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deus ex ma·chi·na  (day'uhs eks mä'kuh nuh, dee'uhs eks mak'uh nuh) n.

  1. In Greek and Roman drama, a god lowered by stage machinery to resolve a plot or extricate the protagonist from a difficult situation.
  2. An unexpected, artificial, or improbable character, device, or event introduced suddenly in a work of fiction or drama to resolve a situation or untangle a plot.
  3. A person or event that provides a sudden and unexpected solution to a difficulty.

"PROMETHEUS was the TITAN-god of forethought. He was given the task of creating mankind by Zeus. He felt great compassion for his creations and stole fire from heaven and cheated the gods in the apportionments of the sacrifice to aide them."
- Prometheus - Greek Mythology, the Theoi Project

Shermer's Last Law - Michael Shermer
“God is typically described by Western religions as omniscient and omnipotent. Because we are far from possessing these traits, how can we possibly distinguish a God who has them absolutely from an ETI who merely has them copiously relative to us? We can't. But if God were only relatively more knowing and powerful than we are, then by definition the deity would be an ETI!”

K-PAX

    In the 2001 film K-PAX you'll find mental telepathy plays a large part in the film as well as human psychology.  When you watch it notice the similarities between Prot's relationship with his childhood friend and the relationship people claim to have with 'God'.  In the films hypnosis scenes you are actually presented with the opposite perspective.   The way Prot describes how children learn on his planet is a logical arrangement after considering the content of the neurophysiological issues on this site especially the explanation for PASS and ADD/ADHD.  Who do you identify with when watching the film, the 'insane' people who accept the truth in what they see or the Psychiatrist who refuses to accept the obvious and instead accepts only what he expects to see?  The last task in the film is intended for everyone, "Stay here and be prepared for anything".

“I’m not worried. It’s just that I’m only familiar with nine planets.” – Dr. Mark Powell
“Well actually there are ten, but that doesn’t matter, I’m not from your solar system.” - Prot

Mini-planet found
Discovery 4 billion miles away near Pluto hints other celestial bodies may be in same neighborhood
Tuesday, October 8, 2002
Astronomers have discovered the biggest thing out there since Pluto was found -- a rocky, icy mini-planet circling the sun far beyond Neptune.

Tentatively named "Quaoar" (pronounced "kwah-oh-wahr") after a creation god of Southern California's Tongva Indian tribe, the newfound world is about 4 billion miles away in an outer fringe of the solar system known as the Kuiper Belt, a birthing zone of comets.

"We all went to school and were taught there were nine planets orbiting the sun," said astronomer Lucy McFadden at the University of Maryland. "Now we know there are different regions with many smaller objects. So the solar system turns out to be a much more complicated place, and much more populated, than we thought."

How about the title of the film? 

K:  adj : denoting a quantity consisting of 1,000 items or units [syn: thousand, a thousand, one thousand, 1000, m]
PAX:  A time of wide-ranging stability when there is only a single dominant power.

Revelation 20
5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,

Apocalypse Now
The biggest book of the summer is about the end of the world. It's also a sign of our troubled times
By NANCY GIBBS, Time Magazine, Posted Sunday, June 23, 2002; 2:31 a.m. EST
"The word apocalypse," he observes, "comes from a Greek word that literally means 'lifting of the veil.' In an apocalyptic age, people feel that the veil of normal, secular reality is lifting, and we can see behind the scenes, see where God and the devil, good and evil are fighting to control the future." To the extent that more people in the U.S. and around the world believe history is accelerating, that ancient prophecies are being fulfilled in real time, "it changes the way people feel about their circumstances, and the way they act.

"I would go for years without anyone asking about the End Times," says Thomas Tewell, senior minister of the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in midtown Manhattan—hardly a hothouse of apocalyptic fervor. "But since Sept. 11, hard-core, crusty, cynical New York lawyers and stockbrokers who are not moved by anything are saying, 'Is the world going to end?', 'Are all the events of the Bible coming true?' They want to get right with God. I've never seen anything like it in my 30 years in ministry."

