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The Importance of Fair, Just, and Lawful Democracies

Think of the two “democratic” leaders who are crucial to continued peace in Europe.  President Putin has had opponents poisoned and has impeded free press and freedoms in Russia.  And then consider our own President Obama.  He overtly used the IRS to persecute Tea Party opponents during the election year, 2012, and beyond.  And he had the gall to announce that he was going to use a pen and phone to govern–I would say violate our constitution.
    So now we have these two leaders at a crossroads in international law and Ukrainian sovereignty.  This is not the way to reach toward heaven on earth.  Constitutions and laws matter.  As one of our wise founders, President John Adams, stated, “A government of laws, and not of men.”
    I am concerned that the lack of wisdom and goodwill will eventually lead to military actions in Europe, something that the United States gave much blood and treasure to avoid, and which President Reagan, as well as President H. W. Bush, worked adroitly to avoid.
    Long-term peace and prosperity in Europe must be the goal of these flawed leaders.  There are seven billion people on our planet to consider.  Selfish, emotional and lawless acts must be avoided by all.

From Hurting…To Helping

We must transform the world from people hurting people to people helping people, whether one is speaking of nations, corporations, other human entities or individuals.  There is an innate sense within us that seeks to help.  Let’s see that part of us reign—one by one, million by million, billion by billion.

There is no question that each of us and all of us have an enormous role to play in that inevitable march toward Heaven on Earth, which will include peace and security, freedom, democracies, prosperity, gender harmony, racial harmony, spiritual harmony, ecological harmony and health as well as moral purpose and meaning.

The road ahead probably won’t be easy.  But it will be enormously rewarding to everyone on our planet.

God is with us.  Who can really believe that we can’t succeed?  The world is getting smaller and smaller as globalization and technology march forward.  Let us adopt the wisdom-associated values of Copthorne MacDonald and shun the negative values he identified.

First, we must strive to say and do the right thing.  My belief is that God cares about this most.  We should live “The Golden Rule.”  Second, we must cultivate the values referred to above.  Third, beliefs that support these values and behavior must be respected and adopted one by one as each person’s whole being sees fit.

After a long spiritual journey, I now describe myself as spiritual, but not religious.  At the same time, I find so much truth, wisdom and values within the loving great religions of the world.  There is no question in my mind that the spiritual leaders of the great loving religions are all-important in our march toward Heaven on Earth.

Positive Values: Peace

I often talk about peace as one of the elements of Heaven on Earth.  Generally, I refer to peace and security and how they relate to citizens within nations.

When speaking of positive values, I refer to a sort of personal inner peace.  Inner peace as an individual is similar to peace globally because they both require a balance of many parts.  Individually, each person of us has a mind, body and “little piece of God” since the dawn of humankind.  Balance in those three components is critical, yet only the beginning of achieving inner peace.

Our relationships with other people—just like nations’ relations with all the other nations—require honesty, truth, empathy and all the rest of the positive wisdom-associated values.

Why Not Help Rather Than Kill?

Why don’t we think outside the military box in Syria?  Why don’t we help Syrian refugees in every way possible–our government and others, private entities like Doctors Without Borders, a world-wide positive nonviolent effort.  This would be a much more humane endeavor than a risky unilateral military strike by the United States.  It would be like the Marshall Plan after World War II–contrasting greatly with the use of chemical weapans and other warfare against civilians.

Syria: Military Action is Not the Answer

In Syria the “answer” is not military action although the threat of it should be apparent to Assad, the knave who ordered or allowed the use of chemical weapons in genocide of his own country’s citizens.  World opinion—including Russians, Chinese and Iranians—should turn on that despicable dictator, Assad the terrible.

The United States and the developed world can’t afford a war in Syria.  War is expensive and the outcome is uncertain, especially beyond the very short-term.  From a humanitarian viewpoint, too, war in Syria is not advisable.  Violence begets violence.  Kindness begets kindness.  But with people like Assad the terrible, the realistic threat of violence and every other form of sanction is sometimes propitious, such as now.

How in the world did a person such as Assad go from the noble profession of being a doctor to being a perpetrator of genocide?  What a terrible transformation.

I was in Syria the day that Assad’s father, the previous dictator, died. Sirens wailed and I really didn’t understand the occasion.  In America the passing of presidents such as President Kennedy were marked with beauty, remorse and ceremony.  We mourn the death of our elected presidents.  I always thought it quite odd the sirens sounding on the death of the dictator, “king” Assad.

Let’s Get Seriously Informed about Syria

There was a very insightful opinion article in The Wall Street Journal this morning, August 31, 2013, by Elizabeth O’Bagy, a senior analyst at the Institute for the Study of War.
    The most interesting observation she makes after several trips to Syria is that moderate opposition groups are carrying on a good bit of the fighting against Assad forces.
    I will not try to retell her quite analytical and knowledgeable account, but it’s obvious that the radical Mustlims don’t dominate the civil war against Assad.  They do have a presence in some areas–particularly in Northern Syria.
    I believe now is not the time for swift military action by the United States, but rather a propitious time to evaluate the use of violence and nonviolence.  Remember what Gandhi said, “Violence begets violence.”  I say, “Kindness begets kindness.”  We are all world citizens who must look at horror at the totally selfish and ruthless dictator Assad.  But sinking to his level may not be the wisest choice, and once a strike has been made from the air, what do we do next?
    It’s time for all of our world citizens to think and pray about genocide and the use of violence against nonviolent citizens in Syria and elsewhere.

Kindness Toward Everyone

Probably all people have some degree of racism.  But the important thing is not to say or do anything that is precipitated by that primitive state.

As humans we often react to those we face.  If they are angry, it may make us angry or upset.  If they show racism it might bring out our own primitive emotion.

But the goal should always be kindness with ourselves and others.  Another important aim is to be honest with ourselves and others.

I’m thinking of Egypt.  Non-violence is important.  So is law and order.  The rule of law rather than either riots or authoritative governments is so necessary to a democracy and a nation’s fulfillment of its people’s aspirations.

One by one, each of us must try to love and help create a Heaven on Earth.  Muslims may want to call it something else, but the nomenclature is not of consequence; only the concept.

Egypt needs the prayers of people around the globe – Egyptians and everyone else.