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Leaders and the Sacred Rite of Self-Determination

by Tom James on 08/13/19

Why did the Supreme Being (God) give us the gift of Personhood? This gift of a soul gives us the ability to choose good and evil, or basically to choose to direct our life choices to the Good:

-Good habits,

-Good friends,

-Good ideas,

-Good careers,

-Ways to help others,

-Etc.

So that we can clearly choose to be with God for all eternity!

That's IT!!!

SO!

All Leaders everywhere have a Sacred Duty to protect all Persons' Sacred Rite of Self-Determination, and to Lead all to make every decision one that helps  and leads us on the path to God!

HOW?

Leaders can lead Persons to:

-Choose democracy, which protect the Sacred Rite of Self-Determination and fight all forms of tyranny such as Communism, which deny Personhood!

-Choose a religion based on a loving God and on loving our neighbor, rather than one that denies the Personhood of anyone who does not follow their definition of their tribal God.

-Choose to avoid drugs, alcohol, lust, greed, anger, hatred, controlling others rather than a life of service to others,

SO!

Dear Leaders,

Have Hope, Love, and Faith in God. Use every waking hour and ounce of energy to fight the good fight and protect the Sacred Rite of Self-Determination for ALL PERSONS ON EARTH!

Leadership and Crises

by Tom James on 08/09/19

All Leaders from heads of state to parents of families are either directly or indirectly impacted by the current overwhelming international and local crises, such as:

-The tech revolutions and the pace of change,

-Fear of WMD proliferation,

-Acts of mass murder caused by religions zealots and hate-filled people,

-Worldwide migration of peoples,

-Overwhelming population growth,

-Power-hungry and power-mad Leaders of countries,

-Collapse of good Core Value systems such as organized religion and good families,

-Disappearance of trust in political life causing a rise in “not getting things done,”

-Increase in violence at all levels of society,

-History of families, towns, countries, and individuals being rewritten by cynical teachers of bad values,

-Rise in evil drug empires based on corruption.

Etcetera!

(Read previous blogs for what to do!)

An Open Letter to Believers in One God

by Tom James on 07/21/19

Beloved Muslim, Jewish, and Christian Leaders,

Act now, as brothers under one God, and save the planet!

As a dramatic, symbolic act of this Brotherhood, hold a joint worship service of the one and only Supreme Being in the mosque on the Holy Mount that is sacred to all 3 religions.

DO IT NOW!!! While there's still time!!

The Armageddon looms closer with each new hate-filled war.

Remember: Muslims and Jews have a common Father—Abraham—who worshiped one God. Also, Christianity was started by Jews and shares a belief in the truths regarding one God contained in the Jewish holy writing,

You can, if you only will, drop and leave behind centuries-old beliefs and hatred. Let all Persons, no matter their religion, become loving brothers and sisters under a loving God (Supreme Being).

Leadership and Being a Celebrity

by Tom James on 07/16/19

Does it seem to you that the dream of being a celebrity and the reality are so different?

Let's consider what happens when you become celebrated.

The first thing that happens, the reason I chose this topic: you cease to be a Person!!

You are now owned by your fans and treated as an object that must:

-Be available,

-Be smiling,

-Give autographs cheerfully,

-Continue to be a great artist, politician, military hero, entrepreneur, financier, or athlete to satisfy your fans' NEEDS and not YOURS!

-Is it any wonder that over time, celebrities fall into depression, drug and alcohol abuse, anger and resentment at life, the trap of ever-increasing performance expectation, and being unable to summon the energy to overcome obstacles and be positive?

Solution?!

Being GROUNDED.

For the Good, ethical Leader, being a grounded celebrity means that being celebrated is a way to serve others as a Leader. By being joyful, patient, kind, and cheerful to those Persons who ask you to handle these pressures so well, they will seek out and find the cause of your grounded life as a Person. This groundedness can only come from a goal in life that surpasses and supercedes all other goals—eternal celebration with God!

