Removing Weed Heads and Focusing on the Real Problem to Solve

Removing Weed Heads and Focusing on the Real Problem to Solve

Ver. 1.0.1

ISIS and the Muslim Brotherhood: Are They Like Weeds?

Is not water a more urgent problem to solve?

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2/15/2019

Copyright 2019

Metaphor

If one has a front yard full of weed heads, with their heads popping up all over the yard, is this situation a situation you can live with or is this a situation you want to control? 

Weeds have a root structure and this root structure is connected to all the other weeds’ roots structures of its kind. These root structures support the weed heads that decorate the yard. These weed heads will form seed heads that the wind will disperse and reproduce the weed. There are several options to consider and each option has its own consequences:

  • Leave the weeds to nature’s evolution.  Accept the weeds as part of life on this planet. 
  • Spay the yard with a weed herbicide. All the weeds will be killed.  The risk is that other living things may also be killed. This process could be charged as using weapons of mass destruction (WMD). The eradicators would be condemned by world opinion.
  • Pull out the lawnmower and cut off the blossoms of the weeds: You could look upon the yard and see what a good job you have done. In a short time, the roots of the weeds will produce more weeds.  The yard will again be populated with even more weeds.  This process does not address the right problem to solve.

Possible Solutions to a Political Religious War

  •  Who’s to judge that which is a weed and that which is beneficial to nature and society?
  • A philosophical enlightenment that would change the weeds’ behavior. 
  • A scientific enlightenment that would show the usefulness of the weeds.
  • Come to an understanding that the universe is a living organism and we on planet Earth are part of this living organism. 
  • The universe is continually expanding. Stars and solar systems are dying; stars and galaxies are being born from the remnants of those that have died. 
  • Every part of the universe is connected to every other part of the universe by gravitons. Two graviton measuring devices, laser beams focused on a detector, as much as a mile’s distance, have sensitivity that can detect an extremely small motion on the Earth’s surface. One detector is in Washington state; the other in Louisiana.  These two detectors were just put into operation when both observed a spike on the chart at essentially the same time.  This spike was attributed to a gravitational wave that had propagated through space from a distance violent collision of two the universe’s components and impacted the planet Earth.  This gravitational wave traveled across the universe, much like a stone thrown in a quiet pool of water emits a wave that travels to a distant shore.
  • Everything in the universe is communicating with every other thing in the universe, just like a living organism.  Two telescopes on the same island off the coast of Europe focused their lenses on two different distant quasars (a compact object in space, usually with a large red shift indicating extreme remoteness, which emits huge amounts of energy, sometimes equal to the energy output of an entire galaxy).  These two light beams had to choose between two different filters that would be used to analyze their light beams. Both distant quasars (billions of miles) chose the same filter.  This demonstration showed that these two quasars, billions of miles from each other and from planet Earth, communicated with each other. 
  • A solid object (“knock on wood”) has more empty space in it than solid material. Isaac Newton stated that “matter can be divided unto infinity.”  If we were to take an orange and expand it to the size of the Earth, we would observe more empty space than solid material. 
  • The visitor to planet Earth, two thousand years ago, came to explain the processes of the universe and how they would affect life on Earth, how we can plug into these process to live a useful live on this planet Earth, how we can connect to the Creator of the Universe who resides in our own brains, and how the decisions that we make in life will determine our fate when our own star (the sun) runs out of hydrogen fuel that keeps the nuclear reaction at the core active.  The sun will collapse under the force of gravity either into a black hole (an object with an extremely high gravitational force, strong enough that even light cannot escape its attraction), or the matter in the sun will rebound into a supernova and disperse this matter into the universe to be used by another growing item in the universe.  Planet Earth will no longer exist and our fate will be decided by the decision that we made when we were still alive on planet Earth. NFL, NBA, NHL, FIFA players, etc. – please take note! This is where ethic enters the picture. It’s how you play the game – be it sports or life – that will determine your eventual eternal fate as this organism, we call planet Earth and our solar system, move onto the next step in the living processes of the universe.

The Evolution of Humankind

  • The evolution of man began when the large meteor (seven miles across, big enough to not burn up or explode in the Earth’s atmosphere) splashed into the Gulf of Mexico just off the coast of today’s New Mexico in shallow water about sixty-six million years ago. That’s 66,000,000 minus 2,100 years or 65,997,900 BC.  This action is an example of predestination by the Creator of the Universe, in that the timing of the impact with planet Earth was perfect.  Due to the rotation of the Earth, a few seconds earlier and the meteor would have landed in the deep water of the Atlantic Ocean. Or a few seconds later and the meteor would have splashed into the deep water of the Pacific Ocean. This meteor would have made a big tsunami wave and sunk to the bottom of either ocean.  But it was a perfect shot into the shallow water of the Gulf of Mexico where it penetrated twenty miles into the Earth’s crust.  This caused the right material to be emitted into the atmosphere like calcium, sulfur, etc. to create an atmospheric heat radiator that not only blocked out the sun, preventing future photosynthesis, but in combination with the falling sulfur (brimstones), ignited all the vegetation on the Earth, leaving only burnt charcoal on the whole Earth’s land surface.
    This small band of charcoal is now visible around the world. No dinosaurs’ remains have been found above this charcoal band. All dinosaur fossils have been found below this band of charcoal. This band of charcoal is all that remained of all the vegetation on the planet after this large meteor struck the planet. The sulfur pellets also turned the ocean and all water acidic. In the end, all the dinosaurs were killed and seventy-five percent of the existing species on Earth were wiped out.  The surviving species were able to live off what remained on Earth (e.g. seeds, etc.).  It is one or more of these surviving species that began the evolution of man.
  • The evolution of man continued through several iterations until the Homo species evolved.  From here it can only be surmised that the Homo sapien species (Wise Homo) was given wisdom by the Creator of the Universe.  Just as the dinosaurs populated the Earth, so have the Homo sapiens.
  • Yuval Noah Harari is an Israeli historian and a tenured professor in the Department of History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the author of the international bestsellers Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (2014), Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow (2016), and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century (2018). His writings examine free will, consciousness, and intelligence. Harari argues that “the ability of Sapiens to cooperate in large numbers arises from its unique capacity to believe in things existing purely in the imagination, such as gods, nations, money, and human rights.” [i]
  • Just as the over population of dinosaurs threatened the life of planet Earth and were removed, it can be speculated that the same demise will be met by the over population of the Homo sapiens of the world.

