Hold the Vision

Katinka Hesselink, June 2007

Goodness Graciousness started a ' Hold the Vision' tag-fest (*). She wrote: 

I invite you to blog about your vision of what is possible. If it feels comfortable for you, create a post describing how you would envision the world if it could be healed in its most perfect state. Take a minute to create an imagine in your mind, and share with your readers, what a healthy world would look like. And then tag all your readers with a similar tag!

My vision includes the possibility of people regardless of faith, color, conviction, social or cultural background can face each other and live together peacefully, based on the common humanity that unites them. I dream of a world where dogma doesn't divide, because for each person, the living truth is more important. The living truth of attempting to perfect life, and the inability of each of us to live perfectly. Knowing that - I dream we all can accept each others imperfections as well. 

This meme is for me at heart a reminder of the three objects of the Theosophical Society - and one of the main reasons I joined this organisation in the first place: 

  1. To form a nucleus of the Universal Brotherhood of Humanity, without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste or color.
  2. To encourage the study of comparative religion, philosophy and science.
  3. To investigate unexplained laws of Nature and the powers latent in man. 

The first object isn't enough, because religion, philosophy and science do divide people. Only the study of these subjects and discussing them with others can help bridge the gaps. If religion is often what divides people, only the study of religion and spirituality can heal the wounds. It helps, for instance, to become aware of the 'Golden Rule' in the different religions.

This dream may be as old (or older) then the Theosophical Society, which started in the 19th century. The 20th century saw how these dreams can change an entire nation. That's what the words of  Martin Luther King did in the United States of America in 1964. 

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

My vision includes people of all nations coming to that realisation. I dream of open borders between nations, rich and poor. I dream of equal rights for people from Africa and Asia - as well as people from Europe and the Northern America's. A passport from The Netherlands is an open ticket to any country in the world. I dream of a day when that will be true for passport's from all other countries in the world. My vision is one of peace and health for everybody. I dream of ecological sustainance and realize this isn't possible if the Western Standard of living is emulated all over the world. 

Those are my dreams, my visions. The flip side of that shows my worries: religious troubles, ecological disasters, changing climates and inhumane conditions in many developing countries. 

I'm tagging: http://lifelexicon.blogspot.com/

(*) Originally at: http://goodnessgraciousness.blogspot.nl/2007/06/hold-vision-you-are-officially-tagged.html