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October 9, 2019:
I grew up in a church that said you had to speak in tongues to get saved and go to heaven. I often prayed fervently for the experience in the prayer room at church, where people would cry and wail, and roll on the floor. One 80-year old lady would get happy in the spirit and run laps around the church, which was always entertaining.
About my sophomore year in college, I became transformed by the protest of the Vietnam War, the anti-nuclear movement, Eastern philosophy, the study of psychology, smoking reefer, and of course, democratic socialism, which I started believing could save the world.
Two times in my twenties and thirties, I am embarrassed to say, I had brief periods where I went back to being a Christian fundamentalist or an evangelical Christian. Later going to a liberal seminary, where I studied the New Testament like a scientist, helped me realize that there were little grounds for believing in the virgin birth, the trinity, and the literal resurrection of Jesus.
Growing up in an anti-intellectual home, I had the most trouble with high school courses like U.S. history, which seemed like a boring subject that was a waste of time. Later in my life, European history would become an important and fascinating subject.
Fascinated with yoga and meditation, I starting reading many books by Swami Rama. When I later met him in person and was initiated and given a mantra (which I never repeated over and over), I remember that being in his presence was the most powerful spiritual experience I have ever had in my life: I felt rapturous love and indescribable bliss. So I became convinced that meditation and spiritual disciplines can transform a person.
In my mid 50s, I started advocating the integration of the perennial philosophy (that's the term Aldous Huxley used)--or it is sometimes referred to as ageless wisdom (describing the nondual mystical experience)--with a democratic form of socialism as a way to save individuals and the world. I created a website called www.NowSaveTheWorld.com because the website name SaveTheWorld.com had already been taken by somebody else. I created this website in 2010 right before I retired at age 60 from being a teacher of high school special education and also of general elementary education, mostly third grade.
Now at age 69, I have become more disturbed by the fact (sometimes expressed in my articles) that so many of the people who are into meditation and the New Age movement are not very concerned about political issues, especially U.S. imperialism, which I strongly believe is necessary if one is going to be an ethical or spiritual person.
Even the so-called enlightened individuals are often not politically astute or very concerned about why there is so much suffering and turmoil in the world. They are not concerned because the world of time and space is just maya to them--it's not even real compared to the rapturous mystical state of consciousness. But if we value being a world citizen, the world of time and space must become as equally important as the timeless and spaceless realm of nondual consciousness.
Buddha said that desire is the cause of suffering, but sometimes I do not want to give up my passions--in romance, for example. In mindfulness meditation, we temporarily disidentify with our momentary thoughts or memories, becoming detached and objective, which gives us a fresh insight and perspective.
Politically, I think of myself as a Radical Democratic Leftist. Integrating the spiritual and the political, I think of myself as a Transpersonal Communal Communist. The world can become an interrelated network of completely autonomous, elementary public school districts--each reaching agreement on its deepest values. Controlled by an empire, we can never be free until we create a Democratic World Order, built from the bottom-up and from the inside-out. The human species will evolve and thrive when we express the loving-kindness to save every person on the planet and not just ourselves.
Veganism is important for ethical, environmental, and health reasons. I have been a vegan since 2012.
I get weekly emails from www.VictorZammit.com about people who have had Near Death Experiences.
For about 3 weeks in December of 2018, I deeply studied the research about aliens and UFOs, and though I rarely think about the subject now, I do believe the U.S. government has lied to us about what it knows.
I enjoy websites that interview individuals who are spiritually awakening such as Buddha at the Gas Pump, Soulproof.com and Science and NonDuality.
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SHARE Tuesday, October 15, 2019 Would a Democratic World Government Allow Capitalism?
Would a Democratic World Government allow capitalism? Yes, of course, if that is what the majority of the world's citizens wants. Could a Democratic World Government disassemble itself and return to competitive nationalism? Yes, of course, if that is the will or preference of the majority of the world's voters. If the Democratic World Government does not allow those two choices, then it is not truly democratic.
SHARE Saturday, October 12, 2019 Democratic World Government Is the Only Solution
Even if all the demands of the Green New Deal and Extinction Rebellion were met it would not be enough if the Capitalist One Percent continues to stay in power. The organizers of the GND and ER are representatives of the One Percent in disguise. If you examine the background of the co-founder of ER, Gail Bradbrook, you will see the evidence for this. The GND was originally proposed by the Rockefeller-funded United Nations.
SHARE Wednesday, October 2, 2019 Rebuild the Whole World from the Bottom-up
I think I could be tempted to believe in a theistic God if She were feminine--or if It could be equally feminine and masculine. The God I need and want to believe in is a loving God who cares about ecological wisdom and creating peace on earth. We were made for worship--the worship of the highest expression of love, beauty, and truth. However, in the modern world, it is a good thing that theism is a dying concept.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, September 27, 2019 Every Local Community Needs to Be Ecologically Wise Now and Forever
Every local community needs to be ecologically wise. After we clean up our own communities, let us help our neighbors. Local and regional communities are related in an infinite number of ways--whether they realize it or not. How do we make people realize that we are all interrelated and interconnected in infinite ways? It is love. We have to be open, honest, and transparent--personally, locally, nationally, and globally.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 24, 2019 Not Just Peace and Love But World Peace and Love
If humans are evolving, stagnating, or degenerating as a species, then achieving world peace and love would be the highest level of achievement. We all are connected to the Source--the fountain of love, joy, and bliss that is at the core in each one of us. Can we evolve as a species if the current leader of the world's greatest empire does not have a compassionate vision for the world? No.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, September 20, 2019 Libertarian Socialism Can Build Community, Communalism, and Communism
Can we humans evolve if we have insane leaders? The answer is no. We are all responsible for the state the world is in, but our leaders must take most of the blame. Look at the shape the world is in. Who is responsible? We are all responsible, and we each can play a role in healing this land. We might think that some individuals can evolve privately, but we don't truly evolve unless the whole world evolves with us.
