What is Ahead for the 21st Century?

Video of birds swarming over the sunset:

It is only small-minded arrogance that makes us think we are more powerful or intelligent than those birds. If we were to become the eye of God, we could see that each of the humans on Earth is no larger than a single bird in that flock above. Just as those birds have insight through instinct to know that they must work and flock together to survive, we must learn this yet as human beings. In the eyes of God, we are simply one of many, as are the birds. Only our consciousness allows us to grow closer to the mind of God.

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Spurred on by Jay Bookman’s excellent opinion piece of June 2, 2017, on his AJC blog (Link: http://jaybookman.blog.myajc.com/2017/06/02/opinion-the-second-american-civil-war-really/ ), I have mused over the future of these United States of America and even the nations of the world. Here is where I think humanity is headed in the 21st Century.

Presently, we think only as states and nations, but in the near future we will be forced to think of ourselves on this planet as Earthlings more than smaller divisions.

If we do not raise our consciousness to understand that need for mutual survival, we are bound to destroy one another.

The United States is not a sacred nation that must last forever, any more than the old Soviet Union was a sacred nation that must last forever.

However, the ideals and ideas which created America through the forging of the great American Experiment will last forever because those ideas are eternal in the soul of man, which embraces God.

Thomas Jefferson was not a fundamentalist thinker. He did not think in rigid parameters of thought that are dead to growth. He thought with the force of aliveness into the future and abstracted just enough truth to whittle thought down to its essential.

Thomas Jefferson in 1824, two years before he died, wrote:

“Nothing then is unchangeable but the inherent and unalienable rights of man.”

Thomas Jefferson did not particularly like the American Constitution except for its Bill of Rights. I do not believe that he saw this nation as holy but that the ideas that it was putting forth in the world for the first time as holy to humankind. We are all equal in the eyes of God. As we, as a nation, let that level consciousness enter our thinking, we will realize that no state in these united states is supreme and also that no nation in this world is supreme. The United States of America will not have another Civil War in the flesh, but we are presently having a Civil War of ideas of what America means. Those ideas and ideals will last forever even if our nation does not.

As we emerge with this new level of consciousness, we will also understand better that all human beings are both angels and devils and, therefore, we will stop judging so much others and ourselves, but simply reach out to others in a spirit of love and work, together, toward the survival of our common home, Earth. We do not need limited demarcations to do this.

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Thomas Jefferson (who could see well into the 21st century and beyond) from Dr. Saul Padover’s book, “Jefferson” :

” ‘Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence and deem them like the arc of the covenant, too sacred to be touched. They ascribe to the men of the preceding age a wisdom more than human, and suppose what they did to be beyond amendment. . . .I know. . . that laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. . . .As. . . new discoveries are made, new truths disclosed, and manners and opinions change with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also, and keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy, as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors. . . .Each generation. . . has. . .a right to choose for itself the form of government it believes most promotive of its own happiness. . . .a solemn opportunity of doing this every nineteen or twenty years should be provided by the constitution.’ ”

“His (Jefferson’s) conclusion in the matter of laws and institutions was that they were perpetually subject to change for the benefit of humanity. ‘Nothing then,’ he told Major John Cartwright in 1824, ‘is unchangeable but the inherent and unalienable rights of man.’ ”

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ADDENDUM:

In the above essay, I mentioned that going forward into the 21st Century, that there may not be a need for states, as in the United States, or national demarcations, as exist now throughout the world.

To elaborate on my thinking on this matter, in more detail, I see that some people, not just in the United States, but throughout the globe, are more evolved in consciousness than are others. I believe that these more evolved human beings will set the agenda for the globe for themselves and for other human beings in order to save our planet and to save humanity, itself.

That does not mean that they will view other human beings as being less than they are in the eyes of God, but only that they will view other human beings as having moved less far along the consciousness continuum toward the Godhead than they have, at that point in time. When that state of consciousness is arrived at by these evolved human beings, then to them all life, including all human life, all animal life, all plant life and even the life of the planet, with all of its soil, water, and minerals, will be viewed as sacred and equal in that all are manifestations of the Mind of God, which is love, and love fosters ongoing life, not death.

We see today that many people throughout the world have higher states of consciousness than others in various nations, such as in England and France as well as in America. That is why the emerging new world of the late 21st Century and beyond will not be run as states and nations but as human beings of more elevated consciousness (love and wisdom) wherever they are found on the Earth. This I believe because the survival of human life, and probably all life as we know it on Earth, means that this process must occur, over time, to save life as we know it for all. There is more I could add, but this is enough for now.

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The last stanza in the last poem my father ever wrote. It was written in the summer of 1999. Dad died in February of 2000 at age 80:

Farewell to thee, O century great!
Long may your ideals reign
And leave “the sunshine” of peace and hope
Through the war clouds of a distant rain!
Thus, open wide a bridge of understanding
As century twenty-one shall begin
Then seek the wisdom of Providence
To guide us to the end!

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Post Script: I had written that the evolved people of this world, in terms of consciousness, would become the leaders of the world toward the end of this century whatever nation or state within a nation, such as ours, these natural leaders reside on our common planet, our mutual home.

Obviously, the consciousness of Donald Trump has evolved no further than that of an adolescent boy, and the fact that he is the President of the United States has to be by the will of God in that what he will accomplish will be not what he intends, but what God has in mind. (As Lincoln said of the Civil War’s fate.) Personally, I believe that Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin will knock each other out of power so that the two superpowers presently on our planet will have to become one with the many other nations on Earth, equal whether great or small. We must come into that consciousness, forged by Thomas Jefferson, that all men are created equal and work together on our planet, even without national or state demarcations, to survive together in a higher level of consciousness as we begin to explore not only ourselves in greater depth, but explore our Universe, literally.

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2 Responses to What is Ahead for the 21st Century?

  1. dbm1fromjaybookmansblog says:

    We possess the faculty of reason. Birds do not.

    The altruist morality does several things to either make people more devil-like than they need to be or make them appear more devil-like than they really are. By applying a fundamentally false criterion, it leads to many false conclusions. By demanding that people follow something that most people are not suicidal enough to follow with full consistency, it pushes people into pragmatism and hypocrisy. By saying that self-interest is bad, it confuses some people into mistakenly believing that some bad things are in their self-interest.

    • In my opinion, each person will evolve in higher consciousness at his or her own pace. All we can do to help the process along is to love and model where we, ourselves, are going. Then, others hopefully will choose the path of love toward all living things, for themselves.

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