Picture of Physics: According to Human Sentient Thought from Imagination…

Classic and Quantum Physics

Issue One: Gravity

M & M = G

Gravity the missing element in the so-called theory of Everything, ((the missing particle (theoretical graviton) in particle physics)) as Gravity currently appears not to have been created as the other 3 and perhaps more forces have been – by quantum mechanics.  Note: the other 3 forces of nature, that we know about, as they may even be more…  Are the week, strong, and Electromagnetic, which are clearly derived from quantum mechanics.

It appears to me that actually Mass = Gravity, however Mass and Motion are so entangled, I have included both of them in the formula above.  This is all speculative naturally, but intuitive to myself.

Mass, Motion and Gravity are inseparable and are gauged in value of strength by the proximity with other objects.

All matter in motion have kinetic Energy and Mass and therefore are subject to creating, and yes, even the so-called massless photon, the necessary changes of direction of themselves or other objects, whether at an Event Horizon, or at a Quantum Level of nil-negligible effect.

Quantum Waves are part of this nil effect and appear to be exempt from impact. These phenomena of either “Entanglement” or “Superposition’s”, is another subject; but it helps me better accept INFIINITY, which is not definable (No Alpha or Omega) to a sentient finite person, as all things seem connected at a possible quantum-level or even a pre-quantum-level.  Meaning that Infinity is both actually here and not here in the same place at the same time.  Again, do not dwell on this subject, as it digresses from my previous point primarily about the phantom thing, however very real thing — we call Gravity, that seems to elude connection to the Quantum World…

The notion that Gravitons are real is possibly a misnomer.  They in fact may in theory be a new particle that someone will assume to be a Graviton, but is it really?

The Higgs-Boson, may in fact give particles some mass (perhaps), but Motion alone will give rise to Mass.  Mass = Motion.  Just think of the first few seconds before the possible so-called, INFLATION, Mass still was here, but were the Particles of Particle Physics?  Was Matter?  Where they not an evolution of our first mass of Infinitely Hot Plasma from the so-called Big Bang Theory, without the Higgs-Boson or other particles, yet manifest?  Thus Mass = Gravity just as Motion = Mass.

It is not complicated.  In the Beginning of our own CMB Universe, as there may be infinitely more CMB’s, within the Infinite Space-Time Universe, the fundamental nature of the CMB, Began as pure Energy at seemingly infinite levels of temperatures.  Remember E = M and this formula is interchangeable.  From this Energy, the matter of the Quantum began, and then macro matter developed by way of evolution, hundreds of thousands of years later which equals Motion and Mass that gave us Gravity.  M = M and visa-versa – thus Gravity is Manifest.

In other words, Perhaps Ultimately: Gravity is a by-product of other kinetic and original quantum forces and therefore possibly a RESULTIVE Force.  Perhaps not a manifest creation from the Quantum Mechanical World…  From which we all exist…

Note: This is all supposition, but it seems, lacking in the discussion from many a publication…

Einstein, Bohr’s and many others, were Magnificent and Brilliant, but is every binary bit of their universal reasoning, actually the full picture?  I as many others would suggest, not as of yet…

And even more than that, we need to conclude as we expand our knowledge, that INFINITY, is and never will be explainable, as to do so would merely put parameters on it, and thus it would be merely, Finite…

Issue Two: Communication Will Travel – Instantly!

Communication Supersedes the Speed of Light…  NOTE:  This never includes actual macro matter traveling at the speed of light or faster, only information: I am only using macro matter to be receptors, to receive and initiate already Entangled Particles, as I do fully believe that “Communication” may ride/engage the phenomenon of Entanglement…  However, I would also NOTE, I also believe that “Atom” sized Databases, which are now being developed, could even reduce the need for much larger macro Hardware and Software, thus making this so practical that I could transmit the entire Library of Congress, instantaneously…

I have read by many that Communication cannot be superseded by any means, past the constriction of the Speed of Light, or just, slightly there under the Speed of Light, as physicists would clearly argue that they believe a photon is massless. Side Note: (I would caution that nothing is massless, that is in kinetic motion or so it would seem… And further note: that the mass of a Laser produces potentially insatiable Energy:  Hence Mass is Energy and Visa Versa, as science has come to reason.)

