Higher Ground
June 15, 2011
Sounding Forth the trumpet
that shall never sound retreat
                                    
                            
Courtesy of Richard Johnson & Ray Wallace
                                    Subject:  Soldiers' Funeral (Texas Style)



There's something to be said for being raised in a small town
What follows is a message from Vicki Pierce about her nephew
James' funeral (he was serving our country in Iraq):

"I'm back, it was certainly a quick trip, but I have to also say it was one
of the most amazing experiences of my life. There is a lot to be said
for growing up in a small town in Texas.  The service itself was
impressive with wonderful flowers and sprays, a portrait of James, his
uniform and boots, his awards and ribbons. There was lots of military
brass and an eloquent (though inappropriately longwinded) Baptist
preacher. There were easily 1000 people at the service, filling the
church sanctuary as well as the fellowship hall and spilling out into the
parking lot.

However, the most incredible thing was what happened following the
service on the way to the cemetery.  We went to our cars and drove to
the cemetery escorted by at least 10 police cars with lights flashing
and some other emergency vehicles, with Texas Rangers handling
traffic.  Everyone on the road who was not in the procession, pulled
over, got out of their cars, and stood silently and respectfully, some
put their hands over their hearts.

When we turned off the highway suddenly there were teenage boys
along both sides of the street about every 20 feet or so, all holding
large American flags on long flag poles, and again with their hands on
their hearts.  We thought at first it was the Boy Scouts or 4H club or
something, but it continued .... for two and a half miles.  Hundreds of
young people, standing silently on the side of the road with flags.  At
one point we passed an elementary school, and all the children were
outside, shoulder to shoulder holding flags . kindergartners,
handicapped, teachers, staff, everyone.  Some held signs of love and
support.  Then came teenage girls and younger boys, all holding
flags.  Then adults.  Then families.  All standing silently on the side of
the road.  No one spoke, not even the very young children.

The military presence..at least two generals, a fist full of colonels, and
representatives from every branch of the service, plus the color guard
which attended James, and some who served with him ... was very
impressive and respectful, but the love and pride from this community
who had lost one of their own was the most amazing thing I've ever
been privileged to witness.

Attached are some pictures, some are blurry (we were moving), but
you can get a small idea of what this was like. Thanks so much for all
the prayers and support"
TRIBUTES TO A FALLEN SOLDIER
.
KANSAS PRAYER

This is a Prayer given in Kansas at the opening session of their
Senate. It seems Prayer still upsets some people. When Minister Joe
Wrightwas asked to open the new session of the Kansas Senate,

Everyone was expecting the usual generalities, But this is what they
heard:

"Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask
your forgiveness and to seek your direction and
guidance. We know Your Word says, 'Woe to those
who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we have
done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and
reversed our values.

We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.
We have killed our unborn and called it choice.
We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.
We have neglected to discipline our children and
called it building self esteem.
We have abused power and called it politics.
We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called
it ambition.
We have polluted the air with profanity and
pornography and called it freedom of __expression.
We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our
forefathers and called it enlightenment.

Search us, Oh, God, and know our hearts today;
cleanse us from Every sin and set us free.
Amen!"

The response was immediate.

A number of legislators walked out during the prayer in protest.

In 6 short weeks, Central Christian Church, where Rev. Wright is
pastor, logged more than 5,000 phone calls with only 47 of those
calls responding negatively. The church is now receiving
international requests for copies of this prayer from India, Africa and
Korea

Commentator Paul Harvey aired this prayer on his radio program,
"The Rest of the Story," and received a larger response to this
program thanany other he has ever aired.

With the Lord's help! , may this prayer sweep over our
nation and whole heartedly become our desire so that we again can
becalled "one nation Under God."

