Politics and Religion - The Future


This is written as a follow up to the presentation I gave on Thursday Jan 5th, 2017 at
Spiritual Frontiers Fellowship.


I have a strong personal emotional reaction to ideologies that demonize billions of people
religiously, politically, or economically.  I have a strong reaction to willful ignorance.  To choose to
ignore facts and reality because it does not fit with how we think or feel at the moment, is just plain
wrong. God gave us a brain, a gift, which allows for discernment. It is so that we can see reality and
respond accordingly.  However,
we all have to be wary of interpreting facts to fit our reality. We all
must be vigilant in our own minds and understand that we too, no matter what, are very capable of
interpreting reality to fit our preconceptions.  Reality does not care about us, we must care about
it.  And the only way to move through the world effectively is to pay attention and learn from it.  
Without attention to reality and the facts, cars will cease to run and airplanes fall out of the sky.

I see so many people who mess up their lives trying to live up to an impossible way of thinking and
feeling.  I am not a therapist so I cannot help them, except to encourage self-education, urging
them to therapy, and talking about how feelings are not facts.  It hurts to see needless suffering.

This is all peppered with religious (Christian) ideology on purpose.


                          Astrology's Limitations

The birth chart, of an individual or a country, reveals the potential only.  Most people do live up to a
lot of their potential.

To a greater or lesser degree, each of us have some internal psychological problem, or two, that
allows or creates conditions where we could choose a behavior that, at a different time in our lives,
we would think is crazy. Life has proven to us that some of our best ideas and opinions were wrong.
And you will do it again. They are called mistakes.

An ancient way of saying this is ‘all have fallen short of the glory of the Lord’.  But you learned.  
You grew.  You got beyond it and are a better, smarter, more psychologically aware individual.  
That is the point of life.  

The birth chart points to 100% of your genuine, unconditioned, unbiased, psychological, and
spiritual potential. Many of the problems in life come from a violation of expectations.  Sometimes
our expectation, no matter how spiritual, noble, or right they are, are just plain wrong.  Most of our
ideologies about the world changes completely, several times, during the course of life. You would
not apply the same ideology to a problem today that you did 20 years ago.  Sometimes we choose
to still believe something that we cherish, in spite of the facts, pointing to the outside world or
others as to why expectations are violated repeatedly.  We all then are shown reality, called transits
or influences, until we get it right.  We have the power to stubbornly never get it right.

We may not always be responsible for what others do but we are 100 responsible for what we do
about it.

The guy who was told he would have a good time travelling ended up in the hospital - because he
was drinking and driving.  He did not have a ‘good time’.The girl, who was not having any ‘bad’
influences at all, called to tell me of her suicidal inclination because her lover decided to go back to
his wife.  These are people acting on some kind of thought, feeling, or expectations that is not
related to astrology at all.  Those are psychological problems. The same phenomena occurs with
the country because it is made up of people, each with their own path and individual lessons to
learn about reality.  

Change is the way of the world. Society grows and changes with scientific advances and an
increased population. This is a fact. And responding to an ever changing world demands an
engaged and discerning mind.  What worked in the past will, at some time in the future, not work
anymore for anyone.  Everything will suffer from this phenomena.  Everything.  It is supposed to be
that way so it is actually each of us that suffers when we don’t recognize that fact.  And again,
reality does not care about you, you must care about it.  And the reality is that everything changes.

The social and political ideologies in place, at any time in history, were good in their time and
supported whatever social and religious beliefs were relevant at that time.  Human sacrifice in some
cultures used to be the norm. Slavery, owning another person, at one time was the norm.  Are they
okay now?  And why not?  We are not barbarians any more. I would put forth the idea that in some
ways we are acting just like the barbarians we claim to have no connection to. We jail those who
have health problems.  We demonize billions of people for the actions of one mentally unstable
individual. We have the strongest military the world has ever seen spend half of our treasure on
that while the citizens who are being protected, don’t have food or health care.  Our religion says
we should take care of them first, but we don’t.  Hypocritical.

Those that have ‘the answers’, those who are certain, cease to learn. It is those who believe that
they cannot be wrong that are the problem.  A questioning curious mind is healthy.  A mind that is
full, cannot learn and therefore cannot change, or grow, or develop.  And a human brain can never
be 'full'.  That is an objective fact.

Most of the world’s problems are not political or religious.

