For October, 1968
IN CONGRESS ................................................................................................... 2
VALUE CONFLICTS ...................................................................................................... 3
UFOS INTERNATIONAL ............................................................................................... 5
WE ARE ALL ONE ......................................................................................................... 7
THE WANDERING NORTH POLE .............................................................................. 8
ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS .................................................................................... 12
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING .................................................................................... 13
SECRET WEAPON ........................................................................................................ 15
bulletin board ........................................................................................................ 16
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EDITOR ........................................................................................... Dr.
DANIEL W. FRY
asst. editor ........................................................................... kerttu
circulation manager ........................................................... edna
staff artist ................................................................................... gus
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VOLUME XIII OCTOBER, 1968 NUMBER
Dedicated to the propagation
of a better understanding among all the peoples of the earth, and of those who
are not of earth.
Although the mailman never rings twice, he sometimes
brings objects of more than usual interest. This morning he delivered a package
that contained a 247 page book entitled "Symposium on Unidentified Flying
Objects." The sub-title was "Hearings Before the Committee on Science
and Astronautics, U. S. House of Representatives, nineteenth Congress,"
and the date was July 29, 1968.
At this hearing some of the best known scientists in the
country discussed at length their personal opinions and the extensive factual
data which they have obtained on the subject of unidentified Flying Objects.
The results of this symposium, if they carne fully to the
attention of the public, should correct, once and for all, the widely held but
mistaken impression that men of science are not interested in the UFO
The group which presented the testimony, both in oral and
written form, included J. Allen Hynek, head of the Dept. of Astronomy at
Northwestern University (Old Swamp Gas, to his friends: and students), who had
also been for many years the chief consultant to the U.S. Airforce on the
subject of UFO; Dr. James E. McDonald, Senior Physicist, Institute of Atmospheric
Professor of Meteorology at the University of Arizona; Dr.
Carl Sagan, Dept. of Astronomy, Cornell University; Dr. Robert L. Hall, head of
the Dept. of Sociology, University of Illinois; Dr. James A. Harder, Associate
Professor of Civil Eng., whose subject was "The UFO Propulsion
Problem"; Dr. Robert, M. L. Baker, Jr., Senior Scientist of the Computer
Sciences Corp.; Dr. Leo Sprinkle, University of Wyoming; Dr. Garry C.
Henderson, Senior Research Scientist, General Dynamics Corp.; Dr. Staunton
Friedman, Westinghouse Astronuclear Laboratory; Dr. Roger N. Shepard of
Stanford University; and Dr. Frank B. Salisbury of Utah State U.
Their testimony, together with the mass of documentary
evidence which they presented, fill the entire 247 pages of fine print which
averages about 450 words per page, or a total of more than one hundred thousand
words plus a large number of photographs, charts and diagrams.
All of this testimony pointed unmistakably to the reality
of the UFO phenomenon, and all of the scientists strongly recommended that
serious and intensive study of the various phases of the UFO problem should be
undertaken at once.
All of the quasi-scientific objections which have been
made in the past to the .reality of the UFO were considered and convincingly
As we pointed out in our last editorial we may still live
to see a genuine scientific study of this subject, but in any event the great. amount
of scientific interest which is now being shown, should give courage to those
who have good data but have been afraid to make it known.
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To alter undesirable situations it is necessary to
understand the underlying causes, which often are not as obvious as they seem.
Here is a case in point, as reported by Samuel Alvid in the San Jose, (Calif.)
Mercury of June 23, 1968. The imposition of our pattern upon the children of
minority groups leads to a conflict of values between school and home with
subsequent social maladjustments.
Dr. Manuel Ramirez, Rice University, Houston, Texas,
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prepared a paper on the value conflicts experienced by
Mexican-American students. The school drop-out rate among these children is
alarming, as much as 30% before the completion of the 12th grade, as revealed
in a study of the Los Angeles, Calif. area.
