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The Connection between Goodness and Happiness...

How We Spin Our Wheels....

~written from the common sense perspective of The Winds of the Soul~

by Dr. Gregory C.D. Young, Ph.D.(Oxon.)

 
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It doesn't take a rocket scientist to point out the disconnect between Goodness and Happiness in our so-called modern culture, a culture which appears bent on making all the same mistakes as did Sodom and Gomorrah of the Old Testament.

I have written and still maintain that it's foolhardy to try to be happy while abandoning our need to be "Good."  Yet, judging from what we see being promoted as Happiness today, Goodness is rarely portrayed as part of the equation.  It doesn't take a rocket scientist to point out the disconnect between Goodness and Happiness in our so-called modern culture, a culture which appears bent on making all the same mistakes as did Sodom and Gomorrah of the Old Testament.

You will remember that in Sodom too, all of the inhabitants (except Lot and his family) forsook any moral measure or compass for the pleasures of their liberal society, indulging in most anything that seemed or promised immediate pleasure to them. 

By such willful practice, they claimed to be "sophisticated" and wise, feeling that any who practiced differently were just foolish and stupid, deserving of ridicule.  From all accounts, these were impudent sinners, people who sinned openly and mockingly, aggressively asserting their "rights" to do what they wanted while scoffing at the idea of consequences.  Theirs was truly a self-indulgent society, one which esteemed indifference to Good and evil with pride and shamelessness. 

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I think that we can fairly assume that the citizens of Sodom had become the very epitome of worldliness, having openly forsaken any notion of conscience within them and were bent, to their destruction, on "just wanting to have fun." 

 These were moral anarchists, ones who challenged any and all moral code, refuting any proposal of established order, except that which satisfied them for the moment.  And they were relativists, thus believing that any rule or decorum of decency could be bent and changed to fit their immediate selfish needs.

For them, anything that promised pleasure was defined as Happiness, and anything that thwarted pleasure was deemed to be of Unhappiness.  "Good" was solely defined as that which caused or allowed them pleasure, and "evil" that which interfered with same.  Delayed satisfaction wasn't something practiced in their compulsively inverted psychologies.  

I think that we can fairly assume that the citizens of Sodom had become the very epitome of worldliness, having openly forsaken any notion of conscience within them and were bent, to their destruction, on "just wanting to have fun." 

Sound familiar?  Looking at what's becoming of our society today, we don't seem to have fallen far from that same tree.  Most whom I've talked to today don't seem to understand how close to the Sodom image we are leaning.  They too have forgotten the connection between Goodness and Happiness, wrongly believing that the two are unrelated.  So misguided, though many struggle for happiness, so few struggle to be Good... forsaking the connection altogether.

They too have forgotten that opposing Goodness, or in diminishing its importance, opposes the Will of God.  Abandoning the tenets of Goodness altogether, and mocking those who do not, is tantamount to declaring war against Him.

 

Now, I realize that on the surface, many "appear" to be very happy and successful without the apparent need to be Good. There are a lot of people that have clearly forsaken Goodness because they think that they can get ahead faster by going the way of the world, by satisfying their immediate needs and without thinking about the welfare of their soul, nor the welfare of others. 

It's not that these particularly dislike Goodness, per say.  They just find that it is initially inconvenient and troublesome at times.  Thus, they learn to incrementally diminish the ways of Goodness in their lives, as they feel that it tends to cramp their style while on the road to "success."  But such a mindset has consequences....

Over time, they see less and less real or immediate value in Goodness, complaining that it doesn't give them anything tangible in return.  Any initial attraction to Goodness begins to fade, almost imperceptibly at first until in time they develop a momentum of hatred against it. In the interim, they then look to others to support them in their conclusions, rationalizing and repressing any indication that they may in fact be acting unwisely.  They conclude that those of us who embrace Goodness are foolish and stupid, giving up immediate advantages that have since become mandatory for their pleasure and happiness. 

