A Grave Case of Mistaken Identity

A Grave Case of Mistaken Identity Ver. 3.0.2

The Creator predestined everything; He sent us a messenger; Jesus taught us how to plug into this process

https://gadflyblog.com/tag/messenger

12/26/2018

Copyright 2018

 

In Search of the “Truth” (Writer’s Note)

These protocols date back to the seventieth century French philosopher Rene` Descartes and were modernized during the serial program on radio and television called “Dragnet.”

The first responsibility of an investigator is to separate the facts from opinions.  Sergeant Joe Friday of the Investigative Division of the Los Angeles Police Department, this fictional character in the serial “Dragnet,” often stated when interviewing witnesses, “Just the facts ma’am, just the facts.”

The second responsibility of an investigator is to not form any opinion on the outcome of the investigation.  If an investigator attempts to prove what they know is the correct outcome, they will undoubtedly prove themselves right.  The Innocent Program, to this day, is finding innocent people who have spent years in prison due to these faulty investigations.

The third responsibility of the investigator is to be skeptical of all information assuming the information to be false until proven to be true.

Introduction

 The Creator of the Universe (CoU) sent us a messenger to teach us how to function in His creation.  This messenger came as a seed planted into a virgin, grew up and developed in a monotheist society, taught us the ropes of life on this planet and how the processes work. He upset the apple cart of those in power and was executed just as Socrates before him was executed for the same actions.  They called this messenger Jesus and he needed to die so that he could raise from the dead in a new form capable of traveling through space back to His home somewhere in the universe.

The messenger did not come to save anyone. He only taught us how the processes that the CoU put in place – in the beginning of time – worked.  The beginning of time was when the universe was born from an explosion of an egg (recent researchers have photographically shown that the universe is in the shape of an egg; if it is in the shape of an egg now, it was in the shape of an egg at the beginning of time at the occurrence of the “Big Bang”).  An egg precedes all life.

Predestined

 All processes in the universe were predestined to take place at their proper time.  All processes includes all that man (the Homo Sapien species) experiences; all life on this planet experiences and all of the processes in the universe experiences.  The process put forward at the Big Bang is perfect in every way. The Messenger came to this planet to teach us these processes and how to function on this planet Earth until it also follows the predestined process, when our sun runs out of hydrogen fuel and implodes under the force of gravity and consumes the Earth, providing material for a new solar system and galaxy to be born, filling in the gaps as the universe continues to expand.

Knowledge of the Processes

 One observable process is the changing hormones in our bodies that develop on schedule.  One example of one of these observable processes is the changing focus of our teenage daughters as they develop into womanhood and seek a mate to reproduce our species.  Lack of knowledge of this process can result in much tragedy, as illustrated in the Bible in Genesis 34, concerning a young lady named Dinah.  In a nut-shell, a young teenager left her clan of brothers to find a mate.  Two of her brothers did not have knowledge of this natural process and took it upon themselves to avenge what they thought was the offending parties by slaughtering the whole clan! [i]

Carl Gustav Jung, the founder of analytical psychology, performed an investigation in the1930’s involving men of several different ages.  He asked each participant only one question: “What meaning does God have in your life?”  He found that men younger than thirty-five years of age typically responded with, “God has no meaning in my life” or words to that effect.  With men between the ages of thirty-five to thirty-nine, the typical response was, “God is the most important thing in my life.”   These men had discovered their consciences and their consciences are connected to the CoU!  This is evidence of a process taking place in men, as it does in our teenage daughters.  One can perform this survey themselves. Just ask the newly arrived middle-aged men in your church or religious society how old they are (In addition, ask them if they have an older brother. You will be amazed at this statistic; compare the personalities of James and John, sons of Zebedee).

However, not all men go through this process.  The Messenger taught us about God’s Kingdom being “like a mustard seed, the smallest of all the seeds,” and “when sown, it grows to such a great height that birds rest in its branches.”(Ref.: Gospels of Matthew, Luke, Mark and Thomas).  Also in Matthew and Luke: “To what shall I compare the kingdom of God? It is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, until it was all leavened.”  These parables indicate that we must take an action, be proactive, and sow the seeds that will allow men to discover their conscience that is connected to the CoU.    Evidently, if this small seed is not sown in men’s lives before age thirty-nine, possibly even earlier, they will not discover their conscience.  Even Socrates was quoted as stating that he had a ‘Daimon’  “that frequently warned him—in the form of a ’voice’—against mistakes but never told him what to do.”. [ii] Socrates experienced good guidance by him discovering his conscience.  Was there a seed planted in Socrates at an early age? In the Gospels of Mary Magdalene and Thomas, Jesus stated, “For the child of humanity exists within you,” “The kingdom is inside you and it is outside you,[iii] and “Do not look for me outside of yourself look for me inside yourself.[iv]

The Written Word

 All through history, people have put great emphases on allowing the written word to guide them through life.  This writer was once told by a co-worker that one can go through life making and learning from their mistakes or they can learn from other people’s mistakes. For the most part, this is what makes the Old Testament Bible very useful as a guide to one’s own life; learning from their mistakes! This emphasis, as a guide to life, is demonstrated in the Old Testament Bible, particularly the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible).   The Israeli nation came into possession of the Promised Land thorough their ancestor Abram (also Abraham) who was promised this land by God.  The family lineage and the eventual possession of this Promised Land took place from ca. 1400 BC to ca. 600 BC. (Note: It is proposed that the Ten Commandments [instructions] were intended to instruct the Israelites how to maintain possession of this land that was given to them.) [v]

 During their possession of this Promised Land, King Solomon built a temple in Jerusalem.  This was a place of worship for the Israelis and was an import part of their culture.  The Israeli nation was overthrown and conquered by the Babylonians ca. 597 BCE; Solomon’s Temple was destroyed and the elite of the Israelis were forced into exile in Babylon.  “Babylonian Exile, also called Babylonian Captivity, the forced detention of Jews in Babylonia following the latter’s conquest of the kingdom of Judah in 598/7 and 587/6 BCE. The exile formally ended in 538 BCE, when the Persian conqueror of Babylonia, Cyrus the Great, gave the Jews permission to return to Palestine.” [vi]  It has been proposed that while the elite of the Israelis were in exile, they recorded the Pentateuch in writing from the information that had been passed down through the oral tradition for the past approximately 800 years.  There is some hard evidence to support this hypothesis.

The Seven Stars that Wandered

  Early Astronomers observed eight stars that wandered, but it was Pythagoras the Greek astronomer, astrologist, philosopher, and mathematician that identified the morning and evening stars to be the same star.   We now know this star to be the planet Venus. This observation put the date of the discovery of the “Seven Stars that Wandered” during the lifetime of Pythagoras, ca. 570 to ca 495 BCE.  The number seven or seventy occurs numerous times in the Pentateuch as special, spiritual numbers.  There is an overlap of dates of the Israeli exile and the life time of Pythagoras, therefore the exiled Israelis would have known and accepted these seven stars as spiritual, as for them they wandered around the earth (the center of the universe at that time). (Note: Compare our 21st century knowledge of the universe to that of these 6th century BCE astronomers by looking into the asterism of the Big Dipper, which lies within the constellation of Ursa Major. Counting the stars in this scoop of the Big Dipper, you should see only a few stars inside this Big Dipper. However, when the Hubble Telescope focused inside the Big Dipper for several days, it was able to collect enough photons (light) to produce an image of many stars, (million or billions) inside the Big Dipper. Astronomers estimate that some of these distant stars were formed at the time of the Big Bang!) This comparison just shows that we know more about the universe than those who wrote the Bible.

