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22 Dec 1998

Congratulations, Ivan. The text is terrific, and the site looks great! I wish more or the earth's peoples could come to
understand the truth --- and practice it! WBH 12/98

23 Dec 1998

Derivation of the Space-Energy Equivalence

With the increasing interest in zero-point energy and similar concepts, it’s natural to
wonder how much energy space might contain. A formula for the space-energy equivalence may be derived as follows:
The universal gravitational constant (G) is an expression of the relationship between space and mass.
Fundamentally, G is the space-mass equivalence. Expressed dimensionally, G=L^3 / MT^2 where L=length, M=mass, and T=time.
Bringing the quantity to unity, it can be written M=L^3 / T^2 and simplifying, M=rC^2 where C=the speed of light (L/T) and r stands for a radius (L).
Substituting M into the mass-energy equivalence (E=mC^2) yields E=rC^4 where E=energy.
Thus, the total amount of energy contained in a volume of space defined by a given radius is equivalent to the radius times the speed of light to the fourth power.
Written in dimensionally balanced form, the space-energy equivalence is E=rC^4 / G.
Nelson Zink zink@newmex.com

24 Dec 1998

How can we look into another human heart, without color, or race or origin or religion, and validate that being as a gift with our love and understanding? --anon.fireside, costa mesa, USA 12/23/98.

27 Dec 1998
Siamo decisamente fortunati noi che viviamo in un'era e, in alcuni paesi, dove non siamo uccisi per le nostre opinioni.
Ma per questo dobbiamo ringraziare chi, prima di noi, ha sacrificato la propria vita per affermare le proprie idee, che erano troppo avanzate per i tempi in cui venivano presentate, e contrarie a chi non voleva che avanzassero, cercando cosi' di tenere sotto controllo la naturale evoluzione del pensiero collettivo. Giordano Bruno e' solo uno tra i molti, sacrificati per questo. Celsia (Roma) Italy

06 Jan 1999

There is an Afrikaans idiom about those with depth:

"Stille water, diepe grond

Onder draai die duivel rond!"

Ernest G. South Africa/South California

06 Jan 1999

Papal Humor:

About a century or two ago, the Pope decided that all the Jews had to leave Rome. Naturally there was a big uproar from the Jewish community. So the Pope made a deal. He would have a religious debate with a member of the Jewish community. If the Jew won, the Jews could stay. If the Pope won, the Jews would leave. The Jews realized that they had no choice. So they picked a middle-aged man named Moshe to represent them. Moshe asked for one addition to the debate. To make it more interesting, neither side would be allowed to talk. The Pope agreed. The day of the great debate came. Moshe and the Pope sat opposite each other for a full minute before the Pope raised his hand and showed three fingers. Moshe looked back at him and raised one finger. The Pope waved his fingers in a circle around his head. Moshe pointed to the ground where he sat. The Pope pulled out a wafer and a glass of wine. Moshe pulled pulled out an apple. The Pope stood up and said, "I give up. This man is too good. The Jews can stay." An hour later, the cardinals were all around the Pope asking him what had happened. The Pope said, "First I held up three fingers to represent the Trinity. He responded by holding up one finger to remind me that there was still one God common to both our religions. Then I waved my finger around me to show him the God was all around us. He responded by pointing to the ground and showing that God was also right here with us. I pulled out the wine and the wafer to show that God absolves us from our sins. He pulled out an apple to remind me of original sin. He had an answer for everything. What could I do?" Meanwhile, the Jewish community had crowded around Moshe. "What happened?" they asked. "Well," said Moshe, "First he said to me that the Jews had three days to get out of here. I told him that not one of us was leaving. Then he told me that this whole city would be cleared of Jews. I let him know that we were staying right here." "Yes, yes,... and then???" asked the crowd. "I don't know," said Moshe. "He took out his lunch, and I took out mine."
As told to Ray Zimmerman <RBZIMMER@uci.edu>

18 Jan 1999


18 Jan 1999

A contrarian view of "There's No Place Like Home" "Home is so Sad"... by Philip Larken.

Home is so sad, It stays as it was left,
Shaped to the comfort of the last to go
As if to win them back. Instead, bereft
Of anyone to please, it withers so,
Having no heart to put aside the theft.
And turn again to what it started as,
A joyous shot at how things ought to be,
Long fallen wide. You can see how it was:
Look at the pictures and the cutlery.
The music in the piano stool. That vase. Philip Larken, 31 December 1958 TWW

...submitted for discussion by Ted Sarhanis

19 Jan 1999

Love is what I feel when it's gone. Sex was grand and life passed quickly. Now only the memory remains.
It too will pass fertilizer for the soul. Mark. Jan 1999

21 Jan 1999

The writers hands must follow the writers mind that sees into the souls heart. Words flow from the mind paint the
picture of like and kind to the beholder of imagination a vision of eternity.

22 Jan 1999

Lo scopo di tutta la scienza è, in ultima analisi, di elevare il valore dell'esistenza dell'umana personalità. Chi non
coltiva la scienza con questo fine, lavora soltanto perchè ha visto il suo maestro fare altrettanto; "investiga" perchè
per caso ha imparato appunto questo, ma non può venire chiamato un "pensatore libero". (Rudolf Steiner da "Verità
e Scienza") Complimenti per le tua opera, è veramente un ulteriore contributo che hai dato all'umanità pensante.
Orazio Viscuso dalla Sicilia (ITALY)

30 Jan 1999

Said by Giordano Bruno (2000):

"And I declare two things: first, that one must not kill a foreign doctor (tropical-rainforest), because he attempts
those cures (herbal medicines) that the native doctors (bio-chemists) do not attempt; second, I say, that for the true
philosopher (awakened shaman) every land is his country."

--adapted from "The Expulsion of the Triumphant Beast, by Giordano Bruno" ed. by A. D. Imerti.

14 Feb 1999

"World order can be founded only on an unshakable consciousness of the oneness of mankind, a spiritual truth
which all the human sciences confirm. Anthropology, physiology, psychology, recognize only one human species,
albeit infinitely varied in the secondary aspects of life. Recognition of this truth requires abandonment of prejudice
--prejudice over everykind--race, class, color, creed, nation, sex, degree of material civilization, everything which
enables people to consider themselves superior to others." --The Universal House of Justice, "The Promise of World Peace", pp.28-29.

14 Feb 1999

Meglio morire che vivere una vita di ripetersi di ripetizioni. E.F.

14 Feb 1999

Le donne, come i sogni, non sono mai come tu le vorresti. Pirandello

18 Feb 1999

Flags at Half-tone.

I had a dream where the whole Earth was like a giant magnet, a ball of energy to which all living things
gravitated, filled with so much love that everything literally died to be born here. The whole planet, as only
one of many, was filled with this love energy, the more of it there was the more there was life on it, and
you could feel it like a distant pull from space. It was beautiful. We hated to die from it, and could not
wait to be born into it. It filled me with so much love for my world, but it also made me aware that there
were other worlds that envied us, because their love energy there was still weak.

In the same dream, I also dreamt that all of our flags were at half-tone, not the brilliant war colors we now sport,
but more muted, like in pastel colors of peace. What does it all mean? --ida, U.S.A.

24 Feb 1999

:) .. | ^^^ The Earth is in orbit round the sun. Copernicus.

I am alive. Here am I. I am. I am alone. Pondering realms of existence. M.C.R. cm/ca

07 Mar 1999

From "The Infinite in Giordano Bruno" by Sidney Breenberg, (1950, King'sCrownPress, NY.) pp: 154-163; Bruno writes:

"Everything is one; and the knowledge of this unity is the object and term of all philosophies and all natural contemplations...

"Being one and the same (infinity), it has not one being and another being...

"Unity and identity, I say (is) the same being..."

These ideas are not so far removed from those of Habeas Mentem, whereby unity and inifnity are
expressed in the identity of all beings within this infinite unity. Bruno further writes, (Opere Italiane) pg. 71:

" That which is the universe, in relation to the universe, is throughout all, according to the modes of its
capacity (interrelationship?) in whatever relation it may be to the other particular bodies; because it is above,
below, innermost, right, left, and according to all local differences; and because in the in infinite, there are
all these differences, and no one of them."

So Bruno, more a man of our times than of his, was very close to creating a philosophy of interrelationship
where infinites define each and every part within themselves, and thus give them identity. To read more about
Giordano Bruno, please refer to the web page listed below. "In the end, it is all one." ID Alexander.


11 Mar 1999

Shall We Kill all the Sharks? Or Do We (Gasp!) Need Them?    By Carroll Straus, Esq.

Historically, the acronym ADR (alternative dispute resolution) has sent attorneys off into profound slumber,
and the public into blank stares. While this may be good medicine for insomniacs, it¹s not good medicine for
the coming Millenium Bomb aftermath. But don¹t go to sleep yet, I'm going to tell you why you, yes YOU,
should care!!! It¹s because of the dreaded Y2K computer madness heading our way...
...So, even if you have never heard of ADR, or of mediation, or if you still think it's "combat lite"‹ a sneaky form
of "business as usual" in the legal arena) stay tuned. Mediation is going to be the Next Big Thing as Y2K unfolds.
No, let's don't kill all the lawyers (we're gonna need 'em).


Taken from the Miningco.Com web page. To read more of this article, please go to:

http://law.miningco.com/library/blshall.htm (reprinted by permission)

15 Mar 1999
LA VITA E BELLA / LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL is a beautiful film by Roberto Begnini on the triumph
of the human spirit over the terrible oppression of one of history's most horrific examples of man's inhumanity.
More on the film can be found at: In German: Click Here: La vita e bella, or go to: REBEL FILMS!
REVIEW: Life is Beautiful (La VitaŠ for another review, in English; or in Italian: la Repubblica 19 Maggio
1998: Aprile a Cannes

20 Mar 1999


People For Peace Network!

Every act of kindness, every effort to help alleviate human suffering brings us all closer together and helps makes
the world more peaceful. The People For Peace Network links people, groups, services and organizations who
are helping -- in little and big ways -- to make this world a better place. We hope this forum will bring you insights
& encourage you with the knowledge that you are not alone in your efforts to make a difference.

We hope that you will use this forum as a way to let others know about the resources and insights that YOU or your
group or organization can offer to people who have chosen to live compassionate lives.


20 Mar 1999

Goals of Holistic Justice
As you have others do unto you.
Common ground. Satisfaction in most productive way. 
Fairness, Honesty, Integrity, Truth.  
Healing through forgiveness.  
Ever widening process, expanding.
Healing more than just the law. Include emotions.  
Release of blame.
The oneness, seeking the self in the Client and Adversary.
Mirror Principle: What is outside is merely a reflection of within.
Personal responsibility.
Empowering the person in the legal context to heal beyond the legal context.
Release view of participants as victims and perpetrators. 


21 Mar 1999

One Day In Peace, January 1, 2000! Peace on earth....one day at a time... www.oneday.net

27 Mar 1999

We live and we die, and in that short life span we have so much
potential for the good. So how is it we can be so attached to our own
particular cause that we would commit hundreds and thousands and
millions to their graves? Was not each one born a beautiful baby
loved by his or her parents? Where did we stop loving them and started
to hate them instead?... WHAT ARE THEY DOING IN KOSOVO?

27 Mar 1999

To join in the Millennium movement for a better world, go to

http://www.oneday.net/cosponsors.htm and sign on, or visit.

27 Mar 1999


This is true in all languages, in all cultures, and for all the People of the World. It is what we have in common,
even though we may all be different. Art is what can bring us together as a Human-Being on our first step towards Panetary-Peace.

http://babelfish.altavista.com/cgi-bin/translate?(to translate)

Here are some artistic works for your viewing. Please add more of those you love.






PEACE. -ida/california.

