Why I Am Not A(n)

Why I Am Not A(n)

Excerpt From the Book: The existent requirement is one of a production-consumption balance. Essentially, this means that one must produce at least equal to one’s survival needs, and that one consume only what one has produced. To say this another way, the existent requirement is that one produce at least equal to what one consumes. (Page 1)

The above scenario essentially is the way it is. We may simply boil down the existent requirement to the words, produce or perish. But there is another scenario that has been enacted by mankind through history. In this case, one again does not meet his consumptive needs through production, yet still manages to survive. He does this through the method of thievery. One takes or steals the production from those who have brought it forth and gives nothing in return. The success of this endeavor depends on someone else producing and the thief’s own ability to steal. (Page 2) Read More…

Book Description:

A take-off from Bertrand Russell’s Why I Am Not A Christian that focuses not just on Christian dogma but on all dogmas looking at the premises that comprise dogmatic belief with its psycho-emotional grip upon mankind. — Pamphlet – 23 pages © 1985, Revised Edition, 2010




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Complete Excerpt (continued):

The act of thievery is the taking from another that which belongs to another. Notice that intrinsic within the conception of thievery is the conception of a legitimate ownership, an ownership set in the idea of earning. Essentially, it is given that the person who earns or works for his living owns that which he brings forth. (Page 3)

The belief-before-deed criterion of value may be summed up by the more familiar term of dogma, also known as ideology, doctrine, or belief. Dogma is simply a position of belief held and equated by one to be the sole criterion of value and identity. One is simply saying that his belief, and his belief alone, is the only correct belief concerning the nature of existence, and because he holds it!, he is worthy. It is solely a vested-interest belief fabricated so that one may deem himself worthy just because he exists regardless of any value brought forth. It is what he and others rally around proclaiming it as the truth and centering their group interest upon it. So what is the motive of this endeavor? The motive is thievery. (Page 6)

It is interesting to note that all of our ideologies have a future promise. It is like a carrot on a string hanging just beyond our noses. That is the way they work. We have been hearing about the second coming for a few thousand years. It is just around the corner, we are told. It will always be just around the corner. Now we are inundated with the people’s revolution, which supposedly is historically inevitable—tomorrow. The future promise must always stay in the future so the thief can keep his con working. If it were ever made present, the thief would be exposed as the con artist he is. (Page 10)

It is at this point that the true nature of the crusade is revealed. It is a crusade of fascism. One is simply saying to another: support me as I decree or I will force you to, give to me what I want or I will make you. There is no consideration of an exchange of value between the two based upon their mutual consent. The essence of any dogma is the threat or initiation of force from one to another. Force is always the instrument held in reserve in case the thief cannot hoax another into supporting him for nothing in return. (Page 14)

We can now understand why dogma, be it clothed in promises of love, peace, or harmony, always fails to deliver. Simply said, a man can only give what he himself has. For thousands of years men have been promising to other men what they do not have and trading that promise, through force if necessary, for what the other does have. (Page 19)

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