The power of language: from hell to heaven (pt 2 of 2)

Inquisition condemned (Francisco de Goya).

Inquisition condemned (Francisco de Goya). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Agonizing requires language. So does condemnation, paranoia, shame, and also the experience that is the result of the behavior of agonizing, called agony.”

What is one of the most distinctive teachings of Jesus? Jesus taught that the path to heaven is forgiveness.

Luke 6:37

… “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not
be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;”

When I no longer use language to shame others, then I begin to see that shame is not fundamental. Shame is social. Shame is specific to certain contexts.

Further, it is inevitable that someone will practice a behavior that someone else shames or condemns (or fears). The shaming of past behavior is not to invalidate the importance of life, but an expression of the importance of life. Shaming is to promote the sanctity of life (at least according to some ruler).

Some behaviors may be so threatening to a social order that they are harshly punished by the powerful. In order to prevent harsh punishments, certain behaviors may be shamed through language. This is not to condemn the behaviors as being innately evil, but as socially important or sacred. Maybe substances are “biologically sacred,” like semen, and maybe only socially sacred, like the shape of a “Holy Cross.”

Is the human body inherently shameful, as some interpreters of the book of Genesis assert? Private nudity may not be considered shameful for infants (who have no language development and thus cannot understand shame anyway). However, public nudity even for infants may still be discouraged in some places, like outside in a snowstorm, hailstorm, or dust storm. In order to preserve the tender skin of the infant, clothing may be required. Parents who do not protect their infants from harsh weather may be punished, such as by the rulers even taking the infants and clothing them (or removing them from harsh weather). The infants may or may not be returned to the “negligent” parents.

English: Child dressed up as a Khmer Rouge sol...

English: Child dressed up as a Khmer Rouge soldier. Image supplied by Antonio Graceffo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Another example is sexuality. Because of the reproductive potential of sexuality, sexual practices may be shamed or sanctified. The power of sexuality is only important because human life is important.

In some cultures, public nudity of an adult female body (even a woman’s face) may be shamed as indicative of prostitution. Of course, prostitution itself is criminal in some cultures while part of the religious tradition of others (such as the vestal “virgins”).

Life itself is the source of sanctity. By labeling certain things as sacred or specially important, different cultures will have different traditions about what is sacred and what behaviors to shame and so on.

A popular regulation is the prohibition from murder (unlicensed killing of a human). Of course, throughout history, governments routinely kill their own citizens through capital punishment (like rituals of human sacrifice in the Aztec culture, or the Holy Roman Inquisition, or things like the the electric chair, impalement, stoning, or crucifixion). Further, governments routinely kill the civilians and soldiers of opposing governments, like when the US Military bombed two cities in Japan or when the Cambodian communists (the Khmer Rouge led by Pol Pot) slaughtered those loyal to the opposing local government which had previously ruled Cambodia.

So, the act of killing is sacred. Even the intentional killing of a human fetus may be criminal unless performed by a licensed agent of a state (as in whatever is recognized as a state by The Vatican or whoever controls the mass media or publishes books of popular historical mythology).

Romanian President Nicolae Ceaucescu and his w...

Cropped image of a photo of Romanian President Nicolae Ceaucescu and his wife, Elena, meeting with Cambodian Prime minister Pol Pot, Cambodian President Khieu Samphan, and Khmer Rouge cabinet members.(28-30.V.1978). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The criminalizing of particular behaviors is linguistic. Outside of language, there is so such thing as crime (or legality or illegality). Different cultures and regulatory systems will criminalize different behaviors.

There is nothing inherently criminal. It is not inherently criminal to pick up an apple from under an apple tree or to catch some fish in a pond. However, for someone “trespassing,” their mere presence somewhere may be considered criminal. They may be confronted by armed bullies who demand to see authorized paperwork licensing someone to be in that country or within the legal boundaries of those “property lines.”

“What gives you the right to pick up that apple,” the soldiers may ask of the slave. “You should not even be here! Get back inside of the barbed wire barriers of the concentration camp right now before we change our minds and kill you or torture you.”

So, we may learn to fear the systems of organized coercion in our midst. We may learn to respect their violence and the way that they use language.

