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Preliminary Principles

Preliminary Principles
This section is excerpted from "Evolutionary Psychology"  by the current author and retains chapter numbers. The inclusion of this rudimentary material here will greatly clarify this volume and should be contemplated before looking at the tables of attributions (1).
The footnotes are important and render each part self-explanatory without further introduction. Things the reader will encounter may suggest an advantage in further study. See Suggested Reading section.
1. Universal intelligence is infinite. It is that which underlies all existence. It is the potential for manifest existence residing in unmanifest existence. For example, an invention "exists" even before any individual discovers it. The potential for expression of universal intelligence is infinite. Technology is merely one form of this expression unlocked by man and is itself infinite.

Universal destiny, or futurity, is the immutable fact of yet unmanifested existence. The only thing which can make the future better is constructive activity now.

There is the dichotomy of spirit and matter. Characteristic of spirit itself there is the dichotomy of good and evil, from a moral standpoint conceptually above and below matter respectively. Characteristic of matter itself are only varying degrees of utility as a vehicle for spirit.

Evolution is the imperative for independently surviving organisms, through natural selection, to give ever more varied and complex expression to universal intelligence.

Creation or cosmogenesis, the realm of matter, is responsible for quantification and provides a vehicle for moral potential. Evolution or biogenesis, the realm of spirit, is responsible for qualitation and the actualization of moral potential.

Man is not the end product of evolution but an evolving expressor of universal intelligence. The potential for evolutionary expression is infinite because universal intelligence is infinite.

Evolutionary destiny is universal futurity as this especially pertains to the unimpeded, ever more varied and complex expression of universal intelligence through evolving life.

2. Good and evil find ever more varied and complex expression through evolving life.

Good and evil have no reality except in terms of each other. One can be measured or defined only in terms of the other.

Good and evil, like hot and cold, are each necessary for the existence of the other. This does not mean that any absolute amount of either need be present in any one place or at any one time.

Good is that characteristic of any situation, which if all else remains constant, causes an increase, no matter how slight, in the overall amount of justice in the universe. Evil causes an increase in the overall amount of injustice.

Justice occurs simply when the natural consequences to a living organism normally to be derived from it's actions according to natural laws, are not in any way interfered with.

Injustice interferes with evolutionary expression because it constitutes a disrupting unpleasant stimulus or worse to an organism and is for this reason, a direct initial encroachment upon individual liberty. This applies equally to all Life.

Evolutionary destiny is the principle imperative of  nature.

The Quest (2) for evolving good is to establish justice everywhere within reach.

Good and evil themselves reflect emotional reactions more than anything else. Good is based upon the constructive impulse. Evil upon the destructive. Evil simply comes from entertaining the wrong emotional premise.

From a standpoint of  the Five Elemental Goals, good and evil manifest:


















 The final goal of good is an eternal state of pure spiritual ecstasy.
The final goal of evil is non existence (3).

Those who treat others unjustly are at one of three levels of negative manifestation- ignorance, sickness, or evil. Ignorance is merely intellectual and can be remedied easily with knowledge. Sickness is when non-viable behavior allows evil to get a foothold in the psyche and the battle within begins to degenerate the individual spiritually. Sickness can sometimes be cured, but slowly. The important first step in this involves instilling a level of recognition in the sick individual which will allow for the volitional remedy of ignorance. Evil can be changed, but only very slowly and only by the individual from within. These three conditions abound in society. Ignorance is represented by the average citizen, completely deluded and totally apathetic about almost everything. Sickness is exemplified by those who are doggedly determined to live in a fantasy world induced by either false beliefs or drugs despite repeated exposure to information which illustrates clearly the total non-viability of their behavior. This is where emotion comes in. The wrong emotional premise keeps sick people from apprehending the remedial information which sits right in front of them. Evil is perpetuated by people who hurt others unnecessarily. Some do this illegally just for it's own sake, such as the sadistic killer of total strangers. Some do it legally for self aggrandizement at a level far beyond any normal need for recognition by others (4).

The relative balance of good and evil within the individual is something quite apart from the absolute amounts of either which may be present. The absolute amounts are a function of the scale upon which the individual lives.