04 Apr 1999

one race the human race! human rights are God given rights there is one loving creator there is one un folding religion
there is one human family The Baha'i Faith jevlionslair

06 Apr 1999

Prayer for the Balkans

O Thou Kind Almighty, we supplicate at the throne of grace for mercy for our sins; mercy for the great destruction
of life, the blood that has been shed in the Balkans, the children that are being made orphans, the mothers losing their
dear sons, the sons who have become fatherless, the cities that have been destroyed, the many hearts that have been
filled with blood, the many tears that are being shed and the many spirits that are in a state of agitation! O Lord, be merciful,
extinguish this spirit of war, this consuming fire, this peril, this gloomy darkness, from the face of the earth. Cement together
these hearts. Let the Sun of truth dawn upon all. O Lord! This world is dark. Guide us toward a brilliant light; the horizons
are gloomy with the clouds of war; disperse these impenetrable clouds. Grant us a holiness and calm; dispose of these quarrels;
illuminate the horizon of life, so that the sun of real loyalty may shine with His rays. May these dark hearts become illuminated,
may these blind eyes become open, may there deaf ears become gifted with hearing. O Lord, cause Thy divine justice to appear
in this world. Summon these people to the banquet of international peace, so that they may live together in the utmost state of love.
May all the religions and all nations embrace each other in this spirit of universal kindness, and may hatred be forgotten. O Lord!
Confirm this just government in the establishment of peace, so that it may hold aloft the banner of reconciliation in the Balkans.
May the light of love shine and flame forth undefiled. O Lord!, thou art Almighty, thou are Merciful, thou are Clement, thou are Kind! - Abdu'l-Baha

08 Apr 1999

Though people say we are all one; they first need to look at the world around them. People slaughter each other
without question and no one cares to see it end. What is wrong with humans. Can't everyone see that we are all
made of the same molecules and genetic framework. It is stupid to hate someone simply because of the way they
look, talk or even feel. Humans need to get a clue and treat others with compassion and dignity. Mary/Indianapolis

10 Apr 1999
Girodano Bruno: Sophia: "...I want that man to be great who in his poverty is rich because he is
content; and I want that man to be a cowardly slave who in his wealth is poor because he is not
satisfied." Second Dialogue, Second Part; "Spaccio de la Bestia Trionfante,1584."
(taken from:"The Expulsion of the Triumphant Beast" BisonBook,1992-pg.162)

11 Apr 1999

Once upon a time, there was an island where all the feelings lived:
Happiness, Sadness, Knowledge, and all of the others including Love.
One day it was announced to the feelings that the island would sink, so
all prepared their boats and left the island. Love was the only one who
stayed behind. You see, Love wanted to wait until the last possible
moment before leaving. The island was almost sunk, and Love decided to
ask for help. Richness was passing by Love in a grand boat. Love said,
"Richness, can you take me with you?"
Richness answered, "No, I can't. There is a lot of gold and silver in my
boat. There is no place here for you."
Love decided to ask Vanity who was also passing by in a beautiful
vessel, "Vanity, please help me!"
"I can't help you Love. You are all wet and might damage my boat,"
Vanity answered.
Sadness was close by so Love asked for help, "Sadness, let me go with
"Oh...Love, I am so sad that I need to be by myself!" Happiness passed
by Love too; Happiness did not hear the cry for help; for Happiness was
so happy. Suddenly, there was a voice, "Come Love, I will take you." It
was an elder.
Love felt so blessed and overjoyed that Love forgot to ask the elder's
name. When they arrived at dry land, the elder went on its way. Love,
realizing how much it owed the elder, asked Knowledge, another elder,
"Who helped me?" "It was Time," Knowledge answered. "Time?" asked Love,
"But why did Time help me?" Knowledge smiled with deep Wisdom and
answered, "Because only Time is capable of understanding how great love is."
(received thru e-mail, anonymous)

11 Apr 1999

Nada Brahma - Sound is God. -Ravi Shankar
To visit the Ravi Shankar Foundation, please go to:


18 Apr 1999

Upanishads: "The Creation of the World from Soul."

(from "Hinduism", ed. by Louis Renoir)

"Even today this world is differentiated just by name and form, as the saying is: 'He has such a name, or such a form.' ...
Whoever worships one or another of these - he knows not; for he is incomplete with one or another of these.
One should worship with the thought that he is just one's self, for therein all these become one. That same thing,
namely this self, is the trace of this All, for by it one knows this All."

"God is simple. Everything else is complex."

- as said by Paranahansa Yogananda in "An Autobiography of a Yogi" (pg.40)

18 Apr 1999



In Praha a strong group has established around the Praha center for Peace, they have started their own
national coordination already. One of the many activities in the last days is planting sunflowerseeds so that they
will be able to sell them in a couple of mounths and raise a bit of money and attention in the summer that still
refugees are in Albania and Macedonia (and elsewhere). It is indeed every day more clear that this living
situation wouldn't change soon. The (official) reports I have got from Kosov@ or rather about Kosov@ shows that
even when the war stops today it will take a long time before people can return to their (new) houses. Therefore
we try to build up this action not for the next weeks, but for the months, years to come.

18 Apr 1999
From a Distance...

Some years ago, the Dalai Lama visited Santa Fe, New Mexico, where lives a thriving Tibetan community.
At a talk to a large audience about peace in Tibet during China's occupation, somone asked him a very complex
and long question that was difficult to understand. His Holiness pondered the question for awhile and answered
with a twinkle in his eye, something to this effect: "When we are in the middle of our problem, it looks very big and
impossible to solve. But if we step back from it at a distance, it becomes much smaller and more manageable.
Try seeing it from far away, and it will become quite small."

I remembered this when i was looking at the Hubble space telescope's pictures of galaxies 13 billion light years away,
the most distant things in the universe. Maybe from there, our problems on Earth are really quite small, but they seem
so very large to us, because we are in the middle of it. The space program is useful in a New Age kind of way to see
ourselves differently. From such a great distance, I wonder if our planet Earth is not even more beautiful than we can see?



Santa Fe/New Mexico

20 Apr 1999
Ancient Visits?

"Dare to Dream of a better world. Greater still, dare to dream of a better world reaching out for us. "
...Even passages in holy scriptures throughout all the world's religions have fantastic events that are difficult to
understand even on pure faith. The most commonly mentioned is Ezekiel and the Wheel, or Moses and the
marching column of smoke, or Krishna and his lethal flying disk. There are also tales of great Avatars being
carried aloft into the heavens to visit with the gods, sometimes repeatedly. Even the ancient Egyptian myth of
Horus refers to a shining flying winged disk that shoots deadly rays upon the enemy. Were we visited before and the visits failed?"


It's a compelling idea! IDA/California

21 Apr 1999

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21 Apr 1999

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21 Apr 1999

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22 Apr 1999

RE a Millennium Even for Peace on Earth:
 c/o Wolverine Financial Group
 P O Box l99
 Tres Piedras, New Mexico 87577
This was sent to me by Thomas One Wolf--I think he's behind it, his place in Chewena. (Near Taos.) --Carrol K.

23 Apr 1999
"I Am a Citizen of the World."
--Bob Seeley/Maine/USA/Earth.

23 Apr 1999
We can continue to watch the devasting effects of the bombings,
we can wait passively for it to explode into another world war,
or we can let it be known that we are against the bombings,
that the escalation of these violences are an inevitable path to a bigger war.
Turn on the lights, during the day, of automobiles and other vehicles until
the bombings are replaced with non-violent methods that can yield to better results.
Turn on the lights for the innocent victims of violence everywhere.
Let NATO know our opinion!
From: "Camillo NoWarsNo" <nowarsno@excite.com>

25 Apr 1999

King James Version of the Bible:
See for writing about Wheels and Wings: EZEKIEL 1:15-25 and 10:2, 10:19, and 11:22.
Or about Clouds and Fire of the Lord: NUMBERS 9:15-23, 10:34, 11:25, 12:5-12.10, 14:14.
EXODUS 19:18. PSALMS 18:8. Or the Lord's sapphire throne: EZEKIEL 1:26, 10:1, also EXODUS 24:10.
Galaxies 13 billion light years away, Hubble Space Telescope pictures:


28 Apr 1999
"We're all young, just of different ages."
--'Wild' Bill, Costa Mesa, California

02 May 1999

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02 May 1999

Hi my name is Mira, I`m 12 years old and i live in Greenland. I think
it`s stupid to have wars and it`s so sad when so many people die. I
hope many, many people will see these pages and do something to make
peace on earth. I myself will take my "one day in peace January 1, 2000"
book to my english class and then we maybe (me and my class) can do
something to make peace.

04 May 1999

"Live or die...
We're all the same people.
We're dying together.
We need to embrace."

06 May 1999

"In the end, we are one planet, one people. Each one of us carries in him
or her self a fragment of every other, and this is how we are
joined. For those who will have the opportunity to travel and meet our
other lives throughout the world, it will become immediately
obvious. We are not so different from one another. For some reason, we
had been living under some spell that, like a dilatorious
planetary fog, has kept us apart and ignorant of each other. We are all
one, and I sincerely hope that in the future this uniqueness, of
each one of us, will bring us together into a common bond rather than
tear us apart. We are friends, and this is innately born in us.
Witness children. That we later fall out into suspicion and fear is
regrettable, most likely a byproduct of an ego that has kept us tied to
an illusion. We are not so different. In me is all of you, as in you is all
of me. I do not feel this is so profound a statement. Rather it is
spoken from the heart. Once we are free to love one another, this
statement will no longer seem strange or alien to us. We are all born
into this world together, travel together, and then within a short time,
die from it together. We are very much together on a small planet.
We are one."
(from Habeas Mentem: the Given Word, Ch.40)


14 May 1999

An awakening to dawn mist on the water,
flowing Spirit's streams to God's alter,
purifying essence whistles through the trees,
images of the sacred blowing in the breeze.
Flights of fancy from birds up high,
feathers of many colors filtering through the sky,
sun, moon and stars envelops Earth's dome,
we're all birds of a feather, finding our way home.
Spectacle of mesmerizing movements flashing in the mind,
melting pots of humans, secrets hard to find,
love all embracing whispers on the wind,
no physical presence, ecstasy from a light dimmed.
Gifts of joy enmeshed in music and dance,
visualizing images filtering in a trance,
warriors in a drumbeat at journeys end,
back to the womb of creation enmeshed in a substance blend.
Wondrous dreams in the stillness of the dark,
journey on uplifting voyages in paradise park,
thunder and lightening points the way,
a prelude to the land where Soul's play. M.L.

15 May 1999

"DREAM. It's where we're going."


16 May 1999


We all make microdecisions all the time. Unlike macrodecisions, which are known to us, microdecisions are by their nature invisible. We do not know we make them. Rather, like baby steps, we take actions that lead us unto much greater journeys. For example, imagine an ice fall at the end of a glacier. You could hammer on it, hit it with explosives, and nothing happens. Or you could touch it with a pick ax and the whole thing caves into an avalanche. Like in everyday life, there are sensitive pressure points that yield great results. I think the mind is aware of these at some subliminal level and acts upon them.

An example could be: I make a small investment in a company's shares that go bad and I lose everything I put into it. My wife becomes distressed that this is indicative of future action, on the recommendation of her friends she leaves me, I lose my friends, become dsepondent, lose my job, and in the company of other homeless, over an argument over a pair of shoes, I become wounded and lose my life. What an incredible tragedy over such an insignificant decision to buy into an unlucky company. But was it so insignificant? Or did my mind know at some level what the stakes were? It could have happened the other way: The company became very successful and I very rich, my wife now really loves me, as do all my new friends, and I gain appointments to the board of directors, even appointed as ambassador to a foreign country. What great fortune! Maybe even destiny! Or was it merely microdecisions? (to be continued)

--I. D. Alexander

19 May 1999

From "The Prince" by Niccolo Machiavelli, Ch. 6:

"...It must be considered that there is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order of things. For the reformer has enemies in all those who profit by the old order, and only luke warm defenders in all those who would profit by the new order, this lukewarmness arising partly out of fear of their adversaries, who have the laws in their favour; and partly from the incredulity of mankind, who do not truly believe in anything new until they have had actual experience of it."

(Oxford University Press, as transl. by Luigi Ricci, 1903)

22 May 1999

This is from a diary of a Serbian dissident writer that has chosen to remain in Belgrade:

"Who will drive us Crazy?



4 MAY - my life now resemble to "Games without frontiers ." It is
a daily enterprise: when there is electrical current, there
is no water runnin; when the water arrives, the electrical current goes.
More and more often there is neither of the two. When, for a very short time,
both the aqueduct and the distribution of energy electrical are both available,
it is the four of morning, and I am sleeping. In the morning,
I put all my life in two plastic bags and begin to hunt for
apartments. In these days I have three permanent addresses and many
temporary addresses: naturally my apartment, then the one of my
parents, then the houses of the friends and relatives who by now are
themselves transferred for some time into countries with
more intelligent governments.
Belgrade has been emptied, in this last month, and the street sweepers
say that that the amount of trash is like in August, when people go on
vacation. But this time nobody has left for the beach; nearly 400,000
inhabitants have left Belgrade, trying to escape in the near countries or other
parts of Serbia. Those that iremained, like me, every day we change our
address. First to be in danger tare the young, skillful men wanted
for the military service. From the first day of the raid, the majority of
young people of the city, for fear of being drafted into the force,
are hidden in apartments with disowned addresses, therefore the
military police cannot find them. The problem is that also their friends
can't find them, because as soon as the address of a young man is
discovered by the police, he has to move himself to a safer place.
Also families with small children, who live close to the
NATO target, have changed houses. All choose the better zones,
lodging with the relatives; the children are left in one apartment,
and the parents move to another. This game of inner "immigration " is
becoming still more complicated, because the apartments where electricty
still works are near the palace, politica or militaryl centers, therefore more
exposed to the risk of the bombs. Other zones of the
city, they are safer, but they are in the dark.
I have chosen the risk: the place where I find myself has
electricity, but is located near important centers of communications.
While I turn the channels of the TV, waiting for the water to arrive, I notice
that I am measuring how much space there is under the bed, and how much time I need
to hide under in case I hear a missile arrive. I try and
try again, diving and rolling on the floor; keeping an eye on the TV. I see a
program on RaiTre (Italian TV). It is a documentary:
" Yugoslavia, the death of one nation ", describes the destruction of the State
in which I was born. I put to the test my knowledge of Italian,
in an effort to understand the comments of the hosts in the studio.
I listen to those things that I already well know: the Evil
was planned a decade ago, here, in my beloved city, when
the dictator of our life had taken the right to decide also our death.
I roll up the carpet and I put it in a corner (it is easier to dive under the bed if the floor
remains clear -- therefore in one jump I will find myself under
the bed, if I need) and I follow the end of the program.
I hear clearly the voice of the general and criminal Mladic, than in the name of
the Big Leader they had bombed Sarajevo.
Mladic yells the order: " Bomb until they have been driven crazy! ". The host in
the studio finds an analogy, saying that what NATO is doing seems to answer
to the same command: " Bomb them until they go crazy! ".
How to react? To go crazy in name of the nationalism, or in the name
of the democracy: You choose.

