Stepping back from political hatred

When I opened up my Yahoo page this morning I saw an article about how some Democrats who regularly appear on Fox Cable News were becoming the target of hatred.

Back when I was attending Seminary someone asked me if I was Republican or Democrat. Since this seminary was aligned with the liberal agenda I felt the pressure of sensing that this question had a right and a wrong answer. However, being in a “spiritual” environment I felt obligated to give a sincere answer.

I found myself looking back at all the presidents I had voted for since I had turned 21. It included both Republicans and Democrats. However, in 1992 I voted for Ross Perot.

In the same way that the Lord God’s “Oneness” embraces a Holy Trinity of qualities, I believe a three-party political system could help towards unifying the nation. Duality is never a good thing (and always leads to vehemence). Furthermore, why should voting one’s principle and voting one’s party be two different things?

Easy—the current dual political system in America places winning elections over offering lasting solutions. The American public, thanks to a gloomy economy and high unemployment rates, has finally been awakened to the finger pointing, fraud and corruption of both parties! This, I believe, will inevitably lead the country to a permanent three-party system.

But let’s quickly look at two equally related but conflicting belief-systems that have fueled lots of hatred—Capitalism and Socialism. I see nothing inherently wrong with either—creating wealth or sharing it.  Yet, if we allow ourselves to look at history objectively, we have to admit that both systems have led to abuses of power. This tells me that the problem is ultimately spiritual.

In contemplating scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg’s wonderful descriptions of heaven, it seems that God has made creative use of both socialism and the individual acquisition of wealth to create the ideal realm. The key here is wealth that one accumulates in one’s heart—not in one’s pockets. This deeper kind of wealth is created to be shared!

Angels are the servants of all and consider themselves the “least” in heaven. At the same time, those who become God’s angels through unconditional love and service do not live in broken-down shacks in the other world. They live in palatial mansions—because in heaven, the living quarters one lives in reflect all the qualities and largeness of one’s heart. To be “upwardly mobile” in heaven is an ambition to make one’s love more inclusive.

In heaven we create wealth according to our individual efforts and worth within God’s spiritual economy of mutual love. On earth we create wealth based on material values, which become the ends rather then the means towards finding happiness and peace. Filmmaker Woody Allen correctly observed that only a person with money is taken seriously (and good people are quickly dismissed). The inescapable truth is that money is the blood that runs the modern world. But Love is the currency that runs heaven’s economy. The point is, while cash is important, it would not get wasted in the hands of angels! Again, the problems in modern life are essentially spiritual.

I have not tried to solve America’s political rift and economic crisis in a single post. This important topic embraces many belief systems from the secular to the religious. So, I’d like to hear what you have to say about solving the problems we all face in our lives.

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EDWARD F. SYLVIA, M.T.S. Philosopher/Theologian Edward F. Sylvia attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his Master of Theological Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies from the Swedenborgian House of Studies. He is a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (C.T.N.S.) and the Swedenborg Scientific Association (S.S.A.). Award-winning author of "Sermon From the Compost Pile: Seven Steps Toward Creating An Inner Garden" and "Proving God," which fulfills a continuing vision that God’s fingerprints of love can be found everywhere in the manifest universe. His most recent book, "Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links" is an edgy collection of anti-intuitive essays for personal transformation that challenges and inspires. He has been a student of the ideas of both Emanuel Swedenborg and George I. Gurdjieff for over thirty years. Read more about TheGodGuy, his books and his ideas at http://www.staircasepress.com
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