From The Field – Ayn Rand, Zen, NetTalk, Christianity, And…

Today I’m sharing some questions and answers – not necessarily from technology and marketing – I’ve gotten from the field.

Reading through Ray Edwards newsletters, he’s a Christian who likes Ayn Rand

A couple of weeks ago, I posted an exercise in creativity. One book I suggested to read is Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (from the point of view of literature, of course).  In order of preference, I like Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead, Anthem, and We The Living. Recently, there was an interesting article entitled Ayn Rand: Goddess of the Great Recession in Christianity Today ( ).

You see, folks like Ray Edwards (whose ezine I subscribe to) – an international copywriter and marketer – loves Ayn Rand.  He publicly says he’s Christian and only likes Ayn for her economic ideas – not her atheism.  Is this article talking to people like him?

I noticed you publish some comments in foreign languages

I should really say a couple of words about foreign language comments. Before publishing them, I run the comment through, and the website link through

Any more advice on NetTalk?

I noticed that the NetTalk device appears a bit warm.  Please keep it away from other devices, like your modem and router.  I would urge you to keep the router and modem firmware up-to-date. This advice applies for any VOIP device, connected through a router.

I did experience something interesting recently.  After I applied a firmware upgrade to the Linksys router, my NetTalk device ceased to work.  My Gizmo5 Grand Stream Budge Tone was OK, as well as the computers.  The router did a reboot, after the firmware upgrade.  I even tried unplugging the NetTalk device and power it back up.

Finally, I rebooted the Motorola Cable Modem, Linksys router and NetTalk device – in that order.  Everything is now working perfectly.  I did call NetTalk tech support, to tell them about this experience.  Perhaps I need to wait for a couple of NetTalk Duo firmware upgrades.

It sounds like you happen to be producing problems yourself, by searching for solutions to unemployment, instead of seeking why this dilemma occurred in the First place.

Ever hear the Buddhist story of the man, shot by a poison arrow? It’s quoted at thebuddhistblog…: “Suppose a man is struck by a poisoned arrow and the doctor wishes to take out the arrow immediately. Suppose the man does not want the arrow removed until he knows who shot it, his age, his parents, and why he shot it. What would happen? If he were to wait until all these questions have been answered, the man might die first.”

Let me be the pragmatist and offer people a way out of unemployment. Let the academic professors, politicians, historians, economists, philosophers, etc., find a theoretical framework why the problem occurred.

Someone in our group keeps reminding people how intelligent he is – he  might join Mensa and is working on a PhD

I’m reflecting on intelligence. There’s some very intelligent people in your group. I’ve known some others.  But the brightest I have personally meet, come from my friend Dora.

Dora is Greek orthodox, with a PhD. from Oxford and a masters from the University of Chicago. She herself is very intelligent. Once I gave her Finnegans Wake by James Joyce. She read it in a few hours and found it very easy to understand. She has two sons. I spend years with these kids, when they were growing up. Both were among the youngest to ever enter the University of Chicago.

One decided to try his had at commodities and securities. He got a job with a big firm and developed original financial algorithms for them. He retired in five years, with enough money to last a lifetime. But he got bored.

He went on. He got involved original research on genetic modeling at Argonne national lavatories. He then completed a PhD in math at Carnegie Mellon University. One thing let to another and he got a job at Harvard, researching genetic modeling. Today he’s considered one the world’s foremost researchers in this arena. A potential Nobel prize winner?

The other kid? He does original hardware and software research for a fortune one hundred company. Needless to say, he’s very financial well off.

And let’s play a bit of speculation here. Suppose that people who go deep into disciplines like Buddhist meditation, Sufism, Yoga, Christian meditation, Jewish meditation, and Native American spirituality, actually develop powers of mind we normally don’t use. Perhaps this opens up a new door about what the mind can “really” do.

Bottom line is this folks. No matter how intelligent we think we are, there’s always someone who surpasses us.

Yo, just came here to say what’s up, cos the title Chicago Job Resources B2B-TechCopy Technology Marketing Blog truly made me quite impressed. I wondered if you could recommend a course that may help me to post stuff like you. Thanks.

If you are looking for writing courses, I would suggest checking out your in-district junior college, if you live in the US. Your local public library reference librarian can help you find them. I did this for several years – I took creative writing courses at the College of DuPage part-time. Having said that, let me add this – there have been writers who won the Nobel prize for literature, yet never took a writing course.

I exercise Zen meditation and I sit for 2 hr in a time…. it’s fantastic. I understand many Zen mediators who can sit for even 8 – 12 hr.

One of my favorite books on Buddhism is Buddhism For Dummies by Jonathan Landaw and Stephan Bodian. There’s also a couple of books by Gary Gach:

  1. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Buddhism, 3rd Edition
  2. the Complete Idiot’s Guide to Understanding Buddhism, Second Edition
  • The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Zen Living, 2nd Edition by PhD, Gary R. McClain and Eve Adamson

These are available at, along with reader reviews. Your local US public library can also get copies. Keep in mind that Zen is just one form of Buddhist meditation. Insight meditation is also very popular with westerners.  Others are exploring various forms of Tibetan meditation.

My experience: I raised the kundalini (a Yoga meditation technique) 12 years back. After that, I experienced a burning want to repent of my sins and commit to Christ as my savior, and found that many Christians entered into my existence, sent presumably by God. If you believe Yoga and meditation to be from the Devil or anti-Christian, how would you explain this?

But let me pose a question. If someone experiences symptoms of kundalini awakening – yet doesn’t practice meditation, yoga, etc. – how would you explain this? Kundalini, psychosis, demonic influence, etc.?

Theology is the way man views God’s attempt to communicate with us. This gets a different spin, depending on the Protestant denominational filter you see through. In a more global perspective, the Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Churches, and Protestant denominations have different “ways of seeing”.

In the garden of Eden story, man’s created in the image and likeness of God. The Eastern Orthodox take that statement “very seriously” and gave it a perspective – Theosis – which is the way people strives for Union with God.

There’s a classic book entitled: Cosmic Consciousness: A Study in the Evolution of the Human Mind by Richard Maurice Bucke. It’s available at In it, he describes various figures in history having spiritual awakening experiences.

Another way to look at it is this. We were initially created in God’s image and likeness – this perspective never disappeared. Being human, we fall short – which is why Christ came. Yet what Christ has done for humanity is different in Eastern Orthodox theology than in the western theological worlds of Roman Catholic and Protestant theology.

Perhaps things like awakening experiences (i.e. Zen Satori or Eastern Kundalini); metaphysical healing (i.e. Christian Science, Unity, Infinite Way, etc.), are just people getting back to what was available in the garden of Eden. Now movements like Zen and Christian Science have their own perspectives on these topics. And these experiences  are beneficial – as author Maurice Bucke points out.  But they fall short of the original perfection, which gets back to the mission and purpose of Christ.


2 thoughts on “From The Field – Ayn Rand, Zen, NetTalk, Christianity, And…

  1. I thought I would add this comment from regarding Linksys routers: “Either way, based on my experience, I recommend Linksys routers for price, reliability and Linksys’ habit of releasing updated firmware for their products.”

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