11/00: I am currently writing up many of the resultant structures, along with the emotional responses, trying to get a better sense of the big picture. For some time I was modeling the results. I appreciate your thoughts. Write to Andrius Kulikauskas at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Emotional Responses||Ways of Getting Things Done||Directions of the Good|
|Disgusted||Make yourself heard||Good Word|
|Suspense||Sheer Will||Good News|
I would like to understand these relationships more fully, more concretely. I want to understand how good will enters the picture so that the different ways of getting things done actually do lead to good, rather than to bad. My purpose is to understand how to jump into life open to all possibilities. This falls under our objective World for Supporting Life.
In my investigation There is Always a Way of Showing Good Will, I have tried to create episodes in my own life, but I have had difficulty starting, and it may be impossible to do so by myself. I am starting up this shorter and simpler investigation by focusing on episodes in the life of Jesus Christ. My understanding is that Scripture compresses the variety of life and so it is a good place to look for data to uncover and clarify structures that are larger than our minds.
I am particularly interested in episodes in the life of Jesus Christ where I can attribute emotion to him. I want to explore how and why he acted in those episodes. I am interested how good will on his part played a role, and whether it helped to open up avenues for the good.
I am working with the gospel of Mark because I have already worked with the other three gospels. I imagine that the gospel of Mark presents a very raw experience that may be especially appropriate for considering Christ's emotions. If not, then I will look to the other three gospels.
I also hope this investigation offers insight into a question on my mind. Several structures (presumably four: Christ's statements "I Am...", the Eightfold Way, the Intuition Matrix, and the Directions of the Good) describe our experiences with regard to what is larger than our mind. The intuition matrix is helpful so that we are familiar with all of the principles and become aware of which one we have been overlooking. The directions of the good make us aware that the good could come from any direction, and we have no way of knowing which. How do these two kinds of structures relate? What is the relation between the overlooked principle and the unknown direction?
Peace => Respond Jesus
is moved with pity for those who have faith, but suffer needs.
Disgust => Make yourself heard Jesus wants them to see another point of view, of one wanting to heal, forgive, rejoice, eat, do good, save life. He rebukes those who do not believe. He is angered by those who lack faith in good.
Frightened => Confront Unclean spirits that see Jesus shout out that he is the Son of God. Jesus commands them to come out. Jesus rebukes those who think as humans do, not as God does. Jesus orders them not to make him known. Jesus wants people to go home and tell their families, but not to go into the villages and towns.
Content => Delegate Jesus is happy with those who do the will of God, who have faith. He tells them to go in peace. Jesus gives instructions, and everything is as he says.
Excited => Initiate Jesus calls disciples to follow him. He sends them out to preach repentance and the gospel, to cure the sick, and to drive out demons.
Surprised => Articulate Jesus explains the parables to the disciples, but is surprised at their lack of understanding, and amazed at their lack of faith.
Sad => Renew Grieves at the hardness of hearts, those who look for the sign and ignore the signified. He withdraws from them to rest. He is silent with those who speak only on the level of words.
Suspense => Sheer will Jesus prays alone to be with God. He is often tempted - but he responds to choose what God wants, not what he wants.
The system that I am working with defines emotional responses in terms of expectations. The information above lets us start to analyze Christ's expectations. We are content when our expectations are met, and sad when they are not, regarding views that are dear to us, part of our self. Jesus is content when there are people who do the will of God, people who have faith. He is sad when there are people who are hard of heart, who look for the sign and ignore the signified. He is content when people look for the signified regardless of the sign, and sad when people look for the sign regardless of the signified. Jesus' inner expectation is that through encountering good people recognize the signified rather than the sign.
We are disgusted when we are not able to make an inner expectation. Jesus is disgusted when people do not want to see the doing of good, when they do not believe, when they lack faith in good. Jesus is not able to make an expectation that people do not want to encounter the good.
We are excited when our expectations are met, and surprised when they are not, regarding views that are external to us, outside of our self. Jesus is excited when his disciples go out and preach repentance and the gospel, cure the sick, and drive out demons. He is surprised when they do not understand the parables, and amazed when they lack faith. Jesus is excited when people value faith and, as a consequence, understand God. He is surprised when they value faith and do not understand God. Jesus' outer expectation is that through faith people understand God.
We are frightened when we are not able to make an expectation with regard
to what is external to us, outside of our self. My reading is that
Jesus is frightened by those who think as humans do, not as God does.
In particular, he is frightened by unclean spirits that shout out that
he is the Son of God. Jesus is not able to make an expectation
that beings can recognize God regardless of their faith.
|Emotional Responses||Consequences of the expectations of Jesus.||Jesus' response||Jesus' good will||Jesus' good will|
|Content Confirmed inner expectation.||Finding evidence, people care about the signified rather than the sign.||Delegate Jesus makes clear the necessity of doing the will of God. Jesus is one with all those who do the will of God.||Good person Faith in God is a good choice. Jesus is one with those who have made the choice. (so we follow through on our stand)||Distinguishes between their inner and outer adherence. Addresses the inner adherence, with his outer adherence, leaves to the good person their outer adherence.|
|Sad Failed inner expectation.||Finding evidence, people care about the sign rather than the signified.||Renew Jesus gives them an opportunity to see their hearts so they might change. Jesus makes clear that he will not cater to their hardness. Jesus retreats to be available to strengthen others.||Good God Faith in God is their choice. Jesus is with those who have not made the choice only to help them make that choice. (so we reflect on what we do)||Distinguishes between their willingness and unwillingness to change. Addresses their willingness to change, with his unwillingness to change, and leaves to the good God their unwillingness to change.|
|Disgusted Unable to make inner expectation.||Lacking evidence, people care about the sign rather than the signified.||Make himself heard Jesus sets a higher expectation for others - that they believe. Jesus lets them see their hypocrisy.||Good word Faith in God is an available choice. Jesus brings out the choice to be made. (so we take a stand on what we observe)||Distinguishes between what they are and could be doing. Addresses what they could be doing, with what he is doing, and leaves to the good word what they are doing.|
|Excited Confirmed outer expectation.||Having faith, people recognize God.||Initiate Jesus accepts God's word. Jesus takes the initiative to invite people. Jesus gives disciples his instructions and authority.||Good deed Faith in Christ is a good choice. Jesus reaches out to people who will make that choice. It sounds like a command to those who are not following God, but like an invitation to those who are following God (encourages that God do rather than we do)||Distinguishes between what they are able to do and will achieve. Addresses what they will achieve, with what he is able to do, and leaves to the good deed what they can do.|
|Surprised Failed outer expectation.||Having faith, people do not recognize God.||Articulate Jesus lets those who have not placed faith in him choose to understand his words or not. Jesus addresses plainly the faith of those who have placed faith in him.||Good gift Faith in Christ is their choice. Jesus speaks in parables to those who have not yet chosen to believe, and speaks plainly to those who have chosen. (encourages that God think rather than we think)||Distinguishes between their interest and investment. Addresses their investment, with his interest, and leaves to the good gift to address what is their interest.|
|Frightened Unable to make outer expectation.||Lacking faith, people recognize God.||Confront Jesus distinguishes between the person and the demon, and keeps the demon from influencing people's beliefs. Jesus gives the person the opportunity to obey him and keep him in his heart.||Good quality Faith in Christ is an available choice. Christ distinguishes between the person and the demon, and keeps the demon from influencing the person. (encourages that God be rather than we be)||Distinguishes between the person closed up and the demon closing off. Addresses the demon, with his person closed up, and leaves to the good quality to address the person closed up.|
|Suspense Expectation not yet confirmed.||People find evidence, but do they care about the signified? People have faith, but do they recognize God?||Sheer will Jesus prays to God for strength. (what you find is what you love) Jesus uses his strength to proclaim the kingdom of God. (what you believe is what happens)||Good news Faith in God is Faith in Christ. Jesus relates faith in God and faith in Christ.||Distinguishes between their strength and purpose. He addresses their strength, with his purpose, and leaves to the good news to address his purpose.|
|Peace No distinction between inner and outer expectation.||Lacking evidence, people care about the signified rather than the sign. Lacking faith, people do not recognize God.||Peace Jesus gives opportunities (what you find...) for others that they believe (what you believe...).||Good heart There is one faith in God and Christ. Jesus expresses that faith.||Distinguishes between their belief and wishes. He addresses their belief, with his wish, and leaves to the good heart to address their wishes.|
What you find is what you love. People find - do they care
about the signified (love) or the sign (hate).
