WHAT’RE DEAD CATS GOOD FOR, HUCK? (Whatever Schrödinger Imagines) (A Treatise Concerning Life and its Persistence, Wrong headedness and its Consistence, Insanity and its Resistance and Universal Truth and its Insistence with a literary tour of Inconvenient Truths and half Truths which hold us back) “It “isn’t what we don’t know that is the problem; it’s what we know for sure that just aint so” Quote from Mark Twain … In the vast majority of cases, these conceptions about reality which belong to the prevailing paradigm or worldview-aren’t accurate. So, if History’s any guide, much that we take for granted about the world today simply isn’t true.” Quotation from John Hagelin PhD By : Allan Scott Helgeson INTRODUCTION: I: And OUR point is -? Life – It surges and testifies to its own importance with every breath you take – with every thought you think – with every beat of your heart! However part of what you are, though intimately associated and inextricably intertwined with life seems to exist outside of the physical. There is something here, within me, which is also within you who are reading these words. What is it, you ask? In my opinion, it is the need to know what this is all about. To my way of thinking, the ―Powers That Be‖ in our physical reality haven‘t done anything to actually satisfy that curiosity on our parts. Instead, they have done everything to obscure ―THE TRUTH‖ so that we can not comprehend or even recognize it. With your help I wish to shine a light upon the part which is not directly physical so that we may more fully comprehend its importance to our physical existence. What I am hoping to do with this book or this series of books is to help to convert the generalized FOG in which we find ourselves to a clear day on the MOUNTAIN and I assure you, I cannot do this without your help. What Mountain, you ask. You know – the figurative one which literary Truth Seekers have been climbing in some fashion since the spoken word was incepted. We are all seeking that Ultimate MASTER of knowledge, the wise Guru who possesses the answer to Life, The Universe and Everything. (I suppose it may actually be 42), but perhaps we can take a journey of discovery together here and find out. Though I hope that it will be entertaining, entertainment is not my prime purpose in writing this. My prime purpose in writing it is to convince you to reexamine your way of viewing the world around you. What I believe is that in order to obtain the TRUTH, we can climb the mountain, or we can stay on level ground and deduce it or, we can follow the White Rabbit into the Rabbit Hole. Possibly, it may be necessary to do all three one at a time. Ah, but is there any kind of logical sequence to follow, if we are going to take the threefold Journey of which I have just spoken? Do we know whether its level ground, Rabbit Hole or High Mountain that we wish to examine first? Since I‘m in charge of this book, I believe that we will begin with Level ground, if that‘s all right with you, that is. If it‘s not alright, well, we‘re going to start here anyway. Children tell stories, but in their tales are enfolded many a mystery and moral lesson. Though they may relate many ridiculous things, keep looking in those ruined places for a treasure. Our moral guidebooks were written to help people be less afraid of the world around them while providing some physical reference points for rules of interaction with their fellows. Perhaps they served their purpose at the time, however, we cannot use them today and expect that they apply in all cases or expect that what they say makes sense completely; we just need to use sane judgment in accepting or rejecting their validity. Understand that it is very difficult for a person to truly understand the Universalist Concept which simply states ―God is the Universe and the Universe is God.‖ Certainly this concept didn‘t really originate in the times when ―The Bible‖, for instance, was written. In those days, the concept of a Universe was not considered. For most people, who enjoy and have enjoyed the ―ridiculous stories of Childhood‖, God is a Human- Like figure with distinctly human qualities such as jealousy and rage and Love. God, to the mind and imagination of primitives is capable of hatred, disapproval, loathing and disgust and lust. God had a son, even, because God is very like the Gods of earlier times and requires a son in order to understand that which is human and to therefore acquire the ability to forgive humans their trespasses. But, I must interrupt this reverie for a moment. If God is perfect as the holy books claim, how is it that he was unable to sympathize with his creations until he created a son who could tell him what it was like to suffer as a human? The perfection which was God should have already understood that suffering and known that it wasn‘t fun although it may have been instructive. Early people had no Universal concept at all. They knew nothing of cosmology (or cosmetology for that matter) or of other places in our Galaxy or of other Galaxies. Their concept of God was based on the earth and the heavens which they assumed were placed in the sky for the amusement of mankind. Everything which was not Earth (our level plane of existence) was either Heaven (our highest mountaintop of aspirations, home of the GURU, or Hell (Down the rabbit hole). All of their conceptions of God were based upon these simplistic assumptions and it seems that it was on these simplistic assumptions that the Holy Books were based. What this book is about is these very things. I am going to try to explain how we have been mislead by our own teachers not on purpose, necessarily but because they were incapable of seeing God as the Universe and instead saw God merely as a powerful human being and, wishing to be taken as important persons, they made up childish stories and claimed (through the use of persuasive speech, insanity thugery, sleight of hand or some sickness such as Epilepsy) to be speaking the Word Of God). When they convinced others to write their words, those others didn‘t wish to be seen as fools, so, they attested under the influence of Gold or other forms of payment, when asked, that there was evidence in great abundance that as far as they could deduce, the originators of whatever stories and anecdotes were contained in those writings were under the direct influence and tutelage of The Almighty! As the stories spread farther, they grew in importance and became the ―TRUTH‖ no matter their validity or lack thereof. How can there be anything but confusion when all that is supposedly truth is derived from lack of truth or at least a lack of understanding of the Truth? It is no small wonder that you who are reading this have been confused and also it is no small wonder that early peoples were told to fear God. The priests and Holy Men, who based their livelihoods upon the inability of the populace to comprehend the workings of God did not want people inquiring too deeply into the nature of God, because the answers of the Holy Men would likely begin to ring of falsehoods since they truly had no more knowledge of God than did the General Public. If they could keep the public ―God Fearing‖, then the embarrassing questions wouldn‘t be asked and the Holy Guys could maintain the fraud and keep their jobs. So, we know what they think they‘re afraid of and we know what we are afraid of as well, or do we? What fears drive us when it comes to the powers of God? If you examine the fears closely you may come to the conclusion that most of them have been propagated by the numberless members of various clergies. II: FEAR YOU CAN CUT WITH A KNIFE According to those who really understand fear: Fear of the unknown is really the only true Fear. Every other fear is a hollow pretense. The worst thing about fear is it sometimes seems that we do not fear that which we should fear in the manner it should be feared and we create meaningless fears simply due to our lack of ability to understand things. -And, what about our sins? You all know what Sins are. Are there not seven deadly ones? Lust, Pride, Greed, Gluttony, Sloth, Wrath and Envy with the one at the base of the others actually being Envy. There is an innate need for the “Envy” of your fellows which weighs down every human psyche. It seems to me to be a slavish and ugly yoke which would best be removed in order for humanity to progress. Do we understand the concept of time, or not? From a relativistic Newtonian viewpoint, we sort of do but with the introduction of Quantum Probability; time becomes something else entirely and seems beyond the comprehension of mere mortals. How can we make sense of a Universe (or more accurately, a Multiverse) where not only is everything possible but everything is possible simultaneously?! I‘ll admit that the notion is a difficult one to grasp. Einstein himself said that quantum probabilities made the universe ―Too Spooky‖ to suit his comfort level, an understatement on his part for sure! According to Quantum Mechanical Theory, EVERYTHING is possible! So – what would you imagine the Multiverse is like if somewhere; each of us has made the ―other choices‖ which we considered at every branch point in our lives. Again, according to quantum physics, every time such alternate choices were made, there were new timelines generated! That is what is meant by infinity. (The latter statement can be taken at many levels of truth and it‘s up to you, as Dustin Hoffman‘s character Bernard LaPlante says in the movie HERO, to choose the layer of Bullshit with which you are most comfortable). Or, perhaps, the layer which is least fearsome to you is the one you must choose III. KNOWLEDGE IS POWER Whichever layer we pick, the idea is that The Multiverse is itself a living sentient organism and we are all component cells sharing ultimately the same experiences and destined, whether or not we understand the fact, to profit from this Multiversal experience by gaining an ultimate understanding of – EVERYTHING! Now, if that is really true, aint it ―way cool‖ as they say? According to this thought stream, living and dying and being reborn are the physical aspects of existence while learning and understanding and loving are the spiritual ones. What if we are not just citizens of Earth as the mystics who try to center everything here would have you believe, and are Instead citizens of a dynamic and electrically energized cosmic alliance of souls who are seeking enlightenment with the ultimate endpoint of knowing and understanding GOD. If all of the above is actually true, then once we have achieved this knowledge, we can expand existence again by shouting with one voice something like “Let there be light!” It is this ability which we seek to obtain by existing. Most of us look no further than the level ground of the planet upon which we stand and to some extent, it might be possible that there is the only place we need to look, however, the richness of our Universe and the Fullness of our lives can be enhanced by Following the White Rabbit and by climbing the mountain to ―See The Man‖. I am writing this book in order to encourage you to try these adjuvants to existence. I hope that, if you do, your lives as well as the lives of every entity of which you know, will have more meaning to you. IV: OBSCURITY, OBFUSCATION AND OBJECTIVITY - OBVIOUSLY Obviously, the established and recognized authorities of all types have lied to and mislead us. The question automatically arises, should we be angry? The answer to that is yes, but our anger is often misdirected for we rail at THEM when it is WE who have allowed this state of affairs to develop. We blame others for our circumstances, but because we believe that we have no right or inclination to hold others accountable we use this notion to justify our general lack of action while if the blame were placed squarely on our own shoulders, we might be compelled to alter or abolish our circumstances! We are angry because we take things personally which are the products of our and everyone else‘s laziness, greed and slovenliness. We take things personally and whine about it not being our fault! We look for someone to blame and can find only fate or some infinitely powerful being such as ―God‖. Let‘s digress a moment and think about all of this. Because some Infinitely Powerful being such as ―God‖ has made this Multiverse and is thus responsible for everything in it, that Infinitely Powerful being must have had a reason for doing so. Since this being is basically beyond our comprehension or analysis, we have two choices. Choice #1, blindly accept everything that happens and react to try and make things better or suffer in dumb misery or two, Join some religious organization which sports leaders who claim to be ―infinitely wiser than we‖ and blindly follow their recommendations even should those recommendations result in the destruction of all which we hold dear! According to religious leaders and zealots who ponder such things, this Infinitely powerful being will have eventually had enough and come from wherever it has gone at the head of a Holy Army and lay waste to all evil in the world ushering in a millennium of peace. (Wasn‘t all evil in the world supposedly destroyed by Noah‘s Flood?) According to many mystics, December 21, 2012 is supposed to be the day of the ―END OF THE WORLD‖ It is the beginning of 2008 right now and supposedly, according to Jack Van Impe‘ and other insane mystics the date of the ―Rapture‖ should have been December 21st 2005. There should have been a huge lightshow and the Heavens, were supposed to open up and Jesus was supposed to transport all of the ―Worthy Ones‖ to heaven to live for seven years before ushering in the ―Millennium of peace‖ Did this happen and just receive no news coverage in light of the Tsunami and Hurricane Katrina, or what? In my opinion, the reason for our having been made is not so that we will be constantly taken over by evil forces which will be rooted out and eventually destroyed by some great warrior GOD with a flaming sword at the head of a holy army. Instead, it is to provide us with challenges and opportunities to excel! If we can solve our own problems using our god given tools such as logic and compassion, it will cause us to grow both as a species and as individuals! So, I am throwing down the Gauntlet and I challenge you to expand your horizons as a humane human being. Can you do it? (You don‘t have to answer yet, but please think about it!) V. HOPE PERSISTS AND OPTIMISM INSISTS AND- I believe there is hope. Even Christian Conservatives, some of whom I vilify in this work, as you will see, are beginning to ―Get It‖. By this, I mean they are beginning to get a clue as to the significance of such things as global climate change and mass extinctions (don‘t tell the Caribbean Monk Seal), brought about by the gross negligence exhibited by many companies in the Military Industrial Complex and Big Energy. The Green movement is picking up steam and it‘s about time! Since Al Gore released his ―An Inconvenient Truth‖ there has been a measured 23% decrease in the Ice Sheet known as the North Pole. This will without a doubt result in accelerated climate change wit resultant inundation of coastal areas throughout the world and I am sorry to say, this will mean in turn, huge numbers of refugees resulting in a humanitarian crisis the like of which this planet has never seen. Even worse yet, many of the climate changes are already irreversible, no matter what direction we go in dealing with them. We are already screwed, my friends and what we will have left now, is damage control! If you doubt the effects upon weather patterns worldwide, that Global Warming has, look at the damage that has been done by hurricanes, tornados floods and droughts over the period from 2004 – 2008. The Des Moines and Cedar Rapids areas were affected in the summer of 2008 by floods the like of which were not supposed to occur under normal weather cycles until the late 2080s or beyond, yet there they were! New Orleans and many cities South of The Quad Cities in Iowa and Illinois suffered from a huge amount of flooding along the Mississippi that according to what should have been normal weather patterns, should not have occurred. VI: RESPONSIBILITY IS DODGEABLE BUT STICKS IF WE PAY ATTENTION I have a word of caution to big energy and your dupes and puppets such as Oklahoma Senator Imhofe. You have created this crisis and you have felt insulated from it by a layer of money which your greed told you would be enough to protect you. You were possibly very wrong. If you were, this is going to cost you a lot of money and you will no longer be able to dodge the responsibility which you bear for causing this crisis! My first impulse would be to drag you all out of your boardrooms and drown you in your new water inundated coastal areas! Unfortunately, that would solve nothing other than to make some of us feel a sense of satisfaction for a few moments. That isn‘t what we‘re going to do, I hope, especially since your accumulation of wealth may be able to be applied towards softening the climatic blow that may be coming. To the Bush Administration, I send accolades for your having been a part of the most disastrous and insane period of governance the world has seen since Joan the Mad and her deformed and demented Hapsburg son, Rudolph! I believe that the name of George Bush should be changed to Nero and instead of Rome; we can say he fiddled while the World burned which he has. Nothing we do is going to stop climate change completely. It doesn‘t matter how much money we throw at it because while it was never the inexhaustible dumping ground which Big Energy and the MIC saw it to be, once it is moving in a particular direction, halting the momentum will take decades and only that if we all place ourselves on the same page and address the problem realistically! VII: THE NATURE OF VIRTUE AND FAITH IS ONE AS IS HUMANITY in regards to continued existence, two virtues required of all of us, if this is going to be a problem with a workable solution and not ―The Happening‖ as in the movie by M. Night Shyamalan. Faith, not in your own religion dictated iconic God but in the God of the Multiverse. Everyone‘s GOD that is the God of whom I speak. This is a God with whom we all communicate on a daily basis, not through the intercession of some mystic or priest spouting mumbo jumbo, but the GOD that we all know. This is the God that speaks wisdom to us every day and tells us that to destroy life needlessly and heedlessly in the name of some cause or religious agenda is just wrong! We must have faith that that which this GOD communicates to us is the true word! The word of GOD is not contained within the pages of some Holy Book either (most especially not The Bible or The Koran!), but is instead written across the double Helix of our DNA. I was watching a program featuring a televangelist one morning and I observed his method of trying to describe the power of God. He said, as I do, that God can communicate directly with us if God so wishes. He said that no matter where we are, God will find us if he needs to tell us something. That was close to the truth but this man still didn‘t really get it. I reiterate, God is ALWAYS aware of us because God is ALWAYS with us! God never leaves us for God is part of us and we are part of God. Keep trying to wrap your mind around that one if you can. No matter what effort we put forth we can never separate ourselves from God! In my opinion, this separation fallacy is what keeps the Priests and Neocheaters and Mystics in business, OUR Business! Therefore, they are quick to encourage any feelings of separation. Don‘t expect any of them to tell us the real truth because their jobs depend upon our not understanding this truth and instead believing that our only way to the truth is through them! Remember the words reiterated by Al Gore in ―An Inconvenient Truth‖ and quoted from Upton Sinclair ―It‘s hard for a man to understand the truth if his salary (or in this case, his livelihood) depends upon his not understanding it!‖ The Priests, other mystics and Neocheaters are out of business if either they or we understand these truths. They tell us that we must have faith, and we must, but let‘s place our faith in the Master Architect, not in them! Besides faith, we are going to need our common humanity. We are going to need compassion for and belief in the virtue of our fellows and to understand that they all want the same things which we want. They want dignity and a feeling of self worth and also a feeling that they are appreciated and accepted by their fellow travelers on this cosmic mud ball. They need to feel that they contribute to humanity‘s causes and to trust that everyone is willing to do their fair share. They want to feel that their genes in the form of their children have a better than even chance of carrying themselves through the centuries to come until our species learns humility and gains a sense of responsibility for our world and our circumstances. VIII: LET’S FACE FACTS AND UNDERSTAND FOES For too long, the Mystics and Neocheaters have been telling us to have patience and that soon God would reveal his plan to them and that they would in turn reveal the plan to the rest of us. Well, that waiting game might have seemed alright before Global Climate Change intruded itself into our lives, but it isn‘t now. Global Climate Change would, of itself be enough of a burden to bear for any species and will be for every species, but we are unfortunately going to be faced with other disasters of nearly equal destructive potential on a global scale. HIV/AIDS is still in its infancy and no one seems to want to discuss it. Multiply drug resistant forms of tuberculosis have emerged and threaten again to be the direct or ultimate cause of more death and suffering than any such disease that has surfaced amongst the Human Race. Many other emerging diseases such as the much publicized MRSA are also making their presence felt and it could actually be a race between them to determine which one is the most virulent killer! Then, to top it all off there is the ever present drone about the next Global Pandemic of Avian Flu or Airborne Hanta Virus! I was on my way to work another morning recently, (actually, it could be any morning, I suppose) and I heard a commentary concerning True Virtue Perfume. According to the announcer/DJ the perfume was available for ordering online and contained essences spoken of in the Bible. The claim was that this perfume would make someone who uses it smell like God! Smell like God?! If there is one notion I wish the reader of this book to GET it is that there is nothing of any sort in the Multiverse (Multiple Universes according to Quantum Physics) that is not God. I do not mean LIKE God, I mean God Him/her/Itself! It all smells like God! It IS God! Everything is GOD. I myself have got to resist the tendency to preach or proselytize because your feelings and ideas about these things count and you must convince yourself concerning such fundamental issues. I cannot hope to persuade or con or bully you into acceptance of my thoughts, all I wish to do is encourage you to ask ―What If‖? What if my traditionalist beliefs are mistaken and this man‘s visions are accurate? Could it be possible that such Truths, if they are indeed truths actually might set me free? Examine your feelings and what seems to make sense to you. Does the traditional dogma which you have been taught to believe make sense out of the universe, or are you left merely with ―God works in mysterious ways‖? IX: WHERE WE ARE HEADED This book is an attempt to lead you on an evolutionary journey to ultimately expand your consciousness. I ask the questions which I ask and comment as I do so that YOU will ask these questions of yourselves! I earnestly hope you might arrive eventually in a place where you will value HUMANITY to the exclusion of all other mundane concerns. Rather than comparing the DIVINE (that which is productive in a multiversal sense) with the PROFANE, (anything destructive or non constructive), I shall compare the HUMANE with the PROFANE! We will examine the human situation as it exists now and discuss the possible reasons for our being in the philosophical mess that we seem to be caught up in. We don‘t trust our governments, we don‘t trust ourselves, and therefore we don‘t trust in GOD. Because we do not have the faith to trust in GOD, we don‘t trust in anything! Hopefully, we can get around to considering even such questions as Who Are We? Why Are We Here? And what is our (My) Ultimate Reason for Being. In order to understand these concepts effectively you must discard concepts of mystical forces beyond your comprehension or control and recognize that belief systems are exactly that, no more, no less. You don‘t have to do anything other than believe. You needn‘t be indisputably right. If you can dispose of the need to be right, perhaps you can dispose of the need to impose your beliefs on others. Explain your thoughts, by all means, but do not coerce in any way for when you do, it can lead to conflict literally over mental images alone. In other words you or someone else that you know may be willing to kill over nothing! While it is true that there is an undeniability concerning existence (we are here and that‘s a fact no matter how we got here), there are some who like to academically appreciate the reason(s) for being as we are. So, how did we get here? Was it through evolution, or direct creation? All of the Scientific evidence (and it‘s a lot and growing all of the time) says that Evolution, or more correctly, decent with modification is the driving force behind our civilization. Perhaps, because of that we have a unique ability to determine whether or not our species continues to survive and grow spiritually and emotionally into a productive and cosmically evolved population of contributors to Universal Peace and progress. So, now you know and understand the reasoning which led to our being given free will! You see, if we achieve peace ourselves, then it will be peace of the sort that we will know we can maintain and which we will know we deserve (after all we will have earned it ourselves by making the proper choices and preserving life wherever possible!). We will have earned it by waking up and as a consequence, Growing Up! X. HUMAN WELLFARE AND GOODWILL TOWARDS OUR FELLOWS We will try to understand such things as are presented in the Michael Moore film Sicko where it is shown that in societies where monetary considerations are a priority, the health of the entire economic system suffers while when People are the main consideration, everyone profits. His four examples of Canada, Great Britain, France and Cuba are Classic. Canada, with a relatively open border to the US will permit any citizen of Canada to have access to free health care and nearly free drugs and pharmaceuticals of other types. The same it true in Great Britain, France and Cuba. It is funny that 2 of these are countries which the US chooses to make into villains or Buffoons in portraying them and yet, these places treat all patients with a level of professionalism and compassion that we here in the US can only dream about. An especially sad note that I can sense is that Michael Moore‘s ―Pro Humanity‖ Stand is being labeled as ―Anti – American‖. So, if we are standing for humanity – we are standing against America? Am I the only one who finds this notion problematic? OK, I‘ll admit that the portrayals seen in SICKO are probably the best of the best, but, even depictions of the worst conditions in Cuba such as were presented by the anti Michael Moore forces at CNN (Conservative News Networks) showed conditions no worse than those seen in documentaries of poorly run hospitals and nursing homes in the US! The thing which was forgotten as the ―photo Journalists‖ from CNN tried to show that Michael Moore had glamorized his presentations, was that the equally bad as the United States Health Care system in Cuba was free and Universal while that in the US wasn‘t. If we are receiving poor health care at a government run center, it is somehow more understandable than that we should receive such poor care at a Modern Commercially run medical facility. CNN, however, is really good at saying things the equivalent of ―That Scalding water which is taking your skin off isn‘t hot at all compared with pressurized, superheated steam!