If possible, please pass this prayer on to your friends. "If you don't
Stand for something, you will fall for everything
By Dennis L. Pearson of The COMMON SENSE HERALD
(c) 2003 by Dennis L. Pearson and Revised (c) 2009... All
Rights Reserved

The Old Testament (and the New Testament) speaks to the USA as
much as it did to ancient Israel. If we allow the atheists, the false
believers and the secular humanists to force the USA to turn its
face from God, God will respond by taking our blessing away
from us. He will allow the enemy to come to our gates and do
great damage to us. We look at world history and see that empires
have risen and fallen. Kingdoms have risen and
fallen. Nations have risen and fallen. Obviously the USA can share
the same fate if the eternal God turns his face from us because we
have decided that we are a government and a people above God
rather than under God. And additionally, we have decided that we
are a government and a people that no longer place our trust in
God or have become so arrogant that we think that we do not
need God’s potent forced field or shield.

We need to remind ourselves that God gives us the stewardship to
rule and we must do it wisely. In ancient Israel God replaced King
Saul with David because King Saul abused his power and sinned.
He did not allow David to build the temple because he sinned. He
did not allow Moses to enter the Promised Land because he
sinned. Take God out of society and wickedness will flourish;
therefore for the good of the nation it is essential that we
remember that his values are superior to ours.

AND I DO EMPHASIZE THAT GOD IS NOT DEAD.

If the atheists, the false believers and the secular humanists
believe that citizens can be safe in a nation, which, having no
eternal values to set its standards creates its own values, then
they all are deluding themselves. For in such a society the
standards for morality will change from day to day and morality
will be ordered like a fad. What is in for morality one day, one
week, one month, one year or one decade will be out the next day,
next week, next month, next year or next decade.

Indeed, the federal government cannot promote a state religion...
The early German speaking immigrants to the U.S were much
concerned about this for In their homelands they were told by
their ruling prince what religion they were to practice.
Consequently, many families have their origins in
America due to the persecution of France's Louis XIV who invaded
the Duchy of Lorraine and provinces of the Holy Roman Empire
(now Southwest Germany)... These people had to convert to
Catholicism or die or the very least have their property taken away
and be enslaved. Emigration of Protestants was forbidden.
However many Protestants did convert to Catholicism with the aim
to emigrate if they could and then return to their reformed
Christian or Lutheran faith.

For the American Slaves it was follow the Northern Star to get to
the Free States in the North... For the people suffering in the
lands and period so described, it was follow  the Rhine River
downstream to Holland, high tail it to England and then America.

Incredibly in the period during and after the 30 Years War and
Louis XIV’s incursions – that part of the Holy Roman Empire which
later became Southwest Germany lost approximately 90 percent of
its population by death or emigration... It took the economy of the
area 120 years to recover.

But as it happened, Religious bigotry as well as ethnic bigotry
again in the twentieth Century reared its ugly head  and overtook
Germany and Central Europe...  The end result --- Mass death ---
forced emigration --- forced slavery --- Cruel treatment of Human
Beings by other Human Being ---The Holocaust of both the Jewish
people and other European Ethnics --- The eventual establishment
of the Jewish State of Israel.

There are people in the world such as President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad  who deny that the Holocaust occurred but I do not
join him as part of that chorus... And anyone who accuses me of
being part of that chorus is misguided at the least, and very nasty,
wicked and political at the most. I know that the Holocaust --- the
slaughter of 6,000,000 European Jews held in German
concentration camps occurred. The fact is, my father
Kenneth Pearson as part of the U.S. Army Signal Corp was
attached to a unit of videographers and journalists that in the last
stages of World War II had visited the Concentration camps and
told the stories of the living and dead who were forced into the
Camps by the German NAZI PARTY and its Gestapo. And I
personally as part of a trip to Germany for a special Passion Play
at Oberamergrau  had visited what was left of the Dachau
Concentration near Munich. I purchased a book there that
described step by step how Hitler and his band of criminals took
over German society and choreographed the Holocaust.

I repeat -- Take God out of society and wickedness will flourish;
therefore for the good of the nation it is essential that we
remember that his values are superior to ours. Individuals that use
the big lie technique to do harm to other individuals in school, or
in the work place or in the political world or out in the community
may be described as nasty, devious, manipulative and at the worst
---  wicked.

