Resurrecting the Idealism of Thomas Jefferson for Today’s World

Thoughts from Mary Elizabeth on December 9, 2018:

The most intellectual of our Founding Fathers wanted America to become a beacon of light for the world in the ideals he penned in America’s Declaration of Independence from Great Britain. Jefferson was a creative and original thinker who was not encumbered by stereotypical thinking. He would be appalled at the fall of America from the dreams he envisioned for her destiny to the materialism and corruption present in our government’s public servants of today. The more enlightened vision for this nation and world, as envisioned by Jefferson, remains in the hearts and minds of people everywhere today. We simply have to find the common will to resurrect his idealism for our world.

View the following link on Thomas Jefferson’s thoughts regarding the study of morality:


Another thought from Mary Elizabeth today: America must reclaim the honor and moral authority of service to which America’s Founding Fathers pledged their lives to provide for us, their progeny and carriers of the American Dream.

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A World Without Borders

I copied the following from a “Doctors Without Borders” e-mail to me, and I posted it on Jay Bookman’s AJC blog on 11/27/2018, with this thought of mine to readers of that blog:

“This must become the wave of our planet’s future. The motto for ‘Doctors Without Borders’ is: ‘Compassion Knows No Borders.’


‘As you read this, Doctors Without Borders emergency medical teams are operating in some of the most remote and dangerous places on earth. In more than 70 countries, we’re saving lives threatened by violence, disease, malnutrition, exclusion from healthcare, and catastrophic events.

We go where conditions are the worst, because that’s where we’re needed most—and it’s the support of people like you that gets us there.

Around the world, we have more than 39,000 doctors, nurses, logisticians, water and sanitation specialists, and other expert staff working together to deliver emergency medical care and ease suffering. When an emergency strikes, we assess the needs on the ground and act fast.
Surgery by Cell Phone Light’


Another poster to Mary Elizabeth:

“Doctors without Borders is a fine charitable organization. I am curious though, what you mean by ‘become the wave of our planet’s future’?”


Mary Elizabeth’s response to that poster:

“Thanks for the question. A few years ago, Jay Bookman wrote a blog entry in which he speculated as to what the people of the Earth would do for jobs when technology takes over most of the jobs handled by human beings today.

I wrote that I thought jobs would have to become more service oriented for there will always be a way we can serve our fellow humans (as well as serve the planet itself, as I now see).

The world is going to have a paradigm shift in how we see ourselves and our world. The astronauts from Apollo 8 showed us that. From the Heavens, no borders appear on our blue planet, our common home. We will soon all become citizens of the Earth, in our consciousness, imho, and, then, in our actions, as well, for our common survival.”

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Excerpt from “The Jefferson Bible,” by Thomas Jefferson

The religious views of Thomas Jefferson, as written by himself:

Washington, April 21, 1803. (To Mr. Charles Thompson)

Dear Sir: In some of the dlighful conversations with you, in the evenings of 1798-99, and which served as an anodyne to the afflictions of the crisis through which our country was then laboring, the Christian religion was sometimes our topic; and I thenn promised you that one day or other, I would give you my views of it. They are the result of a life of inquiry and reflection, and very different from that Anti-Christian system imputed to me by those who know nothing of my opinions. To the corruptions of christianity I am indeed opposed but not to the genuine precepts of Jesus himself. I am a Christian in the only sense in which he wished any one to be; sincerely attached to his doctrines, in preference to all others; ascribing to himself every human excellence, and believing he never claimed any other. . . It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself to resist invasions of it in the case of others, or their case may, by change of circumstances, become his own. It behooves him, too, in his own case, to give no example of concession, betraying the right, of independent opinion by answering questions of faith, which the laws have left between God and himself. Accept my affectionate salutations. . .(Of Jesus) According to the ordinary fate of those who attempt to enlighten and reform mankind, he fell an early victim to the jealousy and combination of the altar and the throne, at about 33 years of age, his reason having not yet attained the maximum of its energy, nor the course of his preaching, which was but of three years at most, presented occasions for developing a complete system of morals. Hence the doctrines which he really delivered were defective, as a whole, and fragments only of what he did deliver have come to us mutilated, misstated, and often unintelligible. . . Notwithstanding these disadvantages, a system of morals is presented to us which, if filled up in the true style and spirit of the rich fragments he left us, would be the most perfect and sublime that has ever been taught by man. . . His moral doctrines, relating to kindred and friends, were more pure and perfect than those of the most correct of the philosophers, and greatly more so than those of the Jews; and they went far beyond both in inculcating universal philanthropy, not only to kindred and friends, to neighbors and countrymen, but to all mankind, gathering all into one family, under the bonds of love, charity, peace, common wants and common aids. A development of this head will evince the peculiar superiority of the system of Jesus over all others. The precepts of philosophy and of the Hebrew code laid hold of action only. He pushed his scrutinies into the heart of man; recited his tribunal in the region of his thought, and purified the waters at the fountain head. He taught emphatically the doctrine of a future state which was either doubted or disbelieved by the Jews; and wielded it with efficacy as an important incentive, supplementary to the other motives to moral conduct.”

