Podcast No. 88 Posted 02/07/2012   Leave a comment

Podcast No. 88Posted 02/07/2012

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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 beautiful, 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 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.

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

(Fred)  Hi, we’re Fred and Linda Chamberlain, with podcast 88 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.  To jump start the podcast, it seems appropriate to say the pledge.  Will you join me?

(Fred and Linda)  “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the Collective consciousness of Terasem, and to the principles for which it stands:  education persistently, with diversity, unity and joyful immortality everywhere.” 

(Fred)  It’s similar in some ways, to the pledge to the U.S. flag.  Both pledges are of allegiance to the flag of an organization (Terasem and the USA).  The U.S. pledge continues “and to the republic for which it stands”, which implies the values and principles represented by that republic, which, reflecting the period of human history in which it was created, is inspiring.  Terasem’s pledge is even stronger, I think, because it goes beyond implication when it says “and to the principles for which it stands”.

(Linda)  The U.S. pledge winds up with the stirring phrase “with liberty and justice for all”.  But, the Terasem pledge is even more far reaching and visionary as it clearly states its basic values as “Education persistently, with diversity, unity and joyful immortality, everywhere”.

(Fred)  Let’s start in with Truth 1.7: “Terasem flag:  The symbols on this flag represent the values of our transreligion.”  Last week, we talked about how the pledge to the flag summarizes so much of the Terasem values and principles.  If we equate diversity with autonomy and unity with empathy, we see that these core values are another way of defining consciousness.  And, of course, education persistently is required if our reason is to endlessly mature as we transcend biology and become immortal beings living across many substrates.

(Linda) The first expansion is 1.7.1 “ ‘Be accountable’ is symbolized by the dotted circles: self-accountability to surrounding Terasem centers of critical consciousness.” 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.  The central dots represent egocentric cores of individuality while the surrounding circles represent the centers of critical consciousness surrounding and supporting the individual.  Another way of saying this is “diversity with unity” embracing both empathy and ethics based on reason.

(Fred) 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.  The next several expansions address specific important Terasem values.

(Linda) In 1.7.2 we find this:   “ ‘Embrace diversity’ is symbolized by the blood-red infinity sign: infinite diversity within a common biological heritage.” Diversity isn’t just a good idea, it’s the law!  The law of evolution, that is.  We’re the descendants of some common ancestor based on DNA, but with such staggering diversity as to suggest a limitless, if not actually infinite, expansion of forms of sentience, especially once we use the power of our minds to transcend biology!

(Fred)  Next is 1.7.3: “ ‘Respect autonomy’ is symbolized by the digital spelling of the word ‘joy’: consciousness transcends biology and technology.”  Note that the way in which ‘joy’ is represented as being spelled digitally 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, which was 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.  Wikipedia tells us that:

 “…the Pony Express which was organized to provide the fastest mail delivery between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California, only lasted from April 3, 1860 to late October 1861.  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.’ ”

(Fred)  It’s amazing to see how fast technology was moving, even a couple hundred years ago, isn’t it!  Let’s move on.  1.7.4 says: “ ‘Talk openly’ is symbolized by the sky blue background: translucence of clear atmosphere and deep space.”  It’s not always easy to talk openly with others, especially if the relationship could be challenged by doing so.  This reminder is important for all of us because without open honesty, corruption is given an opportunity to gain a foothold.    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 literally lets you see all the way into deep space… and into our future.

(Linda)  I agree with you about how important that concept is.  1.7.5 continues with: “ ‘Help others’ is symbolized by the number and size of dotted circles:  we grow with assistance.” Circles also remind us of ever expanding ripples in a pond.  In other words, by helping others, we help ourselves and the feedback loop creates an ever widening circle, the circle of our collective consciousness grows ever larger and stronger.

(Fred)  And that leads to the final Element for today, 1.7.6: “ ‘Always be open’ is symbolized by infinity’s multi-dimensionality:  realities are part of larger realities.”  The symbols on the Terasem flag and the values and principles they represent are like mirrors within mirrors, infinite reflections stretching without limits.   If what we call the Universe is only part of a Multiverse, and it, itself, is only part of an even larger Multiverse, then maybe that does get us close to something we can finally call “infinite”.

(Linda)  And, of course, ‘always be open’ is also a reminder that as we work toward and eventually transcend biology, we will need to always be open to new ideas and opportunities… and that also points to the principle of ‘education persistently’.

(Fred) 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 the Terasem flag fluttering amidst a brilliant star-field within a nebula, photographed by the Hubble telescope, titled “Jet in Carina”.

(Linda) Next week, we’re going to explore the very core of human identity, in fact, the very core of what lies at the heart of the identity of every sentient being.

(Fred)  This is one of the most fundamental sets of ideas in the Truths of Terasem.  We’ll explore 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.

(Linda)  These are deep subjects, and we’re going to be quoting extensively from the book 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.”

(Fred) By the way, Martine Rothblatt, 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, his book is now made available on a tab on the same website where you can find the text versions of these podcasts.  That URL is truthsofterasem.wordpress.com.

(Linda)  We need your strength to help build this vision into a reality.  Martine Rothblatt has expressed the importance of joining Terasem this way: “The most important reason to become a Terasem Joiner is to know that you have voted with your dignity to march with those who are pursuing one of the most useful paths toward preserving the sanctity of human life via (a) techno-immortality and (b) a civilization-nurturing credo of diversity and unity.  I would want to wear that badge proudly on my sleeve for as much of my life as possible, and I think that is the most compelling reason to become a Terasem Joiner”.

(Fred) Find out more about joining Terasem at terasemfaith.net. And the most important thing you can do to insure that you are a part of this exciting future, is to start building your own mindfile with the free tools at either CyBeRev.org or LifeNaut.com. There are no fees for building or storing your mindfile.  Don’t procrastinate! Those who join earlier and have good mindfiles are most likely to make the jump to cyberspace sooner.

(Linda)  For those of you who would prefer to build your mindfiles by playing a game, Mike Clancy, at Terasem, has created the exciting maze-based, mindfile building game for the Android.  It’s addictive because the difficulty ramps up quickly with multiple layers of challenges.  While you are trying to build motor neurons inside a brain, plaques are obstructing your path and you have to avoid macrophages that are hunting you down!  Check it out on PersonalityMD.com.

(Fred)  If you want to dig deeper into the ideas of mindclones, mindfiles and mindware, go to that intriguing and challenging blog:  mindclones.blogspot.com.  Martine Rothblatt will treat you to fascinating discussions about these subjects that will take you far, far beyond what we are able to just sample lightly in these podcasts.

(Linda) If you would like to read the text version of these podcasts, you will find them at truthsofterasem.wordpress.com.  As we mentioned earlier, that’s where you can download a copy of Michael Perry’s book, Forever for All.

(Fred) If you’ve been enjoying the music that we use on this podcast series, it’s called Earthseed.  It’s the Terasem Anthem.  It was written by Martine Rothblatt, who also plays the flute and the keyboard.  If you’d like to experience that music in a video, with spectacular astronomical artwork, go to the Join! tab on the terasemfaith.net website.

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

(Fred)  Come with us – into Tomorrow!

Closing music – no fade – full length.


Posted February 7, 2012 by Truths of Terasem - Podcasts in Uncategorized

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