Parts to Harmonizing and WW3.
Maybe we’ll never have WW3. Yet, we already have numerous wars going on. And what is war if not harm? Sure, some people may argue that wars can be just – nevertheless, they involve the ultimate harm, killing others. Even if for a cause, even if for self-defense, they are the ultimate harm.
So, would an insight into harmonizing help?
Harmonizing is the exact opposition of harming. It’s curious but, we’ve written dozens of books on an insight into how to harmonize, and yet, few people would think that if they want to prevent wars or stop existing ones that reading a book, or several books on harmonizing could be of great use. Probably, this is because people assume that what we write about is subjective. It’s not, it’s objective. And it’s verifiable. A person, can, if they care to, think about what we’ve written about and examine it to determine its validity. Sure, it will take some work. How much do you want to stop an existing war, or to prevent the next war.
We rarely talk about the discovery we’ve made and written about in terms of war and preventing it. Yet, books such as Creating Harmony, Sharing Values and A System for Harmony have something very important and valuable to say about how to stop harms, even harms, such as war.
I bring this topic – of war – up today because of the latest actions in Syria, with Turkey and Iran stepping up their efforts to resolve their differences militarily. I bring it up with tensions between China and the U.S. increasing.
So, how would it help if some leader helped distribute the books we’ve written? How would it help if people knew about a discovery of a scientific law of nature that shows how we can harmonize?
1) Objective tools do things that other things can’t do
What can a hammer do that a screwdriver cannot? Is a hammer a valuable and useful tool? Of course, the answer is yes. Why? Simply put, because we can build things thanks to the tool.
Well, we can build harmony with this tool. The discovery that there are parts to harmony is the discovery of a tool in nature. It’s more like fire than an invented tool like a hammer. Is fire useful? The answer, of course, is yes. We can cook with it. We can stay warm with it. Well, what can we do with a tool for harmonizing? Well, obviously we can harmonize with it. Who would have thought, initially, beforehand, that the discovery of fire would lead to one then another then another development which would lead us to a place where instead of heating our home with fire, and a fireplace, we could heat our home with a furnace? Well, the same point can be made of the discovery of a tool in nature like “parts to harmonizing” – you probably cannot envision the solutions that can stem from this tool. Yet, they are as vast as you can imagine and more vast.
You can make harmonious solutions in numerous ways and numerous places. How? Well, before you can understand how the tool works, you must recognize what the tool is, what it looks like and how to use it. Much as you need to recognize the difference between a hammer and a screwdriver, when you reach into a toolbox in order to make use of a hammer, you must recognize what parts to harmonizing looks like. Okay, look at the below graphic. That’s some of what this tool for harmonizing looks like.
Now, that’s the tool. Recognizing what it looks like doesn’t tell you how to use it. But at least you can differentiate that tool from other tools.
Now, notice that the list is different than other tools. For example, some might say that Christianity, or some other religion is a tool for harmonizing. Another may say Judaism is a tool for harmonizing. No one would say that those tools are objective, however.
So, if a tool is an objective tool, what is its value? Its value is that it can be utilized based on science and reason. In other words, it does not require belief. It only requires understanding. You don’t have to believe that a hammer can hammer in a nail, you can test it for yourself and see. Similarly, with this tool. You don’t have to believe that sensitivity, a part, or tool, has value, you can make use of it, and test it to see what value it has. Now, you might want to understand why it has value. Much as you might want to understand why a hammer has value, before using it. So, when we say that sensitivity works like the senses, the healthy senses, in that it allows you to detect feelings and other stimuli, affecting yourself or others, you can understand that. You can understand the value of that.
Now, you might not see how that relates to preventing war. Think of your lack of understanding in that regard as simply being the same type of lack of understanding one might have if someone said to them, before anyone had used a hammer to build a house, that you can build a house, in part, with a hammer. You might have to explain to them that the hammer, along with other tools, will allow one to build a house. Likely, you don’t know how sensitivity can help build harmony, the type of harmony that prevents wars from happening. The fact is that, just like a hammer works with nails and wood, sensitivity works with thoughtfulness and other tools to help build harmony and to prevent wars
How can I know that? you might ask. Before a hammer and a hammerer builds the first house, with that tool and other tools, it would be hard to explain to another that a house will come about by making use of that tool and other tools.
So, at this point, recognizing that you’d need to understand more about the other parts and tools, I want to leave you with one point to understand and recognize. There is value to objective tools. Objective tools are verifiable. You can make use of them and see that they are or are not working. You can test them to see instantly what they produce. And to see what their absence produces.
