Try #9 at what Unitarian Universalists seek … synonyms

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This set of ideas has been written over and over again because it is necessary to get it right. I have written it until it seems perfect in the moment, but the next day it is no longer quite right because I am approaching these ideas in a new way. Below I have created a list of synonyms for all the significant words, so you may compare them for the stability and suitability of the potential meaning of the whole document.


This attempt #9 is written in an exploratory form based on synonyms

We Unitarian Universalists seek to:

  1. —discover (find, create, see, learn, notice) the orderly (clean, tidy, neat, arranged) nature (life energy generation creation strength) of the Universe (cosmos, creation, world, heavens, everything), so we (I, you) may (might) be (live, inhabit, dwell, subsist, exist, survive, live out, continue, experience, dwell, occupy, abide, inhabit, persist, get along, thrive) in a beautiful (lovely, pretty, handsome, comely, fair) relationship (connection, link, linkage) with (accompanying, affecting) all (every one) of the beautiful (lovely, pretty, handsome, comely, fair) options (alternatives, possibilities, choices, freedoms) it offers us.
  2. —minimize (decrease lessen reduce prevent) the suffering (pain agony woe distress hurt) of all (every, each, each and every) living (extant alive active breathing) things and to enable (allow permit facilitate empower entitle) human (mortal fallible imperfect frail compassionate kindly) wisdom,(depth profoundness reasonableness goodness) health, (wellbeing fitness vigour) and happiness.(bliss contentment pleasure wellbeing gladness beatitude )
  3. —create (produce distill derive establish generate originate initiate start actualize establish develop design breed establish) and maintain (preserve conserve preserve keep uphold sustain prolong nurture perpetuate) a perfectly (absolutely completely entirely fully totally utterly wholly ) balanced (just fair equal open-minded equitable unprejudiced prudent rational sane sensible wise) society (group, civilization culture structure fraternity fellowship companionship relationship social order people union league company) so (thusly thus, and so, and then, then, hence) everyone (everybody, each person, every person, one and all) may (might can could, be able to) live (live on, survive, last, endure, subsist, exist, live out, experience, dwell, occupy, abide, inhabit reside, lead, exist, survive, thrive, abide) within (inside, in) a delightful (charming pleasant refreshing pleasing, engaging, heavenly, enjoyable, gratifying, agreeable) and sustainable (steady, livable, unruined) world. (natural order, nature, domain, experience, globe, earth, land, period, time, era, creation, )
  4. —recognize (acknowledge, know recognise, know, discern, recognise, call up, retrieve, identify, welcome, receive, acknowledge, recognise, appreciate, honor, reward, notice, allow, admit, grant, concede, perceive) our (we) unique (special, unrivaled, peculiar, exclusive) personal (mental, social, human, technological) abilities (aptitude, adaptability, sensitivity, competence, magic, penetration, language, skills,talent, know-how, gift, competence, energy, aptitude, cleverness, potential, capacity, craft, skill) and choose to use (pick, prefer, select designate, desire, wish) them to help (aid, back, support, encourage, assist, succor, heal, cure, facilitate, ) others (children, family, friend, strangers, foreigner, alien, cyborg, bionic man, machine) live () healthier and (wholesome, sound, hale, robust, well, strong) happier (content, glad, blessed, blest, cheerful, gratified, joyous, joyful, fortunate, appropriate, apt) lives. (being, state, presence, possibility, existence). 
  5. —acknowledge (state, answer, announce, declare, vocalize, submit, proffer, accept, support, confirm, recognize, approve) that () we () as a () group (collection, accumulation assortment organization, association, fellowship, assemblage, people) of individuals (personalities, selves, adventurers, seekers, searchers, inhabitants, lovers, beings, loan, discrete distinct ordinary units, characters) expressing (showing, conveying, asserting, venting, displaying, revealing, actualizing, proving, exposing,) positive (optimistic, confident, hopeful, buoyant, useful, practical, progressive, enthusiastic, supportive, affirmative, definite, explicit, affirmative) but () diverse (various, diversified, different, contrasting, distinct, discrete, separate, variant) views (opinion, perspective, sight, persuasion, sentiment, judgement belief) are more () likely (probable, potentialy credibly prone, liable apt, expected plausible, feasible hopefully) to discover (detect, notice, observe, find, see, ascertain, conceive, reveal) mutually (reciprocally, inversely) beneficial (useful, profitable, advantageous, productive, rewarding, worthwhilem serviceable) opportunities (possibleties, openings, moments, windows) than we () will (wish, desire, want, choose) find (notice, spot, locate, observe, discover, breakthrough, detect) as solitary (single, alone, isolated, lonely, lonesome, sole, asocial, exclusive) individuals.(mortal, soul, personality, appointee, experimenter, expert, individualist, native, intellect, lover, observer, )
  6. —make (give, present, deliver, secure, obtain cause, initiate) a voluntary (intended, willing, conscious,deliberate, planned, studied, purposed unenforced, uncompelled, free, honorary, spontaneous, volitional, deliberate) decision (selection, choice, pick, resolution, conclusion, determination, judgment, resolution) to help (assist, aid, facilitate, lift, boost, succor, support, maintain, promote, avail) each () of us () to grow (advance, progress, improve, transform, recover, step-up) in understanding (comprehension, self-knowledge, appreciation, insight, realization, judgment, awareness, appreciation, insight, sympathy, sensitivity, love, concern goodwill, kindness, considerateness, helpfulness, assisting, aid, facilitate, succor, serve, work, represent) and affection (protectiveness, regard, respect, care, ) for one another.(reciprocate, reflexive helping)

