Date: October 10, 2021 12:42AM
As great as Einstein was, he had many contemporaries just as good. Lorentz and Minkowski, for example. So, why did he get to be the rock star? Not because of his goodness, but because he served the right masters.
David Bohm did not serve those masters. He may be the only physicist in history awarded a PhD without a dissertation. Why? Because his dissertation became classified after his advisor used its findings in the Manhattan Project. Turns out making bombs wasn't Bohm's thing, which didn't help his career.
Going further back, to the Enlightenment, consider the character of Rene Descartes. His contemporaries included Gottfried Leibniz, the co-inventor of Calculus and a polymath. A real Renaissance man. Why wasn't Leibniz the Father of Modern Science? Because Descartes was a warrior. The powers that be wanted Science to serve power. Had the world followed the path of Leibniz instead of Descartes, the last 400 years would have been drastically different.
So here we are, 400 years on, with mainstream science firmly entrenched in physical materialism. I would call it a cult of materialism, promoted by another rock star physicist, Richard Feynman. Another womanizing attention hound who greatly pleased his establishment masters.
Choose ye this day whom ye will serve, as they say. Whom did Joseph Smith serve? I will tell you. A lying womanizer who chases anything with a skirt does not serve God. A man who uses his sexuality in that way lives in his lower energy centers. JS and BY were carnally minded, all hypocrisy to the contrary. Mormonism is not your friend. It's a mental prison that provides you with friends in the form of cellies.
Mormon leaders pretend to speak for God so they want you to serve them. This feature is common to fundamentalist religions. They are God's middlemen. God is inside you, is you, is everyone and everything. To serve God is to serve that connection. Mormons adopted all of their good tricks from Christianity and took their bad tricks from cults and maybe a few from old scratch himself. Teaching self-sabotage makes a Mormon compulsively serve the wrong master.
Christianity seems to have been made for the animistic world. The Enlightenment was not kind to it, as Nietzsche pointed out when he said "God is dead, and we killed Him". However, Christian mysticism seems to be making a comeback. There is a lot of cross pollination with Eastern traditions like Buddhism, Taoism, and Hinduism. I can see Christianity evolving to meet the needs of the 21st century.
As you point out, a serial cheater isn't someone to place on a pedestal. My mystical view is that anyone in a position of authority should be faithful to their spouse because otherwise the personal self-sabotage that results from living that way scales up to the limits of their authority. That’s why the United States finds itself in its current situation. But as Trump's appeal illustrates, we want leaders who make us feel good about being bad. No wonder selling democracy to the world can only be done at gunpoint.
Edited 4 time(s). Last edit at 10/10/2021 01:32AM by bradley.