Let's look at the first task.  Why would Prot ask the obsessive/compulsive to sit quietly and watch for the Bluebird?  How closely are we paying attention?

"I know who you are.  You're the Bluebird." - Bess addressing Prot, K-PAX

"In the beginning of all things wisdom and knowledge were with the animals, for Tirawa, the One Above, did not speak directly to man. He sent certain animals to tell men that he showed himself through the beasts, and that from them, and from the stars and the sun and the moon should man learn .... all things tell of Tirawa."
- Eagle Chief (Letakots-Lesa) (late 19th century): Pawnee

Stray Dog in Kenya Saves Abandoned Baby
By RODRIQUE NGOWI, Associated Press Writer, May 9, 2005
NAIROBI, Kenya - A stray dog saved the life of a newborn baby after finding the abandoned infant in a forest and apparently carrying it across a busy road and through some barbed wire to her litter of puppies, witnesses said.

The stray dog found the infant, clad in tattered clothing, in a poor neighborhood near the Ngong Forests in the capital of Nairobi, Stephen Thoya told the independent Daily Nation newspaper.

The dog apparently found the baby Friday in the plastic bag in which the infant had been abandoned, said Aggrey Mwalimu, owner of the shed where the animal was guarding its puppies. The seven-pound, four-ounce infant was taken to the hospital for treatment on Saturday.

"She is doing well, responding to treatment, she is stable. ... She is on antibiotics," Kenyatta National Hospital spokeswoman Hanna Gakuo told The Associated Press from the hospital, where health workers called the infant Angel.

Kenya's media often report the abandonment of newborns by mothers. Poverty and the inability to care for the child are seen as the root cause of the problem. Most people who abandon babies are never caught.

The child had not yet been claimed.

"Abandoned babies are normally taken to the Kenyatta National Hospital because it is a public hospital," Gakuo said. "People are now donating diapers and baby clothes for this one."

There's Life in Old Dog Yet - Thanks to Hero Seal
June 20, 2002 07:17 AM ET
LONDON (Reuters) - A seal saved an elderly dog from a watery grave after it was swept away by fierce currents in a fast-flowing river in northern England.

Eyewitnesses said the dog, who appeared to be injured before hitting the water, scampered into the River Tees and tried to swim to the opposite bank -- but the current got the better of him.

Suddenly, a seal appeared from the depths and gently pushed the dog, a German Shepherd, into mudflats on the bank.

"I've never seen anything like it and I don't think I ever will," eyewitness Chris Hinds told Reuters Wednesday. "This seal just came out of nowhere. It was like the guardian angel came up.

Seals are not known for friendliness to dogs, but the RSPCA said they were naturally inquisitive creatures and it could have been just playing.

Dolphins save swimmers from shark
CBC News, Wed, 24 Nov 2004 20:46:26 EST
WHANGAREI, N.Z. - A group of lifeguards swimming off the coast of New Zealand may have been saved from a shark attack recently by several protective dolphins that helped to hold the predator at bay.

Lifeguard Rob Howes said he and three female lifeguards were on a training swim about 100 metres off Ocean Beach near Whangarei on the North Island.

About halfway through the swim, a pod of dolphins "came steaming at us" and started circling, startling the swimmers, he said.

Howes said he was unnerved by speed of the approach, thinking perhaps it was a group of aggressive males or dolphins protecting their baby.

The dolphins bunched the four swimmers together by circling about 4-8 centimetres from them, and slapping the water with their tails for about 40 minutes.

Howes said he drifted away from the main group when an opening occurred. One large dolphin became agitated and submerged toward Howes, who turned to see where it would surface.

That, he says, is when he saw a great white shark about two metres away in the beach's crystal clear waters.

"The form came and travelled in an arc around me. I knew instinctively what it was," he said.

When the shark started moving toward the women, including his 15-year-old daughter, the dolphins "went into hyperdrive," said Howes.

