Monday, September 24, 2007

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Originally postedWednesday, February 07, 2007

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Over the weekend I purchased Steven Spielberg's 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind'. This was the Director's Cut that has some interesting scenes added, for example, the UN going out into a desert and finding a cruise ship, and a conference that explained why they were using sign language along with the famous five tones. I saw this movie in Roswell, New Mexico when it first came out.

CEIII is an interesting movie, in that, like Spielberg's 'ET', portrays other worldly intelligent life as generally peaceful, the only exception is the scene in which the little boy is abducted, which upsets the boy's mother greatly. However, the little boy seems affectionately drawn to these beings.

Evidence exists throughout the world, seemingly since the beginning of time of visitors from other worlds visiting this planet.

Paintings of saucers on cave walls, ground sculptures only visible by air, and questions regarding pyramid construction all serve to possibly point to this truth, but at the same time leaving more questions than answers.

Even mysteries abound surrounding CEIII that further the controversy, particularly as the question of ET life relates to our own time and how much our government knows or doesn't about the issue and the resulting attempts at secrecy around the issue if they do.

For example, Dr. J. Allen Hynek is listed in the movie credits as being Spielberg's Technical Advisor. Dr. Hynek was the scientific consultant in the highly controversial and publicly acknowledged and available 'Project Bluebook', the 1952 Air Force study attempting to determine if the issue regarding UFOs was a threat to national security.

At that time of this study Hynek was very skeptical that there was any merit to the UFO fascination. Many of the other investigators on this project were also. Hynek stated, "the whole subject seems utterly ridiculous”, even going to extremes to blame sightings on unreliable witnesses, imagination or misinterpretations of natural events. 'Swamp gas' was another popular explanation by Dr. Hynek.

He stated later that the Air Force more or less expected him to debunk any reported sightings, and that he felt that 'Bluebook' and other such reports were really designed to discredit serious UFO study and discourage further public inquiry.

It was also during this time that Hynek developed the 'Hynek Scale', reproduced here:

First Kind
A sighting of one or more unidentified flying objects;

Flying saucers
Odd lights
Aerial objects that are not attributable to human technology.

Second kind
An observation of physical evidence of extra-terrestrial visitation;

Footprints
Heat or radiation
Damage to terrain
Crop circles found in the vicinity of a UFO sighting[citation needed]

Third kind
An observation of one or more occupants associated with one or more crafts.

After years of researching sightings, Dr. Hynek began to change his opinion about these matters, particularly those sightings observed by astronauts and professional pilots.

Another popular story connected to 'Close Encounters' involved Spielberg's screening of the movie for then President Reagan. Reagan's comment to Spielberg during the movie, "You know, I bet there aren't six people in this room who know just how true this really is."

Even though Spielberg has continued to deny it, Dr. Steven Greer, in his book 'Hidden Truth, Forbidden Knowledge' has made contact with two witnesses who have verified that this conversation did happen, and that Spielberg had access to secret governement documents on file at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.

Wright Patterson is widely believed to be where the remains of the famous 1947 Roswell UFO crash were supposedly taken and stored. In fact, in October 1982 President Reagan addressed a crowd from the tarmac of Roswell Industrial Air Base, formally known as the Roswell Army Air Field, near the hangar where the alien bodies are rumored to have been taken after the recovery from that same crash.

I was present at that speech-as a junior high student I didn't know at the time the significance regarding the ET issue.

As we approach the 30th anniversary of Close Encounters(November 1977), we find ourselves in a new era-intricate and beautiful crop circles being reported all over the world, particularly in England, in the farming community that surrounds another mystery, Stonehenge. Some circles are indeed man-made objects, but others have never been satisfiably proven as man-made.

We also find ourselves with resources such as the internet which, for the discerning, spreads these stories much more effectively than before.

And we find ourselves with an actual significant public disclosure event, hosted by the aforementioned Dr. Steven Greer.

In 2001, Dr. Greer made a presentation at the National Press Club along with some of the many credible military and government contract witnesses to significant UFO sightings that he has contacted and who are coming forward about this issue.

Consider the testimony of retired Air Force Capt. Bob Salas, who states that UFOs disabled 10 Minuteman missles 1967. His testimony and others like his call into question the statement that the government issued in the 50s and that they still stand by today, that UFO sightings do not pose a threat to national security.

