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, behav-
iors, 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 privi-
leged to participate in its proclamation.
MAN: THE CHOICEMAKER
James Fletcher Baxter
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Human knowledge is a fraction of the universe. The balance is a vast
void of ignorance. Human reason cannot 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 ignorance and an egocentric carnal nature, humanism demotes
reason to the simpleton task of excuse-making for the rule of feelings
Because man cannot invent criteria greater than himself, the humanist
lacks a predictive capability. Without transcendent criteria, humanism
cannot evaluate options with foresight for survival and progression.
Lacking instinct and foresight, man is blind to potential consequence and
is unwittingly committed to averages, mediocrity, and regression.
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 the Bible, brings a transcendent standard to man the
choice-maker. Other philosophies and religions are man-made and thereby
lack prophetic validation. The foresight vision of faith in God and His
Word is survival equipment for today and the future.
Man is earth's Choicemaker. He is by nature and nature's God a creature of
Choice - and of Criteria. 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 natural 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
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
The survival and progression of life forms has all too often been totally
dependent upon the everpresent 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 reality.
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 The 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
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 The 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
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 acknowledgement 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 de-limited 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
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
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
To the advent of a new era we commend the present generation and the
multitudes in the valley of decision.
Let us proclaim it. Behold! The Age of Man the Choicemaker.
"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."
"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
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
Edmund A. Opitz
"Above all I see an ability to choose the better from the worse that has
made possible life's progress."
"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,
THE QUESTION AND THE ANSWER
Q: "What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that
You visit him?"
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."
Q: "Lord, what is man, that You take knowledge of him? Or the son of
man, that you are mindful of him?"
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
Q: "What is man, that he could be pure? And he who is born of a woman,
that he could be righteous?"
A: "Who is the man that fears the Lord? Him shall He teach in the way
Q: "What is man, that You should magnify him, that You should set Your
heart on him?"
A: "Do not envy the oppressor and choose none of his ways."
Q: "What is man that You are mindful of him, or the son of man that You
take care of him?"
A: "I have chosen the way of truth; your judgments I have laid before me."
"Let Your hand become my help, for I have chosen Your precepts."
Genesis 3:3,6 Deuteronomy 11:26-28; 30:19 Job 5:23 Isaiah 7:14-15;
13:12; 61:1 Joel 3:14 Amos 7:8
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