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Paul Rosenberg knows a lot about a lot of things. A lifestyle capitalist with a broad range of interests and experiences under his belt, current passions include philosophy, theology, history, psychology, and physics. This diverse interest base is reflected in his extensive repertoire of published titles, including A Lodging of Wayfaring Men, The Words of the Founders, and Production Versus Plunder, not to mention 55 engineering and construction books.
Prior to this, his highly successful engineering career saw him called as an expert witness in numerous legal cases and recruited as a consultant to a number of high profile organizations, such as NASA and the US military. He developed and taught 19 continuing education courses for Iowa State University's College of Engineering. He also co-founded the Fiber Optic Association and wrote the first ever standard for the installation of fiber optic cables.
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Celebrating Western Civilization, Part 1
FREEMANSPERSPECTIVE · Oct 9th, 2018
I couldn't tell you how many times I've heard Western civilization disparaged, in everything from street talk to written screeds to intellectual circles. It would have to be thousands of times at least. In fact, it's something that people (including people who should know better) repeat endlessly, always confident that they'll receive a pat on the back for it.
Criticizing the West passes for enlightenment these days.
Except that it's false. Western civilization (and by that I mean European civilization and its offshoots, from the breakup of the Western Roman Empire to today… the civilization based upon Judeo-Christian ethics and scientific progress) is, by far, the most productive in human history. To criticize it in broad terms is not a sign of enlightenment, but of delusion.
Let Us Begin
Have you ever seen the Scuola Grande di San Rocco in Venice? The scuole (and there were several in Venice) were what we call "confraternities": voluntary associations of Christian lay people, most commonly merchants, who promoted charitable works.
Take a look at their main room on the second floor of the scuola:
This room (and there's more in this scuola) wasn't built by rulers celebrating their own magnificence or even a religion celebrating its magnificence. It came from individuals in a charity league.
What you're seeing are the fruits of commerce, Christian ethics, and civilizational self-confidence. The art in this building is stunning. So much so that you need a mirror to carry around for viewing the ceiling: Your neck couldn't take all the craning it would have to do to see even a fraction of it.
Here's the interior of a church in Rome called San Giovanni in Laterno:
These sculptures are amazing, and again, this is just one part of a larger building.
Here are just a few of Bernini's sculptures that you can find in a museum set in the middle of a park in Rome:
And please trust me; you need to see these things in person to really appreciate them.
The Point Here
I could go on, and I will in future columns (though spread out over time). The real point here is not that the people of the West are inherently superior. It's that they had a civilization that permitted their talents to function. Often, the critical moments came when the talented people were young, and developing their talents required the society to keep doors open to them long before they reached anything resembling full growth.
Western civilization, as Aristotle might have put it, provided a set of ideas, and a people molded by them, in which talented lives found sufficient scope to produce wonders.
Western civilization never had a monopoly on human greatness – all humans are potentially great – but this culture, this shared set of ideas, was an environment especially suited to the thriving of talent… a nurturing condition in which great talents and works could thrive and did thrive.
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The Cult of Rules
FREEMANSPERSPECTIVE · Oct 2nd, 2018
"The mark of an educated mind," taught Aristotle, is "to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." And that's what I'll be asking of you today. Because as certain as I am that I'm substantially right on this, I'm also sure that its acceptance will take quite some time. But I do want to plant its seeds as best I can.
The Cult… Is Us
Doubtless you've seen or heard stories about religious cults and the people born into them. They all focus upon the same set of writings and explanations, all repeat the same phrases, and all approve or disapprove of the same things.
If you're inside such a structure, it makes sense and holds together. Stepping outside the structure, however… that becomes terrifying.
And so I'll ask you to think, please, of the place rules hold in our world. They are everywhere. They are everything. No one would try to imagine anything else. Rules are, were, and ever shall be. Only a crazy person would think otherwise.
And so the walls of our cult stand, and it is we who maintain them.
What Rules Are
Rules are edicts, not processes. They're mechanical, not organic. They are binary, not broad or rich.
Rules do not envision thought; they envision only the polarized termini of obedience and disobedience. Rules do not open space for the consideration of principles and possibilities; they open only enough space for orthodoxy or heresy.
Obedience and cognition are opposing models of human behavior.
Rules demand that we abdicate our personal will.
Is There Anything Else?
Having rules inculcated into us – being immersed in them lifelong – we see nothing else, imagine nothing else, and expect nothing else. And yet…
Limits can be enforced perfectly well without rules. The impetus behind this type of enforcement, however, must be willful and personal. That is, we each choose to enforce limits based upon our own determinations. For example:
Informing your neighbors that Bob has stolen from you and warning them to be careful.
Refusing to do business with someone who behaves especially badly.
Putting a note on the car of someone who endangers others by driving recklessly. Then putting a "boot" on the car if the endangerment continues.
Shooting a killer or rapist in the act.
We're all afraid of these things, because acting on our own leaves us unprotected from responsibility and shame. Inside the cult, accepting responsibility is worse than abdicating our minds and wills. We instantly imagine all the ways it could go wrong: The bad guy will shoot me, people will ridicule me, I'll be embarrassed forever, my spouse will dump me, and so on. We imagine all of the worst and none of the positive. The cult is fighting to keep us within. Balance and proportion are non-players.
And yet, all the examples above show limits being enforced without resorting to rules… by using our wills rather than abdicating major functions of them.
All Be Monsters?
What is excluded from consideration is that most people are basically decent. Sure, they're also somewhat variable, having better and worse moments, but generally, they're pretty decent. What percentage of drivers, for example, deviate from the "basically okay" model?
I strongly suggest that the next time you're a passenger in a car, you start counting basically okay drivers and dangerous drivers.
On a real-world, average basis, I'll bet that 95% of people (on the street, in offices, etc.) are basically decent.
So, are we really afraid of situations where 19 of 20 people are exercising their will toward the good? Is that automatically more frightening than rules that are written by the corrupt and enforced by only one in several hundred who may be equally corrupt?
And how much better might the world be if people habitually used their minds and wills, rather than instinctively turned them off? This is a question you may want to hold in the back of your mind. I don't have a statistical answer for you, but I'll bet the difference would be massive.
A sea of active minds… a web of active will toward the good… these are beneficial things and things that rules forbid.
I think I've made my point fairly well, but since the cult of rules is so very pervasive, I'll restate the core of this once more, again asking you to allow it to remain in your mind as a possibility, however unlikely:
Enthroning rules as unquestionable, and life without them unimaginable, we have turned off important functions of our minds; we have deactivated important functions of our wills… functions that are essential for birthing life and goodness into the world.
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