GLIMMER- what a significant word to describe our chances for world peace. It means, of course, a faint light or insight. As we observe the world on a daily basis, what we see is constant bickering between ideological and/or religious group. Many of those bickerings escalate into outright war with resultant untold misery and death. All of those hostilities are generated by diverse views about a creator or lack thereof with resultant selfish conquest. The only path to peace is for the world to recognize that we all have the same identical Creator, call It what you wish (Buddha, Allah, God, Brahma, Yahweh, etc.). We must all come to the understanding that the image of that Supreme Being is imprinted on each of us. As such, we all are brothers and sisters. With that understanding, we may be able to come to a loving (accepting of differences) relationship, rather than the hostile one which pervades our societies now. Understanding that philosophy prompted me to call for acceptance of the World-Wide Communion Of Spirituality. It is our only glimmer of hope for promoting and maintaining peace. My little book< Wilderness Cry explains all in clear scientific and philosophic terms. My hope is for all to read and understand. Amazon, Kindle, Et Al. firstname.lastname@example.org.
DISRUPT means to interfere with the completion of an act or idea. It has utmost significance when considering actions and/or ideas aimed at promoting peace in our local, national and world societies. The disruption comes in many forms and shapes, but almost always has as its basis ideologies and/or religions. For instance, the world now seems to be divided between three basic economic ideologies. One, democratic capitalism, which promotes the idea that, as individuals, we may work and reap the rewards of our earnings while sharing some of those earnings for development and maintenance of essential services, such as roads, travel, defense etc. It also presumes a “good Samaritan” attitude, incumbent upon all, of freely helping the needy and unfortunate through supporting charitable services. Its opposite is socialism which presumes people not to be able nor competent to care for themselves. Therefore the wealth of those willing to work will be confiscated by the all knowing government and distributed to those who are unwilling or unable to work (forced charity) (redistribution of wealth).Of course, under the heading of socialism, comes a variety of “isms” of similar ilk. Thirdly are also oligarchies and Theocracies which are nothing more than dictatorships where the public has literally no say in how things are managed. GENERALLY SPEAKING, RELIGION OR LACK THEREOF of ONE SORT OR ANOTHER FORMS THE BASE OPERATING PHILOSOPHY OF ALL EXCEPT DEMOCRACY. Religion and/or ideology has been the basis of all wars since the beginning of recorded history, and the principle disrupter of any peace effort. My contention is that the root cause of all this chaos is failure of anyone ever to define their Supreme Being. Each world religion has as its basis its own deity, and each deity is different from all others. It occurred to me that in spite of what different religions might think, each is worshiping the same Supreme Being; there can be only one Supreme Being (a rose by any other name is still a rose). So, I did something that, as far as I can determine, has never before been done. I defined the essence of our Creator. By defining It as A PERFEFCT RATIONAL BEING, I am able to show that all deities are the same one (God, Yahweh, Allah, Brahma, Buddha, etc.). I am able to eliminate all the mystery from our lives. I am able to give a scientifically and philosophically sound basis for defining the Trinity, Holy Spirit, God’s Will, Soul, Eternity and much more. I am able to show that because of our Creator’s Perfect Love, any consideration of Hell is ridiculous and impossible. I am able to give the world a singular uniting force, love, rather than the perpetual disrupting force of religions and ideologies. I would strongly encourage each of you to read my little book. I am certain you will conclude it to be the most enlightening experience of your lifetime. I apologize for my late post but I have been extremely busy getting my gardens planted in support of our local Community Kitchen here in Paducah, KY, USA. Our kitchen feeds 300 or so indigent people a hearty, healthy free lunch five days weekly, and give most free supplies to use at home on weekends. My wife and I supply them with bushel after bushel of fresh, homegrown vegetables, including cabbage, potatoes, bell peppers, banana and jalapeno peppers, snap beans, cucumbers, watermelons, tomatoes and sweet potatoes annually. It is our way of living out the only dictum Jesus gave us: Love your neighbor as yourself. Once you read my little thesis, you will have a clear understanding of that principle. Love is the only uniting force in the universe that can promote peace. We must show that love by example. Recognizing that each person in the world is imprinted with the same identical spiritual “brand”, prompted me to call for recognition of the World-Wide Communion Of Spirituality. As such we all are brothers and sisters. Won’t you join me in that recognition wherever you are in a peace promoting effort? My book, Wilderness Cry, is available Amazon, Kindle, Et Al. All comments welcomed. email@example.com. Let’s break up the disruptive force of hatred fostered by religions and ideologies. Only through grass-root efforts can it ever be accomplished; never from top down.
