Have you ever wondered why and how two of the oldest philosophies/religions in the world came to be? More importantly, have you ever considered the ultimate concepts contained in those philosophies ? While I do not know with certainty about their origin and development, it seems likely to me that they were the direct attempt to understand the basic meaning of life and at the same time discover the nature if its origin. While the Abrahamic religions were busy bargaining with their god, and offering sacrifices to him, the contemplative far-easterners were desperately trying to understand if such an entity actually existed and if so in what environs.
My research tells me that the contemplatives were way ahead of the sacrificials who had dreamed up a scheme of power and control right out of their own playbook—that is to say, they manufactured a god patterned directly after their own possessive, egotistical selves. Their god was theirs alone and could not be shared with anyone.
In the meantime, the contemplatives, like many native Americans were driven to see their god in everything (wind, sun, stars, waters etc.) Without benefit of any scientific knowledge at all, just as Jesus, they were able to devine the existence of God in everything. Jesus could not explain the specifics, he just knew that the spirit of God existed in everything. He saw that everything in existence was evil by virtue of its selfishness, and by his knowing, he was commissioned to die in atonement for the father’s faults so the Father could be Perfect Love . So he died that we may live in eternal bliss.
Can there be a greater thrill? I’d vouch to say that no one who professes an Abrahamic religion is any closer to God than any Hindu or Buddhist that ever lived. We each are loved equally by our Perfect Loving Creator with no one possibly being more favored over another—there are no such things as higher places in heaven.
For full elucidation, please read my two little books, Wilderness Cry and Peace in Spirituality. Press releases and video trailers attached
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.
SLAVERY AND RACISM-Slavery is a binding legal ownership of one human being by another accompanied by an obligation of the owned to work for and obey the orders of the owner. Racism is the perception that people of a certain race are inferior, in one way or another, to people of their own race. These two subjects have been the objects of ‘social division’ seemingly forever.
Slavery has its most notable roots in the book of Genesis. There, Abraham’s wife, Sarah, because she was barren, directs him to mate with her ‘slave girl’ and bring forth a child. The slave girl whose name was Hagar was noted to be Egyptian. Abraham did as directed and mated with Hagar, the slave girl. She conceived and bore a son named Ishmael—presumably, he became the progenitor of essentially all of the Arabic peoples.
It is also noteworthy that the entire Hebrew tribe eventually became enslaved by the Egyptians. That came about, as you will recall, by virtue of a famine which struck the Hebrews necessitating the purchase of grain from the prosperous Egyptians. The Hebrew leader at the time was Abraham’s grandson, Jacob, the son of Isaac who was born to Sarah, Abraham’s barren wife, after the birth of Ishmael. That ‘miraculous’ transaction was ‘arranged by God’ so that Abraham’s heir would be from a Hebrew rather than from an Egyptian. Strange, isn’t it how ‘what goes around, comes around’?
In any event, after a forty year tenure of enslavement, the Hebrews escaped from Egyptian bondage. However, along their nomadic way they developed a legal system involving slavery. Their system involved enslaving ‘their own people’ for a specified period of time as restitution for indebtedness. They had rules for enslavement of men only, women only, and, at times, entire families. Quite obviously, those rules persisted in one form or another for thousands of years because, in at least two places, we hear Paul in his epistles exhort the the slaves to be ‘respectfully subservient to their masters in all things’ (paraphrased). Paul, of course was a Jew and knew the Jewish law quite well.
Strangely, I have been unable to find any teaching of Jesus on that subject. We know that Jesus was a zealous traitor—that in itself was sufficient to get himself crucified—he needed no additional fuel for the fire. Certainly, if he had condemned slavery, it would have been tantamount to throwing gasoline on an open fire. It is reasonable to suspect (possibly assume) the writers and re-re-re-writers of the New Testament avoided that subject—they had all of the support for slavery they needed directly from Hebrew Law—no interference from Jesus needed. Maybe they assumed that ‘if Jesus didn’t address slavery through their writings, no one would notice’.
Well, as a matter of basic historical fact, no one did notice until Abraham Lincoln came along. He freed the black African slaves, and in doing so, he caused and won a civil war— got himself assassinated as a result—sounds a little like the Jesus story, doesn’t it?
Now, I would like to look each and every one of you in the face directly and ask you, individually, ‘who was responsible for the enslavement of the African people?’ I can tell you in a heartbeat, it was the Roman Catholic and European Protestant (Christian?) Churches. If any one of them ever offered a ‘word of dissent’, it was with the ‘tiny whisper voice of a mute sparrow’. You will recall that once upon a time the Pope in Rome was the most powerful person on earth—he crowned the kings. When he fell into disfavor with Martin Luther et. al., it wasn’t over the concept of slavery—they all condoned it.
I might add, that in all of my eighty seven years of attending Catholic Church, I have never to my recollection heard one single murmur suggesting the immorality of slavery. In addition, during seventeen years of Catholic education, it was never suggested that slavery might be wrong. I often wondered why—I have, on fact, asked the question often—I never got an answer—I think I know the answer. The Church stood to lose way too much power, money and control by getting involved in that fray. So they didn’t—they still haven’t. They play their same old ‘sly game’—knowing full-well that very few care and that fewer yet will research the history, they wait it out—in a few short years, those old dudes of us who do care will be dead and gone—they conveniently ‘sweep it under the carpet’ and pretend it never happened. That same old dog has been hunting for hundreds of years, but I suspect he’s getting old and tired—likely wont hunt much longer.
In my humble opinion, that immoral stance by so-called Christianity is the foundation for the civil unrest in our society today. There are many great black citizens who have risen above the foam, and ‘command the respect of all’. However, there is a ‘seething volcanic seam’ being incessantly utilized for ‘destructive political purposes’—and the Christian leaders remain silent. The ‘agitators’ continually ‘demand respect’—no one gets respect by demanding it—yes, they might get ‘attention’—respect, no.
So how does ‘racism’ play in this game. I’ll tell you how—it is perpetuated by those ill-intentioned, power-seeking individuals who have long recognized it as a ‘political weapon’. I’ll ask one more simple question; ‘do you think white, black, brown, red children are born with a racial bias?’—not the chance of a snowball in hell. Left to their own devices, their skin color would never be an issue—likely, it would never even be noticed, or if so, only as a lament—‘I wish my skin were as beautiful as yours’. No, someone has to tell them how bad that color is and how, as a consequence, the person in that color is undesirable. Our children would never in a billion years be ‘racist’—it has to be inculcated—and it continues to be on all sides. Shame on everyone.