For those celebrities who define themselves as non-Persons, or ignore or reject the destiny and purpose of life—to prepare for choosing, loving, and being loved for and by the Supreme Being—they have no hope.

Being celebrated is a stormy sea of gigantic waves with a sinking boat!

Leaders and Preparation

by Tom James on 07/01/19

If you are not now a Leader, then I call you, or beg you, to become one. Become a Good, Ethical Leader.

Would-be Leaders prepare or are prepared for Leadership because of circumstance like war, being groomed by a strong family member, boss, or friend who challenges them to prepare for “life.” Thereby Leaders can Lead us to prepare for Leadership.

I hope the following Questions will be helpful for you to intentionally “choose” to prepare for Good, Ethical, Leadership!

  1. Do you want to be a Leader?

  2. If NO, please consider your reasons for saying “no.” If your role models are bad ones (lazy, corrupt, angry, hateful, or abusive) then use their examples of bad Leadership to Lead you to choose Good opposite Leadership styles, values, and goals for Leading Persons with a shared vision of a hope-filled Community

  3. If YES, then start preparing NOW. Your “yes” should cause you to examine every bit of knowledge, social experience, mistake, idea, inspiration (good or bad) and store it in your file of “Leadership learning” for future use! Pick friends who show signs of Leadership potential and drive to excel and achieve! If YES, then be POSITIVE in attitude, in seeing the good in events, Persons, and ideas. Actively fight for the positive good in all you think, do, or make a habit of!

If “yes,” then I have three words: observe, OBSERVE, OBSERVE everything!!!

If “yes,” seek the Supreme Being and His gifts, recognizing the Sacred in Persons, religion, good teaching, rituals, Leaders, and Communities. Identify evil-acting and -teaching religions!

If “yes,” then learn how to learn from your personal disasters, as well as Community and global disasters, such as wars, plagues, tornadoes, famine, etc. Learn how to pick yourself up and help those you Lead to do the same!

If “yes,” then develop a hopeful, cheerful, and humorous approach to yourself and others, especially those you will lead!

If “yes,” then PRAY!

A Mass Murderer and the Night Before!

by Tom James on 06/21/19

The 15-year-old Boy wakens from terrible dreams and suddenly realizes that he is not alone. He shouts,

Boy: WHAT!!!

Boy: Who is there? I see you both!

Boy: Who are you?

Hope: I am Hope, your guardian angel from God!

Despair: And I am Despair, your guardian angel from Satan!

Boy: What do you want?

Hope and Despair: Your soul!

Hope: You have one more chance to decide not to go to your high school and kill your fellow students tomorrow. Now, I am giving you great graces to clear a path for your will to cancel your plans for tomorrow!

Despair laughs derisively.

Despair: Ha! No way! This soul is mine. His will is so locked up with hatred and anger at God, his parents, his life, his school and everything and everybody, and with lust and jealousy, your grace is drowned in a sea of despair! Ha! Ha! Ha!

Hope: There is always hope until you are dead, so now choose the light. Choose to plead for God's mercy and love, who even now is waiting for you to turn to love and turn away from despair.

Boy: Enough! I want to kill. Come into me, Despair. Kill my brain with a feeling of power—power over life and death, power to destroy lives, power to fill their families with despair, power to create fear in hundreds of students and teachers, and power over my own fear!

Ending #1

The next day, with bodies all around, the mass murderer Boy is riddled with bullets, and Despair rips his soul out and carries him to Hell.

Ending #2

In the months after, the Boy is still living and in chains. He is allowed to see the TV reports of families and students turning to Hope, Love, and Forgiveness. Boy's nights are filled with despair

and then lately—can it be? A small glimmer!

Leaders and DEATH

by Tom James on 06/12/19

Let's call this: helping those we need face death with “the meaning of life.”

My older brother (90!) died last week after a life of wonderful service as a priest. Both his dying and his funeral rites were suffused with celebration and meaning through prayers and rituals, because he was a PERSON with a SOUL who spent his life constantly aware of:

-Why he was made a Person,

-Who made him a Person,

-And what his ultimate choice must be.

