Posts Tagged ‘peace’

Interview with the President

8 September 2020

This is (unfortunately, I think) a work of fiction. Here I imagine that a major world leader has decided that the only way to break through the violent conflict which is gripping the planet is to be more honest, to tell it like it is. The basic concept is inspired by FDR’s “fireside chats” which were a series of radio broadcasts carried out as a sort of propaganda campaign by the President of the United States between 1933 and 1944. It was a way for the President to avoid relying on the press or other media to relay his public communications, as even then they had a reputation for distortion and sensationalism. I doubt FDR was as bluntly honest with his his audience as my fictional leader attempts to be in this dialog. But today we have many able beings who only wish to give the world a fuller range of choices concerning what they decide to believe who are finding themselves fired, put in harm’s way, or arrested. I know of at least one person who is being slowly killed in prison for the simple crime of releasing a series of novels that contain a little too much truth.

The interviewer (I) I’ll call David. His interlocutor is “Mr. President” (P).

I: Good morning Mister President. I am honored to be able to chat with you today.

P: Thank you, David. I am sure you are aware of the unprecedented nature of this event. Though I have conducted many interviews with members of the press, and given many speeches, I don’t consider you to be a journalist as much as a free thinker. And that is the theme of our talk today, freedom.

I: The audience should know, that though we are not reading from a script, we decided ahead of time what topics you wanted to cover and plan to limit this conversation to those points, so that we can cover all of them without taking too long.

P: That’s true. In some ways I wish we could just ramble, but the current situation requires, I think, a more focused approach.

I: Let’s get into it then. Why don’t we start with how you see the current situation, and in particular, the elements that have been ignored.

P: Sure. Well, it is clear to most, I think, that some sort of battle is taking place, if not all out war. It is difficult to call it “war” when we see no bombs being dropped, no soldiers on the march, only some rioting in a few towns. But this is a new kind of war. A war in which the antagonist only feels safe when hidden, and wages his battles via surrogates who may not even know exactly who they are fighting for.

I: How could that be? How could someone engage in conflict without knowing what they are really fighting for?

P: Well, this is the nature of war, isn’t it? I mean, the last two great wars which were centered in Europe seem to be obvious cases of democracy versus fascism. And though we have since learned this was far from the full story, take a look at Vietnam, or our adventures in the Middle East and Afghanistan. Who can tell me, with any certainty, why those battles were waged? The stated reasons seem almost laughingly weak to us now, yet the true reasons may be close to unknowable.

I: Really? Unknowable?

P: Documents can be shredded. Key players can die. And the truth of history can be lost in an almost permanent fog. It would be difficult for even a skilled team of remote viewers to dig out the truth!

I: Remote viewers?

P: That’s what I said.

I: But…that’s woo-woo, fringe stuff, right?

P: I’m afraid that’s where this conversation is headed. I appreciate you noting, though, the points where I exceed the usual boundaries for such discussions.

I: So…where else do we have to go to get the big picture? UFOs?

P: Heh! Odd you should mention that! I have been approached before on that subject, as you may be aware. UFOs themselves play a minor role in what we will be discussing today. They are only a few steps ahead of what we see flying through our skies all the time. We aren’t used to them, that’s all. But of course, there is the matter of who is controlling them, and why they are here. And that gets back to the theme of hiding versus being honest, and of slavery versus freedom.

I: I have never seen a sitting President address this subject directly.

P: It cannot be helped now. The situation has gotten too far out of hand. We should have taken the earlier signs as a warning of what lay ahead. For all I know, that could have been one of their key reasons for appearing. But instead the authorities at the time decided it would be too embarrassing to tell us all the truth. We are past the point of embarrassment now; it has become a matter of life and death.

I: You make it sound very serious.

P: Well, I think it is. I mean, our civilization may die anyway, but would you rather die facing your enemy, or from a sneak attack from behind? I would choose the former, wouldn’t you?

I: It is a chilling choice to have to make.

P: Yes, that’s true enough. But this is the role of spirituality in society, and one of many reasons why it was unwise for us to marginalize those who insist that spiritual matters should be taken seriously. This was the greatest shift I had to experience, and it led me to conclude that we needed to have this talk.

I: How does spirituality fit into the bigger picture? I always thought of it as a superstitious idea connected with religious faith.

P: Perhaps I can put it this way: Think of the role faith had to play in the lives of people before they had our modern sciences and technologies to assist them. If you got sick, only faith could heal you. If you were attacked by an invader, only faith could save you. They didn’t have a global satellite system or a global information network to help them extend their perceptions, all they had was spirit. How did our ancestors even survive? Has no one entertained the possibility that a reliance on spirit may have had some degree of workability?

I: Does it?

