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Let us practice understanding!
We seek to understand:
The way the voice within us that tells us the good to seek and the evil to avoid.
The ways in which the Supreme Being communicates with us Persons in Sacred writings, through beauty everywhere in creation, and through all the works of art.
The ways in which we can love others and the ways in which we can be loved.
The ways to pray to the Supreme Being for everything and especially how to hear when the Supreme Being answers us.
The way to love knowledge about all things and how to add to the storehouse of knowledge.
The ways to be good leaders.
The way in which understanding might lead to wisdom.
The possibility of not only WHAT but WHO!
Do you sometimes wonder, dear Leaders, why God (the Supreme Being) does not rain fire and brimstone down on evil actions and activities? Is it possible that God is allowing the Persons of Planet Earth to decisively choose GOOD or EVIL and reap the rewards of a new age of justice, mercy, love, and wisdom, rather than the terrible choice of a future of power-mad politics, evil religious zealotry, denying Personhood to the unborn, and the attack on those of other religious? My address is to Leaders who I believe and hope will respond to God's voice calling us all to choose the GOOD choices and actions and GOOD Leadership roles. Turn the evil trends around into blossoming creative GOOD political actions and individual actions of God-led HEROISM, virtue, and love of all Persons everywhere!
Beloved Leaders—at all levels of society—we desperately need you to be heroes and heroines as you lead your families, Communities, nations, and the world into safe waters! Thank you.
Aristotle says, “Ethics is about the GOOD!”
Who we are, and what world we create, depends on our CHOICES!
Our choices are made based on our value and value system.
Now—for your homework, read or re-read Aristotle's Ethics!
Now class, what is your value system?
There is one Supreme Being who loves us and gives us Personhood. We choose to honor other Persons and seek to serve. This is the basis of all we value and all that is GOOD!
OR, there is no Supreme Being, and we are the center of all our life's choices!
OR, we choose to follow a god that inspires us to choose evil.
Stop! Choose now!
the GOOD in all our choices and learn to “know, love, and serve
...A loving, perfect God!!!
A thought on the end of 2018, December 31st:
Much of my blog entries have been about the role of leadership and Leaders in the face of WMD's of all types and powerful forces of evil political and religious ideas and Leaders. Today, let us dwell on the cumulative effect of every single good and evil act.
Just as a garden can become a thing of order and beauty, or a weed patch, by the daily choices of a gardener, so a Person, family, neighborhood, business, city, or country, even the whole world, is impacted by individual acts.
The family home can be a place of love, joy, and mutual support by the mother and father being Persons who began and continued their relationship in love, kindness, giving, and contributing one's Work, thoughts, energies, and devotion to loving and interested care for their children. Or the home can become the opposite when the parents have a relationship based on lust, selfishness, taking, “turning one's face away from the other,” and practicing neglectful and resentful anger at the demands of parenting!
A playground can be a place of good friends or bullies.
A neighborhood can be a safe place for families, a place of justice and peace. Or it can be a place of murders and drugs, corruption, and fear.
A city can be a place where good neighborhood prevail, as well as justice, care for the needy, and creativity. Or evil neighborhoods can prevail, where corrupt leaders dispense evil judgments, their actions are clouded by self-seeking and power-seeking, where fear, murder, and despair fill the hearts and streets of the city!
A religion can bring its followers together in love, mutual support, and worship of a Supreme Being of love and mercy, or it can call some of its followers to be mass murderers, slavers, or destroyers, who are filled with the terrible belief that their acts of hatred towards other religions are blessed by their “god.” Really, their wars with others in their religions are led by power-hungry leaders using religion to control and inspire evil acts in their followers!
A nation's people can lose hope and despair of having good leaders in their cities. Their political life is filled with hatred. Mob rule fills the streets until they create a dictator, who they hope will restore order, and he DOES—at the loss of all their freedom. Then they become slaves of the one-party-rule state!
Leaders everywhere, listen and don't despair! YOU—at all levels—can change the direction of your family, your neighborhood, your city, your country, your world... for the better. Be strong and good ethical Leaders, and hope in our Supreme Being and in each other.
In this time of peril as well as hope for Planet Earth—peril from WMD's in the hands of power-crazed lunatics, and hope because of the wonderful breakthroughs of technology in every aspect of life.
