“All things are our relatives; what we do to everything, we do to ourselves. All is really one.” Black Elk
“This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you.” Mahabharata, 5:1517
“What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellowman. This is the entire law; all the rest is commentary.” Talmud, Shabbat 3id
“Like humans, animals know whether affection is genuine or not. True affection leads to tolerance, forgiveness and happiness.” The Dalai Lama Woodstock, NY, September 21, 2006
“Not one of you is a believer until you wish for others that which you wish for yourself.” Number 13 of Imam “Al-Narawi’s Forty Hadiths.”
“In everything, do unto others as you would have them to do to you.” Jesus, Matthew 7:12
Do you seen any differences in the above sentences? Gracelyn didn’t. To her, they were all the same. They all meant the exact same thing: treat others kindly, as you would want to be treated. She got it. Not one religion has a corner on the market of the “Golden Rule.” Instead, it is a universal truth, stated in different languages and different words, but with the underlying belief that we must only learn to love.
We just finished reading the most delightful, profound, astounding, enlightening book. It’s entitled Ned and the World’s Religions as seen through the eyes of children and both Gracelyn and I would highly recommend it. To everyone, young and old alike.
Religion has become such a dividing factor in our world today. Well, actually, truth be told, it has always been a dividing factor. For a very, very long time. For centuries and centuries, horrible, truly horrid, evil things have been done in the name of religion. Are still being done today. Religion is used for political gain, for power, for justification of the most heinous of acts. And to what purpose? To control? To pass judgement on another?
But, again, I digress.
The bottom line is this:
“Mitakuye oyasin.” L/Dakota Sioux for ‘we are all related.’
We are all the same.