If you would only read my two little philosophy books, Wilderness Cry and Peace in Spirituality, you would recognize the foundational basis for my understanding.
POSSIBLE-Now here’s a word that is used frequently, and with many different implications. For instance we often hear someone say, ‘that’s not possible’. Or, ‘I can’t possibly believe she said that’—‘maybe, but do you believe that’s possible, do you?’ How about, ‘I know that’s impossible’—just a few examples. So what does the word ‘possible ‘ mean? Simply stated, it means able to, be done or accomplished.
Throughout recorded history, the realm of ‘possibility’ has been expanded beyond human imagination millions of times. In the beginning, the pace was extremely slow. However, during the last century or so it has quickened at an ever-accelerating speed. Why do you suppose that is? That answer can be summed up in one word, science. And what is science?—simply stated, it’s the discovery of a truth—it is not the creation of a truth—the truth has always been there—we just had to discover it.
And how does that discovery come about?—through the ‘scientific process’ of imagination (speculation-postulation), experimentation, and observation. When we do the same thing over and over with identical results, we have discovered a truth. Mind you, we did not ‘make or manufacture’ that truth—it has always there—we just didn’t know about it or recognize it yet.
As we have discovered more and more unknown truths, we have unearthed the possibilities of even more astonishing truths at an ever-accelerating pace. You likely have heard the expression, ‘necessity is the mother of invention’, and that is so true. Global disasters, major wars, pandemics and the like have stimulated the human mind to imagine all sorts of here-to-fore unknown scientific facts (truths). Some of those include Galileo’s discovering the sun to be the center of our solar system rather than the earth which the bible taught, Vasco da Gama’s sailing to the Far East and back proving the earth was round and not flat as proclaimed by the Church, Einstein’s development of the theory of relativity leading to the rapid development of the cosmological sciences and Quantum Mechanics, the Wright brothers proving that human flight was possible, Henry Ford’s development of the ‘assembly line’ form of manufacturing making it possible for mass production at a quicker pace, development (discovery) of penicillin and other anti microbials and vaccines of all sorts to fight infections, just to name a few. And then, we fast forward until today when it appears that the unthinkable is taking place—the development and mass production of a Covid-19 vaccine in a year or less—that would have been thought totally impossible one year ago.
Now lets get to the nitty-gritty. Very likely, any church-going Christian has heard this expression many times; ‘With God, all things are possible’. And I would say, that is absolutely true, but not in the sense and connotation which we have been led to believe.
We, in general, have been taught that God is the overseer of his creation. He is sitting somewhere outside his creation observing everything that’s going on. His people are doing all sorts of things which ‘displease’ him, and for that, they will be punished in hell forever or, at the very minimum, serve a stay of severe torment in ‘purgatory’ in order to teach them a lesson and get them all cleaned up for heaven.
On the other hand, we have been taught to beg God for forgiveness so we might escape those torments. We have been repeatedly exposed to the concept that God’s Will can be changed and that we can entice him to perform a miracle just for us—I often wonder how many millions and millions of people have been disappointed or even despaired to find out that they had no ‘favor with God’—their loved one died with cancer or what-ever disease in-spite-of their begging and pleading for a miracle —their wayward son continued on his path of dereliction and wound up in prison—or their wayward daughter eventuated as the ‘harlot of the neighborhood’.
There is an explanation for all of that foolishness and it stems from one, and only one, possibility—the folly of religion and the defining essence of God; God is a Prefect Rational being—God is not a ‘puppeteer’. In a nutshell, that means that everything possible in this existence has already been determined—it is up to us to make the discovery of each of those possibilities (truths). To be frank, as much as we seemingly have discovered, we haven’t even ‘scratched the surface’.
Lets look at some examples: if it’s possible for someone to develop a personality that allows for murder, larceny, rape, etc., it will happen—if it is possible to knock a baseball over the wall for a home run, it will happen—if it is possible to send a manned rocket to the moon, it will happen—if it is possible to have computers, iPhones etc., it will happen—if it is possible to perform major surgery on infants in-utero, it will happen—of it is possible for an 87 year old man to make a hole-in-one playing golf, it will happen—if it is possible to send a manned spacecraft to Mars and/or beyond, it will happen—and, sadly, if it is possible for mankind to destroy himself and everything else living on this earth, guess what; it will happen.
So, you see, God is not directing the show on a moment to moment basis. His ‘show’ started roughly 13.7 billion years ago—it continues uninterrupted with no intermissions—the ‘cast of characters’ changes continually with all ‘possible’ contingencies being addressed on a continuing basis. We happen to be in that cast right now—who knows what tomorrow brings—likely things we never thought of or dreamed possible.
On a personal note, I became aware or those facts years and years ago but it took me forever to explain them to myself satisfactorily. My mind and personality had been so distorted by irrational religion that ‘perfect rationality’ had a very hard time working its way into my system of possibilities. When it finally did, bingo—I saw the ‘Perfect Rationality of God’. I saw that you and I are ‘mirror images’ of God’s Spirit. I saw that every one of God’s ‘natural’ possibilities (natural laws [truths] ) are possible for us—we just need to gradually discover them. It is doubtful if we ever will but who knows?—God does.
I have outlined and developed that philosophy quite clearly in my two philosophy books, Wilderness Cry, and Peace in Spirituality. For your peace of mind and clarity of understanding, I strongly urge you to read them. They are readily available on line.
SECOND COMING OF CHRIST-Before we can address the ‘second coming of Christ’ we must understand the ‘first coming’. I can see the quizzical expressions on your faces right now—what on earth does he mean?—we know all about the ‘first coming’—we have the Bible. And I would say to you, “not so fast. Maybe a quick historical brush-up would help”.
As you will recall, somewhere along the line, the Hebrews discovered the ‘one true God’. That God was theirs and theirs alone. Because of the disobedience of the first man, Adam, God had banished Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden (Paradise) and committed them to a life of toil by the ‘sweat of their brow’. Later on, the Hebrews entered into pacts with God—they actually had conversations with him. In the last pact, (covenant), God swore that never again would he abandon them. Furthermore he would send them the Messiah who would ‘restore the kingdom’ just for them alone—such was their imagination.