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This is so much a part of the egocentric machinations of adolescence in which they become mired, never growing out of it, and thus never growing-up and becoming mature as a human beings, being offended by any thing that asks them to consider anything else other than their own egocentricities and demand for immediate gratification. 

This is so much a part of the egocentric machinations of adolescence in which they become mired, never growing out of it, and thus never growing-up and becoming mature as a human beings, being offended by any thing that asks them to consider anything else other than their own egocentricities and demand for immediate gratification. 

But this is how it's always been.  People don't grow up nor choose to learn from their mistakes, instead becoming increasingly susceptible to the frailties of our lower selves.

For these, "Goodness" becomes an encumbrance to their lifestyle, interfering with their expected pleasures, competing with their notions of immediate satisfaction.  These are ego- or self-centric in their perceptions of the world, demanding that all else subordinate to them. 

Those that abandon the ways of Goodness seem to increasingly become enamored by the ways of evil----always the great imitator of Goodness----which thrives only through ongoing glib superficial analysis, faulty reasoning and myopic understanding in the absence of any critical feedback. 

And so driven by the promises of egocentric gratifications, these generally become very self-absorbed and self-indulgent in the process, further becoming selectively attenuating in their perceptions, and thereafter closed to any external analysis which may threaten the supposed sanctity of themselves and their opinions.  Soon, wholly self-insulated and incubating, they become laws unto themselves! 

In the process of such self-imposed disfigurement, they seek to justify their limited self-involved positions, loving to paint themselves as those elitists that love "peace" and  "care for others," more than any other.  But as we've already seen in previous newsletters, nothing really could be further from the truth.  These become the leering despots of the family, and then the community, and then the world

Despite what is being portrayed today in the mainstream media (MSM) and popular culture, Goodness and Happiness have been emphatically linked as causal events Biblically.  Though sadly we don't hear this teaching too much anymore coming from the nation's pulpits, this is a truth of great significance that has been lost amongst our people.

In fact, our being "Good," according to the Judeo-Christian ethic propounded in the Bible, is the necessary prerequisite to our happiness.  Therein we learn that one can't truly be happy without courting the ways and means of Godly defined Goodness.  Although those that abandon the ways of Goodness may have their time in the sun, the consequences of darkness will soon over take them and their lifestyle.

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In fact, our being "Good," according to the Judeo-Christian ethic propounded in the Bible, is the necessary prerequisite to our happiness.  Therein we learn that one can't truly be happy without courting the ways and means of Godly defined Goodness.  Although those that abandon the ways of Goodness may have their time in the sun, the consequences of darkness will soon over take them and their lifestyle.

Truth be known, our Founding Fathers understood this connection clearly, and inculcated the fact of this incontrovertible conjunction into the heart of our founding documents. 

For instance, Thomas Jefferson definitively declared in our Declaration of Independence: that every man has a God-given right to "the pursuit of happiness."

Of course these words and the foundation of same have long since been misaligned and twisted for the benefit of those that entertain Liberal ideas.  And, in considering the narcissistic nature of our society today, many folks would likely presume that Jefferson meant something along the lines of "the right to satisfy my own desires, and others be damned."  But that is not what Jefferson had in mind at all.

In fact, as many have already noted, a little research indicates that the key concept behind Jefferson's notion likely stemmed from Sir William Blackstone's legal Commentaries on the Laws of England, of which all the Founding Fathers would surely and indubitably have been well aware, which in turn relied heavily on the Bible, from which Blackstone based many of his well reasoned arguments.

For instance it is on the second page of his introductory lecture "On the Nature of Laws in General," that Blackstone gives his evidence of the infinite goodness of God: "...the Creator... has graciously reduced the rule of obedience to this one paternal precept: "that man should pursue his own true and substantial happiness..." "  clearly meaning that God's penultimate desire for us is to lead us to a "true and substantial [state of] happiness," a happiness, therefore, that is exactly like His own----one that is eternal, full, never fleeting, everlasting and thus "substantial."

Blackstone notes that God's Desire is a "paternal" desire.  Namely, it is an intimacy reserved for His children.  Indeed, God's primary desire for us is to be no less happy than He is, the happiest of us all. This is the Fatherly guiding and sacrificial concern to care first for His children. 

