"May Adonai bless you and protect you! May Adonai deal kindly and graciously with you! May Adonai lift up his countenance upon you and grant you peace!" (Torah, Numbers 6:24-26) And Jesus said, "Allow the little children to come unto me. Forbid them not, for of such is the Kingdom of God. Truly, I say unto you, unless you receive the Kingdom of God as a little child does, you shall not enter therein." (New Testament, Mark 10:14-16)
Sojourning at an Oasis Paradise
Most of what you will see here is the result of extensive personal study, combined with some careful speculation. Occasionally, I may simply offer some Scripture or an inspirational text. I am a wide reader, and the connection of some topics and ideas to matters of faith and religion may not seem immediately obvious, but perhaps I may spell it out in the end... or maybe, you will decide that it was just a tangent. Anyway, I hope that you will find my meanderings to be spiritually enlightening, intellectually stimulating, or at least somewhat entertaining.
In the coming weeks and months, I intend to transcribe a series of essays that I wrote about 20 years ago in the hope that I might get them published. They represent the nucleus of my spiritual life and the focal point around which my wanderings revolve like an electron in an atom. I hope that they might eventually serve as a springboard for discussions about the common spiritual heritage of humanity. May we come together and embrace each other in peace.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
from spurious ones?
1. A true religion must bring out the
best in people, in both personal virtue
and social cohesion, and respect for
2. It must offer the highest imaginable
ideals and morality, preventing the
abuse of the weak, without prescribing
3. It must value all people, for their
spiritual potential, and offer opportun-
ities for reformation of character and
growth in virtue.
4. It must not be amenable to manipu-
lation for personal favor, material gain
or exceptional permission.
5. It must allow, without contradiction,
for scientific theory, investigation and
6. It must offer a satisfying meaning
for existence and an adaptable way
7. It must respect the natural balance
and ecology of habitats and home
planets and act with stewardship
and reverence for life.
8. It must not use coercion or oppres-
sion to dominate others, nor allow
violence or captivity as punishment.
In short, a true religion will hold up the
four ideals: truth, freedom, love and
wisdom, as sacred values to be pursued
and expanded to their fullest practical
extent, and seek to eliminate all uses of
threats, lies, slavery and oppression.
God will understand, and if He does not
understand then He is not God.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
1. Frontiers to explore - The human species has always had
the urge to see beyond the horizon and go where no one has
2. Resources - to mine and build new cities, and develop new
technologies to use them.
3. Vitality or decay, keep our freedom to grow or we will
4. Stepping stone: a launch platform to open the way to the
planets and the stars.
5. Knowledge and discovery: to learn about the laws of
physics, the stars and their inhabitants, and how we can
adapt to live among them.
6. Utopias and Edens, where we can learn to create better
societies and steward world ecologies.
7. Salvation of the human species, in case of global disaster,
we can rescue the survivors and rebuild our civilization.
8. Apotheosis: the good angels are free to roam the heavens,
while the bad angels are confined to the hell they will make