For November, 1968
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VOLUME XIII NOVEMBER, 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.
As this editorial is being written, Walter Schirra, Walter
Cunningham and Don Eisele, the three Apollo astronauts, have completed 86 of
their scheduled 163 orbits of the earth. Their space-ship has traveled a
distance of almost two and a half million miles in the six and a half days
since it was launched. (A distance equal to five round trips to the moon!)
Although the flight is primarily a `shakedown cruise' for
the moon orbiting flight tentatively scheduled for late December, many of the
tests and exercises being performed by the astronauts have a much longer range
significance. A seldom mentioned and little understood facet of our space
program is the development of `Stable Ecology,' or `Closed Loop Environment'
systems. This portion of the space program is devoted to the design and
development of equipment which will enable the spacecraft to take in energy
from the sun or other outside source, as does our own spaceship known as the
Planet Earth, and to use that energy to produce a constant supply of food and
renewed air for the astronauts, by much the same processes as those which have
been going on here on earth for at least a few tens of millions of years,
except that, because of
the relatively small size of the spaceship, the cycles
will have to move somewhat faster than they do on earth.
All of this boils down to the seldom realized fact that
man is rapidly preparing, not only to travel in space, but to live in space
Biologists assume that life began in the waters of the
earth, and, at a certain point in its development, some of the more advanced
forms moved out into the air, retaining just enough water to keep the life
processes operating. In a like manner, man will soon be making the transition
from air into space, retaining the necessary amounts of water and air within
the closed system of the space ship!
The U.S. Space Program has succeeded in achieving another
'first in space' event. An epidemic of colds is raging aboard the Apollo 7!
Apparently there are limitations in man's conquest of nature. With all of his
fantastic accomplishments in science and technology, he is still unable to do
anything about the common cold, except to endure it!
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Whereas physical science deals with material substance and
the atoms of matter as units of structure and in function connected with energy
transformation, social science deals with persons as atoms and spiritual units
and their interrelations between individuals and groups. There is a common
basis of agreement that forms the foundation of physical science, but there is
lacking comprehensive agreement as a basis for social science. Perhaps a main
reason for this lack is that few persons realize the difference between
components of physical atoms and those of humans as spiritual units of
The three essential units or particles that form physical
atoms are designated as electrons, protons, and neutrons, and in various
combinations they form all the elements of material substance. In a like manner
there are three basic components that comprise human atoms as centers of
function, and they may be designated as the factors of will, desire, and
capacity. It is a principle of physical science that all manifestation arises
from the interaction of the
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forces of polarity. In a similar manner the interactions
of the force, of personality gave rise to our social structure and the need of
social science lies in understanding the three essential human components of
will, desire and capacity.
It is known that psychology has an essential part in
social organization. The psyche is a spiritual factor in human personality that
is productive of motivation. This is the area in which the power of will makes
possible a choice of action. What is chosen will be governed by the level of
desire that is productive of the motivation. Desire is to the human what
polarity is to substance. In fact, desire is an unsatisfied polarity, and it is
this that causes humans to be restless entities that are always wanting,
seeking, going, trying, being, or wishing they could. This is sometimes called
the desire for life fulfillment, and often spoken of as seeking
Physical science is based on factors of physical nature
that are fairly well understood. An adequate social science involves an
understanding of physical nature, human nature and spiritual nature. The reason
for this is that a human is a spiritual entity functioning in a physical body.
The functions of the physical mechanism are well understood, but the spiritual
and psychical aspects are not so clearly comprehended. In the study of matter
we deal with particles of substance that have no choice of action except their
polarity and they obey certain known rules. This makes possible the formation
of a dependable physical science . Because the power of will gives the human a
choice of action it is hardly possible to establish an exact social science.
All fields of mechanical, electrical, and chemical
engineering are derived from understanding of physical science. Human
engineering derives from understanding in social science, but there are few, if
any, truly qualified social engineers. We realize the need of a social
structure that is productive of peaceful living and fulfillment in life, but we
lack comprehension of what best fills this need. A well-organized human society
depends on well-organized members. The basis of all organization lies in
purposeful planning. The fulfillment of purpose requires rightful direction of
action. This is generally regarded as a form of efficiency and economy in the
use of persons and materials. There can be no adequate social science until
efficiency and economy are organized for constructive living.
