The True Map of Earth
What is the true map of Earth, and who has ever seen it? The first and primary collective act is of a man and woman in marriage. This also is the greatest act of the individual, and within which all charity worth the name is conceived.
The greedy sailors of Earth sought the merman’s treasures, for the powers they imagined his treasures could confer to their own greedy ways. They were greedy for his deepest secrets, not for the truth which those secrets were, but to enable them to dominate like emperors, with no need to respect their ‘inferiors’ to get anything they might ever wish. Even one man in Jesus’ time sought to buy the power of the Holy Spirit with gold, for which an Apostle said, ‘I perceive that you are captive to the spirit of bitterness’.
So, it was, by bitterness that the virtual relationship between the greedy virtual couple, Karl Marx and Ayn Rand, was not one between mere contraries, but, more, deeply, between the blind, mutually-antagonistic versions of two ultimately complimentary observers.
Marx was a man who imagined too much against the male virtues of independence because of the evils done in favor of those virtues. Likewise, Rand was a woman who imagined too much against the female virtues of community because of the evils done in defense of those virtues. So, Marx and Rand were the ultimate odd couple: each suffering their respective ultimate form of occupational stress disorder at the virtual hand of the other. Both had denied Adam’s hand, by removing themselves from Adam’s map of Earth.
Abr(ah)am was the ultimate survivor of the Great Flood, by his connection to that ‘Neptunian’, Shem. So, Abraham, combined with his wife, Sarah, was the original truth behind the legends of mermen and mermaids. Millennia after that actual couple, a merely virtual couple rose up from the oceans to ‘bless’ the world with their own, respective, moderno-centric brands of righteousness-and-truth: Karl Marx and Ayn Rand.
Both Marx and Rand were pro-competition and anti-human, in that both of them elevated a specialist system over general humanity. Marx’s specialist system was the state, and Rand’s was the personal/impersonal ideal of anti-state. In both these moderno-centric humans, the system was born of a post-Edenic concern for the self-preservation-al utility of adversarial contrast, but without the benefit of an Edenically holistic perspective on society and the individual.
Of course, both Rand and Marx sought the same salvation, but without the benefit of a comprehensive self-knowledge. They didn’t recognize either themselves or each other in their own reflections in the water. So, they each wished to attain to the good society and the good world but without a comprehensive knowledge of the world. They wished all individuals naturally to live righteously in regard to each other, but Marx and Rand so wished in vain because they each hid from themselves and from the other. So, they each were merely personified visceral reactions to the elevation of the other’s visceral and adversarial tendency to claim to be the singularly ultimate objectivity.
There are good and necessary uses for systems of measurement that ignore the relation of the observer to the observed. But, there is no ultimate objectivity to any system of observation that ignores, rejects, or downplays the observer(s). In fact, the very first measurement was the observation of the relation between the arcing expanse of the sky and the width of a man’s palm held outstretched. This was Adam’s measurement. It’s where we get the hour, as a twelfth part of the visible arc of sky.
So, all the sailors of Earth keep time by Adam’s hand, including those who hope greedily to find the merman and his treasure. King Herod was so greedy. So, those greedy sailors sought gold for its own power, and for a means to entice the merman to reveal himself. But, that half-man-half-fish already had enough gold, and he rejected the king of Sodom’s offer because he had a far better gold than had the king of Sodom—that most ridiculous epitome of a greedy sailor.
And, the Roman Empire was the epitome of the trivialization of humanity, society, and personhood. A slave-supported economy was thus natural to the Roman Empire, as it was to all the most greedy seafaring cultures. It’s policies to enforce and maintain the stability of is economy tended to crush the individual’s natural creative material and intellectual industry, no matter how well-connected that individual might be. In fact, the Greek aristocrats eschewed manual pursuits as inferior to intellectual, and so became absurdly imbalanced and ultimately controlled by Rome’s own, less formal expression of greed.
In any case, in every greedy nation of Earth, the true scientist, and true leader, was, in effect, removed, relegating political leaders to maintaining the status quo from above, rather than freeing them to bettering humanity from within. Abraham became that one, missing, leader, and through whom the whole world should be blessed.