As our youth grow up in connected world they will see the effects of outdated thinking in real time.  
Even those that are conditioned to fear and hate their neighbor will not be able to escape the
images of good people doing good things in spite of the differences they are supposed to abhor
and are taught to react violently against.  They will see enemies embrace each other. They will see
the lion lay down with the lamb.




                               Psychological Facts

Most people, by far, are loving, caring, and compassionate.  

Genuinely good-willed, individuals can be conditioned to believe really terrible things. Teach a
toddler that green means stop and red means go then, as an adult, that person will have a struggle
in their head and heart all of their lives when approaching a traffic light.  Teaching a child that it is
Gods will that to harm others or just to simply judge them as unfit for the ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ or
Valhalla or Sto-Vo-Core is actually evil.  We are all precious children of God and to teach anything
else is to demonize some of Gods precious children. It is evil because it demeans and even kills in
the name of a loving God.  

‘What you do to the least of them you do to me’, is one way of saying that.

Isn't it interesting that those, of any religion, who are born into a specific religious tradition, just
happens to be born into the ‘right’ one and all others are worthy of Gods eternal damnation. 100%
of the time.

For example: Fundamentalist Christians are taught that Gods love is unconditional.  Except….
There is a condition - a quite disturbing and horrifying condition.  You must accept Gods
unconditional gift on the condition that you accept the idea that those that don’t ‘believe’ end up
separated and in hell tormented forever.  And for what?  This ideology defines a god that acts like
a small, spoiled child.  Teach that your god is a petty, vengeful, childish, bullying, and tormenting
Deity and that is what your society will contain.  Many great religious traditions suffer from the same
narrow view of God. At this point in time the numbers of those that believe and act that way are
dwindling.  Thank God!   No, thank a discerning mind.  Thank education.  Thank God for that
ability. Thank God for the gift of a brain.

Many are conditioned to believe that they must toe the line or be ostracized – not just by the
community but by God himself.  Those that teach these ‘facts’ were conditioned as children to
believe those ‘facts’. It is brainwashing and fits the definition of a cult.  It has gone on since the
beginning of our current history. Slavery, manifest destiny, denying civil rights, killing others in the
name of God were all justified this way.  In some areas were the militant religious zealots rule, all of
those things are still in play.  Religion is not the problem.  Those who are mentally ill are.  I am not
saying that those that believe their loving god will send billions to hell for being born into the wrong
religion have a mental illness, they are conditioned to believe that way.  In one way, they cannot
help it. But to choose to reject facts over conditioning or belief is to be willfully ignorant which can
be almost as serious as being mentally ill.  They will teach their children prejudice.  Teaching kids
to discriminate and judge the way the church does is child abuse.

All are free to accept,______ (insert god image or ideology here) or suffer the loving deity’s torture
chamber forever.  Why does a loving all-knowing being that created the whole universe, have a
torture chamber? What is torturing someone forever going to teach them?  One strike and you are
out forever?  Forgiveness?  Nope.  According to them god is not forgiving nor loving.  In fact he is a
cruel sadist.  And so, it is what they can become.  To believe that is insane.

They teach close-mindedness.  They teach the ideology of us against them. They teach:

                                      Fear

There is great power in fear and it is true that there is a great deal to fear.  But the facts are that
the world is saver than it ever has been by every measure. However, up until now it has been a
violent and scary place.  The Cold War, Nuclear Bombs enough to destroy the world 1000 times,
deranged dictators, some still in power, two World Wars, religious cults - and that has been in the
last 100 years.  So, hell yes, we need a very, very strong defense, enough to be offensive in
several arenas, if need be.  One can go back through each century and see a pattern towards
increasing violence. So now, out of healthy fear, we now need some breathing room to see if this
increasing arc towards a more peaceful world continues.  There is no guarantee that it will.

Fear is a call to educate oneself.  It is very difficult to fear what one understands. That is why fear
thrives where education is scarce. It is a fact that a straight and short line can be drawn connecting
fear and ignorance.

Anger is expressed out of fear, frustration, and hurt.  Fear is a call to learn more.  Frustration is a
sign of non-communication.  Hurt is felt by those who are not treated with respect and dignity.  All
fixable problems.

Withdrawing or standing your ground in the face of facts, evolution, and change will not solve
anything.  It will only keep things the same.  Some want to keep things the same.  It is a fact that
that, is impossible.

