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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.

The Importance of Positive Values

I have been following the many elections across the globe.  The more I think about India’s election, the more I like it.  As Prime Minister, Modi can and I think will, become a great leader, not only in India, but eventually with great respect globally.

The elections in the Ukraine are encouraging, too; the election of a billionaire who perhaps, hopefully and prayerfully, can’t be “bought” by President Putin.

In Egypt, it appears the “election” of a military authority was without legitimacy as far as genuine democracy.

In Europe, the whole continent (EU) is without direction and the people need the positive values of Copthorne MacDonald and need to shun his negative values – as we all do, but quite difficult there without the foundation of spiritual faith and religions.

A minimum wage law is a form of trickle down government that hurts the unskilled and uneducated poor the most – especially the young, who could work as interns until they gain the skills to rise to better paying levels.

Corporations, in essence, are people, groups of humans similar to other human entities.

The politics of negative values result in negative results, maybe not in terms of achieving election “victories,” but in terms of gaining wise, capable and honest leaders.

The decisive politics of President Obama and the Democrats has and is hurting America.

I support Bill Cassidy, M. D., for the U. S. Senate this year because our nation is in dire need of capable, honest and wise Republicans at all levels in 2014 (including Scott Walker in his re-election campaign as Governor of Wisconsin).

In 2016 we direly need more Republican victories, including the Presidency by Scott Walker.

Let’s address the negative values; hate, revenge, greed, envy and selfishness.  Can you see how President Obama has used those bad values over and over again, especially for the 2012 elections?

He is trying to use them again in 2014 with the minimum wage.  It sounds on the surface that it is a good thing to raise the pay of those on the bottom.  But legislating economies is a very tricky thing.  The truth about legislating a higher minimum wage is that it hurts many who are unskilled, particularly the young who may have little in the way of education.  Businesses will tend to automate more and not hire as many of the unskilled as they would without this “raise.”

Of course, President Obama and the Democrats are fully aware of the real effects of a minimum wage increase.  But they are pushing it to pretend that they are for the people on the bottom.  If they were really for the people on the bottom, they wouldn’t be so anti-business and growth in our economy wouldn’t be so anemic.

Two key drivers of bad policy are:

·       A corporate income tax that is about the highest in the developed world – that is extremely bad for the people on the bottom.

·       Far too many regulations of all kinds.  Again, that is terrible for the people on the bottom because it does so much damage to business formation, existence and growth.  In other words, jobs and increases in pay.

Business is the engine of prosperity in all modern economies.  Invigorated businesses

can and do employ more and more people at better and better rates of pay.  Now that does not mean there can’t be dynamic and clear regulations with simple, low taxation that can be the tempering part of democracies.

Complex, arbitrary, unwise, ornery regulations are the enemy of prosperity – and especially those in the middle class and below.

The media helps and has helped President Obama and the Democrats to foster those unwise business regulations and tax laws.

Albert Einstein stated, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”  I agree with that.  But, the higher the platform of knowledge, the higher the greater the reach for imagination.  Look at Albert Einstein.  He had a lot of physics education.  He did his “thought experiments” with his genius of mind.  But he had the knowledge of his previous education to imagine his superb thoughts.

Truth is one of Copthorne MacDonald’s wisdom-associated values.  Truth and honesty is a difficult path among those running for public office or those public servants already in office.  Why?  Because one is tempted to say what the immediate audience wants to hear – truthful or not.

The truth is that raising the minimum wage hurts the people at the bottom the most.  Yet it appeals to liberals and so many who don’t understand the actual consequences of raising the minimum wage.  Now President Obama understands the negative effects of raising the minimum wage.  But he is – as usual – rallying around the political hay that he might make with this issue.

I’ve written before that President Obama is a superb political hack, but the American people must defeat his plots of politics in 2014.  The stakes for our nation and the world are too high for us to let such tactics win.

It is crucial to America and the world that Republicans win at all levels in 2014 and 2016.  It’s going to take Republicans at all levels to get our nation back on track.

I believe we can do it.  It won’t be easy, not just the elections, but wise, competent, honest governing at all levels.

Like the song notes, “The world needs love, sweet love.”  That does not mean “love” without values or foundational faith.  It means a sort of enduring resilient type of love.

Things that come cheaply can and perhaps normally do end cheaply.  Values and foundations of faith are important to behavior that is pleasing to God.  The role of love in life cannot be overstated.

The Importance of Showing Our Country’s Youth the Republican Way

The elections both this year and in 2016 are critical to our nation, its people, and the world.  Here in Louisiana, I will do my part to help elect a fine Congressman to the Senate, Bill Cassidy, M. D.  This can very well give Republicans a majority in the Senate and help lower the downside risks of the remaining time of President Obama.  That’s very important to Louisiana and our nation as well as globally.

Why?  There are only two things that have propelled our economy (jobs for our young people and everyone else who has been successful in job searches), and they are:

·        Oil and gas advances creating a lot of well-paying jobs and all the jobs that surround those jobs.

·        Thirty Republican governors who have promoted their state economies with sound fiscal policies and job-creating education enhancement at all levels.

I have read and reviewed Scott Walker’s book, Unintimidated, several times.  It has conveyed the message time and time again that sound fiscal policies can mean lower taxes, efficient, yet not austerity-type of government, improved education with flexibility in rewarding good teachers, hiring well and dismissing “lemons” that destroy our youth, and holding teacher meetings without union approval and on and on.  Flexibility is all-important both in managing a business and a government, national, state or local.  Scott Walker understands the importance of this flexibility at the state and local level because he had tremendous problems without it at the Milwaukee County level.