The average person, in the context of a lifetime, manifests about as much good as evil. Conceptualized on a continuum, most people cluster around a center point with only a few truly good or truly evil people at either end. Those who assert that "most men are basically good" are being self contradictory. They are saying in essence, relative to the particular dichotomy of good and evil, that the average man is above average. None of this is to say that the relative amount of good and evil in any particular individual can be easily measured. Usually it cannot except in those cases near to either end of the continuum.

Good and evil are equal and opposite forces in the universe. They always have been and they always will be. Both find equal expression through universal intelligence in the cosmos as a whole. One aspect of the Eternal Harmony lies in the perfect balance between the two. To know the truth of this, one need only contemplate the impossibility of perfectly uniform goodness on Earth. This would mean no individual differences in wisdom. The minute there is a difference in the amount of goodness between two people we would be once again dealing with evil.

The balance in the universe between good and evil occurs not only within space, but within time. A present good balances a past evil of equal magnitude, and vice versa (5).

The evil that has befallen one in his lifetime should never be mourned but celebrated as constructive adversity (6). It has been said that "the same fire which will melt butter will forge steel."

3. Love, in a truly spiritual sense is totally impersonal, and is simply the desire arising within to see another  living organism treated justly.

If "love" is felt for any one organism more than for any other, then it is not purely love but something influenced by considerations of a more personal nature.

4. A belief, in the pure sense, is an attempt to extrapolate beyond what is known.

The amount and strength of an individual's beliefs is inversely proportional to the amount of his knowledge.

Philosophy is used to create a feeling of personal integrity and wholeness within by attempting to extrapolate beyond available facts. Correct reactions are based upon facts, not upon philosophy.

Most philosophy is merely the "explanation" that people lacking facts offer to justify their own particular emotional reaction to their environment. The only worthwhile "philosophy" is a comprehensive overview of available factual data fused by love, heroic idealism, and courage. This involves an eclectic approach to the attainment of wisdom, not a slavish adherence to "isms" of any kind, including the fashionable zeitgeist of well entrenched science.

The only "creed" a truth seeker needs is a loving and just reaction to the total of his knowledge. This should be well organized, systematically increased, and periodically contemplated. It is appropriate to have an area of belief which seems to be the most plausible extrapolation beyond factual data. This area however, must never fall prey to dogmatism and must be subject to immediate revision to accommodate new factual data. It is also appropriate for this area to incorporate the heroic myths of one's ancestors for the archetypal inspiration and sense of rootedness thus conferred.

5. A person who will deny what is readily discernible through science in favor of belief is "insane." This is an insanity however, which is normal to lower types of people. There is no cure for this and none should be attempted.

People demand more or less of themselves intellectually and spiritually because of their individual level of development. The proportion of fantasy directed behavior of fanatic religioners, often parallels that of deeply disturbed psychotics. In spite of this, the sheer numbers of such people give them a consensus for their delusions, eliminating the overwhelming sense of alienation usually present in psychosis, enabling them to function at least marginally in society. However little, this is all that such people want for themselves and they should not be ridiculed. It is their right in a free society.

One who is genteel will rarely make insulting remarks about religion. Those who do net support freedom of religion are enemies of society. Freedom of belief is absolutely necessary to natural order, because it allows people to find their true level of actualization. It is only when the behavior of fanatic religioners encroaches upon the liberty of others that it must be regarded as objectionable and dealt with as such.

Ongoing false belief should not be confused with the knowing and volitional use of controlled "make believe" for productive purposes, such as creative and therapeutic visualization, or in goal oriented ritual involving archetypal imagery. One cripples while the other greatly uplifts.

Religious bigots will often see the symbolic and allegorical components in other religions but not in their own. They will usually attribute literal interpretation of self-aware personifications and mythologies to others and will refer to the practitioners as "superstitious." This inability to be critically analytical is one of the primary characteristics of religious bigotry.

Most of the worst atrocities committed throughout history have been done in the name of a loving God. It seems that the more energy expended in talking about love, the less energy there is left over to give love it's actualization.

The deities of any people are merely those fantasized particularizations of the Totality of All which reflect individual origins, struggles, and goals. Historically these subjective interpretations of God have been used to justify the kind of divisiveness which finds expression in the exercise of low advantage such as vandalism, plunder, rape, and torture. Apart from the veracity of individual mythologies, the spiritual rectitude of any belief system can ultimately be measured only in terms of the amount of justice manifesting in the behavior of the practitioners towards others. Only those who are free of unnecessary intolerance show integrity in demanding the same for themselves.

