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order, natural consequences, & justice

July 30, 2010

All of life is orderly. The orderliness may be perceived correctly or it may not be correctly perceived, but there is no actual randomness or chaos inherent in any aspect of life.

There is simply either the presence or absence of correct perceptions of order. The absence of the correct perception of order does not constitute the presence of a chaos or a randomness.

Similarly, a week with seven days does not have an absence of more days than seven, but simply has exactly seven days. So, there are only variations in the presence of hair, but no such thing as the presence of a baldness; there are only variations in the presence of saltiness, but no such thing as the presence of a saltlessness; there are only variations in wetness, but no such tangible thing as the presence of a dryness; there are only variations of heat, but no such thing as a coldness; there are only variations of sound, but no such tangible thing as a silence; there are only variations of light, but no such thing as a darkness, there are only variations in sight, but no such thing as the presence of a blindness; there are only variations in hearing, but no such thing as the presence of a deafness.

In other words, the absence of a particular thing does not constitute the presence of something else. The absence of a certain process is not the presence of a nonprocess. The absence of certain standard of development is not the presence of an underdevelopment. The absence of a certain orderliness is not the presence of a disorder. The absence of a certain functionality is not the presence of a dysfunction.

Thus, there are even only variations of health, and no such thing as an illness. Either the immune system and overall organism is functional and sufficiently nourished, relative to whatever waste is present, or else the functionality is inadequate. However, the absence of a sufficiently functional immune system or organism does not equate to the presence of an illness. Likewise, inadequate nourishment is not the presence of a starvation or of an undernourishment, while inadequate hydration is not the presence of a depletion or of an underhydration.

Further, just because humans do not hear the same range of sound as a typical dog, is the variation in the capacity to perceive sound the presence of a deafness? Dogs typically can hear very high-pitched whistles which we humans might, for our convenience, call “silent” (meaning that the sounds of the whistle are imperceptible to unaided human hearing), but still we do not say that all humans have an ultrasonic deafness or a deficiency for hearing ultrasonic pitches. We simply have exactly the range of hearing that we have.

The fact that human eyes do not perceive infrared light does not mean that humans have the presence of a blindness for the infrared spectrum. Similarly, dogs may not be able to perceive color, but that is not the presence of a color-blindness. That is just the presence of a certain capacity for vision.

Going even further into a sillier example, a black-and-white television mechanism does not have “a color impairment.” A sentence with 8 words does not have ”an absence of 9 words,” but simply the presence of only 8. A monophonic audio recording does not have a deficiency of stereo sound.

A deficiency is not the presence of something, but the relative absence of something. In other words, there is no such thing as having a deficiency, nor of having a disability, nor of having an absentness. Rather, we simply have the presence of the exact ability that we have. We only have the precise range of perception that we have- whether of sounds or sights or orderliness. There is no such thing as the presence of an absence of something.

Again, all of life is orderly. The orderliness may be perceived correctly or it may not be correctly perceived, but there is no actual randomness or chaos, but only the presence or absence of correct perceptions of order.

Therefore, all consequences are natural. Some developments may be recognized as the consequences of particular causes and other developments may have unrecognized causes.

An awareness that does not currently include a recognition of causality is not the absence of causality, but the relative absence of awareness or recognition. For instance, just because human hearing might not hear the vibration of a dig whistle, that does not mean that there is no reason that the dogs reliably start barking when they hear what humans may not hear.

Any one organism’s ability to predict natural consequences in any particular case never constitutes the absence of natural consequences. There is no such thing as the absence of natural consequences. There are no other kinds of consequences except natural and orderly consequences. Humans are part of nature, so consequences imposed by humans are not unnatural.

There will always be variations in the capacity to accurately recognize and predict patterns of cause and effect. For instance, dogs will never be intellectually equal to humans and humans will never be perceptively equal to dogs, even if using hearing enhancement technology!

No two things are literally equal. If two things are distinguishable from each other in any way, they are not absolutely equal, even if they may be generally equal in some quality, such as being very equal in weight or in height or in age.

All developments are just. In fact, all developments are just what they are, and none of them is anything else. There is no such thing as the presence of an injustice.

