I have been reading many posts the last few days about anxiety, depression, lack of self-esteem etc. It should be noted that there is always a significant up-tick in these feelings during dark of winter, and especially near Christmas-time. There are two categories of anxiety; one type is generated by real circumstances such as concerns about where your next rent payment will come from. That is conscious anxiety and normal. The next type, which is universal, is subconscious anxiety which has a much different generator. It is instilled in us at an early age before we are rational. We are made to believe that we are bad by well-meaning parents, teachers, preachers and others. Those ideas and feelings are stored in our subconsciousness. We don’t remember the specific incidents which caused the ideas and feelings, but we have a general feeling of uneasiness and don’t know why. The more we have been poorly indoctrinated in our formative years, the greater feelings of guilt and anxiety we exhibit. Greater degrees and extremes of anxiety may, and frequently do, lead to depression, even to the point of taking ones own life. Depression is caused by our failed exhaustive attempts to ward off punishment generated by the guilt instilled in us. We see defensive reactions exhibited in many ways but two stand out. One is the overbearing hot head know-it-all who has to be right all the time; would argue a point “till hell freezes over”, and all the time likely being wrong. The other in the cowed, meek, person who exhibits no feelings of self esteem. Typically, that person is shy, backward, hates to meet new people, doesn’t like crowds, would panic if asked to speak to a public audience, and typically will cling to one or two people in their lives. Usually they live in constant fear but have no idea why. In my powerful little book, Wilderness Cry, I show how Ideologies and Religion are the two main culprits in causing those problems. Both of those entities impose on us ideas and demands totally contrary to our God-given nature. As infants, toddlers and small children, we are not capable of a rational analysis of these contrarian ideas; we simply are left with the built-in ideas that we are bad which generates guilt; guilt generates need for punishment; punishment generates anxiety which generates feelings of worthlessness and depression. I show in my book that religions and ideologies in general have ignored Jesus’ command for us to love one another as ourselves. If that were the norm in our society, our children would be inculcated in a framework of love and acceptance. The result would be dramatic. Universal peace would prevail, anxiety would be reduced to a minimum, and people would be God-loving and people-loving. It will likely never happen because of Power, Money and Control. Dictators and Church Hierarchy will never relinquish their Power. For an understanding of how to rid yourself of these anxious feelings and for a complete elucidation of many, many more concepts, you must read my book, Wilderness Cry- a Scientific and Philosophical Approach to Understanding God and the Universe. Amazon and all on-line book retailers.
Fancy Farm—isn’t that a quaint name for a town. Allow me to tell you about it. When first settled in 1829, by eleven Roman Catholic families, it was the first Catholic community with the first Catholic church in Jackson Purchase area of west Kentucky. Buried deep in the bible belt it has endured all sorts of adversity but has emerged as one of the most famous “little towns” on earth. It is in the Guinness book of world records for hosting the longest ongoing, largest, one day, outdoor Bar-B-Q picnic in the world—118 years. It annually serves 19-20 thousand pounds of Bar-B-Q mutton and pork. It hosts the political kick-off for the state of Kentucky on the first Saturday of August each year for at least 60 years with TV coverage by C Span, KET, and all local stations. On presidential years, CNN usually offers coverage. It remained %100 Catholic for about 150 years—community population now is roughly %90 Catholic.
