Category Archives: Heaven on Earth

John’s vision is that humanity will rise from the current “Innovation Age” to the “Spiritual Age,” which will be heaven on earth. He believes that the following elements will be necessary to make this transition: peace and security, freedom, democracies, prosperity, gender harmony, racial harmony, spiritual harmony, ecological harmony, health, as well as moral purpose and meaning.

Can We Change?

Can we change – for the better – one by one, million by million, billion by billion? I think we can – partly through transactional analysis. I have, through enormous efforts of many from 1998 until now.

Think of the ramifications of such changes.

The key is to engender wisdom in ourselves and others and support it with a strong spiritual foundation, so life’s bumps and bruises don’t destroy us.

Values are all-important. And it’s hard to develop sound values without a solid spiritual base.

We must strive for Heaven on Earth, or we will be consumed by all the catastrophes that Henry Kissinger described in “World Order.” To paraphrase him – we are desperately in need of world order. Of course, that’s the opposite poll which I want us to seek and find with God’s enduring, steadfast love.

The world is now small, and we must learn to live together – not only with peace and security but helping each other out through free, fair trade; large scale businesses assisting those that make less than $2 per day. Together, we can achieve Henry Kissinger’s world order and my imagined Heaven on Earth.

Thoughts as We Begin the New Year, 2016

My first thought is personal. I want to marry Nancy and have a beautiful life together till death do us part. Nancy, will you marry me?

I want our lives to be balanced, certainly with fun and excitement—such as attending a winning Saints game. But I want our lives to have meaning and to count. The future is all we have ahead of us, and what is before us is inherently uncertain. A spiritual core allows one to maneuver through treacherous waters without losing one’s values and behavior.

I sincerely believe that Nancy will support me as a pathfinder toward heaven on earth. My hope and prayer is that many others will join in that triumphant march of destiny.

My concept of heaven on earth encompasses ten elements as follows: peace and security, freedom, democracies, prosperity, gender harmony, racial harmony, spiritual harmony, ecological harmony and health as well as moral purpose and meaning. I pray for these goals each night and invite all to do the same.

A new year calls for fresh goals, purposes, meaning—both in a personal sense and in every other way. We are in the Innovation Age and we must innovate in order to outrun the destruction due to artificial intelligence, bio-neurology and all the other changes that are coming faster and faster.

I believe we will survive this onslaught of change. But we can only do it through adopting sound spiritual cores, Copthorne Macdonald’s wisdom-associated values; empathy, truth, honesty, justice, cooperation, peace, compassion, universal well-being, creativity and general knowledge. We must also shun his negative values; selfishness, greed, envy, hate and revenge.

We must all seek the wisdom described above. What we say and do is what counts with God. But we need these values to support worthy behavior and we also need a spiritual foundation for the structure to withstand life’s inevitable challenges.

All human entities must change for the better.

When I asked Nancy to share her life with me, her answer was everything I could ask for; She said “Yes! Yes! Yes!”

 

John E. Wade II

With Nancy’s permission

A Path of Nonviolence Towards World Order

I’m coming to believe that prosperity is part of the pathway to democracy. An individual concerned about his next meal isn’t likely to be an informed, articulate, wise voter. Therefore, prosperity has a direct role in the establishment and maintenance of democracy.

I have spent a great deal of my time reviewing the fifth chapter of Henry Kissinger’s book World Order, which focuses on the Middle East. As Henry Kissinger says, it’s the most complicated part of the world right now.

If these religious (non-loving and thus, in my opinion, invalid) zealots gain access to nuclear weapons, the whole world is directly threatened. Thus, every effort should be made to deny Iran nuclear capability. It would and will upset the geopolitical balance, but it will also make a real mess in the Middle East—from the security of Israel to religious (non-loving) instability.

Every measure, especially non-violent, should be used to the greatest extent possible. A peaceful world is at stake, to put it mildly.

Gandhi said, “Violence begets violence.” And as I’ve mentioned before, I believe kindness begets kindness. I deeply believe in both of these statements, and they go hand in hand.

The Middle East is full of violence of the worst kind, a kind that is supposedly ordained by “God.” I simply believe that is not the case. It is a very misguided and “lost” cause for all those fighting and killing outside the norms of a loving humanity.

People are peaceful and non-aggressive on the whole. We would rather treat others with kindness than with hate or violence. But there are exceptions, such as Adolph Hitler or President Putin, who must be deterred from his present course of trying to restore the Soviet Union.

The Pursuit of Knowledge and Wisdom

In my travels, I see all these people passing by. How many of them are consciously seeking wisdom?