In brief, by Jefferson: “His (Jesus’) moral doctrines, relating to kindred and friends, were more pure and perfect than those of the most correct of the philosophers, and greatly more so than those of the Jews; and they went far beyond both in inculcating universal philanthropy, not only to kindred and friends, to neighbors and countrymen, but to all mankind, gathering all into one family, under the bonds of love, charity, peace, common wants and common aids. A development of this head will evince the peculiar superiority of the system of Jesus over all others. The precepts of philosophy and of the Hebrew code laid hold of action only. He pushed his scrutinies into the heart of man; recited his tribunal in the region of his thought, and purified the waters at the fountain head. He taught emphatically the doctrine of a future state which was either doubted or disbelieved by the Jews; and wielded it with efficacy as an important incentive, supplementary to the other motives to moral conduct.”

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A Changing South

Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Jay is departing the AJC, after 28 years. Link:

Here were my words of send off to him today, November 20, 2018, on his AJC blog:

“Jay Bookman can leave the AJC, after 28 years, knowing that he has been a positive force in turning Georgia Purple. There is no turning back now. Georgia will soon become one of the leading states in turning the Deep South Blue, but this Blue will not be the hue of the old repressive conservative Democratic Party that was once racist in the South. This new Blue Georgia will have been purified through the fire in the words of liberals in the South, like Jay Bookman, who have dared to speak justice and truth to a long-standing majority of white Southerners who have been morally compromised for far too long in matters of hierarchy, especially racist hierarchy, even as far back as our nation’s birth.”

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My Understanding of “Higher Consciousness”

This addition to Mary Elizabeth Sings is to be further edited and refined. I posted these series of posts on Jay Bookman’s blog, today, November 17, 2018, in which I attempted to describe my view of higher consciousness:

It appears that the blog has let my last few posts be presented for all to read, who desire to do so. Please overlook my grammatical and typographical mistakes. Hastiness is my tragic flaw. Now, to type here what is on the back cover of my newly delivered “The Jefferson Bible.”

“This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps (as most of these works have been housed in our most important libraries around the world), and other notations in the work.

“This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work.

“As a reproduction of historical artifact, this work may contain missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.”


I hope many, many readers of this blog will also order this book and read it, because Jefferson’s consciousness, like Martin Luther King’s, was elevated into a higher realm than most people who walk this planet perceive. But, we must began to understand a higher consciousness, if we are to survive as human beings in God’s universe. God bless us all, Mary Elizabeth


I hope my last two posts on Jefferson’s Bible, Higher Consciousness, and the video, “The Moment Earth Saw Itself,” are published immediately below for all who are interested to read. Higher consciousness should not be mocked. It is real. Poets and philosophers have understood that for centuries, and now our NASA astronauts are awakening to it, pragmatic scientists who have explored our moon on foot.

