A post about the need to recognize the universal morality. There is one that crosses all cultures.
EMOTIONAL FITNESS THOUGHTS
Harvard human development guru, Jerome Kagan did a study that showed all cultures promote two values: caring for the less abled and fairness a provided by a system of justice.
Why then war? Because the values apply only to the in group, your tribe, or your family.
emotional fitness tip
Obviously, if there is going to be peace on earth we must become one tribe and accept the universal values must be applied to all. No tribes, no special groups, no difference between family and others; no others.
What can you do to bring that about? That is what today’s tips are about.
Tip one: Assume that once everyone sees everyone as a tribal or family member, peace will be more possible. Strive to understand all religions, all cultures.
Tip two: Be aware that as with families, some religions, cultures, individuals are not interested in peace and might view you and yours as targets.
The Twisted Thought error dubbed The Curse of Personal Knowledge operates in those who are violent and those who are not. The violent will do to the non-violent what the non-violent never think of doing. Dangerous. Why bullies have power.
Tip Three: Staying safe must be a priority for all and that means defending against the violent. One of the reasons EFTI thinks all children should be enrolled in Peace Dojo Karate courses. Adults not trained in self-defense need to do the same.
Tip four: Challenge all beliefs that promote violence other than self-defense and yes that is sometimes hard to figure out, but not always. Religions that speak of damnation for non believers, excessive nationalism, and even sports events that promote winning with a “Kill ’em” need challenging. If you do not protest, you agree.
Tip five: Find peace within.
This post was inspired by this Word Press Daily Prompt: Daily Prompt: West End Girls Every city and town contains people of different classes: rich, poor, and somewhere in between. What’s it like where you live? If it’s difficult for you to discern and describe the different types of classes in your locale, describe what it was like where you grew up — was it swimming pools and movie stars, industrial and working class, somewhere in between or something completely different?
The basic idea was to talk about cultures and promote diversity. I grew up 70 some years ago in a small town where “Everyone knew my face” as the song goes. I could and did roam the streets in relative safety. For a while I thought my mother was a witch, because when I would come home from my rambles she always knew where I had been. Now I know it was an old fashion safety watch.
I was part of the “privilege white class” but also lived through the Civil Rights Movement and became aware of my privilege and became a Civil Rights activist.
I was blessed in many ways and am grateful.
As always thank you for all you do to support EFTI’s efforts to help others stay strong. Kindness is karma and comes back to bless you. Care and share.