2) Wars are caused by… Peace is caused by….
We know that wars are caused, sometimes, by economic challenges. This is not to say that there are not deeper root problems. This is simply to say that countries often, or at least sometimes, fight wars for economic reasons. Now, don’t get caught up, right now, in disputing that, on the basis that three are deeper reasons – that point is acknowledged, but sometimes, as the saying goes, a person can be “so heavenly bound that they’re no earthly good.” What we want to do is connect the worldly reasons that wars occur with the deeper reasons that wars occur. What we want to do is connect the worldly reasons for why peace occurs with the deeper reasons that peace occurs.
So, how do we do that?
Begin, with the idea of a Rubik's Cube.
You might look at the Rubik's Cube, before it’s done and say, there’s no way, you’ll ever be able to get that to look like it does when it’s aligned, or completed (if you wanted to do it).
You have to think of what I’m about to explain a little bit like you would think about a doing a Rubik's cube. It’s a matter of staying with it and seeing how one piece in this story that’s about to follow fits with another and another and another.
Let’s start with Germany, and the coronavirus, COVID-19, and what Germany decided to do last night (March 3). They’ve announced a ban on exporting all medical equipment. This includes surgical masks. They’ve also announced that all equipment will be rationed for medical professionals only.
Now, the first piece in our Rubik's Cube like approach to explaining this is to note that there is a difference between meaningful markets and meaningless markets. Let’s capitalize this concept to indicate that this is a part to a whole, harmonious, healthy – and peace-creating – society. Meaningful Markets are part of whole, harmonious, healthy country. Further Meaningful actions, on individuals’ part are part of a harmonious individual life – and relationships. We’ll explain how and why Meaningful actions and Meaningful Markets is one part of creating peace and preventing war.
Let’s look at why a product like a surgical mask is a meaningful – not meaningless - product. A surgical mask, when there is an outbreak of coronavirus, COVID-19, offers people who are in contact with individuals who have the virus some protection. Now, it is understandable that given a choice between medical professionals having them and non-medical professionals having them, that the medical professionals would be the ones to have them. But that, of course, is a suboptimal choice. In the case of COVID-19, you want the reproductive number to be below one. How do you get it below one, you stop the spread, or slow the spread. How do you stop or slow the spread? Well, in part, by people – non-medical people, in addition to medical people having them. If someone is quarenteening at home but they do not have a mask, there is a greater chance that someone else in their family is going to contract it. This makes more work for the medical professionals as well. So, this, limiting mask availability to only medical professionals is clearly not a great solution.
And it could have been prevented. In the U.S., there is a company that has been making protective gear, for years, Prestige Ameritech, and they’ve been saying that we’re underprepared for an event like this. They were right.
Now, what makes this a meaningful product is that we generally – near universally – think of protecting life as being meaningful, similarly, we think of life itself as meaningful. We think of protecting all lives as meaningful. Sure, economists will place varying values on lives. They’ll price out lives in developing countries at lower valuation than lives in the developed world, when making decisions. Before I continue, I want to make a point about how this discovery that there are parts to harmonizing can help.
The song lyric plays overhead, “In sweet harmony” by Hey Ocean.
You have to start to begin to think of words like “Meaningfulness” and “Life” as parts, and you have to think of them as tools. Being meaningful is a tool. Valuing life is a tool. I know you may not be willing to accept that yet. That is, you may not be willing to accept that you can employ “Meaningfulness” like you employ a hammer, for a very specific building/making purpose. You may not be willing to accept that you can employ “valuing life” the way you employ a hammer, for a very specific building/making purpose, but if you read on you will see what we mean when we say that parts to harmonizing can help us to prevent war, in a way that other solutions cannot, or cannot, without also this insight/discovery.
What if, instead of spending money on more and more soda, and products that fill people's entertainment and dessert desires, decision-makers spent money on more life-sustaining products and services, more liberty promoting products and services? What would be the effect of that? Well, we can certainly see with the shortages on masks and medical protective gear that prioritizing meaningful products would have helped. It would have been better - for many individuals if they had more protective gear.
Even tests were not ready for some people who needed them. I should are not ready, as even at this date, March 7, 2020, there are some individuals who are sick and who are not being tested to see if they have COVID-19.
The simple point to make is that wars start because life-sustaining resources are unavailable. It was a contributing factor with WWII. The economic struggles of Germany played a significant role in why the Germans did what they did.