Or the testimony of Dr. Carol Rosin, spokesman for Dr. Werner Von Braun towards the end of his life, who testifed at this same presentation that Dr. Von Braun was very concerned that the government was going to put weapons in space, not for the purpose of defense but for the purpose of knocking down UFOs. It was Dr. Rosin who first used coined the 'Star Wars' term in referring to these technologies. Von Braun was recruited from Germany after WWII and perfected the rocket technology that allowed the US to go the the Moon.

You can see Dr. Greer's presentation here.:

Dr. Greer has been successful in briefing former CIA Director Woolsey, Laurance Rockefeller, Senator Pell(of Pell Grant fame)and many other key figures.

He's written several books on the subject, for more information his 2006 book 'Hidden Truth, Forbidden Knowledge' is a good place to start.

Additional links:

www.cseti.org

www.seaspower.com

www.disclosureproject.org

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Global Politics From a Spiritual Perspective

Originally posted Sunday, September 09, 2007

Global Politics From a Spiritual Perspective

I am in continual conflict with myself regarding the current global political situation that the world finds itself in.

On the one hand, I feel a duty to communicate the reality of the global and political climate that exists. It is my aim and intention to call attention to reliable news sources which point to the fact that our government has failed and is failing its US citizens as well as its responsibility to the entire world in its chosen policies and actions.

This blog has done and will continue to do this. I have never solely relied on questionable or fringe sources, but have continually pointed to articles from generally accepted news sources such as CNN. And I have pointed to influential people in our society who are seriously looking at issues normally reserved for the more paranoid of our collective. These include, among others-Dr. Carol Rosin, assistant to Werner Von Braun , Daniel Sheehan, the military witnesses that testified at the National Press Club in 2001 and others.

Having brought these issues up, I also feel a certain amount of compassion and necessity to forgive our leaders for their actions. I have not demonstrated these sentiments enough in this forum. I am generally more concerned with informing. Yet, being informed doesn’t count for much if one doesn’t feel anything can be done about any of it.

We can all play a collectively strong part, if we will.

When I consider President Bush, the president people love to hate (this based on current bumper sticker debate) I see a man who is misinformed and misguided on several different fronts.

We may not agree with much if any of what he is doing, but I have found it necessary within my heart to pray everyday for our President and the decisions he is making. I also pray personally to forgive him and those who are advising him. Even if I might ever think I could do a better job, I wouldn’t really want his job at all.

I also pray to turn over to God these things. Sometimes in researching about all of the things that are coming out about our government, it’s easy to perceive that we are powerless over our government, and that the powers that be are more powerful than anything else that is and there is nothing that can tame it.

I don’t believe that’s the case. I believe that God is infinitely more powerful and that God intervenes everyday to influence people to do the right thing. And I believe that God is more powerful than any created government anywhere or anyplace.

I will share with you a prayer that I pray everyday. Imagine if the whole world was praying this prayer or one like it everyday, what our world would be like:
God,

I turn the world and the Earth over to you. I pray that the whole world will come to know your, know its shortcomings and know your grace and glory. I pray that war violence and hate would be replaced by your love peace and joy and a relationship between you and the whole world. Comfort and heal the Earth, I pray that more and more people will take notice of the Earth’s problems and take significant steps to change what we do to the Earth. I pray to forgive those who are holding us back from serious positive change. I thank you for those who are making this change. I pray that people will take note of the insanity of the world and that people will change this for the better. I turn disclosure over to you, I pray blessing and protection for Greer, Webre and Bassett and others. Show me what I can do, if anything. Please show me that my prayers are having an effect and give me the patience to continue to pray this prayer.

Lord, hear my prayer.

By this prayer, we can start to become aware of the small part that we can play to change the course of events, that we can come into our own truth, and by living out that truth, collectively make an impact on the whole world. This is how we add to the peace in the world. It’s not going to happen by protest, or blaming or seeking revenge.

None of the past six years will have been in vane if we have learned this valuable lesson. There is no end in revenge seeking, in getting even.

There can only be forgiveness and reconcilliation

Peace

Are you praying and meditating for a transformation of peace in our world?

