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Moral Innovators perspectives on Making America Great Again

At 228 years old, United States of America has the longest sustained Constitution in the world today. There have been ups and downs to USA’s growth, but generally one growth path from the 1770s to the 1950s, and decline after the 1950s through today. How can we reverse the trend to be great again?

Let us look at history before we project forward.

Our Founding Fathers started as highly motivated immigrants in search of better lives. They overcame British oppression through the 1773 Boston Tea Party. After the Constitution was ratified, the very innovative Americans imposed the 1823 Discovery Doctrine on Native Americans to take land ownership and leveraged slavery in the production of cotton and coolies in construction of the transcontinental railway through most of the 19th century. These actions of low morality transitioned during the Gilded Age that provided concentrated wealth to Rockefellers, Carnegies and Morgans who often turned into philanthropists partly because the estate tax rate was as high as 77%. In the 20th century, Henry Ford helped create the middle-class by giving high wages to workers to buy homes and cars. The USA expansion continued through the unofficial entry into the second world war with the Lend Lease program in 1941 until Pearl Harbor, and sustained growth after the second world war with the Marshall Plan. With about 5% of global population, USA commanded 35% of global GNP at its apex in the 1950s.

Lack of experience in a globalized world has stymied our growth. Arrogance marked the beginning of the downturn when President Eisenhower was convinced by Winston Churchill to implement Project Ajax, a 1953 coup that imposed the Shah onto the Iranians, against their will. We fooled ourselves in the Vietnam War when General Westmoreland publicly stated “Vietnamese do not value their lives” in the documentary movie “Hearts and Minds.” These mistakes correlated to the decline of our share of global GNP to 16% today, despite innovations like internet, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Walmart, etc.

Looking domestically, an estimated 64% of Americans have never left US borders. Our K-12 education never taught us about discovery doctrine nor project ajax. Hidden behind the aura of religions like Christianity are values of superiority. The original sermons delivered by Jesus focused on loving thy neighbor. As a messenger of God, Mohammad created an egalitarian religion 1400 years ago, before the Chinese Mongolians defeated Muslims in Damascus and Aleppo 800 years old that changed Islam into the current form of women oppression under the name of Islamic fundamentalism .

We are changing the ways we approach education and redress past inequities with programs like Affirmation Action. Textbooks are acknowledging the annihilation of Native Americans. However, these changes did not happen uniformly across the USA. A large swath of Americans not living in east or west coasts of the USA still have not changed their values partly because changes to their education have not happened fast enough. They associate the American decline to Affirmative Action and new immigrants. Among early evidence of their strength was the high rating of the TV show “Dukes of Hazzard” in the 1980s. Donald Trump found a way through bullying and intimidation to reach the US Presidency without winning the popular vote, in violation of the definition of democracy. It is not surprising that Americans who believe in white supremacy feel their representative is in the White House.

What about the path forward?

There is no magic dust that can make change happen overnight. Please remove our emotions and develop a sustainable path forward. There will be ups and downs, but the path to growth requires a balance of innovations with integrity. There are two key dimensions:

1. Let innovation thrive. This includes the continuation of Silicon Valley practices to find the best talent anywhere on earth. For example, we may lead the world in Global Positioning System (GPS) with 5 meter accuracy today. China’s Big Dipper will have more satellites with encrypted accuracy of 0.1 meter. If left alone, Big Dipper will become the global standard this century.

2. Encourage global education throughout the USA by including topics like the Discovery Doctrine and Project Ajax. Broaden the horizon of the 64% of Americans who have never left the US border. This disparity of knowledge is a factor in our divided USA. We need to past the tipping point as defined by Malcolm Gladwell to embrace our globalized world.

The only constant in life is change. We must embrace change and do the right things together!

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Moral Innovator perspectives on 2016 Presidential Election

If we compare what is happening today to what have happened in history, USA is heading for a Civil War this century unless we collectively take action to protect our democracy.

Humanity has not changed much for 5,000 years. Four communities (Egyptians, Sumerians, Indians, and Chinese) represented over 90% of humanity 5,000 years ago. Egyptians became Christians; Sumerians became Muslims; Indians have been divided by religions, and Chinese remained largely atheists for 5,000 years. Today, Christians, Muslims, Indians and Chinese represent over 90% of humanity.