6. For one to be predominantly happy, no matter what one accomplishes for others, life must be enjoyed. This can be accomplished completely only in a completely free society but can be realized to some degree in almost any lesser situation.

Most real unhappiness comes from the gulf between the individual's concept of how the world is and how it should be. Usually both are wrong. Only when the world is realized and celebrated for what it truly is, and anticipated for what it truly can be, does the individual have maximum freedom of action relative to his situation.

Life, to be enjoyed, must be embraced as a great and exciting epic journey filled with both love and hate, good friends and terrible enemies, vibrant joy and unbearable sadness, exquisite pleasure and excruciating pain, deep inner peace and unspeakable danger, all of which for the heroic individual, are interwoven with the Quest.

8. It is frequently but erroneously asserted that man must first learn to overcome his animal nature before he can develop his spiritual nature. The animal in man is a foundation and energy source upon which to build. One cannot be a good human without being a good animal first. Animals do not live immorally, and the task is to fully realize the glory and perfection of the animal nature while at the same time developing the intellectual and spiritual natures.

Hedonism is often equated with the idea of being Liberated. Being truly Liberated involves deciding for yourself what you will do without the slightest regard for what is fashionable. Compulsive pleasure seeking enslaves the individual every bit as much as the repression of normal desires.

Having a body with physical needs involving health and pleasure puts many limitations upon the development of the intellectual and spiritual natures. Other limitations are caused by time, distance, and the elements. Notice that most of Man's inventions and industry are directed to overcoming the limitations put on him by his body. This is especially obvious in areas such as medicine, transportation, communication,  and information storage.

While it is enjoyable to gain what one desires, to "need" anything is essentially a pathological condition. It is well to deliberately view anything greatly desired from the worst possible perspective in order to keep it in it's true perspective. In this of course, one must be on guard against self deceit.

If an individual does not bear a very marked resemblance to the individual he would create as the hero of a great epic novel, then he is living without personal integrity. Such actualization must, of course, fall within the constraints imposed by heredity, situation, and obligation.

Fantasy is the willful construction of day dreams within which we get and enjoy that which we desire. Since fantasies propel us towards the objects desired we should fantasize only in a way that is consistent with our heroic ideals. There are many things that excite but few that deeply satisfy.

Fantasy should be used creatively as a way of accelerating the attainment of, or enhancing the enjoyment of, something truly desired, never as a substitute for attainment but as pathway to actualization.

To fantasize continually about something that one can't, wouldn't, or shouldn't actually have, is a pathetic waste of time. If the actualization of a fantasy would be impossible or wrong, then the fantasizing itself is wrong. Evil impulses will present themselves randomly even to decent, self aware people, but will always subside quickly if not nurtured. The notion that every desire must be explored and satisfied is the phony ethic of the compulsive hedonist.

9. The one overriding personal goal is to live happily and well. The journey therefore is the goal.

The highest actualization of evolutionary expression can only be attained in liberty, through self determination.

If one has many and large goals, even if they are never achieved, one will usually accomplish far more than if one has "down to Earth" or "attainable" goals. Priority sequencing and proper time allocation is necessary of course, in order to avoid spreading oneself too thinly.

The Five Elemental Goals correspond to the five elements of ancient science: wealth to earth, health to air, pleasure to water, intellect to fire, and spiritual development to ether. These are the five categories of human attainment. Each is "higher" than the preceding but dependent for it's foundation upon the preceding. There is no overlap between the categories and everything in life falls into at least one of the five.

A balanced attainment among the Five Elemental Goals is far more important than a high degree of attainment in any one. Contemplation of specific hypothetical examples will reveal that there are no exceptions to this. Happily, this proper balance is also a sure path to a reasonably high attainment in all five.

10. All life forms strive upwards in complexity as if moving towards some light at the end of a tunnel. At first the light is dimly perceived. Initially the impulse involves only seeking to be less at the mercy of environment. As we go up the evolutionary ladder the light grows brighter and the striving becomes more rapid and intense. When there is factual error, sometimes the striving itself can produce retrograde results in the short term. The trait that most distinguishes man from other life forms is his ability to more clearly conceive of something beyond himself and his increased capacity to strive towards this through the willful further development of intellect and spirit. The end of this journey is generally perceived as the final attainment to a state of being pure spirit.