The New Threat to the Populations of the Earth

  • The new threat to planet Earth is global warming.  Much of the water on planet Earth is contained in the ice caps at both poles and various glaciers around the planet.  Carbon dioxide was proven to be an insulator in the atmosphere in the eighteenth century.  Recently, in this twenty-first century, core samples of ice have been taken in the northern polar cap, approximately two miles deep, or the equivalent of several thousands of years of air trapped in the ice.  The trapped air, in these ice cores, was analyzed and it was found that the carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere, for these thousands of years, were nowhere near the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere in this twenty-first century. Furthermore the current trend of increasing levels of carbon dioxide levels in the Earth’s atmosphere is increasing at close to an exponential rate, indicating a time urgency. This data clearly shows that global warming is probably from two causes: natural fluctuation of temperature with time and from the Homo sapiens’ use of fossil fuels, emitting great quantities of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. 
  • The fluctuation of the Earth’s temperature has been shown to coincide with the seasons. The carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is higher during periods of less foliage to convert carbon dioxide into oxygen, and lower levels of carbon dioxide are in the atmosphere when much foliation exists on the planet, converting carbon dioxide into oxygen.
  • If the two polar caps and the existing glaciers were to melt, the sea level will rise significantly, putting all coastal populations at risk. There are divergent opinions on how much the seal level will rise, but it will be significant.  This rise in seal level combined with warmer sea water will result in storms and hurricanes of greater strength and higher storm surges and increasing amounts of rain on land, further threatening all population on Earth with flooding. 

Possible Solutions to the Increasing Water on the Inland and on the Coast

  • A possible solution can be learned from the Dutch, who have dealt with rising flood waters from the ocean and rivers for centuries.  Along our coast lines, we could construct hollow sea walls as much as 10 meters high, by ventilating these hollow sea walls on the landward side and constructing magnetic levitated transportation systems inside these hollow sea walls. This system will not only protect the coastal populations from storm surges, but give us a transportation system along the USA’s three coastal fronts. 
  • Reinvent the swamps that once gave excessive rain water a place to go.  Move our populations to higher ground and use the low ground for reservoirs to capture rain water and rising rivers.   In drought areas, we could even construct underground cisterns to capture rain water.  Now that’s an old solution with a new twist!  

Q.E.D.



[i]                   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sapiens:_A_Brief_History_of_Humankind/

Dinah, Genesis 34

Dinah, Genesis 34 ver. 1.0.2

Not Proactive, Not Assertive, Ignorant of Hormones

11/2/2018

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Copyright 2018

 

Introduction

 Genesis 34 is a lesson in the consequences of being ignorant of the hormones that the Creator of the Universe planted in each and every one of us – being ignorant of the human benefits of hybridization.  The resulting consequences of non-proactive, non-assertive communications to others, specifically to those with authority over the situation at hand, can be devastating.

The Setting

Jacob, the son of Isaac, deceived his father into giving him the birthrights of his twin brother Esau.  His brother had sworn to kill him for this deception.  Jacob’s mother, Rebecca, the sister of Laban, had told Jacob to go to her brother’s home in Padden Aram and find a wife from his own family’s line. Jacob met Rachel, the younger sister of Leah.  It was love at first sight for Jacob.  Jacob had asked Laban to give him Rachel for his wife.

The following statements are not in the Bible, but probably should have been and probably would have if the writers were knowledgeable of Adlerian Psychology. Jacob was raised in his family as the younger brother of his twin brother Esau.  Rachel was raised as the younger sister of Leah.

When choosing a mate, one should consider matching skill packages. [i]  Each of us have a skill package that consists of the innate, knowledge of the hybridized DNA of our parents and the environmental knowledge we gained from growing up in our family of origin. In addition, we possess the knowledge that we learned from our experiences in life and our own personal studies that we have undertaken. [ii]

From Dr. Leman, the “lastborns” in a family (in this case, Jacob and Rachel) whose characteristics would be impulsive and not organized in their behavior; they would be perceptive and feeling free of the restraints of the culture in which they are living; they would be more focused on the overall picture than on the details.  Leah, on the other hand, would be considered as a firstborn with firstborn characteristics which are: organized, pays attention to the details, obeys all the rules of their society, assertive (50 percent chance, but with a same sex sister of less that five years age difference, probable). Although I’m sure Laban did not possess this detailed information on his daughters, he certainly knew the characteristics of his daughters and had made an assessment of the characteristics of Jacob.

Therefore, Laban, in making an effort to match Jacob up with the daughter with the complimentary skill package to Jacob, made the offer to give Jacob Rachel as his wife after Jacob has worked as an indentured servant to him for seven years.  Seven years of getting to know Jacob would give Laban time to assess Jacob’s skill package.  After the seven years of servitude, Jacob was awarded Rachel to be his wife.  After the marriage ceremony, Jacob returned to his tent and under the cover of darkness Laban slipped Leah in with Jacob. In the light of the morning sun and after Jacob had “come inside of Leah” (Bible language for sexual intercourse), he was shocked that he had taken Leah as his wife as sexual intercourse was the consummation of the marriage. Jacob confronted Laban on the switching of sisters.  Laban offered Rachel to Jacob after the wedding week of seven days for another seven years of indentured servitude.  After another seven years to pay his debt for Rachel, Jacob agreed to another seven years of indentured service to acquire assets for his family.  Using his ingenuity, Jacob increased his herd of sheep and other assets at the expense of Laban.

Jacob then had it in mind to return to his family and make peace with his twin brother Esau.  Jacob accomplished that mission and took up residence separate from his family of origin.  Jacob had six sons by his wife Leah and then Dinah was born, the only girl in a family with a total of twelve sons. When Dinah was a young teenager, her body changed right on schedule. Her hormones took control of her mind and body and it was time to find a mate.  Evidently stating that she is off to meet other women in the area, she ends up with Shechem, the son of Hamor, the Hivite.  She undoubtedly performed her female magic on this young man and he ended up “violating her” (sexual intercourse before marriage).

Dinah’s brothers heard of this incident and became enraged at this young man.  The young man agreed to take Dinah as his wife, but the brothers did not agree, as this society had very different social customs than their clan.  The brothers agreed to this marriage only if all the men in this clan became circumcised as they were.  When the whole clan was circumcised and still in pain, two of Dinah’s brothers attacked this clan with their swords (for this era they would be made of brass) and killed all the men in the clan and seized all their property, wives and children, as their plunder.

During this whole episode, Dinah was silent of her activities in this “violation of her virginity.”  Dinah was not proactive, not assertive, and made no mention of her involvement in these activities.  This situation seemed to follow the protocols for a “shotgun wedding” or “how to get a husband the desperate female way,” when her mind and body were under the control of her hormones which were placed in her by the Creator of the Universe.

The Take Away Lesson

 When someone assumes a non-assertive, passive position, holding back facts that could benefit an accused person or group of persons, may result in causing great harm, pain and suffering to these accused persons to whom your voice could have prevented judgment; it is this judgment that results in pain and suffering of the accused.

