Posted by: spirit97024 | October 23, 2011




Harvey Thorstad

For decades I have sought in vain for a goal for humanity.
I studied psychology for a means to change a person for the better.
I studied sociology for a means to change a society for the better.
I studied political science for a means to change a nation for the better.
I studied philosophy to find meaning where religion and culture failed.
I learned all these tools of change, but, was unable
To find a meaningful goal for which to apply the tools.

With a year in Viet Nam as an advisor I learned
Of the atrocities, falsities and wastes of war.
I learned of the damage to the heart and soul of individuals
Involved in these unnatural atrocities.
I learned that war is a terrible waste.
Thus, part of my goal for society was to attain peace.
I joined peace and anti-war groups.
Still something was missing for the life’s goal.
I could sense a goal just beyond my vision,
But, could not bring it to conscious thought.
I still lacked a clear goal toward which to apply
The tools of change I had learned.
Being anti-war is a negative goal.
It lacks a clear, positive picture of
The goal I sensed.

While reading James A. Michener’s book, “Mexico”
The goal that had eluded me for decades
Started to coalesce.
Around 600 A.D. a group of Indians in Central Mexico
Began to build pyramids.
Except for their pyramids,
Very little is known about this group.
They are simply called the Builders.
This group is different from the Aztecs, Incas and Mayans,
Who, also, built pyramids.

One of the major things that united the Builders
Was purpose.
The common united goal of thousands of workers over
About 40 years united them.
The why of, to honor the gods, was comparatively unimportant.
The what, to build a pyramid, was, also, comparatively unimportant.
The important thing was a united goal,
A common purpose.
So it is over time with many peoples;
The building of
The Egyptian pyramids and the Sphinx,
The great catholic cathedrals,
The space program of the 60s.

Common purpose can, also, be for less desirable goals.
Machiavelli had a famous line of advice to kings,
“If your people are restless,
Make war with a neighbor to unite them.”
In current times this advice
Has been carried to extreme.
Nations create an enemy and vilify them,
As Nazis,
As Japs,
As Communists,
As Gooks,
As Rag Heads,
As Hajjis,
As Terrorists.
They attempt to unite the people
With fear
Of these created enemies.
The result is what we have today,
Wasteful oppression and killing of people in countries
Considered to be important for the resources they have,
Or, who refuse cooperation with large corporations
Wishing to exploit the resources of the nation
For profit.

The goal that is starting to coalesce for me
Has the following characteristics.
It’s peaceful in nature.
It has the characteristic of beauty.
Hopefully, it can be awe inspiring.
It’s supported by the people.
This may mean applying the skills
Of advertisers, propagandists and other means of persuasion.
Kennedy’s selling of the space program in the 60’s comes to mind.

I’m reminded of a recent review of plans for a replacement
For the I-5 bridge in Portland, Oregon.
The universal complaint of the reviewers for the proposed plans
Was that they lacked beauty.
The plans were practical, cost saving, and functional,
But, lacked the beauty considered essential to the great city of Portland.

Thus, beauty is considered at least highly desirable for
People and nation uniting goals.

Possible goals fitting this definition would be
High speed rail,
Greatly improved mass transit in cities,
Solar power panels on every building,
Underwater cities,
Space Habitats on the Moon and Mars.
And many more.

Let the peaceful goals of beauty and pleasure
Replace the destructive goals of war and oppression.
Let the purpose of humanity be to extend beauty and peace
With goals of magnificence, pride, and splendor.
The what and why of these great goals are unimportant,
Only that they are supported by the people
And have peace and beauty as ingredients.
As these productive goals of peace and beauty flourish
May the destructive goals of war and exploitation diminish and perish.



• Chapter 1, Creation

• Chapter 2, Destiny

• Chapter 3, The Building Blocks Of Religion

• Chapter 4, The Self-Image

• Chapter 5, Demons

• Chapter 6, Philosophy Is Like A Book

• Chapter 7, Cosmic Consciousness

• Chapter 8, Imagination

• Chapter 9, Of The Dance Between Chaos

• Chapter 10, The Sixth Sense, Quantum Mind And Quantum      Entanglement

• Chapter 11, Like Attracts Like

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  5. Excellent chapters, Harvey! Much of your writings seem to be based in Metaphysics and New Age philosophy that was popularized by the likes of Emmett Fox, Joel Goldsmith, Ernest Holmes, etc. (Also churches like Unity and Religious Science.)

    Question: How much has these writers/philosophies/churches shaped your perception of the world and universe? Just curious . . .

    I applaud you for putting your creative writing out in such a public forum. That takes confidence and courage. Kudos to you, my friend!

    Tony R.

    • Tony,

      Thank you for your very complementary and meaningful comments. The authors you mentioned as well as the various church philosophies had very little influence on my perceptions of the world and universe. The core influence that drove me was a paradox that drove me on a near fanatic search. On the one hand I believed in free will. On the other I believed in the scientific method whereby a definite cause or causes give definite effects and no other effects. Stated another way the deterministic philosophy of the scientific method allows a person no more free will than a grain of sand in an avalanche. I discuss this in more depth in my Chapter 6, “Philosophy is like a book”.

      Again, thank you for your question that, once again, had my mind traveling in those very interesting, lonely areas.

      Harvey T.

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