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The Positives of Globalization

I’ve now read Henry Kissinger’s World Order several times. It’s a wonderful book steeped in history of governments and nations.  But in the 21st century and perhaps in the past, too, private enterprise and trade as well as government actions that influenced those most important parts of human endeavor were greatly under-emphasized. It’s time for that to change.

Globalization can be a good thing because this can lead to stronger ties between countries, as corporations have no military role, which would mean their involvement in the world would be less and less. Humankind must evolve in this Innovation Age in a business-like manner, showing friendship for fellow humanity and good world-citizenship.  There are many examples of corporations who have pursued this route, Aflac being one.

The Time is NOW to Stop Radical Muslims

The barbaric acts of the radical Muslims must be stopped.  Militarily they can not be allowed to go on.  But part of the long-term puzzle is a worldwide alliance of all major non-Muslim nations.  The Sage of Singapore recommended that approach.  This alliance would back the moderate Muslims.  But another piece of the puzzle is the reform of Islam.  The barbarianism must be removed as it does not come from God or Allah.

Now is the time for a Muslim reformation.  The world is too small to allow another genocide, such as those conducted by Hitler, Stalin, Mao, and others, to spread. We must move to nonviolence and eventually worldwide peace.

Democracies, Freedom, and Free Enterprise

I recently wrote some thoughts as I was reading through (for the second time, I think), Henry Kissinger’s recent book, World Order.

Although Kissinger doesn’t say so, I believe he thinks President Obama lost a war that had already been won, even though he had reservations about the nation building there and perhaps in the war itself.  Kissinger does give high praise to President George W. Bush regarding his courage during a difficult time after 9/11. I agree with Kissinger in praising President George W. Bush.

I think the main problem in Iraq, which has yet to be solved, should have been handled by President Obama. A state of force should have been established to allow Iraq to evolve into a stable, robust democracy.

I believe, as President Bush did, that we should aim for a world full of democracies, freedom, and free enterprise.  But I believe unless we are on the defense, non-violence should be our method of ridding the world of dictators and the lack of freedom.

Why the Peaceful Majority Is Irrelevant, by Paul Marek

Paul Marek vividly describes the current brutality of radical Islam and its peaceful victims. He also reminds us how the peaceful ones in Germany became dominated by the Nazis. Additionally, he recites similar slaughters in Communist Russia and China as many other examples of genocide. Peace and freedom are in jeopardy. Listen to these wise words of the present and past. You can find Marek’s original blog below, and on Marek’swebsite. Further, its slightly amended version is printed with permission in my book, “How to Achieve a Heaven on Earth.” For more information, visit my website or find the book online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

 

Why the Peaceful Majority is Irrelevant

 

I used to know a man whose family were German aristocracy prior to World War Two. They owned a number of large industries and estates. I asked him how many German people were true Nazis, and the answer he gave has stuck with me and guided my attitude toward fanaticism ever since.“Very few people were true Nazis” he said, “but, many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.”We are told again and again by “experts” and “talking heads” that Islam is the religion of peace, and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unquantified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the specter of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam. The fact is, that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars world wide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honor kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. The hard quantifiable fact is, that the “peaceful majority” is the “silent majority” and it is cowed and extraneous.

Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant. China’s huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people. The Average Japanese individual prior to World War 2 was not a war mongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of Killing that included the systematic killing of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet. And, who can forget Rwanda, which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were “peace loving”.

History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points. Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by the fanatics. Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence. Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don’t speak up, because like my friend from Germany, they will awake one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun. Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Bosnians, Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others, have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late. As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts; the fanatics who threaten our way of life.

New Hope in India and United States

India has a new prime minister, sixty-four year old Narendra Modi, whose party won the lower house of the Indian parliament outright, a feat not accomplished in thirty years.  He comes from a modest background, contrary to the caste system that has stymied India for so long.

The Congress Party, which was soundly beaten, had generally ruled India since its independence from Britain in 1947.  That party had continually used socialist concepts and the offering of food stamp programs to win votes.  This time it didn’t work.

The median age in India is twenty-six.  These young people want opportunity and jobs, not handouts.  Prime Minister Modi had previously electrified rural areas in the province he governed by building roads, eliminating red tape and engendering rapid and sustained growth in this region.

If Americans want to see the potential in our upcoming elections in 2014 and 2016, I believe we should look to this amazing election in India.  Anti-business forces went down in defeat because the young saw how growth was engendered by business-friendly policies of a truly progressive democratic leader.