The Pentateuch, now in written form, became the law for the Israelis.  This written law was expanded by the lawmakers and came to dominate their lives, and they lost contact with the CoU and they lost control of their land that was given to them by the CoU.

Jesus and Socrates

 Jesus and Socrates had several similar characteristics.  Neither Socrates nor Jesus wrote anything down that would be permanent.  All that we know about Socrates came from his student Plato or Socrates’s near friends.  All we know about Jesus came from his disciples or close acquaintances.  Socrates was a critic of his democratic government that had become corrupt.  Jesus was critic of the Jewish leadership.  Both Socrates and Jesus upset the apple cart of the finances of the ruling class.  Both Socrates and Jesus were condemned to death by their own society.  The democracy of the Greeks was at its pinnacle when they killed Socrates. It then began its downward trend to its end.  Plato characterized Socrates as the gadfly of his democracy (a gadfly is a pesky insect that makes the horse swap its tail).  After His death, Jesus was elevated to the position of Savior of the world.

The Arrival of the Messenger from the Creator of the Universe

 All that was predestined to take place on planet Earth was explained through teaching and parables by the Messenger from the Creator of the Universe (CoU).  Like Socrates, the Messenger (Jesus) did not write anything down that was permanent.  He wrote in the sand or dust, but left no written record behind. The Messenger taught us how to get all of our earthly needs met by our Father in Heaven (The Creator of the Universe). We were taught how to live with each other in peace and harmony.  He explained how this planet Earth would one day disappear and that we should make a decision about God’s Kingdom before that happens.

All we know about this Messenger is what was written about him by his disciples and those associated with his disciples. Many written works had been printed by the time of Athanasius, the Archbishop of Alexandria.  Many of these works were ascribed to a disciple of Jesus and were called heretical. On Easter Sunday of 367, the Archbishop of Alexandria presented a list of twenty-seven books that he presented as “The Spring of Salvation.” These are the same twenty-seven books that are in the canonized New Testament Bible.  When The Archbishop sorted through this numerous assortment of written works, he also left off the list those Gospels written by eye witnesses or the followers of these eye witnesses that did not pertain to “Salvation.”  These included the Gospels of: Mary (Magdalene), Thomas, Philip, and Judas. [vii]  Therefore, the Archbishop of Alexandria put his own spin (perspective) on the canonized version of the New Testament Bible, which is identical to his list of twenty-seven books “The Spring of Salvation.”

The Nag Hammadi Scriptures

 After the Archbishop presented this list of twenty-seven books he thought to be the most authentic books, the books or writings that were not on this list started disappearing.  The library at Alexandria (known as Library City) was burned to the ground in this same time period.  The library at Antioch was burned to the ground by the ruling Christian Roman Emperor. Evidently, some monks at a monastery in northern Egypt became aware of this disappearance of books and documents related to this coming of the messenger of the CoU.  They most likely are the ones that put together in a time capsule more than fifty tractates into an earthen vase with a sealed lid.  This time capsule was found in 1945 by a gatherer of bird fertilizer beneath the cliffs outside of Nag Hammadi, Egypt. [viii] The Gospel of Mary was found in a garbage dump in northern Egypt and in the grave of a wealth Egyptian who was buried with his books. [ix]

The Gospel of Mary, although fragmented, contains some interesting statements by this messenger from the CoU. “Every nature, every modeled form, every creature exists in and with each other.  They will dissolve again into their own proper root.  For the nature of matter is dissolved into what belongs to its nature.” At the end of the nineteenth century AD, Albert Einstein presented his Theory of Relativity (that energy and matter are interchangeable), which is in agreement with this statement by this messenger from the CoU. As He was dismissing his disciples, He said, “Go then, preach the good news about the kingdom. Do not lay down any rule beyond what I determined for you, nor promulgate law like the lawgiver, or else you might be dominated by it. [x]  He was well-acquainted with the mistakes the Israelites made with their written history.

Like the written law that was transcribed by the elite Israelis while they were in exile in Babylon, from the oral tradition that became the written law for the Israelites, so has the canonized Bible and New Testament supplanted our connection with the CoU to guide us through life on planet Earth.  As stated in the first paragraph of this paper, the investigator’s first priority is to separate the facts from opinion.  Regarding the New Testament, only two writers meet this requirement to write only the facts.

Separate the Facts from Opinion

 The writer of Mark was writing as a historian. He was recording the facts that he had obtained from his own observations as a youth and from Peter and the other Apostles.  He was driven into expedience, due to a great fire in Rome, leading to the persecution of Christians in Rome.  Mark made no effort to comment on the facts that he had obtained either first hand or second hand.  Luke wrote as a professional journalist reporting to Theophilus.  His two books, Luke I and Luke II (a.k.a. Acts), obtained facts from eye witnesses and his own experiences.  It is augured by the scholars that both Luke and Matthew referenced the Gospel of Thomas and possible others they designated as “Q” – the unknown referenced documents. [xi]

In the Gospel of Matthew, he apparently wrote to the Jews to convince them that Jesus was the promised Messiah of the Prophets. Although the events that Matthew cited are confirmed in both Luke and Mark, the fact that he had formed an opinion about the outcome of his argument makes this a faulty investigation as per the second requirement of an investigator, as listed above.

In the Gospel of John, he too apparently wrote knowing the outcome of his argument and assumed that he knew the meaning of the facts without the facts themselves being proven to be true, and he made several commentaries on the events and sayings of Jesus.  Although the events and quotations of Jesus are no doubt authentic, this investigation is in violation of both the second and third requirements for an investigator.

The Gospel of Thomas and Mary are self-authenticated by their content.   The Gospel of Thomas is written in a form one would expect from a fisherman (not a man of letters as were Matthew and Luke).  Thomas’s Gospel consists of 114 quoted statements made by Jesus.  The Gospel of Mary contains information not found in any other document, but records the interactions of the Apostles and accurately displays the personality of Peter.  The Gospels of Mary (Magdalene), Thomas, Philip, and Judas are not in the canonized New Testament Bible, as they do not address the issue of salvation.  The Gospel of John is a combination of facts (events) and commentary thus is more of a challenge for the investigator to separate the facts from John’s perspective of the facts.

The Written Word vs. a Personal Connection to the CoU   

 The written word can cause a conflict with this personal connection to the CoU through our conscious.  This would be the case of any written word (document) that supersedes over this connection to the CoU though our conscience.  At the present time, this connection to the CoU has only been proven to exist in men, and then in only some men.  This could well be because only men were put to the test and women were not seen as important enough to qualify for examination.  Now that the USA and some of the world has liberated women to participate in our religious establishments, businesses and governments now may be the right time to instigate an investigation of women for this connection to the CoU through their consciences. A woman skilled in analytical psychology, as was Carl G. Jung, may be right for this task.

 Conclusion (Wrap-Up, To Sum it Up, Takeaways)

 Jesus was not the Savior of the World, but the Messenger from the Creator of the Universe as an instructor on the processes predestined to take place at their proper time.

