Man Defined: Earth's Choicemaker         

 In an effort to diminish the multiple and persistent
 dangers and abuses which have characterized the  affairs
 of man in his every Age, and to assist in the  requisite
 search for human identity, it is essential to  perceive
 and specify that distinction which  naturally and most
 uniquely defines the human  being. Because definitions
 rule in the minds,  behaviors, and institutions of men,
 we can be  confident that delineating and communicating
 that  quality will assist the process of resolution and
 the  courageous ascension to which man is called. We are
 obliged and privileged to participate in its proclamation.


 Human knowledge is a fraction of the whole universe. The
 balance is a vast void of human ignorance. Human reason 
 cannot fully function in a void, thus, the intellect can 
 rise no higher than the criteria by which it perceives 
 and measures values.

 Humanism makes man his own standard of measure,  however,
 as with all measuring systems, a standard must  be
 greater than the value measured. Based on preponderant 
 ignorance and an egocentric carnal nature, humanism demotes 
 reason to the simpleton task of  excuse-making for the 
 rule of appetites, desires, feelings, emotions, and glands. 

 Because man cannot invent criteria greater than  himself, 
 the humanist lacks a predictive capability.  Without
 transcendent criteria, humanism cannot evaluate  options
 with foresight for progression and survival.  Lacking
 instinct and foresight, man is blind to potential
 consequence and is unwittingly committed to mediocrity, 
 averages, and regression - and worse. Humanism is an
 unworthy worship.

 The void of human ignorance can easily be filled with a
 functional faith while not-so-patiently awaiting the
 foot-dragging growth of human knowledge and behavior.
 Faith,  initiated by the Creator and revealed and
 validated in His Word, the  Bible, brings a transcendent 
 standard to man the  choice-maker. Other philosophies 
 and religions are man-made, humanism, and thereby lack 
 transcendent criteria and fulfilled prophetic validation. 
 The vision of faith in God and His Word is survival 
 equipment for today and the future. Selah

                        *  *  *

 Man is earth's Choicemaker. Psalm 25:12 He is by nature
 and nature's God a creature of Choice - and of Criteria.
 Psalm 119:30,173 His unique and definitive characteristic
 is, and of Right ought to be, the natural foundation of
 his  environment, institutions, and respectful relations
 to his  fellow-man. Thus, he is oriented to a Freedom
 whose  roots are in the Order of the universe.

                        *  *  *

 At the sub-atomic level of the physical universe quantum
 physics indicates a multifarious gap or division in the
 causal chain; particles to which position cannot be
 assigned at all times, systems that pass from one energy
 state to another without manifestation in intermediate
 states, entities without mass, fields whose substance is
 as  insubstantial as "a probability."

 Only statistical conglomerates  pay tribute to
 deterministic  forces. Singularities do not and are
 therefore random,  unpredictable, mutant, and in this
 sense, uncaused. The finest contribution inanimate
 reality is capable of  making toward choice, without its
 own selective agencies, is this continuing manifestation
 of opportunity as the pre-condition to choice it defers
 to the natural action of living  forms.

                         * * *

 Biological science affirms that each level of life,
 single-cell to man himself, possesses attributes of
 sensitivity,  discrimination,  and selectivity, and in
 the exclusive and  unique nature of each diversified life

 The survival and progression of life forms has all too
 often  been totally dependent upon the ever-present
 mutative  potential and undeterminative appearance of one
 unique  individual organism within the whole spectrum of
 a given  species. Only the uniquely equipped individual
 organism is,  like The Golden Wedge of Ophir,  capable of
 traversing  the causal gap to survival and progression.
 Mere  reproductive determinacy would have rendered life
 forms  incapable of such potential. Only a moving
 universe of  opportunity plus choice enables the present

                            * * *

 The human being possesses a unique, highly developed,
 and sensitive perception of diversity. Thus aware, man is
 endowed with a natural capability for enacting internal
 mental and external physical selectivity. Quantitative
 and  qualitative choice-making thus lends itself as the
 superior  basis of an active intelligence.