Therefore, let me ask a question of the Scientific Community:  If I had multiple, at least a byte (8-bit ASCII) sized quantity of macro mechanical or software wafers mounted on the Earth and as well on the planet Mar’s; would not theoretically a set of photon’s or more practically protons, or some molecule’s which are ENTANGLED at each site, provide the means to Communicate a simple command?  Extrapolate that proposition to mega numbers of hardware and software, and the possibilities to COMMUNICATE, faster that the speed of light, appears to be possible.  Certainly Existence in our CMB is entirely made from a binary (0 & 1) base both within Classical and Quantum Physics.  Given that:  At the most simplistic level of communication – perhaps a single bit or qubit could be captured by hardware and software in different places, a thus could signal a device to simply “Turn on or Off” via Entanglement.   Therefore, time delays based on the Speed of Light, would be superseded, and communication would respond Instantaneously, as if Earth and Mars where truly local.  The technology would take time, but it is not out of the realm of possibility, I do not believe…

Please always recall what Einstein said:

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”

Russ Otter   russotter@verizon.net


PS… One more Issue, to consider: Please…

Updated: Document: 4/25/2016 & Modified 5/16/2016

Issue Three:  What others call, Perpetual Motion, I call “Continuous Motion”: This will no doubt be scowled at, but I have thought of it since I was a child, and built models in my head…  I do think it is possible to create what is essentially perpetual motion, but I call it continuous motion, for the simple reason that all things atrophy, and need to have replacements parts made.

I have two models:

1. Which uses various strength magnets, along with gravity.

2. This uses natural “Static Electricity” along with both Linear and Non-Linear motion, coupled with Gravity, and a simple solenoid.

  • If these work as I assume they will, then we can generate free energy into HEAT, and from that comes relatively free Energy.

These natural elements of Gravity, Electrostatics along with leveraging dimensional motion by way of using both Linear and Non-Linear forms, all but eliminate the need for ever using fossil fuels.  And possibly could enable all people to have an energy system to run their own dwellings (Home’s), for which I believe would better unite the world.

NOTE:  The second-law of thermodynamics is not sacrosanct, as if it does not break, it certainly bends, if you apply “Maxwell’s demon – thought experiment”, and the new research in that area. [Ref: New Scientist May 14-20 2016 “What is Information.”]  However, I believe by changing the rules of Classical Physics, or re-thinking our application of them, it is also possible to achieve heretofore results not imagined…  I know this will give many laughable pause…  But we are far from knowing all things…
Even those we believe  iron-clad…

I speak more about this in a book I wrote, as a legacy for family and friends, called “Swimming in Cosmic Soup” (Philosophical and Physics musings on Life in the Twenty-First Century). NOTE: Must be the Second Edition, to review my lay thoughts on the Physics in the book.

FYI:  I would add, Amazon, and B&N, still try to sell old copies of my first treatise, which does not include my Physics musings.  Which are Chapter 2, and Part 2 of the book.  I would advise anyone who may try to download it or buy it, to use www.iuniverse.com rather than the other online book stores which, may not have the most recent updates.


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Recommendation: Rodney A. Brooks, (Fields of Color) Re: Quantum Field Theory (QFT) 5-Stars

Book Review:

It is the summer of 2015, and I just found a book, that taught me a great deal, both from the intuitive and scientific sides of existence…  It’s primary focus was on Quantum Field Theory (QFT), which is not the same by any measure, to Quantum Mechanics (QM).  I too have written a book recently, and only wish in some ways I had read this book first.  As both books reach into the Physics – that is – in my view often wiser, than todays majority of Physicist’s thinking’s.

Fields of Color (The theory that escaped Einstein), by Rodney A. Brooks, captures a full life-time of physics, with intuition, and a history, well worth the engagement for anyone interested at all in life and existence.

For me, it gave credibility to my own rhetoric and intuition about life.  I did not agree with it entirely, nor would anyone with my own book: “Swimming in Cosmic Soup” (Philosophical and Physics musings on life in the twenty-first century), by Russ Otter.

