17 March 2016

To simplify social theory...


There are many different social models based on theories from great minds like Confucius, Hegel, Nietzsche, Marx etc. What I miss, as a lay person, in most of these models, is the fact that... Regardless of any particular social and environmental reality, humans seem to be, on a fundamental level, things that create meaning and insight independently and interact with the environment as a person (...it is not surprising that there are actually attempts to reject this seemingly fundamental aspect of being human). What follows is my attempt to correctly incorporate this into a very simplified social theory.

With this in mind I propose a simplified social theory that focus on the fact that humans have many and diverse intentions, as opposed to a theory that only focus on a particular intention like survival (...of the fittest) in the case of evolutionary social theories, "will to power" in the case of people like Nietzsche, "balance" maybe in the case of  some eastern thinkers, "the Idea moving towards self-understanding" in the case of Hegel, etc. I contend that it is fundamentally flawed to assume a specific intention to be a universal necessity for all humans or even for social behaviour.  (Maybe all these great minds got it right and I am just discovering it on my own terms... who knows?)

If my attempted "simplified human theory" is informed by the current state of the collective human abilities, as they are shared between persons across space and time... In particular, I was informed by the collective abilities to access nuclear energy and to utilise information technologies.  What follows almost inevitably seems to be that any human theory must acknowledge the mostly unbounded nature of humanity's ability to realise the complete  set of human intentions, regardless of  restrictive views like "survival, power, or the Idea" (This view of mine might actually be very Hegelian. What my approach tries to acknowledge is not a single idea, but rather all possible ideas as expressed by all human or actually all conscious intention, regardless if it comes from humans or not.)

Careful analysis of this view might show that, irrespective of the possibility that "society" is also part of human/conscious intentions, and it seems to be the case... the human collective simply needs enough energy (i.e. the ability to change things) to execute their intentions and this state of affairs has already became possible through human ingenuity... and this is social theory simplified...

"People always want to change things, let them..."

Test this theory by asking what happens if you single out any particular human intention... It breaks down the objective to realise the complete set of human intentions, even moral perfection or which ever intention might be achievable. If moral (right as opposed to wrong) as well as natural/physical intentions, become part of human intentions then, like always, the full reality of intentions becomes predicated on God, and Christ in particular. Therefore you have to also accept that Christ did fulfill the Law completely... and it follows that:
"Rom 8:2 — Rom 8:7 (ESV)
2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. 3 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. 6 For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. 7 For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot."

It seems fair to assume... If Christ's work on the cross is complete then my simplified social theory is true and very useful for the future of humanity. We can actually reach into eternity with Christ and all the intentions that can exist in God's presence...

In practice it means that because of Christ I love all of his creation and through this kind of love I allow all humans to have enough energy, (i.e. the ability to change things...) to achieve all of their intentions.  This also means that I will not force my intentions onto the eternal souls of people, at all, because... Christ's intention was unconditional love, which means freely given and freely accepted, or rejected.

Can any of us, ever, think about all possible godly intentions?  I don't think so, and therefore I will never be truly bored for eternity!

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