At this time of celebration for Christmas, an idea occurred to me: what if God (the Supreme Being) sent Confucius, Buddha, Mohammad, and Jesus to visit us and give us their collective wisdom about the choices we have in saving our planet and enjoying technological prosperity as we are faced with the greatest crisis in our human history!
I think they would begin by posing a series of questions:
Do you human Persons have a common set of values that allow you to negotiate in an atmosphere of trust? No!
Do you have a common definition of God as the one Supreme Being? No!
Do you recognize that all humans have been gifted with Personhood (a soul!) and are all the same? No!
Have your political and religious leaders adopted systems that are not power-mad or based on total control over their people, who they view as servants of their controlling political and religious group? No!
Are all Persons in all political or religious Communities seen to possess the inalienable rights to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” because of their Personhood? Some, but not all.
The four great leaders speak, “Our suggestion to you is, on the basis of your answers, simple: take responsibility for changing yourselves and your political and religious systems so that a 'yes' answer will be given to the 5 questions in the future, or you will have no future at all!
“We will pray for you.”
We are never alone! We are surrounded by all of our ancestors, loved ones, and friends who have died, plus all the souls of the universe. Also, God's love is in our souls, waiting for us and helping us.
What do our souls do? What should they do?
BASICS! The Supreme Being (God) is a God of love. He gives us souls (Personhood) to join him in loving union forever. If this is true, then we need to prepare our souls for love eternal.
-Learning how to love by letting our souls go beyond the body's desire for sex and going beyond our mind's limited concepts of loving. We should intentionally TOUCH the souls of others with love—no words! As it will be in heaven!
-Is it possible that our ancestors are always available to us—touching our souls? Is it possible that, for instance, our mothers or spouses who have passed not only hear our prayers but are also in communion with us? Try it! Is it possible that the loving touch of our souls is as it will be with God in heaven? That it can and should occur anytime, anywhere, and often!?
-A step further! Could we reach out to enemies like someone who is robbing us, falsely accusing us, or driving their car erratically? Could we STOP, reach out, and seek to touch them with forgiveness and love—no words, just our souls? GO!
-In suffering—in pain, loss, poverty, disaster, accident, a lifelong or temporary disability, etc., do we have the opportunity to TOUCH and be touched by God and countless others like caregivers and rescue workers? God is loving and merciful, and there is no better time to come roaring into our souls than when we are suffering and totally vulnerable!!!
Let us leaders practice touching the souls of our ancestors AND of our present family AND everyone on Earth AND in the UNIVERSE!
I hope I can, through my writing, reach out and touch my soul to yours with the shared love of God!
As all good, ethical Leaders try to create a world safe for Persons everywhere to not only survive but thrive, God is here to help and guide us!
Please consider these following ways:
From the time God gave human beings a soul and made them Persons, God has had a love affair with us. The Supreme Being guided us first into family units, then into tribes. Tribes responded in fear and wonder with rituals and prayers created by their Leaders!
As people built cities and countries, and with the development of the written word, Leaders created the wonderful religious literature that speaks to and inspires us current Leaders to worship the divine in multiple and creative forms together. They created the formal religions we know today that guide, nurture, and support so many of us Leaders today.
These Leaders of the current religions of today try to spend their lives in prayer, holiness, learning, writing, and teaching us Leaders how to Lead nations and individual Persons to create good families, villages, cities, countries, and faithful followers of the GOOD. Thereby Leaders can create the whole Good, Global Community!
All us Leaders are capable of communicating with God if we would only try! We can communicate with God through daily prayer and daily listening to God communicating to us.
God has given all Persons the ability to see and choose the good path or the evil one! As we choose a path, good or evil habits are formed that bring us closer to good or evil. We can intentionally choose to good path, the good habit, the good friendship, the best religious choices, the best Work, and the best investment of our time, resources, and energy.
For Christians, Jesus is the WORD of GOD who can be our Way, our Truth, our Life, and our Light, now and at the moment of our dying. Through a daily reading of the New Testament, we can hear Jesus teaching us that God is our Father, that we must love one another, that we must forgive to be forgiven, that as Leaders, we must seek to serve rather than be served, that everything in our lives, every act, every thought, every joy or suffering, and every event have great meaning if we join with Jesus in “renewing the face of the Earth!!!”
