Will Durant said that to be a philosopher (the story of philosophy) one must clearly state a way to live life–to openly design the rules and regulations. And this is rare, because most people cannot live under most people’s philosophies (if they could know them all!), and because majority rule is often a coalition of political languages and factions–not a pure language or faction.
This is a challenge. Note your philosophy in the comments.
I articulate my philosophy–a positive (measurable) way to live life–throughout my first novel, N. Awakening. The novel is American political culture around the public policy of Iraq reconstruction projects (Iraq reconstruction essay was presented at MPSA–Girdwood and Girdwood 2011). My novel is more of a metaphor than an analytic narrative, thereby lowering the bar for what it means “to be a philosopher.”
What is my philosophy? What to do? Be Nobill. What does Nobill fight against? Coltrinism. This is the most salient and active dialectic in the early 21st century. Below are excerpts from N. Awakening regarding the definitions of “nobill” and “coltrinism.”
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Nobill: “Plainly, I am Nobill(pronounced Know Bill). This I have taught my Self! Those Nobill are Spirits that focus on being noble and engage their will! Noble Will! Though rare, we are increasing in numbers because of global communication, diversified education and the encouragement of cosmopolitan exercises—of tolerance! Yes! Tolerance does contain excellence! And we are noble because we speak the truth, which almost all peoples still hide and Nobill humans engage truth into public discourse, events and attitudes. Our will is like the wind—it never dies and when summoned clears everything in its path! Yes! So many seek shelter from Nobill wind—noble will!
“The Nobill might soon learn to recognize each other around the globe. Regarding this, my spirit can only follow as fast as I am able to act in my daily actions and reactions. If I take no action today to make the world a better place, then my spirit also does not take a step forward toward a humane civilization. Surely, complicity is never a step forward. Those noble of heart yet lack the will to action are not Nobill! Those whose will to action is engaged for other purposes than the humane are not Nobill! With the Earth as our land base, we shall change the political, educational and philosophical climate!
“The immortal soul records all it sees. The soul knows the spirit, when it returns and all it encountered. The soul is seen by other souls as it is—because of your spirit. Surely, your soul is fed by the spirit; like water nourishes the body, the dirtier the water… the greater chance of infection to the body. Your choices place your soul, your spirit—your Self. Too just, the mind succumbs to the false idea of perfection; too immoral, the soul appears angry of its shame, its lunacy and its weakness when confronted by those nobill (those nobill are not to be confused with those who hold power, since they are very rarely the same, because they do not know how to daily activate the humane).
“Thus, the Nobill are not necessarily religious; to be sure, the Nobill do not condemn other humans to hell during their daily actions. Obviously, the Nobill never murders, or order the killing of, innocent people. The Nobill may be recognized by their ability to create; they demonstrate new beginnings but cannot predict their natural ends and in the process may be measured by their infusion of humane values and how well they sniff out the lies of false frameworks. Most importantly, the Nobill have freed themselves of the Columbus Doctrine and attempt to decrease the Columbus Doctrine on Earth” (pp. 16-17).
“…the attitude of elitism is a way of asking for a blindfold. It is not Nobill. The attitude of elitism is often the denial of empathy towards intellectual paucity” (p. 20).
“The Nobill are intoxicated by their dreams of creating an enlightened world—a world filled with freedom, opportunity and community” (p. 114).
Nobill is “pragmatic Americans who purposefully participate in government to demand useful change.” He imagined today’s ethical standard practiced in D.C., “And if the Columbus Doctrine (Coltrinism) does indeed continue with our past, current administration and next administrations, then it is as the philosopher Maritain suggests, ‘For the true city of human rights… is the end of a slow and difficult conquest which demands virtue and sacrifice and a perpetual victory of man over himself.'” (p. 146).
“Every religion has members that are coltrinistic or nobill in action” (p. 315).
“Of the many general approaches toward thought; four are worth metaphors: relativism, absolutism, universalism and Nobillism. The relativist constantly errs because s/he lives outside of reality and laughs at arguments from space—never able to see reality active on land. The absolutist errs because their truth consists of preaching into the mirror side of a two-way mirror—never seeing reality through the hidden window. The universalist errs because they climb into a bubble and admire the wall. The Nobill errs less often initially because s/he appreciates the fact that reality exists in and of itself. S/he spends their time comprehending reality and eventually approaches sanity—a real understanding of human existence, action and consequence. By the way, [regarding Nobill], slavery and gender inequality are wrong” (114).
