Lu Mountain
a political social fiction novel in China by Rolf A. F. Witzsche
Volume 8 of the 12-volume series, The Lodging for the Rose

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Chapter 10 - A Poster with Dragons

      Since the king understood all of this, and being a scientist himself, he came up with a most elegant and elevating solution. He created two application forms for the royal academy. One form was designed for those citizens who have never been taught by a sage from the school. The second form he devised for the citizens who had been so taught, previously. Now the king inserted sample names into the forms, and the name that he chose for the counter-signer of the second form, was the name of a noted philosopher. In this manner the king pointed out to anyone who is able to see, to be aware that the teaching of the sages might really just be philosophy.

      Of course, the king realized that this was only a part of the solution. He realized that he needed to find a way to make it possible for the citizens to determine for themselves when a teacher is a bonified scientist, and not a philosopher.

      So he puzzled some more about the problem. Then he reached a conclusion. He added a note to each of the application forms for academy membership, saying that the citizens must have the application countersigned either by a teacher who has received a degree, or by a teacher who has taken a degree.

The king was sure that this paradox would spark some thinking, because a philosopher would never recognize the legitimacy of a person simply taking a degree by his own volition, based on his deeply honest self-acknowledgement of having become a bonified scientist; of having become a person who recognizes, understands, and acknowledges the nature of universal principles. The king realized that only a scientist who actually reaches this stage of development will feel impelled to 'take' or assume the degree that is associated with that achievement and attach it to his or her name as a title, according to the king's provision. With that, the king was satisfied.

      "Did it work?" asked man.

      I shook my head. "The degree that is taken in this manner will have to be the degree, CSD," I explained. "As I said, it is the kind of degree that only a scientist can take. In fact, it is the only degree that is not available to be given, since the king has stopped giving out that degree, and the academy itself could only give out a lesser degree."

      "So, what's the point?" asked the man.

      "The point is," I said, that the only degree that really matters, is the CSD degree that can only be taken, that can never be given. That gives the CSD symbol a profound meaning."

      "But has anyone taken the CSD degree?" the man asked again.

      I shook my head. I said I didn't know. I said that the onus for determining that answer was on the prospective student. "The king required the student to make this determination. It was for the student to determine who is qualified to countersign his application. That's a solemn responsibility," I said. I suggested to the man that our world would be secure if society would have heeded the king's directive. "Thus, the king said to himself: Every citizen will know from here on, which teacher is a scientist, and which is a philosopher."

      "I wouldn't be surprised if no one took on the title, CSD," said the Chinese artist, "since such a step unfolds from a development that is not easily won. I think no one in the king's kingdom was ready for this."

      I agreed. "Still, the king also knew that in due course, people would reach the stage at which the requisite realization is made. Then someone will take the degree CSD and people will recognize that this has indeed happened. They will recognize it by the good that comes out it. The king was content that this would happen even if he never saw the day of it in his own lifetime.

      I explained to the artist across the table from me that the key element in this process of self-authorization is always ones honesty with oneself, especially one's scientific honesty about the imperatives of universal principles. I suggested to the artist that the CSB stage is a precarious stage, the kind of stage at which a person will likely see something of the scientific dimension, but where that person is vulnerable of regressing into becoming a philosopher. On the other hand, it is also a stage where a person becomes fascinated with the infinite potential of science and therefore engages in his or her scientific and spiritual self-development.

      I explained to the artist that the CSD symbol on the poster that I was looking for, has four meanings: It symbolizes a title of achievement that no one can bestow or withhold, except one's own honesty with oneself. To a citizen who walks with open eyes, such a title would inspire trust in the teacher. To the academy itself, it is a title that the academy is no longer responsible for. The academy is responsible only for what it bestows, or can bestow, or withhold. In real terms, the CSD title is a symbol that assures humanity's infinite self-development. No scientific development can occur, nor will occur, outside of the parameters that the CSD symbol represents. "It is therefore the only degree in the world that represents infinite development, a movement at the leading edge."

      "Can you create such a poster?" I asked the artist.

      The man nodded. "But what about the dragons?" the artist added. "What characteristics shall I give them? What do they represent?"

      "They represent the warfare between science and philosophy," I answered. "If the world is dark, the dragons are ferocious beasts and will fight to destroy humanity. But in the sunshine they cannot fight. They become a benign power, so I have been told. This means that the CSD symbol represents humanity's light, the sunshine of its Soul."

      I explained to the artist that a philosopher would never acknowledge the CSD degree that a scientist takes, based on his honesty with himself. A philosopher is someone who always seeks external authorization, like Hobbes and all the other war philosophers of the 16th Centuries who were richly paid for their philosophies that authorized the unrestrained rule of their king. A philosopher is conditioned by the system of philosophy to acknowledge only an externally sanctioned authority, an authority that he lacks, since a philosophy is merely opinion without an anchor in scientific understanding that would authorize a demonstrable perception to be regarded as truth no matter what anybody says. A philosopher seeks his authorization from another person since he lacks the authority of science. In this conflict over authority, especially the authority that shapes public opinion, the philosopher will wage war against the scientist, as he must do, in order to be true to himself as a philosopher who acknowledges no such thing as a truth. Except, the philosopher will not win this war. I told the artist that this outcome was understood in 1648, and also much earlier in very ancient times. I told him that there exist a very old tale of a contest between science and philosophy.

      The tale takes place in Egypt. The scientist is Moses. Facing the might and arrogance of the Pharaoh of Egypt, Moses asks his student to throw his staff onto the ground before Pharaoh. The staff promptly becomes transformed into a serpent. In response, Pharaoh commands all his philosophers, magicians, wizards, and elite to do the same. As they do, indeed, their staffs likewise became transformed into serpents. But Moses' student's serpent ate up their serpents. Every one of them. Thus the contest ended. Moses then asked his student to pick up his serpent by the tail, which thereby became a staff again.

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