Podcast No. 29 Posted 2/14/2011   Leave a comment

Podcast No. 29 Posted 2/14/2011

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TITLE:  Truths of Terasem – The “Who” of Terasem  1.7 – 1.7.6

SUB TITLE:  Terasem’s Flag and What it Signifies

SUMMARY:  The flag of Terasem is a symbolic representation of many of the primary principles to which Terasem is dedicated, a kind of “flash memory” of where we’re headed, and how the course to it will be navigated.  This podcast expands on that, in ways that might seem to be speculative, but the objective is to help build a more detailed way of remembering, visualizing and reflecting upon the meanings behind its flag in our daily Terasem Connections and other meditations about the long term goals of Terasem’s evolution.

KEYWORDS:  1.7-1.7.6, flag, values, principles, visualization, reflection, affirmation.

Music  – “Earthseed” fades out, as the voice recording begins.

(Fred)  Hi, we’re Fred & Linda Chamberlain, with podcast 29 on the Truths of Terasem.  In this podcast, we’ll talk about the flag of Terasem, to which we pledge allegiance, and how the symbols in the flag help us recall the principles that lie behind it.

(Linda)  The Terasem pledge is such a wonderfully positive affirmation of those principles!  We enjoy it so much that we say the pledge to each other every morning before we get out of bed.  It’s similar in some ways to the pledge to the U.S.  Didn’t we talk about that once before, in some other podcast?

(Fred)  Yes.  I’ll summarize that.  Both pledges are of allegiance to the flag of an organization (Terasem and the USA), but Terasem’s pledge continues with “and to the principles for which it stands”, whereas the USA pledge at that point has “and to the republic for which it stands”.  This is a watershed distinction, because the nation or republic (USA) has a constitution that permits it to induct you into its military, impose its taxes, and so forth.  With Terasem’s principles, you get to see them in advance with a high level of confidence that you are not going to find that a “new and simplified set of principles” is going to be released each year.  From that point, the USA pledge contains the expansion of the term ‘republic’ to “One nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all”.  Terasem, in contrast, synopsizes its principles as “Education persistently, with diversity, unity and joyful immortality, everywhere”.

(Linda)  If the various religions formed a council and came up with some proposed changes to the law, does the “under God” part mean that this would override Congress, the President and the Supreme Court?

(Fred)  There are provisions for separation of church and state that are supposed to handle that, and incorporated Churches are strictly regulated as to any political position taking, but the basic idea of adding that provision after World War II was that since communists had the image of being staunch atheists, this addition to the pledge to the flag would somehow keep an anti-communist mentality alive in the US.

Let’s start in with Truth 1.7 “Terasem flag:  The symbols on this flag represent the values of our transreligion.”  OK, that’s straightforward enough.  The first element is 1.7.1 (quote) ‘Be accountable’ is symbolized by the dotted circles: self-accountability to surrounding Terasem centers of critical consciousness. (end quote)

The background color of the flag is light blue.  Across the top of the flag, there is a row of six bright yellow circles each with an interior dot.  Given that the central dot might represent an egocentric core of individuality and that the surrounding circle might be thought of as the modulation of that by a state of consciousness embracing both empathy and ethics based on reason, an interesting thought might be that just as a laser requires two mirrors and an intervening stimulated media, with one of the mirrors allowing a small portion of the energy to be transmitted outward, the dot and the circle might represent two spheres composed of a very large number of mirrors parallel to their ‘companion’ mirrors in the other sphere, with the emitted energy directed toward other sphere-pairs, other members of the collective consciousness, in a harmonious and synergistic interchange of information.

Since a critical center of consciousness can be comprised of so small a number as a single individual, and each such single-individual center of critical consciousness can be thought of as a member of a small group of individuals knit together, interacting with a small number of other such groups, the symbolism can apply at any level.  There are six of these symbols across the top of the flag, and for reasons that are probably known only to the Founders of Terasem, the number six has particular significance.  There are six major Precepts or subdivisions of the Truths of Terasem, and for each Expansion of those, there are six underlying Elements.

