For January, 1966
UNDERSTANDING ...................................................................... 2
GOOD WILL AMBASSADORS .................................................................................... 3
RESOLUTION FOR 1966 .............................................................................................. 5
STEPS: TOWARD A NEW WAY OF LIFE ................................................................. 6
FICTION NOT FACT ....................................................................................................... 7
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING .................................................................................... 9
UNDERSTAND YOURSELF FIRST ........................................................................... 11
world report ........................................................................................................... 12
THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH ..................................................................................... 15
Book reviews ............................................................................................................ 15
Poet’s corner .......................................................................................................... 16
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EDITOR ........................................................................................... Dr.
DANIEL W. FRY
asst. editor ........................................................................... kerttu
circulation manager ........................................................... edna
staff artist ................................................................................... gus
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VOLUME XI JANUARY, 1966 NUMBER
Dedicated to the propagation
of a better understanding among all the peoples of the earth, and of those who
are not of earth.
(With this issue, the Understanding Magazine begins its
tenth year of publication. It seems an excellent time to restate the purpose
for which it was founded. Hence the reprint of the editorial from Vol. 1, No.
1. It is just as true and just as timely as when it was first printed ten years
"The greatest wealth which may he acquired by man,
is a complete understanding." - A-lan
Many articles are written, and many orations delivered
each week, which have as their subject the present-day needs of this nation,
and of the world. The needs listed are fully as numerous as those who list
them, yet each writer, and each lecturer seems to feel that the needs which he
points out are the critical needs. The needs upon which our civilization will
stand or fall.
Concerning this country, many writers appear to believe
that what we need most at the present time are more and better weapons
defensive weapons, to protect ourselves against attack, and offensive weapons
to retaliate if attack should come. Unfortunately, under present conditions,
there is a considerable amount of logic to be
found in this argument, and there are several millions of
persons in this country whose principal occupation is the filling. of this
need. However, this is not a basic need. It is what we might call a symptom of
a greater need, which existed before it.
With regard to the world at large, many authorities
believe that the greatest need is to raise the production of all industries and
farms to the point that hunger and want will vanish from the earth. This is
indeed a consummation devoutly to be wished, but before there can be any
possibility of its accomplishment, there is again a prior need which must be
I would like to point out that what the world needs most
today, and what the world has always needed most, is simple understanding
between man and man, between State and State, between nation and nation and
between all men and God.
Our philosophers and spiritual leaders have often told us
that we must lore our fellow men, but we are not told how to go about it.
Unfortunately, love is an emotion which is not subject to the will. No man can
love anyone or anything simply because he is advised or commanded to do so.
Understanding is an absolute prerequisite to love, and it has the further
duality that hate and fear cannot exist it its presence. It inevitably brings
to man the realization that, "he best helps himself, who helps his
It is because we feel that the lack of understanding is
man's greatest poverty, that we have dedicated this new publication to the task
of creating a greater degree of understanding between all the peoples of the
earth, and of bringing to them some of the under-standing of those beings who
are not of earth.
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"You, yourself saw how we live like rats on a
hillside but your beautiful magazines act like an umbrella to protect me from
the ugliness around me," wrote one of the hundred thousand Asian people
who know America better because of a project that grew out of a pleasure trip
to the Orient.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Mayers were in the Orient for pleasure
but they discovered that American magazines were scarce or nonexistent
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on the Asian newsstands, that Asian people knew America
chiefly through trashy movies and communist publications. Sophia Mayers thought
of all the magazines tossed in the trash cans each month in America. She
coupled the Asian need for good American reading material and better
understanding to our country's waste, and an idea was born.
They sailed for home, set up a workshop in their (now
grown) children's old nursery. They wrote to an Indonesian newspaper to see if
its readers would like to contact Americans who would send them their discarded
magazines each month. They received twenty-five hundred replies. Mrs. Mayers
spoke on the local TV station and thousands of listeners offered to promote
this project of understanding.
"The project is a simple thing," says Mrs.