"I would suggest they were creating a confusion screen around the girls. It was just a mass of fins, backs and ... human heads."

Isaiah
65:024 And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.
11:006 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.

Lioness adopts third baby antelope
Monday, 1 April, 2002, 14:00 GMT 15:00 UK
A lioness in Kenya has adopted another baby oryx - her third in as many months, game wardens at the northern Samburu National Park have reported.

Kamuniak, a lioness in northern Kenya's Samburu National Park, has adopted her fifth new-born oryx this year, a Kenya Wildlife Service warden has told Reuters. She is seen in this picture with the baby oryx she adopted in January. REUTERS/MARTIN K TELEWA The lioness is said to allow a female oryx several minutes each day to feed the new-born calf.

The lioness is said to be "fiercely protective" of the oryx - becoming very aggressive when any human come near.

Three adult onyxes have been seen near the unlikely duo though, one of which is believed to be the mother.

When the last calf was eaten by a male lion while she slept, the lioness was said to have been stricken with grief - she went around roaring in anger.

Local newspapers have noted that all three adoptions occurred on significant days - Christmas, Valentine's Day and Good Friday.

 

The ancient Masters were profound and subtle.
Their wisdom was unfathomable.
There is no way to describe it;
all we can describe is their appearance.

They were careful
as someone crossing an iced-over stream.
Alert as a warrior in enemy territory.
Courteous as a guest.
Fluid as melting ice.
Shapeable as a block of wood.
Receptive as a valley.
Clear as a glass of water.

Do you have the patience to wait
till your mud settles and the water is clear?
Can you remain unmoving
till the right action arises by itself?

The Master doesn’t seek fulfillment.
Not seeking, not expecting,
She is present, and can welcome all things.
- Lao-tzu , Tao-te ching “The Book of the Way and Its Power”
A New English Version by Stephen Mitchell

(For more on the significance of the lion and the lamb and updates (5 adoptions as of Oct. 7, 2002) please go here.)
(For another peace prophecy currently unfolding please read the following White Buffalo.)

"It is one step further because for the first time it involves teleportation between light and matter, two different objects. One is the carrier of information and the other one is the storage medium," Polzik explained in an interview on Wednesday.
- Quantum information teleported from light to matter, Reuters, By Patricia Reaney Wed Oct 4, 2006
 

    How about Prot's contention that 'he' was not from Earth and that he could travel on a beam of light?  The following citations not only identify the theoretical groundwork necessary to understand telepathy but show that we on Earth have recently demonstrated the fundamental science that enables it as well as personal testimony that it is being used to influence us.  Unless I'm mistaken the process of quantum entanglement forms the basis of numerous theoretical/demonstrable processes, among them telepathy, teleportation and quantum computing.  Besides telepathy and teleportation which are implied in the film, I suggest quantum entanglement would also allow a highly advanced Artificial Intelligence to interface with a quantum computer.  Without an understanding and acceptance of this technology it is easy to understand the confusion of Pahu70 (on-line poster) and Dr. Powell (K-PAX) below.
 

GOD:
And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you’” (Ex 3:14).

JESUS:
Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I AM” (John 8:58).

If we would enter eternal life,
we must submit to Jesus Christ as Lord
in repentance and obedience to His
Ten Commandment Law
by: pahu70, Jesus is God

Exodus 20
3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

John 8 :: King James Version (KJV)
12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
13 The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true.
14 Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go.
15 Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man.
16 And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me.

K-PAX (2001)
Prot: That is Robert Porter. (referring to photo)
Dr. Powell: Prot, that's you. You and Robert Porter are the same person.
Prot: That's patently absurd, I'm not even human.
Dr. Powell: Can't you at least admit the possibility?
Prot: I will admit the possibility that I am Robert Porter, if you will admit the possibility, that I am from K-PAX.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a beam of light to catch.