America’s young people want prosperity that can only be provided by the private sector, a sector not hobbled by onerous regulations and high, complex taxation.  I realize that our youth also seek green solutions and good citizen corporations, but these are certainly not mutually exclusive from solid, job-creating growth.

I hope Republican leaders take note of this election, and what we can learn from it.  We must all understand that pro-business means pro-jobs, and that’s very pro-youth!

Wise Innovation–a key to the path toward Heaven on Earth

We are in The Innovation Age as clearly seen in technology.  As humans, we must change, too, in all our entities, groups, governments, and religions.  At the same time we must seek the wisdom-associated values and go about ridding ourselves of the negative values (See Copthorne MacDonald’s essay, “The Centrality of Wisdom,” in How to Achieve a Heaven on Earth.

The reality is that life itself is a process of change with many “bumps” in the road.  I had so many severe bumps from 1963 onward.  But, despite the pain along the way, there’s no question that I am much wiser than if my life had been success after success.  That certainly doesn’t mean that I want to go down in defeat.  Quite the opposite, I have important words to impart.  I deeply want to be a recognized and serious pathfinder toward Heaven on Earth.

A world full of robust, stable, prosperous democracies will be a peaceful world, and I fully intend to do what I can to promote that result.  A free, prosperous world will go about solving so many goals: ecological, harmony, health, spiritual harmony, racial harmony, and moral purpose and meaning.  It’s not a matter of possibility.  It’s definitely a matter of will—individually, and nation by nation.

Dedication of everyone from spiritual leaders to public servants to everyone else is essential to this awesome and wonderful undertaking of the ages, the dream of a heaven on earth, which I definitely believe was predestined by Almighty God from our creation.

Non-violence is part of the puzzle, even the abolishment of capital punishment.  Restorative justice, particularly for non-violent criminals, is so much better than revenge.  Non-violence is also crucial in the replacement of authoritative governments with democracies.  Revenge shouldn’t be foremost.  Freedom and democracy are too necessary that backward looking shouldn’t overshadow the opportunity of liberty and freedom.

When I write about prosperity, I am not glorifying materialism or consumerism.  It is just that financial literacy should be taught at all levels of education and serve to stabilize economies worldwide.  That, in turn, helps employment or self-employment or business formation or business growth, a very healthy situation, especially if we are altruistic.

 

A Message about the Syrian Crisis

The White House has said that the use of military force is still a possibility.  On my website,  I now have a letter to President Obama and Congress concerning my alarm at the Syrian crisis.   We, the American people, must draw our red line in the sand and not let President Obama and Congress drag us into another Middle East war.  We can and we must.  A lasting worldwide peace is apparent to me in the not-too-distant future.

But peace requires wisdom, by our President and Congress.  We must not lapse into emotional military actions.  We must reach out in a positive way to the Syrians.

Everyone, President Obama, Congress, all Americans and all world citizens must think!  Think!  Think!  What is our goal?  Is it worthwhile and what are our risks?  Wars are very uncertain and have many unintended consequences.  This Syrian crisis is no different.

I don’t object to a show of force.  I do greatly disagree with a military response to the gassing of civilians.  Let’s be positive in our action.  Let’s be wise.  Let’s be knowledgeable.  If we really think about it, we won’t respond militarily, but instead help the Syrian refugees – not only with government help, but also with private assistance such as Doctors without Burdens.

There’s already been much killing in the Middle East.  Let’s head in a different direction, the road less travelled so far in human history.  The future is all we have ahead of us.  We must take care to guard it from impetuous military actions.

Think! Think! Think!

