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Mental Illness and Kindness

The stigma of mental illness must be eliminated as more and more of humankind knows more and more how to treat them – just like breast cancer, diabetes, and on and on.

One by one, we have our strengths and weaknesses.  Trying to accept others as they are, perhaps helping them with some form of kindness – is an important part of the formula toward Heaven on Earth. Kindness is just the opposite of hate and allowing and promoting it within ourselves and others is what makes the human condition capable of a joyous state – through ups and downs. So, please join me is spreading kindness as we march 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.

Cultivating Good Behavior, Values, and Beliefs

I find myself thinking really big.  We are in The Innovation Age and we must innovate in all human activities, including government, education, religions, business, and science.  At the same time we must allow our spiritual leaders and others to help everyone, first, to improve our behavior (what we say and do), second, to work toward establishing the wisdom-associated values while shunning negative values, and third, to have a foundation of beliefs that supports good behavior and positive values.

What we say and do is all-important, and with which I believe God is most concerned.  Professing good values and beliefs is meaningless unless it is reflected in our behavior.

It takes time, effort, life experiences and help from many people—spiritual leaders come to mind immediately—to develop wisdom.  Genuine wisdom also eventually develops self-discipline and practices delayed gratification.  Resilience is also a quality that accompanies wisdom.

Faith in God is important to all.  I think that those who do not grow up with a careful cultivation of values, beliefs, discipline and delayed gratification have a much harder time reaching a wise level.  Kindness to ourselves and others is a key to wisdom.  The principle of earning one’s way in the world is also important.

We all have an important role in the march of destiny toward heaven on earth.  Yes, each person’s importance just can’t be over-emphasized.  Each of us and all of us has a “little piece of God.”  So, it is not me or you or anyone else who is critical in the march toward Heaven on Earth.  It’s all of us.  Yes, all 7 billion of us.

The world needs love, compassion, kindness, behavior, values and a foundation built by spiritual leaders who espouse the above.

Negative Values: Selfishness

This is my first in my series on the five negative values.  Selfishness may appear very early in children; particularly if sibling rivalry is involved.  Of course, it can and is present in all ages.  But it is a negative value that must be diminished and finally eliminated for us to reach a Heaven on Earth.  We must, globally, recognize this quality as a value to combat, one by one.  All human entities should be engaged in this worthy quest.

Now I don’t consider it selfish to strive for success and financial rewards as long as there is a balance with the positive values such as compassion.  It takes another positive value—honesty—to root out our own selfishness and turn the tide to values like justice.  Selfishness is not a value that will be eradicated globally in a very quick or easy fashion.  But as President Reagan said, there are no easy answers, but there are simple answers.

Positive Values: Compassion

This value is essential on that path toward a Heaven on Earth.  It encompasses compassion directed inwardly, as well as for others.  Healthy self-esteem is important; without it, it’s difficult to have healthy compassion for others.  Compassion should be expressed in both our words and deeds.  Doing so will bring us closer to many of the elements of Heaven on Earth, including peace, racial harmony, spiritual harmony and gender harmony.  Compassion shown to animals and to the natural world in general, will benefit our goal of ecological harmony.