"One man's 'magic' is another man's engineering. 'Supernaturalism' is a null word."
- Robert Heinlein, Excerpts from the Notebooks of Lazarus Long, "Time Enough For Love"

Isaiah
65:001 I am sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them that sought me not: …

Dr. John C. Lilly, M.D. January 06, 1915 - September 30, 2001
"Many people have claimed to have received messages via interstellar telepathy. Saul-Paul Sirag, a physicist, has said that over a hundred scientists in the United States have had this experience, but are reluctant to admit it publicly, for obvious reasons. Buckminster Fuller, renowned scientific philosopher, has stated that he sometimes thinks that he has received messages from interstellar telepaths. Dr. John Lilly, psychoanalyst, neuro-anatomist, cyberneticist, mathematician, and pioneering dolphin researcher, has made allusions to contact during the early seventies from interstellar entities he terms the "Cosmic Coincidence Control Center"."

QLAOT -- Quantum Linguistic Aspects of Telepathy
"Saul-Paul Sirag, a leading consciousness physicist, told a 1979 Transpersonal Psychology plenary audience (in a talk entitled Consciousness and Physics ) that Einstein spoke favorably of telepathy at least three times in print (eg, Quantum theory seems to imply telepathy.) Its existence is therefore recognized in physics (as was validated at a recent Conference on The Nature, Role, and Power of Thought -- reviewed next issue], independently of recognition in either psychology or linguistics. My favorite quantum physics cartoon book, Spacetime and Beyond (Bob Toben, Fred Wolf and Jack Sarfatti), gives an excellent and plausible account of how information can move instantaneously through the wormholes of cosmic foam called space. Sarfatti gives a simple diagram of how telepathy works in an appendix to Jeffrey Mishlove's Roots of Consciousness, and elsewhere talks about the faster-than-light Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen transmissions as information without transportation. Finally, a somewhat technical but satisfying account of biological, structural, mathematical, and other theoretical considerations of telepathy can be found in Andrija Puharich's Beyond Telepathy."

Quantum Teleportation, IBM Research
Until recently, teleportation was not taken seriously by scientists, because it was thought to violate the uncertainty principle of quantum mechanics, which forbids any measuring or scanning process from extracting all the information in an atom or other object. According to the uncertainty principle, the more accurately an object is scanned, the more it is disturbed by the scanning process, until one reaches a point where the object's original state has been completely disrupted, still without having extracted enough information to make a perfect replica. This sounds like a solid argument against teleportation: if one cannot extract enough information from an object to make a perfect copy, it would seem that a perfect copy cannot be made. But the six scientists found a way to make an end-run around this logic, using a celebrated and paradoxical feature of quantum mechanics known as the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen effect.

Atom Experiment Brings Teleportation a Step Closer
By Reuters, 26 September 2001
“LONDON (Reuters) - Physicists in Denmark have made two samples of trillions of atoms interact at a distance in an experiment which may bring Star Trek-style teleportation and rapid quantum computing closer to reality. “

“Eugene Polzik and his colleagues at the University of Aarhus are not about to beam anyone up to the Starship Enterprise, but their research reported in the science journal Nature on Wednesday makes the idea of instantly transporting an object from one place to another less far fetched. “

“It involves quantum entanglement -- a mysterious concept of entwining two or more particles without physical contact. Albert Einstein once described it as ``spooky action at a distance.''

Scientists Report 'Teleported' Data
Mon Jun 17, 4:33 PM ET, By PETER O'CONNOR, Associated Press Writer
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - Australian scientists said Monday they had successfully "teleported" a laser beam encoded with data, breaking it up and reconstructing an exact replica a yard away.

"We have taken a beam of laser light ... and completely destroyed it and then made measurements of the destroyed laser beam and then took the measured results to the other side of the lab and reconstructed an exact replica of what we have destroyed," said Lam.

Teleporting a laser beam involves destroying and replicating billions of photons.

Lam said he believes the process, called "quantum teleportation" and which takes a nanosecond — one billionth of one secondwill soon be used for teleporting matter.

