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The Gad Fly ver. 1.2.1

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7/20/2016

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Definition of Gad Fly

  • A fly that bites livestock, especially a horsefly, warble fly, or bot-fly.
  • An annoying person, especially one who provokes others into action by criticism.

The Gad Fly of the Greek Democracy[i]

  • Plato refers to Socrates as the “gad fly” of the state (as the gad fly stings the horse into action, so Socrates stung various Athenians).

The Gad Fly of the Christian Church[ii]

A New Paradigm in Christian Thinkingis the gad fly of the Christian Church.  Christian Churches do not accept criticism, ever. The price of criticism in the Christian Church is excommunication.  Christian sees themselves as “birds of a feather” and a critical bird is not of their nest.  They must protect the income and salaries of the professional Christians, the minds of their youth and the minds of all of their members from the gad flies of the Christian Church. Professional Christians must preach to the choir, instructing them on the religion that they have chosen to put their faith.  The cost of not preaching to the choir is that the choir will vote with their feet and donations, resulting in a loss of income to the church and the professional Christians who probably have children – if Protestant – that they need to get through college and a mortgage to pay off.   If the professional Christians are Catholic, they will not meet with the approval of the hierarchy of the church and will be excommunicated.

Max Planck, the German nuclear physicist of the early twentieth century, stated, “A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.[iii]

The same statement can be made of religion.  Acceptance of a new viewpoint of the existing data on religion can only take place when a younger generation becomes comfortable with these new views and those who are adamantly opposed to these new views die off.

Because of this self-protection of the minds of the youths, the church is destined to disappear for failure to keep up with our knowledge of the universe and the light it has shined on our knowledge and purpose of the visit to planet Earth of the Representative of the Creator of the Universe (RoCoU) two thousand years ago, and taught how the Homo sapiens who have evolved over the past thousands of centuries can get their basic needs of food, clothing and shelter met on this planet Earth and how to live in peace with each other and other nations.

An interesting side note is that Paleoanthropologist has found no link to the evolution of the Homo sapiens skull to that of the evolved Ancient Man, leaving open the creation of the Homo species by the “Creator of the Universe”.  Although ancient man and modern man have identical bone structure from the neck on down, their skulls and thus brains are much different, nor is there any evidence of a transitional development from the skull of Ancient Man to the skull (Brain) of the Homo Species. [iv]

The advances in our knowledge of the universe and the life creation process in the last one hundred years, mainly due to the Hubble Telescope and advances in life science, have put the Christian Church in a position where they need to update their theology from religious to pragmatic (cause and effect, science) or face extinction.  The church is clearly in a positon of “grow or die” and the church cannot possibly grow with the determination to maintain their existing course, a course established and handed down through the generations and centuries by people that did not understand the meaning, instructions from the RoCoU and implications of the events that had taken place in the very beginning of “The Way” or the Christian Church.  These events took place in a very religious society and that society, for the most part, saw and recorded these events through a religious lens (perspective).

Case Study I

The RoCoU that visited planet Earth two thousand years ago taught the audience that had gathered around Him how to get along with other people on a one-on-one basis and how nations could live in peace with one another on a nation-to-nation basis.[v]

  • For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” [vi] From the accepted Christian perspective, their judgments will be judged by a higher power at the end of the life of planet Earth. They do not see their judging others as something that has immediate consequences.  From the pragmatic perspective, the effect of judging others – be it one-on-one or nation-to-nation – will have immediate consequences.  All Homo sapiens on planet Earth are of equal authority; one does not have dominion over another. And as one Homo sapien judges another, so in turn are they judged by those they are judging in real time by the same measure they are using to judge!This holds true for one nation to judge another nation. As one nation judges another, so is that nation judged, by the measure they use to judge, by the nation they are judging.  As in the case where the USA is judging ISIS with “air strikes,” the USA is being judged by ISIS attacking soft target (civilian targets, airplanes, restaurants, public places, etc.) with bombing and assault weapons.  The USA has judged ISIS as “barbaric” and ISIS, in turn, has judged the USA as “barbaric”.  This ISIS War has made it impossible to tell the Barbarians from the Barbarians.