I’ve been thinking of how to organize my review for Kissinger’s World Order, specifically his chapter on the Middle East. I’ve also put some thought into how he wrote so much in the way of communication, data, and worldwide spreading of news through the Internet and how it is so readily available to us. He wonders if wisdom is being developed to its full extent, as do I.

Having data and knowledge at one’s fingertips, on a cell phone or computer, is not the same as having it in one’s head, analyzing it and thinking about it, perhaps over a significant period of time.

I believe that a lot of formal learning is forgotten. But that does not mean it’s unimportant. Learning to master a body of facts in itself can lend one the confidence, motivation, and determination to learn and master new things one encounters.

Mastering knowledge does not only mean memorizing it; it means deciding what part, if any, is important and how important it is. It may even mean combining old and new, or mixing knowledge.

The pursuit of knowledge and wisdom is imperative to achieve a Heaven on Earth, and I don’t believe that it is too late for this kind of learning to be brought back.

Globalization and World Order

As I’ve been saying, I am reading and reviewing World Order by Henry Kissinger, taking time to handwrite quotations and comments in great detail. If I could only merge How to Achieve a Heaven on Earth and Glimpses of Heaven on Earth, as well as all my ideas and blogs on those subjects, with Henry Kissinger’s book.

He states that there has never been world order, but we desperately need it. I fervently agree. It’s sort of like optimism meeting pessimism. I understand his point of view since he is a historian, as well as a National Securities Council member, was secretary of state for two presidents, and was an advisor for others. He’s seen wars, and I’m sure he wants to end them.

I believe one of the keys to end war is globalization. China and the United States were once adversaries, but now we are trading partners. It’s not a perfect relationship, but it’s one that can flow into greater and greater cooperation.

India is another bright spot of over a billion people that can grow in trade and all kinds of mutually beneficial endeavors.

Russia is a corrupt troublemaker, and as long as President Putin reigns, it’s likely to stay that way.

The Middle East—largely due to President Obama and Secretary Clinton—has huge geopolitical and regional problems. President Obama should have left a stability force in Iraq to preserve their fledgling democracy, just as America did in Germany and Japan after World War II.

Read Ronald Reagan’s Wisdom for the Twenty-First Century. Reagan certainly had vision, and was able to accomplish so much. Henry Kissinger gives him a large part of the credit for ending the Cold War. He also invigorated our economy for twenty-five years. His basic approach was to lower taxes and regulations. That formula will work again.

Innovation in Government

I frequently think about how important it is to America and the world that WI Governor Scott Walker be elected president in November, 2016, and assumes control in a fair, kind, and competent manner immediately upon assuming office. I believe in innovation in government–and in all other facets of life.

I believe too much emphasis is placed on issues – which change in the future.  Results in one’s career, honesty, capability, and wisdom are the critical character qualities that will make Scott Walker such an outstanding president. Scott Walker has proven courage, leadership, and innovation.  It makes him stand out and offer us a unique opportunity in 2016 in America.

Having won three gubernatorial elections in four years in a blue state that President Obama carried in 2008 and 2012 means Scott Walker connects with people—all sorts of people, but, most importantly, people who recognize results.

We are in The Innovation Age and we must innovate in government – like Governor Scott Walker has done in Wisconsin and could do so much more at the federal level.

The march is on until November 4, 2016 and January 20, 2017.  In my opinion our nation is in jeopardy until then, with President Obama and his supporting Democrats.  We are now in jeopardy with President Obama and the other Democrats, especially the ones who don’t understand or care about the debt, entitlements, and the student debt crisis in America. At the same time, similarly heavy burdens exist in Japan, Russia, Argentina, France, Italy, Spain, Greece, and elsewhere are pressing down on the middle class – and direly affecting the whole world.

President Reagan got results – economically and in terms of freedom and democracy so much around the world.  I deeply believe that Scott Walker – as our president – could and would innovate in a way that will be superb – bring about results that can and will move us toward Heaven on Earth: peace and security, freedom, democracies, prosperity, gender harmony, racial harmony, spiritual harmony, ecological harmony and health, as well as moral purpose and meaning.

But Scott Walker can’t do it himself.  We must all help, one by one, million by million, billion by billion. In America we must rise in a peaceful, yet strong manner, to oppose President Obama during the rest of his term.  He is not on our side.  He is doing everything he can to weaken America militarily and economically.  We must oppose him in every way.

