(see Affirmative Action)

Dean Gotcher

"When a man has finally reached the point where he does not think he knows it better than others, that is when he has become indifferent to what they have done badly and he is interested only in what they have done right, then peace and affirmation have come to him." (G. F. W. Hegel in Carl Friedrich, The Philosophy of Hegel)

"For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world." 1 John 2:16

The woman in the garden in Eden was able to do what she wanted, when she wanted without fear of being wrong, i.e., dying since the master psychologist, i.e., psychotherapist, i.e., facilitator of 'change,' having created a "positive" environment for her, told her "you will not die" if she ate from the "forbidden tree." She therefore, putting her trust in him and in her carnal desires of the 'moment,' i.e., in her "self" ate of the fruit of the "forbidden tree" with "peace," with her actions being "affirmed" by Adam's who joined her—eating of the "forbidden tree" with her—making them both "equal" with God (in their minds)— but in their case knowing right from wrong not according to God's righteousness but according to their sensuousness, i.e., according to their carnal nature, i.e., "the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life." When you evaluate the world from your "self," i.e., from your carnal desires of the 'moment' you are always going to 'justify' your "self," i.e., 'justify' your carnal nature. You are always going to praxis having "peace" in and "affirming" your "self," i.e., 'justifying' your sinful nature. You are always going to praxis Genesis 3:1-6. In doing so you are not going to be wrong when doing things wrong (which is punishable), but, only having done things "badly" needing to do things "better" instead. In affirmation, you "build relationship" with others based upon your and their common "self interest," i.e., enjoying the carnal pleasure of the 'moment' which the world stimulates, 'justifying' your carnal (sinful) nature, i.e., your carnal thoughts and actions.

"Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God." Luke 16:15

"The heart is deceitful above all things [thinking pleasure is the standard for "good" instead of doing the Father's will, i.e., having to set aside pleasure, i.e., having to humble, deny, die to "self" in order to do God the Father's will, i.e., in order to do right and not wrong according the Father's commands, rules, facts, and truth], and desperately wicked [hating God the Father and His authority which "gets in the way," i.e. which prevents, i.e., inhibits or blocks you from enjoying the carnal pleasures of the 'moment'—which the world stimulates]: who can know it?" Jeremiah 17:9 Those of dialectic 'reasoning'—'reasoning' through dialogue—as a child of disobedience ('justifying' their "self") can not see their hatred toward God the Father as being evil because their love of "self," i.e., their love of pleasure—which the world stimulates—is "in the way," blinding them to the truth of the deceitfulness and wickedness of their heart.

Affirmation is "group hate," i.e., mob rule (the "tyranny of the masses") disguised as "caring" for "the people." Consensus, i.e., a "feeling" of "oneness" is the result of "the group" affirming (approving) its carnal nature, i.e., its common "self interest." While appearing (claiming) to "care" for others, affirmation is in fact the praxis of "self interest," i.e., of "self'" 'justification,' i.e., of man's love of pleasure and hate of restraint, i.e., of man 'justifying' the child's carnal nature over and therefore the against the father's/Father's authority—having to do the father's/Father's will—negating the guilty conscience (which is a product of the father's/Father's authority) for doing wrong, disobeying, sinning in the process, so that all can do wrong, disobey, sin, i.e., be "human" with impunity. The problem with affirmation is you must always watch your back since your "friend's" "self interest" can cost you your life—when his "self interest" changes, i.e., when he no longer needs you, i.e., when you get in his way. Then whatever bad things happen to you is no concern of his.

Affirmation is different than confirmation, which is approval based upon statements of belief and behavior that are in agreement with established commands, rules, facts, and/or truth. Confusion, called cognitive dissonance, is created when confirmation and affirmation (or consensus) are brought together, where a person is caught between their belief and their carnal desires or "feelings" of the 'moment' (which go counter to their belief), having to choose between one or the other in order to recover. Those desiring affirmation have to create such a condition (confusion via. generalization) in order to move people away from their "old" (traditional) Patriarchal paradigm (way of feeling, thinking, acting, relating with "self" and others, and responding toward authority) to their "new" (transformational) Heresiarchal paradigm of 'change.'

Affirmation is nothing more than a mob 'justifying' its "self," i.e., 'justifying the heart of man, i.e., 'justifying' its love of ("lusting" after) the carnal pleasures of the 'moment' (dopamine emancipation), which the world stimulates, and its hate of restraint, which includes the truth, when it gets in the way of pleasure. In fact, in order to dialogue you must suspend the truth, as upon a cross, in order to carry on dialogue. Any "You are wrong," and "You need to repent," i.e., truth ("negativity") must be shouted down, i.e., silenced (negated) by "the group" if affirmation is to be initiated and sustained. After all, all you can affirm is your carnal nature, i.e., your love for ("lusting" after) the carnal pleasures of the 'moment' which the world stimulates (including and especially your desire for "the groups" acceptance, i.e., approval, i.e., affirmation), 'justifying' your hate of restraint, i.e., your hate of the father's/Father's authority, i.e., your hate of the truth which get in the way of your "self interest," i.e., your "lust" for affirmation, i.e., 'justification' by men (which is the "pride of life"). Affirmation, i.e., "group approval," like a drug is not only intoxicating, it is addictive and possessive as well.

Anyone who gets in the way of affirmation (the agenda of the "group grade," "safe zone/space/place," "positive," dialoguing of opinions to a consensus, soviet, brainwashing classroom) will be martyred (bullied, i.e., be labeled as being negative, divisive, hateful, intolerant, prejudiced, a "lower-order-thinker," maladjusted, not a "team builder," "psychological," mentally ill, "in denial," a sociopath, a Fascist, a Nazi, a racist, neurotic, phobic, unreasonable, irrational, etc.,). Any information they impart will be perceived as being irrelevant or "inappropriate." In effect they will be censored. Affirmation is the outcome which all psychologists, i.e., psychotherapists, i.e., facilitators of 'change,' i.e., Transformational Marxists (all being the same in paradigm) work to achieve. Affirmation, i.e., approval of the child's carnal nature over and therefore against the father's/Father's authority is where 'liberalism,' socialism, i.e., "socialist harmony and worldly peace" resides. It is where 'change' is initiated and sustained. Affirmation is antithetical to the will (Word) of God. (PowerPoint presentation on the effect of affirmation on people)

"To enjoy the present reconciles us to the actual." (Karl Marx, Critique of Hegel's 'Philosophy of Right')

"In the dialogic relation of recognizing oneself in the other, they experience the common ground of their existence." (Jürgen Habermas, Knowledge & Human Interest, Chapter Three: The Idea of the Theory of Knowledge as Social Theory)

"I have found whenever I ran across authoritarian students that the best thing for me to do was to break their backs immediately." "The correct thing to do with authoritarians is to take them realistically for the bastards they are and then behave toward them as if they were bastards." (Abraham Maslow, The Journals of Abraham Maslow)

"If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him." 1 John 2: 15

"No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon." Luke 16:13

"Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God?" James 4:4

"For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels." Mark 8:36-38

© Institution for Authority Research, Dean Gotcher 2019