From War to Peace –Why, What, and How

Why we have war,
what we must do to prevent our self-annihilation,
and how we can proceed to succeed.
Donald Pet, M.D.

         Finally, we have the practical means to prevent human catastrophe and we can accomplish the task within years rather than generations at little or no cost.  This essay identifies and explains the silent disease of our thinking that is about to slay us.  We can design and spread the effective antidote that will prevent the immanent Armageddon predicted by our most informed citizens.  Common sense will indicate this hypothesis is correct.

            Albert Einstein is the name most mentioned when referencing the world’s brightest mind.  His insights are widely quoted.  In my opinion, his two greatest insights were (1) the formula E=mc2 that inspired our first and most visible weapon with ultimate destructive power and (2) his warning that we are about to self-destruct unless we do one thing – teach ourselves a newer way of thinking (ANWOT).  Nature’s “survival of the fittest” rule explains why we invest so much of our collective energy and resources on weapons of destruction; instinct demands that we preserve our tribe without regard to others.  Meanwhile we neglect Einstein’s more important discovery – what we must do to preserve humanity for our loved ones.  Although Einstein spent the last ten years of his life petitioning peace initiatives throughout the world, he did not elaborate on the specific means to popularize common sense thinking.  This essay explains in simple language the self-taught newer way of thinking that anyone can acquire to make their life joyous and fulfilled.  The ultimate goals are peace of mind and world peace.  We only require the collaboration of a limited number of social entrepreneurs who will first teach themselves ANWOT and then recruit the one million peace teachers needed to popularize the solution to earth’s seven billion inhabitants through the domino effect. 

             I claim ANWOT expertise not because I have exceptional intelligence but because I have been privileged to learn from outstanding teachers, including my favorite mentor while training in psychiatry at Johns Hopkins.  Professor Jerome Frank, M.D., Ph.D. (deceased) was the world’s thought leader on the psychological issues of war and peace.  I also credit the thousands of individuals who allowed me to share their insights in their struggle to attain well-being.  Nearing 76, I have had more years than most to collect the proven wisdoms that work. 

             Even though I am somewhat familiar with peace literature, I am unaware of any program that teaches a newer way of thinking.  The accompanying glossary of word-switches that create ANWOT is original.  I welcome knowledge of related ideas to help this initiative improve and grow.   

             The contagious disease of our thinking is hereby named “either/or addiction.”  The native language each of us first acquires divides the world into two opposing categories: good or bad (“evil”), safe or dangerous, us or them, right or wrong, etc.  Either/or thinking creates allegiance to our family, tribe, flag, religion, and worldview; and disrespect for anything and anyone not of “our side.”  This first way of thinking distorts our perception of reality by focusing on the smallest, often superficial, differences while ignoring huge similarities.  Either/or addiction is the reason we have bigotry, prejudice, jealousy, and destructive win/lose aggression.  It is why our history is defined by its series of wars.  Either/or addiction explains why our Democratic and Republican parties will not cooperate, why there has been and will continue to be destructive aggression between Muslims and Christians, Arabs and Jews, Sunnis and Shiites, Irish Catholics and Protestants, Hutus and Tutsis, and those with ethnic, gender, and geographic differences.  Either/or addiction explains why greed and speed are inherent in instinct and tradition while wise creeds and good deeds must be learned; why our institutions teach us to repeat what worked in the past rather than prepare us to wisely create the new solutions that manage rapid change.  Conflict will persist until we teach ourselves ANWOT. 

            ANWOT requires that we (1) add new words to our language and (2) selectively substitute existing but neglected words that emphasize common sense thinking for the dominant words that serve instinct, tradition, and human dictators.  Since impatience is a common trait, I will start with a synopsis and follow with a more definitive explanation.  Learn and apply the Glossary of 100 word-switches and updated word-meanings and you will transform your way of thinking from confrontation to dominate to collaboration for mutual benefit.  Make your life remarkable!  Become a force for the solution instead of remaining part of the problem.    

 

Synopsis:

Einstein’s solution – a newer way of thinking (ANWOT) – is the antidote to the silent disease that is about to slay us, and is our best tool to create peace of mind and world peace.

  • The eternal force (what some call “nature,” others “God”) created the law of cause and effect, the basis of an orderly, predictable universe.
  • 3 ½ billion years ago, simple single-cell life appeared.  Life has slowly evolved to add more complex species.  The most complex have conscious awareness.
  • Nature’s “survival of the fittest” strategy to adapt through trial and error enables us to inherit a prewired set of tried and proven effective behaviors we call “instinct.” 
  • Instinct, the best-of-the-best solutions to sustain the life cycle, has been evolving over billions of years.  In our species, instinct’s prewired solutions are replicated in 9 months.
  • Our large-brained ancestors were intelligent but they had limited knowledge.  They, like animals, remained primarily servant to instinct, fate, and circumstance.  
  • 50,000 years ago our ancestors invented sophisticated language by applying meaning to symbols.  Language empowers us to problem solve by adding imagination, a powerful “mental-spiritual” tool to better discover the laws of cause and effect – what we call “knowledge.” 
  • Through our use of symbols, primarily language, we grow knowledge of cause and effect by storing, sharing, and passing symbols forward.  Knowledge of cause and effect has enabled humankind to become rulers on earth.
  • The recent discovery of the scientific method has created a giant leap in our power.  We now join nature in determining our own destiny and the fate of everything around us. 
  • Knowledge serves instinct first.  Instinct commands all species to repeat the life cycle by showing allegiance to its own tribe, too often without consideration to the peril of other tribes.  Instinct favors local priorities without reference to global priorities.   
  • The combination of intelligence and knowledge that makes us powerful creators and destroyers does not make us wise rulers.
  • We remain a servant of instinct’s survival of the fittest rule, i.e. repeating what has worked in the past, until we acquire wisdom, the ability to apply knowledge using common sense.
  • Our young language is biased toward symbols, mostly words and combinations of words that are designed to serve instinct’s survival of the fittest perspective.  Repeating what worked in a savage environment for billions of years to preserve our tribe is the “normal” and expected perspective of our dominant way of thinking.  Common sense is not common.   
  • As multiple tribes acquire weapons that offer no second chance, we require a newer way of thinking that favors common sense more than obedience to instinct; that favors cooperation for mutual gain more than harmful confrontation to assert dominance; that applies wisdom using current knowledge more than repeating actions based on yesterday’s knowledge.
  • Either/or two-category thinking, historically adaptive, has suddenly become either/or addiction, a cancerous disease of our thinking that is about to slay us.
  • The wonderful news is that we have the antidote to either/or addiction: a newer way of thinking that is easy to teach and can be rapidly spread at little or no cost!                 
  • It takes less than 100 word-switches, here provided, to upgrade our dominant two-category way of thinking to Einstein’s newer way of thinking that makes common sense common; that applies wisdom to add global priorities to self-serving priorities.

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From War to Peace – Why, What, and How: Our young language is a work-in-progress designed by nature and our nurturers to reproduce the action patterns that were successful in a primitive, savage environment.  The discovery of cause and effect empowers us to apply common sense using current knowledge to selectively replace those established “hardwired” action patterns that have lost their effectiveness or have become dangerous.  Our language lacks a symbol that distinguishes the either/or way we first learn from the newer way of common sense thinking that we are capable of acquiring.  Thus, two new word symbols, by the meanings hereby assigned, call forth to our conscious awareness the fundamental concept of ANWOT.  They empower us to distinguish the dominant two-category way of thinking we all first learn from the newer, preferred way of thinking.  During our developmental years, thinking is based on authority; ANWOT replaces authority with common sense.  Two important symbols, “trigger word” and “word-switch,” are sufficient to enlighten us on how to proceed to Einstein’s solution – a newer way of thinking.