Mayers " We match English-speaking Asians who tell us their publication
preferences, with Americans who agree to send at least one magazine a month to
Americans read and discard almost 37 million magazines a
month. Most of the magazines they discard give a reasonably true picture of our
country. When the Asian people see an American magazine depicting how we live
and think in this country, they know it is not propaganda. They read and see it
for the truth as it is. Thus, it serves to combat the vicious, hate-inciting
propaganda about America that is daily being poured into the Asian countries by
Red China. The Soviet Union and Red China spend an estimated $3.5 billion
annually just to train propagandists.
If you would like to help thwart these trained
propagandists and to promote better understanding between the United States and
Asia by sending a magazine it doesn't even have to be the same magazine each
month (substitute "Life" for "Look," etc.) then just send a
stamped, self-addressed envelope to ---
2444 Silver Ridge Ave.
Los Angeles 39, California.
Sending a magazine does not necessitate a pen-pal
relationship but many Americans enjoy sending a magazine and writing friendly
letters also. Many Asians speak English fluently, which is a surprise to many
Americans. The Asians are just as surprised to learn that
we "rich" Americans wash our own cars, wax our
own floors, and many other things they see and read about in the stories,
articles, and advertisements of the American magazines. The Asians express a
wish most often for copies of "Life," "Look,"
"Reader's Digest," "Newsweek," and many of the technical
magazines, but any magazine for the general reacting public would be gladly
The person who mails a magazine regularly to an Asian
friend, rather than tossing it. on the trash heap, is helping our country just
as much as the United States Information Agency which spends approximately $110
million a year on anti-propaganda programs. This project rates highly with the
State Department, for it gives every citizen all opportunity to become an
Ambassador of good will by sharing the magazine he no longer needs. It's a well
known truth that better informed people are less hostile in their attitudes. So
write a letter to this worthwhile organization, obtain an Asian address, and
get your discarded magazines in the mail. Who knows, you may meet an
interesting pen-pal or form a valuable and lasting friendship. Lacking one of
these, your discarded magazines can do no less than make the crowded Asian way
of living a trifle more enjoyable.
- Mabel Turney
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Does your list. of New Tear's Resolutions include time for
mankind's "Biggest Issue?" Or, as expressed by historian Arnold
Toynbee, is your personal life and that of your nation afflicted with so many
immediately pressing problems that. both you and your nation are tempted to
live from hand to mouth?
While we are wrestling with the problems of the moment, it
is not easy to find time and energy for dealing with the questions which may
not seem to be so important-yet-which may, in truth, be more decisive, in the
long run, for determining mankind's fate. British minds are naturally
preoccupied with the problem of Rhodesia, the United States with Vietnam, Russia
with China, and China with the United States. Other countries have their
problems also. Thus, there is a danger that we may all neglect the
"Biggest Issue." Or,
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worse still, we may think of this in terms of our
immediate problems, instead of subordinating these to the overriding aim of
solving mankind's most important problem.
And what, according to Toynbee, is this "Biggest
Issue!" Control of the nuclear spread!
In a recent interview for the London Observer Service,
Toynbee has stated that he feels the two current world super-powers, Russia and
America, should abandon their rivalry and go into partnership to give a joint
guarantee against atomic attack, from any quarter, to all nations. Such nations
would, in return, guarantee not to attempt to acquire atomic weapons. All nations
would have to agree to the settlement of their disputes by the United Nations.
France wants her bomb for prestige, China for power in
international affairs. Both France and China might feel more secure if Russia
mid America agree to scale down their atomic armaments as a condition to
agreement by France and China not to up-scale theirs.
The re-unification of Germany will become feasible when Russia
and America have acquired sufficient confidence in each other to cease to fear
that a reunited Germany- might throw its weight into the scales against one or
the other of them.
Halting the proliferation of atomic armaments will not be
solved automatically in the nature of relations between Russia and America.
However, if this were achieved, mankind could look into the future with renewed
hope, however long and hard the road to salvation might still prove to be.
Whether or not. we agree with Toynbee's opinions is
relatively unimportant. However, it is vital that each individual formulate a
practical, intelligent viewpoint towards the "Biggest Issue," and
that he make this viewpoint known to his elected representatives.
