Author: kennethl

What Led You to Write this Story?

What Led You to Write this Story?

‘Independent Authors Blog’ Guest Post

 

Your book sounds very much like the world we live in today. Is there one particular incident or several that led you to write this story?

Worrying about the future of humankind is second nature to me. My maternal grandmother worried about the health and well-being of her offspring every moment of her life so I have the right genes for the job. Professionally, I spent most of my career in the world of finance where I was paid to think about what could go wrong and what can be done to mitigate the risks?

With my background, I have absolutely no doubt that humankind is on the brink of a series of disasters that threaten our species and most other life forms on the planet. We continue to wage war with one another even though modern weapons (nuclear, biological, chemical and cyber) could easily create a series of mass extinction events. We also continue to pollute land, air and water to the point of no return.

Even though I am 72 years old and an 8-year cancer survivor, I do not subscribe to the philosophy that “life’s a bitch and then you die”. I know that I will soon be ashes floating down my favorite stream but I believe that the rest of you may still have time to create a better future for humankind.

My optimism comes solely from the fact human beings have within themselves a powerful innate desire to help others in need.

When I was a young man I used to go to Formula 1 car races in Montreal with my buddies. One Saturday our group was raucously marching toward the subway station to beat the crowds to the track when we passed an elderly lady standing mid-street beside two very large suitcases. She looked confused to the point of distress.

I stopped and asked her if she needed assistance while my gaggle of buddies carried on down the sidewalk.

Grace was her name. Her 84 year-old-husband had suffered a heart-attack on their cruise ship overnight and had been taken to hospital and she had been deposited downtown in the hotel district.

I whistled for help from my friends and we immediately took Grace and her luggage to the nearest hotel and arranged for the day manager to get her checked in and to help her get to the hospital where her husband was being treated.

It was such a small thing but the warm glow I felt from helping Grace has stayed with me for over 40 years.

People routinely and instinctively want to help other people in need, sometimes at great personal risk. They jump into a freezing lake to save a drowning child. They run into a burning building to save somebody they do not know. We might even rush in to save a pet.

The problem with our species is that we behave differently when we are in a group.

Like wolves and lions, humans have always formed tribes to secure and defend resources. Unfortunately, human tribes frequently kill the members of competing tribes on a scale not seen elsewhere in nature.

In today’s complex world, people belong to many different kinds of tribes. Street gangs are tribes. Villages are tribes. Political action groups are tribes. Companies are tribes. Countries are tribes. Religions are tribes.

Even when our tribes don’t kill the members of other tribes they do compete for resources and try to differentiate themselves. These two factors promote greed and intolerance which can ultimately lead to hatred.

Our political and religious leaders are letting us all down badly. None of them are helping us achieve a world united and at peace.

Heads of state believe their system of government, and particularly their chosen political party has all the right answers and that other countries and local members of other parties need to fall in line.

Religious leaders believe that their doctrines provide the only true way forward and they openly compete with one another for converts.

Both sets of leaders exhibit the kind of myopic tribalism that has led to countless human wars throughout our history.

We need to force ourselves and our leaders to adopt a more global perspective if we are to become at one with our species and ultimately all living things on Earth.

God’s emissary, Sarah helps show the way to world leaders. If she does not show up soon, we will have to find our own way. At least now we have a road map.

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Why You Might Want to Read this Book

Why You Might Want to Read this Book

‘Fabulous and Brunette’ Guest Post

God's Intervention: A Second Chance for Humankind
An interesting book that proposes solutions to many of the social and economic problems facing the world today.

If you are elderly: Do you sometimes feel that your generation is leaving the world in a bit of a mess for future generations and you would like comfort that things can be worked out?

If you are young: Are you searching for meaning in your life and a way to make the world a better place?

If you are religious: Do you wonder why there are so many religions in the world and why they end up at war with each other?

If you are not religious: Do you wonder why you feel so good when you help a person in need?

If you are confused about religion: Would you like to be able to reconcile God and Science?

If you are an intelligent life form from a planet in the Andromeda galaxy: Do the problems facing humankind bring back memories of the problems faced by your species during the “dark times”?

If you said “yes” to any of the questions above, God’s Intervention: A Second Chance for Humankind is recommended reading you.

In the last hundred years, human technologies have progressed exponentially while human spiritual and social systems have languished. Nuclear, chemical, biological and cyber weapons have proliferated and now threaten human existence.

Hundreds of thousands of years of evolution have honed human animal instincts to the point that other life forms on Earth are being crowded out. Part of the success of Homo sapiens is due to the formation of strong tribal groupings.

Like wolf packs and lion prides, tribes allowed humans to acquire and defend territories to supply the resources they needed to survive. Villages are tribes. Countries are tribes. Street gangs are tribes. Businesses are tribes. Religions are tribes. When humans come together in tribes they become emboldened and some commit atrocities that individuals within the tribes would never commit by themselves. Even the best-intentioned tribes often end up spawning hatred and intolerance toward the members of other tribes. Many also fan the flames of jealousy and greed.

Humankind needs to find a way to course-correct and become at one with its species. “God’s Intervention” is a fiction novel in which Sarah, the embodiment of the life force of 40 million women that have lived every life and died every death from every corner of the Earth throughout human history, provides answers to these and other important questions.

