Moral Science’s wellness diagnostic categories apply to individual psychology and also to cultures. Cultures are analyzed as founded on the same conceptualization as personal psychology. We distinguish four relational modalities as syndromal types of conflict resolution characterizing the key religions of the world. Their founders, prophets, philosophers, and spiritual leaders discovered and sanctified the four alternative ways of resolving conflicts.
The world evolved following the innate human principles of resolving conflicts by self-organizing pursuing equilibrial balance as justice in improving family relations and furthering abstraction as attributions on the nature of the role model divines. While cultures improved the family relations regionally religions’ mission for peace in the world has escaped them as they have collided as alternatives resolutions generating the contemporary cross-cultural strife.
The cultures evolved in parallel discovering the three principles of conflict resolution the formal operations guiding the unconscious to restore justice or balance along the formula of the equilibrial scale:
Identity operation or stress is equal to the product of:
Reciprocity times Negation times Correlation.
The three equilibrial options reciprocity, negation and correlation inspired the range of religions differing in moral values as partial and complementary discoveries of the formula of science:
Identity corresponds to Matriarchy in Mexico’s beginning the family institution with intense conflicts with the ritual practice of live sacrifices.
Greece responded to Matriarchy’s cruelty discovering reciprocity as Patriarchy subduing women as illustrated decapitating Medusa and engaging women in the Homeric Epics.
India discovered cooperation, negation of antagonism and dominance, men seeking freedom from desires through Asceticism.
Judea neutralized the power of desire for women discovering mutual respect in the father-son covenant, love originating in the Monotheistic God.
The Messianic religions discovered mutual respect between mothers and sons and deified their respective prophets.
Not one of the Abrahamic religions discovered mutual respect between men and women. All three have harbored strong feelings of distrust against women.
|Imbalance as Matriarchy||In Judea offset by Monotheism’s mutual respect neutralizing the power of women|
|In India offset by Asceticism’s cooperation of men with powerful women||In Greece offset by reciprocity as Patriarchy dominating Matriarchy|
A demonstration of the cultural prototypes of conflict resolution as relational modalities is presented in the sixth mural of the sanctuary as four cultures dealing with temptation symbolized in the equivalents of the apple metaphor:
- Aztecs considered submissive antagonistic modality through the heart of the sacrificial victim as the apple belonging to the gods.
- Greece opted for dominant antagonism as striving for ‘the apple of discord’, which eventually led to the flight of a married woman and the ensuing Trojan War.
- India regarded submissive cooperation identifying the apple as the forbidden cow by inflicting pain to oneself.
- Judea respected prohibitions in power dealing with the apple as forbidden. The Hebrews averted temptation through obedience to a loving God, implying mutual respect between man and the divine but withholding desires.
Mural Six introduces the Aztec’s eagles and snake as illustrating the submissive antagonistic relationship of the culture starting conflict resolution process as the stress state:
- The Greek response is shown to reduce the power of women by solving the riddle of the Sphinx, the fight and flight role of matriarchal women.
- India’s Shiva stepping on the inner child illustrates asceticism, the control of desires.
- The dragons of oriental culture versus the geisha is presented as the male response to asceticism.
- The Abrahamic development of the father son covenant illustrated with the sacrifice of Isaac presents the Reversal as a positive development continued by the Messianic religions as the woman child alliance illustrating the Compromise phase.
- The Aztec’s eagles and snake illustrate the submissive antagonistic relationship of the culture starting conflict resolution process as the stress state.
The Abrahamic development of the father-son covenant is illustrated with the sacrifice of Isaac; the myth presents the Reversal as a positive development continued by the Messianic religions as the woman child alliance illustrating the Compromise phase.
The Abrahamic Faiths
These three formal alternative resolutions manifested themselves within the Abrahamic faiths as differing in how the three prophets as role models identified the alternative ways of resolving conflicts:
- Jesus chose asceticism or submissive cooperative relating prohibiting sexual desires and aggression.
- Moses chose assertiveness, dominant cooperation, engaging the Pharaoh with the plagues, Jacob was renamed Israel for wrestling with God’s angel.
- Islam mean ‘submit’. The religion imposes its beliefs on the infidels through the Jhihad movement and exercises discipline on its faithful through multiple daily prayers and the punitive Sharia law.
|Judaism, Israel means ‘wrestle with God’|
|Christianity, Christos means be ‘good’.||Islam, means ‘submit’, a dominant injunction|
Today’s globalization renews the cross-cultural conflicts between the three religions requiring analysis on the nature of the differences and the pursuit of their reconciliation. Moral Science paves the way for such a development. Moral Science recognizes the importance of mutual respect between the genders as the prerequisite for happiness in family relations, thus completing the mission of the Abrahamic religions in bringing about peace in the world.