- WHAT CAN I DO? -

VERSION FRANCOPHONE

 

SUMMARY OF LEARNER       INTRO & VOCAB

 

“I have not conceived my mission to be that of a knight-errant wandering everywhere to deliver people from difficult situations. My humble occupation has been to show people how to solve their own difficulties... my work will be finished if I succeed in carrying the conviction to the human family that every man or woman, however weak in body, is the guardian of his or her self-respect and liberty.” Gandhi quote from Raghavan Iyer’s, The Moral and Political Thought of Mahatma Gandhi, Oxford University Press, New York, 1973, p. 373.

 

My sister Karen did me the favor of puzzling through an early version of Learner while I strove to untangle its verbiage. She took what I wrote seriously and got upset. “None of this is my fault,” she said, or something to that effect. “What do you expect me to do? How do I protect my children? Tell me what to do!”

Don’t expect some hero to rear his white charger and block this nightmare single-handed. Quite often in the past, like-minded enthusiasts jumped hand in hand into the deep end of the acid pool, thus wrecking vast stretches of the landscape and bringing many innocents to harm. A psychopath’s dream come true.

Either an international consensus of Learners will resolve these problems or no one will.

Besides, Gandhi taught us this other truth. Each of us merits respect or pity in line with the quality of our actions. Only the actions of the Other merit condemnation or approval. The Other, him or herself, is a divine manifestation equivalent to our own. As such, each is exempt from our hatred. We come to grief whenever we set aside this sound advice.

 

Listed below are some personal priorities I laughingly call Policies. Let’s hope they don’t induce additional control-freak errors. Pick your favorites from among them or pursue your own.

 

Policies Before and After: Celebrate More, Sacrifice Less Often.

 

We are not discussing here a spotless paradise, but the dwindling of any sacrifice except one’s own and a corresponding increase of celebration. Pick one, pick several revels and celebrate them! Avoid sacrificing anyone but yourself. Celebrate more and more often the bonds between yourself and others!

 

Policy the First & Unfirst: Do what You Do Best and Avoid the rest.

 

We cannot emphasize this policy enough. It applies as much to individuals as to groups; to work, art and worship; to our institutions and social instruments. It applies to power, leadership and defiance: to every human activity.

The short answer? Concentrate on what you do best.

Everyone does at least one thing best. In everything we do, we occupy some point of excellence along a bell curve of relative interest and performance. You may slam along some of them like no one else. On others, you’d crash and burn before you worked up to a respectable speed. Focus your passion where it fits your talents.

Weapon managers would rather supervise an army of interchangeably similar generalists. We’re shuffled around like playing cards and dealt out wherever we show marginal utility but seldom our ultimate accomplishment. As our warrior companions die off, we must assume their place by rote and seniority. The world of “human resources” (that despicable term) is a vast replacement depot for war.

As a result, most human activity winds up being a mediocre botch. We muddle along somehow – at tremendous cost and with scandalous inefficiency – doing work of marginal usefulness that bores and disgusts us.

Jobs are broken down to their simplest component tasks. To earn our daily bread, we repeat a few infantile routines every working day for decades on end, until we gag over their futility. Many personal dreams are pulped in the process. Our aspirations are sidetracked into frustration and despair. For many, homelessness and unemployment are the only alternatives to vocational mediocrity, self-loathing and existential longing-for-the-end-to-come—and nothing more.

So take the advice that a good doctor might give to a depressed patient. Go find a hobby; and if you can make a decent living at it, so much the better. Some people play mean piano, some bring us honestly to God or make a killer risotto; others get lots of children to smile.

Find out what really turns you on and go do it. No special talent need go to waste. If you don’t know what you’re good at (a failure most of us share in this shabby civilization), it’s simple: do what’s best for others and most fun for you.

