Oneness Teaching in Basic English

I’ve become engaged lately in the question of how to use language — which by its very nature and purpose differentiates things from one another — to explain or teach Oneness. It has seemed to me over the years that we must convolute our language so badly that we end up chasing our tails and spending more time talking about the semantics than about the underlying belief.

This week, I encountered something called Basic English, which I found fascinating. That led me to wonder if I could explain Oneness using only what are referred to as the “top 10 hundred words of science” in the English language. These are the 1,000 most common words. They are a superset of the famous Basic English vocabulary of just 850 words developed in the 1930s by linguist and philosopher Charles K. Ogden.

Here is my first attempt to describe what I do to teach Oneness using only the top 10 hundred words of science. I plan to run this output through a Basic English filter at some point and see if it fits there as well. (I was unable to find an automatic parser or editor for Basic English. I may have to write one!)

I write books and give talks to explain how God thinks and works and how we are like God. I believe we are one with God, made of the same stuff, and that we are the same as God and God is the same as us. All people are one people. What I do can change you. What you do can change me. All life is one. All roads lead to the same God.

In a cursory review, I did discover that Basic English vocabulary does not include the words book, talk, God, or think. I find that curious. Stay tuned for more.

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