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Opis ebooka Death to the System! (With the strength of ideas...) - Andrea Mele

The English translation of the Italian book ”Morte al Sistema! (Con la forza delle idee..)”.“Death to the System! (With the strength of the ideas…)” overturns the current western civilization paradigm thanks to a fierce and incontrovertible criticism of the current European monetary system and Christian theological system (in particular the Catholic one). Thanks to the innovative ideas underlying the reinterpretation of the sacred texts, it takes the reader into a journey whose aim is to reconcile faith and reason. Incredibly, many of the questions that troubled theologians for centuries will find answer here.In the second part of the book the author explains very clearly and with reference to real-word figures, what’s wrong in the current economic system, ruled by plutocracy, and what can be done to change it. A must for anyone who wants to see the world from a new perspective.

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Indice dei contenuti

Ode to ideas

Introduction

The truth will set you free.

The soul and its implications.

The supreme dogma

I desire Mercy, and not sacrifice!

The Kingdom of Heaven

The opium of the people

Second Part

The money mines

The anniversary of the new era

It will certainly work

To be one with everything

Appendix

Ode to ideas

Sparks of beings!

Dawn of thoughts!

Sons of matter!

Impulses of energy!

Ideas exist,

are born, evolve, survive,

to the sentient individual

as if they are immortals.

Deciduous as leafs,

a book they seek.

Right or wrong,

free or deterministic,

numerous they crowd.

Unknown is the origin.

Cause and effect,

or simple indetermination?

It’s like

a mountain could

live, move, think

and finally ask itself

Who am I?

What’s my functioning?

Is there a God?

Introduction

Writing a book that exposes new or largely unknown ideas could be as much stimulating as challenging and leaves me a lot to think about.

Will I be able to make the readers think they have in their hands a very special book? Will I be able to transfer my ideas without being misunderstood? I really hope this is the case. I’m a firm believer in the strength of the ideas. Ideas are one of the most mysterious and powerful things in the universe. They come to life in the human brain at molecular level and are nothing else than a series of electrical impulses, not very different from those of electronic circuits. We’re made of oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, as the water, the wine and in general the food we eat but the atoms of our brain can do something more than the rivers, a bottle of “Chianti” or a dessert: they think, they ask questions about their own existence, on their functioning, on the existence of a God.

Like a woodworm haunts a piece of furniture, our intellect digs over and over inside our mind, explores the labyrinths of our beliefs, meets the walls of our traditions and prejudices and claims its rightful way over them. Even if the Pope himself declares that the sun goes around the earth and not vice versa, our brave “intellectual woodworm” won’t be stopped: in the conflict between tradition and science, reason and false beliefs, there’s only a possible winner because it’s not in the human nature to comfortably live over the centuries in a world that denies the truth, that treasures it’s paradigm in a building with a basement made of clay. The intellectual woodworm will dig inside our certainties planting the seeds of doubt. Sooner or later the doubt will pave the way to a new truth, different from the previous and more suited to the new historical context, reasonable for the millions of beings that live in that era. Perhaps it’s won’t be the final truth, perhaps in the future there will be a new change of paradigm: who cares? We live in the present, we live according to our beliefs. Yes indeed, the strength of ideas can change the world, can make the man land on the moon, bury us all in the coffin of a creeping tyranny, terrify us with the menace of a nuclear world war or blandish us with the dream of a hyper technological future inhabited by human beings culturally evolved where the biggest social problems of our era have disappeared. Ideas can be similar to a virus. They mutate in the brain of a single man and infect anybody who comes into contact with them and their virulence is more powerful as much as greater is the quality of the last mutation. Their propagation speed is extremely high in the modern era, thanks to the moderns means of mass communication. In the event that such ideas are particularly brilliant, it is possible to see their effects in a very short time on the millions of arms, eyes, mouths that will work, see and talk so that these thoughts that are born in the mind of a single or few men will become an asset for the entire humanity. In this book I’ll tell mines. Even if some of them are not brand new, and I’m referring in particular to the second part of the book, I know for sure through direct evidence that they are largely unknown. I really hope they will give a big boost to a global change: the future will be as our ideas will be able to shape it.

The book is divided in two parts and deals with two big topics: the Christian religion and the global economic system.

Excluding the science, I can’t think about other two fields of human knowledge that, together, could revolutionize with the same power the dynamics of our society and the quality of our lives. Don’t you think the same, reader?

Well, the ideas I’m about to outline belong exactly to these two fields and they are the result of an intellectual and spiritual journey that I began since I was a boy.

