Death-Philosophically and Theologically Contrasted


Death (D.) is never the cessation of existence but the separation of a relationship. Theologically there are at least 7 deaths. They relate to the state of the soul in relationship to the body (in Judeao-Christian theology, the only theology I feel somewhat adequate in commenting upon) and include what I am going to categorize as:
Cosmic D.,Spiritual D.,Physical D.,Positional D.,Second D.,Sexual D. (Genesis 18:11, I’m explaining this one because I know some of you would be very interested in that one and it might be a good way to entice you to open a Bible. (It was a case of “the soul was willing but the flesh was weak/dead”), and lastly, Operational D.
In chiropractic philosophy there are only 2 deaths because it relates only to the state of the physical organism, what I am going to categorize as :
1. Biological D.
2. “Partial D”.
Biological D. is the same as (theological) Physical D., the inability of the entire matter of the organism to adapt except that Physical D. (theologically) only relates to man (homo-sapiens) and his body-soul relationship, biological D. (in chiropractic) relates to every living organism and its matter-intelligence relationship. The matter does not cease to exist, it just exists as universal matter rather than innate matter. It is no longer expressing the innate intelligence of the organism. The innate matter goes back to universal matter. Reggie told us in 1st semester (the Fall of 1964) philosophy when asked where does innate intelligence go when someone or something dies, “it goes back to the intelligence of the universe, from whence it came”. Since chiropractic and theology are separate just as medicine and chiropractic are separate but with some concepts that are common to both, that was and is a satisfactory answer to me (although it sounded better in his eloquent and still lingering English accent in 1964 than it looks on the written page today). Theological (physical death-separation of soul and body in man) and biological death (separation of intelligence and matter in all living organisms), both involve different but both are non material concepts, so it is impossible to measure them and say whether both events are synonymous but it would seems that if not, they occur under normal circumstances, not very far apart.

There is also partial D. which Palmer called, (and I am satisfied with at the moment describing as) DIS-EASE as long as we understand it has nothing to do with the medical term disease.

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  1. Claude 05/19/2015, 8:25 pm:

    Do you think, when we talked about the innate intelligence of the body, the innate intelligence of the system, the innate intelligence of the organ and the innate intelligence of the cell, that we could do the same thing with DIS-EASE? Like DIS-EASE of the body, DIS-EASE of the system, DIS-EASE of the organ, DIS-EASE of the cell? —

    – in any case, I do maintain that VS is the CAUSE of the lack of ease (DIS-EASE) of the TRANSMITTING matter which reverts the mental impulse (innate force constructive) into a nerve impulse (universal force deconstructive) which violates the Principle of Coordination (32).

    – What y’all think?

  2. David Suskin 05/20/2015, 7:06 pm:

    DIS-EASE? Why compound the problem!
    With regard to:
    ‘VS is the CAUSE of the lack of ease (DIS-EASE) of the TRANSMITTING matter which reverts the mental impulse (innate force constructive) into a nerve impulse (universal force deconstructive)”
    If you perform a sympathectomy at a vertebral level, can you have DIS-EASE?

  3. Claude 05/20/2015, 10:53 pm:

    Principles 30 and 31 answer the sympathectomy question quite well… do they not?

  4. David Suskin 05/20/2015, 11:28 pm:

    Perhaps. Sometimes the term, Dis-ease seems to refer to the transmission matter only, the nerve, and not the end organ.
    Active organization seems to be able to be maintained in spite of regional sympathetic nerve removal.
    Citing deductions as explanations is one thing, but citing theories is quite another.
    Is dis-ease a condition of the tissue cell, the organ, or the body?
    Is the chiropractic definition of in-coordination, essentially a breakdown of the triune within the living organism, where as in-coordination, as a medical definition,more of a physical only event

  5. Claude Lessard 05/21/2015, 4:21 pm:


    It is clear that you have NOT, yet, accepted the 33 principles of chiropractic’s basic science as the foundational platform of chiropractic, and that’s perfectly fine. Do your homework first and the rest will follow. 😉

  6. David Suskin 05/21/2015, 4:40 pm:

    Which part of my statement (above), indicates that
    I have NOT, YET (I like that word-Yet:), accepted the 33 principles not on faith but on logic?
    Be more specific, if you can avoid using the Reggie quote (‘deaf or stupid’). If not, that’s perfectly fine.:)

  7. Claude Lessard 05/21/2015, 10:39 pm:


    When you accept the 33 principles of chiropractic’s basic science as the AUTHORITY of chiropractic, you will get busy checking spines and tell the story over and over and over and over and over and over again until you drop from burning passion. Then people will come to see YOU 😉 … just to watch you burn with joy as your participate in their transformation. Come on David… YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN! Stop resisting! (your own word) 🙂
    and the rest will follow. I GUARANTEE!!!!

    • Claude Lessard 05/22/2015, 10:57 am:

      … and David, as Joseph posted yesterday:

      “The greatest hindrance to understanding and applying the chiropractic philosophy is the refusal to disregard previous ideas, paradigms, and thinking and begin to look at the world in light of an ADIO viewpoint.” –

      – It is me WHO choose to let go of PREVIOUS ideas, paradigms, and think at a different level of thinking where the solution is hidden within the problem. –

      – It is you WHO can choose to do the same… OR wallow into the swamp of the unending circle of armchair philosophy. Reggie used to say to use often: “When you’re up in your ass with alligators, it’s difficult to remind yourself that your original objective was to drain the swamp”. 🙂

  8. David Suskin 05/22/2015, 11:36 am:

    Are you implying that my questioning or perhaps questions are illogical of needless or unanswerable?
    I understand your point of letting go and know that that is not an easy thing to do. I know my questions have merit. I also know I sit on the fence and become immobile.
    I know I practiced chiro for 20 somewhat years and left.
    I’m intelligent and my questioning has merit. But it’s hard to
    Unlearn. I appreciate your opinions and experience Claude

  9. Tom 05/22/2015, 2:31 pm:

    Claude, up TO, not up IN, ouch! LOL 😉

    David, do you have Reggie Gold’s 10 hours of Philosophy on audio?

    • Claude 05/22/2015, 3:35 pm:


      Thanks for reminding me. David says it’s not easy to unlearn and I agree. Look how many years it’s been since I’m in the USA and I can’t even use the right preposition yet! Lol! The ole saying is: “You can take the Canadien Français out of Québec but can’t take Québec out of the Canadien Français… especially when I’m up to my ass in alligators, which I constantly am! Flesia used to say that I talked “backward” and that he understood… being from Rhode Island. 😉

  10. David Suskin 05/22/2015, 3:16 pm:

    Actually, I do, on CASSETTE!
    Have to find some ole cassette player. On my list!
    Thanx 😉

  11. Tom 05/22/2015, 4:10 pm:

    Speaking of unlearning something….check out this:

    • Claude Lessard 05/23/2015, 4:17 pm:


      This video makes my point! It takes longer to unlearn than to learn. That’s why we must tell the story over and over and over and over and over and over again in as many creative ways as doable… then tell the story over and over and over and over and over and over… and maybe 8% of our practice members will get it! Just may be! 🙂 It’s so worth it for that 8%… It TRANSform their lives, the lives of the world and our very own life in the process. It’s ALL connected!
      Thank you Tom for this video.

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