27. Samples from educational truths previously published by Fr Venzara (1990 - 1995)
Why the moral education is not the priority for the state power?
Moral is more important than the power, money and economics
(Sample texts have been abridged and verbally clarified).
If there is a fault in a matrix, all its imprints copy the same fault. In this regard, Jiří Suchý said the following: "A crooked stick casts a crooked shadow. Do not try to make the shadow straight." The role of a matrix in the life of people and their organisations is represented by our worldview, i.e. ideology, which is the highest control system in every one of us. The most important part of each worldview is its morality that decides the value of the respective worldview. If the morality is wrong, so is the worldview and consequently all the thoughts, emotions, words and acts of people and organisations. Wrong, i.e. crooked morality is morality that is at variance with scientific morality according to the natural moral law (hereinafter the ML). Morality cannot be deduced from the relationship of man towards means of production.
The knowledge and compliance with the ML is known as human wisdom which is identical with the term moral health. Already the Jewish Old Testament knew that he who hates wisdom, loves death and that wisdom cannot fit an evil minded mind and that knowledge and compliance with the ML is much more precious for man than silver or gold and that a great number of wise men represents the salvation of the world. (5 January 1990)
Why Are We at the Threshold of a Moral Revolution?
The major humanist Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) wrote about a moral revolution as follows: „A new renaissance (rebirth) must happen, on a much larger scale than the one in the Middle Ages which was our starting point: a major renaissance period during which the humankind finds out that ethics is the highest truth and purposefulness liberating them from the poor society image they are ploughing through.“ The major American sociologist L Berger commented upon the matter similarly in 1977: „I believe that somewhere, in a not very far future, there could be a major reaction leading to something which might have the character of religious regeneration. I cannot tell you when and I cannot tell you which form it will take. It might even be something completely outside religion.“ (13 January 1990)
To make people better - Czech writer Josef Holeček (1853-1923)
On one nice day the humankind will open its eyes and understand that it has been led astray and that it must return to the oldest teachers of morality and to the oldest models of nobleness. How lucky would that be if it was the Czech nation that was the first one to awaken to save itself and others.
A well organised society, either narrow or wide, a family, just like a state, must have characters within. They are the pillars holding the structure, they are the clamps holding it together and preventing a breakdown and collapse. A society without characters is decaying, a society rich in characters prospers, it develops and flourishes. Therefore the most important job of any educator in the nation is to teach young citizens to have character.
(19 January 1990)
On Two Components in Human Freedom
The first component is the freedom of choice that is given by sanity of man. It is closely connected to decision making and the power represented by the worldview and own hierarchy of values. It grows bigger with a bigger number of options and grows smaller with a lesser number of options, both inside man and outside. Another component is a factual example, the ideal of freedom, embodied in the natural moral law (hereinafter the ML), known as the law of wisdom and love (i.e. life for others). As part of the freedom of choice, man can choose his ideals and not the ML, but its opposite - immorality. It depends on one´s intelligence, education but also fate. Only the ML is the source of healthy thinking, feeling and actions. Complete freedom, independence, does not exist. Man has always been and always will be dependent on someone or something. It is just a matter of making the choice and selecting the right type of dependency in terms of the ML, not in terms of one´s initial and often misleading ideas about happiness. If one wants to get into the realm of freedom, in religious terminology into the kingdom of God, one has to start a journey leading to the ML, and one must overcome any obstacles that might come in one´s way, and not to steer away from the ML which would lead into immorality and unlawfulness. By making the right choice, man implements his selected ideal of freedom and he gradually identifies with this ideal.
If you have not done it yet, get connected with your ML! Reaching our freedom is the meaning of human life! (27. 1. 1990)
Is Freedom Recognised Necessity?
The opinion of the Dutch philosopher Barucha Spinoza (1632-1677) that freedom is recognised necessity (i.e. voluntary obedience) is correct if the necessity means the ML. It is not correct if necessity means necessity invoked by human power whose worldview is infected with immorality, and therefore it is wrong.
The existence of one ML is determined by nature and there is no other choice, unless we want to revolt against nature; it is recognised necessity. (2/2/1990.)
To Make People Better
If man wants to become better, and it is is the meaning of human life, that´s why we are born, man should learn and voluntarily respect in his life natural moral law (ML), human power and the spiritual and material standards that are subjected to this moral law. As part of the freedom of choice, man can violate the ML, but not without punishment. It is only rarely that punishment comes immediately, and therefore so many come to a false conclusion that the ML does not exist and that the most important thing in our lives is not the truth, but having enough power or being clever. Even if human power controlled all people on Earth, still it could not supplement the ML with its own laws and it would not be able to avoid the consequences of violating the MC. Therefore, sooner o later the truth would still rightfully prevail. When do we get to understand this? (9 February 1990)
Civic Education is One of the Most Important Subjects Taught
Why were we born? Our teacher and donor of the Philadelphian culture worldview, Alma Excelsior (1887-1956) answers as follows: Man did not come to the world to eat and indulge in sensual delights, but to develop through service to neighbour and God.
In the school of live we should wisely educate ourselves and others by suitable instructions, and mainly by personal example. Thinking is the most important part of man as from thinking arises human power which is only as good or bad as is one´s thinking and it is reflected in one´s worldview. Man´s worldview (ideology) is the highest control system, superior to our nervous system (CNS), to our system of endocrine glands and our immune system which develops positively or negatively in accordance with positive or negative spiritual and moral development of man. Our teacher of nations (J A Komenský) commented on the matter saying that neglecting education leads to the destruction of individuals, families, nations and states. Wise education should be the priority of each man, family, school, media (news, radio, television), society, state and religion. Human power which denies the existence of Law (where there is Law there is a Lawmaker) and the worldview built on the law, i.e. a universal worldview of pure democracy, is inevitably heading towards symptoms of crises, to the decay of moral health, to symptoms of economic crises, to supplementing for happiness, towards bullying, criminality, totality and wars. The priority must be the rule of a wise worldview in the heads of as many people as possible, mainly teachers, and in particular civics teachers.
Platon, who taught that education is a political task, that to rule means to educate, would probably agree with the opinion that when state power caused a worse moral health of the society, it is again up to the new state power to rectify this worsening of the society.