In 1935 when I was 2 years old, our local priest persuaded my mother Anna Vatra Courtney Hunt to compile a comprehensive history of Fancy farm which she completed in 1943. She is the official historian of Fancy Farm through that date.Her history was published as part of a 4-volume set compiles by Fredrick Wallis and others titled A Sesqui-Centennial History Of Kentucky. It was in our school library. She traced the beginnings with Lord Baltimore, Cecil Calvert and many other Catholics sailing from England on the Arc and Dove to escape persecution. They landed at where is now Baltimore, MD. Almost all the Catholics in Fancy Farm are direct descendants of those migrants. After years of establishing themselves in Maryland, when Kentucky became a state in 1792, many of those families signed a pact to cross the mountains an risk traveling to Ky. They crossed the mountains in covered wagons to where is now Pittsburgh. From there they floated down the Ohio river on flat-boats and landed at what is now Maysville, Ky. They traveled inland to what was known as Pottinger’s Creek and established the first Catholic church in Ky. After Issac Shelby, the first governor of Ky, and Andrew Jackson negotiated the purchase of Chickasaw land (known as Jackson’s Purchase), and that land was added to the state of Ky, the Federal government opened it up for sale at twelve and a half cents per acre as land grant property. Eleven families including three of my great, great grandparents were the first settlers. They built Saint Jerome Church—it has been rebuilt three times and remodeled several, but is a huge, beautiful Gothic-style structure—the largest thing in town.
As a child, I attended the church-run school, Saint Jerome School for twelve years. We were required to attend mass each morning and our first class was Catholic Catechism. We were taught by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Ky. They were all well educated, great teachers, and strict disciplinarians. Even though the school was church owned and operated, the state paid the teachers salaries. Eventually, all the county schools consolidated (1980s). and the church went out of the education business.
As valedictorian of my senior class, I was awarded a scholarship to Saint Edwards University, Austin, Tx. My Pre-med advisor and biology professor was a Brother Raphael Wilson of “Bubble Boy” fame. After graduating Medical school and completing post graduate training in Orthopedic Surgery, I completed my private practice years in West Ky—Mayfield and Paducah. I am 85 years old now and have been retired several years.
Many times I have been requested, even demanded to wright a book about life in fancy farm, Ky. I usually discounted it, because writing books can be trying as my previous experience with Wilderness Cry attests. However, in recent years, as I see everyone my age go to the grave, I became keenly aware that history died with them—there was no one to ask. So I sat down an obliged them with Growing Up In Fancy Farm Kentucky. It is educational, historic, nostalgic, and humerus. It is not published to the world-wide market because it would be mainly of interest to locals. However, I have been shocked at the number of people who are from Fancy Farm who, coming out of the wood-work like termites from all over this country, are clamoring for my little book—daily trips to the PO mailing books. If anyone has an interest, just email me, email@example.com, and I will mail it to you—$10 plus $3 postage.
As a side note, Covenant books will be distributing Wilderness Cry world-wide shortly. Assuming their efforts are worthwhile, I will be releasing its sequel, Peace in Spirituality, soon.
Remember, the only way the world can have peace is through the recognition and acceptance of the like-minded idea that the Spirit of God is stamped on everything in existence. Can God be at war with himself? My call for the World-Wide Communion of Spirituality continues incessantly.
Perfection: Do a little quick soul searching. Do you really understand what it means to be perfect, or, possibly, do you tend to glibly hear the term and brush it off as blather? My experience indicates that percentage-wise, very, very few people ascribe the proper attributes to perfection. Without absolute perfection, nothing in the universe could function. So what is this perfection and where is its basis?
I have stated many, many times in writing that every thing and every event of any kind is perfect in form and function and is a perfect example of what it purports to be. I am able to say that with certainty because of the known perfection of every quantum (tiniest particle if energy) which make up every gravid thing in existence. Each of those tiny particles with various names are absolutely perfect in form and function. Furthermore, there is not one more nor less in existence today than existed at the time of their inception (creation, release, appearance), and there will be no more nor less at the time of their recall. A combination of those tiny quanta make up the basic units of all atoms (protons, neutrons, electrons). A varying combination of those three basic units constitute the different elements in all creation. Those atoms may react with each other to form molecules; molecules react with each other to form compounds, and compounds can be formulated to create all the different materials in existence. All of those functions are perfect and predictable in their activity and results every time. That explains why when you get in your automobile and push the ignition button, the engine starts and you are able to navigate from place to place. That same example applies to every action or activity or occurrence of any kind in the entire universe.