A trigger word is a symbol that signals a predetermined physical or mental action pathway to turn on or turn off.  Trigger words characteristically turn on physical or mental actions that have been adaptive to yesterday’s challenges based on yesterday’s knowledge or its lack.  The symbol is usually a word or combination of words such as “I can’t,” or “My way, the right way.”  It may also be an image such as a Christian cross, Muslim crescent, Jewish star, Nazi swastika, or peace sign.   

A word-switch is a trigger word with the special quality that it replaces a predetermined action pathway with a newer action pathway.  Word-switches update yesterday’s symbols with meanings that are more adaptive to today’s challenges using current knowledge.  They make me mad” leads to blaming others, whereas “I allow myself to become mad” accepts personal responsibility.  “Should” is a trigger word that demands a predetermined path, usually of some other’s making; “could” is a word-switch that invites us to consider alternatives. 

Two examples of imagery convey an indelible understanding of the power of word-switches and what makes them distinct from trigger words:

Example 1: By changing a single train track switch at one point, the controller may redirect the train to a preferred destination while simultaneously preventing the predetermined destination.  A mental word-switch has the equivalent power to redirect action.

Example 2: Picture a light control containing three switches, as is found in most homes.  Each switch may look alike but differ in function due to the wiring hidden behind the wall.  Imagine the first switch was wired by nature (instinct, fate), the second by our nurturers (tradition, circumstance) and the third switch as being a modern variable “slide” switch created by self-mastery (our freed will power).  Each switch is loyal to its creator, performing whatever task it has been designed to do.  We start with only instinct’s switch.  Upon birth, nurturers add the wiring that suites their perspective.  Self-mastery, through our slowly maturing cerebral cortex, may wire the third switch.  All three controllers – nature, nurture, and our mature self – remain active; the interplay of these three master programmers, as they compete and cooperate, determines the actions we take, and their destination and outcome. 

Nature is our first programmer.  Our biology and the instinct provided at birth are the outcome of billions of years of the adaptive patterns that have worked in a savage environment.  The common rules included survival of the fittest; eat or be eaten; align yourself, trust, and cooperate with your immediate family and tribe.  Instinct prepares us to fear, compete, and regard non-tribe members as subservient and suitable to use for one’s own means.  Although nature makes us superficially different, the function of everyone’s internal organs and parts is highly predictable and virtually identical; most are even interchangeable.  However, nature has designed our sense organs to perceive and respond to superficial characteristics, and recognize only those within our immediate locality.  Unlike other life, nature has provided humankind its latest model brain which, when mature and properly educated to think using common sense, is capable of learning to see deep, wide, and far in the future.  We may assume responsibility as creators of our destiny.

Nurture is our second master programmer.  The perspective of our role models and teachers is dictated to us during our years of immaturity when we lack resistance to their traditions.  We are like putty molded by whatever fate and circumstance choose to make of us.  We acquire a language, flag, religion, and assumptive worldview; they are based on authority.  Common sense is a product of our cerebral cortex, which is not fully physically mature until about the age of 18 and not emotionally mature for most people until in their late 20’s or early 30’s.  Some remain immature throughout their lifetime, repeating only what nature and nurture have made of them. 

Self-mastery is the process of making our self a master controller to program our life’s experience.  Becoming our own person is our opportunity to assume personal responsibility for our destiny.  Humankind is distinguished from all other life because we have a specialized freedom organ, our cerebral cortex, so sophisticated that it can create language and assign meaning to symbols.  Only we discover, store, and share knowledge of cause and effect, and pass knowledge continuously forward.  Knowledge is the source of power that makes us rulers on earth.  The rapid acceleration of knowledge has created a new era where we determine who shall survive and who shall become extinct.  Human selection is a growing partner with natural selection as we acquire the power of knowledge in quantum leaps.  Self-mastery is the process of gradually freeing our will power from domination by nature and our nurturers to become our own person.  We create mental freedom by selectively substituting word-switches for trigger words, by the use of symbols whose meaning turns on common sense thinking (ANWOT) and simultaneously turns off blind obedience to two-category thinking.

Once you understand this, you are ready for the “payoff” insight: Trigger words are hard- wired by the two master controllers who program our mental action pathways – instinct and tradition.  They are the best of the best solutions that have survived through history; they automatically and effortlessly turn on the physical and mental actions that worked for yesterday’s challenges using yesterday’s knowledge.  The fatal flaw of trigger words is that hardwired action patterns are inflexible.  The solutions that worked yesterday become institutionalized through repetition.  Confronted with issues unsolved by past experience, instinct and tradition’s solutions may become ineffective and/or dangerous.  With the creation and proliferation of biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons that offer no second chance, the tried and true either/or win/lose confrontation that has been the means to resolve differences has suddenly become our greatest danger.  

            Either/or thinking, adaptive throughout history and during our developmental years when we lack the ability to think using common sense, has suddenly become either/or addiction – more dangerous than the Black Plague, AIDS, or any other disease we have encountered.  What was adaptive in a local environment with limited destructive power is maladaptive in a global environment where tribes each possess weapons with ultimate destructive power (WUD).  We have become our own worst enemy because of the dominant way we think.          

Either/or thinking: We all initially learn to think by dividing the world in two either/or categories – good or evil, safe or dangerous, our side or their side, right or wrong, etc.  Helpless, dependent, and lacking common sense for many years, our survival depends on conforming to the prescriptive demands of instinct and the action paths of our nurturers.  Trigger word commands like “should,” “have to,” and “must” become habit through repetition.  Habit passed forward from generation to generation becomes tradition.  Two-category thinking has worked throughout history and is adaptive during our immature years.  Competition, win/lose confrontation, and survival of the fittest has been our creator’s brilliant plan to sustain the life cycle in a savage environment.  Either/or thinking is the necessary and efficient means by which we survive immaturity and gradually attain physical maturity.  Humankind has been favored by the gift from the Creative Force[1] of its latest model brain.  Our cerebral cortex empowers us to use our intelligence to create symbols, acquire knowledge of cause and effect, imagine new possibilities, and introduce into the common world possibilities original in nature.  The more knowledge we acquire, the greater our power to create and destroy.  Imagination using symbols has enabled us to become powerful terrorists and “king of the beasts”; we rule all other species and dominate everything about us.

Both...and thinking: A newer way of thinking (ANWOT) applies word-switches to redirect thinking pathways to apply common sense solutions that replace or upgrade the prewired pathways of instinct and tradition.  Unlike the either/or thinking we first learn, both...and thinking perceives commonalities above differences.  It favors cooperation and collaboration for mutual benefit to create win/win outcomes.   

Either/or addiction: Behavior that is rewarded is repeated!  Behavior that is repeated becomes habit – the action pathway that is automatically selected, often requiring little or no conscious effort.  Long established habits become tradition.  Disobedience to tradition brings emotional discomfort.  We commonly follow the demands of emotion even when common sense tells us our choice is not wise. Habit that is supported by emotion becomes an addiction.  We become a slave to either/or thinking; it controls us rather than the reverse.  How many times do you engage in behavior that you know is not in your best interests – for example regarding food, alcohol, cigarettes or other substances, money, and especially in love and sexual relationships? 

