Friday, September 23, 2016

TRUTH with a Capital "T"



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The Self-Action Leadership Theory & Model 

And a Metaphysical Theory of Everything


 PRESENTS...

Truth with a Capital "T"


Perhaps the single most important ideological premise of an impending AGE of AUTHENTICISM is that Truth—with a capital "T"—exists as an absolute reality and force that exists independent of any human inclination, disinclination, arbitration, litigation, manipulation, or sophistication.

While Truth may possess varying (even paradoxical) applications in various situations and circumstances, Truth itself is neither situational nor circumstantial; nor is it changing or relative.

Truth simply is.


This fact applies to both the physical (observable, scientific) and metaphysical (unseen mental, emotional, spiritual, and moral) world.

Nearly everyone accedes the reality of physical (scientific, observable) truisms because they possess mathematical proofs.  For example, you would be hard pressed to find an educated person of any ideological flavor who didn't accept the absolute reality of the law of gravity, force, motion, entropy, inertia, torque, et cetera.  When it comes to basic physical laws, scientific proofs combine with obvious visual observations to create a near-consensus that things are a certain way, and can be confidently defined with an aura of irrevocability.

This is not to say we know everything there is to know about the physical world; far from it, in fact.  As a result, the search for truth about scientific verities persists, and I would argue, is still in a stage of relative infancy.  If it were otherwise, we would know much more about our exceedingly vast and mysterious universe than we currently do.  Moreover, we would also be more capable and mobile in exploring deeper and darker regions currently beyond our reach and purview.

Galileo Galilei
1564-1642
As human beings, we are prone to viewing ourselves as perched atop the existential food-chain.  Such an inflated self-perspective can lead to arrogant assumptions that we know more than we really do, and that we are more powerful than we really are.  Compared to the historical periods occupied by Archimedes or Galileo, ours is an enlightened time indeed.  But who's to say that our understanding of the universe in 2016 is not still primitive compared to the understanding of future civilizations, or of other sentient beings who may exist beyond our reach and visage whose comprehensions and capacities may dwarf our own?

Despite the profound limitations that inhibit a fuller understanding of all things natural and physical, most educated persons do accept that a great many Truths about the PHYSICAL realm can be known and proven with a high degree of certainty.

Unfortunately—or fortunately, depending on how you look at it—the same degree of certainty cannot be physically accessed or metrically observed with non-physical things that remain very much a part of our lives and consciousness.  The great debate about truth (with a lower-case "t") versus Truth (with a capital "T") in our world today, therefore, involves not so much its physical, but its metaphysical aspects.  The concept of, and apology for, metaphysical Truth is the topic of this article.    

The very essence of philosophical postmodernism, which the Western World has been steeped in for decades, is the notion that there really isn't any absolute, metaphysical truth.  To a postmodernist, metaphysical truth, including morality, is always circumstantially and situationally relative.

Authenticists see it very differently...  Despite their fundamentally mysterious nature (when compared to their physical analogues) metaphysical Truths are as real, unbendable, unbreakable, preeminent, absolute, and irrevocable as any physical Truths.

Postmodern philosophy is akin to abstract art
where pretty much anything goes
To a postmodernist, metaphysical truth is pliable and capricious; it is something to be created, molded, and ultimately formed into whatever image an individual postmodernist desires it should take.  Perhaps one of the reasons postmodernists typically do not believe in a Diety is because they assume (either consciously or unconsciously) that they themselves already are the highest power in the Universe, and therefore innately possess the right to create and mold truth to their liking.  And the more knowledgeable a postmodernist becomes, the less he or she believes in a Higher Power.  After all, who needs a higher power to teach you about Truth when you can so cleverly determine your own?

Authenticists, on the other hand, in recognition of their profound limitations as human beings (both intellectually and physically) are more apt to believe in a Higher Power who does know and can perform what he or she alone obviously can not.  And the more knowledgable an authenticist becomes, the deeper his or her faith in a Higher Power tends to grow—a result of recognizing that the more that one comes to know, the more one comprehends how much one does not know.

