Instructing Only Is Not Enough

Source: A Reflection of Goodwill taken from the book “Jesus e a Cidadania do Espírito” [Jesus and the Citizenship of the Spirit], October 2019.

Intellectual instruction is not enough to form true citizens for the third millennium, which counts on . . . one thousand years to develop a new Civilized Spiritual Era. The brain must be joined by the heart. The Wise Man of the Millennia Himself, Jesus, in His Holy Gospel according to Matthew 11:25, exhorts us to pursue intellectual humility so as to reach the best from the Knowledge that comes down from High Above“I praise You, Father, Lord of Heaven and Earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.”

Tela: Rafael Sanzio (1483-1520)

In other words, to the Simple-Hearted, who are found in religions, in the academies of human knowledge, or in the school of daily life.

With that in mind, human beings’ thinking will be based on balance. Noble character will be the main quality of creatures.

Buddha used to teach: “All that we are is the result of what we have thought.”

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.”