 Man is earth's  Choicemaker. His title describes his
 definitive and typifying characteristic. Recall that his
 other  features are but vehicles of experience intent on
 the  development of perceptive awareness and the
 following  acts of decision. Note that the products of
 man cannot  define him for they are the fruit of the
 discerning choice-making process and include the
 cognition of self, the utility  of experience, the
 development of value-measuring  systems and language, 
 and the acculturation of  civilization.

 The arts and the sciences of man, as with his habits,
 customs, and traditions, are the creative harvest of his
 perceptive and selective powers. His articles,
 constructs,  and commodities, however marvelous to
 behold, deserve  neither awe nor idolatry, for man, not
 his contrivance, is  earth's own highest expression of
 the creative process.  

 Man is earth's Choicemaker. The sublime and significant  
 act of choosing is, itself, the Archimedean fulcrum upon  
 which man levers and redirects the forces of cause and  
 effect to an elected level of quality and diversity. 
 Further, it orients him toward a natural environmental 
 opportunity, freedom, and bestows earth's title, The 
 Choicemaker, on  his singular and plural brow.

                         * * *

 Deterministic systems, ideological symbols of abdication
 by man from his natural role as earth's Choicemaker,
 inevitably degenerate into collectivism; the negation of
 singularity, they become a conglomerate plural-based
 system of measuring human value. Blunting an awareness
 of diversity, blurring alternatives, and limiting the
 selective  creative process, they are self-relegated to a
 passive and  circular regression.

 Tampering with man's selective nature endangers his
 survival, for it would render him impotent and obsolete
 by  denying the tools of diversity, individuality,
 perception,  criteria, selectivity, and progress.
 Coercive attempts  produce revulsion, for such acts are
 contrary to an  indeterminate nature and nature's
 indeterminate off-spring,  man the Choicemaker.

 Until the oppressors discover that wisdom only just
 begins  with a respectful acknowledgment of The Creator,
 The  Creation, and The Choicemaker, they will be ever
 learning  but never coming to a knowledge of the truth.
 The  rejection of Creator-initiated standards relegates
 the mind  of man to its own primitive, empirical, and 
 delimited  devices. It is thus that the human intellect
 cannot ascend  and function at any level higher than the
 criteria by which  it perceives and measures values.

 Additionally, such  rejection of transcendent criteria
 self-denies man the  vision and foresight essential to
 decision-making for  survival and progression. He is
 left, instead, with the  redundant wreckage of expensive
 hindsight, including  human institutions characterized by
 averages, mediocrity,  and regression.

 Humanism, mired in the circular and mundane egocentric
 predicament, is ill-equipped to produce transcendent
 criteria. Evidenced by those who do not perceive 
 superiority and thus find themselves beset by  the 
 shifting winds of the carnal-ego; i.e., moods, feelings,  
 desires, appetites, etc., the mind becomes subordinate - 
 a  mere device for excuse-making and rationalizing self-


 The carnal-ego rejects criteria and self-discipline for
 such  instruments are tools of the mind and the attitude.
 The  appetites of the flesh have no need of standards,
 for at the  point of contention standards are perceived
 as alien,  restrictive, and inhibiting. Yet, the very
 survival of our  physical nature itself depends upon a
 maintained  sovereignty of the mind and of the spirit.

                         * * *

 It remained, therefore, to the initiative of a personal
 and  living Creator to traverse the human horizon and
 fill the  vast void of human ignorance with an
 intelligent and  definitive faith. Man is thus afforded
 the prime tool of the  intellect - a Transcendent
 Standard by which he may  measure values in experience,
 anticipate results, and make enlightened and visionary

 Only the unique and superior God-man Person can
 deservedly displace the ego-person from his predicament
 and free the individual to measure values and choose in a
 more excellent way. That sublime Person was indicated in
 the words of the prophet Amos, "...said the Lord, Behold,
 I will set a plumbline in the midst of my people Israel."
 Y'shua Mashiyach Jesus said,  "If I be lifted up I will
 draw all men unto myself."

