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The Ethic of Reciprocity vis-à-vis the Golden, Silver, and Platinum Ru1eS “Ф”:

Dear friends,

Hear the Good News !

May we “pronounce God’s name” as a blessing, at all times and in all places, so that “The Lord will bless us and keep us, and look on us all with favour, and give us peace” (see Numbers 6.24-27).

“The Golden Rule or ethic of (positive) reciprocity is a maxim, an ethical code, or a morality, that essentially states either of the following:
1. “One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself (positive “+” form of the Golden Rule).
2. “One should not treat others in ways that one would not like to be treated (neg “–” form, also called the Silver Rule).

The positive and negative forms of the Golden Rule have the same, but complementary value. Each side would have no value (and indeed, would not exist) without the contrast of the “other”. The two forms happily spiral “in-control” and “in-balance” – for the good of both – at all times.

What is referred to as ”Tit for tat” reciprocity though, is decidedly “un-golden”, for it is inherent only in worth-less, “flawed” thought. It is a “negative quantity” for both parties, which “repels” them, for they (it) has “no-good intention” between, and thus unhappily spirals “out of control” – indefinitely, until un-flawed, thought-full agreement is reached, and good-ness prevails.

When the positive (+) and negative ( – ) forms of the “Golden” Rule are viewed as “opposing polarities” of the “same entity” – they would be mere points “together” – separated and surrounded by the “nothingness of space” – and their values “negated into nothingness”.

We know now that white light can be broken down into its colourful “rainbow” components, and each colour has a particular “frequency” accorded to it by scientists, who have studied light using sensitive measuring equipment. So we may assume for the purposes of our informal non-academic thought-process, that each “colour” or “frequency” of what we know of as “light” (which is just another form of “energy”) has its own “maxima and minima” – outside of its’ “mean”, or “average frequency”, over time. Time, here, is of critical importance, for without it, frequency has no meaning, and no colours would be seen.

So, it seems, that even “colour” moves. Within each atom of metal or gas (whether “noble”, “coloured”, “of a substance”, or “not”), scientists assure us that there is “movement” – and “polarity(s)” even. This, no doubt about it, is what makes the world go “around” The “poles” provide the “axis” or “turning point” for the “body” – the “earth”.

Gold (Au) is metallic, and when finely divided can range in colour from black, ruby or purple. Very soft, and yellow in colour, a very small amount of it can be beaten out to a large area. It is a good conductor of heat and electricity, and is unaffected by air and most reagents. It melts at 1062 degrees Celsius, and boils at 2000 degrees Celsius.

Silver (Ag) is an excellent conductor of heat and electricity, and is nearly white, lustrous, soft, very ductile, and malleable metal. It melts at 962˚C and boils at 2212˚C. It is subject to tarnishing over time as a result of oxidization.

Platinum (Pt) is also a noble metal, and melts at 1772˚C and boils at 3800˚C. Like the others above, it is lustrous, malleable and ductile, and is as resistant as gold to corrosion and tarnishing.

All of these are “precious metals”, and “hard to find’, along with most metals noble. Chemists and physicists, mathematicians and scientists have only unlocked their secrets over the last several hundred years, and have worked together to formulate the Periodic and Atomic Tables which can predict the chemical and physical interactions between metals, liquids and gases at various temperatures.

All of this is very humbling (or should be) to the ordinary person on the street, as well as to the scientists concerned, for they surely recognize that their contribution has been founded upon the shoulders and hard work of others, who in their own time, have sought the “holy grail”, and “passed on”.

But equally, none of this would have been possible without the vision of those who could read and write and think “well”, and who could bravely communicate the ideas and ideals of “well-thought” kindly philosophy – and of our ever-forming and changing religious beliefs – which “the (irreligious) establishment” would like to “set in stone” (that is, personally “limit” and “control”), for their own purpose, and advantage.

It is in this sure knowledge that we can face the future, because “Where you are, we are, also, and God IS….”

If we can visualize the two complementing aspects of the noble “Golden Rule” as “self-supporting”, and as “self-evident North and South poles” of the “totality” of the earliest “Pre-eminent Rule of the Uni-verse”, we should also visualize that (similar to the “earth” analogy, which should further allow that “any analogy between God and humans will always be inadequate”), something of “substance” must lie between the “Gold” and the “Silver” poles of the “one” Rule.

Since we have ascribed the value of the “poles” as the precious and noble metals “Gold” and “Silver” to the pre-eminent “first” rule of the universe, it should not come as a surprise to us that “Platinum” has been chosen to describe the “middle path” to the Golden Rule of Love “ Ф “ (God)(the Divine Proportion).

Like the North and South poles of the earth (which provide for its axis of rotation), the “poles” are separated by a mass of substance, of platinum “otherness”, which “at once” also provides a “life force” which encapsulates the whole, including the poles.

The earth is also coated with a thin layer of gases, which are held in place by “the weakest force in the earth’s Solar system” – gravity.

These gases are drawn mostly from the earth itself, and so may be said to be a vital part of “it”, and of all life which has emerged from “it” over aeons of time. “Earth” has often been referred to as “Mother Earth”, while “time” has been referred to as “Father Time”.

Since my “WordWeb” dictionary defines “aeon” as “An immeasurably long period of time”…, “The longest division of geological time”…, and (within the realm of religion) “a divine power or nature emanating from the Supreme Being and playing various roles in the operation of the universe”, it would seem that the ancient civilizations (from which our words for “concepts” are derived), knew a thing or two: they worshiped both “Mother Earth” and “Father Time” as indivisible parts of the same entity many westerners call “God”, and many easterners call “Allah”.

When we of current generations think of and pray to Allah, or God, the Creator (of both Heaven and Earth), we visualize for ourselves a “life-giving force” (infinitely greater than the earth’s weak force of gravity), which not only “holds things together” (in space), but which is encapsulated in each and every uniquely created “thing of substance” within this, our world, and in all of space “there-out” – “out there”….

In other words: Our own “uni-verse”, and in the space “be-yond” (identical to, farther along in space or time or degree, or “in addition to”). The “farther” (further) we go outward in time (away from home), the closer we get to identify the word as “father”.

Conversely, the “closer we get to home”, the “closer we get” to “mother”. These two components of the same body cannot exist without the other, and we may also envisage this relationship to the “yin” and the “yang” of Chinese mythology – “ “.

The two components can be seen as “complementary” rather than (and only) as opposing “opposites”; “complementary” as in the difference between “something” and “nothing”, like “light” and “dark”, or like the numbers “ 1 “ and “ 0 “ etc. Each of these things have meaning “made known to us” by reference to the “other”.

“Zero” (0), by itself has no value, but when placed next to a “unit” (1), it becomes powerful…, as in “a” the first letter of our Roman Alphabet (which is followed by 24 others until we reach the last, 26th letter “z”. Capitalization of these letters from “A – Z” means that we have 26 letters with which to compose our words – and to indicate emphasis – and we have some few hundreds of thousands of words in English.

If we add the words of other languages which also use the augmented Latin system, that number is multiplied many times. Most languages also use devices to break up and to separate sentences and paragraphs, ranging from a “dot” or “full stop” for sentence breaks, and “commas” to indicate appropriate pausing within them, etc.

Should we insert a “unit” (1) in the centre of the “zero” (O) we “at once” achieve the very powerful figure “ Ф “ which brings to mind “our world rotating” on its axis, and which has had its importance recognized by the Greeks and later mathematicians as the most appropriate symbol to be connected to the “Universal Constant of Beauty”. “Phi” (Ф) is a ratio of “length” to “breadth” in “Divine Proportion”, and, like the Greek letter “Pi” (π), is related to the circle of “unit radius”.

Both “Phi” and “Pi” have values which, in the decimal system, are a non-repeating and ever-lasting, on-going “series”. Surely, when we consider such powerful symbols, we are “close” to the “heart of matter”, and to the “core” or “realm” of God.

Surely then, as far as humans can intuit and feel and know, we are close to God the “unknowable” when we consider these things “in depth” – from “all perspectives” – as objective observers, without prejudice.

God then, for us, can be “GФD”: the everlasting and non-repeating, life-giving and loving entity of “Divine Proportion”, who/which should be “revered” (loved, praised and respected) for creating for “us” this beautiful world, and for uniquely creating “us” – all of us – from generation to generation – and for having granted us all (to have and to hold) unique talents and skills, which should be encouraged (within the light bonds of love) equally.

