World Peace Arrives As War Goes Extinct.

by Jerry Alatalo

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Chief Joseph

“Tell General Howard I know his heart. What he told me before, I have in my heart. I am tired of fighting. Our chiefs are killed; Looking Glass is dead; Too-Hul-Sote is dead. The old men are all dead. It is the young men who say yes or no. He who led on the young men is dead. It is cold, and we have no blankets; the little children are freezing to death. My people, some of them, have run away to the hills and have no blankets, no food. No one knows where they are – perhaps freezing to death. I want to have time to look for my children, and see how many of them I can feed. Maybe I shall find them among the dead. Hear me, my chiefs! I am tired; my heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever.”

– Chief Joseph (1840-1904) Nez Perce leader

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Alphabet The title of this post may seem to some as a kind of koan, in other words a “puzzling, paradoxical statement” or verbal exchange related to Zen Buddhism. To say that peace on Earth will arrive once war is absent is like saying 2+2=4, or that once an alcoholic stops drinking their substance abuse problem disappears. There are simply times when one views the world with its continuing acts of war and violence and wonders when an effort to eradicate war becomes the greatest collective focus of the human race.

Through history, an incredible amount of words have become written and spoken about wars, their causes, their consequences, possible ways of diminishing their occurrence, and so on. It is amazing to consider the grand total of war and peace efforts, thoughts and actions of men and women through the centuries and millenia beginning even before communication records were available. Taking some moments to consider life in the broadest of contexts – the “what’s it all about, Alfie?”, “what does it all mean?” place of philosophical perceiving – cannot but leave one absolutely astonished at the mysterious nature of the creation.

Various forms of philosophic/religious/spiritual thought have focused on the big questions all the way through until today. Why were wars made optional for human beings by an omnipotent Creator/God? Being omnipotent (having all power), couldn’t he/she have created the world without the causes and eventual conflicts igniting from those causes? American philosophical writer Dagobert D. Runes asked a similar question: “If God could make angels, why did he bother with men?” There are so many more similar questions which truth-seekers and philosophers have tried to answer, and their considerable findings can be found in untold numbers of books.

What has prevented humanity from taking/distilling the very wisest discoveries coming from history’s philosophers and spiritual icons and applying that wisdom to bring war to extinction? One would think that it’s a “slam dunk” choice for mankind when given the options of either continuing to fight wars with all of their heart-breaking consequences or living in universal peace with all that choice offers in joy-producing, positive consequences. Observing the clear, unambiguous, superior wisdom of choosing peace, one can only ask: “then, why isn’t peace being chosen in every situation?”

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Sir Thomas More

“They detest war as a very brutal thing; and which, to the reproach of human nature is more practiced by men than any sort of beasts; and they, against the custom of almost all other nations, think that there is nothing more inglorious than that glory which is gained by war. They should be both troubled and ashamed of a bloody victory over their enemies; and in no victory do they glory so much, as in that which is gained by dexterity and good conduct without bloodshed.”

– Sir Thomas More (1478-1535) Lord Chancellor of England, Author of “Utopia”

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“Utopia” has been defined as: “n. 1. an imaginary island described as having a perfect political and social system; subject and title of a book written by Sir Thomas More in 1516. 2. any place, state, or situation of ideal perfection. 3. any visionary scheme or system for an ideally perfect social order.” One of the many philosophies for living articulated up to this point in history perhaps coming closest to “Utopia” is that of the “seventh generation”. Adherents of the philosophy hold that every potential action must be given rational, careful thought about how – if that action becomes carried out – it will affect the health and well-being of people born seven generations into the future. Seventh generation philosophy is distinct from others as the concept travels a much greater distance further down the road of future consequences.

As an example for what is occurring now on Earth, if the seventh generation philosophy were an essential factor in discussion and debate on Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Nigeria and other regions of conflict, violent actions would have never occurred in the first place because careful thought would have led to the conclusion that people born seven generations from now may hold residual animosities only leading to further violence. The same thinking would apply if one took current-day examples involving wealth inequality, dislocation from ancestral homelands through financial/legal manipulations for natural resource extraction, as well as other lesser-to-great examples for illustration.

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Shelley

“A brighter morn awaits the human day, when poverty and wealth, the thirst of fame, the fear of infamy, disease and woe, war with its million horrors and fierce hell, shall live but in the memory of time.”

– Percy Shelley (1792-1822) English poet

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So, it seems there is no getting around the idea that there will always exist an impossible-to-grasp aspect of mystery to life, describing the meaning of the term created for Creator/God of “The Great Mystery”. Combining the concepts of a three-letter word “ego” that causes separation between human beings, the four-letter word “love” which joins people together and makes it impossible to harm, and the five-letter word “sacred” – considered by some as the eternal, ultimate reality of all people, all life, and all things – may offer one synthesized philosophy that creates a vision and path forward toward peace on Earth.

