This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness. ~ Dalai Lama

S_F-E-CAMERON_EGYPT_2005_APR_00152Temple of Kom Ombo, Egypt
Copyright © 2005 by Steve F-E-Cameron

Two friendly young women with two cute little kids knocked on my front door a few days ago.

One of the women handed me a Jehovah’s Witnesses brochure. From past experience, I figured I was in for a long lecture right there at my front door. I knew Jehovah’s Witnesses were strong evangelists for their religious beliefs and values.

But instead, this young woman just briefly summarized what was in the brochure, and said if I had any questions to go to their website.

That was it. No preaching. Just a few friendly words. Then, with a wave and a smile, all of them were gone.

I thought to myself “What a great role model for us all!”

How many of us (I include myself here) can simply and truthfully state our beliefs and values without “preaching?” Why do we need to convert everyone to our way of thinking and living?

Religious folks aren’t the only ones who preach. I’ve met people on non-religious spiritual paths who could also be pretty obnoxious about saying their way was the way. I’ve done it myself.

Isn’t that kind of narrow, opinionated approach and intolerance toward others a big part of our world’s problems today?

P.S. If you go to Jehovah’s Witnesses website, you’ll see they’re pretty direct in their conviction that not all religions or spiritual paths are good. But there was none of that from those two young women.

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This video features the Indian novelist and poet, Vikram Seth. He offers several wise insights, one of which is “intolerance is violence.”

 

 

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We’re All God’s Children
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We’re Right and They’re Wrong: Sequel
Can You Accept Your Life Exactly As It Is Right Now?

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