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“The point of philosophy (today) fails us to inspire amelioration or grant fulfillment 3*”©

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(*… 1 is from a contemporary perspective, narrative, 2 will be a blend of politics and religiousness, 3 has to do with philology [thoughts on thinking… and the use of philosophy] and current events [the Las Vegas shooting], and 4 will be limited to a Christian perspective only.)

 

Fallow is shallow
and it defrays life itself
of lasting, Press On!

 

When it comes to what the Greeks valued most, it would seem, it would be philosophy (that which told you what one was engaged with in any particular endeavor) but more than this was philology itself- ‘The love of learning’. Philosophy was used to define the nature of the world in which they lived in a secular fashion- without being religious in nature1️⃣. This was the beginning of what many might hold as ‘the building blocks leading to science itself’. From Thales of Miletus, Anaximander… through Plato, Aristotle and Socrates, whatever was discussed was based on ‘reason’ to substantiate it. Even reason was under heavy scrutiny, as by Xenophanes, ridiculing the notion of different nationalities maintaining ethnocentric views to either anthropomorphism or personification of natural phenomena to gods of their own choice. This led to Epicurus and the developement of a complete separation between science and religion as a whole. Pythagoras sought to keep them as combined thoughts, both religious beliefs and reason being of equal importance, forming the symbiotic relationship of one to the other.

 

1… This is known today as Secular humanism; which pertains to the belief humanity is capable of being moral and can achieve self-fulfillment without belief in God.

 

Philosophy thus defined: the reasons people did what they did, why they did it (not as if to justify their actions), and became the methodology (unconcerned with any solutions to social issues) used and associated to whatever one studied or practiced- without regard to any specific religion or god directly. Every facet of Greek life incorporated a reason for the behavior of participation, and the reason was explained by the philosophy of each endeavor, from neophyte to alum. Please look under Ancient Greek Philosophy found here, or here with Ancient History Encyclopedia, on Greek Philosophy… affording a clear view of what is referenced to and why! On the last link, pay attention to the very start of it, or the first three (brief) sentences.

 

Take for example the convergence of philosophies that come to together when there is something that gains the attention of all people- like the Las Vegas shooting. To date, this is one of the largest death tolls, an ‘active shooter event’, and everyone jumps on the bandwagon for various reasons (philosophy at work… being applied). Two of the first few to come into view on this event were ISIS and Hillary- oddly enough. ISIS claimed responsibility, calling Paddock “a soldier of the Islamic State” but the FBI has discarded the reported details as stated. As for Hillary, after a brief ’tweet’ of support for those who lost loved ones, she went to the heart of what she stood for…

 

[What is seen below comes from https://finance.yahoo.com/news/hillary-clinton-goes-nra-response-144612934.html ]

 

In a series of follow-up tweets, Clinton wrote that the country “must put politics aside” and “stand up to the NRA,” specifically citing the organization’s stance on gun silencers.

 

My question is ‘how can we put politics aside’ when the one, coming from the losing party, continues to seek her own ‘Agenda (21)’ first?

 

 

 

Professors are making absurd claims (presenting personal philosophy over curriculum) regardless to truth or reality of the situation, innocent people losing their lives attending an ‘American Musical venue’. This is not then a philosophy… but a philosophy driven push to alter one’s mind from the thoughts we might have- the ability to think for ourselves instead of being spoon-fed what to think! See below…

 

[Below an abstract of a professor(?) at Drexel University.]

 

“But liberals will drown out all discourse with a deafening chorus screeching ‘gun control.’ To believe that someone who would shoot down 50 people wouldn’t circumvent any gun law you pass is the height of delusion. The narrative of white victimization has been gradually built over the past 40 years. It is the spinal column of Trumpism, and most extreme form is the white genocide myth. Yesterday was a morbid symptom of what happens… ”

 

Then the formation of what happens with further reason for Paddock possibly dealing with depression- and the use of anti-depressants. From an article in the Las Vegas Review-Journal online. See below… an abstract.

 

” …was prescribed an anti-anxiety drug in June that can lead to aggressive behavior, the Las Vegas Review-Journal has learned.”

 

Even to lead us all on is ’the Fake-News’ News articles portraying a less than realistic covering of ‘real humans caught in the worst of situations’ and concerned more with where they might spin it. Really! Is this what we term Social Media or ‘Unsocial Media’? Shame on you… Facebook, Twitter and Google! Is it true… what I’ll continue to go on thinking in the future!

 

[A brief snippet… an abstract on ‘conditions’ the public was placed under.]

 

“… Facebook and Google users would have seen these fake Vegas stories right next to legitimate reports from major news organizations.”