A postmodernist's view of truth is usually more temporarily convenient, and in the short run, may seem to be the correct means of viewing the metaphysical domain because it better aligns with the carnal, hedonistic, narcissistic, and nihilistic elements of our natures.  This is why much of our worldwide populace is so often blinded by shortsightedness and blunted by selfishness.  The underlying belief of many is that metaphysical laws, if they exist at all, do so to indulge human convenience and caprice, rather than to sharpen and refine human capabilities.

Who is right?  The postmodernists or the authenticists?  Is metaphysical truth constant or relative?  Is morality personally pliable or perfectly principled?  Has the universe decreed that a man or woman may determine his or her own truth, or does the burden lie upon each of us to discover what actually is true and then strive to abide in harmony with its unyielding decrees with the humble recognition that in the end, natural consequences governed by sovereign universal laws will ultimately have their way with all of us according to our chosen courses of thought, speech, and action?

The answer to this question is located at the philosophical confluence of conscience, historical understanding, present observation, mathematical logic, and metaphysical reason—with the consultation of conscience holding the trump card.  At Freedom Focused, we believe that attaining unto just such a Truth is quite possible for any diligent, determined, sincere, and patient seeker of Truth.    

While we admittedly cannot categorically prove it scientifically, Freedom Focused declares in words of intellectual soberness that metaphysical Truths of all kinds exist as assuredly and absolutely as do any physical Truths.  Moreover, like scientific proofs, metaphysical Truisms are "things" to be discovered, respected, and wisely harnessed to maximize one's existential growth and progress—and to influence the same in others.

Throughout my life, and particularly as a doctoral student, my pathway has crossed (either personally or in articles and books) with intellectuals who are convinced that metaphysical Truths with a capital "T" do not exist.  In the minds of these persons, each individual is entitled to one's own truth, but to insist on an absolute, overarching Truth that ultimately applies equally to everyone is the height of temerity and presumption — a notion concocted by right-wing religious zealots naively bereft of academic capacity and unfit to mingle amidst a milieu of postmodern intellectual elites.

Construction job of a
philosophical postmodernist
Metaphysical relativism is akin to capriciously scrambling a scientific text and then teaching the mixed up mess as reality.  It is like taking apart a clock, putting the parts inside a bag, shaking it up, and assuming that the clock will magically reassembled itself in the chaotic process of random intermingling.  The foolishness of such courses are self-evident, yet the sophistication of such syllabai is widely heralded around the postmodern world as a badge of academic enlightenment.

If it be folly to scramble a scientific formula (the physical) by caprice, on what rational grounds can we machinate and manipulate the metaphysical to our liking?  The answer is, we cannot do so—and get away with it in the long run.  Natural consequences will always play out over time, demonstrating with quasi-mathematical precision the clear and present reality that was all along.

Freedom Focused has a message for our deeply troubled world, and that message is this: all things (physical and metaphysical) in this world and universe are a certain way and are subject to laws of nature that are both absolute and irrevocable.  This physical and metaphysical reality and ontology is not a result of any whimsy of mankind's flimsy intellect, nor is it the effect of mankind's minor historical imprint on a tiny planet circling a medium sized star in a massive galaxy that is but one of billions of other galaxies spread throughout a colossal universe that may or may not have finite boundaries.

Construction job of a
philosophical authenticist
Rather, it simply is.  

Mankind's power lies not in choosing, nor in altering, what is.  We have no authority or capacity to create an alternate reality or truth more suitable to whatever ephemeral inclinations or hedonistic proclivities may perplex us during our mortal existence.

No.

Our only power, both individually and collectively, lies in pursuing a comprehension of Truth Itself— which is best defined as an understanding of ourselves and all things as they really are, as they really were, and as they really will be in the future.

