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Hurtful Pettiness or Inspiring Empowerment: A Choice Among Equals

Sky-dive out of a plane.
Travel around the world.
Climb to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Fall deeply, madly, head-over-heels in love regardless of the consequences, especially if it is unrequited.
Command an audience.
Run a marathon – twice.

Whatever is on your bucket list ‘to do’, I hope you do it.  Do it without reservation. Do it with 100% gusto.  Do it with every inch of your life.

And when you succeed, I hope you are empowered to do more.

And when you fail, I urge you to inspire others to do more.*

*What do you do when you have devoted all of yourself to an endeavor and are left with nothing except your failure, loss, and emptiness?

Ex nihilo, Omnia fit (from nothing, everything comes).

At all costs, remember well: from the hollow emptiness of nothing, a world of infinite potentiality exists.  From this world, you can create, restore, and rebuild anew.  Like the phoenix arising from its ashes, you will overcome and transcend that failure.

More importantly, for all pivotal moments of your life – your voltas of success and of failures – it is critical to ‘flip’ those circumstances and experiences on all sides for a 360-degree inspection.  Through this comprehensive viewpoint, you will gain invaluable insight offering meaningful purpose.  By transferring from self to others your insight, you can empower and inspire others.  And you can do so with a lasting impact of infinite degrees.

Turning away from the self with a mindset towards the other, we would wholeheartedly understand with unwavering certainty that our pains of failure are not intended to hurt others because we have been hurt.  Instead, we would inspire others to realize their best potentiality by exemplifying our triumph over and transcendence beyond our own pain.  And by so doing, we would demonstrate in a very tangible and realizable way, those pathways towards creating happiness, strength, courage, and hope for others.

Amor omnia vincit,


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A Response to Einstein’s “sukhafte Fernwirkung”: Nature and Science

Einstein’s “spukhafte Fernwirkung” and Bridges between the Classical and the Quantum World

It may not be necessary, though, to understand how life began to use an understanding of how life operates today at the quantum level to build completely artificial living organisms from the bottom up. Such a process would require… ‘living technology’ to manufacture from scratch organisms such as microbes that could produce antibiotics tailored to human requirements. […] The bottom-up approach would result in… ’a brave new world of quantum synthetic living organisms that could free their natural-born relatives from the drudgery of providing humanity with most of its needs.’ “

                –John Gribbin, “Physics for Bird Brains,” The Wall Street Journal, 1-2 August 2015

Crispr-Cas9: Gene-Editing Drug to Rewrite the DNA Code

A new technology for ‘editing’ defective genes has raised hopes for a future generation of medicines treating intractable diseases like cancer, cystic fibrosis, and sickle-cell anemia. […] Among the unresolved technical challenges is figuring out the best way to deliver the drug to the cells it is targeting. […] And the first drugs based on Crispr-Cas9 will probably target diseases that can be treated by simply knocking out a defective gene, because it isn’t yet feasible to easily replace it with a new segment of DNA, according to Editas’s Ms. Bosley.”

                –Jonathan Rockoff, “Why Gene-Editing Technology Has Scientists Excited: Researchers are exploring the idea of treating disease by replacing the defective gene causing the trouble,” The Wall Street Journal, 29 July 2015

Science vs. Nature: Schism or Synergy?

Man has advanced forward significant strides, thanks to electronic technology. Indeed, he has mediated a very real transcendence over classical limitations of time, space, and geography. More than ever, he is enabled with effective agency at the singular level to make a meaningfully positive difference.

E-technology can mediate a multitude of trajectories. The past fifteen years have shown us the triumphs and pitfalls of those trajectories. The key is to leverage those triumphs to continue forward and avoid the pitfalls so as not to repeat them.

The articles from Gribbin and Rockoff illustrate a scientific trend to utilize our e-technologies for the understanding, advancement, and improvement of man. As Rockoff points out, the Crispr-Cas9 gene-editing drug is where biological research is increasingly focused. The next challenge is cellular-targeting of those drugs to specific segments of mutated DNA.