He decided to love and serve God by serving other Persons, in order for him to be joyful in this life and supremely happy with and in God forever, and he chose to accomplish this service with and through Jesus: the Way, and the Truth, and the Life!

Leaders Need a Care Meter and Antidotes for Fear!

by Tom James on 05/24/19

Whether you are a Leader of a family, business, or country, you constantly deal with and handle fear of all types in those you Lead.

There is good fear (or respect) and bad fear. Some people fear a loss of their job because of complications in the market, a loss of family because of bad parenting, or a loss of country because of wars.

Dealing with fear is your job as their Leader!

Throw into our lives fomenters of fear—warlike politicians and dictators, corrupt business executives, alcoholic parents, thieves and murderers, etc. These collective fear engines can create mass fear or hysteria and a group willingness to elect dictators or take to the streets and barricades.

For current day Leaders, factor in the incredible pace of change caused by technology, including weapons of mass destruction or the potential global spread of disease, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera, and it is a wonder that Earth's Communities are surviving at all!

SO!

Back to my constant pleas:

-Global Good ethical values,

-Creation of a Global response to the spread of WMD's,

-Denouncing of Evil leaders and their countries as Evil,

-The renewal of shared concepts such as Good and Evil, justice and corruption, love and hate, friendship and enmity, and positive action and idleness, so we all talk the same language.

Good, ethical Leaders: Now is the time to ACT and LEAD! You are SO needed!

A Present

by Tom James on 04/25/19

God, grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time,
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardship as a pathway to peace;
taking, as Jesus did,
this sinful world as it is,
not as I would have it;
trusting that You will make all things right
if I surrender to Your will;
so that I may be reasonable happy in this life
and supremely happy with You forever in the next.

Amen.

                                            Reinhold Niebuhr

Leadership Choices, A Summary!

by Tom James on 04/15/19

Let's run through some choices you can make to be Good, Ethical Leaders.

Choose to lead: if you're younger, lead your classmates, siblings, even your teachers, or if you're in your twenties, lead your fellow workers, your organization, your family, etc.! These are examples of how you can seek ways in which to practice leadership.

To what end? Leave the world a better place because of your many leadership choices and roles!

How can you become a GOOD, Ethical Leader?

Choose Good values and have Good, Ethical habits.

For example, you can choose:

-To worship a Good Supreme Being (God).

-To make family the center of what you value.

-To treat the opposite sex as Persons and not as objects.

-Pick GOOD friends and leisure time activities.

-Choose to use alcohol and rich foods sparingly, not to excess.

-Choose to learn and keep learning all the days of your life.

-Love and care for and give Good guidance to your followers.

-Exercise daily!

-Read great literature!

-Set up rules about your use of computers, iPhone, online games, social media, etc.

-Pray every day.

-Trust in God and your Good Guardian Angel.

Now, how are you doing as a Good, Ethical Leader?

Leaders—Atheism, Abortion, and the Death of Democracy

by Tom James on 03/29/19

If there is no Supreme Being (God), then there is no Personhood, and therefore we are all animals with no inalienable rights...

AND!

If the atheists continue to impose abortion on this country (USA) and the baby Persons are forcibly denied the basic right to life, then the door is opened to deny the right to life of other Persons: the aged, the infirm, criminals, etc., and then when the dictator and the PARTY control all—then all rights are gone, and no one is a Person!

I remember that at the the Nuremberg trial of the Nazis at the end of World War II, an accused Nazi judge made the statement, “I didn't know that when we denied the first person their rights, that all the evils of Nazism would follow.”

The denial of the God-given Personhood says to God, “Not only do we deny your existence, but we make it the law of our country to kill your most wonderful and beautiful creations in the millions!!!!”

And the God-centered democracy crumbles onto the ash heap of history.

Leaders and Hate

by Tom James on 03/20/19

Acts by hate-filled people fill the media! We are bombarded with stories of hatred: towards other races, religions, countries, poor or rich people, political enemies, EVERYONE!

