Karl Marx: Sense Experience

Dean Gotcher

"Sense experience must be the basis of all science." "Science is only genuine science when it proceeds from sense experience, in the two forms of sense perception and sensuous need, that is, only when it proceeds from Nature." (Karl Marx, MEGA I/3) Sensuousness, i.e. "feelings," emotions become the basis of science when it involves "human nature," i.e., "the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life," only that which "is of the world." 1 John 2:16 History was to Karl Marx as well as Sigmund Freud not what the past generation passed onto the next generation to learn and follow after but how the individual "felt" through his or her own life experience. Carl Rogers wrote: "Experience is, for me, the highest authority." "Neither the Bible nor the prophets, neither the revelations of God can take precedence over my own direct experience." (Carl Rogers, on becoming a person: A Therapist View of Psychotherapy) The individual's desire for the carnal pleasures of the 'moment', which the world is stimulating, including the affirmation of men, and their dissatisfactions with whoever is inhibiting  or blocking them from "lusting" after the carnal pleasures of the 'moment,' i.e., preventing them from "feeling good," i.e., making them "feel bad" for doing wrong, disobeying, sinning (reflected in the Facebook praxis of "friending"-"unfriending" people based upon "feelings," i.e., "Make me 'feel good' and I will 'friend' you." "'Hurt my feelings,' i.e., make me 'feel bad' and I will 'unfriend' you.") is the common denominator that merges Philosophy, Sociology, Anthropology, and Theology with Psychology, i.e., "group psychotherapy," making the child's carnal nature the ground from which to determine right from wrong, good from evil, instead of (over and therefore againstthe father's/Father's authority.

This is why Karl Marx, wanting to do what he wanted to do when he wanted to do it (thinking and acting as a "child of disobedience," wanting a world, as Heraclites did, ruled by children in adult bodies—much as we see happening today), hated authority, i.e., established the whole purpose of life upon negating the father's/Father's authority from the face of the earth (from society)—resulting in over two hundred and fifty million men, women, and children, in terror, dying violent deaths at the hands of those carrying out his ideology in the last century alone. Karl Marx wrote: "Once the earthly family [with the children having to submit to their father's authority, i.e., having to humble and deny their "self" in order to do their father's will] is discovered to be the secret of the holy family [with the Son, and all following Him having to submit to His Heavenly Father's authority, i.e., having to humble and deny their "self" in order to do His Father's will], the former [the earthly father's authority system] must then itself be destroyed [vernichtet, i.e., annihilated] in theory and in practice [in the personal thoughts and social actions (behavior) of the children]." (Karl Marx, Feuerbach Thesis #4)

Georg Hegel established the child's carnal nature, i.e., the love of pleasure and hate of restraint as the bases of all "Reasoning." Hegel wrote: "The child, contrary to appearance, is the absolute, the rationality of the relationship; he is what is enduring and everlasting, the totality which produces itself once again as such [once he is 'liberated' from the father's/Father's authority so that he can be his "self," i.e., as he was before the father's/Father's first command, rule, fact, or truth came into his life, i.e., carnal, i.e., of the world only]." (Georg Hegel, System of Ethical Life,)

Sigmund Freud, as Georg Hegel, established the child's carnal nature, i.e., the love of pleasure and hate of restraint as the basis for determining "normalcy," with the father's/Father's authority and the child submitting his "self" to it, against his carnal nature, being the reason for "neurosis," "repression," and "alienation." He therefore, as Karl Marx, made the purpose of life, the negation of the father's/Father's authority (in the individual). "'It is not really a decisive matter whether one has killed one's father or abstained from the deed,' if the function of the conflict and its consequences are the same." "... the hatred against patriarchal suppression—a 'barrier to incest,' ... the desire (for the sons) to return to the mother—[which] culminates in the rebellion of the exiled sons, the collective killing and devouring of the father, and the establishment of the brother clan [socialism]." (Sigmund Freud in Herbert Marcuse, Eros and Civilization: A philosophical inquiry into Freud)

The common theme found within philosophy, sociology, psychology, anthropology, and theology, i.e., "group psychotherapy," i.e., the dialoguing of opinions to a consensus in a  facilitated meeting is the 'liberation' of the child's carnal nature via.(along with) the negation of the father's/Father's authority along with the negation of the guilty conscience for doing wrong, disobeying, sinning (so that all can do wrong, disobey, sin with impunity, i.e., be "human" with no sense of guilt), not only in the individual but in society as well. "Freud and Hegel are, like Marx, compelled to postulate external domination and its assertion by force in order to explain repression." (Norman O. Brown, Life Against Death: The Psychoanalytical Meaning of History) Thus the father's/Father's authority, i.e., "authoritarianism," according to the laws of "sensuousness," i.e., "human nature" must be negated if a "new" world order (Globalism) based upon the child's carnal nature is to become a 'reality.' "Authoritarian submission was conceived of as a very general attitude that would be evoked in relation to a variety of authority figures—parents, older people, leaders, supernatural power, and so forth." "God is conceived more directly after a parental image and thus as a source of support and as a guiding and sometimes punishing authority." (Theodor Adorno, The Authoritarian Personality) "I have found whenever I ran across authoritarian students that the best thing for me to do was to break their backs immediately." "The correct thing to do with authoritarians is to take them realistically for the bastards they are and then behave toward them as if they were bastards."(Abraham Maslow, The Journals of Abraham Maslow) Maslow wrote: "Marxian theory needs Freudian-type instinct theory to round it out. And of course, vice versa." "To identify with more and more of the world, moving toward the ultimate of mysticism, a fusion with the world, or peak experience, cosmic consciousness, etc." ". . . I've decided to get into the World Federalists, become pro-UN, & the like."  "Only a world government with world-shared values could be trusted or permitted to take such powers. If only for such a reason a world government is necessary. It too would have to evolve. I suppose it would be weak or lousy or even corrupt at first—it certainly doesn't amount to much now & won't until sovereignty is given up little by little by 'nations.'"  "The whole discussion becomes species-wide, One World, at least so far as the guiding goal is concerned. To get to that goal is politics & is in time and space & will take a long time & COST MUCH BLOOD." ". . . A caretaker government could immediately start training for democracy & self-government & give it little by little, as deserved." "This is a realistic combination of the Marxian version & the Humanistic. (Better add to definition of "humanistic" that it also means one species, One World.)" (Abraham Maslow, The Journals of Abraham Maslow) emphasis added.

