Tag Archives: human family

an uncertain future

Photo published for A Record 65.6 Million People Displaced Worldwide: UNHCR

The United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) has just announced that there are over 65,000,000 refugees that have fled their homeland. That’s the highest number in history. Over 12,000,000 of these refugees are from one country, Syria.

At issue is not only their future, but the future of the world. How this part of our human family is received, how they are treated, and how they are accepted will determine not only what will ultimately happen to them, but exactly who we are and the values we truly espouse.

I have watched families fleeing their burning homes while dodging sniper fire. I have had the privilege to visit dozens of refugee camps and camps for the internally displaced, and have seen firsthand the fear, the anguish and the heartbreak of those driven from their homes.

In the end, it boils down to opening our arms to others in need, even as we would hope arms would be opened to our families if in the same tragic circumstances. We cannot go too far wrong just hewing as closely as possible to the Golden Rule.

a heart full of love

This has always been true. Now, however, it is becoming more critical than ever to both understand the importance of this, and to develop these assets to their fullest. Only by working together will we be able to make this world a place safe for all our human family.

not much humanity

It’s not only the poor among us that stand in need of equality and justice. We all need equality and justice.

We live in a world where we allow thousands to die daily from hunger and malnutrition, even when we know there’s far more than enough food to feed everyone. That is more than injustice.

Until the hungry get fed, and all of our human family has a place at the table there is no equality and there is no justice. And I would add, not much humanity, either.

we always have a choice

This is a critical understanding for the world in which we find ourselves. Our society is sinking ever lower into a culture of anger, bitterness, hate-speech, disrespect, fear-mongering and deceit.

We may not be able to control the actions of those around us, But, we can always choose how we respond. We always have a choice.

Basic morality, basic decency, and mutual respect should be the norms that provide the framework for our society. I, for one, choose to live by those norms.

I am saddened to see those that speak and act in an intentionally divisive manner, purposely working to weaken and even break our bonds of community. But, I have a choice.  And I choose to live and act in the knowledge that all of us are one global family.

I choose to live in love. What about you?

common humanity

Even though that bond seems weaker than ever before, and there are many who would like to see it broken, I agree with President Carter’s statement that he made in Oslo almost 15 years ago. We cannot allow the divisiveness of fears and prejudices take away the basic truth of our shared humanity. We are one global family.

opportunities abound

Women in the Military:

There are no simple solutions to overcoming the growing violence, hatred and bigotry that infects our world. Yet, each of us has the capacity to resist being pulled down into such an ugly inhumane and dangerous mindset.

We are surrounded with opportunities to make a real difference in the world. Every single one of us can reach out and impact someone in need of care and compassion.

Will that end the violence and and hatred in the world. No. But, it will keep us human, And it will change the life of the one we have befriended. And that’s a start.

a precious gift

I agree with the Merry Monk. Peace is a precious gift that we long for even though it’s already within reach.

The difficulty is that loving others is too often blocked by our selfishness, greed, and political self interest. Friends do not allow friends to die of hunger or live in impoverished squalor.

Peace cannot be achieved without a solid foundation of justice. And there can be no justice while we allow 25,000 of our human family to die daily from lack of proper nutrition.

Peace is, indeed, within our grasp. Ending hunger in our lifetime is the first step toward making it happen.