There is no such thing as the absence of anything. There is no such tangible thing as the absence of order, nor the absence of natural consequences, nor the absence of justice, nor the absence of awareness, nor the absence of infrared sight, nor the absence of health, nor the absence of equality, nor the absence of a deafness. There are only variations in presence, in order, in perception, in functionality, in intelligence, in health, in consequences, in curiosity, in clarity, in language patterns of conversation, and so on.

change equals opportunity

June 17, 2010

Change equals opportunity


(2010, June 17th)


Virgina Satir

Virgina Satir (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


“Life is not what it’s supposed to be. Its what it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference.” Virginia Satir (1916-1988)


Note that the video has extensive extra content (and context!). Also, the video falls behind the audio, so you may prefer to just listen while you scroll down and read along.


Humanity is in the midst of immense changes. What immense changes am I thinking of? I think of the long-term advancement of technology from boats to cars and planes as well as from the telegraph to radio and satellite to the internet. However, we are also in the midst of sudden short-term change, like the destabilizing of global lending markets and even vast changes in the governing organizations that define and enforce property rights (AKA “legal” ownership). When those governing operations of organized violence clash with each other or simply dissolve, people may be reminded quickly of appreciating what they may have been taking for granted.




New patterns of behavior are emerging quickly, including a return to certain patterns that some people may have discounted as obsolete. New questions are being asked and explored, and that learning involves new information which informs new models.


There is also a huge shift in demographics worldwide. The wealth of the retiring generation of baby boomers of the industrialized nations is quickly being distributed more widely to the relatively poor and young populations of developing nations, especially in Asia, including many Muslims.


This is called a crisis by mainstream news and politicians, as the huge imbalance in price of real estate and businesses (stocks) in the industrialized world drop toward the average prices in the majority of the world. The disproportionate affluence of certain nations is diminishing rapidly, as 20% of the world’s population may no longer easily access 80% of the oil, as in prior decades. In particular, the disproportionate affluence of certain populations of relatively unproductive elderly people is subject to distribute more evenly to the vigorous, virile, and increasingly well-educated masses of the developing world.


As the technological infrastructures of the West are increasingly available worldwide, the regions of economic growth are rapidly shifting. The idea that consumption and debt equate to wealth is being challenged by the possibility that consumption and debt may actually diminish wealth.


Now, old patterns of investing and even old patterns of organizing one’s finances may be suddenly less popular. A decline in popularity correlates to a decline in demand and a decline in price.


So, it’s not that suburban retirees value their homes much less than they did years ago, but that the rest of the world is increasingly less attracted to those suburban homes. Price is a function not just of the owner’s values, but the of the entire marketplace of buyers and sellers. Further, as socialism and communism advance in many nations, the enforcement by governing operations of private property regulations is subject to shift to increasingly aggressive acquisitions of that same property by those governing operations, whether through taxes or otherwise.


US Treasury Building

US Treasury Building (Photo credit: Scorpions and Centaurs)


As certain government programs destabilize, if not the governments themselves, investors can flee to perceived safety. To date, that has been great for the US Treasury but not so good for Greece or Spain (or New Jersey). When governments have been selectively favoring a particular market with tax privileges or direct subsidies and guarantees, such as real estate in the US, an interruption of that favoritism can be financially disastrous to the baby boomers who have been disproportionately benefiting from those interventions and protections.


Those who have the curiosity and courage to face these obvious developments can be responsible for adapting to them prudently. Whenever something changes, some people may benefit more than others from that change. If you are interested in exploring practical personal adjustments that you can make to be among those who receive the benefits of the vast emerging changes, I request that you contact me immediately.


In early 2003, J.R. began publishing warnings about an emerging global credit crisis and an eventual sharp decline in US Real Estate. In 2004 and 2005, he focused his publications on the future of rising oil prices, also pinpointing the top of the stock prices of the US Housing Sector (which has since fallen nearly 70%). In 2006, he produced triple-digit gains gains by trading the waves of metals. In 2007, he re-emphasized his warnings about US Real Estate, reporting the 15% decline in Phoenix, AZ median list prices (which were down 37% as of 9/2008 and kept falling). Throughout 2008, he issued warnings about the predictable consequences of the retiring of the first wave of the baby boom, including a final spike in prices of metals and oil, and the sequence of events that could follow that, including certain political “antics.” In early 2009, he forecast a “multi-month” rebound in US stocks and most global stocks, which, as of early 2010, has completed.




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