"These facts," says Dr. Ramirez, "should be
of concern not only to Mexican-Americans but to everyone in California. It is
obvious that with the present trend of increasing automation there is a
decreasing demand for agricultural workers and unskilled laborers. This means
that. thousands of Mexican-Americans who do drop out will be without
"The feelings of frustration, worthlessness and loss
of self-esteem which result due to unemployment have long been recognized by
social scientists as major causes of physical and mental illness as well as
In a study made by Dr. George Demos of Long Beach State
College, it was found that Mexican-American students expressed unfavorable
attitudes toward the educational system. Among the expressed opinions were the
following: the teachers did not understand them; they did not feel that the
school staff was concerned about them; they did not feel good attendance was
important; and that it was desirable to drop out of school before graduation.
Although there is probably some basis for this attitude in
the fact that the children are bilingual, but more important is the fact that
because these children grow up almost exclusively in the Mexican neighborhoods
of cities and towns they "Come to adopt a system of beliefs and coping
techniques which is far removed from that of the Anglo middle class. In
addition, they learn to model themselves after Mexican-American adults who in
many instances are quite well identified with the Mexican American culture and
critical of the Anglo way."
Another study of these children revealed some of the value
conflicts experienced and the difficulties of adjustment.
"The Mexican-American culture teaches the adolescent
to be loyal to his family group. This frequently result., in subordination of
the student's educational goals when the family is in need of help... . All
Mexican-Americans see themselves as united in a spiritual bond as members of La
Raza (the race) and are obligated to contribute to the welfare of all the
members." The person who
becomes Anglicized and forgets his group is looked upon as
"The Mexican-American parent sees himself as an
educator in his home. Mother and father, thus, consider learning experiences in
the home just as valuable as the education he receives at school.... Anglo
teachers and administrators are not aware of this so frequent misunderstanding
between parents, students and teachers occur."
The culture emphasizes the maleness in a young boy-he must
never run from a fight, break a deal, and must defend his honor if insulted.
This attitude is sometimes threatened "by unsuspecting female teachers
interested in maintaining their authority in the classroom at. all costs."
The culture teaches young women to be modest and not to
display their bodies in public, thus creating problems in gym classes that
require the wearing of shorts and the taking of showers with little or no
While the Mexican parent is largely interested in job
training the schools too often are interested in preparation for college,
resulting in frustration and dissatisfaction for all concerned.
These are but a few of the challenges creating a cultural
conflict of values. The student must make a choice, which is difficult for him.
Already identified with the home group before school attendance "this
identity cannot be destroyed without there being negative consequences for the,
individual and others in his milieu."
With understanding and consideration the problems can be
resolved and a happier adjustment between the two cultural systems achieved
than is presently evident. Such an adjustment will rebound to the advantage of
both the individual and society. So, let it be!
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An interesting letter from Roberto Pinotti, Secretary of
the UFO Centro Unico Nazionale of Milan, Italy, requests an exchange of
publications with Understanding, Inc.
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The letter relates that in 1965 the serious UFO
researchers of Italy joined in a non-profit organization to coordinate the
studies and researches of all serious UFO groups in Italy.
"Our Center aims at looking for the truth in the
international UFO field, disclosing hoaxes and getting rid of any unreasonable
and unprovable myth of the flying saucer enigma, in order to separate fact,
from fiction... we are trying to find the key of the problem without any bias .
. . after two years of constant activity in our country, observations,
investigations, analyses, lectures, press-interviews and the regular
publication of a bi-monthly official report, the Notiziario, Italian
authorities and public opinion regard our Center as the most important and
authoritative UFO organization in Italy.
"On June 24 and 25, 1967, Italy's First National
UFO Congress of Riccione, organized by our Society, impressed the public
very favorably and caused the deep and sincere interest of Italian press, radio
and television, originating a new atmosphere of serious attention for the UFO
problem and its importance."
Having instituted this exchange of publications we now
call upon our member-subscribers for someone willing to read and make an
occasional translation for the Understanding magazine from the Italian
publication. Please write to Merlin if you are willing to serve in this area.
From South America:
Miss Edith Greinert of Buenos Aires, Argentina, has
recently sent to Understanding nearly two dozen translations of UFO reports
from South American newspapers. We offer the following as typical. La Nacion,
July 12, 1968. Yesterday at 5:30 A.M. Radio Pacheco received a radiogram from
Mr. Jorge Boveda, captain of the Argentine motor-ship "Rio Grande."