Quantum Field Theory (QFT), gives common sense voice to such things as irascible, as “Entanglement”, “Superposition’s”, and even the “Infinite” and “Finite”, through the communication link known as “Fields” and “Field Collapse”.

It was worth the read…  You may need some understanding of some basics regarding Physics, but do not feel fully lost – at it is often difficult subject matter.  I know it was often difficult for me.  As even the best of Physicists often will have to re-think the jargon they are engaged in.  In general this book was written so anyone is enabled to grasp the essence…  And if you are a Physics or Science buff, I think you will find it outstanding!

Just my brief review of a grand book, about our often unknowable life and times…
Russ Otter

Final poetic comment to help confuse – no doubt:
“Qunta/Quantum as with Truth, is but a Province of the Whole.”

So goes Philosophy:  So goes Physics
(There is more than meets the finite mind…)

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EVIL in Modern Times (Dark Ages Returned)

EVIL in Modern Times – Dark Ages Returned –

A New Day has sprung upon us. It goes by many names, which are usually clocked in the ethereal Spector of a God. Brought to us by the ancients and their rhetoric of control and hate toward the masses, who did not obey them. The unifying name of these groups, was built upon the notion of a God, who has willed them through the Koran, the Judeo-Christian Bible and other cultish relics of Religions, for which have been the instruments that have enslaved humanity, condones concubines, believe in only an Eye for an Eye, the burning of so-called witches, and the destruction of other innocents in the name of correctness, good and right.

Nothing could be more distant from the truth, than these new clergy, clad in hidden “Sheep-Skin” attire – with EVIL as their bread and butter, and criminal treatment of others who simply think other than they do…

These relics of behavior from the past, are re-birthing in the 21st Century. This is a Crime against Humanity. And I offer myself as a martyr, if it were possible to stop this atrocity against humanity.  If so, then these organizations could gladly choose to destroy me in the name of Allah or God. Because I believe in  “Freedom” and “Honor”, not Hypocrisy.

As I believe in the “Golden Rule” and to “Do No Harm”, in this life, not to destroy innocence…

Fanatics’, both Religious and Secular are at the forefront of this new Dark Age.

All peoples, and humanity who do not submit to the “Golden Rule” and to “Do No Harm” (Hippocratic Oath), should be dismantled, altered; in other words disavowed as legitimate forms of a government, Religion or organization ruling any person or persons. They should be deemed “EVIL” by every core of their beings and either eliminated or incarcerated on this civil and law abiding Earth.

We all have governments signed on to the United Nations, for which Eleanor Roosevelt, obtained a unanimous vote for “FREEDOM” as the mainstay of our relations and treatment of all peoples.

That edict and commitment has been gravely violated in the most ruthless and thoughtless of fashions with the new Religious and Cultural rhetoric of the past – now in the new re-enlivened religious and cultural monsters of the day in the era of the 21st Century.

So where is the leadership? Where is the United Nations? Who is standing for Goodness? I dare say a wimpy and slovenly set of world leaders, who will not call a reality a reality. An Ace an Ace… Where are the Ronald Regan’s?: Who said: “Mr. Gorbachev” tear down this wall.” Along with his rhetoric of an “EVIL EMPIRE”, must go. What about the Gandhi’s, the Dr. Kings, and the decent in this world who fought for justice and high standards, not privilege or extra assistance, but fairness that was both Color Blind and Kind in the worst of circumstances. These leaders are needed today, but we have none! [PERIOD] And it is a disgrace to this world.

I call on all leaders to address my issues, and that of millions of others.

The current tide of EVIL, by way of cultural and religious doctrines that would deny others FREEDOM, is an appalling and criminal act. We need leaders, countries, hence the United Nations of our modern and civilized human beings to take action and arrest these EVIL and Willful thugs, called by religious names to be altered or abolished, either by death or incarceration to grace this planet with the decency it and all people deserve.

I do not choose their death as a first act. I call for their incarceration. Isolated from the public, in order that good people of good choices may live independent lives of free and decent choice.

So please, bequest the United Nations or any Leader of any stripe, to take on this battle and eradicate the EVIL we are trying to be led to – as some mode of Religious Justice. It is of EVIL born of ignorance and must be laid to rest.