And here we are.  

Again, the vast majority do not think that way.  But there is a large enough group that do, and so,
we all suffer. But their numbers are dropping on all sides.  We are progressing.  We are growing
out of our primitive cave man ideologies about nature and the existential reality of life.

I rant about religion because, this is the major source of most of today’s problems.  And it is not
religion, it is what those that have psychological problem gloom onto it, hijacking the sacred texts to
fit their particular mental conditioning and mental illness.


                                      Finances

Many people are denied a living wage and benefits for the sake of their millionaire bosses.  Many
people who need health care are denied participation by a government whose only priority is to see
the other side fail and for the rich to stay that way.  The few who amass billions at the expense of
others and saying it is ‘just business’ is immoral.

Today we do not have real Capitalism.  It has morphed into money hoarding.  Taking money out of
the system to overseas accounts, or anywhere, bleeds the system.  

Capital is the lifeblood of a capitalistic system so to take some out of it is like taking a pint of blood
every other day.  The organism will function, but at a much slower manner because it is anemic.
Give it some blood.  Give the system some capital and it will grow.  Take it out and it will not.  Those
are simple facts.

Then we teach, by example, that there is something fundamentally wrong with those who have
less.  We elevate those who do.  And I have mine, and the rest of you can go 'suck it’, is our
business mantra. ‘It’s just business….’ It ‘normalizes’ theft, fraud, gouging, hoarding, and greed.

Capitalism works if everyone can participate and if the capital created is used to improve the
system for all. That was done in the 50s 60s and 70s and the middle class grew in numbers.  Take
it out and… here we are. It is very simple.

Money is a great and wonderful thing.  But only if it is managed properly.   Capitalism does work,
again, if everyone can participate.  Imagine the effect on the economy if money hoarders paid their
employees a living wage.  All of that money would be back in the system and not in a bank
collecting dust.  If today’s taxes, just the taxes, were collected from all the money in overseas
accounts, it amounts to, with a very conservative estimate, 300 dollars for every person in the
county.  What would happen with the economy if everyone were to suddenly have 300 dollars? It
would be like a blood transfusion for an anemic system.  Instead, it is just collecting dust.  Imagine
using the 25 billion for the wall and invest it in education and infrastructure.

Those that make billions of dollars and pay their workers’ wages that force them to go to food
backs and welfare, are immoral.  That is a fact.  If you cannot afford to pay employees, your most
valuable resource, a living wage, perhaps you are not as good a business person as you think.  

The financial system is so broken that predicting which way the country will go is like trying to
predict which way a car will go with a broken steering mechanism and flat tires. It is easy to predict
that it will end up in the ditch.  Just like 2008.  And that nothing has been fixed, means that it will
happen again.  No consequences for bad behavior, nothing changes.  In fact, that will reinforce bad
behavior. This is true of small children, a fact that we all know well, yet we think that in some way
adults are immune from that phenomena – especially those with money. Those are facts.

In the next 4 years the problems that will come from this broken system might not come as an ‘event
It does not have to be something ‘happening’ but in the form of a series of choices made that set
policy that determines behavior for the next several decades or longer. (At this time February 1st
2017, that seems to be the way it is going.

The gap between the rich and poor will increase.  The national debt will increase.

If you have extra money and want to invest it, invest in the earth.  Invest in the species. Give a cow
to an impoverished family and you improve the status for many generations. Invest in wind and
solar because the oil and gas industry is becoming a dinosaur.

Invest in organizations that promote education no matter your intellectual bent.  If the earth is 6000
years old tell people about it and support those organizations that believe as you do. There are no
wrong answers.  With so much information, the good and the bad, at each of our disposals, the
good ideas will prosper.  The good will be defined in regard to how it helps humanity, not just the
local group.  I believe that will happen, I believe it is happening, because again, most people are
loving and caring. The ideas that promote separation, us against them, those that ignore facts and
reality, and those that resist change, out of fear, will not. Their numbers are dwindling.



                                   Health Care

Health insurance works if everyone participates.  However, many cannot participate.  And
everybody will need expensive health care during the course of their lives.  It cost more than what
can be done with health care premiums.  In other words, no one can afford health care.  The
government and the insurance companies are not big enough to pay all of that.  So for the next
four years health insurance will be a problem no matter what the laws are passed. The system is
broken. And competition is not the answer.  Health care is not like buying food or cloths.  Profit off
of others misfortune and ill health is immoral.

