The End of Circles
The Potential Enterprise Company E-Letter July 2015
For people to govern themselves they must have the tools of governance. They must have knowledge of how to participate in governance and they must be taught the importance of doing so. This knowledge must be exact because when it is excessive or when it lacks things that are crucial to the task, it is counterproductive. It is a delicate crucial balance but it is easily taught by the purveyors of honesty and candor. Accomplish this and will come true freedom ... the end of circles.
The Potential Enterprise Company E-letter(s)
July - September 2015 - Uncommon Commentary, Ethical Tender & The End of Circles
Ethics: Reasonable Tender
The Potential Enterprise Company August 2015
A conversation follows that might have occurred if these great minds had all lived during the same era.
Aristotle: “All men by nature desire to know.”
Rutherford D. Rogers: “Aye. We are drowning in information and starving for knowledge.”
Charles Caleb Colton: “Perhaps but we owe almost all our knowledge not to those who have agreed, but to those who have differed.”
Thomas Huxley: “Perhaps too, we should sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly whatever and to whatever abyss nature leads, or we shall learn nothing.”
Samuel Johnson: “So you imply. Man is not weak – knowledge is more than equivalent to force. The master of mechanics laughs at strength.”
Samuel Butler: “Known as well, that the public do not know enough to be experts, yet know enough to decide between them.”
Oscar Wilde: “I grow weary here. I am not young enough to know everything.”
The same way general knowledge has become available, practical knowledge will one day avail itself as well. Practical knowledge is knowledge that is practical and applied practically as opposed to knowledge that is general or common. If you know what to look for you can see that most of us are already engaging in what many call practical knowledge. Note also that it is the increasing availability of this erudition that allows a company like Potential Enterprises to espouse on the subject.
Centuries ago only the wealthy and privileged had access to copies of the Torah, the Koran or the Bible and they would administrate and rule from this advantage. Today those great books are available to everyone and so everyone is enlightened and guided by what is now their general knowledge.
However all knowledge is not for everyone. It can too easily be misinterpreted, misapplied and misused by people not trained or prepared for its applications. Therefore to address the availability of general knowledge to those unqualified in its proper use the doyennes overwhelm us with it. We are inundated with knowledge that is superfluous; facts and figures; theories and themes so that knowledge confuses people and loses its value. Our task then would be to sort through it, find that which is relevant and properly apply it. But we’ve only to look at the evening news to see that this method leads to chaos, extremism, and unfair concentrations of influence.
The problem of the availability of practical knowledge is, how will we be guided and governed when it becomes available to everyone and is practiced commonly? As we will at such time live and function through this new paradigm there will be no more secrets but instead transparency. It will be more difficult to feign rectitude and so our only option will be honesty. We will have no choice but to be ethical and guided by fairness.
Let me add that those great books that have guided us through the centuries are not done. It is the ethics thread which runs their covers that will be our governance. They are also called ethical principles and they will increasingly become the regulations Machiavelli spoke of in his infamous book “The Prince”. From that, surmise that the most effective and feared soldier, politician, player, hustler, academic, businessman, clergyman, individual on the planet is and will be the one with ethical principles. The secret is not to fear the ethical individual but to be him.
In advent to this new paradigm I offer you the books “Potent Enterprise” and “RoadWindows”. Get ahead of the game and stay there. Excerpts from our publications are available on www.nilopub.com
Leslie Lox, author and principal and Henry “Butch” Williams, principal of the Nigel and Loxy Publishing Company.
If it be for individual and minute circumstances that we feel the need to sacrifice for entitlement, what be required for the group, a nation, race or religion perhaps? Could or would this need move mankind into conflict and wars even; to detonate a nuclear device; perhaps to engage in genocide and mass destruction?
A point of interest: will man carry this requirement with him as he advances space, inhabits the planets extending our species to other galaxies and into the distant future? This be so, if he organizes into planet federations and maybe even solar systems? Would he at this time still feel this need for bloodletting and if he does will he then blow up planets and solar systems to satisfy his need for release and fracas? If no, what will we learn that will prevent this mode of thinking?
