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Imagine a World without Death

I recently read  a book about the whole process and history leading up to and including death.  I’ve written that as we move from The Innovation Age to The Spiritual Age, somehow, someway, God will eliminate death.  This book has not changed my mind.  But I will readily write that I don’t have God’s timeline.  Also, enormous difficulties are in our path:

·         Radical Muslims

·         Unsafe debt and entitlements

·         Nuclear warfare and use

·         Lack of water and unsafe water

·         Climate change

These obstacles stand out from others, yet there are many more.

For now, death awaits us, unless we improve ourselves through acquiring wisdom, shunning negative values, conquering internalized stigma and making stupendous advances in peace and security; freedom, democracies, prosperity, gender harmony, racial harmony, spiritual harmony, ecological harmony and health as well as moral purpose and meaning.

Each of us has our spiritual journey.  Sadly, many never take the first step.  Loving spiritual faiths can and do help us on our trek.

The sooner and the more ardent we are about our spiritual journey, the sooner we all will move through this Innovation Age to The Spiritual Age – Heaven on Earth.

The road ahead is uncertain as to its ups and downs and twists and turns; but the destination – Heaven on Earth – is an integral component of my faith.

As Harvey Cox wrote there are three mysteries in our lives – ourselves, others and everything else.  Our duty is, from birth, to seek wisdom and realize fully faith.

This faith must be a loving faith or it just doesn’t come from God.

Loving faith is something we all need, but we certainly don’t all possess.

We’re all children of God and have the free will to do bad things as well as good things.  It’s an honest statement – I believe – that we all can improve.

We have the gift of life and making mine count is what I am trying very hard to do.  I recommend the same for all – to seek wisdom, shun the negative values and realize that love, compassion and apathy are the base of humanity at its best – and why not the best?

I really don’t think heaven on earth is near – there is so much for us to do. But why not?  Humankind has come a long way just in the last 200 years of its 100,000 years of existence.  And I deeply believe God’s enduring, steadfast love is with us eternally.

Free will, in a way, puts humankind’s future in our hands, and that’s true.  But I believe Almighty God and our “little piece of God” will triumph, one by one, million by million, billion by billion.

God has the power to inspire us to allow us to deliver His message of love.

We are in a modern 21st century that can bring us bountiful gifts from God.  It’s His timeline, but we are part of the equation.

Contemplation

Contemplating Our Purpose in Life

Our purpose is first to take care of ourselves in mind, body and “little piece of God.”  If we don’t do that, we can’t help our families, others and God.  This requires self-discipline and the mutual respect between others and ourselves.

The realities of life can range from joy to sorrow and from triumphs to failures.  The poem, “If,” by Rudyard Kipling captures the feelings of this moment in much more articulate fashion than I can.  Truth and wisdom is so important for us individually and collectively.

My therapist told me years ago that my gift was making things simple.  That’s a wonderful compliment partly due to the source, but also due to the content.  Making things simple while still accumulating the essence of them really is a gift.  Thank You, Dear God.

The future is all we have ahead of us.  Part of that journey must include somehow overwhelming the radical Muslims and all other violent people.  Terrorism and crime must become completely absent from our lives.  Only God can guide us along this path toward Heaven on Earth.

I don’t ever foresee the world becoming a “playground.”  But I do see a joy running through our lives with the ups and the downs until we finally reach the Spiritual Age and God promotes and allows love to completely prevail.

Getting Personal

Spiritual and intellectual public service and charitable types of achievements are so important to me.  I would like a third wife to accompany me in the great adventure I see ahead for me, but that, of course, is up to her partly and God. I put myself in the arms of our Loving God and pray not only for myself, but for America and its people as well as all world citizens, one and all.

Yes, I want my life to count.  There is a hero in each of us and all of us and now is the time for that genuine, deep and gracious quality to allow us to do our best, for ourselves, families and others.

Gandhi and I agree, as he said, “Violence begets violence.”  But I believe – and I would think Gandhi would agree – that “kindness begets kindness.”

Our lives are meant to go beyond the superficial and hedonic, although good clean fun helps us along life’s journey. Love in all its manifestations is so necessary for a complete life.  I think of my love for my daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren; the rest of my family, friends, Americans, and all world citizens.  It’s not a superficial or passing fancy; it’s a real and abiding part of me.

Of course, I humbly offer my love to God in thanks for my life and all – I said all – of it.  I accept the disasters of my life and plan to reach for triumphs in the future.

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.

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.

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.

Teaching Wisdom

It’s important for the future of our nation and the world that we educate our young in a neutral way so that as they mature they can become wise, capable and honest voters; and, in the process, elect leaders with those essential qualities.  Values are so necessary in the cultivation of the mind, body and “little piece of God” of our young people.  It’s not just a matter of “getting an education.”  It is crucial to learn and apply the wisdom-associated values: empathy, truth, honesty, justice, cooperation, peace, compassion, universal well-being, creativity and general knowledge.  This must be accompanied by the quest to rid ourselves and our youth, of selfishness, hate, revenge, envy, and greed.  Wisdom can be taught and our spiritual leaders are all-important in this crucial task – globally.  Kindness begets kindness – human to human, universally.

Gratitude

I wrote this blog just after I got home from Sunday school about a month ago.  The teacher ended saying, “We ought to focus on God.”  I disagree.  Almighty God and God within all of us is just incomprehensible to all of us.  But we can try, try, try to seek God’s calling(s) for us moment by moment, day by day, lifetime by lifetime.  It’s what we say and do that counts.

Saying and doing the right things can be developed by cultivating a strong set of values.  The loving religions of the world encourage very similar values.  And, while we can’t really understand Almighty God and our “little piece of God,” we can be thankful to God for all that has been given us.  Following God’s calling is part of how we can show our gratitude.

The View from Above

I was recently looking at a beautiful sight from my plane—puffy white clouds down below extending all the way to the horizon—an inspiring gift from God.  Above the horizon the sky is clear and blue.  From here it is breathtaking and striking, and yet from below it must be overcast and gray.  Perhaps that’s the way life is as we look around below the clouds and see the dull and bad aspects of life, whereas from above God observes the goodness of it all.  Somehow we must venture out from below the clouds and recognize the awesome reality above them.