Price gouging by drug companies is immoral.  And that it is allowed is immoral.  The epi-pen was
the most visible example of this however, it has happened with most drugs over the last 20 years.

Health care is now a profit-off-suffering enterprise and so, is immoral.



                              Gun Violence

Guns don’t kill people mentally ill people do.

There is a bill in congress right now that will make it easier for people to buy silencers for their
guns.  Why is this necessary?  

People on the no fly list can buy AK-47s.  

Another problem with guns is that we are not following the second amendment.  I rarely if every
hear anyone talk about the part of it that talks about ‘a well-regulated militia’.  We do not have a
well-regulated militia. A strong argument can be made about that. (I will get the most flak about this
-- of all things wrong with the world -- some will flip out, in an extreme and childish way, most about
this…..)

                                 Drug Abuse

Drugs are a mental health issue and to treat addicts like criminals is like putting people in jail for
getting cancer. Until we treat mental illness like we do cancer, shootings and violence will continue.  
We jail those with drug problems.  We legalize several of the most destructive and addictive drugs
that there are and criminalize one that has proven to be very effective at treating a whole host of
physical and psychological problems.  The drug war has destroyed millions of young people lives
and we still continue it in spite of the fact that we are the most drug dependent culture that has ever
existed.

Take the money out of drugs and the cartels stop being relevant and drug related crime, just
stops.  A heroin addict, who now steals or prostitutes themselves, who could can get access to
clean drugs dispensed by mental health professionals, will stop being a criminal.

A person who is post out-patient surgeries are often given a prescription for many more pills than is
needed for the pain - enough to get addicted.  We are doing it to ourselves.




                              Racism
‘Racism isn’t getting worse, it is now being filmed’, said Will Smith. That is a fact. It is now easy for
all to see.  Those that perceive that it is getting worse just never saw what has been going on all
along.  

We are not different races.  That is also a fact.  The problem is our petty selfishness that divides us
all up into groups and then demonizing the other.  I truly belief that if it were impossible for two
brown eyed people to have a blue eyed child, and vice-versa, we would be fighting over that.


       The answer to all of these problems

Education will solve 90% of everyone’s problems.  Not that we are a dumb species, overly violent,
or have original sin, it is that we are a young species.  The problem is that we think that we are
above nature, next to God and are the full expression of what God can do.  We think that we are
the center of the universe and the center of Gods attention, that nothing else in the universe
matters but us – the best God can do. The fact is we are not one step away from God, we are one
step away from the animals.  

Education will solve the majority of our problems, eventually.   We are now seeing the
consequences of many outdated ideologies.  We are experiencing growing pains.  I believe that we
will step up and grow beyond them and be stronger.  As the world continues to get more
connected, as we see that those 'others' are not different from us at all, as we learn that we have a
great deal to learn from others, we will grow and become more peaceful creatures. But it will take
time. Education takes time.  And there will always be those that won’t get it.  After all some still
believe the world is flat.  But we, as a world-wide collective, are getting there.  We are a young
species behaving much like a teenager who has all the answers, without the experience to know
differently.  We will get there.  It is incumbent upon each of us to continue educating ourselves and
each other.



                     The United States is a Cancer

Each sign of the zodiac represent an essential part of the human experience.  They are like 12
intermeshed gears. Without each one in play the whole organism or machine we will not function in
a healthy manner.  All twelve are in each of us.  
Each one serves a purpose, just like our organs – take one out and the rest will not function.

Our County is a Cancer, July 4th 1776, with three other planets in Cancer.  There is a lot of Cancer
is the nation’s horoscope.

Cancer is about the basic human need that we all have - traditions, family, and the emotional need
for a community. These values are an intrinsic part of our human nature and must be respected if
society is to grow and prosper.

Cancer is the need for an emotional connection.  A sense of belonging. Not pair-bonding
relationships or marriage.  It is about family, or that which is familiar.  It is about domestic security. A
safe home. No matter what or who you call family. It is the traditional sense it is about the biological
family but it not exclusive to that.  Your first family, your family of origin, only conditioned your
domestic and emotional expectations as an adult.  