Are you praying and meditating for our leaders to be transformed away from war and towards peace?

If not, why not?

Can you feel the urgency?

Hate does not eradicate hate.

Only love is more powerful than hate.

Spread love, build peace.

Our leaders are reflecting the collective hate that is in the world.

Do not look to them to provide you with peace. We must look inside.

By altering our collective conciousness the Earth can be transfomed using prayer and meditation. We can change Earth’s landscape of war and violence to a landscape of peace.

Are you praying and meditating for a transformation of peace in our world?

Are you praying and meditating for our leaders to be transformed away from war and towards peace?

If not, why not?

Can you feel the urgency?

Hate does not eradicate hate.

Only love is more powerful than hate.

Spread love, build peace.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Love Others AS Yourself

We can't love anyone else if we can't love ourselves first.

Our relationship with a power greater than ourselves will help us learn to do that.

I saw a movie about a guy in San Francisco that cared for wild parrots a few years ago. These are primarily previous pets that were released by their owners, generally due to frustration with trying to tame the birds. This is a huge problem that concern bird enthusiasts.

Birds in captivity are very high maintenance. If they aren't cared for properly as pets they can develop strange neuroses, such as pulling out their own feathers. This can sometimes be cured if they are brought into a more nurturing environment or set free to socialize with their own kind.

This was not so with a particular female bird that flew with the flock in which the generous caretaker cared for in the movie. In fact, not only did she chew off her own feathers, she chewed off the feathers of any bird that tried to befriend her.

It almost seems that the only way this bird knew how to nurture herself was expressed in the way that she tried to show love to other birds. She didn't know how to show appropriate love to herself, nor could she show appropriate love to her peers.

This bird did not grow up in a nurturing environment that gave it what it needed to be a successful parrot.

Matthew 22:36-40

36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love he Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.


When I read this as a young kid, I had a Sunday school teacher in church explain this that we are supposed to put others first, others second, and ourselves last.

However, the passage says that we are supposed to love others AS we love ourselves.

So we've got to learn to love ourselves first. How does one do that, and how does one know if one is succeeding in that?

Can you sit in a room by yourself for more than 10 minutes doing absolutely nothing?

Do you find that you lose yourself in relationships with other people?

If you cannot tolerate yourself for a short amount of time, that's probably a good sign that you do not love yourself.

Generally when we love someone we can't tear ourselves away from the other person.

And if you don't love yourself enough to get to know what you like or don't like, then you'll be lost before you get in a relationship.

A relationship in and of itself never cured anyone from being lonely and sad. If it did, it would follow that there would be a lot less lonely and sad people in the world.

How we learn to love ourselves is through a relationship with a power greater than ourselves.

Stay tuned for that.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Raising Peaceful Conciousness

There is something heavy on my mind today. I have an idea that I want to put out to the universe.

Do you remember the movie 'What The Bleep' when they told of some people that gathered on the White House lawn one summer and meditated? The people involved had predicted that crime would decrease by a certain percentage. The police responded that it would have to snow in order for that to happen.

The participants did the meditation and it actually was successsful in lowering crime that day.

We HAVE to do the same thing in regards to the hate in the world. If we had enough people meditating or praying for the end of war, the end of violence and the end of hate in the world, I have no doubt this would happen.

War must end and end now. War is no longer an acceptable solution to conflict.

Love is the way. Society at large doesn't know what love is, we must learn what it is, receive it and share it. Those who do know what love is must share it.

Violent protests against war is not the solution. Protests involving hate is not the solution. Hate does not eradicate hate.

No more hate of any kind, whether directed at those in leadership or those who are considered enemies. No hate directed at the guy that bumped my car yesterday.

Attaining a critical mass of people directing their thoughts towards peace will make peace happen. We all must at least direct our thoughts, daily towards this goal.

We must take initiative in our local cities to make this happen. We can do this collectively. Imagine all of us meeting at one time all directing thoughts towards peace.

This will have two effects-it will empower ourselves, and it will have a profound affect on the totality of human consciousness.

Is anyone in?

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Crop Circles, Quetzlcoatl, 2012, End Times

Is it ok if I get a little knee deep in the muck? That's what this blog is about.

Consider yourself warned.