Although the Crispr-Cas9 rightfully gives scientists ample reason for excitement, there is a call for studied caution before they proceed full-force. Case in point: it was confirmed that a mutation in the gene for receptor CCR5 – a mutation present in roughly ten percent of Caucasians – may provide HIV-1 immunity (Elisabeth Pernicone, “Presence of Gene Mutation May Provide HIV Immunity and Resistance,” The AIDS Beacon, 27 October 2009). The same mutation was found in ‘exposed-uninfected’ commercial sex workers as well as ‘long-term non-progressors’ (M.Marmor, K.Hertzmark, SM Thomas, PN Halkitis, and M.Vogler, “Resistance to HIV Infection,” The New York Academy of Medicine Journal of Urban Health, 2006).

Mutation does not necessarily mean pathology. In some cases – as with the CCR5 mutation – it means survival. It is imperative not to lose sight of this fact.

The So What Factor Addressed

Electronic technology offers a double-edged sword. At one side, it mediates our transcendence over classical limitations and delivers a globalized world to the individual’s fingertips. At the other side, it mediates an automatic recklessness qua ‘automatic meaninglessness-automated frivolity’ over disciplined intentionality.

Without disciplined focus of concentration, it becomes all too easy – automatic – to hone in on the dot rather than the circle the dot sits on. With gene-editing and with quantum synthetic living microbes, looking at the issue in isolation and at the exclusion of a 360-degree view of all possible effects of that issue becomes dangerous. Ironically, instead of improving man, we may be on the trajectory of destroying him if we do not step back and explore all aspects of that circle.

Infinite Potentiality Theory (IPT) has one ultimate goal: igniting the individual to make a meaningfully positive and lasting difference and by so doing, inspire others by example. Through ultimate freedom of and from the self, he occupies the space of other and is better able to effect that difference. More to the point: in that space of other, his perspective is 360-degrees at all times, taking into account the impact of his actions, behaviors, and decisions on others.

Accordingly, he will have immediate clarity to recognize the ‘brave new world’ is one where classical and quantum collaborate as effortlessly as his position within his self in the other. He will recognize it is not a question of science in duality with nature. Instead, he will see the natural synergy between the two and the creative potentiality within that powerful collaborative interrelationship.

And that is a brave new world, indeed!


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Resilience and Recovery: A Response

When communicating on a public forum to the world, it is very important not to lose sight of your character, values, and integrity.  It is all too easy to offer up your own political, religious, and social views that serve no one except yourself.  This is an apropos example of the erstwhile paradigm from which Infinite Potentiality Theory (IPT) proposes the shift: from self to other.  Indeed, self-serving sentiments and messages contribute nothing to the empowerment and betterment of others.

Mea culpa.

Accordingly, I offer this addendum to my last post: “Resilience and Recovery”.

The So What Factor Addressed:

Acclimating to a friend, family, or colleague’s arrogance can prove challenging.  When it is displayed in our nation’s leader, it is dangerous.  Especially in the current political climate – on the global arena – arrogance can easily be construed as ignorance.  Therein lies an ‘Achilles heel’ vulnerability, opening up our nation and its citizens to attack.  And unnecessarily so.

When Mr. Obama told the African Union he thinks he could win another Presidential Term if re-elected a third time, he sends an erroneous message to other nations.  It is a message unreflective of his nation’s constituents.  It is a message unreflective of the spirit of American democracy: the right to dissent and the right to voice that dissent.

Mr. Obama might be a most excellent President.  If the 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution did not exist and the U.S. healthcare, banking, military, and Internet were not headed in a perilous trajectory, he might just win a 3rd Presidential Term.  But hubris might just be his downfall if he were to run again.  And this is fodder for the paradigm of self.

IPT suggests a qualitative ontological paradigm shift from the phenomenological-metaphysical duality to the infinite creative potentiality-ultimate freedom collaborative interrelationship.  In short: a very real shift from a world and life centered around the self to one centered around the other.  Indeed, it is in those moments of ultimate freedom of and from the self and all related fetters of that self that the individual occupies the space of other and accordingly makes a meaningfully positive difference.  And that difference is not only at the individual level within his specific locus, but also at the level of future generations to come.

In the new paradigm, it is incumbent upon every individual to be a leader and exemplify an inspiring humility that empowers, engages, and uplifts the collective world conscience to ever higher achievements for the betterment of all creation.  From man to nature to planet, it is the individual leader who makes a very real difference at the singular level.  And like a pebble to a stream that becomes a wave in the ocean, he too will continue on the ripples of excellence.



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Resilience and Recovery


Of the many negative effects of the Affordable Care Act, the increasing unaffordability of private insurance might be the most damaging.”

