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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 Christianity #1

On this the 15th anniversary of 9/11 attack, let’s take a deep breath and reflect upon what happened.

Christianity includes Orthodox, Catholic and various sects of Protestants.  There were three Christian breakthroughs from a Moral Innovator perspective:

  1. The formation that started 2,000 years ago
  2. The split between Orthodox and Catholics 1,000 years ago
  3. The split between Catholics and Protestants 500 years ago

Let’s only focus on the formation or the first breakthrough here.  There will be future discussions on #2 and #3 which will address the divergence of moral values within Christianity.  Unless we know the key differences of moral values that drove the schisms, we will not understand Christianity which is followed by a minority of humans (~35% of 7+ billion humans).  After we get to know Christianity, we can compare the moral values of Muslims who follow Islamic values; Indians who follow primarily but not exclusively henotheists (which is different than polytheists) values; and Chinese who follow primarily but not exclusively atheist values.  Over 90% of humanity today is represented by Christians, Muslims, Indians and Chinese.  Once we appreciate their moral values, we can begin to address how we can develop a more peaceful homologous world together.  In this globalized world we live today, we cannot effectively address global peace and harmony if we only have Christian values.

To address the formation of Christianity 2,000 years ago, let’s look back more than 2,000 years ago in the western part of Middle East and Europe (primarily Turkey, Greece and Rome).  Please remember this geography does not represent the world, as there were the eastern part of Middle East (including Sumer) and all of Asia, Africa, Americas, etc.  The expansion of the Christian world beyond western part of Middle East and Europe happened primarily within the last 500 years, which will be addressed in the third breakthrough between Catholics and Protestants.  Search for Moral Innovators perspectives on Christianity #3 which has not yet available in September 2016.

For a lot more than 2,000 years,we have been curious about what happens before our birth and after we die.  Sumerians have stories like the arrival of Annunaki people from the Nibiru planet 400,000 years ago, and Egyptians left different versions of “Book of the Dead” which correlated to the times of mummification. A lot more can be introduced through the Chinese invisible “Qi” that occupies the universe and the myth of Pangu descended from heaven, or the Indian concept of “Karma” and reincarnation.  The existence of “Qi” may have been proven through the recent discovery of “Dark Matters” that occupy an estimated 27% of energy and matter in our universe.

Focusing on the formation of Christianity 2,000 years ago, there were two communities of humans whose values focused on the spirit or soul outside the body.  These were the Therapeutae people living mostly in Alexandria, Egypt, and Essenes people living mostly in Palestine.  We know the Essenes much better today as the community that gave us the Dead Sea Scrolls we are studying today.  These communities believed in their own spirits which thrived in a polytheistic world they lived at that time.

There are at least three modes of persuasion to prove the existence of an unknown spirit or soul.

  1. Ethos rely on credibility and reputation (which is far more difficult to apply to a new concept),
  2. Pathos rely on emotions (which defies reasoning and not sustainable over time), and
  3. Logos rely on logical deduction (which was popular with the likes of Socrates and Plato).

Clearly, the Greek influence supported the logos approach which had to be based on mythology.  For example, the mythological King Minos, whose civilization in Crete paralleled that of Egypt, was believed to be a son of Greek God named Zeus (whose womanizing behavior and the number of children he sired parallel that of a cult leader today), took the Zeus tribute to a higher level when seven boys and seven girls from Athens were thrown as food to feed King Minos’ pet Minotaur, a terrible monster, that lived in a labyrinth.  One of the boys from Athens was a prince named Theseus who, supported by the daughter of King Minos named Ariadne, managed to kill the Minotaur and saved future Athenian children.

This is an illustrative example of righteousness overcoming tyranny when humans interpret what is the proper tribute to this spiritual being (or God) before the time of Jesus, or the beginning of Christianity.

The Bible is the most referenced source document and the foundation of Christianity.  It is estimated that Jesus preached for only three years before he was crucified, and his main message was along the line of “love thy neighbor.”  There are four gospels in the New Testament, but only one (Book of John) mentioned the Lazarus miracle where Jesus raised a human named Lazarus of Bethany from the dead, four days after his death.  It is shocking that the bedrock of Christianity is based on how Jesus came back from the dead to live for 40 days, yet three of the four gospels failed to mention the Lazarus miracle.  Bart Ehrman also published multiple books about how Christians made Jesus a God through the trinity (also known as consubstantial or homoousios) after his death through interpretations of the Bible.

To make Jesus who he is today, all the spirits and souls of mankind must be concentrated to Jesus alone.  Communities like Essenes and the later and larger group of people named Gnostics had to be declared heretics in order for the Logos mode of persuasion to work.  That is what happened, and followers like Paul took Christianity away from the location of only Jerusalem to establish churches as places of worship outside Jerusalem.  Augustine reinforced the need to go to church by strengthening the belief in The Original Sin that requires prospective believers to go to a nearby church and cleanse their souls.

