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ptolemaicI truly believe it is our goal as evolving humans to continually better ourselves from a spiritual and philosophical point of view.  This means living our lives with continued mindfulness; thus facilitating more compassion, awareness and responsiveness to life and within our surroundings. A common thread in personal growth and spiritual evolution is living with an open mind. This means as high functioning individuals we need to be able to question authority and confirm what we learn from societal, political and spiritual points of view is valid information that aligns more with our True Nature and less with blind faith and ego.

It brings me to the story of Italian philosopher and scientist, Giordano Bruno. Born in 1548, Bruno is famous for his theories in astronomy; especially his challenges to Roman Catholic Church doctrines regarding the Earth and its place within the Cosmos. He is celebrated for his cosmological theories, which went even further than the then-novel Copernican model, proposing that the stars we see at night were just distant suns surrounded by their own planets; and moreover the possibility that these planets could even foster life of their own. He also insisted that the Universe is in fact infinite, thus having no celestial body at its center. These theories were labeled heresy by Church authorities and in 1600 Giordano Bruno was burned at the stake for heresy. Who does that?

I cite this story and the story of Copernicus and Galileo because these were very strong, free, open minds in a very closed-minded society. Science and philosophy has evolved leaps and bounds over the last few centuries and yet certain organized religions have done little to amend their archaic beliefs today. I find that scary when you continue to see church doctrine and dogma interwoven in our schools, politics and community. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that religion is completely negative, but it does teach people to follow with blind faith instead of thinking for themselves. We need to think for ourselves if we ever want to evolve to the next level in human perception and responsiveness.

In order for humans to evolve spirituality and philosophically, we need to think with an open mind; free from the constraints of dogma and doctrine. Living and learning is an evolutionary process of facing challenges, gaining knowledge from our mistakes, questioning everything and thus being a product of maturity and wisdom from such experiences. We have to remain receptive to new ideas and always open to change on a daily basis. The theories that rankled the Catholic Church in the 1600s was the idea that God and his human minions were not the center of the Universe. I think no matter what we have proven scientifically over the centuries, we still have problems accepting that the world does not revolve around us. We are not the center of the Universe; we are merely part of something so immense, connective and beautiful it boggles the imagination.

It is imperative that we live with an open mind for it is the aperture of that open mind that connects us to this vast and impressive Responsive Universe.

John C. Bader

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Why are we not taxing churches?

This image has gone viral recently and even Richard Smith of the Motley Fool has chimed in on the debate. The controversy stems around the fact that the IRS here in the United States is missing out on an estimated 71 BILLION in taxes – being that religious organizations are tax exempt in the USA.

Well, let’s face it; our whole tax system is screwed up. I pay over 20% in taxes as a middle class citizen and rich guys like Mitt Romney pay less than 15% – go figure… I guess it can be debated either way depending on your political affiliation. Anyway….

…and don’t get me started on Religion and how it has suppressed technology since the fall of the Roman Empire. After all, it was only in the 1980s that Pope John Paul finally admonished Galileo for his theory that the Earth is not the center of the Universe – that’s another blog and another time.

I guess my point is this – there is a lot of space outside of Earth’s orbit and our future is not on this planet but out among the stars. Do you really think Earth is going to be able sustain us in 500 years? How about 1000 years? Not at the pace of destruction we are waging on mother earth… Space exploration is important and we are way behind the eight ball when it comes to recent advances. Here we are living in a self-gratified world fighting over fossil fuels when we should be coming together as a planet with one mutually beneficial goal to evolve as a globe and not as the fractured world we are now.

Fat chance huh?

Well then the least we could do is tax churches – As far as I am concerned, they owe us big!

John C. Bader

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I find it very interesting how over the span of the last millennium science and philosophy have continually evolved. At times the changes are so drastic; they yield entirely new discoveries that rewrite history books and scientific journals. Think of this for a moment: The 1500’s brought forth an amazing renaissance of thought. During the life of Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, the church and state of Europe still had a firm belief that the Earth was the center of the Universe around which the sun and all stars revolved. Any individuals, including Copernicus, who contested this long- held theory, were many times persecuted and punished. The Catholic Church was one of the biggest advocates of this theory. It took one man however to set the world on its heels – an Italian Astronomer named Galileo Galilei. At the turn of the 16th century, through use of the scientific method, Galileo proved that the Earth was not in fact the center of the Universe. Believe it or not this was still thought to be a ridiculous theory and was even labeled blasphemy. Today however, we know that the old theory of the Earth and even the Sun as the center of the Universe is ludicrous. Yet, Copernicus and Galileo were persecuted until the day they died for a theory they believed in and even proved scientifically.

What I find interesting is that all the kings, priests and church and state officials of the era believed with unfaltering faith that the Sun revolved around the Earth, yet they were mistaken. It was not until March 1984 that Pope John Paul II finally conceded and corrected a 350 year wrong. It took 350 years for the Catholic Church to reverse its stance about a basic law of Astronomy. In addition, open-minded thinkers like Galileo and Copernicus died before their beliefs to the contrary were lauded as a monumental scientific discovery. Is this a tragedy? Probably not – they died with their belief systems in place. Still, I can only imagine their frustration – seeing the ignorance that ran ramped through the highest echelons of power. Yet, this does parallel modern life in many ways. As long as you have faith in something, whether right or wrong, you will instill into it a strong belief system that defines you. You may even be punished or ostracized by individuals or groups who do not see things your way. Ignorance, racism and religious persecution are problems our global community still faces day to day.

My point is, as free thinking individuals, there is a need to question authority. To confirm that what we learn in life from a societal, political and spiritual view is valid information. It is important to remember that thinking freely with an open mind is one of the most extraordinary gifts we have as humans. Galileo and Copernicus were free thinkers in a very close-minded world, yet their discoveries revolutionized how we perceive ourselves and our world today. We are not the center of the Universe – we are merely one part of something so vast it boggles the imagination. Yet one principal will remain constant over time: Humans will still always desire to understand why we exist and how the Universe operates. Who knows? The thoughts we think today may seem crazy to those who live generations in the future. The vital thing is for everyone to live with faith in their belief systems along with a complete trust and openness for change, void of persecution.

 

John C. Bader

 

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