utility, and that Utility should be broadly defined as “maximization of Value.” The whole purpose of an economy is to produce goods and services by maximizing Value. Value represents both tangible and intangible goods and services.\ I argue that for a rational person, one’s highest value, that which has the greatest utility, is one’s own autonomy and rational self interest. Additionally, it is rational to choose liberty as a value where reciprocally one values not only one’s own autonomy and rational self interest, but also the autonomy and rational self interest of others as long as it does not conflict with my own. This reciprocal notion of liberty is accomplished through the notion of equality before the law. Thus, I argue that laws which produce equality before the law are in fact economically efficient as long as they are reasonable. If the market produces authentic liberty without legal regulation, then the law should not bar that liberty from taking place. Therefore, it makes sense that the First Amendment right of Freedom of Speech is largely unregulated because the “market” of free speech produces liberty. On the other hand, it makes sense that criminal laws prevent theft, whether corporate or
otherwise, because this denies one equality before the law, and of course denies one’s liberty to use his or her property as he or she chooses.
Chapter 37 Legal Ethics: The Model Code and the Model Rules By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar In the United States some jurisdictions still have the Old Model Code, while most have the Model Rules or some variation thereof. I would like to take a few minutes and explore why the two are different. The Old Model Code is based upon morality. It smacks of conventional morality which has been criticized by Developmental Psychologists as irrational. Half of the Model Code is Ethical Considerations which are supposed to be voluntary in nature, but are sometimes wrongly applied to discipline lawyers. This is wrong. The Model Rules on the other hand are based upon Ethics. Morality is wrongly, and typically based upon some uncritical authority, while Ethics are based upon principled reasoning. The Model Rules have two ethical principles that underly their application, namely, Responsibility and Autonomy. In his book the “Responsible Self,” Neihbor tells us that responsibility is a valued and good ethic. One is required to be responsible for oneself and for others. This is a conservative principle. On the other hand, Autonomy is found in developmental psychology and in John Rawl’s Book, “A Theory of Justice.” Autonomy is based upon the principle of Free Will. The Model Rules are a great improvement over the Model Code and should be supported.
Chapter 38 Why the International Sons of Liberty Support The Rule of Law And Constitutional Democracy By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar As I have noted before, the International Sons of Liberty has as its highest values, the following: 1. Individual Autonomy 2. Individual Rational Self Interest 3. Individual Self Actualization
4. Individual Self Transcendence
Now, you might be wondering at this point what the International Sons of Liberty has to say about government. Well, when you take the above values into account it is clear that the International Sons of Liberty supports Equality before the Rule of Law, and Constitutional Democracy. Now, as political philosopher John Rawls has pointed out, a “rational and autonomous” person will choose Constitutional Democracy and the Rule of Law as the ideal form of government in order to protect one’s own automony, rational self interest, self actualization, and self transcendence. Autonomy, rational self interest, and self actualization require that I have sufficient personal Liberty to be myself in terms of my own autonomy, my own rational self interest, and my own self actualization. In other words, I need individual rights so that I have the “space” to be myself. Finally, self
transcendence requires that I have religious freedom. All of this requires the Rule of Law and Constitutional Democracy.
Chapter 39 Levels 4, 5, and 6 Consciousness A Tract Book Essay By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar Previously, I have argued that Levels 1, 2, and 3 of Consciousness exist, and now, I am discussing levels 4, 5, and 6. Level 4 is the level of Formal Operations. It is
a Being level as well. At 4 we intend Objectivity by intending Being. At 4, we have Formal Operations so that we can consider alternatives and plan. Level 4 is also necessary for reciprocal thinking found in the Ethical Matrix. One cannot think using reciprocity without having the use of Formal Operations. The Imagination of Formal Operations thinking allows one to distanciate and role play with one’s mind. At 4, using my imagination I can imagine being a different person in a hypothetical situation. The Level 4 imagination is a very powerful cognitive tool. Level 5 consciousness involves Creativity and Hermeneutics. Level 5 creativity involves the ability to be artistic as an author, or painter, or photographer. Creativity allows one to have creative insights which blow away existing paradigms. Creativity is creativity ex nihilo, that is, creativity from nothingness. Such creativity is irrational and beautiful. Creativity ex nihilo supports Freewill. Level 5 consciousness also involves Hermeneutics. Hermeneutics is the discipline which creates and analyzes meaning. Level 5 persons find meaning. They are existentialists. Such existentialism begins at Level 4, but finds a home at Level 5.
Existentialists find or create their own meaning, instead of looking to an authority for their meaning. Level 5 thinking also involves dialectical thinking. Level 5 persons can hold two principles which appear to be opposites, in juxtaposition, and find that they have a creative balance. Daoism cannot be understood, for example, with dialectical thinking. The philosopher most responsible for dialectical thinking is Hegel, who said that History unfolds in a dialectic of Thesis, Anti-thesis, and then Synthesis. Level 6 Consciousness involves Intuition. While some find psychic abilities at Level 6, I argue that one is better off finding Intuition at Level 6. Level 6 is the first level which is clearly outside of space-time. Thus, it makes sense that at this stage, at the earliest stage possible, that we begin to Intuit Being. Recall, that Being is an Unrestricted Act of Understanding. By Intuiting Being we begin to get transcendent information from outside of space-time. By Intuiting Being, we get a feel for the “big picture.” By Intuiting Being, we can fill in the cracks of missing understanding or knowledge which can supplement the mundane knowledge that we already have. Finally, highly developed Intuition can function like psychic abilities, providing the Intuitionist with clairvoyance and clairaudience. Thus, Intuition can allow one to “remote view” internally as well as “channel chat” with others. Intuition is a Natural Gift of the Holy Spirit. Saint Augustine called this gift Divine Illumination. THE END
Chapter 40 Levels of Consciousness and Brahman By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar Previously, I have argued that Stages of Consciousness or Reality exist. Those are: Body Soul Spirit Objective Spirit Creativity Intuition Higher Love Body Mind Analytic Mind Wisdom Mind Objective Mind Creative Mind Intuitive Mind Higher Love Mind Experience Understanding Judgment and Reflection Objectivity and Formal Operations Creativity and Hermeneutics Intuits Being Love of Intellect and Compassion
In his Book, “The Visionary Window,” Amit Goswami describes the levels of reality associated with the Eastern concept of Brahman, or Reality: Annamya Pranamaya Manomaya Vijanamaya Anandamaya physical mind or reality vital or emotional mind mental mind theme or meaning mind Blissfull
In comparing the foregoing levels of consciousness it appears that they parallel one another. This is consistent with Ken Wilber’s idea of the Perennial
Philosophy of Perennial Consciousness. The general pattern is that mind goes from being more dense and mundane to higher levels which are more subtle and ethereal.
Chapter 41 Levels of Consciousness and Levels of Reality By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar Previously, I have asserted that, following Plato and Aristotle, there are three basic levels of consciousness, Body-mind, Analytic-mind, Intellectual-mind. These can also be described as the levels of Body, Mind, and Spirit. In this Essay, I am also asserting that there are three levels of reality, and, that they correspond to the levels of mind or consciousness. The levels of reality are: Highest: 3. Substance 2. Matter 3. Materiality The foregoing levels of reality correspond to the levels of consciousness: Highest: 3. Substance 2. Matter 1. Materiality Spirit Soul Body Intellect Analytic Mind Body Mind and Emotions
The foregoing levels also have corresponding questions and level of inquiry which parallel: Highest: 3. Substance 2. Matter 1. Materiality Spirit Intellect Why? Metaphysics Science Concrete Operations
Soul Analytic Mind How? Body Body Mind What?
Chapter 42 Levels of Consciousness and Levels of Reality II By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar Previously, I have asserted that, following Plato and Aristotle, there are three basic levels of consciousness, Body-mind, Analytic-mind, Intellectual-mind. These can also be described as the levels of Body, Mind, and Spirit. In this Essay, I am also asserting that there are three levels of reality, and, that they correspond to the levels of mind or consciousness. The levels of reality are: Highest: 3. Substance 4. Matter 5. Materiality The foregoing levels of reality correspond to the levels of consciousness: Highest: 3. Substance 2. Matter 1. Materiality Spirit Soul Body Intellect Analytic Mind Body Mind and Emotions
The foregoing levels also have corresponding questions and level of inquiry which parallel: Highest: 3. Substance 2. Matter 1. Materiality Spirit Intellect Why? Metaphysics Science Concrete Operations
Soul Analytic Mind How? Body Body Mind What?
Now, after one reaches Level 4, the Levels of Reality become mental or spiritual and the categories of Reality and Consciousness merge:
Highest: 12. Liberty 11. Wisdom 10. Being 9. Unconditional Parental Love 8. Logos or Reason 7. Higher Love of Intellect and Compassion 6. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1. Intuition Creativity and Hermenutics Form Formal Operations Intellect Spirit Substance Analytic Mind Soul Matter Body Mind Physical Body Materiality
The foregoing levels to some degree parallel the levels found in the work of Transpersonal Psychologist, Ken Wilber, and the Perennial Philosophy.
Chapter 43 Liberty and Self Transcendence By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar Political Theorist, John Locke, argues that there is a difference between License and Liberty. While Locke’s elaboration on the distinction between the two concepts is flawed, the basic distinction still holds true. License is based upon base selfishness and the base emotions of greed, avarice, objectifying lust, selfish-controlling love, etc. Liberty, on the other hand, is based upon following the Transcendental Precepts and the Ethical Matrix. Recall, that the Transcendental Precepts involve being: Attentive Intelligent Reasonable Responsible Loving Compassionate The transcendental precepts automatically lead the person to Liberty or Authentic Freedom.
Additionally, the Ethical Matrix uses the following Natural Law Principles: Reciprocity Utility Proportionality Equity Recall, that Reciprocity means treating another as you would wish to be treated in similar circumstances. Utility, means maximizing Value, by ordering one’s morality in accordance with a rational scale of values. Proportionality means that a one to one ratio represents perfect proportionality. Proportionality is the basis for equality before the Law. Finally, there is Equity. Equity makes an equitable exception from a general rule or law, based upon need. Equity favors the one in need. Thus, it is clear that Liberty involves Self Transcendence and Ethics, while License involves the base emotions.
Chapter 44 Matter and Substance By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar When I was a kid growing up, in gradeschool we had a gradeschool science class where we were told that the Earth and the Universe were made of Matter. They really didn’t define Matter for us in class, but Wikipedia, the Online Encyclopedia defines Matter as “the substance of which material objects are composed.” Put another way, Matter is Material Substance. The reason I point this out is that some persons doubt the existence of Substance as a metaphysical quiddity. In fact, Substance is analogous to and closely related to the commonly held scientific concept of Matter. Matter is that of which all that is material is composed, while Substance is that of which all that is real is composed. The commonly held scientific belief in Matter proves the existence of Substance by analogy.
Minfullness Meditation By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D. © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar As one who is a practitioner of Catholic Spirituality, the option of engaging in Minfullness Meditation becomes apparent. The goal of Minfullness Meditation is Awareness. As Jesuit Philosopher Bernard Lonergan states, awareness of the world around you in an important part of Knowing. In order to begin Mindfullness Meditation one must first start with one’s own imagination and mind. One must become aware of what is going on in one’s own mind. In order to do this one must first start becoming aware of one’s own thoughts. When this happens, one begins to realize that one’s mind is full of random thoughts. The Disciplined Mind does not really have random thoughts clouding the intellect anymore. As one becomes aware of one’s random thoughts, one’s own imagination starts to engage the mind and starts to block out random thoughts leaving a Mind which has clarity of thought. When one has clarity of thought one’s mind begins to be cleared of stray thoughts leaving thought as such without content. Here the unconscious mind takes over and one’s mind begins to be transformed by the Holy Spirit.
Chapter 46 Modern Magic and Legal Competence
By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D. Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar I used to live in the Surface World, like most people, but then I decided to take a spiritual journey. I decided that after reading the philosophy of Bernard Lonergan that I would need to undergo a conversion experience whereby my reality was one which was not one of absolute 100% certainty like it seemed to be for most people, but instead I would find a world in which reality topped out with 99.999999999% statistical probability in the real world, not 100% certainty. I took this inward journey and it happened. I only think probabilistically now, and inductively. When I think deductively, I am faking it. Ironically, enough, what I am
doing with my mind is very consistent with the findings of Modern Quantum Physics. Quantum Physics, following Heisenberg’s Indeterminacy Principle, asserts that there is not absolute knowledge, but only relative or probabilistic knowledge. When I do logic, which one typically assumes is being done at 100%, I really only do it at, 99.9999999999% real probability in the real world. The results that I get are rational and scientific, but they tend not to be the same results that persons who are rigidly analytic get. My reason is really Practical Reason, with no theoretical reason. Interestingly, in law and forensic psychiatry it is assumed that every normal person has a uniform, certain, 100% true intent, to do things, some of which may be
considered crimes. If this is true, then it is impossible for me, and other like me to form criminal, specific intent. Thus, I am permanently, judicially incompetent to stand trial at the time of trial and at the time of the offense. This is because I can only form intent probabilistically, with my highest level of intent being. 99.9999999999% in the real world, not 100% in the illusory surface world. Since I am entitled to Due Process of law, and since I cannot be tried in accordance with Due Process of Law, I have Judicial Immunity from prosecution. Finally, I am competent to own property, and contract, because I understand the jurisprudential basis for owning property and contracting. Ownership of property is based either upon possession or Seisin, that is title. The ability to contract simply means that I understand what is being bought or sold, the price, and that this constitutes sufficient consideration to form a contract. Obviously, I understand all three. Additionally, I am competent to practice law. Law is profession which is not based upon absolute certainty, and never has been. The standard for malpractice is that I do a reasonable job, not some hypothetical perfect job. Also, the best a lawyer can ever say about the law is with the use of a professional opinion which is probabilistic in nature. Lawyers who say the law is a certain way with absolute certainty in their minds, and tell the absolute judgment to their clients, are often found guilty of malpractice. Finally, based on Quantum Physics, it is apparent that the real nature of reality is probabilistic. This is based upon scientific fact. The false, illusory, surface world which people construct together, is a mass hallucination which passes for reality. Ironically, enough it takes magic, or magical thinking to believe and live in this 100%
certain surface world, even though this same modern surface world rejects as psychotic a belief in magic. The modern world is an incoherent concept.
Chapter 47 Natural Law and the Constitution By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar I have argued previously that in the world of Reason, Natural Rights are based upon Natural Law. One such right is Freedom of Speech, and its corollary, Academic
Freedom. The problem is that I hypothesize that there is also an older, less rational Natural Law that still is at work in our Society. This Ancient Natural Law is not based upon Reason, but instead upon conventional authority. Objectively, what it means to be a Thomist, is that one follows the work of Saint Thomas Aquinas which is in turn based upon the classical philosophy of Plato and Aristotle. This is Reason based Natural Law. Some fundamentalist take a different position, however. They argue that Natural Law is based upon authority, and, that a Thomist is one who treats the conventional teaching of a particular Pope in the Roman Catholic Church as normative Natural Law. These two Natural Law systems are antithetical to one another. Reason and conventional authority are often opposites, and, this is especially true in the area of Freedom of Speech. Enlightenment Natural Law protects the Natural Right of Freedom
of Speech. This is protected both by the Liberty provision in the American Declaration of Independence, as well as the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Enlightenment Natural Law sees innovation a new ideas as a good and positive occurrence which deserves protection.
Natural Law based upon conventional authority, on the other hand, takes the opposite view. Conventional Natural Law protects the status quo and opposes the development of any new ideas. New ideas are considered bad. The author who comes up with new ideas, which in any sense “rock the boat,” is considered a subversive. Thus, Conventional Natural punishes authors who come up with something new. This is called Penury. Various organizations such as the mafia, the Klu Klux Clan, the Nazi Party, and the Communist Party all act to penure a “prophet” or an author who comes up with a new social idea which transforms society for the better. If these organizations cannot get the job done by themselves, then state, local, and federal government is used to penure an author. Penury for an author is typically punished by one year in prison, on a psychiatric ward, in house arrest, or internment, or sequestrement. If the author survives penury,
then his or her ideas become accepted and incorporated into the conventional system. The author is now a part of the system, and as long as the author does not come up with any more earth shattering new ideas, he or she is safe from penury. Obviously, from the point of view of the American Constitution, a penury proceeding against an author is a violation of that author’s First Amendment Freedom of Speech right. Organizational or governmental action implementing the penury of an author is punishable under 42 U.S.C. section 1983 for civil damages and under 18 U.S.C. section 242 for a criminal penalty. If penury is allowed it should be done in the least pejorative manner, such as house arrest or internment or sequestrement, with the cost of the confinement being paid
for by the government. I hope penury can be done away with, but if it can’t, then it should only be applied in its mildest form.
