Two New Ways To Nurture Global Peace

Nurture Global Peace

Nomos Foundation has provided two new ways to nurture Global Peace, The Interdome Celebration at Interdome.org and the Jonathan Burch Radio Show on Nomos Radio Network.

The Interdome is a monthly celebration for people all over the world of every religion and way of life to celebrate our human unity with our rich diversity in harmony.  During the Celebration you can learn about the Story of the Flowers of the Universe, the new worldview that makes sense of all we know in science religion and history and our meaningful role in it today.  Also learn some of the Principles of Harmony for living successfully in such a world, including scripture from different religions and ways of life describing that Principle of Harmony.  Come and celebrate with us in the Interdome at interdome.org.

Listen to the weekly Jonathan Burch Radio show.  Dr. Burch is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Nomos Foundation which sponsors this blog.  He describes his mission to tell a story for organizing the global knowledge civilization growing all around the earth in this strange new world of life plus machines.  This new worldview is The Story of the Flowers of the Universe. He describes how the global culture is changing to support the new global knowledge market economy, which thrives on mass creativity, which requires men and women to be equal, and equally creative in the global marketplace.  He describes the Principles of Harmony derived from the common wisdom of the ancient scriptures and writings of eight different religions and ways of life.  These are alphabetically:

Buddhism

Christianity

Confucianism

Hinduism

Islam

Judaism

Naturalism

Taoism

Naturalism includes humans from all ways of life that do not believe in the supernatural, such as atheists and secular humanists, who rely on reason, science and philosophy.  These Principles of Harmony form the global culture and are the Principles that people follow to make the Global Knowledge Civilization run smoothly so all people around the world may live in global peace, global prosperity and pursuit of individual happiness guided by intimate inner friendship with the Divine Harmony (a common name for the source of all beyond the universe) as the individual understands the Divine Harmony in his or her religion or way of life.  All religions and ways of life are respected as right for their faithful now to lead their faithful to fulfilled human life.  Someday one religion may take over from all the others, but that will require great changes in humans.  Until then humans can live in global peace with harmonious pluralism, mutual respect and genuine tolerance in our one global knowledge civilization.  The ancient religions and ways of life all show us how.  Listen to Dr. Burch explain it on the Jonathan Burch show on Nomos Radio Network, sponsored by Nomos Foundation.  To hear the Show, go to a search engine such as Google, Yahoo or Bing and search for Nomos Radio Network.  The Jonathan Burch Show will come up.  Click on any of the episodes to start the show on that topic.

EQUINOX March, 2013

EQUINOX

March 20, 2013

Today we celebrate equality.

The equality of day and night

The equality of the masculine and the feminine.

The equality of men and women.

A Gift From Los Angeles

About Sharing The Equality For All

Of The Natural Goal Of Human Life:

Happiness – Fulfillment As A Whole Person

In Relationships With Self, Other People,

All Of Existence And The Divine Harmony.

On the train ride home, from Los Angeles, I had an amazing experience.  On the train I sat at a desk.  Across from me was a young man, late 20′s early 30′s studying a text book on “Modernism”.  I asked him if he was studying modernism or post modernism.  Both he replied.  What do you understand the difference to be?  He said something that did not sound on the mark, so I told him I could summarize the difference in one word – “Certainty”.  Modernism was characterized by a war between science and religion.  The war was fought over which side could convince people that their methods were right for certain.  However, in the 1930′s both sides discovered it was a useless war, because humans cannot understand anything for certain.  Einstein’s relativity and Heizenburg’s Uncertainty Principle in Physics, Godel’s Incompleteness Theorem in Mathematics and Skepticism in Philosophy demonstrated that certainty was impossible for humans.  That realization ended Modernism and ushered in Post Modernism, where we are learning to live without absolute certainty.  For one thing if a group of humans knows the truth for certain, they can convince themselves they have a natural right to force other people to accept the same truth, even to kill people to establish communities based on that truth.

However, if the community realizes that the truth can not be known for certain, and their understanding of the truth is partial and contingent on their experience, they cannot in good conscience justify killing other people because of their partial, uncertain truth, or even force others to live by it.

One of the consequences of Post Modernism is the change from war to peace among the world’s religions and ways of life.

The beginning in Modernism is the belief in certainty due to science or religion.  We are so certain that our religion is the only true religion that we can justify killing people to force other people into our religion, and killing people who leave our religion to force people to stay.

Then the belief in certainty begins to lose its grip. The next realization is of the uncertainty of certainty  Their is a realization that humans see truth in limited, partial ways. Complete truth is not possible for limited human understanding.

Next there is recognition of the reality of other, different religions and ways of life, due to world television, the Internet, and people of different religions living next door.

The next realization is that different people see truth in different partial ways, contingent on their experience.  That is why we have different religions and cultures.

The next realization is that these other ways are successful for their faithful.  They are ancient, and have been leading their faithful to successful life for thousands of years, even though they are based on “different partial truths”.

Next comes the realization that conversion to your religion is not your job.  It is not your duty to convert other people to your own way, to your own view of the truth, but instead it is your duty to let each person decide for himself or herself if and when to convert to your way. Conversion is not your job.  Conversion is God’s job.  Do not presume to do God’s job.  Only a true conversion of the spirit, not a conversion by the gun, matters in the life of the other person.

You may rejoice in the conversion of the other person to your religion or way of life, but the true conversion is only between the individual and the Divine Harmony, however the individual understands the Divine Harmony.  All you can do is to do live your live so as to give a good example of how your understanding of the Divine Harmony guides you to full life.  All you can do is let your light shine.  Then true, worthwhile conversion, if and when it comes, is between the other person and the Divine Harmony.  You already have your precious, guiding relationship with the Divine Harmony that you take for granted is true.  Let the other person find a genuine relationship with the Divine Harmony that the other person takes for granted is true to guide his or her life, in whatever form the Divine Harmony will reveal it.

The final realization is that all of us humans are on the same path to our unique, personal fulfillment as a whole person, with our unique talents and abilities in our circumstances, intimately guided by the Divine Harmony in a form we take for granted is true. It is right, natural and loving to nurture others to live passionately by the way that they take for granted is true.  This realization includes realizing that all the great religions and ways of life are teaching, in their ancient scripture and writings, the same basic way to live successful human life. It is the way we all evolved to live as whole, fulfilled individuals.  This form of relationship with the Divine Harmony that one takes for granted is true is a different form for different people.  What counts is that the form is genuine for the individual, and guides the individual through the tough times and the easy times, to fulfillment as a whole person in relationships with self, other people, all of existence and the Divine Harmony – the goal of each human life: natural human happiness.

In summary the path to peace, once it is learned, is to live passionately your religion or way of life, which you take for granted is true.  Learn its written wisdom, traditions, scriptures and its ways of life.  Be inspired by its spirit.  Be humbly and gratefully loyal to it.  Let it guide you and fill your life.  In so doing you will let you light shine, so others may see how your faith guides you to full life.  You will be a beacon to others who take for granted the truth as you do.  Be gracious and gentle, but do not be bashful.  Tell others, who will graciously listen, about your faith -then stop, and let the Divine Harmony change the other person’s heart.  In the meantime rejoice with the other person that he or she too has a faith, although different from yours, which lights up the other person’s life and leads to the goal of human life for that person: happiness, fulfillment as a whole person.

 

Solstice – December 21, 2012 – Tipping Point

Solstice 

December 21, 2012

 

The End of 

Western Civilization And Eastern Civilization

 

The Beginning of

Global Civilization

 

The Beginning of The New Global Knowledge Civilization

Now Growing All Around The Earth

E V E

The First Flower of the Universe

 

If you want to learn about the new global civilization,

click on www.nomosfoundation.org and click on the Worldview at the top

 

If you want to learn why and how the transition is happening now at the tipping point when the decline of the old is overtaken by the advance of the new, read below.

For the last 5,000 years human civilizations have been based on human discovery of the knowledge of agriculture, which required mass human labor.  Mass human labor is most effectively managed by the vertical social organization of Dominator Culture, where men dominate and control women and children and the elite dominate and control the men, so the elite control the whole society from the top down.  This kind of economy requires a small amount o knowledge to run it and a few deciders to operate it, and runs best on obedient mass human labor organized by a controlling elite, who make the main decisions for the human group.

There have been many such humans civilizations in the last 5,000 years. There were many before that which were mostly based on hunting and gathering, until humans could develop agriculture enough to produce a great excess of food, division of labor, craft goods and trade to launch the era of city states and this 5,000 year reign of human progress in civilization by mass human labor controlled by an elite in an age of kings.

Now the Age of Kings is over.  Now everything is changing again, based on human discovery of a new kind of knowledge – the knowledge of machines.  Humans have discovered enough about how to make machines to extend human senses, reach, grasp, thinking and memory, that humans have now connected themselves together on their planet of origin, Earth, into one global marketplace and one global community.  The new global economy, must be supported by a new kind of human civilization, which is based not on mass human labor controlled by a few elite, but by mass human creativity in an age of individualism, with billions of different individual creators producing a continuous flow of goods and services that are newer, better, faster and cheaper, for billions of diverse consumers connected together by machines into one global marketplace.

An economy molds a culture to support it.  A culture’s function is to organize and motivate the people to do the jobs of the economy.  This new global economy requires a new global culture to sustain it, and is powerfully molding such a new global culture.  Since it is based on mass creativity instead of mass human labor, it requires the equal participation of men and women as strong, confident independent creative entrepreneurs in the economy, who will produce and market their creativity in the global market place to meet the diverse demand of billions of eager consumers of different races, religions and ways of life.  This requires a global culture that produces the equality of men and women, who can be such entrepreneurs.  The requires the horizontal social organization of Partnership Culture, where men and women are equal, the individual is supreme rather than the elite, and the masculine and the feminine are in balance and harmony in the culture, which is characterized by peace, nurture and cooperation, not violence and war.