To love is to care about the signified.
What you believe is what happens. People believe - do they recognize God.
To happen is to recognize God.
There is both an assumption and an expectation. An inner assumption, an outer assumption, an inner expectation and an outer expectation.
Christ's inner principle: What you find is what you love.
Christ's inner assumption: People find.
Christ's inner understanding: To love is to care about the signified.
Christ's inner expectation: People care about the signified.
Christ's outer principle: What you believe is what happens.
Christ's outer assumption: People believe.
Christ's outer understanding: To happen is to recognize God.
Christ's outer expectation: People recognize God.
Note that there is an internal twist: peace is when both inner and outer
assumptions fail, whereas the inner expectation succeeds and the outer
expectation fails. With peace, the inner expectation is more important
than the inner assumption, but the outer assumption is more important than
the outer expectation. The inner expectation is independent of the
inner assumption, whereas the outer expectation is dependent on the outer
assumption. So the line between inside and outside is the line where
the expectation is independent of the assumption.
Suspense: both inner and outer assumptions succeed.
The inner principle and the outer principle are presumably two representations of the same principle.
What you find is what you love, and what you believe is what happens. As if-then statements, these are both different, and so we are in suspense. The suspense is in the fact that the two statements are decoupled. But as true statements, they are both the same, and so we are at peace. Also, to make opportunities for others (what you - the person - find is what you - Christ - loves) is the situation for them to believe (what you - the person - believe is what happens - through Christ) and so the two are the same if you identify with the other person.
As you value the fruit, so you value the tree - available choice.
As you value the little, so you value the big - good choice.
As you value others, so are you valued - their choice.
Belong to the lord, share in the favor of the lord.
Wait for the master, share in the treasure of the master.
Follow the teacher, share in the virtue of the teacher.
Expectations are confirmations - peace.
Inner: Confirmation (what you find) precedes expectation (what you love).
Outer: Expectation (what you believe) precedes confirmation (what happens).
What distinguishes expectations and confirmations?
This distinction forces the "care" - the expectation - to be on one side of the line, or the other.
Suspense depends on this distinction.
Suspense distinguishes, peace resolves.
Suspense is resolved as peace.
Keep thinking about good heart, and about good will. How does
Christ live good will?
How does good will make way for the good heart? How does good will make way for that distinction - between which expectation and confirmation, and between which comes first - to disappear? Does good will let you pass from one side of that line to the other, in response to the other person?
With regard to Jesus' responses and good will:
The inner feelings - Faith in God - emphasize the choice.
The outer feelings - Faith in Christ - emphasize the chooser.
What makes the ways of getting things done good? I think that when we hold on to power, then the ways of getting things done - for example, delegating - are bad, but when we let go of power, they are good. If it doesn't matter who gets it done, then it's good, and a person in general is getting things done. If it matters who gets it done, then it's bad, and a person in particular is getting things done. Also, this is where the slack enters in, presumably the slack of good will.
Where is the goodness in the directions of the good? I
prayed to God for help: How to better understand good will? He responded:
They are directions in which you can move freely while maintaining a connection
with me. I am looking over the eight directions of the good, and
in each of them the goodness - the slack - seems to be within the concept
that is able to connect everything, that can be thought of as everything,
especially with respect to the corresponding way of getting things done.
For example, in delegating, we conceive of of the delegator as the nexus,
as the good person. By nexus I mean that which pulls together and
connects the entire mental picture. The table below considers all
eight directions, and all eight ways of getting things done:
|Way of getting things done||Direction of good|
|Respond The nexus is the stimulus.||Good heart||nullsome|
|Delegate The nexus is the delegator.||Good person||threesome|
|Renew The nexus is the feedback.||Good God||twosome|
|Make yourself heard The nexus is the sentiment.||Good word||onesome|
|Initiate The nexus is the activity.||Good deed||sixsome|
|Articulate The nexus is the presentation.||Good gift||fivesome|
|Confront The nexus is the issue.||Good quality||foursome|
|Sheer will The nexus is the belief.||Good news||sevensome|
Presumably these nexus are the eight divisions of everything because they are different ways that we can have a structure that can be understood from the perspective of everything. The slack seems to be in the fact that we can experiences these structures, but we can also understand them in terms of everything. There should be a threefold ambiguity. What is it?
Note that good quality finds goodness at the level of deed/gift, whereas good word finds goodness at the deeper level of person/God.
Now I am looking through the episodes to see, what did Christ do good. When I read about the miracles, they seem to reveal more about Christ's power than about this goodness. Aside from the miracles, there is a lack of obvious good deeds of his to point to. But a careful study of the goodness of his behavior can form a comprehensive picture of his goodness, and of goodness in general. I am now going through each episode and trying to understand, where and how does Christ show good will.
|Emotional responses||Way things get done enabled by dimension of organic work.||Laboratory Objective||Dimensions of organic work||Helping kids - a first step along dimension of organic work.||Initial way of changing mind opened up by step taken along dimension of organic work.||Emotional Responses that support changing mind|
|Peace 0||Respond||Language for supporting others||Address problems of individuals||Proactive outreach.||Adventure 0||Peace|
|Disgusted 1||Make yourself heard||Flow of experiences||Stimulate public interest||Back up magnet families.||Authority 4||Content|
|Content 3||Delegate||Harmony of motivation||Bring together community resources||Brought closer the community organizations.||Comfort 5||Sad|
|Sad 6||Renew||Access to creativity||Recognize other opportunities for investigations||Open up outlets for new experiences and creativity.||Potential 2||Disgusted|
|Frightened 2||Confront||Agreement on principles||Heighten awareness of values||Balancing conversations: Vocabulary of values.||Future 3||Excited|
|Excited 4||Initiate||Intent for discovery||Train ourselves and others to act as leaders||Leadership opportunities.||Commitment 7||Surprised|
|Surprised 5||Articulate||Confrontal of issues||Bring out societal issues that need to be addressed||Identifying issue.||Realization 1||Frightened|
|Suspense 7||Sheer will||World for supporting life||Challenge ourselves||Raise self awareness.||Morality 6||Suspense|
What does it mean to exercise good will?
How does exercising good will open up the way for the good?
What is God's point of view?
What do we learn from the example of Christ?
David Ellison-Bey spoke that the motive has to come from the heart, that sins, jealousy, envy, lust are barriers that keep us from seeing the heart. We can't fool the heart because it knows the truth. How do we connect heart-to-heart with another person? They are afraid to connect with their own heart. We need to show that we accept hurt, that we will not respond to avoid hurt instead of accepting it. So I think the good will opens the way for the good heart so that we could be intersubjective, we could connect heart-to-heart with others.
We want there to be intersubjectivity - which is why the good will makes way for the good heart.
