The comparative evaluation of the planet earth is with other planets, such as
the Moon, Mars and other planets in the solar system, which are similar in that they orbit the sun, are round and made of rock, but they do not contain life, are similar only to a certain extent, and are not Comparative Authorities.
The Comparative Authority for the earth, or for any or all elements of the
Given Existence, can be considered as absent or unknown, which is
represented by the concept of the Absent Determinant. Or the Comparative
Authority may be represented by the concept of Finite Determination.
The Absent Determinant is the determination that the state of the Given
Existence and the planetary condition is absent any known Comparative Authority. The inability to know by comparison what any or all elements of the Given Existence are, how they should be treated, what or what not they can be used for, and whether or not they can be transformed or destroyed, produces
a mystery. The Absent Determinant means that there is no known and certain predicate, such botanical garden which explains the Given Existence. This mystery is the capability of human free-will and the facility of self-determination. If it were known that humankind were the creation of alien intelligence from elsewhere in the universe, that knowledge would give to the human species
a definitive evaluation of its creation and content, but at the same time it would eliminate all other possibilities, and the act of living would be fairly mundane if not completely depressing.
The inability to give a certain, specific and precise meaning and value
to any natural phenomenon, entity or event produces a mystery as to
what anything natural is. This mystery in terms of humankind, is the
facility of Volition and free will. If
one knew for certain that specific conduct would produce the eventual
result of Hell, then that kind of conduct would be improbable for most
people, and the individual would be mandated to activities which would not
produce such an outcome. The Absent Determinant allows for the individual
to self-define, allows for freedom of action relative to circumstance, and
allows the individual to give to things any identity one cares to.
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