Monthly Archives: September 2013

Positive Values: Creativity

We all possess creativity to one degree or another.  The foundation for the greatest creativity requires a lot of knowledge; but remember what that genius, Albert Einstein, said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

Directing one’s imagination toward production and fruitful endeavors, rather than such pursuits as crime or the harm of others, is all-important.

Positive Values: Universal Wellbeing

This particular value is not stated, to my knowledge, in the ancient books of the world’s religions.  However, I am sure it is implied.  We need to think of ourselves as world citizens along with our many other identities.  We need to cheer for all others!  We really can do this if we allow our good values to reign.  And, it is in our own best interest for wellbeing to be universal.  Universal wellbeing can help promote peace and security, as well as racial harmony, spiritual harmony and gender harmony.  It is also crucial to our health, an important element in our quest for Heaven on Earth.

Positive Values: Compassion

This value is essential on that path toward a Heaven on Earth.  It encompasses compassion directed inwardly, as well as for others.  Healthy self-esteem is important; without it, it’s difficult to have healthy compassion for others.  Compassion should be expressed in both our words and deeds.  Doing so will bring us closer to many of the elements of Heaven on Earth, including peace, racial harmony, spiritual harmony and gender harmony.  Compassion shown to animals and to the natural world in general, will benefit our goal of ecological harmony.

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.

Positive Values: Cooperation

We need to learn how to work with other people, nations, corporations, etc. with goodwill, honesty and genuine empathy.  Thus, some values such as honesty and empathy reinforce other values much like some of the elements of a Heaven on Earth support other elements.  An example is spiritual harmony leading to greater peace and security.

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.

Positive Values: Truth and Honesty

These values are so basic.  First, we must be honest and truthful about ourselves, something that is much harder than it appears on the surface.

Being honest and truthful with others is also quite important and difficult, too.  Why is it hard?  Too often one can say things that we know consciously or subconsciously the listener(s) wants to hear.  Politicians have a particular problem with these values because they are so often very dedicated to their own election or re-election.

Positive Values: Empathy

This is a wonderful value and I believe that it should be differentiated from sympathy.  Sympathy encourages victimhood; and if it involves something that is major in our lives– such as race–it can lead to wasted lives.

Adversity of all types can be overcome and in doing so an individual very well may gain the resilience to conquer other challenges in life.

Empathy encourages one to overcome obstacles and is a very positive value for both the giver and recipient.

From Innovation to Spirituality

We are presently in The Innovation Age.  This will eventually to a spiritual age, which will be a Heaven on Earth.  A Heaven on Earth will evoke kindness, compassion and love to and from all of us as we act with mutual respect, friendship and admiration.  We must innovate in deeds and faith—worldwide—with a deep appreciation of ourselves and others.  That certainly doesn’t mean that we should all believe the same things.  The values that are present in the world’s loving religions are to be held in high regard.  Thus, those values can and will lead to deeds that will help us progress to a Heaven on Earth.

We all have an important role to play in this ultimate journey.  Kindness toward ourselves and others is one of those basic values.  Honesty and truthfulness also stand out in my mind, along with justice and fairness in our dealings with others.

Faith is a concept that we all need; but while we are all more alike than we are different, we are all unique.  So, our faiths may take different loving avenues, yet arrive in the same place—to values and more importantly, what we say and do.  My faith is in Almighty God, the Creator of the universe(s) and that little piece of God within each of us and all of us.

The world is getting smaller and we all need each other.  Deeds are the key to progress toward a Heaven on Earth.  What we say and do—all seven billion of us—is crucial to progress in everything from peace to prosperity.  We all need love.  That includes not only self-esteem and love of others, but an orientation of kindness toward others.

Wisdom and Faith Will Guide Us through the Innovation Age

Wisdom and faith allow us to examine these important parts of life with healthy self-esteem and lead a purposeful, meaningful life.  Almighty God gave each of us and all of us a mind, body and little piece of God.  Pursuing wisdom-associated values allows the development of a living faith that is reflected in the way we conduct ourselves.

There is no question that technology can do enormous things in this Innovation Age and that can be quite wonderful.  Education—including wisdom tenets—can and will benefit globally from everything from inexpensive smart pads to human developments on a lifetime basis with human-friendly diagnostic type analysis.

Technology is going to keep marching on at a breaking speed.  It is critical that, on a global basis, we rapidly innovate in other areas of human endeavor in a wise way.  One of these are loving religions of the world while eliminating non-loving “religions” that pervert Almighty God’s enduring, steadfast love.

Another area requiring wise, kind innovation is in governments.  Too many developed nations—including the United States, much of Europe, Japan, even China and elsewhere—have incurred massive debts and obligations in a very foolish, short-sighted way.

This presents the world and many countries with a financial future that is like none other before.  There are 160 nations and globalizations with its interlocking economic ties can, and I think, will allow permanent peace, someday, somehow.  An evolution to a world full of stable, robust, prosperous and efficient, wisely-constructed democracies will bring the permanent peace humankind has always sought.

So, we must innovate in religion, government and education.  Lifelong learning is the key to the exciting future that I sincerely believe Almighty God has in mind for us.  Wisdom must be taught and sought throughout our lives.  Positive values count.  Honesty should be highly valued in all societies and is critical in the proper, efficient and astute operation of democracies.  We must cultivate a lifelong lust for learning.  Reading is all-important as is formal education.  Learning by doing is something that I have done with my writing.