Proverb of the week:
She cries out at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors.
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
Contents this week
Proverb of the week:
Story of the week:
“What You See” By: Ronald L. Riedell
“Interdimensional Travel” By: Ronald L. Riedell
“Quote of the week
What you see
I met a 37-year-old gulf war veteran with diagnosed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder today on the train coming home from Los Angeles. He shall remain anonymous because he is still going through the healing process.
He did not have to tell me, although he did, that he was a veteran because the scars and wounds that were still scabbing all over his body. The wounds were obviously caused from shrapnel imbedded all over his arms and legs.
His MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) was 92G, or plainly speaking, a cook. His first deployment unit was to Mozambique.
He explained to me that he still hears the crying babies who were starving to death in Mozambique; tears were flowing from his eyes. He kept telling me that he did not want kids because he cannot handle kids when they start to cry. Moreover, he does not want to bring anyone else into his world, which will never be the same.
I know firsthand the same reality because I saw people willing to eat what I put in the trash in Da Nang. Young people are never prepared for what they witness.
Young soldiers are being trained for war on the battlefield just the same as we train engineers on the job in a factory, as if it is just another job.
There were two constant themes that he kept repeating: first was freedom, and secondly was reality. By freedom, I was under the impression he meant peace of mind and the ability to come and go as you please. By reality, he was referring to not what was said or read in a book, but what was experienced firsthand.
He told me that the truth is what heals. By telling the truth about things that happened during his time in the field, he was able to cope. Most of his friends are in denial, and have resorted to drugs and alcohol.
He told me one friend he was talking to on the phone that night shot his seven-year-old son in the head, then turned the gun on himself. He was the last person the friend talked to.
I felt the pain and suffering this person was going through. All he wanted was someone to listen without trying to fix him.
All any veteran wants is to just be welcomed home, and to know that when they stood up to do what they thought was right, have the reasonable belief that the people who sent them will not abandon them as they heal from the memories that last a lifetime.
Church, prayer, and money is not fixing the problem. What combat veterans need is someone who understands their pain and will listen without trying to fix something that is not broke, they are just worn down mentally and need justification for things they saw and did as a result of a moment to moment decision in a situation most of us may never understand. Making those decisions sometimes without thinking about consequences.
If we, as a society, want to fix problems among our combat warriors do not send them to war.
If we do send our boys to war, send the ones who want to feel the joy of killing the enemy with no mercy and do not fear death.
Although I am not a trained psychologist, I believe that the problems of most psychological injuries will diminish over time; however, the addition of a new set of problems might arise. Like for example what do we do when our combat warriors come home from war?
I am sometimes overwhelmed by the trust these men have for me. It is as if I need to learn something from them, which I always do. In most cases I learn how many normal looking people are hurting inside, and how spiritually starving the world really is.
My major concern is that a starving man will eat anything. The profiteers will seek them out to extract government benefits and leave them in the street where they found them when the benefits run out. May God have mercy on us all.
I talked to a couple of graduates in computer science of a major California University this week about quantum computing. A big smile came to their faces.
My question to them was: Have you ever heard of quantum computing?
Of course, they did and they explained that quantum computing is theoretical. In other words they only exist in the minds of those who believe they exist.
They told me not to try to buy a quantum computer, and that if someone offers one for sale to run the other way.
However, if you need grant money just mention quantum computer and they will give you lots of money!
Quantum computers are different from digital computers based on transistors. Whereas, digital computers require data to be encoded into binary bits, each of which is always in one of two definite states, on or off (1 or 0). Quantum computation uses quantum bits (?), which are nonexistent other than the imagination of the scientist.
I do not find quantum computing hard to believe at all. It is kind of like prayer. I send thoughts into interdimensional space, not really understanding the process. Then I expect an answer within a reasonable amount of time.
Icons are just that, like mini quantum computers. By lighting a candle and incense in front of them, they take on a sacred spiritual interdemensial existence only present to the viewer. The icon is a vehicle in which the viewer can choose to travel into a non-visible dimensional space, prayer is the interdemensonal travel into the spirit world.
Quote of the week:
‘You shall not make an image of anything in the heavens above, or in the earth below, or in the sea’ (cf. Exod.
20:4), in such a way that you worship these things and glorify them as gods. For all are the creations of the one God,
created by Him in the Holy Spirit through His Son and Logos, who as Logos of God in these latter times took flesh
from a virgin’s womb, appeared on earth and associated with men (cf. Baruch 3:37), and who for the salvation of
men suffered, died and arose again, ascended with His body into the heavens and ‘sat down on the right hand of the
Majesty on High’ (Heb. 1:3), and who will come again with His body to judge the living and the dead. Out of love
for Him you should make, therefore, an icon of Him who became man for our sakes, and through His icon you
should bring Him to mind and worship Him, elevating your intellect through it to the venerable body of the Savior,
that is set on the right hand of the Father in heaven..
St Gregory Palamas
A New Testament Decalogue
Brother Ron (1953–Present) is a self-taught, American surfer, artiest, author, teacher, and philosopher.
“The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.
And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.