Our current survival strategies are not geared to the larger topic outlined above but to answer two smaller questions. First, who is most suited to survive, the higher order of man or the “lowly” insect, for example? Second, within the order of the human species, would those best suited to survive be the ones who are “well off” and who are most able or would the likely survivors be the non-descript, the invisible poorest of the poor? Such queries will be seen as excuses for our shortsightedness as we crest the frontiers of space. A less narrow and truer solution would query further into the future.
As the world gets smaller we have acquired from developing nations a bounty of ideas and I hope I have the opportunity in future letters to express some of them. The one I bring up here and that is familiar to most of us is that many of the solutions to our problems can be found simply in nature. For example, many effective medicines can be found in plants and the best use of easily obtainable minerals and elements. Simplifying our lifestyle also acts as a preventative health measure as we walk and exercise more and we lean towards simple unprocessed natural foods. From these things we have learned that conservation of our environment is crucial for plant life, the animals we depend on and ourselves directly, to maintain our existence. Therefore we have learned from developing models that the very way we think of and view our environment, the world and the universe is important.
Because this, in recent years has added another variable to our "progress equation" we might reconsider what we call progress and evolution. If we do, it will divide us into two groups; those who already understand things such as preventative health, ecology or conservation and are on the right path, and those who have to see and experience what is important for themselves. The latter seems to be our present mindset and it is a young mindset but mankind is a young species compared to the age of our planet and our solar system. The query should be, what will it take for all man to get to on the right path to meaningful evolution? The solution would appear to be the measure of reason and pragmatism compared to our faith in sacrifice and suffering that would evolve into a more efficient and productive balance. This model of combining both strategies more effectively would have the effect of slowing us down a little but it may also give us a better view to where we are heading. Too, these things would give us a newer perspective on nature's governance and importantly show us that nature will take what she requires in a more exact and timely way than we now give her credit for.
The problem is that our thinking as demonstrated is constrained and so what we are doing now is less productive than we think. For many people, useful things and ideas that do not stimulate our base senses are denied, go unnoticed and are underutilized. They are crucial however if we are to use the word progress.
A New Paradigm
For true progress to occur we must abandon this partial, narrow thinking for a better newer more inclusive understanding of things. Our present view is too narrow and omits ideas and solutions vital for growth and progress inviting us to create biases and divisions between people, ideas and things. Conclude if you will that this could be man’s greatest flaw because as it supports our prejudices it prevents us from solving problems which linger on for centuries and threaten to be humankind's undoing. What could we be doing now if we weren’t fighting wars over issues dating back centuries to an earlier existence?
There are many people including scholars who are expressing the need for a new paradigm. Within this theme might be the idea that religion is good but its best 'import' is how we would manifest it into our lives. Instead, if we are open to ideas, religion may lead us to a multitude of themes that are beneficial and if we are fortunate will lead us into the eons as it has led us through the centuries to where we are now. If not, imagine in the year 4015, mankind blowing up a solar system because men haven’t learned to get along or just as bad, to ensure entitlement.
Some individuals express that such is the nature of man and that it is not to be denied or changed. If that is true it would follow that we will never reach those eons and inhabit space because our current survival strategy won't allow us to. It is again that narrow and constrained view that inhibits our growth and progress causing us to unnecessarily and severely narrow our options and so our progress. With regard to religion, consider that it like nature, is more amiable to progress than we give them credit for.
As such thinking makes the case that inhabiting space far into the future may never happen it explains our present fatalistic trends. We are wandering once more towards servitude. We are experiencing an excessive reliance and preoccupation with materialism; drugs and chemical enhancement; technology and the many varieties of abuse including human and faith abuse. Importantly such thinking is circular. Our current events and history prove this and when it is not it explains Armageddon and "The End of Days" as expressed in the Bible. Without contradicting these and other religious views, a book could be written that would read; Centuries of Struggle with Untold Depths of Strife and Pain – All that just to get Here So We can Do It All Over Again.