Its text was as follows
At 5.5 A.M. GMT, while outside Necochea, at latitude 38°
36' 4" and western longitude 58° 41' 3", we saw a UFO at azimuth
compass 174°, height between 3-5°, which for a duration of 60 seconds flashed
lights over the sea in the shape of a cone whose apex was above and whose colours
were orange and violet.
"This UFO advanced towards the ship till it was about
half a mile away. Then it rose and disappeared. Present were the undersigned,
the chief of the radio-communication department and the
helmsman on duty."
Radio Pacheco forwarded the text of the radiogram to the
La Nacion, July 13, 1968. Necochea.
Referring to our report concerning a UFO seen by Captain Jorge Boveda of the
"Rio Grande," and his crew, other witnesses confirm the sighting. Mr.
Francisco Pazdera, Miss Blanca Zubilliga, Miss Diana Etcheverry and her sister,
Aurora, declare having seen the mysterious abject at the same time, while
walking along the sea promenade yesterday night. Their report coincides in all
its details with that made by Captain Boveda.
La Razon, July 14, 1968. Valparaiso, Chile. (EFE).
The well known astronomer and director of the private
observatory at Villa Alemana, Mr. Carlos Munoz Ferrada, declared during an
interview that flying saucers were harmless. When questioned whether he himself
had seen any, he replied in the affirmative.
"On September 11, 1965, at 8:30 P.M. there appeared a strange moving light, in the sky. It was not a star, nor a planetoid, nor
any known object. It went from South to North. Later between Venus and Mars
there appeared two disks which were transparent, for the bright stars could be
seen through them. Many people who were with me saw them. When the disks came
to the zenith one of them disappeared. Several minutes later we saw one of them
again. It remained stationary at a certain height for five minutes. Photographs
were taken, but nothing appeared on the negatives." Mr. Munoz Ferrara
concluded: "Flying saucers are harmless, but must not be touched, because
one may be affected by a kind of strange power they possess."
The following article from UFO Nachricten, editor
Karl L. Veit, has been translated by Mrs. Ruth Ilten.
WHAT FLIES IN OUR HEAVENS?
What are UFOs really? Is there really something up there?
Dr. Jacques Vallee (USA) and Alexander Kazantzew (USSR) "Teknika Molodesni"
Moscow Aug., 1967.
The American Astronomer Dr. Allen Hynek studied for 20
years scientific information compiled by the U.S. Air Force on UFOs.
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The thousands of reports about UFO's were not explained to
his satisfaction. Here is one case:
"On Aug. 25, 1966 an Air Force officer reported that
he was with a group of soldiers in North Dakota about 20 meters under ground,
when their radio apparatus suddenly went out, as if they were in - a concrete
tunnel. An observer on the surface said he saw a UFO high in the sky. The radio
technician also saw the UFO flying at about 30,000 meters. Also a second UFO
was reported to have shown up later on the radar screen.
A similar thing happened in the vicinity of the radar
station several days later. A police officer saw a mysterious shining object
lightly swaying to and fro, hovering on the side of a mountain, until it stayed
about 3 meters over the surface of the earth. On this bright sunny day it
remained in the field about 1 minute then quickly disappeared in the clouds.
In the past years a great series of scientists,
physicists, mathematicians, astronomers, psychologists from various countries
have gathered evidence and exchanged their opposite views, which they then
checked out in their various laboratories and studies. The conclusions reached
in the above and other occurrences were
1. An object was seen in the vicinity of the earth at
2. A large object discharged smaller ones.
3. The object is stationary, suspended over the ground or
travels in a definite direction over the earth's surface in a certain maneuver.
4. The object disappeared, without leaving behind a trace.
From 1947-62 the sightings have come in waves, sometimes
reports were numerous, sometimes few. Many UFO's have been photographed. Radar
screens have captured them and earth satellites have registered them. Here is mentioned
a strange satellite that is not like any put up by the USA or USSR. It rotates
in the opposite direction to the earth satellites circling our planet.
American astronomer Menzel, who attributes almost all
phenomena of this sort as natural occurrence, has now admitted that ill this
case, he has no explanation for it.