I've been attempting to connect with world and earth consciousness(thru purely legal means, the 70s are over, man)in regards to the end of the Mayan calendar and what it may or may not mean for humanity.

The Mayan calendar is a 5000 year calendar that ends on December 21, 2012.

Much speculation has resulted in trying to determine why this date was chosen, and how they knew that a winter's solstice would occur on this date.

Go here for more of a detailed analysis on the Mayan calendar.

Much more speculation has been offered as to what change may or not take place on that date. And for those who go for the crop circles, the Mayan calendar has been reproduced for us in a quite detailed fashion.

Go here for a detailed description of Quetzalcoatl.

The way that the Mayan temples have been designed, on this date a shadow of Quetzalcoatl is going to ascend the numerous steps of a particular Mayan temple. Mayan literature is unclear at this point what is going to happen, but they indicate that some radical change in the Earth or mankind is going to happen.

Some say this is going to tie in with the end times predictions of Christianity(I don't want to say 'Judeo Christian' because it sounds pretentious, and I sure wouldn't want to sound flaky).

Those who connect this date with the crop circles indicate that there is possibly going to be a polar shift, which would render pretty much all technology useless. This includes possible radical land mass shifting and all sorts of scary or hopeful things that may suggest that we are in line for some kind of metamorphosis, whether sub-concious or otherwise.

One interpretation suggests this is when Christ is going to return, but the Bible states that no man knows the hour or the time...and so the whole date thing kind of squashes that theory.

So anyway, what I'm getting back from my attempts to connect with what all this may mean is that we are in some kind of waiting period and preparation for something to happen, possibly a spiritual awakening or even preparation for a greater spiritual awakening to occur.

If not, then we, as in myself and everyone else, is going to look pretty silly.

If you have any additional info about any of this, or if you just want to issue general mockery, fire away.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Several Views On Relationships With Your Enemies, Followed By Newt Gringrich's View

Our worst enemies here are not the ignorant and simple, however cruel; our worst enemies are the intelligent and corrupt.

-Graham Greene

Five great enemies to peace inhabit with us: viz., avarice, ambition, envy, anger and pride. If those enemies were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace.

-Petrarca Petrarch

Am I not destroying my enemies," Lincoln gently replied, "when I make them my friends?

-Abraham Lincoln

Matthew 5:44-48 (NKJV) "But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 45 "that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

Jesus Christ

Love your enemies, for they will tell you your faults.

-Benjamin Franklin

Count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.


-Aristotle

So long as governments set the example of killing their enemies, private individuals will occasionally kill theirs.

-Elbert Hubbard

"You don't appease your enemies — you defeat them."
-Newt Gingrich

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father,
Who Art in Heaven,
Hallowed Be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom Come,
Thy Will Be Done,
On Earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us today our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the Kingdom and Power and the Glory,
Forever and Ever,
Amen.

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Thy Will Be Done,
On Earth as it is in Heaven.


I was told in Sunday school that at the time that Jesus said this prayer that the idea of his kingdom coming to earth had not come because he had not yet died and resurrected. After the resurrection Jesus' kingdom was set up on Earth and that part of the prayer is no longer applicable to us now.

However, it is not hard to see that things here on earth are not as they are in Heaven.

Sometimes it seems in the world and in our lives that things on earth becoming as they are in Heaven is probably not going to
happen.

But this is part of the prayer that Jesus prayed. And this prayer was given to us, in the form of an instruction, in answer to the question, "How should we pray?

This prayer is should be considered a gift that not only can transform the world, but also transform right where the transformation needs to start-within ourselves.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Couple of Things For Ya To Check Out

WIE, or What Is Enlightenmentis a bi-monthly magazine that has been around for 15 years, and they interview a lot of spiritual teachers and what not relating to the 21st Century Spiritual Awakening. If you liked the movie "What The Bleep Do We Know"(I did), then you will probably like this magazine.

Their current issue is kind of a 'best of' throughout their past 15 years of publishing. This is a great way to check out the breadth of their scope.

And wouldn't you know it, they have a website!

www.wie.org

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Are you fed up with Myspace? Are you not fed up with Myspace, but just want something a little more, I don't know, spiritual?

www.zaadz.com is a way for the enlightened to connect, but of course the goal is to change the world. It's a bit more selective than Myspace...in fact they are looking for something specific.