Albeit the condition on Earth has yet to become one where war is absent and extinct – despite the profound efforts of those millions of peacemakers through history – let it be stated that war’s extinction is certainly within the realm of human possibility. A wise seventh generation philosophy adherent, an advocate of striving for political and social perfection, and perhaps history’s greatest poet perceived that peace on Earth was possible.

Peace on Earth becomes reality as war becomes extinct. A puzzling and paradoxical statement that Zen Buddhists refer to as a koan. The greatest achievement in the history of the world – universal peace – is as complex, simple, incomprehensible, and easily understood as that. 

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Joe Cocker (1944-2014): “Let Love Live Again.”

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Posted on December 24, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

Alphabet He was born John Robert Cocker in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England on May 20, 1944. Joe Cocker transitioned into the world of spirit on December 22, 2014 in Crawford, Colorado, America. His agent said that Joe Cocker was “Without doubt the greatest rock/soul singer ever to come out of Britain”.

Whether it is just a coincidence or more that Joe Cocker shared initials with a man whose birth becomes remembered and celebrated this time of year is for another day’s discussion. However, after reading the words to one of Joe Cocker’s later singles “Fire It Up”, one gets the feeling these two men who walked the Earth shared much, much more than just initials.

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*She’s sitting at the window, trying to figure out just what to do. The last time that she gave her heart away, it came back broken in two. Like an old abandoned car she parked it down off lonely avenue. And she forgot about it till the day she laid her eyes on you.

*And her heart said “Fire it up.” And her soul said “Fire it up.” And her mind said “Fire it up.”

*Let love live again.

*He’s sitting in a subway station watching as the trains go by. Used to hate the black man till a black man reached out and saved his life. He was pulled out of the darkness, rescued and blinded by the light. Ain’t it crazy how one simple act of kindness can open up your eyes. Open up your eyes. 

*And let your heart say “Fire it up.” And let your soul say “Fire it up.” And let your mind say “Fire it up.”

*Let love live again.

*Here we are together you and me, still trying to figure out the world. Searching for a reason to believe in, what makes this big ball turn? But if we hold on to each other, give love, show love for all it’s worth. Yeah, they might call us crazy, but tell me who’s it gonna’ hurt?

*To let our hearts say “Fire it up.”

*And let our souls say “Fire it up.”

*And let our minds say “Fire it up.”

Let Love Live Again.

Thank You, Joe Cocker.

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(Thank you to TheDubaifreak at YouTube)

Striving For Spiritual Perception.

Posted on July 2, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

“A day spent without the sight or sound of beauty, the contemplation of mystery, or the search for truth or perfection is a poverty-stricken day; and a succession of such days is fatal to human life.”

– Lewis Mumford

aaa-13And what is the real significance of the 4th of July holiday? One remembers the opening scene to “Born On the Fourth of July”, the Oliver Stone movie which takes a good hard look at the Vietnam War through the eyes of Ron Kovic – a Vietnam War veteran. The opening scene captures Ron when he was a small boy at the July 4 parade, where all the town’s veterans of war dress in their uniforms and march – because that’s always “the way it’s been” on Fourth of July.

This is the time when a lot of people travel to their hometowns and cities, taking some time off to visit with family and friends they haven’t seen since last summer, on an annual trip similar to the migratory birds that go from north to south and back north. Conversations frequently include somewhat obligatory coverage of where each is living and what they are doing for a living, what’s new, and other typical points of light discussion.

Perhaps one day, after the human race has made the decision to “study war no more”, all those veterans will have passed away, then it will be impossible for veterans to be found for the July 4 parade. There’ll probably always be some diehards when it comes to militarism, and even when war is no longer existent on Earth they’ll march with large photographs of veterans long passed away.

Perhaps in the not-too-distant future the parades will include those who’ve participated not in warfare but, walking side-by-side with the remaining veterans, in the reduction and elimination of war on Earth. At a certain point in the future, perhaps July 4 parades in America will find only living peace workers joining with the ones holding photos of extinct warriors – as humanity no longer has any veterans. Then the new and upcoming filmmakers like Oliver Stone will make movies about the turn away from war.

Is that a realistic image of the future? There are many ways to view an answer to that question. Some would say that there is no way that war will ever be eliminated and that the image of a world without mass murder is utopian thinking. Others will, just as the philosopher’s words Robert Kennedy quoted, “see the world as it is, and ask why” then “see the world as it could be, and ask why not.” Surely bringing about/creating a world without war can’t be as easy as changing the form of one’s question. There has to be a lot more to it than that.