Therefore, any form of waste interferes with organized
The industrial and business aspect of life is highly
organized. This is made possible because of leadership that guides the
enterprises. Humans sell their labor to those who own and manage commercial
enterprises. In this manner the material needs of life are supplied. The
economic aspect is only one that forms the basis of an organized society.
Government and religion are other aspects. Government helps to establish co-operative
interaction between persons, and religion helps to establish relationships with
our Source of Being.
It is well to comprehend some of the obstacles to social
organization. Among them we find weak will, low-level desire, and lack of
capacity in comprehension. Persons of weak will are unstable and not
dependable. If they have low-level desire they will not want what is best. This
makes a fertile field for false concepts, illusions, twists, prejudices, fallacies
and superstitious. It is easy to see that these are obstacles to social
organization and the establishment of social science. It would seem that our
civilization ought to be able to overcome these obstacles, but, evidence
indicates that we have not yet achieved such. The level of mass consciousness
is a block to social science. A good example of this is the cigarette habit.
Here we see a form of waste that is a terrific burden, interfering with health
and producing losses that cause much privation and suffering. Yet, in spite of
such waste, loss and suffering, smoking is socially accepted, morally approved,
and publicly encouraged, and many persons in high-level position; are victims
of the habit. This is not indicative of wholesome living that would make a
well-organized society possible.
The person who desires to rise above the common level need
not wait for the mass level of consciousness to be raised. He is permitted to
make choices of action that bring him above it. If he has strong will,
high-level desire, and good comprehension he can rise to levels of fulfillment
unknown to the average person. One of his Great needs is that of finding
adequate sources of information. We know that churches are not able to supply
the information for they are too divided to offer the enlightenment that is essential.
Schools are not making adequate provision for the knowledge. Thus it is
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necessary for enlightened individuals to offer their help
through other means. This is a slow process, but it does help to guide seekers
into paths of fulfillment through understanding of man's purpose on earth, his
goal in life, and his future destiny. They learn that the energy of the
physical universe and the power of God in the spiritual universe are as one,
and that it is in Him and this energy that we live and move and have our being.
We are channels and substations for this lower and energy, acting as
subordinate centers of creative activity.
What we create depends upon our degree of enlightenment.
This in turn is governed by the strength of our will, the level of our desire,
and the comprehension we have acquired. With these attributes we learn to
function in harmony with our Source of Being, and thereby help to establish the
kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. This is our best way of understanding how
to establish in adequate social science. There can be no social science without
- L.L. Castetter
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From the Daily Times Otago, New Zealand) dated July 23, 1968, comes this extract of "The Great Airstrip Mystery of sixty years ago.'
The Great Airship mystery of 1909 filled newspaper columns
for weeks and gave rise to wild speculations. Was it a fact? Was it a wonderful
hoax? Or was it the start of the flying saucers from outer space theory?
The first sighting, mid-July, 1909, concerned mysterious
lights in the sky, thought to have been attached to an airship, over the Wangalon
hills, near Kaitangata. However, at the time, airships hardly existed outside
the pages of Jules Verne!
The story was received with some incredulity but as the
witnesses were of unimpeachable integrity the Otago Daily Times sent its Kelso
correspondent to check eye-witness accounts. He reported: There is not the
slightest doubt that the airship was seen at Kelso ... It is cigar shaped or
boat shaped and is pointed at each end.
It did not appear to be very long in build but was very
broad... It flew over and past the school grounds, turned around and went back
the way it carne. It was flying along very easily and had no trouble in
turning. It came from the direction of the Blue Mountains and over the wooded
area near Kelso. It was seen by at least five persons whose statements are in
The following day came reports that "the thing;"
had been sighted by people on the other side of the Blue Mountains and later,
by people again on the Kelso side. The consistent stories told of a bright
light in the sky. By. the next night the light had been seen further south, and
Sighting reports continued even as inventors related their
experiments and youths told of practical jokes with balloons. Suggestions to
solve the mystery were varied-a spy machine, an Australian smuggler ship, local
secret airship trials; cosmic luminous dust of meteoric or cometary origin. The
meteor theory was the most popular though the behavior of the lights, as
attested to by reliable citizens, did not fit the pattern.