They say it better than I can:

Our Plan. Ours involves Conscious Capitalism infused with Spirituality and a healthy dose of Enthusiasm, Love, Service, Inspiration, Passion, Humor and Teamwork. People CRAZY enough to think they can change the world, Courageous enough to do something about it, AND Committed enough to stick to it when they feel like giving up.


So not just any 12 year old or creep with a computer can just get a password-you have to be approved.

Not that Myspace is just full of creeps and 12 year olds, but you get the idea.

So check it out and have them check you out, and maybe I'll see ya!

3 Questions For Humanity and St Ignatius Loyola's Answer

Three Questions To Ponder

1 Who is God?

2 What is Love?

3 What do I have to do with any of it?

First Principle and Foundation-St Ignatius Loyola

Man is created to praise, reverence, and serve God our Lord, and by this means to save his soul.

And the other things on the face of the earth are created for man and that they may help him in prosecuting the end for which he is created.

From this it follows that man is to use them as much as they help him on to his end, and ought to rid himself of them so far as they hinder him as to it.

For this it is necessary to make ourselves indifferent to all created things in all that is allowed to the choice of our free will and is not prohibited to it; so that, on our part, we want not health rather than sickness, riches rather than poverty, honor rather than dishonor, long rather than short life, and so in all the rest; desiring and choosing only what is most conducive for us to the end for which we are creat

Cease Fire-No Winner

Originally posted 8/15/2006

Preface:

I am by no means anti-military. I believe we need the military in this day and age more than ever, and I respect the military personnel that serve our country in this way. I am saddened by any military personnel that perish in service to our country and I do not in anyway, shape, form or fashion condemn the US Military. If I point to any problem within the US I point only to the US as a whole, as a citizenry, myself included for the collective hate that we all possess.
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Hezbollah, Iran, Syria and President Bush are both claiming victory for themselves in the aftermath of the recent war involving Israel and Hezbollah.

In a sense everybody is right, and from another perspective everyone is wrong.

Terrorism is not concerned with winning a war, in the traditional sense that wars have been decided in the past. One only needs to consider 911. It was devastating, it was cruel, it was humanity at its worst. There is no country to do battle against, only a certain group of people who are spread out all over the world, some of them possibly still in this country.

Terrorism wins when we begin to be suspect of everyone we come into contact with. Terrorism wins, when we react like they do, when we play their game.

We have to protect ourselves, and the challenge is to do that without playing their game.

It's hard to have a war when there is not an opposing side.

In that sense, Hezbollah and all terrorists have won in this conflict. They reduced us all to continue participating in the madness that is fear and war, displacing many innocents who had nothing at all to do with the conflict. They were successful in spreading their message of fear and hate.

And our President only taunts them further, claiming 'Israel won', showing us further that we all lost. We lost an opportunity to encourage steps towards peace when it finally happened. Rather than affirm a cease-fire victory, which is where the real battle was won, we affirm victory in war. It is a fragile cease-fire. It is not real peace. The reasons for the outbreak still exist. The same suspicions and fears remain. The same taunting is still in place.

Winners or losers in war don't matter anymore. But there are ways we can become winners whether or not any of us ever fire a gun or launch a missle.

Learning lessons in how to avoid war from experiencing these conflicts would be one of those ways.

It is worth noting that though we might have been close to WWIII more than once, the memories we have of those previous world wars has been enough to stop us from experiencing another world war.

The blood from Hiroshima and Nagasaki still cries out and keeps us from engaging in further nuclear holocaust.

In this way we have made progress in the world.

If we don't continue to be able to learn these lessons, then we will all have lost.

Sometimes it appears we have reverted back to simply throwing rocks at each other. The song remains the same, only the technology changes.

Let us rid our individual selves of pride, arrogance, and hate. Despite our beliefs, love is the highest form of humanity that we can strive to live for. Let us stop with insults and taunting, however harmless it seems. Let us imagine what would be left if we let go of these dangerous vices. Let us imagine what our country would be like, what our world would be like if we could all be of one mind in this regard.

This is the difference that we can make in our world.

Peace In The News

Originally Posted 8/01/06

Another positive development comes from CNN, stating that Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Nebraska broke from the Bush line and stated that the US should "...end this madness...". http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/07/31/hagel.mideast/index.html

Clarification on Previous Two Posts

Originally posted 7/30/06 in my other blog.