What are Good, Ethical Leaders to do to stem the tide? It's easy to say LOVE, but let's go back to basics and find where hate and love spring from.

There is a moment of choice to hate! At some point in the life of the hater, one accepts another's hatred as one's own or one chooses one's own object of hatred.

SO! What if all Good, Ethical Leaders in the world decided to attack together this moment of decision to stop the hate-filled choice from being made?

WITH WHAT?

A simple truth! That there is a God (Supreme Being), that God gave all human beings a soul and thereby made us Persons, and that every Person has the EXACT SAME GIFT. WE ARE ALL THE SAME!

THEREFORE—God wants us to use our freedom to choose hate or love. By choosing love, we will share God's life forever in the eternal light of God's love...

OR

...a Person can turn away from God and God's love and CHOOSE to HATE! The fires of hatred will consume their souls, minds, and brains with the same fire that will burn in our souls in Hell for all eternity!!!

There is no rational choice to HATE! We have to be STUPID to hate other Persons who are exactly like us in our shared Personhood and eternal destiny! Can we not use the power of the media to call hate-filled terrorists, mass-murderers, power-mad political leaders, gang leaders, dope peddlers, hate-filled religious leaders, etc., as...

STUPID!

Their hate-filled acts are stupid, especially their first choice to HATE!

The Day of Celebration

by Tom James on 02/25/19

World leaders, imagine a future world where the following scenario is a reality, and make this day come!

The whole world is watching the special meeting of all the world leaders at the UN. During the past few days, a special UN meeting of all the leaders of the “nuclear nations” have met and adopted the following resolution:

“DECLARATION AND PLEDGE OF ALL NATIONS TO DESTROY ALL WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION AND TO CEASE CREATING THEM.”

Also that:

“All nations of the world hereby appoint the United Nations to carry out this destruction of all WMD's.”

That the United Nations, under the direction of the United Nations Bureau of WMD Destruction has a supervising committee composed of:

-The Secretary-General of the United Nations,

-The Director of the Bureau,

-And representatives of the following nations: Switzerland, Sweden, Japan, Canada, South Africa, Brazil, Indonesia, Australia, and Poland.

That this Bureau be given the authority, resources, and personnel to carry out this task:

That any nation that refuses to fully cooperate with the United Nations in destroying its WMD's shall have its borders, ports, and airports closed and its communications disrupted.

NOW: the General Assembly meets to vote on the approval of the declaration, with the whole world watching.

The Secretary-General calls the meeting of all the leaders of the nations of the world, who are either present themselves or technologically present. He simply and directly asks all the leaders to vote to:

-APPROVE- or -DISAPPROVE- the adoption of the declaration.

Then the celebration (or weeping?) may begin.

Leaders and Understanding

by Tom James on 02/11/19

Let us practice understanding!

We seek to understand:

  1. The way the voice within us that tells us the good to seek and the evil to avoid.

  2. The ways in which the Supreme Being communicates with us Persons in Sacred writings, through beauty everywhere in creation, and through all the works of art.

  3. The ways in which we can love others and the ways in which we can be loved.

  4. The ways to pray to the Supreme Being for everything and especially how to hear when the Supreme Being answers us.

  5. The way to love knowledge about all things and how to add to the storehouse of knowledge.

  6. The ways to be good leaders.

  7. The way in which understanding might lead to wisdom.

  8. The possibility of not only WHAT but WHO!

Leadership and God's Response to Evil

by Tom James on 02/03/19

Do you sometimes wonder, dear Leaders, why God (the Supreme Being) does not rain fire and brimstone down on evil actions and activities? Is it possible that God is allowing the Persons of Planet Earth to decisively choose GOOD or EVIL and reap the rewards of a new age of justice, mercy, love, and wisdom, rather than the terrible choice of a future of power-mad politics, evil religious zealotry, denying Personhood to the unborn, and the attack on those of other religious? My address is to Leaders who I believe and hope will respond to God's voice calling us all to choose the GOOD choices and actions and GOOD Leadership roles. Turn the evil trends around into blossoming creative GOOD political actions and individual actions of God-led HEROISM, virtue, and love of all Persons everywhere!