Speaking with one voice (and full of life thanks to co-author Helen Davies), Sarah stands up to world leaders (mostly men) and connects directly to every person on Earth by co-opting mainstream and social media channels. She outlines the true nature of God and the universe and helps humankind begin the long process of creating a united world at peace.

Sarah’s message is clear and she cannot be ignored!

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Author Interview

Author Interview

Commonly asked questions about this book range from, “What is your vision of God?” to, “How do you address questions regarding science versus God?” In this author Q&A, Kenneth B. Little expands upon some of the integral plot elements of God’s Intervention.

Question: God’s Intervention: A Second Chance for Humankind describes in detail the “true” nature of God. How did you develop your version of what God really is?

Answer: The short answer is, “Over time.” The long answer is, “Through research.” The world’s major religions, all of which evolved over the last 7,000 years, are based upon teachings by a series of prophets, and documented by other people over hundreds of years. Despite that the original messaging from God to the prophets was undoubtedly consistent, over time different practices and beliefs evolved … which, as we know, has led to near-constant war. This most certainly is not what God intended. I looked at commonalities to develop my version of God. I think it’s fair to say the common thread in all faiths is placing of the needs of others above one’s personal desires. In God’s Intervention this is the key to eternal life. Helping someone in need warms you inside, like biting into a piece of homemade fudge. Unlike the sugar high, which rapidly passes, the human warmth you feel lasts a life-time.

Question: How do you address questions regarding science versus God?

Answer: Organized religion, particularly in the Abrahamic tradition, has traditionally created friction between science and God, where none is required. In God’s Intervention, God is the universal life force, the only intelligent form of energy. God existed before the physical universe burst into existence 14.5 billion years ago and continues to exist outside of space and time. Like entangled electrons, God’s consciousness is fully connected instantaneously.

Question: Does your version of God create life, as per the Christian tradition?

Answer: Yes and no. My God is less a commander-in-chief and more of a hands-off, evolutionary God. When conditions are right for the formation of life anywhere in the universe, God is there to supply the life force. Intelligent life forms eventually evolve from this initial injection of life force, and evolution occurs. When they reach a state of evolution where they can reason, like humans can, they can grow their life force exponentially simply by focusing on the needs of others. Upon physical death, those who do this join the life force that is God for all eternity.

Question: Do you envision God as creating the physical universe?

Answer: No. God exists simultaneously with it, though. If God had created it, God would have done a much better job. The universe is not a friendly neighbourhood. Our own sun is a pretty docile star, but it still emits enough energized particles to kill every living thing on the surface of the Earth. Fortunately, our planet has a strong magnetic field and an atmosphere that protects us. Still, when the sun runs out of hydrogen fuel, it will expand into a red giant star and incinerate everything on Earth. Other, larger stars completely collapse and become supernovae that obliterate everything around them. God would surely have created a more sustainable version of the universe.

Question: In your book, God’s Intervention, why has God chosen to intervene to save humankind?

Answer: Because the social and spiritual evolution of the humans has scarcely advanced at all in the last 1,000 years―while technology has advanced exponentially in the last 100 years! We still operate as tribes, protecting our global resources as if we are little children yelling, “Mine! Mine!” We can no longer be this way. Not only are humans rapidly depleting the world’s resources―threatening the future of all living things―but nuclear, chemical, biological, and cyber weapons are increasing and becoming easier to obtain. All it will take is for one unstable terrorist or world leader to have a bad day, and then we’ll all perish.

Question: In God’s Intervention, what does God want humans to do to fix this?

Answer: God wants humankind and planet Earth to survive and flourish and so the first thing God wants is for wars and killing to be stopped! Humans must learn to be at one with their species, and ultimately, with their planet. Only then can we fully develop the life force within us and join God to survive the end of the physical universe.

Question: God sends Sarah as an emissary. She is a compilation of 40 million female souls from Heaven. Why 40 million? And why only female souls?

Answer: I selected the number 40 million because, to me, that number encompassed every type of life, death, faith, culture, and period in history that ever occurred on Earth. I wanted Sarah to be balanced. The femaleness is tied to my version of Heaven, which is when we join God―sort of a ‘one ocean, many drops’ scenario. I am convinced there are more female than male souls in Heaven because women, as child-bearers, nurture and support other humans in ways men usually do not, which creates more life force. I also wanted to counterbalance the fact that human political and religious leaders are predominantly male. The journey to human unity―becoming at one with each other―cannot occur without significant female leadership.

Question: In the book, how does Sarah work with world leaders to help humans become ‘at one’?

Answer: The heads of state―represented mostly by the main character, American president Samuel Cummings―must learn to adapt to the elimination of military might as a factor in global relations between countries. Under Sarah’s guidance, leaders become enlightened and learn new approaches to global governance that promote unity and peace. Cummings, while working to save America’s economy in the aftermath of the collapse of the military industrial complex, also embarks upon a personal journey toward enlightenment.

Question: Your book is a substantial piece of work. Do you think people will shy away from it because of its length?

Answer: I didn’t start out to write a long book, but I did want to offer solutions to some major problems facing humankind. I guess it could never have been a short story. Also, it’s not quite as long as it seems―I requested it be printed in a larger font. Hey, I’m 72 … and I want all my friends to read it.