TOPIC: WHERE SHOULD WE BEGIN TO CLEAN UP OUR WORLD?
Have you ever wished that the world wasn’t so messed up, that world could be a place of peace; where life has meaning; a place where people actually care about each other and the world in which they live? According to the bible from the Christian religion this WAS once was the case. God originally created our world as a place of perfect peace. People were in a love relationship with God, with one another and their environment. But Christianity also says that our world is not like this now. We know it is now filled with poverty, natural disaster and disease, and these factors ruin the world in which we live.
Wouldn’t it be great to be able to do something about the mess we are in? We all agree that there are problems, and we all want to do something to change our world. But where do we begin? Well, part of the problem is that we are focused on the wrong problems in the first place! We see that something is wrong but fail to do anything about it; it’s like listening to what someone says but not hearing what is being said. According to Dr Leonard Nurse, Senior lecturer at the Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies in Barbados, people care more about themselves than their neighbor and in this way we are not concerned about what is happening in our environment until it affects us directly. So firstly we have to change our hearts and start caring about what happens in OUR environment, whether it concerns us or not, because one day it will, next we have to change our lives to forgive and in forgiving receive joy, and by doing this one day to change the world!
I found the following quote from Buddhist teacher Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in which he addresses the matter: “Being tidy and meticulous is the Buddhist message—meticulous in cleaning your oryoki bowls, meticulous in how you walk, meticulous in how you treat your clothing and your household articles. We can’t get away with being...
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