Writing a story is one effective way to defend a claim. Of course, fiction is an escape from reality, and a way to illicit emotion. It is also a means of communicating unique or basic truths. In my soon to be published book, “The International Genocide”, I attempted to effectively add input to certain themes through my story line. Through a story, Intrinsic truths can be demonstrated. Authors should strive to know what truths they believe their story communicates.
Certainly though, it is not only authors who should begin their arguments with basic facts and expound upon those. All world citizens have a responsibility to search for truth in the world, so they can purposefully interact in it. After finishing my book, i did some light philosophy as I believe everyone should do, in order to examine my premises. Especially as authors, it is important to follow exact thinking patterns, so we can not only construct better arguments, but also not mislead people. I have listed my theological premises and deductions below as an example of effective thinking.
1. Man Needs to express himself.
2. No Man fully Knows himself.
3. Man is made in God’s image.
4. Man is born with a sinful nature. (From a Christian perspective, this is because Man introduced sin into the world when he originally disobeyed God.)
5. Because man is both an image of God and a rebellious man, man is a mixture of both good and evil.
6. Man is confused by this constant inward struggle between 2 sides of himself. Perhaps, just as Jacob separated and wrestled with God, each man is and needs to struggle against himself.
7. Man’s boredom comes from an inability to recognize his complexity. Every man has body, soul and spirit. Every man can understand themselves in a unique way. There is a world within that is unique and explorable only to God and the individual.
8. Man’s perception of the outside world is faulty.
-Some are born color blind, some are born completely blind.
-Some are born tone deaf, some are born completely deaf.
-Sometimes man’s sense of smell is messed up with a stuffy nose.
-From the Christian perspective- Man’s perception in general is tarnished by sin.
9. Man only has access to his own mind and emotions. Only through language, one can partially understand the case of another.
10. Since man’s perception of the world around him is faulty, the only thing in the world that he can possibly, (if only to a small degree), 100 percent spectate clearly is the world within himself.
11. Since man’s biology is extremely complex, his thoughts anywhere within the realm of language, and his emotions infinite; Man could explore himself without boredom,until his death.
12. If a being lives forever into eternity, they will likely spend it exploring themselves, exploring God and worshipping God.
*My first point was that Man needs to express himself, I would like to explain how and why this process takes place.
13. In every interaction since the beginning of time, there is at least 1 spectator, and 1 active object.
-Before the earth, the triune God appeared, and communicated, and loved himself. The Father, the son and the Holy Spirit were in communion before creation.
-When God made the Earth, he watched.
-God made Adam to be a participant, and spectator, and to be spectated.
14. Since God is always watching, man is never alone.
15. Since man lives in a world of objects, man is never alone.
16.Singular does not exist.
-There are countless demonstrations of this truth. In fact, all of reality is this truth.
God himself is not singular. He is three separate entities with one identity.
The individual is not singular.
There is no base unit, because every whole consists of many parts.
The molecule is made up of atoms.
Atoms are made up of Protons, Neutrons, and electrons.
A unit smaller than these has been found, and it is likely that smaller units will continue to be found.
17. The main reason for understanding is a case of degrees. The more appropriately one understands the world, the more appropriately one can interact with the world. Conversely, the more inappropriately one understands the world, the more inappropriate they will interact with it.
18. Thus, evil does not derive from a lack of any understanding. Evil derives from wrong understanding.
19. A very low intelligence person with little inappropriate understanding (conclusions) will live a more virtuous life than an extremely intelligent with inapropriate understanding and likely wrong conclusions.
20. In order to avoid wrong conclusions, intelligent persons should begin with basic and undeniable truths, which can incrementally be expanded upon.
21. Man’s search for understanding should begin on the inside, because it is his most immediate object.
22. The interior search should be accomplished carefully, so as to destroy man’s previous misconceptions.
23. Any exterior evidence for truth should be holistic in its approach, so as to avoid opinionistic thinking. In essence, subjective perceptions provide an unstable foundation.
24. Since human perception is fallible, it is important that we examine the statements of other humans.
25. It is possible that many people have not thought to question conclusions from their friends and from authority.
26. Such a possibility is why words are important, especially from those in authority. My words are important because my neighbor could blindly mistake them for truth.
27. If I don’t mistake my thoughts for truth, then all those around me benefit from me having less immature conclusions.
28. There are some cases where universal truth is unfounded. In these cases, it is important for men to settle upon basic principles.
1. There is a political debate over whether communism or capitalism is true.
2. There are decent defenses for both.
3. If one can’t settle upon an intrinsically true system for organizing society, organize it around basic truths.
No man deserves control over another man.
Coercion is wrong because it is initiation of control.
Government’s goal should be to minimize coercion with a minimal amount of force.
29. Religion is faith based, thus it should not be enforced.
30. Man’s faith means a lot, but it does not deny him the inability to get along with other men.
If faith does deny him a nonviolent or honest approach to his relations with other men, then it is immediately questionable.
31. Since men settle upon basic principles, it is important that these principles are examined for intrinsic moral value.
32. Since principles often deal in the abstract, it is important to find common ground for abstract ideas.
33. To found some universal truth, I will start with the phrase, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” This phrase is for mentally abled people. Most men would not harm themselves, so if we were to follow this phrase, society would be mutually beneficial.
34. It is inevitable that there will be differing responses to this question, so the best implementation would be the simplest, in the fashion of Occam’s Razor.
35. The most common experience is that man is naturally uncomfortable with the unknown, afraid of death and doesn’t enjoy paint. (There are cases in which men have eternal assurance and are not afraid to die.some are more adventurous and more thrilled by the unknown. Nevertheless, no one with a rational mind wants their life taken prematurely by another human.
36. Since man only has the right to take his own life (which is debatable, especially for the religious), and nature only by virtue of its inevitability.
-Violence and murder are wrong, and should be prosecuted.
37. The social contract is composed of non-violence and honesty. In the style of Locke, I add protection of private property to this list.
38. At some point it becomes inappropriate to make further deductions. At this point, it is appropriate to start with a completely new base.
Example of New set:
1. Natural disasters kill a variety of people with random results.
2. Every person will eventually die from natural causes.
3. Nature impersonally inflicts damage on all.
4. Nature is man’s source of life and death.
5. Objects in nature transform or dissolve into a new form unless they have no life force to begin with. Thus inanimate objects are proven to be the most permanent of known matter.
6. Since inanimate forms last beyond humans, it is important how humans utilize matter.
7. Because of spectatorship and reason, men are what makes other objects important. Besides their creator and other outside spectators, men are the most important life.