When we reflect this love back to GФD, we will surely “see clearly” (and not “through a glass, darkly”) the paths we may follow as we “work together” to “lovingly” achieve “The Light”, each in our own time, and without fear or regret, as we honour our “Loving God’s Principle Rule”: “Love one another as I have loved you” (which is just another aspect of the “Golden Rule of Divine Proportion and Loving Reasonable Reciprocity”).

The “Platinum Rule” (the middle way – a minimum for civilized society to continue to exist): “The golden rule is a good standard which is further improved by doing unto others, wherever reasonable, as they want to be done by".

This “Platinum Rule” (of greatest latitude) was penned by Vienna born Professor Karl Popper (1902-1994), who, having experienced the terrors of a “closed” Nazi system of government in Germany in 1937, made his escape to work on in New Zealand, and then, with great distinction, in the UK. It was first published in his influential work "The Open Society and its Enemies Vol 2” in 1945. The key word in this rule is “reasonable”.

The “Platinum Rule” is like unto another saying “If you cannot love, then your only duty is to respect, and to do no harm, where this is an option open to you”.

“Doing as you would be done by”, includes taking into account your neighbor's tastes, just as you would that your neighbour should take yours into account.” This version of a generously workable “rule of thumb” has apparently arisen from another book, by Walter Terence Stace, in The Concept of Morals (1937), where he commented on Mr. Bernard Shaw's remark, a critique of the Golden Rule: "Do not do unto others as you would that they should do unto you. Their tastes may be different".

If these “similarities” are viewed “at depth”, perhaps they could be viewed as “Palladian” (Pd) aspects of the Golden Rule. Gold (Au), Silver (Ag), Paladium (Pd) and Platinum (Pt) sit “side by side” or “adjacent to” each of the others in the Periodic Table, and almost “slap bang” in the “middle” of it (or so it would seem to this non-professional in the field),

These foundational concepts of “Platinum hue” and “precious and noble value” are like two opposing sides of the same coin – which nevertheless would have no value without reference to the other, and to that which it is sandwiched “between”.

Like the two opposing poles of the earth, which present an “axis for rotation”, all meridians pass equally through them (on the surface, and at depth), thus: “ Ф “.

Yes, the “Gold”, the “Silver” and the “Platinum” rules are the noble components of the “One Truth” with which we should “live out” our lives, “loving”.

May we “pronounce God’s name” as a blessing, at all times and in all places, so that “The Lord will bless us and keep us, and look on us all with favour, and give us peace”.

Let the “Heaven on Earth” we all aspire to “begin”, and let it begin with “you” and “I”:

That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. That is the whole Torah (Law); the rest is the explanation; go (and practice what is Divine), and learn (to live in peace, one with another). “Love your neighbor as you love yourself. Do that, and you will live (eternally free to “be”).”

Thinking people who have been blessed with “reason” or “common-sense” will not have far to “go” to achieve this goal. The key word in the Platinum Rule is “reasonable”, which must have regard for “both sides” of the “discussion”. It is folly to allow discussions to escalate into confrontations, since recriminations escalate the pitch of the meeting(s).

Since this “commonsense” approach is at least “the norm”, or “view” held by decent “homo” and “hetero” people (male and female, black and white, abled and disabled etc etc), “we” are at least 95% towards standing up to the bullies of this world, already. It is true that some corrupt regimes are hard to topple, but fall they will, to “loving people power”…, as their corrupt practices are exposed in their nakedness. Like them, we too are liable to be corrupted, unless we “steer the middle course” to the Light of God’s Love, which finds its best expression in “mutual self-help”.

“Mutual self-help” is yet another expression of the “Golden Rule” in all its finely balanced aspects, for it includes all that which is “between” and platinum, valuable, and reasonable. “All versions and forms of the proverbial Golden Rule have one aspect in common, they all call for others the equal manner and respect we want for ourselves.

Amen, and Ameen etc ! Let it be so !

PS: In writing the above in 2011, I referred to the following sources: and , while the material relating to “The Golden Rule”, “Yin Yang” , “Roman Alphabet”, and “Greek Symbols”, was sourced from , , , , , ,,_science,_and_engineering , etcetera , and of course, the Bible (God’s “Good Book”), that great work of millennia and a thousand authors (who each had their own limited and partial understanding, gradually built), which shows us clearly the “ups and downs” of lives lived over time, and “what is good” (loving), and what is not, for rich and poor alike, without prejudice.

Living as we do, at this time, said to be the “Third Millennium” and in the “Age of Aquarius” (the “Age of the Water-bearing Peaceful Warrior”)(see , etc , “none of us” have any excuse for misunderstanding this message, nor for ignoring the imperatives of Love. There is no religion higher than Truth: “When you want only Love, that is what you will see.” (The Course in Miracles) Lest we forget !

I noted also that the "Declaration Toward a Global Ethic" from the Parliament of the World’s Religions (1993) proclaimed the Golden Rule ("We must treat others as we wish others to treat us") as the common principle for many religions, and that the Initial Declaration was signed by 143 respected leaders from all of the world's major faiths, including Baha'i Faith, Brahmanism, Brahma Kumaris, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Indigenous, Interfaith, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Native American, Neo-Pagan, Sikhism, Taoism, Theosophist, Unitarian Universalist and Zoroastrian.

Certainly, we have arrived in this new era (the Dawning of the Age of Aquarius) without excuse; now all we have to do is to "deliver", kindly.

Getting down to the Nitty Gritty from the Land of Aus, downunder:

Australian Stories:

Last night I happened to watch Part 2 of an Australian TV documentary called “David Stratton's Stories of Australian Cinema”. I had not yet seen Part 1, but was soon able to watch this at . Part 3 promises to be as good.

Part 2, titled “OUTSIDERS” mentions the following Australian films, some of which I have seen at the “movies”, and some on TV. All of them appealed to me, because they highlighted the Australian landscape and diverse peoples. I thoroughly recommend readers viewing of this program in particular, though I feel sure, having also viewed Part 1, that Part 3, the final in the series will be just as enlightening. I urge all CPWR members-TORONTO-attendees to do so as soon as possible, since this window of opportunity apparently ends on the 14th February 2018.

Australian films mentioned in Part 2 are: The Overlanders, Muriel’s Wedding, The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, They’re a Weird Mob, The Story of the Kelly Gang, Lantana, The Adventures of Barry McKenzie, Strictly Ballroom, Alvin Purple, Ten Canoes, The Dress Maker, Chopper, Death in Brunswick, The Man from Snowy River, Wake in Fright, Welcome to Whoop Whoop, Animal Kingdom, Evil Angels, Gallipoli, Razorback, Romper Stomper, Wolf Creek, Rogue, Walkabout, Crocodile Dundee, Rabbitproof Fence, picnic at hanging Rock, Mad Dog Morgan, The Last Wave, The Proposition, Charlie’s Country, The Tracker, Bran Nue Dae, Radiate, Goldstone, Samson and Delilah, Spear, Beneath Clouds, and The Sapphires. My apologies to the producers if I have missed any.

Part 1 mentioned some which particularly grabbed my attention also: Gallipoli, Breaker Morant, Shine, Jedda, My Brilliant Career, Those who Love, The Cheaters, among others. I look forward with you to take a look at Part 3 in due course.

I must say that many of the films mentioned here impacted me, since they deal with the hypocrisies all societies have to deal with; they are as fresh in my mind as the American film “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They ?” which also is a social commentary about the immorality which separates the “have’s” and the “have-nots”. The “have’s” certainly will have a lot to answer for if they are ever to approach their Maker.

Because, “in the end” if we cannot be kind, even to our animals, insofar as we can help it, what are “we” ? In my opinion, this issue must ALSO be UNEQUIVOCALLY dealt with in the 7th Parliament of the World’s Religions in Toronto THIS year. We cannot afford to pussyfoot around this issue any more.

Universally pleasant themes are important for heart-mind healing and well being....

Universally pleasant themes are important for heart-mind healing and well being, such as “The Happy Prince”, which can now be searched out again on-line, by taking a look at (see and or at etc).

I recommend Christmas stories like “The Small One” (see ), “The Littlest Angel” (see ), “Lullaby of Christmas” (“The Tongue-less Ones”) – see ),”Tubby the Tuba” (see ) and many other old favorites listed for you at , or at other section headers, so that together, we can kindly relive all of these stories with our children, and our grandchildren….