The idea of obsolete moral rules, and that compliance with these rules represents an obstacle to the independent search for human happiness, is quite false. It is exactly the observance of standards of Law, that are not aging, which enables the highest forms of happiness. The deceptive view of obsolete standards of morality was supported by the media by spreading opinions about "morally obsolete computers, cars etc." (22 September 2002)
SPMZ petition dated 29.11.2002 - On the Idea of Czech Statehood
The above stated petition was addressed to the Czech National Council for the attention of its Chair, Milan Uhde, and proposed that the future Constitution of the Czech Republic, should include the following sentence: „Citizens and state power are obliged to prevent all damages, in particular concerning health education, both moral and physical, in accordance with good morals derived from the natural moral law (ML).“
Immorality, i.e. violation of the ML (either knowingly or due to ignorance of the ML) can be regarded as the biggest enemy of the healthy development of citizens, families and the state. Wise power which is moral and intelligent (as opposed to powers which are always blind, even compared to "only" intelligent power) attempts to prevent damages in all areas of human life. The prerequisite of this prevention is a healthy worldview that is aware of the fact that human powers are not the supreme intelligence in the universe and that man and its powers form an integral part of nature and it is the power of nature that is the Lawmaker of all laws of nature, in particular the ML, that has been the most fundamental safety and health standard valid in the human realm since long ago. The consequences of breach of the ML (usually justified by the fact that it is in the interest and for the benefit of the society) are well known from the past and the present.
Our current note: A two day conference on the Idea of Czech Statehood, organised by the Citizen´s Institute, at Prague Castle in Míčovna ended on Sunday 25.10.1992. We learnt from the radio that the concept of state, as the guarantor of moral development of its citizens, was challenged with the concept of civic state. The concept of state, being the guarantor of moral development of its citizens, is in accordance with the opinion of the World Health Organisation at UNO that says that the government is responsible for the health of its citizens. However, the concept of the civic state won.
Reaching the Objective in an Honest Way
Alena Hromádková, MEng, a member of the preparatory committee of the Democratic Union commented on the most important clause of the DEU agenda as follows: „Only the will to renew the best European (i.e. Christian) traditions can, in my opinion, lead to prosperity of public and personal matters. Similarly, Václav Klaus said in his New Year speech in 1993: „An independent Czech state starts to exist and it is only up to us what we are going to invest into the state. ...And last but not least: This is the start of spiritual regeneration of the Czech society as it returns to European traditions. In particular, the Christian tradition in the broadest sense of the term possible." (MF Dnes dated 4. 1. 1993. Our current note: This third clause of the agenda has not started to be implemented as of today, i.e. March 2012). The government in England came up with a slogan for a similar programme, ´back to basics´, i.e return to the foundations of human morality. The following ancient quotations have the same objective which is still not being fulfilled: „To rule means to educate“ (Confucius). „Only through honest and righteous deeds, not deceit and evil, people can reach their goal. Only such action is beneficial to man, which is fair.“ (M T Cicero) The state led by TGM has been successful in this regard, and we quote from some of TGM´s life opinions that might be suitable for the DEU programme: „No state will survive if it violates the fundamentals of morality. I don't believe that necessary reform can be purely economic. Moral reform of opinion has to be carried out simultaneously. I have never been an atheist, because there hasn't been one day when I would not think of God. I repeat - Jesus, not Caesar is the sense of our history and democracy.“ (ČD 23. 3. 2003)
Our current note: each breach of Law causes self-destruction of everything that has been gained dishonourably, i.e. against the Law. It is only a matter of time when this self-destruction shows at a convenient time, according to the will of spiritual Guardians of the Law. The freedom of choice to be at variance with Law is part of the school of life which teaches us to learn and acknowledge existence of Law and the Lawmaker on the basis of our own life experience.
On Morality of the Market
Václav Klaus in his article entitled Cynicism or Ethics of the Market? published in the Český deník periodical on 17 September 1993 wrote the following: „I would like to emphasise my deepest conviction that the market spontaneously creates its ethics which is in accordance with the general ideas of the overwhelming majority of people about morality and decency in human relationships. What is important is the fact that these are relationships between people that are cultivated „from below“, by themselves, and not relationships implanted from „above“ by the moralising and in fact non-democratic elite. If we can understand the basics, laws and rules of the market well, we will understand that it has its ethics and that this ethics can be measured against any other externally implanted and postulated moral principles and values. “
I would like to add an opinion to the quotes cited above which is based on the existence of the natural moral law which is the only source of moral standards for the whole human realm. This law is valid both for the market and all other types of human activities, in particular family relationships, relationships at work, relationships of citizens and the state power, domestic and international relationships, and sporting relationships.
Each man gradually creates its own worldview and a moral system forms its integral part. The moral system can come near or shift away from the ideal of moral law. If human morals come near their ideals predestined by the nature, we can speak of remoralisation. If they shift away, we speak of demoralisation. The market can only spontaneously mirror the standards of market participants. The same applies to politics. The most important task of all state powers should be to create conditions for remoralisation of all market participants, and also participants to all other types of human lives. (Český deník 19. 10. 1993)
Who Are We?
The life on Earth is demonstrated in three realms: the realms of plants, animals and humans. Humans have fully detached themselves from the animal realm (our current note: not through evolution from monkeys!) roughly 12 000 years ago when spiritual self-conscientious principles, known also as the higher Me, gradually descended into the physical human bodies from a higher spiritual sphere. This extraordinarily important milestone in the development of the human kind is described in the Bible as expelling Adam and Eva from Paradise. The sudden end of the last Ice Age also dates back to this era.