‖ Sheeesh! One thing that I must make note of is that I at least feel that CNN is still a news network. I cannot even say that about Fox News. They are an editorial network and a spin machine. I have never seen such shoddy opinionated coverage of the events of our world in my life. They should be truly ashamed! To be ashamed of a lack of journalistic integrity however would require that they understood what is meant by the phrase. It is obvious to most persons that they haven‘t the faintest idea of what Journalistic Integrity means. One could almost hope that GOD himself would strike them ―Dumb‖ and not just choose to leave them ―Stupid‖! Again, they are probably suffering from the delusion that God may eventually find out about them but won‘t know all of the details because God wasn‘t here when they committed their sins. In the song from the 1970s called ―SIGNS‖ there is a verse which goes ―And the sign said anyone caught trespassing, will be shot on sight! So I jumped on the fence and yelled at the house HEY! What gives you the right- To put up a fence to keep me out or to keep Mother Nature in? If God were here, he‘d tell you to your face, ―man you‘re some kinda‘ sinner!‖ In these Interesting lyrics are described our most fundamental Faith Related problem. IF God was here - Everyone has been taught to think that. They imply that God is off somewhere. God is off somewhere? Where do you suppose that that somewhere would be? Heaven, you‘d guess! Of course heaven‘s not here! That is why we can commit crimes against humanity and other atrocities and hope that God doesn‘t find out or that God doesn‘t see! But – search your souls – we all share the same knowledge and that knowledge tells us that GOD IS HERE! Always, God is here. Before us – Behind us, within us and never without us and the most important thing to comprehend is, whether God exists or not, WE do and in one way or another whether it is God or God Man, we are not without guidance and that guidance suggests that we can never hide evil deeds for long especially not from ourselves. If you believe that the part of the Bible dealing with Caine and Abel is factual, and that God did not know that the crime of murder based on jealousy was being committed when it was, nor where the body was hidden, you probably have no real concept of God‘s true nature at all! Again, you ask, if God always knows our hearts and souls and minds, why doesn‘t God stop us from committing crimes? The answer is – Because our wills are free! Deep down, we all sense this to be the truth but we have differing levels of acceptance of reality basically coincident with our level of mental sophistication! There are persons who believe that the notion of Intelligent Design requires an active involvement of a ―Fatherly‖ Multiversal Entity all of the way to those with visions of a completely uninvolved computer programmer who set things in motion but who then washed his celestial hands of the entire process, allowing it to proceed unshepherded. I must confess that I am closer to the latter notion than the former but I still believe that a creative entity may at least have capability of and ultimate capacity for oversight of the process without interfering in it other than the occasional ―nudge‖ if we go too far astray. Taking this thought process a bit farther then, if The Designer was intelligent enough to plant seeds and to let them grow, with the ultimate form dictated by chemistry, quantum probability and the nature of the environment, it still designed, it just didn‘t tinker. The creative intelligence designed the physics and chemical processes involved. That creative intelligence was responsible for designing the rules and possibilities. The pattern was left up to chance and environmental pressure both of which were also designed by the Master Planner. Direct creation, then, is a matter of semantics only. We are allowed to exist perhaps because we provide variety to the Creator‘s existence. Perhaps the creator found itself surprised at our ultimate physical form and the effects which the peculiarities associated with that form; have on our various behaviors and thought processes. XI: QUANTUM GENOMICS AND HISTORY If we observe our development through the eyes of a researcher in genomics we may note that as the level of phylogenetic sophistication increases the complexity of genetic material whether in coding or non coding areas increases proportionally. Looking for functional elements in mammalian and other vertebrate genomes has been described as ―like looking for needles in a haystack," according to a well known genomic researcher. This person goes on to say that by focusing on conserved elements, you get a much smaller haystack, and that while it's not guaranteed to have every needle in it, and not everything in it is a needle, one is much more likely to find a needle if one looks in this smaller haystack than by looking in the big one. Recently, the use of such techniques has revealed many more levels of genetic control in an organism as simple as a common fruit fly, what might be implied from this concerning sophisticated control mechanisms in something as complex as a Chimpanzee, Bonobo, Dolphin or Human Being boggles the mind! One well known research team aligned whole-genome sequences for four types of familiar organisms (vertebrates, insects, worms, and yeast). The vertebrates included human, mouse, rat, chicken, and puffer fish, and the insects included three species of fruit fly and one species of mosquito. Two worm species and seven yeast species rounded out the set. When looking at similarities and differences between genomes from different phylogenetic branches on the tree of life a new tool called PhastCons has been developed. In contrast to traditional tools that compute conservation levels based on sequence similarity at each nucleotide position, phastCons allows for a lot more complex comparisons of genetic material by taking into consideration such things as how closely related various compared species are already known to be and using this information to draw further comparisons. After applying phastCons to multiple alignments of each of the four groups of eukaryotic species, the researchers estimated that only 3 to 8 percent of the human genome‘s non coding areas were the same in the other vertebrate species. On the other hand, the more compact extra gene (those noncoding sequences mentioned earlier) genomes of insects were more highly conserved (37 to 53 percent), as were those of worms (18 to 37 percent) and yeast (47 to 68 percent). In other words, the fewer free choices an organism is capable of making, the more similar its non coding segments of DNA are to other organisms of less behavioral complexity, while as one would imagine after gleaning information from the previous data, these scientists also observed that the proportion of conserved sequences located outside of protein-coding regions tended to increase with genome length and with the species' general biological complexity. The main thought here which serves as an indictment of so-called Direct Creation is the possession of these non-coding sequences and their size relationship to potential freely chosen complex behaviors. Why would they be there if the imprint of each organism was indelibly scrawled by the hand of God? Why put a bunch of useless junk into the genomes of more advanced organisms? If God is perfect as the creationists claim and makes perfect creations, one might assume that there would be no need for non-coding DNA sequences. It seems certain that God did not design human beings merely as a vehicle for Transposons! Nor, I dare say did the designer‘s intent appear to make human beings an example of perfection, merely practicality. What begins to be obvious is the fact that the more behavioral complexity there is in a species (The More It‘s potential choices vary), the more so called junk DNA is found in the genome of members of that species. The choices and potential for making wrong ones have grown into our DNA through evolution. In my opinion, the junk DNA which we possess is there because it has been accumulated to provide us with backup material to make genes from as well as providing us with quantum probability backups as a product of the behavioral choices we make and the resultant probability lines which we generate. Individuals within a particular reality framework don‘t necessarily benefit from this ―junk DNA‖ but populations which are the raw material with which evolution works presumably do. Our junk DNA is in part proof of a legacy of genetic inheritance which goes back to the Universal Common Ancestor and progresses right through to Homo sapiens. It is a testimony to the ability of the Multiversal Oversoul to anticipate every possible choice made by every being that exists across the threshold of quantum physical reality! What are the most important questions and considerations here? Well, what it may actually come down to if you will is, it doesn‘t matter! Whether we are here by creation or chance, WE ARE HERE! WE ARE INFLUENCING THE OTHER LIFE ON THIS PLANET! WE CANNOT DECIDE TO ABDICATE RESPONSIBILITY FOR OUR ACTIONS OR THOSE OF OTHERS TO ANY GOD ESPECIALLY SINCE, SHOULD A GOD EXIST, IT WILL INVOLVE ITSELF (OR NOT) WHETHER OR NOT WE BELIEVE IN IT! To put it bluntly then, evolution was truly intelligently designed It was designed to allow life to exploit every opportunity and every utilizable niche and expand to occupy these as they become available in a sense mimicking the sorts of potentialities seen when quantum probability is considered and unfortunately for some of these organisms, if the niches disappear or are in some other fashion made unavailable, then specialists who have occupied them are doomed to "adapt or die" as it were. That is, unless they have enough ―Junk DNA‖ from which they can construct new probability and genomic directives like Human Beings and perhaps Rats Cockroaches and Coyotes can. XII: FAITH VS SCIENCE IS NO CONFLICT AT ALL UNLESS WE WANT IT TO BE I of course, understand, if you claim to be a strictly scientific thinker, that any sort of Multiversal Architect is beyond analysis and if you don‘t have faith, then you cannot rationally take the actions of such a being into account but just because you cannot analyze or measure God doesn‘t mean that God isn‘t real. At the same time, just because you are a believer in the idea of a Multiversal Architect does not mean that Scientific Inquiry is not valid. The two are not mutually exclusive and as a matter of fact, if you have faith, you understand that Science is just another tool provided to us by the Master Architect. It seems that throughout the geological time span some species manage to adapt but most die out with their niches when the sum of their choices runs out. The amazing thing to me which more than anything else says that a design does exist is that as soon as a new niche becomes available irrespective of (and sometimes because of) previous extinctions, some life form invariably evolves to occupy it no matter how incredible the chain of events necessary for it to do so. Quantum Mechanics, Chaos Theory, call it what you will, it happens and perhaps it is even predictable that it will do so. Just another thought, (like it‘s the last I‘ll propose – not), intelligent design of the frameworks for infinite reality is proven by the very "randomness" of these events as no matter how random they appear; they still must follow what seem to be definable and determinable physical rules and laws in order for them to take place. The lack of proof of involvement of some guiding entity‘s hand in all of this, is not due to the proof not being there, it is instead, our lack of the technological ability to detect or to predict it completely, yet the fact that most of us sense or feel that there IS a Multiversal Designer (whether or not) we choose to ignore or accept these feelings, speaks volumes. Since, however the ―Proof‖ of GOD will be forever open to interpretation, perhaps we ought to devote our energies and time to understanding God‘s works and will, rather than proving or disproving GOD‘s existence or that God‘s ―WORD‖ is contained in some ―Holy Book‖ or another. It is understandable however, that for some persons, proving that the words written by some dried up old perverts in some holy book or another for the purpose of acquiring power are the supposed words of their Deity, has NOTHING to do with advancing the causes of humanity! Instead, it is only designed to advance the causes of the men who wrote the words at the time. The fact that human beings are still killing one another over the agendas of misapprehending individuals that are long since dust has got to be the ultimate in cosmic irony. Allow me, if you will, to provide you with the three ‖Words of GOD‖ and here they are – LIVE like your life was important, because it is! LEARN that tolerance means accepting things which GOD has provided and trying to understand that which you fear. LOVE everything for which GOD is responsible (That means one another and everything else as well.) These words provide a framework for accepting both the GOLDEN RULE and all of Quantum Reality! LOVE guides acceptance of the GOLDEN RULE and LIVE and LEARN relate to Quantum Reality and Experience as well as Observation of associated wonders! To love God, you needn‘t run about shouting that you love God, nor need you worship reverently in the church or temple of your choice. Instead, embrace God‘s works, which means that you must respect all existence and protect it by assuring its continuance! Things do occur by chance - but only because chance too was designed in order to assure that life would continue the pattern of self replication which began with some simple strands of Ribonucleic Acid and will end only when we KNOW not only the Program but the Programmer intimately. When we speak of intelligent design or Biblical or Qharanic Fundamentalism we still have our share of malcontents who really hold out no hope for something ―better‖. There are also those whose Multiversal center has somehow grown to become the centrist ―ME‖ If any of these types fail at anything, their failure has usually been considered by them to be a personal punishment from GOD for their transgressions whether real or imaginary. Well, I have news for them. No individual is important enough in the overall cosmic scheme to be individually singled out by GOD for punishment. We set up the circumstances for any punishment we receive and we carry out the sentences! GOD knows that we will do that justly and allows us the free will to control these things. One problem which most of us experience concerning the development of true faith is our inability to see beyond this life which we are presently experiencing. If we could see that things go on ad infinitum, we could probably understand the importance of positive actions while at the same time being better able to forgive ourselves for negative ones. XIII: QUANTA OF FAITH AND FAITH IN QUANTA Since we create our own reality, this act of continuous creation makes us the Stars of our productions, co-stars in some other plays, and extras in the remainder. What we really see is not always what everyone else sees, nor do we always see the same thing under the same circumstances because quantum rules are total chaos from a finite point of view. Good thing, our producer and director, Best Boy and Gaffer are all GOD! Only the mind of God is capable of envisioning all of quantum existence simultaneously! WE live it. GOD KNOWS it! GOD IS IT! Yet, If GOD knows so much, why are Ecological disasters and Inhumanities permitted to occur across the Globe. Butchery of Dolphins by Japanese, Norwegian and American Fishermen, Sexual degradation and Genital mutilation of young (poor) Muslim women and sexual slavery involving persons of all ages all across the world are things which MUST be offensive in the Eyes of a loving, caring GOD. Certainly, international laws forbid the dumping of radioactive or other hazardous wastes into our oceans yet such goes on, sanctioned secretly by most governments who owe their souls to large international companies, to the detriment of all life on this planet! Finally, people, given the tools, always seem capable of slaughtering one another without mercy or remorse to the benefit of the Military Industrial Complex but to the detriment of our collective souls and consciences. The slaughter of innocents is often connected to a concomitant slaughter of innocence. It causes those with a strong sense of justice to become discouraged and cynical and sometimes downright murderous! In the movie ―Tombstone‖ Kurt Russell, who portrayed the famous Frontier Marshall Wyatt Earp, asked Doc Holliday (portrayed by Val Kilmer) what it was that motivated a man like Johnny Ringo (Michael Biehn). ―A man like Ringo‖ Doc said, ―Has a great Big Hole right through the middle of him. He can never Kill enough or steal enough or cause enough pain to fill it!‖ ―What does he want?‖ Wyatt asked. ―He wants Revenge!‖ Doc answered. ―Revenge for What?‖ Wyatt Inquired. ―Revenge for being‘ born!‖ Doc explained. Revenge for being born? Are there really persons who feel that they deserve that? Do YOU, rather like Cho Seung-Hui the shooter at Virginia Tech in April of 2007 hate the world that you were born into? Do you hate GOD for being the force behind the things that you hate about the world? Why? Well, you say because the above should be enough to bring tears to the figurative eyes of GOD. But – God does nothing. How, can it be that bad things occur and God does nothing?! The answer is: Free Will. Humanity needs to clean up its own messes and really, as a species, we cannot be touched where it counts, which is in our spiritual essences or Souls, if you will. The only souls damaged by destructive actions are the souls of the perpetrators of these actions! The above examples serve as an introduction to the conceptualized visions presented in the dialogue to follow. Read it with the understanding that MY VIEWS are themselves but a piece of the puzzle! I suppose I am just arrogant enough to hope that reading this book will begin your journey towards The Great Awakening! Waking up might not be fun, but it is necessary. The price of ignorant, unheeding somnambulism is just too damn high! We can no longer afford to pay it! Besides, look around you and sense the wonders! Things are not so bad and if you acquire faith as you read this book, they will never be ―BAD‖ again, at least, not for you! You don‘t have to live a good life or a bad life in order to gain celestial attention, you have it, always! God does not judge you, nor as some of the clergy claim does God Love you or demand love or worship from you. The ONLY thing that one might sense as a demand from God is that we love all living things and those processes which sustain life in our sphere. ―But, I‘ve always been told that God Loves me!‖ you protest ―- and I‘ve also been told that I must serve God and accept certain duties in order to please God and be proven worthy of God‘s attention!‖ Do you really believe that? Well, how do we gain God‘s attention and God‘s forgiveness and God‘s love if we are not yet proven worthy of these things? Oh, of course! Through the Clergy, that is how! Allow me to ask you why it is that the clergy is more worthy than you are to receive or demand God‘s attention? If you say because they have studied and attained wisdom concerning such matters and they know where God is, I‘ll tell you that that sort of thinking is the sort that makes terrorists out of young persons who seek meaning from life and are told by clerics that if they maim innocents, their lives will be meaningful. XIV: GOD IS THE MULTIVERSE AND THE MULTIVERSE IS ONLY PARTIALLY MATERIAL Now, I realize that your culture may be one where the likelihood of your turning into a suicide bomber is fairly remote, but even should you be a Muslim who belongs to a so-called Terrorist Sect you must ask if acts of terror bring you closer to God? The answer, surprisingly to some is NO, only closer to dead! Why? Because we are all as close to God as we can ever be! We are IN God, God is in us and around us and part of us and we, in turn, are part of God! We cannot separate ourselves from reality no matter how many possibilities there are according to Quantum Mechanics! No matter which reality frame we inhabit at any given moment, no matter which tangent, wild or tame, we take off on at the next moment, we will never be out of God‘s perceptional range because it encompasses all that is truth at any given point in temporospatial reality! That which is material is impermanent, that which is God is eternal! What is the main impediment to the advance of civilization and mankind? In the minds of many who ask such questions, it is materialism, and it is materialism which has led us to the precipice upon whose brim we now collectively stand. It is materialism which may drive us on over and into the pit. Our only salvation will be our realization and understanding of our common humanity! As an example of blatant materialism, I submit to you that Al Gore, who now refers to himself as ―The Former Next President of the United States‖ has put together a compelling and scientifically truthful movie in the form of his AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH. The facts and images presented are very compelling to a thoughtful layman, let alone to those who have even a modicum of scientific training, yet – where has our focus been shifted? ―Al Gore?‖ people are asking, ―How can we believe him when it has been shown that his monthly electricity bill is $20,000!?‖ ―Shown by whom?‖ Is the question which I propose. ―Why, competent authorities!‖ ―What competent authorities?‖ No one seems to be able to answer that question satisfactorily. Why? Because these ―Facts‖ are contrived – not facts at all – merely spin which is used to discredit Al Gore. Maybe a discredited Al Gore will be less believable and therefore people won‘t start to demand expensive (this is where materialism comes in) solutions to the very real problem of global climate change. At worst, perhaps it will slow the pace of such demands. One would at least hope that such will be the case, though the oil companies and government agencies under the Bush Administration seem determined not to do anything much about the problem despite suggestions from the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Academy of Science that some plan must be devised and enacted – Yesterday! If you watch the movie ―Who Killed the Electric Car?‖ you will be totally unsurprised to see that the Government and Big Oil and The Car manufacturers were all to blame. You might be surprised to note, however, that 25% of the blame is laid on the consumer‘s doorstep! Many of us asked for the big luxurious gas guzzlers, After all, having one is quite a status symbol amongst the unenlightened that constituted the majority of you until you read this book. Yes, the problem of global climate change is very real. But, it is going to cost money to deal with it. If we hide our heads in the sand, perhaps we can count our stacks of money a while longer without worrying about dealing with it! This is the blindness which goes hand in hand with focusing upon immediate material gain to the exclusion of all else including common sense. Glass which is processed with potassium rather than sodium is incredibly strong and resistant to shattering. It doesn‘t cost a lot more to make, but since it doesn‘t easily shatter or break, it would be a superior product yet most of our glass is made with sodium. Why do you suppose that is? Well, I‘m sure you already know the answer, yet you still accept it. Why? If we don‘t even consider the economics, but instead speak mainly to issues of public safety, you still accept it. Why? The consumers of this world could influence the process by refusing to buy cheaper though unsafe goods. Also, I imagine that if someone would follow all associated ramifications of this to their logical end including issues concerning consumer confidence, they might actually find that the good glass was better for the economy overall! My quarrel with materialism isn‘t with making enough money to live comfortably and invest wisely. It isn‘t with mass produced goods which are inexpensive because they can be mass produced efficiently. My quarrel is with pure stupid greed which doesn‘t consider the good of humanity nor long term perspectives but instead is only concerned with bottom lines today! The BHAVAD GITA OFFERS THIS BIT OF WISDOM CONCERNING MATERIALISM: The impermanent (Corporeal, material), has no reality; reality lies in the eternal. Those who have seen the boundary between these two have attained the end of all knowledge. If you understand this concept, you realize that that which pervades the universe is indestructible; no power can affect this unchanging, imperishable reality. While the body is mortal (and presumably the Banks as well), the spirit, which dwells in the center of each material body, is immortal and immeasurable. I really don‘t believe that the Banks can make that claim! XV: THE PATHWAY TO CONTENTMENT The point here is most persons that I know are not contented with their lives. They look around and see corruption in the highest offices and in the supposed bastions of morality such as the Vatican and in the Episcopal Church ad nauseum. In the Fundamentalist Churches all over the world, no matter what their denomination or designation, there are cries to essentially "Hate" rather than "Love" your neighbor. In the Western World especially, we all sit atop a stack of "third world" bodies and we try not to notice that fact but more and more of the extremities of these bodies are getting in the way of our "Guilt Free" meander through what, to many of these same bodies, would have been "Material Heaven". We are ignoring a health crisis in the form of the HIV/AIDS epidemic which dwarfs all other such crises from the past and we are allowing people to suffer and die needlessly because for some reason we all think that it is happening somewhere else! Do we ask at what cost our Lifestyle comes? Do we wonder what it is like to be a "Third Worlder"? Not usually on the surface, not yet, at any rate, but our subconscious, part of which is in communication at many levels with the rest of humanity is beginning slowly to awaken to the fact that for us to live so high on the Hog 3/4 of the World's population must sit under the "Rain from the Anus" of that Hog upon which we ride so high and so proudly - like God personally placed us there! We certainly have not learned generosity or charity and Pride in the American way of Life is being force fed to us and called ―Patriotism!