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To do this most vital of all themes justice, let me first say a few things about neutrons having zero charge. I know it says zero and suggests no charge, but the truth is that when a neutron decays, it breaks up into a positron and a neutrino. That charge is not simply “put” there at the point of decay; it was already there. Because of its assigned job in an atom, neutrons add only weight, not strength . . . they can't because strengths are forces against opponents. Njut doesn't have opponents; she gives birth to opponents.

Of course, you can argue that not all strengths require interactions, but physics suggests otherwise. Newtonian physics states quite clearly that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Though arguable valid for the mental realms, it is more true than not here on earth.

I have to confess that I, too, used to think that the world would be a better place if we could only neutralize (do away with) undesirable strengths. But I’ve changed my mind. I now see the bigger picture. Ethnic cleansing is really not the answer, regardless of who is doing it. What needs changing is the way we think of opponents and contrasts . . . not to get rid of them. 

For example, how much time do you and your favorite branch of the media waste every day in finding flaws with “the other side” . . . if you are a card-carrying republican or libertarian, probably many. The same can be said of those whom Neal Boortz calls moochers: the ones who either do nothing or spend most of their day in criticizing and scheming for ever more effective ways to steal back what, in their opinion, was taken from them in the form of inferior wages . . . an accusation made of American moguls such as Andrew Carnegie . . . forgetting that these same exploiters were also the world’s greatest philanthropists.

Geamikoj, we truly need to start learning about atoms and what they do to survive. None of them remain stable when their electrons, protons and neutrons cease to cooperate; nor can we. Regardless of our religious or political persuasion, we truly need one another; therefore, we need to learn to respect one another . . . at least with words. One more time: If nature is to be our role model, please let us stay as diverse as possible. Our collective survival depends on it.

An admission.

I know I may be wrong about who and what we are. We may not all be souls who were given a body. We may not even have full autonomy over our own actions. Too many of our habit patterns are influenced by our genes and our early training. And we may not all be equally capable of making wise choices. But I am convinced that we would be wise to study the trinities in atoms. They are role modeling what needs to be done to survive when the power of choice is not present. Eleko, Prot, Njut, what do you think?

Why Zamenhof? 

Last, many of you have been asking why I brought in Dr. Zamenhof and his ingenious invention, Esperanto. Let me try to explain.

It was in the 1970’s, on one of my regular trips home to Austria, that I saw a green star and some names with phone numbers. When I curiously called, a local Esperantist, who happened to know that I came home quite often, suggested that I stop in Switzerland the following year to attend one of their yearly congresses. To make a long story short: My wife and I purposely arrived a day early to see what the vendors looked like while still off stage. Well, we liked what we saw . . . non-militant nice people with a spirit of global camaraderie. I decided then that in my retirement I would make myself useful in helping their cause of encouraging young people to learn Zamenhof’s structured mixture of Europe’s major languages. It is a composite language by far superior to any of the natural languages. That’s it. Nothing more, nothing less.

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