(see also: Knowing By Being Told vs. Knowing By Experiencing It For Our "Self")

Dean Gotcher

"Preventing someone who KNOWS from filling the empty space."
(Wilfred Bion, A Memoir of the Future)


"It is not in man that walketh to direct his steps." Jeremiah 10:23

Knowing because we have been told (right from wrong) vs. knowing because we have experienced it for our "self." One is of the soul, requiring trusting in someone else, i.e., faith, while the other is of the flesh (and the world that stimulates it), requiring experiencing for our "self," i.e., sight. One is external to our "sense experience," requiring faith in the person telling us, while the other is based upon "sense experience," limiting us to knowing right from wrong from our carnal nature, i.e., from our "sensuous needs," "sense perception," and 'reasoning' ability. Those of and for the world choose "sense experience," i.e., 'reasoning' from our "feelings" over and therefore against being told, i.e., faith—so they can do wrong, disobey, sin without having a guilty conscience (which comes from being told, i.e., having faith in the one telling us). Adam knew he was not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil because he was told (by God). In knowing through "sense experience," he made his flesh, i.e., his carnal nature, i.e., his love of pleasure and hate of restraint the medium through which to know "good" from "evil," establishing his flesh, i.e., his love of pleasure as the standard for "good," and restraint aka God's Word, i.e., being told right from wrong, i.e., good from evil, as the standard for "evil." (Karl Marx, MEGA I/3)

"Sense experience must be the basis of all science." "Science is only genuine science when it proceeds from sense experience, in the two forms of sense perception and sensuous need, that is, only when it proceeds from Nature." (Karl Marx, MEGA I/3)

Karl Marx simply redefined "the lust of the flesh" as "sensuous needs," "the lust of the eyes" as "sense perception," and "the pride of life" as "sense experience," making all that is "of the world" the basis of academics, i.e., the basis from which to know right from wrong regarding behavior—voilà "behavior science." "Behavior science," i.e., so called science (which is not real science) makes mankind subject to his carnal nature and the world that stimulates it.

"O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions [antithesis] of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen." 1 Timothy 6:20, 21 Right and wrong, good and evil based upon "sense experience" is "science falsely so called," i.e., "seems to be" science (but is not true science), destroying a persons faith in God (making his "self" God instead).

While "sense experience" is the means to knowing the laws of nature, which are already established by God, using "sense experience" to know right from wrong regarding how we are to respond to the world around us, i.e., behave, makes us God (in our eyes) since "sense experience" is subject to our carnal nature (desires), making us subject to the world that stimulates it (them). By starting with "sense experience," making it the means to knowing the truth, the Word of God is made null and void (in man's eyes), i.e., subject to the carnal desires of the carnal mind, i.e., subject to the opinions of men (negating faith in God)—instead of God creating us in His image, doing right and not wrong according to established commands, rules, facts, and truth we 'create' God in our image, making "pleasure," i.e., our carnal nature, i.e., "lust" right ("good") and anyone who gets in the way of pleasure, i.e., "lust" wrong ("evil"). By doing so the soul, which knows by being told is hidden by the flesh, which knows by experiencing for one's "self," requiring the humbling, denying, dying to "self" in order for the person to hear, i.e., to know the truth that comes from God.

"Any time we teach a child something we keep him from inventing it himself." (Jean Piaget) In other words "sense experience" (that which is of the world only) must be the basis of knowing right from wrong, not being told what is right and what is wrong.

The soul, which knows by being told is hidden by the flesh, which knows by experiencing for one's "self," requiring the humbling, denying, dying to "self" in order to hear, i.e., to know the truth that comes from God.

We KNOW because we have been told and we "know" because we have experienced it for our "self." Those of and for the world are of the latter only (making themselves God). The Word of God is of the former.

