For The Ukrainian People.

Posted on May 14, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

“A man is truly ethical only when he obeys the compulsion to help all life which he is able to assist, and shrinks from injuring anything that lives.”

ALBERT SCHWEITZER (1829-1965) Alsatian-born physician, philosopher

ocean22While searching for more information about Dr. Olga Bogomolets, the presidential candidate/physician from Ukraine who treated victims of sniper bullets during the “Maidan Massacre” in Kiev on and around February 20, 2014, the path led back to the YouTube channel Verfassing1871 where a previously posted video of Dr. Bogomolets with her speaking in English is found. She studied medicine in America and speaks excellent English. The channel is run by men and/or women from Germany, so only a handful of their uploads are in English, so listened once more to what she said in the extremely difficult medical scenario, along with a review of any comments on her short interview.

After that, a look at Verfassing1871’s recent uploads showed a short interview of a German independent blogger – Robert Stein – on RT recently, where he shared his thoughts on the unfortunate situation in eastern and southern Ukraine, where there have been long lines of residents waiting to cast votes in referendums concerning their futures. Mr. Stein points out during the interview that in his country Germany there has developed in the media a “published reporting” as opposed to a “public reporting.”

In other words, Mr. Stein points out that Germans without the internet are being given a less-than-accurate version of events in Ukraine, especially in the south and east. The thought came to mind that what Mr. Stein is telling men and women who may hear his voice, the incomplete dissemination of accurate reports of what is occurring in Ukraine, is an essential factor which has contributed to increasing levels of separation, decreasing levels of reliance on genuine dialogue to arrive at agreeable resolution of differences, or a diminishing of nonviolent routes to peace in Ukraine.

Simple analogies will suffice to illustrate how important it is that all people in Ukraine are fully aware of every aspect of events and situations in their country. This applies as well to concerned men and women from the European Union (like Mr. Stein’s home Germany), United States, and all nations. A simple analogy is differences between family members. Let us say a mother and daughter have come to a point where words of anger became exchanged (the violent coup d’état which Olga Bogomolets saw first-hand), so now manifested is the need to straighten things out (dialogue to discuss Ukrainians’ concerns in the hope of reaching an agreeable, peaceful resolution).

Now, let us say that either the mother or daughter, during their “we need to talk” experience, holds back important information, facts, or perceptions (Mr. Stein’s example being German media). Or, either the mother or daughter intentionally lies to the other. If there is less than completely truthful dialogue between the mother and her daughter, then after their “talk” what happened is that genuine reconciliation was not reached, which can, given what is occurring in Ukraine, illustrate current events in that nation.

Dr. Bogomolets is holding nothing back.

Now, the element which is indispensable for there to be created a genuine and complete, good and beneficial reconciliation between the mother and daughter (Western and Eastern Ukrainians) is love. Dr. Olga Bogomolets – the doctor who personally witnessed the beginning of Ukraine’s crisis on the Maidan in Kiev – has recognized, through her spiritually devastating experience, that love is indispensable for genuine, peaceful resolution to the nation’s situation. Some may not see that Dr. Bogomolets, who is now asking Ukrainians to make her their leader while a candidate for president, is the right person for that job.

However, consider which candidate would offer Ukraine the best chance for a peaceful future. In the simple mother-daughter analogy, the mother would listen patiently to her daughter’s concerns (Ukrainians’ concerns about who was behind the “Maidan Massacre”, oligarchical corruption and thievery, International Monetary Fund austerity, selling off of Ukraine’s public assets, etc.) then, because the mother has a genuine love for her daughter, she would ask her daughter (Ukrainians with unaddressed concerns) what she thinks would be the best steps going forward (reaching a Ukrainian consensus).

Dr. Olga Bogomolets must become the next president of Ukraine, because she is the kind of leader that Ukraine’s people – and by extension the human race – desperately needs now.

She has traveled physically, mentally, and spiritually further than the other candidates in that nation vying for the presidency, and her vision for Ukraine stands out as the most important news story about any single person now living on this Earth.

These words intend to result in strong action from men and women who read them, especially Ukrainians, to get Olga Bogomolets’ profound message to the United States population and the English-speaking world. Ukraine’s election is in 11 days on May 25, so please try to understand how critically important – to not only Ukraine’s people and the people of that region, but to the world – it is that Dr. Olga Bogomolets wins that election.

Look at it this way. Consider your personal concerns about worrying escalation of violence in Ukraine. Would you want someone like Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi to become Ukraine’s next president and leader? Please fully understand that, in Ukraine’s field of candidates for president, there is one who comes closer than the others to match the human qualities of King and Gandhi: Dr. Olga Bogolomets.