True, this requires time and energy over and above the
daily issues! Yet if we do not include this time and energy in our Resolutions
for 1966, how many more years will we have in which to follow this time-honored
- M. Shearmen
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Let. him who differs prove the opposite. - Agni Yoga
A New Age requires a new way of life on many levels; a new
heart will a new mind and will, which all may have. There are new vistas
opening and many new visions of higher ideals. The heart yearns for harmony and
union with the Source of All Good, and begins to seek ways to accomplish it.
There is all awakening to the Higher and lower Self- traits are revealed in
.the latter which are common to all mankind, not worthy to be brought into the
We find two natures, two minas, utterly opposed to each
other, yet living together in our being. One is selfless, humble, good, caring
for others rather than for self. The other is self-centered, proud, independent
and rebellious. We see the lower self often taking control, to our shame and
sorrow, and wonder how we may be free from these instinctive habits of behavior.
In sincerity we ask to be shown the way. In faith we ask
to be helped through each day, that we may live it in gentleness and kindness,
in tolerance and understanding. There: is a humble desire to submit the will
and mind to the merciful and never-failing power of the Higher Self, The
Christ-Within. We are lightened of our burden and given hope that we are
starting on a new and vastly better endeavor and we are not. alone.
Our prayer thoughts bring peace of mind and a soothing
relaxation irritation and tenseness disappear. We have only to think of
kindness, patience and understanding as being what we desire to manifest; think
of brotherly love and goodwill toward men and we find it is actually possible
to have these virtues. There is always help from the higher Self-from God, when
our hearts reach out for a better way of life. Our frank and honest appraisal
of ourselves will bring a quick ability to become one with the Higher Self - so
long as there is permitted neither justification nor concealment from self,
nothing deters our advancement.
We can learn to live on our higher level, having fewer and
lesser slips back into the habits of the lower self, thus bringing ever
increasing peace of mind, well-being, and joy of heart to ourselves and to all
whose lives we touch.
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A race who had mastered space
came to this planet about 3500 B.C.
for exploratory purposes.
They carried with them many scientific testing devices
and the necessary implements of survival.
One of the most necessary implements
for their survival as human beings
was a handbook on adult human behavior
to constantly remind them that they were adults
and that they must act like adults
if they wished to continue their existence
under the confining conditions of space travel
and in any unexpected situation which might develop
on unexplored planets.
The handbook contained easy-to-remember
reminders on all phases of adult behavior
and was designed not only for individual study
but for group oral recitation
which was done daily as a continuing check
on everyone's good behavior.
The book was nick-named by the astronauts
"I-am-the-way-the-truth-and-the-life" all run
from the titles of the various sections in it,
"I Am," "The Way," "The Truth,"
and " The Life."
O the planet, Earth, the natives were, curious
about the activities of the strange visitors
and their loud noises and bright lights
and mechanized equipment.
They watched in amazement,
considering the men to be Gods
who had come down from the stars.
They saw the respect of the men for the book
and they listened to the oral recitations from it.
And then they went home to their villages
and tried to repeat what they had heard
and tried to make replicas of the objects they had seen.
And these became religious ceremonies
where they worshipped in fear and awe
and which were passed from one generation to the next.
And centuries passed and the ceremonies continued.
And there were different exploratory space-craft
and the same tiling happened each time.
Until 1947 and later.
This time the civilization was more mature.
They did not. make ceremonies out of what they saw.
They denied publicly that there were any ships.
The people who had seen them were having hallucinations.
And the people who rode in them, well--
And anyone who read the published accounts
or talked to the people who had seen the ships
and their occupants, well---
For some reason it is easier to accept the fact
that a man is insane and having hallucinations
than it is to admit
that. there might be one other civilization,
just as advanced as this one is,
among the thousands and thousands of galaxies
and millions and millions of habitable planets
that we know exist.
I would be willing to bet that in 2000 years
as a result of our first explorations;
men from Earth on planet Y in X galaxy
will be trying desperately
to find an intelligent sensible way
to tell a highly advanced intelligent civilization
that their religion is based upon a book of adult behavior
and the rituals upon the movements of men
sent from Earth thousands of years before
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to teach and to explore and to help
all of the people to become adult human beings
who will refuse to participate any more
in witch hunts or cannibal feasts
or inquisitions or torture machines
because they do not agree with other human beings,
(or burn crosses at midnight while dressed in white
And I keep remembering in Homer's poetic reminisces;
it was the men who acted with courage and honor,
not the Gods.