Beloved Leaders—at all levels of society—we desperately need you to be heroes and heroines as you lead your families, Communities, nations, and the world into safe waters! Thank you.

Leadership and Ethical Choices

by Tom James on 01/18/19

Aristotle says, “Ethics is about the GOOD!”

Who we are, and what world we create, depends on our CHOICES!

DUH!!!

Our choices are made based on our value and value system.

DUH!

Now—for your homework, read or re-read Aristotle's Ethics!

Now class, what is your value system?

Choose!

  1. There is one Supreme Being who loves us and gives us Personhood. We choose to honor other Persons and seek to serve. This is the basis of all we value and all that is GOOD!

  2. OR, there is no Supreme Being, and we are the center of all our life's choices!

  3. OR, we choose to follow a god that inspires us to choose evil.

Stop! Choose now!

Intend the GOOD in all our choices and learn to “know, love, and serve God...”

...A loving, perfect God!!!

Leadership and the Cumulative Effect of Good and Evil Acts

by Tom James on 01/02/19

A thought on the end of 2018, December 31st:

Much of my blog entries have been about the role of leadership and Leaders in the face of WMD's of all types and powerful forces of evil political and religious ideas and Leaders. Today, let us dwell on the cumulative effect of every single good and evil act.

Just as a garden can become a thing of order and beauty, or a weed patch, by the daily choices of a gardener, so a Person, family, neighborhood, business, city, or country, even the whole world, is impacted by individual acts.

HOW? Examples:

  1. The family home can be a place of love, joy, and mutual support by the mother and father being Persons who began and continued their relationship in love, kindness, giving, and contributing one's Work, thoughts, energies, and devotion to loving and interested care for their children. Or the home can become the opposite when the parents have a relationship based on lust, selfishness, taking, “turning one's face away from the other,” and practicing neglectful and resentful anger at the demands of parenting!

  2. A playground can be a place of good friends or bullies.

  3. A neighborhood can be a safe place for families, a place of justice and peace. Or it can be a place of murders and drugs, corruption, and fear.

  4. A city can be a place where good neighborhood prevail, as well as justice, care for the needy, and creativity. Or evil neighborhoods can prevail, where corrupt leaders dispense evil judgments, their actions are clouded by self-seeking and power-seeking, where fear, murder, and despair fill the hearts and streets of the city!

  5. A religion can bring its followers together in love, mutual support, and worship of a Supreme Being of love and mercy, or it can call some of its followers to be mass murderers, slavers, or destroyers, who are filled with the terrible belief that their acts of hatred towards other religions are blessed by their “god.” Really, their wars with others in their religions are led by power-hungry leaders using religion to control and inspire evil acts in their followers!

  6. A nation's people can lose hope and despair of having good leaders in their cities. Their political life is filled with hatred. Mob rule fills the streets until they create a dictator, who they hope will restore order, and he DOES—at the loss of all their freedom. Then they become slaves of the one-party-rule state!

Leaders everywhere, listen and don't despair! YOU—at all levels—can change the direction of your family, your neighborhood, your city, your country, your world... for the better. Be strong and good ethical Leaders, and hope in our Supreme Being and in each other.

Leadership and Wisdom

by Tom James on 12/23/18

In this time of peril as well as hope for Planet Earth—peril from WMD's in the hands of power-crazed lunatics, and hope because of the wonderful breakthroughs of technology in every aspect of life.

At this time of celebration for Christmas, an idea occurred to me: what if God (the Supreme Being) sent Confucius, Buddha, Mohammad, and Jesus to visit us and give us their collective wisdom about the choices we have in saving our planet and enjoying technological prosperity as we are faced with the greatest crisis in our human history!

I think they would begin by posing a series of questions:

  1. Do you human Persons have a common set of values that allow you to negotiate in an atmosphere of trust? No!

  2. Do you have a common definition of God as the one Supreme Being? No!

  3. Do you recognize that all humans have been gifted with Personhood (a soul!) and are all the same? No!

  4. Have your political and religious leaders adopted systems that are not power-mad or based on total control over their people, who they view as servants of their controlling political and religious group? No!