‖ Here in the US, our politicians claim that to be American is to be ―Right‖. Furthermore, they claim that we are one nation under God, Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all and that saying the Pledge of Allegiance (to the flag!?) is a good and patriotic thing to do. For the heck of it, perhaps we should examine some of these ―Patriotic‖ words How long has it been since those of us who reside here in the US were really one nation? Perhaps the last time that we still felt like one nation was during World War II? Oh, Did the Japanese Americans feel that we were one nation? Did the Native Americans feel that way? Did the Poor or the other disenfranchised including Blacks feel that way? How about other immigrant populations? Unfortunately, the answer to when we all felt like one nation was probably never! Under God, What does THAT really mean? In other Western countries and in all countries around the world within the confines and strictures of their individual laws, the story is very much the same one. Keep the poor and disenfranchised from considering their plight with too much clarity of purpose or vision for surely then, cross comparisons would follow and the general populace the world over would realize that, in most cases, they are all being royally screwed by their governments! XVI: TIME TO WAKE UP I am asking you to examine your lives and the Words and deeds of both you and the governments and religious institutions and the Holy books which guide those institutions. I am asking people to "stop and smell the gunpowder" and to realize that this vague sense of uneasiness about the meaning of life which is the least that we all feel, stems from the fact that governments and religious institutions both ancient and modern and the Military Industrial complex have worked together to keep us, in the countries from whence change might actually arise, placid and docile enough that they may play their petty power games across the surface of the Globe without fear of any REAL consequences most especially the consequences associated with accountability in an ethical or even in a material sense. I am asking you all to wake up to the fact that the human characteristics which should unite us are the very ones which have been manipulated to divide us and to cause us to mistrust one another. We should examine the unusual things which have contributed to our religious beliefs and to our concept of God, and try to determine how these religious beliefs have in many cases been designed to divide us as well. We should perhaps consider those things which we have been told by the corporate Powers since the first civilizations arose on our planet and since the Writing of the "Code of Hammurabi" to be questionable at best unless we can determine that these ideas contribute to our understanding of one another rather than to our misapprehensions. The time for tales is done! We need new and accurately measured truths. I am actually hoping to inform and inspire you to not be satisfied with the World View you have been told to have and instead to develop one based on actual observation and consideration. I am attempting to show you the truth of your existence and why it and the existence of each and every other living being on this planet is extremely important to you! I will employ as many different methods to explain who and what you are as are available to me. Know that the God which you either do or do not recognize is a God which demands nothing from you other than you try not to harm others by your existing, striving and seeking. It is not a God which asks you to do much or anything in its name (you needn‘t sacrifice your best and brightest) other than to respect all other forms of life and those processes which sustain it (life). The secret to understanding the infinite is to understand the definition of infinity and to understand that infinity means without end. There is no limit to what God will allow. If it exists, it exists because God permits it. People who claim that one thing or another is offensive in the sight of God are really saying that these things are offensive in their eyes. We cannot offend God! God already knows what we are going to do before we do it and God permits it to be done because each soul must find its own way! No one, not even the worst of us is capable of causing offense to such a being! We are here to learn the rules of interaction and spiritual advancement, not in relation to materially centered activities but those which enrich and evolve our collective souls. The major goal in our existing is to comprehend this fact! If we were to presume that we know any facet of God‘s will, this is the facet which we should know. Through various mechanisms, God has made the Multiverse. It is our job to strive to understand how and why and never to be satisfied with materially centered explanations which are a seductively simple and extremely naive trap for our conscious minds. But … more on that as we progress one step at a time into our final epiphany of understanding. Always remember, Civilization IS progressing! Women and Children the World around are better fed and healthier than at any time in our previous history. The fact that we are lamenting that which is undone and remains so tells us that our level of awareness has actually increased even if it seems to have been accompanied by an increased level of apathy. Even though we see people such as Former Texas Representative and well connected Gangster Tom Delay, getting ahead because we elect such persons to public office, we must not lose sight of the larger issues. The most positive thing is that we recognize that there are problems at all and furthermore that we recognize this fact concerning places which are not in our own back yards or neighborhoods! Levels of awareness must always precede activities of a corrective sort. Human nature will not allow us to act in ways which cost us effort until we‘ve lamented our inactions and their price for a long enough, period. Eventually, we DO act to correct problems and so – far, it‘s always been in time. Hopefully this will continue to be the case and I hope this book is a nudge in that direction! I also hope that we are already waking up to the notion that HIV/AIDS must be conquered as the greatest challenge we have ever faced as a civilization with Global climate change running a close second! Believe me when I assure you that history will judge us all very harshly if we continue to persist in our failure to come to grips as a society with these two crises! XVII: THE NATURE OF REALITY NO matter what your situation may be, there is always at least one person whose problems are worse or whose possessions are more numerous. This is an unwritten rule of existence! Live With It! This is the main reason why material attachments are of so little use though we use them to define ourselves, they define everyone else instead and merely frustrate us because if we must have an accounting of material possessions, there will NEVER BE ENOUGH yet any amount of material attachment at all is TOO MUCH! I reiterate: Materialism is sooooooo…….. Seductive! Everything and I mean everything which I own in turn owns me. Think about it. According to quantum theory, however, material actually isn‘t even real unless we see and recognize that we see that which passes as material. Try viewing the Movie “What the Bleep do we Know” to obtain a better perspective on this matter. So – are you ready to begin the search for truth? Let us commence this search at its ultimate source as we look at the Power behind it all! We can begin Chapter 1 on level ground. I‘m not sure when we will find digression necessary but I‘m sure it will be. The concepts are all jumbled together in my mind, but I am certain that level ground is the best place to begin our examination of the various facets of reality. We‘ll venture up the mountain and down the rabbit hole soon enough, I‘ll wager. CHAPTER 1: The Piper’s Tune DO YOU WANT A “THOU SHALT NOT” OKAY: THOU SHALT NOT PERFORM OR COMMIT ANY ACTION CONTRARY TO THE BEST INTERESTS OF HUMANITY AS A WHOLE AND EXCEPT UNDER THE MOST SEVERE INDIVIDUAL DURESS, THE NEEDS OF THE MANY MUST TAKE PRECEDENCE OVER THE NEEDS OF THE FEW OR THE ONE! Before you accuse me of pirating this statement from Star Trek, I shall admit that I did take it from that source and others. This does not mean that we should not have individual possessions, nor does it imply that we cannot have individual agendas or work to achieve them in a productive fashion, it merely means that we must be willing to set these agendas aside at times in order to promote the needs of humanity and other living beings whose right to exist is just as poignant as the rights of humanity to exist. This, of course implies that life in all of its manifestations must be preserved and protected as long as the actions required to do so do not violate the PRIME COMMANDMENT above. To advance humanity as a whole, let us first discuss the idea of utilization of power over others in a correct fashion. Of course, this power is provided in degrees which sometimes seem indirectly proportional to our ability to handle it. Now, perhaps you only have power over a few or perhaps only over yourself. You may be disappointed, you may be angry; you may feel like everyone else gets ahead by making the choices which are most convenient at the time. You, on the other hand have constantly tried to do the right thing and it feels like all you receive in reward is what drops from the East end of a West bound horse. When or if you suddenly achieve a position of power over others, some of whom you have grown to resent, what do you do? Do you gain vengeance upon the universe by making their lives miserable? Or – do you use your new power in benevolent ways? Too many would see this power as a chance to ―Get Even‖ – But – Consider your choices well here! To ―Get Even‖ is the cheap shot! It cheapens you, and it builds resentment in others! The best approach is to do that which exalts you and your colleagues and produces tangible benefits both for yourself and humanity as a whole. Whether you realize it, or not, doing the right thing earns you rewards in the long run because when you pass on (and we‘re all headed down that road, my friend), having done the right thing will count because either physically, spiritually or both, there will be people gathered around you who will be glad you were here and who will miss you after you leave, and you WILL have made a difference! Even if you haven‘t a penny to your name, you will be possessed of immeasurable wealth which you can take with you in a figurative sense to heaven, (or, more accurately, the next jumping on point on the Karmic Mandela). Karma this and karmic that! What in the name of The Anheiser Bush is Karma anyway? Definition time – Karma is: according to Hindu and Buddhist philosophy; the concept that the quality of people’s current and future lives is determined by their behavior in this and in previous lives. Sometimes it is used as a conceptualized designation for the “atmosphere” radiated by a place or situation and sometimes it is used interchangeably with Destiny. Feel Joy, for now you have been enlightened! At this time and in this place which you reside at present, this was your Karma! The Catch 22 is if we blow it and we easily might, we are unworthy of advancement. To show restraint, to show compassion, turns out to be a much more difficult road in some ways and if we do not have to fight for our own survival, we have no excuse for not contributing what we have to the causes of humanity. Even so, many of us end up being niggardly, cynical, self - indulgent and downright mean spirited because though we KNOW the truth of things, we can‘t seem to dissociate our wants from our needs! The worst part of this is that oftentimes our needs would benefit both ourselves and our fellow living creatures. How is it then that we end up doing the wrong thing when we know very well what the right thing actually is? ―What if I want that money tomorrow we whine? I can‘t give it away!‖ We all need the approval of our fellows. What we oftentimes seem to want however is for them to Envy us. According to what society has taught us, if we can make them Envy us, we gain power over them to play upon their own greed and desires, while, if we cause them to admire us, to actually approve of us, the only way to get them to do anything is through Love. Most of us don‘t believe in the power of Love, much to our detriment and even if we do believe, deep down we lack faith in our fellows and in our God. Most of us are presented daily with opportunities to fail (ourselves) karmically; however it would be good not to fail at this juncture of our lives (whatever juncture that might be). Even though most of us know intellectually that it is best to be benign and tolerant of the views and foibles of others, few pass the test and become truly humane. This failure most often leads to self loathing and vain regret. To get past these destructive thoughts, we must understand at our deepest point that though marginalizing our brothers is wrong and hurtful to our overall progression as a species, it is not uncorrectable if we look to a future where the only focus we possess on mistakes of the past is to see them clearly enough so that we may learn not to repeat them. If we could muster the political will to make a change in human consciousness, many of the nutritionally deprived poor in the world (and many of these are kids), could be saved! But – to save them we would threaten the so –called ―American Way of Life‖, (or the British or Canadian or German or Danish or Japanese Ways of life), which Governmental Servants, Elected Representatives, Business Executives, The Idle Rich, and Lawyers keep saying is under attack by forces (of good conscience) from without and within. (No matter that we might go from being shallow and self serving to instruments supporting mankind‘s survival). One human character flaw which allows us to become oblivious to what is right sometimes (at least for some) is to ignore mistakes of the past and/or to color past incidents which should fill us with remorse and regret in the light of heroic struggles against incredible odds so that when the opportunity to commit the same errors occurs again, we will quickly take advantage of it and commit them without hesitation. This is the sort of thinking which led the US and a limited number of allies to believe that it would be expedient to start a war with the country of Iraq. If we could have faced reality and seen past actions of the same sort with the light of truth illuminating them, I do not believe that the President could have gotten the approval he needed for unilateral action. The Military industrial complex and Halliburton were quite adept at inducing the proper sorts off selective blindness to lead the US into that very sticky quagmire and others followed because they wished to look braver than France who having held control of that area of the world for the longest period of time , knew better than to return there! We all know the result. Death, destruction, more long lasting enmities and hatreds established than we will ever be able to deal with, and an all encompassing sense of frustration and futility as once again we find that the World‘s most powerful military machine is incapable of defeating the resolve of a (to them) oppressed and occupied people, to be free of US interference no matter how benevolent that interference attempts to appear. An observation which is too late to do much good, the frustration rate Amongst our (The US) military must be quite high because it (The Military) is experiencing extremely high suicide/attempted suicide rates despite what the administration and their General Officer ―Patsies‖ try to feed to us in the form of positive news. In 2006 the suicide rate was the highest it has been since such records began to be kept. To me this does not say that the military is convinced of the purity of our purpose in Iraq, Afghanistan or anywhere else in the world. With regards to our less fortunate brothers in Iraq and other ―Poor‖ or ―underdeveloped‖ nations, the same erroneous supposition has always come forth from the ―Haves‖ in regard to the ―Have Nots.‖ ―They ought to be able to make something of themselves, we have!‖ (Though many of these were born into wealth, and must have made something of their selves in Utero). They must have the same moral and political beliefs which WE have because WE are the only ones who know how human beings should live. Well, those of us who are beginning to be aware of what reality truly is are beginning to understand the rules of Karma and we know that we are here not really by the grace of God but instead by an accident of chance. Grace is a figurative and relative term, not an absolute! (We all require so much enlightenment that we have to take a celestial ―roll of the dice‖ to put us into each new life path)! Thus, when we chose to be born, we might just as easily have been born in Bangladesh as in Bangor Maine, in Rhodesia as easily as Rhode Island, or in Nepal as easily as Naples. Think on the universal implications of that the next time you sit down at your computer console to read the latest sports scores or stock quotes. To provide you with an example of either deliberate misuse of power or merely a lack of will to use power for constructive purposes I must now point out the situations with Hurricane Katrina and the Dec. 26 2004 Tsunami and how the clean ups and reconstructions have been mishandled and the poor and destitute have been neglected. When the Mississippi Corridor in the United States was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in the Fall of 2005, the money situation amongst the ―Haves‖ and the ―Have Nots‖ was brought into crystal clarity, for even here in the United States, the Governmental policies favoring the Wealthy resulted in a monumental disaster for those who could not afford to leave the threatened areas and whom the Government did not see fit to adequately warn concerning the real danger headed towards them. Evidently, the Conservative Government in the area and the one in Washington, D.C. were not concerned enough about persons in lower income groups to come up with anywhere near an adequate evacuation plan or assistance to evacuate by any means, (preferring, I assume, to wait and be forced to spend much more money cleaning up bodies and other debris afterwards). This same lack of adequate preparation for evacuation or waiting out the storm was true even of the days before the advent of Hurricane Wilma in Florida the autumn that Katrina struck. Again, financial priorities made it literally impossible for the hurricane weary population of southern and south central Florida to seriously consider leaving in any major numbers and no governmental agency seemed to be encouraged to provide assistance to those in the poverty income level. In a disaster such as Katrina, help needs to be immediate and only later should the costs be figured, ―Make it Happen!‖ should have been the cry of any President of the US or any State Governor or Legislator. Instead, of braggadocio and bravado and only hollow concern, Politicians need to act where rapid actions are warranted and ―To Hell with Convention!‖ ―Bring ‗em on!‖ should have applied to the problems associated with Katrina and Rita Cleanup, not the destruction of Iraq! However the expediencies of material economics dictated that things proceeded in a different manner! The lack of concern by world governments which belong to industrialized nations is well illustrated by several conditions associated with worldwide requirements for energy. So, is only the US government guilty of such oversights? Obviously this is not the case. The Tsunami aftermath was a fiasco also. While the effects and devastation resulting from and attributable to poverty may well have been less in The Mississippi Corridor than in the areas that had been hit by the Tsunami in late December of 2004, the cost in human suffering and in lack of confidence in available safety nets was still extensive. Not only then, was the lack of confidence experienced, but later on, when rebuilding should have been well under way according to Sound Byte Politics, there was no action taken immediately nor after 4 months had much been done to help either area rebuild other than a lot of verbal exchanges of vehement, useless rhetoric as one side or the other pointed fingers or dodged the blame. Meanwhile the victims suffered and awaited the fulfillment of big promises which provided little relief. As I have already mentioned, In America the major attention was focused on being prepared to have Mardi gras! It is unfortunate that the areas hit by the Tsunami had no similar incentive to clean up at least some of the mess! Once the eye of the media is directed away from such crises, the eye of the public who are unaffected goes with it. God still sees but God plays no favorites. We all pay our money as it were and we all take our chances. If our fellow man will not help us, we are lost and it is fruitless to hope that GOD will somehow directly intervene in these situations, though many clergymen would tell you different! We all need to understand that the way God acts is through the actions and conscience of our fellows. Surely, if they do not act, the Universe weeps. It is humanity, however that suffers! We bear the burden for our inactions at such times, not GOD. God sets the stage as I have said, but WE write the script! The direction is ours. God produces but as a silent partner, mostly! Going on with our apparent lack of concern considering our less fortunate brethren, for some reason, common persons never seem to be considered worth taking note of until a lot of them are displaced or killed in a natural disaster of some sort. Until the damage is assessed and the blame game starts being played, these persons, the ones in economic disenfranchisement are not considered important. Once the Hue and Cry and blame begin after the devastation of a Natural disaster is fully comprehended then their importance is immeasurable and it is the same after wars and revolutions and police actions. Now, really, did anyone in the New Orleans vicinity with a net worth of $100,000 or more have to stay behind and face Katrina? Some chose to and some of those lost everything but at least they had the choice. The poor and already destitute should not have been expected to get themselves out of harm‘s way and trite Conservative statements about ―Work Ethic‖ and making something out of themselves simply shouldn‘t have applied there, yet, they evidently did and that is truly to the administrations, and to our nation‘s and other nation‘s collective shame (We get the Governments we deserve!). In this same vein, does the War effort in Iraq on either side take the concerns of the poor schmuck in the street who is merely trying to keep his family fed and protected through all of the chaos, into consideration at all? When people in the US who are tired of the war and want to get out at any cost except more American lives say that we need to just ―Nuke ‗em all‖, do they realize what they are really saying or suggesting. Well, they need to so – let‘s consider The War Prayer by Mark Twain – right here and right now! The War Prayer By Mark Twain It was a time of great and exalting excitement. The country was up in arms, the war was on, in every breast burned the holy fire of patriotism; the drums were beating, the bands playing, the toy pistols popping, the bunched firecrackers hissing and spluttering; on every hand and far down the receding and fading spread of roofs and balconies a fluttering wilderness of flags flashed in the sun; daily the young volunteers marched down the wide avenue gay and fine in their new uniforms, the proud fathers and mothers and sisters and sweethearts cheering them with voices choked with happy emotion as they swung by; nightly the packed mass meetings listened, panting, to patriot oratory which stirred the deepest deeps of their hearts, and which they interrupted at briefest intervals with cyclones of applause, the tears running down their cheeks the while; in the churches the pastors preached devotion to flag and country, and invoked the God of Battles beseeching His aid in our good cause in outpourings of fervid eloquence which moved every listener. It was indeed a glad and gracious time, and the half dozen rash spirits that ventured to disapprove of the war and cast a doubt upon its righteousness straightway got such a stern and angry warning that for their personal safety's sake they quickly shrank out of sight and offended no more in that way. Sunday morning came -- next day the battalions would leave for the front; the church was filled; the volunteers were there, their young faces alight with martial dreams -- visions of the stern advance, the gathering momentum, the rushing charge, the flashing sabers, the flight of the foe, the tumult, the enveloping smoke, the fierce pursuit, the surrender! Then home from the war, bronzed heroes, welcomed, adored, submerged in golden seas of glory! With the volunteers sat their dear ones, proud, happy, and envied by the neighbors and friends who had no sons and brothers to send forth to the field of honor, there to win for the flag, or, failing, die the noblest of noble deaths. The service proceeded; a war chapter from the Old Testament was read; the first prayer was said; it was followed by an organ burst that shook the building, and with one impulse the house rose, with glowing eyes and beating hearts, and poured out that tremendous invocation *God the all-terrible! Thou who ordainest! Thunder thy clarion and lightning thy sword!* Then comes the "long" prayer. None could remember the like of it for passionate pleading and moving and beautiful language. The burden of its supplication was, that an ever-merciful and benignant Father of us all would watch over our noble young soldiers, and aid, comfort, and encourage them in their patriotic work; bless them, shield them in the day of battle and the hour of peril, bear them in His mighty hand, make them strong and confident, invincible in the bloody onset; help them to crush the foe, grant to them and to their flag and country imperishable honor and glory -- An aged stranger entered and moved with slow and noiseless step up the main aisle, his eyes fixed upon the minister, his long body clothed in a robe that reached to his feet, his head bare, his white hair descending in a frothy cataract to his shoulders, his seamy face unnaturally pale, pale even to ghastliness. With all eyes following him and wondering, he made his silent way; without pausing, he ascended to the preacher's side and stood there waiting. With shut lids the preacher, unconscious of his presence, continued with his moving prayer, and at last finished it with the words, uttered in fervent appeal, "Bless our arms, grant us the victory, O Lord our God, Father and Protector of our land and flag!" The stranger touched his arm, motioned him to step aside -- which the startled minister did -- and took his place. During some moments he surveyed the spellbound audience with solemn eyes, in which burned an uncanny light; then in a deep voice he said: "I come from the Throne -- bearing a message from Almighty God!" The words smote the house with a shock; if the stranger perceived it he gave no attention. "He has heard the prayer of His servant your shepherd, and will grant it if such shall be your desire after I, His messenger, shall have explained to you its import - - that is to say, its full import. For it is like unto many of the prayers of men, in that it asks for more than he who utters it is aware of -- except he pause and think. "God's servant and yours has prayed his prayer. Has he paused and taken thought? Is it one prayer? No, it is two -- one uttered, the other not. Both have reached the ear of Him Who heareth all supplications, the spoken and the unspoken. Ponder this -- keep it in mind. If you would beseech a blessing upon yourself, beware, lest without intent you invoke a curse upon a neighbor at the same time. If you pray for the blessing of rain upon your crop which needs it, by that act you are possibly praying for a curse upon some neighbor's crop which may not need rain and can be injured by it. "You have heard your servant's prayer -- the uttered part of it. I am commissioned of God to put into words the other part of it -- that part which the pastor -- and also you in your hearts -- fervently prayed silently. Was this ignorantly and unthinkingly? God grant that it was so! You heard these words: 'Grant us the victory, O Lord our God!' That is sufficient. The *whole* of the uttered prayer is compact into those pregnant words. Elaborations were not necessary. When you have prayed for victory you have prayed for many unmentioned results which follow victory--*must* follow it, cannot help but follow it. Upon the listening spirit of God fell also the unspoken part of the prayer. He commandeth me to put it into words. Listen! "O Lord our Father, our young patriots, idols of our hearts, go forth to battle -- be Thou near them! With them -- in spirit -- we also go forth from the sweet peace of our beloved firesides to smite the foe. O Lord our God, help us to tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead; help us to drown the thunder of the guns with the shrieks of their wounded, writhing in pain; help us to lay waste their humble homes with a hurricane of fire; help us to wring the hearts of their unoffending widows with unavailing grief; help us to turn them out roofless with little children to wander unfriended the wastes of their desolated land in rags and hunger and thirst, sports of the sun flames of summer and the icy winds of winter, broken in spirit, worn with travail, imploring Thee for the refuge of the grave and denied it -- for our sakes who adore Thee, Lord, blast their hopes, blight their lives, protract their bitter pilgrimage, make heavy their steps, water their way with their tears, stain the white snow with the blood of their wounded feet! We ask it, in the spirit of love, of Him Who is the Source of Love, and who the ever-faithful refuge is and friend of all that are sore beset and seek His aid with humble and contrite hearts. Amen. (*After a pause.