Re: Seeking Sophia/Dottie
> > Sometimes you press the patience of Job.Dear Braford, last night I could not find a way to express why it was
that I continue to press the question at times. And this morning I
remembered the 'feeling' of when I first posed the question: I
experienced a longing for Sophia to 'experience' our seeking Her out.
It became a sob in my throat to show Her our love and in that I asked
I remember being on the Ark and experiencing Her there, and, Her
almost seeking others out. And at times I would almost feel like I
had the biggest secret in the whole world that wanted to be shared.
But there were no takers. Well, that is wrong, there was Harvey,
Catherine, Danny and Charlie for the most part and Stevie Zimm. And
for the most part I did not know how to express it. It was Catherine
that was able to slowly encourage it out of me. I mean I did not even
know that Dr. STeiners group was the initiative for this Sophia: the
hope of the world. I remember Catherine asking the question of our
Angel of sorts or maybe it was Jerry but the point was the discussion
of whom we felt guided America or even the Arks existance. I recall
Catherines comments about her Angel in a sense and I remember this
distinct feeling it was Sophia, and I did not even know Her then. But
the beauty of what Catherine brought was that I realized I did indeed
have this connection with this Sophia, whatever she has to do with
Dr. STeiner,but I did not understand it until she fully showed
herself to me. And whoa that is a big one. But She is still a small
one in the Anthroposophic stream it seems so far. Maybe it's because,
as a few people have mentioned, this is not the time. But that is not
true for all of us.
So, it was with a longing from within me to share with Sophia how
much we love Her and seek Her. It wasn't about showing 'hey I am a
flame or whathave you of Sophia, it was for Her. But I guess you did
not get that.
- --- Bradford wrote:
> I don't expect I am worthy for personalDear Bradford,
> interviews with the godhead. Let me express it bluntly. Not one of
> us here is worthy of getting personal interviews with the godhead.
> Steiner has presented the facts of why this so and with these fact
> we should be able to pin-point our own developmental positions. It
> is called Self Knowledge.
Well, no doubt you are correct, sir. There is "[n]ot one of us here worthy of
getting personal interviews with the godhead."
Is there no room in your spiritual science for the mystery of Grace?
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- Jo Ann Schwartz wrote:
> Is there no room in your spiritual science for the mystery ofGrace?
>Well as my dear brother, "Bruce Almighty" said to George Burns, "say
> In wonder,
Good Night Gracie". Great Gracie was at bat, Michael School 3;
Legion 23: It was the 5th Inning and Gracie came to bat. Infield
hits, bunts, and too many outs, nobody on base. I always liked the
underdawgs. Well if we see our team work shared over the globe, with
our shabby little RS hats, old mitts, worn out cleats..I guess it's
the only team I would root for. But then I'm a Lord of the Rings
While our fully funded flashy Corporate opponents all look like
Cheshire cats: Say, JoAnn, just thinking outloud here, if we had
roughly 700 semi-functioning Waldorf Schools and various other
Anthro works over the globe, what do we think the estimated budgets
of all those striving works amount to in relation to, let say the
700 X $100,000.00 or $200,000.00. Another say, 200 centers, with
maybe $25,000.00..What is our rough global budget? Now, who can
measure grace against the numbers? I am curious just what the bottom
line, might look like. Plus the investment of thousands and
thousands of hearts, who with child or hope in hand call out for
Divine Aid. Call forth with their incarnation and their children's
incarnations, new schools, teachers and salaries.
THE OTHER GUYS:
"The military-academic complex is merely one of many readily
perceptible, but largely ignored, examples of the increasing
militarization of American society. While the Pentagon has long
sought to exploit and exert influence over civilian cultural
institutions, from academia to the entertainment industry, today's
massive budgets make its power increasingly irresistible. The
Pentagon now has both the money and the muscle to alter the
landscape of higher education, to manipulate research agendas, to
change the course of curricula and to force schools to play by its
Moreover, the military research underway on college campuses across
America has very real and dangerous implications for the future. It
will enable or enhance imperial adventures in decades to come; it
will lead to new lethal technologies to be wielded against peoples
across the globe; it will feed a superpower arms race of one, only
increasing the already vast military asymmetry between the United
States and everyone else; it will make ever-more heavily armed,
technologically-equipped, and "up-armored" U.S. war-fighters ever
less attractive adversaries and American and allied civilians much
more appealing soft targets for America's enemies. None of this,
however, enters the realm of debate. Instead, the Pentagon rolls
along, doling out money to colleges large and small, expanding and
strengthening the military-academic complex, and remaking civilian
institutions to suit military desires as if this were but the
natural way of the world."