I am 64 years old, but I will fight for this cause. As EVIL, must not perverse our young to be imbued from the texts of the ancient writings and misadjust the future of humankinds scientific and humane truths.

To Quote:

Jesus said: “Do on to others as you would do to yourself”

Mohammed said: All God’s creatures are his family; and he is the most beloved of God who does most good to God’s crea­tures.”

Take these quotes and ponder them. They hold the truth. Any of the other rhetoric beyond these “Truths” are empty. These “Truths” are the core, and only the core. And they do not imply the destruction of others or lack of Freedom of others [PERIOD].

So, I believe profoundly, that all who work for Allah, or God, by killing and torturing others are Infidels, themselves. They are EVIL and will only reap what they sow…

But while this world is here, where are the Leaders? To articulate and enunciate clearly the names of these misguided Jihadists, and who can truly lead us into paradise, not the useless and unnecessary destruction of which we are currently embarked upon now?

I ask you all in this editorial to please consider contacting someone, our Congressperson, Senator, President or Friends, to press the issue of “Goodness” in the world and demand some level of plain spoken leadership. And then Action. As it is horribly appalling, at the level of emptiness our leaders are demonstrating in this day and age, fallowing a re-birth of the Dark Ages, torturing and killing the beautiful innocence of life. And all in the name of a God!

Thank You, Russ Otter


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New Edition of “Swimming in Cosmic Soup” out in 1/2014

This is a book of who I am, of what I believe is important, and the possibilities of Science and its Physics to change the world for the better.

It will soon be available at www.amazon.com and www.bn.com and so on.  Most online book stores in late 1/2014.  Do not buy the first treatise version.  Buy only if it says “Second Edition“.  Search the online websites by entering in my name “Russ Otter” or the book title “Swimming in Cosmic Soup” to find it on these online websites.  The hardcover edition is a great coffee table or bookshelf copy of the book, but the E-book or softcopy carry the same vision…  Cheers and Thanks to all who review this book.

Here is a brief of its contents as reviewed by the distribution company www.iUniverse.com

“Our cosmic soup is in an endless churn, changing the circumstances of events
from moment to moment. Russ Otter swims in this cosmic soup every waking
moment, to discover, learn, fail, and grow. In this, the second edition of his
Swimming in Cosmic Soup from his lifelong quest for understanding, truth, and peace.

This study provides a review of the scientific knowledge we have of our
universe, presented in easy-to-understand terms, and a suggestion of what
this might mean to us. It takes a look at religion from a new perspective,
one in which all sentient people can enjoy a loving, religious life whose
teachings are removed from human extrapolations, rituals, suppositions, and
institutions. It also offers a pragmatic view of theocratic histories—and the
fallout we are living with today as a result.

Otter presents an examination—using responsibility, freedom, and ethics—
of the politically correct culture that leaves no stone unturned for the
mischief this is brought down upon society, along with a look at the nature
of politics and the direction of his own politics, coupled with the ultimate
force and value of humor.

In this study, Otter presents an engaging ride through philosophy, history,
and science as he questions assumptions and the great unknowns of mystery,
discovery, and hope.”


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A Friend of Mine…

A Friend of Mine…

I have a friend, a conundrum in itself, I well know… Regardless of the caliber of our friendship, he is a considered friend. And he said something to me the other day around Christmas time, that he had decided to treat others nicer, for the rest of what days he has left on this, not so often nice planet of ours.

I Know! We can argue the niceties or not of the planet and its people another day. But for me, the nice people throughtout time, have been the great minority. That is proven mathematically – time and time again.

But now: Back to my friend, whose resolution, hit me as a seminal moment. As my friend had always carried himself with an arrogant dignity, which on many occasion precluded him to evaluate a given situation, and respond based upon circumstance, rather than with his (In Your Face) ideological bent, as if entitled, and dismissed others out of hand, for good! Regardless of anothers person’s Circumstance, such as they might just be having a bad day, and he failed to consider the foibles, we all carry, at any given moment. However our poor moments in time, do not necessarily reflect – our overbidding character.