22 May 1999

WORLD PEACE -a Global Dream for the new Millennium. We all want the same thing.

Please click on links below to visit sites on Peace from around the World.

http://www.people4peace.com/welcome.htm People for Peace, Compassion

http://www.oneday.org/ One Day for Peace

http://www.millenniumforum.org/ UN Millennium forum

http://www.tibet.com/DL/index.html The Dalai Lama

http://www.dreamgate.com/ DreamGate communites

http://www.unesco.org/cpp/uk/sites/sites.html UNESCO Culture of Peace

http://www.nobelweb.org/ Appeal of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates

http://antenna.nl/enaat/ Europeans against Arms

http://www.2000fires.org/intro.htm Fires of Hope

http://www.humancafe.com People'sBook2000

http://manifesto2000.unesco.org/ Manifesto 2000

http://www.learninglight.com/ Learning Light

http://peacelink@peacelink.it/ Peace Links, Italian language

http://www.imagination-unlimited.net/HolisticLawyers/index.htm Mediation

http://www.spiritweb.org/Spirit.html Meditation

http://www.iol.ie/~isp/y2k/docs.htm Who is Writing the Future?

http://www.guilde.org/idx.html Guilde, connect on web, French & English

http://www.pauseforpeace.org/index.htm Pause for Peace KEO, 50,000 years of World Peace~

(to be continued)

23 May 1999

Good Serbs?
>Nato has never intentionally killed unarmed civilians
Then, how come there are now refugees from Kosovo that you hear about all over, and you haven't heared any of that before NATO entered?
>Milosevic is a self-centered tyrant who is power hungry and obviously has no
>concern for his own people
That is how any politician must be to survive.
Read The Prince by Machiavelli.
Date: Thu, May 20, 1999 1:35 AM
From: mailto:Karancevic@mediaone.net

23 May 1999

MICRODECISONS (continued from May 16, 1999)

Microdecisions happen. Think of the athlete in play, driving a car, making love. All are split second decisions almost invisible to rational thought. By contrast, rational thought is bulky and cumbersome. The conscious mind, thinking, which we place at the zenith of our civilization, is awkward baggage next to the near instant responses of microdecisions. Same as when driving a car, we know at any moment of time where everything and everyone else is on the road, so it is with our micromind. Everyone else and everything else that affects our individual existence is already known at some level, and and to this interrelationshnip of affects our micromind responds. This is a mystery to our rational, wakeful mind, but it is known to us at some deeper level; and to become aware of it, whether through meditation, or just mindfulness, may be a way to connect into that deeper part of who we are. So is it fate, fortune, predestination, luck? Or is it circumstances that are actually within our control but unknown to us? If we create our world through microdecisions, then is it our own self made destiny that we live in, our identity? Microdecisions, in their split second responses, actually work with us, or against us, to achieve our needs and goals. If they have always done so, even from birth, then we are truly positioned within an existence of our own making. Is this a form of Existentialism? I believe that, at some level, our micromind is who we are. (to be continued)

28 May 1999

"Superstition is belief that comes from fear and leads to fear. Spirituality is what comes from love and leads to love, as do the hopes of all religion. One is where we came from, the other where we're going. Dream."


30 May 1999


Big Map of a troubled part of our world. I hope the anger and hurt of the hundreds of years of war between the factions there can find Peace in the new Millennium.


30 May 1999


Beneath all those maps are real human beings, real people with wishes and hopes and fears and families and talents and dreams.


30 May 1999

MICRODECISIONS (continued from May 23,1999)

If we are, as individual human beings, the sum total of all our experiences, then our minds are also a sum total of our reponses to these experiences as they had affected us through life. Our conscious mind, however, is only partially aware of these, so the greater balance falls into the domain of our micromind. If so, then our microdecisions reflect our total mind, both conscious and unconscious. If this mind is then the sum total not only of this life, but also of all the experiences registered in our being of past lives, should these exist, then we also respond in our microdecisions to the effects accumulated through all time. Microdecisions cannot lie, being devoid of the ability to alter reality through conscious choice, so where our destiny takes us is how our micromind had taken us through time. Karma? Dharma? In the totality interrelated world we live in, we create our reality explicitly in terms of how we had been in this life and beyond. Our micromind is even creating for us where we are going, and the circumstances of our existence had already been laid out for us in advance. We are the scriptwriters in our own play, same as we are the players in the scripts of the lives of others. We create our reality. Dream?

(to be continued)

05 Jun 1999

ANIMALS are spirits. So are plants. I too am an animal in the world. We are brothers and sisters. You must love them. ~/an^kea^om/~

To view web pages supporting animal rights, conservation, ecology, please click on the links below:

http://arrs.envirolink.org/ Animal Rights Resource Site

http://www0.delphi.com/animalspirits/ Animal Spirits Guides

http://www.defenders.org/ Defenders of Wildlife

http://conbio.rice.edu/vl/ Ecology, Biodiversity

http://www.edf.org/ Environmental Defense Fund Worldwide

http://www.defenders.org/ Lucy, The Moondance Kids

http://www.tnc.org/index.html Nature Conservancy

http://www.savetheredwoods.org/ Save the Redoods

http://www.geocities.com/RainForest/4076/ Shamanism, Animal Spirit Core

http://www.animal-lib.org.au/lists/viv/viv.html Vivisection

http://www.wcmc.org.uk/ World Conservation

From page titled: "Shamanism Working with Animal Spirit Core"

"Not to hurt our humble brethren (the animals) is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission - to be of service to them whenever they require it. If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men."

Saint Francis of Assisi

05 Jun 1999

MICRODECISIONS (continued from May 30, 1999)

So thinking is not enough in microdecisions. Being is what it is about. As my wife, Cinzia, reminds me: "It is not enough to think about things; you have to live them." In matters of agreement, giving, tolerance, compassion, caring, forgiving; our art, our health, out faith, our play; all require a state of mind that is focussed on what it is we want to be. If we are powered by our dreams, then we must be in our hearts what it is that we are dreaming. We need to be true to who we are, and focus on that, what that truth in us is really all about. Then, the microdecisions follow automatically, and the reality we create for ourselves is beyond our thinking about it. If we love ourselves, as I believe we all do, then we must live with a reverence for all living things, all sentient beings. Then in our lives we enter our Dream. Our happiness lies there.

* * *

Please feel free to add your ideas, either in agreement, or disagreement, and let your microdecisions guide you.

--Ivan D. Alexander

08 Jun 1999

I would like to propose a question to help me understand the criminal. If microdecisions are powered by passions rather than compassions, does this reflect the criminal mind? Do microdecisions reflect our inner being? If so what is the microdecision that causes fear?

09 Jun 1999

"Faith or Fear?"

"Where there is no faith, there is fear." This was said to me by my friend Mark S. one evening over dinner at the Alta Coffe Shop, Newport Beach, Ca. We were discussing what drive the criminal mind. Was it fear and passion, or a lack of faith in something bigger, like religion or God? If microdecisions are reflected in all we do, then when we do from fear rather than love and faith, are we falling away from a higher self into that of a lower self, into crime? Or gambling? Or hurting and destroying things, even ourselves? Or maybe when we pray, our micromind is also affected. Perhaps prayer is the answer, and the criminal mind, in his or her anger and passions, has turned away from the passion of love. If we pray for the criminal, and the criminal prays, do we bring into their lives some sort of redemption, though we are blind to what or how this is, and cause some magic thing to happen to them to bring them back into the good? Away from fear? But then: "What is the microdecision that causes fear?" (see above) Abuse, pain, hand me down fears, lack of trust, lack of faith? I do not know. In our country, United States of America, where we had seen an increase in crime over the years when we had witnessed a decrease in faith, in moral values, then maybe it makes sense: What causes fear is a lack of faith. Can this fear be replaced by compassion, love, prayer? I think so. We can overcome fear with faith.


10 Jun 1999

"The greatest discovery is that a human being can alter his life (her life) by altering his attitudes of mind."

(A computer generated line from a corporate daily bulletin distributed to the staff of our office) J.G.

11 Jun 1999

"Animals are Spirits, etc."

Correction of wrong hyperlinks, missing links, of June 5, 1999 entries:

http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Flats/8192/lucy.html Lucy, the Moondance Kids

http://www.savethemanatee.org/ Save the Manatee

11 Jun 1999

GAMBLING is a way to seek immortality. It's a way to cheat death. But it doesn't work. In the end you lose. You die.

11 Jun 1999

HABEAS MENTEM: The Given Word.

You known when a person is occupying his or her identity in space and time, being in their mind, when they give you their word, and are able to honor that word.


12 Jun 1999

More on World Peace:

http://www.ipb.org/ International Bureau of Peace

http://www.aidoh.dk/ Art in Defense of Humanity

http://www.gmu.edu/departments/NCPCR/ Peace 1999

13 Jun 1999

GIORDANO BRUNO: Why is it still Heresy? I think it is time the Church reverse's its prejudice against a free thinking human being who saw into the Infinite.

"Welcome Freethinkers! We want to propagate the "Nolana philosophy". Fra’ Giordano’s transmigrating soul still wait for his just homage. The man was so great that also intimidate all noble spirits that recognized his value: Galileo, Spinoza, Cartesio, Leibniz, Goethe, Schiller, and we can continue...!"


17 Jun 1999


What about those little things the brain does that you cannot see? For example, when I work on my computer, I can see the screen, print out images, communicate with others, but I cannot the microprocesses that are responsible for what I see on the screen. The little bits of energy coursing and interacting within the circuitry and microbrain are there without my being aware of them. So is it with our brain, the way it runs our heart, lungs, body fluids, nervous systems, etc. where we know they exist but cannot be aware of how the brain is doing it at any moment of time. But is it running more than those? Are there signals coursing through out bodies that also regulate our body temperature, our color, our weight, our health, our chakra energies? If as we think we become, even in our reality, then is it also true that as we become, we influence our lives even in the way we are in our bodies, our health? Do microdecisions dictate the living vigor of our health? Are we in our health as we are in our mind? I believe this is so.

I.D. Alexander

18 Jun 1999

Does God punish? Did all those who die in a natural catastrophe deserve to? I don't think so. Our decisions determine fate. Decisions made with singularity intentions are authentic. Mark June 99

19 Jun 1999

AN'KE'OM AN' is aspiration, breathing in KE' is being still OM is expiration, breathing out

21 Jun 1999

God does not control everything. Nor punish. Rather, like a loving parent watching Her or His children (you choose) at play will let them do so of their own free will. But if one gets hurt, or needs help, She or He will come instantly to their aid. It's ok to ask for help, for it will be given. But our play is nevertheless our own.


21 Jun 1999

The following passages are taken from a sermon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. preached on February 4th, 1968. Two months before his tragic death, Dr. King gave this prophetic and highly personal sermon from the pulpit of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Excerpts from it were played at his nationally televised funeral service held on April 9th, 1968.

"... [T]here is, deep down within all of us, an instinct. It's a kind of drum major instinct--a desire to be first.... [T]his quest for recognition, this desire for attention, this desire for distinction is the basic impulse, the basic drive of human life-this drum major instinct.

... Jesus [in Mark, 10:35-45] gave us a new norm of greatness. If you want to be important--wonderful. If you want to be recognized--wonderful. If you want to be great--wonderful. But recognize that he who is great among you shall be your servant. That's your new definition of greatness.... [B]y giving that definition of greatness, it means that everybody can be great. Because everybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve.... You don't have to know Einstein's theory of relativity to serve.... You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love. And you can be that servant.

... [E]very now and then I think about my own death, and I think about my own funeral.... Every now and then I ask myself, "What is it that I would want said?"...

I'd like somebody to mention that day, that Martin Luther King, Jr., tried to give his life serving others. I'd like for somebody to say that Martin Luther King, Jr., tried to love somebody. I want you to say that day, that I tried to be right on the war question. I want you to say that day, that I did try to feed the hungry. And I want you to be able to say that day, that I did try in my life to clothe those who were naked. I want you to say on that day, that I did try, in my life, to visit those who were in prison. I want you to say that I tried to love and serve humanity.

Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice; say that I was a drum major for peace; I was a drum major for righteousness.

...[T]hen my living will not be in vain."

(From _I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches that Changed the World_, edited by James M. Washington, Harper Collins, 1992.)

Submitted by Ray Zimmerman <RBZIMMER@uci.edu>

22 Jun 1999

There is a reason for everything, even the sad times. As we go through life, our responses, our feelings, our thoughts, the other beings we meet; all have their share in bringing for us what it is we must do at that time. As Marcus Aurelius, the Roman Emperor, had said: "God does not give us anything we cannot handle." This would even apply to the bad things that happen to us. Remember that the small things we do in life lead us to the big things we must decide, even if we must go through hell to get there. All great men knew this.

23 Jun 1999

Did we (USA/NATO) just fight a just war? Is it justice to go and kill people for the sake of stopping them from killing others? Or are we simply stepping into their fight, which was not our own? Saint Augustine believed it is more important to defend others than it is to defend oneself. So was it our "Christian" duty to help the Albanians in Kosovo by killing Serbs? Or did we fail, by assisting one side against the other, and instead interrupted only temporarily a feud that had been going on for centuries? Would it not have been a far better thing to have intervened to stop the feud without taking sides? To heal rather than bomb? Where were our highly prized diplomats? They failed. The war will continue. Even after our devastating bombing, their battle and pain will rage on.

