include_once("common_lab_header.php");
Excerpt for A Thrill of Wisdom for My Darling by , available in its entirety at Smashwords

A Thrill of Wisdom for My Darling

Laurent Asteria.

Published by Laurent Asteria at Smashwords

Copyright 2018 Laurent Asteria

Table of Contents

Introduction

Hope and Happiness

Life, Aging and Death

The Defense of Our Destiny

Conflicts within Principles

Too Superior To Change

The Hidden Surroundings

Other books by this Author

References

Introduction

This goes out to my darling; I am bringing you the wisdom from above. And be assured that this wisdom is celestial. Please read it thoroughly, you don’t have to betray my love for you by scorning this beautiful document. With every new morning coming into our lives, we are blessed with opportunity to improve our understanding of what surrounds and impacts us. Why should we forfeit this opportunity?! I have divided this work into short articles, I kindly ask you to finish reading all the articles. God reveals his ingenuity through this work, it’s so wonderful!

Hope and Happiness.

Happiness is the state of well-being, the ultimate good, which leaves nothing more to be desired. Happiness is a state of well-being which comprises all goods a person desires. A person seeks all other good things because he wants to be happy, and when he is happy, he has no reasons to seek other goods. Happiness is the supreme desire above which no other need is desired.

Children are neither happy nor unhappy; a child is called happy by reason of the hopes for him that he will live a complete life. A person is not happy until he has lived a complete virtuous life (Adler J. M-from Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle). Therefore, because children are still young, they cannot claim to be happy because their lives are not yet complete. Here is where there will be a mild disagreement between Aristotle and this article.

I will attempt to explain the relationship between hope and happiness and show their necessity in our everyday lives as sources of energy for us continue to live accordingly. This understanding is important for parents in upbringing of children, employers in work places to shape their workers into a desirable level of productivity, etc.

The assurance of acquiring basic needs in the future is what I will call basic hope. All people require basic hope so that they at least continue to survive their normal lives; and any hope just above basic hope results into happiness.

No person is happy if he does not have hope and a person can have hope without happiness. The hope without happiness is what I will call basic hope. Bellow basic hope no person will survive; and above basic hope a person will be happy. A person can be happy or unhappy but still possesses hope. The first most important thing a person needs and struggles for is basic hope; the loss of basic hope results into tremendous fear, trauma, mental deformation and/or death by suicide.

The level of happiness in people may vary from one person to another depending on how much they are assured of attaining their future goals or expectations (White F. R., ). When people are happy, they do not actually celebrate the success they have attained in their previous goals/desires; they rather celebrate the assurance for the future which they have acquired from previous successes (experiences).

For example, when a student celebrates for acquiring good marks in an examination done, he is not actually happy for the past(good marks), but he is happy for now he has higher hopes of being enrolled for further studies or better employment or even prestige.

Another example is that: when a person celebrates his/her wedding with a loved partner, he/she doesn’t actually celebrate the marriage/appreciation of his partner for him, he is happy due to the higher expectations (hopes) of enjoying his wife or husband in the period of their marriage. Therefore, any happiness which does not involve hope for its continuous regular acquisition in the future is like a castrated ox.

As I have written above, the loss of basic hope results into tremendous fear, trauma and eventually death by suicide. Let us think of the extremely elderly people who possesses a very limited or no future hopes since they are on the verge of their life history; why then they continue surviving without obvious fear, trauma and/or suicide? These elderly people have developed extraordinary ability to manage the fear and trauma resulting from their limited hope about future.

The ability to manage fear in the elderly does not build up all at once; it builds up slowly within them simultaneously with the process of aging. Since all of us are aware that we are aging and we will eventually die, this awareness is accompanied with fear. At the moment this fear is inactive and therefore cannot bring its effects of trauma and suicide; the fear is inactivated by the virtual interval between now and the expected time of death.

However, as the fear becomes persistent and recurrent, it makes our minds adapted to it. This adaptation strengthens slowly but strongly with aging so that at the late stages of aging we become abnormal humans because we have acquired extraordinary ability to manage the fear of death.

*****

Life, Aging and Death.

Why are we born? Why do we die? What causes death? When I was trying to answer these questions I faced some people whom I thought would help to provide the answers I needed. Among the people I confronted and asked them the above three questions are the religious people and the intellectuals of my neighborhood.

According to their responses on the question of ‘why are we born’, they said that creatures are born in order that they fulfill certain responsibilities which each creature is entitled by its creator .When I asked them for creatures which die at infancy or even before birth, what responsibilities they have fulfilled? They remained quiet for sometimes and then they said: death of creatures at this stage is a result of devil’s intervention to the God’s plans; therefore all premature deaths are devil’s fault.

