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An Idea for Civilizing Civilization_2011!10!04

An Idea for Civilizing Civilization_2011!10!04

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the War in Afghanistan (and perhaps
people hope, and much, much more...........)

How To: Stop Terrorism and End

stabilize the economy, reduce crime, eliminate gangs,
end prejudice, stop human trafficking, improve education, prevent civil war, end cruelty to animals, give
By A Husband of a Near-Death Experiencer

illions know what the human race is missing. They learned about the one thing which could mitigate all of these problems during their unexpected voyages.
“We’re all the same!” one told
the War in Afghanistan (and perhaps
people hope, and much, much more...........)

How To: Stop Terrorism and End

stabilize the economy, reduce crime, eliminate gangs,
end prejudice, stop human trafficking, improve education, prevent civil war, end cruelty to animals, give
By A Husband of a Near-Death Experiencer

illions know what the human race is missing. They learned about the one thing which could mitigate all of these problems during their unexpected voyages.
“We’re all the same!” one told

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How To: Stop Terrorism
Endthe War in Afghanistan
(and perhapsstabilize the economy,
reduce crime,
eliminate gangs,
nd prejudice,
stop human trafficking,
improve education
prevent civil war,
end cruelty to animals,
givepeople hope,
and much, much more...........)
By A Husband of a Near-Death Experiencer
what the human race is missing.
They learned about the
which could mitigate all of these problems during their unexpected voyages.
“We’re all the same!”
one told a TV audience.
“We’re all part of this big-picturereality! If everyone knew it they’d stop fighting each other!”
These voyagers are the near-death experiencers you’ve heard and read about. Many tried tell otherswhat they’d learned and
eventually gave up. Many thought, “It’s pointless. “I must be the only one showntheir life by a spirit.” It sounded too much like a Scrooge story.But millions have had that life review. Re-experiencing their lives, they felt every bit of joy and pain they’dcaused others. Good deeds rippled from person to person, and they experienced the joy it brought others at everystep. The bad stuff was just the opposite. They felt the consequences of those actions, too, and for some it washell. “Karma”; some thought. It was the ultimate rehabilitation. Transformation was unavoidable.These millions have seen a piece of the puzzle that is invisible to the rest of us. They know that everyone is part of the same plan. They think that if people understood this, peace would exist by default.- - - - - - - - - -As the lucky husband of a near-death experiencer (NDEr), and as a student of these experiences for 30 years,I’ve found the preceding to be typical. NDErs are frustrated that, in this ‘age of enlightenment’, beliefs can be sowrong that we kill each other. NDErs experience something that evidently answers fundamental questions about mankind – who we are(‘eternally existing conscious beings, somehow interconnected with each other’) and the reason we’re here (‘tolearn and mature efficiently by living the intense experiences of earthly life’). At least; that’s what they seem to be saying in their anecdotal accounts through which one can hear them struggle to relate experiences that are beyond words. Whatever specific incidents they encounter they become transformed into tolerant, peaceful,global citizens (if they weren’t so enlightened, beforehand).My wife learned these things moments after she dropped a gun that shot her in the chest. She was 23. Sixteenyears later, as a single mother with two twelve-year-olds, she mentioned her experience to a counselor who gaveher the phone number for an NDE support group. The phone number was mine. We met at a Perkins restaurantand she told me this story (paraphrased):‘We lived in an old farmhouse that had ten-foot ceilings. One night, when my husband was working, I thoughtthe doorknob on the back door had turned and called him for help. Nothing was found, so I told him to leave his .22 Ruger pistol with me. When I got home from work the next day, one of my girlfriends was in the house withher daughter and I was afraid her daughter might play with the gun. When I moved it to the dining room it slidout of the holster, hit the table, and shot me with a hollow-point bullet. I slid to the floor and told my girlfriend tocall the life-squad number which had come in the mail the day before. I’d put it on the phone only because I hadtried to throw it away three times (since I think stickers are tacky) but couldn’t because I couldn’t make myfingers let-go of it.‘I passed-out but then suddenly was conscious again, without any pain, and saw my girlfriend trying toexplain to a paramedic what had happened. She was crying so I tried to explain what happened but no onelistened to me, which I thought was rude until I realized they couldn’t hear me. I could see my husband inanother room with two policemen who were questioning him. He was insisting he’d been at work when I wasshot. At that point I noticed my body on the floor and realized I didn’t have a body; that I seemed like a ball of light that was above everyone and that I could see into the whole house. I felt that I had no connection to my body. I felt peaceful, with no discomfort except for a feeling of sorrow or pity for the people worrying about me because it all seemed so unimportant. I also knew many things without knowing how I knew them – like I couldmove from one place to another by just willing it, and that I couldn’t leave my body until it died. I wanted it to