P: I, too, had to be convinced of this. Which takes me back to the remote viewers.

I: Right.

P: Remote viewing is a spiritual approach to obtaining factual data. Do I need to explain it to you in more detail?

I: No, that’s fine.

P: Fact is, I was made aware of some data obtained by remote viewing by someone on my staff. He was using it for investing purposes, but thought I might be interested in some of the more politically-related projects. I hadn’t really heard of the subject before that. I had to get a briefing. That’s when I discovered that our intelligence services use it, too. They weren’t going to tell me about that. But when I pressed my DNI for more data, he admitted this to me.

I: Did he tell you why he had withheld that data?

P: Not in so many words. But I could tell that he was embarrassed to admit it. It sounds, in a way, kind of corny, you know?

I: Yes, I suppose it does.

P: So, I finally discovered that Spirit still plays an important part in the fate of nations. But that this was now a secret. I thought that I should know more about this secret. After all, I’m the President. It’s part of my responsibility to know what’s going on in the world. So, I looked into it. Actually, I had one of my staff look into it – someone I trusted – and had them prepare a report for me.

I: What did you learn?

P: Without getting into all the details, I found that here was the intersection between politics and woo-woo. It tied the two together. What we learn from studying the spiritual fills in huge gaps in our knowledge of our political history. And it gives us something different to look forward to.

I: Nirvana?

P: Hah! I wouldn’t go that far! But a sort of confidence in future, and an expanded set of choices.

I: What did you become more confident about?

P: That we will survive. That freedom is real. That life is worth living. That happiness is possible.

I: This does not seem to be the prevailing reality.

P: That’s why we are having this talk. But let’s take our heads out of the clouds for a few minutes, shall we?

I: Sure. Where do you want to go next?

P: Let’s continue with your very first question. The current situation. We only got as far as establishing the fact that we are in the midst of some sort of battle. What, then, is this battle about? For all practical purposes, it can be understood as a straight political battle over who will control our planet, and what they might gain for themselves through that control.

I: Are we talking, like, Communism versus Capitalism?

P: No. Right now the struggle involves several groups, all of whom are acting more or less like criminals. To choose sides is difficult, because they all have their bad points. But of course, I want to come out of this with as much freedom and happiness as possible. And that doesn’t mean for a select few, that means for everyone.

I: The current situation on the planet is quite unsettling.

P: The United States, in spite of everything, is still in a relatively strong position. But that position is being steadily eroded. This is because most if not all of the secret groups see our country and its power as a block in their road forward. Earth’s most potent protection against slavery was developed here in the United States. There is both a spiritual component and a physical component, and they were both developed here, roughly in parallel. But the spiritual component developed publicly for the most part, while the physical one was developed in secret. I think it is time to create a new balance between these two components, particularly since the spiritual has in essence discovered the existence of the physical part.

I: Through remote viewing?

P: Yes, that’s correct.

I: But, why does the planet need to be protected against slavery?

P: That has to do with the “guys up there.” All the major players in the off-planet game have very controlled societies. Maybe it doesn’t seem like slavery to them. But their concepts of freedom are quite limited compared to ours. This has to do with what we are experiencing here on earth right now. Look at what has been proposed as permanent protections against a pandemic illness. Most of us consider these measures to be a severe restriction on our freedoms. While others argue that it must be so in order to protect the entire group. I know now that this is a lie. But it has been a very persuasive lie. Look at all the people now who believe in wearing masks! They are convinced that this is a civic duty! Their ideas about life have been distorted by those who think that we have been allowing too much freedom on this planet for too long.

I: But what if this disease had been much more dangerous than it turned out to be?

P: That is a challenging question. This concept that existential threats to the planet exist that are so strong that we could not overcome them without a fundamental shift away from freedom is very persuasive. At this point, it is something I just have to put my foot down about. I have no “scientific” proof that a freedom-loving approach would protect us from any and all challenges, but neither do they have proof that it wouldn’t. By many measures, life in many of the societies that would like to turn us into, essentially, one of their colonies, is not a very happy life. These societies are in fact deteriorating and they don’t understand why. They gave up on freedom, that’s why.

I: So, assuming I believe all this about ET societies putting pressure on Earth, your argument is that all they are here to do is enslave us?

P: Yes, that’s my argument.

I: So…what’s so great about freedom? Doesn’t it create as many problems as it solves?

P: Up until our most recent spiritual breakthroughs it seemed that way. The main problem we have always had to deal with is the freedom of the criminal to do harm. That problem has always been one of the greatest arguments in favor of dictatorship here on Earth, as well as everywhere else. But this has now been solved. We have new insights now into how crime works and what to do about it. These insights are being implemented in my administration and also on a broader scale, in a softer form. Eventually we will have this solved, and it will become more clear how it is possible to maintain freedom in the face of criminality.