By the time Jesus appeared, the Jews had already developed a most corrupt and self serving scheme of government which rewarded those in power and kept the rest at bay— poor and basically enslaved. Consequently, the masses longed for the Messiah whom they had been promised.
Jesus was a genius above all others. He recognized the universal evil of selfishness but, more importantly, he saw how the dualistic idea of ‘God over here and his creation over there’ was being used to control the peasant masses, all for power and money. He knew instinctively that nothing in existence could be without the Spirit of God being present within it.
If you have not read the Coptic Gospel of Thomas, I highly recommend it. In that gospel, Jesus keeps saying over and over and over the exact same thing while using using different words— it was his desperate attempt to get his apostles to understand his teaching. In the clearest statement of all, when his disciples asked him ‘when will the Kingdom come’, he said to them; “It will not come by waiting for it. It will not be a matter of saying ‘Here it is’ or ‘There it is.’ Rather, the Kingdom of the Father is spread out upon the earth, and men do not see it.”
In that same context Jesus told them, “It is I who am the light which is above them all. From me did the All come forth, and unto me did the All extend. Split a piece of wood and I am there. Lift up the stone and you will find me there.”
In proclaiming that he was ‘the light of the world’, Jesus was attempting to instill the idea into their understanding, that God was not sitting in a palatial heaven somewhere mysterious while overseeing and over-lording his creation—rather, God was ‘in his creation’. That creation, of course, included Jesus as well as everyone and everything else.
Jesus spoke the only ‘truth’— love is all that matters. Jesus certainly had not the foggiest idea about Quantum Mechanics (particle physics), but his genius told him that the Holy Spirit (Will of God, Love of God, Acceptance of God) had to be present in everything or nothing could be.
Jesus readily understood the malicious and cultist nature of religion. He observed how religion was being used by High Priests to bilk the poor peasants of their hard-earned, meager existences under the pretense of ‘appeasing’ an angry God—they were, in fact, appeasing their greed.
Jesus readily recognized that the ‘light of that knowledge’ must be spread out over the entire world through his apostles. He knew he would be killed for his philosophy and was hopefully depending on them to be the ‘spreaders’ of his message. Were they?—not yet, that I can determine. Those who wrote and re-wrote and re-wrote and re-wrote, ad nauseum, the so-called canonical literature we have, the Bible, were not to be dissuaded one bit by Jesus’ heretical teachings. Those writers were shocked to learn that Jesus was going to ‘die for them’.
Of, course, as matter of historical fact, the Jews did kill him. The narrative should have ended there, but it didn’t. Those writers were so determined to ‘have it their way’ that they created another narrative—a resurrection, ascension and, above all, a second coming. That wish became so strong that many taught and believed Jesus’s return to be imminent—such was their wishful thinking. It has been only two thousand years or so—what’s a few billion to an eternal God?
Seemingly, not one of them (maybe John, a little) understood and accepted what Jesus told them. It would, in fact, be The Greatest Story Ever Told if we could only hear it ‘straight from Jesus’ mouth.
Based on my definition of the essence of God as a Perfect Rational Being, coupled with my basic understanding of Particle Physics, the Jesus story as told in the Gospel of Thomas makes perfect sense—it adds absolute clarity to the subject. It also prompted me to write my basic philosophy Book, Wilderness Cry-A Scientific and Philosophical Approach to Understanding God and the Universe. Another book Peace in Spirituality has been published. It represents only one of a myriad of possible extrapolations from that definition. More importantly, it presents the absolute, indisputable meaning of The Second Coming.
The Second Coming will be the universal awakening of the human consciousness to the presence of the Will Of God in everything in existence. Then, and only then, will Jesus’ truth (light of the world) shine over all creation—please don’t hold your breath—religion has the human consciousness pinned to the ground.
UNIVERSAL GOVERNMENT (Globalism)—That exact idea has been implied, suggested, and even attempted many times throughout the course of human history—always with total failure. Yet, in this country, the socialists Democrats are ‘hell bent’ to, turn our country over to some benevolent dictator who would rule with perfect compassion and equity for all. Everyone would share equally in everything. The strange thing missing in all of those proposals is ‘equal productivity’ by each and every individual.
I remember reading a book, some sixty years ago about Communism—how it was proposed to work and, more importantly, how it actually did work. The book, titled Animal Farm, was written by George Orwell and was a satire about the Russian Revolution. As is always the case with human (pig) nature, some become more important and therefore more ‘entitled’ than others. That prompted the famous statement that ‘all animals are created equal’ “But Some Animals Are More Equal thanOthers”.
So it is with Communism, Socialism, Fascism, and literally every ‘ism’ you have ever heard of except Capitalisms grounded in republic democracy. The founders of our nation and the writers of our constitution were well aware of the ‘follies’ of other ‘isms’. They were well aware of the dangers of insidious power grabbing by a few ‘more equal than others’ pigs. They recognized that when everything is ‘free’, most quit producing with the net result that there is nothing left to ‘be free with’. Guess what happens then—total collapse of the system.
That exact scenario has played out many times—look at communist USSR. They were so hell-bent on conquering the USA and ultimately, the world with their ideology, that they exhausted their resources on military, while simultaneously, a great portion of their work force became rebellious non-producers—the inevitable happened—the roof caved in—‘Mr. Gorbachev, tear down that wall’.(Ronald Reagan)—and he did.
To my knowledge, no socialist, communist government has existed one hundred years without eventual collapse—but they keep trying, pushing, suggesting, demanding—will they never learn?
Just today in our local newspaper, Pope Francis seems to be making a plea for ‘Globalism”—everyone must be reduced to the poverty state—then and only then the lazy, non-productives will be able to gloat in their envy—perfect happiness will prevail while everyone starves.
It is sheer folly to assume that the world can be fed by by ‘mule-driven’ agriculture. Likewise it is sheer idiocy to assume that the relentless uncontrolled breeding by the ‘unwed’ which, either puts countless millions on the streets, or fills the garbage cans with aborted fetuses, is a sustainable methodology of social existence.
