I was finally hit with the message that there is a spiritual plan for me to get trained and equipped with the proper attitude, philosophy and knowledge required for a man to work in aid of the advancement of humanity. I have been assigned a mission, not just to fight for gender equality, but to mobilize womanhood to be able to accomplish the task of filling a missing link in the progress towards universal peace, which is now in great danger, being sabotaged by terrorism and fanaticism.
History teaches us to look at current events in the context of evolution. Every person’s lifetime, be it short or long, wasted or glorified, has its own special meaning in the evolution of the universe. Each beginning is created by God, destined towards a blissful end.
Late in life, I realized that the glorious intention of the formation of the United Nations in 1945 has failed to encourage all corners of the world to swear off war as an impossible solution to universal peace. In the 1990s, I returned to university and studied the wisdom of the Natural Law advocates – Grotius (1583-1645), Hobbes (1588-1679) and particularly Pufendorf (1632-1694) who attempted to define a universal religion on which I wrote my Ph.D. thesis. I had retired to a country home, did a lot of gardening, wrote a few essays, but was mainly content to live peacefully without pursuing my dream to write a cultural philosophy of humanity, an extension of Albert Schweitzer’s 1952 Nobel Peace Prize-winning work, “Reverence for Life.”
When I was devastated by the death of my angelic wife, Geraldine, after 64 years of blissful marriage, on March 16, 2013, I did not wish to live a useless existence on my own. However, when assuring her that I would soon follow her, she had reprimanded me that I had not yet fulfilled my life’s mission on earth and promised that I would meet another woman to help me towards that end.
Two months later, I met a volunteer geriatric care-giver, a lady who was also a deeply wounded person and who offered me the hope of a new life with love and purpose. There followed for me, an incredible ten-month experience with a modern woman. She taught me about the continuing global suffering of women in their discrimination, being treated as second-class citizens. And she burst the bubble that I had been living in with my angelic wife. I had just seen the first shimmering of my enlightenment, a glimpse of the mission before me when she died in my arms, her heart having been wounded beyond repair, on March 11, 2014.