Jefferson had his own relationship with the God of our universe. He was an unorthodox Christian, as I am, but my spiritual thoughts are not overlapping with Jefferson’s spiritual views exactly, of course. Nevertheless, I wanted to mention this because, my own version of “higher consciousness” is one that is unique to me alone, after a lifetime of deep thought on spiritual matters. There is no way I could explain my views of higher consciousness in words alone. One would have to experience the mystical sensation which is beyond human senses and human perceptions with one’s rational mind, alone. It is a spiritual experience that rings true. I think as I read what Jefferson cut and pasted from the Bible of his day to make his own Bible for his sensibilities, I will find peace with my own version of spirituality and Christianity.

This will be how I incorporate Christianity into my understanding of higher consciousness. The other part is scientific which has been transformed into the mystical through the awareness of Albert Einstein and from the video which Finn-McCool shared on this blog (but I knew these perceptions of our place in this vast universe since my childhood, which made me different, and which helped to to have empathy for others who are different. Please view that 27 minute video of the 3 Apollo 8 astronauts which includes their interviews on “Face the Nation” when they were young men, just have returned from the Moon and their interviews when they are now in their 80s and 90s. Their perceptions in consciousness because of their space experience has given the three of them a higher consciousness that the people of this planet must all understand if we, as a human race are to survive in our vast universe. As one of the astronauts mentioned, ‘We should stop seeing ourselves as individual nations and see ourselves as citizens of this Earth, as we now solve our problems on Earth, and reach for Mars.’

The name of that video is: ‘The Moment Earth Saw Itself.’ Go to The Atlantic magazine.”

The doorbell just rang. I went out of my garage door to flag down the Goodwill type person who I assumed was to pick up my contribution to charity for income tax relief for next spring. I was mistaken as his fan drove off. I looked on my front porch and there was a book I had ordered from Amazon. Thanks to you, Starik, for letting me know about the way to purchase this book. However, I did not purchase the copy from the Smithsonian as you had so generously given me the link for. I ordered another version from Amazon, directly.

The Smithsonian’s red cover was from Thomas Jefferson’s original hand-made “Bible,” in which Jefferson had four columns, one in English, one in Greek, one in Latin, and one in another language, which I forget at the moment, possibly in French.

I wanted the purely English version of Jefferson’s Bible, which has a black hardback cover. It is beautiful. I just opened it. On the black front cover are these words: “The Jefferson Bible: The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth Extracted Textually from The Gospels. (Scholar Select) (by) Thomas Jefferson.” Within the first few pages is written: “Copyright, 1902, by N. D. Thompson.” A few Publishing Co.” A few pages more, one reads in print these words of Thomas Jefferson: “Say nothing of my religion. It is known to my God and myself alone. Its evidence before the world is to be sought in my life; if that has been honest and dutiful to society, the religion which has regulated it cannot be a bad one.”



This is from

“Before you judge others, or claim any absolute truth, consider that. . .

you can see less than 1% of the electromagnetic spectrum and hear less than 1% of the acoustic spectrum. As you read this, you are traveling at 220 kilometers per second across the galaxy. 90% of the cells in your body carry their own microbial DNA and are not “you.” The atoms in your body are 99.9999999999999999% empty space and none are the one’s you were born with, but they all originated in the belly of a star. Human beings have 46 chromosomes, 2 less than the common potato. The existence of the rainbow depends on the conical photoreceptors in your eyes; to animals without cones, the rainbow does not exist. So you don’t just look at a rainbow, you create it. This is pretty amazing, especially considering that all the beautiful colors you see represent less than 1% of the electromagnetic spectrum. “


I believe that all of our “brilliant” minds, put together, can never hope to understand the Mind of God. I believe that we are in the process of creating what our new world will become. It will be a monster, in my opinion, if whatever we create is not done with love, more than with intellect. God is love. Instead of a monster, I pray that we will see the wisdom of creating a Heaven on Earth through love.


MES: Just like a writer’s gotta write, and a preacher’s gotta preach, a singer’s gotta sing! Nobody has yet told Bob Dylan to stop singing, and he recently won the Nobel Prize for Literature. His passion for singing probably fuels his passion for writing. Who are we to judge? 😇. ( When I get home, I’ll copy something for all readers on the fallacy of judging based on facts.)