-- Jane Ellen Allen
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Ronald Thompson, AP Aerospace Writer, comments that the
marathon voyage of Gemini 7 is a true test of togetherness for Frank Borman and
James A. Lovell, Jr as the two astronauts travel in cramped quarters for two
weeks. The flight's medical director, Dr. Charles Berry says "I would be
really quite surprised if we do not see some fatigue or irritability that goes
with fatigue." The officials want Borman and Lovell to maintain a
work-rest cycle as near as possible to the one they keep on earth.
The Kansas City Star of October 14, 1965, published an article "The Land of No Day or Night" which further details the
physiological changes and stresses to which the astronauts are subject.
An astronaut in orbit around the earth is exposed to a
total of 16 sunrises and 16 sunsets every 24 hours instead of the single light
dark cycle of day and night that characterizes a day on earth.
But in traveling out to the moon or to another planet,
there are no sunrises or sunsets -- just continuing glaring light. The earth
What the disappearance of the day means to an astronaut. concerns
the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. For man's entire
physiological responses, the full range of his activities, are synchronized to
this ''4-hour cycle by means of built-in responses -- biological clocks or rhythms.
Any major shift in the light-dark pattern of the cycle, such as is found in
space, results in de-synchronization of these rhythms.
The effects are fatigue and reduced mental alertness.
NASA scientists are trying to uncover the body mechanisms
that control biological rhythms.
Dr. Charles Winget, physiologist at NASA's Ames Research Center,
Moffett Field, Calif., feels that the astronaut in space probably will he aisle
to synchronize his biological clocks to some measure of time within the
spacecraft and will be able to perform in space at maximum efficiency.
"If his biological rhythms become desynchronized in
the return to earth, the experience of re-entry could be very discomforting and
even dangerous," Dr. Winget said. "For even in the environment. of
earth, within the normal functioning of the biological rhythms to the 24-hour
single cycle of light and darkness, there are points or periods of dangerously
low resistance to stress."
For example, in cases of infection, complicated by a rise
in body temperature, it is a medical fact that the amount of temperature
elevation is greater and patients tend to be sicker at night.
BUT biological rhythms are more than a matter of sickness
and health. They can be a matter of life and death. Studies at Ames and
elsewhere indicate there may be a definite correlation between the fatality of
a disease and the time in the 24-hour cycle it enters the body.
In one such study, the same dose of a certain bacteria was
given at different periods of light and darkness in the 24-hour cycle to groups
of rats of the same age and vigor.
Those infected at the twilight period of light (just
before it begins to fade into darkness) had 50 per cent deaths. The group
infected shortly after the onset of darkness lead 95 per cent fatalities. Those
exposed to infection at the earliest light phase (dawn) had only 5 per cent of
Extrapolated to man, this apparent variation in biological
rhythms with the ebb and flow of resistance to stress in the 24-hour
"day" could mean great dancer to the astronaut from the stress of
re-entry at one particular period.
If this period can he predetermined, it way be possible to
eliminate the danger chemically by means of drugs, and thereby change the
And, once unlocked by the space scientists, the mystery of
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rhythms holds a promise for man's mental and physical
wellbeing on earth as well as in space.
From a news clipping from Concordia, Kansas, August 1965,
written by Marion Ellet under file title of "Mugwump Musings" We
offer the following:
It's too had that these unidentified flying objects which
are being reported are not visitations from outer space. It would be the
best thing that could happen to us. For whether they were friendly or
unfriendly visitations we'd stop fighting each other because it would scare the
living daylights out of the world leaders. They'd cling together like a lot of
frightened children. Mao Tze-Tung and Lyndon Johnson would not only crawl into
the same bed, they'd pull the same blanket over their heads and say the same
prayers between chattering teeth.
Probably one of the silliest things which has happened in
the whole recent epidemic of flying objects is the story which was released
over the radio about the object which did land and the shattered remains of
which were quickly gathered up by Air Force men and whisked away without
comment, and without further report.