The most important condition for changing one´s life journey, which regularly leads people to crises, human tragedies and turns people into brutes who are guided by the sick opinion that the end justifies the means which results in criminal activities, is the knowledge that human power given to every one of us by nature is not the supreme power on Earth, or in the universe and cosmos, but it is secondary to the intelligent power of the universe and nature that are our primeval parents. Blind forces of even the entire Galaxy, that operate randomly, cannot give to man something which they do not have or cannot know: intelligent power. Human power is then subjected to the will of our Parents demonstrated in the natural law of Wisdom and spiritual Love, the basis of Ten Commandments. The contents of this natural moral law (abbreviated ML) can be briefly summarised as follows: Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself. The ML is the best basis to all healthy worldviews. We can find it in Christianity that gave foundations to European culture we have come from. Human power, that either knowingly or unknowingly goes into revolt against the powers of the universe and nature, has no hope of success. (3/1994)
There is No Law Without Morals
JUDr Milan Hulík poses the following question in his article: „Should judges rule in accordance with the law or their morals?" The correct answer to this question can be found in the book by JUDr B. Ečera The Nurnberg Trial: „There is no law without morals. Law, that unbinds itself from its source, dries out, starts dying or it changes into the opposite of law." The same words were said about the relationship between morality and law by the Russian philosopher Vladimír Solovjev: „Law is the minimum morality."
If the judges, citizens and representatives of the state power think that human law is more, that it is more important than the moral law, which is derived from the natural moral law from which all human moral standards are derived from, it is tragic. The bigger the deviation from the standards of the moral law, the less we can talk about a democratic legal state, about justice, safety, trust and healthy relationships and honest economics. (ČD dated 29. 3. 1994)
On Power and the Forces of Nature and Humans
All forces have one thing in common, they are blind. They only obey the laws of nature and the one who is controlling them. Apart from material forces there are also immaterial, spiritual forces. At the times of Adam and Eve, humans were given from the Supreme and Mightiest Intelligence (SMI) some of its intelligent power which helps people to create their own worldviews with their objectives, both significant and insignificant, and a choice of means how to implement these objectives. This power helps humans to learn the secrets and laws of nature and the universe. The superiority of the SMI to human intelligence can be shown using the example of a radar that was created by the HMI, probably fifty million years ago, in dolphins whilst it took the human intelligence until 1942 to come up with a radar in England. The radar helped the English to win the Battle of England, that was decided in the air, in the Second World War. The animal realm has not received intelligent power from the SMI as it is still one cosmic development level lower than the human realm. Therefore, animals cannot use speech and writing, but only signals, either sound or chemical ones. The SMI ensured that animals act in accordance with nature thanks to their inherent impulses and instincts. The area of instincts in humans usually contains all those things that obstruct humans in their healthy life and development. The ideal for correct thinking, feeling, words and acts of man has been embodied by the SMI in the natural law of Wisdom and Love which is also called the moral law (ML). The implementation of this ideal by humans is not only a task given by the SMI but also the main meaning of human life on Earth. Man should be coming nearer its ideal until he conquer his instincts and becomes more spiritual. The ML controls three components: Wisdom, Love and Justice. These components are also contained in the kingdom of heaven which Jesus promised to all people who will accept his learning and become his disciples, friends and co-workers. The SMI is called by people God, the Lord, the Creator, the Designer, the Builder, the Keeper - of the universe and the life within The SMI is also called the Lawmaker, the King of Kings, the Judge. In Bible, Psalm 68, it is written: „The God of Israel gives power and strength to his people… Blessed be God!“
As man consists of two substances, the more important spiritual substance which gives life to the physical substance, every day man needs to get energy for his physical body from food to maintain a healthy life and development but he must also accept the spiritual energy for his spiritual body. The main part of one´s spiritual energy is drawn when deeply asleep directly from spiritual worlds. A complete lack of sleep leads to death much quicker than a complete lack of food. There is also the possibility to draw spiritual energy from words, either spoken or written when fully conscious. But first the energy must be put into the words by someone. Therefore, we can read in the Bible that man does not live by bread alone but but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord. This word, mediated by especially spiritually advanced people, who have been called the seeing ones, or prophets, and later apostles, can be found in the Bible. Spiritual energy can also be accepted through breathing. If man disables himself from receiving this energy knowingly by having an incorrect worldview, by his materialism, egoism and consumer lifestyle, this leads to spiritual starvation and undernourishment which is more dangerous than undernourishment and starvation of the physical body. A branch which loses connection with its parent branch faces a bad end. ( Jihomoravské necenzurované noviny/South Moravian non-censored newspaper no. 04/1994)
On Being Responsible for Using Power
At the European cultural colloquium, that took part in Prague from 6 to 11 September 1993 under the slogan "Truth Will Liberate Us", President Václav Havel said: „It was typical for the system (and in a way this was so devilish about it) that it systematically spread responsibility for general matters onto everyone. As if it sucked in everybody and made them responsible - it forced them to be silent, it forced them to manifest, it forced them to go to vote etc. The fact that the responsibility was spread over the whole society, the system, to a certain extent, got away from being responsible itself" (quoted from the article Truth and Lie Are Double Sided published in the Lidová demokracie newspaper on 17.9.1993). The following is a quote from Václav Havel´s book From Various Parties: „For Pavel Wonka. We are saying goodbye to a young man who devoted his life to one single goal: to a fight which he called a fight for legal culture....Not only the indifferent and numb judges, procurators and demoralised prison wardens bear responsibility for Pavel´s death. The whole society bears its share of responsibility as it allowed a decay of legal culture and honouring human individuals. Each of us bears their share. And it is up to each of us to reinforce our efforts to advocate the victory of truth and law in a way adequate to our means and abilities - face to face with this victim."
Mainly it is essential to state that in February 1948 the communist system took over the entire state power and along with the power it accepted the responsibility for the results of using or abusing this power. The power very systematically distributed the co-responsibility for abusing the power and it was the non-scientific ideology of the power, the unhealthy dependency on the ruling power and the demoralisation which affected all areas of human life. Václav Havel, in his book The Human Identity, wrote about the possibility of the controlled to interfere with public affairs against the will of the ruling power: „The conflict of an individual and the social power cannot end differently than by the defeat of the isolated individual.“ Marián Čalfa, the Prime Minister of the Federal Government of Czechoslovakia commented on the matter in a similar manner: „If there was one thing where the state power operated efficiently it was in the way how it managed to walk over people." (Lidové noviny dated 11. 7. 1990). The controlled society had no participation in the political power, only selected people who were entrusted with some of the power participated and along with the participation came relevant responsibilities. In addition, there were organisers, instructors and helpers who were collaborating with the state power.
