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Author: James Fletcher Baxter
Date:  November 17, 2009

Topic category:  Other/General

INDIVIDUAL VALUE or Collective non-value

Carl V. "Sam" Lamb and I served side-by-side as rifle-squad leaders Fox Company, "Chesty" Puller's 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division. He wrote a book about our experiences in the Korean conflict, 1950-1951. He included my remarks about an incident in which one of our people threatened to punch-out a fellow squad- leader who had black skin. + + +

THE LAST PARADE by Carl V. Lamb Page 296 (1951) James Fletcher Baxter Sam and I had a lot in common. We both resisted evil. After I got out of the hospital, 'Big Jim' Causey told of driving along in his police cruiser and hitting a black man in his head with his pistol. He thought it was funny how the guy sprawled into the street. When he made this comment we were in a card game. I didn't say anything, but then he said he was going to kick the ____ out of Joe Goggins and I had heard enough. I said, "If you're going to try that, you'll have to go through me to get to him. I'm willing to give my life for a country that values each individual. If that isn't true, I don't want to fight for that country - but, it is true, so I'm not going to let you rob me of the very good reason I may lose my life tomorrow or next week. If you attack him, you attack me. I may lose, but I guarantee I will make it very expensive for you to get to him. Let me know what you decide." He got up from our card game and said, "I'll have to think about it." I said, "Let me know. I'll be here." He came back a little later and said, "You're right. I was wrong." I thanked him for his manliness.
Joe Goggins came to me later and thanked me. He had wet eyes.
+ + + (11/17/09) Shortly after the above event, Causey was sent home on a medical emergency for a family member. On the way, he made a stop at a Naval medical facility stateside and ran into my brother, Sgt. Howard "Barney" Baxter, 5th Marines, with Chosen Reservoir frost-bitten feet. My brother said Causey told him what had happened, and that it had "changed his life forever." Never again would he do "the collective thing" of race abuse. He saw the value of each individual, regardless of race, station, or gender. He even forgave himself and became a worthy and honorable U.S. Marine.
Jim Baxter Sgt. USMC WWII & Korean War semper fidelis pointman/follower of The Lion of Judah

INDIVIDUAL VALUE - Gift of Y'shua JESUS by James Fletcher Baxter The Old World method of measuring human value was, and still is, by the group. Whether tribe, clan, city-state, color, ethnic, or gender, the Old World, ancient and modern, measures by the plural unit. Individuals had and have no value of them- selves but only as they were and are part of a collective.
When Y'shua Jesus died on the cross, the veil of the Temple at the Holy of Holies parted from the top down. The individual believer in the congrega- tion had, for the first time, a face-to-face, one- on-one relation with his Creator. The Creator, Himself, had validated each individual for the first time.Thus, the Individual became the corner- stone for later human value measuring systems: socio-political, philosophical, religious, educa- tional, economic, etc., henceforth and forever. Western Civilization, America, English Law, civil Rights, the 'democratic' process, etc., all sprang from that single event. (Greco-Roman 'democracies' were 95% slave throughout their entire histories.) Biblical principles are still today the foundation under Western Civilization and the American way of life.
Many social systems attempt to borrow ideas of "democracy" without the basic premise in The Indi- vidual. Such a system is only superficially and temporarily 'democratic.' The cornerstone of the democratic process is The Individual and the cornerstone of the value of The Individual is Y'shua Jesus! It is not possible to have one with- out the other. There is only One Source - there is no other.
It is additionally interesting to note that all value measuring systems are based on the single definitive unit of the system. Ex: Number, Time, Distance, Weight, Heat, Money, Angle, Volume, etc. Only humanism makes the abusive error of measuring human value by the plural unit and attempts to build social structures, relations, and institu- tions thereon. Such man-made systems can only be abusive and oppressive because in reality there are only individual persons. Groups or collectives are merely convenient verbalizations about indi- viduals. They are not reality.
I have yet to see a 'group.' All I have ever seen are individuals.Have you ever seen a group - or is it a verbal convenience? Reality is only in the individual person. And, such a validation never derived from a human source without the initiative of the Creator. (The French Rationalists of the 18th Century favored the fruit - but rejected the branch, tree, and root.) Today, wherever Y'shua Jesus is rejected, the group or collective is still the basic way of measuring human value - or human non-value.
We thank the Lord God for revealing His validation of each individual person. We thank Him for creat- ing each person uniquely, in His image, and call- ing each one to a courageous ascension by Y'shua Jesus, who said, "I AM the Way..." Praise the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and His Son of Man, Y'shua Jesus.
Reference: Exodus 25:30,40 Hebrews 9 Matthew 27:51 Mark 15:38 Luke 23:45 KJV

Jim Baxter Teacher, 5th Grade - 30 wonderful years! vincit veritas

pointman/follower of The LION of JUDAH

James Fletcher Baxter

Biography - James Fletcher Baxter

Native-born Californian. U.S Marine combat veteran WWII & Korean War. 5th Grade teacher 30 years. Father of 4 - grandpa to 6. Born-again Bible-believing Christian. Conservative Republican conserving the Christian principles of the U.S. Constitution, and the greatest freedom Nation in human history, unique Individual Value, human defined as earth's Choicemaker Psalm 25:12, stewardship virtues & priorities, and character & responsibility re temporary elected. Vision & protection of posterity. Intelligently ender to nature and nature's Creator. 85 @ 1/25/2010 "No one is smarter than their criteria." selah jfb

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