  • Predestined processes include the changing hormones that control our behavior and the awareness of one’s conscience being connected to the Creator of the Universe.
  • For a man to become aware that his conscience is connected to the Creator of the Universe, a seed (as small as a mustard seed) must be planted into him about the “consulting function” of the CoU before the age of thirty-five years.
  • The Pentateuch became written law when transcribed from verbal tradition. The Pentateuch was written during the Jewish exile in Babylon.  This was verified by “The Seven Stars that Wandered,” and seven and seventy becoming spiritual numbers in the Pentateuch.
  • Jesus and Socrates had similar characteristic and neither wrote anything down in a lasting manner.
  • Athanasius, the Archbishop of Alexandria, reviewed all literature attributed to the coming of the Messenger and compiled a list of twenty-seven books (tractates). He introduced to his congregation on Easter Sunday in 367 AD as “The Spring of Salvation.” These are the same twenty-seven books in the canonized New Testament Bible.
  • The Gospels of Mary (Magdalene), Thomas, Philip, and Judas did not make the Archbishop’s list and began to disappear as books, and library burnings took place.
  • The Nag Hammadi Scriptures were in a time capsule, put in place during this period of change in Christianity, containing tractates not on the list of twenty-seven tractates of the Archbishop of Alexandria. This time capsule was discovered in 1945.
  • The written word has superseded over the real-time communication link to the CoU in all religious settings (with few exceptions, meditation etc.).
  • Learning from others’ mistakes! This is demonstrated in many occurrences in the Old Testament as is a guide to life. One can learn from others’ mistakes or they can learn from their own mistakes. This also applies to nations and the Israelite nation which, as recorded in the Bible, was a nation whose mistakes a nation can learn from, and not make those same mistakes and lose control of their property.

Q.E.D.

[i]                   https://gadflyblog.com/tag/dinah/

[ii]                  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daemon_(classical_mythology)#Socrates/

[iii]                 Marvin Meyer, Editor “The Nag Hammadi Scriptures” Pub. HarperOne,    2007, p742, p139

[iv]                 Marvin Meyer, Editor “The Nag Hammadi Scriptures” Pub. HarperOne, 2007

[v]                  https://gadflyblog.com/tag/hypothetical-imperatives/

https://gadflyblog.com/tag/ten-guidelines/

https://gadflyblog.com/tag/codes-of-conduct/

[vi]                 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babylonian_captivity/

[vii]                Marvin Meyer, Editor “The Nag Hammadi Scriptures” Pub. HarperOne, 2007

[viii]               ibid

[ix]                 ibid

[x]                  ibid p741-742

[xi]                 ibid iv

 

The Ten Commandments: A Great Misunderstanding

The Ten Commandments: A Great Misunderstanding Ver. 2.0.4

https://gadflyblog.com/tag/hypothetical-imperatives/

November 5, 2013
Revised December 26, 2018

 

Introduction

 The “Ten Commandments” have been made into a religious symbol and therefore, under a “separation of church and state” policy, a growing number of individuals and organizations think they should be removed from public property. The Ten Commandments were never meant to be religious and this is probably the most disastrous action that could have been initiated into these “Ten Imperatives.” They were meant to develop a strong infrastructure in this “new nation,” making them economically stronger than their competitors that would take their land from them. It is the nation’s economic vitality that makes a nation strong, not its many weapons and troops on the ground.  Philosophically, the Ten Commandments are “hypothetical imperatives,” not “categorical imperatives.” A categorical imperative is something one does because it is the right thing to do. A hypothetical imperative means there is a reward for following the imperative, according to Immanuel Kant, German philosopher of the eighteenth century. Kant thought that there was only one categorical imperative: “Act as if the maxim of thy action were to become by thy will a universal law of nature”[i]. The reward for following the Ten Commandments is that “you may live long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. (Exodus 20:12). Thus, the Ten Commandments are actually “Ten Hypothetical Imperatives.

            “There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by       debt.”

                        – John Adams, second president of the USA

We are in an economic war with our international competitors and the nation that has the highest “National Economic Operating Efficiency” (NEOE) will own the other nations’ debt. Theoretically, the interest on “the debt” can grow to exceed our taxable “Gross National Product” (GNP) and cost to operate our country. In this case, we will have become slaves to the nation holding our national debt. The Ten Commandments were, and are meant to, form a strong national infrastructure and create a high NEOE, therefore, making us more competitive in the international economic war. This is not by the will of a “Higher Power,” but first year economic principles. The lower a nation’s NEOE, the higher the national debt, and the higher the nation’s NEOE, the lower the National Debt or even a surplus in the budget.

Explanation of the Ten Imperatives: [ii]

 The Israelites were enslaved in Egypt for about four hundred years before their exodus under the leadership of Moses. As slaves under the Egyptians, they had become accustomed to receiving “commands.” Once freed from slavery, they did not automatically become free and act like they were free. They had to learn how to be free of slavery. If one were to invite some of these newly freed slaves from Egypt to dinner, they would have interpreted this invitation as a command. In the same way, they interpreted these ten instructions as commands rather than instructions (or hypothetical imperatives) on how to build a strong nation that would result in a strong infrastructure and a high National Economic Operating Efficiency and would not be overrun by its neighboring nations.

The USA has and is having these same phenomena with slaves freed under Proclamation 95, also known as the Emancipation Proclamation, which was a presidential proclamation and executive order issued by United States President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863. [iii]  One hundred and fifty years later, the USA is still struggling with advancing these descendants of slaves into full citizenship and learning to act and communicate as free citizens and be accepted as free equal citizens by the rest of USA society.

  1. You shall have no other Gods before me: Would not any parent tell their children this same thing, that they are the ones responsible for their well-being, so don’t seek advice or help from anyone else? Our Father in Heaven (in the universe) is the one with all the resources and He’s the one who is willing to give us the resources we need to live on this planet.
  2. Do not make yourself an idol: These instructions are to a people that are naturally very religious and they are going to find something to worship that is going to take up their time, energy and resources. This can be extrapolated in modern times to such things as: alcohol, tobacco, drugs, porn, gambling and many more things that can take control of our lives.  The Russian physiologist, Ivan Pavlov, showed us how easy it is to form a habit through conditioned response by rewarding ourselves for a certain behavior (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Classical_conditioning).  In addition, written works such as the Bible, the Koran, documents of Buddha and Confucius quotes can also be made into idols.
  3. You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God: This has been interpreted for centuries as a verbal activity.  But this cannot be a verbal activity; it has to be an actionable activity.   Do not intend to bring harm, discomfort or kill anyone in the name of God.  This applies to our nation, as well as to individuals that make up that nation.  This cannot be both verbal and actionable, because if it were both, someone might make a verbal remark that is taken by someone else as “taking God’s name in vain” and then they choose to bring discomfort to the accused, which is an action in God’s name and therefore, misusing the name of God.   Therefore, verbal and actionable misuse of the name of the Lord your God are mutually exclusive.

    Even the Apostle Peter did not understand that misusing the name of the Lord your God is an action,  as he verbally accused two capitalists of withholding funds to the Apostles’ social program after they had sold their land and only gave part of the capital gains to the Apostles.   It appears both the husband and wife may have died from a heart attack after being accused of sinning against God by Peter for withholding part of the capital gains from the sale of their property.