This is a common, good, and exalted parental characteristic that continually reverberates throughout much of humanity to this day.  It's one that lovingly begets the need for sacrifice and willingness to do all that we can to secure the safety and happiness of our own offspring.  And it's a characteristic of Life that has been eternally present in Heaven before it was first formed and found here on earth.

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Of course, as I have previously argued in my books, the means to become as happy as God, requires that we become as God "is" in character and in Spirit.  We cannot possibly expect that we can achieve His level of happiness by becoming something different, unless of course we don't believe in causative actions begetting real results, as Liberal thinking would have us believe. 

Of course, as I have previously argued in my books, the means to become as happy as God, requires that we become as God "is" in character and in Spirit.  We cannot possibly expect that we can achieve His level of happiness by becoming something different, unless of course we don't believe in causative actions begetting real results, as Liberal thinking would have us believe. 

And then, we can only become akin to God's Character through the very means supplied to us, namely through the Grace of His Son and by accepting the Name of Christ upon us.  There is no other means nor defining course provided for that transformation to take place but through the Name of the Son, even the Seed-Pattern of Jesus Christ which was endowed within us at our birth.  Only by recognizing, embracing, and faithfully following that specific Light of His within us, will the way to the Father's Happiness be awakened, realized, and then consummated within us 

I don't think it unreasonable therefore to argue that Blackstone's reasoning is first and foremost drawn directly from the Bible in this regard, since the causative nature of wanting to bring Happiness to one's children is foremost and historically a Biblical one. 

Indeed, still sadly not recognized within the Bible community today, such a desire is made sacrosanct within the Commandments given to Moses, to the point of affirming that such is indeed our "first calling," and the First Commandment given to us.

In other words, as I have previously unfolded in The Winds of the Soul, God so formalized this propitious and primary desire for our Happiness in His First and greatest Commandment, namely, "Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God with thy whole heart mind and soul," because in so doing, there is revealed to the faithful the "pattern" by which God's Happiness can become personally ours.  After all, it is because of God's desire for us to be as happy as He is, that the Commandments are given to us in the first place.

Therefore the reason for "Thou shalt have no other Gods before me," and the rest of the commandments that follow, is that how we "worship" the Lord Our God should primarily entail the activity of pursuing and desiring "Goodness" with our whole might, mind, heart, and strength... desiring to do Good and to be Good above all else.  Only by doing so can we even remotely come close to keeping the First Commandment. 

This is what the word "worship" really means.... to become akin to God's Goodness, becoming after His Kind and His Pattern of Goodness.  Those that try to worship God, no matter how urgently, but to so without adhering to the principles of Goodness are wasting their time.....  

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Of course, as just intimated, the "pattern"  revealed to the faithful is none other than the Seed-Pattern of Jesus Christ within us, that which consists of a portion of His Spirit given to each of us as a Light when we entered this world.  But, this Pattern given to us can only become "awakened" when our own priorities and affections in life turn faithfully to Goodness itself.  Only then will His Seed-Pattern become active within us.

For as Jesus reminds us, "Only" his Father is "Good."  In other words, His is the only true metric and measure of what that word really means! 

Matthew 19:17 17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.

He is the Grand Measure and the Heavenly Pattern of the Happiness He wishes to bestow upon us.  And if we are desirous of entering into His kind of Life, we must follow the Commandments, wherein Goodness is defined.  But there's more to this than that.....

Of course, as just intimated, the "pattern"  revealed to the faithful is none other than the Seed-Pattern of Jesus Christ within us, that which consists of a portion of His Spirit given to each of us as a Light when we entered this world.  But, this Pattern given to us can only become "awakened" when our own priorities and affections in life turn faithfully to Goodness itself.  Only then will His Seed-Pattern become active within us.