Discord presents itself when misogynists attempt to ban everything people like and appreciate. Empathy (treating others in the same way we would like to be treated) is the heart of Love. See , , etc. From simple truths' work up to the more complex issues:

Art (musical and otherwise) is a channel of expression to release, elevate, and understand our inner conflicts, fears, and tensions as well as our aspirations and hopes. Art is society’s great cultural university that is open for all.

Art strives for form, and hopes for beauty, or truth; or both. Art is the most beautiful invention of mankind, the universal language of life, a reflection of self for the artist, the audience, the past, present and future.

The creative powers of people are infinite, and must be supported, not denied.

Salvation does not mean liberation from this physical world, nor from the cares of family, but it does mean liberation from blind family bonds. Salvation is a ladder – reaching from the heart of “man” to heart of God. Thus, we should encourage artistic expression, not denounce it.

Worthy are those who preach love, and practice its kind application: Kind thoughts, Kind words, and Kind deeds. "Wound-Wisdom”, which lightly binds as it unwinds, is “Loves’ Clarion Call”. It “cuts to the quick” (the very heart of what matters).

There should be NO Compulsion in Religion (Koran 2.256); Speak of goodness to people (Koran 2.83). We are to help, encourage, comfort, nurture and support each other, so as to build up community - Paul's 1st Letter to the Corinthians, chapter 13 titled "Love".

Love is the Direction, the Goal; Love is the Answer to all the problems of this world to which we are confined, until we bring about our own new birth, and those of our children, and our children's children. The Goodness of "loving-kindness" is the “salve” for all wounds to body, mind and spirit, which have to be first bound, tended and cared for, and then unwound, for healing to take place, from the “inside” - out. If we love each other, then we will respect each and every one, and not do to others that we would hate for our own selves.

I send all of my very best wishes, as always, from the Land of Aus, downunder.... Happy New Year, Everyone !

God's Realm, or Domain:

Two zero's side by side are the symbol for infinity – ie “ Ꝏ “. Infinity includes “everything”, and excludes nothing.

Now here are some of the symbols wisely chosen by our forebears: Φ for Phi, π for Pi, Ꝏ for Infinite. Other symbols which might be of interest to readers are © for “copyright” or “uniquely created”, ∫ for “integral”, α for “alpha” (the first), Ω “Omega” (the Last), ⁰ for “degree”, and = for “equal”. And we may note that “equal” angled differently can also be shown as ‖ , where not one is above or below the other, but standing and working “with” the other, side by side, hand in hand, step by step.

Each one of us is uniquely created and therefore © . Even identical twins have their differences. Thus it must be true that “All people are created EQUAL members of one human family”, and are BOTH male AND female (etc) “INSIDE.”, to fully display our “humanity” and those factors which we attribute to “God”, not least of which is the “Good God” factor “e”. This is the symbol we attribute to “energy”. That energy, or “Divine Spark”, rightly applied, can transform us into “humane” humans, “equal”, with not one above or below an “other”.

Otherwise, if we have no love, we are nothing; nothing can save us; we are destroyed. But there is hope, and we can find it in each moment while we yet live. So it is to this hope we should cling. It is our “life-raft”, our “saving grace”. We can say “Amen” or “Ameen” all we like, but if we have no love, we are nothing.

I did get to see "Go Tell it on the Mountain" musical in about 1973. I now see that it must have been based on the semi-autobiographical 1953 novel by James Baldwin of the same title. That performance certainly contained the words of the song dating back to at least 1865, that has been sung by "slaves" and recorded by many gospel and secular performers since. I saw it then, and do now, as a FREEDOM song; it certainly has been used in the Civil Rights struggle of the early 1960s.…

To serve, then, does not mean to submit. It means to do our very best, with what we have, when we can, humbly.

God's Realm is more than the nothingness of no-thing. It is filled with more than just the void, or emptiness of space. God's Realm has nothing to do with mere "kingdoms" or "fiefdoms" or "thraldoms" or "sheikdoms" or "popedoms" or "principalities" or "caliphates" or "sultanates" or "emirates" etc etc, which are merely man-made vested interests, unless the leaders/incumbents of these positions of power are self-less, and live to serve all people.

Until now, these earth-bound structures have been incomplete, and partial, while God's Realm is whole, and complete, filled with content, and impartial (Unprejudiced and Free from undue bias or preconceived opinions). They pass away, as do puffed up bags of wind, even though some of them do contain some content.

God's Realm has everything to do with the gravity of gravitas, which applies through-out the Universe, which is really more than just one Multiverse. God's Presence is felt as attraction rather than understood, as we progress from the negative to the positive. God's Presence is Realized through the works of science, rather than religion, which supplies only the questions posed by our recognition of the beauty of nature around us, among us, and within us.

Dedication to particular religions without recourse to science comes to nothing, bar the (unanswered) questions.

That quest has no end in sight (so long as we humans do not destroy entirely that which has already been created, to evolve, as our Good God intended, all along). Wars between men, deception, cruel murder, subjugation, rape and pillage have nothing to do with God's overall plan which kindly evolves over time nevertheless.

After all, there can be no compulsion in religion. Nothing can separate us from the love of God. God’s love to us is a comfort, and a Blessing. It nurtures us, and sustains us through all our trials, as it has done though all the ages which have preceded this one. In this world at this time, we have been able to concentrate our thoughts in writing (well) online. We can share and care (help, encourage, comfort, nurture and support others), and thank the God of our understanding or misunderstanding, as “theists” and atheists too. If anything, we are to love our neighbour as ourselves. In doing this, we will be kind, even to our animals. There is no religion higher than these truths.

There are many languages ث , colours, proportions % and perspectives ▒ . Only some numbers ■ can be rooted √ exactly – the rest of us Σ are in-between ○. Life’s path ▬ may take us through many twists ₪ , turns ╗ , crossroads ╬ , blind alleys ╨ , periods ¶ , growth ♣ and prosperity $. Therefore ∴ , since we ♫ are all Σ subject to the same rules of life ± , We ♫ must ≡ all Σ never stop π moving forward ► as we ♫ seek happiness ☺ and freedom ☼ .

Oh “Core of my heart, my country”… “a land of sweeping plains, of ragged mountain ranges, of droughts, and flooding rains”…. This was my prayer from ULURU (Ayer’s Rock to the uninitiated), the very "Heart" of Australia. There is more to come, but in the interim, I send all of my best wishes to everyone as always, from the Land of Aus, “downunder”….

Please note that my comments above were stimulated by discussion at "linkedin" where Interfaith Professionals abound.


Humanity is like a bouquet of flowers, in which each flower is beautiful in its own right, yet, the combination of all flowers, and the rich diversity of their colours and forms, is more beautiful.

“Man” is in a state of loss, except such as have faith, and do righteous deeds, and join together in the mutual teaching of Truth, and of Patience, and Constancy. Violence and killing have no place in solving the problems of “man”.

Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you: Do unto all as you would wish to have done unto you: Reject for others that what you would reject for yourself.

Show forgiveness, speak for justice, and avoid the ignorant. Share belief in human responsibility, consequences for good and evil deeds, moral teachings, and other values – such as love, peace and justice. Target racism and intolerance, for The command to be merciful applies to all.

The focus of life is not religion. Religion is a tool to focus humanity. It is a way to read the world, but it is not the main thing. It is your efforts in life; your humanity. It’s OK whoever you are; focus on humanity. The Creator wishes human life to be enriched… by the “brotherhood” of all races and nations.

So long as people suffer abuses, they cannot achieve their full potential, as free and equal members of society. The triumph of humanity over injustice, inequality, and inhumanity, all begins with an idea: a sense of justice and the relentless pursuit of compassion and kindness to preserve human dignity.

Regard power as a trust, in the belief that one has to render an account of one’s actions.

Trusts’ fulfillment must be guided by a sense of responsibility, beyond mere conformity to set rules. We are all one people. We have come to a better day; a day where skin colour no longer matters; a day where all people are aware of their dignity, and are aware that each and every one on this wonderful planet has the potential to shine, in the light of God’s pure and brilliant light. Let us all work towards it.

Well educated, balanced individuals can make a positive contribution to their families, community and society. Whoever recommends and helps an evil cause shares in its burden, but Whoever helps another will be granted help from God.

Wisdom brings peace, security and justice. Therefore, Work for social and economic justice, minority empowerment, and reconciliation, and Work together to establish peace, justice and prosperity… worldwide.

Love finds its greatest form by loving good. Loving one’s neighbors recognizes that there is more than one path to the truth.