die so I could leave. Then, just as I began to think about my husband being alone if I died I was suddenly back inmy body and the pain was the worst I’d ever felt. It caused me to pass out.‘I bled internally at a country hospital for over an hour before being transferred to Good Sam hospital inCincinnati where a surgeon met us in the parking lot, cut my side and inserted chest tubes at which point I passedout again. I found out later that the bullet had gone through my liver, broken three ribs, put a hole in my lung andstopped in my shoulder.‘I knew that my experience had been real because I later told my husband and my girlfriend what I’d heardand seen during that time and they confirmed all that I’d seen. They agreed that I couldn’t have witnessed mostof what I had seen from the position of my body.‘Before that time I’d been a very passive and religious person. After my experience I no longer felt less thanothers because I saw everyone as the same. I knew that people are supposed to be accepting and non-judgmentalof each other.’- - - - - - - - - -My wife’s experience was not as deep or as profound as many, and yet she “got” the message that left her convinced of her ‘eternalness’ and the even-deeper conviction that we are here to take care of each other.Because the effects of these experiences are so universal I think the inescapable conclusion is that thisinformation could change the world if everyone were to learn what experiencers learned. Could that knowledge be the ‘convenient truth’ that will bring us together?Let’s review things that are known about these experiences. NDEs have common aspects that are amazingly consistent. That makes them statistically significant. We’recertain that, at a minimum, some aspects are real since, when it has been possible to check on them, they’ve beenverified. Confirmation of her observations convinced my wife of that. Observations of other experiencers have been similarly confirmed whenever it has been possible to check them for accuracy. Physiological conditionssuspected of causing NDEs (indeed, even measurable continuation of brain function) have been provenunnecessary for them to occur. Unfathomable as these facts are, no hypothesis has been able to account for them.We are evidently comprised of more than molecules that make-up our physical bodies. It seems there is no better example of truth being stranger than fiction. For that reason NDErs have been reluctant to admit them. Thirtyyears ago everyone thought they were crazy. Today, serious researchers realize they’re not.Perhaps the most important of experiencers’ claims are these: we are the same; death is not the end of consciousness; we’re all part of an invisible plan in which no one is more special than anyone else; everyone ishere for the purpose of learning how to live with and take care of each other. If what they say is true we have aresource that could unify people, probably more surely than would an alien invasion.The general public is aware of these experiences but knows little about them. NDE studies have been published in The Lancet and other journals but the general public hasn’t seen them. Curiosity-feedingdramatizations are what the public has seen; possibly leaving viewers less persuaded than the journal readers.Without fair exposure to verified aspects of NDEs the facts seem unbelievable. With fair exposure, the facts areundeniable, however ineffable they may be.These millions of accounts address our most fundamental questions. If experiencers are correct, everyone is a part of the same big-picture. Knowledge of that should create a space, first for tolerance, and then for acceptanceof others.One of the best sources for NDE information is the International Association for Near Death Studies whichhas studied these facts and published a quarterly journal for decades. Find it at www.iands.org. Now let’s address potential benefits of publicizing this information.- - - - - - - - - -The world is in crisis. History shows it has always been in crisis, but nowadays it’s a smaller world with portable nuclear bombs, and transport capabilities and fanatics that want to culturally cleanse the planet. Our increasing population requires more food, water, living space, and safe haven. As these become scarce, theopportunities and reasons for killing each other will only grow. The combination of growing world crises addedto knowledge of our responsibilities which NDEs have shown, could provide the incentive that wouldsuccessfully address these issues.As for terrorists – we can’t keep nuclear weapons from them forever. Our stressed economy can’t keepincreasing its defense expenditures. Without a means for changing their thinking, extremists will never recognizeanything but their distorted beliefs and terrorism will never end. Up to now, we’ve been limited to intelligencefor defense and only military options for fighting them. Since the truth of our greater reality would affect peopleof all cultures and in all countries, this information seems to be the only thing that will ultimately change our society.
