Is Virtue A State Of War?

Virtue is a state of war, and to live in it we have always to do combat with ourselves.

— Jean-Jacques Rousseau

There is in  a discussion in Jewish Theology that God creates two types of beings. Each type is exemplified in the biblical histories  of   the brothers yin-and-yang-1947878_1280
Isaac and Ishmael  and Jacob and Esau.  The following is my view of this discussion.

In the first case,  the father, Abraham, had been an idol worshiper in the home of an Idol seller.  Though Abraham broke free of Idol worship it might be understandable that one of his children, who was born to a mother who was a princess from a land of idol worshipers, Haggar,  would have an evil inclination that he must deal with,  Ishmael.

In the second case, Esau is the son of two holy beings,  Isaac and Rebecca. You would not expect here to find a child with evil inclinations, reared in such a holy home.  Yet there must be an explanation for Esau.

A Jewish viewpoint is that each of the holy brothers represents the perfect man on Earth (Isaac and Jacob).  This perfection is inborn and it is expressed in lifestyle.

I believe that these people are seen throughout history  in different forms and they serve to inspire and motivate us to excellence.  However,  should the world be full of them, there would be no reason for it to exist as it would be perfection.  A world full of  good Angels would have  no to reason to exist or strive towards perfection,  it would be perfect. Would we even know this however?  If the world were full of perfection, would it fade from existence much like a the sense of warmth fades in a hot bath as we become aware of no other surrounding (change)?

It then appears that God creates children like Ishmael and Esau for another reason.  This reason is to give mankind a battle to fight,  a battle to fight within each man’s heart.  The evil inclination,  the temptation,  must be overcome and this is expressed in the physical world,  our reality.

A Jewish view of the world is that God created it but left it unfinished.  We were told to leave paradise and labor to create a world more perfect and more deserving of God’s presence.   We are in a way Co-Creators with God.

Could we eliminate the evil being and have a better world? Does one example of creation deserve greater merit?   The evil inclined who overcomes his evil or the perfect one who lives the example?  Both are needed apparently for the purpose of creation.  Both can be of value to society and the perfection of our world. In my exploration of reality, via Janr Ssor’s experiences, I frequently come back upon the mystical teaching that all existence is nothing but energy.  Energy is always a sine wave of positive and negative. With this in mind, it appears that both sides of creation will be with us throughout history.

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The Heart – Do Words Give Creation Meaning?

jfkWhen you wake up and find the world just below discernibly different and it stays that way, how did this happen?

You almost feel as if you are in a dream about to awaken but you do not awake because you are awake!

Consider a more clearly shocking change that no one missed. This was the day the headlines read JFK Killed by Assassin!  This was not just below discernibly different, this was dramatic and indubitable.

This forever changed my world and that of my countrymen. Its story, 50 years later, is still news and never resolved.

Now imagine that a world changing event has occurred but at a less dramatically visible level; one just below discernibly different. One such event took place a day ago and it reminded me of the clear limits of human knowledge, and why as a doctor I do not trust doctors to be 100% on anything.

This event was an article written by a respected man of science, Dr Thomas Cowan, who fire-heart-961194_960_720-pixabaysaid simply that the human heart is not a pump that circulates  about 5 liters of blood throughout the body every minute, as we are taught!

How can this be? Every school child knows this and has been taught this for nearly 300 years!  In 1513 Leonardo Da Vinci dissected over 30 human corpses and discovered the circulatory system.  Later William Harvey, in 1616, discovered what he believed was proof that the heart pumps blood around the entire body. Men of science have accepted this for centuries!  Now there is a respectable different opinion.

The Problem With Viewing the Heart as a Pump:  (from Dr Joseph Mercola) Cardiologists and doctors in general are taught that the walls of the heart create pressure, which causes propulsion of the blood through the body. In essence, the heart is viewed as a pump — a pressure propulsion system caused by the muscular contraction of the ventricles.

However, your body actually contains an enormous amount of blood vessels. Most of the blood vessels in your heart and body are capillaries, which are very thin-walled, very narrow tubes.  If you were to spread these blood vessels out, they would cover three football fields. If you were to place the blood vessels end to end, in a series, they would encircle the Earth between one and three times.

The pump theory is then telling us that you have a 1 pound muscle, and it’s going to pump blood a distance equivalent to going around the Earth every single day for 70 years; 60 to 70 times a minute.  Is that believable? Not according to Dr Thomas Cowen in his book “Human Heart, Cosmic Heart: A Doctor’s Quest to Understand, Treat, and Prevent Cardiovascular Disease.”

What is the truth and is there any that we do not keep changing and refining?  Do our words describe creation or create its meaning?

