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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.

What is the meaning of life?

I think that I will label myself “spiritual and respectful of all loving faiths.”  I like “faiths” rather than “religions.”  My concept of faith encompasses Almighty God and that “little piece of God” within each of us and all of us.  What is the reality of life?  Is it service?  Is it love to one’s fellow humans?  Is it a search for truth within one’s self, others and everything else?  I think it’s all of these things and much, much more.

Navigating toward the Wisdom-Associated Values and away from the Negative Values

We either navigate the Innovation Age with the wisdom-associated values while learning to shun the negative values or America and the world are going to suffer greatly.  At least in America, we still have a stable and robust democracy (while not prosperous) and, as Abraham Lincoln stated, “The ballot is stronger than the bullet.”

There is no doubt that the world needs love.  Lover overpowers hate, revenge, envy, greed, and selfishness—the negative values.

We each have our mind, body, and “little piece of God.”  This third aspect of each of us is what guides us toward the wisdom-associated values, as well as love.  We should nurture ourselves, in mind, body, and “little piece of God,” so that we can overcome the negative values as we move through the Innovation Age to the Spiritual Age.

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The Road Less Traveled

Life is meant to be lived in a joyous, loving, thankful manner.  Our Maker, in my opinion, meant it that way – for all.  But we need to work for that ultimate reality.  Life is a gift from God.  What we do with it is largely up to us – one by one, but also in many collective ways.

Challenges face us all and the reality is not that all we face is good, but that we try, try, try to overcome whatever the adverse cards we are dealt.

In a way, a very special way, bad cards can become good if we summon the will to rise above them in a positive way – the road less traveled.

Pondering Our Place on God’s Green Earth

A few months ago I attended a men’s retreat through my church.  Here is what I wrote one morning:

I’m sitting by myself gazing at the calm, peaceful, serene waters affronting part of the family compound.  The grounds are beautiful and the birds – in this early morning – are chirping away, as if claiming their freedom in God’s wonderful world.

Why are we here, in this life as we experience a grain of time within the vastness of eternity?  Our minister says it’s because God does not want to be alone.  I agree, but I think there’s much, much more.  We are here to survive, strive and thrive – individually and eventually as Heaven on Earth.

Places like this remind us of God’s gift to us through nature and all its marvelous facets. But we can hide inside our self and while there is much that can be improved; there is also that mind, body and “little piece of God” that allows us to be kind to ourselves and others.

What is it about scenes such as this – grassy grounds, mature trees and placid waters – that cause us to pause, to reflect, and to wonder?  It’s just the awe of it, surrounded by living creations of God while at the same time reflecting on the water as it echoes in its own reflection.

We are not alone.  God is in us, around us, on a moment by moment basis – eternally.  Faith helps us to live, nurture our values and develop beliefs that serve as the foundation.

Spiritual leaders are important on this journey toward Heaven on Earth.  They can – first, encourage us to say and do the right things, demonstrate good behavior; second, nurture our values, the positive ones while diminishing our negative ones; third, encourage beliefs that support first, behavior, and then empowering values.

Wisdom is the key to Heaven on Earth.  And the good news is that it can be taught – and it should be, in schools, spiritual entities, government, the media, and families (of course), all human entities.  Perhaps I’m escalating, but we gain our wisdom partly by our interactions with others.  But we also gain it by our own experiences – such as this moment with the riveting and penetrating ingenuity of God’s works.

I feel God’s presence here.  We are studying in the current Sunday school class Living Waters.  The statistics on water are quite sobering – how little of our planet’s water is pollution and salt-free, liquid and accessible.

Motivation!

The future is all we have ahead of us.  We must take care that our young people receive balanced and factual educations.  Let me give you an example of the some of the text that I read in my American Government class textbook.  It calls – in equal fashion – for equal opportunities and equal outcomes.  The “Sage of Singapore” has stated that nowhere in history has there been a society of equal outcomes.  Quite simply, we have everything from unequal talents to unequal work habits and a host of other factors that lead to “unequal outcomes.”

That does not mean to say that we shouldn’t have “safety nets.”  But we must guard against that illusion that economic equality should and can be our goal.  And why shouldn’t hard work be compensated?

We Americans must guard our future, not only for ourselves, but to help engender that ultimate destiny of Heaven on Earth.  We can and we must.

We Americans each have a role in this journey through The Innovation Age toward The Spiritual Age or Heaven on Earth.  Values will be the key, not only for Americans, but all world citizens.  The importance of motivation! motivation! motivation! cannot be overemphasized.  But we must be motivated toward worthy, lasting, and high goals.  We can and we must.

Our goal must not be small.  Why?  Because it makes us small.  We each have a critical part in this world stage of clarity and vision.  It takes a certain trust in Almighty God and our own mind, body and “little piece of God” to rally toward love, love to within, receiving the love of others, love to and from God.

We are not alone.

