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Steve and the others thought that Ushi's concept was totally valid. Sylvia suggested that our decision to withdraw the application was a progressive decision. Even Tony agreed that there was something down to earth good about it, and about the way it developed, and he suggested further that we should celebrate our little victory over our previous silliness.
So it was that before Steve and Ushi returned to their home behind the Iron Curtain, that we took advantage of the still warm weather and declared our private beach project officially launched. We even celebrated the grand opening of it with a complete formal ceremony that Fred became invited to attend.
I had suggested that Fred should be invited to participate in such a victory ceremony since he had been a silent patron of the project from the beginning. In hindsight, inviting Fred turned out to be a great idea.
The next morning I called Fred up in Washington. I explained the situation with the invitation attached for him to come 'up' for a day and participate.
When Fred arrived he played being puzzled. He pretended that he didn't understand what 'up' meant, since we were located in the South from where he was.
"Up, means that we are living on the top of the world," I said to him.
"Oh do you now?" he answered. "If that is so, then explain to me why you have walked away from your dream of the nudist beach project as you had envisioned it?" He spoke with a smile and then grinned. "You allowed yourself to be defeated by a single person's twisted religiosity. I had expected more of a fight from you. How could you give up so readily, virtually without a fight at all?"
"What was there to fight over?" I asked. "Who needs to fight when one has already won? We don't fight to injure an opponent. We fight to win the peace. We have achieved that. Everyone knows where we are located and what we stand for. What is there to hinder each one of them from coming privately and enjoy our beach with us, and to do it in the nude if they wish? We have opened the door. Do the people need to be authorized by anyone to accept our invitation? We even brought them face to face with the religiosity that would prevent them from accepting our offer. Mostly, they have dealt with that question themselves. So, what's there to fight for? We won! The real fight lies in defeating the Byzantine concept of Christianity, the vertical, hierarchical concept in which God and man are infinitely separated, and where man is separated from man, and God is cast in the role of an overlord that authorizes and condemns. Humanity must grow out of this concept by dancing the Royal Dance. Did you hear about what happened earlier in the desert?"
"That's when Ushi and you turned the world upside down," said Fred and laughed. "One hears a lot on the grapevine."
"What happened there was nothing less than a profound self-acknowledgement of one as a human being. That's the kind of battle that everyone has to fight individually. No one can fight this battle for another. The same happened at the hearing. So, I haven't walked away from my dream, have I? I have opened the door for everyone to embrace it. Isn't that what leadership is?"
Fred seemed happy with my answer.
I had invited Fred because he was so much a part of our team now, even though he was the boss of it. In honoring his capacity as the boss I extended to him the invitation to cut the ribbon at our little ceremony and to make the opening speech, which he did. Indeed, I was glad he had come. He had so much fun with it that he himself, the boss, poured the champagne afterwards for everybody.
Fred made a fine speech. "I have asked Pete why he gave up so easily during the hearing," Fred opened his speech. "But Pete assured me that he hadn't given up. He had assured me that we had won the battle. Pete told me that everyone in the community now knows that they have the option to become a part of a leading edge team of thinkers where honesty with oneself is a key focal point, and if they wish, to dance the Royal Dance."
Fred pointed out in his speech that honesty with oneself isn't something that another person, institution, or agency can authorize for one, or forbid. When one stands at the leading edge, the authority for one's action comes from oneself. Self-authorization is the keyword. It is really the key to the whole issue of recognizing ourselves as human beings, as a people clothed with the sun, which is a reality that has become increasingly drawn into focus in the background to recent events. Fred suggested that this, all by itself, is a new frontier and has become our frontier. This new issue defines the beach project in a way that nothing else can.
"Isn't that what Jason had told us right in the beginning?" said Tony and explained to Fred the story behind it.
