Subj: Thank you ... 
Date: 7/24/2003 4:49:33 PM Central America Standard Tim
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To: johnworldpeace@aol.com
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I was serving jury duty when I saw the card and emblem (Iím thinking that you) placed on my window on July 23rd. I was so touched, but immediately thought, this is an expensive way of getting the message out (feeling that this was on all the cars). Then I looked and saw that my car was the only one on the row that this card was placed and at first, wondered why. Had I been in my old car, I wouldnít have wondered. It was full of stickers for peace. But this car is new and Iíve only started putting stickers on it and my favorite is and has always been to visualize world peace. So, Iím just guessing here, you saw a kindred spirit. Iíd really like to meet you. As you can see, I work at a place dedicated to contemplation and action Ö the goal being that of peace among religions. You can also see what else I do: www.___________.

 

Again, thank you for the gift. I really appreciate it.

 

Perri


Subj: Re: You are welcome 
Date: 7/24/2003 5:32:46 PM Central America Standard Tim
From: John WorldPeace
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You are right, I saw the bumper sticker and I put the pin on your winshield.  I wear a pin all the time and when someone comments I give it to them.  My wife and legal assistant do the same.

I am an attorney and I live in a combative world.  I decided long ago that I could work on peace from a monastery or I could work on it from the source of conflict.  Things get a lot more complicated when you work within the arena of disharmony.

I have heard of the chapel but I have never been there.   If you have been to my web page, you saw that I also paint.  I still have a thought of building a Chapel of sorts with my art.  But I also have a vision of building small Shinto type shrines all over the world but they would be dedicated to WorldPeace.  I also thought about plaques in the sidewalks and on buildings and other places.  The idea is just to get people to think about peace for a moment.

My ultimate job will be to travel the world installing these beacons.  One simple man with one simple message:  WorldPeace.

Life is a curious adventure and I have been on this path for 15 years (I changed my name in 1988) with no regrets.  One thing that I found over the years is that people generally hate peace and are suspicious of those who advocate it.  However, like I tell people, the only thing that is important to me is that when I am taking my last breath I can look back and say I tried to increase the peace.

I am sure we can find some time to meet. 

WorldPeace

Subj: Re: Response II 
Date: 7/25/2003 4:22:57 AM Central America Standard Tim
From: John WorldPeace
To:


As per usual, I am up early and on the computer.  The first thing I did was go to your web page which I did not have time to do yesterday.

I am impressed with what you have done and are doing and I can tell you that I do not say that casually nor frequently to others.  You are articulate and you understand creativity which is the nature of the Infinite Potential.  You also seem to have the discipline it takes to live in the real world while at the same time reaching out to the possibility that things can be better: more peace and harmony.

As Lao Tsu says in the Tao te Ching, "The truth is often paradoxical."  I have devoted my life to peace and WorldPeace but I am not a pacifist.  I am not one that believes that prayer is enough to change the world at the present time.  There must be prayer with action.  The two bolster each other.

I think you may be one of the few people who can understand me and my approach to this reality.  If you look closely, on my web page you will find a coherent philosophy that incorporates the ability to fight and the ability to tap into that all inclusive oneness most people refer to as God. 

If you look at my web page regarding my present war with the hypocrisy and corruption at Heights Presbyterian Church in specific and the Presbyterian Church in general you will see what to many seems a very angry and aggresive aspect of manifesting peace.  It is interesting that most people do not see that Christianity is really a very violent religion when viewed in a historical perspective.  Buddhism is presently much more passive and yet it too, like all religions has inthe past degenerated into bureaucratic wars both internal and external.

The problem with all religious bureaucracies is that their primary objective is to preserve the bureaucracy and secondarily to spread the message.  This is the reason that one must do as the religous founder says and not as the religious bureaucracy does.

There is more peace in the Tao te Ching than in the New Testament.  There is more abstract wisdom in Zen than there will ever be in Christianity.  Yet when you merge the religions of the East with those of the West you come to a philosophy which allows you to live in peace in a very unpeaceful world; a philosophy that allows you to live spiritually in a very angry world.

There will never be perfect peace because the nature of this reality is never ending change.  The fact that all things continually manifest from the Infinite Potential and then disintegrate back into its oneness guarantees that there will never be perfect peace.  Perfect peace is a rock laying on the side of a mountain.  And as far as Heaven goes, "As above, so below".

After looking at your web page, I wonder if you have ever truly considered the impact of Genesis 3:16.  "To the woman He said, "I will greatly multiply your pain in childbirth. In pain you will bring forth children.  Yet your desire will be for your husband AND HE WILL RULE OVER YOU."

Have you considered that every Western female is taught that God has determined that women will always serve men?  Have you considered that this creation story which is adopted by over half of the world's religionist states that women are to be permanently subordinated to men?  Have you considered the effect of this kind of mind control that begins in Sunday school as soon as children begin to communicate?  Have you considered that all the violence agaisnt women both casual and murderous has its root in this one verse?

If you look at my web page, you will see that I have re edited all the major religious texts of the world with a peace a harmony theme.  What I did was to take five or six translations and lay them side by side and rewrite them with a common glossary skewed toward peace. 

My objective was to write a new Book of Peace if you will (All Books of Religion should be Books of Peace but religion will newer bring peace because religions are all bureaucratic and exclusive of necessity.)  A Book of Peace must be a book of spirituality and not of religion.  Religion is about rites and rituals which is the husk of religion.

The problem that I have is that I want to combine all these spiritual philosophies into a Book of Peace which every human being can use as a spiritual supplement.  A book that will allow every human being to relate to their personal spirituality, understand the true nature of their particular religion, and at the same time be able to become a productive member of society.  A book that incorporates and acknowledges all religions but which transcends the rites and rituals of any particular exclusive religion.

The problem is the format of the book.  It cannot be all stories and parables.  It cannot an endless list of proverbs.  It must be both.  And how will it be subdivided, by subject, by ????.  It should be a book that can be randomly opened and enjoyed.  It should be a book of deserts.  It should be concrete and abstract.  It should be a book where a person feels better after reading it without necessarily understanding why.

I personally cannot remove myself from the law business because as a neverending source of strife and conflict, especially in family matters, it is the key to finding a workable peace within the human society.  The court house is where the rubber meets the road.  It is where relgious philosophy confronts the reality of life and the pain and suffering that human beings inflict on each other.

There needs to be a Book of Peace that will allow people to move through these tough times with the peace that faith brings.  People need a guide that is dynamic enough to speak to all the many emotions of joy, peace and confusion.  It must be a Book which interfaces the concrete world with the spiritual source of all things.  Presently no religious text does this.  But when one reads all the major religious texts as one Book, things make a lot more sense.

I do not mean to bore you.  But I am asking whether what I have said resonates with what you believe to be your life's work.  If so, then I feel that it is important that we meet face to face and see how we can work together on some level.

Very sincerely

WorldPeace


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