To Ukrainians reading these words:

It is urgent that Dr. Bogomolets’ English-language message gets to the American people in a big way, and soon. There are only a few days until your presidential election, and there is no time to waste to widely disseminate Dr. Bogomolets’ message. The action which will offer the greatest success in that dissemination is English translation, voiceover, or personal – in English – addresses to the American people (and all English-speaking people on Earth) by Dr. Bogomolets herself posted as soon as humanly possible to YouTube.

To Americans:

Please seriously consider doing whatever possible to help Dr. Bogomolets’ message become viral in the United States. Go to Dr. Bogomolets’ English-language website, compose an email message urging her to communicate to the American people as soon as possible.

If you have family or friends in Ukraine, call them to discuss Dr. Bogomolets and the upcoming presidential election, and how urgent is getting her message to the United States. Email those Ukrainian family members and friends.

The following video was uploaded by people from Germany on YouTube at Verfassung1871. Please notice the German subtitles. Videos with Dr. Bogomolets on YouTube must have the same subtitles – but in English. Listen to what independent journalist and blogger Robert Stein from Germany says, see what is occurring in Ukraine, and ask yourself if such a situation would ever come about with a Ukrainian President Bogomolets.

These are the days of destiny.

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The Internet And Human Evolution.

Posted on May 12, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

stack of books-1“There is no way to peace, peace is the way.”

From the back cover of Deepak Chopra’s 2005 book “Peace Is the Way”.

This statement has never been more true. Now, Deepak Chopra expands on A.J. Muste’s insight, teaching us how to expand awareness, stop reacting out of fear, and reject war – one person at a time. As Dr. Chopra says, “Violence may be innate in human nature, but so is its opposite love. The next stage of humanity, the leap we are poised to take, will be guided by the force of that love.”

Deepak Chopra is one of the world’s bestselling spiritual authors.

After watching a rebroadcast of “Global Spirit” on Link TV the other night, it seemed time to write on something a little more in line with hope and encouragement. Just as high school and university athletic teams have their cheerleaders and screaming fans, those who spend time “on the field” of gathering information to help in some way to build a more just and peaceful world need times of regeneration before returning to the grindstone of debate.

That particular Global Spirit episode originally aired in early 2010. During the program Mr. Chopra mentioned the potential of the internet. As an act of public confession, this writer admits a certain, personal coming up short as far as using anywhere near that potential since first getting a personal computer and connecting to the internet a little over two years ago. A few things got accomplished since then, including “Chopsticks”, beginners-piano-like attempts at nonfiction book writing in an awkward impersonation of writers like John Perkins, Howard Zinn, Marianne Williamson, Mr. Chopra, Gandhi, Rolling Thunder, and all the others whose names are not readily available because their books were given away through the years.

Then came WordPress in May 2013, where practice has led to a still great distance from perfection, although at least less and less of the beginner’s monotone, in-serious-need-of-editing style ends up in the content. But as far as what Deepak Chopra praises about the profound potential of the internet, I admit to not even scratching the surface. One act of reaching out that approaches Mr. Chopra’s internet potential was emailing presidential candidate Dr. Olga Bogomolets (bogomolets.com) of Ukraine yesterday, in an effort to get her very profound and extremely important – translated – message to, especially, Americans, and the English-speaking world.

Dr. Bogomolets must become Ukraine’s next leader.

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It’s a truth that the first time we as human attempt something new there are errors, such as taking a few spills after removing the training wheels from the bicycle. You may, after hearing of the first self-publishing experience, laugh so hard that tears roll down your cheeks and/or get that really, really good laugh where you snort. Anyway, years ago I took some programming courses at Northern Michigan University. When you write programs, all the code must be typed in all-caps, so ever since those days, until self-publishing the first book, any typing on a keyboard was all-caps.

Unfortunately, since I never owned a computer since 2012, I had no idea that communicating through emails etc. was considered “shouting” and rude. Although never owning a computer, I had a job where there were a lot of emails and other business-related computer communications. So, having no clue all-caps was the worst choice, the programming habit continued. The company computer guy in another state replied to an email asking me why I was “shouting” at him, and I thought he went off the deep-end. I felt terrible for him because I thought he was suffering mental illness of some type.

Looking back, it’s surprising nobody explained the error of using all-caps, because there were hundreds of emails to a variety of recipients. Anyway, the problem didn’t get resolved until I published the first book in all-caps! Thankfully, a neighbor who I believe earned a degree in English or some writing-related study kindly explained to me that “you need to fix that.” Somehow I learned how to convert the content to lower case, went through for hours capitalizing where needed, and dropped the “all-caps addiction” forever.

