************************************************************************ 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. ************************************************************************ Strawberry Hills By Phil Spickler 10 Mar 99 Greetings and salutations to my fellow listers! My pen has been silent for some time, but with good reason -- for the last week or so, we've been in the process of moving our base of operations to Planet Earth, which proved to be more difficult than I thought it would be, what with all the strange things that are set up around this planet to either keep folks from entering or leaving. Anyway, it kept our screens coruscating quite a bit, and a bank of the fanciest computers ever devised off-world busy night and day attempting to solve and resolve the intricacies of all the amazing things, both near and far, that surround that pretty little planet called Earth. Once you get down here, depending on the spot you've picked, it can be pretty pleasant, but one of the sad things is that most Earth-people, both individually and collectively, are in a condition of shortage of terminals. By this I mean they have all their attention focused on Earth and the things that seem to be happening on it, but they don't have another planet or system that they're aware of at sufficient distance to conduct a comm cycle with ARC, which is too bad, 'cause it's a no-terminal situation and it tends to make Earth and its inhabitants feel like a bunch of only-ones, and I think contributes a lot to the loneliness that so many people seem to be experiencing hereabouts. But on a cheerful side of things, I should like to include a quote from the universe-famous Earth philosopher and humorist Mark Twain: "When we remember that we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained." Well, I hope that helps. I know that at some time in the past I had hoped to bring you some refreshing information about another Earth luminary by the name of Wilhelm Gottfried Leibniz, and have been remiss in carrying that out. This chap, as you may remember, is one of the people that L. Ron Hubbard seems to have studied and gotten some pretty good ideas from. Just to get a date and a locate on this fellow Leibniz: 1646 -1716 AD, born in Leipzig, Germany, and was, just to further help give him a position, pretty much contemporary with Isaac Newton of England. They both, at just about the same time, invented that mathematical system known as the calculus, and Leibniz went on to develop a pretty good working computer, purely mechanical and truly amazing for its time, as well as stumbling across the binary system. These were just a few of the little things that emanated from his mind, but like Leonardo da Vinci, this chap was a man for all seasons and came up with many inventions and ideas in a very wide range of earthly and human possibilities. He was a philosopher of some note, and had a great yearning to inject a bit of pan-determininism into philosophising that he hoped would generate some harmony among the many discordant and arguing philosophical factions of that time. He himself had been quite interested in, if not enamored of, the work of Pythagoras, and like Pythagoras was somewhat convinced that if the correct numerical values were assigned to all aspects of life, all problems in life could be solved. He did invent a system called Monadology which may be the thing that Ron Hubbard might have found most interesting, particularly in formulating Scientology; and the word "monad" means "an individual elementary being, psychical or spiritual in nature, reflecting within itself the whole universe." As you can see, that's quite a mouthful, but if you take the time to get ahold of Leibniz's writings on this subject you'll find that he would consider that what each of us would call a thetan, he would call a monad, and that the monad is an indestructible singularity that is fully immortal, and that the body (human, that is) is also made up of all kinds of monads who are in different stages of evolution as monads, but that each and every monad is proceeding towards total sentiency but is not fully aware of reflecting within itself the whole universe. Leibniz also came up with the idea that the body was just a very small thing that existed within the enormous space that you as a senior monad occupy, and you'll probably remember that Ron in the past described the body as a very small sliver in the thumb of you, the big thetan. Anyhow, in his small treatise on Monadology, Leibniz speaks at some length of the potentials of the monad and what its direction in an ultimate sense is, and leaves us with enough information so that if you, heuristically, wish to pursue his notions towards the gaining of higher knowledge, understanding and freedom, you'd probably find yourself on a rather interesting and exciting voyage of discovery. This is all I shall say about Monadology for the moment, and I hope it has teased your interest enough to convince you that one of the good things about Planet Earth, aside from the Internet, is the public library, and it's almost all free, if you can keep track of dates. So far there have been only two entries in the contest regarding "the only two crimes in the universe are being there and communicating;" and "dying and becoming insane are two of the basic rights and freedoms of the being." I had hoped that this would not be another "unpopularity" contest, and that the great reservoir of humor and understanding that lies within the silent majority and minority of the IVy list would come forward to enliven the moments between the great peaks of the sine wave known as Life. If this keeps up, however, I shall have to say something about these matters myself -- this is not a threat or a warning, but simply a promise. In the meantime, and in the spirit of the matchmakers of old, I am working at a Priority 1 level to see if I can find an appropriate terminal or possibly a mate for Planet Earth, something that will give everybody a chance to unglue all those attention units and get some distance under the notion that it's at least a two-terminal universe, and I personally hope a heck of a lot more than that. When next we meet I shall attempt to further entertain you by describing our new Earth base and tell you something about from whence we came. Until then, au revoir, auf Wiedersehen, and so long -- Phil --============_-1232151324==_ma============ Content-Type: text/html; charset="us-ascii" StrawberryHills
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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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Strawberry Hills
By Phil Spickler
10 Mar 99

Greetings and salutations to my fellow listers!   My pen has been silent for some time, but with good reason -- for the last week or so, we've been in the process of moving our base of operations to Planet Earth, which proved to be more difficult than I thought it would be, what with all the strange things that are set up around this planet to either keep folks from entering or leaving.  Anyway, it kept our screens coruscating quite a bit, and a bank of the fanciest computers ever devised off-world busy night and day attempting to solve and resolve the intricacies of all the amazing things, both near and far, that surround that pretty little planet called Earth.          