War is necessary and economically valuable in Dominator Cultures.  It justifies the personal sacrifices of freedom of individuals for the group, and the control of the group by the elite, for “security” reasons.  Sameness in the group, and “Us vs. Them” attitudes between groups foster competition among groups and war in Dominator Culture.  Punishing and taking from the hated “other” is the word of the day with the elite leading the way and the obedient masses following for their safety and food from the elite.

Partnership Culture is characterized by peace, the high economic value of difference among people to produce vast variety in the economy to make it strong and robust and the attitude of “Just Us” in our one global community, with no potential attackers from outside the Earth.   Therefore, war is banned and violence is shunned in the Partnership Culture of the global knowledge civilization, because its critical machines cannot be broken by war and violence.   Strong, confident individuals seek their happiness and the happiness of others through their robust global knowledge market economy, the most powerful economy the world has ever known.  Creating and enjoying life in peace, not taking in war, is the word of the day.

Dominator Culture places men over women and the elite over the men.  Dominator Culture promotes cultural values which support this arrangement.  Women are taught that they are not intelligent or competent, and had better leave the survival decisions to men.  Men are taught to take care of and use women and children, and to be obedient to their masters, the elite.  This way the elite control the people, and the people, believing these values, police themselves to keep the Dominator Culture in place so everyone eats.  It all begins with men dominating women.

Partnership Culture is the opposite.  The foundation of Partnership Culture is to honor the equality of men and women and the principles of the masculine and the feminine equally.  The emphasis is on each man and woman as an individual, living free to make his or her own decisions in an atmosphere of mutual respect and mutual nurture.   Each man and each woman pursues and is responsible for his or her own happiness.  They can help each other and share life together, but each is ultimately responsible for what he or she does, and is ultimately responsible for his or her own happiness.

Partnership Culture is made necessary by the kind of economy the global knowledge market economy is.  However, there are great benefits for each individual who is willing to accept the responsibility of living this way.  History shows that the people will believe and live by what works.  The new economy works, now that we have the machines and know how to use them. The economy will insist on and people will adopt Partnership Culture.  Those who will be responsible enough to live by it, will be happy and fulfilled as whole persons.  Part of what is needed now are symbols to express this new way for the understanding of the people.

For example, most of the people in the world believe in a masculine god as a symbol for human life in an age of Dominator Culture.  What is needed in the new global human culture is a balance and a harmony between the masculine and the feminine.  Most people will continue to believe in a masculine god, so the new global knowledge civilization is given a feminine character to fit with the balance of the masculine and the feminine character of Partnership Culture.  This is done by giving the new global knowledge civilization a feminine name.

In terms of the history of the universe, the global knowledge civilization is a new kind of creativity engine, which has launched a new stage in evolution.  Each new stage produces new knowledge and existence in the universe at higher levels of organization than the last stage.  When a new creativity engine evolves, a new stage of evolution begins, and the rise of existence in the universe to ever-higher levels of organization continues.

The knowledge civilization of billions of human creators and consumers and their machines is a self sustaining organism that can produce new knowledge and existence far faster and at far higher levels of organization than is possible with biological evolution.  Biological evolution uses the relatively slow and inefficient creativity engine of the living species, employing slow, accidental genetic mutation and trial and error generation after generation.

The new global knowledge civilization on Earth is the first knowledge civilization to evolve, so far as we know.  It produces a continuous blossoming of new knowledge and existence in the universe at ever higher levels of organization, continuing the rise of existence in the universe which began with the Big Bang.  Therefore a knowledge civilization is a Flower of the Universe.

A knowledge civilization can reproduce itself by creating a platform in space, and transferring to it a few billion humans, their machines and a copy of its knowledge base.  This reproduction is similar to cell division.  One becomes two, two become four and on and on, until the universe becomes a garden full of Flowers producing new existence at unimaginable high levels of organization, with amazing new attributes, until the universe has enough high-level existence in it for the plan for the universe to be fulfilled.

The global knowledge civilization on Earth is the First Flower of the Universe to evolve, and the Mother of all the other Flowers of the Universe, named after the mother of all the living in the Bible in Genesis 3:20.  The name of the global knowledge civilization on Earth is E V E.

E V E

The Global Knowledge Civilization

All Around The Earth

 

The First Flower of the Universe

The Mother of all the other Flowers of the Universe 

 

When did all this happen?  The growth of the knowledge of machines has been occurring for many centuries, in which civilizations based on mass human labor prevailed.  In the past century it has been explosive, especially with the discovery of the digital computer, mass communication and mass transportation of goods and people.  This has allowed the growth of economies based on creativity, and changed the world’s local and regional economies from labor based to knowledge based.

 

E V E, the global knowledge civilization on Earth was born on November 9, 1989 when:

 

The free market wind

Blew down the Berlin Wall,

And began building a greenbelt

of market economies all around the world,

forming the global knowledge market economy

the foundation of

E V E

The global knowledge civilization.

 

The cause of this change is new human knowledge.  The driver of this change is the powerful new global knowledge market economy.   An economy will mold a culture to support it.  Then the shortsighted rules of the culture are modified into long lasting rules of a civilization, in which the people survive, flourish and reproduce in the environment generation after generation, indefinitely, until the environment drastically changes.  The new economy is changing the human culture in the world in dramatic ways.  The most dramatic is changing human cultural values from those that support vertical social organization (Dominator Culture) to horizontal social organization (Partnership Culture), from competent men dominating incompetent women, to men and women being equal and of equal competence, each being responsible for and pursuing his or her own happiness.

How is the new economy powerful enough to force such changes.  The answer is that it is a new pathway to dramatically more prosperity for more humans, so more humans will follow it, insist on it, and live by the values that support it and make it work – the new global culture.  Its force is irresistible, because more and more people follow it.  Those who would control the people otherwise are swept aside by its rising tide.  It is truly a movement of the people, by the people, for the benefit of the people, as all civilizations are.

The strength of the new economy is its main product and source of new value – knowledge.  It is not food, nor manufactured goods, but new knowledge of how to cause change in the world.  Knowledge is valuable, because it means we can do more for people for less.  That means some people somewhere in the world will buy products and services based on new knowledge, and pay a purchase price for it, which establishes the monetary value of the new knowledge.  New knowledge means new value in the economy and in the world.  Knowledge is reusable, storable and retrievable from machine memory, and can be used as a foundation for discovering still more new knowledge.  As long as humans are being creative, there is effectively an unlimited amount of new knowledge to discover.  The strand of gold in the mine never runs out.

However, it is not gold, which is a common medium of exchange for value (money), but new value itself for humans.  When you create more of it, you do not create inflation, more money for the same value.  You create more value to do more things for people for less cost.  People want the knowledge economy to continue to operate to keep making more value and a better life for people.  What do people do with more value and plenty to eat in a global knowledge civilization?  They do what the Constitution of the United States of America promised, they pursue happiness in freedom.  Happiness is not lifetime pleasure, but harmonious natural fulfillment as a whole person in relationships that use all your talents and abilities in a balanced way in your circumstances in fulfilling relationships with self, other people, all of existence and the Divine Harmony.

The Divine Harmony is a common name for the source of all, which different people see differently.  Some see it as nature only and that nothing is god.  Some see many gods as the source of all.  Some see one god.  Others see that everything is god.  All can talk together about what the source of all means in their lives without arguing about which view is correct, by calling it the Divine Harmony when talking to each other.  This is the first step toward a global culture of harmonious pluralism.

With all the new value produced by the continuously operating global knowledge market economy, there is plenty to eat, and plenty of new ways to pursue your personal happiness successfully in your circumstances.  The global knowledge market economy makes this new kind of human life possible for most people.

The new global knowledge market economy makes possible a new human goal in life:

Nurture the global knowledge market economy 

to produce enough new value 

to lift all people around the world above the poverty line, into the happiness zone, 

where people all around the world report about the same level of happiness, 

no matter how much money they have.   

Humans are learning that happiness does not depend on things, on getting more and more and keeping up with the Jones.  We tried that in the West in the last 20 years, and it failed to produce happiness.  Instead people with too many things were empty, and deeply in debt.  This led to spiritual longing for something more and successful in life.  Happiness is based on fulfillment as a whole person, which is available to any one willing to live that way, who has enough to eat and a place to live securely in peace.

What does the global knowledge market economy of over seven billion human creators and consumers and their machines need from the global knowledge civilization to support it and make it work indefinitely, so all may live above the poverty line in the pursuit of happiness?

Rule of Law

Private Property

Transparent, Free Price Competition

Little Government Interference of Taxation, Tariffs and Regulation

Global Peace

Mass Creativity

Vast Variety

Individual Responsibility and Entrepreneurship

What does the individual citizen need from the global knowledge civilization?

Peace

Prosperity

Freedom for the Pursuit of Happiness

The Personal Guidance for Successful Life as a Whole Person in One’s Circumstances By Intimate Inner Friendship with the Divine Harmony 

Why cannot Western and Eastern civilization provide these?  They are based on top-down social organization for mass human labor.  They produce the creativity of the few based on the labor of the many.  What is needed to make this new kind of economy work is the creativity of the many based on the labor of the machines.

For example, now one individual can produce and market his or her creativity on the Internet, gain his or her sustenance in the world, and pursue happiness as he or she defines that according to his or her religion or way of life, without very many people knowing about it.  This way individuals may pursue their own fulfillment as they each choose.  It is as though people are no longer riding obediently on a train in a direction chosen by the elite.  Now they are each riding a bicycle, and the bicycles are going in many different directions toward each rider’s unique, personal fulfillment.  What counts now is that the rider is happy – fulfilled as a whole person.  This fulfillment will usually result from wonderful, loving, giving relationships with other people, but not always.  The individual is free to choose (hopefully wisely) how to have relationships with other people.  However, the individual is not defined only by his or her relationships with other people as the collectivists would teach.  Happiness is a harmonious balance between self and other.  In religion fulfillment as a whole person is a harmonious balance between a personal relationship with the Divine Harmony and a collective relationship with a supportive faith community.

