March 16

  

Today's Quotation:

To see the earth as it truly is, small and blue and beautiful in that eternal silence where it floats, is to see riders on the earth together, brothers and sisters on that bright loveliness in the eternal cold--people who know now they are truly brothers and sisters.


Archibald MacLeish

Today's Meditation:

You and I are closer than we ever imagined.  We've probably never even seen each other, but we truly can be called brothers and sisters on a planet that is extremely small on a galactic or universal level.  We have contact each day through a communications system that spans the entire globe very easily, and we share important things such as water, oxygen, light, and much, much more.

More than ever we are aware of the ties that bind us as opposed to the things that keep us separate.  The interconnection of all humanity grows clearer each day as the effects of the international nature of the world grow clearer.  Charles Dickens calls us "fellow passengers to the grave," as we're all here to do our best while we are alive to make this world a better place.

What does this mean to us?  Our generations, more than any that preceded us, are learning about our responsibilities to our fellow human beings, no matter where they are, what their race, or what their beliefs.  We are learning the necessity of being truly human, of holding life sacred and treating others as if they truly matter, for they do.

Are we there yet?  Not yet, but remember, we're still learning.  With all of the changes that we've seen in our lifetimes, we can't be expected to be able to implement every new thing that we learn immediately.  But we will get there, and we all hope that each person on this planet will treat other people with love, dignity, and respect--and what a world it will be then!  Each one of us can help the process along with our own little steps towards the ultimate goal.

Questions to ponder:

1.  Do you treat strangers as if they were brothers and sisters?  Is this easy to keep in mind?

2.  What would the end effect be if we all were to treat others as if they were beloved relatives of ours, and not strangers?

3.  Are there any specific steps that you can take to work your way towards the goal of loving all other people, no matter what?

For further thought:

It is the individual who is not interested in his or her fellow people who has the greatest difficulties in life and provides the greatest injury to others.  It is from among such individuals that all human failures spring.

Alfred Adler

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