Project Your Voice

 The Creator of the Universe gave us a diaphragm located below our stomach.  This organ is used to push air over the vocal cords and into the resonate cavity, a.k.a. our mouth cavity.  The larger the resonate cavity, the greater the volume of air that is moved and the louder the sound of speech and singing. Opening this resonate cavity (the mouth) widely allows the expelled air to interact with the air around us, producing a sound wave that travels to the ear drum of the listener, where it is converted to electrical signals and is heard in the brain as speech or singing. Observe the news reporter on the television.  See how wide they open their mouths when speaking. This process is known as “voice projection.” It should be used when communicating with any person or group that is father away from the speaker than a coffee shop table.  This voice projection will enable you to come to anyone’s defense and put forth your own observations of the events at hand.

Practice, Practice, Practice

Learning how to project your voice is no different than learning any activity; the key word is practice.  Here is an illustration of how to start this voice projection process.  Put your hand on top of your stomach while seated in a chair.  Bend over until your hand is touching your legs.  This action will cause the diaphragm to move in and out. Transfer this motion to a standing position and push your belly button out and then slowly retract the belly button, expelling air out of your mouth.  Now there is no excuse for not speaking up when you can provide insight or evidence to any situation – even in a classroom where it would improve the flow of information. If the speaker asked to be recognized by the group leader before speaking, that would also improve the interactions of the group.

Predestination

 The Creator of the Universe, “God,” has predestined all activities in His universe, including when to find a mate to reproduce the species.  These hormones are released into the body at the proper time by the brain, where the creator is present, [iii]  at the control center for our bodies. “God has provided a way for all life, but man strives to find his own way.” [iv] It is this acceptance of what has been predestined by the Creator that brings peace to the mind and to the Earth.

Dinah’s Story

 Dinah was at the age where her hormones would be in control of her mind and body.   Finding a mate to reproduce the species had become her priority.  Inbreeding, such as was performed by Abraham and Sara, his sister, combines DNA with faulty genes to be passed down to the next generation. Hybridizing with a mate outside of the family of origin, any another than is a first cousin, can eliminate the faulty genetic factor from the DNA sequence, resulting in descendants who are stronger and more resistant to diseases, viruses and microorganisms to which the human species is subjected.  Compare these facts with the history of purebred canines being more susceptible to these listed illnesses than mutts (hybridized canines)!

Dinah was on the right path to finding a mate outside of her twelve brothers.  But when the relationship with her perspective mate exceeded her expectations, she did not inform her brothers of her complicity in the situation, resulting in the death of all the males in this clan!  It is this writer’s experience with adult singles groups that the single ladies often chose the leader of the group, if he is also single and available, for their prospective mate, therefore, it is reasonable that Dinah would chose the leader of the Hivite Clan’s son for a mate.  One can only speculate on how the slaughter of her prospective mate and his clam by her two brothers affected her emotionally; this had to be a devastating experience for her.  She just wanted to find a mate outside her clan of brothers!  Just like all the mammals in God’s kingdom, she chose who she thought had the best genes to pass on down to her offspring.

He who has ears, let them hear.

[i]                   Dr. Kevin Leman drlamen.com

[ii]                  Robert C. Solomon, ”Introduction to Philosophy”, Pub. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1986

[iii]                 Marvin Meyer, Editor, “The Nag Hammadi Scriptures”, “Gospel of Mary” (Magdalene), Pub.    HarperOne, 2007, P 742

[iv]                 The Bible, Proverbs 16

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

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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?

 

The Path to World Peace

The Path to World Peace ver. 1.2.6

A Case of Mistaken Identity

The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter, Retired

https://gadflyblog.com/tag/world-peace/

1/10/2018

Introduction

The path to world peace is much simpler than anyone has imagined. Peace on Earth could come down to one word: “worship” and a case of mistaken identity.

World peace has not been known since the Homo sapiens evolved on the planet and started their expansion across the globe.  Some other homos also evolved – such as the Homo Neanderthal – but the Homo sapiens (wise Homo) dominated the planet Earth.  Conflict often resulted from competition for natural resources or over territorial boundaries.  With the advent of ice ages and low sea levels, the Homo sapiens populated the globe.  Due to different climates, these Homo sapiens evolved to match their environment.  As populations grew and resources became scarce, wars of expansion dominated the globe for centuries.

There is a place in the Mediterranean known as the Fertile Crescent, where agriculture replaced the hunters and gathers and permanent communities and cities began to appear as the ice age receded.  As part of the evolution of man, worship was a key element in almost all of the societies on the planet.  Worship took on different forms, from sun worshipers to human sacrifices to the gods.

The Old Paradigm [i]

According to the history recorded in the Old Testament of the Bible, there was a transition to worshiping one God, the Creator of the Universe (CoU).  This one God guided his chosen group of Homo sapiens to a new way of life, hopefully as an example for others to follow.  This group of Homo sapiens was led though many successes and failures and established themselves as dominant in a new land in the Fertile Crescent.   The CoU gave them ten guidelines to follow that would make them successful in their possession of this new land.  These guidelines, if followed, would produce an economically efficient nation that would prove them superior to those who would dispossess them of this new land.  This new nation then made a new religion of these ten guidelines and they became an economically inefficient nation and were overrun by the neighboring nations.

The Arrival of the Messenger

The Romans made a significant advancement to civilization by constructing roads, which connected the communities they had conquered.   The three factors of agriculture, roads and a society that worshiped one God, the CoU, provided the only place on the planet that the representative of the creator of the universe (RoCoU), a.k.a. Jesus, could visit and have His message spread across the globe. [ii]

The New Paradigm

The old paradigm [iii] consisted of the ten guidelines, along with many man made laws to follow that became stricter as a fix for failures. As time progressed, more laws were made to bring their society into compliance with worshiping their one God.

The RoCoU brought in a new paradigm for the relationship with the CoU.  The major element of this new paradigm is the “Personal Counselor,” a.k.a. The Holy Spirit that He sent to us, after he had returned to his place in the universe, to guide us through life and teach us everything we needed to know.

The Derailment of the New Paradigm

Ironically, this society had evolved and formed a society that worshiped this one God, the CoU. When the RoCoU arrived with His message, He was crucified, then resurrected from the dead, and ascended into heaven (the universe), and then they also began worshiping this RoCoU. They totally missed the second guideline, given in Exodus 20:4 in the Old Testament Bible, as they had made idols of the CoU and the RoCoU.   “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 (guidelines).” (NIV)  The big problem with idols is that they become “sacred cows” and must be defended to the death of those worshiping these idols.

The followers (Apostles, Disciples) of this RoCoU, chosen to carry His message to the population of the Earth, were chosen due to their lack of expertise in the old paradigm, and thus were trainable without the need to deprogram their religious expertise (see accounts of Nicodemus’ conversation with the RoCoU in the New Testament Bible, John 3:1-13).  However, the twelve Apostles (Disciples), could not break away from the Old Paradigm to the exclusivity of the New Paradigm, but instead presented the RoCoU as a progression of the Old Paradigm, a case of mistaken identity.