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Have you stopped to ask yourself the important question
that if you were some other personality than your own, would you choose
yourself as a friend?
-Fr. Sri Hilarian
We are all one. Even though we have different bodies, we
are all one. Even though we have different minds, we are all one. Even though
we may attain different walks of life, we are all one. Even though we have
different weaknesses, we are all one. What my weaknesses is may be your
fortitude. Nevertheless, we should strive to help each other in our respective
Even though we may see things in a different light, we are
all one. At one time or another during life we are exposed to the same stimuli,
yet each of us respond differently. What affects one, does not, affect another.
What is absorbed deeply by one, barely grazes another. And so on.
To be one doesn't mean we must lose our individuality. But
to the contrary, to be able to interpret others as we would so like ourselves
to be interpreted.
Though we may be of a different race, creed, or color, are
we not as a whole-one? For why are humans born with the intangible gift the
power of thinking, if life was not meant as a challenge to us. So let us
strive to think more clearly and express more clearly what lies deep within our
hearts, if we are to achieve this oneness.
It seems that we are all caught between two forces: An
outer force and an inner force. If we would only act on our inner force as much
as we do on our outer one, then we could so easily unite into one.
We are all one because there is a certain little something
that is always alive in us. How many times have we had an inner urge to carry
out a good deed, to extend a helpful hand or a warm smile, to compare ideas,
and yet, allow this urge to be stifled by our outer force? Because we
immediately assume that if we really got down to exposing our inner thoughts,
our drives, cur needs and opinions, the other individual possibly wouldn't like
us very well. And so we retract ourselves and drape an imaginary cloak about us
emitting instead a superficial front.
How many of us ever get to know the real you? Or for that
matter, how many ever get to know ourselves for what we really are? Many of us
modestly go through life shielded by an imaginary cloak, scarcely partaking of
life's goodness and reaping just
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a little bit along the way while emitting such a dim
light. Could we but make an effort, to cast this repressing shroud front
ourselves and earnestly and proudly uplift our faces and our hearts to reveal
what we so truly feel embedded in us-then we could so easily all be-one!
- June deBoer
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For those concerned about a possible "polar
flip" it may be comforting to know (although man has no control over the
phenomena) that an International Polar Watch has been in operation since 1899.
Charles Hillinger, reporting in the Los Angeles (Calif.)
Times of July 2, 1968, after an interview with Leouard Caouette, has this to
The fact that the geographic North Pole never stays put is
one of those unsolved mysteries that has baffled scientists for generations. In
each 14 month period the North Pole wanders about in a mostly counter wise
manner in a 72 foot square. Since 1900 the North Pole has been moving toward Greenland
at more than half a foot a year.
Scientists in this country, Russia, Italy and Japan have
been watching with keen interest. that daily movement since 1899, the year
International Polar Watch was set up.
At Ukiah, California, Leonard Caouette is one of ten
astronomers in the world who man five tiny "backyard" observatories
termed "ice houses," which keep track of the North Pole's zig-gag
path. These five stations all lie on the same parallel, 39 degrees 8 minutes
north latitude, to obtain uniform computations. Two such stations are in the United
States, in Ukiah and Gaithersberg, Md. The others are at Kitab, Russia; Carloforte,
Italy, and Mizusawa, Japan.
The stations are identical, 14-foot square white frame
observatories which are designed like ice houses to shield delicate telescopes
from bleat, and the astronomers work in very dim light at night without heat to
track the meanderings of 36 stars each evening. The astronomers work alone-one
night on duty (11 P.M. to 5 A.M.) and the next night off, throughout the year.
Exact measurements of the stars' movement over an
imaginary extension of the earth's axis, called the celestial pole, tells how
much the earth has wobbled. Mr. Caouette Las been visually checking the
position of 18 pairs of stars every other night in his Ukiah "Ice
House" for 21 years, for the Commerce Department's Coast and Geodetic
Every week the station managers of the five observatories
mail all their computations on the nightly 36 star positions to Dr. Shigeru Yumi,
astronomer in charge at Mizusawa, Japan. There final calculations are made,
international records are maintained and charts published for worldwide
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Evolution in a Test Tube
(Chicago Tribune, Aug. 21, 1968)
Aug 20-The first. development of a method of observing evolution under
artificial conditions was reported here today by a leading authority on
chemical genetics from the University of Illinois.