God responds by going beyond himself. In other words, to respond is to go beyond yourself. In order to do this, there must be an alternative that we do not exist. When we have a good heart, this is all irrelevant. Otherwise, when it is relevant, we may speak of our principle, which indicates our boundary, that is, what it means for us to go beyond ourselves, to stay within our principle or to go outside of our principle. Christ's principle is the broadest - to love God, to care that God be alive, sensitive and responsive, which is to care that others be reachable by God. Such a principle gives us right to reach out to all, other principles are less broad, this is the difference between principles. The broader the principle, the more sensitive we are. To be responsive means that we must be able to apply our principle to a wider domain, and thereby reshape our principle, as in mathematics, where an algebraic law is extended to ever wider domains. How does this reshaping take place? I suppose it must be under God's initiative. This is the relation between our existence - our stand, what we believe, by which we are sensitive - and our action, by which we are responsive. Our responsitivity should be broader than our sensitivity, then everything is fine, even if our principle is too narrow. But if our responsitivity is not as broad as our sensitivity, then we are getting stuck somewhere in the chart below.
I think that the structures of good will have us presume intersubjectivity, and do this by treating, on an equal basis, dual possibilities. For example, with regard to a check, that we can check our inside and our outside, we can accept or reject our check, we can be before or after our check. Good will has us treat such opposites as an equal basis, be willing to take up either, and not be removed from them. In this way, the other opposite becomes an open avenue for the good. Also, our making of this choice is given independently by both our cognitive move from our conclusion to the good we are speaking to, and our emotional move from the check we are making to the emotion we experience. So to show good will we must invest ourselves in one of the opposites, and we must do this both emotionally and cognitively, independently. This investment has us go from an explicitly marked opposite to an implicitly marked opposite. In this way Christ is able to identify with another person.
The sevensome describes life, good, slack. The two representations of the sevensome are sensitivity - decreasing slack, and responsivity - increasing slack. Good will is the will to be good, the will to be responsive and the will to be sensitive. So for us to have good will, we must respond before we are sensitive. The ways of showing good will are the ways of becoming sensitive by being responsive. The will to be responsive is the willingness to respond to our own emotional responses. The will to be sensitive is our search within others of good, of where sensitivity and responsitivity may enter. Presumably the same channel that is suitable for sensitivity is suitable for responsivity. The channel for our responses is given by our emotional responses, and the channel for our sensitivity is given by the avenues to the good. Perhaps responsivity is the emotional differential, and sensitivity is the volitional differential. When we occupy this channel, then we speak of volition and responsitivity, but when we leave this channel open, then we speak of emotion and sensitivity. If we switch from emotion to volition, then the other person can switch from volition to emotion, which is to say, we address the good within them in this way. So the splitting into dimensions around the principle seems to be so that we can define these channels, and the person - for example, Christ - is involved when they switch from the emotional channel to the volitional channel. This is how we show good will. Also, this is how we shake off emotion, and are left with a good heart. This switch has to occur so that we would respond, get something done.
What is bad will? Can somebody get something done with bad will? What happens because of bad will? How is that different from good will?
Our volition (speaking from our will) and the other person's sensitivity (the good we speak to) make a pair. Supposing our emotion (our emotional responses) and the other person's responsivity make a pair. How might we understand that person's responsivity?
|Responding to our (emotional) responses:||Sensitive to their (volitional) sensitivity:||Gets something done|
|suspense||their purpose||sheer will|
|disgust||what they could be doing||make yourself heard|
|content||their inner adherence||delegate|
|excited||what they will achieve||initiate|
|sad||their willingness to change||renew|
Christ is sensitive because of his principle.
Christ's "Love God" is his absolute principle, whereas "Love your neighbor as yourself" is his relative principle. Here, relative means taken relative to the context, and the context is given by the other person - the neighbor - who is presumed to be another valid reference system.
Christ's good will exercises itself along the dimensions, from responsivity to sensitivity. If his emotional response is calm, then he looks for their will focused from the inside, and thereby himself is directed from the inside, but if it is excited, he looks for their will focused on the outside, and is thereby himself directed to the outside. If it is positive, then he looks for the unity in their will, and thereby supports their intention, but if negative, then he looks for division in their will, and thereby counters their intention. If it is sensitive, then he looks for their will to be disengaed, and thereby himself exercises initiative, but if it is insensitive, then he looks for their will to be engaged, and thereby himself shares their initiative. In these ways Christ looks for the good within them, is sensitive to that good.
Where do opposites come up?
Why does good will open the way for the good heart?
Good will arises in response to our finiteness. We address our finiteness through others. (love your neighbor as yourself). Good heart is the default for this, the simplest way for this. Therefore good will opens the way for the good heart because the good heart coincides with peace, the default option that arises from the operation for intersubjectivity.
The good will makes way for the good heart because the good will comes into play as soon as the three dimensions are considered separately. But the good heart comes into play without having to separate the three dimensions.
Intersubjectivity is the idea that there may be more than one person,
but that our participation is equally relevant. Intersubjectivity
bridges our unboundedness and our boundedness. It acknowledges our
boundedness by accepting that there are other people beyond us. It
The good heart is intersubjectivity.
Intersubjectivity changes what is good. For example, with a single subject, it is good to discourage activity when you are connected with the signified, so as not to become disconnected. But when there is intersubjectivity, it is good to encourage activity so that you can share it with the other subject.
Consider Christ's relationship to another person:
How do Christ's observations come out of Christ's principles?
How is the response to an observation split between emotion and volition?
How are emotion and volition brought together to get things done?
How does what Christ gets done address the good within a person?
How do the three sources of information regarding the expectations relate?
Think: what Christ observes and responds to emotionally.
Act: who he addresses.
Stand: what he conveys.
What is the principle that Christ is checking?
We can figure out the principles that Christ is checking by considering the messages that he conveys and finding the underlying unity.
What are the various messages that Christ conveys to the good in others?
What Christ conveys is his principle, as appropriate to whom he is speaking to. So we can consider the various messages that Christ conveys to the good, and work backward to figure out what unifies them, which gives us his underlying principle.
Introspection supports the following model for emotional responses:
Peace does not distinguish between inner check and outer check, but suspense does. In general, this is because, in the representation of the twosome as inside and outside, inside does not distinguish between inside and outside, whereas outside does distinguish between inside and outside.
Outer check is explicit, inner check is implicit, for example:
Peace: expectation is implicit, not yet checked
Suspense: expectation is explicit, not yet checked
The outer check is much more about what can be said, the Word.
Assume that we define at peace as: before check, accept check, inner check, and that we define suspense as: before check, accept check, outer check. How do we make sense of the following idea:
What is on Christ's mind can be inferred from episodes of emotional response in his life.
These episodes can be grouped primarily by the action that he takes, by his behavior, the ways he gets things done. Each group is associated with an inferred emotional response. These emotional responses are the same as the ones that we are familiar with from our model for emotional response. In these episodes, we can use our model and the evidence to abstract what we construe are his observations that generate his emotional response.
Evidence and Conclusions
|Jesus' response (and the corresponding way of getting things done)||Jesus' emotion, as inferred from his response||Jesus' observation, as abstracted from his response and emotion|
|Jesus makes clear the necessity of doing the will of God. Jesus is one with all those who do the will of God. (Delegate)||Content: inner check, after check, accept check.||Finding evidence, people care about the signified rather than the sign.|
|Jesus gives them an opportunity to see their hearts so they might change. Jesus makes clear that he will not cater to their hardness. Jesus retreats to be available to strengthen others. (Renew)||Sad: inner check, after check, reject check.||Finding evidence, people care about the sign rather than the signified.|
|Jesus sets a higher expectation for others - that they believe. Jesus lets them see their hypocrisy. (Make himself heard )||Disgusted: inner check, before check, reject check.||Lacking evidence, people care about the sign rather than the signified.|
|Initiate Jesus accepts God's word. Jesus takes the initiative to invite people. Jesus gives disciples his instructions and authority.||Excited: outer check, after check, accept check.||Having faith, people recognize God.|
|Articulate Jesus lets those who have not placed faith in him choose to understand his words or not. Jesus addresses plainly the faith of those who have placed faith in him.||Surprised: outer check, after check, reject check.||Having faith, people do not recognize God.|
|Confront Jesus distinguishes between the person and the demon, and keeps the demon from influencing people's beliefs. Jesus gives the person the opportunity to obey him and keep him in his heart.||Frightened: outer check, before check, reject check.||Lacking faith, people recognize God.|
|Sheer will Jesus prays to God for strength. (what you find is what you love) Jesus uses his strength to proclaim the kingdom of God. (what you believe is what happens)||In suspense: outer check, before check, accept check.||Lacking faith, people do not recognize God.|
|Peace Jesus gives opportunities (what you find...) for others that they believe (what you believe...).||At peace: inner check, before check, accept check.||Lacking evidence, people care about the signified rather than the sign.|
There is a paucity of empirical evidence for the observation associated with Suspense. However, it does make sense.
