A hopeful approach for the future of international relations.
Redirect teen rebellion towards idealism and self improvement.
excerpts from unpublished book: Science,
Religion and the Search for God Bridging the Gap.
Poems of society, the human condition, and spiritual discovery.
student activities and curriculum materials instill an environmental,
cultural, and global perspective, and integrate various academic
human spirit strives for peace and freedom while the body yearns
for security. How can these be achieved in a competitive world
where people follow leaders who say, "you are either with
us or against us?" While that was an understandable rallying
cry in the dark ages of religious, economic, and territorial
tribalism and isolationism, it is an anti-survival curse in the
modern age. Is it really possible that any one political, economic
or religious viewpoint is the only right one? If so, life for
so many in the world would be unfriendly, confusing and precarious,
and contrary to the wisdom of revered teachers throughout history
in every culture.
When we develop the consciousness of unity in diversity we will
discover how rich we are, and also how much we share and owe to
each other. Gratitude for those who have helped and enriched humanity
charges our psyche with energy, with a positive outlook and optimism
about the potential of human beings. When people develop such a
state of mind they will not feel threatened by cultural, racial,
or religious differences. They will not imprison themselves by
fear or by the desire to dominate others. They will live with a
sense of belonging to a human family who's differences are worth
respecting and protecting.
diversity can insure our survival and tap the built-in wealth
of our shared biological and cultural heritage. Humanity as a
whole shares one territory, and shares a common fate. We are
all threatened by the same "enemies" - environmental
degradation, intolerance and hate, and small-minded leaders with
faces pinched by fear or bloated by selfishness. Cultural, political
and religious fanaticism threatens adaptation and peace in human
society just as decreasing bio-diversity threatens eco-systems.
Healthy natural systems depend on unity and diversity, and human-made
systems are not exempt from the laws of nature. All diverse parts
of a system must work together.
in the context of problem solving is to stand together with a shared
sense of purpose. The consciousness of unity promotes agreement
on basic principles and on desired outcomes in terms of quality
and purpose of life. These elements are the universal rights of
peace, respect, and security, and the ethic of reciprocity. They
are expressed in every world teaching in some form as the "Golden
Rule." This consciousness also recognizes that
diversity adds to human experience and that appreciation of uniqueness
enhances life. We have the power to solve our common problems cooperatively
if we choose to do so, using the full range of human individuality,
experience, expertise, sensibilities and ideals. The common good
is best served when human genius and ingenuity are used to promote
unity with respect for diversity.
extraordinary gift of creativity is the ability to use all we have
for an unlimited variety of applications. For example, language
can sing, explain, tell a story, be poetic or scientific. It can
give comfort, build bridges, express love and thanksgiving. On the
other hand, it can argue, lie, exaggerate, seduce and divide. The
quality of life is decreased and put at risk only when some gift
is used destructively and selfishly. All beneficial human art and
invention have come from uniting diverse elements for a constructive
purpose in order to improve life.
experience has been made richer by peoples of all cultures through
their creativity. Music, dance, works of art, architecture and literature
have brought pleasure and beauty. Philosophical writings by seekers
of wisdom and by healers have brought insight and knowledge. Heroic
acts have inspired greatness in others. All creativity and all ideas
expressed by human beings belong to all human beings as our common
wants to live one's life in the self-made prison of isolation, fear
and misunderstanding? The alternative is to embrace diversity as
a source of making human society more enjoyable and fit for peace
and unity. This requires that we forgive the negative legacy of
selfishness and pain inflicted on each other in the past. When we
realize that we are united in our global destiny, we may become
wise co-builders of the future using the beneficial legacy that
history has stockpiled in the diverse treasury of collective human
experience and creative potential.
2005 Richard Sidy