This is getting better to my way of thinking, but what will tomorrow bring?

Suggestions are welcome…


[ Below is another rewrite. The method used this time was to take each word and check through that word’s synonyms searching for a more subtle nuance to the basic ideas.]


Attempt #9 for comparison to the document above

We Unitarian Universalists seek to:

  1. —discover the orderly nature of the Universe, so we may be in a beautiful relationship with all the beautiful options it offers us.
  2. —minimize the suffering of all living things and to enable human wisdom, health, and happiness.
  3. —create and maintain a perfectly balanced society so everyone may live within a delightful and sustainable world.
  4. —recognize our unique personal abilities and choose to use them to help others live healthier and happier lives.
  5. —acknowledge that we as a group of individuals expressing positive but diverse views are more likely to discover mutually beneficial opportunities than we will find as solitary individuals.
  6. —make a voluntary decision to help each of us to grow in understanding and affection for one another.

The Tao Teh Ching – #60 – Revealed by Lao Tzu – Rendered by Charles Scamahorn

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Governing a big country is like attracting little fish.

When you are in the role of leader use this Tao as a guide,
For the essence of this teaching is leading with attractions.
Leading a people by attracting them with their original motivations
Will be leading them with their inner inclinations.
Use their historical motivation to lead your people, for
Leading a people with their common core unites their behavior.
The wise prince also leads the people away from harm.
These two kinds of leading do not interfere with each other, and
The people proceed vigorously along their natural path.

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It was a fine day

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I did some usual things, like go to the Commons and talk to my old dude friends, as I do every weekday morning for an hour or two. Today, it was Daniel, and I showed him some of my inventions which he took pictures of and sent them to a friend in Germany. Hmm?

The weather had intermittent stormy clouds which made for some good photo opportunities of Mirror Pond, and I took my usual sequence. Someday I may show these identical scenes in various weather and lighting situations. Then, I went home and read about 1936 Unitarian problems and thought about how they relate to today’s problems. Very similar.

Worked in the garden several times as a reading break, and it is growing well. Debbie and I took a long walk, and many pictures of nothing, but very pretty abstractions. Read a lot more, and when it came time for this blog I got to work, but bit off more than I could complete, so …

I’m tossing off this typical day as a space filler.

Skin experiments with infrared light

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I do simple experiments on my body and have discovered several things about heat treatments. For example, Poison Oak itching stopped with hot air. It’s free, so there is no incentive for the drug industry to support the advertising of that technique.

A friend of mine, Steve B., has been telling me about heat shock proteins for many months, and I have been trying one of the treatments he has been talking about. The idea is that infrared light triggers the skin to produce more of the things that make it healthy and that ultraviolet light triggers the things that make it deteriorate. It is easily observed that old people who have spent a lot of time in the sun have coarse wrinkled skin. This is caused by ultraviolet sunlight which can be reduced by wearing sunscreen products, covering the skin with opaque materials, or spending a minimal amount of time outdoors during the daytime.

