Is it possible for us to have a gracious world where we live by the Golden Rule – treating others as we want to be treated? Is it possible to have a world in which everyone no longer participates in systems that demean and devalue the cultures of others?
It is possible but it means being willing to overcome the cultural, religious, and national prejudices that have separated us. It means learning to embrace everyone fully as children of God.
As individuals we can begin to make such a change by really looking at our own participation in our thinking, our attitudes, and behaviors we know do not value others. It means treating everyone we come in contact with, with resect, dignity, and graciousness. It seems simple but it is not easy.
Give yourself a challenge. For one week try to look upon everyone you come in contact as a child of God and treat them with the respect you would want for yourself. For one week, try viewing other cultures that you hear about in the news without judging them as bad or less than you.
I believe we can make a difference in the world but it must start with us as individuals. If we can be kind, compassionate, generous, and gracious in our daily lives, we begin to change the world we want to see.
Quote of the Week
“(We) cannot hope to build a better world without improving individuals. To that end, each of us must work for (our) own improvement and, at the same time, share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful.”