As far as I am concerned posting the 10 commandments is not the
establishment of a state religion. Singing the 4th Stanza of the
National Anthem is not the establishment of a state religion.
Saying the pledge of allegiance is not the establishment of a state
religion.

However, adopting an official atheist policy in government is a
violation of the Church State principle by adopting secular
humanism as a state approved religion. Indeed in the United State,
government cannot force an individual to adhere to a certain
religious way of life but neither can government force an
individual to cease adhering to a certain religious way of life.

Indeed the laws of government are affected by the pressures put
on by those who adhere to or not adhere to a certain religious
way of life. And people in that society are expected to submit to
the laws of the land. But for those who practice the religious way
of life, their guide for morality will be in the time-honored
writings and traditions of their faith which ought to be accord
with eternal law established by the Creator of the Universe.
           DISCIPLES OF CHRIST ARE IN THE WORLD
                                   BUT NOT OF THE WORLD

           by Dennis L. Pearson of the Common Sense Herald
             Copyright (c) 1993 by Dennis L. Pearson ***
                            ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

What causes conflicts and quarrels among us? Do they not
spring from the aggressiveness of our bodily desires? We
want something that we cannot have or have immediately;
and thus, we become bent on destructive behavior. We are
envious, and cannot obtain our ambition, and so we quarrel
and fight.

Followers of Jesus Christ are admonished in the First Letter of
John Chapter 2 not to set their hearts on the godless world or
anything in it.

The reason for this is that anyone who loves the world will
become a stranger to the Father's love. It is written that
everything the world affords, all that panders to the appetites
or entices the eyes; all the glamour of its life, springs not from
the father but the godless world. And that world will pass away
with all its allurements, but he who does God's will stands for
evermore.

Does this mean that followers of Christ, which I profess to be,
should not participate in the affairs of the community or its
governance?

No, I don't believe that is so. However, in our participation we
must be like the man or woman who sees his and her brother
or sister commit a sin which is not a deadly sin. We must pray
to God for them, that he grant them forgiveness and new hope.

Our purpose or mission in participation ought not be to
disparage or cast judgement; rather,our mission should be to
put to an end to ignorance and stupidity by example of our
good conduct. We ought never repay wrong with wrong or
abuse with abuse.

Anyone who follows the teachings of Jesus Christ should
understand that they are citizens of heaven, but by the
circumstance of our existence, we also express our
citizenship in the place where we are. In John 17:11,15,16,
Jesus reminds his disciples that they are "in the world" but
not "of the world."}

The Catechism of the Evangelical Congregational Church
maintains that Christian citizenship is a highly important part
of a believer's stewardship. With a sympathetic understanding
of the cultural and religious background of the people, we are
to share in community life by participation in worthwhile
projects, by showing keen interest in the moral and civic
betterment, and, in all these relationships, to honor the Christ
whom we worship as Savior and Lord.

First John Chapter 2 verses 9 to 11 states: " A man may say, 'I
am in the light'; but if he hates his brother, he is still in the
dark. Only the man who loves his brother dwells in light;there
is nothing to make him stumble. But one who hates his brother
is in darkness; he walks in the dark and has no idea where he
is going, because the darkness has made him blind."

Those who profess to be followers of Jesus Christ should not
be surprised if the world hates them. After all, Jesus Christ
was in the world, but the world though it owed its being to him
did not recognize him. Jesus entered his own realm, and his
own would not receive him.

I ask? Do we deserve or expect better treatment than the one
who gave us the right to be called the Children of God?

Certainly not, for anyone who does not love is still in the realm
of death; for everyone who hates his brother or sister is a
murderer and no murderer has the eternal dwelling within him.

Therefore, it is our duty if we profess to be Christians or
religious people to keep our good name clear so that when we
receive the criticism or abuse of the world, that those
institutions or individuals who malign or insult us will be put to
shame.

