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How can all Leaders respond to the crisis embroiling the Catholic Church? Acts of pedophilia on children and young persons by priests (and others?) and the widespread cover-up by bishops and the hierarchy of the Church?
And my answer is that all of us PRAY!
Heavenly Father, show your healing power, kindness, love, and grace to all of the victims of terrible acts of pedophilia, lust by priests and others. Let them not despair, lose hope, or suffer mental damage. Let them turn to you, Jesus, and join with you on the cross where they can experience the grace-filled act of saying with Jesus, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do!”
Heavenly Father, fill them with the healing act of forgiveness, so that they might be able to say in the Our Father prayer, “Forgive me my sins as I forgive those who have sinned against me.”
Jesus, let not the evil Person continue to hurt them in their terrible memories, but let them close up that spiritual wound with your grace-filled act of forgiveness and go on with their lives filled with faith in you, hope in you, and love of you!!! Again, Jesus, let not the evil act diminish their love of the Church, which is your mystical body. I hope they share in your wondrous gift of the Eucharist, all the sacraments, and the joy of shared love of you in parish life.
Intentionality is using the power of the will to make things happen, rather than waiting to see what happens.
To begin, let's apply intentionality to leadership.
For 30 years, when I taught management off and on, I began the class with a pledge on the board that began, “I INTEND to BE a good, centered, ethical leader!”
-I intend to believe (have faith) in the existence of a GOOD Supreme Being (God)!
-I believe that God has given us human beings a soul (Personhood) which is exactly the same in all Persons.
-This means that, since our God is all good, then God does not inspire, condone, or support evil acts of hatred or violence against other religious Persons or anyone else.
-I intend to lead others to share my theological and philosophical beliefs because if all Persons shared these values and beliefs, then we could create Communities on a Planet of love and justice.
-I intend to treat Persons I lead with respect, kindness, charity, justice, support, openness, friendship, good instruction, good values, gentle discipline, expectation of creativity and hard work, and support in prayer.
-I intend to grow in a personal direction of good virtues and love of God.
In regard to your comment on the 8/3/18 entry, that Armageddon is not certain, see blog entries:
9/8/14: Theological Warfare or a Global Society: Defining the Supreme Being
6/3/16 and 6/17/16: The Rise of Fear—GLOBALLY!
8/28/17: The Dark Angel and Evil Revolutions
5/29/18: The Immediate Threat of WMD's
In regard to “certain” truths, see blog entries:
9/8/14: The Two Values Hierarchies
7/20/16: Theological Beliefs for Membership in a Global Community
3/20/17: Christian Beliefs on God
1/28/18: Dear Atheists, Please Choose God!
3/10/18: Jesus, the Gift Giver
Now, I'm sure, Kevin, you could do a better job of picking our blog entries that speak to your well-stated views in your blog entry. I answered with blog entries because I want to also invite current readers of our blog to read more previous entries!
Also, I hope you accept my Work of getting global ethical Leaders to accept the existence of “one” Supreme Being, the gift of Personhood for all, that the Supreme Being is ALL-GOOD and does not inspire or condone evil acts or religious intolerance, and that we all (ethical Leaders) should seek to act with love, kindness, and justice to all Persons. We all share in God's plan for all Persons to “recreate the Earth” and share God's life of light and love forever.
When Thomas James (who happens to be my Granddad) dictated "Leadership and the Rapidity of Change in Values," I pointed out some ways that techies are developing technology in a way that protects our values. I also pointed out many of the value-oriented things that people of my generation engage in.
He invited me to write my own reply and post it to the blog.
When confronted with the challenge of creating robots that can act according to our values, programmers and techies are faced with one glaring fact: our values are, and always have been, so inconsistent that it is impossible to boil everything down to simple rules that everyone can follow. For example, we can say that a human life can never be taken, but what to do if taking down one life will save many, like in the case of a mass shooter? Another example would be the commandment "Thou shalt not kill," but the Bible is filled with justified killing. Programming robots to make decisions like this is necessary for the next generation of tech like self-driving cars, but it's extremely difficult to solve these problems.
AND THAT'S A GOOD THING.
Because if there's one fundamental difference between Millenials and Boomers, it's that we are sick of the pretense of certainty. It's not Truth or values we hate, but certainty. We're sick of the Kool-Aid stained corpses that pile up in the temple of "beyond a shadow of a doubt." We're sick of the jihads and Crusades coming from people that believe the entirety of history and even the universe revolves around one person or group in their part of the world.
