I maintain a skeptical stance, rooted in epoché rather than cynicism, regarding the figure of the apostle Paul. I find it challenging to accept a non-verifiable, miraculous conversion as sufficient qualification for assuming authority over a movement that one, up until recently, had violently and vehemently oppressed.1 Such occurrences serve to raise questions about the introduction of agency. The primary responsibility of ethical skepticism is, of course, to question the presence of agency, and the Roman Empire serves as an archetypal example of such influence.
However, within Paul’s letter to the Hebrews (provided that he actually authored the letter), one statement resonates with me, as articulated in Hebrews 11:1 (KJV): “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” It is noteworthy that The Online Etymology Dictionary traces the term ‘faith’ to its 14th-century origin, defining it as the ‘assent of the mind to the truth of a statement (principle) for which there is incomplete evidence.’ My departure from this definition resides in the principle that, faith is not congruent with belief. Faith may involve belief, or it may not. Faith is an expression of will, and not necessarily a belief. Please be patient dear reader as I develop this further.
The above approach to definition by means of trait affirmation, otherwise known as cataphasis, is suitable enough. However, I argue that faith can be articulated more potently by delineating it through negation, or what it is not – emphasizing its characteristics using what is termed apophasis. In this context, to capture its ineffable nature, faith can be Wittgenstein described as one’s resistance against a specific set of logical conditions rather than by its exercise or presence as a logical object. Faith, object-defined as a belief turned into a very specific set of ‘show yourself worthy’ actions, as is extolled for instance in the Bible’s Epistle of James – this is chicanery. It is an act one puts on for their virtue club or religious fellows (see The Riddle of Sin).
In reality, faith has very little at all to do with one’s religious institution activities, good works, observances, etc., and everything to do with how you conduct relationships with those who are not in the club, or those who cannot benefit you in the least – what you do when you are not conscious of your own actions – your quickness to punish, consider, or forgive – how you indeed act when real money is on the table (not in theory or in public purview) – the unity of your life, work, household, and family – and finally, to what you instinctively apply yourself, when left to your own devices for a long period of time. Faith is an iceberg, in that ninety percent of it is not readily visible.
Nevertheless, the aforementioned set of logical conditions, which are the opposite of faith, is referred to as ‘loosh.’ Faith, is an act of the will in refusing loosh – and is not tantamount to a belief or set of beliefs. This is something which the writers of the Bible should have known, but unfortunately never learned or realized.
Faith is both the exact opposite of and the wilful refusal to participate in loosh.
But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.~ Matthew 5:39 (NIV Bible)
When Christ spoke in this manner, it was not an exhortation to ‘being good’ nor serving as a victim. He was citing the critical importance of not partaking in this drug of choice, loosh. The more specific set of abuses which compose loosh (or ‘not-faith’) are tallied in Exhibit A at the end of this article. Do not be deceived however, one’s addictions will follow them into the beyond.
Nor does faith itself mandate that one believe in a specific model of God, spiritual realm, or hereafter. One does not have to believe in God at all. In fact, many of the Gods of our crafting or imperious scriptures come suspiciously close to the Lycurgian insane entity defined on the right hand side of Exhibit A at the end of this article (the Cupholder of the Lycurgus Cup). This false model of God is the only celestial parent we have been presented unfortunately. Atheists comprehend the incumbent logical inconsistencies therein, and understandably reject such an entity.
You can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.~ Anne Lamott, progressive author and activist
The skeptical mind can therefore indeed exercise a rationality based simultaneously upon the principles of the scientific method, as well as faith. The exclusion of the former, in the name of the latter, constitutes merely an invalid act of ignorance. The function of such ignorance is defined as the ‘Veil’ in Exhibit A at the end of this article.
Faith, particularly in this context, signifies the intentional avoidance of loosh on the part of a sound mind. It reflects the wholeness of one’s recaptured authenticity. The act of faithfulness involves a deliberate abstention from loosh, as a set of logical conditions. This prompts the question of course: What, then, is the nature of ‘loosh’?
What is Loosh?
Many years ago I was asked late on a Friday, by a Chicago based retailer, to come visit with them and ‘offer critical strategic advisement’, with the urgent project starting that very next Monday. My presentation to the CEO was scheduled for two days later, that Wednesday, at 4 pm. Moreover, the methodology entailed a quick vetting of the entire business from top to bottom, as an effort to stave off an impending bankruptcy. Accordingly, the table in the conference room I was to work in, was aligned from one end to the other with stacks of accounting ledgers and operating summary reports when I arrived at 7:30 am that Monday. My team worked 18 hour days until our Wednesday summary of strategy and necessary defensive action.
In order to summarize the results of the strategy in short order, the retailer had mistakenly clung to an old paradigm of viewing itself as a Big Box storehouse of highly-desired goods, and not as a supplier of perishable fashion. Every service and good sold bears an element of fashion. Unwise is the merchant that does not grasp and work this concept to their competitive advantage. In fashion, time is the enemy of margin – because margin always erodes – demand always erodes.2 The task at hand for the savvy consumer goods company is to use time adeptly in the capture of identified flows of value, and as a result, margin. If an entity does not comprehend what is indeed value, and cannot respond to it with agility, they are doomed to obsolescence. Walmart and Target teeter on the precipice of such a mistake even now.
Failure to comprehend how demand erosion works is the reason why epidemiologists missed the Excess Non-Covid Natural Cause Mortality that showed within months after the vaccine rollout. I caught it and published it inside a series of well-documented charts. As a result, I was contacted by several US Congresspersons and legal initiatives, who all listened and agreed.