The attainment to wisdom as life progresses can be likened to someone climbing an almost infinitely high mountain straddled by a very thick but low lying layer of clouds. The young person at the bottom can see very clearly but only up to the clouds and wishfully imagines himself to be very near to the top. As he enters the clouds his vision becomes less clear. This is the period when humility and self questioning begin. The higher he climbs the more he realizes his original error. As he begins to come out of the clouds he can see the awesome shining crags of wisdom at a distance so vast that he knows now that he can never reach it even in several lifetimes but he also knows now for the first time with absolute certainty that at least he is on the path.

Those of us who attain to the highest understanding seem to be those who, in a continuing fashion, most easily admit to our own ignorance. If one is living with integrity his general level of spiritual wisdom will increase with age. As one advances in attainment gross elements are thrown off and the rate of increase will accelerate because of naturally increasing effort linked to growing consciousness. Here the process of acceleration by elimination comes into play.

We hear the word "occult" a good deal today. This word means "hidden." There can be occult or arcane knowledge pertaining to anything about which the average person is generally ignorant, such as economics or banking. A secondary meaning, but more popular use of this term, is to describe phenomena commonly associated with the so called "supernatural." There is no such thing as the supernatural. This is a silly and self contradictory term.

In the universe there are three categories of natural phenomena: those which are known to profane science and therefore to the populace at large, those which are known secretly to wizards and adepts, and those which are known to no man.

A higher morality consists in working towards justice for every living thing in the universe, including oneself.

Spiritual monism is faith in the primacy of either good or evil as the abiding force in the universe. This involves imaginative wishfullness about the supposed destiny of one to eventually triumph over the other. In this mode of error, one force is thought of as being a mere pathological deviation which can somehow be "cured."

Spiritual dualism is the absolute knowledge that good and evil are coequal, eternal, and universal in manifestation.

The idea that "good" is the prevailing force in the universe and will someday obliterate "evil" and that there is not supposed to be any suffering in the world, is the fantasy of weaklings and is, ironically, responsible for more evil and suffering than any other cause (7).

He who has absolute knowledge and an immovable will, needs neither hope nor faith, both of which are the comfort of sheep. Notice how the monistic clergyman will refer to his "flock."

In spirituality:
 The monist prays to improve his universe.
 The dualist remakes his universe.
 The monist ignores the fact of evolution.
 The dualist  wills the direction of his own evolution.
 The devolutionary monist fears the Bogeyman.
 The evolutionary dualist is the Bogeyman (8).

The evolutionary dualist viewpoint is neither religion, nor philosophy.
 It is simply a loving and just reaction to verifiable actualities.

The ultimate test of workability for a major religion is the effect that it has on society over the long term of history. A viable spirituality intended to exert major influence must not only attract widespread adherence but must also have a positive effect upon society. Scarecrow spirituality attracts many people but does so only because it appeals to human weakness by promising supernatural revenge to apathetic sluggards. It is passive and limp-wristed. It contributes to all that is devolutionary. Nobody should adhere to a tradition which has clearly failed. Religions based upon false values and unnatural principles are not worth following.

Absolute separation of church and state is impossible because what the people are spiritually determines the form of government they will choose or condone. The economic system of a country will never exceed the soul wisdom of the people residing therein. Wherever we find the institutionalized cowardice of scarecrow religion, we also find Socialism or some other unworkable form of collectivist government. We can't expect an inferior prevailing spirituality to result in a superior way of running society. If the people are no good, the government will be even worse.

The religions based upon spiritual monism are acquiescent slave traditions. The practitioners are morally weak, simple-minded, cowardly, or insane. Most are all of these things. Their actions are rarely at one with their words. Individually they are impotent, but in larger numbers, each fueling the sickness of the others, they will become as torturous and murderous as their combined strength and self serving rationalizations will allow them to be.

"One who farms out most of his spiritual activity to a clergyman can be likened to the man who would hire someone else to romance his wife. There are simply some things that one should do for himself. Spiritual activity is probably the most important of these. The man who does not perform independently in this regard is a spiritual gutter crawler. He who strives towards a transcendental ideal will achieve things intellectually and spiritually as much beyond the average as the average is beyond the baboons" invites Dirk the Sun Warrior, one outspoken Freethinker of the New Aeon (9).