"In 1958, the Department of Defense spent an already impressive $91
million in support of "academic research." By 1964, the sum had
reached $258 million and by 1970, in the midst of the Vietnam War,
$266 million. By 2003, however, any of these numbers, or even their
$615 million total, was dwarfed by the Pentagon's prime contract
awards to just two schools, the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology and Johns Hopkins University which, together, raked in a
combined total of $842,437,294.
War-Making U or U Make War?
As it turns out, the military and the Department of Defense (DoD)
have an entire system of education and training institutions and
organizations of their own, including the many schools of the
National Defense University system (NDU): the National War College,
the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, the School for National
Security Executive Education, the Joint Forces Staff College, and
the Information Resources Management College as well as the Defense
Acquisition University, the Joint Military Intelligence College --
open only to "U.S. citizens in the armed forces and in federal
civilian service who hold top secret/SCI (Sensitive Compartmented
Information) clearances" -- the Defense Language Institute Foreign
Language Center, the Naval Postgraduate School, the Naval War
College, Air University, the Air Force Institute of Technology, the
Marine Corps University and the Uniformed Services University of the
Health Sciences, among others. In fact, scholar Chalmers Johnson has
noted in his new book on American militarism, The Sorrows of Empire,
that there are approximately 150 military-educational institutions
in the U.S.
While the service academies train a youthful corps of tomorrow's
military officers, enrolled in the schools of the National Defense
University are a group of selected commissioned officers, with
approximately 20 years of service, and civilian officials from
various agencies, including the Department of Defense, who are
schooled in a curriculum that emphasizes "the development and
implementation of national security strategy and military strategy,
mobilization, acquisition, management of resources, information and
information technology for national security, and planning for joint
and combined operations." Further, good old' NDU sustains the golden-
triangle military agencies, the high technology industry, and
research universities by "promot[ing] understanding and teamwork
among the Armed Forces and between those agencies of the Government
and industry that contribute to national security." To this end, the
school also opens spots to "industry fellows" from the private
sector who, says NDU president and Air Force Lt. Gen. Michael M.
Dunn, "bring ideas from industry to the Defense Department."
The power of the Pentagon extends beyond an ability to frame or
dictate research goals to significant parts of our civilian
education establishment. Higher education's dependence on federal
dollars empowers the DoD to bend universities ever more easily to
its will. For example, as Chalmers Johnson notes, until August 2002,
Harvard Law School "managed to bar recruiters for the Judge Advocate
General's Corps of the military because qualified students who wish
to serve are rejected if they are openly gay, lesbian or bisexual."
However, thanks to a quick reinterpretation of federal law, the
Pentagon found itself able to threaten Harvard with a loss of all
its federal university funding, some $300 billion, if its law school
denied access to military recruiters. Unable to fathom life ripped
from the federal teat, Harvard caved, ushering in a new era of
dwindling academic autonomy and growing military control of the
The NSA, however, has to share the spotlight with a host of other
military, militarized, or intelligence agencies and subagencies when
it comes to the military-academic action The credo of the Army
Research Laboratory (ARL) in Adelphi, Maryland, for instance,
is "delivering science and technology solutions to the warfighter"
which it strives to do by "put[ting] the best and brightest to work
solving the [Army's] problems" by employing "a variety of funding
mechanisms to support and exploit programs at universities and
industry." The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) is
also high on "University relationships" that provide it with "an
excellent recruitment resource for high-caliber graduate and
undergraduate students." Its SPAWAR Systems Center in Charleston,
S.C, alone, has cooperative agreements with Clemson University, the
University of South Carolina, The Citadel, the College of
Charleston, Old Dominion University, North Carolina State
University, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, the University of Central
Florida and North Carolina A & T State University."
