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THE LIGHT OF CONSCIENCE
Conscience and the Light of the World – See How it All Connects through Science and Religion:
Albert Einstein said:
In this statement: "God is Light; in Him there is no Darkness at all" (1John1:5) we find the New Testament is pointing to the world of Quantum Physics, i.e. sub-atomic particles and [the speed of] light that is linked and shaped by the state of our own consciousness. That consciousness has an inherent relationship with God (Light-Love-Law) and it is by this consciousness we find our conscience.
The scientist, Dr Albert Hofman said: "Consciousness is Gods’ gift to mankind”: It is by consciousness we exist, but it is by CONSCIENCE we survive collectively and have worth individually. Conscience is a necessary ingredient to humankind either way–for our continued progress. The great American Revolutionary and Forefather George Washington called it the "little spark of celestial fire." Power-packed indeed.
So how does that little spark of celestial fire–conscience–translate itself in the world?
Metaphysically: Conscience is the Light in our soul; and literally closes the gap between Heaven and Earth
Conscience is awareness of our Oneness and Interconnectedness with
each other and all things; It allows us to see what is meant by:
"Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself" and to be kind to all beings
Who You Are: With the fundamental basis of Reality being Light-Love-Law – conscience is the Real You –
No justification or rationalization required!
The Authentic Religion: Standing in the Light of your own conscience you command with God [Love-Light-Law].
It is said: "We should pray as if everything depends on God and work as if everything depends on us." This means that Peace is not Possible without Justice. If we want Peace, then we must work for Justice which is the heart of conscience.
Justice (which is the product of conscience) often means rebellion or disobedience to authoritarianism
Martin Luther King said in his Letter from Birmingham City Jail: "A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law; St. Augustine said: "An unjust law is no law at all"; and the poet Henry David Thoreau said: If... the machine of government... is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law"; This all means we can't be human without conscience which is why we find people who stand with their conscience at all costs. The moral of the story: It is worth being human in a human world. If we want to fine tune it further, we can also say: "It is worth being human FOR a human world."
U.S. Soldier Tells Truth in Iraq
"It's Not About Patriotism and Honor, It's About Profiteering and Money"
To the Brave, The Noble and the Free: WE SALUTE YOUR HUMANITY
“To those who have called me a coward I say that they are wrong, and that without knowing it, they are also right. They are wrong when they think that I left the war for fear of being killed. I admit that fear was there, but there was also the fear of killing innocent people, the fear of putting myself in a position where to survive means to kill, there was the fear of losing my soul in the process of saving my body, the fear of losing myself to my daughter, to the people who love me, to the man I used to be, the man I wanted to be. I was afraid of waking up one morning to realize my humanity had abandoned me.”
“Why do we want to train the young people in the world that the only way we can settle our differences is to kill one another? Why shouldn't we train them to become surgeons or homebuilders? Why shouldn't we train to become anything but killers? I think that the world would be better off if we were to do that instead. I have talked to veterans from every war from WWII on and their opinion is that the wars they fought were to be the last war ever fought. How many more are we going to fight before we realize that the act of war is for small minded people that are intent in only satisfying their own needs and not the needs of the people in general? I do not want to be killed because I am living in a place that has a ruler that wants to go to war with any one.
“The only way to bring peace to the world is to let the people of the world decide for themselves what they want to spend their efforts on. I feel that in this day and age governments start wars, and not people, and since the governments want the wars then why don't we let the government fight the war? All of the politicians that want to fight a war are free to trade places with me at any time. I will gladly go and learn war no more.
“There are activities that I have been involved in that have led me to these new and developed beliefs, and they are numerous but I can tell you some of them. When you walk in the woods and you see a deer stand and look at you, or you are on the river in the morning and the mist rises off the water while you hear the morning calls of the river birds, and the otters just lie there as you glide past in your boat and don't even move, you know that there is a better way. When you can find solitude in the woods that are so filled with peace and the wildlife that is all around you, you feel the better way all around. A person must acknowledge the fact the we are a part of the universe and the universe does not want to be out of sorts with itself, so why do we spend so much effort on trying to be out of sorts with others of the human race?”
“Breaking Ranks to Shun War” by David Zucchino
THE FIRST MILITARY OFFICER TO REFUSE IRAQ WAR“I refuse to be silent any longer. I refuse to watch families torn apart,
while the President tells us to “stay the course.” … I refuse to be party to an illegal and immoral war against people who did nothing to deserve our aggression. I wanted to be there for my fellow troops. But the best way was not to help drop artillery and cause more death and destruction. It is to help oppose this war and end it so that all soldiers can come home.” -U.S. Army First Lieutenant Ehren Watada
Family, Friends, Members of the Religious Community, Members of the Press, and my fellow Americans—thank you for coming today. My name is Ehren Watada. I am a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and I have served for 3 years.
