Monthly Archives: February 2014

Cultivating Good Behavior, Values, and Beliefs

I find myself thinking really big.  We are in The Innovation Age and we must innovate in all human activities, including government, education, religions, business, and science.  At the same time we must allow our spiritual leaders and others to help everyone, first, to improve our behavior (what we say and do), second, to work toward establishing the wisdom-associated values while shunning negative values, and third, to have a foundation of beliefs that supports good behavior and positive values.

What we say and do is all-important, and with which I believe God is most concerned.  Professing good values and beliefs is meaningless unless it is reflected in our behavior.

It takes time, effort, life experiences and help from many people—spiritual leaders come to mind immediately—to develop wisdom.  Genuine wisdom also eventually develops self-discipline and practices delayed gratification.  Resilience is also a quality that accompanies wisdom.

Faith in God is important to all.  I think that those who do not grow up with a careful cultivation of values, beliefs, discipline and delayed gratification have a much harder time reaching a wise level.  Kindness to ourselves and others is a key to wisdom.  The principle of earning one’s way in the world is also important.

We all have an important role in the march of destiny toward heaven on earth.  Yes, each person’s importance just can’t be over-emphasized.  Each of us and all of us has a “little piece of God.”  So, it is not me or you or anyone else who is critical in the march toward Heaven on Earth.  It’s all of us.  Yes, all 7 billion of us.

The world needs love, compassion, kindness, behavior, values and a foundation built by spiritual leaders who espouse the above.

Thoughts on Freedom and Every Day Life

Life can and is a struggle, but overcoming adversity – especially over time – can lead us to rewards that just wouldn’t be there if we didn’t earn them.

A world full of stable, robust, prosperous democracies will be a world of permanent peace.  Globalization can help us in many ways, most readily in prosperity.  Free, fair trade is also very important.  Free enterprise is an additional worthwhile and vital component.

Literacy, financial literacy, reading, formal education, and learning by doing are all necessary to grow in this century forward.

Knowledge skills and people skills will be crucial to maneuver the modern age.

We must develop self-discipline and practice delayed gratification in order to cultivate our mind, body and “little piece of God.”

Wisdom can and should be taught – at all ages.  We must look deep inside for the goodness that is surely there.

There are the negative values that Copthorne MacDonald enumerated – selfishness, greed, envy, hate and revenge.  These values must be shunned.

Of course, there is a matter of degree in these values.  Take greed.  I believe it is entirely proper to pursue wealth; look at Bill Gates and Warren Buffet.  They, at least eventually, stood back and used their wealth for worthy purposes.

Another aspect of greed that is critical is whether a person is consumed with greed so that he or she does illegal, unethical or immoral acts to pursue that value.  I look at Putin in Russia.  His is partially motivated by greed, and even more by power.  Power corrupts.  Absolute power corrupts absolutely.  Putin’s corruption is out of hand.  But I will give Putin credit as an unlikely hero in keeping a foolish President Obama from getting us into a war in Syria.

I read a wonderful book, The Case for Democracy.  It was written by a Russian Jew who immigrated to Israel and at one time was a Cabinet member.  The crux of the book is that all humans desire liberty and freedom – regardless of the history of their nation – China, Russia, the Middle East – you name it.  The author defined democracy as being completely free to go into the town square and proclaiming whatever you will without reprisals to you or your family.  They don’t have that freedom in Russia, or in a lot of other places.  I pray that everyone on earth will one day experience true freedom, and I believe that day will come.

Teaching Wisdom

It’s important for the future of our nation and the world that we educate our young in a neutral way so that as they mature they can become wise, capable and honest voters; and, in the process, elect leaders with those essential qualities.  Values are so necessary in the cultivation of the mind, body and “little piece of God” of our young people.  It’s not just a matter of “getting an education.”  It is crucial to learn and apply the wisdom-associated values: empathy, truth, honesty, justice, cooperation, peace, compassion, universal well-being, creativity and general knowledge.  This must be accompanied by the quest to rid ourselves and our youth, of selfishness, hate, revenge, envy, and greed.  Wisdom can be taught and our spiritual leaders are all-important in this crucial task – globally.  Kindness begets kindness – human to human, universally.

Thoughts on Love

Love is what we all seek, and deep down, want to give.  That is the wonderful glow emitting from committed couples.  I can’t say how many really long-term marital partners I have seen who told me, “You have to work at it.”  I think that’s a very true statement.  The emotion of love is quite exciting.  But that alone is not enough.  Mutual respect and admiration, along with other important “matches,” such us values, are critical to a long-term, enduring, inspiring, joyful marriage.