Injustice shall be darkness on the Day of Judgment. Those who engage in attacks against innocent persons shall stand condemned for God is all-knowing, all-aware. Therefore, Condemn all forms of violence, the contemptuous disregard of international conventions and the poisoning of regional relations. Demand that justice be met for ALL… for It is an inherent right of all human beings.

All human beings are equal. Enjoin what is good; struggle against the vices. Violence against women finds no roots in religion. In the matter of modesty, All are at liberty to decide for themselves their individual comfort levels and the choice of their dressing. A justly balanced community bears witness to the truth. A logical fruit of a merciful attitude is to love….

Therefore, love All, for A true believer is always prepared, after meeting the needs of family, to assist other people in need. Amen ! Action ! Be Kind ! Let it be so ! Let it begin with me ! Praise God ! Love ! .... ....

It seems to me that all people of goodwill can easily relate to this, no matter what faith tradition we spring from. There really is no division between us: “All people are created equal members of one human family”.

PS: I had to work hard to extract and put together these lines hidden within many pages, smothered as they were by partial "religious" verbiage. I admit to having added some joining words, and changing a couple, so that everyone can see the wisdom shining through, without getting caught up in schism. Surely, every religious group should take pleasure reading such words ? Please let me know if you know of any group which would not.... And why ?

I am that I am: The 3000 year old "Wisdom of Solomon" summarized:

Take a look at this common-sense, centrally placed, important, but most neglected book of the Bible !

Life is Useless: (Editor’s Note: This begs the question, “Or is it ?”}

“Life is useless, all useless. You spend your life working hard, and what will you have to show for it in the end? Generations come and go; the sun still rises (and sets); the winds continue to blow; but the world stays just the same. Although our eyes and ears can never see or hear enough to be satisfied, what has happened before will happen again, as it has from the very beginning.

It is like chasing the wind. You can’t straighten out what is crooked, and you can’t count on things that aren’t there. And so I started to think about the differences between wisdom and knowledge, and foolishness, and madness.

Wisdom (enlightened knowledge) is better than foolishness, just as light is better than darkness, for wise people can see a little of where they may be going. Fools cannot, but we must all die, wise and foolish alike.

All we can do is to be happy and do the best we can, while we are still alive. All of us should eat and drink and enjoy what we have worked for. This is life’s benefit (gift). A human being is no better than an animal, because we all die and return to the earth (creator). Sometimes I envy the dead, and even those never born, for they have never seen the injustice that goes on in this world.

It is better to have only a little and have peace of mind (i.e. be satisfied); for one can rise from poverty or prison to become a leader, but if in old age will not take kindly advice, is not as well off as an intelligent poor person.

IF you go to church or temple, go to learn, rather than offer sacrifices as foolish people do. Think before you speak, and don’t make rash promises which you can’t keep. The more you worry, the more likely you are to have bad dreams; the more you talk, the more likely you are to say something foolish. And no matter how much you dream, how much useless work you do, or how much you talk, always stand in awe of your God Creator.


Know that every bureaucracy oppresses the poor in some way, and that every official tries to protect their own position and interests. But we leave this world just as we entered it – with nothing. There is nothing we can take with us! The best thing anyone can do is to eat and drink and work and enjoy the short life which has been allotted. Be grateful. Be kind – even to your animals. Be satisfied with what you have, rather than always wanting something else. Internal happiness is the gift of God, our Creator.

The living should remember that death is waiting for us all, and that the day you die is better than the day you were born. Remember also that sorrow is better than laughter; it may sadden your face, but it sharpens your understanding. Wise people think about their death. If you take a bribe, you ruin your character. Patience is better than pride. Keep your temper under control; it is foolish to harbour a grudge. Don’t wonder why “things were so much better in the old days”, because that is not an intelligent question. Wisdom should keep you safe, but bad luck can happen to anyone.

When things are going well, just remember that life sends both happiness and trouble, and we never know what is going to happen next – good people may die while other evil ones live on. Strive to find a balance. There is no one on earth who does what is right all the time and never makes a mistake.

Beware of those who would trap you with undue lust, for their arms around you will hold you like a chain, catch you like a trap, or a net. Watch out for people who grin and wink at you, for they have thought of something evil already. Wisdom can help you avoid these traps, so that you are not filled with worry, and can smile a lot.

None of us knows what is going to happen, and there is no one to tell us. No one can put off dying, or put off the day of death. That is a battle we cannot escape; we cannot cheat our way out.

Sometimes righteous people get the punishment of the wicked, and sometimes the wicked get the praise and reward of the righteous. Wise people may claim to know all, but they don’t! All we can tell is that the same fate will come to the righteous and the wicked, to the good and the bad, to those who are religious or who are not, to those who offer sacrifices and those who do not. One fate comes to all alike.

While we are alive in the world of the living, there is hope, so enjoy life with the people you love, as long as you can. Eat your food and be happy; drink your wine and be cheerful. It’s all right with God. Work hard at whatever you do.

Fast runners do not always win races, and the brave do not always win battles. However they try, wise persons do not always earn a living, intelligent ones do not always get rich, and capable folk do not always rise to high positions. Bad luck happens to everyone. You will never know when your time is coming – when we will be trapped at some evil moment when we least expect it.

It is better to listen to the quiet words of a wise person than to the shouts of a leader at a council of fools. Just as wisdom does more good than weapons, and one fool can undo a lot of good, so dead flies can make a whole bottle of perfume stink, and a little stupidity can cancel out the greatest wisdom.

A country is fortunate indeed if its leader can make wise decisions for the benefit of all, and who control themselves so as not to be gluttonous or drunk with power. Make sure you do not criticise unnecessarily, and if you do, think ahead and question thoroughly, with solutions in mind, so that a way can be found to move forward, not backwards.

Put your investments in several places – many places even – because you never know what kind of bad luck may happen at any time. This principle applies also to the people we love. Love, and be good to as many as you can.

Be grateful for every year that you live, for no matter how long you live, you will be dead much longer. You aren’t going to be young very long, so enjoy your youth. Be happy while you are still young. Do what you want to do, and follow your hearts desire, remembering always to respect your Creator God, for we must all return to the dust of the earth, and the breath of life will go back to God who gave it to us.

These words are like the sharp sticks that shepherds use to guide sheep, and are as lasting as firmly driven nails. They have been given by God, the one Shepherd of us all.

PS: Since the world has progressed for the better in many ways in these last 3000 years, I have removed the misogynistic (unequal) thinking rampant at that time. We must all ponder on these questions if we are to lead a worthwhile and meaningful life, to be remembered with gratitude by those we leave behind to take our place. Surely we should encourage our children and our children's children to study Solomon's WISDOM, and ESPECIALLY his life's end concluding thoughts recorded for us in his Book of ECCLESIASTES, since he is known to be "the wisest man who ever was, or ever will be". No doubt, he pondered on his mistakes, and of his taking 700 wives and 300 concubines into his household. Even for a man in his exalted position, one or a few would have been more than enough. Surely ?

LOVING-KINDNESS is the KEY to GOOD-GOD living and loving:

If we remember that we are to be kind, even to our animals, how then can we be unkind to ourselves and-or our neighbour ? Loving-kindness is the portal through which we transcend our fallible, mortal selves; it is upon this precious Golden Foundation that all loving and tender Relationships are based.

“LOVING-KINDNESS” is the first attribute of one who loves BOTH God AND Neighbour as SELF. “Loving-kindness” is the product of good thought and kind action. It is the “Fundamental Drone Tone of Creation, Death and Dissolution” as it permeates the Cosmos, through things both material and immaterial, and upon which all melodic and tuneful harmony finds solace, comfort and rest.

In my humble opinion, such LOVE, which IS (according to Swami Amarananda upon his return to Switzerland after attending the 5th Parliament of Religion in Melbourne, Australia in December 2009, "the Immutable Foundation on which to build anything which is of enduring worth"), began with the simple pairing of two zero's ( 0 0 ) - a vast "emptiness" - approached each other so that there was no distance between them ( ꝏ ).

These two zero's, according to my simplistic logic, were then transformed into something “infinitely greater” (the first of the “big bangs”, perhaps), when one of the two entered the others' space at “the only angle that matters” (that is, at a "right angle" - or “90 degrees”, or Pi/2 or “π/2 radians”) - from each other.