"My prediction is if we are not doing it, it will probably be done by someone in the next three to five years, that is the teleportation of a single atom or a small group of atoms," he said.

Teleporting a living person would likely be virtually impossible, scientists said.

"In theory, there is nothing stopping, us but the complexity of the problem is so huge no one is thinking seriously about it at the moment," Lam said.

Teleportation: Express Lane Space Travel
By Leonard David, Senior Space Writer, posted: 08 July 2005
Think Star Trek: You are here. You want to go there. It’s just a matter of teleportation.

Thanks to lab experiments, there is growth in the number of "beam me up" believers, but there is an equal amount of disbelief, too.

Over the last few years, however, researchers have successfully teleported beams of light across a laboratory bench. Also, the quantum state of a trapped calcium ion to another calcium ion has been teleported in a controlled way.

These and other experiments all make for heady and heavy reading in scientific journals. The reports would have surely found a spot on Einstein’s night table. For the most part, it’s an exotic amalgam of things like quantum this and quantum that, wave function, qubits and polarization, as well as uncertainty principle, excited states and entanglement.

Seemingly, milking all this highbrow physics to flesh out point-to-point human teleportation is a long, long way off.

Well, maybe…maybe not.
...
In his new book, Teleportation – The Impossible Leap, published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., writer David Darling contends that ""One way or another, teleportation is going to play a major role in all our futures. It will be a fundamental process at the heart of quantum computers, which will themselves radically change the world."
...
"Extraterrestrial intelligence that is thousands or millions of years ahead of us will certainly be teleportation experts," Darling advised, "if the technology can be implemented at the macroscopic biological level."

What possible outcome, then, from ET successfully tinkering with teleportation?

Transportation device that converts objects or persons to energy, sends that energy to the destination, and reconstitutes the objects/persons back into matter.

Revelation 7:4-7:8 Headcounts are rolled off as John hears, "the number of them which were sealed".
7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

    Note the similarity to Prot's description of familial relationships with verses attributed to Jesus, and his description of his planet's culture.  Also consider why governments exist and what inevitably happens to the perspective of those who wield power as well as those who defer to others for guidance.  I could provide more direct answers but that would not be as helpful.  The following citations should be adequate.

Matthew 22 (KJV)
23   The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked him,
24   Saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.
25   Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no issue, left his wife unto his brother:
26   Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh.
27   And last of all the woman died also.
28   Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her.
29   Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.
30   For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.

A perfect union? Marriage has seen many makeovers
Feb 29, 2004
By Ron Grossman Tribune staff reporter
When President Bush last week pronounced marriage "the most fundamental institution of civilization," he was in good company--at least rhetorically. That link has been proclaimed every time marriage has gone through changes, as it has frequently done throughout history.

The Roman statesman Cicero held that "the primary bond of society is marriage," suggesting an immutable institution. In fact, it has always been shaped by social currents, sometimes progressive, but often not.

Through the ages, the institution of marriage has been unfair to women, has banned the union of people of different races or religions, and has typically been far more concerned with property rights than romantic love--a very modern notion.

Now, as gay marriage has ballooned into a major issue of the presidential campaign, historians and voters alike are reflecting on an institution that truly is a foundation stone of society--for better and for worse.

"Since the 19th Century, people have treated family and marriage as the litmus test of society," said Michael Grossberg, an Indiana University professor who submitted a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of several historians to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, whose ruling in favor of gay marriage triggered the national debate.

"Those who fear social change see any change in marriage and the family as a disaster," Grossberg said.

Ironically, the most enduring aspects of marriage tend to be the very opposite of those qualities its most vocal defenders associate with it. Romance, companionship, the warmth of family life, were rarely connected with marriage until recent times. In the beginning, it was chiefly an economic institution.

An engagement party in ancient Greece was a commercial transaction, said Marilyn Yalom in "A History of the Wife." "It was essentially an oral contract, made between the man who gave the woman in marriage--usually her father--and the bridegroom," Yalom wrote. "The bride was not present."