Those who follow outland religious traditions are acquiescent spiritual bondsmen. Developed people can feel only pity for anyone who would demand so little of himself intellectually and spiritually that he would raise up a foreign philosopher and make him into a god. Most of these spiritual lost sheep can't even blow their own noses without asking cultural infiltrators how to do it.

Indigenous religions have far more archetypal relevance for people than any identification with outland personifications. Those who are obsessed with trying to reconcile every aspect of modern experience with foreign scriptures written thousands of years ago are being false to their own heritage and to the present day world. Slavish dogmatism renders the individual an ineffective participant in modern society. People need not seek so far away for their spirituality nor aid and abet missionary monoculture. The vile dispiriting nihilism of wandering internationalists is a poor substitute for the spiritual integrity of being rooted in one's own ancestral tradition. Today there are many fine natural religions being reborn. These represent diverse ethnicity. One must seek, however. They will not come to you.

The most educated and spiritually developed persons of today are rediscovering the ancient religions of their forbears. Sometimes there is justified resentment because most of the early writings were destroyed by fanatics of some other dominant religion in the past. This very fact however gives those who are resurrecting these old religions much leeway for conceptual personifications based upon ancient archetypal ideals while at the same time incorporating the knowledge and science of the modern world. This emerging spirituality is not encumbered by the dogmas of the past. Nor is it based upon subservience, cowardice, and hypocrisy, but upon integrity, courage, honor, truth, and liberty. The new indigenous religions are superior to the original in that they do not countenance the barbaric sacrificial practices that characterized the earlier systems.

There are many today who think of themselves as having attained to illumination. The only people who have, however, are members of that loose aggregation of individuals, who on a worldwide basis, ceaselessly work to move the world towards that one condition which favors the ongoing evolutionary expression of all living things. This is the Quest (10).

11. Perhaps the most noble and heroic trait of mankind is the innate impulse towards individual liberty. It works well because it is both self serving and generous. In the past this impulse has often been obscured by events. The hindsight we now enjoy because of the massive historical changes of the past two centuries, especially of the last three decades, however, enable us to see that most social philosophers of the past have been wrong about the so called "cycles" of history. The very long term trend is, and always has been, towards increased individual liberty in the creation of human societies. The history of man as exemplified by the great nations of the Earth has proceeded in the following way:

Hunter Gatherer Bands -
The dawn of civilization. To secure advantages man organizes.

Agricultural Feudalism -
Strong centralized control. Exploitation leads to revolution.

Industrial Socialism -
Capital is generated. Exploitation leads to further revolution.

Democracy with Capitalism -
Populace becomes more developed. Libertarian refinements persist.

Libertarian Anarcho-Capitalist Republic -
The higher potential for human societies (11).

The premise here is that the highest evolutionary destiny for all living things can best be manifested by continuing peace and prosperity in the human sector, and that all moral people want this. Most believe that such a condition, sustained on a worldwide basis, is an impossible Utopian ideal. It is, however, only the current activities of governments which keep us from this very natural and easily attainable condition.

Collectivist propaganda notwithstanding, interdisciplinary studies have objectively established that the Libertarian Anarcho-Capitalist Republic is the only political-economic system ever devised which has complete internal coherence and long term workability. This is because it is the only system which works in harmony with natural principles rather than against them. It is the one and only condition which favors the ongoing evolutionary expression of all living things.

Liberty is the inalienable birthright of every living organism to manifest justly as an unimpeded participant in evolutionary destiny. This manifestation, to be both Libertarian and just, must not unnecessarily interfere with the evolutionary expression of any other living organism.

The innate love of liberty and the concession of reciprocity in this towards others is what we call the Basic Libertarian Impulse. Depending upon the degree of spiritual development, the individual either manifests this or does not. It is only when people have legal but unjust coercive power that evil can become institutionalized. We know that it is unjust to unnecessarily kill, assault, coerce, rob, defraud, slander, or otherwise encroach upon any living creature. Calling these acts by other names and having an ignorant majority decide that they are necessary or permissible does not change the nature of these acts. To do evil is to trespass unnecessarily upon the liberty of any living organism. Historically this principle has been called the Golden Rule.