That's why we prefer to implement less ambitious projects: we prefer Medicare for all, rather than the eradication of poverty through a managed economy. We prefer our nation to the United Nations. We prefer to go to church at the local "Thrive" rather than "The One True Church of God." While there are problems with these projects, that I can't go into here, Millenials certainly have values, and are willing to fight for them.
Millenials are more willing to acknowledge our own and others' perspectives in things and how this changes the perception of Truth. Things like race, gender, religion, and year of birth can no longer be ignored when having our discussions. It means accepting that we are tiny specks of the universe, and to make a claim to certain Truth degrades its purity and epic vastness. Then Truth ceases to become Sacred or even useful.
While times have certainly changed, and the dissolution of the family and religion are worrisome to say the least, even if you only look at the statistics,
I think it is alarmist to say that the change in values will lead to the end of the world.
A few days ago, I celebrated my 86th birthday.
My dear good, ethical Leaders,
Are you experiencing the same culture shock of a society where the young people are being raised in the technological age in which ALL the values of prior generations are not only tossed out, but worse, completely ignored. It is not bad enough that my children and grandchildren have left their religion that we raised them in, but when I try, and I do try, to engage them in values dialogue, they are bored and treat me with kindness until they can get back to their iPhones or computer games or friends who all seem to think alike.
Why do I bring this up in my writing is mostly directed at Leaders and leadership as we deal with a world of WMDs and world leaders crazed with lust for power or praised with religious zealotry? Because, while I am proposing the shared values of recognition of the existence of a Supreme Being and the shared gift of Personhood, and therefore that we are all the same and need to care for one another individually and collectively—the upcoming generation of techies may end up destroying the world to see if it can be done!!!
My appeal, then, is to Leaders of the world to rid the world of WMDs and crazed Leaders and crazed theologies and crazed power mad political systems and nations before the techies and their robotic systems take over!!!
In the meantime, let us Leaders of the ordinary values, teaching vehicles of church, family, neighborhood, media, schools, etc., etc., keep on trying to pass along the wisdom of the past in the hope that God will help us do a better job, or will show this tech-fog-bound generation that they also need to learn the basic values that make a Community work for good, or they will raise a generation of real robots without values which become determined to rid the Planet Earth of “defective carbon-based units”!!!
So many Leaders accept a leadership role when they LOVE and then TRUST:
-A Person can accept the basic leadership role of society: that of spouse and then of parent.
-And then Trust their Communities' choice for them to lead their town, church, volunteer group, as mayor, as policeman, as garbage collector, business executive, soldier, elected president, senator, etc., etc., etc.
-Leadership comes about as a response to Persons accepting their service and acts of love. Then, in order to earn Trust, they must carry out their responsibilities with: justice, love, humility, compassion, competence, faithfulness, openness, trust, honor, kindness, forgiveness, strength in truth, prayerfulness
We, in the role of followers of such Leaders, must give our Leaders (or our spouse co-Leaders): Trust, support, good advice, the gift of Work, discipline, honor, skillfulness, ideas, creativity, acceptance of expanded roles and responsibilities, prayers for ourselves and our leaders, thankfulness, etc., etc., etc.
Leaders and followers Work together to create Communities where Trust is shared based on Love of one another, shared goals, total commitment to our respective roles and responsibilities, and hope for God's blessing on us while we create Heaven on Earth.
If our Planet Earth has any chance of avoiding a nuclear or WMD holocaust, then our leaders must begin to trust and be trustworthy! In order to trust, our nuclear nations need shared values!
A favorite Lao Tzu quote says, “He who does not trust enough, will not be trusted.”
I hope it is clear from previous blog entries that because of the existence of both religious and political totalitarian countries, trust is missing in regard to future uses of WMD's, guaranteeing a horrible Armageddon... unless there is a change.
Despite all this, there is Hope! As I pointed out earlier, “mutual distrust” could give us a breathing spell if world Leaders recognize that the use of WMD's is a no-win scenario. I also see a “maturing” of political tyrannies, leading to increased economic freedom and a change from tribal, religious dominance to politically-run states. This means that a better future is possible!
These transitions are fraught with tremendous hurdles, and those of us Leaders not directly involved can only hope and pray for success and applaud every good sign of good progress by such regimes.
In regards to the crucial ongoing debate about making abortion legal or not...
Consider the prior theological question: is the fetus a Person?!?
Please consider these points:
If there is a Supreme Being (i.e. God) who gives each human being on the Planet Earth Personhood (or a soul), then each one of us the power to collectively create a democratic form of government, formed “by the people and for the people.”
