Monthly Archives: January 2015

A Future of Nonviolence

Both Gandhi and President Reagan produced – they not only had wonderful, insightful and inspiring ideas; they changed the world to a better place and left a legacy of thought that should be emulated. Non-violence is a concept not often applied to President Reagan.  But look at what he did, so much toward ending the Cold War and creating democracy and freedom – without firing a shot.  He did it with strength, economic and military in nature along with his superb communications to our American people and all of humanity.

Gandhi transformed India from a British “colony” such as America long ago to the largest democracy in the world – 350 million in 1947 at its independence over 1 billion now and with only about 2,000 deaths due to the violence in the process – amazing.

Both Mahatma Gandhi and President Reagan were works of genius in their accomplishments, right for their time and in so many aspects right for the 21st century, also.

In the 21st century we’re in a smaller world than ever – threatened by ISIS and Ebola – but at the same time marching ahead in technology, human understanding, and . . . hopefully and prayerfully in love toward Heaven on Earth.

Contemplation and Prayer

When in line, help to develop your patience by:

Thinking

Thinking

Thinking . . .

I’ve read that daydreaming is a form of creativity.  So, wait in line and learn how to stretch your imagination.

Patience in terms of sex and love is not only admirable; it quite often can help to assure longer lasting and more fruitful results in these most important parts of our lives. The reality of life is that we must find ways to develop meaning and purpose – not hedonic pursuits that will leave us empty and unfulfilled. Rather, we must explore ourselves as honestly as we can – with the help of others – from birth onward.

The future is all we have ahead of us, and it is inherently uncertain.  Dealing with these uncertainties in life is a test that is just a part of life.  These uncertainties can cause anxiety, pain and suffering.  I believe prayer can help – in good times and bad times.

Motivation, Simplification, and Love

This past November was a huge victory for Republicans, America and the world.  Thank You, dear God.

I sincerely believe that the Republican Party should now begin to unite around Governor Scott Walker to run as our 2016 Presidential candidate.  His record for winning difficult elections is proven.  His courage, leadership and innovation are proven.

Over the next two years the Republican Party must unite to avoid damage from this divisive, arrogant, radical, incompetent, dishonest and unwise President.

We must be positive in trying to help our economy through lowering and simplifying taxes – corporate and individual.  We must try to obtain the keystone XL Pipeline.  We must pursue ways to achieve universal healthcare with ways that make sense economically, doctor-patient relationship wise.  Without one’s health, there is nothing but one’s faith in God.

Free, fair trade agreements should be sought worldwide.

The wisdom values must be spread in all ways possible – empathy, truth, honesty, justice, cooperation, peace, compassion, universal well-being, creativity and general knowledge.  And just as important as seeking to promote the positive values, we must do all we can to shun the negative values of selfishness, greed, envy, hate and revenge.

We can’t be perfect, at least right now in The Innovation Age, but pursuing wisdom-associated values and shunning the negative values, can allow us to improve, within ourselves and helping others to do the same.

 

Keys are:

Motivation

Motivation

Motivation

Simplify

Simplify

Simplify

Love

Love

Love

We need to treat each other with and between entities not with complex laws and regulation, but strive to attain a rule of values.

If something is not right, our first reaction should not be to advocate for government to do something about it.  First, we must ask ourselves what we can do about it.  Freedom can be, in effect, lost by over-regulation and over-laws.  Individual freedom must be championed by all as we seek wisdom and shun the negative values.

The future is all we have ahead of us.  One very vital way to guard that future is through financial literacy – as individuals, government entities, spiritual entities, business entities; basically all human entities have a financial literacy factor.  Prudence and wisdom require us to recognize this vital part of our existence.

 

I really like the way Governor Scott Walker started out his victory speech.  He thanked God.  I thank God, also, for all the results of the big Republican wave yesterday.

We need Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives and everything in between.  The truth must be our goal and so often it’s subjective and not easily perceived. From birth we must seek wisdom.  That goes for voters, too, as well as candidates of both parties. We are in The Innovation Age.  It’s exciting as well as a time we must cling to wisdom values, shun negative values and seek a foundation of faith in God.

We must grow in our fitness of mind, body and our “little piece of God,” in balance with meaning and purpose.  We can, we must, and I believe we will as I sincerely believe that Almighty God has pre-determined that somehow, someway we will have Heaven on Earth.  Why?  Because I believe deeply that “God is Love.”  And that He loves us with an enduring, steadfast love, on a moment by moment basis, throughout eternity.

We all have our own spiritual journey.  Some are devoutly religious with one of the world’s great religions – and are kind, loving and compassionate.  Some have never managed their first step on their spiritual journey.

But one by one, million by million, billion by billion, I sincerely believe someday, somehow, this Innovation Age will grow into the Spiritual Age – Heaven on Earth.

America is still a frontier, not just in technology, but we must become the leader in innovation not just to help ourselves, but also the destitute of the world.   We are not only Americans, but we are also world citizens just as all others on earth.

A world full of stable, robust, prosperous democracies will be a world of permanent peace.  But we must reach that wonderful goal through non-violence, and, as a backup, American military strength.

The role of America in the world – in my opinion – is special.  We are the frontier.  We must not sink into complacency or low self-esteem.  Instead, we must examine ourselves honestly, yet in a healthy manner, realizing that, as of now, no nation and no individual is perfect.

The reality of life is to survive, strive and thrive.  That’s not something that is awarded by birth; it is a continuous and wondrously challenging process.  I think the quote that “If it doesn’t kill you, it makes you stronger” is so worthy and truthful.

Getting Personal

Spiritual and intellectual public service and charitable types of achievements are so important to me.  I would like a third wife to accompany me in the great adventure I see ahead for me, but that, of course, is up to her partly and God. I put myself in the arms of our Loving God and pray not only for myself, but for America and its people as well as all world citizens, one and all.

Yes, I want my life to count.  There is a hero in each of us and all of us and now is the time for that genuine, deep and gracious quality to allow us to do our best, for ourselves, families and others.

Gandhi and I agree, as he said, “Violence begets violence.”  But I believe – and I would think Gandhi would agree – that “kindness begets kindness.”

Our lives are meant to go beyond the superficial and hedonic, although good clean fun helps us along life’s journey. Love in all its manifestations is so necessary for a complete life.  I think of my love for my daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren; the rest of my family, friends, Americans, and all world citizens.  It’s not a superficial or passing fancy; it’s a real and abiding part of me.

Of course, I humbly offer my love to God in thanks for my life and all – I said all – of it.  I accept the disasters of my life and plan to reach for triumphs in the future.

Starting 2015 with Kindness

Henry James, American Author (1843-1916), wrote the following, which I keep on my desk: Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.

Kindness to ourselves and others requires self-discipline. We can be—and often are overly—critical to ourselves and others. My belief that, “God made each of us and all of us with a mind, body, and ‘little piece of God’ since the dawn of humankind,” can be the fundamental rational for this exercise of genuine compassion, inwardly and outwardly.

A wonderful way to start and finish 2015 is to practice kindness, compassion, love, empathy, and a real day-to-day respect for humankind, the earth, and God.

I wish everyone joy, cheer, and a life overflowing with kindness in 2015 and onward toward Heaven on Earth.