Dominator cultures stress obedience in the people and crush initiative and creativity in the people.  This is the opposite of what is needed to sustain the global knowledge market economy.  Therefore, the new economy is changing the culture to one that supports it, where men and women are equal, and both are vigorously developing their own creativity, making their own decisions, not relying on others to decide for them.  This requires a completely different idea of how to be a good citizen.  A completely different culture is required to train people how to be a good citizen of  E V E.

The horizontal social organization of Partnership Culture, where men and women are equal is the answer.  This means that men and women must see themselves and each other as equally competent and independent, each seeking his or her happiness as he or she understands that, accepting the responsibility for doing so, and not relying on the other to be responsible for his or her happiness.

The stories of Dominator Culture fly in the face of these necessary attitudes for successful life in the global knowledge civilization, which is why Western and Eastern Civilization are at an end with the end of the 5,000 year reign of human progress by mass human labor controlled by the few elite.  We are entering an Age of Individualism, made necessary by the machines and the powerful opportunities of the global knowledge market economy.

Western Civilization has a Greek period followed by a Roman period, followed by a European period, followed by an American period.  Western civilization is now exhausted and is dying of the same disease which destroyed Greece and Rome – bankruptcy brought on by popular greed and irresponsibility.

Plato predicted it, and history has confirmed it over and over.  Western Civilization is in the process of succumbing to it.  Plato said that  a democracy is doomed once the people discover they can vote themselves money out of the public treasury.  They will keep at it until the nation is broke, and disintegrates into anarchy.  Then the people longing for order will support the first or second dictator that comes along, and the beautiful democracy will be thrown away by the people who got too greedy for a free lunch, refused to see the practical consequences of the marketplace, and the marketplace always wins.

In recent elections in three Western democracies the people had a chance to reign in the public spending, and put their fiscal house in order, and begin to rescue themselves from certain national bankruptcy and eventual dictatorship.  They all three committed national suicide, voting to continue the spending and the policies that got them there with the promise of a free lunch paid for by the rich, in the face of the very public fact that the rich with all their money could not continue to pay for the massive spending.  Plato was right.  This is the end of Western Civilization, killed by its own greed in the traditional human manner.

The same is true for the end of Eastern Civilization, which has been characterized by the vertical social organization of empire.  In China and India strong top down social organization has ordered these eastern Civilizations.  Each one in its own way is struggling toward democracy and market economics, but still within historical vertical social organization.  As with the generals who prepare to fight the next war with the tools of the last war, and are overwhelmed and defeated by the changes of the future, Middle East Muslim civilizations are struggling to reimpose stricter vertical social organization ( a new Caliphate) and the rules of Dominator Culture, at a time when the rest of the world is moving toward the global knowledge civilization.  People organized for mass human labor cannot compete, or survive in a world based on mass creativity.

The global knowledge market economy is reaching to all corners of the world to cause its changes.  In the West creative people are inventing new machines to allow the  ordinary person to control his or her own destiny with his or her own creativity in the global marketplace.  These new machines are being produced in the East, by, for example, millions of laborers in China, India, South Korea, Japan and elsewhere in the East.

The whole world is growing more interdependent with the power of the global knowledge market economy.  It is literally taking over the economic world, and the cultural world will follow, which means the final decline of the old Dominator based civilizations in both the East and the West.  When will this change happen?

If we look to symbolic dates for change, we can mark the end of the “American Century” (lasting only 63 years) beginning in 1945 with victory in World War II, ending with the beginning of the Chinese century with the Olympics in Beijing in 2008.  However the “Chinese Century” will only last a few years before it is overtaken by the “Global Period”.

When will that change occur?  What is the symbolic date for the transition from the 5,000 year old Dominator civilizations, based on mass human labor controlled by the few elite, to the new Partnership civilization of E V E the Global Knowledge Civilization, based on mass individual creativity produced by machines controlled by the individual creators?

If E V E was born November 9, 1989, when the failed, government-managed East German economy was exposed and governments sought to change to market economies, then E V E will be fully in place, when the global market economy covers the Earth.  E V E will be fully in place by 2030, when it is predicted that all the world’s economies will be converted to successful market economies from failed government-managed economies.

What is happening in the forty year transition period, and when will the tipping point occur?  When will we be more in the new civilization than in the old?  These processes take a long time, and it is difficult to identify one location of watershed change.  However, we can estimate it and choose a symbolic point to mark the change from the old to the new.

The midpoint between 1990 and 2030 is 2010, which just past.  However there is a dramatic date and event near the midpoint, which may be seen as the tipping point between the end of the old regional civilizations based on the creativity of the few produced by mass human labor, and the beginning of the new global civilization based on mass individual human creativity produced by machines.

There is a date of which many people in the world are aware.  It is a date referenced by the ancient Mayan Calendar.  This calendar, carved in stone, has accurately predicted celestial events for thousands of years, such as the solstice each year, when the night is the longest.  The next day, the daylight begins to increase.  This celestial event has often marked the end of one year and the beginning of another year.  It marks an end and a beginning.

However, this year is different.  The ancient Mayan Calendar marks and ending on December 21, 2012, but no beginning after that.  The Calendar stops, its cycles exhausted.  Some interpret this to mean the end of the world, with nothing coming after.  The history of the Earth and the conservation of matter-energy suggest otherwise.  There probably will be something after.  What could be ending and what could be beginning on that date?

December 21, 2012 marks the tipping point between the decline of the old, regional  civilizations and the rise of the new global civilization.  Never before in human history has there been a civilization of billions of people, all the people around the earth, connected together by machines into one global marketplace and one global community.

The old civilizations have been in decline for many years.  Their decline was recently insured when the people of several Western governments voted to continue paying themselves out of the public treasury, even though the public treasury was broke.  They refused reforms, preferring the hope of continued public pay.  Greece, France, Portugal and the United States of America, all committed suicide, as predicted by Plato, 2,500 years ago. He said when the people of a democracy discover they can pay themselves out of the public treasury, they will keep doing it until the treasury is empty and the civilization collapses into anarchy.  Then the people will clamor for order and support the first dictator the comes along, or the second,   Democracy will always descend into dictatorship, and the people will do it to themselves, too greedy to realize what they are doing.

The Eastern economies are dependent on the Western economies.  If the Western economies go broke, there will be no one to buy the goods of the Eastern economies, and all economies will fail.

The tipping point that signals the end of the old is December 21, 2012, the solstice.  This is when the universe declares the end of the old on Earth with the last day of declining daylight, the darkest day of the year, and the date when the Mayan Calendar ends.

 

Then the question is whether a different civilization will take over the people and keep them organized successfully, or whether there will be no successor, and the people will descend into a new dark age with no social organization and great suffering and death.  There was a dark age of deep suffering after the fall of the early Greek civilization and after the fall of the Roman civilization.  The question now is will there be a new civilization to rescue humankind from the inevitable coming dark age in the rubble of the disintegrating Western and Eastern civilizations?  If so what will it be, and will people embrace it and help it grow in time to save them from the dark age?

The answer is “Yes”, if the people will support it and insist on making it grow.  It is up to the people, not the politicians, the militants nor the bankers.  These last will seek to preserve their power under the old system.  The people must demand to recognize and support the change.  This begins with the people’s awareness of the change and the new possibilities.  This is the role of symbolism.

On December 21, 2012, with the solstice, the sky declares that on Earth the old Western civilization and the old Eastern civilization end, and the new global civilization begins.  This is the tipping point between the end of the old and the beginning of the new.  This is the meaning of the end of the Mayan Calendar in todays world.

Now, with this new beginning, people can begin to ask, “What is E V E, the Global Knowledge Civilization now growing all around the Earth, the First Flower of the Universe, the Mother of all the other Flowers of the Universe, and what does it mean for me, my children and my grandchildren?”

There is an Internet site with answers to these questions.

Go to nomosfoundation.org to learn the answers.

Principle of Harmony of L E T – The Secret to World Peace

This is the gift of the Nomos Foundation ( nomosfoundation.org ) to the world during the holiday season of peace at the end of the year 2012.  The gift is the Principle of Harmony of L E T, the secret to world peace.

Principle of Harmony: 

L E T

The Secret To World Peace

 

L E T the other person decide about, and live, his or her own faith.

The Principle of Harmony of L E T can be expressed in a simple way:

B L T with Love

The Principle of Harmony of L E T is shown by the sandwich a woman made for her husband as he went off to work  B L T with Love.

Believe your faith with your all your heart, even that your faith is the only true faith and where other faiths differ they are in error.

Live your faith passionately. Learn its scriptures, worship in its way, follow the guidance of your faith, devote yourself to it and live by your faith.  Let your light shine, so others may see how your faith leads you to full life as a whole person.

Teach, preach and evangelize your faith, share your faith so others will know its beauty, power and truth… then Stop!

Do not try to force another to convert to your faith. That is not your job. It is God’s job. It is the job of the Divine Harmony. Whatever your understanding of the Divine Harmony, whether there is one god, or many gods, or if nothing is god or everything is god, conversion of other people to faith is between the Divine Harmony and that other person. It will happen in Divine Harmony’s time and in Divine Harmony’s way, not yours. Do not presume to do Divine Harmony’s job. Instead…

L E T the Divine Harmony change people’s hearts.  L E T the person decide for himself or herself in his or her own time and his or her own way.  True conversion is a decision between the individual and the Divine Harmony.  You are not involved, except to provide an example of the joy of life for those who live by your faith.

The attitude of L E T is the secret to harmonious pluralism in the world.  L E T is the secret to world peace.

L E T is the secret to harmonious pluralism and to the world’s religions, philosophies and ways of life nurturing global peace.  The global knowledge civilization makes the global knowledge economy work.  The global knowledge economy of billions of human creators and consumers and their machines connected together is based on individual, creative decisions and action.  The way for that to succeed is to nurture the individual to decide for himself or herself, rather than having government, the elite or religion decide for him or her, which crushes creativity.