My sincere and most fervent hope is that they will encourage you not to accept the world for what it is and to find inside yourself the determination, the courage and the right grounds to change it and to constantly think how to improve yourself and the society you belong to. During the writing of this book I always kept in mind that the reader comes first. I tried to put my ideas on the table in the most riveting and interesting way possible, to stimulate the reader and to avoid to annoy him.

I’m not comfortable with the baroque expressions of some philosophers, although my thought is far from being trivial. Even if I often take for granted many of my statements, please bear in mind that you’ll find thinkers of various kind that wrote tons of paper about them. A “good idea”, however, it’s not an idea that can’t be challenged but one that survives overtime to the opposition. The Darwinian principle is applicable also to ideas, scientific theories and many other creations of the human intellect. Normally, the ideas most evolved and suited to the current historical context become dominant, except if the ruling elite finds them inconvenient and has the strength and capability to hinder them endlessly (just in case you think that in the 21th century this cannot happen, you’ll understand you’re wrong when you’ll have finished the reading of the book). Should I be successful in my final goal then the reader, after finishing the book, will sense the need to go back to read again some parts and those will result even more clear and placed in a world view whose canvas is painted page after page. Should my success overcome any reasonable expectation then this book will be handed down to posterity, but the reading will be disappointing for them.

“ What’s special and original about this book?” they’ll say. My dear posterity, the world was different a long time ago. Men did not wear the glasses that bring to focus the things that are familiar to you and that for you belong to the past history.

All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.

Arthur Schopenhauer

Thoughts reduced to paper are generally nothing more than the footprints of a man walking in the sand. It is true that we see the path he has taken; but to know what he saw on the way, we must use our own eyes.

Arthur Schopenhauer

Note: The Bible version used in this book is the World English Bible (WEB), updated at end of November 2017.

The truth will set you free.

If God exists he created us free, in his image, in his likeness. Freedom is the precondition of any moral choice and obviously nobody would deserve any merit for a good action if he couldn’t consciously choose to refrain from it. Nowadays almost all the physicians are inclined to think that the world is not completely tied to deterministic laws [1] but even if the scientific world, united, would affirm that the choices operated by the living creatures, and in particular by the sentient beings, are not bond to deterministic laws, we should in any case deal with the fact that God is omniscient. Can a future event be considered indefinite when there’s an external observer, our omniscient God, that knows in advance it’s realization?

Luke 22,33-34 – He said to him, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death!” He said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster will by no means crow today until you deny that you know me three times.”

Omniscience and free will seem to irredeemably clash against each other and the only logic conclusion is to assume the existence of a great divine design that involves each human being and more generally any creature of the universe.

If this is the case of could the Almighty condemn us or reward us for something we were merely destined to do in accordance with his will? The logic suggests that, being the conclusion very awkward, either the existence of God is a badly designed fairy tale or there is an alternative explanation. Because my faith is firm, in my quest for the truth I presupposed that a rational, not dogmatic explanation to the contemporary coexistence of the free will of human beings and the omniscience of God had to exist. A dogma is an enemy of the human reason because it implies the existence of something that cannot be understood and that is why, when I deal with one of them, I work on its removal with great pleasure. I say that a dogma is also an enemy of the faith because faith and reason are able and have to merge each other and I will show you how.

Marco 4,21-23: He said to them, “Is the lamp brought to be put under a basket or under a bed? Isn’t it put on a stand? For there is nothing hidden, except that it should be made known; neither was anything made secret, but that it should come to light. If any man has ears to hear, let him hear.”

If logic doesn’t deceive If I want to demonstrate that the omniscience of God and the free will are not against each other then I have to demonstrate that conditions exist for which all the future events, undetermined for the creatures of God, maintain their status of indeterminacy even in the presence of an omniscient “external observer”, as God is, who knows their realization.

It comes to me Einstein’s famous remark: “God does not play dice with the universe”. What I want to demonstrate, in simple terms, is that: “Man plays dice, God knows what will be the result but he never planned which one had to be.”