The future is all we have ahead of us.  Young people have a lot of future ahead of them.  They will choose the failed policies of the Democratic party, with ruinous policies evident in cities such as Detroit, and states such as Illinois, or they will choose to elect Republicans at all levels, the leaders of which have shined in the red states with lower taxes, education efforts which are determined and forthright and, in so many ways, success in employing young and old despite national “leadership” that has been at the least, “challenging.”  My hope and prayer is that the nation’s youth will follow the pathway of wisdom in voting for Republicans at every level.

Life is full of surprises, and they’re not all good.  But wisdom is all about navigating the bumps in the road of life, and coming out on the other side with a degree of wisdom and truth.

A prosperous economy can open the possibilities to an abundance of things.  A strong leader such as Scott Walker can also open doors toward Heaven on Earth, a destiny we all seek, and yet  reach only with great sustained effort and God’s enduring, steadfast love.

As a voter in the United States, each citizen has a part to play in this ultimate drama.  I firmly believe that the Republicans have a better plan—perhaps not a perfect plan, because we are all human—but a better plan than the Detroit or Illinois or Obama plan.

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.

Thoughts on Freedom and Every Day Life

Life can and is a struggle, but overcoming adversity – especially over time – can lead us to rewards that just wouldn’t be there if we didn’t earn them.

A world full of stable, robust, prosperous democracies will be a world of permanent peace.  Globalization can help us in many ways, most readily in prosperity.  Free, fair trade is also very important.  Free enterprise is an additional worthwhile and vital component.

Literacy, financial literacy, reading, formal education, and learning by doing are all necessary to grow in this century forward.

Knowledge skills and people skills will be crucial to maneuver the modern age.

We must develop self-discipline and practice delayed gratification in order to cultivate our mind, body and “little piece of God.”

Wisdom can and should be taught – at all ages.  We must look deep inside for the goodness that is surely there.

There are the negative values that Copthorne MacDonald enumerated – selfishness, greed, envy, hate and revenge.  These values must be shunned.

Of course, there is a matter of degree in these values.  Take greed.  I believe it is entirely proper to pursue wealth; look at Bill Gates and Warren Buffet.  They, at least eventually, stood back and used their wealth for worthy purposes.

Another aspect of greed that is critical is whether a person is consumed with greed so that he or she does illegal, unethical or immoral acts to pursue that value.  I look at Putin in Russia.  His is partially motivated by greed, and even more by power.  Power corrupts.  Absolute power corrupts absolutely.  Putin’s corruption is out of hand.  But I will give Putin credit as an unlikely hero in keeping a foolish President Obama from getting us into a war in Syria.

I read a wonderful book, The Case for Democracy.  It was written by a Russian Jew who immigrated to Israel and at one time was a Cabinet member.  The crux of the book is that all humans desire liberty and freedom – regardless of the history of their nation – China, Russia, the Middle East – you name it.  The author defined democracy as being completely free to go into the town square and proclaiming whatever you will without reprisals to you or your family.  They don’t have that freedom in Russia, or in a lot of other places.  I pray that everyone on earth will one day experience true freedom, and I believe that day will come.

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.

Live Your Value

The key to moving toward Heaven on Earth from the Innovation Age is human enhancement—especially the spread of the wisdom-associated values—and the shunning of the negative values, as enumerated by Copthorne MacDonald in his essay in my book, “How to Achieve a Heaven on Earth.”  In his essay, MacDonald explained that wisdom could be taught.  I believe that we need a global effort in that regard.  This would involve families, schools, spiritual entities, governments, all forms of media and every other form of human relations.

The best teaching, I believe, is by doing, especially within the family.  If a parent tries to teach their children values—or practically anything else—yet does not exercise those values and behavior, the result is doomed to failure.  Leading by example works and that is why adopting positive values within ourselves while rejecting negative ones can move mountains.

The great religious leaders in human history not only spoke wonderful values, but they also demonstrated those important rules by living them.  So, the important lesson is to live one’s values, but even to day-by-day improve our values and behavior.  It’s simple; but it won’t be easy.  I believe with God’s enduring, steadfast love and guidance, which I deeply believe has been there since the dawn of humankind, we—each of us and all of us—can at some point develop a future without the threat of nuclear annihilation, climate catastrophe and terrorism as well as all the other potential minefields in our existence.

Positive Values: Comprehensive Knowledge

Only God has comprehensive knowledge.  However, we all possess one degree or another of humankind’s rapidly expanding body of knowledge.  But now, in the 21st century, each individual’s knowledge—and our comprehensive knowledge—must out-race the technology which is forging ahead at a rapid rate.

I think humankind can “out-race” technology, but only if we try very hard to simplify.  Our minds must not be preoccupied with mundane chatter.  We must seek truth and wisdom in order to grow.

Positive Values: Creativity

We all possess creativity to one degree or another.  The foundation for the greatest creativity requires a lot of knowledge; but remember what that genius, Albert Einstein, said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

Directing one’s imagination toward production and fruitful endeavors, rather than such pursuits as crime or the harm of others, is all-important.

Positive Values: Universal Wellbeing

This particular value is not stated, to my knowledge, in the ancient books of the world’s religions.  However, I am sure it is implied.  We need to think of ourselves as world citizens along with our many other identities.  We need to cheer for all others!  We really can do this if we allow our good values to reign.  And, it is in our own best interest for wellbeing to be universal.  Universal wellbeing can help promote peace and security, as well as racial harmony, spiritual harmony and gender harmony.  It is also crucial to our health, an important element in our quest for Heaven on Earth.