PROTO-RELIGIOUS DETERMINATION
Determination represents the evaluation of any state, condition or entity in terms of a definition which would indicate what it is, how it should be treated, what or what not it can be used for, and whether or not it can be transformed or destroyed. This determination represents the authority for human activity, behavior and conduct and is said to descend from what is termed the concept of the Bipolar Divergence. Two types of opposed determination are said to derive from this divergence as Finite and Proto-religious Determination. In terms of Finite Determination the identity, definition, context and consequence of any given state or entity is established by change created or produced from a pre-existent state of condition. Thus the ability to dig a hole may explain the reason, purpose and meaning of a shovel. A barbed-wire fence may explain the containment of cows. The existence of heaven and hell may explain earthly existence and its consequence. In terms Proto-religious determination the identity, definition, context and consequence are established by the qualities and conditions of a pre-existent state as they affect the sensory response of the individual. The brook in the woods may represent beauty, water to drink, cook and bathe, purity, fish to catch, place of spirits, or the sounds of the babbling brook.

Proto-religious Determination represents the Given Existence as absent any certain or specific reason, purpose, meaning or motive which would dictate the activity, behavior and conduct of every aspect of the life of the individual, and thus allows for the capacity of human free will. If any given state or entity were known for certain to possess a specific reason, purpose, motive and meaning such as: all fruit were known to have been created as the private property of God, then human conduct concerning fruit would have to concern itself with God's private property and would inhibit free will. If the future were known such that punishment was certain for any trespass upon the property of God, then conduct would be further restricted. By the absence of any known certain reason and purpose for the creation of fruit, humankind has the ability to regard fruit in any manner it wishes which is the ability of free will.

If the future were known such that punishment was certain for any trespass upon the property of God, then conduct would be further restricted. By the absence of any known certain reason and purpose for the creation of fruit, humankind has the ability to regard fruit in any manner it wishes which is the ability of free will.

All volition is based upon the Absent and Imperative Determinants. The Absent Determinant represents conditions when there is no known and certain beneficial or destructive and harmful results and products in future, which would prohibit activity and behavior in present, and thus allows for the ability of volition to proceed. The Imperative Determinant represents known and certain states or conditions in future which would mandate activity and behavior in present, either as something positive l ike the purchase of a guaranteed winning lottery ticket, or something destructive like an approaching tornado. These two distinctions and capacities represent the ability of free will and volition.

An Imperative Determinant is a foreseeable and fairly certain result and product in future which mandates behavior in the present, and gives to it reason, purpose, motive and meaning. The use of Imperative Determinants as Authorities for human living is Finite Determination, that explains reason, purpose and meaning of any state or entity in terms of results and products. The existence of apple trees like Poison Ivy, would have no significance if were not for the results and products of apples as a food and commodity. If all human activity and behavior were determined by Imperative Determinants, human conduct would be that of an automaton in which action in present would be required to correspond to known and certain conditions in future. By the absence of Imperative Determinants the facility of volition is possible.

From Finite Determination specific and singular value and consequence is assigned which is termed Definitive Value. Definitive Value defines states and entities not upon the qualities and conditions they exhibit in their natural state as inherent in nature, but upon the results and products they produce which limits and restricts the identity, definition, context to singular qualifications, and wherein they are dependent for value and consequence upon conditions outside their innate constitution.

Snow is a necessary condition of ground cover, as a blanket to prevent the freezing and destruction of vegetation within the soil by very cold air temperatures. Snow defined by the results and products it produces, may be considered as pure nuisance by anyone except those associated with winter products industries.

As opposed to Finite Determination is the Absent Determinant which allows for any given subject to assume any identity, definition and context which may be appropriate to any given circumstance. The tree may be defined as building material, home to birds, food for bees, a land mark or refuge from the sun, a communicative spirit or the epitome of beauty and any number of other things. The tree is and may be all these things and thus any specific value is given to it by individual perspective and circumstance.

By the absence of Definitive Value as the singularity of definition and context, one is free to interpret phenomenon, entities or events in a variety of ways, to include the possibility of spiritual perspective in which sensory evidence and manifestations of spiritual presence is possible in the physical existence and experience of the Positive Dimension. This perspective is introduced as described by the concept of Spiritual Substantiation. Spiritual Substantiation is derived from the evidence of Spiritual Manifestations considered as Semiotic Language.

If Spiritual Substanciation and Semiotic Language is to be a possibility, it is first necessary to allow for the absence of finite identities, definitions and contexts which prohibit the potential. If one were to assume that the tree could communicate, it first must be necessary to allow the tree to assume such an identity and ability. The ability of states and entities to assume varied identities, definitions and contexts is termed Olamic Value. Olamic Value applies to all natural states and elements of the Given Existence based upon the perspective that there is no known and certain results and products which explains the Given Existence as anything other than what they already is.

By the Absent Determinant as the absence of any certain and specific definitive attributes, Olamic Value is the assignment of varied definitions, values and consequences to states and entities, which allows for a variety of interpretations of events and circumstance and which can be relative to specific events and conditions. The apple trees are wild in the woods, or represent the Garden of Eden, symbolize the fall of man, may be considered as one a day for good health, or as a commodity to be sold at market. An apple left in the man's bedroom by a girl friend could be considered as accidental or as a message containing sexual symbolism of temptation. By an analysis of the symbolism, one must consider the possible meanings, maybe do some research into the parable, or consider the meaning in terms or the relationship with the girl friend. From the analysis it is possible to learn many things from a simple circumstance, that as ignored would have produced nothing. In terms of Olamic Value, the specific meaning, value and consequence given to states, conditions and entities is relative to the individual. In these modern days nearly everyone is conditioned into the premises of Finite Determination, Definitive Value and Finite Context, and in relationship to others one must assume that they interpret from that perspective. In terms of Spiritual Manifestations it is necessary to differentiate between random happenstance and spiritual communication. This distinction is termed Spiritual Context.

Spiritual Context is events and circumstance in which activity takes place that is interpreted as Spiritual Manifestation. This is anything from a sudden noise or bird suddenly appearing overhead, to a glove dropped or the flip of a coin. Random events occur constantly but without context, they don't necessarily mean anything. If one flips a coin for no reason it is meaningless. If one asks a question assigning the context of heads yes and tales no, the coin flip then possesses meaning. If by a pattern of experience develops wherein the coin is most always right, then after awhile when one could venture the assumption that maybe it is something more than random.

If Instead of a coin flip, a seemingly random event is substituted such as to the question 'which is the way to go?', and a bird flies overhead heading east, especially when there were no birds in the air before, it may be considered as a communicative response, if one has a record of experience which would indicate this as a fact and is trustworthy. The relationship of time between the stimulus and the response can be as Synchronistic or may be delayed days or weeks. For some questions Synchronicity is important. For other questions concerning the need for information in which is not urgent, the response can be delayed. This concerns things like the involvement is circumstance as real experience which demonstrates something such as a problem one is working on.

The veracity of Spiritual Manifestations can only be determined by the experience of the individual, and still certainty may be elusive. But then again if results and products in future were known for a certainty there would be no free will. Spiritual Context is the absence of Imperative Determinants, or the knowledge of the future which proscribes activity & behavior in the present, to automatic action which is absent volition. Even so one should probably be careful what they wish for.