Through the writing of the Gospel and commentaries in the New Testament of the Bible, most of the writers put their own perspective (spin) on the events of the time or used the events and evidence as an argument that the RoCoU was a completion of the promised savior that had been predicted in the Old Paradigm (Prophets can predict that a messenger will come, but they cannot predict the message of the messenger).   The results of this spin on the events and evidence of the time have been passed down through history are a hybrid of the Old Paradigm and the New Paradigm, in effect “a watered-down New Paradigm.” Only the writings of Mark, who wrote as an historian, and Luke, who wrote as a commissioned journalist, are free of the writer’s perspective. Mark evidently wrote hastily in anticipation of being caught up in the turmoil of the persecution of Christians in Rome.  Mark observed some of the protocols of journalism in recording in his journals, as in he answered who, what, and where of the events, but did not include the “why,” which was the spin that other writers put on the events and evidence.  Mark included the good, the bad, and the ugly, which is evidence of his unbiasedness.

The Nag Hammadi Scriptures

The Nag Hammadi Scriptures were found in 1945 outside the Egyptian community of Nag Hammadi not far from a monastery, buried as a time capsule, below the nearby cliffs. These Scriptures (inspired, revered spiritual writings) were discovered by Muhammad Ali, a gather of bird fertilizer beneath the cliffs.  In the time period of the late third century, huge changes occurred in the Christian community. “Irenaeus of Lyon, who wrote around 160 CE, had discussed –and denounced—passages from the Secret Book of John, discovered complete at Nag Hammadi” “Athanasius, the archbishop of Alexandria, who sent out an Easter letter all over Egypt in the spring of 367, ordering believers to reject what he called “illegitimate and secret books.” He included a list of twenty-seven books of which he approved, calling them the ‘springs of salvation.’“ [iv] These are the same twenty-seven books that constitute the New Testament Bible! Scholars think that possibly “The Gospel of Thomas” and the “Gospel of Mary” are the most important and earliest records of the teachings of Jesus, possibly from the middle of the first and the second centuries.[v]  “The Gospel of Thomas” is a list of sayings of Jesus. “The Gospel of Mary (not contained in the Nag Hammadi codices) was probably ascribed to Mary Mandala; it does not seem possible a Jewish author for this gospel.  The ascription may point instead to an early Christian group that appealed to her for apostolic authority, much as other communities in the second century were appealing to Paul, Peter, Thomas, or other apostles to authorize their teaching.” [vi]

At the end of the third century, the libraries of Alexandria and Antioch were destroyed by fire.  Books not on the list put out by Athanasius were disappearing.  The monks at the monastery near the cliffs outside Nag Hammadi could very well be the ones who put these codices in a sealed vase and buried them below the cliffs outside of Nag Hammadi.

The Gospel writers Luke and Matthew apparently referenced document(s) that are referred to as “Q.”  “The Gospel of Thomas” could very well be this document “Q,” or one of the documents in “Q.” They also could have referenced the wittings of Mark. In any case, the Council of Trent canonized the twenty-seven books identified by Athanasius, the archbishop of Alexandria in the mid 1500 CE.

The End Times

The end times were predicted not only by the RoCoU, but by the Apostle John in the book of Revelation.  The RoCoU described the end times as coming like a bolt of lightning. [vii]  John described the end times as a conquering of the Earth with the truth and a new Earth would be born. [viii]

Cosmologists describe the end times as the sun exhausting its supply of hydrogen that is consumed by its nuclear fusion reaction.  This reaction provides an equilibrium force against the force of gravity.  One of two actions follow this burnout: 1) the sun will collapse under the force of gravity into what is known as a black hole; 2) as the sun is collapsing it will rebound into a supernova.  The forces from this supernova will be so violent, that the helium and other metals and compounds will be dissociated into their elements (helium back to hydrogen, etc.), providing the elements that will be attracted by gravity and form new suns and new planets.  The creation process will begin anew and the universe will continue to expand. [ix]

What will become of planet Earth is up to speculation.  One possibility is that Jupiter, a large gas planet of mostly hydrogen, will attract these new free hydrogen molecules through the force of gravity and a nuclear fusion reaction will be ignited, turning Jupiter into a new sun.  This idea is totally speculative, and open to anyone’s imagination.

The Apostle John, in his book of Revelation, thinks a new Earth will be born and a New Jerusalem with all of the latest in trimmings, will descend from the heavens and life on this new Earth, for those who were judged according to what they had done and whose names are in the Book of Life, will have no more death or mourning or crying or pain. [x]

The book of Revelation is best understood when understanding that symbolism was used to convey more information than could be conveyed by words. [xi]  Viewing this New Jerusalem as a symbol for the New Earth, could give us a view of the New Earth.

Conclusion

  • To repeat: the major focus of the new Paradigm is the “Personal Counselor”, a.k.a. The Holy Spirit that was sent to us by the RoCoU to guide us through life and teach us everything we need to know. [xii] This is the New Paradigm shift and is exclusive of the Old Paradigm, and not a progression of the Old Paradigm. Thus, the path to world peace is this simple: just listen for this counselor and He will find you, guide you and teach you. 
  • Do not make yourself an idol and worship your idol: not God, Jesus, Allah, Mohamed, Buddha, Confucius; the cross, the Star of David, the Bible, the New Testament, the Quran, or any written works. Anything that will take control of your decision-making, such as alcohol, tobacco, drugs of all kinds, etc. become idols, and addictions become sacred cows and sacred cows need to be defended at all costs until death! Therefore, The Path to World Peace is to eliminate all worship for it is worship that creates sacred cows and causes differences that must be defended. Worship is an artifact of ancient man.  Stay in control of your life by listening to the Personal Counselor that the RoCoU sent to you.

Q.E.D.

Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.” David Hume (7 May 1711 – 25 August 1776) was a Scottish philosopher, historian, economist, and essayist, known especially for his philosophical empiricism and skepticism. He is regarded as one of the most important figures in the history of Western philosophy and the Scottish Enlightenment.

A Caveat

Most all of the animal life on earth is in a predator-prey relationship, e.g. everything in the jungle is food for everything in the jungle.  Predator-prey relationships keep the population of both within the available food supply.  The Homo sapiens do not have a natural predator to regulate their population within the boundaries of their food supply. There is or were pandemics that reduced the population of Homo sapiens in great numbers, but we have conquered most of these population regulating devices. Given that populations will increase to the limit of the supply of resources, to maintain the balance of supply and demand of resources, more antibiotic resistant viruses will be present in the future causing pandemics. Combined with wars to reduce the populations of the world, it is probable these two events will continue.

Q.E.D.

