We Can Be Optimistic About the Future of Our Planet

by Niánn Emerson Chase


Pessimism, Apathy, and Optimism

     There are three people I knew many years ago when I taught in the public schools who represent three different types of persons in the secular world. These three individuals were teachers, colleagues of mine, and they were very different from each other. What they had in common though was their chronological age and their lack of faith in God. They were not religious or spiritual people, and their values were strictly based on the materialism of the dominant culture. None of them had any vision of the future, nor did they have a sense of history. None of them really felt a sense of responsibility or genuine connection to others, except possibly a superficial relationship with their students and with some acquaintances and family. Their daily goals were simply to get through the day, unaware of events happening that were not in their immediate vicinity.
     One was a woman who was caustic and bitter. She made fun of everything and everyone, especially anything good and hopeful. Her philosophy was that people were not to be trusted. In fact, life was not to be trusted. From her perspective, her dreams never panned out and every person she had loved betrayed her. Life had doled her a raw deal. In her younger years, I am sure that she had been a beautiful woman, but in her late fifties, her face had taken on her pessimism. Her eyes were cold, and her mouth had a permanent snarl. Every time she opened that mouth to spit out words, I cringed inside, dreading her gloomy judgments on situations and on persons, and I most certainly could not laugh at her sharp, sarcastic dark humor. I often wondered how her fifth-grade students fared with her.
     Another teacher was a quiet, timid man whose body, walk, face, and voice showed tiredness. I had to strain to hear the few anemic words he would occasionally speak. His life force was barely noticeable because he had early on given up on life and on people, and now in his fifties, he merely shuffled through his days. I felt pity for this sad, lonely man who lived alone in a dark, cold house and who was barely noticed by his lively high school students (or anyone else for that matter). I often wondered how he continued to live through his dreary days.
     The third person was a round, jolly kindergarten teacher who gushed emotionally and continually over the wonderfulness of life. Her enthusiasm seemed to me childish and at times tedious. I could not understand how a person who had lived for at least forty years could be so oblivious to any suffering or evil in life. She would become very uncomfortable if anyone ever brought up issues that dealt with the darker side of life. She was extremely discomfited by me, for I was known in our school district as the activist, the one who spoke out often against things that were not right. This optimist babbled incessantly when around me or any other person who was outspoken and forthright about the imperfections and vicissitudes of life.
     I label these three people “the pessimist,” “the apathetic,” and “the optimist.” Two are at extreme ends, and one is nowhere, for he has no opinions or passions. The apathetic is indifferent, spiritless, and almost emotionless. The pessimist and optimist can be lively and opinionated; they can be leaders, movers, and shakers, though whom they lead and what they move and shake may be cause for concern.
     According to Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, pessimism means, “an inclination to emphasize adverse aspects, conditions, and possibilities or to expect the worst possible outcome.” Pessimism is also “a doctrine that reality is essentially evil, that evil overbalances happiness in life.” Optimism, according to the dictionary is “an inclination to put the most favorable construction upon actions and events or to anticipate the best possible outcome.” Optimism is “a doctrine that this world is the best possible world.”
     Obviously, none of these three individuals that I just described are balanced, psychologically healthy, or realistic. I have met many people who fit one of these three types, and even though each has their uniqueness and individuality, they fall into the category of pessimism, apathy, or optimism.
     According to The URANTIA Book, pessimism has no place in a truly spiritual person, for pessimism focuses only on the evil and the terrible with no or very little understanding of the good and the terrific. Without a spiritized mind people who rely only on their intellects and merely upon knowledge usually become pessimists or apathetic, for just looking at the facts of the state of the world and its problems without knowing the truth of the presence of the living spiritual forces that reflect the presence of God, can lead to a sense of hopelessness. The URANTIA Book tells us:  “The pursuit of mere knowledge, without the attendant interpretation of wisdom and the spiritual insight of religious experience, eventually leads to pessimism and human despair. A little knowledge is truly disconcerting.” [Paper 195, Section 6, Paragraph 3]  
    Neither does secular, materialistic optimism have a place in a truly spiritual person, for, according to The URANTIA Book, that kind of optimism is “blind and self-deceived.” That kind of optimism does not want to deal with the reality and ramifications of the Lucifer Rebellion. That kind of optimism does not want to deal with the error, sin, or iniquity in people. That kind of optimism does not want to take responsibility for self or for others. You cannot be your brothers’ or sisters’ keeper with that kind of optimism, for when situations and people get to be challenging, messy, or problematic (and they usually do), the false optimists are out of there. When the honeymoon is over, so is the commitment.
     Rodan, the Greek philosopher of Jesus’ time, said,

. . . Never hesitate to admit failure. Make no attempt to hide failure under deceptive smiles and beaming optimism. It sounds well always to claim success, but the end results are appalling. Such a technique leads directly to the creation of a world of unreality and to the inevitable crash of ultimate disillusionment.