Consider the converse. If you have no gift for a task, don’t mess it up; give it up instead and let some enthusiast take your place. If you are not a worshipper of children, don’t make, raise or teach children. If you are uncomfortable with foreign languages, don’t bother with them. Don’t peddle anything you don’t believe in. Don’t compromise any field of endeavor with your incompetence and/or indifference. Don’t protect selfish employers who wouldn’t cross the street to protect you. More importantly, don’t force others to do what they’d be less than good at.

The one exception to this rule has to do with the body of socio/psycopaths. No doubt they will point to these paragraphs to justify the worst evils their talent allows. One way or another, they must be turned away from the evil they do best, and required to do something better or nothing. May a harmless cure be found for them and their satanic disability, which they consider a rare talent and a source of profit!

 

In the same way, most of our institutions act like blockheads. Regardless of their range of competence, they declare they can solve any problem they encounter or offer an acceptable compromise.

Now, every institution and system does some things very well; it does most others remarkably poorly.

Take capitalism (take it from me, please!). There may be no better way to create and concentrate wealth. Under many circumstances, creating and concentrating wealth are essential activities. Naked capitalism should reign in those cases and do what it does best. On the other hand, capitalism fails (has dismally failed) at reducing misery. If the situation calls for reducing poverty, balancing an ecosystem or discovering true faith, avowed capitalists should bow out.

The same logic applies to militarism, communism, religious faith and every other thought process, conviction and ideology. Where they are effective, they should be tried with broad-minded liberality; where defective, for whatever reason, they should be fenced off. No methodology should be forbidden outright; it should merely be consigned to environments that benefit the most from its interaction—and only those environments.

That means we cannot reject the World Trade Organization (WTO) as a whole, no matter what evils it may have committed in the past. We will need a World Court and a WTO to regulate the World Bazaar. Expert, powerful and wise organizations of this kind will be essential. We have merely to persuade those associates to foster peace and suppress weapon technologies currently accepted.

For example, we should demand that the WTO police the trade of weapons around the world. At present, there are 600 million light harms on this planet: one gun for every ten people on Earth. Worse yet, many of them are traded, issued and maintained by merciless thugs, tyrants and gangsters. Meanwhile, decent folk are required to walk around defenseless. So one is left to wonder, “Why are so many of them (of us) gunned down so readily and so often?” WTO leaders must halt this proliferation of loose weaponry. They cannot excuse themselves from this supervision simply because it might infringe on national sovereignty.

National sovereignty: now there’s another heady issue we need to tackle. Every nation should enjoy self-determination over the activities of its voluntary members, just as long as only a few protesters dial up a 1-800-MYRIGHTS telephone number and complain to the World Court. In any case, no mere nation should benefit from external sovereignty: license to attack other nations―in the same way no citizen has the sovereign right to attack another.

What’s more, we cannot turn our back on the rich, the way revolutionaries have attempted to in the past. The priviledged should feel free to accumulate the wealth they need, provided everyone else subsists in comfort.

In essence, we cannot reject or embrace any social practice as a whole. We must first see who does what well, and encourage them to do that. Then, we should determine who does what poorly, and shift their attention to something they would do better. Our primary criterion should be: is peace enhanced? Then encourage it. Is weapon mentality enhanced? Then watch it very carefully and be prepared to downgrade it.

According to Learner, nothing need be accepted or rejected in its entirety. Truth demands that every point of view be heard and the most valid principals, honored. Cooperation over competition; celebration over sacrifice … except where those secondary activities would work better.

From the point of view of peace mentality, our worst institutions are those that demand absolute control, uncompromising obedience and rejection of outside influences. Of course, those weapons institutions turn out to be the deadliest, most persistent and powerful: the ones we revere most, which inflict the most harm on us.

 

These suggestions alone would take a lifetime to fulfill. Each of us must do things we neither want to do nor are any good at; each of us abides by this collective insanity. Society takes great pains to quash basic talents and aspirations. Until it supports our innermost priorities, our greatest masterworks cannot take shape without titanic struggle.