Among Christians, Catholics was the dominated sect between 1,600 and 1,000 years ago, when the Roman Empire controlled Europe. After the downfall of Western Roman Empire, Orthodox Christians split from the Catholics 1,000 years ago. Orthodox is still the dominant sect in Russia today.

Soon after the Roman Empire was extinguished in the form of Byzantine Empire in 1453, Catholic indulgences, including the infamous Pope Alexander VI who sold the reading of Rosary for a shorter time in purgatory before reaching heaven, led to the Protestant split in 1517 by Martin Luther and John Calvin. Today, our global leaders live in Protestant nations like the USA.

Without imperial influences after 1453, Catholics found an opportunity to sustain prosperity after Isabella of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon defeated the Muslim Moors in Granada and paid for the voyage by Christopher Columbus in 1492. It was the same infamous Pope Alexander VI (born in Spain) who drafted the Treaty of Tordesillas in 1493 that gave the world to Spain and Portugal. 20% of treasures extracted (i.e. taken) in North and South America were paid to the Spanish King and Catholics for several centuries. Britain started out as pirates and stole from the Spanish ships loaded with treasures from the Americas. After Britain defeated the Spanish Armada in 1588, British East India Company was formed in 1600, followed by the Dutch East India Company in 1602 to directly compete for global treasures.

For 200 years after the 1588 Armada defeat, Spain (and other Christians) took millions of Africans as slaves to the Americas (that kept the population in Africa the same between 1600 and 1850 while the rest of the world’s population more than doubled). The victims include Native Americans who were almost annihilated. Despite these amoral acts, Spain still lost North America to Protestants.

Spain was left without external sources of wealth. A large wealth gap became apparent that led to the 1936-1939 civil war which was won by Francisco Franco who became a dictator until his death in 1975. King Juan Carlos I succeed Franco and led the Spanish transition to democracy today.

USA became a global leader through industrialization when the cotton gin based economy succeeded with slave labor. We prospered as a munitions supplier in both world wars. However, Korean Armistice, Vietnam War, and the Iraq/Afghanistan conflicts have drained American wealth, and US companies helped Muslims in Saudi Arabia establish ARAMCO and later the OPEC cartel that is transferring an average US$2 trillion/year since 1973. Just like Spain, USA wealth gap has emerged. Ronald Reagan was the first to introduce trickle-down economics, and Donald Trump is a beneficiary of trickle-down economics. There is a large base of less educated Americans who seek opportunities for their own American dreams. By focusing on gun control, we are distracted from the historically low inheritance tax that sustains the wealth gap. If not Donald Trump, there will be a stronger representative similar to Spain’s Francisco Franco. This stronger representative today is Hilary Clinton. We must remain diligent in monitoring her actions, or we will head for another civil war. For 2017, three cheers for our first female President!

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Moral Innovator perspectives on heaven and hell

The root cause of what we observe in the form of increasing violence can be associated with the message from both Muslims and Christians regarding heaven and hell.  It is far more important to focus on our moral living on earth then imagining what happens after we die.

Whether we start millions of years ago as hominids or hundreds of thousands of years ago as modern humans, the concept of heaven or hell is relatively new.  The four ancient civilizations five thousand years ago focused on elaborate burials.  The Chinese and the Indians both focused on living moral lives (Confucius was quoted as saying we don’t know enough about our living so don’t worry about what happens after we die.  Karma is an Indian concept of accumulating moral brownie points while living in order to be reincarnated into a “better” life until we reach perfection.)  Egyptians spent a lot of time dreaming about eternal life and was among the first to document their beliefs in “The Book of the Dead” but they focused more on mummification and elaborate burials.

Iranian prophet Zoroaster (generally believed to have lived between 3,000-4,000 years ago) introduced the concept of a soul walking across a bridge 3-4 days after death.  If a soul can cross this bridge, eternal heaven is waiting.  Eternal hell awaits a soul that falls off this bridge.  Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) started out in a quiet Sheol during the equivalent of purgatory prior to judgment day.  It was probably too boring to have such an uneventful place called Sheol so Abrahamic religions became more and more descriptive of heaven and hell.