  4. Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy: The best reference I have seen on this subject states that “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath” (Mark 2:27).   We need one day a week to recharge our batteries, spend time with our families and friends.  Everyone needs to choose for themselves what day this will be for them.
  5. Honor your father and your mother, that you might live long, in the land I’m giving you: We need to learn from our parents and respect their wisdom and knowledge. They have seen things first-hand that we will never see.  “Living long in this land” is an economic reality. These Ten Commandments are classified as “hypothetical imperatives”  – something you do because there is a reward for following the imperatives. This is not by the choice of a higher power; it is first year economics.   Any nation that follows these Ten Hypothetical Imperatives will develop a strong infrastructure and a high National Economic Operating Efficiency. The result will be that we will be stronger economically than the nations that would like to take our land from us.

    Honoring your father and your mother does not mean to worship your father and your mother.  In particular, our communication skills have progressed past that of our parents. To refuse to move forward with our communication skills because of parent worship is making an idol of your parents.

  6. You shall not murder: Our nation will not advance socially if we are killing each other.  Each of us can contribute to the economics of the nation and we need all our productive citizens to operate efficiently.
  7. You shall not commit adultery: This is probably one of our nation’s most complicated issues. One really needs to connect with this “Personal Counselor,” “Personal Adviser,” or Tour Guide through life that Jesus sent to us at the Pentecost Festival after his ascension into Heaven. Notice these are descriptive terms for what the literature calls the Holy Spirit, or the Holy Ghost. These are known as “Horse Labels” (“This is a horse” or “This is an elephant”), while the former are known as “Descriptive Labels,” as they describe what the entity does. To connect to this Personal Adviser, one only needs to make a decision to want to connect to the adviser, the adviser will find them, and they just need to be prepared to listen to this adviser advising them (something like “a little birdie told me”). This is all you need to do. There are no ceremonies needed – not even a declaration of your decision. This decision is personal, private and confidential information; it is between you and this personal counselor.  (Note; this process may be dependent on the development of the brain which may be age related).
  8. You shall not steal: Theft causes a great inefficiency in our national economic operations.   There are too many police boots on the ground trying to manage these crimes, and building more prisons to hold more prisoners is counterproductive to increasing our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and increases our national debt.   This could extrapolate to the point where more of our tax dollars are spent building prisons and taking care of inmates than tax dollars allocated to educating the next generations of GDP producers.   Schools and prisons are in competition with each other for funds from the taxpayers. The more funds allocated to prisons, the less funds are allocated to schools that are producing our next generation of GDP producers.  Some states, like California, are making efforts to reduce court-ordered prison population reduction mandates by using loopholes in the law.  They are making assigning felonies more difficult than assigning a misdemeanor to a crime. What should be classified as a felony is being classified as a misdemeanor to keep individuals out of prison.
  9. Or give false witness against thy neighbor: Courts are inherently inefficient; we should not waste our tax dollars on false reports of crimes committed.  It costs dollars to defend oneself against false charges, which may be the objective of the one making the false report,  but we must think of the cost to the tax payers as well as the effects our National Economic Operating Efficiency.
  10. You shall not covet thy neighbor’s house or wife: Be content with what you have. Legal costs to manage greed can be staggering, and the negative social issues that result from divorces are numerous and astounding.   All of this is a drain on our National Economic Operating Efficiency and can have lasting effects on others in our society, down to the next three or four generations.  Increasing violence in the nation, such as mass shootings, is an indication of the increase in breakups of families.

Conclusion

 The Ten Commandments have been misinterpreted for centuries, almost as soon as they were given to the new Israelite nation on their exodus from slavery in Egypt.  A more modern approach to understanding these “Ten instructions for forming a strong nation” leads to the citizens of that nation making better choices in their lives which leads to a stronger nation – a nation that will not likely be overrun or become economically in debt to other nations (their national debt).

Q.E.D.

[i]                  Robert C. Solomon, Introducing Philosophy, 4th ed. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Pub. 1989, P 385.

[ii]                  The Bible, NiV, Exodus 20:3-17

[iii]                 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emancipation_Proclamation/

School and Public Shootings in the USA, a Solution

 

 

School and Public Shootings in the USA, a Solution

The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter, Retired

https://gadflyblog.com/tag/shootings

6/17/2018

Bullies

On examination of previous school and public shootings, the term “bullies” has come up possibly as a common denominator.  Given that “bullies” are at the root of the cause of these shootings, I hereby submit my proposal for mitigation of these shooting incidents in the USA.

 

At the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in my past experience (18 years ago) and a local church (current to date), I have noticed that the number of persons developing the “only-child syndrome” in regard to the bully complex has increased.  The number of “only children has increased dramatically in the past twenty years. This could explain the increase in school violence, as more bully and more passive aggressive personalities would result in more conflict.

 

During my last several years at LLNL, I was often paired up with the new employees that were exhibiting this bully communication style, since I had been through the special training to transform an aggressive communicator to an assertive Communicator (for good reasons).   The basic tip-off that I was dealing with an only child bully was that, on meeting them the first time, or sometime after, they would hit me with a blast of criticism. Dr. Kevin Leman wrote a separate chapter in his latest book on the subject, titled The Lonely Only: Super Firstborn Only Children. [i] In it, he listed the Strengths and Weaknesses of Only Children. [ii]

Assertive communicators make very good team players and the basic group at LLNL could be termed a “task force to accomplish a mission.”  A synopsis of the methods used to transform the bullies to an assertive communicator is given below.

 

Proposal to Mitigate Public Shootings

 

Communication Styles

 

The pundits of communication have identified four styles of communication that pretty much describe all of our citizens.  They are identified by four different characteristics.

 

Passive Aggressive Submissive Assertive Aggressive
You win; I lose, but I will get you back You win; I lose You win; I win I win; you lose
Snake-in-the-grass Doormats Adults Tyrant
Loser to tyrant Child to adult Adult to adult Adult to child

Becoming a Passive Aggressive, Submissive or Aggressive communicator is a function of birth-order and environmental knowledge learned early in life (less than six years old).  Becoming an Assertive Communicator is a function of training and education.   A slight modification of this standard chart to accommodate the Bullies in our schools and society is as follows:

Passive Aggressive Submissive Assertive Aggressive
You win; I lose, but I will get you back You win; I lose You win; I win I win; you lose
Snakes in the Grass Child to adult Adult to adult Tyrant to child,  only child syndrome
Shooters Doormats Adults Bullies

 

At the LLNL, (in my past experience) dealing with bullies was a standard and common practice. LLNL is well known for allowing only the best and the brightest through the front door.  Academically, the firstborns in their family and only children or children raised as only children (functional only children) were typically at the top of their class in college, [iii] Therefore, LLNL was made up of personnel that were predominately in these two categories, and therefore it was not unusual for LLNL to have a significant number of bullies.  This situation was mitigated by having an on-contract professional communication specialist who conducted seminars at LLNL.  When a bully made themselves known to management, they were encouraged to attend these communication seminars.

 

The following could be called the Ten Commandments (Ten Guidelines) for communication.  The objective for all of society, including schools, is to become assertive communicators (You win; I win). 

 

Interpersonal Communication Techniques Explained [iv] 

“It  doesn’t matter how you became what you are; this is what works.Manuel J. Smith, Ph.D.

(1) Broken Record: A skill, by calm repetition – saying what you want over and over again – teaches persistence without you having to rehearse arguments or angry feelings beforehand, in order to be ‘up’ for dealing with others.

Effect: Allows you to feel comfortable in ignoring manipulative verbal side traps, argumentative baiting, irrelevant logic, while sticking to your desired point.