Yes, each of us are gifted with different talents, and we are duty-bound to help our neighbor in need if possible. The best way of helping is through a ‘family structure’ with both a mother and a father guiding and instructing their children in a meaningful way—teaching them to be, not only responsible, but also productive and self-sufficient. There will always be those who, for one reason or another, ‘fall through the cracks’. Jesus said, ‘The poor you will always have with you’.
We must never foster poverty—however, we must always be responsive to the truly needy. There’s an old saying that is probably more true today than ever—‘Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.
In defining the essence of God as A Perfect Rational Being, and observing that Rationality play out on a ‘universal stage of selfishness’, it is obvious to me that God had an eternal plan. That plan has the rationality that every gross entity in existence operates in a time zone of selfishness. Expressed otherwise, it means that every existence, even inanimate ones, have needs directed at self. Those needs, of course, dictate ‘change’ and change is measured in units of time—so all gross entities exist and operate in an ever-changing selfish timeframe.
In order to be productive, we must be willing and eager to change. Also, we are called and given an opportunity, to share as needed. It is a figment of any mythological imagination to think that ‘all pigs can or will be equal’.
Pope Francis assumed his papal name after Francis of Assisi who lived on the edge of Catholicism, but nevertheless was canonized a Saint. Like so many before and after him, Francis was able to ‘see God’ in everything. But, because he didn’t have any fundamental knowledge of existence, he really didn’t ‘know who or what God was’. He did, however, sense the presence of a God in everything, and for that he is to be lauded. He reportedly lived a very simple, pauper’s life. Supposedly, he rejected the idea of using ‘too much’ of the earth’s treasure.
Francis and his companion were praised , and I suppose, rightly so. The hermits and ascetics, also, were lauded and admired— many were Sainted. But consider this, If everyone lived a ascetic’s life in the desert, or wandered around the world barefoot ‘smelling the roses’, it wouldn’t be very long until they were eating the roses—then what?—total starvation and an extinct human race.
In my book, Wilderness Cry, I lay the groundwork for defining the essence of God, and do, in fact, define that essence as A Perfect Rational Being. While extrapolating many of that definition’s ramifications, I demonstrate, conclusively, that religion is the basic cause of most, if not all, of the worlds problems. All three of the Abrahamic religions are based on mythology and astrology—not one of them have ever defined the essence of their God.
In my book, Peace in Spirituality, I show conclusively how and why religion creates both hostility and emotional derangement among people. At the same time, by defining the essence of spirituality, I show the absolute only way peace can be achieved. Philosophically, it can happen—practically speaking, total lasting peace cannot be achieved in the selfish time capsule within which we exist.
Therefore, it behooves us to honor our time-tested system of government and reject globalism at all cost—the globalistic, ‘more equal’, pigs will certainly become ‘hogs’ and devour our world.
I continue my call for the World-wide Communion of Spirituality as the absolute only possible pathway to peace.
Have you ever wondered why you are your own singular person , or why another person can be so different from you? Undoubtedly, most people ask themselves and others that exact same question over and over again without even realizing it. How often we hear someone (anyone) say, ‘I just don’t understand why/how so and so thinks or does this or that’. I doubt any conversation could go on five minutes without similar statements being made. The answer to all those queries is a simple, personality development—and just what does that mean?
It would be nice if personality development could be explained in a few words—it can’t. It would take volumes and volumes to explore all the intricacies involved. However a brief intelligible overview is possible—hopefully that would help alleviate some of the misunderstanding, and bewilderment we experience on a minute to minute basis in our daily lives. Hopefully…
DISCREPNCY–a discrepancy marks the lack of compatibility or similarity between two purported facts. In everyday life, we encounter seeming discrepancies on a rather frequent basis. That is especially true in the turbulent times of presidential elections.
A candidate or supporter will make a statement of ‘proposed’ fact. A candidate or supporter of an opposing party will make a contrarian ‘factual’ statement about that identical subject. Of course, those statements are intended to ease and appease their ‘base’ supporters while, simultaneously, hopefully gaining new supporters.
Considering how national ‘news media’ (?) have aligned themselves with political ideologies, those who consistently watch particular TV channels are never exposed to the ‘opposite’ viewpoints—one might say, they are being brainwashed. Then the question arises—how do we know truth?
Enter the ‘fact checkers’—then what? Well, in my experience, discrepancies frequently exist among the ‘fact checkers’—it depends on who the fact checkers are. Where did their ‘facts’ come from? In the realm of ‘hard science and mathematics’, facts are difficult to disguise—it can sometimes be done by sly ‘slight of hand, but very difficult. However, in the field of ‘soft science’ (sometimes classed as pseudoscience), it may be rather easy.
Just consider for one moment ‘climate change’. That singular subject has become a completely, world-wide, ‘political football’. There seems to be little doubt or disagreement about the fact that climate change has existed for billions of years. Our earth has undergone many periods of climatic change. Archeologists and geologist have demonstrated rather conclusively that at least two major ‘Ice Ages” have occurred—the most recent began about 15,000 years ago and ended about 10,000 years ago. Since that time the earth has gradually warmed.
The big question, then, is why the earth’s atmosphere is warming. Many scientists claim it is a ‘natural’ occurrence happening in the normal ebb and tide of global temperature changes. On the other hand, the ‘Green Wave Liberals’ proclaim with ‘Biblical certainty’ that global warming is man made and must be stopped. They have disavowed the use of any and all carbon dioxide producing materials such as crude oil, natural gas and coal—I might add that many ‘extremists’ have suggested putting a ban on beef cattle in order to eliminate the ill effects of ‘bovine flatus’—pretty radical?
We, The People have to be the ‘Judge and Jury”. Our obvious problem is the ‘fact checkers, themselves’. As a scientist, myself, I am definitely inclined to go with the ‘natural history’ of things.
There is another source of discrepancy which affects peoples lives continuously—so-called Christianity and the Bible. I say so-called Christianity because there are at least 33,000 Christian religions—and I daresay, not one of them can concretely define the ‘essence of Christ’. The reason being, they cannot define the essence of God. However, they keep pouring their bias at you and you are ‘caught in the middle’ not knowing which way to turn—just likened to a wild animal caught in a cage.
