Provoking Thought

Keeping An Open Mind

What Do You Know?

"I'm not interested in what I know, I'm interested in what I don't know." - John Weaver

See, what I already know has served me well, but it's only the beginning. Evolution and growth are unavoidable, so there will always be something new to know. Some people think we have discovered all there is to know. They think that we have advanced as far as we can and that our present knowledge is all there is to know. Worse still, they believe that everything we know is right. Well, every age and generation that ever existed, felt the same way. Remember, once it was a scientific fact that the world was flat, because the logic of the time did not recognise gravity. The same goes for travelling faster than the speed of sound, and that our planet is at the centre of the universe, or that pictures, sound and information cannot be invisibly transported over distance, and so on and so on.

Every discovery was made by those with open minds, the pioneers of their day. Nobody with a closed mind discovered anything. If we all decided to leave it to others to question why - we'd still be living in caves. So, for me, life is an ongoing quest for knowledge and it is my duty to seek it by thinking, wondering, imagining, and asking why and what if?

It's your duty too.

Thought Is Always The Cause And The Cure

The Laws of Cause and Effect state that nothing can exist without thought preceding it. First comes the Cause - thought - then comes the Effect - materialisation of the thought. This applies to all physical, material and non-material things that you see (and don't see) in the world and indeed to the Universe. If you believe that someone had to think about creating this website before it could exist, then you must also believe that someone had to think of creating the Universe before it could exist. Thought Precedes Everything.

Your Life Purpose


By John Weaver

(Spend a Few Moments to Think About This...)

Insects are crucial components of many ecosystems, where they perform many important functions. They aerate the soil, pollinate blossoms, and control insect and plant pests. Many insects, especially beetles, are scavengers, feeding on dead animals and fallen trees, thereby recycling nutrients back into the soil.

Land snails serve an important role in the ecosystem. They eat very low on the food web, as most land snails will consume rotting vegetation like moist leaf litter and fungi, and sometimes eat soil directly.

As with other native organisms, birds help maintain sustainable population levels of their prey and predator species and, after death, provide food for scavengers and decomposers. Many birds are important in plant reproduction through their services as pollinators or seed dispersers.

On and inside the human body, bacteria offer still other benefits. In the digestive system, they help us break down food, like plant fibres, that we're not so good at handling ourselves. "We get more nutrition out of our food because of bacteria,"

And of course, we know the purpose of many other animals, birds, creatures etc that are vital to the food chain and which we put to work for us in various ways. But what of humans, what is our purpose?

Strangely, though humans are more intelligent, creative, spiritual and self-aware than animals, how often do we ponder our own purpose in life or even care?

Think about that? We need to know (and often ask) the purpose in life for all these other creatures, but rarely question our own purpose in The Grand Scheme of Things. Do you know your purpose in Life…your reason for being here?

Would you like to know? Or, are you content to live aimlessly from day to day without a plan or a purpose, without a care about your destiny, with no control over your circumstances, without any fundamental contribution to humanity or to improving the world, in the hope and belief that providence will take care of you and yours?

Well, I can tell you what your life purpose is not. It’s not just to exist for the sake of it as described above. Each of us is here for a reason and a purpose, in fact, that is precisely the reason we’re here. And each of us has a different purpose relevant to our skills and strengths and concern for others. And if we have no wish to recognise that fact or to do anything about it, we will have wasted our lives and our life purpose. Here’s a clue: your life purpose will come from your heart not your brain.

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The Arrogance Of Man

"To scoff at the possibility of alien life in our universe is to scoff at the possibility of mathematics, logic, the law of averages and the power of possibility itself. It is to assume that our planet as the one grain of sand on all the beaches in the world, is the only one to accommodate life. It is to assume that man in the form of a human being is the greatest source of intelligence in the universe with the ability to create HIS-self and to remain unique as an advanced and superior life form in all space and time. Perish the thought!" - J.W

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They're Out There, Just As We're Out Here

In 1974, former Beatle John Lennon claimed to have seen a UFO in New York City. He was living in an apartment in Manhattan with girlfriend May Pang when he saw the flying saucer.

