Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The Truth Does Not Take Sides...

The Truth Does Not Take Sides...
by Nick Ashton, CEO/CTO, CommSmart Global Group of Companies

John Locke (1632–1704)  stated:

"Let us then suppose the mind to be, as we say, white paper void of all characters, without any ideas; how comes it to be furnished? Whence comes it by that vast store, which the busy and boundless fancy of man has painted on it, with an almost endless variety? Whence has it all the materials of reason and knowledge? To this I answer, in one word, from experience: in that, all our knowledge is founded; and from that it ultimately derives itself."

We start with a blank page and delve into what we have been taught, learned and searched out for ourselves.  Only mindless people can be indoctrinated, shallow individuals without cause by someone else.  Their fluidity of reason and action is likened to that of a puppet, controlled by the Master Puppeteer.

Locke clearly believes that we are born with a variety of faculties that enable us to receive and process information (the senses, memory, our ability to use language, explored in some detail in his Book III of the Essay) and to manipulate it once we have it, but what we don’t have is innate knowledge or ideas. These have to be introduced to us and it is in the method of introduction that the issues of indoctrination fall.

But there is much more to it than that. Locke believed deeply in humanity. He was not a secular thinker, in fact he was a devout believer in God, but he thought that the God-given faculties we possess, especially the ability to reason, gave us a unique place in nature which we should take full advantage of. Locke was a political animal, intimately involved in the changes taking place in England at the time, and a great believer in individual freedom. His was a political project and his interest in the mind had a practical purpose behind it – he wanted to transform society and organise it in a rational way. His rejection of innate ideas was intimately linked to this project for it is all too easy to claim all sorts of principles as innate in order to maintain the status quo, meaning that people “might be more easily governed by, and made useful to some sort of men, who has the skill and office to principle and guide them. Nor is it a small power, it gives one man over another, to have the authority to be the dictator of principles, and teacher of unquestionable truths; and to make a man swallow that for an innate principle, which may serve his purpose, who teacheth them.”

You better understand this, as our forefathers based the whole Declaration Independence and the U.S. Constitution on John Locke's works and writings.

Truth, what is truth?  
  • Is it true that there are those that wish us all harm and want us out of the way? 
  • Is it true that there are individuals that want and will steal what is rightfully yours?
  • Is it true you believe that a government will solidly protect you from all of this?
  • Why is it you believe this?  Have you been hypnotized or indoctrination to believe and trust these statements?
But what is the truth in Locke's eyes?

Isn't the truth relative to each individual (this is a position called "epistemic relativism")? Don't I have my own truth which might be different from yours?
The short answer is, NO. Most people who propose Relativism of this type are simply confused about what the word 'truth' means. So, let's be clear about what the word means:

Definition: 'Truth' means, however the universe actually is.

Just because someone says it, it does not have to be true.

This is the case of Radicalized Religious Extremists who twist the words of Prophets for there own liking.  It is is not just Christians and Muslims that have used this through the ages.

Today the focus is on Radicalized Muslims who have a track record of killing in the most barbaric way and want we call a civilized world to support their actions. if we do not, they will kill us all.

Their actions are irrational and erratic in nature and use the Fear Factor to instill their sadistic message.

It is no good chopping the head off the snake, it must be exterminated entirely by a collective global force.

These radicals are not the only ones attacking us, a digital war which involves us all, every second of the day is being waged against us.  It is being disregarded by the corporate world and leaving us all in harm's way.

The Internet of Things as some are calling it, is actually an uncontrollable tragedy that will be responsible for the demise of people.  It does not have to be this way.

Hacking and controlling our utilities, power, gas, water, sewage and transportation are susceptible to being compromised and must be addressed now, not next week or next month, but NOW!

It is not just they have the ability to steal your financial and personal data, totally messing up your life.  It is the fact they want to do this and know that businesses are allowing it to happen!

Cyber failure is more costly that radical terrorists!

These are the facts, the truth...  YOU, not a government can only protect YOU!

The Truth Does Not Take Sides...

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