Just like when a man rapes a woman, the man cannot transfer part of his responsibility onto his victim only because the victim did not defend herself enough, or at all since the man was armed, threatened to kill her and the woman knew that he was capable of anything - this is exactly the same when citizens are politically raped and their natural human rights are raped by the totalitarian state power.
Responsibility of the controlled still existed but only for using their own power with regard to the natural moral law (ML) which was mentioned by the representative of France, Champetier de Ribes, during the Nurnberg trial: „By proclaiming collective organisations to be criminals, by officially reminding the world that there is moral law above the arbitrariness of individuals and governments, which is binding both for public officials and private individuals, for nations and individuals, and that it is a crime to breach this law, your judgment will significantly enable the major work of universal pacification.“ In this law it is also valid that ignorance of the law is no excuse. By complying or not complying with this law, people prepare better or worse fates for themselves. And if there is law, there is also the Lawmaker. (Necenzurované noviny - 4/94)
Via lucis - The way of light
The book, The Way of Light, was written by J A Komenský (1592-1670) in England.
The way of light is still sought after, i.e. a sophisticated search in the coming twilight of the world to successfully spread the light of reason and wisdom in the minds of all people and in all nations. If we provide general luminance to minds when we will all correctly see true goodness and learn that everything that is under heaven is, or should be subordinated to heaven (unless it is going to disappear and vanish), the minds will endeavour to strive for goodness and avoid conflicting evil. Light is eternal, i.e. it is the brightness inaccessible to human senses where God resides. The external light is the brightness perceived by physical eyes. The internal light is the brightness ignited in the minds of sensible beings, it illuminates and guides the mind on its journey. Darkness in itself is nothing else than a state without light. Light has the power to deter darkness, not the other way round. Darkness has no power to deter light. A source of light is also human spirit, shining with innate terms. Law is also light. Where there is no light, darkness takes its fixed position as in deep underground caves. The same goes for minds where there is no recognition of matters and the minds are ruled by ignorance. If something turns away from light, it covers itself in darkness. A bull, that has turned away from the Sun, has its shadow right in front of him. And the same applies to brain that turns away from things and in self-seeking ignorance it creates shadows of visions instead of learning the true nature of things. Shadows and darkness pretend to be of a factual and positive nature, but they are not. The better the nature presents itself, the more shines the nobleness of the Creator. Devil will keep on trying to ensure that people cannot tell goodness from evil, and to make people think that goodness is evil and evil is goodness in order to be willing to be tied down with the chains of ignorance. The situation of a state or religion, whose safety depends on ignorance and slavery of its subjects, must be dire! A true religion and state establishment (which we wish for the whole world) are light, they are secure because of the light, not darkness. There really is nothing more sure that the fact that if we let the young run wild as it has been the case till now, their minds will be occupied with idle matters. The only hope for a better world is educating the young generation when it is still unspoilt and accessible to be formed and reformed. It is in the public interest not to have lazy and prying people growing up in the society as they could later bring on its destruction. As we all know if we do not entrust somebody with things personally, nobody looks after things, and if all care for them, there is confusion.
Go back! From dispersion to unity, from confusion to order, from assumptions to truth, from circumflexes of matters to their centres, from us own and from the human kind to God! The overall result of spreading light will be a general peace, harmony, a thousand year old empire of well-being and goodness as darkness, poverty and evil will be banished from the world. (Jihomoravské NN 07/1994)
Sadílková Presents No Threat to Her Close Ones
Only a judge, dependant on natural moral Law, not the non- democratic state power, can make a just judgment if there are objective conditions for committing a citizen into a mental institution. (ČD 2. 8. 1994)
On Bullet Proof Comrades
If an independent journalist points out a serious flaw and nothing happens, one can conclude that the person at fault was acting in accordance with the interests of his superiors, or this person belongs to an interest group whom he serves. In the past such comrades, who were at fault, used to be called bullet-proof.
In this context, we can state the following Christian inspirations from the Bible: Who is going the way of integrity, he will be in my service. Every morning I will silence all the wicked of the earth, and so cut off from the Lord of all perpetrators of wickedness. (the words of King David, Psalm 101) ) (ČD 8. 8. 1994)
The Main Thing is the Moral Law
Each ideology following its goals and choosing its methods to reach these goals is only as true (healthy, direct) as it complies with the natural moral law (hereinafter the ML), all human power, programmed and given to people by the power of nature, is subjected to this moral law. It can be said that ideology decides the fate of people and people decide if one or the other ideology becomes rooted in themselves or in the society.
Each constitution is only an articulated contents of one or the other ideology. The socialist constitution clearly stated which ideology to follow. The constitution of the Czech Republic is in this regard a bit hazy, pursuant to Article 2 paragraph (1) of the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms: „The state is founded on democratic values and may not be bound either by an exclusive ideology nor religion. " We know that democratic values in the society can have different contents. Which ideologies are exclusive and which are non-exclusive, i.e. non-party? Why did the October 1992 Conference on the Idea of Czech Statehood in Prague refuse the concept of state as the guarantor of moral development of its citizens and gave preference to the concept of a civic society which is unclear from the context point of view? (ČD 6 September 1994)
On Crooked and Direct Ideologies and People
From the very beginning of his existence, the new man on Earth started to create his own worldview and ideology. Figuratively speaking, one man´s life journey is demarcated with a crooked black wall on his left hand side and a direct white wall on his right hand side. From the start man adopts the ideology of his closest surroundings, from his parents, but when growing up, man often forms his own different worldview on the basis of his life experience and innate nature. Usually, new people stop somewhere half way through their journey. Some people search for their ideology and go from one wall to the other, and in a time they find which wall feels better for them. The left part of the life journey is more comfortable and brings more material advantages, but it is against the laws of nature and finally, pilgrims are taken to the realm of evil. The right part of the life journey brings pilgrims to the realm (kingdom) of good, truth, tolerance, peace and good will.
The word "ideology" is of new age origins. The word path or journey, as we can see in the Bible, were used in the old times, and a crooked life journey was called the journey of death and the direct life journey was called the journey of life. All people create different mixtures of both of these journeys, and we can state that there are not two people on Earth who would share the same ideology. In particular, in politics ideology (and programmes of political parties derived from this ideology) can be divided into the left wing, centre and the right wing ideology.