August 6th the airship was again seen near Kelso by 10
hitherto skeptical workmen, who described it as a cigar shaped balloon with a
carriage suspended below. It had a powerful white headlight and changed
altitude steadily several times. Other reports continued for a time until the
news was pushed aside "by the wreck of the Maori off Capetown and
the greater mystery surrounding the loss of the liner Waratah."
Long afterwards came a story that a collection of rusty
machine tools had been found in deep brush of the Blue Mountains. Questions
continued. "Where had they come from? Were they actually from the mystery
airship" Was it all a gigantic hoax, if so, how did its perpetrators keep
it so secret? Or was it some sort of mass hallucination, possibly induced by
some meteorological phenomena?"
There still is no easy answer to these and other
questions. Sixty years ago the thought of airships in Otaga was a far wilder
idea than current speculations that flying saucers are really from other
planets. "The Kelso mystery ship may indeed have been a colonial
forerunner of today's U.F.O.s."
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I am a seeker, just as you who are holding this magazine
are seeking something. For this is life. A man does not read, speak, nor listen
for any reason other than to seek out something. When we communicate with one
another; whether by the printed word or by way of the voice, we are
experiencing, and to experience is to bring about a more integrated human
In the beginning of our search, there is not that
knowledge that we are looking for ourselves. So many times we think that our
search came about by accident, or that we, a an intellectual, should know more
about this or that subject. But do not delude yourself there is and will always
be a higher power guiding that search: turning you towards those experiences
which will be for your growth, spiritually and materially. Through our academic
training; as children we become interdependent beings. We do not look for those
guidances that are continually directing us. We think all our actions are of
ourselves. Twenty years ago it was almost heresy to acknowledge a higher
purpose intermingled within our. will, or that if and with our co-operation,
this guidance could lead us where we wanted to go. But today men are willing to
listen and eager to think that there may be a place to look for answers outside
of their own reasonings. We have seen the mess made of this world through our
own reasonings and the majority would be glad to have a helping hand in the
molding and reshaping of our mistakes.
Man has taken himself off the pedestal. He is beginning
to see that it is possible that higher forms of life could manifest in a
different way than mere carnal bodies. We are really for new knowledge and this
is the prerequisite to the searcher for truths -- being ready to accept
something different. Being willing to turn loose of old ideas in order to
implant more beautiful flowers of thought within the mind.
Those people who are ready and willing are the fruit of
the harvest of what is to come in our world. They are the flowers of the plant.
They are the blossoms which the higher power will water. They are the future.
Man innately rejects truth and change. Not because he desires stupidity, but
because of his carnal will. Those who are ready and willing; to change are
seekers of truths, no matter
the vein in which it may flourish-religiously,
scientifically, socially, economically or whatever. Truth changes the world
through thought. Thought is man's avenue to material, physical and religions
peace. Thought is the tool by which we see ourselves as we really are, and to
know what you really are is to finish the journey and start the job. A job of
fulfilling the self, not only for your own self-advancement, but for the
advancement of mankind.
There is always that part of a person which will rebel
against new thought. Man must learn to know what it is he desires and then work
willingly with that drawing flower inside himself, in order to accomplish his goal.
There is ever the constant dread that what you turn loose of, may put you on a
dangerous avenue, but to turn loose is only to gain something new, and in the
end that which a person gains is far more worthy and beautiful than that which
he has given up. The parable of the rich man who asked the Christ what else he
must do symbolizes this point. This man was rich in obedience to the natural
laws. When he was told to relinquish these riches-he could not, and he lost
that opportunity to gain. You cannot hold those old ideas and add to them new
concepts of a higher order, for they will not interfere with the reasoning
power, but will leave the mind in a state of non-belief. The wavering within
the mind will persist until one of the two ideas are rooted from the
Whenever we turn loose of an old idea and run the gambit
of new ones, it is likened to a wheel: you will always reach back to the
starting point, but by making the trip around the circumference, you have made
a whole circle. It is complete. There are no longer any missing spokes. It has
grown from the original thought into a total concept, clothed in a higher form.
