Spiritual Leadership in a Future Progressive Civilization
As a man of God and a man of faith, I cannot write this article without sounding idealistic to those who do not have the kind of faith that I have—a faith that I feel the majority of humankind has to have to make a future cooperative civilization possible. Let me explain.
The Aquarian Age will eventually become an age of cooperation. The Piscean Age lasted two thousand years; so, will it take us another two thousand years for planetary cooperation to become a reality? In her book Megatrends 2010, Patricia Aburdene writes about the rise of conscious capitalism and includes more progressive concepts such as:
- the power of spirituality
- the dawn of conscious capitalism
- leading from the middle
- spirituality in business
- the values-driven consumer
- the wave of conscious solutions
- the socially-responsible investment boom
Ms. Aburdene states: "Money and morals explore the quest for morals and meanings in business within the legal confines of modern capitalism, a world where public firms are bound by law to maximize shareholder return. What is both remarkable and largely unheralded, however, is that corporate morality often correlates with superior financial performance." She adds, "I use the word Spirit often, so let me define it before we continue. Spirit, for me, is the attribute of God that dwells in humanity, the Great I AM, the Life Force, the aspect of us that most mirrors the Divine."
My problem with these concepts and modalities presented by Patricia Aburdene is this: What is missing is the will of God in the lives of so-called "spiritual" or "religious" people, and as long as capitalism exists, greed and profit will win out over quasi-spirituality. Quasi means "to some degree, in some manner."1 Her premise is that individuals are becoming more spiritual in all walks of life and that even in the corporate and business world spiritual decisions will become more a part of the decision-making process. What she doesn't realize is that spiritual growth, our ascension, is a slow process, and as long as the profit-motive exists in corporate structures, greed would be the raison d'être for growth.
Humankind has to become "people-oriented" or "other-oriented." People have to adhere to the very first commandment: to love the Lord their God with all their hearts, minds, and souls, and then their neighbors as themselves. We have had this message on the planet for centuries now, written in the Old Testament as well in other religions' sacred texts.
Originally, the concept of loving the Creator God first, then others as self-respect is gained, was taught on this planet 500,000 years ago during the administration of the Planetary Prince, Caligastia. After 300,000 years even the Planetary Prince fell to greed and pride as well as millions of other personalities.2 Now it is 200,000 years later, and conscious capitalism still has not happened, for there always has been a money or barter system.
Jesus Himself, the Creator Son of this local universe of Nebadon, came and taught higher principles concerning spirituality and business, among other high principles of moral decision-making in all walks of life. He was crucified by the rich and corporate structures of His time.3 Now it's two thousand years later, and although we have millions of so-called "God-fearing people," great atrocities—even in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries—have occurred.
To refresh your memory of some more recent atrocities: An estimated 70 million died in the two major World Wars in the twentieth century, including the ethnic extermination of approximately 6 million Jews.4 The Rwandan genocide of 1994, in which close to 1 million Tutsi and Hutu supporters were slaughtered, is but one horrific act of violence. According to Matthew White's online Atlas of the Twentieth Century, no race, religion, or ideology has been more brutal than another. Rich countries and poor countries, industrial and agrarian, big and small; Christians, Moslems, Buddhists and Atheists; left, right and middle political leanings, monarchies, dictatorships, and democracies have all been the slaughterers and the slaughterees.5
While we may move forward on the twenty-first century's timeline, it appears we haven't progressed in our humanitarianism towards one another. Conflicts, abuses, and atrocities continue in places like Darfur, Guantánamo, and Iraq. The twenty-first century's conflict between Palestinians and Israeli occupiers has been particularly devasting to Palestinian children—as of December 2006, 836 have been killed since the year 2000.6
The questions to ask are: Can human beings become more spiritual? If so, what will it take for true spirituality to become embedded in the hearts and minds of the mass consciousness? I believe many prophets of old predicted a time of tribulation to turn the hearts of selfish humanity toward God and, therefore, to humanity.
With our literature and other outreach programs, we in Divine Administration have tried our best to encourage a change of heart in many with whom we have come in contact. In our eighteen years of existence, we only have approximately 100 adults who have come here from several continents to try to bring some of the principles to the world that Patricia Aburdene foresees happening. We in Divine Administration have reached thousands, and so I believe that 100 adults out of about 3,000 would be about 3% of that 3,000. I'm convinced that the reason for this low percentage is that human beings do not want to be directed by God or godly leadership.
Ms. Aburdene points out that the smaller corporations and businesses that have followed leaders of some ethics and morality have prospered, sometimes 100%. But this is a very small percentage compared to the businesses and corporations that exist on this planet—let's say maybe 10 in 100 million. I don't think the world will change in the present mode of this kind of time table.
KEY CONCEPTS OF THE FUTURE
A future cooperative society would reflect the following higher concepts and principles according to the Continuing Fifth Epochal Revelation, much of which is found in The Cosmic Family volumes:
- Our future planetary civilization needs to be a civilization whose majority of citizens are walking more in the perfect will of God than the permissive will of God. These godly citizens would then be following godly elders.
- There would be no capitalism as it exists today, and barter would prevail by trading one's talents to receive another person's talents.
- The most spiritual men and women would be the leaders of all enterprises as well as teachers and educators in all fields. All enterprises would contribute to the material and psychospiritual well-being of every citizen, and help individuals to meet their God-given destinies.
