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.

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The Road to Prosperity

It’s sobering how almost all people, worldwide, don’t have any understanding at all about currency defacements globally, in terms of some nations which a currency failure will severely affect so many others. For example, Japan, which is the third largest economy, is close to the potential of a currency failure.  Their central bank is “buying” their national debt. Greece is in jeopardy as they have been for some time.  But France is the one that might bring the Euro to a crisis.

Other nations, including Italy, Russia and Argentina, are weak and there are others, not to mention banks that will be affected by these overblown governments with deficits that hungrily devour more and more national debt. Debt and unsound entitlements are pressing down on America and elsewhere, diminishing growth and hurting everyone at all income levels.  Low taxes and regulations without inefficient and bloated governments can very surely allow prosperity to blossom.  It’s not a matter of envy, class warfare dividing the American people, or the population globally. Growth is the engine of prosperity.

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.

To Do List for the Innovation Age

We are in The Innovation Age and thus we must:

·         Innovate throughout humankind and its entities of all kinds.

·         Seek wisdom and shun the negative values of selfishness, greed, envy, hate, and revenge.

·         Grow our health in mind, body and “little piece of God.”

·         Foster self-discipline and delayed gratification for ourselves and others.

·         Develop life skills such as writing, financial literacy, reading worthy sources habitually, speaking in an articulate and non-profane manner, and more.

·         As we seek wisdom through life experiences and other means we need to strengthen our wisdom-associated values: empathy, truth, honesty, justice, cooperation, peace, compassion, universal wellbeing, and creative and general knowledge.

·         Develop a propensity for kindness based on the deep conviction that each of us and all of us has our “little piece of God.”

We can think of our lives as a brief episode between unknowns or we can realize through faith that our entrance and exit from this life are moments that only Almighty God understands.  Someday in Heaven on Earth, I believe death will no longer be a reality just as I believe that eternal life awaits all of us after death, even now.

I believe deeply in God’s enduring and steadfast love.  Is that a miracle or a foolish thought?  I really think that the reality of eternity is much better than most of us envision.

My faith is something that I treasure and through my writing, perhaps I can help to impart a faith to others, especially within that “little piece of God” in them.

According to Harvey Cox, author and Presbyterian minister, there are three mysteries in life – ourselves, others and everything else.  We must all accept the challenge to explorer these mysteries, honestly, truthfully, and persistently.

The Ripples of the Radio Interviews Will Travel Far

I have been doing a number of radio interviews concerning my most recently published book, Glimpses of Heaven on Earth. Several years ago, while promoting How to Achieve a Heaven on Earth, I got nervous when doing such interviews, but now it is an enjoyable experience.  In fact, I find my efforts to try to motivate people to join me on the path toward Heaven on Earth, inlucding living the ten elements which I deeply believe will be present in that ultimate destiny, to be quite fulfilling and joyful.
The longer on-air or taped sessions are my favorites.  Then there is no concern that the most essential points might be left out and there is plenty of time to go back and forth with the host.
As I say during each of these interviews, my calling is calling, not to dwell on what “was” or “is,” but rather, what can be–Heaven on Earth.  It’s a spiritual calling to me and my hopes and prayers are that many, many others will take up this challenging, yet satisfying calling.  The theme of my calling runs through my books, but it is also wonderful to express it verbally on the air.  Somehow, I sense a little bit of momentum beginning to build.
These radio and television dialogues are not for vanity or celebrity at all, far from it.  They are part of the purpose of my life.  Perhaps it’s like a voice in the wilderness, but someway that ripple will travel far.  Why?  Because of God’s enduring, steadfast love and the predestination of Heaven on Earth for all humankind. If you’d like to listen in on one of these interviews, just follow this link, then select the yellow highlighted button, then check off my August 29th interview, scroll to the bottom and press play. I hope you enjoy it!

Each Life is Precious: Let us travel together toward heaven on earth!

If the United States is to be successful domestically, we must think globally and at the same time have a deep realization that we are in The Innovation Age.  It is up to us – humankind – with God’s enduring, steadfast love, to reach for the ultimate destiny – Heaven on Earth.

To illustrate how global action is needed domestically, think about education.  With globalization we are competing with South Koreans with superb education systems – and so many other such nations.

The present and the future will be most propitious for knowledgeable people and people people; and, if a person has both of these qualities, his or her ambitions will be most assured.  Of course, the embodiment of Copthorne Macdonald’s positive values while shunning the negative values will allow meaning, purpose and fulfillment in a person’s life.