Many institutions of higher learning—from Harvard University on down—famously include the inscription, Veritas, upon their campus seals.  Veritas is Latin for "Truth."  It used to be that the university was a place where honest and earnest seekers of Truth went to find enlightenment about reality (physical and metaphysical).  In today's postmodern world, universities (especially the departments concerned with any variety of metaphysics) increasingly demonstrate little interest in the Truth.  They are more interested in creating their own puppet truth which they then hypocritically hold up as the truth with an ironically evangelical zeal in order to deepen ideological schisms and further advance their own pet, partisan political projects.  Such institutions of "learning" have sadly become fertile seedbeds of metaphysical fiction and fabrication planted by heretical postmodern professors.  These pied pipers of postmodernism are leading our children down a slippery slope into metaphysical (and in some cases physical) ruin.

The roots of postmodernism are in the academe
The roots of authenticism will likewise spring forth from
within the walls of Educational Institutions
If the perilous pap of postmodernism is ever to be checked and then seriously challenged, the duel must take place in the very venue where it initially took root—the academe.  Freedom Focused foresees a day in the not-too-distant future when a sizable fraction of academia will return to its roots of traditional truth seeking.  This return will not be signaled by the creation of a single credo that everyone in the movement automatically accepts; rather, it will be the result of a potpourri of different philosophical adherents acceding that there is indeed an ideal worth pursuing—and then collectively striving towards it from separate directions.

Second only to the quest to love perfectly, the quest to correctly comprehend Truth is the greatest quest in the world.  It is the quest of all of humanity's greatest actors and actresses—yesterday, today, and forever.

Two millennia ago, a Man who claimed to be the literal offspring of Deity, famously taught His followers that the road to freedom is and always will be the pathway illumined by the Truth.

"And ye shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free."


Freedom Focused urges all mankind to quest after Truth — not in the sense of any one denominational dogma, political persuasion, or ideological creed — but in the essence of Truth Itself, or in other words, in an understanding of things as they really are.  In the process, may we all come to a fuller understanding of the reality of a real right and a real wrong and the difference between the two.  Then may we commit to follow more fully in the pathways of goodness and righteousness in order to receive the positive and constructive long-term consequences concomitant thereto.  Likewise, may we more fully eschew roads of error and evil from which negative and destructive long-term consequences are inevitable.  By so doing, may we all come to a fuller comprehension of things as they really are, were, and will yet be.  And in the process, may we become more tolerant of each other as we learn how to love more fully, authentically, sincerely, and deeply.

Freedom Focused does not claim to be the fountain of all truth.  To the contrary, we are little more than ardent seekers thereof.  Nevertheless, in an effort to support and promote the premise that Truth with a capital "T" does indeed exist to govern absolutely both the physical and metaphysical world, we have put forth the Self-Action Leadership Theory and Model, which we have dubbed as a Metaphysical Theory of Everything.  While we do not claim to have fully succeeded in achieving such a singular and superlative contribution, we are confident we have made progress in the direction of our general objective as truth seekers, and look forward to improving upon it as the years go by.

Self-Action Leadership:
The Textbook of Authenticism
We invite you to study our findings for yourself for the sake of gleaning whatever value may be obtainable therein.  You can start by reading our seminal textbook: Self-Action Leadership: The Key to Personal, Professional, and Global Freedom.


Click HERE to buy a copy of Self-Action Leadership.


SELF-ACTION LEADERSHIP is the key catalyst for initiating transformational leadership that lasts in any organization. The truth of the matter really is that simple; and the transformation of organizations through the holistic development of individuals really is that difficult—yet altogether possible for anyone willing to invest the time, effort, and sacrifice required to achieve authentic, transformational results.

Unlike any training program that has ever preceded it, Self-Action Leadership provides a single vehicle wherewith individual self-leaders can discover—and then act—upon the great truth that HOLISTIC personal development and growth spanning the mental, moral, spiritual, physical, emotional, and social elements of our individual natures is within the grasp of each one of us.

NoteFreedom Focused is a non-partisan, for-profit, educational corporation. As such, we do not endorse or embrace political figures. We do, however, comment from time-to-time on historical or political events that provide pedagogical backdrops to illuminating principles contained in the SAL Theory & Model.


