All of the above? Some of the above?…
Wonderful–Your seed sprinkling will reap positive results!:)
THANKS for being a Caregiver, Friend, Partner, Parent, Person who is an:
*Open Mind: Think!
*Open Heart: Feel!
*Open Mouth: Speak!
*Open Hand: Give!
*Open Eye: See!
*Open Foot: Walk!
Think it, feel it, speak it, give it, see it, walk it: Live Love!:)
Have you thought about it: what seeds are politics and religion sowing? Seeds of love or seeds of greed? Seeds of war or seeds of peace? Seeds of unity or seeds of division?
“In many lands, predominant religions have become symbols of patriotic and racial identities. As a result, the lines between nationalistic hatred, racial prejudice, ethnic rivalry, and religious enmity are virtually indistinguishable. This explosive cocktail has the necessary ingredients to tear our world apart.” ~excerpt from article:The Problem with Religion
“Religion seems to be connected with violence virtually everywhere…In recent years, religious violence has erupted among right-wing Christians in the US, angry Muslims and Jews in the Middle East, quarrelling Hindus and Muslims in South Asia, and indigenous religious communities in Africa and Indonesia…The individuals involved in these cases have relied on religion to provide political identities and give license to vengeful ideologies.”-Terror in the Mind of God-The Global Rise of Religious Violence.
Politics (government) and religion are in bed together making war and making money. (But,they’re really loveless and poor.)
Dutch Philosopher Floris van den Berg recommends: “Let’s make the world a better place. Let’s get rid of religion.”
Nobel laureate and physicist Steven Weinberg declares: “The world needs to wake up from its long nightmare of religious belief.”
I’m sure you would agree, counterfeit money is useless, valueless and worthless. (Would you fill your pockets with it? You cannot buy anything with it!) So is counterfeit religion–useless, valueless and worthless. (Why fill your mind/heart/inner person with it? You cannot get longevity of life with it!)
Living (unselfish) Love = TRUE (pure) Religion
Leading by Example of (unselfish) Love = TRUE (uncorrupted) Government
What have (global) governments’ seeds germinated/grown: food for everyone?!
“There are at least 1 billion poor people living with chronic undernourishment, and the United Nations Millennium Development Goal of substantially reducing the number of the world’s hungry by 2015 will not be met.“~Science, U.S.A.
“Each year, Americans waste 33 million tons of food.” The Ugly Truth about Food Waste in America~ Science Friday
Obviously, today’s governments have failed to feed (all of us, all fragile-breathing life, on the planet) the body! Of course, we all need mind/heart food, too. What has religion fed our minds/hearts? peace? What do you think?
“Religious motivation to combat has been located by historians in most eras and among virtually all the world’s diverse peoples and cultures, and usually on both sides in any given war. The hoary cry that ‘the gods are on our side’ was among the earliest and most potent of incitements to battle.“-The Age of Wars of Religion, 1000-1650-An Encyclopedia of Global Warfare and Civilization.
When it comes to food preparation, we all know the multi-level health/wellness benefits of washing our hands before cooking and/or eating. When food is prepared with dirty hands: you get contaminated food. Food poisoning can be deadly! “Religious incitements to battle in most eras”…Errors of false/fake/counterfeit religion (contaminated spiritual food) has caused countless deaths! How Sad. How Needless. How Senseless.
For me personally, I value life, wellness and peace! So I am NOT eating at the table of counterfeit/contaminated food. What do you value? What table are you eating at? Will the table of your choosing keep you living and well?!
Can each of us individually make a stand for unselfish love by living it?! Can we stand up for the preciousness of life by promoting peace?! As caregivers, partners, persons and friends…PLEASE: let’s practice peace.
For example, when anger and resentment are left to build and fester (holding grudges)…possible verbal abuse and physical violence and/or murder can result. Can we approach the person and calmly talk it out? Can we see/listen/hear how they feel? Can we be the first to apologize? Can there be a mutual concession of some blame on both sides. Each of us makes mistakes, each of us makes poor choices. Neither side is without some blame.
If one wants to live well and long…a steady diet (media, music or other) of hatred, racial or gender prejudice, ethnic or other rivalry and violence will not lead to peace and longevity of life!
I would do well to honestly examine my own diet, words and deeds: Do i contribute to peace? in what ways? Do i contribute to peace in my family? What about the peace in my neighborhood, community, globe (world-wide family of breathing-fragile life)?! Does my choice of entertainment and/or brain food reflect my value of unselfish love?
If one highly values love, life, laughter, peace…it takes WORK! Making and taking a stand for love takes work. Unselfish love seeks the best interests of others!:)
On average between 1993 and 2004, residents of urban areas experienced highest level of nonfatal intimate partner violence. Residents in suburban and rural areas were equally likely to experience such violence, about 20% less than those in urban areas. (Bureau of Justice Statistics, Intimate Partner Violence in the U.S. 1993-2004, 2006.)
On average, more than three women and one man are murdered by their intimate partners in this country every day. In 2000, 1,247 women were killed by an intimate partner. The same year, 440 men were killed by an intimate partner. Intimate partner homicides accounted for 30% of the murders of women and 5% percent of the murders of men.
(Bureau of Justice Statistics Crime Data Brief, Intimate Partner Violence, 1993-2001, February 2003. Bureau of Justice Statistics, Intimate Partner Violence in the U.S. 1993-2004, 2006.)
The health-related costs of intimate partner violence exceed $5.8 billion each year. Of that amount, nearly $4.1 billion are for direct medical and mental health care services, and nearly $1.8 billion are for the indirect costs of lost productivity or wages.
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Costs of Intimate Partner Violence Against Women in the United States, April 2003.)
Sprinkling seeds takes sweat and tears…maybe our tears–water these seeds of love and help them grow. THANK YOU for your Tears! (THANKS for watering seeds!) THANKS for sprinkling seeds of love in your daily path!!:) What are You growing? in your yard?