Consensus means "with feelings." A group coming to consensus is a group of people deciding they can do whatever they "feel" like doing in the 'moment' without accountability to the commands, rules, facts, or truth, i.e., the standards of the "past" and those who created or now support them, thereby overcoming local control, i.e., overcoming those who prevent or resist 'change.' The key ingredients to the consensus process are 1) dialogue, i.e., setting aside established commands, rules, facts, and truth in order to understand another persons "feelings," , i.e., where they are coming from, not judging then for what they are about to say, are saying, or have said, 2) opinions, which are based upon everyone's desire or "self interest" of the 'moment' (including their desire for approval or affirmation from others in the 'meeting'), as well as their dissatisfaction with or resentment toward whatever or whoever is preventing (inhibiting or blocking) them from attaining their desires of the 'moment,' and 3) someone (the facilitator of 'change') who is knowledgeable in how to prevent those insisting upon the standards of the past from usurping, i.e., from taking over the "feelings" based meeting, someone knowing how to draw (seduce, deceive, and manipulate) everyone into participation or get them to be silent or leave the meeting, turning "the group" against them, i.e., against their way of thinking if they resist. Moving the meeting from the preaching and teaching of commands, rules, facts, and truth to be accepted as is, by faith—through discussion trying to persuade others, with facts and truth, that their position is right and the other person's is wrong—preventing compromise (inhibiting or blocking 'change'), to where everyone can openly dialogue (share) their "feelings" (desires and dissatisfactions) of the 'moment' and "thoughts" (how they think the world "ought" to be), without being "judged," i.e., asking "the group" to be "positive" and not "negative" does the trick. By simply shifting communication from belief (facts and truth) to being "positive" and not "negative" (feelings) negates belief, turning it into an opinion, making the participant readily adaptable to 'change' for the sake of approval from others, i.e., for the sake of "group approval." In this way, approval from "the group," "the people" (a generalized concept)—rather than approval from parents, teachers, boss, constituents, ... God, along with any contracts or promises that were made with them in the "past," which prevent 'change'—controls the persons thoughts and actions, affecting the outcome of the 'meeting,' i.e., how policy is established, law is made, and they behave.
"Bypassing the traditional channels of top-down decision making [representative, local control, majority vote, constitutional, limited form of Government], our objective centers upon transform public opinion into an effective instrument of global politics." "Individual values must be measured by their contribution to common interests and ultimately to world interests transforming public consensus into one favorable to the emergence of a stable and humanistic world order." "Consensus is both a personal and a political step. It is a precondition of all future steps." (Ervin Laszlo, A Strategy for the Future: The Systems Approach to World Order)
The standard for UN policy is explained by Harry Stack Sullivan: "It is proposed that no facts or opinion be considered by the Congress unless the facts and opinions be the established consensus of a group of collaborators." (Harry Stack Sullivan, The Fusion of Psychiatry and Social Science) It is how your child is learning to "Reason" in his (her) "group grade," "relationship building," i.e., "team building," i.e., soviet classroom.
The consensus process is the soviet system—1) a diverse group of people (including the deviant), 2) dialoguing their opinions (their desires and dissatisfaction of the 'moment,' i.e., their desire for pleasure and their resentment toward restraint) 3) to a consensus, 4) in a facilitated meeting, 5) to a pre-determined outcome, that no personal-social decision will be made without the use of dialectic 'reasoning' and the consensus process.
"Has authority been banished in these later days? Has the world reached a point where it will condone the formation of pupil soviets?" (Will C. Woods, Superintendent of Public Instruction of the State of California, March 1921, responding to socialist education methods which were creeping into California's school system back in the 20's.)
The "scientific method" is our ability to observe and evaluate something according to established conditions, according to pre-established commands, rules, facts, and truth. We apply pressure, heat, or other conditions to what is to see how it responds. If we see abnormalities, i.e., behavior we do understand, we set aside the laws we have learned and theorize (speculate) what new law we might be encountering. When applied to the laws of nature, which are established by God, we simply 'discover' a new law we did not know about before, providing our theory is proven observable and repeatable, i.e., consistent and dependable. Until then all it is is an opinion or a theory. To put it into practice puts all who are made subject to it in jeopardy.
When the "scientific method" is applied to man, i.e., to his thoughts and actions, becoming dialectic 'reasoning,' i.e., 'reasoning' through his "feelings" of the 'moment,' all it will 'discover' is his carnal nature, that which is of the flesh, stimulated by and responding to the world, resulting in anyone accepting it as the tool for discovering his 'purpose' of life, becoming carnal, of the world only, i.e., a humanist. This is why the Apostle Paul warned Timothy "O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen." 1 Timothy 6:20, 21 All who use dialectic 'reasoning' and the consensus process to 'discover' their 'purpose' in life lose their faith, even if done in the name of the Lord. This is why those who have no faith use it in meetings, turning all who participate away from having faith in God to trusting in themselves, not only individually but collectively, leaning to their own understanding, worshiping the creation, themselves, and the master facilitator of 'change,' instead of the creator, who gives them their next breath. "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Proverb. 3: 5-6
© Institution for Authority Research Dean Gotcher 2014-2017