Disobedience

Obedience and disobedience are always with respect to some principles.   When they are absolute, namely when obedience  to some principles does not imply disobedience to some other principles, or conversely, namely when the dichotomy is absent, the end result is destructive.

For example, when obedience to an unjust power ceases to clash with all our values, it provides a rationale for the injustice, and thereby worsens it.  This can result in tyranny.  And indeed, through obedience, humankind could well precipitate its end now that we have the technology to annihilate all human life.  Similarly, to disobey without obedience to any higher principles, is to rebel aimlessly, without any constructive purpose, and thus can lead from violence to violence.

Only when disobedience to an inhuman power follows from obedience to what we inherently believe to be a higher consciousness does disobedience become Freedom, namely “saying ‘No’ to power”, a ‘No’ that is a step towards the blossoming of our greater Humanity.

 

 

Life is beautiful

Right now, I just feel like going out on the street, and crying out loud: How beautiful life is, how beautiful, lets all just hold hands, and together move on towards our unknown, but whatever it be, our glorious future, our human future, because we are perfection itself: its unbelievable how perfect we are. The subtle mechanism of our bodies, the infinitude of our minds, life is beautiful, so beautiful, and each one of us is so beautiful, because we are us, we have the immense stupendous privilege to have been born human. Lets not let it go to waste. We can and we will prevail: Humanity cannot but prevail. Some of us, the best of us, may be killed and silenced. But no matter, Humanity will prevail, until we reach our final destiny…

Health and Freedom

“Vaccine: A product that stimulates a person’s immune system to produce immunity to a specific disease, protecting the person from that disease.” (CDC)

In other words, like medication, the purpose is to protect the person who takes it.  Given  we are told the current injections are vaccines, now that those who wish to be protected have protection, there is absolutely no reason to force them on everyone.

“The autonomy of persons to make decisions, while taking responsibility for those decisions and respecting the autonomy of others, is to be respected.” (Art. 5,  Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights, UNESCO)

Hence, the decision of all persons who are “capable of exercising autonomy” regarding whether they accept or do not accept to be vaccinated should be respected since they do not in any way represent a danger for those who are vaccinated.

Those who exercise their right not to be vaccinated should take responsibility for their decision.  They should be asked to sign a legal statement whereby they do take full responsibility for their decision and for its consequences, and that will not be able to put any blame on any third party, were they to suffer from the disease in question, whatever might be the reason they will have contracted the disease, even if the reason has nothing to do with vaccines.   In particular, they will have to accept that access to free medical treatment for any ailment thought to be connected to the alleged disease will be retracted.

This will also put to rest  the concern that health systems will be overwhelmed: regarding the disease in question, the vaccinated will not need to have medical treatment and the non-vaccinated will not have access to free treatment.

Any other infringement on the rights of the unvaccinated (or for the matter of the vaccinated) has also no justification now that anyone who believes they need protection have protection, especially if the unvaccinated are made to waive their above mentioned rights.

In particular, all measures taken — lockdowns, masks, PCR and other tests, travel restrictions —  regarding the disease in question should be immediately lifted.

Doubt and empirical evidence: the sine qua non of science

“If learning the truth is the scientist’s goal … then he must make himself the enemy of all that he reads.”  (Ibn al-Haytham)

“It will be impossible to believe in whatever is said earlier unless every erroneous statement is criticized and condemned.” (Bhaskaracarya II)

“Nullius in verba” [Take nobody’s word for it].  (Motto of The Royal Society of London)

“nothing should be too obvious; if we wish to be really careful, we should analyse the assumptions, so far taken for granted”.   (Albert Einstein)

“… science is the result of the discovery that it is worthwhile rechecking by new direct experience, and not necessarily trusting the [human] race[‘s] experience from the past.”   (Richard Feynman)

Why have people forgotten to doubt?  Doubt, doubt, reread what you consider the classics of current science…  Are their conclusions based on empirical evidence?  Or do they not always follow from the evidence given?  If evidence is given, that is…

For empirical evidence is all:

“When someone says, ‘Science teaches such and such,’ he is using the word incorrectly.
Science doesn’t teach anything; experience teaches it. One should not say ‘science has shown’, but ‘this experiment, this effect, has shown’.  … It should not be “science has shown’ but ‘this experiment, this effect, has shown.’ And you have as much right as anyone else, upon hearing about the experiments – but be patient and listen to all the evidence – to judge whether a sensible conclusion has been arrived at.”  (Feynman)

Conclusions not based on empirical evidence, or on insufficient evidence, are of the order of belief, not of science.

 

Assuming our Humanity

“Man can choose only between two possibilities: to regress or to move forward. He can  either return to an archaic, pathogenic solution, or he can progress toward, and develop, his humanity. ”

(Erich Fromm,  The Heart of Man: Its Genius for Good and Evil)

At every instant, whatever the circumstances we are faced with may be, we are free to choose how we perceive them and how we respond to them.

 

Trust

“In dealing with people I was, as I am, very trusting; in dealing with ideas, opinions, traditions, techniques, I never took anything ready-made, but reserved judgement until I had personally tested the matter.”

Yehudi Menuhin (An Unfinished Journey)

Unfortunately we tend to trust “ideas, opinions, traditions, techniques”, and distrust people.

Wisdom

“Wisdom does not consist in gathering information.

…  That which enshrouds our vision is ignorance.  The way out of it is through wisdom.  Wisdom is that which keeps us from blundering.  It is like carrying a light.  We can all unfold it.  It rests with us whether we will walk in darkness or whether we will kindle the torch of wisdom in our mind and heart and walk by its light.”

Swami Paramananda

At a time when fear and other dark emotions are making us see danger where there is none, while preventing us to see danger where it actually lies,  we need to regain some wisdom if we wish to survive both individually and collectively.