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Was St. Paul A Traitor To The Brutes Of Social Control?

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Posted by Whittier on July 14, 2003 18:46:56 UTC

My reason for posting this is that I believe the wider truth is the only information that is always safe to declassify, and that any errors in my post may be detected in free conversation or private thought.
The main point of this post is a natural history and it follows these definitions.
Who was Saint Paul?
Promoter of Christianity...formerly persecutor of
Christ's followers.

Who is Christ?
Who came when the souls of life asked for God.

What makes someone a "brute of social control?"
Whoever serves in the capacity of controlling
others via non-negotiable methods and terms. The idea of "evil" is not automatically attached to a brute. Rather than calling them "beasts," which they might not be, the term "brute" is attached because they rely on brute force rather than mutual rationality.
What is rationality? Distinguished from simpler methods of decison-making, rationality
is a continuum upon which we may describe how much knowledge, logic and critical thinking has been applied to a matter. More rational means more knowledge, logic and critical thinking. It may include emotional intelligence, empathy and
be contingent upon variable goals.

So, the narrative is:

A natural history
Some few dozen millenia ago, perhaps,
Rational Beings began appearing among the humankind. They passed along their tiny flame of
rational knowledge to next generations via parents, aunts, uncles,
grandparents, family friends, extended family and tribal members.
"Flame" is chosen because rationality is a catalyst for change... it may
be a departure from
natural developments because it requires calculations.
Over time, brutes arose who profited primarily from rational bullying
much as an alpha primate dominates a family order.
The new brutes used the tribe's need for order
as a lever to acquire huge ego gratification for themselves. They piled
up monuments and dominance hierarchies which treated a lower tier
of their fellow humans (who were rational) as
tools to be used and discarded. To control them,
they instituted laws -- some of them just, and some of them merely patterned after the (apes') natural world, where dominance hierarchies
are not as rational but based on tit-for-tat, cleverness, and physical
Human beings suffered from the dominance of early historic
militaristic empires which had yet to develop
the social sciences far enough to be gentle and even handed in their methods of social control.
Rational beings realized they must have some connection to the Creation of all things and must have some way to improve things.
Rational beings yearned and entreated the Creator for room to express their capacity for higher behavior than top-down dictators could manage to allow.
Saint Paul saw God's reply had come in the Life of Jesus. Although Saint Paul had been a brute of social control himself, he gave his life to feeding the flame of eternal goodness which is the Creator's intention and for which rational beings have always wished.
Saint Paul was a human being, capable of error, and erroneously endorsed some of the methods of the brutes of social control. For example, he endorsed the rule whereby the non-alpha beings can freely be dominated by alpha beings merely on the basis of how each fit into the garden of
sexual variation. With a few exceptions, such a hierarchy is how apes behave, and apes, of course, cannot do higher math or build
sophisticated buildings. What Saint Paul was addressing was the advantage which may be gained by seeming to capitulate to the rules of the brutes of social control. And he also became confused because some of the militaristic empires had begun to make rational exceptions themselves. He must have prayed about it some,
but he was wrong.
Today's church has within it many of the same methods and rules as the beasts of social control.
Yet also, the church carries forward the desire for eternal goodness in the persons of some of the Popes, Presbyters, Parsons, Performing Artists, Presidents, and Monarchs.

If not for Saint Paul, would Jesus be famous today as Christ to some? It is an hypothesis contrary to fact.
We cannot know. We cannot measure the powers of that time which made that story go the way it did. We know that some of the tenets of Christ's message were for the flowering of autonomous rationality among the many rather than top-down dominance of the many by the few.

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