Fred agreed with what Jason had told us, that we had initially precluded the possibility for society to become self-authorized to the extend that it would join us in powering the project and driving the project forward, since we had thought we had to power the project ourselves by financing the whole thing out of our own pocket without anybody's help. "We had literally assumed the we were the only human beings in the world and that we had to drag the rest of society along by raising it up as if we were educating little children. How arrogant we were. Now, this hurdle has been crossed, hasn't it?" he added. "Of course, what your friend Jason didn't know, or could not have known since you didn't know this yourself, that you had massive help with your project from me and from the entire nation. Without that help nothing at all would have happened. Whenever we fail to help each other as a people for our common good, society becomes small and imperial and disintegrates into poverty and fascism. So let's recognize that the process that needs to be happening is already happening. It is happening in a small way perhaps, but it is happening. We know that the principle is functioning, since the entire world has already benefited from the unfolding project. If it wasn't for this project bringing the leading edge people together, the cruise missile might not have been stopped that has been stopped, because everybody stood at the leading edge and acted like a self-authorized general would act."
Fred pointed out that the evidence is plain. "Any human being can recognize the existence of universal principles when one becomes honest with oneself about the truth. To some people this comes naturally. Other people struggle with it. We had ample evidence at the hearing. I read the transcript. Also, there are some people who are not allowed to open their mind and discover the world around them. The church forbids this self-authorization, this freedom to discover. It forbids the very notion of it. Religion is doctrinal, not scientific. Greed is worse. Both close the door to the mind's searching for principles and the process of discovering and understanding the truth, including the discovering of our humanity. The church authorizes only its own view. Greed authorizes nothing but stealing. The church overlays reality with the facade of its doctrine of human poverty and denial. Greed in turn says that humanity is naked unless it is clothed with profit, stolen profit, rather than the riches of creativity. Fortunately I had been able to help Peter in a meaningful way. In my world there was still enough light left to do this. Naturally, in the distorted creation mythology of old religion, the biblical Adam dream of the so-called first man, agrees perfectly with the mythology of greed that requires society to see itself as empty, impotent, and cowering in shame for its emptiness. The Adam story begins with, 'yes, I am naked'." Fred looked around. "Fortunately for us, that mythology is a lye. No one is naked. We are clothed with the sun. That's our native state."
Here Fred began to laugh. "Nothing has changed in the world, has it?" he said. "Guess who Adam Smith was logically modeled after, as the self-proclaimed so-called first man of modern economics? He was modeled after the biblical Adam, of course. Except in his modeling, Smith has out-Adamed the biblical satire and then imagined the satire to be real. Didn't Adam Smith say that the naked fact is that mankind is inherently evil? He advised mankind, don't try to hide that emptiness, that nakedness, that greed! Accept it and make the best of it, be greedy! Steal to your heart's contend. Be immoral, rotten, scheming, even violent if you must be. Your vice is society's gain. Except Adam Smith dealt with a different kind of nakedness. He didn't rip people's hypocrisy off. He ripped their humanity off. He ripped their soul out.
"If the biblical Adam had blushed at the very thought of nakedness, as he evidently did, he surely would have blushed at Adam Smith's interpretation of it, who took the image of man far deeper into the sewer of slander than the worst religiosity had taken it in its creation mythology that defines the image of God as dust, unredeemable, and basically rotten."
Fred pointed out that the other creation story in the Bible, the spiritual creation story of the Christian religion, is a story of intelligent spiritual development. It defines humanity as the image of God, the grandest outcome on this planet of the Intelligence of the Universe, being complete in all aspects, even being sexually complete as male and female, with both being reflected complementary in one humanity. "The same completeness is reflected in our intellect," said Fred, "and in all of our other spiritual qualities. What else would one expect the image of God to be like, if not complete and all-inclusive? Therefore, who would presume to tell the image of God how it must think, what it must feel, how it must act, and what it must regard as the truth? No one is qualified to stand above another. All that we are qualified to justly do, is open our eyes and see the truth for ourselves, and thereby discover the truth of our humanity in which we stand side by side with one-another. And what do we see? We see that we are not naked by any means. We see that we are embellished with all the stars in heaven and clothed with the sun as Ushi told the people in the desert. And that's the native truth with which we are born. Our spiritual life-journey in this material world exists in discovering the riches that we have in our humanity, with which to enrich the Earth. And this we do by taking hold of our humanity, its strength, its beauty, its intellect, for building and uplifting our civilization with it."
