It is touted by those who disdain the terrestrial, by those who high-handedly dismiss the si quis ferro, those who seek to master temporality rather than remove one’s self from it, that all which is or can be mechanically defined is of a lesser inherent value than that which is of a supranatural ordering. Thus, let us consider the following hypothetical.
It has come to light that all those principles and precepts and effects which had previously been attributed to any and all sources outside of the tangible and terrestrial have been discovered as being part and parcel of but a single, unifying, mechanical process.
This is obviously not the case, but if it were, would this in any way deprive such precepts of their power or importance? No – quite the opposite! For what, after all, is a machine but a method for the magnification of human force and will! For if our conscious minds are the product of ethereal souls then they are likely beyond the reach of tinkering. If fallen, we remain fallen forever. But if our minds arise solely as a mechanical process then they are amenable to modulation and if they are amenable to modulation they are amenable to improvement.
Understanding this we come to a realization – there are few enough men who seek anything other than improvement. All questions regarding the improvement of what within or surrounding Man as well as all queries regarding how such improvements can be carried out are initially immaterial. Bridges, after all, can only be crossed upon their completion.
Such is our guiding purpose.
In mechanical improvement there is an objective grounding for not just the individual, but all of Mankind. With these precepts in mind our tower has both foundation and purpose. Let us build it to the sky.
Having thus found both foundation and general purpose a question then arises – improvement of what and to what end? The answer is surprisingly simple and only this: the first and most important trajectory of improvement should ever lie upon the individual, for the man that can not improve himself can in no wise improve another. One does not charge a fool with the education of the sage.
Axiom: Improvement can only be achieved through purpose.
Even if one’s purpose is only to generate or discover a purpose then time is wasted not. But if one knows not what one’s purpose is, befuddled by meaning entire, then such a being is truly lost. He swims upon the surface of a stormy sea, fearing no thing higher than the roiling blackness beneath, for despite its hidden wonders the swimmer knows nothing of swimming nor the holding of breath!
The clever swimmer, in contrast, knows how to swim, how long he can hold his breath and how deep he can dive before ever submerging. Improvement through purpose to further purpose. Such things are not static to man.
Previously we have employed “Mankind” – a hyperbolic oversimplification.
All projects are contained under the rubric of value alignment. Most all of that which a man might recognize about himself can be changed, but only through the rigorous process of sanding. For man is like a great and unwieldy slab of granite, heavy, hard but unseemly and purposeless – to him we take the chisel! For it is not enough to be but cogs and gears and granite without form. From the granite – a statue. From the whirling gadgetry – a machine. Again, these are not static in their dimensionality, despite all appearances to the contrary. Cometh a predictable outcry of opposition, “What about the value of life? All men value life!” To which I would reply: All men, for however brief a time, wish to live. They do not, all too often, know why. Here impulse is suzerain. Even the suicidal take their life with utmost hesitation. The problem to be solved then is whether or not impulse is akin to value. The answer is that the valuing process is an impulse.