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Monday, September 12, 2016

Life Leadership: The Textbook

Self-Action Leadership: A Textbook for Life


In intellectual and other pursuits,
there is no substitute for serious study.
If you wish to comprehend anything of real substance, you must spend a large amount of time and invest a great deal of effort studying that concept, subject matter, or skill.

That is why credible academic degrees, technical certificates, and journeyman apprenticeships of all kinds typically require years to complete.  Likewise, if you desire to become highly skilled in any substantive endeavor or field, hundreds or even thousands of hours must be invested before you will become an authentic professional.

It doesn't matter who you are, a significant price tag in time, effort, and painful refining exists to obtain authentic success as a professional in any field or endeavor.   Regardless how much innate talent and intelligence you may possess, no one becomes intellectually proficient or highly skilled at anything overnight. And if you want to find yourself at or near the top of your field, you've gotta invest even more time and effort.

In the development of any skill,
there is no substitute for
lots of dedicated practice.
In fact, in one of his best-selling books, Outliers, well-known contemporary author Malcolm Gladwell introduces what he calls the "10,000-hour rule."  In so doing, he quotes neurologist Daniel Levitin, who wrote that, "The emerging picture from studies is that ten thousand hours of practice is required to achieve the level of mastery associated with being a world-class expert—at anything."  [1]

Despite how pop culture tries to spin it, there simply are no shortcuts to authentic intelligence, skills, achievements, relationships, or any other substantive success that lasts.

In light of these omnipresent realities about real life, is it any wonder that our nation and world finds itself intellectually, ideologically, and morally adrift?  While ambition is alive and well in some corners, and remarkably successful people populate virtually every field of human endeavor—from science and medicine to art and athletics—how much time, really, does the average person spend studying life itself, including how to become a better human being who effectively serves other people.

How much time and effort do you presently invest on understanding the principles and applying the practices that bring about long-term happiness, peace, and prosperity (financially and otherwise)?  In the hustle and bustle of our endless ambition to earn the almighty dollar and get ahead (of our own personal situation as well as our peers with whom we compete against), how many people do you know who really focus a significant amount of their time and effort on their own existential growth, welfare, and progress—and how they can help others do the same?

Historically, religion has taken a front-and-center role in the existential development of human beings.  In a "progressive" culture that increasingly denies the existence of a deity while openly mocking the perceived naiveté of those deluded enough to actually believe in something they cannot sentiently access, church-going has been collectively waning in many denominations for decades.  This is not to say that religion is the only way to focus on one's existential growth; it is not.  Nevertheless, the dwindling population of parishioners has left a certain vacuum of existential focus in the lives of many.

Churchgoer or not, moral philosopher or not, didactic poet or not, Freedom Focused affirms the vital importance of spending time and effort—a LOT of it—on the study and pursuit of one's existential welfare, growth, and prosperity.  We further declare that all human beings (religious or not) have a duty to attend to the same.  This duty springs forth from life itself, and the common humanity we share with each other, undergirded by the humble recognition that the choices of each individual on this planet either indirectly influence or directly impact other human beings that live here too.

John Donne, English Poet
1572-1631
As the English poet John Donne so eloquently taught centuries ago:


No Man is an Island, entire of itself, every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away from the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a Promontory were, as well as if a Manor of thy friends, or of thine own were; Any Mans death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee. [2]

When the bell of duty tolls in your life—and in truth, it tolls daily, even hourly, for us all—it is incumbent upon each of us to answer the call of conscience to think, speak, and act in conformity to universal laws of Truth (yes, that is Truth with a capital "T") in order to promote peace and perpetuate hope in the preservation of a bright future.

Each of us, of course, possesses free will.  We can therefore choose to disregard this duty.  Nevertheless, let no man or woman ignore nor forget the ever present and persistent reality that choices carry consequences beyond our capacity to immediately control.  While we are always free to act as we choose; we are never free to fully choose the consequences of our acts.  And the consequences of our actions always influence and impact others (for good or ill).