Chapter 48 Nervous Breakdown and Near Death Experience By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar For some reason, some people have Nervous Breakdowns. They are perfectly normal, and then all of a sudden they can’t cope, can’t face life, can’t function. Psychology has not been able to present us with an adequate explanation of why Nervous Breakdowns occur. Using Transpersonal Psychology, I am proposing an explanation for why Nervous Breakdowns occur. In the Movie, Flyboys, the flier, Jensen, from Lincoln, Nebraska, is perfectly normal and is doing well as a World War I fighter pilot, flying for the French against the Germans. In one of his first combat experiences, Jensen receives a minor machine gun bullet wound to his neck. The next night Jensen “goes into shock” and has what appears to be a Nervous Breakdown. After watching the movie a number of times, I argue that Jensen was the victim of a “Near Death Experience.” Following Plato and Aristotle, there are at least three Most people do their
levels of Mind, the Body Mind, the Soul Mind, and , Spirit Mind.
analytic thinking out of their Soul Mind. I argue that Jensen, and others like him, had a Near Death Experience where part of his Soul left his body and went to the “Other Side,” to the Spirit World or Purgatory. Jensen was left trying to be an adult using only his Emotional Body Mind, which just wasn’t capable of getting the job done.
At the end of the Movie, Jensen recovers, with no real explanation as to why. I argue that Jensen’s Soul Mind returned to his body, or was replaced by another Soul Mind. The latter occurrence is referred to in the literature as a “Walk in” Soul. Thus, I argue that the only real cure for a Nervous Breakdown involves Transpersonal Therapy where the Soul or a Soul is brought back into the body, so that an adult Soul Mind is present.
Chapter 49 Neuro-Hermeneutic Programming
By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar Neuro-hermeneutic programming is a hybrid of Neuro-linguistic programming as developed by Bandler and Grinder, and my Critical Thomist Jurisprudence. Neuro means “neurological” while hermeneutic stands for “meaning.” While Bandler and Grinder’s original work in neuro-linguistic programming is valuable, it is not enough. Bandler and Grinder used a relativist ethic in their programming and were not really concerned with meaning. I argue, for example that a person can be neuro-hermeneutically programming so that his or her mind is structured by the Critical Thomist notion of “Substantial Form,” and that this has a real effect upon the mind. Substantial Form stabilizes the mind and
makes it more reasonable. Of course other uses of neuro-hermeneutic programming can be developed. For example, the Ethical Matrix, an ethical decision making tool can be programmed in a person’s mind so that person is more ethical. I will try and write some further essays later with other examples of neuro-hermeneutic programming.
Chapter 50 Objective Being and Subjective Being By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar Previously, I have argued for the existence of Objective Being which manifests as a result of the Omniscient God observing the Quantum Field. Without retracting that argument, I would also like to argue that another type of Being also exists, that is, Authentically Subjective Being. The two are very close, but not the same. I argue that Objective Being exists at level 4, while Authentically Subjective Being exists at level 5. Authentically Subjective Being manifests where God uses Virtual Omniscience to observe the Quantum Field. This produces Actual Being or Authentically Subjective Being. This is the level of Actuality. This is the existential level of consciousness, par excellence.
Chapter 51 Objectivity By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar There are two ways to look at Objectivity, one is Subjective and personal, and the other is Objective and impersonal. In a world of relativism, it is often argued that objectivity does not exist. This is particularly true when one considers the implications of Heisenberg’s Indeterminacy Principle, based on Quantum Physics. I argue, however, that Objectivity still exists, and this can be demonstrated either ontologically/objectively, or existentially/subjectively. From an ontological point of view, we begin with the metaphysical quiddity of Being. The existence of Being is proven primarily through an analogical argument which shows that if the Quantum Field exists and can be proven to exist, outside of space-time, then Being, by analogy, can also be proven to exist outside of space-time. Being is defined as an Unrestricted Act of Understanding. Being uses the
Absolute Relationality of Substance, which transcends relativism, together with Form of Form, in order to provide an immediate, complete grasp of all that is real. Being is virtually linear and perpetual. Objectivity exists for human being to the extent that they intend Being in their cognitive operations. Contrary to the view of scientific materialism, Being is the source of Objectivity, metaphysically, not materiality. As eastern philosophers have pointed
out, all that materiality leads to is illusion. This is the ontological/objective argument for Objectivity. A second argument for Objectivity is the existential/subjective approach. Here it is argued that if we work to develop more authentic ways of knowing, and then apply those results, cumulatively, then eventually we will develop an epistemology based upon authentic subjectivity as a basis for Objectivity. Thus, we start with the Lonerganian Trancendental Precepts, Be Attentive, Be Intelligent, Be Reasonable, Be Responsible, Be Loving. It is argued that if one were to commit to the above, existential process, then
one would find transcendence in one’s knowing and would develop a form of objectivity known as authentic subjectivity. Finally, it should be noted that in terms of the Levels of Consciousness or Levels of Reality, Objectivity takes place at a different level than authentic subjectivity. Authentic subjectivity is a level 3 probabalistic function, while objectivity is a level 4 virtually unconditioned function which intends Being, using Formal Operations (Piaget). Level 4 Level 3 Level 2 Level 1 Being Substance Matter Materiality Formal Operations Reason Objectivity Authentic Self
Authentic Subjectivity Spirit-Intellect Soul Material Body
Analytic Understanding Experience Body Mind
Chapter 52 Orthodox Christian Gnosis By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar Orthodox Christian Gnosis is based upon the idea that redemption of the individual soul comes primarily through individual prayer, meditation, and reflection. Although not rejecting the notion that human beings can sin, Christian Gnosticism takes the position that the root of the problem of sin is spiritual ignorance which can only be cured by Gnosis or Divine Knowledge or Wisdom. Orthodox Christian Gnosis starts with the Creation Myth of Genesis in the Bible. Here we see that prior to Fall of Humanity as shown by the Fall of Adam and Eve, there was a sort of Daoist perfection present where the world was, as it should be. Although evil, in some sense was present, it was not handicapping humanity the way that it does now. This world and universe of perfection became flawed when Adam and Eve Fell into a world and consciousness of Conventional Evil. A warped Natural Law of Conventional “Good” became normative, and the real Wisdom which was present was seemingly lost to humankind. In today’s terms we can see that the World we live in is a Flawed Creation. Although the World was created Good by God, the Fall of Satan, and the later Fall of Adam and Eve acted to change the World of perfection into a Flawed Creation. Although this new World was not Evil, as such, nevertheless it is and was flawed.
This Flawed World was redeemed by the Salvific Act of Jesus Christ of coming to Earth and giving us Gnosis, or Divine Knowledge or Wisdom. Jesus brings us the Wisdom of Sophia, The Holy Spirit of Divine Wisdom. Although Satanic power rules much of the Earth, and the Good sometimes seems helpless to combat such Evil, Divine Wisdom is present as a Gift of the Spirit so that we can do battle with Evil. Wisdom is a very subtle reality which can hide in the very Evil that it combats, bringing instead, The Good. Wisdom transforms Evil into Good. Wisdom brings the Wiseman the Good Life.
Parallel Earths By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar Quantum Physics postulates the idea of parallel universes. In the Seth Books, by Jane Robert, the Sage, Seth, asserts that the nature of reality is probabilistic. In other words, statistical probability inheres in Reality itself by reason of Natural Law. This means that there are probabilistic or parallel Earths. I have used the analogy before for parallel Earths that the Earth is metaphorically surrounded by a ring of bread slices. This ring is like the ring that surrounds the planet Saturn. This ring around the Earth symbolizes the probabilistic or multidimensional nature of the Earth. So, for example, if I were to take out one “slice” of the Earth, probabilistically, I might find Jane Jones getting up in the morning and drinking a glass of orange juice in a blue cup. Next, I put this “slice” of multidimensional reality back and pull out the slice next to it. In this parallel slice of Earth, everything is the same, except that Jane is drinking her juice with a red cup. Ten slices over and Jane forgot to turn on her alarm clock the night before and she is still asleep in bed, not up and getting juice at all. Now, in addition to the more mundane idea of drinking juice, or turning on an alarm clock, we make other choices as well, which can be described as metaphysical. Some people choose to have their only reality be atheistic materialism at level one. When enough people do this, this creates a probable parallel Earth which is materialistic in nature. Others choose metaphysical realities at the lower levels such as: The
Individual Good, Matter, Being, etc. Such persons also create probable parallel Earths which are substantially different than those found by atheistic materialism. Keep in mind that these parallel Earths interface with each other to some degree, unless their probability relatively to each other is so low that they cannot interact at all. As Seth puts it, Consciousness is the building block of Reality. Such Consciousness is what the realists have always referred to as Substance. When our Consciousness becomes deeply embedded symbolic meaning, then it is very difficult for our conscious mind to override these deeper, structuring, unconscious reality programs. Thus, the Nature of Reality is both Ideal (Consciousness) and Real (Embedded Consciousness).
Peak Experiencers and Mundane Experiencers A Tract Book Essay By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar In his book, “Religions, Values, and Peak-Experiences,” Psychologist Abraham Maslow distinguishes those persons who have genuine spiritual experience, from the mundane, who do not. In his studies, Maslow, at first thought that only a small percentage of the persons he studied would have peak spiritual experiences, but he soon found the opposite to be true. Most of the persons that he interviewed, even some atheists, had peak spiritual experiences. Maslow found that these two categories of people, the intuitive, spiritual people and the sensate, mundane people, are polar opposites. Maslow also found that the differences also played out in other areas. Spiritual people have spiritual experiences and also have higher values. Mundane people do not have spiritual experiences and denigrate higher values. In philosophy, spiritual people tend to be Critical Thomists, while mundane people tend to be logical positivists. The same is true is psychology, psychiatry, and other professions. No matter how discredited a position logical positivism is, the mundane cling to it like a drowning person clinging to a life preserver which is not boyant enough to keep the person above water level.
Peal spiritual experiencers, according to Maslow, tend to have the following attributes: 1. Reality is experienced as having a Higher Unity. 2. An ethical attitude of non-judgmentalism. 3. Being Cognition characterized by a broader, higher, more Objective view of Reality. 4. Transcends the selfish ego in favor of the Higher Self. 5. Find Higher Meaning in Life. 6. Find Intrinsic Value is some experiences. 7. Experience time as a Flow, not just linear. 8. The World is seen as Good. 9. Compassion. 10. Have Being Values, such as valuing the intellectual-spiritual life. 11. Attentiveness. 12. Do not fear Death. 13. Dialectical thinking where opposites are reconciled. 14. Lack of Fear. 15. Transvaluation of Values. 16. Higher, Heavenly point of view. 17. Developes the Higher, Real, Self. 18. Creative, having free will. 19. Ego is transformed into the Transcendental Ego. 20. Higher Love.
21. Becomes Authentically Subjective. 22. Active Inactivity. 23. Feel Lucky and Graced. 24. Transcends the pride/humility dichotomy and is appropriately assertive. 25. Finds Higher Unity in the Good things of life. Thus, it is apparent that there is a set of characteristics which can be attributed to those who have peak, spiritual experiences, and these characteristics tend to be the same as those found in the philosophy of Critical Thomism. Thus, there is empirical support for the existence of the Critical Thomist position. Logical positivism is once again discredited.
Philosophy, Manic Depression, and Psychiatry By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar A psychiatrist once told me that “philosophizing” or doing philosophy is a sign of mania or manic depression. In other words, his position was that philosophy is a sign of mental illness. This is of course absurd. The arrogance of psychiatry is beyond belief. Not only does psychiatry reject the validity of theology and spirituality, it also rejects wisdom or reason itself as being mentally ill. Clearly, as it is being practiced now, psychiatry is an irrational profession. One of the important disciplines of philosophy is that of logic. Logic is the very basis for reason and rationality. How psychiatry could possibly reject logic or reason itself and still claim to be a rational discipline is a mystery to me. Without logic there is no science. Without science there can be no psychiatry, but only voodoo psychiatry. Another important discipline of philosophy is Ethics. Ethics argues that some conduct is good or praiseworthy and that other conduct is evil or blameworthy. In rejecting philosophy, psychiatry is rejecting ethics. No wonder psychiatry still commits blatantly unethical human rights violations by giving patients lobotomies and electroshock therapy. No wonder psychiatry has been accused of being the modern day inquisition, responsible for unconstitutionally dealing with political dissidents in our culture.
Finally, philosophy is the basis of phronesis or practical wisdom. A profession cannot be practiced without practical wisdom. Psychiatry cannot be practiced without practical wisdom. Without philosophy, psychiatry commits malpractice. So, in the end, if psychiatry wishes to have any legitimacy at all, it must no longer treat philosophy as mania or manic depression.
Chapter 56 Plato and God the Creator By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar It is typically understood that the Philosopher Plato was a Pagan philosopher who supported The Good. While this is true, it is equally true that Plato was a Pagan Theist. Plato believed in God the Creator whom he denominated The Demiurge, or Divine Artisan. Plato’s God was the God who creatively took the susbstance or chaos of the universe, and added form to it, to create the material universe. Plato’s God did not
create the universe ex nihilo, form nothing, but rather from chaos. This idea of God creating the Earth or Universe from chaos is also found in the Christian Biblical account of the Book of Genesis. In Genesis, God creates or forms the world out of a preexisting chaos of described as a “formless wasteland.” Once again, God the Creator is not primarily a God of authority, but instead is a God who is ordered towards the Individual Good. God the Creator supports the
Individual Good of each person, by supporting that person’s autonomy, rational self interest, self-acualization, and sefl-transcendence. The Individual Good is not the conventional good and is not conventional morality. enforces a Liberal Order. God the Creator supports and
Chapter 57 Why Logical Positivism is Dumb By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar The general idea behind Logical Positivism is that reality is best known through rigorous inferences from sense experience. The idea is that sense experience gives us a very complete accurate picture of what is going on. This is false. In his book, “Psychology of Consciousness,” Robert Ornstein points out that the human mind edits out a significant amount of “sense data” from ever reaching the conscious mind. For example, it may be that the human ear can hear sounds, such as a dog whistle, although this information is edited out and never reaches the conscious mind. Sense impression is inaccurate in other ways as well. For example, if a person places a bag of ice on one’s hand for several minutes, then the temperature of warm water running on one’s hand will fell different than normal. Alternatively, if one places a very warm wet washcloth on one’s hand and then runs cool water over the hand, the temperature of the hand will feel different than normal
Chapter 58 Prayer By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar I started Praying when I was a kid. I suppose my parents taught me how when I was in preschool, I don’t remember. I have always found Prayer to be of great personal benefit to myself and others. One thing that I intuitively know is that God answers every Prayer. This is literally true. Now, it may be that the answer that I get from God is not one that I expect, or perhaps even like, nevertheless God has answered my Prayer. There is scientific evidence which supports the notion of Prayer. Dr. Larry Dossey, in his book cites Prayer studies done in California with Heart Surgery patients which shows that in a double blind scientific experiment, those who were Prayed for by a Prayer group did better in terms of recovery than those who were not Prayed for. There are also studies which show that talking to plants increased the health of the plants “Prayed” for. Finally, Quantum Physics argues that the Quantum Field affects reality and is in turn affected by meaning. Thus, Prayers which reach the Quantum Field, affect reality. Perhaps if God is hard to get ahold of one should direct one’s Prayer to the Quantum Field, or God in the Quantum Field. Finally, Prayer is good because it is a very good way of getting to know God better, and in a sense, helping God to get to know you better. Knowing God is a very wonderful task to undertake in one’s Prayer life.
