Fire
Tripod
The Nine Muses The Philosophy of the GOOD
Fire
Tripod

The Nine Muses, the daughters of Mnemosyne, will guide you through this book 1



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Book's Introduction



"Nine worthies were they called, of different
rites –
Three Jews, three Pagans, and three Christian
knights." 2


Dryden, from "The Flower and the Leaf"
(An adaptation from Chaucer)



This has been a long and arduous journey for me, of some three years, almost full time work. With this book I have cast the die, and crossed the Rubicon, as did Caesar so long ago. But the enemy is the same… the forces of greed; still strangling society, but this time many societies, all over the world. What started as a Novel, written with the sense of injustice and profound frustration, yes, even bitterness, indeed became for me a transformation of sorts, and a liberation; a liberation from the stupidities and prejudices, which had so long haunted my soul. A transformation for me, into the recognition of the oneness of all human life, and the outlook that indeed “no man is an island unto himself”. As the Good has transformed me, I hope it will perhaps transform others, most especially those who supposedly lead us both spiritually and temporally. Perhaps it will show them that the separation that greed engenders is not inevitable, but the result of habituation and a narrowed viewpoint. And that is the very essence of the Good, to widen our viewpoint… through emphasizing our sameness… the very thing that greed has so long taught us to ignore.

“What is truth?”, Pontius Pilate uttered these words in the full knowledge and frustration that truth is constantly changing with the whims of man. Especially as he saw that yet again hate and prejudice would destroy yet another descent man; this very same young carpenter from Nazareth who stood before him. The Good shows us that this is not at all necessary; it gives us a universal standard by which to order our societies. This philosophy is compatible with all religions and societies, because it brings forth the very concepts that both God and man have acknowledged as their basis… fairness and cooperation. And this is totally at odds with the basis of greed… unfairness and competition. [You will find some essays, especially the chronologically earlier ones, couched in terms of Christianity, my own preference. But the Good translates into any system of beliefs, as I have shown in the Formal Statement.]

Below you will find thirty-five essays 3 that look at different aspects of this, from formal theory to corrective suggestions. Some will upset you, perhaps anger you; this is to be expected, for greed blinds man through the complacency of a prosperous existence, and the false image that it will never end. History has showed us that it always ends. The “Welfare State” and “Charities” are emotional names that are meant to lead you into wrong conclusions. They are used to stop the thinking of those who are doing well, and make them believe the illusion that greed holds out to them. Again History shows us that the prosperity that greed brings always ends.

Man is a creature who will always make mistakes, this is inevitable; but he can also learn from these. There will always be suffering and misery on this earth, to a certain extent, but we can minimize this through letting the Good widen our views.

Further, I hope that the Good, being in essence a universal principle, will allow all religions to use it as the common ground upon which to come together, despite the doctrinal differences that separate them. We must see that it is not the purpose of religion to separate but to unite mankind. God has no favorites or prejudices; all are alike in his sight.

Finally, if even I can be brought around, than I am sure that everyone else can.

hopefully,

JAM



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Preface

Preface





FOOTNOTES

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1 The nine Muses were the daughters of Mnemosyne (memory); according to Hesiod’s list they were: Clio, Euterpe, Thalia, Melpomene, Terpsichore, Erato, Polymnia, Urania and Calliope (the singer or melodious one), their leader. They represented all human knowledge: poetry, drama and the liberal arts.



2 The nine worthies were: Joshua, King David, Judas Macabeus, Prince Hector of Troy, Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, King Arthur of Camelot, Charlemagne and Godfrey of Bouillon.



3 Most of these essays appeared on my web site CAIUS-EBOOK.COM over the course of the years 2006 – 2008.



Originally Published:

October 11, 2007

Revised:

June 23, 2014