Along with ultraviolet light, the sun also produces prodigious amounts of infrared light and that is the source of most of the energy that makes the skin feel warm when exposed to sunshine. Infrared light is what makes a glowing electric stove element feel warm from a moderate distance and proportionally hotter as one gets closer. If the infrared light is beneficial, then getting close enough to a glowing infrared heat source to warm the skin should give the desired benefits. How intense this treatment should be isn’t documented, as far as I know, but I have been warming the feeling of my skin to just below where it feels any heat pain, for about three minutes. I move closer in and further out in about a fifteen-second cycle, staying just outside the zone where I feel any heat pain.

I have treated the back of my eighty-three-year-old hands this way after applying a few drops of lemon juice squeezed directly out of a lemon. That is most easily done by pounding gently on a ripe lemon to make it soft, rolling it around to make it even softer, and then poking a small hole in the side. A few drops squeezed out onto a Formica tabletop or into a porcelain sink makes a good puddle of lemon juice to dip a finger into, and that is just right for dabbling the juice onto troublesome skin. Age spots, common on the back of old people’s hands, like mine, responded well to that treatment.

It appears to me that the lemon juice and infrared light helped make the back of my old hands age-spot free.

Try #8 at what Unitarian Universalists seek.

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I have been trying to write a general world view for the Unitarian Universalists, and thus for myself too, and have gone through many versions before I began publishing what I thought were final drafts on this blog. Attempt #7 seen below appeared close to what I was seeking and yet today in an outside group meeting, where I was talking about my spiritual decision-making in the past, some people stated, not personally to me as that would be out of form for our group, that our group had taken a negative turn that made them feel uncomfortable. They wanted to be happy and this wasn’t even neutral. So, applying those thoughts to the statement below, let me see if I can make it into a more enthusiastic document that would itself bring pleasure and happiness. See below for Strikeout with lines through them and new inserted words in italics


Attempt #7 is written in a final form

We Unitarian Universalists seek to:

  1. —discover the orderly nature of the Universe, so we may be in a more sustainable beautiful relationship harmony with all of the beautiful options it offers to us.
  2. —minimize the all suffering of all living things and to enhance enable human happiness, health, and wisdom. wisdom, health, and happiness.
  3. —create and maintain a well-balanced perfectly balanced society so everyone may live within an appealing delightful and sustainable world.
  4. acknowledge recognize our unique personal limitations abilities and choose to develop use them to help our positive responses to other’s beings’ needs. live healthier, happier lives.
  5. —acknowledge that we as an interacting group of people individuals expressing positive but divergent diverse views are more likely to discover mutually beneficial opportunities than we will find as solitary individuals.
  6. make a deliberate effort to strengthen every person’s moral personality understanding and affection for others to thrive. and help it to become a part of their daily lives.
  7. —make a voluntary decision to help each of us to grow in understanding and affection for one another.

Attempt #8 is written in a final form

We Unitarian Universalists seek to:

  1. —discover the orderly nature of the Universe, so we may be in a beautiful relationship with all of the beautiful options it offers us.
  2. —minimize the suffering of all living things and to enable human wisdom, health, and happiness.
  3. —create and maintain a perfectly balanced society so everyone may live within a delightful and sustainable world.
  4. —recognize our unique personal abilities and choose to use them to help others live healthier and happier lives.
  5. —acknowledge that we as a group of individuals expressing positive but diverse views are more likely to discover mutually beneficial opportunities than we will find as solitary individuals.
  6. —make a voluntary decision to help each of us to grow in understanding and affection for one another.

This is getting better to my way of thinking, but what will tomorrow bring?

Suggestions are welcome.

Another day another day

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I took Debbie in for an annual blood test before her annual medical checkup and then drove to the Commons coffee shop where Daniel was waiting for me, or whoever else would talk to him. We had a fine conversation about his planning a ten-day bike trip through Eastern Oregon mountains with some of his German friends who are apparently in for such an arduous adventure. He wants me to be the escort car, hauling about five people’s stuff. I said there was nothing I would rather be doing less with next month’s time. I’m trying to do something significant for humanity, like rewriting the UUs “We Unitarian Universalists seek to:“. That takes a strange kind of energy and concentration. It is like trying to rewrite Jesus’ Beatitudes into modern English. It takes a lot of French je ne sais quoi, and it’s hard to find it anywhere, but here in Bend, there is a peculiar vacuum for ultimate realities that everyone here seems like they are trying to find and to fulfill that quest. That is what I was trying to communicate to Daniel, without being excessively rude.