You might legitimately ask, whats my point? Simply stated, my point is this. I want to shake you loose from your doldrums, and create an awareness of the perfection in all things. I want to make you think about your existence: how it came to be in the first place, how it continues, and what happens to it in the unknown hereafter. There are seemingly three basic classes of believers in the world: those who accept the concept of God; those who deny the concept of God; those who say simply they can’t (don’t) know.
For those like me who accept the idea of God, we must acclaim that God with his perfect intellect envisioned his creation (all the quanta in existence), and with his perfect will chose them and keeps them perfect. Therefore, it is impossible for anything or any occurrence to be imperfect. Every storm, every earthquake, every hurricane, every loaf of bread, every tree leaf, every grain of sand etc. is a perfect example of what it is. A second set of similar events and objects would be different from the first but each would still be perfect for its set of circumstances.
We sometimes get confused when “bad” things happen such as a car wreck and often start looking for excuses or someone to blame. We even question how God could allow such to happen. We fail to recognize that it was someone’s perfect negligence or a perfect mechanical failure, or a myriad of other perfect conditions which led to the perfect wreck. In other words, that specific wreck was a perfect result for its set of generating circumstances. So what’s my point. My point is we must always be aware of our obligation to know all that we can, to respect the perfection in everything we encounter, and more importantly be respectful of others; stop the blame game.
Those who deny God or say they simply can’t know, suggest that the perfect order in the universe “just happened”—even Stephen Hawking, the great quantum physicist, suggested such a possibility. The truth is, no one can prove nor disprove the existence of a Supreme being. That is where Faith comes in.
There are all kinds of faith: we have implicit faith that when we get on an airplane, it will take us safely to our intended destination. However, we are fully aware from previous experiences of others that failure of one kind or another may occur. Those failures are always the perfect result of a set of perfect faults which generated the outcome.
So my purpose here is to stimulate your awareness of God’s Perfection in “all things and events”.
I do not want to seem nor sound commercial, but if you want a more thorough understanding of these concepts, please read my little book Wilderness Cry (Amazon et al). In addition, I will be releasing a sequel “Peace in Spirituality” within a few months.
Happy New Year to all!!!
If someone asked you who God is, what would you tell them? How would you explain God’s essence to them so that you are communicating a clear, unmistakable picture to them? Would you possibly start quoting the Bible, or tell them about a certain religion, or possibly about a specific church you attend? If you did any of those things, would you expect your audience to visualize your exact “image” of God? Or do you even have a definitive “image” of God?
I would suggest the likelihood that you may do any or all of the above. However, I would also suggest that you would fail 100% in your effort. Your audience may come away with some vague (just as yours is vague) image of a God, but it could not possibly mirror yours or anyone’s else. How am I allowed to say that so bluntly? Very simply, no one is allowed to attempt to speak definitively about any entity whose essence he/she cannot define. Before me, no one has ever been able to define the essence of God. Great mystics and theologians for centuries have attempted; all failed. Without that essential definition, no one can know God. I defined God’s essence thus; “God Is A Perfect Rational Being”. That definition makes all concepts of God perfectly clear—we can now speak of God and its attributes with the same understanding as arithmetic. While we certainly cannot possibly know everything God knows, we do know some (science=knowledge=truth), and we, as rational beings, will know more and more as time goes on. We now have a perfect rational basis for contemplating, discussing, describing, and communicating God to others. We dispel the mythology and superstition surrounding God generated by religions—we are free to truly understand our God and its workings. We are now free to accept God’s Will which is everything that happens in this universe, rather than do God’s Will which is unknowable. You may find a complete explanation in my little book Wilderness Cry—Amazon, et. al.
Today I would like to share with you a concept that possibly may have escaped your attention, and that has to do science. Likely, when the word science is used in conversation, different concepts are conjured up in your minds. Many possibly immediately think of chemistry, physics etc—true enough, those subjects are representative of the “physical sciences”. However the word science encompasses the entire wealth of knowledge. In fact, the word science comes from the Latin root-word scientia which means knowledge. Knowledge, of course is truth. For those of us who accept the concept of a Supreme Being, that Being represents all truth—therefore that being (God, Allah, Yahweh, Buddha, Brahma etc.) is science.
