Right now in our world,
many people have learned how to live in harmony with
their neighbors, despite having many differences between them. These
differences between people includes
different tastes in music, food, clothes, and other lifestyle choices.
It also includes differences in nationality or ethnic origin (coming from
a different country or cultural group), as well as differing appearence
and skin color,
language, and even religion.
But not all people are choosing to respect others and live peacefully
with them. These people feel that the world would be a better
place if everyone were the same. That is if everyone lived their
lives just the same, had all the same goals, and shared all the same
beliefs. Such persons may feel afraid of people who are different
from them. Or they may feel very angry about differences.
And, they may think it is okay to be unkind to someone who is
not let the differences betweenus keep us from working together for
common goals, like preserving wild life, restoring natural habitats
to good health, and sensibly managing our natural resources.
In fact it will take ALL of our creativity and all of our unique
perspectives working together to solve these issues. So it would
serve us, and our planet, well if we could learn to practice
tolerance and respect, cooperation and creativity.
And besides... most people find that once you get to know people better,
really get to know them better,
you discover that you have much in common than you ever
For example, even though Earth's people have
different religions and differing ideas about how to live life and to
be a good person, consider this:
In all religions, in different lands, in
there are certain ideas that have been thought of again and again.
These are basic Truths, known to the spirit, to the light within the self.
But they are said with different words in
of these Truths is:
you would have them
has also been said in
No one of
you is a believer
desires for his brother that which he
desires for himself.
alone is good
from doing unto another whatsoever is
not good for itself.
for others what you want them to do for you, this
is the meaning of the Law of Moses and the teaching of
is the sum of duty; do
naught unto others that
would cause you pain if done to you.
What is hurtful to yourself
do not do to your fellow man,
For this is the whole of the Torah
and the remainder is but commentary,
Go learn it.
Do you suppose they have this saying
on other planets? If they do,
how do you suppose they say it there?
Perhaps one day we'll
visit other worlds, or be visited by them, and find out!
But in the
meantime... In this time of challenges, we need every person to
let shine their inner light of wisdom and inspiration.
it has been said over the centuries:
Let my spirit
glow so brightly,
Child's Prayer, Pakistan)
make my life
light within the world
a little flame
to burn bright
wherever I may go."
Child's Prayer, England)
as I am in the world,
I am the
light of the world."
Christian Bible, Jesus of Nazareth)
"Ye are the light of the world.
A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle and put it
under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto
all that are in the house.
Let your light so shine before men.
Remember to let your
own light shine each day. And better still, each day also
celebrate the light within your friends, family, and neighbors.
Say thank you when they help you and when they are thoughtful.
Bring attention to their good ideas and good deeds.
Ask them for help, and give help in return.
Get to know them better and enjoy their unique customs and
And above all, remember to treat others the way you would like to be
for learning more about each religious others traditions and beliefs.
You will notice that the Torah has much in
common with the Old Testament of the Christian Bible. If fact, they
contain most of the same stories!
On this site you can also learn about the
Jewish Aleph-Bet (alphabet), see maps and pictures of Israel, and
learn about Jewish holidays and heroes . Many Jewish heroes are also
well known to Christians, but sometimes by slightly different names.
For example, do you know who "Moshe" is in the Bible? Moses!
An online version of the Qur'an
(or Koran) -- the principal text or holy book of Islam. One side of
the page features an English language translation, while the other
side of the page shows the original text in Arabic. Not adapted
for children. Recommended for teens or for reading with a
To see Islamic artwork, check
Around The World-- A virtual tour of mosques and Islamic
holy sites and relics.