************************************************************************ The following first appeared in the private email list IVy-subscribers, which is available to all those who subscribe to the printed magazine, International Viewpoints. ************************************************************************ Man does not live by bread alone, or, Let 'em eat cake by Phil Spickler 12 Oct 98 Dear Fellow Listers, I think it is always well to remember that the pen is mightier than the sword, especially when you want to write a letter. I once tried to write a letter with a sword, and you should have seen what a mess it made of the paper, not to speak of hacking up my hands pretty badly. Some of these swords may hold blood pretty well, but they do a terrible job with ink. Well, enough of that. I think tonight's ramble should take us through several alfalfa fields, and down in the valley where the sheep are quietly nesting. On second thought I'm not sure if sheep actually nest -- but you might think so, if you get a chance to see a lot of the baby sheep, or lambs as they're called, cuddling up. Anyway, just across from the Dismal Swamp, which is where I generally hang out, I ran into the Ghost of Scientology Past, and in the sort of voice that speaks from the tomb or the sepulcher, someone said, in a very long-drawn-out wail, "Don't forget the Axioms." After recovering from a pretty bad case of the shivers, I noticed, using my pocket mirror, (the one I use to check if I'm still breathing,) that all or most of my hair had turned white. But I came away from this ghastly meeting with the title for tonight's catastrophe: The Untruth, the Whole Untruth, and Nothing But the Untruth. Well, I could tell as these words were being put down that a bunch of you Axiom "mavens" have, through your long-range telepathy and capacity for infinite understanding, completely anticipated and gone past anywhere that I might possibly get to in what follows. Nevertheless, driven by a heavy sector in the composite called "me," I 'spects as how I shall proceed anyway. Whenever speaking about the Scientology Axioms, we are reminded that one of the definitions of an axiom is a self-evident truth. Well, someone is here to say that ever since they took geometry, the idea that axioms are self- evident has hardly ever seemed to be the case. Nevertheless, if you plug into one and spend all kinds of time objectifying the darned thing and maybe constructing it in clay and getting a couple of special rundowns, some of the darned things do seem to become self-evident -- but not necessarily at first. Take the one, for example, that says that Ultimate Truth is Static. Well, does that leap right across the page at you with its self-evidence? Well, probably, if you've got about 20 years of training and auditing and hours of philosophizing behind you, it probably does. However, for some folks, it might just be an interesting collection of words. Anyway, as you can see from Axiom 1, there really isn't very much to get your teeth into when it comes to Static or Ultimate Truth. You could say, in terms of the manifest universe, that Ultimate Truth is nothing, which is to say, it has no mass, no motion, no wavelength, and no location in space or in time, which sounds pretty close to nothing if you ask me! Now as you trip fleetingly among the various Axioms, at some point you probably run into one that says something like "Time is the basic source of untruth." And right then and there, you have said a mouthful. Since Time is roughly defined as postulated particles moving in space, then it's Time that brings about existence, or that is to say, Something rather than Nothing. So that's pretty neat, because now we know what it takes to get away from that darned nothingness known as Static to get ourselves plenty of Something. And we don't want you to forget at this moment, that without the Big Lie, the great modifier, the basic source of untruth, namely Time, and I'm talking about that stuff that I keep hearing people say doesn't exist, well, without good ol' Time, there would be Nothing (axiomatically speaking, that is). You show me a universe without Time and I'll show you a big bunch of nothing. In fact, that's a quick shortcut to conceiving a Static. And yes, Time is the biggest lie of all, and it takes that big a lie to give such a sense of permanence and persistence to that chronic problem called Life -- so thank all the gods and goddesses that ever have been or will be that we have this granddaddy of all lies, which all other lies are too picayune to even bother messing with by comparison. This of course makes it possible to see why Truth is so gosh-darned unpopular, and every time it rears its ugly head, there goes another lock on the incident called, "Gee whiz, the universe just vanished!" So I guess you could say that people are made up of a balance between truth and lie also, and some folks can tolerate more truth, or nothingness, than other folks, and some folks need lots of lie to feel real and solid and there, and that's certainly OK. In fact, if you excuse the expression, it probably takes a lot more lie than it does truth, not only for the universe to keep persisting, but for folks like us to feel comfortable and looking forward to tomorrow. This information could be very handy for anyone out there that thinks that the road to truth is a fun idea. It is, as long as you don't arrive. On that note, I'm going to head back to the Dismal Swamp as fast as my rheumatic old legs will carry me, pausing en route to smell the sweet smell of newly-mown alfalfa and gambol a bit with the lambs before I settle down into my rancid pool. In order to take care of that second postulate, let me say that I'm sure looking forward to getting a load of heavy "static" from you folks out there in list-land -- someone expects to be somewhat bloodied for daring this communication, and not remembering that the sword is mightier than the pen, except for writing. 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The following first appeared in the private email list IVy-subscribers,
which is available to all those who subscribe to the
printed magazine, International Viewpoints. 
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Man does not live by bread alone, or, Let 'em eat cake
by Phil Spickler
12 Oct 98

Dear Fellow Listers,       

I think it is always well to remember that the pen is mightier than the sword, especially when you want to write a letter.  I once tried to write a letter with a sword, and you should have seen what a mess it made of the paper, not to speak of hacking up my hands pretty badly.  Some of these swords may hold blood pretty well, but they do a terrible job with ink.      

