Thoughts as We Begin the New Year, 2016

My first thought is personal. I want to marry Nancy and have a beautiful life together till death do us part. Nancy, will you marry me?

I want our lives to be balanced, certainly with fun and excitement—such as attending a winning Saints game. But I want our lives to have meaning and to count. The future is all we have ahead of us, and what is before us is inherently uncertain. A spiritual core allows one to maneuver through treacherous waters without losing one’s values and behavior.

I sincerely believe that Nancy will support me as a pathfinder toward heaven on earth. My hope and prayer is that many others will join in that triumphant march of destiny.

My concept of heaven on earth encompasses ten elements as follows: peace and security, freedom, democracies, prosperity, gender harmony, racial harmony, spiritual harmony, ecological harmony and health as well as moral purpose and meaning. I pray for these goals each night and invite all to do the same.

A new year calls for fresh goals, purposes, meaning—both in a personal sense and in every other way. We are in the Innovation Age and we must innovate in order to outrun the destruction due to artificial intelligence, bio-neurology and all the other changes that are coming faster and faster.

I believe we will survive this onslaught of change. But we can only do it through adopting sound spiritual cores, Copthorne Macdonald’s wisdom-associated values; empathy, truth, honesty, justice, cooperation, peace, compassion, universal well-being, creativity and general knowledge. We must also shun his negative values; selfishness, greed, envy, hate and revenge.

We must all seek the wisdom described above. What we say and do is what counts with God. But we need these values to support worthy behavior and we also need a spiritual foundation for the structure to withstand life’s inevitable challenges.

All human entities must change for the better.

When I asked Nancy to share her life with me, her answer was everything I could ask for; She said “Yes! Yes! Yes!”

 

John E. Wade II

With Nancy’s permission