“…we cannot be complicit in our purchasing of products from exploited labor… noble souls of humane will must consistently take action. Killing complacency will expose those on the Columbus Doctrine side…we must always increase our democratic practices” (284).
The global information revolution increases the opportunity to diminish ignorance and herd mentality. Ignorance might finally submit to informed opinions once young generations engage in information learning. Global information coupled with Nobill actions can free us of the Columbus Doctrine. To be free of the Columbus Doctrine: human and Earth alike—freedom. I am troubled by contemporary intellectuals that utilize or encourage the Columbus Doctrine and herd mentality. I am walking away from the government’s favorite cul-de-sac on the street named Empire” (p. 308).
Coltrinism: He looked at her as if begging for forgiveness, “has the U.S. practiced the Columbus Doctrine (Coltrinism) upon other nations?” (171).
“… she had not accepted Coltrinism as a necessary evil” (p. 195).
He gently held her elbow, “The Columbus Doctrine (Coltrinism) could realistically collapse in the near future by two decent methods. First, massive protests by the people when the President becomes Machiavellian, or,” Mitchell let his hand drop and looked seriously at Nasha, as if to add emphasis on the following idea, “the presidential races must be drastically reformed” (p. 196).
“Let’s talk about it.” He took out his pipe and held it in his hand. “But before we talk about the present consequences of the Columbus Doctrine (Coltrinism), let us be reminded of Columbus’s words, actions and outcomes.” Mitchell shook his pipe. “Columbus wrote in his log:
They willingly traded everything they owned… They do not bear arms and do not know them, for I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance. …They would make fine servants… With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want. …As soon as I arrived in the Indies, on the first island which I found, I took some of the natives by force…
In 1495, Columbus shipped Indians to Spain as slaves and as many as 200 died en route. Columbus wrote, ‘Let us in the name of the Holy Trinity go on sending all the slaves that can be sold.’”
Mitchell continued uneasily, “Las Casas, a young priest who traveled to assist the Columbus clan as a missionary, initially owned slaves and later found God while witnessing the carnal consequences of Columbus’s actions. Las Casas wrote:
As for the newly born, they died early because their mothers, overworked and famished, had no milk to nurse them and for this reason, while I was in Cuba, 7000 children died in three months. Some mothers even drowned their own babies from sheer desperation… In this way, husbands died in mines, wives died at work and children died from lack of milk… and in a short time this land which was so great, so powerful and fertile… was depopulated…(The Spaniards) thought nothing of knifing Indians by tens and twenties and cutting slices off them to test the sharpness of their blades… two of these so-called Christians met two Indian boys one day, each carrying a parrot; they took the parrots and for fun beheaded the boys.
Mitchell grasped his pipe. “It was laborious genocide.” He opened his bag of smoke. He thought, “I hope you will not think my few historical facts narrow” (pp. 223-224).
“Complacency Is the Armor of the Columbus Doctrine” (284).
The Columbus Doctrine is a representation of bringing “civilization” to the western hemispheric continents and thus an easy “naming” we may agree clarifies “civilization’s killing culture,” which is the greatest bully Americans might ever choose to fight. The realization of encroaching soft despotism is the presence and essence of Coltrinism!
Practical philosophy: “The Nobill Revolution is the realization that we are all humans and deserve an equal opportunity to live and an equal opportunity to become our potential. Thus, the Nobill Revolution will see to it that healthcare and higher education are affordable for all legal Americans (and that we are not engaged in unnecessary wars). That civil liberties are not infringed (unless causing others harm). That democracy wins—state referendums are the most powerful laws—see Constitution (unless Supreme Court disagrees). Finish the Revolution!” (309).
“Kill the Columbus Doctrine. Alan Greenspan, commenting on our failed invasion of North Korea and Vietnam to fight communism and those countries current embrace of capitalism and current friendship with the U.S., wrote, “Will miracles never cease? Ideas do matter. Indeed America’s capitalistic ideas appeared mightier than our sword.” Thoughtfully, we talk about confidence in the market as a real issue that can determine prices, but surprisingly ignore the confidence that we won’t begin an unprovoked war factor” (316).
Utopia: A nobill culture / governance is in the utopian core. See my novel excerpt here.