One World

We have a wonderful window of opportunity to proceed toward Heaven on Earth.  As the American Airline slogan says, “One World.”  I wholeheartedly agree.  Almighty God created each of us and all of us with a mind, body, and a “little piece of God.”  God loves us with an enduring, steadfast love.  I deeply believe that we are predetermined to achieve Heaven on Earth, but humankind must do its part.  And in many, many ways, we are.

Somehow we need to concentrate on the positives in life and work to eliminate the negatives.  It’s true that progress is easier said than done, but we must focus on motivating ourselves and others to make healthy, kind, and compassionate choices in life, which is our gift from God.

One world, one body of humanity, let us unite – not in terms of national borders – but in terms of a motivation toward Heaven on Earth. Think of it: imagine a world where we are kind to ourselves and each other.  The joy would be present in everyone’s life.  The positives of life would provide our planet joy, kindness, compassion, and love.

We Can’t Tax Our Way into Prosperity

I recently had dinner with my best friend, George, and I expressed a lot of political ideas and judgments to him.  We have a stable, robust democracy in America. However, our prosperity is in jeopardy – with a huge national debt, over a trillion in student loans and entitlements that are actuarially unsustainable. These are very real concerns and those who care about our future will think seriously before this upcoming election. We cannot tax ourselves into prosperity.

Imagine a World without Death

I recently read  a book about the whole process and history leading up to and including death.  I’ve written that as we move from The Innovation Age to The Spiritual Age, somehow, someway, God will eliminate death.  This book has not changed my mind.  But I will readily write that I don’t have God’s timeline.  Also, enormous difficulties are in our path:

·         Radical Muslims

·         Unsafe debt and entitlements

·         Nuclear warfare and use

·         Lack of water and unsafe water

·         Climate change

These obstacles stand out from others, yet there are many more.

For now, death awaits us, unless we improve ourselves through acquiring wisdom, shunning negative values, conquering internalized stigma and making stupendous advances in peace and security; freedom, democracies, prosperity, gender harmony, racial harmony, spiritual harmony, ecological harmony and health as well as moral purpose and meaning.

Each of us has our spiritual journey.  Sadly, many never take the first step.  Loving spiritual faiths can and do help us on our trek.

The sooner and the more ardent we are about our spiritual journey, the sooner we all will move through this Innovation Age to The Spiritual Age – Heaven on Earth.

The road ahead is uncertain as to its ups and downs and twists and turns; but the destination – Heaven on Earth – is an integral component of my faith.

As Harvey Cox wrote there are three mysteries in our lives – ourselves, others and everything else.  Our duty is, from birth, to seek wisdom and realize fully faith.

This faith must be a loving faith or it just doesn’t come from God.

Loving faith is something we all need, but we certainly don’t all possess.

We’re all children of God and have the free will to do bad things as well as good things.  It’s an honest statement – I believe – that we all can improve.

We have the gift of life and making mine count is what I am trying very hard to do.  I recommend the same for all – to seek wisdom, shun the negative values and realize that love, compassion and apathy are the base of humanity at its best – and why not the best?

I really don’t think heaven on earth is near – there is so much for us to do. But why not?  Humankind has come a long way just in the last 200 years of its 100,000 years of existence.  And I deeply believe God’s enduring, steadfast love is with us eternally.

Free will, in a way, puts humankind’s future in our hands, and that’s true.  But I believe Almighty God and our “little piece of God” will triumph, one by one, million by million, billion by billion.

God has the power to inspire us to allow us to deliver His message of love.

We are in a modern 21st century that can bring us bountiful gifts from God.  It’s His timeline, but we are part of the equation.

Contemplation

Contemplating Our Purpose in Life

Our purpose is first to take care of ourselves in mind, body and “little piece of God.”  If we don’t do that, we can’t help our families, others and God.  This requires self-discipline and the mutual respect between others and ourselves.

The realities of life can range from joy to sorrow and from triumphs to failures.  The poem, “If,” by Rudyard Kipling captures the feelings of this moment in much more articulate fashion than I can.  Truth and wisdom is so important for us individually and collectively.

My therapist told me years ago that my gift was making things simple.  That’s a wonderful compliment partly due to the source, but also due to the content.  Making things simple while still accumulating the essence of them really is a gift.  Thank You, Dear God.

The future is all we have ahead of us.  Part of that journey must include somehow overwhelming the radical Muslims and all other violent people.  Terrorism and crime must become completely absent from our lives.  Only God can guide us along this path toward Heaven on Earth.

I don’t ever foresee the world becoming a “playground.”  But I do see a joy running through our lives with the ups and the downs until we finally reach the Spiritual Age and God promotes and allows love to completely prevail.