 

This was ‘a human story’ being mutilated for political interests in points elsewhere but on the issues that truly mattered: innocents injured or killed, a sad plight by large area and those in attendance trapped, when cornered a suicide… and left with no explanation. All we have to go on is the strength of statistics used to carry a ‘burden of (possibility) speculation… the why it was done’ and to be there for all of those people having survived the experience of one man’s madness– philosophy gone wrong.

 

95% of people who complete suicide have a diagnosable psychiatric illness at the time of death, according to the Journal of American Medical Association. Understanding that depression is the leading cause of suicide, that mental health issues are behind more than 90% of lethal suicidal acts, is critically important for suicide prevention.

 

Where is hope seen… offered by the philosophies of so many- where is fulfillment found?

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“If form follows function… this is the other side of the coin toss!”©

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[This is a follow-up to this article, found here.]

 

If one was to consider form and function first, of the actions we have seen by Colin Kaepernick, does he truly deserve to be honored- if it was done from ignorance? What I mean here is not a racist statement… not an endorsement to disrespecting our National Anthem… not a viewpoint without concern for America as a whole- or even ‘a game’ many Americans watch on Thursday, Monday or Sunday.

 

When one considers historical the request to stand… during the National Anthem, the very suggestion for it becomes an expected tradition. When this expectation is not honored is when it appears there is a slight to our traditions, the things we gain value from or the values we see as being honorable in and of themselves. This actually begs the question, is it then an expected formality, having form and appearance, or a gesture in accordance with conventional norms of etiquette? Variation to what is currently under such scrutiny (today) is due to the uproar or approval of the action taken by Colin Kaepernick. To see ’taking a knee’ as racist is stupidity; whereas it becomes a racist statement if a raised fist is used (no different than a raised open hand) and not before. I say it is done in ignorance though if… if we remain ignorant to what history has shown us, and that would be to deny the veracity of the strength of reason for what we do.

 

We get the term ‘uncouth’ from England, this comes from being ‘unknown’ to either present company or to the appearance of things done by someone not from the area- being unexperienced with the customs. This is also called ignorance… or of being ignorant1️⃣ to local traditions, actions taken when people encounter one another in a province, district or locale. This same ignorance to history can apply to social gestures, speech or actions we might consider couth (known and commonplace), take the thumb’s up for example- a sign we take to mean we agree or it’s OK with how we perceive it to be.

 

1… Ignorant: lacking knowledge or awareness in general; uninformed or unaware. Latin ignorant-’not knowing.’

 

In Rome when the Emperor displayed his thumb (in the arena) it meant anything but OK… it meant death, or a death sentence for one of the participants. Life was given a signal when the thumb was concealed within the hand, meaning… don’t pull the weapon to use it- keep it in the sheath. From Discover magazine… a brief abstract is found below, an article regarding the thumb and the meaning of its use, called,”Thumb and Thumber”.

 

But according to Morris, the thumb gesture indicating that a gladiator should be offered mercy or a lucrative deal endorsing Roman Meal Bread was pollice compresso, compressed thumb–that is, covered up, or tucked out of sight. What spectators in fact did was extend their thumbs for a kill and hide their thumbs for an acquittal, writes Morris. This made sense in an arena as vast as the Colosseum, where the kill and no-kill signals would have to be strongly contrasting to be visible at all.

 

 

Here is the phrase in Latin: pollice compresso favor ludicabatur [meaning: goodwill decided by compressed thumb]… Life was spared by a tucked thumb inside the fist, making it look like a weapon inside the sheath. A thumb up meant make your weapon look like the thumb, unsheathed. A turned thumb up… sideways, pollice verso, probably meant to use the weapon judiciously- take the life of the Gladiator.

 

At first Colin Kaepernick sat down to protest, reported by Steve Wyche, NFL Media reporter, Aug. 27, 2016, in Santa Clara, California. According to Steve Wyche, Kaepernick was showing support for the Black Lives Matter movement. See the article here. What followed was The 49er Statement, seen below…

 

“The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony. It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose and participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.”

 

The NFL also released a Statement, one obtained by NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport:

 

“Players are encouraged but not required to stand during the playing of the national anthem.”

 

To fully understand this is to peel back the layers to its beginning, taking a knee, an article on it by Eric Reid, one posted in The New York Times, Sept. 25, 2017. See two brief abstracts below…

 

That’s when my faith moved me to take action. I looked to James 2:17, which states, “Faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” I knew I needed to stand up for what is right.

 

But to quote the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “A time comes when silence is betrayal.” And I choose not to betray those who are being oppressed.

 

To fully decide for yourselves if actions taken were done from ignorance, as it comes to kneeling, we must learn what is meant by kneeling in the first place.