I: Does this play a part in understanding what has been going on here on Earth?

P: It certainly does! We have been erring in favor of secrecy and autocracy in order to combat what was seen as an external criminal threat; literally, an invasion from outer space. And while this did result in our obtaining certain material advantages, it also allowed the criminals of Earth to consolidate their power in the name of assisting in this cause. We gave them access to certain information and technologies that were not safe in their hands. We are now in the process of correcting that. We are implementing our new spiritual awarenesses in this process, and so far this is going very well. But the general public is not yet benefiting much from this.

I: There are still huge holes in my understanding of the current scene. On one hand there is the pandemic, and on the other, this whole social justice movement and the riots and other destruction connected to it.

P: The pandemic – which did not actually proceed as it was originally planned according to the data I have been given – was a strategy by one of the secret power groups to implement what they saw as a more socially acceptable kind of dictatorship, through the subjects of science and medicine. This is the same group that is pushing climate change, population control, artificial intelligence, social media, mental health, and all that sort of thing. They are heavily influenced by one of the mental sciences factions, and are supported by organized medicine and those who fund organized medicine – the Rockefeller Foundation, the Gates Foundation, and so forth. They seem relatively benign, they’re doctors after all, and have gained a lot of support in the West.

I: There are other secret power groups?

P: At least one other major group, besides the one I have been working with.

I: OK. I imagine we’ll get to that.

P: Sure.

I: So, that’s the pandemic. What about the social justice movement?

P: This is a creation of the other major power group. It is more radical, more of an anarchist group. It is being advised by another mental science faction. They have gained control in many of the academic humanities, also in some intelligence circles, and have ties to organized crime. They are more interested in reducing people to a state of grovelling victims, willing to accept any atrocity. Theirs is a very dark vision.

I: Do they really think they can gain control that way?

P: It is not clear that control is what they are really after. More the opposite. They mean to offer a new alternative, it seems, for those who demand freedom at any cost. Well, that is the cost: That the criminals must also be free. I am dismayed that it is so popular here in the states. But we could have expected it. Pressure from the other group helped to give it more support. It is anti-fascism, yet pro communism. It is a very conflicted group, but it doesn’t care. It doesn’t have to be right, it just has to be free to make others wrong.

I: Very creepy!

P: I agree.

I: I know that this is the greater concern for many people; that the place will descend into an anarchy.

P: Yes. And it has been a real challenge to balance our responses between these two attacking groups. There is a tendency to conflate them, or to put more emphasis on one or the other. We were considering a strategy of somehow pitting them against each other, but decided against it, that this would only make things worse.

I: What can we do, then?

P: The general rule that I advise is to resist all invitations to indulge in criminal acts. Both groups are trying in their own ways to bring you down to their level. One is trying to do this through “science” while the other is advocating a sort of anti-science. Real science and real faith are our friends. In most places, law still reflects common sense moral truths. Do not steal, do not be dishonest, do not murder. On top of this, the basic human rights are still in place. Freedom of speech and thought, freedom of religion, freedom to assemble, the right to work, the right to property. If any group tries to tell you that you should violate any of these basic laws or rights, resist it. Don’t go along with it, say why, and encourage others to do the same.

I: There are some places that charge a fine for not wearing a mask in public.

P: We are doing everything in our power to reverse such atrocious rules. And here I make an important announcement and appeal: There are many in government, including especially our police, our officers of the peace, who are being told that they need to, on the one hand, enforce rules that take away basic human rights, and on the other hand, stand by and watch “social justice warriors” deface, burn and loot. I want to make it clear that I see these instructions as illegal, and if you go along with them, you have, sadly, failed in your duty and renounced your oath. You may have to face the consequences of such actions, or failures to act, sometime up the track. Choose to do the right thing now, and encourage your teammates to do likewise.

I: Does not what you have just said in some way violate the principle of state and local rights?

P: That is, I suppose, for the future to judge. A state, a town, does not have any “right” to fail to perform its duties to its citizens. I have offered what help I could to some of the more troubled areas, and they have refused it. Those areas are now in a condition of Danger. A legal framework for handling this is not fully in place. I have invoked certain emergency powers, but these were put into law in a way that is not very suitable for the current situation. In some sense, the people in those towns, cities, and states who are suffering are on their own. I can only encourage them to disagree with tyranny, and to do so in as peaceful and legal way as they can manage. Don’t allow yourselves to be pulled down to the level of the criminal. That is where they want you; that is how they can enslave you.

I: I must say I am a bit rattled. I feel there are a lot of elements to this that I don’t fully understand yet.