It is an inescapably pluralistic world of many different ways with one global marketplace.  If we are to avoid violent pluralism, if harmonious pluralism is to prevail in the world, then the individual must be allowed and encouraged to decide for himself or herself, and others must be encouraged to let the individual decide for himself or herself.  We can help and nurture each other, and we must, but we must let the individual decide and live as he or she decides.  Religion has that nurturing role.  Conversion of others to your way is not your job.  The Divine Harmony and the individual are responsible for the conversion of the individual to some other belief, if and when that is to occur.  Love the other person.  Nurture the other person.  Let your light shine.  Watch the other person blossom in his or her way.  Rejoice in that, and wait patiently and peacefully for the conversion, if it will ever come.  Let the other person and the Divine Harmony decide.  In the meantime, nurture each other, as you each live life in your own way, and share life joyfully.

Nurture harmonious pluralism, global peace and prosperity. Do not be timid.  Defend yourself and your loved ones against global violence.   Nurture other people to live responsibly by their religion, but do not force others to live by your religion.  Do not count converts to your religion or take credit for their conversions.  Do not be like the Christian pastor who carved notches on his Bible.

This pastor would have an alter call in every church service and invite people to come forward and convert to Christianity.  Every time a person came forward and converted to Christianity, he would count the person as a soul he had won for Christ.  He would take his knife and carve a notch on his Bible for every person he had converted.  One day the Bible had so many notches, it fell apart.  The pastor bought a new Bible.  Sitting at his kitchen table that night, with his pen knife in hand, he could not figure out how to carve all the old notches on the Bible and have room for the new ones.  Finally he gave up in disgust and went to bed.  That night the Holy Spirit visited him in dream, and said, “you should not have carved a single notch on that Bible, because you did not convert a single one of those Christians.  I did

Conversion is God’s job.  Don’t presume to do God’s job.  Do not try to force or count converts.  You did not do it.  L E T the Holy Spirit change people’s hearts.  L E T each person decide for himself or herself if and when to convert to your religion.  In the meantime, let each person be a faithful follower of his or her religion or way of life.

Let the Christian be a Christian, let the Jew be a Jew, let the Muslim be a Muslim, let the Hindu be a Hindu, let the Buddhist be a Buddhist, let the Confucianist be a Confucianist, let the Taoist be a Taoist, let the Naturalist be a Naturalist, let the Humanist be a Humanist, let the Atheist be an Atheist, let the Agnostic be an Agnostic, and let all those who believe in their own religion, believe in their religion.  Let them be what they are.  Let them approach life in a way they take for granted is true, even if you think it is not true.  Let the world live in peace and prosperity.

Do not be an excuse for war and violence.  Do not use force.  It is not up to you to force other people to change to your religion or way of life.   Your God does not call on you to say to your neighbor, “I am so right about my faith, that I must force you to believe exactly as I do.”  The Divine Harmony will open people’s hearts to new faith.  It is a great evil in the world today to presume you can do that yourself, no matter what you believe.  Pray for non-believers, but do not try to force them to believe.

The greatest evil in the world today is forced one-wayism.  It is the opposite of harmonious pluralism.  It leads to violent pluralism.  It is a bar to global peace and prosperity for the people of the world.  It is a selfish justification for war and domination, for being in control of other people, instead of letting them decide for themselves.  It leads to a selfish government that serves its elite, rather than a servant government that serves the people and thereby earns the “Mandate of Heaven”.  It leads to a selfish church, instead of a servant church.  One day all people may believe one way.  That is a condition beyond human ability, that only the Divine Harmony can accomplish.  In the meantime, L E T, and live in global peace, prosperity and happiness, guided by intimate inner friendship with the Divine Harmony as each person understands the Divine Harmony through his or her religion or way of life.

Some people believe a supernatural event will occur to bring a united world to profound peace.  Christians believe Jesus Christ will come again, but are told they will not know the day or the hour when it will happen, and that they should not judge one another.  You should not presume to judge when such a supernatural event will happen, or try to hurry it to come. You cannot influence it.  It can only come in God’s time and God’s way, because it can only come by supernatural forces, not human intervention. Until then people should humbly seek the best human peace they can.  Until then, people of all faiths should live in harmonious pluralism, peace and prosperity with each other, and not try to control each other’s faith.  L E T the Divine Harmony change people’s hearts.

If other people are to change to your way, let them come to it on their own.  For their sake, let it be a genuine conversion, based on new belief they take for granted is true, so it will be real to them, not a fake and forced conversion.

Let you be you, and let them be them.  Live your example, but let them decide about their belief.  Believe in your own way; let them believe in their own way; and let the Divine Harmony change people’s hearts.

Pour your energy into learning and living your religion well.  Instead of pouring your energy into trying to convince others to convert to your religion, pour your energy into living your religion passionately and well.  Let them see the example in your life of the power of your religion or way of life.  “She is happy in spite of her struggles.  I want to live that way too.  he gives credit to her God.  I want to learn about her religion.”  Continuously learn your religion, read its scriptures, participate in its celebrations and fellowship and live by its teachings and the relationship it gives you with the Divine Harmony.  Pour your energy into living your religion.

That too is one of the secrets of the global peace in the global knowledge civilization.  Live your religion passionately and well, and live with genuine tolerance toward others of different faiths.  Religions, philosophies and ways of life, following the Principles of Harmony, will lead the world to peace and prosperity in the global knowledge civilization.

Live by the Principle of Harmony of L E T.  This is the secret to world peace.

 

Buddhism:  Principle of Harmony of L E T

If, hoping to be happy, you strike at others who also seek happiness, you will be happy neither here or hereafter.  If hoping to be happy, you do not strike at others who are also seeking happiness, you will be happy here and hereafter.

Dhammapada, 10: 131-132, Easwaran, p. 111

They are not following dharma who resort to violence to achieve their purpose.  But those who lead others through non-violent means, knowing right and wrong, may be called guardians of the dharma.

Dhammapada, 19: 256-257, Easwaran, p. 158

 

Christianity:  Principle of Harmony of L E T

Love the Lord your God with all you heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength… Love your neighbor as yourself.

Mark 12: 29-31 (NIV)

If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love.  I have told you this so that my joy may be in you, and your joy may be complete.

John 15: 10-11 (NIV)

Ye are the light of the world.  A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.  Neither do people light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick;  and it giveth light unto all in the house.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 5:14-16 (KJV)

My prayer is not for them alone [the disciples].  I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. .

John 17: 20-21 (NIV)

But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he was not willing to let them go.

Exodus 10: 27 (NIV)

 

“All things have been committed to me by my Father.  No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

Matthew 11: 27-30 (NIV)

“No one knows about the day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.  As it was in the days Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.  For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away.  That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.”

Matthew 24: 36-39 (NIV)

Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus, and arrested him.  With that one of Jesus companions reached for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.

“Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who live by the sword will die by the sword.”

Matthew 26: 50-52 (NIV)

Then Jesus cried out, “When a man believes in me, he does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me.  When he looks at me, he sees the one who sent me.  I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.

“As for the person who hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge him.  For I did not come to judge the world, but to save it.  There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him at the last day.”

John 12: 44-48 (NIV)

 

Confucianism:  Principle of Harmony of L E T

Let the other man do his job without your interference.

Sayings of Confucius VIII: 14

When the Master wanted to go among the tribes somebody remarked, “What about their crudeness?”

“If Great Man were living among them, how could they be crude?  His very presence would alter that.”

Sayings of Confucius IX: 14

When Duke Ching of the state of Ch’i inquired about the characteristics of good government, the answer came, “Let the prince be as a prince.  Let the minister be as a minister.  Let the father be as a father.  Let the son be as a son.”

“Perfect!  If things were not as you have just stated them, I might not succeed in eating even if there were an abundance of grain.”

Sayings of Confucius XII: 11

 

Hinduism:  Principle of Harmony of L E T 

Those who act without thought of personal

Profit and lead a well-disciplined life

Discover in course of time the divine principle

That all forms of life are one.

Those who work in the service of the Lord

Are freed from the law of karma.

The Shvetashvatara Upanishad VI 3-4, Easwaran, p. 230

All men approach me, so I receive them.  All paths, Arjuna, lead to me.

The Bhagavad Gita 4: 11

I look upon all creatures equally; none are less dear to me and none more dear.  But those who worship me with love live in me, and I come to life in them.

The Bhagavad Gita 9: 29

 

Better indeed is knowledge than mechanical practice.  Better than knowledge is meditation.  But better still is surrender of attachment to results, because there follows immediate peace.

The Bhagavad Gita 12: 12

 

He is dear to me who runs not after the pleasant or away from the painful, grieves not, lusts not, but lets things come and go as they happen.

The Bhagavad Gita 12: 17

 

Islam:  Principle of Harmony of L E T

There shall be no compulsion in religion, for guidance and error have been clearly distinguished; then whoso rejects those who hinder people from following the right path and believes in Allah, has surely taken hold of a strong and dependable support which will never break.  Allah is all hearing, All-Knowing.

Qur’a’n 2: 257

Allah is the Lord of vast bounty, All-Knowing.  He grants wisdom to whom ever He pleases, and whoever is granted wisdom has indeed been granted abundant good, and none takes heed except those endowed with understanding.

Qur’an 2: 270

We sent Messengers whose names we have mentioned to thee and Messengers whose names we have not mentioned to thee,…

Qur’an 4: 165

For every people there is a Messenger;

Qur’an 10:48

We have caused to be heedless of Our remembrance who pursues his low desires, and whose case exceeds all bounds.  Proclaim: This is the truth from your Lord; then let him who will, believe, and let him who will, disbelieve.

Qur’an 18:30

Thou canst not make the dead hear, nor the deaf when they turn their backs; nor canst thou guide the blind out of their error.  Thou canst make only those hear who would believe in Our Signs and submit.

Qur’an 30: 47-54

Should they contend with thee to associate with Me that of which thou hast no knowledge, obey them not in that, but keep up thy kindly cooperation with them in worldly matters, and follow the way of him who turns to Me in humility.