So! What is God's plan? How can we understand what has happened, is happening, or deal with what is going to happen to us, unless we can surmise God's overall plan for Planet Earth and us Persons?!?!
Let us try and approach!
What if God's plan for the universe in general, and the Earth in particular, was to create places where life would flourish and evolve until beings were endowed by God with souls that give us FREE WILL to choose both good and a life of service in God, or evil and self-centeredness?!
So God gave us free will because God wants us to freely choose life eternal with the Supreme Being, worlds and Communities filled with beings capable of love and choosing service to God and one another (Leaders!) OR, of course, filled with beings incapable of love, capable of choosing to Lead others to do all the evil acts and ideas that we see examples of in the world today.
AND it is my belief that the greatest gift that God gave us is good ethical Leadership skills with which we good Leaders INTENTIONALLY try every day and in every way to create a better world, overcoming evil when and where we encounter it!
We must choose! Choose the better idea, path, relationship, or Work, choosing God's way in all things!
We all are either part of the solution, or we are the problem!
Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday, celebrated in the United States once a year at the end of November. It has become, sadly, much more about shopping and eating.
Leadership needs to INTENTIONALLY elevate Thanksgiving to a Sacred celebration, a family giving thanks to God (Supreme Being) for life as Persons, for the abundance of food and shelter, security, peace, and for one another!
Let us Leaders, everywhere, make THANKFULNESS and GRATITUDE an important part of our relationship with God, Persons especially family and close friends, and everyone who Works for us, gives us service, provides us protection, rescues us, or heals us, etc.
Leaders lead first of all through supporting or changing their followers' ideas (ethics) or priorities. A Father and Mother of a family lead by example and direction to make a priority of love, kindness, good habits, hope, love of God, virtue, charity toward those in need, and Work, for example.
The greatest current barrier to creating a worldwide Community of love and care for one another, mutual support, and peace is a failure to realize that we are all ALIKE and that we are all made Persons because God has given us each a soul.
Let all Persons in the world decide themselves and lead all the Persons in the world to adopt the following Pledge of Solidarity and Unity!
In order to create a worldwide Community of mutual support, kindness, and love, I PLEDGE to:
-Recognize that there is one Supreme Being (God),
-Recognize that God has given every human being on Earth a soul—the same soul that makes us Persons who are ALL the same!
-Recognize that if I join others in a loving belief structure and service-oriented activities, then I could contribute to the ultimate salvation of Planet Earth in the future and a love-filled world in the present.
As a Good, Ethical Leader, I pledge to provide help to those victims of violence, provide safe havens and shelter to those fleeing the horror of war-torn countries and Communities, and I pledge to pray to our loving and merciful God for a religious and ethical change of heart of violent Persons.
The Pledge of Hope:
Let us pledge to give hope to each other and to the whole world, speaking and choosing ideas and actions that create harmony, betterment, healing, friendship, love of others, service to others, and creative and effective Work and works, thereby creating in the hearts of all Persons everywhere...
A wellspring of hope,
For the future.
This entry is especially addressed to the men and women of child-bearing ages.
I hope that if I propose to you the terrible steps that lead to a young woman's decision to abort her child, that you men and women (as well as boys and girls) might get off the PATH to abortion.
The “Path” consists of some of the following ideas, values, and habits that lead to abortion and the death of a child!!!
The slowly developing idea that God is not an important presence in their lives.
Because of #1, the failure to understand that we are not only animals, but that we are Persons—with the God-given gift of a soul. Failing to understand that we have a purpose, with the responsibility to have a lifestyle that prepares us to live with a good and merciful God forever.
Becoming, gleefully, part of the idea that sex is “fun,” that it's merely a passing fancy, that it is never a sin or evil, and that sexual partners are whatever we want them to be before, during, and after sex, including a “one-night stand!!!”
That premarital sex is clearly OK as long as there is a good chance for there to be a wedding, even though it's just a 48-hour party and marriage is something that we will work out as it unfolds!
That, if an unwanted pregnancy happens before or after marriage, then, if we decide, we can get help to kill the child (called a fetus!) and dispose of the “remains.”
