Dear People of the World,
Over the course of your history, you’ve managed to build great things, do great things, go amazing places, discover wonderful secrets. You’ve created things of beauty. You’ve travelled to the nearest heavenly body. You’ve created the Taj Mahal, the Pyramids, the Parthenon, the Gherkin, the Empire State Building, jumbo jets, Disney World, the Grand Mosque in Istanbul, the Forbidden City, Angkor Wat, the mountain churches in Ethiopia, their ceilings painted with stars. You’ve charted those stars. You’ve learned their secrets, and learned ours. You’ve seen the small particles that make up everything on this planet, and you’ve discovered the order in the cosmos. You’ve created vehicles that travel faster than any animal can run, you’ve engineered many breeds of dogs, you’ve opened information to the world at lightning speed. You’ve developed thousands of languages. You’ve created music that begins to sound like the voice of God. You’ve seen into the earth itself.
You’re pretty amazing.
So when I ask you to look past our individual differences and see how we’re all the same soul, I know you can do that. When I ask you to look past a person’s religion and see their true Self, I know you can do that. And I ask that now. Don’t use religion to divide yourselves from each other. Each religion teaches us how to do those amazing things we’ve done in the past – it teaches us how to live in peace with our fellow human beings. It is a guide for our sustained collective existence.
When you think of hating someone because they don’t believe the same things you believe, or discriminate against someone because they don’t love who you think they should love or aren’t the same color as you, remember that individually and divisively we couldn’t have achieved all the great things we have achieved as a society. Teach peace and tolerance, collaboration and sharing.
I believe in you.