Priorities are [to be] based on the effort to accomplish ones highest goal. They are the rules of play so as to achieve the greatest accomplishment as chosen by oneself.
To even begin discerning priorities, one must first establish the exact highest goal to be sought. This establishes the purpose of priorities and morals and a basis for discerning them.
Most people can recognize that an eternal life of the highest achievable joy would be the highest possible goal. It includes the innate concern for survival as well as the innate sense for joy. That joy might be derived by a variety of means which to others might not seem joyful at all, but if it is the highest achievable by the one striving for it then no other means could compete.
Joy is actually felt by the internal sense of making progress toward inner sought goals such as sexual advancement, food, health, wealth, friendly environment, and all of the recognized associations to those instinctive pursuits.
To feel that sense of progress eternally is the challenge and benchmark for establishing priorities. To disobey a moral is to invite death. The priorities must be derived as a certain set of rules that will maintain this purpose, thus;
·> Highest Priority Purpose == Eternal Joy
To keep this in mind when making decisions is our first priority and thus our personal first moral law. To disobey the keeping of this in mind, is to invite death or at least an eternal lack of joy.
The basic strategy for accomplishing eternal joy yields the priorities and morals to be established. Since joy is established by sensing progress, the question becomes, “how do I make progress toward the eternal sense of making progress?”
The easy part of this is in finding activities that bring a sense of instinctive progress (joy). The difficulty is finding a set of such activities that also lead to eternal life.
If any activity could be known to lead to eternal life, then making that activity joyous would yield the desired goal and purpose. Causing something healthy to feel joyous is much easier than causing something joyous to actually be healthy.
If, for example, drinking coffee each day had the potential to cause eternal life by perfecting the immune system, then learning to enjoy drinking coffee would be well worth the effort and is quite achievable. Finding exactly what foods to consume is what establishes “orthodox foods” but isn’t as easy as many have assumed in the past. Thus it makes sense to first examine what is required (by Reality itself) to establish eternal life.
- Eternal Life
In concept, anything that remains in self-harmony cannot perish. This is necessarily true because being in self-harmony means that there is nothing disintegrating or being pressed into breaking apart. Such disintegration is required if anything is to perish. Thus it can be immediately seen that establishing and maintaining self-harmony is a fundamental stratagem.
·> Eternal Self-Harmony == Eternal Life
So the next step is to establish exactly what constitutes harmony for oneself and then exactly what can be done to maintain that harmony eternally.
-- Life; Inner Harmony
Your inner harmony is defined by what your actual life is within you. That life, by whatever means it was established, is an effort to maintain itself void of disruptive conflict. It inspires one to breath, to eat, to shelter, and to propagate (to establish harmonious surroundings of the same make).
The many instincts involved are all aimed already toward accomplishing the highest goal of eternal harmony or eternal life. But eternal life is so difficult to accomplish that instincts alone cannot achieve it. As the mind develops varied strategies in pursuit of instinctive goals, conflicts arise within. The mind develops even more complex means to balance and manage instinctive urges so as to accomplish the most benefit at any one time. It is due to this that humans have a developed consciousness (awareness) designed to ascertain good (favoring the goal) from bad (disfavoring the goal) beyond instincts and even outside of the internal workings of the body.
Inner disharmony is created when the desires stemming from instinctive urges conflict as they compete for perceived progress. Joy is felt when progress is perceived to be made by any of the instinctive urges and misery is felt when such an urge is thwarted. Thus the priorities that are to relate to inner harmony are directly concerned with the inner management of oneself.
Many efforts have been advised by man throughout history to try to raise the level of inner harmony only to find that their environment disallows its continuance. Many retreat to high mountains and caves to escape the interference from others in this pursuit. But everyone cannot be isolated upon a mountain or in a cave.
Thus it is left to the conscious mind to ascertain what outside activities would advance the instinct’s already accepted goal of eternal life and harmony and what priorities and rules to follow (morals) so as to simplify the pursuit while in the presence of others.
-- Life; External Harmony
Your external harmony is defined by what activities you involve so as to maintain your “self” (the inner activity that defines you).
Your external life involves the seeking of shelter, gathering of foods, socializing, acquiring tools (money), and even participating in entertainment so as to gain that inner sense of progress even when actual progress cannot be obtained.
The morals relating to external behavior are thus all about what you should do so as to be able to establish and maintain your inner harmony while in the presence of interferences.
Priorities for All Life
If inner harmony is to be maintained, and it must be in order to survive and know joy, then it is critical that one remain alert to possible critical dangers to ones harmony. Thus we have a priority established through logical reasoning;
·> Stay alert to possible critical Threats to ones harmony (life). To disobey this moral leads to death.
But what good is it to know of a critical threat if there is no plan of action to deal with the threat? Thus we have yet another priority deduced through logical reasoning;
·> Stay alert to possible Hopes for ones harmony. Again, to disobey this moral leads to death.
But then there is the concern that being alert is something we are limited in accomplishing. Our perception can be fooled all too easily. If we believe in a threat or a hope that is not real, we can die anyway because we missed the real threat or real hope. Thus yet another priority;
·> Strive to Clarify our perception and/or understanding. Again, to disobey this is to invite death.
The effort to clarify our perceptions can be so easily foiled, especially by others who intelligently deceive, we must still do more to ensure that clarity;
·> Strive to Verify our perception and/or understanding. Again, to disobey is to invite death by misunderstanding the real threat or hope.
Accuracy is crucial and it is by close examination that we perceive the progress being made that yields our joy, hence;
·> Strive to Measure our situation. Again, to disobey is to invite death by misunderstanding the real threat or hope.
Then also, everything takes time to accomplish and without quality memory, we lose sight of what we were trying to accomplish;
·> Strive to Remember the details in our life. Again, to disobey is to invite death by misunderstanding the real threat or hope.
All of these morals so far are about being aware of ones situation. They say nothing as to what to actually do about it. Doing anything is an issue of having influence. Thus it can be said;
·> Strive to have the Influence necessary to ensure your harmony. And again, to disobey this moral is to invite death.
All of these other than to verify and to keep the highest goal in mind, are instinctive in all living things. Verification of perception and keeping the highest goal in mind, although very slightly instinctive are things that require a higher mind than most creatures are capable of achieving.
Thus for humans a single moral, although wordy, can be stated that encompasses all of these stated so far;
Clarify, Verify, measure, and Remember the Hopes and Threats Concerning Greater Influence toward the Self-Harmony of Eternal Joyous Life.
The ONLY Cause of Misery and Death
Rationally that one complicated sentence reveals the highest priority and moral for humankind and to disobey it is to invite misery and death not only to oneself, but to those surrounding as well. Not obeying this moral to perfection is the ONLY cause of misery and death.
Acquiring influence presents quite a problem because by one person trying to acquire influence, he necessarily takes sole influence away from another. This leads to the age old and very common contest between all life forms seen throughout history as each life somewhat blindly strives to be free of all else yet keep all else in harmony with itself.
The philosophies and religions of mankind have primarily been about this one morality of how to maintain sufficient influence (by whatever means) to maintain eternalness and joy. Most philosophies conflict with the others and thus war breaks out as one tries to ensure its influence by taking it away from another.
- Is there a solution? Or must all life fail? -
Obviously the solution has evaded mankind else we would see eternal life among us. And even though Science can provide a means for some very few to become immortal in body, what philosophy and what morals, will those few maintain so as to never be threatened by those still in jeopardy? Will they also know joy? Or will they merely maintain existence at the expense of all other life?
With a few more priorities and morals concerning how to behave with others and how to maintain joy within, the real solution can be Clarified and Verified.