 

[i] “A paradigm shift (also radical theory change) a concept identified by the American physicist and philosopher Thomas Kuhn (1922–1996), is a fundamental change in the basic concepts and experimental practices of a scientific discipline. Kuhn contrasted these shifts, which characterize a scientific revolution, to the activity of normal science, which he described as scientific work done within a prevailing framework (or paradigm). In this context, the word “paradigm” is used in its original Greek meaning, as ‘example’.”

 

A Paradigm in the Social Sense:

“In Kuhn’s view, the existence of a single reigning paradigm is characteristic of the natural sciences, while philosophy and much of social science were characterized by a “tradition of claims, counterclaims, and debates over fundamentals.” Others have applied Kuhn’s concept of paradigm shift to the social sciences” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paradigm_shift/)

 

[ii] The Explorers Task Force, Cedar Grove Community Church, Livermore, California, 2017

[iii] Ibid i

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

[v] ibid

[vi] Karen L. King, “The Nag Hammadi Scriptures”, Pub. HarperOne,  2007,  p739

[vii] The Bible, Luke 17:24

[viii] The Bible, book of Revelation

[ix] Stephen Hawking, “A Brief History of Time”, Pub, Bantam Books, 1996

[x] The Bible, Revelation 20:12-15

[xi] Explores Task Force, Cedar Grove Community Church, Livermore, California, 2017

[xii] The New Testament Bible NIV, John 14:16-26, 16:12-15

 

Addendum

In the Gospel of Mary, the Savior (RoCoU) taught, in the end time, that matter would return to its origin.  Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity is supportive of this process.  Energy (E) and matter (M) are related to the speed of light (C) in E=MC2.  Energy and matter are interchangeable; energy becomes matter and matter becomes energy.  As a particle of matter is accelerated close to the speed of light, the particle increases in mass and losses energy thus the particle slows down.  Light from the sun is corpuscular and travels as a wave. When the sun’s rays impinge on matter on Earth, the corpuscular matter is converted into energy, giving life to everything on Earth in one form or another.

The RoCoU

The RoCoU came to Earth, seen as just a speck of dust on the viewer’s screen from the camera on a Space Probe as it was leaving our Solar System, as a seed implanted into a virgin named Mary.  He grew up in this special group of Homo sapiens who recognized one God and became a teacher.  He selected a small group of members of this society (Apostles) and taught them how to live life on this planet Earth and how to communicate with the CoU to get all their material needs met.  He asked these Apostles to carry His message to the rest of the world.  His mission accomplished, he must now return to His home in the universe.  Therefore, He must change His form into a form compatible with travel through the universe, as He cannot do this in human form, He must die and resurrect in a new form capable to travel faster than the speed of light to His home in the universe.

For many years after the airplane was invented and outfitted with jet engines and rockets the popular thought was that the sound barrier could not be broken.  An airplane or rocket could not travel faster than the speed of sound.  On October 14, 1947, Charles Edward (Chuck) Yeager, a test pilot for the U.S. Air Force, broke the sound barrier (Mach 1) in a Bell X-1, a rocket powered aircraft.  Could the same thing be true of the speed of light?  Can the barrier of the speed of light be broken by material converting to energy?  This is certainly food for thought for future generations.

 

The Bullies

The Bullies ver. 2.0.2

The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter, Retired

https://gadflyblog.com/tag/bullies

12/17/2017

Introduction

Bullies come in different shapes and sizes and from different families of origin, with and without siblings.   There are three basic types of bullies: physical bullies, verbal bullies and in-your-face bullies.  There are several well-known tactics to deal with these bullies.  These bullies think that their behavior is normal, as many have no doubt learned to be a bully by the time they were six years old. [i]

Physical Bullies

Physical bullies are those children or young adults you meet on the way to school.  This was prevalent at least during the days when we allowed our children to walk to school – a rare occasion in today’s world – as some of these physical bullies were allowed to grow up without correction or, in other circumstances, in unsupervised areas or even from supervision itself!  The standard format to take care of these young bullies was to show them that you would not be bullied.

Case Study I

This writer was serving our country in support of LBJ’s War in Vietnam, and was living in a barracks known as “chicken coops,” as the barracks were screened in from top to bottom, with a wall in between.  They remained this way all year round.  Between two chicken coops was the latrine with showers.  One evening I was walking from the latrine dressed only in my shorts and wearing thongs.  Two young men approached me at the entrance.  One of them said to the other, “Watch this for how to start a fight.”  I was standing as in parade rest with my hands free.  I have seen this approach before in a scene from the film, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” where Butch Cassidy, played by Paul Newman, approached one of his underlings who was challenging his authority.  Butch let him have it with a kick to his manhood.  As this young man came at me intending to do the same, unaware of my fast reflexes, I sidestepped his kick and got my right arm under his right arm, thrust it upwards and came down with an elbow to his kidney zone.  He ended up sprawled out next to the water cooler. I kicked off my thongs and took up the karate ready-to-fight position. His buddy said something to him to call him off and he said, “We’re done.”  I put my thongs back on and returned to my bunk never to see this young man again.

 Case Study II   

My son reported that a physical bully was making it difficult for him to get to his grade school, which was no more than a walk of four blocks. At this time, I had physical custody of my son and also had two roommates who were brothers. Both of these brothers held black belts in karate.  I asked one of these brothers to teach my son enough karate to take care of this bully that was making it difficult for him to walk to school.  After several sessions with this black belt karate instructor, my son made his karate knowledge known to this physical bully.  He never had a problem walking to school after this one exhibition.

Case Study III

In high school a lastborn in his family (another birth-order to find bullies) would see me coming down the hallway carrying a stack of books in front of me.  He took advantage of this situation and slapped the books out of my hands to the floor!  On another occasion when we were taking an unsupervised exam, I passed in front of him with my paper in my hand.  He again slapped my paper to the floor.  I reached down with my left hand and picked up the paper.  With my right hand I backhanded him and knocked him to the floor.  He got up and attacked me with both his fists flying.  Having performed research into boxing myself, I deflected all of his attempts to land a punch until we hear the supervising teacher returning. Later when I was in the gym putting on my basketball shoes, he approached me and apologized for his behavior.

Although the Representative of the Creator, a.k.a. Jesus, taught us to turn the other cheek when hit, he was encompassed in an authoritarian society and to return a punch would certainly result in death.  In this situation it is better to turn the other cheek and show them that you can take their bullying.