When we look at things “Tangentially” (90 degrees) we are in the best position to see things clearly. Such a vantage point enables us to see the “two sides” in “Everything”, rather than remaining immersed, or “stuck in the muck of a rut”, and drowning. If we allow ourselves to do so (as independent, individual thinking beings, conscious of our pre-sent “present”), this opens for us the portal for “awe and wonder” at the Miraculous Nature of Creation.

Reverence for whatever “God” (or not) we attribute even the “Heavens” to, should hold no fear in it, for there is no hate or fear in LOVE (perfect UNION). And Doctrines and Dogma’s fall away.

These man-made ideas may have been helpful in the past to raise some up, while putting others down, but has nothing to do with EQUALITY, which when correctly viewed TANGENTIALLY, turns “ = ” on its’ side, and properly views EQUAL to mean “ ll ” (that is, “side by side”, “hand in hand”, working co-operatively TOGETHER), with none over or above or below any other.

But getting back to “Pi”. Pi ( π ) of course is related to a circle, such that (as the ancient Greeks surmised) the Circumference of a Circle is 2 π r (or π.D or π.2.r). Even some thousands of years ago, Mathematicians (the Einstein's of their day) were able to calculate the value of Pi to be 3.14159… . We now know that this value is indeed a never-ending sequence of non-repeating numbers.

The value of "Phi", or "Φ" (which is formed by our two theoretical zero's merged at right angles to each other) is related to Pi and the circle, and valued by Mathematicians as 1.61803… to an infinitely extended number of decimal places. The value of Phi has very many attributes, and it has been proven that all things are related to it as microcosm within macrocosm.

The value of " Phi " can be further appreciated when we think of it as One Zero ( O )"split" by Unity (one, or 1) as shown: " Φ ". Both Zero's have the same whole value (one) but their single "intersection" at 90 degrees invests them with infinite powers greater than one, which I believe to be the power to Create "something" from "nothing" (no thing at all).

And this ENERGY (the Power of Love), IS, i surmise, the reason that we are “here” at all. “Love” at its deepest level is an act of service. Love is love. And those who serve each other kindly, know God.

LOVE is the Direction, the Goal, the Aim, the Essence, Focus and Source; Love is the Answer to all the problems of this world to which we are confined, until we bring about our own new birth, and those of our children, and our children's children.

The Goodness (GODNESS) of "LOVING-KINDNESS" is the "SALVE" for all wounds to body, mind and spirit, which have to be first bound, tended and cared for, and then unwound (freed), for healing to take place, from the "inside" - out.

PEACE AND HARMONY can be ours too, if we have LOVE to SHARE. See also and etc. I trust that my work of love in producing this corpus of work will invigorate others also to work to make a world of difference: UNITE, as ONE, as never before, before we squander the years we have left on planet Earth, our Mother.

I send all my best wishes, from the Land of Aus, downunder…. Bon appétit !


Please note, this comment was first posted at my linkedin "Interfaith Professionals" friends blog - see :

Thanks Sue for your insightful article. Having already passed my allotted span (three score and ten), and in countdown. When I was much a much younger National Serviceman posted overseas, we had a system of (so many) days to "Wakey" (that date which we hoped would be the last of our obligation), whereupon we would be released from our imposed burden, to return to our land of birth and loved ones.

If all went according to plan, we would be flown home on this date. Some of course didn't make it to that date. All of their wishful thinking had no effect upon the outcome. And there were some no doubt who regretted having to make the transition. For some of us, life had moved on without us, and we could not re-engage with our families as we had hoped.

Some turned to alcohol and drugs, or ruined their chance of health by continuing to smoke. But whatever was to be our lot, we had to get on with our living and loving as best we could. And that is the best we can do. Re-engagement with our mates on “civvy” street (in civilian life) has for many been the work of many decades; a conscious repulsion for the very thing we desired.

And yet many have been rendered quite unrecognizable by the intervening years. For some, the voice is the only tell-tale sign of the presence we once knew, or the colour of eye. We are advised by science nowadays that our fingerprints remain an indelible feature, and our blood-group, DNA etc, but these are all internal features, not easily discerned from the exterior, which in any case, changes, whether we like it or not.

The images we might see upon our demise are prized up from the depths of time past, and most likely do not at all resemble the people we once knew, but which bring us the comfort of a long remembered scent or accent which in turn produce remembered scenes, played out for us by our ebbing rationality.

It is no small wonder that people who are miraculously delivered from the clutches of death are keen to talk of their experience, since it inspires in others a sense of "I told you so" ! It brings validation to those who either believe in a life after death, or would like to. But always, these "wake-sleep" dreamings can never be proven; they are as fleetingly ephemeral as are remembered jewels in the sea, cast by the sun's rays.

I can tell you that I myself am a "resurrected" man, but have no way to prove it, since I was alone at the time that miracle happened for me. What I remember most was my thought that I was not breathing, that my pain had miraculously gone, and my having then gone through a self-imposed check list, which said yes, I am ready, I've made my will, my children still love me. I have no regrets about my living up to that point, but “is there something that I have failed to do to complete my legacy” ?

And when I eventually thought of that, I tried to “move”, and with that slight movement my body was soaked from head to toe in a profound sweat which drenched the bed. Like a baby, I had no strength, but eventually managed to roll myself over to a dryer spot. And the pains of living started out again. I was only able to get up some hours later that morning, still weak.

That was in 2002, and I have gone from there to creating my website and blogs, promoting “Peace and Harmony”, and joining with other well-wishing others globally at linkedin (etc) as an “Interfaith Professional”, “Building a Stronger Family” person, loved “other”, and parent, and grandparent etc.

The thrill of completing my appointed task resulted also in several sessions of “automated writing” where I was able to reasonably capture what had been conceived during sleep. Having forced myself awake from deep sleep, I sprang out of bed and started writing “The Universal ‘Man’ of No Clan, for All Clans” (with hardly a pause or alteration) while these thoughts reverberated through my head.

Having been a factual report writer all of my adult life, I was amazed that I had produced something so out of the ordinary for my ordinary self. I wept, giving thanks all the while for having been given the opportunity to become the vehicle for its’ deeply rooted poetic expression, which (I believe) cuts through conventional dogma’s and doctrine’s, to the very heart of Good-God living and loving – well – into the future.

Even a short excerpt reveals the nature of the Universal ‘Man’ of No Clan for All Clans, which can be read in its’ entirety at :

“ You Must Have True Vision,
Both the Short and the Long to Get On with Life, and
Not Stumble About In the Dark !

“ You Must Hear Plainly Both the High and the Low,
All Such Sounds are Pleasing to God –
Our Creator !

“ Be of Kind Mind, Forgiving and Generous, and
Then You'll be Able to 'Move On', 'Right On" !
Thanking Our God the Creator of All that’s
On Earth and Within.

“ The Seeing and the Blind - the Deaf Too -
Can Hear Gods true Tune, if they
Seek, they Shall Find It ! A Fine Tune !

“ Each of You Have Inside, what's
Required to be Free –

“ And That’s what's at the Heart of ME !
Courage and Wisdom, Stamina and Fulfilment
Will be Yours, if You Have 'Fruitfulness' Too !

Having emerged from my sickbed to write down my thoughts now about Sue’s Article, I trust that readers will appreciate my sincerity, and Sue’s. I personally have nothing against voluntary euthanasia, or even mercy killing. I believe that if we come to that decision from the right (good and kind and loving) place, then we have nothing to fear, and that nothing can then separate us from the “Love of God”, and that all of life's benefits and blessings will be ours in the "now", and in the "hereafter", as well.

Since each present moment is a pre-sent moment (as it is recognized by the spelling of both words in the English language at least), what can possibly go wrong ? All we have to do is to change our focus and direction - to positively align our lives - to lives well lived (which includes illness, death and decay within its natural order, so that that blessed state may continue its' cycle ad infinitum).... And we people will progress, in thought, word and deed, as we kindly act out our richly orchestrated, and varied parts. ……………..

“Thumbs Down” – to US Gun Lobby. Say NO! CPWR, SAVE OUR CHILDREN ! SAY NO !

This post had its beginning on the 4th March 2013 as I joined with GROUNDSWELL (see ).

It would appear that nothing has been done, as US legislator’s pussyfoot around the NRA which helps keep them in power. That VESTED INTEREST should be EXPOSED, and held to account, especially following the latest outrage committed on US soil at a school in Florida. That it can occur anywhere is a great, crying SHAME !

