I believe just about everyone suffers from some type of internalized stigma – some much more than others, very much a matter of degree and the source of the stigma. That does not mean that there aren’t many people with healthy self-esteem. But many of these people, sometime in their life, experienced internalized stigma. Overcoming this stigma can and does create both wisdom and that healthy self-esteem.
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.
The role of each of us and all of us is to take an honest, deep, continuing look within and without to all, for the betterment of ourselves, others, and the world. This individual feat is not a one-time event. It is part of our life journey, hopefully and prayerfully, eventually resulting in personal wisdom, a wonderful example and influence from others and steps toward Heaven on Earth.
Our planet is inhabited by humans, and what they do, one by one, million by million, billion by billion, has an enormous effect on our present and future.
In the 21st century knowledge, jobs, and people will be critical. Unskilled jobs, worldwide, will be harder and harder to measure up to these knowledge and people-skill jobs; the good news is that I believe entrepreneurship, knowledge, and people-skill jobs can flourish and become more and more purposeful, meaningful, and appreciated.
Life is like a road, full of potholes, twists, curves, and upward and downward challenges. There is a mystery about it beyond human understanding. It is a matter of faith in our God-created mind, body and “little piece of God” and Almighty God. But the fact that life is a mystery and difficult at times doesn’t mean we should “give up” seeking our calling(s) by God. Throughout our lives our calling(s) will change, but love is the focus for it all. Why? Because God is Love.
We must not blame life or become victims. We must rise up and try, try, and try to maximize our potential—for ourselves, others and God.
The reality is not that life is easy or even should be easy. The goal of all of us is to maximize our potential, and the core of that struggle is love and faith—faith in God, ourselves and others. Never give up to suicide, crime, or any other unworthy activity. Of course, we are all human and imperfect in ourselves. But we should try, try, and try to reach toward love, and eventually Heaven on Earth.
How do we do this? Our spiritual leaders—globally for loving religions—are an important key. These religions must emphasize that what we say and do is of primary importance, followed by our values, and then our beliefs. I believe that too often religions tend to overemphasize beliefs to the detriment of values, but most importantly, also to the detriment of teaching the importance of what we say and do.
Each of us and all of us has a magnificent role to play in this global drama. We all have our strengths and weaknesses, but a world full of stable, robust, and prosperous nations would be a world of permanent peace, but that’s not all. Prosperity breeds prosperity, especially with the wonderful very real and positive force of globalization. I am speaking of free, fair trade which will allow miracles to happen, especially in the poorer, developing nations of our world. But it will benefit us all as we reach toward Heaven on Earth.
None of us is perfect. But truth and wisdom are goals that we should seek, day by day, month by month, year by year.
I am an optimist at heart.
Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
That statement is very true to the people who are in abject poverty. They must live by their wits and their imagination. Get them a Grameen micro loan—especially groups of women—and let their imagination, determination and persistence wipe out their poverty, for themselves and their children.
Imagination in high technology can sometimes require a high platform of formal learning. For instance, no one is going to be highly imaginative in terms of advancing something like quantum physics without taking a physics course.
So, imagination is important at all levels of human endeavor. But higher and higher knowledge platforms are necessary in The Innovation Age.