View from the ground
“Be the change you wish to see reflected in the world.” — Mahatma Gandhi
The above quote was the chosen start for my latest blog. I’d started to shape a view ideas about the random things on my mind. But then, to paraphrase the words of The Beatles – I read the news today ……. oh boy!
Thank you for joining me on this latest step on my road of understanding. Be the change you wish to see reflected in the world? Oh boy. As I have reflected before, I read the news a lot. But today, wow!
- 50 dead in an Orlando gay club shooting.
- Shanghai airport blast wounds 4.
- English, Russian, and French football ‘followers’ fighting
- David Cameron, Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, and Nigel Farage trading blows over whether Great Britain should be in or out of the European Union. Most people don’t realise their arguments are self motivated and I do not believe for the benefit of the working person.
- Desperate people drowning whilst trying to escape war ravaged countries.
- The forthcoming USA presidential election. I won’t express a comment here and will just leave that thought about what could happen.
And that’s just the start. Of course, we have also lost a true legend in the shape of Muhammad Ali.
I had the privilege of watching a speech from Rabbi Michael Lerner and I would encourage everyone to watch, listen, and learn from his wise words at the Muhammad Ali memorial. Effectively, he managed to capture the incredible inspiration that Muhammad Ali was, and how he tried to bring the world together as one.
But, the Rabbi does more. He points a wise finger at world leaders and speaks some uncomfortable truths.
Here’s the link for the speech by Rabbi Michael Lerner – although there may be some out there who want to remove the video so, if you haven’t seen it already, please watch quickly.
The speech brings the following quote to mind – “I consider myself a Hindu, Christian, Moslem, Jew, Buddhist and Confucian.” — Mahatma Gandhi.
We need to stop this division in the world right now. Can one person do that? Actually, just think about it – what was Muhammad Ali doing? One man, standing up and uniting religions, breaking down ethnic misunderstandings, and saying war should stop.
Makes you think! Martin Luther King – one man. Nelson Mandella – one man. Get the picture? These are people who stood up against the machine and told it how it could be – if you unite are understand that we are all one. “In union there is strength.” — Aesop.
So, I’m sure you are thinking, we are not these men. No, but we can be. If we truly believe; if, in our hearts we truly understand that we are ONE.
It takes one person to stand up and say NO, I’m not going to let racial, religious, gender, sexuality, xenophobic hatred any more. I’m not going to turn a blind eye to the hate filled actions of leaders and would be leaders. I’m not going to pretend I didn’t hear those hate filled words of those who claim to speak for the people. With that ONE person, then another one joins and then a group starts to form. Once a group – better still, a union – starts to form, then we can start making a difference.
Well, I’ll stick my hand up to be a person who will use social media, use my blogs, use my gift of speech to make my feeling know. Yes, I’m just little old me in Great Britain – in Europe! But I want others to do the same. Make some noise. Stand up against the wrong and shout about what is right. A nation, continent, world united.
It starts with one, it can grow to all being ONE! All for one and one for all.
So, to close, a Chinese proverb – “If you want happiness…
For an hour — take a nap.
For a day — go fishing.
For a month — get married.
For a year — inherit a fortune.
For a lifetime — help someone else.”
Sorry for the rant, but we could be so magnificent. Rabbi Michael Lerner captured the true spirit of Muhammad Ali. Please watch, listen and spread the word. Please.