Each life is precious, a gift from God.  We must be all for all in order to fully express our appreciation for our gift.

Let’s discover ourselves and others in an honest, sensitive, loving way – recognizing that superficial differences hide our common nature.

Each person is a treasure, meant to flourish in multiple ways.  Our time is not meant to be concerned with selfishness, envy, greed, hate and revenge.

We must see the truth in love.  In the Presbyterian Church I learned in Sunday school that, “Man’s [and woman’s] chief aim is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.”  The Bible also says, “God is Love.”  So, love is basic to each of us and all of us.

Wonder and awe are found as we examine the mysteries of ourselves, others and everything else.  Harvey Cox in “The Future of Faith” wrote about these three mysteries of our being.

It’s important to delve beyond the superficial, seek wisdom, shun negative values as well as hope and pray for love – for us, others and God,

Why should we do the right thing?  My basic underlying belief is that’s the way for humankind to traverse that wonderful journey through The Innovation Age to The Spiritual Age – heaven on earth.

How do we do the right thing?  Seeking the wisdom-associated values – empathy, truth, honesty, justice, cooperation, peace, compassion, universal well-being, creativity and general knowledge – while shunning the negative values – selfishness, greed, envy, hate and revenge.

Our Trek toward Heaven on Earth Includes Some Twists and Turns

We are in The Innovation Age.  It is incumbent upon everyone on earth to come to realize and recognize this.  We must concentrate first and foremost on saying and doing the right thing, in all aspects of our lives, despite our failures along the way.

Secondly, we must adhere and aspire to the wisdom-associated values, about which I have previously written, and finally we must develop spiritual foundations that can help us, no matter what life throws in our direction.

Life is a gift, arising from God, and we are God’s children; there has been a “little piece of God” within each of us and all of us from the dawn of humankind.  This is what gives each of us that hero inside, so that we can eventually march toward heaven on earth.

Heroes are born globally, and somehow, someway we must raise them in such a way that they sparkle in The Innovation Age with honorable behavior, sound values, and a spiritual foundation.   I don’t mean that the hope of the world only lies with children.  Adults can—and often do—change for better if given the opportunity, motivation, and guidance.

One very urgent issue relates to the radical Muslims who are motivated by hate and violence.  That is not coming from God or Allah.  That is misguided in a very destructive, anti-hero way.  What are these criminal radical Muslims dying for?  It’s certainly not loving or from Almighty God.  It is totally misguided.

But how do we stop them?  It’s not necessarily with armies and such.  What are the non-violent alternatives? I certainly wouldn’t go to President Obama to answer that question.  But there are others globally who have much greater wisdom as to how to deal with the radical Muslims—the Sage of Singapore, for one.

Alliances against these brutal Muslims must be sought in an urgent manner.  It can happen.  In America, let’s forget domestic politics and concentrate on this global threat, including the nuclear program of Iran.

We can progress to heaven on earth, but humankind must do its part, one by one, million by million, and billion by billion.

In India the newly-elected Prime Minister Modi has taken the reigns of the world’s biggest democracy.  In 2014 it is crucial that Republicans understand this Innovation Age concept and rise to the occasion.  I think they can.  And I think that they will.  Too many people in America and India want opportunity, jobs and growth instead of food stamp programs.

The road to heaven on earth will surely be arduous, winding, uphill, downhill, twists, and turns, but I believe that, if we improve, improve, and improve, it will lead to that ultimate destiny of heaven on earth.

The World Cup Championship Game and World Peace

After watching the World Cup Championship Game, It dawned on me that this type of worldwide competition is certainly much better than warfare.  I understand over a billion people were watching this game and the announcer said the best two teams were in the World Cup finals.

Worldwide sports should trump the “Conquest” history of humankind.  Each robust, stable, prosperous democracy – in a world full of democracies – can maintain its own identity within its own borders.

Non-violence should and will eventually prevail.  Humankind’s age-old dream of peace on earth will come true – permanently.

The days of the “conquest” model are severely numbered – throughout our planet.  Mahatma Gandhi was right; “violence begets violence.”  But I sincerely believe that the opposite is also true:  “Kindness begets kindness.”

Let this peaceful sports conflict lead to non-violence – globally.

Life is Really All about Love

I deeply believe that what counts with God is what we say and do.  Of course, we are imperfect beings, but our challenge is to improve and seek truth and wisdom.

