Before It Is Too Late . . .

Source: A Reflection of Goodwill taken from the manuscript of the book “Cidadania do Espírito” [Citizenship of the Spirit]. | Updated in November 2018.
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Joseph Alois Schumpeter

Ecumenism, as we understand it, means globalization enlightened by Solidarity. We must, therefore, globalize Fraternal Love and spiritualize technology and economics. Joseph Alois Schumpeter (1883-1950) wrote in The Theory of Economic Development: “A fact is never exclusively or purely economic; other—and often more important—aspects always exist.”

I ask Schumpeter’s permission to include among the “other—and often more important—aspects” the spiritual ones.

Tela: Delacroix (1798-1863)


We need to understand that Life does not begin on Earth, but in the World that is (still) invisible to the human eye. These considerations must include, therefore, Hamlet’s famous statement: “There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”


William Shakespeare

It is lines like these that for centuries have justified the renown of the English Bard Shakespeare (1564-1616). Speaking of the author of Romeo and Juliet, 2016 was the year of the 400th anniversary of his death. And here is a fun fact: Shakespeare was born on April 23 (1564) and died on the same day in 1616.

Now, before we are flesh, we are originally Spirit, and consequently Spiritual Citizens. This summons us to study in order to understand the Laws that govern the splendid Society that gravitates in the invisible spheres, which hover well above our heads.

May we, as humanity, achieve the understanding of all this before it is too late! What we do not learn through the effort of Love may knock us over with the severity of Master Pain.

José de Paiva Netto is a writer, journalist, radio broadcaster, composer, and poet. He is the President of the Legion of Good Will (LGW), effective member of the Brazilian Press Association (ABI) and of the Brazilian International Press Association (ABI-Inter). Affiliated to the National Federation of Journalists (FENAJ), the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the Union of Professional Journalists of the State of Rio de Janeiro, the Union of Writers of Rio de Janeiro, the Union of Radio Broadcasters of Rio de Janeiro, and the Brazilian Union of Composers (UBC). He is also a member of the Academy of Letters of Central Brazil. He is an author of international reference in the concept and defense of the cause of Ecumenical Citizenship and Spirituality which, according to him, constitute “the cradle of the most generous values that are born of the Soul, the dwelling of the emotions and of the reasoning enlightened by intuition, the atmosphere that embraces everything that transcends the ordinary field of matter and comes from the elevated human sensitivity, such as Truth, Justice, Mercy, Ethics, Honesty, Generosity, and Fraternal Love.”