After 2,000 years of Christianity, we are still following this Logos that force us to take extreme positions, like only Christians can get to heaven, and non-Christians go to hell.  Christians are asked to believe the Bible cannot contain errors, and the Catholic Pope is infallible.  We must change our mentality from this perception of perfection towards a Moral Innovators’ view of continuous improvement.  Otherwise, Bible’s armageddon is a self-fulfilled prophecy.

Stay tuned for how Christianity faced major schisms 1,000 years and 500 years ago.

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Introduction, Overview

The essence of Moral Innovations

Moral Innovations leverage history to highlight how humanity has evolved on earth over time.  We can learn to recognize how Christians, Muslims, Indians and Chinese behaviors evolve and take actions that hopefully will make this world a better place.

No single person can change humanity overnight.  It took over 5,000 years to reach 7 billion humans on earth when terrorism and suicide bombers create tensions after a century of world wars that took the lives of millions of humans. Moral Innovators know this trend is unsustainable.  No law written by humans can be 100% effective.  No religion can be universally accepted.  Guns and advanced weaponry deliver short term advantages, sustain conflict and will not deliver harmony among humans over time.  We must respect the existence and rights of others who may have different values than we do.  Our common thread is morality, guided by the Golden Rule:  Do unto others what you want others to do unto you.

The Golden Rule does not feed us.  None of us could survive our childhood without some source(s) of food that usually come from our parents.  Some of us achieve sustainable livelihood earlier than others, but none of us can thrive without tools to generate income to support our lifestyles that usually require a good education, followed by the work that we do and/or innovations/improvements we deliver.  Education is not an entitlement, and unless we have rich inheritances, what we do with our education dictates the lifestyle we can afford.

Our lifespan is short, most likely less than 100 years.  We have only 30-40 years between completing our education and reaching retirement.  The objective of Moral Innovations is to educate humanity so we can optimize our productive years.  What you actually do is entirely up to you, but the circle of life guides us to educate our children for a better tomorrow.

Thrive with knowledge of your place in the world.  Do the right things and make it better.

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Which of the four global communities do you belong?

Mar2015 Humanity Overview Chart

There is only one universally accepted Golden Rule in various forms: Do unto others what you want others to do unto you. If only all of us follow this moral rule, the world will be a better place. However, The Golden Rule does not feed us. We still have to make a living, support a family, and live in a changing world. We must work hard to innovate with our skills during our lifetime. If we can rely on the hope that our hard work can support our desired lifestyles, there would be less violence and hatred over time. When we can no longer hope our hard work can feed us or do not want to work hard, we begin to sacrifice The Golden Rule. Moral Innovations use history to remind us that we must manage our hope through adversity and work hard with The Golden Rule in mind.

Which global community do you belong? Because we use English to communicate, we are already confined by less than 1.5 billion people out of 7+ billion people who can read English, with less than 500 million native speakers in 54 countries and 27 non-sovereign entities. The chances are, you are a Christian in one of these 54 countries and 27 non-sovereign entities, dominated by USA with more than 50% of the English native speakers worldwide. If we can focus on a Moral Innovation framework in this community first, and respect the culture and rights of the non-English speakers, we are moving in the right direction.

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Remember our moral obligations for the future

When global human population reached about 1 million on earth, Egypt, Sumer, India and China dominated all civilizations 5,000 years ago. Egypt invented the system to enslave fellow humans (Jews) and continued to innovate through the Roman Empire, migrating mostly westward to become the 2.3 billion Christians around the world today. Sumer depleted its farmland and evolved through Babylonia, Amorite, Hittite, Persia and Ottoman, migrating mostly eastward to become the 1.6 billion Muslims around the world today. Africa has been evenly split between Muslim and Christian conquests. India and China, together, had the majority of global population 5,000 years ago and 2,500 years old. When the global human population reached 100 million on earth 2,500 years ago, we all learned the value of morality when Socrates in Europe, Ashoka in India, and Confucius in China all taught us to be moral people.

With the split of India into Pakistan and Bangladesh, plus the birth control efforts in both India and China in the last century, India and China make up only 40% of the global population today. India had been partially colonized for 2,300 years by Muslims, Chinese, and Christians before achieving independence with 1 million gods/angels in 1947, creating the world’s largest democracy. China is the only continuous ancient civilization that has lasted 5,000 years because its focus has been on trade. When global human population reached 1 billion on earth 200 years ago, China became a victim when the Christian dominated Europeans and Americans disregarded their moral obligations and forcibly imposed Opium onto the Chinese against the will of the Chinese government for 100 years. Chinese has ignored their moral obligations to their environment and offered low cost labor to become among the world’s largest economy again, after being among the largest economy in the world for 1,800 out of the last 2,000 years.

Let us not forget our moral obligations again when the global population will reach 10 billion people before the year 2100. Earth will never reach 1 trillion global human population and we will need another world to call “home.” Let us work together to make our current home last longer.

31Dec2013 Humanity Milestones Overview

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