Since this Personhood is God-given, it must be the same for everyone.
So a baby in the womb is a Person.
Therefore, to abort it is an act of murder!
If, on the other hand, there is no God, then:
We are not Persons.
We are animals, only.
We are a nation of laws, which are made by the powerful, the elite. We have no inalienable rights. We have no rights to a democratic form of government.
The question of the right to abort a fetus is a legal one, as is euthanasia, torture, slavery, due process, freedom of speech, worship, etc., etc.
If you have the power to CHOOSE your governing body, then you have a God-given ability to CHOOSE whether to abort an unborn child! So CHOOSE whether you believe in a God-given choice, or an atheistic freedom to kill and enslave whomever one pleases!
Some years ago, I was walking beside a wonderful Benedictine nun who has wakened every morning for decades at 4:30 AM to write a poem!
As we walked, I said to her, “You are so nice.” Suddenly, I realized that she was no longer walking beside me. I stopped and turned to see that she had stopped, and her 5-foot tall, slight frame was behind me. She had a very stern look on her face as she stared ahead and said, “I AM NOT NICE!” She then marched by me, leaving me stunned and awestruck.
“Nice” can apply to dogs and days and decorations, but she had the insight to distinguish between that and KIND, which is a value that is an act of Love between Persons.
This lesson has been expanded my thoughts about Personhood.
IF we are all gifted with Personhood by God, then we must treat each other in a manner different from dogs sniffing each other. We must recognize the wonder of the “other” and reach out to EVERYONE with acts of kindness in all their beautiful forms, from a smile, a handshake, an embrace, or a lifelong commitment to Love and honor.
Let all Leaders intentionally define Work as Gift!
Let all Leaders recognize that the Supreme Being (God) gives us Personhood.
As Leaders of Persons, may we treat our Work and those of other Persons' as GIFT!
The transforming nature of this intentional definition can change our definitions of Work from “drudge,” “a curse,” “a trap,” or “what we as Leaders demand to do for wages,” to an intentional Gift exchanged between two Persons, someone with whom I work, my family, my enterprise, or my society.
NOW, my Work and those of all Persons has Meaning!
NOW, we can become part of God's plan for “renewing the Faith of the Earth,” for the blossoming of Love among all Persons now and in the future.
This definition of Work, when operational, causes the concomitant intentional value of gratitude to blossom!!!
NOW, we as Persons can recognize God's plan of the Works of Creation and Salvation as Gifts for which we are grateful now and for all eternity.
Dear Young, MALE Potential Ethical Leader,
When you choose, hopefully when you are in your teens, between adoring God (the Supreme Being) or rejecting the existence of God, you also choose whether to recognize the Supreme Being's most wonderful Gift to all Humanity—Personhood!
Then if you choose to define individuality as Personhood, then it follows that you must intentionally choose to make the act of love procreative, and not only sexual.
The rejection of the Supreme Being and Personhood means the girl/woman you approach is only, like yourselves, a mere animal. Love cannot flower in the dry dust of animal lust where pornography rules, destroys, and corrupts. The possibility of developing a friendship based on honor and respect for an “infinitely lovable and knowable Person” (St. Thomas Aquinas) disappears!
Choose, dear young man, to sublimate your sexual drive into the shared, love-filled exploration of a friendship that lasts years and even decades!
You will become a man on the day when the woman you have grown to love, loves you totally in return and surrenders herself to you in Trust. AND, you decide for you both that your wonderful friendship can only be fulfilled in marriage.
P.S. Sex before marriage is the death of true friendship between Persons.
For all leaders, there is the ULTIMATE CHOICE: ”How do we define the Supreme Being and God's relationship with us?
There seems to be 4 choices of definitions and of the Supreme Being's relationship with us as a result of that choice:
All Good, powerful, our Father, all merciful, all loving, the Creator, Maker of Personhood, our Savior, ever present, Defender of the weak, Forgiver of sins.
There is no Supreme Being. What? Who cares? End of discussion. If there is no Supreme Being, then I do whatever I want, etc. and POWER IS ALL.
I am my own God, because there is no Supreme Being. Doesn't exist! No one knows. It is an idea created by religions for control of their followers. There is no relationship between God and creation or human beings.
The Supreme Being, God of my religion, is the only true Supreme Being. My Supreme Being is vengeful and tells us that everyone not of our faith is an infidel and therefore worthy of being kill, enslaved, or subjugated. Their kind is to be wiped out. My Supreme Being teaches us that women are lower in status than men in every way. Our religious leaders heed the directions of our Supreme Being and are in charge of all religious, political, social, business decisions and activity. Our Supreme Being tells us to destroy all art, ancient sites, and artifacts of churches. We should torture, rape, and enslave all infidels and send our warriors to commit mass murder.