It is my duty as a commissioned officer of the United States Army to speak out against grave injustices. My moral and legal obligation is to the Constitution and not those who would issue unlawful orders. I stand before you today because it is my job to serve and protect those soldiers, the American people, and innocent Iraqis with no voice.
It is my conclusion as an officer of the Armed Forces that the war in Iraq is not only morally wrong but a horrible breach of American law. Although I have tried to resign out of protest, I am forced to participate in a war that is manifestly illegal. As the order to take part in an illegal act is ultimately unlawful as well, I must as an officer of honor and integrity refuse that order.
The war in Iraq violates our democratic system of checks and balances. It usurps international treaties and conventions that by virtue of the Constitution become American law. The wholesale slaughter and mistreatment of the Iraqi people with only limited accountability is not only a terrible moral injustice, but a contradiction to the Army’s own Law of Land Warfare. My participation would make me party to war crimes.
Normally, those in the military have allowed others to speak for them and act on their behalf. That time has come to an end. I have appealed to my commanders to see the larger issues of our actions. But justice has not been forthcoming. My oath of office is to protect and defend America’s laws and its people. By refusing unlawful orders for an illegal war, I fulfill that oath today.
THIS SUNDAY IS Mother's Day. Restaurants are already booked for brunches and dinners. The flower, candy and card industries await their annual spike in sales.
This is soooo 20th century. The women who conceived Mother's Day would be bewildered by our rituals. They would expect us to be marching in the streets, not honored for our individual sacrifices.
That's because the idea of a mother's day began with women's public activism. In 1858, Anna Reeve Jarvis, a young Appalachian homemaker, organized Mothers' (not Mother's) Work Days in West Virginia to improve the sanitation and decrease the deaths caused by polluted water.
In 1872, Julia Ward Howe, author of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic," proposed an annual Mothers' Day for Peace. Horrified by the casualties of the American Civil and Franco-Prussian wars, Howe asked, "Why do not the mothers of mankind interfere in these matters to prevent the waste of that human life of which they alone bear and know the cost?"
For the next 30 years, Americans celebrated Mothers' Day for Peace on June 2. In 1907, Anna Jarvis, the daughter of the original West Virginian organizer, launched a campaign to establish a national Mother's Day. Heavily lobbied by the flower and card industries, Congress declared in 1914 that Mother's Day would be celebrated on the second Sunday in May.
But the holiday did not last as a day to promote peace. The growing consumer culture gradually redefined Mother's Day as a celebration of each woman's private sacrifices. As the Florists' Review, a trade journal, so bluntly put it, "This was a holiday that could be exploited."
And so it was. The embryonic advertising industry taught Americans how to honor their mothers -- by buying flowers. Outraged by florists, who sold each carnation for the exorbitant price of $1, Anna Jarvis tried to fight against those who "would undermine Mother's Day with their greed."
Clearly, she failed. But growing numbers of women have been resurrecting her mother's 19th-century vision of Mother's Day. On Sunday, in Washington and 15 other American cities, thousands of women are holding peace rallies and parades. In Albuquerque, Boulder, Cincinnati and Los Angeles, for example, "Mothers Acting Up" have organized events to promote peaceful solutions to conflict.
Closer to home, women in the Bay Area are sponsoring two Mother's Day peace celebrations, both meant to entertain and engage the entire family. On Saturday, dozens of interfaith, peace and justice organizations are sponsoring a "Mother's Day Speak-up for Peace" event at 1 p.m. in Lindley Meadow, in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.
Between 1 and 3 p.m. on Sunday, at Berkeley's Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park (at Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Center Street), folksinger Betsy Rose will be joined by musicians and poets, followed by prayers and reflections for peace.
In addition to promoting peace, some women activists are using Mother's Day as an occasion to publicize the fact that our nation reveres the idea of motherhood more than actual mothers.
According to Save the Children's annual index, which measures the well-being of mothers and children, the U.S. ranks 11th among 117 other countries. We may be a military superpower, but we resemble a developing nation when it comes to providing mothers with child care, job training, health care, an adequate minimum wage and paid parental leave.
Nineteenth-century women dared to dream of a day that encourages women to use their influence to promote peace. At the dawn of a new century, we can best honor their vision with our own civic engagement and activism. For Bay Area Mother's Day information: www.unitedforpeace.org/ and www.peacehost.net/EPI-Calc/
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