Could Dr Cowan be wrong?  My Thoughts…..  If you take the heart’s arterial outflow and capillary_system_cert-google-labledfor-reusedisperse it to millions of capillaries the width of a blood cell the flow becomes very slow at that level as the ENERGY output is divided by millions of bifurcations.  If you now reverse that process and merge the capillaries into a larger return vein, the ENERGY is compounded back to its original level.   As for a single blood cell traveling around the Earth, the trip for each cell is done in PARALLEL not in series!  Just as a computer with multiple processors can process much faster than a single one,  so can the distance covered be much greater when run by a billion horses (or red blood cells).  I think that Dr Cowan’s reasoning appears to me fallacious.  I don’t doubt that he is on to something we have missed but Davinci and Harvey are not really wrong, entirely.  Maybe the world did shift on a just below discernibly different level

Janr Ssor

 

Ignore Medicine – Eat More Dirt!

Years back, I married a lady who ate nearly twice as much as me and stayed slender and beautiful.  I, on the other hand,  had to watch my diet, run many miles more than her and still I was never what you would call slender. What really made the difference?

Many years later, the truth of this mystery began to grow in the fertile soil  of my mind, the truth about dirt!  Sadly,  this also clearly portrayed the ignorance of science, the church I had so long prayed at.

Thinking  back however, the seeds of truth were born in my first years philosophy class when Professor Posposel asked what boundaries were? I raised my hand and when acknowledged said, “They were an illusion painted for the choice and convenience of the human mind that help us cross the street with safety.  Boundaries help us repeat things over and over with reasonably good expectations of the same result.  In this manner we can delegate life’s many repetitive tasks to a lower level of our mind and get on with the fun part of ignoring this illusion while recreating the world in our own image!” ….. to not bore those of you who are not of philosophically bent, I will skip the whole long discussion this engendered.

In other words, as it came to diet we use boundaries to choose certain foods as healthy and amounts of exercise as necessary.  However, there is  minimal truth in describing these boundaries.  As I see it, it is just a convenience that somewhat fits our time in history and location on Earth.   At another time in history, on another land mass, this truth would be different.  After all is it not apparent that those living in Alaska eating fish and whale fat,  live and eat quite differently than those in Japan and yet both may be quite healthy?

The answer lies, I believe,  in the dissolution of boundaries!  It is realizing that we as human bodies are simply a  catalyst that organizes the dirt and bacteria of the Earth into something we call ourselves (by creating again a convenient illusion of boundaries). In so doing each of us on this Earth can be seen as quiet different as we are made of and for the bacteria and dirt of the time and place we live in! Let me be sure you are following me.  First you are NOT separate from the Earth in most senses, certainly not cellularly.   There are 10 times more bacteria cells in your body than what we might call our body cells (those formed by embryogenisis). These “bacteria cells”  are really found in the Earth’s soil,  if it is not poisoned by Monsanto’s pesticide or other chemical monstrosities.  So, what is “you?”   In essence the sperm and egg that began forming  “you” really formed a mobile food seeking catalyst that would allow bacterial cells from the Earth to grow on and within it.  Our job is to find food to feed the bacterial cells in our gut and to be mobile enough to transport them to better food sources than they might otherwise have access to!  We are a catalyst to their growth.

We picture the soil of the Earth as a nutrient media in which plants can grow.  If we are organic or biodynamic farmers, we picture the soil of the Earth as a nutrient media in which insects of all types (such as worms) can grow and enrich the soil for plants.  If we are scientists we also picture the soil as a place that microscopic bacteria grow on decay and living plant roots,  helping them to grow too!  Isn’t it amazing how boundaries change with each persons “education?”

Here lies the challenge of “civilization” and why we are dying like flies from so many new and miserable diseases.  Too many boundaries!   Disconnected from the Earth by concrete, steel, asphalt and disinfectants,  we are something designed to fail and die, just as your light bulb will go out when you unplug it!  Put sterile, dead, manufactured, processed foods into your body and you and your fellow bacteria will die.

Have you not read that children are suffering from lifelong allergies because they grew up in sterile homes with HEPA vacuum wielding fanatics who scrubbed dents in the granite counters scouring for traces of anything that looked like  peanut butter? Are we not dying from C Difficile  that has invaded our “overly clean”  hospitals where antibiotics are distributed like M&M’s by well intentioned grandmothers? Have the factory farmed chickens stuffed with antibiotics not laid the seeds of your death in their eggs filled with salmonella?

You say, “see it is the bacteria that are making us ill!  We do need boundaries!  Give me a clorox wipe for the shopping cart, quick!”  NO! It is the destruction of the natural bacteria that keep us healthy that has allowed the more dangerous ones to proliferate!  It is the imbalance created by “modern civilization’ and myopic scientists.  It is the creation of boundaries that are unnatural and imaginary.

