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Comment by Joan Denoo on April 15, 2010 at 3:34pm
My cycle of life

My life is like a spiral that moved in a circular-linear direction from birth through death. Each stage has its function, its strengths and weaknesses and hazards.

1. To be
I have the power to be; I am. I have sensory organs held in place by my physical body.

2. To do
I have the power to do; to take action. My hands and body exist as tools to accomplish tasks such as eating, living, doing things.

3. To belong
I have the power to belong; to be a part of something greater than myself; I am part of my family, community, nation, world and I do not have to earn belonging, I simply belong.

4. To think
I have the power to think, reason, compare, contrast, contemplate, meditate, and communicate my thoughts to others in speech or the written word.

5. To transcend
I have the power to transcend, to go beyond expectation of others, to reach inside for knowledge and wisdom, to find the difference between right and wrong, good and bad, moral and immoral, ethical and unethical.

If I use the concept of the wheel, 1-4 are on the rim of the wheel, with #1. east; #2. South; #3 west; #4 north; and #5 the center of the wheel.

Put #1 and #3 (east and west) on a teeter totter with the fulcrum on #5. Imagine that the power to be, #1, represents my power to be and #3 represents the power of the other.

Self ______X_____Other.

Living life means learning and knowing about my own needs, wants and desires while learning and knowing the other’s needs, wants and desires. An infant at birth has only him/herself to consider, hunger, wet, cold, hot, all the senses inform the infant of his/her own needs. Growing, the child learns about “other”: not him/her self. Growing up, an adult learns how to live in balance, getting what he/she needs and considering the needs of others.

The magic occurs at the fulcrum, where you and I become “we.”

Returning to the wheel, place #2 and #4 (south and north) on a teeter totter with the fulcrum at #5. #2 represents the power to do, existing in balance with #4 the power to think. #5 represents “Praexis”, a term I learned from Liberation theology and represents the ability to act and think. Action with out thought can become chaos; thought without action can become impotence.

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Thought

Living life means thinking for oneself, taking in the ideas of others, exploring, experimenting, seeking from the internal wisdom core and then putting that information to work in service to meeting one’s own needs and respecting the needs of others.

Essence is a construct developed by human beings to explain the things they could not know. As knowledge, wisdom, and compassion grew, the “essence” became laws and rules and expectations. That power which keeps a body being, doing, belonging, thinking, and transcending is not the result of some plan by a higher power or “essence” but is of the natural evolution of nature. All the elements come into place as a process of nature.

A further reality emerges. Human beings now have the power to destroy life, as we know it. We have the equipment and knowledge to overcome those with whom we disagree. Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Taoists, on and on and one, now have the power of the gods and do so at their own peril. Such hubris can bring about the next mass extinction on earth.

We exist in today’s world on the cutting edge of human history when we are become as gods. We have the capacity to make choices, but, alas, the choices require the deep rethinking of our construct of god. The human construct that creates a notion of “essence” without the understanding that one person’s god can be as deadly as another’s.

I am; you are; we can learn to live together gratefully as equals on a planet that gives us everything we need to survive and thrive.
Comment by Marc Draco on April 2, 2010 at 6:49am
Sarah Palin to host wildlife programme? Not on our watch!

http://www.change.org/petitions/view/urge_discovery_communications_...
Comment by Susan Stanko on March 31, 2010 at 8:51am
Americans United Wisconsin.
Comment by Steve Nelson on March 31, 2010 at 6:52am
Hey Susan, What is AUWI? I am curious. Thanks, Steve Nelson
Comment by Susan Stanko on March 28, 2010 at 6:28pm
Comment by Objection on February 28, 2010 at 10:06pm
Congratulations to the group Origins for reaching 1337 l33t members!
Comment by Christopher Wilton on February 20, 2010 at 8:39am
If anyone is on facebook, could you please consider lending support to my new facebook group; "Hospital Chaplains SHOULD Pay Their Own Way!!!"
I really want to make a noise about this and massive support on facebook has been known to catch the eye of the press. Please spread the word as wide as possible, it doesn't have to be restricted to the UK.

Cheers.

(P.S. - I've only just set it up, so there's not much content, all suggestions welcome.)
Comment by LarryW on February 19, 2010 at 7:55am
Why is this article riddled with links to Add's. Kind of takes away some of the credibility of the publication. The article itself, however, is very interesting and provocative.
http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/An_Answer_To_Another_Of_Life_Big_...
(earlier post by Stephen Bant )
Comment by Steve Nelson on February 18, 2010 at 10:06pm
Hey everyone, I wanted to comment about some misconseptions that I think people may be having about my Wonderful series of stories, the Tomorrow's World Scifi/Love books.
Some people get the wrong impression because I put on the label 18+ Only. That's because this society, Being 2 faced hypocrits, can't seem to get the idea that a whole society could be different than theirs. Example The Early British explorers & the Polynesians. To the High & Mighty British the island people were a Filty Immoral people. The truth is the British & other europeans 'Stunk' & carried diseases that wiped out whole populations. The islanders & other's had their own social systems that the europeans found disgusting. Maybe some were. But the point is that these were 'Different societies' with different customs...
It's the same with my stories about the Genetically Engineered humans of the future. In their society they have 0 disease. They live all their lives Naked. Sex is 'Safe' & the very currency of their society. From the moment they are 'Designed' by other Loving Humans who were intern 'Designed' in a Genetics lab, They are instilled with genes that promote only LOVE & not Hate. There are No BAD Seeds in their society. So they Love Sex & they are Naked, So What!
I know that those 2 things right there are repugnant to many in our current society that delights in killing each other as fast as possible in the most ingenious of ways as possible.
I just think that my stories are of a 'Better' type of society on every conceivable level.
Do you know some of the basic reasons that the hero of the story, Male501E, was chosen to be revived was that brain scans showed him to be totally divoid of Hateful & Violent thought waves, also he was free of any dangerous diseases, plus there was his life long desire & reputation of being truthful.
Anyway I just invite all to visit my site, read excerpts. If you want more just ask. My e-mail is right there on the CONTACT page. Please also Read the swell Review at My Favorite Nudes.
Gosh I hope I aint gone on too long here. Plus please forgive my horrid spelling. I am currently deep into writing a 3rd book. This one about a Maintenance Engineer of a deep space vessel that gets attacked by Something? He defends the vessel when the captain & the entire bridge crew are killed. How's the ending? I don't know yet... I'll aint got that far. Most Sincerely everyone, Steve Nelson
Comment by jeric harper on February 13, 2010 at 9:31pm
anybody in north colorado? check out darwin day at colorado state univ.

http://www.atheistnexus.org/events/darwin-day-movie-night
 

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