THWART means to obstruct, prevent, get in the way of etc. Throughout history we have seen many instances of legitimate thwarting such as the Allied forces prohibiting Hitler and Hirohito in their efforts to conquer the world. On the other hand, we have seen many instances of illegitimate thwarting of science because of mythical religious beliefs. One gross example was the Inquisition forcing Galileo to retract his scientific discovery that the sun was the center of our known universe and not the earth, which had been held as biblical truth and enforced by threat of burning at the stake or beheading. Another was the pope’s persistence in enforcing similar penalties for those implying the earth was not flat, even three years after Vasco de Gama sailed around the earth proving it to be round. The so-called “dark ages” were a period in our history when any attempt at scientific understanding of our existence was thwarted by the church. Instead, the church kept pounding all sorts of “evil” beliefs and regulations onto its constituents. Of the more notable, were the Crusades; the Inquisitions with their irrational belief and accusations concerning witches, as well as their prohibition against legitimate sexual relations; the buying and selling of “indulgences” (a device to shorten the time spent burning in purgatory) so as to fatten the Vatican coffers; the list goes on______. All of those activities were done in a desperate effort to “contain the herd” and thwart any attempt at bolting. All of those efforts were justified by a religious belief based on the Old Testament which promoted a vengeful, demanding God who would torment you unmercifully and even kill you for breach of His commandments. That same God would shower you with all sorts of worldly goods and powers if you were “perfect”. That church, which pretended to be fashioned after Jesus ostensibly thwarted the most basic of Jesus’ teachings, LOVE. Jesus would not “harm a flea”. Nowhere is he presented as promoting violence. Yet that church with its schizoid approach churned on, and the resultant chaos is evident. World-wide we now have at least 33.000 so-called Christian denominations, each claiming authenticity. Jesus’ efforts have been thwarted one hundred per-cen. Not a single one of those 33,000 I’m aware of teaches Love as their singular dictum. Each, in turn, is based either on a cultist ritual, or on pounding the juice out of each and every word of that same book which promotes a “vengeful” God, or both: all for Power, Money, Control. And the beat goes on. Our entire earth is in eminent danger of “total annihilation” because of the total discord of its inhabitants. In previous days the tools for total extermination of every living thin did not exist. In our efforts to thwart the WW2 aggressors, we created those devices. Their universal proliferation has put the entire planet in “grave danger”. One false move by a deranged ideologue will trigger the end. If there ever was a time in our history when “Armageddon” was upon us, it’s now. It is extremely unlikely that it will be heeded, but I have offered a clear “solution” to this disastrous problem in my little book Wilderness Cry. In presenting a definitive, irrefutable, scientific philosophy of God and His universe, I offer a “train to peace”. Likely few will board. It is, however, our only “escape hatch”. My philosophy recognizes that our Creator is A PERFECT RATIONAL BEING. As such It is Perfect LOVE, thereby precluding any possibility of Hell. It guarantees our eternal joy with our Creator by the death of Jesus. Jesus despised religion as He clearly shows throughout the Book. Therefore religion is not legitimate. What is legitimate is recognition that everything God created bears Its’ image, the Holy Spirit. Therefore everything is “spiritually” connected. We are not legitimately allowed to fight; we must love (accept) one another. Therefore I have called for recognition and acceptance of the WORLD-WIDE COMMUNION OF SPIRITUALITY. Its our only way to peace. Please do not thwart a legitimate “peace effort” by continuing down the same path to destruction. GOD’s WILL BE DONE. Amazon, Kindle Et Al. all comments welcomes. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most people understand the cold, uninviting, icy attitude suggested by the word frigid. Just the thought makes one shiver. In the field of world affairs, including ideologies and religions, we witness just that exact cold, stand-offish attitude; I’m always right and you are perpetually wrong. Each time, I attempt to approach any one of our iceberg preachers with a suggestion of warm moderation, I am instantly sprayed with a panic-stricken shower of icy condemnation. Not one of them will allow anyone tampering with his “iceberg”. Consequently, what we see on a perpetual basis is a world filled with frigid, self contained ideologies and nations, many of whom are driven by religions continually butting against each other in an attempt to shatter the others. That sad condition creates and maintains a perpetual state of discord and distrust among all peoples. Our earth is in a state of constant torment and hostility. Millions of people world-wide die annually as a result of those perpetual frigid attitudes. In my little book, Wilderness Cry, I offer a sound, irrefutable solution to that perpetual morass. I develop a conclusive, warm, thawing escape rout from our frigidity. I develop the thaw to the extent that even the most frigid “artic driven” bergs may be slowly melted away. Eventually, all the frigidity would be eliminated . What remains would be a warm, soothing, comforting flow of Love among all. I recognize the Spirit of our Creator is in all, thereby making each of us brothers and sisters in a truly loving relationship with ourselves and our Creator. However the resistance is unrelenting. Each iceberg struggles mightily to annex surrounding wandering unattached water onto its mantle. The struggle goes on and I realize that Truth will never be accepted because of Power, Money and Control. However, that knowledge will never deter me from trying to spread a unifying Truth. For the unattached wanderers, you will find peace, comfort and solace there. The hard-shelled deep-frozen will require much more thawing, before meaningful change occurs. If interested, my book is available at Amazon, Kindle Et Al. As usual, the icebergs criticize me unmercifully for promoting my book, while all the time promoting theirs. Did it ever occur to anyone that only a simple-minded person would write a book and not attempt to distribute it. That’s why we write; to share ideas. The attitude they express is simply one more demonstration of their frigidity. I have called for recognition of the “World-Wide Communion Of Spirituality” as the only method of orchestrating the “thaw” and simultaneously creating Peace. All comments encouraged including those from the “frigid icebergs”. Peace to all. email@example.com .