Fred suggested that it is illogical that we should cover up our humanity and have other people authorize what we may see as the truth about it. But that's what we all so often do. He said that as a society we create universities for ourselves that hand out diplomas to students for having acquired "authorized" knowledge, and we call the process "education." We should call it "indoctrination." He said that we need the universities of course, but these should be designed to share the science of the discoveries of fundamental principles, and to encourage the budding mind to learn the principle of discovery itself by replicating in the individual mind the processes underlying all of the great discoveries of humanity throughout history. "We must never teach doctrines, as Adam Smith did and still does, though he is dead. We simply can't authorize what is truth. We can only form a hypothesis, and prove the hypothesis, and live by the discovered principles until a higher hypothesis takes us a step further with higher proves of advanced principles. We must always encourage the self-authorization of scientific thinking, of discovering, of verifying, of sharing those discoveries, or else we shut civilization down by making it lifeless. The principle of the Federal Credit Society that defines America was no ones doctrine. It was an advanced hypothesis, discovered by a pioneering spirit, applied intelligently, and has proven its worth so powerfully that a whole nation was subsequently founded on it. Thereby civilization was advanced. Sure, the imperial powers of private monetarism coerced some traitors in our midst to capitulate, which we did at Christmas in 1913. The old man at the hearing suggested that we lost World War One in 1913 when we surrendered to private monetarism and became an imperial society. He should have also suggested that we can reopen World War One and restart the battle and win. It's all possible if we care to do it. The principle that was discovered, that was proven, and that our nation was founded on as a Federal Credit Society reflecting the Principle of Universal Love, is still valid. We can say good bye to private imperial monetarism, repeal the Federal Reserve Act, and embrace one-another once again in acknowledging our original identity."
With these last words Fred suggested that the beach project has been officially opened and has been placed on the right footing at last, both as an acknowledgment of the unity of humanity, and of the essential mental platform of self-authorized thinking and discovery. "Anyone who is self-authorized is free to come to this beach and share it with us," said Fred. "And whoever will take this step will be delighted, because we have discovered through this focus the principle of unity enriched with individuality, a unity of principle, a unity reflecting the Principle of Universal Love."
Here Fred hesitated. "Now what Peter has done with the help of many people is profound," said Fred in a quieter tone. "Peter has turned the whole world upside down in his relentless pursuit of the Principle of Universal Love, and has thereby put the world back to its native state. If that isn't profound, what is? That is what this beach signifies. It started with an idea based on a principle and it became something profound that superseded the original idea. Truth tends to do this to us every time we give it a chance. It tends to be greater than what we expect it to be."
Fred concluded by saying that with this platform established, we have a chance at last to create peace in the world, and prosperity, and security. "Let's call our project an infrastructure for peace," he said.
At the end of his speech Fred made an announcement, saying that he had a request to fulfill.
Fred told everybody that I had suggested that our beach should be given an official name, and that it should be called the "Royal Beach." He said that in this context the usage of the term 'royal' refers to an infinitely higher concept than the sham image that the term royal has come to represent over the centuries. "As Ushi tells her story," he said, "the new concept of the royalty of man has elevated even the royalty of kings and princes and princesses to the point that they recognize themselves as human beings and are proud of it. But I would like to take this idea of royalty one step further that raises the concept itself to a higher level, the highest level that I can think of. Let's call our beach project the 'Sun Beach' project, acknowledging mankind universally as being clothed with the sun."
At this point Fred broke out the champagne and suggested that all of our lives should be as sparkling as that.
Once the ceremony was completed, we all went swimming. Fred stayed with us for supper and for the rest of the night.
So it was that what started as a failed hearing became a milestone for the project's further development, which not one of us had expected to unfold in the manner it did.