In this new year, we have the most glorious opportunity to make the choices to be the grandest vision of who we can be…as a nation, as a world, and as a people.
We are in a state of miraculous transition, and it is our choice as to how we want to see our future unfold. We can no longer continue to hate others and be intolerant just because someone is different than we are, whether it’s a different belief/religion, skin color, nationality, race, or walk of life. We’re all in this world together.
The greatest spiritual leaders and teachers throughout history have taught unconditional love: Jesus, Buddha, Gandhi, Mohammed, the Dalai Lama, and many others have all taught unconditional love as the Golden Rule. But from the beginning of time and throughout the ages, people began to argue, fight, and go to war over who had the only true religion, whose God was better, and who was right and wrong.
So what is unconditional love? I looked to Wikipedia on the Internet to see what it had to say and I found the following: “Unconditional love is a term that means to love someone regardless of his actions or beliefs. Unconditional love separates the individual from his behaviors. The individual is loved unconditionally as a "perfect" child of the Higher Power.” (I do want to add that this does not excuse someone’s harmful behavior, as people always need to take the consequences for their actions.)
All religions and Bibles teach some form of the Golden Rule. A few are:
Buddhism: “Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.”
Christianity: “All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye so to them; for this is the law and the prophets.”
Confucianism: “Do not do to others what you would not like yourself. Then there will be no resentment against you, either in the family or in the state.”
Hinduism: “This is the sum of duty; do naught onto others what you would not have them do unto you.”
Islam: “No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself.”
Judaism: “What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow man. This is the entire Law; all the rest is commentary.”
Taoism: “Regard your neighbor’s gain as your gain, and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss.”
If we could all live by the Golden Rule and practice it in our daily lives, think how we could change the world! Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” I say, “Be the love you wish to see.”
There are times when I feel such an overwhelming sense of love for my fellow beings that I feel like I’m just going to burst into a ball of love energy. We really are all made of the exact same stuff, but we just appear in different forms. That doesn’t mean that I’m feeling this way all time. I still have to constantly work on myself.
I know that the world can sometimes look like a very scary place. There is a lot going on that can cause fear in the best of optimistic thinkers. I cannot worry about what I have no control over. I can only work on myself, my own attitude, and the way I wish to see the world. I choose to look for the good in humanity. We human beings are so much more than we give ourselves credit. We’ve overcome the worst adversities throughout history, and we will continue to prevail. But we can only do so if keep hope alive and work towards the greater good of all.
So, who or what is humanity’s hope? WE ARE! Each and every one of us. Don’t worry about what the next person is or isn’t doing. Be the change. Be the example. Be the miracle. We may not always get it right, and we’ll still have our moments of negative feelings toward someone or some thing. Imagine if we could get enough people to work on adding to the collective consciousness of unconditional love and to live the Golden Rule….we could change the world! It’s up to us. Choose love and never give up hope.