4.20, From Moral Investment to Moral Prosperity

All good things (down here on this ole’ clod) must come to an end. Speculations on what goes on after or above I leave to the theologians. They claim expertise there. The Puritanical Libertarian desires to use speech for what speech can handle: limit, shape, particularity, individuality.

Listen to Pascal (who the Puritanical Libertarian trusts): “Infinite–Nothing.–Our soul is cast into a body, where it finds number, time, dimension. Thereupon it reasons, and calls this nature, necessity, and can believe nothing else. Unity joined to infinity adds nothing to id, no more than one foot to an infininite measure. The finite is annihilated in the presence of the infinite, and becomes a pure nothing. From Thoughts (Pensees).

The unspeakable is not thereby unreal. Unspeakability is not evidentness of unreality. While it is true that that which is unreal is unspeakable in the deepest sense. It is also true that the deepest reality, the most real, is unspeakable. It does not follow that because sun is yellow and banana is yellow that banana is sun. Neither does it follow that because unreality is unspeakable and deep reality is unspeakable that deep reality is unreality. Onward.

Speaking is best seen as a beginning. Words will continue to flow here regularly from the mouth of the Puritanical Libertarian. But most of his life, if it is real, is not in words. Most of his life is in the silent action. It must be. Woe to he who gets lost in words and takes words for things. Woe to he who thinks you get in the best club merely by reading, or mere believing divorced from action (this is faith without works), or with the secret handshake or the code word (saying the right thing).

What is much more real than saying is doing. Producing is eventually most real in the doing. It matters not what the Puritanical Libertarian says. What matters most is what he does. And this is hidden from you dear reader. Thus, you know not whether to take what is written seriously. Maybe, maybe, if the words approximate any logos or dharma of shamayin then they can begin to have a kind of instrinsic or intuitive reality. Maybe. But to the mind of the Puritanical Libertarian the reality and meaningfulness of the words is ultimately found in the instantiation of the words in a life and ultimately in the soul and its characteristic manifestations over time.

The truth is that, ultimately, the Puritanical Libertarian writes for himself. He speaks to himself. He calls to himself. He demands of himself. He works out for himself. He analyzes, weighs, sifts, pursues, distinguishes, and expresses for himself. He is both rhetor and audience. That anyone else gives time or energy is second even if good. There is one who always reads the Puritanical Libertarian, and that is the Puritanical Libertarian. It is he who has been given the care of him.

To any who read: it is you who has been given the care of you. It is you who must either take up the call of production or not. It is you who must labor, rest well, consume less than is produced, choose increasing independence over dependence, accept responsibility for this one that is given to you or not. It is you who must choose without choosing to take responsibility for choice or choose while choosing responsibility for each choice.

It is a strange dialogue in the soul to excuse the activity of he who is active while being the only one around who is to doing the choosing and acting. The explicit and repetitious reminder that the Puritanical Libertarian gives to himself is that he find himself HERE NOW and is the only one who can decide how to respond to the HERE NOW. We have spent the series of posts (4.1-19) reflecting on the importance of production, the importance specifically of moral production, the nature of virtue, the pitfalls to watch out for, and then we have tried to inspire the Puritanical Libertarian to persistently stick with it.

The posts will return to attention on worldly matters: bodies, property, economics, coercion, theft, assault, liberty, oppression. But the Puritanical Libertarian hopes that the reader will not forget the underlying superiority of moral production over material production. By emphasizing the latter material realm the Puritanical Libertarian does not mean to forget the far more superior spiritual realm.


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Anonymously interested in grasping the good life.

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