Chapter 59 Property Law and Metaphysics By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar Critical Legal Studies argues that Property is not real. Instead, Property is simply a “reified” concept which is illusory. I, on the other hand, would argue that Property is real and so is Contract. They are both real because of Metaphysics. Classical Metaphysics argues certain metaphysical quiddities act to partially structure reality as necessary causes. structure to Law, which is as follows: Real Property is based upon Substance. Personal Property is based upon Matter. Contract is based upon Form. THE END I argue that there is a certain metaphysical
Chapter 60 Psychic Schizophrenia By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar Ken Wilber and others have argued that psychic abilities really exist. There are books out at Borders and Barnes and Noble by renowned psychics such as Sylvia Browne, and George Andrews. I suspect that many ordinary people have psychic abilities, but are afraid to tell anyone about it. They are afraid of being charged criminally on bogus charges, or are afraid of being involuntarily committed to a psychiatric ward. Assuming psychic abilities exist, the question arises as to how reliable they are in giving the person good or objective information. I argue that information gained from psychic abilities is about as reliable as sense experience. So, for example, if a salesman comes to my door in the outer world of sense experience, one would be skeptical as to how reliable the information is that he gives you. Door to door salesmen have a reputation of stretching the truth or even lying. So, if one started to “channel chat” with a psychic salesman, then one would be advised to be careful that the salesman was not lying to you about his products. Additionally, what we typically don’t think about is that in the outer world of sense experience there are crooks and charlatans who pretend to be other people in order to gain a political or a financial advantage. Typically, this is done over the telephone so that it is more difficult to identify the crook. In the same way, we can hypothesize that
there are crooks and charlatans with psychic abilities who impersonate authority figures, whether religious or political, in order to gain a political or financial advantage. For
example, a psychic crook might “channel chat” with a novice psychic, telling the more inexperienced person that he is God and that the novice should give all his money to the poor, in the name of some person or organization. The psychic crook then keeps the money for himself. How does the novice psychic avoid being ripped off or given false information to his detriment? I have asserted previously that there are at least three levels of consciousness and reality: 3. 2. 1. Judgment and Reflection Spirit Understanding Soul Experience Body Mind
Now, if the novice psychic takes in psychic information at level 2, on the level of understanding, or at level 3 on the level of Wisdom, the result is a type of schizophrenia where the psychic information is carried to the core of the mind without any evaluation. It is taken as literally true. This is a bad idea. It is a type of schizophrenia. Instead of the foregoing, the mature psychic takes in the psychic information on the first level, the level of experience. That information is then processed at level two on the level of understanding and then evaluated at level 3 on the level of judgment and reflection. In this way that mind is able to form a probability judgment regarding the accuracy of the psychic information relative to all the other knowledge and experience of the person.
Judgment and Reflection
Evaluation ot truth of psychic information
analysis and categorization of psychic information
input of psychic information
Finally, it should be noted that some people can “remote view” or have psychic clairvoyance. In such a situation the person must be careful that what he or she is internally seeing is not a product of his or her imagination, and is not something that is seen in a “parallel universe.” experience. Such information can be less reliable than sense
Chapter 61 Purgatory By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar Some people think that they will go to Heaven when they die. Others think that there is no life after death. I argue that the Spirit World on the other side is Purgatory. What is Purgatory? Purgatory is a place for intellectual and spiritual growth. Purgatory is a place where I reflect on my last life and then seek to grow. For spiritual people, Purgatory is a piece of cake. They love it. It is almost like Heaven for them. For non-spiritual people whether religious or atheist, Purgatory can be Hell. These people tend to see reality in terms of superficial appearances, not reality in depth. Many are hypocrites. They say one thing, and do another. For most people, Purgatory involves going to school. They are required to study lessons which help them to develop spiritually and intellectually. This is hard for many because they follow the idea set forth by Ronald Reagan that the intellectual life is not worth living.
Chapter 62 Raising Responsible Children By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar Some parents think that to get your kid to be responsible you must tell him or her what to do and then follow through and make sure that they do it. I, on the other hand, argue that to really get you kid to be responsible you must teach him or her how to make responsible decisions and how to negotiate. Consider the following example: Parent, Tony, has eaten breakfast and is ready for a full day on Saturday. Now, Tony could simply go off and do his own thing, but instead he goes up to his son Josh, and says, “Josh, what would you like to do today?” Tony does this in order to get Josh to have an opportunity for personal decisionmaking, rather than simply telling him what to do. Josh, replies, “I would like to go to the Target store and look a toys.” Dad, says, “Alright, how about if we go to Target first, and then go over to the bookstore to see if they have anything new?” Josh says, “Oh, alright. That would be ok.” And so off they go. When they get to Target, Josh looks around in the toy section and wants to get an $8.00 toy. Josh asks Dad to buy it for him. Dad says, “ Well, you have $100 in your allowance bank, would you like to buy the toy?” Josh says, “OK,” and then Dad give him $10.00 from his allowance bank “account” and lets Josh go through the check out and buy the toy. Next they go to the bookstore.
The two guys spend some time looking around the bookstore and Josh finds a book on airplanes that he likes, and Dad finds a book of Quantum Physics and Spirituality, that he likes, and Dad buys the books for them. Dad sees buying books as a necessity for Josh and himself, so he pays for it. THE END
Rational Self Interest By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar Previously, I have argued for a Liberal Scale of Values which involve: Autonomy, Rational Self Interest, Self Actualization, and Self Transcendence. However, I have also argued that the Common Good should be an aspect of a Liberal Scale of Values. So, following John Rawls, I argue that one should pursue Enlightened Rational Self Interest, rather than mere Rational Self Interest. Enlightened Rational Self Interest means that Rational Self Interest must be tempered by the Common Good. Thus, it is in one’s Rational Self Interest to following the Rules of the Game of Constitutional Democracy and Social Responsitibility.
Chapter 64 Real Authority By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar Some persons, wrongly, take the position that all persons should be obedient to authority. In fact, one is only required to be obedient to reasonable authority. Recall that Reason is 70 Logic, 20% Intuition, and 10% Love. Authority by itself is based upon base love, and the other base emotions and is idolatrous and evil.
Chapter 65 Real Republicanism By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar Many of the Republicans that one sees now are simply shadows in relation to the bygone era of 19th Century Republicanism. This older version of Republicanism is remarkably different that the Reagan type, superficial Republicanism that many seem to hold dear. Nineteenth Century Republicanism was grounded in an Ethic of Responsibility: Responsibility for Self and Responsibility for Other. As Philosopher Richard Niebuhr tells us, the Ethic of Responsibility is a unique ethic. The responsible person knows that he has a duty to be responsible individually, and societally. The Republican Ethic of Responsibility is a political ethic, not a religious one. While government may be necessary for certain purposes, the Responsible Republican knows that he must reach out and be responsible, helping others, without waiting for government to act. The Responsible Republican believes in Social Responsibility of Business. The Responsible Republican knows that corporate
resources must be used to promote The Good, not just profit maximization. This is a philosophical Ethic based upon Classical Greek Philosophy. So, I argue that the Republican Party took a wrong turn with Ronald Reagan. If George W. Bush is indeed a Reagan Rupublican, then that is a shame. A Real Republican is a Responsibility Republican.
Chapter 66 Reification
By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar Previously, I have argued that Reification is a false concept. However, I have also argued that it is possible that the concept could be reformulated. Currently, reification is typically defined as “treating an abstract concept as if it is really concrete.” I would argue on the other hand that you could define reification as “treating some abstract concepts as if they are really real when they are not.” Here are two examples.
First, an abstract concept is illusory when there is no real definition of the concept. For example, I have heard that some people criticize others on the basis that they are engaging in “theosphany.” The problem with this is that “theosphany” is not defined in the dictionary. When a concept is not adequately defined, it is illusory and reified when used. Similarly, certain concepts are logically contradictory, and I would consider them
to be reified as well. Finally, I would note that the idea that reification as to do with the lack of a “concrete” referent is absurd. This is just another way of dressing up another aspect of the absurd philosophy of logical positivism and atheistic materialism. THE END
Chapter 67 Reification and Psychiatry By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar Reification, is the idea that one can inauthentically take an abstract concept and then treat it as if it is real or concrete. While I have previously argued that there is a major conceptual problem with reification, I would like to put that argument on the back burner and try a different approach. In the past, Reification has been used to critique such concepts as liberty, justice, law, etc., However, Reification has not, to my knowledge been used in the area of psychiatry. I would like to argue that the major diagnostic categories for psychiatry are
in fact reified concepts and therefore invalid. Thus, I argue that schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and bipolar disorder are all reified concepts and therefore invalid. Let us consider bipolar disorder, for example. First, psychiatry comes up with the label “Bipolar Disorder,” gives that label a particular definition, and then pronounces the disorder to be real or concrete. In fact, Bipolar disorder is simply made up. Bipolar disorder is a reified concept. It is an empty abstraction which psychiatry treats as being real, when it is not. Bipolar disorder is simply a social construct. This is also true of schizophrenia and schizo-affective disorder.
Chapter 68 Satan and Schizophrenia By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar Previously, I have described the problem that psychiatry makes ridiculous assumptions regarding reality. Psychiatry uses a totally antiquated philosophy of science which ignores the fact that phenomenology allows us to consider spiritual experience as valid, is some sense. Phenomenology insists that we consider the phenomenon itself, as itself, without interposing arbitrary labels such as “delusional,” or “psychotic.” This reminds me of a story that was told me by a psychiatric patient. The person told me that while in the hospital, he woke up in the middle of the night and saw an archangel in white and Satan in black, arguing over his soul. I think the guy had tried to commit suicide, but had recovered. Now, if we consider human history as a whole, it is clear that there is a recurrent theme of angels fighting for lost souls. Their enemy is Satan who wants to put such persons in Hell. In fact, I would go so far as to say that this situation of a confrontation between the powers of Good and Evil over the Soul of an attempted suicide is embedded in the Jungian “Collective Unconsious” as an “Archetypal” pattern. The favored course of treatment for a person in such a situation is to try to get him to see that suicide doesn’t really accomplish anything. As a number of New Age authors have written, when a person commits suicide, that person typically has precisely the same problems on the “Other Side”, after bodily death. The person should have been
helped to interpret his “Vision” or experience in a theological manner, showing him, for example that God cares about him so much that he had an Archangel going to battle for the guy against Satan. Instead of the foregoing course of treatment, the guy in question was diagnosed by a psychiatrist as having severe hallucinations and schizophrenia. The possibility that a genuine spiritual Vision might have taken place is heresy to logical positivist psychiatry. Psychiatry is unscientific, and acts as an atheistic inquisition in violation of federal statutes and the United States Constitution. If psychiatry is to survive it must use an expansive form of phenomenology or Critical Thomism for its epistemology and philosophy of science, not logical positivism and atheistic materialism. Many psychiatrists should be in federal prison right now for violating 18 U.S.C. section 242.
Chapter 69 Self-Transcendence By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar Law Professor, Steven Winter, has argued that self-transcendence does not exist, that it is a myth. I argue that self-transcendence is real. In his book, “The Farther Reaches of Human Nature,” Psychologist, Abraham Maslow discusses how selftranscendence exists, and functions, in a number of different ways. First, Maslow argues that self-transcendence exists when one uses Being-values and Being-cognition to go beyond the sensate body mind, and body ego, to find the Transcendent Higher Self, which depth psychologist Carl Jung describes in his work. It is clear that the Self is in a sense the Transcendental Ego, which is, the Ego ordered toward transcendence. Maslow also argues that one can transcend linear, ordinary time. Thus, ala Bergson, one can experience time as a flow, or as an absolute, not just a linear, sequential ordering. Maslow also argues that one can transcend one’s culture by using Being-values and Being-cognition. Remember, Being, as Lonergan tells us, is an “Unrestricted Pure Act of Understanding” which transcends space-time. Being takes us to transcendent values which transcend mere mundane culture. Thus, Being suggests the Being-values of Individual Autonomy, Individual Rational Self Interest, Individual Self-actualization,
and finally, Individual Self-transcendence. These values transcend culture and are perennial in nature. Maslow also points out that one can transcend pain and suffering using Beingvalues and Being-cognition. One who has been unjustly imprisoned, for example, can transcend the four walls of the prison and place one’s mind on another plane, metaphysically. In this sense, one transcends Space. Another example of transcending pain and suffering is the athlete who goes beyond the point of individual endurance, transcends mere mundane pain, and keeps training. The basketball player who does wind sprints after practice is self-transcending. Thus, it is clear that Professor Winter is wrong. Transcendence does exist using Being-values and Being-cognition.
Chapter 70 Sin and Grace: Bad Karma and Good Karma By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar When I was a kid growing up we really didn’t talk about Karma, much, maybe, not at all. What we heard about from the Pulpit and in the classroom were the notions of Sin and Grace. I would like to argue that the notion of Sin is analogous to Bad Karma, and the notion of Grace, is analogous to Good Karma. Sin or Bad Karma means that you have violated either Divine Law or Natural Law. If Human Law happens to coincide with either Divine Law or Natural Law, then a violation of that Law would be a Sin or Bad Karma, as well. What is Sin? Well, put another way, Sin occurs when a person engages in unreasonable conduct. Law is supposed to be based upon Reason. Now, some might say that Sin occurs when a person violates some edict found in the Bible. While this may be true, it is only true because the Bible is a reflection of Divine Law or Natural Law. Grace or Good Karma means that you are doing the right thing for the sake of The Good. You obey Divine Law and Natural Law because it is ordered toward The Good. While one might argue that Grace comes from God, it is also true, as theologian Matthew Fox tells us, the Natural Grace exists as well. I suppose Natural Grace comes from the Spirit or the Christic being embedded in reality in a very real and deep way. As Saint Paul says, the wages of Sin is Death. Grace, on the other hand, is not only its own reward, but also rewards us with a Life of Happiness. The same is true of
Bad Karma and Good Karma. The wages of Bad Karma is that bad things will sooner or later start to happen to you. The wages of Good Karma is that good things will sooner or later start to happen to you. Sometimes we invest our Good Karma in others, such as Family Members who do not have very Good Karma, and then we run low on Good Karma, with the result that some bad things then happen to us. One must find the balance between helping others by giving them some of our Good Karma, and on the other hand, retaining enough Good Karma so that we can live Good lives without harm. Catholics tend to invest in their families because part of their vocation in life is seen as helping family members to get at least to Purgatory, maybe even Heaven. Finding balance in the way of Karma is important.
Chapter 71 Sin and Speicific Intent By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar One might say that Sin is sort of like a crime. Typically, Sin is thought of as a violation of Divine Law, or Natural Law, or God’s Law. To the exent that Sin is analogous to a crime, it is worth noting that there are certain requirements for a crime at the common law, and that one might say that the same requirements must be applied in an analysis of a particular Sin. At the common law, in order for a crime to be present there must be both Actus Reus and Specific Intent. Actus Reus means that here must in fact be a physical act which takes place. Although in the Gospel, Jesus says that we are liable for Sin in the case of bad thoughts, I would like to argue that for purposes of Canon Law, the common law requirement of Actus Reus should be required before a Sin is found. People are capable of doing all sorts of things in their imaginations, but then think better of it, and refuse to do the act out loud. In this case, the common law, representing church tradition, should overrule scripture and require Actus Reus.. At the common law, the second requirement for a crime to be present is Specific Intent. A person must knowingly intend the elements of the crime. In fact, some courts hold that crimes which are simply malum prohibitum rather than malum en se, are not actionable. This means that crimes must be a violation of Natural Law, or the person cannot be held accountable for violating the crime in the absence of specific
knowledge of the criminal law in question.
In my judgment, Canon Law should follow
the common law in this case. In order for there to be a Sin, there person must have knowledge and specific intent to commit the Sin, unless the Sin is a violation of Natural Law, in which case specific intent to commit the elements of the crime need only be proved.
Chapter 72 Spiritual Direction By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar Spiritual Direction is a discipline which can be contrasted with Counseling. In Counseling the Counselor talks to the client and gives the client advice. In Jesuit Spiritual Direction, on the other hand, the role of the Spiritual Director is often passive. The idea is that the Director listens to the information given to him or her by the directee, and does not intervene with commentary unless absolutely necessary. Some “pure”
Spiritual Directors simply refuse to say anything at all during the session. I would like to argue for a third approach, which is Socratic Spiritual Direction. In Socratic Spiritual Direction the Director guides the conversation by asking questions of the directee. For example, consider the following session: Director: So what has been going on in your spiritual life? Directee: Well, I have been praying a lot. Director: Good, how have you been praying? Directee: Well, I have been meditating with the prayer, “God is my Guide” Director: Alright, how did that make you feel? Directee: Well, good. I mean it felt comforting and I could really feel God’s presence in me after awhile. Director: Good, how was God present to you?