(a thinking and interested bystander)

24 Jun 1999

We cannot allow injustice to prevail. If one man rise up and commit pain and torture on another, all of us must join together to rise up and stop the atrocity. The intention in Kosovo was to stop murder, by removing "things" not killing people. People died, yes. But how many more would be killed if we hadn't responded. How many would be living in fear for the rest of their lives?

25 Jun 1999

11. Good men and bad men differ from each other in their nature. Bad men do not recognize a sinful act as sinful; if its sinfulness is brought to their attention, they do not cease doing it and do not like to have anyone inform them of their sinful acts. Wise men are sensitive to right and wrong; they cease doing anything as soon as they see that it is wrong; they are grateful to anyone who calls their attention to such wrong acts.

From "The Teaching of Buddha: The Way of Purification", Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai, Tokyo, Japan.


25 Jun 1999

* Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai 

Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai Society for the Promotion of Buddhism Here is contact information for Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai (The Society for the Promotion of Buddhism). The organization's most important project is its book The Teaching of Buddha. Free copies (a $7.00 donation is requested http://scribers.midwest.net/billw/bdk.htm midwest.net *

(Regarding: "The Teaching of Buddha" above)

26 Jun 1999

"Being good is meditation. Meditation is being love. Love is being; good is that."


29 Jun 1999

TO BE LOST It's cold on my feet. Where is there some water? My body feels empty and sore. Maybe there is food over there... Keep looking, keep on going. There is a cut on my foot. My fur is thin. Maybe I should sleep now... Where is a warm place? Keep looking... I am lost, I am so hungry, so lonely. Please, God, is there a place fore me? Keep looking... by Natalie Owings, Heart and Soul Animal Sanctuary,

Santa Fe, New Mexico

"Our task is to widen our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature it its beauty." Quote: Albert Einstein

30 Jun 1999

(continued from 5 June, 1999: Animal are Spirits) Animal Awareness / Rights The Humane Society of the United States

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Animal Information



Alaska Wildlife Alliance

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Friends of the Earth

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planet from environmental degradation


National Wildlife Federation

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education resource center with information and classroom activities


Sierra Club


Wilderness Society

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World Wildlife Fund

Known worldwide by its panda logo, WWF is the world's largest and most

experienced independent conservation organization with 4.7 million

supporters and a global network active in some 100 countries. WWF's

mission is to protect nature and the biological diversity that we all

need to survive. http://www.wwf.org/


* Talkspot - Critter Connection

Every Sunday, explore the animal kingdom with Deborah Godell as she

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animal kingdom. Features a monthly chat with Wolf Haven International!

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30 Jun 1999

WOLVES are our shadow friends and brothers too. So are the wolf-dogs. I know, because Karu and Gentle, my two wolf-dogs, are beautiful and loving beings. -IDA

http://www.wolfhaven.org/ Wolf Haven International

http://conbio.rice.edu/vl/ Bio-diversity Virtual Library

30 Jun 1999

The virtue of "patience" is porportional to our perspective of time. It is variable, distorted, based on illusion. mcr Costa Mesa, CA

02 Jul 1999

TOLERANCE is a high art. It is a detachment from worldly concerns, a vision of a higher order, an act of forgiveness. Like patience, it is seeing the world from a different perspective, one where events, or persons attached to those events, or their beliefs, is part of a greater destiny than the one controlled by our will or understanding. Think how intolerant have been ideas in the past: Communism seemed so perfect an ideology, but all who disagreed with it were persecuted, even put to death. The Church of the Middle Ages exercised absolute power and the same intolerance. People were tortured or burned at the stake for their beliefs. So is it in modern times, where some religions or ideologies will not tolerate dissent, and the unbelievers will be punished or stoned to death. This can be true even for the world's most progressive ideas: Democracy, human rights, equality, all are great ideas, but to disagree with any of these doctrines is to court persecution and punishment. So there needs to always be an exit, an escape from the inescapable, a forgiveness. Free speech is one such escape, as is the right to not incriminate oneself, or another. They are illogical in the face of reason, of complete proof of one's guilt. And yet, to let a tolerance exist even against logic is a necessary condition for human existence. Does one forgive the criminal, the unfaithful spouse, the wayward child, misgjuided believer, the drug addict, the insane? Yes. We do not empower them, may guide them in their error, but nor do we condemn them. Theirs is a path that makes no sense to us, but one which they must follow until they themselves can see their errors, and lift up. There is no one absolute way to see the truth. It is different for each one of us. If we can learn to live in agreement with this, and with each other even in our differences, then we are being tolerant. Then ours is a higher vision. It is a difficult path to follow, to live with tolerance and forgiveness, but it is the highest art.


04 Jul 1999

In the greater scheme of things, there are no bad people, only confused ones. This confusion is because we are attached to the smaller things in life, and focus only on ourselves. If we can look beyond our troubles and see them from a distance, they will appear smaller, and our greater vision can raise us up from our confusion. In this way, we can step out of our personal attachments, and become good people.


06 Jul 1999

"There is the good and the bad in all of us. Unfortunately most often the good is made to sacrifice and pay for the bad. The tolerant, the kind, the loving, are martyred to the bad. It is not the way of God, but it is the way of this world. When that reverses, it will be a very quiet revolution."

07 Jul 1999

FILM SCRIPT: "Dream of the Worlds"

This is a pre-release copy of screenplay soon to be added to HumanCafe. It is a film about the end of our world's Quarantine, in a contact, as seen from their point of view. Please click below to access.



08 Jul 1999

TRUTH is always voluntary. It can never be coerced from people, for then it fails as the truth.


10 Jul 1999

TRUTH IS A GIFT. Like peace and trust, it is given of one's free will, a gift from the soul. Unlike greed or fear or lust, which steal the gift, truth is what we give, one step before we can forgive.

SUFFERING is a cleansing of the soul. It is the time of our soul's realignment with the center of our truth. The ones who give us our suffering are chosen to deliver to us a lie. By doing this, they sacrifice their own good and lose their own truth; they pay a high price for this, and we should pity them. Their trespass destroys not only our own balance but also theirs, and we all suffer. When the soul is then forced to regain its center in its truth, it cleanses the soul. When the Lord's Prayer says: "Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil..." He is referring to the soul who delivers to us a lie, who leads us into temptation. To be delivered from this lie is the cleansing that follows. After suffering is the time for healing.

10 Jul 1999


TIME: Any single rotation can be used to measure time. SPACE: It is invisible to itself at its perpendicular. CENTRAL AXIS: At the center of any rotation is a force that is inverse to its centrifugal force. This force increases with mass and velocity, resulting in a force that is perpendicular to its rotation and running through the axis. It is possible this force is inverse to the mass's gravity, best seen in very large bodies in space.

BLACK HOLE: At the center of every spinning galaxy there is a black hole. This is the result of the perpendicular force generated by the galaxy's spin, which is the ultimate force of rotation totally invisible to us from our plane of space. At either end of this black hole's axis is a "halo" of stars which are kept aloft by the resulting antigravity generated by the black hole's axis. This is why spiral galaxies have a bulge in the middle.

PERPENDICULAR TIME: If all things rotate in the universe, that it is a natural motion, then these forces are generated everywhere. But what about time? Is it also generated at the axis of rotation? Is it faster or slower than the linear time generated on the plane of rotation? Or is it simply invisible to us, like the black hole? I have no idea. Any suggestions?

Alexa. mailto:IALEXA8476

12 Jul 1999

SEVEN CHAKRAS "The Seven Veils"

To see more about the seven chakras, click below:


Therein lie the seven keys to full understanding.

12 Jul 1999

"Patience is to give God a chance."

14 Jul 1999

On Pleiades, Atlas' seven daughters, Jove answers:

"Let them go with their seven lamps to give light to that nocturnal and midnight holy wedding... And to this region which they leave let Conversation, Companionship, Marriage, Confraternity, Church, Society, Agreement, Covenant, and Confederation come to establish their residences. And let them there be joined to Friendship, because where she is not, there are instead, Contamination, Confusion, Disorder. And unless they are guided, they are not themselves, because they never find themselves in truth among wicked people, but posses the nature of Monopoly, Conventicle, Sect, Conspiracy, Mob, Plot, or something with another detestable name and being."

-Giordano Bruno, "The Expulsion of the Trimphant Beast"- ibid

18 Jul 1999

terry cuthbert>a dragon needs little more than a warm plate of porrage and a place to burn out.

19 Jul 1999


It is very satisfying to me to be where the only tracks on the road are mine, the only sounds are those of nature, and the only smell is the smoke from my woodfire. And then to watch the sun rise over the mountains in silence.

The world we know is not the ideal world. In fact, with our minds we try to make it so with reason and intelligence, to control everything in it and make it better. But this is not to make it ideal. Ours is a reality of probabilistic errors, an interrelated chaos with a semblance of order. It is beyond reason, but it is great, and as ideal as it gets. In freedom, it is better this way.

(random thoughts at a camp fireside in the Coronado National Forest, New Mexico-Arizona-Mexico border. Dawn 18 July, 1999) -Ivan

19 Jul 1999


In as breath… I thus do rise in cooling rush of Lighted birth. Then down as breath… I thus do fall to warm the heart and wed the earth.

And let this practice so extend to move as smoothly as a breeze That even as the grasses bend they welcome it with ease. I welcome it with ease.

A rhythm like poetic verse touches deep the heart to feel And loose the chains of anguished cells revealing waves of Joy to heal.

And on this wave a Word resounds deep into the Eye to know That each may see the passing life is his to make the wonder show.

And grip not to the Word in stream lest ye leave the heart aside But join into symphonic play the coming and the ebbing tide.

To hear upon the current still a whisper call, a friendly voice Making clear the Path remains until I make the choice.

In as breath… I thus do rise in cooling rush of lighted birth Then down as breath… I thus do fall to warm the heart and wed the earth.

Resonating Sound of Thee for each and every cell to find The inner flow along the spine an involution of a kind where sings the heart of Joy where sings the heart of Joy.

And when the flow of love is full without a single thread to miss The coming and the going join tender as a kiss.

Thus in time a ripeness comes where inner and the outer see Without a trace of doubt to know that there is naught but Thee. For there is naught but Thee.

Into the Voice that You do speak to shape a Sound of Love to hear A home in every place to be within a Heart that You did steer the Endless Sounding Love to hear.

A laugh to think someone might fail at passing through the door to come. The Tallyman, Him smile and say, "Welcome every single one… Welcome everyone."

(from the book, A Recipe for Bliss, by Carl Schmidt. Published on website: www.ThehOMeFoundation.com)

22 Jul 1999

UFO TRACKERS web sites. Please add your UFO references, if not listed below.

http://caus.org Citizens Against UFO Secrecy

http://members.xoom.com/butwww/Menu/index.htm Belgian UFO Trackers

http://www.blackvault.com/ Black Vault, Government Secret Documents, UFO's etc.

http://www.joshuatreevillage.com/frames/frm_set1.htm Joshua Tree Village (see "Commerce/Books" for UFO research)

"Where there is secrecy, there is no truth;

where there is no truth, there is no justice;

where there is no justice, there is no freedom." --CAUS

22 Jul 1999

To donate Food to feed the World's hungry, please click onto this link:


22 Jul 1999

MARS 2001: Send your name to Mars on the Mars 2001 Lander

http://spacekids.hq.nasa.gov/2001/ --jo

24 Jul 1999


"A man who wishes to make a profession of goodness in everything must necessarily come to grief among so many who are not good. Therefore it is necessary for a prince, who wishes to maintain himself, to learn how not to be good, and to use this knowledge and not to use it, according to the necessity of the case." --Machiavelli

(this is a regretable reality, though to do otherwise is to sacrifice for a higher cause than Earthly princedom)

24 Jul 1999

piu` valori+ dignita e lavoro + piu` senso comune per la donna e =doveri per la famiglia +++amore per il prossimo - consumismo

25 Jul 1999

"The Artist is a beautiful being whose soul is powered by both passion and compassion. It is the soul of a savage as well as that of a saint. Alone, with visions of some internal paradise, their hands work to create for us what is form from deep within themselves, their conscious and unconscious. When we look at their work, whether sculpture, painting, music, prose, photos, or dance; it is like looking through their eyes into our own soul. And then we find our own beauty there." --taken from the Guest Book at "Art&Celsia" http://members.it.tripod.de/Celsia/index.html

05 Aug 1999


ALBERT EINSTEIN: "A human being is part of a whole called by us the 'Universe', a part limited in time and space. He (sic) experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest--a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty." (AE's quote found in: "Forgiveness and Other Acts of Love" by Stephanie Dowrick, chapter on Tolerance)

06 Aug 1999


IVAN'S LAW: When you buy stocks, they go down; when you sell stocks, they go up. --Ivan

13 Aug 1999


The King of Nepal, His Majesty, King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Deve, fifteen years ago declared Nepal to be a Zone of Peace, so neighboring countries cannot fight there. Now, with war near in India and Pakistan, this Zone of Peace is most important. Nepal is now a Democracy, and this Zone of Peace maybe now can be exported to all the other Democracies of the the World. It is a Hope. (Amar Raj Tulhador, Kathmandu, Nepal)

13 Aug 1999


DALAI LAMA, Friday 13 August, 1999, AOL live chat:

Q: So many Americans are worried about the millennium. Should we be?

The Dalai Lama: I think the millennium is just another year and another century. Nothing special. So the important thing is, if you are looking forward to the new millennium then you must prepare for it. With good things. Just like we prepare for New Year, bring us good food. If we try to become good human beings, happy human beings, then when that person enters the new millennium they will have the meaning of a good human being.

