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.
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
Humer______________________Getting old & RCMP
New Research________________Consciousness Animals
Turtle Wisdom________________Free Will No Will
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.
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
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
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
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
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.