I was born in Germany before
World War II, a date of which I have no recollection. My earliest recollection
is from a time of great fear in Germany. I remember a certain visit with a
friend of our family to the barracks of the German army, to see her husband off
to war. I had been allowed to accompany her.
I was a small boy in those days, and as boys are, was more fascinated with toys and childish games than anything else. One of the games that we had loved involved tiny transfer posters, which after being immersed in water could be transferred onto the appropriate space in a game book. We called them pull-off pictures. I remember the day when we entered the parade square of the army base. The square was surrounded by buildings, and high up on one of the buildings hung a huge portrait of Hitler, the Fuerer. In my boyish enthusiasm I drew attention to it and exclaimed that it was the biggest pull-off I had ever seen.
I remember that I was immediately silenced and scolded by the friend of our family. But this wasn't what I remembered most strongly. What impressed me most was the dawning realization that I had caused an enormous fear. I sensed that I had put the friend of our family, and all the rest of us, in great danger for reasons that I could not understand. I believe we left the army grounds immediately without seeing her husband, whom we never saw again.
I sensed the presence of this same kind of fear in the background during the years that followed, the years of the war, without really knowing why it existed. There were lots of things I didn't understand. When my smaller sister fell ill with a headache, she was taken to a hospital. She never returned. The doctors confided in us that they chose to cause her death rather than to treat her. The excuse was that there might have been complications after the healing. That, too, one of the things I didn't understand.
I didn't understand the nature of a fascist state. I only sensed its terror and its inhumanity. It wasn't until a long time later that I learned, bit by bit, that the terrorism and inhumanity that our family had experienced was but a faint reflection of the terror and brutality that was inflicted upon entire nations in many lands, especially against targeted classes of people. And it was done by the country that I was a part of.
When we were liberated from the Nazi dictatorship by the allied forces the seeds were sown for a new government to take its place, with a new ideology. This time it was a Soviet communist ideology that began to rule our country. As the seeds germinated, the old atmosphere of fear could be felt again, with renewed persecutions going on in the background. The intensity was less, of course, far less. But it was there.
I escaped from the East, before the Berlin Wall was build, before the borders were sealed off and machine gun towers were erected that had effectively turned the entire country into a prison. I relished living in the West. The West was free. The whole world lay at my feet. I was able to travel, join the Christian Science church that had been banned in East Germany. All the doors that had been closed in the East were now open.
Through the Christian Science Monitor newspaper I learned about the world and America. I became attracted to what America (the USA) represented. I wanted to see it and experience it. The West-German army generously allowed me to be excused from military service at this time in order that I would never be put into a position of having to fight against my own people in the East, if it came to a war. I was free now, free to follow my dream, but felt it wise to do so quickly before the army changed its mind.
As things turned out, America didn't want me. Economic reasons were cited. I wasn't rich enough, or not 'connected' enough. Canada, however, had no such requirements. It opened its doors all the way to the farthest corner of its realm. I selected Vancouver for its mountains and its location by the sea. I got married, build a house, became a citizen of Canada, raised a family, worked for 27 years for IBM, and so forth, and finally retired after being at the workplace for fifty years.
Little did I know when I entered Canada that I joined possibly the best country on earth. I learned to respect this country that had become my country now. I respected it especially for its devotion to peace, non-violence, justice, and social and cultural development. Yes, Canada has had its share of problems, and it still does, and its leadership has made its share of mistakes and probably will continue to make more of them, but it never forsook its devotion to its principles: peace, non-violence, justice, and social and cultural development. Canada stood proudly on this platform as a leader for the world, and still does.
Perhaps it was this environment of freedom and humanity that I respected the most, that caused me to become interested in several leading edge development that promised a potential for advancing the very principles that Canada represents, such as peace and freedom through cultural and scientific development.
My own development-oriented involvement began around the time when the Cold War was heating up. The earliest of these involvements began with a leading edge discovery in Christian Science that I was privileged to know about, that led to years of subsequent research work and further discoveries along the same line. The original discovery was made in the early 1980s in North Vancouver, where I lived. A number of revolutionary aspects relating to the development of Christian Science came to light that had the potential to totally change the way Christian Science was understood, to advance it to a higher level. (see Christian Science) Over the course of the subsequent 15 years the principles underlying the earlier discoveries were explored in depth. The result of this work and its application to the advance of civilization is now documented in the research book series, Discovering Infinity, which has been made available after many years research and writing, working deep into the night (see Discovering Infinity).
What matters to me is what we can learn from the great pioneers of humanity to enrich our world, to strengthen our nations, to secure peace, and foster the economic, spiritual, and cultural development of our societies in an environment of universal love. But science alone is too dry to relate to human living at the grassroots level at our home gate. Still, it needs to apply, in order that our civilization might be uplifted by it, especially at the current critical period where so much is at stake. For this reason I have written a series of 12 novels on the subject of the Principle of Universal Love. (see The Lodging for the Rose) All novels are made accessible for free online as they reflect the critical nature of the challenge we face to maintain our civilization in the face fascism, social isolation, violence, war, and economic disintegration.
It is my hope that with all the work done, and yet to be done, a contribution might be made to bring back the light of our humanity to our world that has been gradually getting darker and become more precarious. Bringing light to the world is a challenge that we all own as human beings, and to enrich this world that is still, in spite of all the problems that we face, a marvel in the universe of Life.