Stick with it, there's a question for you - I need your help...I've become increasingly wearied and saddened at the news media. Especially hearing about more zealots, both religious and non-religious, who claim to "have the only answer" and who go on to patronise, assail, criticise, attack and even try to kill those with different beliefs.... To combat my sense of hopelessness about all this first I'm saying Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone with a good, open (non bigoted) heart.
Secondly, I'm making a resolution earlier than usual and wondering if anyone will help me fulfil it?
I'll tell you my personal belief at the end of this post but it's actually unimportant because I don't believe, for one minute, that any one religion, or no religious belief, or political movement captures the whole truth. I'm beginning to realise that it's the proselytising of any one code, belief, religion or political doctrine as "the only way" that is one of the greatest global problems...
I have a deep sense that when we clutch our one truth closest we are blinding ourselves to greater truths...
So, I'll be thinking over Christmas of all the men and women, of religion, and of no religion, who gave and give their lives to making a positive difference. More importantly, I'll be wondering about all the good folk, who don't celebrate Christmas. I'll ask myself who they remember as role models, idols and people to look up to and how and when they do it? I'll be wondering my what their ethics and moral purposes are.
This leads to my resolution.
In 2016 I'll be looking at the SHAP calendar to remind myself and find out about the great principles and beliefs that unify all human belief systems, religions and and political movements.
I know that's a huge task. To make it simpler I want to discover what unifies us (not what makes us different). What do most thinking people believe is, "good" and "makes the world a better place"? In other words I want to discover our "common goods".
My question for you...
I'm starting my quest by asking you, "What would your top belief, principle or ethic be? What quotation, mantra or maxim sums up your meaning of life?" I'll be making a list and see where that leads...
Finally, what I believe.Well, I've been Christian, atheist, agnostic, flirted with Hunduism and Buddhism and other religions and am back to calling myself Christian again. We went to Church this Christmas, it was wonderful, but I won't ever claim that mine is the only worthwhile belief and that, somehow, others have got it wrong.
I just have a faith, that there is a wealth of great goodness out there and I'm resolving to find and celebrate the best of it. I'm just asking - What do most good folks agree? What are our common goods?
I really ought to wish everyone well, not just good, open hearted (non bigoted) people. That's tough but here goes,
"Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year!"
The SHAP Calendar
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