                              * * *

 As long as some choose to abdicate their personal reality
 and submit to the delusions of humanism, determinism, and
 collectivism, just so long will they be subject and re-
 acting  only, to be tossed by every impulse emanating
 from  others. Those who abdicate such reality may, in
 perfect  justice, find themselves weighed in the balances
 of their own choosing.

 That human institution which is structured on the
 principle,  "...all men are endowed by their Creator
 with...Liberty...,"  is a system with its roots in the
 natural order of the  universe. The opponents of such a
 system are necessarily  engaged in a losing contest with
 nature and nature's God.  To the advent of a new season
 we commend the present generation and the multitudes in
 the valley of decision.

 Let us proclaim it. Behold!
 The Season of Generation- Choicemaker
 Joel 3:14 KJV

 "I should think that if there is one thing that man has
 learned about himself it is that he is a  creature of
 choice," Richard M. Weaver

 "Man is a being capable of subduing his emotions and
 impulses; he can rationalize his  behavior. He arranges
 his wishes into a scale, he chooses; in short, he acts.
 What  distinguishes man from beasts is precisely that he
 adjusts his behavior deliberately." Ludwig  von Mises
 "To make any sense of the idea of morality, it must be
 presumed that the human being is  responsible for his
 actions and responsibility cannot be understood apart
 from the presumption  of freedom of choice." 
 John Chamberlain

 "The advocate of liberty believes that it is
 complementary of the orderly laws of cause and  effect,
 of probability and of chance, of which man is not
 completely informed. It is  complementary of them because
 it rests in part upon the faith that each individual is
 endowed  by his Creator with the power of individual
 choice." Wendell J. Brown

 "Our Founding Fathers believed that we live in an ordered
 universe. They believed themselves  to be a part of the
 universal order of things. Stated another way, they
 believed in God. They  believed that every man must find
 his own place in a world where a place has been made for
 him. They sought independence for their nation but, more
 importantly, they sought freedom for  individuals to
 think and act for themselves. They established a republic
 dedicated to one  purpose above all others - the
 preservation of individual liberty..." Ralph W. Husted

 "We have the gift of an inner liberty so far-reaching
 that we can choose either to accept or  reject the God
 who gave it to us, and it would seem to follow that the
 Author of a liberty so  radical wills that we should be
 equally free in our relationships with other men.
 Spiritual liberty  logically demands conditions of outer
 and social freedom for its completion." Edmund A. Opitz

 "Above all I see an ability to choose the better from the
 worse that has made possible life's  progress." 
 Charles Lindbergh

 "Freedom is the Right to Choose, the Right to create for
 oneself the alternatives of Choice.  Without the
 possibility of Choice, and the exercise of Choice, a man
 is not a man but a  member, an instrument, a thing."
 Thomas Jefferson

 Q: "What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son
 of man that You visit him." Psalm 8:4
 A: "I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against
 you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing
 and  cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and
 your  descendants may live." Deuteronomy 30:19

 Q: "Lord, what is man, that You take knowledge of him?
 Or the son of man, that you are mindful of him?" Psalm
 A: "And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose
 for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the
 gods which your fathers served that were on the other
 side of the river, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose
 land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will
 serve the Lord." Joshua 24:15

 Q: "What is man, that he could be pure? And he who is
 born of a woman, that he could be righteous?" Job 15:14
 A: "Who is the man that fears the Lord? Him shall He
 teach in the way he chooses." Psalm 25:12

 Q: "What is man, that You should magnify him, that You
 should set Your heart on him?" Job 7:17
 A: "Do not envy the oppressor and choose none of his
 ways." Proverbs 3:31

 Q: "What is man that You are mindful of him, or the son
 of man that You take care of him?" Hebrews 2:6
 A: "I have chosen the way of truth; your judgments I have
 laid before me." Psalm 119:30  Let Your hand become my
 help, for I have chosen Your precepts." Psalm 119:173

 Genesis 3:3,6 Deuteronomy 11:26-28; 30:19 Job 5:23
 Isaiah 7:14-15; 13:12; 61:1   Amos 7:8   Joel 3:14

 "What is man...?" EARTH'S CHOICEMAKER
 Copyright 2001 James Fletcher Baxter All Rights Reserved