P: Well, we did get a bit ahead of ourselves. Let’s see if I can fill in some details. Where would you like me to start?

I: What about this whole pandemic thing?

P: All right. We’ll start with that. Now let me ask you first to recall, if you can, other times when stories of great threats to our survival have been told. Threats that would lead to large numbers of sick or dying. Unacceptably large numbers.

I: In modern times, I think of war, of other pandemic scares, of overpopulation, of global warming…

P: Yes?

I: Mm… the mental health problem.

P: Yes. All these that you have mentioned, and the last one in particular, have been put before us as large existential threats.

I: Existential because…

P: Because none of them have clearly materialized, right?

I: Right.

P: I want to touch on one first, war.

I: OK.

P: The effects that we have seen here in the United States as a result of all the different wars we have been involved in have been a great – though not totally crippling – loss of our young men (and some women), a strengthening of certain industries from public – taxpayer – investment, and a severe economic drain from other industries and in the form of foreign aid. We also have seen, it seems, a boost in violence, or some forms of it, in the world as well as here at home. Our wars did not result in peace, that’s for sure. Yet this is how they have been sold to us. Yet it is peace, not war, that is our best protection against further violence.

I: You are saying that there was some insincerity involved.

P: Yes. And the actual results we have seen are, for the most part, the actual results desired. Not peace.

I: OK.

P: Now, let’s switch to mental health. The other issues have played a role. But this one is key. Because the campaign for this one could rely so easily on subjective truth. Who has not felt worried? Who has not felt sad or discouraged? Who has not seen someone acting really crazy? Most of us have. This has been a very real situation in our lives. Of course it should be addressed.

I: Of course!

P: But what did we get when we started investing, in the 1960s, in a new program to expand “mental health services” out into communities?

I: I know that they let out a lot of patients from hospitals – mental hospitals – and some of those facilities closed down.

P: Good. That was a part of it. So now we had all these broken people wandering around in our cities or suburbs, and we had people lining up at the local clinics for services. But what were they getting?

I: Drugs.

P: That’s right, they were getting drugs. Of course, some clinics also offered psychotherapy and other such things – counseling – but this was the big one, drugs.

I: Today a lot of people are taking those drugs.

P: That’s right. And that was the desired outcome. Have we seen a surge in mental wellness? In happiness? No. We have seen a surge in drug use, and in drug company profits. And who benefits from those profits? Just a few people at the top, along with the doctors and scientists who were willing to support this campaign. Did the general public benefit from this surge in mental health services? No.

I: And what about human rights abuses?

P: That was another desired result. Unruly people could now be deemed “mentally ill,” taken by force to a facility, and put on drugs against their will. Silenced. They continue to work to extend their powers in this direction. It is all based on “what is best for society,” same as the arguments for the pandemic regulations that we have been seeing. The message is coming from doctors, and people want to trust their doctors. People should trust their doctors. But not these doctors! They have been ethically and morally compromised. They are worthless to us now as doctors. I wish I could get their licenses revoked! This is something we are actually working on, but we have to clean up the licensing bodies before that can happen, or else bypass them using civil rights law.

I: There were so many great doctor shows on TV! I recall several of them!

P: All part of the campaign to boost the public adoration of doctors.

I: You think those shows were made on purpose, not out of some natural creative process in Hollywood?

P: Or Burbank? No. I have been briefed on this. You can find some basic data about this, still, on the internet. It is not worth going into detail about that here. I did like Laugh In, though!

I: That was before my time.

P: Too bad, it was one of the last truly funny shows to come out of Burbank.

I: So, let’s move on to the subject of social justice.

P: Sure.

I: You said that the intellectual aspect of this came under criminal influence. How did that happen?

P: That was very much encouraged by a faction of the mental sciences. Some early proponents were J.R. Rees in the UK, Brock Chisholm in Canada, and John Dewey in the U.S. Chisholm was the first Director-General of the World Health Organization. And Dewey was very influential in teacher education in America. This led to several generations of teachers and professors who were sympathetic to ideas like using education to change social behavior and achieve greater “cultural diversity.” The intention, it seems, was to instill in young people a tolerance, not just for people of different races and cultures, but also for deviant behavior, starting with sexual choices, then including things like drug use and ultimately criminality. They made a lot of inroads into society in this way. Our social fabric has been compromised.

I: But how can you draw the line when it comes to which behaviors are to be tolerated?