If society doesn’t change we’ll forever live with palpable fear. It’s worst for those who frequent or live near  public transportation, parks, shopping centers, tunnels, bridges, skyscrapers – even our churches, mosques andtemples. We’ll add entire cities to that list if and when terrorists acquire just one nuclear weapon. Newborns start life in an ever-more-dangerous world. Our great-grandchildren will, too, if we don’t evolve.Terrorists are winning now, even when they’re not attacking us. This is our new “normal”. Experts say we’ve been lucky. They’re surprised a large attack hasn’t been repeated. They also say terrorists love anniversaries;dates like nine-eleven, 2011. That date passed, but we were hit overseas.Plans for using this information to achieve peace are not new. Leading academics began to follow research on NDEs when the medical profession learned to successfully resuscitate people. They seriously discussed ideas for using this information at a UN symposium in 2008[1] reasoning that such profound, implicative events couldcounteract dangerous beliefs.These experiences are mystical experiences, but, they’re not the singular experiences that fostered religionsand their endless schisms. Those incidents were not subjected to scientific peer-reviewed studies.By contrast, there have been a great number of NDEs. In the early 1980’s a Gallup poll found there have beeneight million survivors with NDE’s in the US, alone. They have very consistent characteristics that have beenrigorously studied. They have statistical significance, making important the fact that they all teach the same principles of peace and understanding.As already suggested, no matter what they’d believed before their experiences, NDErs will tell you theylearned why we are here and how we’re supposed to live, and that for them violence toward others isunthinkable. It becomes impossible for those who’ve learned these things to believe women are inferior, that Godinstructs us to kill, or that a suicide-bomber gets rewarded in the afterlife.Some NDErs speak of life elsewhere in the universe. That makes logical sense. Would the billions of stars inthe billions of each galaxy exist for no reason? We stopped thinking “flat-earth” long ago; it’s time we stoppedthinking “small”. We’re part of a far bigger plan than we’ve imagined. We have new evidence and we’d bestupid to ignore it. Not entirely surprisingly, near-death experiences also say there’s a universal intelligence far  beyond the grasps of our finite minds.Famous people have had these experiences, too.[2] To name just a few, those admitting to that include Peter Sellers, Elizabeth Taylor, Tony Bennett, Donald Sutherland, Burt Reynolds, Nebraska Senator Robert Kerrey,Debra Winger, Chevy Chase, George Lucas, and Jordan’s King Hussein. Before you conclude they and other survivors were hallucinating, think about other paradigm changes – even recent ones – that enhanced our understanding of reality.Galileo and Copernicus found our true position in the universe. Astrophysics tells us starlight traveled billionsof years from galaxies billions of light years from us, and that makes our universe more than 6000 years old.Medical science discovered microorganisms, and surgeons learned to wash their hands. Scientists discoveredinvisible radiation – radio waves, ionizing radiation like X-rays, and photons in the spectrum below and abovevisible light. Physicists discovered relativity and quantum physics, finding subatomic behaviors asincomprehensible as NDEs. Biologists found that organisms evolve over time. Earth scientists discovered platetectonics. It has always taken a while for man to believe in what he can measure but can’t see.And, by the way, evolution is part of the ongoing paradigm shift. Even the Catholic Church accepts that itcauses change, stating that evolutionary biology is consistent with creation. Evolution happens. It’s the reason weneed a different flu shot every year. It also has made bedbugs harder to kill.So, survivors started our newest paradigm shift. Consciousness can exist apart from the physical brain; doessurvive when brain and body functions are interrupted. And, note that attributes of “consciousness” includenothing less than “vivid and complex thinking, sensations, and memory formation under conditions in whichcurrent neuroscientific models of the mind deem them impossible, such as under general anesthesia, and incardiac arrest.” [3]Skeptics have responsibly suggested that physiological conditions such as visual cortex firings, a flood of endorphins, low blood oxygen, and even psychological conditions might produce these experiences. But, theydon’t. As another leading researcher pointed-out those kinds of conditions produce “…disorganized andcompromised cerebral function and impaired attention” [during which] “consciousness and memory formationwould not be expected to occur.” [4]As with other discoveries, the evidence filters through society and it’s eventually accepted. That can beaccelerated if people realize its potential benefits and that we may be running out of time. We need to see if thisresource can prevent genocides, end permanent feuds, make politicians responsible, and give the world somehope for its future. We can test that potential by starting a global conversation about our best scientific studiesonthese experiences. Once that is underway, experiencers who’ve lived these events (many of whom have keptthem secret) could feed this conversation indefinitely. It could even start an unparalleled news-feeding frenzy.Perhaps we would finally grow-up.

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