 Either/or thinking served our ancestors well.  It was necessary for survival in a primitive environment where survival required domination and “eat or be eaten” tactics through win/lose competition.  Either/or thinking is also necessary during our developmental years when we could not survive without easily understood directions that keep us safe.  Now, however, this automatic either/or thinking has become our greatest threat to survival.  Our explosive growth of knowledge has suddenly created a new era where multiple tribes will soon possess WUD that offer no second chance.  Confrontation when each party is armed with such WUD will predictably result in a lose/lose outcome.  Common sense thinking makes us aware that we can no longer tolerate traditional ways to settle differences.  Either/or thinking, historically adaptive, has suddenly become the silent, addictive disease that is about to slay us.

 The wonderful news is that the same knowledge of cause and effect that empowers us to create weapons with ultimate destructive power (WUD) can be applied to create weapons with ultimate constructive power (WUC).  Einstein’s solution is correct!  The symbols we create and the meanings we assign them make us powerful creators and destroyers.  Our use of symbols distinguishes us from all other life because only we have been gifted with a sophisticated freedom organ that allows us to determine our own destiny and that of all about us.  We have a choice to act wisely or stupidly.  Stupidity is using our intelligence to repeat the same solutions that worked in the past when we have the knowledge to create better “out of the box” solutions using today’s knowledge.  We acquire wisdom by the use of word-switches that selectively upgrade our thinking to create new solutions, applying new knowledge supported by common sense.  We continuously add new symbols to manage new knowledge of physical phenomena - for example, x-ray, DNA, internet, weapon of mass destruction, nanoscience.  As we expand our power to create and destroy, we require new terms such as word-switch, social entrepreneur, ANWOT (a newer way of thinking) to call forth awareness to our growing understanding of non-physical mental-spiritual phenomena.  Mental-spiritual power is our resource to create personal and global peace. Our young language is heavily biased with symbols whose meanings were dictated by instinct and tradition.  Common sense is not common!  

 Knowledge has enabled us to discover that we are more than human beings; we are human becomings, the growing edge of a creative work in progress.  We have discovered the missing link between animals and civil humans – it is us! We can teach ourselves a newer way of thinking that directs our energy to cooperate with others for mutual benefit, instead of toward harmful confrontation to assert dominance.  ANWOT is our means to teach ourselves such humane qualities as love, forgiveness, compassion, kindness, mercy, and cooperation for mutual gain.  We have the opportunity to become civilized rulers, and the freedom to choose between wisdom and stupidity.  Increasingly, knowledge makes us agents of conscious evolution.   

 Our creator’s wisdom as seen in our physical body enlightens us that well-being requires the cooperation of many different organs.  One malfunctioning organ can lead to death of the whole; the cancer that takes and gives nothing in return kills its host and then it must also die.  If we choose to survive and thrive, we must rule wisely.  Dare to imagine our world if we unite our imaginative energy for mutual gain instead of using our best to do our worst!  

 The recent introduction of weapons that offer no second chance requires that we rapidly educate ourselves to cooperate for mutual benefit, to rise above the either/or way of thinking we all first learn.  We develop ANWOT by the selective substitution of word-switches for trigger words.  Each is intended to replace stupidity with wisdom, which transforms imagination from a weapon for mass destruction into our weapon for mass construction.  100 word-switches are sufficient to reach the tipping point where the either/or thinking that dominates our individual and cultural behavior can be redirected to favor both...and common sense problem solving.  Each word-switch strengthens a physical and/or mental action pathway with the support of common sense to see beyond the either/or thinking that divides our world into two opposing sides.  If you consider that the Second Edition of the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary contains 171,476 words in current use and over a quarter of a million distinct English words when derivatives are included, you will realize ANWOTis easily mastered by anyone with modest intelligence and a willingness to try. 

 I hope this sound bite introduction inspires you to go deeper and pursue the self-taught skills that create a newer way of thinking that applies common sense to problem solving; that replaces blind obedience to instinct and tradition.  The well-being and survival of our loved ones require it.   Give the Glossary of Word-switches a try.  You’ll love the results.   

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Important: We learn over time with repetition, patience, and application in a social setting.  Can you remember how you learned your native language?  Have you taught language to a child?  Reading the Glossary of 100 newer word meanings, like reading the dictionary will not transform either/or to both...and common sense thinking.  You will most rapidly progress to becoming your own person and freeing your will from instinct and tradition through practice with others over time.  Creating a discussion group will make a quantum leap to ANWOT.       


Glossary of Word-switches

Terms that support a newer way of thinking

 Introduction: Word-switches are the tools we create to add mental-spiritual wisdom to the raw power of knowledge.  I limit this glossary to 100 word-switches for two reasons.  First, I believe this number is sufficient to accomplish our mission.  Second, the urgent need to prevent the use of weapons with ultimate destructive power requires a practical self-taught program readily mastered by our population.  A limit of 100 key word-switches retains the Glossary’s learn-ability.  The Glossary is not static but subject to upgrading as new knowledge and wisdom increases our common sense problem solving skills.  We can predict that a critical number of thought leaders, applying the glossary of word-switches and united in effort, will rapidly popularize Einstein’s solution to peace of mind and world peace.  Our common-usage language will shift to favor word-switches more than trigger words. 

          Additional educational content is available to anyone, anywhere, anytime, forever FREE at www.anwot.org  [Specific “stren” references are to the web site file “100 strens.”]                                                                                                                                        

1.     ANWOT: A newer way of thinking that adds common sense problem solving supported by current knowledge to the preprogrammed hard-wired trial-and-error solutions that were effective for yesterday’s stresses based on yesterday’s knowledge.  We continuously upgrade our native first way of “either/or” thinking to ANWOT “both...and” common sense thinking by substituting word-switches for trigger words.  [strens 5, 34]  

2.     Trigger word and word-switch: An invented word, combination of words, or symbol we add to our language when existing words and symbols are inadequate to turn on conscious awareness of important phenomena and knowledge.  [stren 5] 

a. trigger word: A symbol, usually a word or combination of words, with assigned meaning that turns on a preprogrammed “hard-wired” action pathway that was effective for yesterday’s problems applying yesterday’s knowledge.  While most trigger words are still effective because the stresses we face remain unchanged, some have become useless or even dangerous.  Because trigger words are preprogrammed and hardwired, they lack flexibility to create newer solutions when we are faced with new problems such as weapons that offer no second chance.   

b. word-switch: A trigger word with the special ability to redirect the preprogrammed action pathway to a different preferred action pathway intended to more effectively solve today’s problems applying current knowledge, similarly to the function of a mechanical switch. Word-switches are critical to changing the action pathways of trigger words that have become ineffective or dangerous when applied to unfamiliar stresses.  Example:  My way, the only way commands the perspective of instinct and tradition.  What’s best for me and you, for now and the future redirects mindless obedience to common sense problem solving.  A word-switch may also be an established word(s) that can substitute for a trigger word that has become habitual.  Example:  should implies the “right” and “only” way.  Substituting could invites mental consideration of alternative actions based on common sense. [other examples to follow]      

3.     Either/or thinking: The processing of information into two confrontational categories.  We all begin thinking with word symbols that bias us to divide the world into good or evil, right or wrong, us or them, win or lose, etc.  Either/or thinking is the source of bigotry, prejudice, jealousy, and harmful confrontation.  It is the reason our history is defined by its series of wars.  Either/or thinking is necessary in our early decades because it takes so long for our cerebral cortex to mature and acquire the skills of common sense thinking, wisdom, and self-mastery.  It sustains us when we are unable to apply common sense and need to be guided by the wisdom of others.  Either/or thinking commands us to act in accord with what authority dictates. [stren 11] 

4.     Either/or addiction: Either/or thinking becomes habitual, a mental addiction, through repetition.  Maturation makes it appropriate to apply a newer way of common sense thinking (ANWOT) that advocates cooperation for mutual gain instead of competition to have “our side” dominate “the other side.”  Most people remain stuck in either/or addictive thinking until educated in ANWOT.  Herein is the root source of the imminent threat to civilization.          