13 Aug 1999


Ibid: DALAI LAMA Jesse Kornbluth: Your Holiness, it is a great honor to welcome you to America Online.

The Dalai Lama: Thank you. Me too. This is the first time for me to communicate through this kind of machine.

Jesse Kornbluth: We have 5,000 questions from our members. I have read most of them. They can be summed up, many of them, in one question. It is: So much envy, hate and rage in the world. So much violence, real and psychological. So many broken-hearted people. Is there one simple thing each of us can do to quiet the noise and start the way to peace?

The Dalai Lama: I always feel every human being has potential, good and bad. So there is no reason to feel hopelessness. Each one has the potential to create a peaceful life. And with that conviction, the actual beginning must start from within --- from within one individual. First, you create some calm mind within yourself. Spread that to the family and then to the society at large.I think that if we look at the overall picture, we often hear only the violence. But in Kosovo and some other places, where force has been used, people are becoming skeptical about the usage of force. That's a sign that people are losing hope in the use of force. That is a hopeful sign. Thinking this way, you will get some kind of hope. With hope, you can get determination. That's my belief.

Jesse Kornbluth: In your new book, “Ethics for the New Millennium,” you write that religious belief does not matter much. You say it is more important to “be a good person.” Coming from a religious leader, that seems radical. Please explain.

The Dalai Lama: Obviously there are many people who do not believe in religion. In fact, the majority [of] people are not very serious about religious faith. So firstly, these people are also human beings, and secondly, they are the majority. So in the past, there are habits, and once you have no interest in religion, they also see no interest in compassion and forgiveness. Whether they accept religion or not, people want happiness and harmony. And the foundation of harmony is compassion. That's the basis of our happiness and our future. So whether they believe in religion or not, they need a sense of human compassion. That is my approach.

16 Aug 1999


"The closer we are to God, the more we are tested, and the greater our suffering; which is how we can turn a curse into a blessing."

--from an olde English saying: "May God's curse turn into a blessing."--adapted for modern usage--

18 Aug 1999


Erratum: correction for 16 August, 1999, olde saying: "I should gitt God's curs in the forme of a blessing." --said in a court deposition dated 30 June, 1709, recorded at Salem, Massachusetts, Essex County Court House, File #25016, regarding an estate settlement.

20 Aug 1999



BUDDHA AVATARA: This incarnation of Vishnu is originally foreign to the cycle of Avataras of Vishnu, and therefore is only briefly alluded to in some of Puranas... Buddha's four 'Sublime Verities': Pain exists, desire is the cause of pain, this pain can be ended by Nirvana, and the way that leads to Nirvana... the great thing is to get rid of desire.. and a man dying in this state will not again be born. Its moral code is one of the most perfect; the spring of all virtue is Maitri, which can be translated as Charity or Love. 'It does not express friendship, or the feeling of particular affection which a man has for one or more of his fellow creatures, but that universal feeling which inspires us with good-will towards all men and constant willingness to help them.'

KAMADEVA: In the 'Rig-Veda' Kama is described as the first movement that arose in the ONE, after it had come into life through the power or fervour or abstraction... not of sexual enjoyment, but of good in general. Kama is usually represented as a beautiful youth, holding in his hands a bow and arrows of flowers. He travels about through the three worlds with his beautiful wife Rati... Kama has many names indicative of the influence his is supposed to exert amongst men: Madan, 'He who intoxicates with love'; Manmatha, 'He who agitates the mind'; Mara, 'He who wounds'; Pradyumna, 'He who conquers all.'

KALKI AVATARA: When the practices taught by the Vedas and institutes of laws shall nearly have ceased, and the close of Kali Age shall be nigh, a portion of that divine being who exists of his own spiritual nature in the character of Brahma, and who is the beginning and the end, and who comprehends all things, shall descend upon the earth. In descriptions of Kalki, he is represented as a white man riding upon or bowing down before a white horse, and with his sword in hand; he is the purifier of the present degenerate age, and the restorer of purity and goodnes.

--pp 224-261, "Hindu Mythology, Vedic and Puranic" by W.J. Wilkins, 1989, Rupa & Co. Calcutta, India.

21 Aug 1999


"CONSCIOUSNESS is not a tool. It is our Being. "Spiritual or mystical experience... is the mirror image of science-- a direct perception of nature's unity. "Ironically, every organized religion has been based on the claims of direct experience of one or more persons, whose revelations are then handed down as articles of faith. Those who want direct knowledge, the mystics, have always been treated more or less as heretics, whether they were the medieval mystics within Christianity, the Sufis within the borders of Islam, or the Kabbalists within Judaism. "A convocation of spiritual leaders read a statement to the United Nations in October 1945: '...The crises of our time are challenging the world religions to release a new spiritual force transcending religious, cultural, and national boundaries into a new consciousness of oneness of the human community and so putting into effect a spiritual dynamic toward the solutions of the world's problems... We affirm a new spirituality divested of insularity and directed toward planetary consciousness.'

--Marilyn Ferguson, "The Aquarian Conspiracy", 1989.

22 Aug 1999


UNITY OF RELIGION: The Three Golden Rules.

The following are quotes found in the Scared Scriptures of the western world's three main religions: Judaism, Christianity, Mohammedanism. Their common thread of belief sharing in Love, Peace, and the Golden Rule, are as follows:

GOLDEN RULE: "Do onto others as you would have them do onto you." Matthew 7:12: "Whatever you would have people do for you, do the same for them." Mohammed, the Hadith, 138: "Do unto all men as you wish to have done unto you; and reject for others what you would reject for yourselves."

PEACE: Mishna 1:18: "The world is preserved by three things: truth, justice, and peace." Isaiah 2:4: "They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." Proverbs 24:17: "Rejoice not when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles." Matthew 5:44: "Love your enemies, bless them who curse you, do good to them who hate you. And pray for them who spitefully use you and persecute you." James 3:18: "The fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by peacemakers." Matthew 5:9: "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God." Mohammed, Koran, 5:35: "He who slays one human being, it is as if he had slain all mankind; he who saves one human being, it is as if he had saved all mankind." Mohammed, the Hadith, 340: "Shall I tell you what are better acts than fasting, charity, and prayer? Making peace between enemies are such acts; fir enmity and malice tear up the heavenly rewards by the roots."

LOVE AND COMPASSION: Mohammed, Koran, 2:191: "God loves all those who do good." Mohammed, the Hadith, 198: "God is gentle and loves gentleness." Matthew 19:19: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." 1 John 4:16: "God is love; and he who dwells in love dwells in God." Leviticus 19:18: "You shall not take vengeance or bear any grudge against your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself." Micah 6:8: "O man, what is good, and what does the Lord require of your? Only to do justly; to love mercy; and to walk humbly with your God." Christ, John 13:34: "A new commandment I give unto you: That you love one another."

The above are only a few examples, and there are many more not only in the scriptures of the Judeo-Christian-Moslem teachings, but also in the teachings of all the world's great religions. If you have any other contributions to the Unity of Religion, your ideas, quotes, proverbs, discussions, rebuttals, please communicate them into the PeoplesBook at HumanCafe.com.

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--as brought to our attention by our Baha'i friends Isaac and Sheila at the Costa Mesa Fireside on August 5, 1999-- Ivan & Cinzia

23 Aug 1999


"It is the domain of those with power to have compassion. The weak cannot give."


31 Aug 1999


Ibid: "When you forgive, you move on. When you move on, you give up a lot of bad karma. So forgive and move on."

03 Sep 1999


~~Sometimes in everyday life I can see art__++'''*

05 Sep 1999


CALIFORNIA SUN, June 1997 issue: "Hydrogenated Oils: Dropping the Hydrogen Bomb on our Food Supply" by Janet Lynn Allen.

"...In his book 'Fats that Heal, Fats that Kill' (1993, Alive Books) renowed nutritional expert Udo Erasmus remembers overhearing a conversation as a teenager whereby it was proclaimed that cancer was incurable. Outraged at the idea, he protested... "Self healing is not a difficult concept! Our body heals bruises, scratches, cuts, wounds, burns, and broken bones quite masterfully." So why not cancer? ... Whatever definitions and philosophies we may bat around, there's no question anymore that a strong, resilient immune system is bolstered and maintained by a well-balanced, nutritionally superior diet."

Related Links, Cancer Research & Prevention:

http://www.cancerresearchfdn.org/crf/ http://www.neorx.com http://www.ca.aecom.yu.edu/ http://commtechlab.msu.edu/sites/prevention/index.html http://www.cancer-fund.com.cn/e-index.htm http://www.cancerprev.org/ http://www.columbia.edu/cu/sister/SelfExams.html http://www.uicc.ch/ http://home.onestop.net/ervin/ http://www.5aday.com/

06 Sep 1999



"Humanism is a rational philosophy informed by science, inspired by art, and motivated by compassion. Affirming the dignity of each human being, it supports the maximization of individual liberty and opportunity consonant with social and planetary responsibility. It advocates the extension of participatory democracy and the expansion of the open society, standing for human rights and social justice. Free of supernaturalism, it recognizes human beings as a part of nature and holds that values--be they religious, ethical, social, or political--have their source in human experience and culture. Humanism thus derives the goals of life from human need and interest rather than from theological or ideological abstractions, and asserts that humanity must take responsibility for its own destiny."

http://www.humanist.net/ The American Humanist Association


"I am a Humanist." --Bob Seeley, USA

06 Sep 1999


I look forward to the soon return of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. There is so much sadness and loneliness in this world surely he is the remedy for these situations. When will all of this sadness end. Our only hope is our king of Kings and lord of Lords. I have 3 beautiful grandchildren and I shutter at the world that they have to grow up in and the many things that they will have to endure. My hope and prayers for them is in God almighty. I am thankful that He is in control and there is hope in the future. I pray for them and the people of the world and I can rest assuredly that they are in His care. Thank you God for the blessed hope. Daisy Williams, Chicagoland Area

10 Sep 1999



"War is unthinkable in a society of autonomous people who have discovered the connectedness of all humanity, who are unafraid of alien ideas and alien cultures, who know that all revolutions begin within and that you cannot impose your brand of enlightenment on anyone else... "In a rich, creative, meaningful environment there is no room for hostility... "If we limit ourselves to the old-paradim concept of averting war, we are trying to overpower darkness rather than switching on the light. If we reframe the problem--if we think of fostering community, health, innovation, self-discovery, purpose--we are already engaged in waging peace."

(from Marylin Ferguson's "Aquarian Conspiracy", Ch.13, From Power to Peace, pg.411)

11 Sep 1999



"There is a prophecy concerning the New Millennium that the 12 Days of Light signal a shift of human consciousness from the third and fourth dimensional awareness of the Piscean Age into the fifth dimensional realms of the Age of Aquarius. This is the coming Age of Unity that has been prophesied by the great seers of all ages."

(from The Learning Light Foundation, Rasoul and Judy Abbas's Spiritual Awakening and Awareness workshops) http://www.learninglight.com

12 Sep 1999



"Whenever you can, choose tolerance; whenever you must, choose neutrality."


12 Sep 1999



"Jefferson made two other separations (in addition to Bill of Rights and First Amendment) related to church and state: governmental law from church or religious sources and public education from church influence. He was firmly committed to the rule of human-made law in government. He got his idea from Lord Blingbroke's writings (and John Locke's). Rule by God's law meant theocracy, whereas human-made law meant democracy--and Jefferson was a thoroughgoing advocate of democracy in the form of a republic... "History teaches us that men and women have fought and died when their religion was repressed or overwhelmed by their government (or any invader) --or if they did not fight, they did not support their government in times of crises... "Since its inception, the United States has never had a religious war despite divisive sectarian differences. And in times of crisis, minority religions have supported the government because it has, for the most part, maintained a position of neutrality among its many religions and denominations. "...(Jefferson's) religious freedom law causes all religious groups to be seen and treated equally in the eyes of the law--or, as Jefferson put it, has the effect of 'putting all on equal footing'."

--quoted from The Humanist, pg.27-29, "Jefferson's Philosophical Wall of Separation" by Allen Jayne, Jan/Feb 1999. Above quotes in parentheses my edits. Ivan

14 Sep 1999


AMEN, Amon, Amon-Ra: The god of life and reproduction in ancient Egyptian mythology; (may be the first mono-theistic deity concept;) represented as man with a ram's head, later united with sun god.

AMEN: Used at the end of a prayer to express assent or approval; "so be it"; verily, truly; Judeo-Christian, Greek and Roman, exclamation dating back to Hebrew times.

(from Webster's Dictionary)

14 Sep 1999




14 Sep 1999



"The single, most amazing expression of devotion that I have ever witnessed occurred in the middle of a blistering day in Calcutta. I was walking through a park, in the heart of the city, heading for an office. The sun was high and very intense. I was anxiously anticipating the cool of the air-conditioned building. I began to hear an exquisite chant coming from a single man. I was drawn into the Source of the sound. As I approached him, I discovered that he was without a single, normal limb. Both arms and both legs were grotesquely deformed (possibly a case of intentional disfigurement for the purposes of beggingÖ possibly done to him by his parents or guardians at birth). Why and how this had happened, however, was irrelevant in that moment. He lay on his back, eyes wide open, staring at the infinite expanse of bright skyÖ chanting with tremendous force, eloquence and feeling. It is impossible to convey in words the joyous exhilaration that he was expressing. In a moment my complete smallness and pathetic dependence upon the comforts of this temporal life flashed before my eyes. I was both enthralled and humbled at the same time. The gift of that moment remains for me a deep well of inspiration. It defines the essence of Devotion."