We have reached the point where we welcome this struggle. This stupid, stupid waste of time and effort has become the required preliminary of any artistic creation. We must first suffer dreadfully to wind up doing what we do best. Rather, we should accomplish it foremost and perfect it all along the way, while benefiting for our culture’s nonstop blessing.

 

Policy the 2nd: Gather Together.

 

Gather with like-minded people for collective activities, (reading, art, hobbies, charities, Learner, whatever). Act in concert over issues of mutual concern or celebration. Find new recruits and form different groups for different purposes. Plug into computer networks and databases. Attend the house of worship of your choice and let it reflect your spirit. Contact Learner peers across the planet. Dispel the pervasive sense of alienation that allows weapon mentality to thrive.

 

Policy the 3rd: Become Political.

 

(The first part of this Policy is not yet to my taste, only for passionate enthusiasts. Recall that one must first fully exhaust the initial task before moving on to the next one).

Attend political functions. Make your opinions known. Take up the highest positions of political responsibility, climb the ladder of leadership just as high as you can bear the heat. Get in touch with media workers. Write, call and visit your representatives. Hand them an earful! Get in touch with famous individuals and corporations about the things they do well and those they don’t.

Vote, even when you are proffered trivial, lose-lose alternatives. Assert your political convictions and challenge those of fellows. Whenever you find an unacceptable ballot choice, insist on your right to register a disgusted abstention. Political anonymity might be the routine refuge of victims and tormentors alike, but that form of political escapism has become too costly. We would be better off if we confronted our responsibilities instead of running away from them.

 

Every time you refuse to vote,

You approve those policies and leaders

You hate the most!

 

Those who proudly proclaim, “I’m not political” actually are. They have just concluded (falsely) that their needs are best served by the status quo. Those who don’t vote from sheer disgust, only embitter their existential nausea.

 

Policy the 4th: Charity.

 

The more funds you hand over to a good cause, the less money weapon managers get. Make a point of supporting with your time and money needy individuals and worthy instruments. Tithe, but be picky about it. Don’t just shovel money over to monolithic charities or church corporations. It’s more than likely that their directors will warp legitimate mandates with crooked personal or institutional agendas.

Find new ways to help the Other. Reach out beyond your circle of friends and clients. Be good and make your goodwill count.

Charity unlocks Miracle.

 

Policy the 5th: Actualize what You Visualize.

 

Note the bumper sticker that reads: “Visualize World Peace.”

Every young Learner should be taught constructive visualization: another survival skill we may pick up by osmosis, trial and error or not at all. What a miserable education we endure!

For example, make a wish list and stick it by your bathroom mirror. Note and cross out those desiderata that materialize. Refresh your list from time to time. Simple visualization.

Else “daydream” shamelessly. Your dreams – if gifted with the love of humanity – will likely be more rewarding than the Byzantine exertions of those who gross the most.

Essential skills include Judo and other martial arts that coach how to fall without breaking something. Babies should be taught something similar while they are learning to walk. The same goes for learning to swim.

Transcending this nescience is nonetheless half the battle. Once you visualize your ideals, actualize them.

 

Policy the 6th: Accept Responsibility.

 

Let’s say something noteworthy happens to you for good or ill. Ask yourself, “Why did I attract this into my life?” My thanks to Context, Inc. for verbalizing this subliminal conviction. Andy Revell, its founder, left us in 2004. He’ll be sorely missed.

Do not make this a reason to take the blame for living during troubled times, being sick or in difficulties. Make it a method to attract better times for yourself and yours.

Let’s change what we can for the better and die trying to change what we think we could never. To Hell with “patience with the things we can’t change!” Don’t accept anything less than excellence in your life and splendor in your society. Take big risks, be bold and love fearlessly. Recall the words of the Reverend Jesse Jackson and “Keep hope alive!”

Everyone should be athirst for, quenched by and drunk with the Peace of God.

 

Policy the 6th Point Five: Laugh more.