Once you get down here, depending on the spot you've picked, it can be pretty pleasant, but one of the sad things is that most Earth-people, both individually and collectively, are in a condition of shortage of terminals. By this I mean they have all their attention focused on Earth and the things that seem to be happening on it, but they don't have another planet or system that they're aware of at sufficient distance to conduct a comm cycle with ARC, which is too bad, 'cause it's a no-terminal situation and it tends to make Earth and its inhabitants feel like a bunch of only-ones, and I think contributes a lot to the loneliness that so many people seem to be experiencing hereabouts.  But on a cheerful side of things, I should like to include a quote from the universe-famous Earth philosopher and humorist Mark Twain: "When we remember that we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained."  Well, I hope that helps.           

I know that at some time in the past I had hoped to bring you some refreshing information about another Earth luminary by the name of Wilhelm Gottfried Leibniz, and have been remiss in carrying that out.  This chap, as you may remember, is one of the people that L. Ron Hubbard seems to have studied and gotten some pretty good ideas from.   Just to get a date and a locate on this fellow Leibniz: 1646 -1716 AD, born in Leipzig, Germany, and was, just to further help give him a position, pretty much contemporary with Isaac Newton of England.  They both, at just about the same time, invented that mathematical system known as the calculus, and Leibniz went on to develop a pretty good working computer, purely mechanical and truly amazing for its time, as well as stumbling across the binary system.  These were just a few of the little things that emanated from his mind, but like Leonardo da Vinci, this chap was a man for all seasons and came up with many inventions and ideas in a very wide range of earthly and human possibilities.         

He was a philosopher of some note, and had a great yearning to inject a bit of pan-determininism into philosophising that he hoped would generate some harmony among the many discordant and arguing philosophical factions of that time.  He himself had been quite interested in, if not enamored of, the work of Pythagoras, and like Pythagoras was somewhat convinced that if the correct numerical values were assigned to all aspects of life, all problems in life could be solved.  He did invent a system called Monadology which may be the thing that Ron Hubbard might have found most interesting, particularly in formulating Scientology; and the word "monad" means "an individual elementary being, psychical or spiritual in nature, reflecting within itself the whole universe."  As you can see, that's quite a mouthful, but if you take the time to get ahold of Leibniz's writings on this subject you'll find that he would consider that what each of us would call a thetan, he would call a monad, and that the monad is an indestructible singularity that is fully immortal, and that the body (human, that is) is also made up of all kinds of monads who are in different stages of evolution as monads, but that each and every monad is proceeding towards total sentiency but is not fully aware of reflecting within itself the whole universe.         

Leibniz also came up with the idea that the body was just a very small thing that existed within the enormous space that you as a senior monad occupy, and you'll probably remember that Ron in the past described the body as a very small sliver in the thumb of you, the big thetan.  Anyhow, in his small treatise on Monadology, Leibniz speaks at some length of the potentials of the monad and what its direction in an ultimate sense is, and leaves us with enough information so that if you, heuristically, wish to pursue his notions towards the gaining of higher knowledge, understanding and freedom, you'd probably find yourself on a rather interesting and exciting voyage of discovery.         

This is all I shall say about Monadology for the moment, and I hope it has teased your interest enough to convince you that one of the good things about Planet Earth, aside from the Internet, is the public library, and it's almost all free, if you can keep track of dates.        

So far there have been only two entries in the contest regarding "the only two crimes in the universe are being there and communicating;" and "dying and becoming insane are two of the basic rights and freedoms of the being."  I had hoped that this would not be another "unpopularity" contest, and that the great reservoir of humor and understanding that lies within the silent majority and minority of the IVy list would come forward to enliven the moments between the great peaks of the sine wave known as Life.  If this keeps up, however, I shall have to say something about these matters myself -- this is not a threat or a warning, but simply a promise.  In the meantime, and in the spirit of the matchmakers of old, I am working at a Priority 1 level to see if I can find an appropriate terminal or possibly a mate for Planet Earth, something that will give everybody a chance to unglue all those attention units and get some distance under the notion that it's at least a two-terminal universe, and I personally hope a heck of a lot more than that.      

When next we meet I shall attempt to further entertain you by describing our new Earth base and tell you something about from whence we came.  Until then, au revoir, auf Wiedersehen, and so long -- Phil
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