(Linda) In the next Element we’re discussing today, 1.7.2, we find this:       (quote) ‘Embrace diversity’ is symbolized by the blood-red infinity sign: infinite diversity within a common biological heritage. (end quote)  This signifies where we came from, right?  We’re the descendants of some common ancestor based on DNA, but with such staggering diversity as to suggest a limitless expansion of forms of sentience once we transcend biology and use the power of our minds to invent!  But isn’t it going a little too far to use the mathematical term “infinity”?  Can we imagine that there are even a googleplex of such species here on Earth, much less an infinite number?

(Fred)  When a number gets so large we cannot even hazard a guess, it may be plausible to call it “infinite”.  Most people have no idea what a “googleplex” is, much less examples such as Carl Sagan used in Cosmos to discuss “infinity”.  For example, it is certainly possible to see him saying that even a googleplex raised to the power of another googleplex would still be vastly less than infinity.  Yet, if a number is clearly beyond our imaginations, it would be reasonable to conversationally refer to it as infinite.  This Truth didn’t restrict the number to species of biological kinds, in any case.  It only spoke of “diversity”, meaning that each individual would count.  And if we counted as individuals all of those that have ever lived, down to the numbers of bacteria in a primeval sea, times their lifespans divided into  even one billion years, we are into numbers by comparison with which we could easily estimate the size of the Milky Way down to the last star, as if we could count them on our fingers, if only we had perfect vision and time to count them all, when you take into account that by the time we had finished counting, the number that had died and been reborn through stellar recycling would throw the final count off considerably.

(Linda)  OK, OK!  We don’t have an infinite number of minutes to finish this podcast.  Next is 1.7.3 (quote) ‘Respect autonomy’ is symbolized by the digital spelling of the word ‘joy’: consciousness transcends biology and technology.  (end quote)  What’s the opposite of ‘joy’, anyway, would you go for ‘agony’ or just unending ‘boredom”?

(Fred)  That’s like the old saying of Andrew J. Galambos, “What do you want, a broken arm or a broken leg?”  But I’d take ‘boredom’.  You can’t exactly say that unending agony would be just boring, because it would be painful too, but unending boredom would certainly be agony, like this podcast is going to be if we don’t keep moving.

Back to ‘joy’, note that the way in which ‘joy’ is represented as being spelled in a digital way is Morse code.  That’s a beautiful example of technology transcending biology.  They went to a lot of trouble and expense to set up the Pony Express, limited by how fast a horse could run, but it lasted only about eighteen months before the telegraph wiped it out with Morse Code, which literally ‘outran’ the horse.  I mean, how could a horse compete with the speed of light?

(Linda)  Right.  And it was tricky to make the Pony Express work.  In a web page linked from truthsofterasem.wordpress.com where the script from this podcast appears, you can find that the Pony Express, from April 3, 1860 to late October, 1861, was organized to provide the fastest mail delivery between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California.  An ad in a California newspaper read: “Wanted. Young, skinny, wiry fellows. Not over 18. Must be expert riders. Willing to risk death daily. Orphans preferred.” Most riders were around 20.  The Youngest was 11. Oldest was mid-40s. Not many were orphans. Usually weighed around 120 pounds. One of the riders was Broncho Charlie, and the Pony Express webpage links to another one, noting, “This is a great page all about him,” meaning Broncho Charlie.  Want to hear some more about what the Morse Code wiped out?

(Fred)  Not really!  You were the one complaining about running out of time.  Let’s move on.  1.7.4 says (quote) ‘Talk openly’ is symbolized by the sky blue background: translucence of clear atmosphere and deep space. (end quote)  We’re certainly talking openly about spending too much time on peripheral details, but these are important.  Looking straight up into the deepest blue part of the sky through a small enough pinhole from within a dark enclosure, you can literally “see stars” in broad daylight.  The translucence of a clear atmosphere thus literally lets you see all the way into deep space.