*) "Ye have prayed it; if ye still desire it, speak! The messenger of the Most High waits!" It was believed afterward that the man was a lunatic, because there was no sense in what he said. It is a fact that no one ever seems to consider such situations as the War in Iraq or relief from natural disasters as the same sort of problem, but fundamentally, they are. We lose sight of one another in these situations. Somehow a person in Iraq whose children are in jeopardy and a person in New Orleans whose supply of clean water has been interrupted are not able to be seen on our radar. If it is not in our backyard it oftentimes has no reality for us. If it has no relevance to the maintenance of the hold which the wealthy have on our collective imaginations, it is not made to look either significant or relevant. After Katrina most of the relief and cleanup efforts were concentrated in areas where Mardi Gras was going to take place. This is an unsurprising observation in the USA since it is a country which so revels in wealth inspired traditions such as Mardi gras. The authorities made certain that the area was cleaned up before ―Fat Tuesday‖ so the Fat Cats could grow their wallets even fatter! No wonder other humanitarian efforts flagged. You don‘t want to impede Mardi gras in the interests of a few thousand people who are still unable to be assured of where their next meal is coming from or that their water is safe to drink. The problem with electing the Wealthy to Public Office is they have no way to relate to their constituencies until after some disaster affects those constituents! Another problem The REAL TRADGEDY for all countries is people now seek office, not because they wish to help their fellows, but through a desire to gain legally or illegally, incredible material wealth. Though all politicians do not realize this goal, enough do that it becomes associated with fact that political office brings opportunities for great wealth! The real shame is that what used to be called ―Corruption‖ is now just called ―Making the Most of opportunity! Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton. John McCain, Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee all needed to remember what they were seeking in 2008, and it was not supposed to be a quick road to wealth! WEALTH is Incentive? A man of wealth, who spends his time accumulating it to no other purpose than the “Noble” desire to see it increase itself, however, is no man at all but a thing of rock and stone who has lost the memory of his own humanity. Think on this, those of you who devote thought to such things, (I’ll mention this theme more than once, so if you miss it this time there will be opportunities to consider it later on). Bill Gates was reported at the time of this original writing, to be the World‘s richest man with a net worth exceeding 55 Billion US dollars!) (Warren Buffet has passed him up, now – Hooray for you, Warren). I will guarantee you that Gates and Buffet together are literal paupers compared to some of the ―Old Wealth‖ which is hidden in Multi National companies and Swiss Banks etc. I am as sure as I am writing this that the next Monetary peak which is waiting to be climbed is at least the ability to call someone a literal Quadrillionaire and we won‘t even discuss those who are Multiple Trillionaires because they‘ve been around since before World War I! I would also wager, and I doubt that I would be too wide of the mark, that the Quadrillionaire has some relationship to the Military Industrial Complex! According to the Rules of Karma to which I constantly refer, the state of extreme wealth which I mention above results in he who will be born to a status in the next life which is worthy of his niggardliness in this one! YOU oh wealthy man whose spirit is imprisoned by a golden idol, you and you alone will make determination of your penance. Dig deep into your psyche, cast off the shield of self justification and look to your DNA and the common humanity with which it is inextricably interwoven and realize that that screaming conscience which you fail to heed will be the taskmaster in charge of where and when you land next. We should do more in the Middle Class to right these wrongs. It has always been the Middle Class who acts in such circumstances but in this case we are distracted by Mass Media Entertainment (Bread and circuses). You see, bread and circuses cover the tracks of those who do not wish their presence to be known. High drama and world chaos are the material from which they extract their wealth but should we ask (Are Material possessions what these persons unnamed truly seek. Or is it something else with which we as a collective provide them?) Does GOD communicate ―HIS‖ thoughts on this to us? The Clergy and the authorities who rule by coercion and threats of force or direct communication with God claim that they are appointed by God or by an act to God and that because of this, we must support their actions and their activities no matter what travesties these actions constitute and no matter how silly the actions look. Whatever they are doing, they do for our own good, they claim. After all, we have no ability to relate to the Universal powers. Therefore we must abdicate our responsibilities of self government and subvert our desires in deference to them! Guidance, we‘re glad if they offer guidance but forced obedience plants the seeds for rebellion and terror and long lasting hatreds and feuds which would potentially place us in a world much like that which we live in now. Is there a way out of this before we ruin ourselves and our planet? Hell, who knows? Perhaps in the pages to follow, you can find an answer! CHAPTER 2: “WHO ART IN HEAVEN”? THE US AND BRITISH GOVERNMENTS (AND OTHERS) AS EXAMPLES OF DUPLICITY OF GOVERNMENTS IN GENERAL AND THE “FORGIVING” NATURE OF THE GENERAL POPULACE IN ALL VENUES On a note of positivism concerning Human Nature, though one might think that the depths of resentment which arose between combatant interests following World War II and other conflicts would transcend all common humanity, they evidently have not! If such fears are yours, does the following provide you hope for a better world? Nearly sixty years after the Japanese empire signed articles of surrender on the deck of the Iowa Class Battleship Missouri, Information has been published of polls in which we see that – United States Citizens are far more likely than the Japanese to expect another world war in their lifetime. On a side of perhaps an overall effect of ―Getting a clue‖ Most people in both countries still believe that the first use of a nuclear weapon is never justified as the pictures and stories from the atomic bombing of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki still circulate and speculations still run rampant as to the justification for these atom bombs being used at all. The war claimed about 400,000 U.S. troops around the world, as well as more than three times that many Japanese troops and (because of the firebombing of Tokyo and these to some, unnecessary nuclear attacks), at least 300,000 Japanese civilians. No one has ever treated the common Chinese people worse than the occupying Japanese did during World War II, yet in December of 2006 the two countries had a frank discussion concerning the ―War Years‖ So far as has been ascertained, there was nothing present except good will during that discussion. This is amazing, don‘t you think? The Japanese are equally able to discuss the WAR with American Representatives. These same ―civilized‖ Japanese are not very progressive, however, when it comes to following the dictates of International Treaties concerning the Slaughter of Cetaceans (Whales and Dolphins) I once talked to a former American Infantryman (a gunnery sergeant to be exact about his experiences during World War II in Europe. He was a replacement gunnery sergeant and had a gunnery crew working under him. Their purpose was to act as gunnery reserves and relief and they were shuttled around freely. This man told me about incompetent officers even up to the General Officer level who made bad choice after bad choice which inevitably led to the demise of literally thousands of infantrymen and the unnecessary abandonment and destruction of perhaps millions of today‘s dollars worth of artillery and other ordinance and equipment. According to this source, training accidents claimed hundreds of lives due to incompetent decision making on the part of officers who had had no combat or other real world experience. (Sounds like every other war, doesn‘t it?). He told me that before being shipped home, he and many other such relief crews were taken to a debriefing camp ostensibly for rest and recovery. When I asked him what this R and R was like, his eyes grew troubled. He said that he didn‘t remember a lot about it except for him and his fellows standing in assembly in their skivvies on the parade ground of this camp or compound and listening to blaring loudspeakers while extending their arms to the sides and supporting five gallon buckets of water for unknown periods of time. Obviously, there were unusual things that went on during that war on both the European and Pacific fronts. Civilization goes on and international business continues and The MIC continues to grow stronger and more in control of our destinies and imaginations! Speaking of being forgiving, dolphins, Especially Tursiops truncatus (the bottlenose dolphins) are forgiving of tremendous transgressions against their persons. The worst transgressions committed against them are by the Japanese who seem to have convinced themselves that Dolphins are mere fish and that slaughtering them by the thousands is perfectly acceptable. Then there are the Norwegians who don‘t really give a hang what they are. All that the Norwegian whalers seem to care about is that they are easy targets. Do the Dolphins reciprocate? No, at least they don‘t seem to. They still help humanity when they can. Perhaps the unbalanced priorities of the Japanese fishermen with respect to Dolphins are due to a coldness developed by all Japanese since they are the only population that has ever been ―Nuked‖! I‘m not certain what the excuse of the Norwegians may be. Perhaps they are still feeling like Vikings and the Dolphins are helpless enough to be similar to European coastal villages where they raped and pillaged centuries ago! Well, at least for the Japanese something productive came out of the ashes of having been nuked, since Japan and the United States have forged a close political alliance. Americans and Japanese now generally have good feelings about each other, but people in the two countries understandably have very different views on everything from the U.S. use of the atomic bomb in 1945 (Now there‘s a surprise), fears of North Korea and the American military presence in Japan and of course a growing yearly Dolphin cetaceacide! It may be possible that since Norwegians were directly responsible for delaying Germany‘s development of atomic bombs so that the US could be first and drop such bombs on Japan has made the Norwegian Fishing fleet feel an empathetic identification with the Japanese and causes them to wish to emulate Japan‘s attitudes towards Dolphins. Who Knows? What does seem obvious though is that these persons who attack and slaughter our ocean brethren either convince themselves that these beings are mere animals or they are not concerned that they are intelligent beings at all but again, they like the fact that they are helpless targets. Bullies are indeed the same no matter which people they belong to! A War as World Wide as World War II certainly left many unanswered questions and certainly its unusual beginnings and endings have raised more questions than have ever been answered. Associated with the war have been numerous conspiracy theories and cover ups which cover many different subjects from Anthrax Bombs to the rationale behind the Fire Bombings of Dresden and Tokyo. Other theories concern the timing of the US entry into the War while others yet, unrelated, explain the so-called ―Philadelphia Experiment.‖ One has nothing to do with the other, but both are conspiracies which arose from the remnants of WWII. Some WWII conspiracy theorists have focused on the story of JAMES RUSBRIDGER. As the theory goes he was supposedly killed and framed as a sex pervert by MI5 to remove as it were, a thorn in the paw of military intelligence. He had been a tremendous irritant to the security services of both the British and U.S. Governments due to his letters to newspapers which poured scorn on the Official Secrets Act and his books, such as The Intelligence Game, which cast doubt on the official version of events which led to WWII. Where Rusbridger aged 65 at the time of his death, really annoyed the spooks was when he unearthed Britain's code-cracking secrets, in particular the story that the British had cracked Japanese naval codes in advance of the attack on Pearl Harbour. Rusbridger wasn‘t satisfied with this, however and made even more damning claims such as one which alleged that that the U.S. Government had been informed that the Attack on Pearl was going to occur and had themselves issued the Typhoon warnings which had resulted in American Fighters being secured against a possible blow of nature so that they could not respond to the BLOW by Japan as well as failing to inform their sacrificial lambs Husband E. Kimmel (Naval Commander) and Walter Short (Army Commander) that an attack was imminent. What Rusbridger essentially claimed was that the U.S. wanted the attack to occur to give them an excuse to enter the war at that time. (Far Thinkers were already planning their ―Toyota plants in Detroit etc.). They knew that if they entered the war right then an eventual victory for the Allies was assured and before it happened, enough Jews would be eliminated by Germany‘s final solution that a ―State of Israel‖ would be possible to establish with the Sanction of the newly formed United Nations without displacing so many Arabs as to completely shift the power structure in the Mideast. It was further predicted that with Germany being ―Shamed‖ by its involvement of extermination of lower level Jews the main force of opposition in the Western World against the establishment of a Jewish State in the Middle East (namely a United Germany) would be nullified, thereby paving the way for Zionists to take over the area of the Middle East where Israel is now located. This claim has never really been dealt with other than by official denials and has certainly been given no credence by established forms of evidence until recently when shows on the Discovery Cable Channel seem to have provided corroboration based on WW II related documents which have been brought to light under the Freedom of Information Act. It is interesting to consider the information presented by others which observes that the ships in the So-Called Battleship Row at Pearl Harbor were all ancient hulks soon to be decommissioned and that the USS Arizona, the most celebrated of these due to the loss of almost a full crew in the attack had had a lot of transfers of crewmen to other, ―modern‖ ships to be replaced with Malcontents and Goldbricks as they were described by the High Naval Command at the Pentagon. Many of these men would probably have caused nothing but problems had they lived and remained in the Navy, but at the bottom of Pearl with the Arizona, they were instantly transformed into Heroes! I do not mean to besmirch their names or belittle their sacrifice inadvertent though their heroism was. I am merely pointing out the fact that those who knew about the attack had things planned well in advance and that these men were ―malcontents‖ in the eyes of the upper echelons of the navy not because they necessarily were of bad character, but because they were just not as willing to do anything asked of them without question as some others were. Being unwilling to be a robot is tantamount to saying ―I am expendable‖ in any branch of the service you might name. This then killed two birds using one stone, as it were. Whatever the reasons for entering the war or however it did happen ultimately, the attack on Pearl Harbor still lives in ―Infamy‖ but the U.S. and Japan live in cooperative association though there are still some differing philosophies seen. The United States also has its differences with the reunited Germany, but overall there is a spirit of cooperation between the two which is unparalleled in recent history! Recently, George Tenet (Former director of the CIA) was interviewed by the Anchor of the CBS program Sixty Minutes. During this interview, Tenet said that the possibility of an attack using the means which Al Queada employed on the two towers had been known about for several years before it was actually enacted. In July of 2001 Tenet alleged, he had spoken to the then National Security Advisor, Condoleza Rice about an imminent attack on US interests. Ms. Rice turned the matter over to a subordinate and it was never dealt with (because special interests were better served by allowing the attack to proceed?). After all, with the attack on the Towers, George Bush, et al could begin the ―War on Terror‖ and the dismantling of the constitution and Bill of Rights. (Oh, that‘s OK, we weren‘t using them anyway!). If you as a reader care to speculate along these lines a bit further: Do you remember filmed shots or videos of the two towers during windstorms? Do you recall how far they swayed from side to side? Do you recall a suspension bridge over a place called Tacoma Narrows which collapsed due to Metal Fatigue? Or, did you read in The Mothman Prophesies where the Silver Bridge across the Ohio collapsed for some of the same reasons as Tacoma Narrows did? Fine, you say but what do these disasters have to do with one another? Well, consider the Metal Fatigue issue for a few moments, as I ask you do you remember how those towers swayed in the wind? If they had ever broken off just what do you suppose would have happened? After the earlier Bomb attack in the WTC basement, what did the engineers find when they examined the safety of these twin bastions of materialism? Was there even more weakness? If we believe the official explanations, the answer would be a resounding NO! This book does not really accept any official explanations and is more likely to follow the reasoning of Michael Moore and the producers of ―Loose Change‖. If the I- 35 Bridge between Minneapolis and St. Paul is any example of the quality of engineering responsible for building the WTC then we can in a way, be thankful that the two towers are not still up there threatening the safety of New Yorkers. We will have a lot more to discuss concerning these events but for now, the direction is onward. What we can possibly discern here is a pattern. The pattern is one where governments fan the fires of grudges to keep tempers flaring and conflicts going, (make particular note of the Bush Administration and misleading statements made concerning Iraq, Iran and North Korea!) The common people however, eventually tire of these conflicts and allow common humanity to hold sway until someone fans the embers of hatred again and the MIC can peddle new, improved wares!! The general line of approach by current administration personnel has remained the same. Stumble, fall, get a few guys killed and sell weapons, by all means, sell weapons (of course it goes without saying that ―Make Money‖ is a really important part of all of this as well)! In the US the general consensus amongst those who call themselves Christian Conservatives is that Man is going to destroy man eventually. Date after date has been proposed and has passed into history but they keep predicting doom after doom! What a faithless conglomerate of self indulgent whiners they are! So far though, none of these ―Doom‖ dates has proven to be an accurate determination. To receive a firm prediction of when that will be is evidently not possible. This is the case even when we ask the major doomsayer Pat Robertson himself or his fellow fear monger Jack Van Impe. No, they just continue to say that they are sure it will be soon and if we want the proof send $19.95 plus shipping to purchase the newest set of video tapes concerning the coming Apocalypses! No guarantee of money back if we aren‘t satisfied will justify such fear mongering! Of course, if they are right, there will be no chance of getting money back even were we to decide that that was what we wanted. These people should be labeled traitors to humanity and tarred and feathered, not listened to! The problem here is that we have a fascination with disaster and the fact that the impending doom may well affect us seems no impediment to collectively buying in to all of this crap! Do any persons who supposedly believe in the words written in the Bible believe that God is going to allow the Earth to again be ravaged by such an Apocalypse?! They preach that the Bible is the word of God, yet they heed it selectively or interpret it to support their own personal agendas and belief systems! Does not God promise that he will never again destroy humankind, after Noah? The wicked have all been removed. We presumably have only Noah‘s genes. Where is Noah‘s reverence for life and his goodness? Gone! It is gone because of a simple truth. If we are all possessed of the capacity for good, (what point to the destruction of all life in the flood, otherwise?), then what need have we for Priests and Lawyers? Very quickly after the Bible was first printed, it was realized that it could be a two edged sword for the clergy. The only chance which the Clergy had for continued employment was for somehow, some aberrant behaviors to have snuck into humanity once again under the very scrutiny of an evidently not so perfect God. Thus were other books of the bible written! Thus were the clergy able to assure their place in the noble hierarchy of enlightened individuals who must be listened to for the sake of our immortal souls. We are after all, bound once again for apocalyptic destruction! Only the clergy have the wherewithal to save us! The problem is that salvation doesn‘t come cheap and we had better get used to an expensive tab accompanying our continued salvation. Also, if it seems that the time frame is not exactly precise, we must understand that ―imminent‖ demise does not necessarily mean tomorrow, or next week or even next year. These guys only promise that it will occur eventually. It is absolutely necessary that we continue to support their non productivity in the meantime in order that they may be continually on guard and seeking excuses concerning their lack of ability to envision a firm date for the ―Rapture‖. (Speaking of Apocalypses), there are some who feel that perhaps the Final War has arrived, with fighting dragging on in Afghanistan and Iraq as part of the U.S. campaign against terrorism and no end in sight to the conflict which causes some people to feel that such a world war is already upon us. It is amazing that the type of justification which has been used by Governmental Administrations to continue to have young men and women killed in wars with no true moral purpose is not wanting to have the deaths already accumulated to be as meaningless as the deaths in all such wars of occupation always seem to be. The logic is totally inverted but one comes to expect this from the persons who run governments those who as I have intimated above, will cause wars to be precipitate even where it could be possible to prevent them. These same people, who evidently never studied the history of other occupations of other countries by other military machines, are always responsible for the new wars. Besides, War is big business! Of course, the real money maker is paranoia inspired by seemingly unresponsive governments which are, in reality, as controlled by The Military Industrial Complex as are the rest of us. Muhammadism/Islam and it‘s propensity towards violent resolutions of conflict, Gods! What a religion for the MIC! They love it! If one subscribes to the fear provoking prevaricatory literature of the so-called ―Left behind Prophesy Club.‖ One begins to imagine that the Iraqis are going to rebuild Babylon and turn it into a world commercial center from where the Anti – Christ (Is it possible that the US is rebuilding Babylon and that George Bush is the Anti – Christ?), will wreak his horrible harm upon the world. Perhaps, my friends, Bush is not doing this to stop the Biblical prophecy but instead, to assure that it takes place! These idiots probably like the idea of throwing in the towel and eventually waiting for God to come and make it all better through the direct intervention of Jesus Christ. Why should WE save ourselves? Let‘s make it happen! Bring Jesus back! (We may have to request that Constantine return also and begin the Holy Roman Empire once more!) Of course the fact that there in reality, is no individual Anti – Christ isn‘t going to stop these people from trying to destroy our civilization in the name of their own personal interpretation of God which, when you look at the mess they have made of things in the name of profit, sounds like the very thing which they supposedly fear! No wonder they are wishing for an Apocalypse, nothing short of that will clear all of this mess up! In America, George Bush seems to have hurried his agenda after the shellacking that the Republican Party in the US took at the polls in November of 2006. There seemed immediately to be more urgency about promoting the ―Bushy Agenda‖ which the powers behind the American President and his cabinet seemed to desire. The thing which these great, extremely wealthy fools don‘t understand is that in their struggle to expand their bottom lines from the exploitation of chaos, it is they who have turned this world into such a mess and while an Apocalyptic change may be the only thing which can help us, it isn‘t coming through direct actions of any Supernatural Entities. It is coming because they have created the conditions! They have sewn the wind, as it were, and whether we reap the Whirlwind or the benefits of a Wind Farm is pretty much up to chance at this point! We can continue to allow Big Energy and The MIC, (Many of the officials of which are right wing zealots), to dictate the direction which our civilization takes, or we who are in the General Public can do something to take back control of civilization from these guys whose only rationale is represented by the size of their profit margins! They possess no ethics other than those which bring them wealth. They are not evil per se; some of them are probably otherwise decent people except for their service to Mammon! They are not purposely malicious but many in their employ are, and many of these don‘t even understand the part they play in our universal melodrama! These forces have been in operation since the inception of our civilization and were incepted in Babylon as well as Mesopotamia and spread to Egypt , Athens, Phoenicia, Troy, What is now Cairo, Beijing, Jerusalem, Carthage, Rome, Tokyo, Manila, Paris, Hong Kong, Casablanca, Bombay, New Deli, Karachi, Buenos Aires, Rio DeJanerio, New York, Heidelberg, Berlin , The Vatican, Oslo, Stockholm, Minsk, Moscow, Leningrad, Ramat Gann, Bangkok, Sydney, Havana, Mexico City, Chicago, St. Louis, Omaha, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburg, Nashville, Louisville, Raleigh, Mobile, New Orleans, Kansas City, Dallas, Houston, Galveston, El Paso, Laredo, Laramie, Butte, Pierre, Bismarck, Anchorage, Honolulu, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, San Diego, San Fernando, Phoenix, Miami, Orlando, Savannah, Atlanta, Mobile, Huntsville, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Cincinnati, Flint, Detroit, Bangor, and Washington DC to name a few (The ones who aren‘t named are still ―unnamed co – conspirators‖). As an aside, isn‘t it interesting that the Phoenicians, who were the first international traders, managed to procure the compensated directive to print the Bible? They and they alone had final word on its content! They somehow seem to have slanted the Word of God‘s Law into the World of Commerce. (Well, why not? They knew that the bible had been written over a span of at least 1000 years by numerous writers with varying agendas.) There was really no hope of consistency so, why not embellish and make it work for them? Go Forth, My Children – Go forth and be fruitful and multiply - (Your personal Wealth Portfolios!) and Tax Shelters! So, what do the Wealthy Executives of the World Do? What do they do? They support business