What was the philosopher who Robert Kennedy quoted driving at, and what led him to begin his journey of potential and possibility? That thing called consciousness, or spirit, which is receiving some attention in the scientific community with regard to a previously held view consciousness is impossible to measure. But is consciousness or spirit really immeasurable? All one has to do to measure spirit and consciousness is going to any library and counting the billions of words written through history and they’ll find sure measure.

Every major religious/spiritual tradition in the world has its sacred texts. At risk of coming across as simplistic, those sacred texts – as well as the millions of writings on philosophy, spirituality, religion, love, near death experiences, etc – are scientific proof. Out of all the world’s compiled writings through history on consciousness-related topics, the ones which resonate most deeply with scholars and readers rise to the status of sacred.

Those are the writings which, when deeply studied, gives the reader a sense that there is something woven into these words that is real and moving on a high and profound level. That “something” is spirit or consciousness, and that something is what offers humanity the best chance of eliminating war forever. Mohandes “Mahatma” Gandhi was queried often where and how he found the wisdom to accomplish what he did when leading India to independence. His reply was that the wisdom the questioner is referring to is “as old as the hills.”

For Gandhi the Bhagavad Gita was his bible, and he always had a copy with him. Martin Luther King shared with Gandhi the study of sacred texts, so between those two men people can find evidence of spiritual substance and power. Both were advocates of non-violence and the real power of another aspect – perhaps the most powerful – of consciousness and/or spirituality: love. Each man studied deeply in the fields of philosophy and spirituality, then spoke to others literally in person and through their writings about the ideas and potentials they observed on their intellectual/spiritual explorations.

These men are known throughout the world for their actions while living, and they are admired by millions of men and women who acted in the same directions throughout history. In 2014, although many have been more hesitant to share ideas over the internet because of government spying exposed by whistleblowers, the internet is gaining power as a communication tool and source, and millions of men and women the world over are bypassing traditional news media for alternatives on the net.

If one can imagine the process that Gandhi, King and the millions of others went through on their consciousness/spirit journeys – or review one’s own –  then compare that to the worldwide “awakening” enabled by the internet, one finds that humanity’s collective consciousness is rising to higher levels every day.  This explains why there has been such a “pushback” against proposals by governments to reduce internet access or freedom.  All over the Earth men and women are communicating in good ways and sharing ideas for improving living conditions.

For those reasons – better communication between people and combined efforts to solve problems like war, greed, hunger, pollution, etc. – more work should become devoted to providing internet access to as many of those who don’t have it as possible. In essence, the internet is the greatest problem-solving tool in world history. And, although consciousness and spirit are as yet “immeasurable” in the traditional science sense, the internet is leading humanity to collective higher consciousness and what many sages and spiritual masters called enlightenment.

Perhaps soon men and women will no longer feel the “weight of the world” on their shoulders as they’ve taken actions to solve problems and share the idea that all people are related and family. Perhaps soon the world’s people will experience that spiritual breakthrough on the largest scale, and it will become obvious that errors in spiritual perception have been the source of problems all along.

Then travelers on the road during the 4th of July holiday won’t feel any need of driving hundreds of miles to arrive at their true destinations.

All will know they are fellow members of the human family and the circle of friendship – on this Earth.

Already Home.

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(Thanks to an amazing artist Beth Hart @ YouTube)

Remember Senator Paul Wellstone.

Posted May 9, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

“Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.”

– George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish dramatist

“How’s your mom doing?”

According to current Minnesota Senator Al Franken, this was a typical question he would hear when meeting the late Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone. Perhaps that one piece of information, shared by Al Franken after Paul Wellstone died in a 2002 plane crash in northern Minnesota, conveys more about who the late senator was than any other.

Why write about a man who died a dozen years ago? Because the kind of man who lived his life in such a way that he asked questions like “How’s your mom doing?” is worth remembering. Not only because Paul Wellstone was a compassionate, caring person – but because James Fetzer makes a convincing argument that he was the victim of political assassination – is there a real need to make as many people as possible aware of the realities that face persons who stand up against immorality, criminality, and destructive political operatives.

Paul Wellstone was born in Washington, D. C. on July 21, 1944, received both a bachelor’s and Ph.D in Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, then became a professor at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. A FBI file began on him after getting arrested in 1970 during protests against the Vietnam War. He remained politically active while at Carleton College when, in the late 1970s, the college Board of Trustees fired him for his activism and lack of professional, published papers.

Because Paul Wellstone was very popular with students, his students staged a sit-in resulting in the Board of Trustees’ rehiring him and granting him tenure. His students’ appreciation of his teaching style adds another reason for remembering Paul Wellstone – readers may want to imagine how many former teachers they would have participated in a sit-in to protect in a similar situation – because in all probability he told his students the rare truth.