So how does that science (truth) manifest itself in our world. Simply stated it is overtly manifest in the absolute perfection in form and function of ever quantum of energy in the universe. Science (knowledge=truth) has allowed us to discern the ultimate building blocks of every gravid object, seen or unseen, in the universe (s). Those building blocks collectively are known as quanta (smallest indivisible particles of energy) with specific names such as quarks, leptons, etc. Since we have defined the essence of God as a perfect rational being, and since these quanta represent absolute perfection, we are obliged to conclude that the Spirit of God (Holy Spirit) is imprinted on each particle keeping it perfect as God is perfect. Therefore, we must conclude that God may be considered as “Pure Science”.
Furthermore, we must recognize there is an absolute science (knowledge=truth) about everything material and immaterial. So when we hear the word science, let us broaden our scope of understanding beyond the “physical sciences” to the ultimate understanding that God=science.
I have elucidated those principles thoroughly in my book Wilderness Cry. It is available on-line ever outlet, if interested.
Everyone talks about peace, but sadly, seemingly, no one wants nor understands peace. We all are so imbued with our prejudices about our God (Allah, Buddha, Yahweh, Brahma, etc.), that we are unable to subdue our prejudicial thinking for the truth. And you might say, “Well, just what is truth?”. And I will tell you straight up that truth is not in the god of the bible or Quran, nor in any of the holy ancient writings of the far east; neither is it found in ritualistic practices of sacrificial worship. It is, however clearly found in the fundamental understanding that everything in existence is branded with the will (spirit) of its creator. With that universal acceptation, there’s no more room for discord than is there for accepting the fundamental principle that two plus two equals four. No one fights and argues about basic fundamental arithmetic or basic physical sciences—there is like-mindedness about those considerations; hence no discord. Likewise, there would be no discord about the acceptance of the spirit of our universal Supreme Being driving and keeping perfect every particle (quantum) of energy in existence.
Since all wars are and have been fought over ultimate disagreements concerning our Creator, that source of discord would be abolished. We would have like-mindedness—we would have peace. This philosophy is thoroughly developed in my book Wilderness Cry, and my, soon to be published, book Peace in Spirituality. I sincerely hope and trust that eventually the entire world comes to this fruitful acceptance—we will have peace. Amazon, Kindle et al. Comments welcomed.
Very likely, the word God is the most used noun in the English language—love would probably be a close second. I am free to make that assertion without scientific proof based on the number of times it is used in one church service and/or radio or TV dissertation/sermon. Preachers and laity alike throw the word God around like it was a football. You might be astonished to hear that even though God is spoken of endlessly, no one, but no one can prove his (its) existence. Neither can anyone prove his (its) non-existence. God is a matter of perception (faith). Faith, of course, is belief in something as being true which cannot be proven. I note with frequency how some preacher and preacher/writers attempt to prove God’s existence using contorted, distorted interpretations of the Bible, which itself has been so corrupted as to be virtually useless as a reference book. The bible serves many as a source of faith—never proof.
Even though faith can never be proven—if it could, it would no longer be faith—it would be fact, It must be based on some degree of rationality. That, of course works both ways—faith in something or faith against something. In the case of fundamentalists, that rationality is the Bible. In the case of atheists, that fundamental rationality is the bible. A philosophical principle pertains—nothing can be proven by itself.
Now lets consider a real basis for faith—the perfect order in the universe. The bible was written and re-written by scientific illiterates. They knew absolutely nothing of science. All they had for references were their superstitious imaginations. The earth was flat; the firmament consisted of the earth, stars and moon; the stars controlled their destiny; astrology was their science; the earth teetered on five crooked, wobbly legs, ever in danger of tumbling into the nether-world below; all babies were in the male semen; the earth was center of the universe; heaven was up; and the list of irrationality goes on.