What he is checking can be inferred from what is on his mind that generates his emotional response.
Christ's check, in the outer case, is that "focusing on signified" is independent of "evidence", but in the inner case, is that "faith" is a precondition for "recognizing God".
We can look for the underlying dimensions by grouping:
Before check is lacking evidence, faith.
After check is having evidence, faith.
What do evidence and faith have in common? Evidence is possibly partial relationship with the sign/signified, faith is a total relationship with the total sign/signified, God. So it is about having or lacking a relationship, having or lacking a connection.
The set of cognitive situations depends on what one is checking for, but the particular cognitive situation that one finds oneself in will be selected by our world. Our world distinguishes between our emotional responses, tells us whether it is inner or outer, before or after, accepted or rejected.
What are the two channels that Christ lives, one from the good to the will, the other from the will to the good?
The good deals with the dimensions:
|From the inside. His inside.||To the outside. His outside.|
|Unified. Accepts.||Divided. Rejects.|
The will deals with the dimensions
Observations diverge into the two, and they converge back into getting things done.
We show good will by asserting the aspect of our principle that is relevant to the one we are speaking to. We act on this good will through the emotion that we are able to tap into.
I prayed to God: How do Christ's sayings relate to what he says to the good?
My son can reach every person and bring to him a feeling. Whether that feeling reaches that person depends on whether that person shows good will. The good heart then lives within that person.
I want to reach every person.
I grant you the power. I will go before you. Make a way for my son, that I be accepted through him. Live! I love you.
This is what Christ conveys: they deliberately and indeliberately, do and do not, love God and love their neighbor as themselves.
|To whom Christ speaks, and what he conveys||Summary of what he conveys||Abstraction of what he conveys|
|belief Jesus will have pity. If Jesus wishes, they will be healed, live, not be tormented. If Jesus tells the truth, they should listen.||Obey the command of God. (Love God). You indeliberately do.|
|could be doing Believing, that all is possible to one with faith. Regard the law of God, that law serve man, rather than regard the law of man, that man serve the law. Be with sinners and forgive sins.||Believe all is possible to one who has faith. Regard the law of God rather than the law of humans.||Obey the command of God. (Love God). You indeliberately do not.|
|inner adherence Who do the will of God. Give all they have to follow commandments. Love God and neighbor. Are saved by their faith. Accept the kingdom of God like a child. Go in peace.||Give all you have to follow the commandments.||Obey the command of God. (Love God). You deliberately do.|
|willing to change That they make up their own minds. What God had in mind originally. What came of the hardness of their hearts. Give to God what is God's. That it is lawful to do good rather than evil, save life rather than destroy. That they accept the good and the well. There is no need for a sign.||Make up your mind, what God had in mind originally.||Obey the command of God. (Love God). You deliberately do not.|
|isolating Think as humans do, not as God does. Ask Jesus if he's come to destroy them. Say Jesus is the Holy One of God. Jesus tells them to be quiet and come out.||You think as humans do, not as God does. You cut person off from Christ.||Identify with Christ. (Love your neighbor as yourself). You indeliberately do not.|
|will achieve They will be with Jesus. Follow Jesus, get by with nothing. They will preach the gospel, drive out demons, heal the sick.||They will be with Jesus, will need nothing, cast out demons, preach that "what you believe is what happens".||Identify with Christ. (Love your neighbor as yourself). You deliberately do.|
|investedness What comes out of their hearts. The God of the living or of the dead. The kingdom of heaven or of earth. Ears or hearing, eyes or seeing. The point or the miracle. Bearing fruit. Fruit born by word: Satan, tribulations, worldly anxiety or bearing fruit.||What comes out of their hearts: God of life or of death, kingdom of heaven or of earth?||Identify with Christ. (Love your neighbor as yourself). You deliberately do not.|
|purpose Do what God wants, not what we want. Keep watch, do not be put to the test. The kingdom of God is at hand. Go to others, not to those looking for you.||What you believe is what happens, so do what God wants, not what you want.||Identify with Christ. (Love your neighbor as yourself). You indeliberately do.|
How does what Christ convey relate to the eight contents of his statements?
How does what Christ convey relate to what is on his mind that generates his emotional response?
Compare the aspect that Christ chooses to convey with the good that he speaks to. Define the good that he speaks to in terms of a triplet of factors.
|Aspect that Christ conveys||Good that Christ speaks to|
|Indeliberately do love God.||Belief.|
|Indeliberately do love their neighbor as themselves.||Purpose.|
|Indeliberately do not love God.||Could be doing.|
|Indeliberately do not love their neighbor as themselves.||Isolating.|
|Deliberately do love God.||Inner adherence.|
|Deliberately do love their neighbor as themselves.||Will achieve.|
|Deliberately do not love God.||Willingness to change.|
|Deliberately do not love their neighbor as themselves.||Investedness.|
|Factors of aspects that Christ conveys||Factors of the good that Christ speaks to|
|Indeliberately||The person's will is disengaged.|
|Deliberately||The person's will is engaged.|
|Do love||The person's will is unified.|
|Do not love||The person's will is divided.|
|God||The person's will is focused from inside.|
|their neighbors as themselves||The person's will is focused on outside.|
What is the relationship between speaking from his will, and speaking to the good? Which comes first? How do they fit together?
Cognitive Disposition Responds to Emotional Response. Christ responds to his emotional responses by his cognitive disposition, by addressing with his will the good in others, by showing good will.
What is the relationship between Jesus' observations, the messages he conveys, his emotions, and his ways of getting things done?
How does Jesus' observation contain within it, presuming his principle Love God, the messages that give different aspects of this principle?