If that didn't happen then the radio is guilty of
unforgivable and dangerous sensationalism. If it did happen (and there was
something on radar) the American people have a right to know whether it was an
American plane that fell and how the accident happened. Certainly we have not
yet reached the point of secrecy at which our military men cannot tell us that
we have lost a plane in test flight.
If it was a foreign plane we have a right to be told how
it got through our outer defenses and over the central United States without
being traced. We are still supposed to be the intelligent and free citizens of
a free country. We are still paying some of the heaviest taxes in the world,
and we have a right to know if our expensive home defenses are little more than
a joke. For we may need those defenses in the not too distant future.
If we are not careful our fear of the Red powers is going
to make us as secretive as the Reds with ourselves and our neighbors as well
as with the enemy. And that's a sure sign of ignorance and stupidity and of
You will never understand anyone else better than you can
under-stand yourself. You will never understand more about another than you do
about you. We have often been told that "Charity begins at home," but
we should also be reminded, and very often, that understanding of any other
person begins with one's self. Yet, if a national poll were made today in
answer to the question, "What do you understand best!" probably less
than a busload of people would list himself and I think if each one really
thought deeply about it after being reminded about "Charity begins at
home," etc., be would agree that to understand himself would be the most important
of all understanding. It is a fact, the closer we are to some-thing, the less
we pay-attention to it.
How many- times have you noticed someone criticizing
another for the same fault he himself has? The greatest critic I have observed
lately is a 14-year old boy who never misses an opportunity to tear down the
reputation of his teachers. If a teacher should misquote a word or be in error
in some way, no matter how small or minute, this boy never fails to tell me
about it. He does remember a large part of what he is taught, but whatever he
forgets will never include any mistake or error his teacher has made. He will
castigate his instructor for not coming to class fully prepared with information
on any subject or for not having enough pamphlets or books to give one to each
student, for having exhibits not as complete as those at the World Fair, etc.
Yet he commits many breaches himself in the preparation of his own homework,
class work, experiments, and in the contributions of his own effort to the
class. Yet if his shortcomings are mentioned he will justify his position. He
is convinced beyond a doubt, that lie is perfect, that his teachers, parents
and others do not yet realize this. Nothing, therefore, according to his
thinking, is ever his fault or responsibility. Adults also indulge in this type
of rationalization, more so than they realize. How about yourself, have you
ever been surprised when your pet belief was questioned or held to be in error?
It has happened to each of us.
We must check ourselves first when it comes to understanding
circumstances and people. For example, there is the story of a
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juror who replied to the question as to whether a criminal
verdict had been unanimous, "No, we did not reach a unanimous decision and
never could. You have no idea how obstinate all of the other eleven members
were." More than we may realize we are at times much like this unthinking
juror. We innately feel that the other fellow needs to change his opinion to be
right if his understanding differs from ours.
So, to understand your friends and others more, you must
start by understanding yourself more. You are a creature of reaction and only
your analytical mind can point out the true facts in any situation. It takes
much soul-searching as well as cool, analytical thinking to be right, more than
you are wrong, but as your understanding of self increases so will your
understanding of others.
- Harold Me Gowan
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(Alton Blakeslee, AP Science Writer, Decatur Herald,
Nov. 6, 1965)
the entire universe may well be made of anti-matter, a Swedish scientist says,
and thereby hang some intriguing ideas. Anti-matter means atoms and material
composed of just the reverse of the atomic particles that make up ordinary
atoms and material, including the earth and everything on it. When bits of
matter collide with opposing bits of anti-matter, they annihilate each other
and are transformed into radiation and energy.
Dr. Alfyen declares in Reviews of Modern Physics that half
of everything in the universe should be made of anti-matter, and theories of
the beginning of the universe are incomplete if they do not take this into
One basic law of atomic physics holds that for every kind
of particle that makes up an atom there is an anti-particle. Its just as
logical to assume that half of the material in the universe is anti-
matter-formed into atoms, stars, galaxies, even likely
living things, even maybe "anti-people" . . .