Education today, from pre-school to the nursing home, in all professions, is based upon "Bloom's Taxonomies," 'liberating' all participants from the father's/Father's authority. "There are many stories of the conflict and tension that these new practices are producing between parents and children." (David Krathwohl, Benjamin S. Bloom, Taxonomy of Educational Objectives Book 2: Affective Domain)

Most people today, when they ask you "how you feel" or "what you think" are asking you how the Karl Marx in you is doing (even if they do not know it). The question is, do you know it?  Are you a Marxist? Are you making sensuousness, i.e., "feelings," i.e., your (and others) desire for the carnal pleasures of the 'moment' and your (and their) dissatisfaction with restraint the foundation from which to determine right from wrong, good from evil, loving the world instead of (over and therefore against) the Father and His authority? There is no such thing as a "Christian Psychologist."  Psychology, whether it is done in a group or one on one is the praxis of Genesis 3:1-6, i.e., of "self" 'justification,' negating the father's/Father's authority (Hebrews 12:5-11), negating the guilty conscience for doing wrong, disobeying, sinning (Romans 7:14-25), so that all can be of the world only, doing wrong, disobeying, sinning with impunity (even doing so "in the name of the Lord" in order to deceive the naive or innocent). "Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God." 2 Thessalonians 3:3, 4 "And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers [facilitators of 'change'] also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works ['justifying' their "self," dying in their sins]." 2 Corinthians 11:14, 15 The problem does not lie in him, it lies in you, in your ability to 'justify' your "self," making your "feelings of the 'moment'" the "light" from which to see the world, illuminating the path before you, i.e., living "in the 'moment,' i.e., in the "light" of your carnal desires of the 'moment,' deceiving not only your "self" but all who follow after you. "Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness." Luke 11:35 "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness;" Isaiah 5:20

Because men, especially those in the "church" have made "feelings" instead of the Word of God their foundation from which to determine right from wrong, good from evil, the Lord has turned them over to their own demise. "For this cause [because they "did not like to retain God in their knowledge"] God gave them up unto vile affections [let them have what they wanted, i.e., the carnal pleasures of the 'moment' they "lusted" after, to their own demise]:" Romans 1:21, 25 "And for this cause [because men, as "children of disobedience," 'justify' themselves, i.e., their love of "self" and the world, i.e., their love of the pleasures of the 'moment' over and therefore against the Father's authority] God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie [that pleasure is the standard for "good" instead of doing the Father's will]: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth [in the Father and in His Son, Jesus Christ], but had pleasure in unrighteousness [in their "self" and the pleasures of the 'moment,' which the world stimulates]." 2 Thessalonians 2:11, 12

Even Karl Marx knew what he was doing, i.e., understood the gospel message, only, as a "scientist" to destroy it. Marx wrote: "The unspeculative Christian also recognizes sensuality as long as it does not assert itself at the expense of true reason, i.e., of faith, of true love, i.e., of love of God, of true will-power, i.e., of will in Christ. Not for the sake of sensual love, not for the lust of the flesh, but because the Lord said: Increase and multiply." (Karl Marx, The Holy Family) Those who follow after him know where it is leading them. As the Marxist Jürgen Habermas explained it: "If the 'restoring of life' of the world is to be conceived in terms of the Christian revelation [where children, men, and women are to have faith in and obey the Father, doing the Father's will, becoming individuals, accountable to Him alone], then Marx [with children, men, and women 'justifying' their "self," uniting as one according to their common carnal nature, i.e., their love of pleasure and hate of restraint] must collapse into a bottomless abyss [be cast into the lake of fire that is never quenched]." (Jürgen Habermas, Theory and Practice)

"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever." 1 John 2:15-17 "Know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God." James 4:4 "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon." Matthew 6:24 "Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin [your "self" and the world, i.e., "human nature"] unto death, or of obedience [to the Father, and his Son, Jesus Christ] unto righteousness?" Romans 6:16 "Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth." Colossians 3:2 "And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts." Galatians 5:24

© Institution for Authority Research, Dean Gotcher 2017