activities to the exclusion of all else. With their eyes on their profit margins, they justify all means of crooked activities and shady deals. Single – mindedly they wreak all sorts of damage and then hire members of Mankind‘s second Oldest Profession to try and smooth things over! They shamelessly pursue natural resources and are willing to commit any fraud in the name of obtaining them. When (not if), they are caught, in step the Attorneys and with a few greased palms and a few contrived phrases in some courtroom, they walk away scot-free with a license to commit Environmental and Societal Mayhem. The strongest rivalry between the U.S. and Japan now is economic. The presence of American products has increased in Japan, though Tokyo continues to have a large trade surplus with Washington. Japanese are most likely to name the U.S. as the most important country for their economy, possibly a reflection of the success among Americans that Japanese automobile and electronics manufacturers have enjoyed. Americans were most likely to name China as most important for the U.S. economy and to prove it we have increased trade tensions between the United States and China after America ran up a $162 billion deficit with China last year, the largest ever with a single country. In an effort to demonstrate how well America has responded to the economic competition presented by the Japanese, I present the following parable: A MODERN PARABLE … A Japanese company (Toyota) and an American company (Ford) decided to have a canoe race on the Missouri River. Both teams practiced long and hard to reach their peak performance before the race. On the big day, the Japanese won by a mile. The Americans, very discouraged and depressed, decided to investigate the reason for the crushing defeat. A management team made up of senior management was formed to investigate and recommend appropriate action. Their conclusion was the Japanese had 8 people rowing and 1 person steering, while the American team had 8 people steering and 1 person rowing. Feeling a deeper study was in order, American management hired a consulting company and paid them a large amount of money for a second opinion. They advised, of course, that too many people were steering the boat, while not enough people were rowing. Not sure of how to utilize that information, but wanting to prevent another loss to the Japanese, the rowing team's management structure was totally reorganized to 4 steering supervisors, 3 area steering superintendents, and 1 assistant superintendent steering manager. They also implemented a new performance system that would give the 1 person rowing the boat greater incentive to work harder. It was called the 'Rowing Team Quality First Program,' with meetings, dinners, and free pens for the rower. There was discussion of getting new paddles, canoes, and other equipment, extra vacation days for practices and bonuses. The next year the Japanese won by two miles. Humiliated, the American management laid off the rower for poor performance, halted development of a new canoe, sold the paddles, and canceled all capital investments for new equipment. The money saved was distributed to the Senior Executives as bonuses and the next year's racing team was out-sourced to India. Sadly, this is the End. Here's something else to think about: Ford has spent the last thirty years moving all its factories out of the US, claiming they can't make money paying American wages. TOYOTA has spent the last thirty years building more than a dozen plants inside the US. The last quarter's results: TOYOTA makes 4 billion in profits while Ford racked up 9 billion in losses. Ford folks are still scratching their heads. IF THIS WEREN'T TRUE, IT MIGHT BE FUNNY. Robert Allen and a few other self proclaimed experts have been touting another Get Rich Quick and protect your current assets from the ―Chinese Threat‖ scheme, in numerous spam postings on the Web and a few other self proclaimed experts have also gotten on the bandwagon so there may be at least some truth to this though how much is help and how much is hype is (as always with stuff from the web) anybody‘s guess. Some see economic competition as the most important battle between countries these days and many feel that the competition is going to be in Dollars, not bullets and missiles that is, if the World survives this present round of insanity! Perhaps, if we would all aspire to achieve the ideal of peace espoused by John Lennon in the song, IMAGINE we would realize that though competition may be healthy in one sense, it might be better for our collective souls and psyches to find that competition in some arena other than a conflict driven one so that we might aspire to live in a country whose motives were not so often open to question. It would be wonderful if whenever the US government does anything - persons around the world knew that the actions taken are in the collective interests of civilization. Alas, this is not (and very likely never will be), the case! Yet, ―Imagine‖ – a world where competition consisted of who could accomplish more to serve the interests of Humanity? Another war where forgiveness has resulted, it seems was the Viet Nam War. Lots of lives ruined, hard feelings, lack of confidence in governmental policies again, and of course more and more conspiracies! Yet, if an American travels to the former Saigon which is now Ho Chi Min City there are Holiday Inns and MacDonald‘s Restaurants and Kentucky Fried Chicken Stores because the War provided US and International Industrialists with major economic opportunities! The ―I‖ in MIC is there for a reason and though much of this industry is involved with production of weapons, large segments of it also provide consumables of other types! Vietnamese and Laotians who remain in their native countries, are actually grateful to the US because they were able to export the ―Mung‖ to the United States and other countries, getting rid of these whom they considered undesirable, in a way more sure than any genocide would have been. This was how The MIC with the cooperation of the US government led them into the position of Consumers, by conceding little but a few tens of thousands of young American Lives and making an investment in the future of Capitalism. As attested to in the discussion which I presented above, US motives are almost always questioned, and deservedly so! Truly, though, don‘t we all long for a Government which inspires Trust and Belief rather than Distrust and Disbelief? I know I do, and I suppose John Lennon experienced something akin to these feelings when he wrote the song IMAGINE. In his musings he envisioned not really no countries, but a system of self governance directed by a lack of worldliness on our parts that he tried to describe. Imagine, indeed! So, where DOES Forgiveness reside? Could it be that we have no farther to look than within ourselves? One of the most problematic situations which arose during World War II concerning forgiveness is the one in which many of the soldiers and marines and combat engineers who risked death liberating all of the pacific Islands such as Guam from the Japanese faced a moral dilemma the solution to which none of them are proud of. As these men searched each island rooting entrenched and dedicated enemies, they began to take prisoners and soon the number of prisoners began to be a problem. They could not be left unguarded. Yet to detail enough men to guard them would have caused already depleted Allied Forces to become even more depleted. This was unacceptable! The problem was, they were supposed to be the good guys and the only workable solution was also unacceptable but there were no alternatives! They drew lots and herded the Japanese prisoners into central locations and as mercifully as possible, one would hope, machine- gunned them to death. The screams of the wounded and the dying haunt many of these men to this day and most of them are in their mid to late 70s or 80s. They have a real job of forgiveness of themselves to do. Most of them cannot quite seem to come to grips with it. They need to forgive themselves! But – as they were leaving Guam for new destinations, Tokyo Rose called these men, ―The Butchers of Guam‖ They would forever be paying for these acts, is what she said. Many of them believed her then and still do now and for those who could not suppress the mental pictures, I imagine it HAS been a sort of living hell. I guess you can forgive yourselves, now guys. You were just following orders from the MIC. There was no way to refuse them! The most damnably horrible facet of war is that sometimes there is no Free Will! If there is no free will, there can be no sin which is the topic of the next chapter, by the way. CHAPTER 3: THE SINNER, SINS ONLY AGAINST HIMSELF! LIFE WILL PREVAIL IN THE ABSENCE OR PRESENCE OF SIN IF THE UNIVERSAL PLAN IS OBSERVED. GOD (the real GOD) doesn‘t seem concerned with our puritanical ideas of sin or lack thereof. God is concerned with the preservation of life and the best way to preserve life is to follow the GOLDEN RULE. You can commit no wrong that God hasn‘t already seen, no evil that God hasn‘t permitted. Do you think yourself and your choices so important that God would hold them against you?! Only other men assign blame! God doesn‘t fix the blame. God fixes the problem even should that ―Fix‖ take several generations! Don‘t you think that we demonstrate incredible arrogance and ignorance when we deny mistakes and hope that if the denials are long enough and loud enough, our problems will simply go away?! We need to LEARN from bad choices. We must regret them so that they are not repeated over and over and eventually, we‘ll get it and will understand that to do good from the fear of punishment if we do bad, is a hollow, useless pretense! Instead, we should learn that to do that which is good is its own reward because to follow the Golden Rule puts you in tune with the harmonics of the Multiverse! You who are reading this probably say things like you wish God would tell you to your face what is the right choice in a particular situation. If God makes your choices for you, what is YOUR character like? Yes, God knows your character but it is important that YOU know your character. You won‘t, if you don‘t have free will. Anything that we do purely for ourselves is a waste of our time and more importantly, a waste of our spirit. We were told otherwise because it is no fun to find our way back from chaos unless there is opposition! If we learn after overcoming adversity, then the lessons should stick and we can be Angels in Training for others of the infinite realities! We‘ve all got THAT to look forward to eventually, but first we must escape the confines of a self – involved existence! Remember, NOTHING EVER ENDS! THERE ARE LAWS OF SPIRITUALDYNAMICS AS WELL as THERMODYNAMICS! ―THE WORTHINESS OF A PEOPLE IS DEFINED BY THE GREATNESS OF THEIR ENEMIES.‖ An Old Plains Indian Saying There is no Evil like Hatred and no Virtue like patience and fortitude. An Old Buddhist saying. The most fundamental and enduring freedom we can possess as a race is the freedom from tyranny but the type of tyranny from which we need to be freed is tyranny of the soul and spirit, not political or any other sort of conventional tyranny. Tyranny of the Soul is the worst kind of tyranny, the kind which ensnares all of the fundamentally selfish desires which we all possess and which is almost surely going to appeal to us at the most basic levels, those of the Id (I want) and the Ego, (I am) Hmmmm - I remember a quote “I am That I am, Tell them I am has sent you.” This comes from the movie The Ten Commandments starring Charleton Heston and is taken somewhat loosely from Exodus 3; 14. I AM THAT I AM. Tell them I AM has sent you! (You see, this was all the conception of Moses who was trying to find some way to lead his people from bondage and into a new hope. I am certain that he may have gone to Mount Ararat or wherever, hoping to be alone with his, - and perhaps GOD’s thoughts and to develop a plan of action but as I have indicated elsewhere, starvation and deprivation oftentimes lead to temporary insanity and as he asked himself who was God, he had an Epiphany which his troubled brain mistook for a communiqué from GOD ALMIGHTY! As he asked himself who God even was the answer arose ―I AM‖! (This is because in a sense, we all are GOD!). Well, the rest is history. Moses was an educated person and had read both the Code of Hammurabi (Too long winded and self important, they‘d never go for it) and the Commandments of Solon the Athenian (Good stuff but perhaps not prohibitive enough nor indicative of enough potential punishment for the Hebraic mentality of the time) so Moses sort of did a Reader‘s Digest condensation of the two and the so called Ten Commandments were the result. What does this tell you? It should tell you that fundamentally, the God of Our Fathers is presented as The Ego. “I yam what I yam and that’s all what I yam!” (Popeye the Sailor) The Descartean Ideal of reality saw man as the only thinking and therefore Real being and the remainder of living things as mere ―Automata‖. Man, therefore was justified in engaging in acts of wanton cruelty and destruction because the Earth and all of its resources were ―Ours to Waste if we so desired!‖ (Of course the Catch 22 was, yes, we could waste everything, but if we did, what had we accomplished?). In other words, even if Descartes‘ was technically correct, he obviously didn‘t‖ get it‖!). It therefore becomes possible and even fashionable in some circles, to blow up buildings and people with equal detachment as we engage in our petty little squabbles which are basically disputes over those same things we coveted as children. One of the main problems with bringing such fantasies to life, however is that the collateral damage is much more extensive than it was then. No matter, nothing is more important in the scheme of being than the human ones Didn‘t Descartes tell us that in his famous affirmation of individual identity, ―I think – therefore I am!‖? Now, we did at one time have the opportunity to listen to the famous French Chef and part time philosopher Pierre Deshorzes‘ who said “No, The words should say „WE THINK therefore WE ARE!‟ ” Had we merely learned then and there that it is wrong headed to put Descartes before Deshorzes; we would have had a civilization worthy of our creator and we would have viewed existence from the proper perspective. What of the other living things? They were made, according to the Bible and Descartes as amusing toys for Humanity to ―Waste or save‖ as the childishly niave impulses strike us. I am now appealing to that part of you which does communicate with God, and it is not the EGO. It is called the Super Ego with super meaning in this case, More Than or ABOVE the Ego which is the realm where God awaits our ascension in order that we may be worthy to speak with celestial beings who hope that we will manage to get past the level of I Want and I am to WE ARE! Charleton, Tell Them WE ARE has sent you! It is somehow more inclusive for WE ARE – EVERYTHING! How‘s that for aspirations to greatness?! Let‘s go back for a moment, though. After all, we need to ascend a step at a time, not in one Grand Epiphany! If there are future generations reading this book, and I hope that there are, depending upon your level of civilization and sophistication, try to forgive these times their crass callousness and stupidity. Certainly, I wish that we would have had a more cosmically informed focus. The trouble at this time is that we have allowed ourselves to remain infants for far too long or maybe these throes are the natural struggles of a species which is trying to some extent to rise above the basic animal needs and instincts to a higher level of consciousness which might allow us to progress onward to some destiny other than repeated cycles of self immolation and abasement. – But, the fairy tales appealed to the CHILD in each of us and while this child was created by GOD (THE MASTER ARCHITECT) it is a tool of I AM/I WANT (The God and Satan of organized religion). Obviously, along with The MIC, I see Organized Religion as one of the greatest hurdles which we as a species must clear in order to become Humane and Enlightened. Humanity and Enlightenment - HMMM! Could THESE be the goals to which our creator would have us aspire? What, those qualities rather than greed, avarice and stupidity? What have we done to put us into such a moral and ethical dilemma? The general populace, especially in the countries where they are nutritionally in a state where they might actually be able to threaten the status quo given the proper motivation, are kept in a state of contentment and lack of concern for the general state of the world with our own version of “Bread and Circuses.” ―Entertain us, and we will not question your motives. Provide us with shopping malls and we will provide you with happy customers. Advertise to us and shape our thoughts properly and we will never question the inanity of some of the messages. Instead, we‘ll seek to get our whites whiter than white (whatever that means) and our colors bright. We‘ll seek not to offend with body odors and we‘ll make certain that our Toilet Paper is soft and gentle or feels like a White Cloud. (Speaking of Toilet paper, did you in America know that it is often the European custom to burn it immediately? This is a good protection from fecal coliforms and pathogens!). We will faithfully devour food and beauty products and personal care items as we seek to become better human beings through mass consumption because it is the mass consumption which allows the 445 persons or families in this world who have individual net worth of over 1 billion (one thousand million) US dollars to be assured that their gravy train will not derail. (Certainly this is true for the Trillionaires in any denomination and the Quadrillionaire!), If any of you are familiar with Kevin Trudeau (he writes books too!), you are aware that some persons feel that our devouring of food is more than mere gluttony and greed. According to HIM, we are being forced to eat more because the food and drug companies place chemicals in the foods of various types which serve to addict us to them. Well, this WOULD be one way for us to help assure the wealth of those already too wealthy, but others in the entire competitive picture would be jealous and have to add their own addicting substances and the next manufacturer would have to do the same ad infinitum. It makes a lot more sense to wage individual wars over drugs. According to Kevin Trudeau and Michael Moore, the pharmaceutical companies and the FDA are also working their deviltry by not seeking cures to disease because there is no money in cures, while chronic sickness and continuous pill popping are a source of incredible profit! As a matter of fact, there is a new spin war starting over antioxidants. Thousands of reputable labs have conducted studies which demonstrate the benefits of including these substances in our diets. The problem which the Pharmaceutical Companies see is that these substances may work too well so doubt about their efficacy must be established in the minds of at least some consumers or the healthier public may cease to consume so many drugs. So, let‘s make up some bogus studies about antioxidants being hazardous. Some people will have to believe them. Consumption will drop and Drug sales will increase accordingly, or so it is hoped. When one considers the activities of the MIC and how conscienceless they are, it isn‘t too hard of a stretch to imagine that a similar lack of conscience and an ability to rationalize has allowed them to think that keeping us healthy enough to function but chronically in need of their products is actually beneficial to society. In such a morally confused world as we live, it is not difficult to envision this possibility, though that doesn‘t necessarily make it so. If we were to list those who have net worth of over 500 million the list would grow into the thousands and if we chose a lower limit of 100 million the list would expand to around 500,000 individuals and the estimate is that 8.3 million persons World Wide have a net worth excluding homes and automobiles of 1 million US dollars or more. What we can all see is that 1% of the World‘s people control 80 or more percent of the World‘s wealth. As the elderly Englishman in the movie SICKO said, it‘s amazing that we put up with it – but – the majority of us are frightened , shackled by debt and so demoralized that we feel that maybe it‘s better to just take orders and hope for the best. The reason for so many millionaires is Consumerism, what some call Affluenza and it continues to afflict new persons each year while those of us who are Middle class (Net worth of 100,000 or so US dollars up to 1 million) are being squeezed more and more by both sides of the economy which makes some of us resent both ends of the spectrum and begin to develop unreasonable hatreds. Consumerism and Gadget worship has become so prevalent in our society that the spin artists in the add world have actually managed to convince us that a trip to a shopping mall constitutes a worthwhile outing! There are Bus trips scheduled to Mall of the Americas and other areas of the country have their own mall packages. As far as Gadgetism goes, there are actually persons alive today who believe that Digital Watches are a really neat idea! There were persons who were willing to pay one thousand or more dollars to be one of the first to purchase an I–Phone (the joint venture between Apple and ATT). When examining the rationale behind this entire sorry idea, I can‘t help but think that it‘s a pity that we are civilized consumers and exacters and don‘t take on some more practical aspects of other animal social orders, eliminating those members who are not interested in the general welfare but only in themselves. Of course, if we were merely animals, we couldn‘t HATE and therefore, we would be in that Garden of Eden out of which we were cast upon our achieving self awareness. The one problem with self awareness is that it leads to self loathing and a concomitant hatred of others in whom we perceive those qualities we most despise in ourselves. Were we mere animals, we could be at peace, still in the Garden (though extremely ignorant). (It is also true that we would be lacking Digital Watches and I-phones!). If we were more God Like, the self awareness would be a fine thing because we would know that to err is human. To lust is human. To rape your own planet and give nothing back is human. Once we admitted the problem, namely, that we are human, we could move on past self loathing to self exploration and self actualization and who knows, we might be able to crawl out from beneath our own self imposed limitations into the society of cosmically aware beings who actually understand and value the multiverse. Of course, were we more God – Like, we could learn to forgive for we would know that there can be no transgressions against our persons, by beings who are in the throes of spiritual growth. The biggest obstacle to forgiveness is our inability to come to grips with this fact. We take everything too personally, because in our minds, it is still all about us. We must learn that it is about Humanity as a whole, the collective WE, not ME. It is essential that we take our stewardship of our planet and its environmental treasures, seriously and that we do everything that we can, now, to prevent future environmental disasters. All of this is real my friends and we must act out of Love for the Environment and Love of Ourselves. We need to act without hatred clouding and coloring our motives with personal agendas. Violent action is never justified except when defending ourselves. To use violence to ―Make a statement‖ is the worst kind of self – delusion. No one listens to a ―Statement‖ when they feel the loss of a loved one or a friend. All that they can do, especially when all that they feel is – alone, as I discuss later on, is carry on the Hatred! There you have the origins of terrorism and its associated cycles of violence, namely the human being who is crying out for attention, because he feels lonely or lost and marginalized! Understand that Allah‘s, or Jehovah‘s or The Master Planner‘s will is all the same because no matter what differences we ascribe to the entities mentioned, we are talking about the same entity, The All Father, the Force behind it all and your petty semantic arguments matter not a whit to this being whose will and presence is all pervasive though it will never force you physically to accept that truth. Any acts to supposedly enforce Allah‘s will if you are a Muslim, or the will of those called by other terms, which include the deaths of innocents, are not acts which Allah or any Universal Power desires I‘ll guarantee that to all of you. Believe me when I tell you if Allah wanted some cartoonists or Salmon Rushdie dead for some misrepresentation of Islam, Allah is capable of dealing with these people personally and requires no power seeking cleric to issue a fatwa in Allah’s name. Fatwas proclaiming this or that person or group as enemies of Islam are issued by clerics who seek power. Allah needs no one to fight his battles for Allah is power and Allah is truth as are all of the God Names which I mention since they are the same God! It is this SAME GOD that the mystics of all denominations hold out in front of us to make us insecure or afraid. Why? Well, for starters, so we will look to them for answers and never question their overall lack of tangible contributions to society as we seek to have them save our souls from those entities which they made up in the first place! We really don‘t need them unless they convince us that we do! Don‘t allow them to manipulate your insecurities and fears. Stand before GOD on your own and speak YOUR TRUTH. Say I AM – to God! Look around you and see that life abounds and Hope Endures, THIS, not to destroy, is the message conveyed by The Master Planner and his messengers. To destroy the works of The Master Architect goes directly against the will of this Master Force whose greatest work, his only true work, is LIFE from which springs all other greatness as perceived by man and perpetuated in the name of Allah or Jehovah or Yahweh or any other name we choose. Only if you understand this basic fact, do you ―GET IT‖ if you don‘t, you don‘t get it, so join the crowd who think that their leaders are somehow wise, even when they do patently stupid and immoral things. ―But they promise that we will be eternally laid after commission of cowardly and patently stupid acts by ‗Celestial Virgins‘!‖ ―Duuhhhh‖ Boys, certainly you cannot be Men and believe such nonsense! If the agendas of any of these “leaders of men” result in the loss of or “sacrifice” of innocent lives then these agendas are in complete contradiction to the desires of THE GOD OF LIFE no matter WHAT we call Him; ALLAH, BUDDAH, ODIN, GOD, JEHOVAH, NIRVANA, THE TRINITY, YAHWEH, THE MASTER PLANNER and Yes, SATAN. All of these names mean only what we believe them to mean, nothing more! These names are merely icons which are acceptable to particular cultures but they all mean the same thing, the force which we all sense which exists under and within and without the Known Universe! The Force behind it all, The force which, slave or not, tells you that you are free because your will is free and disasters and terrorist acts and torture and imprisonment really have no way to harm you because you and the actions and the persons who might harm you physically are all a part of the same reality. You are all GOD in your spirit and though the flesh feels pain, the Spirit is untouchable, just as GOD is untouchable! God has shown you again and again that LIFE must be supported and encouraged. Should you choose to ignore this fact, then you are working against God‘s Manifesto as it were, but it really will not matter much in the long run. God‘s purpose will be carried out because Life is the way of the universe, But - just as populations of Bacteria are killed by various actions, so some of you reading this may be killed or kill. If you do, you are a bump in the Universal Purpose and you and your actions will eventually fade from our collective recollection. If you support life, however, congratulations! You‘ve picked the winning side and the results of your actions and those of likeminded others will endure throughout the ages, a testimonial to the fact that you finally ―Got it!