5.     Common sense is the acquired and applied knowledge of the creative force’s universal laws of cause and effect.  It empowers us to free our will from the authority of instinct, tradition, and human dictators to become our own person.  Common sense is the source of wisdom – cooperation and collaboration for mutual gain instead of win/lose competition to assert dominance, wise action to attain preferred outcomes instead of stupidity – mindless repetition of what worked for yesterday’s problems using yesterday’s knowledge.  Presently, common sense is not common, but we must popularize a newer way thinking based on common sense if we choose to survive. 

6.     Dogma: A principle, belief, or statement of an idea or opinion, formally or authoritatively considered to be absolute truth; dictatorial assertion of unproved or unprovable principles.     

7.     Both...and thinking is the application of common sense to promote cooperation and collaboration among people for mutual benefit.  Both...and thinking is easy to teach and learn but most people remain predominantly either/or thinkers because of its addictive quality.  Our traditional education has yet to include the word-switches that teach both...and thinking.  Surviving and thriving require that we assign high priority to educating our global community in both...and common sense thinking.  [stren 11]

8.     Stren: Any idea, knowledge of cause and effect, wisdom, or experience that adds mental strength to our well-being. [stren 6]

9.     Mental-Spiritual Wealth: The strens that enable us to create a joyous, meaningful life experience.

10.  Mental Wealth millionaire: A collector of sufficient mental-spiritual wealth to consistently create joy and purpose, and manage life’s stresses.  Mental Wealth millionaires, unlike most material millionaires, love giving as much of their mental wealth to others as they can. [stren 28] 

11.  First (native) language: Symbols (primarily words) that explain the world in two opposing sides and direct us to favor one side and reject the other; for example “our tribe,” “the right way,” etc.  Our first language supports prejudice (pre-judgments) and suspicion as defined by authority.

12.   Second language: Symbols that employ our mature cerebral cortex to interpret with world with common sense; for example “the global community,” “a reasonable way,” etc.

13.  Ingredients to create ANWOT:

a.     faith in oneself –  “Yes, I can” – to initiate the spark of energy to try

b.     work – energy directed to solve a problem

c.     patience – delaying gratification for a greater longer term benefit

d.     direction – guidance to achieve one’s goals easier, faster, and with less error

e.     risk-taking – willingness to let go of established action paths

Note: money, unusual intelligence, good looks, connections, etc. are not needed.

14.  ANWOT essential tools:

a.     The ANWOT glossary: The collection of 100 word-switches and terms that empower us to create newer common sense solutions using current knowledge to replace established action pathways that have become ineffective and/or dangerous.  The glossary is limited to the 100 most essential word-switches and terms so that it may be practically taught to our greater population.  Its composition will be ever changing as common sense is applied to new knowledge to create more effective word-switches.

b.     The ANWOT stren collection: The insights that enlighten us to knowledge of cause and effect and thereby are the foundation for ANWOT common sense action pathways.

c.     The ANWOT curriculum: The teaching modules that create the humane skills of which we are capable, especially recognizing our similarities more than our superficial differences, leading to cooperation and trust for mutual gain.  There are many paths to reach the top of a mountain.  This curriculum currently consists of the following modules: (1) Self-endorsement strens, (2) The seven Mind-freeing, Life-changing, World-saving word-switches, (3) The Mental Freedom Control Panel – the eight action choices available to our freed will, (4) Strens - discovered, proven effective, and shared by creative pioneers, past and present, and (5) The Universal Values each tribe arrives at by common sense.  They are blended into a cohesive product by applying the five ingredients of faith (Yes, I think I can), work, patience, direction, and willingness to risk – letting go of established patterns that are no longer effective and/or dangerous to try newer solutions based on common sense. 

15.  Local allegiance and citizenship: Bias to favor one’s self/family/tribe as dictated by instinct and tradition.

16.  Global allegiance and citizenship: Recognizing we are all part of a global community and must include the well-being of all parties if we are to thrive and survive.  Cooperation for mutual gain replaces competition to assert dominance.  

17.  Three masters that control our thinking, feelings, and actions: [strens 3, 84-5]

a.     Nature (related terms: fate, instinct and biology, God[2]) – The action programs prewired during the nine months of our gestation that have survived and been refined over the billions of years that preceded our species.  Established action pathways are the outcome of effective trial and error learning, survival of the fittest, over our long evolutionary history.  

b.     Nurture (related terms: nurturers, tradition, our culture, circumstance) – The master programmers that influence and would direct our life experience after birth.

c.     Self-mastery – The process of asserting independence from instinct, tradition, and human dictators and assuming the responsibility to direct our life’s experience; related terms are mental freedom, becoming our own person, thought control, super-maturity.

18.  Self and Self: Without italics – Our total physical identity; with italics – A specific reference to our non-physical mental-spiritual identity.

19.  Freedom organ: Our cerebral cortex, which when mature and properly educated with word-switches (ANWOT) can wisely direct our life’s experience.

20.  Mental freedom: The process of freeing our mental-spiritual self from domination by instinct, tradition, and human dictators.  Becoming one’s own person is everyone’s right.  [stren 86]

21.  Seven Mind-freeing, Life-changing, World-saving word-switches: Signals, usually words, which powerfully upgrade our thinking to solve problems using common sense. [strens 7-14]

a.     Yes, I think I can instead of give-up words (I can’t, it’s too hard, why bother, etc.).

b.     I could for the dictator word I should: consider alternative pathways instead of “the only way.”

c.     I allow to assume responsibility instead of the common trigger words that express dependency and blaming:  he (she, they, it, the world) makes me ….

d.     Both...and for either/or: Emphasize similarities more than differences; cooperation for win/win outcomes instead of competition leading to win/lose outcomes.  [In my opinion, this and the next are the most important word-switches.]

e.     Given this situation, what is most likely to make things better for me AND you (or us AND them), for now AND the future? instead of, My way, the only right way!   

f.      Energy for anger or anxiety: When reasonable, direct our arousal state to positive outcomes.  Rage and fear are instinctive reactions that are common sources of regretted behavior.

g.     Urgent for emergency: After this, immediately assign high, medium, or low priority to urgent.  In our relatively civilized world, immediate life-threatening situations are rare.  Most stresses are of low or medium urgency best solved through reflection over time.   

22.  The Mental Freedom Control Panel: Eight alternative choices available to our freed will power to transform energy into action.  Two action pathways consistently bring us positive outcomes; six usually have negative outcomes [strens 35-44, 90].

a.     Blaming others: The common mental expression of our instinctual fight response.

b.     Blaming ourselves – guilt, blame directed inward: A human characteristic mainly taught by nurturers and tradition to control behavior and aggression.

c.     Avoidance: The mental expression of our instinctual flight response; includes procrastination, telling lies, withdrawal, etc.; physically expressed in behavior such as substance abuse.

d.     Common sense problem solving: “What is going to make things better for me and you, for now and the future?”  A “magical” sentence because it is so consistently effective.

e.     Self-endorsement skills: The basis of independence, patience, resilience, attaining long-term goals, and creating an abundance of unconditional love for one’s self and others.

f.      Worry: Anticipating the worst outcomes (focusing on the small hole rather than the large donut); the basis of excess anxiety and phobias.

g.     The helpless/hopeless response: The “give-up” attitude of our will which is usually learned during our years of immaturity and weakens our natural resilience; perhaps the most devastating choice of our will because it shuts down our energy factory and we fail to take adaptive action; a major source of depression and apathy.  

h.    The mind/body response: The psychosomatic influence of the mind on our body and its reverse.  Sustained irregularity is the basis of muscle contraction pain (headaches, neck, back, jaw, etc.), imbalance in the function of our organ systems, and most of our common diseases.