Have you snorted yet?

There are more snort-inducing, utterly embarrassing stories I could tell, but those are for down the road. It was a long time ago, in a land far, far away that I vowed never to end up guilty of someone’s “laughing themselves to death”, and now is not the time to break it. Did I ever tell you about the time I got written up by a superior on a job because I made one of my co-workers “laugh against their will”?

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So, a little detour into humor there. Getting back to Deepak Chopra, here are some of the endorsements from the front of “Peace Is the Way”:

“Deepak Chopra envisions a world within our reach where we are the instruments of peace instead of war. Peace Is the Way provides practical tools to help us know in our hearts that each one of us matters and is important to the other. In the African tradition of ‘Ubuntu’, we say a person is a person through other people. The daily practices suggested in this book offer readers a way to become more fully human and actively engaged as peacemakers in their homes and communities.”

DESMOND TUTU    Nobel Peace Laureate 1984

“The late author-poet Carl Sandburg once wrote, ‘Someday there will be a war and no one will come.’ How we long for those words to become a reality. Deepak Chopra, who I am honored to call a friend, knows the world can change one person at a time. His spiritual compassion shines clearly on every page. Yet Deepak is fully aware of the long, hard struggle necessary to change this cruel world. Peace Is the Way is beautifully written and clearly shows nonviolence is the weapon of the strong. Follow his teaching and become a Peace Person. It truly is the only way forward. Thank you, Deepak.”

BETTY WILLIAMS    Nobel Peace Laureate 1976

“In recent years, the immediate need to counteract aggressive military policies has led many people to neglect their own personal vision of a more peaceful world. In this timely and urgent work, Deepak Chopra argues that there is a way to rise above the engulfing logic of war: that way is peace itself, a spiritual and compassionate approach to humanity that depends on individual transformation. I highly recommend Peace Is the Way to all those who want the global peace movement to find its heart again.”

OSCAR ARIAS    Nobel Peace Laureate 1987

“Although I earned my living in the boxing ring, the power of peace has never escaped me, even in my everyday life. In his most recent book, Peace Is the Way, Deepak Chopra brings the idea of peace and the power it has over conflict, hatred, and despair into focus. He offers a clear pathway to make this world a better place for all. Deepak often says what you think about and bring into consciousness expands. He invites us all to bring the vision of peace to the forefront of our individual and collective consciousness, where our thoughts will manifest into reality and what a wonderful world this will be.”

MUHAMMAD ALI    U.N. Ambassador of Peace

Peace Is the Way is an excellent book for our troubled times. My grandfather said, ‘We must become the change we want to see in the world.’ Peace starts with the self and then the whole world joins in.”

ARUN GANDHI    Grandson of Mahatma Gandhi

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Chapter titles:

  • War Ends Today
  • The Way of Peace
  • The Specter of Them
  • Beyond Toxic Nationalism
  • The Myth of Security
  • Diabolical Creativity
  • The Politics of the Soul
  • (Still) Mad as Hell
  • Why Does God Want War?
  • The Metaphysics of Terror
  • The Body at Peace
  • Our Best Hope

Seven Practices for Peace:

  • Sunday: Being for Peace
  • Monday: Thinking for Peace
  • Tuesday: Feeling for Peace
  • Wednesday: Speaking for Peace
  • Thursday: Acting for Peace
  • Friday: Creating for Peace
  • Saturday: Sharing for Peace

Last words of Peace Is the Way:

“Right now (2005) there are 21.3 million soldiers serving in armies around the world. Can’t we recruit a peace brigade ten times larger? A hundred times larger?

The effort begins now, with you.

In 2014, peace remains the way.

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(Thank you to Link TV at YouTube)

Ukraine: President Olga Bogomolets?

Posted on May 11, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

“In Aristotelian terms, the good leader must have ethos, pathos and logos. The ethos is his moral character, the source of his ability to persuade. The pathos is his ability to touch feelings, to move people emotionally. The logos is his ability to give solid reasons for an action, to move people intellectually.”

– MORTIMER J. ADLER American philosopher, educator

393-1To readers who are unfamiliar with the name Olga Bogomolets, she is running for President of Ukraine. She is a doctor who was in Kiev treating victims of sniper fire during the large protests on the Maidan leading to Viktor Yanukovych leaving Ukraine and a change of government. Observers may or may not hold the opinion that the murder of over 100 police officers and civilian protesters in Kiev on and around February 20, 2014 is perhaps the most significant world event since the year 2000.