Verbal Bullies

There are four categories of verbal bullies. The first category includes those that grow up with a same-sex sibling within a couple of years of their age.  If they grew up bullying this younger sibling, then that personality trait would likely have become dominate by the time they were six years old. [ii]  If they had grown up with more knowledgeable parents, (authoritative rather than authoritarian)[iii]  they may have grown up looking after their younger sibling. But in any case, they certainly would have been more assertive than their younger sibling. In the workforce these will be the “take charge” people and they will want the work done “their way.”   The second category includes those that grow up being mostly exposed to older adults such as the only child or a distant lastborn child.  There are two categories of only children: the pure only child and the functional only child. Functional only children grew up as only children for various reasons (e.g. separation of family of origin, death of a sibling, more than six years between them and the next same sex sibling).[iv] Several of our U.S. presidents fall into the category of functional only children (Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Herbert Hoover, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Gerald R. Ford, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama). [v] Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, the Russian president, is an example of a true only child. Even the little prince or princess that gets treated as special can develop this “only child syndrome.” For example, Joseph in the Old Testament was treated as special and even given a special coat to wear; he was sold off as a slave by his siblings but ended up the second in command in Egypt.  3) The third category includes those that demonstrate verbal attacking rants (VARs) often right in your face.  The origin of this behavior is varied; sometimes it is an inherited trait or it could be the result of a medical surgery procedure.  4) The fourth category is the highly educated bully (I know more than you bully).  These are probably the most difficult bullies to deal with as they are probably also either a firstborn or only child or a younger sibling following their role model older sibling.

The older sibling, with a near younger same-sex sibling, that turned out to be a bully will have a communication style of “I win, you lose.”  The only child often possesses a communication style of “in your face” or “I want this” or I want that.” The “I” word will come up often, as in “look what I have accomplished,”  “Look what I did,” etc.  A functional only child may even be made to feel more important if they experienced the death of a sibling that was close in age to them, as they may now have been treated as extra special by their parents and were given anything they wanted and more. A characterization of the only child syndrome by my late sister with an only child son-in-law was, “They are good people, and they just need to be mellowed a bit.” This was also characterized by my niece as, “It’s my way or the highway.” According to Dr. Kevin Leman, “They know they are right, even when they are not.” [vi] And in Dr. Leman’s “The Birth Order Book,” he writes, “Show me a young person that prefers to be around older people than people their own age, and I will show you an only child.”[vii]

Case Study IV

A few decades ago, I was being introduced to my new research partner; she was being introduced to me by the lead program manager in my laboratory.  She was going to design the experiments and I was going to perform the experiments. The first words from her were, “I want this over there and I want that over here.”  She gave these orders in such a strong manner that she blew me off my chair!  I picked myself up and stated, “I don’t want that over there and I don’t want this over here. I want that over there and I want this over here!”  She looked at the program manager with an open mouth.  The program manager stated, “See, he can do that too.”

This was not an unusual confrontation at this national employer, as there was a filter on the front door that only allowed “The Best of the Best” to enter though these doors.  With that type of filter on the front door in an academically-minded institution, the ones who meet these qualities will most likely be the firstborn in their family of origin or an only child, as these are the typical academic achievers. [viii]  Therefore, this institution had continuous contracts with professional communication instructors, and when it was needed, we got sent to rehabilitation to produce teamwork communication, a.k.a., assertive win-win communication skills.

This young lady, who graduated at the top of her class at MIT and was the only child of two PhD’s, certainly met the requirements to be the best of the best to enter through the front door.  I myself had been pulled aside by my manager of the time and told to “lighten up.” I received my invitation to attend these special teamwork communication classes. I, too, had graduated at the top of my college graduating class and both of my parents were college graduates and my father was a doctor of veterinary medicine. For my generation, I represented less than three percent of the US population in the families of origin.

Although I was the youngest of eight and my father was fifty-one years old and my mother thirty-nine years old when I was born, I still qualified as a functional only child. Like many first generation middle class parents, they had more children than they could send to college.  When I was still on my tricycle, three of my sisters came home from out-of-state college to hear that their college funding was being terminated and that it was more important for males to go to college than females, who in those days’ women went to college to marry a college man.  In my last semester in high school, my father died and it was determined by my five sisters that I was too stupid to go to college.

Good things often result from not-so-good circumstances.  I ended up in the U.S. Air Force in LBJ’s War in South Vietnam.  My sergeant recognized that I had natural troubleshooting abilities as a jet engine mechanic on the flight line, which was something I would never have recognized myself.  After my tour of active duty ended, I enrolled in a technical college. My Physical Metallurgy professor employed me to help him with a research project one summer.  I brought his project to a successful conclusion; He thought I was the most advanced student to ever come through that college.  When brought on staff at this national research institution, I brought several programs that were in trouble across the finish line successfully. When this young lady from MIT and I joined a special task force to troubleshoot a major issue for the Department of Defense, where she was made taskforce leader, and I was the troubleshooter, we worked well as a team. When I got my insight to the cause of the problem and put this insight up to the program leader, another experimental group verified the information and the task-force was disbanded.  When this young lady from MIT and now Stanford with a Master’s degree left this institution to do more domestic projects, she identified me as the “nation’s secret weapon,” and I accepted this status as “The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter.

The Importance of having Professional Communicators on Contract

This case study is presented to show how valuable professional interpersonal communication instructors are to an organization.  This writer has noticed that some interpersonal communication seminars in churches tend to lean on theology or philosophy to teach interpersonal communications.  Some colleges teach communications classes as a class in human resources, where the focus is on “The Myers–Briggs Type Indicator,” (MBTI) where one can find out their strengths to succeed in a profession and what personalities make up an effective team. In fact, MBTI was first formulated to place women in the workforce effectively during World War II. It now finds wide use in many areas.  Dr. Kevin Leman is internationally known as the guru of Adlerian Psychology that focuses on birth order in the family of origin and the skill packages that are developed from this learned environmental knowledge.   Instructors like Manuel J. Smith, Ph.D. promote hands-on techniques to be used during a conversation. He states, “It is not how you became what you are that’s important, but what works.”  His techniques of what works with bullies and manipulators include: “Broken Record,” “Fogging,” “Free Information,” “Negative Assertion,” “Negative Inquiry,” “Self-Disclosure,” and “Workable Compromise.”[ix]

Interpersonal Communication Techniques Explained [x]

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.

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.  

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. 

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!

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?”

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.

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.

The Bully Solution 

The solution to the physical bully has not changed over the centuries, although the Representative of the Creator of the Universe, a.k.a. Jesus, said to turn the other cheek. The standard action for a physical bully is to let them know that you are not going to be bullied (an option more applicable in a “Free Society”). The bully probably does not even know that they are a bully as they have been this way all of their lives. For them, this is normal; they just need a notification of being a bully.

There are a few solutions to a verbal bully. If it is attacking criticism or rebuttal, this can be neutralized and made beneficial by a technique call “fogging.” [xi]  Fogging is built on the metaphor that receiving criticism is like a stone that is thrown at a brick wall. The stone will rebound and the criticizer can pick the stone up again and throw it at the target.  However, if the target acts like a fog bank, the stone disappears harmlessly into the fog and defenses are mitigated.