That's all there is to it. No sin along the way, even starting with the first terrible act of turning our faces, souls, and minds away from God, then drifting into a world of LBTQ[etc.] and leaving church affiliation, family guidance, and/or pressure. The holy seems “prudish,” the Holy Bible is just “good reading,” proceeding to choose bad venues rather than good venues to socialize, and then, of course, drugs or alcohol (to help us keep on an “even” keel etc., etc.) while we continue on our downward Path.
On the other hand, a good “Path”:
We could choose God and Personhood as Core Values and define our relationships with the opposite sex (or with anyone) as a chance to develop all the following: TRUE and LASTING FRIENDSHIPS that grow stronger, loving, focused on others, wonderful, and blossoming into marriage, family, children, praying together, and a life of good, ethical leadership.
In my beloved USA, and my beloved Catholic Church, I see devastating havoc being caused by the sudden search for sins on the part of priests and mostly male celebrities. What I beg the leaders of these media-fed frenzies is to stop and consider the following questions and thoughts:
-Are you sure that your justifiable hurt and suffering caused by the sinful predations of 20 or 30 years ago justified the outing of those horrors causing the current destruction of the lives, careers, families, etc., etc. of your predators who are trying to live lives of service and work that benefits society?
-Does there exist a need to consider the law of proportionality in each instance, so that that evil act of the past does not spread even greater evil in the present through your actions?
-Please consider whether you victims are also called to forgive and not to seek vengeance!
-What is the effect of joining your cause together in a worldwide movement to assert the rights of women and to not be victims? Have you carefully considered the effect on the leader-subordinate relationship of today, and how this will bring doubt and fear into those relationships, even destroying them when there are only good intentions present?
-How does this attack on the hierarchy of the Catholic Church affect their ability to bring the grace and comfort of the sacraments to its billion souls, especially when the trust in the leaders of the Church from pope to priest is being systematically destroyed by the way in which the sins of the PAST are used against the PRESENT Church!
-Please let wisdom help you see and understand the dilemma of the bishop of 30 years ago. It was the midst of a sexual revolution of the '60's and dealing with the onslaught of sexual predations by priests. What to do?! On the one hand, all he could offer to the child and the child's family is shared sorrow and hopefully outrage. On the other hand, the priest is a soul in trouble, and he can provide a lifetime of service to the Church and thousands of persons. The bishop, encouraged by the current mentality of that time in the Church, opted for saving rather than destroying the priesthood of the priest.
-Be careful, leaders of this feeding frenzy, that the evil done to you now or in the past, can be buried in the past. “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Also, will your legacy of your current actions mostly help or hurt women in their leader/subordinate relationships, now and in the future?
If there is NO Supreme Being, then all that happens is random and devoid of both meaning and hope!!
God (the Supreme Being) gives us:
-The universe, with all its wonders!
-The planet Earth, with all ITS wonders!
-A soul—which is given by God to all human beings—with the same hope, promise, and invitation to worship God in this life and forever, both with and in God.
-The freedom to choose the path of love, justice, virtue, and God... OR the path of SELF—using others and this life to embrace evil and vice.
-A good guardian angel, which helps us choose good. God also allows an evil spirit, which tempts us endlessly.
-The beauty and bounty of the Earth, to nourish our souls with beauty and our bodies with water, food, and shelter.
-The gift of loving relationships with OTHER PERSONS, which provides the Leaders who create good families, Communities, nations, and civilization where good acts drive out evil ones. God also allows us to have corrupt and corrupting relationships with other Persons, bringing about evil Leaders which bring us famine, wars, hatred, etc., etc.
-An ever-searching and learning intellect which brings us, for instance: good theology and philosophy, good concepts like Personhood and democracy, as well as evil concepts like defining their Supreme Being as telling them to hate any strangers (infidels!) and telling them to conquer, kill, subjugate, enslave, etc., etc., creating Hell on Earth.
-The Supreme Being encourages us to bond with dogs and create relationships with cats!
-The Supreme Being gives us a sense of humor.
Planet Earth is at THE CROSSROAD!!! Exploding technology gives us a chance for a very hope-filled future, or... Armageddon.