P: The intention of the behavior is extremely important. Intentionality has been de-emphasized in modern psychology. An attempt has been made to reduce everything to acceptable and unacceptable behaviors, with a large dose of moral relativism added on top of that. A classic example is that of killing for self-defense. It is an extreme example, but illustrates the point. Murder is wrong, except when it is in self-defense. This is acknowledged in law. But social justice might argue that it is OK to kill someone in self defense if it is “obvious” that they are a racist, and so would oppress you if they had the opportunity. A similar argument has been made for screening people to predict whether they might become mentally ill, or commit some crime, in the future. It is a seductive argument, isn’t it? But this is how the criminal thinks, not the sane man.

I: Another example is female face coverings.

P: Yes. That is a less extreme example, fortunately. It is an issue I am not totally well-informed about.

But to the extent that the custom is mainly intended to show religious devotion, then it is understandable. The idea that it arises from a desire to limit the role of women in society is more difficult to deal with. There is certainly an irrational aspect to it that makes it more difficult to assess. It is a perfect example of something that requires a lot more dialogue. But at least the custom itself is not outwardly harmful.

I: OK. So, where do we go from here?

P: Let’s try to summarize what’s been gone over so far. The planet is experiencing external pressure to globalize, to deal with the rest of the universe as a unified planet. We aren’t totally ready to make that jump. All the different languages, political philosophies and so forth. But some different factions on Earth want to accelerate the process. I assume they feel that they would obtain some material benefit from being the first to deliver up our planet to Empire. One faction takes an anarchist approach which attempts to normalize criminality. Another faction takes more of a technocratic approach which emphasizes good management, based on science. However, the second approach is anti-Spirit. They don’t really believe in Spirit, and this is why they fear Empire and want to appease it. They don’t really believe in freedom, and see no way to control the criminal element. They hope to save themselves by delivering up a planet that can at least produce something that will be seen as valuable by the outer worlds.

I: So, where do you stand?

R: I stand with a third faction, as I implied earlier. It is not that well organized or that well funded. It works for the independence of Earth. It has arisen from those who were formerly members of one of the other two, then became aware of what was really going on, and decided they couldn’t stomach it. I cannot tell you in detail who this faction is comprised of, for in truth, I do not know. But they are the ones who asked me to serve, and they are the ones who got me elected.

I: I see a very sketchy situation here. Victory seems far from a sure thing.

P: That’s right. It was a small miracle for us to get this far. But I can tell you what we have in our favor. And as long as we cultivate these points, they will serve us well, whether we prevail here on Earth or not.

I: You mentioned Spirit. And freedom.

P: Yes, and those two go together. Real freedom is not the freedom of the criminal. It is a freedom balanced by rules. That gives us a game, and playing a game is the road to happiness. It is a spiritual experience.

I: What else?

P: A few basic values follow from these two that the other two factions lack. One is a real respect for religion and for the various concepts of God. While we realize now that many who came here and posed as “gods” were no more than stragglers from Empire trying to set up their own little kingdoms here, that does not cancel greater concepts of God. These are concepts mostly brought here by the various “prophets.” There was an initial teacher who has gone unnamed and unrecognized, the author of the Vedas. It is not that important to know who that was, but he should be acknowledged as the initial inspiration on Earth for a higher vision of ourselves and of possible futures. The older and newer religions of Earth work to preserve and disseminate these teachings. Though fractured due to time and misunderstandings, they are to be respected and supported in their work.

I: And other important points?

P: The major other point is our understanding of evil and how to deal with it. Evil is, in essence, the tendency to fight against the dominant game. In this way, there is a relative nature to evil, and this point has been was picked up by the social justice people.

I: But if one game is dominant, why fight against it? Wouldn’t that be crazy?

P: Yes, it would be. But it is fought by those who have sunk below an ability to play. They are alive enough to pretend to play, but not able enough to really participate. They were convinced of this fact long ago. It is a terrible problem for them, and evil is their solution. Rage against the game. They think this is the only game left for them to play. It is quite sad, really.

I: But you said you understand how to deal with this.

P: Yes. It is a technical matter, It begins with unsticking them from the problem, and then returning to them an ability to play. Most such people are quite ignorant. They require a lot of training to bring them up in ability.

I: This sounds a little like those retraining camps…

P: I know, I know. They will accuse us of this, of course. And this creates a big problem for us as you might imagine. But our basic moral framework is still in place in many parts of the world. That is one reason why America is such a popular place to live, in spite of all the terrible things past governments have done. We still have strong moral values supported by a strong religious base. This moral strength actually works in the direction of protecting criminals from outright slaughter. Most societies would kill them if the truth were known. Our hand is only stayed by the knowledge that death is unlikely to change them. That is the criminal’s way to get rid of people who annoy them. It is not our way. The only hope the real criminal has in our hands is the hope that we can help him to solve his problem. But there are many who are likely to spend the rest of their days in quarantine, unwilling to cooperate with our attempts to help. It has to be their choice.

I: It’s ironic you should call it a quarantine!