The Bible is full of discrepancies but I will point out two of them:
The Bible frequently depicts Jesus warning people in one way or another about the ‘dangers of sin and its’ consequence of eternal damnation’. However in one specific place it paints an entirely different picture. In 1 John-3:2 we hear an entirely different assessment—“Dearly beloved, we are God’s children now; what we shall later be has not yet come to light. We know that when it comes to light, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.” It goes without saying that no-one can see God as he is except God himself. Therefore, collectively we and all of God’s creation, including, Jesus are the 2nd person of the Trinity.
The second major discrepancy I will address in the Bible is the crucifixion story as told by Matthew and Luke. In Matthew’s ‘version’, both of the insurgents crucified beside Jesus berated and derided him continuously. However, Luke paints an entirely different picture. Luke’s ‘version’ claims that one insurgent scolds the other for his hostility toward Jesus and asks Jesus to ‘remember him when he comes into his kingdom’. Jesus replies, ‘this day thou shalt be with me in paradise’. That statement in itself is a major contradiction to the Apostles Creed which states that ‘Jesus descended into hell for three days’.
I point out the discrepancy between Matthew and Luke because, in the Catholic Liturgy, there is an entire section devoted to ‘the repentant insurgent’—what does that mean? To me it means that very likely, Luke was lying. I say that because Professor Garry Wills in his astute book, What Paul Meant, shows rather conclusively that Luke was a veritable liar. In comparing Paul’s writings with Luke’s descriptions of Paul’s activities, there is no similarity. It seems very likely that Luke was a ‘romanticist’. He painted a picture of a church the way he envisioned it—not the way it truly was. Parenthetically, I would strongly urge you to read Professor Wills’ book.
So what’s the point—the point is very simply this: we, ‘the herd’, for the most part, are at the whimsical ‘mercy’ of the scalawags who earnestly desire, and will stop at nothing, in order to control our minds and our pocketbooks. We have to always be ‘on our guard’ so as not to get caught in the whirlwind of their ‘self-serving untruth.
I have written two books which discredit them. I strongly urge you to read Wilderness Cry and Peace in Spirituality.
SPIRIT-SPIRITUAL-SPIRITUALITY— a quite long title involving two nouns and an adjective concerning the same subject. So, just what is ‘spirit’ anyway? We hear that word used often with seemingly different connotations. Often, especially at Halloween time, the word is meant to be synonymous with ghost. In fact, the original versions of the Bible refer to the Holy Ghost. As I personally listen, I strongly suspect the user of that word doesn’t fully comprehend its meaning—I may be wrong.
We often hear expressions such as, ‘boy, she sure has spirit’, or ‘he is such a spiritual guy—likewise, ‘I wonder where that group gets all of its spirituality?’ What about the Holy Spirit—probably the most common usage. And, no doubt, each listener has a different interpretation and/or understanding of what was said. Why do you suppose that is?
If you look up the definition of ‘spirit’ in the dictionary, you will find a long, rambling, jargonistic definition with no explicit meaning. And that definition stems from the fact that no one before me has defined the ‘essence of God’—that definition demands the understanding of just who the Holy Spirit is. Likewise, it gives a concrete definition and understanding of the essential definition of ‘spirit’.
We have irrefutably defined the essence of God thus: God is a Perfect Rational Being. That rationality translates into A Perfect Intellect which perceived all and a Perfect Will which achieved all. That Perfect Intellect represents God, the Father, that Perfect Intellect reflecting upon itself sees a ‘mirror image of itself’—being in the supernatural means that image is a living being, the second person of the Trinity, God the Son. Those two Perfect Intellects viewing each other have no choice except to accept (love, choose, will, spirit) each other. That ‘willing’, drive, choosing, loving each other carries the perpetual image of its generators, and, again, being in the supernatural, is a living being, identical to its generators—the third person of the Trinity—the Holy Ghost (Spirit).
With that perception in play, we may now define the essence of spirit in absolute terms: spirit is the ‘unseen driving force’ which causes an action—it may be described as drive, choice, love, acceptance, or will.
So then, how does ‘spiritual’ come into play? It most often is used in religious or contemplative way—usually describing an individual or group exhibiting a devotional attitude of one kind or another. However, it could just as well be used to describe the attitudinal dedication of a determined athlete or anyone dedicated to a cause of any kind. Its antonyms might be defined as lazy, indifferent, lackadaisical etc.
What about ‘spirituality’? Simply put, it is the state of being or the defining quality of being ‘spiritual’. How, then, does it apply? In the natural world, like everything else, it has limits, faults, inconsistencies, and finiteness. Nevertheless, it has many good qualities. For instance, investigative spirituality has been responsible for literally all of the scientific discoveries as well as the benefits derived from those discoveries and their ensuing developments and deployments.
From the beginning of recorded history, humanity was shackled by a spirituality of astrology, superstition, and mythology—the ‘driving force’ of all of their beliefs and activities. That force led them to understand and believe that there was a ‘higher power’ which exerted influences on their lives. They reasoned, in one way or another, and, in one place or another, world-wide, but, surprisingly, in similar fashion how that/those higher powers operated. Most groups reasoned that those powers were responsible for all the good and bad things that happened in their lives. In addition, many surmised that those powers (gods) needed to be appeased in order to bring more good from them. Accordingly, various forms of sacrificial rituals were developed. Some of those rituals actually included human sacrifice—usually a teen-aged girl. Be that as it may, each and every one of those sacrificial rituals became known as ‘religion’. Strangely, it seems that rituals of every form and description sprang up rather simultaneously on all inhabited continent’s.
In South America, the native Maya and Inca nations built many temples of worship for their God. The north American natives as well as the far East Asians were more contemplative—they seemed to sense the presence of god in everything. The Indians had specific names for each of the visible and palpable elements ( wind, moon, stars, rivers, etc.). The Far Easterners, Hindus, Buddhists and related kind recognized the ‘presence of god in everything’, but, simultaneously, were intent on understanding and defining the basic essence of that god—I believe they still are.
