Perennial Philosophy

The Theory of Balanceology, has naturalistic foundational roots. I now assert that Perennial Philosophy is man-made and flows from a nature-made Perennial Wisdom that is Nature encoded, evolutionarily originated, and biologically inherited. I postulate that Perennial Philosophy (i. e. philosophia perennis) is human-based interpretation of this eternal-and-enduring wisdom that gives us moral guidance (more to come). Huston Smith refers to primordial traditions when he addresses philosophia perennis. Perennial Philosophy entails accessing these natural coded morality teachings that are eternal and have endured. There is a Perennial Philosophy of cultural similarities that survive and are unchanging from age-to-age. Naturalistic enduring wisdom has influenced every culture’s morality teachings, philosophy, mythology, religion, language, worldview, societal traditions, and customs since civilizations began. Morality teachings and instructions are mainly concerned with what is right, and what is wrong in human endeavors. Aristotle (4th Cent B.C.) for the West, and Lie Yukou (5th Cent B.C.) for the East, suggest we can have a higher moral development towards our fellow humans beings when we philosophically take advantage of this ancestral Perennial Wisdom. In the Theory of Balanceology, I highly recommend that if a person decides to construct their own worldview blueprint, and to develop their own personal philosophy for/of living, it is most helpful if they intuitively listen by tapping into Perennial Wisdom’s transgenerational natural morality guidance.

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Perennial Wisdom

I advance the idea that Perennial Wisdom is linked to human morality.  I content that Perennial Wisdom has been built on pre-human and human collective evolutionary ageless wisdom. Importantly, I view Perennial Wisdom is a nature-made blueprint of sagacity that is primordially and biologically based. I assert that nature-made wisdom is seen in the naturalistic principles of Nature’s patterns, order, cyclicity, non-duality (unity), harmony, and critically balance. I argue that Perennial Wisdom is a byproduct of that long developmental history of the Triune Brain —> the survival of the Reptilian Brain, the addition of an emotive and intuitive Limbic Brain, and 30-40,000 years of cognitive functioning of the Neocortex. I value the contribution of the Triune Brain’s transgenerational collective memory that allows us to have cryptic intuitive messages radiating from the wisdom of this ancient knowledge. Perennial Wisdom (eternal-and-enduring) emits certain morality guidelines of cooperation that helps us survive in this world of intense conflict and competition.

I have even found nature-made Perennial Wisdom influence in the Abrahamic Family of religious traditions: 1.) Christians refer to sophia perennis, 2.) Hebrews discuss hokhmah (wisdom), and 3.) Muslims refer to al-burhan alaqini (science of reality). Perennial Wisdom for the Hindus is expressed in the Sanskrit phrase sanatan dharma, or “the eternal law.” In Taoism, Lao Tse discusses Perennial Wisdom as, “Infinite.  Eternally present . . . . .  It flows through all things, inside and outside, and returns to the origin of all things.” For Ch’an Buddhism, Perennial Wisdom is “the pure embodiment of reality in your essential nature.” Chinese philosopher Chuange Tzu has a Perennial Wisdom connotation by saying, “the universe and I came into being together: and I, and everything therein, are One.” Finally, in writings to come I will recommend that we  listen to these intuitive inner truths from our ancient transgenerational world as we traverse life, and individually build our worldview and philosophy.  I am welcome to any comments on the concept of Perennial Wisdom.

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Common Core Morality

In this post I acknowledge the long history of support for humans inheriting a common core morality. We all have a common consanguineal homo sapien core morality that influences our individual core morality. Human morality is nature-based, evolutionarily originated, transgenerationally inherited, and gives us intuitive guidance. I emphasize the huge part morality must play in each life. It is for our benefit to have a cognitive, emotive and intuitive understanding and relationship with what it means to be a moral person. To obtain an honest portrait of my morality has only come after making my fair share of behavioral mistakes. Mistakes that required me evaluate them and attempt to learn from them. I advise that the narrative in this drawn-out phase is fairly dense, sophisticated, and contains a detailed subject coverage. Posts will cover the following  noteworthy topics:  Perennial Wisdom, Natural Moral Code, cultural interpretation, free will, good and evil, the eleven deadly traits, basic morality, deeper morality, and higher morality.  As I commence on the many posts related to human morality it is necessary to define certain key precepts related to:  What is ethics? What is morality? What is virtue?