I recently received an email response based on my previous two posts regarding peace and war. Because of the statements the individual made it became really apparent to me that the previous postings did not effectively communicate my ideas on this subject. I was allowed to post the response on this blog and provide answers to them. I did answer directly to the reader. However, in this format, for the sake of continuity and ease of understanding, I will address each paragraph individiually. I have also added some thoughts that were not part of my original reply to the submitter.

> Brian,
>
> In your blob you note the UN "consensus" as some
> sort of moral authority w.r.t. peace. The UN has
> *NEVER* prevented a war or any type of military
> conflict. In fact, they have allowed some of the
> worst monsters since WWII to prosper in the shadow
> of their inability to act and fulfill their original
> charter and allowed 100's of thousands (if not
> millions) to suffer unnecessarily while they have
> looked the other way.

> The UN is a political organization, not a peace
> organization. Members manipulate it for political
> advantage, not peace.

I have to agree with you about the UN not being a
preventer of war. The whole point of both my articles
on this issue is that responsibility for world peace
does not rest with anybody but ourselves.

I was attempting to show that through the actions of
Ms Rice at this meeting(I didn't know it was a UN
meeting)the United States continues with the ideology
that war is an option in case of conflict. This cannot
continue.

Now many peace activists are quick to point to Bush
and the current administration as being the fault of
all of this(current bumper sticker debate will bear
this out).

My prodding encourages us all to look within ourselves
to bring about peace. If there were to be a critical
mass of peace in the US, even the world, there would
be no more room for this kind of thinking.
That being said, it appears that at least in regard to the US offensive on Iraq and the current conflict in Israel, the UN has seemed to continue to be committed to peace at any cost.


> I agree that the root of the middle eastern
> instability is ultimately "hate", but I don't think
> that the west inherently hates Arabs. On the other
> hand there are a good number of fanatics in the Arab
> world that consider you and I part of the great
> Satan; they are systematically taught hate us from
> the time of their birth simply because we exist as
> an agent of evil.


Understand that hate as I see it does not regard the
source of the hate, it only recognizes hate for
whatever the reason.

Like a fire, there can be anything or several things
that might start a fire, but there are completely
different things that can keep it going. Either way, a
fire can quickly rage out of control.


> I think that we are at a point in history in which
> there is a great conflict between ideologies:
> Judeo-Christian vs Islamic Fascism. Of course there
> are many who would choose to hide (Germany, France)
> or manipulate this conflict to suit their interests
> (China, Russia), but many of us (you and me, for
> example) really don't have a choice in the matter,
> the other guys simply want us and our ideology to
> cease to exist by any means possible.

But at the root of these conflicts is hate.
We have had and always will have conflicts,
disagreements and different ways of looking
at the world. What you are really describing
is the collective hate in the world that bears
itself out in these conflicts.

I will challenge you with a concept that we
need to conisder when thinking about these
issues. The world as it is now is a fight
looking for a place to happen. I knew people
in school like this. There are people in our
adult lives that do this now. My challenege to
myself and every citizen of the world is that we
need to eradicate the hate within ourselves, which
in turn will eradicate the hate within the world,
which in turn will eradicate the violence, war
and other insanities that we have in the world now.


> I am not sure what point you are trying to make in
> your blog; "war" is not synonimous "hate" nor is
> "peace" unconditionally good. There are governments
> all over the world that systematically kill and
> torture those who oppose them to "preserve the
> peace." There are both righteous wars and
> unrighteous peaces.

I am not praising countries that use violence to
bring about peace. How can that be real peace?
What you are describing is people living in fear
of a government. Countries sometimes do that to achieve 'order'.The country of China comes to
mind. How can a peaceful country run over and
kill college students with military tanks in a
public place? Hate does not eradicate hate. Just
because somebody can't fight back does not mean
hate is not being fostered. Love does not know hate or fear.

You can't have war without hate...what else can you
call using violence to kill in order to force the will
of one over another? The people that are dying now are
innocents that have not a thing to do with the people
having the conflict.

