The View From 1776
Liberal Czars Order Cars
The New York Times wants to force you to buy the automobiles they prefer. It’s what is known as state-planning.
The missing element in every human 'solution' is
an accurate definition of the creature.
The way we define 'human' determines our view
of self, others, relationships, institutions, life, and
future. Important? Only the Creator who made us
in His own image is qualified to define us accurately.
Choose wisely...there are results.
Many problems in human experience are the result of
false and inaccurate definitions of humankind premised
in man-made religions and humanistic philosophies.
In an effort to diminish the multiple and persistent
dangers and abuses which have characterized the
affairs of man in his every Age, and to assist in the
requisite search for human identity, it is essential to
perceive and specify that distinction which naturally
and most uniquely defines the human being. Because
definitions rule in the minds, behaviors, and institutions
of men, we can be confident that delineating and com-
municating that quality will assist the process of resolu-
tion and the courageous ascension to which man is
called. As Americans of the 21st Century, we are oblig-
ed and privileged to join our forebears and participate
in this continuing paradigm proclamation.
"WHAT IS MAN...?" God asks - and answers:
HUMAN DEFINED: EARTH'S CHOICEMAKER
by JAMES FLETCHER BAXTER (c) 2006
- from The HUMAN PARADIGM
- THE QUESTION AND THE ANSWER
Q: "What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son
of man that You visit him?" Psalm 8:4
A: "I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against
you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing
and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and
your descendants may live." Deuteronomy 30:19
Q: "Lord, what is man, that You take knowledge of him?
Or the son of man, that you are mindful of him?" Psalm
A: "And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose
for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the
gods which your fathers served that were on the other
side of the river, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose
land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will
serve the Lord." Joshua 24:15
Q: "What is man, that he could be pure? And he who is
born of a woman, that he could be righteous?" Job 15:14
A: "Who is the man that fears the Lord? Him shall He
teach in the way he chooses." Psalm 25:12
Q: "What is man, that You should magnify him, that You
should set Your heart on him?" Job 7:17
A: "Do not envy the oppressor and choose none of his
ways." Proverbs 3:31
Q: "What is man that You are mindful of him, or the son
of man that You take care of him?" Hebrews 2:6
A: "I have chosen the way of truth; your judgments I have
laid before me." Psalm 119:30 "Let Your hand become my
help, for I have chosen Your precepts."Psalm 119:173
Genesis 3:3,6 Deuteronomy 11:26-28; 30:19 Job 5:23
Isaiah 7:14-15; 13:12; 61:1 Amos 7:8 Joel 3:14
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8Posted by Choicemaker on 05/16 at 09:19 AM
- CONTEMPORARY COMMENTS
"I should think that if there is one thing that man has
learned about himself it is that he is a creature of
choice." Richard M. Weaver
"Man is a being capable of subduing his emotions and
impulses; he can rationalize his behavior. He arranges
his wishes into a scale, he chooses; in short, he acts.
What distinguishes man from beasts is precisely that he
adjusts his behavior deliberately." Ludwig von Mises
"To make any sense of the idea of morality, it must be
presumed that the human being is responsible for his
actions and responsibility cannot be understood apart
from the presumption of freedom of choice."
"The advocate of liberty believes that it is complementary
of the orderly laws of cause and effect, of probability
and of chance, of which man is not completely informed.
It is complementary of them because it rests in part upon
the faith that each individual is endowed by his Creator
with the power of individual choice."
Wendell J. Brown
"These examples demonstrate a basic truth -- that human
dignity is embodied in the free choice of individuals."
"Our Founding Fathers believed that we live in an ordered
universe. They believed themselves to be a part of the
universal order of things. Stated another way, they
believed in God. They believed that every man must find
his own place in a world where a place has been made for
him. They sought independence for their nation but, more
importantly, they sought freedom for individuals to think
and act for themselves. They established a republic
dedicated to one purpose above all others - the preserva-
tion of individual liberty..." Ralph W. Husted
"We have the gift of an inner liberty so far-reaching
that we can choose either to accept or reject the God
who gave it to us, and it would seem to follow that the
Author of a liberty so radical wills that we should be
equally free in our relationships with other men.
Spiritual liberty logically demands conditions of outer
and social freedom for its completion." Edmund A. Opitz
"Above all I see an ability to choose the better from the
worse that has made possible life's progress."
"Freedom is the Right to Choose, the Right to create for
oneself the alternatives of Choice. Without the possibil-
ity of Choice, and the exercise of Choice, a man is not
a man but a member, an instrument, a thing."
Thomas JeffersonPosted by Choicemaker on 05/16 at 09:22 AM
- This blog gives the NYT too much credit. All the NYT is offering is an opinion, not dictating, about what future car habits should represent. The car companies have themselves to blame for their sad state, not the NYT.
- Anyway, to follow Choicemaker's logic, theses car companies chose for themselves to make a mess of themselves. The car companies are not victims. Well, they are, of themselves. They are their own worst enemy.
- Re: "Anyway, to follow Choicemaker
- I'm not offended or surprised.
Those of you who make choices based on humanistic value systems cannot understand the Creator's values and priorities. Cannot. Since man cannot invent a standard, criterion, or definition of value greater than himself, he is grounded in an ego-centric self and man-made criteria that goes no higher than his eyebrows.
The standards of the Creator not only are higher than man's - they literally "go through the ceiling of the universe." They are 'over your head' and mine. Thank goodness! (Check Isaac Newton.)
Since the Creator created us in His own image, wouldn't it be unfair if He didn't furnish us with what we cannot invent - criteria for making successful choices - greater than we can invent?
Human 'logic' is no better than its criteria. Man-made criteria is thus doomed to mediocrity and worse. Heads up.
Ryan, I see your statement to be more nearly an admission of shortcoming. Nothing more.
I'll e-mail you the full message if you will thoughtfully read and critique it.
As a former humanist, believe me, I understand.
"The true God is a living, intelligent, and powerful Being. His duration reaches from eternity to eternity. His presence from infinity to infinity. He governs all things." Isaac Newton
+ + +Posted by Choicemaker on 05/17 at 07:26 PM
- We all have a choice. Some are more appealing to others. To place the burden of choice on another for one's own inability to choose wisely is irresponsible and childish. That's like saying, "he made me do it." Nobody makes you do anything. There are certainly compelling reasons to make one choice over another, but it's ultimately up to you to make the final decision.