The stormy weather, which included some lightning, brought beautiful photo opportunities over Mirror Pond, just outside of our Commons coffee shop. I composed some very nice ones from the usual tourist photo locations. Later, after a snack at home, Debbie and I went to my annual dental cleaning, where, unfortunately, my doctor said I needed a crown on one of my lower molars because there wasn’t enough tooth left for a simple filling. That’s the way it is at age eighty-three and a half. I still have almost all of my teeth, except for the ones kicked out playing football, but most of the ones I do have, have fillings. C’est la vie!

After I, at least my teeth, were cleaned up we went across Newport Avenue to Bethlyn’s restaurant for a fantastic lunch, and as I was in a photographic mood of seeing patterns and meaning everywhere in the most insignificant things imaginable … I took lots of strange (that is, meaningless) photographs. But, the several artists I encountered since then really liked them. The strange juxtaposition of unusually lit things made into complex, raucous patterns.

We eventually found our way through the peach cobbler and found our way home. After reading philosophy a bit, we went for a walk and visited a local woman’s home. We call her Rhubarb Robin because we give our very bountiful rhubarb plant to her every year about this time. It is flourishing right now with enormous leaves and stalks.

I’m still working on the purpose of life, and I suspect that giving rhubarb away is part of it.

Today crept in at a petty pace and crept out

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Today wasn’t extraordinary, and yet it was. I took some fine photos of Mirror Pond showing its surprisingly mirror-like qualities. A few minutes later, when I got to the Commons coffee shop, I showed some of the last few days of photos —of shadows— to my professional artist friend, Richard Cork, and he liked them very much. We talked about art for almost two hours. When he departed I talked with Daniel, an artist-craftsman, about his works. They are very refined cabinet works.

In the afternoon I was invited to talk for half an hour about my life to my Monday afternoon group of twenty older men. I did my presentation chronologically starting with my mother’s problems and my birth. The presentation went well, but in the half an hour I only got to about age twenty-two, of eighty-three years, and things have been getting more interesting every year. I did have time to keep my promise of showing them an invention for every day. Today it was a back of the hand bruise prevention, a band-aid package opener, a key chain supporter for a car ignition, an easy to pull free package top opening device, a secure small cardboard box closure, and a treatment for arthritis …

At six Debbie and I went to an Artificial Intelligence lecture which we both participated in with comments that led to an extended discussion.

Debbie is now watching the final episode of Game of Thrones. I never watched a single episode, but everyone seems to have enjoyed it. I have been watching Berry with Bill Hader and Steven Colbert’s monologues, but that’s about it for TV viewing.

My garden is sprouting, but it’s now 38° F. So, I’m hoping it doesn’t get too cold tonight for tiny beings.

Another try at what UU’s seek.

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Each day what has been written to answer the question of what UU’s seek seems good, and yet when I read it the next day it isn’t quite right. So I rewrite the whole thing. The fourth item has been a problem because it seeks to acknowledge the limits of our own self-observation, but it is too complex and negative and needs a total revision.

To help me track my own thoughts and changes to the text I have been putting (brackets) around the changes, with strikethroughs for deleted words followed by a more desirable word, usually within the brackets. Below is yesterday’s final version, … which it clearly isn’t because it isn’t clear enough. Below that is a newer effort and below that is clear copy of the changes.


Attempt #6

We Unitarian Universalists seek to:

  1. —discover the orderly nature of the Universe so we may be in greater harmony with what it offers us.
  2. —minimize all suffering and to enhance human health and abundance.
  3. —create and maintain a well-balanced society so everyone may live within a sustainable world.
  4. —acknowledge that we as individuals are too removed from our own invisible thinking processes to ever fully understand our own convictions and reasons.
  5. —acknowledge that we as a group of involved, informed people with conflicting views are more likely to find solutions to conflicts than an isolated individual.
  6. —make a deliberate effort to strengthen every individual’s understanding of the highest values of which they can become aware of and make real.

Attempt #7 which is a rewrite of the previous attempt.

We Unitarian Universalists seek to:

  1. —discover the orderly nature of the Universe so we may be in (greater a more sustainable) harmony with (the options what it offers to) us.
  2. —minimize all suffering and to enhance human (happiness,) health and (abundance wisdom).
  3. —create and maintain a well-balanced society so everyone may live within a(n appealing, and) sustainable world.
  4. acknowledge that we as individuals are too removed from our own invisible thinking processes to ever fully understand our own convictions and reasons. (acknowledge our personal limitations and choose to develop our positive responses to other beings’ needs.)
  5. —acknowledge that we as an interacting group of (involved, informed) people with (conflicting different) views are more likely to find (solutions to conflicts mutually beneficial opportunities) than we will as (a isolated solitary) individuals.
  6. —make a deliberate effort to strengthen every individual’s (moral personality understanding of the highest values of which they can become aware of and help it to become a part of their daily lives.)