The books "RoadWindows" and "Potent Enterprise" …
Leslie Lox, author
Henry ‘Butch’ Williams and Leslie Lox principals of Nigel and Loxy Publishing
Recognize the Peacemaker, they are the ones with solutions.
The Potential Enterprise Company September 2015
It must be somewhere in our thinking, the understanding that mankind is a young species in a much older universe and that being young we are prone to mistakes. And further that nature will forgive us them if we balance them with wisdom and diligence. It is a part of that thesis that ethics is comprised of that wisdom and diligence referred to. Ethics as it is inherent to our nature and inclusive of all our sensibilities will insure that our species will survive and evolve. But first we must come to terms with it. We must isolate and extract the ethics gene; study it like a science and apply it thoughtfully and with sagacity.
I thought the web was worldwide? That it is for some websites and not for others might hold that our Potential Enterprise Company commentary is being blacklisted ... I accept the risk here that my commentary is of import and would warrant this explanation. As its sole author my misgivings stem back in the 1990’s when I distributed copies of the then, Potential Newsletter if it was short enough or if not, flyers promoting it in different locals around New York City. Considering the venues and competition it was received fairly well in business districts including Wall Street and on some college campuses. Even more flattering was that I would see the Potential Newsletter’s themes depicted on business talk shows and discussed word for word where they were relegated to the business venue.
Later, I would see and hear excerpts and paragraphs from my commentary repeated in other venues including the church where I lived and then in the movie “Waiting for Superman” which was filmed in part in my old neighborhood where Potential had its office. It would be a small credit due my company but the important thing was that these ethical ideas and principles were being exposed to the public from a new perspective. I had been trying to achieve this since the 1970's, My main objective now was to get my books published and further the discussion on ethical principles. However I became alarmed when I started seeing excerpts from my commentary being used for what I believed were the wrong reasons and as time went by this misuse increase.
It is not logical nor can there exist a patent anywhere for an idea, a thought or a theme. Any protest to this end would be useless. But the problem is that ethical principles practiced in a reasonable form leads one only to their basic freedoms and perhaps individual sovereignty at the principles most acute margin but not subjugation. It would be their misuse and distortion that would lead us to believe that ethical principles espouse themes of suppression and oppression even indirectly.
In order for the reader to understand the significance of this segment I believe it might help if the reader knew that this commentary came from someone uniquely qualified to report and execute from the "eye of the storm". But that explanation would be in bad taste and run the chance of being misinterpreted. I still ask that the reader take the following statements seriously. I am experiencing the successful application of ethical principles and their resolve first hand in extraordinary circumstances. They offer the best solutions to a myriad of problems and we are not even close to realizing their benefits.
With this said, the misapplication of these ideas from the form depicted in my writings needs to be promulgated and that is the purpose of this commentary. As I have espoused in past writings, it is true that ethical principles may be the regulations Machiavelli spoke of in his book the “Prince” but the reader must discern between the principles and the principal.* Further, for the principal usurper not to make that distinction himself rates his promotion fake and libelous.
Finally, it is also necessary for the reader to know that whatever they read on www.rdwins.com is there because first, it needs to be said, second, the time was right for it to be said, third because our company through popular consensus and more so than many other information sources has earned a ‘license’ for our pioneering commentary and forth, because I’ve got chips in the game, my voice, the same as yours, counts.
Mines is a long journey and it is still not over. These commentaries under the pretext of The Potential Enterprise Company are my report and I urge you to give them careful consideration. I welcome you to check the facts and test my commentary for reliability which I’m sure will make these ideas solidly credible and usable.
Thank you again from Leslie Lox, author and principal of The Potential Enterprise Company and with Henry Butch Williams, principals of The Nigel Loxy Publishing Company. Excerpts from our publications can be viewed on www.nilopub.com
*(From the book Potent Enterprise by Leslie Lox)