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A hopeful approach for the future of international relations.

Redirect teen rebellion towards idealism and self improvement.

Read excerpts from unpublished book: Science, Religion and the Search for God —Bridging the Gap.

Poems of society, the human condition, and spiritual discovery.

Our student activities and curriculum materials instill an environmental, cultural, and global perspective, and integrate various academic disciplines.

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Archives 2002:
Vol. 1, Numbers 1-12

Read past articles including:
Hope for the Future
Six Part Series on Science and Religion
First Three Parts of the Series on Leadership
Archives 2003:
Vol. 2, Numbers 1-12

Read past articles including:
Series on Leadership continued
Avoiding Dictatorship in a Free Society

Art and Politics
Living the Good Life
Teaching Teens
World Peace in Less Than a Month?
Archives 2004:
Vol. 3, Numbers 1-12

Read past articles including:
Seven Part Series on Global Consciousness
Is "Liberal" a Dirty Word?
Can Idealism Solve Problems?
Peace on Earth, Goodwill to All

Archives 2005:
Vol. 4, Numbers 1-12

Read past articles including:
Standing up for Humanity
Unity in Diversity

Thought and Imagination
Imagination and Healing
Lessons of Katrina
Intelligent Design or Evolution

Archives 2006:
Vol. 5, Numbers 1-12

Read past articles including:
Human Programming and Conflict
Non-Violent Political Change
Sustainable Development
Legalizing Torture
Living Without an Enemy
"Fast Food" is really "Slow Food"



June, 2002
Vol. 1, number 6


Chapter I
The Search for God

(continued) Part 3

from the unpublished book
Science, Religion, and the Search for God: Bridging the Gap

by Richard Sidy

Even though both science and religion may lead to "God-consciousness" — albeit via different paths — that has not resulted in their cooperation (nor should it justify their competitiveness). They must be pursued together for the needed balance, safeguard, and completeness. They must be intertwined for people to experience the fullest measure of their potential, creativity, and service to the world. Just as man and woman are needed to create a child, so science and religion are needed to give birth to the inner Self. Human beings are neither totally matter nor totally spirit.

Scientific orientation organizes one's knowledge of the world. It gives context and order to one's sense impressions. It improves observation and reasoning, and it stimulates action for the sake of material survival. The scientific mind gives the tools for adaptation and creativity.

Religious orientation makes one able to adapt emotionally and psychologically in order to develop relationships with others. Happiness, love, and sensitivity to the needs of others are considered essential qualities for social success. Religious awareness refines the emotions and serves as a prime motivator for creating unity, beauty, and dedication. It is from this part of one's nature that goodwill may grow.

Scientific and religious orientation represent only two limited human faculties. Nevertheless, these faculties are the ones that dominate people's lives in terms of motivation and action today. Religion appeals to the emotional nature. Through religion a person worships ideals and seeks personal happiness, love, and relationship with others and with something greater than oneself. People frequently seeks their identity through religion and seeks also psychological security and a basis for faith. People of strong religious orientation can easily be manipulated by clever and emotionally exciting people because they are driven by feeling and by blind trust in those who can stir their passions.

Scientifically oriented people are focused on the side of their mental nature concerned with material existence. Such people feel secure when they "know" something or are in control of their day-to-day existence. These people feel that what is real is provable according to laws of matter. A mental materialist of this type can be controlled and manipulated by logic and reason. This is dangerous when the mind is used to satisfy pride, selfishness, and prejudice or when motivated by desire or fear.

If only one of these orientations dominates a person's life, the search for God or meaning will be one-dimensional. The searcher will be like a wanderer in a house of mirrors. Eventually, unable to find God, he will fall down and worship his own reflection. The true search for God is multi-dimensional. Only with the two wings of emotions and mind does one achieve the balance needed to fly above the maze which one thinks is reality.

(Continued in Part 4, July)

Read Other Selections
March: Preface

April: Chapter 1, Part 1

May: Chapter 1, Part 2
June: Chapter 1, Part 3
July: Chapter 1, Part 4
August: Chapter 1, Conclusion






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Archives 2005
Volumn 4
January: "Standing up for Humanity"
February: "The Wake of Disaster" – a poem
March: "Unity in Diversity
April: "Life is Calling"
May: "Entertainment" – a poem
June: "Thought and Imagination" part 1
July: "Thought and Imagination" part 2
August: "Imagination and Healing"
September: "Malice or Neglect? – Lessons of Katrina"
October: "Protecting Children"
November: "Intelligent Design or Evolution?"
December: "Building with one hand, destroying with the other"
Archives 2006
Volumn 5

January: "Conflict, Harmony, and Integrity"
February: "Satyagraha or Soul-force and Political Change"
March: "I Know I'm Not Alone - Wisdom of Michael Franti"
April: "Human Programming and Conflict Part I"
May: "Human Programming and Conflict Part II"
June: "Soccer Diplomacy"
July: "Sustainable Development is Nature's Way
August: "Parallel Universes"
September: "The News is not New"
October: "Legalizing Torture"
November: "Living Without an Enemy"
December: "Fast Food is really Slow Food"

Archives 2007
Volumn 6

January: "State of Fear"
February: Criminal Justice - "The Powerful Over the Weak"
March: "Culture Shock: The Good Life and Survival"
April: "March Madness"
May: "No Child Left Behind" Leaves Many Teachers Behind
June: "Personal Ecology"
July: Criminal Justice - "The Ethic of Custodianship"
August: "Exploring the Mind - part 1"
September: "Exploring the Mind - part 2: The Poetic Mind
October: "How Much Pain Can We Stand?"
November: "When Languages Disappear"
December: "Is it Enough to be Tolerant?"

Archives 2008
Volumn 7

January: "Beyond Ideology: Politics of the Future "
February: "Beyond the Bush Years"
March: "The Imaginary Economy - Part I
April: "The Imaginary Economy - Part II
May: Questions from Prison
June: "iGods and Connectivity"
July: "Energy Independence"
August: "Tribalism and the 2008 Elections
September: "Guilt, Shame and U.S. Justice"
October: "Have We Been Willing Slaves?"
November: "Are We Ready for the Future?"
December: "Are we done learning from pain?"

Archives 2009
Volumn 8

January: "Awakening"
February: "When Sacrifice is no Sacrifice"
March: "The Good New Days"
April: "The Power of Metaphor"
May: "The Conflict of Mythologies"
June: "The Time is Right"
July: "The New Anarchy"
August: "The Art of Living"
September: "Outrage"
October: "Are Women Becoming More Unhappy?

November: "Effect of the manufacturing culture on the American Psyche"
December: Who are the Real Game Changers?

Archives 2010
Volumn 9

January: The Music of Place
February: Earthquakes and Other Awakenings
March: Sense of Place, Sense of Self, Sense of Humanity
April: Why Do People Serve?
May: Decentralizing Food and Energy
June: Beyond Reading and Writing — Ecological literacy
July: Organization or Organism?
August: Fear and Cynicism = “Inter-fear-ance”
September: Are we afraid of our "Better Angels?"
October: Choosing Our Battles
November: Meeting the Need
December: A Living Canvas

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