108 Is the passage of time progress?

Mind games help us stretch our thinking—out of complacency and pat answers. Today we study time, space, and life forms above humans. The progress of the individual is different from the progress of the species and there is ever increasing complexity.
The article may be a bit poetic. At the end, we feel small enough to think that we do not know it all.

102 Be the best version of yourself

Awareness It’s time to flesh out the skeleton of this popular topic. It appeared in articles 33 and 34 and was reviewed in article 80 in relation to Dr. Hardy’s book. It is part of healthy self-image and PMA, positive mental attitude. Article 96 connected the idea to our purchases in the busines world: People are paying for better versions of themselves. I expressed my goal setting method in articles 86 and 100. I take a scientific approach, identifying and alleviating what holds back the better self. Contemporary marketing teaches potential buyers that they have pain which should be cured …

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93 How to be more than infinite

Simple infinity Three articles, beginning with article 50, describe life as an ascending progression from one order to another. A person grows at each step. Birth and death look like end points, but in the whole story they are points on an infinite line. In mathematics a line extends infinitely in both directions and any lesser portion is a ray (one fixed end point) or a line segment (two fixed end points). Mortality is a segment. Several word games are possible. Can one thing be more infinite than another? That sounds oxymoronic—the words don’t fit together. On the other hand, …

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82 Human reallocation

Stories An amused hayseed watched the automated orange juice machine slice and squeeze his orange for him. He was less amused when the cup stuck in the chute and failed to catch the juice. In his old farmer drawl, he exclaimed, “the durn thing even drinks it fer ya.” It was too much automation for him! Let’s leave behind the corny jokes and concentrate on the opening of article 81, an infantile desire to receive every needful thing from the world. One professor told us that the first requirement of a good physicist is to be lazy—our work is always …

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56 If not self, who?

When I was in early grade school, the most popular political satirist was Al Capp. In his comic strip Li’l Abner, the neighborhood youth in Dogpatch built a spaceship. The government was not able to do that because of all the red tape. One of the last articles in my Ernstraud Magazine described neighborhood cooperation. A tree dropped a large limb that completely blocked traffic past my house. I set about sawing off branches and in fifteen minutes four neighbors with saws had joined me. The street was clear in half an hour. No city bureaucracy could have beat our …

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52 Definition of God

This is my answer in a court of law. The court does not have time to define “God.” The undefined question has no answer. If you please, I can give you, the reader, a hint of the right direction. Godhood is a future stateof those who are now human beings. Simple, isn’t it? Every individual has a personal view of the future and crafts a god concept accordingly. Some people are more comfortable working in the other direction. They wait to be given a god concept and then conform to the heavenly parent’s pattern. Inheriting attributes from a parent seems …

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51 Duality in dreams

Prerequisite: read article 50 Dreaming failure.This article 51 is the second of two parts. In the original dream, the superintendent finished with the additional words, “Surely you didn’t think I opened the entire building exclusively for you?” Does that question explain why this blog is “Being For Others?” After you have spent your time in the dream building, will you want to return with your increased understanding and go through the course again? That is reincarnation theory. Will you seek a higher-order building with continued experiences and careers? That is resurrection theory. Is there an inexhaustible progression of buildings, perhaps …

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50 Dreaming failure

My presence entered the building hesitantly, floating in like a photography drone getting a closer view. Unaware of the exterior of the building, I recalled no means of conveyance that had delivered me present in mind and not body. Dreams are like that: concentrated impressions lacking physicality. The extent and purpose of the building were not evident. The greeter at the door was apparently the superintendent of some program. Speaking unclear instructions, he handed me an unusual illumination device. After several attempts I was able to produce a steady light. With that, he admitted me to roam freely. I did …

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38 The Ernstraudian Way

We have been creating our own worlds—first mentally and then tangibly. We are doing this with two methods: (a) we picture our preferred conditions until we perceive them around us and (b) we act on our environment to realize those conditions. We need resilience to meld the methods smoothly into a way of life. Thinking and doing are complementary. Sounds inviting, doesn’t it? Are you ever drawn away from this idyllic scenario? Accept my assurance that it is still in my heart when I am digging my car out of a snowdrift or soothing a reader who thinks my last …

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