"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children." Hosea 4:6

"I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet." Romans 7:7

"There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." Proverbs 16:25

"The words 'seem to' are significant; it is the perception which functions in guiding behavior." (Carl Rogers, on becoming a person: A Therapist View of Psychotherapy) The 'moment' the woman in the garden in Eden "saw," she was a "scientist," 'liberated' from God's authority—'reasoning' from her own "sense experience," i.e., her own carnal nature instead of from God's Word.

"Experience is, for me, the highest authority." "Neither the Bible nor the prophets, neither the revelations of God can take precedence over my own direct experience." (Carl Rogers, on becoming a person: A Therapist View of Psychotherapy) If we make "sense experience" the basis of knowing right from wrong, instead of being told, then we are no different than Thorndike's chickens, Skinner's rats, and Pavlov's dog, responding to the world that stimulates us—our soul being bought and sold by those of and for the world, i.e., seducing, deceiving, and manipulating us as "human resource," with our "self interest," i.e., our "lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and pride of life," i.e., that which is of the world only, i.e., that which we "covet" directing us.

"And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you." 2 Peter 2:3 Through dialogue, gaining access to your "self interest" of the 'moment,' those of and for the world (psychologists) are able to, with "plastic" words ("feigned words," Greek—giving you what you want to hear, gaining your "trust," so they can use you for their own "self interest") buy and sell you, i.e., your soul on the open market of the world,

"The ideas of the Enlightenment taught man that he could trust his own reason [his own feelings, i.e., sensuous needs and sense perception, i.e., sense experience, i.e., "self" 'justification'] as a guide to establishing valid ethical norms and that he could rely on himself, needing neither revelation [the Word of God, i.e., the father's/Father's commands, rules, facts, and truth] nor that authority of the church [the Son of God, Jesus Christ] in order to know good and evil." (Stephen Eric Bronner Of Critical Theory and Its Theorists)

"Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness." Luke 11:35

"We are proud that in his conduct of life man has become free from external authorities, which tell him what to do and what not to do." "All that matters is that the opportunity for genuine activity ["self interest"] be restored to the individual [to the child]; that the purposes of society ["the group"] and of his own become identical." (Erich Fromm, Escape from Freedom)

"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Proverb. 3: 5-6

In the world of "seems" (to be), 'knowledge' is based upon our "sense experience," i.e., our "sensuous needs" and "sense perception" of the 'moment' (Karl Marx, MEGA I/3)—"For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life," ... "is of the world." 1 John 2:16 "All that is of the world" is where Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud both began their 'reasoning,' 'reasoning' (evaluating the world) from their "feelings" (aufheben), 'justifying' their "self," i.e., 'justifying' their "lusting" after the carnal pleasures of the 'moment' (dopamine emancipation) which the world stimulates, 'liberating' their "self," i.e., their carnal nature and the world from the father's/Father's authority, 'liberating' their "self" from having a guilty conscience for doing wrong, disobeying, sinning in the process, so they could do wrong, disobey, sin with impunity. By making "sense experience," i.e., the affective domain the basis of education, children are turned against their parents authority, i.e., being told what is right and wrong, making the child's "lusting" after the carnal pleasures of the 'moment' that the world stimulates the 'drive' and the 'purpose' of life—which both Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud had in mind.

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

"Self-actualizing people have to a large extent transcended the values of their culture. They are not so much merely Americans as they are world citizens, members of the human species first and foremost." (Abraham Maslow, The Further Reaches of Human Nature)

"Marxian theory needs Freudian-type instinct theory [Freud considered all children sexually active] to round it out. And of course, vice versa." "Third-Force psychology is also epi-Marxian in these senses, i.e., including the most basic scheme as true-good social conditions are necessary for personal growth, bad social conditions stunt human nature,... This is to say, one could reinterpret Marx into a self-actualization-fostering Third- and Fourth-Force psychology-philosophy. And my impression is anyway that this is the direction in which they are going now." (Abraham Maslow, The Journals of Abraham Maslow)