-Quote from "A Recipe for Bliss" by Carl Schmidt, the hOMe Foundation, http://www.thehomefoundation.com

18 Sep 1999


HABEAS MENTEM: a Quantum Leap

Interrelationship is easily understood by most of us as a mechanism that defines complex systems, like the weather, ecosystems, market exchange, living organisms. But it is a quantum leap to see this interconnectedness as a definition from the whole redefining its individual parts. At infinity, that redefinition becomes each thing's "identity", what it really is in terms of the whole. According to the thesis of Habeas Mentem, that identity is then evident in a living mind. We are who we are, in the infinite whole, in our mind. In the human mind, this identity can even look back upon itself: it is conscious. Does this make sense, or is it a quantum leap of faith?

-Author http://www.humancafe.com/titlepage.htm (from the Forum at HumanCafe.com)

19 Sep 1999


MICRODISARMAMENT: a Program to Minimize Human Violence with Small Weapons.

http://www.wcc-coe.org/pov/vivario.html Site for World Council of Churches Microdisarmament, initiative to reduce gun proliferation in US and Brazil and Africa.

http://www.peacemagazine.org/9803/norway.htm Norwegian Initiative on Small Arms Transfers(NISAT).

http://www.sipri.se/ The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute site with information on weapons transfers worldwide.

http://domino.un.org/REGISTER.NSF UN data on weapons.

http://www.bellcampaign.org/ Bell Campaign to prevent gun death and injury, and to support victims of gun trauma.

--compliments of Bob Lovell, Orange County Unitarian Universalist Church, http://www.ocuuc.org

20 Sep 1999


"The way into paradise is to throw yourself out of paradise and experience the world."


22 Sep 1999


i keep dreaming of electricity under the sand in mira mesa...there are these sewer bunkers we used to go to when we were younger...i wandered around the streets all night, because i had nowhere to live...something feeding off of the electricity, maybe? patterns are impinging, it would be easy to call it a government thing, but it is older, i suspect...there were voices in the sewer, i swear...something happened to me when i was younger, something about burning sand and roads that lead to nowhere and things buried and the static before a storm...i can feel all of it coming back, and i am strangely afraid and excited and i am once again alone, living for the moment with a friend...but soon, i think, i will be wandering about again, and this time...soured milk and a bed in the sewer...jesus christ, it really was there...i can feel static in my veins, my brain is a greasy stew of self-negation, yet somehow i am freer...i cannot sleep when it is raining, and it is always raining somewhere...i am drowning in a hissing sibilance of lightning...

25 Sep 1999



George Bernard Shaw was to have said that "advanced people have interesting and intense friendships and relationships; but ordinary people marry". Maybe this is so, especially for the "artiste-fatal" who lives only for the moment. But for most people there is a special part of themselves, an inner part, that is nearly sacred and secret, representing the deepest part of themselves, the "who we are". So when we get close to another person, in friendship or in love, we allow that other person into that special part of our personal being who is sacred for us, to share in our joint intimacy. This special sharing is then the bond that forms between us in our friendship or intense relationship. Shaw may have thought of all the same things when he made his proclamation about "marriage", but did he consider that this intimacy is more than simply an agreement of intense feelings, but rather a bonding and sharing of feelings that reaches into our most private selves? If this bond is somehow violated, it causes pain and loss and unhappiness, such as results from infidelity. Could it be, then, that to share in this bond is an expression of our emotional intimacy, our love for one another, which is further expressed in our love making, the sharing of intimacy in our physical bodies? If so, then when this bond of intimacy is violated by lies, or emotional withdrawal or infidelity, then a real event is taking place to cause us our pain. Same as we do not give up our most interior and intimate self casually, neither can we separate from our most intimate bond without feeling some form of violation. It is for this reason that people, ordinary or not, get married. When they marry, they pledge to each other their most intimate selves in a bond of love, one that is not shared with anyone else. The bond of love may be ordinary, but the bond of marriage may very well be the most advanced pledge of fidelity possible to another human being.


25 Sep 1999



Sometimes I just want to thank everyone who has come into our lives, Cinzia and mine, from our heart, for having touched us in some very special way, or for just being you. We wish to say "thank you!" to: Bennie & Elizabeth, Dennis, Rosalie & Ernie, Ted & Doris, Alex, Wayne & Cindy, Arin, Natalie & all her loving animals, Al King & Ernest, Violet & Barbara, Jim, Mark, Massoud & Fariba, Leon, Howard & Betty, Jose & Maria, Josie, Adam & Krissy, Eddie & Ann, Alex & Todd, Monique, Josepina & Salvatore, Giorgio & Rosalba, Barbara & Yayo, Toby, Salvatore & Rosa, Matteo, Vanda, Enrico, Roberta & Neno, Enrico & Barbara, Claudia, Hildy, Tom, Brett & Hillary & Greg & Joe & Lordes & ... To all of you who have brought your essence into a magical web of our being.

Thank you! Ivan & Cinzia.

01 Oct 1999


like think of "The Matrix", where the dream is reality, and reality a dream... totally connected interrelationship as truth... who can fight it, who can win against the reality of truth... defined by all there is, real, cool, like sweet water to a man dying of thirst...like the mind sees infinity... man, truth is alive...


02 Oct 1999


By simon on Saturday, October 2, 1999 - 12:01 pm: Simon says that reason and faith are parallels that can never meet. Like the twisting lines of a double helix, science and religion dance together, but never really touch, an inevitable paradox... Simon, a skeptic and seeker.

--from the Forum at HumanCafe.com http://www.humancafe.com/discus/

02 Oct 1999



Living Life

I'm reading more and dusting less.

I'm sitting in the yard and admiring the view without fussing

about the weeds in the garden.

I'm spending more time with my family and friends and less

time at work.

Whenever possible, life should be a pattern of experiences

to savor, not to endure.

I'm trying to recognize these moments now and cherish them.

I'm not "saving" anything; we use our good china

and crystal for every special event such as losing a pound,

getting the sink unstopped, or the first Amaryllis blossom.

I wear my good blazer to the market. My theory is if I look

prosperous, I can shell out $28.49 for one small bag of


I'm not saving my good perfume for special parties,

but wearing it for clerks in the hardware store and tellers at

the bank.

"Someday" and "one of these days" are losing their grip on

my vocabulary.

If it's worth seeing or hearing or doing, I want to see and

hear and do it now.

I'm not sure what my cousins would've done had

they known that they wouldn't be here for the tomorrow

that we all take for granted.

I think they would have called family members and a few

close friends.

They might have called a few former friends to apologize

and mend fences for past squabbles. I like to think they

would have gone out for a Chinese dinner, or for whatever

their favorite food was.

I'm guessing; I'll never know.

It's those little things left undone that would make me angry if

I knew my hours were limited.

Angry because I hadn't written certain letters that I intended to

write one of these days.

Angry and sorry that I didn't tell my husband and parents often

enough how much I truly love them.

I'm trying very hard not to put off, hold back, or save anything

that would add laughter and luster to our lives.

Every morning when I open my eyes, I tell myself that it is special.

Every day, every minute, every breath, life, truly is a gift from God.

If you received this, it is because someone cares for you. If you're too

busy to take the few minutes that it takes right now to forward this,

would it be the first time you didn't do the little thing that would make

a difference in your relationships? I can tell you it certainly won't be the

last. Take a few minutes to send this to a few people you care about, just to let

them know that you're thinking of them.

"People say true friends must always hold hands, but true friends

don't need to hold hands because they know the other hand will always

be there."

-----Original Message-----

From: Betty Daws [ mailto:msbetty@brazosnet.com ]

Sent: Saturday, September 11, 1999 6:43 PM

To: G. David Atkins I

04 Oct 1999


NATIVE AMERICAN FLUTE MUSIC: This is a really lovely home page.

"Come to a happy place... a healing place... a simple place."

http://www.littleleaf.com/ Littleleaf, Whispers of Earth Medicine.

05 Oct 1999


And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ--to the glory and praise of God. --Paul of Tarsus (Philippians 1:9-11)

07 Oct 1999


Si sente la vicinanza dell'evento. Perché fu fatta tanta crudeltà? Giordano. Subisti in silenzio, ed in silenzio verrai ricordato da ogni uomo che ama la Justizia e la Verità, da coloro che Cercano. Non riuscirò mai a comprendere. E le lacrime non bastano.


08 Oct 1999



From Great Consciousness/ª/ vision Harlem 1948 buildings standing in Eternity/?/ I/¡/ realize entire Universe/º/ was manifestation of One Mind/!=/--My teacher was William Blake--my life work of Poesy/¶/, transmitting that spontaneous awareness to Mankind/™/.

February 3, 1973, Allen Ginsberg/&/

08 Oct 1999



http://www.spacedaily.com/ Space Daily, your internet space portal

http://liftoff.msfc.nasa.gov/ Marshall Space Flight Center, Liftoff

http://www.skypub.com/ Sky and Telescope Magazine

http://cass.jsc.nasa.gov/lpi.html Lunar and Planetary Institute, "Is there life on Mars?"

http://www.griffithobs.org Griffith Observatory's sky report

http://www.ocregister.com/liftoff/ Orange County Register, Science & Technology, with countdowns on various launches (source for above web pages on space)

09 Oct 1999



09 Oct 1999


23 Dec 1998 (see orginal above by date)

Derivation of the Space-Energy Equivalence

With the increasing interest in zero-point energy and similar concepts, it’s natural to wonder how much energy space might contain. A formula for the space-energy equivalence may be derived as follows: The universal gravitational constant (G) is an expression of the relationship between space and mass. Fundamentally, G is the space-mass equivalence. Expressed dimensionally, G=L^3 / MT^2 where L=length, M=mass, and T=time. Bringing the quantity to unity, it can be written M=L^3 / T^2 and simplifying, M=rC^2 where C=the speed of light (L/T) and r stands for a radius (L). Substituting M into the mass-energy equivalence (E=mC^2) yields E=rC^4 where E=energy. Thus, the total amount of energy contained in a volume of space defined by a given radius is equivalent to the radius times the speed of light to the fourth power. Written in dimensionally balanced form, the space-energy equivalence is E=rC^4 / G.

Nelson Zink mailto:zink@newmex.com

09 Oct 1999


07 Oct 1999 (see original above by date)


Si sente la vicinanza dell'evento. Perché fu fatta tanta crudeltà? Giordano. Subisti in silenzio, ed in silenzio verrai ricordato da ogni uomo che ama la Justizia e la Verità, da coloro che Cercano. Non riuscirò mai a comprendere. E le lacrime non bastano.


09 Oct 1999


20 Mar 1999 (see original above by date)


Goals of Holistic Justice: As you have others do unto you. Common ground. Satisfaction in most productive way.  Fairness, Honesty, Integrity, Truth.   Healing through forgiveness.   Ever widening process, expanding. Healing more than just the law. Include emotions.   Release of blame. The oneness, seeking the self in the Client and Adversary. Mirror Principle: What is outside is merely a reflection of within. Personal responsibility. Empowering the person in the legal context to heal beyond the legal context. Release view of participants as victims and perpetrators. 


09 Oct 1999


UNITY OF RELIGION (continued from 22 August, 1999)

Duty to Unite the Human Race:

It is incumbent upon all the peoples of the world to reconcile their differences, and, with perfect unity and peace, abide beneath the shadow of the Tree of His care and loving-kindness. (Baha'u'llah: Gleanings, p. 6)

The Baha'i Faith Unites Humanity:

The fundamental purpose animating the Faith of God and His Religion is to safeguard the interests and promote the unity of the human race, and to foster the spirit of love and fellowship amongst men. (Baha'u'llah: Gleanings, p. 215)

Guidelines for Uniting Humanity:

"Consort with the followers of all religions in a spirit of friendliness and fellowship." (Baha'u'llah: Gleanings,p. 95

O humankind! Verily, ye are all the leaves and fruits of one tree; ye are all one. Therefore, associate in friendship; love one another; abandon prejudices of race; dispel forever this gloomy darkness of human ignorance, for the century of light, the Sun of Reality hath appeared. Now is the time for affiliation, and now is the period of unity and concord. For thousands of years ye have been contending in warfare and strife. It is enough. Now is the time for unity. Lay aside all self-purposes, and know for a certainty that all men are the servants of one God Who will bind them together in love and agreement. (`Abdu'l-Baha: Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 322)

Submitted by Isaac, mailto:icava@juno.com

10 Oct 1999


CHAPTER FIFTEEN: In a Society Conscious of Itself.

"It is that simple. The society of Habeas Mentem can be reduced at its simplest to an equation: When we do only through agreement, when we obey the Law of Agreement, we are most free. When free, as we do, so we succeed in society only with what is possible and fail with what is impossible. What is possible is the action the universe materializes in our reality and what is impossible is what it rejects. Thus, how we do successfully when most free is how the universe materializes our social reality in terms of itself. It is how works the universal order within our Earthly reality in that free society. What develops from this society is then the entry through which we progress into our next level of human development and through which we enter into the universal community of conscious man. When that equation is made possible by society's guardians, society becomes as it really is itself."