. . . wisdom comes only from the experiences of adjustment to the results of one’s failures. [People] who prefer optimistic illusions to reality can never become wise. Only those who face facts and adjust them to ideals can achieve wisdom. Wisdom embraces both the fact and the ideal and therefore saves its devotees from both of those barren extremes of philosophy—the [person] whose idealism excludes facts and the materialist who is devoid of spiritual outlook. [Ibid., Paper 160, Section 4, Paragraphs 13-14] 

     The URANTIA Book tells us that one of Jesus’ apostles was an unrealistic optimist, and one was a pessimist when they first met Jesus. Both of these men, in spite of their imbalances and self-deception, ascended into powerful spiritual leaders who courageously carried Jesus’ teachings to others, regardless of persecution and harassment from the religious and secular authorities. Because these two apostles submitted to the power of Jesus’ love and example, their pessimism and unrealistic optimism was transformed into the wisdom of divine optimism.

The Optimism of Jesus

     In Paper 100 of The URANTIA Book we learn:

     Jesus was consistently cheerful, notwithstanding he sometimes drank deeply of the cup of human sorrow. He fearlessly faced the realities of existence, yet was he filled with enthusiasm for the [spiritual truths of revelation]. However, he controlled his enthusiasm; it never controlled him. He was unreservedly dedicated to “the Father’s business.” This divine enthusiasm led his unspiritual brethren to think he was beside himself, but the onlooking universe appraised him as the model of sanity and the pattern of supreme mortal devotion to the high standards of spiritual living. In addition, his controlled enthusiasm was contagious; his associates were constrained to share his divine optimism. [Section 7, Paragraph 12]

     Jesus was an unusually cheerful person, but he was not a blind and unreasoning optimist. His constant word of exhortation was, “Be of good cheer.” He could maintain this confident attitude because of his unswerving trust in God and his unshakable confidence in [humans]. He was always touchingly considerate of all [people] because he loved them and believed in them. Still he was always true to his convictions and magnificently firm in his devotion to the doing of his Father’s will. [Section 7, Paragraph 9]

Divine Optimism in Spite of the State of the World

     Some people wonder how we of Divine Administration can be of good cheer knowing how messed up our world is, and it seems to be deteriorating very quickly. How can we be optimists when the earth changes certainly are a reality? How can we be optimists when devastation and destruction of life—human and non-human—are happening at an accelerated rate all over the planet? Because we embrace divine optimism, the divine optimism of Jesus, not the childish blind optimism of the woman I referred to earlier. We are aware that there are many problems in the world. We are aware that there needs to be some tremendous shifts and changes in order for this world to survive. But we have optimism.
     The URANTIA Book tells us:  “Secular, social and political optimism is an illusion. Without God, neither freedom and liberty, nor property and wealth will lead to peace.” [Paper 195, Section 8, Paragraph 12] Regardless of what the propagandists in politics and advertising tell us, no matter how much money, property, friends, or democracy we have, we as individuals and as nations will not have inner or outer peace without God, without being in divine pattern.
     The Fifth Epochal Revelation of The URANTIA Book states,

Jesus gives peace to his fellow doers of the will of God but not on the order of the joys and satisfactions of this material world. . . .

. . . The peace which [Christ] Michael gives his children on earth is that very peace which filled his own soul when he himself lived the mortal life in the flesh and on this very world. The peace of Jesus is the joy and satisfaction of a God-knowing individual who has achieved the triumph of learning fully how to do the will of God while living the mortal life in the flesh. The peace of Jesus’ mind was founded on an absolute human faith in the actuality of the divine Father’s wise and sympathetic overcare. Jesus had trouble on earth, he has even been falsely called the “man of sorrows,” but in and through all of these experiences he enjoyed the comfort of that confidence which ever empowered him to proceed with his life purpose in the full assurance that he was achieving the Father’s will. [Paper 181, Section 1, Paragraphs 7-8]