Fear of the unknown is the stop-gap to man's broadening
power of the mind. Fear inhibits the reasoning powers of man. We do not wish to
change until we know what the eventual outcome will be, and this is in itself
impossible. It can only be said that the original will be garnished with the
frosting of understanding. Frosting does not detract from the cake. It adds
beauty and sweetness to the original creation. This we must learn to do-add
that frosting to our understanding.
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The necessary part of the word "faith" is not to
believe what is told us in the material, but to "trust," as we delve
into the unknown to find that, understanding that will build wisdom. Faith is a
tool for the treading of the path of the unknown-not the known. As the supreme
Being is of the unknown, we must fly unto him, rather than he fly unto us. This
is where our faith is to be used, in that journey through the realm of
spiritual enlightenment. Faith is our sword and hope is our banner. Victory
will be our goal if we will but carry our sword and handler with us at all
-L. C. Morton
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The majority of the books reviewed in this magazine are
for the interest of adults. However, many of these adults are also parents who
want to firing up their children on space-conscious ideas and knowledge.
With a little searching on your part in the public
libraries, you will be amazed to find that there are many books for all ages
written with metaphysical truths woven into fiction. We have picked out only a
few of these for review here, with the hope that not only will you provide them
for your children but that you will take time out to read them yourself.
"The Forgotten Door" by Alexander Key is
published by Scholastic Book Services. This exciting book is dedicated to
"all those who like the starlight and wonder about other places and other
people." Here is a truly enchanting and intriguing tale of a strange boy
who can talk to animals and read people's minds.
Suddenly, out of "nowhere," Jon finds himself on
the planet Earth. He cannot remember what happened, where he carne from nor who
he is. Very sensitively, this book tells the adventures in which Jon finds
himself involved, and about the wonderful earth family that befriends and
protects him from an angry and confused town. The way that Jon finds his way
home again becomes an exciting mystery story, but filled with truths, one of
which is that our Society cannot accept or live with these beings from advanced
"The Little Prince," written and illustrated by Autoine
de Saint-Exupery, is published by Harcourt, Brace and World, New York. Imagine
crashing your airplane in the Sahara desert and meeting a little prince who
lives on a planet that is scarcely bigger than a house!
During the days it took the author to repair his airplane
following the accident, the friendship between the earthman and the little
prince grew strong. Information about the prince's planet, his departure from
it and his journey to Earth came slowly, as it might chance to fall from the
Among the many subjects discussed were flowers. The little
prince asked, "The thorns on flowers-what use are they." The author
replied: "The thorns are of no use at all. Flowers have them just for
spite!" But the visitor from space could not accept that. He insisted that
flower are naive-that they reassure themselves as best they can and that they
believe their thorns are terrible weapons.
Eventually the author learns how the prince has come to
earth as part of a migration of birds, and of his visits through the asteroids
and other planets, each inhabited. The prince has a tale for each. When he
reaches earth he searches for man. It is this search that brings pathos,
happiness and tenderness to this unusually charming book.
As the publishers state on the jacket, "There are a
few stories which in some way, in some degree, change the world forever for
their readers. This is one."
"Spaceship to Saturn" by Hugh Walters is
published by Criterion Books, Inc. The titles of the books that Mr. Waiters has
written is quite impressive to the space-conscious youth. Among them are:
"Destination Mars," "Expedition Venus," "First on the
moon," "Mission to Mercury," "Outpost on the Moon,"
"Terror by Satellite" and "Journey to Jupiter."
The locale for these exciting stories is England and
revolves around telepathic twins who are also astronauts. During their briefing
for the trip to Saturn, the scientist who had been responsible for organizing
their previous adventures into space, said: "If we are ever to explore
other solar systems, if we want to make a serious search for other intelligent
life, then either we must travel much
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faster than light or we must acclimate our crews to a very
long journey." And so the young: astronauts were first introduced to
hypothermia, the lowering of body temperature for surgical operation.