The greedy ancient world pined for the things lost somewhere deep beneath the oceans of Earth. But, because of Shem, Abraham learned not only to recognize his own reflection in those waters, but to tell the difference between himself and the things lost under those waters. So, Abraham was the first merman: inheritor from the ‘Neptunian’ Shem, but firmly belonging on the dry land, just like Adam. Shem was a kind of mediator between two worlds. But Abraham was the one chosen by God to live as the proper inhabitant of the present world. It is a world of competition, and even war, between nations. And, though all nations in those days had failed to be properly founded, God soon would found a nation of His own through Abraham.
The nations competed against one another. They were mal-content with their respective lots, in a world so empty of the deepest truth only once barely known. So it was that the greedy sailors of the ancient world travelled the globe in greedy search of power. And, unknown to them, the one power most worth having was under their noses all the time.
For the greed of power, the Roman Empire was founded on the greedy elevation of the uses of dominance, competition, and a-human means of measurement and physics. But, there is one, true measure which all such cultures have failed to supplant: Adam’s own first measure of time. Even modern attempts to remove the observer from a measurement of time have been abandoned: the standard division of the day into 12 units, or 24 units include the time what the Sun is down, has remained.
Shem played a key role in teaching Abra(ha)m to walk as a man in a swift river of fish. Shem showed Abra(ha)m his reflection in the water, so Abraham learned to recognize his own reflection for what it was.
But, still, Abraham was unrecognized by all who first met him, just as mermen with any true power are won’t to be unrecognized at first. The truth Abraham bore, though unknown by all the nations, was at once feared and hoped for by all the post-Flood world. But, as a true ‘merman’, Abraham’s power was subtle, and his voice enchanting to all who considered him. So it was that the greedy king of Gerar was once forced to recognize him, briefly, shamefully, as merman tend to force on their unwitting-but-greedy hosts.
There are good and necessary uses for systems of measurement that ignore the relation of the observer to the observed. But, there is no ultimate objectivity to any system of observation that ignores, rejects, or downplays the observer(s). In fact, the very first measurement was the observation of the relation between the arcing expanse of the sky and the width of a man’s palm held outstretched. This was Adam’s measurement. It’s where we get the hour, a unit of measurement which has never been eclipsed despite attempted revolutions of a more ‘rational’ measure of all things. Time is not ‘rational’, it is a living organism in cycle; A day is not a measure of ‘time’ in deep space, much less a mere rotation of a pre-historically dead Earth about its axis. The Ninth Doctor (Who) identified himself to Rose Tyler as the one who could feel the Earth spinning.
As the Distance from Earth
to Moon, no matter
by what measure, a Rose
smells as Sweet,
Tides come in.
There is a popular atheist Thought Experiment about how an omniscient God must always lose a game of ‘Chicken’ against the ‘properly informed’ atheist.
The Thought Experiment goes like this: In a game of ‘Chicken’ against an omniscient God, all a living creature has to do to win the game is to determine simply to oppose that God by refusing to veer off, thus ensuring that the omniscient God knows-in-advance that that living creature has so determined, and thus forcing the omniscient God to veer off at the last moment (to avoid a head-on-collision with the creature). In other words, supposedly, the game works as a genuine challenge only if both players are less-than-omniscient about the other.
But, who says either player has to avoid a collision, either in concrete or intellectual terms? And, who says that a non-omniscient creature ever can be certain that the opponent really is omniscient (see the final sentence of the previous paragraph)?
Furthermore, an omniscient God knows fundamentally more about the living creature than the living creature knows about himself (or about God and God’s knowledge). This means, among other things, that the omniscient God knows how to change that creature’s mind at the last moment about determining-in-advance not to veer off.
That omniscient God knows even about that creature’s notion that ‘the omniscient God must abide by the rules of a game so arbitrarily self-imposed as that of Chicken’. God can, in fact, act outside those rules. So, even if God knows that that living creature is, in fact, not going to veer off, God likewise does not have to veer off. This is exactly the sort of head-on-collision which God refused to prevent in relation to many living creatures in the past, including, most notably, the evil Pharaoh, as seen in the five-verse sequence below:
The above sequence of verses (each of which is 111 verses after its predecessor) show not only that God was perfectly willing not to veer off, but that, in so being willing, God’s purpose to choose-and-save a people is not in vain, despite what any evil Pharaoh may do to oppose Him. The head-on-collision is at the underlined verse, and the final verse in the sequence is the actual beginning of God’s fulfilling His purpose.
So, the story is not about what an atheist deludes himself into believing it is about, namely, that it’s about him and his ‘omnipotence of thought’. For God to meet him head-on is a nearly-inconsequential part of God’s means to God’s end: to actually save and justify people.