|Jesus' response (data)||Jesus' observation||Jesus' message||Jesus' emotion||Jesus' way of getting things done|
|Jesus makes clear the necessity of doing the will of God. Jesus is one with all those who do the will of God.||Finding evidence, people care about the signified rather than the sign.||Obey the command of God. (Love God). You deliberately do.||Content: inner check, after check, accept check.||(Delegate)|
|Jesus gives them an opportunity to see their hearts so they might change. Jesus makes clear that he will not cater to their hardness. Jesus retreats to be available to strengthen others.||Finding evidence, people care about the sign rather than the signified.||Obey the command of God. (Love God). You deliberately do not.||Sad: inner check, after check, reject check.||(Renew)|
|Jesus sets a higher expectation for others - that they believe. Jesus lets them see their hypocrisy.||Lacking evidence, people care about the sign rather than the signified.||Obey the command of God. (Love God). You indeliberately do not.||Disgusted: inner check, before check, reject check.||(Make himself heard )|
|Jesus accepts God's word. Jesus takes the initiative to invite people. Jesus gives disciples his instructions and authority.||Having faith, people recognize God.||Identify with Christ. (Love your neighbor as yourself). You deliberately do.||Excited: outer check, after check, accept check.||(Initiate)|
|Jesus lets those who have not placed faith in him choose to understand his words or not. Jesus addresses plainly the faith of those who have placed faith in him.||Having faith, people do not recognize God.||Identify with Christ. (Love your neighbor as yourself). You deliberately do not.||Surprised: outer check, after check, reject check.||(Articulate)|
|Jesus distinguishes between the person and the demon, and keeps the demon from influencing people's beliefs. Jesus gives the person the opportunity to obey him and keep him in his heart.||Lacking faith, people recognize God.||Identify with Christ. (Love your neighbor as yourself). You indeliberately do not.||Frightened: outer check, before check, reject check.||(Confront )|
|Jesus prays to God for strength. (what you find is what you love) Jesus uses his strength to proclaim the kingdom of God. (what you believe is what happens)||Lacking faith, people do not recognize God.||Identify with Christ. (Love your neighbor as yourself). You indeliberately do.||In suspense: outer check, before check, accept check.||(Sheer will)|
|Jesus gives opportunities (what you find...) for others that they believe (what you believe...).||Lacking evidence, people care about the signified rather than the sign.||Obey the command of God. (Love God). You indeliberately do.||At peace: inner check, before check, accept check.||(Peace)|
The table below was gotten by taking the new improved model for emotional responses, and applying it to the corresponding subsets from the analogous families (getting things done, directions of the good) and deducing the properties shared by the subsets, especially with regard to their complements.
How do these relate to the ways of showing good will?
|Dimensions for Christ's observations||Dimensions for Christ's messages||Dimensions for emotional responses||Dimensions for getting things done||Dimensions for directions of good||Dimensions of emotion!?||Dimensions of good that Christ speaks to|
|he notes their involuntary connection||he concludes they love God||he checks his inside||he is directed from inside||ultimate source||calm||the person is shaped by internal choices|
|he notes their voluntary connection||he concludes they love their neighbors as themselves||he checks his outside||he is directed to outside||immediate source||excited||the person is shaped by external choices|
|he notes their connection with signified||he concludes they do love||he accepts his check||he supports intention||encouraging activity||positive||the person's focus is unified|
|he notes their connection with sign||he concludes they do not love||he rejects his check||he counters intention||discouraging activity||negative||the person's focus is divided|
|he notes they lack connection||he concludes they are indeliberate||he concludes before his check||he exercises initiative||interdependent source||sensitive||the person's will is disengaged|
|he notes they have connection||he concludes they are deliberate||he concludes after his check||he shares initiative||independent source||insensitive||the person's will is engaged|
To get things done is to add initiative.
The dimensions of the directions of the good complement the dimensions of Christ's observations. For example, if Christ observes that they lack connection, then the good comes from interdependence. If they have connection, then the good comes from independence. If they are connected with the signified, which is that which is Not before them, then the good comes from encouraging activity, even though this might disturb the connection. If they are connected with the sign, which is that which Is before them, then the good comes from discouraging activity, even though this connection is not true. If they are connected with any, then the good comes from the ultimate source behind it. If they are connected with the total, then the good comes from the immediate source between them. So the good comes in the cracks, the good is the slack in the connections.
How does the turning around (the complementation) of the directions of the good come out of the observations? It seems that this happens differently along different dimensions, perhaps in different phases, staggered. It is also interesting to see Christ's role as an intermediary. When is he one with us, and when he is distinct from us?
The dimensions have pairs of opposites, for example outside-inside. These do seem to be unmarked and marked, for example, we start with inside, and then go to outside, which would be marked. Start with before, go to after. Start with accept, go to reject.
The dimensions that Christ speaks to bring to mind the representations of the twosome, perhaps: shaped by internal choices (inside) shaped by external choices (outside), unified will (different), divided will (same), disengaged will (practice), engaged will (theory). The will itself brings to mind the representation in terms of free will and fate.
The dimensions of good that Christ speaks to bring to mind the gradations. The one in terms of Kiparsky's hierarchy has the will both inside and outside, in terms of Maslow's hierarchy has both the physical and the psychic life, in terms of mathematical proofs has both relations within and outside a system.
Where do the opposites come from? For example, outside and inside appear to be the usual representation of the twosome in terms of outside and inside. But are they? Why does inside come first, instead of the other way around? It seems that it takes conscious effort to go from inside to outside, so perhaps that is what is going on with this structure, it allows for the reversals. But what is before and after? Is before: different and after: same? Perhaps so, in that before the check there are two different states (before check and after check), whereas after the check they are all the same. Is accept: practice and reject: theory? Perhaps so, in that originally we take a pragmatic point of view in that we will accept everything, but failure drives us to take a theoretical point of view where, in principle, there can be failure, even if in practice there is acceptance. So these do seem to be reversals of the representations of the twosome. In that case, how do they relate with the representation in terms of free will and fate? How do we go backwards, from fate to free will?
Christ's observations are all about being connected. For him, to love God is to be connected to God. In other words, to want God to be alive, sensitive, responsive, is to be connected with him. So Christ is interested in connection in general. His observations make
How do Christ's observations come out of his principle Love God?
How does what Christ conveys respond to what he observes?
What Christ conveys is a commentary on what he observes. He remarks as to the relevance of love. When they lack connection, he says that love can still be there, but indeliberately. And when they have the connection, then the love can be there, but deliberately. Inasmuch as they connect with the signified, then they love, and with the sign, then they do not love. Inasmuch as their connection is with any, then their love is of God, and inasmuch as their connection is with the total, then their love is of their neighbors as themselves. This suggests that we identify ourselves with the total, and do not identify ourselves with any. So when we are finite, then we identify ourselves with the total. His check then seems to identify with our limitations as he understands through his observations.
The check and its three dimensions has something to do with our role as witnesses in God's plan as defined by the threesome.
There is a strong dimensional relationship between Christ's observations and the ways of getting things done.
There is also a strong dimensional relationship between what he conveys and his emotional responses.
There is a very strong relationship between the dimensions for Christ's observations, and the dimensions for getting things done. When we lack connection, then we exercise initiative ourselves, but when we have connection, then we share initiative. Whenever we note any connection with the signified, then we support the intention, but when we note any connection with the sign, then we counter the intention. With regard to connection with anything, then we direct ourselves from the inside, from God inside of us, but when we note a connection with the total, then we direct ourselves to the total outside, to God outside of us. In particular, the latter makes clear our finiteness, from which this all begins, and the connection with Love God, who is within us until our finiteness show itself, in which case he may be outside us.
What is the connection between the three dimensions of emotion, and the three dimensions that generate the emotional responses? Recall the role of the three dimensions of emotion in the good will exercises. I forget, what generated the positive feelings, what it that the world came before the heart? Is there some kind of cyclic nature among the three dimensions, where one flows out of the differential nature of the other? For example: positive is calm (heart) before excited (world), negative is excited (world) before calm (heart)? Sensitive is negative before positive, insensitive is positive before negative? Calm is sensitive before insensitive, excited is insensitive before sensitive?
How do these dimensions compare with the ones from the good will exercises?
calm (small)-excited (big) (inside-outside)?
How do these relate to Christ's sayings:
How you value others, so are you valued. We feel positive when we value others, negative when others value us.
How you value the little, so you value the big. We feel calm when we value the little, excited when we value the big.
How you value the fruit, so you value the tree. We feel sensitive when we value the fruit, insensitive when we value the tree.
So what is Christ saying to equate them as he does?
Also, do these dimensions relate to the operating principles for the needs?
good-bad: a basic opposite (as in how you value others, so are you valued) positive-negative
better-worse: one that puts distance on it (as in how you value the little, so you value the big) calm-excited
best-worst: one that brings out the ultimate meaning (as in how you value the tree, so you value the fruit) sensitive-insensitive
What is the connection between the good will exercises and the directions of the good? Steve Bonzak's father: If you're not making mistakes, you're probably not doing anything.
