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Building the Thousand Years of Peace

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Instead of waiting for some Rapture or Second Coming, we can start building peace on earth, a peace and love that is everlasting. If the ground of our being and the source of the universe is eternal love and boundless joy--we can live in that Oneness and fulfill our true purpose. We can prove that humans are not violent at our core. We can prove that the human family together can create peace on earth, with the love of honesty and transparency in our hearts, with the love of ourselves and others. Let us start making the world work together like the cells and organs of a healthy body.

When did Homo Sapiens take a wrong turn? Will Tuttle, author of The World Peace Diet, says it was when herderism emerged. Possibly that led to a top-down, hierarchical system of control and domination that became increasingly entrenched as the norm--in government, in churches, synagogues, and mosques, in marriages and families, in schools, in everything. Hierarchies of authority have their place, but they have to be built from the bottom-up, not from the top-down. They have to be built from the bottom-up democratically rather than from the top-down autocratically.

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On Facebook, I found this quote by author and pastor, Rob Bell, which to me points out the mystical aspect of Progressive Christianity, yoga, Buddhism, and mindfulness meditation: "The moment God is figured out with nice neat lines and definitions, we are no longer dealing with God."

The United States must drastically reduce its ecological footprint. Here are 20 recommendations for the United States that can make the United States a model country, loved by other nations, for the first time, for all the right reasons.

1. We need to shun all lies, misinformation, and disinformation and create a society that values openness, honesty and transparency at all levels.

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2. We need to encourage self-awareness by encouraging a study of psychology, conflict resolution and communication skills, yoga, Buddhism, mindfulness meditation, and the therapeutic use of hallucinogenic herbs such as cannabis, peyote, and ayahuasca, which can open the heart and expand the mind for some people. Maybe heads of states need to smoke some weed together; it might eliminate the sociopathic desire for never ending wars.

3. We need to demand that at least 7 of the largest national political parties will be allowed to participate in presidential debates.

4.We need to value solar and wind, eliminate nuclear power, and especially cultivate hemp for all of its biodegradable uses.

5. We need to study math, science, social studies, and language arts our whole lives and share what we have learned with our children and grandchildren. It would be good if everyone could retire at age 60 with a good pension and monthly Social Security payments, so that they could focus full time on making the world a better place.

6. We need to have more trains and busses and far less cars.

7. We need to eliminate imperialism, racism, patriarchalism, and materialism from our hearts and minds and motivations.

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8. We need to stop discriminating against the LGBTQ community to encourage others to accept and not hide their sexual orientations.

9. We need to build democratic, consensus, intentional, autonomous, and interrelated communities from the grassroots level to the global level, building from the bottom-up.

For now, we can seek to eliminate the Security Council of the United Nations and instead consider the General Assembly of the United Nations as the highest authority. A different democratic world government system can be considered later as needed. Any democratic world government system built democratically can also be dismantled democratically, if the citizens of the world have a change of heart.

We need to value having a democratic world government built from the bottom-up instead of having an autocratic or totalitarian new world order imposed on us from the top-down.

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