It could even be that every other star, or every other
galaxy, is. anti-matter-there's no way to prove or disprove this. Alfyen says
some of the puzzling objects recently detected that are irradiating stupendous
energy-known as quasars--may be the result of collisions between matter and
anti-matter. The same thing may explain some supernovae, or gigantic death
explosion, of stars.
There could, he adds, be a kind of insulating layer
between regions of matter and anti-matter. This could be similar to the
phenomena observed when drops of water fall on a hot stove. The drops form
globules that may last for minutes, because they are insulated from the heat by
a layer of superheated vapor. A gas of matter and anti-matter particles might
do the same thing in space.
(New York World, Jan 31, 1960)
The rising of the Atlantic bed is one of the most
important of the changes in the earth's surface.
It was discovered when the Eastern Cable Companies cable
between Cape Town and St. Helena broke some 800 miles north of the Cape. The
repair ship, instead of finding it at the depth it was laid in 1899, of 2,700
fathoms, or just over 3 miles, picked it up at only a little more than
three-quarters of a mile deep.
Therefore, the ocean bed must have risen more than two
miles within the last 60 years.
(Edmonton Journal, Oct. 28, 1965)
WASHINGTON-The chance that life once existed on Mars was
suggested today in three separate scientific reports.
All reports also challenge the notion that the faces of
Mars and the moon are of common age.
Pock marks on the face of Mars, the new calculations show,
are far younger geologically speaking than are the craters of the moon-younger by
billions of years.
The new calculations are based on the analysis of Mariner
IV photographs of the Martian surface, which revealed craters oil that planet
for the first time.
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If correct, the new calculations mean that Mars could have
had surface water during its early history and a far denser atmosphere than now
swaddles the planet's dry surface.
Just tire opposite picture was sketched for President
Johnson on July 29 when scientists associated with the Mariner exploration of
Mars gave a preliminary analysis of the Mariner photographs to the President
and the nation.
At that time, these scientists said that by analogy with
the moon, "much of the heavily cratered surface of mars must be very
ancient-perhaps two to five billion years old."
Now, all these assumptions are being challenged by three
separate studies published today in Science, the journal of the American
Association for the Advancement of Science.
Each of the studies attacks the problem the same way by calculating
the rate at which craters are formed oil Mars and snatching this rate against
that calculated for the lunar surface.
What each of these studies concludes is that Mars is being
pitted by fragments from comets and asteroids at a far higher rate than the
moon is being pocked during a comparable period of time.
This means that the 'Martian craters seen in the Mariner
photographs are only one-sixth the age of lunar craters or between 300 and 800
million years old, according to Edward Anders of the University of Chicago and
James R. Arnold of the University of California, San Diego.
The two scientists concluded that "the crater density
on Mars no longer precludes the possibility that liquid water and a denser
atmosphere were present on Mars during the first 3.5 billion years of its
Water and a dense atmosphere to shield the Martian surface
from deadly radiation are considered by many earthbound scientists to be
prerequisites for life on the red planet now or in ancient times.
Double Atlantis Theory
(Reprinted from The Oregonian, Oct. 4, 1965)
(Howard Simons, Washington Post-L. A.
Times News Service)
WASHINGTON- -Somewhere on the bottom of the Atlantic and
Indian oceans are Texas-sized chunks of a supercontinent that broke apart 150
million years ago and gave rise to all the Southern hemisphere continents and India.
That is the hypothesis advanced here by government
scientist Robert S. Dietz. Dietz, a geological oceanographer with the U. S.
Environmental Science Services Administration, said "a major effort would
be required to discover and survey such micro continents, but it would lead to
the conclusive solution of one of earth's major mysteries."
The mystery centers on the acceptance or rejection of
continental drift-a controversial theory advanced a half decade ago and pulled
apart and put back together again ever since.
Essentially, continental drift suggest that there once
were two supercontinents. These broke up and large chunks drifted apart. These
chunks became the continents as they are known today. And they are still
drifting apart. The two supercontinent idea was made public in 1915 by a German
meteorologist, A. Wegener.
What Wegener proposed 50 years ago and based largely on
geological evidence was the prehistoric existence of "Laurasia" and
"Gondwana." Laurasia was a northern hemisphere supercontinent and
comprised North America, Europe and Asia. "Gondwana," on the other
hand, combined South America, Africa, Madagascar, Antarctica, Australia and India.