Wars of our past have been mislabeled.  We must remember that the President of the USA is also the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the USA.  The orders given by the President must be followed by the USA military forces.  The President does not issue illegal orders.  If the President  orders it, it is a legal order and must be obeyed by those in subornation to the Commander-in-Chief.  One can argue that they do not have to follow an illegal order, but they will probably be sent to the brig while the Supreme Court reviews their case. They will be removed from and replaced from duty and someone else will carry out the Commander-in-Chief’s order.

Therefore the Civil War as we know it was not our civil war – it was  Lincoln’s War.  The USA involvement in WWII was FDR’s and Truman’s War.  Harry Truman was President when the Korean War began in 1950, and Dwight Eisenhower was elected in 1952 and was President when the armistice was signed in 1953.  The Vietnam War was JFK’s initiative and LBJ’s Bombing War; Nixon pulled USA troops out of Vietnam. The Serbia vs. Bosnia, Kosovo, NATO was Clinton’s war.  The Persian Gulf War I with Iraq was G.H.W. Bush’s War.  The Iraq War was G.W. Bush’s War and the ISIS-ISIL War is Obama’s War.

As a professional troubleshooter for over forty years, I can equivalently state that, “A problem must be accurately described before action is taken to try and solve the problem; if not, a bigger problem will be the result.”  By placing the proper labels on our past wars, we should gain some insight as to the right problem to solve.

The Right Problem to Solve

  • Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison.” [vii]

The term “workable compromise” was not coined until the twentieth century. Is it any wonder that our ancestors did not understand the meaning of the above instruction from the RoCoU during his visit to planet Earth two thousand years ago?  A workable Compromise is a solution to conflicts that work for all participants in the disagreement.  The first step in search of a workable compromise is to ask the conflicting subject, “What do you want?”  If one does not understand what the conflicting parties want, how can a resolution ever be found that works for the principle parties?

  • Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace.[viii]

Here we have the workable compromise on a much larger scale.  In the case of USA vs. ISIS, the question was never asked, “What do you want?”  If we trace back the steps of the previous administrations, we should be able to predict what ISIS-ISIL wants.  The Sunni Muslims were in power in Iraq prior to G.W. Bush’s administration.  G.W. Bush’s War left the Sunni dispossessed from their homeland by the puppet Shiite Muslim administration installed by Bush. Iraq’s neighbor, Syria, was involved in its own civil war; The Sunni Muslims, now still armed with their weapons from the now defunct Iraq Red Army, seized the opportunity and developed their base of operation in Syria.  This new ISIL then made pronouncement on video, in a very barbaric way, for the USA to “Stay out of our fight.”  The Obama administration judged ISIL as “terrorists” and initiated air strikes against ISIS-ISIL as they threatened our allies in power in Iraq.

As described above in Case Study I, judging a nation as terrorist will result in the judging nation to be judged as terrorist by the judged nation.   As the USA conducted air strikes against “hard targets” (military targets) in an attempt to minimize collateral damage (civilian deaths), ISIS-ISIL, in retaliation, began bombing and assaulting soft targets (Civilian Targets).

Judging and the lack of ability to negotiate a workable compromise by the Obama administration has, and will continue to, cost the western civilization much cost in damage, dislocation of refugees and lives of civilians.  It is apparent that even a routine change in the administration by a newly elected administration will not end this conflict with ISIS-ISIL. A resignation or impeachment of the Chief Executive seems the proper road to pursue.  A newly elected administration would be in a position of trying to apologize for the actions of the previous administrations, and that never happens.

The Lens Used for the Viewing of the Facts

The lens one views the facts, events or evidence through determines the conclusions that the viewer will hold as the correct interpretation of the facts, events or evidence. The classic scenario is this: Two men who are walking in the woods come upon an immaculate garden, complete with trimmed hedges, flower garden arrangements, etc.   One man states, “There must be a caretaker for this place.” The other man states, “What a wonderful work of nature.”   The events that took place during the visit of the RoCoU two thousand years ago can be looked at through a religious lens or a pragmatic lens.

