Thursday, March 25, 2021

IF you could go back in history to any point and place, when and where would you go? And Why?

After mulling this over once and a while* for years, at least for now, I’ve decided I wouldn’t want to go back to sometime in the past—

1. Been ‘there’ enough via reading many tomes of history

2. Many of the most intriguing past times/places had too many negatives, tragedies, and immoral and unjust wrongs.

SO, NOW, at this present time moment, I would, instead, like to go into the FUTURE!

Probably into the future right here on the California coast.

TO the year 2165

I spontaneously pulling that year out of my rabbit-virtual mental hat (an analogy from the philsophical novel, Sophie’s World, by Jostein Gaarder).

#1 Will humankind overcome the current regressive backward fail of the early 21st Century?

#2 Will difficult Life questions have been solved?

#3 How did Life first start 2 billion or so years ago on Earth?

#4 Do humans have moral responsibility and creativity, the ability to make conscious choices from among many different possibilities and to bring new things into existence?

Are all conscious aware humans only “puppets” yanked hither and yon by deep-time deterministic reality because every single event from the Big Bang to the Very Distant End was set in stone the moment Reality came into being billions of years ago?

#5 Will humans be any closer to finally knowing whether or not Reality has meaning and purpose (some form of Process Theism, maybe)

That all Reality is came about by cosmic Chance, and is meaningless and purposeless, and humankind is a strange absurd anomaly (some form of Materialistic Atheism)?

#6 Have humans achieved the space goal of sending some to live permanently on another planet? Which one? Have we traveled beyond our solar system?

#7 Have scientists eliminated the worst diseases such as cancer?

#8 Did robots ever become sentient?

#8 Will humans finally become less violent and less prejudiced, more just and more moral?

#9 What new inventions and technilogical achievements will come about?

*--Reflecting on The Time Machine by H.G. Wells;
11/22/63 by Stephen King;
The Time Traders by Andre Norton
and other such time travel classics of science fiction speculation.

In the Light,

Dan Wilcox

Sunday, March 21, 2021

The Strange Anomoly of Christian Doctrine Versus Most Christian Moral Affirmations

Strange how the theology and doctrine of the Christian religion and the Bible have been shown to be delusional, not based in reality, and have often led to persecution, oppression, slaughter, hate, rivalry, division, prejudice, theft, lying, and other immoral and unjust actions YET

many of the moral affirmations and prohibitions of the Christian religion and the New Testament have been shown to be true and trustworthy—exactly how all humans ought to think and act.

I wonder why that is?

Galatians 5:19-25

19 Now immoral ways are evident:
sexual immorality,
moral impurity,
fits of anger,
and things like these.

I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love,
against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. 26Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

In the Light of what is True, Good, Kind, and Just,

Dan Wilcox

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Guest Post: Teens Create Portable, Solar-Powered Tent for the Homeless

Teens Create Portable, Solar-Powered Tent for the Homeless February 23, 2021 by Cathy Stack San Fernando, CA - A team of 12 teenage girls have invented a portable, solar-powered tent.

Their inspiration for the ambitious and innovative project was the growing problem of homelessness in their community. Improving the lives of homeless individuals and addressing their daily struggles with a lack of shelter and privacy was their guiding goal. They set out to create a highly durable, water-resistant tent that offered more air, light, sanitation, privacy, and a cell phone charging station. The team consists of San Fernando high school students who have had no formal engineering training, only a compelling desire to help their community. The students teamed up with a nonprofit organization called DIY Girls which supports girls in science, technology and engineering. Team members learned new skills ranging from coding and 3-D printing to sewing and soldering. They also taught themselves how to plan, print and assemble a product to complete the tent’s prototype.

America Hernandez and Casandra Salazar, two team members, decided to participate in the design and engineering project to help make a difference. “We decided that homelessness was something that was growing in our community and it was something that not a lot of people focus on,” commented America. The long hours and dedication required did not deter the students. “Since this project was meant for other people, we did feel more motivated,” added Casandra.

There are many state-of-the art features and design elements that make the tent unique. It is made to be both portable and lightweight. It neatly folds into a rolling backpack to make it convenient to travel with. The tent’s interior is equipped with lights, a pair of USB ports, and one micro-USB port specially powered by solar energy. The solar power is used to charge electronic devices, provide light and sanitize the tent’s interior.

Now that the prototype is complete, the team aspires to get their invention patented and mass distributed to the homeless population. The team also hopes their invention can eventually aid many different displaced people around the world, such as refugees.

Pass It On and The Foundation for a Better Life is highly impressed with these young innovators who identified and worked to resolve a problem in their community using their own skills and intellect. They are a great example of the value of Teamwork. As a team, they experienced the empowering feeling of witnessing how their combined skills could be put to good use to improve the world. Please help us honor these young heroes by sharing their inspiring story.

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Thursday, March 4, 2021

Pebbled Poems of Spring

Flighting Surprise

In my morning mug
Cold milk, washed blue berries
Dark and delicious
Lay waiting for another swig

Wait; what’s that?
Adhering--a wispy white feather

Or more briefly:

flighting surprise

in my morning mug—
adhering to wet blue berries
a wispy white feather


humming attack

wearing my fiery red shirt
for Christmas, I open our
sliding glass door;
sudden jolt in front
of my startled face--
a flash of feathers hum-buzzes,
darts within inches of me;

but away it flits left
back to that flowering bush
along our fence--
me a reject


side of the road

gray shadowed mail box
overwhelmed green, red-purple
bloomed jungle wonder


Twilight: Crossing Shimmering Streams into Dusk and Stars


fall back to autumn

treetops blazing gold
with the last light of this day--
we lift our eyes

--Dan Wilcox

In the Light