Thursday, October 30, 2014

Glossary for a civic people 10/7/17

A civic people: members candidly 1) iteratively collaborate for responsible living during every decade of their lives, 2) use the preamble, 3) cultivate civic morality using physics-based ethics, and 4) privately acquire and develop religious concerns or not.
Accommodation: civic collaboration; physical and psychological goodwill and justice.
Autonomy: personal preferences beyond one constraint: fidelity to the-objective-truth. Psychological maturity adds reform from self-contradiction.
Chapter XI Machiavellianism: state-church partnerships do anything they want and believers neither rebel nor leave the country; paraphrased from The Prince, 1513.
Civic: iterative collaboration during every decade of life, for mutual, comprehensive safety and security as essential, both to the public and to private hopes.
Civic collaboration: non-church, non-preferential, and non-military domestic order among willing people, who develop just laws to constrain dissidents against justice.
Civic morality: understanding and fidelity so as to benefit from discovered physics to determine civic justice. Conformity to the-objective-truth.
Civil: no harm behavior; compliant with statutory law and organization; supplants the traditional “social good” or "greater good"; civil law and civilizations may continually improve by humankind's ineluctable march toward civic justice.
Collaboration: inhabitants talking, communicating and behaving to establish a civic people that transcends no-harm preferential factions and culture. A goal is no-harm personal liberty with civic morality, in other words, comprehensive safety and security.

Constitution: fundamental principles and institutions according to which members of a civic people govern their civic life and individually supervise their state and their nation.

Emergence: the process of coming into being. Physics emerged at the big bang. Awareness, language, religion, understanding, imagination, lies, ethics, mathematics --- everything emerges from physics.

Ethics: fidelity to the-objective-truth; right/good principles governing civic conduct; action for civic benefit and civil justice.
Imagination: consideration that an emergence from physics is beheld; often precedes discovery yet often is a mere chimera or mirage.
Justice: persons acting autonomously for ethical civic accommodation. Criminals forfeit personal autonomy; in other words, they are dependent on others.
Legislative prayer: civil appeal to supernatural power by an elected or appointed government official who pretends or invokes divine authority rather than expressing personal humility.
No-harm religion: spiritual institutions or beliefs having no practices that conflict U.S. civil law, U.S. organization, or U.S. intentions.
The-objective-truth: the reality that yields to neither faith nor hope nor reason nor force nor words nor gods; humankind can only discover the-objective-truth; objective truth and other forms of "truth" often attempt to defy the-objective-truth.

Official: person elected/appointed to represent citizens.
Personal: of, affecting, or belonging to one person.
Physics: matter and energy in space-time. Everything-- even biology, religion, and ethics--emerges from physics. Imagination often precedes the discovery of physics but sometimes retards discovery.

Physics-based ethics:  humankind’s evolutionary discovery of benefits from the emergences from physics. Benefiting from discovered physics requires both imagination and humility.
Posterity: children, grandchildren and beyond.

The preamble: civic purpose, aims, justification, and action. For the USA, the subject of the preamble applies to the entire constitution.

Race: Racism should be an artifact of the past. Human physics--mtDNA—informs that everyone descended from one of the women who lived 140,000 to 200,000 years ago. No-harm cultures flourish among a civic people.

Religion: belief derived from faith, reason, revelation, or indoctrination. Some beliefs erroneously conflict physics.

Supernatural: unexplained by discovered physics; attributed to a god. Supernatural morals seem indeterminate --- mysterious. 

Theism: belief in a god or gods. Physics seems to neither affirm nor deny theism. People often cheerfully discuss God, each thinking they are representing their God rather than beholding the other party's God:  the consequence is babel by a pair or a crowd.

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