The author utilizes actual scientific theories with a
thrilling tale of science fiction. The trip to Saturn is an exciting voyage,
filled with danger and suspense, telling how the astronauts were frozen for the
journey, how they managed to send signals even when in deep sleep and how they
overcame the strong gravitational fields of Saturn's rings.
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(Grants Pass Courier, Grants Pass, Ore., Sept.
(UPI)-A scientific panel reported today that "sophisticated new eyes"
have converted the earth itself into a fine space station from which to study other
planets in the solar system.
The panel urged construction of up-to-date ground-based
astronomical facilities north and south of the equator to supplement the work
of artificial spacecraft.
The report and recommendations were issued by the Panel on
Planetary Astronomy of the Space Science Board of the National Academy of
Sciences. The panel's work was supported by the National Aeronautics and Space
Administration (NASA) which often has emphasized the need for observations from
Earth as well as from space.
Until recently, the earth's turbulent atmosphere has
operated as a sort of blinder for astronomers trying to get a clear view of the
rest of the solar system.
Thanks to the "new eyes" reported by the panel
this is no longer entirely true. Radar, radio image scanning with the help of
and infrared light are now helping astronomers to see
through the atmosphere to the planets.
The report was prepared by 15 scientists under John S.
Hall, director of Lowell Observatory. It noted that radar, radio and infrared
astronomical observations have reaped new information about Mars, Venus, Jupiter.
and Mercury not thus far obtainable by other means.
Fish Food Plant
(Chicago Tribune, Aug. 28, 1968)
New York, Aug 27 [Special]-A 4 million dollar plant for
the production of fish protein concentrates is being planned for Eastern Canada,
probably in Nova Scotia, the magazine Chemical Week reports.
The unit, with an initial capacity of about 20 million
pounds a year, would be the first large-scale plant for production of fish
protein. Supporting the project is H. Wilson Duval, founder and former
president of Puerto Rico Chemical, which was acquired by Hooker Chemical about
a year and a half ago.
Production of protein concentrates from fish to feed the
world's poor has been talked about for years, but to date no economically
feasible plan has been worked out.
Japanese to America First?
(Waikiki Beach Press, Hawaii, Sept. 9-12, 1968)
It is possible that neither Leif Erickson nor Christopher
Columbus were the first to land on America's shores.
According to Rep. Spark M. Matsunaga, the Japanese may
have accomplished the historic feat.
Rep. Matsunaga told the House Rules Committee in Washington
that, "anthropologists found bones and artifacts that were Japanese that
actually predated 1492."
Dr. Richard J. Pearson, associate professor of
anthropology at the University of Hawaii, thinks there may be evidence backing Matsunaga's
Pieces of pottery similar in design to pottery created in Japan
in 3,000 B. G. have been found in Ecuador by the director of the U.S. National
Museum. It is possible that the Japanese could have drifted from Southern
Kyushu to Ecuador.
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Guide on Transplants
WASHINGTON - (UPI) --A noted heart transplant surgeon called
yesterday for a new definition of death and broad rules to help doctors
determine "who's the fortunate individual to get the organ" if two
patients need it to live.
"We must spell out the ideal recipient and the ideal
donor," Dr. Denton A. Cooler of Houston said as 60 leading transplant
experts convened to discuss transplant problems and to write a new code of
ethics to guide doctors in picking transplant patients and in performing the
Dr. Cooley said death should be legally "redefined in
terms of brain damage," scrapping the old definition of heart cessation.
He said the question of "who's the fortunate individual to get the
organ" nearly always is answered by tissue tests and the wishes of
potential recipients and their relatives.
Dr. Cooley said heart transplants cost "around
$12,000 to $15,000" He said medical insurance and donations to hospitals
must absorb the cost so new hearts are not limited to rich people.
"We do not think this is a luxury kind of
thing," Cooley said. "So far," he said, "we've had no
affluent recipients, they're all wage earners."
Strange Lights Terrify Taradale'
(New Zealand Herald, Sept. 15, 1968)
Two Taradale youths who leapt from their car seconds
before it ploughed into a shop window say they had to "bail out" because
they were being ceased by a diving flying saucer.
Their story has been accepted by Napier police, who have
since been patrolling areas where saucers leave been spotted.
