America’s 2012 Presidential Election

My ultimate aim in life is to make America (and the rest of the world) more spiritual. This effort is based on the premise that after our 70-80 years on earth is over we will come under God’s heavenly government.

(The reality of an afterlife puts a whole new wrinkle on the “pursuit of happiness.”)

As an observer of the current political realities that reign in what is essentially a two-party system, I am amused that beyond their suspicious (and often ignoble) campaign tactics, Democrats and Republicans both actually offer some good ideas for improving the direction that the country is moving in.

Unfortunately, this “terrestrial” situation causes voters to vote with only half a brain. The human brain is divided into two hemispheres—left and right. Ironically many voters are also divided into “left” and “right” as far as their preferred (and subjective) ideologies are concerned. These partisan ideologies perfectly correlate with one hemisphere or the other in the human brain. Democrats and progressives (lefties) make stronger use of the left side of their brains while Republicans and conservatives make more use of the right side of their noggins.

God made us with two cortical hemispheres. So speaking as a theologian, both must be important. Both are necessary to give us a more complete picture of reality.

According to scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg (who was the first person to formulate a modern neuron theory of brain cells and identify the different functions of the two hemispheres), the deeper substrates of the human brain and its brain cells produce feelings and thoughts that are increasingly more unified. In other words, God’s aim for humankind is that they develop deeper connections and relationships in their brain activity. The resulting inner harmony is needed for proper spiritual evolution (and to take the “pursuit of happiness” into an eternal realm).

Everyone in the U.S. is concerned that the country is being torn apart (a house divided will surely fall). This disjointed predicament is a reflection and causal result of what is happening in the inner world of the human spirit.

When the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, finally takes hold on the earth its sacred government will not be ruled by—or inhabited with—half-brains!

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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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