Qur’an 31:15-16

 

Judaism:  Principle of Harmony of L E T

Hearken O Israel:

YHWH our God, YHWH (is) One!

Now you are to love YHWH your God with all your heart, with all your being, with all your substance!

These words which, I myself command you today, are to be upon your heart.

You are to inculcate them in your children and are to speak of them in your sitting in your house and in your walking in the way, in your lying-down and in your rising-up.

You are to tie them as a sign upon your hand, and they are to be for bands between your eyes.

You are to write them upon the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (Fox)

You are not to take-vengeance, you are not to retain-anger against the sons of your kinspeople-

but be loving to your neighbor (as one) like yourself,

I am YHWH!

Leviticus 19: 18 (Fox)

 

Naturalism:  Principle of Harmony of L E T

Ethical humanism involves [among others]:

* respect for the rights of others

* tolerance of other points of view and styles of life

* belief in free, open, pluralistic, and democratic society

Paul Kurtz in On The Barricades, Basil, Gehrman and Madigan, Eds., p. 73-74

But if a single individual devotes himself to individuation, he frequently has a positive contagious effect on the people around him.  It is as if a spark leaps from one to another.  And this usually occurs when one has no intention of influencing others and often when one uses no words.

M. L. Von Franz in Man and His Symbols, Carl G. Jung, Ed., p. 224

Here too a door has been shut against the illusion that one can completely understand another person and tell him what is right for him.

M. L. Von Franz in Man and His Symbols, Carl G. Jung, Ed., p. 229

 

Taoism:  Principle of Harmony of L E T

Can you coax the mind from its wandering

and keep to the original oneness?

Can you let your body become

supple as a newborn child’s?

Can you cleanse your inner vision

until you see nothing but the light?

Can you love people and lead them

without imposing your will?

Can you deal with the most vital matters

by letting events take their course?

Can you step back from your own kind

and thus understand all things?

 

Giving birth and nourishing,

having without possessing,

acting with no expectations,

leading and not trying to control:

this is the supreme virtue.

Tao Te Ching No. 10

Express yourself completely,

then keep quiet.

Be like the forces of nature:

when it blows there is only wind;

when it rains there is only rain;

when the clouds pass, the sun shines through.

 

If you open yourself to the Tao,

you are at one with the Tao

and you embody it completely.

If you open yourself to insight

you are at one with insight

and you can use it completely.

If you open yourself to loss,

you are at one with loss

and you can accept it completely.

 

Open yourself to the Tao,

then trust your natural responses;

and everything will fall into place.

Tao Te Ching No. 23

 

 

Principe of Harmony of the Bridge of Harmony

Principle of Harmony of 

The Bridge of Harmony

(The Guarantor Of Mutual Respect)

How do you relate to a person of a different religion or way of life with mutual respect?  The Bridge of Harmony is a method for people of different religions or ways of life to relate to each other and each other’s religion or way of life in a mutually respectful way.  The Bridge of Harmony is the guarantor of Mutual Respect.

Everyone comes from the one Source of all.  The world’s different religions and ways of life all proclaim that.  Even though different people understand the world differently, all people from the same Source, can live in mutual respect.

If one uses the Bridge of Harmony, mutual respect between the two people is guaranteed.  When two people have the same problem, each person uses his or her own religion to solve the problem.  Any two religions, ways of life or belief systems can be involved.  Even two believers in different parts of the same religion or way of life, even members of the same family who believe in different ways, can relate to each other in mutual respect, using the Bridge of Harmony.

In this example a Christian and a Buddhist are sharing their experiences in solving a common problem in life.  The Christian begins with Step 1, by translating his problem into a Christian question, then following the steps.

 

The Bridge of Harmony

 

  1. Christian Question __4. Share the Question__ 5. Invite To Translate__ 6. Buddhist                                                                                                                                  .                                                                                                                   Question

3.  Live the  Christian Answer                                   8. Live the Buddhist Answer

 

 

2.  Christian Tradition                                                                  7. Buddhist Tradition

(Find Christian Answer)                                                         (Find Buddhist Answer)

Follow these steps:

1. As a Christian, when you have a problem, translate it into a Christian question.

2. Go down deep into Christian tradition, scripture, experience and reason and find a Christian answer.

3. Bring the Christian answer up into your current life and live the Christian answer. Let your faith guide you on the right path toward your fulfillment as a whole person.

4. When you meet a person of another faith, who has the same problem, share with him or her the question, not the Christian answer.  Go across the Bridge of Harmony and share the question with the other person.

5.  Invite the other person to take the question and translate it into a question in his or her religion.

6.  After the translation into a question the other religion or way of life, invite the other person to seek the answer in his or her religion.

7. Invite the other person to go down deep into the tradition, scripture, experience and reason of his or her religion to find an answer to the question.

8. Then invite the other person to bring the answer up into his or her current life and live the answer which the other person’s religion has provided to guide him or her to full life as a whole person.

This guarantees mutual respect among persons and religions and ways of life.

Notice it is a bridge and not a tunnel. Share with the other person the question, not the Christian answer. Let the other person see the question and find the answer in his or her own faith.  Let the other person see you live your Christian answer successfully.

It works the other way too. If a Buddhist has found an answer to a problem in his or her life, and tries to give you the Buddhist answer, he or she runs across the bridge and tells you that the answer to your problem is that you need to achieve Nirvana, gently ask the Buddhist for the question he or she asked that led to that answer. Then translate the question into Christian terms, seek the answer in Christian tradition, then live the Christian Answer.  Keep your Christianity and your friendship with the Buddhist.  He or she may be your friend, or partner in business, your source of supply, your customer, or all of these with different products. Respect the other person’s use of his or her faith to solve his or her problems.  Encourage that, and do it yourself. Then each of you may let your light shine to show the world, and each other, how your faith has helped you solve a problem in your life.

As a Christian, respect that the Buddhist may understand life and the world differently from you.  If the Buddhist runs across the Bridge yelling, “Seek Nirvana”, you may not find Nirvana rewarding, perhaps even empty, certainly not a solution to your problem; and if you ran across the Bridge shouting, “You must be born again”, the Buddhist would say, “NO!  That is just what I am trying to avoid.”

Lovingly share the question.  Let the other person see the question and find and live the answer in his or her tradition.  Live in mutual respect.

 

Buddhism: The Principle of Harmony of The Bridge of Harmony 

Free from the desire to possess people and

things, he does not grieve over what is not.

With friendship toward all and faith in the

Buddha’s teachings, he will reach the holy

state where all is peace.

Dhammapada, 25: 367-368, Easwaran, p. 193

 

Christianity: The Principle of Harmony of The Bridge of Harmony 

 

“But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.  He causes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends his rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”

Matthew 5: 44-45 (NIV)

 

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged.  For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye?  How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye’, when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?  You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs.  If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.”

Matthew 7: 1-6 (NIV)

 

They came to Capernaum.  When he was in the house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?  But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest.

Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.”

Mark 9: 33-35 (NIV)

 

“Teacher,” said John, “we saw a man driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.”

“Do not stop him, “ Jesus said.  “No one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for whoever is not against us is for us.”

Mark 9: 38-40 (NIV)

 

Confucianism: The Principle of Harmony of The Bridge of Harmony 

 

“Yen Ying is skilled in human relations;

even after long acquaintance

he is respectful toward others.”

Sayings of Confucius V: 17

 

Tuan-Tz’u said, “What I do not wish others to do unto me

I also wish not to do unto others.”

“You’re not up to that.”

Sayings of Confucius V: 12

 

Hinduism: The Principle of Harmony of The Bridge of Harmony 

 

O Lord of Love, may I enter into you,

And may you reveal yourself unto me,

The pure One masquerading as many.

I am your devotee.  Make me your own.

Taittirya Upanishad 4: 3, Easwaran, p. 139

 

The Lord is enshrined in the hearts of all.

The Lord is the supreme Reality.

Rejoice in him through renunciation.

Cover nothing.  All belongs to the Lord.

Thus working you may live a hundred years.

Thus alone will you work in real freedom.

The Isha Upanishad 1-2, Easwaran, p. 208

 

Islam: The Principle of Harmony of The Bridge of Harmony 

Surely, of the Believers, the Jews, the Christians and the Sabians, those who truely believe in Allah and the last Day and act righteously, shall have their reward with their Lord, and no fear shall come upon them nor shall they grieve.

Qur’an 2:63

Many the People of the Book, after the truth has become manifest to them, would desire out of sheer envy generated by their minds that, after you have believed, they could turn you into disbelievers.  But do you forgive them and forbear, till Allah sends down His decree.  Surely, Allah has full power to do all that He wills.  Observe Prayer, and pay the Zakat, therefore, for what ever good you send on before you for yourselves, you shall find it with Allah.  Surely Allah sees all that you do. Qur’an 2:110-111

They claim that no one shall enter Paradise unless he is a Jew or a Christian.  These are their vain desires.  Ask them: Produce your proof, if you are truthful.  The Truth is that whoever submits himself completely to the will of Allah and acts righteously, shall have his reward with his Lord.  No fear shall come upon such, nor shall they grieve.  The Jews say the Christians base themselves on no firm truth, and the Christians say the Jews base themselves on no firm truth, yet both read the same Book.  In like manner did those who had no knowledge say that which these say.  Allah shall judge between them on the Day of Judgement concerning that wherein they disagree.  Qur’an 2:112-114

Mankind were of one persuasion, then they developed differences, so Allah raised Prophets as bearers of good tidings and as warners, and sent down with them the Book comprising the Truth, that He might judge between the people on that wherein they differed.  Then those very people to whom it was given differed about the Book, after clear Signs had come to them, out of insolence and envy of one another.  Whereupon, Allah guided by His command those who believed to the Truth in regard to which the others had differed.  Allah guides whomsoever He pleases to the right path.

