In a previous civgene, I presented a series of axioms that led to the cult test. Most societies operate at least partly on faith. Stating assumed truths that individuals can not plausibly test with vigor. The cult test presents three conditions that if a fundamentalist religious or political faith infringes on outsiders freedom, it has slipped into cult.
The cult test is as follows. If any condition is met, it’s a cult.
1. Denial of exit.
2. Aggression toward outsider speech.
3. Refusal to commit to peace with outsiders.
Freedom is a core human behavior (differs from animals) because it’s how humans allow each other space to make the most of their emotional metadata, usually forming faiths. A faith being knowing something you can’t prove. An emotional output from the metamind (the conscience/subconscious), a passively driven risk engine connecting unlike things based on emotional similarity. A probability engine. Effectively rationalizing a faith can take a second or longer than lifetime. Hence the utility for an indeterminate time to make your own decisions, better known as freedom.
Faith alone is not the goal but the means to achieve the goal of all life, autonomy. Cult occurs when faith becomes an end not the means. Everyone’s set of faiths must inherently be different (aside from biological differences) because the metadata connected to their memories and their experiences are different. As experiences deviate so will faiths. Denying this process for an individual is detrimental to the common benefit of human society.
Some faiths will occur in common so expression and organization of common ideas is beneficial. Rationalization can be rigorous so invention, specialization, and currency operate like in other economies. But also like other economies stagnation can occur if psychopathic or animal kingdom work-a-likes are substituted for effective intelligence, and progress stagnates. Damaging and even completely crushing autonomy.
All three conditions of the cult test are designed to protect the natural functionality of the empathic mind without interfering in opportunities of economies of scale (rapid rationalization.) Just like all logical constructs, logical constructs about natural forming but yet unproven probabilities can have advantages for all people. The conditions of the cult test together form to protect the fundamental human right, the right to fork. The right of human beings to pursue their biological advantage of rapid risk assessment without human created hierarchical blockage. Faith is what gives human beings their complete intelligence, and also is what is cited by those who try to dismember that intelligence for personal gain though hierarchy.
The key to retaining our freedom is the ability to distance yourself from destructive hierarchies while embracing constructive ones. The cult test ensures that right by disallowing the combination of pure faith as a potentially manipulated or even completely fabricated external process, from the ability to enforce your adherence to an external faith structure. The cult test protects the rapid rationalizer seeking community from slavery, by separating physical and mental force from faith and it’s beneficial ideas.
I present these additional axioms to permanently disconnect the relationship of force and faith.
- Faith is subconscious realization (emotional metadata).
- Reason is rational thought combined with faith.
- Faith can occur without reason.
- Force is only moral in the face of clear and present danger.
- Determining clear danger can include faith.
- Determining present danger must include literal observation and therefore rational thought.
- Clear and present danger can be determined either by reason or rational thought alone.
- Force justified by faith alone is a farce.