It is the wisdom of the turtle that righteousness* is the number one case of human misery and hate. Therefore this ezine works form the premise of the new paradigm, which says: there is no absolute right or wrong, only guiding principle based on love and caring, and which work for all concerned. If you want to hold on to your old way of believing and not grow in wisdom; then this ezine may not be for you. My purpuse is not to convert anyone, but to help thoses that wish to grow.
*Righteousness – the paradigm that there is a absolute set of mores or right & wrong rules and, in most cases that come from God, and are set down in a book like the bible, the Koran the baghada, etc. This includes business beliefs that bottom line justafies non-caring.


It's not what you don't know that hurts you. It's what you do know that ain't so.
Mark Twain


In most of the Canadian Provinces, there is a policy of checking on any stalled vehicle on the highway when the temperatures drop to the single digits or below.
 
One morning in March 2004, about 3AM, RCMP Constable Bill Wisen was awakened to respond to such a call of a car off the shoulder on the Trans Canada Highway outside Medicine Hat, Alberta.  Constable Wisen located the car still running, stuck in deep snow along side the highway.  Pulling in behind it with his emergency lights on, Constable Wisen walked to the driver's door to find an older man passed out behind the wheel and a near empty bottle of vodka in the seat.  He tapped on the window and the driver woke up, seeing the rotating lights in his rear view mirror and the RCMP Constable standing next to his car. The man panicked and jerked the gearshift into drive and hit the gas.  The car's speedometer was showing 20-30-40 then 50 KPH, but was still stuck in the snow.
 
Constable Wisen, having a sense of humor, began running in place next to the speeding, but still stationary car.  The driver was totally freaked thinking the officer was actually keeping up with him.  This continued for about 20 seconds, then Constable Wisen yelled at the man, ordering him to "pull over".  The man obeyed, turned his wheel, and stopped the engine.


Vol 1 Number 1 January 2005

Angel training________________Sticker.
2025________________________Peace
Humer______________________Getting old & RCMP
New Research________________Consciousness Animals
Turtle Wisdom________________Free Will No Will
Thought_____________________Mark Twain

Free Will - No Will


It is the wisdom of the turtle that free will and no will are both true and together create the oneness nature of reality. We in the West have lost our deep understanding of the true nature of reality. This is because we have come to rely on scientific or mechanical understanding of reality. Free will versus No Will is a good example of this seeming dichotomy. If one studies only the physical nature of human behavior, and physiology, as a large number of scientists do, then it is true that free will is an illusion. There is no free will. We are born into a culture and family with set ideas and ways of doing things. This environment then begins to program our brain to think and behave in set ways. If you were born into an Iraqi family, you would learn to speak Arabic and go to school, learning the Koran. You would not know any different. The same is true if you were born in any country, you would learn to love and support that country. So you see, there is no free will; we are programmed just like a computer in the environment we are born into. It is the belief of many scientists that if we were to develop a computer powerful enough we could not only mimic human behavior but also predict our thoughts before we have them. So there is no choice, no free will. We are really just puppets dancing to the strings of our environment.
 
If this is true then why do we have such a strong feeling that we do have choice? Where does this experience come from? Why do we feel that we are a person in our head that is looking out our eyes, separate from our body. Ask this question to a material scientist and he will not know but will say as a guess that it is just the nature of a computer to do that when it is complex enough. This is all that he can say because he must stick to his assumption that matter is all there is, and if matter is all there is then there can be no other explanation.
 
But the scientist must also ignore the fact that quantum theory says that matter is some form of illusion. That only mind can cause matter to come into existence. He must also ignore the strange phenomenon that everything our body or brain does takes place one-half of a second before we, that little person in the head, become aware it happened. So as I type these words they appear on the screen before I am aware I type it. Experiments into what is going on with the half-second gap have shown that thinking and emotion take place before the gap and choice or understanding take place after the gap. This gap then implies that there is a separation between the computer brain and where understanding takes place. So we do have choice. We have free will to guide our brain and bodies into situations where it could be programmed to do what we wish it to do. The scientists are right that our bodies do not have free will but we are not our bodies. Since we are not our bodies but are something beyond our bodies, then we do have choice and free will.

Consciousness Animals


The acceptance of animal consciousness is growing. In the new paradigm this will be widely accepted. There are many new research studies that continue to add weight to the argument that animals have some level of self-awareness.  The most recent study, to make it into a mainstream scientific journal, is one done with a border collie named Rico. Rico can fetch in excess of 200 objects by name, which adds strong weight to the idea that dogs can understand human language. Rico was never trained to do this. His owner said that she just discovered it one day, but her husband would not believe her. Five years ago Rico got on a German TV show with human competitors and won.
 
This brought him to the attention of some researchers who set up experiments to test Rico. The researchers concluded that Rico did understand human words, and said his vocabulary size is comparable to the language of trained apes, dolphins, sea lions, and parrots, which all match that of a three-year-old human. The study can be found in the journal “Science” 11 June 2004; 304.

 

Your next lesson, should you chose to accept it, is to buy some colored stickers and stick them on children you see when out.

By 2025 Only 20% of the U.S. population will still be using the traditional Christian Bible. Another 30% also will call themselves Christian or some other name like Jesus people, but they will be using a new book that contains sayings of Jesus translated from the original eastern Aramaic text, and the narrative stories of Jesus will be labeled “stories of wisdom.” Another 45% of the population will be a mix of eastern religions, Buddhist, Zen, Hinduism, Confucianism, etc.; with the rest being earth and Native American religions, and about 5% Moslem.

I was thinking about how a status symbol of today is those cell phones that everyone has clipped on. I can't afford one. So, I'm wearing my garage door opener.

Employment application blanks always ask 'who is to be notified in case of an emergency.' I think you should write, "A Good Doctor!"

You know, I spent a fortune on deodorant before I realized that people didn't like me anyway.
I was thinking that women should put pictures of missing husbands on beer cans!

I was thinking about old age and decided that it is 'when you still have something on the ball, but you are just too tired to bounce it'.

I thought about making a fitness movie, for folks my age, and call it "Pumping Rust."

I know, when people see a cat's litter box, they always say, "Oh, have you got a cat?" Just once I want to say, "No, it's for company!"

Why do they put pictures of criminals up in the Post Office? What are we supposed to do -- write to these men? Why don't they just put their pictures on the postage stamps so the mailmen could look for them while they deliver the mail?

I was thinking about how people seem to read the Bible a whole lot more as they get older. Then, it dawned on me, they were cramming for their finals. As for me, I'm just hoping God grades on the curve.