In this country, the conception of marriage as a transaction between father-in-law and son-in-law meant a woman went from being economically dependent on her father to the same status vis-a-vis her husband. Under a legal theory called "coverture," the married pair became one--the husband.

American wives couldn't own property--even that which they inherited from their parents--until various states gave them the right between 1839 and 1887. Before then, even the wages a working wife earned belonged not to her but her husband.

Husbands could physically discipline their wives, as long as they used what was euphemistically called "moderate correction." If that, or anything else, prompted women to leave home, their husbands would advertise the fact in newspapers, right alongside the ads Southern plantation owners placed for the return of runaway slaves.

`A state of slavery'

The U.S. Supreme Court was loath to tamper with that tradition of the man as lord and master of the household as late as 1911, when it rejected the idea that a wife could sue an abusive husband. The justices called the very thought "revolutionary," "radical and far reaching."

Little wonder then, that the 19th Century abolitionist and feminist leader Lucy Stone said, "Marriage is to woman a state of slavery."

“Mark, Mark, Mark. You are not really listening to what I’m saying to you are you? We do not have marriage on K-PAX, there are no wives, there are no husbands, there are no families.” - Prot
“I see. So um. What about, societal structure, government. – Dr. Mark Powell
“No, there’s no need for one.” - Prot
“You have no laws? – Dr. Mark Powell
“No laws, no lawyers.” - Prot
“How do you know right from wrong?” – Dr. Mark Powell
“Every being in the universe knows right from wrong Mark.” - Prot
- K-PAX (2001)

Luke 20 (KJV)
35 But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage:
36 Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.

Shermer's Last Law
Any sufficiently advanced extraterrestrial intelligence is indistinguishable from God
By MICHAEL SHERMER
...Because of science and technology, our world has changed more in the past century than in the previous 100 centuries. It took 10,000 years to get from the dawn of civilization to the airplane but just 66 years to get from powered flight to a lunar landing.

Moore's Law of computer power doubling every 18 months or so is now approaching a year. Ray Kurzweil, in his book The Age of Spiritual Machines, calculates that there have been 32 doublings since World War II and that the singularity point--the point at which total computational power will rise to levels so far beyond anything that we can imagine that it will appear nearly infinite and thus be indistinguishable from omniscience--may be upon us as early as 2050.

When that happens, the decade that follows will put the 100,000 years before it to shame. Extrapolate out about a million years (just a blink on an evolutionary timescale and therefore a realistic estimate of how far advanced ETIs will be), and we get a gut-wrenching, mind-warping feel for how godlike these creatures would seem.

“Political power means capacity to regulate national life thorough national representatives. If national life becomes so perfect as to become self-regulated, representation becomes unnecessary. There is then a state of enlightened anarchy. In such a state everyone is his own ruler. He rules himself in such a manner that he is never a hindrance to this neighbor. In the ideal state, therefore, there is no political power because there is no state. But the ideal is never fully realized in life. Hence the classical statement of Thoreau that the government is best which governs least.”
- Mohandas K. Ghandi

If a country is governed with tolerance,
the people are comfortable and honest.
If a country is governed with repression,
the people are depressed and crafty.

When the will to power is in charge,
the higher the ideals, the lower the results.
Try to make people happy,
and you lay the groundwork for misery.
Try to make people moral,
and you lay the groundwork for vice.

Thus the Master is content
to serve as an example
and not to impose her will.
She is pointed, but doesn’t pierce.
Straightforward, but supple.
Radiant, but easy on the eyes.
- Lao-tzu , Tao-te ching “The Book of the Way and Its Power”
 

“Let me tell you something Mark, you humans, most of you, subscribe to this policy of an eye for an eye, a life for a life which is known throughout the universe for its stupidity. Even your Buddha and your Christ had quite a different vision, but nobody's paid much attention to them, not even the Buddhists or the Christian.  You humans, sometimes its hard to imagine how you've made it this far.”
- Prot, K-PAX (2001)

The Gospel According to Mary
25) Peter said to him, Since you have explained everything to us, tell us this also: What is the sin of the world?
26) The Savior said There is no sin, but it is you who make sin when you do the things that are like the nature of adultery, which is called sin.