The achievement not only is of great theoretical value in
understanding the underlying chemical mechanism of heredity, but also suggests
a new approach to curing viral diseases by rendering the viruses incapable of
The Illinois scientist, Dr. Sol Spiegelman, described the
development and its implications at the 12th International Congress of Genetics
It opens the possibility of "test tube
evolution," allowing scientists to observe, and control, the molecular
events associated with evolutionary change under controlled laboratory
conditions. Such studies are extremely difficult to perform in living
"For the first time we can study the evolution and
genetics of a molecule outside a cell," said Spiegelman in an interview.
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(Chicago Tribune, Aug. 23, 1968)
VIENNA, Aug. 22 (AP)-Delegates to the United Nations
Conference on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, today heard a forecast that
world-wide volcano and earthquake monitoring network might be a reality within
a few years.
W. T. Pecora, director of the United States Geological
Survey, reported that space satellites carrying cameras and sensing devices
could provide up to one hour advance warning of strong earth shocks.
The Status of Water Divining
Auckland (N.Z.) Star, April 24, 1968
Water diviners have never been scientifically accepted.
Yet unlike other superstitions, water divining has still many supporters. The
results have varied much in consistency. Water is not always found where the
diviners predict it. But the British Army has for many years used diviners in
A few years ago a French physicist made a detailed
investigation. He began by asking 10 water diviners to walk along a quarter
mile of track.
Each was asked to leave a mark where he received a signal.
Afterwards, it was found that the marks were within two yards or so of each
other. He then asked his subjects to walk past a wire coil. When current flowed
through the coil a very weak magnetic field was produced.
Each person was allowed to walk past the coil once with
the current on and once with it off. After this they made further passes
without knowing whether or not the current was flowing.
Mostly the diviners could tell when the current was on.
Apparently some people can detect a change in a magnetic field, even a small
change. The faster the field is changed the easier it is to detect.
Probably water diviners do not detect still water. Water
filtering through porous rocks produces small electric currents, which have a
Signs of Man
Grants Pass Courier, Grants Pass, Ore., Aug. 23, 1968
EUGENE (UPI)-The second oldest sign of human presence in
the New World has been discovered in Central Oregon by two
University of Oregon archaeologists.
The university announced today that campfire ashes, carbon
dated to 13,600 years ago, have been found in Fort Rock lake basin. The school
said the find confirms that early man migrated from Asia across the Bering
Straits to North America before the most recent ice age, which blocked the
northern land route from 12,000 to 30,000 years ago.
Profs. Luther Cressman and Stephen Belwell made the
discovery after several years research in the area. The claim is supported by
excavations at Wilson Butts cave on the Snake River plateau in southern Idaho,
which points to human life 15,000 years ago, and by earlier finds in Mexico.
UO scientists are researching several ancient eaves in the
area, and have found more than 2,000 artifacts, which show the inhabitants to
be excellent stone workers.
Five Billion Years Ago
(Medford Mail Tribune, Medford Ore., July 9,
LONDON (UPI)-Five billion years ago, in the speculation of
scientists, Earth rolled through space a dead planet.
All the elements necessary for life were present but the
spark of energy that would trigger off the process of living had not yet
Then a miracle happened. Ammonia and other simple
chemicals began to form the molecules that led to the origin of life.
What started the process? For generations scientists have
speculated that it might have been a mighty flash of lightning or the effect of
Now an American Noble Prize winner believes it. possible
it may have been something quite different-a great meteorite catapulting into
Earth with a great explosion of vital energy,
Prof. Calvin Melvin of the University of California at Berkeley
told Science Journal his laboratory is beginning to study "shock tube
chemistry" which may throw some light on the meteor theory of the origin
Melvin won his Nobel Prize in 1961 for work on
photosynthesis is at Oxford University on sabbatical leave.
Research at the Institute of Defense Analyses showed that
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meteorite 500 meters in diameter would raise the
temperature of the gas in the atmospheric shock wave ahead of it to 10,000 to
15,000 centigrade and build up enormous pressure.