23.  Animal brain: The early-to-evolve and mature segments of our brain that automatically regulate action, especially to preserve the life cycle: birth ð mature ð reproduce ð protect young to maturity ð die.  Identified in one classification system as the medulla, pituitary, pons, pineal body, cerebellum, and thalamus.

24.  Human brain: Cerebral cortex (freedom organ); the most recent portion of the brain to evolve and slowest to physically mature after birth; the center for consciousness, self-consciousness, abstract thinking, common sense, and morality.

25.  Super-maturity: An advanced state of mental and spiritual enlightenment. [stren 33]

26.  Becoming our own person: The process of freeing our will from domination by instinct, tradition, and human dictators; acquiring sufficient self-endorsement skills to assume responsibility for our own well-being; other’s approval is welcomed rather than needed.

27.  Human becomings; conscious evolutionists: Instead of seeing ourselves as a static human being, we are the leading edge of a dynamic creative process that is progressing from simple to complex life; we increasingly are acquiring the power to be creators in our own right.  The word-switch “becomings” for “beings” switches on the mental awareness that we are active participants in who we are and increasingly assuming responsibility for what we become.

28.  Work-in-progress (WIP): Recognizing we are the growing edge of an evolutionary creative process; making mistakes through trial-and-error is a basic learning method.

29.  Emotional self-endorsement: The most powerful means to learn to love ourselves and generate love for others.  Loving ourselves enables us to love our neighbor – it’s hard to give away what we don’t have.  Emotional self-endorsement is widely neglected and shamefully kept secret.  [stren 2 or letter 7 of Mini-course]

30.  Secondary endorsement: Endorsing our self for endorsing our self; the second most powerful form of endorsement, yet hardly used.  This powerfully reinforces self-endorsement. [stren 20]

31.  Primary signaling system: The physiologic electrical and chemical final common pathway required for physical action to take place.

32.  Secondary signaling system: The use of non-physical means, i.e. mental-spiritual energy to initiate physical action; usually symbols to signal specific biological activity. [stren 20]

33.  Self-mastery signaling system: The common sense programming of newer action pathways by our freedom organ; usually to replace older patterns supported by mindless authority.

34.  Reflective thinking: Self-consciousness, the special ability of the human brain to think about and apply common sense to thoughts and thinking; being conscious of being conscious; knowing that we know (“homo sapiens sapiens”); our means to elevate ourselves above the animals.  [stren 77] 

35.  Our mental-spiritual self: Consciousness and self-consciousness enable our species to establish a spiritual and moral identity and become powerful creators and destroyers.  Mind-spirit/body interactions between our physical self and conceptual self each influence the other.  We attain self-mastery through our sophisticated non-physical conceptual second signaling system.  Our scientists have yet to solve the mystery of how our mental-spiritual self transforms concepts into physical reality and vice versa.   

36.  Meaning: The interpretation assigned to an event, often a symbol, which links knowledge to emotion.  We are interpretive creatures; interpretation leads to intention and creative action.  The meaning assigned to an event can be more important than the event.  Meaning is assigned according to the perspective of instinct, tradition, and common sense.  Example: The arousal state when our boundary is crossed may be interpreted as anger leading to fight, anxiety leading to flight, or energy leading to common sense problem solving.

37.  Reasonable best: Reasonable best is 100% within our control and a reliable source of consistent self-worth whereas absolute best is a major source of frustration and depression.  “Our reach far exceeds our grasp.”

38.  Reasonable best measure of self-worth: An appropriate standard of self-evaluation that considers the limited control we have over others or circumstance. [strens 23-4]

39.  Word-switch samples: Newly created or existing but neglected ANWOT symbols supported by common sense transform the negative expression of energy by instinct and tradition into positive expression.  Use these examples to update other trigger words that sustain either/or addiction:    

a.     Setforward: A jolt that moves us toward our goal; the antidote for setback.

b.     Pull-up: An act to improve self-esteem and help people reach their goals; the antidote for putdown.

c.     Optimize: Anticipating the most positive outcomes: the antidote for worry – the innate tendency to anticipate the worst possible outcomes.  Substitute “Most likely” for “What if....”

d.     Resentment: “Re” + “sentiment” would seem to be a neutral word, meaning re-experiencing any feeling.  It has come to mean only negative emotion - anticipating a real or imagined injustice.  Goodwill somewhat conveys a positive sympathetic relationship.

e.      Mentogenous: Our language lacks a complimentary word to exogenous and endogenous, the external and internal programmers of our physiology and biology, i.e. fate and circumstance.  Mentogenous, a newly invented word-switch, recognizes the mental-spiritual self-mastery we initiate by applying the mature properly educated freedom organ that characterizes our species.  We grow and use knowledge of the universal laws of cause and effect, i.e. common sense, to join nature as powerful creators and destroyers not only of our own destiny but all that is about us. Mentogenous identifies the source of self-mastery.[stren 31] 

40.  Asymptote: A line that curves as it approaches an end point without ever reaching it.  Applying meaning to this symbol conveys awareness that the recent explosive growth of knowledge of cause-and-effect makes our generation more powerful creators and destroyers than all history combined.  [stren 50]

41.  Emotional MDRs: Like the “minimum daily requirement” label we often see on vitamins and minerals, we have an “MDR” of approval and love needed to sustain our mental-spiritual well-being.  During our immaturity we are dependent on others for our MDR’s of approval.  Self-endorsement is a major source of emotional MDRs. [stren 29]  

42.  The Common Sense Test of common sense: A simple measure to reasonably and objectively evaluate the degree to which we are being logical as opposed to blindly responding to authority. [stren #91]

43.  Self-deception: The common belief that we are acting with common sense wisdom when in fact we remain servant to the perspectives of instinct, tradition, and human dictators.  Self-deception is the major reason why we sustain either/or addiction to focus on our superficial differences rather than educate ourselves in both...and thinking that recognizes our similarities and the need to cooperate for mutual gain.  The antidote for self-deception is self-enlightenment.

44.  Resilience: The ability to learn from trial and error, to pick ourselves up and keep ourselves up when the world is unkind or unfair; determination to not “give up.”  Persistence is a critical quality for being successful in achieving long term goals.  The methods of our upbringing commonly sabotage our innate resilience.  [stren 53; contrast with stren 41] 

45.  Psychological numbing: The tendency to ignore critical information when we perceive there is no solution to the problem; the widespread reason we fail to take meaningful action to prevent imminent human catastrophe even though we realize there is great danger. [Mini-course, letter 1]

46.  Sane and Normal: Sanity is thinking and problem solving that applies common sense; normal is doing what we have been taught is appropriate by authority even when it lacks good judgment. [stren 73]   

47.  The power of imagination and interpretation: The unique ability of humans to apply our advanced freedom organ to become rulers on earth and powerful creators and destroyers. [stren 4]

48.  Board of Directors: The master programmers who determine our thinking, feelings, and actions; usually a combination of nature, nurturers, and our self.  The members of the Board and their voting rights change over the course of our lifetime. [stren 85]  

49.  Chief Executive Officer (CEO): The Board member who wields the greatest influence to determine the final directions issued by the Board.  Initially nature is CEO, then nurturers, and with maturity, self-mastery may become chairperson.

