These are some poorly verbalized notes on a fairly big idea I’ve been playing around with in my head since yesterday morning. It’s related to the four pillars of culture I referenced in the podcast yesterday when we discussed Culture War, part 1 and the question “How much philosophy is enough for due diligence?”.
3a. In order to care about yourself, you have to feel valued/valuable* (i.e. the primordial idea of heaven, a benevolent world full of benevolent people, that you hopefully developed subconsciously before the age of 7).
2a. In order to care about whether God exists, you have to care about yourself.
1a. In order to care about other people, you have to believe that God exists. (This is the step where secular progressives fuck up.)
0. The central philosophical question: What is God? (Ego)
1b. In order to take care of other people, you have to take care of yourself.**
2b. In order to take care of yourself (goto line 3a), you have to resolve to do the right things at the right times.***
3b. In order to do the right things at the right times, you need a mental model for God (goto line 0).
* “Over time, I have found that most men who suffer from Type A behavior [Ed: read this as “fast life history strategy/R-selected behaviors”] are still trying to earn the love and respect of their fathers. But what I learned after my father died was that, whatever love you get, or got, from your father, that was all he had to give. There is nothing that you could have done, and nothing that you can do now, to change it. Once you understand and accept that, you can relax a little and then get on with the rest of your life.” -Brian Tracy