If we suffer, it must not be for murder, theft, sins of the heart
or body or sorcery; and importantly, we must not suffer for
infringing upon the rights of others.

Our mission and purpose as believers is to engage in
honourable occupations, which are not only honourable in
themselves, but also useful to their fellow man.

Jesus of Nazareth gave up his life for us. Therefore, we are
bond to lend a helping hand for those in need.

Indeed it is written that if a man or woman has enough to live
on, and yet sees his brother or sister in need and shuts up his
heart against them, how can it be said that divine love dwells
in them.

Love indeed must not be a matter of words or talk. Love must
be genuine and show itself in action.

For if an individual willfully persists in sin after receiving the
knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins remain. What is
left is the terrifying expectation of the Judgement and fierce
fire that will consume those who set their hearts on the
godless world.

As stated in the Second Letter of Paul to Timothy Chapter 3
verse 1-5: "Those who will be consumed are men who will
love nothing but money and self; they will be arrogant,
boastful, and abusive; with no respect for parents, no
gratitude, no piety, no natural affection; they will be
implacable in their hatreds, scandalmonger's, denial of its
reality.
               Continental Congress Thanksgiving Proclamation

STATE OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE.
IN COMMITTEE of SAFETY,
EXETER, November 1, 1782.

ORDERED

THAT the following Proclamation for a general THANKSGIVING on the
twenty-eighth day of November [instant?], received from the honorable
Continental Congress, be forthwith printed, and sent to the several
worshipping Assemblies in this State, to whom it is recommended
religiously to observe said day, and to abstain from all servile labour
thereon.

M. WEARE, President.
By the United States in Congress assembled.
PROCLAMATION.

IT being the indispensable duty of all Nations, not only to offer up their
supplications to ALMIGHTY GOD, the giver of all good, for his gracious
assistance in a time of distress, but also in a solemn and public manner to
give him praise for his goodness in general, and especially for great and
signal interpositions of his providence in their behalf: Therefore the United
States in Congress assembled, taking into their consideration the many
instances of divine goodness to these States, in the course of the
important conflict in which they have been so long engaged; the present
happy and promising state of public affairs; and the events of the war, in
the course of the year now drawing to a close; particularly the harmony of
the public Councils, which is so necessary to the success of the public
cause; the perfect union and good understanding which has hitherto
subsisted between them and their Allies, notwithstanding the artful and
unwearied attempts of the common enemy to divide them; the success of
the arms of the United States, and those of their Allies, and the
acknowledgment of their independence by another European power,
whose friendship and commerce must be of great and lasting advantage to
these States:----- Do hereby recommend to the inhabitants of these States
in general, to observe, and request the several States to interpose their
authority in appointing and commanding the observation of THURSDAY the
twenty-eight day of NOVEMBER next, as a day of solemn THANKSGIVING to
GOD for all his mercies: and they do further recommend to all ranks, to
testify to their gratitude to GOD for his goodness, by a cheerful obedience
of his laws, and by promoting, each in his station, and by his influence, the
practice of true and undefiled religion, which is the great foundation of
public prosperity and national happiness.

Done in Congress, at Philadelphia, the eleventh day of October, in the year
of our LORD one thousand seven hundred and eighty-two, and of our
Sovereignty and Independence, the seventh.

JOHN HANSON, President.
Charles Thomson, Secretary

PRINTED AT EXETER
He was the heir of one of the greatest family traditions in the colonies
and became the patriarch of a long line of American patriots – his
great-grandfather died at Lutzen beside the great King Gustavus
Aldophus of Sweden; his grandfather was one of the founders of New
Sweden along the Delaware River in Maryland; one of his nephews
was the military secretary to George Washington; another was a
signer of the Declaration; still another was a signer of the
Constitution; yet another was Governor of Maryland during the
Revolution; and still another was a member of the first Congress; two
sons were killed in action with the Continental Army; a grandson
served as a member of Congress under the new Constitution; and
another grandson was a Maryland Senator. Thus, even if Hanson had
not served as President himself, he would have greatly contributed to
the life of the nation through his ancestry and progeny.