When an empire invades a new colony, they may even make a particular language sacred (the only one legally valid) while criminalizing all other languages. That is what the US did to the Navajo in the 19th century, with Navajo criminals being sent to Alcatraz island for life imprisonment for the crime of speaking Navajo.

Prison where Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge tortu...

Prison where Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge tortured and killed thousands of Cambodians. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When we recognize the criminalization of behavior is contextual (social), then we do not condemn the person. We are not ashamed for innocently doing things that violated sacred regulations (like speaking in a criminal language or illegally picking up an apple from the ground). We may simply regret an action that was shamed by others (without us having an ongoing sense of personal shame). Without contempt, we respect the organized violence of the systems of intimidation and governing.

We may have been paranoid about “doing the wrong thing” or “saying the wrong thing,” and that paranoia shows intelligence. Paranoia in some degree is nearly universal. Civilians are programmed to fear their governments so that the civilians more obediently comply with tax laws and military drafts and so on.

Some civilians are also programmed to have contempt. They are programmed to be easily disturbed mentally and emotionally. They are trained in what to fear and what to shame. They are trained to argue or even kill in defense of their own hysterical paranoia as “the only form of hysterical paranoia that is right, holy, and sacred.”

This is not a mistake. Modern systems of governing, which originate with the Hebrew Prophet Noah, are specifically designed to rule all of humanity through organized coercion. Their methods include deception and confusion. Their oath-sworn priesthoods include judges and lawyers and deputy soldiers. They rule through violence in general and language in particular.

They train the masses in terror, confusion, shame, paranoia, and self-condemnation. That is their function and purpose. They favor the rulers through implementing and protecting systems for inequally distributing wealth from the masses to the rulers.

There is no form of central authority that is not fundamentally a centralizing or concentrating of power and authority. Those who do not understand the nature of language may argue sincerely about which form of violent justice is the most just or the least violent. Justice is defined (dictated) by the ruling courts.

English: Chhum Mey is one the three living sur...

English: Chhum Mey is one the three living survivors of the Tuol Sleng or S-21, the infamous prison and torture center during the Khmer Rouge rule in Cambodia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the Hebrew tradition, Noah claimed authority over all of humanity on the grounds that if humanity did not obey Noah’s dictates, then God would kill all of humanity. The same God-King ideal has been called “the divine right of kings.” Pharaohs and Emperors have claimed to be the legal authority because of a Divine plan that gives them exclusive right to use organized coercion.

The King of Kings is a phrase used to reference a ruler above the rank of local kings. For instance, there are various popes of the Roman Catholic church, the Eastern Orthodox church, and the Coptic church. The popes are the ones who claim the divine authority to coronate (crown) kings and queens within their jurisdiction. The actual ritual of coronation is typically performed by the local archbishop (the delegate inferior to the pope).

The hell of believing in a future of eternal punishment is a common belief within the branch of the Hebrew tradition called Christianity (as well as Islam). The masses are programmed to think of themselves as fundamentally deserving eternal punishment because their nature is inherently “wrong” (linguistically discouraged).

How can the masses redeem themselves? They must follow the dictates of the priesthoods of Noah. They can come to a church and learn about the sacred power of language from a Catholic priest, who is said to have the power to give salvation to an individual, to forgive sins, and to enter heaven.

Of course, the Bible indicates that Jesus taught his students to “forgive the sins of others and you will be forgiven.” However, which has more practical power: the shapes of ink on the page of a Bible or the massive military crusades directed by the Vatican?

John 20:23

If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven; if you
retain anyone’s sins, they are retained.

Ironically, those who shame others increase their own emotional disturbance through the activity of condemning. This is why Jesus taught “turn away from what is disturbing to you.”

“For to the pure everything is pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving… nothing is pure, but their mind and conscience is defiled.”
Titus 1:15 Aramaic Bible in Plain English

I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.”

http://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Romans-14-14/

Photographed and uploaded to English Wikipedia...

Photographed and uploaded to English Wikipedia by Adam Carr (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you wish to enter in to the kingdom of heaven, you must cease from any practices of agonizing or shaming. These practices disturb the natural state of contentment in to a state of paranoia, agony, or hell.

 

” 3Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. 4Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. 5Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! 6And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. ”

James 3:3-6, http://biblehub.com/kjv/james/3.htm

 

 

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