A resident who rushed outdoors when he heard the crash,
Mr. P. Walker, said the youths hobbled from the scene "trembling with
"Apparently they had been hunting the flying saucers
for the last few days," he said.
"On the previous Friday night they heard an explosion
near the Taradale dump and saw a massive flashing object rise from the
Mr. Walker added: "They said they saw some of these
things flying in formation and told the cops, who laughed at them."
On Monday night, the youths set out again and reported
another sighting to the police.
The following evening they said they had seen a flying
saucer and had followed it by driving round the town.
"They reckoned it dived on them," said Mr.
Walker, "and one of the youths called out `Bail out, it's got us.'
The car is supposed to have been travelling at between 30
and 40 mph when they jumped.
The boys, one works for Mr. Walker, didn't want to talk
about the incident.
It is understood the insurance company handling the crash
damage claim has accepted the saucer story. But it refused to comment.
(By Robert Gillette, San Francisco Examiner,
Sept. 29, 1968)
Despite shattering earthquakes in Iran, the Philippines
and Turkey the occurrence of great earthquakes is the lowest around the world
since modern measurement be-an at the turn of the century, according to a Pasadena
Regarding speculation that worldwide earthquake activity
is increasing, or that a disastrous shock will hit California soon, Dr. James
Brune said neither notion has any scientific basis.
He said there is no evidence of increased activity in the
earth's crust and, "In my opinion it is a mistake to consider scientific
evidence in the same sense as predictions based on visions, prophesies,
communications from God or other spiritual communications."
Dr. Brune is associate professor of geophysics at
California Institute of Technology and supervises the school's seismological
stations in Southern California.
Earthquakes stem from the movement of blocks of rock below
the earth's crust, Dr. Brune says.
He said there is "no evidence of any increase in the
rate of these motions."
In fact, seismologist are puzzled by a curious calm in the
earth. The occurrence of large earthquakes during the last few years is well
below average. And there has not been a heavy tremor-one with a magnitude of 8
or more on the Richter scale-since the shock that heaved across Alaska on March 26, 1964.
The four and a half years that have elapsed since then
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longest period without a great earthquake since scientific
measurements of seismic activity began around 1900.
But the relative calm may just be a random fluctuation in
earthquake activity, Brune says. At other time, the number of large quakes has
soared for no apparent reason.
By comparison to the 1960s, the 10 years between 1896 and
1906 saw 38 earthquakes with a magnitude over eight on the Richter scale. Only
four have occurred in the last 10 years.
Space Flights to Clear Mysteries
(Kansas City Star, Sept. 25, 1968)
By Aurthur J. Snider, Chicago Daily News Service
There are at least nine prominent theories on how the
Solar system was formed. Space flights will be required to resolve the
controversies, says a University of Chicago geophysicist.
Dr. James Witting has told a scientific meeting the three
most fruitful flights would involve an instrumented mission to Jupiter, a
second to Jupiter and on to a point near the sun, and a third to a space
between the stars.
About 317 times as massive as the earth, Jupiter possesses
seven-tenths of the combined mass of all the planets. Its gravitational
attraction may have regulated the orbits of all the other planets and accounts
for the fact that they all move in a common plane.
The medium between the stars is an important target
because its composition probably is a clue to the material out of which the
solar system formed.
The rotational qualities of the sun are the chief
unanswered question on which space flights could throw some light. Witting told
the American Astronautical society in Ann Arbor, Mich.
"Measurements of the sun's flatness at the poles from
which the angular momentum may be computed, is possible simply by tracking a
satellite in the right kind of orbit," he said. " The flight mode
requiring the least amount of energy would be one via Jupiter."
Controversy revolves around whether the entire solar
system originated from a single cloud or whether a pre-existing sun captured
part of an interstellar cloud from which ultimately the planets were formed.
Souls in Outer Space
The New Zealand Herald of September 14, 1968, published the following article, "Question of Souls in Outer Space," written by Charle
Foley in Rome.