In the religious school of thought it is believed that birth is a sustainable God’s program to create. Furthermore, it is claimed that creatures are created in order to praise and worship the God. If you ask the religious people why did the God allow creatures to die before attaining the ability to praise and worship him (e.g. miscarriage, abortion and death at tender age), they will still cast their accusations upon the devil; that he is the one behind these deaths.

All these answers of the religious and the intellectuals simply imply the devil’s ability to overrule the God’s program of creation. Then another simple question follows: Is the devil more powerful and smart than the God so that he can do this? Here we can see again conflicts within natural principles; when the principle which governs conception of pregnancies executes its duty, there is another principle which governs deaths of zygotes and fetuses. Is this what the God planned? It must be born in mind of every reader that trying to seek for answers to these questions is not an attempt to challenge the God! I still have faith upon the God; I just can’t resist this curiosity which overwhelms me.

For any process, the end result which is expected in that process is the one which defines the objective of the process since from its beginning, i.e. the expected fate of the process is planned in its beginning; but at that beginning it is called an objective of the process. Under this context then a question follows: Since death is the end/final expectation of any birth, should we say each planned birth is a planned death? And that we creatures are born in order to die?

Death does not occur as a single event; then when does it start? How does it go about? And how does it culminate? Death is a process and it occurs simultaneously with the process of living/life. This means that, as a creature lives, it progressively undergoes the death process. Cell dies either by accident or by design (Davies I., & Sigee D., (1984). This process begins at the time of conception of pregnancy and ends at the time of separation between the body and the soul.

The process of death manifests itself through the process of aging. In other words we can say process of living, process of aging and process of death are synonymous and can be used interchangeably. For any death to occur it must first be preceded by aging, this is true for both natural deaths and the deaths caused by factors like diseases, accidents, starvation , stress, war etc.

According to the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary (8th Edition), aging is a condition of becoming older; this interpretation tends to refer the term aging to the length of time/number of years a creature has lived. But it is a common observation to see people of lower ages who look old than the length of time they have lived (Holliday R., 1995). The cells of these people have lost the ability to function properly by reasons of necrosis despite the fact that they are still younger in terms of the length of time they have lived.

Therefore, the definition of aging given above lacks the physiological aspects which are involved in the process of aging. Physiologically, aging does not depend only on the length of time an organism has lived; any factor which causes loss in ability of the cells to work properly can disturb physiology of the body and hence cause it to age and/or die.

It follows, therefore, that aging is a process which involves progressive loss of ability of part(s) or the whole body to undertake its function(s) properly. This loss in ability is not only a function of number of years a creature has lived; it is also a function of other factors like diseases, accident, starvation, war, stress(necrosis). So long as these factors also cause loss of ability of part(s) or the whole body to function properly, then it is true if we say that these factors also cause aging.

Aging caused by the factors mentioned above is a induced aging while the aging caused by number of years lived is a natural aging. Therefore, accident, diseases, starvation, war, stress etc accelerates the death process by induced aging. Under this context, there are two types of aging, i.e. natural aging and induced aging. Natural aging is the stage wise, slow loss in ability of part(s) of/ or the whole body to work properly as a function of time. This type of aging is spontaneous, inevitable and universal.

On the other hand, induced aging is the relatively rapid loss in ability of part(s) of/or the whole body to work properly as a function of situational factors like diseases, accidents, starvation, war, stress etc.

Induced aging is inherent within natural aging, this is due to the fact that during the course of natural aging either accident, diseases, war, stress, and starvation, etc may occur and shorten the life span of a creature.

Both induced and natural aging are reversible. Induced aging is reversible in the sense that the factors which cause it are curable and therefore a victim can recover its normal body status and life. Natural aging is also reversible in the sense that the body parts which lose the ability to work properly sometimes can be renewed by natural process of mitosis. This usually happens before reaching a certain number/stage of years.

Both induced and natural aging occurs at any age. Since accidents, diseases, stress, war, starvation, etc may occur at any age; these may result into induced aging. Events of detaching of dead cells from a skin occur not only in old creatures but also in young ones; this is the evidence that natural aging is on progress. It shows that cells are aging naturally and they detach because they have lost their ability even to cling on the body surface.

*****

The Defense of our Destiny

The nature deprives us with a full control of situations. This makes different actions, processes and enterprises we undertake vulnerable to risky fates. However it is a good thing that the nature has brought us precaution which provides the service of defense to our destiny. Precaution always believes that nature may affect our programs in undesired ways and let us be prepared by setting principles, guidelines and alternatives resorts for the ventures we pursue.

In essence, precautions work as defenders of processes and actions we perform so that they result into safe ends. Precautions work best in their role of defending actions and processes if they are placed prior to them. For example, when people are familiarized with the rules and regulations of certain undertaking, it is not done at the end of the undertaking but at the beginning. This is in order to protect the undertaking from any possible blunders.

