At his request, I am reading the manuscript for Martin Rutte’s new book, Project Heaven on Earth. Martin writes that one of the roadblocks in so many people’s minds is that such a goal is “too idealistic,” but he counters with examples of such individuals as Nelson Mandela, Mother Theresa and Lech Walesa. I would add Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., and in fact the list could go on and on—human beings with vision, purpose and meaning, along with great dedication and hard work.
For some reason cynical people amuse me. But to reach for a heaven on earth, one needs optimism, idealism and vision. Of course, small steps in the right direction can be taken without fully comprehending the overall vision.