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           Why do we need to become Mental-Spiritual Wealth millionaires?  Understanding this is the important wisdom in this stren.  Please give it your greatest consideration.

           The most imminent danger to our loved ones, to our self, and civilization, is the likelihood that weapons of mass destruction (WMD) will be unleashed.  Virtually every scientific group, peace group, and informed citizen agrees1.   Congress mandated a high level Commission2  to study, report, and make recommendations to our new President regarding WMD.  Their report, The World at Risk, was released December, 2008.  After interviewing more than 250 experts, the Commission concluded that we can expect the use of WMD before the end of 2013 “unless the world community acts decisively and with great urgency” (p. xv).  In spite of our current efforts, “our margin of safety is shrinking, not growing” (p. xiii).  The actions of our government and others, which include attempts to secure loose nukes and the materials needed to produce WMD, negotiation, deterrence, and intimidation may be appropriate and necessary but none promise a lasting solution. 

           So, here’s the pitch.  Oddly enough, the person who told us the one solution most certain to create permanent world peace is also considered the father of the problem, Einstein.  He told us if we choose to save ourselves from ourselves, we must create a new mode of thinking.  We now have the knowledge and the means to achieve that end.  Every concerned citizen who wants their loved ones to enjoy the benefits we have experienced will want to give priority to what they can do.  Let’s make ourselves wisdom millionaires and populate the world with as many others as we can.  We’ll revisit Einstein’s solution for world peace in stren #71 when we’ll explain our plan to popularize a newer way of thinking.

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 1 Check these examples: The Union of Concerned Scientists (ucsusa.org), an alliance of more than 250,000 concerned scientists and citizens, the Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (the bulletin.org), which includes 18 Nobel Laureates and has created a Doomsday Clock to symbolically tell us not if, but when we reach midnight; The Physicians for Social Responsibility (psr.org); and Ploughshares (ploughshares.org)


 2  World at Risk: The Report of the Commission on the Prevention of WMD Proliferation and Terrorism; December 2008; Vantage Books.