Well, God does feel like a Guide to me. I mean, intuitively, I really feel that God is present to me and guiding me.
Is God guiding you any place in particular? Well, yes, I started thinking a lot about my job. I am a nurse and sometimes it’s pretty tiring. I started wondering if there was some way that I could really help others more.
That definitely sounds like guidance from the Spirit. (and so on)
In the above approach, the Director interacts, but other than short generally affirming comments, the Director really does not comment at length, or do an analysis, instead the Director processes the information and then asks questions to guide the directee to a fuller awareness of his or her spiritual life.
Chapter 73 Star Wars, God, and Metaphysics By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar Not long after the Star Wars movie first came out, I went to Sunday Mass in the very conservative Catholic Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska. At Mass, the subject of the homily by the priest was the notion of The Force, in Star Wars. The priest basically argued that The Force was God. Others have argued that the Star Wars Universe is a Daoist Universe not theistic. In this essay, I would like to explore the idea that the parish priest brought up, that is, that The Force is God. Previously I have argued that The Trinity of God unfolds as follows: God the Father God the Son Being Logos Substance
God the Holy Spirit
In trying to integrate the forgoing formulation with the Star Wars theological point of view, I propose the following explication of the Trinity of God: God the Father God the Son God the Holy Spirit The Force Being Substance
In addition to accommodating the notion of the Force, this new formulation argues that is is somewhat redundant to have both Being and Logos as attributes of God when they
both involve intellection of some sort. The argument is that it makes more sense to place Power or Force as the primary attribute of God the Father, not Being.
Chapter 74 Status Crimes By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif( © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar
Some people, think, wrongly, that it is legal and permissible to charge a person with a status crimes such as witchery, penury, or theosphany. In fact, the English
Common Law, incorporated into Magna Charta, and the 14trh Amendment of the United States Constitution requires that any crime must have as its basis, Mens Rea, and Actus Rea. Mens Reas mena specific intent, while Actus Rea means there must be some physical action. Status crimes do not involve Actus Rea and therefore are invalid and unconstitutional. Finally, it should be noted that if magic really exists and operates, one cannot be charged with a crime for using magic because it is not scientific or causal and therefore does not meet the requirements of admissibility under the Rules of Evidence.
Chapter 75 Substance, Form, and Substantial Form By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar Thomas Aquainas, in the Summa Theologica discusses Substance, Form, and Substantial Form. These three concepts parallel the Lonerganian concepts of experience, understanding;, judgment and reflection. Those who are substantialist type thinkers are in pre-concrete operations (Piaget). Substantialist thinkers use substance to see if two different concepts are the same or similar. For example, a substantialist thinker might say that a Golden Delicious Apple and a Gala Apple are substantially the same. Substanitialists tend not to be able to make distinctions between words or objects. Formalist thinkers, on the other hand, tend to look at the form of a word or object and try to make formal or visual distinctions. A Formalist thinker in all likelihood would say that a Golden Delicious Apple and a Gala Apple are not the same, or in other words are distinct forms. Finally, those who use Reason, or Substantial Form, known as One using Substantial Form one
Substantial Formalists, use both substance and form.
can critically judge that in substance a Golden Delicious Apple and a Gala Apple are substantially the same, while formally distinct. In order to meet the test of Substanital
Form, the two concepts under consideration must meet the tests of both substantiality and formality. Two Gala Apples would be the same in Substantial Form.
Chapter 76 Substantial Form and Essence By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar In Classical Philosophy and Thomism, Essence is contrasted with Esse. Essence is essentially what something is, while Esse is simply that something is. It has been said that in God alone God’s Essence is Esse, that is, To Be. Now, in Critical Thomist philosophy I haven’t really referred to Essence at all, instead I use the concept or metaphysical quiddity of Substantial Form. In Critical Thomism, Essence is defined as Substantial Form. It should be noted, however, that this Essence or Substantial Form is not simply passive, it also has an active component which is Substance. Recall that Substance is Formless Form with Love. Substance is also Absolute Relationality. Additionally, Substantial Form encompasses all substantial forms. This is Aristotelian realism. This is because Substance is the Ultimate Reality Principle or Quiddity. Being is Part Substance, but mainly Form of Form. Being is primarily Ideal, when compared with Substance. Being is the basis for The True, while, Substance is the basis for the Real. Logos mediates between the two. The True and the Real have a Daoist relationship to one another and are never exactly the same. While Being is the basis for Reason, Substantial Form is the basis for Right Reason.
Chapter 77 Substantive Due Process and Governmental Regulation
By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar It has sometimes been thought that Substantive Due Process, often associated with the United States Supreme Court case of Lochner v. New York, is no longer valid. This is not true. Instead, Substantive Due Process has simply fallen into disuse as the Court has focused on Equal Protection analysis. Substantive Due Process is based upon the metaphysical notion of Substance. What this means in relation to the law is that the “Guts” of the law must be rationally related to a legitimate state interest in order to meet the requirements of Substantive Due Process. Some might argue that the rationality requirement of Substantive Due Process is such a weak standard, that it has no enforcement “teeth” at all. It is argued that it will be a rare day when a law will not meet the rational basis test. This is not true. Consider the following example. A Psychiatric Ward is regulated by State Nursing Home Regulations. Those regulations state that the patient must wear a clean set of clothes every day, and that the patient must do his or her own laundry once a week. Additionally, the Nursing Home regulations also provide that a patient cannot have more than 5 changes of clothes in his or her closet at a time. The foregoing set of regulations clearly does not meet the requirements of Substantive Due Process, as will be explicated below.
Let us assume that Bill is a patient in a Psychiatric Ward. His assigned laundry day is Monday morning. Bill has precisely 5 changes of clothes as per the regulation. Bill does his laundry on Monday morning and then puts his clean clothes in his closet. Bill then changes his clothes every day as per the regulation. See the chart below after doing the laundry: (The number next to the Clothes refers to the individual set of clothes not a total). Wearing Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sundary 1 Clothes 2 Clothes 3 Clothes 4 Clothes 5 Clothes Naked No Clothes Naked No Clothes Dirty None 1 Clothes 1,2 Clothes 1,2,3 Clothes 1,2,3,4 Clothes 1,2,3,4,5 Clothes 1,2,3,4,5 Clothes 1,2,3,4,5 Clothes None Clean in Closet 2,3,4,5 Clothes 3,4,5 Clothes 4,5 Clothes 5 Clothes None None None None 2,3,4,5 Clothes
Monday pre wash Naked no Clothes Monday post wash 1 Clothes
Now, in studying the foregoing chart it is clear that it is impossible to have clean clothes to wear all week when you doing your laundry only once a week and you have only 5 sets of clothes total. By Saturday all 5 sets of your clothes are dirty and cannot be worn and your laundry day is not until Monday, two days later. This is clearly an irrational regulation, and, governmental regulators are quite capable of making stupid mistakes like this on a regular basis. Obviously, the regulation should state that the person should have 8 sets of clothes to wear, in order to avoid running out of clothes at
the end of the week. Accordingly, it is clear that there is a place for Substantive Due Process in the law. Also keep in mind that the situation created here is a human rights and civil rights violation that could be remedied by a lawsuit in Federal District Court under 42 U.S.C. section 1983.
Sustaining the Economy By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar In Kenysian Economics one is supposed to increase the money supply during a recession to help stimulate the economy. In the United States the Federal Reserve Banks do this by making low or no interest loans to member banks. In theory, the banks then lower interest rates on loans for car and houses and this stimulates the economy. I argue that the Federal Reserve Banks should use the money for welfare spending for the poor and unemployed to benefit them and to provide a direct stimulus to the economy. If there is an inflationary period welfare money can come from tax dollars without raising tax rates. Ordinary people spend money on rent, consumer goods, groceries, and restaurants instead of the idea of money being spend for cars and houses.
Chapter 79 Symbolic Logic and Logical Positivism By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar Logical Positivism has been defined as that discipline or philosophy which starts with sense experience and then only makes moves consistent with fairly rigid logical inferences. Previously, I have argued that Logical Positivism is flawed because sense experience is not a reliable indicator or reality. Here, however, I am arguing that Logical Positivism is flawed because, at present, there does not seem to be a uniform logic that is acceptable to all philosophers. Consider the following. A commonly held and know logical syllogism is the syllogism: A v B Now, when I was taught Symbolic Logic in college a long time ago, it was clear that the “ v “ sign meant that A and B were held in the disjunctive. In other words, the
meaning of “A v B” is “A or B.” Now, when we consider this syllogism it is apparent that A may be true, or, B may be true, but not both A and B together can be true. In fact there is a different syllogism for that case, and it is as follows: “A &v B” That is, “A and/or B”. Now, “A and/or B” is both a conjunction
and a disjunction simultaneously. “A or B” is simply a disjunction. Treating the two syllogisms as the same creates a problem because they do not mean the same thing. Take the following hypothetical. A and B. are running in a race. The racing committee has decided that the race should be adjudicated by the syllogism, “A or B.”
That is, either A wins or B wins.
On this approach, only one person can win the race.
However, if the other interpretation of “A v B” is used, then an illogical result occurs. If “A v B” really means “A and/or B”, then it is clear that not only could A or B win the race, but also it is clear there could be a tie with A and B both winning. I have never seen this result either in a horse race or a track and field competition. There is supposed to be just one winner. To the extent that policy makers and politicians are using the “and/or” interpretation of “A v B,” then illogical results will take place. Moreover, to the extent that the “A v B” interpretation is seen as legitimate rather than illogical, then it is clear that there is no basis for an objective logical positivism. For logical positivism to be correct, there must be only one correct symbolic logic, not two or more.
Chapter 80 Talking with God Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar There are some people who say that they talk to God, and there are others who wish they could talk with God. I argue that it is impossible for one to talk to the Real God, whether internally or externally. Instead one must intuit God or Being and use one’s imagination to communicate with God. The Real God Exists in the Real World, in a world of perfection at the highest level of statistical probability that is consistent with both the notion of Unity, and that of Eternal or Perpetual Existence. Such a World or Reality is not perfectly linear, but instead curves back in upon itself at the edges as a manifestation of Infinity and Eternity. Reality is not represented by a Straight Line, but by an Infinity Loop. Now, if a person were to find God where God was the most Real and where you as a person were the most Real, that Person, would be both You and God simultaneously, and You would be a Mystic. If such a Person were to talk to God, he or she would simply be talking with and to Himself or Herself. Because this is true, it is impossible to talk to the Real God, where God is Other, as such. Instead you can really only talk with Your Self. Now, some of us want to try talking to God anyway. We are the talkers, the listeners, the auditories. We don’t just want read about God, we want to talk to Him. So we try anyway. What we then find is a Probable God Who is more or less God. Typically, we find this God as One who is Channeling or Manifesting through another
person or being. This is an interesting God, but not the Real God, only a Probable God. The Real God, as I said before, is a Silent Inspirational God, not a talker. When we play the Game of speaking with the Probable God, we often only hear a few words from Him, and then the bias of the person Channeling God interferes, and we just get crap, rather than good conversation or information. In the psychic or spiritual world there are a thousand and one imposters all trying to make use believe that each one is God, in an attempt to manipulate us. While it is a little depressing, the safe route is to assume that God can never really talk directly to you, as such, and any such communications must be either disregarded or at least taken with a grain of salt.
Chapter 81 The Art of Being A Poem By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar “I am a Creative Artist, and Being is my Palette.”
Chapter 82 The Choice An Allegorical Tale By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar “Jill Fairview was dead. I mean, I think that she, I mean me, is dead. I am out of my body, I guess in my Soul, and I can see that my physical body is dead on the operating table in the hospital. I died of a heart attack. I can see a tunnel opening up in the space in front of me, and I am being drawn into the tunnel. I accelerate, going faster and faster until I pop out at the end of the tunnel in a Spirit World. A man with a gray beard is there to meet me. He says, hello.” “I am your guide, Socrates, and I am here to help you to choose your future.” He said. “Well, that sounds nice,” I said, “what do I do?” “Well,” said Socrates, “I have a
test for you to help you to determine your future. Listen carefully. You have two choices from here. Choice A, is that you spend one month in a single bedroom apartment, in excellent health, with very good food that you cook in your kitchen, and a full library of books relating to philosophy, theology, politics, history, novels, etc. You also have a t.v. with a DVD player and a collection of DVD movies that you would like to see that you can watch. Except in the case of an extreme emergency, you will be by yourself for time to read, pray, think, or meditate. You will be visited three times a
week for an hour, by a guide who will check into make sure you are doing all right and
chat with you a little bit. After the month is over, you will be judged autonomous and will be given a broad range of choices for your future reincarnationally on Earth.” “Choice B,” Continued Socrates, “is that you choose one year as a slave doing manual labor for an abusive master. You will be permitted to talk with the other slaves during the day, at meals, and before bed time. You will share a room with a room mate. You follow conventional morality. At the end of the ten year period you will be categorized as a slave and your future lives reincarnationally will be chosen for you as a slave in various societies on Earth.” “Jill Fairview, what is your choice?” asked
Socrates. Jill responded, making her choice. THE END
Chapter 83 The Dao of Politics By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar Some people, wrongly, choose totalitarian politics when they don’t work. In fact, given the nature of reality, only Constitutional Democracy works. At its’ most Unitary, reality is slightly Aunitary in the Dao. One Daoistic relationship is the Ying and Yang of Authority and Resistance to Authority. So, one can see that authoritarian regimes never last because the resistance always forms to oppose them.
Chapter 84 The Parable of the Sower An Allegory By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar Jesus told the crowd this parable: A Sower (farmer) went out to sow (plant) some wheat in his field. Some seed fell on the path and the birds ate the seed. Some seed fell on rocky ground and when the sun came out the seed was scorched. Some seed fell among the thorns and the thorns grew up and choked the wheat. Some seed fell on good soil and produced a hundred fold. Jesus then explained the parable. The each wheat plant is a person and the wheat plant represents the person and his or her Soul. With respect to the seed that fell on the path, and was eaten by the birds, this represents those persons who choose conventional morality, and who are devoured by religious demagogues and hypocrites who pretend to be religious authorities. With respect to the seed that fell on rocky ground and was scorched and withered, this represents those who choose materialism and logical positivism as their philosophy. Such persons will be scorched in Hell. With respect to the seed that fell among the thorns and later the wheat plants were choked by the thorns, this represents those who choose evil rather than good. Such persons will be strangled to death by Satan and will end up in Hell.
With respect to the seed that fell on good soil and produced one hundred fold, this represents those who choose the Individual Good and who Self-Actualize, they will be successful and end up in Self-Actualizing Heaven.
Chapter 85 The Schizophrenic Tea Drinker An Allegorical Tale By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar John Sloane was a business major at Widemount University. He just got back from a senior year abroad in Europe where he studied economics at the University of London, in England. John moved back home with his parents Sally and George Sloane and started interviewing for jobs. It was around 9:00 a.m. and John was eating some toast for breakfast at the kitchen table at home, and was drinking some tea, a habit which he picked up in England. In fact he was drinking tea with cream mixed in like they do in London. Sally and George Sloane were concerned about their son John. John was acting strangely since he got back from Europe. His parents were concerned that John had joined some strange organization or religion. Instead of eating bacon and eggs with hot chocolate for breakfast every morning, John was drinking hot tea with cream. A horrible concoction. John’s parents suspected John was mentally ill and called a psychiatrist on the phone. Sally and George Sloane told the psychiatrist, Dr. Smith, that their son John was acting in a strange manner. John wasn’t eating normally, and he was drinking some outlandish concoction of hot tea with cream. Dr. Smith agreed with Sally and George
Sloane that John was obviously schizophrenic, and had John involuntarily committed to a psychiatric ward for observation. After a year of pschiatric medication John was better. He was now eating eggs and bacon for breakfast with hot chocolate and no tea with cream. His parents were happy that the medication for schizophrenia was working. John tried to argue that he was just drinking tea and eating toast like everybody else in London, but his psychiatrist and his parents decided this was simply delusional thinking. THE END
The Social Contract By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar The Philosopher Rousseau wrote the book the “Social Contract.” In that book Rousseau argued that citizens of a country have a social contract with the government to protect their individual rights. I also argue that the social contract includes the positive
rights of food, clothing, housing, medical care, education, etc. One might say then that the Social Contract is an insurance contract with which persons contract with government to ensure a good life of human flourishing. Thus, white males are entitled to welfare along with racial minorities and women. Ideally, the welfare net would provide for volunteer jobs so that welfare to some extent becomes workfare.