(2) Fogging: A skill that teaches acceptance of manipulative criticism by calmly acknowledging to your critic the probability that there may be some truth in what he says, yet allows you to remain your own judge of what you do.

Example: That’s true. I …”

Effect: Allows you to receive criticism comfortably without becoming anxious or defensive, while giving no reward to those using manipulative criticism.

(3) Free Information: A skill that teaches the recognition of simple cues given by a social partner in everyday conversation to indicate what is interesting or important to that person.

Effect: Allows you to feel less shy in entering into conversation while at the same time prompting social partners to talk more easily about themselves.

(4) Negative Assertion: A skill that teaches acceptance of your errors and faults (without having to apologize) by strongly and sympathetically agreeing with hostile or constructive criticism of your negative qualities.

Effect: Allows you to look more comfortably at negatives in your own behavior or personality without feeling defensive and anxious, resorting to denial of real error, while at the same time reducing our critic’s anger or hostility.

Example:You didn’t do too well in (criticism).” “You’re right. I wasn’t too smart in the way I handled that, was I?” “That was a dumb thing for me to do.” Use this technique in non-legal matters ONLY!

(5) Negative Inquiry: A skill that teaches the active prompting of criticism in order to use the information (if helpful) or exhaust it (if manipulative), while prompting your critic to be more assertive and less dependent on manipulative ploys.

 Effect: Allows you more comfortably to seek out criticism about yourself in close relationships while prompting the other person to express honest negative feelings and improve communication.

Example: “What was it about … that is wrong?”  “What was it that I … that was wrong?”

(6) Self-Disclosure: A skill that teaches the acceptance and initiation of discussion of both the positive and negative aspects of your personality, behavior, lifestyle intelligence, to enhance social communication and reduce manipulation.

Effect: Allows you comfortably to disclose aspects of yourself and your life that previously caused feelings of ignorance, anxiety, or guilt.”

Example: “I like …” or “I don’t like …”, etc.

(7) Workable compromise: In using your verbal assertive skills, it is practical, whenever you feel that your self-respect is not in question, to offer a workable compromise to the other person.  You can always bargain for your material goals unless the compromise affects your personal feelings of self-respect.  If the end goal involves a matter of your self-worth, however, there can be no compromise.

(8) Reflective or Active Listening

Reflective or active listening serves a couple of purposes.  1) The target summarizes or paraphrases what the verbal bully is saying and confirms their complaint or position.  2) The target is given time to think of their response.  This technique is something like counting to ten before returning the punch!  3) If the verbal bully is attacking with a question, repeat or rephrase the question, and then answer the question.  This technique also allows the target time to think before responding. This technique is sometimes used by politicians, only they may even go so far as to change the question to one they can answer!

(9) Expand Your Repertoire of Emotional Words

 

 

(10) Find or Organize a Group to Practice these New Communication Skills

 

11) Pass on Your New Communication Skills to Someone Else.

 

Discussion

 

The big question is: can these assertive communication techniques change the personalities of the aggressive bullies and the passive aggressive shooters? Will the aggressive and the passive aggressive use these techniques to advance their own agendas? An alternative would be to place the only children who tend to be aggressive in the same classes so they are matched with students of the same aggressive personalities. In the 1980’s, China enacted their “One Child Only” policy. That would mean that China is ahead of the USA in dealing with these aggressive personalities, as all the children in China would be only children. However, as Dr. Kevin Leman has observed, “When it comes to finding the perfect mate, only children are like vanilla ice cream—they go together with everything, except another only child.” [v] It looks like China has recognized this trend of incapability of two only children as mates and has enacted a new policy of two-child families. However, this policy will not produce the middle born peace-keepers and natural negotiators.

 

As purposed in an earlier letter, a task force could be assembled at a local church consisting of persons who have been members of the Explorers group for several years. This group could act as a pilot program for proof of principle and a problem-solving task force. My observation is that at least one of these members is an only child who has been through these assertive training programs, along with a much younger only child involved in the education system. Therefore, this mix of personalities should produce a successful task force.

[i] Dr. Kevin Leman, “The Birth Order Book” “Why you Are the Way You Are”, Pub. Revell, 2009, Chapter 7

[ii] Ibid p 147

[iii] Ibid

[iv] Manuel J. Smith, Ph.D., “When I say no, I feel guilty”, Bantam Books, 1975, pp 323-324

[v] http://drleman.com/

 

National Security and Worship

National Security and Worship

“The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter”, Retired

https://gadflyblog.com/tag/worship

4/28/2018

 

The purpose of this letter is to keep you in the loop of discussions concerning National Security and Worship.  I am presently in discussions with two groups: The Task Force at a local community church and a young pastor (with a college age son) connected with the Southern Baptist Convention.  In regard to justification for “Worship”, both these groups brought forward I Timothy (Paul passing the Gospel Baton to the much younger Timothy) as justification for “Worship”.

As a National Crises Troubleshooter for the past 55 years (with a short break for college where I graduated at the top of my class and received an offer to come to Livermore at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where I earned the reputation as “The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter”), my interests, of course, include national security.  I learned about national security of the Israelite nation while teaching fourth grade Sunday school at TC.  It appears the Israelites had a slight problem understanding the guidelines that were given to them that would have made their new nation successful.  It also appears the Apostles had a slight problem with understanding the instructions that the messenger (the Representative of the Creator of the Universe, or “RoCoU”) they called Jesus gave to them on His exit from this planet Earth.

The Time Line:

  • The Israelites took the Ten Guidelines for a successful nation as literal commands.
  • The Israelites actually made a religion around these Ten Guidelines they took as Ten Commandments.
  • The Israelites were overrun by their neighbors the Babylonians and their elites forced into exile.
  • While in exile, the Israelite elites recorded the first five books of the Old Testament, which included their Ten Commandments.
  • The Israelites were allowed to return to their destroyed homeland and rebuild.
  • The Israelites were conquered by the Romans.
  • The RoCoU came to Earth as a seed in a virgin called Mary.
  • He grew up in this Israelite community now controlled by the Romans.
  • On obtaining the age of about thirty, He took on his assignment to form a task force that would take his teachings throughout the world.
  • After about three years of teaching and forming this task force, He put into action the path to return back to his home somewhere in the universe.
  • To travel through empty space, His body had to change from matter into energy.  This new body form would enable Him to leave this planet and make His way back home. He had to die and resurrect from the dead to change into this new body form of energy. [i]
  • After His resurrection from the dead and before leaving this planet, He instructed his followers to: “Go then, preach the good news about the kingdom.  Do not lay down any rule beyond what I determined for you, nor promulgate law like the lawgivers or else you might be dominated by it.[ii]
  • What this RoCoU, who they called Jesus, taught his followers during his time on Earth would now be called a paradigm shift.  A new paradigm is not dependent on the old or existing paradigm but is entirely a new way of interpreting the exiting data. [iii]
  • The followers of the RoCoU – the Apostles including Paul (Saul) – could not separate this new paradigm from the old or existing paradigm and what they brought to the world was a hybrid of the old and new paradigm.  In other words, they put their own perspective (spin) on the teachings of the RoCoU.
  • The four books that are now available that present the teachings of the RoCoU without adding their own perspective (spin) to the evidence are: Mark, Luke I & II (also known as Acts), the Gospel of Thomas (thought possibly to be one of the “Q” sources, which was a hypothetical first century list of Jesus’s sayings referenced by both Mathew and Luke, (with a wide range of possible dates from the mid-first century to the fourth century), the Gospel of Mary (attributed to the teachings of Mary Magdalene, but probably written in the second century by non-Jews (Gentiles)). [iv]
  • Athanasius, The Archbishop of Alexandria, who sent out an Easter letter all over Egypt in the spring of 367, ordering believers to reject what be called ‘illegitimate and secret books’…. also included a list of twenty-seven books of which he approved, calling them the ‘springs of salvation’.  Strikingly, the twenty-seven books he names in this letter are precisely those that came to constitute the collection we call the ‘New Testament’ for which this letter provides our earliest known list.“
  • “But apparently some monks defied the archbishop’s order to reject all the rest; instead, they saved and protected over fifty texts from their library by sealing them in a heavy jar and burying them away from the monastery walls, under the cliff where they were found sixteen hundred years later[v] (1945).  Is this then a time capsule?
  • The books of I & II Timothy were evidently written by Paul while he was in chains in Rome. The aged Paul is passing the proverbial torch of the Gospel to the much younger Timothy, who Paul was quite familiar with through Timothy’s mother and grandmother.  Paul, in his first letter to Timothy in chapter 2 of the NIV Bible, is telling Timothy how he wants the women of the church to dress, wear their hair and accessories appropriate for “women to perform good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.”
  • Considering our National Security is at risk I don’t think the mention of “worship” in I Timothy can justify not following the second of the Ten Guidelines: a successful nation should not be overrun by its enemies!
  • In general, Paul’s theology is that Christians sacrificing their bodies to God as workman for God. This is Paul’s new definition of “worship.”
  • Does this new definition of “worship” exempt us from the benefits provided by the second of the Ten Guidelines for a successful nation?  Or does this new definition result in a nation operating at such a low operating efficiency that their national debt becomes unpayable with their GDP?  As our second president John Adams stated, “There are two ways to conquer a nation: war and debt.”
  •  My personal experience is that people who place their life’s priority on worship cause much of the turmoil in the world.  It seems we cannot all agree on who or how we are worshiping and this results in discourse, both nationally and personally.  It looks as though worship creates “sacred cows” that must be protected to the death.
  • My high school girlfriend did not receive any of my letters when I came out west. She was brought up Catholic and I was brought up Lutheran, so those were justifiable reasons for someone who has a priority in protecting their “sacred cow” to intercept my letters.  When I got her on the phone, planning to attend a 35-year class reunion, the first thing I heard was, “You have a lot of explaining to do!”  She had been searching for me for thirty-five years!
  • When my wife of Catholic upbringing reacted to my joining a Baptist Church (a heretic church as she had been taught), she felt a great need to rescue the children from the heretics and filed and proceeded through with a divorce!
  • My daughter, who was twelve at the conclusion of these divorce proceedings, was in the full custody of her mother and no visitation rights to her father.  My daughter never received any of the half dozen expensive music boxes that I brought to her home with her mother for her birthday and Christmas gifts.  Was her mother protecting her children from the heretics?  What kind of worship do these actions represent?  Is the church of your youth a “sacred cow?”
  • Worship does not create cohesion of those who call themselves Christian, but worship causes discourse not only among Christians, but of non-Christians.
  • I have accounts of two Protestant churches that I’ve been involved with during the past thirty-eight years that illustrate the same point as the two above, and that is that worship creates “sacred cows” that must be defended at all cost even to the detriment of church members in good standing.
  • The Protestant churches have a major inertia problem preventing them from moving forward with new enlightenment.  That problem is professional Christians.  Professional Christians must “preach to the choir.”  That is they have to teach the children and adults of the church the same doctrine as their parents and themselves were taught or these church members will vote with their feet and leave that church for another church, taking their church contributions with them.  This leaves the professional Christians without an income.  Paul, as a tent maker, had the right idea. Paul being supported by the members of his churches was a good idea in theory, but not practical in execution.
  • Then there are those who worship God with a different name or in a different tradition than any of the Christian sects.  Some of these extremists are threating our own national security today!
  • Claiming that we can redefine worship to give a different purpose to our lives, as Paul intended, is well and good in theory but, in practice, the same results are obtained as if these were the worship of idols as stated in the second of the Ten Guidelines for a successful nations!
  • Worship is not mentioned or even given and honorable mention in John chapters 14 & 16.  The focus on the departure from this planet Earth is on the RoCoU sending us a personal advocate, counselor, Holy Spirit, etc. to guide us through this life on Earth.

Summary

 

In regard to national security, nothing that man has thought up could surpass this gift of a personal guide through life. There is no possibility that a “sacred cow” could be made of this gift and therefore not a threat to our national security or discourse within our nation among our citizens.

 

Conclusion

In a nutshell, the Ten Guidelines, Ten Codes of Conduct, or, as the religious demand, Ten Commandments recorded in Exodus chapter twenty were given to a new-forming nation that was given land to build their nation.  These Ten Guidelines, when followed, would give this new nation a high economic operating efficiency.   Their national debt would not be skyrocketing out of control, exceeding their capacity to even make payments on the interest to the loans from other countries.  They would be a stronger nation than their competitors’ nations and would not be overrun by their neighbors.  These Ten Guidelines are all about national security and influence to the world.

Q.E.D.

[i] Albert Einstein, “Theory of Relativity”, E=MC2; Energy and Matter are interchangeable

[ii] The Gospel of Mary, “THE NAG HAMMADI SCRIPTURES”, “THE REVISED AND UPDATED TRANSLATION OF SACRED GNOSTIC TEXTS,”, The International Edition, Edited by Marvin Meyer, 2007, P 742

[iii] Thomas Samuel Kuhn ; July 18, 1922 – June 17, 1996),https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paradigm

[iv] Ibid iI, pp133-138, p 739,

[v] Ibid iI, pp6-7

Ten Commandments or Ten Guidelines

Ten Commandments or Ten Guidelines Ver. 1.0.1

“The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter”, Retired

https://gadflyblog.com/tag/ten-guidelines/

3/21/2018

Introduction

I have been researching the history of the Israelite Nation and New Testament writings.  As a National Crises Troubleshooter of some forty years, I have found it necessary to identify the problem correctly before attempting to solve a problem. In my research I came across a paper published by Diana Baumrind of Cal Berkeley (http://persweb.wabash.edu/facstaff/hortonr/articles%20for%20class/baumrind.pdf, EBSCO Pub. 2003, PP 890-91/). In this paper, the researchers observed two different styles of parents: authoritarian and authoritative parents.  In short, authoritarian parents issue commands to their children and authoritative parents act as guides to their children. I applied this information to Exodus chapter 20.  I found an authoritative parent.

 

Authoritarian vs Authoritative Perspectives

 

This Israelite nation had been given land to build a new nation. They were, according to my NIV Bible, given the Ten Commandments to follow, supposedly to make them a strong nation, economically efficient and stronger than competing nations.  An authoritative parent would have given Ten Guidelines to follow, and if they followed these Ten Guidelines, they would become a successful nation.  There is a big difference between commands and guidelines – it is a sense of one’s perspective.

 

Commands Vs Guidelines

 

Commands leave no room for the intellect of man; commands are to be followed verbatim.  A guideline leaves room for the intellect of man and makes them responsible for their own success.   Applying this metric to Exodus 20:4-6 gives us a different perspective. “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.  You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to thousands who love me and keep my commandments.”