In recent years, the theory of continental drift has come
back into vogue scientifically as evidence from a variety of sources and new
techniques indicates that the supercontinents can be fitted together
Dietz said that "any reconstruction of the Gondwana
supercontinent results in several Texas-sized missing pieces to this jigsaw
puzzle. A large submerged midcontinental block, capped by the Seychelles Islands
in the Indian Ocean, is one of these, but there must be others as well. Their
discovery is crucial to the drift theory. These missing pieces constitute the
`lost Atlantis' of the continental drift theory."
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What do you suppose would happen in Vietnam if all of our
planes were dropping good things for the people? What would be the result of
food, clothing, medicine, books, toys, raining down from the skies?
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This Dynamic World
(Charles W. Morgan, Vantage Press, 120 W. 31st Street,
New York, N.Y. $3.95)
This Dynamic World is a challenging and
controversial text although it is based upon the simple thesis of constant
change from the lower to the higher levels of being. Mr. Morgan's conclusions
are based upon exhaustive research and the text is illustrated with supporting
His interpretations of the inherent relationships between
all trends-mineral, plant, animal, human to spiritual-are viewed from a new and
universal perspective, with some startling and unusual results. Consider his
thesis, for example, that the United States, by permitting unlimited
immigration to its shores, could build a better nation, a better world, as well
as lasting peace!
The book is divided into four sections: Dynamic Eras of
Being; Dynamic Levels of Being; Dynamic Areas of Being; and Dynamic Ages of
Being. The time spans covered by the various trends is from one million years
B. C. to one million years A.D.
Mr. M organ explores these concepts: The greatest aim of
any and every person is spiritual growth; every person or thing is at a
different level of spiritual growth; spiritual growth is shaped by every
thought, word and deed, or any other change in the total environment. He then
submits to the reader the way to build a dynamic world which includes universal
You may not agree with Mr. Morgan but you will find the
book fascinating reading, and it will provide a definite challenge, mentally,
to substantiate a differing conclusion.
Welcome New Year
Welcome with joy the New-
Release the old with a
Meet the dawn of a new
With confidence and good
May the good and the true remain,
A memory precious and
Let the old failures and
Like autumn leaves fall at
Into the unknown future,
Advance with brotherhood
With footsteps eager and
And hearts with new love
The earth will bloom with
And no one may be
We all will share in the
Of humanity happy and
- Letha Reineman
JANUARY, 1966 19
On Saturday, January 22nd, 1966, at 8 P.M. the Inglewood
Unit 15 will present Mr. Albert J. McDonald of Lodi, California, President and
executive director of the Kinnamon Foundation for Biblical and Archaeological
Research. He will give a factual, and what promises to be exciting and
interesting illustrated slide lecture on the topic: "Before Columbus, the
History and Culture of North America." About 150 slides will be shown.
Mr. McDonald's talk will encompass the story of the
"Lost America" the Vikings, Leif Ericson, the Celts in America 1000
years before Columbus, the significance of the Iroquoi nations, ancient Indian
records relating the history of their people who came from the land of Mu
to what is now Western America.
The lecture will be given in the Business and Professional
Women's Clubhouse, 820 Java Street, Inglewood, California. Admission is by
donation and all are invited.
From Dr. C. H. Yeang of Penang, Malaya we have again
received a batch of the pink prayer sheets which are familiar to most of you.
The sheet is entitled: World-wide, Divine Love Radiation Service. 'flee purpose
is to unite the prayers of millions by synchronizing the times of prayer with
groups all over the world.
Please write to Merlin if you wish copies to use with your
Oakland Unit Inactive
Rev. Della Larson, long term President of Oakland Unit. 3
and dedicated New Age server, made her transition October 1965.
The Home Office has been advised that as no one feels
adequate to assume the responsibilities and work so ably carried by Hey. Della
Larson that. Unit 3, for the time being at least, will become inactive. Members
are encouraged to affiliate with Unit 11 or San Francisco and to write to Mrs.
Frank Kilsby, 1265 Monterrey Blvd, S.F. of their desire to attend the San
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