Cancerian ideology includes the need for God and Country.  Traditions and pride in ones heritage
and home-land are a healthy and necessary. It is a part of the zodiac. It is a necessary part of
everyone’s psyche.  Without it society any society could not function.  Its purpose is to give the
individuals of that county or clan an essential sense of continuity.  It gives an emotional foundation
and gives the feeling of being a part of something deep.  It provides an emotional connection to a
person’s collective. If one does not have an emotional sense of social value, derived from ones
heritage, one cannot have a sense of the importance of the future.  That is what Cancer is about.  
It’s why patriotism is such an emotional thing.

That is what many are concerned about.  And rightly so.  However, believing that others are wrong
or evil because their society is ordered differently is blatantly wrong.  That person is stuck at the
Cancer phase of life. There are 8 more signs after Cancer that cannot be experienced fully until the
imbalance is understood and dealt with.  That takes introspection.

These 8 areas of life include relationships, career, children, and many others.  Blind devotion to the
family, country, or God will stunt ones social growth and worldly awareness.  To be stuck at the
Cancer phase of life is to feel the need to withdraw from the group in fear of losing the heritage and
past.  Those who are stuck will hold onto ideologies that are based in a time that is in the past and
so, now, those ideas have no relevance to the current social realities.  They fear change. However,
as critical as it is to hold onto the past, it is equally critical to let go of some of the past so a new
future can grow. One must hold onto some of the past and be open to new ideas not based in the
culture or family of origin.  It has to be a balance between keeping traditions and growing to include
new ideas.  A foundation but with room to grow.  

Those that expect allegiance to the family over individuality are stuck in the Cancer phase of life
and can end up without an emotional connection to anything.  Those with a lot of Cancer in their
charts, whether they are an actual Cancer Sun Sign or not, Cancerian individuals and nations that
expect unquestioned allegiance to country and god, will end up angry and isolated. We all have
some Cancer in our charts.

But, we are part of the world and cannot separate ourselves.  Cancer is only one of the 12 parts of
life not the end goal. In a negative sense Cancer allows emotions to interfere with logic and so we
can believe things that are not factual because they feel right. Doing a thing because ‘It’s always
been this way’ is not good enough. To be closed to ideas just because they are different from our
local or national or religion or family is just plain dangerous and ultimately destructive to security.

The US also has Moon in Aquarius which is fundamentally at odds with Sun in Cancer.  Moon in
Aquarius really enjoys and needs, everyday, interaction with those who are different, having a deep
and emotional understanding that it is unique individuals and freedom of speech and ideas that
make the world work.  Moon in Aquarius understands at a deep emotional level that the individual is
important.  Home Family and Apple pie = Cancer; Freedom of speech and individuality = Aquarius.
Depending upon other horoscope factors and conditioning, some will lean into the Cancer side,
others will lean into the Aquarius side.

It is also a fact that each of us gets stuck in one or more areas during the course of our lives.  Each
of us has our individual ways of ignoring the facts and wanting life to be what we think it should be.
(As if any individual has thee answer to the way life should be.)



                                     About Trump

I focus on him because he represents the extreme extent that people will go because of an
emotionally based perception of the state of the world.  There is a good argument for the idea that
a Molotov cocktail thrown into the mix is better than what we have now.  But threats, bullying and
childish behavior begets those same things.  Those base and primal reactions to any problems will
not yield positive results. History has shown that over and over in many, many overt and obvious
ways that to act that way, does not work at all.  That is a fact.    


The Trumpers supported him did so for a variety of reasons.  I understand wanting a change.  It is
desperately needed. All of us can see that the government does not work… well, it does works for a
few. However, just something different for difference sake is very, very dangerous.  Different does
not equal better. We need to clean house and a stick of dynamite will certainly change things. I
believe that those that think Trump is the answer are being willfully ignorant by choosing to ignore
the obvious signs of his incompetence in the area of governing and economics.  Some are willfully
ignoring the overt signs of a person who is unfit to represent a diverse group of people.  This is not
about politics.  It is about character. He may be fit for a variety of other things but obviously, not
governing.  I am unfit to be president and most of you are.  Not because there is something wrong
with you or me but because we lack experience.  I’m an astrologer but you would not ask me to put
a filling in your tooth.  I’m smart enough to figure it out but would you sit in chair for me just because
I’m smart?  Success in one area of life does not mean that fitness abounds in all other areas of life.  
Putting a 5 year old narcissistic bully in charge will just be trading one set of problems for another.
Just because someone has a billion dollars does not make them an oracle of wisdom. Even the
Bible says, in many places, that we must hold our public servants to a higher standard.  A public
servant has to be vetted economically and personally because they are public servants.  When one
person is to represent a group of diverse individuals they must be held up to public scrutiny to
make sure they can represent the group fairly.  

