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Can a Verb-Based Language Bring Peace to the Planet?

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Burl Hall
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Within the Jewish-Christian-Muslim religions, God may be seen as a transcendent being running the show we refer to as the universe.

A Hindu may likewise debate a Jew regarding whose God is real, Brahmin (the Self), or Yahweh (I AM). Potentially this divide could lead to warfare. Yet, they mean the same thing. I AM is who I am, my Self! Whenever we go to war, we war against ourselves. Thus Christ rightly said, "love thy enemy as thyself." Another line that fits this mirroring quality to the world is "judge not lest ye be judged."

Whew, what a whopper that last one is given the self-righteous arrogance of some Christians.

What if I AM is Creativity more so than Creator? Would that make a difference? Many mystics of various traditions have said just that: "God is a verb." Is it odd for a religious man to say God is a verb?

No, David Cooper, a Jew, wrote a book titled, God is a Verb. In more ancient times, Chinese mystic Lao Tzu, author of the Tao Te Ching defined Tao as the Way, which entails the intercourse of "yin" (female) and "yang" (male).

It is by understanding the Verb way of looking at what drives the cosmos and contrasting it with the Noun that we might just get past our divides of this against that.

Could we entice the unfolding of a better world this way, a unity that embraces diversity? I'm not sure. All I'm saying is let's take a look at it.

Think about the ramifications of the Tao's notion of the intercourse of yin and yang: women and men express cosmic process? Sit with that for a minute. And, we are alienated why?

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