There are two and maybe three writers that were able to record the events, of the visit to Earth by the RoCoU and the events that took place, without looking though there religious lens.  Mark, who wrote the book of Mark in the Book of Books, the Bible, was a young man on the perimeter of the core group who became the Apostles of the RoCoU. He found himself in Rome where much persecution was taking place of the “Christians” in Rome.  He took it upon himself to record for the purpose of history the events that had taken place during his life.  He was an eyewitness to some of the events and received reports from those who were part of the core group of the RoCoU.  The style of writing for an historian is to answer the questions, “who, what, where and when.”   Luke, who wrote the books of Luke (Luke I) and Acts of the Apostles (Luke II), was contracted to record the events that had and were taking place in this time period. [ix]  Luke wrote under the guidelines of a journalist, answering “who, what, where and when.”  Luke was an eyewitness to many of the events that took place, he interviewed others who were eyewitnesses of events and he was an embedded journalist with the Apostle Paul on his missionary journeys.  Matthew was a tax collector and a Jew who made an argument to Jews of the authentication of the RoCoU to the Jewish religion.  He sometimes included the “why” in his writings, as did John in the book of John.  This would make their writing styles, “who, what, where, when and why” a little more difficult to sort out the facts from their interpretation of the facts and events that took place during this visit of the RoCoU.  The Apostle Paul was highly educated in Jewish religion and history.  He viewed our relationship with the RoCoU through the lens of Jewish religion and history.  A close examination of the writing of Paul will disclose that his view of the RoCoU’s visit to planet Earth was religious and the RoCoU’s view of his visit to earth was pragmatic and the next step in the evolution of the Homo species on planet Earth.

 The Gad Fly of the Democracy of the USA

The present day gad fly of democracy in the USA is The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter, Retired.[x]  The Greeks invented democracy from scratch and it worked well for them for about 170 years.  The Greeks were on the peak of their Golden Age when they got tired of hearing their gad fly, Socrates, who was a critic of their society, in particular of the shortcomings and corruption in this democracy.  Socrates was one of the founders of western philosophy.  The Greek Senate charged Socrates with “corrupting the minds of the youth,” and they sentenced Socrates to death.  The death of Socrates was the beginning of the downfall of Greece, for they had lost their “guidepost.”

The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter, like Socrates has been excommunicated from his position at a national laboratory by management that took offense to his proposals that threated their power structure.  His teaching credentials were canceled in a local church for “corrupting the minds of the youth” and not teaching the church’s official view on the subject. He was excommunicated from a church where he was a member in good standing for twenty years for publishing “A New Paradigm in Christian Thinking” [xi] and corrupting the minds of their youth and any other person in their church with science and philosophy.  Thank God for civil laws that protects our citizens from physical harm.

Our President has not chosen to listen to this gad fly, when he suggested that a workable compromise be initiated to resolve the conflict of space, control and authority in Iraq between the three different sects of Muslims. This was proposed by the Vice President, and now the reining authority in Syria has been added to the mix; he chose to put together a coalition of nations to wipe ISIS-ISIL from planet Earth.  ISIS-ISIL has retaliated with attacks against this coalition of nations and the USA hitting soft targets.  We should expect this activity to continue. The best outcome, using the best military forces on the planet,  for a military victory, will be guerilla warfare with the soft targets continuing to be hit by these guerilla fighters.  The only solution to the ISIS-ISIL conflict is a workable compromise – a permanent home for the displaced Sunni Muslims from their Iraq home.

Lessons from History

In 480 B.C. the Persians were set upon wiping the Greeks off the Earth or enslaving them.  The Persians greatly outnumbered the Greeks.  The Persians were under autocratic the rule of Xerxes; the Greeks were under democratic rule (one for all and all for one).   The Persians overran the Greek Spartans (trained warriors) at the pass of Thermopylae [xii] and sacked Athens, which had been evacuated by the Greeks.

The Persians had large war ships (similar to that of the USA navy, bigger than their opponents).  The Greeks built small maneuverable war ships with a torpedo like Ram on the bow of the ship (A trireme).  The Greeks lured the Persian navy in to the Aegean Sea where there were many islands presenting a maneuverable issue for the Persians.  With their mobility (like ISIS-ISIL), the Greeks ran circles around the larger Persian ships and rammed the Persian ships with their torpedo like Rams at the front of their ships and sank the Persian Fleet. [xiii]

Beware USA your large arsenal of weapons is being out maneuvered by an adversary who is focused on mobility.