FRANTIC- Now here’s a word that describes precisely the demeanor of the current R C Church. It means panic stricken, wild with fear and anxiety, distraught, etc. There are a few of us alive today who can attest to the irrational rules imposed on Catholic Christians years ago. Those rules were not just suggestions; they were enforced by the “hand of God” sending us straight to hell if ignored and not confessed. A few examples are in order. Concerning the Eucharist: only the priest could handle the communion host; now most hosts are distributed by lay people. Additionally, one must fast from midnight until time of receiving Communion; now no fasting period is required. Furthermore, deliberately touching host with teeth was a dire mortal sin; now recipients take host in own hand and chew like steak. Concerning marriage: marriage to a non-catholic was highly discouraged, could not take place inside church building (was done in rectory), and the non-catholic had to promise to raise all children as Catholic. All Catholic weddings were obligated to be performed in church at a Catholic Mass. Now mixed marriages are common as flies, and many weddings take place outside church. Concerning sex: the church has always been deathly afraid of sex. It was a “necessary evil” but grossly evil nonetheless. Women carried all the enticements to sin and were thereby intrinsically evil. During the Inquisition, thousands, maybe millions, of people were burned at the stake on suspicion of enjoying sex; it was to be performed in the abstract. Later on the Church relinquished those idiotic rules, but refuses to this day to give up total control. Artificial birth control of any kind was unthinkable and punishable by condemnation to hell. Concerning food: Catholics were required to abstain from eating meat on all Fridays of the year, and every day of Lenten season except Sundays. In addition, all between ages of 16-65 were required to fast (only one full meal per day) every day during Lent except Sundays; now the abstinence rule applies to Ash Wednesday and Fridays of Lent only. All of those rules were imposed under the guise of “making us more Christ-like”. The fact is that the Judaeo-Christian tradition has always controlled “the herd”, by hurling an angry God at them; a God that would shower all sorts of torment including pestilence, famine, property loss, defeat in wars , and even death in the case of the Jews; an even angrier God would send Christians to eternal damnation in hell-fire. So what we have is a religious tradition that has controlled peoples minds, extorted their wealth, abused their labor building empires all by the mechanism of “FEAR”. The schizoid attitude preached about God has, in my opinion and observation, generated a world filled with guilt-ridden, anxious, uncertain, fearful people. Schizoid in the sense that God loves you one minute, but would torture you forever the next because of an infraction. As is usual, homo sapiens will not be entrapped forever; like the fox, he’ll gnaw off a leg to escape a trap. By that I mean, people escape the torment very simply; they quit attending church services. That, of course, diminishes the money flow creating a FRANTIC PANIC TIME. A dramatic tug-of-war is evident. The hard-nosed conservative inner sanctum is unwilling to relinquish any control, while the liberal, in this case common sense, group wisely see moderation of rules more in line with human nature as desirable. It seems rather obvious to me that Pope Francis belongs to the liberal group. He senses that the flock is bolting; they no longer are afraid of “the big bad wolf”. So he has issued some rather astonishing statements and edicts. For instance, he has proclaimed that divorced people who remarry outside the Church may receive Holy Communion whereas before that was unthinkable. He has also proclaimed that couples should co-habitate for a year or two before getting married in order to ascertain their compatibility, thereby hopefully reducing divorce rate with its negative effect on children; a common sense, humanistic approach, but totally unthinkable before his papacy. He has also brought into question a part of the Lord’s Prayer, which has always seemed irrational to me. While the rule is “still on the books”, I haven’t heard the words birth control mentioned from any pulpit for the last 20-30 years. Why? Everyone is doing it, and demeaning them from the altar is certain to cause further bolting; less money. My observation is a very concerned Pope who is making a frantic attempt to keep the flock intact. Will it work? He has a lot of resistance. Observing all of this mess over a seventy five year span compelled me to find a solution to a seemingly very irrational problem. The problem was the obvious splintering of Christianity. There are 33,000 so-called Christian denominations in the world. That means there are at least 33,000 versions of Jesus and God alone in the Christian tradition. What about all the other people; Jews, Muslims, Buddhist Hindus etc? My reasoning tells me that there can be only one Supreme Being, and that all