Today, Christians and Muslims preach paths to a glamourous heaven reserved only for believers or despicable hell for non-believers.  The most memorable line from the movie “The Vertical Limit” was the script that explicitly said all of humanity would go to hell under these conditions.  Not only would all Chinese and Indians be condemned to hell because they are neither Christians nor Muslims, all Christians are condemned to hell by Muslims, and all Muslims are condemned to hell by Christians.

The Moral Innovator motto is:  Thrive with knowledge of your places in the world.  Do the right things and make it better.  Please follow The Golden Rule and focus on your morally innovative behavior during your lifetimes.  You will get what you deserve when you die.  Heaven does not take reservations.

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Moral Innovator proposal for changing the world – one child at a time

We are clearly seeing increasing violence both domestically within the USA and worldwide these days. While the call for peace and calm can help get these incidents out of the immediate news headlines, we need a sustainable morally innovative solution that can take several generations if adults elect to work together, or several centuries if we collectively focus on educating our children.

Today, about one third of humanity follows the Christian faith.  This trend started over 500 years ago when the corrupt Spanish Pope Alexander VI declared that Spain and Portugal owned the world outside Europe in the Tordesillas Treaty.  The first ones to contest this declaration were other European Christians who innovatively created the corrupt State-sponsored Dutch East India Company and the even more corrupt British East India Company to gather resources needed to industrialize the world.  We know, for example, it was the British government who gave monopoly power to the British East India Company that produced opium in India and sold the illicit drugs into China (and almost bankrupted the Chinese economy).  The immoral Japanese military also helped take over 70,000 tons of silver out of China through illegal distribution of opium.

Another 20% of humanity today follows the Muslim faith, and Islam is the world’s fastest growing faith.  Since the first OPEC price increase in 1973, our newly industrialized world developed an insatiable appetite for fossil fuel, and an average US$2 trillion dollars per year have been transferred to Muslims each year.  Each time we fill up our car with fuel, or turn on the air conditioner anywhere in the world, we contribute to the demand for fossil fuel and eventually maintain or sustain the status quo that transfers wealth to the Muslims.  Another impact is global climate change which is a by-product of our industrialization and exasperates the fact that we are 20,000 years into the 100,000 year Milankovitch cycle of global warming today.

On a global scale, our most severe conflict has been driven by the Christians’ and Muslims’ efforts to convert all humans.  Unless we create a way that allow humans to believe in both Christianity and Islam, there is no way humanity can have peace when two significant faiths strive to convert the entire humanity into one faith.  Within this framework, the declaration of independence by Israel in 1948 was like introducing a spark in a fuel tank.  While the role (and population) of Israel has been similar to Hong Kong for the British Protestant Christians during the opium war, USA has added plenty of oxygen to the spark in a fuel tank when President George W. Bush decided to invade Iraq that spread the conflict between Christians and Muslims like forest fires.

Now is not the time to double down on our faith without reason.  We need to let our children thrive with knowledge of their places in the world in order to make the right decisions and make the world better.  Let us not baptize our infant children nor declare heaven belongs exclusively to any one faith,  claimed by both Christians and Muslims.  There is an alternative sustainable path to peace.

What is that alternative path?  We start with a very difficult challenge to understand and morally develop the age-appropriate motivations of our children.  In order to invoke the motivation hierarchy introduced by Abraham Maslow last century in a measurable way, let us try to map humanity into Maslow’s hierarchical layers of needs measured by wealth of humans.  We know that money cannot buy happiness, so these numbers should be modified by non-financial parameters:

  1. Two billion (~30%) humans on earth living below poverty. The number one focus for these two billion humans is to secure food for survival.  This is Maslow’s physiological layer.
  2. Five billion (~70%) humans seek safety through employment, police/fire protection, access to health care, investments, among other things. This is Maslow’s safety layer.
  3. Twelve million (~0.1%) millionaires living on earth seek friendship and family, among other things. This is Maslow’s love/belonging layer.
  4. 2,000 billionaires seek respect, confidence and achievements, among other things. This is Maslow’s esteem layer.  Donald Trump wants the US Presidency to try to excel in this layer.
  5. Essentially no one is free of prejudice and take actions based on facts, possibly except the Gates Foundation supported by Warren Buffet. This is Maslow’s self-actualization layer.