In human affairs we accept the premise that is desirable for people to reach their natural level of prosperity and development through their own volition while living in peace and harmony with each other. A human being is an creature which comes into this world with no rights owed him and no obligation incumbent upon him, except the natural right to absolute individual liberty, and since he is not alone on the planet, the logical obligation of reciprocity in this towards others. He need only concede to others the same liberty he demands for himself, because this is absolutely all that is necessary for continuing harmony on Earth. This one human responsibility then is simply to never make unjust encroachment. The only legitimate function of government is to enforce this natural duty. Any person or government attempting to impose any burden other than this upon the individual is guilty of criminal coercion and should be dealt with as a mortal enemy even if the oppression is sanctioned democratically.

The natural inspiration towards liberty for all when acted upon, essentially renders the individual a Servant of Light. Along with the idea of voluntary self sacrifice, this principle is the only thing of universal positive value to be found in any moral system or religion. All other elements simply reflect peripheral things, sometimes of great archetypal value but only to the particular cultural groups among whom they occur. The flip side of this is of course, that any individual who works against individual liberty is to that extent a Servant of Darkness.

Individual liberty is the innate right to be free of unjust encroachment from others. It doesn't matter if the others outnumber us, are organized, and use euphemistic terminology. There are two types of unjust encroachment against individual liberty- illegal and legal. From a Libertarian standpoint both are equally as criminal. Un-Libertarian elements will allege that legal crimes are not unjust because they are determined to be necessary by a majority opinion and that this should supersede any objective measure of workability and rightness. People who don't want to be free are cowards. People who don't want others to be free are criminals. The majority of people on Earth always have been and still are both. There is no reason for decent people to compromise about this. All the crimes legally committed by collectivist governments are destructive to society. When they are continually perpetrated in defiance of known superior alternatives, they must herein also be effectively regarded as treason.

The highest aspiration of humanity is that the evolutionary destiny of life throughout the universe be unimpeded. The Quest on earth is the elimination of all deterrents to evolutionary expression through the actualization of absolute individual liberty everywhere, right now. This does not mean one nation or one world government, but a worldwide aggregation of separate Libertarian Republics, not all completely attaining to this exalted manifestation simultaneously, but eventually. This can only be accomplished by active participation of intelligent people everywhere in Libertarian Revolution, right now (12).


Find links to other Magnuson books under "Suggested Reading".

1. See also "Traditional Arcane Teachings" by Eric F. Magnuson.

2. Pay close attention to continuing instances of this term. The meaning will be clarified forthwith.

3. Recall what Freud identified as the life and death instincts. "We may suppose that the final aim of the destructive instinct is to reduce living things to an inorganic state." In one sense ecstasy vs. nonexistence is just a further manifestation of what Otto Rank described as the desire in humanity to return to the peaceful state of homeostasis which is lost at birth. The method however, is very different in each case.

4. This group includes the legendary international bankers who, for vast profits, cause and finance both sides of most wars. They will then donate a small percentage back to charity as part of a media blitz to defeat critics by conveying a public impression of generosity and goodness. See the second volume linked in the Fimbul Winter Books site. These banking elements are discussed at length.

5. "Balance" does not mean neutralize, cancel, make up for, or justify.

6. Probably the one idea which best expresses the emotional essence of evolutionary dualism.

7. Monistic spirituality often leads to fanaticism which is then exploited by power hungry leaders to the very great detriment of all.

8. Indeed, the monist contributes to all that is devolutionary. As to the Bogeyman: The evolutionary dualist defeats this principle first within himself, but in the eyes of the monist often appears to be and in actuality often turns out to be, the Bogeyman.

9. Dirk A. Lokison murdered by Socialists in 1985. See "The Adventures of Eric F. Magnuson".

10. See book referred to in Footnote 4.

11. Some assert that feudalism can go directly to Capitalism. Without a capital base however, this necessitates massive foreign ownership, an unacceptable evil in itself. The United States was unique because it was settled by Capitalists from all over the world, rapidly displacing a non-industrial culture. The agricultural feudalism of the United States of course, was the institution of slavery. The Civil War, as a class struggle for individual Liberty, is really more analogous to the French and Russian Revolutions than is the American Revolution for colonial independence.
This exalted condition actually can be achieved, but how is not within the scope of this volume.

12. See book referred to in Footnote 4.