The Earth IS ALIVE!   We are just an organ of its bodily functions. We will likely find that the Solar System is alive and that the Earth is just an organ of its large body. It likely goes on and on and I won’t terrify you by imagining there might be a God at the end of this trail.

Let’s keep it simple, we don’t need more sterilization, we need more dirt. We need to live as the American Indian’s tried to teach us, in harmony with the rest and most of our bodies, that which is the soil of the Earth. Or if you are more spiritual then most, consider that we are all one and one with God for we are surely one with the Earth.  And, when we return to that notion and dissolve the imaginary boundaries that we have painted to separate us one from another and each from the Earth, disease shall vanish, all natural diets will feed all natural denizens of the Earth with equally good results and most importantly, I can eat as much as my wife and not have to run so darned many miles!

Janr Ssor

 

Alternative Realities That Share A Consensus!

When I was about 15 years old and living in Miami Fla, I was in the center of the Hippy Era.  We wanted you to “blow your mind”  and expand your thinking.  I chose to do this without drugs and here is a highly entertaining opportunity to do so legally :-), by watching Nassim Haramein!   Here is why I hope you do so:

When I was very little, about 5 years of age, I did not have imaginary “friends” as some did, but I did have “visitors”  that wanted to know about my world.  When they looked at my world, I got a vague glimpse of their world.  It is long ago and I have forgotten most of what I sensed.  Sometimes it was so strange as to be nonsensical or it seemed I did not have the sensory apparatus and experience to comprehend it.  As you get older, people tell you that if you have imaginary friends you are “crazy” or donna the butlers wifethey tell you it is time to grow up and stop living in imagination.  Like most of us I chose to conform and did so.  However,  every now and then the dimensions of space/time that I was denying,  to become more  acceptable to my peers,  decided to come and interrupt my “sanity.”  Oddly enough in many cases it provided information that I need.  Information that then  made my life much better and information that was simply not otherwise available. Sometimes it did nothing and was just a vague brief experience of another consciousness.

Many years, degrees, honors and human interactions later,  despite my total disbelief in many of  the fundamental principles of physics, theology and philosophy, I have managed to be a functional part of what I view as a society based on misinformation. Misinformation?  When you teach we are all one and God is withing and then kill our neighbor for praying differently, you have to admit there is something wrong!  Anyway,  to my delight, I have finally found a physicist who, like me, believes the fundamental structure of physics and the theological and philosophical underpinnings of our thinking is based on erroneous assumptions.  I have been delighted!  I have found someone who sees the world as I do and even better is using mathematics and physics to prove it.  Nassim Haramein is a one many revolution traveling around the world speaking and sharing his world changing viewpoint of reality with a goal of building a consensus amongst people whose minds are not to bogged down in education dove_peace-5555pxto be open to changes in fundamental thinking!   What is the value?  Well consensus driven by enough people can bring about change through the unity of all of us, that Nassim Haramein is proving on a daily basis.  When we all understand that we are really one as the greatest minds in history taught, then there will be no value or meaning in killing your neighbor because he prays differently. There will be no sense to terrorism by martyrdom and vests of bombs.  We will know that a rocket exploding on your home does not open the Gates Of Heaven for 10 martyrs to ascend.  We will have a chance for real peace on Earth and transcendence for humanity.

I encourage you to watch this Excellent series of 6 lectures by Nassim Haramein in Barcelona, Spain and help build the consensus for world peace,  while entertaining yourself with the simple and humerus communications of a man who can make the complex simple.  A man who as Walt Disney said, “would rather hope to entertain you with the hopes of educating rather then educate you with the hopes of entertaining.

Each video is about an hour long. I recommend you watch it while on a treadmill, exercise bike etc. Do an hour at a time. You will expand both your mind and your health.  If you are a man, we always communicate best while moving, at least according to Dr John Gray in “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus.

What Is Physical Reality – Is There One?

earth water dropletIn my Sci-Fi stories I attempt to explore views of the nature of physical reality and the consequences of that reality.

In this article thousands of years of Jewish thinking are distilled into a concept of the essence of existence for those seeking to know why they cannot put their hand through a table that is almost entirely empty space.

This is my stuff in less fictitious clothing but in delightfully philosophic and historical context!  Great reading for great minds of any faith.

http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/2271263/jewish/How-Real-Is-Stuff-Part-II.htm

The Dali Lama’s rules to live by

1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

3. Follow the three Rs: 1. Respect for self 2. Respect for others 3. Responsibility for all your actions.

4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

8. Spend some time alone every day.

9. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.

10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

11. Live a good, honourable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.

12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.

13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.

14. Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.

15. Be gentle with the earth.

16. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.

17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.