 

Masters of laughter should open formal or spontaneous gatherings; initiate them publicly as part of a formal ceremonial and privately during intimate festivities. Ah, ha, ha, ha! Gandhi was so grim notwithstanding his constant good humor; you should overflow with laughter. Laugher is appropriate to many more settings than we admit. Promote spontaneous laughter in most of them, no matter how “inappropriate” it would seem. Mass laugher is another pass key to miracle. http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2010/08/video-laughter-yoga.html

 

Policy 6.75: Cry Honest Tears when Laughter Stops Working.

 

Repent and transform everything, from ground zero of your soul to the rims of the universe.

 

Policy the 7th & 7.5th: Seize the Lead if You Will; Get Out Of The Way if You Won’t.

 

Learner is largely written for future leaders to come. Whoever honors his or her topic of passion shall lead in that field.

So far, people of enormous heart, wisdom and depth of soul have withdrawn in disgust from running the world, even though that has always been their natural responsibility. They should resume the struggle and lead us back onto the straight and narrow from which we’ve strayed. We need people like that everywhere, as good as they come and improving all the time. This need of ours demands massive cooperation. The best leaders must gain immediate access to their topics of passion.

The time for pious meditation and scholarly non-interference has ended. It is time to Climb Down from the Mountain, Astride the Ox of Wisdom (as per the Tao).

Those less talented (elsewhere directed) gang way! Squabbling over leadership slots wastes time we no longer have to waste. Otherwise, under the rule of weapon mentality, malevolent busybodies inherit most leadership slots by default. Only morally bankrupt creeps could justify the cheesy contradictions of weapon mentality; only they could satisfy their trivial needs by enforcing social mediocrity for such shabby rewards.

Only the superior example of outstanding leaders at every level will improve average leadership. With so many bad role models in control, it’s no wonder our leaders line up around the block to file for moral bankruptcy.

This planet is a patchwork of slums misruled by warlords; we need to turn it into a magnificent Eden run by the most upright tribal leaders we can find. The military salute goes to rank, not to the person who bears it. Political recognition should go to outstanding individuals; not to their station, wealth or status.

 

A solitary leader is like a ship’s prow without its keel and hull: the whole is stronger than the most important of its parts. Learner calls on those who won’t lead, as much as on those who will.

The info proletariat grows its elite on demand, somewhat the way a colony of honeybees develops new queens. While info proletarians may support the current elite, they should also nurture an assortment of proto-elites. Find the best leaders we can and bear them in triumph to City Hall!

It is only a half-measure to blame current leadership. Anyone satisfied with so little, hands control of his life to others and their flawed vision of his misfortune. If you don’t want to lead, fine; find those who do, find out what makes them tick and if they can love and be loved fearlessly. Then uphold them, propel them into their duty. Challenge their righteousness. Watch over them, correct them when they stray, and insist that they do better. Or find their replacement.

 

Policies the 8th and the 8 and a halfth: Study Learner, become a Learner.

 

Read this text, get to know it, challenge it and figure out where it’s gone wrong. Discover better alternatives and send them to me for inclusion. Get your best ideas published on your own. Talk to others about the ideas in this book and find out what they think. Identify Crimestop and confront it nonstop. Defy weapon mentality in your own thoughts and on daily rounds of conversation and Learning.

 

Policy the 9th: Satyagraha.

 

Grab hold of shared victory. Find out what other people need, find out what you need and make both happen. Practice the Golden Rule with everyone including yourself. If you can’t recall the Golden rule, look it up and memorize it. Like most peace mentality concepts, it is shared by every language and culture. I cannot help but repeat it here:

 

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

 

With this proviso: you must always listen for the needs of others that may differ from your own.

 

Policy not the 10th: Have No Children Unless You Must.