NB: It should be noted that the following letter was penned in unanimity by disparate faith leaders at that time:

“ The moral mandate to protect the weak in our care is clear and present in all of our faith traditions. Our varied faith traditions teach us to seek the peace of the city, to love our neighbor, and to cherish human dignity. To see the rising incidence of gun violence from Chicago to Newtown, Camden to Aurora, Detroit to Tucson – and how that violence particularly targets the young and the poor, especially in America’s urban communities - and yet to refuse to take the steps we know would reduce harm is a violation of religious values so severe that we are compelled to speak out.”

“ The slaughter of innocence in Newtown awakened our nation to the tragedy of gun violence throughout our land and we shall neither slumber nor sleep…. As faith leaders, we commit ourselves to fostering a culture of peace to complement and serve as a foundation for any proposed gun legislation.”

Signed in in unanimity by:
Rabbi Shaul Praver, Congregation Adath Israel of Newtown, CT
Rev. Matthew Crebbin, Newtown Congregational Church, UCC, Newtown, CT
Rev. Kathleen Adams-Shepherd, Trinity Episcopal Church, Newtown, CT
Chaplain Eman Beshtawii, Al Hedaya Islamic Center, Newtown, CT
Azeez Bhavnagarwala, Al Hedaya Islamic Center, Newtown, CT
Rev. Mel Kawakami, Newtown United Methodist Church, Newtown, CT
Rev. Leo E. McIlrath, Lutheran Home, Southbury, CT
Khatib Mohamed El Safty, Al Hedaya Islamic Center, Newtown, CT
Rev. Jane Sibley, Newtown United Methodist Church, Newtown, CT
Rev. Jim Solomon, New Hope Community Church, Newtown, CT
Rev. Janice Touloukian, Newtown Congregational Church, UCC, Newtown, CT

When religious and/or non-religious persons recognize themselves in all others, they must recognize equality within religion, as elsewhere. No one is above an other. Gun owners do not have rights that non-gun-toting people don’t. Even governments should have a hard time convincing a population to enter another’s war.

Governments should know that the odium and blame for their use of heavy-handed machine-guns/rapid-fire/heavy-weapons, is not necessary in civilian populations, and that many innocent lives will fall victim to their Nation’s un-equal action. The ultimate responsibility for these unnecessary deaths will hang heavy – on them, as individuals, also.

Likewise, individual gun clubs should know that multiple fire weaponry is overkill, even if the targets are clay pigeons or paper targets, and no death of a living thing is involved. If the thrill associated with gun use is to be able to shoot well – to hit the target multiple times with single shots – then rapid-fire machine guns are not required. Any fool can hit a target with a machine gun.

I should know. I’ve done it. And it sickened me. That was a long time ago, when I was in “National Service”, compulsorily “called up” to fight a war overseas, against my better judgment. I was young, as most combatants are, too immature to express what I felt, too weak to resist peer pressure, and too weak to resist the bullying tactics of the military establishment, which profits from gun toting.

That is why they send out brain-washed boys to do what can only be described as immature men’s dirty work. But the real villains are the well-coifed financiers who never set foot in the raw muck of war. These tricksters are adroit at taking tax-breaks and like to rake in other people’s money, hand over fist, live the high life, and jet-set around the world, while gambling away other people’s assets, and destroying lives.

Some of these pretend to be religious, to be “holier than thou”, but like the tyrant king’s before them, do just what they like, not having to count the cost. We “lackeys” (the ones who do the work) have fallen for this inequitable “one-upmanship” for too long. It is time for us to “speak out” – even to the highest echelons of power (which does not often eschew the perks of power, more is the pity).

The disparate clergy of Newton have spoken truly, as have their civilian allies:

That vested interest, the “Gun Lobby” (read here: gun-manufactures/ammunition-suppliers/arms dealers/financiers/gun-shops etc, in their criminal part time role – as full time agitators for war, usually in another’s country) – has no leg to stand on, when it comes to weapons of mass destruction. It is high time that the insanity of that lobby’s power is pegged, and named for what it is – a money-making racket, which lacks credibility, trust, and any notion of equality, or legality.

I hope that the 7th Parliament of the World's Religions will deal once and for all with this issue, and add to the Groundswell of public dissent. Attendees, please add to the pleas of others who have lost loved ones, both in Newton and now in Florida and elsewhere, from the scourge of random shootings, and/or from acts of war unfairly waged.

“Prayers and condolences are not enough”; “We are begging for our lives”; “Your silence is killing us” !

"To every politician taking donations from the NRA, SHAME on you"; “THIS NEEDS TO BE A TURNING POINT”; We are losing our lives while the adults are playing around”; “You’re either with us or against us” !

Politicians and faith leaders, DO YOUR JOB ! March on Washington, March 24th 2018.

Let EQUALITY be our game, and loving-kindness our aim ! This is the essence of the BALANCE of “Peace and Harmony” to which we should all aspire. Lest we forget !

With all my best wishes, and thanking you for all that you do as professional peace-keepers, I am, yours sincerely

Donald Chalmers, aka “a piper too” etc, from the Land of Aus, downunder….

" Put LOVE first, and everything else will fall into place " !

There is no hate or fear in Love. There is no compulsion in religion. We are to "Speak of Goodness to people", and the rest will surely follow, as it should.

EQUALITY can then be seen as " ll " (side by side, working together "WITH", building up "COMMUNITY", rather than tearing it down), rather than EQUALITY as " = " (which erroneously suggests to some that equality is one over or above an other).

Tangential (right-angled) viewing exposes the lie given by those whose motives are not pure and equal. When we help, encourage, comfort, nurture and support each other (love neighbour as self), we will NOT do to others that which would hate for our own selves, and will treat others with the RESPECT that we ourselves would like to be given.

YES, everything else (that which tells one lie after another) will exposed, and thus "fall away", into place. "Peace and Harmony" can be ours too, when we put LOVE first. That TRUTH will set us FREE, and EQUAL, at last.

Yes, LOVE is the “Essence”, AND “The Immutable Foundation on which to build anything which is of enduring worth”. LOVE is the Direction, the Goal, the Aim, the Essence, Focus and Source; LOVE is the Answer to all the problems of this world to which we are confined, until we bring about our own new birth as Loving Parents, and those of our children, and our children's children.

If we remember that we are to be kind, even to our animals, how then can we be unkind to ourselves and-or our neighbour ? Loving-kindness is the portal through which we transcend our fallible, mortal selves; it is upon this precious Golden Foundation that all loving and tender Relationships are based.

“LOVING-KINDNESS” is the first attribute of one who loves BOTH God (the unknown) AND Neighbour (the known “same-same”) as SELF. “Loving-kindness” is the product of good thought and kind action. It is the “Fundamental Drone Tone of Creation, Death and Dissolution” as it permeates the Cosmos, through things both material and immaterial, and upon which all melodic and tuneful harmony finds solace, comfort and rest.

The Goodness (GODNESS) of "LOVING-KINDNESS" is the "SALVE" for all wounds to body, mind and spirit, which have to be first cleaned, bound, tended and cared for, and then “unwound” (released, freed), for healing to take place, from the "inside" - out. It cuts through conventional dogma’s and doctrine’s, to the very heart of Good-God living and loving – well – into the future.

Along life’s way we can note that ALL of us are BOTH male AND female INSIDE, and that with a little more of this and less of that in-utero, we'd be someone else entirely, down to our inherited DNA, sexuality, skin, hair and eye colourings and texture etc... and way down to our fingerprints etc etc.

The outer envelopes of our bodies merely hide the complexity INSIDE. All of us are uniquely created; even the doppelgangers among us over space and time vary in some way or other. So it should come to no surprise to us that sometimes a person's brain differs from that outer envelope; that we have bi, hetero, homo, intersex, trans (etc) people among us. Even asexuals, who do not have the desire, or the ability to replicate at all are still the loved and loving others of some people, at least.

Yes, “PEACE AND HARMONY” can be ours too, if we have LOVE to SHARE. See also and etc. I trust that my work of love in producing this body of work for the 7th Parliament of the World’s Religions to be held in Toronto, Canada in November 2018, will invigorate others also to work to make a world of difference: to UNITE, as ONE, as never before, before we squander the years we have left on planet Earth, our Mother.

All we have to do is to change our focus and direction - to positively align our lives - to lives WELL lived (which includes inevitable illness, death and decay within its natural order, so that that blessed state may continue its' cycle ad infinitum).... And we people will progress, in thought, word and deed, as we kindly act out our richly orchestrated, and varied parts.

I send all my best wishes to each and all, from the Land of Aus, downunder…. Bon appétit !

