Sunday, December 4th, 2016

TWO DEEP SOURCES OF HOPE

I have two deep sources of hope, both I bumped into by ‘accident’. One is a TV series called Global Spirit. Here’s the formal description:
—Global Spirit mixes evocative film segments and deep discussion to take viewers on a mind and soul expanding journey through ancient wisdom traditions, modern science, diverse belief systems, metaphysics and world religions—

Now, I have watched some weird stuff on TV including Ancient Alien Theorists. (Blame it on my esoteric husband) Global Spirit is qualitatively different. It is intelligent, thoughtful conversation beautifully and gently facilitated. Each episode has a theme or kindred guests, usually three. There is nice laughter, lots of joy, well earned wisdom from some of the 
larger bumps and bruises of a life.

Now I have watched some weird stuff on TV including Ancient Alien Theorists. (Blame it on my esoteric husband)  This is different. It is intelligent, thoughtful conversation beautifully and gently facilitated.  Each episode usually has a theme or kindred guests, usually three. Nice laughter, experienced life trudgers with great stories and well earned wisdom and lots of joy.


HOPE SOURCE # 1  
Global Spirit | Link TV https://www.linktv.org/shows/globalspirit Presented by author/actor/comedian John Cleese, “Global Spirit” is a unique inquiry into humankind’s belief systems, wisdom traditions and science
My second hope booster is Charter for Compassion
How do I describe it? Not sure. I’m new to it.
Karen Armstrong described it on Global Spirit and I got interested.
Compassion is IT for me. Period. It is at t the heart of pragmatic skills needed for this world to survive AND at the heart of any religion worth its rituals or any spiritual practise worth its incense.
Here is a quote from the charter which you can sign. I have.

It is necessary in both public and private life to refrain consistently and empathically from inflicting pain. To act or speak violently out of spite, chauvinism, or self-interest, to impoverish, exploit or deny basic rights to anybody, and to incite hatred by denigrating others—even our enemies—is a denial of our common humanity. We acknowledge that we have failed to live compassionately and that some have even increased the sum of human misery in the name of religion.

We therefore call upon all men and women to restore compassion to the centre of morality and religion ~ to return to the ancient principle that any interpretation of scripture that breeds violence, hatred or disdain is illegitimate ~ to ensure that youth are given accurate and respectful information about other traditions, religions and cultures ~ to encourage a positive appreciation of cultural and religious diversity ~ to cultivate an informed empathy with the suffering of all human beings—even those regarded as enemies.
We urgently need to make compassion a clear, luminous and dynamic force in our polarized world. Rooted in a principled determination to transcend selfishness, compassion can break down political, dogmatic, ideological and religious boundaries. Born of our deep interdependence, compassion is essential to human relationships and to a fulfilled humanity. It is the path to enlightenment, and indispensable to the creation of a just economy and a peaceful global community—

HOPE SOURCE # 2  
charterforcompassion.org

We can’t afford to get low on needed vitamins
We can’t afford to let our hope get depleted.
Have a dose of hope as needed.




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