 

It’s simple. Couples that have one child or none add to Learners. Those who have two, reproduce themselves. Those who have three or more mass-produce warriors and warrior-breeders. Men who inseminate and run, and women who get pregnant and plop down, spawn a progeny that will need to be nourished with all of PeaceWorld’s strength. Unlike on WeaponWorld, no infant would be abused on PeaceWorld. Such an abuse then and there would constitute an unheard-of disgrace.

Traumatized by weapon mentality, intoxicated by its violence and untruth, we’ve found these terrors perversely satisfying. Halving human birth rates several times within the next few decades may allow us to exorcise this collective nightmare.

 

Policy the 11th: Learn!

 

We are all Learners, have always been and will always be, for as long as we stray here on Earth.

Airports handle airplanes and travelers. Everything revolves around their fluid transition. Humans are built the same way, to Learn. Every human need, desire, aspiration and fear centers on Learning. Luxury does not increase it and it is not diminished by dearth. Matter and Spirit absorb it equally. Doing good and suffering evil are parallel Learning scenarios. Birth and death are among its most instructive lessons. Live to learn and learn to live.

Once we recognize that learning DNA’s Song is the reason for every moment spent on this sorry, beautiful planet (as revealed in The Cosmic Serpent, John 1-5, and Genesis 28-12 of the Bible, among others), everything else will assume its rightful place in the scheme of things. No matter what fate may befall us, we retain the alternative of dying well and reincarnating into Christ’s life. Once you’ve lashed your faith to that pier, no one may set it adrift.

 

Policies the 12th, 12.3rd And 12.666…th: Dig Ponds, Grow soil, Plant Trees and Hedges.

 

Shallow ponds are natural magnets for windborne topsoil, pollen and sediment. As water plants age and decay, they turn into perfect fertilizer.

In the same way, organic household and garden wastes are more useful once they’ve been fermented into topsoil and natural gas – provided households are kept clean and healthy and those wastes are turned over periodically for proper aerobic breakdown – and not stagnant, anaerobic rot, incinerator ash and landfill ichor.

 

The ways and means of soil regeneration are about to undergo a New Age renaissance and counteract a thousand years of official neglect and abuse.

Per Kristin Ohlson’s The Soil Will Save Us: How scientists, farmers, and foodies are healing the soil to save the planet, Rodale, Inc., NY, NY, 2014, so-called organic farming can raise the same amount of crops as the industrial kind, do so more sustainably at lesser cost (with fewer chemical inputs). Theoretically, the extra CO2 humanity produces every year could be bound up in super fertile, high-carbon soil. Its restoration involves a few basic steps, plus many new insights and innovations and of course very hard work.

 

·         Stop adding chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides wholesale to the land, except temporarily, locally and with microscopic precision for a specific purpose.

·         No-till farming : do not plow or break up the land. Use brains and natural processes instead of petroleum-fueled brute force and inert chemicals.

·         The more complex the ecological community on a farm, the higher the resulting carbon content of the soil. Establish a mix of local ground cover, both perennial and annual. Sustain the soil’s microbiological community with as much care as that applied to aboveground herds and crops. Plant trees and hedges on marginal lands. Foster the widest genetic diversity in seeds specifically adapted to local conditions by a cottage industry. Subject harmful insects, weeds and disease to natural suppression. Industrial monoculture and livestock mass-penned in static lots on otherwise ruined ground is suicidal stupidity.

·         Mass-drive animal herds across fallow fields; either move farm animals quickly through small, moveable enclosures; or wild ones picked off, sped along and concentrated by predators. You want lots of hoof prints, urine and dung in the soil, but only a quarter of the ground cover eaten before the herd moves on. Plant diverse food crops on what the herd leaves behind.