And my friend was previously – oblivious to this fact. A big mistake, for which he mentioned, to me the other day, as he witnessed when he responded with greater understanding, it seemed to come back to him positively in Spades…

My friend acknowledged he had modeled his life after, the ol’ “Rat Pack” for those of you who may remember those boys, but in the end, he was learning that Kindness was King, not Images. By the way the ol’ “Rat Pack” were folks that also did insatiable good in the world too…

That is a great resolution for all to ponder and hopefully engage in this New Year of 2012.

Understanding and Thougtfulness, should nearly always trump, reactive, failed humanity on our parts. And by “Humanity”, I mean the understanding that we are all both “Good” and “Bad”, and that understanding and thoughtfulness, with a glean in your eye that understands the bigger picture, should always win out.

That Apologies are superior to Arrogance…

Simply said: It is nice to be nice.

To have perspective, that shadows your behaviors not in the glory of ego, but in the quite of caring, and being the Peacemaker!

To All a more thoughtful New Year. And as my friend essentially said:

A Nicer Year from Us All…


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It Only Takes One Thing

“It Only Takes One Thing”

What a World it is – What a world it could be…
It only takes one thing: “The Golden Rule”

The Golden Rule is “Ethics”. It stands irrefutably, indelibly and infinitely – on its own. Devoid of the need for support from culture, religion or politics…

It is agnostic, theist and antitheist seamlessly strung together in perfect sympathetic union, as it is no respecter of personal dogmas. “As such the Golden Rule – is Ethics personified: The Common Denominator that merges diversity into unified form: The true ether of sentient conscience.

Nobel Prize laureate Albert Camus said that “Integrity has no need of rules.” I understand the ethical intent of his point, when based on the golden rule. But to even be more precise I would say that the “Integrity of ethics has no need of rules.”

What a world that would be…

The reason I added the word “ethics” in the quote above, is due to the fact that the derivation of “integrity” comes from the Latin, meaning “individual”. The inference being that an “individual” is not subject to changeable fair-weather conventional thinking, but is first and foremost “independent” and therefore can be trusted, simply because social-conditions will not change a true individual. But clearly – they can be trusted to be both good or bad – based on ethics. In contrast social-conditions will often change a person, who lacks integrity, whose beliefs and behaviors are based on outside sources, fads, whims, cultural, religious, or political dogma’s. Hence Integrity and Ethics must be in union to effect goodness and disband the need of rules. As George Bernard Shaw would have stated it: “People are not moral, merely conventional.” An individual or someone with “integrity” can be trusted, as in contrast, a conventional person would be less reliable. Hence ones ethics would be respective of their conventional or individual (integrity based) dispositions.

Clearly as a result of the importance of integrity and an understanding of the issues I will explain in the following paragraphs, the only moral absolute or ethic, I can, with logic, envision is the “Golden Rule”, as that is a principle based on circumstance or context, rather than fixed dogma.

I believe that integrity and the golden rule are in lockstep in order for sincere virtue to manifest itself. As they are the embodiment of our core ethical or spiritual teachings central to our most decent and altruistic leaders throughout history, coupled with the personal nature of sentient knowledge within our stand-alone individual selves.

All other moral absolutes, that are written as one-dimensional concepts, such as “Thou Shall Not Lie”, are based on strict un-equivocating and unyielding adherence to a principle, a rule or law. Such absolute concepts that ignore the value of context, or the variables and nuances of actions or circumstances, all fail to define the true facts of actions or events, with results that derail the presence of truth and promotion of human dignity. For instance, the premise of “Do not kill” is a moral absolute, however, I believe pragmatically that killing may become the less of two evils, if by my actions of killing one person, I can save millions of lives. I must out of moral duty; relinquish my moral position of not killing someone, for the good of the many. This type of killing is not born out of the vices of revenge, or selfish motives, but out of charity and kindness. Such actions are only executed out of the fundamental notion of the Golden Rule.

A simple example of this type of moral action would be: If I was a pacifist, but was told that I had the opportunity, without any other options, to pull the trigger on a rifle that was fixed on a terrorist, who was only seconds away from pushing the button to blow up a hotel with a 1,000 innocent lives in the balance, I would have to pull the trigger and kill.