50.  Self-enlightenment: The process of attaining peace of mind and world peace by discovering “common sense” knowledge of cause and effect – the universal orderly rules that govern creativity.  Sages through the ages tell us self-enlightenment is the way to joy and peace. [stren 99]

51.  Intelligence: The power to consciously create original action pathways to solve problems.

52.  Knowledge: The awareness of universal cause-and-effect that adds power and accuracy in creating new phenomena.

53.  Wisdom: The intelligent use of knowledge and common sense to create outcomes that benefit all parties in both the short term and long term. [see stren #12]

54.  Stupidity: The use of knowledge that applies intelligent but outdated solutions to solve new problems when we have newer knowledge that offers more effective solutions; using methods that may have worked in the past but have become ineffective and/or dangerous; failing to apply new knowledge to adapt to change.  Example: using today’s weapons capable of ultimate destruction to attain superiority through destructive confrontation. 

Note: Our ancestors were intelligent but had limited knowledge; we grow knowledge (power) at accelerating speeds but frequently apply knowledge stupidly. Our pressing task is to popularize wisdom by teaching a newer way thinking supported by common sense (ANWOT).

55.  WMD and WUD: Weapon(s) of Mass Destruction, Weapon(s) of Ultimate Destruction.  Any weapon capable of mass or ultimate destruction; currently biological, chemical, or nuclear.

56.  WMC and WUC: Weapon(s) of Mass Construction, Weapon(s) of Ultimate Construction.  Any weapon capable of mass or ultimate constructive and beneficial outcomes; primarily a newer way of thinking Einstein envisioned (ANWOT) using common sense.

57.  Firstor uncaused cause (that which no greater than can be...St. Anselm):  A more neutral and universal symbol to call forth awareness of the creative force that has enabled us to become the leading edge of the evolutionary creative process.  Our commonly used symbols for the creative force have been assigned biased meanings that assume one tribe has superior knowledge and thereby the moral rights to demand that all others comply, usually through destructive confrontation. [strens 88-9]  

58.  Instinct and tradition; nature and nurture; fate and circumstance: Related terms for the master programmers that hardwire us to think, feel, and act according to their perspective.  Their perspective is usually dictatorial, “the right and only way.”  An action pathway as adapted to prior challenges by applying yesterday’s knowledge; usually improved by common sense.

59.  Self-mastery, super-maturity, mental freedom, becoming one’s own person: These are related labels for the self-programming we initiate.  As we acquire physical and mental maturity we may develop such human skills as common sense, reflective thinking, intentionality, morality, etc.

60.  Consciousness: Representing the common physical reality in our private non-physical mental-spiritual reality; mental awareness evolved as a sophisticated servant of instinct and habit to immensely increase adaptability to fate and circumstance. Consciousness is a tool for survival.

61.  Self-consciousness: “Knowing we know,” the basis of self-mastery; see Reflective thinking.

62.  Slavery: Physical and/or mental control by a force other than our own.  Mental slavery is of equal or greater immorality than physical slavery.  America and most of the world recognized that physical slavery was immoral about the time of the Emancipation Proclamation, 1863, but we have given inadequate attention to mental freedom and mental slavery.

63.  Freedom: Physical and/or mental power to take responsibility for our own actions; independence from instinct, tradition, and human dictators. [stren 86] 

64.  Will power: The mental-spiritual power to initiate physical action pathways.  Multiple sources vie to control our will, i.e. instinct, tradition, human dictators, and our self.  The exact means by which our non-physical mental-spiritual energy connects will power to our physical primary signaling system is among our scientists unsolved mysteries. [stren 87]

65.  Education: The process of imparting the skills that create the mental freedom to assume responsibility for one’s own well-being and liberate our thinking from control of instinct, tradition, and human dictators.  The process involves substituting word-switches that convey common sense wisdom for trigger words based on the authority of past experience.  Education is best initiated during our formative years but can be effective at any stage of life. 

66.  Assumptive worldview: The belief systems we acquire from the three master programmers of our thinking – first from instinct, second upon birth from the traditions of our nurturers and culture, and then self-mastery as we acquire effective education in common sense thinking.  Instinct and tradition consist of the hard-wired assumptions that were effective solving problems in the past and those present issues that don’t reflect change.  An assumptive worldview that is inflexible, based on these hard-wired assumptions, can be dangerous when applied to newer problems.

67.  Religion: The collection of faith based beliefs and assumptions that influence our actions.  In this sense, every individual is a practitioner of his/her unique religion.     

68.  Brainwashing/mind control: The process of imposing mental slavery on an individual or group, usually when they are immature, lacking in common sense thinking, and most susceptible to authority.  Futurists predict that our newer methods of mind control may become the greatest danger to individual and group freedom. 

69.   Research (re + search) and search: Research is the science of demonstrating the effectiveness of what has worked in the past.  Search is the art of finding unproven or untested solutions using current knowledge and common sense.  Prevention, which is measured by what doesn’t happen, requires more search than research.

70.  Conscience/Automatic thinking: The thoughts or mental images that pop into our awareness over which we have little control; often a prescriptive “should” or “shouldn’t” traceable to nature, nurturers, or culture. [stren 25]

71.  Wiring patterns: The physical and mental action pathways that determine and direct the expression of our energy; behaviors initiated by instinct and habit are usually hardwired and inflexible, whereas those initiated by self-mastery are usually flexible and vary according to the degree to which we apply common sense.

72.  Operating system: The means by which data is processed to an action pathway.  The either/or processing of data we all first learn is biased to find differences; the both...and operating system recognizes similarities and provides us a far more accurate representation of the common reality we share. 

73.  Hardware: The biological structures, anatomy and physiology, provided by nature to process symbols, i.e. ideas and concepts.

74.  Software: The ideas and concepts programmed into our operating system by assigning meaning to symbols. Master programmers include fate, circumstance, and our freed will.  

75.  Trial-and-error learning: A basic learning process; finding better ways through discovering what doesn’t work and persisting in alternatives to find solutions.

76.  Role modeling, empathic learning: Rapid learning by imitating or mimicking what others do.  This method of learning is especially prominent during our developmental years and diminishes in effectiveness after puberty; for example, learning a language.

77.  No-trial learning/cognitive rehearsal: Mentally applying trial-and-error and common sense solutions within our imagination to determine preferred action pathways before we initiate physical action.  We are the powerful rulers on earth because of intelligence, knowledge, and cognitive rehearsal, but we are heading to self-extinction if we don’t add wisdom to problem-solving.  The proliferation of WUD no longer permits solving disputes by war.  Prevention through cognitive rehearsal (no-trial learning) is required to preserve civilization and its benefits for our children and loved ones.  An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

78.  Prevention: Avoiding a negative outcome by anticipating the likely consequences of specific actions and intervening to redirect energy to a preferred outcome.  Effective prevention is measured by what doesn’t happen.  Word-switches are our chief means of prevention. 

79.  Win...win, win/lose, lose/lose: Instinct and tradition favor harmful confrontation to assert dominance; the outcome is usually a winner and a loser, or all losers.  Common sense thinking (ANWOT) applies wisdom to create mutual gain and reach a win...win outcome for all parties.

