I have spoken before about how the World needs to come together. For one, to combat climate change. But thereafter we need global efforts to deal with other environmental issues such as endangered species, habitat loss, and pollution, but also to end wars, intolerance, poverty, and extremism. One World does not mean the assimilation of nations, cultures, or creeds. Quite the opposite. It embraces our diversity and sees it as a strength.
One World means recognizing our common aspiration for love on this planet and then recognizing that our collective destiny does not lie here. It lies in the space beyond.
I hope you have enjoyed reading this blog. I’ll be taking a break from it for now to enjoy time with my family and friends but will be watching for any feedback and responding if necessary.
Just a few parting thoughts. Firstly cherish your beliefs. Be proud of them. They are a part of you and help make you the person you are today. But never let them be set in stone. We must always be open to new ways of seeing the World.
Secondly we have many definitions of god(s). To all the followers of the great religions I say never be afraid to transcend your religious beliefs and recognize the beauty that binds all of humanity. It is not just your god. Or just my god. Or just your neighbors god which brings people together. It is all of our gods through love. We may believe in different gods, or no god at all, but it is our shared aspiration for love that unites us all.
And finally a Christian message from St. Paul the Apostle that I believe has universal resonance and which continues to inspire me:
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails.1 Corinthians 13 4:8a