These layers cut across all humanity (including Christians and Muslims) and exist everywhere on earth, including the USA, the largest economy on earth.  Trying to separate African Americans and Caucasian Americans will not work.  It is not a matter of “Black Lives Matter Too” versus “All Lives Matter.”  We need hope and opportunities that differ among humans living in different layers of Maslow’s hierarchy.

No line can be drawn for humans living in different layers of Maslow’s hierarchy.  However, we can provide opportunities for our children living in different layers of Maslow’s hierarchy to seek their aspirations through education.  As long as our children learn the universally accepted Golden Rule (do unto others what you want others to do unto you) and believe there is hope to achieve their aspirations, we gain trust to respect our second amendment rights to bear arms, while reducing violence between police and citizens.  By adding moral innovations to the education curriculum, indiscriminate shootings in school will decline when our children and adults have the Golden Rule in mind.

Changes should be visible when we add the Moral Innovations framework into our education curriculum, including the Golden Rule.  Please encourage our children to do the right things as they thrive with knowledge of their places in the world.

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Morality before religion

In this holiday season, let us reflect upon our priorities as we enter 2016.

More than 2,000 years ago, humanity was exposed to the concept of morality through Socrates, Ashoka, and Confucius. Then came someone named Jesus Christ, well before the arrival of Allah’s messenger Mohammad and the Sikh Guru. We continue to grow our faiths through confederations like Shinto and focus groups like Mormon, including today’s ISIL…

History has shown that we learn the concept of right and wrong first through the concept of morality, and with morality as our foundation, choose the religion that aligns with our moral beliefs. We should have the freedom to choose as we grow into responsible adults.
What we are doing today is backwards. We baptize infants before they learn the concepts associated with morality, and often learn morality from our faith and associated teachings such as the bible or quran. 
Let us focus on educating our children with morality first, and let our children decide their own faith associated with what they believe is right.  Imposing a religion before our children learn morality leads us to believe that the Bible is perfect, the Pope is infallible, and suicide bombers can be justified.

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Moral Innovator perspectives on Cambodia and Southeast Asia

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This map marks the location of Cambodia in Southeast Asia and shows the coastline today in gray, and the coastline before the great rise in sea level 20,000 years ago in cyan when the last ice age ended.  Cambodia was completely landlocked more than 20,000 years ago, in the middle of a very large rain forest. Surrounded by the mountains to the north, hominids left Southeast Asia for safer ground in China and India after the sea level increased more than 400 feet within a relatively short time.  The Strait of Malacca and Indonesia/Phlippine became islands 20,000 year ago as a result of this relatively rapid rise in sea level.

Invoking the first law of geography, Indians were the first to return with Hinduism less than 5,000 years ago, and Buddhism 2,000 years ago.  The Chinese recorded history includes mentions of Funan (扶南) and Zhenle(真肋) close to 2,000 years ago, before Cambodia’s better known empires like Khmer (高棉) emerged 1,000 years ago, along with the well known Hindu turned Buddhist temple Angkor Wat.  Today, Angkor Wat is less than 60 feet above sea level and will be submerged as the global warming continues into the next millennium.  Already, the water level in Tonle Sap, the largest lake in Southeast Asia, changes by 35 feet every year between the monsoon and dry seasons as the Mekong River flows toward and away from the Tonle Sap, respectively.
No true philosopher comparable in statue to Confucius in China or Ashoka in India emerged in Cambodia. The closest Cambodian King to a philosopher was Jayavarman VII at the turn of the 13th century who was the first Buddhist ruler after a long line of Hindi rulers in Cambodia. Jayavarman VII built more than 100 hospitals but spent most of his resources on building Angkor Thom (or capital city) with temples for his father and mother. Surrounded by enemies to the west (Siam or Thailand) and the East (Cham or Vietnam and Indonesia), Cambodia crumbled until the re-discovery by Christian Europeans and Middle East Muslims who had very little success penetrating Southeast Asia with Christianity and Islam. Both Christians and Muslims have been more successful with beachhead settlements, but not inland Southeast Asia.

