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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.

Spiritual Path Towards a World Order

In September, while at the spa in Chicago, I finished my handwritten review, analysis, and commentary on quotes directly from Henry Kissinger’s World Order, “Chapter 9.” I also went through his “Conclusion” for the sixth time, attempting to perform the same analysis and review.

I want my life to count. After going over Henry Kissinger’s book so much and following his striking career, I am certain that he wants his life to count, too.

I hope and pray that the book, World Order, will lead the way toward a Heaven on Earth during my lifetime.

Life is full of ups and downs, twists and turns. I don’t know why, but I do have great faith that there is some reason to it all—ordained by God.

I deeply believe that each of us and all of us are children of God, and are made up of mind, body, and a “little piece of God.” Thus, God loves us with an enduring, steadfast love.

Why did God create some of us to do such disastrous things? My pastor told me it was because he/she did not want to be alone.

World order is something that God has in store for us, someday, somehow. We can’t perceive all the steps to that goal, but I believe that our behavior must be governed by Copthorne MacDonald’s wisdom-associated values while shunning his negative values—all while working to develop a faith that supports all of the above.

Spiritual entities can and do help in this process. But too many religions stress beliefs over behavior first and values second.

Dealing With the Uncertainties of Life

As I anxiously awaited the release of my book I dwelled on the uncertainties of life, and how dealing with them is part of the path toward wisdom.

In thinking about marriage, I can conclude that it is one of the greatest uncertainties that we can face. But taking the chance on a good, solid, loving union is worth the calculated risk of possible failure and living without the support, companionship, and intimacy of a committed spouse.

Furthermore, we must all strive to acquire wisdom from birth and learn from our own mistakes as well as the mistakes of others. The alternative is that, ultimately, humanity will self-destruct through physical and emotional damage. And in today’s day and age that can mean nuclear warfare and other means.

The good news is that wisdom can be taught, as long as we are all willing participants. Empathy and compassion, the love elements of Copthorne MacDonald’s wisdom-associated values, I think are particularly apropos for young children.

I believe each of us and all of us have a calling(s) that will inevitably change as we go through life. However, seeking to attain wisdom is the on-going calling of each and every one of us. This is an intellectual discourse, but it is also meant to go to the heart.

Think back to my comments of empathy and compassion. What does life offer?—a chance to help humankind proceed in an impassioned way toward Heaven on Earth. This is not a dream. This is a reality that I deeply believe has been pre-destined by God—Almighty God. By that I mean the hero, “little piece of God,” within all of us has that same pre-determined destiny.

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.

Why the Peaceful Majority Is Irrelevant, by Paul Marek

Paul Marek vividly describes the current brutality of radical Islam and its peaceful victims. He also reminds us how the peaceful ones in Germany became dominated by the Nazis. Additionally, he recites similar slaughters in Communist Russia and China as many other examples of genocide. Peace and freedom are in jeopardy. Listen to these wise words of the present and past. You can find Marek’s original blog below, and on Marek’swebsite. Further, its slightly amended version is printed with permission in my book, “How to Achieve a Heaven on Earth.” For more information, visit my website or find the book online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

 

Why the Peaceful Majority is Irrelevant

 

I used to know a man whose family were German aristocracy prior to World War Two. They owned a number of large industries and estates. I asked him how many German people were true Nazis, and the answer he gave has stuck with me and guided my attitude toward fanaticism ever since.“Very few people were true Nazis” he said, “but, many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.”We are told again and again by “experts” and “talking heads” that Islam is the religion of peace, and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unquantified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the specter of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam. The fact is, that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars world wide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honor kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. The hard quantifiable fact is, that the “peaceful majority” is the “silent majority” and it is cowed and extraneous.

Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant. China’s huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people. The Average Japanese individual prior to World War 2 was not a war mongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of Killing that included the systematic killing of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet. And, who can forget Rwanda, which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were “peace loving”.

History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points. Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by the fanatics. Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence. Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don’t speak up, because like my friend from Germany, they will awake one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun. Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Bosnians, Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others, have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late. As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts; the fanatics who threaten our way of life.

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.

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.

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!