- God save America ...
The race for the White House will be decided by fundagelicals.
That's good news for twice-born George Bush
Monday May 3, 2004
The word "fundagelism" has never appeared in the columns of this
newspaper. The term is, however, current in the blogosphere - that
cyberforum which nowadays carries the most interestingly paranoid
political debate. "Fundagelism" is not a word that trips easily off
the tongue. It's a crunching together of the even more mouth-
boggling compound "fundamentalist evangelism".
George W Bush is a fundagelist. Dad wasn't. George H Bush (not
renowned for his Wildean wit) delivered his most memorable wisecrack
on walking into a room full of fundagelists: "Gee! I'm the only
person here that's only been born once."
His son is truly twice born, with two dads. Nor are the parents
equal in the eyes of their son. The journalist Bob Woodward, as he
recalls, asked the current president if he ever turned to the ex-
president for help. "Well, no," replied Bush Jr: "He is the wrong
father to appeal to for advice. The wrong father to go to, to appeal
to in terms of strength. There's a higher father that I appeal to."
There are, it is estimated, 90 million evangelical Christians in the
US. If they can be mobilised, they will form a rock-solid foundation
for November victory for the Republican incumbent. Chads need hang
Of course, not all American evangelicals are fundagelicals any more
than all Muslims are Islamic extremists. But lukewarm evangelicals
(like the Islamists) are more likely to vote for their own kind -
even if extremist - than the opposition.
What do fundagelicals instinctively oppose? Gay marriage, abortion,
gun control, taxes, the UN (and the currently top-rated candidate
for anti-Christ, Kofi Annan), withdrawal from Iraq, Michael Moore,
Janet Jackson's left breast.
What do they believe in? Christian values and the future as foretold
in the Book of Revelation. According to a Time Magazine poll (which
strains credulity but seems to be valid) 59% of Americans trust that
St John's prophecies will be fulfilled - probably during their
lifetime. November could be a last opportunity to vote for God's
preferred candidate. Iraq (ancient Babylon) figures centrally in the
fundagelist vision of things, as does the Rapture, and the imminent
mass conversion of the Jews (hence fundagelist-Zionism).
The White House has recently been accused of inveighing (via Nasa)
against the movie The Day After Tomorrow (out on May 28) because it
narrates the wrong apocalypse. One caused by man-made global
warming, that is, rather than God's white-hot rage against sinners.
The apocalypse depicted in Tim LaHaye's Left Behind books is, we
assume, the US government-approved version.
Fundagelism presents problems for the Democratic party as it girds
itself for the coming campaign. John Kerry is a Catholic. A former
altar boy, he is (to the irritation of Catholic bishops) in favour
of women's reproductive rights. Last week Naral Pro-Choice America,
the country's leading lobby for legal abortion, endorsed Kerry's
Kerry so-called. Until a couple of years ago, the Democratic front-
runner was assumed to be as Boston Irish as his namesake county.
Newspaper sleuthing discovered that his paternal grandfather was, in
fact, a Czech, Fritz Kohn, who changed his name. Kerry lost
relatives in the Holocaust. Race-hate websites nowadays routinely
abuse him as "Kerry (Kohn aka Cohen)". Famously, Kerry is a
decorated Vietnam war hero who, like Siegfried Sassoon, threw his
medals away in disgust at what he came to see as a futile colonial
Was ever a candidate for the presidency more triangulated? Pro-
choice Catholic, Shamrock-Jewish, warrior-pacifist? In any rational
contest, to be all things to all voters should be an advantage. But
with fundagelism riding high, Kerry looks 110% flip-flop.
Last Thursday, the American PBS network ran a programme The Jesus
Factor. It made (for Democrats and, dare one say it, democrats)
depressing viewing. America, it suggested, is aching for certainty.
Any certainty. Fundagelism supplies it. God help America is all I