80.  Tribe: The local family or related group, country, religion, etc. to which we assume allegiance, often at the expense of other tribes and their members.

81.  Mental cancer: A way of thinking that takes from the larger system and gives little or nothing in return.  Akin to physical cancer, which causes death to the whole, thereby ending its own source of sustenance.  Given today’s WUD, either/or thinking is a mental cancer that is about to slay us.

82.  Mental cancer antidote: The both...and way of thinking that emphasizes global unity, cooperation, and collaboration to attain mutual benefits, such as we observe when our physical organs work in unison.

83.  Doomsday Clock: A symbol created by The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, a nonprofit corporation initiated in 1945 consisting largely of developers of the atomic bomb, and whose current advisory Board consists of 19 Nobel laureates.  Their mission is to make us aware of the imminent catastrophe we face.  On 1/10/12 the Board moved the hands of the clock forward to five minutes to midnight to reflect the threat of recent events.  Lawrence Krauss, co-chair of the Board of Sponsors said: “Unfortunately, Einstein's statement in 1946 that ‘everything has changed, save the way we think,’ remains true.” 

84.  Greed and speed: The common expression of instinct and tradition to emphasize rapid acquisition of material wealth, physical attractiveness, survival in the hereafter, and other symbols of power.

85.  Wise creeds and good deeds: The preferred action pathways of common sense thinking characteristic of humankind’s mature cerebral cortex.

86.  Intercourse: aCoitus; bInterchange between people or groups, communication.

a.     Sexual intercourse: Nature’s means to insure continuation of the life cycle by programming our biology to experience pleasure through coitus.  Sex is coming together genitally.

b.     Social intercourse: Humankind’s means to insure continuation of the life cycle by programming our mental-spiritual self to experience satisfaction through the symbols we create.  “Supra-sex” is coming together mentally, above genital sex, to sustain our species.

87.  Sound bite: Today’s favorite way of communication, and according to scientist K. Eric Drexler the greatest threat to humanity because “complex topics are simplified, mystified, or ignored” (Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Jan/Feb, 2007).  Sound bite addiction is common, viz. TV. 

88.  Ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny: A fancy term that means complex organisms pass through simpler stages in the course of reaching their highest state of maturation.  For example, we each will be initially influenced by our genetic inheritance, and then become subject to the whims of our nurturers before we can attain mental freedom from domination by our first master programmers.  This word-switch teaches us to expect primitive behavior in the natural course of attaining sophisticated civil behavior.  We are subject to the animal (amoral or “evil”) portion of our brain before we can educate our self in the humane characteristics within our capability.

89.  Entrepreneur: A person who organizes, operates, and assumes the risk for business ventures, usually for personal financial gain.

90.  Social entrepreneur: A person who recognizes the needs of the greater system of which we are all a part and invests their creative energy to identify and solve its problems; dedication to serve the well-being of the global community by considering established action patterns and applying new knowledge to find better solutions.

91.  Center for social entrepreneurship: A teaching environment that fosters social entrepreneurs; many of our higher learning institutions have and are now establishing such centers to bring together the collective energy and skills of their faculty and students to do good.

92.  Designer word-switch:Customize and add your own word-switches to improve this glossary; continually elevate your thinking by applying our accelerating growth of knowledge to create better solutions to the changing issues we face.

93.  Intentionality: Logical self-guided action to stretch beyond what exists; designing long range goal attainment of what we hope to achieve.  Unlike other life, which is amoral, we are spiritual becomings who create morality.

94.  Our mission: Our freedom organ inspires us to become the best we can be; to end the harmful conflict between Democrats and Republicans, Christians and Muslims, Jews and Arabs, Catholics and Protestants, Tutsis and Hutus, and everywhere that either/or addiction dominates the way people think.  Our best means to succeed is by developing and popularizing the newer way of common sense thinking (ANWOT) attributed to Einstein.

95.  Collaboration: Partnering with others to create a pep rally that will be unstoppable.

96.  The domino effect: The means to virally popularize knowledge; circling the world with a newer way of thinking by first educating those most receptive to common sense and passing forward ANWOT individual-by-individual to the next closest in thinking and geography until even the most distant are reached.  

97.  Call to action: Teaching our self a newer way of thinking and then leading by example and deed to initiate the domino effect that will change the world. [stren 72] 

98.  Love and forgiveness: Transformation of our raw energy to benefit someone, some ideal, and/or the well-being of the greater community.  Love your neighbor as yourself and Treat others as you would have them treat you are universal common sense moral values discovered independently by virtually all tribes.  Acquiring skills in self-endorsement is a fundamental source of generating love – it is difficult to give away what we don’t own.  Forgiveness is the most demanding form of love; it is a harder task to embrace one whose behavior is offensive. [strens 54-58]

99.  Peace: The process of applying skill to restore and sustain blissful calm where there is tension.  An appropriate definition and understanding of peace is critical if we are to create and teach the alternative mental-spiritual action paths that will replace harmful confrontation including war.  Peace is not simply “the absence of war!”  Harmful confrontation, killing, and war (fight or flight) are among instinct’s favorite ways to attain peace.  Our physical needs are cyclic.  Expanding physical might has been the preferred means of individuals and tribes to feel secure.  For example, relieving the tension of hunger traditionally requires obtaining food through killing which offers a temporary calm until hunger returns.  Thus, we are not capable of sustaining physical calm. However, we are capable of sustaining mental-spiritual calm.  There are multiple skills, innate and acquired, that enable peace of mind.  Love, forgiveness, and cooperation for mutual gain are among the most powerful alternatives to instinct’s means to restore calm through harmful confrontation and war.  We create these humane alternatives by mental-spiritual self-mastery, by applying common sense to knowledge.   [See Mini-course; www.anwot.org]     

100.  Essential history: A synopsis of our history provides perspective from where we have come and to where we must now head.  As the growing edge of progress from simplicity to complex species, we are increasingly assuming responsibility for the fate of ourselves and the world.  [stren 76]

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Postscript:

This essay proposes that we can save ourselves from our most dangerous enemy, our self, by adding symbols that change the way we think, and that we can accomplish this task within a few years at little or no cost.  Language is our tool for thought and problem solving.  By assigning meaning to symbols, we acquire and pass forward the power of knowledge to make our kind godlike creators and rulers on earth.  We’ve made it to “now” because our ancestors survived in a savage environment, without agriculture and homes, when men possessed only their family and weapons, and eating depended mainly on what they could kill.  Imagine what thoughts preoccupied their mind and what words comprised their common use language?  Were they focused towards local or global issues?  Short or long term goals?  How much energy was dedicated to safety and survival, allegiance to family and tribe ... how much to altruism and humanity?  Absent schools, what was included in their “home tutoring” curriculum?    

What would our current society be like if we remained limited to the glossary of our ancestors?   How similar and different is our glossary of common usage language and in what way does it influence our problem solving behavior?  It emphasizes greed and speed, material wealth and physical might; it focuses on our differences, and supports harmful confrontation so that our side, our flag and religion, and our assumptive worldview will dominate others.  What are the consequences of our prevalent either/or way of thinking?  Simply read your newspaper. 

We must create newer symbols that emphasize wise creeds and good deeds, mental-spiritual wealth, our similarities, and cooperation for mutual gain.  A newer way of thinking adds the common sense skills that create a joyous, meaningful life, prevents the predicted imminent human catastrophe, and frees us from fate and circumstance to direct our life experience.  Can you think of a better alternative?  If not, please respond to this call to action.  Learn the self-taught ANWOT glossary, improve it, and let’s adapt this “adult” version to include in our primary education.  Working together, we can educate our children to know the value of mental freedom and mental-spiritual wealth, and make our world a safer marvelous home.         