P: It is an apt term! This is really the only true pandemic on this planet. Perhaps some day it will be recognized as one. It is through the actions of real criminals that most of society’s ills seem to worsen. They assist greatly to cause accidents, addictions, illness, and war. To say nothing of crime, of course. Spiritual growth will only be possible if we can restrain the true criminal in his attempts to tear apart all that we have built. And spiritual growth is our only hope.

I: Can you tell me anything more about spiritual growth?

P: Spiritual growth is the final pillar in our strategy. There are two main roads to spiritual growth: training and practice. They should both be traveled. This growth benefits us first by enabling us to better handle those who rage against the game. Its second benefit is enabling us to help each other. And its final benefit is enabling us to maintain our freedom in the face of larger and larger barriers. This is the key benefit that we all seek. But to seek it only, and not the other benefits, is to fail. We must be able to bring everyone up with us. Every failure to help diminishes us a little. But I wouldn’t worry too much about that at this point.

I: Have you been working on your own spiritual growth?

P: A little bit. Not as much as I’d like. I’m really not that far yet. I hope to have more time after I have served. It will depend on how skilled those who follow me are. There are still many challenges ahead.

I: Like what?

P: To get our own house in order will be difficult enough. But we will also need to hold off those external pressures that whole time. And then we will have to deal with them. Those closest to us, if we “win” will want to know how we did it. And then we will have to deliver our knowledge to them. And that will draw in more pressure. And if we are successful in dealing with that, it will require more delivery. Will we host them here on Earth? Or set something up on another planet? It will be a challenge either way, and one we are barely even thinking about now.

I: My brain feels like it wants to explode.

P: I’m sorry. But you asked, and I thought I should answer.

I: That seems like a good place to finish today.

P: Yes.

I: Perhaps we will do this again.

P: I hope so. I think we have more to cover.

I: Then, thank you sir.

P: You’re very welcome.

Dialogs

7 December 2019

I have added this new category under Spirit to provide a place for a type of writing that I have been using for a long time.

The word “dialog” (more properly spelled “dialogue”) comes to us via Latin directly from Greek, where “dia” represents “through or between” and “log[os]” represents “talk or word”. Thus, it resides in a group of words beginning with “dia-” that includes the modern coined word Dianetics, “though mind”.

I am of the habit (some consider it an ability) of imagining dialogs or speeches or presentations interrupted by questions as a way of thinking through how more difficult concepts could be conveyed, or made understandable, to others.

Here’s an earlier example of my experiments with dialog in writing:

A more recent example appears here: https://landofdeadtrees.wordpress.com/2018/06/11/the-georgia-guidestones/

I often do something like this at night, while others sleep (peacefully or otherwise). For some reason, I find it difficult to sleep in an unpeaceful world. I feel some need, or duty, to further the postulate that this will change, and that a higher sort of peace than mere “absence of war” can be achieved on this planet.

In that vein, I offer this video: https://www.scientology.tv/series/l-ron-hubbard-library-presents/is-it-possible-to-be-happy.html

I intend to create some more dialogs as an extension of my “science fiction” story called The Lands. All it really intends to do is to point out to those curious enough to read it that solutions for some of our more basic challenges here on Earth are closer than they might have realized. That’s all I really want to accomplish at this point: To let the planet know that a new kind of future is available to it; that we only have to reach for it.

Armistice Day, 101 years ago.

11 November 2019

“What happened on that great occasion was this. The news came about midnight. Next morning I called up the President (Hr. George Kidd, I think) of the B. C. Electric Railway, and asked if I may have the sight seeing street car – open top. Mr. Kidd replied, “It will be ready when you want it down at the corner of Cambie and Hastings. There will be a conductor and motorman; you tell them what to do.” I asked that it be there at 10 a.m. and it was. I said that I was not able to pay. He replied, “It is at your service as the contribution of the B. C. Electric Railway Company.”

“I assembled my 72nd Seaforths band at my place of business on Cordova Street between Homer and Cambie Streets. The Mayor of Vancouver was His Worship Mayor Gale, and he placed all bands under my charge – twelve bands in all. There was little preparatory organization, there were many musicians, some of them returned soldiers, some had instruments – some without. I had to purchase three instruments out of my own purse. Altogether I had one hundred and fifty men. Out of these I picked twelve leaders as bandmasters; then gave each leader twelve men according to their instruments, and away they went, some on floats, some marching on foot. The sight seeing street car with band playing went everywhere – over every line. We allowed no one on except returned soldiers, and many of these accompanied us. We went up Mt. Pleasant, Fairview, West End, everywhere, playing as we went, and except for intervals for meals, did not cease playing on that sight seeing street car until 10 o’clock that night. Some musicians stayed the entire time, some would retire, new ones take their places, some come, some go, it was a wild day of jollification, no order, no system, but everywhere harmony and co-operation. I supplied all the music. I had about 400 marches in my library. We played “Tipparary,” “Keep the Home Fire Burning,” “Pack Up Your Troubles,” “Long, Long Trail,” and other popular ones of the period. “Colonel Bogie” was a great favorite.