‖ To fight for liberty, independence, human rights one can use political methods, which are lawful. ―Freedom fighters or revolutionaries don‘t blow up buses containing non-combatants; terrorist murderers do. Freedom fighters don‘t set out to capture and slaughter school children; terrorist murderers do. This is the difference between terrorists who are thugs and bullies and independence fighters who still try to be ―The Good Guys‖ (though if forced to resort to violence, they have lost faith in the long run and in the big picture). The problem is that sometimes, when dealing with others, equally devoid of faith, conflict becomes unavoidable though no more excusable. That is certainly great for the MIC! Some terrorist organizations claim to have other good aims, not only the goal of political liberation, but such things as a struggle against crime and drugs but no matter the cause, if one insists upon employing the methods of the enemies of civilization, they risk being branded with them as enemies of civilization. We should remember this, if we remember nothing else! So, do you want to be part of a struggle or part of a World? If you achieve through monstrous means, the world for which you are striving and you have been a monster yourself, then not only will there be no place for you in your new world, but there will be no place for you alongside the Master Planner, or God or Allah, or Jehovah or Yahweh or any other supreme being until you go back and do it again in the proper way, demonstrating not arrogance, stupidity, moral cowardice and a complete lack of faith, but instead, belief in yourself, your Deity and in the correctness and justice of your deity‘s creation. Self defense is part of living and continuing to live. It is an instinctual and immediate need and we cannot be blamed for violence which is perpetrated when we are physically defending ourselves from physical attack, but, when God in whatever manifestation you envision him has the power to directly work his will, what arrogance must you possess in order to believe that it is necessary to take it upon yourself to personally enforce that which you or some other human being interprets to be God‘s will. I am sorry, but who are they and for that matter, who are you to say that you are doing God‘s will? Fatwas are engaged in by and for fat heads! In one set of disturbances in 2006 which achieved World Wide Prominence and hypocritical denunciations for political gain, a Danish Newspaper allowed some satirical cartoons to be drawn which pictured the Prophet Muhammad in ways which are less than complementary in some cases. Rather than asking what it is about their religious practices that would cause such depictions to be drawn, insane crowds of idiotic individuals with a mob mentality started shouting Death to this person or group and Death to that person or group, and burning embassies etc.! Hello – that is exactly the sort of activity which made the drawings seem to be OK in the first place! If these particular individuals wish to be given credence, they should try to be civilized and engage others intellectually, not with torches and pitchforks! If Muslims see calls for violence in the Koran, then those are not the words of Allah. They are instead, the words of men seeking power. All deities are one. None of them need more power. They already have all of the power that exists in the Multiverse. They needn‘t subjugate or convince anyone of anything! They are not enhanced by people‘s beliefs! They are trying to help us evolve spiritually but the power is already theirs! To achieve freedom, perhaps rather than engaging in violent and patently stupid actions, those who wish to make statements ought to try making positive ones. If you get back what you give and hatred is what you give, hatred is what you‘ll receive in return. If however you give Love and inspiration, Love and Inspiration will be what you receive in return. You do the math. As long as you are engaged for the long haul, you won‘t be disappointed. Remember to have faith. Your point of view will be heard and as long as others respect it intelligent dialogue will eventually produce truth. Self loathing and a vain hope of self – redemption are the reasons for most acts of desperation committed in the names of Gods and countries. Self loathing is a luxury which the human race can no longer afford. We must love ourselves and care for ourselves and other members of our species. Salvation can be found by actions which promote and exalt the Human Race, and help it to spiritually evolve, not by those actions which degrade it. The MIC would shape your thinking into believing that I speak lies, but I speak for all of humanity! The only Agenda I support is the preservation of Life and Humanity! We must not allow ourselves to sink into despair and self deprecation, instead, we must become aware of the fact that although we are capable of great depravity and stupidity we are also capable of heroism, self – sacrifice and Love, unselfish, unswerving, love. To express this love in a way which is more creative and positive and more beneficial for our fellow passengers on Planet Earth, we need merely shift focus from ―I Love God (whatever your name for God is), to I Love Life because it doesn‘t matter what someone else‘s name for God is. YOUR God and MY GOD are the same and it is a GOD OF LIFE, not DEATH and DESPAIR. If one possesses faith in our conception of God, (True Faith), then there is nothing another Human Being can say which should unnerve or upset them concerning another‘s CONCEPT of GOD because they KNOW that God cannot be harmed by negative or satirical depictions of either GOD itself nor of those who are considered prophets of GOD. Truth is unassailable! If one possesses faith, then they KNOW that. If in doubt, and this doubt should cause one to try to eliminate all opposition by violence or intimidation, they merely confirm the inadequacies of their belief system! Those embassies which they might burn and those persons who are killed while someone is seeking vengeance in GOD‘S name no matter what that name may be, merely fuel the flames which consume us all and our systems of Belief! To try and prove that one is right by doing wrong, never works! If you continue to read this book, you will see that fact incontrovertibly. If we get into semantic squabbles about names, we miss the point. The CONCEPT is the same! GOD as the ORIGINATOR of ALL LIFE and SUBSTANCE, GOD AS THE FORCE INSIDE EACH OF US TELLING US THAT LIFE IS PRECIOUS – EVERY LIFE! Any of us who claim to believe in God whatever name we have for it, should fundamentally be aware that life is to be preserved when and wherever possible! Where life is concerned, we should all take the Hippocratic Oath, the primary tenant of which is “First, Do no Harm!” Now, read on with a comprehension of the fact that no matter the content of some chapters in this book, my overall pervasive purpose for writing this book is to Promote, preserve and protect Life on Earth! By that, I mean ALL LIFE! In order to understand what I mean, you must read the rest of these pages! I urge you to do so with an open mind and heart. I call you then a seeker of Wisdom; let us hope that I am a speaker of the same! If I am not, then there are fewer answers available than I had hoped and fewer routes to salvation than you probably would like. CHAPTER 4: WHAT IS FREEDOM, ANYWAY? Do you recall the words attributed to Benjamin Franklin reminding you that “Any People, who are willing to give up essential liberty in the name of temporary safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety?” Good words whether or not they really emanated from him. These words are an anathema to the Patriot Act, the vilest set of rules which have ever been promoted and passed in the United States and which trade upon the same fears that Franklin warned us about. The quickest route to the loss of freedom is fear of that freedom! You should also be reminded of the words which pertain to that statement which were uttered by no less honorable a personage than The Dali Llama. “Brute force, no matter how strongly applied, can never subdue the basic human desire for freedom and dignity. It is not enough, as communist systems or other dictatorships have assumed, merely to provide people with food, shelter and clothing, or with reasons to fear reprisal should they not agree with government policies. Human nature needs to breathe the precious air of liberty. Eventually they will be willing to make any sacrifice to advance Liberty‟s cause” Whenever any standing base of authority must hold an army and physical threats over the populace which they govern, the authority which they actually possess is tenuous at best. If a government is just, the people will be grateful for its services and for its guidance. They will obey the rules because they know that these rules benefit them and their social groups. They will understand that if they wish to have a sense of order, there must be rules which provide guidelines for the limits of social interaction. You will note, as we progress in our discussion that we have a fresh take on the origins of the Universe by a Designing Intelligence. (Now I hope I‘ve not misplaced the strict scientists because I am speaking here of INTELLIGENCE that Designed everything according to the rules that apply to this reality, I am not describing a design by The God of the Old Testament Who isn‘t pictured as possessing enough intelligence to do anything in a subtle fashion!) Intelligent Design, as I indicate in the first parts of this book, in this case means the design of DNA, RNA (Especially RNA), and the elements which contributed to the evolution of the first Life Form which may have been something as simple as an autocatalytic strand of RNA! All Science is valid in its pursuits when those pursuits are conducted in the interests of achieving truth. Sometimes Science‘s conclusions are wrong and there are some things which Science is unable to evaluate, things which must be taken on faith, but all in all, The Scientific approach is one of the greatest and most useful tools which the creator has led us to find. I am going to ask you something now? Is America really the greatest country on Earth? Let‘s consider that question from as many angles as possible. We continue to ask who we are and where we are going but the answer isn‘t always clear nor is the way. We continue to examine war and poverty and lawyers and emerging diseases, government cover-ups and conspiracies, commercialism and capitalism and how you can help keep us (humanity) on the correct path. It is my fervent hope that by the time you have finished this book, you will know more about who we have been, who we are and who we need to become in order to assure the future of civilization than anyone who hasn‘t read these words. I hope, overall, that it will aid you in being a better, more compassionate and more understanding human being who will know not to ―sweat the small things‖ and that all of the things we are able to influence have so far been small things which add up to an emergent picture much greater than we could ever imagine. According to the Cheyenne in the statement I quoted in Chapter 3 dealing with our greatness and that of our enemies, since we are GREAT and we are our own worst enemy, then as a people, we must be very great indeed. No matter what is implied to the contrary about certain segments of the population, please do not lose sight of the fact that I believe that, on the whole, we ARE great. I hope I may have been inspired to write a few things here that will help us to maintain or even to increase our level of greatness. The Buddhist sayings scattered throughout this book, are meaningful both on the surface and under it. Hatred allows the justification of any evil action whether it is reasonable or not. It causes people of otherwise moral character to lose sight of their morality. It causes compassionate people to lose their compassion and it causes otherwise humane persons to lose their humanity; (just think of the Holocaust and of the genocide in Rwanda). All of mankind‘s ills, at least those which do not result from natural cause are mitigated in one way or another by hatred or even more fundamentally, by fear. An even more problematic cause of worldly ills stems from the first person who looked at something with their right brain‘s perspective and decided that that something was fearsome in one way or another, yet upon analysis of that something with their left brain they were able to control their fear of it and furthermore, figure out how to exploit the fundamental fear that all of their contemporaries would likely have of the same factor by not allowing them the luxury of analysis of the problem. Playing upon their contemporaries‘ desire to do things the easy way, they called their attention to the problem and then told them that they needn‘t worry about it and that indeed if persons other than that person 1 would just throw their fates into person number one‘s capable hands, person number 1 would do the worrying for them. This was a case of the first mystic and the first example of controlling of potentially productive people by persons with no desire to do anything other than manipulate. The reasons for this type of approach may be hatred of humanity and what seems our true nature or dislike of work of a productive kind for one reason or another but the reasons are invariably selfish reasons. We may hate other people because their definition of GOD is not the same as ours (Though the conceptualization generally is), how silly is that? ―You say Eeether, I say Eyether, and I‘m going to kill you because of it!‖ Some people are born to greatness, some have greatness thrust upon them by others and some decide that they are CHOSEN. What‘s up with that? I believe , now, is the time for some illustrations of perspective and how it influences our Universal paradigm and if you read the Bible or the Torah, you may be of the opinion that Jewish People are indeed GOD’S CHOSEN but, what makes a CHOSEN PEOPLE? WHAT DEFINES WORTH? Well, value is in the eye of the beholder and GOD‘S CHOSEN are oftentimes chosen by themselves for reasons unclear to others! Some persons claim that Catholics, (Roman Catholics) are chosen by Jesus Christ to be the standard bearers in this world. The conference of Nicaea is where Roman Emperor Constantine (A Life Long Pagan) decided this and where it was agreed upon that Christ was divine in Origin even though he denied it himself according to the writings! They consider the Pope to be the representative of God on Earth, CHOSEN (by a vote of the College of Cardinals) but ostensibly therefore chosen by GOD, and the Pope is the Holiest of Holies to them. Obviously, Christianity was becoming the vogue. Since this was the case, something had to be used to unify the Holy Roman Empire and perhaps the rest of the World as well. Constantine decided that the best instrument to do this would be Christianity after a few re-writes of the New Testament. OK, since under Judaism the Jews were the chosen people, there had to be a newer religion advanced if someone else wanted to be the chosen people, hence the newer Christian Religion was necessary. Those things which grew from these Chosen People were such things as the Spanish Inquisition, and the sale of indulgences and Priests Molesting Young Children who trusted them while the Church Authorities took great Pains to cover up the knowledge of such incidents. Quite a legacy to live up to so I suppose it should come as no surprise that the College of Cardinals elected Pope Benedict XVI as the replacement for Pope John Paul II. As a Private German Citizen Joseph Rat zinger was in the Nazi Youth Corps during World War II. Supposedly, this was required of all Germans in his age group and when he deserted in 1945 it may not have been because he feared retribution but instead, he found and took his first opportunity to escape since those in charge were occupied, themselves with other concerns. The truth here is hard to discern and basically is a matter of faith. I will continue to believe, partly because of the suffering of the persons in the German Concentration camps no matter whether it was ―Their OWN Fault‖ as Hitler claimed, that all people are precious and should have our respect (This means the people of The Sudan and the People of South Africa and the People of Rwanda, Somalia and those in Serbia, Croatia, and Bosnia, as well as those in Afghanistan and those in Iraq and those in Iran (towards whom the insanity of the then US President was beginning to be directed at the time these words were written) and which took a long time to be discredited. Also, my heart and prayers go out to all of those poor unfortunates (who don‘t exist) that the US government has imprisoned and denied basic human rights to under the covering blanket of the ―Patriot Act‖. There are Muslim Clerics asking for depictions of the Holocaust which will be derogatory towards Jews following the cartoons concerning Islam which appeared in Danish Newspapers. The problem here is that, ―I can be insensitive, if YOU can be insensitive‖, is an unwinnable conflict that only can add to World misery and enrich the MIC even more! If you really were to compare the suffering which was supposedly borne by Jesus on the cross whose hands and feet hurt and whose head was adorned with a crown of thorns while he had the almost certain knowledge of paradise to come, how can it possibly be contrasted to the suffering of those in the camps, or the others mentioned who were at the collective mercy of a conglomerate of psychotic, heartless butchers who were using DANTE‘S INFERNO as their standard operating procedures manual and who , as a group were even more inventive than DANTE or the Marquis De Sade‘? What blackness and hopelessness must be in the soul of any person who can look directly into the eyes of a pregnant human female and shoot her in the head? We‘ve all seen pictures of such atrocities and we are horrified yet fascinated by them, perhaps though, if we found them truly unacceptable we would have a bit more success at convincing ourselves of their wrongness! The Nazi Death Camps were horrible blights upon the human soul, but there are operational death camps all around the Globe which are no less horrible. We know of their existence but excuse it with trite expressions of regret and concession. ―We can‘t win ‗em all!‖, but the only victory for people in death camps is death because for most of them, that is the only hope they have that their suffering will end. Just keep in mind should you ever end up in a similar circumstance, God forbid, YOU cannot be touched! Your body suffers but YOU are not your body. You will endure, you will persist and YOU can thwart those who think that our physical selves are all by showing them that they are nothing compared to the true essence of being! Who knows, perhaps they might learn something if you tell them you forgive them for their circumstances and mean it! Then YOU win and humanity benefits as well! As you sit complacently reading this or knowingly shaking your head in affirmation of its correctness, thousands of your fellow humans are suffering and dying at the hands of people as normal seeming in their realities as you are in yours. The main difference is where you live and before you say Thank God look once more at your surroundings as they morph, way back there in your sense of Quantum Reality into less familiar ones and you find yourself either suffering these horrors or inflicting them upon others with your conscience screaming (and whoever engages in such actions will have a screaming conscience)! Not a very pretty picture, is it? Is it enough to make you want to do something about It.? I hope so! Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Malaysia, Nepal and Muslim nations the world over, are presently places where a ―war on terror‖ embroils the United States (and in a way, The World). Iraq was and is a place where we try in vain (free elections notwithstanding) to accomplish that which for one reason or another other nations have tried previously to accomplish. Namely, to impose our will upon the collective will of a smaller country with a lifestyle and belief system which we neither understand nor appreciate and which from our much more ―enlightened‖ perspective had been woefully upon the wrong path until we decided in our infinite wisdom to change their destiny and hopefully, the destiny of the rest of the world which we seem to feel is also upon the wrong path. (This seems especially true of Iran) but more on that, later! You are correct, of course, if you say that Iraqis voted in fairly high numbers (though less than hoped) during the January 31, 2005 elections. To say that the conflict with the US was then resolved, would however, be incorrect. The US still had no exit strategy that they were willing to reveal Because of this, by February, 2006 more and more Iraqis were saying that they‘d been better off under the rule of Saddam Hussein! In Late February it was looking good for a new civil war in Iraq and it was looking like this civil war was happening by February, 2007. Certainly it was in full swing by summer of 2007 and no disingenuous statements by presidential candidates on either the Republican or Democratic side made any real difference in the numbers of dead and wounded. This is the lesson of history yet we never seem to learn from it! The Iraqi Prime Minister from the Newly Elected Iraqi government tried to address the World Economic Powers and convince them of the need for more than talk and ―Tut - Tuts‖ when he addressed the assemblage on July 19, 2005 as well as on the previous day and while he received lots of encouragement the money still didn‘t begin to pour in even though he assured these people that all but 2 provinces were under control and were exhibiting very little sign of insurgency. The problem was and is, of course, that these men also watched CNN and they KNEW that the insurgency was far from over. What the world economic leaders suffered from was a lack of confidence in the United States and/or Great Britain both of whom did not very prominently support the pleas by the Iraqi Prime Minister, providing a sense that they had no confidence in the ultimate outcome and that perhaps they, too, were waiting for a miracle. Unfortunately, it was a miracle which never came, did it? Instead, the war drags on interminably with those in charge (who evidently haven‘t made enough money yet) claiming that it is only a matter of time before democracy triumphs and a new country will arise where the Iraq of Saddam Hussein once stood. Meanwhile deaths and chaos increase and nothing is done to advance the causes of civilization. Iraq is a trap for the US and her allies but it is a trap from whence the MIC and the Bush/Cheney administration are withdrawing massive amounts of money! The fact that other equally (in their enlightened opinions) well-intentioned countries have tried unsuccessfully numerous times throughout the long and bloody history of humanity to accomplish the same thing as The US and its allies were attempting with very little to show for it was uppermost in their minds but, evidently was never factored into the US‘s ―Better World‖ through forced diplomacy, pictures of Saddam in his underwear, and military interventionist strategy. Hanging the poor look alike did nothing to contribute to International Peace efforts, either especially since most of us suspected that the Real Saddam Hussein resides somewhere in the Caribbean with a huge bank account and 24 hour body guards! We, after all, were not these other countries and we knew that, given the choice and the facts, any country would literally jump at the chance to engage in our own form of republicanism which for want of a better term, The Bush entourage labeled Democracy. So, with all of these wonderful possibilities, free elections and free choices, why did not and do not the majority of Iraqis; Sunni, Kurd and Shiite embrace the American Ideal for their country? Why do they not jump for joy and thank Allah that ―The Yanks Came‖? What‘s up with that? Why, instead of constituting a few malcontents as US spin indicates, does the so- called Iraqi Insurgency seem to be gaining ground while the credibility of the US is fading even farther and faster in the opinion of everyone except that selfsame US? In Mid and late February of 2005, and all during March and April, some of the most brutal attacks of the Iraqi Insurgency were carried out against other Iraqis and these continued all through 2005 and beyond. Again, why, since the Iraqis felt such friendly inclinations towards the US did the New Iraqi Prime Minister ask The Government for a timeline for US withdrawal from the country of Iraq? These attacks were not staged to cause common Iraqis to fear going to the polls as had been claimed before the elections so the spin masters in the Administration were forced temporarily into silence as they attempted to form a credible strategy of lies and innuendos to explain why the new democracy didn‘t seem to be working. People the world over do not like to live in an occupied country. It is very difficult to speak in a reasonable fashion or tone when your attention and your country are both occupied. Perhaps now, I must have faith that at least some ―Would Be Terrorists‖ have picked up and are reading this book. Allow me again to tell those of you who are reading this book and who perhaps belong to a terror cell that you must have faith! Do not think that YOU personally or those who direct you need to defend Allah. Allah has all of our lives in his hand as it were, Allah owns the whole show! You see, I can say Allah as well as any other name to describe the Master Architect or ―The Universe/Multiverse‖ if you will. They are all the same and just as I see a Rose and call it a rose while someone else has a designation which is different; it remains the flower that it is whether I name it or whether it is named by others! Does it not seem silly to contemplate killing one another over the Name of such a flower? Yet – human beings are willing to kill one another over what name we give to GOD! How can this be? Well, there are persons who feel that being in possession of the name of GOD and the associated religion makes them better than others. Know this – all of you! GOD HAS NO RELIGION! GOD FAVORS NO RELIGION! GOD is LIFE! If we COULD designate a religion favored by GOD it would be LIFE and all those mechanisms which support it! No Muslim should believe for one moment that Allah is not in control because the UNIVERSE IS ALLAH and the GOD JEHOVAH and every other GOD Name which people use to represent verbally that which is ALL. The All Father, The Master Architect, they all mean the same thing! That THING is: The GOD OF LIFE. If you promote death in any way, you may receive some sort of petty feelings of vengeance accomplished, you may feel that , even temporarily, you are taking control over your life and the lives of others that you destroy in your desperate acts of stupidity, but at least admit to yourself that you are doing it for your leaders because they tell you to and because you evidently lack faith in Allah and you‘re pissed off at life and therefore at the God of Life and would instead, believe in the MEN who tell you to go against the Will of Allah who is, as I have said, The GOD OF LIFE. If you die a hypocrite, the martyrdom thing seems somehow less meaningful and dying for the desires of men to obtain power over other men when you will never even see the fruits of your sacrifice say that you‘ve allowed those men to do a real ―Head Job‖ on you. If You do not know that the only rewards that you will receive in this life are the rewards associated with good works and positive, productive works, not from blowing innocents into bloody bits, but instead from producing tangible value, then you do not even begin to understand Allah‘s purpose which never has and never will have anything to do with blowing innocents including yourself into bloody bits!. Why do you allow men who are no wiser than you, to tell you what Allah‘s purpose is? Believe this, Allah speaks to you in your heart and if something your leaders ask you to do feels wrong, that is Allah‘s way of telling you that it is wrong. Believe me or yourself, that Allah will never demand that you sacrifice YOUR LIFE or the life of any other innocent. When someone demands that innocents suffer, they do not represent the GOD OF LIFE, they represent a Human Directed Agenda. For only Human Beings engage in acts of wanton cruelty. Isn‘t it wonderful of you terrorists to contribute to that already too bloody legacy!? If you achieve faith, you should be able to tell the difference and for those of you in charge of sending young men and women off to die to advance YOUR AGENDA rather than the Will of Allah, perhaps YOU should aspire to possession of the Faith which you claim to have in Allah for only in a true understanding of Allah‘s purpose which is to support life in all its manifestations, does REAL power reside! All else is idolatrous nonsense and YOUR idol is POWER over others! One of the most accurate definitions of Insanity which I have ever heard defines insanity as trying the same thing over and over again expecting different results. The invasion thing which the U.S. has done in Iraq has been done before by persons who claimed that the country invaded wished for their help. Every time it has been tried, it has failed, yet, The Bushites did it again! It is this knowledge which weighs heavily upon the hearts and minds of many common Americans. Dear Lord, is there nothing upon which we may depend save insanity? US relationships with their most staunch and dependable allies were severely strained by the arrogance of this unilateral action and the subsequent innuendos about former U. S. Allies. What is cool about degrading a people who have been known as our friends and allies since the Revolutionary War.? The Government of America at this time encouraged such things as ―France Bashing‖ Now, sometimes France HAS been a contrary ally, but they still have been an ally and they don‘t deserve to be disrespected! IN OUR Most Prized institutions of Sanctuary, World Wide - Churches, Monasteries, Halls of Government, Halls of Justice, Blue Chip Businesses, Hospitals, Sports Arenas, Schools, Court houses, City Halls, Universities, Community Colleges and Private Homes and Care Facilities, we are under a constant attack by discord and disbelief in the Rightness and sanity of the Universe! We look to our leaders and find only materialistic greed and requests to sacrifice our will for the will of the majority or the will of Allah or the will of God. How can this provide an example to live by which produces tangible benefits? As you are reading this book, I am almost certain that you are angry with someone or about something. You feel like you are drowning and if not for the fact that the feeling of drowning has become ―normal‖ you would be as incredibly frightened on the surface as you are deep down. What Is Up With That?! No one has Faith, in anything! Everyone has decided that the world is run by Scam Artists Con-Men and LAWYERS! And all of those other types that we doubt the sincerity or dedication of. Or they think that everyone else is so self-involved that they are unable to contemplate the plight of the ―Other Guy‖. Worse yet, most of us have been led over time to believe that there isn‘t a damn thing we can do about it! Well – I have good news and bad news. Acceding to the demands of conventionality, I shall provide you first with the BAD NEWS- YOU‘RE RIGHT – There isn‘t a damn thing that YOU can do about it So – you ask ―What‘s the GOOD NEWS?