For any process to be effective, it must be fixed under strong principles which are set before the beginning of the process. These principles serve as precautions to protect the processes from either getting into crises or undesired fates. For example, it is a natural principle that events of processes should occur in succession i.e. one after another. If this principle is violated, it will lead into the process losing its structure and will inevitably be destined into chaos.

People who live modest lives are coward of risky fates but they ultimately emerge superior since they derive their strength from muscles of precaution. The role of precaution is not only to defend the processes, but also serve as an alternative resort in case the processes collapse in the middle of their paths. For example, when a person in (a process of) an employment is suddenly fired from a job which was the source of his living, he may still remain stable if he considered the possibility of losing the job since from the beginning and took precautions by serving his salaries.

When planning to commence an undertaking, one must first strive to bring down the threats from within the self. The self can be an impediment of his own successes by factors like lack of impetus, fortitude, determination etc. Therefore, before beginning of an undertaking, it is important for an individual to consider the possibility of these factors as potential impediments and take relevant precautions so that they do not affect the destiny of their processes.

The second thing for which he should take precaution is the man around. The self does not live in isolation; he must interact and be affected by other people during pursuit of his process or undertaking. The people may impede the development of the processes through factors like jealous, spurning etc. It is important to act in advance against the way a person next to you will affect the process you are about to undertake.

The third thing for which one must take precaution is the process itself, lack of full control of situations forces the self to reserve probabilities that failures will occur and take precautions by reserving the means of counteracting the failure in case it occurs.

Owing to the fact that the nature deprives us with full control of situations, it is therefore important to remember that, it is precaution which provides the services of defense to our destiny.


Conflicts within Principles

If people were truly compassionate, there would be no violence. People have tendencies to feel pity for miseries encountered by their fellows; but they also have a tendency to exhibit violence which inflicts similar miseries to those fellows.

If there was true joy, there would be no grief. People are predisposed to like goodness; but they are predisposed to grieve when they lack it. Why is it that there is goodness with its pleasurable feelings and grief with displeasure?

Existence of violence (brutality) while already there is compassion, grief while already there is joy, hate while already there is love, enmity while already there is friendship is an indication that something is wrong somewhere; and that is the principle(s) which govern them. When two states are in antagonism, then the principles which govern their existence are in disagreement.

One way we can use to prove conflicts within principles which govern states of nature is the study of desire for goodness in creatures. The principle which governs creatures to desire goodness executes this duty while there is another principle which governs unequal possession of goodness i.e. goodness is not universal. There may be goodness here while there is no goodness there; this has led to the condition that love be disseminated discriminatively basing on presence of goodness.

Inconsistence in the states of nature affects people negatively, because it weakens their adaptive ability. One way we can use to prove this is the study of how people adapt to environmental stimuli concerned with behaviors of the body and mind. The body and the mind of a person are different states which adapt differently when the same person is subjected to a certain evil stimulus. The mind may be willing to abide by the virtues while the body is reluctant. This is a reason why it is difficult to avoid evils even if a person has wisdom.

The ancient Greek philosopher-Plato believed that ignorance is the root and stem of all evils. If I was Plato, I would rather say: the root of all evils was pioneered when the fundamental principle (which governs existence of nature) was violated. Since the nature exists, then there must be a reason for its existence, and a principle(s) which preserves and sustains it. Why, then, it is subjected to disasters (including evils) which threat its survival?

The violation against the fundamental principle disseminated to the sub-principles of nature and caused a disorder to the whole system of nature. One way we can use to prove the disorder in these principles is the study of two states of nature; ignorance and wisdom. While the principle which governs ignorance executes its duty, there is another principle which governs wisdom.

Why the fundamental principle (which governs everything) endorsed the existence of ignorance while it knew this would cause crises which would necessitate the need for wisdom? If ignorance was legitimate, then there would be no necessity for wisdom, and vice versa. This is analogous to breeding a pathogen with one hand and, when it starts killing people, you synthesize a vaccine with the other hand claiming to help kill the pathogen. Therefore, Plato's belief is erroneous.

*****

Too Superior To Change

When there is a disagreement between two parts-over a matter of common interest-then the two parts are in conflict. The biotic and the abiotic materials form two parts of the nature (Singh, S., 2002); and there are various principles, natural and man-made, which govern peaceful interactions and agreement between the two parts and between the parts and the nature.

If it happens that the materials which form the nature are in disagreement between themselves or with the principles which govern them, then there will be a conflict. The man-made principles also need to be in agreement with the natural principles; when creatures organize their own principles and apply them with no regard of their conformity to the nature, it will result into organized and sometimes systemic crises.

As all of my readers will agree with me that the nature is the most superior existence which controls and contains the 'whole all'. There is quite a great part of nature which cannot be transcended intellectually; it may be perceived only spiritually. Being superior, the nature has a tendency of governing itself with its principles. No creature can modify the nature except itself; this argument can be defended by observations in the natural catastrophes; the threat brought by these catastrophes in spite of all the knowledge and intelligence available is an indication that nature is under self-operation and it is irresistible.