- There would be no disproportionately wealthy persons, for all citizens would share the common wealth, and the spiritual leaders would distribute that common wealth to others as they have need and as they have proven themselves to distribute what they are given to others subordinate to their jurisdiction. This is how government "for the people" and "by the people" should work.
- Large houses would be lived in by more than one family, and the society would become more communally oriented.
- True communities would be the standard mode of living, which would be sustainable and ecologically responsible.
- Social structures would become more tribal and group oriented—according to the principles of cosmic family, cosmic genetics, and consciousness sectors.
- Child-raising would be a group responsibility, for as the saying goes, "It takes a whole village to raise a child."
- Because of the higher spirituality, higher complements—husbands and wives—will find each other within the will of God and bring through higher spiritual and genetic offspring.
- Travel would become more accessible to individuals, and transportation would become faster because more time would be utilized by mechanical and technological engineers to invent faster, safer, and cleaner means of transportation.
- In all functions of life, as civilization becomes more other-oriented, higher technological service-oriented modalities and mechanical machines and tools can be developed, for people will no longer have to “punch a clock” but will have the desire to become servants to all—as Jesus taught 2,000 years ago—therefore, serving God and humanity for more quality hours in jobs that people enjoy and want to do (as opposed to jobs or careers that they have to do).
- Artists will be able to earn their living in their art, and all art and architecture will become modalities to bring people closer to God.
- The Fifth Epochal Revelation and Continuing Fifth Epochal Revelation (analogous to the Hopi Fifth World and Aquarian concepts) will become the planetary common understanding of God and the master universe, therefore uniting humanity under the Fatherhood of God and the brotherhood/sisterhood of humankind.
- Because the environment will become healed and the earth and water sustainable worldwide, agriculture will increase to feed the world, and the Council of Food and Material Welfare will distribute the food that is grown in these agricultural sectors.
- A true justice system will be set up within planetary Divine Administration, and the judges will be true godly men and women, chosen by an eldership of godly men and women, who will rule not by the letter of the law but by wisdom and consideration of individual circumstances.
- Interplanetary cooperation via trade and commerce will happen, as the local universe Sovereign, Jesus Christ Michael, will lift the ban on interplanetary travel to Earth by higher technological and spiritual mortals.
Earth will become a morontia world, or a training world, for other inhabited worlds in the system of Satania, because of its former rebellion and the ability now of thousands to become teachers of the Lucifer Rebellion and the results that can happen when souls choose evil, sin, and iniquity over righteous acts and unselfish decisions.
- There would be 7 consciousness sectors, according to interuniversal genetics. This will enable groups of people to work more efficiently with each other in producing the kinds of products for the material welfare for the common good of the whole planet. At Planetary Headquarters representatives of all 7 sectors will coordinate the inter-working relationships of all of these sectors.
None of these modalities can actually take place unless a quantum leap of consciousness occurs on a mass planetary level. At this point, because of the present continued turmoil on our planet, it is unlikely that this quantum leap will occur without one of three divine interventions occurring:
- The coming to this planet of a Paradise-origin Trinity Teacher Son and celestial staff
- The literal physical return of Jesus Christ Michael and celestial staff
- The rematerialization in the flesh of Machiventa Melchizedek, the present Planetary Prince who is already on Urantia in the fifth dimension.
In all 3 of these divine interventions, a planetary Divine Administration will be set up consisting of already trained spiritual elders of the present Divine Administration and incorporating the human spiritual leaders of all religions with the highest of virtues and humility, who will then be trained in the concepts of the Fifth Epochal Revelation. i.e. The URANTIA Book and The Cosmic Family volumes.
This planet does have a destiny to achieve the advanced, cosmically-aligned stages of light and life. The URANTIA Book tells us that, “Unaided social evolution can hardly achieve such happy results on a spiritually isolated sphere. Religious revelation is essential to the realization of brotherhood on Urantia.”7 That revelation is here today. Wise and effective leaders, by submitting to the leadings and counsel of those spearheading Divine Administration, will incorporate that revelation into all facets of a future civilization—the destiny of this planet.
Individual planetary citizens who are truly desirous of participating in creating a higher reality will recognize and assist those tasked with leading the way. Does everyone hear their calling? Is everyone ready to heed the call?
About the Author
For his entire adult life, Gabriel of Urantia has been dedicated to making the world as it should be – where every man, woman, and child has food, clothing, a home, and not just subsistence-level work, but the tools and assistance to cultivate their unique gifts, talents, and dreams. As founder of one of the largest sustainable communities and ecovillages in the world with multiple artistic organizations and service programs for humankind, Gabriel is putting what some might call a "Utopian" vision into ever-expanding practical applications daily. As an author, he is one of the most unique and distinct writers of our time. His work provides wisdom, cosmic absolutes, and answers to the questions of the seeking soul.
1Microsoft Bookshelf ‘95
2For more information on the Planetary Prince Caligastia, see in The URANTIA Book, Paper 66 (“The Planetary Prince of Urantia”) and Paper 67 (“The Planetary Rebellion”).
3The fourth part of The URANTIA Book presents the life and teachings of Jesus.
7The URANTIA Book, p. 597
1Microsoft Bookshelf ‘95