The USA Transition from a Republic to a Democracy

The USA was formed as a republic and has been in a long transition to a democracy in small steps. This change has come about by allowing more of the population to vote in elections and it changed the way our President was elected.  In the beginning, only land owners could vote in the elections.  These were the people who had an invested interest in the profitability of the nation, much like that of stockholders voting in a corporation. [xiv]  The vote has slowly been extended, for various reasons, to other segments of our society who do not have an investment or knowledge of producing a profitable nation (women, teens, those on government assistance).  We certainly have improved on the lifestyles of our citizens, as have the Greeks, but our national debt is rising above our ability to pay the interest, which could eventually result in foreclosure on our property (nation) by our creditors (like the two bailouts of the Greeks by the EU in recent history).

The Life Span of a Democracy

The average lifespan for a democracy is about 170 years, as established by the Greeks.  In the Greek democracy, leaders were chosen by a lottery, thus minimizing payoffs and corruption in the government.  Serving as a leader was considered a duty of citizenship.  Ballots could be cast to remove a government leader from office and they would be exiled for ten years from their society. In the Greek democracy, only about 20 percent of the population could vote. [xv]   The Greeks now have more people on the government payroll than people paying taxes to support the government. Is this direction the USA wants to continue to pursue?

The Code of Conduct to Live Long in this Land

There is a “code of conduct” that was intended to provide for the continued success of a nation living long in the land that had been giving to them.  Unfortunately, these were given to a very religious people and they did not understand the economic implications of these Ten Codes of Conduct.  Unfortunately, these Ten Codes of Conduct are still seen as religious by almost our entire society, religious and secular alike.  When one sets aside their religious lens, the pragmatic lens shows that the economics of these Ten Codes of Conduct can be realized.  The original Codes of Conduct were given in an ancient language; therefore, the proper perspective is to look at them through the eyes of a parent giving instruction to their children so that they might live long in the land the parent was giving them to raise their generations.

  1. You will not listen to anyone but your father for guidance.
  2. You will not form addictions that will prevent you from making your own decisions.
  3. You will not use my name as an authority to cause trouble or discomfort for any other person on this planet Earth.
  4. You will take a day off, after every six days of work, and remember who gave you this land and enjoy your time with family and friends, and you will allow your employees time off to enjoy their family and friends, and you will not mow your lawn on this day and interrupt the peace of your neighbors.
  5. Remember what your mother and father taught you, and hand down those teaching to your children and grandchildren, that you might live long in this land I have given you.
  6. You shall not murder.
  7. You shall not steal.
  8. You shall not give false witness against your neighbor.
  9. You shall not seek an intimate relationship with your neighbor’s wife.
  10. You shall not scheme to gain possession of your neighbor’s property.
  11. You will not build a big mansion type house in your neighbor’s back yard.
  12. You shall keep the walk-ways, of your communities, free of “F oxtails” that injure our pets. [xvi]

QED

 

 

[i] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socrates

[ii] http://anewparadigminchristianthinking.wordpress.com/

[iii] Max Plank, http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/m/max_planck.html/

[iv] NOVA: Dawn of Humanity DVD, http://www.shoppbs.org/home/index.jsp/

[v] Jesus on judging, negotiating

[vi] Matthew 7:2, The Bible

[vii] Matthew 5:25, The Bible

[viii] Luke 14:31-32, The Bible

[ix] Luke 1:1-4, The Bible

[x] http://thephilosopheronpolitics.worpress.com/

[xi] http://anewparadigminchristianthinking.wordpress.com/

[xii] http://www.ancient.eu/thermopylae/

[xiii] National Geographic The Greeks DVD, 2016, http://ancienthistory.about.com/cs/weaponswar/p/blpwtherm.htm/

[xiv] https://thephilosopheronpolitics.wordpress.com/tag/voting/  TBC

[xv] PBS, “The Greeks”, 2016

[xvi] http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/foxtail-grass-and-your-dog/

We got Trouble, Trouble, Trouble, Right here in the U.S.A., It starts
“I-W-Y-L” and that stands for “I Win, You Lose” ver. 1.0.1
The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter, Retired
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    4/9/2015

The police forces of the U.S.A. are retaining officers with the attitude that “I win, you lose”. This attitude has made the news in recent events where the officers clearly had this attitude that they were going to win and the alleged suspect is going to lose. It has shown up in Fergusson, Missouri, Chicago, Illinois, and North Charleston, S.C. There are several possibilities for the origin of this attitude of “I win, you lose,” for this attitude has been observed in many circumstances many times.