Millions of persons globally listened as well. This initiated an entire grassroots dissenting movement among the vast majority of American citizens sounding the alarm over the now-manifest harm caused by the mRNA vaccines. These models were confirmed as correct, by the Society of Actuaries Research Mortality Survey Report of November 2023, a full two years after I found the signal.
Nonetheless, the old days of luxurious margins covering extravagant real estate and exorbitant overhead had come and gone for this retailer – and no future existed for them which did not involve a high degree of painful restructuring. Plus there was this small matter of what they dismissively called ‘direct sales’ eating their lunch. Small fleet-of-foot companies, many of them my clients as well, selling more recent product ‘on the web’, at a better price, and delivering it right to the customer’s door. Of course, the prevailing wisdom persisted inside the client organization that ‘we tried that and it didn’t work’ and ‘it’s merely a fad’.
Unfortunately, many lives were due to be disrupted if this retailer was to survive. Innocent lives, kids’ college hopes, homes, retirements. The subjective implications of my work involved much more difficult questions, than did the very objective strategy itself. These were not questions I could answer between a Monday and a Wednesday. I struggled with the ontological impasse, and still struggle with it to this very day. We were in essence going to deliberately cause short-term harm to some, in order to save the long-term livelihoods of others. While we opted for the pathway of least human suffering, there indeed was no clean pathway available. I found no joy in the execution of this strategy as well. I acknowledge and stand accountable for my role in the evolution of such events, much in the same way a soldier might learn to live with their participation in military conflict, or a coach might in cutting hard working athletes from their team.
The abuser of loosh, in contrast, views every matter as an opportunity to punish those whom would dare defy their virtuous insistence. They justify their darkcraft through the quo facto malo ‘sins’ of their victims.
But there are those in society who do find glee in their destructive handiwork. Those who pose in costumes of virtue and science, deny the injurious ramifications of their work, and readily wallow inside the opportunity to harm political opponents for material, clout, or even spiritual gain. They will speak often of ‘cost-benefit analysis’, yet not having taken the first step in, nor even knowing how to professionally conduct one. They speak often of ‘justice’ and ‘equity’, yet we observe that things get substantially worse under their rule.
They set up illegal collusion between media and government which actively censored Americans who dissented. Once authors of myriad a brazen book and song, they abandoned those ethics when push came to shove, cowering in the presence of Narrative, and celebrating harm to those who refused to obsess over their quod fieri final solution. As for me, they entered my property and threatened my family because I issued an early warning and dared to examine the data before falling for their jackboot shtick. Lamentum exempla:
When the victims of their work speak up, loosh addicts deny there are any victims at all, and hide from the responsibility to justify their actions before a broad audience of at-risk stakeholders (their victims). They crave power, virtue, and the spoils of deception with a sadistic glee. We lay witness to their horrific rhetoric on Twitter over the last four years. Currently, as we assess the substantial increase in global excess mortality, reaching tens of millions, all critically since the implementation of the Covid-19 mRNA vaccines – there exists only widespread silence, ridicule, and denial from loosh-motivated power holders. The low 2% vaccine uptake serves as a clear indication of the public’s skepticism toward the vaccines, reflecting it as a recognized issue among Americans.
The Covid-19 mRNA vaccine was not the result of sound strategy or science – it was a profit-motivated and unsound action called quod fieri. It was a symbolic and untested act of fecklessness and harm. We risked killing millions of heavily older political opponents, as it turned out, for no gain in terms of lives saved whatsoever.
The fake actors who drove the solution found joy and fulfillment in causing harm to those they hate. They were spiritually unaccountable.
Such is the nature of loosh. This is indeed a spiritual problem, an obfuscated one, which has nothing to do with the fact that our realm involves tough and painful decisions, as exemplified by my retailer strategy story above. In contrast, loosh involves the instinctive outpouring of a corrupted soul – one addicted to its powerful energy and compensation. It is the absence of faith.
Loosh (and its Resulting Lycurgian Insanity)
A lower spiritual form of value exchange. The opposite of faith. A spiritual intoxicant/currency derived from the acute suffering of higher sentience beings, including and especially those who are human or of an unblemished, young or innocent nature. The addictive essence which is derived from a blood sacrifice, broad scale destitution, war, pandemic, and/or sexual exploitation, which imparts a temporary rush in its abuser, mistakenly perceived as spiritual power. A currency or wage which is doled out among those who have unwisely addicted themselves to it, which is used to control and direct the actions of an addicted dark hierarchy.
An intoxicating and addictive spiritual ambrosia – distilled from tapping into the potential difference between two realms – by means of an abused and captive innocent. This intoxicant produces a spiritual insanity in its abuser, anesthetizing and blinding them to their own encroaching darkness.
Darkness, possessing no means of its own, must abduct and abuse unwitting sources of light in order to derive a corrupted form of the power thereof. Chronic abuse of such wrongfully acquired assets transforms the participant into a self-fashioned deity, standing in defiance of matters of faith or knowledge and succumbing to the ensuing madness.
The astute ethical skeptic will take note that the exploitation of loosh by its Lycurgian insanity controllers and dark hierarchy of sycophants is critically founded upon the spiritual captivity, tallying of sins (a demonic proclivity), and existential ignorance of both major religions and secular/atheistic nihilism. In this, ignorance on the part of the victims is absolutely essential. Both of these philosophy groups therefore suffer the same delusions and impart the same result, ignorance – as unwitting allies in this overall theater of the absurd.
The Ethical Skeptic, “What is Loosh”; The Ethical Skeptic, WordPress, 24 Nov 2023; Web, https://theethicalskeptic.com/?p=76710