I choose #1 as my definition of the Supreme Being. If we, as leaders, don't or won't intentionally choose to find our Supreme Being, then we are ALONE all our lives and for our life after death.
If we, as leaders, choose definition #1, then our lives can be filled with hope, love, and wonderful leadership and service of other Persons.
Dear intentional, Good, ethical Leaders,
Does it seem to you, as it seems to me, that many worldwide Persons are treating the Internet as an opportunity for stealing? Stealing:
-Identities, in the millions,
-Money, in the billions,
-Secrets, important ones,
-Pornography, even child pornography!!!
-Stealing reputations, ruining people's lives with or without attribution of authorship,
-Stealing souls by recruiting young Persons for evil plots and communicating their schemes,
-Stealing on a gigantic scale with evil financial schemes, large enough to devastate countries and global currency valuations,
-Etc., etc., etc.
It does seem as if technological evil-doers have a general feeling of euphoria and glee.
“Wow, look what I can do!”
“All's fair in plundering by technology.”
They can create a perfectly evil virus, create an infinite amount of spam, or interfere in other countries' political life without ANY guilt or remorse at the havoc their actions have created.
What to do?
For starters, we should label such actions as EVIL. We should say, “evil virus,” whenever the word virus is used, or, “evil country,” if it is engaged in stealing technology, spreading viruses, or other such acts.
Also, if there is to be a Good, ethical Internet, there must be tech Leaders who identify and label evil Internet acts as evil.
Do we have a future in a world containing weapons of mass destruction and countries led by religious zealots and power-lusting dictatorships?????
-There is no basis for Trust!
-There are no shared values that can form the basis for Trust.
HOWEVER, I believe that our situation is so critical, that we simply don't have enough time to build trust between all nations of the world and adopt a shared global value system. We have to do something about WMD's and power-crazed dictators immediately!
Earlier in this blog, I suggested actions that could—maybe—lead to the elimination of all weapons of mass destruction worldwide. I propose that the following be added to that list:
-Could it be that the shared value that saves a planet is DISTRUST???!!!???
-Could the realization of the validity of our total destruction by a confluence of WMD's and power-crazed or religion-crazed leaders make the obvious necessity of WMD-elimination so apparent—even to leaders stupefied by bad religious values and lust for power to realize: IT IS NOW OR NEVER!!!!!!!!!!!!
Now! Destroy all weapons of mass destruction, or commit WMD suicide! No! Suicide world-wide!
I beg the media, law enforcement agencies, and the public, to stop rewarding mass murderers and their sponsors with enormous reward of publicity. Therefore, I propose:
-That a mass murderer that is captured alive will have his/her head covered with a hood, have only a net for the eyes and mouth.
-He/she must remain hooded everywhere and at all times, except in his/her jail cell.
-His/her trial is to have no media coverage.
-He/she shall remain hooded while receiving visitors.
-There will be no media access for interviews or pictures.
-No reporting of mass murderers' history, motives, friends, family, responses will be allowed.
-No claim of sponsorship by evil groups (ISIS) will be allowed in the media.
-The mass murderers will disappear totally and completely until they die.
My reasoning is this:
-The mass murderers cause their murdered victims to disappear forever, and so should they!
-The hooding action, if known by all in advance, will cause second thoughts on the part of potential mass murderers and their sponsors.
-The disappearance of tremendous media coverage will allow victims, families, friends, and the whole world better healing space.
The family is under attack!
I believe that the family unit is a bedrock unit of society, where good Personhood can flourish. If this is true, the wholesale attack on the family by the media in the Western countries forecasts a dismal future for Personhood in those sad states.
-Disappearnce, in all the media, of examples of good family life.
-Incredibly violent movies and TV shows, especially crime and horror shows. Male characters in family TV shows are depicted as buffoons.
-The reporting of crimes and terrible occurrence is shown as “news,” and it crowds out good happenings.
-The media's reportage of sexual predators, spousal abuse (by men), and acts of intolerance against LBGTs and minorities, while important and necessary for desired change in bad behaviors to occur, is excessive. The absence of good stories about good, ethical role models of both sexes may be leading young persons (esp. young men) to believe that evil is winning. Total inner isolation results, and they are vulnerable to drugs, violence, hate, depression, and to recruitment into evil groups and causes.