As a result of the example above, I am in practice – executing the principle of “the one for the many”, while at the same time I am sacrificing my pacifist absolutism. This is an act of pragmatic judgment, incumbent upon ethical sentient beings. Therefore any personal, cultural, or religious opposition to this ethical position should be discarded from all human discourse.

This position does not set well with those who operate by way of singular ridged positions, suggesting that Honor is Honor or the Law is the Law, without the notion of give and take. In other words: Absolutes are unequivocally Absolutes: Or in the vernacular of our current day: “Zero Tolerance” is commonly stated as the only acceptable approach to address a particular situation.

Well, I would say both: yes and no, depending on context, to such absolutes and self-righteous moral rhetoric. That is the fundamental reality and conundrum that language seems to confine us to: (Yes and No, Either/Or, and Black or White), seemingly fixed positions, but only if we allow it to be so. Ideally, we must make judgments about our moral positions that sometimes conflict, with our so-called moral positions in order to truly be moral. In other words, to stand pure to a belief, that restricts pragmatism, and the exercise of human judgment, is to relegate humanity to being no more than thoughtless drones, devoid of integrity or virtue. Virtue is self-sacrifice, even the sacrifice of moral conviction, if it means that the outcome will benefit goodness in the end.

With our basic common sense we know an honest person and a dishonest person, a loving action and an unloving action. Sometimes both decent and deplorable actions – require guile and disguise, sometimes they require humility and raw truth from our behavior to secure decent results. (White lies and lies are actually different, but again, that does not set well with a moral absolutist, whose honor is based on a strict code of one-sided conduct. Hence:” thou shall not lie.”) This type of moral absolute position is fatal to the ultimate premise of decency given the fact that there are distinctions in the function and purpose of a lie. That simple. For instance: Some lies can ameliorate the unnecessary harshness of facts that would unnecessarily make someone who is emotionally ill even more despondent and potentially cause them to harm themselves or others or even to commit suicide. This type of lie is no less a lie, but its intention is kind and moral.

However what happens when you try to convince the politically correct, a true red-blooded-brain-dead-bureaucrat, or someone with deep personal, cultural or religious absolutist-zealot tendencies of this type of measured judgment and decency that must be applied to human thought and action? Often very little. But we all, I believe, should continue to try, because without uplifting the education of the world to thinking-critically, in the moment, rather than relying on the traditions of the past, we very well may condemn and destroy all of us, and at the very least will indirectly cause harm to the many innocent, who are killed by fanatics – through our otherwise inaction.

We all see it today with suicide bombers, maiming and destroying in the name of Allah, and we have seen it in the past centuries as well from various religious and secular structures. But with one grave difference, there were no weapons of mass destruction from centuries past. Give it some thought…

And give this quote some thought as well: “The only good is knowledge, and the only evil is ignorance.” – Socrates

The current ignorance that is so endemic in our global social fabric, is born from the past abuses of power and from mankind’s early mythologies and superstitions used as poor substitutes for knowledge and science to make sense of the fundamental unknowns of our universe. In today’s world such ancient early foundations for truth and knowledge continue to dismantle “goodness” by way of such ignorance. Tragically with a world of new technologies that contain weapons of mass destruction – it only takes one individual, (one bit of ignorance) to harm us all.

Technology has changed the balance of power.

It is no longer an advantage for an aristocrat or a king or queen and the powerful and mighty of this world to indulge in keeping the masses ignorant or pacified in order to manage with hopeful and wishful calm. Ignorance today has within its control – the power of the mighty and powerful of yesterday, but with less to lose. So the ignorant of today will commit to mutual destruction, unlike those of the past whose knowledge, wealth and means, kept them relatively less committed to mutual destruction.

Such absolutists, and bureaucratic policy-fixed thinking, or in other words, rigid thinkers, that do not value the context of an action are the province of many groups; such as the politically-correct, often of the naïve, immature, or a secular and religious fundamentalist, who will rally to an issue to an extreme whereby all rationale is lost.

It is also important to recognize that conversely and ironically however absolutists are sometimes equally honorable sincere people too, who simply hold to altruistic goodness.