Chapter 87 The Story of the two Sisters, Mary and Martha By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar In the Christian Gospels there is the story of the two sisters Mary and Martha. In the story Mary and Martha are working in the kitchen while their friends, Jesus and some of his disciples were out drinking a glass of wine in the living room. Mary came out of the kitchen and sat down by Jesus and engaged him in spiritual conversation. After awhile Martha came out and demanded that Jesus tell Mary to come back in the kitchen and help her (Martha). Jesus replied to Martha that Mary had chosen the better half by
coming out and chatting with him and that Martha would have to finish her chores in the kitchen herself. Jesus then turned to his disciples and explained the situation. Mary who was a Wisewoman had Intuition and was able to finish her share of the work much earlier that Martha and her work. Martha, on the other hand, was sensate and slow, and took and unreasonably long time to get her work done. It is unfair to ask Mary to do Martha’s work, when Mary had already done her share, and Martha had not because Martha was a busybody and was slow and stupid. The End
Chapter 88 The Allegory of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar Jesus of Nazareth was scourged with palm fronds and then taken to the mount of Golgotha for crucifixion. The cross was constructed with a small platform that the feet of Jesus were nailed to, and his hands were nailed to the ends of the cross bar of the Cross. Jesus endured the pain of the crucifixion for 3 hours and then told the crowd. I am the Son of God and I come down off the Cross in Liberating Action. Jesus then prayed to God the Father. A strong wind came up, dark clouds and thunder rolled in and the crowd began to be afraid. Jesus prayed again and the nails popped out of his hands and feet and Jesus levitated in front of the Cross, blessing the crowd. Jesus came to the ground and pointed his finger at Pilate and struck him dead. Jesus then turned to Ciaphas the Jewish High Priest and struck him dead. The roman officer in charge of the crucifixion said, “Truly, Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of God.” Jesus then levitated into the air and flew bodily to Galilee to stay with friends.
Chapter 89 The Parable of the Goose that Laid the Golden Egg By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar Jesus of Nazareth stopped and sat down on a bench under a shade tree. There was a water well close by and he lowered the bucket into the spring water and got himself a cool drink of water. Soon a young woman came along with three children. She lowered her bucket into the water and poured a cool cup of water for herself and her children. The woman, named Miriam, said to Jesus, “Aren’t you the prophet, Jesus of Nazareth?” Jesus replied, “I am.” Miriam’s eldest son, about 6 years old, named Jacob, said to Jesus, “Please, sir, could you tell us one of your wonderful stories?” “I would be happy to” said Jesus, “thanks for asking.” Jesus thought for a moment and then started
his parable. “Once upon a time, in a land far far away there was a man who was named Fat Bob. Fat Bob was a greedy sort of fellow who lived out of his base emotions. Bob was exceedingly rich because one of the gooses that he bought at market one day, was able to lay Golden Eggs instead of regular eggs. One day a trickster came up to Fat
Bob and said, ‘Fat Bob, tomarrow is Hannukah and you should cook a roast goose for dinner.” Fat Bob thought about it for a moment and then replied, “I’m not so sure about
that, maybe I should just have roast duck for dinner.” The Trickster replied, “But Fat Bob, a baked goose would be most excellent to eat don’t you think? I will even provide the wine for dinner if you cook the goose.’ Fat Bob thought about it, and got his hachet
and hacked the head off the goose and prepared it for Hannukah dinner. The next day
the Trickster came back with the bottle of wine and the two ate a dinner of cooked goose, wine and dumplings. After dinner the Trickster said to Fat Bob, “That was a truly excellent meal and now I must tell you that my name is Matthew and I am a tax collector for Caesar. You have the reputation of being a rich man, Fat Bob, so your tax with be 50 Gold Shekels.’ Fat Bob said, ‘No problem, I will now get my goose and have it lay a Golden Egg.’ Soon, however, Fat Bob discovered that he had killed the Goose that lays the Golden eggs and had eaten it for dinner with the Trickster. ‘My goose is gone, I
have no money.’ ‘You did not choose wisely,” said the trickster as he hauled Fat Bob off to jail for criminal tax evasion. THE END
Chapter 90 The Allegory of the Opus Dei CEO By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar There once was a company named General Widget Corporation that produced quality widgets. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company was Fat Bob Le Peur. Fat Bob had had reincarnated from his earlier life in the Gospel parable of the Goose that Laid the Golden Egg. Fat Bob had hired Nicholas de Rochefort as the
President of the Company. Nick de Rochefort believed in Social Responsibility of Business and thus saw the goal of the company to produce quality widgets at reasonable prices, and, also, to produce a good profit in the short, medium, and long term. In fact the company met those goals and produced a hefty profit. One day Doug Stray, and Opus Deo minion visited Fat Bob at his company office and told Fat Bob the CEO that he was losing money by not profit maximizing in the short term. Doug Stray convinced Fat Bob to pay him a one million dollar consulting
fee and also to fire Nick de Rochefort for allegedly being a communist, which of course was absurd. Doug Stray convinced Fat Bob to hire Randy Leeworth, another Opus Dei
minion, as the new President of the company. Randy Leeworth announced a move to cut expenses by firing one half of the employees and replacing them with Opus Dei sycophants at $5.00 per hour. Randy Leeworth also closed down one half of the widget
manufacturing plants and sold them off.
The the next year, General Widget Corporation reported a ten percent profit increase in the first quarter and a 50% loss in the remaining three quarters. Fat Bob was forced to filed bankruptcy and close down the company. Fat Bob ended up going on welfare and living in poverty the rest of his life. Thus, Fat Bob, although profit maximizing in the short term, only showed a corporate loss in the medium and long term destroying the business, the employees, management and the local community. Obviously, Fat Bob had once again killed the Goose that Laid the Golden Egg and ended up in misery.
Chapter 91 Jesus and the Story of Abraham and Isaac By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar One day Jesus was sitting on his favorite bench, underneath a shade tree, by a well. water. Jesus lowered the bucket into the well and poured himself a cool cup of well Soon Miriam and her three children came by. Jesus moved over so that there
was room on the bench for the small children. After Miriam and her kids had drink of water from the well, Miriam’s son Jacob asked Jesus a question, “Please Sir, could you please explain to me the Story of Abraham and Isaac, I don’t really understand it very well. I don’t see why Abraham was going to kill his son.” “Well,” said Jesus, “this will
take a little while because it is both a true story and symbolic. So, here we go. At the time of Abraham the Jews were really Samarians from Shanghai who had escapted from the Wrath of Ghengis Kahn, an immortal tyrant in China and Europe. Anyway there were two different Satanic Cults that survived from Shaghai, one was the Fathers of Leviathan and the other was the Mothers of Leviathon, one was patriarchal and the other was matriarchal. The story is complicated because God, through the Archangel Anton (Aten, Atman, Anthony) was trying to end both matriarchy and patriarchy. So,
God through the Archangel Anton let the usual situation play out. Abraham and his wife were waiting till Isaac was age 5 to see which Satanic Cult he would join. In fact, Isaac was pure of heart and refused to join either one. Abraham met with his Satanic Cult and his wife with her Witches Coven, and they both voted to Satanically sacrifice Isaac.
God, by the power of the Holy Spirit, softened the hearts of both Abraham and his wife, and the both prayed in secret that Isaac would be spared. Instead of doing the
Sacrifice in front of the Satanic Cult and Witches Coven, Abraham took Isaac with him out into the wasteland. The Archangel Anton appeared to Abraham and ordered him to destroy the members of the Satanic Cult and the Witches Coven and to spare Isaac’s life. He promised that the descendents of Abraham and his wife would be as many as the number grains of sand by the sea.” Jesus then continued, “This is why Jewish law has
abolished matriarchal and patriarchal satanic cults and instead support modified patriarchy where the oldest inherits from his father.
Jesus and the Story of Jacob and Esau By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar One day Jesus was sitting on his favorite bench, underneath a shade tree, by a well. well water. Jesus lowered the bucket into the well and poured himself a cool cup of
Soon Miriam and her three children came by. Jesus moved over so that
there was room on the bench for the small children. After Miriam and her kids had drink of water from the well, Miriam’s son Jacob asked Jesus a question, “Please Sir, could you please explain to me the Story of Jacob and Esau, I’m not sure I quite understand it.” “I would be happy to,” said Jesus. “Isaac, who was very old, was the Father of Jacob and Esau. Esau was the oldest son, while Jacob was the middle child. Esau chose evil as his binding spell while Jacob chose Wisdom. When Isaac was very old and mostly blind, he called Esau into his tent to talk with him. Isaac saw Esau and felt the hair on Esau’s back and chest. Isaac then said, “When I am ready to pass over to the other side I will call you in and feel your hair to know that it is you, and then I will give you my Father’s blessing so you will inherit everything from me.” Jacob and Esau’s mother overheard this conversation and told Jacob about it. She then sent Esau out to hunt. While Esau was gone, Isaac called for Esau thinking that he was near. In the meantime
Jacob’s mother told Jacob to tie a goat’s hair hide around his chest and back and to go get Isaac’s blessing. Jacob did this. Isaac was fooled and Jacob inherited everything.”
“Now.” Jesus said, you must understand that Jacob was an Intuitive male of the House of Seth, favored by God, while Esau was a sensate male of the House of Cain, cursed by God. This is why Jacob inherited and Esau did not.”
Chapter 93 The Astral Plane By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar The Astral Plane has been discussed in occult circles for hundreds of years or more. The Astral Plane is a Universe and World which closely parallels our Material Universe so much that some persons can shift onto the Astral Plane in a parallel universe and accomplish things that would not be possible otherwise. It has been said, for example that Jesus of Nazareth performed many of his miracles on the Astral Plane after shifting himself and his audience and followers with him onto the Astral Plane. Some people, for example, with physical ailments have to shift onto the Astral Plane to walk. Others have to shift onto the Astral Plane in order to write or do intellectual work. It is also possible to use one’s Preconscious Mind (Greeley, Kubie) in order to remote view or multilocate into the Astral Plane. You can communicate and meet with others on the Astral Plane. You can also find Astral Libraries to study in on the Astral Plane. The Astral Plane is made of Astral Matter, also known as Being Matter. Being Matter is a composition of Metaphysical Being and Metaphysical Matter. Being Matter is slightly outside of Space-Time and is metaphysical not materially physical. Finally, for those who may doubt the existence of the Astral Plane, the Astral Plane is analogous to Quantum Parallel Universes and Quantum Non-locality. Recall, also, that Ockham’s Razor and Logical Positivism have been trashed as stupid and wrong.
Chapter 94 The Bible and Metaphysics By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar In the Prologue to the Gospel of John, the Author provides a metaphysical account of Creation based upon the First Cause, The Logos (Reason), Jesus Christ: In the beginning was the Logos and the Logos was in God’s Presence, and the Logos was God. The Logos was present to God In God in the Beginning. Through the Logos all things came into being, And apart from the Logos, nothing came into being. (New American Bible paraphrased) Now, it is clear from the foregoing that Jesus Christ the Logos (Reason) is the First Cause which caused the Universe to come into existence, preceding the Big Bang.
Chapter 95 The Blind Convention An Allegorical Tale By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar The Blind Person’s Association (BPA) was holding its 10th Annual Meeting at the Hilton Hotel, in Washington, D.C. The BPA had become very politically active, of late, having studied modern psychiatry, logical positivism, and the postmodern linguistics of Derrida and Foucoult. The President of the BPA took the podium and began his speech. “My friends, we are finally beginning to understand how we the Blind have been hoodwinked. After careful consideration of postmodern sources, it is clear that the supposed visual world of “normal” Americans is a hallucination. There is no such thing as sight, only darkness.” The 10,000 BPA members in the audience chcered. The President continued, “We know that these people are hallucinating because we know from our very own sense experience that visual sight is impossible. We are the moral majority, we are the normal. We represent Conventional Morality. We must put an end to the hegemony of the psuedo visualists in society. We must do everything we can to exterminate the visualists and put them on psychiatric wards. The visualists are mentally ill with their hallucinations of a sighted world. We must put an end to their fascism and bigotry. We will go forth from this meeting and convince the visualists that they must take non-violence vows and that they must accept us on the basis of diversity,
and then we will do everything we can to get them to commit suicide, or if necessary, exterminate them. We cannot afford to keep them in psychiatric wards forever.” The Blind crowd cheered. Soon the Blind returned to their home communities and began to persecute the visuals. It took awhile, but they were determined to win, and then, the lights went out for humanity.
Chapter 96 The Butcher of Prague An Allegorical Tale By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar Reinhart Heydrich, was a top officer in the Nazi German SS. He was responsible for putting together the “Final Solution” which put political dissidents and Jews in death camps. Heydrich moved to Prague, Czechoslovakia and declared himself to be the Riechsfuhrer of Prague. Along with other Nazi leaders, Heydrich participated in the Nazi eugenetics program whose goal was to built a master race, using genetics. Heydrich, along with others, donated sperm to the Nazi cause, which was frozen and taken by submarine to a Nazi stronghold in Brazil, South America. Heydrich was assassinated by a Czech, OSS commando team and the world hoped this would be last we would ever see of him. We were wrong. In 1948, in Brazil a group of Nazi scientists used Heydrich’s sperm, and artificially inseminated a blond Aryan woman, who became pregnant. Rudolph Heydrich was born in Brazil in late 1948.
After the Nazi Party in Brazil made connection with the Nazi/Communist Party in East Germany, and later the Communist Party in Cuba, Rudoloph Heydrich was trained by the KGB in disinformation techniques and terrorism, with the objective of destroying the United States of America.
Rudolph Heydrich also had another quality which was not well known. He had the soul of his Father Heinrich Heydrich, who believed in reincarnation. Rudolph Heydrich developed past life recollection of his earlier life as well as psychic abilities. He was trained to impersonate a lawyer or law professor, or law school Dean. Heydrich took the name Douglas Gray, got an LLM in law from Harvard, and started his career. With help from the KGB he soon became a law school Dean, starting a Satanic Cult whose mission was to destroy any persons who believed in God in the student body or the faculty. He also was to implement a strategy of teaching false logical positivism as a
psudeo philosophy to replace Thomism in the American Bar Association and the Association of American Law Schools. Only divine intervention was going to stop Rudolph Heydrich from succeeding in his mission to destroy America.
Chapter 97 The Core of Jesuit Spirituality By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar Ignatius of Loyola, the Founder of the Jesuit Order, The Society of Jesus, summed up Jesuit spirituality best when he said, “Find God in all Things.” Now, of course this does not mean that we are to go out and try to find God in all Things by punching an innocent person in the mouth, for example, but it does mean that we are to try to find God in the Gray areas of life and existence. In other words, I might just find God Windsurfing or jumping with a parachute from an airplane, or helping a little old lady across the street. The long version of the Ignatian injunction is that we are to “Find God in all things that are ordered toward the Good, that is , the Individual Good. Ignatius was a neo-
thomist and so it only makes sense to interpret him in light of the Platonist Ideal of the Good. Remember, the Good is not the Common Good, it is the Individual Good. The Individual Good is based on each of us ordering our lives on the fundamental Liberal values of: 1. My Autonomy (my self-directedness) 2. My Rational Self Interest (my enlightened Rational Self Interest) 3. My Self-Actualization (my bringing about my meaningful projects) 4. My Self-Transcendence (compassion for myself and others) By each of us individually, and collectively following the Individual Good, we achieve the real Common Good, not just the unreflective will of the mob. In this way the
“Invisible Hand” of Rational Self Interest and the Individual Good, leads to the Greater Good for all.
Chapter 98 The Cross and Coping with Depression By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar Depression hits most all of us at one time or another. There are many reasons for depression. I suppose one reason that people get depressed is that the world that they were raised to expect didn’t quite turn out that way. When I was a kid, I was taught that if you were good, and played by the rules, that you would have a successful life. Now, there are many people who say the opposite. They say that only evil people succeed. That is a shame. It is also depressing. In his books, theologian Matthew Fox says that we should do away with the cross and focus on creative love. That may work for awhile, but it does not help deal with the problems of depression and evil. The Cross is a spiritually and psychologically transformative symbol and mechanism. Jung says that the Cross is a Mandala that
channels spiritual energy. I think that Jung is correct. While it does not seem right to keep Jesus on the Cross forever, at the same time, we need the Jesus who is Transfigured by the Cross. The Christic Energy of the Cross spiritually transforms us.
