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  • On true Faith.

    I look around and see the good in the world. Not just the potential for good, but the actual good that already exists. And it makes me happy to know there are others who feel the way I do; that the human race is worth saving, that we are more than the sum of our parts, that we are more than a random collection of animals running helter-skelter through time.

    I see parents wanting the best for their children. I see couples wanting to build fruitful and successful lives. I see children working hard to be more than they are. And I see a future full of promise and inspiration, filled with a faith in the ability of mankind to rise above the unfortunate to the truly blessed.

    We are all people of faith, and it does not matter what name we call our God, or if we choose to acknowledge God at all. The existence of God has no bearing on the way we live our lives on this planet at this time, except to the individuals who choose to believe. What matters is our ability to unite for a common goal, a common future, a common desire to see our children, all of our children, rise beyond the limits of our lives to encourage their children to do the same.

    Our history tells us we are constantly changing, constantly evolving in the way we view our world and the challenges that face us. At one time, we allowed religions to dictate our governments, our societies, and our homes. We believed if we could convince others to believe and follow our rules, based on the goodness of an immortal and incorporeal God, we could unite our race with a single purpose. Yet we learned though many trials it could not work, for we have no right to demand anyone comply with the beliefs of another.

    We have sometimes used the cloak of patriotism to unite against others in the hopes that one set of principals would outweigh or outshine another. Yet that too has failed to produce unity, instead creating a polarization of East against West, North against South, mankind against his brothers and sisters. And make no mistake about it, we are all of one race, one identity, one being. When we are conceived, not even our gender is fixed until we grown in the womb. We all begin the same.

    Now our old ways are rising again. We are choosing sides against names and colors, forming smaller and smaller groups which can never hope to stand against our common and real foe: Greed. Greed, in all its forms, is the true enemy of mankind.

    Greed, contrary to popular belief, is never good. Greed begins with the unnatural desire to have more than you need, the fear of not having enough. Greed consumes us, and when it has become the reason for your existence, dictates your actions above all other things. Greed, in all it's forms, is the true source of evil in the world.

    Look around you at those who have less that you. Look at the devastation in their lives, how they are racked with pain and suffering. They wish only safety and security and the right to give their children an inheritance with hope, just as you do. Circumstances have left them without hope from a stolen birthright, a birthright we as human beings have stated so many times in so many papers and documents, a birthright ignored by greed.

    The Earth belongs to the people who live upon it, and no one person or group is entitled to deprive any other of their right to live and to grow to become a full and complete person.

    We do not need to live this way. We can choose to live as decent human beings, even when others do not. We can choose to hold each and every life as precious and dear. We can choose to rise above Greed.

    Many people make that decision every day. You see them in the missions, in our schools, and in our jobs. They do not dwell on the inequities of the present, but look forward to a world filled with hope and prosperity for every man, woman and child on this planet, a world where no child is hungry, no child is homeless, no child is without opportunity.

    These people I speak of exist in every corner of this planet. They have forsaken greed and chosen to ignore the road that leads to self-consumption. They have chosen to travel a path that leads to a bright and hopeful future for all mankind.

    I choose to believe in the ability of all people to walk that path hand in hand, to rise above their own petty concerns, to choose to have faith in mankind.

    What do you choose to believe?

    Fred
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