‘I alone can solve these problems and I know more than any of the experts.’

And to follow anyone who says I alone can fix your problems?!?  Really?  What if I said that I am the
only one, among astrologers, psychics, psychologists, and doctors, that can help you with your
problems, how would you respond?  Anyone who claims to have the answers, let alone the
only
one, is a fool and only bigger fools would believe them.

I believe that if Trumps tax returns were made public he would be removed from office.

Not that Hillary was a good choice either for some of the same, and some different, very valid
reasons. At least she is smart, discerning, and diplomatic. Trump is not any of those things.
However, maybe that is exactly what is needed. I don't think so, but many do.  And I could be wrong.
We will now find out, and I am very, very happy about that.  However, again, this is beyond politics.
This situation, this election, is just making us aware of our shortcomings. All problems must be
identified before they can be fixed.  I believe we are identifying many of them quite clearly.

Negotiating anything from a position of fear or anger is the weakest stand anyone can take.  Fear
and anger never solved anything.  Those are facts.  Ask any successful negotiator.  And, just
because someone has money does not make them a good negotiator.  Fear and anger can be
very successful. A bully can be successful.  A bully is successful for themselves at the expense of
others.  There are many that have suffered Trumps bullying tactics.  And the government is not a
business.  It is not run like one and it does not have the same rules.  The governments success
cannot come at the expense of others.  Yet that is the overwhelming political ideology in
Washington.  'My job', said the congressman, 'is to see the other side fail'.  Wow.

Neither candidates are honest. If you think that Donald Trump is of good character and thoughtful,
you are ignoring the facts. If you think that Hillary is not a power addict, with multiple problems, you
are ignoring the facts.  However, I would rather have a smart power addict in charge than a
narcissistic bully.  At least the power addict can work with others where the bully cannot.  Bully’s just
break things.  But, I agree, things need to change and I don't think she would have changed much.  
Voting for her, for many, would be voting for the status quo, which in many ways, I agree, is
completely unacceptable.

The worst two candidates each party has to offer.  Evidence that the system is broken.  This is a
fact.


                                  POLITICS

The problem is not democrats or republicans. It is not about Hillary or Trump.  It is not about the
political parties.  

It is about a government gauges its success by the failure of the other side.  Working for the failure
of ones opponent is not healthy at all.  In all things the individuals involved on both sides should
work to better themselves.  Instead that energy that would lead to self-improvement is squandered
and wasted by disparaging or even sabotaging the other side.  Everyone loses.  

It is also about the number of people who don’t participate for whatever reasons.  We are all
citizens of the world and need to step up to the challenge and create a world that works for all.  
What is that quote about those who do not speak out, no matter what ‘side’ you’re on?  About
complacency being similar to evil….  It takes us all to be engaged to get results that are good for
all. And it does not take that much time and effort to stay engaged. Imagine if everyone did get
involved and were allowed to vote… A voting holiday every two years. Also imagine if everyone that
did vote was registered as independent….  The two party system would just disappear. It does not
take much for the individual to do make big changes.  But the individual must be a part.

And being 'above' politics is not an excuse, at all.

Astrology says that the big challenge for the next four years is about politics and religion.  Hence
the world situation and the tirade above. It is actually about morals and ethics.

All areas of life must be evaluated and acted upon based on verifiable facts.  All twelve aspects of
being human must also be held to the same scrutiny. We
must seek and then acknowledge the
objective facts and then base our decisions on those facts, not what we wish them to be or to be in
line with the party, group, or congregation.

And yes, there is a way to tell facts from fiction quite easily.  Use the gift of the brain God gave
you.  (I think He or She expects you to use it - it would be a sin not to)


                               The Punch Line

None of this is really about politics or facts or logic or belief or expectations – it is about our need,
every one of us, to evolve and grow in our self-awareness about the power, depth, and complexity
of our psychological natures.  Our current world crises' are the symptoms or the consequences of a
lack of understanding about even our most basic psychological natures.  Again: Most of the world’s
problems are not political or religious. The biggest impediment to growth is outdated ideas and
personal choices made out of psychological dysfunction.