As such we live in a confounded world of paradoxes. Language (words) keeps us consorting with all sorts of strange bed fellows (people & principles), seemingly defined by the same terms, when we communicate with one another. This very truth, this reality – is a vivid and insidious contrast for the wise to understand; and for the unwise and selfish to demagogue about, through rant or rage – to ad nauseam, and to the ultimate destruction of moral ethos.

So how do we get a handle on this diverse melting pot of contention between adversaries, or philosophical opponents? Well we may never. But that does not mean we should not continue to try. In other words apply the ethic of the golden rule, when confronted with an obstacle, a dilemma, and a conundrum. Think about how you would operate if held to that standard. The standard of wanting to be treated with altruism, with goodness, with understanding first and foremost. Then proceed with your judgment or hopefully understanding that is then manifest at that point in your analysis, and thus your behavior.

Understand that both virtuous or infamous principles are not always black and white. Common sense, and sound pragmatic action, sometimes requires behaviors or actions that are nuanced or mitigated, not absolute. While absolute principles such as love and hate are fundamentally black and white positions, they require the common denominator of Reason to measure how we apply them to a given situation.

Simply seek out and find companions in this world – who understand life, not the ones who judge it – and you will find the infinite – indefinable essence of goodness and justice within humanity. Know that words cannot do justice – in always defining justice. Perception and actions combined are the purest measure of a decent person – of justice itself.

As you look to the law and written values to define behavior, look to the nature and constructs of balance that have been added to law, such as the principle of “jury nullification”, or the “doctrine of equivalents” within Patent law, as well as other balanced mechanisms that attempt to arbitrate law through judgment, not through cultural, moral or technical rule-based absolutes. These constructs, such as “jury nullification” or the “doctrine of equivalents”, allow for the superseding of the “rule of law” to be subordinated by the arbitration of duly appointed arbiters, should fairness and justice be better served. In other words, the law ideally is written to be addressed when the “intent” of the law is violated, not the “letter” of the law. To determine this distinction requires one to arbitrate wisely, hence use balanced judgment – and nothing less if you expect the law to emulate fairness and truth. Law based on rules only – is harmfully shallow, empty and wanting, when justice is the goal.

Differently said, balance is the key to success in all things, not commitment for the sake of commitment and adherence to technicality. That is the road to war, not to union, not to productive communication, not to understanding, and not to humility that bears all things decent. In other words, laws, and rules, in their wisest application, are used as guidelines, that hold to the “intent” of the law or rule, rather than to the technical “letter” of the law or rule.

We as a species are so much more than the sum of our words, we are the sum of our understanding which stretches beyond the confines of mere words. As words by themselves are a finite vehicle that have lent themselves both to good ethical behavior, but as well – to artfully pandering shamefully in the name of truth through demagoguery or cultural, and ideological paradigms. Simply because something sounds good or obvious, or traditionally true – does not make it so…

Do not let words wrap you up into one-dimensional boxes. Words often have far more to express – through a broader understanding of their definitions – than by holding onto a myopic view of what a word or words singularly and theoretically appear to mean. Words are often multi-dimensional, not one-dimensional. For example, it is often brought up in religious or theological conversations that “truth” is either fixed or it is relative.

I would argue that truth is both fixed and relativistic; the two are not mutually exclusive. What is true yesterday, and today is also true tomorrow. But that truth is based on how a set of circumstances impact an event. [ Please refer to the example above in paragraph 8 that looks at the principle of “Thou shall not kill or lie”, and yet may be required to accomplish the pragmatic fundamentals of the Golden Rule.]

My point is that words can tie us up into illogical knots, and as such, unethical behavior, if we allow them. Words are tools, not fixed absolutes. When we use the often one-dimensional notion of words, as a truth descriptor to try and describe situations – that are actually multi-dimensional when viewed within context – we do an injustice to the actual event or situation being described. Words at their best are actually multi-dimensional when we apply measured judgment and reason and understand the full context of a situation. The truth is words are not the “thing” (situation/event) described, words only represent. (This is fundamental to understand.) Unambiguously we must be wise in our application of words, and the weighted values we afford them, if we are to judge accurately and fairly in this life.

