Our differences are vast but we are all brothers and sisters in humanity.
We have been endowed by our creator (be it a physical, metaphysical or just plain old universal chance) with certain inalienable rights; among those are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
It seems every now and again we lose focus, caught up in our differences. It’s time to re-evaluate and base our relationships on similarities.
Christianity: Isaiah 61.1 : The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me,
Because the LORD has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound
Judaism: Leviticus 25:42: For they are my servants whom I took out of the land of Egypt;they shall not be sold as slaves.
Islam: Sura 90.13: Ah, what will convey unto thee what the Ascent is! It is to free a slave and to feed in the day of hunger.
Hindu mantra: Lokah Samastah Sukino Bhavantu: May all beings everywhere be happy and free
Buddhist Precepts: Right Livelihood, Right Action: Brute Force, no matter how strongly applied can never subdue the basic human desire for freedom HHDL
Paul Mccartney stated “I worry that religions start wars”
Today I worry that religions don’t stop them.
As of today up to 27 million are enslaved, that represents roughly 1 in every 350 people.
Imagine if for just one day, everyone claiming religious affiliation stood up and said “No”! We will no longer tolerate the sale of our brothers and sisters. Regardless of their skin color, or gender; putting aside their religion or political affiliations we are bound by humanity and have a basic human responsibility to free them from captivity.
Unfortunately that day isn’t today. But it will come.
When one is enslaved, we all are.