First, before we approach any subjects of controversy or confusion, let’s start with an extremely obvious point of clarity. What you are experiencing right now is called language.
Language is so central to our experience as people that we may rarely consider how remarkable and distinctive it is to operate as a human capable of experiencing language. Among earthlings, there are only a few types of creatures that walk on two legs. However, it is even more rare to have the ability to understand complex sequences of codes of sound (or of little shapes of letters on a page). We can decode these codes as well as create new sequences of symbolic code. Could this be an important subject worthy of attention and study?
Humans are not born with the capacity for speech. Some never develop it at all.
Literacy itself is perhaps only several thousand years old. So, the central foundation of human history is that there is such a thing as history at all. History, like any other story, requires language.
In fact, there is not just one history, but many histories. There are personal histories and family histories and the history of language itself. Further, there is not just one language, but dozens of them- even hundreds.
What is the boundary between one language and another? Dialects do not have a formal boundary between one and the next. The jargons of biochemists and computer programmers may be so distinct that the vocabularies of the two fields of communication may be unintelligible to most people, to the “untrained” or “uninitiated” or “uncultured” or “unsophisticated.”
If a biochemist says to a computer programmer “You have a disease called scurvy which is causing you to have low levels of Vitamin C,” will that seem believable? Will the computer programmer be skeptically curious about the logic of the biochemist? Or, will the computer programmer panic and say “Will I die from this? What should I do? How much is this going to cost me? Scurvy is- you know- curable, right? Please tell me that it is curable!”
So, within the realm of creativity, there is something called language. (Or, within the realm of language, there is something called creativity.)
Next, this strange thing called language is a very unusual historical development. The existence of history rests on the pre-requisite of language.
When people speak about who they are, they are usually talking about a story of the past. The personal history (or the persona’s history) is a sequence of recalled interpretations.
When telling the personal history to someone who is not very fluent in the language, the personal history must be “diluted” to accommodate the smaller vocabulary of the audience. If the intended audience does not have any comprehension of a particular language, then it is impossible to indoctrinate that audience with a personal history or any other kind of history.
Mythology rests on the foundation of language. Myths are sequences of words constructed for the purpose of directing the attention, perception, and even the behavior of a targeted audience.
Two examples would be the story of Santa Claus or the diagnostic label “Scurvy” (which is a term that those ignorant of biochemistry have used to refer to the natural consequences of an organism functioning relatively poorly because of not having much Vitamin C). Most people recognize the story of Santa as a myth used simply for deceiving naive children in order to efficiently influence or govern the behavior of the children. However, who recognizes the witchcraft of the biochemist who conjures imaginary demons called “scurvy?”
Would we say that an automobile that needs a different kind of fuel from what has been put in the fuel tank is… an automobile that “has an incurable case of fuelosis?” If it is low on engine oil, would we say “this truck has incurable enginitis?” (AKA… friction of the engine parts due to lack of lubrication/oil)
Consider that the word incurable is typically a testimony to the speaker’s lack of competence in the fields of physiology and pathology. It is optional to attempt to educate fools. Simply recognize claims of incompetence (by those who liberally use the word “incurable”) as claims of incompetence.
“Yes, you have a serious case of incurable scurvy, which has caused your Vitamin C levels to be very low. You are going to need some very serious interventions. First, we will give you some drugs to combat the side effects of the low Vitamin C caused by the demonic possession by scurvy, then we will perform surgery to attempt to remove the scurvy, and then we will need to start a series of intensive physical exercises plus remove 3 very dangerous things from your diet because these are known to be correlated to extreme cases of scurvy.”
So, language is a type of behavior that humans can develop. When language is used to influence others, we can call that mythology (or governing).
Different systems of governing (of mythology) will have slightly different behavioral rituals. The ritual use of language could include certain patterns of using the words scurvy or incurable or Santa.
“This empty jar is full of Scurvy. I know this because there is a label on the side of the jar which has the word ‘scurvy’ written very clearly there in Latin, which is the holy language of our oath-sworn priesthood of licensed witches. As everyone knows, that label (‘scurvy’) has obviously caused the jar to lose Vitamin C. (By the way, pay no attention to the hole at the bottom of the jar!) Now, whether the jar previously had any Vitamin C in it or not is a different issue and one that terrifies me, so I will ignore it and call anyone a quack who questions my terrified arrogance. Anyway, what I know as a high priest of biochemical witchcraft is that scurvy is a demon which possesses empty jars and deprives them of Vitamin C. This empty jar needs to have drugs, surgery, and dietary restrictions in order to no longer be possessed by the little sticky label with the word ‘scurvy’ very clearly written in the illegible handwriting of a high priest of the infallible scientific religion.”
What defines a religion? The different rituals in the use of language are what most fundamentally define different religions, sects, and denominations.
Further, any form of human government that involves the ritual use of language is a religion. Science is one such set of rituals in the use of language for the purpose of governing human attention, human perception, and human behavior.
Briefly, that is how language governs the “religion” of science. Now, for those of you who are interested in studying how the religion of science (in particular, medical science) has evolved in recent times, you are invited to join this group for exploring what is most relevant to you personally among emerging conceptual developments, practices, and results. Some of these results have been labeled miracles (or hoaxes) by those who lack the comprehension of physiology to predict and explain them. Of course, for those who are more comfortable worshiping the demons of modern witchcraft, such as scurvy and rickets and diabetes and autism and cancer, please continue to report to the leaders of your religion of empty jars possessed by incurable labels.
Note also that scurvy does not cause skin disease or gum disease (as shown in the images here). Scurvy is just a label. The label scurvy does not cause anything.
A pile of unwashed dishes in your kitchen sink is not a cancerous tumor that causes dishes to pile up. The pile is not the cause of piling. The pile is an effect, an outcome, a symptom, an indicator. The pile of dishes has not possessed your sink. Your sink has not “contracted” a malignant pile of dishes.
So, the presence of sufficient amounts of Vitamin C contributes to healthy skin and healthy gums. Likewise, skin problems and gum problems are merely effects (indicators of internal nutritional and biochemical conditions). We can promote health and healing so that the producing of symptoms either slows, ceases, or reverses. Further, there is the opportunity for promoting optimal health (not just the absence of symptoms). Those interested in specific priorities and specific actions to take (or stop taking), you are welcome to contact me (such as by commenting on this blog, and note that if this is your first time commenting on this blog, your comment will be private unless the moderator approves it as something meant to be a public comment).