Courageous Convictions

MotivationThe Tao is always at ease.
It overcomes without competing,
answers without speaking a word,
arrives without being summoned,
accomplishes without a plan.
Its net covers the whole universe.
And though its meshes are wide,
it doesn’t let a thing slip through.

Tao Te Ching v73

Right Place Right Time

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ChristHeaven and Earth

Chapter 10 – The Living Information

Christ is the single unified being whose consciousness all share. He is the being who sacrificed, for a time, his unified sense of identity, and cloaked himself in the matter of a planet that a species might share his life. He went to sleep to dream an evolutionary process that would leave him, upon awakening, clothed in a physical body comprised of many human cells.

Christ’s first coming was the first time since life appeared on Earth that the totality of consciousness woke up in the frame of a man. This was Jesus of Nazareth.

Through Jesus, Christ walked the Earth and began to prepare the human population. He taught the matter- bound humans of the Roman Empire to do the opposite of all their habitual inclinations; love your enemy, give away all your material possessions, be humble, and so forth. He taught people how to break every single one of the governing principles which Satan was at that time using to regulate the known world.

After Christ’s Ascension, his followers organized his teachings and the story of his life into a book. This book was written during a period of history when human beings had no science, no concept of evolution, no hologramatic theory, and no understanding of any but the most rudimentary facts of existence on this third planet from the star they call Sun. Nevertheless, it proved to be a living bombshell to the world governments that were in power at the time of its release. Satan knew that he had to give it his full treatment if it were not to totally destroy him. He knew that if people began acting on the information it contained, his influence would be ended. So he devised a clever scheme for using the very power of this information to prevent its actual application.

Read more . . . The Starseed Transmissions, Ken Carey

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Essential WoodenField of Play

Courageous Convictions

The coach of my grade school basketball team in Centerton, Indiana, Mr. Earl Warriner, was a man of principle. He was also the principal and intuitively understood the essence of what a team is all about. Can you imagine my good fortune in having him teach me something about leadership when I was young? Here are the two important leadership lessons he shared with me: (1) No individual on the team is more important than the team. (2) Be willing to suffer the consequences of standing up for your beliefs. One day when I tried to get special treatment— having Mr. Warriner send a teammate back to our farmhouse to fetch my basketball jersey— he wouldn’t let me play in the game. I was benched because I tried to use my position as the team’s best player to get a teammate to do what I should have done myself. When I explained that we’d lose without me in the lineup, he said, “Johnny, there are some things more important than winning.” That’s the day I learned that the star of the team is the team and not some individual, regardless of the individual’s talent. Even though I was the best player, I was benched for trying to get special treatment, for taking advantage of my status. And it was from the bench that I watched as our team was beaten. His lesson is one I put to very good use over the years: The star of the team is the team. Coach Warriner was willing to take the consequences of standing up for his principles even if meant losing. You might think, “Well, it’s easy to stand up for what you believe when it’s just a little basketball game for grade school youngsters.” You’d be wrong, in my opinion, but here’s an example of his principled behavior on an issue involving his livelihood. When Mr. Warriner was the principal at Green Township Grade School in Indiana, he expelled a student who had done something very bad. The boy’s father, a member of the school board, immediately came to Mr. Warriner’s office and demanded that his son be allowed back into school immediately or, “I’ll have your job, Warriner.” And he wasn’t kidding. Mr. Warriner stuck to his guns and suffered the consequences rather than go against what he knew was right. A year later the irate father was off the school board, and they rehired my former teacher and coach. Mr. Warriner was a man who had the courage of his convictions, and his convictions were courageous. His influence on me has been profound. Earl Warriner would not compromise on principle to save his own skin. He would not kneel at the altar of expedience as so many others do. He was a man of fine character.

The Essential Wooden, John Wooden and Steve Jamison

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European UnionThe American Presidency

Henry Kissinger on Brexit

The cascade of commentary on Britain’s decision to leave institutional Europe has described the epochal event primarily in the vocabulary of calamity. However, the coin of the realm for statesmen is not anguish or recrimination; it should be to transform setback into opportunity.

The impact of the British vote is so profound because the emotions it reflects are not confined to Britain or even Europe. The popular reaction to European Union institutions (as reflected in public-opinion polls) is comparable in most major countries, especially France and Spain. The multilateral approach based on open borders for trade and the movement of peoples is increasingly being challenged, and now an act of direct democracy intended to reaffirm the status quo has rendered a damning verdict. However challenging this expression of popular sentiment, ignoring the concerns it manifests is a path to greater disillusionment.

Brexit is a classic illustration of the law of unintended consequences.

Read more . . . Henry Kissinger on Brexit 6.28.16

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