What are the various directions of the good that Christ addresses?
The gospel of Luke has eight different kinds of good.
Is the good that Christ speaks to the same as a direction of the good?
How does what Christ is speaking to and from break down into three dimensions?
A: wish/belief, strength/purpose, isolated/isolating, are/could
be doing - location of the zone of attention
B: outer/inner adherence, able to do/will achieve, interest/investedness, un/willingness to change - relation to the zone of attention
C: wish/belief, are/could be doing, outer/inner adherence, un/willingness
D: strength/purpose, isolated/isolating, able to do/will achieve, interest/investedness
E: wish/belief, strength/purpose, outer/inner adherence, able to do/will
F: are/could be doing, isolated/isolater, un/willingness to change, interest/investedness
Things to look for
Where does the slack come in? Where does God participate? How might one pair ground another pair?
The relationship within each pair seems to be that the second accepts responsibility for the first. For example,
How does it seem to me? = Is outer adherence stable with respect
to inner adherence?
What else should I be doing? = Is is doing stable with respect to could be doing?
Would it make any difference? = Is unwillingness to change stable with respect to willingness to change?
What do I have control over? = Is able to do stable with respect to will achieve?
Am I able to consider the question? = Is interested stable with respect to invested?
Is this the way things should be? = Is isolated stable with respect to isolater?
Am I doing anything about this? = Is strength stable with respect to purpose?
8th counterquestion !? Is this what I want? = Is wish stable with respect to belief?
What are the different kinds of responsibility? How do they add slack?
Each pair x/y poses the question, which do I identify with, x or y?
A refers us to B, but not the other way around. I express through B my identification with A.
D is perhaps an outgrowth of C.
Should I be contrasting pairs x/y and s/t, this is, constrasting differences,or should I be contrasting members x and s?
Emotional disposition determines what we speak to. Love is an emotional disposition.
What is love?
The gospel of John relates love with "being one with". Introspection supports the following identification:
Recall how internalization works. By moving from our external perspective to an inner perspective, we assure that God will transform our emotional disposition into virtue.
A final attempt to formulate what Christ is checking is to consider the various directions of good that he addresses in others. This is done by considering the good to which he is speaking to, and then abstracting.
What is the misrepresentation, the wickedness?
|Cognitive condition||Christ's observation, based on what he notices. (emotional responses)||Christ's observation, based on what he speaks to.||Christ's conclusion, based on what he conveys.||Christ's sayings from Matthew (how might they relate?)|
|Confirmed inner expectation||Having evidence, people focus on the signified.||Person starts with the truth of the heart.||They deliberately love God.||Follow the teacher, share in the virtue of the teacher.|
|Failed inner expectation||Having evidence, people focus on the sign.||Person starts with the truth of the world.||They deliberately do not love God.|
|Refused inner expectation||Lacking evidence, people focus on the sign.||Person refuses the truth of the heart.||They indeliberately do not love God.|
|Allowed inner expectation||Lacking evidence, people focus on the signified.||Person refuses the truth of the world.||They indeliberately do love God.||What you find is what you love.|
|Confirmed outer expectation||Having faith, people recognize God.||Situation starts with the truth of the heart.||They deliberately love their neighbor as themselves.||As you value the little, so you value the big.|
|Failed outer expectation||Having faith, people do not recognize God.||Situation starts with the truth of the world.||They deliberately do not love their neighbor as themselves.||As you value others, so are you valued.|
|Refused outer expectation||Lacking faith, people recognize God.||Situation refuses the truth of the heart.||They indeliberately do not love their neighbor as themselves.||As you value the fruit, so you value the tree.|
|Allowed outer expectation||Lacking faith, people do not recognize God.||Situation refuses the truth of the world.||They indeliberately do love their neighbor as themselves.||What you believe is what happens.|
Expectation: Have access. Love. Start with
Inner expectation: Have evidence. Love God - Obey the command of God. Person starts with the truth.
Outer expectation: Have faith. Love neighbor as oneself - Identify with Christ. Situation starts with the truth.
Expectation checked: Have access. They are aware. They are deliberate. They start with the truth.
Confirmation: People choose the signified, recognize God. Love. Of the heart.
Failure: People choose the sign, do not recognize God. Do not love. Of the world.
Expectation not checked: Lack access. They are not aware. They are indeliberate. They refuse the truth.
Able to make expectation: People choose the signified, do not recognize God. Love. Refuses the truth of the world.
Not able to make expectation, Expectation rejected: People choose the sign, recognize God. Do not love. Refuses the truth of the heart.
Suspense-condition: Lacking faith, people do not recognize God. They indeliberately do love their neighbor as themselves. Situation refuses the truth of the world.
Peace-condition: Lacking evidence, people focus on the signified. They indeliberately do love God. Person refuses the truth of the world.
Originally, there is the peace-condition, by which Christ is able to make an expectation. The peace-condition stands by itself.
The expectation that God is able to make is:
People love God.
Christ is only and always relating to others.
The expectation (inner) that Christ is able to make is:
People love God.
With their perspectives as the context, they focus - through evidence - on the truth of the heart, they focus on the signified, they focus on the law of God and obey it.
Originally Christ relates to others through their point of view, but
then also through their situations.
Suspense arises through the idea that the truth of the world is refused not by persons, but by the situations.
This distinguishes between the inner and outer expectation. It calls peace into question.
It expresses the finiteness of our experience, the cases where we are not able to respond directly to life, but respond to our own emotional life instead.
It expresses the outer expectation in terms of preconditions (faith is a precondition for recognizing God), rather than independence (evidence is independent of our focusing on the signified).
The suspense arises from the fact that he now has two expectations: the implicit "people love God" and the explicit "people love their neighbors as themselves" that may or may not be the same. The tension arises from whether or not these two are the same - which is in doubt once there is an explicit formulation of the implicit - but was not in doubt when the implicit formulation was everything and he was at peace.
By relating to their point of view, he is aware of whether they are focused on the signified or not. By focusing on the signified, they are not looking for evidence, and by focusing on the sign, they are looking for evidence. The only question to be checked is to go beyond their point of view and see whether they have evidence (going beyond their point of view) or not.
By relating to their situation, he is aware of whether they recognize God or not. By recognizing God, they are not looking to faith, and by not recognizing God, they are looking to faith. The only question to be checked is to go beyond their situation and see whether they have faith (going beyond their situation) or not.
The outer expectation that Christ makes is:
People love their neighbor as themselves. With their situations as the context, they focus - through faith - on the truth of the heart, they recognize God, they focus on Christ and identify with him.
Note that this is another way of making the expectation People love God. This is the way by which People love God becomes applicable to the finite human condition. This setting of the parameter is where Christ's love shows itself. He draws this line across which he goes outside of himself into the human condition.
The inner expectation follows the emotional response, peace.
The outer expectation precedes the emotional response, suspense.
Christ's expectation is not checked when people lack access, if they
are indeliberate, if they refuse a truth.
Christ's expectation is checked when people have access, are deliberate, start from a truth.
Note that Christ's expectation goes unchecked until people have access, are deliberate, start from a truth. It can be definitively not checked - when he is frightened or disgusted - if they demonstrably lack access, are indeliberate, refuse a truth. Otherwise, he remains in peace or in suspense. This parameter is at most a consequence of the other parameter - to check that People love... Christ must recognize that they have access, are deliberate, start from a truth. If he is in doubt, then presumably he is in suspense. His doubts force him to view everything in terms of situations, rather than people.
