photo by ABHIRAM PRAKASH
The sun also rises on those other than Western Caucasians. Think about that for a moment, will you? From the tranquility of Pacific islands to the teeming humanity of India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka to the mountains of Tibet and Nepal to the deserts of the Middle East to the common ancestry we have in Europe – they all see the same sun which we see. So, how can we believe that the sun and all its blessings belong only to us, that only we deserve to be warmed and nurtured, that only we are the rightful recipients of the bounty created by a non-discriminating Source, that only we have the keys to the spiritual mysteries of a universe lit by the sun’s daily light? Really? Rather obtuse thinking, isn’t it?
I abhor intolerance and discrimination in any form, but especially that which is fueled by political and religious philosophy. The sun which we welcome each morning with outstretched arms doesn’t really care about mankind’s learned hypocrisy and prejudice. It does not withhold its warmth and light based on political leaning or theology. It has no choice but to rise each morning and make our earth fruitful and sustaining. To us is left the task of discerning right from wrong, moral from immoral, and justice from injustice regardless of race, creed, nationality, skin color or sexual orientation. Just as the sun lights the earth, our inner light has to be the moral compass which illumines each step of our daily trek from the moment of awakening in the morning to the stillness before retiring for the night. The choices we enjoy every day are ours because someone before us cared enough to keep the fire of love, tolerance, justice and compassion burning.
My trek is not that of a preacher or moralizer. I merely arise each morning giving thanks for the new day and asking for the grace to live up to my inherent potential. Over 2 1/2 billion humans across the globe live on my earth, bask in the same sun. I must share with them what has been freely given to me. Too tall an order, you say. Not really. Day by day and one step at a time we can conquer a million differences in creating a communal eternity capable of sustaining and embracing all of creation. The source of our energy gives itself freely. We should, too.
We are the world, we are the children – it’s up to us.
FOR FURTHER READING
“Stand up! Shout from the mountaintops that you are one of the disciples who is here, not preparing to go to heaven, but to create the Kingdom of Heaven here on earth.”