  5. Are all Persons in all political or religious Communities seen to possess the inalienable rights to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” because of their Personhood? Some, but not all.

The four great leaders speak, “Our suggestion to you is, on the basis of your answers, simple: take responsibility for changing yourselves and your political and religious systems so that a 'yes' answer will be given to the 5 questions in the future, or you will have no future at all!

“We will pray for you.”

Leadership and the Work of Our Souls

by Tom James on 12/15/18

We are never alone! We are surrounded by all of our ancestors, loved ones, and friends who have died, plus all the souls of the universe. Also, God's love is in our souls, waiting for us and helping us.

What do our souls do? What should they do?

BASICS! The Supreme Being (God) is a God of love. He gives us souls (Personhood) to join him in loving union forever. If this is true, then we need to prepare our souls for love eternal.

How?

By:

-Learning how to love by letting our souls go beyond the body's desire for sex and going beyond our mind's limited concepts of loving. We should intentionally TOUCH the souls of others with love—no words! As it will be in heaven!

-Is it possible that our ancestors are always available to us—touching our souls? Is it possible that, for instance, our mothers or spouses who have passed not only hear our prayers but are also in communion with us? Try it! Is it possible that the loving touch of our souls is as it will be with God in heaven? That it can and should occur anytime, anywhere, and often!?

-A step further! Could we reach out to enemies like someone who is robbing us, falsely accusing us, or driving their car erratically? Could we STOP, reach out, and seek to touch them with forgiveness and love—no words, just our souls? GO!

-In suffering—in pain, loss, poverty, disaster, accident, a lifelong or temporary disability, etc., do we have the opportunity to TOUCH and be touched by God and countless others like caregivers and rescue workers? God is loving and merciful, and there is no better time to come roaring into our souls than when we are suffering and totally vulnerable!!!

SO!

Let us leaders practice touching the souls of our ancestors AND of our present family AND everyone on Earth AND in the UNIVERSE!

I hope I can, through my writing, reach out and touch my soul to yours with the shared love of God!

How the Supreme Being (God) Speaks to Leaders—NOW!

by Tom James on 12/01/18

As all good, ethical Leaders try to create a world safe for Persons everywhere to not only survive but thrive, God is here to help and guide us!

HOW?

Please consider these following ways:

  1. From the time God gave human beings a soul and made them Persons, God has had a love affair with us. The Supreme Being guided us first into family units, then into tribes. Tribes responded in fear and wonder with rituals and prayers created by their Leaders!

  2. As people built cities and countries, and with the development of the written word, Leaders created the wonderful religious literature that speaks to and inspires us current Leaders to worship the divine in multiple and creative forms together. They created the formal religions we know today that guide, nurture, and support so many of us Leaders today.

  3. These Leaders of the current religions of today try to spend their lives in prayer, holiness, learning, writing, and teaching us Leaders how to Lead nations and individual Persons to create good families, villages, cities, countries, and faithful followers of the GOOD. Thereby Leaders can create the whole Good, Global Community!

  4. All us Leaders are capable of communicating with God if we would only try! We can communicate with God through daily prayer and daily listening to God communicating to us.

  5. God has given all Persons the ability to see and choose the good path or the evil one! As we choose a path, good or evil habits are formed that bring us closer to good or evil. We can intentionally choose to good path, the good habit, the good friendship, the best religious choices, the best Work, and the best investment of our time, resources, and energy.

  6. For Christians, Jesus is the WORD of GOD who can be our Way, our Truth, our Life, and our Light, now and at the moment of our dying. Through a daily reading of the New Testament, we can hear Jesus teaching us that God is our Father, that we must love one another, that we must forgive to be forgiven, that as Leaders, we must seek to serve rather than be served, that everything in our lives, every act, every thought, every joy or suffering, and every event have great meaning if we join with Jesus in “renewing the face of the Earth!!!”

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