Those that believe the earth is 6000 years old, those that will not see that the climate of the earth
changing, no matter what ‘caused it’, are just plain wrong.  (Climate change is the norm – it drives
evolution.  Without it we would not be here.  It is a good thing…..)

Don’t believe in evolution?  That is okay.  You should join the flat earth society.  What? They don’t
exist anymore……?


                                 Further Thoughts

We are all doing our best with what we have been given.  The world is a much safer now than it has
been at any time in our recorded history. That is a fact. More people have shelter, food, water, and
access to education than ever before.  Our scientific advancements have the potential to turn the
world into a paradise. That is a fact. We just aren't quite there yet.  We have made super-human
strides and the last greatest will be accepting and living into the fact that we are all one species,
one great tapestry.  Nature loves diversity.  That is a fact.  Diversity is the key to the survival of the
species.  We could exist and continue to evolve for hundreds of millions of years, if we choose.  
And I believe we are choosing that.  But in that 100+ million year journey we are only about half a
million years into it.  Relatively speaking only our first year.  So as we enter the terrible twos,
temper tantrums and selfish behavior is sure to be with us for some time to come.  So it is up to us,
all of us, to become more self-aware, question our beliefs, hold our leaders up to a higher
standard, and love and respect each other no matter the content of our heart or the convictions of
our soul.

We are first citizens of the world, then our country, then our community and then our God.  In this
equation God is not last. It looks that way but it is not. Putting people first is putting God first. All
religions teach that.  

Our brain is a gift.  It is what we need to survive and prosper even in the worst of times, geologically
and climatologically speaking.  We just learned in the last 100 years about evolution. It was only in
1929 that we realized that the universe is expanding.  Before that we thought that the Milky Way
Galaxy was the complete universe and only a few years earlier, 1923, that we realized that we are
part of a galaxy.  

It is a fact that we evolved and survived because we are a social creature. We cannot survive on
our own as individuals. It is also a fact that we are each responsible for ourselves and need to do
the best we can for ourselves. It is so that we can have a strong hand to help others.

None of us are enemies.  We believe that our religion and politics tell us we are. And we are
conditioned to think that.  But we can choose to think differently, but only if we form our ideas about
ourselves and the world based on
objective reality.

Nature loves diversity.  We should to.  Cultures that are multi-cultural, much like the US has been
for most of its existence, thrive.  Where respect - not just tolerance - for others beliefs, is the norm
then growth, prosperity and safety will be achieved.  We can learn new things
only from those who
are different from us.  

We are not a bad species we just don’t understand ourselves.  The biggest problem is that we think
we do.  We think that we are the height of what the God can create.  We think we are a fully mature
species.  We think we are one step below God when in fact we are one step above the animals.  
Proof of those facts can be seen everyday on the news. We have a long, long way to go in our
evolutionary journey.  Or not.  We have a choice. If we play our cards right it will be a long
existence.  If we don’t then in a few million years another species will evolve and they can have a go
at it…… We, in the cosmic scheme of things are not that important.  If we disappeared nothing in
the universe will change.  In fact, the earth would get along better without us.  Our survival is
important to only us.  We have to make ourselves important.  Reality does not care about us, we
must care about it.

At this time, in our country, Pluto is in play in a major way, and it states in no uncertain terms, that
the rule of life is to evolve or suffer the consequences in the form of extinction.

It is not the species that is the strongest or the smartest that survives and prospers. It is the
species that learns how to adapt.

We must come to an understanding about how and why people get hurt.  That is psychology.  That
is Pluto.  And this understanding will solve most of the problems of the world.

A majority of people still, superstitiously and ignorantly, view psychology for those that are
damaged.  Something is intrinsically wrong with those that seek mental help and they are judged to
be broken, inferior, and weak. The reality is, and it is a fact that, all of us need therapy.  All of us
have a part of us that is broken and can only be fixed if one acknowledges that there is a problem.  
An ancient way of saying that is: ‘All fall short of the glory of the Lord’.

Hurt people, hurt people.  Anger, and therefore violence comes out of hurt, frustration, or fear.  All
three of those things are born out of a misunderstanding about the way human life should be lived
and experienced.  But again, it is not because we are fundamentally flawed.  We are young.  Young
people make mistakes out of simple inexperience.

We must come to understand that our brain is a tremendous gift but it requires a measure of logic
and discernment and must be educated objectively.


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