It’s thanks to Einstein’s theory of relativity that science can solve our theological paradox. The theory of relativity affirms, among all other things, that time and space are relative dimensions, they are different for two observers that move themselves at different speeds. Without going into detail about Einstein’s theory, that is supported by a huge quantity of experimental evidence, it says that for an observer that is moving very near to the speed of light time would slow down, with respect to a “fixed observer”, as if it was almost stopped. Try to imagine to set out on a journey, travelling very near to the speed of light, from here to the boundaries of our universe. For an external “fixed observer” you will need billions of years to end your journey but for you only few hours, or minutes, or seconds, depending on your degree of proximity to speed of light, would have passed. The space you would see around you, at that speed, would be as well different and would seem to almost collapse on itself. Einstein’s theory says that it’s impossible for anything that has a mass to be accelerated up to exactly the speed of light because that would require an infinite quantity of energy to be achieved, as the mass of the accelerated particle would increase exponentially while approaching the speed of light. We are not interested, here and now, to explore the other recent theories of physics. It’s sufficient to bear in mind the concepts that have been just outlined and that they are scientific truths having huge experimental evidence backing them up. Now try to imagine that you suddenly cease to be a being composed of mere matter. Try to imagine to be the vibrating energy of the universe, becoming yourself the asymptote of the relativity equations about time and space. From your point of view time and space would cease to exist: a single moment would be like an eternity and a point in space would be like the whole of it.

Exodus 3,14: God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM,” and he said, “You shall tell the children of Israel this: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ”

As you can guess from this excerpt of the Bible, you would see the universe from the point of view of God. You would be in every place and every time, trapped in an eternal moment, being present everywhere. Coming back to our dice game I can say that if and only if God would live in such condition of “eternal present” he could be a passive spectator of the natural flow of events, being contemporary omniscient. Indeed, if God wouldn’t be present in every time and everywhere at the same time, maintaining his omniscience, it would imply that his omniscience derives from the perfect knowledge of the present state of all the matter and energy of the universe and from the perfect knowledge of how, according to the true laws of physics, the present state will evolve univocally in a future state. This would deny the existence of the free will in the universe, which would be in fact only a psychological illusion. If we apply this logic to our dice game, assuming that God perceives the time stream as we do, then it would exist a moment preceding the roll of the dices when the result of the roll would be known to God denying the indeterminacy of the event and implying, instead, the deterministic nature of the universe. On the contrary, if God would live in an eternal present time it wouldn’t exist, from his point of view, a time instant preceding the dice roll when he knows the result. In this latter case God would know the result of the dice roll not because of his omniscience that precedes the future events (“a priori omniscience”), but thanks to fact of being omniscient out the time stream (“a posteriori omniscience”), and the terms “preceding” and “following” would have no concrete meaning from his point of view. In other words, being God an entity that lives in an eternal present, he is present in the moment when the dice roll shows its result at the same time of the moment before the roll dice, so that his knowledge of the result is not due to the perfect knowledge of the mass, speed and position of every single piece of matter of the universe and of the laws they are bond to, but due to the simple fact that he is already there, in the future, and can assist to the natural result of the events without having to intervene to alter the outcome. Consequently, any future event may maintain its status of indeterminacy thanks to the fact that its outcome is not known “a priori” to anybody. Indeed, it’s a nonsense to assert that God knowns the outcome of a future event “a priori”, because God lives in an existential reality where the space-time dimension is not linear and the words “preceding” and “following” are ontological absurdities, human mental categories not applicable to the existential condition of the Almighty. Heisenberg’s indeterminacy principle, together with this explanation I’ve just outlined, can together guarantee the possibility of the existence of a true free will inside human beings, free from the laws of physics as well from a totalitarian divine design, at least being impossible to demonstrate the opposite. We can finally stop to blame God for having created “such a cruel world” and blame only ourselves. Finally, next time we’ll see on TV a funeral where the priest is pronouncing the usual ritual phrases: “It comes a time for everybody to die when God call us” or “God’s will is inscrutable”, we can be at peace with ourselves and even think that if ever a heavy vase would fall on our head off a balcony and kill us, God wouldn’t be involved and we would be dealing only with shameless misfortune. I really think it’s fundamental to restore to man his centrality in the Christian religion because God can be truly glorified and loved only through the free will, as well as true love between human beings cannot be obtained through hypnosis or brainwashing. In this latter case the victim would probably be convinced to love spontaneously the one for whom it has been programmed but, tell me, if you would be the one to be loved by such a person, would you be satisfied? Would it make you feel a better person? Likewise, why should we think or even assert that God created us like "puppets with an illusory freedom" and that he glorifies himself through this universe-wide masquerade?

On the contrary if it were not so, if instead we consider ourselves truly free, then even more so we can assert that we can glorify God through our free will.

Luke 20,37: But that the dead are raised, even Moses showed at the bush, when he called the Lord ‘The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ Now he is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for all are alive to him.”