The often elusive goal of Inner Peace is attainable
through the efficacious exercise of Self-Action Leadership
If you are interested in happiness, inner peace, and long-term success as a human being, you must spend thousands of hours studying and practicing the art and science of Existential Growth (holistic personal development that spans the spiritual, mental, physical, emotional, social, moral, and financial realms of life).

How can you accomplish such a feat, especially if you prefer not to go to church or otherwise nurture your existence on a regular, intentional basis?


The answer is similar to what you would do if you wanted to become a professional at anything else.  You must buy the textbook on the subject, study it long and hard, get a mentor (or mentors) to help guide you through the process, and then practice, practice, practice as you seek after opportunities to teach it to others.

Amidst the millions of books in this world,
where is the secular Textbook for Life?
"But," you many ask, "where is the secular textbook for life?"

There are a LOT of texts and other reading material out there that provide great insights into the subject.  Up until now, however, a single, comprehensive, secular textbook for life itself has not existed in its entirety.  That is why I spent the last three decades of my life studying (and the last 13 years of my life researching) the subject—so that I could write the book myself.

The TEXTBOOK  FOR  LIFE has now been published.  I invite you to buy this book and begin a serious study of life itself, including your own life.  There is hardly a grander quest than the understanding of your own mind, heart, spirit, and the relationship of these things to your life's grand journey—as well as how that journey is continually affecting others.

Click HERE to buy your own copy of Self-Action LeadershipThe Textbook for Life today.


Self-Action Leadership: A TEXTBOOK for LIFE
After getting your copy of this 700+ page tome, you may wonder, "why is it so long and detailed?" How can you expect me, or anyone else for that matter, to read, much less study such a heavy text? Didn't you know, Jordan, that this is the age of the 140 character sound byte?

Many people have suggested that a book of this length could never interest an audience of any considerable size.

I respectfully disagree.

Think about it... if an authentic, secular TEXTBOOK on a subject as deep, broad, and substantive as life itself really did exist, and if it really did possess significant answers to some of life's most perplexing questions and dilemmas, would you really expect it to come in a blog post or pamphlet? Furthermore, would you really feel like you got your money's worth if you paid $30 for a "Textbook for Life" and you received a flimsy little 75-page cursory commentary on the subject? I seriously doubt it—no matter how colorful or entertaining it might be.

I argue that our intellectually and morally starved culture desperately needs something long and substantive and, yes, even a little bit arduous if we are to individually and collectively combat the 140-character fluff that persistently clutters our phones, desktops, and lives. The time has come to return to the basics, and the basics have always required hard work and sacrifice to truly master.

Yes, Self-Action Leadership is a deep subject of inquiry, and YES, Self-Action Leadership will stretch your mind and require a great deal of study and effort to fully appreciate; but is life itself any different? I think we all know the answer to that question, so it follows that the TEXTBOOK FOR LIFE, especially one nearly 30 years in the making, should offer a bit more to the thoughtful student of one's own existence.

SELF-ACTION LEADERSHIP is the key catalyst for initiating transformational leadership that lasts in any organization. The truth of the matter really is that simple; and the transformation of organizations through the holistic development of individuals really is that difficult—yet altogether possible for anyone willing to invest the time, effort, and sacrifice required to achieve authentic, transformational results.

Unlike any training program that has ever preceded it, Self-Action Leadership provides a single vehicle wherewith individual self-leaders can discover—and then act—upon the great truth that HOLISTIC personal development and growth spanning the mental, moral, spiritual, physical, emotional, social, and financial elements of our individual natures lies within the grasp of each one of us.

Click HERE to learn more about the Self-Action Leadership Theory & Model.


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Notes:

1. Gladwell, M. (2008). Outliers: The Story of Success. New York, NY: Little, Brown. Page 40.
2. Booty, J. (1990). John Donne: Selections From Divine Poems, Sermons, Devotions, and Prayers. 
New York, NY: Paulist Press. Page 58.

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