The history of humankind tells a story of fighting ideologies, crooked people fighting direct people. A long time ago the fight would have been won by the left system, if it was not for the rules of nature, known as human moral laws, that are binding for all human power. A breaching experiment will show that breaching inherent laws by people brings results and that man can never enforce his rights against the truth of nature. An insufficient reflection of moral standards in human beings is the main reason of bankruptcy of left ideologies, systems and journeys. (…)
If people sacrificed to gods to be given a son, Diogenes said: „And for what he shall be, you will not sacrifice? “ It is the same with democracy. Democracy means ruling people. However, if people are ideologically crooked in their opinions, also the democracy will be crooked. The substance of democracy is not in having a free choice, but to be freed from immorality and when free to adhere to the moral rules of natures The Conference on the Idea of Czech Statehood, organised by the OI (Civic Institute) in Prague on 24 and 25 October 1992 voiced its opinion against the concept of state as the guarantor of moral development of the citizens of the state, and at variance with the truth of nature it preferred the neutral concept of the civic state. Therefore, it is the crooked, ill ideology which survives in the heads of many people and students, and not the direct, healthy and true ideology. Fractional and secondary changes of our economic system cannot turn the development of our society in the right direction. Bad spiritual and moral standards in people will, sooner or later, cause collapse of not only good economic systems, but also of the democracy itself.
The main prerequisite of opinion reform is understanding the truth that man is not the supreme intelligence power in the universe. It would be naive and irresponsible to assume that human power, programmed by nature, is not subject to the powers of nature. Therefore, the following four main elements apply to human power: rights, obligations, responsibility for using or abusing entrusted power, revenge, i.e. justice for using or abusing power. We must not forget that one should follow the orders of human moral standards than crooked orders of one´s superiors. Since the present is always the result of the past, the current situation clearly tells that the opinion reform should not be postponed any longer. It is not enough to speak about moral and spiritual regeneration, it is essential to make it a priority task of the state. (ČD 8 September 1994)
What Would TGM Say to Us Today
The ancient Greeks and Romans proclaimed that the foundations of any state is justice. It is not possible to run any state, any social organisation without the general acknowledgement of moral foundations of the state and politics. No state will survive if it violates the fundamentals of human morality. The state must serve a moral purpose. I do not believe in the omnipotence of political violence. Democracy is not only a political set up, but also and mainly a moral one. Our democracy has to be a permanent reform, permanent revolution, but revolution of heads and hearts. True democracy, based on love and respect for your neighbour, and all the neighbours, is implementation of God's order on Earth. Democracy is a permanent effort to educate citizenry as a whole. Where democracy has faults, we have to overcome them, but not to overcome democracy. All the educational progress has to serve the purpose of correction of manners and life. Erudition, doctoral exams and titles do not guarantee politeness, honesty or bravery.
I don't believe necessary reform can be purely economic. Moral reform of opinion has to be carried out simultaneously. If we turn from light towards darkness, from love to violence - we will go back to our grave, from where there will be no resurrection. Our regeneration must be the regeneration of our souls. The simple rule "Do not lie!" instructs us far more than all proclamations made to the nation and the homeland. Komenský´s work should make us understand that by educating the nation, we secure its future, and that education must have moral grounds. I truly hope that our nation will elevate itself to match the moral grounds of our great fellow countryman, prophet and teacher; all my efforts have always been directed towards this goal.
Bohemia has been from the Middle Ages one of the most cultured lands. Our famous past, our great past is still small in comparison to where we should be heading. We must finally find our own way, our - Czech - way. Humanity, pure humanity, is truly nothing more than the ideal of general brotherhood, the ideal of our Brethren, a truly Czech ideal. Humanity is only a newer word for the old term love try neighbour. I am a determined opponent of the materialistic view of the world. To live morally, that is the right worshipping of God. The task is to work on ourselves in order to become cultural human beings, who will be truly Czech, modern philosophers following the journey of our ancestors under the given conditions. (ČD 14 September 1994)
Morals Must Be Built By Example
The representative of legislative power in the Czech Republic, Milan Uhde, said the following: „In democracy, moral projects binding for the whole society are absolutely private matters. It is not possible to imagine that for example the government or a political party would announce a concept for moral regeneration of the society. I think that democracy is the opposite of totality which is full of big projects. Democracy in our country means that one can go to church, the other one can devote himself to charity, the third one can write poems and the fourth one does not give a dam about anything."
This quote only seemingly supports honest democracy based on good moral health of the representatives of state power and the citizens. In fact, it shifts the responsibility of state power to create conditions for improving the standard of moral health of the society, and improving the democracy itself, onto the society, and too use terminology of the past, the responsibility is moved onto the "people", i.e. onto no one in particular.
Just like the state power cannot regard the removal of consequences of natural disaster as a completely private matter, as a matter of the injured parties, the same applies to the natural disaster caused by the demoralisation of the society in the past decades.
Only the creation of moral health can be regarded as an absolutely private matter. Its standard cannot be decreed or forced from the outside, but it can be influenced either positively or negatively, in particular through education which forms an integral part of state and civil power.
Why the state power does not want to improve the moral health of the society, either in terms of organisation or finances, is justified by Milan Uhde by his argument that in this country democracy (i.e. the freedom to voice your opinions and act freely) excludes conditions for improving the standard of moral health of the society - apparently this would be the manifestation of a totalitarian regime. But can pacific educational activities, leading towards a better standard of health and better standard of democracy, be regarded as a manifestation of a totalitarian regime? Isn´t it a duty of all holders of power (state and private) to, within the scope of their power, to prevent a decay of moral health by taking the right actions, to prevent moral damages to health which usually precede mass material damages? (Our current note: including damages caused by criminality, in particular corruption. A long term educational tool available to all state powers is the ministry of education and culture). Educational activities should surely be services, and not in any case a tyranny or totalitarian ruling. Not very good spiritual and moral standards of people - regardless of the level of their education - breed criminality. Life practice has shown how easily private immorality goes with the immorality of representatives of the state power.