The Rants

The assertive stance is a way of allowing their rant to continue unhindered.  This technique is useful for the in-your-face rants.  The assertive stance is feet spread at shoulder width, hands clasped behind the back and head and eyes straight ahead (the “Parade Rest” position). This allows the target of the rant to avoid getting involved with the rant.  For those who have formed a habit of rants, especially if it is over a phone, a more active tactic is required in response.  In this case, the target simply addresses the rants at the same time as they are coming until the rant ceases.  Then a question can be put forward such as “Now what did you want to talk about?”

Case Study V

It has been observed in females younger than middle aged that may have had the major female surgery to remove their reproductive system tend to exhibit this in-your-face rant (rights to privacy prevent confirming this data). I first noticed this rant behavior within a week of my wife’s major surgery.  Not only face to face or nose to nose, but over the telephone as well.  I once received one of these calls while in the kitchen with two of my housemates.  I held the phone out at arm’s length.  Both of my housemates agreed that no one should have to listen to this.  After about ten years of these phone calls, I received one while in my lab at work.  One of my coworkers suggested, after a similar incident involving a “Type A” project leader (people who are known to “unload on someone”), to give it back to them as it is being dished out.  On this occasion I tried out this suggestion with my now ex-wife and fed information back as fast as I was receiving this attacking rant.  She finally stopped the rant and I asked, “What was it that you wanted to talk about?” I took the position that one cannot go out and find a new mother for their children, and the situation had to be handled the best that it could be handled.

On the wife’s first exploratory visit to the surgeon, he told her that a number of women who had this operation ended up divorced.  When she brought this information home we both agreed that divorce was not an issue about which  we needed to be concerned.  Within six months of this major surgery, she filed for a divorce.  Now, decades later, our son is functioning as her significant other, as it seems that this is the only relationship she is able to maintain with her tendency to go into the attacking rant mode.  I have also met some young, middle aged, sons who seem to be functioning as their mother’s significant other.  How wide spread is this phenomenon?

Case Study VI 

I was on a troubleshooting assignment at a manufacturing plant on the east coast, trying to solve the production problems with a state-of-the-art high field superconductor.  This was not a large facility and the offices were adjacent to the production line.  They had what they called their “meter-high quality control officer.” She actually was about a meter (three feet) tall.  It didn’t seem to matter what one said to her to put her into attacking rant mode.  My office was nearest the production line and I could hear the general manager trying to calm her down in a distant closed office.  He was receiving what can only be considered as extreme abuse from this meter-high QC officer.  It took about a year and a half to solve the production problems and bring this project to a successful conclusion.  On returning back to the west coast, this general manager, who was a personal friend of our program manager (both were Englishmen in the same vocation), visited us in California. He had been dismissed as the general manager and he had come to realize that his brain had been significantly abused and that he was no longer able to make good executive decisions, bringing to the point that one must either control these verbal abusers or face serious brain damage from their attacking rants.

Sexual Assault by a Bully

In the present age, we are seeing more reports of sexual misconduct by bullies.  It is not surprising to see some of these men, who have employment power over women and are not physically or mentally attractive to women, ending up using their employment power to sexually abuse their subordinates.  This abuse may have its origin in an over-controlled society. Brothels have been in use for centuries to meet the needs of men and women who otherwise could not find a sexual partner.  Brothels that are well-regulated by health authorities are still functioning in parts of the U.S.  Regulated brothels would reduce or eliminate underage prostitution, rape, assaults against women and human trafficking.  Brothels offered up as a career option instead of a vice would certainly be going against the grain in a religiously controlled society. Both options of career or vice have their positives and negatives.

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!  Q.E.D.  

[i] Dr. Kevin Leman, “The New Birth Oder Book”, 2015. http://drleman.com/

[ii] ibid

[iii] Diana Baumrind, http://persweb.wabash.edu/facstaff/hortonr/articles%20for%20class/baumrind.pdf, EBSCO Pub. 2003, PP 890-91

[iv] Ibid (i)

[v] http://deadpresidents.tumblr.com/post/15457991558/which-presidents-were-the-oldest-child-the/

[vi] Dr. Kevin Leman, “The First Born Advantage”, pub. Revell, 2008, p69

[vii] Dr. Kevin Leman, “The Birth Order Book”, pub. Revell, 2015, pp131-148

[viii] Ibid (i)

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

[x] Ibid

[xi] Ibid p323, pp 104-115

An Open Letter to Hillary Clinton Presidential Candidate

An Open Letter to Hillary Clinton Presidential Candidate

By

The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter, Retired

https://gadflyblog.com/tag/Hillary

5/30/2016

The Presidential Election of 2016 is over and a new president has been elected.  Fortunately for the nation it was not another “Firstborn President”, whom have the reputation of getting the nation involved in wars and conflicts of all kinds with their “Must Win” attitudes.  Check the data yourself on “Birth-Order, Presidents and Wars” on the internet. [i]  You will also find in this data that “Middleborn Presidents” have gotten the nation out of more wars and conflicts than any of the other “Birth-Order Presidents” .  Some of these recent “middle-born presidents” were D. Eisenhower, R. Nixon, J. F. Kennedy, R. Reagan and G.H.W. Bush.

But you may have inadvertently found a new way to elect our president!  Your vocal and public negative opinion of the leader of Russia may have inspired them to work against you in this election through  negative propaganda against your presidency!  The old saw that “People who live in glass houses should not throw rocks”, applies.   It appears that anyone with a vote wants something for their vote.  You promised more government entitlements for votes and citizens seem to want more government entitlements, so you got their votes.  Before we, as a nation, empowered all the citizens with a vote for the president, this assignment was to the state legislatures, thus “The Electoral College”.   But the state legislatures also wanted something for their votes!  Now with your help we have international leaders casting their vote for our president and I suppose they want something for their votes!  Could it be they have chosen the person that they want to negotiate terms of agreements with?

True “Middleborn Children” grow up in the precarious position between two same sex siblings and must learn how to negotiate for their “Space”.  [ii]  We now have a “Middleborn President” and we are moving forward in a negotiating manner.  In the 90’s I sent you kudos for your example of “Keeping the family fortune intact”, the wives responsibility [iii].  A job well done.  Now as General Patton stated on his way to the Battle of the Bulge, “We are moving forward, either help or get out of the way”.

[i] http://gadfly.wordpress.com/tag/president’s-styles/

[ii] http://drleman.com/

[iii], My mother

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

Ten Simple Codes of Conduct

Ten Simple Codes of Conduct Ver. 1.0.1

The Philosopher

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

5/16/2017

Copyright 2017

Introduction

These Ten Simple Codes of Conduct have been misinterpreted since they were first written over three thousand years ago.  They were meant to provide a new nation with an infrastructure that would make them an economic powerhouse and greater than their competitors that would want to take their land from them. These Ten Simple Codes of Conduct when followed, would produce a nation with a high national economic operating efficiency (NEOE), resulting in what would not be a continuing growing national debt as we (the USA) now have, but a national economic surplus.