Dear good ethical parent family leaders,
Have hope in God's help. Seek help from your religion (if good!) Spouses must help one another. Seek help and love from your extended family. And keep your intentions to be good, ethical leaders for your family. God bless you!
The Gift by our Supreme Being (God, for me) is Personhood. It is a door which, if we CHOOSE to, opens up to the world of the spirit! This Gift provides us with the opportunity to CHOOSE to love God now and forever.
We can choose to:
-Reject God's love,
-Ignore God's plan,
-Ignore the world of the spirit,
-Love self totally,
-Choose evil acts,
-Choose to bomb a crowded marketplace in Kabul,
-Choose to drive a van onto a crowded sidewalk in Toronto and kill 12 people,
-Choose to believe that my God tells me to do evil acts, and,
-Hate, lie, and destroy.
Dear Good Ethical Leaders,
Now is the time of weeping! Sometimes it seems that the world is full of murders, enslavement, tyranny, and hate. Evil-filled Persons who bring evil acts into the world with blind alacrity are winning. Now we live in a world of WMD's, where the evil acts of evil Persons may include causing the end of civilization.
Is there hope?
In what or whom?
You! You leaders are the hope that there is a future for the peoples of Planet Earth!
When God made us Persons, he not only gave us the ability to choose Good or evil, but he also gave us this planet to make it into a joyful Community of Good, Ethical Persons. OR we can choose to create a planet of evil, filled with Persons bent on destroying whatever they could and even possibly destroying the entire planet.
Is there a PLAN!?
-Intend to become a Good, Centered, Ethical Person and Leader,
-Choose to lead,
-Work tirelessly to bring justice, mercy, love, kindness, and hope into the lives of all that we lead,
-Lead the world to understand that, in order to survive, we must, as individual Persons, and as a world of Persons, choose Good and abhor evil.
-Identify and name evil acts and Persons who do such acts as EVIL. The world's media must begin to label evil acts and Persons and those who commit these acts as evil. Not ISIS but evil ISIS,
-We, every Good leader, must work to eliminate ALL WMD's and SUCCEED at doing so,
-Pray—alone and together—to our Supreme Being for help, wisdom, and success.
Good ethical leaders need to pray—A LOT!
There is a Supreme Being [I call him God] that makes us Persons. He is with us and in us. He is always helping us every moment of our lives! Right? Is it true for you?
What?! You don't believe it? Well make it true!
Every day say the following: “God:
-I love you.
-I thank you.
-I worship you.”
“God, please help me lead:
-Every Person in the world.”
“Through me, give them your gifts of:
-Fear of YOU, God, and
“God please help me avoid:
-Lust for power,
-Lust for riches,
-Lust for a life of luxury,
-Lust for corrupt pleasure,
-Lust for more,
“Grant me, Father, that I will be with you always. Let your will be done through me. Amen.”
We, all the Persons of the World, are writing this letter to you, to ask you to stop participating in a policy of MUTUALLY ASSURED DESTRUCTION. How can you leaders not actively be pursuing a way to destroy all WMD's?!
Are you unable to even think about a world with no WMD's because of your fear and distrust of other nuclear nations' leaders? Are you INSANE? Insane enough to think that the Gobal Community could survive a NUCLEAR HOLOCAUST?
WE, the ordinary Persons of Planet Earth, live in fear of horrible death, of horrible aftermaths, of Armageddon, brought about by one of you being insane enough to PRESS THE BUTTON!
YOU have brought back the 50-year-long era of M.A.D.!!!
Three words: WHY? WHY? WHY? You (and your predecessors) had a chance to bring about an era of sanity, an era with no WMD's.
So, one by one, non-nuclear nations have become nuclear nations, and insanely, believed that they ensured their nation's security. THE REALITY IS THAT THEY HAVE HASTENED THE END OF THE HUMAN RACE! Step by insane step...
STOP and THINK! Please!
We don't want to watch our children's flesh roasted or rotted from within by your actions.
NOW is the TIME!
THE TIME IS NOW!
The non-nuclear nations and peoples must come together to demand the following pledge and actions:
That all nations that possess WMD's and delivery systems will destroy all nuclear bombs, chemical weapons, biological weapons, Internet attack weapons, robotic weapons, and any delivery systems related to these and any other WMD's that people may come up with. They must provide total cooperation with those carrying out this pledge. Also, all nations must pledge to never develop or harbor such weapons in the future.
The future of the planet depends on YOU, dear leaders of non-nuclear nations.