     We who study the Continuing Fifth Epochal Revelation (found in The Cosmic Family volumes) are given a vision of this world being resurrected after the adjudication into a culture of light and life rather than a society of darkness and death. Even though there is error and evil in individuals and in the world, there is also beauty and goodness, the beauty and goodness of the divine in those same individuals and in this same world.
     Because of the understanding of God’s loving overcare of this world, which we get from the study of The URANTIA Book, and a vision of a resurrected people and a resurrected world, revealed in The Cosmic Family volumes, we can be led by Jesus today (as two thousand years ago he led people) to feel “at home in the world”. In Paper 196 of The URANTIA Book, Jesus taught

. . . that the world was not fundamentally evil. He did not long to escape from his earthly life; . . . He attained an idealistic religious life in the very midst of a realistic world. Jesus did not share Paul’s pessimistic view of humankind. The Master looked upon men [and women] as the sons [and daughters] of God and foresaw a magnificent and eternal future for those who chose survival. [Section 2, Paragraph 9]

     I especially appreciate this message given in The URANTIA Book:

     Many things, which happen in the course of a human life, are hard to understand, difficult to reconcile with the idea that this is a universe in which truth prevails and in which righteousness triumphs. It so often appears that slander, lies, dishonesty, and unrighteousness—sin—prevail. Does faith, after all, triumph over evil, sin, and iniquity? It does. In addition, the life and death of Jesus are the eternal proof that the truth of goodness and the faith of the spirit-led creature will always be vindicated. . . The religions of pessimistic despair seek to obtain release from the burdens of life; they crave extinction in endless slumber and rest. These are the religions of primitive fear and dread. The religion of Jesus is a new gospel of faith to be proclaimed to struggling humanity. This new religion is founded on faith, hope, and love. [Paper 194, Section 3, Paragraph 2]

     During these challenging times of worldwide tribulation, may we daily note the many signs in the natural world of renewal, rebirth, and resurrection. Healing and growth is each of our destinies if we accept it. Healing and reconstruction of our world into light and life is the future, and each of us can be a part of this future if we choose to be.


About the Author

Niánn Emerson Chase

Niánn Emerson Chase co-founded Global Community Communications Alliance, a 120+ member intentional community (at Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage) located in southern Arizona. Niánn is the Director of the University of Ascension Science and the Physics of Rebellion, as well as serving on the Board of Elders. She is a counselor and a pastor.

Niánn is a world-renowned spiritual leader, educator, activist, and a prolific author with many articles on culture, society, spirituality, and sustainability.

Her spiritual-based philosophies and peace-motivated efforts have positively impacted countless individuals worldwide. Her personal ideals and pursuits are to fuse revelatory spiritual teachings with the philosophical and spiritual truths from all cultures and religions into the classroom and into mainstream consciousness.

Niánn shares her visions and teachings to reveal a global outlook toward a future of world peace and harmony as one planetary family.

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Like the moon we wax and wane, but we can indeed unfold into our own fullness of God's truth, beauty, and goodness.

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Spiritual maturity is the ability to really love yourself and to love your neighbor as yourself.

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We humans not only have innate within us the desire to love and be loved, but also a desire to find God, to experience God.

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Jesus gave inconvenient truths.

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It is your primal destiny to know the Universal Father (the First Source and Center) and then all other time-and-space destinies will fall into place.

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Physical death need not be final, but merely a graduation into a sanctuary of sacred space where correction, rehabilitation, and healing happens.

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In this moment you are a being of God in His hand. Let Him squeeze the junk out of you.

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It is the destiny for all individuals within God to expand inward, upward, and outward in the balance of Father, Mother, and Son circuitry.

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Love is the foundation of a truly religious person.

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You should ask yourself, “What can I do to become a problem solver verses a complainer?”

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Drop your baggage that holds you back from liberation.

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My first and most important significant "other" in my life is God.

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The destiny of this world, the world of the beloved Christ Jesus the Creator Son of Nebadon, is to move into light and life through the brother- and sisterhood of humankind.

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A truly wealthy person fills their being with the spirit of goodness.

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Fear disables us from truly being alive in divine pattern, from unfoldment into our personality circuitry.

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Integrated into the patterns and plans of God for the whole are the choices that individuals make.

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As mortal ascending sons and daughters of the Universal Father, it is our destiny to be continually and increasingly filled with the truth, beauty and goodness of the circuitry in divine pattern.

