Seeking New Solutions
March, 2004
Vol. 3, Number 3
Read Selections on
Leadership from the book,
World Diplomacy:
Leadership (four rules)
World Diplomacy
(vol. 1, no. 10 - Oct., 2002)
Leadership(Criterion 1) World Diplomacy
(vol. 1, no.11 - Nov., 2002)
Leadership(Criterion 2) World Diplomacy
(vol. 1, no. 12 - Dec., 2002)
Leadership(Criterion 3) World Diplomacy
(vol. 2, no. 1 - Jan., 2003)
Leadership(Criterion 4) World Diplomacy
(vol. 2, no. 2 - Feb., 2003)
Other excerpts from the book
World Diplomacy:
World Diplomacy
(vol.1, no. 2 - Feb., 2002)
Hope for the Future
World Diplomacy
(vol. 1, no. 9 - Sept.,2002)


Archives 2003: Read previous monthly selections
(Vol. 2, No. 1)

Leadership Criterion 3: Leaders are dedicated to solve the problems of the planet

(Vol. 2, No. 2)

Leadership Criterion 4: Leaders create cooperation and hope.

(Vol. 2, No. 3)
Avoiding Dictatorship in a Free Society — Part 1
(Vol. 2, No. 4)
Avoiding Dictatorship in a Free Society — Part 2
(Vol. 2, No. 5)
Art and Politics
(Vol. 2, No. 6)
Living the Good Life
(Vol. 2, No. 7)
Core Values
(Vol. 2, No. 8)
The Tour de France — A
Sporting Model for Diplomacy
(Vol. 2, No. 9)
Teaching Teens — Part I
(Vol. 2, No. 10)
Teaching Teens — Part II
(Vol. 2, No. 11)
Moving Forward
(Vol. 2, No. 12)
Worls Peace in Less Than a Month?


© 2004 SNS Press. All rights reserved.

Global Consciousness II

The Sense of Gratitude

Adapted from the book World Diplomacy by Richard Sidy
Chapter VIII, "Global Consciousness."

The sense of gratitude makes one aware of real, essential values. After an illness or recovery from an injury, one relishes and enjoys good health as a precious blessing — for a time — until one begins to take it for granted again. After a period of thirst, a cup of water is of the most value. When there is an absence of the sense of gratitude, people only experience the value of what they have after a period of deprivation. Suffering or deprivation break the cycle of habitual and automatic behavior, and make one realize the value of those constant blessings which are normally taken for granted, abused and wasted. The sense of gratitude makes it unnecessary to suffer deprivation in order to value what one has.

If our politicians and diplomats were guided by the sense of gratitude, they would not lead humanity through the hell of war, poverty, environmental destruction, and bondage. Suffering in the world is evidence that our leaders and diplomats are not guided by love and gratitude for humanity and the planet. If they were grateful for all the gifts of nature, they would use all their power, influence, and resources to improve life and to protect it. Gratitude creates the awareness of essential values and creates priorities which reflect those values.

Through gratitude people act to preserve health, beauty, and prosperity. It motivates people to be responsible for themselves, for others and for the environment and to work for the common good. Nations would not have destitute, uneducated, apathetic or selfish citizens if leaders set an example with policies demonstrating gratitude. They would create national budgets which were motivated by care and appreciation of their citizens, concern for their well-being, concern for the development of their potential, and concern for the health and sustainable use of their environment. Through the sense of gratitude people and nations feel the urge to use their wealth for projects to uplift others and improve the quality of life.

© 2004 Richard Sidy

<<Global Consciousness I: The Sense of Economy
<<Global Consciousness II: The Sense of Gratitude
<<Global Consciousness III: The Sense of Justice
<<Global Consciousness IV : The Sense of Beauty
<<Global Consciousness V : The Sense of Responsibility
<<Global Consciousness VI: The Sense of Unity
<<Global Consciousness VII: The Sense of the Sacred

Archives 2004
Read previous monthly selections
January: (Vol. 3, No. 1)
The Four Freedoms
February: (Vol. 3, No. 2)
Global Consciousness I
March: (Vol. 3, No. 3)
Global Consciousness II
April: (Vol. 3, No. 4)
Global Consciousness III
May: (Vol. 3, No. 5)
Global Consciousness IV
June: (Vol. 3, No. 6)
Global Consciousness V
July: (Vol. 3, No. 7)
Global Consciousness V
August: (Vol. 3, No. 8)
Global Consciousness V
September: (Vol. 3, No. 9)
Is "Liberal" a Dirty Word?
October: (Vol. 3, No. 10)
Bullies in Our Political Culture
November: (Vol. 3, No. 11)
Can Idealism Solve Problems?
December: (Vol. 3, No. 12) Peace on Earth, Goodwill


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