 

It turns out that primitive slash-and-burn farming can be swapped for more thoughtful terra preta techniques whose slash piles are burned under a blanket of dirt or straw. This low-oxygen, partial burn traps a lot of carbon and trace elements. When mixed with bio-char, light and poor soils turn into rich, dark ones almost by miracle. Get to work! http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/08/100810122030.htm

Mushrooms can augment soil volume and supplement its quality by means of myceliation (networking its threads through subsoil), fruiting, decay and propagation. The first stage provides benefits such as soil structuring, mineral concentration, and selective micro-organic control. The fruition stage provides food for passing animals both large and small, along with the scat, pollen and seeds deposited during their passage. The stage of decay nourishes plant and micro-organic growth. Each step can be accelerated by intelligent human cultivation. Plus, in the best of cases, there are good eats to be eaten with garlic and butter. http://www.fungi.com/

Every celebration should include a planting of trees, borders or shrubs hardy in your clime and widespread in your locale. Join with friends to create new groves, parks, orchards and forests. Plant trees along the biological demarcation lines listed in this book. Plant trees, more trees! Get politicians to promise to plant more trees: a promise even today’s bought and paid for politicians could keep.

To repeat: soil microorganism communities should receive as much attention and care from gardeners and farmers as their aboveground crops 

 

Policy the 13th & Luckiest: Cultivate our Garden.

 

Let me quote the last line from Voltaire’s Candide, the masterwork of my childhood mentor and a worthy sci-fi pioneer.

 

« Cela est bien dit, répondit Candide ; mais il faut cultiver notre jardin. »

“That’s well said,” replied Candide, “but our garden must be tended.”

 

Every day, thoughtless discards drift onto the streets of our global slum. Our front yard is a filthy litter of broken glass and trash that’ll take quite a while to clean up. Between all those trash layers simmer additional ones of psychic hatred, fear and pain.

Once we’ve cleared away all that trash, we’ll be left with a bare dirt lot plus a daily refill of garbage. What to do? Give up? Abide in filth? Whine about lowered profit margins? Indulge in comforting half-measures?

Not on your life. Every day, for as long as our heart holds out, we’ll haul the filth away. The cost to us will not matter. We’ll replant our garden: seed and water it with tender loving care. We’ll grow trees and shrubs and tend them as well. With luck, our neighbors will imitate us, drawn by our example. As local eyesores turn into lovely gardens, our disastrous neighborhood will transform itself into a parkland worthy of abiding affection.

Scaled up somewhat, this is exactly what we must do across the planet. Weapon mentality – dragged into the light of day like a rotten rug – will be tossed aside as useless. Prevarications for the sake of false economy will no longer be tolerated.

 

Policy XIV: Fast when it’s fitting.

 

As long as a worthy Learner of Healing would concur, feel free to abstain from solid food for a day or so a week, a couple days a month or just on special occasions. Drink healthy liquids and break your fast whenever you wish, without remorse.

Learners should be intimately acquainted with hunger. They should know it so well, they would no more permit strangers to go hungry against their will, than they would let their own family starve.

This policy does not apply to children and to young people who need regular daily meals to grow strong and smart.

 

Policy XV: Reverse the Emotional Polarities of Weapons and Peace

 

According to Roland N. Stromberg’s, Redemption by War: The Intellectuals and 1914, The Regents Press of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, 1982, p. 90, Europeans were swept up by similar sensations when warfare broke out, no matter which side they were on.

Exaltation, spiritual awakening, transformation, deliverance from narrowness and pettiness, above all, a surge that reunites people of all kinds … plain folk with intellectuals, leftists with rightists, etc. The mysticism of a sacred union, an ecstatic revival of community, a union of hearts, the rally cry of Empire, a quickened pulse, a new strength and courage, a sense of brotherhood, a spirit of discipline and sacrifice, revolutionary ecstasy aiming at purifying the corrupt world by means of a great cleansing fire, revolt against a rationalized, mechanized society, escape from unhappy personal circumstances, unification with something monumental and historically important, the sexual emancipation of warriors, the temporary shutting up and permanent shutting down of those opposed to war, a fever, the salvation of Christianity (pick your favorite religion). Physical force charged with moral energy becomes like love. War brings out a religious feeling, even in the anti-religious; it is an apocalypse. The abandonment of scientific internationalism and objectivity, the triumph of emotion over reason. A search for heroism, nobility, unselfishness as well as adventure, danger and even death. The urge toward group solidarity and kinship, a newly felt connection between the individual and the entire nation, the comradeship of the trenches. War hammers the world into new shapes; it is existentially real: the enemy and the perils of war are very real, while peace is so abstract as to strip the individual of his identity. Unity based on something simple, the common enemy. An ingathering of patriotic minorities into the mainstream, social harmony, solidarity, distributive justice, and salvation through suffering. The old rationales for war were necessity, duty and justice; in 1914, the “new” ones would become renewal, adventure and apocalypse.