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 7, 2019 Extinction Rebellion--Arguments For and Against
If it turns out that Extinction Rebellion is a disguised attempt by the one percent to set the stage for a new world order of global capitalism (with massive growth instead of vastly reducing our ecological footprint) with the same old outrageously large gaps between the rich and the poor--then it is up to us who support global socialism and a system of democratic world law to share our voices all the more.
(34 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 13, 2019 It Will Take More Than Socialism and Democratic World Law to Save the World
The third component necessary to save the world is a spiritual revolution. And this is the most important component of all. When the Peace Movement ignites all over the world in support of the Earth Constitution, we will know that the end of much suffering is near. We are one world, one earth, and one humanity. The sooner we realize that the better it will be.
(7 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 30, 2019 Socialism and Democratic World Law Will Promote the Self-Actualization of Everyone
The challenge before us is to, not only make a psychological shift of consciousness from egotism to altruism, but also make a political shift from valuing nation-state aggrandizement to valuing world betterment and ecologically sustainable practices for the Earth. We are one world, one earth, and one humanity, and it is urgent that we realize this before it is too late.
(9 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 3, 2019 If We Equally Divided the World's Wealth
The United States is an Empire, which the world does not want or need. And the earth desperately needs the wealthiest people to choose voluntary simplicity. If it would take 4 earths for everyone in the world to have the lifestyle of the average American, then it shows that it is not just the United States government but the lifestyles of its citizens that are primarily responsible for destroying world peace and the planet.
(9 comments) SHARE Friday, June 28, 2019 New Culture, New Constitution, New Everything
Through the scientific studies of consciousness and meditation and the mounting evidence about Near Death Experiences and the New Physics which bridges science and spirituality, and through new research into ayahuasca as a form of therapy for problems such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)--all of the above can help us realize that we are one--we are interrelated ecologically and spiritually.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, June 21, 2019 The Most Democratic Way to Have a Constitutional Convention
As society unravels, what happens after the massive demonstrations in every major city? Libertarians, Greens, and members of the conservative Constitution Party have wanted to have an equal voice in presidential debates. Democratic socialists advocate the electoral process, while revolutionary socialists claim it is naive to believe that the electoral process will bring about the needed changes.
(23 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 4, 2019 15 Proposals that Could Make Our Nation and the World a Better Place
It has always deeply frustrated me that political writers and activists and third political parties never effectively unite together on anything. Either they can't agree on anything, or if they do agree, they only represent a fringe element in society. Here are 3 demands that masses of Americans can agree on right now! This article is also about implementing 15 proposals that we desperately need but unfortunately do not want.
(12 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 2, 2019 What Happens After the Massive Demonstrations in Every City?
This article lists 3 demands that masses of Americans can agree on to change the system in a very significant way--demands that can be endorsed by individuals from many political groups such as the Greens, Socialists, Libertarians, and even discontented Republicans and Democrats. If the demands are too radical, or if nobody can agree on anything, they will not win broad support and the movement will fall by the wayside.
SHARE Tuesday, May 28, 2019 We Need Intellectuals More Than Meditators
Meditation and loving-kindness alone cannot solve national and international problems. However, when there is a sufficient number of spiritual, political, and intellectual people collectively working together, then we will stop the never ending wars and create peace on the planet.
(7 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 21, 2019 Transcending Maslow's Hierarchy to Achieve World Self-Actualization
Becoming more like the Buddha, Jesus, or Krishna is not enough. We also must have a need to compassionately work for world peace, global justice, ecological wisdom, and the happiness of every person on the planet. When a majority of world citizens attain both the spiritual and social-political aspects of this expanded idea of self-actualization, we will achieve what can be called "World Self-Actualization."
SHARE Thursday, April 4, 2019 World Self-Actualization
World Self-Actualization will occur when every person in every country has an equal opportunity to realize their fullest potential, and a majority of world citizens attain the highest expression of individual achievement, which in this new modified version of Maslow's Hierarchy is defined as compassionately working for world peace, global justice, ecological wisdom, and the happiness of every person on the planet.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 19, 2019 Direct Democracy at Each Municipality
Representative democracy is turning out to be not the wonderful thing many of us were led to believe..Even if every nation had the ideal democratic government as described here, it is not enough if people are not transformed on the inside. Though the world is seemingly on a fast-track path to self-destruction, there is a unitive, indescribable Love at the core, in the deepest part of each of us, that we can access right now.
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 27, 2018 Radical Egalitarianism Can Save the Planet, the World, and Our Souls
The self-actualization of everyone on the planet can be our goal. We have to examine the whole world and see how it can work together in harmony like the cells and organs of a healthy living body. Instead of nations competing with nations, there are ways that we can work together with cooperation and love. We each should make the same ecological footprint. It's only fair.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 18, 2018 Building the Thousand Years of Peace
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.