The wonder and awe of God’s love is a force we must seek in ourselves and with others.  The majesty of the universe disperses God’s presence in a way that is simply beyond our scope of imagination.

Albert Einstein proclaimed that “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”  I agree.

From Hurting…To Helping

We must transform the world from people hurting people to people helping people, whether one is speaking of nations, corporations, other human entities or individuals.  There is an innate sense within us that seeks to help.  Let’s see that part of us reign—one by one, million by million, billion by billion.

There is no question that each of us and all of us have an enormous role to play in that inevitable march toward Heaven on Earth, which will include peace and security, freedom, democracies, prosperity, gender harmony, racial harmony, spiritual harmony, ecological harmony and health as well as moral purpose and meaning.

The road ahead probably won’t be easy.  But it will be enormously rewarding to everyone on our planet.

God is with us.  Who can really believe that we can’t succeed?  The world is getting smaller and smaller as globalization and technology march forward.  Let us adopt the wisdom-associated values of Copthorne MacDonald and shun the negative values he identified.

First, we must strive to say and do the right thing.  My belief is that God cares about this most.  We should live “The Golden Rule.”  Second, we must cultivate the values referred to above.  Third, beliefs that support these values and behavior must be respected and adopted one by one as each person’s whole being sees fit.

After a long spiritual journey, I now describe myself as spiritual, but not religious.  At the same time, I find so much truth, wisdom and values within the loving great religions of the world.  There is no question in my mind that the spiritual leaders of the great loving religions are all-important in our march toward Heaven on Earth.

From Innovation to Spirituality

We are presently in The Innovation Age.  This will eventually to a spiritual age, which will be a Heaven on Earth.  A Heaven on Earth will evoke kindness, compassion and love to and from all of us as we act with mutual respect, friendship and admiration.  We must innovate in deeds and faith—worldwide—with a deep appreciation of ourselves and others.  That certainly doesn’t mean that we should all believe the same things.  The values that are present in the world’s loving religions are to be held in high regard.  Thus, those values can and will lead to deeds that will help us progress to a Heaven on Earth.

We all have an important role to play in this ultimate journey.  Kindness toward ourselves and others is one of those basic values.  Honesty and truthfulness also stand out in my mind, along with justice and fairness in our dealings with others.

Faith is a concept that we all need; but while we are all more alike than we are different, we are all unique.  So, our faiths may take different loving avenues, yet arrive in the same place—to values and more importantly, what we say and do.  My faith is in Almighty God, the Creator of the universe(s) and that little piece of God within each of us and all of us.

The world is getting smaller and we all need each other.  Deeds are the key to progress toward a Heaven on Earth.  What we say and do—all seven billion of us—is crucial to progress in everything from peace to prosperity.  We all need love.  That includes not only self-esteem and love of others, but an orientation of kindness toward others.

Wisdom and Faith Will Guide Us through the Innovation Age

Wisdom and faith allow us to examine these important parts of life with healthy self-esteem and lead a purposeful, meaningful life.  Almighty God gave each of us and all of us a mind, body and little piece of God.  Pursuing wisdom-associated values allows the development of a living faith that is reflected in the way we conduct ourselves.

There is no question that technology can do enormous things in this Innovation Age and that can be quite wonderful.  Education—including wisdom tenets—can and will benefit globally from everything from inexpensive smart pads to human developments on a lifetime basis with human-friendly diagnostic type analysis.

Technology is going to keep marching on at a breaking speed.  It is critical that, on a global basis, we rapidly innovate in other areas of human endeavor in a wise way.  One of these are loving religions of the world while eliminating non-loving “religions” that pervert Almighty God’s enduring, steadfast love.

Another area requiring wise, kind innovation is in governments.  Too many developed nations—including the United States, much of Europe, Japan, even China and elsewhere—have incurred massive debts and obligations in a very foolish, short-sighted way.

This presents the world and many countries with a financial future that is like none other before.  There are 160 nations and globalizations with its interlocking economic ties can, and I think, will allow permanent peace, someday, somehow.  An evolution to a world full of stable, robust, prosperous and efficient, wisely-constructed democracies will bring the permanent peace humankind has always sought.

So, we must innovate in religion, government and education.  Lifelong learning is the key to the exciting future that I sincerely believe Almighty God has in mind for us.  Wisdom must be taught and sought throughout our lives.  Positive values count.  Honesty should be highly valued in all societies and is critical in the proper, efficient and astute operation of democracies.  We must cultivate a lifelong lust for learning.  Reading is all-important as is formal education.  Learning by doing is something that I have done with my writing.

Seek Faith!

Faith is not a given.  We have to strive for it, seeking truth and values over the course of our entire lives.  I believe deeply in God Almighty and the little piece of God within each of us and all of us since the dawn of humankind.  But it wasn’t always that way.

This is the Innovation Age.  We must innovate in our faiths.  I don’t believe we should have one world religion, but we should all have faith in God.