This blog was prompted by my linkedin Interfaith Professionals Robyn Lebron's call for suggestions as to her proposed panel participation with Satya Kalra's group titled “The Divine Feminine” at the 7th Parliament of the World’s Religions in Toronto this November (see ) !

I responded to Robyn's blog as follows: ....

As a mere “man”, this is what “I” would like to “hear” all you women saying, so that we can (together) sing with “One Voice”, once more:

That “LOVE IS” the “IMMUTABLE FOUNDATION” on which to build anything of enduring worth. That “man” springs from “woman”, and not the other way around. That “man” is an essential part of “woman”, and not separated from “her”.

That “mankind” is born to Love, and to be Kind. That there is no fear or hate in Love. That “man” is nothing without “woman”, and that “women” cannot do without their counterparts and helpmates.

That “humane” IS loving and kind, because it has the “e” factor in it (the “energy” of a “Good-God” in it, which seeks ALWAYS the positive, rather than the negative); the “lightning rod” which short-circuits the “space” between the negative and positive.

That “God” IS; that “we” (all) ARE “that” ALSO (I AM, you ARE, we ARE, all ARE “that” I AM).

That we are here to help, encourage, comfort, nurture and support “OTHERS”, because “ALL people are created EQUAL members of ONE human (humane) family”. THAT is our calling, and none else. We will then not do to others that which we would hate for our own puny individual selves:

That “TANGENTIAL” (right-angled) viewing exposes the lie given by those whose motives are not pure and equal. EQUALITY can then be seen as " ll " (side by side, working together "WITH", building up "COMMUNITY", rather than tearing it down).

That the fabric of society and of all social groups sexual, political and religious (etc), is built “up” in space and time by an “interweaving” of the “masculine” and the “feminine”, otherwise called “Equal INTERACTION”, which is BOTH mutually desired, AND beneficial, worldwide.

That we have come TOGETHER to this dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” armed with an INSIGHT honed and matured as never before; that we have the power to be KIND, even to our animals, insofar as we can help it, while we yet live in the pre-sent “present” moment called “now”.

That “past, present and future” makes its’ way into our hearts through intuitive (loving) insights backed up by science (the accumulated WISDOM of the AGES, generously SHARED), and the teachings of WHOLE-hearted REASON which has been gifted to current generations by SOUND minds made WELL.

That such PRINCIPLES are unadulterated by vested interests, so that “Beauty so Old, and so New” can be clearly seen and known SIMULTANIOUSLY as “TRUTH” (“GOD”, in another word).

That MINDFULNESS intuits that “As Above, so Below” can be expanded or contracted “ad infinitum” from macro and micro positions without error, when LOVE is the Ground, or Bedrock of our FAITH, and Belief - in Ourselves (plural).

That HENCEFORTH, misogynistic ill-thinking should be replaced by UNIVERSAL VALUES, which seek to enhance the unique personhood of each and every being capable of GOOD THOUGHT, and that the role of women should be raised to not less than that of men, as EQUALS.

…. Dear Robyn and Readers, if “I” were in the audience at the 7th Parliament, I would love to learn that LOVE is to be taken seriously, and that the (so-called) “Divine Feminine” is to be EQUATED to the same LEVEL as the (so-called) “DIVINE MASCULINE”, since that is the only way BALANCE works for the GOOD of – ALL.

This is my prayer, my only plea.

I send all of my best wishes from the Heart of Australia !

PS: I intend to add these thoughts to my CPWR blog, with a reference to this post. Thus far, hardly anyone has commented on my blogs for or against; perhaps now “women” will feel empowered to do so.

The clock is ticking, we do not have that many months left to quietly think on these matters, before we get caught up in the excitement of seeing so many people parading their own partial cultures and religions to promote them. But that is not what a Parliament is about.

It is about hearing each other, and making a world of difference, for good reason, to heal the Earth…. As shown on the front cover of the 5th Parliament's Prospectus....

Sarah Prager of QUIST, regarding EQUALITY and Alan Turing: see .

This link will bring more links to mind. On its own, it is well worth the look, and humbling too.

In fact EVERY LGBTIQ+Q person must read this, so that they can bring their parents and counterparts to a balanced view about Sexuality, and EQUALITY within religion, and elsewhere. I first noted Sarah’s brilliant work because it was featured at in July 2016. See also Sara’s bio at .

And while you are at it, it would not hurt for EVERYONE to read all of Wandera’s posts at which began in October 2013. We must ask ourselves WHY James Wandera Ouma, the Director at has not been able to continue his blogs ? Why is he currently persecuted ? If his blogs are not a revelation to you, then they should be. Try walking in his shoes !

And while we are at it, we should ALL sign up to CPWR's “Global Ethic” which was signed into history (her story too) in 1993 – see etc.

We must ask ourselves what good is it for religious and political leaders to attend the 7th Parliament, cloaked in “religious” or “military” or even “traditional” (leaders) garb, if they continue in their irreligious (unloving) activities at home and foment trouble abroad ? We must call them out, BEFORE the event, to expose their nefarious ways.

This much is plain: There is no hate or fear in Love. So why do some of them peddle hate ? Hatred and patriotism are the last bastions of scoundrels. The greedy hide the ugliness of their hatred within.

“Love” at its deepest level is an act of service, and it grows when nothing else is certain. Love is light, wherever it may arise; hatred is darkness no matter where it makes its home.

Love (God, or Allah etc, if you will) is Love (our Heavenly Primogenitor-Parent). And those who love, know God.

Right action is the loving action that results in the fires of hatred and violence being extinguished.

Hatred sinks us below those we hate. And that is precisely the reason why:

“ If religion becomes a cause of dislike, hatred and division it would be better to be without it, and to withdraw from such a religion would be a truly religious act… (Honour and hatred cannot coexist). Any religion which is not a cause of love and unity is no religion." — Abdu'l-Bahá (from a talk given in Paris in 1911)

This IS interfaith news !

IS organization is about to end thanks to the whole world who lent his support in iraq to destroy this kind of militant organization

Re-imagining God in the 21st Century of the Common Era:

What must it take for us to reimagine “God” (All that ever was, is now, or forever will be, into our future, and beyond even that….) ? While we may be forever rooted in our past, “holy writ” depends on successive generations remaining true to its’ calling: to love and honour our progenitors, in order to retain a fine balance; just as we re-hone our minds-eye to appreciate all that is “Good”. It is this “Goodness” (“Godness” if you will) which makes each life worth the living, moment by pre-sent moment. Such appreciation really is life’s gift.

I wonder how many of you readers will take heart from the following poetic outpouring, which “came to me” as a wake-sleep dreaming in 2007, when I contemplated the value of the life of my aged friend, Brother Patrick, that brown-robed sandalled Saint Francis of Collingwood, who dispensed his love to the common people of the streets, by walking a mile in their shoes, every day, and for as long as he could.

Anyway, here it is, my wake-sleep dreaming of the purely ineffable:

Sometimes seated, sometimes standing, “She” knits and tats –
Sometimes plain and sometimes pearl –
Adjusting, adjusting, this way, and that.

Linking, linking, sometimes up and sometimes down –
Each strand especially crafted, both the short and the long –
The thin and the fat.

Colours of rainbow, stars often studden –
This web of life evolving –
Turning and turning, in spiral perfection….

Repeating each motion with patient endeavour –
Testing and mending, mind-ful of both waft and the weft –
With tension just right, to suit each occasion.

Sometimes seated and sometimes standing, “He” sifts and sorts –
The gold and the silver, incredibly fine –
This material, layered and heaped. Fold after fold.

Patterned and perfect, strand after strand –
This chameleon shift, so strong and so grand.
So delicately planned.

All being, and seeing, “It” moves as it shifts –
Both in and both out.

So here are we, the “I” and the “Am” –
The mortar, the pestle, the tar and cement.

Each one important, a part of the whole –
Expanding, contracting, a sea of profusion –
All billowing. White.

I trust that readers will note that this spontaneous poetic “outpouring” envisions “God” as both “She” and “He” (at the very least”). It also elevates “It” to both “I” and “Am”, both strong contenders in ancient tradition (“I am that I am”). Indeed, “I Am That I Am” sums up the whole truth: “I” is all that “I Am”, and “I Am” is God. I am that I am, and I am what I am.

