I have much respect for economist and author Gary North, “The Tea Party Economist” and his writings. While drafting another HenryThornton article I needed to check up on the influence American president Woodrow Wilson had on US policy on the basis of Wilson’s, but hardly mentioned at all, religious views. Gary North summarised it neatly in an article about a recent book published by Judge Andrew Napolitano, Theodore and Woodrow. Woodrow Wilson was very religious and imported his faith into US public policy, especially the events leading to WWI and the League of Nations. Woodrow was essentially a theistic evolutionist,
“went beyond it academically:Darwinian Evolution —no God, no purpose, no miracles. He then adopted Progressivism, which was the statist version of social Darwinism”. (reference)
What intrigued me was North’s linking to a previous discussion he wrote about the transformation of free market Darwinism to Statist Darwinism in Appendix A of his book Sovereignty and Dominion. There is another appendix, B, which is of interest as well, for it summarises the core assumptions of Christianity and “The Fall” or original sin, for which humanity requires redemption. It was the idea of an original sin that interests me specifically, for it suggests something happened in the dim past that affected humanity.
My muse involves attributing this original sin to some traumatic event experienced by humans that is placed chronologically after the Garden of Eden which seemed to have been a time of Roussian utopianism. That ancient historical physical trauma transformed humans who, while in harmony with nature, and who could communicate with the animal kingdom, as some present day individuals appear to do, became detached from nature and that detachment I suspect was the ability to suddenly think, and memorise past thoughts. That new intellectual process of the brain was essentially the formation of the abstraction of the Ego, the I, the Id, and from that developed the concept of the abstraction of the soul.
So I wonder if humanity’s original sin was to start thinking and to then become lost into the abstract world of the ego that has become separated from the natural world?
It helps to study the writings of the Indian Philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti and his comments about thought and the ego.
It is also worth pondering what an absence of thought implies – and the related scientific belief that thought is consciousness, a fallacy that the scientist Karl Pribram has demonstrated with this research and summarised in Michael Talbot’s book, “The Holographic Universe”.
It does seem that humanity’s real sin is believing that its abstract thought world created by the brain, is actually physical reality.