Feature Submission authored by Romuald Simeone and Chiara Simeone-DiFrancesco, Ph.D.

Each of us daily, yearly unwittingly write our own memoir-ed autobiography on diary pages and stage-of-growth chapters

As I gaze out at my audience or visualize those clicking onto my website. My eyes see not just the people present, but a metaphoric crowd of “human books”. They are all bound in identical covers listed under “human species” and are indexed by “auto-bio authored”. And so it is with any and all of the 8-9 billions inhabiting home-earth today and those of ages past. Yes, each of us daily, yearly unwittingly write our own memoir-ed autobiography on diary pages and stage-of-growth chapters what we culturally receive, believe and act on….what we experience, endure, accept, reject and make us to be what we are today. Each bio-book you are, contains stage-of- life chapters with common and distinct positive and negative experiential circumstances that are etched in your conscious and unconscious memory files. What a complex story each of you can narrate! If each significant event undergone were printed in factual detail and the effect it made in your life, it would produce a veritable encyclopedia of information running the entire gamut of human experience and circumstance, even to the author’s surprise!

What a complex story each of you can narrate!

I have noted a phenomenon that seems stranger yet. The predominant plots that interweave the warp and woof of every human bio are a dual complexity that patterns every human life, one of material-physical content and the other of the spiritual-rational. In each stage of life each circumstantial experience and each mode of action gives us indefinite applications and effects that make each person as distinct as a unique subspecies. One’s Humanness of common faculties of rational animal with all that entails of needs and rights is universal and constant in all… a unity that is designed to fit all in peaceful possession and mutual recognition.

But one’s variables, the experiences and circumstances of multi-relational contacts and effects are personal and not applicable to all…. Diversity is only applicable to individuals and as such may clash against the whole.

To elucidate: the above distinction presents foundational information to understand the Nature of Morality. Human Morality must be a Universal-Relational Law of Moral Behavior, inherent in the spiritual-rational elements in humanity and as constant to the species as the Laws of Physics apply to all material elements. Since it is substantive it cannot be self-generated by the species itself but must be placed by the Designing Being that patterned its nature and goals.

The Human has in its nature (essence) the faculty of free-will Choice. This is unique in all observable essences, the ability to reverse the predominance of one’s common spiritual-goaled rational Humanness for unity of peaceful relationship. There can be no common morality in chosen diversity. Its prioritizing only belongs to the experiential and circumstantial.

There can be no common morality in chosen diversity.

This distinction marks the two principal ways of life’s mold-models. These two influence and determine the past present and future formation of every individual in every human generation. See how these two modes factually blend yet vie for supremacy in the molding of each human life bio, including your own. We can metaphorically speak of these in one’s personal book of life as what defines oneself. Together they accent the reason for existence, one’s way of life.

Back to your Bio-Book. It is always an ACTION BOOK OF LIFE -yours. But which way of Life’s Mold-Models does it fit? In a word… there are BASIC TWO WAYS OF LIFE…

ONE: THE SECULARIST MODEL:

  • defined by the here and now; the one of time limits marked only by dates (b. 1995, d.2045).
  • defined by cultural compliance like identical coins stamped with a different date… created and controlled by the role-makers of the era.
  • defined by solely idiosyncratic decision &choice… Present Secularism… under many names like Modernism etc, basically self-centered atheist, agnostic, Gnostic, humanist, illuminist, evolutionary, etc. …mandated & implemented by those in self-centered, self-choice determining, self-interpreting of one’s cultural system… whether political, national, educational, social, moral, or personal. These control and relate to one’s specific place of habitation and time.

TWO: THE ONE THAT RESTS ON THE SUBSTANTIVE NATURE OF THE HUMAN:

  • that pre-determined by Nature and its Designer
  • that which joins the animal/rational/moral/relational.
  • that based on fulfilling of Needs’ systems that are universal/equal in the species, and filled according to design to attain common ends.

Practical Exercise:
Look into each Chapter of your Bio-Book and discover who you were/are… Who, why and to what extent were you effected by others’ Wants and Needs?

Deliberately re-parent oneself

Continue your Bio-Book and like a new re-born child deliberately re-parent oneself. Deliberately follow not the physical model of existential animal-want instinctive existence and life-style, but by giving priority to the substantive rational/mindful Spirit element and model. That is, to think, judge and behaviorally act according to universal nature-conforming reality that is validated by attaining a human’s natural goal, limiting physical/animal goals in balanced subservience. Re-write by experiential modeling a more desirable narrative. It takes maturity to experientially evaluate in order to re-form unto completion. Only then can the Bio-Book be worthy of healthy adult accomplishment and determine one own life a memorable legacy worth the living, and a life fulfilled. .

Your Final Chapter: The best self-help Book, the most successful well-monitored for the seeking and needy, with added personal tutoring and modeling is the New Testament. Get Jesus-centered help that is given by teaching and modeling throughout His Bio on every page and every circumstantial variation. Go to Jesus and try His way and life. Read His Father’s Book, exposing the oxymoronic contradiction of “pre-existent matter” and of His placing of universal Morality of Conscience, the conviction of good and evil in the human brain, and the division-clashes in human history when conscience is denied.

Note that all who follow Jesus’ Image of Word and Model always improve their own book-bio even when it is done imperfectly and partial. It becomes a new bio that even God delights to read… your eternal Book of Life!

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