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A Connected Earth

Attaining World Order

I’ve read and I plan to write a lengthy review of World Order, by Henry Kissinger.  It’s quite informative and interesting, but so much of the book is taken up by wars, balance of power, and such with very little devoted to globalization and the fact that governments do not compare in size with private businesses in most places in the world now. World order today includes Apple, Google, ExxonMobil, and on and on.  And small businesses in total make even more of the total economic action globally.

Governments should be democratic, but they should answer to the people, not the other way around with onerous taxes that inhibit jobs and opportunity and regulations that stymie our freedom. If people can be trusted, onerous and complex regulations would simply not be needed, wanted, or economically efficient.  Humanity as a whole, therefore, must work toward attaining wisdom so that people truly will be trusted, and the burdens of overly complicated laws can be lifted. Our “world order” will improve as a result; that is for certain.

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.

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.

An Ambitious Calling

Both President Reagan and Gandhi were ambitious, and I am, too.  I seek to be a pathfinder toward heaven on earth.  It may involve political endeavors within the Republican Party and/or a path more like Gandhi.

The world is full of ambitious people of all degrees.  All seek freedom and liberty.  Read “The Case for Democracy.”  Life is not a straight line, up or down or sideways.  It is full of twists and turns, and all sorts of challenges and obstacles.

The goal is The Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”  This is simply said – yet difficult to apply throughout and consistently.  Nonetheless, it is critical to reach toward Heaven on Earth.

Almighty God loves each of us and all of us with an enduring, steadfast love.  This enormous presence is within us, too – in our mind, body and “little piece of God.”

We each have an important role to play in this inevitable and loving march toward Heaven on Earth.  I wish and hope to be a pathfinder for others.  Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote quite eloquently what I have in mind, “Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

I hope and pray that I will leave a trail that many can see and have the freedom and wisdom to decide for themselves whether to follow my trail.  The essence of life is to seek truth and wisdom within oneself and others – to be kind to oneself and others.

God marches with us, in us, and for us.  Recognizing God in our values is good, but more importantly, God should be present in our behavior. God cares deeply about each of us and all of us, as well as how we treat ourselves and everyone else.  My God is not judgmental.  My God has led us from very brutal, barbaric times to our 21stcentury.  Of course, there is still much to do.

I believe sometimes the hard way is the best way.  What do I mean by that?  Suffering can and oftentimes leads to wisdom and a more balanced, purposeful life.

As I wrote before, we each have an important role – to be kind to ourselves and others.  This involves things that are difficult, self-discipline and delayed gratification.  Kindness is not only a momentary phenomenon, but one of short-term, mid-term and long-term tenacity.

Perfection is not an attribute of us humans – certainly including me.  But I do try and so must you.  The wisdom-associated values of Copthorne MacDonald are essential on our quest toward Heaven on Earth – empathy, truth, honesty, justice, cooperation, peace, compassion, universal well-being, creativity and general knowledge.  This is a march, not a dance or an easy reach.  At the same time – continually, moment to moment – we must reject Copthorne MacDonald’s negative values – selfishness, hate, revenge, envy and greed.

I go back to the song, “What the World Needs Now is Love – Sweet Love.”  Perhaps it’s a song that is dated, but to me it’s timeless – ready for prime time now and in the future.

 

Positive Values: Justice

I have come to believe that restorative justice rather than retributive justice is the proper path toward a Heaven on Earth.  We just cannot give up on anyone.  I don’t believe God turns away from anybody.  We must strive to empty the prisons while at the same time restoring all there to be productive, law-abiding and moral citizens.