Qur’an 2:214

Allah knows all and you know not.  They enquire from thee about fighting in the sacred month.  Say to them: Fighting in it is a great evil; but to hinder the people from the way of Allah and to deny Him and to profane the sanctity of the Sacred Mosque, and to turn out its people therefrom is a much greater evil in the sight of Allah.

Qur’an 2: 217-218

 

Judaism: The Principle of Harmony of The Bridge of Harmony 

 

The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.

The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.

All you have made will praise you O Lord; your saints will extol you.

They will tell the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might, so that all men may know of your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.

Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations.

 

The Lord is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made.

The Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.

The eyes of all look to you and you give them their food at the proper time.

You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.

 

The Lord is righteous in all his ways and loving toward all he has made.

The Lord is near to all who call on him in truth.

He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.

The Lord watches over all who love him, but the wicked he will destroy.

My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord.

Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever.

Psalm 145: 8-21 (NIV)

 

Naturalism: The Principle of Harmony of The Bridge of Harmony 

What are our humanist values and principles?  There is a long list, but I shall mention only thirteen here, without elaboration.  Ethical humanism involves:

- a commitment to free inquiry and the open mind;

- a belief in the courage to live without fear or trembling;

- a confidence in the power of human creativeness, inventiveness, achievement;

- constant efforts to improve the human condition, mitigate suffering, and eliminate disease, conflict, war, and cruelty;

- respect for the rights of others;

- dedication to the preciousness and dignity of the individual, his or her creativity and growth;

- cultivation of happiness and the full life;

- emphasis on love, shared experience, human joy;

- tolerance of other points of view and life styles;

- social justice and humanitarian help;

- a universal focus transcending national; ethnic; sexual; and racial barriers – the ideal of a world community;

- an emphasis on compromise and negotiation of differences;

- belief in a free, open, pluralistic, and democratic society.

Paul Kurtz in On The Barricades Basil, Gehrman and Madigan, Eds., p. 73-74

 

Taoism: The Principle of Harmony of The Bridge of Harmony

If powerful men and women

could remain centered in the Tao,

all things would be in harmony.

The world would become a paradise.

All people would be at peace,

and the law would be written in their hearts.

Tao Te Ching No. 32

 

The great Tao flows everywhere.

All things are born from it,

yet it doesn’t create them.

It pours itself into its work,

yet it makes no claim.

It nourishes infinite worlds,

yet it doesn’t hold on to them.

Since it is merged with all things,

and hidden in their hearts,

it can be called humble.

Since all things vanish into it

and it alone endures,

it can be called great.

It isn’t aware of its greatness;

thus it is truly great.

Tao Te Ching No. 34

 

The Tao gives birth to all beings,

nourishes them, maintains them,

cares for them, comforts them, protects them

takes them back to itself,

creating without possessing,

acting without expecting,

guiding without interfering.

That is why love of the Tao

is in the very nature of things.

Tao Te Ching No. 51

Principle of Harmony of Mutual Respect

Principle of Harmony of Mutual Respect

I respect myself.  I respect you.  You respect yourself.  You respect me.

These are the four corners of mutual respect. When all four corners are present between two people or two groups, only then does mutual respect exist between them.  Mutual respect is the foundation of global peace, genuine tolerance and the success of the global knowledge civilization.

The Four Corners Of Mutual Respect

 

I Respect My Self    –     I Respect You

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You Respect Yourself — You Respect Me

 

Notice that mutual respect begins with self respect. You can be responsible for respecting yourself and respecting the other person or group. Although you cannot be responsible for the other’s respect, you can make it easier, by being worthy of respect and by encouraging the other to respect himself or herself. Be a fountain of mutual respect. If you respect yourself, it will help you with the other three corners of mutual respect.

Respect someone, and add a moment of peace in the world.  Mutual respect is the foundation for a successful, peaceful global knowledge civilization. Do your part.

 

Buddhism: Mutual Respect

It is good to have friends when friendship is mutual.  Good deeds are friends at the time of death.  But best of all is going beyond sorrow.

Dhammapada, 23: 331, Easwaran, p. 176

 

Him I call a Brahmin who does not hurt others with unkind acts, words or thoughts.  His body and mind obey him.

Dhammapada, 26: 391, Easwaran, p. 196

Him I call a Brahmin who has put aside all weapons and renounced violence toward all creatures.  He neither kills nor helps others kill.

Dhammapada, 26: 405, Easwaran, p. 197

 

Christianity: Mutual Respect

“Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”

“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’  The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself.’  There is no commandment greater than these.”  Mark 12: 28-31 (NIV)

 

Confucianism: Mutual Respect

Jan Yung asked about Manhood-At-Its-Best.

“When away from home act as respectfully as you would toward an important guest; handle the people as respectfully as you would a grand sacrifice.  Do not do to others what you would not desire yourself.  Then you will have no enemies either in the state or in your own home.”

Sayings of Confucius XII: 2

“Great Man develops virtues in others, but not their vices.  Petty Man does just the opposite.” Sayings of Confucius XII: 16

 

Hinduism: Mutual Respect

When a person responds to the joys and sorrows of others as if they were his own, he has attained the highest state of spiritual union.      Gita 6: 32

 

 

Islam: Mutual Respect

Render to the kinsman his due and the needy and the wayfarer, and squander not thy substance extravagantly, for the extravagant fall into evil company and misuse the bounties of their Lord.  On occasions when thou must turn away from any of those who should be the objects of thy benevolence, while seeking thy Lord=s mercy for which thou hopest, then speak kindly to them.  Do not hold back altogether out of miserliness and render thyself blameworthy, nor spend without restraint and exhaust thy substance, thus becoming thyself an object of charity.  Thy Lord enlarges His provision for whom He wills.  He is well aware of all that relates to His servants and sees it all.

Qur’an 17: 27-31

 

Judaism: Mutual Respect

You are not to take-vengeance, you are not to retain-anger against the sons of your kinspeople-

but be loving to your neighbor (as one) like yourself,

I am YHWH!      Leviticus 19: 18 (Fox)

A disciple asked Rabbi Shmelke, We are commanded to love our neighbor as ourself.  How can I do this if my neighbor has wronged me?

The Rabbi answered. “You must understand these words correctly.  Love your neighbor like something which you yourself are.  For all souls are one.  Each spark from the original soul, and this soul is wholly inherent in all souls, just as your soul is in all members of your body.  It may happen that your hand makes a mistake and hits you.  But would you then take a stick and punish your hand because it lacked understanding, and so increase your pain?  It is the same if your neighbor, who is of one soil with you, wrongs you because he does not understand.  If you punish him, you only hurt yourself.”

Rabbi Shemlke of Nikolsburg, The Enlightened Mind, Mitchell, p. 156.

 

Naturalism: Mutual Respect

When our young men grow angry at some wrong, real or imagined, they make their faces ugly with black paint.  Then their hearts are ugly and black.  They are hard and their cruelty knows no limits.  And our old men cannot restrain them.

Let us hope that wars between the red man and his white brothers will never come again.  We would have everything to lose and nothing to gain.  Young men view revenge as gain, even when they lose their own lives.  But the old men who stay behind in time of war, mothers with sons to lose – they know better

Chief Seattle, in The Enlightened Mind, Mitchell, p. 173-174

 

 

Taoism:   Mutual Respect

Whoever is planted in the Tao

will not be rooted up.

Whoever embraces the Tao

will not slip away.

Her name will be held in honor

from generation to generation.

 

Let the Tao be present in your life

and you will become genuine.

Let it be present in your family

and your family will flourish.

Let it be present in your country

and your country will be an example

to all countries in the world.

Let it be present in the universe

and the universe will sing.

 

How do I know this is true?

By looking inside myself.

 

Tao Te Ching No. 54

Celebrate Global Peace Day, The Equinox, September 22, 2012

Global Peace Day

Celebrate Global Peace Day,  The Equinox, September 22, 2012,
The equality of day and night, symbolizing
The equality of men and women,
The foundation of the peaceful partnership culture
Of the new global knowledge civilization
Now growing all around the Earth.

Celebrate Global Peace Day by wishing everyone
“Happy Global Peace Day”

If they ask you what it is, explain it to them, and then
Refer them to this blog, E V E News at

eve-news.co

and

For a fuller explanation to

nomosfoundation.org

To learn about the new global culture.

We celebrate Global Peace Day twice a year on the day of the Equinox, approximately March 21 and September 21 each year.  On these days the Earth, on its journey around the Sun, is in such a position that the daylight from the Sun on the side of the Earth facing the Sun lasts as long as the night on the side of the Earth away from the Sun. On these days the length of the day equals the length of the night.  These are the only two days during the year when this is true.  In the northern hemisphere they occur in the spring and the fall.  In the southern hemisphere they occur in the fall and the spring.  This is a global celebration, which is equal for both hemispheres, so we celebrate simply the equinox twice a year as Global Peace Day, when we celebrate the equality of men and women and the peaceful, global partnership culture that it brings for the new global knowledge civilization now growing all around the Earth.

The four pillars of the global ethos of the new global knowledge civilization are:
Every Person is Precious
The Happiness of Every Person is Precious
Every Relationship is Precious
The Harmony of Every Relationship is Precious

How this new global culture works for over seven billion humans and their machines, connected closely together into one global markelace and one global community, to lead all people to peace, prosperity and happiness, is explained at nomsfoundation.org. Come and see our future, growing all around us today.

The equality of day and night symbolizes the equality of the masculine and the feminine.  The equality of the masculine and the feminine symbolizes the equality of men and women in the peaceful global partnership culture which forms the social organization of E V E, the global knowledge civilization around the Earth.

Happy Global Peace Day

The equinox, equal day and night
Symbolizing the equality of
The masculine and the feminine, and
The equality of men and women
In the peaceful global partnership culture,
Which forms the social organization of the
Global knowledge civilization, E V E,

Celebrate Global Peace Day by wishing everyone you see
“Happy Global Peace Day”

If they ask you what it is tell them
It is the day of the equinox,when the day and the night are of equal length
Symbolizing the equality of the masculine and the feminine,
And the equality of men and women
In the peaceful global partnership culture,
Which forms the social organization of
the new global knowledge civilization called E V E.