Reforming America’s health care rests on reducing costs while improving access to the best doctors and hospitals. That comes from private insurance, not government insurance.”

                –Scott W. Atlas, “Repairing the ObamaCare Wreckage,” The Wall Street Journal, 29 June 2015

IRS: Bipartisan Influence and Schism

“A federal judge threatened to hold Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen in contempt of court on Wednesday, after the agency didn’t comply with an order to provide documents in a case about its alleged targeting of conservative groups.”

“The contempt threat…is the second…he has received this week.”

“Democrats, including Mr. Obama, continue to vigorously defend Mr. Koskinen…who took over the IRS in late 2013.”

                –John D. McKinnon, “Judge Levels Contempt Threat Against IRS Commissioner,” The Wall Street Journal, 30 July 2015

Small Business: A Closer Look at Dodd-Frank

“The British – and others – are more inviting than we are.”

“…Dodd-Frank, a law intended to take on the systemic risk of ‘too-big-to-fail’ banks, is multiplying the problem. ‘The big banks that are too big to fail are bigger now than ever, but the regulations have trickled down to the smaller banks that didn’t cause the financial crisis’ Mr. Hill says. As a result, community banks are disappearing.”

“ ‘The politicians keep talking about fairness and helping the little guy. But it’s the little startup businesses that get hurt the most from the heavy hand of excessive government regulation. How is that fair?’ “

                –Stephen Moore, “The Demise of the Small American Bank,” The Wall Street Journal, 1-2 August 2015

U.S. Military Sequestration: From The Great Lion to A Dwindling Mouse

“News last month of the U.S. Army’s decision to cut 40,000 active-duty soldiers…by 2017, drew fusillades inside the Beltway.”

“…sequestration – compulsory spending caps that would take effect if the two sides failed to agree on an alternative plan to reduce the deficit – was first proposed by the Obama White House. The allocation of half the sequestration cuts to defense, at a time when it accounted for only about 20% of spending, was also President Obama’s handiwork.”

“In 2012 Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Congress that if sequestration went into effect, ‘we would no longer be a global power.’ A year later, Gen. Ray Odierno, the Army chief of staff, testified that…sequestration cuts would ‘put at substantial risk our ability to conduct even one sustained major combat operation.’ “

                –Mark Moyar, “How Obama Shrank the Military: He’s used the budget sequester to accomplish what looks to have been his political goal from the start,” The Wall Street Journal, 2 August 2015

U.S. Internet: The Trajectory to Political Censorship

The Obama plan for Icann if the U.S. contract ends now requires only a ‘consensus’ among governments to dictate Internet policy. That’s a far lower standard than today’s requirement of unanimity and would further sideline U.S. influence….Instead of censoring…only in their own countries, Russia and China could forge a ‘consensus’ to impose a global ban.”

                –L. Gordon Crovitz, “Ted Cruz’s Fight to Protect the Open Internet,” The Wall Street Journal, 3 August 2015

A Leader’s Hubris (at the expense of his constituents)

In a recent speech at the African Union, President Obama stated: “I actually think I’m a pretty good president…I think if I ran, I could win” (Peter Baker, “Obama Says ‘I Could Win’ 3rd Term as President,” The New York Times, 28 July 2015). Ahem. Well, if we set aside the 22nd Amendment to our U.S. Constitution and cast a blind eye to the health care industry, the IRS, the banking industry, the military, the Internet, and our 1st Amendment right to free speech, among others, we would be exceedingly hard-pressed to sustain another term of an Obama Presidency.

More to the point, after two terms of perniciously unrelenting attacks to the U.S. core viscera, we would be better off without another Obama Term. As General Dempsey and General Odierno would attest, if Obama successfully continues his sequestration agenda through a 3rd Term in office, the nation’s national security would be at dangerous peril. Indeed, the inculcating blows against the U.S. by its President seem more like acts of saboteur terrorism than those of a Commander-in-Chief.

For the integrity, well-being, sustenance, and vigor of the U.S. and the balancing sustainability of our world markets, we respectfully wish Mr. Obama a very happy retirement. Your nation will bounce-back as it always does. We will do so because we can and we must.

After all, ours is a nation of innovators and iconoclasts.

We defy odds and exceed expectations.

We fuel our strength from the empowerment of our adversity.

And we will take with us the harrowing lessons from this Presidency.