During the Vatican Council, considerable support emerged
for the Belgian Bishop Andre Charue's suggestion that the old Church concept of
Heaven and Earth is out of date in this interplanetary age. "
It has been left to the Rector of the Roman College for
Juridical Studies, Monsignor Roberto Masi, to come up with some preliminary
answers. Although the fruit of several years study, they are, he says, far from
conclusive if only because holy Scripture is always giving new meanings."
Naturally, priests will, in time, travel in space with the
astronauts just as they travel already in conventional aircraft, says Monsignor
Masi. "But if one day the conquest of space brings us into contact with
intelligent extra-terrestrial beings, the Church cannot try to convert
What does Monsignor Masi think of the likelihood of such
"It cannot be excluded when you consider that in our
galaxy alone there are 100 million stars, many of which have planets. Before
God's omnipotence, how can we pretend to know that He hasn't created other
beings gifted with souls?"
And if they have souls, what is their spiritual state?
While no pronouncement from the Church could yet be
expected, Monsignor Masi says, we know that beings on other worlds would have
the same Creator as ourselves and may be assumed to obey the same natural and
"The Almighty, however, may have given them different
gifts requiring a different form of faith. One of the chief differences would
be this. While we on earth are all marked by original Sin, extra-terrestrial
beings aren't Adam's descendant. It may be that their first forefather sinned
as Adam did and it may not be.
Let us suppose that, he was a sinner. Then either his
progeny have been redeemed or they await a Redeemer of their own. In the first
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instance, their redemption may well have manifested itself
in a different shape than ours. It does not at all follow that Jesus descended
among them in the same form as he did among us 2000 years ago. He may instead
have been incarnated in a quite different form `applicable' to them, which only
they could recognize.
"It follows, then, that these strange beings with
their own Redeemer will not have the religious forms and concepts of our faith;
not even, as symbol of that faith, the Cross. Interplanetary missionaries would
be at a disadvantage."
Suppose, however, that they found other extra-terrestrial neighbours
to be unredeemed! Even so, says this leading Catholic theologian, they could
not try to convert them.
"For the simple reason that Jesus Christ has given us
a mandate for this world only," Monsignor Masi replies.
As for the chance that these being's might he "pure
spirit," that offers no problem since "immaterial beings do not
occupy space, and so astronauts would not encounter them."
Perhaps there could he beings of "pure energy."
Monsignor Masi admits the hypothesis but insists that these
would be corporate beings, even if not readily identifiable by human senses.
If we agree that "the extra-terrestrials" have
their own distinct physical attributes we may also suppose that their moral and
intellectual equipment will be diverse; it may well be, in Monsignor Masi's
view, superior to ours.
"In the scale of beings," he says, "there
is a strange and sudden interruption. From the very lowest form of life on
earth, the amoeba, to man there is a recognizable ascent. And among the angels,
too, this occurs; from the less perfect we come to the archangels closest to
God. But between man and the angels there is an inexplicable gap.
"Could it not be that this is, in reality, filled by
a series of living beings of different species of which we as yet know
nothing" The idea, like much of 'Monsignor Masi's thought, may be
disturbing. It plants the clear suspicion that in the spatial contacts of the
future we shall have a good deal more to learn than teach.
It's small, quaint, and old worldy, like a picture out of
the Middle Ages. I have roamed its tiny rooms and dark narrow hallways, climbed
the tiny, twisting stairs to the dimly lighted rooms above, but always alone.
This house is clearer in my mind than any of the fifty or
more houses and apartments in which I have silent almost seventy years. It's as
vivid as my present cheerful home where I've spent the last thirty-five years.
Oddly, I don't know where this house is or when, if ever, I lived there. My
family looked mystified when as a child I mentioned it, but later told me I
must be dreaming. I soon learned not to mention my visions of it.
The older I get the more vivid this house becomes; I lie
half-awake sometimes and am startled to discover I'm in this house. When and
where did I live there? Why is the veil lifted so briefly and dropped? A friend
believes I'm seeing into the past where my soul wandered through the centuries
before I was born-the state from which birth freed me. Could it also be
something to come! Who knows?
- Della Munro
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that their lending library has undergone a complete overhauling. In addition 40
new books have been added, the latest volumes on ESP, Reincarnation, and Saucers,
with more coming!
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