Attempt #7 is written in a final form

We Unitarian Universalists seek to:

  1. —discover the orderly nature of the Universe, so we may be in a more sustainable harmony with the options it offers to us.
  2. —minimize all suffering and to enhance human happiness, health, and wisdom.
  3. —create and maintain a well-balanced society so everyone may live within an appealing and sustainable world.
  4. —acknowledge our personal limitations and choose to develop our positive responses to other beings’ needs.
  5. —acknowledge that we as an interacting group of people with different views are more likely to discover mutually beneficial opportunities than we will find as solitary individuals.
  6. —make a deliberate effort to strengthen every person’s moral personality and help it to become a part of their daily lives.

This is getting better to my way of thinking, but what will tomorrow bring?

Suggestions are welcome.

What is “Freedom”?

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To write a proposal for a change of direction for a religious institution requires courage and a willingness to risk one’s life. That has been tested and proven true many times historically, so why would I be so audacious as to attempt such a task? Personally, I don’t feel any hostility to the current UU principles, in fact, I like them very much. However, Unitarians, back in 1936 in Unitarians Face A New Age, wrote that we as individuals must think for ourselves, and that thinking includes analyzing Universal principles of human aspiration and behavior.

For those people to be granting me the right and liberty of thinking with my own mind is the greatest trust that can be given. Furthermore, it is offering help to me in the most profound possible way, because only a person living their own life can know what life is about. Their helping me is the essence of love. Love is expressed by intentionally helping another being to fulfill their life, liberty, and opportunities. Love is helping a living being to flourish in their mind, body, and actions.


We Unitarian Universalists seek to:

  1. (6)—discover the orderly nature of the Universe so we may be in greater harmony with (its behaviors. what it offers (to ) us.)
  2. (4)—minimize all suffering and to enhance human health and abundance.
  3. (3)—create and maintain (an ideal a well-balanced) society so (we may all everyone) may live within a sustainable world.
  4. (2)—acknowledge that (we as) individuals are too removed from (their our) own invisible thinking processes to ever (clearly fully) understand (their our) own convictions and reasons.
  5. (1)—acknowledge that (we as) a group of involved, informed people with conflicting views are more likely to find solutions to conflicts than an isolated individual.
  6. (5)—make a deliberate effort to strengthen every individual’s understanding of the highest values of which that they can become aware (of and make real).

We Unitarian Universalists seek to:

  1. —discover the orderly nature of the Universe so we may be in greater harmony with what it offers us.
  2. —minimize all suffering and to enhance human health and abundance.
  3. —create and maintain a well-balanced society so everyone may live within a sustainable world.
  4. —acknowledge that we as individuals are too removed from our own invisible thinking processes to ever fully understand our own convictions and reasons.
  5. —acknowledge that we as a group of involved, informed people with conflicting views are more likely to find solutions to conflicts than an isolated individual.
  6. —make a deliberate effort to strengthen every individual’s understanding of the highest values that they can become aware of and make real.

    Suggestions are welcome.

My challenge to invent something every day stumbled

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For three weeks I have been successful in coming up with an invention every day. I was challenged with inventing something every day by my Monday afternoon book discussion group. I immediately refused to accept, saying that even Thomas Edison wouldn’t accept such a monstrous challenge. But they wouldn’t relent. I was bullied into it after three refusals. The only way such a challenge could be sustained for very long was to solve some of the really tiny problems that are ubiquitous.

One of the ones I brought in for their viewing last Monday was a small box used in restaurants for leftovers.  The box I had been given the day before had a tendency to pop open, so I worked on that problem for a while and cut out of the cardboard lid a little hook that would catch the side of the slot opening. It worked better than the original box and didn’t accidentally pop open as easily.

However, one of the guys said that sometimes food leaked out the top corners when a box was tipped on its side even if it didn’t spring open. Tonight, when I should have been thinking about the new paradigms for the Unitarian Universalist fellowships, I was trying to solve the box problem. I was thinking inside of the box, when I should have been thinking outside of the box, and my thinking and writing time was used up. I stumbled upon a simple, obvious once you see it, solution to that problem.

Perhaps, someday you will get to use one of my new boxes in a restaurant.