As a youngster he began a self-guided reading of classics and rather
quickly became an acknowledged expert in the juridicalism of Anselm
and the practical philosophy of Seneca – both of which were
influential in the development of the political philosophy of the great
leaders of the Reformation. It was based upon these legal and
theological studies that the young planter – his farm, Mulberry Grove
was just across the Potomac from Mount Vernon – began to espouse
the cause of the patriots.

In 1775 he was elected to the Provincial Legislature of Maryland. Then
in 1777, he became a member of Congress where he distinguished
himself as a brilliant administrator. Thus, he was elected President in
1781. Was John Hanson the first President of the United States?

The new country was actually formed on March 1, 1781 with the
adoption of The Articles of Confederation. This document was actually
proposed on June 11, 1776, but not agreed upon by Congress until
November 15, 1777. Maryland refused to sign this document until
Virginia and New York ceded their western lands (Maryland was afraid
that these states would gain too much power in the new government
from such large amounts of land). Once the signing took place in 1781,
a President was needed to run the country. John Hanson was chosen
unanimously by Congress (which included George Washington). In
fact, all the other potential candidates refused to run against him, as
he was a major player in the Revolution and an extremely influential
member of Congress.

As the first President, Hanson had quite the shoes to fill. No one had
ever been President and the role was poorly defined. His actions in
office would set precedent for all future Presidents. He took office just
as the Revolutionary War ended. Almost immediately, the troops
demanded to be paid. As would be expected after any long war, there
were no funds to meet the salaries. As a result, the soldiers threatened
to overthrow the new government and put Washington on the throne
as a monarch. All the members of Congress ran for their lives, leaving
Hanson running the government. He somehow managed to calm the
troops and hold the country together. If he had failed, the government
would have fallen almost immediately and everyone would have been
bowing to King Washington.

Hanson, as President, ordered all foreign troops off American soil, as
well as the removal of all foreign flags. This was quite a feat,
considering the fact that so many European countries had a stake in
the United States since the days following Columbus. Hanson
established the Great Seal of the United States, which all Presidents
have since been required to use on all official documents. President
Hanson also established the first Treasury Department, the first
Secretary of War, and the first Foreign Affairs Department. Lastly, he
declared that the fourth Thursday of every November was to be
Thanksgiving Day, which is still true today.

The Articles of Confederation only allowed a President to serve a one-
year term during any three-year period, so Hanson actually
accomplished quite a bit in such little time. He served in that office
from November 5, 1781 until November 3, 1782. He was the first
President to serve a full term after the full ratification of the Articles of
Confederation – and like so many of the Southern and New England
Founders, he was strongly opposed to the Constitution when it was
first discussed. He remained a confirmed anti-federalist until his
untimely death.

Six other presidents were elected after him - Elias Boudinot (1783),
Thomas Mifflin (1784), Richard Henry Lee (1785), Nathan Gorman
(1786), Arthur St. Clair (1787), and Cyrus Griffin (1788) - all prior to
Washington taking office. Why don't we ever hear about the first seven
Presidents of the United States? It's quite simple - The Articles of
Confederation didn't work well. The individual states had too much
power and nothing could be agreed upon. A new doctrine needed to
be written - something we know as the Constitution.

George Washington was definitely not the first President of the United
States. He was the first President of the United States under the
Constitution we follow today. And the first seven Presidents are
forgotten in history.  
John Hanson, American Patriot and First President of
the United States
(1715-1783)
A CANADIAN DILEMMA COMING MAYBE
TO AMERICA ---- DOES THIS HAVE LEGAL
STANDING WITH GOD
An E-Mail written to the Canadian Government and PM Stephen
Harper by Dennis Pearson

It is obvious that governments allow the exercise of certain
activities that Church theology or dogma or doctrine may find
sinful ... I will not state what these certain activities may be as
Canadian law may seek penalties on those who exercise their
public concern about certain activities they personally find to be
immoral or sinful ... So much for freedom of speech and freedom
of conscience ....I suppose promoters of the law would like to
discourage their southern neighbors from expressing their
doubts about the law, hoping someday that the law be adopted
here.

