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India: Excerpts from World Order

Review by and Comments by John E. Wade II

Kissinger writes, “No mythic founder has been credited with promulgating the Hindu tradition, India’s majority faith and the wellspring of several others.” India has a population of about 1.252 billion (2013). According to Wikipedia the Hindu population is about 1.029 billion (2001 census). The Muslim number is about 180 million (2011 census). By population India is the largest democracy in the world.

Buddhism was founded in India–I observed the place where Buddha preached his first sermon from which I was told most of the religion originated. Buddhism went from India to Burma, Ceylon, China, Indonesia and elsewhere.

China, until modern times, imposed its customs and culture on its conquerors such that they became indistinguishable from Chinese people. Rather, India transcended invaders not by converting them to Indian religion or custom, but by accepting their ambitions with utmost equanimity; it integrated their achievements and doctrines without awe of them.

Britain had a lot to do with unifying India, especially in modern times. The combination of Gandhi and the core values of freedom within the liberal British society led to an independent, democratic India with minimal violence.

Within a few decades it is projected that India will have a larger population than China (1.357 billion in 2013)

The most exciting current development is last year’s overwhelming election of Prime Minister Narenda Modi and his party. Kissinger states, ”With India, Japan and China all led by strong and strategically oriented administrations, the scope both for intensified rivalries and bold resolutions will expand.”

I hope and pray for these Pacific giants as well as the whole world that there will be free, fair trade in goods and services, fostering prosperity in Asia and globally. The business of governments everywhere should be in aiding businesses in order to engender prosperity for people, not the deaths and destructions of wars.

Henry Kissinger and World Order

Henry Kissinger in his book wrote about how so much information, communications, and data are spreading all over the world, including the news. He worries that wisdom is not being developed. I agree.

Having data and information at one’s finger tips on a cell phone or a computer is not the same as having it in one’s own head, analyzing it and thinking about it, perhaps over a significant period of time.

I believe that a lot of formal learning is long forgotten. But that does not mean it’s unimportant.

Learning to master a body of knowledge/facts/analysis/disciplines in itself can create confidence and motivation to learn and master new things that one encounters.

Mastering knowledge does not meaning memorizing it. It means deciding what part, if any, is important, and if so, how important. This whole process may lead to combining old and new thoughts and creating unique new analysis far from what started the process.

The Perfect Gift for That Ambitious Graduate

Graduates—whether from high school, college or advanced degree programs—are seldom surprised by the gifts they receive.  Picture frames, fine pens, gift certificates to choose their own music, and books—all are favored by loving family and friends, well received by students, but unlikely to evoke more than a moment’s delight, much less continued appreciation.  For the truly thoughtful person, however, receiving a copy of How to Achieve a Heaven on Earth could really begin to make a difference in the next phase of his or her study and possibly even life’s work.

This work, a collection of 101 essays from contributors throughout the United States and abroad, inspired one reviewer to write, “Everyone who cares about the state of the world should take the time to read this book.”  The quality, scope and ambition of the book are clearly evident in Tony Blair’s words, “Idealism becomes the new realism.”

The world is becoming more and more interdependent so that ethical and purposeful graduates at all levels can and must step up in their quest for knowledge, imagination and wisdom.  Character and resilience are more in demand that ever.  The challenges are great, yet the opportunities are enormous.

A Heaven on Earth cannot be secured without God’s enduring, steadfast love, yet that is something that we have always had, still have and will always have.  Humankind has made great progress in practically all fields of human endeavor over the last 5000 years, especially in the 200 years since the beginning of the industrial revolution.

I believe we are now in the innovation age, ideally suited for graduates of all levels to test and experiment with their new levels of education and training.  This is especially true in the United States, a nation of immigrants and their descendents who ventured forth, for the most part, in search of better lives.  That is the stuff of entrepreneurs, inventors, risk-takers and ones who have that sense of reaching out to improve immensely many aspects of life.

The book provides a view of a Heaven on Earth that includes peace, security, freedom, democracies, prosperity, spiritual harmony, racial harmony, ecological harmony and health as well as moral purpose and meaning.  Some of the world’s greatest thinkers, leaders, and writers, from presidents to Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, from leaders of industry to ordinary people, these contributors present the superb writing that weaves a fabric of a serious and hopeful endeavor.

Let the graduates embark on their future with love in their hearts as they discover the pledge, “I will try to love and help create a Heaven on Earth.”  What more could a graduate do to make his life more fulfilling?  Such a pledge allows a leap forward with to a future based on love and dedication to a better world, one by one, million by million, billion by billion.

Give that special graduate a map that doesn’t limit him or her, but rather presents a rational and systematic way to look at the world.  Then the task becomes his or her own, motivating and informing each one of the goals, obstacles, means and faith to literally change the world in a way that we all long for.