..."Nothing need change. The society of Habeas Mentem is not a radical, physical or political change of its social structure. Things go on much as they had done so before. The same institutions, social mechanisms, laws, the same social characteristics can prevail as they had before. Ours is not a mission to change the world, only to insure the inviolability of the free conscious mind; the world will change of its own when it is ready. All that need change is an awareness that each person has a mind and that as he or she is in that mind, as it is defined within its personal real identity, is how that mind is in the universe and how the universe materializes its reality in response to that mind. What then changes is that we become aware of ourselves and of the definition that allows that awareness. What will change in society is where there had been cruelties, inconsiderateness, barbarism, and wanton destruction. These will increasingly become characteristics of a less conscious past not becoming of the new free individuals. Such awareness, once firmly established, takes firm hold of the social reality which cannot be relinquished by the conscious mind..."

Taken from "Habeas Mentem", Ch 15: http://www.humancafe.com/chapter-fifteen.htm

12 Oct 1999



If I were to build a temple, it would be of gigantic steel and concrete ribs open to the sky, like a giant upturned rib cage, so that the wind through it would make it sing like an aeolian harp with the sweet melody of the heavens. And at its center would be a shrine of text and images, and the sweet smell of incense, dedicated to love and goodness, health and peace...

...I once had a dream, long ago... ida

13 Oct 1999



Ivan, Tell me what do you think of this article?

"...Baha'u'llah declared the necessity of peace among the nations and the reality of reconciliation between the religions of the world. He announced that the fundamental basis of all religion is one, that the essence of religion is human fellowship and that the differences in belief which exist are due to dogmatic interpretation and blind imitations which are at variance with the foundations established by the Prophets of God. He proclaimed that if the reality underlying religious teaching be investigated all religions would be unified, and the purpose of God, which is love and the blending of human hearts, would be accomplished." (`Abdu'l-Baha: Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 354)


* * * * * * Ivan's reply:

Dear Isaac, Alas, this is easier said than done. In the end, from my observations, people are attached to the fundamental tenets of their religion, even if sometimes in unrealistic ways. Take for example the idea of reincarnation. For the Hindus and Buddhists, this is a real part of their religion, and they are loathe to give it up. Or take charity, which the Christians claim to champion, but some religions may find it to be counterproductive. ie: Why give money to beggars? Why is charity important? etc... So the problems run pretty deep, because of these differences of belief. The only solution I can envision for the future of Unity of Religion is to find common grounds, and then to exploit the similarities for the purpose of encouraging tolerance towards one another's belief. If a Christian or Moslem is really attached to his Heaven, and the Hindu to reincarnation, then let them have them. And if after death either one gets lost and ends up in the others spiritual reality, then let him realize that the universe may be big enough to accommodate all beliefs, even those that entertain the absurd. That is the ultimate freedom, isn't it? I think this is why the wise fathers of this country, and the contemporary thinkers of the time, labored to create a civil social order that separates church and state. Then each person within such a social system has the freedom to believe and worship as they see fit, provided they live within the accepted confines of their society's laws. Not so easy for a Moslem fundamentalist, for example, since some of our laws are counter to their practices, but we all manage. Think of Orthodox Jews and what difficulties they have living in a secular society like America, and yet they do. So I agree with Baha'u'lla's contention that if we studied the underlying fundamental teachings of all the world's great religious teachers, manifestation, etc. we would come to a similar conclusion, that God is Love. But the gap between all religions is still too great, and that's why we need those small bridges, like the wonderful quotes you found in common to the world's great religions dealing with Peace and Love and the Gold Rule. The other solution is to go the secular route, one taken by America's founding fathers. In the end, we may discover that religion as we now know it today may become an anachronism in the future, without bloody loyalties and warfare, and people will learn to live in peace with each other's beliefs like a kaleidoscope of spiritual experiences valid for each and every human being. That is a form of religion in itself. I hope this answers your question. Take care, Ivan


16 Oct 1999


By Anonymous on Saturday, October 9, 1999 - 04:28 pm:

FREE WILL: We live in an interactive universe. It is not only determinism, nor is it only free will. Reality already determines for us our existence, but it also determined for us our identity, the freedom to be who we are as conscious beings. These two interact, like friends or foes. I choose my actions in reality, and reality responds, to which I then can choose to respond. But this would not be so if I were not conscious. I choose this.


From the Forum at HumanCafe.com -Ivan

16 Oct 1999


"Be unrestrained as the wind, while carrying the Message of Him Who hath caused the dawn of Divine Guidance to break. Consider how the wind, faithful to that which God hath ordained, bloweth upon all regions of the earth, be they inhabited or desolate. Neither the sight of desolation, nor evidences of prosperity, can either pain or please it. It bloweth in every direction, as bidden by its Creator" - Baha'u'llah, quoted by Shoghi Effendi in "The Advent of Divine Justice" pp. 50-51

mailto:luijer29@hotmail from Nampa, Idaho

20 Oct 1999



From Forum: Tuesday, October 19, 1999 - 12:35 am:

The philosophy of Habeas Mentem is both a foundation and a key-stone, both at the same time. The foundation is each human being's right to being who we are in our identity, our real definition from an infinite interrelationship. The key-stone is the fact that this idea, of being who we are, is only a culmination of centuries of thought and philosophical ideas starting with Giordano Bruno, and carried right through the Enlightenment, through Locke and Hume and Rousseau, and the Founding Fathers of our nation, Adam and Jefferson. It is the idea that holds all of our social values together to remind us that our democratic values are truly unique as we step forth into a new Millennium.


Note: I would only add that above the keystone is now a new foundation, a new floor, on which to build our next level of social and spiritual development. -- Ivan

22 Oct 1999


Greetings, Ivan (my kith), and all friends. Slowly perusing the text of Habeas Mentem, a little bit at a time; it's a welcome way for this treadmill-bound New Yorker to examine a different Ecology of Mind (Bateson). Every generous thought is a window into a more natural and desirable way of being. I'm using it to prepare myself to flying through. Daria

22 Oct 1999


PHOTO GALLERY soon to be added to HumanCafe.com

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23 Oct 1999



Right at the shift of the ages and the turn of the millennium--just as civilization finds itself at a critical crossroads--a global information system has emerged capable of instantaneously connecting all of us. Simultaneously, humanity finds itself in a rapid spiritual awakening, which has been described as an acceleration, a grand catharsis, a quickening, a christing of consciousness. The Earth has grown a brain, expanded its minds, and is discovering its destiny in a planetary network of light. The combination illuminates the lamp of hope...

--Excerpted from Ken Kalb's book "LightShift 2000". Kalb is a Vision Magazine astrologer and Director of the Lightshift 2000 project, at website: http://www.lightshift.com .

"Someday, after we have mastered the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love. Then, for the second time in the history of the world, we will have discovered fire." --Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

23 Oct 1999


Human freedom is the first postulate of practical reason... The immortality of the soul is the second postulate of practical reason... The existence of God is the third postulate of practical reason... Who are we?... If God exists, then there is an answer. --Hans Kung, "Does God Exist?"

Found on pg. 229, "Man in All that Is", on the philosophy of Habeas Mentem, by Ivan D. Alexander, (Peter E. Randall Publisher, N. H., 1986).

25 Oct 1999


And when the clergy meet, all the gays will pay again, because there's more than one kind - of criminal white collar.

27 Oct 1999



This is for information purposes only, which you may bookmark or send to a friend. Free! http://www.humancafe.com/peoplesbook2000.htm

"Raising Human Consciousness.

The PeoplesBook2000 is a world book written by the People of Planet Earth. All are welcome. Sign your name into the book and join in the joyful celebration of raising Planet Earth's Human Consciousness. It is all part of the Human Cafe!"

28 Oct 1999


ERRATUM (to correct hyperlink for entry above)


This is for information purposes only, a cross-link which you may bookmark or send to a friend. Free! http://hometown.aol.com/humancafe/myhomepage/index.html

"Raising Human Consciousness. The PeoplesBook2000 is a world book written by the People of Planet Earth. All are welcome. Sign your name into the book and join in the joyful celebration of raising Planet Earth's Human Consciousness with love and understanding."


01 Nov 1999


Hi Ivan, I dont want to comment ... who am I to comment? ... It was nice to talk to you on saturday ... just a few words but ... it was nice to come to your homepage. I downloades the three acts of your screenplay and hope to have some time during the next weeks to read it .... have a nice time on the Nile .... love to you and Cinzia Georg, Rome, 1.11.99

14 Nov 1999


CATS OF ROME, with love, from the Eternal City


This is a small, not for profit, cat hospital and sanctuary taking care of homeless street cats at the ancient Roman ruins of Largo Argentina, Rome, Italy. The cats had been there forever, always fed and loved by the neighborhood people. Now they have an official home.

15 Nov 1999


Si cada ser humano realiza un acto de amor y paz, todos seríamos felices.

15 Nov 1999


World Peace Treaty

We, as citizens of the planet earth, and as children of the Reality of Love known as God, Yahweh, Allah, Jah, and the Great Mother, Divine Light, and many other names, hereby commit ourselves to observe the following ideals, established for the benefit of all beings.

1. We agree to establish peace, both inner and outer, as our highest ideal. By choosing this ideal in every relationship and undertaking we agree to assist humanity in the shift from a world based on the rules of fear to the laws of love.

2. We agree to work for peace in every possible way. Both within ourselves and within the world. In doing so we take an active part in the transformation of humanity form the competitive ideologies that are the cause of war to more harmonious relationships that are the cause of peace.

3. We agree to assist others in the pursuit of these same ideals. In doing so we recognize that we are one in the consciousness, and that the benefit of one leads to the benefit of all.

4. We agree to accept the guidance of all beneficent celestials, all the angels and the emissaries who have come to assist us in this transformation. By surrendering to their guidance we move closer to the reality of love they represent.

5. We agree to actively release the fearful, separating thought forms that have bound us to the destructive patterns through which we view each other and the world. By releasing these patterns we make room for new ideas that nurture our relationships rather than destroy them. We will no longer wait for the leaders of the world to make these choices for us, recognizing that for them to be real, binding and lawful, we must make them ourselves. Therefore, we establish this treaty of peace for the benefit of humanity and take full responsibility for the work it entails. By signing this treaty we make a solemn oath to transform our lives to reflect these ideals, knowing that the world itself will be transformed as we change our minds about the world. We claim this reality NOW, knowing that reality is activated first in mind, then in the world. And through our collective decision, we envision and create a new world, transformed by the love and commitment this treaty embodies. It is done, and it is done through each one of us.

James F. Twyman April 7, 1997

You may visit this site at: http://www.lightshift.com/Vital/peace.html

17 Nov 1999



By Ivan on Wednesday, November 17, 1999 - 03:34 am: Cinzia and I just got back from a trip to Egypt, though she's still in Rome, where we traveled down/up the Nile to visit various temples and tombs, pyramids, etc. mostly to do with the 18th dynasty, about which I am planning to write a novel set in that time period of ancient Egypt. Quite a fabulous journey, but I sense that religious tolerance and the values of human freedom and compassion are being lost in today's Moslem fundamentalist revival taking place there. A pity, since at the same time the Egyptians are very eager to join in the information age and progressive developments of the West . We found a very heavy military presence there, which makes the streets safe to walk, even at night, but is a bit oppressive to be around soldiers with loaded sub-machine guns, even if they are very friendly. We'll post pictures on the web at HumanCafe /Author's gallery, when they are ready. Generally, the people of Egypt are very friendly and hospitable, especially the Nubians further south. We had a wonderful time visiting with them, and Cinzia even became pretty good at riding a camel around the pyramids. We stopped at a couple of internet cafes to check our mail, but the computers were down. Progress comes slowly, I guess. We did help out a very lovely young village women near the Valley of the Kings who was very pregnant and had fallen, losing a great deal of blood. She was going into shock and was in danger of losing her baby. The villagers were all in alarm, since there was no transportation available other than donkeys. Our taxi was the only other transport for miles, so we commissioned our taxi to take her to the local clinic, about three miles away. The villagers got her into the car, with much blood, and we all drove away to see a doctor. By then she was listless and faint. Her husband held her hand all the way. Cinzia and I sat in the rear, while the whole village, it seemed, was in the front with our driver, Sahid. The doctor felt he was not up to the situation and referred her to the general hospital in Luxor, so we all packed back into the bloody car and took off for the bridge across the Nile and back to Luxor, about 20 miles away. We got her to the hospital and she was still alive, where they gave her a massive transfusion of blood. We found out the next day that she was fine and her baby was saved, so we were much relieved. God works in mysterious ways, and we were sure that if we had not been there at that time in that village visiting a lovely rural family, this young woman would have died, with her baby. Funny, but we never knew her name.

19 Nov 1999


19 November 1999

Why not replace the multitude of quotations and observations about life with our daily experiences working towards being compassionate, conscientious people? Learning from one another (even if anonymously) is a way for each one of us to grow and have a deeper connection. Talk about how you deal with anger, grief, disappointment, love and other daily emotions or frustrations. When we look at our lives more closely and evaluate our assumptions we begin to grow and develop the quaities we aspire to have. OAL, New York, NY, USA

20 Nov 1999


A dedication to human rights

Physicist/human rights activist

Andrei Sakharov, 1921-1989

The Internet has brought incredible gifts of self-expression to many people in the world, but as we celebrate and defend online freedom, we should remember that this is a very special condition of our circumstances. Not everyone in the world enjoys the freedom we are sharing right now. Many people in the world have to endure the indignity of forced silence, the fear of violence, the dread of arrest, the despair of imprisonment, the pain of torture, or the destruction of their natural environment. Will history record the Internet revolution as the beginning of a new age of human freedom and human rights, or as the beginning of an irreversible global inequality in access to information and discourse? The choices we make now will determine the answer.