It wasn’t just a light in the sky and there were other witnesses. This sighting was up-close, of a huge craft, and it happened right outside Lennon’s 52nd Street apartment. He wasn’t afraid to talk about it and, in fact, he famously wrote about it in a song. This was Nobody Told Me and, as Lennon sang it, “There’s UFOs over New York and I ain’t too surprised… Nobody told me there’d be days like these. Strange days indeed.”

The sighting occurred when he was living with May Pang, his so-called “personal secretary” who’d turned into a lover during Lennon’s separation from Yoko Ono. It was a hot August night, August 23, 1974, when John Lennon walked out on his balcony facing the East River to catch a cool breeze. He was completely naked. He started yelling at Pang to come out to the terrace.

When she did, she saw what he saw. According to her description later, it was a “large, circular object coming towards us. It was shaped like a flattened cone and on top was a large, brilliant red light, not pulsating as on any of the aircraft we’d see heading for a landing at Newark Airport. When it came a little closer, we could make out a row or circle of white lights that ran around the entire rim of the craft — these were also flashing on and off. There were so many of these lights that it was dazzling to the mind.

It was, I estimate, about the size of a Lear jet and it was so close that if we had something to throw at it, we probably would have hit it quite easily.” The sighting lasted from five to ten minutes, and the UFO drifted away and came back before sprinting off into the sky. Apparently, Lennon and Pang weren’t the only ones to see the UFO, multiple other witnesses (at least seven) had called city newspapers. You can read more details in this article by Larry Warren, link at bottom. And you can hear Lennon himself describe it in this radio interview, video at bottom of story.

It took a lot of courage for Lennon to talk this openly. For starters, he was a Beatle and everyone knew he’d taken his share of mind-altering drugs. Then there was the fact that he wasn’t dressed when he saw it. Under those conditions, to come forward to talk about seeing a UFO was to risk certain ridicule from at least some people, if not a majority. Even more discrediting from the public point of view, he also claimed to have seen one when he was a child, and even talked about a potential childhood abduction experience.

In the standards of 1974, John Lennon was not a “good” witness. But Lennon was never shy about speaking his mind, even about UFOs. His courage makes it easier for other witnesses even today. Bottom line: John Lennon and May Pang claimed to have seen something approximating a “classic” UFO, hovering outside their apartment in New York, something that was the size of a private jet aircraft, from only a hundred yards away, so close they felt they could almost touch it.

Given Lennon’s reputation for brutal honesty, one has think that some fans who did not give much credence to UFO sightings have had to stop and re-consider their positions. You can bet that if John Lennon actually just celebrated his 70th birthday, he would have had a lot more to say on this subject over these last three decades. Just gimme some truth, he’d have demanded. Imagine?

The rare drawings were auctioned off along with several other John Lennon sketches from the 1970s last Friday, March 21 by Cooper Owen Auctions in London. The drawings were given to guitarist Jesse Ed Davis from Lennon. Davis was a session musician who played lead guitar on Lennon’s albums “Walls and Bridges” and “Rock and Roll”. Other drawings by Lennon auctioned included scenery in Japan from 1979 and a sketch of Lennon, Pang and Harry Nilsson in Palm Springs in 1974.

May Pang says John had always been fascinated by UFOs… he subscribed to a British UFO Magazine, the ‘Flying Saucer Review’. “I had just stepped out of the shower one Friday night toward the end of August when I heard John shout. “Fung Yee, come here.”

May recalls how John sounded “panic-stricken” as he screamed, “Now, Fung Yee. Now!” May immediately ran outside beside John to ask him what was the matter. Lennon pointed to the sky, “Look up there. Tell me what you see.”

May couldn’t believe her eyes. She described what she saw as “a saucer shaped object surrounded by blinking white lights gliding through the sky”, she was “astonished”. It was difficult for her to believe what she was actually seeing, yet still, she was convinced she was witnessing a UFO! She then began to laugh.

John questioned her laughter, and because they were both naked, she humorously replied, “Suppose it’s looking at us. Maybe they think that everyone who lives on the East Side wanders around naked on their balconies on Friday evenings. We look like Adam and Eve.” They went back inside to get a telescope to further study the UFO.

May and John weren’t the only ones to witness the UFO. Reports of the UFO had been made to both the local police station and to the newspapers. May had never previously believed in the UFO phenomenon, but after this experience she wrote, “Now I’ve seen it I do believe it.”