Well, this American wants the clergyman of his country to retain
the ability to speak the truth about what the Bible says and what
God says concerning certain activities ... I decry any government
attempt to change the wording of the Bible or suppress it....
Government may have the right to legally allow these activities
but it does not have the right to rewrite theological dogma or
doctrine by forcing religious organizations to rewrite their
definitions concerning what constitutes sin.

Government has the right to protect all people from violence and
mistreatment in this world but its legal mechanisms do not hold
standing in the Lord's Judgment that comes after death
Above Left -- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper... Above Right ---
Dennis Pearson at statue of Former Canadian Prime Minister Lester B.
Pearson. To the right -- The  Parliament Complex
A  RESPONSE BY DENNIS PEARSON
TO PRAYER CENSORSHIP IN THE PA STATE ASSEMBLY
Throughout the history of the PA State Assembly pastors were
invited to say a prayer to God before each legislative day began
.... This was done since the first day when my direct descendant
Peter Kohler of Egypt PA was in the PA State Assembly in PA's
first state Assembly... Now  Pennsylvania House Speaker McCall
bans the name Jesus Christ from prayers.  If I were elected to
the PA State legislature I would surely question this ban  and
would seek to immediately speak my misgivings about this ban
from the floor  to protest this outrage... Indeed in today's more
religiously diverse society we must show tolerance  and respect
for the clerics of other religions that are given the privilege to
say their form of prayer before the before said body... But at the
same time we cannot allow to have the name of the founder of
my (OUR) faith banned and discredited... Why? Because McCall
fears mentioning his name  might offend someone and lead to a
lawsuit...  Frankly, I don't care if an atheist is offended because in
the end the atheist believes in nothing... He seeks to create a
state religion of nothing where morality is man-made and very
changeable from day to day.

That is not my kind of morality...

So Mr. McCall wants pastors to give a generic prayer... Well the
purpose of prayer is to ask a higher authority, a higher judge, a
higher entity to reach into people lives, this case being
legislators, to offer an inner guidance in their decision-making to
make the right decision. Atheists not believing in this laugh at
such incants as useless... And of course, a prayer cannot
demand this higher authority to do something... It must ask by
your will such things be done... And of course a prayer must be
directed toward someone not just thrown up into the air... In the
telephone we cannot dial up 10 random numbers and reach a
friend... Dialing the wrong number doesn't reach that friend...
Likewise tossing up a prayer in the air with the thought that
some deity will enact on it is hollow thinking... In prayer invited
officials of various faiths must be true to the way they prayer...
They must direct their prayer to their respective deity for it to
have any meaning... Likewise prayer must not be just for show...
It would be better to say no prayer than to say a generic prayer
which is done only for show and tradition and is hollow or
nonspecific in its request to the deity that it is directed to.

Rabbi Carl S. Choper  in  a recent letter appearing in the
Allentown Morning Call says "The chaplain is required by law
and common courtesy to offer a prayer that takes into account
the diversity of our commonwealth. Not to take that diversity into
account is a mark of disrespect. The Legislature has a
responsibility to insist that its guest chaplains show respect for
the religious diversity among the people that the Legislature
represents."

Indeed a legislative prayer does not have to mention the name
Jesus but just the same it is very inappropriate to ban the use of
that name for the reasons I discussed above

I will now print a prayer that Billy Graham once offered and was
repeated by others.

Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask
your forgiveness and to seek your direction and
guidance. We know Your Word says, 'Woe to those
who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we have
done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and
reversed our values
                                      The Nickel in the Cathedral
   by Gordon D. Sharp, Jr. of the Common Sense Herald

The existential philosophers view life as basically absurd. Evolution,
after all has labored billions of years to produce a living, conscious
being called "mankind," with a brain capable of thinking and feeling
far beyond and above any other livinG creature (as far as mankind has
discovered), then cuts him down before he has even A hope of a chance
of figuring it all out. "Man born of woman has but a little time to
live..." says the Book of Ecclesiastes. One minute you're a youth,
running through the fields in freedom, the next you've grown old and
run out of steam. Most people are born and die in the twinkling of an
eye, and the ocean of time closes over them as if they were never here.
They are like "the Leaves of grass, cut off and burned in the fiery
furnace at noonday." We are left asking, what's it all about? What
was it all for.?

Between their beginning and their end, most people avoid such
questions by throwing themselves into life (as much as they have) of
illusions and delusion. They try to make a lot of money, send their kids
to college, buy an over-sized house and luxury car and/or SUV,
improve their golf score, and make sure they know where their next
beer is coming from, ad infinitum. "Vanity, vanity, all is vanity and a
striving after wind." They spend their lives avoiding the facts.
The Salient fact is that the physical world is not as real as we take it
to be. The world we inhabit is entirely different from what human
beings know or believe. Reality is at the same time much larger, much
deeper than and more different than most people Realize, or may be
capable of realizing. "A single atom with its nucleus surrounded by
swirling electrons has been likened by visual analogy to a nickel in
the center of a large empty cathedral. The nickel symbolizes the
nucleus, and the walls of the empty cathedral represent the outer
path of the whirling electrons. Thus the atom is in actuality almost
entirely empty space. The solid appearance of matter must now be
considered more illusionary than real" (William E. Williams, Ed.,
((Unbounded Light)), Nicolas-Hays, York Beach, Maine, 1922) p. 202)

There are roughly 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (Ten to the
27th Power) atoms making up the average human body, yet if all the
nuclei of all the atoms making up all of mankind were packed
together, they would be no more than the size of a large grain of rice!
We, and the world we inhabit and in fact the entire universe, are
actually empty space. ( Amaury de Riencourt, The Eyes of Shiva,
William Morrow, New York, 1981).

However, physicists have done experiments in the instantaneous spin
characteristics of light particles ( called photons) that indicate some
kind of universal connection in a higher dimensional order, a realm
beyond time, space and the speed of light, beyond either classical or
quantum physics. "The hypothesis of an ultimate basic reality in a
higher dimensional order is considered by some physicists to be the
culminating achievement in 20th-century physics." (Williams p. 204).
Physicist David Bohm has named this higher dimension "the implicate
order." "...Bohm sees the implicate order as not only the essential
ground of inanimate matter but of consciousness as well." (p. 205)
"The idea of a universal Mind or Logos would be, I think, a fairly
plausible inference from the present state of scientific theory; at
least it is in harmony with it." (Sir Arthur Eddington, pp. 205-206). "... In
the deeper reality beyond space and time we may all be members of one
body." (James Jeans, p. 206).

Having robbed man of heaven and addicted him to the golf course,
physics has begun to restore heaven on a higher level than mankind
can achieve with his own feeble self-consciousness. Fortunately, he
as available the cosmic or transcendent consciousness, but few even
believe this, or are so mired in matter that they have become incapable
of such knowledge. They do not apprehend that "all matter can now
quite literally be described as frozen light." (Williams, p. 201).
We are beings of light in a universe that is wholly  conscious. "The
things of earth, of time and sense, with all their present recompense,
lure me in vain, for I have heard, clearer than any spoken word, an
inner voice that calls, 'Be free, live but for this --- Eternity" (poet
Kathryn Peck).

From this Total Field of Consciousness we have come, and to it we
return in the act of what we mistakenly call, in the relative world,
"death." St. Francis of Assisi observed, "It is by dying that we awaken
to Eternal Life." He might have added, "in the implacte order." Amen.
Most of mankind, even or most especially the "best and the brightest,"
haven't a clue, and most human problems stem from this condition.
Human beings better "get with the program" before the conditions of
their woeful ignorance has caused catch up with them. Don't wait for
the poll results.