The major impetus of this article is to request help in getting Dr. Olga Bogomolets’ message to all Americans. Those who are familiar with this blog know that each article/post usually includes video from YouTube. Today, after viewing perhaps over 20 videos with Olga Bogomolets either being interviewed or giving a talk to the press, what I discovered was that it is literally impossible to find an understandable English-translated example of her messages after February 26, 2014 on YouTube.

Before going further, let me share another experience about videos that give viewers a translation option inside the video. In a previous post, “Who Is Vladimir Putin?”, a woman who has conducted a form of citizen diplomacy with USSR/Russia for over 30 years – Sharon Tennison – wrote an article about demonization of Vladimir Putin recently in the west by media organizations and politicians, in her attempt to correct erroneous perceptions.

Now, wanting to find out more about Sharon Tennison, a search quickly found two YouTube videos of her addressing a Russian audience with help from a woman interpreter. Ms. Tennison was talking about her book, “The Power of Impossible Ideas”, and her book tour in America. Now, choosing translated captions on those videos was probably unnecessary because Ms. Tennison spoke in English and the woman interpreting to the Russian audience was speaking the same message to the audience – but I took the English-translated option never-the-less.

What I discovered, and this relates directly to my asking for help in getting Dr. Olga Bogomolets’ message in English to Americans, was that nothing Ms. Tennison actually said, which I perfectly understood during her speaking, came across in the translated captions at the bottom of the screen. In other words, every bit and word Ms. Tennison spoke, in the translated interpreter’s captioned “English”, was wrong. To drive this point home, if the interpreter was by herself speaking Russian, and the option to have her words translated to English was chosen, every word she spoke would be translated wrong.

There are dozens of YouTube videos with Dr. Bogomolets speaking in them – in her foreign language (Ukrainian) – for various lengths of time, from one-minute to a half-hour to over an hour. For an English-speaking American, it is impossible to get her messages because the caption-translation YouTube option delivers incomprehensible gibberish.

Why is it important that Americans receive Ukrainian Dr. Olga Bogomolets’ messages in English?

  1. Dr. Bogomolets was treating sniper victims in Kiev and noticed the wounds entering from behind as well as the fact that wounds were found near the eyes, neck, and heart – not to the arms or legs, but to kill.
  2. Dr. Bogomolets’ name was brought up in the now world-known intercepted March 5 phone call between Eurpean Union high official Catherine Ashton and Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet. Paet told Ashton that snipers were controlled by the “new coalition” not Viktor Yanukovych, that the snipers were killing both police and civilians, that the “new coalition” was unwilling to investigate, and that some of what he was saying to Ashton came from discussions with Olga Bogomolets.
  3. Dr. Bogomolets declined an appointment as Ukraine’s top medical/health officer, because she “didn’t know any of these people.”
  4. And because Dr. Olga Bogomolets, based on what she has experienced, made the life-changing decision to run for the top office – president – of Ukraine.

What I observed from correctly translated comments about incomprehensible-for-English-speakers videos of Olga Bogomolets is that a large percentage of those comments from Ukrainian people express the most positive wish to have Olga Bogomolets elected Ukraine’s next president. The reason Americans need to hear what she says stems from the fact that Ukrainians have been overwhelmed by the sheer spiritual and moral power coming from this woman doctor. The words used by Ukrainians in these comments express such a respect, honor, and profound admiration for Dr. Bogomolets’ political philosophy at this pivotal moment for Ukraine that Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone comes to mind.

It is apparent that Olga Bogomolets shares with Paul Wellstone that very rare quality of men and women involved in governing of a real and mutual love between a leader and the people. For that reason, Dr. Bogomolets is a person who has a message that is universal and needs to become known by people around the world.

In summary, I believe Dr. Olga Bogomolets’ story, message, and profound decision to seek the approval of the Ukrainian people to become their leader represents perhaps the most important, consequential, single news event now present on this Earth.

If you know men or women living in Ukraine please contact them to discuss creative ways of contacting Dr. Bogomolets to arrange for English-language translations or English-language communications. At this time there are three websites – two related to her candidacy for president in Ukrainian, and her personal site in English.

You can send Dr. Olga Bogomolets an English-language email message at> bogomolets.com.

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The following is the only English-language communication of Dr. Bogomolets available. This was from on or around February 20, 2014 discussing the “Maidan Massacre.” There are other videos posted at YouTube from as recently as May 2, 2014 (including televised in Ukraine presidential debates) but, as explained, they are incomprehensible to English speakers.

(Thank you to Verfassung1871 @ YouTube)