Thus, in the most simple terms, by desiring Goodness with our whole heart, mind and soul, and with all our strength, His Seed-Pattern is activated to begin its powers of transformation, forgiveness, and restoration, sublimely empowered by the very eternal sacrifice of the Lamb, the Atonement itself.  This is the critically essential bridge which brings us by His Grace to become begotten by the Son after the order of the Father's Goodness. 

In still other words, the Son having the Father's Goodness and Power within Himself, reaches out to us through His Seed-Pattern within us, to begin the process of our own "remake," being remade in His, and thus, His Father's Image, restoring us to His and His Father's Way of being, making us literally "born again" after the order of His Character. 

Thus the First Commandment is the first clarion call that directs us on the course of our own salvation, placing our feet upon His Path so as to discover the way to Heaven, and ultimately fulfill the Father's desires of becoming as happy as He is. 

It also become clear in this analysis that encompassed within the First Commandment can be found the entirety of the Gospel's message waiting to be heard by those who have hearts to hear and understand.

 

But note this, with such an understanding of the connection between Goodness and Happiness, this makes each of us responsible for our own behavior and conduct, not anybody else.  If we choose that we wish to have in our own life His kind of Happiness, then it is necessary for us to choose to follow His Commandments to get us there.  There is no other road.  No other choice that is more fundamental that we must make. 

Each of us are faced with this choice in life.  And we all must face it sooner or later.  Within such an understanding, it becomes potently clear that it is then our own personal choices that will reap happiness or despair----nobody else's.  We cannot make anyone else responsible for that but us.  We must outgrow our narcissistic co-dependency that may wish for us that things were different.  We must not think that others will make the right choice for us.  We must make our own decisions and learn to live with the consequences.

Thus, we cannot rely upon the Government to make us happy.  Thomas Jefferson did not mean that the right to   pursue our own happiness would somehow guarantee our success of procuring it.

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And it was from this reasoned understanding provided by the Bible alone that allowed Blackstone to argue that in order to properly pursue happiness, a man must obey God's Commandments, in which he was to desire the Goodness of God with his every strength, and thus recognize that he has a primary duty to do what is right.  This is the hinge-point by which Blackstone reasoned so wonderfully.  Therein, Blackstone affirms the incontrovertible connection between Goodness and Happiness.

With the right of choice comes the right of consequence.  The act of choice by itself does not guarantee that we will make the right choice by becoming victorious in gleaning happiness.  Given that we all have the independent right to pursue happiness on our own, we also simultaneously take upon us the consequential right to fail in that pursuit when we choose wrongly.   If we choose blindly or stupidly, we should expect the dire consequences.  But then, we have the right to repent from previous mistakes and choose again, and this time choose better than we did before, if we accept the responsibility of the error of our ways have a mind to change our ways...

Obviously knowing of these possibilities, the Lord has kindly directed and warned us that if we want to be as Happy as His is, we first must choose to follow the ways of His Goodness.  So enlightened when Goodness is our compass, no matter the difficulty of the way, then all difficulties can be overcome.  All other ways, all other counterfeit ways of Goodness, no matter their intensities and urgencies of promise, will result in failure. 

This admonition has always been clearly depicted in the Scriptures.   

And it was from this reasoned understanding provided by the Bible alone that allowed Blackstone to argue that in order to properly pursue happiness, a man must obey God's Commandments, in which he was to desire the Goodness of God with his every strength, and thus recognize that he has a primary duty to do what is right.  This is the hinge-point by which Blackstone reasoned so wonderfully.  Therein, Blackstone affirms the incontrovertible connection between Goodness and Happiness.

If I understand this correctly, Blackstone sets out this priority as follows:  God commands man to do what is right in following and regarding God's Goodness as the pattern and directive that will lead man to happiness, even the happiness/joy of God. 

Because man does not generally do what is right naturally, he requires laws, governments, and social/civil force to further restrain his selfish desires and prompt Him to do better, which translates into the following:

 

The Will of God = Universal Natural Law =  Human ethics.

 

Accordingly, many feel that Blackstone's reasoned arguments are the foundation of what we today call "Ethics," or "Natural Law" in the Western World.  Again, this understanding was common among our Founding Fathers.