worship the same; call it by whatever name you will. My philosophy dictates an understanding that each human who ever lived or ever will live is imprinted with the image of its maker, that singular Supreme being. Universal acceptance of that understanding would eliminate the frantic activity seen in religion. We would come to an understanding that our Maker loves us with a Perfect Love, meaning It accepts us as we are without conditions. The frantic panic would disappear. Our guilt and shame would disappear; we would be free to be human without fear if reprisal. We could then be a universal loving society rather than a constantly warring one. With that in mind, I have called for recognition of the “WORLD-WIDE COMMUNION OF SPIRITUALITY”: our only way to world peace. My philosophy is laid out very precisely and concisely in my powerful little book Wilderness Cry. It is a “must read” for your peace of mind. Amazon, Kindle, ET AL All comments welcomed and encouraged. firstname.lastname@example.org
INEFFICIENT- Just a short note today to demonstrate how truly meaningful the post-word of the day, “inefficient”, has become in our lives. Of course, the meaning of “inefficient” is basically “lack of ability in accomplishment”. While my purpose is not to demean, deride or otherwise offend anyone, it is to show how inefficient the Bible has been in attaining unity and peace. Presumably, the “written word of God” should be a uniting force. However, history proves otherwise. Mankind has always been at war for various reasons, not the least of which has been differences in ideologies and religions. I’m not certain just how long the Old Testament has been in existence (5-6,000 years?, but even it could not contain and maintain the attention and certainty of its originators, the Jews. Jewish friends of mine who attend their Synagogue, tell me that there are at least 3-4 major “branches” of Judaism, possibly more. Then, came Jesus, the Christ, the Messiah Who had been long awaited. The Jews anticipation had always been that the Messiah would bring an instant end to their long-suffering; He would instantly recreate Paradise just for them. When Jesus arrived preaching Love of neighbor as their “guiding star”, the Jews were perplexed, disappointed, and eventually angered to the point of executing Him. Of course, that fit right into Jesus’ “playbook”, because He knew His mission was exactly that; to die in atonement for all the evil in the universe. His only command, which superseded all the Jewish commandments, was “Love God with your all, and Love your neighbor as yourself”, paraphrased. He knew His time would be short, explaining why Jesus was constantly tutoring His disciples to keep quiet about His activities. We have no realistic idea of what Jesus really did and said because our current “versions” of the bible stem from a copy of possibly hundreds of altered recopies made 200-300 yrs after the original. Therefore we truly cannot assess the efficiency of Jesus’ efforts. What we can attest to is the fact that the “bible(s)” has been, and still is, the most “inefficient” book ever written at uniting the world’s peoples. Rather its inefficiency has resulted in unbelievable splintering of God’s people. Seemingly, each person has a different interpretation. Those inclined have seized upon this division and dis-interpretation, as an excuse to start a “new church”; all for power, money and control. So, now we have 33,000 such, so-called, Christian churches world-wide. How inefficient is that at generating unity? While there may be a few “converts” to various forms of Christianity annually, a much greater number of existing Christians have become completely disenchanted and, thereby, have ceased attending a church of any kind; evidence of greater inefficiency. For some seventy odd years, I have been observing and pondering the “cause and cure” of this dysfunction and inefficiency. My studious reading of the Bible over the years has allowed me to make several critical observations: changes in wordings in critical areas with each subsequent edition, leading to different ideation; obvious contradictions from one author to another about the same story; just as importantly, the many different versions written over the centuries. Without doubt, there has been total inefficiency in preserving the original story. Just as importantly, and maybe more-so, the different interpretations applied by churches and preachers has produces a completely disjointed understanding of God, Jesus, and our universe. I have diagnosed the disease and its symptoms. In my book, Wilderness Cry, I prescribe and describe the “cure”. The first task in devising a cure was to define the “Essence of God”. Understanding that “GOD IS A PERFECT RATIONAL BEING” provides a one hundred percent efficient cure to this heretofore incurable disease. It removes all guilt from our being. At the same time, it removes all the so-called mystery in our lives. Understanding that God’s image is imprinted on everything in existence not only allowed but, rather, compelled me to call for recognition and acceptance of the World-Wide Communion Of Spirituality among all people. This is the only efficient way to peace. Please, let us cease our total inefficiency. Amazon, Kindle ET ALL. All comments welcomed. email@example.com
