Joining the Holy Mountain

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Raised by 22 people in 31 months
Hello; I'm an author trying to get to an Eastern Orthodox monastery in Russia. I invite you to see my website at and my Amazon author bookshelf.

Right now I have everything I need. Having everything I need presently includes food pantries, and I have a battered 2001 Ford Explorer that is well past the point of being totalled on cosmetic damage, but I have good food and a working SUV. I know what real suffering is like, and I categorically deny that I am in real suffering now.

I would appreciate any financial support for buying a plane ticket to relocate to a Russian monastery, and maybe create a little slack in my budget.

Priority in excess proceeds, if any, will be given to The Archdiocese of Chicago and Mid-America, a not particularly wealthy diocese that I gave priority support when I had more money.
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Yesterday was my birthday and I had hoped to announce a release, but things took a little longer than expected.

I am in the process of remastering all my paperbacks to be more graceful in a paperback format (indented paragraphs instead of a space between paragraphs, for instance).

Two of the first few books I've remastered are:

The Best of Jonathan's Corner,

The Luddite's Guide to Technology,

Perhaps, as a belated birthday present to me, you might treat yourself to one?

C.J.S. Hayward - Please RS!
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Today has been my birthday.

Would you be willing to give me $10 for a domain name, for nonprofit purposes?

Many Thanks,
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"The Luddite's Guide to Technology," available from , is one of my top works I have to offer. There are now other books coming out, like "The New Media Epidemic" at (which I give five stars). Houston, we have a problem.

I recently added the following to "The Luddite's Guide to Technology," and I request any reading and review that you can review:

Ghost in the Shell, Google’s Transhumanism, and Yonder

One of my friends, some years back, introduced me to see an anime cartoon he had, Ghost in the Shell. There was a grain of sand that, on a charitable note, helped form in me the pearl that became Yonder, and I wanted to set in nonfiction some of what was going on and why. One fellow theology student described it as “,” and emphatically so, and I had trouble articulating what was deadly serious in the work.
On a philosophical level, the atheism that coexisted for some time with deism might be called a “children’s atheism.” It was an atheism in which there are no more rules, no more bedtimes, no more punishments, no more chores, no more of anything unpleasant that any parent does for a child. As time passed, the brightly optimistic atheism grew up to be existentialists and Neitzsche, who saw that perhaps there are no further rules or bedtimes, but we are bereaved children lacking shelter that we need. Without parents in the picture any more, the shelter of a house becomes more and more rotted and useless.

The phrase “ghost in the shell” itself derives from DesCartes, coming from the same phrase that in English is more commonly rendered, “ghost in the machine,” which is a philosophical pseudo-problem which exists once you have assumed that spirit and matter exist in separate watertight containers that should not be able to interact, but it is manifestly obvious that spirit and matter do interact—but you do not see this as showing a flaw in your assumption that spirit and matter should not be able to interact.
Science fiction that I have read, and I admit to not being current, has a “children’s atheism” about the possibility of changing how spirit and matter interact. Robert Heinlein’s cult classic Stranger in a Strange Land, which has never gone out of print and is arguably the most successful science fiction novel in history, has eyes open in wide-eyed wonder in a world where “Thou art God!” is one of the masks worn by the Kali of “God is dead!” What I tried to highlight in huge neon letters in “Yonder” was to drive home what an “adult’s atheism” might look like. And the ugliness opens with a human body forced to lethal exertion in a successful attempt by a mind to break a record. The implication drawn out? The conditions between spirit and matter in much science fiction set things up perfectly for minds to create and destroy disposable bodies with no more status than disposable commodities. We respect our bodies, at least up to a point and perhaps unconsciously, but I have not read other science fiction look at transactional bodies created for an entire purpose of being destroyed (I will not treat embryo research here). But the implication is live in the possibility, and the equivalent an “adult atheism” has every possibility of jaded and careless destruction of bodies created, perhaps, for the express purpose of being murdered. If we are even still discussing something that can be called murder.

Yonder is not intended to affirm or deny any particular possibility as regards mind and body, but it does follow well enough a remark by G.K. Chesterton in Orthodoxy:

: . . ; .

Readers wishing to know my opinions about whether transhumanism, which goes beyond the eugenic desire of “some races need to be phased out… in a genocide without homicide...” to wish the human race itself to be phased out in terms of something better, represents a viable solution are invited to read the immediately dissertation immediately following Yonder, “AI as an Arena for Magical Thinking among Skeptics.”
People who want my thoughts about whether the entire nexus surrounding transhumanism (see Claude Larchet, The New Media Epidemic: The Undermining of Family, Society, and Our Own Soul, a book I heartily endorse) represent a transhumanism which is a dream or a nightmare are invited to read Yonder.
I propose that the question of whether transhumanism is an desire is in the long run far less important than the question of whether transhumanism is a desire.

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I identify now with a book called "An Invitation to the Game," a children's book ( People are making what preparations they can to what turns out to be a new life on another planet.

Right now, I have admittedly not the most money, but all my basic needs met, and almost no demands. I can, within limits, do what I want. This is a rare gift, and I am trying to use it wisely.

Right now I am working on language acquisition, where I recently turned a corner. My reading the Bible in Russian and my DuoLingo studies came into contact, and that has set me to move faster, more easily, and with better results. Not that this is the end of competency: if anything, it is a beginning.

Furthermore, I'm starting to tackle now something that I was putting off: Russian-language conversations with friends from my parish, where I can make my initial mistakes in the spoken language. This is also just a beginning, but I believe it is a beginning I am ready for. One of the Cathedral brotherhood has explicitly invited me to practice speaking with him, and I expect in all probability that I will always have conversation partners available.

I am doing some other things, if for no other reason that I can't study a language like Russian for ten hours a day. I'm also working on remastering my book collection so the print books work better.

However, now I am using my leisure, as much as I find reasonably possible, to work on language learning.
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Raised by 22 people in 31 months
Created October 30, 2016
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