On the other hand, in the Middle East, Abraham, a Hebrew, recognized and accepted the concept of a singular God, He and his successors developed schemes of ‘bargaining’ with him. In the meantime, the Egyptians had developed their own scheme of things based mainly on the Zodiac from fourteen thousand year back. They had baptism, and their god was a ‘trinity’ god—father, son, and holy ghost. When one died, he had to cross the Nebel Bridge in order to get to heaven and a new life. However’ on that bridge he met with a judge (the holy ghost) who balanced his good and bad deeds—if the good outweighed the bad he got free passage—if the bad outweighed the good, he got pushed off the bridge into Sheol, the Netherworld below.
As time passed, famine hit the Hebrew tribe and they were obliged to purchase grain from the plentiful Egyptians. During the process, they became enslaved by the Egyptians—during that forty year entrapment, they adopted some of the Egyptian religious customs, particularly baptism. Upon their delivery from slavery and escape to the Promised Land, they also developed a religious scheme for appeasing their God. It started with the Ten Commandment and eventuated with 640-some rules and regulations controlling every aspect of Jewish life—sin was invented
Enter Jesus and Christianity was born. Through turmoil and strife it rather rapidly spread westward to Europe and southward to North Africa. Reportedly, all of Jesus’ apostles were killed except John who was banished to the Isle of Patmos—he supposedly lived one hundred years. During those sixty fife years or so, Peter, James and John developed a scheme of ‘power transfer’ from themselves to their underlings—and the first Catholic Church was born. Peter, ,of course, was the first pope. Five hundred ad seventy years or so after Jesus’ death, Mohammed established Islam—and the three Abrahamic religions were established.
Now, mind you, up to that point in time, there already were hundreds, maybe thousands, of different religions and religious sects in existence—and no two alike—many similar but no two identical. Since that time there have been thousands and thousands of Religions spring up ,world-wide—and why?
Plainly, each in turn had ‘spirit’ but not one knew the ‘source’ of that spirit. Therefore each, in turn was based on a mythical understanding of its spiritual generator—mainly the Zodiac. While, I have not seen it personally, it is my understanding that a giant Zodiac is embedded in the stone/brickwork of Saint Peter’s Square in Rome.
So, with that historical overview, we can logically and legitimately address ‘spirit’ and its derivatives. We already know and understand that human as well as all ‘natural spirit’ is temporary and subject to both change and even failure. But what about Eternal Spirit—the Holy Spirit—how does it apply in our lives?
Allow me to start this way. We’re going to assume that we have a pile of identical bricks one hundred feet high and covering an area one mile square. In addition, we have seven other identical sized piles but the bricks in each pile are a different size and color from the other seven piles. So each brick in each pile is identical and indistinguishable from its counterparts—each is perfect in size, shape and function. Now we are ‘ready to build’.
So we dutifully go out and build and build and build. We build schools, temples, stores, post offices, etc. By the time we have exhausted all of our brick supply, guess what?—the mortar holding the bricks together in our first buildings decays, liberating the bricks—and our supply is replenished.
Now with this simple little paradigm, I have described God, the Big Bang and his creation. It is God’s perfect intellect that envisioned each of those perfect, tinniest particles of energy of different varieties and functions (quanta). In aggregate, they represent a mirror reflection of That Perfect Intellect—they are God. He commissioned them with his Perfect Will (Holy Spirit) to be perfect and perform perfectly. Like their creator, each is prefect, unchanging, and unchangeable—Like God they exist in Eternity.
So what does all that means/ Very simply, everything we see and don’t see is made of those perfect little bricks which never change. You’re looking out your window—that big tree in on your landscape is beautiful—some day it will vanish—its bricks wont—they’ll show up in a blade of grass, a weed, a pile of mud, in water molecules. They may help constitute billions of physical objects before time ends and only Eternity is left, but guess what—they always have been eternal and perfect because the were imagined by God and are driven by the Spirit of God who is prefect.
So then, what is Spirituality?—how does it apply to our recognizance?. It is, in fact, the most important understanding and acceptance we can possibly have. Look at the world this very minute—nothing but chaos universally—there is no ‘peace’—there is no ‘tranquility’—why? Because there is absolutely no ‘like-mindedness’. And why is there no like-mindedness? Because no one knows who God is. In order for us to have like-mindedness, we absolutely must understand and accept the fact that everything in this universe is made of the identical prefect God-generated and Holy Spirit (God) commissioned particles of energy. We and every star in the farthest galaxy are of identical material—we are brothers and sisters with evert blade of grass, every tree, every flower , every fish,every existence of every kind—we all are God.
Like-mindedness delivers that understanding and acceptance—that my friends is Spirituality. In my Book, Wilderness Cry, I define the essence of God and its ramifications. In my book Peace in Spirituality, I elaborated on just one of the billions of ramifications of that understanding—Spirituality—its meaning and implications. In calling for the World-wide Communion of Spirituality, I am reiterating my desperate call Peace through Spirituality—religion not only has failed the process—it is the problem. Religion is not the peace-maker—its the peace breaker.
The terrible shooting in Texas church and the “predictable” inability of our church leaders to explain it—why?— the reason is simple. Their basic premise about God is so grossly incorrect. We all have been brainwashed with the idea that God is a “human-like” King , sitting on a throne deck out in glorious robes and crown, and Jesus, His little boy sitting beside him. That God has chosen us as his only people to the abandonment of everyone else; he can be bargained with; his mind can be changed. Then something like this happens and there is extreme wonderment and questioning about how our God could allow these things to happen.
I listened to preachers (protestant and catholic alike) all night long wallow all over their tongues with no sensible answer forthcoming. The reason is clear—they have no earthly idea about God’s Will (the Holy Spirit). They think of God…
JUST AND MERCIFUL GOD—How many times have Christians of all denominations heard that statement. Both the Old and New Testaments are loaded with such exact or similar references. Christian hymns are framed around that term. Why do you suppose that is?
I have written extensively about the ‘false narrative’ regarding the nature of God and the ‘false implications’ emanating from that narrative. It all began with the imagination of the author of Genesis. That person(s) framed God as basically a mirror image of the writer(s), albeit much more powerful. God was pictured as having each and every inclination attributable to man—love/hate, generosity/greed, peaceful/bellicose, sharing/selfish etc., just to name a few.
It is entirely understandable why it would be that way. After all, early homo sapiens had very little knowledge. He had only the basic instincts of survival—scavenging for food and water, avoiding dangers, and breeding for propagation. He did , however, have the ability to learn and choose. We have labeled those abilities as ‘rationality’—an intellect with which to perceive, and a will with which to achieve (choose, accept, love, will).