These Ten Simple Codes of Conduct have been made into a religious symbol by labeling them as “The Ten Commandments” – commandments that must be followed under the authority of God.  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 onto 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 and 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. German Philosopher, Immanuel Kant, of the eighteenth century, thought that there was only one categorical imperative, as he stated, “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 Simple Codes of Conduct is that “we will live long in the land that has been given to us.” (Exodus 20:12) Thus, the Ten Simple Codes of Conduct are actually Ten Hypothetical Imperatives.

Two Ways to Enslave a Nation

“There are two ways to enslave a nation – with war and with 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 NEOE will own the other nation’s debt.  Theoretically, the interest on the national debt can grow to exceed our taxable gross national product (GDP) and the cost to operate our country.  In this case, we will have become slaves to the nation holding our national debt.  The Ten Simple Codes of Conduct 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 will be. The higher the nation’s NEOE, the lower the national debt will be, and there may even be a surplus in the budget.

Explanation of the Ten Simple Codes of Conduct [ii]

  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 children’s well-being, so don’t seek advice or help from anyone else. There is a higher power who 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. Just as our parents gave us what we needed to live on this planet Earth, so does this higher power, a.k.a. the Creator of the Universe (CoU).
  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 to 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, a.k.a. “classical conditioning” [iii].
  3. You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God: This has been interpreted for centuries as a verbal This cannot be a verbal activity; it has to be an action activity.   Do not intend to bring harm, discomfort or kill anyone in the name of God, a.k.a. the CoU.  This applies to a nation as well as to individuals that make up that nation.  This cannot be both verbal and action, 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 chose to bring discomfort or death to the accused, which is an action in God’s name, and therefore, misusing the name of God.   Therefore, verbal and action of the misuse of the name of God are mutually exclusive.Even the Apostle Peter did not understand that misusing the name of 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 and only contributing a portion of the proceeds to the Apostles’ social fund to take care of widows and those in need. [iv]  If this is the role model we are to follow, we are in “Deep Trouble” economically!
  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.[v]   We need one day a week to recharge our batteries, and spend time with our families and friends.  Everyone needs to choose for themselves what day this will be for them.The latest investigations by this writer indicate that the seven-day week evolved from there being five stars that wandered (Planetes Asteres`), [vi] plus the sun and the moon, as Earth was thought to be the center of the universe. Nature has shown us many numbers in a Fibonacci Sequence (1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, etc. to infinity), such as the numbers of: spring flower petals, rings on a sea shell, layers on a pine cone, stars in galaxies, etc.  The number seven does not appear in any significance in nature!  Therefore, an eight-day week, consisting of a five-day work week and a three-day weekend, would allow for one day to resupply the home with life’s necessities, one day to perform all the required maintenance on the home and one day to spend with family and friends (the Sabbath day).  Or, take as many three-day holidays as you desire. [vii]
  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 firsthand that we will never see.  “Living long in this land” is an economic reality.  These Ten Simple Codes of Conduct are classified as hypothetical imperatives – something one does 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 Imperatives (not necessarily the USA) will develop a strong infrastructure and a high NEOE.   The result will be that they will be stronger economically than the nations that would like to take their land from them.Modern twenty-first century technology has shown that, as we develop our skills, knowledge and abilities, our DNA also changes and reflects these improvements. Therefore, our parents and ancestors passed down their skills, knowledge and abilities though their DNA and we will pass our improved DNA to our descendants. Respecting the sources of our DNA certainly speaks of honoring your father and mother and their ancestors.
  6. You shall not murder: We 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 of 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 Advisor, or Tour Guide through Life that the Representative of the Creator of the Universe (RoCoU), a.k.a. Jesus, sent to us at the Pentecost Festival after his ascension into His world in a form that was compliant for the journey.  Notice that 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”).  The former are known as “descriptive labels,” as they describe what the entity does.  To connect to this Personal Advisor, one only needs to make a decision to want to connect to the Advisor, and the Advisor will find you. Just be prepared to listen to this Advisor advising you (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, as this decision is personal, private and confidential information, and it is between you and this Personal Counselor.It should be noted that adultery does not specify monogamy; it does not rule out polygamy. Having more than one spouse of either sex earning an income would upset the economy due to the fundamental law of economics: supply and demand.  Having more than one income per household causes those with only one income in their household to have to hold down two jobs or find a way to supplement their income.  Sometimes this situation results from the “Have-Nots” preying on the assets of the “Haves” and feeling justified in doing so.  Civil law would judge these single income families as law-breakers for these activities resulting in the taxpayers paying for their room and board in a government-run penal facility, contributing in-turn to a decrease in our NEOE and an increase in our national debt. [viii]  Thus extra taxes would need to be leveled on multiple income families to equilibrate for the economic reality of supply and demand.
  1. You shall not steal: Theft causes a great inefficiency in our national economic operations. These activities results in there being too many policemen’s boots on the ground trying to manage these crimes and building more prisons to hold more prisoners. It is counterproductive to increasing our 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.
  2. You shall not 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 taxpayers as well as the effects on our NEOE.
  3. You shall not covet thy neighbor’s house or wife: Be content with what you have. Legal cost to manage greed can be staggering and the negative social issues that result from divorces are numerous and astounding.   These are all a drain on our NEOE and can have lasting effects on others in our society down to the next three or four generations.

Conclusion

The Ten Commandments have been misinterpreted since their inception.  We see their dramatization every year by Cecil B. De Mill’s presentation of The Ten Commandments and Charlton Heston’s portrayal of Moses coming down from Mount Saini with the these Ten Commandments written in stone.

Nobody likes to be commanded to do anything.  This is a loss of their freedom. Or is it?  My canine friend understands a number of commands, but these commands do not take away from his freedom. Instead, they provide for his safety and the safety of others.  Commands such as “stop,” “lead,” or “leave it” are all designed to provide for his safely in crossing streets and disengaging from other canines, felines, squirrels, etc.  So as it is with these Ten Simple Codes of Conduct – they are not given to take away from our freedom, but they are given to protect us from the invasion of our nation by a foreign competitor, by war or by debt, and the resulting loss of our freedom.
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] Classical Conditioning,  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Classical_conditioning/

[iv] Peter, The Bible, “Acts of the Apostles” 5:1-11

[v] The Bible, NiV, “Mark 2:27”,

[vi] Greek astronomers, Sixth century BC,

[vii] The Philosopher, https://gadflyblog.com/tag/fibonacci/

[viii] https://anewparadigminchristianthinking.wordpress.com/tag/hypothetical-imperatives/