    Communication Styles:

Communication professionals have identified four different styles of communication and actions: “I win, you lose,” “I win, you win,” “You win, I lose,” and “You win, I lose, but I will get you back.” These styles are also identified by names: Aggressive, Assertive, Submissive, and Passive Aggressive. These styles of communication have also been labeled: Parent to Child, Adult to Adult, Child to Parent, and Loser to Winner. These styles of communication have been characterized as: Tyrant, Adult, Door Mat, and Snake-in-the-Grass.

    The Origin of I Win You Lose:

Psychology has chimed in on this situation of “I win, you lose” origins. Adlerian Psychologist has attributed these tendencies of aggression to their family of origin. For example, the older of two brothers, close in age, could produce a male with aggressive tendencies in the older male developing the “I win, you lose” attitude. The younger brother, having experienced bulling from his older brother, will have the tendency to bully others as well, thinking this is how to treat other people. Therefore, these aggressive “I win, you lose” tendencies could have their roots in the family of origin.

    Military training is all about “I win, you lose.” The transition from being taught to destroy an enemy (“I win, you lose”) in the military to “I win, you win” in civilian life is not always an easy transition to make. We could see many of our war veterans, struggling with this transition to civilian life; it is not easy to reeducate one’s communication style once indoctrinated into an aggressive style, or any of the other dysfunctional styles, of communicating with others.
    The environment that one grows up in can influence their communications and actions. Even one’s formative years in grade school and high school is often shaped by their teachers, who have this “I win, you lose” attitude. If this is how we are going to train our children, can we really expect them to grow up and invent their own assertive “I win, you win” communication style which will precede their actions towards others?

Some of us then send or have sent our children to Sunday school, where hopefully they will learn how to relate to others as equals. But, even in church setting, this writer has witnessed “I win, you lose” attitudes. It seems as if our missions in life can take precedent over our relations with others.

    Maturity:

C. G. Jung observed a change in men’s lives between the ages of 35 to 39 years. Working with the general population, he surveyed men of various ages and in this survey he asked them one question: “Is God important in your life?” He received responses like, “God has no meaning in my life” to “God is the most important person in my life.” He plotted this data on an X-Y Cartesian coordinate graph. The results were nothing short of amazing; there was a huge spike in the curve between the ages of 35 and 39 years where the responses changed from God having no influence to God being the most important person. Therefore, it can be concluded that men will often see a transition in their life during this mid-life time period. It could prove to be a very interesting follow-up study to see if these men who transitioned from God having no influence to God being the most important” attended Sunday school in their youth.

We are What We Fight Against:

    Psychologists have also observed that a person will become like what they are fighting against. For our police officers, this is a warning sign. In order for our police officers to maintain their perspective, they need to be associated with a group of people who are not fighting against the behavior that our police officers see every day. If our police officers associate mainly with other police officers, it will be difficult for all the officers to maintain the proper perspective about other people, and a culture of “I win, you lose” can spread throughout the police force.

      The Solution to “I Win, You Lose”:

    It appears that the most effective change we could make in our police forces is to require our officers of the law to participate with a group of people that see a more friendly side of life in our society, such as a church, a charitable nonprofit organization, or a club with charitable objectives. The basic premise for these types of programs can be found in Paul’s writings in I Corinthians Chapter 13 that ends with verse 13: “And these three remain, Faith, Hope, and Love/Charity, but the greatest of these is love/Charity”.
    QED

We Got Trouble, Trouble, Trouble, Right here in the USA, it starts with ‘R’ and that stands for “Rats” Ver. 1.0.1

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“The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter”, Retired

2/21/2015

Rats need a place to live too. We have a tendency to try and exterminate all the rats in the world, but they just seem to proliferate and find places to reside that makes us feel uncomfortable, if not threated. The solution to this “rat problem” is not as complicated as one might think. The solution – as is the solution in most cases – is given in Mathew 5:25 (or Mat 5:52 for the math majors). That message, from The Savior, a.k.a. Jesus, is to “Negotiate a Workable Compromise.” True, he is talking about being taken to court for a debt, but is this not the same as having one’s present situation threatened by an adversary? People do not “Negotiate a Workable Compromise” as long as they think they have total power over the situation at hand. It is only when their present position is threatened to be compromised do they come to the “negotiating table.” This has been true of all USA adversaries in the past and it is still true of our adversaries in this early 21st century.