Global Peace Day is also the time to celebrate the Divine Harmony’s gift of the rainbow in the sky.  Whenever the rainbow appears, it is a symbol of the Divine Harmony’s promise of global peace, lead by the world’s religions and ways of life that worship the source of all – the Divine Harmony.

Evolution of Suffering

Evolution of Suffering

 

(c) Copyright 2012

By Nomos Foundation

Written By Jonathan W. Burch

All rights reserved

Humans suffer.  Humans suffer from pain, from loss, from hopelessness and meaninglessness.

What is the source of human suffering?  Human suffering comes from two sources, nature and humans.  Neither source is good or bad, it just is, and we have to cope with it as we go through life.  Part of human life is overcoming and learning from suffering, and working through the suffering to find and cherish the joy of life.

Nature, the crunching along of the universe, sometimes cause human suffering.  The tree falls and breaks the shepherd’s leg, the day before his wedding.  Things happen to hurt humans, over which humans have no control.  This is natural-caused suffering.

Humans do things that hurt other humans.  “Man’s inhumanity to man” is apparently limitless.  What ever one human can do to another to harm him or her, some human has thought of and done.  Yet humans think of themselves as good.  How is this possible?

It is possible, because that is how humans have evolved – to suffer and to overcome, to live joyful, fulfilled lives as a whole person, as they evolved to live.  The products of successful evolution are not evil.  They are good.  They have survived in the environment to live, survive, flourish and reproduce as a successful species in the era of biological evolution.  They are good, evolved results of the progress of the rise of existence in the universe.

The key to understanding human-caused suffering and how it is overcome with joy filled life, is the rich group of human responses humans have evolved to survive and flourish in many different types of circumstances, and the inadequate decision ability of limited humans to choose the right response for each circumstance.    It is human limitation, inadequately deciding among abundant adaptive responses, that leads to humans caused suffering.

An example is the evolved solution to an adaptive challenge in the long tribal period before humans lived in cities.  Humans often lived in tribes and clans of from ten to two hundred individuals.  Sometimes one group would attack another group for food or other reasons.  The adaptive challenge for any small group, was how to defend itself against a large group.  The adaptive response that evolved was the alliance between two or more small groups to make one big fighting group for common defense.

How would these alliances be formed and remain strong?  The a system that evolved was to buy the loyalty of the other group by gifts of food and craft goods.  When a group was able to pay the price of the alliance, this did two things to cement the alliance.  First the ally now had food and weapons and craft goods to make itself stronger and to be a stronger member of the alliance.  This made the new ally more secure.  Second the group paying the price showed off an abundance of food and craft goods demonstrating that it was a vibrant, highly motivated, productive, well-organized group, who would make an effective ally.

Who in the group was going to grow all this food and make all these weapons and crafts?  Certainly not the humans in the group.  It takes the Australian Bushman about 15 hours of work a week to provide for him self and his family.  Why work any longer?  Let someone else do it, while I enjoy life.  Besides, who said it would work anyway?

He had no motivation to work beyond self-sufficiency.  This lack of motivation to do what had to be done to survive, was the adaptive challenge that had to be solved by changing the humans.  The humans had to evolve a new response system that would motivate them to work beyond self-sufficiency to survive in this competitive, tribal environment.

 

A new system evolved in humans slowly over many generations, that got better and better, with a wide variety of variations, that motivated them to work beyond self-sufficiency.  This new system is called the Motivators.

The basic human decision system personality at the cognitive level operates by making a constantly-updated, mental picture of the current reality around the individual, and then doing all decision operations on this mental picture.  It looks into the worldview to see problems, obstacles and opportunities, of the individual’s survival and flourishing.

The new Motivator system began as a slight variation of this basic decision system.  It too looked into the worldview, but instead of looking for problems, it looked for wrongs.  These perceived wrongs would naturally evoke emotions which could be used to motivate the individual to action.  If the response could be delayed or played out over a long time, the individual could be motivated to action over a long time.

If someone else did a wrong to the individual, it would naturally evoke anger, which could be molded into the spirit and desire for revenge.  The sex drive could be used to motivate the individual to actions outside the normal social bounds.  Similarly with greed, envy, gluttony and jealousy, all forms of control over things and people.  Finally there was the best and strongest of all, pride.

In tribal times these new motivators were very adaptive.  A lustful young man from one clan would capture a young woman from another clan to have for himself. She was the daughter, sister and perhaps wife of other men in hie clan.  Her clansmen captured a woman from his clan.  In this process some men in both clans were killed.  These episodes, motivated by lust, guaranteed war between the two clans.  Now the need for alliances arose.  In each clan, tribe various rituals began involving planting crops and raising pigs, the food for the alliance.  The Motivators of anger, revenge and pride motivated many members of the clan to work long hours beyond self sufficiency to grow the crops and raise the pigs.  They and their allies were going to avenge the capture of their women and the killing of their men.  After about twelve years of this preparation, the time came for war.  In preparation the clan killed the pigs, pulled up the crops and had a many day feast with the allied clans.  After the feast, hey had the war.

Not too many people were killed, but it was established that one clan was the loser.  This clan lost the right to its land.  The members of the clan had to move in with members of other clans.  Their land was declared to be haunted by the spirits of he dead ancestors, and was off limits to all humans until the next war, which would be about twelve years away.

All of these clans belonged to one tribe, which held the tribal story of what life was about and taught all clans members how this feast and war system worked.  The result of this system was that the whole tribe could live in this environment indefinitely, in spite of the fact that the environment did nit have the carrying capacity to feed the whole tribe indefinitely.   By letting a major part of the land recover by lying fallow for twelve years or so, and randomly moving around which plot of land would lie fallow, the tribe was able to life on the renewed land indefinitely.

This is an example of how humans develop adaptive stories that work over many generations and live by them, even through most individuals in the tribe do not understand how they work or why they are doing what they are doing to live out the details of the tribal story.

The valuable adaptive motivators in tribal times, became natural parts of the humans genetic makeup.  However, when humans moved into crowded cities of 25,000 people, packed closely together, rubbing each other in close society, when they had discovered agriculture and irrigation, the adaptive Motivators became the Seven Deadly Sins.  What had been adaptive, in a different environment, became maladaptive, but humans still had them.  The Motivators were now in the human DNA.  All humans had these powerful Motivators.  Sometimes, in some circumstances, they were still highly adaptive motivators to adaptive responses in those situations.  Often, however, they evolved the wrong response for the city situation.

What is the adaptive response to this new sometimes right and sometimes wrong  situation.  The answer is an adaptive decision system which always chooses the right response for the situation, regardless of the strength of the motivators involved.

 

This is righteous living, doing the right thing at all times no matter what the circumstances.  It is hard to do.  It is so hard to do that humans typically fail at it.  This produces much human caused suffering.

If we could quickly and accurately decide among all the possible responses, regardless of their motivators, we could live a righteous, successful life as a fulfilled whole person as we evolved to live.  This is the natural good life we evolved to live in our circumstances

 

If we could, we would, but we can’t.  We cannot because of human limitation.  We simply do not have anywhere near the mental capacity to make so many decisions so quickly.  We cannot do it.  Therefore human suffering is caused by human limitation.

Principle of Harmony: The Harmony of Every Relationship is Precious

Principle of Harmony: 

The Harmony Of Every Relationship Is Precious

The harmony of every relationship in the universe is a reflection of the harmony of the universe.  It is the harmony of the relationship that makes it precious.  In relationships among people, the shining jewels of this harmony are the teamwork to accomplish more than any could alone, the mutual gifts that the other does not have, the mutual trust and reliance, the mutual acceptance, the mutual caring, listening, consoling, approving, enjoying and the mutual love. Nurture the harmony of each relationship with another person, no matter how brief. It is precious to you, to the other person and to the universe.

When there is a disturbance in the harmony of a relationship, immediately notice it and be concerned.  Immediately seek reconciliation to restore the harmony of the relationship.

When you harm someone else, feel your guilt, acknowledge it, check to see if the harm is real, if it is not, cure the misunderstanding and restore the harmony of the relationship.  If the harm is real, or even if only real in the mind of the other person, make restitution as you can, seek forgiveness and forgive yourself. Then restore the harmony of the relationship with the other person.

When someone wrongs you, do not think immediately of hurt and revenge, think immediately of how you can heal the injured relationship and restore the harmony of the relationship between you. Check to see if the harm is real.  If it is not, admit it and restore the harmony of the relationship.  If it is real, use forgiveness to cleanse your heart and restore the harmony of the relationship.  In seeking to restore the harmony, do not lose yourself, but do not lose the other person either.  Restore the harmony of the relationship with the other person.

Remember the power of forgiveness to clean out the tangles of emotion that keep you from growing and being joyful again. Do not let the other person lead you around by your anger where you do not want to go.  Even if it takes time and healing, forgive yourself, forgive the other person, and find a way to restore the harmony of the relationship between you. The harmony of every relationship is precious

 

Buddhism: The Harmony of Every Relationship Is Precious

One is not wise because he talks a good deal.

They are wise who are patient, and free from hate and fear.

Dhammapada, 19: 258, Easwaran, p. 158

Don’t try to build your happiness on the unhappiness of others.  You will be enmeshed in a net of hatred. Dhammapada, 21: 291, Easwaran, p. 167

The sun shines in the day; the moon shines in the night.  The warrior shines in battle, the brahmin in meditation.  But day and night the Buddha shines in radiance of love for all.

Dhammapada, 26: 386, Easwaran, p. 195

 

Christianity: The Harmony of Every Relationship Is Precious

“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgement.’  But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgement.  Again anyone who says to his brother ‘Raca’ is answerable to the Sanhedrin.  But anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.

Therefore , if you are offering your gift at the alter and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the alter.  First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.  Matthew 5: 21-24 (NIV).