Love would not allow war as an option. We will always
have conflict. Love encourages us to understand each
other and work things out. There is nothing unrighteous
about that kind of peace. In our society, I don't think
we can conceive of that kind of peace, we certainly haven't
ever experienced it.

In regards to a righteous war, I'm not sure that we are at
a point to make a determination about what defines a righteous
war. The Christian Crusades were about killing people for the
sake of Jesus. That was seen as a righteous cause at the time,
but now we know that it was a horrendous mistake.

Did God 'use the US' to take Sadaam out of power for the attrocities that he committed while he was in power? It's hard to be clear on that when the US committed similar attrocities in the same places that his regime did when he was taken out of power. Perhaps we should have waited for time to do that. History can tell us that powerful cruel dictators do not stay in power forever.

Hate Does Not Eradicate Hate

This was posted on my main blog on July 28, 2006, a couple of weeks after Israel attacked Lebanon. It was in response to a UN meeting held on the issue in which every nation except for the United States voted for a cease fire.

The following is a quote from CNN in regards to the the war in the Middle East:

Friday's Washington meeting follows an Italian conference of key Middle East decision-makers that failed to agree on an immediate cease-fire as the United States, backed by Britain, insisted any halt to violence should be linked to a wider effort to disarm Hezbollah.

A senior U.N. diplomat has described the mood at those talks as somber. He said all the parties but the United States wanted an immediate cessation of fighting to make room for more negotiations and humanitarian aid.

Rice argued that taking such an approach would leave Hezbollah in place and armed with rockets.

It is clear from news like this that we have not reached the critical mass of peace in our country that we need to reach for our leaders to begin making decisions that will encourage peace.

Now some will continue to be critical of the current administration and Ms. Rice...but again, hate does not eradicate hate. Simply directing more hate to the administration will add to our collective hate and contine to make the problem worse. It's time to come to a critical mass of peace within ourselves to make this change.

Peace Love and War

It is starting to become clear to me that our society, our world and our earth can no longer tolerate war and violence of any kind.

We have got to begin to look at ourselves and see what we can do to get along with people all around us, those people different from us and people of different cultures and nations.

Furthermore we have got to look and see what our part is in continuing the cycle of war and violence.

Our world seems to have an immature mentality of social relations. Two children in a car are fighting, you ask them to stop, one of them says, 'he/she started it'.

We need to be the bigger one that stops it, and we need to get to a place in our hearts where that really is the accepted way to go.

There is always a reason for war and violence. Perhaps there are as many reasons as there are wars.

Our thinking in our relationships with others needs to be that war and violence is not an option.

I see protestors protesting war, but in doing so they seem to continue to perpetuate the anger and hate that is common to all those wagering in violence and war.

Hate has nothing to do with peace. Hate toward political leaders, hate towards enemies, hate towards anybody or anything at all has no relationship to the kind of world we desire to live in. Using hate to combat hate is not part of the solution in eradicating hate.

Soon we are going to discover out that the foundation and basis of the entire universe is peace and love.

We must align ourselves with love immediately, to stop further degradation of our earth, our world and our society.

WWII showed the world that the nation with the most powerful weapons becomes the leader of the world.

Now that other nations are trying to assert their place in the world, they are only following the examples that they have seen.

Don't we follow this own thinking in our own lives? Certainly I am not the only one who has ever heard 'the ones with the most toys wins'?

I see bumper stickers around town that say 'regime change begins at home'.

It is easy to look upon someone in a position of power to say, 'you should stop the war'. It's easier to tell anyone but ourselves what someone else should do to make the world a better place.

Most of us are not in a position of power of world influence. None of us can force anyone to do anything they don't want to do, but we try, time and time again.

We are only responsible for our own actions.

The need for positive change does not rest with somebody else. It rests within each and everyone of us.

Did I cut someone off in traffic today? Did I yell or insult someone I love today? Was I rude to someone to day in furtherance of my own objections?

There is a theory that suggests that Hitler could have only existed and risen to power if there was enough empathetic emotion in existence to get him there.

Indeed Hitler did represent not only the desire for Germany to become a major world power, but he also represented the Anti-Semitism attitude of Europe that had been in existence for many, many years.

Hitler, then was a product of his society.

If we are to produce heroes, then we must quit looking outside of ourselves for those heroes. We must become heroes ourselves.