FOREIGN is a word denoting strange, unfamiliar, from another country, etc. We use it in may differing circumstances to indicate or imply a person, country, idea, attitude or circumstance. Today I want to talk about a general quote from the Book Of Genesis . After God’s angel intervenes in Abram’s willing adventure to slaughter his son Isaac, as a reward, God promises him literally the entire world. Moreover, God is quoted as telling Abram that He will make his decedents more numerous than the grains of sand on all the earths beaches. That sounds good on the surface, but when diligent thought is applied, that idea not only seems foreign but ridiculous. Even today, the estimated number of Jews worldwide is a generous 15-16 million, and very likely represents the most ever at any given time. I haven’t taken the time to calculate it out, but others have. The result is an astonishing 1 billion grains in a cubic foot of sand or about 50 pounds. Now if we allow 20 years for turnover, and allow 8,000 years since God’s proclamation, we get 400 generations times 15 million equals 6 billion people. That’s a little less than 1/5th of a cubic yard of sand. Of course, according to the Noah flood story, there was a time when the Jewish race was diminished to about 10 people or so. It would have taken an awful lot of breeding to build the race up to the millions mark. Even as a child, those readings in the Old Testament seemed far-fetched and foreign to me; much more-so now. Consider this: our Milky Way Galaxy contains about 250 billion suns (stars). It is 100,000 light years across; meaning that light traveling 186,000 miles/second requires 100,000 years to traverse it. Our nearest neighbor galaxy, Andromeda, is estimated to contain 1 trillion stars. The Hubble telescope has shown that our universe contains 2 trillion galaxies. Little wonder that light which has been traveling 13.7 billion years is just now reaching our earth. So, those numbers are so large as to be totally foreign and incomprehensible to the human mind. Now back to the Old Testament story; there are millions of preachers and lay people alike who “swear on a stack of bibles” that every word of the Bible is true and inerrant. One does not have to have the genius of Einstein to understand the fallaciousness of such proclamations. No wonder religion has been “deathly afraid” of mathematics and science. Science is totally foreign to the bible and biblical concepts of God. There is, however, a realistic, scientific, and philosophically sound concept of God (and the Supreme Being of all other world religions). The Jews in particular developed a minuscule, humanistic concept of God; they could control and bargain with Him. Note further that God was notated as a male figure (Father). That’s reasonable, because throughout history, women were considered just slightly better than a dog. Now, lets get down to reality. What we have is a universe(s) that is totally incomprehensible, that is made of identically the same perfect quanta (particles of energy), that is absolutely perfect in form and function. It exhibits perfect rationality in all aspects. So if we are to accept a concept of God (Supreme Being) that created, controls and maintains all of this, we must assign that Being’s “essence” as A PERFECT RATIONAL BEING. At the same time, we recognize that everything in the universe is evil by virtue of its selfishness. Everything is in motion and has “needs”. God made it that way so it could function. When needs cease, so will motion. When motion ceases, so will time; only Eternity remains. God being Perfect is incapable of change; therefore It exists in Eternity. When we die and cease changing, so will we exist with God in Eternity. These ideas may seem, foreign to you at first glance. However, I believe with a little “open minded” consideration, you may find them not foreign at all. Enter Jesus; I believe without doubt that Jesus understood the concept of universal evil (selfishness). He saw Himself as a mirror image of God and Their Love relationship (God’s Will, the Holy Spirit). He knew the “price had to be paid” to ameliorate all the evil in the universe. He did so willingly but with great trepidation (Jesus was human). I develop this complete philosophy in my powerful little book, Wilderness Cry. Religion and ideologies don’t want to accept any of these concepts because by doing so, they would lose all power, money and influence. However, as the only way to PEACE, I have called for recognition of the World-Wide Communion Of Spirituality. This idea accepts the idea that as children of God, we each carry Its Brand, The Holy Spirit within us. As such, we are all brothers and sisters. We must cease fighting. No longer must we be foreigners to each other. WE all are united by the Holy Spirit (Love Of God). Amazon, Kindle, ET AL. All comments welcomed. firstname.lastname@example.org