March 31, 2015

Top Examples--Everyone Desires Harmony

The media promotes stories of strife, division, and miscommunication because trauma makes great ratings. There will always be plenty of excuses to distrust and criticize individuals who seem to think in in a different manner. The challenge is to sense the often similar goals behind the outward disparities.

Sam—He’s a man I met on Google+. Recently, he has stopped blogging because of unspecified disrespect. Perhaps the criticism was due to the fact that this kind individual speaks English as a second language; his writing isn’t perfect. However, his posts often made me smile and always caused me to think. I am sorry that unkind people have stifled Sam’s muse. He added perception to my small world. On the other hand, naysayers short circuit anyone’s wavelength.

Johann—This young man is a perfect example of denigrating others’ value systems. On at least two occasions, he has said that God is imaginary. On top of that, he typed the comments on Christian posts. Obviously, this is offensive to believers in Christ. Personally, I don’t demand that everyone follow my own values; but, I do crave respect for them. I don’t think I’m alone in this viewpoint, either.

The two men listed above are cases of how all of mankind has the same desires, even though we stick to various ways of living. All humans want to be respected and accepted, no matter what worldview they embrace.  This similarity should be a springboard to harmony among all cultures.

Today, I would like to highlight an intriguing book:The Panchatantra Retold, pt. 2, by Sonal Panse. This talented author proves that deep down, we all have the same desires. Unity can be found in almost every belief system. Here is my Amazon review:

I have only one phrase: charming beyond description. This book is chock full of wisdom disguised as adorable folk tales from India.  The ancient stories involving humans and anthropomorphic animals have universal appeal. They became the foundation of Aesop’s Fables, Arabian Nights, and Sinbad the Sailor.

This is the basis of the narratives: King Amar Shakti asks a wise man (Brahmin) to teach his indolent sons to be more productive and wise. Brahmin Pandit Vishnu Sharma does so through brief moral tales. He explores principles for a valuable existence, including the following: strength in unity, contentment, true “wealth”, and friendship.

The added bonus is that Ms. Panse is as skilled an illustrator as she is a writer. Her skillful, light-hearted pictures inform every chapter/message.

This pleasurable work is proof that many traditional tenets are the same across cultures and religions.  For instance, I was delighted to find the gist of Galatians 6:7, “What you sow so shall ye reap” (The Law of the Harvest), rewritten in this quote: “Any action you take, good or bad, rebounds on you in the same manner.” I have no hesitation recommending this fantastic book to readers of all ages and value systems.

My Conclusion

No matter what goals, values, and labels we cherish, most of us think alike in our hearts. In the end, we all want to be acknowledged and nurtured.

How do you promote harmony in your part of the world?

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