What is the wise thing to do as far as this serious crisis in Syria?  More killing?  Name calling–labeling people as hawks or doves?  Please!  Think more deeply than that–and I mean President Obama, those in Congress, American citizens and all world citizens, even Assad.
    Revenge is a negative value–one to be shunned.  None of those gassed will be brought back to life by military action by the United States, especially ill-advised if we act unilaterally.  And there can be no assurance that military action by us now will prevent the use of chemical weapons in the future, for instance by Russia.
    The United States must stand for positive wisdom-associated values: empathy toward the millions in distress in Syria, particularly the five million refugees within Syria and the two million outside of that suffering nation; truth and honesty through the world media to all world citizens concentrating not on retribution, but rather the terrible gassing of civilians; justice of a restorative nature rather than a retributive; cooperation by all world citizens to bring this whole Syrian debacle to a peaceful and compassionate conclusion with patience and world opinion, I emphasize-by Syrians; universal well-being in reaching out to those living in Syria and those refugees outside of that nation; and creativity in seeking non-military solutions, especially in the public debates.  This should not boil down to military action or not; instead, use creativity outside of military action.  Lastly, let’s learn a whole lot more about Syria.
    There are negative values also at play in this Syrian drama.  Assad is obviously extremely selfish and most probably filled with hate, greed, envy and revenge.  But we do not have to sink to his level.  Again, revenge will not bring back the dead victims or guarantee the absence of such weapons in the future.
    We should reach to our most creative minds; not just in the United States, but throughout the globe, for non-military solutions.  We must focus–not just shoot!  Our nation must conduct our affairs–especially those involving life and death through military action–with deep wisdom.  We should not just focus on the military considerations.  There are economic consequences too–some that may be life and death for abjectly poor world citizens.    Let’s be creative.  Remember what Gandhi said, “Violence begets violence.”  I say, “Kindness begets kindness.”
   We should reach out to all the Syrian refugees and help them.  That would be a compassionate act.  This reminds me of Hurricane Katrina and the help so many private citizens and spiritual entities gave to New Orleans and the Gulf Coast following that catastrophe.  Thanks again to all of you.  Let’s reach out–within and without the government–to help these Syrian refugees.  Nonviolence works much better than bombs.  Apply the same logic as was applied to the “refugees” of Katrina–reach out and offer aid again.
   Hatred must be dissolved by love.  That may sound sappy, soft and cowardly; but what does one promote, hatred and revenge?  I am a truth-seeker, and I implore the citizens of the world to join me in this quest.  Truth seeking, that’s all I ask.  But I realize that may be a lot if one is used to labeling, something that is happening constantly in ALL our media.  We all have a role–all world citizens–to go to the aid (humanitarian aid) of the Syrian refugees.  To me, that–especially in terms of numbers–is far more important and much less dangerous that military action by us.
   Let’s act like we did after World War II, helping–not killing.  The Marshall plan was so effective in assisting the developed world back to prosperity.  Then, in the 1980s, President Reagan with charm, style and very understated intelligence did so much.  What would President Reagan do now?  I believe he would proceed along the more peaceful path that I am recommending.
    Our role is not to be bystanders.  We are all world citizens and need to seek the truth, all the truths in Syria.  Politics and personalities should be put aside in life and death military actions, particularly in democracies.

Thoughts on Syria while visiting the National World War II Museum

A friend and I toured the new section of the National World War II Museum and experienced the “Final Mission” submarine endeavor based on a true event in the Pacific Ocean.  We also saw “Beyond All Boundaries,” an epic which has come to be my number two favorite film after “Gandhi.”  Tom Hanks narrates the enormous effort of World War II, simply indescribably moving.
    This was a terrible war in the twentieth century which resulted in hundreds of millions of deaths–more civilians than combat deaths.
    The twenty-first century must be different.  Gandhi certainly pointed us in the right direction.
    It’s time for all of us to understand and believe that God made each of us and all of us with a mind, body and a “little piece of God.”  We are all world citizens and children of Almighty God.
    This even pertains to the dictator Assad.  But that does not mean that Assad should be allowed by those around him to kill other world citizens.
    Because every world citizen has a mind, body and “little piece of God,” we have a deep need to love and respect ourselves and others.
    Nonviolence, reason, wisdom, truth, and kindness–the positive values–must overcome the  negative values of selfishness, revenge, hate, greed and envy.
    Remember, there were more civilian deaths than combat deaths in World War II, and each life lost was precious.  That pertains to those people in the Damascus suburbs who lost their lives by chemical means.  It’s sad, very sad.
    But will more killing bring them back?  Should we seek revenge, or instead launch an all out media and diplomatic attack on Assad (the selfish, ruthless and unworthy person in this awful drama).
    We have a longing for others to value us.  They also seek to be validated.  So each life is precious.  Assad should be stopped, but by modern means, not primitive killing.

Out of the 20th Century and Into the 21st Century

 I believe we should not respond immediately to the Syrian chemical genocide, but instead position such forces as necessary and await the next move of that terribly selfish and misguided dictator–Assad.  All the world citizens–including Assad himself–should realize chemical warfare or any violent actions other than self defense are outdated in the twenty-first century.
    Primitive notions of dictators, emperors and such are a dated relic of the past.  We have huge problems to solve (such as global warming and climate change, huge debts and obligations and terrorism).  Coping with civil war and chemical warfare should not be part of today’s human equation.
    World citizens arise–not with violence, but with the wrath of indignation to those who lack a worthwhile respect for other world citizens.
    Values, values, values; positive ones are critical while banishing the negative ones.  It’s a matter of life and death in Syria and other parts of the world right now.