"'Now projectiles of this size are calculated to
arrive at the surface of Earth every 20,000 to 50,000 years," he said.
"And it's quite clear that five billion years ago, at the beginning of
Earth's history, they must have been more frequent because Earth's orbit was
probably much more populated with such objects which have since been swept out
by Earth and the moon. This, I think, may be a very important energy input of
the kind which could have triggered the formation of molecules leading to the
origin of life."
(San Jose Mercury, San Jose, Cal., August 28,
NEWPORT, R. I. (AP)-A top government geologist. recently
dashed some cold water-tentatively at least-on hopes of the United States and
other nations to tap extensive mineral riches in the deep oceans.
All present evidence adds up to a gloomy prospect, that
the mineral resources of the deep sea bottom-as distinguished from the
continental shelves-may be very limited, reported Dr. Harold James, chief
geologist of the U. S. Geological Survey.
But, he said in a report to a national symposium his appraisal
was based almost entirely on inferences drawn from existing knowledge and
James indicated exploratory and related efforts should be
continued in such areas because they constitute a realm twice as large as all
the land areas of the planet combined.
The United States is seeking to enlist international
cooperation for an unprecedented 10-year exploration of the oceans to try and
assess more definitely their potential for yielding minerals, food and other
Mineral deposits are spread thinly over vast areas of the
oceans and in their aggregate, contain large amounts of manganese, copper,
nickel and cobalt, he said.
"However," the scientist added, "the same
can be said for large volumes of common rocks and the cost and production of
the metals far exceeds the value of the product."
The public is aware of visible and immediate hazards to
its environment and has taken steps toward the elimination of smog, water
pollution and nuclear fall-out. But the scientists are aware that much more is
involved if we are to maintain nature's delicate balance of interrelationships
in the ecology and thus avoid the destruction of all life on the planet.
An editorial in the July 28th issue of the Kansas City (Mo.)
Star points out presently dangerous conditions and efforts of scientific
studies designed to preserve a life sustaining environment on earth.
"The peril is not the result, of calculated intent,
but rather of the adverse side effects of supposedly beneficial actions. New
`miracle' products designed to ease home cleaning chores or to arrest the
depredations of crop pests can severely- pollute our streams and air both in
the process of manufacture and by the residue of their wastes."
The scientist's concern also includes the less obvious
factors that modify the environment, such practices as mining, blasting,
changes in water courses, elimination of seemingly undesirable animals and
vegetation. They postulate that. waste gasses from all burning and
manufacturing processes could conceivably "overwhelm the oxygen supply, or
heat up the air to the point of melting polar ice, raising the sea levels to
the point of inundating coastal cities." As such changes occur slowly, but
are cumulative, they may possibly continue beyond a point of no return before
mankind, generally, is conscious of the dangerous conditions he has created.
In an effort to avoid such possible environmental
disasters a five year project, the International Biological Program, was
launched last year. Fifty-five nations are participants in the program of the
IBP which "contemplates widespread basic research seeking a better
understanding of the threatened relationships. Only with such a sure foundation
can wise and useful corrective action be taken."
"The key figure in this scientific enterprise is the
ecologist, who deals with the relationships of living organisms with one
another and with the various factors in their environment," and who has
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viewed with alarm the chance that man may fatally
dislocate nature's fragile balance.
