• 142nd International Peace Meditation “A Smaller World: A United Human Race”

    “A Smaller World: A United Human Race”


    October 5, 2008 — What does it mean to unite? On September 11 we celebrated International Unity Day. We commemorated the loss of lives at the hands of terrorists and vowed that we would not allow ourselves to become full of hatred toward others as a result. Instead, we would celebrate our oneness as the Human Race with many expressions of race and culture.

    Can we join with others who do not look or live like us? Joining means connection. In this context, it does not refer to joining for a political purpose, but to connection to our brothers and sisters all over the world. The great religions speak of love. Jesus said, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’. He also said to, ‘Love one another as I have loved you.’ Can we demonstrate, and by our lives teach our children, that we can care about, live with, and unite with people of different cultures and appearances?

    We can each ask ourself the questions, “At what level do I see myself in the descriptors below? With an evolving consciousness about diversity, can I reach out to more people and thus increase my ability to unite with others?”

    As our world grows smaller, the need for the capacity to work and live peacefully globally becomes imperative. We need to learn to follow Knowledge in issues of safety and the other’s intent, but we also need to grow in our understanding of the need for global unity and peace. We need to judge another upon his behavior, not appearance. We need to remember not to alienate any group of people based upon the actions of a few.

    For this Meditation, and at this time in our world and in our countries, let’s ponder the painful history of how we have treated one another, and resolve that ‘Love one another as I have loved you’ will not have been said in vain.

    Descriptors of One Who Values Diversity from “No Stranger in This Land” by Sue Shipe, Ph.D., copyright 1991

    Level 1
    understands self in relation to one’s own culture
    views self as a member of that culture
    relates to family and others of similar culture
    shares with those of similar culture
    reaches out to those of similar culture
    understands value of one’s own culture
    sees oneself within the history of one’s own culture
    chooses to participate with those of similar culture

    Level 2
    sees oneself as a member of one’s own culture
    sees others as members of their respective cultures
    can relate to a few of one other culture
    understands values of one other culture
    participates with others of one other culture
    shares in the arts of one other culture
    feels comfortable in the presence of another of one other culture
    shares viewpoints of one other culture
    acknowledges others’ value of that culture

    Level 3
    accepts a few friends of more than one culture
    accepts the value to those friends of their respective cultures
    participates with a few of a variety of cultures
    accepts friends’ participation within their own culture and can participate on a limited basis
    acknowledges those who have contributed from a few other cultures
    chooses to participate in activities with those of a few cultures and enjoys reciprocal arrangement
    considers a few of other cultures to be among closest friends

    Level 4
    participates in activities of several cultures with several friends of those cultures
    moves freely among those of other cultures
    can communicate with others in at least one other language
    shows empathy for those new to this culture by positive action to assist
    has a strong sense of self and relates comfortably when in the minority
    prefers friendship of a variety of cultures
    moves freely into a variety of groups that represent a variety of cultures
    is able to be positively assertive in the presence of those cultures

    Level 5
    values differences and selects friends based upon differences as well as similarities
    is open to participating in a variety of cultural experiences as the only one not a member of the culture
    can express oneself clearly in a variety of languages on a limited basis
    prefers the company of those who are of other cultures and values their contribution
    seeks employment where values can be expressed

    Level 6
    makes choices based upon valuing diverstiy
    is willing to take risks to promote these values
    shares values of diversity freely with others
    is willing to participate openly in all experiences without consideration of cultural preference
    chooses to move into areas that promote diversity
    gives of oneself tirelessly in promotion of these values
    empathizes with those experiencing rejection and persecution and lends support
    is willing to experience rejection and persecution for beliefs in fostering diversity

    This Meditation is dedicated to our potential to be peace-makers.

    Sue Kidd Shipe, Ph.D.
    Executive Director

    Please join us in prayer/meditation during the 24 hours of Sunday, October 5, and again the first Sunday of every month. The International Institute for Human Empowerment, Inc. is in our 12th year of continuous International Peace Meditations. Forward our Meditation to all in your address book; make copies for your religious and spiritual brochures and bulletins.

    Important Dates to Remember:

    September 11, Annually     International Unity Day

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