Democracies, where the state power tolerates low and decreasing standards of moral health, will inevitable over a period of time become formal democracies, usually equipped with a powerful and secret totalitarian power that does not have to take any notice of citizens rights and freedoms to satisfy its needs. (NN issue 07/95 dated 17 February 1995)
On Two Pillars of Democracy
Pursuant to the preamble of the Constitution of the Czech Republic, a democratic state is founded on respecting human rights (the first pillar) and on the principles of citizen society (the second pillar). The first pillar can be built by the holders of state power by embodying citizens´ rights into the law (in our case the constitutional act 23/91 of the Coll., the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms that has become part of the constitutional order of the Czech Republic and that should protect the citizen and his rights against the abuse of rights by the representatives of the state power). If President Havel stated in May 1994 that the Czech Republic was not a post-communist state, but a democracy as any other, this statement can only be related to the first pillar of democracy. T G Masaryk commented on the second pillar as follows: „Now that we have democracy, the only thing missing are some democrats.“ The contents of the second pillar was described by Václav Havel in his book Summer Reflections (Odeon, Prague 1991): „I am convinced that we will never built a legal and democratic state, if we are not concurrently going to build a state....that is human, moral, spiritual and cultural.“ This second pillar cannot be decreed or voted upon, its building is a completely private process which the state power can influence, either positively or negatively. Thanks to the ideology which did not acknowledge the existence of natural moral law the state power influenced the process of creating the second pillar of democracy in the countries of the former peace block only in the negative way.
Gorbachev said: „Democracy is a moral purge of the society, the rebirth of its moral health. We must thoroughly follow the journey of a spiritual and moral rebirth of the society.“ Similar words were used by Alexander Solženicyn: „If we do not learn to energetically subordinate our interests to moral imperatives, the human race will succumb to destruction.“ And T. G. Masaryk said: „Democracy is not only a political set up, but also and mainly a moral one. The state must serve a moral purpose."
The third moment which will predestine our future was named by Prime Minister Klaus in his New Year speech in 1993, it is not only the rebirth of fundamental rights and freedoms but also starting a spiritual regeneration of the Czech society on the basis of Christian traditions in the broadest sense of the term. And what do the readers of the Český týdeník (Czech Weekly) say to this? František Výmola in his letter in the ČD dated 16. 7. 1994 writes as follows: „The moral education of our young generation is seriously endangered due to the unfavourable standards of teaching and education. The last remnants of moral principles, the legacy of Christian education and the legacy of TGM, have left the sub consciousness of our people. Dr Jirásek from Prague wrote in the ČD newspaper of 19.5.1994: „The basic pillar of democracy is adhering to the rules of morality, decency and justice.“ Luděk Frýbort from Hannover, in his contribution to the ČD of 12. 11. 1994, disclosed the potential of human decency in the CR as 20 percent and in the western society as 70 percent.
According to the Czech Daily of 15 November 1994 the highest representative of the legislative power in the Czech Republic, Milan Uhde said the following: „In democracy, moral projects binding for the whole society are absolutely private matters. It is not possible to imagine that for example the government or a political party would announce a concept for moral regeneration of the society. I think that democracy is the opposite of totality which is full of big projects. Democracy in our country means that one can go to church, the other one can devote himself to charity, the third one can write poems and the fourth does not give a dam about anything." But can the assistance of state power, when serving the supreme interests of its people, be regarded as a sign of totalitarianism? Isn´t human freedom to choose one´s attitudes and actions only a starting point for the most important activity of humans ever, i.e. creation of the second pillar of democracy? (ČTD issue 21, 14.-16. March 1995)
Where Are We Up to With Our Morals?
Tomáš Ježek, the chair of the Budget Committee, used this headline and wrote an article on morality, i.e. the main pillar of democracy for the Lidové noviny newspaper (10.3.1995): „Our hope to regenerate morality, the lack of which we all feel quite badly, is based on institutional changes, we have made or we are finishing at the moment.“ This opinion reminds us of the socialist theory of morality being an upgrade of economic foundations. The origins of morality in humans are explained by Ježek as a fear of being punished by humans and God for doing something which is not allowed. This fear leads to a gradual creation of internal obstacles - morality. But positive characters are built differently - by a correct attitude of people to the natural moral law, known as human moral standards, or the Ten Commandments. Moral standards are mainly created through accepting the truth about the meaning of human life in accordance with moral law which is not dependant on the fact if the society is ruled by the market economy or socialist economy. Human character grows from compliance with these standards that is not forced from the outside. Human character is not your average decency or school education. (Our current note: Fear is the demonstration of the powers of darkness and it has nothing in common with proper, honest morality. Honest morality grows from Love /spiritual not sexual/, out of respect and love to the Lawmaker of all natural laws, including moral laws.)
Tomáš Ježek in his article, among others, poses the following question: „Why is our situation so bad?“ Because in the heads of many people it is the materialist ideology that survives and it is this ideology which cancelled moral standards and replaced them with human standards derived from the relationships of people towards means of production and towards power (moral is everything which helps to build socialism). This ideology became exclusive, non-scientific and destructive and over a period of time it rightly led to decay. Germany lost a war and had to rebuild itself from scratch but now it is one of the pillars of prospering democratic states mainly because of the fact that immediately after the war it replaced the destructive Nazi ideology with a Christian ideology which entails morality pursuant to the moral law.
The objective of decent life standards, ecology, mutual respect, confidence and peaceful relationships among people, states and different races can only be reached if we take the route of morality in accordance with the moral law. Historical experience has probably not taught the human race and its leaders. Therefore, metaphorically speaking also in our country we have the red light at the station of life, although our state does have the prerequisites to become a spiritual power. (ČTD 21 April 1995)
Fear Does Not Create A Good Character!