Chapter 99 The End of the World By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar Some people thought that the millennium would bring about the End of the World. I have even heard that some people committed suicide right before the year 2,000 in order to avoid the End of the World. I personally, don’t think that the end of
the world is coming, in fact, I don’t think that it will ever come. Instead, I think that we will have World without End, Amen. Some people are very linear. They think that the universe and the earth started at a definite time and will end at a definite time. This is a failure in imagination. In fact, the Universe, like God, is Infinite. If we were to chart the Beginning of Time and the End of Time on a graph, what we would end up with an Infinity Loop. Time folds back in upon itself at the end of time and starts again with the beginning of time.
Given that the Universe is of infinite length in time I really doubt that the end of the world is coming. In fact I think that we have World without End, Amen. Pray the following Prayer and you will begin to understand: Glory be to the Father, And to the Son, And to the Holy Spirit, As it was in the Beginning, is now, And ever shall be, World without End, Amen.
Chapter 100 The Fiduciary Duty of a Guardian to a Ward By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar The relationship of a Guardian to a Ward is the same type of fiduciary relationship that an agent owes to a principal, that a partner owes to a partner, that a real estate broker owes to a client. The clear common law rule is that the Guardian has a fiduciary duty to act in the best interests of the ward, including of course the ward’s financial best interest. Additionally, it is clear that a guardian who owes a fiduciary duty to a ward must not engage in any activities which involve a conflict of interest. Thus, a guardian cannot use the ward’s money to benefit the guardian, personally, or to benefit a friend or relative of the guardian. Similarly, if a spouse is a guardian of the other spouse in a marriage situation, it is clear that the guardian cannot represent the ward’s interest in a divorce action. I have argued previously that the liberal scale of values involves first, individual autonomy, second rational self interest, third, self actualization. Therefore, a guardian has a fiduciary duty to promote the ward’s individual autonomy, the ward’s rational self interest, and the ward’s self actualization. Finally, the antiquated idea that the guardian stands in the place of the Father of the ward, and that the Father “owns” the child or ward is absurd. A parent owes a fiduciary duty to act in the best interests of the child. To the extent that a guardianship is
analogous to a parent child relationship, it is clear that the relationship must be one which is ordered toward the best interests of the child and the best interests of the ward, including financial best interest.
Chapter 101 The Gradeschool Classics By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar I have read most of the Classic Novels such as The Three Musketeers, Ivanhoe, The Black Arrow, Treasure Island, etc. But I must confess that I read most of them in 6th Grade. You might ask how I did that, and I will tell you. I read those novels in the form of Classics Illustrated Comic Books, which are now available again. After reading the comics, there is also a Grade school translation of the Classics in book form, called Illustrated Classics. If you are interested in reading the classics but don’t want to wade through the originals, which are sometimes quite lengthy and difficult to read, then I suggest you or your children start with the Classics Illustrated Comics. In fact, I even suggest that
School Boards put in place a 9th Grade class, called Classical Literature, and use Classics Illustrated Comics for the class, to make it more fun. The Government should subsidize the production and purchase of Classics Illustrated Comic Books. You learn a lot about humanity, human culture, and western civilization by reading Classics Illustrated Comic Books. And its fun, too.
Chapter 102 The Higher Self By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar The Prophet and Seer, Edgar Cayce, has written about the “Higher Self.” For Christians, I argue that one should pray that one’s Higher Self, is Jesus Christ, or one’s Christ Self. This is the Higher Authentic Self, analogous to the Self that Psychologist Carl Jung has written about. The Higher Self, or Christ Self, structures a person’s Unconscious Mind. The Higher Self guides the Centered Self, and the ego. The ego is then transformed into the Transcendental Ego. The Higher Self sets goals for the Self of Ego to attain. The Higher Self can also provide information to the Self or Ego by way of elocutions, dreams, and visions. So, I suggest that you Pray that Jesus Christ is your Higher Self, and that you pray for the guidance and help of your Higher Self.
Chapter 103 The Individual Good not the Common Good In The Treatise on Law, by Thomas Aquinas, at Question 90, Article 3, Thomas Aquinas argues that the end of Law is the Common Good. He goes on to define the Common Good as the will of the people or as the will of a political person who represents the people. In defining the Common Good this way Thomas Aquinas is mistaken. The
Common Good is not some sort of Conventional or Political consensus, instead the Common Good is the Aggregate or Sum of the Individual Good found throughout society. Now, the Individual Good is the basis for society and the Common Good. The Individual Good is described in a scale values based upon Individual Autonomy, Individual Rational Self Interest, Individual Self Actualization, and Individual Self Transcendence. For most people, as matter of Individual Self Transcendence, one’s
Final End is God or Being, or The Good.
Chapter 104 The International Sons of Liberty and the Transcendental Precepts By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar As part of the Wisdom that is necessary for one to become a genuine Son of Liberty, one must learn to follow the Transcendental Precepts, as outlined by Lonergan. They are: Be Attentive Be Intelligent Be Reasonable Be Responsible Be Loving Be Compassionate One is attentive when one pays attention to what is going on. One must try to focus in on the details or get a feel for the big picture. This is being attentive. Being intelligent means means asking Who? What? Why? Where? How? How many? Being intelligent means categorizing and comparing and contrasting data and ideas. Be reasonable means having Good Judgment and being Reflective. Being responsible means choosing a liberal set of values based on autonomy and then choosing the truly worthwhile over the apparently worthwhile. Being loving means choosing to love as much as possible rather than hating. Being compassionate means having empathy for others.
Chapter 105 The Jungian Collective Unconscious and The Platonic Forms By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar Some Psychiatrists assert that the Platonic Form, in the World of the Form, outside of Space-Time, are simply delusions or hallucinations. On the contrary, the Forms are not only Real, they are the basis for Reality. Depth Psychologists, Dr. Carl Jung points out in his academic work that both psychological observation as well as an analysis of philosophy, theology, and myth, throughout history, all prove the existence of the Collective or Universal Unconcious. Jung states that the Collective Unconscious contain within it, Archetypes. (See, Carl Gustav Jung, The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious.) In Platonic terms, Jung points out that the Archetypes are the Platonic Forms, and the Collective Unconscious is the World of the Forms. The Forms or Archetypes, then, act of structure not only individual consciousness, but also Reality itself. However, the Forms are not rigidly determinate like cookie cutters, instead they are vibrating probability fields of energy. This, then, is consistent with the work of biologist, Rupert Sheldrake, who says that evolution is structured by Morphogenetic Fields, or Forms.
Chapter 106 The Legal Doctrine of Patrimony By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar I have heard a rumor that some feminists, wrongly, are asserting that a wife has a right to her husband’s income under the doctrine of Patrimony. In fact, Patrimony is simply defined in Black’s Law Dictionary as the doctrine that a son inherits his Father’s property upon the Father’s death. Thus, it is clear that the doctrine mentioned first, above, is either wrong or absurd.
Chapter 107 The Legal Doctrine of Primogeniture By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar I have heard a rumor that some persons, wrongly, take the position that there is a Legal Doctrine of Primogeniture which means that one who successfully asserts the doctrine against another has a right to control that person and take all that person’s income and property from him. The foregoing interpretation of Primogeniture is either wrong or absurd. In fact, Black’s Law Dictionary states that primogeniture simply means the common law doctrine that the eldest son inherits all of hjis Father’s property upon his Father’s death. The rumored position above is wrong or absurd.
Chapter 108 The Lemmings an Allegorical Tale By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar When I was a kid going to Public School, a teacher of mine once told our class the story of the Lemmings. Now, the Lemmings were hominid creatures. Sort of the
kind of being you’d expect to find in the Cantina in Star Wars. They look like white seals, and waddled along on dry land just like seals do. The interesting thing about Lemmings is that they were very tribal, very conventional, very herd oriented. Whatever the Lemmings did at the front of the herd, the rest simply followed without any thought of doing anything else. They were all trained to follow the herd leaders, as authorities, no matter what the leaders did. One day the Lemmings were waddling along on a path, when the path ended abruptly with a drop down a steep cliff of about 150 feet. The lead lemmings got to the end of the path and without any thought, walked off the edge of the cliff and fell to their deaths. Off course the leaders were themselves trained to follow authority all their lives and so when they ended up in leadership positions they acted very irrationally. But, the story does not end here. Recall, that all the Lemmings were trained to follow conventional authority, their herd leaders. So, after the first Lemmings walked off the edge of the cliff, the next Lemmings did the same, in turn, and soon all of the Lemmings were dead at the bottom of the cliff. The moral of the story, Don’t trust conventional authority.
Chapter 109 The Level of Experience By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar I have argued previously that the Human Mind unfolds with the first three levels of Body, Mind, and Spirit. On the level of the Body Mind, that is the level of experience, we experience many emotions as well as sense experience, that is, what we can see, touch, feel, hear, smell. For some, however, level one is a much richer, fuller experience than mere sense experience. Although, I have argued that Intuition only really developes for the first time at level 6, it is apparent that such Intuition can be “downloaded” to lower levels of consciousness, once developed. So, it is possible that a type of “Ground Mysticism” can develop where the person not only had sense experience at level one, but also intuitive experience, spiritual experience, even Mystical Experience. Perhaps this is why some
people develop ideas from experience, and have experiences that others do not. For example, some people can have a peak spiritual experience in nature simply by looking at the colorful leaves in the Fall. Others can have a similar experience looking at a Mountain Peak, or a seaside Beach. looking into the eyes of a loved one. I suppose in some sense it may be that when a person “downloads” abilities or consciousness from a Higher Level of Mind, that in fact the person may only be deploying those abilities in a Quantum Field or Parallel Frame or Universe which is Some can even have a Mystical Experience by
slightly out of frame with the mundane world. This would be consistent with the biblical idea of Alternative Prophetic Consciousness which is experienced as an alternate reality. Moses, then, brought Alternative Prophetic Consciousness to the captive
Israelites, not Egyptian realism.
Chapter 110 The Material World By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar Some people who call themselves Thomists, wrongly, think that the material world is full of necessary causes, so much so, that they think the material world is determined, even static. This is of course absurd. There are four primary levels of reality: 3. The Substantial Level. 2. The Matter Level. 1. .5 The Material Level. The Quantum Level
Now, the Substantial or Angelic level of Reality is completely determined by necessary causes ordered toward the Individual Good. The Matter Level is the level of Illiteration from the Substantial Level, and is structured by Logical Accident, which constiute Natural Laws which determine the Matter Reality. The Material Level is composed almost exclusively by material accident (random statistical probability) and material causes (contingent natural laws which are mere the natural “habits” of the universe. Rupert Sheldrake calls these habits, “morphgenetic fields.” The Qunatum Level is characterized by Quantum Indeterminacy or Moderate Relativism. At the Quantum Level meaning affects reality.
While it is possible for the Substantial Level (Divine Law) to partially structure the Material World as a “miracle,” and while it is also possible for the Matter based World to partially structure the Material World by reason of Natural Law, most of the material universe is structured by material accident (random statistical probability) and natural “habits” of the universe, ordinary natural law. As stated previously the material world is underdetermined not determined. Finally, there is the Quantum Level at Level .5 which manifests through meaning. The Quantum World, which is the Unitary Quantum Field, also has an effect upon the Material World.
Chapter 111 The Matrix and Multidimensional Reality By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar In the Movie, The Matrix, Neo discovers that there is a machine world which is “real,” and that the ordinary world of everyday life is simply an Illusory Matrix, an artificially generated reality. This is an interesting way of setting up reality, but I have a problem with it. In fact, Quantum Physics suggests that all of Reality is Probabalistic and Multidimensional. Even the most “unitary” world is in fact an aunitary, unitary world. Absolute unity does not exist in the real world. So, my point is this. In the Movie, the Matrix, the machine world was another “parallel world” or matrix, just as much as the ordinary world. If one had the right abilities or technology, one could cut through the machine world and find another parallel world which might be a better world. If Neo really was a “chosen one” he would be able to see through the matrix of the machine world and “frame walk” into other parallel worlds or reality frames. The machine world is no more a valid world than any other.
Chapter 112 The Metaphysics of Property By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar Critical Legal Studies and Postmodern legal scholars have argued that Property is an artificial construct and should not really be given a special place in the legal curriculum or the common law. I, on the other hand, argue that Real Property is different than Personal Property, and is certainly different than Contract. Our first clue to the notion that Property is different is found in the ancient medieval custom of Enfoeffment where the Feudal Lord passes on Seisin in Real Property to a Vassal. This enfoeffement ceremony involved the Feudal Lord, literally handing the Vassal a lump of soil from the ground and handed it to the Vassal. This lump of Soil, symbolizing Seisin, involves the use of the Metaphysical Quiddity of Substance. Real Property, then, is a Substantial Interest factually, and Metaphysically. Personal Property is treated differently than Real Property under the Common Law. Personal Property is movable property. In Metaphysical terms, the Metaphysical Quiddity of Matter, best represents and is the basis for, Personal Property. The distinction between the two is found in Catholic religious life where Catholic religious were not allowed to own Real Property, but could hold an Equitable Use in Personal Property. Catholic religious could only own land, that is, Real Property, indirectly through the use of an equitable stock ownership interest in a Corporation which held title to the Real Property.
Finally, Contract is based upon the Metaphysical Quiddity of Form. The form of the Contract is that which is most important at the Common Law. Equity in Being can only intervene where there is no adequate remedy at law.
Chapter 113 The Objective God By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar Dr. Deepak Chopra argues that God unfolds and manifests differently at different stages of Consciousness or Reality. At Level 3 is the Silent God of Meditation, Contemplative Prayer, and Individual Autonomy. Chopra then argues that God at level 4 is the God of Redemption whose primary attributes is Intuition. I argue, on the other hand, that the God of Level 4 is the Objective God, God the Planner. The God of Level 4 is a God of Objectivity. This God is objective by integrating the function of the Analytic View, with Higher Love. Thus, it is argued that one is more Objective when one channels or manifests the God of Objectivity, not less as some atheists argue. The God of Level 4 is also the God of Planning. The God of Levels One, Two, and to some degree Three, are Gods who respond to reality or prayer, they do not take the initiative on their own. The God of Level 4, on the other hand, is a God of Formal Operations who proactively plans. The God of Levels One, Two, and Three, is a God who responds, while the God of Level Four plans and acts using Management by Objective. The Objective God is once again a Silent God, but with some additional objective attributes.
Chapter 114 The Parable of the Fig Tree By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar In the Christian Gospels there is the story of the Fig Tree, often referred to as a parable, although Jesus and his disciples were apparently really an active part of the story. In this story, Jesus and his Disciples are walking by a Fig Tree and Jesus reached up to grab a fig to eat. There were no figs on the tree. Although it was recognized that it was not the season for figs to be harvested, Jesus nevertheless cursed the Fig Tree for being barren. Some time later, Jesus and his disciples returned past the Fig Tree and found that it had withered and died. What to make of this real life parable? Well, I argue that the Fig Tree represents Everyman and that Everyman was cursed because he had made a wrong choice existentially. You see, we all have the fundamental option of either choosing The Good or Evil. In a World characterized by relativism this may not always seem apparent, but it is true. You see, the Fig Tree, symbolizing Everyman, had chosen Evil. One suspects that Jesus was planning to perform a miracle with the Fig Tree and have it produce fruit out of season. Jesus could not do this because the Fig Tree had chosen Evil rather than the Good. This is why the Fig Tree, Everyman, was cursed, even though it was not the time for bearing fruit.
Chapter 115 The Parable of the Talents An Allegory By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar A Wizard was going on a journey and before he left he called in his apprentices and told them that he was going to give them certain talents or spiritual gifts to use while he was gone. He said that he would return in five years. To the first apprentice, the Wizard gave the talent of Intuition. To the second apprentice the Wizard gave the talent of creative writing. To the third apprentice, the Wizard gave the talent of channeling. To the fourth apprentice the Wizard gave the talent of woodworking. The Wizard then told his apprentices that he expected them to use their talents well. And then he left of his journey. While the Wizard was gone, the first apprentice used his Intuition to teach metaphysics to a group of students. The second apprentice used his creative writing to write and publish short stories with special meaning. The third apprentice used his talent of channeling to spread vile gossip and to persecute the mentally ill. The fourth apprentice used his wordworking talent to build and sell bookcases. The Wizard returned from his journey at the end of five years and called in his apprentices to give an accounting of what they had done with their talents. The Wizard rewarded the first apprentice with ten gold pieces for using his talent of Intuition to teach metaphysics. The Wizard rewarded his second apprentice with eight pieces of gold for
using his creative writing to write and publish short stories. The Wizard then turned the third apprentice into a frog for using his talent of channeling to spread vile rumors and persecute the mentally ill. Finally, the Wizard rewarded the fourth apprentice with seven pieces of gold for building and selling bookcases. Let those who can really hear this parable understand it and benefit from it.