Literally, billions of ‘mistakes’ in perception were necessary before the ‘lights came on’ and mankind became aware of the ‘the scientific process’. He finally discovered that perceptions could not necessarily be trusted—they had to be tested over and over to make sure they were correct. It was thirteen to fourteen thousand years before some of the most common misperceptions were exposed. The earth was not flat after all, and certainly not supported on five crooked, wobbly legs, in perpetual danger of falling into the netherworld below. Neither was the earth the center of the universe—to the hierarchy’s dismay, the sun was discovered to hold that honor. However, even that was proven to be incorrect—-our little solar system is only one of trillions and trillions of such similar systems in our universe. And I use the word ‘our’ universe because it has been postulated the the likelihood exists that there are ten to the exponential power of fifty universes in existence. Try to imagine such a number. I will write it out for you—1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. Now, try to imagine that number multiplied by X number of trillions of stars. No human mind can comprehend such immensity.
And there is a God who created and controls all of this!!!!!—and who knows what else?
So, with that knowledge and insight, we can plainly see that the writers of the Old Testament were guided by a ‘dreadfully lacking’ cache of knowledge in making their assumptions about literally everything pertaining to God and his universe. For centuries, philosophers, theologians and great thinkers galore have pondered the question of God and his essence. Each, in turn, readily recognized the miniscule description of God as painted in the Bible—each attempted to define once and for all the real God’s essence—each failed. The reason for their failure was their lack of scientific facts—they were attempting to philosophize through ignorance. Thomas Aquinas went to great extremes applying Aristotle’s philosophy to a God who resided ‘here’ and presided over his creation which was ‘over there’. He, like others failed to recognize the ‘presence of God’ in everything. He couldn’t possibly know for one simple reason—he didn’t know (ignorance) what ‘anything-everything’ was made of.
Through curiosity and pure ‘dumb luck’, I stumbled onto a course in Quantum Mechanics (particle physics). There I discovered that everything in existence is constructed from quanta—the tiniest particles of energy which cannot be further subdivided. Furthermore, I discovered that those particle are perfect in both form and function. In addition, each is indistinguishable from its counterparts and each is both unchanging and unchangeable. Bingo—we were/are describing eternity.
Time is a measure of change and is used to record the continual alterations in our finite (temporal) existence. Since no quantum can possibly change, it is both infinite and eternal—it exists in eternity. Are we not, then, describing God—perfect, unchanging, unchangeable, and eternal?
With that understanding and insight, I was not only allowed but rather mandated to define the essence of God—God is a Perfect Rational Being. That Perfect Intellect visualized each and every quantum of energy in existence and that Perfect Will chose (loved, accepted) each and every one. Therefore, the ‘building blocks’ of everything carry the brand of God and already exist in eternity.
So, what does all that have to do with ‘Just and Merciful God’?—everything. We all, and every finite thing in existence are dreadfull sinners in the sense that we are all universally selfish—God made it that way so the finite universe could function. Selfishness mandates change—we eat, drink, breath, breed and millions of other functions and activities directed at self , and all of which require change (time).
If there were a ‘hell’ which there isn’t, not a single person could escape it—God’s ‘Justice’ would send us all there.
No, God is Perfect and that perfection mandates Perfect Love. Prefect Love means ‘acceptance without conditions’. Remember, with his Perfect Intellect he visualized all of the quanta in existence and commissioned them with his Prefect Will to function perfectly. That they have done and in so doing, they have created the ever changing universe(s) and everything in it/them.
If God were ‘merciful’, it would mean that we were ‘guilty of some crime(s)’. Obviously, our total evil selfishness constitutes a perpetual state of criminality—but God made us that way. Why?
That ‘why’ could be pondered forever and I did. Finally, it struck me—God wanted/needed to exhibit his ‘Perfect Love—he did—enter Jesus.
Jesus was the only person to recognize that he and everything in existence mirrored their creator. He clearly saw the universal selfishness, but more importantly, he saw the universal beauty in God’s creation. Without question, Jesus had a keen awareness of the extremely selfish ineptitude of the Jewish Religion and the ‘self-serving’ mantra it sported. He knew, without doubt, that the Hebrew God was a hoax. He clearly understood that since he was the only one to have that underestanding, he had to be the ‘messiah’.
So with shrewdness and determination, he set about to educate twelve basic illiterates about the ‘real God’. He knew he was preaching heresy; that he would be considered a traitor and that crucifixion would be his fate. But, he was driven by the idea that he was the ‘Son of God’, and that he must die in atonement for all the evil in the universe which his Father had allowed to be created—The Father’s Perfect Love must be shown.
Consequently, he basically stayed in the shadows for three plus years desperately attempting to educate his disciples and straggling followers—we’ll never know whether or not he was successful, so distorted is the written word we have. When he determined the time was right, he made one final attempt to infuse the stubborn mentality of his apostles. He took bread and wine, the common meal constituents of the day, held them in his hands and told those present that those food elements were his body and blood. Jesus knew no particle physics, but he knew that he, they, that food, and everything in existence were all mirror images of their creator—he asked his apostles to ‘remember that fact’ each time they ate. He also commissioned them to go into the world and teach to others what they had learned from him, the Cristus—the light of the world. teach everyone about God’s Perfect Love. Teach everyone that God resides in everything—everything is God. The rest is history. In light of that, I would strongly urge everyone to read the Coptic ‘Gospel of Thomas’. It parallels the Canonical Gospels but was rejected by the Council of Nicaea because it espouses a God who is present in everything. They needed a God set-aside from his creation so as to justify their ‘power and control’
So, what does all that rambling mean. Clearly, plainly and simply it meams this—God is Perfect Love.
God’s Perfect Love precludes any possibility of holding anyone ‘accountable’ for anything. Therefore God cannot possibly be Just. God cannot possibly be Merciful. As a matter of fact, he held himself accountable in the form of Justice and Mercy through Jesus, his mirror image. There is a big, big distinction to be made between the Justice and Mercy of God shown through Jesus—Jesus’ body died—not his soul. Religions of most kinds teach you that your soul can and will die—not only die but die in perpetual torment. That teaching is aimed at power and control over you in order to abscond with your pocketbook. It has proven to be an extremely successful tool from centuries on to date.