The point about masks is not to say that a shortage of masks will lead to war. Rather it is to make the point that there is a difference between meaningful products and services and more meaningless products and services. It is to explain that meaningful products relate to the provision of life and life's essentials. It is to make the point that we, society does not always prioritize effectively life and life's essentials. And that leads to the larger point that as long as societies do not do a good job of prioritizing life and life's essentials for all of the world's people, there is a greater risk of war resulting.
So, if you want to know how a war can be prevented, recognize how traits relate to war and peace and begin to teach them... which is point 3.
3) Traits can be taught much as other subjects are taught, once learned they have value
Imagine the possibility of our earth flooded with people thriving, living creatively, serving, and full of healthy and wholesome joy! What would that take? How can we move our world from where it is today to a better place?
The only hope that I can see for getting us to a better, a genuinely happier, and substantially healthier culture would be if we brought to our institutions, businesses, schools, and government, a way to learn and to teach healthy and wholesome behaviors and values.
With an aim for creating thriving societies, most cultures across the world have embraced and developed and continue to embrace and develop a love for teaching children from a very young age, math, language arts, science, history, and other essential subjects. Moreover, advanced degrees for science, technology and various modern-day professions flourish and spread across our nations. Without a doubt, all of this is important, but it hasn’t led to ending wars, greed, exploitation and many other harms.
Why, with all these human advancements and opportunities, do we still see so many evils? Why is that? Well, when you do all those things, but you don’t care to help one another with reaching upward in spirit, you end up creating highly advanced societies with lots of disharmonies and imbalances (even if also with vast material abundance).
You end up having businesses and industries that provide unhealthy products and services (even if along with many healthy products and services), you develop technologies designed to destroy the earth (even if with some, perhaps, many that cultivate the earth), you exploit the “weak,” and you manifest groups of people that take excessively and leave others with very little. In summary, you create a society in which the people at the top, the bottom, and the middle are “sickened.”
Today, our society is misaligned, beating out of harmony with nature. But believe it or not, we can change this, in fact we are designed by nature to live in balance with one another. And the blueprint of our body holds the key to showing us how we can live together more harmoniously. By mapping out several behaviors that share functional commonalities with body parts, we can see a multitude of essential behaviors and values that we need to cultivate in our lives (in ourselves, in our institutions, in our companies, and our organizations) to achieve harmony.
Science, and biology in particular, studies the workings of the body. The majestic body has parts that come together, each serving specific functions to make a whole, grand, harmonious system.
What if we explored more deeply the particular tasks that the various body parts perform? Would, if we mimicked those functions in our daily activities and interactions, choices and decisions, we slowly and effectively create a more healthy and balanced world body? We believe the answer is yes, but only if we care to.
We have to care to embrace and develop a love for teaching harmonious traits the same way we’ve embraced and developed a love for teaching other forms of education. If we do this, we will slowly and effectively heal the harmful imbalances between people, countries and nations. Over time, with dedication and commitment we will grow more healthy and whole together as one beautiful nation (and world!) under God indivisible with liberty and justice shining forth for all.
Certainly, people have advocated for millennia the value of ethical precepts. Yet, do people today realize that ethical precepts can change the way we behave, so much so that wars can be prevented? Imagine that you had to make decisions that balance your own life with the lives of others? Imagine that you had to make decisions that balance your own desire for liberty with a desire for equal liberty for others. Imagine that you had to make decisions that balance your own desire for happiness with a desire for others to have equal happiness. How would that change the way decisions that people would make? Well, asking a question like that is a little like asking the first user of a computer, when it was first invented, what are you going to do with that. One couldn't possibly imagine.
This is why the breakthrough discovery that certain behaviors (including the behavior of valuing life, and the behavior of valuing liberty and the behavior of valuing happiness equally) act like body parts is so significant. You're given the outcome (harmony) and blueprint (harmony has parts), all you have to do is use the instructions. Then, things will start to transform. People, naturally, cannot see how using a model for harmony to create one simple action that is peace creating, is of value. Well, it may not be if a person with little influence over policy makes use of the tool, but what if the president and what if the Congress were to use the tool, would it help them to come up with diplomatic solutions where they otherwise would only see military ones? The answer is yes. But don't wait for them to step up and embrace the tool first. It's your job, your responsibility to discover the tool for yourself and to make use of it. And it will have harmony benefits for you if you do so.