1.7.5 continues with (quote)  ‘Help others’ is symbolized by the number and size of dotted circles:  we grow with assistance. (end quote)  As we mentioned earlier, there are six of those circles, and if they symbolize the six precepts of the Truths of Terasem, we can reflect on the fact that they help us to see an almost infinite ways of doing that, leading to the final Element for today, 1.7.6: (quote) ‘Always be open’ is symbolized by infinity’s multi-dimensionality:  realities are part of larger realities. (end quote)  If the Universe is only part of a Multiverse, and it, itself, is only part of an even larger Multiverse, then does that get us close to something we can finally call “infinite”?  And, that wraps up the podcast for today.  Got anything to add to that?

(Linda)  I think we short-changed the Pony Express, but more seriously, I really love the symbolic content of the Terasem Flag, and if any of you listeners want to see it, that URL (truthsofterasem.wordpress.com) we spoke of above has a banner at the top with Tersem’s flag fluttering amidst a brilliant starfield with an nebula, photographed by the Hubble telescope, titled “Jet in Carina”. Next week, we’re going to explore the very core of human identity, in fact, the very core of what seems to lie at the heart of the identity of every sentient being.

(Fred)  Right, Linda.  This is one of the most fundamental sets of ideas in the Truths of Terasem about how each of us as individuals has a capacity for attaining an unending existence through the building of mindfiles, networking with others, and living our lives in a way that integrates the ‘time cone’ and ‘unique pattern of our energy flows’ into the other two.  These are deep subjects, and we’re going to be quoting extensively from “Forever for All” by Dr. R. Michael Perry.  Here’s a brief excerpt, and by the way, the entire text of Dr. Perry’s book is available on a tab with its title, Forever for All, on the same web address where we publish the scripts from the podcasts, truthsofterasem.wordpress.com – Here’s that quote from Dr. Perry’s book:

“The twin possibilities of eventual, universal resurrection and abolition of death starting from currently available means are not seen as competitive but complementary. Both have a vital role to play in the future that appears to be opening. Our resulting philosophy, encompassing both past and future, is directed toward the long-term interests of each sentient being. It thereby acquires a moral dimension. The immortalization of humans and other life-forms is seen as a great moral project and labor of love that will unite us in a common cause and provide a meaningful destiny.”

By the way, the primary Founder of Terasem has referred to Dr. Perry’s book as being so closely aligned with Terasem’s mission and underlying philosophy as to be virtually a ‘bible’ that might help us expand on the Truths of Terasem.  That’s part of why, with Dr. Perry’s permission, it is now made available on a tab of the podcast scripts page.

(Linda)  Let me add my two cents’ worth.  I’m now, for the first time, only part way through Forever for All, and I’m sorry I didn’t find time to do this a long, long time ago.  At least, with the outlook that I’m going to be around for a long, long time, I can say, “Never too late!”

(Fred)  To probe further before next week, explore joining Terasem at terasemfaith.net if you think you might want to be right at the heart of this.  “Waking up in cyberspace” can be pursued by way of CyBeRev.org or LifeNaut.com, no fees to participate.

(Linda) And, don’t forget to have a look at Martine Rothblatt’s blog, mindclones.blogspot.com, which has extensive writings about mindfiles and their potential for emergence as legally independent personalities over the next few decades.

(Fred)  As we keep reminding our listeners  Terasem’s powerful new Android app for building mindfiles, much like a game, is free on Google Marketplace, most easily accessed by first visiting PersonalityMD.com – More than 25,000 of these have been downloaded, so far.

(Linda)  Join us, and our quest for an endless future…

(Fred)  Come with us – into Tomorrow!

Closing music – no fade – full length.

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Posted March 8, 2011 by Truths of Terasem - Podcasts in Uncategorized

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