20 Nov 1999


Symbolic Dynamics of Noisy Chaos


--------------------------------------------------- J. P. Crutchfield and N. H. Packard, Physics Board of Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz, California 95064 USA


One model of randomness observed in physical systems is that low-dimensional deterministic chaotic attractors underly the observations. A phenomenological theory of chaotic dynamics requires an accounting of the information flow from the observed system to the observer, the amount of information available in observations, and just how this information affects predictions of the system's future behavior. In an effort to develop such a description, we discuss the information theory of highly discretized observations of random behavior. Metric entropy and topological entropy are well-defined invariant measures of such an attractor's ``level of chaos'', and are computable using symbolic dynamics. Real physical systems that display low dimensional dynamics are, however, inevitably coupled to high-dimensional randomness, e.g. thermal noise. We investigate the effects of such fluctuations coupled to deterministic chaotic systems, in particular, the metric entropy's response to the fluctuations. We find that the entropy increases with a power law in the noise level, and that the convergence of the entropy and the effect of fluctuations can be cast as a scaling theory. We also argue that in addition to the metric entropy, there is a second scaling invariant quantity that characterizes a deterministic system with added fluctuations: I0, the maximum average information obtainable about the initial condition that produces a particular sequence of measurements (or symbols).


J. P. Crutchfield and N. H. Packard, "Symbolic Dynamics of Noisy Chaos", in Physica 7D (1983) 201-223.

http://www.santafe.edu/ Santa Fe Institute Home Page

21 Nov 1999


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21 Nov 1999


Can anyone overcome the "Challenge the Philosophy" proposition at www.inexpressible.com?!


23 Nov 1999


KOSOVO WAR, is it over? (see above entries: May 22 & June 23, 1999)

Chaos and Intolerance Now Reign in Kosovo Despite U.N.'s Efforts

The reality of revenge and intolerance is eroding the United Nations' goal of multiethnicity, and the only multiethnic organization actually functioning in any way is the nascent police force, where a few of the 170 or so cadets graduated thus far are Serbs or members other minorities. It would be wonderful enough, officials say, if the people here would simply stop killing one other or turning away as others kill, and manage at least to live side by side. But no one expects that happy prospect any time soon.

"It is hard to come to help and find that you are perceived sometimes as an enemy, and not just by the Serbs but also by the Albanians who we came to defend," he said. "Every failure, every assassination, every murder here is a victory for Milosevic."

Exerpted from "The New York Times", 22 November, 1999.

23 Nov 1999



"Inexpressible Publications is a Canadian publishing house, which publishes fictional and non-fictional writings. It is dedicated to publishing original stories and ideas, regardless of controversy, and has a policy of being independent of Government funding and awards." - ibid. 21 Nov.1999, above.

To access, go to: http://www.inexpressible.com/

25 Nov 1999



Drive safely

Eat to Discomfort

Laugh and be Happy

The Millennium is Near !!!! So Says Joe :-)

Happy Thanksgiving !!!!!!

Joseph W. Osche

26 Nov 1999


New Millennium Holiday Season

I think that this holiday season is special in some way, that it will be more than just commercial and family, but more spiritual somehow. Maybe the Millennium will make people reflect more on their spiritual needs for the New Year. With Love and Spirit, Happy Holidays to All! ---a human person

01 Dec 1999


That that is is. That that is not is not. Is not that it? It is. Mark CM

02 Dec 1999


AEGYPTUS, Chief Architect of Pharaoh, the Living God, and Builder of the Last Great Pyramid.

(As translated from the original hieratic manuscripts by Dr. Edouard Bialek, Egyptologist.)

Author's Note: The story of "Aegyptus" is based on hieratic manuscripts from the 18th Dynasty found in the archives of the British Museum, London, by Dr. Edouard Bialek, Czech Egyptologist. Based on Dr. Bialek's translations, the story unfolds for us with good continuity, though two of the papyrus scrolls are missing. The author endeavored to remain true to these translations. Nevertheless, he took the liberty to add life to them with his own dialogue. Therefore, these scrolls should be treated entirely as works of fiction. (signed) Ivan Alexander

* * * * * *


I am Aegyptus. My rank is that of Chief Architect for the living God, may He live forever, Pharaoh, Son of the Sun Aton, King of the upper and lower Nile, the great Prophet King Amen'Hoetep (IV, AkhÕaanÕAten)*, son of Amen'Hoetep the elder (III, also Amenhopis, or commonly Amen'het), most beloved of Amen, whom we reverently adore and honor in his eternal rest. He builder of great temples, and of the Greatest of the Pyramids, King of all Egypt and the lands of Byblos and CanÕaan, and beyond the last cataracts, Kush and Nubia, great grandson of Thut'moses (III) and his chief wife, the powerful Hats'hepsut. Oh Great King, Pharaoh Amen'Hoetep, devoted husband to your beautiful queen Tiye, great King and Queen, may you live forever. To you I, Aegyptus, your humble servant, dedicate these scrolls.

May Maat and Ptah, gods of truth and scripture, make me say only what is just as I dictate these scrolls to my faithful young scribe, Mayat, for my eyes are now dim, and I can see this script only in the bright light of day. The tale I am about to tell is of the unspeakable sacrilege and destruction by the most High Priest, our Father Aiye,(Ay), a great man fallen from grace, may the tomb robbers and desert jackal scatter his remains.....


There are things, Mayat, that are difficult for us mortals to bear. But they must be told. Please write as I speak.

War drums were still be heard in the distance, along with clarion calls to regroup formations. Already the jackals had descended on the killing fields to inspect the dead and dying. Faint calls for help were heard from wounded men lying in the distance where earlier had been a terrible battle. We had won back Nubia, but at what a price, we still did not know. I had watched the battle from our positions in the rear, from far away, the noise of battle easily reached our ears. The plain of engagement stretched dry and desolate in a great bowl below us. The keep of Amada was on the river's edge beyond the valley. Smoke poured out of the buildings still standing inside the fortress. News reached us that our men who had been captured were left by the retreating army, impaled on long poles, some with their heads cut off. This spurred our troops to fight even more valiantly, knowing that this was their fate awaiting if they failed. At the sound of horns calling for formation, phalanx after phalanx of soldiers advanced on the enemy, who formed a long line of battle between our troops and the city they had taken. The drums stopped. The Kushite called their taunts in the distance, brandishing their weapons and banners. Our troops now advanced on them only to the sound of their marching leather shod feet and their signal clarions with shields raise, spears pointed ahead of them. Then, as waves of arrows whistled through the air, they split into formations that spread before the gathered host, and advanced on them in groups of thirty six men. When they reached a designated point, the signal was heard to stop. Now, only the cries from the enemy were heard, followed by a long silence. Our men stood still. And then, as if by an invisible signal, the two adversary armies charged at each other. The cavalry held in reserve now wheeled their chariots from around both flanks of our advancing columns. A broad hoarse roar rose from the valley as the men and weapons met, followed by the clash of bronze against bronze. Horses neighed, men shouted, and then screamed as they fell. My rear guard watched as each phalanx of men engaged the enemy, first by approaching them, and then as they had trained, by retreating at the center and letting them into the midst of each formation. Thus they surrounded them. The Kushite fought like wild beasts, with fierceness and skill, whereas our soldiers fought with stratagem. When each enemy party was isolated from the rest and surrounded in the fighting, the men closed in on them and finished them off. There would be no prisoners. When done, by the signal of their lieutenants, they regrouped and repeated the formation again. This took place for more than two hours, before the roar from the valley died down to only the plaintive sounds of the wounded. The signal was given for my men to go down and inspect the damage, and bring back both the living and the dead. I gave the orders. "Bring forth the Kushite slaves and march them first down to retrieve the dead." They were walked down in gangs of four chained to each other, urged on by their whip wielding overseers. "Men! Bring up the rear with the litters. Priests, prepare more hospital tents. It looks like we will need many of them." I looked after my men descending from the slopes where we were garrisoned. The light breeze from below smelled of burning wood and roasted flesh, and already the smell of death was in the air. When our parties had all been dispatched, I followed them down. When we got to the battlefield, it was red with blood. In the distance clarions called up the men who were still standing and ordered them into formation to advance on the city keep. Horses and chariots were rounded up and collected in a single file. This was already in progress when we arrived. All around us were the bodies of what had once been men, some missing arms or heads, some with long spikes pierced through them, others lying dead from fatal wounds to the soft parts of their bodies. We saw men lying in a pool of their own blood with their guts spread out before them. It was a revolting sight, and the stench made us want to retch. Men, weapons, and shields from both sides lay scattered as if cast about by a violent malevolent storm. But there were still living men, badly damaged but alive. These are the ones we tended to first, those who were ours. The others were left to their own fate. We bandaged the wounded with linens if we could, and gently placed them on the litters, and then carried them back to the hospital tents up on the bluffs behind us. The Kushites, for whom this war was fought, looked about the battlefield in silence, broken only by the sound of their dragging chains. After we inspected which of the men lying were dead, we ordered them to carry the bodies, one to a man, back up to the bluff. Priests were given the solemn task of wrapping the bodies to prepare them for transport back to our land, where they would be buried. There is nothing more odious to our people than to be left dead in a foreign land. We progressed slowly, but finally made our way past the dead or wounded horses to where the cavalry fought. Oh, by Amen, what a terrible sight. Our finest men, the sons of our best families, lay about like dead wood on the desert sand. In hindsight, we should have come to them first, but they had already been tended to by the survivors of their own squads. Those who could walk did so of their own strength, and those who could not were carried away. Only the dead lay still, and we began the grim task of inspecting who they were. I knew some of them by name. "Aguilla, son of Habu. Senejem, son of Neben. Kha'bek, son of Khe'ruef. You have all crossed on the ferry to the gods." I wandered through the broken chariots and fallen banners to see how many of these young men who were not so different from me. There were many I recognized and felt grief for their families who were known to me. I would deliver them the tragic news when the time came. One was still alive and he could talk. "Father," he spoke to one of our priests. "Tell my family that if I die, that I love my father and mother more than my life. I fought bravely, but the gods saw fit to have me wounded. I am faint, and may not live through the day." "Silence, my son," the priest responded. "You will survive, by the will of Amen. We will tend to you." "Oh, thank you Father." The young died shortly after, and I ordered a slave to take his body back along with the other three slaves chained to him, whose arms were already full. As I looked about, it was already late in the day, I saw a tall warrior slumped over a rock. His helmet was engulfed in a mass of red encrusted blood. I came over to where he lay and gently moved back the helmet from his head. My heart sank. "Oh, Mosu. Why you?" I whispered, and then sat down next to my fallen comrade, holding his blood stained golden head in my hand. "Oh, my dear friend. Why did Isis take you from me?" I sat a long time holding him, weeping softly to myself, rocking his crushed body, when I heard dragging chains behind me. I looked up with tear stained eyes only to see the gang that held Tahar standing over me. "Why did you have to kill him?" I asked to no one. "I am very sorry, my Lord," was all Tahar said. He then began to bend down to take up the body, when I stopped him. "No. I want this different." I turned to the overseer and barked an order at him. "Take off his chains! Now, I command you!" The overseer looked shocked at my request, but he reached into this blouse and pulled out the key, with which he undid the neck ring around Tahar's neck. Tahar stood straight and felt the raw flesh on his neck. He then looked south towards the horizon where his kingdom lay. He moved his head as if he were smelling the wind that came from there. Then he turned to me. "I can run faster than the wind and gain my freedom," he said calmly. "I know these hills, and the water in them, and can hide for a long time." "I know," I said. "But I can hunt you down like an animal, or I can set your free." Tahar did not speak for a moment, as the others watched him. I could see on their faces they wished I would hunt him down. Then he spoke. "I will do as you command, my Lord." I breathed in my grief and gave him my order. "Take up the body of my friend and carry him gently." As Tahar reached down to Mosu, I could see the scars on his back. He lifted him gently as if he were his child, and carried his lifeless body without pause all the way back to the tents where the priests awaited us. As he did so, and the sun sank into the west, Tahar sang a slow and melancholy chant in his language to which I did not know the words. But in my heart, I knew what they meant.

(...to be continued, work in progress...)

06 Dec 1999



For beautiful photos and text on ancient Egypt, go to web sites at:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/pyramid/ Nova Pyramids http://www.nationalgeographic.com/traveler/archive/1999-02-2-0.html Egypt travel http://www.nationalgeographic.com/egypt/index.html At Tomb of Tutankhamen http://www.civilization.ca/membrs/civiliz/egypt/egfilm1e.html IMAX film, Egypt http://www.arab.net/egypt/history/egypt_history.html ArabNet--Egypt, history http://www.si.edu/resource/faq/nmnh/mummies.htm Mummies!

"...We found its underground chambers, and we took lighted candles in our hands and went down. Then we broke through the rubble... and found this god lying at the back of his burial place... We collected the gold we found on the noble mummy of this god together with that and his amulets and jewels... Thus, I together with the other thieves who are with me, have continued down to this day in the practice of robbing the tombs of the nobles." --Testimony written down in court, c. 1125 BC., by Amenpnufer, stonemason, who was punished severely.

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War is, because those who need to change and cannot, do so by force to punish those who have, and become punished themselves, to change. This is true of all violence, until we change.