Again you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ADo not break your oath, but keep the oaths you have made to the Lord.@  But I tell you, Do not swear at all; either by heaven, for it is God=s throne; or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King.  And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black.  Simply let your “Yes” be “Yes” and your “No,  “No”.  Matthew 5: 33-37 (NIV)

You have heard that it was said, “Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.” [Exodus 21:24, Leviticus 24:20, Deuteronomy 19:21]   But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person.  If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.  And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well.  If someone forces you to go a mile, go with him two miles.  Do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.  Matthew 5:38-42 (NIV)

You have heard that it was said, “Love your neighbor [Leviticus 19:18] and hate your enemy.”  But I tell you: Love your enemies [some late manuscripts: bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you] and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.  He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.  If you love those who love you, what reward will you get?  Are not even the tax collectors doing that?  And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others?  Do not even pagans do that?  Be perfect, therefore, even as your heavenly Father is perfect.  Matthew 5:43-48 (NIV)

Forgive us our debts,

As we also have forgiven our debtors.  Matthew 6: 12 (NIV)

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me?  Up to seven times?”

Jesus answered, AI tell you not seven times, but seventy-seven times [or seventy times seven].  Matthew 18:21-22 (NIV)

Jesus said, “Do not judge, and you will not be judged.  Do not condemn and you will not be condemned.  Forgive, and you will be forgiven.  Give, and it will be given to you.  A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.  For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.  Luke 6: 37-38 (NIV).

A new command I give to you: Love one another.  As I have loved you so you must love one another.  John 13:34 (NIV)

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellow man has fulfilled the law…what ever other commandments there may be are summed up in this one rule: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to its neighbor.  Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.  Romans 13:8-10 (NIV).

 

Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails.  I Corinthians 13: 4-8 (NIV)

 

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.  Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially those who belong to the family of believers.  Galatians 6: 9-10 (NIV).

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.  Ephesians 6: 13-18 (NIV).

 

Confucianism: The Harmony of Every Relationship Is Precious

Yu Jo has said, AThe filial and fraternal who are fond of offending their superiors are indeed few.  Those who bring confusion to our midst always begin by being fond of offending their superiors.

“Great Man applies himself to the fundamentals, for once the fundamentals are there System comes into being.  It is filial duty and fraternal duty that are the fundamentals of Manhood-at-its-best.@  Sayings of Confucius I: 2

 

Tseng Ts=an once said, ADaily I examine myself on three points: Have I failed to be loyal in my work for others?  Have I been false with my friends?  Have I failed to pass on that which I was taught?” Sayings of Confucius I: 4

Yu Jo has said, “If the maintenance of reliability does not violate justice, any promise made may be kept.  If the humility shown does not violate the rites, their will be no shame or dishonor involved.  IF the reliance that is placed does not violate the interest of the family, it may be honored.” Sayings of Confucius I: 13

Tuan-mu Tz-u once inquired, “What would you say of the man who, though [poor, does not flatter; of the man who, though rich, is not proud?”

“They are right enough, but they are not to be compared with one who, though poor, is happy, and the one, who though rich, is fond of the rites.”

Sayings of Confucius I: 15

 

Hinduism: The Harmony of Every Relationship Is Precious

That one I love who is incapable of ill will, who is friendly and compassionate.  Living beyond the reach of I and mine and of pleasure and pain, patient, contented self-controlled, firm in faith, with all his heart and all his mind given to me – with such a one I am in love.

Bhagavad Gita 12: 13-14, Easwaran p. 163

 

He is dear to me who runs not after the pleasant or away from the painful, grieves not, lusts not, but lets things come and go as they happen.

Bhagavad Gita 12: 17, Easwaran p. 163-164

That devotee who looks upon friend and foe with equal regard, who is not bouyed up by praise nor cast down by blame, alike in heat and cold, pleasure and pain, free from selfish attachments, the same in honor and dishonor, quiet, ever full, in harmony everywhere, firm in faith- such a one is dear to me.

Bhagavad Gita 13: 18-19, Easwaran p. 164

 

Islam: The Harmony of Every Relationship Is Precious

- those who spend in prosperity and adversity, who control their tempers when they are roused and who overlook people= faults (and Allah loves the benevolent) and those who, when they commit an indecency or wrong themselves, call Allah to mind and implore forgiveness for their sins ( and who can forgive except Allah?) and do not persist knowingly in that of which they have been guilty.    Qur’an 3: 132-137

 

The true servants of the Gracious One are those who walk upon the earth with humility and when they are accosted by the ignorant ones, their response is: Peace; Qur’an 25:63

 

Judaism: The Harmony of Every Relationship Is Precious

 

Yaakov lifted up his eyes and saw:

there was Esav coming, and with him, four hundred men!…

And he bowed down to the ground seven times, until he had come

close to him, close to his brother.

Esav ran to meet him,

he embraced him, flung himself upon his neck, and kissed him.

And they wept….

Esav said:

I have plenty, my brother let what is yours remain yours.

Yaakov said:

No, I pray!

Pray, if I have found favor in your eyes,

then take this gift from my hand.

For I have, after all, seen your face, as one sees the face of God,

and you have been gracious to me.

Pray take my token-of-blessing that is brought to you,

for God has shown me favor – for I have everything.

And he pressed him, so he took it.

Genesis 33: 1-11 (FOX)

 

…for I YHWH your God,

am a jealous God,

calling to account the iniquity of the fathers upon the sons, to the

third and fourth (generation)

of those who hate me,

but showing loyalty to the thousandth [generation]

of those that love me,

and keep my commandments.

Exodus 20: 5-6 (FOX)

 

Naturalism: The Harmony of Every Relationship Is Precious

 

Opposition brings together, and from discord comes perfect harmony.

Heraclitus, The Enlightened Mind, Mitchell, p. 8

To men, some things are good and some are bad.  But to God, all things are good and beautiful and just.

Heraclitus, The Enlightened Mind, Mitchell, p. 9

“Whoever has been initiated so far in the mysteries of Love and has viewed all these aspects of the beautiful in due succession, is at last drawing near the final revelation.  And now, Socrates, there bursts upon him that wondrous vision which is the very soul of the beauty he has toiled so long for.  It is everlasting loveliness which neither comes nor goes, which neither flowers nor fades, for such beauty is the same on every hand, the same then as now, here as there, this way as that way, the same to every worshipper as it is to every other.”

Plato: Socrates Speech in the Symposium, The Enlightened Mind, Mitchell, p14

 

Taoism: The Harmony of Every Relationship Is Precious

Failure is an opportunity.

If you blame someone else,

there is no end to the blame.

 

Therefore the Master

fulfills her own obligations

and corrects her own mistakes.

She does what she needs to do

and demands nothing of others.

Tao Te Ching No. 79

Relationships with All Of Existence and the Divine Harmony

Relationship with All of Existence

The main Principle of Harmony in our relationship with all of existence is that we are a part of all of existence, we evolved by its methods and are to live within its rules, not dominating or subduing nature, but participating as a part of nature, carrying on for our time our cosmic duty to nurture E V E, so far as we know, the first knowledge civilization to evolve, to full bloom and reproduction many times to continue the rise of existence in the universe, which began with the Big Bang and, with our machines, to take it to higher levels of organization beyond what biological evolution can do, and launch the era of the Flowers of the Universe.  We should take from nature what we need to survive, flourish, grow and reproduce, but no more.  Leave the rest of nature to evolve on its own.

Relationship with the Divine Harmony

Many believe this is the most precious relationship.

Imagine a close, personal friendship with an older, wiser friend, who loves you, cares for you, wants you to be happy and fulfilled as a whole person in all your relationships, can help you with genuine humility,  individual responsibility and forgiveness, and knows how you should respond in each situation, will tell you, an help you when you and other people cannot help you.  Would not it be wonderful to have such a friend?

You can have such a wonderful, loving, guiding, helping friend with you all the time, wherever you are.  This s your inner friend.  Your inner friend goes with you wherever you are.  You can develop a close personal relationship with your inner friend from within your religion or way of life, what ever it is, either natural or supernatural.

If you believe in nature and the supernatural makes no sense to you, you will find your inner friend to be a person within your personality, who cares for you, wants you to succeed in life and knows better than you do consciously how you should respond in each circumstance you face to live a fulfilled life as a whole person.  Your inner friend understands you intimately and knows what you need to do to be happy.  Listen to your inner friend.  Learn to receive messages of guidance form your inner friend.  Follow them and live successfully.

If the natural is not enough for you, and you believe in the supernatural, go with what you believe to be true.  Seek your inner friend in the person of a supernatural being, who knows you, loves you, wants you to succeed in life and will guide you and help you if you will listen and follow.  Your supernatural inner friend may be God, or a God, a saint, angel, spirit, ancestor or other spiritual being.  Whom ever you can comfortably relate to, seek to establish a close inner friendship.  Pray for guidance and help, listen for messages, hear the message, put in words, look at it.  Think what it means for you.

Then, before you act on it, you have the person responsibility to discern whether the message is fire or wildfire.  When you receive an inner message, regardless of who your inner friend is or how you received the message, you have the responsibility to discern whether the message is fire from your true inner friend, or wildfire from some selfish or evil source.  You discern by comparing what the message is guiding you to do, with what your faith community would tell you to do.  Does it fit with your understanding of scripture?  Is this the kind o thing a faithful member of you faith community would do?  If so, confirm the message and follow it.  If not, discern some more.  Seek further explanation from your inner friend.  Look at other scriptures. Look at it from a different point of view.  Maybe you missed something important about the message.  Talk to trusted members of your family and faith community.  Keep discerning until your sure this what your inner friend is telling you to do.  Then, even if you do not like it or it takes you out of your comfort zone, do it, and live your fulfillment as whole person. Enjoy your life-long inner friendship with the Divine Harmony, how ever you understand the Divine Harmony.

Every relationship with self, other people, all of existence and the Divine Harmony is precious.  Every relationship is precious