Underdeveloped nations, interested in increasing their agricultural production for their increasing
population, are already interested in the IBP program. "It is precisely
here that the plan can seek to guard their future efforts in this area against
fertilizer and insecticide pollution and their ominous potential side
It should not take
dramatic situations such as the "killer smogs" of motivate
changes in apparent life endangering conditions on earth. Governments as well
as individuals should be mindful of the recommendations of men of vision who
are backed by scientific studies and research data. As the editorial concludes:
"It is of transcendent importance that the human race,
as heirs of this planet fully understand the frail and elaborate web that ties
together man and the other living species with the earth, air and water on
which they all exist. Understand, too, that we tamper with this pattern only at
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Man is today less free to think and feel simply, naturally
and spontaneously than any other period in history. The pitiless pressure of
education and environment tends to grind down even the feeblest manifestation
of independence and original thought and feeling. Our ideas and emotions are
manufactured for us by those to whose advantage it. is that we should
think or feel as they hypocritically tell us it is good for us to think and
feel. Lurid billboards scream at us that this or that particular beverage will
give us vitality and strength. Newspaper advertisements assure us, with
expressions of fondest solicitude, that yet another undreamt of article is
indispensable to our well-being. Political columnists tell us . . . which
nation is right. and which is wrong . . . The propaganda machines of
governments and political parties pour out an incessant stream of ready-made
opinions on every possible subject ... Critics-with their "Book of the
Month" and "Picture of the Year" save us the trouble of having
to judge for ourselves . . . As advertisements tell us what to buy ... so do
the Vedas, Bibles and Korans tall us what to believe, and the prophets and
who manipulate them how to invest our money in celestial
stocks and shares so as to obtain the largest possible dividends ... Religious
life, instead of being a voyage of spiritual self-discovery, thus becomes an
uncritical acceptance of creeds and dogmas ... (A man) must be ... his, own
light ... He (must) listen to the Voice Within. Their only will he be able to
see and tread the Path that will lead him, one day, even to the heart's
(From Bahai Record No. 17)
You Are as the Diamond
(Courtesy of Indiana P.T.A. State Committee on Mental Health,
Mark Roser, Chairman.)
This is a little symbolic message which might give you
some idea of your worth in the sight of God. You can be likened to the precious
gem, the diamond.
If you were to visit a diamond mine, you probably would
see nothing but ordinary earth, for diamonds in the rough state, bear little
resemblance to the brilliant gems that you see in store windows or adorning
someone's finger. They must be found, cut and polished before they become gems
of beauty and value.
If you were to analyze the chemical properties of which a
diamond is composed, they would be of little worth individually, but the slow
hand of God working with these elements has molded them into the diamond. Thus
it is with you. Through the steady molding and changing by God's hand, you have
become what you are. God has made you a Gem of Life. Now you must take this
diamond in the rough and fashion it into a thing of beauty- and brilliance.
Each of you is the diamond cutter of your own life. You
alone determine what facets you will cut upon your stone. Each action and
reaction will determine its brilliance, value and beauty. As the perfection of
the cutting determines the value of the diamond, the value of your life is
determined by what you cut into it. There are many facets which you might cut.
Are you cutting the facets of love, understanding, tolerance, faithfulness,
integrity, beauty, awareness, charity, gratitude and hope into your diamond''
Or are you cutting the facets of hate, greed, intolerance, inharmony,
distrust., fear, avarice, unfaithfulness, anger and misunderstanding? It is
well to ask yourself what facets you are cutting as you go through life, for
the diamond will reflect each facet as it is cut.
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A diamond is smoothed and polished by rubbing one diamond
against another. This is what is happening to you in your daily relationships
with your fellow men. You are constantly rubbing the diamond of your life
against the diamonds of their lives, and a smoothing and polishing process is
taking place. Greater beauty and luster comes forth from your life as you allow
your rough edges to be smoothed off as you come into contact and understanding
with your fellow men. This is life. This is why you were placed upon earth with
fellow human beings, that you might each be buffed and smoothed and beautified,
that your spiritual brilliance might be brought forth.
When the diamond is perfected, it is placed in a setting
so that its beauty might be further enhanced and displayed. Your
"setting" is the Brotherhood of Man. There you will give forth beauty
and light as you become the perfect reflector of Divine Love.
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When a writer friend of mine suffered, some years ago, a
partial stroke leaving him with a limp and one useless hand, it slowed him down
but did not quench a spirit of adventure which, in pursuit of a free-lance
writing career, has taken him to off-beat locations everywhere.
Contacts with strangers in new communities and in little-known
sections of his own city brought about discovery of a "secret
weapon," by no means his exclusive property but so infallible and potent
that, I realized the moment my friend shared it with me, it is almost unfair to
Being somewhat self-conscious, my friend was quickly
discouraged by the least unfriendliness in others until he put into practice
the weapon giving him the upper hand in every case ;whatever the contact,
whether landlord, post office clerk, bus driver or waitress, it was found that
when an unpleasant. person, encountered day after day, is greeted each time
with a pleasant word and a smile, it wears him down as inevitably as the old
Chinese Water Cure.