For Thomas Jefferson and the rest of the Founding Fathers, the rights to God's kind of Freedom and God's kind of Happiness are incontrovertibly God-given, and therefore non-negotiable, non-transferable, nor re-definable, leastwise from any government or nation. 

More importantly perhaps, the rights to pursue ones own happiness, as clearly understood by Thomas Jefferson, can only be accurately practiced and exercised if we truly wish to be Happy by God's standards by performing the "duty" to do what is "right," under God's definition as to what is right, and under His purview and understanding, which ultimately leads us to  follow His Commandments. 

Thus it was that James Madison voiced along with Jefferson, that if ever we as a people would forget this incontrovertible connection, the true powers of the Constitution could no longer be enforced, as the Constitution was not made to govern an immoral or Godless people.  Without the foundation of Judeo-Christian beliefs that empower the Constitution, without that underlying compunction, the law would become twisted to serve another master.

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About the Author:  Dr. Gregory C.D. Young, Ph.D.(Oxon.) is a Clinical Psychologist and Neuroscientist having been educated abroad where he completed his postgraduate studies at King’s College, the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and then graduated and received his Doctorate from the University of Oxford, Oxford, England. He has been in private clinical practice and medical research for over 25 years, being active as an author, popular radio and TV personality, public speaker, and biomedical researcher. He is the author of The Winds of the Soul~Heaven’s First Voice To Us books  &  The Winds of Forgiveness~Heaven's Healing Promises, as well as numerous other scholarly papers and works.

 

 

 

 

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Yet, today the Liberal mind would have us believe that though such moral reasoning provides the Constitution its very foundation, such a defined connection between Goodness and Happiness would criminally transcend the separation of Church and State, as it subsequently wrongly bridges the gap between God's Law and Man's Law. 

But then, such conspiring segregation results in removing us from the very guiding influences that we need, those influences that would render us God's promise of His Happiness.   

Ironically, although the Liberal mindset loves to adorn itself as the only "caring and peace loving" philosophy, their actions of taking every means to forever separate Goodness from Happiness makes it abundantly clear that they are not, actually depriving its followers from becoming truly happy.... 

Deprived of such knowledge, as Thomas Sowell (article here) has recently penned, "The vision of the Left, full of envy and resentment, takes its worst toll on those at the bottom [of society]... who find that [reality-detached] paranoid vision an excuse for counterproductive self-destructive attitudes and behavior." 

Indeed, the very people the Left claims to help, they cripple by keeping them ignorant of the connections that would lead them to their freedom and Happiness.  By severing the true spiritual connections and between Goodness and Happiness, and by scoffing and mocking those that claim otherwise, the Liberal mindset teaches (beginning in our public schools) and directs its followers falsely, turning people into victims, eventually making "irresponsibility" a positive cultural value.  

By separating the incontrovertible connection between Goodness from Happiness, Liberal mindsets seek to make moot the whole idea of Goodness, remove it from public discussion entirely, to the point of disparaging innocent minds from ever being introduced to the power of Goodness in human lives.  According to such worthless diatribe, Big Government is then to "guarantee" that happiness (funded by you and me), and shame on it (us) when it doesn't! 

This is just what codependent victims need to then rationalize their self-destructive conduct, as Sowell points out!  This is yet another Liberal hoax of "better living through Liberal ideas," akin to the notion of treating drug addicts with more addictive drugs.  And all this occurs whenever someone attempts to segregate the powers of Goodness from the consequence of Happiness. 

With such a radically undermining and scheming agenda, is it any wonder that we have come to accept the notion that we can separate the Goodly foundation of the Constitution from itself, and still expect the "building" to stand?  Indeed, the deluded Liberal mindset would have us take from the Constitution the legs on which it stands, stripping it from the very means by which it is empowered. 

Now if that doesn't oppose the Goodness of God, I don't know what does!  And with that, no wonder Blackstone (nor Jefferson for that matter) is no longer studied in American law schools! 

Go figure!

 

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