Well, enough of that.  I think tonight's ramble should take us through several alfalfa fields, and down in the valley where the sheep are quietly nesting.  On second thought I'm not sure if sheep actually nest -- but you might think so, if you get a chance to see a lot of the baby sheep, or lambs as they're called, cuddling up.  Anyway, just across from the Dismal Swamp, which is where I generally hang out, I ran into the Ghost of Scientology Past, and in the sort of voice that speaks from the tomb or the sepulcher, someone said, in a very long-drawn-out wail, "Don't forget the Axioms."  After recovering from a pretty bad case of the shivers, I noticed, using my pocket mirror, (the one I use to check if I'm still breathing,) that all or most of my hair had turned white.  But I came away from this ghastly meeting with the title for tonight's catastrophe: The Untruth, the Whole Untruth, and Nothing But the Untruth. 
     
Well, I could tell as these words were being put down that a bunch of you Axiom "mavens" have, through your long-range telepathy and capacity for infinite understanding, completely anticipated and gone past anywhere that I might possibly get to in what follows.  Nevertheless, driven by a heavy sector in the composite called "me," I 'spects as how I shall proceed anyway.       

Whenever speaking about the Scientology Axioms, we are reminded that one of the definitions of an axiom is a self-evident truth.  Well, someone is here to say that ever since they took geometry, the idea that axioms are self- evident has hardly ever seemed to be the case.  Nevertheless, if you plug into one and spend all kinds of time objectifying the darned thing and maybe constructing it in clay and getting a couple of special rundowns, some of the darned things do seem to become self-evident -- but not necessarily at first. Take the one, for example, that says that Ultimate Truth is Static.  Well, does that leap right across the page at you with its self-evidence?  Well, probably, if you've got about 20 years of training and auditing and hours of philosophizing behind you, it probably does.  However, for some folks, it might just be an interesting collection of words.  Anyway, as you can see from Axiom 1, there really isn't very much to get your teeth into when it comes to Static or Ultimate Truth.  You could say, in terms of the manifest universe, that Ultimate Truth is nothing, which is to say, it has no mass, no motion, no wavelength, and no location in space or in time, which sounds pretty close to nothing if you ask me!     

Now as you trip fleetingly among the various Axioms, at some point you probably run into one that says something like "Time is the basic source of untruth."  And right then and there, you have said a mouthful.  Since Time is roughly defined as postulated particles moving in space, then it's Time that brings about existence, or that is to say, Something rather than Nothing.  So that's pretty neat, because now we know what it takes to get away from that darned nothingness known as Static to get ourselves plenty of Something.  And we don't want you to forget at this moment, that without the Big Lie, the great modifier, the basic source of untruth, namely Time, and I'm talking about that stuff that I keep hearing people say doesn't exist, well, without good ol' Time, there would be Nothing (axiomatically speaking, that is).  You show me a universe without Time and I'll show you a big bunch of nothing.  In fact, that's a quick shortcut to conceiving a Static.  And yes, Time is the biggest lie of all, and it takes that big a lie to give such a sense of permanence and persistence to that chronic problem called Life -- so thank all the gods and goddesses that ever have been or will be that we have this granddaddy of all lies, which all other lies are too picayune to even bother messing with by comparison.      

This of course makes it possible to see why Truth is so gosh-darned unpopular, and every time it rears its ugly head, there goes another lock on the incident called, "Gee whiz, the universe just vanished!"  So I guess you could say that people are made up of a balance between truth and lie also, and some folks can tolerate more truth, or nothingness, than other folks, and some folks need lots of lie to feel real and solid and there, and that's certainly OK. In fact, if you excuse the expression, it probably takes a lot more lie than it does truth, not only for the universe to keep persisting, but for folks like us to feel comfortable and looking forward to tomorrow.  This information could be very handy for anyone out there that thinks that the road to truth is a fun idea.  It is, as long as you don't arrive.       

On that note, I'm going to head back to the Dismal Swamp as fast as my rheumatic old legs will carry me, pausing en route to smell the sweet smell of newly-mown alfalfa and gambol a bit with the lambs before I settle down into my rancid pool.  In order to take care of that second postulate, let me say that I'm sure looking forward to getting a load of heavy "static" from you folks out there in list-land -- someone expects to be somewhat bloodied for daring this communication, and not remembering that the sword is mightier than the pen, except for writing. 

With highest tokens of affinity to all,
Phil 
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