Path Toward Peace – Step Two

Eliminating Racism

Eliminating Racism


Do you practice racism?

From AsianWeek: “I’m Not, Like, Racist”

From IndependentOnline: Rhodes sorry for past racist actions

From TribalFootball: Scotland and Ireland slammed by anti-racism agency

Here’s a definition of racism:

belief in racial superiority: the belief that people of different races have different qualities and abilities, and that some races are inherently superior or inferior.

It might be good to define prejudice, too:
opinion formed beforehand: a preformed opinion, usually an unfavorable one, based on insufficient knowledge, irrational feelings, or inaccurate stereotypes.

I feel we all  have to be rigorous in self-examination concerning tendencies toward racism.

It’s an ingrained behavior, driven deep by ages of irrational action.

Ever been faced by any of these situations?

* Your child wants to marry someone of different color.

* You are asked to work closely with a person of different color.

* Your partner was formerly involved with someone of different color.

* You find yourself in a situation that demands you live for an extended time with people of different color.

If you haven’t had to face those situations, I urge you, with an open heart, to imagine you are experiencing them. *** How do you honestly feel?

One factor that clouds this whole issue is the behavior of people who identify with their skin color—acting in ways that make them feel exclusive.

It’s going to take a phenomenal commitment to rid our planet of this illness. It will take “genuine love, extreme patience, true humility, consummate tact, sound initiative, mature wisdom, and deliberate, persistent, and prayerful effort.”

Also, recent thinking has made the idea of separate human races a distinctly non-scientific viewpoint. I’ll offer one opinion for your examination.

Spiritual Quote:

“Racism, one of the most baneful and persistent evils, is a major barrier to peace. Its practice perpetrates too outrageous a violation of the dignity of human beings to be countenanced under any pretext. Racism retards the unfoldment of the boundless potentialities of its victims, corrupts its perpetrators, and blights human progress. Recognition of the oneness of mankind, implemented by appropriate legal measures, must be universally upheld if this problem is to be overcome.”
The Universal House of Justice, 1985 Oct, The Promise of World Peace

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Path Toward Peace – Step One

volition

Inducing the Will to Act

High-minded ideals are powerless to change the world unless we act on them. Seems simple enough yet it’s apparent that a sufficient amount of action has yet to occur—wars, terror, oppression, hate are still the gruesome menu of “modern” culture.

Even taking no action toward a more peaceful world is taking action. We can’t avoid action if we want to stay alive.

From OneWorld.Net: Development Aid Declining Worldwide

From the Center for Global Development: Poverty afflicts more than half the world’s people

From the Utne Reader: In Praise of Economic Pain

But, what do we choose to act on? Here’s the place most people get it wrong if they really want peace. Too many folk feel that talking it up with friends and neighbors is helping. But, if that talking never leads to concrete action, it was a total waste. Too severe a judgement? What if the talking is to “raise people’s consciousness” about what needs to be done? Still, if it doesn’t lead to concrete action, it’s been a waste of time. Preparing ourselves to take action for peace, even if we see most of the world huddling under the tent of inaction, is the first step toward helping our world attain lasting peace.

Our actions can be extremely local—peace in our family, peace in the neighborhood, peace in the village, town, or city.

Our actions can be extremely global—serving on international committees of action or Non-Governmental Organizations, traveling to take the message of acting for peace to other lands, serving others in local environments far from our home.

Strongly motivated action comes from high ideals blended with intense emotion—what some would call spiritual motivation.

Bottom-line, no one acts for peace if their life is completely focused only on themselves…

The next post in this series will focus on one of the most insidious barriers to peace—Racism.

Spiritual Quote:
“What profit is there in agreeing that universal friendship is good, and talking of the solidarity of the human race as a grand ideal? Unless these thoughts are translated into the world of action, they are useless.

“The wrong in the world continues to exist just because people talk only of their ideals, and do not strive to put them into practice. If actions took the place of words, the world’s misery would very soon be changed into comfort….

“If I love you, I need not continually speak of my love—you will know without any words. On the other hand if I love you not, that also will you know—and you would not believe me, were I to tell you in a thousand words, that I loved you.”
‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 16

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I had a major shock today and can’t get my brain wrapped around the blog…

Tomorrow truly is another day, eh?

Here’s a picture to fall into . . .

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And, The Winners Are . . .

The winners are…

Everyone who posted a comment about [ what they saw in ] this picture from the post two days ago.

Thing is…

Anyone can do this with any picture I post. Your impressions and feelings are the other half of why I blog…

The winner’s comments below { there’s even a short play down there! }:

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9 Comments »


    Laughter is God’s sunshine, with a Gentle impression of Love from a child of innocence in spirit, mind, and body !

    Comment by Catherine — @ 2:09 pm –> | May 28, 2008

    Thank You Love, for being Here Now!I experience God intimately by embracing ALL of life lovingly!

    Comment by Amarendra<!– @ 3:04 pm –> | May 28, 2008

    Thanks for drawing my bath honey. What would I do without you?

    Comment by Alexys Fairfield<!– @ 4:44 pm –> | May 28, 2008

    Unconditional Love.

    Comment by Paul<!– @ 5:49 pm –> | May 28, 2008


    Mmmmm…. nothing like the smell of wet dog.

    Comment by Sophia | May 28, 2008 <!– @ 8:24 pm –> |


    Man’s best friend is his dog; but a dog’s best friend is his kid!

    <!– @ 3:08 am –Comment by Marilyn Higgins | May 29, 2008


    “Don’t tell mom the water’s still running!” or“When are you coming in? The water’s so cool!”
    <!– @ 11:12 am –Comment by Maggie | May 29, 2008

    Nothing like a bubble bath and the company of your best friend to end the night:~)

    Comment by Brandi<!– @ 2:16 pm –> | May 29, 2008


    NOTE: The dog’s leg creeping into the tub (by the boys hand).

    Little boy: “Ooooh, I love you so much.”

    Dog: Wags tail.

    Little boy: Looks around quickly then says, “Hey, come on in the tub. Quick! Mom’s not looking. Ssshhh, don’t splash so much. Gosh you’re BIG, move over! Ooow, your claws are scratching my leg. Move over some more.

    Little boy: Pushes dog away a bit

    Dog: Looks dejected: (

    Little Boy: Looks at dog and says, “Aaaw, that’s okay. We can both fit in here. I’ll make room for you, ’cause you’re my bestest ever friend in the whole world.”

    Dog: Licks boy’s face and wags his tail, splashes water and suds everywhere.

    Little boy: Giggles and wraps his arms around the dog’s neck.

    “Luv in the Tub.”
    You can’t beat it! )

    RainforestRobin
    http://www.nakedineden.com

    <!– @ 3:38 pm –> Comment by rainforestrobin | May 29, 2008