I first used the weapon myself in the case of Alfred. A
few years ago, I found it expedient to seek out a small, out-of-the-way
photography shop for photographic work I needed in connection
with writing assignments. The one-man establishment
provided good work at fair prices, so I persisted in my patronage despite the
fact that the man with whom I must deal appeared so foreboding in both
disposition and appearance that I was almost afraid of him.
However, regular visits being in order, I tried my
friend's Secret Weapon on Alfred and it was only a matter of weeks before the
photographer was smiling in return, a quite nice smile, as it turned out.
A temperamental postal clerk in a small town have trouble
at the weighing and mailing of every manuscript until gradually she, too, was
worn down to first-name basis, and service not only improved. but transactions became
friendly personal exchanges.
Perhaps one of the greatest advantages of this Secret
Weapon is not only its unfailing success, but the fact that, it invariably is at
the same time working in reverse. It is astonishing the number of times I have
found myself irresistibly becoming friendlier as rapidly as my
Understanding Annual Meeting
We repeat our previous invitation to all Members and
Officers of Understanding, Inc. to attend the Annual Meeting, October 12
and 13, in Merlin, Ore.
The proposed schedule includes a Director's Meeting,
Saturday morning, 10 to 12; a luncheon provided by members of Merlin Unit 1
from 12 to 1:30; a Business Meeting, 1:30 to 5; and dinner at
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a Grants Pass restaurant at 6:30. Sunday morning a
Workshop will be held from 10 to 12.
You may write to Merlin for particulars, or call, when in
the area for details. The telephone numbers are: The Fry s, 476-4011, The Campbells,
Louise and Joseph Busby
For our friends interested in hearing lectures by Joseph
and Louise Busby, of England, spiritual teachers and founders of the Spiritual
Unity of Nations, we offer the following schedule:
October 5th, San Bernardino, Calif. Contact Mrs. Esther
Ellsworth, P. 0. Box 626, Marongo Valley, Calif. 92256
October 9th-12th, Santa Barbara, Calif. Contact Rowny's
Press, 705 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara, Calif.
October 13th, Santa Monica, Calif. Contact Gene Sands, 1139
Lincoln Blvd. Santa Monica, Calif.
October 15th, Dallas, Texas. Contact Dr. Don Curtis, 6318,
Willow Lane, Dallas, Texas. 75230.
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Lane, Houston, Texas 77058.
October 19-22nd, Atlanta, Ga. Contact: Paul O'Neal, 3239
Jackson St., Hapevillo, Ga. 30054.
October 23-28th, Colorado Springs, Colo. Contact.: Summit
Lighthouse, P. 0. Box A, Colorado Springs, Colo. 80901.
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November 4th, Chicago, Ill. Contact: Michael Kaprielian, Box
108, Harvey, ILLl. 60426.
Convention on Tour
The Understanding Breakthrough Convention which
opens at the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley, Calif. on October 26 and 27 will go
This "Adventure in Understanding Outer and Inner
Space," sponsored by Mrs. Angela Kilsby, will present its program at the
El Dorado, in Sacramento, Calif. on October 30 and 31; and at the Mark Thomas
in Carmel, Calif. on November 2 and 3.
Our Founder-President, Dr. Daniel W: Fry, will share the
platform with new speakers as well as those whose popularity has been earned at
For a flyer of the specific programs offered please write
to Mrs. Angela Kilsby, 1265 Monterey Blvd., San Francisco, Calif. 941.27.
We wish to thank the members of the Glen Rossal House
of Scotland for their gift of two attractively bound and printed 30 page
booklets of inspirational writings. These booklets-God's Command and
Beauty's Appeal-are available free for distribution.
For your personal copy you may write to: Glen Rossal
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The Golden Thread of Reality
Through the kindness of Hastings House, Publishers, Inc.
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Reality, by Genevieve Burnell. Sub-title of the text is The Search for
Truth and the Emergence of the Universal Pattern. For interested readers the
price is $4.95, and it may be ordered from the publisher, 10 East 40th St., New
Our gift copy will be sent to our Understanding Lending
Library in Buffalo, New York for the use of our membership.
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