The story of Cambodia follows a similar pattern as Africa where Christians dominate the west coast, and Muslims/Indians dominate the east coast, while Christians fought Muslims for the north coast of Africa.  The landlocked Africans were forced farther inland and the destruction of African civilization continued with the Christian slave trade in the Americas and Europe, and Muslims slave trade in the Middle East. In Cambodia, the Christian British empire introduced opium in the Bengal region of India.  This illegal drug trade expanded into Southeast Asia, and corruption has penetrated Cambodia today in the form of customs officers who, as civil servants, openly ask tourists for tips when entering and leaving Cambodia.  

There are plenty of opportunities to promulgate Moral Innovations in places like Cambodia. The Cambodian Prime Minister today is Hun Sen, grandchild of Chinese immigrants into Cambodia.  Is Hun Sen a moral innovator? 

 

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Moral Innovator perspectives on the black civilization

Chancellor Williams’ book “Destruction of the Black Civilization” described the evolution of a great civilization over 6,500 years from 4500bce to 2000ce.  Unfortunately, Mr. Williams passed away in 1992, and the analytical part of the book is unfinished, leaving a dream for unity among blacks without an actionable path.  The descriptive part of the book is fascinating, especially when a couple of additional pieces of information can be included to better define the framework.

Black civilization is defined as the civilization led by black people, sometimes excluding mixed race or lighter skin black people.  6,500 years ago, all of Africa was a unified and advanced black civilization called Abyssinia with the capital along the Nile River, near current day Ethiopia.  (Note:  This is also the time that Christians and Jews believed Adam and Eve were living in the Garden of Eden.)  Canaanites from the Middle East (and later Jews) began to conquer Africa through northern Egypt (aka “Chem” region), and the breeding between blacks and non-blacks often driven by sexual traffic created a new race of “mulattoes” (who have lighter skin color) that gradually crept down from Northern Egypt along the Nile River towards Ethiopia.  Thebes and Luxor (aka Valley of the Kings) were in the Chem region, and Nubia was the Southern Ethiopian region that later became better known as Kingdom of Kush (1070bce-350ce) along the Nile River.  The rest of the world (namely Socrates in Greece, Ashoka in India, and Confucius in China) introduced moral principles for living in communities during the period of the Kingdom of Kush.  There is no mention of anyone in Africa that may have introduced similar moral principles, possibly leading to the perception that black Africans were savages.  (We can extend this perspective into the Native Americans after the Christians arrive in the Americas.)

Without unified moral principles to living in communities, the black civilization splintered under the influence of Christian and Muslim religions.  Muslims (and to a smaller extent, Indians) concentrated around the eastern coast of Africa.   The black civilization migrated west where Songhay and Mali empires reigned 500 years ago.  Unbeknownst to these empires, the Christians signed Treaties of Tordesillas and Zaragoza among themselves between 1493-1529 to support the Christian claim that the Americas belonged to Spain (and a small piece to Portugal), and all of Africa, India, and Asia belonged to Portugal.  These treaties gave Christian sailors the basis to colonize Africa and, together with Muslims, effectively landlocked the black civilization by controlling the African coasts.  The second wave of Christians was led by British and Dutch interests that invented the concept of “company” to bypass the church sponsored treaties that favored the Spanish and Portuguese.  The British Christians colonized South Africa with the discovery of precious minerals like diamond and led an apartheid government.  With the motto of “divide and conquer,” various factions of the black civilization were encouraged to fight among themselves, while the people of religions promoted slavery and trading of slaves in Europe, Middle East and the Americas.  The African population remained basically flat for over 200 years (between 1600-1850) while the rest of the world more than doubled in population.

For the black civilization to thrive again, the moral principles for living in communities are more important than the conflicting interests of various religions.  Malcolm X repudiated the Nation of Islam and founded the Organization of Afro-American Unity before he was assassinated.  While he never repudiated Christianity, Martin Luther King Jr. was planning a “Poor People’s Campaign” in 1968 when he was assassinated.  Since moral principles cannot feed anyone, it is also important to identify the economic foundation among the available minerals, laborers, or other strategic interests of the black civilization.  A united black civilization can thrive again.

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