“I just divided the 150 men into 12 bands under a leader, gave them their music, told them their position in the line of march and left them ‘go to it.’ It was a glorious moment.”

This story was dictated to the Vancouver Archivist, Major Matthews, by my great-grandfather Edward Cox.

He was the leader of the 72nd Seaforth Highlanders band (featured image) during the war years. Earlier (below) he was with the “Sixth Rifles” in their band. He is specifically named by the Archivist as being in the photograph below.

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Armistice Day for real

Armistice Day was about the beginning of the end of a terrible war. The Germans had been defeated in France, where the armistice was signed. A prominent German politician led the delegation that went to France to sign this agreement. The Allies were led by the Supreme Allied Commander, the French General Foch.

The war involved terrible suffering and slaughter among the troops on all sides. By 1918 everyone (except a few insane “leaders”) wanted it ended. The final arrangements were made in the following year. But the news of this Armistice spread like wildfire across the planet, with the help of telegraph equipment.

Now known in the U.S. as “Veterans Day,” this date should be celebrated by the lovers of peace across this planet as a symbol of what is possible when combatants finally decide to lay down their arms. The fact that military units in most places support bands shines like a little ray of hope that one day war as we now know it could end.

 

Changes in the wind

14 April 2019

A flying animal has been one of the classic metaphors used by artists to convey the idea of a spirit leaving a body at death, and so I chose the image of a butterfly – just captured yesterday – to introduce this article.

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Two weeks ago, at the end of March, a young man who was born and raised in the South Central neighborhoods of Los Angeles was prevented from doing something he wanted to do.

He had planned to meet with police and other local officials the next day to discuss the problem of gang violence in his neighborhood, and what could be done about it. Nipsey had just started to become known in the broader community as a rap artist with a little different angle to his lyrics. But in his own community he was already widely known as someone who wanted to strengthen himself and everyone he met with knowledge, with love, with a sense of responsibility, and with a dream that things could get better.

In the middle part of the last century, various businesses had established themselves in the Los Angeles area and were providing good jobs. This attracted a large number of people into the neighborhoods now known as South Central. Later, those businesses fled, leaving so many families living there to their own devices. And those big corporate plants started to be replaced by unhealthy enterprises like illegal drug distributors. People there could work for the new “employers” if they were willing to take the chance of being caught by the police or being killed by someone working for a rival group.

“Gangs” were an old tradition in neighborhoods like this. Because the darker-skinned people of these communities had more to worry about than just finding jobs so their children could eat. These communities were being targeted by some social force that has always maintained a secretive identity, yet has always seemed to be present. While some activists try to simplify this problem down to “whitey,” most knew that was far from the full truth. But to most, the exact cause didn’t matter. To be dark-skinned in a white man’s world meant you needed an extra layer of spiritual and physical protection. And the gangs were one way to obtain that protection.

That the gangs came to war with each other was just an indication of how devious the evil ones of this world could be. Those wars, combined with constant harassment from the police, created more bloodshed and suffering in this community than any community anywhere could easily tolerate. And so, there were constant attempts by men and women of higher purpose to stop the violence in the neighborhoods, and seek some sort of change that would protect them better than any police, any gangs, or any large outside companies, had ever done. Yet, there was constant discouragement.

A few people in this community, however, had discovered something new. Though it came from a white man, its power was enough to turn heads. And a few learned some of this technology, and benefited from it. And so Minister Tony Muhammad, an executive with the Nation of Islam who had been given the responsibility of bringing a better life to the people of South Central, was one day introduced to Mr. Hubbard’s technologies. He began to use The Way To Happiness in the community, and it seemed to be of genuine help. And step by step, with the help of many others, Minister Tony put in place a program to end gang violence in South Central, and rebuild the community into something new and very alive.

Minister Tony was always willing to respond when violence struck. And so one day, while attempting to bring calm after a shooting had occurred, he got badly hit by a police officer, and then arrested. A young man named Ermias witnessed this, and was among those demanding Minister Tony’s immediate release. And so this young man, a genius and a dreamer, caught the spark of hope for his community that so many others had, in their turn, fought for.