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Go to the Educational Community’s forever free website at www.anwot.org to obtain fuller explanations of ANWOT.  Send a stamped ($1.50) return envelope to The Educational Community, P.O. Box 280716, East Hartford, CT 06108, and we will send you a flash drive with our educational curriculum (as long as resources hold out). 

STRENS: TABLE OF CONTENTS

[Stren = mental strength, wisdom, insight]

Go to www.anwot.org, click on 100 strens, and select any topic; or choose from the flash drive.

1.      The “Strength Stren”

2.      The Most Powerful Self-Endorsement Wisdom

3.      Our Three Masters

4.      The Power of Interpretation: The Process of Becoming a Powerful Creator with a Purpose

5.      Word-switches: The Means To Mental Freedom and A Newer Way of Thinking (ANWOT)

6.      A New Vocabulary Word-switch – Stren

7.      The Seven Mind-freeing, Life-changing, World-saving Word-switches

8.      The “I think I can” Turn-on Energy Word-switch

9.      The “I could” for “I should” Word-switch   

10.   The “I allow” for “They make me” Word-switch 

11.   The both...and for either/or Word-switch

12.   The “Magical” Problem-solving Sentence Word-switch

13.   The “Energy” for “Anger” or “Anxiety” Word-switch

14.   The “Urgency” for “Emergency” Word-switch

15.   Putting it together – We are a work-in-progress!

16.   The Importance of Self-endorsement

17.   The Tape Recording

18.   Act As If

19.   The Bookshelf

20.   Secondary Endorsement

21.   The Importance of Patience

22.   The Secret of Acquiring Patience

23.   The “Reasonable Best Test” of Self-worth – Part 1

24.   The “Reasonable Best Test” of Self-worth – Part 2

25.   Challenging Automatic Thinking

26.   An Attitude of Gratitude

27.   Why We Are Pessimistic

28.   Becoming a Mental Wealth Millionaire

29.   You Need Emotional MDRs

30.   We are Human Becomings

31.   A New Word-switch: Mentogenous

32.   From Victim to Wise Creator + A Bonus Summary of A Newer Way of Thinking

33.   A New Word-switch: Super-maturity

34.   A Newer Way of Thinking (ANWOT)

35.   The Mental Freedom Control Panel

36.   The Blaming-out Response

37.   The Blaming-in Response

38.   The Avoidance Response

39.   The Problem-solving Sentence

40.   The Self-endorsement Response

41.   The Helpless/Hopeless (H/H) Response

42.   The Worry Response

43.   The Mind/Body Response

44.   Measuring Mental Wealth

45.   Transforming Snapshots into a Motion Picture

46.   The Greatest Danger to Civilization

47.   Good Judgment

48.   Chronic Enthusiasm: A New Word-switch

49.   Life’s Enthusiasms

50.   Asymptote – A New Word-switch

51.   Life’s Wisdoms

52.   The Three “Success” Qualities

53.   Resilience

54.   Why Love?

55.   What is Love?

56.   Love and Sex

57.   Love Creation

58.   The Skills of Mature Lovers

59.   Forgiveness

60.   The Biggest Payoff

61.   Punishment and Limit Setting

62.   Preventing Suicide

63.   The Puzzle of the Seven Continents

64.   What Makes Us Human?

65.   A Movie Fantasy – What Next?

66.   The Triple A Stren

67.   Proceeding to Succeed

68.   Super-Maturity revisited

69.   Ontogeny Recapitulates Phylogeny

70.   Why Do We Have Destructive Aggression and War?

71.   Einstein’s Solution – A Newer Way of Thinking (ANWOT)

72.   World Peace – Call to Action

73.   What is Normal?  What is Sane?

74.   Becoming One’s Own Person: Undoing Self-deception

75.   Preparing for Loss

76.   History Lesson

77.   Reflective Thinking, Cognitive Rehearsal, and Prevention

78.   Second Signaling System: A New Word-switch

79.   The Use and Abuse of Fantasy

80.   Understanding Sexual Pleasure and its Link to World Peace – Part A & B

81.   The Serenity Stren

82.   Thoughts and Thinking – Recognizing the Players

83.   Know Your Self

84.   Know Your Masters

85.   Know Your Board of Directors

86.   Mental Freedom

87.   Understanding Will Power

88.   Know Your Values: Know Your Religion (Part A)

89.   Know Your Values: Know Your Religion (Part B)

90.   Modern Flight Patterns: Mental Self-deception

91.   The Common Sense Test of Common Sense

92.   Creating World Peace – Who and How

93.   Making Decisions Right and Dealing with Uncertainty

94.   Learning Starts with Labeling

95.   Behavior That is Rewarded is Repeated

96.   On Creativity

97.   Habits of Daily Living

98.   Corporate Survival and the Brain

99.   Know Your Self – Essential Knowledge

100.Glossary of Terms

101.ANWOT CONCEPTS       

      CALL TO ACTION

GOAL: To create, improve, and make dominant Einstein’s solution – a newer way of thinking – amental-spiritual “operating system” that:

·      Empowers us to prevent human catastrophe, create peace of mind and world peace

·      Perceives deep, wide, and far to see similarities more than superficial differences

·      Adds global citizenship to local priorities

·      Emphasizes wise creeds and good deeds above material greed and speed

·      Substitutes survival of the wisest for survival of the physically fittest; prizes common sense above “muscle” strength

·      Promotes win/win cooperation for shared benefit above win/lose competition to dominate; What works for you and me, for now and the future? instead of My way, the only right way!

·      Encourages mental freedom above slavery to instinct/tradition/human dictators.  Related terms are self-mastery, becoming our own person, super-maturity, and thought control.

·      Educates our global citizens in the mental-spiritual skills (“soul”) to become the humane species that is within our capability – love, forgiveness, wisdom, compassion, kindness, tolerance, cooperation, and the use of common sense to reach our highest level of function.

·      Values mental wealth above physical wealth and inspires striving to become a mental wealth millionaire – a collector of sufficient wisdom to consistently direct one’s energy to do good  

·      Inspires us, as creators, to assume moral responsibility for our destiny – “conscious evolution”

PROCEEDING TO SUCCEED: Popularizing a newer way of thinking (ANWOT)

·      Inspire a finite number of social entrepreneurs to become enlightened in ANWOT

·      The allied force of social entrepreneurs, united in effort, will recruit and educate the one million ANWOT teachers required to circle the world through the domino effect.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”... Margaret Mead.

·      Continuously create and improve an ANWOT educational curriculum (such as the model here provided) that is practical, easy to teach and learn, and that transforms the prevalent self-serving way we think to the newer way of thinking

·      Major target groups for ANWOT education: Businesses and corporations; political and religious leaders; educators; people of influence in entertainment, movies, sports, and other “heroes” – and those within their domain (make courses easily available to multiple age levels and diverse groups: education, schools, prisons, mental health centers, etc.). 

·      Go viral through the domino effect: The Internet and growing social media are low cost resources that empower us to offer ANWOT education to anyone, anytime, anywhere FREE.   


[1]Some call the force that has allowed us to progress from simple to complex life “nature” whereas others prefer “God.”  I choose to use “creative force” in the hope that our mission not be sidetracked by the harmful confrontations so common when individuals demand that others accept their understanding of “the first cause.”

[2] See footnote 1.