"First Light", our newly compiled half-hour introductory video sampler,
is now available: Two copies for $9.99, post paid -- one for you, one
for a friend. "First Light" is an easy-to-follow tour of our primary
findings -- a good way to introduce our Project to friends and
colleagues. Go to http://www.meetingtent.com/FirstLight.html to
On this DVD, Stan makes an important mistake. In 1991, we realized that
the special vortex shape which our work indicates is the source of the
Hebrew letters is a model human hand -- but this design and discovery
was so new that we didn't yet completely understand a key feature:
which hand? So segments of this DVD taken from an unreleased video
filmed in 1991 show Stan wearing the "First Hand" model on the wrong
hand. (He makes the same mistake on our 1991 live-lecture DVD, "A
Matrix of Meaning for Sacred Alphabets.")
Making and correcting a testable hypothesis is the essence of the
scientific method. The refinement of a theory necessarily includes
making mistakes -- and then correcting them. (Nonsense does _not_
require correction.) In this case, the idea was right -- the
flame/vortex is really intended to model a human hand -- but the
details didn't fall in place until after we made the video.
POEMS by STAN TENEN
This year, Passover and Easter occur during the same week. For each
tradition, these holidays focus and define our relationship to the
Transcendent -- viewed differently in each faith, but for those who
follow these faiths, still the same One.
In this issue we present two poems by Stan Tenen, both on the subject
of Unity: "Pick One," written in 1998, and "Apology for One God",
written in December 2005. The second piece was originally titled
"Apology for the Aleinu," which is a prayer said daily in Jewish
religious practice. (The last line of this prayer, in English, reads:
"And it is said: Hashem (YH-VH) will be King over all the world -- on
that day Hashem will be One and His Name will be One." (Artscroll
translation)) More generally, it is an apology for the One God.
There are lots. Pick one.
Any one you please,
so long as you pick one.
----I have One.
Is it the best One?
----I don't know.
Well, check it out.
Drive it around the block.
Kick the tires.
Check out some of the others.
Is the one you picked
The best One?
I guess if I look, I can always find
a better One.
Would you like to find
The best One?
How do I do that?
Well, you start by looking for One.
And then you compare
One with another,
Until you find
And then you compare that
With the others,
Until you find One
----I could do that for a long time.
Once you decided to look for One,
And then to look for
Increasingly better Ones,
You had a plan.
And given that you had lots and lots of time and energy,
You could get pretty close to a good idea
of the Very Best One.
Now, the Very Best One
would be the most different
from the most ordinary
or least best one.
when you looked all around, and averaged it all out,
The Very Best One
Would be more different from all the others
than any other one,
Even those that might seem
close to best.
Thus, the Very Best must also be
The Very Most Different.
If you searched in all directions
for the Very Best One,
There'd be One, and only One,
In which to find It.
And it would stand out from all the others,
because it would be the most different,
the most precise,
the most unique,
and by every other meaning,
the Best and Brightest
Along the way,
you must include
your best definition of
includes the Best,
And the Best exemplifies
---Stan Tenen, 29 July 1998
APOLOGY FOR ONE GOD
Because every thing is finite,
The Infinite One must be No Thing
-- That is, not countable --
As all things are countable.
By this means
The All-Alone, undifferentiated-into-things, One
-- Which is No Thing --
Becomes the God of many different faiths.
The uncountability of No Thing
-- neither one thing,
-- nor many things
-- nor any number of things
Is the cosmic loophole that allows the same One
To be exclusively "all alone" in each faith
Yet still the uncountable One over All.
The lives of all the heroes are as claimed for them
Because a hero, by definition,
Climbs steadily, ever more steeply upward
-- Where all climbing paths must converge --
Guided in every choice
By the One not-a-thing
As their pole, and as their star.
Thus, the hero of every culture
-- The embryo of the One No Thing --
Finds the way home.
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