I have repeated this ad nauseum, but if you want a complete, deep seated accounting of this philosophy, please read my two little books, Wilderness Cry and Peace in Spirituality.
CONSCIENCE-Do you have a conscience? If so, why?—where did it come from? If you don’t have one, why not? Just what is a conscience anyway, and how do we go about getting one?
One might define ‘conscience’ as an intellectual inner voice which tells us right from wrong. Obviously, each person’s conscience differs from all others in some degree or another, because each person’s life experiences and inculcations are somewhat different. Strictly speaking, we are not born with a conscience—only the ability to develop one. So, how do we get a conscience?
There are many sources for conscience formation. The most basic is our parents and/or guardians. From day one, so to speak, we are counseled repeatedly about what to do and not do—later on about what to think and not to think. Then comes the big ‘conscience producer’—religion(s). Consider this; world-wide there are thousands of different religions and/or religious sects—over 33,000 so-called Christian religions alone. Each religion proclaims to be the best and, in some cases, the only way to heaven. Of course that ‘heaven’ is different also from one religion to the next.
It should be very clear that each person’s conscience must be somewhat different .As in literally all considerations, consciences vary from one extreme of no conscience at all to extreme scrupulousness, and fit very nicely on a ‘bell distribution curve’. How, then is it possible to have a limited conscience? I suspect that in most cases it involves little if any parenting—children in such circumstances are exposed to very little if any discipline. Therefore, they have little regard for other’s rights, and seemingly, no respect for law, either civil or religious—witness the blatant irrational civil unrest and rioting of today.
On the other hand, at the other end of the spectrum, we observe people who are extremely ‘reserved’ about everything—often to an very irrational degree. They are so ‘tied up in knots’ of scrupulosity that they have difficulty functioning in everyday society—some cannot and require institutionalization. Others are mandated to be under the influence of mood altering drugs including possible heavy alcohol intake in order to function. Legitimately, one might ask, ‘why is that?’
If we look back to Genesis, we see that Cain had no problem with slaying his brother Abel. Later on, the folks of Sodom and Gomorra had no problem with all sorts of sexual deviations. Fast forward to Moses—he had no problem killing someone, but he did know he’d better run for sake of his own life. Later on, in a desperate attempt to control his subjects, he gave humanity the concept of sin and the guilt associated with it—he gave us the Ten Commandments. They were, in fact, good ‘civil law’ but went unheeded until he put a price on their violation—God’s vengeance—‘vengeance is mine sayeth the Lord’. Instantly, sin, guilt, fear of punishment from God, and religion were invented—all for the sake of enforcing ‘civil law’.
Follow the history. Those ten laws eventuated into six hundred plus Jewish laws which addressed literally every aspect of Hebrew society. Then comes Jesus and Christianity—what an explosive development of God’s Laws. In the beginning, it was a conglomerate of squabbling between various settlements about what the conscience was to think. It became so bad that Emperor Constantine called the authorities(bishops)in those little settlements together and mandated that they establish once and for all a religion (conscience generator) of their liking—it would be the ‘law of the land’ enforced by the Roman army. Only a few came to the generation site (Nicaea), but those few succeeded in reaching a consensus—Catholicism was born. Three to four hundred years later, the Prophet Mohammed appeared with a new religion, Islam—the three Abrahamic religions were established and each with its own set if values.
In the meantime, in the Far East, Buddhism and Hinduism were flourishing—they were/are vastly different from the Abrahamic religions. Simultaneously, native cultures world-wide were establishing their own endemic religious understandings and practices.
Early on in Catholicism, the Ten Commandments, plus some Church laws were sufficient. However, as is usual, loopholes began to appear—peoples discovered ways that their consciences could avoid some of the dire consequences. No way was that to be allowed. So, gradually, as one loophole was closed with a new law, another loophole appeared. It reached a fever pitch during the Inquisitions but even then it had just begun to gain steam. Loopholes were appearing, seemingly from nowhere, and each mandated closure.
When I was a child studying Catholic Catechism daily, the ‘Baltimore Catechism” was relatively small—likely a 70-80 page 4″x5″ pamphlet. Guess what, the collective conscience of Catholics became so cunning and created so many loopholes that the current Catechism of the Catholic Church consists of 904, 6″x9″ fine print pages. The question is ‘who knows exactly what’s in those pages, and better still, how are they regarded’ (who really cares). As Catholics and Protestants alike have come to realize the irrationality of many church teachings, two things have happened—many have quit churching—most seem to ignore the rules. Both of those attitudes are conscience reliving ‘tools’. Observing the lack of Church attendance with the attendant loss of income prompted Pope Francis to proclaim; ‘No rules have changed. We just got to stop talking about them’.
It would seem rather obvious that of the five billion or so non Catholic people in the world, not many of them would know or care about what’s in that Catechism. So what about their consciences—very obviously, they would be vastly different. That’s not to say that we all couldn’t agree on some items. Let’s try ‘murder’ for instance—no way—there are people who consider everyone else in existence to be an ‘infidel’ and must be murdered according to Allah’s dictates. What about sex—try getting a consensus there. I could go on and on and point out countless instances of major societal attitudinal differences regarding what we may consider right or wrong. It would be impossible to get a significant consensus about literally anything.
The point I’m trying to make is that there is no such thing as a ‘universal collective conscience’. Neither is there the possibility of any two people having identical consciences—similar, yes—identical, no. The reason is very clear—religion and ideology.
If everyone in the world could be like-minded, then every conscience would be identical, and guess what—peace would break out.
I have written extensively about these subjects in my two books, Wilderness Cry, and Peace in Spirituality. More importantly, my frequent blog posts, such as this one, elaborate on some aspect of my philosophy. It all begins with an irrefutable definition of the essence of God. God is a Perfect Rational Being. That awareness dictates that the “Spirit of God’ (Holy Spirit) is imprinted on each and every particle of God’s energy which makes up everything in existence. In that real sense, we and everything in existence are ‘one’.
That knowledge prompted me about two years ago to call for the understanding and acceptance of The World-Wide Communion of Spirituality—the absolute only way peace can prevail.