There is this erroneous belief that education and human intelligence can help in attempting to modify the nature; this is contrary to the facts. What education and/or intelligence can do is only to understand the nature as it is and not to change/modify it. This can best be understood first by realizing that intelligence, education and all who posses them are components of nature, they are supported within the system of nature; therefore it is impossible for them to challenge the system in which they are supported.

When people invent such complex and sophisticated machines like computers and planes or large industrial advancements for acquisition of their development needs, they have not changed the nature! In fact what they have done is to use their intelligence and skills to understand the natural principles and apply these principles in the way that can suit human needs.

What exactly is ‘change in the nature’? And what are the indications that the nature is changing?

The answers to these questions can best be understood by first understanding that the 'concept of change' itself is a component within the realm of nature. When a component of the nature changes does not mean that the nature has changed. The 'concept change' itself is something within the nature; therefore any change caused by the 'concept change' is insignificant to the nature because the nature is too superior to suffer the effects of 'change'.

As I have written elsewhere in this document; conflicts usually result when there is a violation/disagreement against principles, be it natural or man-made. Sometimes conflicts come as punishment, i.e. when a principle is violated; it is followed with punishment to the offender.

In most cases the punishment administered after violation against natural principles is non-selective, when you violate them you will be punished and when you don’t violate them you will be punished as well provided that you are within the surrounding in which there is a violation!

*****

The Hidden Surroundings.

What is worth living for, the body or the soul? What is the relationship between the two? What………? There are so many questions to ask; but in these questions, we do not need answers; we need more questions! There must be ample answers somewhere; what we need is questions to excite our intellect so that it flies into the sky of answers to the questions.

In order for the body to exist as living, there must be an awake and efficient means of communication within the body itself and between the body and its surroundings. Creatures with weak ability to perceive their surroundings live very simple lives and show symptoms of death. In some creatures, systems by which they perceive both their internal and external surroundings are very complicated; even science has explored and published very little of it, which it calls coordination, signals etc. There is large part of this means of communication between the body and its outside world remains unintelligible to us and to scientific eyes.

In several occasions, science has been reluctant to admit its failures; and when this happens we hear sentences like “there is no scientific evidence” and not “there is a scientific failure”. Now we can see science standing in similar side with the laymen. To prove this, try to ask any of your prominent scientists if he believes in existence of hidden surroundings, and ask him how the body communicates with the hidden surroundings. The usual response is, “there is no scientific evidence of such a thing”. Why has science failed to give the evidence?

We as creatures have been surrounded by observable and non observable features. For a feature to be observable it is not necessary that it should be perceived by sense organs only; even the features which can be perceived by mind are observable, this is because the observation can be interpreted into a distinct image. For example abstract phenomena can be observable features if the mind can interpret them.

On the other hand, non-observable features can be perceived neither by sense organs nor by intellect; and cannot be interpreted into a distinct image. However, the fact that we cannot perceive them does not necessarily mean that they do not exist; they are there, but they exist in a hidden surrounding whose perception is beyond our intellect. At present we don’t perceive these surroundings probably because our minds have not undergone complete evolution to be able to sense them.

Soul is the part of an individual which partakes of divinity (Encyclopedia Britannica) The soul traverses within the non physical world through the medium of faith. The body, soul and faith form a three dimensional bond of existence. In order for this existence to be healthy, there should be a balance between the body, its soul and its faith. Lack of this balance leads into the existence being dangerous.

The End Thank you for reading!


Other books by this Author

If you feel you have enjoyed reading this book, you may need further and other enjoyment I have placed in the eBooks I sell online. Despite the beautiful job I have invested in the books, I charge a very cheap price. The books I sell are; - 1) Principles of Contemporary Romance. 2) In the Pursuit of Love; a Mythology of Critical Encounters-These are non-fictions and 3) The Heroine of Bedroom. 4) Hurt Me With Your Love.-These are fictions. You can visit my author profile page for more information. Also If you have any comment please reach me through my E-mail address: pakuachakula@gmail.com



References

Adler J.M., Aristotle's Ethics: The Theory of Happiness. (Article)

Davies I., Sigee D. C., (1984), Cell Death and Cell Aging, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Emile L. B., (2009), Medical Physiology, 2nd Edn, Saunders Elsevier Inc

Holliday R., (1995), Understanding Aging, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary (8th Edn)

Sherman. N., (1999), Aristotle's Ethics: Critical Essays, Rowman & Littlefield.

Singh, S., (2002), Threatened Planet, Scholar Publishing House, Bangarole.

White. F. R., Moral Inquiry, Mount St. Joseph.


Download this book for your ebook reader.
(Pages 1-12 show above.)