He started out selling T-shirts with his brother. But he was also a self-taught mix artist and rapper. And in his songs and in his work, he tried to convey his vision on a level that his friends in the neighborhoods could understand. By 2018, and with only one major album to his credit, this young man – now in his 30’s – was nevertheless ready to take it to the next level and work with Minister Tony to elevate his community and his people. On the last day of March of this year, someone who he knew shot him dead in front of his clothing store, located near the corner of Crenshaw and Slauson.

How do I know about all this? Minister Tony came to my church last night and told us about it. And we promised our support for his work in L.A.

In the days, weeks, months and years ahead, you may hear various versions of the life and death of Nipsey Hussle, and how he helped change South Central and then the whole planet. Or, maybe you won’t. But I’m telling you right here and now, that story is real and is really important. Stay tuned.

 

A State Senator Visits my Church

20 September 2012

Tomorrow is International Peace Day.

Peace One Day website.

My church wanted to acknowledge this day. And so a politician who works with our Youth For Human Rights group was invited to come to our church and speak to us. This politician is a woman.

Her audience was small, but we are good listeners. She decided to tell us about efforts being made to include women in the peace-making process. She told us that in the year 2000 the United Nations had officially committed itself to include more women in policy-making roles, and in peace-making. She told us that, more recently, the Obama administration had made a similar commitment. She was proud of these announcements. She felt they were something that we could build on. Women often feel the brunt of war, she said. They should have a say in making peace.

Like many people, I had never heard of the International Day of Peace. It was first declared in 1981, by the United Nations General Assembly. It was originally intended to fall on the opening day of the annual meetings of the United Nations General Assembly. Later, a Briton – founder of Peace One Day – got the idea to give the day a specific date, and the UN agreed to this on 11 September 2001.

The irony of this timing is so striking that it is hard to believe that it was a coincidence.

The site linked to above tells the story of Peace Day, starting with the campaign to give it a specific date, and coming up to the present. This year, the intention is to have a Global Truce on this date.

In the real world, peace work depends on a set of technologies loosely known as “conflict resolution.” Scientology has a technology to contribute to this subject. It is called “Third Party Investigation” and is described briefly in this post. You can find out more about this technology at the Volunteer Ministers website here.

When I don’t cry on hearing of more women and children killed, more cities destroyed, more threats of violence by national leaders, it is only because I get tired of crying all the time.

We can solve this. We just have to discover more effective things to do about it.

Here is something Ron wrote in 1950, and one reason why I consider him my friend:

There is a higher goal, a better goal, a more glorious victory than gutted towns and radiation-burned dead. There is freedom and happiness and plenty and a whole Universe to be won.

He who would not see it is far from worthy to rule. He would indulge his hates is too insane to advise.

How much can Man conquer? He loses if he conquers Man. He wins if he conquers his own fears and conquers then the stars.

(Dianetics p488)

Why I Don’t Sleep

22 August 2012

Women and children account for almost 80% of the casualties of conflict and war as well as 80% of the 40 million people in the world who are now refugees from their homes. It is one of the unspoken facts of militarism that women often become the spoils of war, their deaths are considered collateral damage and their bodies are frequently used as battlegrounds and as commodities that can be traded.

From an article written by Lucinda Marshall and published on Sunday, December 18, 2004 by CommonDreams.org

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Some 18,000 children die every day because of hunger and malnutrition and 850 million people go to bed every night with empty stomachs, a “terrible indictment of the world in 2007,” the head of the U.N. food agency said.

As reported in the USA Today online edition of 17 February 2007.

“Children living on the streets in Delhi are often exposed to various forms of abuse and also get embroiled in crime. As per a report ‘Surviving the Streets’ published last year there were 50,000 children on the streets in Delhi and it was found that one of the major threats that street children experienced was abuse.”

Ashok Singh Jha of the Dr. A. V. Baliga Memorial Trust, an organization working for women’s and children’s welfare. As reported in The Hindu newspaper online edition of 28 June 2012.

Are you sick yet? Or should I find more? How can anyone on this planet get a good night’s sleep if they are aware of the above?

A being should be able to choose what game it wants to play each lifetime.

But someone learned a long long time ago that if you killed someone who didn’t want to die, that being would be more likely to play that game the next time around. In the trillions of years since this has been discovered, only about 2-1/2 percent of the population has been coerced into “liking” this game. About 20 percent more go along with it because they don’t think they have a choice. And the rest of us suffer – or not, if we are very lucky.

The new game is: Deprive the 2-1/2 percent of the 20 percent helping them. That many could still be convinced that there could be another way. And without their help, those left would lose their power. Too many of us know too much now to continue to be fooled.

Some people close to me know that I have not slept well since I was a teenager. Could this be why?

We all need rest because we have bodies to keep healthy. But as soon as you are well-rested, get back up and get busy. And if you can, spend some time working on the solution to this situation. We really need your help.