It is so hard to convey to you what living in the kingdom of God on earth will be like that we have spent a few preparatory months in sharing background information. There has been so much that you needed to know in order for what we say here to make sense that if you haven’t yet read all the linked posts, it might be good for you to do that now. Yes, all of humankind can arrive together at that glorious day when we will be united in love at close to the highest level of consciousness, and empowered to live in the kingdom of God whose process of arrival on earth the Lord first initiated two millennia ago.
We know now that all of this is true:
Last week we described the characteristics of those who already have achieved a substantial elevation of their consciousness vibrations. Such people are:
Now here is one more important fact. Not only is it true that all human beings are part of a single Consciousness, but every one of us at the core of our being realizes this essential truth! So raising our personal consciousness vibrations consists most of all in jettisoning all the negativity that now weighs us down, and remembering who and what we are. Even with the consciousness of all humanity vibrating now in such deep fear that upper-level beings who are not in bodies warn that our survival as a species is at risk, you still can see that human impulse toward unity and universal love. Let’s mention here what may be its most tragic distortion.
The yearning to live in compassionate collectives seems modern to us now, but it may be as old as our species. Wikipedia defines socialism as “a range of economic and social systems characterized by social ownership of the means of production and workers’ self-management.” And Jordan Peterson, the Canadian clinical psychologist who wrote 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, says that we are “emotionally drawn to the ideals of socialism because it draws its fundamental motivational source from a kind of primary compassion” that is innate in all of us. He says that therefore the appeal of collectivist living “never will go away.” He is precisely right!
The earliest Christians carried out the first broadly known experiment in socialism. Their way of life arose in the afterglow of the Resurrection, and it preceded what they thought would be the prompt advent of the kingdom of God on earth. We are told that “all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need” (Acts 2:44-45).
But every modern effort ever made to form collectivist governments has failed to the point where it has had to be replaced, or else it has led to agony. North Korea and Venezuela are only the most recent examples of socialism’s failures. Even Israel’s noble Kibbutz movement sadly petered out. The failure of every effort ever made to create a benevolent mode of collectivism might prompt us just to shrug and accept the explanations generally given for these failures, which tend to revolve around economic inefficiencies and misplaced incentives. But no one really has a bedrock reason why socialism always fails. All the reasons given are just the sorts of things that would topple any system that never had been solid in the first place. There has to be a basic reason why no variant of socialism works, and we find it in reference to that first hopeful Christian collectivist experiment. We learn from its firsthand reporters that “the congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul” (Acts 4:32). This experiment sadly failed as well, but only after Roman persecution and the tardiness of the kingdom of God’s arrival on earth sowed disillusionment in the flock.
The core reason why socialism fails is that human minds are not sufficiently developed spiritually for us to live in the selfless love and harmony that collectivism requires. I am not advocating for socialism! But the hunger behind its persistent appeal is an idealistic yearning for a fairer and more love-based society. As Dr. Peterson says, that primal hunger for spiritual union will never go away. And the only way to create a society that is based in love and kindness will be for us to so transform the universal human mind that all humanity will be, like those earliest Christians, beautifully “of one heart and soul.”
For the first time in human history, we have the power to effect such a transformation. And once the kingdom of God on earth arrives, perhaps even socialism might work! It seems likely, too, that the republican form of government established by the Constitution of the United States will at last operate in the free and egalitarian way that our Founders first envisioned it to work, once all Americans are more selfless and loving.
Please read again that list of the characteristics of people who are spiritually advanced. Then let’s think about some of today’s most pressing problems as all of us will be thinking once we live in the kingdom of God on earth.
Political Strife. With all Americans now thinking from love, every candidate in every party is campaigning on which of them can best work with people who hold opposing views. The most successful politicians are those who are most expert at taking solutions that were first suggested by their opponents and expanding upon them, perfecting them and helping them better appeal to all Americans. Then they implement these consensus solutions with such loving sensitivity that before long political parties have withered as the Founders had hoped they soon would wither. At last, universal comity prevails.
Economic Inequality. The gap between rich and poor in the world has become intolerable to the wealthiest among us. They have succeeded in building their own wealth. Now they want everyone to have that same chance! Many of them are inspired to devote the bulk of their private fortunes to the financial empowerment of everyone on earth, both to lend muscle to new ideas for the betterment of humankind and to create many more millionaires and billionaires. So they have formed a massive charity that works with business startups all over the world, both lending the initial funds and providing a program of education and expert advice that spurs an explosion of economic growth and greater economic equality worldwide.
Racial Inequality. Scientists have lately proven what we all know in our hearts is true: there is just one human race. And as Americans better understand what perpetuates our artificial differences based on skin color, we all come together to end those differences once and for all. From educational enrichment that starts at birth through reforms that end housing and economic inequities, the devastating after-effects of Jim Crow and the War on Poverty’s destruction of the black family are being ended with the sensitivity and love that have been missing all along.
Criminal Justice. The United States holds less than five percent of the world’s population, but 25% of the world’s incarcerated felons. A more awakened nation sees this situation as intolerable, so America’s criminal justice system is being taken down and altogether rebuilt. Now the emphasis is on in-community service, reparations, education, and counseling for all but violent offenders; and rather than the old corrupt system in which 97% of federal felons were coerced into pleading guilty, by law now every prison sentence of more than two years’ duration requires a jury trial criminal conviction.
Illegal Immigration. The United States gains strict control of its borders as it establishes a fast-track system in which a million visas each year are offered to properly-vetted immigrants from Mexico and from Central America. This nation also works with these source countries to help them build upon the economic and social model that Colombia now provides, and stem the need their citizens have been feeling to come north in search of better lives.
International Discord. There is no more international discord! With all the people of the world thinking more from love, and with fear and anger withering, the first-world nations are working in harmony to bring their level of freedom and prosperity to all the rest of humankind.
Best of all, this is just the beginning of what is going to be our much better world!
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