In the English language at least, “I” is the simplest word-letter, “filled” with meaning: “I am all that I am, and none else”, since each and every “I” is uniquely created, throughout all history, which is her-story too. Our duty is to “Be”, and not to be this, or that. “I” (and indeed Φ) infers not only one, but two, three and more, to infinity….

When we increase our focus to magnify, or amplify “I” to “I Am”, we may see “Phi” or “Φ”. When we do so, this indicates that “I” exists within the everlasting, all-inclusive, never ending, never repeating sequence of the totality we know as “Whole”, which we mostly represent as the “Figure 1”, meaning “One”. This “source” ( Φ ) is the “Universal Constant of Beauty”: the Domain, or Realm of God, the one Creator of all things, seen and unseen, body and spirit, food and drink, bread and wine (etc).

I am that I am, and I am what I am, so help us, God, to do what is Right, Equal, and Good.

I yesterday responded to EJAZ NAQVI, MD's "Ask a Muslim" s patheos blog , and it seems that my comment has been generously accepted. I have also recently posted similar comments as linkedin blogs with "Interfaith Professionals" and "Building a Stronger Family" groups (etc) to try to draw out comments from these groups, since this issue is so important.

But this particular blog comment stems from a response I made on the 8th June at , with regard to Gudjon Bergmann's "Charter for Compassion" s program called "Bridge Building and Respectful Dialogue", which uses a wonderful photograph to demonstrate fragility and strength simultaneously to illustrate its point.

Anyway, here is the comment I posted to patheos:

During my lifetime I have been variously pricked, prodded and poked and questioned numerously, and seriously provoked. I am only slowly recovering my equilibrium after a stint in hospital, and reverting once again to the one I once was when I was 20 months old, more than 70 years ago).

When we are able to revert to our childhood, many problems are rendered simple. No doubt Jesus knew all about this, since he is reported as having said "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they will see God" (5:8), and "Blessed are the peacemakers: for they will be called children of God" (5:9).

Indeed, blessed are the children, for they have not thought of something evil already.

We can read at that "The Beatitudes are eight blessings recounted by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew. Each is a proverb-like proclamation, without narrative. Four of the blessings also appear in the Sermon on the Plain in the Gospel of Luke, followed by four woes which mirror the blessings", that "Each Beatitude consists of two phrases: the condition and the result", and that "Together, the Beatitudes present a new set of Christian ideals that focus on a spirit of love and humility different in orientation than the usual force and exaction taken. They echo the ideals of the teachings of Jesus on mercy, spirituality, and compassion".

When we know and acknowledge this as "Truth" (whatever family tradition we happen to find ourselves in, religious or not) we will be able whole-heartedly sign the "Global Ethic" (see https://parliamentofreligio... ) and contribute to the conversations hosted at https://parliamentofreligio... etc, in preparation for the 7th Parliament of the World's Religions, which is to be held in November 2018, in Toronto. This is the path towards re-imagining "God" (or "Allah" etc, if you will), fully utilizing the rational of science, which has been built up for us by our ancestors, in this 21st Century of the Common Era.

I send all of my best wishes, as always, from the Land of Aus, downunder.... Peace ! ....

There is no difference between us !

According to Wikipedia (see ), “The world's first service club, the Rotary Club of Chicago, was formed in 1905 by Paul P. Harris, an attorney who wanted to create in a professional club with the same friendly spirit he had felt in the small towns of his youth. The Rotary name derived from the early practice of rotating meetings among members' offices”.

“ A service club or service organization is a voluntary non-profit organization where members meet regularly to perform charitable works either by direct hands-on efforts or by raising money for other organizations. A service club is defined firstly by its service mission and secondly its membership benefits, such as social occasions, networking, and personal growth opportunities that encourage involvement.

“ Many of the service club organizations have become worldwide movements, and have obtained official recognition by the United Nations and various governments as non-governmental organizations (NGO).

My own knowledge of a service club is from my involvement in my local area Rotary Club for 15 years. Although Rotary has since moved on to include women in its ranks, it was nevertheless guided by its founding principles, and I was made aware of “the 1933 speech of Rotary Founder Paul P Harris” which stated – “In the spirit of the Golden Rule, practice friendship and cooperation… Mighty oaks from little acorns grow… Neither riches, political, nor religious (or racial or gender) boundaries constitute barriers to membership (of the human race)…

The principles Rotary developed over its’ history (now her story too) have stood the test of time. These include:

“ Of the things we think, say or do, Is it the TRUTH? Is it FAIR to all concerned? Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

" The Four-Way Test (which has been translated into more than 100 languages) was written by Chicago Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor - RI President 1954-55 - during a business crisis in 1932 (the Great Depression) and adopted by Rotary International in January 1943.

According to , there are 35,000+ Rotary Clubs with 1.2 million members all over the globe, where “people from all continents and cultures come together to exchange ideas, and form friendships and professional connections while making a difference in their backyards and around the world”.

This is not fake news. Surely it is something that Presidents Trump, Putin, Xi Jinping (etc), along with Religious Leaders everywhere should be aware of, for their own good. Unless, of course, they want to become unpopular, and irreligious bags of wind, easily pricked, and dispensed with. Rotarians and like-minded people, it’s up to “us” to keep the bastards (illegitimate leaders) honest, so that the Golden Rule is honoured (do not do to others that which you would hate for yourselves, etc) !

“ The pith of sense, and pride of worth, Are higher rank than all that.

“ Then let us pray that come it may – As come it will for all that – That sense and worth, over all the earth, May bear the prize, and all that. For all that, and all that, It’s coming yet for all that, That “man” to “man”, the world over, Shall “brothers” (and sisters) be for all that !

Many thanks to Scotland’s people-poet Robbie Burns, for these last inspirational quotes, which can be found in their entirety (A man’s just a man for all that) at etc.

The Golden Rule:
It never hurts to consolidate our thoughts on page, especially when these are the best thoughts humanity has had over thousands of years, so that we can concentrate our efforts upon those things which will bring forth good fruit – in the future yet to come, for our children’s sake:


All things whatsoever ye would that people should do to you, do ye even so to them; for this is the law and the prophets (Matthew 7:12).

This is the sum of duty: Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you Mahabharata (5:1517).

Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful (Udana-Varga 5:18).

Surely it is the maxim of loving-kindness: Do not unto others what you would not have done unto you (Analects 15:23). " Tzu-kung asked, 'Is there a single word which can be a guide to conduct throughout one's life?' The Master said, 'It is perhaps the word "shu" (reciprocity). Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire (Confucius, Analects).

No one of you is a believer until he/she desires for his/her brother/sister that which s/he desires for him or her self (Sunnah). Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you (as recorded from the last sermon of Muhammad).

What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow “man”. That is the entire law; all the rest is commentary (Hillel, the Talmud, Shabbat 31a). Solomon’s “end of life” conclusions in ECCLESIASTES supports this view.

Regard your neighbour's gain as your own gain and your neighbour's loss as your own loss (T'ai Shang Kan Ying P'ien).

That nature alone is good which refrains from doing unto another whatsoever is not good for itself (Dadistan-i-dinik 94:5). Whatever is disagreeable to yourself do not do unto others (Zoroaster, Shayast-na-Shayast).

Whatsoever you would that others should do to you, do you even so to them (3 Nephi 14.12). Love your neighbour as yourself, so that there be no contention among you (Mosiah 23.15). There should be an equality among all people. Therefore, esteem your neighbour as yourself: labour with your own hands for the support of all (Mosiah 27.4).

This list is not meant to be a complete list. But it does show the importance of the “Golden Rule” (mutually desired sustaining reciprocity; that which is pure and holy) among all cultures, throughout history.

" O son of man…. forsake the things that profit thee (alone), and cleave unto that which will profit mankind. And if thine eyes be turned towards justice, choose thou for thy neighbour that which thou choosest for thyself." (Bahá'u'lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf)

It is “ No wonder, then, that Jesus Christ spoke of His "other sheep" that were not of His fold that must be brought into one fold by one Shepherd. As the Lord demonstrated, God's love and message are for all of His/Her children, not just some of them. Therefore, our love must also be all-embracing – extending, as the Lord has directed, to even the "other" – and the perceived enemy.

“ There should be No Compulsion in Religion (Koran 2.256). Many are the leaders who in falsehood defraud people of their possessions and bar people from The Path…. (Koran 9.34). The highest aspect of ‘jihad’ (internal reform toward the good) is to ‘speak the truth’ in the face of tyrants and the tyranny of their unholy, cruel practices and deceits, which rob other people of their human rights, which are inalienable, before God.

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