Who are the deciders in this drama:
GOD. If there is a Supreme Being, then God is providing us with the ability to CHOOSE! God is letting us decide the future of the planet. We can ACT or NOT ACT!
The Leaders of Planet Earth. Leaders at all levels must participate in the process of saving our world. If they don't, they have chosen to not save it. Participate in the hope-filled future, or surrender to the horrors of technological suicide!!!
What a wonderful—or terrible—time to be alive on this planet!
I hope that you leaders of nations will consider some negative side effects of the use of technology on its users and how they magnify the threat of WMD's to humanity. Please do not delay taking action and ridding the world of WMD's.
I believe that the incredibly forceful impact of technology on its users is changing the way that techies (everybody, almost) think and act.
The instant reward to a tech program is addictive. It takes over as primary reward that is sought after in us techies' life. I consider my crossword puzzle habit as an addiction.
When? Where? How?
In television, movies, computer games and programs, news media, and tech gadgets like Amazon Alexa, the rate of information is speeding up dramatically. Many ads on TV are using one second or less image changes, demanding the total attention of the receiver. The new Amazon Alexa gives instant information response to questions that used to take hours or more to find in a dictionary, map, or book.
Final drafts of complicated reports are typed, printed, and faxed in minutes, pulling together data from hundreds of sources in seconds. Contact with friends, family, and business associations are in seconds—WORLDWIDE!
Since the invention and widespread use of the telephone, telegraph, radio, television, Internet, and the worldwide dissemination of news, entertainment, along with personal and business contacts, we've gone from snail mail to instantaneous!!!
The impact of these wonderful inventions have made:
-Great positive impacts on science, medicine, politics, comfort, entertainment, and on people everywhere.
-Great negative impacts on warfare, spread of disease, illegal drugs, crime, thefts of technology, spread of evil ideas and corrupt concepts, and harm to the environment, all living fauna and flora, and on our air and water.
-That's not the worst, dear leaders!
Mobile phones and computers have spread the power to act for good or evil to everyone, including people on all levels of nations, businesses, and organizations.
I beg you leaders of nations to:
-Recognize what these changes mean in regard to WMD's.
-Recognize that, at any moment, some techie underling could blow up the world, kill half the world's population, start rumors that turn our streets into never-ending horrible riots, and destroy our systems of finance, power generation, communication, transportation, and food production, ETC!
WHAT??? TO??? DO???
At least, big leaders, take a giant step and attack the problems faced by WMD's!!!! Try taking the steps given in my previous blog entries, or, I am sure, take advantage of better plans you already have on hand.
ACT, or surrender the fate of your children and grandchildren into the hands of a genius but stupid and uncaring techie who wants to “press the button” to get a big, instant reward!!!!!
The decision of the 9/11 murderers to commit mass murder on 9/11/2001 was an evil decision and could not have come from an all-Good Supreme Being. It had to have come from that part of Muslim theology that is TRIBAL and believes that all non-Muslims are infidels who must convert to Islam or be killed or treated as second class citizens!
In this theology, Muslims rulers in their created theocracies also claim that a tribal god gives permission for Muslims to kill other Muslims.
The Muslim world, and the non-Muslim world, is AFLAME because of these two TRIBAL beliefs!!!
The Taliban, Al-Qaeda, ISIS, and individual mass murdering terrorists daily commit atrocities by chopping of hands, enslaving, blowing up wedding parties and marketplaces, destroying villages and countries, genocide, and suicide attacks, ALL in the name of the Muslim TRIBAL god, the bringer of evil throughout the Muslim and non-Muslim world.
Horror, horror, horror!
If Mohammed were alive, would he want to see his sacred God ----- be the inspiration for these monstrous activities, based on the very few words in the otherwise beautiful and holy Koran?
Now, the world of infidels, including Christians, Hindus, etc., welcome the Muslim victims of these tribal beliefs with protection, help, and the shelter of a global theology that believes in a loving father God. The victims are being brought to a society of Persons that are loving one another, even their enemies.
Muslim religious and political (and tribal) Leaders, I BEG YOU: lead your countries to declare that your God is no longer be a vengeful, murderous God, but a Supreme Being who desires all God's created Persons to love and help one another to build a global family without WMD's, murderous sects and individuals, OR 9/11's.
