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The human family

January 31, 2007

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To the editor:

Why must anyone defend their beliefs? Aren't we all on a journey to self-knowledge and to find a way to eliminate our destructive emotions and live in harmony with everyone? Here is what Nobel laureate his holiness the Dalai Lama says about embracing ourselves and the world from a loving perspective: "Developing a kind heart, a feeling of closeness for all beings, does not require following a conventional religious practice. It is not only for those who believe in religion. It is for everyone, regardless of race, religion or political affiliation. It is for all who consider themselves to be, above all, members of the human family."

It couldn't be said better.

Eileen Larson,

Lawrence

Comments

crono 8 years, 3 months ago

"Aren't we all on a journey to self-knowledge and to find a way to eliminate our destructive emotions and live in harmony with everyone?"

Given the wars that have racked our world throughout recorded history and to this day (including our own deeply misguided action in Iraq), I'd have to say an objective and honest answer would be "no".

Tony Kisner 8 years, 3 months ago

Remember that one guy, Rodney King - Can't we all just get along?

Kelly Powell 8 years, 3 months ago

maybe it is time to quit trying to deny our destructive impulses and instead cater our laws and society where one can unleash them in a controlled way....we do this anyway to a certain extent, but obviously not enough.

jcantspell 8 years, 3 months ago

The grass will all ways be greener on the other side of the fence And some one will all ways want what some one ells has You can't save the world but you can save your self The best thing you can do is lead be example Be good do the right thing and hope it catches on. And kill your TV!

SettingTheRecordStraight 8 years, 3 months ago

"Aren't we all on a journey to self-knowledge and to find a way to eliminate our destructive emotions and live in harmony with everyone? "

Ma'am, I respect you, but I am not "on a journey to self-knowledge" (whatever that means), and I am not trying to "find a way to eliminate my destructive emotions." And although I think I know what you're trying to say with the "live in harmony with everyone" comment, I get the willies imagining the hand holding and group hugs that probably went into creating that expression.

Finally, the Dalai Lama is correct in stating that religion is not required to develop "a kind heart, a feeling of closeness for all beings." However, developing kind hearts and feelings of closeness is not the chief end of mankind. I prefer to focus on finding the ultimate truth that all humans from all people groups from all periods in history can agree upon.

drederick_tatum 8 years, 3 months ago

That's a very interesting question. It might have something to do with the reason Christians and Jews don't execute you for insulting Jesus or Moses or even for DEPICTING them. They and most other religions have nothing to hide about what their faith teaches.

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