Episode 12, 31 January 2015, Being Human. [04:43]
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Episode 12: Being Human. [00:40]
1. “A Brotherhood of Man”.
- In the words of John Lennon:
- “Imagine no possessions,
I wonder if you can,
No need for greed or hunger;
A brotherhood of man.
Imagine all the people sharing all the world;
You may say I’m a dreamer,
But I’m not the only one.
I hope some day you will join us, and the world will live as one.”
- “Imagine no possessions,
- A Brotherhood of Man seems such a dream at the moment, and as for sharing the world – forget it.
- We are so far removed from the world where we can live as one.
- In fact, we have very little tolerance for the views of others and seem hell-bent on pursuing our own selfish ideology.
- We identify with religions, political parties, football teams, countries and so on.
- But we never identify with the one thing that binds us together: Being Humans.
- At the core of all religions is compassion for our fellow man, but this has been lost among so much dogma.
- In the 21st Century, religions are still being run by men, not just any men, but rich and powerful men.
- Men who are afraid of change.
- In Christianity, you are told to love thy neighbor, but not if he’s gay.
- Muslims are being told to love only other Muslims.
- And now Buddhists are starting to follow suit.
- In Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand, Buddhists have grown intolerant of Muslims and are burning their houses and even killing them.
- This is from a religion based on non-violence.
- However, the religions are not to blame, it is the fanatical people using the religions for their own personal ideology that are causing all the problems.
- These fanatics are within all religions and they are slowly turning the world into a dangerous place.
- These people are filled only with hatred and ignorance; where will it all end?
- Nobody knows the answer to this, but sooner or later people have to stand up and say – enough is enough.
- We cannot survive in a world driven by killing, fear and discrimination.
- By sitting on the fence and becoming immune to the violence around us, we moderate people are going to become part of the problem.
- The moderate people within the various religions, and these are thankfully the majority, have to speak out sooner rather than later.
- Tolerance is the only answer.
- I envisage a world where we all have tolerance for others, a world where we accept difference, and not fear it.
- You may say I’m a dreamer, but I hope and pray I’m not the only one.
- You can find more information about this subject in Karma Yeshe Rabgye’s books at http://www.buddhismguide.org/books/
- The best way to catch a snake – A Practical Guide to the Buddha’s Teachings;
- Life’s meandering path – A Secular Approach to Gautama Buddha’s Guide to Living;
- Ripples in the stream – A Pragmatic Journey Through Gautama Buddha’s Teachings.
- They’re available now, from Amazon and Kindle.
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- Until next time, remember, the only person we can ever truly know, is ourselves!