 


 

The Investigative Process

 

The historians and archeologists have investigated the history of these Israelites.  Historians place the writing of the first five books of the Bible during the time they were exiled in Babylon. Thinking that their nation had come to an end, they were motivated to record their history.  The first responsibility of an unbiased investigator is to “separate the facts from opinion.”  Applying this time-tested investigative protocol, that has been used since the seventieth century, to Exodus 20:4-6 results in some extra add-on supplemental information. A command is just that – a command. It does not include an explanation of the command or any supplemental information – it is just a command. That given, Exodus 20:6 is out for sure, and Exodus 20:5 is questionable as it gives superfluous information and authority.  The word “worship” in Exodus 20:5 does look to have some relevance to the Christian society of the twenty-first century.

 

Worship Centers in the USA and International

 

Did the Christian Church not get the message of Exodus 20:4(5)?  This writer has noticed that children who became adults and were raised by authoritarian parents tend to see things from an authoritarian point of view, which is that instructions are commands. Children who became adults and were raised by authoritative parents tend to see instructions as guidelines.  If these Ten Guidelines were meant to develop a strong nation, economically with a high national operating efficiency, then why do we have so many centers for worship in this nation?  Does not worship cause division rather than cohesion?

 

Justice and the Jury System

Justice and the Jury System ver. 1.0.2

“The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter”, Retired

https://gadflyblog.com/tag/justice/

10/29/2017

Introduction

The key to preventing a “Hung Jury” is to vote “Undecided” when the Jury wants a quick vote without examining the evidence and recreating the scenario of interest. A “Not Guilty” or “Guilty” Vote before this in-depth examination of the scenario of interest could very well result in a “Hung Jury”.  When it’s “Guilty” against the “Not Guilty”; I’m right you’re wrong, this discussion can the result in a “Hung Jury”.  It is best to continue with discussions with votes of “Undecided” until a consensus is attained.

In the movie “Twelve Angry Men” the undecided voter, Henry Fonda, voted “Not Guilty” when what he actually wanted was a discussion of the evidence and the scenario of interest.  By voting “Not Guilty” this could have ended up as a “Hung Jury”.  But this writer thinks broadcasting this movie is a good idea, it could help future Juries.

Case Study

 This writer was on a jury in 1997; it was a week-long affair with several idiosyncrasies.  In essence a young male, early twenty, a recent immigrant from one of the war-torn countries where the US had been involved in a major conflict in South East Asia. There were two ethnic “Gangs” in close proximity; South East Asian and Hispanic.

On this occasion a minor of Hispanic origin bought a six pack of beer and went to the nearby lake and consumed an unknown quality of the beer.  He may have had a companion, he may have stashed the leftover beer or he may have consumed the six-pack by himself.  No toxicology report was offered or asked for by the Jury.

In short, the South East Asian Gang (SEAG), who had been playing basketball in a nearby outdoor court, had an altercation with this young, intoxicated Hispanic male on his way home from the lake. At some distance from the SEAG this young man flashed his “Walkman” to the SEAG to make them think he had a gun.

He must have been successful as the SEAG returned to their homes and armed themselves for a Rumble.  The SEAG returned to the neighborhood of the Hispanics.  The young Hispanic with friends went to his home, walking in front of his father, who was consumed with watching daytime TV, and armed themselves with the stash of Fighting Knives (LARGE Double bladed, illegal knives) that the young Hispanic kept in his bedroom.   They passed by in front of his father, watching TV, and proceeded to confront the SEAG at the nearby corner.

The Hispanic Gang (HG) approached the SEAG with open fighting knives hidden behind their backs.  The scene quickly turned into hand to hand combat.  The young Hispanic was chasing the early twenties new immigrant with his large Butterfly Knife. The new immigrant pulled his gun from his waistband and fired about three rounds behind him as he was running.  Evidently the first round hit the young Hispanic in the heart and he was dead before he hit the ground.  The new immigrant tossed the gun in the estuary.

The DA had charged the new immigrant with Murder I, lesser charges were made available to the Jury: Murder II, Man Slaughter or Unintentional Manslaughter. The Judge ruled that the defendant was in possession of an illegal fire arm, no concealed weapon permit, and therefore could not plead “Self-Defense”.

By Friday afternoon the Jury was released to the Jury Room.  A Foreman of the Jury was selected and a blind vote was asked of the members of the Jury.  The count was eleven “Guilty” and one “Undecided”.  Jurors made arguments for their vote. A few more blind votes were taken with the same results (11-1).  The undecided voter was asked to disclose their identity, this writer did.  More arguments took place and more calls for a vote were taken.

One of the female Jurors (Teacher), familiar with this writer’s status at a local institution and therefore was like all the other people she had experienced from this institution to which she had a negative opinion.  In fact previously in the Jury Room she spoke negatively about this writer reading a physics book on acoustic guitars. After that altercation this writer started reading Plato’s “Republic”.  She now accused this writer of being prejudiced in favor of the defendant and he should be removed from the Jury Panel.

During the initial interviews, with the DA and defending counsel, of the Jurors this writer had to confess that he was once a gang leader during his high school days; it was the fad of the time (Westside Story).  The DA asked this writer if he was a minor and he confirmed that he was at this time.  The DA asked him what we did after high school and he told him that most of us joined a larger gang and we had a rumble with another large gang. The DA asked this writer for the names of these gangs and he stated the US Army, US Marines and he had joined the US Air Force.  His assignment was to send in helicopters and aluminum caskets into South Vietnam and send the fallen back to their families for burial.  This Teacher only heard the gang part, of this interview, as the defendant was also identified as a gang leader.

Gangs are a whole new subject to cover, mostly misunderstood by the general public.  From a scientific perspective there is a basic human need to belong to a small group that functions as a family.  When these young people find themselves without family, they choose to form these artificial families.  The causes of their loss of family are numerous and include dysfunctional families (alcoholic, drug addicted or absent fathers), new immigrants from foreign countries often form ethnic specific gangs.  These gangs are not necessarily a negative social group that is going to exhibit violent behavior although their natural instincts are to protect their home territory.  This behavior is common among many mammals of the world.

The Chairman of the Jury asked this writer what he had to say about these charges of being prejudiced, he stated that he didn’t think he was the one with a problem.  The rest of the Jury Panel backed him up on this and this Teacher was now pleading with the Jury to not remover her form the Jury and that she would no longer be prejudiced and would go along with what the Jury had decided.  This made the Jury dysfunctional as this non-proactive stance meant that in function the Jury now had only eleven voting members.  However, it was late on a Friday afternoon and nobody wanted to have to come back on Monday to finish up this public service.   This Jury decided to proceed to a consensus vote.

One of the Jury (twelve college graduates some with much training in making expeditious decisions), asked this writer to take the floor and lead them through his view of the scenario that had taken place. As he progressed to reconstruct the events that led up to this tragedy, others joined in with their observations as well. When he had finished we discussed our options and had verbally agreed to the charge of “Unintentional Manslaughter”.  A Vote was taken and this charge was unanimous.  Maybe because it was late on a Friday afternoon and nobody wanted to come back on Monday, they had a living to make and were not being compensated for Jury duty (not much), except for this writer and maybe a few others, and this was the least offensive charge that could be found for this defendant, which given the extenuating circumstances, was appropriate for this defendant.