 

Knee; Kneel

 

Can it be, there was a reason for kneeling… or taking the knee, and it is not disrespectful but a form of supplication to what the Anthem, flag and song embody. Look below to what has been foretold all of us (alive) will do when Jesus returns.

 

Romans 14:11 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/romans/14-11.html
11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.

 

So I ask you, my fellow Americans, was this done in ignorance… I’d think not! Let us not be so rash to decide so quickly, provoking a knee-jerk reaction or so swift in the judgement we ourselves may be in store for in the days ahead. Now is the time we will need the support of each and everyone that calls themselves American… and we need to kneel to God in prayer for the strength to endure sure prophecy that comes upon us all.

 

Inkedvocabulary/Russell D. Holder

 

P.S. This is where I lost my sight, on the Black Lives Matter movement, but it does not: remove or lessen the importance to wrongs by some in our society, call for anything being sound reason for its destruction (to remove statues perceived as something being racist) if it would diminish the reason for the strength we’ve gain by overcoming it, or to mean we should not look to find we (truly) have more in common than we do not!

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“To stand or not to stand… during the National Anthem!”©

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Is he a hero or an embarrassment? When MLK Jr. took a knee it was to pray!

 

The protests started by the Quarterback, under President Obama, continue but ‘slavery itself‘ is being overlooked or not discussed-WHY?

 

Do people pay to go the ballet… when politics come into play on the stage? Do you go to Disneyland on the Fourth of July… expecting to see a Russian flag? Most people go to sporting events to see sports but if it continues as it is… when even Jerry Jones goes back on the words he said in the past, the NFL will be,”Not Frickin’ Looking”, and I won’t be the only American thinking this!

 

 

Here is what John Elway came out and said, below an abstract…

 

“Fans just want to watch and enjoy the sport without it being politicized.”

 

 

Can it be any plainer than this?

 

#NotFrickin’Looking

 

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“Charlottesville mayhem was allowed… just to cause dissension”©

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Race, the only race Americans should see in the US
is the race to bring her down, divide and conquer!
Being divided makes it so much easier to throw fuel
on the fires of indignation, of rage, then… no succor
or sympathy would be felt by those allowing us to do
their work for them, since we would have done it for
the wrong reasons: the past (unchanged unless it is
remembered), difference (aren’t we all different?), lore
(A myth… the mythos of ethnocentric unresolved rage)
or intolerance (an unwillingness to accept another’s view).
Isn’t intolerance the same as being bigoted? So what do
we seek to gain by grasping it… do we even have a clue?
If the reason for hating something has past… let sleeping
Dogs lie still! Why feel the need to open old wounds by call…
If we have learned nothing from our past, why the outrage?
I know one thing to be certain… without you I will surely fall!

 

 

Lupus est homo homini, non homo, quom qualis sit non novit (“a man to a man is a wolf, not a man, when the other doesn’t know of what character he is.).

 

Lupus in fabula… the wolf in the story, With the meaning “speak of the wolf, and he will come“; from Terence’s play Adelphoe.

 

[Mayor… and any higher ups contributing to this… need to be up on charges.]

 

https://www.sportingnations.com/2017/08/18/charlottesville-police-come-forward-told-stand-ignite-race-war-video/

 

[Police given ‘a stand down’ order, from whom?]

 

http://www.cgsmonitor.com/2017/08/19/confirmed-police-told-to-stand-down-in-charlottesville-did-nothing-as-war-broke-out-global-research/

 

[Obama eulogizes a KKK Grand Dragon]

 

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2010/0702/Obama-eulogizes-Sen.-Robert-Byrd-under-West-Virginia-skies

 

 

[William Shatner and a history lesson… and of statues]

 

 

… and now Antifa [from all appearances] and BlackLivesMatter would influence some to desecrate/vandalize the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Wall, in Washington. See below…

 

https://www.marinecorpstimes.com/military-honor/2017/08/17/vietnam-veterans-memorial-wall-vandalized/

 

If there is but one ‘red flag’ to come from this it would be the use of the words to ‘Stand Down’.

 

This message is to (all) the citizens of the United States of America

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What is the issue at hand? The biggest issue is… the President has been sworn in (taken an oath) to defend the United States from terrorists, foreign or domestic. If you would: promote such activity and found to be a contributing factor to it, or engage in activities… willingly or not, are found to be complicit or in collusion with what could be called ‘hate inspiring activity’ you might be placing yourself in the same shoes worn by ISIS- no better than ISIS since there is no difference to see.