How is it that Christ's expectation is checked precisely when he thinks that people have access, are deliberate, start from the truth? How is it that he either thinks people have access (faith, evidence) or not, but there is no in between? It must be that if he has any doubt, then he thinks they do not have access. If he has no doubts, then he thinks they have indubious access of some sort, in which case why is it immediately clear whether or not they recognize God, whether or not they focus on the signified? For him to think they have access, he must be able to relate to their point of view, or their situation.
The way that God loves us is that:
what we find is what we love
what we believe is what happens
The emotional life is rooted inside, in peace, but flips over to the outside, in suspense, and then may or may not resolve itself back into the inside.
There is a semiotic square, of sorts, with expectation:
Not Confirmed = Failed ?? depending on what we mean by not.
Not Allowed = Refused
Love = aligned with the truth of the heart.
Not love = aligned with the truth of the world.
Truth of the world = People do not recognize God, in the situation, with faith. People focus, as persons, on the sign without evidence.
Truth of the heart = People do not recognize God, in the situation, without faith. People focus, as persons, on the signified without evidence.
How does his emotional response, and emotional disposition, combine to dictate his volitional response? His emotional disposition contributes his expectations. Therefore, his expectations combine with his emotional response to determine his volitional response. Where does free will enter? It must enter doubly - as a faithfulness to an emotional disposition, both before emotional response - thereby helping determine its nature - and after emotional response, by confirming yet again that a person will be faithful to it, before responding with his or her will.
Perhaps the contents of Christ's sayings indicate what Christ says, given his emotional response.
Lacking evidence, people focus on the signified. => Peace
you find is what you love.
Having evidence, people focus on the signified. => Content => As you value the little, so you value the big.
Having evidence, people focus on the sign. => Sad => As you value others, so are you valued.
Lacking evidence, people focus on the sign. => Disgust => As you value the fruit, so you value the tree.
Having faith, people recognize God. => Excited => Follow the Teacher, share in the virtue of the Teacher.
Having faith, people do not recognize God. => Surprised => Wait for the Master, share in the treasure of the Master.
Lacking faith, people recognize God. => Frightened => Belong to the Lord, share in the favor of the Lord.
Lacking faith, people do not recognize God. => Suspense => What you believe is what happens.
The diagram below relates Christ's emotions with the movement from the
will to the good:
|Emotional response||from the will to the good|
|Peace No distinction between inner and outer expectation. Lacking evidence, people care about the signified rather than the sign. Lacking faith, people do not recognize God.||wish to belief opens to them, accentuates their belief, responds to them|
|Sad Failed inner expectation. Finding evidence, people care about the sign rather than the signified.||unwillingness to change to willingness to change accept their autonomy and decision, refuse to support|
|Surprised Failed outer expectation. Having faith, people do not recognize God.||interest to investedness wonder what is going on, look for where people are coming from, articulate|
|Frightened Unable to make outer expectation. Lacking faith, people recognize God.||isolated to isolating confront the wall disconnecting the person, misrepresenting the person, refuse to accept, confront|
|Content Confirmed inner expectation. Finding evidence, people care about the signified rather than the sign.||outer adherence to inner adherence support people, be one with them, delegate|
|Excited Confirmed outer expectation. Having faith, people recognize God.||able to do to will achieve point to the mission, show there is more than what they see, initiate|
|Disgusted Unable to make inner expectation. Lacking evidence, people care about the sign rather than the signified.||are doing to could be doing unmask their assumptions, show there can be different way, refuse to accept the world as it is, make himself heard|
|Suspense Expectation not yet confirmed. People find evidence, but do they care about the signified? People have faith, but do they recognize God?||strength to purpose weak, he goes alone to pray to God, gains strength, proclaims that what they believe is what happens|
These movements do seem to involve internalization, going from an external perspective to an internal perspective. They involve going from a point of view that involves opposites - two different things to focus on, to a point of view that does not - only one thing to focus on. (where the opposite is irrelevant). The relevance in the latter point of view is what sparks the response to get things done. For example, what is not isolating is not relevant, but what is isolating - it is relevant to confront. This helps illustrate going from power (where we have a choice) to getting things done (which is about doing what is relevant).
How to relate Christ's emotional responses with the way his will address the good? A first step is to consider how his emotional responses relate to the directions of the good. His failed expectations bring out good God and good gift, whereas his confirmed expectations bring out good person and good deed. His inner expectations bring out good God and good person, whereas his outer expectations bring out good deed and good gift. His inability to make expectations brings out good quality (outer) and good word (inner). Now, the good word says that we judge the good person by the good deed.
What is Christ conveying when he is addressing?
Could be doing: Believing that all is possible to one with faith. Regard the law of God, that law serve man, rather than regard the law of humans, that man serve the law. Be with sinners and forgive sins.
Inner adherence: Who do the will of God. Give all they have to follow commandments. Love God and neighbor. Are saved by their faith. Accept the kingdom of God like a child. Go in peace.
Willingness to change: That they make up their own minds. What God had in mind originally, and what came of the hardness of their hearts. Give to God what is God's. That it is lawful to do good rather than evil, to save life rather than destroy it. That they accept the good, the well. There is no need for a sign.
Isolating: Think as humans do, not as God does. Ask Jesus if he has come to destroy them. Say Jesus is the Holy One of God. Jesus tells them to be quiet and come out.
They will achieve: They will be with Jesus. Follow Jesus, get by with nothing. They will preach the gospel. Drive out demons. Heal the sick.
Investedness: What comes out of their hearts. The God of the living or of the dead. The kingdom of heaven or of earth. Ears or hearing, eyes or seeing. The point or the miracle. Bearing fruit. Outcome of the word: Satan, tribulations, worldly anxiety, bearing fruit.
Purpose: Do what God wants, not what we want. Keep watch, not be put to the test. Kingdom of God is at hand. Go to others, not to those looking for you.
Belief: Jesus will have pity. If Jesus wishes, they will be healed, live, not tormented. If Jesus tells the truth, they should listen.
It seems that the pairs of will and good can actually be defined by
the replies of the world and the heart, as in the table below. It
seems that the will/good indicate the stance of the person who makes the
reply of the world/heart. So it gives the relation of the person
to the truths of the world/heart. Presumably this relates to the
|Will (the world)||Good (the heart)||Explanation|
|Outer adherence (seems to me)||Inner adherence (does not seem to me)|
|Am doing (should not be doing anything else)||Could be doing (should be doing something else)|
|Interested (it makes a difference)||Invested (it makes no difference)|
|Am able to do (do not have control over)||Will achieve (do have control over)|
|Unwilling to change (able to consider a question)||Willing to change (not able to consider a question)||I am able to consider the question, if I myself am unwilling to change. I myself am willing to change when I am not able to consider the question.|
|Isolated (not the way things should be)||Isolating (the way things should be)|
|Strength (not doing anything about this)||Purpose (doing something about this)|
Also, the movement from good to will is given by contents of Christ's
|from good to will||content of Christ's sayings|
|belief to wish||what you believe is what happens|
|willingness to change to unwillingness to change||belong to the Lord, share in the favor|
|investedness to interest||wait for the Master, share in the treasure|
|isolating to isolated||follow the Teacher, share in the virtue|
|inner adherence to outer adherence||as you value others, so are you valued|
|what one will achieve to what one is able to do||as you value the little, so you value the big|
|what one could be doing to what one is doing||as you value the fruit, so you value the tree|
|purpose to strength||what you find is what you love|
Jesus speaks from his will, and addresses the good within others. He leaves to the good to address their will. The will is fixed in what it does, and there is no room for change, repentance, slack. The slack, repentance, change must all come from the good. So it does not makes sense for us to speak to the will, for it only listens to the good. Instead, we speak to the good, so that we can be heard, there can be motion, change, repentance, slack. The will is concerned with the words of the heart, and the good is concerned with the words of the world. We should speak from the heart within our will, but we should speak to the good within the world.