We have a very mature ivy hedge about seven feet tall and vines up to three inches in diameter. It fills up with dead leaves and debris from surrounding trees and those left behind from trimming the hedge. We also live within a couple blocks of the Arroyo, where wildlife abounds, including but not limited to: rats, skunks and possums. When the winter cold months set in, hitting in the low 20s on occasion, the rats like to find a warmer place to reside. They like this mature hedge, as it is protected from the wind and between two houses is a little warmer, making it a nice place for them to raise their families and stay protected from the roaming cats. My partner insists on removing this matured hedge to get rid of the rats. I need to remind her that the rats are not coming into her apartment, in the attic, under the house, in the garage or into our studio. They have a place and we know where they are living.

The USA has become aware of a new nest of rats. Let’s call them ISIS or ISIL. I think “rats” is a better word than “terrorists,” as our President likes to refer to them. Terrorists have no right to live on this planet, but somehow rats at least do provide a positive function and are at best a nuisance. If we were to think of ISIS or ISIL as rats, than they just need a place to reside where they can raise their families with other rats of the same belief system. If we try to exterminate them, then they will likely proliferate and choose to reside in places that can be a real nuisance to the USA. If both the rats and the USA and its allies believe they have total power of this situation, than there will be no one at the negotiating table.

How did this situation come about in the first place? In a nutshell, the USA has the military might to come to the rescue of other people in the world who appear repressed. We came to the
rescue of the Iraqi people, who were being ruled over by a “Hard-Handed Dictator” of a ruling sect of their religion. The USA did so for our usual reasons – that “it was to protect the interests of the USA.” The USA overthrew and eliminated the Hard-Handed Dictator of the sect in power. We installed our own “Puppet Dictator Prime Minister” of a different sect of their religion. We disassembled the army of the old ruling sect and replaced it with an untrained army of the new sect, only the army of the ruling sect disassembled, bringing their weapons home with them. The Puppet Dictator Prime Minister turned out to be as discriminated as the old Hard-Handed Dictator in regard to his sect and began persecuting those of the old ruling sect, putting their people out of jobs and professions they held during the previous regime. Those of the now displaced sect banded together and formed their own revolution against the Puppet State the USA had created in Iraq.

This new revolution, now known as ISIS or ISIL, has gained control of territory in Syria and Iraq. ISIS and ISIL is no match in military might against the USA or it allies. They began to send messages out that they do not want the USA or its allies to interfere with their revolution against the now oppression regime in Iraq. Their messages are met with outrage in the USA and now in its allied nations, and all are out to exterminate the “rats.” All the rats want is a place to raise their families with other rats of a common belief system, free of persecution from the ruling Puppet Regime.

The label of “terrorists” is preventing the USA from negotiating with these rats, because the USA does not negotiate with terrorists. The USA is on an “Extermination Mission.” The USA has never been on an extermination mission before; our objective has always been to neutralize the adversary, bring them to the negotiating table or eliminate the existing regime and rebuild that adversaries’ nation. In the case of ISIS or ISIL, there is no existing nation to rebuild; the rats do not have a home.

This situation leads to an obvious solution to this the ISIS or ISIL problem. Give the rats a home. Carve out some real-estate, similar to what the UN did with Israel after WWII, and give them a home so they can raise their families and live with other rats of a common belief system. The alternatives will cost the USA greatly in lives and dollars.

We got Trouble, Trouble, Trouble, Right here in the USA, It starts with “R” and that stands for “Religion”, Part III ver. 1.0.1

The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter, Retired

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1/25/2015

Is the Gospel of Jesus Christ “Science or Religion”?

Galileo: 

“People who are unable to understand perfectly both the Bible and the science far outnumber those who do understand them,” Galileo (1564-1642).

The Church and Galileo: 

“On 31 October 1992, 350 years after Galileo’s death, Pope John Paul II gave an address on behalf of the Catholic Church in which he admitted that errors had been made by the theological advisors in the case of Galileo. He declared the Galileo case closed, but he did not admit that the Church was wrong to convict Galileo on a charge of heresy because of his proof that the Earth rotates round the sun.”