The nature of words (etymology) is both precise and imprecise, based upon an individual’s perceptions, and this variability will bear both fairly and unfairly on the truth. Certainly words are society’s organizational tools, and certainly the tools of any decent social structures foundation in law. The wrinkle in this reality is that the facts of law and the necessary understanding of words – are often variable in both intent and meaning.

This variability of words has become the laws, and a lawyer’s tools, as they try to define contexts and circumstance, underpinning a behavior or action. Sometimes lawyers use words to tie truth up into a fixed, seemingly immutable, box while their counter-part may argue with the same words but with different frames of reference to clarify their perceived truth and expand that same so-called immutable box of facts.

Again, words are not the truth, only events are the truth. And to understand events we must use words to communicate, but balanced with the mathematics of human intellect, based on objective values founded by the “golden rule”, to affect justice. In order to actually experience and know truth.

Jurisprudence in its highest and most noble of forms understands this principle behind the specter and shadow cast by the circumscribed nature of words. Hence the notion and beauty of arbitration emerges, which attempts to bridge this breech between the words of the believed-obvious (perception) and actual balance of reality. Arbitration is our ultimate means of delivering thoughtful and proper justice. Ironically arbitration can be used through words to deliver the opposite result as well. But, I would defer to educated objectively trained arbiters, and intellects – for a lack of better terms I suppose, before I would defer to traditional rules or the dogmas administered by ideologues in all matters of value and objective truth whenever we use words as our truth seekers or descriptors of un-biased cultural humane values.

This is the foundation of the Golden Rule and why integrity, not conventionalism or tradition is incumbent upon every individual to personally define and operate by, as long as it is premised on the Golden Rule. Traditions are invaluable, but they are only hopefully sound building blocks for behaviors, not always ultimate panaceas.

We are the actions of the sum of our parts, of our histories and traditions. Ideally those actions produce goodness through the golden rule, rather than selfish gain that has been often bred through the so-called goodness of ideologues, religions, or cultures behavioral absolutes. However you do not need culture or religion to operate by the integrity of the golden rule. There is no other conscious constant in the universe to live by – if you choose to be decent and loving – beyond this single and humble truth, called the Golden Rule, which all sentient beings are knowledgably endowed with. If you believe anything of “Maslow’s” studies of human motivational hierarchy, then at a survival level, perhaps many humans behave as selfish animals, but at the higher modes of psychological functions we are enabled quite consciously with the humanity of the golden rule.

All great decent leaders in history and current times lived by this non-hate, non-warring notion whether of ancient past great religious names or of our contemporaries, such as the current Dali Lama, or Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King. We would do well to follow such ancient or contemporary leaders, in their wisest moments, by way of their loving altruism. As to do so, would be to follow and embrace the truth of decency, genuine generosity, rather than selfish centered judgment, and thereby manifest genuine goodness, rather than political correctness or static ideological fundamentalism disguised as goodness.

To follow any other edict in life beyond the golden rule, such that would do unnecessary harm to others, is to follow evil and unnecessary destruction, which will never enable you to embrace the sincerity and holiness of truth, or the power of forgiveness and goodness.

In other words, we as a world community need to commit to goodness not destruction, not to dictators, or religious ideologues, or to ancient perhaps well-meaning cultural traditions, but rather first and foremost – commit to ourselves to care for others – rather than harm them. To find our integrity, in order to do right. There is no other way.

No other way – to be sincerely kind or decent… And all who will tell you that there is another way – are wrong, perhaps, well intended, but they are wrong.

Again as I think of the great and decent loving leaders from our history and those from our current times; and you all know their names, which embodied love for others, by turning their cheek, or insisting on goodwill toward others. They first and foremost where not slaves to the leadership of their contemporaries foolish, selfish, or destructive dogmas. In fact some of these leaders were thought to be heretics by the secular and religious establishments in their own times – due to the fact, that they were leaders, who broke with convention, as they implicitly and foremost operated with their integrity by way of the Golden Rule.

Hence if we lived by their guidelines, we would no longer be the hypocrites we are or harm others in the name of God, Allah, religion, culture, politics, or tradition.

What a world – that would be.

It only takes one thing…

Russ Otter 2008

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