At least until the mass killings got serious, a few weeks later and nonstop for years thereafter.

American citizens felt something similar after 9/11. Stromberg states that frontline soldiers retain such sentiments a lot longer than rear-area civilians who soak up standard peacetime alienation much more quickly. This may explain why veterans have such a hard time rejoining the civilian world with which they’ve lost touch while they endured direct contact with the crucible of war.

 

It will be up to Learners to transform the move from WeaponWorld to PeaceWorld into the moral crusade for which humans seem to be hard-wired. They will have to pump up those same passions in the furtherance of World Peace and confirm the egocentric (“it was me or him”), spiritually deadening and divisive nature of war. In other words, they will exalt Peace with utmost sincerity and leave nothing unsaid about war.

This spiritual exercise will be very challenging. Learners must convince themselves of the righteousness of their cause, confirm their conviction through study, and convert everyone else through the purity of their actions. The least trace of hypocrisy, weakness and hesitation in the reversal of these sentiments will jeopardize World Peace. 

 

Policy XVI and Especially for the Young: Protect their Eyes and Skin!

 

As you read these words, the ozone layer is unraveling. Even the sun bears a lethal frown. Outdoor occupations once-healthy offer nothing more than skin cancer and premature blindness.

Please get your kids to wear high-quality sunglasses and shaded hats when they go outdoors! Have them wear long pants and long-sleeve shirts more often. They will thank you for this annoyance later, once their contemporaries go blind early on, or suffer from middle-age skin cancer.

 

Policy XVII and then Some: The Nose Is for Breathing; the Mouth, To Eat and Converse.

 

Oxygen is a 100% lethal addictive drug: another waste product (like alcohol) of plants and cyanobacteria. The human body was designed to consume an absolute minimum of it by breathing sparingly through the nose. Unless we go for a run or some other vigorous activity, we take in too much of the stuff when we breathe through the mouth, which causes a cumulative lowering of vitality and thought.

The nasal passages of many Caucasian faces are narrower and occasionally compel mouth breathing. This racial disability should be resisted. If you catch yourself breathing through the mouth, make a conscious effort to breathe through your nose. If every Learner followed this simple rule, a lot of foolishness would cease along with premature aging of body parts, especially those in direct contact with the air: the lungs and the digestive tract, also the eyes and brain that reflexively take in more oxygen than they need whenever they get the opportunity. After all, if you are breathing by mouth (which would only occur in a state of nature during an emergency), more concentration and better vision must be required, accelerating their burnout. In the long run, too much oxygen can be almost as bad for you as not enough.

 

Policy XVIII: When You Die, Look Up Jesus on my Behalf.

 

I invite you to reincarnate into the lifetime of Jesus, learn therein what you will need to be saved, and pass from the Wheel of desire and death, directly to Paradise.

 

Thus armored in life and with nothing left to fear from death, we should build PeaceWorld.

(Return to Policy 11).

 

Well, sister mine, that about sums things up from my point of view for the time being. You've made so many wonderful things happen, with such spontaneity and elegance, and without anyone’s say-so! Your achievements have surpassed most others’ I’ve witnessed. You have taken the best care you could of your children and as a result, they will grow up as best they can. Let’s hope our descendants – spiritual and genetic – flourish in ways we cannot even conceive.

 

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