Mind science is in its infancy:

Mind science is in its infancy, we do not know much about how this brain we have been given works or even what the extents of the capabilities of this brain (mind) are. ‘The Savior’, aka Jesus, came to this earth and taught us much about how to use this brain (gave us the operating instructions), but did not go into detail about the science behind his teachings. Jesus said we could communicate with the Personal Counselor he sent us after his resurrection and ascension into heaven (an unknown place) He gave us many examples to follow and many parables to help us understand the capabilities of the mind. His only mention of the “Mind” is in his ‘categorical imperative’ “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your “Mind” and with all your soul. He taught us that we could move mountains if we had the faith to do so. He taught us the power of forgiveness. He told us to go to a quiet place like a closet (one’s room) so we could speak with our Father in Heaven. All of these examples points to the reality that we are dealing with a science that we, at this point in time, do not understand. But like all of the things, that the Homo Sapiens have made a religion in history, science was able to explain and shed light on the subject and that religion disappeared into science.

Science is the explanation of Religion:

Science is the explanation of Religion. The glowing examples of science trumping religion were Archimedes and Galileo showing the science of their time. Even the evolutionist, Darwin, showed how life on earth has evolved over the many years in development. Even still today science is a “bad word” in a Christian church. The Universe is expanding at an increasing rate making it more plausible the universe was created by “The Big Bang” theory. If God can create this universe and create life on this planet using evolution as his process, is this science or is this religion?

The Divided House of the USA:

It is not just the different religions that we have in the USA, but the intolerance of these religions for each other that are dividing this nation. A nation thus divided will have great difficulty defeating its adversaries who are united in their religion. A big negative part of religion is that it has the capability of dividing families. What does this have to do with science? It’s been known for centuries that women can get really serious about their religion. Men on the other hand often become religious, that is God becomes “The most important person in their life” between the ages of thirty-five and thirty-nine. Were these men exposed to religion at an early age from their parents or community? Is this the ‘Mustard seed’ spoke about by ‘The Savior, aka Jesus’ twenty centuries ago? When men find religion at the middle-age, they usually have a family and the mother is going to protect the minds of her children from being corrupted by this new religion that their father has found. This is a real issue in “Community Property” states like California where this shift in religion by the children’s father often results in a divorce dividing the family fortune be it large or small. This puts additional burden on our society to get these children through college and be productive GDP producers rather than a continuing burden on our society. “It is the wife’s main responsibility to keep the family fortune intact”. The strength of a nation is its economy not its weapons arsenals or ‘Boots on the ground’. This intolerance of religions for other religions is causing this nation a low ‘National Economic Operating Efficiency’ which in-turn is causing a high national debt and increases the interest that foreign nations have in the land of the USA.

Judging the Advanced Thinkers in our Society:

Society has misjudged some of the greatest minds in history. James Madison the DNA Noble Prize winning scientist stated some controversial statements on mind science, race and sex. His remarks, like similar observations made by President Theodore Roosevelt, implied that some races or sexes are more advanced than another. Statistics always works on averages, means, ranges and standard deviations about the mean. On a normal “Bell Shaped Curve” there is always at least 5 % of the data outside of two standard deviations about the mean on both ends of the curve. Therefore, a general statement regarding mind science on race or sex can only be evaluated in terms of these statistic parameters.

It would be more progressive to identify how and why these intellectual difference occur than to deny they exists at all. Knowing the “How” will lead to “How to improve”. ‘The Savior’, aka Jesus, stated “That to those much has been given, much will be demanded” . This statement clearly states that there are differences between all of us and that some of us have been give more than others. Would not our Creator know more about us than the current science knows about us? The Apostle Paul wrote “There are different kinds of gifs…, there are different kinds of service…, and there are different kinds of working. …each for the common good.” Before we judge these leaders and scientist for making public their observations of us Homo Sapiens, let us give them the benefit of having foresight. Was it not Galileo that was convicted of Heresy for proving that the earth was not the center of the universe by the Church for identifying this issue as science and not religion? If our own religion and ‘Declaration of Independence’ states that “All men are created equal”, can we persecute these leaders and scientist who make different observations be persecuted by society at large? We need to face the facts we were not all created equal but different, with different skills, attributes and knowledge, all of which gives each of us a different path in life. “Different strokes for different folks”. Our Declaration of Independence should have read “All men were created with equal rights”.

