Kashfence Philosophy Annual Celebrations

By: Shahin Soltanian

Kashfence Philosophy Annual Celebrations

Human societies have many events of significance that are either celebrated or commemorated as a yearly anniversary.  Such events might have religious, national or ethnic significance or a combination of one or more things.

National celebrations and commemorations could be the day a nation declared its independence from another nation.  It could be the anniversary of the day when a system of government was changed.  A national day of celebration could also include such things as  signing of a peace treaty between two groups of people that coexist within a state or celebrate the birth of a monarch.

Religious celebrations and commemorations can include the birth or demise of an important figure in that religion.  It could also include a significant event in the mythology or history of a religion.  Some religious anniversaries might include rituals or acts that were intended in the opinion of the founder or founders to teach self-discipline, improve society, improve oneself or seek some kind of attachment or closeness to God.

Ethnic holidays have usually concentrated on times of the year that were important to that ethnic group such as for example, celebration of the coming of the Spring season for harvesting crops.

What many of these celebrations and commemorations have in common is that it is usually a communal or familial event.  People get together either with their community or with their family for the purpose of celebrating or commemorating an event.  Common understanding and agreement about a particular day or time and the rituals and customs surrounding it serves the purpose of bonding and social cohesion between people.

Having a specific day to celebrate and commemorate organises people’s lives so that they can pre-plan their lives around it.

Due to the secular nature of the Kashfence philosophical doctrine, two days of celebration have been established to celebrate and commemorate what can be universally accepted as being fundamental to happiness and a moral life.

One is on 1st of May known as Good Deeds Day.  On Good Deeds Day a person intends and strives to do a good deed.  There is no specific custom of what kind of good deeds can be done to celebrate this day.  It is up to the person to choose what they are capable of and they feel strongly about.  Hence, each person might do a different kind of good deed.

The second day of celebration in Kashfence Philosophy is on the 1st of November known as the Family and Friends Day.  Family and Friends Day is a commemorative event intended to be a day you spend with your family and/or friends.  Gifts can be exchanged on Family and Friends Day or a person might just choose to spend quality time with their family and friends.

The reason it is called Family and Friends day is because there could be individuals who do not have a family or their family might be too far away.  Still they can celebrate the joy of spending time with a loved one or loved ones who might be just their friends.

The two commemorative days were specifically chosen because they did not have any seasonal significance.

DOCTRINE

Kashfence Philosophy is the doctrine developed by Dr. Shahin Soltanian that maintains rational and scientific reasoning is the basis for a happy and moral life.  The word Kashfence is comprised of the word ‘Kashf’, meaning to discover in some languages, with the suffix ‘ence’ which denotes a quality, an action or result.  Together ‘kashf’ and ‘ence’ create the original word Kashfence intended to capture the essence of discovering through rational and scientific reasoning and analysis.  The essence of Kashfence Philosophy is for every person to discover through rational and scientific reasoning.

Kashfence Philosophy is not a religion but a philosophical basis and doctrine for living.  According to the Kashfence Philosophical thought a person is capable of discovering through rational and scientific reasoning not only information about the world but also moral principles.  Like the scientific domain the ability to discover moral principles and laws that govern society become better evolved and more advanced through peaceful dialogue that takes place between people as long as the underlying principle is rational and scientific reasoning.

According to Kashfence Philosophy there exists an unlimited God that created the entire world of being.  However, God has not ‘revealed’ anything to human beings.  Those who asserted to have the word of God or revelation from God have failed to rationally prove their claim.  The ability to reason is the best tool God has given every person to discover not only scientific principles but also all other principles including any basis for moral and legal opinions.  However, many personalities of different religions have made significant contribution to the moral and social fabric of human society.  However, they do not have divine authority to establish laws or rules for people’s lives.  The merits of each of their claims should be independently analyzed through rational and scientific methods to see if they should be adopted or rejected.

A person that lives according to the Kashfenci Philosophical thought is known as a Kashfenci or a follower of the Kashfence Philosophy. Kashfence Philosophy is based on the following five principles:

1 – Rational and Scientific reasoning

2 – There is one unlimited God

3 – Justice

4 – Family

5 – Healthy Mind and Body

Rational and Scientific reasoning

Knowledge can be attained through rational and scientific reasoning only.  Every person of sound mind has the ability to think and reason for themselves as individuals and as a group assisting each other.  Reasoning, as long as it is on the basis of rational and scientific analysis is what leads to discovery of truth and reality.  Kashfence philosophy puts the most emphasis on this principle and all other principles are subject to proof and evidence through rational and scientific reasoning.

God

In accordance with Kashfence philosophy God is not limited in any shape or form, is the existential cause of everything and the laws that govern their interaction but does not have an existential cause itself (has always existed) and cannot be divided in any way.  No person or limited being can claim to be god or divine.

Justice

There exists a sense of justice within people.  Rational and scientific reasoning, not claims of divine laws, should be used to clarify what is just and fair.

Family

Whatever form a family takes it is beneficial to be caring to one’s family and socialise with them and protect them.

Healthy Mind and Body

To enjoy life and help others enjoy life, a healthy mind and body is essential.  Hence, in order to achieve the aforementioned goal every individual should endeavour to the best of their ability to have a healthy mind and body and help others to do the same.

The Kashfence Philosophical doctrine has two days of celebration during the year.  One is on 1st of May known as Good Deeds Day on which a Kashfenci does a good deed usually for someone else.  The second is on 1st of November known as Family and Friends Day intended to be a day you spend with your family and/or friends. The Kashfenci community have communal gathering in what is known as the Discovery Centres.  At such centres people engage in discussions, listen to lectures and have the opportunity to socialize.

Kashfence Philosophy

Kashfence Philosophy is the doctrine that maintains rational and scientific reasoning is the basis for a happy and moral life.  The word Kashfence is comprised of the word ‘Kashf’, meaning to discover in some languages, with the suffix ‘ence’ which denotes a quality, an action or result.  Together ‘kashf’ and ‘ence’ create the original word Kashfence intended to capture the essence of discovering through rational and scientific reasoning and analysis.  The essence of Kashfence Philosophy is for every person to discover through rational and scientific reasoning.

Kashfence Philosophy is not a religion but a philosophical basis and doctrine for living.  According to the Kashfence Philosophical thought a person is capable of discovering through rational and scientific reasoning not only information about the world but also moral principles.  Like the scientific domain the ability to discover moral principles and laws that govern society become better evolved and more advanced through peaceful dialogue that takes place between people as long as the underlying principle is rational and scientific reasoning.

According to Kashfence Philosophy there exists an unlimited God that created the entire world of being.  However, God has not ‘revealed’ anything to human beings.  The ability to reason is the best tool God has given every person to discover not only scientific principles but also all other principles including any basis for moral and legal opinions.

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