Chapter 116 The Path of Power By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif Although I do not recommend that the reader read “A Separate Reality” by Carlos Casteneda, I would like to address one of the central themes of the book. In the book, Carlos Casteneda does a series of interviews with a Yaqui Indian Sorcerer, named Don Juan de Matus. Don Juan tells us that we should seek the Path of Power if we wish to be spiritually successful. I tried the Path of Power for awhile and it didn’t work. I found myself going back to my public school junior high education where I was taught that “Power corrupts, and Absolute Power corrupts absolutely.” Path of Power doesn’t work. I also proved to myself, logically, that the
First, if I am to have Power, I must have power of myself.
I must be autonomous. I must to my own thing, not what someone else tells me to do. The problem then is that while I choose autonomy and autonomous goals for myself, to have power in the traditional sense, I would have to have a group of obedient followers who do not what I do, but what I say. This is of course both hypocritical and lacks reciprocity. Finally, of course, if my followers try to model themselves after me, as they typically do, they will want to be autonomous too, not just obedient to authority. Now, a Power person might ignore the criticism above, but then that person would turn out to be irrational, not rational. Power players who are irrational get replaced by those who are more rational. Irrational Power player don’t last.
Another Path, is the Path of Love. Some people choose the Path of Love, deciding that Love is all. My problem with Love is that it isn’t enough. Loving people often choose not to defend themselves and end up being tortured, or martyred. The reasonable person chooses self defense, not martyrdom. The Path that I have chosen is the Path of Reason. Reason is 70% logic, 20%
Intuition and 10% love. Thus there is an affective component to Reason. The reasonable person believes in Natural Law, and Metaphysics, and Philosophy, and often, God. The reasonable person uses power instrumentally as a means, rather than as an end. The reasonable person chooses to support the well ordered Liberal society which recognizes individual rights and responsibilities. The reasonable person supports The Individual Good. Occasionally, reason does not work, and that is why the reasonable person chooses Wisdom as his or her secondary Path. Wisdom involves alinear logic, intuition, and creativity. Wisdom finds the answers that Reason cannot find.
Chapter 117 The Phenomenology of a Visionary Experience By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar One might conclude that a Visionary Experience is one which takes place “outside of the body or mind.” I would like to argue that this is not necessarily true. In fact one can argue that most visions take place “within the body and mind.” I am referring primarily to a visionary experience by a Subject in a controlled prayer setting. The Subject was reading the Bible and meditating. Soon, the Subject was in a deep trance state and his consciousness had gone “internal.” In his internal mind, the Subject found himself on a mental plane of a different dimension. This plane appeared to the Subject as if it were the Astral Plane. The Subject found himself fully awake and aware in an internal “out of body experience.” The Subject met one person while on the internal Astral Plane and communicated with her. Soon, the Subject came
out of his trance state and found himself to be back in the prayer room where he had started out. The Subject carried with him a feeling of all enveloping Love which he did not have prior to the experience. This feeling of all enveloping Love lasted for approximately one year and then faded away.
Chapter 118 The Philosophy of Being By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar Some say that you really shouldn’t try to describe Being at all, that Being is Ineffable. Since others have tried, however, I suppose that I should say something. Bernard Lonergan defines Being as an “Unrestricted Act of Understanding.” In Platonist terms, Being can be described as Form of Form. The real difficulty with Being comes when we try to discuss the causal nature of Being. Some say that Being is unchanging and static. I, on the other hand, argue that
Being Vibrates. Being is best symbolized by a Vibrating Infinity Loop. A Being Mystic can feel Being. Now, Being is unchanging in a sense, but not the mundane causal sense that we experience within space and time. Being is an Unmoved Mover. Therefore, Being is both unchanging and mobile at the same time. Being Moves outside of Space and Time. Thus, I argue that it is impossible to logically, linearly, deduce any conclusions from any sort of analysis of Being. Being must be intuited using one’s Intuition. One then finds Being in one’s Insights and one’s artistic or spiritual inspiration. Being is subtle, not facile.
Chapter 119 The Psychic Church By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar In her acclaimed book, “The Gnostic Paul,” scripture scholar, Elaine Pagels describes the Psychic Church. Basically, Psychic “Christians” are those who in Jungian terms, have dominantly Sensate personality types. In other words, they live on the level of the base emotions. Now, what Pagels does not tell you is that many of these people are literally Psychics. That is, they have Psychic abilities, such as Channeling and Clairaudience and Clairvoyance, or telepathy. These Psychics are sometimes very powerful, but ignorant people because they use their Psychic abilities for political power. Many are Satantists. This, of course, makes sense, because as Pagels tells us, the Psychic believers are under the dominion of the Demiurge, or the Devil who masquerades as God. Psychics are bound by the law of the Demiurge. They are law and order people who have no sense whatsoever of the Spirit of the Law. Pagels also discusses a second type of Christian, the Pneumatic. In Jungian terms, the Pneumatic is an Intuitive personality type. Intuitives are not psychic. Intuitives develop something like psychic abilities by intuiting Being. They get information by intuiting Being, not through psychic channeling. Pagels points out that the Pneumatics, or Intuitives are the ones, who, according to St. Paul, the Apostle, are supposed to be the leaders in the Christian Churches. The
Pneumatics are level 3 thinkers who use the Wisdom or Spirit Mind to think. Pneumatics do not sin and are not bound by the law of the Demiurge or Devil. Pneumatics are spiritual people who just naturally do the right thing without even thinking about it. St. Paul tells the Pneumatics that they should obey the laws of the Demiurge, like the Psychics are required to, in order to promote harmony in the Christian Churches. Here, I disagree with St. Paul. The law of the Demiurge is a corrupt law of convention. The law of moral conformity and convention is evil. The Pneumatics must be leaders and insist that the law be based upon higher values, not the base emotions. Autonomy, Rational Self Interest, Self Actualization, and Self Transcendence all flow from higher law and higher values, not the base values of the psychic community. A Just Society is one where the Pneumatics or Intuitives are in charge, not the Psychic channelers who really do not even know how to think analytically or reflectively. Many logical positivists are level one, psychic thinkers, whose only personal thinking is done through concrete operations clouded by the base emotions of greed, selfishness, envy, gluttony, avarice, sexual excess, etc.
Chapter 120 The Purpose of Economic Activity is to Produce Individual Liberty By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar Some have argued that the purpose of Economic Activity is to Maximize Profit, I argue, on the other hand that the purpose of Economic Activity is to Maximize Individual Liberty. Now, you might ask why this is so, and I will tell you why. If the purpose of
Economic Activity is to Maximize Profit, then in an ideal world all one is entitled to is a lot of money. One is not guaranteed any choice at all in terms of goods and services available and in fact one is not even guaranteed the right to spend the money. Hypothetically, if your only choice was to Maximize Profit, you could be placed in a world where you have a two room jail cell, with one room filled with money, and the other room, having you as the prisoner. You see, without Liberty, profit maximization is not a rational choice. On the other hand, if one treats the purpose of Economic Activity as Maximizing Liberty, then one could imagine a secondary principle that one would have to have some money in order to have some measure of Liberty. It does you no good to have Liberty and to be starving to death as a street person. Liberty clearly entails the idea of a
market economy where a free choice of goods and services are available. Thus, it is important to note that under GAAT, The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, any law or trade practice which restricts Liberty is an unfair trade
practice prohibited by GAAT. Thus, GAAT requires that all laws and governmental actions be reasonable, and that every person has a right to substantive and procedural due process of law. Were this not the case, then great economic inefficiency would take place.
Chapter 121 The Schizophrenic Priest An Allegorical Tale By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar Father Liam Brown was a Roman Catholic Priest in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Father Brown had been a Priest for about 5 years, but it was time for him to make a move. He simply could no longer believe in Obedience to the Archbishop and he could no longer believe in Papal Infallibility. So, Father Brown
contacted the local Episcopalian Bishop and decided to switch religions and become an Episcopalian Protestant Priest. First, however, Father Brown told Roman Catholic Archbishop Richard Lee about his decision. Then, it happened. The day after Father Brown told Archbishop Lee about his decision, two EMS medical workers came to the door of the Parish Rectory where Father Brown lived and told Father Brown that he, Father Brown had been involuntarily committed to a psychiatric ward for schizophrenia. Father Brown was hauled away and put on the psychiatric ward. On his second day on the Ward, Father Brown met with Doug Gray, the psychiatrist. Father Brown asked why he had been involuntarily committed and why he had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. Dr. Gray replied that he, Father Brown had been diagnosed with schizophrenia for having the delusion that he was an Episcopalian Protestant Priest. Father Brown insisted that he had made an adult, mature decision to
become an Episcopalian Priest and that it was his right to do so under Freedom of Religion. Dr. Gray replied that he, Dr. Gray takes the position that mental health patients have no constitutional rights since they are mentally incompetent. Thus, Dr. Gray told Father Brown that he, Father Brown had no right of religious freedom. After 6 months on the Ward, and having been doped up on Haldol for delusional psychosis, Father Brown decided that he was really a Roman Catholic Priest after all, and was allowed to go home to the parish rectory.
Chapter 122 The Seal of Confession and Lawyer, Client Confidentiality By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar Some have criticized the Christian tradition of Confession of Sins saying that the Seal of Confession which prohibits the Priest from disclosing information in any circumstances is wrong. Additionally, some Priests complain that Parents confess child abuse to a Priest in a Satanic way to destroy the Priest while the child suffers. I argue that the Seal of Confession should be changed to reflect the Lawyer Client Confidentiality current found in the Pennsylvania Model Rules of Professional Conduct. Under PA Rule l.6 anything the client says to the lawyer in the scope of the representation is Confidential and cannot be disclosed. There are, however, exceptions to the 1.6 bar on disclosure. The exceptions are as follows: 1. While generally you cannot reveal any information regarding the past, you can reveal information if the lawyer’s service are or have been used to commit a crime or a fraud. 2. You can reveal any information regarding an intended future crime or fraud. With respect to an ongoing crime or fraud, you have permission to counsel the person to Stop committing the crime or fraud and if they don’t stop, you can reveal the information under both exceptions above. Priests should be able to use both exceptions above in confession, counseling, and spiritual direction. Protestant Ministers should use the same rule.
The Sermon An Allegory By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar Jesus of Nazareth addressed the crowd: “Some think that they can get away with murder. I say, ‘As you do, so it will be done unto you. If you cheat others you will be cheated. If you torture others, you will be tortured. If you murder others, you will be murdered.’ This is the law of Karma and Reciprocity. The Natural Law principle of Reciprocity is, ‘As you do, so it will be done unto you.’ Take warning, if you do not receive a penalty for violating reciprocity in this life then it will be done unto you in another life.
Chapter 124 The Sermon on the Mount An Allegory By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar Jesus of Nazareth walked to the top of a small hill and began to address the crowd. He said, “Blessed are the Poor in Spirit, that is the mentally ill, they shall know God.” “Blessed are those who hunger for God, for they shall be filled.” “Blessed are those who seek Justice for they shall find Justice.” “Blessed are those who believe in Equity, for they shall find Equity.” “Blessed are those who forgive, for they shall find forgiveness.” “Blessed are those who exercise Good Judgment, for they shall be judged by Good Judgment.” Many that day were baptized by Jesus after hearing his Sermon on the Mount.
Page 125 The Silent God By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar There are some authors who assert that they “channel God,” and have a great deal to say in their books about what God is up to. My experience, on the other hand is that the real God is a Silent God. He doesn’t channel. We find out about God, The God of Being, through Reason and intuitive inspiration. We can know God the Father, the God of Being, best, through the process of Intuiting Being. Being is the Godhead. It is through Being that we know God. God It seems to me that channeling
reveals himself to us in our intuitive feeling of Being.
is an unreliable way of knowing God. For example, one author states that God says that all advanced societies are communist and that the nature of reality is extreme relativism. Both of these positions are wrong. Liberalism, tempered by equity makes an ideal society, not communism. Our world is characterized by moderate relativism not extreme relativism. Reason and logic still work in our world in spite of it being somewhat relativistic. Finally, if God exists, and He does, it also seems plausible that demonic entities also exist. It is certainly possible that demonic entities could impersonate God, and give us a lot of disinformation about the nature of reality.
Chapter 126 The Silent God and the Inner Self By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar In his book, “How to Know God,” by Dr. Deepak Chopra, Chopra argues that at the Level 3 Stage of Consciousness, there is a movement inward toward the Silent God. This inward path is taken instead of the outward path of conformity to conventional morality. Perhaps one of the most important choices a person will ever make is whether to take the inward path of the Spirit, or the outward path of conformity to the dicates of conventional society. As Chopra points out, when one takes the inward path, one begins a process of meditation or contemplation which leads to the inner silence of the True Self. The True Self is the Silent God in you, where you and God are One. Not a One of the Ego, but a One of the Self which transcends the Ego. We do not know how, exactly, but there is Power in the appropriation of the Silent Self. One’s Prayer life deepens immensely. But somehow instead of look for the God outside of me for help, I find the Silent God insidc of me, which is truly me. The conflict between what God wants and what I want dissolves in the Self of the Silent God. As Saint Paul says, It is not longer I that live, but God that lives in me. Once one has taken the inward journey and has found the Silent God, then one’s prayer life changes to silent meditation or contemplation, or, focuses on very short prayers for guidance. The God of Level 3 helps those who help themselves, Spiritually.
Finally, it should be noted that the Silent Self of Level 3 is the True Self or Jungian Self that Psychologist Carl Jung describes in this work. Once again, a technique for leaving the ego behind and find the Self is to develop the Transcendental Ego which then evolves into the Self.
Chapter 127 The Story of Cain, Abel, and Seth By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar In the Biblical Book of Genesis is the Story of Cain and Abel. This Story tells a little more. In Potency, on the other side, before their births, Cain, Abel, and Seth, each
chose to have a certain type of consciousness in their respective Souls. Cain chose to have a Sensate Soul of atheistic materialism and logical positivism, Abel chose to have a Reason based Soul Ordered toward the Good and also chose non-violence, Seth chose a Wisdom Soul with Intuition and Common Sense. Seth chose to be born first, as the oldest son in Paradaise, the Garden of Eden. Cain and Abel each chose be born on Earth after the Fall of Adam and Eve. Adam and Eve each chose Souls with Conventional Morality and Conventional Reality. Seth was
born before the Fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, without Original Sin. Seth is known as Seth Son of Adam, Son of God, Jesus Christ. After their births on Earth, Cain and Abel began to labor in the Earth. God asked each of them to make a sacrifice out of the fruits of their labors. Abel sacrificed a young lamb, for he was a sheep herder. Cain was a farmer and he was greedy and evil, so he offered a sacrifice of rotten grain with slugs and weevils in it. Cain murdered Abel by
hitting him over the head with a rock and tried to use Abel’s sacrifice for his own. God knew the Truth and had Cain branded with a M on his forehead for Murder and exiled him to a far away land.
Seth stayed in the Garden of Eden and transformed Satan, Lucifer the Archangel into Saint Anthony the Archangel. Seth started multilocating from the Garden of Eden and became a multidimensional immortal. Seth is the Patron Saint of Wisdom.
The Story of Seth and Jesus Christ An Allegory By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D.., Esq, Coif © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar Jesus Christ, also known as Jesus of Nazareth, is the reincarnation of Joseph, Joshua, Jacob, and Seth in the Old Testament. Seth was born without Original Sin in the Garden of Eden prior to the Fall of Adam and Eve. Seth, Son of Adam, Son of God is the Messiah and the New Adam of the Christian Gospels. In the Book of Isaiah, the Prophet Isaiah prophesized that the Messiah who would conquer Original Sin and Karma with his new Reality, would Hang from a Tree. When Abel tried reincarnating as the Messiah, multidimensionally, he was crucified. When Seth reincarnated as the Messiah, he simply had Joseph makes a rope foot swing from a tree and Jesus swung, and hung from the tree with his foot in the bottom loop and his hands holding onto (hanging from) the rope while he played at Age 5, thus fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah without being crucified. Jesus Christ (Seth) ruled as King of Judea, under his Alternate, Augustus Caesar for 500 years.