 

 

The time has come to draw a line in the sand… to decide whether you are going to be a contributor to America or, for the sake of petty differences… which we all have, to be an active member of preserving the ideals we stand for. We can no longer afford to implore others to actions we ourselves would hide behind, as it appears Mark Zuckerberg has allowed… on his ‘give people the power to share’ site, like the same one used by James Hodgkinson. In the aftermath, we see this primary site pulled down… to remove the bread crumbs used in the deceit of hypocrisy and white washing (sanitizing) initial involvement. [The purging of information has already begun, the link above was to an LA Times article exposing the ‘Facebook’ connection to the Virginia shooter. try these… below.]

 

https://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2015/08/26/video-of-virginia-shooting-auto-played-on-twitter-and-facebook/

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-pol-virginia-shooter-profile-20170614-story.html

 

Sponsors for the Arts have dropped like rats from a sinking ship… the house of cards used to depict the loathing of an elected President, akin to burning an effigy… or a flag. Do they have the right to, under free speech, Yes, but please don’t expect me to like being forced to either pay for it or call it good! This to me is a waste of money that could be used to elevate mind, body or soul- yet this was not the case here.

 

 

How does one go from singing ‘Kumbaya (come by here) my Lord’ to promoting the Arts… in New York and advocate the death of a President? How does one party say they want peace… and growth… and diversity but acts up to act out- so selfishly? The very ideology the left promotes turns on its head- is this not hypocrisy? This is neither liberal or Libertarian… it is libertine in nature and cannot continue. To be a libertine is to care for no one but yourself- and to hell with everyone else.

 

 

We cannot continue in such an impaired ‘radicalized mindset’ as the left is giving us today. Please keep in mind, I’m a life-long Democrat my self… one my own party left behind, by running to anti-American thinking and practices I cannot support- and will not! As a Veteran, one that worked with ‘Classified’ material, I could not vote for Hillary. Those that say Trump is sexist… how about supporting someone that acted as an enabler to her husband, and turned a blind eye to all he did? Does Monica Lewinski ring a bell… or not? We need effective support for our country, not defective, and the time has come to do what is right… not what is right to you- as you might see it to be. We need to get back to reality!

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“Let’s all get back to reality”

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Barack ran on ‘Change’ to win the presidency, didn’t he? I say it is time to change again… to see the truth of what we have is failed… or failing miserably. See here what I mean, below…

 

What do we prefer… this http://www.marketwatch.com/story/7-obamacare-failures-that-have-hurt-americans-2016-03-24 or that? Let’s tell it like it is for a change… change to ‘there is more than meets the eye’ to what we’re told! Less,’Lions… and Tigers… and Bears, oh NO!,’ and more,”Can someone clean these glasses… these smudges look like entitlements are more important than improving our (sad) condition we’re in.” https://finance.yahoo.com/news/op-ed-trump-budget-just-160449563.html

 

 

“Did you do it on your own or by God’s grace?”

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To be delusional is to act in a fashion; which
when maintained by peculiar proclivities, can
can be based on beliefs or impressions that
are contradicted by reality (either hope or plan)
or rational argument, the faulty judgement comes
thinking there is no God… God has no control
over my life but God is in control of everything…
even the lives of those in places they’d extol
as having achieved them on their own, we can
do nothing here without God’s own intervention,
God uses those that come willingly into His very
presence and those that do not care to mention
God for the: beauty of living, splendor found in
nature itself, transformation of butterflies to new
found color and gift of flight, passing away of
dryness to bones and renewing spring so true…
God used the Egyptians, Persians and Romans
to punish Israel… and God used men to restore
Israel as a country, this has never happened in
man’s history before, hold your breath for more!

 

Throughout human history, those that come into power is due to what God has given. It is best to see the truth of it.

 

Together we fall… and we are still divided enough for that, are we not? Here is a peek at the Science Czar, under President Obama, John Holdren, found here with his beliefs. Today it pays to know what you believe and why!

 
There seems to be more people upset these days than not… and try as we might to share a different view, even one taken from a different vantage point, there is no time to listen to anything but what they want to see or want you to see. If a name could or should be applicable for what we see being done… it is ‘Moral Relativism’ and nothing more. If we were to pander to ourselves and create such nonsense as being our belief, we’d be duping ourselves by self-deception, and we’d surely set ourselves up for a fall- to falter in an avant-garde failure! To God be the glory in everything we do.

 

When the Democratic Party faithful aided an international cause over American people and its allies (Israel being one of them) God stepped in!

 

Much to the chagrin of any opposed to who we have in office today… it is by the hand of God. There are winners and losers in this life, not everyone is successful- guaged by man’s standards but man’s standard is not the most important.

 

 

 

God’s ways are counterintuitive to the ways of man himself.

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