The model above of good will is based on the thought that "What you believe is what happens". This is Christ's outer approach to life. It would make sense that there be a model of good heart based on the thought that "What you find is what you love", which is Christ's inner approach to life. What is this model of the good heart, and how is it related to the model for good will?
It is interesting to compare what the will can say, and what the good
can say. Also, to relate them to the heart and the world:
|Counterquestions||Heart, Will||Addressing the good in the words of the world.|
|How does it seem to me? I like it.||It does not seem. Outer adherence.||It does seem to me that you have inner adherence.|
|What else should I be doing? I need to.||I should do something else. What I am doing.||I should not do anything else then what you could be doing|
|Would it make any difference? It is real.||It does not make any difference. I am interested.||It makes a difference that you are invested.|
|What do I have control over? It is problematic.||I have control over it. What I am able to do.||I do not have control over that which you will achieve.|
|Am I able to consider the question? It is reasonable.||I am not able to consider the question. I am unwilling to change.||I am able to consider the question that you are willing to change.|
|Is this the way things should be? It is wrong.||It is the way things should be. I am isolated.||It is not the way things should be that you are isolating.|
|Am I doing anything about this?||I am not doing anything about this. I have a purpose.||I am doing something about this that you are strong.|
In the episodes of his life, Jesus responds in ways that show good will.
In each of Jesus responses, he distinguishes between two things.
The direction of the good is what is gotten done of itself. For example, our inner adherence is the good person. This speaks to the will of others - to their outer adherence - we do not have to. With our will we reach out to speak to the good in others, but their good gets things done of itself. Likewise, our good is what is gotten done of itself, and this good resonates with the will in others. So our will is our means to reach out to others, and take the initiative, for otherwise they have to come to us, in which case God has to take the initiative.
Pairs of opposites: with slack and without slack. The ones with slack take the predicate "good", which is the slack that they carry. To have the predicate "good" is to carry slack. In this way, ultimately, everything is good, by showing that the opposites do not stand by themselves, but that each one without slack must always come together with one with slack.
We identify the good addressed with the directions of the good:
Belief = good heart
Inner adherence = good person
Will achieve = good deed
Could be doing = good word
Willingness to change = good God
Investedness = good gift
Isolating = good quality
Purpose = good news
These have to do with good, that is, getting things done (and have slack), their opposites have to do with will, that is, power (and have no slack).
Presumably, good will is given by the will addressing the good (from power to getting things done). Whereas good heart is given by the good addressing the will (from getting things done to power). The direction of the good is good will, in that it takes us from the will to the good. This suggests the structure of the foursome, where movement on the human axis (from +2 to +1) is followed by movement on the divine axis (from +3 to +0). This makes for a curious identification of +2 and +0, and of +3 and +1, which perhaps has to do with interpersonal communication. In any event, the model so far explains how good will is the movement from the power of the will to the good of getting things done, and the ways of showing will are given by the directions of the good, which further instigate a movement that is given by the good heart. This is reminiscent of the coloring of the foursome (which notably involves the emotional dispositions). Also, there are three colorings of the foursome, whereas there are eight of these ways of showing good will. This is reminiscent of the fact that the eightfold way gives three ways of choosing God over ourselves, whereas the "I am" statements give eight ways. Regarding the coloring of the foursome, recall the assignment emotional disposition +3, virtue +2, inner perspective +1, outer perspective +0 (also, the curious movement from +1 to +0, and then from +3 to +2). Perhaps the ways of getting things done move us from +2 to +0, and then from +3 to +1. Recalling the foursome, for which we move from +2 to +1, and from +3 to +0, we would then have a unified set of three possibilities. Also, this would make the tables for the eightfold way make more sense, because we would have power-will related to the human axis +2 and +1, whereas getting things done-good would be related to the divine axis +3 and +0. So now it remains to explore how Christ related to all of this emotionally, and in particular, what role the emotional dispositions might play.
How does this relate to Christ emotionally? The diagram above relates to his outer expectations - that what we believe is what happens.
The directions of the good seem to be related to Christ's statements "I am..."
The directions of the good have us move from our power to God getting things done. The overall effect is that we are able to move out from the unity of our will, out to all of the directions that the good may come from God. It is as if we are a point, and God is a sphere, and these are the directions out from the point towards the sphere.
|Needs and the operating principles addressing them.||Christ's statements I am... and divine assurances addressing our needs.||Direction of the good: from operating principles to divine assurances.|
|Lack needs: be perfect.||I am: Lack needs through God.||good heart: from wish (be perfect) to belief (God)|
|Need for survival: cling to what you have.||I am the resurrection and the life: Survival through the glory of God.||good God: from unwillingness to change (cling to what you have) to willingness to change (glory of God)|
|Need for security: get more than what you need.||I am the gate for the sheep: Security through the intention of God.||good gift: from interest (get more than what you need) to investment (intention of God)|
|Need for acceptance: avoid extremes.||I am the way, the truth and the life: Acceptance through the example of God.||good quality: from closed up (avoid extremes) to closing off (example of God)|
|Need for self-worth: choose the good over the bad.||I am the good shepherd: Self-worth through the love of God.||good person: from outer adherence (choose the good over the bad) to inner adherence (love of God).|
|Need for freedom: choose the better over the worse.||I am the light of the world: Freedom through the work of God.||good deed: from able to do (choose the better over the worse) to will achieve (work of God)|
|Need for self-fulfillment: strive for the best.||I am the true vine: Self-fulfillment through the command of God.||good word: from doing (strive for the best) to could be doing (command of God)|
|Ignore needs: worry about the needs of others.||I am the bread of life: Ignore needs through the will of God.||good news: from strength (worry about the needs of others) to purpose (will of God)|
When we are limited - live through our own initiative - then our needs are negative, something we we lack that we must satisfy. When we are unlimited - live through God's initiative - then our needs are positive, an opportunity.
God has operating principles analogous to ours, that make ours irrelevant. We play by taking a role in the game, whereas God plays by changing the rules of the game. For example, we choose the good over the bad, but God loves equally both the good and the bad. We get more than what we need, but God gives us more than we can imagine. We cling to what we have, but God restores what we lose so that we may never lose it. We avoid extremes, but God gives us a way. We strive for the best, but God lays down the minimum, tells us what he wants and expects of us. We choose the better over the worse, but God makes things right, he saves us.
Also, the good of Christ (within us) and the good of God (outside us)
are complementary. For example, with "I am the true
vine", God, the vine keeper, has the good quality - he prunes us, whereas Christ, the true vine, has the good word - lets them
know that they bear fruit. So these opposites work in tandem - this needs to be explored.
What is the relationship between the will and the good? Note that
the will is limited, but the good is unlimited.
Should switch around strength and purpose: Good News speaks to their strength, Jesus speaks to their purpose from his strength (after prayer).
I am thinking about the role that continuums - time and space - play in the structuring of the emotional responses. The fivesome structures continuums, and time and space are the two representations of the fivesome. Together I think the two representations define an equation 5+3=8. I think that expectations are the key concept, but also emotional dispositions. Emotional dispositions may favor peace (bridging inner and outer space) over suspense (separating former and latter time). The emotional representations have three dimensions: significance or not of expectations, the making or not of expectations, and the failure or not of expectations.
I am on the lookout for an endeavor to pursue. What comes to mind is: to understand how to dispose oneself to the good. I feel trapped inside myself, often insensitive to this question. Related to this is, how to be a person in general, shake off our person in particular. Another endeavor, perhaps related, is to clarify the concept of a good heart, so that we apply it rightly, and not abuse it.
I prayed to God, what endeavor would be appropriate for those who care about you, your voice, the voice of others, and other? He responded: How to open the gates of the heart, so that a living spring would flow from the heart? How to grant a person eternal life? How to accept life without measure? Free life from measurement.