Marxists and psychologists (behavior 'scientists') are one and the same, group psychotherapists, facilitators of 'change,' Transformational Marxists. Hating the father's/Father's authority, they create a "safe zone/space/place," "positive," dialoguing opinions to a consensus, soviet, brainwashing environment (using "Bloom's Taxonomies" in the classroom—where 'knowing' is from the student's own "feelings" of the 'moment,' stimulated by the world instead of from established commands, rules, facts, and truth), 'justifying' the child's carnal nature (the affective domain) over and therefore against the father's/Father's authority, negating the father's/Father's authority in the thoughts and actions (theory and practice) of the next generation—'justifying' their questioning, challenging, defying, disregarding, attacking of the father's/Father's authority. The "educator" does not have to tell the students to question, challenge, defy, disregard, attack their parents authority when they get home from school, they will do that automatically (if they are not already doing it) by participating in the "group grade" classroom, where 'knowing' is based upon the child's carnal nature, which is antithetical to the father's/Father's authority.

"Prior to therapy the person is prone to ask himself, 'What would my parents want me to do?' During the process of therapy the individual come to ask himself, 'What does it mean to me?'" (Carl Rogers, on becoming a person: A Therapist View of Psychotherapy)

"There are many stories of the conflict and tension that these new practices are producing between parents and children." (David Krathwohl, Benjamin S. Bloom, Taxonomy of Educational Objectives Book 2: Affective Domain)

By changing the classroom environment (curriculum) from the 1) preaching of commands and rules to be obeyed (as given), teaching of facts and truth to be accepted as is (by faith), and discussing of any questions the students might have regarding the lesson, at the one in authority's discretion (providing they have time, the students can understand, and they are not questioning, challenging, defying, disregarding, attacking authority), 2) rewarding or blessing of the students who do right and obey, 3) chastening or reproving the students who do wrong and disobey, and 4) casting out (expelling) any student who questions, challenges, defies, disregards, or attacks authority to the dialoguing of opinions to a consensus (affirmation) the students paradigm, i.e., their way of feeling, thinking, and acting, responding to "self," others, the world, and authority (knowing) is 'change.'

"The child takes on the characteristic behavior of the group in which he is placed. . . . he reflects the behavior patterns which are set by the adult leader of the group." (Kurt Lewin in Wilbur Brookover, A Sociology of Education)

Knowing (reasoning) is no longer based upon commands rules, facts, and truth being taught, i.e., the father's/Father's authority but is now based upon the student's "feelings" ("sense experience") of the 'moment,' 'creating' a "new" world order with children of disobedience in control, ruling the world. "Make me 'feel good' and I will listen to you." "Hurt my 'feelings' and I will not listen to you." i.e., "If you 'hurt my feelings," i.e., "If you make me 'feel bad' you are irrational and therefore irrelevant—so I can hurt you without any consequences (without having a guilty conscience)." After all, in order to initiate and sustain dialogue ('change') you must suspend, as upon a cross, any command, rule, fact, or truth that inhibits or blocks dialogue, 'justifying' suspending, as upon a cross, anyone who persists in preaching, teaching, and discussing the truth.

"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, Maslow on Management)

"For this cause [because they "did not like to retain God in their knowledge"] God gave them up unto vile affections [let them have what they wanted, i.e., the carnal pleasures of the 'moment' they "lusted" after, to their own demise]:" Romans 1:21, 25 "And for this cause [because men, as "children of disobedience," 'justify' themselves, i.e., their love of "self" and the world, i.e., their love of the pleasures of the 'moment' over and therefore against the Father's authority] God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie [that pleasure is the standard for "good" instead of doing the Father's will]: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth [in the Father and in His Son, Jesus Christ], but had pleasure in unrighteousness [in their "self" and the pleasures of the 'moment,' which the world stimulates]." 2 Thessalonians 2:11, 12

© Institution for Authority Research, Dean Gotcher 2019