‖ Okay, here it is- WE can do plenty about it, but – WE is the key! I don‘t know how many persons I have spoken to say they believe that mankind will eventually destroy itself, (I mentioned this in Chapter 2), but this attitude leads to acceptance of our own inability to first admit to and then correct our mistakes. The only way to do this is by employing the WE. Again, WE is the key! WE THINK, THEREFORE WE ARE! We have power. WE can influence governmental policy in other ways than with our votes and in a TRUE Democracy that is what must be done! WE must go to our windows, throw them open and shout at the top of our voices, as a collective whole. ―I‘m mad as Hell! I‘m not going to take this any more!‖ Just like the crazy newscaster played by Peter Finch did in the 1976 movie ―NETWORK‖! Ok if one person does this enough, it‘s probably the rubber room for them just like it was for him but increased numbers and visibility might amount to increased chances of such a movement being taken seriously. If two people shout ―I‘m mad as Hell, I‘m not going to take this anymore!‖ then they will make space for them in the rubber room as well. But if all we can do is double our numbers each time, here is and are the probable eventual outcomes: 4 shouters – rubber room; 8 shouters – rubber rooms; 16 shouters – rubber rooms; 32 shouters - rubber rooms; 64 shouters- rubber rooms; 128 shouters – rubber rooms; 256 shouters – stadium with Astroturf – Guys with Uzis; 512 shouters – more guys with Uzis and a ―supervisory person to hear the shouts; 1024 shouters – an offer to pay anyone who will shut up and go home; 2048 shouters – a threat of some kind of concentration camp and more rubber rooms and stadiums and guys with Uzis. What, you say it couldn‘t happen!? Read the Patriot Act, we have essentially given our government, our servants, the right to round any of us up that they deem a threat to national security and to hold us without trial or benefit of council. So I will warn you that under a rather broad umbrella of the definition of what constitutes terrorism, an action such as the above could be included as terrorist acts if we tried to organize a national effort, especially. At the same time, a single person can accomplish nothing. ―WE‖ is the key! Do not forget, however, that the U.S. Policy at this time had been one of incredible arrogance and stupidity and that The President actually asked congress for permission to give policing powers to the US military so that in times of national emergency he might call upon them to enforce the law of the land. I am not certain what his intent was here but I am certain it was no coincidence that his poll numbers were slipping at the time. If he had gotten away with this, the need for actions of civil disobedience might have had to be well considered and performed in the shadow of true danger to the participants and here I speak of performing such actions in the U.S. where public reaction to slaughtering these persons might be somewhat negative. I know that if we consider such acts in all of the countries where they need to be participated in, we will definitely have bloodshed before it‘s over! Again, I remind you of the words of the Dali Llama, who said that freedom, is sometimes worth sacrifice even sacrifice of one‘s own life (but never the lives of noncombatants!). If you doubt the insanity of the policies of the U.S. Administration in power at this time, think about the fact that the U. S. Justice Department actually recommended that the CIA be exempted from international laws concerning torture of prisoners so that they might be able to torture information out of suspected terrorists. The fact that under control of homeland security the definition of ―Terrorist‖ seems to have been broadened makes many persons in the Civil Liberties camp very nervous and with good cause! We may need to be willing to engage is some acts of ―Civil Disobedience‖ in order to get our points across, yet there are those in the government who would argue that Civil Disobedience is never necessary in a Democracy because the constitution which each possesses defines and empowers the common citizenry with far-reaching power. However, one well known individual felt that sometimes Civil Disobedience‖ was the only way to go. I speak here of Henry David Thoreau. Henry David Thoreau, who felt strongly that civil disobedience in a democracy was the obligation of its citizens, argued that sometimes the constitution is the problem, not the solution. Moreover, legal channels can take too long, he argued, for he was born to live, not to lobby. His individualism gave him another answer: individuals are sovereign, especially in a democracy, and the government only holds its power by delegation from free individuals. Any individual may, then, elect to stand apart from the domain of law. Martin Luther King, Jr., who was also involved in acts of civil disobedience, asked us to look more closely at the legal channels of change. If they are open in theory, but closed or unfairly obstructed in practice, then the system is not democratic in the way needed to make civil disobedience unnecessary. Other activists have pointed out that if judicial review is one of the features of American democracy which is supposed to make civil disobedience unnecessary, and then it ironically subverts this goal; for to obtain standing to bring an unjust statute to court for review, often a plaintiff must be arrested for violating it. Perhaps ―Daring to Hope for Change‖ as Barack Hussein Obama our first Black contender for the US Presidency is something to which we may all aspire. Finally, the Nuremberg principles require disobedience to national laws or orders which violate international law, an overriding duty even in (perhaps especially in) a democracy. Again WE is the key. Now, if my Grammatical construction makes it seem like I was educated in the Hill Country of Arkansas, I defend my use of We Is as due to the fact that WE is in this case a Collective WE and therefore used as though it were a singular pronoun”. WE have to look at what WE use as guidance, The Torah, the Bible, The Quorhan. WE must examine the words and pronouncements of their writers with a more critical eye and we must understand that the agendas which they had may not really relate to present day realities except in the most general of ways!! Of Course, the writers of the Bible and The Book of Mormon, for that matter, had an agenda! The writer(s) of The Quorhan had an agenda. The writers of the Torah and Bhagavad Gita had the same agenda though they perhaps had it first amongst the books already mentioned, the three books (excluding the Bhagavad Gita) are at the center of conflict in both the Middle East and the Western World and fundamentally are the root cause of the WAR ON TERROR too as people who espouse one or another of these guides engage in conflicts which are basically disagreements over which of these are more correct in their presentation of GOD‘S TRUE WORD! One might ask whether any of them are. After all what is the need for such WRITTEN guidance when GOD , no matter what his name is according to the belief systems under consideration, would have the ability to write the WORD upon the very soul and spirit of every human being! That word, inscribed across our DNA would be basically incorruptible and unalterable while any written presentation of so – called Universal Truth (God‘s Word) would be subject to agenda driven human alteration! Perhaps the intent of these books was benign when they were written. Truly, they had a noble purpose a purpose of elevating the consciousness of humanity but if one tried to use a repair manual for the Model T Ford to guide them in repairing a Humm Vee, all they would achieve at best would be a confused, dysfunctional vehicle and at worst, they would build a death trap which might rush madly onward and take out a lot of other vehicles as it sped to its own destruction!! (If you read a repair instruction manual the equivalent of the Bhagavad Gita, it would explain internal combustion and mechanics in general but you would have specific instructions for neither type of vehicle. Each would have to be figured out on its own) People the world over are appalled at Man‘s Inhumanity to His Fellows, yet they say that War and Conflict are inevitable pretty much as I presented to you in the introductory segments of this book. WHY? I‘ll answer it this way. – Because we, in our hearts, feel that the examples that these books provide, dictate that such struggles are condoned by whomever we picture God to be! Aren‘t the pages of all of these filled with stories of slaying and betrayal and people doing insane things to prove they have faith? (By the by, If you feel a NEED to prove that you have FAITH – You don‘t have it!). People read REVELATIONS (The Revelations of St. John the Devine) and they feel we are all doomed anyway but that it‘s OK to be doomed because Christ, Or the Messiah or some Celestial Virgins or Camel and Date Salesmen will come and make everything better, tossing out the ―evil ones‖ and ushering in a Millennium of peace. In that Millennium of Peace, whatever people have written the Darn book will be set above everyone else and everyone they don‟t like will be cast into some pit or another. Basically, the childish message is always the same. If you aren‘t happy with the world, just believe the way that we tell you and your enemies will suffer while we and you ascend to greatness! What these guys who write this crap don‘t or didn‘t understand is that our picture of the world has been enhanced and expanded. We have left these trite little promises made when everyone but those of your tribe was an enemy, far behind, yet we can‘t seem to let go of the BOOKS! What is up with that? Scrap the Bible, I say. Scrap the Torah! Scrap the Bhavad Gita! Scrap the Book of Mormon and Scrap the Quran! If you look at the messages in any of the above guides, it might bring you to a realization that the Chosen People spoken of in any of these three books are the People from whom those particular stories arose, or their parent race. I don‘t think a single one of them says that The Norwegians will inherit The Earth (My parent race, and by the way, when they do inherit the Earth I‘ll be darn glad that the Republican Congress of 2004 had gotten rid of ―The Estate Tax‖, The re- named DEATH TAX, since I am sure that the tax bill for inheriting the Earth would be fairly substantial!) If you do not sense my meaning by this time, then you never will and I am beating a Dead Horse, as they say. If you are beginning to see the light, then you have accepted the notion that Norwegians will inherit the Earth, so, read on. There is much more illumination to come! I suggest this even possessed of the knowledge that you may be riding a deceased equine! Illumination, by the way, is one of the goals of the group known as the illuminati. It seems to me that the one hope that we have is to look to our ―Common Humanity‖ (WE) and work together to correct the main problems that afflict us before they are no longer within our capability to correct! Divisive elections such as the ones of 2000 and 2004 in the United States, do not help anything, nor did the revelations which were presented in the movie Fahrenheit 911, (Or Subsequent events which continued to support the worst fears about the administration of the time and its policies) make us feel very secure concerning those ideals which were possessed by the persons who lead the United States. On the one hand, these things were of major import, while on the other hand it is important to look for reasons to be united rather than to be divided. It seems that by November of 2006 The general public in the US had finally had enough of the ―Conservative Agenda‖ but even then George Bush failed to get the hint opting instead to do as much damage to the country as he could in the time he had left. Again, our major area of focus should be our common humanity. The Group known as The Rosicrucians has been working unceasingly to attempt to help all of us be more aware of our Common Humanity for centuries. If you ever get the notion, they are worth at least a couple of hours of computer research time. They are true believers in the potential of the human spirit and in how it can transcend our petty material focus with a purpose that is at once humbler and which ultimately is of more practical value in today‘s world. Contradictions/hypocrisy, (And speaking of hypocrisy, as well as cynicism and political opportunism at its most odious ,the actions and words of Tom Delay the representative from Texas who is slightly to the right of Attila the Hun in his political leanings), should have been thoroughly audited to provide an opportunity to examine hypocrisy and cynical opportunism in politics overall. We need to understand why we allow these characteristics and attitudes, which are so disruptive, to blatantly exist when all that they lead to is frustration and remorse. How, for example, can persons of self declared Good Moral Character spend time and effort fighting abortion with vigor and dedication yet fail to see the suffering of children who are brought into a world that is unprepared to deal with their numbers. The world wide statistics are telling, to say the least. In 54 countries (61% of the world population) abortions are legal and they still don‘t have much effect upon the populations of those countries nor upon their economies. In 97 countries (39% of the world population) abortions are illegal yet many of the statistics cited above still are similar. Abortions are a much less potent force upon the children of the world than diseases and starvation. The latter two conditions have a tremendous impact upon the world‘s children and basically these children don‘t have a collective voice either! There are approximately 46 million abortions conducted each year, 20 million of them obtained illegally and there are at least 126,000 abortions conducted each day yet the children who manage to be born still die in record numbers for the same reasons that abortions are performed, the people of the world do not have the resources to deal with the Grim Reaper (minus Billy and Mandy, of course). Approximately 1,370,000 abortions occur annually in the U.S. according to the Alan Guttmacher Institute. In 2001, 1.31 million abortions took place. 88% of abortions occur during the first 6 to 12 weeks of pregnancy. 60% of abortions are performed on women who already have one or more children. 47% of abortions are performed on women who have already had one or more abortions. 43% of women will have had at least one abortion by the time they are 45 years old. Again, the main cause of such appalling abortion rates is poverty, not moral corruption as some in the Anti-Abortion camp seem to believe. CURE THE POVERTY and Abortion will become less necessary and therefore, less common. To all those with no faith who believe in some twisted fashion that insane acts whether or not they result in , he deaths of innocents, are justified when they are committed in the name of some religion inspired agenda or another, I say there is no justification for the killing of innocents and if these persons had faith they would realize that they are supposed to do what they can to support life but that if there is a need for violence against the innocent or in defense of them, when they are finished acting, there shouldn‘t be a whole lot of people screaming ―Murderer!‖ at them or calling them ―Monster‖. If an individual supports a just cause, they are Lionized, not Demonized (And certainly not Simonized), Oh No, I am waxing wroth. Since in the case of such cowardly actions as have been committed by such wonderful human beings as Eric Rudolph committed, a lot of people ARE screaming these things, there may be a ―Duh!‖ due here for the brains of these misguided souls to try and comprehend. THE WORLD WIDE POVERTY STATISTICS (from The World Bank) state that 20% - (1.2 billion people) - of the world‘s people exist on less than $1 per day. More than 3 billion people exist on less than $3 per day. If you compare this with the so – called horror stories related by some of the ―Poverty Stricken‖ victims of Hurricane Katrina you realize just how wide is the Gulf between the persons who are considered ―Poor‖ in the United States where people who live on less than $1000.00 per month for a family of 4 are considered to exist in conditions of poverty while the truly poor in the rest of the world exist on less than $360.00 per month for a family of 4 (a two and one half fold difference)! It has also been determined that 1.5 billion people live in 100 countries that are poorer now than they have ever been before in their history. Most of these countries are major recipients of ‗aid.‘ During October 1999, according to the United Nations statistics, world population exceeded 6 billion people. Now, I am not including these statistical reports to bore you. I am not including any up to this point to shock you either. I merely am using them, as uninteresting to some of you as these numbers may be, to inform you concerning the overall human condition. The gap between the rich and the poor is wider than ever. In 1976, Switzerland was 52 times richer than Mozambique; in 1997, it was 508 times richer. Only 4% of the wealth of the world‘s richest 225 people - $40 billion - would be enough for basic healthcare, food, safe water, sanitation and education for all of the world‘s people. Today, with skyrocketing energy costs the gap between rich and poor can only widen. According to UNDP reports, women are the poorest of all. They do 67% of the world‘s work, earn 10% of the world‘s pay, and own only 1% of the world‘s land. Between 1970 and 1995, adult illiteracy declined by almost half from 57% to 30% - two thirds of the remaining 840 million illiterates are women. (United Nations) Each day, 25,000 people die of hunger 90% of these starvation deaths happen where food is plentiful but people simply cannot afford to buy it. War, disaster, and famine account for only 10% of starvation deaths - the real problem is poverty and the fact that Women are convinced that they have no hope or any potential for power other than that which men delegate to them. In the following report, there is more evidence that poverty is not only a problem but that Western Countries probably have the Solution if they will just commit to it! As reported on Jan. 17, 2005: UNITED NATIONS - Global poverty can be cut in half by 2015 and eliminated by 2025 if the world‘s richest countries including the United States, Japan and Germany more than double aid to the poorest countries, hundreds of development experts concluded in a report Monday. At stake is life or death for tens of millions of impoverished people, it said. The report spells out the investments needed to meet the U.N. goals adopted by world leaders at the Millennium Summit in 2000 to tackle poverty, hunger and disease and promote education and development, mainly in African and Asian countries. What has been proposed is a strategy of investment to help empower the lives of very poor people that lack the tools and sometimes even the basic means to stay alive, much less be productive members of a fast-paced world economy. As has been iterated by such authorities as Professor Jeffrey Sachs, head of the U.N. anti-poverty effort and lead author of one oft cited report; these are the poorest of the poor. The proposed investments range from schools, clinics, safe water and sanitation to fertilizer, roads, electricity and transport to get goods to market. ―The system is not working right now — let‘s be clear,‖ Was what he said. ―There‘s a tremendous imbalance of focus on the issues of war and peace, and less on the dying and suffering of the poor who have no voice.‖ According to the report, 1 billion people live on a dollar a day or less, many of them going to bed hungry every night; life expectancy in the poorest countries is half that of people in high-income countries. And every month, for example, 150,000 African children die of malaria because they don‘t have bed nets to keep out mosquitoes; a tragedy Sachs called the ―silent tsunami.‖ Now, I am sorry, but I see a racially motivated problem here. Those persons in the ―Right to Life‖ movement would do far more good for ―Those‖ whom they claim‖ Have no voice‖ by making certain bed nets are provided to villages in malaria prone areas world wide. 150,000 children per month, that‘s one million three hundred thousand children who die needlessly per year of malaria (and that is just malaria!). There are equally alarming statistics which define the lethality of other diseases, but I propose that since most of these children are black and most of the so-called ―Right to Lifers‖ are White Christian Conservatives, the plight of these ―Mud People‖ provides them with little to be concerned about! Well, after all, WE ALL KNOW JESUS DIDN‘T CARE ABOUT these ―Mud People!‖ At least this fact is known by Christian Hypocrites World Wide! In 1970, the world‘s nations agreed to provide 0.7 percent of their gross national income for development assistance, and that figure was reaffirmed by the U.N. conference on financing development in Monterey, Mexico, in 2002. So far, only five countries have met or surpassed the target. These countries are Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway (Hip Hip Hooray!), and Sweden. Six others have made commitments to reach the target by 2015: Belgium, Finland, France, Ireland, Spain and Britain. A major impediment to achieving the desired goal, however is that 11 of the 22 richest donors according to the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development are far from the target and have not set timetables to reach it — including the United States, Japan and Germany. If all 22 rich countries come up with the money, more than 500 million people can escape poverty and tens of millions can avoid certain death in the next decade, the report said. Unfortunately it is hard to muster Political Will to save ―Mud People‖ anywhere in the world. If the countries kept up the 0.7 percent level of aid-giving for another decade, it said, ―by 2025 extreme poverty can be substantially eliminated‖ for the remaining 500 million people surviving on a dollar a day. ―Our generation for the first time in human history really could see to it that extreme poverty on the planet is ended, not just by half but ended by the year 2025,‖ Sachs said. ―We are not asking for one new promise from any country in the world, only the follow-through on what has already been committed,‖ he stressed. But trying to get the United States and the other rich nations to double or triple the amount of development assistance they give is expected to be an uphill struggle — and the target of a major lobbying effort. The resources to meet the U.N. goals are definitely within the means of the world‘s 22 richest nations, Sachs said. ―The required doubling of annual official development assistance to $135 billion in 2006, rising to $195 billion by 2015, pales beside the wealth of high income countries — and the world‘s military budget of $900 billion a year,‖ the report said. The United States now spends only about 0.15 percent of its GDP on development aid, well below the 0.7 percent figure which Sachs said was needed. President Bush‘s administration pledged $22.3 billion in aid for 2006, or 0.18 percent of gross national income. If it were to meet the report‘s target for 2006, Washington would have to contribute more than double — $54.5 billion. Unless rich countries come up with the money, the report warned that the ―already dwindling faith in international commitments to reduce poverty will likely vanish.‖ However, it was more important for President Bush to shake his saber and rattle his rifle by proclaiming that he wished to see Osama Bin Laden captured more than anything else before the elections of Fall, 2008 usher Barack Obama into office. Former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo, who led the project‘s task force on trade, said ―it is in the self-interest of rich countries to support poor countries‘ development‖ for their own security and for economic growth because new markets will open up. Sachs presented Annan with the report, a 13-volume work totaling 3,000 pages. Annan called it an important contribution to the debate on meeting the U.N. goals, which he said ―are eminently achievable.