The last sentence of this excerpt of the Gospel represents the crux of the matter, the meaning of our existence for those who believe in God: we all are alive to him.

God created us as living beings with a free will that can choose between the good and the evil. Our existence has the goal to glorify him through our behavior. You have a big choice to make in life: believe or not in God. If you believe in God, then then you should believe that the goal of your existence is the one above mentioned, otherwise if you don’t believe in God then we can say that life has no universal meaning and sincerely none could ever challenge this position rationally.

Have you ever thought about the fact that Jesus too was tempted by the Evil in the desert? Why should he be tempted? Because he has the free will too as all of us and, indeed, having full consciousness and knowledge about the rightness and sanctity of God he chose to glorify him instead of disowning him. The Gospel’s episode of Jesus tempted in the desert is one of the evangelical proofs that what I’ve said up to now is the truth: man has the free will and through it he glorifies God. There are many episodes inside the Gospel where Jesus talks about “glorification”. Then we can assert that who believes in God has to accept the fact that God created the world to obtain glory from his creatures and to glorify them with his power.

John 8,54: Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say that he is our God.

Luke 17,18: “Were there none found who returned to give glory to God, except this foreigner?”

Romans 14,11:For it is written,“ ‘As I live,’ says the Lord, ‘to me every knee will bow. Every tongue will confess to God.’”

Indeed, one of the two commandments given by Jesus is the one that says to love God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength. The other commandment, well known by all Christians, is: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Mark 12,28 – 34 – One of the scribes came, and heard them questioning together, and knowing that he had answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the greatest of all?” Jesus answered, “The greatest is, ‘Hear, Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one: you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. The second is like this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’There is no other commandment greater than these.” The scribe said to him, “Truly, teacher, you have said well that he is one, and there is none other but he, and to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbor as himself, is more important than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from God’s Kingdom.” No one dared ask him any question after that.

God asks for glorification through the love that we have to give to him and tells us to love our neighbors that live for the same final goal. Love, as we all know, cannot be induced by command otherwise the entire human race wouldn’t consider it true. Then if God hadn’t created us free he would have gotten an illusory glory, fooling himself around. Starting from this assumption and looking for a rational solution to the conflict between omniscience and free will I never doubted about the fact that man had the free will, neither of the reason behind this conditional existence… I only squeezed my mind to find a rational explanation that would deny this conflict. As often happens, a good hypothesis gives rise to a theorem that solves a false problem. It is a good thing to find decisive convergences in the case of conflicts between faith and reason. Just as a marriage based only on feelings, without any affinity of thought, can be fragile and strong at the same time, a faith in God that comes into conflict with reason can falter to alternate periods for a lifetime more easily and frequently than if this conflict was not there. The intellectual woodworm, driven by our reason, never ceases to dig into our irrational certainties and plants the seed of doubt. But if instead you plant in your hearts the seed of the word of God and you make it grow in harmony with your reason, it will become the largest of the shrubs. [2]

In fact, when you come to know what is best for you and those around you, you will cease to perceive the commandments of the Lord as an "imposed moral law", and you will no longer feel about servants. Only then can you truly love him, as friends.

John 15,12: “This is my commandment, that you love one another, even as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends, if you do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant doesn’t know what his lord does. But I have called you friends, for everything that I heard from my Father, I have made known to you.”

My wish is that "the humble servants of the Lord" will all be turned into "faithful friends of the Lord". I hope that the truth makes you all free from servitude. To give glory to God is a task conceived for free men.

[1] In any case it’s impossible to prove that it is, taking into account Heisenberg's indeterminacy principle. Any empiric experiment aimed to demonstrate the absolute and “nano metric adherence” of the reality to the laws of physics would be flawed by an intrinsic measurement error that would deny the thesis. Moreover, quantum mechanics is based on the probability theory.
[2] In saying this I refer to the parable of the farmer, which is to be interpreted as a metaphor of an inner journey of man that has various outcomes according to the different cases.

The soul and its implications.

The greatest deception in the history of humanity: the immortality of the soul. At the cost of shocking the reader and appearing as a heretic, I want to increase the severity of my statement: no one has an immortal soul of pure spirit, nor is it necessary that he has it, nor is it written anywhere that it is so.

Nobody has an immortal soul of pure spirit... except God! And I would be wary of affirming the contrary because the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is the only sin that, it seems, cannot be forgiven.

Matthew 12,31: Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men.”