Brotherhood of Mankind

The great lost chord of mankind is forgetfulness of the fact in nature of universal brotherhood. Mankind—the body of humanity—is not a contrived, sentimental or political brotherhood. It is a spiritual or cosmic brotherhood of common ancestry, an integral part of the vast body of the universe, that likewise springs from a common root. The …

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The Impulsion of Goodness

You have likely heard it said that man is fundamentally flawed or evil, born stained by original sin and in need of redemption as it is often put in the Abrahamic religions, or under the necessity of learning lessons to achieve enlightenment in the Eastern religions. But I say unto you that man is at …

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The Achievement of Serenity

"The final wisdom of life requires not the annulment of incongruity but the achievement of serenity within and above it." ~ Reinhold Niebuhr How do you achieve serenity while living in a world of incongruity and limitations? Everywhere you look in the world today there is evidence of turmoil, conflict and unrest, a state that …

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Authority and Critical Analysis

"The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis." ~ Dalai Lama We considered in a previous post that you are the master of your fate and the captain of your soul. Humanity, in this sense, is a collection of agents who navigate their lives within a framework of culture, custom …

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A Father’s Gift to Humanity

I read a lovely tribute in the New York Times yesterday to Ladis Kristof by his son, columnist Nicholas Kristof, in celebration of Father's Day (http://tinyurl.com/249f2qq). Nicholas recalled a profound statement his father, a Slavic immigrant and concentration camp survivor, had written that impacted him for years: War, want and concentration camps, exile from home …

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