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Human Morality Need

The Theory of Balanceology hypothesizes that if we desire to have some meaning, health, and balance in our life, it is to our benefit to satisfy as best we can our inherent nature-based needs.  The Basal Self-Needs of 1) safety-security, 2. ) worth, 3.) empowerment, and 4.) enjoyment.  Humans also have the Basal Belonging-Needs that are 1.) interpersonal, and 2.)  social.  If the Basal Self and Belonging-Needs start to be satisfied, they can lay a foundation to start satisfying our inherent Deeper-Needs of 1.) sex, 2.) love, 3.) morality, 4.)  emotions, and 5.) consciousness. In previous posts, I detailed all of the Basal Needs.  I have addressed the Deeper-Needs of sex and love. I now extensively focus on our morality need.

Morality is a primal need and an energetic awakening force for human beings, and is the focus of posts to come.  I have come to appreciate how a deep-rooted sense of ethics and morality is so crucial in our hurting world. I argue that without having at least some sense of morality at the individual level (self-preservation) and the collective level (species-preservation), I doubt if the human species could survive a day. I view morality as genetically embedded within the human species. I understand morality as one of those innate needs that enables us to have deep-seated connections with Nature, human nature, and our own nature. Our goal should be to experience the nature of our morality  need.  I argue that in one way or another morality is involved in every experience and behavior we have in life. I propose that morality is a requirement for us to successfully navigate the complex rubik’s cube of life. Humans are indeed sui generis anthropic creatures where the two key aspects of this uniqueness are: 1.) self-aware consciousness that gives us significant cognitive and intuitive abilities, and 2.) a capacity to freely make moral decisions by using our cognitive and intuitive abilities and not just reacting instinctively to our environment.

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Deeper-Love: Summary

I theorize that Deeper-Love surely has experiences of intimacy, union, devotion, respect, and commitment. Deeper-love is productive because there is a converging and a merging of the human deeper needs of love, sexuality, morality, emotions, and consciousness. Deeper-love is an exceptionally beautiful thing because within deeper-love –—> I hurt when you hurt. Deeper love is having someone who cares enough about you to worry about you. In deeper-love I am willing to make major personal sacrifices for the one I love. For me, deeper-love is when someone’s happiness becomes my happiness. For me, deeper-love has its roots in empathy and an essential understanding of the one so loved. In deeper-love there are limited secrets between partners. Deeper-love is about living one’s life with another. Henry Drummond maintained that, “to love abundantly is to live abundantly.” (19th Cent) Deeper-love is also productive because in the depths of connection it produces increased mind-body energy. Pseudo-love ultimately drains mind-body energy. Basic-love can either increase or decrease energy. However, any experience of deeper-love only increases energy. When I discussed the human sexual need, I noted that the Tantra make reference to sacred-sex. I now want to make reference to what I call sacred-love > that is, deeper-love is a productive sacred-love of being well-loved.

Deeper-love has the potential to be transformational. In the depths of experiencing love there can be a connection with humanities essential reality. Deeper-love suggests that it is a good idea to love generously. To experience deeper levels of romantic love opens the door to experience brotherly love. However, let me close my posts related to love by emphasizing once again that a long-lasting committed deeper-love connection is a rare phenomenon. After I listed all of the conditions for deeper-love (or even basic-love) the reader might think love is impossible. I do think deeper-love is possible, but it is a major life task that takes a great deal of time, energy, sacrifice, and commitment. I agree with Erich Fromm stating, “the capacity to love must remain a rare achievement. Or, anyone can ask himself how many truly loving persons has he known.” (1956)

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Seven-year-itch

I want to take one more shot at the idea of how difficult it is for humans to be in a lenghty committed relationship.  The vast majority of us have experienced several times falling-in-love: the pseudo-love phenomenon. The majority of  us have experienced a few times growing-in-love: the basic-love of belonging. Pseudo-love can  die quickly. Basic-love can die too.  Are we now at a 50%  divorce rate in Western societies? And, I ask how strong are the 50% of marriages and relationships that remain? Do basic-love relationships burn out after 7 years, 10 years,  or maybe 15 years? Is Shirley Maclaine right when she says, “the basis for a long-lasting marriage, is an open relationship?” For Frank Tallis, “evolutionary theory explains the puzzling feature of love — its relative brevity,” and  “thus intense,  passionate love might only be  sustainable for a  few years.”  (2004)  Sustainability requires the ongoing development,  reinforcement,  and ever refinement of the basic-love conditions of —> acceptance,  mutuality, attention,  nurturance, and action. With the development, reinforcement, and refinement maybe a rare number of  couples can experience the human phenomenon I prefer to address as the deeper-love conditions of intimacy, union, devotion, respect, and commitment.  Thus, I ask “Does the Seven-year-itch have any validity?”

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