Dear good ethical world leaders,
Be brave, and don't lose heart in the face of:
The existence of WMD's and their possession by evil political and religious leaders of some nations,
Terrible wars of genocide, religious conflicts, and power struggles over territory,
The theological, philosophical, and ethical conflicts of ideas and beliefs,
The global race toward consumerism and unbridled capitalism,
The fearful impact of fossil fuels, chemicals, and waste products on the Earth's environment,
The growing, corrupting influence of drugs on individuals and political structures,
The unbridled drive for more and more political and economic power,
The spread of atheism and total abandonment of Faith in a Supreme Being,
The global disappearance of commonly held good, ethical and philosophical beliefs and structures, such as: family life, Personhood, justice, mercy, the desire to make the world better, etc., etc.,
The sudden and overwhelming growth in the world's population due to the spread of healing pharmaceuticals and medical knowledge about the need for clean water and clean everything!
Uncontrolled technological development that is creating good and bad but is growing so fast that its true impact is little understood by anyone,
The slow dying of FAITH, HOPE, and CHARITY, and along with them a slow dying of any binding force that unites all aspects of our lives!
The worldwide problem of mass migration and its disruption of global economic, social, and political systems,
The inability of the United Nations to effectively and speedily address these and other problems.
I beg world, political, religious, economic, and media leaders to:
Call a special meeting of the United Nations, with world leaders in attendance, to develop a prioritized list of worldwide problems, along with possible solutions, and beginnings of solutions,
Create globally-mandated organizations to begin addressing these issues with action plans and timetables of implementation,
And all leaders, everywhere, turn towards the Supreme Being and pray for help!!!
If there is a Supreme Being (God), and I believe there is (JUST ONE!), and if the Supreme Being gave human beings a soul (and I believe that God did!), the same soul to everyone, then the ancient experiences with angels seem logical. The belief that God has assigned each one us a special guardian angel is also ancient and is a belief I treasure.
I believe I have conversations with my guardian angel, whom I have named Scholastica (with her permission. In addition, she has agreed to interact with me through the feminine side of her angelic being.
NOW, if you are still with me, I will, from time to time, share some of these “conversations” with you IF I am still communicating with you and not in a psych ward somewhere.
I asked Scholastica, my guardian angel, “How does it work?”
GA: What? (I hear no words, but I perceive clear answers to... my brain? To my soul???)
Tom: You are my constant companion?
GA: I am always available to you to “light, to guard, to rule, and guide” YOU!
Tom: Why? And how does it work?
GA: I am a gift of God to you, who will always allow you the freedom to choose and make good decisions. I have the power of God to protect you from evil beings who have taken away from you your free will.
Tom: Why is that so important?
GA: The life of your soul is all about choices. The ultimate choice is choosing God now and at the end of your life.
Tom: But that means I can make bad choices, and I can choose not to choose God at the end of my life?
GA: (No answer)
Tom: Tell me more about how that works.
GA: The life of every PERSON is filled with good and bad choices, and an often-changing direction toward a good life or an evil one. A Person's good choices, and the good habits make my job a joy-filled one that allows me to load up the good Person's soul with floods of God's love, mercy, faith, and hope. A Person's BAD choices and habits increasingly force me into a defensive role and less and less able to “rule and guide.” A life of evil choices creates numerous big and small accidents and calamities, both spiritual and physical, that I am less and less able to prevent.
Tom: Does that affect you?
GA: I weep, and I weep until the bad-choices-Person dies, and I watch helplessly as the gates of hell swallow the black soul into (???)! I'm filled with joy unbounded as a good-choices-Person dies and is embraced by “The Way,” Jesus, into the light!
Talk with your good guardian angel today. It will change your life, FOREVER!!!
Heavenly Father, heal, with your loving grace, the hearts of the victims of terrible acts of pedophilia and let them not be flooded with hate, retribution, and revenge. Teach them, Jesus, the evil from that horrific act can spread down the years and spawn more evil and despair.
Let them see that there is little or no good in driving a diocese into bankruptcy and attacking people who had no part in that terrible crime committed against you, by taking money that parishioners had given for their parish to function, supply their spiritual needs, and do good works.
Someone once said, “A saint is someone who accepts an evil done to them and does not pass it on!”