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God is the intelligent principle behind all laws.

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Failure is a learning episode.

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The tribulation is meant to lead to the purification of ourselves.

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Peace begins with individuals, with each of us finding our place as ascending sons and daughters within the divine pattern of the Universal Father.

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If you are not moving forward, you are not alive. If you are not tapped into that spirit of God and you are not tapped into the realization of who you are as a child of God, you are not really alive.

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With a cosmic perspective on life derived from epochal revelation and reflection on personal experience, our minds are lifted from our limited, lower thinking to a higher spiritized perspective.

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Higher courage comes from the reality of religious experience.

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If we do not continually drink from the life-giving "Aquarian concepts" of epochal revelation, we will wither in the immensity of the worldwide spiritual drought.

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In our love of God we begin to move into valuing ourselves, a process of realizing what our lower selves do to keep us from expanding into our true personalities, which will result in self-esteem.

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As we become more civilized, we become more loving.

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Our understanding of wealth is relative depending on where our values and standards are.

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Classes should be a union-of-souls experience where you listen and fall in love with your brothers and sisters.

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How important to recognize this spiritual truth?Û”all souls are loved equally by the Universal Creator, but not all function within God's will equally.

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Truth, beauty and goodness are to awaken people to the hope and higher vision of light and life.

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When you have a sense of purpose, you forget the clamoring of yourself.

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Having fun and enjoying life is the best way to become spiritual.

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The presence of Providence or a sense of God's hand in your life has many layers and levels of richness.

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True community happens when we continually correct our error so that we may love and serve others more purely.

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Our tiny culture here as an EcoVillage and intentional community is much more than that; it is the outworking of the Trinity’s influence in all our lives.

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We have to outgrow childish and selfish emotions in order to evolve into emotions that are more spiritually based, more moral, ethical, and loving.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

Every day can be our Pentecost, the renewal of God's spirit within us restoring us to our fullness in being able to love more perfectly and forgive more readily.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

Most people who are suffering are suffering from the disease of self.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

We get sidetracked with so many distractions that prevent us from manifesting the true desires of the heart.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

A truly wealthy person is one who has wisdom.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

If we truly see each other as family we are the tree of life to one another.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

From an eternal perspective evil is not real; love is real and of eternal value.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

If we allow God to purify us, we'll be composted, and then we can provide nourishment for others.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

We make our own prisons within our minds.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

Healing has to do with a shift in the mind, in the thought processes of the individual. Healing has to do with some kind of personal encounter with God the Father.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

As you choose to spend time to develop your relationship with God and deepen it, your capacity for loving other human beings unselfishly will expand and deepen and broaden.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

Being reborn again is really about being regenerated and going back to our real source and relationship with God.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

Our role is to stay in our superconscious minds, to make decisions from our higher selves.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

Epochal Revelation takes our understanding of concepts and blows our mind—expands our minds in all directions. It is constipation of the cosmic mind to be stuck in dogmatism and fundamentalism.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

The gift we've been given in The Cosmic Family volumes and The URANTIA Book allows us to come into our cosmic minds and see ourselves as universe citizens.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

My hope for all humanity is to experience the reality of knowing that we all are in the richness of our eternal present within our destinies.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

Have the courage to claim the authority of right and the authority of goodness.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

Living in any form of community reveals both our gifts and our limitations.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

Isn't our highest destiny to be in the eternal moment striving to be more godlike, more open and receptive to the leadings of the Threefold Spirit within us, regardless of what we are doing?

-Niánn Emerson Chase

In our cooperation with the Threefold Spirit of God, we can have quantum leaps of growth and healing in our adversity rather than being broken by it.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

Just say, "Okay God, You win."

-Niánn Emerson Chase

We know that there have been many people who have been considered failures in life and yet, from God's perspective they were some of the greatest people that walked the planet.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

The purification of the planet can happen through cooperation of human beings.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

God will give you the desires of your heartÑnot the transitory desires, but the ones your soul desires. Your true self is what will be granted to you eventually with God.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

It's not so significant that we suffer, for suffering is part of the human experience. It's what we do with our suffering that matters.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

We all well know how important it is to realize that your idea of what power is may not be God's idea, and our idea of God's timing may not really be His idea of timing.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

Your message should have a flavor of universalism to it in order to appeal to many different types of individuals.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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