The MP Tomáš Ježek thinks differently according to his statement in the Lidové noviny newspaper (10 March 1995). Our fear of being punished creates internal obstacles which the MP calls morality. This fear of not allowed behaviour has an impact on the will of man, but it does not create his character standards, also called moral health or honour. Our character improves only through our voluntary and unforced efforts to become better in accordance with our own view.s These efforts are also the fundamentals of democracy. Pedagogy is very well aware of the fact how close we are to drilling others and to dictating them from the position of power and how close we are to terror and manipulation if we start mishandling fear. Therefore, pedagogy prefers to provide a service and friendly help to the young generation when it searches for its own healthy worldview and its life journey. We know very well what has been brought on by the atheistic and materialist worldview, where fear played a significant role in controlling citizens, and what happened to the citizens and the states of the former "peace pact". If it was only fear that created healthy character within people, which is the supreme goal of education, then we could very well change the name of ministry of education into the ministry of fear. The knowledge of punishment for not allowed behaviour is only the beginning of wisdom, as the Bible tells us. Therefore, we cannot mix the beginning and the very far away objective of wisdom, which is our knowledge, compliance and own experience of the Law. (ČTD 12 May 1995)
Development Towards the Ideals of Democracy
The leading idea of the Czech Republic should be democracy, better to say a democratic ideal, i.e. a democratic worldview that gives foundation to all democratic ideals which should have a priority not only in politics but also in the media and among citizens. The development towards a democratic ideal is anchored in the preamble of the Constitution of the CR and in Article 2 paragraph (1) of the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms: „The state is founded on democratic values and may not be bound either by an exclusive ideology or of religion." Can we assume that the party with the highest number of votes will change its exclusive, i.e. party ideology for a democratic ideology immediately after accepting the leading role in the state? And would the party representatives do the same when in their new posts working for the state? In many states exclusive ideology in fact replaces the pure democratic ideology. „What applies to only one party, one faith, one nation, is not the truth that is the perpetual ideal of the human spirit." (Karel Čapek) The non-party, i.e. non exclusive ideal is the ideal of democracy, the worldview ideal built on the knowledge of the natural moral law (ML).
(Our current note on the definition of law: „Law in its true and own sense of the word is a rule of actions, determined for one intelligent being by another intelligent being having power over him." J. Austin, English legal philosopher)
Is Human Power the Supreme Power?
Similarly to a good physician who does not only treat the symptoms of disease but also its causes, it is not enough if the newspaper only writes about individual manifestations of insufficient democratic standards, but the newspaper should pay attention to the causes of democracy´s ills.
Another very important step in nurturing good democrats is realisation of the fact that human power is not a random gift, but a gift of the intelligence power of nature, which is superior to human power. The power of nature is not inattentive to its abuse, and it ensures that sooner or later any abuse of power comes back to people as a boomerang. This abuse of power is called immorality. Immorality brings to humans certain advantages but these are short lived and finally they bring to humans and to the society more harm than good. When people free their behaviour of immorality, they stop putting wood on the fire of evil which is burning on Earth and the fire of evil will go out. Really, human power is not the supreme power on Earth! (ČTD issue 43 dated 30. 5. 1995)
Shall We Try Again?
The famous Aristotle´s definition of slave: „A slave is a living tool just as the tool is an inanimate slave." Karel Čapek in his well known play R.U.R. made slaves - robots - from a newly invented artificial living matter. But it was the Syrian King Antiochus IV who used a much better invention to create a "unified people". He used a ready physical body created by nature and he subjected the body to its needs through the second component of human being, i.e. its psyche. He ordered sacred groves to be established (1st Book of Maccabees, 1st Chapter), the souls of Jewish sons were tarnished n these groves with impure and hideous behaviour for such a long time that all memories of God´s laws were exterminated and all provisions were changed. Joseph Stalin, Adolph Hitler and Pol-Pot have nearly perfected the production of unified people. Nowadays, the major importance of the moral law, reflected not only in the names of both parts of the Bible, has been forgotten. People pay for their ignorance and non compliance with the moral law through various tragedies. This Law is the most important safety and health standard which has been valid in the human realm since a long time ago, and it is also a source of values which cannot be bought.
Once before during the Hussites movement the Czech nation stood up to the injustice in the society caused by deviation from the Law. However, the Hussites used an incorrect tool (defensive war) to reach their objective, and therefore they have disvalued the objective. When fighting for justice, the main argument should be the truth not weapons. Will the Democratic Union be allowed to give an impulse to a new attempt to sway the nation over to the law, i.e. a democratic ideal, on the basis of a non-exclusive, and therefore objectively valid worldview? (ČTD issue 47/95 dated 13.6. 1995)
What Purpose Did It Serve To Refuse the DEU?
In its letter dated 3.7.1995 the DEU (Democratic Union) asked to be allowed access to Czech Television (ČT). However, ČT turned the request down. Among others, it was referring to Article 2 paragraph (1) of the Charter of the Fundamental Rights and Freedoms which reads as follows: „The state is founded on democratic values and may not be bound either by an exclusive ideology nor religion." The cited article establishes the ideal of democratic values which should be followed by every representative of the state power. Constitutional laws do not include the contents of this ideal. The worldview fully respecting this law creates an ideal of non-exclusive ideology which is only one, similarly there is only one ideal of mathematics, independent of the actual fact of how well it is known and applied in life.
As it cannot be reasonably assumed that members of a political party, after accepting a function within the state apparatus, start replacing its exclusive ideology with a non- exclusive one and that they will forget about their party allegiance, it can be said that all political parties should be allowed the same access to the ČT regardless of the fact if they are or if they are not current administrators of state power. Extra space should be given to those political parties, whose exclusive ideology, verified through practice, has come near the non-exclusive ideology and so they are able to become the engine for distributing and developing democratic values in the whole society.
Final question: Did ČT serve by its decision not to allow entry to the DEU to ČT the current administrators of state power and their exclusive ideologies or did it serve the ideal of non-exclusive ideology of democratic values? ( ČTD issue 62/95, 4.-7. August 1995)
To Defend Democracy
In Article 23 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms we can read about the resistance against the removal of the first component of democracy which creates human freedom: „Citizens have the right to resist anyone who would do away with the democratic order of human rights and fundamental freedoms established by the Charter, if the activity of constitutional authorities and effective use of legal means are frustrated." If some power group managed to control all main elements of the state power and other important positions and have their people in these positions, who would prefer the interests of their group to the interests of democracy, it could very easily happen that the first component of democracy would only be an external layer.
The Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms does not mention the resistance against removing the second component of democracy, i.e. morality. It can be very easily deduced from the substance of the second component, that the most effective resistance against its removal is the entry of Law into people´s lives, which means their swing to Law, which if respected or not respected decides about the fate of democracy on Earth, and also about human happiness, health, safety and a decent living standard. These values cannot be permanently secured without respecting Law on a political, power, legal, and the lowest of them all, economic level. Man who concentrates on insignificant matters can never reach the significant, i.e. embodying Law within him. This objective can never be reached in one go, immediately. This is given by the fact that powers and forces of the Anti-law, and also anti democracy, are based on instincts and subconscious forces within each of us. Fighting these antidemocratic forces, within us and outside us, is even more difficult because a citizen - democrat cannot use the weapons of Anti-law (in particular violence, villainy, lie, hypocrisy) but only weapons provided by Law (in particular non-violence, the word of truth and wisdom).
A struggle for democracy is won when at least 51 percent of people within a certain power circle understand the enormous significance of Law for a healthy development of their power and when they start embodying the Law within them on their own initiative. Therefore it is justly said that each society has the government it deserves. The ancient Chinese knew that a wise ruler strengthens the back spines of its people, i.e. creates conditions when antidemocratic activities do not pay off. The Bible says that a wise ruler "will look with favor on the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with me; he who walks in the way that is blameless shall minister to me. (Psalm 101, 6) Who holds the law, gain wisdom.“ (Wisdom of Sirach 15, 1) The multitude of the wise is the welfare of the whole world. (The Book of Wisdom 6, 26) The first step to defend the second part of democracy should be learning about the worldview of pure democracy which is identical to the teachings of Jesus Christ, recorded in the Bible. (ČTD issue 82/95 13-16. October 1995)
How To Explain This to Them?
The ancient Chinese proverb knew about the existential importance of knowledge and compliance with the ML: „If a wise man rules, he strengthens the spines of his people. Advise countries with cunning, country is a disaster. Neither the weakness of the defence fortifications, or breakage and dispersion of the army nor the burning and destruction of fields or homes plundered and pillage of the country is not such a big disaster, like lords path cease to respect the principles of TAA (ie the law, and thus democracy), as when the injustice becomes law in the country." Christian wisdom also knows the source of human dishonesty which, if it grows, destroys the best economic systems. „For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies" (Mt 15, 19). Only through remoralisation we can return to the right development track that is not at variance with nature and its democratic laws and values. But how should we explain this to the holders of state power who do not want to know anything about their duty to enlighten the nation, i.e. to create conditions for the development of democratic citizens? (ČTD issue 173 - 30.8 - 2. 9. 1996)
Democracy Has Two Components
There is no democracy without morality - wrote very poignantly Prof Dr Ing Libor Brom in his letter in ČTD issue 63. One can only add that democracy has two components. The first component is the freedom to think, feel and act. The development has evolved from slavery, feudal and communistic serfdom to respecting inherent fundamental human rights and freedoms by the state power. The first component can be easily decreed by state power. Man can increase this component through various functions and a sufficient amount of money. It is not the same for the second component of democracy - morality. Morality anticipates voluntary performance of natural moral law (hereinafter Law) by man based on his conviction of the objective existence and truth of the Law. A democrat understand the standards of Law as the best ideal and benchmark for using human freedom - power.
Within the first component of democracy, man can also choose crooked morality, it is crooked because it denies the objective existence of Law. This "morality" considers as moral everything that helps to create, distribute and reinforce human power. It is governed by the incorrect opinion that the end justifies the means, and that evil can be done for the sake of good. Atheism and materialism are an excellent breeding ground for immorality. They act as brakes to a healthy democratic development. They poison the source of clean water and pure democracy, i.e. non-exclusive ideology. This bad choice inevitably leads, after temporary successes, sooner or later to a moral, political, economical and existential bankruptcy. The only way out is going back, with the help of pedagogy, to acknowledging the existence, learning and mainly respecting Law on one´s life journey. „Immorality has always been and it always will be the main enemy of healthy human development. Morality that is engraved is called character (from the Greek charassein = to imprint, engrave). We can also use the word honour. Morality is always demonstrated as non-party justice. As law is only a demonstration of power, the law - both judicial and legislative power - can be democratic (moral and independent of exclusive, i.e. party ideologies), and non-democratic (immoral, independent of the Law). The above stated opinions can be supported by the following quotes: „When justice (and morals) disappear from the state, what else is such a state then, just a society that commits mass crimes." (St Augustine) Petr Pithart, Prime Minister: „We are hopefully all agreed that the care of moral regeneration of our society must be immediately followed by the care of our economy." However, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic in January 1993, Václav Klaus, put the spiritual regeneration of the Czech society third, after politics and economy. Chair of the Chamber of Deputies Milan Uhde in his article Morality Must Be Built By Example (ČD dated 15. 11. 1994. See the text under reference number 21) wrote the following, among others: „It is not possible to imagine that for example a government or a political party can declare a concept of moral regeneration of the society.“ Does this opinion mean that the responsibility for a healthy development of the second moral component of democracy is one-sidedly shifted from state power to the people? And does not this opinion lead to "cementing", and extending the atheistic and materialist ideology in the heads and hearts of our society, where this ideology was implanted by the clear concept of the communist power and the constant creation of conditions to implement this concept? Weren´t all MPs bound by the promise to support a democratic development in the Czech Republic for the benefit of all people pursuant to Article 23 paragraph 3 of the Constitution of the Czech Republic?
(ČTD issue 71, 7. 9. 1995)
On Law, Legitimacy and Legality
There are other words which also belong to the word Law (natural, moral, whose objective existence, independently of human power, was wiped off by the Marxism - Leninism ideology - but only in the people´s heads) and these words are legitimacy and legality. Law has been valid and will remain valid. If the use of human power is at variance with Law, the use is illegitimate. To know about the relationships of political parties and the Law is always more important than knowing about their political programmes. Political parties that do not recognise Law (thus they have no reason to respect it, especially when it comes to power), can be considered to be illegitimate and non-democratic parties.
If a non-democratic power group managed to gain over 50 percent of citizens as "their" people in a democratic state, could we still talk about legitimacy of its power? Not even the Constitutional Court crossed the Rubicon leading to recognising the existence of Law in its finding no. 14/94. It is not the number of votes, but Law that decides about the legitimacy of human and state power. The question posed by the Czech philosopher Emanuel Rádl: „How can we go back to the conviction that the moral law is the supreme master of the world?“ is becoming ever more pressing.
(ČTD 80 - 6 - 9 October 1995)