The Tool A Wise Saying By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar “Having the right Tool is half the battle.” By Anthony J. Fejfar
The Traditional Common Law and the Modern Common Law By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar The Traditional Common Law starts with the premise of maximizing one’s autonomy and rational self interest. Thus, a regime of common law rules developes which protect and establish contract and property legal rights. The Common Law in the United States around the year 1900 is a good model for the Traditional Common Law. The Modern Common Law is the Traditional Common Law interpreted in light of Equity. While the Traditional Common Law promotes rational self interest, the Modern Common law is tilted toward those in need, that is, the poor, the mentally ill, the elderly, and racial and ethnic minorities. Law which is interpreted in light of those in need results in anti-discrimination laws, consumer protection laws, and the implied warranty of habitability in landlord tenant law. Even the abortion cases can be seen as an example of the Modern Common law favoring the mother in need. An even more radical approach to the Modern Common law would favor the unborn child in need. The End
The True Story of Beowulf By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar Beowulf was a junior warrior in the Kingdom of Denmark in ancient times. Every time his fellow Vikings went off to war, they left Beowulf with the women and children to protect them. Thus, Beowulf never was able to acquire enough booty from raiding to have enough to get married and have a family of his own. Beowulf’s village was packed with Viking warriors and women a and children when trajedy struck. A magic dragon kept attacking the village and was devouring both the women and the warriors in turn. Beowulf saw his chance to move up in the village
hierarchy and volunteered to hunt down the dragon and kill it. Beowulf put on his armor and his broad sword which he had blessed by a Druid Priest to give it magic. Beowulf tracked the dragon to his lair and began his hero’s journey down the tunnel to the depths of Hell. It took Beowulf two days of travel to find the dragon’s
lair. The dragon was sleeping on a pile of treasure and was snoring loudly. The dragon woke up and saw Beowulf and asked him why he was there. Beowulf replied that he had come to hear the dragon’s wise lore. The dragon asked Beowulf why he shouldn’t kill Beowulf and eat him? Beowulf replied, “But wise dragon if you eat me you will never hear my riddle. Answer the riddle and you can eat me, fail and I get to kill you, steal your wisdom and your treasure.
The dragon replied, “I agree to this contest, give me your riddle.” Beowulf replied, “Here is my riddle. There once was two brothers who had the same mother and the same father, but who were not biologically related to each other. How can this be?” The dragon thought about it for awhile and said he didn’t know how. Beowulf then told the dragon that the answer was that the two children born of two sets of different parents and then were legally adopted by a third set of parents. The dragon agreed that this was a valid answer and Beowulf then drew his magic broadsword and hacked off the dragon’s head. Beowulf cut out the dragon’s wisdom teeth and boiled them down in pot and drank the broth, acquiring the dragon’s wisdom. Beowulf then collected the dragon’s treasure in a bag and returned to the village a hero and was elected the chief of the village.
Chapter 132 The Truly Worthwhile and The Good By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar In Bernard Lonergan’s Critical Philosophy, he argues that ethics should be ordered towards the Truly Worthwhile. The Truly Worthwhile intends Value. Value is that which is represented by a reflected upon scale of values. I, on the other hand argue that the Truly Worthwhile is simply The Good, also known as the Individual Good. It is clear that The Good is not the Common Good in the sense of some sort of collective conventional morality. The Good is the Individual Good, and the Individual Good is represented by a liberal scale of values which is ordered towards Liberty. This scale of values is as follows: 1. Individual Autonomy 2. Individual Rational Self Interest 3. Individual Self Actualization 4. Individual Self Transcendence Individual Autonomy means that I am ordered toward my own self-direction. Autonomy is a function of Free Will. Free Will is ultimately grounded in Creativity ex nihilo. Because of creativity, individual autonomy is possible. Individual Rational Self Interest means that I rationally, but subjectively choose that which interests me. I am to choose that which interests me and then I am to pursue
that goal using rational or logical means. Also, it should be noted that Individual Rational Self Interest means Enlightened Individual Rational Self Interest. This means that I am to consider, reciprocally the rational self interest of others as valid to the extent that it does not interfere with my own. The regime that sets this in place is the Rule of Law which protects my individual autonomy and my individual rational self interest, as well as that of others. Individual Self Actualization means that I existentially choose to work on projects that are meaningful to me. This might be a project at work, it might be my children, it might be an artistic or literary project, etc. It must be emphasized that this is a project
which is meaningful to me. Not something superficial. Finally, there is individual Self Transcendence. Individual Self Transcendence is based upon Higher Love. Higher love involves love of humanity, or real intellectual activity, or the altruistic or disinterested love of self and the other, that is, compassion. Compassion means that I will choose self-actualization projects which help humanity, or other persons, not just doing my own thing from an ego point of view.
Chapter 133 The Vows of the Jesuit Order By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar When I was in the Jesuit Novitiate, a long time ago, we studied the vow formula in the Jesuit Constitutions, basically it went like this: “I vow poverty, chastity, and obedience to my superior in the Society of Jesus.” outdated, and argue instead for a new vow formula. First of all let us consider the vow of poverty. I have argued that Jesus had a middle class upbringing and lifestyle, thus it makes no sense to me that a Jesuit should take a vow of poverty to emulate Christ, instead, a Jesuit should take a vow of “Simple Living” where one can own property but not in a manner suggesting conspicuous consumption. For example, as a general rule, I don’t think that Jesuits should own or drive sportscars or own or wear $5,000 custom made suits. Maybe a particular Jesuit will have to have a custom made suit because it is impossible to find his size “off the rack” at the men’s store. This would be an exception to the rule. Next, let us consider the vow of chastity. Chastity basically means that the Jesuit vows not to have sex. I, on the other hand, argue that Jesuits should take a Celibacy vow not to get married in the future. I a Jesuit has an occasional affair with a woman he loves or occasionally masturbates, I really don’t see this as that big a deal. The real problem is when one get’s married and devotes a majority of his energy to his wife and then I would like to argue that this vow is
children. If a Jesuit in his early 30’s needed to get married, his Celibacy vow could be temporarily dispensed and then reinstated after he has reached age 40. Finally, there is the notorious obedience vow. Taking a vow to a superior seems absurd. For example, a Jesuit might have a liberal superior for ten years who tells him to do one thing, and then a conservative superior for the next ten years who tells him to do the opposite. This really isn’t rational. Additionally, after the debacle of Nazi Germany, the idea of unquestioned obedience to authority is suspect. What if a superior ordered a Jesuit to murder another person, or to commit suicide? There seems to be no exception in the vow formula for refusing an illegal order. Moreover, with Vatican II, it is generally understood that the Holy Spirit not only works from the top down in the church and society, but also from the bottom up. A particular Jesuit might be better qualified to make decisions for himself than his superior. Finally, if one follows the philosophy and theology of Jesuit philosopher Bernard Lonergan, it is clear that if a Jesuit is to be authentic he must follow, or be obedient to the Transcendental Precepts, not an religious superior. The new vow formula should state, “I vow obedience to the Transcendental Precepts of; Be Attentive, Be Intelligent, Be Reasonable, Be Responsible, Be Loving, in the Society of Jesus.” So, I propose a new vow formula for Jesuits which is: “I vow Simple Living, Celibacy, and Obedience to the Transcendental Precepts of ; Be Attentive, Be Intelligent, Be Reasonable, Be Responsible, Be Loving, in the Society of Jesus.”
Chapter 134 The Zen Dojo and Zen as a Martial Art By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar I am a practitioner of Zen Meditation. As many master would tell you, the Zen that can be spoken of is not Zen, it is illusion. Nevertheless, as many masters have nevertheless tried to say something about Zen, so will I. Zen is very direct. Zen is not flow, Zen is Action. Dao is flow. Zen pushes. Zen moves. Zen makes things happen. The chief goal of Zen is clarity of mind. Clarity is required in two different instances in the beginner’s mind. One type of beginner is mundane and his or her mind is cluttered with stray thoughts. Zen teaches the mediator to silence these thoughts and achieve mindful harmony with one’s mind. Another type of beginner is a psychic novice whose mind is cluttered with channeled information. Sometimes the mind of the novice is so cluttered with psychic traffic that he or she cannot even sleep. In the Zen Dojo there is a bare room with a comfortable floor mat and a comfortable room temperature. The Zen novice begins his or her training by learning to meditate. Sometimes a novice will learn to meditate with a mantra. A good Christian mantra that I started out with is: “Your ways O Lord make known to me, teach me your paths, guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Saviour and I wait for you all of the Day.” Another is, “Being.” Another is, “God, please guide me to Satori” (enlightenment). Another is, “Wisdom.” And so on.
The use of the mantra helps to focus one’s spiritual energy and one’s mind on the transcendent. It also acts to block out stray thoughts or channeled information. The Dojo instructer carries a stick with him which he taps on the shoulder of the novice to make sure that he or she is maintaining attention and is not falling asleep or into a deep trance state indicating channeling behaviour. As one become proficient in meditation, another Zen technique can be developed. First the initiate must learn to find his or her own mind in his or her own imagination. You must be able to visualize your own mind. You must also be able to feel your own mind. When this is done, you then need to develop an internal “block” or mental weapon which is used to force stray thoughts or channeled thoughts out of the mind. You learn to do this first by finding a thought in your mind, focus on it, be attentive to it, and then consciously follow it. Often this process will result in the thought disappearing. When this happens, you keep your mind clear and wait and see it another stray thought occurs. Then repeat the process of attention, and so forth. The last stage of Zen is that of a martial art. It is said that no one can harm you unless he or she first patterns that physical move on the Astral Plane. While Zen practitioners are to take vows of physical non-violence, and only fight physically as a matter of self-defense, this does not apply to the mental-spiritual world. Here, psychic warfare is common place. If someone enters your mind without permission, you must attack that person in your imagination or the Astral Plane, or risk extinction as a human being. A Zen Master is able to manifest and use Weapons on the Astral Plane and in the imagination.
Chapter 135 Time and the Universe By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar Some astrophysicists claim that the universe will collapse and come to an end some day trillions of years from now. I, on the other hand argue that time and the universe are without beginning and without end, infinitely. Somewhere around now is the Middle of Time. Time from here flows infinitely backwards and forwards in time. There is no beginning of time and there is no end of time. There is no beginning of the universe and there is no end of the universe. If we had a time machine and could go backwards in time, time would simply unfold ahead of us infinitely in the past forever. Similarly, if we had time machine and could go forwards in time, time would simply unfold ahead of us infinitely in the future forever. Think about it.
Chapter 136 Trashing Logical Positivism By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar Logical Postivism is a valid philosophy only if sense experience is a valid indicator of reality. Logical Positivism is trashed. Sense experience is not a valid indicator of reality. In his book, Psychology of Consciousness, Robert Ornstein discusses the accuracy of visual sense experience. Ornstein notes that a huge amount of visual sense experience is filtered out by something like autoconsciousness, and never reaches the conscious mind. This is also true of smelling and hearing. We know that certain animals can hear and smell sense data on bandwidths that we can’t, namely, dogs. So, when someone tries to tell you that Logical Positivism is a normative discipline, trash that person’s assertion, he is lying to you.
Chapter 137 Tree Farming By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar I don’t know about you, but I am getting tired of seeing magazine pictures of Forests that have been clear cut, so that all that is left is tree stumps and soil erosion. Why don’t the paper and lumber companies wake up and develop tree farms instead of just clear cutting? Given enough land, if it takes a tree 30 years to mature, you simply divide the forest into 30 subunits and then you clear one subunit a year only, and replant one subunit a year. This type of “crop” rotation would ensure that a large area of land was never clear cut all at once, and would also ensure that new trees would replace those already harvested. This would be both economically and environmentally sound.
Unified Quantum Field Theory and Science By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar Previously I have argued that Fejfar’s Unified Quantum Field Theory reconciles Quantum Physics with String Theory, Relativity Theory and Classical Metaphysics. It even explains Newtonian Physics and Atomism. Method works is as follows: 1. Generate Theory 2. Run Experiments to Confirm Theory 3. Judge the Theory to be correct when the experiments support the Theory. 4. Burden then shifts to other Scientists to disprove the theory logically, or experimentally. In the present case I my scientific theory is Fejfar’s Unified Quantum Field Theory. Fejfar’s Unified Quantum Field Theory argues that there is a Quantum Universe composed of Quanta Subatomic Particles which in turn manifest as other subatomic particles such as the Quark, the Electron, the Positron, the Neutron, etc., etc. My Now, the way that the Scientific
second step is to argue that all Quantum Physics experiments that been done up to this point, including the Double Slit Experiment, support Fejfar’s Unified Quantum Field
Theory Scientific Hypothesis. String Theory also support Fejfar’s Unified Quantum Field Theory as does Relativity Theory. Given the foregoing, I now am judging that Fejfar’s Unified Quantum Field Theory is a verified scientific hypothesis and therefore is scientific fact. The burden now shifts to other scientists to try to disprove the scientific fact of Fejfar’s Unified Quantum Field. No scientist has done so at this point.
Unitary Reality and the End of the World By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar Some take the position that reality is aunitary, some take the position that it is unitary. I argue that both are in some sense true. The metaphysical realms of Being, Matter, and Substance are all aunitary. They are without beginning and without end. They are unitary up to the point that they are acknowledged as perpetual, and then we see that they are in fact slightly curved or aunitary. Infinity is symbolized by an infinity loop, not by a straight line. There is one place, however, where reality is unitary, and that is the material world and universe. The material world is contingent. As the Bhuddists say, it is illusory. It does not last forever, but instead has a definite beginning and a definite end. Seemingly, some of us desired to have a perfectly unitary, linear world, and so it was created. I suspect, however, that this world only lasts about one thousand years and then comes to an end. At the end of the world there is an interregnum, or chaos period, where the world goes off line and retools. This probably lasts around ten years or so, and then, the new world of unity is formed and replaces the old world which has passed away. For those of us who live in the metaphysical world of Matter, not materiality, the end of the world never comes. Instead it is “world without end, Amen.”
Why Communism Doesn’t Work By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J. Fejfar When Karl Marx wrote the Communist Manifesto, he made a mistake. Instead of using a realist philosophy such as Thomism to ground his theory, Marx used Idealist Materialism. Following Hegel’s Idealist notion of the Dialectic of Absolute
Spirit in History, Marx argued that History is based upon Idealist Dialectical Materialism. The problem with this of course is that Marx rejected Plato, the only idealist philosophy that ever works. Instead Marx butchered idealism by juxtaposing it with materialism. Since the ideal cannot be real except in Platonism where the
Immutable Platonic forms are Substantial, Marx was stuck with the idea that materialism is ideal. Everyone knows of course that the material universe is real not ideal. Thus a
material tree is not a “Reified Concept” but instead is “concrete” or real. Additionally, since Marx rejected the existence of God in his political philosophy, idealist maerialism soon came to be atheistic materialism. Athiestic materialism then supports the absurd philosophy of science of Logical Positivism which was totally destroyed by Kant and Husserl. Commmunism will never work because its’ underlying reality premises are
wrong or stupid. THE END
Chapter 141 Why Law is not Politics By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar Critical Legal Studies argues that Law is Politics. I disagree. Law is an autonomous discipline, which has some political aspects, but is fundamentally its own profession, academic discipline, and area of government. Law is fundamentally based upon Values not Politics. Values means morality and ethics. The primary Liberal Values for those in the Legal Profession are Individual Autonomy, Individual Rational Self Interest, Individual Self Actualization, and Individual Self Transcendence. In terms of Ethics, the four primary Natural Law Ethical Principles are Reciprocity, Utility, Proportionality, and Equity. Politics, as such, does not involve morality and ethics the way that law does. Additionally, Case Law involves the notion of following prior judicial precedent. Politics does not. Law also relies upon Analogical reasoning and reasoning by distinguisment, Politics does not. Finally, law is not full of “reified” false concepts as Critical Legal Studies would tell us. In fact, reification is a false concept. The proof for this is as follows: “Reification is itself a reified concept and therefore invalid.” The Critical Legal Studies Project to destroy the Rule of Law has failed, the Rule of Law exists. THE END
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