All Different All Equal

tolerance and coexisting There used to be a lot of categories people fell into. You were either black or white, you were of this or that nation, you belonged to this or that church and you supported this or that political party. There was a certain feeling of safety attached to belonging to the same group. Today we can see that the mere belonging to the right group does not mean anything. One has to experience each individual personally in order to know, whether one can trust him or her. The only way you can trust somebody without getting to know the person first is to ask people you trust, whether the new person is trustworthy.

What matters today in my opinion is:

1. Person A and person B have to find a common language to communicate. It is totally irrelevant, whether this is mother tongue A or mother tongue B or some world-spread language they both speak.

2. It is important to acknowledge some sort of a higher power. In the opposite case a person can get the omnipotent attitude, which is largely harmful to the person in question and to everyone else. Just remember the dictators for instance.

3. It is equally significant, I believe, that we believe in the universal principle called karma: the good we do comes back as good, the bad we do comes back as bad.

4. I know from personal experience that one can be friends with somebody that belongs to a different church or supports a different political party. All you need to do is avoid certain topics that could lead to bickering. If somebody is your friend, he/she can still have different beliefs.

Any way we look at it, we are a global village. And it takes a lot of tolerance and understanding to be able to coexist. Of course there are things we are not supposed to tolerate, like crime and other unethical deeds that can only be done by people, who forget about karma.

What are your views on the problematics I touched in the above thoughts?

Take care,
Helena Smole, author of Balancing the Beast, a book offering a bright view of schizoaffective disorder ˗ bipolar or manic-depressive type

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