The Basis of Zarathusta’s Teachings
“He [Zarathusthra] was wise enough to recognize that all the motives of human beings are based on action and reaction. Because, the receiver of every good deed in this world will react accordingly with the good behavior. Therefore, in the realm of interaction, if human beings act favorably, they receive favorable reaction and vice versa. In this regard, if a person robs another one, he should not be surprised when some day he will be robbed as well.”

- Dr. Bahram Varza

All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror
Half a century ago, the United States overthrew a Middle Eastern government for the first time. The victim was Mohammad Mossadegh, the democratically elected prime minister of Iran. Although the coup seemed a success at first, today it serves as a chilling lesson about the dangers of foreign intervention.

"It is not far-fetched," Kinzer asserts in this book, "to draw a line from Operation Ajax through the Shah’s repressive regime and the Islamic Revolution to the fireballs that engulfed the World Trade Center in New York."

Blowback - The Costs and Consequences of American Empire by Chalmers Johnson, Henry Holt, 2000
The term "blowback," which officials of the Central Intelligence Agency first invented for their own internal use, is starting to circulate among students of international relations. It refers to the unintended consequences of policies that were kept secret from the American people. What the daily press reports as the malign acts of "terrorists" or "drug lords" or "rogue states" or "illegal arms merchants" often turn out to be blowback from earlier American operations.

Palestinian Gunmen Kill Four Israelis in West Bank
Tue May 28, 2002
"Without a doubt, Operation Defensive Shield hit the terrorist infrastructure hard, but it is clear motivation has risen as a result and more suicide bombers have been created," Deputy Defense Minister Dalia Rabin-Pelossof told Channel One television.

Osama claims he has nukes: If US uses N-arms it will get same response
10 November 2001/23 Shaban 1422
Osama bin Laden: …“America and its allies are massacring us in Palestine, Chechenya, Kashmir and Iraq. The Muslims have the right to attack America in reprisal. The Islamic Shariat says Muslims should not live in the land of the infidel for long. The Sept 11 attacks were not targeted at women and children. The real targets were America's icons of military and economic power.”

“Our response involves far more than instant retaliation and isolated strikes. Americans should not expect one battle, but a lengthy campaign unlike any other we have ever seen. It may include dramatic strikes visible on TV and covert operations secret even in success.”
- President Bush's address to a joint session of Congress on Thursday night, September 20, 2001

The unwise man, lacking understanding,
Behaves as if he were his own worst enemy,
Committing evil deeds
That produce bitter fruit.

It is unwise to do things that bring regret
And require repentance,
To cause suffering for oneself
And a weeping and tearful face.

It is wise to do things which do not require
Repentance
But bring joy and fulfillment,
Happiness and delight.

Until he feels the effect,
The fool rejoices in his evil deed.
When the action reaches fruition,
The fool harvests nothing but grief.
- The Dhammapada (The Path of Truth) translated by Ananda Maitreya

Mattie Stepanek, poet
TFK: Tell us about your upcoming book.
Mattie: It's focused on hope, hope through heartsongs. Because of what just happened to our country, I hope that people will read it and get a sense of new feelings and not just cower back and have it ruin their entire life. But not face it angrily. We cannot win this war on terrorism with bombs, we have to win it with words.

Imagine by John Lennon

Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today...

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace...

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world...

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one

“Throw away holiness and wisdom,
and people will be a hundred times happier.
Throw away morality and justice,
and people will do the right thing.
Throw away industry and profit,
and there won't be any thieves.

If these three aren't enough,
just stay at the center of the circle
and let all things take their course.”
- Lao-tzu , Tao-te ching “The Book of the Way and Its Power”
 

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