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Read excerpts from unpublished book: Science, Religion and the Search for God —Bridging the Gap.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



July, 2002
Vol. 1, number 7


Chapter I
The Search for God

(continued) Part 4

from the unpublished book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

by Richard Sidy

An important quality to develop in the search for God, or in the pursuit of God-consciousness, is to achieve a balanced life and outlook. This is the basis of success.

The basis of cohesiveness, unity, and creativity is to balance the opposite forces of nature. Every atom of nature seeks to achieve balance between its protons and electrons. In so doing, it unites with other atoms to create molecules and compounds. Electricity flows when positive and negative magnetic fields combine in equilibrium. A family is formed and grows when man and woman unite. When this relationship is balanced, there is love and unity, forming the foundation of creativity and prosperity.

When an individual is balanced in emotions and mind, both sensitivity and intelligence are developed. Each faculty is enhanced through the influence and interaction with the other. When thought and feeling work together, a person becomes understanding and uses knowledge for the good of the world. Such people inspire others.

Spirit and matter need to exert a balanced influence in people's lives. When one is pursued to the exclusion of the other, the resulting life is useless and even dangerous to the progress of the individual and of society. Idealism without the ability to act and to create is empty. Action without idealism is selfish and purposeless. The search for God is demonstrated by purposeful action for the improvement of life. Unless the balance of opposites is achieved through making them work together, one can not achieve the first step in developing "God-consciousness."

The concept of "God" in relationship to human beings also has a dual nature. There is the ruling, authoritarian God, and the nurturing, loving God. There is God of the heavens and God of the earth. There is God transcendent, above humanity and creation, all powerful, all knowing. There is God immanent, in individuals and in all animate and inanimate things, all-pervading spirit, the life force in the smallest speck of matter and in the infinite Universe.

The worship of God through the ages has reflected variations of these sets of opposite concepts and relationships. People create their gods to fit their purpose and self-image, to fulfill their needs, and to fit their lifestyle. Their gods are reflections of their level of consciousness.

Societies living close to nature and religious mystics in all cultures have worshiped God in everything: in the plants, in the animals, in the tiny bugs, in the earth they walked upon, in the wind and rain, in the warmth of the sun, and in each individual. This concept fuses both aspects of God — the transcendent and the immanent. This reflects an intuitive or childlike consciousness, a oneness with nature.

In societies where authority and social control were the main values, an authoritarian God was worshiped. The image of God was manipulated to give authority to the rulers of state. Most autocratic rulers derive their legitimacy from "God." Wherever power has been abused, the powerful stated that they were acting as representatives of God and were chosen by God. Whenever religion mixes with politics, "God" becomes a personification of human rulers on a grand scale, striking fear into the hearts of the subject people.

In industrialized societies where life and human welfare are tied to the vitality, storms, and negotiations of the market, God has become the Businessman and Chief Executive Officer par excellence of a corporate Universe. He can be hired, and He provides insurance against failure or against claims of malpractice. One meets God by appointment only, fitting the meeting into one's busy business and social calendar.

(Continued in Conclusion, August)

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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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