‖ Annan said he will use the report to help prepare his own recommendations in March for world leaders who will attend a follow-up summit in September that will also tackle U.N. reform. To further enforce the proposition that poverty is one of the major threats to world stability I give you the example of the tsunami that occurred on December 26, 2004 and the subsequent Death and devastation. The 9.0 Quake that generated these waves, did little damage, having been centered in the ocean off of the coast of Indonesia, but unless you have been in a coma and are reading this book in your first waking hours, you know that the resultant Tsunamis claimed perhaps as many as half a billion lives directly or indirectly throughout the Pacific as waves were seen as far away as the coast of Somalia. Rescue workers are trying to bury as many of the victims who have been killed in one Indonesian Seaside area, as possible, as quickly as possible in order to cut down on the all too likely development of diseases which would potentially lead to further devastation. Disease was, of course, a concern after several weeks but the amazing thing is even persons who were affected by the disaster directly pitched in to help and a tremendous World-Wide relief effort was undertaken which, while it did nothing to alleviate the conditions which led to vulnerability of the very poor in the first place, did do a wonderful job of trying to ease the suffering of persons most directly affected by this disaster. By the way, there was an Urban Legend circulating about the Tsunami immediately after it occurred. This particular Urban Legend claimed that the Bush administration was responsible for it and that the quake was not naturally caused. It claimed further that the cause had been a large nuclear explosion which had been centered at the epicenter of the quake and that it had been set off to kill large numbers of Muslims and demonstrate to the Muslim World that the United States and its Western allies were serious about the war on terror to the point where such damage would be acceptable more than once, if necessary to make their point. It is unlikely that this is the case, even the US is most likely not so inhumane, however, those who wish to recruit terrorists might be able to use this rumor as a recruitment tool. Certainly, as always, it is indeed an ill wind which blows no one no good and if the new Urban Legend can be employed to promote new agendas, it will be so used. I do offer a word of caution to terrorists the world around. In the event that the Urban Legend mentioned above IS true, do you realize what you may be calling down upon your peoples when or IF you Sew the Seeds of Chaos as it were. The maelstrom you reap may cost you more than you can possibly afford. If your cause were truly just and your methods unimpeachable, then you might claim sacrifice in the name of the noble cause of freedom, but since you insist upon using the covert means of the coward, you may have been shown that no disorganized band of terrorists can match the covert brutality and callous indifference of a government run by thugs which can disguise what they do as a natural disaster mainly because they have the budget and know how. I do not mean to undervalue the compassion of the common man or even of the government(s) which might have been behind such acts as I‘ve hinted at above. Whether or Not Governments find the aftermath of the Tsunami to be a time of opportunity for sound bites and for making vain declarations of commitments which make them appear Humane, they will have to appear committed to aiding the survivors of this disaster. The common man, no matter where he is, does feel a certain amount of empathy for the victims and has no desire but to help. The problem here over the long haul is that reactive compassion is always less effective and more expensive than proactive compassion would have been. Unfortunately, human greed leads to accepting a paradigm of self absorption which requires something as attention getting as this tsunami to shatter its indifferent attitudes and even then some individuals Officials and Non-officials alike, will see such a disaster as an opportunity to exploit grief and doubt in victim and non-victim populations. We saw these both in the areas of the Tsunami and in the US Gulf Coast areas after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita struck. I was helping to solicit funds for further work to clean up after Katrina and saw that though we had written to him many times, a prominent lawyer on my list had not replied, so, I decided to call him. When he answered his message and called me back, I identified myself and told him of the charitable collection for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. He cleared his throat and said then in an angry tone. ―I have a widowed Mother who doesn‘t even know where her next meal is coming from because her medical bills are so extensive she can hardly afford food!‖ ―Why, that‘s terrible!‖ I said, I now understand your reluctance to …….‖ ―My brother is confined to an institution for the criminally insane and his wife and kids have no one to look out for them or even to purchase essentials!‖ he added. ―Well, ―I said, ―Rest assured that in situations like yours we understand if your money is committed elsewhere and don‘t……‖ He interrupted once again – ―My sister is in a Hospital in St Louis and has been confined there for many weeks with an intractable bladder infection! Chances are she will end up losing everything!‖ ―Really –―I said. ―I understand, don‘t give the donation another thought!‖ ―The thing is,‖ He said ―If I don‘t give them a damn dime, how do you expect that I would contribute to your stupid cause?‖ Lawyers, God love ‗em! The physical debris from these disasters (mentioned above) are being cleared as they will be whenever such a disaster strikes, and the needs of the victims have been seen to to a large extent. Eventually, the dead will be buried and everyone will go home after commissions are appointed to study the reasons for the disaster having been so devastating. The commissions have met will meet, and study and debate and recommend and blame. The conclusions and recommendations will be passed to the appropriate elected officials who have had the luxury of time away from the disaster to aid them in developing a new perspective. There will be more studies and a couple of token steps and changes will be initiated purely on a trial basis here or there or perhaps both as pilot projects and block granted activities limited to small areas. Data will be obtained and evaluated but by this time there will have been several months of other stories in the news. The results and recommendations will be archived and that will be the end of it until the next disaster, at least if we follow the same old procedures and ―business as usual‖ One very interesting Public service Spot which appeared on Television after this disaster showed George Bush Senior and Bill Clinton asking for Americans to donate to Tsunami disaster relief by surfing to a particular Web Site and choosing from a list of relief organizations all of whom they guaranteed would use the majority of monies received to fund the relief effort with a minimum going for administrative expenses. One of the most impressive things about the add was that the two sat side by side and didn‘t show much aversion for one another. ―We come to you‖ they said, ―not as two former U.S. Presidents, but as two Concerned American Citizens.‖ I guess it just goes to show that in extreme conditions, even politicians can be heroic. That these two were able to do this thing, small though the gesture may have been, should provide us all with hope for a better world as we see a great human strength demonstrated here, a willingness to cross even craggy idealistic barriers in order to accomplish something for the common good. It should also be noted that Bush the Elder and Former President Bill Clinton worked together on Katrina relief efforts but that they were seldom seen together. I suppose their ideological differences affected their relationship to a greater extent when the person considered culpable was The Former President‘s Son! Q: What do you call 12 Lawyers Sky-diving A: Skeet During this Tsunami the areas which were hardest hit and the areas which suffered most were areas where those living in poverty made their homes. Although a lot of tourists from wealthy Western Countries and other countries were listed amongst the dead and missing and some foreign workers as well and as you can see from the statistics which are about to be presented, many of the unaccounted for and missing may never be recovered of even located. As any reader may glean, the disaster did not do as good a job of bringing People and their governments together as it did bringing victims together but it is very difficult on a Global Basis to disrupt the Status Quo, as I have already indicated, business as usual remains the uppermost consideration. The non native casualties were probably more of a motivating force in the cleanup and relief efforts than were the natives, unfortunately (at least from a humanitarian perspective), but then again, ANY motivating force was better than none! Of course, there were a lot of persons who were casualties that were not native to the areas affected. In times of disaster such as this, there are no distinctions made by nature and if there are lower numbers of persons killed in such a disaster percentage wise it is usually because facilities where they are staying are more resistant to such events. In many ways the direction of response here in the areas hit by the Tsunami was more effective than was the direction of the response to the advent of Hurricane Katrina in September of 2005 along the Mississippi Corridor in the southeastern central Gulf Coast region of the United States. As an example (not out of self serving interest at all): Norwegian officials said 13 of its citizens died in the disaster and 446 were reported missing and another 930 were unaccounted for. (This shows that despite our world prominence, even we, were not immune to the effects of this terrible disaster.) By the way, Missing in Norway and Unaccounted For are not the same. In most countries, as you can see from the other reports here, it does mean the same but an unaccounted for Norwegian may merely be out on the ice skating with all sorts of celestial beings with many of whom we have an intense relationship) The casualty figures and reports coming out of the areas hit hardest, demonstrate the extent of countries who lost individuals and show that people were lost from all socio-economic strata -But by far and away, those least protected from this horrible and extensive disaster as with the case of Hurricane Katrina in the US in September of 2005 were those living in poverty. Some of their vulnerability stemmed from inadequate living facilities and therefore inadequate shelter and some of it stemmed from their psychological profiles which make them more passive in the face of natural disasters since they have in many instances developed a ―Victim‖ mentality anyway and feel themselves to be cast about by the Winds of Fate. It‘s kind of like the extras in some monster movie. We all know that they are there as Monster Food. That‘s why they are there and for no other reason. They are there to put on faces filled with fear and point in horror and shout “Ahhhh! Gozirra, Gozirra!, Arrghhhhhach!” And they are stepped on and squished! ―God put me into this awful condition‖ some of them naturally think. ―This is why; God is now going to claim my insignificant life.‖ This is no commentary upon who THEY are, but it is a definite commentary upon whom WE are! WE have allowed these conditions of poverty to persist when WE have the resources to correct or alleviate them! The only recourse most of these people have is dumb acceptance because they have abandoned all hope just as surely as the souls in Dante‘s Inferno. We can be the people whose actions and words and deeds will lift them out from amidst the squalor and despair into a world where hope actually seems to have justification in their existences. Wouldn‘t it help us all if we could at least provide them with that much?! Of course the fact that when push came to shove we were woefully inadequate in providing disaster relief or abatement for our own poor and destitute following Hurricane Katrina in September of 2005 speaks even more to the reasons that the United States does not do more in situations such as this. It is better to look aloof and selfish than to be the world‘s richest country and to appear totally inept! We will have more to say about Katrina later. On January 23, there was a 6.5 Richter quake in the Pacific and the remaining public in the areas hit, panicked again. Who can blame them? The thing is, once people are afraid, they can be led to do nearly anything! This includes the persons of The United states and the rest of the Western world. There have been several disasters of fairly imposing proportions around the world since December 26, 2004 but nothing else has had quite the impact of that one. Also none of the subsequent disasters have resulted in such tremendous loss of life. We, (Homo sapiens), should not allow so many persons to remain in harm‘s way, yet we do – Why? Why do we consistently refuse to acknowledge our culpability for the plight of our fellow travelers on this ―Spaceship Earth‖ As I have indicated above the possibility of decreasing World Poverty by 2025 is only real if the US fulfills its commitments but the United States seems presently to be more interested in fulfilling the commitments of war than those of peace. What is the matter? Are there no more true empathic abilities in our species? We are NOT LOST in that sense, but – We are wandering in a massive milieu of unreal expectations and desires brought on by persons who are trying intensely to sell one product or service or another. This is the major problem associated with Capitalism. It is not an immoral system per se, but it begins to shape events surrounding it so that they are directed towards selling products. We slip a little at a time into being slightly untruthful in our descriptions of one product or one service and the next guy has to exaggerate slightly more to convince you that his is better yet. We get caught up in a web of deception which suddenly is indistinguishable from truth and we don‘t even realize it!. Unfortunately, this finds its way into almost every aspect of our lives until we become like the proverbial tribe of persons who are incapable of telling the truth, not because they are inherently dishonest but because in their culture, the truth has become unrecognizable! This Wandering could ultimately cause us to completely leave the path to cosmic understanding. We can‘t allow this, we must wake ourselves up and get free our bondage to that which is material and pay attention to the things that matter, like the plight of fellow travelers upon this mote of rock who experience such devastation and suffer more than they ought to due to our neglect of their basic needs. We do this sometimes because some of us can find passages in the Bible or other Holy Books which say that these poor are destined to be so and there is nothing we can do about it. When Jesus supposedly came into this realm from heaven through whatever means, the purpose was to help us forgive ourselves for our misdeeds, however, this did not give us a Holy Indulgence for abdication of our common humanity. The Golden Rule urges always to do that which we can for others in need in the same fashion we would hope that they would look after us were we the suffering and devastated ones. Yet, there exists apparently, a lack of political will to deal with these problems. This lack of political will stems from the lack of credible Moral Leadership by religious leaders the World around! In 2005 this was further emphasized by electing Joseph Rat zinger, a former Nazi Youth Corps member to become Pope Benedict XVI; (one more demonstration that the Roman Catholic Church has never totally disapproved of Nazism!) Jesus (if he had ever existed) in Today‘s world might act as Joseph F. Girzone‘s Joshua does or he might be a bit more world wise. An innocent seeming individual wandering the streets of New York might indeed inspire people with his innocence and perhaps encourage them to trust one another again. It is a nice story and I can certainly see why readers are attracted to it, but it does not really fit into modern reality. The Golden Rule , yes, but let us approach people in OUR OWN INDIVIDUAL NICE WAY, not like we are some saint. Unfortunately, in this day and age, if you are too innocent seeming, you will be immediately marginalized and ignored. Well then, let‘s work a few miracles! Special effects, they might impress a few people who see them, but the rest won‘t believe. The only way to impress a large segment of the population is through massive exposure on TV, and that is only if we fit the definition of Heroic Sports Figure who only takes steroids unwittingly. We want heroes because many of us feel less than heroic at such times as this, however, we want persons to admire because we see ourselves often as less than admirable, yet we are extremely quick to tear these icons down and trample them if they don‘t perform, if they don‘t make us forget our weaknesses. Tiger Woods had a lot of people interested in Golf until he began to lose tournaments. Of course it wasn‘t long until he began to win them again, but a slump results in immediate condemnation from ―Loyal Fans‖ who seem to always be demanding to be impressed today and ―The Hell with what you did yesterday!‖ This isn‘t the path to cosmic consciousness. We cannot achieve this state of cosmic consciousness by becoming intolerant or strict in our evaluations of our heroic icons or our religious ones. The Holy books of many religions were written by men and are therefore fallible to a great extent. Interpretations of this so-called ―Holy Scripture‖ are oftentimes based upon the agendas of those who actually provide the interpretations. Though many of these interpreters encourage us to do that very thing, we cannot look at only one side of the coin. Nothing is simple enough that we can examine it only half way and decide that we know everything about it. Abortion, poverty, disease - sides of the same coin in differing guises. Looking for perfection in our heroes and being unforgiving of errors in their actions, these two states of mind are also two sides of the same coin. The contradictions of daily life and the messages which are delivered to us all on a daily basis set up a tremendous internal conflict. The pressures of that conflict can erupt into violence at a moment‘s notice. They do. Recently there have been extremely violent outbursts at Sporting Events, both professional and collegiate, These incidents have embarrassed all participants, but that embarrassment was after the fact, where were the behavioral controls before? Road Rage is growing world wide. In record numbers our fellow citizens are throwing their vehicles at one another, like toddlers in a dispute at a day care. And what‘s up with that? To allow fear or frustration to drive us to commit insane acts is wrongheadedness to the Nth Degree. To allow fear of terrorism to cause persons belonging to a free society to literally vote to become less free by electing dictators and censors is the kind of mistake which brings to mind Benjamin Franklin‘s famous non-quote which I shall paraphrase here. Any people who are willing to forego individual liberties in the name of temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. In “The Republic” Plato made it clear that Free Speech was of critical importance to the development of any progressive society. ―Free Speech-―How brave a thing is freedom of speech, which has made the Athenians so far exceed every other state of Hellas in greatness!‖ or, more probably, attributing the victory to the ancient good order of Athens and to the favor of Apollo and Athena. Damn those ancient Greeks anyway – what the hell do they know? A lot as you will see when you read Solon the Athenian‘s list of 10 Proscriptions Commandments) a bit later on. Have we in the United States and other Western Democracies had our freedom too long and has it been provided to present generations too easily that we should hold it in such lax esteem? The people to whom we have ceded control of our national and international conscience and consciousness tell us that the terrorists hate our free way of life and then proceed to remove far more individual liberties than have any terrorists and we smile and thank them for doing so, especially after George Bush gets up in front of Congress and the TV audience and claims that he and his people are the champions of World-Wide Freedom!. What’s Up With That? Well, perhaps they do champion the freedom from having to think for ourselves. The Ukrainian people felt that self-determination was something worth the struggle as was testified to by their reactions to THEIR fraud filled elections of 2004, reactions which actually bore fruit when their supreme court ordered new elections. Perhaps the memories of being under Soviet control were still fresh enough that they truly valued their freedom and were not willing to cede it to others. In order to keep the Ukrainian people in perspective and appreciate their good qualities more, I feel the need to relate an anecdote to you concerning some Ukrainian immigrants who decided to volunteer as Firefighters in a small retirement community in the Midwestern United States. They were instrumental in getting their division equipped by procuring cast-offs and donations from the fire fighters in surrounding communities and they received a modicum of training and took to it well enough that they soon became known in their community as marginally competent for house and brush fires alike, but because of the median age of these men, (65) they were considered a marginal asset at best by the regional fire command whose duty it was to contact surrounding communities and request aid should the need ever arise.(a multiple alarm fire for example). For several months there were no such major emergencies but one day the Famous Sausage plant in Beltsburg caught fire and due to the volatile nature of some improperly stored cleaning solvents and due to the fact that these solvents had been stored next to the drippings room where lard and other types of industrial fat products were sequestered. In moments a quiet little blaze became a raging inferno and the regional fire command sent out multiple alarms which reached the Mundane Township where the Ukrainian retiree division was centered. When the first company volunteer firefighters appeared on the scene, the sausage company president rushed to the fire chief and said, ―All of our secret formulas are in the vault in the centre of the plant. They must be saved and I will give $50,000 to the fire department that brings them out intact.‖ But the roaring flames held the fire-fighters off. Soon more fire departments had to be called in as the situation became more desperate. As the firemen arrived, the president Of the Sausage Company shouted out that the offer was now $100,000 to the fire department or company who could bring out the company‘s secret files. Still, though the money was alluring to all of them, good common sense and self - preservation won the day. ―Looks like that sausage is well done!‖ one on looking man exclaimed in frustration When all seemed hopeless and the President had resigned himself that his company‘s best secrets were lost, there came the sound of a lone siren, wailing like a banshee in the darkness hailing the approach of a one final lone and late participant in the drama. All of the firemen who were standing on the periphery haplessly spraying their ineffectual streams of water onto the billowing flames looked up as they heard the approaching fire crew. ―Aw, that‘s just the Mundane township volunteer crew!‖ one sub - chief was heard to exclaim. ―They have an outdated engine and equipment which has been donated by the rest of us. They‘re a nice bunch of harmless Old Ukrainian retirees, but they don‘t have any business coming here! They haven‘t got the training to handle a fire of this magnitude!. Then, something amazing occurred! The little run-down engine, operated by these Ukrainian volunteers, passed all the newer sleek engines parked outside the plant.....and drove straight into the middle of the inferno. In Open Mouthed admiration outside the other firemen watched as the Ukrainian old timers jumped off and began to fight the fire with a precision and effort that left the on looking crews literally gaping in absolute fascination. Certainly, they had never witnessed such a spectacular performance by any fire crew! Amazingly, within a short time the mundane old timers had accomplished the impossible by extinguishing the fire and saving the secret sausage formulas. They then climbed back into their truck and drove slowly to where the cheering crowd of admirers awaited them. The grateful sausage company president joyfully and tearfully (and aware of the photo opp)announced that for such a superhuman feat he was upping the reward to $200,000 and walked over to personally thank each of the brave, though elderly, Ukrainian firefighters. The local TV news reporters rushed in after capturing the event on film. ―What are you going to do with all the reward money?‖ a young and excited anchor woman asked of the Crew‘s Captain Vell,‖ said Olec Sputski, the 70 year old Captain, ―Da furst ting we gonna do is fix da brakes on dat focking truck!‖ A lot of times, heroism results from just that. People get thrust into a situation with no way out other than heroic performance and they accomplish the impossible or die trying to! One of the most important messages which I deliver in this book is that you, the reader, must never take anything on faith alone that is guaranteed by flawed beings such as humans other than the fact that there is a supreme being in charge of everything and that we have everything we need to make our civilization work and pass on to a higher degree of maturity as a collective people. The other important thing to keep in mind is that WE are the ultimate observer and WE determine the ultimate nature of our reality. God Guides the manifestations of the Multiverse but WE guide our own destiny. You need to understand that anything which men have said is open to question and challenge. Men have agendas! If their agenda and yours are working at cross purposes, in order to achieve theirs, they must deceive those who do not hold their same views. All rule books and self-help books and religious exercise books are written to support or fulfill one agenda or another. Individual agendas are what civilization is all about. There are no guarantees or warrantees in the arena of life, so be cautious and circumspect and humble in your dealings with others. The other guy always has the potential to catch you by surprise, sometimes with unpleasant results. Remember that you are not so clever, yourself, as you believe you are and life, while it may still surprise you, will be less likely to overwhelm you. God is really all-pervading, above the mind, without features, imperishable, and infinite. How can such a one be worshipped? That is why, out of compassion for his creatures segments of the God Consciousness can occasionally assume the Earthly form of what Hindus call the guru or that which Christians call an Angel or what Muslims call either an Angel or a Jinn and Jews call A Rabi or an angel depending on how impressive this being is. The guru is parcel of the supreme God enclosed in human skin. He walks the earth, concealed, bestowing grace on his disciples. This is a picture of God painted by the words of a Hindu Scholar. If you are of any other religious persuasion, I challenge you to find something wrong with the statement which is very much what was said about God by Benjamin Franklin of the Colonial United States of America. To me, the “Guru” can be anyone at any time who suddenly finds himself or herself in direct communication with the essence of the Universal Creative Energy Being (The Master Architect). God can deliver messages to us by this means and we can receive them unafraid. There is no way for a normal human being to ―see‖ God but we can sense God‘s message at all times. Sometimes we feel compelled to pass it on! At those times it can have great impact upon people and events. This is probably the most important advice which I can provide to you. GOD has at his command all of space and time and reality. Do you really believe that God‘s word would ever be difficult to hear or to understand? The word and method of communicating it can change in such a way that it would never be perceptible to us. Why must such alterations be perceived unless they have purpose of themselves? No, my friend, those who claim that GOD would ever need to be interpreted have no concept of GOD‘s true essence or nature. GOD IS, communication and clarity and understanding. There is no need for interpreters to communicate with that which is tuned into our very souls!
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