Happy 4th of July! I pray that you have a blessed Independence Day.
I came across this quote in one of my emails this morning. Although I agree with the sentiments, the quote was ascribed to Abraham Lincoln, which I seriously doubt. Anyone know who is actually responsible for these words?
“You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot lift the wage earner up
by pulling the wage payer down.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man
by inciting class hatred.
You cannot build character and courage
by taking away people’s initiative and independence.
You cannot help people permanently by doing for them,
what they could and should do for themselves.”
“The problems we face today, violent conflicts, destruction of nature, poverty, hunger and so on, are human-created problems which can be resolved through human effort, understanding and the development of a sense of brotherhood and sisterhood. We need to cultivate a universal responsibility for one another and the planet we share.” – 14th Dalai Lama
Every major faith tradition agrees that we are one human family. And every major faith tradition understands the necessity of treating each other as we would want to be treated. There’s a lot to be said for just living by the “Golden Rule.”
The Dalai Lama is right. Once we can come to the place where we realize our deep connectedness to one another and the earth that sustains us, we will have taken a giant leap toward healing the brokenness of the world in which we live.