How many can remember those, if any, teachers who affected them in profound ways by daring to explain reality on Earth? Without any research into what his former students’ experiences were while sitting in his lectures, one would be reasonably certain that Paul Wellstone provided astonishing and perceived-by-students as other-worldly information that rarely gets discussed in university lecture halls. Quite simply, he was that one-in-a-million college professor who told his students the truth.

Was Paul Wellstone’s complete dedication to truth the reason he was assassinated?

He ran against incumbent Minnesota Senator Rudy Boschwitz in 1990 as a decided underdog, yet won the race by a small margin. Boschwitz was the only incumbent U.S. senator not to become re-elected. He was one of eight senators to vote against the 1999 repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act, now widely recognized as the catalyst that unleashed unregulated destruction of the economy and the crash of 2007-8. It has been argued – and James Fetzer among other researchers into the death of Paul Wellstone have made conclusive arguments – that his vote against congressional authorization for the War in Iraq on October 11, 2002, after which he told his wife Sheila “I just cost myself the election”, resulted in his assassination.

His feeling that opposition to a war on Iraq would cost him the election against Republican Norm Coleman was understandable based on Americans’ falling for the lies coming out of the mouths of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Colin Powell etc. on Saddam Hussein’s “Weapons of Mass Destruction” and involvement with events on September 11, 2001 and the World Trade Center. Although understandably Paul Wellstone felt he was going to lose to Coleman, in the weeks between his vote against on October 11, 2002 and his murder on October 25, 2002, he was actually gaining according to polls.

The U.S. Senate, in regard to Bush administration plans to invade Iraq, was in a position to prevent Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Powell etc. from starting the war campaign. Norm Coleman’s victory would help Bush and Cheney get enough votes in the senate to begin military escalation or “shock and awe.” After Paul Wellstone’s death Norm Coleman won over Minnesota’s former Vice-President under Jimmy Carter –  Walter Mondale, and the Iraq War, arguably the worst foreign policy decision in U.S. history, unleashed death and destruction rivaling the equally disastrous Vietnam War.

Paul Wellstone, his wife Sheila, his daughter Marcie, the plane’s two pilots, Wellstone’s driver, and two campaign staffers lost their lives – their bodies burnt to ashes.

Political assassination is typically perceived by Americans as something that only happens outside the borders of the United States, but on October 25, 2002 Paul Wellstone joined Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Robert F. Kennedy and others murdered by forces inside America. For students of philosophy, religion, or spirituality, political assassination is next to impossible to explain and come to grips with.

Wellstone, King, the Kennedys, Lincoln plus other Americans – along with those well-known, lesser-known, and unknown men and women who became victims of assassination in regions around the world – all knew what severe risks were present if they continued to act in accord with their convictions. What was it that led to their decisions to act even though aware that extreme potential harm could come their way by doing so? Would it be safe to say that all those who sacrificed their very lives had one common denominator? And how can it be described?

Each man or woman has a variety of qualities, perceptions, and unique life experiences gained through the human walk from birth to death – for some a shorter, for some longer in the quantity of years – which become the basis for thoughts, words, and actions. Depending on those unique life experiences, some think about, speak about, and act on issues which affect a small number of Earth’s people. Some become involved in activities which result in negative or positive consequences for larger groups.

The men and women who have become victims of assassination are those who have nearest approached ideas, words, and deeds which are of a universal nature – they are men and women who wanted to literally help create a new and better world for present and future generations. Martin Luther King spoke about these things: “If man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.” Dr. King died because he discovered unconditional love and said, “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final say in reality.”

Unarmed truth and unconditional love. Who believes, along with Martin Luther King, that these will have the final say in reality on this Earth? They are men and women who – consciously but without complete knowing of the ultimate mystery of creation, perhaps only to be experienced after taking one’s final breath –  have become willing to walk toward a new and better world, free from war, greed, and lust for power, approaching step by step, closer and closer, on the good path leading to a reality where truth and love is the basis for all human actions.

So, what benefit can be realized in May 2014 when remembering Paul Wellstone and those who have made the supreme sacrifice in the cause of building a new world? The better-known, lesser-known, and unknown? The answer to that question is a greater and more thorough understanding that time between birth and death is most well spent giving to others, then receiving from others – love.

One can recognize those who have chosen love over hate, coöperation over conflict, kindness over malevolence, gentle words over argument, help over harm, generosity over selfishness, and peace over war. One recognizes the spiritual power behind their spoken words.

Words like “How’s your mom doing?”

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(Thanks to Apofissdocu44 at YouTube)