I just finished reviewing my most recent book, “Glimpses of Heaven on Earth,” for the thirteenth time after reading it from cover to cover twice – not counting the times I read the manuscript prior to publication.  In short, the more I read, it, review it – the more I like it.  No doubt, it is an ambitious work.  Also, there is a definite spiritual nature to it.  The future is all we have ahead of us.  We must take care to guard that time ahead – everything from high national debts and entitlements in the developed world to coming to grips with radical Muslims whose “faith” is based on hate rather than love, so it doesn’t come from God.

I do not underestimate the difficulties in maneuvering from The Innovation Age to The Spiritual Age – Heaven on Earth.  But I also have a deep faith in a verse in the Bible, “For God, all things are possible.”

There’s a song that I think about from time to time – “What’s it all about, Alfie?”  The conclusion of the song is absolutely correct in my opinion – that love, true love, is what it’s all about.  It’s a beautiful rendition of wonderful music that can and does tug at our hearts in a very deep level.

Some Thoughts on Truthful Living

We must be ourselves, so it is much better to choose to be who we are – trying to be better all the time.  Throughout our lives trying, trying, and trying is so much an integral part of life, especially in that important part of attaining a measure of wisdom.

None of us – I’ll say that again – none of us – is everything that we’d like to be.  But trying – from Nelson Mandela to Gandhi – is so important to achieving our potential.

One by one, million by million, billion by billion, we all have a noble calling in this enormous challenge.

The world is crying out for heaven on earth.  The good news is more and more so much of it is attainable as never before.  Look at communications, trade and a real sense of oneness in our planet of many, many people.

We can and we must seek to enhance ourselves for this march of destiny.

I deeply believe that we are in The Innovation Age and that somehow, someway, Almighty God is guiding us forward toward The Spiritual Age – Heaven on Earth.

This will not be easy, but I believe it will be intensely rewarding to all – eventually.

We must:

Think,

Think,

Think

And

Grow,

Grow,

Grow

as we climb that mountain of wisdom, critical to attaining Heaven on Earth.

Someone once stated that “No man [or woman] is an island.”  This is so true.  We each need to address the mysteries of ourselves, others and everyone else.

I don’t believe that we can “know ourselves.”  That doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t try.  But it is important not to lead a hedonic or superficial life.  Socrates stated something to the effect that the unexamined life is regrettable.  Let’s do better than that.

Love in all forms – romantic, parental, friendly . . . is so important to this march toward Heaven on Earth.  So are character, resilience and wisdom.  The reality of life is not easy.  A steady stream of success is probably not good in the long-term.

Yes, failure and bad events in one’s life can lead to wonderful results, as I think it has and will be in my many times troubled life.  But now is the time to rise up and realize my potential – as best I can.  Remember:  try, try, and try.  I will do that, too.  I tend to put a lot on my platter – even Heaven on Earth, not that I alone can do it, but perhaps I can and will inspire others – globally.

There is no doubt that my ambitions – for the good of all – are big.  But why not?  If one has a spiritual side at all, then the march toward Heaven on Earth must arouse an intense and beyond that a devout pursuit.

There are no “bit” parts on this ultimate journey toward Heaven on Earth.  We all have an important role to play.  Think about it.  Pray about it.  And then do something about it.

The future is all we have ahead of us.  We must take care that our actions, values and beliefs support a wonderful future not only for ourselves, but everyone else.

Our role in tomorrow is shaped by what we do today.  So, we must take care with what we do and say right now and also the future.  This may sound simplistic, but it is the most difficult part of life in many ways.

We are imperfect people shaped by imperfect parents, surrounded by imperfect people.  But somehow we must break out and seek a better life for ourselves and everyone else.  We can!  And we must!

Reality requires truth.  Can you say that your life reflects truth?

Selfishness versus Self-Preservation

On our ultimate journey toward Heaven on Earth we must learn to shun selfishness.  But the reality is—like most things in life—the difference between selfishness and self-preservation is a matter of degree, rather than some absolute.

We are each made of mind, body and a “little piece of God” (what others might call a soul).  Taking care of ourselves is a solemn duty and responsibility—in all three of these areas.  At the same time, we must be aware of others and avoid selfishness, which harms others.  It sounds simple and the goal is quite comprehensible.

The practice of caring for oneself, and at the same time avoiding selfishness, is not easy.  But, it is critical in our quest for Heaven on Earth.  My advice is to think about what you really need for self-preservation.  Contemplate this concept.  Pray on it.  Like all the other values—whether positive or negative—it is critical to be honest with oneself and to be aware of the balance between selfishness and legitimate self-care.