The Jury assembled in the court room and the Foreman of the Jury reported the verdict.  The defending attorney was heard say to the defendant that he had been given a gift. Some members of the Jury met with the family of the young Hispanic boy and they felt like we did our duty in convicting the person who took their son’s life.

Who or Whom is really the Guilty Parties

But who or whom are really the guilty parties to this tragedy?  Is it the one who sold a six-pack of beer to this under age young man? Is it the father who was more interested in watching daytime TV than supervising his minor aged son and knowing that his son was hiding an arsenal of fighting knives in his bedroom?  Could it be our Immigration Department and their lack of indoctrination of the laws of our society to these new immigrates?  Could it be the lack of training of Jurors to conduct these meeting and arrive at a just verdict?  It is this writer’s opinion that there are many people and institutions responsible for these tragic events.

A Quick Solution

One Band-Aid approach would be to strengthen our parole boards with knowledgeable, unprejudiced members who are compensated sufficiently for them to take as much time as necessary to see that Justices is the result of our Justice and Jury System.  It could be that the Parole Boards are the ones who can ensure that the courts and Juries are handing down “Just Convictions”.

Q.E.D.

 

The SINS of the FATHER are PASSED DOWN to the THIRD and FOURTH GENERATION

The SINS of the FATHER are PASSED DOWN to the THIRD and FOURTH GENERATION

Ver. 1.0.4

The Top Gun National Troubleshooter, Retired

https://gadflyblog.com/tag/sins-of-father/

10/29/2017

Introduction

“The sins of the father are passed down to the third and fourth generation” is a quote from the Old Testament of the writer’s observations of history.  Although it is true for fathers and sons as in the case of alcoholism, drug abuse, dysfunctional aggressive communicators, etc. it is also true of the fathers of a nation (the leaders) whose citizen’s sons and daughters and their sons and daughters etc. will be subject to the sins of the fathers of their nation.

On September 11, 2001, democracy changed in the United States of America.  National policy of “We—Win, You—Lose” has been in place since the inception of our nation.  Even in our own Civil War it was “I–Win, You–Lose”.  Negotiating “Workable Compromises” was unheard of even until this day in 2017 with only a few notable exceptions.  Two of those exceptions were the Cuban Missile Crises with Russia during the John F. Kennedy administration when JFK stood alone against the Hawks that wanted to invade Cuba with USA forces and negotiated a “Workable Compromise” with the Russian leader Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev, with the aid of the recently developed Polaris Submarine Missile. During the Richard M. Nixon administration when RMN signed a peace treaty with Ho Chi Minh’s representatives of North Vietnam ending USA’s long involvement in South Vietnam, RMN did not have to win the war as his predecessor LBJ proclaimed “He did not want to be the first president to lose a war”.  All other international conflicts have been “We–Win, You–Lose”.

The Peak of Democracy and Freedom in the USA 

September 11, 2001 was the beginning of the massive terrorism attacks, on the USA and European countries, that we are experiencing to day from large terrorists organizations.  These terrorist organizations such as ISIS and ISIL had their beginnings during the Bush Administration primarily involving the President, Vice President and the Secretary of State.  The Iraq leader appeared to be massing weapons of mass destruction (WMD).   A low ranking thud was evaluated to prominence in the Sunni Muslim Community by this Bush Administration and then, (the USA extinguished him). This prominent Muslim leader had a vision of an Islamic State.  The Secretary of State argued to the United Nations that a Preemptive strike was warranted against the Iraq Sunni Muslim Administration.  The Bush Administration warned the Iraq Sunni Administration of the planned invasion, the Iraq Sunni Administration responded with clearing Iraq of all evidence of WMD’s.

This was the first Preemptive Strike by USA forces in the history of the USA and set in place the Bush Doctrine ofPreemptive Strikes against Terrorism”.   Our reputation as Preemptive Strikers is now cast in stone on the international scene.  Other non-North Atlantic Treaty Organization (non-NATO) Allies, now live in fear that the Americans will strike first and  are now justified in developing Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs) capable of reaching the shores of the USA.  The USA can no longer be trusted to hold their fire until provoked; The USA has established a policy of First Strike. These nations feel they must create equal forces to  protect themselves from the Americans.

Loss of Freedom and Democracy in the USA

This new “Preemptive Strike Policy” will not only encourage foreign, non-NATO countries to establish a nuclear threat, but terrorist activities against the USA, and Europe, can be expected to continue and increase; threatening the USA’s democracy and freedom, and the freedom of Europeans. The citizens of the USA will lose their freedom to more regulations and controls enacted to prevent terrorism.   The more regulation and laws we have the more Law Enforcers we will have to ensure compliance with these regulations and laws.  The citizens of the USA will become encumbered with more scrutiny from these Law Enforcers.

The Way Forward 

There is only one way forward for the USA and that is to admit to our mistake of a preemptive strike on Iraq and those organizations forming and following a mission to bring the USA to its downfall.   In effect the USA must repent from its sin of “First Strike” and make amends with the enemies created by this “Preemptive Strike Policy”.  The leaders and representatives of the USA must learn the skill of negotiating “Workable Compromises”; that is actions that are not “I–Win, You–lose”, but “I–Win, You–Win agreements or in other words create Treaties with our adversaries in the world.

This is the only action that will save the USA from destruction that has beheld those counties before us whom created a “Preemptive Strike Policy”.  There are too many countries to name in history that have created “First Strike Policy” to name a few: Germany WWII, Germany WWI, the South USA Civil War, the Romans, and the Persians against the Greeks etc., etc. all of these countries or empires were defeated eventually by their First Strike Victims.  The only way forward is for the USA to abandon this Bush Preemptive Strike Policy and start negotiating Treaties representing “Workable Compromises” throughout the world.

 North Korea

A Preemptive Strike on North Korea, which is developing ICBM’s capable of reaching major cities in the USA, will result in an immediate response by North Korea against South Korea, Japan and Guam, a USA territory and major Pacific US Air Base.  This is A NO-WIN SITUATION for all parties concerned.

North Korea is justified in their fear of a Preemptive Strike from the USA.  What do the North Koreans want (?), probably the same thing that Ho Chi Minh wanted in Vietnam, a unified Vietnam without the interference of the USA Military!  Can the USA prevent the North Korean’s from a preemptive strike against South Korea?  It is unlikely that North Korea would move against South Korea with a nuclear weapon and have no interest in a nuclear attack against Japan. The saber rattling, by the North Korean’s, against Guam is probably just that. The North Korean’s know that the USA cannot stop them from developing a nuclear ICBM capability and they are letting the USA see this for a fact!

Cyber-Attack

A cyber-attack to disrupt the production of weapons grade uranium has been used by USA allies against Iran’s centrifuge operations that produce weapons grade uranium.  To initiate a preemptive cyber-attack on North Korea, be its centrifuges or other infrastructure, would certainly result in cyber-attack retaliations by North Korea against the USA’s infrastructure notably the power grid.  North Korea has already demonstrated its ability to disrupt major businesses in the USA.

Restrained USA

The USA is caught in a Military No-Win Situation with North Korea there is no military solution to North Korea’s ICBM capabilities.  The best result will be obtained by negotiations and limiting the access to nuclear materials by North Korea.  In addition, the best result will be a Stand-Off and a long-term policy to improve the USA’s relationship with North Korea; the USA abandoning the Bush Administration’s First Strike Policy; and establish a policy of negotiating workable compromises.   

Q.E.D