Now lets consider today: the earth is round; the sun is the center of our little stellar universe; our sun is only one of billions in our galaxy alone, of which there are billions and trillions containing billions and trillions of suns; a beam of light traveling at the rate of 186,000 m.p.s. requires 100,000 years to traverse our Milky Way galaxy alone; light which has been traveling nearly fourteen billion years is just now reaching our earth—the suns that generated that light have been burned out for billions of years already; there are more suns in the universe than grains of sand on all the earth’s beaches; the egg of life is in the female ovum; and the known scientific list goes on and on.
The one compelling scientific fact lending credence to a Higher Power is the perfect order, even in its entropy, in the universe. There is absolutely no event, nor has there ever been, nor will there ever be, that is not a perfect example of what it is. The reason fore that is simple—every event is the direct consequence of all proceeding events. In addition, we know scientifically that every gravid object in this universe is composed of identical tiny particles of energy which are collectively known as quanta. There are various kinds with different names, but each of its kind is perfect and identical to its counterparts. Furthermore, there exists not a single one more or less than at the time of their creation.
My rationality tells me that it is rational to assume that such perfection did not likely happen by itself. That understanding (faith—belief) prompted me to not only accept the existence of God but, also, to define the essence of that being. No one before me has been successful in such an endeavor—many have tried—all have failed. I suspect the reason for their universal failure was their universal blind-spot. They either knew no science or they ignored it. They universally failed to connect the dots—God is science. The word science comes from the Latin word scientia which means knowledge. Knowledge, of course, is truth and God, of course is Truth.
With that brief overview, I will now share with you my definition of the essence of God. God is a Perfect Rational Being. That definition is not only irrefutable—it is all inclusive. It explains all the so-called mysteries in our lives—Trinity, Eternity, Soul, Heaven. Likewise, it negates the eternal myths which have been heaped upon us. It demonstrates clearly that nothing could be in existence without the perfect intellect of God first envisioning it and the perfect will(holy Spirit) of God choosing it and keeping it perfect. Therefore, it is impossible for anything in this universe to be imperfect in form or function. However, everything in this universe is evil by virtue of its selfishness—a discussion for the next time. In the meantime, you may find a complete explanation of all in my little book Wilderness Cry- A Scientific and Philosophical Approach to Understanding God and the Universe; Amazon, Kindle et al. All comments welcomed. firstname.lastname@example.org
It has been quite a while since I posted. Two reasons pertain. One is that I have been ill part of the time. The other is I have been extremely busy wrapping up my gardens for the year, but more importantly, writing two books. I’m happy to report that Covenant Books is republishing my first book, Wilderness Cry. They plan major distribution and promotion. I have just completed its sequel, which I won’t release for a while. In addition, due to popular request, I gave in and wrote a book entitled “Growing up in Fancy Farm, Kentucky”. Likely, it would be of local interest only. It does, however, contains a lot of general interest topics. The local printers have it now. If anyone interested, e-mail me: email@example.com, and I’ll get it to you. Don’t yet know printing costs, so I don’t have price—most likely in $10 range.
Now back to the subject near and dear to my heart—spirituality. I’d bet my last dollar that ten or twenty people or even a hundred would give a different answer if asked to define spirituality. The essential definition of spirituality is the end-all, be-all to understanding God and achieving peace. With that understanding, I am again calling for acceptance of my plea for recognition of The World-Wide Communion of Spirituality. It is only through that Like-mindedness, that peace is achievable.
Just look at the world today, as well as throughout history—wars, wars, wars. Endless, senseless killing for why—religion and ideology, all of which are seeking more money and goods through power and control. We must first examine ourselves and humble ourselves to the acceptance of our common spirituality. Then and only then can and will the world finally, gradually, catch on and become truly civil and peaceful. That definitely is a utopian concept, but I submit to you, it’s the only way. Wilderness Cry is available all on-line retailers and Kindle