Another poster to MES:
We judge everything everyday. Human nature.
You arn’t understanding the depth of my non singing ability. I’ll sing for you at the beer summit, you will see why I’m a drummer.

MES’ Response to that poster:
We are really not in disagreement. We are simply each pointing out one piece of the Universe’s pie which we each can observe, as unique human beings. My vision and thinking overlaps with yours, in part, and I hope some of what I present here overlaps, in part, with your vision and your thoughts.

I certainly know that not all of us can sing with the beauty of Luciano Pavarotti’s voice. But, I would never want to keep the person who loves to sing, but who has a terrible voice, from singing when the motivation to do so springs from his or her own soul. It is the love in the singing that is of God, imho.
P.S. I cannot sing either!

Rudyard Kipling: “And each in his separate star shall paint the Thing as he sees it, for the God of Things As They Are.”


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Nationalism and Globalism

Below are my thoughts written in response to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s columnist and blogger, Jay Bookman’s, column on October 31, 2018, as found at the following link:

“I am so glad that the theme of Bookman’s blog message today was on nationalism and globalism for I think this is the defining metaphysical or spiritual (in the broadest sense) crisis of our 21st century world. Again, your column, above, is an excellent one, Jay Bookman.

Having read so much regarding the words and thoughts of Thomas Jefferson, I realize that when he perceived of the idea and the experiment which would come to be known as the United States of America, he viewed the United States as being formed not only for its own time and place, and for the people of that time and place, and not only for all future Americans, but also as a model of governance for all of the world’s people, for all time. Thus, in his mind, nationalism and globalism were one and the same from a spiritual ken.

What does that mean, taken from the highly abstract? It means that just as there is a God, regardless of how one perceives God, there are certain inalienable rights that belong inherently to all humankind, such as freedom to be who one innately was born to be without undue constraints placed upon that freedom to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” It means that all human beings are equal, in that all have the same inherent and God-given rights to that freedom, which is best sustained on Earth through self-government of the people, themselves.

There was nothing built into that philosophy that indicated that America should be first. That sentiment would not have been consistent with an egalitarian world. Obama understood that. Trump has no idea of that concept. We are now facing a rapidly increasing communication system throughout our world in which we see that we are all connected on this planet home through our mutual need for survival. Together, we will have to work through these global problems as a planet, with voices of leadership coming perhaps from each nation, but as in the beginning of the U. S., these nations must be seen as equal by all of the world’s communities. That would be the best of globalism and nationalism combined, with globalism, of course, taking the lead because the world has evolved past its adolescence, and must now start to see that what happens in one part of the world affects those in other parts of the world, as Obama tried to explain to us in his Nobel Peace Prize speech, years ago.

White nationalism or white supremacy is a subgroup of nationalism that further divides this nation and this world. It is present not only in America but throughout the world. As another prophet to our future told us, we must join hands as brothers and sisters to work together (throughout the globe) or we will all die together as fools. I get that. Do you?”


P.S. I hope it is obvious to the reader that my final question was not addressed to Jay Bookman, but was addressed, instead, to every reader of my post.

Further, I hope that readers understand that what I was trying to do, with my final question, was to parallel Bookman’s closing literary device, in his column, above, in order to encourage the reader to think introspectively.

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“As a life-long learner. . . .”

As a life-long learner, and as a teacher for 35 years in the state of Georgia, I have found it wiser to focus on the “big picture(s)” and flesh out that knowledge with as many details of factual information that one can absorb without losing sight of the larger view.

I have spent a lifetime of 3/4ths of a century, now, in putting together the religious dogma of my youth in south Georgia with the intellectual growth that I absorbed, not only in college in Georgia, but also in New York City, where I spent nearly seven years of my twenties growing intellectually, especially within the two major universities which I attended there.

I am comfortable now in merging my spiritual and intellectual understandings and, as a born educator, I would urge all people to do the same in order to reach a higher consciousness with which one is comfortable. These are individual calls of conscience, but societies must allow their citizens the freedom, at least, to explore. Consider this: There may be an evolution of the spirit or consciousness of the human species, as much as there is an evolution of the body, over time.

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