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A Universal Spirit (01/18/2009)
By Janet Lewis Burns
With knowledge comes great responsibility. What will mankind prove in the 21st Century? There are too many individuals who are merely living in the world who are not living for the world. People in great numbers are more and more disheartened and overwhelmed by the needs of those continuously trespassing on their comfort zones.

Caroline Myss, a medical intuitive, fuses Hindu, Christian, and Judaic in her many best selling books on healing and wellness. She makes some astounding and impacting statements for today’s world population to consider. The concept of a global soul is pertinent.

She has said, “Each nation on this planet is an organ of one body, and the health of this body rests upon each organ receiving the same care and respect. Each nation has a soul of its own that is as real as the soul within every human being.”

Today’s trailblazers are wiser and more forthright as they make positive things happen. They strive to unite rather than tear down, to divert tolerance to acceptance and understanding, to realize the common goal of mankind is becoming a one-for-all pursuit to save the earth, to eliminate human suffering everywhere, and to break down barriers of greed, self-centeredness, and prejudice.

Focusing on global living and thriving as a single human race is the endeavor of a new century, it’s time way overdue. There are those who’ve devoted their lives to issues of human rights, restoring and equally distributing natural resources worldwide, and researching means and ways to a healthier, peaceful, and self-sustaining earth united. To be human today bears the responsibility to become a denizen of historic record for forthcoming generations.

The more advanced the world’s knowledge and technology, the more sophisticated and prevalent the heinous crimes and scandals become. A force of the moral and ethical must unite and remain diligent to counter the corruption.

Among the dedicated trendsetters for a well-informed global existence, the late Gertie Fox taught children about ecology (from the Greek word “oikos,” meaning “home.”) At the age of 77, she wrote in an essay in Stud’s Terkel’s “Coming of Age,” “It (ecology) meant knowing every single thing that comes into the home, where it comes from, how it’s used, and how you dispose of it – sewage, everything.”

An eye-opening experience for Fox was attending the first United Nations conference on world environment in Stockholm, in June of 1972. “The young people of Japan wanted answers for the huge Minimata disaster, when untold numbers died from mercury poisoning,” she stated. Delegates from the Third World Nations spoke: “You people from the West are all wrong. It’s not earth, air, fire, and water. It’s disease, ignorance, and poverty.”

“When I got home, my beliefs were shattered,” Fox continued. “I went to the library to find books on the Third World, and there weren’t any.” “It’s not just earth, air, water – it’s politics. I didn’t know the environment in terms of the majority of the world’s people.”

“We are not on the same wavelength as the Third World,” Fox said. “At the time, I didn’t know what the First World was or the Second. So how could I know the Third? In Stockholm, I learned I wasn’t big enough to be able to take world positions. But the trip fortified me to go forth with my local projects. They’re all related. That’s why I changed from environmentalist to ecologist.”

Is that a promising beginning? To realize that the earth’s eco-systems are all related? To look at the most poignant universal catastrophes and miscarriages of justice and see beyond the “me” and the “mine?” To fear self-destruction as a means to overtake the world with evil and to rise up against that evil? Ignorance can no longer be a deterrent.

Trends toward “restorative justice” are becoming more and more effective all over the world, as people have been espousing soul to soul healing, by choosing to restore broken relationships, to forgive, and to seek to understand one another. Incarceration heals no one. Separation between people is its own prison.

A Universal Spirit challenges all human beings to meet each other eye to eye, to live in accord and rapport as we recognize mankind’s most pertinent needs and their solutions mirrored in one another.

Janet Burns lives in Lewiston. She can be reached at patandjanburns@embarqmail.com.



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