Intolerance in the USA:

The USA is divided with many religions causing many differences in opinions and intolerance for one from another. In the Terry Lectures of the 1903’s Carl Jung observed “That Psychical dangers are much more dangerous than epidemics or earthquakes. Not even the medieval epidemics of bubonic plague or smallpox killed as many people as certain differences of opinion in 1914 (WWI) or certain political ideals in Russia (The Bolshevik Revolution).” Add on to these events the number of people killed in WWII, The Korean Conflict, Vietnam Conflict, Iraq, Afghanistan, and now ISIS and ISIL.

Prepare for War Equals go to War:

Being prepared for war will lead to war. This was a voiced concern during Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration in the 1930’s. FDR wanted to increase our ability to wage war against the rising advancement of the Nazi’s in Europe and threating England. The USA now has the greatest ability in the world to wage war or defend itself against war. The USA has become the ‘Policeman of the World’. When there is unrest somewhere in the world the USA is called upon to come to the rescue. Since the USA has the greatest capability to intervene over these differences in opinions, the USA finds itself in another conflict. Since we have the capability to intervene, we intervene. Are these differences in opinions religion, political, or social, expansion, survival of a group, or other root cause? Should the USA intervene or “Let the chips fall where they may”. President Eisenhower warned us about the military industrial complex. The USA cannot stop making war machines, our economy and jobs depend on making these war machines.

Letting the Genie out-of-the- Bottle:

Once someone or nation has proved that ‘something’ can be accomplished, others or other nations can do the same knowing nothing more than ‘this can be done’. During WWII, FDR was concerned that the Nazi’s would create the nuclear bomb, so he initiated the ‘Manhattan Project’ to develop a nuclear weapon. The ‘Manhattan Project’ was successful in developing this nuclear weapon and was used on Japan to end WWII. The nuclear technology is now public knowledge ‘The Genie is out-of-the-bottle’, other nations, have set about to develop their own nuclear weapon. Now that the technology to build these nuclear weapons is readily available, all that is needed is the materials to construct the weapon. The Nonproliferation programs all focus on controlling the material to build a nuclear weapon.

Building a nuclear weapon requires weapons grade uranium developed by centrifuges using lower grade uranium. Iran had constructed these centrifuges under the guise of developing nuclear power for its country. The USA and Israel know that weapons grade uranium is not need for nuclear power reactors, developed a computer virus to infect the centrifuges being used to produce weapons grade uranium and shut down this operation with this virus. ‘The Genie is out-of-the-bottle’ again. Iran has now developed its own destructive vires and is attacking the infrastructure of the USA and other nations with their own version of this computer virus. Has not the USA and other nations learned that “People who live in glass houses should not throw rocks”.

‘The Savior’, aka Jesus, taught us to “Negotiate a workable compromise” . Would it not be better to use the mind power that has been given to us than trying to defeat the opposition? Is this science or is this religion?

Galileo, 1564-1642, Letter to Christina of Lorraine, the Grand Duchess Christina of Tuscany, 1615,
“Discoveries and Opinions of Galileo”, Galileo Galilei
J J O’Connor and E F Robertson, “Galileo Galilei”
https://thephilosopheronpolitics.wordpress.com/ Tag: Heaven
Mark 12:30-31
Matthew 17:20
Matthew 6:14-15
Matthew 6:6
http://www.news24.com/MyNews24/Uncomfortable-History-Archimedes-Jesus-20130731, The Last Contrarian, “Uncomfortable History: Archimedes > Jesus”, 31 July 2013
http://www.brainpickings.org/2013/02/15/galileo-letter-to-duchess-of-tuscany/, Maria Popova, “ Galileo vs. God: The Father of Modern Science on Religion, Truth, and Human Nature”
Karl Jung on religion
Mark 4:30–32
My Mother
Luke 12: 48
I Corinthians 12: 4-11
Ibid ii
Carl G. Jung, Psychology & Religion, PP 11,12, New Haven and London Yale University Press, 1938
Mathew 5:25